MARIN PEACE AND JUSTICE COALITION
A FREE WEEKLY BULLETIN
A GUIDE TO EVENTS AND ACTIONS IN MARIN AND GREATER SF BAY AREA
May 26, 2006
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Independent Media Needs You
If you think media need to be part of the solution, not the problem...that democracy and everything we care about depend on an informed citizenry...and if you want to help promote and support media that's getting it right...
Then we invite you to take part in MPJC's Independent Media Campaign.
We need volunteers, organizers and financial supporters.
We welcome organizations to endorse the campaign and to participate.
We seek Marin merchants who will carry our Independent Media Guides in stores throughout the county.
Come to one of our presentations about the campaign. For date, location, and time, contact Zhenya at 381-9085.
Visit us at www.mpjc.org/imc.
On June 6th, Don't Forget to Vote!
We need to get out the progressive vote.
Call you neighbors and friends and vote together, celebrate democracy.
This important mid-year election may be a real cause for celebration by progressives everywhere. We have a chance to impact locally. Whether you vote absentee or at your local polling place, be sure that you cast your vote!
Lynn Woolsey -- United States Congress
Cliff Meneken -- Superior Court Judge
Patty Burke - Ross Valley Sanitary District
Pat Guasco - Ross Valley Sanitary District
Burke and Guasco for
Ross Valley Sanitary District
Feds step in to straighten out Ross Valley sewer leakage mess.
Ross Valley Sanitary District Incumbents Need To Be Flushed Out!
VOTE FOR - INTEGRITY
Patty Burke - www.patty4pipes.org
Pat Guasco www.patguasco.org.
They are the candidates who will work hard and honestly as Directors of the Ross Valley Sanitary District to serve the people of Ross Valley not special interest cronies. We need to clean up the mess of the Ross Valley sewer system for the health of our waterways and community. We cannot continue to allow underreported sewage spills, lacksadasical responses and coverups. Enough is enough, elect responsive leaders. Help get out the vote on June 6, call your neighbors and friends and go vote together to make the Ross Valley community safer.
Listen to Patty Burke's PSA click here (30 seconds)
Grand Jury Rips Ross Sanitary 5/26/06
Marin Independent Journal
read entire article
THE POLITICAL SCENE
THE COMING WEEKS IN MARIN
Sat., May 27,10am to 3pm
Powerful Non-Defensive Parenting
As a part of St. Raphael Church’s continuing program, Practicing Peace, Sharon Ellison offers a limited enrollment workshop focusing on communicating with children. As a renowned consultant and author of Taking the War Out of Our Words, her advice should be invaluable to parents and anyone who deals with children. Be sure to register soon as her last workshop in San Rafael sold out quickly.
Center for Volunteers and Nonprofit Leadership, 555 Northgate Drive, San Rafael (across from the Sears Auto Center in Terra Linda)
Judith Howell, St. Raphael Parish Office, 415-454-8141 for more information and registration.
Monday, May 29, at 9:30 am
Mill Valley Memorial Day Parade
Oh Happy Days - Let the Good Times Roll!
The "I Love A Parade Committee" has officially admitted MPJC (that's a change) into the Mill Valley Memorial Day Parade. This is after years of exclusion and marching without permission, so we want to make a good showing. Bring your family and friends!
MPJC will assemble on on Throckmorton Ave., opposite Old Mill Park between the Mill Valley Library and Old Mill School at 9:30am
At a succession of meetings of MPJC acting as a committee of the whole, we have decided that we want to present our organization in a manner in keeping with Memorial Day. We have decided that the leading row of the marchers will carry bouquets of flowers to commemorate the fallen. This is in keeping with the original intent of what was formerly called "Decoration Day," which was to decorate the graves of those killed in the US Civil War. March organizers will provied the flowers, but people are also invited to bring their own and carry them wherever they are marching in the parade. However, we shall also have about 18 of the familiar peace-sign windmills that we have carried before.
People are also invited to bring their own posters. We shall have big banners like "Salaam, Sholum, Peace," "Honor the fallen by bringing the troops home now," "End the Immoral Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine," "Impeach Bush and Cheney." This should give a sense of the breadth and tone of we want to project. Our intention is to let most of the spectators recognize that they are not alone in their feelings. We want to validate, not antagonize them, although we recognize that any message we were to present will not be approved by everyone.
It has been suggested that everyone wear at least white shirts or blouses. You may want to affix to your shirt a photo of one of the dead, which can be found on line (for instance, ABC.com. One way to do that is by hot ironing it on. It will be difficult to park cars near the assembly site, but not difficult on the other side of downtown.
If you have any questions or recommendations, give a call to Alan Barnett at 388-6488, or contact him at email@example.com.
Fri. - Sun., May 27 - 29
STOP THE DIVINE STRAKE!
NEAVADA TEST SITE – MERCURY NEVADA
The Divine Strake Test is being postponed until at least June 23, nonetheless it will still happen.
On May 28, 2006 dozens of indigenous, environmental justice and peace and disarmament organizations will converge at the Peace Camp outside the Nevada Test Site near Mercury Nevada to protest the Divine Strake test scheduled for June 2, but now apparently postponed to June 23.
We are also encouraging visitors to organize into affinity camps, and to collaborate on providing for food water and shelter. While there will be some shared areas for shade, gathering, and workshops, affinity camps are encouraged to schedule their own activities and actions. We will provide scheduling for the main gathering tent.
Participants need to plan on bringing their own food and necessities.
Here are the basics on the event:
Saturday, May 27 arrival at camp, issuing of permits, camp setup and workshops
Sunday, May 28 Sunrise ceremony, interfaith service, rally, direct actions
Monday May 29, camp breakdown and departure
Donations can be made through Shundahai Network.
Updated details can be seen at Desert Greens Green Party of Utah.
Wed., May 31, 12 Noon – 1 p.m.
Restoring Public Trust in Our Courts
Join us at an informational briefing about what has been or is being done to correct the problems in our Marin Courts.
Help establish a Citizen's Judicial Oversight Committee
Hear preliminary results of our Judicial Survey
Learn more about audits of our Marin Courts
Brown Bag Briefing
Drinks & Cookies on us
LOCATION: Tamalpais Room
San Rafael Corporate Center
750 Lindaro Street, San Rafael
Mon, June 5, 6:00 PM Dinner, 7:00 Cuba Films
17th ANNUAL Pastors for Peace
POTLUCK DINNER & MOVIE
FUNDRAISER for the:
Let’s send “Jimmy Justice” to Cuba Coalition.
Sponsored by Marin Peace & Justice Coalition
Marin Interfaith Task Force on the Americas &
San Francisco Bay Area Pastors for Peace Friends/Friendshipment
Can’t make it to the potluck, but want to support gettin’ Jimmy Justice outta the country...kindly send your donations to:
Marin Interfaith Task Force on the Americas, P.O. Box 2481, Mill Valley, CA 94942
9 ROSS VALLEY DR
(at Fourth Street)
$5-15 DONATION. NO ONE TURNED AWAY FOR LACK OF FUNDS.
(All proceeds go to Jim Geraghty’s travel expenses while he participates in the 17th Annual Cuba Caravan leaving Berkeley June 24.) Gettin’ “Jimmy Justice” on the bus!
Thurs., June 8th, 7:30-9:00 am
BIOMIMICRY: The Next Industrial Revolution
Growing Clean Technology Companies Marin
presented by Slim Shekar in the Business Breakfast Series: Conservation League and the Environmental Education Council of Marin (EECOM)
Embassy Suites Hotel 101 McInnis Parkway, San Rafael 94903
PAX Scientific - A Case Study
What is biomimicry and can a biomimicry-based business be profitable and sustainable?
How can we identify the common ground between green concerns and the needs of business?
What can Marin County do to become a model for attracting successful green businesses?
Join us for a conversation with Slim Shekar, PAX Scientific Executive Vice President for Business Development, as he outlines the challenges, and opportunities of cultivating a biomimicry-based business.
For more information, contact Scott Feirbend at firstname.lastname@example.org or Somer Duckett at email@example.com.
Fri., June 9, 7:30 PM
HATI: THE UNTOLD STORY
Filmmaker Kevin Pina challenges the contemporary view of Haiti, revealing the hidden role of the 'international community' in Haitian politics. This provocative and lively film takes the viewer into parts of Haiti where few Western journalists dare to tread, and includes shocking footage of unreported human rights abuses, some which have been astonishingly conducted by UN forces. Pina’s film stands out because it connects the tragic events in Haiti with what he assesses as foreign intervention designed to deter democracy. Learn the side of the Haiti coverage not seen in regular media.?
Come see this extraordinary film and meet the filmmaker
First United Methodist Church
9 Ross Valley Drive (at Fourth Street) – SAN RAFAEL
For more information call: 415-924-3227
Marin Interfaith Task Force on the Americas (MITF)
Flashpoints on Pacifica’s KPFA
Proceeds benefit the Haiti Information Project (HIP)
REFRESHMENTS - WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE
$5-10 Donation Requested No one turned away for lack of funds
Sat. & Sun., June 10 & 11
Video Blogging Super-Rama
VloggerCon 2006 is a media village born on the internet, and making camp for a weekend in San Fransisco. This conference is the place to be if you want to learn or share your knowledge about video blogging. News, events, enhancing your site, personal stories, the normal the extreme the wacky and wild. If it is video and it is on the net then you need to be here.
After attending this conference you will have your own videoblog.
Buy you tickets at www.vloggercon.com
at the Swedish American Hall, San Fransisco
Sat. June 17, 7PM
Arsenal of Hypocrisy
The Space Program and the
Military Industrial Complex
A Community Film Showing in support of Christian Heath’s Social Landscape Project participating at the World Peace Forum 2006 in Vancouver.
Currently the US Military is pursuing the installation of space based weapons to enable “rapid global attack…anywhere in the world under any conditions”. In a democratic-republic the actions of government are supposed to reflect the general will of the people, while citizens must know what their government is doing to positively and constructively engage with it. In this positive spirit, please join a community film showing!
One Hour Film Features:
Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 14 Astronaut ;
Bruce Gagnon, Global Network Against Nuclear Weapons and Power in Space;
Noam Chomsky, Activist and Professor of Linguistics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT);
Outlines of U.S. plans to control space and the Earth below, dangers of Bush’s "Nuclear Systems Initiative" that would expand use of nuclear power in space by building Project Prometheus (the nuclear rocket). Archival footage, Pentagon documents, and President Dwight Eisenhower in 1961 warning the American people about the dangers of an unchecked military-industrial complex.
First United Methodist Church of San Rafael
9 Ross Valley Rd., San Rafael (Across from Bedrock Records on the “Miracle Mile“)
$5 Suggested Donation*
More info 415-455-9918
Endorsed By: Western States Legal Foundation (WSLF), Social Justice Center of Marin (SJCM), Marin Peace and Justice Coalition (MPJC)
*Donations Benefit Christian Heath's the Social Landscape Project participating at the World Peace Forum 2006 in Vancouver, Canada June 22-29.
Sun, June 18th, 7:00 pm
McCarthy Era Lessons for Bush’s America
Son of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg and Executive
Director of the Rosenberg Fund for Children
for a discussion of
Robert Meeropol was six years old when his parents, Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, were sent to the electric chair in 1953, executed by the U.S. government after one of the most hotly debated trials in U.S. history. Now, Meeropol leads the Rosenberg Fund for Children (RFC), a public foundation he started in 1990. The RFC echoes the support Meeropol received from the progressive community after his parents’ deaths, by aiding children of today’s activists who are living through similar nightmares to that which he experienced as a child.
In this presentation, followed by Q&A and a book signing, Meeropol - now an attorney, activist and Executive Director of the RFC- will discuss the many dangerous parallels between the post-9/11 political climate and the McCarthy era of the 1950’s.
Student Services Ctr. Cafeteria, College of Marin
Copies of AN EXECUTION IN THE FAMILY will be available for purchase.
Sponsored by the College of Marin Students for Social Responsibility, Marin Peace and Justice Coalition and Bay Area National Lawyers Guild
For more information about the event contact Jim at (415) 485-9390 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about Robert Meeropol and the Rosenberg Fund for Children visit www.rfc.org. The RFC, a 501(c)(3) public foundation, provides for the educational and emotional needs of the children of targeted progressive activists in this country and also for targeted activist youth.
If you are unable to attend but wish to make a tax-deductible contribution, please visit www.rfc.org to donate online by credit card or send a check or money order payable to the Rosenberg Fund for Children to:
Rosenberg Fund for Children
116 Pleasant St., Suite 348
Easthampton, MA 01027