Weekly Calendar

PEACE CALENDAR
September 19, 2017
Monterey County


Quote of the Week:
Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. I think we're being run by maniacs for maniacal ends and I think I'm liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That's what's insane about it.
                                  - John Lennon


Jazz Fans:  Save October 8 for a jazz concert benefitting MPJC; music is being arranged by Bob Phillips.  Scroll down for more! 

SCHEDULED EVENTS:

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


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Tuesday, September 19, 6:30 – 8:30 pm,  Fall 2017 English as a Second Language (ESL) classes start at MPJC and will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings through November 16.  No advance registration is required.  Walk-ins are welcome.  The free classes are taught by MIIS students pursuing their MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Language (TESOL).  Classes are held at the Monterey Peace & Justice Center, 1364 Fremont Blvd, Seaside, CA.  For more information, contact Catherine at (831) 394-1915.


PEACE PICK
Wednesday September 20, 7:00 pm, Veterans for Peace, Chapter 46, will host a panel of Vietnam Veterans recounting their experiences in the Vietnam War in the Community Room of the Monterey Public Library, 625 Pacific Street in Monterey.
The public is welcome.  You are invited to our special panel presentation, following the first episode of the Ken Burns TV series.  Come hear personal accounts of having served in Vietnam combat, by the members of Veterans for Peace, Chapter 46.  These combat veterans will convey their experiences so that we won’t forget the suffering of veterans and their families.  We know something of the hardships Vietnam veterans have experienced:  homelessness, broken families, drug dependence, PTSD , and mental health problems.  As a nation, we initially learned something from that horrible experience, and the U.S. avoided protracted wars from 1975 through 2001, a period of relative peace.  Now, unfortunately, the lessons are being forgotten, and we are mired in endless wars  Again, new haunted veterans wander the streets, but this time from wars in the Middle East.  The burden in lives, treasure and national reputation is starting to pull our nation apart.  It’s past time to have a national discourse concerning this alarming trend.
www.veteransforpeace.org   info from Justin Loza and Phil Butler.
This event is not endorsed by the City of Monterey nor the Monterey Library.

Wednesdays, September 20 & 27, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, SANGHA GROUP:  AWAKENING THE BUDDHA WITHIN.  Buddhism is a path of self-discovery. Through the practice of meditation and mindfulness we cultivate compassion, decrease suffering, and lead a more balanced life. The purpose of the group is to provide “Sangha” (spiritual community) for everyone interested in practicing meditation and learning about the “Dharma” (the teaching of the Buddha). Our Sangha is a self-dedicated group that has no affiliation to any particular Buddhist school of tradition. All are welcome to attend.  We sit in silent mediation from 7:00 to 7:20 p.m., followed by brief individual sharing about our practice. Then we listen to Dharma talks recorded by noted Buddhist teachers with group discussion afterward.  The book, Awakening the Buddha Within by Lama Surya Das is suggested reading for this Sangha. “We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.” - The Buddha
In the Sanctuary of the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Monterey Peninsula, 490 Aguajito Road, Carmel.  Phone 624-7404  or
office@uucmp.org.   www.uucmp.org

Wednesday, September 20, 11:30, Support MPC Faculty:   MPC administrative building-- Faculty and community can support the MPJC faculty’s negotiation team as they go into negotiations at noon.  Monterey Peninsula College.  Scroll down to information section for explanation of faculty position.

Wednesday, September 20, 5:30 – 6:30 pm, NEA Big Read –
Combined Destinies.  Ann Todd Jealous and Caroline T. Haskell will discuss their book, Combined Destinies, which encourages self-examination and compassion to look at how white Americans have been hurt by the very ideology that their ancestors created.  National Steinbeck Center, 1 Main Street, Salinas

Wednesday, September 20, 7:00 pm.  Arms of Angels Fifth Annual Benefit Concert, 400 West Franklin Street, Monterey.  Every year since AoA gained non profit status we have had a benefit concert to support our efforts. Our mission is to 'guide families through grief' and everyone is 'family', actually. We do take a 'whole family approach' to our counseling and therapy - everyone in the household (or out of it) who is coping with grief and loss is encouraged to participate in the healing process. This year we'll do two shows, one in September and another next June.  Come out to sing and dance, and help Monterey County families who are struggling with grief and sadness by doing so
Info:  Leigh Fitz    lfitz43@yahoo.com

September 21. International Day of Peace.
World Beyond War Almanac

Thursday, September 21, at 2:00, 4:30, 7:00 & 9:20 pm, Screening of ROOTED IN PEACE at the Osio Theater in Monterey. Blue Water Entertainment is proud to announce that SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL alum GREG REITMAN’S new film ROOTED in PEACE – which recently screened at the UNITED NATIONS – is expanding its theatrical release footprint for the upcoming INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE. ROOTED in PEACE features interviews with some of the world’s most intriguing thought leaders in the space:

David Lynch,
Ted Turner,
Deepak Chopra, Mike Love,
Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire
Donovan,
Pete Seeger,
Archbishop Desmond Tutu,
and many more…  We are doing a BIG Peace celebration push with theaters and hope to see you there. 

Thursday, September 21, 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, September 21, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, Anti-Racism Book Club will discuss Citizen by Claudia Rankine. https://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/28/books/review/claudia-rankines-citizen.html?_r=0
Unitarian Universalist Church of the Monterey Peninsula, 490 Aguajito Road, Carmel.  Free and open to the public.

Saturday, September 23,
10:00 am to 5:00 pm, 
 One Day Retreat: Purification & Meditation.  Tibetan Buddhist monk, Venerable Khenpo Karten Rinpoche, will lead a one day retreat including a morning purification practice called a Fire Puja and an afternoon teaching on The Nine Instructions for Concentration Meditation.   Grace Sanctuary, Carmel Valley.  Suggested donation:  $30.00.  Registration required.
A Fire Puja is a powerful purification practice to help eliminate negativities and promote healing, restoration, and long-life.   Rinpoche will lead us in prayers of healing for ourselves, our world, and especially for the land, creatures, and people affected by the recent Soberanes fire. The afternoon will focus on Shamatha meditation, or that of quieting the mind.  In this instruction, Rinpoche explains how we can develop various stages of concentration within our meditation.  It will be a day of healing and contemplation at a beautiful retreat space in Carmel Valley.  The address will be sent to participants upon registration.  Participants are encouraged to wear white clothing to support the intention of purification, but this is not a requirement.   Participants are encouraged to eat a vegetarian diet on this day, but again this is voluntary. A donation of $30.00 is suggested, which will include a simple, healthy lunch and all printed materials.
Registration and More Information:   http://manjushridharmacenter.org/event/one-day-retreat-purification-concentration/
For questions contact:  Rachel C. at rachelmdc2016@gmail.com or 831-901-3156.

Change of venue
Saturday, September 23, 10:00 – 11:30 am, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom meets at Park Lane, 5th Floor, Common Room. 200 Glenwood Circle, Monterey.  Note the change in venue for this month only. The meeting will include discussion of planned upcoming events, October Keep Space for Peace Week, and additional ideas for programs and actions.  Please email agenda items or call 372-5762.   jkaras@sonic.net
Request: A new WILPF representative to the Peace Coalition of Monterey County is needed.  It's a very minimal commitment of several hours on the third Sunday of odd-numbered months, 2-4 pm. The next meeting is Sunday, Sept. 17th.  Please email
jkaras@sonic.net for details or to volunteer.  Thanks to Stefani Mistretta for being the most recent WILPF rep.

Saturday, September 23, 7:00 pm showtime (6:00 doors open), At the Edge, fantastic films about wild things and wild places featuring the work of woodblock print artist Tom Killion.  Only Monterey Bay stop on the Wild and Scenic tour.  Spectacular scenery, guest speakers, and a raffle for great prizes from local and national sponsors.  Golden State Theatre, 417 Alvarado Street, Monterey.  Tickets:  Golden State Theatre website $20+fees in advance / $25+fees at the door.
5th Annual Benefit for Ventana Wilderness Alliance.

PEACE PICK

Saturday, September 23, 5:00 – 7:00 pm. 
Wendy Greenfield of South Bay Jewish Voice for Peace will speak at the Monterey Peace and Justice Center. Potluck!   A lifelong activist: organizing picket lines in New York for the United Farm Workers Boycott of grapes, working with the UFW in California, and coordinating the New Jewish Agenda’s Campaign on Human Rights and Anti-Semitism and more. At Jewish Voice for Peace her focus is on justice for Palestinians in Israel/Palestine, but she participates in activities around immigration and against racial and religious bigotry.  Wendy will give an overview of national and local struggles around (BDS) Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, and the latest on the Israel Anti-Boycott Act, and will show a video clip of a Bay Area divestment struggle.  Also a brief introduction to the JVP “Deadly Exchange” campaign, which highlights the connections between US and Israeli military and police departments.
Marianna Tubman will speak about the Anti-Islamophobia and Racism canvassing and workshops in which the South Bay JVP Chapter has been engaged.
Bring a dish to share and your own table setting if possible.


PEACE PICK
Sunday, September 24, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
(Doors open at 1:30 pm), Screening of film and discussion:  The Economics of Happiness.  Monterey Public Library Community Room, 625 Pacific St., Monterey.  This film is the first of a 3-part mini-series, Positive Futures: How the World Might Live.  Watch for more programs in the series.
 The Economics of Happiness describes a world moving in two opposing directions.  On the one hand, greater globalization and the consolidation of corporate power.  Simultaneously, all around the world people are starting to forge a very different future.  Communities are coming together to help each other and build more human scale, ecological and local economies.
The landlocked nation of Bhutan is featured, a country whose 2008 Constitution has incorporated a "Gross National Happiness" index and four central tenets: sustainable and equitable socio-economic development; environmental conservation; preservation and promotion of culture; and good governance.  In the film, we hear from a chorus of voices from 6 continents who inform us that climate change and peak oil give us few choices:  we need to bring the economy home, to localize.  As we move in this direction, we'll begin not just to heal the earth, but also restore our sense of well-being.
A powerful new film that cuts deeply to the heart of the global crisis. Magnificent!” – -David Suzuki, Television presenter and environmentalist
This program is not sponsored nor endorsed by Monterey Public Library or the City of Monterey.
No charge; donations appreciated.

Flyer: 
https://peacecentral.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/economics-of-happiness-9-24-17-flyer1.pdf
Sponsored by the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom Mty. Co. Branch and co-sponsored by the Monterey Peace and Justice Center. For information:  831-372-576 
jkaras@sonic.net

Sunday, September 24, 2:00 – 5:00 pm, NEA Big Read Film Series: 
Remembering the Titans. Remember the Titans (2000) focuses on an all-white high school football team that is forced integrate with an all black school.   Cesar Chavez Public Library, 615 Williams Road, Salinas.  More details, visit: https://allevents.in/salinas/1801551069859787

Monday, September 25, 6:00 – 9:00 pm, NEA Big Read Film Series: 
To K*ll a Mockingbird.  Maya Cinemas, 153 Main Street, Salinas
https://allevents.in/salinas/142094416372639

Wednesday, September 27, 10:00 – 11:30 am, Friends of Homeless Women meeting.  St. Mary’s Church, Pacific Grove.  Support the fund for Homeless Women Montrio Fund-raiser October 5, 5:30 – 7:30 pm. 
Buy tickets now
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fundraiser-in-celebration-of-fund-for-homeless-womens-fifth-anniversary-tickets-33450274672

Wednesday, September 27, 1:30,
Support MPC Faculty:    MPC main campus, Library, Sam Karas Room, Monterey Peninsula College, for the next board meeting.  If people at the board meeting could wear black, and stand when an MPCTA speakers calls on supporters to stand, that would be helpful. Or, if you feel moved to speak, you have 3 minutes during public comment on non-agenda items, which is usually soon after the meeting begins at 1:30.  Scroll down to information section for explanation of faculty position.

Thursday, September 28 6:00 – 7:30 pm, The Future of Our Oceans – What Each One of Us Can Do with speaker John Laird, California Secretary of Natural Resources.  MIIS McGowan Building, 411 Pacific Street, Monterey. Enter through glass doors from Pacific Street.  Room 102 is to the right.  Parking is available in any MIIS campus lot after 5 pm or on the tstreet where time limits end at 6 pm.  Open to the public.
Questions: Contact Rachel Christopherson at the Center for the Blue Economy at cbe@miis.eduor 831-647-6615 x1.

Thursday, September 28, 6:00 – 8:30 pm.  Imagine a Conversation between Anne Frank and Emmett Till!  The Allies at MIIS project at the Center for Conflict Studies invite you to a showing of Anne and Emmett: The Play. This one-act production imagines a conversation between Anne Frank and Emmett Till, two teenagers who lost their lives due to racism and oppression. A facilitated discussion will follow the show. This event is open to the public.  In the DLC Design Space at Middlebury Institute for International Studies (MIIS).
Contact:  Pushpa Iyer


Saturday, September 30, 1:00 – 3:00 pm, Frontline Documentary/ Discussion on Healthcare for All—A screening of Sick Around the World.  The presentation will be at CSUMB's Library Room 1180Small Auditorium. The film examines how five other democracies-- the United Kingdom, Japan, Germany, Taiwan and Switzerland -- deliver health care and what our country can learn from their successes and failures.  Veteran Washington Post foreign correspondent T. R. Reid makes the case that those five democracies have not just cheaper and more equally available health care, but better care over all, with lower infant mortality rates and longer life expectancies.
How do they do it? The British, of course, have done it by nationalizing the medical profession, and Mr. Reid believes that this is a nonstarter.  In the other countries, however, the systems — doctors, hospitals, insurers — are for the most part private, and the difference lies in government regulation that is heavy by current American standards but far short of socialism.
One of the greatest savings created by this increased regulation is, counter-intuitively, less bureaucracy: with no combat between insurers and insured, and with no fear on the part of doctors and hospitals that they won’t be paid, these systems have dramatically lower administrative costs than in America.
The video is very balanced in trying to explain how all these societies that are different, yet comparable to us as far as income and broad democratic values and goals are concerned, hove found ways to address healthcare issues.
Interactive discussion to follow film.
Co-sponsored by the Monterey Peace and Justice Center and the Women's March at CSUMB. Open to the public; no charge.
For more information:  
899-7322 or 372-5762.  www.peacecentral.org

Saturday, September 30, 2:00 – 5:00 pm, CommUNITY Conversations:  Allyship in the Current Climate of Oppression.  Registration is now open.  Registration is free; donations encouraged at the event.
LISTEN in the wake of Charlottesville, the discrimination of transgender people serving in the military, the threat to our DACA Dreamers and many other issues.  Join us for a panel discussion and take action.  Hosted by NCBI of Monterey County (National Coalition Building Institute) and co-sponsored by Monterey County NAACP, Whites for Racial Equity, and NCBI of CSUMB.  For questions contact Sue Parris at info@ncbimc.org.
go here to register (r
Cesar Chavez Library, 615 Williams Road, Salinas
Saturday, September 30, time tbd, Screening of Sick Around the World, probably in a venue at CSUMB.  Save the Date.  More details will follow!

Friday, October 6 marks the
16th anniversary of the longest foreign war in U.S. history.  Instead of ending it, Trump has announced an escalation of the war on Afganistan. Join in protest during the week of October 2 - 8.  See the call by leading U.S. antiwar activists:   
http://notowar.net/no-to-war-call-to-action/

Friday, October 6, 6:00 - 8:00 pm, MIIS is screening Almost Sunrise.  Almost Sunrise follows two Iraq veterans, Tom Voss and Anthony Anderson, both tormented by depression for years after they returned home and pushed to the edge of suicide. The two embark on an extraordinary journey – a 2,700 mile walk across the country from Wisconsin to California, in order to reflect on their haunting experiences of war and to ultimately, save themselves.  Open to the public. McCone Irvine Auditorium,  Pierce near Franklin, Monterey.

Saturday, October 7, 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.  occupymontereypeninsula@hotmail.com

PUBLIC WATER CAMPAIGN
Saturday, October 7th, 1:00 pm,
Campaign Kickoff Party:  Sign Up to Gather Signatures!  It's time... Public Water Now is ready to launch a new Measure O campaign and we need YOUR help.  Laguna Grande Park in Seaside.  Please join us as we officially begin our campaign to take our water public.  We'll have music, food, speakers, and fun!  Bring your friends.  This event is open to the public.
Signature Gathering TRAININGS
Monday, October 9th, 1:30 pm or 7:00 pm
Unitarian Universalist Church, 490 Aquajito Rd., Carmel
Tuesday, October 10th, 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm

Center for Change (Democratic Ctr)
1238 Fremont Blvd , Seaside
Wednesday, October 11th, 6:30 pm
Monarch Pines Mobile Home Park
700 Briggs Ave, Pacific Grove


We need your help to collect signatures to put this new Measure “H2O” on the November 2018 ballot. We’re asking you to attend a one hour training on collecting signatures. We’ll answer key questions and give you the material you need (including a FREE T-Shirt) to make collecting signatures fun and easy. 

People all over the Peninsula are fed up and angry with Cal Am. We now have the most expensive water in the country!  We’ve had a 68% increase in the cost of our water over the last two years, with more increases on the way! We conserved water and then Cal Am had the gall to charge us $40 million for the water we didn’t use! 

A Cease and Desist Order (CDO) hangs over our heads, we need a new water source. But Cal Am’s desal project is in question. Most people think a desal plant draws water from the ocean, but not Cal Am’s desal plant. It draws brackish water (part fresh, part saltwater) from a protected aquifer to which Cal Am has no water rights! That’s a problem they may not be able to overcome. Cal Am got us into this mess and they’ve proven they can’t be trusted to get us out of it. We need to take control of our water future.

We were so close to winning with Measure O in 2014 and this time community opinion is overwhelmingly in OUR favor. Felton, Ojai and Missoula have all shown us that taking our water public can be done. We can win this!!!!!!!!  


Please join our signature collection effort... and bring your friends.  Community Owned Water is our future, but it’s up to all of us to make it happen.  Ready to help gather signatures? 
RSVP to sign up for the training date & time you want or email Jeanne Turner at jturner215@comcast.net
Follow Us on Facebook at 
www.facebook.com/PublicWaterNow
from Public Water Now, georgetriley@publicwaternow.emailnb.com


Sunday, October 8, 4:00 – 7:00, Jazz Concert Benefit for MPJC.  Vista Lounge at the Park Lane. Musicians include bass - Dennis Murphy, Steve Uccello, Don Roseff ; piano - Bill Spenser, Bob Phillips; sax - Gary Meek; mandolin - David Holodiloff; drums  - Andy Weis, Skylar Campbell; vocals - Pamala Forman, Lee DurleyDetails about refreshments, how to get tickets will be forthcoming.

Friday, October 27, Note change in date!  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.

Thursday, October 26, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Gun VIolence - Panel Discussion and Film with DeVone Boggan and possibly other panelists (tbd).  Screening of the documentary on Richmond CA's Operation Peacemaker Fellowship, featuring the work of DeVone Boggan.  At MPJC 1364 Fremont Blvd., Seaside. More details to follow.
This  program is a part of the 2017 “Big Idea” series on gun violence sponsored by the Monterey Peace and Justice Center.

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 9/20/17 5:00 pm  Why do a feasibility study before a Cal Am buyout?
Wed 9/20/17 8:00 pm  Pesticides Preemption; Guns to Mexico.
Wed 9/20/17 9:00 pm  P1 Photographer Panel: Arts Habitat
Thu 9/21/17 7:00 Why do a feasibility study before a Cal Am buyout?
Thu 9/21/17 1:00 pm  Pesticides Preemption; Guns to Mexico.
Thu 9/21/17 2:00 pm  P1 Photographer Panel: Arts Habitat
Thu 9/21/17 3:00 pm  Fueling the Fire U.S. Arms Sales to Mexico, John Lindsay Poland
Fri 9/22/17 7:00 am  P1 Photographer Panel: Arts Habitat
Fri 9/22/17 9:30 am  Pesticides Preemption; Guns to Mexico.
Fri 9/22/17 2:00 pm  Why do a feasibility study before a Cal Am buyout?
Fri 9/22/17 5:00 pm  Pesticides Preemption; Guns to Mexico.
Sat 9/23/17 7:00 am  911 used to bring endless war
Sat 9/23/17 9:00 pm  911 used to bring endless war
Mon 9/25/17 2:00 pm  Pesticides Preemption; Guns to Mexico.
Mon 9/25/17 3:00 pm  P1 Photographer Panel: Arts Habitat
Mon 9/25/17 4:00 pm  911 used to bring endless war
Mon 9/25/17 8:00 pm  Human Rights; Fallacy of Brain Chemical Imbalance
Tue 9/26/17 7:00 am  911 used to bring endless war
Tue 9/26/17 1:00 pm  P1 photographer Panel: Arts Habitat
Wed 9/27/17 5:00 pm  Human Rights; Fallacy of Brain Chemical Imbalance
Wed 9/27/17 8:00 pm  SB 562 Single-Payer Healthcare CA Pat Snyder, PhD, RN
Wed 9/27/17 9:00 pm Joanie Leeds at My Museum; Presbyterian Choir
Thu 9/28/17 7:00 am  Human Rights; Fallacy of Brain Chemical Imbalance
Thu 9/28/17 1:00 pm  SB 562 Single-Payer Healthcare CA Pat Snyder, PhD, RN
Thu 9/28/17 2:00 pm  Joanie Leeds at My Museum; Presbyterian Choir
Thu 9/28/17 3:00 pm  911 used to bring endless war
Fri 9/29/17 7:00 am  Joanie Leeds at My Museum; Presbyterian Choir

Fri 9/29/17 9:30 am  SB 562 Single-Payer Healthcare CA Pat Snyder, PhD, RN
Fri 9/29/17 2:00 pm  Human Rights. Fallacy of Brain Chemical Imbalance

Fri 9/29/17 5:00 pm  SB 562 Single-Payer Healthcare CA Pat Snyder, PhD, RN
Sat 9/30/17 11:00 am  Human Rights. Fallacy of Brain Chemical Imbalance



ACTION AND INFORMATION

Crucial hearing and rally Thursday for the California DISCLOSE Act!— In Sacramento the FPPC hearing on AB 249 and rally urging Gov Brown to sign!
Last week, the Senate and Assembly made history by overwhelmingly passing AB 249, the California DISCLOSE Act — a bill to strike a major blow against the unlimited secret money unleashed by Citizens United.  Now we must make sure Governor Brown signs AB 249, and because he's vetoed campaign finance reform bills before we're not taking any chances.  We're leaping into action because the FPPC (Fair Political Practices Commission), which enforces California's campaign finance laws, is actually considering opposing AB 249 despite unanimous support among good government groups and experts.
That's why on THURSDAY (9/21) we're rallying at the capitol and having regular people testify at the FPPC hearing where the Commission will decide whether to support or oppose AB 249 — a potentially big factor in the Governor's decision.  Both events are in or near the State Capital in Sacramento. See details on RSVP page

HEARING is from 10am -12pm.  RALLY is from 1pm-2pm. We'll provide you with rally signs and talking points.  If you have Clean Money shirts or buttons, please wear them!  If you're in Northern California carpools are being formed; see RSVP.
Please join us at the Rally and the FPPC hearing to show the Governor and the FPPC that Californians are demanding they act to fight Dark Money in political ads with AB 249!
California Clean Money Action Fund

GET ISDS OUT OF NAFTA!
      Investor-state dispute settlement, or ISDS gives corporations the power to sue countries outside of their national courts for massive sums of money. The cases are tried in front of a tribunal of three corporate lawyers -- that’s it. No judges, no juries.
     As the Trump administration begins to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), we need to make sure this absurd system is eliminated so corporations cannot continue to use it to wreak havoc on people and the environment.
    
Now is our chance to send a clear message to members of Congress and tell them to oppose any trade deal that includes such a blatant corporate power grab.
INFO from Corporate Accountability.
     Bumper stickers and other stickers about banning ISDS are available at MPJC.

MILITARIZATION
War Resisters’ League organizers, Ali Issa and Tara Tabassi, have published a piece in The New Inquiry breaking down militarism and its impacts here at home.  It talks about SWAT training and police militarization and about the mentality behind it.  They say SWAT raids reveal there is a “war at home” for Black, Latinx, poor, Muslim, and Arab communities...though it is a war which remains fundamentally different from wars happening in many other parts of the world.  We call for organizing against Islamophobia globally—not just protecting the dignity of fellow Muslim-Americans, but instead all Muslims around the world being impacted by war and militarism.  We call for organizing that asserts Black Lives Matter across the world, not just that Black American Lives Matter. 
Read the article:
https://thenewinquiry.com/no-swat-zone/.


Monterey Peninsula College Teachers
A letter from Alan Haffa
Thank you to the community that came out to the MPC Board meeting in May.  You action moved the Board to come back to negotiate after they had made a "final" offer in May.

 

However, at our meeting in June and recently in August, the District still is offering no compensation.  They have regressively bargained, going from a 2% in 2017-18, 2% in 18-19 and 2% in 19-20, to 1% at our April meeting, to 1% only for Part-Time faculty in May, and when we met in June and August, 0% for both part-time and full-time.  They said the only way they could give a raise was if we took corresponding cuts in benefits or working conditions (increased teaching load). We have made concessions and moved from our initial offer, but the District has moved the other direction

When we challenged their claim of not being able to pay, they said "prove it." And we explained how they have 1.4 Million (800K to Base and 1.58% in COLA) in new money this year from the state and their past claims of deficits are false. It takes $170,000 to give a 1% raise to all faculty. They asked how we know this and we explained that their own documents prove this. The Vice-President of Administrative Services got angry and refused to discuss these fiscal issues and left the room

We are meeting again Sept. 20 but the administration refuses to acknowledge the facts and continues to manufacture alternative facts. At the August 23 Board meeting, the president misrepresented the value of the healthcare benefit by 32%.  And when MPCTA President, Lauren Handley, during her report to the Board, reminded them that we are close to the bottom in salary, she was verbally attacked at the podium by a board member.  Unfortunately, there is such a disconnect that the board simply doesn't know the work faculty do and has no real understanding of how non-competitive our compensation is.  We are finding it difficult to recruit and retain faculty.

We have been doing informational picketing on N. Fremont on Friday mornings, but those are difficult to maintain due to teaching responsibilities

So we are calling for support at the following two events in September.

September 20, 11:30, at MPC administrative building--we are hoping faculty and community can support our negotiation team as they go into negotiations at noon.
September 27, 1:30 MPC main campus, Library, Sam Karas room, for the next board meeting.
If people at the board meeting could wear black, and stand when an MPCTA speakers calls on supporters to stand, that would be helpful. Or, if you feel moved to speak, you have 3 minutes during public comment on non-agenda items, which is usually soon after the meeting begins at 1:30.

Thank you for reading and supporting MPCTA Faculty.

Alan Haffa

Top 10 Reasons MPC Instructors are Picketing

10.  We want a fair, stable contract that makes conditions good for teaching and learning.  MPC Instructors have not had a contract in 4 years! 

9.  MPC instructors care about students as human beings, and want decisions based on what is good for teaching and learning.  MPC Administration cuts classes, cuts support staff, raises class sizes, hires more administrators, and pushes a “warm butts in seats” model of robotic “efficiency.” 

8.  MPC Part-time instructors want to be able to afford to work here; their pay is nearly the lowest out of 100s of community colleges in California.  They deserve better.  Ask your instructors about their struggle.

7.  Part-time instructors often have to teach at 3 or more schools to survive, have no health care benefits, and never know if they will be rehired from one term to the next.  MPC has lost many good instructors.

5.  Administration ignores shared governance policies, routinely disrespects faculty, and for years hid budget claiming a $2 plus million deficit annually and 10.3 million over five years.  In fact, we’ve had a nearly $3 million surplus over all these years of claimed “deficits.”

4.  We want to keep our good health.  MPC Administration wants to take health benefits away from faculty, replacing our stable, inexpensive plan with inadequate, expensive, unpredictable policies that hurt families.

3.  MPC Full-time faculty pay is among the lowest in the state, and by far the lowest among schools in similar cost of living areas; this hurts our ability keep or hire faculty, and puts economic stress on all faculty.

2.  MPC faculty grade student work, meet with students, and create classes that students enjoy; MPC administration wants to cut grading factors, releases, and reassigned time, things that help instructors teach.

1. MPC Teacher’s Association is fighting on behalf of students and the community, as we try to maintain an excellent college focused on teaching and learning.  MPCTA puts community back in the community college.



Nominations sought for Annual Baha’i Human Rights Award  This award honors a Monterey County resident who has performed exemplary service to humanity - to be presented at the annual UNA Human Rights Day luncheon on December 9, 2017.  Nominations are due by October 5 and go to Baha’i Human Rights Award Committee, P.O. Box 332, Marina, CA 93933 or to montereycountynorth.lsa@gmail.com.  Information:  Jean Fittante 632-0403

Anti-Racist Organizer Training Program
Whites for Racial Equity are excited to announce that Catalyst Project will be hosting the Anne Braden Anti-Racist Organizer Training Program for white social justice activists starting in February 2018! The Braden Program develops white anti-racist leaders as part of an overall multiracial movement-building strategy.

Applications are now open for this 4-month program, which includes 3 intensive 4-day workshops in San Francisco, one-on-one mentorship, readings and grassroots fundraising. If you've been thinking about applying, 
apply now!  Applications are due October 1st and space is limited. More Information on the WRE website.

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/

If you are part of an organization planning community events, be sure to enter them in the Community Involvement Calendar so as to make it a useful tool for all of us.
For questions about how to do it, email Anita Crawley at
831communityinvolvementcalenda@gmail.com .

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!  If your organization is planning programs that fit within MPJC’s mission, consider using MPJC as a venue for your event.

MPJC ART GALLERY: Helen Davis
is the Curator of the Monterey Peace and Justice Center 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, Diversity and Environmental Sustainability.  You may leave messages at contact 889-7322 or montereyhelen@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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