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  • American Muslim Voice
  • Beyt Tikkun Synagogue
  • First Congregational Church (United Church of Christ) Palo Alto
  • First Evangelical Lutheran Church Palo Alto
  • First Presbyterian Church Palo Alto
  • First United Methodist Church Palo Alto
  • Holy Trinity Episcopal Menlo Park
  • Network of Spiritual Progressives
  • Palo Alto Friends Meeting
  • St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, Palo Alto (Catholic)
  • Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto
  • West Bay Chapter, Buddhist Peace Fellowship

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Moving Forward with Campaign Nonviolence

After a week full of study, action and prayer, here are some "next steps" already in place to keep the momentum going to transform our world!

The Violence of Incarceration: Our Prison System and the New Jim Crow - October 3-5 at the Ben Lomond Quaker Center.  Click here to download a flyer with all of the details.

Carry the Vision Conference: Awakening the Heart of Compassion - Sunday, October 19, 10am-4pm in Los Gatos.  The keynote speaker will be Fr. Greg Boyle, founder of Homeboy Industries and author of Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion. Click here to download a flyer with more information.  To purchase Boyle's book from Reach and Teach, one of our local, independent bookstores, click here. You can also visit the Carry the Vision website.


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Campaign Nonviolence: Another World Is Possible!

Peace Potluck Picnic
Sunday, September 28, 4-6:30pm
First Congregational Church
1985 Louis Rd., Palo Alto, 94303

~share what we have learned
~discern how to move forward together
~enjoy food and friendship
~hear inspiring stories of creative nonviolence in Afghanistan
~begin - now - to build another world of peace, justice, and environmental healing

Cosponsored by Peninsula Peace & Justice Center, Pacific Life Community, American Muslim Voice, and the Network for Spiritual Progressives

Featured Speaker:
Kathy Kelly
"Moving Forward with Campaign Nonviolence and Afghanistan"

Peace activist Kathy Kelly has just returned from the summer in Afghanistan as a guest of the Afghan Peace Volunteers. Grounded in her Catholic upbringing, her courageous actions have long demonstrated a deep passion for peace, justice and human kindness.

Kelly and others lived in Baghdad during the 2003 "Shock and Awe" attack. In 2009 she lived in Gaza during the final days of the Operation Cast Lead bombing. Later that year she was part of a small delegation that went to Pakistan to learn more about the effects of U.S. drone warfare on the civilian population. She continues to join activists in various regions of our country to protest drone warfare. 

Kelly is co-founder and co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence (VCNV). She is the author of Other Lands Have Dreams: From Baghdad to Perkins Prison (2005). She and VCNV believe that nonviolence necessarily involves simplicity, service, sharing of resources and non-violent direct action in resistance to war and oppression.


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Join the MVPJ Affiliate Circle

Since its founding in 2003, Multifaith Voices for Peace & Justice has consisted of a small circle of clergy and laypeople who comprise its steering committee and plan peace events attended by a much larger audience.  Over time, members of the committee have felt the press of other obligations and reluctantly left the committee, and members of the audience have expressed interest in greater participation without serving on the steering committee.  So there exists a hitherto unrecognized circle of MVPJ supporters who feel themselves to be part of MVPJ despite no formal connection.

If you are one of these supporters, MVPJ invites you to acknowledge your relationship with us by joining The MVPJ Affiliates Circle. Learn more by clicking here.



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Campaign Nonviolence Local Events - Sept. 20-28

There are now more than 20 local opportunities to participate in Campaign Nonviolence!  Click on each event for full information. Like us on Facebook by going to https://facebook.com/multifaithpeace.  Click here to learn more about how to get your congregation or organization involved.

Saturday, Sept. 20
International Day of Peace Vigil to launch week of Campaign Nonviolence, 6:30pm, Lytton Plaza, Palo Alto

Sunday, Sept. 21
CA Drought & Our Water Supply, Adult Forum, 9am, Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto

Poverty and Structural Violence, Adult Forum led by Joe Haletky, 9:15-10:15am, First Lutheran Church, Palo Alto

Nonviolence and Hebrew Sacred Texts, Adult Forum with Rabbi Sheldon Lewis, 11:15am, First Congregational Church of Palo Alto

Everything Must Change: Jesus, Global Crises & a Revolution of Hope, Adult Spiritual Formation Class, 11:15am, First Baptist Church of Palo Alto

What if they gave a war and nobody came? Youth Workshop Exploring Conscientious Objection, 2 part series for ages 14-18, 12noon-2pm, First Presbyterian Church, Palo Alto

Eco-Justice Class, Adult Forum with Rev. Dan Harper, 12:30pm, Unitarian Universalist Church, Palo Alto

"Climate Refugees" Film, 12:30pm, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood City

"Peace in Our Streets" Sermon for the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, 9:30 & 11am worship service, Rev. Amy Zucker Morgenstern, preaching

Northern California People's Climate Rally, 2-5pm, Oakland Lake Merritt Park Amphitheater

Tuesday, Sept. 23
"Avoiding Needless Wars" Lecture by Dr. Martin Hellman, 7pm, Los Altos Library  Click here for flyer.

"John Brown's Body" at San Quentin Prison Film and Discussion with director and actors, 7pm, First Congregational Church. Click here to learn more about the film itself.

Guns and Violence in our Communities, Adult forum with East Palo Alto residents including their Chief of Police, a Seton school graduate and teacher, and a Catholic restorative justice representative - at St. Albert the Great Church, Palo Alto (click on event for updated details)

Wednesday, Sept. 24
Making a Safer Community for our Children, Adult Forum on gun safety with former mayor of Sunnyvale Tony Spitaleri, 7pm, Unitarian Universalist Church, Palo Alto

Friday, Sept. 26
Lockheed Martin Vigil Against WMD with peace activist Kathy Kelly, 12noon, Lockheed Martin, Sunnyvale

"Surviving Progress" Film, 7:30pm, Unitarian Universalist Church, Palo Alto

Saturday, Sept. 27
Harvest Festival, benefits Friends Committee on Legislation in CA with food, fun, and a veggie beauty contest! 9am-4pm, Friends Meeting House, Palo Alto

Sunday, Sept. 28
Poverty and Structural Violence, Adult Forum led by Joe Haletky, 9:15-10:15am, First Lutheran Church of Palo Alto

Worship with Peace Activist Kathy Kelly Preaching, 10:30am at First Presbyterian Church, Palo Alto

Everything Must Change: Jesus, Global Crises & a Revolution of Hope Adult Spiritual Formation Class, 11:15am, First Baptist Church of Palo Alto

Youth Workshop Exploring Conscientious Objection, second in 2 part series for ages 14-18, 12noon-2pm, First Presbyterian Church, Palo Alto

Eco-Justice for Kids, 11am, Unitarian Universalist Church, Palo Alto

"A Cubic Mile of Oil" Adult Forum, 12:15-2pm, Unitarian Universalist Church, Palo Alto

MVPJ Peace Potluck Picnic "Campaign Nonviolence: Another World Is Possible" - 4-6:30pm, First Congregational Church of Palo Alto. Featuring peace activist Kathy Kelly (just back from Afghanistan) as special speaker. We will share what we have learned and look to where we go next.


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Campaign Nonviolence Banners Across the Peninsula

From September 20-28, several peninsula congregationswill display a campaign nonviolence banner, to build a growing awareness that we can create a world of peace, justice and environmental healing! Beginning Monday, Sept. 22, a banner will also be hung on the overpass on Embarcadero Road in Palo Alto.

As the banners are hung, we will post pictures of them. 

 


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Campaign Nonviolence is Traveling - all around the Bay

Campaign Nonviolence events are also being planned in San Francisco and San Jose (and all 50 states, too).  Watch here for forthcoming information.  Nonviolence IS traveling, and as Gandhi said, it WILL become a miracle.  Become a part of the miracle!

First Day of Rosh Hashanah Speaker Rae Abileah (Code Pink) on Palestine/Israel Conflict: Thursday, Sept. 25, 9am-1pm Morning Service with Torah Reading, Teaching, and  Shofar Blowing at Beyt Tikkun Synagogue in Berkeley. Click here for location and details.

Paths to Just Peace with Kathy Kelly and Stephen Zunes: Friday, Sept. 26, 6pm at Unitarian Universalist Center in San Francisco.  Click here to download flyer with details.



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Campaign Nonviolence in All 50 States - AND here in Palo Alto!

Join Multifaith Voices for Peace & Justice in
CAMPAIGN NONVIOLENCE!

Campaign Nonviolence now has actions taking place in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, AND Palo Alto!  Join us!

Sign the Campain Nonviolence Pledge!

Plan to join the Candlelight Vigil in Palo Alto on Friday, Sept 20 to launch our local week of events.

Invite your congregation, community or organization to participate during the week of Sept. 21-28 with a forum, worship, prayer or action or by flying a Campaign Nonviolence banner.  Contact Diana Gibson (diana@multifaithpeace.org) for more information.

Click here to download a Campaign Nonviolence brochure.  


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Campaign Nonviolence

Multifaith Voices for Peace & Justice is excited to join Campaign Nonviolence (CNV), inviting people of faith, conscience and good will to build a movement for peace, justice, and environmental healing. Campaign Nonviolence is endorsed by Nobel Peace Prize winners Desmond Tutu and Mairead Maguire, and the late civil rights leader Vincent Harding.  Beginning on September 21, the International Day of Peace, CNV will launch a nationwide week of study, action, and peaceful public witness, calling for concrete changes toward reversing the climate crisis, ending poverty and abolishing war.

MVPJ is encouraging and coordinating local groups to participate in CNV, each in their own way. During the week of September 20-28, many Peninsula congregations will spotlight concerns about peace, justice or environmental healing through  worship, prayers, forums, youth and adult education, film nights, and service or advocacy projects.  Topics chosen already range from climate change to gun control.  MVPJ will help communities with ideas and resources (films, speakers, material), publicity and media coverage, and we will host a peaceful public witness event at the end of the week. 

Will you join us? Contact Diana Gibson at diana@multifaithpeace.org for more details or to let us know how your faith community will be participating.

“The choice is no longer between violence and nonviolence, it’s nonviolence or non-existence”  
-- Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty: Take a Stand!

On April 24th, the Marshall Islands filed landmark cases in the International Court of Justice and U.S. Federal District Court. 

The Claim: The nine nuclear-armed nations have failed to comply with their obligations, under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation treaty and customary international law, to pursue negotiations for the worldwide elimination of nuclear weapons.  This  unprecedented lawsuit seeks to hold the United States government (and the other eight nuclear weapon states that were signatories to the NPT) accountable for flagrantly violating the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

Take A Stand: Everyone has a stake in this.  Let world leaders know that it is the will of the seven billion of us who live on this planet to end the threat of nuclear weapons hanging over all of creation.  Click here to sign the petition now!

To learn more, visit the petition website at www.nuclearzero.org/, full of important history and information! 


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Unmanned: America's Drone War Film

 

The MVPJ Steering Committee watched this documentary at our April meeting.  We found it quite compelling.  It not only introduces and explains the egrecious nature of U.S. use of drones, but tells true and personal stories of people affected by them.  We highly recommend this film!



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