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Sep 24
2008

Ocean Noise Pollution

Posted by Bruce Robinson in wildlife , technology , Science , resources , policy , ocean , Marin , government , environment , coast , animals , activism

Bruce Robinson

Noise pollution from big ships is a growing problem under the sea along the California coast, especially for the whales who share the sea lanes.

 

 Seaflow, a nonprofit organization that works to protect marine life, is advocating for ships to reduce speed once entering the marine sanctuaries.

To view the website of Seaflow, click here .

 

 

 

 

 

To read about the Marine Mammal Protection Act, click here.


Sep 23
2008

Iraqi Refugees

Posted by Bruce Robinson in Santa Rosa , politics , peace , news , justice , Ideas , government , families , events , education , author , arts , activism

Bruce Robinson

 One of the untold stories of the war in Iraq is the millions of refugees who have fled their country, with no idea what their future may hold.

Kathy Kelly describes a typical refugee camp home for an Iraqi family in Syria.

Speaking at at the Oddfellows Hall,  545 Pacific Avenue in Santa Rosa, on Wednesday, September 24th at 7 pm, renowned activist Kathy Kelly (center)  reports on her recent visit with Iraqi refugees in Amman, Jordan. Highlights of her trip include learning about nonviolence groups operating in Iraq and the efforts of Americans to support these and other Iraqis as they struggle to build a productive and peaceful future. Reflecting on her participation in a peace walk from Chicago to the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Kathy will also talk about "war and memory," drawing parallels with collective resistance to other wars, and reminding us of our connections across regions, national boundaries, and generations. The event is being hosted by the Peace and Justice Center of Sonoma County.

David Smith-Ferri, Kathy's friend and author of Battlefield Without Borders, will open with a reading of new poems. 

The huge number of displaced people, and the shortage of resources to aid them is creating a social disaster that Kelly says will take a generation or longer to repair.

 

 Kelly has visited Iraq 24 times, and she continues to share her experience and vast knowledge on the economical and living situation for the people of Iraq. To see more about her previous presentations, click here.

For more information about Kathy Kelly and her work with Voices for Creative Nonviolence, click here.

 

Sep 21
2008

Proposition 5

Posted by Bruce Robinson in Sonoma , public safety , politics , policy , news , media , law enforcement , justice , jail , Ideas , healthcare , Health , government , gangs , families , education , drugs , community

Bruce Robinson

Proposition Five on the November ballot would make widespread changes in the ways that drug users are treated by California's prison system.

 

The Yes on Prop 5 website is here.

The No on Prop 5 website is here .

There's an impartial analysis of the measure here. And you can read the actual text of Proposition 5 here. (pdf, 61 pages)

 

 The September 24th forum on Proposition 5, to be held at 7 pm in the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors' chambers (575 Administration Drive, Suite 100A, Santa Rosa), is hosted and sponsored by the Sonoma County Advisory Board on Drug and Alcohol Problems.

Sep 18
2008

Solar Sonoma County

Posted by Bruce Robinson in technology , Sonoma , resources , policy , nonprofit orgs , news , media , Ideas , government , gadgets , environment , energy , conservation , climate change , children

Bruce Robinson

The Solar Sonoma County program, which got its official kick-off last night, may make our area a model for other rural regions that want to expand their use of solar power.

Click here to see a detailed 2-page fact sheet on Solar Sonoma County. (pdf)

 

 

John Lushetsky from the federal Department of Energy, where he is the manager of the Solar Energy Technologies Program. As more and more solar panels collect electricity, there will be increasing demand for batteries to store and save that power. John Lushetshy says his agency will soon turn its attention to that aspect of energy independence as well.

Ives Pool in Sebastopol is an example of a local public facility that has installed solar panels to hold down energy costs.

Sep 17
2008

The Geneva Conventions

Posted by Bruce Robinson in volunteer , Sonoma , rights , policy , peace , nonprofit orgs , news , media , justice , Ideas , history , government , events , education , activism

Bruce Robinson

The Geneva Conventions are not a conference, but an international treaty signed by every established nation in the world. And there are four of them.

Miller talks about the Supreme Court ruling earlier this year that applied the Geneva Conventions to the U.S. detention facility at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba.

 

Tim Miller

The local Red Cross offers a free class to educate the public about the Geneva Conventions four times a year. Upcoming classes will be held September 20, and November 15, 9 to1 each day . For further information call (707) 577-7600, or to register online, click here .

The Society for Professional Journalists has prepared an online  reference guide on the Geneva Conventions, including the full text, which can be accessed here.

 

 

 

For the direct link to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, about the Geneva Convention, click here.