7-4-13

7-4-13

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

Book Pick--Pay Any Price

With the crackdown on journalists and whistleblowers so prevalent in the news, here is a book that we think will fascinate you. My husband and I just finished listening to James Risen's latest--Pay Any Price:  Greed, Power and Endless War. Risen really knows how to dig deep into the government's multitudinous inept and extortionate operations--
all in the name of national security.
(24 copies, 5 audiobooks and also downloads available at HC libraries.)
recommended by Lynne and Greg

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: 

February 4, 2015    Is the United Nations a Force for Global Peace or a Tool for Neo-Colonialism?
Gail Hughes, President of the Minnesota Chapter of Citizens for Global Solutions (CGS), will describe the major components of the UN, along with an analysis of strengths and weaknesses, as well as a discussion on how the UN can be improved.
Gail taught Global Studies, Sociology, and Interdisciplinary Social Science at St. Cloud State University. She is presently a part time faculty member in Post-secondary and Adult Ed at Capella University.
Join us for a lively discussion.
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,
February 4th
4:30pm to 5:30pm
50th Street at Halifax
NO FROSTBITE ZONE
Stay for only as long as you are able!

You May Never Switch on FOX. . .

.  .  .but remember, many people do. We need to speak up loudly about how FOX wreaks havoc in the US and around the world.
Read HERE how France and England have countered FOX lies.

And Some Say Unarmed Drones Are Fine. . .

Read about the drone that hovered over the White House on Monday HERE.

Middle East Peace Now Forum 2-14

The Son of Eilaboun : A Documentary

The Son of Eilaboun is a touching award-winning documentary by the Palestinian film maker Hisham Zreik.  It tells the story of Eilaboun, a small Palestinian town in North Galilee, which was ruthlessly attacked, brutalized and dispossessed by the Israel Defense Forces in 1948. 

The film is the story of the film maker's family as told through the eyes of surviving family and town members who were witness to the atrocities. It traces the struggles of the residents who eventually prevailed, through the UN efforts, to return to their village after being driven out. 

SATURDAY, February 14th, 2015
9:30 AM Refreshments                       10:00 AM Presentation and Discussion
SOUTHDALE HENNEPIN COUNTY LIBRARY
7001 York Avenue South,    Edina, MN 55435

Movie Pick-The Imitation Game

Do not miss the beautifully crafted film about the life of Alan Turing. Many know the story of this brilliant mathematician who worked in Bletchley Park during WWII. The dramatic unfolding of Turing's story is timely, artistically thrilling, entertaining, and heart-rending.

Guantánamo Diary

Finally a book by a prisoner. Read about it HERE.
It is available at HC Libraries.
Sign a petition for release HERE.

Our Grand Jury System Is Broken

Reform it now! Sign HERE.
forwarded by Judie

MLK

"A true revolution of values will lay hands on the world order and say of war, 'This way of settling differences is not just.' This business of burning human beings with napalm, of filling our nation's homes with orphans and widows, of injecting poisonous drugs of hate into the veins of peoples normally humane, of sending men home from dark and bloody battlefields physically handicapped and psychologically deranged, cannot be reconciled with wisdom, justice, and love. A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death."
Martin Luther King Jr.
April 4, 1967

2014--The Hottest Year of Them All

Watch the amazing graphic HERE.

Medea Benjamin on Saudi Arabian Hypocrisy and Cruelty

Read Medea HERE. Make sure to open the fascinating links.
(This article and others like it may just have saved Raif from yesterday's scheduled flogging.)

The Big Ideas Project

Simon Johnson, whose post HERE encourages everyone to vote in the Big Ideas Project, is a brilliant author and economist. Take a look at this new endeavor of the Progressive Change Institute HERE.
It makes one feel almost formidable!

Let's Tell Our Senators Once Again--Diplomacy Works!

Sign the petition from Win Without War HERE.
forwarded by Judie

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Could Be Disastrous

Articles abound in the liberal press about the dangers of the TPP.
Read a few HERE.
And an alert from Senator Sanders HERE
And warnings from doctors HERE.
AND sign a petition from 350.org HERE.
suggested by Cathy
3000 people of every age and ethnicity gathered before the holidays at the Mall of America to voice their concern about the long-standing problem of police violence against minorities. Charges may very soon be filed against organizers of the non-violent vigil by a prosecutor who believes that demonstrators caused Mall retailers a day of lost profits.
Tell the Mall of America to back off its lawsuit  HERE.

New Congress Attacks Social Security on First Day of Session

Read the horrifying account of manipulation HERE.

Let the Palestinians Do What They Need To Do

Read Robert Naiman about the Palestinian Authority's appeal to the International Criminal Court and Washington's response HERE. Follow Robert's links to send a note to the President and Congress. Also, an interesting piece by Juan Cole HERE about what would happen if Israeli leaders were found guilty by the ICC.

New Year's Eve Vigil

Our numbers were very small and the temperatures very low, but we still got honks of encouragement and words of praise at the corner of 50th and Halifax last night. Bundle up and join us, if even for a very short time,
every Wednesday at 4:30!

Medea Benjamin's 10 Good Things About 2014

Worth a read for its hopeful tenor HERE.


Grandmothers Continue Struggle for Peace and Justice in 2015

Read Mary Pipher (author of "Reviving Ophelia") HEREShe has a new book, “The Green Boat: Reviving Ourselves in Our Capsized Culture”. Dr. Pipher colorfully describes the difficulties that progressives face in ultra-conservative Nebraska. Certainly the Grandmothers for Peace in Minnesota haven't the barriers that Mary and her companions confront, but we can't sit back either!
So, here's to another year of education and action!
We know, as does Mary's group, how important it is to gather together.
 Let's make a plan for a social event soon.
Cheers!

“While guns only kill terrorists education kills terrorism.”

These wise words of Malala Yousafzai,
elaborated upon by César Chelala HERE.

Recommended Holiday Reading for the Agitated Mind

See the excellent recommendations of Ralph Nader HERE. (The only selections that are NOT available at HC libraries are numbers 2 and 4.)

Big Polluters Must Be Stopped

Send a message to the President HERE.

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.

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!