7-4-13

7-4-13

Gail Collins on Guns

Read Gail from Saturday's NYT HERE.

From Swords to Plowshares: Speakers Forum to End Gun Violence 10-26

Sunday, October 26, 2:30p.m.
Shir Tikvah Synagogue
1360 West Minnehaha Parkway, Minneapolis. 
The gathering will feature two amazing and inspiring guest speakers; Mary Johnson, and Sami Rahamim. Mary Johnson founded the organization, From Death to Life, in 2005. From Death to Life is an organization dedicated to ending violence through healing and reconciliation between families of victims and those who have caused harm. Mary’s own son, Laramiun Byrd was murdered in 1993. Sami Rahamim is an incredible young man who will be speaking about the state of gun violence in Minnesota. Sami’s father, Reuven Rahamim, was killed in the Accent Signage Systems shooting in 2012.
Sponsored by: Shir Tikvah Congregation. FFI: Call Crystal at 612-822-1440.

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:  

November 5, 2014   
Beyond the Affordable Care Act
Join Peter Menge, MD, a retired Health East physician whose practice was in internal medicine and hospital medicine. He attended the U of MN Medical School and completed his residency at the general hospital for Berkeley and Oakland, CA. He served as a medical officer for an infantry battalion in Viet Nam during the war. Dr. Menge currently resides in St. Paul with his wife and enjoys biking, hiking, travel, attending classes, and speaking on behalf of Physicians for a National Health Program Minnesota.
December 3, 2014    Film TBA
January 7, 2015     Compassion & Choices, Janet Combs, 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

"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,
October 29th
4:30pm to 5:30pm
50th Street at Halifax 

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.

MEPN Forum--Steadfast Witness with Daoud Nassar 11-1

Saturday, November 1, 9:30 a.m. (refreshments) 10:00 a.m. (Presentation and Discussion) Lutheran Church of Christ the Redeemer, 5440 Penn Avenue South, Minneapolis. 
Presentation by Daoud Nassar, a Palestinian Christian farmer, whose family works its 100-acre farm and orchard just outside the town of Bethlehem. It is on this farm that the family members strive to maintain a haven of peace and brother/sisterhood through activities at the Tent of Nations. The Tent of Nations is dynamic peace and local education center established by the Nassar family in 2000. International visitors, including many Israelis, join together to plant trees, harvest olives and fruit, teach at the Women's Education Center, lead activities in Youth Summer Camps, and come together in solidarity and shared goals in the pursuit of a just peace through non-violent activities.Sponsored by: Middle East Peace Now (MEPN). FFI: Call Dale Stuepfert 612-374-4049

SAVE THE DATE: MONDAY, 11-3

Sami Rasouli and Coleen Rowley will be speaking at St. Joan of Arc about recent events in Iraq and Syria.


A New Chapter of U.S. War: Iraq, Syria, ISIS and U.S. Intervention

Monday, November 3, 7:00 p.m. Hospitality Hall, St. Joan of Arc Church, 4537 3rd Avenue South Speakers Sami Rasouli and Coleen Rowley will discuss the history of U.S. intervention in the Middle East; conditions in Iraq after over two decades of U.S. war, sanctions and occupation; what is ISIS?; what is the role of the U.S. Congress and the media; will the U.S. put “boots on the ground”?; is endless war the new normal?; and so much more!

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

More Bloodshed Authorized By The Peace Prize President

Tonight President Obama is scheduled to tell the nation  that we must bomb Iraq and Syria. Tell him that "War is NOT the Answer"
Contact Congress using the FCNL tool HERE.

Corporate Media vs Grandmothers for Peace

s'pose we don't have to go this far

There are more and more reasons for the Grandmothers to actively speak out. The popular news programs all feature militarists' views on problem solving. Read the a report from Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting HERE. We can try to counter these hawks by spreading our non-violent message around--through speaking to family and friends, letters to the editor, vigils and marches.
Check our calendar for opportunities to do your bit for peace.

Have You Heard About the Film "Disruption"?

Check out the link and watch online HERE. 

The New PEACE Calendar

The brilliant people at World Beyond War have come up with an idea to help people think about war and peace--the Peace Calendar. I will add the whole year of events to the Grannies calendar. Here are September's entries:
September 9. On this day in 1828 Leo Tolstoy was born. This is a good day to read his books.

September 11. On this day in 1973 the United States backed a coup that overthrew the government of Chile. Also on this day in 2001 terrorists attacked in the United States using hijacked airplanes. This is a good day to oppose violence and nationalism and revenge.

September 14. On this day in 2013, the United States agreed to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons in cooperation with Russia, rather than launching missiles into Syria. Public pressure had been instrumental in preventing the missile attacks. Although those attacks were presented as a last resort, as soon as they were blocked all sorts of other possibilities were openly acknowledged. This is a good day on which to refute the nonsensical claim that wars can never be stopped.

September 15. On this day in 2001, Congresswoman Barbara Lee cast the only vote against giving U.S. presidents a pass to wage wars.

September 17. This is Constitution Day in the United States. On this day in 1787 the U.S. Constitution was adopted and had not yet been blatantly violated. Also on this day in 1978 Egyptian President Anwar El Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin signed the Camp David Accords. This is a good day on which to thank a diplomat for their service. This is a good day on which to back serious reforms for the U.S. Constitution.

September 18. On this day in 1924 Gandhi began a 21-day fast in a Muslim home, for Muslim-Hindu unity.

September 21. This is the International Day of Peace. Also on this day in 1963 the War Resisters League organized the first U.S. demonstration against the war on Vietnam. Also on this day in 1976 Orlando Letelier, a leading opponent of Chilean dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet, was killed along with his American assistant, Ronni Moffitt, by a car bomb in Washington, D.C. -- the work of a former CIA operative. This is a good day to work for peace and to remember the victims of war.

September 26. This is the UN International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons. Also on this day in 1924 the League of Nations endorsed the Declaration of Rights of the Child.
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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.

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.