Weekly PEACE Calendar

aPRIL 7, 2021

Monterey County

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Quote of the Week:

“We can save ourselves, but only if we let go of the myth of dominance and mastery and learn to work with nature.” -- Naomi Klein, author, social activist and filmmaker

All events are Pacific Daylight Time. New items are in blue.

Thursday, April 8, 6:00 – 6:45 pm, Monterey Living Wage Coalition Public Forum. This is an opportunity to learn about what a Living Wage is and the role it should play in public policy. Email montereylwc@gmail.com for questions, and to learn how you can get involved! Register HERE to find the Zoom join link and to take a brief survey.

Friday, April 9, 3:00 PM, Veterans For Peace Chapter 46 Monterey's Monthly Zoom Meeting. Veterans For Peace Chapter 46 meets the second Friday of the month at 3:00 pm PDT via Zoom. VFP is open to all veterans and veteran supporters. Zoom join link: HERE. Contact Michael Dempsey at, mikedevfp46@gmailcom, for more information.

Wednesday, April 14, 12 noon, the League of Women Voters of Monterey County will present a free talk titled: "Supervisor Wendy Root Askew: My First 100 Days" at a live-streamed General Meeting. Wendy Root Askew, Monterey County Supervisor for District 4, will discuss her experiences as Chair the Board of Supervisors, having the gavel for her first meeting, managing the agenda, and refereeing the dialogue of the veteran supervisors. A question and answer period will follow. To attend, send a message to LWVmryco@gmail.com requesting an invitation. This talk will be recorded and posted on the LWVMC website (under Luncheon Videos): HERE.

The Fourth District includes Del Rey Oaks, Marina, Sand City, Seaside, a portion of southwest Salinas, and unincorporated portions of Marina, Seaside, Salinas, and the former Fort Ord. Askew had to win twice in 2020—first be in the top two in the Primary in March, and then win in the General Election in November. It was the most expensive supervisorial election campaign in memory, topping $1.3 million spent between the candidates.

Prior to her election, Askew was Policy Analyst to Supervisor Jane Parker (2008-2020). From 2016-2020, Askew served as a Monterey Peninsula Unified School District Board Trustee. Askew is a fourth-generation Monterey County resident, daughter of an educator, and comes from three generations of military veterans. She currently resides in Marina with her young son and architect husband.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021, Ocean Climate Action (Virtual) Capitol Hill Lobby Day. Meetings are 6:00 am to 4:30 pm PDT, via Zoom. Ocean advocates and anyone concerned about climate change are invited to participate. The goal is to organize 1,000 participants. The event is co-organized by the Center for the Blue Economy at the Middlebury Inst. of Intl. Studies and Blue Frontier. Meet (via Zoom) in state, district, and territory delegations with U.S. Congress Members to advocate for ocean-based solutions to the climate crisis. Join the wave for life-saving, job-creating, and equitable solutions to the climate crisis! Register, find a preliminary schedule, and learn more HERE. Contact: Ms. Lauren Townsend at lauren@oceanclimateaction2021.org or call and leave a message at (831) 647-4183.

Wednesday, April 14, 6 pm, Building Trust in Communities of Color: The Role of Public Banking, by George Riley, (Encore Presentation). Please join the Marina Democratic Club and the Democratic Women of Monterey County for an exciting conversation about the role of Public Banking in building trust and greater wealth for community investments. Register HERE. To learn a little bit about Public Banking before the event, watch this 2 minute VIDEO.

Tuesday, April 27, 12:30 pm - 1:30pm, Addressing Hunger During Crisis, Speaker: Ms. Ellen Olack, Food Access Program Manager, Fresh Approach. Fresh Approach, a San Francisco Bay Area non-profit focused on healthy food access, faced the challenges that 2020 brought—the pandemic, soaring food insecurity, and thousands displaced by the historic California wildfires. They did what few companies would be able to do—they shifted from food access work to emergency food relief. Learn how Fresh Approach was able to invest $2 million into small-scale farmers, deliver 80,000 boxes of farm fresh produce to families affected by COVID-19, and share 10,000 locally sourced meals to those displaced by wildfires. Environmental Justice & Sustainability Speaker Series, Middlebury Inst. of Intl. Studies. Free, virtual event on Zoom, open to public, no registration required. All details on the web--HERE. For questions, contact Rachel C., Center for the Blue Economy, cbe@miis.edu, (831) 647-4183 (pls. leave message).

Thursday, April 29, 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm, Online via Zoom: How the Blue Economy can Help Solve the Climate Crisis. The Center for the Blue Economy at the Middlebury Inst. of Intl. Studies (MIIS) is actively engaged in promoting the development of a blue economy for the 21st century that can help solve humanity’s greatest challenge: climate change. We celebrate our 10-year anniversary with a panel discussion from innovative experts on the cutting-edge of the ocean/climate connection. Panelists represent a broad range of organizations: Crowley Maritime Corporation; Moss Landing Marine Labs; Monterey Bay Seaweeds; Nature Conservancy; Advanced Structures & Composites Center at the University of Maine; Port of San Diego. Environmental Justice & Sustainability Speaker Series, Middlebury Inst. of Intl. Studies. Free, open to public. Registration required. All details on the web—HERE. https://go.miis.edu/sustainability. For questions, contact Rachel C., Center for the Blue Economy, cbe@miis.edu, (831) 647-4183 (pls. leave message).

ACTION AND INFORMATION

Press Release sent by Mr. Mel Mason on Behalf of the Family & Committee to Free Chip:

In the Memoriam: Romaine "Chip" Fitzgerald, Black Panther/Political Prisoner

On Sunday, March 28, 2021, at 3:04 p.m., our brother, uncle, cousin, comrade and friend, Romaine “Chip” Fitzgerald, joined the ancestors. For a week, he lay barely conscious in a Los Angeles hospital as he struggled to extend his life after suffering a massive stroke in California’s gulag known as Lancaster. Chip’s strength and dedication to life remained intact as he defied those doctors who said he would not make it through the night in the hours after his initial arrival at the hospital. A stalwart soldier, he fought until his very last breath. Chip died as he had lived: fighting. A Service is being planned which may be in a month or so due to COVID, followed by a memorial. We want to also thank the many thousands who put their voices together to free Brother Chip.

Among the government’s many victims, Romaine “Chip” Fitzgerald was a member of the Black Panther Party in Los Angeles. Incarcerated since 1969, he grew old in prison and was disabled many years ago by an earlier, less lethal stroke. Like millions of Black youth during the sixties, Chip, at the age of 17, joined the freedom struggle as the social justice movement rapidly expanded to include massive numbers of urban youth. The government’s conduct towards Chip proves that important elements of our society are guided by an irrational tradition that values vengeance over justice or reconciliation. This failure demonstrates the nation’s unwillingness to fully acknowledge historic wrongs perpetrated against Black Americans.

Romaine “Chip” Fitzgerald was a social justice activist and it is inhumane to imprison activists for 50 years or more, particularly while others convicted of comparable crimes have served significantly less time. A closer look reveals the only differences between those serving shorter sentences and those serving longer ones are the political beliefs and affiliations some had with social justice groups like the Black Panther Party.

Chip never compromised, though he continued to the end to seek redress for this egregious wrong by working with his lawyer, family and defense committees to end his half century nightmare of a slow death behind bars. For us the living, Chip’s passing is a lesson to keep fighting the good fight. To give when perhaps it’s hard to give. And to live when perhaps life seems so empty. Chip’s life did not leave us without a clear message. During his final days in the hospital, the authorities felt the need to chain and shackle Chip to his bed. Despite the fact that he was hardly conscious, they saw this demeaning action as necessary. What they failed to understand is that you can neither jail nor shackle the spirit of liberation. May we all aspire to leave this same impression of daring to struggle until our last breath. And may Chip’s stalwart example give us the courage to dare to win.

All Power to the People!

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History Lesson in Pictures: The Nazis inside Ukraine, by Bruce K. Gagnon, from the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space. As much as any place around the world, the current situation in Ukraine could be a trigger for nuclear war. It seems crucial that world citizens should have a greater understanding of the current crisis in Ukraine. Oliver Stone’s documentary, Ukraine On Fire 2016, provides insight on the many elements of this confusing and important Ukraine-Russia story.

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The Asian American Racial Justice Toolkit represents the work and thinking of 15 grassroots organizations with Asian American bases and their experiences with criminalization, deportation, homophobia, xenophobia and Islamo-racism, war, gender violence, poverty, and worker exploitation. Download it from HERE.

Anti-Asian Violence Resources for Educators, prepared by Aileen Gendrano Adao, for California API Educators. The document is in five sections: Read, Teach, Watch, Listen and Act. Find it, download it, and share it: HERE

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Monterey County Black Folks Calendar. Find the latest issue on the WRE website HERE. The Calendar was created to connect the Black Community of CSU Monterey Bay with the local Black Communities of the Greater Monterey Bay Area. The Calendar is edited by Steven Goings, MSW. To submit an event for possible inclusion, please send to AfricanQuazar@gmail.com.

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Whites for Racial Equity News. Find an online version of the eBlast and learn more about WRE HERE.


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Sanctions are illegal. They are a violation of international law and the United Nations Charter. They are a crime against humanity used, like military intervention, to topple popular governments and movements. Sign the CODEPINK petition HERE.

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Book Club anyone? The Board of the Monterey Peace and Justice Center is considering starting a virtual book-reading circle with online Zoom discussions of books on peace and justice topics. Anyone out there interested? If there is a critical mass, it will come into being. Send an email to montereypeaceandjustice@gmail.com if you might join.

PEACE COALITION INFORMATION

The Peace Coalition of Monterey County is a coalition of 12 Monterey County organizations working for nonviolent solutions to world conflicts since 1991. If world peace is one of the concerns of your organization, you may want to join the Coalition. Contact Sidney Ramsden Scott sramsdenscott@hotmail.com

PCMC’s Peace Calendar evolved in the early 2000’s to facilitate networking among Peace Coalition organizations. The Peace Calendar may to be viewed at the Monterey Peace and Justice Center website peacecentral.wordpress.org or the Peace Coalition website: peacemonterey.org

MONTEREY PEACE AND JUSTICE CENTER

MPJC will remain closed to the public while the state-wide Stay-At-Home order is in effect. The Center is currently working to provide virtual programming via Zoom.

Volunteer Opportunities: To learn about tasks for the Center, leave a message about volunteering at 899-7322 or email montereypeaceandjustice@gmail.com.

History: MPJC began in 2004 as a venue to support the activities of Peace Coalition organizations and as a networking center and resource center for those groups and others who were working for similar purposes. It moved to its present Seaside location in 2008.

The mission of the Monterey Peace and Justice Center is to inspire and mobilize the people of Monterey County to cultivate peace, social justice, nonviolence, democracy, and environmental sustainability in our community and the world through education and advocacy. MPJC presents a wide spectrum of topics to stir up conversation about the issues. The MPJC board does not necessarily endorse the views of every speaker or film. Our aim is to stimulate civil discourse around the issues and encourage participants to become engaged as change makers for a just society.

Contact us by email: montereypeaceandjustice@gmail.com

Website: https://peacecentral.wordpress.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/montereypeaceandjusticecenter/

Donations: Thanks to the continuous generosity of caring people in Monterey County, MPJC is able (when gatherings are allowed) to provide a venue for a host of allied community groups. If you wish to support MPJC’s education and advocacy, you can do so by sending a check to MPJC at P.O. Box 1823, Seaside, CA 93955. Or you can donate securely by PayPal or credit card on MPJC’s website, PeaceCentral.org.

Program Planning for the Monterey Peace and Justice Center: What programs would you like to see? Please contact Judy Karas jkaras@sonic.net or Catherine Crockett at cm_crockett@sbcglobal.net. You can also leave your message at 831-915-7257 or email montereypeaceandjustice@gmail.com.

MPJC works with individuals and groups to produce programs addressing issues of peace, nonviolence, democracy, social justice, and environmental sustainability. Give us your thoughts!

The Weekly Peace Calendar is a project of the Peace Coalition of Monterey County. Please send information about peace, nonviolence, social-justice, democracy and environmental sustainability-related events in Monterey County to cm_crockett@sbcglobal.net BY 5:00 pm TUESDAY TO BE INCLUDED IN THE WEEK’S EMAIL.

The Weekly Peace Calendar is dedicated to the memory of Joyce Vandevere, who compiled and published this calendar for many years. Joyce died at the venerable age of 94 on February 17, 2021. She is remembered for her lifelong peace and justice activism. She co-founded the local chapter of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom and the Monterey Peace and Justice Center, and was an active leader in both organizations until her passing. A tribute written by Marielle Argueza for the Monterey County Weekly can be found HERE. Details about a Celebration of Life will be posted here in the Peace Calendar at a future date.

Direct your questions about the Peace Coalition of Monterey County to Chair, Sidney Ramsden Scott, sramsdenscott@hotmail.com.

Direct your questions about the Monterey Peace and Justice Center to Catherine Crockett, 899-7322 or montereypeaceandjustice@gmail.com.

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