People working together for peace, justice and the restoration of the community of life.
September 2013 Projects and Campaigns
Sentencing Date Set for Beale Defendants
September 9, 2013
David and Jan Hartsough, Shirley Osgood, Janie Kesselman, and Sharon Delgado were found guilty of misdemeanor trespass at their bench trial on August 12th. This was the first trial of anti-drone demonstrators in California. The five peace advocates face up to six months in jail, $5000 in fines, and five years' probation. They 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.
On the day of the trial there was a rally outside, with Cindy Sheehan present, and the courtroom was full of supporters. The defendants each testified about their motivations for taking nonviolent direct action at Beale.
September 9th is the sentencing date for these Beale defendants. Supporters are invited to gather the day of the sentencing at the Federal Courthouse at 5th and I Streets in Sacramento
The prosecution insisted that these defendants not be granted a jury trial.The court agreed to not impanel a jury. The judge also refused to allow key witnesses – people who have seen the devastation to civilians in Pakistan and other parts of the world.
Public opposition to the drone warfare program is growing. On April 30, five more protesters were arrested at Beale Air Force Base. The same week 31 people were arrested at Hancock Air Base in Syracuse, New York following a protest rally that involved more than 250 people.
Climate Change Coalition
Upcoming Meeting and Actions
Carol Kuczora gave a Climate Reality presentation on August 25, and more people were inspired to get moving on the issue of climate change. Nevada County Climate Change Coalition is sponsoring two upcoming events:
September 21: A "Draw the Line" action in coordination with 350.org. Groups in countries around the world will be taking creative action to "draw the line" on climate change, mostly on September 21. Our local action will take place on September 21, at the Bridgeport in coordination with SYRCL's annual Yuba River Cleanup and Restoration Day. We'll do our "draw the line" action during the BBQ following the Cleanup, then post it to 350.org. More details about this local action will be forthcoming.
September 27: There will be a showing of 350.org's movie, "Do the Math" at the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains on Friday evening, September 27 at 7 p.m. Check out the movie trailer and join us. Following the movie we will have a discussion about what we can do locally to divest from fossil fuels.
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 September 10. 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 had a booth at the Nevada County Fair, in a great spot. We had a "Wheel of Misfortune" where passersby could play "Pin the Crime on the Corporation." We used the huge banners that say "Corporations are not people" and "Money is not speech," and passed out literature. It was a very successful outreach, with lots of volunteers taking part.
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.
How are your relationships working? Need a little tweaking in the communication arena? How about taking a workshop on conflict resolution, communication, self awareness, and community building?
September 14th and 15th Saturday: 8:30 a.m - 5 p.m. and Sunday: 8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. We build community. Plan to stay for the whole workshop.
County Superintendent of Schools Board Room
112 Nevada City Highway
Nevada City, CA 95959
Call 530 477 7455 to register.
Upcoming Presentations with Sharon Delgado
September 26, 2013
"Climate Change: What do we know? What can we do?"
Presentation in Cool, California, for the Divide Democrats
October 1, 5:30 p.m.
"Progressive Christianity and Economic Justice"
First Tuesday Democrats
5:30 to 7:30 pm, Nevada City Vets Hall,
415 No. Pine Street, basement room.
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. Childcare will 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.