7-4-13

7-4-13

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.

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

Germany's Part in American Drone Killings

Most Europeans hate the US drone wars, but Germany is complicit in them. 
Read Jeremy Scahill HERE.

Corporate Tax Loopholes

Why should ordinary taxpayers subsidize big companies?
Sign a petition to Jack Lew and the President 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:  

May 6, 2015          Homelessness/Update

Don't Repeal the Estate Tax!

The conservatives in congress insist on favors for the rich at the expense of the rest of us. Tell Boehner hands off the estate tax HERE.

You Just Gotta Laugh Sometimes

Read the Borowitz Report HERE.

WE NEED YOU AT OUR VIGIL

 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, April 22nd
4:45pm to 5:45pm
50th Street at Halifax

Talking About Climate Change is Banned in Wisconsin Sector

From Mother Jones:
"The climate change language police just struck again.
Last month it was in Florida, where former staffers with the state's Department of Environmental Protection alleged that senior officials, under the direction of Gov. Rick Scott (R), had instituted an unwritten ban on using the phrases "climate change" and "global warming." Scott denied the claim.
This week's incident is much less ambiguous. Yesterday, the three-person commission that oversees a public land trust in Wisconsin voted 2-1 to block the trust's dozen public employees "from engaging in global warming or climate change work while on BCPL time."
Read more and sign a petition HERE.
petition forwarded by Judie

Chuck Schumer Is Supporting the Hawks!

Please read the article by Robert Naiman and link to petitions HERE.

The Conscience of a Corporation

Read a brilliant article by Timothy Egan HERE.

Breaking News--Deal Made With Iran

Now we can help by emailing our representatives. Action:  HERE.

Jewish Voice for Peace

After a stimulating conversation with two members of Jewish Voice for Peace at our April meeting, learn more on their website HERE.

Once Again Congress Cuts Food Stamps (SNAP)--Protest!


"Forty six million people depend on the $1.38 per day SNAP gives them for meals. Sixty percent of SNAP recipients are children, people with disability, veterans, and the elderly."

Sign the petition HERE.
forwarded by Judie

Thank You WikiLeaks!

WikiLeaks has uncovered the portion of the secret Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement that allows multinational corporations to sue other countries if their profits are threatened by environmental and other regulations.
Read what the NY Times business section says about this  HERE. 
And read WikiLeaks HERE.

Sign Here


Let's Get A Woman's Image on Our Currency

Read Gail Collins HERE.
and vote for your favorite HERE.

We Don't Need a "Slush Fund for War"

Read about the plan to protect weapons manufacturers and war profiteers, and sign HERE.
forwarded by Judie

Action Against Budget Cuts for Social Programs

As you have read, the House and Senate are proposing
huge cuts to the social safety net.
Sign a petition HERE.
And endorse the "People's Budget" HERE.


Troop Reductions in Afghanistan Aren't Happening

So much for "war ending" rhetoric.
Read more HERE.

GMOs Must Be Labelled--Sign On

Monsanto opposes labelling the food we eat.
Sign all the petitions that you can.
HERE is another.

47 Senators. . .

.  .  .who may have been justly called traitors require the appellation
"war-monger" as well.
Call your senators. A link from WAND HERE.

Conservatives Are Blocking the Human Trafficking Bill

A bill to help compensate thousands of women and girls who have been exploited by sex traffickers is being thwarted. The conservatives have attached a rider to exclude funds for abortion for these victims of rape and coercion. Sign a petition to say "Stop holding trafficking survivors hostage to your ideological agenda." Sign HERE.

Snow Bucket Challenge for Syrian Refugees

 On March 4th the Grandmothers for Peace participated in and financially supported the effort to send food and blankets to war weary refugees of the Syrian conflict. The proceeds from the challenge will be sent to the UN World Food Program. If you would like to donate, checks can be made to WFN USA and sent to:

FNVW
1050 Selby Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55104

AIPAC's Influence May Be Decreasing--Let's Hope So

Read Medea Benjamin's 10 reasons the American Israel Public Affairs Committee is a menace that causes war and suffering all around the world. Read Medea's concise list HERE.

Monsanto's Growth Hormone

Read about the risks of ingesting rBST growth hormone and see which companies have chosen not to make their dairy products with milk from cows treated with it. Tell the FDA to ban Monsanto's rBST! Info HERE.

Thanks Mr. President--Just One More Thing. . .

.  .  .Reject the XL Project entirely! Sign HERE.

Sign the Petition to Reveal the Details of TPP

Bernie Sanders wants the secret trade agreement unveiled.
Sign HERE.

War Movies and Our Culture of Violence

As the film "American Sniper" gets hyped repeatedly in the media, read the brilliant article about what the author calls "war porn" HERE.

It's a Good Day to Stay Inside and Read

William Grieder on conservatives' plans to end Social Security Disability HERE. And petitions to sign on that subject HERE and HERE.

And more HERE on Netanyahu's speech and those who are opposing it.
There are many links for petitions within the article.

Finally, have a laugh with the Borowitz Report HERE.

Snuggle up. Stay cozy. There are fairer days ahead!


A Signature For Designation of National Monuments

Read about how congress is planning to gut the Antiquities Act and sign HERE.
forwarded by Judie

The Human Development Index

At the Grandmothers for Peace February Meeting, we learned about one of the excellent projects at the United Nations--the Human Development Index.
Check it out HERE.

Tell Congress to Stop The Spying!

Try to see the movie CitizenFour which is showing through 3-2
at St. Anthony Main Theatre, 
Sign the petition to stop this abuse of power HERE.

President Proposes the Largest Military Budget of All Time!

Can you write a letter to the editor of your newspaper?
Tell readers this is immoral and unsustainable!

Genetically Modified Food Labeling In the News

How much do you know? 
Take this interactive GMO quiz HERE.

Get To Your Phone--Stop BiBi's Speech

Keith Ellison is leading the effort to un-invite Netanyahu to Washington. Help Ellison by making calls today.
Read more and get some links HERE.

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

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.

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.