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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.
Interfaith Working Group of the Nevada County Climate Change Coalition
Meets Monday, March 3, 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, March 3, at 4 p.m. at Nevada City United Methodist Church, 433 Broad Street in Nevada City.
The committee 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 campaign unites clergy, lay leaders, and people of faith speaking out for their abiding love for God’s Creation and concern about climate change.
The newly-formed Interfaith Committee of the NC-CCC, organized by local faith leaders and volunteers, are working cooperatively to combat the effects climate change will have on future generations. The group plans more faith-based climate change activities, and welcomes everyone who is interested in helping. You can contact them at: email@example.com.
Ash Wednesday Service and Arrests at Beale
On Wednesday morning, March 5th, several clergy from Northern California, including Earth Justice Ministries Executive Director Sharon Delgado, led an Ash Wednesday service of repentance at the main gate of Beale Air Force Base, home of the Global Hawk Drone. The service was followed by a nonviolent "witness for peace" in which five people, including three clergy, were arrested for trespassing onto base property. You can watch the Ash Wednesday direct action here. To find out more go to the Earth Justice Ministries FaceBook Page or Sharon Delgado's blog postings about drones.
Shrove Tuesday Anti-Drone Vigil and Potluck
Ash Wednesday Service of Repentance and Nonviolent Direct Action
at Beale Air Force Base (Schneider Gate)
March 4 and 5, 2014
The March 5th Ash Wednesday Service of Repentance and direct action at Beale Air Force Base has expanded to include a Shrove Tuesday vigil and potluck on the afternoon of March 4. All people, including people from all faith traditions, are invited to join us for any or all of these events, which will take place at Beale's main (Schneider) gate. The schedule is as follows:
Tuesday, March 4:
3 to 5 pm-Shrove Tuesday anti-drone vigil
5:30 to 7:30 pm- Community potluck and campfire
Wednesday, March 5:
6:30 am- Anti-drone vigil and service of repentance
8:00 am- Prayerful nonviolent direct action to witness against drones
The following people will lead the Ash Wed service on Wed morning:
Shrove Tuesday's vigil will take place on March 4, from 3 to 5 p.m., at the side of the road, as Beale employees are leaving the base. After the vigil, we will have a potluck dinner, as regular Beale demonstrations do every month. Then we will sit around the campfire sharing stories, songs, and other forms of community building. We will briefly discuss plans for the service and direct action that will take place the next day. Bring some simple food to share.
Following the campfire, several options for lodging are available for those who want to stay overnight. People are invited to camp, as some people do each month. There are also homes with beds, pads, and/or sleeping bag space in Marysville (10 minutes from Beale) and in Nevada City (35 minutes from Beale). Motels are also available in Marysville if you prefer privacy. To reserve space in a home, call (530) 265-5976.
We will get up bright and early to begin our Ash Wednesday vigil and Service of Repentance at 6:30 a.m. on March 5. In addition to focusing on repentance for the harm caused to drone victims, we will issue a call to repentance for: the harm done to the Indigenous people who used to live where Beale is now, the harm being done to Mother Earth by our building and deploying high-tech weapons and weapons of mass destruction, the harm done to families and communities who suffer cutbacks in public services while billions are spent for the military, the overall harm caused by the global reach of US military power.
The service will be led by clergy from several denominations, and will involve a call to faithfulness and action, songs, prayers, scripture, Holy Communion (open to all), and the use of ashes to symbolize repentance and to acknowledge our mortality and interrelatedness with the whole web of life. Some will carry white crosses with drawings memorializing children killed by US drones. All are welcome to bring whatever signs or symbols are meaningful to them.
At the end of the service, several people will engage in a prayerful nonviolent direct action as a witness against U.S. drone attacks. Others are invited to stand in support of this witness.
To carpool from Grass Valley, contact Paula Orloff at 272-7019. She will be at the Safeway Parking Lot off Neal Street in Grass Valley at 5:45 Wednesday morning. There's currently a 10% chance of rain, so bring rain gear. In case of rain on Tuesday, the potluck will be moved indoors.
Local Planning for Direct Action to Oppose the Keystone XL Pipeline--Ongoing
On Monday evening, February 3, 80 protestors gathered on short notice in Grass Valley, along with over 10,000 others in hundreds of other cities across the nation, calling on President Obama to reject the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline. This demonstration is a 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, The drivers of many passing cars honked and waved approval of the demonstration.
The local demonstration was organized by members of the Direct Action focus group of the Nevada County Climate Change Coalition. Similar demonstrations were be held in towns and cities around the country. This event is part of a national campaign led by CREDO, Rainforest Action Network, the Sierra Club and 350.org, among a host of other organizations, calling on the president to keep his commitment to reduce carbon pollution and reject the pipeline. Many of our members have signed the Keystone XL "Pledge of Resistance," committing themselves to taking nonviolent direct action if the pipeline is approved. Sign the pledge here.
Nevada County Climate Change Coalition General Meeting
March 18, 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.
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 on "Legalize Democracy: We the People Overturning Corporate Rule," with Sharon Delgado, Charly Price, and Lorraine Reich at Banner Grange. This program, attended by over 60 people, focused on Corporate Domination of the Political Process. It included:
Concrete examples of corporate power creating harm in local communities;
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;
The background and likely outcome of the pending Supreme Court decision, McCutcheon vs. the FEC, which has been called "Citizens United 2," and Move to Amend's project to "Resist McCutcheon";
An overview of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a comprehensive free-trade agreement currently being negotiated secretly and pushed toward "fast track" approval by Congress.
The We the People Amendment as proposed by the national Move to Amend coalition and introduced into Congress, which institutes a limit on corporate power by making clear that corporations are not persons and money is not speech.
Kathy Kelly to Join Demonstrators at Beale and Speak in Nevada City
Good Friday, April 18, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Kathy Kelly, a world-renowned peace activist, will join anti-drone demonstrators at Beale Air Force Base at 3 p.m. on April 18 for a Good Friday service. At 7:30 p.m. she will speak in Nevada City, with the place to be announced.
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 formerly coordinated Voices in the Wilderness. From 1996 to 2003, the organization formed 70 delegations that openly defied economic sanctions by bringing medicines to children and families in Iraq. 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 has spend time in prison for planting corn on nuclear missile silo sites and for crossing the line at Fort Benning's military training school. She is a war tax refuser.
Kathy's visit is being organized by Earth Justice Ministries. For updated information go to their FaceBook Page.
ALTERNATIVES TO VIOLENCE PROJECT ADVANCED WORKSHOP MARCH 28 - 30
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Workshops are open to anyone who wishes to attend. The only requirement is that the participant attends voluntarily. Fees are reasonable, with a sliding scale ranging from $25 to $125; your choice. Scholarships are available. No one is turned away for lack of funds. Click on the contact above to email for more information. AVP is an all volunteer, non-profit organization working in most states and 52 countries. http://www.avp/California.org 800 905-6765