Upcoming GFP Meetings

The Grandmothers for Peace have an interesting mix of subjects and speakers in 2014-15. We meet on the first Wednesday of the month (with a couple of exceptions) at the Edina Library Community Room at 12:45pm. Check our calendar for details of each month's topic. Here is a sample of what is to come:  
April 1, 2015 Jewish Voice for Peace
Join two members of Jewish Voice for Peace, Jennifer Roba and Asa Diebolt, to discuss the personal experiences and organizing work Jews who are opposed to the Israeli occupation and oppression of Palestinians done in their name.They will also discuss the vision of the newly revived chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace Twin Cities and how we can build a broad movement in support of human rights in Israel/Palestine.
May 6, 2015          Homelessness/Update


 Show commuters that the struggle for peace and justice has a face.
Please Vigil With Grandmothers for Peace Every Wednesday
Our next vigil will be:
Wednesday, April 1st
4:45pm to 5:45pm
50th Street at Halifax

A Current Account of Life in Iraq 4-7

A presentation by

Sami Rasouli

Sami Rasouli is an Iraqi-American who lived in Minnesota for many years before returning to Iraq after the 2003 U.S. invasion. Sami works in Iraq with the Muslim Peacemakers Team (MPT), a group dedicated to the principles of nonviolence. He returns to the U.S. several times each year to help build people-to-people bridges.

April 7th at 7pm

St. Joan of Arc, Hospitality Hall
4537 Third Avenue South, Minneapolis

What is happening in Iraq today?
What is ISIS? Is the Iraqi army as bad as ISIS?
What is the U.S. military doing in Iraq? Is a new major U.S. war in Iraq imminent?
What is the role of Islamophobia in the west in justifying U.S. intervention?
What is happening in Mosul?
Who is benefiting from Iraqi oil resources?

After the loss of thousands of lives in Iraq over the past 11 years, millions of refugees later, and trillions of dollars spent, the U.S. is starting a new military intervention in that country.

Sami will share his experiences in Iraq, his insights into the current turmoil there and its underlying causes, the role of the U.S. in Iraq and the Middle East, and the aspirations, hopes and dreams of ordinary Iraqi people.
Don't miss this opportunity for an up-to-date eyewitness report of events in Iraq today. We would also appreciate it if you would get the word out to people you know who might be interested in this topic.

Sami will also be speaking on Islamophobia at a later date at an as yet undetermined location.

If you would like to have Sami speak at your church, your local library, or any other venue, please contact Marie Braun at 612-275-2720 and she will get you on his schedule.

Once Again Congress Cuts Food Stamps (SNAP)--Protest!

"Forty six million people depend on the $1.38 per day SNAP gives them for meals. Sixty percent of SNAP recipients are children, people with disability, veterans, and the elderly."

Sign the petition HERE.
forwarded by Judie

Thank You WikiLeaks!

WikiLeaks has uncovered the portion of the secret Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement that allows multinational corporations to sue other countries if their profits are threatened by environmental and other regulations.
Read what the NY Times business section says about this  HERE. 
And read WikiLeaks HERE.

Sign Here

Let's Get A Woman's Image on Our Currency

Read Gail Collins HERE.
and vote for your favorite HERE.

We Don't Need a "Slush Fund for War"

Read about the plan to protect weapons manufacturers and war profiteers, and sign HERE.
forwarded by Judie

Action Against Budget Cuts for Social Programs

As you have read, the House and Senate are proposing
huge cuts to the social safety net.
Sign a petition HERE.
And endorse the "People's Budget" HERE.

Troop Reductions in Afghanistan Aren't Happening

So much for "war ending" rhetoric.
Read more HERE.

GMOs Must Be Labelled--Sign On

Monsanto opposes labelling the food we eat.
Sign all the petitions that you can.
HERE is another.

47 Senators. . .

.  .  .who may have been justly called traitors require the appellation
"war-monger" as well.
Call your senators. A link from WAND HERE.

Conservatives Are Blocking the Human Trafficking Bill

A bill to help compensate thousands of women and girls who have been exploited by sex traffickers is being thwarted. The conservatives have attached a rider to exclude funds for abortion for these victims of rape and coercion. Sign a petition to say "Stop holding trafficking survivors hostage to your ideological agenda." Sign HERE.

Snow Bucket Challenge for Syrian Refugees

 On March 4th the Grandmothers for Peace participated in and financially supported the effort to send food and blankets to war weary refugees of the Syrian conflict. The proceeds from the challenge will be sent to the UN World Food Program. If you would like to donate, checks can be made to WFN USA and sent to:

1050 Selby Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55104

AIPAC's Influence May Be Decreasing--Let's Hope So

Read Medea Benjamin's 10 reasons the American Israel Public Affairs Committee is a menace that causes war and suffering all around the world. Read Medea's concise list HERE.

Monsanto's Growth Hormone

Read about the risks of ingesting rBST growth hormone and see which companies have chosen not to make their dairy products with milk from cows treated with it. Tell the FDA to ban Monsanto's rBST! Info HERE.

Thanks Mr. President--Just One More Thing. . .

.  .  .Reject the XL Project entirely! Sign HERE.

Sign the Petition to Reveal the Details of TPP

Bernie Sanders wants the secret trade agreement unveiled.
Sign HERE.

War Movies and Our Culture of Violence

As the film "American Sniper" gets hyped repeatedly in the media, read the brilliant article about what the author calls "war porn" HERE.

It's a Good Day to Stay Inside and Read

William Grieder on conservatives' plans to end Social Security Disability HERE. And petitions to sign on that subject HERE and HERE.

And more HERE on Netanyahu's speech and those who are opposing it.
There are many links for petitions within the article.

Finally, have a laugh with the Borowitz Report HERE.

Snuggle up. Stay cozy. There are fairer days ahead!

A Signature For Designation of National Monuments

Read about how congress is planning to gut the Antiquities Act and sign HERE.
forwarded by Judie

The Human Development Index

At the Grandmothers for Peace February Meeting, we learned about one of the excellent projects at the United Nations--the Human Development Index.
Check it out HERE.

Tell Congress to Stop The Spying!

Try to see the movie CitizenFour which is showing through 3-2
at St. Anthony Main Theatre, 
Sign the petition to stop this abuse of power HERE.

President Proposes the Largest Military Budget of All Time!

Can you write a letter to the editor of your newspaper?
Tell readers this is immoral and unsustainable!

Genetically Modified Food Labeling In the News

How much do you know? 
Take this interactive GMO quiz HERE.

Get To Your Phone--Stop BiBi's Speech

Keith Ellison is leading the effort to un-invite Netanyahu to Washington. Help Ellison by making calls today.
Read more and get some links HERE.

Book Pick--Pay Any Price

With the crackdown on journalists and whistleblowers so prevalent in the news, here is a book that we think will fascinate you. My husband and I just finished listening to James Risen's latest--Pay Any Price:  Greed, Power and Endless War. Risen really knows how to dig deep into the government's multitudinous inept and extortionate operations--
all in the name of national security.
(24 copies, 5 audiobooks and also downloads available at HC libraries.)
recommended by Lynne and Greg

You May Never Switch on FOX. . .

.  .  .but remember, many people do. We need to speak up loudly about how FOX wreaks havoc in the US and around the world.
Read HERE how France and England have countered FOX lies.

And Some Say Unarmed Drones Are Fine. . .

Read about the drone that hovered over the White House on Monday HERE.

Movie Pick-The Imitation Game

Do not miss the beautifully crafted film about the life of Alan Turing. Many know the story of this brilliant mathematician who worked in Bletchley Park during WWII. The dramatic unfolding of Turing's story is timely, artistically thrilling, entertaining, and heart-rending.

Guantánamo Diary

Finally a book by a prisoner. Read about it HERE.
It is available at HC Libraries.
Sign a petition for release HERE.

Our Grand Jury System Is Broken

Reform it now! Sign HERE.
forwarded by Judie


"A true revolution of values will lay hands on the world order and say of war, 'This way of settling differences is not just.' This business of burning human beings with napalm, of filling our nation's homes with orphans and widows, of injecting poisonous drugs of hate into the veins of peoples normally humane, of sending men home from dark and bloody battlefields physically handicapped and psychologically deranged, cannot be reconciled with wisdom, justice, and love. A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death."
Martin Luther King Jr.
April 4, 1967

2014--The Hottest Year of Them All

Watch the amazing graphic HERE.

Medea Benjamin on Saudi Arabian Hypocrisy and Cruelty

Read Medea HERE. Make sure to open the fascinating links.
(This article and others like it may just have saved Raif from yesterday's scheduled flogging.)

The Big Ideas Project

Simon Johnson, whose post HERE encourages everyone to vote in the Big Ideas Project, is a brilliant author and economist. Take a look at this new endeavor of the Progressive Change Institute HERE.
It makes one feel almost formidable!

Let's Tell Our Senators Once Again--Diplomacy Works!

Sign the petition from Win Without War HERE.
forwarded by Judie

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Could Be Disastrous

Articles abound in the liberal press about the dangers of the TPP.
Read a few HERE.
And an alert from Senator Sanders HERE
And warnings from doctors HERE.
AND sign a petition from 350.org HERE.
suggested by Cathy
3000 people of every age and ethnicity gathered before the holidays at the Mall of America to voice their concern about the long-standing problem of police violence against minorities. Charges may very soon be filed against organizers of the non-violent vigil by a prosecutor who believes that demonstrators caused Mall retailers a day of lost profits.
Tell the Mall of America to back off its lawsuit  HERE.