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WAMM 9th Annual Walk Against Weapons 6-4

photo by Tom Bottolene

Saturday, June 4th starting @ 10:30am
Walk starts at Perkins Restaurant
Riverside and I-94 
Minneapolis

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!

A Little History--Grannies' Meetings

Our monthly Grandmothers for Peace meetings carry on year after year. 
What an amazing group!
On June 1st we have the opportunity to
socialize and picnic together in the Peace Garden.
Bring a bag lunch and meet at noon.
I hope that you can magnify your computer screen a bit to read this lovely article printed in the Strib January 26, 1989.
(Incidental:  Lorie Line was giving FREE concerts back then.)

Remember the Days?

St. Paul Pioneer Press EXPRESS January 14, 2003
We have been holding our anti-war vigils for many years.
We need to continue this action now, more than ever. 
We hope that more of you will join us
at the corner of 50th and Halifax every Wednesday at 4:45pm.

Better Weather Ahead for Vigils

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, June 1st
4:45pm to 5:45pm 
50th Street at Halifax

Make November 8th, 2016 A National Holiday

Obama has the power to make a huge difference in voter turnout.
Sign a letter to the President HERE.

MEPN Forum 6-4


Presents

Gaza: Left in the Dark
An Al Jazeera World Film

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

A Plea to All Nations

Please sign the petition from World Without War HERE.

Happy Grandmothers' Day!!

"No wonder grandmothers make the best activists." Read more of the lovely article by Dominque Browning HERE.

Let's Stop the Sale of ROUNDUP

Costco is such a good corporate citizen.
Ask them to stop selling a cancer causing product. SIGN HERE.

Grandmothers for Peace Meetings

Grandmothers for Peace meets on the first Wednesday of most months
at 12:45pm
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


No More Troops to Syria!!


Sign CODEPINK's petition to Obama HERE.

Another Sneak Attack on Social Security

Centrists disguised as progressives are slinking into DC to propose cuts to SS.
Sign a petition HERE.

As A Preview of His Speaking Tour in June. . .

Read a wonderful interview with David Swanson HERE.

The Tragedy of Our Drone Program

Too many innocents have been murdered by our own government.
U.S. drones, hovering over countless communities around the globe,
have only fomented rage against America.
The victims are speaking out. Read more HERE.

Tell President Obama to Visit Nuclear Ground Zero

In May Obama goes to Japan. He could be the first American president to visit the Peace Park at Hiroshima.
Sign a letter of encouragement HERE.

Save the Dates for David Swanson

Saturday, June 11, 2016, 6 p.m.
Macalester Plymouth Church Social Hall
1658 Lincoln, St. Paul, MN.

Sunday, June 12, 9 and 11 a.m.
St. Joan's
4533 3rd Ave. So., Minneapolis, MN
Peace pole dedication at 2 p.m.

Watch and Sign

Sign the petition HERE.

Interesting Articles About Super Delegates, et al.

After a fascinating meeting today, there is much to research. 
HERE is Charles Blow from the NYT
and also Michael Winship in Common Dreams HERE.

Why Some Justify Terror---NYT Letter to the Editor

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.
GARY ABRAMSON
Goshen, N.Y.

Debtors' Prison in the USA

Read Bill Quigley's shocking story about two women jailed and unable to post $1700 bail for using a microwave at a convenience store HERE
and then sign a petition HERE.

Lift the Cuban Embargo and Close Gitmo

Much has changed for Cuba, but the Cuban people are suffering because the economic embargo is not fully lifted plus, of course,
Guantanamo has not been shut down as promised.
Sign CODE PINK's petition to Congress HERE.

Compare the Struggle of the Irish to Stories of Today

Read an enlightening article by Timothy Egan in the NYT today HERE.
famine memorial in Dublin

Six Minutes of Heart-Breaking Video

forwarded by WAMM Ground All Drones Committee

"An E.Coli’s Last Message to President Obama"

A great piece from Ralph Nader in Common Dreams HERE.
Sonia Shah's book is available at HC Libraries.

The SAVE Benefits Act

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.
Sign HERE.

Nomination of a SCOTUS Justice Should Not Be Blocked!

Sign a petition HERE.
forwarded by Judie

Gail Collins addresses the subject and shouldn't be missed today. Read Gail HERE.

A Scientist's Take on Flint

Very interesting article in Common Dreams HERE.

Block Another War in Libya

Libyans don't need any more "help" from the US.
Sign David Swanson's petition to Congress HERE.

"Needed: Gun Control at the Pentagon"

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."
Read Norm's piece HERE.

CAMPAIGN FOR PERSONAL PRESCRIPTION IMPORTATION

The Grandmothers for Peace briefly discussed the issue of drug importation at our last meeting. HERE is a website that will be of interest.
Also, HERE is a petition that will be delivered to the President, Congress and HHS.
And HERE is the website for Canada Drugs.

Wow! More Red-Baiting

St. Louis Park native and NYT columnist Thomas Friedman has it all wrong.
Read more HERE.

Loretta Lynch Should Prosecute Michigan Governor

Please sign Michael Moore's petition HERE>

Code Pinkers Ousted From Trump Event in Vegas

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
Sign CodePink's petition to "Dump Trump" HERE.

MLK

"A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death."
"A Time to Break Silence" (about Viet Nam), was delivered at Riverside Church, New York City, on April 4, 1967

"The rights of women always come last"

Read the fascinating story of a brave Swedish politician
who dared to criticize the Saudis HERE.
forwarded by Judie

A Little 'State of the Union' Satire

Laugh out loud when you read the Borowitz Report HERE.

Close Guantanamo Actions All Across the Country

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.

"Ten Reasons to Oppose the Saudi Monarchy"

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."
Read Medea's entire article HERE.
Sign a petition HERE.

Worst Pills, Best Pills

HERE is the website for Public Citizens' excellent consumer information about the drugs that we take.

Sign Another Petition to Rein In Big Pharma

The subject of our January meeting (1-6) was beautifully presented by Judie and was about  pharmaceuticals. 
Read and sign another petition HERE.
It can't hurt.

"A Rumble From the People"

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.)