Schedule for 2015 PLC Retreat

Here is the schedule for the February 27 to March 2 2015 gathering of the Pacific Life Community. It is subject to change, but probably won’t change much except for additional workshop information and details. For general information abou the 2015 PLC Retreat, click here.

Pacific Life Community Retreat
February 27-March 2, 2015

Made in the USA—A Permanent Wartime Economy
Vallombrosa Retreat Center
250 Oak Grove Avenue, Menlo Park, CA 94025

Friday, February 27, 2015

12-1:00 Vigil at Lockheed Martin, corner of N. Mathilda Ave. and W. Java Dr. Sunnyvale, CA (optional)

4-6:00   Arrival and check-in

6:00      Welcome from Vallombrosa staff

6 – 7:00 Dinner

7:30       Welcomes, Introductions, Something structured for a short while

9:00       Social time

Saturday, February 28, 2015

8:00 -9:00 Breakfast

9:00 Skype with Jim and Shelley Douglass (co-Founders of Ground Zero as well as the PLC)

9:30 Sectional reports (what PLC groups have been doing)

11-12:00 Report from PLC visits to Jeju Island

12 –1:00 Lunch

2-3:30 Workshops:

1. After Protest: How To Take on a Corporation: Dalit Baum
2. Exploring a Proactive Future: Bob Aldridge
3. Getting Down to Our Soul Work in the World: Terry Symens-Bucher
4. You can still offer a workshop Saturday afternoon, but advance notice is appreciated. Contact Jim Haber at especially if your presentation will need any special setup or technical assistance.

4:00-6:00 Cost of Discipleship – Fishbowl discussion moderated by Larry Purcell. The discussion will start with the question: What price have you paid for your work and resistance? What’s been the cost of discipleship for you? The conversation will lead itself to other issues: What sustains us? In hindsight, would you make the same choices again? What about fear? The Fishbowl will start with 6-8 speakers and others can rotate in.

6-7:00 Dinner

7:30  Hell Fire: Lockheed Martin and the Weapon Industry Go to Gaza – with Dalit Baum*

What is the role played by military industries, like Lockheed Martin
and others, in the Israeli siege and attacks on Gaza?
What does US military aid to Israel actually support? What can we do about it?

(This is a public event to be held in the chapel at the retreat center)

Sunday, March 1, 2015

8 -9:00 Breakfast

9:30-12 Nonviolent Communication Workshop: Anne and Terry Symens-Bucher will give a presentation based on the practice of nonviolence communication developed by Marshall Rosenberg.

12-1   Lunch

1:00-1:30 Meet to nominate and approve where the next PLC retreat will be.

1:30 -5 Discussion/Planning of Action, Banner Prep, Logistics Planning with David Solnit, who will help with ceremony, theater, props, banners, and messaging.

6-7:00  Dinner

7:30     Evening Liturgy

Monday, March 2, 2015

7:30   Breakfast

10-12 Witness at Lockheed-Martin ( gathering at the transit station at 5th  Ave. and N. Mathilda Ave, Sunnyvale followed by a procession and actions at Lockheed-Martin’s main gate at Mathilda and Java)

1:00   Retreat evaluation at Janet and Bob Aldridge’s (631 Kiely Blvd, Santa Clara, 95051)

3:00   Ending prayer

*Dalit Baum, Ph.D., is the co-founder of Who Profits from the Occupation, and of the Coalition of Women for Peace in Israel. Dalit is a feminist scholar and teacher, who has been teaching about militarism and about the global economy from a feminist perspective in Israeli and American universities. She has been active with various groups in the Israeli anti-occupation and democracy movement, including Black Laundry, Boycott from Within, Zochrot, Anarchists against the Wall and Women in Black. Dalit has headed the Economic Activism for Palestine Program of Global Exchange. She has worked for AFSC in the San Francisco office since 2013 and currently serves the organization as Director of Economic Activism.

T0 return to the general page for the 2015 PLC Retreat, click here.


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