Weekly PEACE Calendar

May 18, 2022

Monterey County

In Memoriam

Juan Martínez, August 22, 1953 – May 10, 2022

"Recalling a one-of-a-kind Chicano activist,” a tribute by Bill Monning featured in Voices of Monterey Bay. Funeral services are scheduled for 10 am June 1, 10 am at St. Theodore’s Catholic Church, 116. S. Beldon St., Gonzales, CA.

Quote of the Week: “On the map they mention the Danes, the Italian-Swiss and the like, but what about the Mexicans, Filipinos, the Chinese, the Japanese? Where are the blacks in our local history? We had people coming to Salinas from Soledad, Gonzales, and Castroville just to protest this map. Finally, instead of adding Mexicans to the map, people who made Monterey County what it is, the Chamber revised the map and just didn't include any nationalities at all.” ~ Juan Martinez, from “Voices of Change” (2016), commenting on a 1974 Salinas Chamber of Commerce tourist map.

All events are Pacific Time. New items are in blue.

Today! Wednesday, May 18, 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm, in person, Letter Writing to voters in Texas and Arizona for Vote Forward. A letter writing session is planned by WILPF at the Peace and Justice Center, 1364 Fremont Blvd., Seaside. Vote Forward is a national organization that concentrates on getting out the vote in low voter turn-out areas across the country. Statistics show an increase in voting in areas where personal, encouraging letters have been sent by volunteers. All materials will be provided. Please bring your own blue pen.

Wednesday, May 18, 7 pm - 8:30 pm, virtual event, CommUNITY Conversations: "Ask an Able-Bodied Person". Free workshop aimed at bridging the divide between able-bodied people and people with disabilities. Register HERE. For more info, contact Victoria Mills, NCBI Monterey County, (951) 667-0375 or email vmillsncbimc@gmail.com.

Monday, May 23, 11 am, virtual event, Where is the War in Ukraine Going and What Should be the Response of the Peace Movement? Sponsored by UNAC. Speakers: Scott Ritter – Former UN Weapons Inspector; Ajamu Baraka – Black Alliance for Peace; Sara Flounders – International Action Center; Alan Freeman – International Manifesto Group; Moderator – Joe Lombardo, UNAC Coordinator. Register for the Zoom link HERE.

Thursday, May 26, 5 pm – 6 pm, virtual event, Noam Chomsky: Ukraine and Beyond, sponsored by Massachusetts Peace Action. Chomsky raises a fundamental question: whether the gap between our technical capacity to destroy and the human moral capacity to control that technical capacity can be bridged. Register for the free Zoom event HERE. More info.

Monday, June 6, 4 pm, virtual event on Facebook, Peace & Justice Conversations: Israel & de facto Annexation. In Spring 2021, media attention to Israel and Palestine caught people's attention. While coverage has dropped off, the conflict continues. Join New Hampshire Peace Action to learn more and find ways to support a just peace in the region. Leading Israeli Human Rights Lawyer Michael Sfard breaks down the Israeli government’s decades-long project to settle Palestinian land on the West Bank, entrench permanent Israeli control and prevent Palestinian self-determination and statehood. A 20-minute video will be screened, followed by discussion led by Scott Dickman, an advocate for social justice who lived in Israel for several years during the 1970’s and returned with the Compassionate Listening Project in 2016. He is also a member of NH Friends of Combatants for Peace and J Street - organizations committed to reconciliation and bridging differences peacefully. View the event HERE. No charge. Donations appreciated.

July 8-10, #NoWar2022: Resistance & Regeneration, a virtual global conference to facilitate international solidarity by bringing together speakers and attendees from around the world. Sponsored by World Beyond War, Peace Action Network of Lancaster, and Rehumanize International. Register, find the schedule and more HERE.

Friday, June 10, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm, in-person and virtual event, Monthly Meeting of Veterans For Peace, Monterey Chapter 46. Live streamed on Zoom. Members and supporters who are vaccinated are invited to attend the in-person meeting at the Monterey Peace and Justice Center, 1364 Fremont Blvd., in Seaside, CA. Optionally join via Zoom HERE. VFP Chapter 46 meets the second Friday of each month at 3:00 pm PT at the Monterey Peace and Justice Center in Seaside. VFP is open to all veterans and supporters. For more info, visit vfp46.com or email Chapter President Michael Dempsey at mikedevfp46@gmail.com.

Saturday, June 18, 12 pm – 6 pm, in-person event, Salinas Juneteenth Celebration at Hartnell Community College, 411 Central Ave., Salinas, CA. Music, vendors, food, giveaways, and fun.

Saturday, July 23, 11 am – 1:30 pm, in person event, 2022 Monterey Peninsula Pride Parade and Celebration sponsored by Monterey Peninsula Pride to celebrate the local LGBTQIA+ community. The parade down Alvarado Street in Monterey starts at 11:00 am. Afterward, celebrate with speakers, entertainment, and tabling organizations at Custom House Plaza, starting at 12:30 pm. Contact Christine Miller to inquire about tabling and participating. (408) 597-5605 or christine.miller@peninsulapride.org.


Article: The Buffalo shooting should make the GOP change its ‘Great Replacement Theory’ rhetoric, by Ben Jealous, President, People For the American Way.


Article: PayPal’s IndyMedia Wipeout by Matt Taibbi, May 3, 2022, for Scheerpost.com.


Action: Stop pregnancy criminalization in California. Send an email to your Assemblymember – Vote YES on AB 2223. Sponsored by the ACLU.


Videos: 2022 June Candidate Forums - Get To Know Your Candidates. View recent candidate forums hosted by the League of Women Voters of Monterey County.

Monterey County Sheriff Candidate Forum (April 30th), Participating candidates: Jeffrey James Hoyne, Joe Moses, Tina M. Nieto, and Justin E. Patterson. View it at https://vimeo.com/699232956

State Assembly District 30 Candidate Forum ( May 4, 2022). Participating Candidates: Dawn Addis, Zoë G. Carter, John R. Drake, Vicki Nohrden (proxy), and Jon Wizard. View it at https://vimeo.com/699234563

Monterey County District 2 Supervisor Candidate Forum (May 7, 2022). Participating Candidates: Glenn Church, Kimbley Craig, Regina M. Gage, Grant Leonard, Adriana Melgoza Ramirez, and Steve Snodgrass. View it at https://vimeo.com/699235460


Action: Visit FCNL’s Action Center for a list of action alerts and pre-formatted/editable letters to members of Congress. Hosted by Friends Committee On National Legislation Action Center.


Monterey County Black Folks Calendar. Find the latest issue on the WRE website HERE. The Calendar was created to connect the Black Community of CSU Monterey Bay with the local Black Communities of the Greater Monterey Bay Area. Submit events for possible inclusion to Steven Goings, AfricanQuazar@gmail.com.


Whites for Racial Equity News. Find an online version of the e-Blast and learn more about WRE HERE.


IndyBay Event Calendar. Independent open-publishing newswire serving California. Find articles and a calendar of local events HERE.


The Monterey County Branch of Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) welcomes your membership in an international women’s peace organization that has advocated for peace for more than a century. Learn more about WILPF HERE. Download a copy of the WILPF membership application HERE.


The Peace Coalition of Monterey County (PCMC) is a coalition of eight Monterey County organizations working for nonviolent solutions to world conflicts since 1991. If world peace is one of the concerns of your organization, you may want to join the Coalition. Contact Co-chair, Sidney Ramsden Scott at sramsdenscott@hotmail.com

The Weekly Peace Calendar is a project of PCMC. The calendar evolved in the early 2000’s to facilitate networking among Peace Coalition organizations. The Peace Calendar may be viewed on the Monterey Peace and Justice Center website peacecentral.wordpress.org or the Peace Coalition website: peacemonterey.org

Please send information about peace, nonviolence, social-justice, democracy and environmental sustainability-related events in Monterey County to Catherine at cm_crockett@sbcglobal.net.

The Weekly Peace Calendar is dedicated to the memory of Joyce Vandevere, who compiled and published this calendar for many years. Joyce died at the age of 94 on February 17, 2021. She is remembered for her lifelong peace and justice activism. She co-founded the local chapter of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom and the Monterey Peace and Justice Center, and was an active leader in both organizations until her passing. A tribute written by Marielle Argueza for the Monterey County Weekly can be found HERE. Visit the Peace Center in Seaside Wednesday afternoons between 1 pm and 5:30 pm to view the memorial quilt created to honor Joyce’s memory.

Direct your questions about the Peace Coalition of Monterey County to Chair, Sidney Ramsden Scott, sramsdenscott@hotmail.com.


The Peace and Justice Center at 1364 Fremont Boulevard has reopened! Volunteers will staff the Center Wednesdays, 1 pm to 5:30 pm. Wi-fi has been restored and regular cleaning services have been arranged to ensure the health and safety of guests. Contact Catherine Crockett at (831) 899-7322 to arrange venue scheduling and for any questions or concerns about using the Center.

Volunteer Opportunities: To learn about tasks for the Center, leave a message about volunteering at 899-7322 or email montereypeaceandjustice@gmail.com.

History: MPJC began in 2004 as a venue to support the activities of Monterey Peace Coalition organizations and as a networking center and resource center for those groups and others who were working for similar purposes. It moved to its present Seaside location in 2008.

The mission of the Monterey Peace and Justice Center is to inspire and mobilize the people of Monterey County to cultivate peace, social justice, nonviolence, democracy, and environmental sustainability in our community and the world through education and advocacy. MPJC presents a wide spectrum of topics to stir up conversation about the issues. The MPJC board does not necessarily endorse the views of every speaker or film. Our aim is to stimulate civil discourse around the issues and encourage participants to become engaged as change makers for a just society.

Contact us by email: montereypeaceandjustice@gmail.com

Website: https://peacecentral.wordpress.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/montereypeaceandjusticecenter/

Donations: Thanks to the continuous generosity of caring people in Monterey County, MPJC is able (when gatherings are allowed) to provide a venue for a host of allied community groups. If you wish to support MPJC’s education and advocacy, you can do so by sending a check to MPJC at P.O. Box 1823, Seaside, CA 93955. Or you can donate securely by PayPal or credit card on MPJC’s website, PeaceCentral.org.

Program Planning for the Monterey Peace and Justice Center: What programs would you like to see? Please contact Judy Karas jkaras@sonic.net or Catherine Crockett at cm_crockett@sbcglobal.net. You can also leave your message at 831-915-7257 or email montereypeaceandjustice@gmail.com. MPJC works with individuals and groups to produce programs addressing issues of peace, nonviolence, democracy, social justice, and environmental sustainability. Give us your thoughts.

Direct your questions about the Monterey Peace and Justice Center to Catherine Crockett, 899-7322 or montereypeaceandjustice@gmail.com.

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