Monday, January 30, 2017

Updated List of Local Actions for Human Rights, Social Justice and Peace

NOTE THE DATE CHANGE FOR THE PROTEST AGAINST THE MUSLIM BAN.  SATURDAY, FEB 4 AT 2:00PM.  FIGUEROA AND DEL MONTE, MONTEREY.

NOTE THE DATE CHANGE FOR BENEFIT CONCERT AT WAVE STREET STUDIOS FOR MCNAC AND AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL.


We are attempting to maintain a list of actions that are taking place in the community.  This is a work in progress.

Contact montereynac@gmail.com for more info, to add items, or to correct or amend any of this information.  Follow us on Facebook at:  MontereyCountyNonviolentActionCommittee.


Community Involvement Network—website coming soon!  This website will be a master list of all the progressive organizations in the community, along with their contact information.  It will also include a master calendar of all the meetings and events in the community.
A meeting is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 5th 1:30-3pm at Center for Change, 1238 Fremont Blvd. Seaside to finalize the details of creating this website.

Recall Sheriff Bernal.  Sheriff Bernal has allowed ICE to set up an office in the Monterey County jail.   A recall campaign is under consideration.  We need to get this started ASAP.  We are looking for a person or team of people who are willing to take charge of this campaign.

THIS SATURDAY, FEB 4:  Protest against the Muslim Ban.  285 Figueroa St, Monterey.  2:00 to 5:00pm.  Sponsored by Solidarity against Hate. 



2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month starting in February: Ending Mass Incarceration reading and action group: Time TBA – more information available on Monterey Peace and Justice Center website 

2nd Fridays and 4th Sundays: Liberating by Law, class taking place at Monterey Peace and Justice Center: time TBA

February 8:  Community in Unity meeting at Monterey Peace and Justice Center, 7:00pm

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11, MONTEREY:  RALLY TO SUPPORT STANDING ROCK.  DETAILS TO BE ANNOUNCED.  WATCH THIS SPACE.
See:  http://lakotalaw.org/

Feb. 11th (in San Jose) March: Stand with Planned Parenthood
    
February 18th: Black Lives group is showing the film: “13th” at Monterey Peace and Justice Center.

Feb. 20th Presidents Day:  “Not My President!” Demonstration for Freedom, Justice and Equality.   3:00pm.  Windows on the Bay, Monterey.  Details TBA.

March 31st: Caesar Chavez March in Salinas

April 2: MCNAC and Amnesty International Benefit Concert at Wave Street Studios, Monterey.  6:30pm.  Featuring Phillip Crawford (piano) and some of the area’s best jazz musicians:  Stu Reynolds (saxophone), Kenny Stahl (flute), Steve Uccello (bass), Andy Weis (drums) and special guest pianist Dick Whittington.  Details TBA.

April 15th: Tax Day Demonstration (National event)

April 22nd: Science March in DC, Monterey and elsewhere

May 6th: Immigrants’ Rights March in DC and elsewhere

Other Happenings and Opportunities

ACLU recently had a town hall meeting focusing on litigation and lobbying.  The ACLU event on Sunday, Jan 29, was attended by a standing room only crowd.  Support the ACLU:  www.aclunc.org

Community for Unity, local effort to make Seaside and Salinas sanctuary cities

There is also another effort to make California a sanctuary state, unifying forces statewide.

CSUMB has a document in circulation trying to establish it as a sanctuary school

NCBI – National Coalition Building Institute promotes diversity, works with schools, and working to respond to current political climate.  See:  http://ncbimonterey.org/

 Tentative meeting dates: March 11th and April 29th

5 comments:

  1. Why is our science march not coinciding with the National one? Somewhat defeats the purpose. The women's march was so powerful because if was all on one day, all over the world.

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    1. A valid point. We didn't call for this march. We are just posting the information. Talk to Steve Lieberman. I think this is his baby.

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  2. Too many indivisible groups. Please join, or have one for peninsula and one for salinas valley. you're likely to get low turnout with so many and also might duplicate efforts. We can't afford to waste time like that. I thought there was a meeting 2/13 at 8 pm for indivisible.

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    1. I agree.
      We started the Monterey County Nonviolent Action Committee (www.mcnac.org) in order to nurture the development of an effective and organized local movement for human rights, social justice and peace. The local progressive movement (or Left) is very fractured and scattered. If one looks at the list of 30+ groups who endorsed the January 20 Rally for Unity and Equality one might notice that a lot of these groups have only a few members, duplicate the efforts of other local groups, and don't coordinate with cooperate with or communicate with other local groups in an effective manner. We are working to help facilitate coordination, cooperation and communication between different groups. So, I am concerned that there are now five or six different Indivisible groups in this county. In addition, as far as I can tell, the Indivisible guide is simply a tool, a tool that can be used by anyone to advance any agenda. So, why is it necessary or even beneficial to have Indivisible groups springing up? Wouldn't the logical and more effective course of action be for existing groups to use the Indivisible guide to advance their agendas and for existing groups to figure out how to work together to advance common interests? Instead of setting up meetings of Indivisible groups, wouldn't it make sense to attend meetings of already existing groups and have those groups use the Indivisible guide? Do we really need more groups and more meetings? I don't know about you, but I attend too many meetings as it is. Shouldn't the Indivisible activists be attending meetings of already existing groups and helping them achieve their goals instead of holding their own meetings (frequently at the same times that other groups are meeting)?

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  3. I'm interested, Phillip, in trying to make a M.Co. activism-based Google Calendar which would lis all the various events that are happening in our zip code environs. That way dates/times/places might be easier for people to track. What do you think of this idea? (Like you, I think more coordination and consolidation would be wise at this point.)

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