Northern California Regional Convention of Veterans for Peace

Ukiah Veterans BuildingMarch 1st to March 3rd
Friday 5 pm to Sunday 2:30 pm
Veterans Memorial Building
293 Seminary Avenue
Ukiah, California

AGENDA: Friday, March 1
5 – 6 pm Rally in front of County Courthouse, 100 N State St; corner of Perkins St. (4 blocks walk from the Veterans Building). Bring VFP banners, antiwar signs, etc.
6:15 – 9 pm Dinner begins at 6:15 p.m. and will remain available to 9:00 pm to accommodate late arrivals
7:15 – 9 pm Music and poetry reading – open mic, Public is invited.
9 Movie: The War You Don’t See by John Pilger To be confirmed, Public is invited.

AGENDA: Saturday, March 2
8 – 9 am Breakfast
9 – 12:30 am Opening presentation: Veterans For Peace Executive Director Mike Reid and President Patrick McCann; VFP issues: organization, goals, etc. Chapter Presentations: What’s working; What’s not; What’s new since last year?; Hurdles faced and overcome; Projects underway: Golden Rule restoration, Ban DU Munitions campaign, Support Bradley Manning, etc.
12:30 – 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 – 3:45 pm Returning to Vietnam: Fredy Champagne, Paul Cox, & others that wish to speak. Bradley Manning update — Michael Thurman of Courage to Resist. IVAW Report – TBD
3:45 – 4 pm Break  & group photo
4 – 5:30 pm  Drones: discussion John Reiger, Barry Binks with keynote by Veterans For Peace President Patrick McCann.
5:30 – 5:45 pm Break
5:45 – 7 pm Dinner
7 – 7:30 pm Music by Peter Tracy, Sonoma County Chapter 071
7:30 pm Evening Presentations: Jeffrey Blankford “Behind the scenes: US–Israel relations from Truman to Obama; Eduardo Cohen “Israel’s Public Relations Strategy.” Public is invited.
9 pm Movie: The People and The Olive to be confirmed. Public is invited.

AGENDA: Sunday, March 3
9 – 9:30 am Memorial Service at local cemetery for all victims of war
9:30 – 10 am March for Bradley Manning back to Veterans Building
10 – 10:30 am Brunch
10:30 – 1:30 pm Miscellaneous Topics: Possible Fundraising, How to keep an organization alive, PTSD treatment, DU issues, Homelessness/squatting, Banished Vets, Tools available via VFP website, Using mainstream media to cover chapter events, etc.
1:30 – 2 pm Wrap-up, conclusions, next steps
2  – 2:30 pm Lunch
2:30 pm Conference ends clean up for local hosts.

AT THE CONFERNCE
Tabling: Bring materials to display for other members and the visiting public to see, purchase, copy, etc.
Internet Access: High speed Internet access is not normally available in the Ukiah Veterans Building, however arrangements have been made with a local wireless internet provider to provide access this year for the first time. So bring your laptops if you like, especially if you have any video footage that you would like to show everyone via the projector we’ll have.
Meals: Meals are included in the conference price at the Veterans Building and will include a vegetarian option. Friday evening: dinner (available through the evening for late arrivals). Saturday: breakfast, lunch, dinner. Sunday: brunch, lunch

Include any dietary considerations in your reservation in the RSVP section below.

LODGING
Economy Inn
2 short blocks from the Veterans Building.  40 rooms; 2 stories. 2 rooms are wheelchair accessible (1 king, non-smoking; 1 queen, smoking). 10 rooms allow smoking. All rooms have coffee makers. Most rooms have small refrigerators and microwave ovens. One ice machine and one soft drink machine are on site. WiFi Internet access is available. Rates for conference March 1-3: 2013: 1 king bed – $50.00 plus tax/night, 2 double beds $59.00 plus tax/night. 406 South State Street, Ukiah, CA  95482, (707) 462-8611, fax (707) 468-9476, email reservations@economyinnukiah.com, Web www.economyinnukiah.com

Sunrise Inn The second closest motel: 30 rooms; 1 story, most rooms have mini-refrigerators a microwave oven. Some rooms allow smoking. Ice machine on site. WiFi Internet access available. Across State Street from Safeway (open 24 hrs). Next to Rite Aid. Rates: 1 bed (king or queen) $48.00 plus tax/night, 2 queen beds (some allow smoking) $58.00 plus tax/night. Six blocks from the Veterans Building, 650 South State Street, Ukiah, CA  95482, (707) 462-6601,  fax (707) 462-6009, email sunrise@pacific.net, Web  www.sunriseinn.net

Limited lodging is available with local residents for attendees on a tight budget.  To make arrangements contact Steve Scalmanini, VFP-116 Secretary of, cell (707) 391-5853,   sscalmanini@yahoo.com

DIRECTIONS
From San Francisco Bay Area
Ukiah is on US 101, 60 miles, a one hour drive, north of Santa Rosa, and 120 miles (two hours) north of San Francisco and Oakland. On Friday evening there will be commute traffic northbound on US 101 through Marin County and some of Sonoma County until ~ 7 pm, when the carpool lanes open to everyone. From 3 to 7 the carpool lanes are legal for 2 or more people in the vehicle, so carpool if you can. If you are driving from the South Bay Area on Friday evening, going up the Peninsula via I-280, 19th Avenue, and the Golden Gate Bridge is usually faster than dealing with the congestion on I-880 and I-580 in the East Bay.

From Sacramento and the Sierras, the fastest route is I-5 to Williams, then Hwy 20 to US 101, then 6 miles south to Ukiah. It’s a little faster to bypass the small resort towns along Hwy 20 on the east (scenic) side of Clear Lake by turning left onto Hwy 53 and driving through the city of Clear Lake to Lower Lake, where you turn right onto Hwy 29.  This intersects with Hwy 20 again at the northwest end of the lake; turn left onto Hwy 20 toward Ukiah.

When you’re near Ukiah on US 101, take the Perkins Street exit one half mile west to downtown. Cross the railroad tracks to the signal light at State Street— the main intersection in town. Turn left onto South State Street. Take the 3rd right, at the Economy Inn, onto Seminary Avenue.  The Veterans Building is at the end of the 2nd short block, on the left side of the divided street – at the corner of South Oak Street. If you cross South Oak Street you’ll be in the driveway to City Hall.

The Economy Inn is on the corner of South State Street and Seminary Avenue. If you’re going there first, turn right into its covered entryway just before Seminary Avenue. The Veterans Building is two short blocks from the Economy Inn, so it’s convenient to leave your car there and walk to the conference.

Price of Conference: The price for the Conference is a little up from last year. $60 will cover meals and rental of the building. Lodging is not included and depends on where you stay and whether you share a room or not.  Plan on paying your $60 by check to “VFP – Chapter 116” upon arrival at the conference.

TO RSVP: If you will attend the conference, please copy and paste the information below into an email, fill in the appropriate information, and send it to Steve Scalmanini, Secretary of host Chapter 116, at sscalmanini@yahoo.com. US Mail address is 907 N Oak St., Ukiah, CA  95482.

Information for attendee:

I will attend the 2013 Northern-California Veterans-for-Peace Conference March 1-3 in Ukiah. 

Name(s):
From (City & Chapter):
Expected arrival day & time at the conference:
Expected departure day & time from the conference:
Dietary restrictions:
Lodging location:
Cell Phone (if applicable):
Agenda priorities – what topics are most important to you?
(Add your own preferences if you don’t see them on the agenda):

Steve Scalmanini, Secretary, VFP-116 (Mendocino County, CA)
sscalmanini@yahoo.com, Cell (707) 391-5853

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