Upcoming Events

2:30 pm Working with our edges: Explorin...
Working with our edges: Explorin...
Feb 19 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Working with our edges: Exploring Prejudice and what holds us back @ Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains
RSVP: yolandabernasconi@yahoo.com   or  (Mary Orr) anniesmum@sbcglobal.net
12:00 pm Peace and Justice Center monthly...
Peace and Justice Center monthly...
Feb 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Peace and Justice Center monthly Board meeting @ Call for Location (530) 265-6207
The Peace and Justice Center board meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at Noon. Call for location, (530)265-6207. Welcoming new potential Board members
1:00 pm Grandmothers For Peace – Nevada ...
Grandmothers For Peace – Nevada ...
Feb 21 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Join us as we plan activities and projects to focus awareness on creating a world of peace for this and future generations. You don’t have to be a biological grandmother.
11:00 am Rally to make Health Care a Right
Rally to make Health Care a Right
Feb 22 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Rally to make Health Care a Right @ Secretary of State Auditorium
Join Statewide Rally for a major step forward – time for California to make healthcare a human right. Join the campaign for a healthy California as we join with legislators, community, healthcare advocates to announce[...]
9:30 am STOP The LAFCO Proposal to Incre...
STOP The LAFCO Proposal to Incre...
Feb 23 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
ATTENTION NEVADA CITY AND SURROUNDING NEIGHBORS! VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION. OUR SPHERE OF INFLUENCE IS BEING THREATENED. The Sphere of Influence applies to Nevada City in its relationship to the county. All the 2,900 acres of[...]
8:15 am Resist at Ridge Golf & Event Cen...
Resist at Ridge Golf & Event Cen...
Feb 24 @ 8:15 am – 1:00 pm
Resist at Ridge Golf & Event Center, Auburn @ Ridge Gold Course & Events Center
This is a big one that all groups are organizing around and local resist and indivisible groups will have a presence. Doug LaMalfa, Tom McClintock, Ted Gaines and a number of other CA elected officials[...]
7:00 pm “Bought” the documentary film
“Bought” the documentary film
Feb 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
"Bought" the documentary film @ The Open Book
“Bought” dives deeply into the inner workings of the industries at the core of our food and healthcare system, exploring the truth about how vaccines and drugs are developed and rushed to market and the[...]
11:00 am Healthcare For All – CA
Healthcare For All – CA
Feb 25 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Healthcare For All - CA @ Briar Patch Community Room
Now is the time and this is the opportunity we’ve been waiting for! If healthcare is an issue you are concerned about, come to the next meeting of our local chapter on February 25th, 11am[...]
3:00 pm Northern CA Activists Against Dr...
Northern CA Activists Against Dr...
Feb 27 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Northern CA Activists Against Drone Warfare @ Beale Air Force Base
Join Northern California Activists against DRONE WARFARE at Beale Air Force Base, Wheatland Gate. Potluck and camping afterwards. Carpools from Sacramento & FMI contact: 916-284-0944 or barry3355@gmail.com
all-day Students Meet Activists Workshop
Students Meet Activists Workshop
Feb 28 all-day
These are exciting times and citizen activism is becoming more and more important and crucial for our times. The Peace & Justice Center of Nevada County is pleased to have the opportunity to connect with[...]


Trump's Plan May escalate US Involvement in Syria

President Donald Trump said last week that he would “absolutely do safe zones in Syria” to stem the flow of refugees into other countries.

Trump is expected to ask the Pentagon and State Department to draft a plan for establishing the safe zones, so it’s unclear which specific measures he would authorize.

But experts warn that creating and defending safe zones inside Syria could lead to escalation — and potentially drag the US into a global conflict.

In the Syrian civil war, which is almost in its sixth year, the Obama administration supported Syrian rebels who opposed the regime of President Bashar Assad. But the primary US goal in Syria has been to eradicate terrorist groups like the Islamic State and Al Qaeda-affiliated factions.

Then, in 2015, Russia entered the conflict to help the Assad regime. Iran, a major Assad ally, is also involved in the conflict. Establishing safe zones inside the country could therefore provoke those countries — the US would need to defend the zone from external bombardment from both terrorist groups and a governing regime that has been known to indiscriminately bomb civilians.

“I do think that it presents escalation risks,” Melissa Dalton, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies who was formerly a country director for Syria at the Department of Defense, told Business Insider.

“If the US decides to pursue a safe zone, it needs to do so in the broader framework that looks at what sort of levers, what sort of coercive measures can the US bring to bear on Russia, Assad, and Iran to ensure that the safe zone is not violated and to mitigate the risks of military confrontation.”

It’s unclear whether a safe zone would mean imposing no-fly restrictions above the territory, but protecting the airspace would most likely be necessary. And if that is the case, the US would need to be prepared to shoot down any aircraft that violates the no-fly zone — a move that could lead to war.

“I don’t think my country is willing to risk World War III over Syria,” Robert Ford, a senior fellow at the Middle East Institute who was the US ambassador to Syria from 2011 to 2014, told Business Insider in June.

A Syrian refugee woman in the Nizip refugee camp, near the Turkish-Syrian border in Gaziantep province, Turkey, on November 30. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Trump himself said in October that his then-political rival’s plan for resolving the Syrian conflict, which included establishing no-fly zones and safe zones, would “lead to World War III.” He used the same logic many experts are now using to express skepticism about his own plan.

“What we should do is focus on ISIS. We should not be focusing on Syria,” Trump told The Guardian. “You’re going to end up in World War III over Syria if we listen to Hillary Clinton.”

He continued: “You’re not fighting Syria anymore, you’re fighting Syria, Russia, and Iran, all right? Russia is a nuclear country, but a country where the nukes work as opposed to other countries that talk.”

Martin Luther King Jr.

MLK Memorial NPS 

“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.”



“If we are to have peace on earth, our loyalties must become ecumenical rather than sectional. Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe, our class, and our nation; and this means we must develop a world perspective.”


MLK Portrait

“I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality, and freedom for their spirits.”



“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”




MLK carving


“It is not enough to say ‘We must not wage war.’ It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it. We must concentrate not merely on the negative expulsion of war, but the positive affirmation of peace.”


“True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice.”



MLK memorial side

“We must come to see that the end we seek is a society at peace with itself, a society that can live with its conscience.”


“Every nation must now develop an overriding loyalty to mankind as a whole in order to preserve the best in their individual societies.”

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.”



“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.”



“We shall overcome because the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”


“Make a career of humanity. Commit yourself to the noble struggle for equal rights. You will make a better person of yourself, a greater nation of your country, and a finer world to live in.