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20
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7:00 pm Middle East Discussion Group
Middle East Discussion Group
Apr 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Middle East Discussion Group @ Superintendent of School community room | Nevada City | California | United States
Middle East Discussion Group The purpose of this group is to explore the ever changing, political, social, and historical components of the “Middle East.”   Topics to be covered are: The Israeli Palestinian Issue The[...]
Apr
21
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12:00 pm Peace and Justice Center monthly...
Peace and Justice Center monthly...
Apr 21 @ 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...
Apr 21 @ 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[...]
7:00 pm How Global Warming is Impacting ...
How Global Warming is Impacting ...
Apr 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
How Global Warming is Impacting North American Birds @ UU Community of the Mts. | Grass Valley | California | United States
RSVP FACEBOOK EVENT This program will be given by Don Rivenes, a local member of the Sierra Foothills Audubon Society. Global warming threatens the survival of nearly half the bird species int he continental United[...]
Apr
22
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6:00 pm ACLU Sierra Nevada Chapter meeting
ACLU Sierra Nevada Chapter meeting
Apr 22 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
ACLU Sierra Nevada Chapter meeting @ Valentina's Organic Bistro and Bakery | Grass Valley | California | United States
Sierra Nevada Chapter of ACLU – Public Meeting The chapter is focusing on Privacy & Surveillance issues, Drug Policy Reform, Women’s Equality, Police Militarization, and Americans with Disabilities issues. YOU! are invited to attend the[...]
Apr
24
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7:00 pm FOURTH FRIDAY FILM FORUM
FOURTH FRIDAY FILM FORUM
Apr 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
FOURTH FRIDAY FILM FORUM @ Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains | Grass Valley | California | United States
April’s Fourth Friday film: Thirsty For Justice: the struggle for the human right to water (a Unitarian Universalist Justice Ministry of California film) synopsis:  How can so many people lack access to safe affordable water[...]
Apr
27
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3:00 pm Occupy Beale AFB No Drones Vigil
Occupy Beale AFB No Drones Vigil
Apr 27 @ 3:00 pm – Apr 28 @ 6:00 am
Occupy Beale AFB No Drones Vigil @ Wheatland Gate | Marysville | California | United States
Beale AFB, near Marysville, California, is home of the Global Hawk Drone, a surveillance drone that assists in finding targets for Predator and Reaper weaponized drones. Surveillance drones fly from Beale AFB to gather data[...]
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28
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12:00 am Nevada County Citizens Climate L...
Nevada County Citizens Climate L...
Apr 28 @ 12:00 am – 1:30 am
The Facebook page for the group is https://www.facebook.com/NevadaCounty.CCL    
7:00 pm Peace Activists Kathy Kelly and ...
Peace Activists Kathy Kelly and ...
Apr 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Peace Activists Kathy Kelly and Brian Terrell to Speak in Grass Valley @ Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains | Grass Valley | California | United States
“The Power of Creative Nonviolence:  War, Peace, and Liberation in the 21st Century”  RSVP Facebook Event  Peace activists Kathy Kelly and Brian Terrell will speak on “The Power of Creative Nonviolence:  War, Peace, and Liberation[...]
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Nevada County Democratic Women’s...
May 2 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
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[...]
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Nevada County Progressive Allian...
May 4 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Meeting time for the Nevada County Progressive Alliance falls on the 1st Monday of each month.
3:30 pm 5 Session Community Book Study
5 Session Community Book Study
May 4 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
5 Session Community Book Study @ Nevada City United Methodist Church | Nevada City | California | United States
Community Book Study on This Changes Everything:  Capitalism vs. The Climate  by Naomi Klein  April 6- (pages 1-94) Introduction and Part One:  Bad Timing (first two chapters of Part One)     Introduction:  One Way or[...]

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Heidi Hall: What is your Selma?

“On March 21st, I joined 299 other marchers from 29 different states to begin a five-day “Walking Classroom” for the 50th anniversary of the famous Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights March of 1965.

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In those five days we retraced the route taken exactly 50 years before on the third of three attempted marches for voting rights in the face of rampant racial discrimination and horrific violence. We walked up to 12 miles a day, through rain and mist, stopping to eat lunches at roadside gas stations where we heard history talks by the inspirational National Park Ranger “Interpreters” who marched with us every step of the way.

We were escorted along the way by local and state law enforcement agencies, lights flashing ahead and behind, vigilantly patrolling the entire length of the walk alongside us, as if they were making up for their complicity 50 years before.”  Read full story here

April's Fourth Friday film:

Thirsty for justice UUCM

Thirsty For Justice: the struggle for the human right to water

(a Unitarian Universalist Justice Ministry of California film)

Location and time:

UU Community of the Mts., 246 So. Church Street, Grass Valley

April 24th, 2015

7:00 p.m.

synopsisHow can so many people lack access to safe affordable water for their basic human needs?  Thirsty for Justice shares powerful stories of those who suffer from this assault on their personal health and human dignity, as well as the inspiring story of the grassroots movement that made the human right to water the law of the land in California, the 2012 Human Right to Water Bill (AB 685).

By Donation / Refreshments available / Stay for discussion following film

sponsored by: Peace and Justice Center and UUCM Social Action Committee

Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Awards

Peace EarthThe Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Awards is an annual series of awards to encourage poets to explore and illuminate positive visions of peace and the human spirit. The Poetry Awards include three age categories: Adult, Youth 13-18, and Youth 12 & Under.  The deadline for submissions is July 1.

The contest is open to people worldwide. Poems must be original, unpublished, and in English.  Awards of $1,000 for the adult winner; $200 for youth 13 to 18 winner;  $200 for youth 12 and under winner.  Honorable Mentions may be awarded in each category.  Judging will be by a committee of poets selected by the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation.  An Entry Fee is charged for Adults – $15 for up to three poems; Youth (13 – 18) – $5 for up to three poems; Youth (12 and under) – no fee.  Please make checks payable to Nuclear Age Peace Foundation.  Winners and Honorable Mentions will be announced by October 1, 2015 on the NAPF website .  Check this site for more information.

Procedures

1. Send two copies of up to three typed unpublished poems. Maximum of 30 lines per poem to:

Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
PMB 121, 1187 Coast Village Road, Suite 1
Santa Barbara, CA 93108-2794

2. Include name, address, email, telephone number, and age (if youth) in upper right-hand corner of one copy of each poem.
3. Title each poem.
4. Do not staple individual poems together.
5. Please keep copies of all entries as we will be unable to return them.
Any entry that does not adhere to ALL of the contest rules will not be considered for a prize.

Please include an additional $10 if you would like a copy of “Never Enough Flowers: The Poetry of Peace II” a collection of first-place and honorable mention poems from 2003 to 2010.

U.S. Dept. of Peacebuilding Legislation Re-introduced!

dept of peacebuilding

“When I try to envision the future of our country, I see a nation where peace, and the conditions that are necessary for peace, are top priorities.”                                                                                                                           ~ U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Lee

Sign Peace Alliance Petition to Congress

The 114th Congress has come into full session and legislation calling for the establishment of a cabinet-level U.S. Department of Peacebuilding (HR 1111) was re-introduced Friday in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Barbara Lee (CA-13).  Let’s show our support!

WHY?

  • Secretary of Peacebuilding positioned at the highest level of government
  • Peacebuilding is cost effective: By promoting effective violence prevention policies and programs, we help decrease the federal deficit and channel funds toward positive change
  • Root Cause: This bill addresses and corrects the underlying, systemic causes of violence and cultivates conditions for peace
  • Violence is costly. A recent report from the Institute for Economics and Peace estimates that in the U.S., annual violence containment costs over $2 trillion dollars, money that could go to schools, and myriad social justice initiatives

Judges offer salute to Steve Mason, Cyna Kern

The Union – Ideas & Opinions  March 4, 2015

The citizens of Nevada County owe a debt of gratitude to retired Supervising Probation Officer Cyna Kern, and Retired Nevada County Sheriff Sergeant Steve Mason.

For the past 17 years, these two extraordinary people have worked tirelessly to protect the people of Nevada County from the ravages of drug-fueled criminality.

Because of their extensive experience in the field, and their dedication to the mission of the Nevada County Court’s Adult Drug Court program, these two magnificent people have helped identify appropriate candidate/criminals to divert away from costly and ineffective prison system, and into a system of treatment and supervision that restores them to productive citizenship, holding jobs, paying taxes, raising families, and contributing to society.

As judges working for the citizens of Nevada County, we took calculated risks on more than 100 people with extensive criminal histories, by diverting them into a system of supervised treatment and rehabilitation.

For 17 years, Steve and Cyna had our backs and yours, working long and irregular hours to supervise this very risky population.

To their everlasting credit, not a single one of the more than 100 defendants admitted to Adult Drug Court committed a violent crime while under the supervision of Steve and Cyna.

All of us have reaped the benefits of Steve and Cyna’s labor of love because our homes haven’t been broken into, our jails and prisons have been less costly, and our tax dollars have been saved from being squandered with serial prosecutions and incarcerations that never came to be.

We reaped those benefits because Steve and Cyna steered these drug-addicted offenders out of the criminal justice system and onto the path of recovery and productive citizenship.

The savings to us as taxpayers are in the millions, according to a 2009 state study.

And that doesn’t take into account the value restored to the husbands, wives, children, parents and grandparents whose lives have been fulfilled, because their loved one has been resurrected off the criminal scrap heap.

Many times, when program money was short or non-existent, what was needed to facilitate the remarkable transition from serial offender to productive citizen appeared, because these two reached into their own pockets to make it so.

They became the pseudo-parents to these otherwise prison-bound offenders, helping them learn to make better decisions and avoid relapse into drug-fueled criminal behavior.

Steve and Cyna’s personal touch was instrumental in teaching these drug-addicted offenders the life lessons required to correct those basics flaws that contributed to their prior criminality.

The results of Steve’s and Cyna’s efforts have been nothing short of miraculous.

We, the judges of Nevada County who have worked closely with Steve Mason and Cyna Kern over this incredible 17-year mission of public safety and humanity, honor their service, and thank them, on behalf of the citizens of Nevada County that we swore our oaths to protect.

Judge Albert P. Dover (ret) Drug Court 1998-2001 Judge John H. Darlington (ret) Drug Court 1999 – 2006 Judge Robert L. Tamietti Drug Court 2005-2010 Judge Tom M. Anderson Drug Court 2010-2015