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[SDCPJ] Fwd: NEWS ADVISORY: Peace Boat "The Golden Rule" to arrive in San Diego at 2 PM on Sunday, August 2, 2015



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From: "Gil Field" <gfield@san.rr.com>
Date: July 29, 2015, 8:04:35 AM PDT
To: <Undisclosed-Recipient:;>
Subject: NEWS ADVISORY:  Peace Boat "The Golden Rule" to arrive in San Diego at 2 PM on Sunday, August 2, 2015

 
NEWS ADVISORY
 
For Immediate Release
 
The "Golden Rule" Peace Boat to arrive in San Diego at 2 PM this Sunday, August 2nd
 
The recently restored peace boat, the "Golden Rule" is presently sailing south from Northern California and will arrive in San Diego at 2 PM, Sunday, August 2nd, to be involved in the 30th Annual Convention of the Veterans For Peace in San Diego. 
 
The public and press are invited to the arrival of the Golden Rule, to be held at 2 PM on Shelter Island, at Slip #28 of the Harbor Police Public Dock at the south end of Shelter Island.
 
Detailed information on this amazing peace boat can be found below or at:  www.vfpgoldenruleproject.org
 
Directions to the event:  Proceeding from Rosecrans Drive on Shelter Island Drive, drive south (right turn at the circle) and proceed to the very south end of Shelter Island (about a mile), where the Harbor Police and Fire Department are located in a cul-de-sac.  At the Harbor Police parking area, look for the tall tower with the red and white insignia, which is the entrance to the Harbor Police Public Dock.  The Golden Rule will be the first boat on the right side of the ramp, in Slip #28.
 
Parking on Shelter Island is FREE but very limited and drivers with passengers should drop them off at the boat before returning to the roadway to look for free street or public lot parking.   
 
Gerry Condon, Vice President of Veterans For Peace, has provided some history (below) on the boat and its trip to San Diego, to be a part of the Veterans For Peace 30th Annual National Convention, here on August 5th-9th:
 

The Golden Rule Sets Sail from Eureka to San Diego
Sailing for a Nuclear Free World

EUREKA, CALIFORNIA - The historic Golden Rule peace boat, restored by Veterans For Peace and many friends, sets sail from the Eureka marina at noontime on Thursday, July 23, on its way to San Diego.

The 30-foot ketch and its crew ignited an international movement to stop the atmospheric testing of nuclear weapons in 1958, when they attempted to sail into a nuclear bomb test zone in the Marshall Islands.  The Golden Rule will now continue its mission to educate millions of people about the perils of nuclear weapons.

"Nuclear weapons are still with us and the threat of nuclear war is very real," said the Golden Rule's captain David Robson, a Veterans For Peace member from Baltimore, Maryland. "We are dismayed that the U.S. government plans to invest One Trillion Dollars into upgrading its nuclear arsenal, instead of reducing and eliminating nuclear weapons, as called for in the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty."

Joining David Robson on the sail to San Diego is first mate Jan Passion of Pleasant Hills, California, and crew members Michael Gonzales of Trinidad, California and Helen Jaccard of Seattle, Washington.

"The ongoing nuclear meltdown at Fukushima, Japan reminds us of the dangers of radiation poisoning posed by nuclear power plants," said Golden Rule crew member Helen Jaccard.  "Nuclear power is the flip side of nuclear weapons, and we don't need either of them," said Jaccard.

The first voyage of the renewed Golden Rule sailboat will be from Eureka on California's north coast to San Diego near the U.S./Mexico border. After an estimated 7-10 days, the Golden Rule will arrive in time for the national convention of Veterans For Peace, August 5-9.  That week is also the 70th anniversary of the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which killed more than 200,000 people.  The convention theme is "Peace and Reconciliation in the Pacific."

In Eureka, there is a sense of shared pride and joy among those who have worked hard for the last five years to see this day. 

"This little wooden boat is a honey," said Leroy Zerlang, whose boatyard has been home to the Golden Rule during five years of restoration by volunteers.  "We all want to live in a peaceful world.  My family and staff were very happy to do our part," said Zerlang.

The Golden Rule will return to Eureka in October, after visiting ports along the California coast as it works its way north from San Diego.  Over the next ten years, the Golden Rule will carry its message of peace around the United States and possibly around the world.

Follow the progress of the Golden Rule on its website, www.vfpgoldenruleproject.org

For more information, call Gerry Condon at 206-499-1220 or Leroy Zerlang, 707-443-5180

 

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This NEWS ADVISORY submitted by:

Gil Field

Director for Communications

San Diego Veterans For Peace

www.vfpnationalconvention.org

858-342-1964

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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