Weekly PEACE Calendar

September 22, 2021

Monterey County

Quote of the Week:

“A strong nation, like a strong person, can afford to be gentle, firm, thoughtful, and restrained. It can afford to extend a helping hand to others. It is a weak nation, like a weak person, that must behave with bluster and boasting and rashness and other signs of insecurity.” ~ Jimmy Carter

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

Tuesday, Sept 28, 1:30 pm the 6th District Court of Appeals in San Jose will hear the Measure Z case. You can view the court hearing live via a webcast on Sept 28, or view it days later via a video recording. The live webcast link will be posted a few days before Sept. 28 HERE: (A link to the recording will be posted sometime after Sept. 28 at the same website.) Learn more about Protect Monterey County and the anti-fracking Measure Z HERE.

Friday-Sunday, October 1st – 3rd, times vary, 2021 Monterey Poetry Festival, Fundraiser for No More Deaths/No Más Muertes, an advocacy group dedicated to immigration reform and stopping the deaths of undocumented immigrants crossing the Mexico–US borderlands. Starting time on Friday is 7 pm; Saturday and Sunday at 3 pm. All events will be held at Old Capitol Books, 482 Alvarado, above “Twisted Roots”, downtown Monterey. Buy tickets and find a schedule of events HERE.

Saturday, October 2, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm, Rally for Reproductive Rights at Window on the Bay. 717 Del Monte Ave, Monterey, CA. Marchers in every state will take to the streets on October 2nd to demand their rights to reproductive healthcare. Bring your sign and support reproductive rights for all! Sponsored by Women's March Monterey Bay. Mask-wearing due to COVID-19 is requested. Facebook event page.

Saturday, October 9, 3:00 – 5:30 pm, Farewell Party & Celebration of Life for Jan Knippers Black. In-person seating is limited and reservations are required. RSVP by October 1st at rsvp@middlebury.edu. Or join the live stream HERE. Donations in Jan's memory may be made to the Jan Knippers Black Fund for Human Rights, either online, HERE (select from the “Give to” list), or by mail, via Middlebury Gift Administration, 700 Exchange Street, Middlebury, VT 05753 (please write “Jan Black Fund” in the memo line). Flowers may be sent to the MIIS VP Office at 425 Van Buren to arrive NLT Friday, October 8. Photos, videos, statements, or memories of Jan can be uploaded by October 1 HERE. Additional details will be posted on the MIIS events calendar. Contact email VPMIIS@middlebury.edu.

Wednesday, October 13, 12 noon, "REDISTRICTING: Why and How You Can Use Your Super-Powers During the Process". The League of Women Voters of Monterey County will present this free, live-streamed talk at their General Meeting. Did you know that redistricting is happening now, not just at the state level, but also at the county, city, school, and local levels? A distinguished panel of speakers — Dr. Jeanne Gobalet, Demographer; Ms. Rosemary Soto, Monterey County Management Analyst; and Mr. Timothy Ryan, Deputy Superintendent, Monterey County Office of Education — will describe the background of and provide opportunities for your participation in the high-stakes process of redistricting. Find out more about changes in the demographic make-up of Monterey County, new laws around redistricting, ensuring that every vote counts, preventing gerrymandering, and how you can serve on a redistricting board or make your voice heard at the appropriate commission. Q&A 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): https://my.lwv.org/california/monterey-county

Saturday, October 23, 3:00 – 5:30 pm, Cooperative Economics, a talk by Dr. Sharat G. Lin. How can cooperative economics provide a viable alternative to both capitalism with its inexorable inequality and existing models of state socialism? Political economist Sharat G. Lin examines various cooperative models from around the world and considers the prospects for a cooperative world economy. In-person at the Monterey Peace and Justice Center, 1364 Fremont Blvd., Seaside, CA, and virtually via Zoom. Register HERE to get the Zoom link. Proof of vaccination is required for in-person. Sharat G. Lin, PhD is research fellow with Human Agenda and the Initiative for Equality. He writes and lectures on global political economy, labor migration, social movements, and public health. He has studied producer-owned cooperatives in Spain, Cuba, Venezuela, India, and the U.S. He has observed first-hand many temporary experiments in self-organization as well as state enterprises in both capitalist, socialist, and hybrid states.

Monday, December 06, 2021, 10 am - 11 am, and Mondays through December 27th. A four-week online Book Club: The Third Harmony: Nonviolence and the New Story of Human Nature with author Michael N. Nagler. Each participant will be sent a signed paperback copy of the book, a schedule of chapters to be discussed each week, and the Zoom join details. Register HERE.


Action: Tell Congress, Cut the Pentagon Spending. Click HERE to send your letter. Action sponsored by Veterans For Peace.


Action: Shut Down Creech is this month, during the week of Sept 26th - Oct 2nd Members of Veterans For Peace, Code Pink, Ban Killer Drones, and ally organizations are taking action outside of Creech Drone Air Force Base, north of Las Vegas, in opposition to militarized drones. Want to come? Register HERE!


Article: It’s Time to Break Up the Military-Industrial Complex, by Katrina vanden Heuvel for the Washington Post via The Nation, September 21, 2021


Article: History Department: 1987 Cape Canaveral protest against first-strike attack planning, Bruce Gagnon for Space4Peace blog, September 21, 2021.


Article: Jail Killer Drone Operators instead of Drone Whistleblowers, Retired Colonel Ann Wright for Popular Resistance, September 19, 2021.


Photos: The Sunday September 19th Peace Day event, sponsored by the Peace Coalition of Monterey County, at Whispering Pines Park in Monterey, was photographed by Simona Martin with Pro Bono Photos, a group that provides photography and videography to promote community service, social justice and environmental advocacy. Find the photo gallery HERE.


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. Submit events for possible inclusion to Steven Goings, AfricanQuazar@gmail.com.


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


The Monterey County Branch of Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) welcomes your membership in an international women’s peace organization that has advocated for peace for more than a century. Learn more about WILPF HERE. Download a copy of the WILPF membership application HERE.


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 be viewed at the Monterey Peace and Justice Center website peacecentral.wordpress.org or the Peace Coalition website: peacemonterey.org


The Peace and Justice Center at 1364 Fremont Boulevard has reopened! Volunteers will staff the Center Wednesdays, 1 pm to 5:30 pm. Wi-fi has been restored and regular cleaning services have been arranged to ensure the health and safety of guests. Contact Catherine Crockett at (831) 899-7322 to arrange venue scheduling and for any questions or concerns about using the Center.

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 Monterey 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 CALENDAR ISSUE.

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 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. Visit the Peace Center in Seaside Wednesday afternoons between 1 pm and 5:30 pm to view the memorial quilt created to honor Joyce’s memory.

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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