7-4-13

7-4-13

Protest Works

Mark Bittman is usually a food writer. Here he explains how all of our anxieties about our country have been blended together and how our voices must be heard in order for change.
Read Bittman in Sunday's NYT 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: 

January 7, 2015     Compassion & Choices, Janet Conn, Regional Director, Speaker
Making Wise Decisions When Facing Serious Illness or Impending Death

Janet Conn has led the local chapter of  COMPASSION AND CHOICES  for almost 15 years. Come hear stories of courage and advocacy from around the country, gather information, examine your own beliefs and values and put forward questions and comments.  Her presentation is sure to move us.

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

"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,
December 24th
4:30pm to 5:30pm
50th Street at Halifax
NO FROSTBITE ZONE
Stay for only as long as you are able!

Even Worse Than Wall Street Bail-outs--More $ For War in the Omnibus Bill

Read about it from Common Dreams HERE.

Wall Street Give-a-ways Were Not Stopped, But We Tried

The Senate voted on the spending bill, which you probably know includes deregulation of the high stakes gambling that big banks want to continue. This ruling could easily lead to another recession, as banks would be once again bailed out by US taxpayers. Read the brilliant economist Simon Johnson HERE.
Thank you for calling our MN senators. Neither voted for this horrible bill!!

Klobuchar and Franken Are Holding Up Diplomacy

    

                                                


Home Care Workers Need A Raise

Home care health aides have onerous tasks and huge responsibilities, but are they compensated well for it? We need home care work to pay living wages to those devoted people who care for our ill and aging citizens. 
Sign HERE.

The Walton Family's War Against Solar

It's unbelievable that one exceedingly wealthy family can hinder solar panel users in this country. Walmart's agenda has already succeeded in Arizona.
Sign on to stop them HERE.

Ashton Carter As Our New Defense Secretary???

Watch the segment of Democracy Now about Carter's history.

The Environment and the Military

The greatest polluter--the military industrial congressional complex.
Read Kathy Kelly HERE.

Take A Step For the Environment

Sign Public Citizen's petition to the EPA HERE.

Just A Few More Signatures Needed

Please ask Senator Udall to release the torture report HERE.

Working on Thanksgiving, Is It Fair?

Don't we need a little serenity in our lives? If you think that retail workers should be able to enjoy Thanksgiving with their families,
sign HERE.

Congress Forgot About The Sioux

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

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.

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

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.

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.