International Day Of Peace

Celebrate The Right Of Peoples To Peace
Sunday, September 21, 2014
4:30-6:30 Informational Booths
5:30-6:30 No Host Cocktail Hour
6:30 Dinner, Introductions, Raffle, Presentations
Grace Evangelical Luthern Church
3201 Ulloa St., San Francisco
Contact: Latonia Dixon,

International Day of Peace, September 21

International Day of Peace, September 21

The International Day of Peace, sometimes unofficially known as World Peace Day, is observed annually on 21 September. It is dedicated to world peace, and specifically the absence of war and violence, such as might be occasioned by a temporary ceasefire in acombat zone for humanitarian aid access. The day was first celebrated in 1982, and is kept by many nations, political groups, military groups, and peoples. In 2013, for the first time, the Day was dedicated by the Secretary-General of the United Nations to peace education, the key preventive means to reduce war sustainably. Read more…


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Remembering Jacob David George

September 18, 2014
Jacob David GeorgeJacob George, a 3-tour Afghanistan War Veteran and IVAW member from Arkansas took his own life yesterday. He was an incredibly warm person, a gifted troubadour and banjo player, and as he described himself, a ‘storytelling hillbilly’.

Jacob visited Veterans For Peace 69 at the War Memorial Building in August 2011 with fellow Afghanistan Vet Brock Macintosh following their civilian return to Afghanistan. Continue reading

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AFSP: Out of the Darkness — Walk With Team Chip

Honor The Memory of Reuben “Chip” “Wage” Santos
American Foundation For Suicide Prevention Walk
Sunday, September 21, 2014
9am Registration
10am Walk begins
Mission Creek Park by AT &T Park, San Francisco
Driving & Transportation
Offline donation formOnline registrationDonation

AFSP Out of Darkness Walk: Reuben Chip Wage Santos

AFSP Out of Darkness Walk: Reuben Chip Wage Santos

We will walk in memory of Reuben Chip Wage Santos and all of those we’ve lost to suicide. Together we can raise awareness and save lives.

Paula & Ruben

Prior To The Walk Event organizers provide coffee, water, fresh fruit, bagels and granola bars. Take some time to visit the informational booths, register for the drawings, grab and wear your memory beads, visit the memory wall and watch the memory video. Please also take time to listen to the inspirational speakers.

AFSP Out of Darkness Walk: Reuben Chip Wage Santos

AFSP Out of Darkness Walk: Reuben Chip Wage Santos

Look for our sign with Chip’s photos and white balloons with his image for our gathering place. Continue reading

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Zekerhullah’s Story: Surmounting Fear Through Nonviolent Resistance

Afghan Peace Volunteers Wall

Afghan Peace Volunteers Wall

Visiting Kabul is unsettling. Reuters recently reported  that as many as 700 heavily armed Taliban insurgents were battling Afghan security forces in Logar, a key province very close to Kabul. Local officials said it is a test of the Afghan military’s strength as foreign forces pull out of the country. Reuters: Hundreds of Taliban Fighters Battle Afghan Forces Near Kabul – Officials… Ahmad Sultan, Tue Aug 19, 2014

Families of several Afghan Peace Volunteers (APV) live in Wardak, Paktia, and Ghazni, which immediately surround Logar. Some have already lost family members, and it is too dangerous for them to return to visit the ones that remain. One had family coming to Kabul for a long awaited visit and it had to be cancelled because of the escalation; another said he has only seen relatives a couple of times in the past several years. Continue reading

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Depression: Pathways to Resilience & Recovery

Saturday, September 13, 2014
Cole Hall, UCSF Parnassus Campus
513 Parnassus Ave., SF
Open to the public: FREE
415 476-7755

Depression Pathways to Resilience Recovery 09/21/14

Depression Pathways to Resilience Recovery 09/21/14

Message from the UCSF Depression Center Director

Robin Williams’ recent death highlights the importance of recognizing that depression is a serious and often life-threatening illness. Estimates are that one in six Americans will suffer a mood disorder during their lifetime. Up to 80% of deaths by suicide can be traced to these disorders. If recognized in time, we know that many of these conditions can respond to appropriate treatment and prevent these tragedies. It is time to intensify our education, research, and treatment capabilities for these disorders.

— Stuart J. Eisendrath, MD

Continue reading

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Alarm & Analysis In Afghanistan: Reflections By Kathy Kelly & Sherri Maurin

August 31, 2014
Kabul, Afghanistan

Kathy Kelly

Kathy Kelly

During the summer of 2014, Kathy Kelly with Voices For Creative Nonviolence, and Sherri Maurin, an educator and Campaign Nonviolence representative from the San Francisco Bay Area, lived in a working class neighborhood in Kabul, as guests of the Afghan Peace Volunteers. Througout those hot summer months, fighting increased dramatically in Afghanistan. Kabul was “a bubble,” but now Kelly and Maurin hear of rising alarm on the part of their friends and their families who fear that combinations of warlords, drug lords, criminal gangs and Taleban fighters will take advantage of the void in governance which seems likely to follow a failed election. Matthieu Aikins chronicles these very real concerns in this August 18th Rolling Stone article “Last Tango In Kabul.” Continue reading

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Mental Health/Homeless Summit

MH-Homeless-VetExpanding Partnerships & Resources To Improve The Lives Of Veterans & Their Family Members
Friday, August 29
New Federal Building, ground floor
90 Seventh Street, San Francisco
Contact: Dr. Jennifer Boyd 415 221-4810 x342,


VA Health CareBring together organizations that serve Veterans, to strengthen partnerships between the VA and the community.
Enhance access to Mental Health and Homeless services for Veterans and their families in San Francisco and northern San Mateo counties.

Agenda: Continue reading

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Legacy of Agent Orange in Vietnam & the US

San Francisco-Ho Chi Minh City Sister City Committee (SFHCMSSC)
Agent Orange Update
Wednesday, August 27, 5:30 pm, Free
Light Refreshments
RSVP: 415 447-6075,
City Hall, Mayor’s Conference Room #201
1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett Pl, San Francisco

San Francisco City Hall

San Francisco City Hall

Agent Orange — a defoliant used during the Vietnam War was manufactured by Dow Chemical Company and Monsanto Corporation for use by the US Military. It was shipped to Vietnam in orange striped containers and thus the chemical was branded “Agent Orange.” The chemical was highly dangerous and was found in some locations to be hundreds of times greater than levels considered safe by the US EPA. It has been reported that as many as 3 million Vietnamese have been affected by Agent Orange. According to some sources, it still impacts the people of Vietnam. It also has affected Veterans of the US Military and the Vietnamese Military. Continue reading

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Operation Light at the End of the Tunnel

Chuck Searcy A Presentation & Conversation
Thursday, September 4
6pm Registration
6:30 pm Program/Wine Reception
Marines Memorial Club, 609 Sutter Street, San Francisco
Free Event: Must pre-register

Vietnam War veteran Chuck Searcy has lived in Vietnam for the last nearly 20 years. He started and works with Project Renew, a de-mining operation in Quang Tri Province (the northern-most province of what was South Vietnam, and perhaps the most heavily bombed chunk of land in history. Tens of thousands of tons of unexploded ordnance (UXOs) still lie in the land of Vietnam, and approximately 100,000 people have been killed or maimed by exploding leftovers since the end of the war. Continue reading

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Post 8: Sherri Maurin On Privilege & Courage

August 18, 2014

I came to Afghanistan through the generous and loving support of family and friends. I could not be having this invaluable experience without their shared participation. It is a profound privilege to be representing them, and each of you, on this journey of solidarity and education.

I have been reflecting quite a bit about “privilege” on many levels since my arrival 12 days ago. We talk about “simple living” in the United States but even those who have chosen to live more closely to the poor typically have continual access to electricity, refrigeration, running water, laundromats and frequently washers and dryers in our own homes. Virtually all have stoves and TVs and most have some sort of transportation—cars, bicycles, or a pass on Muni or BART. I am personally grateful for all of these amenities.

Kathy Kelly

Kathy Kelly cooking dinner

This radical change in simple functions of daily living is the first things I notice being here in the women’s community. We bath with one or two pitchers of cold water in a concrete walled small room with a hole in the floor (actually I am enjoying how refreshing it is in the constant heat of summer but wonder how well I would do in the freezing cold winter months). Cleaning is done with brooms; laundry is all by hand, and hung in the summer sun to quickly dry; cooking is on a small gas burner, after chopping is done on plates while sitting on the floor. The room used to prepare meals has no stove or sink. And, this life in Kabul, where we live in community, is actually so much easier than in any of the villages the Afghan Peace Volunteers (APV) come from. I have adapted easily, but I am not sure I would in the countryside where life is so much more difficult. Continue reading

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