Ploughshares Petition: Take Nuclear Missiles Off Hair-Trigger Alert

2017-01-08 20:09:08 mary

Sign the petition here:

Taking nuclear weapons off high alert would not impede our country’s ability to defend itself. We could still respond to an attack. But it would buy time for the president to consult with Congress and other leaders and for cooler heads to prevail. We should not rush into a decision to start nuclear war.

As Obama said in 2008: “Keeping nuclear weapons ready to launch on a moment’s notice is a dangerous relic of the Cold War. Such policies increase the risk of catastrophic accidents or miscalculation. I believe that we must address this dangerous situation.”

Now, President Trump could launch 140 warheads in the time it takes to write 140 characters. The grave difference is: a tweet can be deleted, but the devastation of a nuclear warhead can never be undone.

Sign this petition to call on President Obama to use his authority to take nuclear missiles off hair-trigger alert status.

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January Meeting: Justice and Peace in an Interconnected World

2016-12-29 22:09:44 mary

Sunday, January 8, 2017

3-:00  to 5:00  p.m.

E.P. Foster Library, Topping Room

Rosaline Costa will speak on  justice, peace and conflict resolution issues which have been her main work in Bangladesh for  30 years.  Early on, she was attracted to work on behalf of  women and child garment workers.  She helped form the first trade union for garment workers, through which they could organize without affiliating themselves with any political party, bargain with their employers and secure their human rights.  She traveled to the United States in 1990 to bring attention to the use of child labor in the garment industry.   She helped to conduct training programs on human rights for various groups of people without discrimination of race, religion, gender, profession or ethnicity in the South Asian region.  She offered training to tribal youth on their land and constitutional rights.  She worked for trafficked women and children, rescuing kidnapped children from Islamic education centers and forced marriages.  She founded Hotline Human Rights Bangladesh, which monitored respect for human rights in Bangladesh.

Come and learn how her experiences can inform our own efforts to secure human rights and justice for all.

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March for Justice

2016-12-26 22:50:33 mary



You are invited to join a positive and peaceful demonstration of an inclusive America that reflects our diversity, values and constitutional equal rights.  On Saturday, January 21, the march will start at Plaza Park Ventura at 10AM, followed by a gathering with speakers, local groups and non-profit showcase, entertainment and more!

Let’s march in unity and support for women, LGBTQIA, immigrants, disabled, the planet, the poor, refugees, African Americans, Hispanics, Muslims and uphold the diginity and rights of every person…We will protect our human rights!

*Mobilize our community into action for causes that involve social justice, human rights and environmental issues
*Show solidarity and support for vulnerable groups
*Provide a platform to unite leaders and community organizations to ensure our effectiveness as a whole

The march will be held at the same time as the “Women’s March” taking place in cities like D.C., LA, and San Francisco.

So let’s come together and send a clear message that we will not stand for discrimination. We refuse to go backwards and allow to have our Civil Rights taken away. We live in the United States of America and we will stand United for equality and justice for all!


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December Season of Peace Meeting

2016-11-16 10:34:18 mary

A Common Word:  Facing the Future Together


Sunday, Decembr 4, 2016

3-:00 5:00  p.m.

E.P. Foster Library, Topping Room


Join Marianne Farina, CSC, Phd,  in an exploration of communication for collaboration, including a listening exercise adapted from Tich Nath Hahn’s deep listening practices.

She will  focus on Islam and Christian projects for peace and dialogue, including an analysis of the two key statements on the ecological crisis leaders have approved.

To read the statements:

Download Muslim Leaders Statement on Climate Change (77)

DownloadLaudato Si, Pope Francis on Integral Ecology (151)

Marianne Farina, CSC, Ph.D. is a religious sister of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Cross, Notre Dame, Indiana. She is professor of philosophy and theology at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley, California. She is a member of the Core Doctoral Faculty at the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) and faculty member for the Center for Islamic Studies at the GTU. Sister Marianne teaches courses that focus on subjects such as Social Ethics, Virtue, Sexual Ethics, Philosophical Ethics, Islamic Philosophy, Human Rights, Peacebuilding,and Interreligious Dialogue

 While in Bangladesh, Sister Marianne ministered with Muslim, Christian, Hindu, Buddhist and Tribal families and communities. With more than 30 years of experience in education and pastoral ministry, she has worked on a number of projects for social justice, especially promoting interreligious communication and collaboration.

Her recent writings have focused on topics such as: Virtue Theories of Thomas Aquinas and Hamid al-Ghazali; Challenges of Muslim-Christian Dialogue; Faith in Human Rights; Identity and Exclusion: Totalizing Texts in Interreligious Dialogue.

For more information http://www.dspt.edu

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Amnesty International Write-a-thon 2016

2016-11-06 16:29:37 mary

AIstamp2Join Amnesty International Local Group #452
in a letter-writing marathon for human rights.

Saturday, December 10, 2016
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

College United Methodist Church
 4300 Telegraph Road, Ventura
  Corner of Baylor Avenue (across from Ventura College)

Every year around International Human Rights Day on December 10, hundreds of thousands of people around the world send a letter on behalf of someone they’ve never met, as part of Write for Rights. Our messages help convince government officials to release people imprisoned for expressing their opinion (called “prisoners of conscience” by Amnesty), stop the use of torture, commute death sentences, and end other human rights abuses.

We furnish snacks, pens, paper, stamps and good company.

Drop in any time between 1 and 4 to write a few letters.

Several cases from last year’s Write for Rights have already been freed, including Congolese pro-democracy activists Fred Bauma and Yves Makwambala, human rights activists once facing the death penalty;

Albert Woodfox, subjected to over 4 decades of solitary confinement in Louisiana;

and Phyoe Phyoe Aung, a prisoner of conscience and student leader in Myanmar.

For more info,  call Nan Durantini (805) 650-7314 or Mary Olson (805) 223-1187



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