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The Response & Amensty International

Free Screening of “The Response”

Amnesty International Group 22’s monthly meeting June 24, 2010, 7:30 PM will be held in the lounge of the Cal Tech Y, at 1350 San Pasqual, between Hill and Holliston, south side. (Just behind the two curving walls forming a gate to a path. Signs will be posted. Also see the map.

To coincide with the June 26th International Day in Support of Victims of Torture and Amnesty International’s Counter Terror with Justice campaign, we will have a showing of “The Response”. A discussion will follow.  Please join us! Refreshments, Fair Trade included, will be provided.

About the film: “THE RESPONSE” is a courtroom drama based upon the actual transcripts of the Guantanamo military tribunals (known as CSRTs). In the film, three military judges must decide the fate of a suspected enemy combatant. Is he guilty of providing material support to Al-Qaeda, leading to the deaths  of several American soldiers? Or is he an innocent victim of circumstances as he claims?

The film has screened at the Pentagon, Congress, West Point, the Department of Justice, foreign embassies, universities and law schools including Harvard, Columbia and UCLA, and film festivals across the country including seven Academy Award qualifying festivals.”

Vroman’s for Mother’s Day

Vroman’s Invites You To the Mother’s Day Gift Bazaar!

Saturday, May 8th, 11am – 2pm

Mother’s Day is May 9th! Come to the Vroman’s Gift Bazaar on Saturday, May 8th, to find beautiful gifts for all the moms in your life and receive 20% off the gift items we are featuring! Some of our most popular brands will be on sale, including items like FAIR TRADE jewelry, greeting cards that benefit women’s shelters, and fine candles and soaps. With so much variety, you are sure to find a gift for any mom that will be remembered for years to come.

But that’s not all! There will be several different raffles throughout the day for anyone to participate in, and we will be giving you a free gift with each $30 you spend on one of our featured gift lines!

Between 11am and noon, kids can stop by the craft table in the Gift Bazaar area to make something lovely for Mom, just in time for Mother’s Day!

Greening the Earth Day 2010
March 2, 2010, 2:26 am
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Earth Day will be celebrated once again by the City of Pasadena at the annual Greening the Earth Day! Celebrate all things sustainable on April 24th from 10 am – 4 pm at the Armory Center for the Arts and its neighboring streets. Enjoy great music, food and green booths. Exhibitors’ applications are now being accepted. Click the link to fill one out for your business/organization/idea. GTED Registration

Celebrating Women’s Day

Find out more about “At the End of Slavery” or watch the trailer below.

A Sea Change
January 13, 2010, 3:56 am
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Imagine a world without fish. Ocean acidification has been called the “evil twin” of climate crisis. Excess carbon dioxide in Earth’s oceans is changing sea water chemistry and could, if unchecked, result in dead oceans, the extinction of sea life and the eradication of the primary protein source of one billion of the world’s people. Barbara Ettinger’s elegiac, beautifully-made, award-winning documentary A Sea Change tells the story of Sven Huseby, a retired history teacher whose love of and concern for oceans, ocean life and his grandson Elias’ future takes him on explorations to Alaska, Washington state, California and Norway in a fact-finding investigation that brings the looming global tragedy to light.

A community discussion will follow the film.  Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons. Conscientious Projector is sponsored by Sustainable World, a Peace & Justice Ministry of All Saints Church, in association with The Armory Center for the Arts.  For more information, contact Marty Coleman at 626.792.4941 or visit

Majestical Roof

The next gift faire is December 19 and 20th.
11 am until 7 pm
Live music
Fashion, Art, Gifts and more.
All Fair Trade, no mass manufactured products

Majestical Roof
88 North Fair Oaks
Pasadena, CA 91103
(located through the tunnel on Fair Oaks between Union and Holly Streets, in the “NoCo” district)
(626) 844-8886

Holidays at Ten Thousand Villages
December 4, 2009, 9:28 pm
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What Would Jesus Buy?

Saving Christmas from the $hopocalypse

Thursday, December 10, 7 p.m. at The Armory Center for the Arts

Attention holiday shoppers! Conscientious Projector invites you to join Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping Gospel Choir on a barnstorming bus tour of the U.S.A. to free humankind from consumerism and break the bonds of eternal debt. What Would Jesus Buy?– an outrageous but serious-minded docu-comedy about the commercialization of Christmas–will be shown on Thursday, December 10, 7 p.m. at The Armory Center for the Arts.

Producer Morgan Spurlock (SUPER SIZE ME) teams with performance artist/activist Bill Talen (Reverend Billy) and director Rob VanAlkemade to chronicle the satirical protest troupe’s cross-country mission to raise awareness of the impact of over-consumption on our lives, our world and our experience of gift-giving at what is supposed to be the most sacred time of the year. Bill McKibben, Rev. Jim Wallis and many other social critics serve as a Greek chorus as Reverend Billy and his cohorts take us through a journey of revival-style meetings, guerilla theater retail store interventions, corporate exorcisms and the most spontaneous Main Street Parade Disneyland has ever seen. Changeluia!

Tom Coston is going to serve as our facilitator for “What Would Jesus Buy?” Tom brought Reverend Billy, of “What Would Jesus Buy?” here a couple years ago as the Grand Marshal of the Doo Dah Parade.

Thanks to Robert Greenwald’s Brave New Theaters program for their support of this event. The Armory is located at 145 N. Raymond in Old Pasadena. Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons. For more information, contact Marty Coleman at 626.792.4941 or visit

Model UNA Conference in Pasadena 2009

7The wait is finally over! View Pasadena’s Model United Nations Conference in its entirety. Witness how local high school students participate in an indepth conversation on problem solving water issues in the Middle East.

Mayor Bogaard endorses this first annual event “that comes at the right time in the city of  Pasadena…” Take a look and see how our local students are working together to solve global issues for a sustainable tomorrow.

Local “Washing” on NPR

n54662951261_3569Stacey Mitchell, Senior Researcher with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, was a guest on Patt Morrison, yesterday, along with Buy Local Pasadena’s Tamara Johnston McMahon and VP of communications for the International Council of Shopping Centers, Malachy Kavanagh.

Read and listen about the controversy over big box stores changing to a more “local” image. Is it local or is it washing?

For a more in depth look, read Stacey Mitchell’s article, The Corporate Co-opt of Local.


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