Weekly Calendar

June 20, 2017
Monterey County
June is LGBT Pride Month

Quote of the Week:
I have decided to stick with love.  Hate is too great a burden to bear.
                     Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.



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Monterey Peace and Justice Center Art Gallery:  The Photography of Said Nuseibeh.  The Peaceful Days: Aleppo and Palmyra/Tadmur in Syria.  The exhibit is on display through the month of June, Wednesdays and Saturdays, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.  1364 Fremont Blvd., Seaside
More info: montereypeaceandjustice@gmail.com
A new show She/Her by artist Tatiana Hart will go up on the walls early in July.  See July 7 for details and opening reception.

Tuesday, June 20, 6:00 pm, HAMBA
(Humanist Association of the Monterey Bay Area) will meet at the Monterey Library.  Program begins at 6:15.  Featured will be a presentation from Jacie Rowe IV of the Final Exit Network.   The Final Exit Network is a volunteer organization serving members in all 50 states who are suffering from intolerable medical circumstances, are mentally competent, want to end their lives, and meet the Network’s official, written criteria.
 Please join us for a pre-meeting dinner at Estéban Restaurant at the Casa Munras Hotel, south end of Fremont.  It opens at 5:00 pm.  Menu at www.estebanrestaurant.com.
Meetings are free and open to the public.
 Info- Call Mark 601-3770 or Deborah 601-6633. 

Wednesday, June 21, 7:00 pm, The Summer Solstice Annual Blessing of the Waters, at Lover's Point Park, Pacific Grove. This beautiful ceremony invokes the purity and well being of the oceans and tributaries, the purity and well being of the other elements of the Earth, and world peace. As part of the ceremony we make an offering of flowers at the beach.  Sponsored by the Manjushri Dharma Center.
Deirdre Means, halcyon9@comcast.net

Friday, June 23, 12:30 - 2:00 pm,
TAKE ACTION to End Solitary Confinement Torture!  Join us to hear Raquel Estrada talk about her husband and other Folsom Hunger Strikers protesting solitary.   Pacific Avenue by Cooper Street (in front of O’Neill Surf Shop, 110 Cooper Street, Santa Cruz.  Speak Out, Readers’ Theater, take action to end solitary confinement and sleep deprivation torture of people in CA solitary units.  End mass incarceration in the Prison Industrial Complex, mass criminalization, and crimmigration. 
California and the U.S. violate international law, holding people in solitary for months, years, and decades.  The U.N. Mandela Rules prohibit prolonged solitary confinement (over 15 consecutive days) and any isolation of vulnerable populations.
Join us to hear Raquel Estrada speak about her husband and about 40 people who went on a nonviolent Hunger Strike from May 25 to June 1, 2017 at Old Folsom State Prison B4 Administrative Segregation Unit (ASU-solitary) in Represa, CA. They peacefully protested the unconstitutional cruel and unusual conditions of their confinement.
CALL AND EMAIL OFFICIALS. Urge them to meet the human rights demands and not to retaliate against the Hunger Strikers.
Contact info, sample script, demands and grievances, updates, & media @ https://prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity.wordpress.com/2017/05/26/folsom-hunger-strike-began-may-25-2017-your-support-is-needed/

Friday, June 23,1:00 pm, Our Revolution Monterey County will host coffee with Gayle McLaughlin. Gayle is a former Mayor and current city councilwoman of Richmond, one of the most progressive City Councils in the state. She is also a 2018 candidate for Lt. Governor of California.  McLaughlin co-founded the Richmond Progressive Alliance in 2003, a gathering of Democrats, Greens and Independents unifying for a better and healthier Richmond. The Alliance is credited with the successful campaign to force the local Chevron refinery to pay higher taxes and reduce pollution.  The event will be at 712 Pine Avenue, Pacific Grove.   Please contact Peggy Wielandt at howlerpaws@gmail.com to RSVP or for additional information.

Friday, June 23, 7:00 pm, Chair Yoga with the Green Party. Come and de-stress your mess at the Monterey Peace & Justice CenterAudra Walton will lead a one hour sensory-stimulating session of chair yoga - all levels welcome.  Space is limited though, so be one of the first 16 to contact Audra and secure your spot.  Email at  kaleolani.aw@gmail.com  or phone  204-0809
Free.  Donations accepted.
1364 Fremont Blvd., Seaside. 

Saturday, June 24, 10:00 am – 12:00 Noon (traditional WILPF meeting time), Bring Your Voice: 
Citizen Advocacy Workshop with Kevan Insko.  Kevan Insko, Director of Program and organizational Development for Friends Committee on Legislation of California (FCLCA) will facilitate a workshop focused on grassroots advocacy and training on how to lobby California legislators.  The workshop will include (some of) the following:  issues people are interested in and working on in their communities and on a state level; the importance of state legislation, particularly in the age of Trump; key bills in the legislature that FCLCA is taking action on and what we can do; direct lobbying at the Capitol and grassroots lobbying; how to understand the legislative process and have an impact; how to read a bill and develop talking points for writing your legislator and making a visit to their office; resources available to activists and people who want to be more active.  Cosponsored by the Monterey Peace and Justice Center, Monterey Peninsula Friends Meeting (Quakers), and the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Monterey County Branch.  Suggested donation:  $5. For further information, please call 831-372-5762.  At the Monterey Peace and Justice Center, 1364 Fremont Blvd., Seaside.  Everyone welcome.

12:00 Noon, After the workshop, there will be a light lunch with sandwich makings provided, fruit, etc., followed by a WILPF monthly meeting from 1 pm to (circa) 2 pm. Discussion will include July 1st film program, 4th  of July parade, August Peace Lantern Ceremony.

Saturday, June 24, 11:15 am, A public talk by
Kenpo Karten Rimpoche,  Using Suffering and Obstacles for Mental Development, following meditation practice at the Manjushri Dharma Center, 724 Forest Ave., Pacific Grove. Deirdre Means, halcyon9@comcast.net

Saturday, June 24.  Evening – end of Ramadan

Saturday, June 24, 6:00 – 9:00 pm,  RAPID RESPONSE TRAINING:  Evening Training in Spanish.  Ocean View Baptist Church, 1200 Amador Avenue, Seaside.  People Power Training and Solidarity Training:  As a volunteer you will learn to verify, document and monitor ICE officials during raids and in the community.  Rapid responders and Solidarity Training will cover:
*Overview of ICE raids, tactics and strategies
*Operation of Rapid Response or Migra Watch hotline
*Rights & Risks of legal observers
Help us with fundraising for materials and support for emergency assistance to families affected by immigration enforcement.  Sponsored by Community for Unity (CSU), Rapid Response team.  If you want to sponsor this training please let us know.  Call C$U at 869-5132 or 789-6033
Community for Unity and the faith based community responds to ICE raids!
Join us!  We’re building a network of people to respond to our neighbors being terrorized by ICE.  Flyers in Spanish available.  Tell your Spanish-speaking friends about the training!

Friday, June 30, 6:00 pm, Martin C. Needler book signing. A Rich and Valued Life, an Anglo-American memoir of intellectual effort, global travel, and humanitarian service.  Dr. Martin C. Needler is formerly Dean of the School of International Studies at the University of the Pacific and Director of the Latin American Studies Program at the University of New Mexico; occasional advisor and consultant to the Department of State and committees of Congress, and husband of Dr. Jan Knippers Black. Books will be available for sale and for signing at the event.  
Light refreshments.

Suggested donation $5.  No one turned away for lack of funds.
For more info, email at  jblack@miis.edu. 
Monterey Peace & Justice Center, 1364 Fremont Blvd., Seaside CA

Saturday, July 1, 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, July 1, 1:30 pm, Stories of survival and Inspiration.  Double Feature—Two Films about Nuclear Weapons at the Monterey Public Library Community Room, 625 Pacific Street, Monterey.
Hibakusha:  Our Life to Live (60 min.).  tells the stories of Japanese, Korean and American survivors of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  Their stories unfold through the journey of Yoko and her music teacher, a film by David Rothauser
In Our Hands (90 min.) Interweaves performers, individual marchers and scenes celebrating he largest peace demonstration in history:  NY City, June 12, 1982 when nearly one million people with one voice called for an end to the nuclear arms race.
Sponsored by the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Monterey County Branch (WILPF) to draw awareness to the UN Negotiations for a Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty—June 15-July 7, 2017, New Your City.  Suggested donation:  $5.  No one turned away for lack of funds.  Info:  372-5726  or www.facebook.com/WILPFMonterey
The program is not sponsored nor endorsed by the Monterey Public Library nor the City of Monterey.
Note:  A false message came from the 831 Community Calendar that the July 1 event had been cancelled.  The event is still scheduled and you are invited! 

Sunday, July 2, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, Impeachment March.  Brown Berets host the march in Salinas.  Details to come!  Let’s collaborate.  Salinasbrownberets@gmail.com.

Saturday, July 4, 10:00 am, Monterey’s traditional Fourth of July Parade.  Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom (WILPF) will have a unit in the parade. Veterans for Peace plan to join with them.  Peace Coalition member organizations and all peace groups and peaceful individuals are welcome to be a part of the unit.  WILPF’s theme will be Protecting the Constitution and the Bill of Rights especially freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom to assemble, etc.  Constitutional issues could relate to the checks and balances / three branches of government / and so on.
     Report time for groups is 9:15 am in the Blood Center Lot behind the Hartnell Professional Center across from the Monterey Post Office on Hartnell Street.  Parking will be heavy getting into the staging area, and so please give yourself plenty of time to get there.  No cars can be parked in the staging area or for some distance from it.  WILPF (and allied groups) are entry number
60.  There are 70 units, and so we are again close to the rear.
     Rules of the Parade:  No passing out literature along the parade route.  The signs should not be overtly political (derogatory toward people, political campaign signs, etc.)  We just need to be creative and a little cautious about what we say on signs.  The parade administrators encourage costumes and uniformed attire.  WILPF members will come out in their blue and white sweat shirts and will have more available for sale.  Blue and white outfits will fit with that theme, but it’s more important to come and participate than to be uniformly attired.  Veterans for Peace have their own logo tee shirts and other groups may as well. 
Contact Judy Karas, chair of WILPF, Mty. Co., 372-5762 or jkaras@sonic.net.

Friday, July 7, 6:00 – 7:30 pm, Artist Reception for Tatiana Hart for the opening of the art exhibit, SHE/HER, collected works by the artist on display through the month of July at the Monterey Peace and Justice Center Art Gallery.
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.
     Tatiana Hart creates mixed media artworks, paintings and drawings. By emphasizing aesthetics, the work entices the viewer into an investigation of the abstract or unknown in relation to individual identity. While walking the division between memory and experience, she tries to develop compositions based on subjective associations and formal parallels. They ask the viewer to make new personal associations and confront their old ones.
     With representation in mind, this series deals with the documentation of womxn and the question of how they can be presented. Hart aims to direct a focus towards the relationship between the subject and spectator. The viewer is often denied direct access to figures. Forms and faces become partially obscured or abstracted. By putting the viewer on the wrong track, she absorbs the tradition of portraiture and figure work, and asks the audience to examine their views of female identity reliant on relationships.
Tatiana Hart currently lives and works in Monterey Bay, surrounded by inspiring friends, supportive family, and a passionate community of activists.

Suggested donation $5.  Light refreshments. No one turned away for lack of funds.
For more info, email montereypeaceandjustice@gmail.com
Monterey Peace & Justice Center, 1364 Fremont Blvd., Seaside.
The gallery is open Wednesday and Saturday from 1:00 – 5:30 pm.  The art may also be viewed when attending events at the Monterey Peace and Justice Center, 1364 Fremont Blvd., Seaside.

Friday, July 14, 3:00 pm, Veterans for Peace (VFP) meet at Monterey Peace & Justice Center, 1364 Fremont Blvd., Seaside.  All veterans and their supporters are welcome.

Thursday, July 20, 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  

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

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 6/21/17 5:00 pm  P 2, Gay Pride celebration, Seaside
Wed 6/21/17 8:00 pm  30 seconds to midnight; Pt 2 Ways of resolving conflict
Wed 6/21/17 9:00 pm pre-obon17 announcement
Thu 6/22/17 7:00 am  P 2, Gay Pride celebration, Seaside
Thu 6/22/17 1:00 pm  30 seconds to midnight Pt 2 Ways of resolving conflict
Thu 6/22/17 2:00 pm pre-obon17 announcement
Thu 6/22/17 3:00 pm saving acres Fox sand panel
Fri 6/23/17 7:00 am pre obon17 announcement
Fri 6/23/17 9:30 am 30 seconds to midnight; Pt 2 Ways of resolving conflict
Fri 6/23/17 2:00 pm  P 2, Gay Pride celebration, Seaside
Fri 6/23/17 5:00 pm  30 seconds to midnight; Pt 2 Ways of resolving conflict
Sat 6/24/17 7:00 am Effects of sand mining on Monterey Peninsula cities Part 1
Sat 6/24/17 11:00 am  P 2, Gay Pride celebration, Seaside
Sat 6/24/17 9:00 pm  Effects of sand mining on Monterey Peninsula cities Part 1
Mon 6/26/17 2:00 pm  30 seconds to midnight; Pt 2 Ways of resolving conflict
Mon 6/26/17 3:00 pm  pre-obon17 announcement
Mon 6/26/17 4:00 pm  Effects of sand mining on Monterey Peninsula cities Part 1
Mon 6/26/17 8:00 pm  P 2, Gay Pride celebration, Seaside
Tue 6/27/17 7:00 am Effects of sand mining on Monterey Peninsula cities Part 1
Tue 6/27/17 1:00 pm   pre-obon17 announcement
Wed 6/28/17 5:00 pm  P 1, Gay Pride celebration, Seaside
Wed 6/28/17 8:00 pm  P 2, Gay Pride celebration, Seaside
Thu 6/29/17 1:00 pm  P 1, Gay Pride celebration, Seaside
Thu 6/29/17 3:00 pm  Effects of sand mining on Monterey Peninsula cities Part 1
Fri 6/30/17 9:30 am P 1, Gay Pride celebration, Seaside


Peaceful Resolution of North Korean Nuclear Crisis

With tensions escalating on the Korean peninsula we have a unique chance to support South Korean President Moon Jae-in in his effort to use diplomacy, not war.
Add your name to let President Moon know that the American public supports his efforts for a peaceful resolution to the nuclear crisis with North Korea.
The Trump administration has already shown that it is reckless when it comes to North Korea, and when he meets with Donald Trump late next week, we must let President Moon know that the American people support diplomacy.

Information from Win Without War

We can take action against global warming
 By Peggy Olsen, Guest commentary (This article appeared in the Monterey Herald on Sunday)
President Trump is far from the only person having trouble believing climate catastrophe will affect life in the near future. It is such a frightening thought that the world could soon be a different place than the one we have always known that we are either loathe to believe it or we reassure ourselves it will only be in the distant future.

It is deep in the American psyche that we humans are a superior species for whom technology has created an amazing world, and science and technology have always seemed to solve the unsolvable. It is hard to believe that the age of iPhones, gas-guzzling cars and TV entertainment could disappear along with abundant food and material possessions.

The thought that we could be desperate for food and water is indeed unsettling, But, as in the Hans Christian Andersen story, “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” about the child who saw reality for what it really was when adults didn’t want to, the naked truth stands before us. At
https://climate.nasa.gov/evidence <https://climate.nasa.gov/evidence>, NASA lists nine factors showing earth warming at unprecedented rates since the mid-20th century. This has resulted in 150 to 200 species going extinct each day. Melting ice at the poles, glaciers shrinking around the world, vanishing tundra and forests, oceans polluted with plastic, radiation and acidity, and warming as never before all mean that collapse of the earth we know has begun in earnest.

Guy McPherson is the foremost spokesperson believing humans have little time left, not just because as a conservation biologist he knows that all species go extinct, but because the warning signs portending disaster are many. McPherson’s radio show, Nature Bats Last, means in the ballgame of humanity vs. mother nature, nature is the determining factor that will have the last word. McPherson nevertheless advocates for living with urgency and excellence, not giving up, and working to save the planet. He urges us to appreciate how amazing it is that humans are here on earth at all, against overwhelming odds.

While we may not be able to stop global warming, we can slow it and make its effects less catastrophic. Besides going to renewable energy and leaving “the oil in the soil” and “coal in the hole,” we must face that militarism and war are using earth’s limited fossil fuels at a rapid pace. If we are to slow our planet’s warming, the peoples of the earth must join together to demand an end to war.


When we begin to accept that a volatile and uncertain world is what our future holds, we will have taken the first, and perhaps biggest, step to appreciating what we have today and toward recognition we must band together in community to help each other deal with the tough times ahead

Peggy Olsen, of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, lives in Monterey.

Why Social Change Needs to Be a Laughing Matter

831 Community Involvement Calendar
Several organizations are collaborating to develop a Monterey County calendar of progressive actions, events, and meetings.
For questions email Anita Crawley at 831communityinvolvementcalenda@gmail.com .

Another URL that gets you to the calendar is:

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

Community Capital  --  ComCap 2017
Coming to Down Town Monterey September 10 - 13,
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 $4000 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

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

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. 


*Peace Coalition website is at www.peacemonterey.org (under construction)
*Monterey Peace & Justice Center website is at

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. 

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