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Participating Congregations and Organizations
  • American Muslim Voice
  • Bahá'í Community of Palo Alto
  • 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
  • Mountain View Buddhist Temple
  • Palo Alto Buddhist Temple
  • Palo Alto Friends Meeting
  • St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, Palo Alto (Catholic)
  • Social Action Committee of the Redwood City Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship
  • Trinity Church in Menlo Park (Episcopal)
  • Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto
  • Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Los Gatos
  • West Bay Chapter, Buddhist Peace Fellowship

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Campaign Nonviolence National Conference Aug 6-8 Online

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Campaign Nonviolence National Conference
Embracing the Nonviolence Shift
Marking the 75th Anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

August 6: Online Vigil for Hiroshima and Nagasaki
(5pm PDT)
August 7: Online Nonviolence Training
(12Noon PDT)
August 8: Online Conference
(9am PDT)

CLICK HERE for full 3 day schedule and list of speakers.

Experience the wisdom of nonviolence visionaries, scholars and practitioners
Hear of concrete pathways to build a transformed world -- a world free of racism, poverty, war and environmental crisis.
In this time of great transition ushered in by a worldwide crisis, nonviolence offers us what we need right now: vision, strategies and practices that will equip us to live and lead in the direction of personal and societal transformation.

Featured speakers include Dr. Ira Helford, MD (Steering Committee of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) which was the recipient of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize), Roshi Joan Halifax (Upaya Zen Center), Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr. (minister, activist, President and CEO of the Hip Hop Caucus), Rev. Richard Rohr (Center for Action and Contemplation, theologian, religious leader, author, Franciscan priest), Dr. Erica Chenowith (Harvard University, social scientist and scholar on nonviolence), and many others. Click here for full list of speakers. 

Registration Information:
August 6 Vigil - Free but registration required
August 7 Nonviolence Training - $20
August 8 Conference - $50
Student discounts 50% and other scholarships available.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

 

 
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Digital MASS POOR PEOPLE'S ASSEMBLY this Saturday!

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A National Call for Moral Renewal
Mass Poor People's Assembly and
Moral March on Washington

is going digital
June 20, 2020 (7am & 3pm PDT)

On June 20th, the Poor People's Campaign will hold the largest digital and social media gathering of poor and low-wealth people, moral and religious leaders, advocates, and people of conscience in this nation’s history. The Poor People's Campaign is a movement of tens of thousands of people across the country who are organizing to end the interlocking injustices of systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, the war economy and militarism, and the distorted moral narrative of religious nationalism. JOIN THEM NOW!

PLEDGE TO JOIN HERE & NOW!

ON SATURDAY, JUNE 20, hear poor and impacted people testify about their experiences of systemic racism, poverty, militarism, immigration and more, introduced by activists and actors including Former Vice President Al Gore, Danny Glover, Erika Alexander, Jane Fonda, David Oyelowo, Wanda Sykes and Debra Messing.

The Mass Poor People's Assembly and Moral March on Washington is a 2.5 hour program that will be broadcast on SATURDAY, JUNE 20th, at 7am and 3pm PDT and again on Sunday, June 21 at 3pm PDT.

The Poor People's Campaign is organizing this gathering with more than 100 partner organizations including 16 religious denominations.

 
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Pastor Calls for Change in Palo Alto

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"Our country continues to contend with the horrific killing of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery. Across the country, people are exercising their right to protest against these injustices. As a country and a city, we must face the reality that we have systemic issues that disproportionately affect black people and that need to be addressed now," writes Rev. Kaloma A. Smith, pastor of University A.M.E. Zion Church and chair of the Human Relations Commission. (Click here to read the full Guest Opinion piece on Palo Alto Online.)

Rev. Smith's call for change was presented at the Palo Alto City Council Meeting on Monday, June 8. Click here to read the Palo Alto online June 9th article about that meeting.

All of us are asked to pray for our country, our cities, for change and for jusice. AND we are called to act. You can support changes in Palo Alto right now by doing these few simple things:

  • Email your city mayor, city manager, and council members in support of police reform!
  • Make public comments on community forums supporting calls for racial justice and BLM. Insist on the dignity and worth of black lives and all people of color. Lift up the need for change right here! Keep the conversation going.
  • Visit the #8cantwait website to learn about the campaign to make these 8 life-saving policies part of all police departments. Scroll down to find out  what policies your local police department has in place, and what need to be added. (If you city is not listed there, do the research yourself.) NOW start a campaign to make ALL OF 8 CAN'T WAIT POLICIES STANDARD PRACTICE IN YOUR LOCAL POLICE DEPARTMENT.
 
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Calls to Action: Advocacy and Prayers Online, House Signs, On the Streets, and More

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Week of Action - Month of Action - Life of Action:
Speak - Act - Pray to End Racist Violence and Build Racial Justice

Many of us are unsure how to most faithfully protest the egregious atrocities of violence against our black siblings and how to stand up and take action for justice in this tumultuous time. As each of us discerns what we are called to do, let us turn to the best in our own faith tradition that inspires us to be most loving and courageous. Let us learn from others - those in other faith traditions and leaders from the past. And let us remember, and commit, that we are in this struggle for the long haul.

What we do know is this: A time comes when silence is betrayal, and that time has come for us.

Overview of Possibilities
(This is meant to prompt your own imagination!
Send us your ideas to share!)

Online: Join or watch vigils; participate in training and education; advocate via social media; gather virtually for prayer and discernment; write emails to people in power; make donations; stay informed; watch movies and documentaries that help broaden your awareness.
From your Home: Post signs in your yard or own your car; send letters (yes, using the U.S. Mail Service!); call people in power; reach out to neighbors, friends, family and strangers; make sure people of color know they are not alone; educate yourself about how to shop, bank, etc. without supporting white supremacy; read relevant books.
On the Streets: Join peaceful and safe protests if you feel called to do so; work with others on creative and safe ways to publicly show solidarity -- then invite others and do it!

 
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Honor Lives Lost Every Sunday 8-9pm

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#HonorLivesLost
Online Weekly Candle-lighting Ritual
To #FreeThemAll

Every Sunday, 8-9pm PST

#HonorLivesLost is a network of organizers and advocates dedicated to memorializing and uplifting incarcerated people we lose to COVID-19 & #DeathByIncarceration in CA.

Click here to visit their Facebook page for more information.

 
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Ramadan, COVID-19, and Living into the New Normal: Online panel discussion

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The Muslim Cohort of the Community of Living Traditions is hosting an online discussion:
"Ramandan, COVID-19, and Living into the New Normal"

Wednesday, April 29, 5-6:30pm Eastern Time

The Community of Living Traditions at Stony Point Center welcomes you to join us for a panel discussion with Muslim activists about what it means to be Muslim and fasting during the Holy Month of Ramadan during the COVID-19 pandemic. As the world has swiftly changed beyond recognition, participants are invited to join a conversation on challenges, opportunities and insights the pandemic presents — as Muslims, as activists, and as global citizens. How does Islam teach us to interpret and respond to the pandemic as a Sign from Allah? What are the spiritual tests to be gleaned if we are to evolve as one inextricably linked human family sharing one planet, rather than face extinction?

As the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him said,
"When any limb aches, the whole body reacts with sleeplessness and fever.”
Source: Sahih al-Bukhari, 5665, Sahih Muslim 2586

Click here to register online in advance to get login information.

 
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Aid and Advocacy for Immigrants during COVID-19 Pandemic

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ADVOCACY: The Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity has created a “Have a Heart Toolkit,” including a variety of ways for individuals to lovingly convey to Governor Newsom the urgency of releasing detainees from detention centers that are a dangerous breeding ground for the COVID. Click here to learn more, watch videos from people inside detention centers, and find out how you can join this effort! (Photo explanation: On April 10, immediately before joining the hunger strike, Mesa Verde dorm C created a heart formation on their yard that was captured by supporters on the outside.)


AID: Immigrants in our communities are suffering mightily during this time of COVID.  In addition to health risks, immigrants are not eligible for several of the federal support programs, and are, in some cases, in desperate financial need.  In other cases, immigrants are considered "essential workers" but not provided necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) or allowed to observe safety practices. Please consider donations to one of the following local organizations, or other programs you know are helping immigrants:

Human Agenda Solidarity Fund

Sacred Heart Community Service

Day Worker Center of Mountain View

 
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NEVER AGAIN ACTION

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"Anne Frank didn't die in a gas chamber. She died because she caught a contagious disease in a concentration camp. We have seen this before. We won't let it happen again. Never again is now." (Never Again Action)

ACTION ALERT FROM NEVER AGAIN: Call or email Governor Newsom's office today and say: “Hi, My name is [name], I'm a [state] resident living in [city]. The detention centers in our state are going to become death camps for the immigrants locked inside, unless Governor _______ uses his/her emergency powers to release them immediately. Will the governor empty the detention centers today?” Click here for Office of Governor Gavin Newsom's webpage with phone number and email form.

Never Again Action, a movement of Jews, allies and immigrant partners, reminds us, "Deadly outbreaks in detention centers; it’s a matter of if, not when. UNLESS our governors use their emergency powers to empty the detention centers in their state, before they become de facto death camps."

"We call on governors across the country to use their emergency executive power to order the release of all immigrant detainees in their states. Protect immigrants from this virus, for their safety and for public health. We hope that our governors will choose the path of morality AND public safety. If they don’t, we will pressure them until they do."

 

 
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COVID-19 Call-in Campaign CALL TODAY LIBERATE TOMORROW

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From the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity:

A coalition of over 60 legal service providers and community organizations in California sent a letter to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the administrators of local ICE detention facilities demanding that they release all individuals held at the Mesa Verde Detention Facility and the Yuba County Jail, starting with those who are at highest risk.

As city and state governments take drastic measures to slow the spread of COVID-19, this letter adds to the chorus of community organizations across the country calling for the release of incarcerated people.

Use your faith voice and share your faith values when you call and email David Jennings, Acting Field Office Director, and demand that ICE release all people from detention, beginning with the most vulnerable.

Some people have experienced difficulty with phone calls, please do not feel discouraged. Send an email, if the phone is not accessible.

CALL David Jennings (Acting Field Office Director, ICE) Keep reading more suggested script.

David.W.Jennings@ice.dhs.gov
415-844-5503 or 415-844-5551

Click here to read MVPJ's article about NEVER AGAIN ACTION Campaign, similar to this one, pressuring governors to use their emergency executive power to order the release of immigrant detainees in their states. 

 
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Multifaith Justice Seder

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CANCELLED: Sadly, the Seder will be cancelled due to COVID-19 health concerns. We will be refunding any tickets already purchased through Eventbrite.

Multifaith Justice Seder
Monday, March 30, 6:30 pm - 9:00pm

Join us for a celebration of our shared values of justice and liberation, through the lens of the Jewish Passover Seder ritual. We will spend the evening telling stories of liberation both ancient and contemporary, tasting the richness of the Passover Seder ritual, and sharing song and, of course, food.

 
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