ATTENTION EDUCATORS, STUDENTS, PARENTS and ADMINISTRATORS
Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center
7th Annual Conference
CREATING A PEACEFUL SCHOOL
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2018
9 am to 4 pm
Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center
1035 Carol Lane, Lafayette, California
(our new location, the church campus of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church)
This year’s topic: Addressing Racism
A daylong opportunity to explore how we can use our school and classroom practices to identify and address subtle and overt elements of racism. Breakout sessions on a variety of topics will focus on sharing learning strategies and skills and will be relevant to elementary and secondary educators, school personnel and students.
Alyson Reimer, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at University of California, Berkeley
Speaking on: Building the Beloved Community: Addressing Racism Inside the Classroom and Out
Breakout Sessions include a wide variety of topics, all focused on this timely issue.
$50 per person / $10 students / $40 Center members, includes morning snacks and a delicious lunch!
CEUs available through St. Mary’s Kalmanovitz School of Education for an additional small fee, forms at conference.
Click HERE to reach official website for registration and presenter updates
or more info: firstname.lastname@example.org or office (925) 933-7850
PLEASE JOIN US and SPREAD THE WORD!
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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.
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, 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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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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Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center presents
WHAT IS NEXT FOR PALESTINE/ISRAEL?
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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VIDEOS OF THESE THREE EVENTS WILL BE ADDED SOON!
WATCH THIS SPACE!
DIABLO FOR PEACE and MT. DIABLO PEACE & JUSTICE CENTER are jointly hosting a series of events!
IT’S TIME THAT WE ADDRESS THE RACISM IN OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY!
Creating Peaceful Communities is a committee of the Center comprised of members of our Center and a newly formed group of young people from our local community who shared a vision on a Facebook page (Diablo For Peace)
Education is key to addressing racism. We’re beginning with a mini-series of three presentations with the goal of encouraging a discussion.
PLEASE JOIN US!
RACISM 101, Members of Diablo For Peace
Sunday, May 7th, 7-9 PM Walnut Creek Library, 1644 N. Broadway.
Diablo For Peace is a group of young adults from Walnut Creek who want to create an intergenerational and intercultural community of local residents willing to address and combat structural racism and xenophobia. They have developed a presentation on the racism in the Bay Area that they have observed and are seeking ideas to address it.
RACE, NATION and DEMOCRACY, Albert Ponce, Ph.D.
Thursday, May 18th, 7-9 PM, MDUUC, 55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek
Ponce is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Diablo Valley College. Earning his degrees from UC Berkeley and UCLA in political science and Chicano Studies, he specializes in race, ethnicity and politics and the political economy of migrant labor in California. In his work he collaborates with undocumented workers, students and researchers across the nation. In this talk he will address the underside of racial exclusion.
Healing Through Resistance: Confronting The Crisis Of State Sponsored Violence in MODERN AMERICA, Cephus Johnson aka “Uncle Bobby”
Sunday, May 21st, 7-9 PM, Walnut Creek Library, 1644 N. Broadway
Johnson is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Love Not Blood Campaign. It is requested that the attendees be familiar with the movie “Fruitvale Station”. Johnson is the late Oscar Grant’s uncle and will make reference to this incident in his powerful presentation.
This event is FREE for students. Donation of $5 requested at the door to cover costs. More information: 925.933.7850.
This event is sponsored in part by a grant from the Walnut Creek Civic Pride Foundation. THANK YOU!
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The Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center recently signed on to an Ad Hoc Coalition of organizations against U.S. intervention in Syria. For more information and to sign on as an individual please go to: link to coalition website.
Here is the message we need to convey:
U.S. Hands Off Syria
An Urgent Message for Peace on the Eve of Wider War
We raise our voices against the violence of war and the enormous pressure of war propaganda, lies and hidden agendas that are used to justify this war and every past U.S. war.
We, the undersigned organizations and individuals, endorse the following Points of Unity and will work together as an Ad Hoc Coalition to help put an end to the regime change intervention by the United States, NATO and their regional allies and the killing of innocent people in Syria:
- The continuation of the war in Syria is the result of a U.S.-orchestrated intervention by the United States, NATO, their regional allies and reactionary forces, the goal of which is regime change in Syria.
- This policy of regime change in Syria is illegal and in clear violation of the United Nations Charter, the letter and spirit of international law and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
- This policy of forced regime change is threatening the security of the region and the world and has increased the danger of direct confrontation between the United States and Russia, with the potential of a nuclear catastrophe for the whole world.
- War and U.S. and EU sanctions have destabilized every sector of Syria’s economy, transforming a once self-sufficient country into an aid-dependent nation. Half the Syrian population is now displaced. A UN ESCWA report reveals these U.S. sanctions on Syria are crippling aid work during one of the largest humanitarian emergency since World War II. The one third of Syrians refugees in surrounding Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey have been hit hard by U.S. cuts to UNICEF. This forces desperate refugees to struggle to reach Europe.
- No foreign entity, be it a foreign government or an armed group, has the right to violate the fundamental rights of the Syrian people to independence, national sovereignty and self-determination. This includes the right of the Syrian government to request and accept military assistance from other countries, as even the U.S. government has admitted.
- Only the people of Syria have the inalienable right to choose their leaders and determine the character of their government, free from foreign intervention. This right cannot be properly exercised under the conditions of U.S.-orchestrated foreign intervention against the Syrian people.
- Our opposition is to forced regime change in Syria by U.S.-backed foreign powers and their mercenaries. It is not our business to support or oppose President Assad or the Syrian government. Only the Syrian people have the right to decide the legitimacy of their government.
- The most urgent issue at present is peace and putting an end to the violence of foreign intervention that has resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people and the displacement of millions of Syrians both internally or as refugees abroad.
Based on these Points of Unity, we, as individuals and organizations—in an Ad Hoc Coalition—agree on the following demands and commit ourselves to working together to help achieve them:
- An immediate end to the U.S. policy of forced regime change in Syria and full recognition and compliance by the U.S., NATO and their allies with principles of international law and the U.N. Charter, including respect for the independence and territorial integrity of Syria.
- An immediate end to all foreign aggression against Syria, and serious efforts toward a political resolution to the war.
- An immediate end to all military, financial, logistical and intelligence support by the U.S., NATO and their regional allies to all foreign mercenaries and extremists in the Middle East region.
- An immediate end to economic sanctions against Syria. Massive international aid for displaced people within Syria and Syrian refugees abroad.
Only in a peaceful and independent Syria, free of foreign aggression, can the people of Syria freely exercise their sovereign rights, express their free will and make free choices about their government and their country’s leadership.
We invite all supporters of peace and peoples’ right to self-determination around the world to join hands of cooperation in this effort to achieve these most humanitarian demands.
We need jobs, healthcare, education and an end to racist police violence here at home, not U.S. wars abroad!!
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Mt Diablo Peace & Justice Center
Resolution Regarding HR 5732 and U.S. Intervention in Syria
WHEREAS the Mt Diablo Peace & Justice Center believes that respect for and enforcement of international law is essential; and
WHEREAS international law has been undermined by U.S. and NATO aggression against Iraq and Libya; and
WHEREAS the consequences of this aggression have been immense destruction and the spread of violent sectarian terrorism which is now impacting Europe and North America; and
WHEREAS the U.S. government has been spending hundreds of millions of dollars each year since 2011 in support of a violent opposition seeking overthrow of the Syrian government; and
WHEREAS the US led coalition is conducting air strikes and ground operations in Syria without the authorization of the Syrian government; and
WHEREAS on 17 September 2016 the US led coalition conducted air strikes in Deir Ezzor (eastern Syria) killing at least 62 Syrian soldiers and injuring over 100; and
WHEREAS the U.S. Central Command explanation that this was a “mistake” is questionable since the U.S. has never supported the Syrian Arab Army in its battles with ISIS; and
WHEREAS the U.S. Congress is considering House Resolution 5732 which calls for assessment and planning for a potential “No Fly Zone” in northern Syria which would constitute an act of war, taking over the skies above another country, and could easily lead to conflict with Syria and its allies;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Mt Diablo Peace & Justice Center calls on our supporters to speak out strongly against the U.S. policy of overthrowing foreign governments since history has shown this policy leads to extremism and chaos; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the Mt Diablo Peace & Justice Center opposes HR 5732 because it will lead to more not less bloodshed; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the Mt Diablo Peace & Justice Center calls on the U.S. government to respect and abide by international law and the U. N. Charter which says, “ All Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the Purposes of the United Nations.”
Passed by the Board of the Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center on October 17, 2016
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