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Nevada County Progressive Alliance Mar./Apr. Newsletter.
Dear Progressive Allies,So much to do. Hope you find something motivating here. I’m planning on posting a lot more often to the Progressive Alliance FB page, so If you missed getting something to me for this newsletter, go ahead and send it to me and I’ll post it there. Also you can request to be a member of that group and Nicole or I can add you. Then you can post your events there directly. Also I’m hearing a lot of good things about this. Here is a new link for Useful Idiots with Matt Taibbi and Katie Halper :  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-OKkVxTcgGo34pWUC9CIIw/videos
Wed. Mar. 24th Important NID virtual meeting 9am. The NID Board will consider whether to formally adopt the AWMP (Agricultural Water Management Plan) before submitting it to the California Department of Water Resources by May 1, 2021. Join SYRCL in following this closely. Please click the following to join the webinar:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85399437099
Wed. Mar. 24th 7-8:30 pm Los Angeles Democratic Party zoom Townhall: Healthcare: How do we move California forward. We have a new Single Payer healthcare bill in CA, AB1400 called CalCare. This is an opportunity to hear from the lead author, Ash Kalra, and learn all you want to know. To RSVP and submit questions: www.lacdp.org/lacdppresents
Thurs. Mar. 25th 6pm MineWatchers Community Meeting Learn about: updated timeline — anticipated next steps in the public process, countering Rise Gold’s claims about the impacts to our community, and how to take action. We want to hear from you. Please come with any questions you have.  We will have experts who will be on hand to answer questions the best we can. Register in advance for this 3/25 webinar: Registration   After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Fri. Mar. 26th 3-5 pm Justice for Sage Crawford, 201 Commercial St. Nevada City. Gather with your community in front of the DA’s office to protest her death and the dysfunctional systems that produced it. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing. Violence will not be tolerated. sponsored by Justice for Sage Crawford and the Peace & Justice Center of Nevada County.
Sat. Mar. 27th 11:45 am -12:45 pm Stop Asian Hate Please join us in expressing support for our local Asian friends and neighbors. We will non-violently speak out against racism and hate crimes. Please bring signs, masks and social distance. Broad St. Bridge, Nevada City
Sat. Mar. 27th 1-3 pm Event by Nevada County Library and California Heritage: Indigenous Research Project  Guests: Shelly Covert is the Spokesperson for the Nevada City Rancheria Nisenan Tribe. She sits on the Tribal Council and is community outreach liaison. She is also the Executive Director of the Tribally guided, non-profit, CHIRP (the California Heritage: Indigenous Research Project), whose mission is to preserve, protect and perpetuate Nisenan Culture. Herman Fillmore is the acting Culture/Language Resources Director for the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California Melba Rakow is a Culture/Language Teacher for the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California and Suzan Shown Harjo President of The Morning Star Institute. Poet, writer, lecturer and policy advocate, who has helped Native Peoples protect sacred places and recover more than one million acres of land.Online: us02web.zoom.us
Tues. Apr. 6th 6:30 Nevada County Democrat’s First Tuesday Education Forum.First Tuesday Forum: Obi Kaufmann. April 6th, 6:00 pm.  Join the Nevada County Democrats as we host Obi Kaufmann, artist, conservationist, and author of suck books as The California Field Atlas. A frequent guest of the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, he’ll share with us his thoughts on how art can shape policy making, California’s recent environmental legislation, and how to find optimism in the face of climate change.Facebook RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/465679988111222/Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88306000357Wed.Apr. 7th 7:30 Foothills DSA (Democratic Socialists of America) General Meeting. Not a Democratic Socialists of America member? Join here! We’re fighting for real change in our community. We want single-payer health care, a Green New Deal, racial justice, housing for all, and more. We hope you’ll consider being part of our movement. 
Sat. Apr. 10th 10 am: The League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County will present a Zoom presentation of the Climate Reality Project. This is a very updated version of Vice President Al Gore’s presentation of An Inconvenient Truth.  The issue is now more urgent than ever, and more solutions are available. Presenter Gary White: Gary H. White is a Climate Activist trained by Former Vice President Al Gore and his Climate Reality Project (CRP). Gary’s role with the CRP SF Bay Area chapter is to educate and motivate people in the Bay Area to learn about and address the climate emergency. Mr. White is also the Founder and Group Leader of the San Mateo chapter of Extinction Rebellion. XR uses non-violent direct action tactics to call attention to the increasing severity of the climate emergency and demand an aggressive response by the U.S. government and the business community to limit the damage. This is the Zoom link:   https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81940019104Thur.Apr. 15th 3 -5 pm Monthly Occupy Beale AFB Vigil Against Drone Wars and Militarism   Sponsored by Nevada County Peace & Justice Center. Corner of So Beale Rd. and Ostrom. 
Sat. Apr. 17th CalCare SpeakOut event. All across CA, there will be SpeakOut events in support of AB1400, our new Single Payer healthcare bill also called CalCare. We are hosting one here in Nevada County. We are just working out the details now. If you’d like to know more, be involved in any way, or have a personal healthcare story you’d like to share, please email me at schwinn@sonic.net.  
Sat. Apr. 24th 9am World Qigong / Tai Chi Day  World Healing Day Pioneer Park watch demonstrations or participate. Free, but any donations will go to Gold Country Senior Center
Apr. 29th – May 2nd California Democratic Party virtual Convention
Ongoing:
The Nevada County Resilience & Innovation Hub 104 New Mohawk Rd, Nevada City, CAMonday Night Round Tables  7pm A think tank for community based projects Tuesday Night Media Roundtable 4-6pm Golden Road TV Show Weekly on Youtube Go to Golden Road & TV on youtube Thursday Health & Wellness Roundtable 7-9pmMore info at 530-362-8264Alliance4ResilientCommunities@gmail.com

Progressive Alliance

Progressive Alliance March 2021 alerts and info.
Dear Progressive Allies, the first two items are very timely. If you wish to take action on them, you must do so tomorrow, Tues. March 9th. Please read my note to you at the very end.
Action Alert: Tuesday, March 9th, the Nevada County Board of Supervisors will entertain a resolution supporting reopening Nevada County Please send an email to the Board tonight or first thing tomorrow morning, Tuesday the 9th. Ask the board to listen to the experts, ignore outside political pressure, and continue prioritizing public health. We all want our economy to thrive, and the best way to do that is to ensure that we defeat Covid as swiftly and efficiently as possible. To be clear, the letters should be FOR public health and AGAINST this Resolution. Send to: BOS.PublicComment@co.nevada.ca.us CC: bdofsupervisors@co.nevada.ca.us  Re: “Healthy Communities” Resolution
Action Alert: The CA Peace Budget request didn’t get on the agenda for tomorrow’s Grass Valley City Council meeting, Tues March 9 @ 7pm, but it could  help to call in and request it be put on the “next” council agenda.Here’s the contact info for Public Comments:email before 5pm Tuesday March 9th topublic@cityofgrassvalley.com . Phone:  530 274 4390  before 7pm Tues, March 9.
Other important events:
Tues. March 16th 3pm-5pm Peace and Justice Center of Nevada County Despite our new president and administration, the same policies of drone warfare and global domination continue, as evidenced by 800 US military bases worldwide. For over 10 years, we have been peacefully protesting at Beale AFB to shine a light on the need to settle our differences without waging war. Bring signs and banners, or help hold others.Please wear a mask and practice social distancing. Ostrom & South Beale Road, Wheatland, 
For years now, the Nevada County Democratic Women’s Club has been raising funds for the Annette Gillette Scholarship and the Community Service Award, giving $1,000 award to each of two local high school students. Unfortunately, this year they have not been able to fundraise in their usual way at in-person meetings, so they are asking for donations of any amount. You can send a check to: NCDWC   P.O.Box 1573   Grass Valley, CA 95945
Public Bank Advocates Join SEIU CA in Supporting Legislation to Bank the UnbankedAB 1177—the California Public Banking Option Act—will provide Californians with a no-cost banking option. This bill creates the BankCal program, allowing Californians to open a no-fee, no-penalty account with an associated debit card.  AB 1177 reduces the risks of Californians falling into catastrophic debt traps. This will help reduce the racial wealth gap by providing a stable, affordable financial platform that eliminates the need for exploitative alternatives to traditional banking.  Learn more at bankcalnow.com.
Single Payer healthcare/medicare for all. We have a new Single Payer healthcare bill in the CA Assembly (hooray). It’s AB 1400 and called CalCare. It is an excellent bill, with comprehensive coverage, specifies investment in underserved communities like our rural community, and requires that the board equitably represents the diversity of California. It also has a just transition for workers in the for-profit healthcare industry. It will cover everyone, and still save money by eliminating the waste created in a multi-payer, for profit industry. There are so many ways you can help us get this bill passed. To learn more go to https://healthcareforall.org/  or to connect locally email me at schwinn@sonic.net
And last, but definitely not least. I owe each and every one of you an apology. I attended the CA Progressive Alliance Convention last Saturday. It was so wonderful and I was so sad that I had not publicized this more to our Nevada County Progressive Alliance. The broad array of subjects and knowledgable people, was inspiring. I promise, I won’t make that mistake next year. 
Leah Schwinn

Multiethnic Israeli Youth Movement Succeeds in Halting the Netanyahu Annexation Plan

It all started after Netanyahu and Trump announced their illegal Annexation Plan. We initiated “Teen against the Annexation”, a petition which collected more than 400 signatures of young activists from all over Israel. The statement was widely shared on social media, discussed by youth online and reported in the Israeli press. We swarmed social media with stories about the occupation to educate Israeli teens about the atrocities their government send soldiers to commit and to mobilize them against the annexation and in resistance to militarism.

On the 6th of June, to commemorate the 53rd year of the occupation, we joined others in Mesarvot netowork (which supports those who refuse to be soldiers of the occupation) and participated in a joint Jewish-Arab mass demonstration in Tel Aviv. More than 10,000 people joined, holding “Palestinians Lives Matter” signs and calling for  just peace. It was the biggest demonstration against the Israeli occupation in the last decade (!), and we are proud that Mesarvot members took an active role in organizing it and in promoting it to teens and youth.
 

In the following weeks we organized a direct protest in front of the house of Benny Gantz,  Minister of Defense and Netanyahu’s vital coalition partner. Under the radar, Gantz ordered a special enlistment of reserve army troops, as Israel was preparing for resistance in the annexed territories. The ongoing pressure led Netanyahu to back down from his promise for the settlers and revoke his policy of an immediate annexation in July. Washington and Dubai are stealing the credit of the achievement of left wing activists, as the Israeli halted all preparations for the annexation of Palestine!

Now, we directed our efforts toward the ongoing mass demonstrations in Jerusalem. For the past month, a permanent protest zone occupies the area around Prime Minister Netanyahu’s official residence. Thousands of Israelis are coming weekly to protest the political corruption, police violence and destruction of democratic norms by the government.We chose to join these protests as part of a progressive block with a unique message: End the occupation and liberate the Palestinians people. We hold banners calling for democracy for all and murals of Iyad al Hallak who was murdered by Israeli police. We face police violence and many of us were unlawfully arrested in every demonstration, while others were assaulted by organized groups of pro-government hooligans. Our message is that true freedom cannot coexist with military oppression, and that each one of us has a personal obligation to depart from evil and do good.

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Eden Lumerman

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4th Friday Film: Selma, online discussion

In continued support of the Black Lives Matter movement that has swept the USA, for our Fourth Friday Film Forum this month, the Peace and Justice Center presents a film discussion on the film “Selma” (2014).  It is important that all Americans know and understand the history of racism in the U.S.  Selma gives us an important piece of that history, because of the nonviolent resistance efforts of Martin Luther King, John Lewis and others that the Civil Rights Act, and Voting Rights Act of 1965 were enacted.  Selma is directed by black activist, Ava DuVernay and written by Paul Webb. Although the Civil Rights Act of 1964 legally desegregated the South, discrimination was still rampant in certain areas, making it very difficult for blacks to register to vote. In 1965, Selma, Alabama became the battleground in the fight for suffrage. Despite violent opposition, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) and his followers pressed forward on an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, and their efforts culminated with President Lyndon Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Due to COVID-19 we cannot show the film at our usual venue, the Helling Library, so everyone is asked to independently watch the film (available on YouTube, Amazon Prime, Hulu and Netflix) and then join us for a Zoom discussion.  Members of the Peace Center will host and moderate a ZOOM ROOM discussion on Friday evening, August 28, 2020 at 7:00 pm. You must email your request to join the Zoom discussion to ncpeaceandjustice@gmail.com.  On that day and before 6:00 you will be sent a Zoom invitation link to join us at 7:00 p.m. on the 28th   We look forward to seeing you in the Zoom Room!  

Together, We Can Stop the Theft of this Election

We stood up on the streets by the hundreds in solidarity with black lives.  Now we will fight, from home, to save the endangered votes of people of color and students from a vicious voter suppression scam.

How to stop the planned fix on the 2020 Election before it happens:

1-Buy and read Greg Palast’s new book, How Trump Stole 2020 online at www.gregpalast.com.  Palast is the country’s leading journalist exposing election cheating.  17 million voters of color have already been purged from registration rolls and will not be able to cast their votes.  Millions more will not receive a requested vote-by-mail ballot, or have it disqualified.  Voters of color and students will be forced to wait in line for many hours during the pandemic, while suburban voters vote in ten minutes.  Like the presidential elections of 2000, 2004 and 2016, this one will be stolen as well, along with critical down-ballot races.  The polls are wrong because they do not take these factors into account.  While you are on www.gregpalast.com, make a tax-deductible contribution to help them support lawsuits against voter suppression in many states.  Urge friends to buy the book, and give it as a gift.  We are trying to make it a bestseller so the mainstream media can’t ignore it. 

2-Visit the Peace and Justice Center of Nevada City website, www.ncpeace.org, to see the options for volunteering to re-register disenfranchised purged voters, and register new voters, especially in “swing states”.  You can write postcards and letters to these voters, or text or call them.  Here are three great organizations that are coordinating for us to do this work.  Choose one and start saving democracy: 

-Reclaim Our Vote (non-partisan)https://actionnetwork.org/forms/reclaim-our-vote-signup

-Vote Forward/Swing Left (non-partisan) https://votefwd.org/  There is a local Nevada County campaign organized out of the Unitarian fellowship in Grass Valley that meets Thursdays at 4 on line.  To join, email Reine Thibeault at rthibeault.uucm@yahoo.com

-Stand Up America (partisan) https://www.standupamerica.com/

Jeffrey Gottesman

Nevada County for Black Lives Concert and Fundraiser

KVMR 89.5 FM Thursday 6PM-7:30PM

“I Am Not Your Ne-ro” (2018)

I Am Not Your Negro film poster

In support of the Black Lives Matter movement that has swept the USA, the Peace and Justice Center presents “I Am Not Your Ne-ro” (2018).  Some of you may object to the use of the much discouraged word “Ne-ro” for referring to African Americans, but you are asked to understand the context of those times.  In 1979, Author, James Baldwin (Black Like Me), wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, Remember This House. The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends-Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. At the time of Baldwin’s death in 1987, he left behind only thirty completed pages of his manuscript.   Master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race and racial injustice in America, using Baldwin’s original words and a flood of rich archival material. “I Am Not Your Ne-ro” is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present  #BlackLivesMatter movement.   Using Baldwin’s words, Peck has produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for.

Due to the COVID-19 we cannot meet in person, so everyone is asked to independently watch the film (available on Netflix), and also available on YouTube (free).  Members of the Peace Center will host and moderate a ZOOM ROOM discussion on Friday evening, July 24, 2020 at 7:00 pm.

Hey, all you organizers and protestors of the Nevada County BLM movement, please join us and tell us what you think!

You must request to join the Zoom discussion by emailing us at ncpeaceandjustice@gmail.com.  You will be sent an invitation to join us and the link to your email account, no later than noon on July 24th.

Looking forward to seeing you in the Zoom Room!

Covid Memorial Day

MEMORIAL DAY IN THE TIME OF COVID BY William Larsen, Nevada City

Fifty one years ago I was in a Vietnam firefight where five of “our” guys were killed outright, and twenty seven wounded. “We” never knew how many ended up dying because “they” (our fearful leaders) never told “us”.

There was no way of knowing how many of “their” guys (the NVA) were killed or wounded. “WE” (“them” and “us”) never talked much.

The truth is, “we” never saw a soul in those fiery moments (only afterward when we found “their” dead and wounded). Just raging explosions blasting from the obscenely tangled jungle: AK-47 bursts, rocket propelled grenades, motor rounds followed by the thunderous explosions of “our” 155 millimeter artillery shells. Oh yeah, the “friendly fire”. Actually, not very friendly, and very, very indiscriminate, coming in so close because “we” were in direct combat with “them”, and then everybody got the shrapnel slicing through bodies, trees and limbs. In that moment  “WE” were one.

As the company medic, I tended to the wounded NVA soldiers after ”OUR” bloody affairs. This was done on the ground, where we found “them”, in the vast jungle hundreds of miles from the nearest village. It was the most primitive triage setting imaginable. Young guys, some obviously in their teens––as were “our” guys whose average age was 19––ripped up like their bodies had been put through a meat grinder. And “they” had the same look on their face as did “our” guys when “they” were the ones getting torn up. The same face, an old comrade told me a few years ago, that I had on mine when I got hit by three AK-47 rounds a few weeks later (no, I can’t find words to describe that look).

But it was that look, on many faces, which first made me realize WE are one. And it was the  loss of many friends––and “enemies––that made me understand how impossible it is to truly grieve for one without grieving for all. The heart, after all, is a vessel, and when the container is ruptured, the illusion that we control its content is shattered.

I grieve these losses in a way that is no longer voluntary, for their absence lives within me in a way it is not possible to deny. I grieve those on all sides who became trapped in the raging hell of all wars: dead soldiers, survivors and civilians; the wounded; those bereaved and those embittered. I grieve for those tortured in atrocities, and for those so damaged in their hearts they unleashed their agony upon others.

And now the entire environment is mounting an attack against US––a counter attack actually, against the war of relentless, human consumption against OUR world––and “we” continue to be in opposition to “them” in devising a unified response to OUR global pandemic. To so many, it would seem, the war waged between ourselves is more important than survival itself, and that “our” welfare can somehow be enhanced by inflicting suffering onto “others.” It is my fervent prayer that this premise is untrue

So I contemplate my losses this year with an especially heavy heart.  I am not nearly wise enough to truly understand humanity’s addiction to war, but I do believe the very notion of warfare itself originates with the delusion that we are separate. That there truly are entities such as “them” and “us”.  War has taken much from me, but much has also been given. I relish the core realization that came out of my war experience: the longer I live, the less able I am to discern one life as separate from all life. As we go forward in this mad, loving doomed dance that is both our plight and our salvation, I grieve for us all. 

Support Peace Budget Resolution: Action Item

From Paula Orloff: Please sign and forward this link for the California Peace Budget Resolution. It’s  short and easy to sign  the petition, and after you sign, there is an easy link to facebook and twitter if you  want to pass it on. Or you can send this link below via email, text or other social media to friends.   PS Check out the beautiful photo in the title of the resolution!
Ask California Legislators and Governor to Back Peace Budget Resolution
Ask California Legislators and Governor to Back Peace Budget ResolutionClick the link to email your state legislators and governor.

UPDATE  ON CONGRESSIONAL PROPOSALS TO MOVE SOME OF OUR HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS IN MILITARY TAXES and California Peace Budget support for them.
The California Peace Budget Resolution is a version of Representative  Barbara Lee’s H Res 1003  regarding wasteful Pentagon spending, supporting  50% cut to the bloated defense budget, and redirecting the funds to essential needs and services.    Senator Bernie Sanders in the Senate called for an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act to cut 10% in annual Pentagon spending and reinvest it in education, health care and poverty reduction. https://www.sanders.senate.gov/newsroom/press-releases/sanders-cut-the-pentagon-by-10-to-hire-more-teachers-build-more-homes-and-create-  Summaries of both proposals are below.
  Lee’s  and Sanders’  proposals need support.  Even if not adopted this time around, we need to keep the attention on using some of our  hundreds of billions of military taxes for community investment and welfare, not warfare.    The California Resolution is directed to the California Governor and Legislators.  It  asks them to  pressure Congress to redirect some of the hundreds of billions of our military taxes for constructive programs like those addressed by Lee and Sanders.  It is an updated version of Local Peace Budget Resolution which was adopted by the Conference of Mayors of large cities in 2017.  
 David Swanson of World Beyond War is gathering names of organizations and individuals that sign on to the California Peace Budget Resolution.   If the California Governor and Legislature supports it, they could lend weight to Lee’s, Sanders’,  or similar moves to redirect our military taxes to human and environmental needs. 
David Swanson is an author, activist, journalist, and radio host. He is director of WorldBeyondWar.org and campaign coordinator for RootsAction.org. Swanson’s books include War Is A Lie. He blogs at DavidSwanson.org and WarIsACrime.org. He hosts Talk Nation Radio.He is a 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee. Swanson was awarded the 2018 Peace Prize by the U.S. Peace Memorial Foundation. Longer bio and photos and videos here. Follow him on Twitter: @davidcnswanson and FaceBook, and sign up for: Activist alertsArticlesDavid Swanson newsWorld Beyond War newsCharlottesville news.

Happy White Male Property Owner’s Independence Day

While we are watching the fireworks tonight, let’s recall that one of the principal but seldom recalled causes of the American Revolution of 1776 was the Somerset Case in London in 1772.  The high court of England ruled slavery illegal in England.  American colonial planters panicked, fearing that this precedent would be applied to the 13 colonies as well.  Their enormous amassed wealth was primarily in African slaves.  Thus, slave-owning planters became the leaders of the American Revolution, as Dr. Gerald Horne, author of The Counterrevolution of 1776 observes.  It’s not hard to see why the African slaves and freedmen sided overwhelmingly with the British in the War of Independence and the War of 1812.  Indians felt the same way.  A century earlier, in Bacon’s Rebellion, white settlers of the frontier demanded more British support for their seizing and settling of Indian lands, a war which England was also losing its stomach for.  So would I be unpatriotic if I ask what the United States would be like if the War of Independence had gone the other way?  Well, I suppose the answer is, Canada.  Enjoy the fireworks!     Jeffrey Gottesman