Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center Presents:
MONTHLY FORUM EVENT
Author of War Against the People: Israel, the Palestinians and Global Pacification
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Well-known as a supporter of Palestinian rights, Halper is Co-Founder of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) and the Coordinator of the Wars Against the People project of The People Yes! Network (TPYN). He moved from the U.S. to Israel in 1973.
In addition to his work as head of ICAHD, he participated in the first (and successful) attempt of the Free Gaza Movement to break the Israeli siege by sailing into Gaza in 2008. He serves on the international support committee of the Bertrand Russell Tribunal on Palestine, and was nominated by the American Friends Service Committee for the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize, together with the Palestinian intellectual and activist Ghassan Andoni.
“We are against the Israeli policy of occupation and displacement. If you create an apartheid situation, if you lock another people into prison, in the end, you cannot develop a healthy, normal, and prosperous society. The Occupation, conflict, terrorism, and settlements all affects the Israeli society and economy. As long as the Occupation continues, Israel itself cannot be free.” – Jeff Halper
Thursday, February 18th
6 PM Potluck / 7 PM presentation
MDUUC at 55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek
Tickets Non-Members: $10 in advance or $15 at the door
Peace Center Members: half price / FREE for Students
or call (925) 933-7850
Co-sponsored by Rossmoor Voices for Justice in Palestine and Friendly Favors
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AUTHOR, CARTOONIST, COLUMNIST
Rall is a sometimes controversial columnist, syndicated editorial cartoonist, and author. His political cartoons appear in approximately 100 newspapers around the US. He is also an award-winning graphic novelist and the author of non- fiction books about domestic and international current affairs. Rall’s cartoons have appeared regularly in Rolling Stone, Time, Fortune and Men’s Health magazines, and were for several years the most reproduced cartoons in the New York Times.
His latest graphic novel Bernie, is coming out in January 2016 and will be available for purchase at this event as will Snowden.
THURSDAY, March 17, 2016 / 6 PM Potluck ~ 7 PM Speaker
Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church
55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek
Tickets: $10 in advance or $15 at the door.
FREE for Students.
Half price for Peace Center members.
To purchase advance tickets CLICK HERE
or call (925) 933-7850.
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INTERFAITH CLIMATE ACTION NETWORK (ICAN)
Linking our Faith to Accelerated Action
Saturday, April 23rd, 2016 ~ 1:00 – 4:00 PM
Walnut Creek United Methodist Church,
1543 Sunnyvale Ave., Walnut Creek
FAITH AGAINST FRACKING: We need to keep most fossil fuels in the ground. Learn how you can share your voice of faith!
DECARBONIZING FOR HEALTHY COMMUNITIES: Updates on the County Climate Action Plan and climate change health impacts in our county. How do we connect home, workplace and public agencies?
PRICING CARBON: How we join together to stop subsidizing fossil fuels and create political will for a clean energy economy.
NETWORKING AND MEETING LOCAL ACTION GROUPS:
WORKSHOPS: Faith and Fracking, Generating Political Will in Our Congregations and Our Communities, Engaging in Demonstrations for the Climate, Developing Strategies to Work with Local Government on Climate Change.
FREE: DONATIONS GLADLY ACCEPTED. REFRESHMENTS PROVIDED. RSVP APPRECIATED BUT NOT REQUIRED AT ICANcontracostacounty@gmail.com. Presented by the Interfaith Climate Action Network*
For more information contact Rev. Will McGarvey: firstname.lastname@example.org
* members include Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County, Social Justice Alliance; California Interfaith Power and Light; Earth, Faith, Food; Interfaith Women’s Circles of Contra Costa County; Citizen’s Climate Lobby Contra Costa; 350 Bay Area; Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center and Wellness City Challenge.
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MT. DIABLO PEACE & JUSTICE CENTER
RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF THE BLACK LIVES MATTER MOVEMENT
WHEREAS, the Mount Diablo Peace & Justice Center upholds the ideals of equal justice under the law, racial justice and human dignity for all; and
WHEREAS, the recent deaths of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Freddie Gray and too many others, compel questioning of whether or not equal justice under the law is possible for young men of color – particularly poor, young men of color; and
WHEREAS, these deaths are indicative of a growing social-economic division threatening the current and future well-being of people of color and the larger society; and
WHEREAS, while we recognize there have been some strides within police departments across the nation to engage in constructive dialogue and good faith efforts to improve relations between officers and communities of color and young people, there are still problems that exist and improvements that are needed in order to protect lives; and
WHEREAS, while we recognize that most police officers carry out the mission to protect the public in a manner that is honorable and professional, it is also true that incidents of racial profiling are still a very serious issue; and
WHEREAS, we express solidarity with the thousands of protestors in the Bay Area and throughout the nation who are peacefully expressing their outrage and frustration at the deaths of unarmed African-Americans; and
WHEREAS, while we profoundly believe and insist that all black lives matter, we also believe that the growing divide between “haves and have nots” in American society undermines the realization of that belief in the actual workings of the criminal justice system, our schools and economy,
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that we encourage people to engage in dialogue around the concepts of equal justice under the law, racial justice and “institutional racism”; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Mount Diablo Peace & Justice Center supports Black Lives Matter forums, community meetings and peaceful demonstrations; and
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that the Mount Diablo Peace & Justice Center joins with local schools, districts, labor and community groups to call for the creation of a national model for community policing and well-funded, thoughtful programs for youth that divert marginalized young people into academic and career programs, and an end to institutionalized racism in the criminal justice system.
Dan Reynolds Adopted by Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center Board on June 15, 2015
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Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center – Resolution – Against Linguistic Racism
Whereas, language is power; and
Whereas, the term “dog whistle language” defines seemingly neutral language (such as “welfare queen,” “food stamp president,” and “the undeserving”) used by politicians, those in the media, and others as a substitute for explicit racial pejoratives to trigger and promote racial anxiety, create racial division, influence the way people vote, and nurture a political climate that has allowed income inequality to expand while appearing innocuous, disguising open class warfare; and
Whereas, dog whistling cannot be resisted by refusing to talk about race because this allows constant racial insinuations to go unchallenged, creating fear and feelings of racial superiority among many whites; and
Whereas, dog whistle racism rests in “colorblindness”;
Whereas, the core stories of colorblindness —that discrimination against minorities has ended, their inferior social positions are deserved, and contemporary whites are innocent victims of reverse discrimination—underpin dog whistle portrayals of nonwhites as threats to imperiled whites; and
Whereas, some politicians, Supreme Court Justices, and others contend that colorblindness means government should not take race into account even to promote racial equality; and
Whereas, some politicians and others use veiled racial references to persuade white voters to support policies that weaken unions and public pensions, defund public schools, block improvements to health care, and favor the extremely rich yet threaten their own interests; and
Whereas, racial politics has destabilized the American middle class—white and nonwhite members alike; and
Whereas, inequality and exploitation are the enemies of all people; and
Whereas, addressing linguistic racism allows American society to combat economic inequality; and
Whereas, the Board of Directors of the Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center sees the issue of combating economic inequality as being in line with the mission and vision of the Center
Therefore, be it resolved, that the Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center condemns “dog-whistle” politics, and political rhetoric of colorblindness, and encourages Americans to condemn it whenever it is used; and
Be it further resolved, that the Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center will work to combat racism by focusing on educating Americans about racism’s persistent cultural presence, and ways to transcend it; and
Be it further resolved, that the Board of the Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center will work to create inclusive environments, expose and eschew linguistic racism, and promote equality; and
Be it further resolved, that the Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center encourages its members to work to create inclusive environments, expose and eschew linguistic racism, and promote equality; and
Be it further resolved, that the Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center calls upon government at all levels to promptly promote inclusiveness, expose and eschew linguistic racism, and promote equality.
Daniel Reynolds, Board Chair November 17, 2014
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