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August 14, 2018
Monterey County
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August 15. On this date in 1973, the U.S. conceded defeat and stopped killing Vietnamese, ending a war that had faced the military opposition of the Vietnamese and the activist opposition of much of the U.S. public and the world. World Beyond War Calendar

MPJC Art Gallery.  Mapping Our World. The exhibit runs through the end of September 2018.
Highlights of the exhibit include vintage maps and a collection of World Beyond War‘s “Mapping Militarism” series, depicting weapons exports, U.S. troop presence, countries with nuclear capability, and ongoing wars and conflicts.  The exhibit may be viewed during MPJC’s open hours 1 – 5:30 Wednesday and Saturday or during programs at the Center.

Thursday, August 16, 5:30 – 7:00 pm, Congressman Panetta Town Hall, Irvine Auditorium,McCone Building, 499 Pierce Street, Monterey.  
Open to the public.  Contact organizer:  Carina Chavez/Barbara Burke
A great time to ask the questions on your mind about issues before Congress!  

Thursday, August 16, 7:00 pmThe City of Seaside will be presenting a Resolution of Proclamationto honor long-time MPJC board member James "Akin" Millerat the City Council Meeting.  Steven Goings (Quazar) will accept the proclamation on behalf of our great friend Akin James Miller. Friends and loved ones are strongly encouraged to attend.  Seaside City Hall is located at 440 Harcourt Avenue.  Info:  [email protected].

August 19. On this day in 1953, the CIA overthrew Iran’s democracy. This is a good day on which to contemplate the disastrous and never-ending consequences — whether unforeseen or deemed unimportant — that predictably result from violent injustice.  World Beyond War Calendar.

Wednesday, August 22, 7:00 – 8:30 pm, Initiate Justice, Nonprofit Organization · Oakland, California, engaging people directly impacted by incarceration to pass CA ballot initiatives focused on divesting from prisons and investing in communities.
Virtual Meeting! Monthly membership meeting.   we are going to hold a video chat / call once a month to introduce new members to our organization and update folks on our ongoing campaigns.
Here's how to join:
1. Video - Follow this link (and make sure to download Zoom and test it out before the meeting!)
2. Phone - Call in using this number (669) 900-6833 & meeting ID 709 357 573
In August, we will be focusing on ending the Felony Murder Rule! Call in and learn about our work on SB 1437 and how you can help get it passed during the final stretch!   Hope you can join!
Taina Vargas-Edmond

Saturday, August 25, 10:00 am – 12:00 Noon, The NAACP invites you to the next meeting of The Poor People’s Campaignwhere sub-committee work will begin.  Greater Victory Temple Church of God in Christ, Broadway and Yosemite Streets, Seaside.  If you attended either of the first two PPC meetings, you signed up to either chair one of the sub-committees, to sit on one of the sub-committees, or expressed interest in one of the topics.  The list is from those meetings.  Feel free to switch committees in order to work on the topic that is most interesting to you.
Here is the preliminary committee structure:
Round tables will be set up for the work.  Please bring note paper and writing items so that you are able to record you thoughts.  Once sub-committees have completed their work, we will move forward with a plan.  Feel free to bring others who would like to help - all are welcome.

Some of you expressed interest in learning more about the Poor People's Campaign nationally and locally.  Please visit the NAACP website to find:
An Introduction -

  A video of the MLK 50th Anniversary -

  PPC Nationally -
List of local organizations involved in the PPC -

You will also find meeting notes and emails from the first few meetings
Thank you for your participation.
Sincerely, Regina
Mason, President, Monterey Country Branch NAACP

Saturday, August 25, 2:00 – 4:00 pm, The Heritage Committee of The Japanese  American Citizens League of the Monterey Peninsula presents Making Our Way:  Maintaining, Defending and Expanding Civil Rights - Right Now!
JACL Hall, 424 Adams Street, Monterey
A panel discussion with 
Francisco Lopez, President, “Monterrey” Council, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)
 Regina Mason, President, Monterey County Branch

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
Larry OdaPast National President, Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), Board of Directors, Monterey Peninsula JACL Council
Abdel Kader Seck, President, Board of Directors, Islamic Society of Monterey County
Moderated by Elliot Ruchowitz-Roberts, Board of Directors, Monterey County Chapter, ACLU of Northern California

Saturday, August 25, 2:00 – 4:00 pmMarylia Kelley, Executive Director of the Livermore-based Tri-Valley Communities Against a Radioactive Environment (Tri-Valley CAREs), will speak on  Trump's New Warheads and His Willingness to Deploy Them  Monterey Peace and Justice Center, 1364 Fremont Blvd., Seaside.
Explaining the role of the Lawrence Livermore Lab in weapons development-- one of two locations that design every warhead in the U.S. stockpile, Ms. Kelley will share stories about monitoring the facility and its environmental and health impacts since the early 1980s.  Additionally, she'll give a briefing on the Nuclear Posture Review and the President’s fiscal 2019 budget request for nuclear weapons activities.  Her thought-provoking talk will both sound the alarm and offer examples of public involvement strategies which are winning victories locally, statewide, nationally and globally, detailing several that are particularly powerful. Discussion follows.
     Ms. Kelley brings 35 years of in-depth research, writing and facilitating public participation in decisions regarding U.S. nuclear weapons, their humanitarian impacts and the imperative for their global abolition.  She participated at the United Nations last year in negotiations leading to the adoption of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in July, 2017, and played a leadership role this year in a series of nuclear policy and budget meetings with nearly 100 congressional and administration offices in Washington, DC.  Kelley has testified before the U.S. Congress, the CA Legislature and the National Academy of Sciences.
   The program is co-sponsored by the Monterey Peace and Justice Center, Veterans For Peace Chapter 46, and the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Monterey County Branch.   Suggested donation $5.00; no one turned away for lack of funds.  For information, please call 899-7322.

Thursday, August 30, 7:00 pm.
Saving Capitalism(For the Many, Not the Few  is the latest work by former Secretary of Labor and University of California at Berkeley Professor, Robert Reich.  The documentary covers his travels to the heart of conservative America to speak with people from all walks of life who are affected by the growing inequality of our economic system. In this seismic shift in the nation's economy, Reich examines how the very rich are getting richer and more powerful, while those in the middle and the bottom steadily lose ground. Reich offers some big ideas about how to move beyond a system that's rigged in favor of an elite few, towards a fair and decent society that benefits the many.  A discussion follows the film.This is the Green Party’smonthly public meeting at the Monterey Peace and Justice Center, 1364 Fremont Blvd., Seaside.  Co-sponsored by the Monterey Peace and Justice Center.
Info:  [email protected]

Friday, September 7, 6:30 – 9:00 pm, An evening of Activism, Inspiration, Celebration launching the Jan Knippers Black Fund for Human Rights Protection beginning with the MIIS-Amnesty International USA Fellowship Program.  Featuring Speakers:  Aniket Shah, Amnesty International Board Chair, and Margaret Huang, Amnesty International Executive Director. 
Reception with music to follow.

Irvine Auditorium, McCone Bldg, MIIS,  499 Pierce at Jefferson, Monterey
Co-sponsored by Monterey Peace and Justice Center
Free and open to the public. 
To help with planning, please respond by Sept. 2nd
To donate to the Fund:

Friday, September 7, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, Public Water Now hosts aSilent Auction & Raffle Fundraiser in the Big Sur Room of theHilton Garden Inn1000 Aguajito Road, Monterey.  Tickets $10 Advanced/$20 at the door.  Advance sales at PWN office, 1340 Munras, Monterey – open12-3pm Wed & Sun. Proceeds will help pass the PWN initiative in November.  Silent auction will feature fine art, sculpture, antiques, vintage and collectors quality wines, Cambria beach vacations, 49er football tickets and more. Live music.  Cash bar. Ticket includes on complimentary drink. 7-8 auction bidding, 8pm raffle winners chosen followed by live classical violin performance by Fradahd Khudyev. 8:30 -9 Silent Auction winners announced:  Pay and take home your treasures.

Sunday, September 8, 2:00 pmRISE FOR CLIMATE, JOBS + JUSTICE in CALIFORNIA: Make this your response to California’s wildfires and their destruction of cities and people’s lives.  Join the march in San Francisco starting at the Embarcadero.  In city streets, town squares and capital buildings across the world, people will rise up to demand politicians stand with their communities and deliver more than just words just days before the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco.  A powerful movement of Indigenous people, frontline communities, immigrants, people of color, people of faith, young people, Californians, and people from across the world are demanding real climate leadership to keep fossil fuels in the ground. 
     We demand a just, equitable and resilient 100% renewable energy economy that rapidly expands economic opportunity, creates family sustaining jobs, and protects vulnerable communities, workers, and      future generations.  Meeting place will be announced.  Save the date!
     Together, we can make California the first major economy in the world to stop all new fossil fuel development and transition to 100% renewable energy for all.
     Governor Brown has built his legacy around climate change – but he has yet to stand up to Big Oil and prioritize a just transition away from fossil fuels. Now he’s hosting the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco on September 12-14 with public officials from around the world.   from

Sunday, August 26, 7:00 pmShould the United States Continue Giving Israel $10 Million per day?  Drawing on her best-selling book,  Against Our Better Judgment: The Hidden History of How the U.S. Was Used to Create Israel, former journalist Alison Weirwill discuss the century-long pro-Israel movement in the U.S., media coverage of Israel-Palestine, the role of Israel partisans in promoting the Iraq War and in the continued demonization of Iran, and developments under the Trump administration. The talk will be followed by a Q&A session.
Resource Center for Nonviolence, 612 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz.
Contact:  [email protected]or 831-688-8692

Friday & Saturday, October 12 & 13, David Swansondirector of World BEYOND War and author of War Is A Lie and other books, will be speaking in Santa Cruz, one month before Armistice Day 100. The Friday evening event is from 7 to 9 p.m. and will include music and book signing. The Saturday event is from 10 a.m. to noon and will include lunch.
Swanson will discuss his books, including his latest, Curing Exceptionalism, as well as the history or and plans for Armistice Day, and related topics, and welcome questions.  The location for both events is the Resource Center for Nonviolenc612 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz.   For more information, email RedRockRico at

November 10Stop Trump’s Military Parade
At a time when the United States’ military budget is growing, now constituting 57% of our federal discretionary spending, programs for domestic needs such as food, education, housing and health care are being cut and US militarization is infecting most of the countries of the world, our schools and our communities, President Trump plans to spend more than $30 million dollars to parade tanks and weapons through the streets of Washington, DC on Veteran’s Day weekend. While it is President Trump who is calling for the parade, both major political parties are responsible for escalating US militarization and aggression throughout the world. Members of Congress voted nearly unanimously to give the Pentagon $70 billion more than requested in the current budget and are complicit in antagonizing Russia, North Korea, Iran and Venezuela.
For more info and to read more:
Note:  Plans are being laid for a local counter-demonstration. Contact Veterans for Peace. [email protected]

November 16-18, Dublin, Ireland, Global Campaign Against US/NATO Military Bases invites you to the FIRST INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE AGAINST 7S/NATO MILITARY BASES.The increasingly aggressive actions of US/NATO forces, the raging wars in the Middle East, the burgeoning arms race devastating the national treasuries, the bellicose language replacing diplomatic negotiations, the economic crises facing country after country, the destruction of the global environment through war and unfettered exploitation, their impact on public health, have created crises that, unless checked by popular opposition, can lead to unimaginable catastrophe and war.
     None of us can stop this madness alone.  Global peace fores must come together, mobilizing the millions in our countries, and around the world, for peace.  Based on this understanding, we have initiated the Global Campaign Against US/NATO Military Bases.
Organized by Peace and Neutrality Alliance (PANA), Ireland; Coalition Against U.S. Foreign Military Bases, USA

LOCAL PROGRAMS TAPED BY HEBARD:  These are being broadcast on Amp (Access Monterey Peninsula TV) Channel 24 on the cable. For additional information look at the station’s program on the web.
Thu 8/16/18 3:00 pm P2 Lantern ceremony Taiko Shinsho-Mugen Daiko
(DVDs of the ceremony are available for viewing at MPJC)


Wed 8/15/18 5:00 pm Demonstration at Lawrence Livermore Lab; & end of march pieces
Wed 8/15/18 9:00 pm 65th anniversary Carmel Academy of the Performing Arts
Thu 8/16/18 7:00 am Demonstration at Lawrence Livermore Lab; & end of march pieces
Thu 8/16/18 1:00 pm March for Nuclear Abolition P 1
Thu 8/16/18 2:00 pm 65th anniversary Carmel Academy of the Performing Arts
Thu 8/16/18 3:00 pm March for Nuclear Abolition P 2
Fri 8/17/18 7:00 am 65th anniversary Carmel Academy of the Performing Arts
Fri 8/17/18 9:30 am March for Nuclear Abolition P 1
Fri 8/17/18 2:00 pm Demonstration at Lawrence Livermore Lab; & end of march pieces
Fri 8/17/18 5:00 pm March for Nuclear Abolition P 1
Sat 8/18/18 7:00 am March for Nuclear Abolition P 2
Sat 8/18/18 11:00 am Demonstration at Lawrence Livermore Lab; & end of march pieces
Sat 8/18/18 9:00 pm March for Nuclear Abolition P 2
Sat 8/18/18 7:00 am March for Nuclear Abolition P 2
Sat 8/18/18 11:00 am Demonstration at Lawrence Livermore Lab; & end of march pieces
Sat 8/18/18 9:00 pm March for Nuclear Abolition P 2
Thu 8/23/18 3:00 pm March for Nuclear Abolition P 2



Kamela Harris, (D—CA), 112 Hart Senate Office Bldg., Washington, DC 20510, (202) 224-3553 or

Dianne Feinstein, (D—CA), 331 Hart Senate Office Bldg., Washington, DC 20510,  (202) 224-3841; (414) 393-0707 SF office,

Jimmy Panetta (D)228 Cannon Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 or 100 West Alisal, Salinas, CA 93901

President Donald Trump
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Comments 202-456-6213


George Riley has filed to run for the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District Board of Directors.
If elected he would replace Andrew Clark as the representative for Division Two, which covers part of Monterey and Seaside, all of Del Rey Oaks and Sand City, and adjacent unincorporated areas.
     Riley has demonstrated a passion for educating the community on water issues. Since assuming the role of director for Public Water Now in 2014, he and his team have presented 46 public forums on water with the goal of bringing public water to the community, a reality that 87% of the rest of the country already enjoys.  In Riley’s opinion, Cal Am has demonstrated a history of incompetence in managing the Peninsula’s water supply. “I believe we can do better than having the most expensive water in the country* with a California State Cease and Desist Order hanging over our heads,” says Riley. "I want to see the benefits of lower costs, local control, accountability and sustainability that public ownership will bring. Our community needs effective elected leadership on water issues now.”

     Actively involved in Peninsula water issues since 2002, Riley is uniquely qualified with an in-depth knowledge of local water issues. He’s paid particular attention to California American Water and the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District. He has been an intervenor on CPUC proceedings involving California American Water since 2009
     Asked about his view on Cal Am’s proposed desal project, he responded, “I am committed to sustainable watershed management and water supply policies. We need an abundant and reliable water supply. I expect desal will be part of our future supply, but it should be a regional project that does not steal water from another water district or damage their groundwater. And of course it should be publicly owned to keep the cost down.” 
      With a reputation for being inclusive and fair minded, Riley promises to provide strong leadership and stewardship of our water resources. According to Riley, “The entire Monterey Peninsula pays too high a price for Cal Am’s profit-based water. As a Water Management District board member I will continue the fight for ratepayer interests and a robust feasibility analysis of public ownership of our water system.”


* 2015/2017 Food & Water Watch Study of the 500 largest U.S. water systems.

Note: The Peace Coalition of Monterey County does not endorse candidates for office nor political parties.  Voters are encouraged to listen to all the candidates and use their own judgment.


The Peace Coalition of Monterey County is a coalition of 15 Monterey County organizations working for nonviolent solutions to world conflicts since 1991. If world peace is one of the concerns of your organization, you may want to join the Coalition.
Contact Deborah Warcken, co-chair [email protected]
 PCMC’s Peace Calendar evolved in the early 2000’s to facilitate networking among Peace Coalition organizations. This Peace Calendar is designed to be a part of that networking.   
The Peace Calendar may o be viewed at the Monterey Peace and Justice Center website  (peace central) or the Peace Coalition website (peace Monterey).

ABOUT the Monterey Peace & Justice Center (MPJC):
THANKS to the continuing generosity of caring people in Monterey County,MPJC is able to provide a venue for programs put on by many community groups.If you wish to support MPJC’s education and advocacy, mail a check to MPJC, PO Box 1823, Seaside, CA 93955. Or go to our website https://peacecentral.wordpress.comand donate through PayPal.  All donations are tax-deductible.  MPJC is a 501(c)3 organization, a public benefit corporation.

 MPJC began 
in 2004 as a venue to support the activities of Peace Coalition organizations and as a networking center and resource center for those groups and others who were working for similar purposes.  
The missionof the Monterey Peace and Justice Center is to inspire and mobilize the people of Monterey County to cultivate peace, social justice, nonviolence, democracy, and environmental sustainability in our community and the world through education and advocacy.  MPJC presents a wide spectrum of ideas so as to stir up conversation and thought about the issues.  The MPJC board does not necessarily endorse the views of every speaker or film.  We expect the programs to stimulate participants to consider the issues and become engaged as citizens in visualizing the world they want and working and advocating for it.
Email:     [email protected] 

Come in during MPJC’s open hours (1-5:30 Wed. & Sat.) to scan the bulletin board for the latest events, enjoy the art exhibit, browse the library, have a cup of tea while you read the latest periodicals or view some interesting DVD or just chat with friends. 
You are welcome to check out books and DVDs from the library. (Hebard often leaves DVDs of the programs he has recorded for our library, and so you can catch up on programs you missed!  A student from CSUMB has recently catalogued the DVD’s.) You may want to volunteerat the Center as volunteers are always needed! .  
Leave a message about interest in volunteering at 899-7322 or [email protected]

: What programs would you like? Please contact Judy Karas  [email protected]or Catherine Crockett [email protected]or Joyce Vandevere [email protected]or leave your message at 899-7322 or [email protected].   MPJCworks with individuals and groups to produce programs addressing issues of peace, nonviolence, democracy, social justice, or environmental sustainability. Give us your thoughts! If your organization is planning programs that fit within MPJC’s mission, consider using MPJC as a venue for your event.

MPJC ART GALLERY: The gallery has space for artists and photographers to highlight their work.  The themes which represent the mission of the Center are: Peace, Nonviolence, Social Justice, Democracy, and Environmental Sustainability.  You may leave messages at 889-7322 or [email protected]

Telephone for MPJC is 831-899-PEACE or 831-899-7322.
The Peace Calendar is prepared by Joyce Vandevere for the Peace Coalition of Monterey County. Please send information about peace, nonviolence, social-justice, democracy or sustainability-related events in Monterey County to 
[email protected]  BY 5:00 pm TUESDAY TO BE INCLUDED IN THE WEEK’S EMAIL.

Questions about the Peace Coalition of Monterey County should go to the co-chairs, Sidney Ramsden Scott <[email protected]  and Deborah Warcken [email protected].
Questions about Monterey Peace and Justice Center should go to 899-7322 or [email protected].  For more information about events listed, contact the sponsoring organization.  

The events and actions listed here are not necessarily endorsed by the Peace Coalition nor any of the Coalition organizations other than the sponsor of the listed item. The listings are provided as a community service. PCMC cannot guarantee the accuracy of listed items.

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Every hour taxpayers in the United States are paying $32,077,626 for Total Cost of Wars Since 2001.

R.I.P. to the 2,976 American people that lost their lives on 9/11 and R.I.P to the 48,644 Afghan and 1,6909,903 Iraqi peoplethat paid the ultimate price for a crime they did not commit.  And the hundreds of thousands of Palestinians who experience this everyday.  Your 9/11 is their 24/7.
    ...Shariq Fazal