7-4-13

7-4-13

A Rally and a Petition For A Living Wage in MN

$15 & a Union 
Rally and Action!

What: 15 Now Rally and Action
for $15/hour and a Union
 
Time: 12:00pm 
Friday December 5th
RSVP, Invite your friends on Facebook Like us on Facebook
 
Where: Terminal 1, Upper Level Roadway, across from ticketing 

Join 15 Now for a national week of action of low-wage workers, beginning with Black Friday Walmart actions, then major fast food strikes on December 4th, and culminating locally with a major rally and action by workers at MSP Airport on December 5th. 

Over 2,500 workers at the Minneapolis - St Paul airport make poverty wages, significantly less than $15/hour. Workers organizing with 15 Now have presented nearly 2,000 petition signatures from workers demanding $15/hour to the Metropolitan Airport Commissioners.

Delta workers, baggage handlers organizing with the International Association of Machinists (IAM) and Airserve workers organizing with SEIU are all fighting for their right to unionize. 

On December 5th, join 15 Now airport workers, community and labor activists, and all supporters of the demand for $15/hour and the right to a union at the Minneapolis- St. Paul airport. Workers deserve to live, not just survive!
If you can't join the rally, sign the petition HERE. 
forwarded by Mary Lynn

Congress Forgot About The Sioux

The people of the Rosebud Reservation voted against the XL pipeline,
but were ignored.
Read about it HERE.

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

"Takin' It To the Street"--Join Our Merry Band

 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,
November 19th
4:30pm to 5:30pm
50th Street at Halifax 

Petition Congress for NO NEW WAR $

From Robert Naiman: "Urge your Representative and Senators to oppose any new funding for war in Iraq and Syria until Congress has debated and voted on an authorization for the use of force and the Pentagon has explained why it needs more money on top of the massive budgets it already has, by signing our petition at MoveOn."
Sign HERE.

Save the Date, 12-12, For a Party. . .

May 2006--John on left with Marie and other activists of note
.  .  . celebrating Marie and John Braun and their Same Day Birthdays!

Friday, December 12

6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Spirit of Saint Stephen’s
2201 1st Avenue, Minneapolis

Honor two people who have contributed so much to peace locally and internationally. Potluck dinner with music and socializing. In lieu of gifts, John and Marie request donations made to WAMM. Sponsored by: WAMM. FFI: Call Maxine 651-731-1234.

Tell the EPA you support limiting carbon pollution from power plants.

A Petition From The League of Women Voters HERE.
forwarded by Judie

Boots on the Ground

"That these troops will be sent with Iraqi soldiers to al-Anbar Province belies the administration’s repeated denial that it will put boots on the ground," Cole wrote. "There will soon be 3000 US troops in Iraq. They will be at the scene of battles, embedded with Iraqi units (apparently in the hope that the Iraqi troops will be too embarrassed to run away en masse again in front of foreign guests)." --Juan Cole
Read the entire article HERE.

President Obama, Please Act Before It's Too Late

Read the list of urgent actions that Barack Obama  could carry out and
sign the petition to the President HERE.

New Drone Report

"Only 4% of drone victims in Pakistan named as al Qaeda members"
--Bureau of Investigative Journalism
Read their analysis HERE.

November's Meeting


About 40 of us attended Dr. Peter Menge's highly informative talk about health care. Dr. Menge is active in Physicians for a National Health Program Minnesota. Their website HERE has much to impart. Take a look and tell your friends about 
the possibility of a single payer plan in Minnesota!

A Fascinating Article That Addresses November Meeting Subject

Read "Why Americans Are Drowning in Medical Debt" HERE. 
forwarded by Cathy

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:  

December 3, 2014    Film TBA
January 7, 2015     Compassion & Choices, Janet Conn, Regional Director, Speaker
February 4, 2015    UN - Joe Schwartzburg's book
March 4, 2015       Jewish Voice for Peace
April 1, 2015 MN Environmental Initiatives
May 6, 2015          Homelessness/Update

It's Pervasive--Empathy Deficit Disorder

Read Robert Reich HERE. Also how McDonald's, et al. manage to pay workers $20/hour NOT in the US, but in Denmark HERE.

Learn more about the Russian-Ukrainian conflict 11-20

THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE RUSSIAN-UKRAINIAN CONFLICT:
CAUSES AND CONSEQUENCES

November 20, 2014
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Plymouth Congregational Church
1900 NICOLLET AVE
MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 55403-3746
(Jackman Room, lower level)
Abundant free parking in lot on Franklin Ave. adjacent to church
enter building from lot on La Salle Ave. side.
The ongoing conflict in East Ukraine is one of the most tragic and geopolitically significant developments in the post-Soviet space. Its causes are mired in mind-boggling complexity. One of its signal consequences has been the demise of the taken-for-granted, post-Cold War international order. The conflicting narratives that have followed the Russian annexation of Crimea have complicated attempts to understand the origins of the conflict. The presentation will examine the historical, economic, and geopolitical causes of the conflict and its possible implications.
Presenter: Dr. Artyom Tonoyan. A native of Armenia, Dr. Tonoyan is a research associate and consultant at East View Information Services, a Minneapolis-based research and information firm specializing in the countries of the former Soviet Union, China and the Middle East. At East View, he is engaged in a research project on election politics in Russia, Ukraine, Armenia and Georgia. He earned his Ph.D. in religion, politics and society from Baylor University in 2012. He has authored a number of peer reviewed articles and book chapters on various aspects of religion and politics in Russia, Ukraine and the Caucasus, and currently is finishing a monograph on religion and nationalism in the South Caucasus.

Sunday Cartoon


Tell NPR: Don't Reduce Reporting on the Environment

"In a shocking move, NPR gutted its environmental reporting last week, cutting down from 4 staff members to just 1 part-time reporter."
What are they thinking?!!
Sign HERE.

Tell Obama--No More Torture

Read more and sign a letter to the president HERE.
forwarded by Judie

Gail Collins on Guns

Read Gail from Saturday's NYT HERE.

We Must Deal With Depleted Uranium

It has been recorded that the number of deformed babies born in war torn countries has steadily increased because of the use of uranium weaponry. This subject will be addressed at the UN on November 5. Please sign the petition to Senator Kerry HERE.

National Nurses United Petition to Help Stop Ebola in the US

Watch as NU Co-President Jean Ross of Minneapolis tells the audience on Face the Nation, “a corporate CEO apology doesn't save lives,” HERE.  
Sign the nurses' petition HERE.

There Are Some in DC Who Undermine Diplomacy

Sign HERE to tell members of Congress:  Do not disrupt sensitive talks with Iran by adding new sanctions.

Why Do Americans Hate Beheadings But Love Drone Killings?

Read Coleen Rowley's article HERE.
One of the Grandmothers at "Fly Kites, Not Drones" event on 10-11

Tell Congress What You Think--Sign This Petition

Congress, Return to Session Immediately and Vote to End the U.S. War in Syria and Iraq.

To: The U.S. House of Representatives and Senate
We the undersigned citizens of the United States do hereby petition the Congress of the United States to return into session immediately and vote to end and forbid U.S. war in Syria and Iraq.


Sign HERE.
forwarded by Judie

National Priorities Project's New Project

Find out how much federal money is spent in our state or any state by using NPP's incredible resource HERE. 
  • How much money does the federal government spend on contracts in your state, and which agencies are footing the bill?
  • What kind of compensation do federal employees in your state receive?
  • Is your state getting more or less in federal grants now compared to a few years ago?
  • What's the average per-person benefit for federal programs like Social Security, food stamps, and unemployment insurance in your state?
HERE is the link to Minnesota.

Study Peace in Your PJs

Online Peace Education Course offered by World Citizen, Inc.

Overview: This introductory online course focuses on the principles, frameworks and practices of Peace Education which is available 24 hrs a day to fit your schedule. New groups are starting each month, and you can register any time. More info HERE.
If interested contact: Martha at martrobe44@aol.com

Pentagon PR

Read about the new $15 million "commemoration" of the Viet Nam war HERE.

We Need A US Surgeon General, Especially Now

As you remember, the National Rifle Association has blocked the nomination of Dr. Vivek Murthy because he has stated that our gun culture is detrimental to public health. With the anxiety over the  Ebola virus increasing, the country needs an official medical advisor to assuage its fear.
Stop the NRA from their constant obstruction of the public good.
Sign the petition HERE.

Women's Press Coverage of Future First

HERE is the article from the Women's Press, including interviews with the founders of Future First.
forwarded by Joan

We Are The Walrus

Gail Collins on climate change deniers HERE.

Future First

"Tomorrow is in our hands" is the catch-phrase of Future First, an organization described on their website HERE as "led by women who are joined together by our love and concern for the future of our planet and what it holds for our children and generations to come."

The 2014 Women's Congress will be hosted by Future First at the Earle Brown Heritage Center November 7-9.

All you need to know about the congress is HERE.

We Don't Need Exploding Oil Trains in Minnesota

Bakken oil exploding in Casselton, ND, December 2013
With all of the oil coming from the Bakken fields and from Alberta on substandard rail cars, we need to make sure that the rules are tightened to protect those along the path of these volatile products.
Add your comment before the 9-30 deadline HERE.

This Poem Brought The Heads of Nations to Tears


Watch 26 year old Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, from the Marshall Islands, addressing the Opening Ceremony of the UN Secretary-General's Climate Summit.

"Barbara Lee Speaks for Me"

Read John Nichols about the ever brave congresswoman HERE.

David Swanson on MSNBC's Ed show

Watch David Swanson of World Beyond War in a brilliant interview HERE.

100 Years Ago, A Minneapolis "Peace Army"

Read a bit of history from MinnPost HERE and join actions around town--especially our own Grandmothers for Peace vigil on 10-22, to protest the bombing of Syria, et al.
Check our calendar for details.

"This chamber reeks of blood,"--Senator George McGovern

In David Swanson's piece HERE, he speaks of the cowardice of our legislators to stop the violent reaction to problems in the Middle East. Now that you may know how your senators and representatives voted, take David's advice and send them a strong message of disapproval HERE, just as Medea has.

Do You Know How Your Senators and Reps Voted For More War?

Check out Representatives votes HERE and Senators HERE.

Words From Mel Duncan, Nonviolent Peaceforce

The awe-inspiring work of the Nonviolent Peaceforce, protecting civilians in war zones should be emulated around the globe. "(T)he number of people living as refugees from war or persecution exceeded 50 million in 2013". Read more from Mel Duncan HERE.
forwarded by Judie

Another Resource for Understanding the Middle East

The mission statement of Americans for Peace Now reads: 
"APN is the sister organization of Shalom Achshav, Israel's preeminent peace movement. APN's mission is to educate and persuade the American public and its leadership to support and adopt policies that will lead to comprehensive, durable, Israeli-Palestinian and Israeli-Arab peace, based on a two-state solution, guaranteeing both peoples security, and consistent with U.S. national interests."
Visit their website HERE.
forwarded by Cathy

Those Lazy Jobless

Paul Krugman has a great piece in the Times today HERE.

NO RUSH TO WAR!--another petition

These online petitions do make a difference. Contact your representatives any way you wish,
but try this easy way as well.
SIGN HERE.

Casus Belli

Here is an interesting article about US reasons for bombing
Syria and Iraq, "James Foley is not a War Ad", HERE.

A Bit of Levity Is Always Good

The Borowitz Report HERE.