Wednesday, March 11, 2020
7:00 pm—8:30 pm Doors open 6:30 pm
Monterey Peace and Justice Center
1364 Fremont Blvd., Seaside CA 93955
The public is invited. Free admission
About the Event:
Pat Elder, investigative reporter with Civilian Exposure will make a stop in Seaside on a 20-city California speaking tour to raise awareness about contaminants known as PFAS, or “forever chemicals”. PFAS stands for a broad group of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances commonly used in firefighting foam, nonstick coatings, and host of other products. PFAS accumulate in the body and contribute to the development of cancer, immune system damage, thyroid disease and are detrimental to developing fetuses of pregnant women.
California water agencies have only recently started testing for PFAS and are now shutting down wells after finding unacceptable levels of these chemicals in our drinking water supplies. Many of these wells are adjacent to military installations around the state. Learn more at https://www.epa.gov/pfas
Pat Elder serves on the Board of Directors for World BEYOND War and he co-founded the DC Antiwar Network. His articles have appeared in Truth Out, Common Dreams, Alternet, L.A. Progressive, Sojourner’s Magazine, and U.S. Catholic Magazine. Elder’s work has been covered by NPR, USA Today, The Washington Post, Aljazeera, Russia Today, and Education Week. Elder holds a Master’s in Government from the University of Maryland and Maryland high school teacher certification. He lives with his wife, Nell on the St. Mary’s River in St. Mary’s City, Maryland. For more information and to contact Pat Elder, visit https://worldbeyondwar.org/patelder/
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Veterans For Peace, Peace Coalition for Monterey County, and the Monterey Peace and Justice Center.
Monterey Peace and Justice Center (MPJC). Founded in 2004, MPJC’s mission is to inspire and mobilize the people of Monterey County to cultivate peace, social justice, nonviolence, democracy, and environmental sustainability in our community and the world through education and advocacy.
Contact Catherine Crockett, email@example.com
Peace Coalition of Monterey County (PCMC) was founded in 1991 to promote nonviolent resolutions in world conflicts and advocate for policies that will create a more peaceful world.
Contact PCMC Chair Sidney Ramsden Scott firstname.lastname@example.org
Veterans For Peace (VFP), Chapter 46 is the Monterey County chapter of a global organization of Military Veterans and allies whose collective efforts focus on building a culture of peace by using their experiences and voices to expose the true causes of war and the enormous costs of wars, with an obligation to heal the wounds of wars. The national Veterans For Peace organization issued a resolution in 2008 to “Reclaim Armistice Day” and has been pushing the celebration of peace into the national conversation on Veterans Day in earnest since then.
Contact Justin Loza, Justinloza@vfp46.com
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) – Monterey County Branch:
A worldwide organization established in 1915. The Monterey County Branch shares WILPF’s commitment to justice, non-violence, equality and true democracy. WILPF is a community of support, inquiry and spirited activism, exercising our freedoms, rights and responsibilities as we work together for a just and peaceful world.
Contact WILPF-MC co-Chairs:
Beverly Bean, email@example.com
Joyce Vandevere, firstname.lastname@example.org