Innocent Gazans Killed, Yet US Senate Voted 100-0 For Israel

From Mondoweiss: "Note that even progressive saints Elizabeth Warren, Al Franken, Sherrod Brown, and Bernie Sanders found nothing in this [bill] to object to. For the record, no U.S. military adventure has had the support of all hundred senators in decades. But, hey, this is Israel. And, more important, this is AIPAC. And cash." Read the whole piece HERE.
And from Jewish Voice for Peace:
"Your elected officials need to hear from you: stop funding this massacre."
Sign their petition HERE.

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Please Come to Vigil With Us Every Wednesday

Show commuters that the struggle for peace and justice has a face.
Our next vigil will be:
Wednesday, July 23rd
4:45pm to 5:45pm
50th Street at Halifax 
(corner of Lunds parking lot)

"When Is A House A Home?"

Today marks the deadliest day of the latest war in Gaza (NYT).
Read about Israel's excuse for bombing civilians HERE.
What US companies profit from the Israeli attacks on Gaza?
Read the list HERE.

Sign A Petition to the White House--"Turn the Water On"

Thousands of families in Detroit are without water. Obama can declare a health emergency.
Sign HERE.

Land Stewardship Picnic With Keith Ellison 8-1

August 1, 5 pm-8 pm
821 East 35th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55407
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RSVP to Carolyn Bussey, carolyn@landstewardshipproject.org, 612-722-6377

You’re invited to the Land Stewardship Project’s Annual Potluck Cookout on Friday, August 1st, 5:00pm - 8:00pm. Come to LSP’s backyard get-together to connect with LSP members and others in the community interested in building a sustainable farm and food system while enjoying delicious local food.

There will be a short program at 5:30pm featuring guest speaker Minnesota U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, who will speak about fast track trade authority and the Trans Pacific Partnership.

Please bring a side dish to share: it’s a potluck! We’ll provide brats and burgers from LSP member farms, as well as a vegetarian option. Plus enjoy live music from the Brass Messengers and free local beer! LSP will provide compostable tableware, but please bring your own reusable tableware to help reduce waste.

Once again, we’ll have a silent auction featuring great prizes from the community. And this year we are debuting a country favorite: a homemade pie raffle. You could be a lucky winner of one of 10 homemade pies baked by LSP members and staff! It’s a great way to show your support for LSP!

Please RSVP online here, by e-mail or by calling 612-722-6377. RSVPs are helpful but not required. This event is free.

For details on the event contact LSP’s Carolyn Bussey at carolyn@landstewardshipproject.org, 612-722-6377.

69th Annual Commemoration: Hiroshima/Nagasaki 8-5, 6 & 8

The Theme: Reflection on the Past. Action in the Present. Hope for the Future.

Tuesday, August 5th
Lyndale Park Peace Garden
Lake Harriet, Minneapolis
5:30 p.m. Music by Greg Herriges
6:00 p.m. Commemorative Tea Ceremony
Yukimakai Tea Study Group

Wednesday, August 6th
Lyndale Park Peace Garden
Lake Harriet, Minneapolis
7:30 a.m. Ceremony of the Cranes
Kristen Mastel, Kaho Yamashita
Sadako story
Fifth anniversary of the Peace Garden Bridge
8:15 a.m. Moment of Silence for Hiroshima
9:00 a.m. Ceremony of 11 Bells
Veterans for Peace

Friday, August 8th
Global Harmony Labyrinth
in Como Park, St. Paul
7:00 p.m. Nagasaki Commemoration
Kaho Yamashita, Kristen Mastel
Mumin Japanese Women's Chorus

GFP Schedule of Meetings 2013-14

First Wednesday of each month meetings are held at
Edina Community Library
12:45 pm
AUGUST 6th Informal gathering at which we will vote on GFP budget items, etc.
SEPTEMBER 3rd Planning for 2014 - 2015. Bring your ideas for speakers and actions.
see our calendar for more details

Protect the Children

CREDO action-- 
 "Tell the Obama administration: The children at the border are refugees,
not criminals."
Sign HERE.
For more information about the reasons 52,000 children have fled Central America, read "The Children of The Drug Wars" from Sunday's NYT HERE.

Video from Jewish Voice for Peace

If you have not already, watch the 6 minute animated video that was shown this year at a gfp meeting. It is a good tool for understanding the Israel-Palestine conflict
as we protest the horrific violence currently underway.
Watch it HERE.

Sign An Open Letter Against Further Violence in Israel-Palestine

Jewish Voice for Peace states, "Only by ending the occupation and embracing equality can this terrible bloodshed end."
Sign their letter HERE.

Mothers Join Together in Israel-Palestine

Read the story of grieving mothers HERE.

Happy 4th!

Medea Benjamin wrote today:
The Founding Fathers, who revolted against a foreign power, were vehemently opposed to getting involved in military adventures overseas. George Washington cautioned our new nation against the "mischiefs of foreign intrigue." James Madison said the US should steer clear of unnecessary wars. Thomas Jefferson said, "If there be one principle more deeply written than any other in the mind of every American, it is that we should have nothing to do with conquest." Secretary of State John Quincy Adams warned in 1821 that America should not go abroad in search of “monsters to destroy”—for such folly would destroy “her own spirit.”
Today 10 Grandmothers for Peace did our part as patriots for peace.

4th of July Compatriots in Minnesota

4th parade in Brainerd. Photo forwarded by friend in peace Robin Hensel--Camp Ripley drone protester extraordinaire, who drove the truck.

A Victory Against the Frackers in New York

Read about the triumph of citizen environmentalists HERE.
forwarded by Cathy

We Don't Need Drones in National Parks!!

Sign the petition to ban drones in our parks HERE.

No More War $$$

President Obama has requested another half a billion dollars to arm and train "appropriately vetted" fighters in Syria to help them kill better. Tell him--and your senators and representative in Congress--NO!

Sign HERE.
forwarded by Judie

Kudos to GFP's Elly for Strib Letter!

A revenue-neutral plan all parties can love

It gives me great hope to see an opinion piece by a Republican, Henry Paulson, who not only acknowledges that climate change is happening and is a crisis, but who also supports a carbon tax, an action that most experts believe could significantly reduce global warming (“Climate crisis calls for action,” June 24).

Although Paulson doesn’t mention the advantages of passing a revenue-neutral carbon tax, making it revenue neutral would involve giving rebates to citizens in order to offset the increased price of fossil fuel, while resulting in no growth in the size of government. It would also create 2.1 million jobs over a period of 10 years, according to a new study by Regional Economic Models Inc.

What’s not to love about that, Republicans, and Democrats, as well?
Eleanor Wagner, Edina

An Action From Organic Consumers


Weed Wars

No, not that weed.
We're talking about the war between farmers and superweeds. A war that the superweeds are clearly winning.
So what do the Gene Giants propose for beating back the weeds?
Bigger, better herbicides. A strategy that scientists say will only create bigger and better superweeds.
Still, our U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), instead of calling a halt to a dangerous and vicious cycle, is on the verge of approving yet another deadly herbicide. Unless we stop them.
The pesticide-peddlers at Dow AgroSciences want the EPA to approve something they call Enlist Duo. We call it the Deadly Duo, because it uses a combination of 2,4-D, one of the toxic ingredients in Agent Orange, and Roundup, whose key active ingredient,glyphosate, is linked to a host of ills, including birth defects, infertility, allergies and cancer.
Why are the biotech companies now turning to Agent Orange chemicals to fight weeds? Because Monsanto's Roundup, the most widely used herbicide in the world, is no longer working.
That's not mere speculation. Just this month, Texas cotton growers sent an "emergency" request to the EPA for permission to use propazine (a known carcinogen that the EPA refers to as "slightly poisonous) on their crops. Why the big emergency? BecauseMonsanto's Roundup doesn't work anymore and, surprise, their crops are being overrun by superweeds.
And round and round we go.

"Iraqis Are Not 'Abstractions'"

A "must-read" by Ray McGovern in Common Dreams HERE.
photo of Samar by the late Chris Hondros (killed on assignment in Libya)
More stunning Hondros photography HERE.

Take Action Against More War

Please tell Congress and the President to ignore the neocons and hawks. 
Sign HERE.

Unaccompanied Child Immigrants

Read "Innocents at the Border" HERE.

The NYT Published an Opinion Piece by Chelsea Manning!

What a wonderful development that the world will be able to hear Manning's voice!
Read "The Fog Machine of War" HERE.

What's Happening in Iraq?

A compelling story HERE.

“(We) simply cannot be sucked into another round of war in Iraq.”

From Robert Naiman:  
"To avoid another rush to war, Members of Congress must insist that an explicit Congressional authorization of force precede any direct U.S. military action in Iraq, including airstrikes. This is how we stopped the U.S. bombing of Syria: by getting Members of Congress to insist that President Obama come to Congress for authorization before any U.S. bombing."
Sign the petition HERE.

Not in My Lifetime: Documentary Trailer & Fundraiser

Hello friends, I want to inform you about an exciting project in the works. Local videographer Pam Colby and her son are making a video on the nuances of older LGBT folks' reactions to the marriage law. Pam and her son are half way to the $7000 goal necessary to complete the project. Pam has made wonderful videos on Polly Mann, Paul Wellstone, and Margaret Randall. Pam has good instincts for capturing history on video. This 4 minute fundraising trailer gives a good sense of the project. If you or anyone you know would be interested in supporting this endeavor, please do so, and please pass the word. The video looks terrific!

An Action From Friends for a NonViolent World

"Around 90% of the aid being delivered to Syria currently goes to regime held areas, leaving Syrian civilians in opposition-held areas without food or medicine. Too many are needlessly dying as a result.

But Australia, Luxembourg, and Jordan are planning to circulate a new UN resolution that would authorize the delivery of humanitarian aid into opposition-held areas without approval from the Syrian government. That's 9.5 million people.

Countries will vote at the Security Council any day now, and we have no time to lose. Russia's support is key to this succeeding. Let's tell President Putin that the world is calling on him to save Syria and vote to send in the aid trucks.

Read more and sign the petition at this AVAAZ.org webpage."

Sign Retired Colonel Ann Wright's Petition

FOX news is beating up on Sgt. Bergdahl.
Ask them to cease and desist!
Sign HERE.

Warmongers and Sgt. Berdahl

Read this great piece by Robert Naiman HERE.

GFP Summer Book Picks

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri and The Namesake, also by Lahiri, recommended by Marian
The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny, recommended by Martha
Lucy:  A Novel by Ellen Feldman, recommended by Joan

All of these selections are available at your friendly HC libraries.

UPDATE on Frac Sand Trucks Through Scenic Taylors Falls!

UPDATE:  Thank you all for your support in trying to prevent Superior Silica Sands from purchasing land from the City of North Branch that would have brought hundreds of trucks through our beautiful town every single day. I'm writing to give you good news. We did it!! Superior Silica Sands has decided to not purchase land in North Branch!!
This is the notice just received:

From Mayor Mike Buchite (of Taylors Falls): Just received a letter today from Superior Silica Sands addressed to North Branch and copied to myself. It reads "Superior Silica Sands has decided to discontinue any additional effort towards developing a trans-loading facility in the ESSBY park in North Branch" 

Thank you again!! 
Julie Hildebrand
On behalf of everyone in Taylors Falls

Gun Violence

Richard Martinez, whose son Christopher was killed in the May 23 shooting in Santa Barbara, said:
"We don't have to live like this. Too many have died. We should say to ourselves 'not one more.'"
Send a postcard to your elected officials HERE.

Continuing the Dialogue About Nukes

Grandmothers for Peace in the Twin Cities was created more that 30 years ago, when several women gathered to discuss, among other issues, the threat of nuclear holocaust. The Grandmothers have continuously researched, read about, and viewed documentaries about this perilous subject. On the Popular Resistance website HERE you can read how there "is transformation in the air and a shift in the zeitgeist in how nations and civil society are addressing nuclear disarmament."
forwarded by Cathy

Indefinite Detention Must End

On May 23rd people all around the world protested the human cruelty the US inflicts at the Guantanamo prison. Recently Senator Carl Levin has been making moves to close Gitmo down. Let's see if there is the political and moral will to do so. Meanwhile, we must all, in our own way, voice our opposition to indefinite detention. I was honored to be able to wear a hood and orange jumpsuit in Chicago (second from right). About 60 of us marched from Water Tower Place to Millennium Park, with hundreds of weekenders snapping pics and accepting information leaflets along the route. Lynne

Our Representatives Could Stop Endless War

From Robert Naiman:
"Congress has key opportunities this week to act to end the endless war.  

The House should:

  • approve the Amash-Conyers amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act [NDAA] to bar the transfer of "manpad" anti-aircraft weapons to insurgents in Syria;
  • approve the Yoho amendment to the NDAA to bar the CIA from conducting drone strikes;
  • repeal the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force [AUMF] by supporting the NDAA amendment offered byBarbara Lee and Adam Schiff; and
  • support the Welch-Jones-Mulvaney letter to oppose the transfer of manpads to Syria.
The Senate should block the nomination of David Barron to be a judge until the Administration releases secret memos written by Barron purporting to justify the use of drone strikes for assassination, as ordered by an appellate court.   

Urge your Representative and Senators to act to press for these crucial reforms by signing our petition at MoveOn. When you sign, the petition will be automatically emailed to your Representative and Senators." 

You can sign and share their petition HERE.

Maureen Dowd on Condi

Great article in Sunday's NYT HERE.

The Crisis in Syria

You can compose a letter (with some help from the Friends Committee) to encourage the Obama administration not to send shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles to Syria.
See the action alert HERE.