Not enough money to help people? Military-Industrial Complex is alive and well.

Military-Industrial Complex Alive & Well With Lockheed's $1.5T Jet
By Kevin McCauley

The military-industrial complex is alive and well in the Air Force’s effort to kill off the A-10 Thunderbolt, which first went into operation in 1977, in favor of the $1.5T F-35 supersonic jet, which has not yet gone into operational testing.

Close Guantanamo Bay Prison Like You Promised, Mr. President!

Protestors Demand Justice for Andy Lopez

Hundreds of protesters converged on the Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday, demanding a variety of actions in the wake of the shooting last year of 13-year-old Andy Lopez by Sonoma County Sheriff's Deputy Erick Gelhaus.

The Problem With War Is The Victor

(Photo: A. J. Muste sitting in at the Atomic Energy Commission headquarters with Miriam Levine, left, and Judith Malina, 1963. Photo courtesy National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee.)

"The problem after a war is the victor. He thinks he has just proved that war and violence pay. Who will now teach him a lesson?" ~ A. J. Muste (Chair, FOR National Council, 1926-29; FOR Executive Secretary, 1940-53; in honor of what would have been his 129th birthday)

Cost to U.S. of Iraq and Afghan Wars Could Hit $6 Trillion

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Justice for Andy Lopez - Board of Supervisors Meeting 1/7/14

Happy New Year!

We're looking forward to working with you for peace and justice in 2014. Happy New Year from the Peace & Justice Center of Sonoma County!

Peace & Justice Center's Statement on the Killing of Andy Lopez

Statement on the Killing of Andy Lopez – The Peace & Justice Center of Sonoma County

By Susan Lamont, Center Coordinator

“He shouldn't have been carrying that replica of an AK-47.” Sounds just like, “She shouldn't have been wearing that short skirt,” doesn't it? Blame the victim.

“He was just a child!” doesn't factor in that children now shoot and kill.

Maybe this is more complicated than either reaction.

Andy Lopez was growing up in a country that was sending him some very conflicting messages. This is a gun worshipping country. This is a country which believes strongly in violent solutions. The Santa Rosa Police Department encouraged small children to play with real weapons in a local park. The culture assigns god-like status to its law enforcement and military. Capitalism says that we can't infringe on the rights of a company to sell replica “toys.” Parents dress their babies in camo! How can we then turn to a young boy and tell him he's not supposed to be influenced by this culture? You really can't have it both ways.

Peace & Justice Center Joins ACLU Sonoma County Andy Lopez Statement

The Sonoma County Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has issued a statement  in support of the Justice Coalition for Andy Lopez , listing seven proposals in the wake of the tragic shooting of the 13-year-old.

The ACLU Chapter calls for the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office to take a new approach to community policing, recommends a thorough reassessment of the use of force by law enforcement agencies throughout the county, and demands an immediate independent review of the facts in the fatal shooting of Andy Lopez on Oct. 22 with full public disclosure of the results of all investigations.