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

Encouraging peaceful solutions since 1969

PEACE & JUSTICE AWARDS DINNER – 2017!

IT’S THE COMMUNITY EVENT OF THE SEASON!

Join us at the Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center’s

 

Ninth Annual Peace and Justice Awards Dinner

Saturday, November 18th, 6 – 9 PM

Fellowship Hall, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 1035 Carol Lane, Lafayette

This Year’s Awardees Include:

Local Heroes for Peace Award:

Tri-Valley CAREs, an organization  (Communities Against a Radioactive Environment) based in Livermore and Marylia Kelley, the Executive Director of TVC, for their decades-long work against nuclear weapons proliferation.

Local Heroes for Justice:

Northgate Uncapped and Mt. Diablo Education Association – jointly awarded for their work in keeping the Mt. Diablo School District united, thereby promoting diversity in our community.

Enjoy a FULL-COURSE GOURMET DINNER! – LIVE MUSIC! – SILENT AUCTION! – RAFFLE!*

Tickets: $65 per person / $50 per person (Peace Center Members) / $500 reserved table for 8-10

Purchase dinner tickets / raffle tickets / memberships – online or contact the Center office for more options: (925) 933-7850 / margli@ourpeacecenter.org

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE

Childcare available on site.  Must request BEFORE November 10th to arrange.

*Raffle will take place on the night of the dinner.  Need not be present to win.  This is a 50/50 raffle.  Half of the proceeds will go to the winner and the other half will be donated to the Tri-Valley Cares organization.

 

 

 

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AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL

GREEN GROUP of Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church presents

FREE MOVIE EVENT!

AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL, Truth to Power

More than a decade after jump-starting a global conversation on the climate crisis with the film An Inconvenient Truth, Climate Reality Founder and Chairman Al Gore returns to the big screen with An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power tells the story of one man’s fight to solve this crisis at a time when the threat has never been clearer – and the reasons for hope have never been greater. We follow Vice President Gore as he travels the world training citizens as Climate Reality Leaders and building an international coalition to confront the greatest challenge humanity has ever faced.

This film arrives at a critical moment, as Vice President Gore, Climate Reality, and millions of Americans fight back against an administration that prioritizes the interests of fossil fuel corporations over the health of our planet.

Friday, November, 10th at 7 PM

Bortin Hall, Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church

55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek, California

This is a FREE event.  The public is invited.

Co-sponsored by the Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center and Interfaith Climate Action Network of Contra Costa County.

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GAR SMITH, Editor, WAR & ENVIRONMENT READER

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

6 PM Reception and 7 PM Presentation

Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 1035 Carol Lane, Lafayette, California

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.

Contributors include:

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

 

CLICK HERE TO PRE-REGISTER/PURCHASE TICKETS and/or MEMBERSHIPS

Tickets: $10 in advance, $15 at the door, Students FREE, half-price for Center members

Co-sponsored by Green Group, Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church and Friendly Favors

For more information, please call the office at 925-933-7850

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MIKO PELED, TRUMP AND THE PROSPECTS FOR PEACE

Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center presents

WHAT IS NEXT FOR PALESTINE/ISRAEL?

Miko Peled Head shot

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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DAN KOVALIK, INVESTIGATOR/AUTHOR

kovalik book jacketThis event was held and recorded Sept 12, 2017 

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Dan Kovalik has worked as a labor attorney for US Steel Workers and as a Professor of Law at the University of Pittsburg School of Law. He has written extensively about Latin America, especially Columbia; has served as an international observer at the recent Constituent Assembly Election in Venezuela and has published a new and highly acclaimed book, The Plot to Scapegoat Russia.  His talk will focus on how the CIA and the Deep State have conspired to vilify Russia.

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BOARD RESOLUTION ON SCHOOL SEGREGATION

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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BECOME A MEMBER TODAY!

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   THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

Not sure of your membership status?  Call  (925) 933-7850 or email margli@ourpeacecenter.org and we’ll check it out.

 

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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 that 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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ADDRESSING RACISM IN OUR COMMUNITY

we need to talk

 

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!wc civic pride foundation logo

 

 

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URGENT ACTION AGAINST INTERVENTION IN SYRIA – BOARD RESOLUTION

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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