Protest! Justice for Andy Lopez! Justice for Mike Brown! Justice for Eric Garner! Justice for Tamir Rice!

Justice for Andy Lopez! Justice for Mike Brown! Justice for Eric Garner! Justice for Tamir Rice!

Saturday, Dec. 13, 2:00 p.m., Courthouse Square, SR
We need to continue to build momentum in struggle for justice for Andy Lopez, Mike Brown,Tamir Rice and all victims of police murder. Join us Saturday 12/13 at 2pm at Old Courthouse Square. We'll make the short trek to the Santa Rosa Plaza where we will participate in a die in inside the mall in solidarity with Ferguson. After that we will regroup and decide together (on the spot to neutralize police interference) where to march, and YES, we will march. Please invite everybody you can to come! Let's do this!
We need to continue to build momentum in struggle for justice for Andy Lopez, Mike Brown,Tamir Rice and all victims of police murder. Join us Saturday 12/13 at 2pm at Old Courthouse Square. We'll make the short trek to the Santa Rosa Plaza where we will participate in a die in inside the mall in solidarity with Ferguson. After that we will regroup and decide together (on the spot to neutralize police interference) where to march, and YES, we will march. Please invite everybody you can to come! Let's do this!

Thank You for Coming to Our 30th Anniversary!

Adrienne Lauby - Courage of Commitment Award

Alice Waco

Justice Coalition for Andy Lopez

Ann Tompkins and Susan Chunco

Attila Nagy, Rebel Fagin and Earl Herr

Appreciative audience

At the buffet

Jim Fitch, Marie Cotton, Larry Harper and Stacey Sincheff

And more to come. . . . .

Justice Is Dying!

12/6/14 - Protest Law Enforcement Killings - Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Andy Lopez, Michael Brown, 43 Students in Mexico.....

U.S. Law Enforcement and It's Legal System Have Given Their Approval to Endless Killing of People of Color, the Mentally Ill, the Homeless. . .                    We're All Fair Game!

Please join us in saying, "NO!"

"I Can't Breathe!" "Hands Up, Don't Shoot!" "No Justice, No Peace!"

Saturday, December 6th, 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Courthouse Square, 3rd & Mendocino, Santa Rosa

Bring signs, candles, flashlights, friends and your nonviolent outrage.

For more information on the issue, please read:

http://portside.org/2014-12-03/another-shocker-grand-jury-decides-no-indictment-nypd-officer-chokehold-death-eric-garner

We are Ferguson! We are Ayotzinapa! We are Sonoma County!

Vigil of solidarity across cultures after the grand jury's decision not to indict Wilson for the death of Mike Brown. We remembered all victims of state violence. 11/25/14, Courthouse Square, Santa Rosa

MLK Jr. once wrote that the biggest stumbling block to freedom was "the white moderate, who is more devoted to 'order' than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: 'I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action'; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man's freedom..."

Sonoma County with Ayotzinapa!

Support for the 43 missing students in Mexico and against the U.S.' Plan Mexico - 11/28/14

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e46SUXMOXUo&feature=youtu.be

PJC Board Member Attends the 30th Anniversary Commemoration of Bhopal Gas Disaster

I am staying with the Satinath Sarangi the most amazing activist addressing the Bhopal injustice. I am here for the 30th anniversary of the Bhopal gas event, the worst industrial accident on record in the world. Today was day two of a week of memorial events, reminding the world of the huge injustice which lives on to this day and beyond in the lives of thousands of victims including the unborn. Relatively speaking, Union Carbide (now known as Dow Chemical), got away with murder, with the complicity of the Indian government. My travel partner Terry Allen lived and worked at the Sambhavna Clinic for 4 years and knows the activists as well as the victims. Through Terry I have had the honor to meet and get to know some of these people albeit slightly given the limitation of time here. - PJC Board member Christian Stalberg

Vigil of Solidarity! We are Ferguson! We are Ayotzinapa! We are Sonoma County!

Vigil of Solidarity! We are Ferguson! We are Ayotzinapa! We are Sonoma County!

Remember Michael, Andy and all victims of state violence.

The grand jury in Missouri has made its decision. Now we know we are all fair game, particularly people of color. Now we know that in the United States, unarmed young people can be killed with impunity. To make this really clear, a few statistics help. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. attorneys prosecuted 162,000 federal cases in 2010...Grand juries declined to return an indictment in 11 of them.

5:00 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 25th - Courthouse Square - 3rd and Mendocino - Santa Rosa

Michael Brown is our family! The Mexican students are our family! Andy Lopez is our family! Come show your love and support with candles and flashlights and non-violent outrage.
For details, call the Peace & Justice Center of Sonoma County at 707-575-8902

ANDY LOPEZ MURAL AT THE PEACE & JUSTICE CENTER

ANDY LOPEZ MURAL MOVED FROM ROSELAND TO THE PEACE & JUSTICE CENTER AND WILL BE HERE FOR SIX MONTHS! 

We've heard from people asking why we honored Andy Lopez at our 30th Anniversary Celebration. Here is the letter that Susan Lamont, Project Coordinator of the Freedom from Militarization Project, wrote to the Press Democrat in response to that question. It was published on November 1, 2o14.

Andy Lopez’s struggle

EDITOR: When Chris Smith wrote about the Peace & Justice Center of Sonoma County, he left us with the image of an organization working for peace while honoring a boy who carried a simulated assault rifle (“Pushing for a more peaceable world,” Monday). Some readers were left wondering why.

Andy Lopez lived in a world that didn’t have his best interests at heart. In his short life, he dealt with poverty, racism, national borders used to exploit and demonize, a future offering lower wages and fewer opportunities for employment, a school-to-prison pipeline that profits off “his kind.” While corporate criminals went free, he was told it is criminal to join a gang.

And the gun? Andy had the misfortune to be a child in a culture that glorifies guns, war and violence, tempts children with aisles of war toys and screens filled with gore and allows young children to play with real assault weapons in Martin Luther King, Jr. Park under the approving eye of local police. And when he picked up on all the messages sent his way, the county used that to justify killing him.

Andy lived all the ugliness this county has to offer. We can’t bring him back to life, but we can honor his struggle.

SUSAN LAMONT

Peace & Justice Center of Sonoma County

Freedom from Militarization Project

Freedom from Militarization Project:

Diagnosing and Healing the Moral Injury of Violence

Our death culture cannot imagine solutions that do not bleed. – Diane di Prima

Violent conflicts rage across the globe with 28 million people suffering. The U.S. just can't refrain from bombing Iraq. Blood flows for oil in a failed policy. Police continue to kill unarmed teenagers of color. At home in Sonoma County, Deputy Gelhaus is back on the streets and the Sheriff's Office has purchased 30 bayonets from the Department of Defense.

A moral injury is less visible than one to the body. It is an injury to our spirit and soul. It creates feelings of helplessness, distress and anger. In society, it can result in “unexplained” violence. In our military veterans, it causes them to kill themselves at an alarming rate. In the Peace Community, it can create despair.

More people visit the Center to have heart to heart talks or call for hugs over the phone. We can wish the world would change and these feelings vanish or we can use our pain and anger to reinforce our courage and channel our feelings into nonviolent action.

We are launching an exciting new project: Freedom from Militarization. The focus is to address the ever-expanding gray area that exists between military and civilian life that normalizes war and violence. Our emphasis will be identifying and raising awareness of local behaviors and organizations that support the militarization of society.

We'll be seeking your involvement and encouragement as we address four main categories: 1) Law enforcement; 2) Local activities that support the military; 3) Local companies which profit from militarization; and 4) Normalization of the military in culture and society.

We will be working with other local groups as our interests intersect. For example, in tandem with Veterans for Peace Sonoma County, we have already begun telling the truth about the Vietnam War in order to counteract the Defense Department’s 50th anniversary commemoration funded with $65 million of your tax dollars. As part of the Justice Coalition for Andy Lopez, we are deeply involved in the work to rein in and demilitarize local law enforcement.

This is an ambitious project. To accomplish it, we’ve created a new staff position. Susan Lamont will become the new Project Coordinator. Join us at any one of three meetings planned for late October to learn more about the project and ways in which you can be involved – Wednesday, December 10th, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., Saturday, December 13th 10:00 to noon, or Tuesday, December 16th, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., at the Peace & Justice Center, 467 Sebastopol Ave., Santa Rosa. If you attended one of the October meetings, there's no need to come to one of these.

For more information and to volunteer, please call the Center at 707-575-8902. Thank you