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
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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
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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.
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.
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, WarIsACrime.org, and Charlottesville Amnesty International.
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?”
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
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.
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7:30-9pm at Piedmont Virginia Community College Main Auditorium, Room 229
350.org 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 http://350centralvirginia.org.
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.
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