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June Projects and Campaigns
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Nevada County Climate Coalition
Several people who attended the May 28 presentation on climate change by Sharon Delgado have formed a Nevada County Climate Change Coalition. At this point we are not scheduling meetings, but we have created a FaceBook Page in order to share information and stay in touch about local events. Join the group by "Liking" us on FaceBook. We will also send out notifications to our email list about upcoming events related to climate change. To join our list, contact us.
The May 28 presentation was sponsored by Nevada City United Methodist Church and Society Committee. Sharon has been speaking and writing about climate change for 25 years. She is a trained presenter for the Climate Reality Project. To schedule a presentation for your group contact us through this website, or contact Sharon Delgado.
Trial Date Set for Beale Defendants
August 12, 2013
Judge Katherine K. Delaney set August 12th as the new 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 The 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 six months in jail.
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. Find out about faith-based anti-drone actions. Also, check out Awake to Drones, for faith perspectives on the use of drones for warfare and surveillance.
Nevada County Move to Amend
Next Meeting: June 11, 6:30 p.m.
Nevada City United Methodist Church
Nevada County Move to Amend (which includes Earth Justice Ministries) meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at the Nevada City United Methodist Church at 433 Broad Street in Nevada City. The next meeting will be June 11. The goal of the coalition is to raise awareness and build momentum toward passing a constitutional amendment to abolish corporate personhood and declare that money is not speech.
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. We plan to participate in the July 4 parade, which will be held in Grass Valley, and to have a booth at the Nevada County Fair. There are significant costs and volunteers needed, especially for the fair booth. To donate or to volunteer contact us.
On May 10, Nevada County Move to Amend joined over fifty other Move to Amend affiliates around the country in a coordinated action displaying freeway banners to promote a constitutional amendment that would limit corporate power by making clear that constitutional rights are for natural persons only, not for corporations or other artificial entities. In Nevada County, we held two banners declaring that "corporations are not persons" and "money is not speech" on the freeway overpass at Brunswick from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Thank you to all the volunteers who made this possible.
The freeway banner campaign was called "127 years is enough." It commemorated the 1886 Supreme Court Ruling in the "Santa Clara v. Southern Pacific Railroad case." In that case, which took place 127 years ago, corporations argued they are protected under the 14th amendment, the amendment that was passed to ensure equal protection of African Americans after slavery was abolished. Since then, in case after case, the Supreme Court has expanded the Constitutional "rights" of corporations, leading up to the Citizens United case in 2010.
Although our Foreclosure Support Group has not been meeting regularly, we continue to stay in touch with and support people who are facing foreclosure and/or eviction. Each foreclosure case that has been brought to our attention is complex, time-consuming, and frustrating. Depending on the outcome of peoples' struggles, we have rejoiced with those who rejoice and have wept with those who weep.
People continue to struggle through legal issues, and often have trouble gaining sound legal advice. Dual-tracking (foreclosure during a loan modification) is still taking place locally, even though it is now illegal under the California Homeowners Bill of Rights. Sadly, judges often rule in favor of the banks when people who have been illegally foreclosed hire lawyers to gain redress in the courts.
Although foreclosures are down in California due to Attorney General Kamala Harris' untiring work on behalf of California homeowners, much more needs to be done. To find out more go to Homeowners for Justice.
June is Torture Awareness Month
A Local Demonstration to Close Guantanamo
Monday, June 24, 5-6 p.m., Nevada City Overpass
There will be a local demonstration to close Guantanamo on Monday, June 24, 5-6 p.m., on the Nevada City Overpass. We will bring a large "Torture is a Moral Issue" banner and signs to "Close Guantanamo."
This is the fourth month of a hunger strike among Guantanamo prisoners. Many are being force-fed. Witness Against Torture is calling on supporters to participate in rolling fast, in solidarity with those on hunger strike at Guantanamo. To participate in the rolling fast, to find out more about the hunger strikers, to make a phone call on their behalf, or to find out what else you can do, go to Witness Against Torture.
This demonstration is one of many coordinated efforts across the country during June, which has been designated Torture Awareness Month, "a time to recommit as people of faith to end torture in our backyards and around the world. The International Day in Support of Victims of Torture was named by the United Nations in June 26, 1997 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the date that the Convention Against Torture came into force." For more ideas of what you can do, download the Toolkit for Torture Awareness Month from the National Religious Campaign Against Torture.
Watch and then circulate this Hunger Strike Song, a video of young people calling for the release of the prisoners at Guantanamo, along with information about the upcoming June 24th demonstration.
Plastic Bag Ban
Earth Justice Ministries is joining with children from various Nevada County schools in a campaign to institute a ban in Nevada County on single-use plastic bags. Children are learning facts, making posters, and developing speeches about the issue. We will keep you informed as this campaign progresses. To find out more go to the Bag Busters of Nevada County FaceBook Page.