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  • 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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Tired of Listening to Ranting and Raving About Iraq? Try something different on September 21st.

Are you tired of listening to ranting and raving about Iraq? Does rhetoric like "cut and run" and "appeasing the terrorists" sound like nails scratching on a chalkboard? Do you pray for options other than simply "staying the course?" If so, join us on Thursday, September 21st at the Unitarian Universalist Church (Main Hall), 505 E. Charleston Road in Palo Alto, to hear some sanity from former CIA analyst Ray McGovern and Stanford Professor Emeritus of Political Science David Abernethy in dialogue with Bay Area faith leaders about what next for Iraq and the future of America's foreign policy. GOT QUESTIONS: We're putting together a list of questions for David and Ray. You can help! Email your questions to craig@multifaithpeace.org
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Declaration of Peace

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Multifaith Voices for Peace and Justice is an endorser of the Declaration of Peace, a nationwide campaign to establish, by September 21, concrete and rapid plans for peace in Iraq, including a prompt timetable for the withdrawal of troops and closure of all bases; a peace process for security, reconstruction and reconciliation; and the shifting of funding from war to meeting human needs. Over 180 organizations endorse this campaign, and many are faith-based. To learn more or to add your name, click on the icon above.

 

Good Samaritans Found Not Guilty!

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Late in the afternoon of Friday, September 1, 2006, U.S. District Judge Raner C. Collins, presiding from a federal courtroom in Tucson, Arizona, dismissed all charges against Shanti Sellz and Daniel Strauss, two volunteers with the Tucson No More Deaths Coalition, a faith- and community-based alliance.

Multifaith Voices for Peace And Justice has been following their story and advocating on their behalf for many months now. This is a major victory for decency and fairness and reminds us that our hearts must be ruled by compassion for others, not fear OF the others. Below is a story written about these two volunteers and how they faced prosecution for helping to save the lives of three dying migrants.
 
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Memorial Day Picnic

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PEACE PICNIC: Remembering Our Past and Creating a Peaceful Future

AN INTERGENERATIONAL & INTERFAITH GATHERING for Memorial Day

MONDAY, MAY 29, 12noon - 4 pm (food starts at noon, most activities 1-3pm)

MITCHELL PARK Pine Grove Area - back of park near Handball Courts; 600 E Meadow Dr, Palo Alto, CA (map...)

JOIN US FOR: FUN ACTIVITIES - music, games, face-painting, story-telling, singalongs, crafts and more, all with a focus on peace-building and justice-making;

GOOD FOOD - Pakistani food, hot dogs (regular, kosher and vegetarian), breads & drinks provided (Please bring some food to share);

GREAT OPPORTUNITIES - to get to know one another and build deeper friendships with people of different faiths, ages and cultures - children, adults, singles and families of all shapes and sizes are welcome!

SPONSORED BY Multifaith Voices for Peace and Justice, American Muslim Voice, Pax Christi Stanford, South Bay Department of Peace Campaign , and Buddhist Peace Fellowship West Bay Chapter. For more information call 650-569-3416.

 

Lantos Arrested Protesting Sudan

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Representative Tom Lantos was arrested today, while commiting an act of civil disobedience, blocking the entrance to the Sudanese Embassy. Multifaith Voices for Peace and Justice has actively been working with Congressman Lantos' office, encouraging him to take a leadership role promoting UN/NATO action to stop the genocide in Darfur.

Today's arrest demonstrates that our voices are being heard! Read the story from the San Francicso Chronicle:
 
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Iraq: The Power of Truth in a War Based on Lies

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On March 25th, the people of Palo Alto had an incredible opportunity to hear from four amazing people:, former chief UN weapons Inspector in Iraq; RAY MCGOVERN, retired senior CIA analyst and part of the Church of the Savior in Washington, D.C.; FAIZA AL-ARAJI, Iraqi citizen and author of afamilyinbaghdad.blogspot.com and MEDEA BENJAMIN, Founder Global Exchange.

 
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What's A Church To Do When the IRS Comes A'Calling?

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Imagine showing up for worship and having this message come from the pulpit: "The Internal Revenue Service has notified All Saints church that we are being examined for possible violation of our non-profit status. The IRSís charge is campaign intervention. They have cited a sermon that our rector emeritus, George Regas, preached on the Sunday before the last presidential election. We have engaged a Washington, D.C. law firm specializing in these matters."
 
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Prayer, Peace Songs and Puppets

Where will you be on March 18th? We sure hope you'll be with us, singing, praying, and hanging out with puppets!

Join us at 11:00am on Saturday the 18th at All Saints' Episcopal Church, 555 Waverley (corner of Hamilton and Waverley) in Palo Alto for this intergenerational and interfaith gathering. We will mark the anniversary of the Iraq war with prayers for peace, songs, stories, puppets and an offering of 1,000 origami peace cranes!
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Darfur Days of Conscience

On April 30, 2006, in order to bring attention to the ongoing genocide in Darfur and demand immediate protection for the Darfurian victims and refugees, concerned citizens will hold a Day of Conscience for Darfur in San Francisco, with a Vigil on the Golden Gate Bridge and a Rally in Crissy Field.
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A Daughter Remembers

While working to help the victims of the South Asian earthquake, Samina Faheem who is on the board of Multifaith Voices for Peace and Justice and is the head of American Muslim Voice, is also grieving the loss of her beloved mother.

Nasim Akhper Malik died in her home in Pakistan after a long struggle with cancer on November 14th.

Samina will fly to Pakistan after the November 22nd vigil.

Samina has agreed to allow MVPJ to share the following reflections about her parents, which she sent to friends and co-workers for peace a few days ago.
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