Calendar beginning Nov. 1, 2016

 

161018picture_david-barsamian_compactWednesday, November 2, 5:00 pm David Barsamian, “Worthy and Unworthy Victims: The Armenian Genocide and the Unraveling of the Middle East” Presented by California State University, Armenian Studies Program, Fresno State University Business Center, Room 192. FREE

Thursday, November 3, 6:30-8 pm
“Media Coverage of 2016 Presidential Election,” Speaker David Barsamian, PRODUCER of ALTERNATIVE RADIO (AR) www.alternativeradio.org – Independent media with no ads or corporate funding for 30 years! David Barsamian is winner of the Media Education Award, the ACLU’s Upton Sinclair Award for independent journalism, and the Cultural Freedom Fellowship Award from the Lannan Foundation. Betty Rodriquez Library, 3040 N. Cedar Ave, Hosted by Peace Fresno and Fresno Center for Nonviolence. FREE

ADVANCE TICKETS REQUIRED by November 3 for the Sunday, November 13, 7:30 pm local showing of Greg Palast’s new film The Best Democracy Money Can Buy. This showing will take place if 71 tickets are purchased by November 3rd. Cost $11, Tickets can ONLY be purchased online at http://gathr.us/screening/18339 Daren Miller, who arranged for this showing, writes, “Please do not delay getting your tickets and share with your circle of influence. This event is NOT connected with any specific group or organization. It is being provided for the enjoyment of all community citizens.” (Details below)

Thursday, November 3, 1 pm
Making a Killing: Guns, Greed, and The NRA tells the stories of how guns, and the billions made off of them, affect the lives of everyday Americans. It features personal stories from people across the country who have been affected by gun violence, including survivors and victims’ families. The film exposes how the powerful gun companies and the NRA are resisting responsible legislation for the sake of profit – and thereby putting people in danger – and what we can do to put an end to this profit-driven crisis. Brave New Films will work with partners to fight for a country where public safety is more valued than profit. Fresno Center for Nonviolence, 1584 N. Van Ness (SE Corner Van Ness/McKinley) FREE

Thursday, November 3, 6:30-8 pm
“Media Coverage of 2016 Presidential Election,” Speaker David Barsamian, PRODUCER of ALTERNATIVE RADIO (AR) www.alternativeradio.org – Independent media with no ads or corporate funding for 30 years! AR is an independent, weekly one-hour public radio program offered free to noncommercial radio stations and is carried by over 175 radio stations and heard by millions of listeners. AR provides information, analyses and views that are frequently ignored or distorted in other media. David Barsamian is winner of the Media Education Award, the ACLU’s Upton Sinclair Award for independent journalism, and the Cultural Freedom Fellowship Award from the Lannan Foundation. His most recent books are Power Systems with Noam Chomsky and Occupy the Economy with Richard Wolff. Betty Rodriquez Library, 3040 N. Cedar Ave, Hosted by Peace Fresno and Fresno Center for Nonviolence. FREE

Friday, November 4, 5:30 – 8 pm, Reading at 6 pm
Friends and fans of Richard Stone, whose work with the Fresno Center for Nonviolence and the Community Alliance newspaper spans decades. This is a chance to discover one of Richard’s artistic endeavours. There will be a reading and signing of a collaborative book, Cat Tales: A Collection by and for Cat Lovers, By Polly Brewer, Juliana Harris, and Richard Stone, along with others including principal artists John Barnard, J.H. Livingston, Benjamin Locke, and Steve Norton, Gallery 1821, 1821 Calaveras St (off Broadway)
161017fb-nawal-and-leila-by-katie-stobbs-300x225Sunday November 6, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Nawal Slemiah from Women in Hebron Embroidery Cooperative, Palestine and Tully Partnerships will have a booth at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno Craft Fair.
See the November 9 announcement regarding Nawal’s presentation, Palestinian Women’s Empowerment under Occupation

 

 

 

Tuesday, November 8, 7:00 am – 8:00 pm
Election Day
Your polling place is on the back of your Sample Ballot and Voter Information Guide or at www.co.fresno.ca.us/elections where you can verify your voter registration. Look for VERIFY YOUR “VOTES” REGISTRATION PROFILE. If you are a permanent vote-by-mail voter, your ballot must be returned on or before election day or postmarked on election day. As an alternative you may hand deliver your ballot to the Elections office or to any Polling Place on Elections Day. Other interesting info at www.co.fresno.ca.us/elections – such as, Voted Ballot Drive-Thru Sites (Open on November 8, 2016), List of Polling Locations & Election Officers, and Election Results

Tuesday, November 8, 6:30 pm
Peace Fresno Meeting
We welcome you! Fresno Center for Nonviolence, 1584 N Van Ness (corner of Van Ness and McKinley near Fresno City College). danyaseen 559-251-3361

Wednesday, November 9, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Nawal Slemiah of Women in Hebron – “Palestinian Women’s Empowerment under Occupation,”
speaking in Fresno about life in Palestine and the work of the Women in Hebron Embroidery Cooperative. Hosted by Tully Partnerships. Nawal will have WiH items for sale and refreshments will be served after the talk. Learn more at http://womeninhebron.com/ & www.tullypartnerships.org.Co-sponsors Peace Fresno, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, and Fresno Center for Nonviolence. Event at Community United Church of Christ, 555 N Fresno St FREE

Sunday, November 13, 7:30 pm
Screening of the movie The Best Democracy Money Can Buy Official trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yP46nJWH7OE The movie is based on Greg Palast’s book The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: An Investigative Reporter Exposes the Truth about Globalization, Corporate Cons, and High Finance Fraudsters. Sierra Vista Cinema, 1300 Shaw Ave., Clovis, CA 93612, Tickets can ONLY be purchased online at http://gathr.us/screening/18339, 71 tickets have to be purchased by November 3rd. Daren Miller, ibedam, 559-930-4909

Monday, November 14, 6:30-8 pm
“An Evening & Book Signing with Medea Benjamin” Medea is an American political activist, best known for co-founding CODEPINK and Global Exchange. In 2000 she was the Green Party candidate for U.S. Senate. She currently contributes to OpEdNews and The Huffington Post. Medea has been awarded the MLK Jr. Peace Prize from the Fellowship for Reconciliation, the Marjorie Kellogg National Peacemaker Award, the Thomas Merton Center Peace Award, the Peace Foundation Memorial Award and the Gandhi Peace Award “to honor her for her unyielding advocacy for social justice of more than 30 years.” Her latest book Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the U.S. Saudi Connection will be available to purchase and have signed. reza 297-9535 Event at Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno, 2111 E Nees Ave, $5.00

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Mon, 10/17, 6:30 The 17 CA State Ballot Propositions Unveiled

 

 

160926votecalifgraphicMonday, October 17, 6:30 pm

THE 17 STATE BALLOT PROPOSITIONS UNVEILED

Fresno Center for Nonviolence

1584 N. Van Ness Ave (at McKinley)

 

A presentation by Michael D. Evans, current chair of the Fresno County Democratic Central Committee. His presentation includes a handout showing the recommendations from a broad range of organizations and political parties. Hosted by Peace Fresno. The event will be held at the Fresno Center for Nonviolence, located at 1584 N. Van Ness Ave, SE corner of Van Ness and McKinley Avenues across from Fresno City College. Camille.russell 559-276-2592

Upcoming Events Beginning 10/13

Thursday, October 13, 6:30 pm
Author, Mike Rhodes, reading and discussing his book on homelessness in Fresno, Rhodes is a champion for the homeless, journalist/photo-journalist and former editor of Fresno’s Community Alliance newspaper, his book, Dispatches from the War Zone tells the gritty side of politics and homelessness neglected by the mainstream media. FREE Fig Garden Regional Library, 3071 W Bullard Ave, 6004071, www.fresnolibrary.org

Monday, October 17, 6:30 pm
THE 17 STATE BALLOT PROPOSITIONS UNVEILED, a presentation by Michael D. Evans, current chair of the Fresno County Democratic Central Committee. His presentation includes a handout showing the recommendations from a broad range of organizations and political parties. Hosted by Peace Fresno. FREE
Camille writes: The 223-page !! Official Voter Information Guide describing these propositions arrived in my mailbox yesterday. Campaign literature and ads are coming daily. The timing is right information, help, discussion, and a little shove so we can cast an educated votes on election day.
Peace Fresno is asking you to respond if you plan to attend because we expect many people will want to attend this presentation. We’ll reserve a larger venue if we get a big response by Friday noon. At this time the event is scheduled for the Fresno Center for Nonviolence, located at 1584 N. Van Ness Ave, southeast corner of Van Ness and McKinley Avenues. We will post final venue on our website www.peacefresno.org  on Friday by 5 pm.
Please reply to camille.russell if you will attend on Monday.

Sunday, October 16, 1:00-5:00 pm
Potluck at Dakota Eco Garden, a green solution to homelessness, tour the DEG, talk to residents and board members before or after musical program. Music by Jacinda Potikian and Jemmy Bluestein from about 2:30, but come early, bring food to share, eat first. See the second Art Dyson eco shelter begin to take shape. You may have seen a model of this rotating, dinosaur-egg shaped, bamboo supported structure. Come show your support for this unique experiment in helping the homeless help themselves. 2231 W Dakota Ave, 93705, on Dakota, just west of Hughes Ave, past FastTrip gas and the police substation.  Look for the green banner on the chain link fence in front of the green two-story stucco house. Parking may be scarce. Try the Post Office around the corner (south) on Hughes. Nancy Waidtlow 224-1738 for any questions or house phone: 225-2767 especially for directions. Facebook: Dakota EcoGarden. Web: Eco Village Project of Fresno

Wednesday October 19, 3:00-3:30 pm
Speaking Truth to Empire on KFCF 88.1 Free Speech Radio for Central California. Dan Yaseen interviews Ray McGovern. He is 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, which he briefed one-on-one to President Ronald Reagan’s five most senior national security advisers from 1981 to 1985. www.raymcgovern.com
Tune in to 88.1 FM or log in at: http://www.kfcf.org/streaming.php

Friday, October 28, 5:00 pm
Cineculture presents Imminent Threat (2015), the film documents the War on Terror’s impact on civil liberties as well as the potential coalition that may form between the progressive left and libertarian right. Official Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UY9EzQYauTY SPECIAL VENUE:Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno, 2672 E. Alluvial Ave. (between Willow and Chestnut) Fresno, CA 93720, Glenda Roberts: ggrcalif, 291-1590, FREE

Thursday, Nov 3, 6:30-8 pm
“Media Coverage of 2016 Presidential Election,” Speaker David Barsamian, Barsamian produces Alternative Radio – Independent media with no ads or corporate funding for 30 years! www.alternativeradio.org. His show airs on KFCF 11-12 am, Wednesdays.  Betty Rodriquez Library, 3040 N. Cedar Ave, Hosted by Peace Fresno and Fresno Center for Nonviolence. danyaseen 251-3361 FREE

Peace Fresno at Blackstone and Nees 9/23/16

 

  • Thirty people stood for peace at the corner of Blackstone and Nees during evening commute on Friday, September 23 to commemorate International Day of Peace and to stand in solidarity with others marking this day nationally and internationally. See www.worldbeyondwar.org.
  • Peace Fresno hosted, co-sponsored, or participated in more than 20 community events during the past year.
  • Our membership drive for 2016 – 17 has begun.
  • Annual membership is only $15. Donate on this website or send a check. See the form below.

 

 

 

 

Actions/Events Around International Day of Peace

Join Peace Fresno Friday, 9/23/16 – see the post below this one.

What You Can Do to End War on the International Day of Peace
By David Swanson, telesur
http://www.telesurtv.net/english/opinion/What-You-Can-Do-to-End-War-on-the-International-Day-of-Peace-20160921-0003.html

If you want to find peace in your heart, knock yourself out. Seriously, knock yourself out, there’s nothing more peaceful. Or if you want to find peace in your family or your neighborhood, or on the sidelines of a football game during the playing of the National Anthem, there may be no better way to do it than to pledge your allegiance to permanent war on poor foreign countries.

A school board member in Virginia once agreed to support a celebration of the International Day of Peace “as long as everyone understands that I’m not opposing any wars.”

But what if you want to find peace through the abolition of war? Then what do you do? Well, then you do the long, hard, exciting, fulfilling, nonviolent, community building work that may very well bring peace to everything from your heart to your local police department in the process, but which is aimed at reducing and eliminating the arms trade and militarism.

Have you noticed how outraged U.S. liberals can become when they discover that the U.S. National Anthem has various ties to racism? Imagine! A song that celebrates the mass slaughter of human beings during an inane quest to take over Canada (which instead got the White House burned) — that glorious treasure might be marred by a cruel and unenlightened ideology!

Did you see the news story this week about the U.S. government compensating the family of an Italian they’d blown up in a war with a payment of $1 million? What if Iraqis were given that treatment? As many families are gone entirely, let’s round down to 1 million victims with survivors left to be compensated. What’s a million times $1 million? It’s $1 trillion. What the U.S. government spends on militarism in 1 year could treat Iraqis as if they were Europeans. The next year’s funding could start in on compensating Afghans, Pakistanis, Yemenis, Libyans, Somalis, Syrians, etc.

There is an educational project needed that you can help with. It involves persuading people that war can’t be mended, that it must be ended. You might begin by sitting out a playing of the National Anthem and then explaining to people why. If you don’t want to do that alone, do it with a small group. If you don’t have a small group, Campaign Nonviolence has over 650 nonviolent war-abolition events of all sorts planned all over the place this week. Find the nearest event.

For more events all over the world, check out our events page at World Beyond War. There are art exhibitions, ship voyages, anti-nuclear lobby events, protest rallies, vigils, conferences, festivals, and long-distance walks.

Have you ever dreamed of seeing a peace movement, much less a war abolition movement, on television? Now you can. On September 23rd and 24th point your web browser to TheRealNews.com and hook your computer up to your television screen to see the No War 2016 conference. (Or just watch it on your computer.) Here’s the detailed agenda of what you’ll see at what time, and bios and photos of all the speakers. This event will be three days of making the case for alternatives to war, including activist workshops on the third day, and on the next morning (Monday, the 26th) a 9 a.m. protest at the Pentagon. Come join us!

We will also be delivering to the Pentagon a petition simultaneously being delivered by U.S. whistleblowers and Germans to the German government in Berlin asking for the closure of Ramstein Air Base. On the 23rd/24th you can also catch a live stream World Beyond War event from Malaysia. Other events all over the world will be viewing the live stream from Washington, D.C., including this one in Berlin. Protests are also planned on the 26th in California, at West Point, and in Australia.

Wherever you are, you should catch a screening of Paying the Price for Peace and of Snowden. The International Peace Bureau World Congress is in Berlin from September 29 to October 3rd. If you can be in Ireland or England or Germany, join the big events on October 8th. Keep Space for Peace Week is October 1 to 8, and has events everywhere.

You can always organize your own event anywhere, and World Beyond War will be glad to help you promote it. If you are looking for a tool for studying, teaching, or leading discussions, we’re just now publishing the 2016 version of A Global Security System: An Alternative to War. Or use any of these videos, power points, or speakers.

Want to lobby the U.S. government for something immediately achievable? Call Congress and tell them to halt the next pending sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia to be used killing people in Yemen. Sign this petition too. There is also an opportunity right now to ban cluster bombs, and after those nuclear bombs.

If you’re convinced that activism is best directed at the edges of a broken presidential election system, here’s a useful approach: demand that debates, like the one on September 26th, include more candidates, so that the pro-war consensus gets challenged.

Another debate is underway in the world right now on the question of whether “Just War” theory is of any value. Even the Catholic Church, the creator of Just War theory, is debating whether to formally reject it. I’ve just published my argument on the topic and will be debating a Just War advocate in October. Get involved in this discussion. Ask someone on September 21st, the International Day of Peace, whether they’d like there to be peace everywhere every day. Ask them if they’d like to help make that happen.

Also, you can join a skype call with Afghan peace activists on September 21st.

There is peace in most places most of the time. Adding the last bit of the earth to that peaceful status would not violate any laws of nature. It would only violate the irrational drives and profiting greed of those who oppose peace. This will take more than a day, but we can do it.

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