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September 26: International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

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As part of Campaign Nonviolence Week of Action join people around the world in celebrating the vision of a nuclear weapons free world, raising awareness and calling on our leaders to advance nuclear disarmament.

Established by the United Nations General Assembly, the aim of the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons is to enhance "public awareness and education about the threat posed to humanity by nuclear weapons and the necessity for their total elimination, in order to mobilize international efforts towards achieving the common goal of a nuclear-weapon-free world."

This year, on Sept. 26, the Parliamentarians for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament (PNND) will present a statement calling for A Nuclear-Weapon-Free-World: Our Common Good, endorsed by parliamentarians, mayors and religious leaders to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the onset of the nuclear age and the foundation of the United Nations.

"Nearly 16,000 nuclear weapons remain in the world's arsenals costing $100 billion annually - funds that could instead be used to implement the Sustainable Development Goals," said Mr. Saber Chowdhurgy MP, Co-President of PNND. "We reaffirm UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's description of the abolition of nuclear weapons as a "common good of the highest order."

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Campaign Nonviolence: Global Actions & Regional Events

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Campaign Nonviolence (CNV) 2015 Week of Action now has over 285 events taking place around the world. CNV actions are planned in each of the 50 states plus Afghanistan, Colombia, Canada and beyond. Click here to learn about local, mid-peninsula events.

Global Opportunites to Mainstream Nonviolence include (but are NOT limited to!):
International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, September 26 - Spread the word about this day through social media, letters to the editor, and telling your friends, family and faith communities!  Invite your local mayor or religious leader to sign the joint statement on A Nuclear-Weapon-Free-World: Our Common Good.

#Enough: Follow the lead of the Afghan Peace Volunteers as together we build a critical mass of nonviolent relationships for a green and equal world without war.

Tell President Obama to recommend unarmed approaches to conflict: Email or call the White House and tell the President that you want the Peacekeeping Summit which he will convene on Sept. 28 to take seriously the recommendations of the U.N. panel that unarmed civilian protection be a prominant aspect of U.N. Peace Operations. Click here for background from "Nonviolent Peaceforce", and then send a message to the White House.

Take the Campaign Nonviolence Pledge to strive to practice nonviolence toward yourself, others, and to join the global movement.

Regional opportunites also include:
Evening of Prayer for Victims of Violence, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 7:30pm, Cathedral Basilical of St. Joseph, 80 South Market St., San Jose

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Campaign Nonviolence Pledge

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I solemnly swear to take a stand against violence and
help build a culture of active nonviolence.
I will strive to:
practice nonviolence toward myself;
practice nonviolence toward all others;
practice nonviolence by joining the global movement to
abolish war,
end poverty,
stop the destruction of the earth and
foster a just and peaceful world for all.

Click here to sign the Campaign Nonviolence pledge, and join the movement to build a peaceful world for all! 

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Campaign Nonviolence Week of Action: Sept 20-27, 2015

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Campaign Nonviolence 2015

Abolish war
End Poverty and Racism
Reverse the Climate Change
Mainstream Active Nonviolence

And start here!

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

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.

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Faithful Support for the Iran Nuclear Deal

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"After years spent teetering on the brink of war, the diplomatic agreement with Iran known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action offers an unprecendented opportunity for a peaceful settlement to concerns about Iran's nuclear program." 

The Friends Committee on National Legislation (quoted above) has posted a wealth of resources for people of faith and good will to understand and support the Iran Deal.  Their post on "Understanding the Iran Deal" is very helpful. 

In August 340 rabbis (including our own local Rabbi Sheldon Lewis) from all streams of Judaism sent a letter to all Members of Congress urging that they support the international community agreement and Iran. Read the statement of 53 Christian leaders urging Congress to support the agreement.  The Jewish Exponent posted a thoughtful article on why "The Iran Agreement is Good for America."    



Compassion Games: Survival of the Kindest!

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The Silicon Valley Interreligious Council, Carry the Vision, and other local community groups are hosting the Silicon Valley Compassion Games.  Generated by the Charter for Compassion, the 2015 Compassion Games challenge and inspire us to make our community and world a safer, kinder, more just and better place to live. Click here to learn more about Silicon Valley Compassion Games, and to join the game!  You can play as individuals or groups.
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#Enough! Follow the Lead of the Afghan Peace Volunteers

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The Afghan Peace Volunteers invite us to join
#Enough! A campaign to abolish war and build a green and equal world
Join them TODAY!

Join the Afghan Peace Volunteers and Kabul street kids Zarghuna, Muheb, Barath, Mursal, Inam, Deeba and Zahra, to say #Enough!

On Sept. 21st, the International Day of Peace and beginning of the Campaign Nonviolence Week of Action, 100 Afghan street kids will cook and serve a meal for 100 Afghan labourers to launch #Enough!

TODAY you can join the Afghan Peace Volunteers, a grassroots group started by youth in Kabul, Afghanistan, by signing "The People's Agreement to Abolish War."  Help generate the critical mass of friends needed to build a better world.

Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire and Prof. Noam Chomsky have already endorsed this campaign.  You can join them by signing the Agreement TODAY! 

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."  

Click here to download a copy of The People's Agreement to Abolish War

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Scientists Support Iran Nuclear Deal

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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!


Whatever Happened to Nuclear Disarmament?

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Tuesday, April 4, 7pm
Community Media Center, 900 San Antonio Rd., Palo Alto

70 years after the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, 9 countries in the world possess 15,695 nuclear weapons.  Didn't we learn anything?  Join a conversation with Jackie Cabasso, nuclear disarmament activist and Executive Director of the Western States Legal Foundation.  Cabasso will report on the recent Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference at the United Nations, which she attended.  She will also discuss the state of the disarmament movement, including the impact of the recent Iran deal.

Free and open to the public. Wheelchair accessible.

Sponsored by the Peninsula Peace and Justice Center.

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70 Years of Nuclear Weapons - at what cost?

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Livermore Nuclear Weapons Lab Witness and Action
August 6, 8am.  Vasco Road at Patterson Pass Road, Livermore
Daniel Ellsberg, Country Joe McDonald, Taiko drumming, Japanese Bon Dance, Nonviolent Action

Today, after 70 years, nearly 16,000 nuclear weapons - 94% of them held by the USA and Russia - continue to pose an intolerable threat to humanity and creation.  It is time to speak out!

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