12/8/17 5 pm Demo & Petition – Relocation of Embassy to Jerusalem

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Layla Darwish writes:

Please join me, and local community members to resist Trump’s relocation of the US-Israeli consulate from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem.

Circulation of email and flyer will be much appreciated!

Free Palestine, layladee101

Facebook Event page https://www.facebook.com/dina.awad.503

Send a letter to your Congressmember to ask him to take a stand opposing Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and plans to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem. Jewish Voice for Peace has made writing the letter EASY and FAST.
Go to https://jewishvoiceforpeace.org click on the picture of Trump or the megaphone.
Take a stand and help educate the community about the importance and ramifications of President Trump’s action. Join us on the corner of Shaw and Blackstone Friday at 5pm.

 

Calendar beginning Nov. 29, 2017

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US Air Force/Osakabe Yasuo (photo credit) While the US Air Force is deployed in bases worldwide, the service most recently sent two F-35s each to Bulgaria and Estonia.

“American Troops Abroad” https://goo.gl/L2aY4x This 1-minute video lists all the territories with active duty U.S. military personnel. Thanks to Teresa Castillo for posting this on the Peace Fresno’s Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/PeaceFresno/

“The US military has over 1.3 million men and women on active duty, with more than 450,000 of them stationed overseas.” … begins an article in 8/31/17 Business Insider https://goo.gl/tPBWA4

Calendar distributed by Peace Fresno
Wednesday, November 29, 3 – 3:30 pm
, Peace Fresno’s edition of “Stir It Up” on KFCF 88.1 FM independently owned and locally operated since 1975 in Fresno. Listeners are encouraged to call the KFCF studio at 266-8888 to respond to the question, “What can a person do for peace in the age of Trump?” and other questions. Richard Gomez will host the show. His guest will be Peace Fresno’s newly elected president and founding member, Ken Hudson.

Thursday, November 30, The December edition of Community Alliance will be available mid-day at the Fresno Center for Nonviolence and will be mailed to subscribers on Friday. Please consider helping the paper increase its reach by distributing a 50 – 100 newspapers at the beginning of each month. Think about local businesses in your neighborhood that might welcome the Community Alliance on the counter by their cash register or in a rack near the door. Restaurants, donut shops, barber shops, and bakeries are business that are often welcoming – if asked! Contact Peter Maiden maidenfoto1 to learn how you can become a Community Alliance distributor.

Friday, December 1, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, Reedley Peace Center, First Mennonite Church, 1208 L St, Reedley, CA 93654, ‘All They Could Carry’, a dramatic performance about the Japanese Internment, written and performed by Nikiko Masumoto. Potluck begins at 6:30 pm. Nikko’s blog https://whatwecouldcarry.wordpress.com/ Be sure to look at the directions if you haven’t been to the church previously. http://reedleypeacecenter.org/directions

Saturday, December 2, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Fresno City College, Cafeteria Complex near Weldon, Peace Crafts Faire, sponsored since 1966 by the Fresno Branch of Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom; this year it’s also sponsored by the Fresno City College Bonsai Club, FREE admission, FREE parking, FREE entertainment. The Crafts Faire is always fun, fun, fun! If you have people to shop for you’ll find lots of unique handmade items. As always Peace Fresno plans a simple letter writing action calling for peace. Stop by the Peace Fresno table to say hi and to write a postcard or short note to candidates for Congress. We will have stationery, pens, stamps, and a few starter ideas. Have you noticed how silent most of our progressive candidates are on the issue of war? They talk about healthcare, education, the environment, women’s rights, and more but don’t even mention their position on the item that accounts for 56% of the discretionary budget – WAR AND THE PREPARATION FOR WAR.

Saturday, December 9, 8:30 am – 1:00 pm, Fresno State, North Gym, Room 118, “Women’s Rights are Human Rights”, Hosted by the Human Rights Coalition of the Central Valley to commemorate Human Rights Day. Keynote Speaker: Amanda Renteria, Chief of Operations, California Department of Justice, Panel Presentation: Dr. Francine Oputa, Director, Cross Cultural & Gender Center, Fresno State, Dr. Carole Goldsmith, President, Fresno City College, Patsy Montgomery, Associate Vice President of Legislative Campaigns, Planned Parenthood, Nicole Linder, Executive Director of Marjaree Mason Center, Small Group Discussion responding to the program and speakers, Informational tabling by community organizations. FREE continental breakfast, FREE parking in adjacent parking lots, FREE event. Info Dr. Sudarshan Kapoor 435-2212 skapoor or Bernadette Vasquez 270-7041 bvazz5

Tuesday, December 12, 6:30 – 8:00 pm, Fresno Center for Nonviolence, Peace Fresno Meeting, all are welcome. Please join us and help spread the message – war is never the way to peace.

Calendar beginning Nov. 4

The Force, screening at noon on November 11, follows the Oakland police department as it struggles to confront federal demands for reform. The film gives a behind the scenes view of the world of police and community relations. See below.

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Saturday, November 4, 5:00-7:00 pm, the updated location is Studio 65 – 2965 N Maroa in Fresno (just south of Shields) Central Valley Political Action Committee (CVPPAC) Annual Fundraiser – Young Voices for Justice Featuring Betty Yee, California State Controller, Young Central Valley organizers to speak on mobilizing youth in Fresno. Special guest speakers are Sophia Bautista, organizer of the Defend DACA March, Alesia Rodriquez, organizer of the Rally Against Hate, Zoyer Zyndel, chair of local chapter of Trans E Motion, and Sarah Hayes, founder of Fresno Black Young Democrats. Drinks and refreshments provided, musical guest, harpist, Laura Porter. Free to CVPPAC members, $25 for others. All are invited.

Saturday, November 4, 7:30 pm, Fresno State, Woods Theatre, Final performance of the play Native Son, Suffocating in rat-infested poverty on the South Side of Chicago in the 1930s, 20-year-old Bigger Thomas struggles to find a place for himself in a world whose prejudice has shut him out. Adapted by Nambi Kelley. Ticket information www.fresnostate.edu/theatrearts

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Thursday, November 9, 6:00 pm, University of California Fresno Center, Inyo/Kern Room, 550 E Shaw, The public is invited to a Workshop on implementation of the Community Air Protection Program which is mandated by AB 617, passed by the California Legislature this summer. The bill calls for – Community-led monitoring networks – Pollution reduction plans for overburdened communities – Installation of pollution control equipment at large industrial facilities – Increased penalties for air pollution violations. https://goo.gl/Huz7g6

 

Saturday, November 11, 12:00 noon (80 minutes), Tower Theater, 815 E Olive Ave, Fresno Filmworks Film Festival presentation, The Force, follows the Oakland police department as it struggles to confront federal demands for reform. The film gives a behind the scenes view of the world of police and community relations in the aftermath of events like the Ferguson unrest. As the Oakland police department deals with public distrust and an internal scandal, the film pulls back the curtain on one of the most complicated and relevant issues facing our society. http://fresnofilmworks.org/film/the-force/ Peace Fresno is sponsoring along with the Community Alliance newspaper. Peace Fresno has 6 tickets at the discount price of $5, general admission is $10 and student/senior price is $8. Order your ticket now. Email camille.russell Subject: The Force tickets. Include your phone number.

 

Saturday, November 11, 5:30 pm, Tower Theater, 815 E Olive Ave, As part of the Fresno Filmworks Festival the Center for Nonviolence is sponsoring the film In Syria, winner of the Panorama Audience Award at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival. “In Syria” provides an acute and honest portrayal of the reality of war, the nature of humanity and the struggle for survival. English subtitles. Tickets and info about the Festival http://fresnofilmworks.org/film/2017-fresno-film-festival/

 

Tuesday, November 14, 6:30 pm, Peace Fresno Meeting, Fresno Center for Nonviolence. 1584 N Van Ness Ave, Fresno. All are invited. With more active members Peace Fresno could be more effective!

 

Saturday, November 18, 2:00 – 4:00 pm, Big Red Church, 2131 N Van Ness Blvd, Dr. Jim Kratzer’s Health Care House Party, Support Guaranteed Health Care, Learn About Single Payer. Special Guests: State Assembly Member Dr. Joaquin Arambula, California Physicians Alliance Executive Director, William Yturri Skeen, Congressional Candidates: Andrew Janz and T.J Cox (As of October 20) all local area state and federal candidates and incumbents have been invited to this non-partisan event. Music by Jemmy Bluestein. A no obligation fundraiser for California Physicians Alliance. www.caphysciansalliance.org RSVP info or 213-482-0256

Tuesday, November 21, 11:30 am Carpenter’s Union Hall, 1361 North Hulbert Avenue, Fresno, Central Valley Partnership Meeting, Central Valley Partnership is a coalition of organizations dedicated to restoring regional government to the purpose of operating in the public interest. We want our elected officials to be dedicated to pragmatic economic growth along with social, economic and environmental justice. We seek to raise the level of civic engagement in Central Valley, and mobilize the community toward improving the quality of life in our region. https://www.facebook.com/CentralValleyPartnership/  All are invited. Dan O’Connell agrariandemocracy 559-967-1940

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Link to the October 14, 2017 Fresno speech by Ann Wright, retired US Army colonel, US Department of State diplomat, current peace activist, https://soundcloud.com/speaking-truth-to-empire/171014-ann-wright-in-fresno Ann speaks about this maddening, critical time and the need to work together to bring about positive change.

Support Peace Fresno with a one-year membership and/or donate. If you oppose war and appreciate Peace Fresno’s educational events, actions and support of other local groups working for justice, please become a Peace Fresno member today. Membership dues help make the work possible. Join online at www.peacefresno.org or pay what you can using the form below.

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Sign the People’s Peace Treaty with North Korea

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Alarmed by the threat of a nuclear war between the U.S. and North Korea, concerned U.S. peace groups have come together to send an open message to Washington and Pyongyang. Please be a part of this effort.

Sign the People’s Peace Treaty with North Korea
https://goo.gl/5mxPio

Calendar Beginning Oct 27, 2017

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Sarah Thompson of Chicago will be leading the Nonviolent Action Workshop Fri. Nov. 3 pm and Sat Nov 4. Her recent work includes nonviolence training in preparation for the Charlottesville counter-demonstration. Her background is rich in international and national experience with nonviolent action and conflict resolution. See below.

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, October 27, 5:30 pm Fresno State – Peter’s Education Center Auditorium west of Save Mart Center in the Student Recreation Center Building, Film Screening Nowhere to Hide (2016) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96yMquZrL0E in Arabic with English subtitles, 86 minutes. While US troops withdraw from Iraq in 2011, director Zaradasht Ahmed gives a camera to male nurse Nori Sharif and teaches him how to use it, asking him to capture the reality of life in his community and the hospital where he works. For the next five years, Nori films life around him, but the population flees in 2013 because of intensifying militant activity when the Iraqi army pulls out of his city. Sharif is one of the few who remain. Winner of the 2017 Nestor Almendros award for courage in filmmaking and 2016 IDFA Winner for Best Feature-Length Documentary Co-Sponsors: Center for Creativity and the Arts & Peace Fresno. For further information about CineCulture: http://cineculture.csufresno.edu/ CineCulture Club invites you to like us on Facebook, follow us on twitter, and check the club website for film updates. Free parking on campus Fridays after 4 pm.

October 27 – 29 & October 31 – November 4, Evening performances begin at 7:30 pm, Sunday matinees begin at 2:00 pm. Fresno State, Woods Theatre, the play Native Son, adapted from Richard Wright’s classic novel. Suffocating in rat-infested poverty on the South Side of Chicago in the 1930s, 20-year-old Bigger Thomas struggles to find a place for himself in a world whose prejudice has shut him out. Ticket information www.fresnostate.edu/theatrearts

Friday evening, November 3 (at Reedley Peace Center) and Saturday, November 4 (at North Hall on the campus of Fresno Pacific University), Nonviolent Action Workshop, led by Sarah Thompson of Chicago whose recent work includes nonviolence training in preparation for the Charlottesville counter-demonstration. Thompson’s background is rich in international and national experience with nonviolent action and conflict resolution.  Most recently she was the Executive Director of Christian Peacemaker Teams. She is now transitioning to the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta. Online registration and details at http://reedleypeacecenter.org/ Hosted by Reedley Peace Center, Central Valley Partnership, Fresno Pacific University Center for Peacemaking and Conflict Studies. If you aren’t familiar with the locations go here! http://reedleypeacecenter.org/nonviolent-action-workshop

Saturday, November 4, 5:00-7:00 pm, 2730 N Van Ness Blvd, 93704 Central Valley Political Action Committee (CVPPAC) Annual Fundraiser – Young Voices for Justice Featuring Betty Yee, California State Controller, Young Central Valley organizers to speak on mobilizing youth in Fresno. Special guest speakers are Sophia Bautista, organizer of the Defend DACA March, Alesia Rodriquez, organizer of the Rally Against Hate, Zoyer Zyndel, chair of local chapter of Trans E Motion, and Sarah Hayes, founder of Fresno Black Young Democrats. Drinks and refreshments provided, musical guest, harpist, Laura Porter Free to CVPPAC members, $25 for others. All are invited.

Saturday, November 11, 12:00 noon (80 minutes), Tower Theater, 815 E Olive Ave, Fresno Filmworks Film Festival presentation “The Force”, the documentary follows the Oakland police department as it struggles to confront federal demands for reform. The film gives a behind the scenes view of the world of police and community relations in the aftermath of events like the Ferguson unrest. As the Oakland police department deals with public distrust and an internal scandal, the film pulls back the curtain on one of the most complicated and relevant issues facing our society. http://fresnofilmworks.org/film/the-force/ Peace Fresno is sponsoring along with the Community Alliance newspaper. Peace Fresno has 7 tickets at the discount price of $5, general admission is $10 and student/senior price is $8. Order your ticket now. Email camille.russell Subject: The Force tickets. Include your phone number.

Saturday, November 11, 5:30 pm, Tower Theater, 815 E Olive Ave, As part of the Fresno Filmworks Festival the Center for Nonviolence is sponsoring the film “In Syria”, winner of the Panorama Audience Award at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival. “In Syria” provides an acute and honest portrayal of the reality of war, the nature of humanity and the struggle for survival. English subtitles Tickets and info about the Festival http://fresnofilmworks.org/film/2017-fresno-film-festival/

Tuesday, November 14, 6:30 pm. Peace Fresno Meeting, Fresno Center for Nonviolence. 1584 N Van Ness Ave, Fresno. All are invited.

Saturday, November 18, 2:00 – 4:00 pm, Big Red Church, 2131 N Van Ness Blvd, Dr. Jim Kratzer’s Health Care House Party, Support Guaranteed Health Care, Learn About Single Payer. Special Guests: State Assemblymember Dr. Joaquin Arambula, California Physicians Alliance Executive Director, William Yturri Skeen, Candidates: Andrew Janz and T.J. Cox (As of October 20), all local area state and federal candidates and incumbents have been invited to this non-partisan event. Music by Jemmy Bluestein. A no obligation fundraiser for California Physicians Alliance. www.caphysciansalliance.org RSVP info or 213-482-0256

Link to Dan Yaseen’s Oct. 18 interview with Ann Wright, https://soundcloud.com/speaking-truth-to-empire/20171018-speaking-truth-to-empire-ann-wright .(29 minutes) Ann is a retired Army Reserve colonel and a 29-year veteran of the Army and Army Reserves. She was also a diplomat in Nicaragua, Grenada, Somalia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Sierra Leone, Micronesia, Afghanistan and Mongolia. She received the State Department’s Award for Heroism for her actions during the civil war in Sierra Leone. She resigned from the Department of State on March 19, 2003, in opposition to the Iraq war. She is the co-author of Dissent: Voices of Conscience and and appeared in the documentary “Uncovered”. The radio show aired Oct. 18, “Speaking Truth to Empire” on FM 88.1 KFCF, Independently owned and locally operated since 1975 in Fresno.