Weekly Calendar

PEACE CALENDAR
July 25, 2017
Monterey County

Quote of the Week:
Here, in this very first paragraph of the Declaration, is the assertion of the right of all to the ballot; for how can the ‘consent of the governed’ be given if the right to vote be denied?
            ...  Susan B. Anthony


SCHEDULED EVENTS:

NEWLY LISTED EVENTS-BLUE.  DISTANT EVENTS-GREEN. PREVIOUSLY LISTED LOCAL EVENTS BLACK.


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At the Monterey Peace and Justice Center Art Gallery:  SHE/HER, collected works by Tatiana Hart are on display through the month of.
SHE/HER works towards a statement on the presentation of women as objects defined first by their relationship to the men around them and later by personal identity and accomplishments. As the concept of femme representation evolves, so should the conversation.

Wednesday, July 26,
10:00 - 11:30 am, Friends of Homeless Women meeting.  Josh Metz, Economic Development Manager
FORA (Fort Ord Reuse Authority)
will give us current information
about the Fort Ord lands and what
the possibilities are
for women without shelter.
Meet at
St. Mary's Church, 146 12th Street, Pacific Grove
Please come
Kathy, Marian and Michael 
wildini@aol.com      PO Box 2352, Monterey, CA 93942

Wednesday, July 26, 6:30 – 8:00 pm.  English as a Second Language taught by a student from MIIS every Monday and Wednesday evening, 6:30 – 8:00, ending on August 23.  Monterey Peace and Justice Center, 1364 Fremont Blvd., Seaside.

Thursday, July 27 6:30 - 8:00 pm, Public Talk:  Four Noble Truths, Manjushri Dharma Center, 724 Forest Avenue, Pacific Grove.  Free event, all welcome.  Thursday, July 27th, 2017 marks the Tibetan holy day of Chokhor Duechen, honoring the day that the Buddha Shakyamuni first taught the Four Noble Truths.  We will celebrate with a public talk on the Four Noble Truths given by resident monk and teacher Khenpo Karten Rinpoche.  Please join us for this very special occasion! More information: http://manjushridharmacenter.org
or 831-901-3156 or
rachelmdc2016@gmail.com

Friday, July 28, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, So, what about FaceBook? Social Networking with Facebook, tutorial at the Monterey Peace and Justice Center, 1364 Fremont Blvd., Seaside.  Being the world's most popular Social Media Network, with 214 million users in the U.S. alone, there's more to FaceBook than just sharing cat pictures.  Whether you're old and tech-deficient or young and curious, come and discover WHAT YOU DON"T KNOW at this panel tutorial with social media pros Audra Walton, Catherine Crockett, Efrem Valentin and friends.  Learn how to set up an account, send and accept friend' requests, share articles and videos, comment on posts, upload pictures, videos and documents, live stream, and much more.  Sponsored by the Green Party of Monterey County.
Contact Info: Audra Walton 204-0809,
kaleolani.aw@gmail.com, facebook.com/walton.audra

Monday, July 31, 6:30 – 8:00 pm.  English as a Second Language taught by a student from MIIS every Monday and Wednesday evening, 6:30 – 8:00, ending the week of August 21.  Monterey Peace and Justice Center, 1364 Fremont Blvd., Seaside.

Tuesday, August 1, 4:00 – 9:00 pm, Take Action Tuesday, Presented by Indivisible Monterey Bay.  A chance to take action against the Trump Agenda – write letters, postcards and learn new techniques for taking action.  Center for Change, 1238 Fremont Blvd., Seaside.

Tuesday, August 1, 6:30 – 8:00 pm, Meeting of the 
Spanish-English Conversation Circle - MIIS student-led.  Weekly conversation circle, multi-level, with half the class conversing in English, and half the class in Spanish.  Led by an MIIS student as part of the Summer Intensive Language Program (SILP).  Walk-ins are welcome.  Last meeting.  Monterey Peace and Justice Center, 1364 Fremont Blvd., Seaside

Wednesday, August 2, 6:30 – 8:00 pm.  English as a Second Language taught by a student from MIIS every Monday and Wednesday evening, 6:30 – 8:00, ending the week of August 21.  Monterey Peace and Justice Center, 1364 Fremont Blvd., Seaside.

Thursday, August 3, 2:00 pm, Dmitri Trenin:  Russia’s Emerging Grand Strategy in Greater Eurasia, McCone Irvine Auditorium at MIIS, Pierce Street near Jefferson, Monterey.  Open to the Public.

Saturday, August 5, 10:30 am,
Occupy Monterey Peninsula: General Assembly.  In front of Monterey’s city hall, Few Memorial Hall, on Pacific Street near Colton Hall.  Occupy is now meeting only the first Saturday of the month. You are welcome to join the group. The General Assembly is a gathering of people from all walks of life who come together to discuss issues important to them and to make decisions that benefit everyone. All decisions on how to coordinate efforts are decided by the group. Group decisions versus individual decisions regarding the movement allow us to keep the movement leaderless and also allow a platform for everyone to speak.

Saturday, August 5, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, Indivisible Meeting.  Joint meeting of various Monterey County indivisible groups.  Center for Change, 1238 Fremont Blvd., Seaside.  Email Tyller for more info:  williamson3149@yahoo.com.

Saturday, August 5, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Thirteenth Annual Hiroshima-Nagasaki Remembrance Day Lovers Point Beach Cove, Ocean View Blvd., at 17th Street, Pacific Grove.
Peace Lantern Ceremony: This beautiful and moving tradition honors those who suffered the atomic bombings in 1945. The ceremony reaffirms our commitment to a nuclear-free world so that such a tragedy is never repeated.

Program: 
7:00 pm: Lantern making and performance by Monterey’s Taiko Drumming group, Shinsho-Mugen Daiko.

7:45 pm: Music, poetry, and messages of hope and peace.  Chris Hasegawa, Joyce Vandevere, and others will speak. 

8:15 pm: Launching of the peace lanterns.  Tai-Chi Master Jim Scott-Behrends will play meditative strains of flute

The Public is invited to this free event. 


For more information, contact Catherine at (831) 394-1915 or email
cm_crockett@sbcglobal.net
Sponsored by:  
Monterey Peace and Justice Center (MPJC)
Monterey Peninsula Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
Peace Coalition of Monterey County (PCMC)
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) Monterey County Branch

Monday, August 7, 2:00 pm, Georgy Arbatov Memorial Lecture Series: 
210 years of U.S.-Russian Relations, McCone Irvine Auditorium, MIIS, Pierce Street near Jefferson, Monterey.  Open to the public.

Monday, August 7, 6:30 – 8:00 pm.  English as a Second Language taught by a student from MIIS every Monday and Wednesday evening, 6:30 – 8:00, ending the week of August 21.  Monterey Peace and Justice Center, 1364 Fremont Blvd., Seaside.

LIVERMORE
Wednesday, August 9, 8:00 am, March for Nuclear Abolition and Global Survival.  The gathering /start point is at Livermore Lab, corner of Vasco & Patterson Pass Roads. 
Program:  Daniel Ellsberg whistleblower, former Pentagon war planner, disarmament advocate; Emma’s Revolution, acclaimed singer-songwriting duo of Pat Humphries and Sandy O; Christine Hong, North Korea expert, UC Santa Cruz; Marylia Kelley, nuclear weapons watchdog, Executive Director at Tri-Valley CAREs; Barbara Rose Johnson, advisor to the Marshall Islands radiation claims tribunal, senior research fellow, Santa Cruz; Jan Kirsch, M.D., M.P.H., medical oncologist, global warming specialist at SF Bay Area Physicians for Social Responsibility; Hibakusha speaker invited.
9:15 AM - March begins. Bring enlarged photos of people, animals or nature for which you care deeply; drummers, singers, guitarists, traditional Japanese bon dance & symbolic die-in at the Lab’s West Gate; followed by an opportunity to peaceably risk arrest in the gates.
Stop Trump’s dangerous nuclear weapons policies
Peace Camp will be held at Lake Del Valle Regional Park, south of the City of Livermore, August 7 and 8, a group camp out at beautiful Lake Del Valle, available for one or two nights. Family friendly. Confirm check-in times with Scott when you RSVP. At 7:15 AM on Aug. 9, we will caravan to the Lab for the event. (Park gate opens at 5 AM.) Ardilla group campground at Del Valle Regional Park, located on Del Valle Road off Mines Road, about 9 miles outside of Livermore. mmmpLimited parking at the campground, carpooling is suggested.
COST: $10 per person/campsite per night.  RSVP REQUIRED to Scott Yundt, Tri-Valley CAREs, 925-443-7148.  Musical instruments welcome.  No pets.  No alcohol.

The Livermore Conversion Project Nonviolence Guidelines
We agree to abide by the following guidelines in all of today’s actions:

  • We will be open and respectful to everyone we meet;
  • We will not use verbal or physical violence;
  • We will not destroy property;
  • We will not bring drugs or alcohol, except for medicinal purposes;
  • We will not bring weapons;
  • We will not run, which can cause panic;
  • If arrested, we will not resist;

If legal consequences follow our actions, we will treat all those we encounter in the process with openness and respect.

*Adopted by consensus of the planning group for the Aug. 9, 2017 actions at Livermore Lab
Sponsored by Tri-Valley Cares, The Livermore Conversion Project and countless other organizations.

Wednesday, August 9, 6:30 – 8:00 pm.  English as a Second Language taught by a student from MIIS every Monday and Wednesday evening, 6:30 – 8:00, ending the week of August 21.  Monterey Peace and Justice Center, 1364 Fremont Blvd., Seaside.

Friday, August 11, 3:00 pm, Veterans for Peace (VFP) meet at Monterey Peace & Justice Center, 1364 Fremont Blvd., Seaside.  All veterans and their supporters are welcome. (2nd Friday of every month.)

Sunday, August 13 (replacing the usual July meeting) 2:00 – 4:00 pm, Peace Coalition of Monterey County (PCMC) Steering Committee meets at the Monterey Peace and Justice Center, 1364 Fremont Blvd., Seaside.  Members of the public who have ideas or suggestions for the Peace Coalition are welcome to come to the first part of the meeting to make their presentations.  Proposals for the Peace Coalition may also be made through the representative of any of the member organizations.  Groups who want to join the coalition should contact one of the co-chairs and fill out an application before the meeting: Deborah Warcken <dwarcken@comcast.net>.
www.peacemonterey.org

Monday, August 14, 6:30 – 8:00 pm.  English as a Second Language taught by a student from MIIS every Monday and Wednesday evening, 6:30 – 8:00, ending the week of August 21.  Monterey Peace and Justice Center, 1364 Fremont Blvd., Seaside.

Wednesday, August 16, 6:30 – 8:00 pm.  English as a Second Language taught by a student from MIIS every Monday and Wednesday evening, 6:30 – 8:00, ending the week of August 21.  Monterey Peace and Justice Center, 1364 Fremont Blvd., Seaside.

Thursday, August 17, 6:30 – 8:30 pm,
Safe Ag Safe Schools.  Help protect children and teachers from pesticide exposure at Monterey County schools. Join in the Salinas branch meeting of Safe Ag Safe Schools (SASS) every third Thursday at the MBCLC office, 931 E Market St., Salinas
Lucia Calderon 408-728-5661  
lucia@pesticidereform.org

Thursday, August 17, 7:00 -9:00 pm, A Call to End Racism, A dramatic book presentation & book signing with LaVerne McLeod – author, Purple Feather Press – publisher.  Unitarian Universalist Church of the Monterey Peninsula, 490 Aguajito Road, Carmel.  Off Highway One, exit 399A.  Free and open to the public.  Donations accepted but not required (to defray author expenses.)

Friday, August 18, 4:00 – 6:00 pm, Black Lives Have Always Mattered,
A collection of essays, poems, and personal narratives edited by Abiondun Oyewole, extends beyond the Black Lives Matter movement’s primary agenda of police brutality, to acknowledge that even when affronted with slavery, segregation and Jim Crow, racial injustice and inequality, black lives have always mattered.  While written primarily by African American poets, writers, activists and scholars, selections are also taken from people of the Latino and African diasporas and white activists.
CSUMB at Ryan Ranch, 8 Upper Ragsdale Drive, Monterey.
Sponsored by Whites for Racial Equity.

Friday, August 18, 7:00 – 9:00 pm in Spanish
Saturday, August 19, 2:00 – 4:00 pm in English.

Fueling the Fire: U.S. Arms Sales to Mexico, two programs led by John Lindsay-Poland of the American Friends Service Committee who coordinates research and advocacy to end the iron river of U.S. weapons that deepen the violence and destruction of families in Mexico.  After a decade of the U.S.-supported drug war, Mexico is experiencing more killings than ever – most of them committed with guns coming from the United States, legally or illegally.  In addition to his talk, he'll be showing Where the Guns Go, a 26-minute film he co-directed, which brings together testimonies of human rights activists, journalists, and Mexicans directly affected by the violence.  WILPF co-sponsoring at the Monterey Peace and Justice Center, 1364 Fremont Blvd., Seaside.
Please tell your Spanish-speaking friends and your Spanish-learning friends to come to the Friday night event!  More info jkaras@sonic.net.

Sunday, August 20, 5:00 – 7:00 pm, 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 Adult Life Enrichment Committee>
At the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Monterey Peninsula, 409 Aguajito  Road, Carmel.  Questions?  Call the UU church office at 624-7404.

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, August 25, 26, 27:  West End Celebration.  Three days of music art, street fair, studio tours, beer, wine, eats .  The Streets of Sand City Come Alive!  Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom plans to be there tabling.  Look for details of the event on the web.

Washington, D.C.
September 16-17, PEOPLE’S CONGRESS OF RESISTANCE,
Blackburn Center at Howard U., Washington, D.C.  Help build a Congress of resisters from the ground up!  This event will draw together grassroots resisters and diverse social movements from around the country for an exciting weekend of strategizing, deliberation and information-sharing.  Make your plans – Register today!  from the ANSWER Coalition.
Register today!
 
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LOCAL PROGRAMS TAPED BY HEBARD:  These are being broadcast on Amp (Access Monterey Peninsula TV) Channel 24 on the cable.  For additional information look at the station’s program on the web.  https://sites.google.com/site/ampmediacenter/home/channel-schedules
Wed 7/26/17 5:00pm  Pt.4, CA Coastal Commission - Cemex Sand Mine
Wed 7/26/17 8:00pm  Pt.5, CA Coastal Commission - Cemex Sand Mine;  Mary Adams
Wed 7/26/17 9:00pm  2004 Julianne Carbitol discusses Joe Moro Preservation
Thu 7/27/17 7:00am  Pt.4, CA Coastal Commission - Cemex Sand Mine
Thu 7/27/17 1:00pm  Pt.5, CA Coastal Commission - Cemex Sand Mine;  Mary Adams
Thu 7/27/17 2:00pm  2004 Julianne Carbitol discusses Joe Moro Preservation
Thu 7/27/17 3:00pm  Pt. 3 CA Coastal Commission at CSUMB 7-12-17
Fri 7/28/17 7:00am  2004 Julianne Carbitol discusses Joe Moro Preservation
Fri 7/28/17 9:30am  Pt.5, CA Coastal Commission - Cemex Sand Mine;  Mary Adams
Fri 7/28/17 2:00pm  Pt.4, CA Coastal Commission - Cemex Sand Mine
Fri 7/28/17 5:00pm  Pt.5, CA Coastal Commission - Cemex Sand Mine;  Mary Adams
Sat 7/29/17 7:00am Pt. 3 CA Coastal Commission at CSUMB 7-12-17
Sat 7/29/17 11:00am  Pt.4, CA Coastal Commission - Cemex Sand Mine
Sat 7/29/17 9:00pm  Pt.6 CA Coastal Commission retirement
Mon 7/31/17 2:00pm  Pt.5, CA Coastal Commission - Cemex Sand Mine;  Mary Adams
Mon 7/31/17 3:00pm    2004 Julianne Carbitol discusses Joe Moro Preservation
Mon 7/31/17 4:00pm  Pt.6 CA Coastal Commission retirement
Tue 8/1/17 7:00am  Pt.6 CA Coastal Commission retirement




ACTION AND INFORMATION

BILL TO BAN BOYCOTTS OF ISRAEL NEEDS TO BE STOPPED
http://www.montereybaypartisan.com/2017/07/24/bill-ban-boycotts-israel-needs-stopped/
Celeste Akkad, whose commentary in the Partisan is cited above, is a member of the local branch of Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and is familiar with Middle East affairs. This is a hot button issue.  An addendum to the Peace Calendar was sent on July 22 noting that Jimmy Panetta is co-sponsoring HR1697 and citing an article by Glenn Greenwald of the Intercept  www.theintercept.com.  The Peace Calendar has received more responses and comments regarding that posting than any other issue has aroused in the past!
     Thanks to all of you who are listening and thinking and responding and taking responsibility as citizens to make the world a place where all humans have rights that are respected.
     JV - editor


CALLING IN ALL CHAIRS:
MPJC has willingly lent its black folding chairs for other organization’s events and for people tabling for good causes, but many of the chairs have not come back to the Center.  If you are harboring some of MPJC’s folding black chairs, please return them during the open hours on Wednesday and Saturday from 1:00 – 5:30 pm or during any event at the Center.  We need them!

COMMON SENSE AMENDMENTS  to the Make America Secure Appropriations Act
http://act.winwithoutwar.org/letter/act-now-congress-voting-war-week/?t=2&akid=698%2E283718%2E6LxvMe

END OF THE EMPIRE
 (excerpts)
by Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese   www.popularresistance.org
In a new book,  “
In the Shadows of the American Century: The Rise and Decline of US Global Power,” historian Alfred McCoy predicts that US empire is ending and will be over in the next decade.  Even now he says the “United States can no longer dictate to the world, or at least much of the world, like we could back in the 1950s.” He predicts that by 2030 US empire will be finished.
Once this loss of global primacy and the Pentagon’s plan to go down with a fight are understood, the recent decades of war and military expansion come into perspective. Under President George W. Bush, the US declared an “axis of evil”, attacked Afghanistan and Iraq, conducted drone strikes in Pakistan,  escalated conflict with North Korea and worked for regime change in Venezuela. Under President Obama, the US continued those conflicts, added Libya, Syria, Yemen and Somalia, increased the US military presence in Africa by 143%, expanded NATO, overthrew governments in the Honduras, Ukraine and Brazil, lined the Russian border with weapons and shifted a large part of the US military to surround China.

...
Popular movements must organize to end US Empire in the least damaging way possible and to prepare for the post-Empire era. The time for a global popular solidarity movement for peace, justice and sustainability is now.  Global wealth rests in the pockets of a few, but the power to overcome them and to build a world that works for everyone pulses in the minds and the muscles of the many. Here are a few examples.
TRADE ...
PEACE IN KOREA ...
RIGHT TO BOYCOTT APARTHEID  ...
Demanding change at home  ...

...tiny slivers of the budget are used for education, housing, transportation and other necessities.  We must continue to organize and mobilize at home to demand decreasing the military budget and putting systems in place to both meet our basic needs and
TRANSITION TO A CLEAN ENERGY ECONOMY  ...
HEALTH CARE  ...
NET NEUTRALITY:
 The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is currently in a process, led by former Verizon lawyer and new chair Ajit Pai, to undo net neutrality rules ...
CLEAN ENERGY TRANSITION:
 

...
Trump has blown all of the undercurrents of injustice to the surface where we must either deal with them, or drown.
...
take action to prevent more aggression and demand that the US dismantle its empire in a way that causes the least harm at home and abroad. This means using diplomacy rather than military antagonism, respecting the self-determination of other nations, closing bases and military outposts, making reparations for the harm we have caused and using our resources to build a social safety net and a just and sustainable economy at home. The People’s Congress of Resistance is working to develop a vision for the world we want to create. VISIT CongressofResistance.org to participate.
Go to www.popularresistance.org  to read the whole article.




U.S. Peace Council writes:   (condensed)
Halt the U.S. Drive to War with North Korea!
U.S. television news programs (CNN, MSNBC, and Fox) have been pounding the war drums in the last few weeks and days, since North Korea successfully launched a long- range missile. The long drift to war with North Korea[1] has seemingly become, overnight, a U.S. drive to war with North Korea
     With his usual bluster and saber-rattling, President Trump on his recent tour of Europe continued to threaten “severe action” against North Korea. ...

     Anyone is the U.S. could conclude, quite reasonably, that the U.S. is the aggrieved and threatened party; that North Korea obviously wishes to harm the U.S. people; that the U.S. confronts a new danger; that North Korea is the aggressor; that an innocent and remarkably patient U.S. is the intended victim.
     Such a conclusion — all of it — would be false. Almost nothing of what the U.S. mainstream media says about North Korea is true. Only a grasp of the history and the broader context can shed light on this Korea Crisis.
A few key facts: 

  The U.S. refusal to accept the legitimacy of the North Korean government (DPRK) is part of its long-term policy that any state in the world that follows an independent course is subject to being overthrown by the United States goals.

  North Korea acceded to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) in 1985.

  In 1994, the DPRK agreed to freeze its nuclear program in return for the U.S. providing energy materials and generating stations. In January of 2002, President George W. Bush announced that the DPRK was part of the “Axis of Evil,” ... By the end of 2002, the DPRK had essentially exited the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and began to develop nuclear weapons as a deterrent.

The notion that North Korea poses a threat to the U.S. is false and absurd. The DPRK has offered to freeze its nuclear weapons program if the U.S. freezes its war practices targeting their country,

The U.S. is Provoking the Crisis
North Korea would not have a nuclear weapons program if it were not under increasing threat from the U.S   
     It is the U.S. that has been provoking the DPRK with its stationing of THAAD missile ("Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense"), a first-strike weapon, in South Korea over the last year. The U.S. is now testing the THAAD missiles. US-South Korea practice military maneuvers, which used to recur several times a year, are now almost incessant
     Moreover, the U.S. is further militarizing South Korea. ...  It is the U.S. that, again and again, has refused talks with North Korea’s leadership
     In January [2017], North Korea offered to “sit with the U.S. anytime” to discuss U.S. war games and its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs. Pyongyang proposed that the United States “contribute to easing tension on the Korean peninsula by temporarily suspending joint military exercises in south Korea and its vicinity this year, and said that in this case the DPRK is ready to take such responsive steps as temporarily suspending the nuclear test over which the U.S. is concerned
     The North Korean proposal was seconded by China and Russia and recently by South Korea’s new president Moon Jae-in. But Washington peremptorily rejected the proposal, refusing to acknowledge any equivalency between US-led war games, which U.S. officials deem ‘legitimate’ and North Korea’s missile and nuclear tests, which they label ‘illegitimate.”
(Stephen Gowans, ibid.)
     Having partitioned Korea in 1945, the U.S. permanently stationed about 40,000 of troops in South Korea after the end of 1950-1953 hostilities and the 1953 armistice. The U.S. still denies Korea a peace treaty, which the DPRK has insisted on. But peace was never the intention of U.S. imperialism. U.S. foreign policy sees Northeast Asia only through the lens of domination.
     The permanent occupation of South Korea was aimed at geopolitical control of the region, including elimination of the DPRK and moving U.S. missile and military forces right up to the Chinese and Russian borders. The occupation was symbolized by the giant, yearly provocative military maneuvers by the U.S. and its regional allies, such as South Korea. Such rehearsals for real war with the DPRK have stepped up dramatically in recent months
      Few Americans grasp the enormity of the trauma suffered by millions of Koreans in the war of 1950-53. The war devastated dozens of Korean cities. The U.S. dropped over 428,000 bombs over the capital Pyongyang alone, and killed 1.2 million people. The U.S. war on Korea included the use of napalm. The U.S. war’s brutal and blatant violations of international humanitarian law remain unpunished.
     The real nature of U.S. policy to the Korean peninsula is neo-colonial domination, through occupation and partition. This has been so since 1945. The U.S. has stooped to employ the same quislings that had run Korea as a Japanese colony. After the Americans left in 1948 the border area around the 38th parallel was under the command of Kim Sok-won, another ex-officer of the Imperial Army, and it was no surprise that after a series of South Korean incursions into the North, full-scale civil war broke out on 25 June 1950. Inside the South itself – whose leaders felt insecure and conscious of the threat from what they called ‘the north wind’ – there was an orgy of state violence against anyone who might somehow be associated with the left or with communism
      The historian Hun Joon Kim found that at least 300,000 people were detained and executed or simply disappeared by the South Korean government in the first few months after conventional war began. My own work and that of John Merrill indicates that somewhere between 100,000 and 200,000 people died as a result of political violence before June 1950, at the hands either of the South Korean government or the U.S. occupation forces. In her recent book Korea’s Grievous War, which combines archival research, records of mass graves and interviews with relatives of the dead and escapees who fled to Osaka, Su-kyoung Hwang documents the mass killings in villages around the southern coast. In short, the Republic of Korea was one of the bloodiest dictatorships of the early Cold War period; many of the perpetrators of the massacres had served the Japanese in their dirty work – and were then put back into power by the Americans.
     The most important new factor is the destabilizing THAAD missiles. According to the U.S. peace organization, Global Network, an authority on questions of war technology, the U.S. has recently deployed the THAAD "missile defense" system in Seongju, South Korea despite massive protests by South Koreans. ...

The U.S. Peace Council joins with other U.S. antiwar organizations in demanding that 

  The U.S. must reverse course. De-escalate tension now. No more provocations from the US. The United States and South Korea must immediately cease military maneuvers in the region, providing North Korea with an opportunity to reciprocate. The THAAD missiles near the North Korea-South Korea border must be de-activated and removed.

  The United States must engage in good faith, direct talks with North Korea. Such talks should include the perspective of a peace treaty to end the Korean War. A commitment to denuclearization should not be a precondition for talks with North Korea.

  The United States and all states in the region must stop military actions that could be interpreted as provocative, including such actions as forward deployment of additional military forces by the United States, and the testing or assertion of territorial claims by deploying of military forces in contested areas by any state. Withdrawing U.S. naval forces newly concentrated near the Korean peninsula would be an important confidence-building step. 

Korea — all of it — has a right to its sovereignty and independence. The recently elected South Korean leader, Moon Jae-in, represents a break with the repressive and reactionary leaders of the past. He campaigned on a number of progressive ideas -- more independence from the US; more engagement with the North. But he has had to contend with bullying by a U.S. Administration bent on heightening tensions. The U.S. has no right to enforce the partition of the Korean peninsula and to block steps to unity and social progress desired by the people of Korea, North and South.   War can still be prevented, but only if the antiwar movement compels the U.S. to reverse course.

[1]
 More properly, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the DPRK. Here the terms will be used interchangeably.
 [2] Stephen Gowans in “The Real Reason Washington is Worried about North Korea’s ICBM Test” (What’s Left, July 5, 2017 https://gowans.wordpress.com)


831 Community Involvement Calendar
Several organizations are collaborating to develop a Monterey County calendar of progressive actions, events, and meetings.
https://calendar.google.com/calendar/embed?src=831communityinvolvementcalenda%40gmail.com&ctz=America/Los_Angeles
For questions email Anita Crawley at 831communityinvolvementcalenda@gmail.com .

Another URL that gets you to the calendar is:
https://peacecentral.wordpress.com/calendar/community-involvement-calendar/

For questions email Anita Crawley at
831communityinvolvementcalenda@gmail.com .

Community Capital  --  ComCap 2017
Coming to Down Town Monterey September 10 - 13,
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Access to capital is everything.
So how do communities access it? ComCap17 explores tools, knowledge, and strategies from leaders for leaders at every level who are working to improve access to community capital.
Join us as we discover how local investing mechanisms – from crowdfunding to changes in law – increase access to community capital for entrepreneurs and citizen investors. Across this country in small towns to metropolitan city centers, localizing our money to strengthen communities has become a rallying cry for food cart vendors in Detroit, small manufacturers in Oregon, and pub owners in Indiana, to name a few.
If you are a community advocate, you’re a community capital advocate. Now is the time to learn more, and that’s what this conference is for.
Click here to register and learn more about the conference.  
Early bird registration until June 15 is $249 for three full days of conference programming and an opening night reception.  Students $100.   If you are part of the network of sustainable organizations in the County you may have an additional 10% discount with the promotion code:  SUSTAINABLEM.  Your registration does not include food and lodging.
Communities for Sustainable Monterey County is a sponsor of this event.  230 Grove Acre, Pacific Grove.

ABOUT the Monterey Peace & Justice Center (MPJC):
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.  The most recent outpouring of generosity came through the Bonanza Estate Sale at the former home of Nancy McClintock which benefited MPJC:  about $5000 and counting!  Many thanks to Stefani Mistretta and Gary Karnes who spearheaded that effort and to the many volunteers who made it possible.  Thanks to Nancy and her son, Chris McClintock, who generously agreed to the sale. (Nancy is living in Reno with her son.)   If you wish to support MPJC’s on-going educational and advocacy effort, donate to the Monterey Peace and Justice Center by writing a check to MPJC and mailing it to MPJC, P.O. Box 1823, Seaside, CA 93955.  You can also donate online at https://peacecentral.org/
All donations are tax-deductible.  MPJC is a 501(c)3 organization.

 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 the similar purposes. 
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.
Email:     montereypeaceandjustice@gmail.com
Website:   
https://peacecentral.wordpress.com/
Facebook:    
https://www.facebook.com/montereypeaceandjusticecenter/

The Monterey Peace & Justice Center is
a non-profit, public benefit corporation, a 501c3 entity.
 All donations are tax-deductible.  It is a community-supported facility supported by people like you who want programs such as are listed here.  It is a member of the Peace Coalition of Monterey County and of the Civil Rights Coalition for Jail Reform.

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!) You may want to volunteer at the Center as volunteers are always needed! . 
Leave a message about willingness to volunteer at 899-7322 or montereypeaceandjustice@gmail
.com

PROGRAM PLANNING for the MONTEREY PEACE AND JUSTICE CENTER :  What programs would you like?  Please contact Judy Karas  jkaras@sonic.net or Catherine Crockett cm_crockett@sbcglobal.net or Joyce Vandevere jvandevere@comcast.net or leave your message at 899-7322 or montereypeaceandjustice@gmail.com.   MPJC works with individuals and  groups to produce programs addressing  issues of peace, nonviolence, democracy, social justice, or environmental sustainability. We’re exploring how to address gun violence.  Give us your thoughts!

MPJC ART GALLERY: Helen Davis is the Curator of the Monterey Peace and Justice Center Art Gallery.   This is a volunteer assignment and we are grateful that she has decided to put her considerable talents to work for the Center.  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, Diversity and Environmental Sustainability.  You may leave messages at 899-7322 or montereypeaceandjustice@gmail.com.

The Peace Coalition of Monterey County
is a separate organization, a coalition of 15 Monterey County organizations working for nonviolent solutions to world conflicts.  The Peace Calendar evolved in the early 2000’s to facilitate networking among Peace Coalition organizations. 

INFORMATION on the WEB:

*Peace Coalition website is at www.peacemonterey.org (under construction)
*Monterey Peace & Justice Center website is at
https://peacecentral.wordpress.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 changes, deletions, and notification of peace, social-justice 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 (Sidney is away for the summer) 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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