From Judge Walker’s clarification of the unconstitutionality of Prop 8:
“The evidence shows that the movement of marriage away from a gendered institution and toward an institution free from state-mandated gender roles reflects an evolution in the understanding of gender rather than a change in marriage. The evidence did not show any historical purpose for excluding same-sex couples from marriage, as states have never required spouses to have an ability or willingness to procreate in order to marry. FF 21. Rather, the exclusion exists as an artifact of a time when the genders were seen as having distinct roles in society and in marriage. That time has passed.”
If you haven't heard of the Nonviolent Peaceforce, you are missing out. Congratulations NP @Peaceforce! http://culturesmith.com/wagn/Celebrating_the_Nonviolent_Peaceforce_-_mid_2010 #srilanka #peace #nonviolence
http://culturesmith.com/wagn/Golden_Bears_Aikido_Club Golden Bears Aikido Club is looking for members, and now is the time to join!
Are you interested in a Japanese Martial Art, called Aikido? Golden Bears Aikido Club is looking for UC Berkeley students who want to be club members and play a part in choosing officers for the 2010 Fall Semester. Brandon WilliamsCraig 4th-dan is our Sensei and co-founder. The purpose of this club is to provide Cal Students with self-defense and conflict resolution skills through Aikido training. Because the practicing space and the time slots are limited, the membership will be limited to 40 people. Please email gbac at freeaiki dot com for more information.
Romain teaches 7am Fri 7/30 @ Hearst & Milvia. 1st class @ UC West Circle green w Brandon 7am Mon 8/2. Map @ http://freeaiki.com
Short notice, I know, but an excellent opportunity: July 23-25, 2010 @ San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville, California. Click Here to download a brochure for the Summer 2010 Event along with a Registration Form. Program Fee Only: $110. Lodging: $194-$224 for two nights, 6 meals.
Hi, Brandon! NCDD is conducting an important survey of public engagement practitioners in collaboration with Penn's Fels Institute of Government. The Fels Institute is looking for stories about successful (however YOU define it) efforts to engage people in public policy and community problem-solving – as well as lessons learned from less-than-successful efforts. They're working on a Promising Practices Report on Public Engagement, and your contributions could be featured. NCDD is looking for such stories as well, for the NCDD website and for other projects that benefit our field.
If you think your experience could contribute to these efforts, I encourage you to take a few minutes to complete this survey today (deadline next Friday). Also feel free to invite colleagues in public engagement to complete the survey. Here's a general link to the survey that anyone can use: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/promisingpractices. Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete this survey!
Director, National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD)
It was a great pleasure to participate in the Aikido of Santa Cruz Summer Retreat with Motomichi Anno Sensei. The gift of his spirit and calligraphy for my shomen, as well as being able to take falls for him, was a highlight of my aikido experience.
Happy to be out and about with Lisa and spending a holiday with our Oregon family. You are welcome to share a few images...