Mount Diablo Peace and Justice Center
Mount Diablo Peace and Justice Center

Encouraging peaceful solutions since 1969

STOP THE WAR MACHINE, SAVE THE PLANET

Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center

and Veterans for Peace

present

STOP the War Machine, SAVE the Planet

Saturday, March 17, 2018 / 1 – 5 PM

Orinda Community Church, 10 Irwin Way (at Orinda Way), Orinda California

(short walk from Orinda BART)

A half-day conference with internationally renowned speakers on US militarism and its consequences.         They will give incisive 7-10 minute presentations on many aspects of one big problem.  There will be a chance to network informally and view a wealth of resources and literature.

 

TOPICS AND SPEAKERS

 

OVERVIEW OF THE WAR MACHINE

Gerry Condon, Veterans for Peace President

Mnar Muhawesh, Mint Press Publisher  (via remote)

 

 

MILITARY VS SOCIAL NEEDS 

Gayle McLaughlin, former Mayor of Richmond

Katy Roemer, California Nurses Association

 

AGAINST STATE VIOLENCE AT HOME

Cephus Johnson, uncle of Oscar Grant, Love Not Blood Campaign

John Lindsay-Poland, Stop Urban Shield, American Friends Service Committee

 

CHALLENGING US MILITARISM

Ron Paul, former US Congressman (via remote)

Eleanor Levine, CodePink

Cindy Sheehan, author and peace activist

 

RISING RISK OF CATASTROPHE

Marylia Kelley, Tri-Valley CAREs Director

Fred Norman, Veterans For Peace and former B-47 navigator/bombardier

Gar Smith, author, “The War and Environment Reader”

 

 

COUNTERING DISINFORMATION

Mickey Huff, Project Censored Director

Dan Kovalik, civil/human rights lawyer, author, “The Plot to Scapegoat Russia” (via remote)

Zeyad El Omari, Palestine Youth Movement

 

 

WAR VS PEACE IN KOREA

Paul Liem, Korea Policy Institute Chair

Ann Wright, retired US military and State Dept. (via remote)

 

General Admission $10 (pre-registered) / $15 (at the door)

Students FREE

Peace Center Members $5 (dues paid)

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

More info: 9925) 93307850 or margli@ourpeacecenter.org

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SOCIAL JUSTICE FAIR

Thursday, March 15, 2018, 1- 5 PM

Fireside Room in the Gateway Complex at Rossmoor

1001 Golden Rain Road, Walnut Creek

FREE!

Get your piece of the pie and see how you can help ensure that everyone else does as well!

PLEASE JOIN US!

Like any fair there are booth or tables with information and materials.  At this fair there will be

representatives of local non-profits and other volunteer groups to share one-on-one

what they are doing to work for peace and justice, locally and internationally.

FREE PIE!

Learn about the good work of local organizations, enjoy interesting conversations, make new friends, find a volunteer job for your retirement years.  More info: call 925-942-0564

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ANTI-RACISM SERIES

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 17, 12:30-2:30

Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church

55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek

This dynamic discussion panel includes four educators hailing from tribes in the area, each an expert in their field.  They include:  Corinna Gould (Chochenyo and Karkin Ohlone); Gregg Castro (Salinan/Rumsien Ohlone), Kanyon Sayers-Roods (Mutsun Ohlone and Chumash), and Sky Road Webb (Coast Miwok).

We will learn about Mount Diablo itself and its cultural and historical significance to both the Ohlone and Miwok, current efforts to address and redesign public school curricula, and what it means to be an ally to Ohlone and Miwok and other native groups of California and the world.

After the panel, Corrina Gould will teach us about Shellmounds and what we the residents of Ohlone lands can do to support its first peoples and their fight to protect their ancient  sacred sites.  Portions of the sliding scale ticket price will be donated to Sogorea Te’ Land Trust. info at:  http://sogoreate-landtrust.com/

FREE for High School Students / $10-$50 sliding scale General Admission

CLICK HERE TO PRE-REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT.

This event is sponsored by: acorn.wiki, Diablo For Peace of Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center, the Racial Justice Committee of Mt. Diablo UU Church and Walnut Creek Civic Pride Foundation.

It is the first in our series Addressing Racism in our Community. Information on the series will be added to this website as soon as confirmed.

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CLIMATE CHANGE DOCUMENTARY SERIES

FREE MOVIE SERIES RETURNS

National Geographic Climate Documentary 2017

Bortin Hall, Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church,

55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek – 7 PM

 

Emmy award-winning series.  Celebrity Correspondents bring us stories on those affected by and seeking solutions to climate change.

http://yearsoflivingdangerously.com/

Co-sponsored by Green Group at Mt. Diablo UU Church, Interfaith Climate Action Network of Contra Costa County and Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center

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9th ANNUAL PEACE & JUSTICE AWARDS DINNER

Event took place on Saturday, November 18, 2017

Fellowship Hall, Our Savior’s Lutheran, 1035 Carol Lane, Lafayette

CLICK HERE

for a video of the award winners

This Year’s Awardees Included:

Local Heroes for Peace Award:

Tri-Valley CAREs, an organization  (Communities Against a Radioactive Environment) based in Livermore and

Marylia Kelley, the Executive Director of TVC, for their decades-long contributions to global nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament – and for improving environmental cleanup at Livermore Lab.

Local Heroes for Justice:

Mt. Diablo Education Association – and Northgate Uncapped

Represented by GUY MOORE, MDEA President and MEG HONEY, Northgate H.S. History Teacher

jointly awarded for their work in curtailing the secessionist movement in Mt. Diablo School District and keeping the district united, thereby promoting diversity in our community.

Congratulations to All!

 

 

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GAR SMITH, Editor, The War and Environment Reader

Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center’s Monthly Forum Event

took place on Tuesday, December 12, 2017

at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 1035 Carol Lane, Lafayette, California

CLICK HERE for a link to a videotape of Gar Smith’s presentation.

Smith is editor emeritus of Earth Island Journal and former editor of Common Ground magazine.  He has posted over 20,000 articles on the impacts of war on nature and human society on the organization’s website,  http://envirosagainstwar.org./

His writings have won him the Project Censored Award and the Health Journalism Award among others.  He is also the author of Nuclear Roulette, The Truth About the Most Dangerous Energy Source on Earth.

Contributors include:

Medea Benjamin / Helen Caldicott / Marjorie Cohn / Daniel Ellsberg / Robert Fist / Jane Goodall / Ann Jones / Michael Klare / Winona LaDuke / Jerry Mander / Margaret Mead / Vandana Shiva / David Swanson / Jody Williams / S. Brian Willson

“Human inteligence, in its unique glory, has contrived two mechanisms to destroy us and much else: nuclear weapons and environmental catastrophe, closely linked.  It has yet to contrive the cure for the lethal malady, a task that must be undertaken without delay. The essays collected here explore the depths and imminence of the crises, and outline directions that must be pursued, and urgently.” Noam Chomsky

It was co-sponsored by Green Group, Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church, Interfaith Climate Action Network and Friendly Favors

 

 

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GEORGE LAKEY, Sociologist/Author

GEORGE LAKEY, Author, Viking Economics: How the Scandinavians Got it Right and How We Can, Too

“I want to signal that this is not an evening of antiquarian interest or a report on left history, because the topic is very relevant to our current political moment. The vision that guided the Movement for a New Society can help define the new vision that we much need today”. ~ George Lakey

George Lakey was a co-founder of the ground-breaking radical community, the Movement for a New Society, which laid the basis for many of the facilitation and decision-making systems in common activist use today.

Spoke on Thursday, November 16, 2017  at Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center

– Click HERE for video!

Read George Lakey’s 10-Point Plan on resisting the Trump agenda HERE.

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BOARD RESOLUTION ON SCHOOL SEGREGATION

Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center Resolution of Support for Keeping Mt. Diablo Unified School District Unified

WHEREAS, the Mt. Diablo Unified School District (MDUSD) exists to provide a rigorous, relevant, and engaging educational experience to all students, and to promote academic excellence, support for all learners, and inclusivity; and

WHEREAS, the Mt. Diablo Unified School District works to recruit, develop, support, value, and retain the talented teachers and educators; and

WHEREAS, the Mt. Diablo Unified School District honors the cultural differences and linguistic needs of our community, engages stakeholders in the education process, and values meaningful community input and participation to advance student achievement and learning in all subject areas; and

WHEREAS, the Mt. Diablo Unified School District strives to treat every student and their families with dignity, respect, courtesy, and cultural sensitivity; and

WHEREAS, the Mt. Diablo Unified School District works in partnership with employees, parents, and the community to be a results-oriented district that involves all schools, departments, and community groups; and

WHEREAS, a secessionist group now seeks to tear apart the Mt. Diablo Unified School District; and

WHEREAS, the secessionist movement will increase segregation in our community, while a unified Mt. Diablo Unified School District will preserve our diversity; and

WHEREAS, the secessionist movement will limit services and programs for our students in greatest need, including special education students, while a unified Mt. Diablo Unified School District will preserve them; and

WHEREAS, the secessionist movement seeks to disenfranchise members of our community, while a unified Mt. Diablo Unified School District protects and promotes all voices in the democratic process; and

WHEREAS, the secessionist movement will disrupt educational services in our community, while a unified Mt. Diablo Unified School District will preserve them; and

WHEREAS, US News and World Report magazine has noted that racist and classist secessionists like those behind NUSD seek to splitter communities and create “whiter and wealthier districts”; and

WHEREAS, secessionist movements use dog-whistle terms like “local control” and “community based governance” their true motives are often racially and economically motivated, and they seek to build walls between communities, rather than bridges of understanding; and

WHEREAS, Mt. Diablo Unified teachers overwhelmingly support keeping MDUSD unified; and

WHEREAS, keeping Mt. Diablo Unified School District unified will best serve all the students of our community;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of the Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center stands with a unified Mt. Diablo Unified School District, and against a secessionist movement; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Board of the Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center urges the Contra Costa County Board of Education, and all other decision making bodies to reject the secession of NUSD, and to preserve the Mt. Diablo Unified School District.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center calls on our members and supporters to contact the Contra Costa County Board of Education, and urge them to reject the NUSD, and to preserve the Mt. Diablo Unified School District.

Dan Reynolds, Chair of the Board

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DAN KOVALIK, INVESTIGATOR/AUTHOR

kovalik book jacketThis event was held and recorded Sept 12, 2017 

 CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO

Dan Kovalik has worked as a labor attorney for US Steel Workers and as a Professor of Law at the University of Pittsburg School of Law. He has written extensively about Latin America, especially Columbia; has served as an international observer at the recent Constituent Assembly Election in Venezuela and has published a new and highly acclaimed book, The Plot to Scapegoat Russia.  His talk will focus on how the CIA and the Deep State have conspired to vilify Russia.

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MIKO PELED, TRUMP AND THE PROSPECTS FOR PEACE

Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center presents

WHAT IS NEXT FOR PALESTINE/ISRAEL?

Miko Peled Head shot

This event was held on Friday October 6th 

CLICK HERE FOR LINK TO VIDEO

Peled is the son of an Israeli general who believes that for the good of everyone the separation of Israel and Palestine should end and be replaced by a secular democracy where Israelis and Palestinians live as equals in their shared homeland.  More at  www.mikopeled.com..

 

This event was sponsored by: and Mount Diablo Peace and Justice Center, Co-sponsored by: Rossmoor’s Voices for Justice in Palestine, Friendly Favors, Jewish Voice for Peace East Bay and NorCal Friends of Sabeel.

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