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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

Wednesday, September 7
Annual Planning Meeting
The September meeting is when we plan programs for the coming year.  Come with ideas for monthly meetings and join in the lively discussion AND decisions.  It is also time to consider volunteering for some of the tasks that need to be done in order for us to prepare our monthly meetings and actions.

Meeting topics for 2016-2017 will be announced after this important planning session.


Media Always Calling For More War

Photos gone viral of injured Syrian children bring out the worst from pundits.
Read more from The Nation HERE.

Save the Date--September 22

"You Get What You Pay For: The Cost of War" Panel Discussion with the Women and Money Project

Thursday, September 22nd from 5pm-6:30pm
Location to be announced
University of Minnesota

Minnesota Women's Caucus for Art and the Katherine E. Nash Gallery at the University of Minnesota present "The Women and Money Project", a group exhibition and related programs that will investigate the relationship between women and money through a contemporary lens. 

For this particular panel Meng Tang, media artist, filmmaker and educator expounds on the extensive research and personal experiences that inspired her video installation "Money of War," followed by reactions from the panelists and audience Q and A. 

Moderator: Joyce Lyon

Panelist: Kozue Akibayashi, Doshisha University, Japan, International President of WILPF (Women's International League for Peace and Freedom)

Marta Benavides, SIGLO XXIII, El Salvador, theologian, ordained minister, permaculturalist, artist

Polly Mann, founder of Women Against Military Madness 

Light refreshments will be served.
This event is free and open to the public.
Sponsored by Women's International League for Peace and Freedom

HERE is the website for Women and Money.

Unprecedented Waste!

Learn more and sign HERE.

We Need to Hear All of the Voices

There is a new petition to the media to hold debates which include more candidates.
Sign HERE.


Save the Date--September 9th

Voices for Peace
Presents its Fall Benefit Concert

In celebration of their 10th anniversary, Voices for Peace, along with Grandmothers for Peace, will present its annual Fall concert to benefit In The Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre
Friday, September 9, 2016
7:30pm
In the Heart of the Beast Theatre
1500 East Lake Street 
Minneapolis
Tickets $15

Tickets may be ordered through Brown Paper Tickets at http://voicesforpeace.brownpapertickets.com

We hope to see all those who work for peace, who hope for justice, who care for our families, our friends, our communities, our country, all humanity and all sentient beings. Each person has his or her own style of activism, from deep prayer to marching to getting-out-the-vote. Lot Voices or Peace and Grandmothers for Peace inspire and encourage you with music!

Vigil With Us!

Airstrikes on hospitals!!! Mercenaries piloting an increased number of drone strikes, US complicity in deaths of innocent Yemenis, more soldiers in Iraq, heavy equipment ready for war with Russia--we need to protest the bellicose actions of our government!
Please Vigil With Grandmothers for Peace Every Wednesday
Our next vigil will be:
Wednesday, August 31st
4:45pm to 5:45pm 
50th Street at Halifax

An Action Alert from Marie

Dear Peacemakers,

We are urging you to join with Women Against Military Madness in calling your member of the House of Representatives at 202-225-3121 and asking her/him to vote “No” on HR 5732, which is currently pending in Congress. 

It is extremely disappointing that Congressman Keith Ellison has chosen to co-sponsor this bill, which is also supported by some of the most hawkish members of Congress. If he is your representative, we encourage you to tell him that you disagree with his decision to co-sponsor HR 5732.

HR 5732, with its threat of increased sanctions and a no-fly zone, will increase the suffering of Syrians and create a dangerous confrontation with Russia. According to Phyllis Bennis, “The first act in imposing a no-fly zone is an extensive bombing campaign, an act of war.” In 2012, General Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the White House that imposing a no-fly zone in Syria, “would require as many as 70,000 American servicemen to dismantle Syria's sophisticated anti-aircraft system and then impose a 24-hour watch over the country.”

Suggested Message:

We urge you to vote “no” on HR 5732, the “Caesar Syrian Civilian Protection Act.” This bill, which increases the sanctions against Syria and requires the President to assess the establishment of a no-fly zone is a plan for regime change in disguise. It will increase civilian suffering and death and create a dangerous confrontation with Russia.

Thank you in advance for your support of this effort.

Peace in the struggle,

Marie Braun
for Twin Cities Peace Campaign

Mr. President, Stop Bombing the Middle East

Seven countries have been bombed during his presidency.
Now the US is dropping bombs in Libya.
Read about the campaign with no end in The Intercept HERE.
Sign CODEPINK's petition to Obama HERE.

Anti-War Protest at the Dem Convention



Hurray for the sage words from Norm Solomon, et al.!

No More US Led Bombings of Syrians!

According to the London Telegraph (7/19/16), the airstrike (on Tuesday) killed “more than 85 civilians” after the “coalition mistook them for Islamic State fighters.” Eight families were represented among the dead, with victims “as young as three.” The Intercept (7/19/16) reported the death toll could end up being well over 100. 
Common Dreams
Tell Obama that this has to stop HERE. 

Sadly, A Pro-War Platform

An anti-war position, in the broadest sense of reducing military budgets, calling for diplomacy over war, condemning the “inevitable” civilian casualties, calling out how military assaults create rather than end terrorism…these are enormously unifying principles among progressives. It certainly should have been a much bigger part of what progressives pushed for in the platform fight. This is one of those irrefutable examples of why movements matter, and what happens when they are weak.
Phyllis Bennis

Read the full article in The Nation HERE.

13 Parading Grannies + Chauffeur, July 4, 2016

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Become An Election Judge

Democracy lovers from across the political spectrum are needed to serve as election judges this fall.

As an election judge, you’ll be trained to assist in all aspects of voting at a local polling place. It’s a critical – and rewarding – service to provide. Working as an election judge gives you a unique, up-close look at democracy in action. Turnout in presidential years is always high, and election judges are in high demand!

The Secretary of State has a helpful page with information about becoming an election judge, with links to city- and county-specific application pages. You can serve for a half day or a whole day, depending on your schedule. State law allows for time off from work without loss of wages.

If you have a child who is 16 or 17, they can serve as a student election judge – it’s a wonderful opportunity for them to experience democracy firsthand.

Mark your calendars for these upcoming elections:

* Primary Election Day is Tuesday, August 9
* General Election Day is Tuesday, November 8

Live in Minneapolis?

Anticipating exceptionally high turnout this presidential election year, Minneapolis election officials are aiming to hire 2,000 election judges and are reaching out to the nonprofit community to help them reach this goal.

The city is offering a new program for non-profit organizations to fundraise through volunteering as election judges. CORE – Charitable Organizations Recruitment for Elections – allows organizations like FairVote Minnesota to receive compensation for recruiting volunteer election judges.

Volunteering through CORE is a simple and gratifying way to support FairVote Minnesota on Election Day - to apply, please click here!

As always, thanks for everything you do to advance democracy in Minnesota.

The FairVote Minnesota team

forwarded by Judie

Help Lori Swanson and Other Conscientious Attorneys General

Gas and oil lobbyists are fighting the AGs who are suing Exxon.
Sign HERE to help in the fight against climate change.

Remember the Days?

St. Paul Pioneer Press EXPRESS January 14, 2003
We have been holding our anti-war vigils for many years.
We need to continue this action now, more than ever. 
We hope that more of you will join us
at the corner of 50th and Halifax every Wednesday at 4:45pm.

Unreported

Don't miss this piece by David Swanson HERE.

50 Victims-50 Senators

Read the names of the elected officials who voted to make it easy for anyone to conduct a massacre HERE.

Help the DNC Platform Committee Decide on Pharmaceuticals

Sign the letter to the DNC HERE. 
Corporate price gouging for medicine can be foiled if we protest.

Memorial Day--A Day to Oppose All War

The first Memorial Day was celebrated in 1866 on the first anniversary of the end of the Civil War. A Ladies’ Memorial Association in Columbus, Georgia voted to lay flowers on the graves of dead soldiers and urged people in other states to do the same. Rather than remembering only the Confederate soldiers, they recognized that all dead soldiers had grieving families and so they laid flowers on all of the graves. Memorial Day became a national holiday in 1868.
Memorial Day has become a holiday that celebrates war and treats soldiers as heroes, rather than respecting its roots as a day to mourn the personal costs of war. Instead of being a time of reflection on the truth about wars, the US Empire’s war culture is on full display over the Memorial Day weekend perpetuating the myths that being in the military is both patriotic and heroic, when in truth many US wars are unnecessary and violate international law. It is up to us to examine the hypocrisy of US foreign policy and work toward ending war as a tool of foreign policy.
by Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese

A Little History--Grannies' Meetings

Our monthly Grandmothers for Peace meetings carry on year after year. 
What an amazing group!
I hope that you can magnify your computer screen a bit to read this lovely article printed in the Strib January 26, 1989.
(Incidental:  Lorie Line was giving FREE concerts back then!!!)

Make November 8th, 2016 A National Holiday

Obama has the power to make a huge difference in voter turnout.
Sign a letter to the President HERE.

A Plea to All Nations

Please sign the petition from World Without War HERE.

Happy Grandmothers' Day!!

"No wonder grandmothers make the best activists." Read more of the lovely article by Dominque Browning HERE.

Let's Stop the Sale of ROUNDUP

Costco is such a good corporate citizen.
Ask them to stop selling a cancer causing product. SIGN HERE.

No More Troops to Syria!!


Sign CODEPINK's petition to Obama HERE.

Another Sneak Attack on Social Security

Centrists disguised as progressives are slinking into DC to propose cuts to SS.
Sign a petition HERE.

As A Preview of His Speaking Tour in June. . .

Read a wonderful interview with David Swanson HERE.

The Tragedy of Our Drone Program

Too many innocents have been murdered by our own government.
U.S. drones, hovering over countless communities around the globe,
have only fomented rage against America.
The victims are speaking out. Read more HERE.

Tell President Obama to Visit Nuclear Ground Zero

In May Obama goes to Japan. He could be the first American president to visit the Peace Park at Hiroshima.
Sign a letter of encouragement HERE.

Watch and Sign

Sign the petition HERE.

Interesting Articles About Super Delegates, et al.

After a fascinating meeting today, there is much to research. 
HERE is Charles Blow from the NYT
and also Michael Winship in Common Dreams HERE.

Why Some Justify Terror---NYT Letter to the Editor

I found this reader's insight into the reasons people kill and  terrorize, spot on.
To the Editor:
Although, as your article says, the backgrounds of terrorists “are so diverse that they defy a single profile,” the murderers share a characteristic that is worth noting: a casual acceptance of causing the death of random people.
This capacity to depersonalize derives in large part from cultural and political attitudes. The modern tolerance of civilian casualties can be seen in the nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. That these acts were military, not “terroristic,” is most likely a distinction lost on jihadists.
The sanctity of one person’s existence is not part of our collective wisdom; instead, we have concepts like nationalism, race and ethnicity. Violence against others to achieve group ambitions is universally accepted, at the expense of millions of lives.
In the effort to end the mayhem, it might be more useful to study ourselves than to study terrorists.
GARY ABRAMSON
Goshen, N.Y.

Debtors' Prison in the USA

Read Bill Quigley's shocking story about two women jailed and unable to post $1700 bail for using a microwave at a convenience store HERE
and then sign a petition HERE.

Lift the Cuban Embargo and Close Gitmo

Much has changed for Cuba, but the Cuban people are suffering because the economic embargo is not fully lifted plus, of course,
Guantanamo has not been shut down as promised.
Sign CODE PINK's petition to Congress HERE.

Compare the Struggle of the Irish to Stories of Today

Read an enlightening article by Timothy Egan in the NYT today HERE.
famine memorial in Dublin

Six Minutes of Heart-Breaking Video

forwarded by WAMM Ground All Drones Committee

"An E.Coli’s Last Message to President Obama"

A great piece from Ralph Nader in Common Dreams HERE.
Sonia Shah's book is available at HC Libraries.