This Saturday, March 8 is the third annual celebration of International Women’s Day in Robinson Plaza in Nevada City from 10 AM until 4 PM. We gather to reclaim the commons, making art and music, dancing, sharing food and reaffirming the power of our love. All ages and genders welcome. Bring blankets, pillows, food to share, art supplies and an open heart. Robinson Plaza is at the end of Commercial Street at Coyote Street.
Nevada County Superior Court – Drone hearing
Should we regulate use of drones in Nevada County? This matter was brought to the county Superior Court by local activist and lawyer Lorraine Reich last October. Fellow activists demonstrated in favor of laws to ban use of drones except for a few regulated exceptions. Here is the update on this effort.
The initial objective was to propose a ballot initiative that would ban domestic drones (with exceptions), require commercial and public use to follow FAA license and certification guidelines and require law enforcement to obtain prior search warrants. This was challenged by the Nevada County legal counsel. The Federal Aviation Administration is working to complete drone regulations before December 31, 2015. But states too must develop laws regulating use of drones. Assembly Bill 1327 has just passed the California Assembly. This bill appears to cover concerns by the local citizens and it does allow local communities to pass additional restrictions. It is now before the California Senate.
Check this link for more information on Use of Drones.
Please contact your California State legislators and voice your support for drone legislation that protects our rights to privacy, safety and security.
It’s time for a U.S. Department of Peacebuilding!
Legislation to establish a U.S. Department of Peacebuilding (H.R. 808) was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by California Congresswoman Barbara Lee in February 2013 (original similar version by Rep. Dennis Kucinich in 2001). This legislation calls for collaboration in the public and private sectors to research and address the root causes of violence and to promote and sustain cost effective and proven peacebuilding programs and policies.
► Tell Congress to co-sponsor legislation for a U.S. Dept. of Peacebuilding by signing this petition: http://org.salsalabs.com/o/696/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=14769.
► Call your Senators and Representatives with help from here: http://peacealliance.org/tools-education/working-with-congress/
Domestically, the Department of Peacebuilding will develop policies and allocate resources to effectively reduce the levels of domestic and gang violence, child abuse, and various other forms of societal discord.
Internationally, the Department will advise the President and Congress on the most sophisticated ideas and techniques regarding peace-creation among nations.
More specifically, the U.S. Department of Peacebuilding would:
- Provide for public education programs that promote tolerance and diversity
- Create school and community cultures where students and staff are free from bullying and harassment by implementing curricula in nonviolent conflict resolution education for teachers, students, parents, and the local community
- Establish a U.S. Peace Academy which will research and teach the most cutting-edge techniques for the reduction of violence both domestically and globally
- Assist in creating strong healthy families, including support for mental health service, domestic violence prevention, gang prevention, anti-bullying programs, substance abuse prevention, and parenting skills
- Provide restorative justice programs in the criminal justice system to bring together offenders, victims, and community members to repair harm through accountability and rehabilitation
- Assist in re-entry of incarcerated individuals by including training in anger management and peacebuilding capacities, education and life/job skills
- Work to engage all stakeholders in international conflict situations in nonviolent problem solving and conflict resolution.
Whether in a Cabinet-Level Department or some other large-scale platform(s), we need to make significant shifts in how we organize ourselves as a society – working with and through our government to shape a more peaceful future for ourselves, our children and generations to come.
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. 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? In this short talk he shows how peace and violence are related and tells three remarkable stories to illustrate how we can all be better peacemakers.