Campaign Nonviolence 2015
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Multifaith Voices for Peace & Justice will join Campaign Nonviolence again this year. If your congregation, organization or a community would like to participate, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marches or prayer vigils, studies or drama, let us work together to build a world of active, creative, challenging and audacious nonviolence!
Campaign Nonviolence Week of Action events will take place in each of the 50 states as well as several other countries.
The Afghan Peace Volunteers invite us to join
On Sept. 21st, the International Day of Peace and beginning of the Campaign Nonviolence Week of Action, the Afghan Peace Volunteers, a grassroots group started by youth in Kabul, Afghanistan, will launch this effort. They encourage all members of the human family to sign "The People's Agreement to Abolish War."
Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire and Prof. Noam Chomsky have already endorsed this campaign. You can join them by signing the Agreement on a multimedia website beginning Sept. 16th.
The Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers (now Afghan Peace Volunteers) was started by youth living in Kabul, Afghanistan. Having lived in the midst of war their entire lives, these young people insist that "war has not worked," and ask for international friendship and solidarity. The group has worked together for several years now. They create videos and blogs to expose both the hopes and pains of life in Afghanistan, host "Global Listening Days" for skype or phone conversations with anyone around the world, partner with youth in other war-torn places, organize the Duvet (Blanket) Peace project which gave Afghan women employment to make much needed blankets for Afghan refugees in the winter, and have founded the Borderfree Center for Nonviolence which sponsors programs on nonviolence, environment, social economic issues and international issues, language and math classes for local "street kids."
Watch this page for updated information!
Click here to download a copy of The People's Agreement to Abolish War.
The New York Times, on August 8, reported that 29 of the nation's top scientists wrote a letter to President Obama in support of the Iran Nuclear Deal. Among the signatures were Dr. Martin Hellman, who spoke last year in Los Altos on this issue during our Campaign Nonviolence Week of Action. Click here to read the full letter.
Be sure to call your Senator and Congressperson to urge them to support this agreement with Iran!
Multifaith Voices for Peace & Justice is excited to be a part of the Raise the Wage Campaign! You can join us by signing the Raise the Wage petition and by asking your congregation or organization to become an endorser of the campaign.
Questions about the impact of raising the minimum? Click here for a handy "Myth vs Fact" sheet.
No matter what town you come from, click here to sign the petition online and it will be delivered to YOUR city council members. Take it a step further and download and print a copy of the petition and circulate it among your friends, congregation, and community. (Be sure to return the petition to the Peninsula Peace & Justice Center at the address on the bottom of the sheet.)
Watch this page for more information about campaigns in specific cities around the bay area. And be sure to sign the petition today!
On January 22, 2015 The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists moved the hands of its Doomsday Clock two minutes closer to midnight.* It's 3 minutes to midnight!
Sign the petition today to eliminate nuclear weapons!
The Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty Review Conference, with representatives from the 189 member nations, will meet at the United Nations in New York City from April 27-May 22. It is a crucial opportunity to press the nuclear powers to fulfill their commitment to engage in good faith negotiations for a complete elimination of their nuclear arsenals.
How can you help? First, sign the petition from Peace & Planet calling on the parties to the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty to immediately, without delay, develop a time table to ban and eliminate all nuclear weapons. Click here to sign! The goal is to have 20,000 signatures by April 17. Get started now by adding your name!
Second, ask your congregation or organization to endorse Peace & Planet's April 24-26 Mobilization for a Nuclear-Free Peaceful Just and Sustainable World. Click here to learn about organizational endorsement.
Held at Princeton Theological Seminary on January 23-25, 2015, the Interfaith Conference on Drone Warfare issued a statement calling on the Administration to immediately halt targeted lethal drone strikes. The conference included more than 150 religious leaders representing many of the world religions and the Just War, Pacifist, and Just Peace traditions.
Click here to read the full and comprehensive statement, and for links to many of the speakers' presentations, all made available through the Coalition for Peace Action website.
Starting as a wish at a TED Conference, spreading across the world, learn about The Charter of Compassion through this video. And, watch this space for news about World Interfaith Harmony Week coming in February 2015.
Multifaith Voices for Peace & Justice has long worked for public access to the Senate Intelligence Committee's Report on the CIA's detention and interrogation program. On Tuesday, December 9, the eve of the United Nation's Human Rights Day, a 500 page summary of that six year investigation was released.
Please call or email Senator Dianne Feinstein and thank her for her courageous leadership on the investigation and the release of the report! (Click here for her contact information and an easy email form.)
To read more about the report and further discussion go to the National Religious Campaign Against Torture's page on this issue. NRCAT has been a strong partner with MVPJ in keeping us up to date and educated about this issue.
On December 8, at a conference in Vienna, Pope Francis issued a new statement on nuclear weapons titled "Nuclear Disarmament: Time for Abolition" that indicates a major change in Roman Catholic policy. "Nuclear deterrence and the threat of nuclear assured destruction cannot be the basis for an ethics of fraternity and peaceful coexistence among peoples and states," the Pope said. While the Roman Catholic Church has long declared the use of nuclear weapons to be immoral, it has, up until now, articulated a "conditional acceptance" of nuclear deterrence as a necessary evil. This changes with the Pope's message, which was read on the first day of the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons conference in Austria.
The Vatican's statement declares, "The youth of today and tomorrow deserve far more.... Peace must be built on justice, socio-economic development, freedom, respect for fundamental human rights, ... and the building of trust between people."
From September 20-28, several peninsula congregations displayed a Campaign Nonviolence banner, to build a growing awareness that we can create a world of peace, justice and environmental healing!
The photo at the left shows the Campaign Nonviolence banner that was also hung on the overpass on Embarcadero Road in Palo Alto.