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MARIN PEACE AND JUSTICE COALITION
September 27, 2006
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LIVE YOUR DREAM SO OTHERS MAY LIVE THEIRS
Wed., September 27, 7 – 9 p.m.
MARIN JUDICIAL FORUM:
A Community Dialogue
Part of the American Town Hall Forum Series
College of Main, Student Services Building
Our lineup of panelists includes esteemed Marin County attorney Carl Shapiro, Alameda County Superior Court Judge Kevin Murphy, Victoria B. Henley, Director & Chief Counsel of the State of California Commission on Judicial Performance (CJP), Cesar Lagleva, the Chairman of the Marin Human Rights Commission, family law attorney Barbara Kauffman and civil litigator Claudia Brisson. Independent audit findings: Inappropriate judicial behavior, perceived judicial bias favoring friends or social acquaintances, records mismanagement, inadequate staffing and organizational inefficiencies. Our courts have been the subject of complaints, stories, headlines, inquiries and audits (both internal and external) for many years. We think there needs to be greater communication and collaboration between the Courts and the Marin community. We'd like to know what's being done to improve our Courts and how the community can offer support.
Join us for this important FORUM
In partnership with: Marin Human rights Commission, Students for Social Responsibility College of Marin, Women Helping All People, Marin Peace and Justice Coalition, DFA-Marin

Wed., September 27, 7 p.m.
Marin Ranked Voting
JOIN ASSEMBLY CANDIDATE JARED HUFFMAN
FOR A DISCUSSION OF RANKED VOTING
Jared Huffman, Democratic Party candidate for State Assembly from the 6th district, will meet with Marin Ranked Voting activists on September 27 to learn more about our strategy for promoting ranked voting in local elections. The meeting will include a brief demonstration of ranked voting and a question-and-answer period.
Marin Ranked Voting works to make local government more representative by promoting better methods of choosing public officials in which voters can rank candidates in order of preference. When voters can rank the candidates, election results more accurately reflect the views of the entire community. Ranked voting also increases voter turnout, reduces negative campaigning and--in many situations--saves money.
Republican Party candidate Michael Hartnett and Libertarian Party candidate Richard Olmstead attended our August 23 meeting. Both endorsed ranked voting and joined our list of supporters. Green Party candidate Cat Woods has been an active supporter from the beginning.
Our monthly meeting will be held at the STAFF LOUNGE OF THE Student Services Building on the College of Marin campus in Kentfield on Wednesday, September 27, at 7:00pm. Everyone interested in better ways of choosing public officials is encouraged to drop by.
For more information call 415-256-9393 or reach us at http://www.marinrankedvoting.org/node/88.

Thurs. September 28, 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Act Against Torture 
Outside Senator Feinstein's office - 
Montgomery & Market 
On 9/28 join local activists for meetings with Senator Feinstein, Senator Boxer, and House Minority Leader Pelosi to demand an end to torture. 
Meet Thursday, September 28, 8:30am at Senator Feinstein's office (Montgomery & Market) 
We are arranging appointments with both senators and House Minority Leader Pelosi, and we'll start with our visit to Senator Feinstein when her office opens at 9am. 
We'll be wearing orange jumpsuits and bearing a very large gift: an orange-ribbon-wrapped cage to represent the reprehensible torture and indefinite detention that our legislators have enabled or failed to prevent over the past five years, at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, Abu Ghraib in Iraq, Bagram AFB in Afghanistan, and in secret prisons and other torture-sites all over the world. 
Since it's pretty unlikely we'll be allowed to deliver a large cage in Sen. Feinstein's building, we plan to carry it around the city -- to Pelosi's and Boxer's offices -- looking for an elected official who will take responsibility for the government's heinous activities. 
We'll have about a dozen jump suits on-hand (or bring your own!), and will also have orange t-shirts with demands (and our URL) printed on them for folks to wear (and, optionally, to buy). 
http://www.actagainsttorture.org

Thurs. September 28, 7 - 9 pm 
TERRORISM EXPLAINED: 
How Governments Use Thugs, Drug Dealers, and Religious Fanatics to Control Us and “Justify” Endless War, By Ed Rippy
522 Valencia St., 3rd floor. Free, but donations appreciated.
Sponsored by Northern California 9-11 Truth Alliance, Info/events: 1-866-268-2320, sf911truth.org

Saturday, Sept 30th 10 AM -3 PM 
drop off the night before 3-6 PM
First Annual Clothing SWAP*
WHERE: 1510 Fifth Avenue San Rafael (First Presbyterian Church)
$10.00 at the door to benefit MarinLink and the Away Station 
Or…drop off Friday afternoon
Ladies Fashionable Clothing And Accessories! 
Bring your clean, fashionable clothing and swap 
*SWAP! Bring items to give and you get to take in the spirit of building community and practicing reuse…

Sat, September 30. 6-10 pm 
Annual Marin Democratic Party Fundraiser: 
"Dancing With Democrats" 
San Rafael Recreation. Center, B Street. Democrats know how to party! Come for guest speakers, great food, silent auction, music/entertainment. Meet and support fellow Democrats, including many of your elected officials and candidates. This is the Marin Democratic party EVENT of THE YEAR!!! Individual tickets are $60 -- to reserve your space now: Marindemocrats.org. For more info: bmatas139@aol.com.

Sat., September 30, from 11am – 6pm 
GREEN YOUR SCHOOL CONFERENCE - 
For students ages 12 and up & adults of all ages
Our third annual all-day conference engages youth and adults to learn about important aspects of sustainability and how to make exciting changes in their schools and communities! The youth track includes workshops in Renewable Energy, Healthy Organic Food, School Gardens, Sustainable Products, Recycling and Transportation. The new adult track will include workshops in school gardens, green operations, green curriculum development, grant writing, and community resources. The day will conclude with a Making it Happen workshop that will help you and your students create real solutions to challenges in greening your school. Plus, get your hands dirty in a service project in San Domenico’s one-acre organic garden!
Location: the San Domenico School, 1500 Butterfield Rd. in San Anselmo
Cost: $25 / person (group discounts and scholarships available)
Register: email jenn@gonextgeneration.org or call 415.459.6398
Deadline: RSVP by Saturday, September 23rd
Presented by Next Generation and the San Domenico School

Sat., September 30, 7:30 pm (doors open at 7:00)
Israel, Lebanon, Palestine: 
Beyond The Headlines 
The history, current political dynamics, the humanitarian and ecological crisis in Lebanon and Palestine, and the potential for escalating war in the region. 
Speakers: 
Nora Barrows-Friedman, Senior Producer, Flashpoints, KPFA,
will talk and show slides of her recent trip to the West Bank,
Rayan El-Amine, Program Director, S.F. chapter, American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee
Olney Hall, College of Marin; College Avenue near Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Kentfield 
Live Middle Eastern Music
EVENT FLYER - CLICK HERE PDF 
Sliding scale (evening program): $10 - $25 
Reception 4:30 - 6:30, 
Student Services Building Cafeteria
Reception includes program's speakers and two Marin residents recently evacuated from Lebanon.
RECEPTION FLYER - CLICK HERE PDF
Reception and Program $35 
All proceeds will benefit humanitarian aid to Palestine and Lebanon
Sponsored by Educational Alliance for Peace and College of Marin, Students for Social Responsibility
Info: 415-257-4055.

Sun., October 1, 3p.m. - 5p.m. 
Meet Marin Healthcare District Board Candidates:
Kathleen Russell, Jennifer Rienks PhD, 
and Jonathan Frieman
14 Cliff Road -- Belvedere 94920
Bill Rothman and Linda Remy are inviting you to attend a party we are hosting this Sunday for Kathleen Russell, Jennifer Rienks PhD, and Jonathan Frieman. They are running as a slate for the three open seats for the Marin Healthcare District Board. Bill and I are very pleased to be supporting them.
Please call Darcy Brown at 441-7053 to RSVP. Directions are below. And if you forget to RSVP, come on over anyway. 
Kathleen, Jennifer and Jonathan are supported by Friends of the Marin Healthcare District. 
If you are not able to attend our party this weekend, please visit this website to learn more about these candidates and about the campaign. The lower right corner of the Friends website has a link to an important document describing a roadmap for the future of the District. 
The campaign needs to pay for signs before this weekend, so if you are able to give an advance donation via PayPal that would be terrific. Click here to donate
DIRECTIONS:
Exit 101at the Tiburon exit then go about 3-4 miles along Tiburon Blvd. At the San Rafael Avenue stoplight, turn right. When the water on your right ends, take the second right onto Golden Gate Avenue. Drive up to the second stop sign, which is a 5-way intersection. Take the soft right onto Belvedere Avenue. About 1/2 mile, the road will widen and on the right you will see a row of matching mail boxes beside a gray/white garage. A hairpin right takes you onto Cliff Road.
Our house is ~ 4-5 down, #14 on the right. Think chickens.
If you get lost or need to call, phone is 415-435-5439

Mon., October 2, 7:15 - 10:00 p.m.
"An Inconvenient Truth" 
What Can You Do About Global Warming, 
Personally and In Your Community
Unity in Marin will present a special showing of Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth" followed by a panel discussion about the ethical implications of human-caused climate change, and what individuals and communities can do about it. Panelists include Reverend Jeanne Sutter, Unity In Marin Prayer Ministry; Ken Smokoska, Chair of the California Sierra Club's Energy-Climate Committee; and John Schlag, Vice President of Sustainable Marin. 
Unity In Marin is located at 600 Palm Drive in Novato. For directions and more information visit http:www.unityinmarin.com
Press contact: Tamra (415) 457-7656 peterscarney@comcast.net

Tuesday, October 3 at 6:30 PM 
SMART RALLY
FREE PIZZA AND SALAD FOR FIRST 200 PEOPLE
With Congresswoman Woolsey, Supervisor McGlashan and Jared Huffman
Join the SMART campaign team at our Grassroots Kick-Off and Rally for SMART on Tuesday, October 3rd from 6:30 - 8:30 PM at the Coleman Elementary School in San Rafael. The first 200 SMART supporters at the event will receive a free slice of pizza and salad. 
The evening will include live music, and a rally with Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey, Supervisor Charles McGlashan, and Jared Huffman. Optional training sessions will be offered so that you can feel even more comfortable talking with your friends, neighbors and family about SMART, and why we need the SMART rail-with-trail as a transportation alternative. There will be an opportunity to sign-up to do phone banking, precinct walking, and tabling for the campaign. 
The event will be held at the Coleman Elementary School at 800 Belle Avenue in San Rafael, starting at 6:30 PM. Those interested in volunteering for this event and/or for the Marin SMART campaign should contact Andy Peri at andy@marinbike.org or (415) 456-3469 x8#. Please help to spread the word about this rally, and see www.marinbike.org for more information.

Thurs. Oct. 5 - ALL DAY
THE WORLD CAN’T WAIT
POLITICAL RESISTANCE
THIS PROTEST IS AT LEAST 24 HOURS LONG
NO SCHOOL! NO WORK! NO BUSINESS AS USUAL! STUDENTS, VETERANS, WORKERS, RELIGIOUS COMMUNITIES, IMMIGRANTS, ARTISTS -- WE ALL SAY NO! TO THE BUSH REGIME!
(Downtown San Francisco locations being confirmed)
ALL DAY AND INTO THE NIGHT! COME ONE! COME ALL! JOIN US IN THE STREETS! GET INVOLVED!
NOON Convergence
1 PM MARCH
4 PM rally and a dramatic Peoples Tribunal to indict the regime
Into the night vigil Camp WAKE THE FOLK UP broadcasting 24+ hours
OCT 6 (Friday morning) 8 AM rally and press conference
Banner drops, giant public art, poster lines along commute lanes, flyering busses and trains, radio news, soundtrucks, people are everywhere visible, building the heart and determination to make this truly a day of mass political resistance. Tell all the youth and the communities. Bring signs, banners, music, boom boxes, creative arts supplies, your ideas, your voice. Come to downtown San Francisco early, head for the mass convergence -- or on your way there, pick your spot for creative action in the street, or join those who have planned a sit-in, a worship service, street theater, a rally. The theme and message of October 5th: WE REPUDIATE THE ENTIRE PROGRAM OF THE BUSH REGIME, THE PEOPLE WILL DRIVE THEM OUT AND REVERSE THE DIRECTION THEY HAVE BEEN TAKING THIS COUNTRY AND THE WORLD. 
http://www.worldcantwait.net/

Fri., October 6 
Novato Peace Vigil
(and each first Friday of the month through fall and winter months), 5:30-7 pm -- Peace Vigil, at old Novato City Hall. Sponsored by PeaceNovato. For more info: 415-883-8324

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7, 
Benefit Barbecue 
supporting Mainstreet Moms (the MMOB.org) 
Organize or Bust, hosted in Bolinas, CA. For more on MMOB, and to learn about ways you can make a difference in the upcoming election: themmob.org\

Mon., (tentatively) October 9, afternoon – 
Redwood Landfill Expansion
Hearing on Final Environmental Impact Report 
on the Redwood Landfill by Marin County Planning Commission. Room 328, Marin Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Dr. This hearing is the next rallying point to oppose expansion of the Redwood Landfill (just north of Novato in our northeastern wetlands). It will be extremely important for members of the Novato community to attend in support of the local coalition that is battling Goliath, i.e., Waste Management Inc. Please note that this date is tentative, and that this hearing has already been rescheduled several times. Next month's Awareness Newsletter will have an update on the hearing and the date. For more/current info on the Redwood Landfill expansion: noexpansion.org 
No Wetlands Landfill Expansion is a concerned citizen's watchdog group created to review Redwood Landfill's proposed expansion in Novato, along the Petaluma marsh. This expansion is of critical concern for residents of Marin and Sonoma counties and environmentalists throughout the Bay Area. It will negatively impact the environment and surrounding communities. Citizen input and support is essential during the environmental review and permit process. Expansion of the landfill will turn it into a state regional dump to increase Waste Management, Inc.'s big corporate profits. It will result in a substantial increase of large truck traffic on highway 101 and increase the risk of degrading surrounding wetlands as well as air and odor pollution throughout Novato and surrounding areas.

Tues., October 17, 7:30 p.m.
How Bush Rules: Chronicles of a Radical Regime 
Sidney Blumenthal, the former assistant and senior adviser to President Clinton, will discuss his latest book, How Bush Rules: Chronicles of a Radial Regime. The book takes readers through pivotal events such as the hunt for Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, the rise of the foreign-policy neoconservatives, Abu Ghraib, the war on science, the Jack Abramoff scandal, and the catastrophic mishandling of Hurricane Katrina. It tracks a consistent policy that calls for the president to have complete authority over independent federal agencies and to remain unbound by congressional oversight -- or even the law. Discussion with KQED's Michael Krasny, Q&A with the audience and book signing. Advance tickets: $21; students: $10.50; book/ticket: $39. Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Rd., San Rafael. For more information and tickets call 415-444-8000 or visit www.marinjcc.org. Groups of 10 or more get a 15% discount.

Fri. -Sun., October 20 - 22
17th Annual Bioneers Conference. 
Civic Center Marin Veterans’ Auditorium, exhibit halls, showcase theater and fairgrounds. Don’t miss this inspiring three-day event. A laboratory for beneficial change. Mark your calendar now! www.bioneers.org. bbc.co

Wed., October 25, 7 p.m. – 
California Clean Money and Fair Elections Act 
Marin Area Working Group for Proposition 89: at Town Center Community Room, 770 Tamalpais Drive, Suite 201, Corte Madera. Prop. 89, the California Clean Money and Fair Elections Act, is on the ballot this November. Special interests like big oil companies, the drug giants, the insurance industry and HMOs are going to spend millions to try to defeat it. We need you to join the grassroots tide to help it pass so that government is accountable to the voters instead of to special interest campaign contributors. Come to the meeting at 4 pm to watch Bill Moyers' inspiring 15-minute video: "Road to Clean Elections". Attend Marin Area Clean Money Working Group's monthly meetings. If you're interested in helping local efforts to bring Clean Money to California. Marin-info@CAclean.org (A similar group meets in Rohnert Park 7-9 pm the fourth Thursday of each month). See www.caclean.org

October 27-28, 2006
Community Media/This Way Forward 
MEDIA Conference
Alliance for Community Media,
Western Region 
The Regional Conference Program Committee, headed by
Kari Peterson is working out all the program tracks and events, so full details will be posted on this site soon. Plan your fall weekend with this in mind:
In cooperation with Media Alliance and hosted by Community Media Access Partnership, headed by Suzanne St. John-Crane the 2006 ACM Western Region annual conference will be held in San Jose, California.
Downtown San Jose , the heart of Silicon Valley, is within walking distance of the HP Pavilion, home of the San Jose Sharks, the Tech Museum of Innovation, the Civic Auditorium, the Center for the Performing Arts, Plaza de Cesar Chavez, San Jose State University, and Adobe headquarters.
Downtown is 3 miles/5 minute cab ride from Mineta/San Jose International Airport.
Venue for the conference is the Hilton San Jose , with special $99/night room rates.
Reserve now requesting the Alliance group rate.
The WAVE film festival awards ceremony will be held Friday evening in the new San Jose City Hall Rotunda.
Keynote Speaker for the Saturday luncheon is Norm Solomon www.normansolomon.com , media critic and author of numerous books, including Wizards of Media Ox: Behind the Curtain of Mainstream News and The Trouble with Dilbert: How Corporate Culture Gets the Last Laugh.
National vendors will be in attendance. 
http://www.acmwest.org/

Sun., October 29, 5-7:30 PM 
TURN THE TIDE
NEXT GENERATION
(4-5pm Special Reception)
Call 415.459.NEXT (6398). Seating is limited.
Next Generation presents our fourth annual Turn the Tide gala, featuring Legendary Activist ARIANNA HUFFINGTON, with the Original Radio Active of Spearhead and dance, music, spoken word & youth leaders. Join 500 friends for our biggest and best event of the year! All proceeds benefit Next Generation's work mobilizing young people to learn about social issues, become effective activists, and take action for peace and our environment.
Location: Dominican University - Angelico Hall - 50 Acacia Ave, San Rafael, CA
Tickets – Youth $6, Adults $15
Reception - $45, $75 per couple
Call: 415.459.NEXT (6398) Email: Danielle@gonextgeneration.org
Organized by NEXT GENERATION.
Proceeds benefit our work empowering the next generation of activists to work for peace and the environment. 

Sat., November 11, 2006; 10 am to 10 pm. 
Lifting The Fog Off 9/11: Applying the Scientific Method to the World Trade Center Destruction -
A one-day conference. 
Presenters include: BYU Physics Professor Steven Jones; 9-11 Research creator Jim Hoffman; World Trade Center Environmental Organization founder Jenna Orkin; Former UL Site Manager Kevin Ryan; Mickey Huff, M.A, Survivor- Janette McKinlay, Peter Phillips, Ph.D (Project Censored) Forthcoming details will be at 911truth.org.
For updates and info, contact scott at planttrees dot org.