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MARIN PEACE AND JUSTICE COALITION
October 16, 2007
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A GUIDE TO NEWS, ACTIONS AND EVENTS IN MARIN AND BEYOND
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ELECTION 2007 MARIN
MPJC encourages and asks for our members to get active on these campaigns. Our local politics need to be strong and aligned with our progressive agenda. Please email or call these progressive candidates and help them with their campaigns.
Fairfax Town Council
SMART VOTER WEB SITE
RE-ELECT the current mayor!
Novato City Council
SMARTVOTER WEB SITE
San Rafael City Council
GREG'S WEB SITE
SMARTVOTER WEB SITE
San Anselmo Town Council
FORD'S WEB SITE
San Rafael School Board
Occupation: Retired Teacher
Mill Valley School Board
Nejat Duzgunes PhD
Occupation: Scientist/University Professor
THE POLITICAL SCENE
THE COMING WEEKS IN MARIN
Tuesday, October 16, 7:30 - 9:30pm
Colonel Ann Wright
Dissent: Voices of Conscience,
Colonel Ann Wright resigned from the U.S. Foreign Service on March 19, 2003, while serving as Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy in Mongolia. She resigned due to her disagreement with the Bush administration’s decision to go to war in Iraq without the authorization of the UN Security Council, the lack of effort in resolving the Israel-Palestinian situation, the lack of policy on North Korea and unnecessary curtailment of civil liberties in the United States. Wright was recently on Democracy Now
Also, read the AP article about her being stopped at the Canadian Border:
Her Book: Voices of Conscience
Government Insiders Speak Out
Against the War in Iraq
Colonel (Ret.) Ann Wright and Susan Dixon
Foreword by Daniel Ellsberg
College of Marin,
Student Services Building (Cafeteria / Registration Building)
$5 - $10 Donation, no one turned away,
Students free with ID.
click for pdf flyer
Wednesday, October 17, 5:45 – 8:30 pm.
Brockbank for San Rafael Council
PHONE BANKING – GET OUT THE VOTE
Can you help out and get others there? This is the first big phone bank at Carpenter's Hall, 647 Lindaro, San Rafael 5:45, arrive, snacks, then call till 8:30. Get involved with a local campaign. Come meet people committed to a progressive San Rafael. Experienced? We need you. New to working on campaigns? We guarantee you’ll get bitten by the “local politics” bug.
Contact Greg and find out how you can help walking precincts, phone banking and leafleting.
Thursday, October 18, 6:30-8:30PM
Meeting the Needs of Communities
Chaired by Steve Kinsey, Marin County Supervisor
Keynote Speech by Steve Kinsey
Charles Rivasplata, Transportation planner for SF County
College of Marin's Olney Hall Rm. 96
Thursday, October 18, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Paul and Sheila Wellstone Award
The Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club of the East Bay is having a special event to celebrate the first annual Paul and Sheila Wellstone Award, which goes to Senator Sheila Kuehl. Sen. Wellstone, you may recall, fought for years in the US Senate for single-payer health care so nothing could be more appropriate than this award to our favorite senator.
The basic admittance price is $25 to $49. (If you go up to $50, you’re a “friend” and get your name listed.) Hors d’oeuvres are included, no-host bar.
Paul and Sheila Wellstone Award
Featuring our First Honoree
State Senator Sheila Kuehl
(Principal author of CA's Single Payer Health Care bill, SB 840)
Award Presenter: David Wellstone
(Paul and Sheila Wellstone's son)
The Silver Dragon Restaurant
835 Webster Street, Downtown Oakland
This event will sell out, Reserve Now!
Friday, October 19, 7pm
Marin Unites to Support Veterans of Iraq War
Featuring Nadia McCaffrey
Kathryn Keats - MC www.kathrynkeats.com
GOLDSTAR MOTHER, NADIA McCAFFREY a MOTHER IN BLACK. www.PatrickSpirit.org * Mother of Sergeant Patrick McCaffrey, 34, father of 2 young children, an American Patriot, fallen in an ambush, shot 8 times, near Balad, Iraq, June 22 2004. Patrick is the first combat-death in 58 years history of the California National Guards 579 Engineer Battalion based in Petaluma, CA, Patrick is Casualty number 848. www.teachpeace.com* www.GSFSO.org
The Event is sponsored by Students for Social Responsibility, Marin Peace & Justice Coalition and The Peace Alliance
SPEAKERS for Veteran's Village Benefit * Veterans Village reach out to Iraq Veterans dealing with the trauma of War
David Dionisi, author of American Hiroshima, former intelligence Officer, Business executive, Founder of www.TeachPeace.com
Gold Star Mother Karen Meredith, Founder of www.GSFSO.org
Dwayne Hunn PHD, travel the world with the Peace Corps, write wise legislation for a better World, The proposed American World Service Corps Congressional Proposals http://www.WorldServiceCorps.us strengthens America.
Michael O'Gorman chairman of Farms not Arms and one of the founders of the newly born coalition FARMER-VETERAN NATIONAL COALITION www.farmsnotarms.org;
Iraq war VETERANS:
Steve EDWARDS, veteransvillage board member,
Mote MOTECUZOMA veterans village board member
College of Marin, Olney Hall
Saturday, October. 20, 6 - 8 PM
Gala Fund-Raiser for Greg Brockbank,
San Rafael City Council Candidate –
It is time to pull out all the stops, full steam ahead until election day. Come join Greg and friends as we move San Rafael into to the “political future”.
Special Guest: Norman Solomon, author of Made Love, Got War and War Made Easy
4100 Redwood Hwy., San Rafael
Suggested admission: $50. Sponsorship Levels: $100- Friend; $250- Benefactor; $500- Patron
RSVP and Contact: 457-9991; firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, October 20, 6 pm.
CIA Agent George Shrub
Supper, Satire & Song
A dinner show on Saturday, October 20, will feature singing CIA Agent George Shrub and satirist Dave Lippman. Lippman will discuss his bad thoughts about Wal-Mart, and Shrub will focus on his bad thoughts about thought. Lippman is widely known for his sharp send-ups of topical subjects ranging from weapons of mass distraction to SUVs and the wars to defend them. He has toured widely in the United States, Europe, Australia, and Central America in a 35-year musical career.
Lippman and alter ego George Shrub will perform at the First United Methodist Church, 9 Ross Valley Drive (at Fourth Street), San Rafael.
A $20-30 donation includes dinner. The venue is wheelchair accessible.
For information call 415/924-3227, email email@example.com or go to www.mitfamericas.org Doors open at 6:00 for dinner and fair trade shopping that includes coffee and artesania. The show starts at 7:30.
Sunday, October 21, 2 - 5PM
Take Back Red California presents
"A Taste of Red Counties" Food & Wine Tasting
with emcee Josh Kornbluth and honored guest Charlie Brown
Marinwood Community Center
For more details, see www.TakeBackRedCalifornia.org
Monday, October 22, 4PM
March and Rally to Stop Police Brutality
Repression, & the Criminalization of a Generation
The People of Sonoma County will march through Santa Rosa neighborhoods to protest the 9 deaths of people killed in the past year by local law enforcement. All people of the Bay Area are encouraged to unite at this march and rally TO STOP POLICE ABUSE OF POWER.
The march begins at in Southwest Community Park (Hearn & Burbank Aves; 5PM feeder march from Sebastopol Rd and West Ave), followed by a 6PM rally in Old Courthouse Square (4th St and Mendocino Ave). There will be an open microphone at the rally. Speakers expected include surviving loved ones of victims, people who suffer from past and present police abuses, and all others who wish to speak. This escalating, brutal abuse affects the whole of our diverse community, uniting us all under one veil of oppression. Contact: Santa Rosa October 22nd Coalition to Stop Police Brutality www.scdirectaction.org/copwatch O22northbay@gmail.com (707) 292-7642 | (707) 546-2942 | (707) 758-0197 | (602) 628-2512
Tuesday, October, 23, 7- 9 PM
Grassroots Support "Presidential"
Candidates' Forum –
Carpenters' Hall, 647 Lindaro St., San Rafael
You've been watching the Democrats who are running for President; you've been paying attention and may have formed an opinion as to whom you support. We will have a panel of local supporters who will discuss why they think their candidate is the person who can win in 2008. FREE
Wednesday, October 24, 7 - 9 PM.
Marin General Hospital - CHOICES
Marin Healthcare District Moves Forward
An educational forum on the opportunities and challenges of operating a community-owned District Hospital in a competitive environment. Invited guests include representatives from District Hospitals in Southern California, the Bay Area and from the Association of California Healthcare Districts.
- Representatives from Palomar Palmerado
- Jon Friedenberg from El Camino Hospital
The goal of the event is to achieve a greater understanding of what potential value the Marin Healthcare District may provide to improve the overall health status for Marin County residents. A questions and answer period will follow the presentations from invited guests. The Students for Social Responsibility and the Marin Healthcare District are sponsoring this event.
College of Marin, Olney Hall
835 College Ave.
Thursday, October 25, 8 am - 5 pm
Inquire. Explore. Evolve.
Marin Nonprofit Conference 2007
Marin Center Exhibit Hall, San Rafael
- The Evolution of Democracy: Keynote by Christopher Gates,
Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement
- Dynamic workshops and informative panel discussions
- Marin County Nonprofit Landscape Study First Report Back
- County-wide peer and cross-sector networking
Inquire. Explore. Evolve. aims to create an open venue for
participants to ask questions, gather current information, discuss
new ideas, and frame an ongoing dialogue on innovation within the
nonprofit sector and the county. Don't miss this opportunity to
learn, network and be inspired along with your colleagues from the nonprofit community. Bring a team of board members, staff and
volunteers for a day of provocative speakers, new information, and
For more information or to register, visit
Thursday, October 25, 6:30-8:30 PM
Low Income Housing
Chair Dave Coury with panelists:
Cyane Dandridge, Executive Director of Strategic Energy Innovations
Katie Crecelius, Vice President, Marin Services for Women
Olivia Beltran, Grass Roots Leadership Network
Marge Macris, Chair, Marin Environmental Housing Dialogue
Mike Daley, EAH Manager of Advocacy and Communication
College of Marin's Olney Hall Rm. 96
Saturday, October 27th, 9am to 1pm
Seed Swap Party!
Point Reyes Farmers Market,
Hosted by Marin Organic in collaboration with the Bolinas Seed Library, Marin Master Gardeners, Point Reyes Farmers Market, Sustainable Fairfax, Regenerative Design Institute, UCCE, and West Marin Commons Local Food Initiative.
Bring your interest in planting and gardening, bring enthusiasm, bring seeds (or not), bring yourselves, bring your kids/roommates/friends, bring your fingers and inspiration, and share! We’ll be giving away free seeds of some of our favorite plants, some mystery seeds, some wild seeds and some seeds for thought. This is an example of what we believe is the next step of sustainability, preserving varieties of food through nature’s perfect containers.
Saturday, October 27, 11 AM
End the War Now – Protest
SF Civic Center
11 Massive Demonstrations for Peace
Boston, Chicago, Jonesborough, Tenn., Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, and Seattle
The U.S. occupation of Iraq has led to 4000 American deaths and roughly 30,000 injuries. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis have died and millions are homeless. Spending on the war thus far has been $457,984,243,792.
While most Americans oppose the war, there is no end in sight.
If we want the destruction and waste to stop, we have to take to the streets in protest in large numbers. This is the only way our elected officials will realize that their perpetuation of the war will end their political careers.
For this reason, a wide array of groups have come together to organize a series of major demonstrations this fall. One of these actions will be a protest and march in San Francisco on Saturday, October 27th. We'll start at the Civic Center at 11am and later march to Dolores Park.
Join us, tell your friends to join us, volunteer as an organizer and donate to our effort to show Bush, Cheney, Pelosi and Feinstein that northern California is fed up with the war and won't tolerate any more excuses. No more surges, no more study groups: BRING THE TROOPS HOME NOW! http://www.oct27sf.org/ and http://www.unitedforpeace.org/
Monday, October 29, 6 PM.
"Invasion of the Big Box Chains"
MPJC / FUMC Monthly Town Hall Potluck
Marin Peace and Justice Coalition and the First United Methodist Church of San Rafael presents their monthly free Town Forum & Potluck The presentation will include a showing of the new documentary film "Invasion of the Big Box Chains" with filmmaker Paul Francis in person. Ben Boyce, Staff Coordinator of the Living Wage Coalition of Sonoma County, will introduce the evening with a talk entitled "Community Impact Reports - Local vs Non-Local Economies." Come learn about the Target store proposed for construction next to Home Depot in San Rafael. The potluck starts at 6pm, and the talk at 7:15pm. This event will be held in the basement of the church which is wheelchair accessible. Please refrain from wearing scented products. .
First United Methodist Church, 9 Ross Valley Road in San Rafael, on the Miracle Mile.
Thursday, November 1, 7 PM
A Little Bit of So Much Truth
Documentary on 2006 Popular Uprising in Oaxaca, Mexico
To Show in Berkeley
A Little Bit of So Much Truth captures the unprecedented phenomenon that emerged when thousands of schoolteachers, housewives, indigenous communities, health workers, and students took over 14 radio stations and one TV station, using them to organize, mobilize, and ultimately defend their grassroots struggle for social, cultural, and economic justice. Filmmaker Jill Freidberg returned to Oaxaca in 2006 and joined forces with Oaxacan media collective Mal de Ojo TV, to tell the story of the people who put their lives on the line to give a voice to their struggle.
A discussion will follow. Fair trade artesania and coffee will be available for sale.This event is sponsored by the Task Force on the Americas. A $5-10 donation is requested. For information call 415/924-3227, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to www.mitfamericas.org.
LaPeña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck, Berkeley.
Wednesday, November 14, 7:00-9:00pm
Family Law - Forum Our Families at Risk:
A Closer Look at Problems & Solutions
Please Join Us in a Community Dialogue about Marin's Family Law Court System!
"Our Families at Risk: A Closer Look at Problems & Solutions" will include a Panel Discussion with legal experts and attorneys, a Video Screening and a moderated Question & Answer session.
This forum is the third in an ongoing series of public forums presented by the Center for Judicial Excellence. Be sure to visit our website below to see video coverage of our previous forums on Elder Abuse and Juvenile Justice issues.
Save the Date & Stay Tuned for Details about This Upcoming Event!
549 Magnolia Ave.
Larkspur, CA 94939
Event hosted by:
The Center for Judicial Excellence