More than 30 years ago a group of women concerned about war and nuclear proliferation launched Grandmothers for Peace in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota. We (not all of us grandparents) meet each month to share our own wisdom, experience and passion for peace and justice AND to seek actions by which we can make positive change for future generations. PLEASE JOIN US!
Join us as we march across Minneapolis to stop militarizing U.S. society! WAMM has, for decades, been vigilant against war on peoples anywhere. We are alarmed that the same weapons of war we deplore, yet pay for, have come home to be used in the U.S. by federal, state, county and local law enforcement. We walk against all weapons, including the use of drones for surveillance, and for an end to war profiteering.
We ask that if you are able to join us on the day of the walk to NOT park in the Perkins parking lot. We will gather at 10:30am, start marching at 11:00am. A short rally will be held at MayDay Plaza, where snacks and refreshments will be provided. Then we will return to Perkins.
Signs, snacks and refreshments will be provided.
If you are not able to join us, consider sponsoring someone who is walking!
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
This film chronicles the daily lives of Gaza families who live without regular power. It also introduces the viewer to the man who controls the power, a Gazan as well. It shows the resiliency of people determined to carry on despite the difficulties they face.
Many people around the world are ‘in the dark’ about this affront to human dignity. Come to be informed so you are not one of those ‘in the dark.’
SATURDAY, JUNE 4, 2016
9:30 AM Refreshments 10:00 AM Presentation and Discussion
SOUTHDALE HENNEPIN COUNTY LIBRARY 7001 York Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota For information, call 651-695-5321 Visit our MEPN website at: http://www.mepn.org Endorsed by: Women Against Military Madness/Middle East Committee
Grandmothers for Peace meets on the first Wednesday of most months
at the Edina Library Community Room
5280 Grandview Square, Edina MN
June 1, 2016 Picnic in the Peace Garden
at 12:00 noon Bring a bag lunch and a lawn chair. We can eat in the shade of the tall pines near the peace bridge. In case of rain we will be in the gazebo off the parking lot (toward the Roberts' Bird Sanctuary).
Tentative Schedule below:
July 4, 2016 (Monday--no meeting. March in Edina Parade) August 3, 2016 Informal meeting at the library
I found this reader's insight into the reasons people kill and terrorize, spot on.
To the Editor:
Although, as your article says, the backgrounds of terrorists “are so diverse that they defy a single profile,” the murderers share a characteristic that is worth noting: a casual acceptance of causing the death of random people.
This capacity to depersonalize derives in large part from cultural and political attitudes. The modern tolerance of civilian casualties can be seen in the nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. That these acts were military, not “terroristic,” is most likely a distinction lost on jihadists.
The sanctity of one person’s existence is not part of our collective wisdom; instead, we have concepts like nationalism, race and ethnicity. Violence against others to achieve group ambitions is universally accepted, at the expense of millions of lives.
In the effort to end the mayhem, it might be more useful to study ourselves than to study terrorists.
Seventy million Americans on Social Security did not receive a cost of living raise last year. Yet, a tax loophole still exists that allows CEOs to not be taxed for "performance pay". Senator Elizabeth Warren has a bill that could rectify that.
Norm Solomon so eloquently states that he wishes the President "would enlarge his field of compassionate vision to include those directly suffering from what Martin Luther King Jr. called 'the madness of militarism' — in this case, U.S. militarism."
Yesterday we traveled to Las Vegas with our “Stop Hate” message for Donald Trump and the media that covers him. I was at the front of his rally and after listening to 45 minutes of vitriolic hatred, I raised my banner and shouted, “Stop the hate, Donald Trump’s hatred incites violence and leads to war!”
Trump shouted “get her out of here” and then called me a “young woman that doesn’t know… she’s lost”. I was pushed through the crowd by supporters who shoved signs in my face. Someone punched me in the chest with their fist while all around me they chanted, “Trump! Trump!” as loud as they could. A few people in the crowd apparently tried to return my jacket, which I had left behind in the scuffle, to me, but Trump told them “leave her jacket there… to hell with her.” Las Vegas police then dragged me through the crowd to the street, where they said if I came back I would be charged with trespassing. I was shaking from the gauntlet of hatred I was pushed through.Thank you for your support! Chelsea and Michaela from the CODEPINK LA office
Attorney Michael Ratner says of the President, "One day of unlawful detention is an outrage, 14 years is an abomination. If Obama is to close the prison before he leaves office, he must move to do so NOW.”
If you can't join in on an action, do sign CodePink's petition HERE.
As Medea Benjamin so eloquently states: "The cozy US relationship with the Saudis has to do with oil, weapons sales and joint opposition to Iran. But with extremism spreading through the globe, a reduced US need for Saudi oil, and a thawing of US relations with Iran, now is the time to start calling for the US government to sever its ties with the Saudi monarchs."
Recently Darlene from Grandmothers for Peace suggested that we should make more protest signs and voice more outrage about ongoing and seemingly endless wars around the globe. We need to "rumble" more in 2016. We need to do all that we can to object to injustice and cruelty. Read some inspiration from Ralph Nader HERE. He discusses price gouging on drugs (the subject of our next meeting) as well as other tyranny.
(I removed the post about the Minnesota Orchestra concert to benefit ARC because the event is sold out. You can still make a donation to ARC at any time HERE.)