ACLU CHAPTER FORMING IN NEVADA COUNTY! You are invited to the first meeting and elections – Saturday, January 31, 2015 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm. Location – Horseman’s Association, 10600 Bubbling Wells Road in Brunswick area, Grass Valley.
ACLU Chapters are the eyes and ears of our communities, alerting the public to questionable choices made by city councils, county board of supervisors, law enforcement, and other local decision-making bodies. We extend the ACLU’s reach throughout Northern California and keep lawmakers on their toes by representing ACLU priorities and issues in meetings and legislative hearings. Don’t miss your chance to begin an ACLU chapter near you!
More info at ACLUNevadaCounty@gmail.com, or call 430-7029
Sierra Nevada Chapter ACLU website
This film is the story of a movement. It chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement. This film tells the real story of how the revered leader and visionary Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his brothers and sisters in the movement prompted change that forever altered history.
Starring: David Oyelowo, Cuba Gooding Jr. Directed by Ava DuVernay
399 Sutton Way
Kathy Kelly, peace activist and co-coordinator for Voices for Creative Nonviolence, is going to prison for three months for an action at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri, where remotely piloted weaponized drones are based. Kathy was arrested last Good Friday with members of Occupy Beale AFB during a Beale protest.
December 8, 2014
An open letter to a Beale Air Force Base commander
(The following are excerpts from a letter I wrote to Beale Air Force Base Commander Lee on the occasion of my arrest for federal trespass onto base property on Nov. 25):
My husband Michael Pike died in September of Agent Orange related cancer. My husband was Special Forces in Vietnam and came to regret his role in the war and what the U.S. government did. I am here today in loving memory of that fine man to ask you to stop your role in the kill chain which uses the Northrup Grumman Global Hawk drone to identify human targets for extrajudicial execution. This is neither lawful (international and higher law) nor moral and you must know that. Horrible acts, like drone strikes, lead to the atrocities we see now. Inhumanity engenders inhumanity.
I’m asking you to do the right thing. First, to publicly discuss the ethical issues brought forward by the drone policy. Second, to put a moratorium on drone surveillance and targeting (Beale drones do not do the actual murders.) Third, to join those working for peace in seeking diplomatic non-violent avenues in working with those who would do us harm.
To decrease the dehumanizing effects of war and drone strikes this Human Rights Day, Dec. 10 please refresh yourself on our actual rights — check the UN Declaration of Human Rights (adopted 1948, signed by the United States after the horrors of World War II.) The future is our responsibility.
from The Union “Letters to the editor” Chris was arrested with Shirley Osgood for federal trespass.
Peace and Justice Center altar
Earth Justice Ministries altar
Palestine-Israel Working Group altar
Thank You for your Participation!
The Peace & Justice Center, Nevada County Climate Change Coalition and concerned members from the Community joined the call to action from CampaignNonviolence.org to help build a culture of Peace on September 21st, the International Day of Peace. We had a heartfelt event with speakers, music, and a sing-a-long.
After our event, we marched in solidarity with the historic People’s Climate March in NYC and worldwide!
Visit the Peace and Justice Center Facebook GROUP PAGE and find out more about Affiliate Group events and to see photos.
Dear Friends of Wadi Foquin,
There are some very positive developments with our efforts to assist Wadi Foquin, and we wanted to share the good news!
First, congratulations on your most recent fundraising efforts. Locally, (west coast) we raised $19,410. Additional donations made directly to the General Board of Global Ministries are $6,546, making the total raised through the speaking tour $25,956. The soccer field is on its way to becoming a reality. Thank you for your dedication to making the speaking tour such a success.
In line with efforts to raise ongoing funds from different sources, the Wadi Foquin Community Development Project (WFCDP) met with the Village Council and have jointly decided to establish an official relationship with an existing NGO in the West Bank (a non-governmental organization recognized by the PLO). Once this relationship is formalized the organization can receive funds from the General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM) of the United Methodist Church and other organizations to support projects in the village.
Through our efforts Wadi Foquin has received increased visibility and new opportunities to receive financial support so this new relationship will be a great asset. This is a significant step towards developing long-term organizational structure and collaboration between the Village Council and WFCDP. The village will also continue follow up with meetings in DC with USAID on their support for projects in the village.
Second, as a result of our Wadi Foquin congressional briefing and advocacy efforts, the Faith Forum on Middle East Policy has confirmed that they will take a lead in following up on our legislative advocacy through a broader faith based advocacy campaign. The Faith Forum on Middle East Policy is a network of national Christian denominations and organizations working for a just peace in the Middle East with a primary focus on Israel and Palestine. Our advocacy efforts will be part of a larger campaign to address the land confiscation issues and expansion of settlements.
In our local region, FOWF will continue advocacy at Senate and Representative offices, especially with Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer and other Representatives. Former GBGM missionary to Israel/Palestine Janet Lahr Lewis, now based in Washington, DC, is now serving officially as an advisor to the Friends of Wadi Foquin and will keep us informed on the larger advocacy efforts led by the Faith Forum. Let us know if you would like to participate in follow up at your districts offices.
Third, during the recent speaking tour, local filmmaker Nicole Lucero interviewed Adel Hroub and Mayor Ahmad Sokar. She is in the process of completing editing of a 20 minute video which will be accessible via YouTube. This will provide us all with another educational tool to follow up on the great work done during the speaking tour. We will forward the link to everyone when the video is completed.
Finally, Rev. Michael Yoshii will be on a well-earned sabbatical leave January-March, 2015. Rev. Naomi Southard will act as chairperson of the Friends of Wadi Foquin Steering Committee in his absence.
We find all of the these developments to be extremely encouraging. We are grateful for all you do for the cause of Wadi Foquin, and the Community Development Project and Palestine. We look forward to more good news in 2015.
Rev. Naomi Southard
Chair, Friends of Wadi Foquin Steering Committee