From now to the joint 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.
As of the August Peace Event held on August 7, 150 calls had been made. Please help us to complete making the 1,000 phone calls by October 23, 2016.
Saturday, August 20, 7:00-9:00 PM: Presentation about Asylum Seekers in Israel by Maayan Ravid, at Congregation Bnai Israel, 3600 Riverside Drive, in Sacramento
Maayan Ravid is an Israeli-American who has spent the last decade working on social justice issues in Israel, particularly focused on migration and minority rights.
Ms. Ravid will discuss issues surrounding African asylum seekers in Israel, including their legal status, rights in the state, and social action.
Ms. Ravid has been involved with grassroots organizing in Israel to improve the status of migrant communities from Ethiopia, Sudan, and Eritrea.
The event is co-sponsored by
the Adult Education Committee and the Israel Committee of Congregation B'nai Israel, and by The Israel Civil Voice Alliance.
Sunday, October 23: Save the date for the joint annual dinner of the Sacramento Chapters of the United Nations Association and PSR
This year's annual dinner will feature a keynoted address by Dr. Ira Helfand, vice-president of Internatinal Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War.
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 last month.
Between now and the October 23rd annual dinner , see the Nuclear Weapons and Militarism page of this website to learn how you can help write The Story of Sacramento and the 1,000 Phone Callsby calling President Obama and members of Congress and urging President Obama and our members of Congress to oppose any further spending on our nuclear arsenal and to instead work toward the complete abolition of nuclear weapons.
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.