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  • 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: 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 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 diana@multifaithpeace.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.

 
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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 http://enough.ourjourneytosmile.com/ 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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Raise the Wage Campaign!

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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!

 
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Peace & Planet Mobilization for a Nuclear-free Peaceful Just and Sustainable World

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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.

 
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