Actions/Events Around International Day of Peace

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What You Can Do to End War on the International Day of Peace
By David Swanson, telesur

If you want to find peace in your heart, knock yourself out. Seriously, knock yourself out, there’s nothing more peaceful. Or if you want to find peace in your family or your neighborhood, or on the sidelines of a football game during the playing of the National Anthem, there may be no better way to do it than to pledge your allegiance to permanent war on poor foreign countries.

A school board member in Virginia once agreed to support a celebration of the International Day of Peace “as long as everyone understands that I’m not opposing any wars.”

But what if you want to find peace through the abolition of war? Then what do you do? Well, then you do the long, hard, exciting, fulfilling, nonviolent, community building work that may very well bring peace to everything from your heart to your local police department in the process, but which is aimed at reducing and eliminating the arms trade and militarism.

Have you noticed how outraged U.S. liberals can become when they discover that the U.S. National Anthem has various ties to racism? Imagine! A song that celebrates the mass slaughter of human beings during an inane quest to take over Canada (which instead got the White House burned) — that glorious treasure might be marred by a cruel and unenlightened ideology!

Did you see the news story this week about the U.S. government compensating the family of an Italian they’d blown up in a war with a payment of $1 million? What if Iraqis were given that treatment? As many families are gone entirely, let’s round down to 1 million victims with survivors left to be compensated. What’s a million times $1 million? It’s $1 trillion. What the U.S. government spends on militarism in 1 year could treat Iraqis as if they were Europeans. The next year’s funding could start in on compensating Afghans, Pakistanis, Yemenis, Libyans, Somalis, Syrians, etc.

There is an educational project needed that you can help with. It involves persuading people that war can’t be mended, that it must be ended. You might begin by sitting out a playing of the National Anthem and then explaining to people why. If you don’t want to do that alone, do it with a small group. If you don’t have a small group, Campaign Nonviolence has over 650 nonviolent war-abolition events of all sorts planned all over the place this week. Find the nearest event.

For more events all over the world, check out our events page at World Beyond War. There are art exhibitions, ship voyages, anti-nuclear lobby events, protest rallies, vigils, conferences, festivals, and long-distance walks.

Have you ever dreamed of seeing a peace movement, much less a war abolition movement, on television? Now you can. On September 23rd and 24th point your web browser to and hook your computer up to your television screen to see the No War 2016 conference. (Or just watch it on your computer.) Here’s the detailed agenda of what you’ll see at what time, and bios and photos of all the speakers. This event will be three days of making the case for alternatives to war, including activist workshops on the third day, and on the next morning (Monday, the 26th) a 9 a.m. protest at the Pentagon. Come join us!

We will also be delivering to the Pentagon a petition simultaneously being delivered by U.S. whistleblowers and Germans to the German government in Berlin asking for the closure of Ramstein Air Base. On the 23rd/24th you can also catch a live stream World Beyond War event from Malaysia. Other events all over the world will be viewing the live stream from Washington, D.C., including this one in Berlin. Protests are also planned on the 26th in California, at West Point, and in Australia.

Wherever you are, you should catch a screening of Paying the Price for Peace and of Snowden. The International Peace Bureau World Congress is in Berlin from September 29 to October 3rd. If you can be in Ireland or England or Germany, join the big events on October 8th. Keep Space for Peace Week is October 1 to 8, and has events everywhere.

You can always organize your own event anywhere, and World Beyond War will be glad to help you promote it. If you are looking for a tool for studying, teaching, or leading discussions, we’re just now publishing the 2016 version of A Global Security System: An Alternative to War. Or use any of these videos, power points, or speakers.

Want to lobby the U.S. government for something immediately achievable? Call Congress and tell them to halt the next pending sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia to be used killing people in Yemen. Sign this petition too. There is also an opportunity right now to ban cluster bombs, and after those nuclear bombs.

If you’re convinced that activism is best directed at the edges of a broken presidential election system, here’s a useful approach: demand that debates, like the one on September 26th, include more candidates, so that the pro-war consensus gets challenged.

Another debate is underway in the world right now on the question of whether “Just War” theory is of any value. Even the Catholic Church, the creator of Just War theory, is debating whether to formally reject it. I’ve just published my argument on the topic and will be debating a Just War advocate in October. Get involved in this discussion. Ask someone on September 21st, the International Day of Peace, whether they’d like there to be peace everywhere every day. Ask them if they’d like to help make that happen.

Also, you can join a skype call with Afghan peace activists on September 21st.

There is peace in most places most of the time. Adding the last bit of the earth to that peaceful status would not violate any laws of nature. It would only violate the irrational drives and profiting greed of those who oppose peace. This will take more than a day, but we can do it.

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No War 2016!

A street demonstration organized by Peace Fresno at the corners of Blackstone and Nees Avenues.

On this day we join World Beyond War, National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance, and Campaign Nonviolence in a calling for viable alternatives to war and militarism. There will be demonstrations, rallies, events, and actions nationwide. It has been 15 years since 9/11 and it’s obvious that our politicians won’t end theses endless wars without a demand from the people. Come for all or part. Bring signs or hold ours. danyaseen 559-251-3361

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August 19, 2016

Dear Peace Fresno Supporters,

We agree with Frederick Douglas’s quote, “Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” Join us in demanding a “World Beyond War” and a world with social, economic, racial and environmental justice. Only by uniting and standing up, will we be heard. Stand with Peace Fresno!

Neither major party presidential candidate is, or claims to be, a peace candidate. The U.S. is increasing its nuclear arsenal and the U.S. military is provocatively holding exercises with NATO on Russia’s doorstep – increasing the possibility of a nuclear war. It’s time to re-energize the Peace Movement! We need you.

Last year our two main events were the panel discussion, “Islamophobia: The Current Face of Racism in America” and a rousing discussion between David Swanson and Cindy Sheehan focused on David’s new book, War is a Lie, Second Edition. We also sponsored Peace Art Hop, organized by Peace Fresno member Alex Acedo, featuring peace themed art and poetry.

We continue to support and work with other peace and justice groups. We support the Black Lives Matter movement and the local activists protesting the recent police shootings. We oppose the militarization of police and see a connection between American wars abroad and rampant violence at home (as in, mass shootings, shootings by police, shootings of police, and gun violence).

We urge each of you to subscribe to the Community Alliance. Since 1996 it has been an independent source of news and analysis for workers, progressive individuals, and groups in the Central Valley. It needs your support. As part of our annual membership drive, we offer the Community Alliance to new subscribers at the reduced rate of $20 (Normally $40).

Many thanks to Save Mart and to those of you who used Peace Fresno’s Save Mart S.H.A.R.E.S. card. In the last year of the S.H.A.R.E.S. program, Save Mart donated about $1200 to Peace Fresno. Unfortunately, Peace Fresno doesn’t qualify for the new SaveSmartRewards program.

Peace Fresno’s membership is still $15 but larger donations are needed and welcome. Donate using your credit card or PayPal or mail a check – see the info below.

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September 2016 Calendar

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Mon Jan 18 + Calendar

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 Annual Martin Luther King Celebration March – Monday, January 18. Please join us in marching with the Peace Fresno banner. Assemble at 9:15 am in front of Fresno City Hall.   Friday, January 22, 3:30 – 5:00 pm Rally for JusticeJustice for Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland, Laquan McDonald, Freddie Gray, Walter Scott, Michael Brown and the countless other lives lost at the hands of police.   Friday, January 22, 5 pm – 9 pm Remembering and Renewing King’s Dream for Peace: Black Lives Matter.” See details below.

Universalist Unitarian Church of Fresno is hosting showings of the video Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity and a reading of the book Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates as part of their exploration of #BlackLivesMatter. See details below.

If you would like the transcript of the entire “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence” speech delivered by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on April 4, 1967 at a meeting of Clergy and Laity Concerned at Riverside Church in New York City, email camille.russell with a request for the speech. Here is a link to the audio of the speech.

Calendar distributed by Peace Fresno

Monday, January 18, 9:15 am

Annual Martin Luther King Celebration March, individuals and groups march to remember and honor the work and vision of Dr. King. Please join us in marching with the Peace Fresno banner. The timing will go something like this: Assemble at 9:15 am in front of Fresno City Hall, 2600 Fresno St, add your food donation to the “Mountain of Food”, and listen to speeches. At 10:00 am begin the short march to the Veterans Memorial Auditorium The march will be followed by the Commemoration Program in the Veterans Memorial Auditorium. James Lett III 559-284-6420 or Enrique Reade 559-940-2159

Wednesday, January 20 – 3:00 to 3:30 pm

Dan Yaseen interviews “Peace Mom” Cindy Sheehan, on “Speaking Truth to Empire” on KFCF 88.1 Free Speech Radio for Central California Cindy is an author, blogger, and radio talk show host Cindy Sheehan is America’s leading non-partisan antiwar activist. Her website is

Thursday, January 21 at 10:00 am or 7:00 pm

Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity – A Film and Discussion This film and discussion will provide an opportunity to learn how structures of racism are embedded into American life, and how systemic racism can begin to be dismantled. Rev. Tim Kutzmark, and Katie Hymans facilitators. Registration is required. Please ask about the free packet of short background reading. Childcare is available. Universalist Unitarian Church of Fresno – 2672 E. Alluvial Ave (between Willow and Chestnut) Call or email Katie Hymans at (559) 322-6146 or khymans.

Thursday, January 21, 5 – 7 pm

Sustainable Jobs for Fresno – a conversation with public and private sector leaders in the labor, business, building, renewable energy and government sectors – near-term opportunities and challenges. Fresno State University (Smittcamp Alumni House). Information and registration Event fee $20.

Friday, January 22, 3:30 – 5:00 pm

Rally for Justice – Justice for Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland, Laquan McDonald, Freddie Gray, Walter Scott, Michael Brown and the countless other lives lost at the hands of police. We call for an end to state sanctioned violence and declare unequivocally that black lives matter. Fresno Pacific University, 1717 S Chestnut Ave, hosted by Luis Ojeda and Stephanie Kamey

Friday, January 22, 5 pm – 9 pm

Remembering and Renewing King’s Dream for Peace: Black Lives Matter. Fresno Pacific University. Academic-led celebration of the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream for peace. Keynote speaker: Dr. Iva E. Carruthers, general secretary of the Samuel Dewitt Proctor Conference, For more info, contact Karen.Crozier.

Sunday, February 21

After church discussion facilitated by Rev. Tim of the book Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno. Call or email Katie Hymans at (559) 322-6146 or khymans.