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October 2013 Projects and Campaigns
Climate Change Coalition
6:30 to 8 p.m.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains, 246 S. Church St, Grass Valley
Our local Change Coalition has organized several events (see below), and we have an active Nevada County Climate Change Coalition FaceBook page. Our first face-to-face organizing meeting will be on Tuesday, October 29, at the Unitarian Community of the Mountainsl. We will begin at 6:30 p.m. and end at 8:00 sharp. Join us to help organize a network of local groups that can: 1) Stay informed, educate, and update their members about issues and actions related to climate change; 2) Stay connected and coordinate actions with national and global organizations working for climate justice; 3) Plan local actions that will help raise awareness, defeat denial, spread truth, and limit greenhouse gas emissions locally and on a larger scale.
On September 21 we organized a "Draw the Line" action at Bridgeport in coordination with 350.org, to oppose the Keystone XL Pipeline. Our action took place during the South Yuba River Citizen's League celebration following the Yuba River Cleanup, during a rainstorm that featured thunder and lightning. It was quite an event.
On September 27 Carol showed 350.org's movie, "Do the Math" at the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains. If you didn't make it to the movie, you can watch Do the Math online.
Beale Defendants Sentenced to Community Service
David and Jan Hartsough, Shirley Osgood, Janie Kesselman, and Sharon Delgado were sentenced on September 9 to 10 hours each of community service at their sentencing hearing on September 9. They had faced up to six months in prison, five years of probation, and a $5,000 fine. David, Jan, and Shirley have completed their community service. Sharon and Janie have a few more hours to go.
In their statements before sentencing each of the defendants testified about their motivations for taking nonviolent direct action at Beale. The judge said that there would be no point in putting them in prison or fining them, and affirmed that they had engaged in "civil disobedience" and were motivated by "strongly held religious and ethical beliefs." (To read the defendants statements go to http://sharondelgado.org/category/drones-2/.)
This was the first trial of anti-drone demonstrators in California. The five peace activists were arrested last October at Beale Air Force Base near Marysville for protesting the U.S. drone program, which critics claim has killed hundreds of civilians, including children. Beale AFB is home to “accomplice” drones which fly reconnaissance for the lethal drones.
Meanwhile, on April 30, five more protesters were arrested at the Wheatland Gate of Beale Air Force Base. The "Wheatland 5" pre-trial hearing will be held on Monday, October 7 and the bench trial will be held on Monday, October 28. Both will be in the Federal Courthouse at 5th and I Streets in Sacramento. Anti-drone rallies will begin there at 8 am on both days.
To find out about the monthly anti-drone vigils at Beale, go to Occupy Beale AFB. The next one will be September 30 to October 1.
On October 1, 2013, at 5:30 p.m., the Nevada County Democrats are hosting Sharon Delgado as guest speaker for the First Tuesday Democrats at the Nevada City Vets Hall, 415 No. Pine Street, in the basement room. She will be speaking about "Progressive Christianity and Economic Justice."
Sharon is a retired United Methodist minister, speaker, writer, and Executive Director of Earth Justice Ministries. She brings a faith perspective to issues of climate change, economic and environmental justice, peacemaking, and globalization, while pointing in the direction of hope and action. She has had many articles published on these themes.
Rev. Delgado will speak about some of the themes in her book, Shaking the Gates of Hell: Faith-Led Resistance to Corporate Globalization (2007, Fortress Press). She will speak from a progressive Christian perspective that honors other spiritual traditions. She will share her hope that people will draw from the many great spiritual traditions and from the earth itself in order to create a great spiritual awakening that will carry us through this pivotal time.
October 6, Sunday, 6:00 p.m.
"The Call: Living Sacramentally, Walking Justly"
A Spiritual Growth Group for Women with Sharon Delgado
6:00 to 7:30 p.m., Nevada City United Methodist Church
Beginning on Sunday, October 6, Sharon Delgado will lead a four-session spiritual growth group that will be based on the book "The Call: Living Sacramentally, Walking Justly." This workshop links baptism, communion, and spiritual practices with God's call to work for peace, justice, and the healing of the earth. The group will meet in the Nevada City United Methodist Church on the first Sunday of each month for four months, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. You do not have to read the book to be a part of the gathering, nor do you have to be familiar with Christianity. Register in advance, especially if you need childcare to be provided.
The Call: Living Sacramentally, Walking Justly" invites participants to grow spiritually and develop a deeper faith through reflection, sharing, and experiential learning. The themes for the sessions will be:
October 6: "God's Gift: Named and Claimed in Baptism"
November 3: "God's Gift: Nourished and Sustained in Holy Communion"
December 1: "Answering the Call: Living Each Day with God"
January 5: "Answering the Call: Following Jesus in Caring for God's World"
All women are welcome. There is no fee, but participants may want to purchase the text. We will take a freewill offering at each session to pay for childcare. Those who are able may feel called to share this cost so that women with children will feel welcome. To pre-register, contact Sharon Delgado at firstname.lastname@example.org or 265-5976.
New Educational CD
"Climate Change: What do we know? What can we do?"
by Sharon Delgado
Recorded by Sun Sound Studios, Grass Valley, California.
In this educational CD, Sharon Delgado explains in simple terms what scientists are telling us about climate change, explores the scientific consensus and controversy, and suggest effective ways to respond to the challenges of climate change in personal, communal, and systemic ways. Topics include: the greenhouse effect, the link between rising levels of atmospheric CO2 and global warming, extreme weather as a feature of our changing climate, scientific agreement and debate, the effects of industry lobbyists on climate policy, reducing fossil fuel emissions and stabilizing the climate, and changing the system that produces climate change.
This new CD will soon be available to purchase online, or contact Sharon directly to purchase now. The cost is $10.
Earth Justice Ministries will work with Radical Art for These Times (RAFTT) to create an altar in memory of children who have died from U.S. drone attacks. We will use the panels that we have displayed at rallies, created by local people.
Earth Justice Ministries Board Member Don Baldwin will also create an altar in honor of bees, highlighting the importance of saving them. As creatures of God, they are intrinsically valuable, and reflect the wisdom and grace of God. As pollinators, they are also absolutely necessary to humans, other animals and plants, and to the whole interconnected web of life.
Coming in November
Move to Amend
Speaker David Cobb
November 11, 2013
National Move to Amend spokeperson David Cobb will speak at Banner Grange on November 11, 2013. The time is still to be decided. Come to our October meeting to help plan this event and to make decisions about placing a county inititative on the ballot.
Nevada County Move to Amend 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 October 8. Come early at 6 for a Facilitators Training/Review/Discussion. 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.