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Sep 20 @ 7:00 pm
  “A Day Without a Mexican” film sheds Light on the contributions made by immigrants.  To bring awareness to the vital role immigrants play in supporting our local and national economy, the Peace & Justice[...]
7:00 pm September 27 Film: TELL THE TRUT...
September 27 Film: TELL THE TRUT...
Sep 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
September 27 Film: TELL THE TRUTH AND RUN   The Peace and Justice Center and our Fourth Friday Film Forum presents,  “Tell the Truth and Run: George Seldes and the American Press” (1996) Narrated by[...]

Reasons to Join the Global Climate Strike on 9/20/19

As an active community member and a new grandmother, I am gravely concerned about the climate crisis.  The earth’s ice caps are melting, species are going extinct daily, and whole communities of people are dying as a result of the climate chaos that is sweeping our nation and our world.  The forests around my home are drier than ever — will they be the next to burn?  From the increase in wildfires that have scorched our beloved Sierras to the decline in essential pollinator populations, will there ever be a Climate Crisis warning sign that will truly wake us up?

In the face of the threat of human extinction in the foreseeable future, we must not allow ourselves to become paralyzed.  No one is coming to save us — we must organize and save ourselves.  We need to show those in power that we are not willing to settle for empty promises, nice words, and vague goals.  We need climate action now.  This is why I will strike.  Please join your neighbors and me in the Global Climate Strike on September 20th in solidarity with youth, organized labor, faith groups, and indigenous and frontline communities.  Now is the time to act: our children’s children are depending on it!

Janie Kesselman,

Camptonville, CA

John Bolton, Neocon Extremist, Warhawk, Sacked on Eve of 9-11 18th Anniversary.

On the eve of the 18th anniversary of the 9-11 tragedy, President Trump ousted his National Security Advisor, John Bolton, perhaps the most infamous  and frightening member of the neocon cabal.  I can’ t help but reflect on the irony of the timing.  You will recall that Bolton and the neocon’s Project for a New American Century advocated overthrowing the governments of Iraq, Afganistan, Iran, Libya and several other Mideast/north African countries.  The report stated that this would take decades, short of a “New Pearl Harbor”, a provocative attack on the U.S. that would enable us to go to war to accomplish the goal of replacing those regimes with multinational oil industry friendly successors.

I am currently reading Stephen Kinzer’s book, The True Flag, in which he details how the pro-empire clique, including Teddy Roosevelt, Henry Cabot Lodge and Randolph Hearst manipulated public opinion to go to war with Spain, then subsequently to annex the Phillipines, Cuba and Puerto Rico instead of liberating them as promised.  The highly suspect “attack” on the warship U.S. Maine was the justification.  Declassified documents now reveal that besides the U.S. Maine, the sinking of the Lusitania was probably engineered to get us into WW1; the Gulf of Tonkin incident was a hoax to get us into the Vietnam War; Operation Gladio in Italy involved the CIA simulating left-wing terrorist attacks in order to keep the Italian Communist and Socialist parties from winning elections after WW2; Operation Northwoods featured U.S. generals planning attacks on Florida to incite a war against Cuba. 

Was 9-11 another “false flag” terror attack designed to enable the War on Terror to procede?  Unfortunately, we do not know the answer because the 9-11 commission covered up  and thwarted the real investigation of 9-11.  Abundant evidence, however, like the unexplained collapse of Building 7, suggest that perhaps this was another staged provocation to lead us to war, not to mention giving up a whole basket full of our domestic civil liberties.

John Bolton was a strong advocate of war with Iran and Venezuela.  Hopefully, his exit will short-circuit another multi-trillion dollar and million death Middle East episode, and avoid an invasion of Venezuela.  Maybe we will spend our wealth and international goodwill (what’s left of it) on life, not death. 

Jeffrey Gottesman

Film: Tell the Truth and Run

WHEN:September 27, 2019 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

COST:$10 suggested donation

The Peace and Justice Center and our Fourth Friday Film Forum presents,  “Tell the Truth and Run: George Seldes and the American Press” (1996) Narrated by Susan Sarandon. The Academy-Award-nominated Tell The Truth and Run, is the dramatic story of muckraking journalist George Seldes, and a piercing look at censorship and suppression in America’s news media. Eighty years a newspaperman, Seldes was a noted foreign correspondent who became America’s most important press critic. Through Seldes’s encounters with Pershing, Lenin and Mussolini; the tobacco industry, J. Edgar Hoover and the “lords of the press,” Tell The Truth and Run raises profound ethical, professional and political questions about journalism in America. “Tell the Truth and Run” shows on Friday Sept. 27, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at the Madelyn Helling Library, 980 Helling Way (near the Rood Center), Nevada City.  Come for the film, and stay for the discussion following the film. $10.00 suggested donation and free tea and organic popcorn!

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Day Without a Mexican


 CalendarWHEN:September 20, 2019 @ 7:00 pm

“A Day Without a Mexican” film sheds Light on the contributions made by immigrants.  To bring awareness to the vital role immigrants play in supporting our local and national economy, the Peace & Justice Center is screening “A Day Without a Mexican” on Friday, September 20th, 7:00 pm at the Madelyn Helling Library, Nevada City.  Suggested Donation $10

A Day Without a Mexican


This mockumentary film is set in California (but is applicable to the entire nation) as it ponders the potentially catastrophic results that would occur if Hispanics were to suddenly disappear. The film proposes that without immigrant workers grocery shelves would soon be empty and the lack of Latino farm workers, cooks, hotel employees, gardeners, nannies, construction crews, and military personnel, would lead to economic disaster that would threaten the lifestyle of all Americans. By 2020, researchers estimate that Latinos will fuel nearly a quarter of all U.S. GDP growth, and represent 12.7% of the country’s total GDP. Helping to power that growth will be the growing number of young Latinos who will be joining the workforce as an older generation of American workers retire. Research reviewed by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office indicates that between 50 and 75 percent of unauthorized immigrants pay federal, state, and local taxes. Undocumented immigrants rely on fake or stolen Social Security numbers to get jobs. Although they pay an estimated $7 billion dollars per year into the Social Security system via FICA tax withholding, they rarely receive any benefits according to a Social Security report. Most of the money ends up in the trust funds from which Social Security benefits are paid. Q & A discussion will follow the film. The event is free but donations will be gratefully accepted to aid in humanitarian relief efforts for those currently incarcerated in federal detention camps.  Contact Lorraine at if interested in joining humanitarian trip to border Oct. 2-8.

Peace and Justice Center of Nevada County


We envision a world of justice, peace, equality and freedom. This includes a community where differences are respected, conflicts are addressed peacefully, and supportive structures are developed. It is a community where people are empowered and live in harmony with the earth, nurtured by traditions that foster compassion and reconcilliation.


Through open inquiry, education, and nonviolent direct action, the Peace and Justice Center of Nevada County honors the essential power of people in community. We nurture peace, justice and dignity in ourselves, our community and our earth.

Peace Partnerships


  • Peace Alliance US Dept. of Peace
  • Palestine – Israel Working Group
  • Brady Campaign stop gun violence
  • Move to Amend Campaign
  • Occupy Beale AFB no drone killing
  • Alternatives to Violence Project
  • Creating Communities Beyond Bias


Fourth Friday Film Forum

We show monthly films on peace and justice issues for public education and discussion. Shows are at the Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City. Admission by donation.

Peace Recruiting

Our mission is to promote a culture of peace in our schools. We visit high school campuses to provide information and resources on careers, further education and realities of military service so that each student has complete information to choose their future.

Peace Events

We host peace events including Give Peace a Song, Students Meet Activists and our booth at the Nevada County Fair to promote peace and justice in our community.  We celebrate our connections with those who work for peace and justice around the world.

Activist Calendar

We support other local peacebuilding organizations through our activist calendar, news articles and pages on our web site and Facebook Group.


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  • Individuals for Peace $ 25
  • Students/Low Income for Peace $ 10

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PJCNC is a 501c(3) non-profit

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