Posted Tuesday, December 29, 2010
“DEAR AFGHANISTAN” – SEND OR CALL AFGHAN PEOPLE
Friday, December 31, 4:05 p.m.
Saturday, January 1, 4:05 p.m.
Please take advantage of the invitation to join a free conference call, Skype, Twitter, Facebook and email person to person messages to Afghanistan with a message of solidarity and assurance. Let’s tell the people that war is not acceptable to us and that we are working to end it. Kathy Kelly sends us the details. www.thepeoplesjourney.org
CRITICAL REMIX FESTIVAL – NATIONAL REMIX VIDEO COMPETITION
Thursday, January 6, 5:00 – 8:00 P.M.
Gallery 25, 660 Van Ness Ave. (Downtown Fresno One Block North Of Ventura)
The Critical Remix Festival will open on Thursday, January 6, 2011 as a Fresno ArtHop stop at Gallery 25, 660 Van Ness Ave. (downtown Fresno one block north of Ventura), and will run through January 30. The Remix Festival is partnered with an exhibit by Diron Lyons featuring vintage signs from gasoline stations and oil companies and paintings of oil company inspired signs by Diron Lyons.
This first-of-its-kind video remix festival will feature videos on the theme “Oil and War” and is presented by the Appropriation Alliance http://www.appropriationalliance.org/. The festival will be the culmination of a nationwide competition in which remix artists submitted YouTube-ready videos and are vying for a $1000 prize. Sponsors include Peace Fresno, the Fresno Chapter of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, and the Fresno Center for Nonviolence.
Check out these examples of critical remix.
Jake Gyllenhal Challenges the Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize by Diron Lyons
What if the Military Had Disclaimers Like Pharma Ads?
On opening night the winner of the competition will be announced. A program featuring the winning video, other finalists, and selected remix videos will play continuously beginning at the top of each hour from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Organizer/artist Diron Lyons and Appropriation Alliance founder, Byron Russell will host the evening. Free admission. www.appropriationalliance.org
SIGN THE CALIFORNIA ISRAEL DIVESTMENT INITIATIVE PETITION
Now – January 25, 2011
Peace Fresno has been gathering signatures since September in support of a campaign to divest state funds from companies engaged in certain business activities in Israel. We’re urging registered voters to sign a petition by January 25 so signatures can be given to the registrar of voters in each county on January 31 to qualify the initiative for the next state ballot.
The Palestinian people continue to suffer oppression in Israel. Even Israel’s brutal attack on occupied Gaza two years ago, which left 1,400 Palestinians dead, was not enough bring about a reversal of U.S. support for the Israel so it is up us – the people – to take action. California voters can do that by supporting the California Israel Divestment Initiative Campaign – part of an international movement modeled after the successful South African divestment campaign that ended apartheid.
The initiative would require California’s two largest public retirement systems, the Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) and the State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS), to engage in a divestment process with corporations that 1) provide military equipment to the government of Israel, 2) support construction of illegal settlements in Palestinian Territories, or 3) contribute to the maintenance of the illegal Separation Wall.
Peace Fresno encourages everyone who hasn’t signed yet to act before January 25. The petitions are available at the Fresno Center for Nonviolence, from Dan Yaseen 251-3361 danyaseen or you can print out the petition from www.israeldivestmentcampaign.org
PEACE COMMUNITY POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
All invited as we plan and strategize
7:00 Peace Fresno
7:30 p.m. Political Action Committee
Fresno Center for Nonviolence
1584 N. Van Ness Ave. (SE corner of Van Ness & McKinley across from Fresno City College)