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MARIN PEACE AND JUSTICE COALITION
March 12, 2008
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A GUIDE TO NEWS, ACTIONS AND EVENTS IN MARIN AND BEYOND
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LIVE YOUR DREAM SO OTHERS MAY LIVE THEIRS
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THE POLITICAL SCENE 
THE COMING WEEKS IN MARIN 
AND BEYOND
Thursday, March 13,1:00 - 3:00 pm 
Stop the Spray! 
Join Carol Migden and the Marin County Board of Supervisors
Senate Environmental Quality Committee Hearing on
Light Brown Apple Moth spraying program
www.stopthespray.org & www.stopthespraymarin.org
Marin County Civic Center
3501 Civic Center Drive, Room 330
San Rafael, California

Thursday March 13— 7:00 PM
Green Party Presidential Candidate 
Cynthia McKinney 
McKinny will discuss the authentic election issues we all think about — but seldom hear from candidates in other parties. Come participate in democracy. Cynthia McKinney is a six-term former Member of Congress from Georgia running for President of the United States as an anti-war candidate
She has consistently opposed funding for bloated military and secret intelligence budgets.
—Introduced Articles of Impeachment in Congress for George Bush , Dick Cheney, and Condoleezza Rice.
—Championed, and passed in the U.S. House the Arms Trade Code of Conduct, prohibiting the sale of arms to known human rights abusers
-—Authored legislation to end the use of deleted uranium weapons;
-—Passed legislation to extend health benefits for Vietnam War veterans
—Challenged Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld on the missing Pentagon $2.3 trillion
—Questioned Rumsfeld on the military war games taking place on 9/11/01.
Songwriter and Singer Peter Tracy will open the evening with songs from his album Eat the Rich.
$5-$10 Donation for Students for Media Democracy and Project Censored
Free for Students - No one turned away
Holy Family Episcopal Church
1500 East Cotati Ave. (At Snyder)

Thursday, March 13, 7:00-9:00pm
Sustainable Fairfax Happenings:
Penny Livingston Stark is coming!!
8 Bolinas Road, Fairfax 
Circle Center SEED space 
Donations of $5-$10 requested. 
Come learn about your soil's carbon footprint. Participants will learn how to effectively sequester the soil's carbon and also how they can make drastic improvement to their soil's carbon emissions. Creating good soil may be the fastest, cheapest, and most effective way to sequester carbon and reverse global warming. 
Penny will talk on this cutting edge microbial ecological revelations about our soil's geochemistry. She will specifically look at how broad scale agricultural and development practices can make a significant contribution to sequestering atmospheric carbon and returning it to the soil where it belongs. 
Penny Livingston-Stark is recognized as a prominent permaculture teacher, designer and speaker. She is the founder of Sustainable Living Designs, The Permaculture Institute of Northern California and Regenerative Design Institute. 
Join us!
Contact Pam Hartwell-Herrero at pam@sustainablefairfax.org  with questions or RSVP. 
RSVP is not required but it helps know how many people to expect.

Thursday, March 13-Sunday, March 16
Winter Soldier: Iraq & Afghanistan
http://ivaw.org/wintersoldier 
In 1971, a courageous group of veterans exposed the criminal nature of the Vietnam War in an event called Winter Soldier. 
Winter Soldier: Iraq and Afghanistan will feature testimony from U.S. veterans who served in those occupations, giving an accurate account of what is really happening day in and day out, on the ground. The four-day event will bring together veterans from across the country to testify about their experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan and present video and photographic evidence. In addition, there will be panels of scholars, veterans, journalists, and other specialists to give context to the testimony. These panels will cover everything from the history of the GI resistance movement to the fight for veterans' health benefits and support. For those interested in watching or organizing around the proceedings at Winter Soldier, there will be a number of ways to watch and listen to the event. Find out how to watch. http://ivaw.org/wintersoldier/howtowatch
Friday, March 14 - Sunday, March 16: 
KPFA and Pacifica Radio will suspend regular programming to broadcast the historic Winter Soldier gathering in Washington, DC. The three-day live broadcast will be co-hosted by Aaron Glantz and former Army medic and KPFA Morning Show host Aimee Allison. A live web-stream of the broadcast will be available through the War Comes Home website, as well as at KPFA.org. http://warcomeshome.org/wintersoldier2008

Friday, March 14, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Struggle for Power: Water Resources, Development and Indigenous Peoples in Panama 
A Talk by Ruben Orlando Gonzalez,
Panamanian Sociologist and Rotary Peace Fellow, 
Master's Program in International Development Policy at Duke University
Dominican Sisters Hall, San Rafael, 1520 Grand Ave.
Sponsored by International Rivers, 
Marin Task Force on the Americas, 
and St Paul's Episcopal Church, San Rafael 
The Panamanian government is building dams across the country, ignoring the land rights Ruben Gonzalez, ACD Board member, will focus on the urgent situation in Bocas del Toro province, where the construction of two dams adjacent to La Amistad U.N. Biosphere Reserve are threatening Indian lands, homes, and livelihoods right now.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT 415.847.2070
Donation requested, sliding scale $5 - $10. No one turned away for lack of funds. 

Saturday, March 15, 11 AM – 4 PM
The BIG PEACE MARCH
Out of Iraq – No War On Iran
11 am -12 Noon - Music and gathering begins and builds, 
Noon – 1 pm - Speakers, music and community
1 pm – 2 pm – March through San Rafael
2 pm – 4 pm – Peace party in the Plaza, music, dance, art & community
Next Generation, Peace Action Group, Marin Peace and Justice Coalition, Gray Panthers of Marin, Seniors for Peace, Marin County Youth Commission, Code Pink Women for Peace and Marin Friends Meeting. Phone -  415.459.6398
Come join us as we take a stand against the brutal foreign policy of the current administration. Join your friends and neighbors as we bring attnetion to our desire for peace.

Saturday, March 15, 11 AM and 1 PM
DIRECT ACTION & RALLY: 
CHEVRON RICHMOND REFINERY
11am  Rally at Judge G. Carroll Park W. Cutting Blvd & S. Garrard Blvd, Richmond
1pm  Nonviolent Direct Action at Chevron Refinery
Chevron is profiting from the war in Iraq; the company is a primary driver behind the U.S. Government's campaign to pressure the Iraqi Parliament to privatize the country's oil fields so companies like Chevron can control and profit from the war. Chevron's Richmond Refinery processes Iraqi oil and pollutes the surrounding population of poor communities and communities of color.
841 Chevron Way, Richmond
(Ongoing shuttle buses from RICHMOND BART)

Wednesday, March, 19, varying times
DIRECT ACTIONS 
FIFTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE IRAQ WAR: 
DOWNTOWN SAN FRANCISCO
Multiple actions at multiple locations. Join an existing action against a government or corporate target, or plan and carry out your own! Help send a clear message to the economic and political interests behind this war: We will actively confront you every step of the way until the war is ended.
Stay tuned for details...! Lets stop the war!
http://bayareadirectaction.wordpress.com/

Monday, March 24, 6 PM
MPJC Potluck / Town-Hall
TAX RESISTANCE IN A TIME OF WAR
"Let them march as long as they want, as long as they pay their taxes."
--Alexander Haig, Secretary of State, 1982
Marin Peace and Justice Coalition and San Rafael First United Methodist Church invite you to a monthly potluck dinner and town hall forum.
Potluck at 6:00 / bring food to share for the potluck -- or just bring yourself
Town Hall Forum: 7:15 - 9:00 p.m.
First United Methodist Church of San Rafael (downstairs)
4 Ross Valley Drive @ Fourth St., San Rafael Workshop and 20-minute slideshow
--refusing to pay all or part of federal taxes
--living below the level of taxable income
--phone tax resistance
--redirecting resisted taxes to local alternative funds and/or community organizations
--local support networks for war tax resisters
Presenters:
Susan Quinlan, Northern California War Tax Resistance
Larry Harper & Eszter Freeman, Sonoma County Taxes for Peace
Learn about Code Pink's "Don't Buy Bush's War" campaign.
Church is wheelchair accessible. Please do not wear cologne, perfume or essential oils to this event.
Info: 415-460-1257
http://www.codepink4peace.org
http://www.nowartax.org

Friday, March 28, 6 PM 
MITF - DINNER AND A MOVIE
Fundraiser for Pro-Immigrant Delegates 
to US-Mexico Border
Special Guest Speakers
Douglas Mundo - Director, Canal Welcome Center
Olivia Beltran – Member, Marin Immigrant Rights Coalition (MIRC)
Our delegates, all members of the Marin Immigrant Rights Coalition, include Task Force board members Carol Costa and Carolina Dutton, and local activists Jim Geraghty, Francisco Diaz, and Dario d'Arrigo. For the last two months they have been videotaping interviews with Canal-area immigrants who explain their reasons for coming to the U.S. and the struggles they continue to face. The long range goal of this project is to educate the public about the economic policies that perpetuate hardship here and abroad in order to begin to undo the injustices created by U.S. trade agreements.
Endorsed by the Canal Welcome Center, Marin Grassroots Leadership Network & Marin Immigrant Rights Coalition
Morristown the film-
This documentary tells how US workers are faced with the costs of NAFTA and globalization. Their factory is closed down and shipped to Mexico, but instead of folding up the workers from eastern Tennessee join with Mexican workers to unionize and fight for they rights. The connected battle of US and Mexican workers is portrayed by exposing their real lives and the costs of our new world economy.
$15-25 Donation Requested.
No one turned away for lack of funds.
DOOR PRIZES, WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE
How to donate to the Scholarship Fund
To make this trip a reality for three of our delegates we need your financial support. Please help us reach our goal of $1800 to cover their travel and living expenses.
If you are unable to attend the fundraiser, please send your tax deductible contribution to:
MITF/Border Trip
P.O. Box 925
Larkspur, CA 94977
Or pledge online: www.mitfamericas.org
Thank you.
Information: Call 415/924-3227, email mitf@igc.org or go to www.mitfamericas.org.

Sunday March 30, 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Dancing for Rachel (Corrie)
Helm and Fat Chance Belly Dance present: Dancing for Rachel, an evening of Egyptian and Algerian music and dance dedicated to the memory of Rachel Corrie, to benefit 'Americans for a Palestinian State' and the 'Free Gaza movement'. 
Also featuring Danse Magreb, performing dances of the Ouled Nail, and Terry, 
World Dance Fitness studio located at 40 Greenfield Ave, San Anselmo Ca 94960

Saturday, April 5, 4:00 pm 
(doors open 3:30pm)
Benefit: War Made Easy - 
Lark Theater - Join Media Alliance, Media Action Marin and author Norman Solomon at a special showing of "War Made Easy, How Presidents & Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death". Narrated by Sean Penn. 
The Lark Theater 
549 Magnolia Avenue 
Larkspur, CA 94939 
Q+A with War Made Easy author Norman Solomon follows the film, with a brief discussion of community internet initiatives in Marin County. $15.

Thursday, April 24, 7 - 9 PM
State Senate Candidates Forum 
Senator Carole Migden, Assemblyman Mark Leno, Commissioner Joe Alioto Veronese and Former Assemblyman Joe Nation are participating in this forum in this hotly contested race to represent us.  See who will be our next State Senator!  
Hosted by the 6th AD Democrats' Club's & the College of Marin's Students for Social Responsibility 
College of Marin, Kentfield Campus
Olney Hall
FREE!
Contact:  Chair, Evelyn Woo, 415-686-6071 evelyn@addem.org or visit our website, www.6adclub.org
For updates and info, contact scott at planttrees dot org.