From March 4th through March 7th Rick and Mary will stop in Southern California on their nationwide speaking tour (dates and venues below).
Friday, March 5
660 Avery Road
Saturday, March 6
All Saints Episcopal Church
132 N. Euclid Ave.
Sunday, March 7
of Southern California
434 S. Vermont Ave.
Through personal stories, and on-the-ground accounts they paint a picture of a day in the life of an average Iraqi in the aftermath of war. What are Iraqis themselves saying about the war, the U.S. led occupation and their country's future? Their reports speak of 70 percent unemployed, food only for the wealthy, lack of electricity and phones, rising homelessness, an Iraqi Governing Council on the verge of abolishing women's rights, and civilians' constant danger of being shot in crossfire.
Rick and Mary have been working for social justice in the Middle East and South America for two decades. They have led many delegations to Iraq in the past ten years. In the U.S, Rick has directed non-profit organizations for people with developmental disabilities and Mary facilitates nonviolence training.
Interviews can be scheduled for March 3th through March 6th with Shady Hakim, AFSC Middle East Peace Education Program Coordinator,
at (626) 791-1978 x131, email@example.com.
For more information:
Saturday March 6, 2004
Benefit Show for Josh Connole's Legal Defense Fund
A night of awareness, music, and food
by Darryl Cherney and Mike Barnet
Josh Connole, Darryl Cherney and William Paparian
with Tasty vegan food buffet
Suggested donation $10
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Unitarian Church
of Orange County
511 S. Harbor Blvd.
(on the corner of Harbor and Santa Ana St.)
Josh Connole is a peace activist who was falsely accused of eco-terrorism by the FBI. ELF Hummer burnings in August 2003 turned media attention to Josh for a crime that he did not commit. The FBI and the Joint Terrorism Task Force arrested Josh on September 12th after a month-long surveillance. Josh's home was raided, turning his housemates out on the street for a 10 hour blind search where all computers, address books, notebooks, and other items were seized and held for months- some of which have still not been returned.
This case is a red alert for all citizens, demonstrating the sweeping powers that homeland security gives to authorities to harass law-abiding American citizens under the Patriot Act. Free speech is now drawing accusations of terrorism against people like Josh, who was likely targeted for simply holding a weekly Peace Vigil in Brea against the war in Iraq.
Josh will speak with his attorney William Paparian, Former Mayor of Pasadena, who has diligently worked for Josh at his own expense. Please help support his work to get Josh,s name cleared once and for all.
Veteran Earth First! Activist and Singer/Songwriter Darryl Cherney, will speak and sing about the legendary plight during Redwood Summer in Humboldt County - when he and Judi Bari were the victims of a car bombing, slandered in the media for eco-terrorism and framed by the FBI. Darryl Cherney fought a 9-year lawsuit against the FBI and WON!
Mike Barnet is a local artist who plays urban folk music. His music has a spiritual and political vibe to it and has drawn quite a crowd recently. He plays at Fierro's in downtown Fullerton every Tuesday night.
Tasty vegan food buffet (donation per plate for the Josh Connole Legal Defense Fund) by the Regenerative Cooperative of Pomona, Josh's environmentally conscious home that runs on solar power, recycles, has an organic garden, and serves Food Not Bombs to feed homeless folks in Pomona.
Come stand in solidarity with us for peace!!
More information: 714 758-1050
Monday March 8, 2004
Calling all women to the 5th Global Womens Strike
Invest in Caring Not Killing!
Calling all men to join with women as we Stop The World And Change It!
LA S/11 Families for Peaceful Tomorrows
Military Families Speakout, Vets and more...
Actions in over 60 countries,
from Venezuela to Peru, India, Uganda, England...
Immanuel Presbyterian Church
3300 Wilshire Blvd.
Vigil outside church to honor every individual killed by war, poverty and other violence around the world.
LA S/11 Families for Peaceful Tomorrows!
Join Military Families Speakout, Vets and more! Music, Spoken word...
Donations Welcome $5-$20 no one turned away!
Global military spending is over $900 billion, half by US alone, while $80 billion would rid the world of the worst poverty.
Women & children are 70% of wars victims and 80% of displaced people worldwide.
of life is
some mothers daughter,
Endorsed by ICUJP and others
Office of the Americas, KPFK, Robert Greenwald, 2000+ Bookstore, International Action Center/LA, WILPF
Translation -- Childcare -- Wheelchair Accessible
Wednesday March 10, 2004
USC Day Of Action
Defeat The Right Wing Attacks on Civil Rights and Immigrants!
Realize the Promise of Brown v. Board of Education!
Conference, March and Rally
sponsored by the Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action and Integration, and Fight for Equality By Any Means Necessary (BAMN), USC's Black Student Assembly, USC MEChA, and Women's Student Assembly
9:30 am -7:00 pm
12 Noon - March and Rally, Tommy Trojan
(outside Commons, USC campus)
Defeat the New Racist Anti-Immigrant Proposition 187!
Remove Ward Connerly from the UC Board of Regents!
Defend Affirmative Action, Integration and Immigrants
Equal, Integrated, Quality Education for All!
Build the New Civil Rights Movement!
9:30 am - 11:00 am - We are all Californians - building the new mass, independent, youth-led civil rights movement, uniting the struggles for affirmative action, integration and immigrant rights.
Town Hall Meeting with LA area high school students.
Bovard Auditorium, USC (tentatively)
12 Noon - March and Rally, Tommy Trojan
(outside Commons, USC campus)
7:00 pm - Keynote Address by BAMN National Spokesperson Shanta Driver
101 Taper Hall, USC campus
FIFTY YEARS AFTER THE SUPREME COURT'S landmark ruling that declared "separate educational facilities are inherently unequal", a gulf remains between that ruling's promise and the present separate and unequal reality of American schools. Ms. Driver will speak on the continuing relevance and power of Brown v. Board of Education after 50 years and on the new integrated, youth-led national civil rights movement that is aiming to make Brown's promise a reality.
As the architect behind the groundbreaking pro-affirmative action student intervention in Grutter v. Bollinger, the University of Michigan Law School case, and the 50,000-person March on Washington that secured last year's Supreme Court pro-affirmative action ruling in Grutter, she will make the case for affirmative action and integration in K-12 and higher education and speak on how Californians can stop the current attacks on the right to education in this state and make Brown a living reality.
More information: Hoku Jeffrey (510) 502-9128
Thursday March 11, 2004
This Is What Democracy
a film narrated by Susan Sarandon
KPFK's Sonali Kohlhatkar and documentary photographer Brian Biery reporting on the origins of the World Social Forum (WSF) from Seattle to Mumbai, India
A Film Series Presented by Sustainable World and The Theatre of the Oppressed in associatuion with the Light Bringer Project
Investigative Journalism and Documentary Filmmaking, every second Thursday, FREE
64 North Raymond Ave.
Thursday - Sunday,
March 11-14, 2004
Organizing for Peace 2004
Widening The Circle
Peacemaking in the Midst of Diversity
Co-sponsored by On Earth Peace,
the University of La Verne,
and the La Verne Church of the Brethren
University of La Verne
1950 3rd Street
La Verne Church of the Brethren
2425 E. Street
We will gather to:
Nurture creative responses to violence with music, art, and spoken word
Explore racism, classism, and prejudice to expand peace-work across traditional ethnic and religious boundaries
Deepen our spiritual roots to help us stay fertile, grounded, centered and faithful
You will find:
Workshops that inform and empower active peacemaking
Art and prayer woven throughout
Relationship-building across traditional boundaries
Organizing for Peace is an initiative rooted in the Church of the Brethren Anabaptist tradition. This year's conference, held for the first time in southern California, hopes to address the rich and growing diversity of today's world, as well as to offer hands-on tools for active social change among people of faith.
This a qualifying event for those in the Church of the Brethren interested in earning one CEU.
Or contact Kim Stuckey at On Earth Peace
On Earth Peace is an agency of the Church of the Brethren empowering people to discern the things that make for peace.
PO Box 188 New Windsor, MD 21776
Thursday March 18, 2004
ICUJP in cooperation with
the American Friends Service Committee and others,
A Memorial to This War's Dead:
Soldiers and Civilians
11:00 am until 8:00 pm
Press Conference: 11:00 am
Candlelight Vigil: 7:00 pm
Westwood Federal Building
11000 Wilshire Blvd.
on the corner of Veteran Ave. (near UCLA)
To commemorate the one-year anniversary of the war against Iraq, Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace and the American Friends Service Committee invite you to participate in a memorial to the civilians and the soldiers who have died as a result of this conflict.
To represent the dead we will display 550 empty military boots and a pile of several thousand men's, women's and children's shoes, in front of the Westwood Federal Building. Throughout the day we will read the names of Americans and Iraqis who have been killed (with musical interludes).
We will conclude with an interfaith candlelight vigil at 7:00 pm.
We invite you to donate used shoes in good condition in memory of the civilians that lost their lives. The shoes will be used for display. Afterwords, the AFSC and ICUJP will give some of them to Iraqi civilians and some to homeless people in Los Angeles.
Please bring used shoes in good condition to AFSCs office at 980 N Fair Oaks in Pasadena or directly to the event on March 18.
email AFSC or call 626 791-1978
email ICUJP or call 626 683-9004
Saturday March 20, 2004
The World Still Says No To War
Global Day Of Action Against
War And Occupation
Local March and Rally sponsored
by ANSWER and others
Bring the Troops Home Now!
End Colonial Occupation !
from Iraq to Palestine and Everywhere!
Hollywood and Vine
Assemble at 12:00 noon
Stop the Attacks on Immigrant Rights
& Civil Liberties!
Stand Against Racism Here & Abroad
Money for Jobs, Health Care & Schools, Not for War!
download a flyer
National protest information from
United for Peace and Justice
Calendar Of March 20 Events
Ft. Bragg/Fayetteville, NC Protest
New York City Protest
Sunday March 21, 2004
United Nations Association
Traveling Film Festival
presented by Unity Foundation
Films being presented inclued:
The Hidden Iraq War
What I Saw In Hebron
Regret To Inform
There will be two programs:
one in the afternoon from
12:00 noon to 4:00 pm
and an evening program from
6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Tickets are $10.00 by donation
Los Angeles Film School
6363 Sunset Blvd.
(at the corner of Sunset and Ivar)
There will be a discussion period following both programs to discuss the issues being presented in the featured films.
Los Angeles: Unity Foundation 310 450-5592
Festival website: www.unaff.org