Calendar Beginning Oct 27, 2017

171026SarahThompson from brochure Nonviolence Training



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) 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: 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

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 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!

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. 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

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. RSVP info or 213-482-0256

Link to Dan Yaseen’s Oct. 18 interview with 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.

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