Anti-Drone Trial of the "Wheatland 4," arrested at Beale's Wheatland Gate
January 13, 2014, 8:30 a.m. Rally, 9 a.m. Trial (courtroom support needed)
Sacramento Federal Court, 5th and I Streets, Sacramento
This will be the second trial of anti-drone protestors at Beale Air Force Base. Support is needed at the rally before as well as during the trial. Expressing public support for these peacemakers will make clear that there is public concern about U.S. drone warfare policy.
More Arrests at Beale: A third trial of Beale anti-drone protestors will be coming, as another wave of arrestees makes its way through the courts. On Tuesday, November 26, four more people were arrested while nonviolently protesting drone warfare. Flora Rogers, Mike Kerr, MacGregor Eddy, and Shirley Osgood were attempting to deliver a letter to Colonel Phillip A. Stewart, the base commander, demanding a halt to Beale's participation in the U.S. drone warfare program. Beale is home of Global Hawk Drones, surveillance drones that assist in finding targets for drones that carry weapons to targets half a world away.
Tomes Bookstore, Sierra Mountain Coffee Roasters, Grass Valley
Earth Justice Ministries is one of the founding organizations of the Nevada County chapter of Move to Amend, which is local affiliate of the national Move to Amend coalition, which has the goal of raising awareness about the corporate domination of politics and to build momentum toward passing a constitutional amendment to abolish corporate personhood and make clear that money is not speech. See Move to Amend's "We the People Amendment" here.
On November 11, 2013, we hosted national Move to Amend spokesperson David Cobb, who spoke at Banner Grange to a large and enthusiastic audience. Several new people have joined our local coalition since then. We are planning an anniversary observation of the Citizens' United Supreme Court decision (see the short "Citizens United vs. the FEC"). We are also preparing a local "rapid response" to whatever the Supreme Court decides in the upcoming case "McCutcheon vs. the FEC," which further threatens our democracy with the rule of money.
The next Nevada County Move to Amend meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 2, at Tomes Bookstore (Sierra Mountain Coffee Roasters) on Maltmann Drive in Grass Valley. To stay informed about what's going on with Move to Amend in Nevada County, check out the Nevada County Move to Amend website. "Like" and "Share" our Nevada County Move to Amend FaceBook Page.
Wild and Scenic Film Festival
January 9-12, 2014, Grass Valley and Nevada City
Every January our local South Yuba River Citizen's League (SYRCL) sponsors the amazing, "Wild and Scenic Film Festival," one of the most respected, relevant, and exciting environmental and adventure film festivals in the country. This year it will be held on January 9-12 in in Grass Valley and Nevada City. Sharon Delgado will be MC at the Stone House on Sunday morning for the showing of the films "Unacceptable Levels," about the toxic substances that are affecting us all, and "Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch," the film used by Bag Busters of Nevada County in their campaign for a local ban on single-use plastic bags.
You can imagine what a thrill it was for Earth Justice Ministries to have Don Balwin receive an invitation to present a performance of John Muir as a part of the Festival on Sunday morning!
Please note the details below as they appear in the official program. The Sunday morning venue is at 10:30am in the Elixart Gallery, located directly across the street from the Nevada Theater. The gallery fronts on Broad Street in the New York Shops building.
Elixart provides an intimate setting, so seating will be somewhat limited. If you know you'd like to attend, please send me a reply (or leave a phone message), as we will be designating some priority seating. It would be good if you could arrive by 10:20am. Please note also that this is a FREE venue -you do not need a festival pass to attend.
Don's presentation of Muir will highlight the experiences, places, people, and animals that shaped Muir's powerful spirituality and profound passion for nature. We excited by this opportunity, and would love to have you attend! Feel free to forward this information on to friends. Hope to see you there.
Nevada County Climate Change Coalition General Meeting
January 14, 2014, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains
246 S. Church Street, Grass Valley
If you want to participate in local responses to climate change, plan to attend the next general meeting of the Nevada County Climate Change Coalition. Meet before the meeting at 5:30 at Flour Garden on Neal Street if you want to participate in a training/review/meeting for facilitators.
At the November meeting we formed several small groups to focus on different aspects of the work to educate, lobby, and otherwise engage in the work of preventing runaway climate change and ensuring a livable future. These include groups that will focus on: lobbying, education, nonviolent direct action, resiliency and local self-reliance, interfaith cooperation on issues related to climate change, radical art, communication, working with 350.org, etc. Like the NC-CCC FaceBook Page to get updated information about these groups and about the coalition itself.
The lobbying group of the Nevada County Climate Change Coalition had a "Group Start" kickoff meeting on December 14, which resulted in the formation of a local chapter of the Citizens Climate Lobby. "Like" the Nevada County Citizens Climate Lobby FaceBook page to stay updated. It's a great organization. Find out more about the national group at the Citizens Climate Lobby website.
Earth Justice Ministries, Alliance for a Post-Petroleum Economy, the Social Action Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains are local groups that are helping establish the Nevada County Climate Change Coalition.
"The Role of Nonviolent Direct Action in Christian Peacemaking,"
Presentation by the Reverend Sharon Delgado
Parkside Community Church, 5700 S. Land Park Drive, Sacramento
January 29, 5:30 p.m.
On January 29 the Reverend Sharon Delgado will speak at Parkside Community Church in Sacramento on "The Role of Nonviolent Direct Action in Christian Peacemaking." She will share some of the experiences and insights that have shaped her 35-year peacemaking journey, including the recently-concluded trial in which she was found guilty of trespassing onto Beale Air Force Base during a nonviolent protest against drone warfare.
Both Mohandas Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. pointed to Jesus as a model for their campaigns of organized nonviolent resistance. Rev. Delgado will show how Jesus' life, teachings, actions, death, and resurrection can inspire us to follow him directly into the heart of the struggle for a transformed world.
A Youtube video will soon be available here at Earth Justice Ministries featuring the presentation with Sharon Delgado and Emaneul Sferios on "Toxic Trade Agreements, Corporate Globalization, and the Movement for Global Justice" which took place on December 3 at Tomes Bookstore in Grass Valley, California. This introductory presentation is geared toward people who want to better understand toxic trade agreements such as the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the larger project of global corporate rule, and peoples' movements to transform the global system through participatory democracy.
Supreme Court rulings such as Citizens United grant and extend civil rights to corporations and allow them to dominate culture, economics and government in the United States. The World Trade Organization and so-called "free trade agreements" such as NAFTA and the proposed TPP extend the power of corporations on a transnational and global scale. They allow corporations to write the rules for governments to follow, not just about trade but in matters of domestic law.
Emanuel Sferios and Sharon Delgado have been involved with issues of corporate globalization and with the movement for global justice for many years. In this video, they explain how the TPP constitutes a "corporate coup" by extending corporate authority over every area of life, and about the growing movement to oppose fast track and to "flush the TPP."
New Educational CD by Sharon Delgado
"Climate Change: What do we know? What can we do?"
Recorded by Sun Sound Studios, Grass Valley, California.
This CD is available at Tomes Bookstore or online from Amazon.com. It will soon be available through the Nevada County Library System. In this educational CD, Sharon Delgado explains in simple terms what scientists are telling us about climate change, explores the scientific consensus and controversy, and suggest effective ways to respond to the challenges of climate change in personal, communal, and systemic ways. Topics include: the greenhouse effect, the link between rising levels of atmospheric CO2 and global warming, extreme weather as a feature of our changing climate, scientific agreement and debate, the effects of industry lobbyists on climate policy, reducing fossil fuel emissions and stabilizing the climate, and changing the system that produces climate change.
"The Call: Living Sacramentally, Walking Justly"
A Spiritual Growth Group for Women with Sharon Delgado
January 5, 2014: "Answering the Call: Living Each Day with God"
Nevada City United Methodist Church, 433 Broad Street, Nevada City
6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
"The Call: Living Sacramentally, Walking Justly" invites participants to grow spiritually and develop a deeper faith through reflection, sharing, and experiential learning. Contact Sharon for more information or to register for this last gathering of the 4-session series.
Ongoing Projects and Campaigns
First Person John Muir Appearances or Slide Shows on the Wonder of Creation
On November 2, 2013, Earth Justice Ministries' Executive Director Sharon Delgado received the Distinguished Toastmaster award, the highest educational award in Toastmasters, an organization that equips its members to be proficient speakers and leaders. Sharon, a knowledgeable and engaging speaker, gives presentations to faith communities and secular audiences on climate change, economic and environmental justice, peacemaking, and corporate globalization, while pointing in the direction of hope and action. Find out more at presentations by Sharon Delgado, or contact Sharon directly to schedule a presentation.