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

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MIKO PELED, TRUMP AND THE PROSPECTS FOR PEACE

Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center presents

WHAT IS NEXT FOR PALESTINE/ISRAEL?

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Friday October 6th 

6 PM Reception 

7 PM Presentation

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

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..

The indecisiveness and ignorance of the Trump administration and the bluntness of the Netanyahu government have changed the discussion on Palestine/Israel. No longer should there be a Two State Solution, but rather a single state between the River Jordan and the Mediterranean Sea. The question now is this: Will it be a democracy with equal rights for all or an apartheid state?

Peled is an Israeli born writer and activist. Born to a prominent Zionist family including a grandfather who was a signer of the Israeli Declaration of Independence and a father who was a renowned general in the Israeli army. After a thirty year career teaching martial arts in California, Miko found himself confronted with the Israeli Palestinian issue in all of its horror: His 13 year-old niece was killed by Palestinians in a suicide attack in Jerusalem. This brought about a major shift in thinking that Miko describes in his 2016 updated memoir, “The General’s Son, Journey of an Israeli in Palestine” which will be available for purchase at this event.

Peled has sold his martial arts business and gone on the road to promote his ideals.  He is highly regarded as an international speaker, author, writer and peace activist working to promote justice and equality in Palestine.

Cost: $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Students free. Half-price for Center Members.

CLICK HERE TO PRE-REGISTER

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 

 CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO

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

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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!wc civic pride foundation logo

 

 

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URGENT ACTION AGAINST INTERVENTION IN SYRIA – BOARD RESOLUTION

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 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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WAR IN SYRIA: TWO PERSPECTIVES – VIDEO OF EVENT

Reese Erlich & Rick Sterling

presented their analyses of the conflict in Syria at a recent Center Forum held October 13, 2019.

CLICK HERE FOR AN INFORMATIVE VIDEO RECORDING OF THE EVENT.

 

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Erlich is a world–renowned journalist and author of  Inside Syria, The Backstory of Their Civil War and What the World Can Expect

 

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Sterling is co-founder of the Syria Solidarity Movement and a researcher who travels and writes extensively on the Middle East.

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JOIN THE COALITION – U.S. HANDS OFF SYRIA

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:

  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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:

  1. 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.
  1. An immediate end to all foreign aggression against Syria, and serious efforts toward a political resolution to the war.
  1. 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.
  1. 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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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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