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

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