MARIN PEACE AND JUSTICE COALITION
January 3, 2008
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THE COMING WEEKS IN MARIN
Thursday, January 3, 7:30
What About the Redwood Landfill
Looming Disaster or Model of Perfection
A forum on the future of the Redwood Landfill disposal site north of Novato will be Thursday night at the Corte Madera Town Center Community Room.
Redwood Landfill's representative, Vanessa Lindlaw, and Bruce Baum of No Wetlands Landfill Expansion will speak at the 7:45 p.m. forum hosted by the Marin Democratic Central Committee.
State and local agencies are reviewing the landfill's long-term operations and improvement plan.
The forum will be at Corte Madera Town Center, Community Room, Suite 201, 770 Tamalpais Ave., Corte Madera
Tuesday, January 8, 5:00-7:00PM
Homelessness in Marin County
Marin Interfaith Council Forum
Mt. Tam United Methodist Church, 410
Sycamore Ave., Mill Valley.
Please bring an appetizer to share.
Speakers will include persons from the unsheltered community as well as staff from Marin nonprofits including Ambassadors of Hope and Opportunity, Homeward Bound, Marin Interfaith Street Chaplaincy, Ritter Center, and St.Vincent de Paul Society Dining Room
This event is free and open to the public. Feel free to share this email invitation with your email lists and community newsletters. For more information, contact Ann Pope, Office Manager, at
email@example.com or # 415-456-6957.
Tuesday, January 8, 7 - 9 pm
DFA - Marin
COUNT EVERY VOTE!
UNCOUNTED the movie will change how you feel about the way votes are counted in America. Co-sponsored by Democracy for America-Marin, Progressive Democrats of Marin, and Seniors for Peace, this explosive documentary will be shown without charge on in the Redwoods Auditorium 40 Camino Alto in Mill Valley. Election Integrity speakers Sherry Healy and Linda Bagneschi Dorrance will answer questions from the audience.
For information, contact Pat Kunstenaar, 415-488-9037.
Friday, January 11, 4 PM
Silent Candlelight Procession
Six Years of Injustice at Guantanamo.
On January 11, 2008, Act Against Torture will mark the sixth anniversary of the first detainees' arrival at Guantanamo. We'll meet at 4pm on the steps of the federal courthouse at 95 - 7th St (at Mission) in San Francisco (near Civic Center BART). Dressed in orange jumpsuits we'll create a candlelit tableau of chained prisoners before marching slowly and silently in chains down Market Street, stopping at crowded plazas and corners (e.g., BART stations) to re-create our tableau. We'll end in Justin Hermann Plaza and form our final tableau beside the ice skating rink there. Please wear orange (we'll have a few orange jumpsuits, but not enough for everyone), or black if you don't have orange clothing. Bring a flashlight if possible to help light our tableau. We'll bring the candles. Please forward this announcement far and wide so we can finally stop the insanity.
Saturday, January 12, 2008, 7:00-9:00 pm
Rethinking Plastics – Rethinking Our Lives
Why do we need to care about plastics? A lot of our food and drinks are wrapped and stored in plastic products. We are finding that plastic is not only bad for the environment, now scientific evidence shows that toxins found in plastics are also leaching into our food & drinks and into our bodies.* Learn what you can do to protect yourself, your family, and the environment.
See a short video: “Synthetic Sea” followed by a presentation – learn the facts
Learn what Sweden is doing right – change is possible
Get ideas in a how-to demonstration of "alternatives to plastics" in the kitchen & beyond
Learn about local resources to take plastics out of our diet
Learn about what parents and staff are doing in the NUSD around plastics & recycling
*FACTS ABOUT PLASTIC:
1. Plastic is toxic to our bodies: Many modern disorders are linked to plastics exposure, including asthma, cancer, diabetes, obesity, and premature puberty.
2. One million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals die every year through ingestion or entanglement in plastic.
3. In large areas of the Pacific Ocean, small plastic debris outweighs zooplankton by 6 to 1.
Join Stuart Moody of Green Sangha (greensangha.org) and the Novato Live Well Network and learn how we can free ourselves from this growing burden of plastic litter and plastic toxins.
Sponsored by Novato Live Well Network**, Green Sangha,
and the Novato Unified School District
For more info: NovatoLiveWell.com, 415-897-2302
Novato Unified School District, Board Room
1015 Seventh Street (corner of 7th & Grant), Novato, CA
Tuesday, January 15, 7:00-9:00pm
Adopt a Special Kid:
Bring a Child Into Your Life!
An evening brought to you by Spectrum &
Spectrum LGBT Center
1000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo
Single? Two Dads? Two Moms?
To a child who is in foster care.....your family might be just right!
Is yours a home that offers understanding, commitment, patience, and fun? Become an adoptive or foster parent and change the world one life at a time.
Attend the workshop to find out more about children that are waiting for families and how to have a child placed in your home. You can also schedule a personal interview with AASK staff at the workshop.This is a free event.
You can request a packet of information be sent to you
before you attend the workshop.
Call Nann at (510) 553-1748 x 12
with any questions or to RSVP.
Tuesday, January 15, 7:30 PM
The Iran Talks
SCOTT RITTER & JEFF COHEN
Town Meetings on U.S. Foreign Policy:
What Mainstream Media Don’t Tell Us About Iran/Iraq
U.S. Tour of Duty: The Iran Talks
Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church
55 Eckley Lane
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
• Suggested donation:
No one turned away for lack of funds
• A book sale and signing will follow the presentation.
• Sponsored by Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center;
co-sponsored by Tri-Valley CARES, Peace Action West and Lamorinda Peace & Justice Group
• For more information call 925.933.7850.
Thursday, January 17, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Courage to Resist benefit book release event with author
COLONEL (RET.) ANN WRIGHT
“DISSENT: VOICES OF CONSCIENCE”
With special guest Daniel Ellsberg
[Event leaflet PDF]
First Congregational Church of Oakland
2501 Harrison Street, Oakland, California [map]
(At 27th Street—across from the new Whole Foods Market)
Dissent: Voices of Conscience—Government Insiders Speak Out Against the War in Iraq (Koa Books, January 2008) profiles government officials whose loyalty to the Constitution and the American people ultimately transcended partisan politics. Originally scheduled for release in 2007, publication has been delayed until now by the State Department’s clearance process. Books will be available for author signing.
Author Colonel (ret.) 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, in protest of the war in Iraq and unnecessary curtailment of civil liberties. She joined the Foreign Service in 1987 and served in US Embassies in Sierra Leone, Micronesia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Grenada, Micronesia, Nicaragua, and Afghanistan. Before entering the Foreign Service, she served in the Army and Army Reserve for 29 years combined. She has Master's and Law Degrees from the University of Arkansas and a Master's Degree in National Security Affairs from the U.S. Naval War College.
With introduction from Daniel Ellsberg, the former military analyst who risked life in prison to release the Pentagon Papers.
Also a brief report back from Courage to Resist organizers who attended a successful Parliament hearing in Ottawa on December 6th in favor of a provision to allow Iraq War military resisters to stay in Canada. A noon vigil and delegation to the Canadian Consulate in downtown San Francisco on Friday, January 25th is planned.
$10 ($5 students/low income) donation suggested. Wheelchair accessible. Proceeds to benefit Courage to Resist’s “Dear Canada: Let U.S. War Resisters Stay!” campaign underway.
COURAGE TO RESIST
484 Lake Park Ave #41, Oakland CA 94610
Sunday, January 20th, 3 pm
Community Worship Celebration
Honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Marin City Ministerial Alliance is hosting a Community Worship Celebration to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on, at the Cornerstone Community Church, 623 Drake Ave.
This uplifting event will be lead by the pastors of Marin City and will highlight social change through spiritual transformation. "Come as you are" is the call for participation.
Monday, January 21,
9:30 AM – 2 PM
The 10th Annual
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
" A DAY ON, NOT A DAY OFF"
9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
" Race, Community, and Leadership"
Breakfast Forum and Marin City Leadership Awards
Manzanita REC Center
630 Drake Avenue. Marin City
9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
" Intergenerational Peace Garden"
Community Beautification Service Project
Marguerita Johnson Senior Center
640 Drake Ave. Marin City
12 p.m. - 2 p.m.
" Celebrating the Dream"
Commemoration and Youth Awards Luncheon
Manzanita REC Center
630 Drake Ave. Marin City
You can RSVP by calling (415) 451-4350 x 307 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, January 21, 6:30-8:00pm
An Interfaith Evening In Honor of
The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.:
Nonviolent Resistance - The Alternative to Violence.,
Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto. Free admission/Reception to follow. Co-sponsored with Tamalpais Beacon Center Project.
January 25 – 27
Santa Cruz Media Strategy Summit:
A collaborative gathering of media veterans, scholars, activists & whistleblowers to assess and deploy our most powerful tools and messages to rectify history, awaken a critical mass, and effectively expose the accelerating corporate coup d'état.
Truth movements that arise after pivotal events like electoral fraud, 9/11, key assassinations and false flag ops can/should become more than forensic inquiries into a single heinous crime. They can also expose wider patterns of illicit control, deception and propaganda, and use their revelations to rouse entire societies to reject a malignant status quo.
Consequently, this is not a media conference to dissect or condemn the conglomerates, demand reforms, or even celebrate the increasing vigor of independent journalism. It is intended as a strategy session for already active and influential players to coordinate their most revealing messages, forge tactical alliances, introduce new distribution technologies, and mutually enhance each other's strongest work.
All participants will play an active role in nominal group processes over the weekend that will prioritize sources, analysis methods, and distribution models for trustworthy news dedicated to renewing activism and democracy in America.
Sunday, February 10, 5 - 8:30 PM
6th Assembly District Democrats
Democratic Unity Day
Take Back the White House in 2008 Party ~
Marinwood Recreational Center
775 Miller Creek Road, Marinwood
Dinner: $10 per person - no one turned away for lack of funds
Post-California primary party to bring all Democrats in Marin and Sonoma together to celebrate the hard work of all local presidential primary campaigns, all state and local campaigns and to ensure our continuing efforts in reaching our ultimate goal -- to take back the White House in 2008! RSVP now!