Weekly PEACE Calendar

September 28, 2022

Monterey County

Quote of the Week: “A society that accepts diversity and empowers the weakest of the weak is one that can survive the test of time. A truly great society accepts and embraces pluralism.” ~ Anad Giridharadas, author and former New York Times columnist featured in the biweekly "Letter from America”

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

Thursday, September 29, 6 pm, in person, Monterey County Climate Action Plan - Community Workshop 2. The County needs your input in developing a Community Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CCAAP). Your input and participation will help the taskforce better understand community challenges and key opportunities with regards to climate change and adaptation. Marina Library, 190 Seaside Circle, Marina. Register HERE. Read ahead: Partner Promotion Package and Community Climate Action and Adaptation Plan, currently under development.

Thursday, September 29, 6 pm - 8 pm, in-person, In advance of the November 8, 2022 General Election, a two-part Candidate Forum for two Monterey County races: Sheriff-Coroner first, followed by District 2 Supervisor. Aromas Grange, 400 Rose Ave., Aromas. Arrive as early as 5:30 pm to submit questions on 3x5 cards. The forum will be recorded for replay on the League of Women Voters’ website HERE. For more information about LWVMC or this event, please contact LWVmryco@gmail.com

Rescheduled from Sept 22 to:

Thursday, September 29, 7 pm, in person, NAACP General Membership Meeting, Oldemeyer Center, 986 Hilby Ave, Seaside. Find more info about National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Monterey County Branch HERE.

Friday, September 30, 1 pm, webinar, The Developing Situation in Ukraine: Analysis by Scott Ritter and Joe Lombardo. Much is happening in the US/NATO proxy war in Ukraine -- the referenda, the Russian partial mobilization, attacks of civil liberties, and economic fallout, especially in Europe. Join United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) for this free, virtual event to gain an outlook on the situation and prospects for peace in the region. Register HERE for the Zoom link.

Saturday, October 1, 7:30 pm, in-person, "Cantares AfroJarochos" a rare performance by internationally renowned musician, maestro, and poet - Patricio Hidalgo and his group, AfroJarocho. This special evening of traditional music from Minatitlán, Veracruz, México will feature congas and sones jarochos - "Veracruz Sound" rooted in African musical traditions. Palenke Arts studio, 1713 Broadway Avenue, Seaside (behind Martin Luther King Elementary). Purchase tickets and find more details HERE. Proceeds will benefit youth programs at Palenke Arts Multicultural Center for the Arts.

Saturday, October 1, 1pm -m – 4 pm, in-person, Ecology Action will host this 7th Annual Electric Vehicle Ride, Drive & Display Show at the Salinas Amtrak Station, 11 Station Place, Salinas. Learn about the many benefits of all-electric and plug-in hybrid cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Find registration and more info HERE.

Saturday, October 1, 2 pm, in-person, First Annual Salinas March for Peace, a community-wide gathering to call for peace and an end to violence in the city of Salinas, and to remember all those lost to violence. A program of guest speakers and entertainment is planned. Meet at the Foods Co Parking Lot, 1030 E Alisal Street. The March will proceed for one-mile down Towt Street, ending at Closter Park. Food vendors will be on hand. Organized by the Community Alliance for Safety and Peace (CASP) in partnership with the City of Salinas and Monterey County. For more info, email christophers@ci.salinas.ca.us or phone 831-758-7011.

Sunday, October 2, 11 am – 4 pm, in-person, Ecology Action will host this 7th annual Electric Vehicle Ride, Drive & Display Show at the Salinas Amtrak Station, 11 Station Place, Salinas. Learn about the many benefits of all-electric and plug-in hybrid cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Find registration and more info HERE.

Monday, October 3, 3 pm - 5 pm, in-person and on Zoom, Public Workshop: Preliminary Findings of the Deep Aquifers Study, Monterey Room, 2nd Floor of the Government Center, 168 W. Alisal St., Salinas. Join with the direct Zoom link HERE. Find more details on the Salinas Valley Basin website svbgsa.org. The Deep Aquifers are a critical groundwater resource for drinking water and agricultural irrigation in the Salinas Valley. This study addresses the halting of seawater intrusion and effectively managing groundwater sustainability.

Tuesday, October 4, 7 pm - 8:30 pm, virtual book discussion of Do the Work! An Antiracist Activity Book -- a revelatory, thought-provoking, and highly informative interactive workbook that gives readers a unique, hands-on understanding of systemic racism—and how we can dismantle it. The workbook is packed with activities, games, infographics, and comics that challenge readers to think about ideas in ways they haven’t before. Presented by the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Monterey Peninsula and Whites for Racial Equity. Join with the direct Zoom link HERE.

Tuesday, October 4, 7 pm - 8 pm, virtual on Zoom, Candidate Forum for Monterey County Sheriff-Coroner race. To obtain the Zoom link, register on the League of Women Voters website, http://www.LWVmryco.org. Submit questions in advance by email to LWVmryco@gmail.com

Wednesday, October 5, 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm, and each subsequent first and third Wednesday, in person, Letter Writing Workshop at the Monterey Peace and Justice Center, 1364 Fremont Blvd, Seaside, CA. According to Vote Forward, handwritten, encouraging letters to low-propensity voters have been shown to increase voter engagement in key elections. All materials will be provided. Please bring your own blue ink pen. For more information, contact Betty at bdmatterson@gmail.com. A project of Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), Monterey County Branch.

Thursday, October 6, 12 noon - 1 pm, virtual event, How Can California and Its Cities House People AND Achieve Zero Carbon Emissions? Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg will discuss these dual challenges and provide insights into what each city can do that meets both goals. Register HERE to receive the Zoom link. Click to learn more about LandWatch Monterey County.

Friday, October 7, 4 pm – 6 pm, in person, Climate and Militarism: Air Shows Fuel Climate Crisis – Teach-in in front of the Downtown Book & Sound bookstore, 213 S. Main St., in Salinas. The effects of climate change have become starkly evident and felt in all inhabited regions of the planet. Political scientist Neta Crawford, codirector of Brown University’s Costs of War project, found the U.S. Dept. of Defense to be the world’s largest institutional user of petroleum and the single largest institutional emitter of greenhouse gases. Municipalities are tasked with developing meaningful Climate Action Plans to secure a zero-carbon future for its citizens. Meanwhile air show spectacles release tons of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere for the sake of entertainment. Sponsored by the Monterey Peace and Justice Center and Veterans For Peace, Chapter 46. More info, contact MacGregor Eddy, 831-206-5043.

Saturday, October 8, 10 am - 12 noon, in person, Women’s Wave 2022: National Day of Action. Join Women's March Monterey Bay and allies across the country to demand reproductive rights for women. Gather at Window on the Bay, 717 Del Monte Ave., Monterey. Bring signs. Meet local leaders and candidates who are Pro-Choice, Pro-Women, and Pro-Rights! A period-products drive will benefit local schools. Get info on CA Proposition 1. Register to vote. RSVP HERE.

Friday-Saturday, October 7 & 8, 6:30 – 9:30 pm (doors open at 6, program begins at 6:30), in-person event, 23rd Annual International Documentary Film Festival. Join us for two evenings of timely, diverse and thought-provoking films presented by the United Nations Association, Monterey Bay Chapter. Lighthouse Theater, 525 Lighthouse Ave., downtown Pacific Grove. General admission is $10 each evening at the door (no pre-sales). Students with ID are free! For more info see www.unamontereybay.org. Questions? Email unamontereybay@gmail.com or call 831-275-0781.

Saturday, October 8, 11 am - 3 pm, in person, Celebration of Life for Brother Juan Martinez, at the Monterey County Historical Society (Boronda Adobe), 333 Boronda Rd., Salinas. Join with family and friends to honor and share stories, enjoy live music, a video presentation and an exhibit drawn from Juan’s historical collection. Refreshments served. Alcohol-free event. To contribute to the memorial exhibit of Juan’s varied and full life, please contact Gary Karnes. Viva la causa! RSVP to Gary at (831) 402-9106 or email gary.karnes@comcast.net

Saturday, October 8, 10 am – 12 noon, free on Zoom, Two Americas, Othering and Us. Fred Jealous will lead a discussion on the ideas of Anad Giridharadas, former New York Times columnist and author. His 2014 book, The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas, examines a Muslim immigrant's campaign to spare from Death Row the white supremacist who tried to kill him. His writing offers an opportunity to reflect on compassion, love, othering and the "Two Americas." Register HERE to obtain the Zoom link.

Monday, October 10, through Sunday, November 20, Online Course - War Abolition 201: Building the Alternative Global Security System. Participants will learn from, dialogue with, and strategize with World BEYOND War experts, peer activists, and changemakers from around the world. Find more details and register HERE.

Wednesday, October 12, 12 noon, free, virtual event, California State Ballot Propositions: Pros and Cons," live-streamed by the League of Women Voters of Monterey County at their General Meeting. League members Marilyn Maxner and Marianne Gawain will present arguments for and against the seven California State Ballot issues. Q&A period will follow. Endorsers and major money contributors for each proposition will also be revealed. Information is sourced from the LWV of California “Easy Voter Guide” the LWVC “Pros & Cons” and “In Depth." Other sources include the CA Secretary of State’s “Official Voter Information Guide", the CA Legislative Analyst’s Office evaluations and “Voter’s Edge”. Note that local county or city measures will not be discussed. To attend, email LWVmryco@gmail.com requesting an invitation. The talk will be recorded and posted on the LWVMC website (under Videos): lwvmryco.org

Friday, October 14, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm, in-person or virtual, Monthly Meeting of Veterans For Peace, Monterey Chapter 46. Live streamed on Zoom. Members and supporters are invited to attend the in-person meeting at the Monterey Peace and Justice Center, 1364 Fremont Blvd., in Seaside or optionally join via Zoom HERE. VFP Chapter 46 meets the second Friday of each month at 3:00 pm PT at the Monterey Peace and Justice Center in Seaside. VFP is open to all veterans and supporters. For more info, visit vfp46.com or email Chapter President Michael Dempsey at mikedevfp46@gmail.com.

Saturday, October 15th, 12 pm - 5pm, in person, Salinas Valley Pride Celebration, Central Park in Salinas, CA across from the Hartnell College. Dedicated to bringing the LGBTQ+ community together in a safe space to help make Monterey County a more inclusive place to live, work, and visit. More details HERE. To sponsor, host a booth, or volunteer, contact info@salinasvalleypride.com

Tuesday, October 20, 5 pm, virtual event on Zoom, Can't Make This Stuff Up - Satire and Social Commentary Concert Series with Tom Neilson, Episode 5: Jogging in Georgia”. Tom’s original, intelligent, and often funny and irreverent lyrics confront “the absurdity of illegitimate power.” Get tickets HERE. After purchasing a ticket, you’ll be sent a link to register for the Zoom concert. Please add 'tomneilsonmusic@yahoo.com' to your contacts to prevent his emails from going into your Spam folder.

Monday, October 24, Last day to Register to Vote in order to cast a ballot in the November 8, 2022 General Election. California residents can register online HERE. California voters can check their Registration Status HERE.


VAction: Environmental Voter Project 2022 Day of Action – Tue, Oct 11. Sign up for one shift or more to help mobilize low-propensity voters to vote by November 8th. No prior experience is necessary; every session begins with a training. You’ll be calling voters in Virginia, Maine, New Hampshire, New Mexico, and Arizona with messaging informed by the latest behavioral science. Click to find more details and more ways to get involved.


Article: Letter from Iran: September 2022 by Dariush X, tracking the wave of protests sweeping Iran since the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini by the country’s morality police. September 28, 2022 for CounterPunch.


Voter Resources: FCLCA's Analysis and Recommendations on the November 2022 Ballot Propositions and Recommendations at a Glance prepared by Friends Committee on Legislation of California (FCLCA)


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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Contact us by email: montereypeaceandjustice@gmail.com

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

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

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

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

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

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