Calendar 3/29 – 5/6/2017

Thursday, March 30, 6 pm – 8:30 pm

Rapid Response Training to mobilize the community to stop deportations and support impacted communities, at On Ramps Covenant Church, World Impact Building, 1955 Broadway St, Fresno, 93721 (Enter through the fence on the north side of the building.) Based on the current executive orders, immigration enforcement will increase deportations, both in large and small scale raids. Various roles are needed for Rapid Response teams, including, but not limited to: raid verification, media team, resource and emotional support to families, prayer team, advocacy and protest, and mass communication. We can help you figure out a role that fits you. https://www.facebook.com/events/1679159339060278/

Friday, March 31, 12 noon-2:00 pm

Protest calling for a constituents meeting at Tornino’s Banquet Facility, 5080 N. Blackstone Ave. just north of Shaw. Rep. Devin Nunes will be the keynote speaker at 1:00 pm at the Ag Lenders Society 2017 Annual Meeting at Tornino’s in Fresno, but he still won’t meet with his constituents. We will be there in peaceful protest to remind him that we are his voters, and there are many issues we want to discuss with him. Bring signs that reflect your concerns and issues.

Friday, March 31, 6 pm

Trans-E-Motion will hold a rally and sidewalk march for transgender visibility and awareness at the Peace Corner of Shaw and Blackstone. Now is the time to advocate for the transgender commuity and add to the growing support toward this cause. Join us and help improve the local social climate for this resilient community. Your attendance is your support. Zoyer Zyndel at 559-464-5806

Saturday, April 1, 7:00 am – 2:00 pm

Garage sale – Cambridge Avenue Block Sale 704 E. Cambridge. Our Center for Nonviolence has been invited by Joan Hughes to use her front yard to sell books and other items during the Annual Cambridge Block Sale on Saturday, April 1st. Please come and shop and help us raise money for the Center. If you have any items that we can sell, please email angela.price41 or just bring them to the Center Mon-Fri 11 – 3, 237-3223

Saturday, April 1, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

California Environmental Justice Coalition (CEJC), Central Valley Regional Conference, 1: Air Quality. 2: Water Contamination. 3: Pesticides. 4: Fracking/Fossil Fuels. 5: Carbon Sequestration, Guest Speaker on Local Food Issues, 6: Citizen-Led Monitoring/IVAN. 7: Green Vans Program. https://cejcoalition.org/register-cejc-central-valley-regional-conference-in-fresno-april-1st-2017/ Community United Church of Christ – 5550 N. Fresno St, Fresno, Support for this project has been provided by: California Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Justice Small Grants Program, FREE

Monday, April 3, 6 pm

Workshop for prospective candidates – now or in the future. Democratic Party HQ (1035 U St., downtown Fresno) Learn about basic communications skills for your presentation, connecting with the media and meeting voters. Address the best ways to craft your pitch. Leading the workshop will be Lynn Badertscher, a lifelong Democrat with decades of experience teaching communication at the college/university level, including public speaking and persuasion. For more info, contact 559-495-0606 or fresnocountydemocrats

Tuesday, April 4 and Every Tuesday 11:45 am to 12:45 pm

Vigil at Devin Nunes’ Clovis Office, 3rd and Clovis Ave, hour-long quiet vigil of peaceful prayer and reflection in the pursuit of “justice, tolerance, fairness, inclusion, actions and laws that protect all people.” Although signs are welcome, we are not coming here to yell at motorists, scream, and demonstrate wildly on the sidewalks and streets. Dave and Bev Derby derby

April 4, 5:30 pm

Screening of the 80′s movie 1984 at CMAC, 1555 Van Ness, at the corner of Van Ness & Calaveras, across from Arte Americas, the screening is part of a coordinated national event to support the National Endowment for the Arts and see any attempt to scuttle that program as an attack on free speech and creative expression through entertainment. This event provides a chance for us to join with communities around the country to show our unity and have our voices heard. Limited seating, FREE

Sunday, April 9, 4 – 6 pm

Community Alliance Fundraiser/Party, Assemblyman Dr. Joaquin Arambula to speak on “Health and Healthcare”, refreshments and beverages, Eva Scow playing the mandolin, meet the Community Alliance’s new Executive Director Michael Evans and hear about his plans for the paper. Unitarian Universalist Church 2672 E. Alluvial Ave, Fresno. Tickets $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Tickets at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2898748 or at www.fresnoalliance.com , from any Community Alliance board member or (before April 5) by mail from Camille Russell 276-2592.

Monday, April 10, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Demonstration and Fast for Yemen at Blackstone and Nees, Fresno. Join Peace Fresno and national peace groups in calling for a humane response to the deadly tragedy facing Yemeni civilians whose country, ravaged by civil war and regularly targeted with Saudi and U.S. airstrikes, is now on the brink of famine. Hold a banner provided by Peace Fresno. Bring a sign. Stand in support. See “Yemenis Endure World’s Largest, Rapidly Worsening Humanitarian Crisis While Subject to a Sea Blockade and Constant Bombing” March 14, 2017 Kathy Kelly, http://vcnv.org/2017/03/14/yemenis-endure-worlds-largest-rapidly-worsening-humanitarian-crisis-while-subject-to-a-sea-blockade-and-constant-bombing/

Tuesday, April 11

Peace Fresno meeting. This meeting may be rescheduled due to the demonstration the night before. Contact Dan Yaseen for updated info. 251-3361 danyaseen

Thursday, April 13, 7 pm and repeated April 14 at a different location

Screening of the film 30 Seconds to Midnight and Q&A with filmmaker Regis Tremblay. http://www.globalresearch.ca/nuclear-war-thirty-seconds-to-midnight-the-final-wake-up-call/5570480 The shocking documentary traces the origins of U.S. genocides, military interventions and wars from the 15th century when the white, colonial explorers first came to the Americas to the very present. American Exceptionalism, Manifest Destiny, and the right to claim the earth and its resources as their own are the beliefs that are the foundation of American foreign policy in the 21st Century that has humanity on the brink of extinction, Unitarian Universalist Church, 2672 E. Alluvial, Fresno, angela.price41 559-304-9183 FREE

Friday, April 14, 2 pm

Screening of the film 30 Seconds to Midnight and Q&A with filmmaker Regis Tremblay. See above. Location for this screening is Fresno Center for Nonviolence, 1584 N Van Ness Ave, (SE corner of Van Ness and McKinley across from Fresno City College.

Saturday, April 15, 12 pm to 4 pm

Annual Transgender Day of Visibility at Alliant International University, 5130 E. Clinton Way 93727 Fresno, CA. A day to show support for the transgender community. The event will feature inspirational speakers, art, singing, poetry, spoken word, dancing, and a resource fair showcasing transgender friendly organizations, food vendors, and businesses. https://www.facebook.com/Transemotion/

Saturday, April 22, 10 am – 4 pm

Earth Day & Fresno Art Museum Family Day at Radio Park, 2233 N First St, Fresno. This free green festival will feature live entertainment, educational exhibits, a commuter bike show, children’s activities, local cuisine and much more! Non-profit organizations, government agencies and local businesses will provide useful information, goods and services related to sustainable living and environmental stewardship. Free

Saturday, April 22, 3-5 pm

Fresno March for Science, Radio Park, beginning at Radio Park, 2233 N First Street, Fresno, California 93703, We are hosting our march in conjunction with the Earth Day Fresno celebration. Melissa Hager and Ashley Hughes https://www.facebook.com/events/1846823318936979/

Saturday, May 6, 5:30 pm

Fresno Center for Nonviolence 25th Anniversary Celebration and Dinner, First Congregational Church (Big Red Church), 2131 N Van Ness Blvd, Fresno. Featured speaker Kathy Kelly, international human rights activist, founder of the Chicago-based Voices for Creative Nonviolence, speaking on “Confronting State Violence at Home and Abroad,” annual Way of Peace Awards, dinner (including wine and dessert) $40, program only (7 pm) $20 or $15 student and low income. Tickets at Fresno Center for Nonviolence 1584 N Van Ness (SE corner McKinley and Van Ness) 11 am – 3 pm Mon-Fri, 237-3223.

Link to Speaking Truth to Empire radio show from March 15

Dan Yaseen’s guest, Mike Whitney lives in Washington State; he is a freelance writer, interested in politics and economics. His columns appear regularly at www.counterpunch.org Link to the interview

https://soundcloud.com/speaking-truth-to-empire/20170315-speaking-truth-to-empire-mike-whitney

Saturday, Jan 21, 2-4 pm Demonstration “Organize for a Better Future”

A Post-Inaugural Street Demonstration

Hosted by Peace Fresno

Saturday, January 21, 2017, 2:00 to 4:00

All four corners of Blackstone and Nees (River Park)

On Day 2 of the Trump Presidency join Peace Fresno and others in standing up for the issues that are important to you! By our presence, with our signs and banners, we will let the community know that there are groups and individuals working together in the Fresno area dedicated to peace, social, economic, racial, and environmental justice.

Each group will represent its unique part of the community and will bring its members and message. Talk with people in groups that share your interests and concerns. Consider opportunities for working together.

There will be a handout listing the participating organizations with the mission and contact information of the each group. If you want your group to be listed contact Dan Yaseen, danyaseen, 559-251-3361

www.facebook.com/peacefresno

Dec 14, 6:30 pm Community Meeting-Fresno Police Dept

Black Lives Matter-Fresno has created a proposal on Fresno policing policy.

Karen Crozier, Black Lives Matter organizer, writes: We need community support to bring this proposal to the public and invite you to a presentation of the policy. Please join us and feel free to contact me if you would like a copy of the proposed policy or with any questions. Karen Croizer, revdrcroizer

Community Meeting
Dec 14, 6:30 pm
Holistic Cultural and Educational Wellness Center
4867 E. Kings Canyon Rd.

Fresno is one of the most diverse cities in the nation and the people would like to trust our law enforcement officers and leadership. We the people urge the Fresno Police Department to take a stand and become the beacon of change we would like to see in the city and nation.

Standing Rock Actions 11/7 – 11/11 4 pm & Petition

Jean Hays of Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom writes:

I’m inviting anyone interested to stand with me every day this week, starting Monday, at Blackstone & Shaw 4-4:45 p.m. Other 1st Nations people from the rally @ City Hall will try to join.  All are invited! We will hold the banner -

WE STAND WITH STANDING ROCK – NO DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE

The Raging Grannies are also planning an action in front of a financial institution that funds the pipeline. There are many of them.  Stay tuned! Jean  skyhorse3593

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“People came out in Fresno on September 4, 2016 to support Standing Rock Sioux land and water protectors resisting the Dakota Access Pipeline.” Image by Richard D. Iyall , Cowlitz

Standing Rock’s Dakota Access Pipeline resistance is connected to militarization of U.S. police, racism, and civil rights in the supporting information.

PETITION - “Justice for Standing Rock”
https://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=12522

Calendar beginning Nov. 1, 2016

 

161018picture_david-barsamian_compactWednesday, November 2, 5:00 pm David Barsamian, “Worthy and Unworthy Victims: The Armenian Genocide and the Unraveling of the Middle East” Presented by California State University, Armenian Studies Program, Fresno State University Business Center, Room 192. FREE

Thursday, November 3, 6:30-8 pm
“Media Coverage of 2016 Presidential Election,” Speaker David Barsamian, PRODUCER of ALTERNATIVE RADIO (AR) www.alternativeradio.org – Independent media with no ads or corporate funding for 30 years! David Barsamian is winner of the Media Education Award, the ACLU’s Upton Sinclair Award for independent journalism, and the Cultural Freedom Fellowship Award from the Lannan Foundation. Betty Rodriquez Library, 3040 N. Cedar Ave, Hosted by Peace Fresno and Fresno Center for Nonviolence. FREE

ADVANCE TICKETS REQUIRED by November 3 for the Sunday, November 13, 7:30 pm local showing of Greg Palast’s new film The Best Democracy Money Can Buy. This showing will take place if 71 tickets are purchased by November 3rd. Cost $11, Tickets can ONLY be purchased online at http://gathr.us/screening/18339 Daren Miller, who arranged for this showing, writes, “Please do not delay getting your tickets and share with your circle of influence. This event is NOT connected with any specific group or organization. It is being provided for the enjoyment of all community citizens.” (Details below)

Thursday, November 3, 1 pm
Making a Killing: Guns, Greed, and The NRA tells the stories of how guns, and the billions made off of them, affect the lives of everyday Americans. It features personal stories from people across the country who have been affected by gun violence, including survivors and victims’ families. The film exposes how the powerful gun companies and the NRA are resisting responsible legislation for the sake of profit – and thereby putting people in danger – and what we can do to put an end to this profit-driven crisis. Brave New Films will work with partners to fight for a country where public safety is more valued than profit. Fresno Center for Nonviolence, 1584 N. Van Ness (SE Corner Van Ness/McKinley) FREE

Thursday, November 3, 6:30-8 pm
“Media Coverage of 2016 Presidential Election,” Speaker David Barsamian, PRODUCER of ALTERNATIVE RADIO (AR) www.alternativeradio.org – Independent media with no ads or corporate funding for 30 years! AR is an independent, weekly one-hour public radio program offered free to noncommercial radio stations and is carried by over 175 radio stations and heard by millions of listeners. AR provides information, analyses and views that are frequently ignored or distorted in other media. David Barsamian is winner of the Media Education Award, the ACLU’s Upton Sinclair Award for independent journalism, and the Cultural Freedom Fellowship Award from the Lannan Foundation. His most recent books are Power Systems with Noam Chomsky and Occupy the Economy with Richard Wolff. Betty Rodriquez Library, 3040 N. Cedar Ave, Hosted by Peace Fresno and Fresno Center for Nonviolence. FREE

Friday, November 4, 5:30 – 8 pm, Reading at 6 pm
Friends and fans of Richard Stone, whose work with the Fresno Center for Nonviolence and the Community Alliance newspaper spans decades. This is a chance to discover one of Richard’s artistic endeavours. There will be a reading and signing of a collaborative book, Cat Tales: A Collection by and for Cat Lovers, By Polly Brewer, Juliana Harris, and Richard Stone, along with others including principal artists John Barnard, J.H. Livingston, Benjamin Locke, and Steve Norton, Gallery 1821, 1821 Calaveras St (off Broadway)
161017fb-nawal-and-leila-by-katie-stobbs-300x225Sunday November 6, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Nawal Slemiah from Women in Hebron Embroidery Cooperative, Palestine and Tully Partnerships will have a booth at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno Craft Fair.
See the November 9 announcement regarding Nawal’s presentation, Palestinian Women’s Empowerment under Occupation

 

 

 

Tuesday, November 8, 7:00 am – 8:00 pm
Election Day
Your polling place is on the back of your Sample Ballot and Voter Information Guide or at www.co.fresno.ca.us/elections where you can verify your voter registration. Look for VERIFY YOUR “VOTES” REGISTRATION PROFILE. If you are a permanent vote-by-mail voter, your ballot must be returned on or before election day or postmarked on election day. As an alternative you may hand deliver your ballot to the Elections office or to any Polling Place on Elections Day. Other interesting info at www.co.fresno.ca.us/elections – such as, Voted Ballot Drive-Thru Sites (Open on November 8, 2016), List of Polling Locations & Election Officers, and Election Results

Tuesday, November 8, 6:30 pm
Peace Fresno Meeting
We welcome you! Fresno Center for Nonviolence, 1584 N Van Ness (corner of Van Ness and McKinley near Fresno City College). danyaseen 559-251-3361

Wednesday, November 9, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Nawal Slemiah of Women in Hebron – “Palestinian Women’s Empowerment under Occupation,”
speaking in Fresno about life in Palestine and the work of the Women in Hebron Embroidery Cooperative. Hosted by Tully Partnerships. Nawal will have WiH items for sale and refreshments will be served after the talk. Learn more at http://womeninhebron.com/ & www.tullypartnerships.org.Co-sponsors Peace Fresno, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, and Fresno Center for Nonviolence. Event at Community United Church of Christ, 555 N Fresno St FREE

Sunday, November 13, 7:30 pm
Screening of the movie The Best Democracy Money Can Buy Official trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yP46nJWH7OE The movie is based on Greg Palast’s book The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: An Investigative Reporter Exposes the Truth about Globalization, Corporate Cons, and High Finance Fraudsters. Sierra Vista Cinema, 1300 Shaw Ave., Clovis, CA 93612, Tickets can ONLY be purchased online at http://gathr.us/screening/18339, 71 tickets have to be purchased by November 3rd. Daren Miller, ibedam, 559-930-4909

Monday, November 14, 6:30-8 pm
“An Evening & Book Signing with Medea Benjamin” Medea is an American political activist, best known for co-founding CODEPINK and Global Exchange. In 2000 she was the Green Party candidate for U.S. Senate. She currently contributes to OpEdNews and The Huffington Post. Medea has been awarded the MLK Jr. Peace Prize from the Fellowship for Reconciliation, the Marjorie Kellogg National Peacemaker Award, the Thomas Merton Center Peace Award, the Peace Foundation Memorial Award and the Gandhi Peace Award “to honor her for her unyielding advocacy for social justice of more than 30 years.” Her latest book Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the U.S. Saudi Connection will be available to purchase and have signed. reza 297-9535 Event at Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno, 2111 E Nees Ave, $5.00

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