Weekly PEACE Calendar

July 28, 2021

Monterey County

Quote of the Week:

“I was taught about the denial of the right to vote behind the Iron Curtain in Europe; I never knew that there was denial of the right to vote behind a Cotton Curtain here in the United States.” - Bob Moses, civil rights activist (1935-2021) Reuters, July 25

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

Wednesday, July 28, 4 pm, No New Cold War with Jodie Evans, co-founder of CODEPINK. Toxic anti-China rhetoric not only propels the U.S. toward conflict with China, it gives rise to anti-Asian hate crimes and demonizes the Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander communities in the US. Evans will discuss these issues and more. Free online event on Zoom. Register HERE.

Thursday, July 29, 2 pm – 3:15 pm, Creating a World for Everyone. In this free, virtual workshop led by LaVerne McLeod, participants will explore pathways to equity and belonging that lead to the world we want to create. Sponsored by the Monterey Public Library as part of the “Book to Action” series. Register HERE. (Scroll down to the bottom of the page to find the “begin registration” button.)

Tuesday, August 3, 6 pm – 7 pm, Amah Mutsun Fire Relationships. Speaker Lawrence Atencio, Native Stewardship Corps Field Manager for the Amah Mutsun Land Trust, will discuss the Amah Mutsun Tribe’s use of fire to restore landscapes and relationships in the Santa Cruz mountains and beyond. Hosted by the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History. Free online event on Zoom. Register HERE.

Saturday, August 7, 7 pm – 9 pm, the Seventeenth Annual Hiroshima-Nagasaki Remembrance Day & Peace Lantern Ceremony, at Lovers Point Cove in Pacific Grove. The public is invited to gather and reaffirm the vision of a world free of nuclear weapons. The program will open with Monterey’s Taiko Drumming group, Shinsho-Mugen Daiko, followed by Keynote Speaker Joe Aki Ouye and guest speakers Larry Oda, Chair Emeritus of the National Japanese American Memorial Foundation and National President Emeritus of the Japanese American Citizens League; and Seaside Mayor, Ian Oglesby (Mayors for Peace). Please download and share the PDF flyer HERE. Sponsored by the Monterey County branch of Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) and member organizations of the Peace Coalition of Monterey County.

Monday, August 9, 4:30 – 5 pm, PFAS Disposal and Remediation, a Zoom webinar focusing on dangerous PFAS disposal methods and new technologies for removing these "forever chemicals" from our environment. Presentations by Pat Elder of Military Poisons, Dr. Patricia Hynes of the Traprock Center for Peace and Justice, and others. Hosted by Women's International League for Peace and Freedom and Earth Democracy Issue Committee. Register HERE.

Friday, Aug 13, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm, Monthly Meeting of Veterans For Peace, Monterey Chapter 46. Vaccinated members and supporters are invited to attend the in-person meeting at the Monterey Peace and Justice Center, 1364 Fremont Blvd., in Seaside, CA. VFP Chapter 46 meets the second Friday of the 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. Follow Chapter 46 on Facebook and on Twitter, @vfp46. Members are invited to submit photos and content for posting to Justin Loza, justin.loza@vfp46.com. Members are invited to follow on Twitter and submit brief, mission-focused messages to handle @VFP46.

Saturday, August 21, For Goodness Sake: Music for the Nonviolent Future, a free online music festival featuring scores of artists and brief presentations on the power of nonviolent change. Register HERE. A spThursday, Aug 26, 7 pm, NAACP General Membership Meeting. Request the Zoom link HERE.

l nonviolence webinar is offered the day before. Click HERE for more information.

Thursday, Aug 26, 7 pm, NAACP General Membership Meeting. Request the Zoom link HERE. Meetings are the 4th Thursday of each month.


Video-recording of The Assimilation of Jews in China, a talk by Dr. Kang Liao on Tuesday, July 27, 2021, is available for viewing on Monterey Peace and Justice Center’s YouTube channel.


NAACP Membership Drive: The aim of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights without discrimination based on race. Sign-up to become a member HERE. For more info, email Steven Goings HERE.


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. The Calendar is edited by Steven Goings, MSW. To submit an event for possible inclusion, please send to AfricanQuazar@gmail.com.


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


Consortium News. Independent investigative journalism and political review


We Live in a Political World, a blog by Gary A. Patton, environmental attorney, practicing law in Santa Cruz County. Follow online or sign up to receive by email HERE.


Letters from an American, a nightly newsletter by Heather Cox Richardson that chronicles current events in the larger context of American history. Subscribe to receive by email HERE.


The Monterey Peace and Justice Center is seeking a coordinator and tutors for our English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. Our ESL “Peace Through Understanding” program aims to provide free, walk-in classes in a casual and easily accessible neighborhood setting for adult English learners, primarily Spanish-speaking. Contact Catherine at (831) 915-7257 or email montereypeaceandjustice@gmail.com for more details.


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 is a coalition of 12 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 sramsdenscott@hotmail.com

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


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.

The Weekly Peace Calendar is a project of the Peace Coalition of Monterey County. Please send information about peace, nonviolence, social-justice, democracy and environmental sustainability-related events in Monterey County to cm_crockett@sbcglobal.net BY 5:00 pm TUESDAY TO BE INCLUDED IN THE WEEK’S CALENDAR ISSUE.

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 venerable 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. Details about a Celebration of Life will be posted here in the Peace Calendar at a future date.

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

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

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