August 2020 marks the 75th Anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the United States.  Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Monterey County Branch, and a host of local organizations will present a series of live stream events, each Saturday through the month of August.  

Register for each event in the series to receive the live stream webinar details.

Saturday, August 1, 6 pm – 8 pm:
Japanese Americans, Hibakusha, and Nuclear Weapons: Linking Past and Present, with David Yamada, Larry Oda, and Arlington “Arly” La Mica
Saturday, August 8, 7 pm – 9 pm:
75th Annual Hiroshima-Nagasaki Remembrance and Virtual Peace Lantern Ceremony
, Reverend Jay Shinseki (Opening Prayer), Larry Oda (Story of Sadako and the Thousand Cranes), Arly La Mica (Keynote Speaker), Carole Erickson (Peace Lantern Ceremony Invocation), Video Retrospective of Past Peace Lantern Ceremonies at Lovers Point Cove in Pacific Grove, California (produced by Wes White), and Beverly Bean (Emcee)
Saturday, August 15, 3 pm – 5 pm PDT:
Alternative Facts: The Lies of Executive Order 9066 and Community Workshop Film and discussion.  Panelists: Larry Oda, Sandy Lydon, and Gary Fujii.  Moderator:  JT Mason 
Saturday, August 22, 3 pm – 5 pm:
Recognition & Healing Through Art: A Conversation with Two Artists, with Joe Aki Ouye and Jerry Takigawa
Saturday, August 29, 3 pm – 5 pm:
The Beginning of the End of Nuclear Weapons
Film & Discussion, with Joyce Vandevere and Dr. Sharat G. Lin
A Community-wide Candlelight Vigil will begin on Thursday, August 6, 8:08 pm, at sunset.  This is a shelter-in-place action. LED votive candles will be distributed to the Monterey Peninsula and Salinas area, free of charge. Participate by placing an LED cancel on your porch, driveway, or in a street-facing window each night starting August 6th through September 21st, International Day of Peace.  Click HERE for LED candle distribution points and more details.


A project of Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Monterey County Branch.  WILPF has been working for a Nuclear Free Future even before the United Nations was founded in 1945.  The glaring inequalities that developed over the past 75 years have finally been exposed for all to see during the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic. The need for world peace and international cooperation is more pressing than ever. The questions are: who will prevail and how can WE prevail on the side of peace and freedom?  Visit WILPF-US’s DISARM/END-WARS to view their interactive 1945 timeline for the United Nations and the Atomic Bomb.

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A Talk by Dr. Sharat G. Lin

Saturday, July 25, 2020, from 3 pm to 5 pm Pacific Time.

Free Virtual Webinar
Register for Zoom details:

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VIRTUAL ESL CLASSES:  ESL classes are being held on Zoom every Monday, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm.  For more information, email Alexandra Ramos Lopez at 

CLASES DE ESL VIRTUALES: Las clases de ESL se llevan a cabo en Zoom todos los lunes de 5:00 p.m. a 6:00 p.m.
Para obtener más información, envíe un correo electrónico a Alexandra Ramos López a

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______Veterans For Peace Chapter 46



Friday, May 8, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm. Veterans For Peace Chapter 46 Monterey Monthly Chapter Meeting.
VFP 46 meets the second Friday of each month.  Online, dial-in conference meetings will be organized for the foreseeable future.  Chapter business meeting will begin at 3:00 pm and will end no later than 4:30 pm.
VFP is open to all veterans and veteran supporters. for more information and for teleconferencing details:
Join here:

For teleconference details and for more info, contact Chapter President, Justin Loza, at 

plain dividerOur sincerest thanks to Monterey Peninsula Volunteer Services Benefit Shop for recent grants supporting the Monterey Peace and Justice Center. Their generous funding helped us purchase a storage shed and filing cabinets, allowing us to free up needed space inside the Peace Center.

MPVS gratefully accepts donations of clean, gently used clothing, housewares, books, and much more, which they sell at the Benefit Shop in Seaside. Your donation to MPVS has a double benefit — to the person who purchases it and to the many worthy nonprofit organizations that receive funds from MPVS’s grant program.

Visit the benefit shop at 655 Broadway Ave. in Seaside or online: divider

The Monterey Peace and Justice Center is temporarily closed due to concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic.  We invite you to stay informed about our virtual meetings, webinars, and online actions by subscribing to the Weekly Peace CalendarSubscribe with an email to

Coronavirus Information and Resources

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The Monterey Peace and Justice Center is the grateful recipient of a Community Arts grant award in July 2019 by the Arts Council of Monterey County to fund MPJC’s 2019-2020 Art Gallery Project. The funding will be used to produce ongoing art exhibits tied to peace and social justice themes.

We sincerely thank the Arts Council for Monterey County for making these resources available to our organization and we appreciate the generosity of the grant funders, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Visit the Arts Council for Monterey County website to learn more about the organization, their art education programs,
and their work in bringing arts to the community:

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The Monterey Peace and Justice Center
1364 Fremont Boulevard in Seaside, CA 93955
(831) 899-7322

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