MLK Day Vigil – Ground Zero Center

GZ-MLK-2018-FB-Post

In honor of Dr Martin Luther King  Jr.’s birthday, the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action will hold a vigil at the Main Gate of the Trident Submarine Base at Bangor Saturday, January 13, at 11 am.
Everyone interested in honoring Dr. King’s prophecy and legacy is invited to attend the vigil.
Participants will gather at 10:00 am January 13, at the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action, 16159 Clear Creek Rd NW, Poulsbo, and will walk to the base for a vigil which will include songs, signs, banners and quotes from Dr. King.
According to Vincent Intondi, author of African Americans Against the Bomb, King believed that civil rights are inextricably linked to peace.
When asked in December 1957 about the use of nuclear weapons, King replied:
“I definitely feel that the development and use of nuclear weapons should be banned. It cannot be disputed that a full-scale nuclear war would be utterly catastrophic. Hundreds and millions of people would be killed outright by the blast and heat, and by the ionizing radiation produced at the instant of the explosion . . . Even countries not directly hit by bombs would suffer through global fall-outs. All of this leads me to say that the principal objective of all nations must be the total abolition of war. War must be finally eliminated or the whole of mankind will be plunged into the abyss of annihilation.”
King remained committed to the antinuclear cause throughout the Civil Rights Movement. In 1959, five months after being stabbed in Harlem, King addressed the War Resisters League’s thirty-sixth annual dinner, where he praised its work and linked the domestic struggle for racial justice with the campaign for global disarmament: “Not only in the South, but throughout the nation and the world, we live in an age of conflicts, an age of biological weapons, chemical warfare, atomic fallout and nuclear bombs . . . Every man, woman, and child lives, not knowing if they shall see tomorrow’s sunrise.” He asked, “What will be the ultimate value of having established social justice in a context where all people, Negro and White, are merely free to face destruction by strontium 90 or atomic war?” 
For more information contact info@gzcenter.org or call Mary Gleysteen at 360 297 3894.

27th Annual Kitsap County Conference for Human Rights

The 27th Annual Kitsap County Conference for Human Rights is scheduled for Friday, December 15, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Olympic College in Bremerton. This year’s theme is “Historical Perspectives and Moving Forward.”kitsap-county-conference-human-rights-17

Tickets are on sale now via Brown Paper Tickets.Go to https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3127095. Ticket prices are $25 for youth 18 and under; $40 for adults; and $50 for adults including an informational table to share materials from non-profit organizations. All ticket prices include breakfast and lunch. Parking is free.

The Council for Human Rights is honored to announce the conference keynote speaker is Clarence Moriwaki, president of the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community and founder and past president of the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community and founder and past president of the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial Association. He will present “History, Honor, Healing and Hope: The timeless – and timely – story of the devastating impacts of fear, prejudice, intolerance and failure of political leadership during World War II, and the hopeful, healing power of redemption to let it not happen again.”

The conference also features a panel, workshops and networking opportunities.

Follow the link below for more information.

2017 Kitsap County Conference on Human Rights

New climate action group in Belfair

A new climate action group is forming in Belfair.

Join with other community members on December 9 for a meeting in Belfair. To combat the scale of the climate crisis, we need bold action at all levels of government — but right now, starting from the ground-up is our best shot at securing lasting change. Working together, we will end the use of  unsustainable fuel and transition our world to 100% sustainable energy for all.

 

11:00 – 12:45 AM, December 9, 2017

North Mason Timberland Library,  23081 NE State Route 3, Belfair, WA 98528

350.org and Climate Reality action plans

Contact:  MartyL.bishop@gmail.com

 

WSSJ Gathering – 7/23/17 Otto Jarstad Park

 

On Sunday 7/23/17 about 70 members of WSSJ, invited speakers and local musicians gathered for the 1st Annual WSSJ BBQ and fundraiser. We want to express our thanks and appreciation to everyone who participated.

Musicians:
Al Alto
Charlie Parker
Alisha Davis Freeman
Pat Boyle
George Blessing
Jeff Fleming
Pete Byrne
Pedar Sanchez
Willie Woods
Roger Anderson
Scooter Haslip
Ken Rainey
Chris Runyan
PA system provided by Danny Fick.

Speakers:
Bremerton Mayoral Candidate Cary Bozeman
Bremerton Mayoral Candidate Greg Wheeler
Bremerton City Council Candidate Suzanne Griffin
Cheri Van Hoover – Candidate for Jefferson County Hospital Commissioner;
Planned Parenthood
Ray Garrido – Kitsap Immigration Assistance Center
Cory Walster – Civil Survival
Mike Shoemaker – Civil Survival
Rebecca Fraynt – MoveOn Resistance Summer
Airen Lydick – Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)

Indivisible ACA Call – Part II

The link below is to a recording of the Indivisible call – Defending the ACA – on 3/7/2017.
Indivisible ACA Call – Audio

The call lasted just over an hour and included speakers from:
Families USA
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Planned Parenthood

Here’s a brief index of the call timeline, topics and critical issues:
4:15 –  Medicaid Expansion
8:00 –  Subsidies
10:45 – Example of premiums and deductibles
14:35 – Planned Parenthood (proposed defunding)
19:40 – Importance of a CBO Score
25:10 – Insist on the Same Quality of Care & Protections; tell your ACA story
30:50 – No Score, No Vote
34:15 – The AHCA Bill’s path; Reconciliation (“This bill is the ball game”)
38:25 – Pre-existing conditions
40:04 – Immigrants
42:30 – Transparency
47:19 – Committee Hearings begin tomorrow
52:40 – Maternity Care

The Republican’s proposal, the American Health Care Act, will begin mark-up in committee beginning today. The committees reviewing it are:
House Ways and Means Committee
House Energy and Commerce Committee