Peace Fresno Membership

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.

You can pay at the right by credit card or PayPal. Use the drop down menu below “Membership Types” for online choices. If you want to send a check, donate in any amount, or join using the sliding scale option, email camille.russell for an application. Subject: Peace Fresno Membership

TV Schedule The Vietnam War & Streaming

 Show times on ValleyPBS in Fresno  (See end of schedule for other options)

Sunday, September 17, 2017 Premier

7:00 – 8:00           They Were Our Fathers Gold Star sons and daughters honor their dads on Father’s Day at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

8:00 – 9:30           The Vietnam War Episode 1 – Déjà Vu

9:30 – 11:00        The Vietnam War Episode 1 – Déjà Vu (Repeat of 8pm)

Monday, September 18

8:00 – 9:30           The Vietnam War Episode 2 – Riding the Tiger

9:30 – 11:00        The Vietnam War Episode 2 – Riding the Tiger (Repeat of 8pm)

11:00     They Were Our Fathers Gold Star sons and daughters honor their dads on Father’s Day at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. (Repeat 9/17)

Tuesday, September 19

7:30 – 8:00            Saigon Stories Vietnamese-born Lily Jang travels back to Vietnam to discover U.S.-Vietnamese connections.

8:00 – 10:00        The Vietnam War Episode 3 – The River Styx

10:00 – 12:00      The Vietnam War Episode 3 – The River Styx (Repeat of 8pm)

Wednesday, September 20

7:30 – 8:00            Peace Meals A Vietnam Vet and a Vietnamese refugee meet for a meal and conversation about the war and life after.

8:00 – 10:00        The Vietnam War Episode 4 – Resolve

10:00 – 12:00      The Vietnam War Episode 4 – Resolve (Repeat of 8pm)

Thursday, September 21

8:00 – 9:30           The Vietnam War Episode 5 – This Is What We Do

9:30 – 11:00        The Vietnam War Episode 5 – This Is What We Do (Repeat of 8pm)

11:00 – 12:00      American Medevac The extraordinary story of a Vietnam wartime rescue mission and the survivors who met 43 years later.

Friday, September 22 No showings of The Vietnam War

Saturday, September 23 No showings of The Vietnam War

Sunday, September 24

Catch up day. If you missed some or all of Episodes 1 -5, they will be repeated beginning at 11:30 am and Episode 6 will follow the repeats beginning at 8:00 pm.

11:30 am – 1:00 pm         The Vietnam War Episode 1 – Déjà Vu (Repeat 9/17)

1:00 – 2:30            The Vietnam War Episode 2 – Riding the Tiger (Repeat 9/18)

2:30 – 4:30            The Vietnam War Episode 3 – The River Styx (Repeat R 9/19)

4:30 – 6:30            The Vietnam War Episode 4 – Resolve (Repeat 9/20)

6:30 – 8:00            The Vietnam War Episode 5 – This Is What We Do (Repeat 9/21)

New episode:

8:00 – 9:30           The Vietnam War Episode 6 – Things Fall Apart

9:30 – 11:00        The Vietnam War Episode 6 – Things Fall Apart (Repeat of 8pm)

11:00 – 12:00      Makers Women in War American women’s participation in war—from Vietnam to the present.

12:00 am              The Draft The draft in the 1960s and 1970s was a lightning rod in every schism of American society.

Monday, September 25

7:00 – 8:00           Dick Cavett’s Vietnam The impact of the Vietnam War is examined through interviews conducted by the iconic talk show host.

8:00 – 10:00        The Vietnam War Episode 7 – The Veneer of Civilization

10:00 – 12:00      The Vietnam War Episode 7 – The Veneer of Civilization (Repeat of 8pm)

Tuesday, September 26

7:30 – 8:00            Legacies of War: Coming Home The history of coming home after service, how the reception of returning service members has changed over time and the challenges veterans face upon returning.

8:00 – 10:00        The Vietnam War Episode 8 – The History of the World

10:00 – 12:00      The Vietnam War Episode 8 – The History of the World (Repeat of 8pm)

Wednesday, September 27

8:00        The Vietnam War Episode 9 -A Disrespectful Loyalty

10:00     The Vietnam War Episode 9 -A Disrespectful Loyalty (Repeat of 8pm)

Thursday, September 28

8:00 – 10:00        The Vietnam War Episode 10 – The Weight of Memory

10:00 – 12:00      The Vietnam War Episode 10 – The Weight of Memory (Repeat of 8pm)

Watch The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns & Lynn Novick anywhere!

Beginning on September 17, the series will broadcast on your local PBS station, and will be available for streaming on the web (desktop or mobile) and PBS apps for smartphones, tablets, Apple TV, Roku and Amazon Fire TV.

Episodes Clips Previews

 

Calendar Beginning Sept 2, 2017

 

Trump’s Afghanistan Speech Offers No End in Sight for the War

“We will learn from history,” Trump said as he announced his plan in August for the war in Afghanistan. His strategy? More troops, no set timeline, and less transparency — a perfect storm for a permanent war, Phyllis Bennis, of Institute for Policy Studies, said, “Well, maybe Trump stared at the eclipse for too long, but the history books we read show us that there is no military solution for America’s longest war.”

Calendar distributed by Peace Fresno

Saturday, September 2

The September issue of the Community Alliance has arrived. If you subscribe or donate, you know that already! Many interesting articles and ads – Pictures from “Fresno Rally Against Hate”, good article but bad news in “Why Boston Woodard Does Not Have an Article in the Month’s Newspaper”, two articles about that precious resource to the east – the forests of the Sierra Nevada, an article about a local bank that is community-oriented rather than profit centered, analysis of the recent voting records of City Council members, a Spanish language section, and more.

Did you know that Peace Fresno members can get the Community Alliance for $20, if they are first-time subscribers? See the member application in Peace Fresno’s Sept 1 email.

Monday, September 4, 10 am at Fresno Court House Park, Van Ness Ave and Tulare St

Rally Honoring the Labor of our Immigrants, “We’re excited to continue our series of events bringing together Latino and Muslim communities and their Allies to rally and march to honor the hard work and labor of our immigrants who are the foundation of our communities! Join us in this act of resistance and action for change!” Facebook event page https://www.facebook.com/events/339641339822186/   sukaina

Wednesday, September 6, 6 pm at St. James Episcopal Church 4147 E Dakota Ave, Fresno

Faith in the Valley Watch, a new online platform to broaden our Rapid Response efforts in support of threatened immigrants. We will have a coordinated strategy, increase the number of dispatchers and start an online location-based system to alert responders! Rapid Response network to step in and directly support vulnerable families in times of crisis. Because we know ICE operates very quickly throughout the Valley, we are ramping up our efforts to reach a broader area and have a bigger impact! For all who have been involved in the past and for those who would like to learn more, please join us!

Tuesday, September 12, 6:30 pm at Fresno Center for Nonviolence, 1584 N Van Ness Ave, (open during exterior construction). Peace Fresno Meeting and Election of the board for the 2017-2018 year. Come help us celebrate another year of action for social justice and alternatives to war. Snack and dessert potluck.

Sunday, September 17 through Thursday, September 28 on Valley Public Television

A 10 part series. Go to www.peacefresno.org for the complete schedule.

 

Preview the series at www.pbs.org/vietnamwar

Ken Burns and Lynn Novik’s The Vietnam War Facebook page

https://www.facebook.com/TheVietnamWarPBS/ 

PBS website for Ken Burns and Lynn Novik’s The Vietnam War

http://www.pbs.org/kenburns/the-vietnam-war/home/

September 24 La Guelaguetza event Facebook page

https://www.facebook.com/events/407362112963771/

September 25 – September 29 Reboza Revival

https://www.facebook.com/events/120893338553267/ 

Radio Show Link from Wednesday August 16 – 3 to 3:30 p.m., KFCF 88.1 Free Speech Radio for Central California https://soundcloud.com/speaking-truth-to-empire/170816-speaking-truth-to-empire-ray-mcgovern On Speaking Truth to Empire. Dan Yaseen interviewed Ray McGovern, a veteran CIA officer turned political activist.Ray grew up in Bronx, in the early Sixties he served as an Army infantry/intelligence officer and then he was a CIA analyst for 27 years, from the administration of John F. Kennedy to that of George H. W. Bush. Ray’s duties included chairing National Intelligence Estimates and preparing the President’s Daily Brief. In January 2003, Ray co-created Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) to expose how intelligence was being falsified to “justify” war on Iraq. VIPS has continued to issue memorandums when intelligence agencies are misused by the establishment. His website is www.raymcgovern.com

Radio Show Link from Wednesday, August 30, 3:00 to 3:30 pm, KFCF 88.1 FM Free Speech Radio for Central California, https://soundcloud.com/speaking-truth-to-empire/170830-peace-fresno-stir-it-up-josh-shurley On Peace Fresno’s “Stir It Up” on Dan Yaseen interviewed Joshua Shurley, an army veteran turned conflict researcher who currently teaches political science at Clovis Community College. He is the organizer of the new Fresno chapter of Veterans for Peace. Also see Josh’s report from the August Veterans for Peace Convention in Chicago on the Fresno Center for Nonviolence page of the Community Alliance (September issue).

Video of Reza Nekumanesh speaking at the Rally Against Hate on August 26

https://www.facebook.com/events/339641339822186/permalink/346217755831211/

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About a Legal Defense Fund – Undocumented immigrants

Information provided by Faith in Fresno.

Contact Sukaina Hussain, Community Organizer, 847-924-9592, Faith in Fresno, 546 N Fulton St, Fresno, CA 93728

City of Fresno Legal Defense Fund

Faith in Fresno is asking its Member Congregations (including the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno) to contact City Councilmembers and urge them to vote in favor of funding an Immigration Legal Defense Fund in the Fresno City Budget.  This would help provide legal assistance to those facing deportation and who would otherwise not be able to afford legal representation.  Our congregation’s Faith in Fresno Team committed that our church would make 100 calls to Councilmember Paul Caprioglio to encourage him to vote yes (please call even if you are not in his district)

Councilmember Soria – Voting Yes

Councilmember Baines – Voting Yes

Councilmember Chavez – Unsure, may lean Yes

*Councilmember Caprioglio - Unknown, needs pressure

Councilmember Olivier – No

Councilmember Bredefeld – No

Councilmember Brandau – No

Below is a call script with phone numbers to City Council Members.

Below that is detailed information about the proposed Legal Defense Fund.

Legal Defense Fund

Call Script with Phone Numbers

 

Hello, Councilmember _____________________. My name is ______________________ and I am calling from _________________________ (congregation). I am calling you today to urge you to support and pass an addition to the upcoming budget to include investment into a Legal Defense Fund to help protect undocumented immigrants who are threatened by deportation and have no access to legal representation.

 

One of the most pressing problems facing many immigrant families in Fresno is the inability to afford or find quality legal representation. This is particularly important since individuals in immigration court are not provided a public defender. This prevents families who cannot find or afford quality legal representation from having any opportunity at defending against unavoidable and unjust deportations, as well as other threats.

 

That is why several other cities have recently supported and partnered with local funders to create these funds and why the City of Fresno needs to make this commitment to help save Fresno families.

 

Call Your Councilmember Today!

 

Esmeralda Soria, District 1

(559) 621-7810

 

Steve Brandau, District 2
(559) 621-7820

 

Oliver L. Baines, District 3
(559) 621-7831

Paul Caprioglio, District 4
(559) 621-7842

 

Luis Chavez, District 5
(559) 621-7850

Garry Bredefeld, District 6
(559) 621-7861

Clint Olivier, District 7
(559) 621-7875

 

Legal Defense Fund: Fresno City Budget Proposal

 

Faith in Fresno congregations, clergy and community partners are strongly recommending that the Fresno City Council and Mayor Brand support an addition to the budget to invest into and provide leadership to help steer creation of a public-private Legal Defense Fund, to concretely save Fresno families and send a message to other prospective supporters that this is a commitment we can all make together. After discussions with local attorneys, community groups, and philanthropic foundations, we believe there is a strong and rising coalition of support around this cause.

 

As we have seen across the country, and particularly in California, raids and deportations of our immigrant families have increased in the last few months. Recent Executive Orders have led to unprecedented expansion of who can and is being targeted by ICE, with an 150% increase this year in arrests of undocumented immigrants with no criminal record. As fears and anxieties rise within our communities, one of the most pressing problems facing many immigrant families in Fresno and beyond is the inability to afford or find quality legal representation to regularize their immigration status or in case they are detained. This is particularly important since individuals in immigration court are not provided a public defender. This prevents families who cannot find or afford quality legal representation from any opportunity at defending against unavoidable and unjust deportations, as well as other threats.

 

Several California cities have recently approved funding to catalyze a Legal Defense Fund, which would take some City funding and multiply it by coupling it with other public and/or private sources, to create a pool of funding for legal services. This would help both defer costs in certain situations and create an environment that helps identify quality legal representation. Our research suggests that the average deportation defense costs approximately $5,000. Other cities have also aimed for some of the funding to be used to recruit lawyers to provide pro-bono representation, which helps make sure the funding goes further and reaches more people who need it, with a goal of at least 70% of the funding going to direct representation.

 

As such, the following are some concrete recommendations for the budget that reflects the thousands of conversations conducted across our member congregations and partner organizations over the past year:

 

  • Legal Defense Fund Budget Amendment: $200,000 contribution from the City of Fresno General Fund

 

  • Fiscal agent: Local philanthropic foundation

 

  • Matching and Catalyzing Contributions: Private individuals, local businesses, philanthropic foundations, and other government entities such as the State of California and Fresno County

 

  • Governance: Creation of a Legal Defense Fund Steering Committee – with a representative from the Fresno City Council – to craft the details of this Fund and oversee/monitor its spending, with regular reports back to the City Council and public.

 

 

Additional Background on Legal Defense Funds:

 

The need for fair legal representation is demonstrated from the results of a recent study by the American Immigration Council:

  • Only 37% of immigrants have legal representation; those living in smaller cities have far less access to representation than larger cities like New York City
  • Only 14% of detained immigrants, like those held in prisons and detention centers, are able to secure legal representation
  • Only 2% of immigrants without lawyers are able to successfully avoid deportation

 

In response, several cities across the state and country have taken action – most recently in the City of Sacramento – by allocating funding in support of public-private Legal Defense Funds for immigrants threatened by deportation. We believe that the upcoming budget proposal represents a significant opportunity for Fresno to similarly address this concern to families and for you to affirm your commitment to truly represent those who are most vulnerable. This is not only morally right, but also fiscally responsible. According to a new study from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP), undocumented immigrants paid $140 million in taxes to The Central Valley (in the form of property taxes and local sales taxes) and nearly $135.3 million in taxes to the state of California (in the form of personal income taxes and sales and excise taxes).  In Fresno County, undocumented residents contributed an estimated $56,512,200 in state and local taxes last year (ITEP).

 

Reports repeatedly show that access to legal representation provides immigrants with a fair opportunity in court. Therefore, Faith in Fresno clergy, faith leaders, community members, partners and allies have come together to call on the City to make an investment into a Legal Defense Fund and send a powerful message of standing with families. A Legal Defense Fund is as a compassionate and economically sensible way for the City to defend its most vulnerable and to avoid, as a recent LA Times editorial said, immigration courts from further becoming where “traffic stops can become death sentences” for poor families.

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