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Support Peace Budget Resolution: Action Item

From Paula Orloff: Please sign and forward this link for the California Peace Budget Resolution. It’s  short and easy to sign  the petition, and after you sign, there is an easy link to facebook and twitter if you  want to pass it on. Or you can send this link below via email, text or other social media to friends.   PS Check out the beautiful photo in the title of the resolution!
Ask California Legislators and Governor to Back Peace Budget Resolution
Ask California Legislators and Governor to Back Peace Budget ResolutionClick the link to email your state legislators and governor.

UPDATE  ON CONGRESSIONAL PROPOSALS TO MOVE SOME OF OUR HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS IN MILITARY TAXES and California Peace Budget support for them.
The California Peace Budget Resolution is a version of Representative  Barbara Lee’s H Res 1003  regarding wasteful Pentagon spending, supporting  50% cut to the bloated defense budget, and redirecting the funds to essential needs and services.    Senator Bernie Sanders in the Senate called for an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act to cut 10% in annual Pentagon spending and reinvest it in education, health care and poverty reduction. https://www.sanders.senate.gov/newsroom/press-releases/sanders-cut-the-pentagon-by-10-to-hire-more-teachers-build-more-homes-and-create-  Summaries of both proposals are below.
  Lee’s  and Sanders’  proposals need support.  Even if not adopted this time around, we need to keep the attention on using some of our  hundreds of billions of military taxes for community investment and welfare, not warfare.    The California Resolution is directed to the California Governor and Legislators.  It  asks them to  pressure Congress to redirect some of the hundreds of billions of our military taxes for constructive programs like those addressed by Lee and Sanders.  It is an updated version of Local Peace Budget Resolution which was adopted by the Conference of Mayors of large cities in 2017.  
 David Swanson of World Beyond War is gathering names of organizations and individuals that sign on to the California Peace Budget Resolution.   If the California Governor and Legislature supports it, they could lend weight to Lee’s, Sanders’,  or similar moves to redirect our military taxes to human and environmental needs. 
David Swanson is an author, activist, journalist, and radio host. He is director of WorldBeyondWar.org and campaign coordinator for RootsAction.org. Swanson’s books include War Is A Lie. He blogs at DavidSwanson.org and WarIsACrime.org. He hosts Talk Nation Radio.He is a 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee. Swanson was awarded the 2018 Peace Prize by the U.S. Peace Memorial Foundation. Longer bio and photos and videos here. Follow him on Twitter: @davidcnswanson and FaceBook, and sign up for: Activist alertsArticlesDavid Swanson newsWorld Beyond War newsCharlottesville news.

Happy White Male Property Owner’s Independence Day

While we are watching the fireworks tonight, let’s recall that one of the principal but seldom recalled causes of the American Revolution of 1776 was the Somerset Case in London in 1772.  The high court of England ruled slavery illegal in England.  American colonial planters panicked, fearing that this precedent would be applied to the 13 colonies as well.  Their enormous amassed wealth was primarily in African slaves.  Thus, slave-owning planters became the leaders of the American Revolution, as Dr. Gerald Horne, author of The Counterrevolution of 1776 observes.  It’s not hard to see why the African slaves and freedmen sided overwhelmingly with the British in the War of Independence and the War of 1812.  Indians felt the same way.  A century earlier, in Bacon’s Rebellion, white settlers of the frontier demanded more British support for their seizing and settling of Indian lands, a war which England was also losing its stomach for.  So would I be unpatriotic if I ask what the United States would be like if the War of Independence had gone the other way?  Well, I suppose the answer is, Canada.  Enjoy the fireworks!     Jeffrey Gottesman

Say No to Drone Warfare at Beale AFB. Save innocent lives.

45 minutes from Grass Valley, drone pilots are remotely sitting at computers and picking out people of color for death in the Mideast and Africa. Join our monthly peaceful vigil at the intersection of South Beale Road and Ostrom Rd.—near Linda, Wheatland and Marysville.  Thousands of airmen and women drive by and see our signs.  End the drone wars.  June 23 3-5 PM.  Expect very hot weather.  Info: 941-320-0291 or 530-615-9545.

Juneteenth Commemoration

Join us June 19, 2020 Brunswick 4-6 PM

Juneteenth commemorates the day the last slaves were set free by the Union army in 1865 to experience a decade of relative freedom before being sold into apartheid by Rutherford Hayes in order to win the presidency. Jeffrey

13th at PJCNC 4th Friday Film Series—virtual

The Peace and Justice Center presents “13th” (2016) an Oscar nominated documentary that explores the history of race and the criminal justice system in the United States.  The film posits that today’s mass incarceration of African Americans and other people of color is a form of modern day slavery.  Everyone is asked to independently watch the film (available on Netflix), develop your questions and comments, and we will have a ZOOM discussion on Friday evening, June 26, 2020. 7:00 pm.  Our discussion will highlight your ideas on how the criminal justice system must change, as well as your ideas on next steps for the BLM movement.   Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we cannot currently show the films at the Helling Library.  We ask that you independently watch the film (“13th is available on Netflix, and possibly other Youtube or web venues), and then join us for the Zoom discussion.  We will have the Zoom discussion on the fourth Friday, June 26 at our usual time 7:00 p.m.  Please send your email so we can invite you to join the Zoom discussion group.  Send your email to us at ncpeaceandjustice@gmail.com and in the subject line please write “Zoom Film Night.”  Looking forward to seeing you in the Zoom Room!  

Lorraine

Two Opportunites for Activism on Police Reform

New Congressional Police Reform Bill. Too limited or worth supporting? Also, a more far-reaching proposal by https://8cantwait.org/

Sponsors Nadler, Booker, Harris seeking co-sponsors. Call Representatives to urge them to co-sponsor if you support the bill. Also consider promoting the https://8cantwait.org/ proposal at the local level. Both are less dramatic than the ensuing defunding of the Minneapolis Police Dept.

The Justice in Policing Act of 2020:

  • Prohibits federal, state, and local law enforcement from racial, religious and discriminatory profiling, and mandates training on racial, religious, and discriminatory profiling for all law enforcement.
  • Bans chokeholds, carotid holds and no-knock warrants at the federal level and limits the transfer of military-grade equipment to state and local law enforcement.
  • Mandates the use of dashboard cameras and body cameras for federal offices and requires state and local law enforcement to use existing federal funds to ensure the use of police body cameras.
  • Establishes a National Police Misconduct Registry to prevent problematic officers who are fired or leave on agency from moving to another jurisdiction without any accountability.
  • Amends federal criminal statute from “willfulness” to a “recklessness” standard to successfully identify and prosecute police misconduct.
  • Reforms qualified immunity so that individuals are not barred from recovering damages when police violate their constitutional rights.
  • Establishes public safety innovation grants for community-based organizations to create local commissions and task forces to help communities to re-imagine and develop concrete, just and equitable public safety approaches.
  • Creates law enforcement development and training programs to develop best practices and requires the creation of law enforcement accreditation standard recommendations based on President Obama’s Taskforce on 21st Century policing.
  • Requires state and local law enforcement agencies to report use of force data, disaggregated by race, sex, disability, religion, age.
  • Improves the use of pattern and practice investigations at the federal level by granting the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division subpoena power and creates a grant program for state attorneys general to develop authority to conduct independent investigations into problematic police departments.
  • Establishes a Department of Justice task force to coordinate the investigation, prosecution and enforcement efforts of federal, state and local governments in cases related to law enforcement misconduct.

A group of civil rights leaders issued a statement on Monday noting their support of the bill. A few quotes from their statement:

  • “We support Congress taking an important step toward police accountability by introducing the Justice in Policing Act. In the aftermath of the recent police killings of Black people, we sent Congress a strong police accountability framework that is reflected in this legislation.”
  • “Many provisions in the bill reflect the insights of national and local civil rights organizations that have worked for years on these issues.”


 The following leaders signed the statement:

  • Melanie L. Campbell, president and CEO, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, Convener, Black Women’s Roundtable
  • Kristen Clarke, president and executive director, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
  • Vanita Gupta, president and CEO, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
  • Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
  • Derrick Johnson, president and CEO, NAACP
  • Marc H. Morial, president and CEO, National Urban League
  • Reverend Al Sharpton, president and founder, National Action Network   

Nevada County Turns Out Bigtime for Justice for George Floyd.

The Peace and Justice Center of Nevada County has been part of the impromptu organizing group for this weeks massive multi-generational multi-ethnic demonstrations in Nevada City, Brunswick, and downtown Grass Valley in response to the appalling police murder of George Floyd. We are all excited about this new level of passion for justice and peace, especially by the hundreds of young organizers and participants. We are so enthused about welcoming a new generation of dedicated activists! We’ll be following up on ongoing actions to support justice and black lives, as well as other peace and justice issues. Please subscribe to our newsletter email list (on this page) to stay informed.

Justice for Amaud and Bre

Audrey Schwartz, PJCNC board member, requests that we support justice for Amaud and Bre.

Hi,
Here are action steps that can be taken in order to seek some sort of justice for Ahmaud Arbery and Brianna Taylor.

Two of the men responsible for Ahmaud Arbery’s murderer were finally arrested, thankfully. The third suspect; William Bryan,  who filmed Ahmaud Arbery’s murder, and actively participated in the murder when he boxed Ahmaud in so he couldn’t get away, has not been arrested.
Please call (770) 800-0689 to demand that William Bryan be arrested and charged for his active participation in the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, as well as demand the resignation of D.A. Jackie Johnson who interfered with the case when she told police not to arrest the murderers the day of the crime.

Please go to www.runwithmaud.com to seek #justiceforahmaud .

Brianna Taylor was killed in her home when police mistakenly raided it to serve a warrant for someone else. Police had the wrong home and the person they were serving a warrant to was already arrested!
Police fired a barrage of bullets from outside Brianna Taylor’s home, through a window with closed curtains! The bullets went through three different apartments!

Please call (502) 735-1784 to demand that the three officers who killed Brianna Taylor be fired immediately, arrested, and charged for their reckless actions that killed Brianna Taylor and demand an investigation be opened into the Louisville Police Department for their gross mishandling of the case.

Please sign the petition at www.standwithbre.com for justice for Brianna Taylor.

Thank you.

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Iowa: Just a coincidence?

Incompetence or malevolence?  Was the Iowa Caucus tabulation meltdown really just a blooper, or meant by the DNC, as conjectured by some, to delay and obscure the reporting of unwanted results?  The Intercept, Common Dreams and the Washington Examiner point to the software developer Shadow, part of Acronym Corp.’s strong donor connections with Clinton and Buttigieg campaigns, and acrimony for the Sanders campaign.  Perhaps justice demands an investigation.  Jeffrey Gottesman