Special Grandmothers for Peace Meeting 8-3

Invite your friends and neighbors to our August meeting at the library. We hope to see many new faces. We will view a short film, enjoy snacks, fold origami peace cranes, and talk about our changing world and how GFP can make it a more peaceful place for generations to come.
It's a
Four Sweet Ps Party--Protect, Promote and Preserve Peace!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Edina Community Library
Grandview Square

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

August 3, 2016        Special meeting at the library--4 Sweet Ps Party
Fall meetings will be announced soon.

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

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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.

Beautiful Weather 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, August 3rd
4:45pm to 5:45pm 
50th Street at Halifax

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.

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.
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.