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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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=OC1Ru2p8OfU

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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 http://historicfresno.org/nrhp/memorial.htm. 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 http://cindysheehanssoapbox.blogspot.com/

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 http://www.councilofinfillbuilders.org/events/January2016-event.html 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, http://sdpconference.info/about-us/. 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.

Calendar 12/29/15 – 1/22/16 & Letters to Presidential Candidates

Scroll down to the prior posting for information regarding writing letters to presidential candidates.

Camille Russell, Peace Fresno treasurer, writes:

Peace Fresno is very concerned about the rising number of attacks on Muslims in the U.S. While the attack on the Sikh man in Fresno this week was not an attack on a Muslim, it well could have been. We have begun discussing meaningful responses to the growing Islamophobia. If you have suggestions, please reply to this email and we will contact you.

Meeting announcement see: $5,000 reward offered in assault on elderly Sikh Police are investigating the attack as a hate crime. On Saturday, Amrik Singh Bal, 68, was walking in a neighborhood west of Highway 99 just before 7 a.m. to meet his ride to work. He wore a blue turban and has a long, white beard.

http://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/crime/ 2-minute video of Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer

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Anytime

Link to recent 30-minute “Speaking Truth to Empire” radio show, https://soundcloud.com/user906147019/20151216-speaking-truth-to-empire-kevin-barrett

Dan Yaseen interviewed Kevin Barrett, a Ph.D. Arabist-Islamologist, is one of America’s best-known critics of the War on Terror. He is Host of TRUTH JIHAD RADIO, a weekly LIVE call in radio show. He also has appeared on Fox, CNN, PBS and other broadcast outlets, and has inspired feature stories and op-eds in the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, the Chicago Tribune, and other leading publications. The show aired on KFCF 88.1 Free Speech Radio for Central California on December 15, 2015.

 Wednesday, December 30, 3 – 3:30 pm

Peace Fresno’s “Stir It Up,” Richard Gomez interviews Kern County activist, Tom Frantz, and FCC instructor, Cherylyn Smith. Cherylyn will be discussing climate change, informed by Naomi Klein’s book, This Changes Everything, and Tom will discuss how Kern County fracking and oil production threatens health and safety throughout California, while contributing enormously to global warming. KFCF 88.1 Free Speech Radio for Central California

Saturday, January 9, 1-3:30 pm

Uprooting Racism Project will be showing and discussing the film Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity, http://crackingthecodes.org/, African American Museum, 1857 Fulton St, Fresno, CA 93721, www.aahcmsjv.org, Vickie Fouts, socialjustice.

 Saturday, January 9, 3 – 4 pm

Get ready for Earth Day – See the announcement below.

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Sunday, January 10, 5:30 Doors open, 6:00 Music & Potluck

Food Not Bombs Party/Fundraiser/Potluck featuring live music from local bands – Blake Jones and the Trike Shop, Kevin Hill Blowout, and Department Store, $10 suggested donation (sliding scale), Full Circle Brewing Co, 620 F St, Fresno, CA 93706, www.fullcirclebrewing.com

 Sunday, January 10, 5:30

Potluck at Camille’s house following the Peace Fresno board meeting. RSVP to Camille. 276-2592

Tuesday, January 12

No Peace Fresno meeting. You are invited to a potluck at Camille’s house following the Peace Fresno board meeting. RSVP to Camille. 276-2592

Friday, January 15 through Monday, January 18

Martin Luther King Unity Committee Memorial Events

https://www.facebook.com/Fresno-Martin-Luther-King-Unity-Committee, see page 14 Community Alliance newpaper, www.fresnoalliance.com, Dr. Sudarshan Kapoor 559-801-8189 or Gail Gaston at 559-681-3140

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, http://sdpconference.info/about-us/. For more info, contact karen.crozier.

5-minute Peace Action

Write a SHORT note to your favorite presidential candidate about what is important to you. Sample notes follow. Here are 5 good ideas from www.CODEPINK.org:

1. Reduce military spending, invest at home.

2. Use diplomacy first.

3. Abide by international law – no unauthorized wars.

4. Work toward a no-nukes, peaceful world.

5. Promote women in peacemaking.

Be sure to put your return address on the note or envelope.

CANDIDATE ADDRESSES

DEMOCRATIC PARTY

Hillary Clinton
P.O. Box 5256
New York, NY 10185-5256
 
Bernie Sanders
221 Van Patten Pkwy
Burlington, VT  05408
 
Martin O’Malley
1501 Saint Paul Street    #114
Baltimore, Maryland 21202

REPUBLICAN PARTY

Carly Fiorina
1020 N FAIRFAX ST. STE 200
ALEXANDRIA, VA 22314
 
Ted Cruz
PO BOX 25376
HOUSTON, TX 77265
 
Jeb Bush
P.O. BOX 440669
MIAMI, Florida 33144
 
Chris Christy
PO Box 225
Colonia, New Jersey 088170225
 Ben Carson
1800 Diagonal Rd  Ste 140
ALEXANDRIA, VA 22314
 
Donald Trump
725 FIFTH AVENUE
NEW YORK, NY 10022
 
 Marco Rubio for President
PO Box 558701
Miami, Florida, 33255

Sample messages:

January 1, 2016

Dear Hillary,

Ending U.S. wars in the Middle East is one of the most important issues! I’ll vote for a candidate with a clear exit strategy and a commitment to diplomacy and greatly reducing the U.S. military.

Jane Doe

7171 W Main St, Fresno, CA 93704

JANUARY 1, 2016

DEAR BERNIE,

I WANT A PRESIDENT COMMITTED TO REDUCING MILITARY SPENDING AND ENDING THE ONGOING WARS.

JANE DOE (DEMOCRAT)

7171 W MAIN ST, FRESNO, CA 93704

January 1, 2016

Dear Ted,

I’ll vote for a presidential candidate who makes these issues a priority: 1) Reduce military spending 2) Abide by international law 3) Work toward a no-nukes, peaceful world.

John Doe

7171 W Main St, Fresno, CA 93704

 

January 1, 2016

Dear Jeb,

I’m horrified by both the human suffering caused by U.S. warfare abroad and the cost of war! If you are elected, what actions do you pledge to take to reduce the cost of war and invest at home?

John Doe (Republican)

7171 W Main St, Fresno, CA 93704

John Doe

7171 W Main St, Fresno, CA 93704

Sat Dec 12 10-4:00 Crafts fair with food and live music

Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom

Celebrating our 100th Anniversary & 50th locally

2015 Peace Community Crafts Faire

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December 12th, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The First Congregational Church (“The Big Red Church”)

2131 N. Van Ness Blvd., Fresno, (North of Fresno High)

Free admission & free entertainment

Activities for children

Connect with old friends and make new ones

Savor our signature homemade breads, soups & desserts

Shop for unique, handmade winter holiday gifts by artists and craftspeople from near and far

Contact Jay Hubbell, jayhubbell, (559) 292-4905

Peace Fresno invites you to STOP BY OUR TABLE to say hi, pick up you classic 1” peace symbol button if you’re a member, and take 5 minutes to write a card to the Presidential candidate of your choice. Let him/her know what is important to you and what you want the President of the United States to do. Peace Fresno will have all the supplies to make this easy and even some great ideas from CODEPINK to get you thinking.

Sat 12/4 Climate Change: People, Planet, & the Valley

Human rights, climate justice, wars and militarism, and many issues that concern us are connected. Please stop by the Peace Fresno table to say hi. If you’re a member, we have a classic 1” peace sign button for you.

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