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Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 5:30 p.m


Pilgrim Place
Porter Hall 625

Mayflower Rd, Claremont, CA 91711

“Can the Opium Poppy be Replaced” with Dick Mann

Dick has many years of experience in agricultural extension, education, and research both as an American Baptist missionary and for the United Nations and the United States, particularly in Thailand.

This program will focus on a UN – USA project in Thailand to replace the growing of opium as a cash crop.  Can we combat the great problems of drugs by eliminating the source, and how effective are UN and USA efforts,

There will be time for questions and discussion.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Armory Center for the Arts Community Room
145 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, CA  91103

Food Justice: Every Community's Concern

Join our panel of experts for a discussion of “Food Justice“ – communities exercising their rights to grow, sell and eat healthy food; food that is fresh, nutritious, affordable, culturally-appropriate and grown locally with consideration and deep caring for the well-being of the land, the workers, the animals, and all living creatures.

Our discussion will encompass not only local but global food issues. The global population is currently 7 billion, 850 million of whom go hungry daily. In addition, several hundred million children – a group referred to as the “hidden hungry” – are malnourished. If population forecasts of 9 billion by 2050 prove to be correct, how will everyone be fed? And what issues must be overcome to meet the challenge?

Our Host:
Rishi Kumar – Co-host of KPFK’s Focus on Food; The Growing Home in Diamond Bar

Our Panelists:
Hop Hopkins – Urban Farmer and Sustainable Communities Consultant
Erika Redke – Former CSA Manager, Muir Ranch; Pasadena Health Dept. Community Service Rep
Iesha Wadala – Co-Founder of 5Mi Radius, cultivating healthy communities; and a hyper-local food movement

(Parking is available two buildings north of Armory for a flat fee of $6.00.)

$10 donation at the door - proceeds go to the ongoing work of the United Nations Association.

Friday February 21, 2014 from 6 PM - 8 PM


Eleanor Roosevelt Mobile Classroom, UN Building, 
2171 Pan American Plaza,  San Diego, 92101

International Mother Language Day: Multilingual San Diego: Language Loss and Revitalization

Join us for a celebration of International Mother Language Day and a conversation with Dr. Ana Celia Zentella on  "Multilingual San Diego: Language Loss and Revitalization."

This talk-event will focus on San Diego's multilingual  heritage and will highlight the linguistic diversity and cultural perspectives of the city's bilingual communities.
It will inform about:  the linguistic vitality of each community's language(s),  the language revitalization that is fostered by the families and communities.

Ana Celia Zentella is one of the foremost researchers in what she has named "anthro-political linguistics". She is a central figure in the study of U.S. Latin and varieties of Spanish and English, Spanglish, and language socialization in Latin families, and a respected critic of the linguistic profiling facilitated by English-only laws and anti- bilingual education legislation. Read More 

Saturday, February 22nd (11:00 to 2:30)

Executive Conference Center of the Claremont University Consortium

101 S. Mills Ave, Claremont, CA 91711.

SoCal Division Meeting

Dear Fellow SoCal UNA-USA Members,

Please join us in welcoming UNA-USA Deputy Executive Director Mary-Frances Wain and UNA-USA Council of Chapters and Regions Chair Karen Mulhauser to Southern California the weekend of February 21st and 22nd!  This is your latest chance to meet and talk with our senior leaders. . 

If you have not already done so, please make your plans now to join your fellow UNA-USA members and friends at 

1.  SoCal Division Members Reception at  Acapulco Restaurant, 722 N Pacific Avenue in Glendale on Friday, February 21st (5:00 to 7:00 PM) Plenty of parking and order from the menu.  Please RSVP with Judith Harris  judithannharris@yahoo.com 

2.  SoCal Division Board Meeting on Saturday, February 22nd (11:00 to 4:00) at Executive Conference Center of the Claremont University Consortium, 101 S. Mills Ave, Claremont, CA 91711.  All members and guests are welcome to join us over lunch and for chapter-building strategies and breakouts.  The cost is just $25 ($20 for students).   If you travel by rail, the Conference center is just blocks from the Claremont Station on the San Bernardino Line on Metrolink.  

Our featured guest speakers are National Deputy Executive Director of UNA-USA, Mary-Frances Wain and our most senior elected UNA-USA member, UNA-USA CCR Chair Karen Mulhauser.  They are joining us from Washington D.C. to get to know chapter leaders and share emerging chapter-building and advocacy strategies.  Please RSVP with Mel Boynton at mel@mboyntons.net so we may order the correct number of lunches.  Board meeting flyer attached. 
Our short business meeting on Saturday will include electing a Vice President for Programs, presentations by our candidates for the three CCR-SC Regional Representative positions, a report on our Post-2015 Agenda Dialogue, and updates from local chapters.


February 28, 2014

Museum of Photographic Arts
Joan & Irwin Jacobs Theater
1649 El Prado

San Diego, CA 92101

V-Day San Diego: Vagina Monologue

Join the first ever all Military Cast of the upcoming benefit performance of the Vagina Monologue written by Eve Ensler and directed by Carla Nell!

Tickets: $20 General Admission

Free Admission for Active Duty Military and Veterans



Saturday, March 1, 2014

Garrison Hall

Scripps College, Claremont

Water Scarcity and Solutions: Global to Local presented by The American Institute for Progressive Democracy


Free Admission-- Public Welcome

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Lunch served from 11:45AM Program begins at 12:15PM

McKenna Auditorium, Claremont McKenna College campus (next to I-Place)

Celebrating International Women’s Day

Ambassador Sallama Shaker, Full Clinical Professor of Middle East & Islamic Studies at Claremont Graduate University, will be speaking about International Women's Day as part of International Place's Lunch and Conversation Program.

The Lunch and Conversation Program is the one of the highlights of International Place’s programming schedule.  Pairing an engaging international-themed presentation with delicious international cuisine, students, community members, faculty, and staff gather to listen, learn, as well as share their own perspectives on world events.  In the fall, International Place dedicates the Lunch and Conversation Program to United Nations Day, while in the spring, International Women’s Day is the focus.

No reservations are needed to attend.There is no charge for CUC students, faculty or staff, however donations are appreciated.  Community members pay $6.00 for lunch. There is no charge to attend the program only.

For more information: (909) 607-3910 or e-mail ipoffice@cmc.edu

Sunday March 9, 2014 12:00-4:00pm


260 E. Colorado Blvd., 2nd Floor Pasadena, CA 91101

6th Annual Women of the World Awards

Honoring LaCrease Belk Coleman, Dorothy Yumi Garcia, Barbara Goldberg, and J. Donald Thomas, M.D.


Register at www.5050Leadership.org or www.UNAPasadena.org

For more information, email WOW@5050Leadership.org or call (818) 243 2322


Tuesday March 18, 2014 Starts at 5:30 PM with refreshments served All are welcome to attend Porter

Hall, Pilgrim's Place Claremont

Afghanistan Update

The Pomona Valley Chapter of UNA-USA has invited Nangy Ghafarshad to update members and guests on Afghanistan at its monthly meeting on March 18 in Porter Hall, Pilgrim Place.  Mr. Ghafarshad will talk about current events in his native country, focusing on the withdrawal of NATO troops and the role of the UN.

Mr. Ghafarshad and his wife, Fahima, have owned and operated noted Walter’s Restaurant for 40 years. In 2009 -10 Ghafarshad served as Senior Cultural Advisor to the U.S. Department of Defense in Afghanistan.  This service, in part, led to his book, “To Lift a Mirror … For What You’ve “, in which he describes the changes in the country of his birth.

MARCH 22, 2014
10:00 am - 12:00 Noon

600 Parkcenter Drive, Santa Ana 92705
(Between 5 & 55 freeways off 4th St) 

For Information or Directions:  Call Joy Adams at 949-235-3603


In Honor of U.N. International Women's Day Women's History Month

(Program details to follow soon.)
$5.00 Donation Suggested

Coming In April: 

"Remembering the Past Toward Healing Our Future"
A free six-event commemorative film series featuring genocide survivors and their children.

For program details and to RSVP please visit www.livingubuntu.org 

Sunday March 23, 2014

Starts at 2:00pm, Doors open at 1:30 

High Street Arts Center: 45 E. High Street, Moorpark, CA 93021

Femme: Women Healing the Worldwith Sharon Stone

The UNA-USA and the High Street Arts Center proudly present  “Femme: Women Healing the World,  a feature length documentary that shares how the most important and influential women, as well as the unsung, heroic women around the world are transforming and healing our planet from the more than 50 countries visited. Meet them where they are making a difference, through religion, science, history, politics, philosophy and entertainment. It’s an invitation to elevate our thinking and change our code of behavior with each other.  It shows how our energies both male and female are complementary and how we can balance these energies in our life and work.

Students $5 and General Admission $10 sold at the door  



April 1 - 30


Remembering the Past toward Healing our Future
A free six event commemorative film series featuring the stories of survivors and their children

Tuesday, April 1: 
My Neighbor, My Killer (Rwanda) Soka University 5p-6p Reception, 6p-8p Program
Wednesday, April 2: 
The Armenian Genocide (Armenian) Concordia University 7p-9p
Thursday, April 3:   
Enemies of the People (Cambodia) Golden West College 6:30p-9p
Thursday, April 17:  
  A collection of short films (Sudan) UC Irvine 5p-6:50p
Wednesday, April 23: 
   I Came to Testify (Bosnia) CSU Long Beach 7p-9p
Tuesday, April 29:   
Numbered (The Holocaust) Chapman University 7p-8:30p
Wednesday, April 30:
Closing Reception University Synagogue, 7p-8:30p


Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

April 4, 5, and 6

11AM to 6PM

Global Gifts, 112 E. 22nd Street, #A106, San Pedro CA 90731 

24th Annual Crosses Show

Global Gifts at CRAFTED presents a spectacular array of Crosses and Spring Season items from all over the world! Hand-made, fair-traded, unique and one-of-a-kind! Our all-volunteer staff is waiting to show you a wide array of amazing gifts from International artisans.   All proceeds benefit United Nations children’s relief programs including clean water, nutrition, immunizations, education and advocacy.

Contact Wendy Reynoso, (310) 548-1762 or (949) 290-1738


April 18

8:30 am – 5:00pm

Golden West College Student Center
 15744 Goldenwest Street
 Huntington Beach, CA 92647

2014 Golden West College Peace Conference – “Peace: Our Challenge, Our Opportunity & Our Legacy” 

Please join us on Friday, April 18th for a day of peace-building.  The objective of the Peace Conference is to promote peace and humanity by building bridges between today's realities and tomorrow’s possibilities. Conference participants will explore innovative ways to promote peace and nonviolence individually, locally, and globally. 

The 2014 Peace Conference will feature dialogues that focus on the following:

  • Education for Peace
  • Innovation, Leadership and Entrepreneurship
  • Democratizing Societies From Above and Below
  • Environmental Sustainability 
  • Corporate Responsibility in a Global Peace
  • Women and Peacebuilding
  • Human Rights, Justice and Peace
  • Restorative Justice
  • The role of technology in Peacebuilding 

The event will include musical performances by artists exhibiting peace-building through thought-provoking lyrics, art, music, and dance.

There will be a special appearance by the recipient of GWC’s 2014 Peace Studies Award - Mr. Nipun Mehta & brilliant music of Empty Hands - Nimo Patel.
Peggy Callahan -The Co-founder of Free the Slaves one of the leading anti-slavery organizations is amongst many distinguished speakers.

Early Registration for Students $15 ($20 at the door), Faculties $25 ($30 at the door) all others $35 ($40 at the door)

For more information, please contact: Fran Faraz at ffarazdaghi@gwc.cccd.edu or Valerie Venegas at vvenegas@gwc.cccd.edu , 714-892-7711- EXT: 55117
Website URL:www.goldenwestcollege.edu/peace/
For a map of Golden West College, please see http://gwc.info/pdf/gwc_campusmap_0208.pdf.
Parking is free. Using Lot “B” is the most convenient
Breakfast, lunch, door prizes and raffle tickets are included


April 24, 2014


Red Cross SFV Office, 6800 Owensmouth Ave., Canoga Park,  Stuite 150


Responsibility & Right to Protect: International Law & Humanitarian Principles

The United Nations Association of the USA San Fernando Valley Chapter &
the American Red Cross, San Fernando Valley Office
invite you to join us for a discussion focusing on:
Responsibility & Right to Protect: International Law & Humanitarian Principles

UCLA Political Science Grad David Tuckman, Chapter President and a leader in Red Cross Disaster Response will be speaking on International Law Principles along with USC Political Science Grad Najia Lodin, who is a Red Cross Youth Services Advisor & member of the UNA Chapter Programs Committee.





May 3, 2014

11 am - 3:00 pm   

Hosted by UNA-USA Orange County Chapter at Angelo's and Vinci's Restorante
550 N. Harbor Blvd. Fullerton, CA 92883  


Southern California Division, Region 11 UNA-USA
General Board Meeting                            

SoCal Division General Board Meeting          
All UNA-USA members and friends are invited and encouraged to attend. The day will include a short business meeting with a Post-2015 Update and a presentation by Joe Beyno: retire, UNESCO Architect for Educational Buildings and Director, Development Cooperation in Education, Current President, UNA-USA Whittier Chapter  

The UNA in Southern California: Charting Our Future

John's presentation will segue into small discussion groups.
Please join us to share your ideas of how UNA-USA in SoCal can go from strength to greater strength. Your participation makes a difference!


Only $25 for lunch and meeting.Please RSVP to Joy Adams 
joy.adams0@gmail.com or 949-235-3603                                  

Make checks payable to SoCal UNA 
c/o Joy Adams, 26351 Marsala Way, Mission Viejo, CA 92692



May 12

7:00 pm

Lineage Performing Arts Center


Coffee Talks Speaker's Series

Humanitarian Action on Behalf of Children
An opportunity to Directly affect Mothers and Infants

Imagine yourself a new mother coming home from the hospital with a newborn infant in your arms. You have walked to the hospital and given birth. Now you are walking home. And no one and nothing is waiting for you.
Humanitarian Action on Behalf of Children (HABC) is a project connected with IMAHelps (which organizes medical and surgical missions to many countries around the world) and the Nicaraguan Relief Society. The project’s goal is to impact the infant mortality rate in Nicaragua through direct aid to mothers of newborns.

Click here for PDF flier with full details!

Lineage Performing Arts Center
89 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena, CA 91105


May 20

5:30 PM to 7:00 PM

Porter Hall, Pilgrim Place


Cal Poly Model United Nations – Experience in New York

Speaker: Cal Poly Associate Dean Dan Lewis and the NMUN Team

Chapter meeting and discussion of Model United Nations competition in New York.

Free and the public is welcome. Refreshments provided.

Pomona Valley UNA-USA

Porter Hall, Pilgrim Place 601 Mayflower Rd Claremont, CA 91711

Contact: Mel Boynton, Chapter President, mel@mboyntons.net


May 31, 2014

10:00 am - 12:00 Noon





"CLIMATE CRISIS: An Opportunity for Change"

This presentation will cover the important aspects of awareness and action: awareness of the impacts that climate change is having on the environment and the effects it's having on our lives and the actions we can take now that will have a positive impact on future generations.

Featuring Chris Roth - V olunteer Climate Leader,Climate Reality Project Leadership Corps Member, Sierra Club OC Global Warming Committee Founding Member, OC Chapter Citizens Climate Lobby



600 Parkcenter Drive, Santa Ana 92705

(Between 5 & 55 freeways off 4 th St., Park by delivery entrance)


No Charge for the Event; RSVP Requested

RSVP: joy.adams0@gmail.com or 949-235-3603

Refreshments will be served

$5.00 Voluntary Donation Suggested


www.UNA-OC.org   info@una-oc.org



Sunday, June 8 thru

Tuesday, June 10

National Education Association


UNA-USA Annual Meeting

The UNA-USA Annual Meeting is more affordable than ever!

Registration for the 2014 UNA-USA Annual Meeting will be available soon, so we hope you will take advantage of reduced registration fees!

The Annual Meeting brings together members from across the country for skills trainings, issue briefings, networking opportunities, and capacity-building. Each year, the meeting culminates with Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill; last year, more than 120 meetings took place between UNA-USA members and their members of Congress discussing the importance of a strong U.S.-UN relationship.

The National Education Association
1201 16th St. NW
Washington, DC 20036

See more at: http://www.unausa.org/membership/una-usa-events/annual-meeting


June 9, 2014


Division Meeting

Regional meeting at Annual UNA-USA meeting in  Washington DC


June 17, 2014

5:30-7:00 pm

Porter Hall
601 Mayflower
Pilgrim Place

Open to the Public and refreshments are served.


UNA Pomona Valley Chapter Meeting

“Climate Science Update”

Dr. Joshua Fisher is a Climate Scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), will present a talk on “Climate Change: The Science & The Challenge”. Josh graduated from UC- Berkeley, and did postdoctoral research and teaching at Oxford University before joining JPL. He conducted research in the Amazon, the Andes and the Arctic using satellite sensing and supercomputer modeling, and is widely published in the field.


June 17, 2014





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June 18, 2014

Time (start – finish):


UNA-USA San Diego


Women’s Museum of California
2730 Historic Decatur Road
Barracks 16, Liberty Station
San Diego, CA 92106

Join research psychologist Anne Hoiberg and attorney Zelekha Amirzada to discuss violence against women at home and in our neighborhoods and how we as a community can work together to bring these issues to a stop.

Free refreshments will be served.

Contact for Questions:

Anne Hoiberg at 619-223-8074 or annehoiberg1@hotmail.com

June 25 - July 1




June 28, 2014  

11:00 to 3:00

Division Metting

Southern California Division, Region 11 UNA-USA
General Board Meeting

Hosted by UNA-USA Long Beach/South Bay Chapter

Meeting will be held at:

Crafted At the Port of Los Angeles
112 E. 22nd St.
San Pedro  90731


All UNA-USA members and friends are invited and encouraged to attend. The day will include a brief business meeting followed by:

“Bringing the 2014 Annual Meeting to Southern California:

An Interactive Report Back and Discussion


Please RSVP to Diane Gonzales - dianescduna@yahoo.com - 949-290-1738 or Judith Harris - judithannharris@yahoo.com – 626-799-3615


Lunch will be provided at no charge by the Long Beach/South Bay Chapter, so please be sure to RSVP, even if tentative.


Plan to visit the Long Beach/South Bay Chapter Giftshop, onsite after the meeting


Easily accessible from the 110 freeway- heading South toward the Port of Los Angeles:

·            Exit Harbor Blvd

·            Take exit 1A towards the 47 Vincent Thomas Bridge – this is also the exit for Harbor Blvd. and the Historic Waterfront. Stay  right and  do not get on the bridge!

·            Turn right onto Harbor Blvd for 1.3 miles – at that point Harbor Blvd turns into Miner Street.

·            At the intersection of Miner and 22nd street turn RIGHT … no matter what your GPS tells you!

·            Go about 500 ft. and the driveway to CRAFTED is on your right,  directly  before the 22nd Street park.

CRAFTED is the second warehouse (behind the one that is being remodeled).  Ask for parking directions at the entrance kiosk.  Park as close as you can to the rear warehouse, the meeting will be held in Phase 3 of the CRAFTED warehouse.  The CRAFTED marketplace is in Phase 1.  Global Gifts (the Long Beach/South Bay Chapter) is located in Market Stall #A106.

Plentiful Free Parking


June 29, 2014

1:30 p.m. Registration ~ Program 2:00 p.m. ~ 5:00 p.m.


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Pacific-Los Angeles Chapter - Women's Day Screenings

Investing In Girls and Women to Improve Health and Education


5755 Rodeo Road
Los Angeles, CA 90016



Sheri Rueter, Speaker

The Cookstove Project is a program of Global Peace Women and the Global Peace Foundation. At this time, the project works with women in Uganda and in Nepal. It is one of seve­­ral projects that are part of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, which receives the bulk of its funding from the UN Foundation .

" BLACK INSIDE - Three Women's Voices "

A film with Sarah from Kenya - Vandana from India, and – Monica from Peru.

Also, Julia Roberts speaks on the  Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves.


Cantor Estherleon Schwartz , Child Holocaust Survivor

“Circle of Gratitude” presentationto beimplemented in all schools.


Lehka Singh, Speaker

The film's co-director and producer, will screen and discuss how a film that she co-directed with Roger Spottiswoode can become a peaceful movement. Lehka uses video to expose human rights abuse and to create change and examines forgiveness in times of tragedy.

" BEYOND RIGHT AND WRONG: Stories of Justice and Forgiveness "

The Film looks at areas of conflict around the world and asks what it takes to forgive, and what it takes to ask for forgiveness under the most difficult of circumstances. Stories include the conflict in Northern Ireland, Israel and Palestine’s dispute over Jerusalem, and genocide in Rwanda. What remains singular among these terrible incidents is not the justice served or severity of the atrocities, but rather the level of dialogue and discourse reached between both perpetrators and victims.


Refreshments will be served and an ACTUAL COOKSTOVE will be displayed (no fires).

Contact: Barbara Tebyani, CO-PRESIDENT



Tuesday, July 1




July 8, 2014





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July 15, 2014

5:30-7:00 pm


Porter Hall
601 Mayflower
Pilgrim Place


UNA Pomona Valley Chapter Meeting

“Highlights of the 2014 National UNA-USA Meeting”

Judith Harris, Division President of Southern California UNA-USA and Regional Representative to the national steering committee, will share highlights.


The June 8 through 10th meeting featured high-level briefings, networking with hundreds of other UNA-USA leaders, and lobbying the Congress on behalf of the United Nations.


Porter Hall
601 Mayflower
Pilgrim Place


Open to the Public and refreshments are served.



July 21, 2014

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM




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Aug 17-24, 2014

Town & Country Resort & Convention Center

San Diego, California

Register here: http://conference.wcci-international.org/



16th World Conference in Education

Be part & Lend your voice to the discussion on Integrating Education for A Lasting Culture of Peace & Care of Planet Earth

The World Council for Curriculum and Instruction (WCII) is hosting its 16 th World Conference on Education for the very first time in the United States of America. It was born in 1970, at the close of a world conference organized by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) in Asilomar, California, USA.

WCCI’s world conferences are not ordinary educational conferences. As an active NGO with consultative status with United Nations’ Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), WCCI has maintained a close relationship with the UN as it particularly relates to the Culture of Peace and the Care for Planet Earth.

The Organization believes that education should give equal attention on environment and peaceful relations among the members of the human family. In maintaining this kind of philosophy and mission the organization had hosted – since its first world conference in 1975 – notable speakers such as Paulo Frierre (esteemed author of the book Pedagogy of the Oppressed), Johan Galtung (Norway’s pride and founder of the International Peace Institute) and former UN Undersecretary Ambassador Anwarul Chowdhury.

UNA-USA San Diego is proud to partner with WCCI in its endeavor for a comprehensive integration of education. We hope you will be joining us this year for a great cross-cultural educational exchange and network opportunity. For more information, please check the link here: http://conference.wcci-international.org/.

What are the benefits of attending the conference?

Listen to & Meet Educators From at Last 25 Countries.

Present Your Work to Educators from Other Coutries.

Network with Educators from different countries for future projects or collaboration.

Witness the cultural diversity and find synergies.


August 24th

6-10 P.M.

22811 Plummer Street, Chatsworth, CA 91311

From Topanga Canyon Ave. drive 1 mile straight west (do not turn) to the balloons.  Parking is available on Plummer and a shuttle service will be provided to the home.




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Evening in Kabul FUNDRAISER


Sunday, August 24 th from 6-10 P.M.


Afghan Art Exhibit and Afghan Dinner

With James G. Rolfe, DDS, Founder of the Afghan Dental Relief Project (ADRP)


A $35.00 donation is requested paid by check or cash.  Make checks payable to ADRP, Inc. For reservations call 818-882-2395 RSVP requested by August 20th.  


THE EVENT IS AT:  22811 Plummer Street, Chatsworth, CA 91311

From Topanga Canyon Ave. drive 1 mile straight west (do not turn) to the balloons.  Parking is available on Plummer and a shuttle service will be provided to the home.    



Afghan menu & live music

Paintings by Afghan artist Betsy Noorsay

Presentation by Dr. Rolfe high lighting what has been accomplished and plans for sell sustaining fee-for-service modern dental clinicSee more about his plans below:


Afghan Dental Relief's Plans


Afghan Dental Relief Project has brought modern dentistry to Afghanistan , a country where most of the population cannot access dental care and often die from problems with their teeth.  ADRP is rebuilding the technical infrastructure in dental care in Afghanistan, training its first dental hygienists, assistants, and laboratory technicians, and building free clinics so that Afghans can find treatment.

The good news is that the ADRP project in Kabul is being expanded to include a new clinic to teach dentists how to do better dentistry.  Students from our dental technician school will be able to train with modern equipment and techniques.  The clinic will eventually treat non-Afghans who normally go to Dubai to the dentist, and the patients will willingly pay the fee that they would be charged in Dubai.  These fees will make possible the funding of free dental clinics and schools all over Afghanistan, and will play a major role in rebuilding the missing technical infrastructure in Afghanistan.   Help Afghans access better health care and education by providing this new clinic!!!   


Proceeds from the dinner and silent auction will benefit the much-needed operations of the ADRP


For further information contact

Barbara Pampalone at bpampalone@gmail.com


(see flyer attached)

ADRP Website:   Afganistan Dental Relief Project





September 16, 2014

7:00 pm


All Saints Church
Guild Room

132 N. Euclid Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101




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UNA – Pasadena Chapter presents “COFFEE TALKS” SPEAKERS SERIES


Primary Education for Afghan Girls

In Afghanistan, the life expectancy for women is 44 years. The literacy rates are 31% for men & 15% for women. 57% of Afghan girls marry before the legal age of 16. The average Afghan woman will bear 7.4 children, one of whom won’t live to see his or her first birthday. In Afghanistan, access to primary education can transform a girl’s future.

In January 2002, two Quakers, Edith Cole and Joe Franco from Orange Grove Friends Meeting, traveled to Pakistan, hoping to find a way to help some of the more than 2 million Afghan refuges displaced by the years of war and invasion. The United Nations Commissioner for Refugees directed them to a refugee camp in the Peshawar area. At that time, the girls in the camp had no access to education. There are now 2 elementary schools serving 600 girls. These two Afghan Girls Schools are locally funded and managed by Pasadena area volunteers. We invite you to come hear about this extraordinary project and the difference primary education is making for these students.

Our featured speaker, Dr.Betsy K. Emerick began working with the Afghan Girls School eight years ago and has made six trips to Pakistan to oversee the project. Her passion for education is evident in a career that spans all levels: K-12 through Higher Education. Dr. Emerick has a PhD in Comparative Literature from UCLA and has taught everything from second grade to middle school to Italian and English/American literature at Pitzer, Reed, Pomona, and Dickinson Colleges. She taught English to Italians in Rome and Italian to Americans at Scripps College. In 2001, she took early retirement from Dickinson College where she was Vice-President for Student Affairs and Associate Professor of English.



Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 7:00 pm


All Saints Church – Guild Room

132 N. Euclid Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101


$10 suggested donation at the door – proceeds go to the ongoing work of

the United Nations Association. For information visit www.unapasadena.org


September 17, 2014  

1:00 to 3:00


Division Meeting

Seventh Annual West Coast Global Forum at California Endowment, 1000 N. Alameda St., Los Angeles, CA  90012

Division Board Meeting immediately following West Coast Global Forum





October 11, 2014  

11:00 to 1:00 


SoCal UNA-USA Executive Committee  

(Officers and ExComm members only)        

Location to be determined


October 21, 2014

5:30 pm until 7:00 pm

Porter Hall, Pilgrim Place.


Pomona Valley Chapter Meeting

David Mann, who was a director of the Pacific Institute for Community Organizing (PICO) will share “Tales of Community Organizing”.  Mann has advocated for housing and health care reform while teaching people how to develop their skills as they address their problems.

Free and open to the public.  Everyone is welcome and refreshments, provided by Rizek and Alice Abusharr, are served.  For more information, contact: jackncarolee@verizon.net or 909 626 8122.

Wednesday & Thursday

October 22-23




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A VIP Reception with filmmakers will be held on October 22nd at 5:30pm at Red, White and Bluezz - $25 paid at the door.

Tickets to see the films are available through the Laemmle online box office at $12.50 per night, $7 for students, seniors, and members of the UNA. Showtimes are at 6:30pm both nights.



United Nations Association Pasadena - 4th Annual UNA Film Festival

The United Nations Association Pasadena is hosting the 4th Annual UNA Film Festival at the Laemmle Playhouse 7 Theater on October 22-23! The festival will spotlight Brave Miss World, Urban Fruit, and ten more fantastic documentaries that delve into international issues and how people in the US and around the world are finding solutions! A VIP Reception with filmmakers will be held on October 22nd at 5:30pm at Red, White and Bluezz - $25 paid at the door. Tickets to see the films are available through the Laemmle online box office at $12.50 per night, $7 for students, seniors, and members of the UNA. Here is the link to get tickets -- http://www.laemmle.com/films/30924 Showtimes are at 6:30pm both nights. More information on the films can be found at www.unapasadena.org.


October 23, 2014

11:45 AM

I-Place, 390 E. 9th St.

On the Claremont Colleges campus in Claremont




UN Day:  A Celebration of United Nations Day at International of The Claremont Colleges.


The United Nations was founded 69 years ago.  Join us as we commemorate its’ founding.  Local United Nations Association leaders will share their activities:

  • Mel Boynton, President, United Nations Association of Pomona Valley, “UN Sustainability Development Goals - the Post 2015 Agenda“ 
  • Julius Kellinghusen, Pomona College, UNA Intern, "My work with UNAIDS in Vietnam"
  • Sana Khan, Pomona College, UNA Intern, "Summer NGO work in Mumbai"


Thursday, October 23, 11:45 AM at I-Place, 390 E. 9th St., on the Claremont Colleges campus in Claremont


Lunch :  $7.00.   

Open to the public and all are invited.

No cost to attend just the program.


For more information:

Donald Delgado, Director International Place of The Claremont Colleges,  390 E. 9th Street Claremont CA 91711 909-607-7868 ddelgado@cmc.edu  http://iplace.claremont.edu/

October 24, 2014

10 – 4:00  

Faulkner Gallery

40 East Anapamu St.

For more information & to RSVP: 805 968 8567 bgaughenmu@aol.com



Youth in Peril - Have We Kept Our Promises?


Save the Date & Invitation

Media Contact:

Barbara Gaughen-Muller     805-968-8567   E-mail: Barbara@rain.org

President, United Nations Association, Santa Barbara/Tri-County Chapter   


Youth in Peril - Have We Kept Our Promises?

 How Can the NGO, Non-Profit Community Collaborate to Better Serve Our Youth?

 Sept 7, 2014 – As good citizens, have we created the foundation for the well-being and the future of our youth? In order to better serve our youth, the United Nations Association of Santa Barbara (UNA-SB) is hosting a Community Partnerships Town Hall Forum to gain new perspectives on what we can do.  In the spirit of the United Nations, neutrality and collaboration, the UNA-SB is reaching out to Non-Profit Organizations and NGOs in the Tri Counties to join this discussion. Everyone’s voice will be heard. What we do matters. Please be our guest: UN Day, Friday, October 24, 2014, Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara Library, 10:00-4:00.


Keynote by LA police officer- Brodie Seagrave, who will discuss how soccer, inner city children and major organizations like the LA Police department, UCLA, NIKE, Bresee Foundation, http://bresee.org NGOs, private sectors and the boys and girls clubs have created an alliance to better serve youth.  


DATE: October 24 

TIME: 10 – 4:00  

LOCATION: Faulkner Gallery, 40 East Anapamu St.

For more information & to RSVP: 805 968 8567 bgaughenmu@aol.com


Co-sponsoring this event: A Year Without War, The World Business Academy, League of Women Voters, Revolutionary Conversations, LLC, Betsy Ingalls, Rotary World Peace Conference 2016, Center For Global Dialogue, West Model UN, The Santa Barbara Response Network


Community Awareness Borne Out of the United Nations Association of Santa Barbara Outreach to NGOs and Non-Profits (www.unasb.org)


The UNA-SB brought the world premier of Sharon Stone’s movie, FEMME, Women Healing the World to Santa Barbara in early 2013, followed by an UN Day of discussions and collaboration for global and local solutions for Fukushima… Diablo, Now What? resulting in the Santa Barbara Protocol. The UNA-SB’s mission is to create local alliances with Non-Profit Organizations to make peace an everyday reality.



November 8, 2014  

11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

The American Red Cross

San Garbriel & Pomona Valley Chapter

430 Madeline Drive
Pasadena, CA 91105

$35 ($20 for students)

Guests are always welcome.


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Annual Southern California UNA Division Meeting

UNA/USA Southern CA Division’s Annual Meeting

featuring the premiere of “EYES ON THE SKY”

Written, Produced & Directed by Steve Nicolaides

$35 members/nonmembers · $20 students


Annual Meeting Begins at 11:00 AM

followed by catered lunch and screening.

RSVP to Ginny Hatfield ginnyvmh@aol.com or 818-970-4577

11579 Hesby Street, Valley Village, CA 91601

Checks payable to: “UNA/USA SCD”


The film EYES ON THE SKY was developed as one man’s attempt to draw attention to the water crisis affecting California and much of the nation. Citizens must understand what is at stake, how it will affect their lives and livelihood, and what steps the government as well as individuals can take in order to meet this challenge. The film’s writer, producer and director, Steve Nicolaides ( Misery, When Harry Met Sally, A Few Good Men ), will be with us to introduce his film and talk with us afterward.


November 18, 2014

5:30 pm until 7:00 pm

Porter Hall, Pilgrim Place

Pomona Valley Chapter Meeting

Dr. Sally Seven brings her long-time health expertise to our discussion of World Health Care.

Free and open to the public.  Everyone is welcome and refreshments, provided by Carolee Monroe, are served.  For more information, contact: jackncarolee@verizon.net or 909 626 8122.




December 6, 2014

11:00 to 1:00



SoCal UNA-USA Executive Committee  

(Officers and ExComm members only)  

 Location to be determined


December 9, 2014

4:30pm – 6:00pm


6th Ave [bridge over I-5 between Cedar and Elm Street (map)

Join UNA-USA San Diego – in partnership with the International Museum of Human Rights



Say NO UNiTE - End Violence Against Women

Amnesty International (Group 137), Women's Museum of California, Women Occupy San Diego, and the Overpass Light Brigade to demonstrate an End to Violence Against Women.

We assemble on December 9th, 2014 at 4:30 P.M. on 6th Avenue [I-5 Overpass between Elm & Cedar Street] to shine our "STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN" message by 5 P.M. for the heavy-evening, rush- hour traffic.



December 9, 2014


Great Hall, International House, UCSD






Challenges for Recent and Historic Refugees in the Middle East Documentary Night

I-House Faculty Fellow for Fall 2014, Dr. Wael Al-Delaimy, will present 2 documentary films on refugees in the Middle East followed by a discussion moderated by Dr. Al-Delaimy, Professor of Epidemiology and Chief of the Division of Global Health at the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at UCSD.

Topic: Challenges for Recent and Historic Refugees in the Middle East Documentary Night When: Tuesday, December 9 | 5:30pm

Where: Great Hall, International House, UCSD (directly across the street from the Estancia Hotel on N. Torrey Pines)

The films are:

ZA’ATARI REFUGEE CAMP (2013) When it opened, Za'atari had just 100 families. Today, it has about 120,000 residents. Located 18 miles south of the Syrian border, it's the fourth largest city in Jordan and the second largest refugee camp in the world.

SOMEONE LIKE ME (2011) Funded by the European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO), the 24-minute film sheds light on the challenges and aspirations of young Palestine refugees growing up in Lebanon.


December 10

7:00pm - 8:30pm in PST


Pasadena Central Library

Bellefontaine St, Pasadena, California 91101



HUMAN RIGHTS DAY - Public · Talk · Hosted by United Nations Association Pasadena Chapter

Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard and the United Nations Association Pasadena Chapter invite you to Pasadena's 5th Annual Human Rights Day Celebration! This event will take place on December 10th, 2014 at 7:00pm in the Donald Wright Auditorium at the Pasadena Central Library.

This year we will be celebrating the 2015 International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies, and the positive impacts the science and applications of light have on energy, education, agriculture, and health for people around the world.

Our keynote speaker, Elena Christopoulos, will be discuss how renewable energy sources offer us ways to harness energy without compromising our health, climate, and economy. Attendees will learn innovative and inexpensive ways to reduce their energy bills, and gain valuable insight into the important of light locally and globally.

Admittance is free. Please RSVP to info@unapasadena.org.

We look forward to seeing you there!


Event posted on Facebook



December 10, 2014

6:00pm – 8:30pm


Mary Hollis Clark Conference Room

San Diego Central Library

330 Park Blvd

San Diego, CA 92101


What Human Rights Mean to You - Roundtable Discussion


Join us for a timely discussion on What Human Rights Mean To You. In a roundtable setting, together we will exchange our personal understanding and meaning of Human Rights.

The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Henri Migala (UCSD).

Take part in what we hope to become a lively discussion on: December 10, 2014 @6:00 PM; International Human Rights Day.



December 11, 2014

5:30pm – 8:00pm

AMN Healthcare Boardroom

12400 High Bluff Drive

San Diego, CA 92130


The failure of Political Islam after the Arab Spring … Or is it?

Dr. Farouk Al-Nasser will question “The failure of Political Islam after the Arab Spring … Or is it?”, examining the role of the Deep State in Egypt to remove a freely elected Muslim Brotherhood government from power and return to military, autocratic rule; while in Tunisia, peaceful demonstrations resulted in a new election and the peaceful transition to secular rule.


December 13, 2014

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM


Arlington Library
9556 Magnolia Avenue
Riverside, CA 92503


Click here for PDF flyer


Filming of “No Fire Zone” a documentary by Amnesty International

In collaboration with Amnesty International

Free with light refreshments

Brandon Fryman at brandon.fryman@gmail.com and Ike Khamisani at ike313@hotmail.com


December 14, 2014

12:00 noon to 4:00 PM


Beynon home
13428 Park Street, Whittier CA 90601


Memorial Open House for Valerie Beynon

A celebration of Valerie’s life. If you send John photos or testimony, it will be on display.

John Beynon beynonjohn@ymail.com


December 18, 2014

5pm – 8pm

559 S Coast Hwy 101

Encinitas, CA 92024, USA




Room to Read event - Earth Elements in Encinitas

There will be live music, wine & snacks, local artists, plus me and others there promoting Room to Read’s amazing work with a percentage of the night’s sales going to Room to Read.


December 18, 2014

5:30pm – 5:30pm

AMN Healthcare Boardroom

12400 High Bluff Drive

San Diego, CA 92130




The Tragedy of Woodrow Wilson

Dr. William Weeks, Professor of History, SDSU, will discuss "The Tragedy of Woodrow Wilson" and argue that U.S. foreign policy after WW I was not so much isolationismas independent internationalis​m, with the aim of being able to retain maximum freedom of action when dealing with international problems, including those presented by the League of Nations.


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