Weekly Calendar

January 15, 2019
Monterey County
The Peace Calendar is brought to you each week by
The Peace Coalition of Monterey County

Quote of the Week: 
For the wall’s $5.7 billion, every child in America could have access to Universal Pre-K… Education is an investment in society that yields returns. Walls are waste.
- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez



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Wednesday, January 16, 10:00 – 11:30 am, Friends of Homeless Women.  Agenda:  Tiny House initiative in our communitywith Reyes Bonilla, exec. Dir., community Homeless Solutions and Eric Johnsen, Vice- pres. Board of Directors. presenting an overview of our new Transitional and Permanent Housing initiatives.  St. Mary’s by the Sea Episcopal Church,146 12thStreet at Central Avenue.

Wednesday, January 16, 5:00 – 7:00 pm, TOWN HALL MEETING: Update on Homeless Emergency Aid program & Potential Locations for Homeless Shelter, co-hosted by Monterey County Supervisors Jane Parkerand Mary Adamsand Community Foundation for Monterey County. In the Community Meeting Room of theCommunity Foundationof Monterey County 2354 Garden Road, Monterey.  Questions: 883-7570

Saturday, January 19, 10:00 am 
WOMEN’S MARCH MONTEREY BAY, Gathering at Colton Hallon Pacific Street in Monterey for a Pre-Rally.  Our theme this year is TRUTH TO POWER, celebrating the gains women have made in 2018 and those we will make in 2019.  We will march from Colton Hall through downtown Monterey to Custom House Plaza. March begins at 11 am.  Marchers should reach CHP 11:20 - 11:30.  We would love your group to join the March.  Banners are welcome to identify your marching group. There will be tabling by groups who have signed a vendor agreement with Women’s March.

Sunday, January 20, 5-7pm, Dances of Universal Peace: a joyful, multi-cultural way to experience our spiritual essence, to connect with each other heart to heart, and to bring peace into our lives and into our world.  Participants sing or chant sacred phrases from many of the world’s faith traditions while doing simple circle dance movements.  Since every dance is taught to the whole circle, no experience is necessary.  This invitation is extended by the Santa Cruz Sufi Community & the UUCMP  Life Enrichment Committee.  At the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Monterey Peninsula, 490 Aguajito  Road, Carmel.  Questions?  Call the UU church office at 624-7404.

 to see you there.

Monday, January 21, Celebrate MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR DAY, 11:00 am, Assemble at the Dept. of Social Servicesparking lot, 1281 Broadway at Noche Buena in Seaside.  12:00 pm,  You may join Peace Coalition or Monterey Peace and Justice Center orSustainable Seasidein the march.  Look for green signs and Sustainable Seaside’s banner. March begins promptly at noon down Obama Way (Broadway) and south on Fremont Blvd.  1:00pm, March ends at Oldemeyer Center, 986 Hilby Avenue, Seaside and program of guest speakers begins.  This is the only Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration on the Peninsula.  For more info:  Alice Jordan or Karyn Johnson at 905-7721.  Jointly sponsored by the Pan-Hellenic council and the City of Seaside.
Thursday, January 24, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm, Democratic Women of Monterey County (DWMC) Luncheon presenting  Wither Goest the California Democratic Partywith three powerful and inspirational women:  Hilary Crosby, Delaine Eastin, and Kimberly Ellissharing their perspectives.  Hilton Garden Inn, Presidio Room, 1000 Aguajito Road, Monterey.  $35 for DWMC members, $45 for non-members.  The public is welcome to attend.
Contact 831-200-DWMC or 200-3962.  Reservations available at  dw-mc.org   Reservations must be received by Tuesday, January 22.

Friday, February 8, 6:00 pm,. The Re-conquest of the Western Hemisphere sponsored by the Jan Knippers Black Fund for Human RightsProtection.  FREE of Charge.  Featured speakers are Jessica Morris, Lawyer and Professor of International Law and Human Rights at the University of Miami Law School, PhD candidate in Human Rights at the University of Coimbra in Portugal, Board Member of Amnesty International for 6 years, serving still on AIUSA Advisory Council, and recently Director of Conectas, Brazil’s largest Human Rights organization. Also speaking will be Rev. Fred Morris,a Methodist Minister imprisoned under the Brazilian Dictatorship in 1964 and more recently honored by the popular government of “Lula.” Refreshments to follow. Irvine Auditorium, (corner of Pierce and Jefferson) Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.  Contact: Prof. Jan Black, Middlebury Institute, 831-647-4180.

Saturday, February 9, 6:00 – 8:00 pm: The UNITED NATIONS ASSOCIATION, MONTEREY BAY CHAPTER ANNUAL MEETING & INTERNATIONAL POTLUCK DINNERWith Keynote Speaker, Updates, and brief business (really)! 
Unitarian Universalist Church of the Monterey Peninsula
, 490 Aguajito Rd., Monterey.  Speaker Topic: 
The Refugee Story: Separating Fact from Fiction
Navigating the world of information and misinformation about refugees: who are they, what dangers do they face, what dangers might they pose, how can we help? Focus on Syria & Central America.Our featured speaker Andrew Purvis,who is from Montreal, served as bureau chief and foreign correspondent for TIME Magazine in Africa, the Balkans and Eastern Europe and more recently as a media specialist with the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in Beirut.
This is a free event. All are welcome! Join us for socializing -please bring an international dish to share, for 6-8 people, by 5:45. The potluck will start at 6 pm
It would help us to know how many are coming – please RSVP by Thursday Feb. 7th. Email unamontereybay@gmail.com; or leave message at 831-275-0781. Or just come and join us. We hope to see you there.

Presenting WorldViews Speaker Series. Spring 2019
Middlebury Institute faculty will discuss how our identities shape global politics and conflicts. Each of the three lectures (February 13, March 13, and April 10) will be followed by a reception sponsored by Scheid Vineyards. Stay tuned for more details.



Marjorie Cohn  TruthOut







A few days ago the U.S. House of Representatives voted 411-1 for a bill that would force President Trump to nominate an anti-Semitism envoy, a position that has been vacant since he took office. The definition of anti-Semitism the position uses includes certain criticisms of Israel. Read more

Also, Senate Republicans will continue todayto attempt to push through S.1, the bill that would give Israel billionsn of dollars and impede BDS. To learn more and take action go here.

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Reject Interference and Threats Against the Re-elected Government of Venezuela!
Socorro Gomes, President of the World Peace Council.     January 8, 2019
     The democratic and progressive forces follow and denounce the endless sequence of statements, sanctions and other offensive measures against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. This time, in line with the imperialist agenda dictated by the United States for Latin America and the Caribbean, with the exception of Mexico under a new government, the countries that make up the Lima Group have again charged against Venezuela and, consequently, against its people, its sovereignty and democracy, declaring that they will not recognize the legitimacy of the government of the reelected President Nicolás Maduro, to be inaugurated on January 10.
    In its contempt for the democratic and legitimate electoral process, as recognized by international observers, the Lima Group, in its statement of January 4, dared to demand the President re-elected by the Venezuelan people not to begin his new term. Such arrogance is unacceptable, especially in a region that has long suffered from the direct foreign interference commanded by the USA, where people have always had to fight hard for democracy.
     Regime change operations, in various forms, are nothing more than coups d’état that trample over the citizens’ civil and political rights and the nations’ sovereignty, preventing regional stability and relations of respect, cooperation and friendship that will consolidate a just and sovereign peace. Even more outrageous is that they are promoted precisely under the pretext of protecting democracy. The Bolivarian government has a history of popular consultation practices that confirm its legitimacy and are unprecedented in those countries whose governments pretend to be the police of democracy in the continent – starting with the governments of Colombia, Peru and Brazil after the 2016 coup d’état.
     The World Peace Council has reiterated its solidarity with the Venezuelan people in confronting foreign interference conducted whether through the Lima Group or the Organization of American States, but always coordinated by the bosses of the reactionary and putschist forces, the United States. The defense of Venezuela’s sovereignty is essential to ensuring peace on the continent and strengthening the bonds of respect and friendship among its peoples.
We join all peace-loving and freedom-loving forces in the irreducible support for the Venezuelan people’s struggle for their democracy and for overcoming sovereignly the serious political and economic crisis, which is inflated through a heavy media, economic and political war, causing instability, seeking to instigate polarization in the country. We are certain that the resistant Venezuelan people will overcome this threat, but we remain vigilant, mobilized in denunciation and in solidarity with their struggle!
     No to the interference of the Lima Group!
     In defense of Peace among the Latin American and Caribbean nations!


The Peace Coalition of Monterey Countyis a coalition of 15 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 Sidney Ramsden Scott or Deborah Warcken, co-chairs 
dwarcken@comcast.netor sramsdenscott@hotmail.com.
 PCMC’s Peace Calendar evolved in the early 2000’s to facilitate networking among Peace Coalition organizations. This Peace Calendar is designed to be a part of that networking.   
The Peace Calendar may to be viewed at the Monterey Peace and Justice Center website  (peace central) or the Peace Coalition website (peace Monterey).

ABOUT the Monterey Peace & Justice Center (MPJC):
MPJC welcomes its new Volunteer Coordinator:
Lindsay Wendland
Get in touch with her if you are interested in the various opportunities for volunteers at the Center.  Or you can leave a message about volunteering at 
899-7322 ormontereypeaceandjustice@gmail.com

THANKS to the continuing generosity of caring people in Monterey County,MPJC is able to provide a venue for programs put on by many community groups.If you wish to support MPJC’s education and advocacy, mail a check to MPJC, PO Box 1823, Seaside, CA 93955.  Or go to our website 
https://peacecentral.wordpress.comand donate through PayPal.  All donations are tax-deductible.  MPJC is a 501(c)3 organization, a public benefit corporation.

 MPJC began 
in 2004 as a venue to support the activities of Peace Coalition organizations and as a networking center and resource center for those groups and others who were working for similar purposes.  
The missionof 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 ideas so as to stir up conversation and thought about the issues.  The MPJC board does not necessarily endorse the views of every speaker or film.  We expect the programs to stimulate participants to consider the issues and become engaged as citizens in visualizing the world they want and working and advocating for it.
Website is at peace central.   

Come in during MPJC’s open hours (1-5:30 Wed. & Sat.) to scan the bulletin board for the latest events, enjoy the art exhibit, browse the library, have a cup of tea while you read the latest periodicals or view some interesting DVD or just chat with friends. 
You are welcome to check out books and DVDs from the library. (Hebard often leaves DVDs of the programs he has recorded for our library, and so you can catch up on programs you missed!  A student from CSUMB has recently catalogued the DVD’s.) Leave a message about interest in volunteering at 899-7322 or montereypeaceandjustice@gmail.com

:  What programs would you like?  Please contact Judy Karas  jkaras@sonic.netor Catherine Crockett cm_crockett@sbcglobal.netor Joyce Vandevere jvandevere@comcast.netor leave your message at 899-7322 or montereypeaceandjustice@gmail.com.   MPJCworks with individuals and groups to produce programs addressing issues of peace, nonviolence, democracy, social justice, or environmental sustainability. Give us your thoughts!  If your organization is planning programs that fit within MPJC’s mission, consider using MPJC as a venue for your event.

MPJC ART GALLERY: The gallery has space for artists and photographers to highlight their work.  The themes which represent the mission of the Center are: Peace, Nonviolence, Social Justice, Democracy, and Environmental Sustainability.  You may leave messages at 
889-7322 or montereypeaceandjustice@gmail.com

Telephone for MPJC is 831-899-PEACE or 831-899-7322.
The Peace Calendar is prepared by Joyce Vandevere for the Peace Coalition of Monterey County. Please send information about peace, nonviolence, social-justice, democracy or sustainability-related events in Monterey County to 
jvandevere@comcast.net BY 5:00 pm TUESDAY TO BE INCLUDED IN THE WEEK’S EMAIL.

Questions about the Peace Coalition of Monterey County should go to the co-chairs, Sidney Ramsden Scott <sramsdenscott@hotmail.com  and Deborah Warcken dwarcken@comcast.net.
Questions about Monterey Peace and Justice Center should go to 899-7322 or montereypeaceandjustice@gmail.com.  For more information about events listed, contact the sponsoring organization.  

The events and actions listed here are not necessarily endorsed by the Peace Coalition nor any of the Coalition organizations other than the sponsor of the listed item. The listings are provided as a community service. PCMC cannot guarantee the accuracy of listed items.

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