Friday, November 20 and Saturday, November 21, 7:30 PM - Benefit Concert by Reconciliation Singers Voices for Peace (RSVP), St. John's Lutheran Church, 1701 L Street, Sacramento
The outstanding a cappella choral group, RSVP, performed a "sampler" of songs at the October 25th PSR/Sacramento annual dinner. RSVP will be performing full concerts on Friday, November 20th and Saturday, November 21st to benefit 916 ink, a local non-profit organization dedicated to mentoring students in the Sacramento region in developing reading and writing skills, thereby empowering them to a greater level of engagement in society and a higher quality of life. Admission to the concerts is free, but contributions to 916 ink would be appreciated.
Friday, November 20, 6:30 PM - Sacramento Wild and Scenic Film Festival, 24th Street Theater, Sierra 2 Center, 2791 24th Street, Sacramento
This annual community event offers a fun and informative program of short films from California and around the world that address environmental issues affecting our region.
Saturday, November 21, beginning at 10:30 AM - Mass mobilization in Oakland in advance of the UN Conference in Paris on Global Climate Change
Gather at 10:30 AM at Lake Merritt Ampitheater to march to Frank Ogawa/Oscar Grant Plaza where the rally begins at 1 PM.
The purpose of the rally is to demand that the U.S. delegation to the Paris talks act in good faith to achieve an international agreement to rapidly and dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Click on this link for more information.
November 28 through December 4 - This Week on Media Edge will broadcast a video recording of the keynote address by Rebecca Peters at the October 25 PSR/Sacramento annual dinner
Rebeccaa Peters spoke on the topic, "Preventing Gun Violence - An International Perspective at the PSR/Sacramento annual dinner on October 25.
Ms. Peters is the founding director of the International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA). Following the 1996 Port Arthur massacre in Australia, Ms. Peters led a grass roots gun control campaign that led to prompt action by the Australian government to ban all assault weapons in their country. For her work on gun violence prevention, she received the Australian Human Rights Medal, the Australian equivalent of the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom.
During her keynote address, Ms. Peters described how she and her Australian colleagues were able to get the nationwide ban on assault weapons passed. She noted that following the ban, over a million firearms were removed from circulation, overall rates of firearm related deaths and injuries, already much lower than in the United States, declined even further, and there hasn't been a single additional mass shooting.
Ms. Peters challenged Americans to take similar action to stop the epidemic of gun violence in our country.
During the week of November 28 through December 4, Media Edge will also be airing Border Inc., a documentary describing the war profiteering by private companies getting lucrative government contracts to militarize the border between the U.S. and Mexico - the same private companies that profited from the U.S. invasion of Iraq.
"Media Edge" is broadcast on these community access channels:
Monday, November 30, 5-7 PM: Thirsting for Justice - an examination of the devastating effect of settler colonialism and control of water resources, Hart 3201, UC Davis
This event examines the parallels between the devastating effects of settler-colonialism on California Indian Land and in the Palestine occupied territories. They will also discuss forms of farmer resistance and ways that indigenous communities challenge the destruction of the environment.
Speakers will include Dr. Beth Rose Middleton (Native American Studies); Tory Brykalski (UCD Ph.D. Student); Jamil Ibrahim (hydrologist); and Gabi Kirk (Young Jewish Voice for Peace-Bay Area)
The short film "Farming without Water" about Palestinian farmers in the Jordan Valley will be shown.
Palestinian food will be served!
The event is co-sponsored by Students for Justice in Palestine UC Davis and the UC Davis Native American Student Union.
Tuesday, December 1 - Deadline for Call for Papers for the 25th Annual Africa and Diaspora Conference on "Peace and Conflict Resolution in Africa/Diaspora, 25 Years Later"
See below for details concerning the conference. Click on this link for more information regarding submission of papers.
Sunday, December 6, 5-9 PM - Annual PSR/Sacramento Holiday Social at the Home of Diane and Bill Durston
All PSR/Sacramento supporters are invited to join us for an open house style evening of food and beverages, good company and good cheer, and, of course, the traditional sing along featuring PSR/Sacramento Vice President Dr. Harry Wang at the piano.
You can bring a beverage or a dish to share if you like, but it's not necessary to do so. If you have musical talent, you're also invited to bring an instrument to play to accompany the sing along.
For planning the food and drinks, it would be helpful send us an RSVP if you plan to attend and to let us know what kind of food or beverage you'll be bringing if you do choose to bring something to share.
Tuesday, December 8, 4:30-6:00 PM- Annual Peace Vigil, Corner of 16th and J Streets, Sacramento
Join fellow PSR supporters and other area peace activists for this annual vigil on the anniversary of International Human Rights Day.
Bring you "Honk for Peace" signs and other peace and justice oriented signs, banners, etc., as well as flashlights or wind-proof candles.
Everyone's invited after the vigil to gather at Luna's Cafe, 1414 16th Street, to warm up, get something to eat and drink, and enjoy the good company of fellow peace activists.
Thursday, April 21-Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 25th Annual Africa and Diaspora Conference on "Peace and Conflict Resolution in Africa/Diaspora, 25 Years Later" at CSUS
This conference, organized by CSUS Professor Ernest Uwazie, Director of the Center for African Peace and Conflict Resolution, will focus on the successes on the African continent during the beginning of the 21st Century, including an increasing number of stable democracies, a declining numbers of conflicts, and improving overall economic conditions, as well as the ongoing challenges of violent extremism, religious and ethnic intolerance, and the widening gap between the rich and the poor. Click on this link for more information.
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.