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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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.
Erlich is a world–renowned journalist and author of Inside Syria, The Backstory of Their Civil War and What the World Can Expect.
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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In 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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Deer Hill & Oak Hill Road, Lafayette
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We MUST not forget that the occupation of the Middle East is still ongoing.
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Resolution in Support of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action
(“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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70 Years of Nuclear Weapons – At What Cost?
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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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CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!
We had a record number of schools participating this year – 42!
Painting by Second Place High School Art Winner
Anna-Sofia Giannicola, Las Lomas High School
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THE MT. DIABLO PEACE AND JUSTICE CENTER AND CODE PINK PRESENTED THE FOLLOWING LETTER TO THE COUNCIL AFTER HOLDING A STREET PROTEST
January 22, 2015
To the Board of the East Bay Leadership Council
Subject: Protest of your choice of Karl Rove and Ellen Tauscher as speakers at the “29th Annual East Bay USA Dinner”
We, the undersigned, object to your selection of Karl Rove, former strategist for the GW Bush administration, and Ellen Tauscher, former Under Secretary of State for Arms Control, as honored speakers at a public event in Contra Costa County.
Karl Rove, as a member of the White House Iraq Group (WHIG), wrote speeches and other documents containing lies about WMDs in Iraq that led the United States into a disastrous and very expensive war of occupation in that country. That war, costing over 4400 US lives, up to 1 million Iraqi lives and $3 trillion of our tax dollars (and counting), drained resources from much-needed civilian economic development, including green energy programs. Rove has also appeared recently on national TV programs attempting to defend the worst torture techniques used by the CIA, after the release of the “Torture Report” by the Senate Intelligence Committee. Karl Rove is not a leader whose thoughts we respect, or someone whose words we need to hear.
We also object to your choice of Ellen Tauscher as a speaker. As a former member of Congress and as a current board member of 2 nuclear weapons laboratories, she has been an advocate for “safe, reliable and effective” nuclear weapons (effective against whom? to what end?) and a booster of so-called “missile defense.”
The people of the East Bay are interested in the use of their hard-earned tax dollars for sustainable energy programs, civilian economic development, and foreign policy that does not kill and damage our young people in needless wars brought about by lies. We encourage you to seek speakers to can address these, the real needs of our community.
– Signed by representatives from both organizations and all 25+ protesters in attendance.
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