Weekly Calendar

May 26, 2020
Monterey County

May 25 to 31, is the international 
week of actions against imperialism
The Peace Calendar is brought to you each week by
The Peace Coalition of Monterey County

Quote of the Week:There have been as many plagues as wars in history, yet plagues and wars take people equally by surprise.”
                   — Albert Camus, “The Plague”



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The Monterey Peace and Justice Center in Seaside will remain closed to the public while the state-wide Shelter-In-Place order is in effect.  MPJC and many organizations and public agencies are offering virtual meetings and webinars to lessen the impacts of the coronavirus disease.  We list them for you below.
The Calendar will also be putting emphasis on actions you can take from home while sheltering in place, e.g. writing to legislators and signing petitions to governing bodies. Please look in the Action and Information Section below.

Virtual ENGLISH as a Second Language (ESL) classesare being offered via Zoom each Monday, 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Time may have changed.  Please call.  For meeting access details and for more info, email Lindsay Wendland at mpjcvolunteers@gmail.comor call (417) 307-2652. Para conocer los detalles de acceso y para obtener más información, envíe un correo electrónico a Lindsay Wendland:  mpjcvolunteers@gmail.comor call (417) 307-2652.  Estas clases en línea continuarán hasta que se levante la orden de Refugio en el lugar.  Free, no registration required. / Las clases son gratis. No se requiere registro.

Thursday, May 28, 5:30 pm, Poverty Amidst Pandemic:  Everybody’s Got A right To Live!  Live on FaceBook.   
Poor People’s Campaign, A national Call for Moral Revival.
Follow this link nowto post and get a reminder: http://bit.ly/ppcmay28Alternatively, at the time of the event, tune in at facebook.com/anewppc

Friday, May 29, 4:00 -5:00 pm, Demonstration at Window-on-the-Bay in Monterey
:  A display of Earth Flay and U.S. Flag along with block letters to spell out the message: ABOLISH WAR
Info:  lynnhmltn@gmail.comor sramsdenscott@hotmail.com
Of course, wear your mask and keep a six-foot distance from each other.  Stay well!
Similar demonstrations will be held most Fridays.
Peace Coalition of Monterey County (PCMC)

Sunday May 31, 10:00 am PDT
Sanctioned Countries Denounce 
New U.S. Military Threats
Hear Palestinian, Yemeni, Iranian, Korean and Venezuelan voices explain dangerous U.S. military provocations used to enforce illegal U.S. sanctions during a global pandemic.
Register now to participate via:
A link to the recording will be sent to all who register in advance.
So register, even if you are unable to watch it live.  Hear Speakers on Impact of U.S. sanctions and military threats on:

  Palestine:Dr. Medhat Abbas, Director of Primary Care, speaking from Gaza

  Yemen: Dr. Yahyia Mohammed Saleh Murshed,Union of Arab Academics, speaking from Sana’a University, Yemen

  Venezuela:Carlos J. Ron Martinez,Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, speaking from Venezuela

  Iran:Sayed Hosein Mousavian, Retired Iranian Ambassador, now teaching at Princeton University

  Korea DPRK:Dr. Kee Park, Harvard Medical School neurosurgeon, who volunteers in DPRK

Hear an Emergency UPDATE
on Sanctions during COVID-19 Pandemic

To enforce illegal U.S. sanctions:

   A U.S. Naval Blockade threatened 5 Iranian tankers en route to Venezuela and other normal trade.

  Meanwhile 15 oil and supply tankers are blocked from entering Yemen’s ports. The U.S. Navy has blockaded Yemen by sea, land and air for 5 years.

  U.S. military, economic and diplomatic aid supports the Israeli naval and land blockade of Gaza.

  The seizure of a Korean ship and decades of sanctions and U.S. Naval war games just off the coast of DPRK threatens all of Asia.

  U.S. aircraft carriers, nuclear subs and destroyers continue to threaten shipping in the Persian Gulf and Straits of Hormuz

   US escalating military threats against shipments of desperately needed supplies pose a threat to the entire world.

  The Pentagon announcements of new nuclear tests, mass production of thousands of hypersonic nuclear missiles and U.S. commanded war games in Europe and the Pacific are an ominous escalation.

  Coercive economic measures backed up by military threats are Acts of War.

  Interference in normal and perfectly legal trade between independent nations is an act of piracy.

   In a time of global pandemic all of these acts are Crime against Humanity.

END ALL U.S. Sanctions and War Threats!


Friday, June 12, 3:00 pm,
Veterans For Peace Chapter 46meets the second Friday of the month at 3 via Teleconference format due to COVID-19, As always, our meetings are open to all that adhere to promoting World Peace.  Login procedure below:  
Join Microsoft Teams Meeting
Telephone; +1 661-383-0637   United States, Santa Clarita (Toll)
(833) 708-6605   United States (Toll-free)
Conference ID: 643 686 230#
Copy and Paste this into new browser if you have trouble accessing meeting through link listed above: 
More instructions are on our website;  https://vfp46.com 
Michael Dempsey

June 13,3:00 –5:00 pm.Pearl S. Buck: Her Life and Role as a Multicultural Mediator,by speaker Dr.Kang LiaoFree, onlineZoom event:  Register in advanceHEREhttps://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYuceqpqjIjEtV-91x4BaOQQkO4y9tjBq2W
Having grown up among the Chinese people, writer Pearl S. Buck, author ofThe Good Earth, developed a keen understanding of China’s history, culture, language, and literature.Her honest and vivid portrayal of peasant farmers and their family life shattered the distorted image of Chinaheld by theWest. Dr. Kang Liaowill discuss Pearl Buck’suniqueroleinpromoting cross-cultural exchange and reconciliationbetweenChina and the West.  Dr.KangLiaohas been teaching English-to-Chinese translation at Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey since 1999.  He authoredPearl S. Buck: A Cultural Bridge across the Pacificandhas published many essays in the field of comparative culture and linguistics. He is an associate professor teaching Chinese at Defense Language Institute in Monterey, where hehas twice received theTeaching Excellence Award.  Hosted and sponsored by the Monterey Peace and Justice Center and the Peace Coalition of Monterey County.  For more information, contactmontereypeaceandjustice@gmail.comor phone (831) 915-7257.
Opening the Dialogue: White People Talking About Racescheduled for June 19 and 20, has been postponed due to the pandemic.  Sponsored by NCBI Monterey County, CSU Monterey Bay, Whites for Racial Equity, The California Endowment, Hartnell Foundation and Center for Nonprofit Excellence. Sign up to receive a notice when the event has been rescheduled: https://lp.constantcontact.com/su/l2aNQkw/whiteaffinityconference.

June 20, Participate in building toward the mass digital"Moral March on Washington"on June 20, 2020.



Commonwealth Club Serieshttps://www.commonwealthclub.org/online..


A Hypersonic Arms Race
Hypersonic weapons are missiles that go five times faster than sound — 3,800 mph — although some reportedly can reach speeds of Mach 20, 15,000 mph. They come in two basic varieties. One is powered by a high-speed scramjet. The other, launched from a plane or missile, glides to its target. The idea behind the weapons is that their speed and maneuverability will make them virtually invulnerable to anti-missile systems.

Currently there is a hypersonic arms race going on among China, Russia, and the U.S., and, according to the Pentagon, the Americans are desperately trying to catch up with its two adversaries.


Memorial Day and 75thAnniversary of founding of United Nations amd the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

WILPF’s Disarm  Committee has 
gotten our timeline up on the Disarm page (tho a few changes still need to be made). We’re sending this out on Memorial Day hoping you will check on that entry. On Memorial Day 1945 there was celebration, remembrance, and dread. World War II in Europe was over by three weeks, but the war in the Pacific still raged….and President Truman received a sharp warning against using the ‘secret weapon’ which would create far more casualties on future Memorial Days….

While staying at home because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we figured some of our “spare” time could be put to good use by reflecting on two of the most pivotal events in world history on their 75th anniversaries: the founding of the United Nations and the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  

Ever since 1945, that most dramatic year at the end of WW11, people, governments and civilization itself have been faced with a momentous dilemma: whether to choose law and cooperation over power and domination.

visit our timeline and follow the history of that year. 
Send us your thoughts and reactions. We can add additional events if you find we have neglected something important.

History is alive, if we make it so!

Robin, with Cherrill Spencer, Ellen Thomas., and Charlotte Dennett from U.S. Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF).  wilpfus.org
PS. Also check out the webinar about the Plowshares 7 and the use of the Necessity Defense:  


While Americans lack ventilators, the State Department is prioritizing $2 billion in weapons 
to the Philippines, a country where countless organizations have documented horrendous human rights abuses related to US weapons sales.Will you call on Congress to reject $2 billion in weapons sales to the Philippines?
President Duterte has ordered the military and police to “shoot to kill” COVID-19 quarantine policies while the Boeing Apache helicopters like the ones in this proposed sale have been used to fire indiscriminately on farmers in the countryside.  
Raise your voice so that our public funds can be used for public health, not more death.
This weapons sale will not make the US or the Philippines safe - it will only be used to attack human rights activists.  Now is the time for activist solidarity. Congress has until May 29th to vote down this deal, 
so we need to send a strong message: NO weapons sales to Duterte. 
Congress should be prioritizing healthcare, not warfare.  R
aise your voice with thousands of Americans and Filipinos and tell Congress to vote “No” on another $2 billion to Boeing, Lockheed Martin, General Electric and Bell Helicopter.  
Towards a weapons free future,

CODEPINK Divest from the War Machine Campaign  
P.S.- Congress is considering extending the draft to women. We say Hell No! 


Senate Committee slips through $38 billion package to Israel
The Foreign Relations Committee passed a bill yesterday to give Israel a minimum of $38 billion over the next ten years, despite ongoing devastation to the US economy. The bill was passed in a meeting closed to Senate live-streaming in a voice vote on a group of 15 items. There was no discussion or debate of the bill – the largest such package in US history – and its title was never said… Now the bill will go to the full Senate. If it passes there, it will likely be signed into law…
By Alison Weir
IsraelPalestineNews.org – IfAmericansKnew.org


Sites to Follow Venezuela, Bolivia, Nicaragua:
Stand with Venezuela
Orinoco Tribune
Venezuela Solidarity New York
End Venezuela Sanctions|

Friends of Sandinista Nicaragua
Back issues of Venezuela-ALBA Weekly in 2018-2020 are here


COVID-19 Information and resources
:  It is important to stay informed with current information about the coronavirus pandemic. Updates can be found on the Situation Summaryon the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and on these trusted sources of information:

·      2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Local Data

·       Monterey County Health Department

·       California Department of Public Health

·       Centers for Disease Control

·       World Health Organization

·       Call the 211 information and referral hotlinewith specific questions.
COVID-ID Resources 
·      2-1-1 for Local Assistance: 2-1-1 is a free, 24-hour telephone number that offers support with health and human services, utility assistance, housing and shelter, child care, legal assistance, mental health and counseling, and other vital resources. 
·      Monterey County has established a newCOVID-19 hotline (831-755-4521)and email (COVID-19@co.monterey.caus)
·      To receive updates regarding COVID-19 in Monterey County,text MCCOVID19 to 888777.
·      To receive updates regarding COVID-19 in general, text Coronavirus to 211211.
or go to one of these:
Monterey County
Monterey County COVID-19 Resources
Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula Coronavirus Information Page
If you missed the vitual townhall for Monterey and San Luis Obispo Counties (17thDistrict) arranged by Senator Bill Monning, you can view the recorded video on his website 
here. You can also visit his COVID-19 Resources Page.
or try Consumer Reports:   Go to 
CR’s Guide to the Coronavirusfor all the latest articles and information. 



The Peace Coalition of Monterey Countyis 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.
Sidney Ramsden Scott 

PCMC’s Peace Calendarevolved 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  (peace central) or the Peace Coalition website {Peace Monterey).

Monterey Peace and Justice Center
while the state-wide Stay-At-Home order is in effect.  The coronavirus transcends every real and perceived border, making it clearer than ever that we are all connected.  Even as we are isolated from each other, we can still seek creative ways to renew our relationships, reconnect and bridge the distances, and find ways to commit ourselves to a world where the Earth’s resources are used to sustain life rather than destroy it  Given the need to avoid public gatherings.  Monterey Peace and Justice Center is currently working to provide programming via online webinars.  We offer our free English Second Language study groups through virtual classes as well. 

Volunteer Opportunitiesat the Monterey Peace & Justice Center (MPJC): Lindsay Wendland is MPJC’s Volunteer Coordinator.  Get in touch with her by email to learn about various volunteer opportunities at the Center:mpjcvolunteers@gmail.com.  Or you can leave a message about volunteering at 899-7322 ormontereypeaceandjustice@gmail.com.

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 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 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.
Email:    montereypeaceandjustice@gmail.com

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

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

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

Program Planningfor the Monterey Peace and Justice Center:  What programs would you like to see?  Please contact Judy Karasjkaras@sonic.net, Catherine Crockett atcm_crockett@sbcglobal.net, or Joyce Vandevere atjvandevere@comcast.net.   Or leave your message at 831-915-7257 or emailmontereypeaceandjustice@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!  If your organization is planning programs that fit within MPJC’s mission, consider using MPJC as a venue for your event.

Weekly Peace Calendaris prepared by Joyce Vandevere for the Peace Coalition of Monterey County. Please send information about peace, nonviolence, social-justice, democracy and environmental sustainability-related events in Monterey County to jvandevere@comcast.net  BY 5:00 pm TUESDAY TO BE INCLUDED IN THE WEEK’S EMAIL.

Direct your questions about thePeace Coalition of Monterey County to Chair,Sidney Ramsden Scott <sramsdenscott@hotmail.com>. Direct your questions about theMonterey Peace and Justice Center to 899-7322 ormontereypeaceandjustice@gmail.com For more information about events listed, contact the sponsoring organization. 

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 Last week, the Trump administration announced it is withdrawing from the Open Skies Treaty, a major international arms control deal. Last year, Trump also withdrew from the INF Treaty — the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia.