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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 14
2008

Highway 12 Right of Way

Posted by Bruce Robinson in volunteer , transportation , Santa Rosa , recreation , parks , government , environment , community , activism

Bruce Robinson

What does the future hold for the swath of vacant land that was once meant to hold an extension of Highway 12 through Santa Rosa's east side?

 Julie Combs of the Neighborhood Association of Bennett Valley describes the present state of the Highway 12 right-of-way lands:

 

            

After CalTrans was unable to build a planned extension of Highway 12 through Bennett Valley and over Spring Lake (above)  because of community resistance, the future of the land that was acquired for that project (see overhead view and map below) has remained in limbo.

 

On September 16th, the Neighborhood Association of Bennett Valley will  to discuss transportation issues as they pertain to the land that was meant to be a continuation of Hwy 12, at their regular monthly meeting.

 

To visit their website and read more about their upcoming meeting, click here.

 

 

 

 

Sep 11
2008

Worth Our Weight

Posted by Bruce Robinson in youth , volunteer , teens , Sonoma , Santa Rosa , nonprofit orgs , news , Ideas , Health , food , education , community , activism

Bruce Robinson

 

Job training, social work and gourmet food all converge in chef Evelyn Cheatham's unique Worth Our Weight culinary apprentice program.

 

Chef Cheatham explains the origin of her program's name.

 

Luke, one of the current students in the WOW program, talks about what he hopes to get out of it.

 

 Worth Our Weight is currently open Fridays and Saturdays from 9 to 4, and serving Sunday Brunch from 9 to 1.They also have a catering service and a tent at the Santa Rosa Farmers Market on Saturday mornings.

The new location is at 1021 Hahman Drive, next to the Boys and Girls Club, between Montgomery Village anMontgomery High School.

W.O.W. Mission:
to develop and sustain an apprenticeship program that comprises professional culinary basic training, organic farming, social skill development and elementary business management.

 
The W.O.W. Vision
is to invite underserved young people into the world of food (farming, cooking & eating) where they can find a home  for  their vocational aspirations and  create a better life for themselves and their family. It's our belief that this contributes to the development of healthy communities.
 
The dining area at Worth Our Weight includes this long, single plank table for shared meals.
 
For current hours and sample menus, read the W.O.W blog here


 

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