Grandmothers for Peace Post-Vigil Dinner!

Let's celebrate summer Wednesday, August 5th, with dinner at D'Amico Restaurant (3948 W 50th St. in Edina) at 5:45pm directly after our vigil. If you are not familiar with our vigil, it is held every Wednesday at 4:45 at the corner of 50th Street and Halifax. D'Amico is just across the street. Bring your partner, bring your children, bring your friends.
If you can't vigil, just meet up at D'Amico. (We'll go Dutch.)

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

Could Grandmothers for Peace Do This?

Ralph Nader advocates a "citizens' summons" to our legislators. Read about it HERE. Perhaps we could discuss this and other actions at our
August 5th meeting at 12:45 at the Edina Library.


More soldiers in Iraq, heavy equipment ready for war with Russia--we need to protests the bellicose actions of our government!
Please Vigil With Grandmothers for Peace Every Wednesday
Our next vigil will be:
Wednesday, August 5th
4:45pm to 5:45pm
50th Street at Halifax

Gearing Up--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
August 5, 2015 Informal meeting and discussion
September 2, 2015 An important gathering at which we make decisions on upcoming topics, speakers, films
October 7, 2015
November 11, 2015
December 9, 2015
January 13, 2016
February 10, 2016
March 9, 2016
April 13, 2016
May 11, 2016
June 8, 2016
July 4, 2016 (Monday--no meeting. March in Edina Parade)
August 10, 2016

Unreal Voter ID Denial

Read about what can happen to 90 year olds HERE.
(ALEC at work!)

ALEC's New Video (With Edits)

As ALEC opens its meeting in San Diego this week, they released a promotional video that was cleverly edited by AFSME.

We Don't Have the Full Story About Yemen

The US and Saudi Arabia are using airstrikes to root out Houthi rebels in Yemen. More that 1500 civilians have been killed in the process, yet the corporate news media hide the bloody details. Read more and admonish the press for their secrecy HERE.

Medea's Piece About War Advocates Includes a Minnesotan

Medea Benjamin tells us about all of the secretive groups spending 
heaps of $$$ to push against diplomacHERE.

Tell Congress--Don't Kill Iran Deal

We want peace. The Iranian people want peace. There are many online petitions to sign--
HERE is another good one.

Join the Anti-War Protest on Saturday 8-8-15

Saturday, August 8 
1:00 - 2:00 PM 
Anti-war protest 
Hiawatha & Lake Street 
August 8th will mark one year since the Obama Administration launched a bombing campaign and started sending troops to Iraq in the name of fighting the Islamic State. Plans are being discussed to send more U.S. troops into so called "lily pad" bases. 

Over 20 years of U.S. war, sanctions, occupation and bombing campaigns have created the crisis in Iraq.  More bombs, troops, weapons and 'advisors' will not make things better. 
One year after the start of the latest U.S. bombing campaign in Iraq: 
Out of Iraq - No U.S. War 

Stop Bombing Iraq & Syria 
No Boots on the Ground - Troops Home Now
Gather with signs and banners to be part of a visible anti-war presence!
carpooling from Edina: Cathy at
St. Louis Park:  Darlene at
NW Mpls area:  Judie at

60 Years Ago. . .

.  .  .Albert Einstein, Bertrand Russell and others wrote a manifesto against war. Read about it and sign a manifesto for today HERE.

August Volunteer Opportunity

From long time Grandmother for Peace Jo Blatchley: 
The theme for the Saint Paul - Nagasaki Sister City Committee this year is "60 Years of Friendship, 70 Years of Peace between Us". One of our MANY events is an exhibition at Landmark Center entitled "From War to Reconciliation: Hiroshima Nagasaki Peace Exhibition." On loan from the Nagasaki National Peace Memorial Hall for Atomic Bomb Victims is the poster display about the atomic bombings plus art and artifacts from the Hiroshima and Nagasaki peace museums.  The exhibition will be opened by Mayor Tomihisa Taue of Nagasaki and Mayor Chris Coleman of Saint Paul on Saturday, August 22, at 10 a.m.  It will run until November 28.  
The exhibition needs to be staffed by volunteers during opening hours.  Most of the time, one just needs to sit at the entrance and count visitors and answer questions. In addition to the posters, which most of you have seen in the past, the exhibit has several video clips and some artifacts from Nagasaki in locked glass cases.   Sometimes, it will be important to respond to visitors in a gentle way or with compassion. Can you take on some three hour shifts Tuesday through Sundays during those months? We cannot leave the exhibit unlocked without a volunteer present. 

We are offering a preview of the exhibition and training for volunteers on Wednesday, August 19, from 9:30 to 12:30 at Landmark Center.  Please contact JoAnn Blatchley at or 952.261.3891 if this opportunity interests you.  We have many shifts to cover over the three plus months of the exhibition. 

Mycology Against Monsanto

Read a fascinating and very hopeful story HERE.

Action Alerts

At our vigil this week, we commiserated about the pro-Fast Track votes and tried to imagine what we could do next to fight TPP. HERE is an action from Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting. FAIR recounts the NPR broadcast that was tipped totally toward corporate interest and suggests we contact NPR about its slanted reporting.
Ralph Nader has some ideas HERE as well.

Hold These People Accountable For the Damage TPP Will Do

To be clear, without the votes of these 28 Democrats in the House, fast track would have failed. It only passed 219-211.

Brad Ashford (2nd-Neb.)
Rep. Ami Bera (7th-Calif.)
Rep. Don Beyer (8th-Va.)
Rep. Earl Blumenauer (3rd-Ore.)
Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (Ore.)
Rep. Gerry Connolly (8th-Va.)
Jim Cooper (5th-Tenn)
Jim Costa (16th-CA)
Rep. Henry Cuellar (28th-Texas)
Susan Davis (53rd-CA)
John Delaney (6th-Md.)
Rep. Suzan DelBene (1st-Wash.)
Rep. Sam Farr (20th–CA)
Rep. Jim Himes (4th-CT)
Ruben Hinojosa (15th-TX)
Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (30th-Texas)
Derek Kilmer (6th-Wash.)
Rep. Ron Kind (3rd-Wis.)
Rep. Rick Larsen (2nd-Wash.)
Beto O'Rourke (16th-TX)
Scott Peters (52nd-CA)
Jared Polis (2nd-Colo.)
Mike Quigley (5th-Ill.)
Kathleen Rice (4th-NY)
Rep. Kurt Schrader (Ore.)
Terri Sewell (7th-Alabama)
Debbie Wasserman Schultz (23rd-FL)

Democrat Senators who enabled Fast Track:

Michael Bennet (CO)
Maria Cantwell (WA)
Tom Carper (DE)
Chris Coons (DE)
Dianne Feinstein (CA)
Heidi Heitkamp (ND)
Bill Nelson (FL)
Tim Kaine (VA)
Claire McCaskill (MO)
Patty Murray (WA)
Jeanne Shaheen (NH)
Mark Warner (VA)
Ron Wyden (OR)

Congress "Guilty of Moral Cowardice"

Many of you signed on to help the McGovern-Jones-Lee bill get passed, but it was defeated yesterday 139 to 288.
Read more about it HERE.

War in Iraq is Truly Endless

Read Phyllis Bennis HERE.

Here's Another Shocker About TPP

It looks very suspicious that TPP rules are written to enable widespread privatization--especially of our Postal Service!
Read more HERE.

Urge Congress to Reveal TPP Details

They can do it. We just need to demand it.
Sign HERE.

At the February Grandmothers for Peace meeting we had the opportunity to learn of the great accomplishments as well as the failures of the United Nations. One of the challenges for the UN is the politics that hinder sending peace keepers to conflict zones.
Read more from Citizens for Global Solutions and sign a petition HERE.
forwarded by Judie

Here's A Wonderful Opportunity for Young People--Pass It On

September 1 – October 15
The Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers,, announces the first annual Leslie Reindl Peace Essay contest to coincide with the 20th anniversary of our founding. The Alliance is a coalition of over 60 peace and justice organizations throughout the state of Minnesota, dedicated to working toward a more peaceful and just society.
The essay contest is open to all Minnesota high school juniors and seniors. Three prizes will be awarded: first prize--$1000; second prize--$750; third prize--$500.
The essay must be the student’s original work and be 800-1000 words long, word-processed. The essay must not have been published elsewhere or submitted to other contests. A teacher, youth leader, or parent must sign a statement on the application form, confirming that the essay is the student’s original work.
The topics will address questions of peace and justice, and those interested are encouraged to read widely through the summer, as well as visit exhibits like Landmark Center’s Nagasaki Peace Exhibition, August 22 – November 28, 2015.
The winners will be invited to speak at the award ceremony.
August 31, 2015 Announcement of specific topics, distribution of application forms
October 15, 2015 Deadline for submission of essay and application form
November 2, 2015 Announcement of winners
November 10, 2015 Prizes awarded at Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers Annual Celebration
Please address any questions, comments, or requests for application forms to Larry Johnson. phone: 612 747-3904
forwarded by Martha

GFP Judie Attended A Dinner and Recommends This Program

Dear Friends: 

The Minnesota Council of Churches invites you
to the 2015 Taking Heart
Ramadan Iftar Dinners

June 18 - July 17 


Ramadan is the month of the Islamic lunar calendar during which Muslims abstain from food and drink from sunrise to sunset; this year it falls between the dates of June 18 - July 17. Fasting during Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam, and is performed to learn compassion, self-restraint, and generosity.

As our Muslim neighbors prepare for this sacred month, the Minnesota Council of Churches is excited to announce a series of open houses. Mosques and Islamic Community Centers once again will be welcoming their non-Muslim neighbors for a traditional Ramadan Iftar meal, the meal that breaks the fast.

Known as Taking Heart, this long-running program is organized by the Council and the Muslim American Society of Minnesota (MAS); it brings Christians and members of other faith communities together with Muslims for food and conversation.

Please complete this form to let us know you're joining us for an Iftar meal!  More events may be scheduled as Ramadan approaches, so bookmark it and check back often.

Check our website for the latest information and share this opportunity with your faith community and friends! All events are free and open to the public but registration is required.

Bernie Sanders' Message

Peace activists want Sanders to denounce the inflated military budget in his stump speeches. Sign HERE to send Bernie the message!

This Has Got To Stop!

The US is planning to increase the military dollar amount
it sends every year to Israel--to $4 billion!
Read more 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:  

Watch this blog for our summer plans and for the 
2015-16 schedule of meetings.

Progress Is Being Made to Sunset the Patriot Act--sign on

We can truly influence our legislators.
Please sign HERE.

Memorial Day

Why Are We In the Middle East?

Take a couple of minutes to read a very frank, important discussion from Common Dreams HERE.

REAL Progressives

US Labor Against the War has a new petition to politicians, saying real progressives must discuss our endless wars. Sign HERE. 

TPP Includes An Attack on Medicare!

Read about it and sign HERE.

Book Pics

Brothers : a novel
by Mohrbacher, Paul (2014)
New Adult Fiction Book
The story of the reunion of sixty-year old brothers, Ben and Nick, from North Dakota. Ben is still teaching in North Dakota but Nick has ended up in a nursing home in California after almost dying on the street. Read more on MinnPost HERE.

recommended by Darlene, the author's sister!

The invention of wings 
by Kidd, Sue Monk (2014)
Adult Fiction Book
"The story follows Hetty 'Handful' Grimke, a Charleston slave, and Sarah, the daughter of the wealthy Grimke family. The novel begins on Sarah's eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership over Handful, who is to be her handmaid. "The Invention of Wings" follows the next thirty-five years of their lives. Inspired in part by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke (a feminist, suffragist and, importantly, an abolitionist), Kidd allows herself to go beyond the record to flesh out the inner lives of all the characters, both real and imagined"
recommended by Marian and Lynne

Both of these marvelous books are available at HC libraries.

Stop The Spying--Sign On

Collecting unlimited phone data has now been ruled illegal.
Tell Congress that should be the last word. Sign HERE.

Childhood Obesity Can Be Blamed on McDonald's

McDonald's markets its unhealthy food to children with toys and treats. Ask them to stop this practice HERE.

The Koch Brothers vs Pope Francis

Read about the unbelievable skirmish HERE.

At Last, A Challenge to Israel's Secret Nukes

At the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty summit in NYC this week, non-nuclear nations spoke up about Israel's clandestine weapons. Read all about it HERE and link to the petition as well.

Support Legislation in MN That Protects Bees

Help save the bees in Minnesota from harmful pesticides. Sign on HERE.

TPP--Other Voices

Read Ralph Nader's informative piece HERE. And did you know what was quietly injected into the Senate's fast track legislation?
Anti-BDS rules to protect Israel!
Read about it HERE.

Take Action on Earth Day

Sign Public Citizen's petition to the President
to stop dangerous off-shore drilling HERE.

The US Needs the "Equality for All" Resolution--sign on

A petition to John Boehner  to protect
everyone from religion-based discrimination can be signed HERE.