Upcoming Events

4:00 pm Nevada County Progressive Allian...
Nevada County Progressive Allian...
Feb 2 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Usual meeting time for the Nevada County Progressive Alliance falls on the 1st Mondays of the month.
6:00 pm Nevada County LabelGMOs
Nevada County LabelGMOs
Feb 4 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Nevada County LabelGMOs @ Organic Grill at California Organics | Nevada City | California | United States
  Nevada County Label GMOs will meet and discuss a possible name change for our group and upcoming action events for 2015!
8:30 am Nevada County Democratic Women’s...
Nevada County Democratic Women’s...
Feb 7 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am
The Nevada County Democratic Women’s Club is a chartered member of the Nevada County Democratic Party. The monthly meetings are the first Saturday of the month.   Please note:  We have decided to raise the[...]
10:00 am League of Women Voters of Wester...
League of Women Voters of Wester...
Feb 14 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
ALL are welcome to attend our general meetings, 2nd Saturday of every month. We cover a variety of topics;  please see our calender for more information. http://www.lwvwnc.org/calendar.html
10:00 am Our Community’s Relationship wit...
Our Community’s Relationship wit...
Feb 14 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
“Popular concern with policing has long been driven by high-profile tragedies. What’s new is people organizing against more mundane forms of mass criminalization.”  – Alex Vitale, Urban Politics and Policing Professor, Brooklyn College   Recent,[...]
12:00 pm Peace and Justice Center monthly...
Peace and Justice Center monthly...
Feb 17 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Peace and Justice Center monthly Board meeting @ Call for Location 530-615-7859
The Peace and Justice Center board meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at Noon. Call for location, 530-615-7859. Welcoming new potential Board members
1:00 pm Grandmothers For Peace of Nevada...
Grandmothers For Peace of Nevada...
Feb 17 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Grandmothers For Peace of Nevada County @ Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains | Grass Valley | California | United States
Mission:  To promote a world of peace for this, and future, generations.   We coordinate and sponsor projects that bring awareness to our community about peaceful ways of being in the world.  People don’t have[...]
1:30 pm Economic Liberty for Main Street...
Economic Liberty for Main Street...
Feb 18 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Economic Liberty for Main Street working group @ Tomes Bookstore/Sierra Mtn. Coffee Roasters | Grass Valley | California | United States
Economic Liberty For Main Street, the Nevada County chapter of the Public Banking Institute, meets the 3rd Wednesdays as a working group to implement a county charter and establish a public bank for Nevada County.[...]
11:00 am Health Care for All-CA (Nevada C...
Health Care for All-CA (Nevada C...
Feb 21 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Health Care for All-CA (Nevada County Chapter) next meeting @ Sierra Mountain Coffee Roasters | Grass Valley | California | United States
If you want to learn about bringing universal, single-payer health care to all Californians (Improved Medicare for All), come join us! FACEBOOK:  Nevada County Healthcare for All-CA
4:00 pm Nevada County Citizens Climate L...
Nevada County Citizens Climate L...
Feb 23 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
The Facebook page for the group is https://www.facebook.com/NevadaCounty.CCL    
7:00 pm Palestine-Israel Working Group o...
Palestine-Israel Working Group o...
Feb 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Palestine-Israel Working Group of Nevada County meetings @ Nevada City | California | United States
The Palestine-Israel Working Group of Nevada County (PIWG) advocates for human rights, equality and justice for all in Palestine and Israel. Everyone who is interested in peace in the Middle East is welcome to join[...]
7:00 pm Fourth Friday Film Forum presents:
Fourth Friday Film Forum presents:
Feb 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Fourth Friday Film Forum presents: @ Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains | Grass Valley | California | United States
OCCUPATION 101 “A thought-provoking and powerful documentary film on the current and historical root causes of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.” Hot Tea and Popcorn available.  Stay for a discussion following the film. Suggested: $6 – $10 Sponsored[...]

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ACLU Chapter forming in Nevada County

The Power of Unity


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

Sutton Cinemas

399 Sutton Way

Grass Valley

(530) 477-9000

Peace Activist Kathy Kelly arrested for protesting drones

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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.
 Read full story here.

Drone Protest at Beale AFB

Protest Drones at Beale AFB

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.

Chris Nelson

from The Union “Letters to the editor”  Chris was arrested with Shirley Osgood for federal trespass.

Photos from 2014 Altar Show

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 Peace and Justice Center altar


 Earth Justice Ministries altar


Palestine-Israel Working Group altar

Thank You for your Participation!

Give Peace A Song - International Day of Peace September 21st

peoples climate rally

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.

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Friends of Wadi Foquin

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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