MEPN 4-8-17


Lubnah Shomali

A Human-Rights Based Approach to Palestinian Self-determination
Lubnah Shomali, born in Palestine but raised in the US, relocated with her family to her hometown near Bethlehem in the West Bank in 2008 to further the Palestinian national struggle for rights and self-determination.  She and her family, as other uprooted Palestinians, have experienced effects of Israeli occupation first hand.

A strong human rights defender and activist, Lubnah works for BADIL, Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights, whose strategies deal with impact of forced population transfer, expansion of settlements and discrimination under Israeli Apartheid.
Ms. Shomali will provide an alternative discourse to current mainstream political discourse by promoting a rights-based approach and solution to the conflict through adherence and respect for international human rights laws. 

9:30 AM Refreshments         10:00 AM Presentation and Discussion
5440 Penn Ave. S, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55419

For information, call 763-318-7546
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Endorsed by: Women Against Military Madness/Middle East Committee

Vigil With Us At 4:45 DST Every Wednesday

Airstrikes on hospitals!!! Mercenaries piloting an increased number of drone strikes, US complicity in deaths of innocent Yemenis, more soldiers in Iraq, heavy equipment ready for war with Russia--we need to protest the bellicose actions of our government!
Please Vigil With Grandmothers for Peace Every Wednesday
Our next vigil will be:
Wednesday, March 29th at
4:45pm to 5:45pm (changed because of DST)
50th Street at Halifax

GFP Meeting Schedule and Programs

Let's gather for PEACE.
Grandmothers for Peace meets on the first Wednesday of most months
at 12:45pm

upcoming meetings:
APRIL 5TH  New Strategies and Stories for a Sustainable Earth
As we see increasing record breaking storms, droughts, and rising global temperatures, Grandmothers for Peace activist Eleanor Wagner will explain new strategies to promote change in how we care for the Earth. Using the effective technique of story telling described by innovative Norwegian psychologist and environmental strategist Per Espen Stoknes, the program will explore a new psychology of climate action.

Note location change:  Byerly's Community Room, St. Louis Park


95 minutes by Nat. Geographic

Public Citizen--Litigating for the People

Our lawsuit — Public Citizen v. Donald J. Trump — takes direct aim at the president’s most brazen gift to Big Business yet.

Via a unilateral directive issued in just his second week in office, Trump decreed that for any new regulation to take effect, two or more existing public protections would have to be eliminated.

Even worse, Trump’s executive order mandated the elimination of existing rules for the purpose of offsetting the costs of new rules — while ignoring the benefits — even if the existing rules are entirely unrelated.

Trump’s executive order is plain crazy ... unless the motive is really to make it almost impossible for We the People to protect ourselves from dangerous products, risks to public health and the effects of climate change.

As explained in our lawsuit, by requiring agencies to consider factors that are not permitted under the law, the executive order usurps congressional power and violates the president’s constitutional duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed.

There’s a great deal at stake here.

Our lawsuit lists numerous currently planned rules that would be affected — delayed, weakened or deterred — due to Trump’s disastrous executive order:
  • new limits on workplace exposures to the hazardous chemical styrene
  • new standards to prevent health workers from exposure to infectious diseases
  • a rule to prevent mining equipment from crushing miners
  • implementation of the newly amended Toxic Substances Control Act, under which the Environmental Protection Agency regulates toxic chemicals
  • a measure to avert oil train derailments and explosions
  • energy efficiency standards that would save consumers billions of dollars
  • endangered species protections
  • new clean air standards
We don’t know how this lawsuit is going to turn out. The Trump administration will of course push back. Our crack litigators will make the most persuasive arguments possible, but it’s going to take a massive effort to fight what Trump is trying to get away with here.

The case will move forward over the months ahead with an exchange of legal filings. After the trial court judge decides the case, either side may and likely will appeal.
forwarded by Judie

War Propaganda--Both Parties Do It

Read an enlightening article by Glenn Greenwald HERE.

Be Alert to Plans to Dismantle SS, Medicare, etc.

Even though Trump has said he will protect them, we must stay alert to what conservatives have always wanted, an end to what they call "entitlements".
Stay tuned in and read more from the NYT HERE.

Take Action to Insure Against First Use of Nukes

Sign the petition from Physicians for Social Responsibility HERE.
forwarded by Judie

And also from WAMM:
Support “Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act” -- For more info follow this LINK.

For more information about the WAMM Ban Nuclear Weapons Campaign, 
call 612-827-5364!

Grab Your Wallet! Boycott the Trumps

A new list of Trump businesses, products, and the companies that support them is HERE for you to peruse. GRAB YOUR WALLET is constantly updated to reflect those who have since separated themselves from the Trumps.
Check it out.

Very Dangerous Saber-Rattling With Iran!

From Just Foreign Policy:
Roll Call reports:
the Trump administration escalated its sudden sabre-rattling toward Iran when President Donald Trump directly criticized Tehran in a series of tweets ... Hours after his top national security adviser put Iran “on notice” and other senior administration officials refused to rule out U.S. military action against the Islamic Republic, Trump himself appeared to threaten the Middle Eastern power in a series of tweets — and the words of U.S. presidents carry far more weight than career bureaucrats briefing behind the veil of anonymity
Call your US Representative now to say:
I urge you to invoke Congressional war powers before President Trump attacks Iran. Congress must debate and vote.

Some Great Ideas for Protest Signs

Take a look at what you can print at home. They may not be big enough for a protest march, but these are super placards for your windows or doors.
Check them out HERE.

Conservatives Are Trying to Suppress Protest

Read on The Intercept HERE how 

"lawmakers in eight states have proposed laws criminalizing peaceful protest"

In Minnesota it is:

HF 322

as introduced - 90th Legislature (2017 - 2018) Posted on 01/23/2017 04:01pm
A bill for an act relating to public safety; authorizing governmental units to sue to recover for the public safety response costs related to unlawful assemblies and public nuisances;
proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 609.


Section 1.

(a) A person is civilly liable for public safety response costs if the person is convicted
of participating in an unlawful assembly under section 609.705, being present at an unlawful
assembly under section 609.715, or committing a public nuisance under section 609.74.
"Civilly liable for public safety response costs" means that the person is liable to a state
agency or political subdivision for costs incurred for the purpose of responding to the
unlawful assembly or public nuisance. A fine paid by a defendant from the same violation
may not be applied toward payment of the civil liability imposed under this section.
(b) A state agency or political subdivision that incurs costs as described in paragraph
(a) may bring an action to recover the civil liability and related legal, administrative, and
court costs. A civil action may be commenced as is any civil action.

Even in Minnesota, and as a response to Black Lives Matter and Water Protectors, Legislators want to penalize marchers and protesters.
Write or call your district representatives!

Two Pro-Gun Bills Introduced in MN

On January 12th Permitless Carry and Stand Your Ground were introduced in the Minnesota Legislature. The gun lobby has been dreaming of passing these bills in MN. We must work to make sure this doesn't happen in our state.
Read more and sign up to help HERE.
recommended by Judie

Links to the New Students for a Democratic Society

We were presented with a superb program about SDS at our meeting on January 4. Marty and Skyler apprised us of the energetic actions and brilliant organizing work that is done at the U of M and nationally. They encourage us to stay up to date with their work. Here is an easy way to do that. Their  website is and Facebook page is HERE. Please check it out!

Pence Lunched in Chicago Today, We Protested

We weren't quite sure whose side this fellow was on at first.
He's collecting for Planned Parenthood.
About 200 made lots of noise. Hope Pence got an earful!

Sign the Petition Against Weapons in Space

Read more about the horrific proposal and sign HERE.

Beware Neo-McCarthyism

It is a truly dangerous move to blame Russia for Trump. Read Norm Solomon HERE.

The Horror in Yemen

Medea Benjamin has an excellent article in Common Dreams today. Read it HERE.
Also consider checking out her newest book,
Kingdom of the Unjust, which is available at HC libraries.

The Amazing Story of One of the 2000

In solidarity with Standing Rock water protectors, 2000 veterans have pledged to protect the people who are struggling at the site of the pipeline project. They are beginning to arrive already. Read this inspiring story from Common Dreams HERE.

Stand With Standing Rock

There are many ways to help the brave people who are protecting our earth from the ravages of fossil fuels. All of the Grandmothers for Peace are trying in our own ways to help the Water Protectors.
Judie and Darlene have forwarded more actions and
Medea Benjamin has written a staggering report from Standing Rock HERE.

From Judie--Sign the Green Peace petition to the President HERE.

From Darlene--A coordinated action of meditation and prayer on Saturday, November 26th at 3pm Central Time and other action ideas.
For more information and a link to the action go HERE.

To Help Avoid A Right Wing Justice, Here's An Urgent Action

"The citizens of the United States have a right to the good faith consideration of each Supreme Court nominee. In an attempt to subvert the will of the people expressed in the reelection of President Barack Obama in 2012, the current Senate has willfully failed to make a timely assertion of their advise and consent right. 

There is legal precedent in United States v. Olano which ruled that the holder of a constitutional right may waive the right by engaging in an excessive delay in exercising it. 

Merrick Garland was nominated on March 16, 2016, more than 237 days ago, greatly exceeding the previous maximum consideration delay of 125 days. The Senate has waived its right. Please proceed with Judge Garland's appointment."
(from We the People)
Sign HERE.

Tell Democrats to Work for All of Us This Time

Sign HERE to tell the Democrats, who messed up badly this election, that it is time to fight for regular Americans, not corporations and elites.
It will be a long hard journey ahead.

More Moore Reading

I am sure that you are getting weary from reading every explanation for the election's outcome. Michael Moore predicted weeks ago that Trump would be the winner and he has some ideas for us to consider in his insightful piece today.
Read it on Common Dreams HERE.

8 Ways to Make a Better America--Beyond Voting

This is a quick list of the points.
Read the remainder of the excellent article HERE.
1. Change your media diet.
2. Turn off corporate media.
3. Reject the consumer mentality in elections
4. Make your voice heard.
5. Try a social media fast. 
6. Practice the art of civil discourse.
7. Eliminate the wealth primary.
8. Break the two-party duopoly.

Read Elly's Letter to the Editor

News items should encourage you to be part of democracy
As we remember the life of Tom Hayden, the antiwar activist and Students for a Democratic Society organizer who died Sunday, I am reminded of his advocacy for what he called “participatory democracy.” In truth, I don’t believe a democracy can be successful unless it is a participatory democracy, and when I see the discouragingly low voter turnouts in this country, I keep thinking about Abraham Lincoln’s memorable reference to a government of the people, by the people and for the people and wonder how we can get that to happen in the U.S. instead of a government of the dollar, by the dollar and for the dollar. Some suggest we should make voting mandatory, as in Australia, where a fine is imposed on people who do not vote. But I just want to take this opportunity to urge all citizens to vote in this very important upcoming election. Voting is a privilege, but also a responsibility. Vote Nov. 8!
Eleanor Wagner, Edina

Haitians Needs Our Support

Think of how it must be to live in Haiti. Repeatedly the people have been ravaged by natural disasters--and then cholera struck with a vengeance. Is the world paying any attention?
 Please sign the petition to Congress HERE.

No More Weapons to Saudi Arabia!

6000 innocent people dead in Yemen in the horrible US funded, Saudi war.
Why are we supporting the carnage and probable war crimes?
Please sign CODEPINK's petition HERE.
forwarded by Judie 

Why Don't We Prosecute the Banksters?

With the shocking, criminal Wells Fargo scandal in the news, let's ask the FBI to go after the crooks who steal houses, cars, money, and jobs from the American public.
Sign HERE.

"How We Could End the Permanent State of War"

Some great inspiration for the Grandmothers for Peace--
read Gareth Porter's article HERE.

FOX News Could Possibly Stop Denying Global Warming

Roger Ailes is a climate change denier, Rupert Murdock is not.
Tell FOX News to tell the truth.
Sign HERE.

Let's Get Rid of Privately Run Prisons

Learn more and sign HERE.
forwarded by Judie

Sign Barbara Lee's petition

Representative Lee states, "On September 14, 2001 I was the sole member of Congress to vote against the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF). The vote was 420-1. 
Since then, the AUMF has been used to enter into wars without knowing the costs or consequences, and frankly, it is dangerous. It is a blank check for war, and it is far past time we repealed it." 

Sign her petition HERE.

Sign A Petition to Help the People in ND

Indigenous people are struggling to keep pipelines off sacred land.
Read more and sign HERE.

Media Always Calling For More War

Photos gone viral of injured Syrian children bring out the worst from pundits.
Read more from The Nation HERE.

Unprecedented Waste!

Learn more and sign HERE.

We Need to Hear All of the Voices

There is a new petition to the media to hold debates which include more candidates.
Sign HERE.

An Action Alert from Marie

Dear Peacemakers,

We are urging you to join with Women Against Military Madness in calling your member of the House of Representatives at 202-225-3121 and asking her/him to vote “No” on HR 5732, which is currently pending in Congress. 

It is extremely disappointing that Congressman Keith Ellison has chosen to co-sponsor this bill, which is also supported by some of the most hawkish members of Congress. If he is your representative, we encourage you to tell him that you disagree with his decision to co-sponsor HR 5732.

HR 5732, with its threat of increased sanctions and a no-fly zone, will increase the suffering of Syrians and create a dangerous confrontation with Russia. According to Phyllis Bennis, “The first act in imposing a no-fly zone is an extensive bombing campaign, an act of war.” In 2012, General Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the White House that imposing a no-fly zone in Syria, “would require as many as 70,000 American servicemen to dismantle Syria's sophisticated anti-aircraft system and then impose a 24-hour watch over the country.”

Suggested Message:

We urge you to vote “no” on HR 5732, the “Caesar Syrian Civilian Protection Act.” This bill, which increases the sanctions against Syria and requires the President to assess the establishment of a no-fly zone is a plan for regime change in disguise. It will increase civilian suffering and death and create a dangerous confrontation with Russia.

Thank you in advance for your support of this effort.

Peace in the struggle,

Marie Braun
for Twin Cities Peace Campaign

Mr. President, Stop Bombing the Middle East

Seven countries have been bombed during his presidency.
Now the US is dropping bombs in Libya.
Read about the campaign with no end in The Intercept HERE.
Sign CODEPINK's petition to Obama HERE.

Anti-War Protest at the Dem Convention

Hurray for the sage words from Norm Solomon, et al.!

No More US Led Bombings of Syrians!

According to the London Telegraph (7/19/16), the airstrike (on Tuesday) killed “more than 85 civilians” after the “coalition mistook them for Islamic State fighters.” Eight families were represented among the dead, with victims “as young as three.” The Intercept (7/19/16) reported the death toll could end up being well over 100. 
Common Dreams
Tell Obama that this has to stop HERE. 

Sadly, A Pro-War Platform

An anti-war position, in the broadest sense of reducing military budgets, calling for diplomacy over war, condemning the “inevitable” civilian casualties, calling out how military assaults create rather than end terrorism…these are enormously unifying principles among progressives. It certainly should have been a much bigger part of what progressives pushed for in the platform fight. This is one of those irrefutable examples of why movements matter, and what happens when they are weak.
Phyllis Bennis

Read the full article in The Nation HERE.