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.

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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.

Sat., Oct. 21, All-Day Multicultural Festival, FREE

Tamejavi Festival “We Are Rising: Unite – Resist – Endure” 

Saturday, Oct. 21, 10 AM – 7 PM Radio Park, 2233 N. First St., Fresno

The Tamejavi Festival features a multicultural market place, music, exhibits, demonstrations and sale of ethnic arts and crafts, poetry, traditional food, story-telling, installations, children’s art activities, and an interactive mural which invites participation by attendees. Admission is FREE. This year’s festival intends to address the anti-immigrant and anti-refugee sentiment permeating the public opinion by giving Central Valley residents the opportunity to come together and interact with others from the many cultures that call this region home. Hosted by Pan-Valley Institute, the Tamejavi Festival, offers immigrants a space to creatively share their histories and struggles and to grasp this unique opportunity to respond to the current political climate. https://www.facebook.com/events/120018965369671 PROGRAM 10 – 11 a.m. BLESSING CEREMONY by Central Valley Native Americans. This ceremony honors the first people to inhabit these lands, and will mark the official beginning of the festival. This is a sacred ceremony – not a performance – and we ask that you kindly refrain from taking photographs during this event. All are welcome. 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. FESTIVAL OPENING – A presentation in the CULTURAL KITCHEN 11 a.m.  – 7 p.m. CULTURAL KITCHEN featuring vendors serving food from Southeast Asia, Syria and Mexico – including traditional food from the Mixteca and Zapotec regions. 12:30 – 7 p.m. MAIN STAGE Journey through dynamic multi-cultural performances – traditional Mexican Banda de Viento, hip-hop and African drums, along with the art of storytelling through Latinx theatre, Iranian song and Japanese percussion. See information about the performers and participants at https://www.facebook.com/events/120018965369671 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. LIVING HISTORY TIME TUNNEL Through story-telling, photos and other illustrations, the Time Tunnel examines policies of exclusion in the United States and how they have impacted people of the Central Valley. Different polices at different times were devastating to Native Americans, African Americans, Punjabi, Chinese, Japanese, Mexicans and Muslims. 1 – 4 p.m. STORY TELLING at the LIVING HISTORY TIME TUNNEL 1:05 – 1:35 p.m. African American, 1:40 – 2:10 p.m. Chinese, 2:15 – 2:45 p.m. Japanese, 2:50 – 3:20 p.m. Mexican, 3:25 – 3:55 p.m. Muslim. Following each presentation, all are invited to a 30-minute dialogue at the Platicas Tent adjacent to the Time Tunnel. 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. PEOPLE BEHIND THE WALL Multimedia installation featuring memories and first-hand experiences of immigrants and refugees as they departed their homelands. Festival attendees can write the names of people they know that perished while crossing borders or as a result of their migration journey. 12:30 – 5 p.m. CHILDREN’S CORNER Art activities – DIY “Migration is Beautiful” Coloring Book, Painted Butterflies (Color Mixing Theory), Origami Butterflies 11:00 – 7 p.m. LIVING CREATIVE EXPRESSIONS MARKET PLACE Local artisan women demonstrating their craft while exhibiting and selling their pieces. 3:00 –4:30 p.m. POETRY CORNER Hosted by Fresno Poet Laureate Bryan Medina. Local poets perform a mix of formal poetry aesthetics with rap flair and vitality – taking the spoken word away from the powers that be and moving it to a place where everyone can relate to becoming a catalyst for change. https://www.facebook.com/events/120018965369671 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. TAMEJAVI PHOTO EXHIBIT This photo exhibit showcases the faces of the Central Valley’s ethnic diversity. 12:30 – 6:30 LIVE VISUAL ARTS AREA Live Painting/Community Mural/Printmaking. Visitors create social justice-themed block prints and participate in a community interactive mural.   By presenting the 2017 Tamejavi Festival, Pan Valley Institute is honoring its parent organization the Nobel Prize-winning American Friends Service Committee for celebrating its 100-year commitment to social justice, peace and humanitarian service.

Ann Wright’s 7/14/17 Article on North Korea

Published on Friday, July 14, 2017 by Common Dreams

US Experts Say North Korean Leadership May Be Ruthless and Reckless, But They Are Not Crazy By Ann Wright

‘Time is Not on Our Side’: Former senior US government officials say there must be dialogue with North Korea 

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South Korean soldiers look toward the North Korean side along the DMZ that divides the two countries. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Despite the rhetoric from the Trump administration about military confrontation with North Korea, the common theme of many U.S. experts on North Korea is that the U.S. presidential administration MUST conduct a dialogue with North Korea—and quickly!  Military confrontation is NOT an option according to the experts.

And most importantly, the new President of South Korea Moon Jae-in was elected in May 2017 on a pledge to engage in talks with North Korea and pursue diplomacy to finally officially end the Korean conflict. Nearly 80 percent of South Koreans support a resumption of long-suspended inter-Korean dialogue, according to a survey by a presidential advisory panel showed in late June.

On June 28, 2017, six former high level experienced U.S. government officials from both Republican and Democratic administrations over the past thirty years sent a letter to President Trump stating that “Kim Jong Un is not irrational and highly values preserving his regime… Talking is not a reward or a concession to Pyongyang and should not be construed as signaling acceptance of a nuclear-armed North Korea. It is a necessary step to establishing communication to avoid a nuclear catastrophe. The key danger today is not that North Korea would launch a surprise nuclear attack. Instead the primary danger is a miscalculation or mistake that could lead to war.” …

Together, they wrote:  “there are no good military options, and a North Korean response to a US attack would devastate North Korea and Japan. Tightening sanctions can be useful in increasing pressure on North Korea, but sanctions alone will not solve the problem. Pyongyang has shown that it can make progress on missile and nuclear technology despite its isolation. Without a diplomatic effort to stop its progress, there is little doubt that it will develop a long-range missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead to the United States.”

More at  https://goo.gl/WoPRcY