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Here at Earth Justice Ministries we consider the work of peacemaking, justice-building, and environmental healing as essential expressions of a spiritual perspective on life. We work with faith communities and secular organizations to try to heal what is broken and to plant seeds for a future of justice, peace, and well-being for all living things.
to Join Demonstrators at Beale and to Speak in Grass Valley
Tuesday, April 1
April 1, 2:30 to 5 p.m, Elliott Adams at Beale: Past National President of Veterans For Peace and international peace activist Elliott Adams will join locals for an anti-drone vigil at the Wheatland Gate of Beale Air Force Base at 3960 S. Beale Rd. Adams is currently touring the country, and will speak about the importance of banning drone attacks, stopping all war, and building a culture of peace. Some supporters are meeting Adams at the Brick coffeehouse at 1 p.m., then joining a car caravan out to the demonstration at Beale. For directions and to find out more click here. Elliott Adams will speak in Grass Valley later that evening. (See below)
Later that evening, Elliott Adams will speak in Grass Valley on "International Law, Drone Warfare, and Strategies for Peace," following brief presentations by local anti-drone activists. The program will take place at 7 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains, 246 S. Church Street. Find out event details here.
Elliott Adams served as a paratrooper in the infantry in Viet Nam, Japan, Korea, and Alaska. He transformed from being a soldier to being a nonviolent warrior, applying his intellect and body to building movements that create justice. He utilizes international and domestic law as a means to end our war culture. He is a nonviolence and social movement trainer, and has served in that role for Fellowship of Reconciliation, School Of Americas Watch, Peacemakers of Schoharie, Student Environmental Action Coalition, Veterans For Peace, and War Resisters League. He currently works with the Meta Peace Team, and is co-chair of Creating a Culture of Peace.
Elliott Adams travels throughout the country and internationally in his peacemaking work. He has testified before the US Congress Judiciary Committee and attended Parliament in Canada, and has been arrested repeatedly for the cause of peace. In 2013 he engaged in an 80-day fast of 300 calories or less in solidarity with the Guantanamo Bay Prisoners and the Pelican Bay Hunger Strikes. (http://www.CloseGitmo.net). Most recently he was imprisoned for 8 days following a nonviolent anti-drone action at Hancock Air Force Base in New York. Currently he is traveling nationwide with the Meta Peace Team conducting Unarmed Peacekeeping Skills Training & Strategy Sessions.
Interfaith Working Group of the Nevada County Climate Change Coalition
Meets Monday, April 7, 4 p.m. at Nevada City United Methodist Church
The next meeting of the Interfaith Working Group of the Nevada County Climate Change Coalition (NC-CCC) will be Monday, April 7, at 4 p.m. at Nevada City United Methodist Church, 433 Broad Street in Nevada City.
The Interfaith group recently worked with several Nevada County faith groups and congregations to join in the nationwide Interfaith Power and Light Climate Change Preach-In. Several local faith communities participated by inviting congregational members to send postcards and valentines to elected leaders. The children of participating congregations made valentines calling on representatives to enact laws that reduce the dangers of climate change.
Diverse Nevada County faith groups, including Bahai's, United Methodists, Unitarian Universalists, and Quakers, participated in these green activities, which culminated on Valentine’s Day weekend. They joined congregations around the country with the message that climate change is a moral issue that demands our full attention and action.
The Interfaith Committee of the NC-CCC plans more faith-based climate change activities, and welcomes everyone who is interested in helping. You can contact the group at: email@example.com.
Nevada County Climate Change Coalition General Meeting
April 15, 2014, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains
246 S. Church Street, Grass Valley
Earth Justice Ministries, Alliance for a Post-Petroleum Economy, the Social Action Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains, are among the local groups organizing the Nevada County Climate Change Coalition. All are welcome to attend any working group or the general monthly meeting of the Nevada County Climate Change Coalition. Meet before the meeting at 5:15 at Flour Garden Bakery on Neal Street if you want to participate in a training/review/meeting for facilitators.
NC-CCC has formed several small groups to focus on different aspects of the work to prevent runaway climate change and ensuring a livable future. These groups will focus on: lobbying, education, nonviolent direct action, resiliency and local self-reliance, interfaith cooperation on issues related to climate change, radical art, communication, working with 350.org, etc.
to Join Good Friday Peace Vigil at Beale on April 18 and to
Speak in Grass Valley on April 19
Good Friday, April 18, 3 to 5 p.m, Kathy Kelly at Beale: Kathy Kelly, a world renowned peace activist, will join anti-drone demonstrators at Beale for a Good Friday prayer vigil that will include songs, prayers, Holy Communion, and words from Kathy Kelly. Several people will attempt to deliver a letter with "A Call from People of Faith to Stop Drone Killings." This will take place at the main (Schneider) gate of Beale, at 4875 N. Beale Road. Kathy will speak in Grass Valley the next day. (See below)
Saturday, April 19, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Kathy Kelly will speak in Grass Valley on "Seeing through the Smokescreen: War and Peace in the 21st Century." The program will be held at 1 p.m. at Sierra Mountain Coffee Roasters/Tomes at 671 Maltmann in Grass Valley. This is being sponsored by Earth Justice Ministries, the Peace and Justice Center of Nevada County, Occupy Beale, and other local organizations.
Kathy Kelly is coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, a campaign to end U.S. military and economic warfare. In 2011, Kathy Kelly was a passenger on "The Audacity of Hope," the U.S. boat in the international flotilla to break the illegal occupation of Gaza. She has taken nine trips to Afghanistan, where she has lived alongside ordinary Afghan people in Kabul. She has joined activists in the United States to protest drone warfare outside of military bases in Nevada, upstate New York, and Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri. Kathy is author of Other Lands have Dreams.
Kathy has worked nonviolently on a range of peace and social justice issues. Her arrests include draft board actions, opposition to U.S. support of the Contras and other Central American death squads, crossing the line at Fort Benning's military training school, and a number of anti-nuclear protests at various sites, including planting corn on nuclear missile sites. There a just a few of the actions mentioned in her book, "Other Lands Have Dreams."
Kathy was a member of the Gulf Peace Team, an international encampment of peacemakers at the Iraq-Saudi border in 1990. In 1995 she served for three months as a member of Christian Peacemaker Teams in Haiti. Kathy was one of the founders of Voices in the Wilderness, which broke the sanctions against Iraq by bringing in relief supplies and medicines to children and families. Kathy and other members lived in Baghdad throughout the 2003 "shock and awe" bombing. They have also lived alongside people in war zones in Gaza, Lebanon, Bosnia, and Nicaragua. She is a war tax refuser. She has been nominated more than once for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Kathy's visit is being organized by Earth Justice Ministries, the Peace and Justice Center of Nevada County, and Occupy Beale. For updated information go to the Earth Justice Ministries FaceBook Page or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Earth Day at Sierra College, Grass Valley Campus
Wednesday, April 23, 10 a.m. to 2 pm.
At the Earth Day Event at the Grass Valley Campus of Sierra College, Earth Justice Ministries will share a display booth with the Nevada County Climate Change Interfaith Coalition. The Coalition itself and several member groups will also have displays. Volunteers are welcome to help staff the tables.
Veterans United Against Drones
April 28-29, Beale Air Force Base
April 28-29: Veterans United Against Drones, demonstration at Beale Air Force Base. Monday, April 28 from 3 to 5 p.m., Tuesday, April 29 from 6 to 8 a.m. This will be a gathering organized by Veterans for Peace. All are welcome.
Beale Air Force Base near Marysville, California, is home of the Global Hawk Drone, a surveillance drone that helps in the targeting of Predator and Reaper armed drones. Stay up to date with Beale actions at OccupyBealeAir Force Base FaceBook Page or the Occupy Beale AFB website or email email@example.com.
Report Back on Ash Wednesday Service of Repentance and
Nonviolent Direct Action at Beale Air Force Base
On Wednesday morning, March 5th, several clergy from Northern California, including Earth
The service on this Christian Holy Day was designed to be inclusive and welcoming to people of all spiritual traditions. It included songs, prayers, scripture, Holy Communion, a call to faithfulness and action, and the use of ashes to symbolize repentance, mortality, and the death of drone victims. Many participants held white crosses with drawings memorializing children killed by US drones.
During the Ash Wednesday service worship leaders called on participants to repent for their complicity in the harm done with their tax dollars and in their name. Leaders called on the U.S. government to repent for the harm caused to drone victims, harm done to the Indigenous people of the area, harm done to Mother Earth by building and deploying high-tech weapons and weapons of mass destruction, harm done to families and communities who suffer cutbacks in public services while billions are spent for the military, and the overall harm caused by the overreach of US military power.
At the conclusion of the service, several people engaged in a prayerful nonviolent civil disobedience action as a witness against U.S. drone attacks. Those who were arrested sprinkled ashes as they crossed the line onto base property, explaining that the ashes they sprinkled represented the ashes of the many children and innocent people killed by U.S. drones. They then knelt in prayer until they were arrested by Beale officers, while supporters sang peace songs. The arrestees were cited and released on their own recognizance.
On April 1 at 10 a.m. Shirley Osgood will appear in court for her arrest in a nonviolent anti-drone action at Beale Air Force Base. She was arrested with three other people, whose charges were subsequently dropped. It is assumed that Shirley is being prosecuted because it is the second time she was arrested at Beale. The pro-bono legal defense team will argue on her behalf that she has the right to use the "necessity defense" and that she has the right to a jury trial. Be there to support her by 9:30 a.m., with the hearing starting at 10 a.m. Following the hearing, Shirley and her supporters will drive to Beale Air Force Base. Elliott Adams, past national president of Veterans for Peace, will join anti-drone demonstrators there. (see below)
Pictured in the photo, right from left, are Flora Rodgers, MacGregor Eddy, Shirley Osgood, and Michael Kerr.
The national Move to Amend Coalition and other national groups are calling on groups to sign the "Resist to Amend" pledge to commit to take action of the Supreme Court rules against "We the People" in McCutcheon vs. the FEC. Our local Move to Amend group is planning an emergency response demonstration as soon as the Supreme Court decision comes down. We will meet at the corner of Brunswick and Sutton Way, wearing red, white and blue if the decision supports democracy and wearing black if democracy is sold out. Go to the Nevada County Move to Amend FaceBook Page to find out more about this, to stay updated, and to be notified of when to meet.
Our local Move to Amend group explained "McCutcheon vs. the FEC," which has been called "Citizens United 2.0," at our February 9 educational program at Banner Grange on "Legalize Democracy: We the People Overturning Corporate Rule," with Sharon Delgado, Charly Price, and Lorraine Reich.
You probably know the story of the infamous Supreme Court decision of 2010: Citizens United vs. the Federal Elections Commission (FEC), and its effects on the electoral process. We are now facing a pending Supreme Court decision that would also stifle democracy, McCutcheon vs. the FEC, which has been called "Citizens United 2.0."
Planning for Direct Action to Oppose the Keystone XL Pipeline
The Direct Action working group of the Nevada County Climate Change Coalition is planning to participate in nonviolent direct action at the federal courthouse in Sacramento if the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline is approved. The group held a nonviolence training for direct action related to the pipeline in January. In February the group organized a demonstration in response to the release of the State Department’s Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement, which downplays the environmental harm of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry bitumin tar from vast strip mines in Canada across our nation to be exported at the Gulf of Mexico. Grass Valley demonstrators gathered with signs, spoken words, and songs. Similar demonstrations were held in towns and cities around the country.
The NC-CCC Direct Action group is part of a national campaign led by CREDO, Rainforest Action Network, the Sierra Club, 350.org, and a host of other organizations that are calling on President Obama to keep his commitment to reduce carbon pollution and reject the pipeline. Tens of thousands of people have signed the Keystone XL "Pledge of Resistance," committing themselves to taking nonviolent direct action if the pipeline is approved. Sign the pledge here.