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  • First Presbyterian Church Palo Alto
  • First United Methodist Church Palo Alto
  • Holy Trinity Episcopal Menlo Park
  • Network of Spiritual Progressives
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Local Events Part of National Movement for Campaign Nonviolence

Campaign Nonviolence is alive - and growing - in the bay area!  We are just beginning to confirm information about local events sponsored by congregations and organizations in the peninsula and south bay area committed to justice and peace.  Click on event for more information.

Sunday, August 24 leading in to Campaign Nonviolence Week of Action
"Living for 32" film and discussion on gun violence.

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

Sunday, Sept. 21
Poverty and Structural Violence, Adult Forum led by Joe Haletky, 9:15-10:15am, First Lutheran Church, Palo Alto

Nonviolence and Judaism, Adult Forum with Rabbi Sheldon Lewis, 11:15am, First Congregational 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

West Coast 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.

Wednesday, Sept. 24
Sunnyvale's New Gun Safety Law, Adult Forum 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

"Green Sanctuary" 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

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 to share what we have learned

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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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"Living for 32" Film and Discussion on Gun Violence

"Living for 32" is a film about the 32 people murdered in the tragic Virginia Tech Shooting, and the 32 people killed by guns every day in America.  Watch this documentary and join in a discussion led by Christopher R. Moylan, Sunnyvale council member who was key in getting the controversial Gund Control Measure C on the ballot - and PASSED!  Learn how we can pass Gun Control in our cities, too.

Sunday, August 24, 4-6pm
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, Fireside Room
505 E. Charleston Road, Palo Alto, 94306
Click here to download a flyer.

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

Join Multifaith Voices for Peace & Justice in

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 ( 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 21-28, 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 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, 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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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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Here Is Something You Can Do About Nuclear Weapons!

The Soviet Union is gone. The nuclear weapons aren't. Some say that reducing our nuclear arsenal is too risky. But how risky is the status quo? The answer is - nobody knows! Congress can call for a scientific assessment. Ask them to do it. Ask them today!

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The Words of Children Living with War

The following are the words of children compiled by members of the steering committee of Multifaith Voices for Peace and Justice. They come from children in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Jordan, Israel, Palestine and Canada. All of these children are living in the midst of war.

We thank the Rebuilding Alliance (and especially intern Bryce Druzin) for bringing us many of these messages from partner organizations like Other Voice - Sderat, Al Basma Club for the Disabled in Gaza, the Rachel Corrie Sports Initiative and the UNRWA School for Girls in Gaza, and the children at the Al Aqaba Kindergarten in the West Bank.

Other messages from children were gathered through personal interviews by Deborah Ellis, an author whose award-winning work includes the Breadwinner trilogy, novels that portray the life of a young Afghan girl, pretending to be a boy so that she can feed her family. In Ellis' Three Wishes, Off to War, and Children of War, she brings us directly into the daily lives, hopes, dreams and fears of Palestinian, Israeli, and Iraqi children, plus she shares the voices of American and Canadian children whose parents are stationed in Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan.

We encourage you to read these words and if you'd like to respond, please submit a comment. We will gather those comments and as possible and appropriate, share them with the children. 

These and more were shared during a public worship service on March 21st, 2010 at 2pm at Lytton Plaza in Palo Alto California. The gathering was hosted by the Palo Alto Friends Meeting and Multifaith Voices for Peace and Justice. Together, we heard their words, prayed for peace, and committed ourselves to continuing our work to bring about a world where children won't have to be afraid to sleep at night or face the terrors of trying to live through another day at war.

Click each of the links to read the words of children at war.

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