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Mycology Against Monsanto

Read a fascinating and very hopeful story HERE.

Check our calendar often; not all events are blogged. Scroll and click on event for more details

WE NEED YOU AT OUR VIGIL

More soldiers in Iraq, heavy equipment ready for war with Russia--we need to protests the bellicose actions of our government!
Please Vigil With Grandmothers for Peace Every Wednesday
Our next vigil will be:
Wednesday, July 1st
4:45pm to 5:45pm
50th Street at Halifax

We Will March in the Edina 4th of July Parade

Be prepared to walk or ride a bike, as there is not a car this year. For more details about this exhilarating event, contact Elly at ellyrw@aol.com. The parade begins at 10am. Line up along Willson Road in advance at our designated spot number 84.
Try to wear all white clothing.  
Everyone welcome!

Action Alerts

At our vigil this week, we commiserated about the pro-Fast Track votes and tried to imagine what we could do next to fight TPP. HERE is an action from Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting. FAIR recounts the NPR broadcast that was tipped totally toward corporate interest and suggests we contact NPR about its slanted reporting.
Ralph Nader has some ideas HERE as well.

Hold These People Accountable For the Damage TPP Will Do

To be clear, without the votes of these 28 Democrats in the House, fast track would have failed. It only passed 219-211.

Brad Ashford (2nd-Neb.)
Rep. Ami Bera (7th-Calif.)
Rep. Don Beyer (8th-Va.)
Rep. Earl Blumenauer (3rd-Ore.)
Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (Ore.)
Rep. Gerry Connolly (8th-Va.)
Jim Cooper (5th-Tenn)
Jim Costa (16th-CA)
Rep. Henry Cuellar (28th-Texas)
Susan Davis (53rd-CA)
John Delaney (6th-Md.)
Rep. Suzan DelBene (1st-Wash.)
Rep. Sam Farr (20th–CA)
Rep. Jim Himes (4th-CT)
Ruben Hinojosa (15th-TX)
Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (30th-Texas)
Derek Kilmer (6th-Wash.)
Rep. Ron Kind (3rd-Wis.)
Rep. Rick Larsen (2nd-Wash.)
Beto O'Rourke (16th-TX)
Scott Peters (52nd-CA)
Jared Polis (2nd-Colo.)
Mike Quigley (5th-Ill.)
Kathleen Rice (4th-NY)
Rep. Kurt Schrader (Ore.)
Terri Sewell (7th-Alabama)
Debbie Wasserman Schultz (23rd-FL)

Democrat Senators who enabled Fast Track:

Michael Bennet (CO)
Maria Cantwell (WA)
Tom Carper (DE)
Chris Coons (DE)
Dianne Feinstein (CA)
Heidi Heitkamp (ND)
Bill Nelson (FL)
Tim Kaine (VA)
Claire McCaskill (MO)
Patty Murray (WA)
Jeanne Shaheen (NH)
Mark Warner (VA)
Ron Wyden (OR)

Congress "Guilty of Moral Cowardice"

Many of you signed on to help the McGovern-Jones-Lee bill get passed, but it was defeated yesterday 139 to 288.
Read more about it HERE.

War in Iraq is Truly Endless

Read Phyllis Bennis HERE.


Here's Another Shocker About TPP

It looks very suspicious that TPP rules are written to enable widespread privatization--especially of our Postal Service!
Read more HERE.

Urge Congress to Reveal TPP Details

They can do it. We just need to demand it.
Sign HERE.

At the February Grandmothers for Peace meeting we had the opportunity to learn of the great accomplishments as well as the failures of the United Nations. One of the challenges for the UN is the politics that hinder sending peace keepers to conflict zones.
Read more from Citizens for Global Solutions and sign a petition HERE.
forwarded by Judie

Here's A Wonderful Opportunity for Young People--Pass It On

PEACE ESSAY CONTEST
September 1 – October 15
The Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers, www.mapm.org, announces the first annual Leslie Reindl Peace Essay contest to coincide with the 20th anniversary of our founding. The Alliance is a coalition of over 60 peace and justice organizations throughout the state of Minnesota, dedicated to working toward a more peaceful and just society.
The essay contest is open to all Minnesota high school juniors and seniors. Three prizes will be awarded: first prize--$1000; second prize--$750; third prize--$500.
The essay must be the student’s original work and be 800-1000 words long, word-processed. The essay must not have been published elsewhere or submitted to other contests. A teacher, youth leader, or parent must sign a statement on the application form, confirming that the essay is the student’s original work.
The topics will address questions of peace and justice, and those interested are encouraged to read widely through the summer, as well as visit exhibits like Landmark Center’s Nagasaki Peace Exhibition, August 22 – November 28, 2015.
The winners will be invited to speak at the award ceremony.
Timeline:
August 31, 2015 Announcement of specific topics, distribution of application forms
October 15, 2015 Deadline for submission of essay and application form
November 2, 2015 Announcement of winners
November 10, 2015 Prizes awarded at Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers Annual Celebration
Please address any questions, comments, or requests for application forms to Larry Johnson.

larryjvfp@gmail.com phone: 612 747-3904
forwarded by Martha

GFP Judie Attended A Dinner and Recommends This Program



Dear Friends: 


The Minnesota Council of Churches invites you
to the 2015 Taking Heart
Ramadan Iftar Dinners


June 18 - July 17 

Register

Ramadan is the month of the Islamic lunar calendar during which Muslims abstain from food and drink from sunrise to sunset; this year it falls between the dates of June 18 - July 17. Fasting during Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam, and is performed to learn compassion, self-restraint, and generosity.

As our Muslim neighbors prepare for this sacred month, the Minnesota Council of Churches is excited to announce a series of open houses. Mosques and Islamic Community Centers once again will be welcoming their non-Muslim neighbors for a traditional Ramadan Iftar meal, the meal that breaks the fast.

Known as Taking Heart, this long-running program is organized by the Council and the Muslim American Society of Minnesota (MAS); it brings Christians and members of other faith communities together with Muslims for food and conversation.

Please complete this form to let us know you're joining us for an Iftar meal!  More events may be scheduled as Ramadan approaches, so bookmark it and check back often.

Check our website for the latest information and share this opportunity with your faith community and friends! All events are free and open to the public but registration is required.

Bernie Sanders' Message

Peace activists want Sanders to denounce the inflated military budget in his stump speeches. Sign HERE to send Bernie the message!

This Has Got To Stop!

The US is planning to increase the military dollar amount
it sends every year to Israel--to $4 billion!
Read more HERE.

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:  

Watch this blog for our summer plans and for the 
2015-16 schedule of meetings.


Progress Is Being Made to Sunset the Patriot Act--sign on

We can truly influence our legislators.
Please sign HERE.

Memorial Day


Why Are We In the Middle East?

Take a couple of minutes to read a very frank, important discussion from Common Dreams HERE.

REAL Progressives

US Labor Against the War has a new petition to politicians, saying real progressives must discuss our endless wars. Sign HERE. 

TPP Includes An Attack on Medicare!

Read about it and sign HERE.

Book Pics

Brothers : a novel
by Mohrbacher, Paul (2014)
New Adult Fiction Book
The story of the reunion of sixty-year old brothers, Ben and Nick, from North Dakota. Ben is still teaching in North Dakota but Nick has ended up in a nursing home in California after almost dying on the street. Read more on MinnPost HERE.

recommended by Darlene, the author's sister!

The invention of wings 
by Kidd, Sue Monk (2014)
Adult Fiction Book
"The story follows Hetty 'Handful' Grimke, a Charleston slave, and Sarah, the daughter of the wealthy Grimke family. The novel begins on Sarah's eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership over Handful, who is to be her handmaid. "The Invention of Wings" follows the next thirty-five years of their lives. Inspired in part by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke (a feminist, suffragist and, importantly, an abolitionist), Kidd allows herself to go beyond the record to flesh out the inner lives of all the characters, both real and imagined"
recommended by Marian and Lynne

Both of these marvelous books are available at HC libraries.

Stop The Spying--Sign On

Collecting unlimited phone data has now been ruled illegal.
Tell Congress that should be the last word. Sign HERE.

Childhood Obesity Can Be Blamed on McDonald's

McDonald's markets its unhealthy food to children with toys and treats. Ask them to stop this practice HERE.

The Koch Brothers vs Pope Francis

Read about the unbelievable skirmish HERE.

At Last, A Challenge to Israel's Secret Nukes

At the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty summit in NYC this week, non-nuclear nations spoke up about Israel's clandestine weapons. Read all about it HERE and link to the petition as well.

Support Legislation in MN That Protects Bees

Help save the bees in Minnesota from harmful pesticides. Sign on HERE.

TPP--Other Voices

Read Ralph Nader's informative piece HERE. And did you know what was quietly injected into the Senate's fast track legislation?
Anti-BDS rules to protect Israel!
Read about it HERE.

Take Action on Earth Day

Sign Public Citizen's petition to the President
to stop dangerous off-shore drilling HERE.

The US Needs the "Equality for All" Resolution--sign on

A petition to John Boehner  to protect
everyone from religion-based discrimination can be signed HERE.

Germany's Part in American Drone Killings

Most Europeans hate the US drone wars, but Germany is complicit in them. 
Read Jeremy Scahill HERE.

Corporate Tax Loopholes

Why should ordinary taxpayers subsidize big companies?
Sign a petition to Jack Lew and the President HERE.

Don't Repeal the Estate Tax!

The conservatives in congress insist on favors for the rich at the expense of the rest of us. Tell Boehner hands off the estate tax HERE.

You Just Gotta Laugh Sometimes

Read the Borowitz Report HERE.

Talking About Climate Change is Banned in Wisconsin Sector

From Mother Jones:
"The climate change language police just struck again.
Last month it was in Florida, where former staffers with the state's Department of Environmental Protection alleged that senior officials, under the direction of Gov. Rick Scott (R), had instituted an unwritten ban on using the phrases "climate change" and "global warming." Scott denied the claim.
This week's incident is much less ambiguous. Yesterday, the three-person commission that oversees a public land trust in Wisconsin voted 2-1 to block the trust's dozen public employees "from engaging in global warming or climate change work while on BCPL time."
Read more and sign a petition HERE.
petition forwarded by Judie

Chuck Schumer Is Supporting the Hawks!

Please read the article by Robert Naiman and link to petitions HERE.

The Conscience of a Corporation

Read a brilliant article by Timothy Egan HERE.

Breaking News--Deal Made With Iran

Now we can help by emailing our representatives. Action:  HERE.

Jewish Voice for Peace

After a stimulating conversation with two members of Jewish Voice for Peace at our April meeting, learn more on their website HERE.