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August 2013 Projects and Campaigns
Trial Date Set for Beale Defendants
August 12, 2013
August 12th is the trial date for the Beale defendants charged with misdemeanor trespass for a civil disobedience action during an anti-drone demonstration at Beale Air Force Base last October. Supporters are invited to gather the day of the trial at the Federal Courthouse at 5th and I Streets in Sacramento. The five defendants are: David and Jan Hartsough, Shirley Osgood, Janie Kesselman, and Sharon Delgado. They are charged with misdemeanor trespass, charges that carry a penalty of up to five years in federal prison, $5000 in fines, and five years' probation.
U.S. Magistrate Carolyn K. Delaney denied the defendants' request for a jury trial. She also granted the prosecutor's motion to disallow "the necessity defense," that is, a defense based on a claim by defendants that they were taking action to prevent a greater harm.
Public opposition to the U.S. drone warfare program is growing. On April 30, five more protestors were arrested at Beale: Five Arrested at Beale. They will be arraigned at the federal courthouse in Sacramento on Thursday, July 9. Find out about the Network to Stop Drone Surveillance and Warfare at the website of the No Drones Network. Faith groups are stepping up to the moral challenges presented by drone warfare. Go here to find out about faith-based anti-drone actions. Check out Awake to Drones , for faith perspectives on the use of drones for warfare and surveillance.
Climate Reality presentation
by Carol Kuczora
Sunday, August 25, at 7 p.m.
at the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains.
If you live in Nevada County, come to a presentation on climate change by Carol Kuczora this Sunday, August 25, at 7 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains. This will be Carol's first power point presentation since being trained in Chicago by Al Gore as a Climate Reality presenter. I will also be there, speaking after her presentation about what we can do to address this crucial issue.
Several people who attended a May 28 presentation on climate change have formed a Nevada County Climate Change Coalition. At this point we are not scheduling meetings, but have created a FaceBook Page in order to share information and stay in touch about local events. Join the group by "Liking" the Climate Change Coalition FaceBook Page.
Nevada County Move to Amend
Fair Booth Planned
Nevada County Move to Amend is putting together a booth for the Nevada County Fair, August 7 to 11. There are significant costs and volunteers needed, especially for the fair booth. To donate or to volunteer contact the Peace Center of Nevada County.
Nevada County Move to Amend is seeking local organizations that are willing to partner with us as we work with groups around the country to make the "We the People Amendment" a reality.