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

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STATEMENT ON ACTS OF VIOLENCE OF JULY 2016

SoaringDoveBlack100 pixelsIn recent weeks, several deeply troubling events have taken place. These events include the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile at the hands of police, the assassination of multiple police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge, and the police blowing up a murder suspect with a bomb attached to a robot.

While the exact circumstances surrounding each of these deaths have yet to be determined, one thing is very clear: We have a problem with violence in this country. And, race is routinely a contributing factor in the violence we perpetrate, experience, and hear about every day. Despite the suffering and injustice we witness on an almost daily basis, we cannot give up hope. We cannot give up hope that the problem of violence in America will be tamed. We can, and we must continue to work to create a more peaceful and just world.

While we are far from having all the answers, we may take refuge and comfort in the fact that conversations are happening and steps are being made to eradicate such unnecessary violence in our country. Today, or any day for that matter, as you wake up to face another horrific news story,  please remember that your work and membership through the Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center, your participation in center events and programs, and throughout our community and our nation is making our world safer and happier. Remember that your contributions are helping lift people up, create powerful connections to mobilize change, and address many of the root causes of inequality, injustice, and violence. For this, we thank you.

Board Members’ statement 7/18/2016

 

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TONY de BRUM – NUCLEAR ZERO

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and the Green Group of the Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church

present

Activist and Former Foreign Minister of the Marshall Islands

speaking on Nuclear Weapons Elimination and Climate Change

Friday, Aug. 5th . 7 PM

Bortin Hall, Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church

55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek

de brum head shotTony de Brum has dedicated a lifetime of public service in pursuit of an independent, secure and sustainable Marshall Islands, and he has courageously advanced his peoples’ vision of world free of nuclear weapons. Having witnessed the deleterious effects of US nuclear tests in his country as a young boy, Tony de Brum, as Foreign Minister of the Marshall Islands, took the unprecedented step of filing lawsuits against all nine nuclear weapons states in the International Court of Justice in 2014, seeking to hold them to account for their failure to abide by the provisions of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and customary international law.
As architect of the Majuro Declaration for Climate Leadership, adopted in September 2013, Tony de Brum has also been instrumental in securing the commitment of Pacific Island States to adopt concrete measures to combat climate change.  

Click HERE for biography.

Click HERE for NPR interview at Paris Climate Summit – December 2015

Although this is a FREE event, we are asking for donations to help us cover our expenses and those of Mr. de Brum.  Donations will be collected at the door (cash/check/credit card).

If you are unable to attend this event, please note that he will be speaking at the Livermore Labs protest on Tuesday August 9th at 8 AM. More information is available at:  NAGASAKI DAY

 

 

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LIVERMORE PROTEST-NAGASAKI DAY

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“Disarm Now!: We Stand with Nuclear Survivors  for Global Justice.”

Rally and nonviolent direct action

8 AM on Tuesday, August 9th.

We will gather at the northwest corner of the Lab (Vasco Road and Patterson Pass Road in Livermore).

  • KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Tony de Brum, witness to largest nuclear test “Bravo Shot” in Bikini Atoll 
  • GUEST SPEAKER: Rev. Nobuaki Hanaoka, witness to Nagasaki A-Bomb
  • MUSIC and TRADITIONAL JAPANESE BON DANCE 

Exactly 71 years after the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on the people of Nagasaki, we will gather at the place where scientists are currently developing new and “modified” nuclear weapons. We will stand with Japanese Hibakusha (A-bomb survivors), Pacific Islanders, where the U.S. detonated more than 60 nuclear tests, and others impacted by deadly nuclear technology to proclaim, Never Again! No Nukes!”  

This year’s rally features a very special keynote speaker, Tony deBrum, former foreign minister and present spokesperson for the Marshall Islands’ Nuclear Zero Lawsuits that seek to enforce Article VI of the Non-Proliferation Treaty by compelling the nine nuclear weapons states to disarm.  Mr. deBrum also serves his country as special envoy on climate change. We are also fortunate to be able to welcome an amazing guest speaker, Rev. Nobuaki Hanaoka, a Nagasaki A-bomb survivor and retired Bay Area minister.

The Livermore action will also include music and a traditional Japanese Bon dance at the Lab’s West Gate where those who choose will peaceably risk arrest.

There will also be a Peace Camp the night before at the Del Valle Regional Park reservoir near Livermore.  Contact/RSVP Scott Yundt 925-443-7148.

Carpools are encouraged.  For more information please call Tri-Valley CARES at 925-443-7148

Co-sponsored by Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center, Tri-Valley Cares, Western States Legal Foundation, American Friends Service Committee, Veterans for Peace, Livermore Conversion Project and many other local peace, justice and environmental groups.

 

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HELEN CALDICOTT, M.D. – ANTI-NUKE ACTIVIST

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Dr. Helen Caldicott

Nuclear Weapons: 

Can they be Abolished?

FREE public lecture

Saturday, August 13, 2:00 pm

Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin St.

Caldicott is an Australian physician, better known as the world’s foremost anti-nuclear activist, founder of the Nuclear Freeze movement, and the author of ten books, some of which may be available at the event.  It will include a Q&A session.

She has devoted the last 42 years to an international campaign to educate the public about the medical hazards of the nuclear age and the necessary changes in human behavior to stop environmental destruction.  This is a rare opportunity to hear/meet Dr. Caldicott and also have a chance to interact with questions.

This event is jointly sponsored by the SF library’s Business, Science and Technology Dept. and a new Coalition for Nuclear Disarmament. The latter comprises various pro-peace groups, including the War and Law League (WALL), which initiated the event as its biennial meeting.   It is co-sponsored by the Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center and many other local peace action groups.

For more information on this event go to: www.warandlaw.org

 

 

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SAUDI ARABIA – ANATOMY OF THE KINGDOM

A Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center Monthly Forum Event

An Evening with SHARAT LIN, Ph.D.Sharat G Lin head shot

 Speaking on:

Saudi Arabia: Anatomy of the

Kingdom and its Global Role

Thursday, August 18, 2016 / 6 PM Potluck, 7 PM presentation

Mount Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church – Owl Room

55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, a sacred pillar of U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, has played an ambiguous role in the conflicts unleashed by the Arab Spring, most notably in Bahrain, Yemen, Syria, and in the rise of ISIS. Saudi Arabia’s global role is rooted in the unique juxtaposition of ultra authoritarian rule, oil wealth, and exceptionalism of being home to Makkah and al-Madinah.

Lin writes on global political economy, the Middle East, labor migration, and public health. He is a research fellow at the San José Peace and   Justice Center, and its former president. He has lived in Saudi Arabia.

Tickets:

$10 in advance / $15 at the door.

FREE for Students / Half price for MTDPC Members.

More info call (925) 933-7850

Pre-register CLICK HERE

Co-sponsored by Friendly Favors

 

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CHRISTIAN FELBER, ECONOMIST/AUTHOR

christian_felber head shotSpeaking on:

Change Everything: Creating an Economy for the Common Good

Thursday, September 15, 2016

 6 PM Potluck, 7 PM presentation

MDUUC – Owl Room, 55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek

Felber coined the term “Economy for the Common Good”,  in his book Die Gemeinwohl-Ökonomie – Das Wirtschaftsmodell der Zukunft, published in 2010.  This economic model calls for working towards the common good and cooperation instead of profit-orientation and competition which lead to greed and uncontrolled growth.  According to Felber, it makes much more sense for companies to create a so-called “common good balance sheet” than a financial balance sheet. The common good balance sheet shows the extent to which a company abides by values like human dignity, solidarity and economic sustainability.

Felber is an internationally renowned speaker, contemporary dancer, lecturer at the Vienna University of Economics and Business and author of several bestsellers.

Tickets: $10 in advance / $15 at the door.

FREE for Students / Half price for MTDPC Members.

More info call (925) 933-7850

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Co-sponsored by Friendly Favors

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THE CROSSES OF LAFAYETTE

Deer Hill & Oak Hill Road, Lafayette

(across from Lafayette BART)

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We MUST not forget how the occupation of the Middle East is still ongoing.  

 PLEASE CONSIDER MAKING AN ONLINE DONATION TO THE CROSSES!

FUNDS WILL BE USED FOR PAINT, REPAIRS AND WEED CONTROL

“DONATE’ BUTTON MAY BE FOUND ON RIGHT SIDE OF SCREEN >

Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center is now a fiscal sponsor for the Crosses of Lafayette.

Donations are tax deductible.  Thank you for your support!

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RESOLUTION ON IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL

Resolution in Support of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action SoaringDoveBlack100 pixels
(“The 2015 Iran Agreement”)

Whereas, an international agreement has been negotiated by the five permanent members of the UN Security Council (China, France, Russia, UK and the USA) plus Germany with Iran, officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and informally known as the P5+1 Iran Agreement; and
Whereas, the plan calls for major reductions in Iranian capacity to produce enriched uranium or plutonium and agreement to not enrich beyond a level far below that required for military use, and the agreement calls for continuous monitoring and allowance for inspections and verification for 15 years, and in return, the P5+1 countries will lift economic sanctions on Iran and unfreeze Iranian assets in foreign banks; and
Whereas, the Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center believes this plan is a positive step toward a foreign policy based on negotiation and compromise rather than force, and
Whereas, for the past 12 years the US government and allies have invaded, bombed and destabilized governments they did not like; the US and allies invaded Iraq (2003) , bombed Libya (2011) and have funded the armed opposition in Syria (2011-present); and
Whereas, the consequences of this policy have been disastrous at home and abroad, with conditions vastly worse in Iraq, with chaos and terrorism having taken over Libya, and with close to 250,000 people having died, and another 10 million people displaced in Syria; and
Whereas, it is now estimated the US invasion of Iraq will ultimately cost about $3 trillion, with many thousands of Americans killed, and hundreds of thousands seriously injured physically or psychologically; and
Whereas, we note that many of the opponents of this agreement are the same organizations and individuals who promoted the invasion of Iraq and who have encouraged war with Iran; and
Whereas, we note that the agreement has been attacked with false claims, exaggerations and falsehoods just as there were false assertions about “weapons of mass destruction” in Iraq; and
Whereas, if the USA fails to endorse the agreement, the other countries involved will likely proceed, without the USA, and this would damage American credibility on the world stage; and
Whereas, we believe this agreement is a significant and overdue step toward a foreign policy which uses diplomacy and negotiation rather than force, and that the alternative to diplomacy on this issue could be war;
Therefore, be it resolved that the Board of the Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center supports the JCPOA; and
Therefore, be it further resolved that the Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center urges our congressional representative to fully endorse the agreement, and vote in its favor.
Dan Reynolds, Board Chair
Resolution passed August 31, 2015
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BOARD RESOLUTION ON MILITARIZATION OF POLICE

SoaringDoveBlack100 pixelsThe Board of the Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center passed the following resolution on September 15, 2014

Whereas recent events in Ferguson, Missouri have shown that even small police departments have acquired military hardware such as armored personnel carriers (APCs), grenade launchers, military-style “Fritz helmets,” and camouflage uniforms that are conspicuous shows of authority in built-up areas, and

Whereas Davis, California had acquired an APC and seeks to dispose of it (1) and Saddleback College of Mission Viejo, California has acquired an APC, even though the Campus Police force has 10 or fewer officers (2), and

Whereas the use of SWAT team actions has soared from a few hundred annually in the 1970s to more than 50,000 per year by 2005 (3) and SWAT team use has shifted from hostages, barricades, and active shooters (7 percent of uses as analyzed by the American Civil Liberties Union (4)) to routine police tasks such as drug searches and serving search warrants (80 per cent); SWAT teams infrequently find contraband (36 per cent); and often involve forced entry into private residences (65 per cent) and involve risk to innocent people, including children, and

Whereas militarized police can be cut off from their communities rather than be engaged with their communities, as happened in Ferguson, Missouri, and exceed their mission to protect and serve the public, as when battle-clad police in Ferguson fired rubber bullets and tear gas at protestors (5) and also invaded a McDonald’s restaurant to arrest reporters (6), and

Whereas there are far too many police actions resulting in citizen deaths that should result in questioning, arrest, or non-fatal use of force instead.

It is concluded that:

  • The militarization of police has reached unjustifiable levels,

  • Militarized police often threaten the public they are to protect and serve, and

  • The combination of militarized police and pervasive surveillance poses a threat to the civil liberties of Americans.

Therefore, be it resolved that:

  • The militarization of police needs to be stopped immediately, SWAT team use restored to hostage, barricade, and active shooter situations, and military weapons and equipment returned from police departments to the Federal government for storage or disposal.

BOARD OF THE MOUNT DIABLO PEACE AND JUSTICE CENTER, WALNUT CREEK

References:

(1) http://tinyurl.com/Davis-MRAP

(2) http://tinyurl.com/Saddleback-College-MRAP

(3) http://tinyurl.com/50000-swat-action-year

(4) http://tinyurl.com/ACLU-on-police-militarization

(5) http://tinyurl.com/police-force-ferguson-missouri

(6) http://tinyurl.com/police-arrest-reporter

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