David Wallace is a Peace Center volunteer, a retired engineer and one of eight speakers at the TEDxYouth@GrassValley talks held at Sierra College – Grass Valley Campus in November. He finds that our leaders and we ourselves often deal with conflict in violent ways that bring about resistance and opposition. This causes more conflict. What if we could deal with conflict in ways that would bring about peace instead? He talks about peace and violence and tells three remarkable stories to illustrate how we can all be better peacemakers.
To The Friends of Wadi Foquin
Thanks to your support & advocacy, the Friends of Wadi Foquin organized a highly successful Capitol Hill briefing on Wadi Foquin on Tuesday, November 19th.
The speakers for the briefing included: Fahmi Manra , Outreach Coordinator for the Wadi Foquin Community Development Project; Abo Zaid Ahmad Sukar, Mayor and Village Council President of Wadi Foquin; Raed Samara, West Bethlehem Coordinator of Mayors and Village Councils; and Dudy Tzfati, Genetics Professor at Hebrew University and resident of the neighboring Israeli town of Tsur Hadassa.The briefing was attended by over 100 persons with over 50 legislative offices represented. We will be doing follow up with each of the offices in attendance. If you would like to help please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. A meeting with the delegation was also held at the State Department.
The 16th Annual Altar Show:
renewal and rememberance
THANK YOU to all who make the Altar Show a success year after year!
We welcome any pictures taken of our altar and dedication to Utah Phillips be submitted to email@example.com.
International Day of Peace every September 21st
This year, the Peace Center wants to recognize Peace-builders in our community and we need your help!
Nominate a Peace-builder that you know in our community
Email your nomination to us here at the Peace Center, firstname.lastname@example.org, who will recognize them in our annual fair booth at the Nevada County Fair 2014.
The International Day of Peace (“Peace Day”) was first established by a UN resolution in 1981, to coincide with the opening of the General Assembly. Globally on this date, September 21st, humankind can celebrate “Peace Day” by simply lighting a candle at noon and sitting in silent meditation, or attending a local event commemorating peace.
Another importantly celebrated but not as well-known “Peace day” is Aug. 27th. On this date the Peace Pact, or the Kellogg-Briand Pact, was signed. This International Pact, passed into US law in 1929, renounced war as the instrument of national policy and committed nations to settling disputes exclusively by peaceful means. Co-author Secretary of State Republican Kellogg in Minnesota won the Nobel Peace Prize, and the Peace Pact still remains U S and International Law.
What is Peace-building?
It is any personal, public and/or economic action that promotes peace—individual inner peace, domestic tranquility in our families, supporting cohesive functional communities, and working toward a sustainable social, environmental and economic system that respects all cultures and species worldwide.
What could you do to become a Peace-builder?
· Extend a smile or hand to your neighbor, a passerby, or the grocery clerk.
· Attend a Grief Group to achieve inner peace or support a friend, i.e. “Healing Through Grief and Loss Support Group”
· Volunteer at an anti-bullying program in a local school, i.e. “Steps to Respect”.
· Participate in local community events supporting our non-profit organizations, service clubs, educational programs and churches.
· Start a business that is sensitive to the community and supports a more sustainable environment and economy.
· Engage your legislators to develop and fund programs that prevent and reduce violence, i.e. HR 808—The US Department of Peace-building Act of 2013 and support the peace negotiations about Syria and humanitarian aid attempts to the Syrian refugees.
· Upload local peace-building actions and events onto our “Network Calendar”
In the first trial of anti-drone demonstrators in California, five peace advocates received their sentence on Monday September 9th; 10 hours each of community service!
The five activists were arrested last October at Beale Air Force Base near Marysville, for protesting the U.S. killer drone program, which critics claim has killed hundreds of civilians, including children. Beale AFB is home to “accomplice” drones which fly reconnaissance for the lethal drones.
The five defendants are: David and Jan Hartsough, Shirley Osgood, Janie Kesselman, and Sharon Delgado.
The latest information about this case is posted at Sharon Delgado’s Blog, http://sharondelgado.org/blog-2/. Also see Occupy Beale AFB. For a faith perspective, check Awake To Drones . Other web sites are Voices For Creative Nonviolence and No Drones Network.
Public opposition to the drone warfare program is growing. On April 30, five more protesters were arrested at Beale Air Force Base. The same week 31 people were arrested at Hancock Air Base in Syracuse, New York following a protest rally that involved more than 250 people. See Protesters Arrested Syracuse Post-Standard.