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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.

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

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.

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

May 4, 2016         Kathy Hollander will speak to Grandmothers for Peace on the subject of "The Story of Crude Oil and Climate Change".  For 4 years, Kathy has been a full time volunteer pipeline fighter with MN350, an organization working to build a climate change movement in Minnesota.  She is retired from the computer industry, and is a former home renovator as well.
Tentative Schedule below:
June 1, 2016              Picnic in the Peace Garden
July 4, 2016          (Monday--no meeting. March in Edina Parade)
August 3, 2016        Informal meeting at the library


Better Weather Ahead for Vigils

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, May 4th
4:30pm to 5:30pm 
50th Street at Halifax

Save the Dates for David Swanson

Saturday, June 11, 2016, 6 p.m.
Macalester Plymouth Church Social Hall
1658 Lincoln, St. Paul, MN.

Sunday, June 12, 9 and 11 a.m.
St. Joan's
4533 3rd Ave. So., Minneapolis, MN
Peace pole dedication at 2 p.m.

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.

The SAVE Benefits Act

Seventy million Americans on Social Security did not receive a cost of living raise last year. Yet, a tax loophole still exists that allows CEOs to not be taxed for "performance pay". Senator Elizabeth Warren has a bill that could rectify that.
Sign HERE.

Nomination of a SCOTUS Justice Should Not Be Blocked!

Sign a petition HERE.
forwarded by Judie

Gail Collins addresses the subject and shouldn't be missed today. Read Gail HERE.

A Scientist's Take on Flint

Very interesting article in Common Dreams HERE.

Block Another War in Libya

Libyans don't need any more "help" from the US.
Sign David Swanson's petition to Congress HERE.

"Needed: Gun Control at the Pentagon"

Norm Solomon so eloquently states that he wishes the President "would enlarge his field of compassionate vision to include those directly suffering from what Martin Luther King Jr. called 'the madness of militarism' — in this case, U.S. militarism."
Read Norm's piece HERE.

CAMPAIGN FOR PERSONAL PRESCRIPTION IMPORTATION

The Grandmothers for Peace briefly discussed the issue of drug importation at our last meeting. HERE is a website that will be of interest.
Also, HERE is a petition that will be delivered to the President, Congress and HHS.
And HERE is the website for Canada Drugs.

Wow! More Red-Baiting

St. Louis Park native and NYT columnist Thomas Friedman has it all wrong.
Read more HERE.

Loretta Lynch Should Prosecute Michigan Governor

Please sign Michael Moore's petition HERE>

Code Pinkers Ousted From Trump Event in Vegas

Yesterday we traveled to Las Vegas with our “Stop Hate” message for Donald Trump and the media that covers him. I was at the front of his rally and after listening to 45 minutes of vitriolic hatred, I raised my banner and shouted, “Stop the hate, Donald Trump’s hatred incites violence and leads to war!”

Trump shouted “get her out of here” and then called me a “young woman that doesn’t know… she’s lost”. I was pushed through the crowd by supporters who shoved signs in my face. Someone punched me in the chest with their fist while all around me they chanted, “Trump! Trump!” as loud as they could. A few people in the crowd apparently tried to return my jacket, which I had left behind in the scuffle, to me, but Trump told them “leave her jacket there… to hell with her.” Las Vegas police then dragged me through the crowd to the street, where they said if I came back I would be charged with trespassing. I was shaking from the gauntlet of hatred I was pushed through.
Thank you for your support! Chelsea and Michaela from the CODEPINK LA office
Sign CodePink's petition to "Dump Trump" HERE.

MLK

"A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death."
"A Time to Break Silence" (about Viet Nam), was delivered at Riverside Church, New York City, on April 4, 1967

"The rights of women always come last"

Read the fascinating story of a brave Swedish politician
who dared to criticize the Saudis HERE.
forwarded by Judie

A Little 'State of the Union' Satire

Laugh out loud when you read the Borowitz Report HERE.

Close Guantanamo Actions All Across the Country

Attorney Michael Ratner says of the President, "One day of unlawful detention is an outrage, 14 years is an abomination. If Obama is to close the prison before he leaves office, he must move to do so NOW.”
If you can't join in on an action, do sign CodePink's petition HERE.

"Ten Reasons to Oppose the Saudi Monarchy"

As Medea Benjamin so eloquently states: "The cozy US relationship with the Saudis has to do with oil, weapons sales and joint opposition to Iran. But with extremism spreading through the globe, a reduced US need for Saudi oil, and a thawing of US relations with Iran, now is the time to start calling for the US government to sever its ties with the Saudi monarchs."
Read Medea's entire article HERE.
Sign a petition HERE.

Worst Pills, Best Pills

HERE is the website for Public Citizens' excellent consumer information about the drugs that we take.

Sign Another Petition to Rein In Big Pharma

The subject of our January meeting (1-6) was beautifully presented by Judie and was about  pharmaceuticals. 
Read and sign another petition HERE.
It can't hurt.

"A Rumble From the People"

Recently Darlene from Grandmothers for Peace suggested that we should make more protest signs and voice more outrage about ongoing and seemingly endless wars around the globe. We need to "rumble" more in 2016. We need to do all that we can to object to injustice and cruelty. Read some inspiration from Ralph Nader HERE. He discusses price gouging on drugs (the subject of our next meeting) as well as other tyranny. 
(I removed the post about the Minnesota Orchestra concert to benefit ARC because the event is sold out. You can still make a donation to ARC at any time HERE.)

Nuclear Weapons Abolition and Economic and Energy Conversion Act


Please read and sign the petition HERE.
It could bring massive change if HR1976 were passed. 
Every signature counts!

The Nation Cruise

So sorry that my plans to blog from the ship failed. The wifi was just not up to par. I will be sending some reflections about the stellar cast of speakers and the brilliant seminars presented in later posts. Of course my hero Ralph Nader was a highlight and captured everyone's attention. The interactions with perceptive Nation cruisers and the scholarly speakers was unforgettable!
photo by new friend from IL, William Bleecker

Drug Price Spikes Are Hurting Consumers and Medical Providers, Senators Told

Our January meeting addresses these issues.

The Senate Special Committee on Aging held a hearing on off-patent drug price spikes on Wednesday. Witnesses provided insight into the causes of these price hikes and the effects on patients̢۪ access to critical medications. Overall, Americans spent $374 billion on prescription drugs last year.
Senators from both parties singled out two companies in particular, Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. and Turing Pharmaceuticals AG. Both have come under fire this year for buying old patented drugs and rapidly raising their prices to increase short-term profits. The market for many of these drugs is so small, there are few incentives for competitors to produce an alternative. As a result, people with chronic conditions who need them the most only have one option.
Sign a petition HERE.
forwarded by Judie

Good Old Sixties Anti-War Art

"Hippie modernism: The Struggle for Utopia", the new exhibit at the Walker Art Center, is full of psychedelic themes that many of us remember. There are also superb pieces that represent a time of dissent, especially against militarism.


Diplomacy, Diplomacy, Diplomacy

Please read Robert Naiman HERE.

Stop Drug Ads on TV!!!

Advertising simply increases the cost of prescription drugs.
The AMA is urging Congress to act. Sign a petition to spur them on HERE.

Time To Repudiate Trump's Hate Speech

Sign a petition to President Obama, ex-presidents, editors, religious leaders and others, asking them to condemn Trump's horrifying rants which vilify Syrians and all immigrants and refugees.
Sign Robert Reich's letter HERE.
forwarded by Judie

Add Your Name For Those Suffering and Mourning

Sign HERE.
Tragedy shouldn't enable more war.

Mourn the Civilian Casualties in Lebanon and Russia as Well As Paris

Sign the petition from Just Foreign Policy asking the president and congress to "support cooperation with all countries victimized by ISIS terrorism."
Sign HERE.
And if you keep asking yourself, "what can we do?",
 read Peter van Buren's piece HERE.

November 11th Was Once A Celebration of Peace

Read David Swanson about the history of Armistice Day HERE. 
The forces for war co-opted November 11.