Peace and Justice Calendar

Ongoing Events

Mondays, Support Honduran Refugees, 6-8p, Central American Resource Center (CARECEN-LA), 2845 W 7th St, LA. Respond to Trump’s zero tolerance policies on Refugees and Asylum and to prepare to receive the Refugee Caravan from Honduras and other immigrants from Central America. Come organize with Central Americans, bring a friend or two, and get ready to roll up your sleeves.

Inland Valley Hope Partners
1753 N. Park Ave. Pomona, CA 91768,
909 622-3806 #108
vcoordinator@inlandvalleyhopepartners.org

• Volunteer Orientation — May 7, June 4, (looks like the first Tuesday of the month) 4:30 – 5:30
• News letter mailing 4/8-4/9 (likely the second Monday and Tuesday of the month) fold , label, prepare for mailing
• Farmers Market Every Saturday 7:30-11:30 (Outreach and set up and tear down of booth)
• Our House Emergency Shelter (Pomona) Monday – Thursday 9:00 – 2:00pm (intake/ maintaining the shelter and its resources)

Amy’s Farm
7698 Eucalyptus Ave. Ontario, CA 91762
First Saturday of the month 9:00 – 12:00
Can arrange work time in mornings most days especially T Th, F, Sa
Tim Constantine 909 624-0855 (H), 909 238-6184(c) timandpeg2@aol.com

Food Security Program
Ontario(Sova)& Pomona (Beta) Monday – Thursday 9:00-3:00
San Dimas Monday, Wednesday, Friday 2:00 – 4;00
Claremont Tuesday, Thursday 12:30 -4;30
Client intake, Pantry workers

April, 2019

Agenda for Prophetic Faith
Lecture: Erin Hawkins
Sunday, April 7 at 7:00 p.m.
Claremont United Methodist Church
We are Becoming: Taking the Next Faith Step on the Journey to Dismantling Racism
Erin M. Hawkins is General Secretary of the General Commission on Religion and Race of The United Methodist Church.

Claremont McKenna College
385 E. 8th St.
Claremont, CA
Monday, April 8, 2019 – 5:30pm
The Road to Gender Justice in the Era of Resistance
Fatima Goss Graves
How can the movement for gender justice build for the long haul during a period of resistance? Fatima Goss Graves, long-time civil and gender rights activist and president and CEO of the National Women’s Law Center, will explore how—even in the midst of defending core rights—we can use smart advocacy to achieve law, policy, and culture change. Whether it’s working on fueling workplace diversity, ending sexual harassment, or securing new funding for child care, she will discuss the myriad of ways in which to build the future we want and deserve.

Claremont McKenna College
385 E. 8th St.
Claremont, CA
Tuesday, April 9, 2019 – 5:30pm
Beyond the ‘Now:’ Epistemic Oppression and the So-Called “Common Sense” of Incarceration
Kristie Lynn Dotson
Kristie Dotson, professor of philosophy at both Carleton College and Michigan State University, will explore how in situations that call for accountability for serious wrongdoings, one can find oneself trapped in a “now” that follows from ineffective carceral imaginations, insufficient structural options for accountability, and inadequate lexicons of permissibility.

Fasnacht Lecture
Lecturer: John B. Cobb, Jr.
Tuesday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m.
The Sara and Michael Abraham Campus Center
University of La Verne
Cobb is an American philosopher, theologian, and environmentalist. He is often cited as one of the most important North American theologians of the twentieth century. Co-founder of the Center for Process Studies, and Professor Emeritus of Claremont School of Theology and Claremont Graduate University, Cobb is a preeminent scholar in the school of thought associated with the philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead and the notion of ecological civilization. He is author/editor of more than fifty books, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Science–one of the nation’s highest honors. This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Process Studies, Claremont School of Theology.

Poor People’s Campaign
Truth & Poverty Bus Tour
Pomona, CA
Wednesday, April 10th, 2019:
12-1:30 PM Public Hearing & 1:30-2 PM Light Lunch, Monte Vista Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 9189 Monte Vista Ave., Monteclair.
Register here: bit.ly/InlandEmpire1
2-3 PM travel to Adelanto Detention Facility, 10400 Rancho Road, Adelanto
3-4 PM Press Conference, Adelanto Detention Facility
Register here: bit.ly/InlandEmpire2
4-5 PM Rally
Rose Gudiel, rgudielescobar@seiu1000.org, Jeanette

Claremont McKenna College
385 E. 8th St.
Claremont, CA
Thursday, April 18, 2019 – 5:30pm
Global Challenges to Human Rights Today
Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein
From refugee crises and global poverty to rigged elections, growing populism – and the intolerance and oppression it breeds, we are at a pivotal moment in history as the contempt for human rights spreads. Prince Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein of Jordan, former U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, is known for his outspoken criticism of the fascism, religious radicalism, and threats to civil liberties growing in countries around the world. Following his approval by the U.N. General Assembly in 2014, he became the sixth High Commissioner for Human Rights and was the first Arab and Muslim to hold the post.

Lecturer: Nathaniel Rich
Losing Earth
Tuesday, April 23 at 7:00 p.m.
Garrison Theather
Scripps College — 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont
Nathianel Rich is the author of Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change will be joined by Ben Rhodes, co-host of Pod Saved the World for a conversation on climate change.

May, 2019

Agenda for Prophetic Faith
Lecture: Shelly Tochluk
Sunday, May 5 at 7:00 p.m.
La Verne Church of the Brethren
So You Care About Racial Justice?
Now What?
Shelly Tochluk is a professor at Mount Saint Mary’s University – Los Angeles. She is the author of Witnessing Whiteness: The Need to Talk About Race and How to Do it and Living in the Tension: The Quest for a Spiritualized Racial Justice.

Agenda for Prophetic Faith
Lecture: David Campt
Saturday, May 11
8:30 a.m. to Noon
Workshop A: Fundamental Skills
12:30 to 3:00 p.m.
Workshop B: Deepening Understanding and Practice
Claremont United Methodist Church
Becoming a Compassionate Warrior: Skills for Anti-Racism Allies – David Campt
Dr. David Campt is a nationally renowned expert in dialogue, race relations, and civic engagement.

Interfaith Communities United for Peace and Justice
TRAUMA AT OUR BORDERS: THE PSYCHOLOGICAL AND ECONOMIC IMPACT OF U.S. POLICIES TOWARD IIMMIGRANTS AND REFUGEES
TUESDAY MAY 16, 11:30 AM-2:00PM
Location: Islamic Center of Southern California
(434 S Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90020)
Tickets (including lunch): $20
Students & Seniors: $10
No one is turned away
ICUJP’s second “Speak Truth to Power” Justice Luncheon continues with an important conversation on Tuesday, May 16, about our current immigration system and treatment of refugees. We are honored to have the following panelists join us for this urgent and pressing topic:
Dr. Lisseth Rojas-Flores of the School of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary will present on the effects of immigration enforcement on children. Little research has been done to systematically document the psychological distress and academic challenges that children experience when their parents are detained or deported. The Latino Families Project, which Dr. Rojas directs, seeks to examine how immigration enforcement activities affect the well-being of immigrant families and citizen children. The goals of the study are to identify practical responses for immigration policymakers and to inform the development and practice of effective family and child mental health interventions for young Americans. She will describe the experiences of children and families affected by parental detention and deportation, and the consequences that pose unique mental health challenges for children.
Jose Luis Hernandez, a young migrant from Honduras, will share his story of falling from the train (La Bestia) and losing his leg, arm and part of the other hand. Today he is president of an association of young people who have been mutilated along the migrant route.

Connecting Families: East
Friday, May 17th – Sunday, May 19th, 2019
(BMC) Save the date May 17-19, 2019 for Connecting Families East weekend at Laurelville located in Western Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands. Information at www.bmclgbt.org

October, 2019

Agenda for Prophetic Faith
Lecture: Chris Hedges
Sunday, October 17, 7:00 p.m.
Claremont United Church of Christ

Families Belong Together

Welcoming the Stranger: A Call for Just Immigration Reform

A statement titled Welcoming the Stranger: A Call for Just Immigration Reform was passed by the Church Board of the La Verne Church of the Brethren, and co-signed by over 100 members of the church community. The statement reads as follows:

We the undersigned, members of the La Verne Church of the Brethren in California, reaffirm the Church of the Brethren’s 1982 Annual conference statement on undocumented persons and refugees in the United States. “The Church of the Brethren has long acknowledged the Bible’s call for justice in immigration policy. Matthew 25:35 says, ‘I was a stranger and you welcomed me,’ which reminds us that our response to ‘the least of these’ is just as important as the manner in which we would choose to treat Christ.”

We believe each human being who enters the United States deserves to be treated with compassion, tolerance, and receive just due process. Recent practices of the United States government of zero tolerance and separating children from their parents is immoral, illegal, unconstitutional, and un-American. The Bible condemns those who exploit immigrants. Ezekiel 22:7 says, ‘Father and mother are treated with contempt in you; the sojourner suffers extortion in your midst; the fatherless and the widow are wronged in you.’ Instead the Bible calls for us to love those who are foreigners, Deuteronomy 10:19 ‘Love sojourners for you were sojourners’. As people of faith, it is essential that we respond to God’s call to welcome strangers, extend hospitality, recognize the inherent dignity of each human being, and oppose immoral laws and practices of our government that violate these principles.

Therefore, we urge the United States government to immediately reunite families that have been separated, abolish the zero tolerance policy, provide just due process, and treat these neighbors crossing our borders as we would want to be treated. US policies and practices must be compassionate and just, in compliance with the U.S. Constitution, our American values and International Human Rights protocol.