Films & Conversations on RACE
Sat. February 6th & Sat. February 20th
from 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM (Doors at 9 am)
Peace Campus, 3850 Westgate Place, San Diego 92105
Each 3-hour program includes one film showing and group dialogue. Together, we will examine our embedded assumptions around race and systems of oppression, discover new questions, and explore avenues for change.
** NOTE: You are encouraged to attend both sessions, though it is not required. Also, donations appreciated.
Co-hosted by the Peace Resource Center & San Diego First Church of the Brethren.
Refreshments provided by the National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee as part of their effort to “highlight the connection between U.S. militarism and misplaced priorities on local issues” and nonviolent strategies for social change.
#1 – Feb 6th – The Way Home
Over the course of 8 months, 64 women, representing a cross-section of cultures in the U.S. (African-American, Arab, Asian, European-American, Indigenous, Jewish, Latina, and Multi-Racial), came together to share their experiences and explore their stories of identity, oppression, and resistance. Their candid conversations offer rare access into multi-dimensional cultural worlds invisible to outsiders. The stories are strands that weave together perspectives of how we are the same and how we are unique.
#2 – Feb 20th – Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible
is a film for all people who are interested in justice, personal growth, and community. It features experiences of white women and men who have worked to gain insight into what it means to challenge notions of racism and white supremacy in the United States. It is “a moving call, long-overdue, coming from the heart of white people working to restore their own humanity. Undoing the false teachings of racial supremacy, which are all-pervasive and quite subtle, requires a lifetime of work.” – Van Jones
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Commentary by incoming board member Craig Jones…
December 2nd, 1 PM
At this writing, the mass shooting and deaths at the San Bernardino social services center have just occurred; who has done this and what their particular motives are, are not yet known.
But we know this: As one in a long and seemingly more common string of acts of ruthless violence, more and more people are moved to such actions. Whether “lone wolves” or members of domestic or other groups, thrashing out in abject violence has become “as American (and international) as apple pie.”
There are two roots to this.
We have built a society, nationally and internationally, where more and more people have hope removed – they are economically, politically and socially disenfranchised, made more and more powerless as power, money and means are ever more concentrated in the few. The mass are subject to racism, poverty, homelessness, starvation, environmental disaster, even forced into becoming refugees, then unwelcome in more and more places or situations of possible respite.
We have also built a society and culture of violence. From horrendously violent “reality” games (by the way, civilian champions of such video “games” actively recruited by the military to become drone killing “pilots”), to increasingly easy access to a wider range of weapons designed specifically for human killing, to the sheer commonality of violence, our culture accepts violence. Much more deeply, we see institutionalized violence at the highest levels. Domestic police are militarized, with tools and tactics alienating the very communities supposedly to be served; people have shrinking confidence in local policing and local governing. At the national level, warfare is promoted and made endless. For those promoting and carrying out warfare based on lies, there has been no justice, they have “gotten away with it”. Fear and anger are whipped up for political gain, promoting violence. Subconsciously and consciously, this becomes reasoning for other forms of violent reaction. We have truly created a consciousness of violence.
The convergence of these two phenomena create the nation and world we see today. Solution lies not in more violent reaction, but in resolving these roots.
By Craig Jones, PRC Board Member, (nominee)
Once again we are asking, "what could possibly cause terrorists to carry out such horrible attacks?" And once again, many are simply saying "I don't care, just wipe them out."
Without understanding what motivates such attacks, what the underlying causes are, blind and violent reactions to terrorism are doomed to failure; and a continuing cycle of destruction - attacks, misguided violent retaliation, and more retaliatory attacks - is virtually guaranteed. Understanding is not justification. It is, however, simply smart. "Those who fail to understand history, are doomed to repeat it."
The motivation of horrendous actions is anger, fear, and/or greed. Those looking for power (political control and money), greedily exploit and encourage the anger and fear of people to motivate terrorism and war, for their profit. This is true both of states, and non-state actors. In the long run, unless the causes of anger and fear are resolved; and unless greed is called out and ended; then state and non-state terrorism will continue.
We humans are supposed to have the intelligence and capacity to rise above blind violence. There are historical examples of this, so we know this is possible; and it is within our ideals to do so. Let us understand, and act intelligently to eradicate the causes of anger and fear; and to call out and disempower greed.
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The last Saturday of each month
from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Marjorie Cohn - www.Truth-Out.org
You know the fix is in when a suspect who shot an unarmed man voluntarily provides four hours of un- cross examined testimony to a grand jury without taking the Fifth.
On August 9, Ferguson, Missouri Police Officer Darren Wilson gunned down 18-year-old African American Michael Brown. Since that fateful day, people across the country have protested against racial profiling, excessive police force, and the failure of the criminal justice system to provide accountability.
The nail in the coffin of "equal justice under law" came on November 24, when the St. Louis County grand jury refused to indict Wilson for any criminal charges in the shooting death of Brown. In a virtually unprecedented move, St. Louis Prosecutor Robert McCulloch in effect deputized the grand jurors to sit as triers of fact as in a jury trial. Read More…
Telling My Son About Ferguson
By MICHELLE ALEXANDERNOV. 26, 2014
New York Times Op-Ed
MY son wants an answer. He is 10 years old, and he wants me to tell him that he doesn't need to worry. He is a black boy, rather sheltered, and knows little of the world beyond our safe, quiet neighborhood. His eyes are wide and holding my gaze, silently begging me to say: No, sweetheart, you have no need to worry. Most officers are nothing like Officer Wilson. They would not shoot you — or anyone — while you're unarmed, running away or even toward them. READ MORE...
Most White People in America Are Completely Oblivious
Tim Wise - www.AlterNet.org
I suppose there is no longer much point in debating the facts surrounding the shooting of Michael Brown. First, because Officer Darren Wilson has been cleared by a grand jury, and even the collective brilliance of a thousand bloggers pointing out the glaring inconsistencies in his version of events that August day won't result in a different outcome. And second, because Wilson's guilt or innocence was always somewhat secondary to the larger issue: namely, the issue of this gigantic national inkblot staring us in the face, and what we see when we look at it--and more to the point, why? Read More...
War Doesn't Work
By Judith LeBlanc, Field Director,Peace Action
The media calls the U.S. public war weary.
Yes, the people are war weary after seemingly endless and pointless wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Deep down most people know that endless war is not a solution. The U.S. cannot bomb an organization, ideology, religious fanaticism or sectarian strife out of existence. As we continued military action, Al Qaeda has continued to grow. There is no long term military solution to the threat of ISIS or terrorism.
Write a letter to the editor to remind the President, Congress and our communities: there is no military solution.
In Iraq, history proves that short term military victories turn into long term nightmares. Ten years ago, U.S. private contractors were brutally killed. The battle for Fallujah was waged with horrendous consequences. Now ISIS controls Fallujah. For the people of Fallujah, the U.S.-instigated nightmare continues.
We need a coalition for a political solution, not military action! There are alternatives to bombing ISIS in Iraq and Syria that are not posed in public opinion polls and are largely absent in the political debate. The alternatives require the U.S. to replace military action with a real international diplomatic response that will provide the political power, the economic incentives and support for rebuilding a non-sectarian Iraq, humanitarian aid and an end to the Syrian war.
The President and Congress should:
1. Stop the bombing and military escalation. We've seen before how unintended consequences can spiral out of control, causing more pain and suffering in the region and hurting U.S. security.
2. Hit ISIS where it hurts: the wallet! Take steps to cut the cash flowing to ISIS. Crack down on Turkish, Iraqi, and other oil dealers who are purchasing ISIS's oil on the black market, which would cut ISIS off from its most important revenue stream.
3. Build a coalition for a political solution, not military action! Support a United Nations-led effort to convene Iraq, Egypt, Turkey, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Iran, European Union and Russia to develop strong diplomatic, economic and political initiatives to restrict the flow of arms, militias and finances across borders. Support restarting UN-sponsored negotiations to end the Syrian civil war.
Write a letter to the editor There is no long term solution to the threat of ISIS. No to bombing! Yes to a political solution.
You can also call Congress, which is currently somewhat confused about whether it will do its Constitutional job and vote on any authorization for war, with this same message. The U.S. Capitol switchboard number is(202) 224-3121, they will connect you to your U.S. Representative or Senators' offices.
The people are war weary. Peace Action is war wise and our mission is to build a movement that is vocal in articulating the alternatives to war. Please write a letter today.
Our sister organizations and some reporters are providing an abundance of resource materials, some are below.
2. To Defeat the Islamic State, Follow the Money By Howard J. Shatz
3. Six Steps Short of War to Beat ISIS by Phyllis Bennis, a Peace Action Advisory Board member
Not THIS again!
NO TROOPS TO THE
Activists hail San Onofre nuclear
power plant reactor shutdown
Closing of reactors at 40-year-old San Onofre power plant reflects harsh economics facing ageing fleet of US reactor
The Fort Calhoun nuclear reactor in Nebraska was shut down in 2011. Photograph: AP Photo/Nati Harnik
America's nuclear reactor fleet moved deeper into middle-aged crisis on Friday when operators decide to shut down two reactors at the troubled San Onofre power plant in California. READ MORE
San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station
In an act of solidarity with Fukushima, Japan on March 11, 2012 a coalition of demonstrators protested outside of San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS). The station has been shut down for more than 2 months due to safety concerns. The protesters want it dismantled forever. They were joined by Fukushima survivors. Download petitions at CaliforniaNuclearInitiative.com
DON'T RESTART SAN ONOFRE!
San Diego Unified School Board Considers
Resolution on Restart of Defective
San Onofre Nuclear Reactor
SDUSD Board Would Join Several Coastal City Councils in Calling for an Adjudicated License Amendment Hearing by the NRC
Activist wants hearing on nuke plant licensing
SEE VIDEO HERE
SAN DIEGO - Citizens' Oversight Project activist Raymond Lutz asked the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Wednesday to hold a formal hearing on changes to Southern California Edison's license for the San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant.
SHUT DOWN SAN ONOFRE
NUCLEAR GENERATING SYSTEM
No Nukes! Stop San Onofre from Restarting!
Is Nuclear Fallout from Japan still Bombarding America?
go to this link and watch the interview about reactor 2!
The THE Mainichi Daily News in Japan is reporting that the Japanese government is actually drawing up plans for the possible evacuation of Tokyo
Anti-War and Disarmament
"Wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows" Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Since 1980 the Peace Resource Center has been a consistent voice in the San Diego community, speaking out against violence in all of its forms and providing a voice for peaceful, nonviolent ways to solve interpersonal, community and global problems.