All posts filed under: Wars

August 15-16 Medea Benjamin in San Diego

Thursday, August 15, & Friday, August 16 Save the dates! Medea Benjamin, renowned peace activist, author, and world-class troublemaker, will be in San Diego, August 15-16, 2013. On Thursday August 15, from 4-6pm, join with Medea and the San Diego Veterans for Peace for the one year anniversary of anti-drone protests at General Atomics in Poway. Meet at Scripps Poway Parkway and Stowe Drive, Poway. On Friday, August 16, at 7pm, Medea will be providing updates on her recent Yemen trip (including drones and Guantanamo), explaining the changes in US policy in recent months, talking about plans for the upcoming DC Drones Summit, and also describing recent developments at the UN regarding drones. The forum will be held at the Church of the Brethren, 3850 Westgate Place, San Diego 92105.  Admission is free, but donations will be gratefully accepted. Medea Benjamin is a co-founder of both CODEPINK and the international human rights organization Global Exchange. She has been an advocate for social justice for more than 30 years. Described as “one of America’s most committed — and most effective — fighters for human rights” by New York Newsday, …

Criminal Justice?

Informed voters realize that our criminal justice system suffers from injustices. It does not respect the rights of all who come in contact; we are a nation who has become the world’s largest jailer, even ahead of Russia and China. Over the past thirty years, the prison population has increased by an astonishing 371%. Statistics indicate that with only 5% of the world’s population, the U .S. has 25% of the world’s prisoners! A 127% jump from 1987 in cost, yet, in this same time period spending on higher education rose just 21%. The question is: How do we go about dealing effectively with discrimination and unnecessary punishment for non-serious, non-violent and non-sexual offenders who fill our jails and prisons? A film, The House I live In, presented May 14 at Crawford High School and attended by several club members, thoughtfully depicts the negative effects of a system, in which decades of racially bias and ineffective criminal justice policies were established throughout our nation. Afterward the producer, David Kuhn, and the ACLU of San Diego …

Mapping for Peace – Without a Map

Two views of the same territory: Map on left is one application of the Camp David proposals. It illustrates the point made by Noam Chomsky and by President Jimmy Carter and supported by many Israelis. The areas designated as Palestinian territory would be effectively cut off from one another. Map on right, according to Dennis Ross, reflects the actual proposal intended at Camp David. Clearly, our mental maps make a difference in how we make decisions. Surprising? Not really: maps always frame and shape the way we perceive reality. Their messages have power. Let’s time-travel to Camp David near Washington, D.C. The year is 2000. We look in on negotiations that we hope, as the whole world fervently hopes, will bring peace to the Middle East. – or at least significantly closer to peace between Israelis and Palestinians. One common perception of the outcome is that U.S. President Bill Clinton and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak have come up with a generous offer, which the Palestinians perversely reject. Noam Chomsky begs to differ: “There is …

Dirty Wars, Documentary From Acclaimed Writer Jeremy Scahill

A remarkable anti-war film will be showing, and even more remarkably, in big mainstream movie theaters. Dirty War may be one of the best educational outreach opportunities the peace movement has had in a long time. Still showing at the Ken, Landmark, 4061 Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA 92116 Dirty Wars won the Cinematography Award for U.S. Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival 2013 and, recently, the Grand Jury Prize at the Boston Independent Film Festival. Variety calls it “jaw-dropping … [with] the power to pry open government lockboxes.” The Sundance jury said it is “one of the most stunning looking documentaries [we’ve] ever seen.” Experience being in a big theater full of people who cheer for the same things you cheer for. People who see this film are going to be outraged by our wars, are going to understand that the wars make us less safe, and just might be ready to do something about it. Related articles Filmmaker Jeremy Scahill focuses on ‘Dirty Wars’ (seattletimes.com) May 2 – Jeremy Scahill in San Diego …

Jun 15 – Montfield Point Marine Association Annual Scholarship Banquet

The Montford Point Marine Association, San Diego Chapter 12 invite you to their Annual Scholarship Banquet Keynote Speaker Honorable Mayor Bob Filner Featuring Cocktails, lunch, prizes and Scholars! Donations $50 per person in advance or $55 per person at the door Must RSVP by June 3, 2013 When Saturday, Jun 15, 2013 11:30am – 3:30pm Where Crowne Plaza North, 2270 Hotel Circle North, San Diego CA 92108 Points of contact Dr William Woods, Banquet Chairperson & Chapter Vice President (949) 939-1623 or bllywds@yahoo.com Robert Lewis, Chapter President (858) 353-4687 or namvet1968@att.net Melvin Chestnut, Awards Chairperson (619) 829-1064 or cnut47go@yahoo.com

Jun 7 – Celebrate 80 Years of the San Diego ACLU

Join the ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties’ to celebrate their 80th Birthday, and 25th year as an ACLU affiliate! This is not a stodgy, cardboard chicken dinner they’re celebrating in style, with a no-program cocktail party at Vin de Syrah in the Gaslamp. Enjoy mingling and toasting fellow civil liberties and civil rights aficionados, meet new friends, and reconnect with long-lost colleagues. Buy your tickets here! It’s a relatively small venue, so buy your tickets early—or risk missing out on this special, intimate celebration. If you’re already an ACLU member, the cost for drinks and appetizers is just $25. If you have let your membership lapse, or have long been wishing to join, take advantage of a we’re-in-a-festive-spirit special: join the ACLU and the party for just $45. Want to read about the photos on the anniversary celebration invitation? Click here for the low-down on 80 years of San Diego ACLU. We look forward to seeing you there! When Jun 7, 2013 – 6:00 PM Where Vin De Syrah Spirit & Wine Parlor …