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Free Screening of The Ghosts of Jeju

posted Nov 25, 2013, 11:47 AM by David Swanson   [ updated Jan 8, 2014, 10:25 AM by Evan Knappenberger ]

Free public screening of The Ghosts of Jeju by Regis Tremblay with Regis Tremblay in town to discuss his film.

Sunday, December 8, 2013, at 7 p.m.

At the Friends Meeting at 1104 Forest Street, Charlottesville, Va.

The Ghosts of Jeju is a shocking documentary about the struggle of the people of Jeju Island, S. Korea. Set in the context of the American presence in Korea after World War II, the film reveals horrible atrocities at the hands of the U.S. Military Government of Korea.

Using previously secret and classified photos, film, and documents, this is the first English-language documentary about the struggle of the brave people of Gangjeong Village who are opposing the military advance of the United States, just as their parents and relatives did in 1947. As then, they are being arrested, jailed, fined, and hospitalized for resisting the construction of a massive naval base that will accommodate America’s “pivot to Asia,” and will destroy their 400 year old village and their UNESCO protected environment.

And yet, the indomitable spirit of the villagers and their supporters, who have not lost hope in spite of overwhelming odds, will inspire and motivate everyone who believes there is a better way to live together on this planet.

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Read a review here.

Visit the film's website here.

Free Screening of Unmanned: America's Drone Wars

posted Oct 30, 2013, 1:05 PM by David Swanson   [ updated Jan 8, 2014, 10:25 AM by Evan Knappenberger ]

Free Screening of Brand-New Film: Unmanned: America's Drone Wars

This powerful portrait of U.S. drone wars, featuring former pilots, survivors, victims, journalists, lawyers, and activists, was the basis for the first testimony by drone strike survivors in Congress, which happened this week.  The film has just been released, following the hearing.  An open discussion will follow the screening.
WHEN: 7 p.m. Tuesday, November 5th
WHERE: Charlottesville Friends Meeting, 1104 Forest Street, Charlottesville Va 22903
Remember, remember the Fifth of November!

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Women & War & more

posted Oct 17, 2013, 8:47 AM by Evan Knappenberger   [ updated Jan 8, 2014, 10:27 AM ]

TONIGHT (Thr. 17 Oct) -- "The Law in These Parts" film @ UVA

"The Law In These Parts" explores how Israel created a legal framework for occupation through testimonies of the military legal professionals who were the architects of the system and helped run it in its formative years.  Nau Hall 101, 7pm.

A discussion with the director, Ranaan Alexandrowicz, will follow the screening of the film.  The event is sponsored by the UVA Jewish Studies Program, the History Department, and MESALC.

"Women & War" Friday, October 18th at Charlottesville High School:  Jack Hilton Cunningham’s One-Act play, "Women and War" is a transformative and challenging drama that retells the history of American interventionism through monologues and letters.  The show will be held in CHS' black box theater at 7:00 PM this Friday. The show running time is under 45 minutes: concessions will be provided for purchase.
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Tickets can also be reserved by emailing the box office @ or at this link.
Patrons are advised to arrive no later than 6:30 to be guaranteed a seat.  Tickets are $5.00

Veterans' Career Development Weekly Workshop

Join career development counselor Doug Owens for a weekly workshop focused on helping veterans with job and career questions.  This workshop is independent from VA or Workforce services, so it will bring fresh perspective to the issue of veteran employment!

Every Thursday, starting 10/24 at 6pm.

October Update

posted Sep 29, 2013, 10:23 AM by Evan Knappenberger   [ updated Oct 18, 2013, 7:50 AM ]

  • Carnival De Resistance will be in Charlottesville from Sept 26 to Oct 6!  The Carnival de Resistance is a travelling arts carnival, a village demonstration project, and a movement toward cultural transformation, focused on the intersections of environmental justice, art and spirituality. All Carnival productions happen on the lot beside Sojourners United Church of Christ (1017 Elliot Ave).  All are welcome! It’s FREE. Check out the website for more information:!

  • Next CCPJ meeting is at 4:30pm, Sunday, Oct. 6th at Cville Friends Meeting House.  We will be planning lots of new projects!

  • Veterans for Peace Ch. 171 will be meeting on Sunday, Oct. 13th at 5pm at Cville Coffee on McIntire road.  We will be planning more Peace Education programming, and talking about Vets for Peace news. Join us!

  • On Thursday, October 24th starting at 7pm, JMRL is presenting the film World Peace, and Other 4th Grade Achievements. Local educator and legend John Hunter is documented as he awakens young people to the possibilities of peace in the world.  Downtown library.

  • Monday October 7th is the monthly Amnesty International chapter meeting, 7:30pm, @ Cville Coffee.

  • CCPJ is once again looking to peaceably honor fallen soldiers and other victims of war the weekend of November 11th.  We would like volunteers to help with setting up and re-packing the "Eyes Wide Open" project.  Please let us know if you are interested.

Video: James Marriott presents his new book: The Oil Road

posted Sep 11, 2013, 1:47 PM by David Swanson   [ updated Sep 14, 2013, 12:35 PM by Evan Knappenberger ]

Tuesday, Sept. 10, Charlottesville, VA: In a unique journey from the oil fields of the Caspian to the refineries and financial centres of Northern Europe, Platform tracks the concealed routes along which the lifeblood of our economy is pumped. The stupendous wealth of Azerbaijani crude has long inspired dreams of a world remade. From the revolutionary Futurism of Baku in the 1920s to the unblinking Capitalism of modern London, the drive to control oil reserves -- and hence people and events -- has shattered environments and shaped societies. Sponsored by Charlottesville Center for Peace and Justice, Charlottesville Sierra Club,, and Charlottesville Amnesty International.

Local Gold Star Sister Wants Peace

posted Sep 11, 2013, 8:50 AM by Evan Knappenberger   [ updated Jan 8, 2014, 10:27 AM ]

Letter to the Editor By Kristina Nell Weaver, Gold Star Sister for Peace

Published in the Daily Progress, September 10th, 2013

Sept. 9 marked three years since my brother’s death in Afghanistan. He was killed by an improvised explosive device while leading his platoon as part of the surge President Obama ordered.

I was disappointed when Barack Obama ran on a war platform for his first campaign, yet I knocked on doors and voted for him. I voted for him again for his second term, although with a high degree of cynicism and despair.

I regret voting for him.

Who are we to “punish” anyone for the use of any weapons while we unleash drones, maintain kill lists, perpetrate wars with no end in sight, sit on nuclear arsenals?

Like any human being, I am emotionally devastated by merely bearing distant witness to the tragedies and atrocities in Syria. As a mother, I have no words.

Yet Obama’s plan has no convincing hope for any meaningful, positive change. He has not successfully made that case to his constituents, and the vast majority of Americans oppose military action. On this, there is true bipartisan unity.

My brother’s widow — a conservative Republican military spouse — is as opposed as I am.

Given that our nation spies on its own people and lies openly to us, the president’s strategies have lost all credibility.

I urge the president to show real leadership. He has an opportunity to build a legacy as a peacemaker, someone deserving of the Nobel Peace Prize he received.

Obama should call for an arms embargo. Facilitate a resumption of peace negotiations, without preconditions. Take the money we would have spent on military action and honor his commitments to provide aid for Syrian refugees. Invest in our veterans and in the futures of our troops. Work to build a democracy at home that is worthy of emulation.

Gandhi was right when he asked: “What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or in the holy name of liberty or democracy?”

Kristina Weaver

Albemarle County

CCPJ Resolution Regarding an Attack on Syria

posted Sep 9, 2013, 10:01 AM by David Swanson   [ updated Feb 4, 2014, 11:51 AM by Evan Knappenberger ]

The Charlottesville Center for Peace and Justice calls upon the President and Congress of the United States to reject military intervention of any kind, including missile strikes, as means of responding to the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian conflict.  Violent intervention will do much less to punish or deter the regime there than it will add in the short term to the bloodshed and escalate civil war in the long run.

We urge the President and Congress to call for the following actions:

Ø  Immediate multilateral cease-fire.

Ø  Unimpeded provision of humanitarian assistance to those in need.

Ø   Immediate and comprehensive embargo on supply of arms to all parties.

Ø  Engagement of regional social and religious leaders to denounce violence and seek a political solution.

Ø  Full support for United Nations/Arab League envoys, and rapid convening of a Geneva II conference. For those conferences to be meaningful, they must include Iran in the search for a political settlement.

Ø  Mobilization of international agencies to examine what evidence the US possesses for the Assad regime’s use of poison gas, and legal action upon such findings.

Ø  A transition in Syria that builds on existing institutions there, rather than replacing them.

We abhor violence and therefore urge the President and Congress to take only actions that diminish the violence in Syria and the region and not to take actions which increase that violence. Reorienting U.S. foreign policy away from war and toward shared security is a long-term proposition, but we have a clear opportunity to make a difference today.  

The Board of Charlottesville Center for Peace and Justice

Monday, Sept. 9 Vigil to oppose strikes on Syria

posted Sep 9, 2013, 6:55 AM by CCPJ News   [ updated Sep 14, 2013, 12:33 PM by Evan Knappenberger ]

7pm   Near the steps of the Rotunda on the Lawn of the Univ. of Virginia
Come out and publicly declare your opposition to the proposed U.S. military strike in Syria. We are gathering together to share our views. There are strong legal, political, national security, and international affairs reasons not to engage in this abhorrent action. This is in spite of the fact that what is going on in Syria is terrible and the use of chemical weapons is despicable. A military action is simply not the right response.

Feel free to bring candles or other emotive objects and posters to help bring attention to our gathering.

For more info contact the host: Melissa <>

Sept. 25: New Opportunities to go Solar.

posted Sep 9, 2013, 6:48 AM by CCPJ News   [ updated Oct 18, 2013, 7:50 AM by Evan Knappenberger ]

 7:30-9pm at Piedmont Virginia Community College Main Auditorium, Room 229 Central Virginia is hosting an educational workshop to help the Charlottesville community learn about new opportunities to go solar.  In the last General Assembly session, lawmakers passed a new law (SB 1023) to allow Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) within Dominion VA Power’s service territory.  PPAs allow customers  to enjoy the benefits of renewable energy without the enormous upfront costs.  The law is designed especially for congregations, local governments, schools, universities, and non-profits.  Come learn from experts about this new opportunity to go solar (or wind) and help solve the climate crisis!  More info at

Sept. 19: Peacemaker David Niyonzima to speak

posted Sep 9, 2013, 6:46 AM by CCPJ News   [ updated Oct 18, 2013, 7:50 AM by Evan Knappenberger ]

7:30pm, at Tandem Friends School

David Niyonzima is a Quaker minister who survived a massacre in 1993 in Burundi that was directed at him and a group of his Quaker students. This began his incredible journey of advocating and working with forgiveness and reconciliation.  In recent years in his Trauma Healing work, he has promoted healing and rehabilitation for traumatized people---victims of torture, sexual violence, and ex-combatants.

For more info contact Lou:

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