Tuesday September 9, 2014
8 a.m.: Demonstration of Support for the Defendants and Opposition to Drone Warfare
9 a.m.: Arraignment of 15 defendants
September 9th is the date set for the arraignment of fifteen Beale defendants who are being charged with misdemeanor trespass for two different civil disobedience actions at Beale Air Force Base last April. Supporters are invited to gather at 8 a.m. on the day of the trial at the Federal Courthouse at 5th and I Streets in Sacramento.
The fifteen are charged with misdemeanor trespass, a charge that carries a possible penalty of up to five years in federal prison, $5000 in fines, and five years’ probation. Previous trials of nonviolent protesters at Beale have not resulted in these kind of penalties, but in community service. However, many of the fifteen who are being arraigned have been detained by base officials more than once, and it is possible that they will receive harsher sentences.
We are keeping people updated about this case, background information, and actions related to drone warfare through the Earth Justice Ministries website and Earth Justice Ministries Facebook page. Keep informed by following Sharon Delgado’s blog postings on drone warfare. Check out the Occupy Beale Air Force Base Facebook page or Occupy Beale website for updates on this trial, background information, and announcements about upcoming Beale demonstrations and direct actions.
Public opposition to the U.S. drone warfare program is growing. In addition to the direct action that has been taking place at Beale, a coalition of peace and justice groups around the country have been protesting drone warfare. Find out about the Network to Stop Drone Surveillance and Warfare at the website of the No Drones Network. Faith groups are stepping up to the moral challenges presented by drone warfare. Find out about faith-based anti-drone actions. Also, check out Awake to Drones, Faith Perspectives on the Use of Drones for Warfare and Surveillance.
Palestinian Children killed
NOTHING IS LOUDER THAN OUR SILENCE
by Wendy Hartley 7/12/2014
The Palestinian woman in childbirth held up at the checkpoint by Israeli soldiers – unable to get to the hospital, unable to birth her baby, screaming and dying; the grief-laden wails of her loved ones…
The harsh shouts of the Israeli settlers as they attack Palestinian children who are walking to school, and shepherds with their flocks on their own lands, and farmers trying to tend their crops….
The noise of the Caterpillar bulldozers as they smash Palestinian homes and water cisterns and uproot olive trees and tear up the land to build more WALL …
The explosive banging on Palestinian doors by Israeli soldiers at night, breaking and smashing the meager household goods in their search for a child accused of throwing a stone, or an adult who attended a non-violent demonstration against the OCCUPATION…
The cries of the children abducted by soldiers, beaten, tortured to give false confessions, thrown into jail cells shut away from family and legal help…
In Gaza, the relentless barrage of planes and drones and bombs every five minutes, of naval ships shelling from off the Gazan coast, and the explosions as the bombs hit and crash down the buildings, homes, schools, hospitals, cafes, gas stations, water lines, sewage treatment plants, all day and all night…
The screams of the injured, the grief-wails of the dead’s families, friends..
NOTHING IS LOUDER THAN OUR SILENCE.
Only the dead have quiet.
YOUR CALLS ARE NEEDED NOW TO SAVE LIVES!
As of July 11, 2014 more than 100 Palestinians in Gaza have been killed in four days of bombing by Israel. Approximately half of these are women and children. No Israelis have been killed.
Tell Congress and President Obama:
As a taxpayer and moral human being, you want all U.S. funding and support for Israel’s occupation of Palestine to stop immediately.
Israel’s bombing of Gaza is a war crime (by definition of the Geneva Convention) because it targets a civilian population, it is disproportionate force and it is collective punishment. Israel has the 4th most powerful military in the world; Palestine has no army, no navy, no air force.
All of Israel’s West Bank Settlements and its so-called “separation” wall have been ruled illegal by the International Court of Justice.
White House: 202-456-1111; Fax: 202-456-7890
State Department: 202-647-4000; Fax: 202-647-3344
Sen. Barbara Boxer: 202-224-3553; Fax:202-224-0454
Sen. Diane Feinstein: 202-224-3841; Fax: 202-228-3954
Congressional Representatives: 202-224-3121; www.house.gov
The Peace & Justice Center of Nevada County joined with 9 other Community Peacebuilders to display the many faces and issues of Peace at the 2014 Nevada County Fair. We received a Fair Board Directors Award for our efforts, from Shanti Emerson, NCF Director. Peacebuilding was recognized as a valued aspect of our community. Our coalition of Peacbuilders amplified our theme: “Our Children Need Peace to Thrive.”
The Brady Campaign
Grandmothers for Peace Nevada County
Kentucky Flat Community Center
Nevada County Label GMOs
Creating Communities Beyond Bias
Nevada County Drone Watch
Occupy Beale Air Force Base
Palestine / Israel Working Group
The Peace Alliance
The Woolman Semester
By Nancy Merritt, CA Peace Alliance
The California Democratic Party (CDP) adopted language by the California Peace Alliance calling for promotion of national institutions “based on the organizing principles of violence prevention and nonviolent conflict resolution, utilizing and developing a network of ‘best practice’ peacebuilding policies and programs, both within UN member states, and externally among nations.”
We took our message of peacebuilding to the recent CDP convention in Los Angeles (March 7-9, 2014) and succeeded in getting new peacebuilding language into the 2014 CDP Platform, and in retaining most of our 2012 CDP Platform language.
We also collected letters to almost all of California’s Congressional delegation — to 51 of 53 CA Representatives — urging them to cosponsor Department of Peacebuilding legislation (DoP/ HR808), which was introduced by Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13) in February 2013.
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