Monterey Peace & Justice Center

Monterey Peace & Justice Center Promoting Peace, Non-Violence, Social Justice, Democracy, and Environmental Sustainability
MPJC was built upon a common desire among grassroots organizations to challenge the culture of war, injustice, and environmental degradation. MPJC works with individuals and organizations, strengthening their efforts by providing a venue and resources. Perpetual war, racism, immigration, mass incarceration, gun violence, human trafficking, homelessness, and climate change are among the issues MPJC focuses on. CSUMB students partner with MPJC to gain hands-on experience in social justice activism while fulfilling service learning requirements. MIIS student tutors teach English Second Language classes at the Center, free of charge to the local immigrant community. Through community-building, nonviolence advocacy, and civic engagement, MPJC impacts multiple segments of our community - fostering a just, equitable, and peaceful society for all.

The aim of the Monterey Peace and Justice Center in Seaside is to educate the public about peace, justice, nonviolence, and democracy. MPJC is a place for meetings, events, and other activities that promote the MPJC's mission. This organization will serve as a hub for educational outreach on issues of war and peace, conflict resolution, and human rights.

Mission: The aim of the Monterey Peace and Justice Center is to inspire and mobilize the people of Monterey County to cultivate peace, social justice, nonviolence, democracy and environmental sustainability through education and advocacy -- in our communities and globally.

Cesar Chávez's ideas of dignity, nonviolence, and social justice resonate today, as farm workers are on the front lines ...
03/31/2020
Perspective | During the covid-19 pandemic, immigrant farmworkers are heroes

Cesar Chávez's ideas of dignity, nonviolence, and social justice resonate today, as farm workers are on the front lines of the pandemic -- without protective masks and distancing measures as they work in the fields.

March 31, 2020 is Cesar Chávez Day, a federal holiday declared by President Barack Obama in 2014 to honor the late civil rights leader — who was born March 31, 1927 — and to celebrate the backbone of America’s food-supplying workforce.

Our thanks should be recognizing the crucial role they play in our society.

03/30/2020
How prison has shaped one artist's view on social distancing

Artist Fulton Leroy Washington spent 21 years in prison -- accused of nonviolent drug offense. He offers insights on making the most of our shelter-in-place time.

Millions of Americans across the country are now staying inside due to the pandemic. That includes artist Fulton Leroy Washington, who became known as “Mr. W...

A message from Walter Ryce, arts writer at the Monterey County Weekly:If you have works you want us to share with an aud...
03/30/2020

A message from Walter Ryce, arts writer at the Monterey County Weekly:

If you have works you want us to share with an audience, email your poetry, photos, film link, online workshop, etc., to [email protected]. It can be about the strange and scary moment we are in—or anything else—and we’ll do our best to get the word out. Stay safe, stay creative.

Rev. Lowery spoke out against racism and income inequality throughout his life.  He offered this prayer at President Oba...
03/29/2020
Civil rights icon Rev. Joseph Lowery has died

Rev. Lowery spoke out against racism and income inequality throughout his life. He offered this prayer at President Obama's inauguration, "In the joy of a new beginning, we ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to get in back; when brown can stick around; when yellow will be mellow; when the red man can get ahead, man; and when white will embrace what is right. That all those who do justice and love mercy say Amen.”

More on Rev. Lowery's life: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Lowery

He remained committed to social justice — from fighting racism to speaking out against income inequality — throughout his life.

A #COVID-19 Relief Fund has been created by the Community Foundation for Monterey County and the Monterey Peninsula Foun...
03/29/2020

A #COVID-19 Relief Fund has been created by the Community Foundation for Monterey County and the Monterey Peninsula Foundation: cfmco.org/CovidRelief.

You can help those affected by the impact of the Coronavirus in #MontereyCounty, especially our most vulnerable residents. 100% of donations will go towards grantmaking to meet community needs.

Thanks to Monterey Peninsula Foundation and Claire Giannini Fund and CFMC donor advised fund holders for additional grants to help seed the fund.

A #COVID-19 Relief Fund has been created by the Community Foundation for Monterey County and the Monterey Peninsula Foundation: cfmco.org/CovidRelief. “By being proactive during times of uncertainty, we can come together to respond.”– Dan Baldwin, CFMC President/CEO. You can help those affected by the impact of the Coronavirus in #MontereyCounty, especially our most vulnerable residents. 100% of donations will go towards grantmaking to meet community needs. Thanks to Monterey Peninsula Foundation and Claire Giannini Fund and CFMC donor advised fund holders for additional grants to help seed the fund.

U.N. chief Antonio Guterres called on the Group of 20 (G20) major economies to boost resources to help keep the global c...
03/25/2020
U.N. chief calls on G20 nations to boost resources to aid coronavirus pandemic

U.N. chief Antonio Guterres called on the Group of 20 (G20) major economies to boost resources to help keep the global coronavirus pandemic from reaching ‘apocalyptic proportions."

He urged the G20 to take steps to launch a coordinated trillion-dollar stimulus package to help poor countries. This would include: a ban on tariffs, quotas, or other restraints on trade; and a call to waive sanctions to help certain countries get food and medical supplies…”

U.N. chief Antonio Guterres, in a letter to the Group of 20 (G20) major economie...

The ceasefire would create corridors for life-saving aid, allowing humanitarians to reach populations that are most vuln...
03/25/2020
COVID-19: UN chief calls for global ceasefire to focus on ‘the true fight of our lives’

The ceasefire would create corridors for life-saving aid, allowing humanitarians to reach populations that are most vulnerable to the spread of COVID-19.

In an appeal issued on Monday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres urged warring parties across the world to lay down their weapons in support of the bigger battle against COVID-19: the common enemy that is now threatening all of humankind.

Join Ann Wright, retired U.S. Army and retired U.S. State Department official, and the crew of the Veterans For Peace (V...
03/25/2020
Stop the Largest Naval War Practice in the World that with COVID19 Endangers Hawaii and the World

Join Ann Wright, retired U.S. Army and retired U.S. State Department official, and the crew of the Veterans For Peace (VFP) Golden Rule Committee in signing this Petition.

Call on the Hawaii Congressional Delegation to pressure the US Department of Defense to stop the international Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) naval war practice in Hawaiian waters from June through August 2020. The war practices are provocative on a regional level and with the COVID19 virus, military personnel arriving in Hawaii will endanger citizens of the isolated island state of Hawaii.

More than 25,000 military personnel from 20 countries will gather from June through August 2020 in Hawaii waters for the 27th Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise, the world's largest international maritime exercises, The international naval war practice in Hawaiian waters is provocative in regional...

Online teach-in with Naomi Klein, Astra Taylor, and Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor.Thursday, March 26, 2020, 3 PM Pacific.Regis...
03/24/2020
How to Beat Coronavirus Capitalism

Online teach-in with Naomi Klein, Astra Taylor, and Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor.

Thursday, March 26, 2020, 3 PM Pacific.

Register for this free event via Eventbrite to receive a link to the videoconference on the morning of the event.

An online teach-in with Naomi Klein, Astra Taylor, and Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor.

Excellent Video! Help us spread good ideas in these unsettling  times.Join WILPF US: https://tinyurl.com/Join-WILPF#Coro...
03/24/2020
“Coronavirus Capitalism”: Naomi Klein’s Case for Transformative Change Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Excellent Video! Help us spread good ideas in these unsettling times.

Join WILPF US: https://tinyurl.com/Join-WILPF

#Coronavirus #GoodIdeas #ExponentialGrowth

Author, activist and journalist Naomi Klein says the coronavirus crisis, like earlier ones, could be a catalyst to shower aid on the wealthiest interests in society, including those most responsible for our current vulnerabilities, while offering next to nothing to most workers and small businesses....

As the majority of Americans "shelter in place," farmworkers head out to the fields, rain or shine, for 12 hour days, ma...
03/24/2020
Unsung Heroes: Mexican Laborers Still Working Hard In The Fields, Providing Our Food

As the majority of Americans "shelter in place," farmworkers head out to the fields, rain or shine, for 12 hour days, making sure we can restock our grocery shelves.

"The people who put food on our table do not get to telecommute." As the majority of Americans "shelter in place," farmworkers head out to the fields, rain or shine, for 12 hour days, making sure ...

Like our military troops, our doctors and nurses and emergency medical technicians and health workers are putting their ...
03/23/2020
Do You Support the Health Workers? - World Beyond War . . .

Like our military troops, our doctors and nurses and emergency medical technicians and health workers are putting their lives on the line. Shouldn't they have the sort of armor or protective clothing and equipment they need to accomplish their mission?

By David Swanson, March 20, 2020 U.S. politics has for three-quarters of a century been shaped by the question “Do you support the troops?” The understood meaning of the question has been “Do you want members of the military to …

It's time to scale back militarism and fund public safety and global security to face non-traditional threats -- like th...
03/20/2020
To Save Lives, Shift Pentagon Spending to Public Health

It's time to scale back militarism and fund public safety and global security to face non-traditional threats -- like the current and future epidemics.

A tiny fraction of the Pentagon budget could fund a robust, multi-year public health plan to deal with outbreaks like the coronavirus (COVID-19).

UPDATE March 19, 2020--CA is issuing a statewide, mandatory STAY AT HOME order, effective Fri, March 20. Those that work...
03/20/2020
Gov. Newsom expands shelter-in-place to all of California

UPDATE March 19, 2020--CA is issuing a statewide, mandatory STAY AT HOME order, effective Fri, March 20.

Those that work in critical sectors should go to work. Grocery stores, pharmacies, banks and more will stay open.

We need to meet this moment and flatten the curve together.

Go to http://covid19.ca.gov to learn more.

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a shelter-in-place mandate over the entire state Thursday to slow the spread of the COVID-19 disease.

03/20/2020
The true cost of the military-industrial complex.

A project of Our Changing Climate. The video connects environmental destruction with military expansionism, focusing on the U.S. military-industrial complex --by far the biggest military machine in the world.

Demilitarization is the only truly effective answer to the carbon footprint of the military.

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Posted in the Monterey County Weekly on March 17, 2020, 2:30 pm by Mary Duan, Pam Marino.There are two confirmed cases o...
03/17/2020
BREAKING: Two COVID-19 cases confirmed in Monterey County.

Posted in the Monterey County Weekly on March 17, 2020, 2:30 pm by Mary Duan, Pam Marino.

There are two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Monterey County, Public Health Officer Edward Moreno announced at 2:30pm on Tuesday, March 17. The patients are in quarantine at home.

That patients are believed to have become ill while traveling internationally. Officials are not saying where in the county their samples were collected.

It was only a matter of time that Monterey County would discover cases of COVID-19, declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. Cases have been growing in California since the first one was confirmed in Orange County on Jan. 25, which was the third confirmed case in the U.S.

Santa Clara County to the north of Monterey County has been hit hardest in the state with 138 confirmed cases and four deaths as of March 17. The state total as of that date is 472 cases and 11 deaths.

The Monterey County Health Department began facilitating the collection of specimens from suspected cases beginning Jan. 21 and only collected 10 total between that date and March 5, according to a press release issued March 16.

On March 6, the county's public health lab began testing specimens using a test kit sent by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. As of March 16 the total number of people tested was 96, with 80 negative results and 16 pending. That kit can test approximately 300 patients, the Health Department reports.

Earlier in the day on March 17, the Monterey County Board of Supervisors met in closed session and issued a shelter-in-place order that will take effect tonight at midnight.

There are two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Monterey County, Public Health Officer Edward Moreno announced at 2:30pm on Tuesday, March 17. The patients are in quarantine at home.

IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE issued 2:30 pm, 3-17-2020.Effective midnight March 18, 2020, the Monterey County, Public Healt...
03/17/2020

IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE issued 2:30 pm, 3-17-2020.
Effective midnight March 18, 2020, the Monterey County, Public Health Officer Edward Moreno is requiring people to stay home except for essential needs. This action was issued to minimize the spread of the corona-virus by maximizing the number of people self-isolating in their places of residence. Two COVID-19 cases in Monterey County have been confirmed.

This order is in effect until Midnight, April 8, 2020.
It may be extended depending on recommendations from public health officials.

Call 211 for general questions and information about local resources.

Additional information will be posted online at https://www.co.monterey.ca.us/government/departments-a-h/health/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov

17-year-old Avi Schiffmann from Seattle, QA created a website tracking the coronavirus.  It has become one of the most v...
03/14/2020
Meet the 17-Year-Old Behind a Website Tracking Coronavirus Cases That Is Now a Vital Global Resource

17-year-old Avi Schiffmann from Seattle, QA created a website tracking the coronavirus. It has become one of the most vital resources for people seeking accurate and updated numbers on the pandemic. The URL is nCoV2019.live.

The teenager was interviewed by Amy Goodman on Democracy Now on Friday, MARCH 13, 2020. Read the complete transcript.

We speak with a teenager whose website that tracks coronavirus has become one of the most vital resources for people seeking accurate and updated numbers on the pandemic.

CANCELLATION:  Dances of Universal Peace scheduled for Sunday, March 15, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm at the Unitarian Universalist...
03/13/2020

CANCELLATION: Dances of Universal Peace scheduled for Sunday, March 15, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Monterey Peninsula has been cancelled over concerns about the spread of COVID-19.

For more information, call the UU Church office at 624-7404.

La clase del jueves 12 de marzo ha sido cancelada. Las clases se reanudarán el jueves 19 de marzo.Pedimos disculpas por ...
03/13/2020

La clase del jueves 12 de marzo ha sido cancelada. Las clases se reanudarán el jueves 19 de marzo.
Pedimos disculpas por las molestias causadas. Póngase en contacto con "[email protected]".

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The Thursday, March 12, 6 pm - 8 pm class has been cancelled. Classes will resume Thurs, March 19, 6 pm. We apologize for the inconvenience caused.

Contact [email protected] for questions.

SUPPORT THE WAR POWERS RESOLUTION - The House will vote this week (March 10 through 13) on a Senate-passed resolution th...
03/10/2020
Support the War Powers Resolution to Stop Trump from Striking Iran: 5 Calls

SUPPORT THE WAR POWERS RESOLUTION - The House will vote this week (March 10 through 13) on a Senate-passed resolution that would rein the sitting president's ability to use military intervention on Iran.

📞 Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) 202-225-2861 or call his local office
831-424-2229. Here is a sample phone script:

Hi, my name is [NAME] and I'm a constituent from ________.

I'm calling today because I am very concerned about the Trump Administration’s apparent desire to start a conflict with Iran. I demand Rep. Jimmy Panetta support SJ Res 68 and make it clear that Congress will not authorize another costly, deadly, and tragic war in the Middle East.

Thank you for your time and attention.

IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: Please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied.

More info at: https://5calls.org/issue/iran-war-powers-resolution/

Spend 5 minutes. Make 5 calls. Make your voice heard.

03/07/2020
2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV or COVID-19) | Monterey County, CA

March 6, 2020, MONTEREY COUNTY Proclamation of Local Emergency / Proclamado la existencia de una Emergencia Local:

The County of Monterey has proclaimed the existence of a Local Emergency within Monterey County as a result of the emergence of COVID-19 in California; There are currently no confirmed cases in Monterey County.

The Monterey County Health Department, the Office of Emergency Services (OES), and other County and City partners have been working successfully and diligently to implement CDC guidelines, but now require additional tools and resources to protect the public health given the current state of the epidemic and the need for a sustained response.

The Monterey County Operational Area Emergency Operations Center (EOC) has activated to Level 3 (lowest) to support the Monterey County Health Department in monitoring and preparing for COVID-19 (Coronavirus). The threat to the county is very low in severity and impact;

For more information, view the PRESS RELEASE here: https://www.co.monterey.ca.us/Home/Components/News/News/6095/1336

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“El Condado de Monterey ha proclamado la existencia de una Emergencia Local dentro del Condado de Monterey como resultado del surgimiento COVID-19 en California; Actualmente no hay casos confirmados en el Condado de Monterey.

El Departamento de Salud del Condado de Monterey, la Oficina de Servicios de Emergencia (OES) y otros socios del Condado y la Ciudad han estado trabajando con éxito y diligentemente para implementar las directrices de los CDC, pero ahora requieren herramientas y recursos adicionales para proteger la salud pública dado el estado actual de la epidemia y la necesidad de una respuesta sostenida.

El Centro de Operaciones de Emergencia del Área Operativa (EOC) del Condado de Monterey se ha activado en el Nivel 3 (el más bajo) para apoyar al Departamento de Salud del Condado de Monterey en el monitoreo y la preparación para COVID-19 (Coronavirus). La amenaza para el condado es muy baja en gravedad e impacto; Para obtener más información, vea el comunicado de prensa aquí:
https://www.co.monterey.ca.us/Home/Components/News/News/6095/1336

The 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV or COVID-19) is a new virus that causes respiratory illness in people and can spread from person-to-person. This virus was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.  It has spread to several other countries. 

Monterey Peace & Justice Center
03/06/2020

Monterey Peace & Justice Center

CommUNITY Conversations: Talking About Anti-Semitism
Sunday, March 15, 2020. 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Marina Library, 188 Seaside Circle, Marina
More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/216174822864218/

This an important discussion about anti-Semitism, historically and in the present — what it is, what it looks like and how we can all stand against this insidious form of oppression.

No cost.

03/06/2020
Climate Change: Science, Technology, Policy, and Politics with Dr. Sandeep Agarwal

If you missed the Dr. Sandeep Agarwal's talk, Climate Change: Science, Technology, Policy, and Politics, at the Monterey Peace and Justice Center February 29, 2020, you may view a videotaping, courtesy of Wes White.

Dr. Agarwal, a clean energy innovator, provides a framework of technologies and policies needed to achieve a net zero emissions world by 2050.

His Powerpoint slideshow can be downloaded from: https://peacecentral.files.wordpress.com/2020/03/sandeep-agarwal-2-29-20209-climate-presentation-monterey.pptx

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With appreciation to Wes White. He covers local events covering civic, social and environmental justice issues. Find more of his videos and subscribe to his youTube Channel at John Doe13: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChAi1hgWYFcQqs_gFie6tkw

Climate Change: Science, Technology, Policy, and Politics, a talk by Dr. Sandeep Agarwal, clean energy innovator and CTO of a solar innovation firm in Silico...

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The MPJC's Peace Resource Center ( www.PeaceCentral.org ) is a member of the Peace Coalition of Monterey County (PCMC) (www.peacemonterey.org) The PCMC has 20 member organizations that support each other's work on issues of peace and social justice.

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Saturday 13:00 - 17:30

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THE PENTAGON: EXPOSING THE HIDDEN POLLUTER OF WATER - March 2020 Speaking Tour Monterey Peace and Justice Center Wednesday, March 11 6:30pm – 9:00pm 1364 Fremont Blvd, Seaside, CA 93955 Presenter - Pat Elder The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) announces “The Pentagon: Exposing the Hidden Polluter of Water,” a California-wide speaking tour featuring Pat Elder, investigative reporter with Civilian Exposure. The tour will raise awareness about the military’s use of toxic fire-fighting foams that are leaching carcinogenic PFAS into California’s drinking water supplies and exposing our men and women in uniform, their families living on base, and civilians in the surrounding communities. If you watched the recently released movie “Dark Waters,” you may already be aware of the dangers of PFAS. These “forever chemicals” are toxic in parts per trillion and accumulate in the body. They are linked to a host of health issues including cancer, immune system damage, thyroid disease and high cholesterol. Most alarming, they are detrimental to the developing fetuses of pregnant women. California water agencies have only recently started testing for PFAS and are now shutting down wells after finding unacceptable levels of these chemicals in our drinking water supplies. Many of these wells are adjacent to military installations around the state. See www.militarypoisons.org to learn more about what is in your water and actions you can take to protect yourself and your loved ones. To locate tour events in your area, go to https://www.militarypoisons.org/tour-and-forum-info.html
The public is invited to participate in this beautiful and moving tradition that honors those who suffered the atomic bombings in 1945. The ceremony reaffirms our commitment to a nuclear-free world so that such a tragedy is never repeated. 7:00 pm: Lantern making and Taiko Drumming 7:45 pm: Music and messages of Hope and Peace 8:15 pm: Launching of the Peace Lanterns Sponsored by: Monterey Peace and Justice Center, Peace Coalition of Monterey County, Monterey Peninsula Friends Meeting (Quakers), Veterans for Peace, Monterey Chapter 46,and Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Monterey County Branch. Lovers Point Beach Pacific Grove, CA August 3, 2019
Join us on June 8th
First time Nate has spoken at a public event since the RunSwitch PR campaigned helped craft young Nick Sandmann’s words on the national stage (some lies, some not, some racist, some not, yet all MAGA). Nate will be joined by Chase Iron Eyes and Danny Sheehan in the house in Santa Cruz tomorrow night.
Gilad Atzmon? At a Peace centre? Dude's a Holocaust denier and hangs around neo-Nazis and white supremacists. He testified at a court hearing for a severely racist lunatic here in Canada who was on trial for incitement to genocide.
Any interest in holding a vigil or rally in support of Professor Ford? In the Bay Area candle light vigils are being held tonight.
REUNITE THE FAMILlES: UNFINISHED BUSINESS Saturday, July 28, 1-3:00 pm Window on the Bay, Del Monte Ave, Monterey https://actionnetwork.org/events/families-belong-together-we-demand-justice-2?source=facebook&
Families Belong Together - We Demand Justice: July 28, Window on the Bay, 1:00-3:00
Remember "BOYCOTT SOUTH AFRICA" I had been in the UN for less than 10 days when I flew into Johannesburg with the first group of ANC to be allowed to return to South Africa, all children who ,had been born in the Refugee Camps (the SA government could not turn them away claiming they were enemies of the state they had never set foot in SA) when we got to Soweto (for security reasons no one was told we were coming) the streets explode with joy our bus was escorted with folks singing and dancing when we got to center of town it was sea of humanity as far as you could see,,,,so we unload the children into the arms of their grandmothers who had never met their grandchildren (because they had been born out side of SA in refugee camps) the feeling of joy and hope for the future of all refugees .....(it was illegal for whites to enter black townships ) so as i stood under bright sun women started coming up to me with photos in their hands some were student IDs some still in frames,I remember the look in their eyes a cross between hope and desperation, the look of a mother searching for her child......some who had been missing for over 20 years.....one by one I told them I did not know but there was a NGO in Johannesburg that try to track missing refugees (the UN was banned in SA at the time I had to use my US passport to get in to the country,,,,they had been to the NGO many times all ready,,,,,,,) but even though I could not help them they thanked me with a hug and kiss as they joined the celebration with tears in their eyes......... Less than a year latter Nelson Mandela was released from prison. One of the first things he did was fly to Geneva to arrange the repatriation of thousands of South Africans. In the end the economic pressure from the boycott and UN sanction reunited a lot of families.............and ended apartheid It may have taken 20 years but we should never give up,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,