From Now to the PSR/Sacramento Annual Dinner on Sunday, October 23: Help Write "The Story of Sacramento and the 1,000 Phone Calls"
You've probably heard the story of Sadako and the 1,000 Cranes, about the young Japanese woman who survived the Hiroshima atomic bomb blast in 1945 but who later contracted leukemia, probably due to the radiation to which she was exposed. According to Japanese legend, if you fold 1,000 paper cranes, your wish will be granted. Sadako succeeded in folding over 1,000 cranes as she battled leukemia, but her wish to live was not granted, and she died 10 months after her leukemia was first diagnosed.
Thursday, September 22, 12 noon-1:30 PM: United Nations International Day of Peace Celebration at the World Peace Rose Garden on the Capitol Grounds at 15th and L Streets in Sacramento
The celebration will begin with dedication of the Cesar and Helen Chavez Peace Bench followed by a blessing of the Four Corners by Aztec dancers.
The event will also include presentations by public officials and community leaders, as well as a Mariachi band.
Wednesday, October 12, 6:30-8:30 pm: Transit Dreamin' at Lemon Hill Mutual Housing, 6000 Lemon Hill Avenue, Sacramento, sponsored by 350 Sacramento, Sacramento Mutual Housing What do we want from transit in Sacramento County and City? Come share your personal or organization's/members' needs, visions, aspirations, and must-haves. What solutions to transit service shortfalls do you think would work well here? Discussion about strategies for bringing these priorities forward.
The Transit Dreamin’ Workshop is YOU – Please let us know if you want to be a presenter! RSVP to email@example.com. Bring printed hand outs, powerpoint slides, or whatever other media you wish to use to share your info. There have a designated facilitator to keep us on time. A projector and laptop available if you need one.
Special guest participant: Henry Li, Regional Transit General Manager
Sunday, October 23: Make Reservations Now for the Joint Annual Dinner of the Sacramento Chapters of PSR and the United Nations Association
The Annual Dinner is being held again this year at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 2001 Point West Way, in Sacramento.
Doors open for sign-in and social hour at 5:00 PM; dinner begins at 6, and the program begins at 7.
Salmon, chicken, and vegetarian entrees are available. The cost of the dinner is $40 per person ($20 for students and residents in training)
This year's annual dinner will feature a keynote address by Dr. Ira Helfand, co-president of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW).
Dr. Helfand will be speaking on the topic, "The Growing Danger of Nuclear War - and what we can do to prevent it."
Dr. Helfand has spoken at the United Nations, at meetings of the International Congress to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), and at many other national and international venues regarding the ongoing threat of nuclear weapons and the urgent need to abolish these weapons altogether, and he's been actively involved in working toward this goal through PSR, ICAN, and the UN.
IPPNW was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985 for its work in raising awareness of the catastrophic consequences of nuclear war. PSR is the U.S. affiliate of IPPNW.
IPPNW launched the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) in 2007 and now has more than 420 partner non-governmental organizations in 95 countries.
At a conference in Vienna in December, 2014, ICAN adopted a pledge to “stigmatise, prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons.”
In December of 2015, the UN General Assembly voted overwhelmingly in favor of adopting this pledge.
The United States was one of just 29 countries to vote against it.
IPPNW sent representatives to the UN Open Ended Working Group meeting in Geneva in May of 2016 to develop “legal measures, legal provisions, and norms” for achieving a nuclear-weapon-free world.
OEWG, as it is called, was formed in 2015 and is supported by 138 nations, but opposed by 12, including the USA , which didn't send a representative to the meeting in Geneva.
Disclaimer: Events are listed based on their potential interest to PSR/Sacramento members, but the listing of an event that is not directly sponsored or organized by PSR/Sacramento does not necessarily represent endorsement of that event.