Weekly Calendar

August 136, 2019
Monterey County

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Quote of the Week

Truth is now called ‘hate speech.’  Why is that? it’s because:  “During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.”
...George Orwell



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Our doors are open at the MONTEREY PEACE AND JUSTICE CENTER’S SOCIAL JUSTICE LIBRARY.  Please stop by any Wednesday or Saturday (1:00-5:30pm) to set up a free library account and check out our books! 
After signing up you can see our Library online.
Nearly 900 books available.
Our Library includes works on: Foreign Policy, Civil Rights, Labor, Immigration, Economics, Environment, Education, Women's Studies, and more.

At the Monterey Peace and Justice Center Art Gallery:  History, Memory, and Voices:  Selected Readings and Portraits from CSUMB’s Oral History and Community Memory Archive.  1364 Fremont Blvd., Seaside.
"Seaside Voices" and "LGBTQ Community of Monterey County", both represent a collaborative exploration of life stories that provide a deeper understanding of the Central Coast's multicultural past, present and future. Learn more about the Oral History and Community Memory Archiveat https://csumb.edu/hcom/oral-history-community-memory.
The exhibit of stories and photographs runs through August, 2019.  The artwork is available for viewing Wednesdays and Saturdays from 1:00 PM to 5:30 PM and when the Peace Center is open for public events.  
Sponsors:  Monterey Peace and Justice Center and California State University, Monterey Bay’s School of Humanities and Communication (HCOM).
Kristen LaFolette, Archive Co-director, kiafollette@csumb.edu

Wednesday, August 14, 
Wildfire Safety Informational Webinar, 2:00 – 3:30 pm.  PG&E is hosting a webinar to provide an opportunity to learn about PG&E”s wildfire safety efforts with a presentation from PG&E leadership and an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback.  Topics include:  Expansion of the Public Safety Power Shutoff program; Accelerated safety inspection of electric infrastructure; Enhanced vegetation management around power lines; Hardening the electric system for the future by replacing equipment and installing stronger and more resilient poles and covered power lines.
Register:  https://engage.vevent.com/index.jsp?eid=5639&seid=92&cid=em_PSPS_20190807-PSPS-Webinar2_20190807_registernow-btn2_email_na_na#/main/simplify

Thursdays, 6:00 – 8:00 pm.  English classes continue during the summer.  No advance registration is required.  Walk-ins are welcome.  Some English is needed to participate.  Free. For more information:  899-7322.  Todas las clases Inglés son gratuitas y para estudiantes de todos niveles.  Se necesita algo de inglés para participar.  No necesitan registrarse. ¡Todos son bienvenidos!  Para más información, llame al 831-915-7257.  Por favor comparte esta información con amigos y vecinos.   Monterey Peace and Justice Center, 1364 Fremont Blvd., Seaside. 

Thursday, August 15, 6:00 pm,wine reception, 7:00 film.  MIKE WALLACE IS HEREOsio Theater in Monterey. Remember the irascible broadcast news journalist from “60 Minutes?”  Director Avi Belkin has produced a fascinating documentary about Wallace, and you’re invited to join your friends from Voices of Monterey Bay as they host the local premier.  This is a timely film, considering the attacks on the First Amendment and the free press by mainstream government agents. Lies, fake news, propaganda, and verbal subterfuge threaten to cripple our First Amendment. Wallace was a fearsome defender of the people's right to know, and "Mike Wallace is Here" follows Wallace's career and his fascinating personal struggles.
Advance tickets for reserved seating is available here. Price of admission includes free wine and popcorn.
Read Voices' 
interview with Belkin here. And see theofficial trailer here.

There will be no Dances of Universal Peace in August because of the annual Dance Camp that will take place in Santa Cruz the weekend of August 17-18.  The Dances will resume on September 15 from 5-7pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Monterey Peninsula at 490 Aguajito Road, Carmel, and they will continue to be held on the third Sundays in October, November, and December.

Saturday, August 17, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm, VOLUNTEER:  Literacy Tutor Training, hosted by Sarah Hoeffel.  Help someone learn to read with MCFL (Monterey County Free Libraries). Attendees will learn how to become a literacy tutor; tutors are paired with a student who needs assistance to improve their literacy skills.  
Monterey Peace and Justice Center
1364 Fremont Blvd., Seaside
Kofi Annan says, “Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope. It is a tool for daily life in modern society. It is a bulwark against poverty, and a building block of development, an essential complement to investments in roads, dams, clinics and factories. Literacy is a platform for democratization, and a vehicle for the promotion of cultural and national identity. Especially for girls and women, it is an agent of family health and nutrition. For everyone, everywhere, literacy is, along with education in general, a basic human right.... Literacy is, finally, the road to human progress and the means through which every man, woman and child can realize his or her full potential.” 

We all want to know more about immigration and what’s happening at our southern border!
Saturday, August 17, 3:00 – 5:00 pm Challenging the Border a talk by
Sharat G. Lin followed by Q&A.The U.S.-Mexico border is an intimidating physical and social construct that deforms flows of human beings, goods, services, knowledge, and capital across a vast landscape that was once open to all.  Sharat G. Lin reveals life, economics, symbolism, and art at this interface of neocolonialism, and why it has it has become such a big deal today. Monterey Peace and Justice Center, 1364 Fremont Blvd., Seaside.  Free event.

Tuesday, August 20, 6:00 – 7:45 pm, 
Creating an Equitable Society with speaker LaVerne McLeod, author, lecturer and workshop facilitator. Hosted by American Humanist Association of Monterey Bay Area (HAMBA).  Monterey Public Library, 625 Pacific Street, Monterey. FREE & OPEN to the PUBLIC.  In order to dissolve racism and other discriminations, we have to first take a look at our society as it presents itself today. Beyond this, there is action to be taken. Come and hear this presentation and find out what you can do to help create an equitable society.
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 released in January 2019 

Thursday, August 29, 7:00 – 9:00 pm,Timor-Leste (East Timor) From Genocide to Democracy: Lessons on U.S. foreign policy, international solidarity and impunity, presented by Pamela Sexton and Janicia Maria de Jesus. The U.S. has much to account for and much to learn after its complicity in the genocidal occupation of Timor-Leste by the Indonesia military.  On this 20th anniversary of the historic August 30, 1999 United Nations-sponsored Referendum on Independence, come to learn more about what Noam Chomsky has called “the miracle of the 20th century.”
     The Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste gained independence in May 2002, following centuries of Portuguese colonialism and a 25-year illegal Indonesian military occupation. While the U.S. government gave the green light and key military and diplomatic support to Indonesia’s invasion and genocidal occupation, a small group of U.S. activists challenged these policies.  Led by the incredible courage, determination and actions of the Timorese people, international solidarity for Timor-Leste grew and honed its strategies.

  20 years ago, on August 30, 1999, despite widespread Indonesian military intimidation and violence, the East Timorese people declared their sovereignty to the world in a United Nations-sponsored independence referendum. The Indonesian military responded by unleashing a scorched earth campaign which left thousands dead and hundreds of thousands displaced. Much has happened during the past 20 years, including a calling for justice for crimes against humanity committed from 1975 to 1999.
While efforts to end impunity for past crimes have been unsuccessful thus far, there is still much to celebrate today. Timor-Leste stands as an example of democracy and tolerance to many of its neighboring nations. Timor-Leste is one of the most oil-dependent nations in the world, but local organizations are demanding a sustainable, diversified economic future.  Timorese feminist and LGBTQ movements continue to grow, with support from national leaders, and Timor-Leste leads the world in its inclusion of permaculture school gardens in the national school curriculum.
Pamela Sexton is a local educator who has worked for 25 years with East Timor and Indonesia Action Network (ETAN), and lived for 10 years with her family in Timor-Leste. In 1999, Pam was an election observer in Timor-Leste and U.S. Coordinator for an international solidarity observer project.
Janicia Maria de Jesus was born in Maliana, Timor-Leste and has studied in the U.S. for the past four years. She studied architecture at the California College of the Arts, and is currently studying electronic music production in Pyramind, San Francisco.  She will return to Timor-Leste to help preserve and develop Timorese culture through art, design, and music, to gain recognition of the Timorese identity around the globe.
 Monterey Peace and Justice Center, 1364 Fremont Blvd., Seaside.

Thursday, August 29, 6:00 - 8:00 pm, Public Workshop:  Central Coast Highway 1 Climate Resiliency Study--The Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments (AMBAG) invites you to come learn about the Central Coast Highway 1 Climate Resiliency Study. The Highway 1 corridor near Elkhorn Slough presents significant challenges to the future of transportation in the Monterey Bay region under conditions of climate change and sea level rise. Elkhorn Slough is California’s third largest tract of tidal wetlands and hosts extraordinary biological diversity, providing critical habitat for more than 135 aquatic birds, 550 marine invertebrate species, and 102 fish species. Changes to the road and railway infrastructure will likely affect these important ecological resources.  This planning study seeks to identify the needs and opportunities to improve transportation mobility, safety and efficiency, promote healthy coastal habitats, and provide economic security and benefits to the local community. Get involved and help shape the adaptation strategies that are being developed and evaluated.  Location:  Moss Landing Marine Labs,  8272 Moss Landing Road, Moss Landing; Open to the Public.  No registration required.  Website for more info:  https://ambag.org/programs-services/planning/central-coast-highway-1-climate-resiliency-study.  For Questions, contact Heather Adamson at AMBAG at hadamson@ambag.orgor  883-3750.

Friday, August 30, 6:00 pm, The fil
mLittle Pink House will be shown at the Monterey Peace and Justice Center--1364 Fremont Blvd., Seaside. Sponsored by Libertarians for Peace. We will provide pizza and popcorn. RSVP.
     This award-winning feature film is about taking from the poor and giving to the rich. Little Pink Housetells the true story of Susette Kelo, who bought and fixed up a rundown cottage in New London, Connecticut.  In 1998, pharmaceutical giant Pfizer wanted to build offices for their nearby plant, and the City decided it would be a better use of the land than as a blue-collar neighborhood. The City handed over its power of eminent domain to the New London Development Corporation (NLDC), a private body, to take the entire neighborhood, justifying it with the nebulous claim of “economic development.”
     Susette Kelo refused to give up her home and sued, all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. In 2005, the Court, in a 5–4 decision, ruled in favor of the City of New London.
RSVP to Lawrence Samuels at 

Wednesday, September 4, 10:00 – 11:30 am, Friends of Homeless Women:  Learn about building 
LOW INCOME HOUSING.  Betsy Wilsonof Mid-Pen Housing andDana Cleary with CHISPAwill talk about building affordable housing and will give updates on their two new housing developments, Junsay Oaks in Marina and Moongate in Salinas, opening in the Fall of 2019!

Tuesday, September 10, 6:00pm-8:30pm, Chasing the Thunder:  Film Screening and Panel Discussion. Chasing the Thunderis a high-seas documentary about the Sea Shepherd’s epic 110-day, 10,000-mile chase of the “Thunder,” considered the world’s most notorious poaching vessel. Across two seas and three oceans, the marine activists hunted the fugitive fishing ship through massive ice floes, storms-tossed seas, a near collision and violent clashes until the Thunder dramatically sank, burying the evidence of its crimes on the bottom of the South Atlantic.  This 96-minute award-winning documentary is not streaming anywhere and the only way to see it is at a festival or special screening.   A panel discussion with the filmmakers will follow this special screening.   Location:  Irvine Auditorium,Middlebury Inst. Of Intl. Studies, 499 Pierce Street, Monterey. Free, open to the Public.  Registration requested via EventBrite.  Website: https://www.middlebury.edu/institute/chasing-thunder-film-screening-and-panel-discussion  For Questions, contact Rachel C. at the Center for the Blue Economy, 831-647-4183 or cbe@miis.edu.
Saturday, September 21, is International Peace Day, as declared by the United Nations.  SAVE THE DATE.  Plans are underway for an extraordinary PICNIC at Laguna Grande Park in Seaside to which everyone is invited.  Peace Coalition of Monterey County and Children of the Sun  are working together to arrange a glorious day for all of you.  There will be musical acts, possibly an indigenous dance performance. You can bring your own picnic or share a dish on the potluck table or buy from food trucks.  Music will start at 11 am.  Come and socialize with all the peace people of Monterey County! Many more details will follow – watch for flyers which will be posted about town!
Info:  dwarcken@comcast.net 


Drop All Charges Against the Four Venezuelan Embassy Protectors
For more than a month, people stayed at the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, DC to protect it from right-wing forces who have been trying to orchestrate a coup in Venezuela with the aid of the US.  While people occupied the embassy, others supported them from outside where they were confronted by a right-wing mob and police. The electricity was shut off, they tried to deny them food and used severe intimidation.
     After 37 days, and in violation of international law, the police entered the embassy and arrested Kevin Zeese, Margaret Flowers, Adrienne Pine and David Paul.  They all now face large fines and the possibility of a year in prison.  Our movement must come together to defend them from these charges and help deter such criminal behavior by the United States government in the future.  A movement-wide defense committee has been established to raise funds, to get out the truth about why the courageous embassy protectors were there, and to expose the government’s lies and abuses.  The web site of the defense committee can be found here: 
     The defense committee estimates that the legal costs will be about $50,000, so our movement needs to raise this.  Of course, the government has unlimited amounts of your tax money to prosecute them.  On the right-side of the 
web site you and your organization can endorse the campaign and make a much-needed donation. Also, you can download the flyer from the web site.

Here is a song written for the Collective by Cuban singer Landy Silverio.


Opposition to U.S. Opposition to Venezuela
We oppose the extraterritorial application of unilateral measures.
     That is not Cuba, Nicaragua, Iran, Russia, or China talking about the most recent unilateral coercive measures imposed by the United States against Venezuela, i.e. economic sanctions that have become an economic blockade, but 
the European Union. Even allies who have embarrassed themselves by recognizing the phony “interim president” Juan Guaido are saying the US has gone too far.
     All of the countries listed above and many more have stated their opposition to the escalation of the US economic war against Venezuela. Venezuela, along with Iran, has become a prime target of US regime change, and both are uniting the world in opposition to the US’ bullying behavior, which is hastening the demise of US domination. Popular social movements are growing against US unilateralism and violations of international law.
     Countries of the World are Uniting Against the United States Six months ago, the 
US sought to install a puppet government led by Juan Guaido. Guaido, trained by the US, was an unknown personality to most Venezuelans. He is a minor politician who barely won election to the defunct National Assembly. Today, the failure of the US coup attempt is evident. Repeated efforts by Guaido, his allies and the United States to rally support for Guaido from the people and Venezuelan military have failed.
     A large rebuke on the international stage occurred in July when delegations from 120 countries of 
the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) united to oppose US policy against Venezuela, saying in a statement that only Venezuela can decide its fate, no other state can intervene in accordance with the United Nations Charter. The UN General Secretary pointed out the importance of the Non-Aligned Movement when she spoke at the beginning of the conference, stating that “two-thirds of the United Nations members and 55% of the world’s population” are represented by it, making it the second largest multinational body in the world.
    Javad Zarif, the Foreign Minister of Iran, put the US intervention against Venezuela in context, 
declaring upon his arrival for the meeting: “The resistance of the people of Venezuela against the United States is very important for all the countries of the world.”
     The economic blockade, 
announced last week, has also escalated opposition to dollar domination. There are now 21 countries on the US sanctions list and scores of other countries are impacted by the US’ sanctions. In reality, what the US is doing is imposing unilateral coercive measures against these countries, which violate the United Nations Charter.  Sanctions imply there was a formal action that justified a punishment, but that is not the case here.
The Caracas Declarationwas passed at the NAM meeting. As Anya Parampil reported in the Grayzone, “the delegates unanimously affirmed their pursuit of a multipolar world and a desire to construct an international financial system independent of US control.” 
     The Declaration also contained a clause calling for following the Vienna Convention, which includes a provision to protect diplomatic missions. No doubt this was in response to the US’ seizure of Venezuelan diplomatic properties, highlighted by the work of 
the Embassy Protection Collective to uphold international law.
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... on the average day of 2019, over 100 Americans have died from gun violence. And 100 more will die today.


The Peace 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.comor Tom Lee, co-chair tlee7621gptc@gmail.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 or Tom Leetlee7621gptc@gmail.com.
(Sidney is away until mid-August) or to out-going co-chair Deborah Warcken dwarcken@comcast.net.  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. 

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