picture from last year’s Ash Wednesday vigil
6 protesters were arrested at Beale Air Force Base on Ash Wednesday. The protest is against our Air Force and CIA killing people in other countries using drone airplanes supported by reconnaissance drones operated from Beale. The protesters, including 4 from Nevada County, were arrested after trespassing onto federal land. They were taken into custody by military police as they brought a protest letter to the base commander and spread ashes in memory of those killed in Pakistan and Afghanistan, especially children. They were released after being cited. This followed after the Ash Wednesday observance held outside the gate.
Ash Wednesday is a time to remember ones own mortality and the need to repent while there is time. It is traditional for many Christian churches and marks the beginning of Lent which continues until Easter Sunday. Some include harm to others done by our military among acts for which they need to repent.
January 30 – April 4, 2015
The Season for Peace and Nonviolence is a national 64-day campaign, commemorating the death anniversaries of Gandhi and King, dedicated to educating for the use of nonviolence as a powerful tool to heal, transform and empower our lives and our communities.
This is a project of the Association for Global New Thought.
Join us in promoting Representative Barbara Lee’s 2015 Department of Peacebuilding act to create a cabinet-level department to research, initiate and promote nonviolent resolution of conflict, restorative practices and peacebuilding. We need your help!
Just contact your U.S. Representative and urge him/her to cosponsor the 2015 Department of Peacebuilding Act – HR 808. Tell your Congressperson that our first priority must be to prevent violence in our nation, saving lives and money. To do this, they simply contact Congresswoman Lee’s office. Please do this now. To determine who your member of Congress is, see www.house.gov/representatives
Then, tell us by email: email@example.com to whom and when you made your contact.
Working together, we make a difference in creating a culture of peace.
The 2015 PSR/Sacramento Scholarship Essay Contest is now open to High School seniors in Sacramento and surrounding counties: Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, San Joaquin, Solano, Sutter, Yolo, and Yuba. A total of $15,000 in scholarship money will be awarded to 12 students.
To enter the contest, high school seniors must submit an original essay of 500 words or fewer describing their thoughts about United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who stated, “The world is over-armed, and peace is under-funded.”. The deadline for essay submission is midnight on Wednesday, March 11, 2015.
The finalists will present their essays orally on Sunday April 26, at the Dante Club, 2330 Fair Oaks Boulevard in Sacramento, and a distinguished panel of judges from the community will select the first, second, and third place winners. First place will win a $3,000 scholarship, second place a $2,500 scholarship, and third place a $2,000 scholarship. The other seven finalists will all receive $1,000 each, and the two alternates will both receive $250.
Detailed contest instructions and an entry form are available on the PSR/Sacramento website.