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.

02/13/2020
Random Act of Kindness | Ga. Boy Helps Elderly Woman Up Steps

The week of February 16, 2020 is Random Acts of Kindness week and Feb 17th is "Random Acts of Kindness Day".

This is a chance to adopt local peace and justice advocate, Steve Eklund's idea of setting aside a day for people to "simply be nice to one another".

Read more in Jeff Mitchell's 2015 Civic Chronicles article in The Californian.
https://www.thecalifornian.com/story/news/2015/02/13/jeff-mitchell-make-difference-day-watch-day/23387475/

When an 8-year-old Georgia boy saw a woman struggling to get up the steps, he decided to help her. He had no idea he was being filmed by a stranger (courtesy...

Representatives Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Betty McCollum are being attacked on Facebook by American Israel Public A...
02/13/2020
#StopAIPACsHate

Representatives Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Betty McCollum are being attacked on Facebook by American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s (AIPAC) for defending the rights of Palestinians.

Click to email Congress and the 2020 presidential candidates and ask them to respond to AIPAC’s hate speech by refusing to attend the March 1-3 2020 policy conference in Washington, D.C.

Ask them to tell AIPAC that they have no tolerance for hate speech and that they support freedom, dignity, and human rights for all. Ask them to SKIP THE 2020 AIPAC CONFERENCE.

During the first week of February 2020, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) purchased Facebook ads attacking Representatives Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Betty McCollum, asserting that their support for Palestinian human rights is more “sinister” than ISIS. No politician who c...

02/12/2020
Ladysmith Black Mambazo - Unomathemba - 3/8/2018 - Paste Studios - New York - NY

Ladysmith Black Mambazo founder Joseph Shabalala led the band for more than 50 years. The South African a cappella group become known as a global ambassador for post-apartheid South Africa.

NPR All Things Considered interview with Shabalala by Elizabeth Blair: https://wamu.org/story/20/02/11/joseph-shabalala-founder-of-ladysmith-black-mambazo-dies-at-78/

youTube video "Unomathemba" (Hope): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUaVg1X4hSw

Ladysmith Black Mambazo - Unomathemba Recorded Live: 3/8/2018 - Paste Studios - New York, NY More Ladysmith Black Mambazo in the Paste Cloud: https://www.pas...

I KNOW YOU CARE ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT... PLEASE SHARE THIS WIDELY...WILPF is alerting Californians to dangerous chemical...
02/12/2020
MILITARY POISON TOUR

I KNOW YOU CARE ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT... PLEASE SHARE THIS WIDELY...
WILPF is alerting Californians to dangerous chemicals in their water supply, caused in large measure by the US Military which has KNOWN these chemicals are damaging public health for DECADES, but are not willing to address the problem. The poisoning continues.....

PLEASE SUPPORT the project.
http://weblink.donorperfect.com/WILPFUS_CATour

Thanks very much for your help getting the word out.

Marybeth Gardam
WILPF US
863-651-4888
Winter Haven FL

DONATE: Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom

The Pentagon:  The Hidden Polluter of Water, a talk by Pat Elder, Wed, March 11, 7 pm at the Monterey Peace & Justice Ce...
02/07/2020
Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, U.S. Section

The Pentagon: The Hidden Polluter of Water, a talk by Pat Elder, Wed, March 11, 7 pm at the Monterey Peace & Justice Center in Seaside.

Elder is on a 20-city March 2020 tour to talk about PFAS contamination from military bases.
https://wilpfus.org/news/updates/save-dates-pat-elder-tour-20-california-cities-march

About the Speaker: Pat Elder is an investigative journalist with Civilian Exposure (CE), an organization based in Camp Lejeune, NC. CE tracks how the military poisons people around the world and records the stories of veterans who have been exposed to toxic contamination. Pat’s focus is on documenting contamination caused by the military’s use of per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances, (PFAS) in routine fire-fighting drills. Pat is a board member of World BEYOND War.

☠ PFAS: Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances are synthetic chemicals found in products, such as clothing, carpets, fabrics for furniture, adhesives, paper packaging for food, and heat-resistant/non-stick cookware. They are also present in fire-fighting foams (or aqueous film forming foam; AFFF) used by both civilian and military firefighters. They are persistent (i.e., they do not break down) in the environment, and since they are used in the manufacturing of so many products, they are widespread internationally.

Sponsored by WILPF Monterey County Branch, the Peace Coalition of Monterey County, Veterans For Peace Chapter 46, and MPJC.

"In March, Pat Elder will visit 20 California cities to speak on the threat to public health posed by the Pentagon’s reckless use of carcinogenic and toxic PFAS chemicals...

"PFAS chemicals, a family of almost 5,000 different formulations, are called “forever chemicals” because they bio-accumulate and take many decades to break down in nature and in our bodies. They have been used for more than 40 years in routine military exercises and in actual events to extinguish petroleum-based fires on bases in the US and around the world, even though suitable fluorine-free firefighting foams are used in other countries. Over these decades, the military has callously allowed these carcinogenic substances to leach into the soil and thereby contaminate surface and groundwater used for drinking water on bases and in surrounding communities. Many on-base residents and those in surrounding communities were for years unknowingly drinking this contaminated water...."

#wilpf_us

https://wilpfus.org/news/updates/save-dates-pat-elder-tour-20-california-cities-march

Berta Cáceres, 2016, HondurasAysin and Ali Büyüknohutçu, 2017, TurkeyJorginho Guajajara, 2018, BrazilGloria Capitan, 201...
02/07/2020
Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, U.S. Section

Berta Cáceres, 2016, Honduras
Aysin and Ali Büyüknohutçu, 2017, Turkey
Jorginho Guajajara, 2018, Brazil
Gloria Capitan, 2017, Philippines
Chut Wutty, 2012, Cambodia
Isidro Perez and Melesio Ramirez, 2019, Guatemala

and the list grows

Raúl Hernández Romero and Gómez González, 2020, Mexico. https://www.npr.org/2020/02/03/802359415/sadness-and-worry-after-2-men-connected-to-butterfly-sanctuary-are-found-dead

"... The stories of environmental fighters are often ignored, forgotten, and silenced by the mainstream media. After all, these people are often fighting against U.S. corporations. As we contemplate how to solve the climate crisis, it is important to remember that the places hit by environmental disasters have been and will be semi-colonial countries first, and that there are people in those countries who are fighting and dying in the struggle against climate catastrophe.

"Here, we take a moment to recognize seven of the inexhaustible list of environmental activists who’ve lost their lives in the fight against climate change during the past decade...."

#wilpf_us

https://www.leftvoice.org/know-their-names-eight-activists-assassinated-for-fighting-climate-change

Civil rights champion Bayard Rustin was posthumously pardoned by Gov. Gavin Newsom on February 5. "Bayard Rustin was one...
02/07/2020
Bayard Rustin, iconic civil rights leader, pardoned by Gavin Newsom

Civil rights champion Bayard Rustin was posthumously pardoned by Gov. Gavin Newsom on February 5.

"Bayard Rustin was one of the most profound thought leaders of his day, shaping movement-building strategies and ideas on nonviolent protest, economic justice, civil rights, gender equity, and LGBT equality that are foundational to today's progressive agenda." [Aisha C. Moodie-Mills and Preston Mitchum for the Center for American Progress]

Read more at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bayard_Rustin

Bayard Rustin, gay civil rights leader, received a pardon from Governor Gavin Newsom Wednesday. Rustin was a mentor to Martin Luther King Jr.

02/07/2020
Monterey Peace & Justice Center

Very important.

We cannot make change unless we understand the system.
Join the YWCA of Monterey County, Whites For Racial Equity, and MPJC on Saturday, February 22, 3 pm to 5 pm. for a film screening and community conversation.
More info on the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/168682077898583/

All are welcome to this free event. Sign-up in advance at Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cracking-the-codes-a-film-screening-and-community-conversation-tickets-91708936899

Trailer for Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity.

"The president is guilty of an appalling abuse of the public trust. What he did was not 'perfect.' No, it was a flagrant...
02/07/2020
Mitt Romney tells it like it is

"The president is guilty of an appalling abuse of the public trust. What he did was not 'perfect.' No, it was a flagrant assault on our electoral rights, our national security interests, and our fundamental values. Corrupting an election to keep oneself in office is perhaps the most abusive and destructive violation of one's oath of office that I can imagine. ... What the president did was wrong, grievously wrong." [Mitt Romney]

Romney voted to convict the president. His fellow Republicans voted to convict themselves.

02/06/2020
Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity Trailer

We cannot make change unless we understand the system.
Join the YWCA of Monterey County, Whites For Racial Equity, and MPJC on Saturday, February 22, 3 pm to 5 pm. for a film screening and community conversation.
More info on the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/168682077898583/

All are welcome to this free event. Sign-up in advance at Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cracking-the-codes-a-film-screening-and-community-conversation-tickets-91708936899

Trailer for Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity.

Visit our website http://www.crackingthecodes.org and download the conversation guide!

FEB 7 UPDATE:  The pressure campaign worked!  This Sunday Zakaria will host Palestinian diplomat Saeb Erekat who is well...
02/06/2020
Fareed Zakaria: Where are the Palestinian Voices?

FEB 7 UPDATE: The pressure campaign worked! This Sunday Zakaria will host Palestinian diplomat Saeb Erekat who is well-positioned to explain why the Trump administration’s so-called “peace plan” was categorically rejected by Palestinians. The show will air Sunday, Feb 9 at 7 AM PST on CNN.

If can still take action to encourage Zakaria and CNN to give a platform to the grassroots movement for Palestinian rights. Follow CODEPINK's link.

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Help flood Fareed Zakaria's inbox. Have him bring a Palestinian on his Feb 9th show to refute what Kushner said on February 2, on CNN’s GPS.

Fareed Zakaria gave Jared Kushner a wide open stage to spew vile racism and disrespect for Palestinian rights. Kushner's 180 “peace plan,” was formulated devoid of Palestinian voices. The sham peace plan leads to permanent occupation and apartheid. The Palestinian people have rejected it unequivocally.

On Sunday, February 2, 2020, CNN’s Fareed Zakaria hosted Jared Kushner to talk about the Apartheid Plan that the Trump and Netanyahu administrations have introduced to annex 30 percent of the West Bank and affirm Israel’s occupation. Kushner was given an enormous amount of airtime on CNN to spew...

2 LOCAL PROTEST RALLIES: REJECT THE COVER-UP! Wednesday, February 5, 2020🟦  Monterey, CA:  4:30 - 5:30 pm at Window on t...
02/04/2020
Reject the Coverup | Attend a Rally This Wednesday

2 LOCAL PROTEST RALLIES: REJECT THE COVER-UP!
Wednesday, February 5, 2020

🟦 Monterey, CA: 4:30 - 5:30 pm at Window on the Bay, Del Monte Ave & Camino El Estero
🟦 Watsonville, CA: 5:30 pm at Watsonville City Plaza, 358 Main Street.

Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators in cities across the United States will mobilize to ensure that this dark moment in our nation's history is followed by an unprecedented level of civic action. Each of us has a critical part to play in making sure we leave a better democracy for the next generation.

IMPEACH & REMOVE
TRUMP IS NOT ABOVE THE LAW
#RejectTheCoverUp

On Wednesday, Americans will mobilize to show our elected officials we Reject The Coverup of President Trump's impeachable actions.

"Survey responses from millennials in Syria, Ukraine and Afghanistan confirm for us an obvious fact: the experience of w...
02/01/2020
Majority of millennials see catastrophic war as real possibility, and believe there should be limits

"Survey responses from millennials in Syria, Ukraine and Afghanistan confirm for us an obvious fact: the experience of war makes you hate war," -- ICRC President Peter Maurer.

Millennials see catastrophic war as a real likelihood in their lifetime. In fact, most millennials surveyed by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) believe it is more likely than not that a nuclear attack will occur in the next decade.

Monterey Bay Peace and Dignity Journeys: FundraiserFebruary 15th, 2020.  100% of proceeds Benefit Monterey Bay Peace and...
01/31/2020

Monterey Bay Peace and Dignity Journeys: Fundraiser
February 15th, 2020. 100% of proceeds Benefit Monterey Bay Peace and Dignity Journeys. Location: Springfield Grange Hall, 10 Werner Rd, Watsonville, CA.

5-7 p.m. Indian Tacos & Pozole,
7-10 p.m. DJ REASE & DANCE

*Prize Drawings * All Ages Welcome*

$20 Suggested Donation, No One Turned Away
Drug/Alcohol Free Event

Information: 831-540-0858

Sponsored by the Springfield Grange in Watsonville, California

A four week series entitled Thinking About Race will be presented as part of the Osher Lifetime Learning Institute (OLLI...
01/30/2020
olli.csumb.edu

A four week series entitled Thinking About Race will be presented as part of the Osher Lifetime Learning Institute (OLLI).

Mondays (4 sessions), February 3, 10, 17, 24, 10 am to noon.

This course will use illuminating videos as a basis for information and will share the history of race and racism in the U.S. It will include a focus on housing discrimination, mass incarceration, and the devastating concept of whiteness. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of racism and also learn ways one can take action in Monterey County to make a positive difference. It is being facilitated by Reverend Elaine Gehrmann, Anita Crawley and JT Mason. CSUMB at Ryan Ranch, 8 Upper Ragsdale Drive, Monterey. Register in advance and find more details at: https://olli.csumb.edu/courses/view/thinking-about-race-1217.html

Many of us hoped that we would be living in a post-racial America, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. Race is in the news more than ever. Join us for this important four-part course where, using illuminating videos as a basis for information, we will share the history of race and racism in the ...

01/28/2020
Protecting Our Democracy in 2020s

For those who missed the ACLU's event on Sunday, Jan 26 at the Marina Library, Wes White has posted his videotaping of Abdi Soltani's talk: Protecting Our Democracy in the 2020s, on his youTube channel John Doe13K.
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Executive Director, ACLU of Northern California, is a nationally-recognized civil rights leader who has dedicated his adult life to social justice and equal treatment for all. His early work as an organizer helped change California from a state that passed some of the most regressive policies in the mid-90’s to a state that is among the most progressive in our nation.

As Executive Director of the ACLU of Northern California since 2009, Abdi’s fight for civil liberties has been expansive and inclusive of racial, gender, and economic justice. He has deepened ACLU’s partnerships with communities most directly impacted by injustice and disparities.

Under his leadership, the ACLU is now present in the Central Valley and at the State Capitol. This expansion has enabled the ACLU to defend and advance the civil liberties of all Californians and to mobilize our communities as a collective voice for fairness and equity.

Abdi is a Levi Strauss Foundation Pioneer in Justice Fellow, and he is actively involved in the Iranian-American community. His favorite amendment to the U.S. Constitution is the 14th Amendment. The Chapter’s Annual Membership Meeting with election of the 2020 Board of Directors will follow.

Introduction by Michelle Welsh, Professor of Constitutional Law, Monterey College of Law, ACLU Activist, Monterey County Chapter Board member and leader for over 40 years.

Sponsored by the Monterey County Chapter of the ACLU of Northern California. The public is invited. Free event. Light refreshments.

Community Room, Marina Branch Monterey County Free Libraries

Marina, CA

January 26, 2020

https://youtu.be/IWPqSTxEmn4

Abdi Soltani, Executive Director, ACLU of Northern California, is a nationally-recognized civil rights leader who has dedicated his adult life to social just...

"Survivor Marian Turski, 93, recalled the Nazis starting small by banning Jews from sitting on benches in Berlin..."
01/28/2020
Survivors gather at Auschwitz to mark 75th anniversary of its liberation

"Survivor Marian Turski, 93, recalled the Nazis starting small by banning Jews from sitting on benches in Berlin..."

On Monday, 200 survivors of Auschwitz-Birkenau came together to mark the 75th anniversary of the Nazi death camp's liberation. On Jan. 27, 1945, the camp was liberated by the Soviet army. Most of the estimated 1.1 million people who were murdered there were Jews, with Poles, Roma, and Russians among...

On Saturday, January 25, 2020, protesters gathered in cities around the world to say, "NO WAR WITH IRAN".  ACTION:  ➡ SI...
01/28/2020
Global Day of Action: No War With Iran @ Window on the Bay, Monterey, California

On Saturday, January 25, 2020, protesters gathered in cities around the world to say, "NO WAR WITH IRAN".

ACTION: ➡ SIGN THE PETITION. TELL CONGRESS TO STOP TRUMP FROM GOING TO WAR WITH IRAN before the January 30, 2020 vote by Congress.
https://www.codepink.org/nowarwithiran

We are now on the brink of a disastrous all-out war in the Middle East. The House will vote on Thursday, January 30 on Rep. Khanna’s bill H.R.5543 to prohibit funding for the U.S. to carry out military actions against Iran without prior congressional authorization and Barbara Lee’s bill to repeal the 2002 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF).

➡ Visit the codepink website, fill out the form to contact your rep, and tell them you want them to vote YES!

Overseas supporters can scroll down the page to sign the petition.

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1364 Fremont Blvd
Seaside, CA
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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 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,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,