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Sacramento Peace & Justice Calendar: Dave Lippman 1/9, Cynthia McKinney 1/10
by Dan Bacher
Friday Jan 8th, 2010 6:08 PM
Don't miss all of these great and interesting events coming up, including Dave Lippman's performance in Davis on January 9 at 7:30 p.m. and Cynthia McKinney on Sunday at 6 pm in Sacramento.

Dave Lippman performs tomorrow, January 9, 7:30 pm in Davis, 10 College Park, (details below). Dave will also be performing in Sacramento on January 16 (details below)

Cynthia McKinney speaks Sunday, January 10, 6pm in Sacramento, 4521 College Oak Dr (details below).

Take Action:

Israel has been increasing its repression of nonviolent activists for Palestinian human rights, especially those involved in promoting the boycott, divestment, and sanctions campaigns. Send an email to the U.S. Consulate General, Jerusalem
UsConGenJerusalem [at] and demand the release of Jamal Juma', Mohammad Othman, Abdallah Abu Rahmah, and all other Palestinian political prisoners being held in Israeli prisons for opposing Israel's occupation and apartheid. See below for more information or go to:

January 2010 Sacramento Area Peace Events

Saturday, Jan 9, 2 - 4pm, Environmental Issues and Sustainable Living in the Black World, speaker Dr. James Reede, CSUS Prof. of Environmental Science, Women’s Civic Improvement Center, 3555 3rd Ave., Sac, honoring Dr. Martin Luther King's legacy and the environment. Info: 916-484-5025.

Saturday, Jan 9, 5:30 - 7pm, Vigil at 2nd Saturday Art Walk. 20th & J Sts. Theme: Demand Peace Now in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Palestine! Use our signs or bring your own. Veterans for Peace, 916-698-8131

Saturday, Jan 9, 6 - 10pm, Sacramento 9/11 Truth table (weather permitting) at the Second Saturday Artwalk, corner of 21st & J St, Sac, FMI: afreedmind [at]; 916-372-8433

Saturday, Jan 9, 7:30pm, To boycott or not to boycott, that is the question. Satirical songster Dave Lippman brings his wit, humor and experience to bear on the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign to end human rights violations against Palestinians and ensure adherence to international law. Donation: $10/ $6 students. "I" House, 10 College Park, Davis. FMI: 530-747-0185; bds_davis [at]

Sunday, Jan 10, 6pm, One year later: Besieged Gaza still standing tall. American Muslims for Palestine is hosting three speakers Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, Dr. Hatem Bazian, and another TBD. Dinner included. Suggested donation $5. SALAM Center, 4541 College Oak Dr, Sac. Info: 916-979-1933

Sunday, Jan 10, 7 - 9pm, "From Mondragon to the Rust Belt to Sacramento: Cooperative Economics discussion"--at SAAM/Flood, 5801 2nd Ave, Sac, in the fellowship hall located off the central courtyard. Andrew McLeod just returned from visiting Mondragon--a successful worker-owned system of enterprise in the Basque region of Spain which has found fertile ground in Detroit and Cleveland. Free. coopgus [at]

Monday, Jan 11, 4:30 - 6pm, Sacramento 9/11 Truth Action: The World Needs a Real Investigation, corner of 11th & L St, Sac, FMI: afreedmind [at]; 916-372-8433

Monday, Jan 11, 7pm, Elk Grove Peace and Justice Forum Presents, Don Nottoli, Sacramento County Supervisor will speak on the Impact of the Fiscal Crisia on County Services. Elk Grove Public Library, Community Room, 8900 Elk Grove Blvd, Elk Grove. Info: 916-685-3612

Tuesday, Jan 12, 4 - 6pm, End the Occupations NOW! weekly vigil, 16th & J, Sac 916-448-7157.

Wednesday, Jan 13, 4 - 5pm, Veterans for Peace, Sacramento Chapter Weekly Vigil. 15th & L, Sac. FMI: 916-456-4595

Saturday, Jan 16, Deadline to order book for Roundtable Book Discussion of Professor Virginia Tilley’s book: The One-State Solution: A Breakthrough for Peace in the Israeli-Palestinian Deadlock. $20 + tax and shipping; send an e-mail to sacpeace [at] and note “Book” in the subject line.

Saturday, Jan 16, Satirical songster Dave Lippman brings his "viciously funny" show to benefit Soapbox, Sacto's only progressive TV show! Two performances, 3 & 7:30pm. No-host bar opens 1 hour before show for hot toddies and eats! Sliding scale $10—25. California Stage, 2509 R St. Tix: The Book Collector, 1008 24th St. Info: jeaniekeltner [at]

Saturday, Jan 16, 11:30am - 1:30pm, Third Saturday End the Occupations Vigil, Fulton & Marconi, Sacramento, 916-448-7157.

Monday, Jan 18, 6 - 8pm, Sacramento 9/11 Truth: Questioning the Pretext for War, monthly meeting, Denny's, 925 3rd St, (3rd & J) Sac, FMI: afreedmind [at]; 916-372-8433

Monday, Jan 18, 9:15am, join the SacPeace contingent in the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial March, Sacramento City College, 3835 Freeport Blvd, Sac., to march to the Convention Center, 13th and J streets. For info on the day's activities:

Tuesday, Jan 19, 4 - 6pm, End the Occupations NOW! weekly vigil, 16th & J, Sac 916-448-7157.

Tuesday, Jan 19, 6:30pm, Palestine Taskforce Meeting, 909 12th St, Sac; 916-448-7157

Wednesday, Jan 20, 4 - 5pm, Veterans for Peace, Sacramento Chapter Weekly Vigil. 15th & L, Sac. FMI: 916-456-4595

Wednesday, Jan 20, 7:15 pm, CAAC goes to the movies: BBC Dispatches: Inside Britain’s Israeli Lobby, 1640 9th Ave, Sacramento. FMI: 916-446-3304

Thursday, Jan 21, 7pm - 9pm, Karl Beitel talk on Global finance and the capitalist crisis. Garden Rm, Sierra 2 Center, 2791 24th St., Sac. Info: Ellen 916-369-5510, info [at] Free event, tax-deductible donations are welcome.

Saturday, Jan 23, 10 - 11am, Learn about affordable non-profit housing. Sac Mutual Housing tour. Victory Townhomes, 1075 Dixieanne Ave., Sacramento FMI: allison [at]

Tuesday, Jan 26, 4 - 6pm, End the Occupations NOW! weekly vigil, 16th & J, Sac 916-448-7157.

Wednesday, Jan 27, 4 - 5pm, Veterans for Peace, Sacramento Chapter Weekly Vigil. 15th & L, Sac. FMI: 916-456-4595

Thursday, Jan 28, 7pm, Film: TBD. Note this month only the film will be on Thursday instead of Tuesday. 909 12th St, Sac. Info: 916-448-7157

Friday, Jan 29, 8pm, Film: Rethink Afghanistan Luna's Cafe, 1414, 16th St, Sacramento FMI: henry.gordon [at]

Free the Anti-Apartheid Prisoners!
January 6th, 2010

Recently, Israel has been increasing its repression of nonviolent activists for Palestinian human rights, especially those involved in promoting boycott, divestment, and sanctions campaigns. The three Palestinian civil society leaders below are being held without trial for their nonviolent resistance to Israeli occupation and apartheid.
Mohammad Othman was arrested on September 22, 2009, at the Allenby Bridge crossing, while returning from addressing the Norwegian national pension fund about divestment from Elbit Systems, a major Israeli military contractor. Mohammad has now been held in administrative detention-without charge-for 106 days.

Abdallah Abu Rahmah, a leader of the weekly nonviolent protests against the Apartheid Wall in Bil'in, was arrested in his home in the early morning hours of December 10, 2009-International Human Rights Day. He has been slapped with a phony weapons possession charge for collecting tear gas canisters shot at him and other peaceful demonstrators by the Israeli army.

Jamal Juma', coordinator of the Palestinian Grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign, was arrested on December 16 and is being held without charge. On January 4 his administrative detention was extended for a further 3 days. He has now been held for more than 20 days.

A few weeks ago, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivered a major speech on human rights policy, pledging the Obama Administration to hold itself accountable to universal human rights standards:
"By holding ourselves accountable, we reinforce our moral authority to demand that all governments adhere to obligations under international law; among them, not to torture, arbitrarily detain and persecute dissenters, or engage in political killings. Our government and the international community must counter the pretensions of those who deny or abdicate their responsibilities and hold violators to account."

Israel's arbitrary detention and persecution of dissenters such as Mohammad, Abdallah, and Jamal-Palestinians who are leading a nonviolent movement of protest against Israeli apartheid and in support of campaigns of boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) against Israel-stand as a crucial test of whether the Obama Administration singles out Israel for a special exemption from its human rights rhetoric.

Tell the U.S. Consul General in Jerusalem to press Israel to free these and all Palestinian political prisoners: UsConGenJerusalem [at]

Jamal, Mohammad, and Abdallah aren't the only Palestinian grassroots figures being targeted by the Israeli military. They join hundreds of other Palestinians being held without charge in administrative detention, and thousands of Palestinian political prisoners being held in Israeli jails. The villages of Jayyous, Ni'lin, Bil'in, and al-Ma'sara, as well as Palestinians in Sheikh Jarrah and other East Jerusalem neighborhoods, are facing collective punishment for their nonviolent resistance to the Wall and eviction. Learn more about this campaign of repression by watching this report from the Real News Network.

Israel's attacks on nonviolent resistance and its imprisonment of Palestinian grassroots leaders is a violation of international law and human rights and a violation of the Obama Administrations stated policy objectives in Israel/Palestine. As Secretary of State Clinton said in her Dec. 14 human rights address:

"Believing in human rights means committing ourselves to action, and when we sign up for the promise of rights that apply everywhere, to everyone, that rights will be able to protect and enable human dignity, we also sign up for the hard work of making that promise a reality."

For more information: