7-4-13

7-4-13

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Great Friends, Great Discussion, Great Plans 9-3

GRANDMOTHERS FOR PEACE 
First Wednesday of each month meetings are held at
Edina Community Library
12:45 pm

SEPTEMBER 3rd Planning for 2014 - 2015. Bring your ideas for speakers and actions.
see our calendar for more details

Vigil With Us


Please Come to Vigil With Us Every Wednesday
Show commuters that the struggle for peace and justice has a face.
 JOIN US!
Our next vigil will be:
Wednesday,
September 3rd
4:45pm to 5:45pm
50th Street at Halifax 


Labor Day Action

Labor strike 1909
"Representatives Keith Ellison and John Lewis have  introduced legislation to defend the right of workers to organize unions. The Employee Empowerment Act would protect workers from employer discrimination by making labor organizing a civil right. Now more than ever, we need to show solidarity with workers and fight for their right to organize for better wages and working conditions."
Tell Congress to protect workers' right to organize.
Sign HERE.

Rise of the Renter Nation

Occupy Homes MN is hosting 2 training sessions on renter organizing.
 
WHAT: A presentation on the history of renters' struggles, current context of the housing crisis, and potential for solutions by building power for renters across diverse communities.
 
WHEN: Saturday September 13th, 3:30pm-6:00pm (food and fellowship from 3:30-4:00pm)
 
WHERE: Powderhorn Park, 3400 15th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN


WHAT: 
A daylong dive into the history, strategies, and technical skills for organizing renters in low income communities and communities of color.
 
WHEN: Sunday, September 14th, 10:00am - 5:00pm 
 
WHERE: 4200 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN
TRAINING GOALS/OBJECTIVES:
  • Train local residents & allies on tenant organizing skills, strategy, current national organizing models, and the political context for renters in the US
  • Continue to build a strong coalition with neighborhood associations and community organizations
  • Generate citywide excitement around tenant organizing
Food, childcare, and Spanish translation will be provided.

We hope you can join us!
-The Occupy Homes MN Team
forwarded by Cathy

Protest the Siege Every Friday

Protest the massacre in Gaza on Fridays at
Summit and Snelling Avenues in St. Paul
from 4:30-5:30 pm

A "Whopper" of a Scam

You probably already know about the inversion tactics many American companies are using to avoid paying corporate taxes in the US. Burger King is the latest big dog to merge with a foreign company--Tim Horton of Canada. American taxpayers pay the balance that these companies avoid.
Boycott Burger King and sign a letter to the CEO HERE. 

Muddled War "Facts", Except One

At our vigil Wednesday evening on 50th and Halifax, we discussed the puzzling nature of all of the wars around the world. It's often impossible to determine who is fighting whom right now. One thing is clear however--the US is supplying an abundance of weaponry to a wide assortment of warring factions. 
As Peace Action says, "from Gaza to Syria to Iraq to Egypt to Libya to Afghanistan -- U.S. military intervention and an ever-ready supply of U.S. weapons ... make matters worse."
Let's stop fanning the flames of war.
Sign the petition to the President and Congress HERE.

Take the Pledge--Skip the Straw

Our oceans are polluted by many things, but have you ever thought about those ubiquitous straws one finds on restaurant floors and sidewalks? Volunteers for Ocean Conservancy picked up 550,000 straws on beaches last year. You can help save our oceans by telling your waiter to "Skip the straw".


Sign the pledge to do so HERE.

In Case You Missed It--Immigration Lawyer's Story

We were so moved and impressed by the 8-25 story on the PBS NEWSHOUR of a daring immigration lawyer and her cohorts who are working against US government created obstacles to help the families who have fled violence in Central America.
If you can, take a minute to listen or read it HERE. (Follow-up article in today's NYT HERE.)

The Future of Organics

A wonderfully informative piece about organic food
by Ronnie Cummins HERE.

Malaysian Jet Downed in Ukraine Could Cause War With Russia

Ukrainians Pay Their Respects at Malaysia Jet Crash Site
World Without War has a new petition to investigate the tragedy for which the US blames Vladimir Putin. Read the reasons for a full inquiry into the shoot-down and sign the petition HERE. As David Swanson states: "What if the Gulf of Tonkin had been investigated 50 years ago this month? What if the independent inquiry that Spain wanted into the USS Maine had been allowed? What if Congress hadn't swallowed the one about the babies taken from incubators or that hilarious bit about the vast stockpiles of WMDs?" All casus belli need thorough examination.
forwarded by Coleen

Hedy Epstein Arrested Near Ferguson

Read the story of the 90-year-old human rights activist HERE.

10 Questions About Obama's Iraq Bombing

Read Matt Rothschild from The Progressive HERE.

The Story of 91-Year-Old Henk Zanoli

A moving account of a man's change of heart HERE.

Amazing! Obama Halts Delivery of Hellfire Missiles to Israel

Perhaps signing Robert Naiman's petition made a difference! 
Read the article from Haaretz HERE.

FCNL Action: Drop Food, Not Bombs

The Friends Committee on National Legislation has a wonderful online tool for writing to our leaders.
Try it out HERE.

If A Genocide Falls in a Forest. . .

Read the shocking quotes from some powerful Israeli politicians about the people of Gaza HERE.

"Compassionate" Missiles

Here's Glenn Greenwald's collection of the continuing Presidential ritual of bombing countries for "humanitarian" reasons. What a chronology!
Read it HERE.

Stop "Mission Creep" in Iraq

Hellfire missiles are being sent to Iraq on the "fast track".
Sign Robert Naiman's petition to Congress HERE.

Another Excellent Website

From Cathy:  'Since it's predicted that the next war/s will be over natural resources, Climate Action info is relevant to "Grannies"'.
We must insist our elected officials pass legislation that saves our world.
Check out Vote Climate HERE.

World Beyond War

World Beyond War's website HERE, is such an amazing resource. Check out all of the links offered there, especially the Jon Stewart and John Oliver videos.

Protest Art Casts A Wide Net

While in Chicago we attended the opening party for "The Provocateurs" art exhibit. Here is a super example of protest art by Shepard Fairey, who you know for his Obama HOPE portrait.

UPDATE: Walgreens Plans Were Defeated!

Jim Hightower calls it "inversion perversion"--a legal, but unfair loophole which will save Walgreens millions of dollars and cost American taxpayers plenty. Of course Walgreens won't move to Switzerland, but will enjoy all of the benefits US communities have to offer like police, fire departments, roads, educated workers, etc. They just won't pay for those perks. (BTW--Walgreens CEO Greg Wasson took home more than $13.7 million in 2013.)
So many of us depend on Walgreens for our prescriptions and sundries.
Sign HERE to tell them that you will shop elsewhere
if they merge with a Swiss company to avoid US taxes. 
Thanks to everyone who signed!
Walgreens Plans Were Defeated!

The Corporate Media Blames the Victims in Gaza

CBS News' Bob Schieffer made ludicrous assertions this week on Face the Nation. Tell Schieffer and CBS what you think by signing End the Occupation's letter HERE.

The US Arms the World

How can the US grumble about Russian-made weapons killing innocents, when the United States is responsible for "79 percent of weapons sales to the Middle East"? Now it's been discovered that the rebel group ISIS has plundered many of those weapons in Iraq, killing innocents with US-made weapons. The US is the arms supplier to the world--entirely for profit, not for peace.
RootsAction says: "Tell Congress and the President to end foreign weapons sales." Sign HERE.

An Urgent Action From Women Against Military Madness

Call your members of congress to Stop US aid to Israel at 202-224-3121

Israel receives over 3 billion dollars in US aid every year. Our tax dollars are paying for the massacre in Gaza. In Minnesota we have NO members of Congress speaking out against Israel’s Operation Protective Edge in Gaza. Tell your representatives that you want an end to U.S. aid to Israel.

Representative Ellison: 612-522-1212 
Representative McCollum: 651-224-9191 
Representative Paulsen: 952-405-8510
Representative Kline: 952-808-1213
Senator Franken: 651- 221-1016 
Senator Klobuchar: 612-727-5220

US Border Patrol--Out of Control!

Are we afraid of a van full of boy scouts at our borders?
Read the story HERE.

Innocent Gazans Killed, Yet US Senate Voted 100-0 For Israel

From Mondoweiss: "Note that even progressive saints Elizabeth Warren, Al Franken, Sherrod Brown, and Bernie Sanders found nothing in this [bill] to object to. For the record, no U.S. military adventure has had the support of all hundred senators in decades. But, hey, this is Israel. And, more important, this is AIPAC. And cash." Read the whole piece HERE.
 
And from Jewish Voice for Peace:
"Your elected officials need to hear from you: stop funding this massacre."
Sign their petition HERE.

"When Is A House A Home?"

Today marks the deadliest day of the latest war in Gaza (NYT).
Read about Israel's excuse for bombing civilians HERE.
What US companies profit from the Israeli attacks on Gaza?
Read the list HERE.

Sign A Petition to the White House--"Turn the Water On"

Thousands of families in Detroit are without water. Obama can declare a health emergency.
Sign HERE.

Protect the Children

CREDO action-- 
 "Tell the Obama administration: The children at the border are refugees,
not criminals."
Sign HERE.
For more information about the reasons 52,000 children have fled Central America, read "The Children of The Drug Wars" from Sunday's NYT HERE.

Video from Jewish Voice for Peace

If you have not already, watch the 6 minute animated video that was shown this year at a gfp meeting. It is a good tool for understanding the Israel-Palestine conflict
as we protest the horrific violence currently underway.
Watch it HERE.

Sign An Open Letter Against Further Violence in Israel-Palestine

Jewish Voice for Peace states, "Only by ending the occupation and embracing equality can this terrible bloodshed end."
Sign their letter HERE.

Mothers Join Together in Israel-Palestine


Read the story of grieving mothers HERE.

Happy 4th!

Medea Benjamin wrote today:
The Founding Fathers, who revolted against a foreign power, were vehemently opposed to getting involved in military adventures overseas. George Washington cautioned our new nation against the "mischiefs of foreign intrigue." James Madison said the US should steer clear of unnecessary wars. Thomas Jefferson said, "If there be one principle more deeply written than any other in the mind of every American, it is that we should have nothing to do with conquest." Secretary of State John Quincy Adams warned in 1821 that America should not go abroad in search of “monsters to destroy”—for such folly would destroy “her own spirit.”
Today 10 Grandmothers for Peace did our part as patriots for peace.








4th of July Compatriots in Minnesota

4th parade in Brainerd. Photo forwarded by friend in peace Robin Hensel--Camp Ripley drone protester extraordinaire, who drove the truck.