Sat., Oct. 21, All-Day Multicultural Festival, FREE

Tamejavi Festival “We Are Rising: Unite – Resist – Endure” 

Saturday, Oct. 21, 10 AM – 7 PM Radio Park, 2233 N. First St., Fresno

The Tamejavi Festival features a multicultural market place, music, exhibits, demonstrations and sale of ethnic arts and crafts, poetry, traditional food, story-telling, installations, children’s art activities, and an interactive mural which invites participation by attendees. Admission is FREE. This year’s festival intends to address the anti-immigrant and anti-refugee sentiment permeating the public opinion by giving Central Valley residents the opportunity to come together and interact with others from the many cultures that call this region home. Hosted by Pan-Valley Institute, the Tamejavi Festival, offers immigrants a space to creatively share their histories and struggles and to grasp this unique opportunity to respond to the current political climate. https://www.facebook.com/events/120018965369671 PROGRAM 10 – 11 a.m. BLESSING CEREMONY by Central Valley Native Americans. This ceremony honors the first people to inhabit these lands, and will mark the official beginning of the festival. This is a sacred ceremony – not a performance – and we ask that you kindly refrain from taking photographs during this event. All are welcome. 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. FESTIVAL OPENING – A presentation in the CULTURAL KITCHEN 11 a.m.  – 7 p.m. CULTURAL KITCHEN featuring vendors serving food from Southeast Asia, Syria and Mexico – including traditional food from the Mixteca and Zapotec regions. 12:30 – 7 p.m. MAIN STAGE Journey through dynamic multi-cultural performances – traditional Mexican Banda de Viento, hip-hop and African drums, along with the art of storytelling through Latinx theatre, Iranian song and Japanese percussion. See information about the performers and participants at https://www.facebook.com/events/120018965369671 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. LIVING HISTORY TIME TUNNEL Through story-telling, photos and other illustrations, the Time Tunnel examines policies of exclusion in the United States and how they have impacted people of the Central Valley. Different polices at different times were devastating to Native Americans, African Americans, Punjabi, Chinese, Japanese, Mexicans and Muslims. 1 – 4 p.m. STORY TELLING at the LIVING HISTORY TIME TUNNEL 1:05 – 1:35 p.m. African American, 1:40 – 2:10 p.m. Chinese, 2:15 – 2:45 p.m. Japanese, 2:50 – 3:20 p.m. Mexican, 3:25 – 3:55 p.m. Muslim. Following each presentation, all are invited to a 30-minute dialogue at the Platicas Tent adjacent to the Time Tunnel. 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. PEOPLE BEHIND THE WALL Multimedia installation featuring memories and first-hand experiences of immigrants and refugees as they departed their homelands. Festival attendees can write the names of people they know that perished while crossing borders or as a result of their migration journey. 12:30 – 5 p.m. CHILDREN’S CORNER Art activities – DIY “Migration is Beautiful” Coloring Book, Painted Butterflies (Color Mixing Theory), Origami Butterflies 11:00 – 7 p.m. LIVING CREATIVE EXPRESSIONS MARKET PLACE Local artisan women demonstrating their craft while exhibiting and selling their pieces. 3:00 –4:30 p.m. POETRY CORNER Hosted by Fresno Poet Laureate Bryan Medina. Local poets perform a mix of formal poetry aesthetics with rap flair and vitality – taking the spoken word away from the powers that be and moving it to a place where everyone can relate to becoming a catalyst for change. https://www.facebook.com/events/120018965369671 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. TAMEJAVI PHOTO EXHIBIT This photo exhibit showcases the faces of the Central Valley’s ethnic diversity. 12:30 – 6:30 LIVE VISUAL ARTS AREA Live Painting/Community Mural/Printmaking. Visitors create social justice-themed block prints and participate in a community interactive mural.   By presenting the 2017 Tamejavi Festival, Pan Valley Institute is honoring its parent organization the Nobel Prize-winning American Friends Service Committee for celebrating its 100-year commitment to social justice, peace and humanitarian service.

Ann Wright’s 7/14/17 Article on North Korea

Published on Friday, July 14, 2017 by Common Dreams

US Experts Say North Korean Leadership May Be Ruthless and Reckless, But They Are Not Crazy By Ann Wright

‘Time is Not on Our Side’: Former senior US government officials say there must be dialogue with North Korea 

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South Korean soldiers look toward the North Korean side along the DMZ that divides the two countries. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Despite the rhetoric from the Trump administration about military confrontation with North Korea, the common theme of many U.S. experts on North Korea is that the U.S. presidential administration MUST conduct a dialogue with North Korea—and quickly!  Military confrontation is NOT an option according to the experts.

And most importantly, the new President of South Korea Moon Jae-in was elected in May 2017 on a pledge to engage in talks with North Korea and pursue diplomacy to finally officially end the Korean conflict. Nearly 80 percent of South Koreans support a resumption of long-suspended inter-Korean dialogue, according to a survey by a presidential advisory panel showed in late June.

On June 28, 2017, six former high level experienced U.S. government officials from both Republican and Democratic administrations over the past thirty years sent a letter to President Trump stating that “Kim Jong Un is not irrational and highly values preserving his regime… Talking is not a reward or a concession to Pyongyang and should not be construed as signaling acceptance of a nuclear-armed North Korea. It is a necessary step to establishing communication to avoid a nuclear catastrophe. The key danger today is not that North Korea would launch a surprise nuclear attack. Instead the primary danger is a miscalculation or mistake that could lead to war.” …

Together, they wrote:  “there are no good military options, and a North Korean response to a US attack would devastate North Korea and Japan. Tightening sanctions can be useful in increasing pressure on North Korea, but sanctions alone will not solve the problem. Pyongyang has shown that it can make progress on missile and nuclear technology despite its isolation. Without a diplomatic effort to stop its progress, there is little doubt that it will develop a long-range missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead to the United States.”

More at  https://goo.gl/WoPRcY

 

 

 

Sat. Oct. 14, 2 pm Army Veteran, Diplomat, Antiwar Activist

170925Col Ann Wright Iowa Peace Rally

A TALK BY COL. ANN WRIGHT 

“NORTH KOREA, RUSSIA, AND IRAN TODAY” 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2:00 PM 
COMMUNITY UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST, 5550 N FRESNO STREET 
*FREE*

Colonel Ann Wright (Retired) spent twenty-nine years in the US Army and Army Reserves and sixteen years as a US State Depart diplomat before resigning on the eve of the Iraq War in 2003. Since her resignation, she has been active in Veterans For Peace, the Korea Peace Network, and CODEPINK. Join us as Ann discusses current foreign policy toward nations the US considers hostile and asks, “Why not try diplomacy instead of military bluster?”
See “Veteran and Antiwar Activist Col. Ann Wright Comes to Fresno” on page 7 of the October edition of your Community Alliance newspaper or go to https://goo.gl/shZdjD

Contact: Joshua Shurley, 559-512-9469, fresnovfp

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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.

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