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Oral Health Matters

University of the Pacific
Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry
Upcoming Community Events
San Mateo, Oakland & San Francisco
September 27, October 4 & 11

University of the Pacific

Pacific Dugoni’s Student Community Outreach for Public Education (SCOPE) volunteers will be attending the following community health events to provide oral health education and other services. Brush up on your oral health and stop by at one of these free community events!

Saturday, September 27, San Mateo Senior Health & Wellness Fair, San Mateo Senior Center 2645 Alameda De Las Pulgas, San Mateo Pacific Dugoni volunteers will provide free screenings for seniors and will share oral hygiene and preventative care tips.

Saturday, October 4, Southeast Community 7th Annual Family Health Fair  Alex L. Pitcher Community Room 1800 Oakdale Avenue, San Francisco http://sfgov.org/sefacility/secfc-health-fair Pacific Dugoni SCOPE volunteers will provide free dental screenings, oral hygiene instruction and dental education to children, adults, seniors and caregivers.

Saturday, October 11, 19th Annual Chinatown Community Health Fair  Chinatown Community Health Center 855 Sacramento Street, San Francisco Pacific Dugoni SCOPE volunteers will provide free dental screenings, fluoride varnish, oral hygiene instruction and dental education.

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Coming Home: A Veterans Artwork Exhibition

CALL FOR ART WORK
Exhibition Dates: Nov. 13th , 2014 – Thurs., January 15th, 2015

SF State University Art Gallery Open Call For Veteran ArtThe veterans experience during war and upon returning home is unimaginable for most civilians. Even still, the effects of conflict are far reaching, touching even those who do not face combat. Soldier’s families, displaced refugees, taxpayers, policy makers and voters are among those who share in the indirect impact of war and bear the burden of its consequences. Despite this, the divide between veterans and civilians often seems insurmountable.

In partnership with the San Francisco Public Library and the Cal Humanities War Comes Home initiative, Associated Students Inc Art Gallery will present an exhibition titled “Coming Home.” This exhibit will strive to bridge the gap between the disparate experiences of veterans and civilians by utilizing the singular power of art to express that which defies expression. By providing veterans with the opportunity to speak about the way that their experiences have impacted their perception of home, the Art Gallery will give the public unusual access to their changed perspectives. As part of War Comes Home, the Art Gallery will create a platform for education, discussion, connection, and healing.

The exhibit includes an open call-for-entry for all veterans, who are invited to create an artwork, 8.5x 11 (letter size), to be hung in the Art Gallery. All mediums such as painting, poetry, text, drawing, letters, photography, and other forms are welcome. The uniformity in size will provide the audience with an element of cohesion with which to connect to the variety of voices included in the exhibit.

T H E  C A L L  F O R  A R T I S T S  &  S U B M I S S I O N  G U I D E L I N E S

Eligibility: Open to all veterans and relatives.
Media: All mediums such as painting, poetry, text, drawing, letters, photography, and other forms.
Dimensions: 8.5x 11 (letter size)
Please direct your art submissions including name, tittle of the artwork,
and contact information (phone & email address) to:

The Art Gallery
Cesar Chavez Student Center
COMING HOME EXHIBITION
1650 Holloway Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94132
OR

Send us a digital file to our email and we will print it:
artgallery@asi.sfsu.edu

Submission deadline has been extended to October 31, 2014.
If you have further questions please contact us at (415) 338-2580 or artgallery@asi.sfsu.edu


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International Day Of Peace

International Day of Peace, September 21Celebrate The Right Of Peoples To Peace
Sunday, September 21, 2014
4:30-6:30 Informational Booths
5:30-6:30 No Host Cocktail Hour
6:30 Dinner, Introductions, Raffle, Presentations
$30
Grace Evangelical Luthern Church
3201 Ulloa St., San Francisco
Contact: Latonia Dixon, lionlatonia.1@gmail.com

The International Day of Peace, sometimes unofficially known as World Peace Day, is observed annually on 21 September. It is dedicated to world peace, and specifically the absence of war and violence, such as might be occasioned by a temporary ceasefire in acombat zone for humanitarian aid access. The day was first celebrated in 1982, and is kept by many nations, political groups, military groups, and peoples. In 2013, for the first time, the Day was dedicated by the Secretary-General of the United Nations to peace education, the key preventive means to reduce war sustainably. Read more…

PRESENTATIONS AND SPEAKERS Continue reading

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Mental Health/Homeless Summit

MH-Homeless-VetExpanding Partnerships & Resources To Improve The Lives Of Veterans & Their Family Members
Friday, August 29
8am-4:30pm
New Federal Building, ground floor
90 Seventh Street, San Francisco
Contact: Dr. Jennifer Boyd 415 221-4810 x342, jennifer.boyd@va.gov

 

VA Health CareBring together organizations that serve Veterans, to strengthen partnerships between the VA and the community.
Enhance access to Mental Health and Homeless services for Veterans and their families in San Francisco and northern San Mateo counties.

Agenda: Continue reading


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Legacy Of Agent Orange In Vietnam & The US

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San Francisco-Ho Chi Minh City Sister City Committee (SFHCMSSC)
Agent Orange Update
Wednesday, August 27
5:30 pm, Free
Light Refreshments
RSVP: 415 447-6075, sfhcmcscc@aol.com
City Hall, Mayor’s Conference Room #201
1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett Pl, San Francisco

San Francisco City Hall

Agent Orange — a defoliant used during the Vietnam War was manufactured byDow Chemical Company and Monsanto Corporation for use by the US Military. It was shipped to Vietnam in orange striped containers and thus the chemical was branded “Agent Orange.” The chemical was highly dangerous and was found in some locations to be hundreds of times greater than levels considered safe by the US EPA. It has been reported that as many as 3 million Vietnamese have been affected by Agent Orange. According to some sources, it still impacts the people of Vietnam. It also has affected Veterans of the US Military and the Vietnamese Military. Read more…


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Post 7: Dr. Hakim “No To Wars”

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by Kabul, Afghanistan

No Afghanistan in Ukraine, No to Wars!

Salaam, Friends — I would like to introduce a new series of interviews I am doing with each of the Afghan Peace Volunteers, by sharing an article just published by Dr. Hakim, their founder and adviser. I believe the article, and the interview he includes, shows the substantial impact the US presence has had on the lives of families here. Despite the US investment of more than $100 Billion dollars in non-military aide since 2001, the corruption is so rampant that the ordinary citizens live in virtual poverty.  I seek your replies to the compelling message that guides me from the Nuremberg Principles that if I see an atrocity and do nothing, I am complicit.  I invite all of us to question what we can do together to reverse this situation…..

In solidarity,
Sherri Maurin
Veteran For Peace member, Kabul, Afghanistan, Peace Journey, Tuesday, August 12 2014

We’re human fodder caught in the crossfire of armed groups and armed governments
No to wars!” By Dr Hakim August 12, 2014

“Her father was killed in Helmand amidst fighting between the Taliban and theAfghan/US-NATO forces,” said a relative about Gul Jumma, who looked down, shy and full of angst, sensing a future that’s not promising. Gul Jumma, together with the Afghan Peace Volunteers, expressed their opposition to wars in this video. Gul Jumma holds up the sign for ‘Ukraine’, indicating ‘No to wars in Ukraine’. She understands what it is like to be caught in the crossfire, as happened to her father when he was killed in battle.Continue reading


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Post 6: Street Kids Program

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Children in the Street Kids program studying Dari & mathI am dressed for “going out.” Norms for modesty require that women’s heads and necks be covered at all times, that tunics ideally go to the knees, and that a skirt or loose fitting pants be to the ankles. Socks are preferred, but sandals are acceptable. The women are teaching me to tie my scarves for maximum modesty, and ensure that my clothing is appropriate. Only two of my tunics are long enough, and I contrast these standards with the short shorts and skimpy tops so prevalent for young girls in the US during these hot summer months! However, I do know that this style is very comfortable for sitting cross-legged on the floor at the Center!

I was delighted to sit in on a class for street kids who are learning to write Dari (their language) and to do simple math. The more than twenty students are attentive, engaged, and actively participating, even though it is late on a hot afternoon. Read more…Hadissa & Farzana, teachers in the Street Kids program

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