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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! Continue reading

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Coming Home: A Veterans Artwork Exhibition

CALL FOR ART WORK
Submission deadline extended to October 31.
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. 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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Veterans For Peace — Sherri Maurin Peace Journey 2014

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Sherri left this morning for Kabul by way of Chicago, Netherlands and Istanbul

Sherri MaurinHello friends,
Many of you have heard me talk warmly about the Afghan Peace Volunteers (youthpeacevolunteers.org) who I have been in conversation with for almost four years, during the monthly Global Days of Listening (globaldaysoflistening.org). They are a grassroots group of ordinary, multi-ethnic Afghan youth seeking a life of Nonviolence, who seek non-military solutions for Afghanistan, and are committed to live lives that includes: Nonviolence towards the earth and environment, Nonviolent economy… Read more


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The Kill Team: SF Premiere With Director Dan Krass

Exclusive Engagement: One Week Only August 1-7
Director Dan Krauss: Friday, August 1 Q&A after the 7:20pm show
Sunday, August 3 Q&A after the 4:30pm show

Kill Team
Opera Plaza Cinema
601 VAN NESS AVE. SAN FRANCISCO
Information: 415-771-0183
Movie Line: 415-771-0183
Official Web Site

Infuriating and illuminating — The Kill Team looks at the devastating moral tensions that tears at soldiers’ psyches through the lens of one highly personal and emotional story. Private Adam Winfield was a 21-year-old soldier in Afghanistan when he attempted with the help of his father to alert the military to heinous war crimes his platoon was committing. But Winfield’s pleas went unheeded. Continue reading


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A Long, Hard Recovery From Fort Hood Shooting

Sgt. Patrick Zeigler

Elizabeth Nida Obert / enida@pos
Staff Sgt. Patrick Zeigler, who spent time at Saint Marys Hospital after being shot during the Fort Hood shootings, is a guest faculty member during Mayos annual brain injury conference. His wife, Jessica, is also pictured.

July 3-5, Pier 39, San Francisco
Mayo Clinic’s Mobile Exhibit
US Army Sgt. Patrick Zeigler will be at the exhibit 3-4 hours a day to meet visitors and share his story of military service and recovery.

Read Jeff Hansel‘s The Post-Bulletin story Friday, June 22, 2012

A Long, Hard Recovery  From Fort Hood Shooting

When a traumatic brain injury hits home, it gets a lot of attention at first, but that attention fades with time. But for those directly affected, the reality of brain injury grows, as does the resolve to deal with it. For Army Staff Sgt. Patrick Zeigler and his wife, Jessica, recovery from the Nov. 5, 2009, shootings at Fort Hood continues all day, every day. Read the entire story…