Why Go Vegan?

Commentary by PRC Board Member Herbe Zapata

Climate Crisis: Methane burns longer and hotter in the atmosphere than Carbon Dioxide, this greenhouse gas is the biggest contributor to Climate Disruption than all of the air pollution caused by cars, trucks, planes, buses, etc. COMBINED

  • As we know Climate Chaos is causing and will continue to cause one of the biggest refugee crises we’ve seen, this has been acknowledged and warned about in our government from the CIA and DOD as one of the biggest threats to geopolitical stability.

Shortage of Clean Water: the feces and uric acid run-off from animal agriculture permeate the soil which is a breathing organism, and end up in bodies of water that are connected from Rivers and Lakes to Coast Lines. This results in acidification and Ocean Dead Zones, that combined with the already rising temperature of the oceans is destroying the ecosystem for Marine Life to live which is leading to species collapse. On top of the already overfishing in the Seas from industrial fisheries.

Deforestation: Clear Cutting of forest land for Cattle Grazing is one of the leading causes of air toxicity, due to the elimination of these wonderful infrastructure systems that are free which Convert Carbon Dioxide into Oxygen (Called Rain Forest)

Starvation of People due to the growing of at least 90% of grains to feed Cattle, which:

1) We in turn could be utilizing to feed people.

2) Tied into the global trade system, it requires the shipping of these grains overseas where cattle are raised for consumption, and in turn shipped back around the globe for consumption by human animals.

3) Turns into more water-intense crops because the amount of grains required to feed cattle is exponentially higher than the amount which is needed to feed humans, not to mention the drinking water aspect of it and – I’m pretty sure – the need to come back and broach on this subject would be redundant.

  • Health Aspect being last but not least: All the hormones and antibiotics being used to grow cows, pigs and other factory farmed animals, and to treat their staph infections being confined in crowded growing operations is leading to the evolution of disease that is antibiotic resistant as well as the growth of tumor in women’s breast and reproductive organs. This also affects male humans in the disruption of their endocrine (or hormonal) system too, and with their blood pressure and cardiac health as well. Going further, however, their libido is greatly impacted due to poor blood circulation because of the accumulation of cholesterol plaque in the vascular system.

The reasons WHY I Am an Herbivore as a Peace Activist”

Herb Zapata, May 2019

Peace Week San Diego 2019* – Calendar of Gatherings, Collaborations and Celebrations

Peace Week 2019 Kick-Off @ the PRC!
Saturday, 9/14

10-1PM A Mini-Retreat: Tools For Recognizing and Lowering My Violence Quotient. Facilitated by PRC members based on the Meta Peace Team approach.

2-5 PM A Panel Discussion: The Mental (un)Wellness To Prison Pipeline. Facilitated by Cheryl Canson, Mothers of Sons Incarcerated With Mental Illness.

Peace Resource Center, 3850 Westgate Place, San Diego, 92105




POSTPONED The Peace Path with Godwin Higa – Building Community in Schools

Principal Higa used this restorative path to help students resolve conflict, repair damage, and stop suspensions & expulsions at Cherokee Point School

Lincoln High School, 4777 Imperial Ave, San Diego, CA 92113


Tuesday, 9/17

10am-4pm City Council of San Diego to vote on Community Choice Energy

San Diego City Hall, 202 C St., 12th Fl.

                  4-6pm NoMAS I-5 Overpass Rally & Bannering

Miramar Air Show: Just Don’t Go.    A Veterans For Peace Educational Campaign.

At the I-5 6th Ave Overpass, downtown San Diego


Wednesday, 9/18

9am-12pm City Council Public Safety Livable Neighborhoods Meeting

to Consider a Charter Amendment for Strong, Independent Commission on Police Practices

San Diego City Hall, 202 C St., 12th Fl.

Thursday, 9/19

4-6pm NoMAS I-15 Overpass Rally & Bannering

Miramar Air Show: Just Don’t Go.   A Veterans For Peace Educational Campaign.

Meet at the I-15 Carroll Canyon Road overpass

Friday, 9/20

Youth-led Climate Walk-Out. All over San Diego!!

Check out climatewalkoutsd.org for an action near you.

The UN calls a climate emergency.



Saturday, September 21, International Day of Peace

Peace Day @ the PRC – A Peace & FUN(d)Raising Collaboration.  

Workshops, Yoga, Collaborations & Happy Hour

3850 Westgate Place (in City Heights, near Azalea Park)

NEW! 1PM – 2PM  HempCrete Workshop! with Our Revolution North County

A jumpstart to the peace economy as we leave fossil fueled-construction behind.

DYI with hempcrete

2:30-5PM – Collaborative Open Space

For activists, agitators, dreamers, and collaborators to share ideas & actions to make real social and environmental justice.

Putting Equity Front & Center of the Climate Action movement with Generation Justice

Bringing together like-minded and differently-minded activists to create/improve/generate deeper understandings, actions and strategies. The tool: “Open Space Technology” to organize and facilitate group formation and planning. https://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/Open_Space_Technology

5:30 PM Yoga with Community & Mindfulness Yoga

6:15-7 PM – Happy Peace Hour & Potluck

CASH BAR or BYOB. Light refreshments provided.  Donation of potluck dish gratefully accepted or simply purchase “small plates” at the PRC!

6:43 PM – Fall Equinox Celebration

7-8 PM MADA choir from the Young Artists Music Academy

8-10 PM – Peace & FUN(d)raising Concert & Music featuring Willie Lang & Guests ($30 suggested donation)

                        • Practice nonviolence toward myself.

                        • Practice nonviolence toward all others.

                        • Practice nonviolence by collaborating to end war, sexism, poverty, and racism, to work against destruction of the earth and to foster a more just, peaceful and nonviolent world for all.

Find more events and info at facebook.com/prcsd

Or contact us at info@prcsd.org, (619)263-9301

Peace Week & Climate Change in the face of extreme violence

-a blog by Anne Barron

At this time during the hot dog days of August, I am kept busy prepping for the dedicated Week of Actions around the UN Day of International Peace on September 21Peace folks in San Diego have been part of the national actions for the past 4 years, including the Peace Resource Center of San Diego and the Franciscan Peace Connection.  Big shout-out toPace e Bene for dreaming up Campaign Nonviolence Week of Actions as a time of focused, united local actions to spread a culture of nonviolence.  It has grown from 200 to 2600 actions – a sign of the people’s movement. This year, the focus is on real climate action as ppl take to the streets.

aka Peace Week San Diego!!

I usually enjoy the busy work in anticipation of the Week.  I also make time for the commemoration of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (8/6&9/1945) at this time each year – a tragic measure of US extreme violence which still reverberates today.  This year, recent mass shootings in California, Texas and Ohio brought me square up again against the US culture of extreme violence. That these took place days before the 74th  anniversary of the US atomic bombing of Hiroshima is not a coincidence.  The two connected powerfully as a mental blinding white flash “obliterated” the peaceful, busy harbor while I watched the Commemoration at Shelter Island’s Friendship Bell.

A symbol of open communication and respect between San Diego and Yokohama, the Friendship Bell is completely surrounded by the military installations around San Diego Bay.  State violence is intimately connected to US foreign and internal relations. I am not sure which came first, but since 1492 “our America” has experienced both again and again.  That our US military can so casually condemn millions to death, and millions to catastrophic health problems is causal to the casual violence we see too often here. Not surprising, the 24/7 news cycle ignores these connections between mass violence, state violence and US empire, just as it ignored the 74th observation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  

In San Diego, we call it Peace Week. 

I love Peace Week/Campaign Nonviolence because of the possibilities, the dreaming and visioning that create a peace path forward and deepen our strategies.  I am always energized and sustained by the deeper dialogues and collaborations that bring groups together. The Peace Resource Center calls it Peace Week because of the power of language.  We feel the need to be proactive, rather than reactive. To lead instead of respond.

Peace Week is for me an affirmation of what is possible. Now, in this moment of more extreme violence, it is so hard to see how peace can be affirmed.  Violence surrounds us daily, in ways we often don’t “see”. It is counted in the stats of officer-involved shootings, domestic violence calls, the back-log of rape kits in the San Diego Police Department, the beatings and shootings in our neighborhoods, in our video games.  We are fully literate, as Paul Chapell describes, in war and violence. He is calling for a peace literacy that teaches an active engaged peace.

Peace Week 2019 Collaboration looks to repair the trauma our cultural violence creates within each of us, using yoga, restorative circles and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) approach to bring some healing.  The collaboration kicks off with:

  • on September 14th   Restorative Circle examining the “I” in Violence and a panel discussion about the Mental (Un)Wellness-to-Prison Pipeline at the PRC.
  • on September 20, all over San Diego the Climate Walk-Out organized by young people, the week before the next Climate Conference.  The UN has recognized the links between the Climate emergency and peace this year. The PRC is supporting youth demands for a future of equity, sustainability and ecological restoration.  
  • It wouldn’t be Peace Week without the local Veterans For Peace calling attention to the military propaganda machine that is the Miramar Air Show!  
  • The Peace Path created at a local school will be our guiding process for workshops and gatherings during the week.  
  • On September 21 (aka the Equinox), activists, dreamers and game-changers will gather at the Peace Campus for a Peace & Fun(d)Raiser with the afternoon in deeper strategy workshops and the evening in celebration with live music and shared meals.  

Campaign Nonviolence’s Week of Action is a call to active peace, how we each can promote alternatives to violence in our lives and communities.  It is a movement to make real the United Nations’ declaration of September 21 as International Peace Day. Until this peace path is accepted by my government, I will keep redirecting my taxes to human needs.

More Information on FB

Other resources

UN International Day of Peace 2019

Campaign Nonviolence Week of Actions

Global Climate Walkout San Diego