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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
  • Network of Spiritual Progressives
  • Palo Alto Friends Meeting
  • St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, Palo Alto (Catholic)
  • Trinity Church in Menlo Park (Episcopal)
  • Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto
  • West Bay Chapter, Buddhist Peace Fellowship

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Campaign Nonviolence Local Events - Sept. 20-28

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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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"Living for 32" Film and Discussion on Gun Violence

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"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 Gun 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 Brochures, Flyers & Other Resources

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Click here to download a flyer for the International Day of Peace Candlelight Vigil on Saturday, Sept. 20.

Click here to download the most up-to-date flyer (for legal-size paper) listing all local Sept. 20-28 events.

Click here to download the most up-to-date flyer (standard 8.5" x 11" size) listing all local Sept. 20-28 events -- good for enlarging to poster size for your bulletin boards!

Click here to download the "Avoiding Needless Wars" flyer for Tuesday, Sept. 23 lecture.

Click here to download a flyer for the Harvest Festival on Sept. 27.

Click here to download the Campaign Nonviolence brochure.

 

Campaign Nonviolence is Traveling - all around the Bay

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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.

 

Sign the Campaign Nonviolence Pledge TODAY!

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

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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

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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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Silicon Valley Interreligious Council: On the Gaza Conflict

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Our colleagues and friends at the Silicon Valley Interreligious Council (SiVIC) issued an important and thoughtful statement regarding the Gaza Conflict.  With their permission, we share an excerpt here.  Go to the end of this article for a link to their website where you can read the full statement.

On the Gaza Conflict

Regardless of our individual stances, we share a recognition of our common humanity and a conviction that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict must cease, that there is no violent solution to that conflict, that all human life is valued, and that all parties must cooperate to achieve a just and lasting peace on behalf of God’s children who reside in the land that many of us call holy.

 
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Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty: Take a Stand!

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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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Former Military Chaplain Speaks Out Against Palin's Remark

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Former military chaplain Steve Torgerson objects to Palin's description of waterboarding as baptism (see article below) in this brief but compelling "Perspective" from KQED.  Click here to listen.