February 15, 2024

Monterey County

 Quote of the Week:
“Let’s call for peace. Let’s call for hope. Let’s call for a complete ceasefire. Let’s call for building bridges. We must build the future, and this future must be based on equality, on partnership, on peace.” ~  Maoz Inon, Israeli peace activist whose parents were killed in the surprise attack by Hamas militants on October 7  (read more)

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

February 1- March 11, Poster Art Contest for Monterey County on the theme: "Your Vote Is Your Voice--Register and Vote."  The League of Women Voters of Monterey County invites High School students to submit their artwork for an opportunity to have it selected for display in libraries and other locations. A grand prize of $200 and several merit awards of $75 will be awarded. Posters will be used by the League to encourage voter participation during the 2024 election year. Contest guidelines and student submission forms can be found on the League's website.  Questions?  Email LWVartcontest@gmail.com

Thursday, February 15, 12 pm – 1 pm, Press Conference: Advisory Opinion on the People's Tribunal on Pesticide Use and Civil Rights in California, in Watsonville, in front of Watsonville High School, 250 E Beach St.  Join Safe Ag Safe School at noon for a news conference with some outstanding speakers. The results of a one-year investigation into the practices of the Department of Pesticide Regulation as well as County Agricultural Commissioners will be made public. Pervasive, ongoing, and severe civil rights violations across several counties in the San Joaquin Valley and the Central Coast will be disclosed.  The press conference will be live-streamed on Facebook HERE.  Please attend in person if you can. 

Sunday, February 18, 3 pm - 6 pm, Black History Month Program, at Oldemeyer Center, 986 Hilby Avenue in Seaside.  Sponsored by the City of Seaside, Seaside Arts & History Commission, Monterey Bay Links, Inc., and other local organizations. Featured guests include Dr. Vanessa Lopez-Littleton, Ruthie Watts, Steven Goings, and Kristian McKeith.

Sunday, February 18, 3 pm - 5 pm, Hands off Rafah!  ¡Manos fuera de Rafah!  Demonstration! at Window on the Bay Park, 717 Del Monte Ave in Monterey. Israeli military’s catastrophic displacement of Palestinians has forced over 1.5 million people to take refuge in Rafah, making it the most densely populated place on earth. We now are witnessing a further escalation and the last stage of the Israeli military’s plans for ethnic cleansing and genocide.  Email montereypalestinesolidarity@gmail.com with questions about accessibility.  Learn more at https://montereypalestinesolidarity.com/hands-off-rafah/  

Wednesday, February 21, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, in person, 2024 Black History Month Film Festival featuring BLACK BOYS, a documentary film that illuminates the spectrum of black male humanity in America. An intimate, inter-generational exploration, BLACK BOYS strives for insight to black identity and opportunity at the nexus of sports, education and criminal justice.  The series continues each Wednesday through February.  Films are presented in the Irvine Auditorium, 499 Pierce Street, in Monterey.  Find the film series schedule and reserve tickets on Eventbrite HERE. Sponsored by Black Leaders and Allies Collaborative (BLAAC), in partnership with the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.

Thursday, February 22, 4 pm - 7 pm, in-person and virtual, Breast Cancer Community Meeting: Central Coast.  United Way Monterey County: Community Impact Center, 232 Monterey Street Ste 200 Salinas.  Whether you are a community activist, policy expert, scientist, healthcare provider, survivor, or advocate, your voice is vital to prioritizing breast cancer prevention strategies and interventions.  Reserve a spot HERE.

Saturday, February 24, 11 am – 1 pm, in person, Cheza Nami in Concert, a free family event celebrating African Culture and the Diaspora, followed by a Drum and Dance Interactive workshop. The event will be held at the Martin Luther King, Jr. School of Arts, 1713 Broadway Avenue, in Seaside.  Learn more HERE.

Saturday, February 24, 5:30 pm – 7 pm, in person, United Nations Association (UNA) Monterey Bay invites members and friends to their Annual Meeting of the Members in the Marina Library Community Room, 190 Seaside Circle in Marina.  A short business meeting at 5:30 pm will be followed by a short film on the United Nations and a discussion and planning for 2024.  Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to unamontereybay@gmail.com.

Sunday, February 25, 12 noon, virtual on Zoom, Black History Month Celebration: Building on the Leadership Legacy of Black Panther Women, sponsored by Freedom Socialist Party, San Francisco. Women comprised 70% of the Black Panther Party membership and were leaders in the organization. Learn how these socialist trailblazers inspired future generations of Black feminist leadership. Speakers: Jilchristina Vest, Founder & Curator of West Oakland Mural Project, and Kristina Lee, Reproductive Justice San Francisco & SEIU 1021 Labor for Palestine member. Available via Zoom.  Register HERE.

Wednesday, February 28, 4 pm - 6 pm, in person, Seaside Police Department's Community Meeting on AB 481 - Military Equipment Use Policy, at Oldemeyer Center, Laguna Grande Ballroom, 986 Hilby Ave., in Seaside.   Voice your opinion. To Seaside PD's credit, they do not share the use of MRAP armored personnel carriers, nor use other excess US Defense Department weaponry.  Find AFSC's AB 481 community engagement resources HERE.

Tuesday, March 5, VOTE! The last day to return ballots and the last day to vote in person.  Find more details on the Monterey County Elections website.

Tuesday, March 5 · 5:30 pm - 7 pm, in person, "El Susto" Film Screening, presented by Blue Zones Project Monterey County, at the Dual Language Academy, 650 Sonoma Avenue, Seaside.  The documentary uncovers the soda industry’s outsized influence in Mexico and how it contributes to the increasing prevalence of obesity, Diabetes II, and cardiovascular disease.  It tells the story of courageous public health advocates, medical professionals, and community members who confront and challenge “Big Soda” to protect the well-being of their nation. Free event.  Register on Eventbrite HERE.

Tuesday, March 5, 7 pm - 8:30 pm, in person, Book Discussion, Our Hidden Conversations: What Americans Really Think About Race and Identity, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Monterey Peninsula, 490 Aguajito Rd, Carmel-By-The-Sea.  In her book, Our Hidden Conversations, Peabody Award-winning journalist Michele Norris offers a transformative dialogue on race and identity in America, unearthed through her decade-long work at The Race Card Project.  She reminds us that even during times of great division, honesty, grace, and a willing ear can provide a bridge toward empathy and maybe even understanding.  For more info, contact jtigerm@comcast.net

Wednesday, March 6, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm, in person, Telling the Story of Climate Change: Lessons from an LA Times Reporter, with Rosanna Xia, environment reporter for the Los Angeles Times.  Xia will discuss how environmental journalists today are writing about climate change, with lessons learned on how to turn complex issues into memorable stories. She will introduce her new book, California Against the Sea, and share insights from her award-winning reporting on sea level rise.  Reception and book signing will follow.  Free event. Open to the public. McCone Irvine Auditorium, McCone Building, 499 Pierce Street, in Monterey.  Contact Rachel Christopherson at the Center for the Blue Economy at cbe@miis.edu or (831) 647-4183.

Thursday, March 7 through March 17, in person and virtual film screenings, 12th Annual Watsonville Film Festival, celebrating the best Latine films, stories. and art.  Find the schedule, venues, and order tickets HERE.

Friday, March 8, 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm, in person and virtual on Zoom, A Pivotal Time to Recenter Community Action and Women in Leadership. Celebrate International Women’s Day with an intimate conversation with Verlaine-Diane Soobroydoo, author, international strategist, and public policy and diplomacy professional.  The speaker will discuss her experiences in international policy arenas, highlights from her work in the field on the African continent, and words of inspiration to recenter our attention on community engagement and women in leadership. Register HEREIrvine Auditorium, 499 Pierce Street, in Monterey.  Part of the Jan Knippers Black Speaker Series and cosponsored by the Gerry Taylor Seminars Endowed Fund and Kathryn Wasserman Davis Collaborative in Conflict Transformation.

Sunday, March 24, 12 pm - 5 pm, in person, New Beginnings Indigenous Gathering at Lutheran Community Church, 95 Alta Vista Avenue in Watsonville.  All are welcome to this community gathering featuring Indigenous speakers, dancers, storytellers, plus arts and crafts. Free admission. Organized by Central Coast Indigenous Tribe. For more information visit the Facebook event HERE

Sunday, March 24, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm, in person, Roy Zimmerman:  In Concert at the Monterey Peace and Justice Center, 1364 Fremont Blvd. in Seaside.  Roy returns to the Central Coast to present an evening of his socially conscious songs infused with his signature blend of wit, satire, and hilarity. He’s sung these songs on stages, screens, and airwaves for over thirty years, bringing laughter and encouragement to progressive-minded people across the nation. Tickets are $25 or pay what you can. Reserve yours on Eventbrite HERE.

April 25 through May 12.  The Reel Work May Day Labor Film Festival.  This annual festival takes place in various locations in Central Coast communities during the week of May 1st, International Workers Day.  Reel Work presents cultural events and award-winning cinematic representations of labor that include local and international works, and world premieres as well as classics.  Find more details and watch for scheduling HERE.


Action:  Sign the petition to demand that Ivan Cantu's execution be delayed to allow time for an evidentiary hearingMike Farrell, President of Death Penalty Focus, and his friend, Sister Helen Prejean, are asking us to sign a petition to stop the February 28th execution of a possibly innocent person on death row in Texas.  The death penalty is so wrong, but the possibility of executing an innocent person is beyond barbaric.



Article:  Just Good News – February 9, 2024, February 9, 2024.  The staff of the Americans of Conscience Checklist researches the best news in American democracy and the world as a reminder that our voices together do lead to positive change.


Actions:  Solidarity with Gaza - Bay Area Actions


English Second Language Classes:  Mondays and Thursdays, 6 pm – 7:30 pm at the Monterey Peace and Justice Center, 1364 Fremont Blvd., in Seaside.  No registration necessary.  Walk-ins welcome. Seeking volunteer ESL teaching assistants. More info HERE. Contact instructor Carlota Andrews at siandrewso@gmail.com. 


New online Google Calendar!  Social Justice Community Calendar, (short for Monterey County Social Justice Community Events Calendar). The primary focus is to list non-partisan social justice events in Monterey County (in-person), and virtual events from any location.  It currently appears on the following websites:  Monterey Peace and Justice Center, NAACP Monterey Branch, NCBI, The Caste Action Alliance, and Whites for Racial Equity. Help make this a meaningful tool for the community.  Contact Anita Crawley acrawley@comcast.net about adding your organization’s events to the calendar. 


Action Alerts:  Visit FCNL’s Action Center for a list of action alerts and pre-formatted/editable letters to members of Congress. Hosted by Friends Committee on National Legislation Action Center (FCNL).


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.


Whites for Racial Equity eBlast.  Find an online version of the e-Blast.


IndyBay Event Calendar.  Independent open-publishing newswire serving California.


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, consider joining 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 at tinyurl.com/Weekly-Peace-Calendar.

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.  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 and if staffed 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:  The Monterey Peace and Justice Center was envisioned and founded by Valori George in 2004 as a venue to support the activities of Monterey Peace Coalition organizations.  Since its opening, it has been a networking center and resource center for those groups and others who were working for similar purposes.  MPJC moved to its present Seaside location at 1364 Fremont Boulevard 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.wordpress.org.

Direct your questions about the Monterey Peace and Justice Center to Catherine Crockett, 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. To ensure this Peace Calendar is not bounced, add cm_crockett@sbcglobal.net to your address book or whitelist.


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