More than 30 years ago a group of women concerned about war and nuclear proliferation launched Grandmothers for Peace in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota. We (not all of us grandparents) meet each month to share our own wisdom, experience and passion for peace and justice AND to seek actions by which we can make positive change for future generations. PLEASE JOIN US!
You probably read that the U of M will, on April 17th at 5pm, host Condoleeza Rice and pay her $150,000 for one lecture. (Strib article HERE.) There will be a rally and protest in front of Northup at 4pm. HERE are some ideas for protesting war criminals from CODEPINK. Also, see our calendar for two film presentations of "American Faust: From Condi to Neo-Condi" on April 10th and 15th. suggested by Joan
"This year the Obama administration earmarked another $3.1 billion for weapons to Israel in the FY2015 budget request it sent to Congress." Protest Israel's human rights abuses of Palestinians. Protest spending our tax dollars to arm Israel by signing HERE.
With our concerns about the environment, GMOs, organic food, and sustainable agriculture, we got into a discussion at our last meeting about some new books on the subject:
The edible landscape : creating a beautiful and bountiful garden with vegetables, fruits and flowers by Emily Tepe, 37 copies at Hennepin Libraries and Once Upon a Flock: Life with My Soulful Chickens by Lauren Scheuer, 5 copies for you adventurous egg lovers!
Ann Redmond said that she could talk all day about the devastating scourge of sex trafficking and the people and agencies trying to stop it. She didn't have all day, but we learned so much from her excellent presentation and handouts. Ann has worked tirelessly for more than 10 years on this issue. When asked what we can do to help, she referenced the need for supplies at the shelters that help women escape the snare of trafficking. After checking out the website of Breaking Free (HERE), I called to ask for more donation suggestions. What if the Grandmothers collected items and brought them to the next meeting on May 7th?
Food items: cereal, pasta, spaghetti, canned meats, powdered beverages like Kool-Aid, iced tea, coffee, sugar, flour, boxed dinners, soups, small snack packs for distributing on the street
Hygiene items: toilet paper, paper towels, tampons, handiwipes, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo and conditioner (large or hotel size are fine)
Misc: paper plates, napkins, plastic silverware, new or gently used towels and blankets
Let's do it!
Bring along whatever you can on May 7th and we will take it all to Breaking Free.
We want to know if the food we buy is genetically modified. Two bills have been introduced in Minnesota that will call for labeling. Though the bills will not be heard this session, our lawmakers should hear from us and be encouraged to keep the bills alive.
The administration needs to come clean about its incursions into other countries to assassinate people by drone strike. The bipartisan Targeted Lethal Force Transparency Act H.R.4372 would force disclosure and alert us all to the horrendous loss of innocent life that these strikes have produced. Urge your Representative, your Senators, and President Obama to support this legislation by signing the petition HERE.
“Addressing Challenges of Christian Zionism” Presenter: Rev. Robert O. Smith
The Rev. Robert O. Smith is a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America currently serving as Area Program Director for the Middle East & North Africa in the Global Mission unit of the Churchwide Organization. He serves on the staff team for the Peace Not Walls campaign and is a designated representative for the ELCA in the National Jewish-Christian Roundtable Dialogue. With Dr. Muna Mushahwar, he serves ecumenically as co-moderator of the Palestine-Israel Ecumenical Forum of the World Council of Churches. He received his Ph.D. in Religion, Politics & Society from Baylor University (Waco, Tex.) in 2010. With Charles Lutz, he is author of “Christians and a Land Called Holy: How We Can Foster Justice, Peace, and Hope” (Fortress, 2006). His latest book, “More Desired than Our Owne Salvation: The Roots of Christian Zionism” was published with a foreword from Martin E. Marty in July 2013 by Oxford University Press.
SATURDAY, APRIL 26, 2014
9:30 a.m. Refreshments 10:00 a.m. Presentation and Discussion
THE LUTHERAN CHURCH OF CHRIST THE REDEEMER
5440 Penn Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN
For information call Dale Stuepfert at 612-374-4049
"Target doesn't like unions - maybe because, as America's third-largest retailer with 2012 revenues of $73.3 billion, it can get away with paying its CEO $24 million a year, or $14,000 an hour, while paying its average sales 'team member' less than $17,000 a year, if they're lucky enough to get 40 hours a week".
WATCH Target's anti-union indoctrination video for new employees and you may change your mind.
100 women, mostly from Europe and the US, expected to enter Gaza by March 8 to celebrate International Women's Day in solidarity with their Palestinian sisters in Gaza. As of now the majority of the delegation has been detained by Egyptian authorities at the Cairo airport or deported. Two of the delegation's leaders, US Peace Activist Medea Benjamin and Irish Nobel peace laureate Mairead Maguire have already been deported. Medea was assaulted and injured by Egyptian police while in their custody and ignored by the US Embassy in Cairo despite repeated calls for assistance. She has returned to the US and is recovering.
The international delegation was formed in response to a call for help from the women of Gaza. The 1.8 million inhabitants of this tiny Palestinian territory have been under siege by neighbors, Israel and Egypt, for 7 miserable years, depriving them of the most basic needs, including access to safe drinking water, electricity, adequate medical care and freedom of movement. Human and material access in/out of Gaza is highly controlled and the only civilian point of entry is through Egypt at the Rafah Gate, where Palestinians are the first victims of frequent border closings. This is where the delegation intends to cross into Gaza if the Egyptian authorities allow them to travel through Egypt.
Our friend Medea was held for many hours without charge and very badly injured by Egyptian authorities at the Cairo airport. After multiple pleas for help, the US embassy never showed up to assist her. She was denied medical treatment and put on a plane to Turkey.
We received a plethora of information about Genetically Modified Food from our stellar speaker, Nancy Brown. Important to remember from her talk are the foods that have currently been genetically modified: canola, corn, sugar beets, cotton seed, and soy. Nancy started the group Right to Know MN and also praised the national group Just Label It as well as the Non-GMO Project where you can find GMO food alternatives. Pervasive in the foods we eat, GMOs have been shown to negatively effect human health as well as the environment. Link to these websites to learn what can be done to defeat the corporations who put profit over public welfare. Nancy began her excellent presentation with a hilariously depressing clip from The Colbert Report. View it HERE.
On March 5th at 12:45 at the Edina Library our program focused on the food we eat. The corporate push toward genetically modified (GMO) crops threaten the environment and also our ability to understand what dangers may be lurking on our plates.
HERE is an excellent article on the subject by the inimitable Jim Hightower.
As Medea Benjamin says, "Israel is the 27th richest country in world, but thanks to AIPAC, it gets more U.S. tax dollars than any other country. At a time when the foreign aid budget is being slashed, keeping the lion’s share of foreign assistance for Israel means taking funds from critical programs to feed, provide shelter and offer emergency assistance to the world’s poorest people."
Read Medea's full article HERE and don't forget to send your message HERE.
Read Robert Naiman's piece about appropriating needed funds from the military budget HERE. And did you hear that the National Priorities Project has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize? See their incomparable work tallying the cost of war HERE.