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MARIN PEACE AND JUSTICE COALITION
WEEKLY BULLETIN
January 7, 2006
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SAT., JAN 7, 3 TO 5:30PM
SAN ANSELMO
TOWN HALL MEETING
IMPEACHMENT NEXT STEPS
AFTER DOWNING STREET, 
DISCUSSION: Is Impeachment Possible? How to make it happen!
A plan to reach Republican Congress people.
WE NEED YOUR HELP so bring a friend to swell the movement
Social Justice Center of Marin
1000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. Rm 18
San Anselmo, CA 
contact Barbara 415 388 2821 

Mon., Jan. 9, 2006, 2 – 3pm
Lynn Woolsey
A Dialogue about Medicare Part D
I look forward to hearing your questions and feedback about the new Medicare Drug Plan at one of my community Meetings on January 9, 2006. There will also be an opportunity to make an appointment for "individual counseling" with HICAP.
Olney Hall
College of Marin
835 Kentfield Ave., Kentfield CA
Speakers:
Steve Deering, CMS Deputy Regional Administrators
Christine Tschummi, HICAP Project Director
* Sign-language interpretation provided
For more information or to request special accommodations,
please call Emmie Morgan, Field Representative for Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey
(707) 542-7182 

Mon. Jan., 9, 6:30 PM
MARIN PEACE & JUSTICE COALITION’S
REVOLUTIONARY
WINTER BASH
Potluck, Organic Entertainment and Tales from the Left.
Come join us for an evening of surprises, good food and much better company.
Bring a dish, a song, spoken word piece and your best revolutionary buddy!
First United Methodist Church
9 Ross Valley Dr.
San Rafael
BE THERE OR BE SQUARE

Weds. January 11, 6 - 8pm
COMCAST - MARIN Cable Franchise LISTEN to REGINA CAREY - PETER FRANCK Podcast Interview
CONTRACT HEARING
Larkspur City Hall, 
400 Magnolia, Larkspur
NEXT MTA MEETING: After six years of negotiations, the MTA will discuss the proposed ten-year cable franchise agreement with Comcast at their next meeting. The MTA must insist on some key provisions in this agreement, before allowing Comcast to continue using our streets for its cables. 
Please Come and Support Community Media Tell the MTA that you support the creation of a non-profit, independent community media center, and that any new franchise agreement must include the following:
• Designated Access Provider (DAP): This lets the people of Marin run their own Community Media Center and their Public, Education And Government (PEG) channels. 
• Capital Expense: The new community media center must be adequately funded for new and upgraded equipment and facilities over the life of the agreement. 
• Operational Expense: A media center must have enough income to keep running. This can be provided by a viewer choice fee (less than $1 a month) on cable bills.
• FM Service on the cable must be guaranteed. In many parts of Marin cable is the only way people can hear FM.
The contract should be released prior to or at the meeting.
Check www.mediaactionmarin.org for updates!

Friday, January 13, at 7:30 PM
NICARAGUA DOCUMENTARIES SCREENING 
As the November 2006 Nicaragua presidential race heats up, Marin Interfaith Task Force on the Americas presents two films extolling the development of fair trade by grassroots organizations in this Central American country. 
"We Have Other Plans" is a 28-minute exploration of projects, from fair trade coffee cooperatives to neighborhood women's support groups. It focuses on how and why these ventures are successful and applicable in communities around the world.
"The Road to Hope," a 23-minute film produced by Berkeley Potters for Peace, documents the tragedy and hope of the Nicaraguan people from the Contra War and Hurricane Mitch to current economic injustices. Potter-turned-filmmaker Francesca Roveda will introduce her film, discuss the design and production of ceramic water filters, and report on the development of national and international markets for Nicaraguan pottery.
Diana Bohn, Chair of Potters for Peace, will give an update on the current political situation in Nicaragua and explain alternative development projects being undertaken. She will display and sell unusual items of Nicaraguan pottery from her extensive collection.
Learn more about Nicaragua on Friday, January 13, at 7:30 PM, The First United Methodist Church, 9 Ross Valley Drive (at Fourth Street), San Rafael. A $5-10 donation is requested. No one turned away for lack of funds. Refreshments. Wheelchair accessible. For more information, please contact 415/924-3227, email mitf@igc.org, or go to www.mitfamericas.org.

Sat. Jan., 14, 10 am - 4 pm
"Lighting the Way to Equality" 
FREE educational event 
Unitarian Universalist Congregation 
547 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 
Jean Adams, EQCA Field Organizer for Northern California, and Chari Davidson, EQCA Sonoma Chapter leader, and others, for a day of exploring the latest information to help us pave the path to marriage equality in California. We will focus on both the nuts and bolts actions we can take as well as the most effective conversations we can engage in to bring about the end of discrimination locally and statewide, allowing California to help lead the nation toward equality and justice for all. 
Morning refreshments will be provided. Directions will be sent at receipt of RSVP. Please RSVP to both of the following email addresses: Jean@eqca.org and sonoma@eqca.org

Monday, January 16, 10am to 12noon
Martin Luther King
Community Breakfast/Forum
Grassroots Leadership Network 
Manzanita Recreation Center
630 Drake Ave, Marin City, CA 
MARIN COMMUNITY FORUM 
Civic Participation for Social, Political, and Economic Equality 
"What is the grassroots political-action agenda to promote racial and economic equality in 2006?"
Let's discuss the importance of every individual citizen in a democracy and the most effective ways to really act for positive social, political, and economic changes that will benefit us today and generations to come. 
The forum will start with a Networking breakfast from 9:30 to 10 am, followed by a panel discussion with:
Dan Daniels, State Director, NAACP
Alfredo D’Avila, ARC
California Partnership
American Civil Liberties Union
Action Coalition for People of Color
Grassroots organizations are invited to display educational publications and flyers on informational tables. Please submit the name of your organization in advance and bring the material with you to the Forum.
Organized by:
Marin Grassroots Leadership Network
In collaboration with:
ISOJI
Violence Prevention Forum
Thriving Families Initiative
This event is part of the
9th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration
"You can make a difference: Don’t Give Up Your Seat!"
In honor of Rosa Parks
For more information:
www.maringrassroots.org

DEATH WATCH Vigil - January 16, 8 p.m.
East Gate of San Quentin State Prison
Clarence Ray Allen, a Choctaw Indian, will turn 76 years old on Jan. 16, 2006, the day before the state intends to execute him on January 17, in San Quentin. A few months ago, Mr. Allen "flatlined" (died) from a heart attack... and was resuscitated by the medical staff, so that he can be properly executed in January 06! San Quentin Correctional Facility has issued a statement that Mr. Allen, although wheelchair bound, will have to walk 15 feet to the death gurney, because the death chamber is not wheelchair accessible...

Thurs., Jan. 19, 7-9 p.m
Sixth Assembly District Candidates Forum at Sonoma State
MEET THE CANDIDATES
Person Theatre, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park
The forum is sponsored and organized by Sonoma County Democratic Central Committee. Other Sponsors are: Sonoma County Democracy for America, Progressives Sonoma County, Santa Rosa Democratic Club, Sonoma County Latino Democratic Club, Sixth Assembly District Democratic Committee, Osher Lifelong Learning Institue, Sonoma State University. 
The forum is free; however there may be a parking charge of $2.50.
This will be your opportunity to hear the candidates views on the issues and their answers to the voters’ questions.
The candidates who have accepted the invitation are:
John Alden, Damon Connolly, Jared Huffman, Cynthia Murray, Pamela Torliatt
For additional information, please contact Kathleen Shaffer, co-chair SCDCC Candidate Search & Development Committee: rrgreen@sonic.net;
Tel: 707-696-0664; or Kathleen Hill, Vice Chair, 6th AD: hilltopub@aol.com Tel: 707-938-8110.

Thurs., Jan. 19, 5 P.M- 7 P.M 
Environmental Education Council of Marin 
Quarterly Mixer
Piatti Restaurant, 625 Redwood Highway, Mill Valley
Bringing together people who support environmental practices and sustainable programs in Marin, the MIXER is a place to network, make connections, meet new friends and develop collaborative efforts.
No charge: Food (not dinner) and one complimentary drink (What a deal!)
For more information contact: Karen@eecom.net or call 485-4908
Directions: Take Seminary Drive exit off 101 S. Turn right onto Redwood
Highway.
Karen Kleven
Project Consultant
Environmental Education Council of Marin
415-485-4908 (tel.)
415-456-7274 (fax)
karen@eecom.net

Sunday, January 22, 1- 4 pm 
KPFA 94.1FM
Town Hall Meeting, at the 
Women's Building, 3543 18th Street in San Francisco.
All listeners are invited to come and express your thoughts and 
opinions about your community needs and KPFA.
For the latest details go to http://kpfa.org

Tuesday, January 24, 6:15 PM
MITF - PRESENTS 
Solidarity with the People of Venezuela 
Three recently produced documentaries will acquaint viewers with Venezuela's remarkable developments in literacy, health care, food and nutrition programs, and land reform.
Showing at 6:45 PM will be "Chavez, Venezuela and the New Latin America." This is the exclusive February 2004 interview with Hugo Chavez conducted by Aleida Guevara, daughter of Che Guevara, and includes information about the blockade of information imposed by the US.
At 8:00 PM will be "With the Poor of the Earth." The profound social and economic changes taking place in Venezuela come to life, with emphasis on the participation of Venezuela's millions of poor in the revolutionary process.
The 9:00 PM finale will be "Venezuela Bolivariana: People & Struggle of the Fourth World War." This film covers the period from the 1989 "Caracazo" to the present and credits grassroots and networking power with contributing to concrete alternatives in the fight against neoliberal capitalism.
Eva Golinger's April 2005 book "The Chavez Code: Cracking US Intervention in Venezuela" will be available for sale, as well as DVDs of her September 5, 2005, presentation at the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists.
See one or see them all for one low price! A $5-20 donation is requested. No one turned away for lack of funds. Refreshments available. This venue is wheelchair accessible. For information please call 415/924-3227, email mitf@igc.org.
Doors will open at 6:15 PM at the First United Methodist Church, 9 Ross Valley Drive (at Fourth Street), San Rafael. 


Saturday February 25th, Noon to 6 P.M.
CIVIL RIGHTS REVIVAL FEST
In front of SF City Hall
Welcome to BANG4CHANGE 2006 !
We Poor People are called "Gang Bangers" & "Thugs"
Challenge the Hype ! Bang with Peace, Courage & Solidarity!
End US War on Poor, Black & Brown, NOW !
Demand SOLUTIONS & PEACE !
"It takes a Village !"
Please forward widely the link to this site, meant to build momentum and alliances for the Civil Rights Revival Festival in San Francisco, Feb 25th 2006.
On November 23, 2005, ISF (Idriss Stelley Foundation), sponsored by Bayview Campaign to End the Death Penalty and October 22 Against Police Brutality Coalition, hosted a Civil Rights Cookout at its location in the heart of the Bayview District on 3rd & Palou. After hardly a week of minimal outreach, more than 300 folks, progressive city officials, community activists and most importantly many families of Victims of law enforcement came to share their stories, proudly celebrate their heritage and shout out their demands for change ! February 2006 event will unite thousands of People demanding Justice and Peace!
SF ANSWER, SF Peacemakers, National Radical Women, SF Black National Newspaper and Community First Coalition have joined our Team !
Idriss Stelley Foundation is allocating $5000 to the event. We need volunteers to apply for city permit, sound permit, and we are recruiting artists and musicians willing to donate their performance to the cause. Please send us your speakers and vendors requests ! Tabling will be free, provided that you bring your own table (or ironing board LOL)
See you on February 25th, we gonna make a lot of powerful noise and bring some serious changes !
In Struggle & Solidarity,
mesha Monge-Irizarry
Director,
Idriss Stelley Foundation ( I S F )
SF BAYVIEW CEDP CHAPTER (Campaign to End the Death Penalty)
iolmisha@cs.com
4921 3rd St SF CA 94124
(415) 595-8251 / 24HR Bilingual Crisis Line 
http://mysite.verizon.net/vzeo9ewi/idrissstelleyfoundation/ 
 
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