Sunday, August 2 through the end of August: Join in Making 1,000 Phone Calls to Rid the World of Nuclear Weapons
At the August Peace Event in Sacramento on August 2, the story of Sadako and the 1,000 Cranes was retold. Sadako was a Japanese child who developed leukemia after being exposed to the radiation from the Hiroshima atomic bomb attack. According to Japanese legend, one's wish will be granted if he or she folds 1,000 cranes. Sadako's wish to live was not granted, but her story lives on, and Origami cranes have become an international symbol of the hope for a world free of nuclear weapons. At the August Peace Event, PSR/Sacramento President Dr. Bill Durston issued a challenge to Sacramento area peace activists to collectively make 1,000 phone calls to the President and other elected leaders to demand the abolition of nuclear weapons. Please help write the story of Sacramento and the 1,000 Calls by calling the President, Senators Boxer and Feinstein, and your U.S. Representative to tell them that you:
Support the Iran Nuclear Deal
Demand no more spending on “modernizing” U.S. nuclear weapons
Demand that we honor the commitment that President Obama made in his speech in Prague in 2009 and that the U.S. made in signing the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty in 1970 to rid the world completely of nuclear weapons, including getting rid of our own nuclear arsenal
Friday, August 28, 5:00-6:30 PM: Vigil for the Victims of the Roanoke, VA Shooting and Protest Against Gun Violence, Corner of 15th and L Streets, in Sacramento
Join PSR/Sacramento President Dr. Bill Durston, other PSR members, Sacramento members of the Brady Campaign to Stop Gun Violence, and other gun control activists at a vigil for the victims of the horrific shooting outside Roanoke, Virginia on August 26. The murders of 24 year old TV reporter Alison Parker and 27 year old cameraman Adam Ward were broadcast live on Roanoke TV Station WDBJ as Ms. Parker and Mr. Ward were conducting an interview for the station at a nearby resort. Bring signs demanding that Congress take definitive action to stop the epidemic of gun violence that afflicts our country. For more information on firearm injury prevention, go to the Gun Violence Prevention page of this website.
Saturday, August 29, 5:30-9:00 PM: Annual Florin Japanese American Citizens League Scholarship Fundraiser Hot Dog Dinner, Raffle, and Bingo Event at the
Buddhist Church of Florin 7235 Pritchard Road, in Sacramento
The Florin JACL has a long history of activism in the Sacramento area on a wide variety of issues from preservation of Japanese American heritage to protection of civil rights for all to the abolition of nuclear weapons. The annual scholarship fundraiser is a fun event for the entire family. Advance sale tickets are just $12 for adults and adolescents and $6 for children ages 4-12. Click on this link or call (916) 768-3644 for more information on the event, including how to make reservations.
Sunday, October 25, 5-9 PM: Joint Annual Dinner of the Sacramento Chapters of Physicians for Social Responsibility and the United Nations Association at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 2001 Point West Way, in Sacramento
Make your reservations now for the joint annual dinner of PSR/Sacramento and the UNA. We've lined up an extraordinary keynote speaker for this year's annual dinner in Rebecca Peters from Australia, who will be talking about gun violence from an international perspective. Ms. Peters has worked for more than 20 years on arms control, women's rights, public health, and social justice. She is a lawyer and a journalist, and she was the founding director of the International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA). She spoke last year on behalf of IANSA at the United Nations 5th Biennial Meeting of States on progress toward eradicating the illicit international small arms trade. She was invited to be a member of a panel of international experts on gun violence prevention at a summit held at Johns Hopkins after the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre, and she is the author of a chapter in the book, Reducing Gun Violence in America, which came out of that summit. In the 1990's, she led a grass roots gun control campaign in Australia. Following the 1996 Port Arthur massacre in Australia, thanks to the groundwork of Rebecca and her colleagues, it took the Australian government just 13 days to ban all semi-automatic rifles in the country.For her work on gun violence prevention, she received the Australian Human Rights Medal, the Australian equivalent of the U.S. Presidental Medal of Freedom. Rebecca is currently working on a gun violence prevention project in Guatemala. She is a dynamic and charismatic speaker, and she is also a delightful and remarkably humble person with a great sense of humor.
This year's annual dinner will be held at the beautiful DoubleTree by Hilton at 2001 Point West Way, opposite the Arden Fair Mall. In addition to the keynote address by Rebecca Peters, the evening will feature a delicious three course meal with a choice of salmon, chicken, or vegetarian entrees; live entertainment; and as always, plenty of good company. Social hour and sign-in will be from 5-6 PM, dinner from 6-7 PM, and the program from 7-9. This is an event you won't want to miss. The cost of the dinner is $40 per person ($20 for students and residents in training). Make your reservations now for this exciting event.
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