Weekly Calendar

February 12, 2019
Monterey County
The Peace Calendar is brought to you each week by
The Peace Coalition of Monterey County

Quote of the Week: 
Venezuelans have a long history. So we are able to listen to each other, to talk to each other. From here were born the liberators of the region, and they said before and after that process we have a culture of political action. We are not in despair. That's the image broadcast to abroad.
                                               ...,,,Nicolas Maduro



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Wednesday February 13, Lunch at Noon, Program at 12:30 – 1:30 pm

The League of Women Voters of Monterey County cordially invites you to attend our Lunch & Learn on CAN SEAWATER INTRUSION BE REVERSED IN THE SALINAS VALLEY?   In 2014 California passed the most sweeping legislation governing groundwater in the State’s history.  The Sustainable Groundwater Management  Act (SGMA) requires plans to bring critically overdrafted groundwater basins such as the Salinas Valley Groundwater Basin into sustainability.  Under the act, the Salinas Valley Basin Groundwater Sustainability Agency (SVBGSA) was formed.  It is governed by an 11 member Board of Directors with one agricultural representative from each of the four Valley sub-basins, City of Salinas, one other Salinas Valley city, the County, CPUC public regulated water utility, disadvantage communities, environmental community and public at large.  Janet Brennanrepresents the environmental community.  Members are generally recommended by their respective groups and in most cases appointed by the Board of Supervisors.
Gary Petersen, General Manager of the SVBGSA, will be the main speaker, with comments by Janet Brennan. He will address basic requirements of SGMA, complexities of the Salinas Valley Groundwater Basin and progress to-date to meet the Act’s requirements. Gary works with a variety of groundwater users through-out the 106-mile long basin to implement SGMA.  He believes that achieving groundwater sustainability is possible and that success is dependent upon building trust and transparency through the use of legitimate processes that are fair and inclusive.  Gary also believes that adopting many changes, including new technology and new thinking, will be required.
Lunch: Noon ($19/person; (salmon, salad, sides, dessert, ) provided by The Valley Grille. Presentation: Free and open to the public)
Unitarian Universalist Church,490 Aguajito Road, Carmel.
Please RSVP if you're attending the luncheon portion by Monday, February 11. RSVP by calling Beverly Kreps at (831)224-3192 or  bkreps1017@gmail.com . Payment for lunch can be made in cash or check and is payable upon arrival.

Wednesday, February 13, 6:00 – 8:00 pm, 
STEMMING THE TIDE TOWARD NATIONALISM, Featuring WILLIAM ARROCHA, Associate Professor, Graduate School of International Policy and Management.  Middlebury Institute WorldViews speaker series features an array of Middlebury Institute faculty experts discussing current global issues.  This year’s theme is “Threats,Identity,and Politics:  Perspectives on New Global Realities.”  McGowan MG102, McGowan Building, 411 Pacific Street, Monterey.  Contach linae@miis.edu
  March 13 New Threats: Terrorism and Cybercrimes featuring Jason Blazakis, Professor of Practice of Terrorism Studies and Director of the Center on Terrorism, Extremism, and Counterterrorism.
  April 10 Identity through the Words of Another featuring Pushpa Iyer, Associate Professor and Director, Center for Conflict Studies, and Thor Sawin, Associate Professor, Graduate School of International Policy and Management
     $10 per ticketwhich includes lecture and reception sponsored by Scheid Vineyards

Thursday, February 14, VALENTINES DAY
 "At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love."

                                     ...Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Thursday, February 14, 12:15pm to 1:30pm: The 
Spirit of Dialogue: Lessons from Faith Traditions in Transforming Water Conflicts.  In the West, we are generally trained to base our approach to managing water conflicts on rationality, and tools typically focus on what is measurable and quantifiable. If only we could see the tangible benefits of cooperating, we are taught, we simply would.  Over Dr. Aaron Wolf's 20 years as a facilitator, he has come to appreciate both the limitations of the rational models and the wisdom, constructs, and practical tools of the world’s faith traditions in working toward deep and healthy interactions around contentious issues.  Wolf draws lessons from a diversity of faith traditions to transform conflict. These and other practical lessons will be presented. Location:  Middlebury Institute of International Studies, McGowan Building, room 100, 411 Pacific St, Monterey.  Free, Open to the Public, No Registration Required. Website for more info:  go.miis.edu/sustainability   For Questions, contact Rachel Christopherson at the Center for the Blue Economy at cbe@miis.eduor (831) 647-4183. This program is a part of this spring’s Sustainability Series about climate change.

Friday, February 15, 4:00 – 6:00 pm, Open House
.  BANNERS OF ACTIVISM:  The Textile Art of Ruth Smithshowcases local artist Smith’s work over the years, as she created a series of banners for organizations working for social and environmental justice.  The unified effect of this collection highlights Smith’s unique style of textile art and her skillful designs reflecting the mission and spirit of each organization.
Monterey Peace and Justice Center, 1364 Fremont Blvd., Seaside.  Public is invited to this free event.  Refreshments will be available.  The exhibit will be up through the month of February.

Sunday, February 17, 5-7pm, Dances of Universal Peace:  a joyful, multi-cultural way to experience our spiritual essence, to connect with each other heart to heart, and to bring peace into our lives and into our world. Participants sing or chant sacred phrases from many of the world’s faith traditions while doing simple circle dance movements.  Since every dance is taught to the whole circle, no experience is necessary.  This invitation is extended by the Santa Cruz Sufi Community & the UUCMP  Life Enrichment Committee.  At the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Monterey Peninsula, 490 Aguajito  Road, Carmel.   Questions?  Call the UU church office at 624-7404.
Monday, February 18, War Abolition 101, a six week-online course providing participants an opportunity to learn from, dialogue with, and strategize for change with World BEYOND War experts, peer activists, and changemakers from around the world.
     Six new videos, one for each of the six weeks of this upcoming online course, make the best case we've yet been able to make for the abolition of war and how to move the world toward it, and available only to course participants.
     David Swanson will be joining World BEYOND War Coordinating Committee members from Canada, Iran, and the United States in leading the course each week, discussing issues with you and giving you feedback. It's a course that's been carefully fine-tuned by World Beyond War’s Education Coordinator Tony Jenkins. 
Learn more and register here.
Now here's a secret you may appreciate: How to get this course for yourself, or as a gift for a friend or loved one, without paying for it:
TheDrive for Five campaign is a way for you to help grow WBW and it won’t cost you a dime, and may get you into our online course for free or at a discount.  Here’s how to get started: 

1.Email everyone you can, asking them to sign here and to enter your name as the person who referred them: https://worldbeyondwar.org/individual

     Once you send us at least five names, we will post your name on our website honoring you as a Drive for Five Hero(unless you prefer anonymity)! But if that weren’t incentive enough, for every signature you bring in, we will credit you $1 towards the tuition for the on-line courseto be held Feb 18th to Mar 31st. Five names gets you $5 credit, 23 names$23. For 100 names you can participate in the course for free!

1.Print a copy of our sign-up sheet.

2.Gather signatures, by asking your family members, neighbors, and friends to sign it. Take it to any public event, or go door to door. It isn’t hard to find people who agree with the Declaration of Peace!

3.Mail it or email a photo of it, as instructed on the sign-up sheet. (Names must include email addresses, which must be legible and functioning.)

Same rewards apply.
Why a Drive for Five:
World BEYOND War got its start five years ago by asking people to sign on to the 
WBW Declaration of Peace:
I understand that wars and militarism make us less safe rather than protect us, that they kill, injure and traumatize adults, children and infants, severely damage the natural environment, erode civil liberties, and drain our economies, siphoning resources from life-affirming activities. I commit to engage in and support nonviolent efforts to end all war and preparations for war and to create a sustainable and just peace.
75,000 people have now signed in 175 countries! When you stop to think about the organizing potential those numbers represent, it’s pretty exciting, but we need more! On our fifth birthday we are launching the Drive for Five campaign. We are asking each of our members (you!) to find five more people to join WBW.If each one of you 100,000 receiving this email found five, that would be half a million! If you found more, then it would be, well more!
     World BEYOND War is only as strong as our membership. We know that it is going to take a massive, coordinated, international effort to accomplish our mission of ending war forever, and our strength increases with every new person and organization who signs on. Please join us in our Drive for Five campaign!
David Swanson, Director, World BEYOND War
World BEYOND War is a global network of volunteers, activists, and allied organizations advocating for the abolition of the very institution of war. Our success is driven by a people-powered movement. 
Support our work for a culture of peace.
Monterey Peace and Justice Center is an affiliate of World Beyond War.

February 19, PRESIDENTS’ DAY honoring George Washington’s birthday and Abraham Lincoln’s birthday and other presidentsas well.  Federal holiday.

Tuesday, February 19, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, Part 2 – King:  A Filmed Record from Montgomery to Memphis chronicles Dr. Martin Luther King’s creation and leadership of the nonviolent campaign in the Civil Rights Movement and  follows Dr. King’s journey, from his early days in Alabama, at the forefront of the Monterey Bus Boycott, to the campaign to integrate public facilities in Birmingham in the early 1960s, and the March on Washington during which King delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech.  Monterey Peace and Justice Center, 1364 Fremont Blvd., Seaside.  A free public event sponsored by the Center and by the Peace Coalition of Monterey County and the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Monterey Branch.

Thursday, February 21, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm, Dr. Jonna Mazetto discussing Pandemicat Democratic Women of Monterey County (DWMC) Luncheon:  Global Health Problem Solving, A Conversation focusing on emerging infectious disease and conservation challenges. The public is invited to attend.  Please make a reservation.  Send a check ($35 for members, $45 non-members) to DWMC, P.O. Box 223003, Carmel, CA 93922. For information, call 831.200.DWMC, or visit www.dw-mc.org.  Luncheon reservations must be received by Tuesday, February 19.info@dw-mc.org.
Hilton Garden Inn,Presidio Room, 1000 Aguajito Road, Monterey.

Friday, February 22, 6:00 – 11:00 pm, MIRA-Fest:  A Celebration of Diversity through the Arts  Wave Street Studios (774 Wave Street, Monterey)  Join the MIIS Immigrant Rights Alliance (MIRA) for an evening of live music, poetry, art, and celebration, a fundraiser in support of the CSUMB Undocu-Success Emergency Fund. This fund supports Undocu-Students who encounter financial difficulty, which could create barriers between them and their educational goals. We appreciate any and every donation in helping these students succeed. You can visit this webpage to learn more about  Undocumented Student Support Services at CSUMB https://csumb.edu/undocumentedstudents 
Ticket prices, the performance lineup, and other event details can be found on the MIRA-Fest Facebook event page
  https://tinyurl.com/mirafestContacttkearns@miis.eduwith questions.  Tananaugh (Tana) Espinoza, MA International Policy and Development, MIIS  tespinoza@miis.edu  831 224 6894

Saturday, February 23, 10:00 – 11:30 am, Women’s International League for Peace and FreedomSteering Committee Meeting at Monterey Peace & Justice Center, 1364 Fremont Blvd., Seaside.  Contact jvandevere@comcast.netor Bev Bean  beverlygb@gmail.com.

Peace Action of the Week!









Contact: Justin Loza, VFP 46 President justin.loza@vfp46.com 

Veterans For Peace, Chapter 46
Saturday, February 23 is the 1 month anniversary of the U.S.-backed coup attempt in Venezuela; it has been set as a day (or weekend) of internationally coordinated actions in solidarity with the people of Venezuela and against the U.S., Wall Street, and the Pentagon’s drive to war.

Wednesday, February 27, 6:00pm to 7:30pm, Budget Horror Stories: Health Care and the Future of the National Deficit.  We continually hear horror stories about future budget deficits in the United States. What we don't hear, overlooked by press and policy makers alike, is that future deficits are driven largely by projections of rising health care costs.  If health care costs are stabilized, we won’t have serious budget problems. If they are not stabilized, then we will face serious economic problems regardless of what happens with the deficit.   Join Dr. Dean Baker, Senior Economist & Co-Founder, Center for Economic and Policy Research as he discusses his research on the future of health care costs and the national budget.  Following his talk, Dr. Jason Scorse, Director of the Center for the Blue Economy at the Middlebury Institute, will moderate a discussion on a wide range of economic and social issues.   The public will have an opportunity to ask questions and be part of the discussion as well.  Location:  Middlebury Institute of International Studies, McCone Building, Irvine Auditorium, 499 Pierce Street, Monterey.  Free, Open to the Public.  Registration Requested.  Website for more info:  go.miis.edu/sustainability.  For Questions, contact Rachel Christopherson at the Center for the Blue Economy at cbe@miis.eduor (831) 647-4183.

Thursday,February 28,
6pm – Executive Committee 
7pm – General Membership Meeting 
CSUMB University Center Living Room next to World Theater, 100 Campus Center, Bldg 29, 4314 6th Street, Seaside
All are Welcome 
Information – 831-394-3727

Friday, March 8, United Nations Association of Monterey Bay and the student UNA club at MIIS will be celebratingInternational Women’s Daywith an event including a film and a reception to follow at theat Irving Auditorium.  Save the date.  Details will follow. 

Saturday, March 9
,6:30pm to 9:30 pmPicture of His Life.  Amos Nachoumis one of the greatest underwater photographers of all time. Fascinated by the most fearsome creatures on Earth, he has developed a unique approach that puts him face to face with his subjects.  Now, at the age of 65, he has one final photographic dream remaining - to photograph a polar bear underwater, while swimming alongside it. The film follows Amos in the Canadian Arctic, as he prepares for his ultimate challenge. As the journey unfolds, so does an intimate and painful story of dedication, sacrifice and personal redemption.  The film is part of the Carmel Jewish Film Festival, in partnership with the Center for the Blue Economy and the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. A food and wine reception will precede the film, and a discussion with Amos Nachoumand filmmaker Dani Menkinwill follow the screening. The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Brendan Kelly, Center for the Blue Economy Senior Fellow, veteran Arctic researcher, and Executive Director of the Study for Environmental Arctic Change. Location:  Middlebury Institute of International Studies, McCone Building, Irvine Auditorium, 499 Pierce Street, Monterey.   Ticketed event, $8-12 for film, $12 for reception.   Open to the Public.  Registration Requested.  Website for more info:   go.miis.edu/sustainability For Questions, contact Rachel Christopherson at the Center for the Blue Economy at cbe@miis.eduor (831) 647-4183. This program is a part of this spring’s Sustainability Series about climate change.

Tuesday, March 26, VENEZUELA, 7:00 – 9:00 pm (tentative) a talk by Gloria La Rivawho will have just returned from that country and will report on the current situation.    She will be videotaping and interviewing people with the aim of breaking the media blockade in the U.S.   Program sponsored by the Monterey Peace and Justice Center and Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), Monterey Branch.  At MPJC, 1364 Fremont Blvd., Seaside.

Saturday, March 30, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, Screening of the award-winning documentary,Two Rivers, the true story of a powerful reconciliation that brought a profound, unexpected, and lasting change to a community,  at the Monterey Peace and Justice Center,1364 Fremont Blvd., Seaside (almost next to Church's Chicken).  We will have food too!  Please look the film up on Google and watch the trailers.  It features Native American history, culture, spirituality and the effects reconciliation has had on the Native and non-Native communities in the Pacific Northwest.  It looks very inspiring!  Sponsored by MPJC.
Sidney Ramsden Scott sramsdenscott@hotmail.com


Hands off Venezuela! No Coup, No Sanctions, No War. Protest US aggression against Venezuela.  All out on February 23 and March 30
The U.S. imperial colossus is poised once again to launch a regime change invasion and war on Venezuela.
     The United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC), in alliance with hundreds of antiwar and social justice organizations across the country, has set February 23 for nationally-coordinated antiwar protests in cities across the country.  Additionally, UNAC, and the National Steering Committee organized to build the March 30 Washington, D.C. mobilization to oppose NATO, voted unanimously to include in the March 30 action a key focus on U.S. Hands Off Venezuela!
     The Trump administration and its top officials, from National Security Adviser John Bolton, Vice President Mike Pence to Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, invoking the heinous Monroe Doctrine of 1823, and backed to the hilt with bi-partisan congressional support, has proclaimed Venezuela to be in the U.S. imperial “backyard." Working people in the U.S. are faced once again with an open bi-partisan promoted imperialist war, with the Trump administration stating that its objective is to obliterate once and for all the sovereign governments of Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua, designated by President Trump as the “troika of tyranny.” [
read more]
The United National AntiWar Coalition

History (aka US Foreign Policy) repeating itself?
"In 1953, Mohammad Mossadegh was a beloved figure in Iran. During his tenure, he introduced a range of social and economic policies, the most significant being the nationalization of the Iranian oil industry. Great Britain had controlled Iran's oil for decades through the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company.
     After months of talks the Prime Minister broke off negotiations and denied the British any further involvement in Iran's oil industry. Britain then appealed to the United States for help, which eventually led the CIA to orchestrate the overthrow of Mossadegh and restore power to Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the last Shah of Iran."
     Sound familiar? It's always about oil and other resources, not "democracy and human rights." 
#PeaceWithIran #HandsOffVenezuela


White Supremacy in Venezuela’s Coup
an article by Greg Palast


CODEPINK on Anti-Semitism
Supporting the campaign of Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions is not anti-Semitic.

Calling out AIPAC for using money to assure unconditional support for Israel is not anti-Semitic.

Pointing out Israels’ apartheid policies toward Palestine is not anti-Semitic

Share this if you are sick of seeing women of color demonized for speaking out against Israel’s unjust policies toward Palestinians.

That’s outrageous! Send a message now to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs telling them to stand with Rep. Ilhan Omar as she stands with the people of Palestine, Yemen, Venezuela, and more.


The Peace Coalition of Monterey Countyis a coalition of 15 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 or Deborah Warcken, co-chairs 
dwarcken@comcast.netor 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 by many 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. (Hebard often leaves DVDs of the programs he has recorded for our library, and so you can catch up on programs you missed!  A student from CSUMB has recently catalogued the DVD’s.) 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-chairs, Sidney Ramsden Scott <sramsdenscott@hotmail.com  and 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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