Announcements

Paying the Price for Peace to be screened with the director at UVA on 9/29

posted Sep 15, 2016, 6:11 AM by David Swanson

WHAT: Screening of Paying the Price for Peace: The Story of S. Brian Willson, and discussion with the director Bo Boudart and with peace activist David Swanson. See http://payingthepriceforpeace.com

WHEN: 7-11 p.m., Thursday, September 29

WHERE: Commonwealth Room, Newcomb Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

HOST: Students for Peace and Justice in Palestine

COSPONSORS: World Beyond War, RootsAction.org, and the Peace and Social Concerns Committee of Charlottesville Friends Meeting. (More welcome!)

COST: No one turned away. Donation appreciated: $10, or $20 to leave with a copy of the DVD. Donations pay for Bo Boudart's travel. You can also donate at http://payingthepriceforpeace.com

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September Peace Events

posted Sep 14, 2016, 10:21 AM by Evan Knappenberger

International Day of Peace: 9/21

On Wednesday, September 21, millions of people will honor and celebrate the International Day of Peace, established by the United Nations in 1981.  In Charlottesville this year, people will gather to meditate on peace in concert with thousands of similar events around the world.  Located in the Social Hall at Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church Unitarian Universalist, 717 Rugby Road. 

7pm: Music by Brandon Collins, meditation/prayer session for peace. Announcements from International Day of Peace events around the world Light refreshments and conversation.

Co-sponsored by the Interfaith Cooperation Circle of Central Virginia and the Charlottesville Center for Peace and Justice.  This event is free and open to the public.

Upcoming Peace & Justice Events:


This Thursday, Sept. 15th, The Sierra Club has invited climate scientist Michael Mann to speak about his new book, "The Madhouse Effect."  There will be a reception from 6-7pm at Bashir's Taverna, with the speaker beginning at 7pm in the Council Chambers of City Hall.  RSVP here.

Also this Thursday, Sept. 15th, two Peace & Justice films at the Paramount. “Making Sense of War” from 6-730pm; and from 8-10pm, "Healing Humanities: Theater of War" about the use of Greek tragedy to help veterans and families.  Highly recommended by CCPJ member and UVA professor Chip Tucker.

No Pipeline Benefit Concert with the Will Overman Band, FridaySeptember 16th, 7pm For more info,click here.

Tuesday, September 20th 630pm is the annual meeting of 350.org's Central Virginia chapter.  Friends Meeting House, 1104 Forest St.  For more info, click here.
Join CCPJ members tabling at the 20th annual Veggie Fest, Saturday, September 24th, from 11am-9pm.  IX Art Park. Enjoy music from some local favorites, vegan food, speakers and demos. 60+ exhibitors, pet adoption fair. Extended into the evening with the Levitt Amp Charlottesville Music Series.  Click here.

Sept. 23rd-26th: CCPJ is co-sponsoring a conference with World Without War in DC, with a plethora of great workshops and speakers lined up.  This is looking like a great event.  To learn more, click here.

Sunday, October 2nd: CCPJ Monthly Meeting, Friends Meetinghouse, 1104 Forest street, 400pm.  More info, contact Virginia.

Tuesday, October 10th, 7pm, will be the next meeting of Pax Christi at Church of the Incarnation.  For more info, email John Clem.

The weekend of October 15th and 16th, local trauma psychology specialist Chris Walker is hosting a workshop on Peace with the latest developments in attachment theory. For more info, click here.

Friday, November 11th, from 630pm till 830, Virginia Organizing will be hosting its "Social Justice Bowl" event.  Bread and soup will be served in a handcrafted bowl with programming, in support of their work.  Keep the bowl.  For more info, contact Harold.

Weekly Actions and Help Wanted


Casa Alma (Catholic Worker) is hosting a weekly prayer session, every Wed. morning, 730am, at 911 Nassau Street.  For more info, contact Laura.

No Pipeline protest at Dominion Energy office, Hydraulic road across from Whole Foods, every1st
 and 3rd Weds. from 1130-1230.  Contact Kirk for more info.

Thursday Peace Witness in front of the Federal Courthouse at Main and Ridge streets, Thursday, from 5-6pm.  Bring signs and voices!  For more info, contact Tony.

CCPJ board member Richard Lord is looking for help in advancing our Peace Education and Counter-Recruiting programs.  All help appreciated!  ContactRichard or Evan.

In Memoriam: Bill Anderson

posted Sep 12, 2016, 1:40 PM by Evan Knappenberger

In Memoriam: Dr. William H. Anderson, Jr.


(CCPJ President And Co-founder Dr. William H. Anderson, Jr., 1948-2016.  With CCPJ Treasurer Virginia Rovnyak.)


Dr. William "Bill" Henry Anderson,]r., 68, of Charlottesville, Virginia died peacefully on August

29,2016. He was one of two children born to the late William H. Anderson, Sr. and Mary Atkins

An'derson on March 23, 1948 in Henrico, Virginia.


Bill accepted Christ at an early age at Gravel Hill Baptist Church where he received his early

religious education. He regularly attended his home church, which was established by his ancestors

after the civil war. In the early 1990s, Gravel Hill Baptist Church started a scholarship program

named in his honor. When he moved to Charlottesville, Virginia in 1981, he joined Trinity

Episcopal Church. There he served in several roles, including singing in the choir and serving on

the vestry.


Bill began school just four months after the Supreme Court declared that segregation was

"separate but not equal," and therefore unconstitutional. Even so, he began first grade at the

Gravel Hill Elementary School. He attended second through seventh grades at Henrico Central

Elementary School. He attended grades eight and nine at Virginia Randolph High School. He

was in the first group ofAfrican-American students to integrate Varina High School, where he

was a member of the Beta Club and the Quill and Scroll Honor Society. He graduated from

Varina High School in 1966. He graduated from Virginia Polytechnic and State University in 1970

with a bachelor's degree in Psychology with high honors and he was also a member of Phi Eta

Sigma Honor Society. He was awarded a full fellowship during his four years at the State

University of New York at Stony Brook. After completing his internship at the Bangor Mental

Health Institute and his dissertation on Self Control and Moral Development in Children, he was

awarded the Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology. He completed post-doctoral studies in

Pediatric Psychology and taught on the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

for seven years.


After the death of his father during a family vacation in Mexico City, Bill returned to his native

state and took a position as Assistant Professor in the Institute of Clinical Psychology at the

University of Virginia. He was eventually promoted to Associate Professor and Director of

Training in the UV A Counseling Center. After the Internship Program won accreditation from

the American Psychological Association, there was a merger of the Counseling Center and Student

Mental Health to form what is now called Student Health Counseling and Psychological Services.

During his time at UVA, Bill also became a Fellow in the Hereford Residential College and

received several awards for his contribution to the University community. He retired on July 24,

2014, after completing 33 years at UVA. There were several celebrations of his 40-year career as a

psychologist. He says that the most moving was held in The Gravel Hill Community Center, the

building where he attended first grade. More than 200 relatives and close friends attended this

joyous celebration.


Bill considered his career in psychology to be a sacred vocation. He sought to integrate his

professional work with his religious faith as he served people in need. He always prayed, "Help

me to know that You are here as I try to help this person. Keep me mindful that it is You I am

serving." In his attempt to integrate his life and faith, he was active in the movement for peace and

justice. He was a life member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored

People. For many years he served on the National Executive Committee of Episcopal Peace

Fellowship, The National Council of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, and The Peace Commission

for the Episcopal Church. He was a founding member and president of the

Charlottesville Center for Peace and Justice. In 1997, he was awarded the Martin Luther King,Jr.

Award by the Charlottesville community.


Bill was fluent in French and Spanish. He traveled to more than 15 countries around the world on

peace and singing missions. These places included Nicaragua, Honduras, Dominican Republic, the

USSR, Hungary, Lithuania, Cuba, Libya, and South Africa where he stayed with Archbishop

Desmond Tutu for several days. Music was always an important part of his life. He sang tenor in

several church and professional choral groups (some singing in this service today). He has sung

evensong in several cathedrals in Britain. These included, Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford, Ely

Cathedral (near Cambridge), Durham Cathedral (near York), St. Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh,

Scotland, and most recently, Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, and the Cathedral Church of St.

Canice in Kilkenny.


In all of these experiences, Bill maintained a respect and reverence for his roots in Gravel

Hill. Gravel Hill was the source of his identity. At the end of his life, he was filled with praise and

thanksgiving. "God has been so good to me. How can I keep from singing?"


Dr. Anderson is survived by a devoted sister, Jacqueline A. Lawrence of Henrico, Va.; loving

niece, Jennifer D. Lawrence-Green (Christopher) of Fredericksburg, Va.; adored great-nephew,

Anderson William Green of Fredericksburg, Va.; aunts, Virginia A. Everett, Ida M. Washington,

Lena A. Jones, Agnes E. Crawley, Lennie A. Atkins all of Henrico, Virginia; uncle, James

Washington, Sr. of Henrico, Virginia; a host of godchildren, including Diana and Andrew

DeWindt Robson, Donnell Douglass, Edgar and Alexander Teel, Adriel, Shannon Kate, Grace,

and David Barrett-Johnson; cousins, Ruth Jones Goseph), Albert Hayes (Alice), the Rev. Barbara

Nelson Games), William Atkins, Jr. (Gail), Norma Harris, Lloyd Brown, Sr., Frederick Brown

Guin), Velma Everett, Marilyn Roots (Nathaniel), Robert Jones, Jr., Steven Atkins I,James

Washington,Jr. (Dawn), Andrea Henderson (Arnold V),Janis Johnson (Leonard), John Everett

III (Mon'e), Marvin Atkins (Lynette), and Barry Adkins,Jr., and a host of other relatives and

friends.



Fredric Jameson's War Machine

posted Aug 27, 2016, 8:23 PM by David Swanson

The total acceptability of militarism extends well beyond the neoconservatives, the racists, the Republicans, the liberal humanitarian warriors, the Democrats, and the masses of political "independents" who find any talk of dismantling the U.S. military scandalous. Fredric Jameson is an otherwise leftist intellectual who's put out a book, edited by Slavoj Zizek, in which he proposes universal conscription into the military for every U.S. resident. In subsequent chapters, other purportedly leftist intellectuals critique Jameson's proposal with hardly a hint of concern at such an expansion of a machine of mass murder. Jameson adds an Epilogue in which he mentions the problem not at all.

What Jameson wants is a vision of Utopia. His book is called An American Utopia: Dual Power and the Universal Army. He wants to nationalize banks and insurance companies, seize and presumably shut down fossil fuel operations, impose draconian taxes on large corporations, abolish inheritance, create a guaranteed basic income, abolish NATO, create popular control of the media, ban rightwing propaganda, create universal Wi-Fi, make college free, pay teachers well, make healthcare free, etc.

Sounds great! Where do I sign up?

Jameson's answer is: at the Army recruiting station. To which I reply: go get yourself a different subservient order-taker willing to participate in mass murder.

Ah, but Jameson says his military won't fight any wars. Except for the wars it fights. Or something.

Utopianism is seriously much needed. But this is pathetic desperation. This is a thousand times more desperate than Ralph Nader asking the billionaires to save us. This is Clinton voters. This is Trump voters.

And this is U.S. blindness to the merits of the rest of the world. Few other countries in any way approach the militarized environmental destruction and death generated by the United States. This country lags very far behind in sustainability, peace, education, health, security, and happiness. The first step toward Utopia need not be such a harebrained scheme as a total takeover by the military. The first step should be catching up with places like Scandinavia in the realm of economics, or Costa Rica in the realm of demilitarization -- or indeed realizing full compliance with Japan's Article Nine, as mentioned in Zizek's book. (For how Scandinavia got where it is, read Viking Economics by George Lakey. It had nothing to do with forcing kids, grandparents, and peace advocates into an out of control imperial military.)

In the United States, it is the liberals in Congress who want to impose selective service on women, and who celebrate every new demographic admitted into greater status in the military. The "progressive" vision is now of slightly or radically leftist economics, side by side with a heaping platter of militarized nationalism (to the tune of $1 trillion per year) -- with the very idea of internationalism banished from consideration. The reformist view of the ever expanding American Dream is of the gradual democratization of mass murder. Bombing victims across the world may soon be able to look forward to being bombed by the first female U.S. president. Jameson's proposal is a radical advance in this same direction.

I hesitate to call attention to Jameson's book because it is so bad and this trend so insidious. But, in fact, the bits of his essay and of those critiquing it that address universal conscription, despite its centrality to Jameson's project, are few and far between. They could be contained in a small brochure. The rest of the book is a rambling assortment of observations on everything from psychoanalysis to Marxism to whatever cultural abomination Zizek just stumbled across. Much of this other material is useful or entertaining, but it stands in contrast to the apparently dim-witted acceptance of the inevitability of militarism.

Jameson is adamant that we can reject the inevitability of capitalism, and of just about anything else we see fit. "Human nature" he points out, quite rightly, does not exist. And yet, the notion that the only place where a U.S. government could ever put any serious money is the military is silently accepted for many pages and then explicitly stated as fact: "[A] civilian population -- or its government -- is unlikely to spend the tax money warfare demands on purely abstract and theoretical peacetime research."

That sounds like a description of the current U.S. government, not all governments past and future. A civilian population is unlikely as hell to accept universal permanent conscription into a military. That, not investment in peaceful industries, would be unprecedented.

Jameson, you'll notice, relies on "warfare" to motivate the power of his idea of using the military for social and political change. That makes sense, as a military is, by definition, an institution used for waging war. And yet, Jameson imagines that his military won't wage wars -- sort of -- but will for some reason go on being funded anyway -- and with a dramatic increase.

A military, Jameson maintains, is a way to compel people to mix with each other and form a community across all the usual lines of division. It's also a way to compel people to do exactly what they are ordered to do at every hour of the day and night, from what to eat to when to defecate, and to condition them to commit atrocities on command without stopping to think. That's not incidental to what a military is. Jameson hardly addresses the question of why he wants a universal military rather than, say, a universal civilian conservation corps. He describes his proposal as "the conscription of the entire population into some glorified National Guard." Could the existing National Guard be more glorified than its advertisements now depict it? It's so misleadingly glorified already that Jameson mistakenly suggests that the Guard answers only to state governments, even as Washington has sent it off to foreign wars with virtually no resistance from the states.

The United States has troops in 175 nations. Would it dramatically add to them? Expand into the remaining holdouts? Bring all the troops home? Jameson doesn't say. The United States is bombing seven nations that we know of. Would that increase or decrease? Here's all that Jameson says:

"[T]he body of eligible draftees would be increased by including everyone from sixteen to fifty, or if you prefer, sixty years of age: that is, virtually the entire adult population. [I can hear the cries of discrimination against 61 year-olds coming, can't you?] Such an unmanageable body would henceforth be incapable of waging foreign wars, let alone carrying out successful coups. In order to emphasize the universality of the process, let's add that the handicapped would all be found appropriate positions in the system, and that pacifists and conscientious objectors would be places in control of arms development, arms storage, and the like."

And that's it. Because the military would have more troops, it would be "incapable" of fighting wars. Can you imagine presenting that idea to the Pentagon? I would expect a response of "Yeeeeeeaaaah, sure, that's exactly what it would take to shut us down. Just give us a couple hundred million more troops and all will be well. We'll just do a bit of global tidying up, first, but there'll be peace in no time. Guaranteed."

And the "pacifists" and people with consciences would be assigned to work on weaponry? And they'd accept that? Millions of them? And the weaponry would be needed for the wars that wouldn't be happening any more?

Jameson, like many a well-meaning peace activist, would like the military to do the sort of stuff you see in National Guard ads: disaster relief, humanitarian aid. But the military does that only when and only as far as it's useful to its campaign to violently dominate the Earth. And doing disaster relief does not require total abject subservience. Participants in that kind of work don't have to be conditioned to kill and face death. They can be treated with the sort of respect that helps make them participants in a democratic-socialist utopia, rather than the sort of contempt that helps lead them to committing suicide outside a VA hospital admissions office.

Jameson praises the idea of "an essentially defensive war" which he attributes to Jaurès, and the importance of "discipline" which he attributes to Trotsky. Jameson likes the military, and he stresses that in his utopia the "universal military" would be the end-state, not a transition period. In that end-state, the military would take over everything else from education to healthcare.

Jameson comes close to acknowledging that there might be some people who would object to this on the grounds that the military industrial complex generates mass murder. He says that he is up against two fears: fear of the military and fear of any utopia. He then addresses the latter, dragging in Freud, Trotsky, Kant, and others to help him. He doesn't spare one word for the former. He later claims that the real reason people are resistant to the idea of using the military is because within the military people are compelled to associate with those from other social classes. (Oh the horror!)

But, fifty-six pages in, Jameson "reminds" the reader of something he hadn't previously touched on: "It is worth reminding the reader that the universal army here proposed is no longer the professional army responsible for any number of bloody and reactionary coups d'etat in recent times, whose ruthlessness and authoritarian or dictatorial mentality cannot but inspire horror and whose still vivid memory will certainly astonish anyone at the prospect of entrusting a state or an entire society to its control." But why is the new military nothing like the old one? What makes it different? How, for that matter, is it controlled at all, as it takes over power from the civilian government? Is it imagined as a direct democracy?

Then why don't we just imagine a direct democracy without the military, and work to achieve it, which seems far more likely to be done in a civilian context?

In Jameson's militarized future, he mentions -- again, as if we should have already known it -- that "everyone is trained in the use of weapons and nobody is allowed to possess them except in limited and carefully specified situations." Such as in wars? Check out this passage from Zizek's "critique" of Jameson:

"Jameson's army is, of course, a 'barred army,' an army with no wars . . . (And how would this army operate in an actual war, which is becoming more and more likely in today's multicentric world?)"

Did you catch that? Zizek claims this army will fight no wars. Then he wonders exactly how it will fight its wars. And while the U.S. military has troops and bombing campaigns underway in seven countries, and "special" forces fighting in dozens more, Zizek is worried that there might be a war someday.

And would that war be driven by weapons sales? By military provocation? By militarized culture? By hostile "diplomacy" grounded in imperialistic militarism? No, it couldn't possibly be. For one thing, none of the words involved are as fancy as "multicentric." Surely the problem -- albeit a minor and tangential one -- is that the multicentric nature of the world may start a war soon. Zizek goes on to state that, at a public event, Jameson has envisioned the means of creating his universal army in strictly Shock Doctrine terms, as an opportunistic response to a disaster or upheaval.

I agree with Jameson only on the premise with which he begins his hunt for a utopia, namely that the usual strategies are sterile or dead. But that's no reason to invent a guaranteed catastrophe and seek to impose it by the most antidemocratic means, especially when numerous other nations are already pointing the way toward a better world. The way to a progressive economic future in which the rich are taxed and the poor can prosper can only come through redirecting the unfathomable funds that are being dumped into war preparations. That Republicans and Democrats universally ignore that is no reason for Jameson to join them.

One City Is Following Through on Protests of Confederate Monuments

posted Aug 11, 2016, 6:20 PM by David Swanson

Charlottesville is a diverse, enlightened, and progressive college town in Virginia with its public spaces dominated by war memorials, in particular memorials to Confederate soldiers not from Charlottesville who represent a five-year moment in the centuries of this place's history, as viewed by one wealthy white male racist donor at another moment in the 1920s. As the Black Lives Matter movement took off nationally this year, many Charlottesville residents demanded that imposing monuments to Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson be removed from their places of prominence.

The city of Charlottesville has set up a commission on race, memorials, and public spaces. I've attended portions of two meetings and am genuinely impressed by the open, civil, and democratic process underway to find solutions and possibly consensus. The process has already been educational for me and for other members of the public and of the commission. Some white residents have mentioned realizing for the first time that African Americans do not see their history in Charlottesville's public memorials.

I am not African American, but I certainly feel the same way. I'm disgusted by the monuments to those who participated in land theft and genocide against Native Americans, by the monument to the war on Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia that killed some six million people who go unmentioned on the monument, and by the Lee, Jackson, and generic Confederate soldier statues. The possibility of seeing people and movements and causes I actually care about memorialized in public space is exhilarating and not previously hoped for.

Missing from Charlottesville's public spaces now is pretty much the entire rest of its history. Needed are educational signs, memorials, and art works that tell a million missing stories. I don't think a year should go by in which the city does not introduce a new public creation downtown as well as one in a particular neighborhood. Great public art would improve the community and even perhaps its tourism. The ideas percolating in the commission's meetings are numerous and wonderful. Participants have produced lists of hundreds of ideas.

I'd love to see the story of Native American life here pre-Charlottesville recognized, and some mention somewhere perhaps of who Charlottesville's namesake Queen Charlotte was and what role her African ancestry may have played in her absence heretofore. I think there is a place for the stories of injustice: slavery, segregation, eugenics, war, and the misguided destruction of neighborhoods. But I think we also need the stories of struggle, the civil rights work, the women's rights movement, environmentalism, worker's rights, integration, education, arts, sports, and peace as a counterpoint to all the glorifying of war.

There are countless individuals to be remembered and taught about. A memorial to Julian Bond who taught for years at the University of Virginia is a popular idea that I support -- his work for both civil rights and peace should be recognized. And as long as we're going to have a tree named for Banastre Tarleton who led efforts in Parliament to keep the slave trade going, we should have Virginia's first monument to Olaudah Equiano who was probably once a slave in Virginia and whose work in England was critical to ending the slave trade and slavery in the British empire. I also think many public markings of past events need not focus on a single individual.

There is a contingent in Charlottesville for removing Confederate war monuments, and a contingent for keeping them. There appears to be consensus around adding at least a few of the many things that are missing. Personally I've been proposing and organizing support for a peace memorial and a memorial to Charlottesville's sister cities. The two could be combined in a peace pole bearing the words "May peace prevail on earth" on each side in the languages of each sister city, as well as English and other languages most spoken in Charlottesville. Charlottesville's city council has repeatedly taken stands for peace, but nothing in public space makes note of that.

I also think Charlottesville's public space could be improved if instead of its next purchase of dozens of U.S. flags it invests in a Charlottesville flag of a design that the public supports.

The public meetings of the commission thus far have taught me things about segregation in Charlottesville that I did not know. I hope this process can somehow be continued indefinitely. But a crucial question is what the commission will end up proposing to the city council next month, and what the city council will do with that proposal.

My recommendation is that the public nature of the brainstorming process be continued and expanded in the decision-making process, that the commission create a proposal with the idea that it will receive strong support in a public referendum, and that it in fact go to a public referendum.

Whether the city council or the public decides, however, a major question will be funding. If the question goes to the public, I think the public ought to be given the option of, say, creating 50 new memorials and opting out of one new highway interchange in order to cover the cost. The public ought not to be presented with a costly proposal and no say over the rest of a budget that I suspect in great measure lacks public support.

Of course if unwanted monuments are removed, one option would be to sell them to the highest bidder willing to remove them from public space and to display them in a private space accessible in some manner to the public. A museum of Confederate statues to which one can buy a ticket would be a far different public statement from Confederate statues dominating downtown parks.

It's tempting to look for private funding for new public creations, rather than foregoing an intersection or taxing the wealthiest residents, but such funding will inevitably corrupt the decision making process, and that's where the giant old racist soldiers on horses came from in the first place.

Peace Pole Idea in the News

posted Aug 11, 2016, 6:42 AM by David Swanson   [ updated Aug 11, 2016, 6:45 AM ]

Story on Channel 19 today:
http://www.newsplex.com/content/news/A-peace-poll-petition-will-be-presented-to-the-Blue-Ribbon-Commission-389842602.html

John Clem of Pax Christi will present petition to Blue Ribbon Commission on Race, Memorials, and Public Spaces tonight.
August 11, 6-8 pm City Hall - Basement Conference Room

Want to share your thoughts with this commission? You can send an email to: RMSfeedback@charlottesville.org or call, 434-970-3101.

Now endorsed by RootsAction.org, WorldBeyondWar.org, Pax Christi Charlottesville, Amnesty International Charlottesville, and Charlottesville Center for Peace and Justice.

Now signed by 168 people. http://bit.ly/cvillepeacepole

On Channel 29: http://www.nbc29.com/story/32583130/charlottesville-man-starts-petition-for-peace-pole-monument

Put a Peace Pole in Charlottesville!

Put a Peace Pole in Cville

posted Aug 8, 2016, 8:06 PM by David Swanson

https://d8s293fyljwh4.cloudfront.net/petitions/images/162620/hero/cvillepeacepole.png?1466442853
http://bit.ly/cvillepeacepole

This project is endorsed by RootsAction.org, WorldBeyondWar.org, Pax Christi Charlottesville, Amnesty International Charlottesville, and Charlottesville Center for Peace and Justice.

On the news again: http://www.nbc29.com/story/32583130/charlottesville-man-starts-petition-for-peace-pole-monument

Please attend the next meeting of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Race, Memorials, and Public Spaces, August 11, 6-8 p.m., City Hall Basement Conference Room.

Write or phone the Blue Ribbon Commission directly with your own thoughts on why there should be a memorial to peace in Charlottesville.
Email RMSfeedback@charlottesville.org
Phone 434-970-3101.






August Peace Calendar

posted Aug 1, 2016, 2:41 PM by Evan Knappenberger

Upcoming Peace & Justice Events:


This Saturday, August 6th: Hiroshima Nagasaki day is upon us.  Join CCPJ on the downtown mall from 10-2 to vigil and educate about nuclear proliferation and the ever-present danger of nuclear war.  For more info, contact Virginia.

Later on Saturday, August 6th, help Wild Virginia table at the Pavillion concert, 530-10pm.  Joe Walsh will be playing and Wild Virginia will be raising money by working the soda station. More info, click here.

Sunday, August 7th: CCPJ Monthly Meeting, Friends Meetinghouse, 1104 Forest street, 400pm.

Monday, August 8th, 7pm, will be the next meeting of Pax Christi at Church of the Incarnation.  For more info, email John Clem.

Wednesday, August 10th at 5pm there will be a showing and discussion of the 1997 film Rosewoodabout lynching and other issues facing the black community.  Discussion seems promising, free, at the Jefferson Madison Regional Library, Downtown.

August 12th-14th, Pax Christi will be hosting a national conference in Lithicum Maryland.  For more info, click here.

The weekend of August 13th will be a convention for a new minimum wage in Richmond.  The Washington Post expects thousands to turn out.  For more info, click here.

Help Wild Virginia table at the Lock Music Festival,August 28th, get to hear good music for cheap and for a good cause.  For more info, click here.

Friday, September 9th, 3pm at Starr Hill Brewery will be an environmental impact tour hosted by the anti-pipeline coalition.  For more information, click here.

Richmond Peace Festival, starting 11am on Saturday, September 10th.  Music, childrens' events, speakers and more!  For more info on this family-friendly event,contact Danielle Lilly here.

No Pipeline Benefit Concert with the Will Overman Band, Friday, September 16th, 7pm.  For more info,click here.

September 23rd-26th: CCPJ is co-sponsoring a conference with World Without War in DC, with a plethora of great workshops and speakers lined up.  This is looking like a great event.  To learn more, click here.

The weekend of October 15th and 16th, local trauma psychology specialist Chris Walker is hosting a workshop on Peace with the latest developments in attachment theory. For more info, click here.

Weekly Actions and Help Wanted


Casa Alma (Catholic Worker) is hosting a weekly prayer session, every Wed. morning, 730am, at 911 Nassau Street.  For more info, contact Laura.

No Pipeline protest at Dominion Energy office, Hydraulic road across from Whole Foods, every1st
 and 3rd Weds. from 1130-1230.  Contact Kirk for more info.

Thursday Peace Witness in front of the Federal Courthouse at Main and Ridge streets, Thursday, from 5-6pm.  Bring signs and voices!  For more info, contact Tony.

CCPJ board member Richard Lord is looking for help in advancing our Peace Education and Counter-Recruiting programs.  All help appreciated!  ContactRichard or Evan.

Living for Peace

posted Jul 28, 2016, 1:52 PM by Evan Knappenberger


David Swanson with Coy Barefoot on Making Sense of Past 8 Years

posted Jul 17, 2016, 5:06 PM by David Swanson

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