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TABLE OF CONTENTS (details follow):
Mon 2/21 Film: Trading Democracy, with Bill Moyers
Thur 2/24 DAVID HARRIS - "The Crisis"
Other Groups' Events
Fri 2/18 Film: "Mission Against Terror" - San Jose
Sun 2/20 Kaleidoscope View of Havana - Palo Alto
Wed 2/23 Dr. Stephen Zunes speaks on the Middle East - San Mateo
Sat 2/26 American Muslim Voice Open House - Palo Alto
Sat 2/26 Paul George speaks on King, Vietnam and today - Redwood City
PPJC Events <<<
==== Film: Trading Democracy - With Bill Moyers ====
Jesse Swanhuyser ? Director, California Coalition for Fair Trade & Human Rights will speak and lead a discussion after the film.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 21
505 E. Charleston Rd, Palo Alto
$5 - $10 suggested donation - Wheelchair accessible
Bill Moyers reports on Chapter 11 of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) which multinational corporations are using to challenge democracy. Chapter 11 is only one provision in the 555-page NAFTA - negotiated to promote business among the US, Canada and Mexico and was supposedly written to protect investors, if foreign governments tried to seize their property. But corporations have stretched NAFTA's Chapter 11 to undermine environmental decisions, sue local governments, and overturn decisions of local communities. The cases are heard not in open court, but before international trade tribunals that make rulings in secret. The program details a system of private justice that is enabling companies to obtain covertly what they have failed to achieve publicly in national legislatures or courts. 58 mins, 2002
The Monday Night Movies series is a collaborative effort of:
Peninsula Peace and Justice Center http://www.peaceandjustice.org/
World Centric http://www.worldcentric.org/
Peace Umbrella, Unitarian Universalist Church http://www.uucpa.org
==== Author Apearance: DAVID HARRIS ====
David Harris presents his new book...
THE CRISIS: The President, The Prophet, and the Shah
1979 and the Coming of Militant Islam
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24
First Presbyterian Church
1140 Cowper Street, Palo Alto
$7 - $15 sliding scale admission - No one turned away for lack of $$
Sponsored by Peninsula Peace and Justice Center http://www.peaceandjustice.org
DAVID HARRIS presents his compelling new book, The Crisis: The President, the Prophet, and the Shah - 1979 and the Coming of Militant Islam. David Harris is the legendary antiwar activist who went to jail for draft resistance in the 1960s. Formerly a contributing editor at the New York Times Magazine and Rolling Stone, he is the author of seven previous books, including The League, Dreams Die Hard, The Last Stand and Our War.
A quarter century ago, a group of Iranian students swept into the United States embassy in Tehran, overpowering the Americans there and taking them hostage. The crisis that ensued would last for 444 days. It would define the Carter presidency and help give rise to the Reagan administration. It would begin as a rebellion against one brutal dictator and end with another in place. It was the turning point, the moment when radical Islam first rose up against America-the beginning of a clash that continues to define our times today.
Now, for the first time, drawing on unprecedented interviews with American, Iranian, and European participants, acclaimed historian David Harris tells the full story of those 444 days. Harris's gripping narrative races from Washington to Tehran to Paris to Panama, tracking a dying shah, a flailing Carter, an ascending Khomeini, the disastrous Desert One rescue attempt, and the lives of the Americans held in blindfolds amid a revolution like none other.
With The Crisis, David Harris has written an essential work of modern history that is also a breathtaking narrative of passion, politics, and faith.
Other Groups' Events <<<<
==== Film: "Mission Against Terror" ====
Friday, February 18
510 S First Street, San Jose
Learn about and lend your support to the struggle to free the five imprisoned Cubans who were trying to stop ultra-right terrorist groups in Miami from carrying out violent actions against the people of Cuba. See a new documentary about the five introduced by co-director Bernie Dwyer, a Radio Havana Cuba reporter who is from Ireland and touring with the film. Gloria La Riva, Nat'l Coordinator of the National Committee to Free the Cuban Five, will present an update on the case.
Suggested donation $5-10 (no one turned away for lack funds)
For more information or to cosponsor or endorse, please call 408-998-8504.
Sponsored by South Bay Mobilization http://www.southbaymobilization.org/ San Jose Peace Center, MACLA, and Nat'l Committee to Free the Cuban Five
==== Kaleidoscope View of Havana ====
Sunday, February 20
Unitarian Church Fireside Room
505 E. Charleston, Palo Alto
Dr. Roberta Ahlquist, sociologist, will speak on her recent trip to Cuba where she visited schools and attended a Conference on International Education.
Sponsored by Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Peninsula Branch
==== Dr. Stephen Zunes speaks on the Middle East ====
"The Political Landscape of the Middle East"
Wednesday, February 23
San Mateo Unitarian Universalists
300 E. Santa Inez Avenue, San Mateo
As the passing of Yasser Arafat and new elections shift the political landscape in the Middle East, Dr. Stephen Zunes will share his unique insights into U.S. influence in the Middle East at an event hosted by Peace Action of San Mateo County. http://sanmateopeaceaction.org/
A suggested donation of $5-10 is requested, with no one turned away for lack of funds.
Dr. Zunes presents a compassionate but powerful perspective on the region. He is a professor of Politics and chair of the Peace & Justice Studies Program at the University of San Francisco. He is the principal editor of Nonviolent Social Movements (Blackwell Publishers, 1999) and the author of Tinderbox: U.S. Middle East Policy and the Roots of Terrorism (Common Courage Press, 2003).
Dr. Zunes has made frequent visits to the Middle East, where he has met with top government officials, academics, journalists and opposition leaders.
This event is wheelchair accessible.
==== American Muslim Voice Open House ====
Saturday, February 26
12:00 AM - 03:00 PM
American Muslim Voice
120 Park Ave.
Let us sow some seeds of friendship.
American Muslim Voice would like to thank all of our fellow Americans who have been standing by us since 9/11.
Lunch will be provided. No forums, no teach-ins, no lectures and no speeches ? just family & friends having lunch and fun together.
Please join us to celebrate our solidarity and take the next step from interfaith dialogue and forums to sow some seeds of friendship in person.
My urgent appeal to all of my fellow Americans is to strengthen our voices on the celebration of the day of solidarity.
PLEASE RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.amuslimvoice.org/
==== Martin Luther King, Vietnam and Lessons for Today ====
Speaker: Paul George, Director, Peninsula Peace and Justice Center
Saturday, February 26
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood City
2124 Brewster, Redwood City
In the mid-1960's, Martin Luther King was routinely questioned and criticized for going "beyond" his civil rights agenda by speaking out against the Vietnam War. He answered his critics in what became one of his most famous and most powerful speeches: "Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence," delivered to a meeting of Clergy and Laity Concerned, at Riverside Church in New York City on April 4, 1967.
In that speech, Dr. King presented a powerful argument that the immoral war in Vietnam was wreaking untold havoc in the United States -- both morally and financially. It was a clarion call to conscience as he pleaded with his fellow Americans to come to the same realization that had driven him to speak out against the war, that "the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today [is] my own government."
In this talk, Paul George will examine the importance of Dr. King's groundbreaking speech, provide a brief history of the Vietnam antiwar movement and the lessons that we need to learn from that history for our current situation, as our country finds itself yet again bogged down in an illegal, immoral and unwinnable war in a foreign land. As Dr. King said in his speech, "The great initiative in this war is ours. The initiative to stop it must be ours."
George has been a grassroots peace activist and organizer for over 35 years. He has been the director of the Peninsula's leading activist organization, Peninsula Peace and Justice Center, for well over a decade. He has been a nationally recognized leader of the antiwar movement dating to the time of the first Gulf war, continuing through the period of deadly sanctions against Iraq, up to the present time. He lectures frequently at colleges, churches and community groups, and has made numerous television and radio appearances speaking out against US wars of intervention.
Sponsored by the Social Justice Committee of UU Redwood City as part of Redwood City's 2-month long celebration of the life of Martin Luther King.
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