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
- 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.
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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
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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No War 2016!
A street demonstration organized by Peace Fresno at the corners of Blackstone and Nees Avenues.
On this day we join World Beyond War, National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance, and Campaign Nonviolence in a calling for viable alternatives to war and militarism. There will be demonstrations, rallies, events, and actions nationwide. It has been 15 years since 9/11 and it’s obvious that our politicians won’t end theses endless wars without a demand from the people. Come for all or part. Bring signs or hold ours. danyaseen 559-251-3361
August 19, 2016
Dear Peace Fresno Supporters,
We agree with Frederick Douglas’s quote, “Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” Join us in demanding a “World Beyond War” and a world with social, economic, racial and environmental justice. Only by uniting and standing up, will we be heard. Stand with Peace Fresno!
Neither major party presidential candidate is, or claims to be, a peace candidate. The U.S. is increasing its nuclear arsenal and the U.S. military is provocatively holding exercises with NATO on Russia’s doorstep – increasing the possibility of a nuclear war. It’s time to re-energize the Peace Movement! We need you.
Last year our two main events were the panel discussion, “Islamophobia: The Current Face of Racism in America” and a rousing discussion between David Swanson and Cindy Sheehan focused on David’s new book, War is a Lie, Second Edition. We also sponsored Peace Art Hop, organized by Peace Fresno member Alex Acedo, featuring peace themed art and poetry.
We continue to support and work with other peace and justice groups. We support the Black Lives Matter movement and the local activists protesting the recent police shootings. We oppose the militarization of police and see a connection between American wars abroad and rampant violence at home (as in, mass shootings, shootings by police, shootings of police, and gun violence).
We urge each of you to subscribe to the Community Alliance. Since 1996 it has been an independent source of news and analysis for workers, progressive individuals, and groups in the Central Valley. It needs your support. As part of our annual membership drive, we offer the Community Alliance to new subscribers at the reduced rate of $20 (Normally $40).
Many thanks to Save Mart and to those of you who used Peace Fresno’s Save Mart S.H.A.R.E.S. card. In the last year of the S.H.A.R.E.S. program, Save Mart donated about $1200 to Peace Fresno. Unfortunately, Peace Fresno doesn’t qualify for the new SaveSmartRewards program.
Peace Fresno’s membership is still $15 but larger donations are needed and welcome. Donate using your credit card or PayPal or mail a check – see the info below.
Peace Fresno’s leadership team,
Dan Yaseen Teresa Castillo Ken Hudson Camille Russell Philip Traynor
Gerry Bill Victor Magaña Richard Iyall Beverly Fitzpatrick
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