The Crosses of Lafayette
Monday, May 30th 2016, 7:00 PM
Deer Hill & Oak Hill Road, Lafayette
(across from Lafayette BART)
This year our peaceful fellowship will be joined by local dignitaries, poets and musicians.
In the midst of the new troops that have recently been deployed in Syria by the current administration, we should not forget how the occupation of the Middle East is still ongoing. Join us to remember, to honor and cherish the goal of a more peaceful future.
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 >
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JOIN US for the
Mt. Diablo Peace And Justice Center
ANNUAL MEMBERS’ MEETING!
SATURDAY, JUNE 18th, 2016 at 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Potluck Dinner and Board Elections
- We’ll share dinner and welcome members, old and new.
- You’ll meet our board members and board nominees.*
- This is the perfect moment to share ideas and suggestions to improve our center!
- Please be sure to talk to your fellow members and give us your input!
OWL ROOM AND PATIO
Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church
55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek
Potluck suggestions: A-E: SALAD / F-J: DESSERT / K-O: APPETIZER / P-T: BREAD / U-Z: SIDE DISH
Beverages and dishes will be provided
NOT SURE IF YOUR MEMBERSHIP IS CURRENT, QUESTIONS, PLEASE RSVP FOR HEADCOUNT….
CALL THE OFFICE: 925-933-7850
*This year 2 board members’ positions are going to be open for election so be sure to contact Margli Auclair at (925)933-7850 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have nominees to suggest.
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JOIN THE FUN AT THE ALAMO RUN!
SUNDAY, JUNE 26TH, 8:30 AM
The fourth annual Alamo Run will take place Sunday, June 26th in downtown Alamo. The run is a 5K competitive and fun run for serious runners, friends and families (including dogs) and baby joggers. Prizes will be awarded to top boy and girl runners in three age groups 18 and under and also to eight adult age groups from ages 19 to 80+. The top three runners overall will also be honored. More than 200 runners are expected to participate in the upcoming event, which will start 8:30 am. During 2015 runners from Alamo, Danville, Pleasanton, Walnut Creek, Concord, Brentwood and as far away as San Francisco participated!
Proceeds from the Alamo Run are used to support the youth education programs of the Walnut Creek based, Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center.
COMPETITIVE AND FUN RUN/WALK
FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY!
Prizes will be awarded in 10 age categories!
AGE 80+ / FASTEST DOG / BABY JOGGER / KIDS / TEENS and more…
PRE-REGISTERED: $35 / $25 (12 and under)
Register on DAY OF RUN: $40 / $30 (12 and under)
FAMILY PACK DISCOUNT: $100 (up to 4 runners, any ages, purchase by midnight Thursday 6/23, sorry no refunds).
Commemorative T-shirts and refreshments included!
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
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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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