Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Solidarity with the People of the World

We invite you to do your part for Peace, with the Spring Days of Action to End Drone Killing, Drone Surveillance, Global Militarization! more info here [link]!

Solano Peace, Justice & Freedom coalition (SPJF) is an informal solidarity network, whose interests are primarily expressed in the following archives, collected by "Dr.G.", Minister of Information for the Northbay MDS and host of an affiliated FM radio news program. While the coalition is informal for the concern over participant safety, the archives provide views held by participants of the following affiliations:
* Northbay MDS [link] * San Pablo Bay Ecological Preservation Association (SEPA) [link] * Dawnstar INC [link] * Vallejo Cop Watch [link] * Peace and Freedom Party (PFP) of Solano County [link] * SPJF is (tentatively) affiliated with WILPF [link], United for Peace and Justice [link], UNAC [link] * Uhuru Solidarity Movement [link] * members of the network forward information for public commentary on the Northbay Uprising FM radio news program, broadcast to Vallejo at 89.5fm, Thursdays 4 to 5pm and Tuesday 7 to 9am with a focus on Communitarian power [link] and culture [link].

Contact the SPJF: [SolanoPeaceFreedom@gmail.com]

SPJF's mission is to educate the public about the ongoing crimes against the People of the World by those holding companies and monopolist corporations chartered in the United States, who altogether dictate world government with their networks and uphold government through Fascism [link].
* We condemn all acts of terrorism, bigotry and violence, and we defend dignity and memory for all victims of state terrorism by the United States, domestically and around the world.
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We advocate against the use of military intervention and war against the People of the Earth, and
support justice against crimes of war through established principles of international law.
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We promote the goal of global peace, and  advocate for social and economic justice for every man, woman and child.

* We work against gang violence in the community, and advocate for peace in our neighborhoods in coalition with all who are affected by the desperation of poverty.
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We defend civil liberties from government attack and uphold human rights against police terror and state repression through our efforts towards educating the public about their rights and the current status of our liberties.
* We promote the preservation of the ecology and advocate for the natural right of existence for all life generally considered for the welfare of the ecology.


Peace & Justice and Freedom vigil in Vallejo  
Gathering every 3rd Saturday of the month, 5pm. 
at the Peace Pole at the Waterfront, located at the front entrance of Panama Red Coffee Co. 289 Mare Island Way, Vallejo, CA 94590. 
Directions. On I-80, take Georgia st exit towards Mare Island. At the end of Gerogia st, is the waterfront and Panama Red Coffee Co.
There are 2 "Peace Poles", one was placed by the Solano Peace and Justice Coalition during 2004, and another placed during 2012 by the Sister City Association of Vallejo [link]. We will meet at one and march to the other. Look for our "Peace & Freedom" banner! 


Peace with Jobs! Peace against Imperialism! Peace in the Community! Solidarity for our Human Rights! 
* Solidarity with the Women of the World! [link]
* Solidarity with the People of Pakistan! [link]
* Solidarity with the People of Haiti! [link]
* Solidarity with the People of Afghanistan! [link]
* Solidarity with the People of Africa! [link] [link]
* Solidarity with the People of Thailand! [link]
* Solidarity with the People of Cambodia! [link]
* Solidarity with the People of the Philippines! [link]
* Solidarity with the oppressed People of the First Nations within Canada! [link]
* Solidarity with the People of Lakota! [link]
* Solidarity with the People of Honduras! [link]
* Solidarity with the People of Colombia! [link]
* Solidarity with the Arab People! [link]
* Solidarity with the People of Iran!  [link]
Solidarity with All the Oppressed People of the USA, with the homeless, the wards of the state, and lumpen under-class, with the People of the captive nations of the Reservation system, and with the People of New Afrika [link]! Solidarity for our Labor Rights [link]! And our Constitutional Rights!

Peace through War, a deception masquerading a global megadeath!

* Iraqi Deaths: 1,874,036
* Afghan & Pakistani Deaths: over 2,000,000

Cost of War in just Afghanistan and Iraq since 2001 (as of 2013-09-07) is $1,470,406,206,469... as calculated by the National Priorities Project [costofwar.com]!
"US wars in Afghanistan, Iraq to cost $6 trillion" 2013-09-19 by Sabir Shah from "The News International" [thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-2-203012-US-wars-in-Afghanistan-Iraq-to-cost-$6-trillion]: LAHORE - The decade-long American wars in Afghanistan and Iraq would end up costing as much as $6 trillion, the equivalent of $75,000 for every American household, calculates the prestigious Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Remember, when President George Bush’s National Economic Council Director, Lawrence Lindsey, had told the country’s largest newspaper “The Wall Street Journal” that the war would cost between $100 billion and $200 billion, he had found himself under intense fire from his colleagues in the administration who claimed that this was a gross overestimation. Consequently, Lawrence Lindsey was forced to resign.It is also imperative to recall that the Bush administration had claimed at the very outset that the Iraq war would finance itself out of Iraqi oil revenues, but Washington DC had instead ended up borrowing some $2 trillion to finance the two wars, the bulk of it from foreign lenders. According to the Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government 2013 report, this accounted for roughly 20 per cent of the total amount added to the US national debt between 2001 and 2012. According to the report, the US “has already paid $260 billion in interest on the war debt,” and future interest payments would amount to trillions of dollars.This Harvard University report has also been carried on its website by the Centre for Research on Globalisation, which is a widely-quoted Montreal-based independent research and media organisation. [ ... ]

Ongoing Campaigns
* Advocate for an Economy based on Peace! [link]
* Inside & Out: Write a note of support to these imprisoned anti-nuclear and anti-war activists [link]
* Exposing the Warlords in the community [link]
* Call for an international bill of digital rights [link]
* Divestment and Boycott against Human Rights Abuse [link]
* No Nukes! [link]


Days of Peace
* August 27th, Peace Pact Day: War is Outlawed (according to USA Federal Law) [link]
* Sept 21st, International Day of Peace [link]
Rabbi Simeon ben Gamaliel taught: "The world rests on three things: justice, truth, and peace" (Avot 1:18)

Resources:
* War Tax Resistance! [link]
* "Bringing Down the New Jim Crow"
campaign materials [link]
* Western States Legal Foundation
:
Working for Peace & Justice in a Nuclear Free World
[wslfweb.org] [disarmamentactivist.org] [facebook.com/WesternStatesLegalFoundation] [510-839-5877]
* Progressive Letter Writing Cooperative
[progressivesecretary.org]:
Would you like a cooperative way to get your voice heard in Washington? Progressive Secretary sends out progressive email letters to Congress, the President, and other officials on peace, the environment, civil rights and other issues. It's free! There is no charge for this. We volunteer our time because Jim and Pat are Quakers and long-time activists, and we believe in helping progressive people make their voices heard on important issues. There are no advertisements or other annoyances. You can cancel at any time. The letters are suggested by participants in the cooperative and are sent to you as a proposal. If you tell us to "send", then the letters are sent to your Congress people and others noted in the proposal over your signature and return address. A report is sent to you. If you like, you can send the letters yourself. Letters are not sent without your specific approval. Your name and email are never given out except to recipients of your letters.

Research pages:
* Military propaganda
[link]
* Global Conflict Tracker: Interactive Guide to U.S. Conflict Prevention Priorities in 2014 (from the Center for Preventive Action, a think-tank of the Council on Foreign Relations) [cfr.org/global/global-conflict-tracker/p32137]. 

Note on organizing Peace & Justice vigils and outreach:
California Law prohibits protests at public areas on private property (supermarkets, stripmalls)  [link]

SPFJ
website designed and moderated by Northbay MDS Minister of Information Dr.G.

Peace and Justice Campaign page

We must help them listen and comprehend our concern for Humanity! Support the call for Peace, Justice and Freedom! Join a gathering for near you!


Action Alert:
Organize against the war agenda contained in the upcoming Nuclear Weapons Free Iran Act (S 1881). Join the campaign here [link]!



Living Graveyard peace vigil
Monthly every 3rd Monday, January 13, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Oakland Federal Building, 1301 Clay Street (two blocks from 12th Street BART)
Covered with sheets to represent the dead of the war of occupation on Iraq, people lie down on the city sidewalk in front of the Federal Building, This is legal, non-violent witness. People stop, look and think.
Participants lie at least three feet apart and do not block entry to the building. The names of some of the Californians who have died in Iraq and the names of some of the Iraqi dead will be read. A gong is sounded after each name. People will hand out flyers, as we do each week at the Tuesday noon vigil.
Please bring a white sheet to cover yourself with. A pad to lay down on is recommended.
sponsors include: * Berkeley Women in Black * East Bay Coalition to Support Self-Rule for Iraqis * Bay Area Labor Committee for Peace and Justice * Peace & Freedom Party * BFUU Social Justice Committee * Gray Panthers * Mustardseed Affinity Group * Father Bill Social Justice Committee, St Joseph Church * Middle East Children’s Alliance * Trinity United Methodist Church * East Bay Peace Action * Southern Alameda County Peace & Justice Coalition * Ecumenical Peace Institute, www.epicalc.org, (510) 990-0374

Peace and Justice movement directory


Sonoma County Peace & Justice Center

[peaceandjusticesonomaco.org] [467 Sebastopol Avenue  Santa Rosa, CA 95401] [707-575-8902]
We work to replace violence, war, racism, and economic injustice through active nonviolence as a way of life and as a means of radical change. 


Mount Diablo Peace & Justice Center

[ourpeacecenter.org] [925-933-7850] [info@mtdpc.org][55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek, CA 94596]


San Jose Peace & Justice Center

[sanjosepeace.org] [408-297-2299] [48 South 7th St, San Jose, CA  95112]


Peace Action 
* Peace Action West [www.peaceactionwest.org] [2201 Broadway, Suite 321, Oakland, CA]
Jon Rainwater, Executive Director [94612jrainwater@peaceactionwest.org] [510-849-2272 x106]
* Sacramento Area Peace Action [www.sacpeace.org]
* East Bay Peace Action: Betty Brown [PO Box 6574, Albany, CA 94706]
* Peace Action of San Mateo County [sanmateopeaceaction.org][smpa@sanmateopeaceaction.org] [650-342-8244]


Peace and Justice Resource Center (PJRC)
[tomhayden.com/] [310-559-9522]


Campaign for a Nuclear Weapons Free World

[nuclearweaponsfree.org] [2201 Broadway, Ste 321 Oakland, California 94612]


Chico Peace and Justice Center

[chico-peace.org] Open 12-2pm M-F [526 Broadway Street Chico, CA 95928] [530-893-9078] [chico-peace@sbcglobal.net] Subscribe to our news updates

THE CHICO VIEWSPAPER: Where Chicoans Explore the Issues that Matter -
The Chico Peace and Justice Center's quarterly publication. The Viewspaper highlights a key social issue each quarter through the perspectives of six unique and dynamic Chicoan voices. The inaugural issue focuses in on the critical and sticky issue of taxes, and features reflective essays from Chicoans Stephanie Elliott, Chris Nelson, Dan Everhart, Michael Coyle, Steve Tchudi, and Carin Anderson.

Chico Peace Vigil, Going strong since 1960



Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute

[mcli.org] [510-848-0599] [PO Box 673, Berkeley, CA 94701-0673]
“International Human Rights Poster” [mcli.org/portfolio/international-human-rights-poster]


Bay Area Labor Committee for Peace & Justice



Social Justice Committee of the
Berkeley Fellowship Unitarian Universalists
[bfuu.org/events/social-justice

meets on the First & Third Sundays of the month at 12:30 pm in the Benjy Room at 1606 Bonita Ave.
The Hal Carlstad Social Justice Center (HCSJC) is located in the Fireside Room on the 2nd floor of the BFUU RE Building with open hours from 1 - 5 pm M-F. 
We have a "Partners for Justice" program with links to many of the groups that we work with on justice issues. To get on the Rise-Up Email list for activists in the SF Bay Area, send an email to [bfuusjev-subscribe@lists.riseup.net]
BFUU [bfuu.org] SUNDAY SERVICES begin at 10:30 am every Sunday.



[epicalc.org] [epicalc@gmail.com] [epicalc@lmi.net] [510-655-1162] [P. O. Box 9334, Berkeley, CA 94709]
“On the Edge of Peace — Voices from the faith-Based Peace and Justice Community”, a new anthology from EPI! Print copies of “On the Edge of Peace”, the price is $15.00 + $5.00 for shipping & handling (for orders outside the US, (or for multiple copies – a price break on shipping) please write or email us for the cost to you. You may read order information in our Donation section. Click here [peaceandjusticeparkhere.net/EPI/#donate].


Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County
[interfaithccc.org]


Oakland Peace Center
[oaklandpeacecenter.org]


United for Peace and Justice - Bay Area [unitedforpeace.org]

United for Peace and Justice – Bay Area is a regional, movement-building coalition that coordinates and supports the work of existing local groups and strives to strengthen or create solidarity where it is lacking.





United Nations Association (UNA)
"We the peoples of the United Nations determined... to practice tolerance and live together in peace with one another as good neighbors..." Preamble, United Nations Charter, 24 October 1945.

East Bay Chapter [unausaeastbay.org] [unaeastbay@sbcglobal.net]. UNA Peace Center [510-849-1752] [2539 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley (at Blake)], hours are Tues - Sat 12-5. UNICEF cards, flags, international fair trade gifts, books, jewelry, T-shirts are available for sale.
Sacramento Chapter [unausasacramento.org] Eddie Lee, President [916-444-7800] [P.O. Box 163381​ Sacramento, CA 95816-9381]


Occupy Beale AFB! 
[solanopeacejustice.blogspot.com/2013/12/occupy-beale-afb.html]


Democratic World Federalists
[dwfed.org/index.php] [dwfed@dwfed.org] [415-227-4880] [55 New Montgomery Street, Suite 225.
 San Francisco, CA 94105]


California No-Drones Network
[nodronesnetwork.blogspot.com]
[nodronescalifornia.blogspot.com]
[nodronescalifornia.blogspot.com/2013/01/january-8-beale-9-anti-drone-hearing.html]


Project SALAM: Support And Legal Advocacy for Muslims 
[projectsalam.org]
Purpose of Project SALAM: This web site is devoted to researching and documenting the likelihood that the United States Justice Department’s post-9/11 terrorism-related prosecutions and convictions have included a significant number of Muslims who were in fact innocent of any crime. Other cases were severely overcharged and/or over sentenced.



Middle East Children's Alliance
[www.mecaforpeace.org], [510-548-0542], [1101 Eighth Street (near Gilman & San Pablo, lots of parking), Berkeley]
Organizing Benefit Programs for Women and Children in Palestine, fostering industry and trade with the world with products made by the People of Palestine including Extra-Virgin Olive Oil from the West Bank, Stunning Scarves & Shawls, Palestinian Embroidery, Olive Oil Soap and Palestinian Dead Sea Products, Olive wood toys, Hand woven rugs, Painted Ceramics from Jerusalem, Cookbooks and Kitchenware, Children's books, Arabic food and coffee! Organizers of the famous ANNUAL MIDDLE EASTERN HOLIDAY CRAFTS BAZAAR in Berkeley!


Rabbis for Human Rights (RHR)
The only organization in Israel made up of rabbis and rabbinical students from all denominations of Judaism, all of whom uphold the rabbinic concept of tikkun olam - "repairing the world" - referring to universal human rights and social justice.


Courage to Resist
[couragetoresist.org] [510-488-3559]



United States Labor Against the War (USLAW)
[uslaboragainstwar.org] [info (@uslaboragainstwar.org]

Here's what one union leader had to say about why he supports USLAW:
"USLAW is the sturdy bridge..." message from Fred Hirsch, Vice President, elect, of the Plumbers and Fitters Local 393:
  I have been the South Bay AFL-CIO Labor Council representative on the Steering Committee of US Labor Against the War since 2003. USLAW has functioned magnificently and economically with a skeleton staff of three devoted, bright and talented leaders who are responsible to a vastly experienced Steering Committee and a Board of labor movement leading lights as Co-Convenors. We’re all asked to contribute to many causes.  Though I’m a fixed income retiree, I give to a few groups, but more than any, I give what I can to USLAW to help keep it afloat and fighting the good fight for all of us. Please give as generously as you can.  The labor movement needs the peace movement and the peace movement needs the labor movement. USLAW is the sturdy bridge between the two to the future that we all need. Your donated dollars will go further with USLAW than with any other organization I know. In solidarity, [signed] Fred Hirsch
"DEMILITARIZING OUR FOREIGN POLICY AND ECONOMY", 2013-01 message from USLAW:
This month marks the 10th anniversary of the founding of USLAW. USLAW's decade of activity established it as an organization that is truly unique, not only in the American labor movement, but in the global labor movement as well.  It is the only organization that is rooted in the official institutions of the union movement but also counts among its affiliates non-traditional labor organizations like worker centers and ad hoc labor antiwar committees.  It operates within the official bodies of unions but is not dominated by or subservient to them.  It functions as the antiwar voice of the labor movement and labor's voice in the antiwar movement. 
USLAW is a network of nearly 200 labor organizations [uslaboragainstwar.org/article.php?id=16781] - including three national unions, more than two dozen labor councils, eight state labor federations, regional labor bodies, local unions - large and small - and official constituency group organizations - in both the AFL-CIO and Change to Win, and in independent unions like the National Education Association and United Electrical Workers.  USLAW also has hundreds of individual associate members, including unrepresented workers, retirees and union members in both affiliated and unaffiliated organizations. 
It made history in 2005 when it won overwhelming support for a resolution to put the AFL-CIO on record against the Iraq War, calling for rapid withdrawal - the first time in its 50 year history that the federation publicly opposed the deployment of U.S. troops into battle.  This was possible because USLAW is organized "bottom-up" rather than "top-down".
USLAW is one of the architects of the Jobs-Not-Wars Campaign [salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/302/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=11931&tag=JNW_USLAW] and cofounder of the New Priorities Network [newprioritiesnetwork.org/].  Highlights of some of its other accomplishments are recorded in a fact sheet [uslaboragainstwar.org/downloads/Achievements.Dec2012.pdf] posted to the USLAW website [uslaboragainstwar.org/].
Help USLAW start the new year with the resources it needs. USLAW has no big foundation grants.  It is supported by its affiliates and members, and supporters inside and outside of the labor movement. It needs your support to carry on its work -- building an antiwar constituency in the American labor movement, providing ongoing solidarity to the unions and workers of Iraq and other targets of U.S. aggression, demilitarizing U.S. foreign policy, and redirecting our tax dollars to create an environmentally sustainable, just and equitable economy and society. Thank you for all you do and have done for justice, peace and democracy.  Let's resolve together to make 2013 a year in which defeat the austerity schemes,end the U.S. military occupation of Afghanistan, win serious cuts in military spending and put our country on a new course.
Sign the Jobs-Not-Wars petition [salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/302/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=11931&tag=JNW_USLAW].  Then send this to ten others.  Ask them to join you in signing and then send it to ten of their friends. 
We are the majority.  We must not be silent!



Jobs Not Wars coalition
[jobs-not-wars.org]


Bay Area New Priorities Campaign
[www.newprioritiescampaign.org]  [newprioritiescampaign (@gmail.com]

The Campaign for New Priorities brings together organizations and individuals from diverse constituencies, communities and movements to demand of our public officials a change of direction for the U.S. – one that prioritizes putting people back to work, restoring and fully funding essential public services, rebuilding and repairing infrastructure, funding the development of new alternative energy technologies, cleaning up and protecting the environment, developing a sustainable peace economy, reducing poverty and inequality, and generally meeting important social and other human needs.
New Priorities Declaration of Principles -

If you agree with these principles, we invite you to sign the Declaration of Principles of the Campaign for New Priorities and get organizations to endorse it. After collecting a lot of signatures and endorsements from organizations, the Campaign will ask public officials in our communities adopt a resolution calling on Congress to adopt these priorities.  It will ask them to hold hearings to let us explain how the economic crisis and cuts in public services impact our families, jobs and communities.
Build the campaign! Please take a moment now to send a message to as many people as you can urging them to sign the Declaration and urge their friends to do the same.  We've made it very easy. 
Just click HERE to send your message [salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/2488/p/salsa/web/tellafriend/public/?tell_a_friend_KEY=8617]. Thanks for your support. Together we'll change the priorities and direction our country is taking! 


PANinA: Peace and Nonviolence in Action
[www.panina.org]



"Nevada Desert Experience (NDE)"
[www.NevadaDesertExperience.org] [info@nevadadesertexperience.org] 

NDE is the most visible peace and justice group in Nevada, a leading participant in the national anti-drone movement, and the only nuclear abolition group that focuses on the Nevada National Security Site (the nuclear testing site). We organize local Nevadans as well as amplify the voices of peace-oriented people of faith from all over the country.


SOA Watch: Close the School of the Americas
[soaw.org] [202-234-3440] [info@soaw.org] [PO Box 4566, Washington, DC 20017]



Disarm Activist
[disarmamentactivist.org]



Lamorinda Peace and Justice
The Lamorinda Peace and Justice Group meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month from 7 to 9pm in the fireside room of Lafayette Methodist Church, 955 Moraga Road, Lafayette. Our group is committed to working to support a healthy planet, a thriving local community, and a safe, equitable world for all. For more information, call 925-946-0563


Cynthia McKinney (and friends)
[enduswars.org] [livestream.com/dignity] [myspace.com/dignityaction] [myspace.com/runcynthiarun] [twitter.com/cynthiamckinney] [facebook.com/CynthiaMcKinney] [youtube.com/runcynthiarun]


Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR)

[forusa.org] [P.O. Box 271, Nyack, NY 10960] [845-358-4601]
* Oakland [510-763-1403]
* 2017 Mission St #305 San Francisco [510-763-1403]
Since the 1920s, the Fellowship of Reconciliation has sent delegations of peacemakers to regions of the world in conflict and to nations regarded as U.S. enemies. This people-to-people outreach, a form of civilian diplomacy, has taken Americans to such places as Vietnam, the former Soviet Union, Iraq, Nicaragua, Israel/Palestine, and the Philippines. FOR currently sends peace delegations to the Middle East, to Colombia, and to Mexico.


Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space  
[PO Box 652 Brunswick, ME 04011]
[207-443-9502] [globalnet@mindspring.com]
[www.space4peace.org] [space4peace.blogspot.com]


WAR and LAW League, nonpartisan, nonprofit, for the rule of law in international affairs. [warandlaw.org/files/index.html]


Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT)
[www.cpt.org] [Box 6508 · Chicago, IL 60680-6508] [773-376-0550] [peacemakers@cpt.org]



Move to Amend
[movetoamend.org]



Veterans for Peace
[veteransforpeace.org]
Chapter 87 Sacramento Area [916-456-4595]



Peace Coalition of Monterey County
with Libertarians for Peace [lawsam1951@hotmail.com] [www.libertarians4peace.net]





Human Rights Centre - UN mandated University for Peace
[upeace.org] [hrc.upeace.org]

The Human Rights Centre of the United Nations mandated University for Peace (UPEACE) and Human Rights Education Associates (HREA) jointly organize several online courses on human rights issues throughout the year, including: Health and Human Rights * Business and Human Rights Human Rights * Indigenous Peoples' Rights * International Human Rights Law (Foundation Course).  
These certificate courses are aimed at professionals working with the United Nations, government officials, NGO staff, development workers, human rights advocates, academics and students. We will very much appreciate your kind help in disseminating this opportunity to interested candidates.       
For more information about the courses and registration, please visit [www.hrea.org/upeace] or send an email to [elearning@hrea.org]. Human Rights Education Associates (HREA) [http://www.hrea.org/index.php?language_id=1]

Monday, April 21, 2014

"Good Friday 2014 Vigil Arrests at Beale AFB; Kathy Kelly Arrested with Ten Others at Beale Air Force Base on Good Friday, April 18"

More info about Kathy Kelly [http://vcnv.org/speaker-bio/kathy-kelly]:

On April 18, Internationally recognized peace activist Kathy Kelly was detained with ten other anti-drone demonstrators at Beale Air Force Base following a Good Friday prayer service. The following clergy, who led the service, were also detained:   
* The Reverend Dr. Gerald O. (Jerry) Pedersen [https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2011/11/12/18699154.php], former U.S. Marine, present as part of theHonor Guard on the U.S.S. Missouri during the surrender of the Japanese at the end of World War II, retired Lutheran pastor, Sacramento, author of Unfinished Journey: From War to Peace, From Violence to Wholeness, member Veterans for Peace.
* The Reverend Elizabeth Griswold [http://www.valcomnews.com/?tag=rev-elizabeth-griswold], pastor of Parkside Community Church, UCC, in Sacramento.
* The Reverend John Auer [http://www.lgbtran.org/Profile.aspx?ID=292], retired United Methodist Pastor, Wesley UMC, Fresno, California.
* The Reverend Sharon Delgado [http://sharondelgado.org/category/drones-2/], retired United Methodist Pastor, founding director of Earth Justice Ministries, author of Shaking the Gates of Hell:  Faith-Led Resistance to Corporate Globalization, in Nevada City, California [http://shakingthegatesofhell.org/Shaking%20the%20Gates%20of%20Hell.htm].
Organizers said that they gathered at Beale, "in the shadow of killer drones, modern day equivalents of the cross, to pray, to act, and to build a community of peace." There have been frequent anti-drone demonstrations at Beale, home of the Global Hawk Drone, a surveillance drone that assists in finding targets for armed Predator and Reaper drones. Over fifty people attended the service, which included prayers, songs, Holy Communion, and reflections by Kathy Kelly. 

Following the service, some demonstrators crossed the demarcation line onto Beale property in an attempt to deliver a letter to the base commander, along with two statements about drones from religious groups: The World Council of Churches' Statement on the Use of Drones and the Right to Life [https://www.oikoumene.org/en/resources/documents/executive-committee/geneva-february-2014/statement-on-the-use-of-drones-and-denial-of-the-right-to-life] and "A Call from the Faith Based Community to Stop Drone Killings" [http://droneswatch.org/2012/07/29/a-call-from-the-faith-based-community-to-stop-drone-killings/], signed by religious leaders from around the country. 
Others who were arrested on Good Friday were Michael Kerr from Bay Point/Pittsburg, Rodger  Stall from San Rafael, Arthur (Buff) Whitman-Bradley, Nancy Reiner from the Bay Area, Bob Russell from Pleasant Hill, and Pamela Osgood from Grass Valley.  
The Reverends Pedersen, Griswold, and Delgado, and Michael Kerr were also detained on March 5, Ash Wednesday, for crossing the demarcation line. 
Kathy Kelly is coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, a campaign to end U.S. military and economic warfare.  In 2011, Kathy Kelly was a passenger on "The Audacity of Hope," the U.S. boat in the international flotilla to break the illegal occupation of Gaza.  She has taken nine trips to Afghanistan, where she has lived alongside ordinary Afghan people in Kabul.  She has joined activists in the United States to protest drone warfare outside of military bases in Nevada, upstate New York, and Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri.
Kathy formerly coordinated Voices in the Wilderness.  From 1996 to 2003, the organization formed 70 delegations that openly defied economic sanctions by bringing medicines to children and families in Iraq.  Kathy and other members lived in Baghdad throughout the 2003 "shock and awe" bombing.  They have also lived alongside people in war zones in Gaza, Lebanon, Bosnia, and Nicaragua.  She has spend time in prison for planting corn on nuclear missile silo sites and for crossing the line at Fort Benning' s military training school. She is a war tax refuser.
She has twice been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Bay Area CodePink Protests Drone Warfare at Creech AFB

Also see:
* Statement on use of drones and denial of the right to life, 2014-02-12 from World Council of Churches Executive Committee, at Bossey, Switzerland [link]
* A Call from the Faith-Based Community to Stop Drone Killings, to be delivered to Airforce Commander at Beale AFB [link]

Creech Brief Report Back, from Toby Blome of Bay Area CodePink:
7 CodePink activists, from Washington State, California and Arizona, including Martha Hubert, Edwina Vogan, Lisa Marcus, Catherine Houricade, Maggie Huntington, Renay Davis and Toby Blome were arrested on April 11th, while trying to deliver a letter to the commander of the base.
9 more Western state activists, as part of the NDE Sacred Peace Walk, were arrested yesterday while attempting to deliver a letter of indictment to President Obama, the commander of the base, Col. Jim Cluff, and other Pentagon officials.
* Vera Anderson, Las Vegas, NV
* Barry Bink Sacramento, CA
* Darcy Ike, San Diego, CA
* Seamus Knight, Los Angeles, CA
* Robert Majors, las Vegas, NV
* Margaret McChesney, Phoenix, AZ
* Marcus Page, Sheep Ranch, CA
* Dan Shay, Santa Rosa, CA
* Brian Terrell, Maloy, Iowa
We are successfully putting sustained pressure on the U.S. government to stop this brutal and illegal activity and to uphold to the highest laws of this country and international laws.  We need to continue this sustained pressure for global peace.
Vera Anderson, a 26 year old woman did her first civil resistance in her life yesterday at Creech AFB.  We need all of those who can, to now step forward to the plate and join us.  We have the power to stop the violence, we just need to use it…..we hope you will join us!
John Amidon's beautiful video of our direct action/arrests on Friday:
* [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgAHoHVflBQ]
* [http://thirdratetropics.blogspot.com/2014/04/creech-air-force-drone-protest.html]
* [http://www.popularresistance.org/7-arrested-today-at-drone-protest/]
* [http://nevadadesertexperience.org/programs/2014/nr.html]


Report Back from Shirley’s Trial, April 16, 2014:
Pamela, Devan, Flora and I arrived at the courthouse in Sac. at about 7:45 AM.  As we drove toward the parking lot, there were already several people gathered holding banners.  I rolled down my window and cheered, and then realized that none of the banner holders were regulars.  The banners had negative comments about the federal judges, calling them liars.  The messages were mainly in support of the US Constitution.
After parking we decided to proceed to a different corner of the intersection with our banners, which we unfurled.  Shortly thereafter, several demonstrators, now holding American flags, crossed the intersection to join us.  Someone in our group asked if they were counter-protesters, and they said, “no”, that they were there to support Shirley Osgood.  At least one identified himself as a Tea Party person.
While we were standing there a group of about 20 German students came out of the AMTRAK station with their teachers.  Pamela explained the purpose of our protest (and the fact that the flag flyers were with a different group), and I invited them to my trial.
I had an opportunity to speak with the man holding the banner which referred to the federal judges as liars.  I asked him what he thought of drone warfare, and he said he didn’t really have an opinion, so I had an opportunity give a summary of some of the issues.  I was wearing a skirt covered with child victim names, and referred to that as a big issue.
There was a lot of court support, including, Pamela, Devan, Flora, John R., Eleanor and Bob, Sharon and Guari, Cres, Michael K., Jerry.  Also present were about 3 legal students not directly involved in my trial, 6 or 7  of the protesters from the street earlier (they filtered out gradually during the morning), a couple of extra security people, Ben from Beale security (sitting in the far back corner on the prosecution side).
The trial started as usual, with the government witness, Anissa Williams, the Beale Community Planner, talking about base boundaries.  The surprise factor, which I had discovered on Monday, April 14th, when I met with my attorneys at the Wheatland Gate was as follows:  my attorneys had discovered two survey posts which, when connected with rope, showed a diagonal line across S. Beale Rd. at the white demarcation line, crossing at an angle on the left side of the road (facing the base), basically indicating that the part of the shoulder on which we were standing when we crossed the “imaginary line” was not part of the base property.  Annisa Williams admitted that it was possible that someone could be standing where we said we were, and not be on base property.
The only other witness for the prosecution was Staff Sgt. Ashley Hall.  She had taken a video of us, but it ended just prior to us crossing the imaginary line to the left of the demarcation line.  It showed that we were on the shoulder of the road, but Sgt. Hall testified that we crossed the demarcation line on the paved road (where the base boundary was not in question).  I knew that I was never in the road after we left the Ostrom/Beale corner, and Michael and Flora testified to the same.  But Sgt. Hall stuck with her story.  Our attorneys entered a photograph showing us being handcuffed on the side of the road, and Sgt. Hall testified that we crossed the demarcation line in the road and Beale staff moved us off the road, and handcuffed us on the shoulder.  It was strange to hear this untruth insisted on, as I remembered very clearly that I was never in the road anywhere near the demarcation line.  I think perhaps Sgt. Hall confused our arrest with the previous action involving Toby, Martha, Robin, Barry and Bill, as I believe that event did occur in the road.  This is my only explanation for the untruth that Sgt. Hall testified to.
During my testimony, I was able to get a few words in about the war crimes being committed at Beale, but most of the trial focused, unfortunately, on the base property lines, and exactly where we crossed the line.
Judge Drozd was stumped at the discrepancies in the testimonies, and processed his thoughts out loud in the courtroom for what seemed like forever, maybe 30 minutes.  (It was getting to 1PM and there had been only a short break).  I wanted to hold up a sign with “Guilty” written on it, but restrained myself.  Finally, he came out with a not guilty verdict, though he didn’t call it that exactly.
After the verdict he spoke to me directly.  I don’t remember the exact words, but he talked about the trouble and expense I was putting the federal court system through with this choice of protest.  There was a question for me in there somewhere, but I was not allowed to answer it.  I felt a little like I had been scolded by a parent for bad choices.  When I raised my hand, he shook his head and indicated that I would not be allowed to speak, and he got up and left the courtroom.
At that time, in the courtroom, I gave a brief statement, quoting the words of Heather Linebaugh, drone analyst from Beale:  “I may not have been on the ground in Afghanistan, but I watched parts of the conflict in great detail on a screen for days on end.  I know the feeling you experience when you see someone die.  Horrifying barely covers it.  And when you are exposed to it over and over again it becomes like a small video, embedded in your head, forever on repeat, causing psychological pain and suffering that many people will hopefully never experience.  UAV troops are victim to not only the haunting memories of this work that they carry with them, but also the guilt of always being a little unsure of how accurate their confirmations of weapons or identification of hostile individuals were…….The UAVs in the Middle East are used as a weapon, not as protection, and as long as our public remains ignorant to this, this serious threat to the sanctity of human life-at home and abroad-will continue.”
My attorneys were thrilled to have won the case.  It was Kate’s first trial, and she and Michael did a fine job.  I had mixed feelings, as I was not allowed to give my prepared statement in front of the judge, though I did get a little bit in on the stand, and with those who remained in the courtroom after the judge exited. I am a little freer to proceed with life, so that is nice.
Cres hurried off to get a report in to the news.  A small group of us gathered on the first floor and sang “Circle Round for Freedom” in the wonderful acoustic lobby, with no interruption by the security presence at the entrance.


CREECH AFB Report Back, (Part One) by Martha Hubert:
On Sunday, April 6th, Toby, Fred and I drove to Creech AFB via Fresno, where we visited the artist installation of a life size drone model.
We were greeted by Joseph DeLappe (the artist from Reno), Beverly and later, Teresa (both Fresno Activist friends).
We watched as the artist and his student assistants added the final wing to the Drone.

The point of this installation is to draw attention to drone warfare, and that it isn’t just another computer game.
Drone warfare is TERROR.  We said our goodbyes and were on our way.
There were a lot of miles to cover before we reached Creech.  We arrived at the Goddess Temple in Cactus Springs, a short drive from Creech AFB, at 10:00 p.m. Sunday night, glad to get out of the car.
Monday morning our friend John (VFP Albany) joined the three of us from the Bay Area to protest at the base entry.
Our numbers were small, but our messages were many (and STRONG), thanks to Toby’s obsession with banner making.
Between protests on Monday, we visited the wild horses at Cold Creek, not far from Creech at a higher elevation (cooler too).

On Monday night we were joined by our friend Barry (VFP Sacramento).
He was especially popular with some of us since he brought Coffee for Tuesday morning.
It’s wonderful being back here on the Goddess Temple property.
The huge Cottonwood trees provide shade and a great place to work on making new banners.
Barry picked up Catherine at the Las Vegas Tuesday afternoon, while some of us stayed behind.
We had banners to make!
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It was nice to have both Catherine and Barry back with us for Tuesday afternoon's commute.
Was it ever HOT out there!  Those cold beers that we got at the Oasis Bar in the tiny town of Indian Springs were exceptionally good!
The desolate landscape in this part of the country is a rock hound’s dream come true.
The Goddess Temple and grounds are evolving in a beautiful way, thanks to Candace Ross, the Temple Priestess.
We’re fortunate to have the Temple Guest House for a place to stay, a place filled with love and creative energy.
Each day we greet the commuters in and out of the base with our signs and banners.
We’re out at the most busy entrance to the base 6-8 am and 3-5 pm, sometimes longer.
Wednesday morning we dressed in black with white masks, carried tiny coffins, a baby (doll), and the huge banner saying DRONE WARFARE IS TERROR, as well as another saying MOTHERS SAY NO TO WAR.

The five of us had a funeral procession down the highway next to the base.
We were back at the base entrance Wednesday afternoon, focusing on Justice for Chelsea Manning and all whistleblowers.
Wednesday evening we brought our messages to Las Vegas, and had dinner at Bacco, Lt. Ehren Watada’s restaurant there.
Edwina, Lisa, John, Mark, Ming and others joined us for dinner.
While waiting for our meal, we kept busy cutting out paper drones for an upcoming action.
It was very fitting to show our support of the restaurant owned and managed by the brave veteran
who stood up to the lies of our government leading us to the war in Iraq.  It was an excellent meal, enjoyed by all.
After dinner we split into two cars: one for grocery and hardware shopping and the other to pick up Renay and Peggy at the airport.
None of us got much sleep that night.  Barry’s coffee was essential Thursday morning.
We were all up bright (well, it was actually dark) and early Thursday morning (with five new participants!)
We gathered at the entrance to Creech wearing white clothing and white masks.
We wore blue scarves in solidarity with the Blue Scarf Movement (thebluescarf.org)
"The Blue Scarf represents the expansive blue sky we all share and has become a global symbol for togetherness.

It was set in motion by a very brave group of women in Afghanistan ready to be heard and is now being worn around the world as a way for people to express their solidarity as global citizens for a better world."
Every day we’re joined by more protesters!
There’s one nut of a counter protestor, on his huge motorcycle with a big American flag.  More on him later.
We’re having a blast.  Let’s hope we’re having an impact!
TO BE CONTINUED
PLEASE FORWARD AS YOU SEE FIT !
PEACE, -M7


Good Friday Letter to be delivered to Beale AFB Commander:April 18, 2014
Colonel Phillip A. Stewart
Commander, 9th Reconnaissance Wing
General Delivery at PSC Box 5000
Beale Air Force Base, CA 95903
Dear Colonel Stewart:
We are writing because of our concerns about US drone attacks in countries around the world.  As you know, some of us have been demonstrating regularly at Beale for the past few years because Global Hawk Drones are an integral part of the U.S. drone warfare program.
We call on you and your superiors up the chain of command to immediately halt drone strikes in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, and all other countries. We ask that you order an immediate halt to any and all operations by the 9th Reconnaissance Wing that in any way support drone attacks or involve surveillance of individuals and or groups.
We further demand that you and your superiors undertake full and independent investigations into all drone attacks and make public information on these attacks including, but not limited to, where these attacks have been and are being conducted, all casualty reports, video tapes of attacks, evaluations of the attacks and orders and authorizations for these attacks.
Several of us are hoping to deliver this letter to you in person, along with a copy of the World Council of Churches' "Statement on use of drones and denial of the right to life" and "A Call from the Faith Community to Stop Drone Warfare," which has been signed by religious leaders from around the country.  Since you represent the leadership of the U.S. Air Force at Beale, we want to meet with you personally to explain our concerns.
We look forward to speaking with you.
In Peace,