November GFP Meeting to be Held on November 9th

Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Edina Community Library
5280 Grandview Square, Edina
12:45 pm


Please note date change to the SECOND Wednesday.

Please join us the day AFTER the elections, November 9th.

Share your hopes and concerns.

Help us clarify our next steps.

What is our part in the next four years?

No More Weapons to Saudi Arabia!

6000 innocent people dead in Yemen in the horrible US funded, Saudi war.
Why are we supporting the carnage and probable war crimes?
Please sign CODEPINK's petition HERE.
forwarded by Judie 

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, October 19th
4:45pm to 5:45pm 
50th Street at Halifax

Save the Date-Sunday, October 23rd

WAMM Halloween Hoopla & Autumn Silent Auction
Sunday, October 23rd from 5pm-8pm
St. Joan of Arc Church
4537 3rd Avenue South, Minneapolis

Costume contest, entertainment, food & friends!
Come enjoy some amazing auction items all while supporting Women Against Military Madness!

Bidding starts at 5pm, bidding ends at 7pm!

Sliding Fee at the Door: $10-$30

Reserve your spot TODAY! $25/person or a table up to 8 people!

Supervised childrens activities!
Free Parking!

ps--Mary Lou has a table reserved. If you would like to join her, email The cost is $25.

GFP Meeting Schedule and Programs

Let's gather for PEACE.
Grandmothers for Peace meets on the first Wednesday of most months
at 12:45pm
October through December at the Edina Library Community Room
5280 Grandview Square, Edina
Please note date change to the SECOND Wednesday.
Please join us the day AFTER the elections, November 9th.
Share your hopes and concerns.
Help us clarify our next steps.
What is our part in the next four years?

DECEMBER 7TH  Peace & justice books for young people--everyone welcome to present a favorite

January through May meetings will be held at different locations to be announced soon. Below are the topics which will be covered during that time.





95 minutes by Nat. Geographic

Why Don't We Prosecute the Banksters?

With the shocking, criminal Wells Fargo scandal in the news, let's ask the FBI to go after the crooks who steal houses, cars, money, and jobs from the American public.
Sign HERE.

"How We Could End the Permanent State of War"

Some great inspiration for the Grandmothers for Peace--
read Gareth Porter's article HERE.

Start Reading Now. . .

. . . and then join in a discussion

WAMM Book Club - "Democracy Matters: Winning the Fight Against Imperialism" By Cornel West
Saturday, October 15 @ 10AM
Afro Deli
1931 South 5th Street
Join our book club as we review and discuss this must read book by Cornel West. "West returns to the analysis development of democracy-both in America and in the crisis-ridden Middle East. In a strikingly orginial diagnosis, he argues that if America is to become a better steward of democratization around the
world, we must first wake up to the long history of imperialist corruption that has plagued our own democracy. Both our failure to foster peace in the Israeli-
Palestinian conflict and the crisis of Islamist anti-Americanism stem largely from hypocrisies in our dealings with the world." - Amazon book review

FOX News Could Possibly Stop Denying Global Warming

Roger Ailes is a climate change denier, Rupert Murdock is not.
Tell FOX News to tell the truth.
Sign HERE.

Let's Get Rid of Privately Run Prisons

Learn more and sign HERE.
forwarded by Judie

Sign Barbara Lee's petition

Representative Lee states, "On September 14, 2001 I was the sole member of Congress to vote against the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF). The vote was 420-1. 
Since then, the AUMF has been used to enter into wars without knowing the costs or consequences, and frankly, it is dangerous. It is a blank check for war, and it is far past time we repealed it." 

Sign her petition HERE.

Sign A Petition to Help the People in ND

Indigenous people are struggling to keep pipelines off sacred land.
Read more and sign HERE.

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.

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.

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

Click on a picture to enlarge.

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.


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.