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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 and in the subject line please write “Zoom Film Night.”  Looking forward to seeing you in the Zoom Room!  


Two Opportunites for Activism on Police Reform

New Congressional Police Reform Bill. Too limited or worth supporting? Also, a more far-reaching proposal by

Sponsors Nadler, Booker, Harris seeking co-sponsors. Call Representatives to urge them to co-sponsor if you support the bill. Also consider promoting the 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.

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 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 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

cancelled: Retired Colonel Ann Wright Freedom Flotilla 2020

Freedom Flotilla 2020 to Break the Siege on Gaza
Retired Col. Ann Wright will speak on Gaza, Iran, and ending U.S. militarism in the Middle East at this fundraiser. Col. Wright resigned from the U.S. Diplomatic Corps in 2003 in opposition to the U.S. war on Iraq. Since then she has been actively challenging U.S. war-making, speaking to audiences in the United States and around the world. 6:30-refreshments. 7-Program. This event is sponsored by the Nevada City United Methodist Church’s Church and Society Committee, the Palestine -Israel Working Group, and Earth Justice Ministries.

Jan 24: Rigged: The Voter Suppression Playbook

Rescheduled for January due to the October power outages, the Peace and Justice Center presents “Rigged: The Voter Suppression Playbook”  (2019) This documentary examines how, since 2008, right-wing groups have worked with certain states, to make it harder to vote, particularly for minority groups and young people.  The film examines states across the U.S. and the effects of gerrymandering and voter ID laws on voter turnout. Texas is home to one of the most stringent voter ID laws, and was ground zero for a recent decade-long battle over gerrymandering that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Texas also happens to have one of the lowest voter-turnout rates in the country.

“Rigged: The Voter Suppression Playbook” shows on Friday Jan. 24, 2020 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 includes free hot tea and organic popcorn!  For more information write to, or visit the Peace & Justice Center’s website or visit our Facebook page.