Weekly Calendar

May 21, 2019
Monterey County
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Quote of the Week
The only way to make sure people you agree with can speak is to support the rights of people you don't agree with.
                        Eleanor Holmes Norton



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At the Monterey Peace and Justice Center Gallery:  Peace and Justice Through Art, works by Carmel High Students. Carmel High School student art showcases social justice and human rights issues prevalent in our society, with the aim of giving "voice to the voiceless".  The students’ body of work, under the direction of Carmel art instructor, Steven Russell, includes photography, graphics, paintings and drawings.   This is the third art show featuring the works of Carmel High School students in MPJC’s Art Gallery in the last four years. The exhibit runs through May 31, 2019.  The artwork is available for viewing Wednesdays and Saturdays from 1:30 PM to 5:30 pm and when the Peace Center is open for public events.

Thursdays, 6:00 – 8:00 pm.  English classes will be continued during the summer.  Clases de Ingles cada Jueves, 6 a 8 en la noche.  Las clases incluyen todos niveles, todos edades, Gratis.  Centro de Paz. Bienvenidos todos.   Monterey Peace and Justice Center, 1364 Fremont Blvd., Seaside. 
Info:  Susan Morse, 
smorse21st@gmail.com   915-8691

Three exciting (virtual) events JVP is organizing:
While different teams of staff and members developed each separately, they really do fit together if you think of it as going from Past, to Present, to Future.
One event remains:
Future: Climate Justice and Palestine, an Introduction

Thursday May 23rd, 5pm PT/8pm ET  With Zena Agha, Al Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network
All our futures will be shaped by a changing climate, and all of us, no matter the focus of our political work, need to make time to talk through the connections. Join us to begin the conversation in earnest.  
Register here!
(This webinar will be recorded)
... I hope you’ll join us for at least one of these upcoming events!  Ari Wohlfeiler, Deputy Director

Jewish Voice for Peace, a national membership organization inspired by Jewish tradition to work for the justice, equality, and dignity of all the people of Israel/Palestine

Thursday, May 23, 6:00 – 8:00 pm, 
The Green New Deal:  What it is and Why it matters:  An overview of the Green New Deal: history, vision, reality, myths, and why it matters to Monterey County. Plus, an opportunity to meet with Monterey County United (MCU) member organizations to learn about upcoming events and volunteer opportunities for the 2020 election season.

Monterey Peace and Justice Center, 1364 Fremont Blvd, Seaside.  Sponsored by Monterey County United, Local Indivisibles and member organizations.

Presenters: Gary Karnes, local activist and Founding Member of MCU and Demetrio Prunedawith Protect Monterey County.
Member Organizations: Local Indivisibles,* Progressive Democrats,* Democratic Club of the Monterey Peninsula,* Monterey County Democrats,* Sea-Dem Club,* Women’s March of Monterey Bay,* Democratic Women’s Club, Swing Left, Sister Districts and more. (* attending May 23rd event)

Facebook  event:  https://www.facebook.com/events/363854874256946/
Monterey County Unitedis an alliance of organizations working to elect candidates running on the Democratic ticket in Monterey County, statewide and in local non-partisan races.  The Monterey Peace and Justice Center and the Peace Coalition of Monterey County do not endorse parties nor individual candidates.  Information about events such as this are provided as a public service but do not reflect political endorsements from MPJC nor the Peace Coalition nor its member organizations.

Thursday, May 23, 7:00 pm, Monterey County Branch NAACPMeeting, Oldemeyer Center, 986 Hilby Avenue, Seaside.  All are welcome.  Info 394-3727.

FRIDAY, May 31st, 7:00 - 8:30 pm, The GREEN GREEN NEW DEAL:  Please come and explore this viewing of the Green Party'sGreen New Deal with Jill Stein(taped via A Green Way Forward) as introduced by Howie Hawkins during his 2010 campaign for Governor of New York. The Green New Deal (GND) is based on Euro Greens, et al., call for a GND in Europe and was a central focus of Jill Stein's presidential campaigns in 2012 and 2016.  While the Green Party is supportive of recent efforts by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Sunrise Movement, and appreciative of the increased awareness of the GND, we find it necessary to highlight what's missing in their proposal, namely  "The necessity to downsize the Military Industrial Complex and the termination of its imperial agenda”
At the Monterey Peace and Justice Center, 1364 Fremont, Blvd., Seaside.  Free and open to all.  Discussion follows this taped presentation.  Info. at 
kaleolani.aw@gmail.com 831-915-6571

Saturday, June 1, 10:30 am, Occupy Monterey PeninsulaGeneral Assembly.  In front of Monterey’s city hall, Few Memorial Hall, on Pacific Street near Colton Hall.  Occupy meets the first Saturday of the month.  You are welcome to join the group. The General Assembly is a gathering of people from all walks of life who come together to discuss issues important to them and to make decisions that benefit everyone. All decisions on how to coordinate efforts are decided by the group. Group decisions versus individual decisions regarding the movement allow us to keep the movement leaderless and also allow a platform for everyone to speak.

Saturday, June 1, 2:00 – 4:00 pm,
The Long Shadow: Documentary screening and discussion.  Describingthe roots of racism and the shameful legacy of slavery, The Long Shadowfollows two white Southern filmmakers from New Orleans to Virginia, Mississippi and Canada, as they travel the roads of oppression and suppression to reveal the connections of slavery and strong-arm Southern politics to the current racial strife in America.  The film is a story about the lingering human cost of ignorance, intolerance and inaction in the US, casting a long shadow over our national identity and imperfect democracy.. Monterey Peace and Justice Center, 1364 Fremont Blvd., Seaside.  Free Admission.  The public is invited.
justice@gmail.com   peacecentral.org
Sponsored by Monterey Peace and Justice Center, Peace Coalition of Monterey County and Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.

Thursday, June 20 at 11:30 am - 1:30 pm, Join the Democratic Women of Monterey County in a program on 
Women and Guns. We will listen to Marina Police Chief Tina M. Nieto and Pacific Grove Police Chief Cathy Madalonegive their unique perspectives on individual and community safety, violence, and gun ownership.  They also have insight on where women stand on these issues.  Join us for a thought provoking conversation as we engage with two outstanding public servants
Hilton Garden Inn, 1000 Aguajito Road, Monterey
Reply-To: DWMC 

The Saturday, June 29 event at the UU Church with Senator Mike Gravelhas been cancelled.

Friday, June 14, 6:00 pmHistory, Memory, and VoicesArt Opening at Monterey Peace and Justice Center Art Gallery. 1364 Fremont Blvd., Seaside.  Exhibit runs June and July.

Saturday, July 6, 9:00 am - 6:00 pm, 
Why all the Conversation About Racism?facilitated by author and lecturerLaVerne McLeod. This Bridge Building to Equity Workshop ©2017 is an opportunity to go beyond the guilt and fragility that often makes conversations around racism uncomfortable.  In a non-conventional, embracing  environment, participants will dive deep into conversations exploring racism, as the “how come” becomes more evident. “New” mindsets for opening the doors of change will be explored through the interjection play and artistic activities. The workshop will be held at a private Big Sur mountain-view home. Workshop fee is $100, payable through PayPal, credit card, cash, or check.  Breakfast, snack, lunch, and dinner are included.  Register by email, lavernemcleod@ymail.comor by phone, (831) 595-9692.  The address and directions will be provided upon registration. 

LaVerne McLeod is the author of Corn Hollow: A Journey of Sorrow and Triumph, a fictional work based on her own experience with segregation in the American South.  Her Tedx Talk, Breaking Ground to Plant New Racial Identities was release in January 2019:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5702fkhYeXU. 


Make one call – Make history!

Call your Assemblymember now and ask for a YES Vote for Public Banking – AB 847!
AB 857 will be voted on this week. Please make your call today!
Assemblymember Mark Stone, District 29, 831-425-1503


Public Water Now Appeals Planning Commission Ruling on Cal Am Desal Permit
Public Water Now has filed an appeal with the Monterey County Board of Supervisors to set aside the permit issued by the Monterey County Planning Commission to Cal Am for its proposed desal plant until a Supplemental EIR is completed. The cost to PWN to file the appeal was $1,750.

The Planning Commission’s ruling in favor of Cal Am’s Desal permit was narrowly passed by a vote of 6 to 4. The four District 4 and 5 Commissioners who opposed it, and whose districts it would directly affect, wisely asked for more time and more detail to make their decision.

The Planning Commission decision violates the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the Monterey County General Plan, the North County Local Coastal Plan, the Sustained Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), the California Constitution, and established California law governing groundwater rights.
Why is PWN Appealing the Decision?
PWN’s appeal asks for a Supplemental EIR because the EIR prepared by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is inadequate and incomplete and did not address mandated legal and environmental requirements. It did not evaluate the data and anticipated adverse impacts of Cal Am’s desal project on groundwater in the Salinas Valley Basin identified by the Stanford AEM study.

A glaring omission was the fact that Cal Am has no groundwater rights in the Salinas Valley and cannot legally secure them. The County General Plan and LCP, SGMA and CEQA require proof of groundwater rights before a permit may be issued.

Clearly, County Planning Commission staff did not provide the Commissioners with all the vital information they needed to make a sound decision. There was no discussion of the many substantial objections raised by PWN and others at the hearing. Instead, the Commissioners were asked to issue this permit simply because the CPUC had approved the project.

They were also told it was urgent to move forward and that any delay would result in rationing. It was never pointed out that there was no urgency because the back up plan recently initiated by the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District and Monterey One Water could meet the State ordered CDO deadline, if Cal Am could not.

Pure Water Monterey and its Expansion Move Ahead

The “backup” plan is the expansion of Pure Water Monterey. This fall PWM will begin delivering 3,500 acre-feet of water annually. This advanced purified water will be injected into the Seaside Basin, then drawn out by Cal Am. This innovative project can be expanded to deliver another 2,250 acre-feet. 

Read the recent Herald article on the Pure Water Monterey Expansion HERE.

Environmentally and economically, the Pure Water Monterey expansion is a much better water supply solution than Cal Am’s proposed desal project. It would provide water at about one third the cost and it can meet the CDO deadline. The expansion would provide all the water the Peninsula needs for decades to come, making Cal Am’s desal unnecessary and buying us time to explore a publicly owned regional desal plant.

Thanks for your support!

Melodie Chrislock
PWN Managing Director

Visit the Public Water Now Website


Will you tell Representative Jimmy Panetta to cosponsor and support Rep. Lee’s “Repeal of the Authorization of Military Force” bill to end endless war?
Win Without War


Information Resources: Israel/Palestine
          Compiled by Katharina Harlow

   If Americans Knew


  Jewish Voice For Peace




  Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions


  B’Tselem: Israel’s Human Rights Organization


  Middle East Eye


  Electronic Intifada






  Palestinian Refugees and the Right of Return


  Middle East Children’s Alliance


  +972 Magazine


  Israel Occupation Archive


  Institute for Middle East Understanding


  International Middle East Media Center


   If Not Now


  Friends of Sabeel


   US Campaign for Palestinian Rights


  Breaking the Silence


  National Students for Justice in Palestine



ThePeace Coalition of Monterey Countyis a coalition of 10 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, co-chair, sramsdenscott@hotmail.com.
 PCMC’s Peace Calendar evolved in the early 2000’s to facilitate networking among Peace Coalition organizations. This Peace Calendar is designed to be a part of that networking.   
The Peace Calendar may to be viewed at the Monterey Peace and Justice Center website  (peace central) or the Peace Coalition website (peace Monterey).
ABOUT the Monterey Peace & Justice Center (MPJC):
MPJC welcomes its new Volunteer Coordinator:
Lindsay Wendland
Get in touch with her if you are interested in the various opportunities for volunteers at the Center.  Or you can leave a message about volunteering at 

899-7322 ormontereypeaceandjustice@gmail.com

THANKS to the continuing generosity of caring people in Monterey County,MPJC is able to provide a venue for programs put on Peace Coalition member organizations and by other allied community groups.If you wish to support MPJC’s education and advocacy, mail a check to MPJC, PO Box 1823, Seaside, CA 93955.  Or go to our website 
https://peacecentral.wordpress.comand donate through PayPal.  All donations are tax-deductible.  MPJC is a 501(c)3 organization, a public benefit corporation.

 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.  
The missionof 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 ideas so as to stir up conversation and thought about the issues.  The MPJC board does not necessarily endorse the views of every speaker or film.  We expect the programs to stimulate participants to consider the issues and become engaged as citizens in visualizing the world they want and working and advocating for it.
Website is at peace central.   

Come in during MPJC’s open hours (1-5:30 Wed. & Sat.) to scan the bulletin board for the latest events, enjoy the art exhibit, browse the library, have a cup of tea while you read the latest periodicals or view some interesting DVD or just chat with friends. 
You are welcome to check out books and DVDs from the library. 
Leave a message about interest in volunteering at 899-7322 or montereypeaceandjustice@gmail.com

:  What programs would you like?  Please contact Judy Karas  
jkaras@sonic.netor Catherine Crockett cm_crockett@sbcglobal.netor Joyce Vandevere jvandevere@comcast.netor leave your message at 899-7322 or montereypeaceandjustice@gmail.com.   MPJCworks with individuals and groups to produce programs addressing issues of peace, nonviolence, democracy, social justice, or environmental sustainability. Give us your thoughts!  If your organization is planning programs that fit within MPJC’s mission, consider using MPJC as a venue for your event.

MPJC ART GALLERY: The gallery has space for artists and photographers to highlight their work.  The themes which represent the mission of the Center are: Peace, Nonviolence, Social Justice, Democracy, and Environmental Sustainability.  You may leave messages at 
889-7322 or montereypeaceandjustice@gmail.com

Telephone for MPJC is 831-899-PEACE or 831-899-7322.
The Peace Calendar is prepared by Joyce Vandevere for the Peace Coalition of Monterey County. Please send information about peace, nonviolence, social-justice, democracy or sustainability-related events in Monterey County to 
jvandevere@comcast.net BY 5:00 pm TUESDAY TO BE INCLUDED IN THE WEEK’S EMAIL.

Questions about the Peace Coalition of Monterey County should go to the co-chair, Sidney Ramsden Scott <sramsdenscott@hotmail.Questions about Monterey Peace and Justice Center should go to 899-7322 or montereypeaceandjustice@gmail.com.  For more information about events listed, contact the sponsoring organization.  

The events and actions listed here are not necessarily endorsed by the Peace Coalition nor any of the Coalition organizations other than the sponsor of the listed item. The listings are provided as a community service. PCMC cannot guarantee the accuracy of listed items.

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