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

Encouraging peaceful solutions since 1969

JEFF HALPER, Ph.D.

Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center Presents:
MONTHLY FORUM EVENT

Jeff Halper photo largerAuthor 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

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or call (925) 933-7850

Co-sponsored by Rossmoor Voices for Justice in Palestine and Friendly Favors

 

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AN EVENING WITH TED RALL

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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.

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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.

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EARTH DAY 2016

INTERFAITH CLIMATE ACTION NETWORK (ICAN)

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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

PANEL DISCUSSION:

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: eye4cee@gmail.com

* 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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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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BOARD RESOLUTION ON BLACK LIVES MATTER

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

Board President

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BOARD RESOLUTION ON RACISM

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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