grassrootspeace.org

November 5, 2007: This website is an archive of the former website, traprockpeace.org, which was created 10 years ago by Charles Jenks. It became one of the most populace sites in the US, and an important resource on the antiwar movement, student activism, 'depleted' uranium and other topics. Jenks authored virtually all of its web pages and multimedia content (photographs, audio, video, and pdf files. As the author and registered owner of that site, his purpose here is to preserve an important slice of the history of the grassroots peace movement in the US over the past decade. He is maintaining this historical archive as a service to the greater peace movement, and to the many friends of Traprock Peace Center. Blogs have been consolidated and the calendar has been archived for security reasons; all other links remain the same, and virtually all blog content remains intact.

THIS SITE NO LONGER REFLECTS THE CURRENT AND ONGOING WORK OF TRAPROCK PEACE CENTER, which has reorganized its board and moved to Greenfield, Mass. To contact Traprock Peace Center, call 413-773-7427 or visit its site. Charles Jenks is posting new material to PeaceJournal.org, a multimedia blog and resource center.

War on Truth  From Warriors to Resisters
Books of the Month

The War on Truth

From Warriors to Resisters

Army of None

Iraq: the Logic of Withdrawal

Calendar Archive (of material that had appeared on traprockpeace.org)
 (April 13, 2004 - autumn, 2007)

 

[Editor's note: I created this archive when grassrootspeace.org needed to switch to a new online calendar due to potential security problems with the old calendar's software. Due to the vast amount of spam, it was not practical to try to import the old calendar's data base to the new calendar. I deleted about 9 thousand spam 'entries' to create this archive (the spam had never appeared publicly on the old calendar, but the spam continued in the database even after attempts to delete it by the calendar moderator). You will see some duplications of entries. These occurred when members of the public tried to enter events without realizing that the calendar was moderated.  I have deleted many of the duplications but missed some. I tried to created a web page from an Excel version of the archive, but my web editing software was not able to handle the huge file. Concerning format, the entry starts with the date of the event (yearmonthday), event name and description, in descending chronological order. - Charles Jenks, September 27, 2007]

 

 

 

20071202   STUDENT ACTIVISM - Anniversary of Hampton FREEDOM OF SPEECH & ASSEMBLY challenge       "ON DEC. 2, 2005, Hampton University students defended their right to speak and assemble, against repression from HU police and administration through selective enforcement, and attempts to intimidate. SEE: http://www.grassrootspeace.org/hampton_university_students/ AND PHOTS at: http://www.grassrootspeace.org/campus_antiwar.html"

20071117   "MAKING YOUR ACTIVISM MORE SUSTAINABLE, 2 Days in Deerfield"       "Based on the evidence, we're not really going to ""change the world"" easily or soon! It leaves us as activists with the question: are we conducting our lives in a way that supports our effectiveness in the long run? No social movement needs a revolving door: activists with hard-won skills and experience leaving because we're burned out, or have allowed our activism to lose its creativity and life-centered passion. This workshop is for you if: - you want to prevent burn-out or loss of vitality, - you already feel a bit ""crispy fried"" and want to take steps of renewal, - you'd like to assist your group to create an atmosphere that supports sustainability and attracts long-term volunteers, - you're just tired and discouraged, and you'd like some inspiration. This workshop is highly experiential and includes participatory activities, small group sharing, mini-lectures, reflection, and fun. It's an experiential ""package,"" which means that it won't be possible to come late, leave early, or take time off in the middle -- we'll be journeying together as an intact group. Be open to the possibility that emotion may show up in the course of the weekend. NOTE: This workshop runs from 10am on Saturday to 4pm on Sunday. Participants are welcome to spend Friday and/or Sunday night at Woolman Hill. GEORGE LAKEY first stood up against racism at age twelve and now, at seventy, is still an activist. He's led campaigns on local, state, national and international levels, facilitated 1500 social change workshops on five continents, and authored seven books. A Quaker, he's senior associate at the Lang Center at Swarthmore College, a great-grandfather of three, and loves to play piano for Broadway sing-alongs. JUDITH SHEA, a Quaker from New Haven Meeting, is a long-time professional and planner in the health care field, and a co-founder of the Movement for a New Society. WOOLMAN HILL Quaker Retreat Center 107 Keets Road Deerfield MA 01342 413 774-3431 Margaret Cooley, Programs"

20071102   "An Invitation to Strength & Beauty in Hard Times, Rowe Conference, MA 11/2-4" "An Invitation to Strength and Beauty in Hard Times Chellis Glendinning November 2-4 Rowe Camp & Conference Center, Rowe, MA PLEASE INQUIRE ABOUT REGISTRATION. Many people today share a sense that we are living in hard times -- and on the verge of yet harder times. Peak oil, the unfettered microwaving of the planet, extreme alterations in climate, constant war, ecological degradation, and mass extinctions seem to be leading to a breaking point. Some parts of the world have already been shattered; others may be heading in that direction. Each of us has a relationship with the natural world, our personal lineages, and our collective history, and these connections form the basis of a vibrant understanding of who and what we are – both practically in our day-to-day lives and mythically in the stories that give meaning to our experiences. Using both traditional and imaginative techniques like sharing in circle and creative ritual, we will convene our knowing, our feelings, and our insights about the complexities of the personal, ecological, and social dramas that we face. We will create a living clan system to enable us to experience the bonding, power, and creativity that are fundamental to our being. By speaking, listening, and learning, we will look deeply into the nature of our lives and world – and renew ourselves to face what is unfolding with mindfulness, strength, and beauty. Chellis Glendinning is a psychologist specializing in trauma recovery. In the 1980s, during the height of the Cold War, Dr. Glendinning founded an institute of psychotherapists called Waking Up in the Nuclear Age that sought to help people address their individual responses to living with awareness of a threatened future, work more relevant than ever now. She wrote My Name Is Chellis and I’m in Recovery from Western Civilization, a book that helped to found the field of eco-psychology. Her When Technology Wounds was up for a Pulitzer Prize in 1991; Off the Map: An Expedition Deep into Empire and the Global Economy won the National Federation of Press Women Book Award in 2000; while Chiva: A Village Takes on the Global Heroin Trade captured the prize in 2006. Dr. Glendinning has also written a bilingual folk opera about immigration, De Un Lado Al Otro, that recently premiered in Santa Fe. She lives in the traditional land-based village of Chimayó, New Mexico, where she works for environmental justice and cultural preservation. We’ve been inviting her here since 1991 and are honored to welcome her first visit."

20071006   "AGAPE'S 25th ANNIVERSARY, WITH ARUN GANDHI, Ware, MA" "Come to Agape's 25th Anniversary featuring... Arun Gandhi, Grandson of The Mahatma (co-founder of the M.K. Gandhi Center for Nonviolence, Rochester, NY) October 6, 2007, beginning Promtpty at 10 am Bring a brown bag lunch and dish to share The day will include walks on Agape's 34 acres of land in the Quabbin Watershed, meditation, meeting with old friends. Music, featuring Robert Jonas on the Japanese Flute College Panel with students from area colleges reflecting on the meaning of nonviolence in their lives in the midst of a culture of violence. Contact the Agape Community: Agape Community 2062 Greenwich Road Ware, MA 01082 Phone: 413-967-9369 peace@agapecommunity.org http://www.agapecommunity.org"

20070921   INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE     "INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE Local, regional and national actions help to declare the peace we insist upon. Leslie Fraser is organizing a noon vigil in Greenfield, MA Peter Perry is organizing in DC: 571 271-1313. Got peace? Call to help. 413 773-7427"

20070921   PEACE ONE DAY   "* Peacebuilding documentary filmmaker Jeremy Gilley visited the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) Secretariat. Mr. Gilley waged a successful campaign to get official UN recognition for a fixed calendar date for a global 24-hour ceasefire, was in the offices of the GPPAC Secretariat recently. Gilley came to the European Centre for Conflict Prevention (ECCP) to speak with and film Paul van Tongeren and others for a new documentary on peacebuilding and conflict prevention efforts happening worldwide on 21 September, the Peace One Day / UN International Day of Peace. GPPAC is currently developing plans collaborate more closely with Gilley’s project, also called Peace One Day. For more information, see www.peaceoneday.org The Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict can be reviewed at http://www.gppac.net/"

20070831   "WOMEN in BLACK, Vigil Friday at NOON, Amherst"        "WOMEN in BLACK, Vigil each Friday, NOON, Amherst Just wear black. Bring a sign if you like. One favorite street sign is ""HONK for PEACE,"" because we need our neighbors to become active and outspoken. One way found to draw attention to the needless tragedy of war during the Vietnam war was to wear a black armband. This can mean bringing up thoughts and feelings, as we go about our business -- it's not business as usual. CAN CELL PHOES STOP DESTROYERS ?"

20070829   "PIONEER VALLEY COALITION TO CHANGE & CHALLENGE WAL-MART, Amherst, MA"    "Last Wednesdays of the month -- please confirm meetings before travel. PIONEER VALLEY COALITION TO CHANGE & CHALLENGE WAL-MART 7-9pm, Porter Lounge (3rd Floor) or another room, Converse Hall, Amherst College, Rts 116 & 9, Amherst. Challenge Wal-Mart in Hadley (and maybe in Greenfield) working on Wake-Up Wal-Mart campaigns, giving mutual aid to the coalition members challenging Wal-Mart in many ways. Info: mailto: socialchange@amherst.edu. Hadley Neighbors for Sensible Development (www.HadleyNeighbors.org), Sprawl Busters (www.sprawl-busters.com), and Stop Sprawl-Mart (www.StopSprawlMart.org) are fighting sprawl. Want to help Wal-Mart workers get fair treatment? Contact Dan Clifford, Wake Up Wal-Mart, 732-6209 x14, mailto:dclifford@ufcw1459.com Check out : http://wmass.walmartvoices.com/ and http://www.wakeupwalmart.com."

20070827   W Mass Campus Anti-War Network Meeting  "Western Massachusetts Campus Anti-War Network Organizing Meeting Join us to learn how you can start a CAN chapter at your college or high school! Bring your ideas and friends! CAN will be holding regular meetings every monday, if you can't make it this monday, mark you calendar for next week! Mondays 6:00pm - 7:30pm Media Education Foundation 60 Masonic Street, Northampton CAN is a national co-sponsor of the August 25th protest at the Bush family vacation in Kennebunkport, Maine; we will begin to strategize for building a broad student contingent at the protest, and begin discussing plans for CAN's national week of coordinated action, which will take place from September 15-21. CAN is a national, independent, grass-roots organization committed to ending the war in Iraq. CAN's primary demand is ""Troops out now--money for education, not war and occupation!"" Nationally, CAN has been at the forefront of the counter-recruitment movement, and works closely with Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW). Come check us out! Check out CAN's nation website www.campusantiwar.net To join the Western Mass CAN discussion list go to: http://groups.google.com/group/wmasscan/subscribe For more information, please email wmasscan@googlegroups.com"

20070826   "AMHERST PEACE VIGIL -- NOON- 1PM, EVERY SUNDAY"        "AMHERST PEACE VIGIL -- NOON- 1PM, EVERY SUNDAY The Amherst Peace Vigil passes out 200 or so new flyers every Sunday. Neighbors share news and help hold the banners. Come and wave to encourage your neighbors. The passersby get excited when they see lots of us there. HONK for PEACE!"

20070825   "Rally and March to the Bush Family Compound, Kennebunkport, ME"   "Rally and March to the Bush Family Compound: Stop the War and Occupation! Check out the website: http://www.kportprotest.org/index.html (Poster is attached to email) August 25th, 2007 Kennebunkport, ME Round-trip (coach bus) tickets from Burlington are available the Peace and Justice Center for $45. 21 Church St. Burlington. (802)863-8326. (We need your help! To help organize the Vermont mobilization, please contact Mary at 802.363.7228) This will be a convergence of anti-war, environmental, labor and social justice activists along with concerned citizens. To break the cycle of endless war we need to draw attention to America's need for systemic change. Let us start a ""revolution of values."" Raise Your Voices! Raise Your Spirits! Please join INDIGO GIRLS, Melida and Carlos Arredondo, Geroge Paz Martin, war resister Augustin Aguayo, retired Colonel Ann Wright, Ashley Smith, Congressman Dennis Kucinich, Eugene Puryear, Bruce Gagnon, Charlie Clements, Doug Rawlings, and others, along with Iraq Veterans at a rally and march to the Bush Family Compound. Camping available at Camp Casey and Camp Alex. Speakers: Cindy Sheehan, activist and founder of the Camp Casey Peace Institute Colonel Ann Wright Congressman Dennis Kucinich Melida Arredondo Carlos Arredondo, Founder of People United for Peace and member of Gold Star Families Liam Madden, founder of Boston Iraq Veterans Against War, www.ivaw.org Dr. Dahlia Wasfi, physician, Iraqi anti-war resister, www.liberatethis.org Augustin Aguayo, war resister, www.aguayodefense.org Helga Aguayo, led a campaign for freedom and justice for her husband and war resisters George Paz Martin, National co-chair of United for Peace and Justice, Program Director of Peace Action Wisconsin, Green Party member Bruce Gagnon, co-founder of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space Doug Rawlings, one of the original founders of Veterans for Peace Greg Speeter from National Priorities Project Peter Kellman, president of the Southern Maine Labor Council, AFL-CIO, and author of the book ""Divided We Fall"" Dexter Kamilewicz, Military Families Speak Out Eugene Puryear, Student Organizer from Howard University for Act Now to Stop War and End Racism. Ashley Smith, Northeast Regional Coordinator for International Socialist Organization Augustin Aguayo, Conscientious Objector/War Resister Charlie Clements, president and CEO of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee Sally Breen, chair of the Peace Action Maine steering committee Music: Indigo Girls Dave Rovics Inanna Pat Scanlon The Leftist Marching Band Bojah & the Insurrection Emma's Revolution"

20070824   "WOMEN in BLACK, Vigil Friday at NOON, Amherst"        "WOMEN in BLACK, Vigil each Friday, NOON, Amherst Just wear black. Bring a sign if you like. One favorite street sign is ""HONK for PEACE,"" because we need our neighbors to become active and outspoken. One way found to draw attention to the needless tragedy of war during the Vietnam war was to wear a black armband. This can mean bringing up thoughts and feelings, as we go about our business -- it's not business as usual. CAN CELL PHOES STOP DESTROYERS ?"

20070823   "Fund the Wounded, Not The War! Panel meeting and discussion"      "Featuring: Adrienne Kinne, Iraq Veterans Against the War, North East Regional Organizer Debbie Lucey, Gold Star Famlies for Peace and activists from the Campus Anti-War Network and the International Socialist Organization 7-9pm at the Media Education Foundation, 60 Masonic Street, Northampton Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians and over 3,600 U.S. soldiers have died in the Iraq war; the Iraqi health care system has been destroyed; and tens of thousands of physically and psychologically wounded veterans have returned home to face long waits or denial of health care. The Democrats took both Houses of Congress in a referendum against the war, but they continue to fund it. As Cindy Sheehan recently said It's up to us to end this terrible injustice. Join local anti-war activists to discuss what is being done and what needs to be done to end the war, bring all of the troops home, and provide them with proper health care. Sponsored by the International Socialist Organization Co-Sponsored by Traprock Peace Center and the Campus Anti-War Network For more information, or to endorse the event please contact (413) 351-2323 or contact@isonoho.org for a full list of upcoming ISO events visit: www.isonoho.org"

20070820   W Mass Campus Anti-War Network Meeting  "Western Massachusetts Campus Anti-War Network Organizing Meeting Join us to learn how you can start a CAN chapter at your college or high school! Bring your ideas and friends! CAN will be holding regular meetings every monday, if you can't make it this monday, mark you calendar for next week! Mondays 6:00pm - 7:30pm Media Education Foundation 60 Masonic Street, Northampton CAN is a national co-sponsor of the August 25th protest at the Bush family vacation in Kennebunkport, Maine; we will begin to strategize for building a broad student contingent at the protest, and begin discussing plans for CAN's national week of coordinated action, which will take place from September 15-21. CAN is a national, independent, grass-roots organization committed to ending the war in Iraq. CAN's primary demand is ""Troops out now--money for education, not war and occupation!"" Nationally, CAN has been at the forefront of the counter-recruitment movement, and works closely with Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW). Come check us out! Check out CAN's nation website www.campusantiwar.net To join the Western Mass CAN discussion list go to: http://groups.google.com/group/wmasscan/subscribe For more information, please email wmasscan@googlegroups.com"

20070819   "FREE HARVEST SUPPER, GREENFIELD TOWN COMMON"        "Third Annual Free Harvest Supper of Local Food Sunday, August 19, 5-7pm, Greenfield Town Common For more information: contact info@freeharvestsupper.org or leave a message at 413-774-3150              Mark your calendars now and plan to attend the Third Annual Free Harvest Supper of Local Food on Sunday, August 19 from 5-7pm on the Greenfield Town Common/Court Square. All are welcome at this great community event which will again feature a free bountiful meal of locally grown food prepared by local chefs, live music, children’s activities, educational displays and a Really, Really Free Market. New this year will be appetizers served to those standing in line and a more efficient serving system to speed the line along. To conserve resources and reduce trash, all are encouraged to bring their own place setting and napkin. For more information and to see pictures of the 2006 Supper, visit: http://www.freeharvestsupper.org.            The goals of the Free Harvest Supper are: to encourage everyone to eat locally grown food; to support local agriculture; and to raise money for Farmers Market coupons distributed by the Center for Self-Reliance Food Pantry. While the Supper is free to all, donations are accepted and are used for the coupons which help achieve the supper’s goals. Local residents in need of food get coupons from the Food Pantry, use them to purchase locally grown food at the Greenfield Farmers Market, and then Food Pantry staff pay the farmers for the coupons they have accepted. It’s a win-win system.            The Really, Really Free Market was a huge success at last year’s Free Harvest Supper. Again this year, gardeners and farmers are welcome to bring the overflow of extra produce they have to share with the community. The Really, Really Free Market is just like its name says: free. All are welcome to take home some of the donated produce. Last year’s Free Market included peaches, apples, eggs, tomatoes, squash, greens, flowers, cucumbers, eggplants, peppers and more. There is no need to sign up to donate to the Really, Really Free Market – just bring your produce to the supper from 4-5:30pm.            As with all great community events, many hands make light work. A core group of volunteer organizers is already at work planning the Free Harvest Supper and they need lots of volunteers to make it all happen. There are many ways to be involved, either with planning or on the day of the supper. To offer your help, contact info@freeharvestsupper.org or leave a message at 413-774-3150.                      "

20070819   "AMHERST PEACE VIGIL -- NOON- 1PM, EVERY SUNDAY"        "AMHERST PEACE VIGIL -- NOON- 1PM, EVERY SUNDAY The Amherst Peace Vigil passes out 200 or so flyers every Sunday. Neighbors share news and help hold the banners. Come and wave to encourage your neighbors. The passersby get excited when they see lots of us there. HONK for PEACE!"

20070818   Planning Mtg in Boston    "Important Second Meeting of New England Region to Organize October 27th Antiwar Action As agreed at the meeting of the New England Region in Worcester on July 21, the second general meeting will be held in Boston on August 18 from 1:00 to 5:00 PM. The meeting place and directions will be issued shortly. Meanwhile, please place this important meeting on your calendar! The following agenda for the August 18 meeting is being proposed by the Structure Committee: Committee reports (1:00 to 2:00 PM) Structure Committee: reports, general discussion, consensus/votes on committee proposals. Program Committee: reports, general discussion, consensus/votes on committee proposals. Messaging for October 27 event (2:00 to 3:00 PM) Presentation on the UFPJ messaging for the national action Discussion of the messaging for the regional action in Boston Break (3:00 to 3:15 PM) Breakout into working committees (3:15 to 5:00 PM) Mark Stahl Member, Structure Committee"

20070817   "WoMEN in BLACK, Vigil Friday at NOON, Amherst"        "WOMEN in BLACK, Vigil each Friday, NOON, Amherst Just wear black. Bring a sign if you like. One favorite street sign is ""HONK for PEACE,"" because we need our neighbors to become active and outspoken. One way found to draw attention to the needless tragedy of war during the Vietnam war was to wear a black armband. This can mean bringing up thoughts and feelings, as we go about our business -- it's not business as usual. CAN CELL PHOES STOP DESTROYERS ?"

20070817   "Wide Angle Fims presents ""9/11 Mysteries"        """9/11 Mysteries"" screens at our new location: Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst (next door to Barts) Watch here for more details."

20070815   "22nd Annual Veterans For Peace Convention, St. Louis, Aug. 15 - 19"       "22nd Annual Veterans For Peace Convention St. Louis, Missouri - August 15 - 19, 2007 VETERANS’ TRUTH - GATEWAY TO PEACE Building Community to Abolish War Veterans, applying their experience, strength and conviction to the abolishment of war, invest the Gateway Arch of St. Louis with new significance as a portal to peace. Where: The Holiday Inn Select, 811 N. 9th Street - St. Louis, MO 63101 For room reservations call: 1-800-972-3145 (Special Convention room rates are $89.00 per night – for maximum occupancy of 4) Metro line from airport to within three blocks of hotel. ONLINE REGISTRATION HERE! http://www.veteransforpeace.org/VFP_2007_convention_registration.vp.html PRELIMINARY PRESENTERS INCLUDE: Israeli – Palestinian Combatants For Peace Korea Veterans For Peace Phyllis Bennis – Institute for Policy Studies Charlie R. and Nancy L. – MFSO Jonathon Hutto - Appeal For Redress David Cortwright - Fourth Freedom Forum Dennis Kucinich – Presidential Candidate Maxine Waters - Congresswoman Aimee Allison – Vet/Politician The Iraq Veterans Against the War SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: Wednesday, August 15 – Board Meeting, welcoming evening Riverboat Dinner Cruise. Thursday, August 16 – Board Meeting until noon, Opening Ceremony, Afternoon Workshops, dinner on own, evening Plenary Session followed by Poetry Reading. Friday, August 17 – Workshops all day – Noon Women’s Caucus - Dinner on own - Public Speak-Out beginning at 6:30 PM. Saturday, August 18 – All day Business Meeting, Evening Banquet. Sunday, August 19 – Farewell Ceremony – Peace Action. ONLINE REGISTRATION HERE! http://www.veteransforpeace.org/VFP_2007_convention_registration.vp.html Download PDF of early registration form. Mail registration and payment to: VFP National Office: 216 S. Meramec Ave. St. Louis, MO 63105 * please write 'convention' on outside of envelope"

20070813   W Mass Campus Anti-War Network Meeting  "Western Massachusetts Campus Anti-War Network Organizing Meeting Join us to learn how you can start a CAN chapter at your college or high school! Bring your ideas and friends! CAN will be holding regular meetings every monday, if you can't make it this monday, mark you calendar for next week! Mondays 6:00pm - 7:30pm Media Education Foundation 60 Masonic Street, Northampton CAN is a national co-sponsor of the August 25th protest at the Bush family vacation in Kennebunkport, Maine; we will begin to strategize for building a broad student contingent at the protest, and begin discussing plans for CAN's national week of coordinated action, which will take place from September 15-21. CAN is a national, independent, grass-roots organization committed to ending the war in Iraq. CAN's primary demand is ""Troops out now--money for education, not war and occupation!"" Nationally, CAN has been at the forefront of the counter-recruitment movement, and works closely with Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW). Come check us out! Check out CAN's nation website www.campusantiwar.net To join the Western Mass CAN discussion list go to: http://groups.google.com/group/wmasscan/subscribe For more information, please email wmasscan@googlegroups.com"

20070812   Karen's HALLELULIAH "Sunday, August 12th 4:00 till whenever 15 Abbott St. Greenfield, MA (Sandra Boston’s House) 413-773-8303 Please come and help me celebrate: ? surviving the fire and ? the gift of your friendship and support Chicken, burgers, veggie burgers, Potato salad, cake, ice cream, wine, soft drinks and music! will be provided. Please bring a salad, dessert or finger food to share And a musical instrument, if so inclined And please RSVP by email or phone (413-773-8303) if you can come. Let’s party hardy! Much love, Karen ?"

20070812   "AMHERST PEACE VIGIL -- NOON- 1PM, EVERY SUNDAY"        "AMHERST PEACE VIGIL -- NOON- 1PM, EVERY SUNDAY The Amherst Peace Vigil passes out 200 or so new flyers every Sunday. Neighbors share news and help hold the banners. Come and wave to encourage your neighbors. The passersby get excited when they see lots of us there. HONK for PEACE!"

20070810   "WOMEN in BLACK, Vigil Friday at NOON, Amherst"        "WOMEN in BLACK, Vigil Friday at NOON, Amherst Just wear black. Bring a sign if you like. One favorite street is HONK for PEACE, because we need our neighbors to become active and outspoken. Can Cell Phones Stop Destroyers?"

20070809   "Nagasaki Day Peace Dedication, Philadelphia Cathedral"       "August 9, 6PM, Nagasaki Day Peace Dedication SS Peter & Paul Roman Catholic Cathedral*, 18th & Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Phila, PA [*August 9, 1945, the Urakami Roman Catholic Cathedral was ground zero for the Nagasaki bombing which destroyed at the time the largest Catholic city in all of Asia] '07 Brandywine Peace Community Turns 30...GIVE NOW! Brandywine Peace Community P.O. Box 81, Swarthmore, PA 19081 610-544-1818 brandywine@juno.com www.brandywinepeace.com"

20070809   Anniversary of the bombing of Nagasaki        "Anniversary of the bombing of Nagasaki to be observed in Northampton, with candles floating on Paradise Pond, Smith College"

20070809   "No MORE NUCLEAR VICTIMS! NAGASAKI DAY, Florence, MA"   "5:30 pm Reception. Presentations by Ms. Yuko Nakamura, a hibakusha survivor of the nuclear holocaust of Hiroshima, Secretary General of Kanagawa Atomic Bomb Sufferers Association, Hiratsuka-City, Kanagawa, Japan, and Bal Penguel, Coordinator of the AFSC Peacebuilding & Demilitarization Program. Location: Westwood Shelter, Look Park, 300 North Main Street, Florence, MA A light meal will be served. 7:45 pm Traditional lantern floating ceremony (children welcome) at Willow Lake, Look Park, Florence, MA, with Shakuhachi flute player, Robert Jonas. Rain or shine. There will be a fee for entering Look Park by car, if you do not have a sticker. Information: AFSC, 413-584-8975 Bus Schedule: Leave Northampton Courthouse at 4:55 for 5:30 reception. Latest return bus 7:15. Leave Courthouse at 7:05 for 7:45 floating lantern ceremony. No return bus."

20070808   "Southeast Convergence for Climate Action, NC"        "NIRS is proud to invite you to participate in the Southeast Convergence for Climate Action August 8 – 14 at a secluded site near Asheville, NC. Social Justice * Energy Justice * Climate Justice * Non-violence * Democracy skills Week-long intergenerational training retreat (“Action Camp”) — learn about false solutions to climate change (“clean coal” and nuclear) — build real-world skills for real climate solutions; organizing; action. Registration required – come for all or part. Low cost ($50 -- $100, sliding scale)...scholarships available. Meals and tent camping included in registration OR stay in area motels; limited Asheville home-stays possible. To register please visit: http://www.climateconvergence.org/southeast/index.php Daily: intensive workshops on anti-oppression, basics and advanced issues in energy, nvironment, climate, local/global sustainability, democracy skills, all issue sessions will include strategic thinking and planning, spanning local to global, community time, shared chores, yoga, evening campfire, music! Panels/Workshops include: Confronting False Solutions to Climate Change including “clean coal” and nuclear power Anti-oppression leadership training Strategic Campaign building Grandparents of our movement telling stories of past victories Nukes 101, Fossil Fuels 101, Organizing 101 Global Nuclear Energy Partnership and its Global Mobile Chernobyl Countering mountain top removal and challenging expanding coal energy plans Principles of non-violent activism Climbing and other action skills Making big puppets Homegrown sustainability – wind, solar, energy efficiency, permaculture, small hydro, small biofuels …and more! Cosponsors include: Southern Energy Network www.climateaction.net/ Nuclear Information and Resource Service www.nirs.org Mountain Justice Summer Energy Justice Summer http://energyjustice.net/ejs/ Asheville Rising Tide Rising Tide North America http://risingtidenorthamerica.org/wordpress/category/front-page/ Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League http://www.bredl.org Nuclear Watch South http://www.nonukesyall.org The Canary Coalition http://www.canarycoalition.org Please register – come for all or part -- http://www.climateconvergence.org/southeast/index.php More information: Call Mary Olson NIRS Southeast Office 828-675-1792 – nirs@main.nc.us * * * nirsnet@nirs.org * * * Nuclear Information and Resource Service, 6930 Carroll Avenue, #340, Takoma Park, MD 20912 301-270-NIRS; nirsnet@nirs.org; http://www.nirs.org"

20070807   "New England Peace Pagoda, Talk/Walk, Amherst 8/7 - Florence8/9" "Aug. 7-9 Walk – New England Peace Pagoda. All are invited to join for any part or all of the walks. Info: 367-2202 August 7 – 7:00 pm John and Carrie Schuchardt of the House of Peace, Ipswich, MA John: Proliferation or Abolition: the Leadership of Japan’s Moral Heroes. Carrie: Hibaku Maria: The Bombed Madonna of Nagasaki. Location: First Congregational Church, 165 Main Street, Amherst, MA Info: 584-8975."

20070806   Campus Anti-War Network Meeting     "Western Massachusetts Campus Anti-War Network (CAN) inaugural meeting. August 6th at 6 PM at the Media Education Foundation (MEF), 60 Masonic St in Northampton. Join us to learn how you can start a CAN chapter at your high school or college! The meeting will also feature an overview of the history of CAN, and local activists report back from CAN's summer retreat in Madison, WI. For more information, please email wmasscan@googlegroups.com, or jamesfiorentino@hotmail.com. To join the Western Mass CAN discussion list: http://groups.google.com/group/wmasscan/subscribe College not Combat! Troops out now!"

20070806   "5 Rivers Council (Sustainability) Business meeting," 5 Rivers Council (Sustainability) Business meeting is on the first Monday of the month. All welcome. Details TBA.

20070805   "WALK FOR A NUCLEAR-FREE FUTURE, Aug 5-9, VT"        "WALK FOR A NUCLEAR FREE FUTURE No Cash Cow for Entergy! This is a drug/alcohol free walk based on Gandhian principles of non-violence and will include the Buddhist prayer of Na Mu Myo Ho Ren Ge Kyo led by Buddhist nun Ichikawa-san during the walk. As we walk we will bring together the spiritual and political forces to create a nuclearfree future. For contact information on the road: cell phones: Hattie 978-790-3074, Deb 413-834-3280 Hiroshima Day to Nagasaki Day Aug. 5–Aug. 9, 2007 The focus of this walk will be on stopping a twenty year license extension for Vermont Yankee and all refurbishing and building of nuclear weapons. Schedule AUGUST 5: Middlebury – assemble the night of the 5th AUGUST 6 DAY: Walk Middlebury area AUGUST 6 EVENING: Potluck and overnight in Middlebury AUGUST 7 DAY: Walk Rutland area AUGUST 7 EVENING: Potluck/sleep overnight Rutland/ Shrewsbury area AUGUST 8 DAY: Walk Montpelier/Barre area AUGUST 8 EVENING: Potluck dinner /sleep in Montpelier AUGUST 9 DAY: Walk Burlington/Shelburne area AUGUST 9 EVENING: Potluck dinner in Burlington! Each night after potluck there will be a discussion regarding activism around shutting down Vermont Yankee. With radiating waves, a skull and crossbones and a running person, a new ionizing radiation warning symbol is being introduced to supplement the traditional international symbol for radiation, the three cornered trefoil. The new symbol is being launched today by the IAEA and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) to help reduce needless deaths and serious injuries from accidental exposure to large radioactive sources. It will serve as a supplementary warning to the trefoil, which has no intuitive meaning and little recognition beyond those educated in its significance. SHUT DOWN VERMONT YANKEE ALL ARE WELCOME to co-sponsor or join this walk. CO-SPONSORS INCLUDE: Citizens Awareness Network, www.nukebusters. Org 413-339-5781 Buddhist order of Nipponzan Myohoji – contact Hattie 978-249-6224 or Hattieshalom@verizon.net People for Less Pollution, Middlebury, Vermont – blmijjb@sover.net 802-352-4416 Central Vermont Peace and Justice – info@centralvermontpeace.org Peace and Justice -- peace@pjcvt.org 802-863-2345 Vermont Yankee Decommissioning Alliance – 802-476-3154 Salem Peace Committee – boocal@comcast.net American Friends Service Committee in Vermont – Jgainza@afsc.org Womens International league for Peace and Freedom Burlington Branch – www.wilpfburlington.org"

20070805   "AMHERST PEACE VIGIL -- NOON- 1PM, EVERY SUNDAY"        "AMHERST PEACE VIGIL -- NOON- 1PM, EVERY SUNDAY The Amherst Peace Vigil passes out 200 or so new flyers every Sunday. Neighbors share news and help hold the banners. Come and wave to encourage your neighbors. The passersby get excited when they see lots of us there. HONK for PEACE!"

20070805   "WAGE PEACE! CHARLIE KING SINGS IN DEERFIELD, Bells at 7:15 PM, Deerfield"  "7:00 p.m. Charlie King will sing and play during a reflection at Traprock Peace Center, 103 KEETS ROAD, DEERFIELD. We'll reflect on our need to prevent nuclear war. Poems, stories, letters, insights welcome. Please help to invite faith communities to ring bells ring at 7:15 p.m., anniversary of the atomic blast in Hiroshima. Info: 413 773-7427 www.grassrootspeace.org ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Anniversary of the Atomic Bombing of HIROSHIMA: At 7:15 PM Eastern time on August 5 it is 8:15 AM in Hiroshima, August 6. This is the anniversary of the moment when the, a harbor city, ripe with military manufacturing, was engulfed in the flames of the atom bomb. In fiscal 2007, Massachusetts neighbors will give $480 million in federal taxes for nuclear weapons design, development, construction, testing and use, according to the National Priorities Project. If we' are paying for nuclear war ~~ will we get it? Please go to your place of worship, front lawn or town common to ring bells at 7:15 PM, with songs, poems, letters, prayers, for those who struggled and struggle still with the aftermath of the nuclear age. HIbakusha (Hiroshima survivors) miners, factory workers, reactor workers, down-winders, civilians and soldiers alike, exposed to toxic and radioactive uranium ammunition and dust, and call for ""NO NUCLEAR WAR!"" Probably there is some facility in every state that plays a role in producing the tools that would be used in nuclear war. Where is the facility nearest to you? 1. Periscopes for nuclear submarines are manufactured on King Street in Northampton, MA. 2. Missile guidance systems are built by Raytheon workers and investors in Andover, MA. 3. Groton CT makes nuclear submarines. 4. Padukha, Kentucky holds 30,000 containers of uranium waste, each with 14 tons under vacuum pressure. These wastes are used to make ammunition from 'depleted' uranium. Will we get what we pay for? HOW MUCH FOR WAR? HOW MUCH FOR PEACE? Thank you thinking with us about these things. We welcome your contribution online, by mail, through labor, through participation in committees, and by donation in person. Underwriting sponsors of our web site please inquire. Together we WAGE PEACE. Traprock Peace Center, 413 773-7427."

20070804   Greenfield Vigil Observes Hiroshima Anniversary        "11 a.m., Greenfield Town Common. Vigil and speak-out to mark the beginning of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Remembrance Week: a time to honor those who died and suffered due to the U.S. atomic bombing of those Japanese cities on August 6 & 9, 1945; to share thoughts on the human costs of war; and to express visions and strategies for peace with justice in a nuclear-free world. Co-sponsored by the Greenfield Weekly Peace Vigil and the Connecticut Valley Coalition for Women's Lives. Info: Susan Dorazio, 367-9356."

20070803   "WOMEN in BLACK, Vigil Friday at NOON, Amherst"        "WOMEN in BLACK, Vigil each Friday, NOON, Amherst Just wear black. Bring a sign if you like. One favorite street sign is ""HONK for PEACE,"" because we need our neighbors to become active and outspoken. One way found to draw attention to the needless tragedy of war during the Vietnam war was to wear a black armband. This can mean bringing up thoughts and feelings, as we go about our business -- it's not business as usual. CAN CELL PHOES STOP DESTROYERS ?"

20070803   "Vietnam Veterans Against the War, 8/3-5, Chicago IL"   "Vietnam Veterans Against the War 40th Anniversary Friday, August 3 - Sunday, August 5, 2007 Chicago, Illinois Come celebrate 40 years of solidarity for peace, justice and veterans rights. Please check for details and registration at: http://www.vvaw.org"

20070802   "Demo at RAYTHEON: BAN CLUSTER BOMBS, Waltham, MA"   "RAYTHEON MAKES CLUSTER BOMBS THAT KILL CHILDREN BAN CLUSTER BOMBS Raytheon, headquartered in Waltham, is the biggest missile manufacturer in the world, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of cluster bombs, and ranks fourth in terms of military sales. COME TO DOWNTOWN WALTHAM ON THURSDAY, AUGUST 2, 5-7:00 PM TO PROTEST THE US GOVERNMENT’S USE OF CLUSTER BOMBS AND RAYTHEON’S IMMORAL PROFITS FROM WEAPONS OF CIVILIAN DEATH, NOT DEFENSE Meet at Waltham Common in front of commuter rail station (Carter St.) Station is one block south of Main St. (Rte 20), just east of Moody St. WHAT SHOULD BE DONE? US must sign an international treaty to ban the production and use of cluster bombs Stop investment in cluster bomb manufacturers by US banks and investors Halt Raytheon's manufacturing of cluster bombs Support legislation to prevent the use and export of these inhumane weapons -- Specifically, tell your congressional officials to support the legislation introduced by Senators Dianne Feinstein (CA) and Patrick Leahy (VT) and passed 6/28 by the Senate Appropriations Committee and S594, the Cluster Munitions Civilian Protection Act of 2007 and referred to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives. MIDDLE EAST CRISIS COALITION www.middleeastcrisiscoalition.org crisismiddleeast@yahoo.com"

20070729   Clamshell Alliance Reunion - last day    "The 2007 Clamshell Alliance Reunion is next weekend, July 27-29 at the World Fellowship Center near Conway NH. Make your reservation for rooms or camping and meals via email: office@worldfellowship.org or via phone: 603/447-2280. Some folks are just coming for the day on Saturday, please let them know ahead for meal planning. Keep reading for the schedule of events, as far as we know. More details will be announced at meal times. Below that you'll see some news flashes. Sat. July 28th at 10:00 am ""Beyond Nuclear"" Workshop with Clamshell Alliance founding member Paul Gunter on the current status of US/international nuclear industry as well as a new Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS) initiative that aims to educate about the nuclear power and weapons connection and to promote positive, solutions-focused messages. Gunter has directed NIRS Reactor Watchdog Project since 1991. Sat. July 28th at 4:30 pm ""Towards the ""08 Election"" NH Primary with Arnie Alpert, New Hampshire American Friends Service Committee Program Coordinator and Anne Miller, New Hampshire Peace Action Director, organize to raise the issues, including nuclear weapons abolition, during the New Hampshire primary campaign. As a member of the Clamshell Alliance, Arnie played a significant role as a member of the late 70s and early 80s office collective. Presentation of draft versions of the To the Village Square: Nukes, Clams & Democracy Book. Comments, additions encouraged. Discussion of book release, distribution and fund raising strategies for completion. Photo slide shows - images for the book, website and exhibit - by Lionel Delevingne. Discussion groups about: Election Strategies, '78 Occupation (different perspectives), Regional Gatherings (re energizing networks, organizing), and more! Sat. July 28th at 9:00 pm Video showing of Seabrook '77 by Robbie Leppzer, maybe at other times too. We will also have Green Mountain Post's The Last Resort available to see if we can find the time. Ongoing Videotaping of personal Clam recollections. Lots of chances to visit with old friends from our Clamshell days. Other events happening at the World Fellowship Center the same weekend (that Clams are welcome at): Sat. July 28th at 7:30 pm Ecos del Pacifico! Afro-Colombian Poetry, Storytelling, Dance and Drumming with Julio Montano Montenegro, Martha Arboleda Ortiz, and Charlie Montano Arboleda; Sun. July 29th at 10:00am Defending Life and Culture in Colombia. Julio Montano Montenegro, an anthropologist and artist, is founder of the artistic corporation Ecos del Pacifico and a member of the Black Communities Process. Martha Arboleda Ortiz is a teacher, instructor, and dancer. They have co-written books about Afro-Colombian myths and legends. They are living in exile in Chicago because of death threats in Colombia. News Flashes: 1) The Campaign for Ratepayers Rights, a key group in the financial fight against Seabrook for years, has gotten re-energized. They have updated their website (http://www.ratepayersrights.org/) and sent out their first newsletter in almost 4 years. Send an email to Bob Williams at RBWVI@msn.com with your contact info and he'll send you one. 2) Beyond Nuclear, a new anti-nuclear organization, will be the focus of a presentation next Thursday, July 26 at 7:00 pm at the Unitarian Church in Concord NH. The Church is at 274 Pleasant Street, Concord, just past the Concord Hospital. Paul Gunter (NIRS Reactor Watchdog Project director) will be joined by Kevin Kamps, the long time nuclear waste expert and advocate for NIRS. Beyond Nuclear intends to broaden the message of concern about the hazards of nuclear power by also addressing the inextricable links between the power reactors and the spread of nuclear weapons. The meeting is to introduce this important new effort, and, we hope, raise some funds to sustain it. It should be stimulating and informative. 3) For the latest on this week's earthquake damage to a nuclear facility in Japan and much more news, go to: http://clamshell-tvs.blogspot.com/ This email is from the To the Village Square: Nukes, Clams & Democracy Project (http://www.clamshell-tvs.org/).The purpose for these is to update Clamshell Alliance members from the last 30 years about: 1) current efforts to prevent a resurgence of nuclear power and 2) the status of the TVS project. These emails will not exceed 4 per month; this is a low volume list! Email addresses have been suppressed to prevented unwanted contact and spamming. Also replies to these emails will only come to me (the Administrative Coordinator for TVS). Suggestions for future emails are most welcome. Please send along any email addresses of Clams and supporters you have contact with. For those interested in more frequent emails about anti-nuclear issues and discussion, send an email to: clamshellalliance-subscribe@yahoogroups.com You can see recent posts at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/clamshellalliance No Nukes! Hope to see you at the reunion or at least be in touch, Tom Wyatt To the Village Square Administrative Coordinator tom@clamshell-tvs.org Prefer to call and leave a message? You can do so at (978) 864-9494 *** “Nuclear power plants weren’t safe thirty years ago and they aren’t safe now,” says Arnie Alpert, a member of the anti-nuclear Clamshell Alliance in the 1970s and 80s. “There still is no viable plan for safe and permanent storage of thousands of tons of radioactive waste — waste that is vulnerable to terrorist attacks.” “Seabrook and other nuclear plants are pre-deployed weapons of mass destruction,” said Alpert, now the N.H. Coordinator for the American Friends Service Committee. “A strong grassroots movement halted nuclear power 30 years ago. The occupations became touchstones, sparking similar nonviolent protests across the country and internationally. This is a powerful story,” says Kristie Conrad, another Clamshell Alliance member and spokesperson for To the Village Square: Nukes, Clams & Democracy, a new anti-nuclear project that tells the story of the Clamshell as a successful exercise in democracy. Conrad, who lives less than 2 miles from the Seabrook reactor with her family, went on to say that “The dangers still exist. Mega corporations are running the industry for profit with no regard for people’s safety and health. We need a Manhattan Project for safe, renewable energy.” The Manhattan Project was the federal initiative in the 1940’s that developed nuclear technology. To the Village Square: Nukes, Clams & Democracy takes its name from Albert Einstein, who wrote in 1946: “To the village square we must carry the facts of atomic energy. From there must come America’s voice.” The project began with the annual Clamshell reunion in 2006 - sharing stories of the past, rekindling friendships and learning about the resurgence of the nuclear industry. It has grown to have an extensive website that documents the resistance to Seabrook HYPERLINK “http://www.clamshell-tvs.org/” (http://www.clamshell-tvs.org) and plans for a book and exhibit. The Clamshell reunion this year is the weekend of July 27-29 at the World Fellowship in Conway, NH. For more information, to go: ( HYPERLINK “http://www.worldfellowship.org/” www.worldfellowship.org) The nuclear power industry has launched a massive public relations and lobby campaign to present itself as an answer to global warming. “Despite this well-oiled industry campaign and increased federal subsidies, nuclear energy can not be part of the solution,” said Paul Gunter, a Clamshell founder and Director of the Reactor Watchdog Project at the Nuclear Information & Resource Service. Gunter explained, “A nuclear power relapse would squander precious resources needed to slow and reverse global warming. Building more nukes will also create hundreds of thousands of tons of unmanaged lethal radioactive waste, accelerate the spread of nuclear weapons and result in more Chernobyl-scale atomic disasters.”"

20070729   "New England Impeachment Summit, Worcester MA"        "New England Impeachment Summit July 29 Worcester MA Have you heard yet about the Northeast Regional Impeachment Summit? It's on July 29th in Worcester, MA from 12-5pm at Clark Universtity Jefferson Bldg. Rm. 218. One or two representatives of any group working on impeachment are invited to attend. This is not a big rally or demonstration."

20070729   "AMHERST PEACE VIGIL -- NOON- 1PM, EVERY SUNDAY"        "AMHERST PEACE VIGIL -- NOON- 1PM, EVERY SUNDAY The Amherst Peace Vigil passes out 200 or so new flyers every Sunday. Neighbors share news and help hold the banners. Come and wave to encourage your neighbors. The passersby get excited when they see lots of us there. HONK for PEACE!"

20070728   CLAMSHELL ALLIANCE REUNION     "The 2007 Clamshell Alliance Reunion is next weekend, July 27-29 at the World Fellowship Center near Conway NH. Make your reservation for rooms or camping and meals via email: office@worldfellowship.org or via phone: 603/447-2280. Some folks are just coming for the day on Saturday, please let them know ahead for meal planning. Keep reading for the schedule of events, as far as we know. More details will be announced at meal times. Below that you'll see some news flashes. Sat. July 28th at 10:00 am ""Beyond Nuclear"" Workshop with Clamshell Alliance founding member Paul Gunter on the current status of US/international nuclear industry as well as a new Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS) initiative that aims to educate about the nuclear power and weapons connection and to promote positive, solutions-focused messages. Gunter has directed NIRS Reactor Watchdog Project since 1991. Sat. July 28th at 4:30 pm ""Towards the ""08 Election"" NH Primary with Arnie Alpert, New Hampshire American Friends Service Committee Program Coordinator and Anne Miller, New Hampshire Peace Action Director, organize to raise the issues, including nuclear weapons abolition, during the New Hampshire primary campaign. As a member of the Clamshell Alliance, Arnie played a significant role as a member of the late 70s and early 80s office collective. Presentation of draft versions of the To the Village Square: Nukes, Clams & Democracy Book. Comments, additions encouraged. Discussion of book release, distribution and fund raising strategies for completion. Photo slide shows - images for the book, website and exhibit - by Lionel Delevingne. Discussion groups about: Election Strategies, '78 Occupation (different perspectives), Regional Gatherings (re energizing networks, organizing), and more! Sat. July 28th at 9:00 pm Video showing of Seabrook '77 by Robbie Leppzer, maybe at other times too. We will also have Green Mountain Post's The Last Resort available to see if we can find the time. Ongoing Videotaping of personal Clam recollections. Lots of chances to visit with old friends from our Clamshell days. Other events happening at the World Fellowship Center the same weekend (that Clams are welcome at): Sat. July 28th at 7:30 pm Ecos del Pacifico! Afro-Colombian Poetry, Storytelling, Dance and Drumming with Julio Montano Montenegro, Martha Arboleda Ortiz, and Charlie Montano Arboleda; Sun. July 29th at 10:00am Defending Life and Culture in Colombia. Julio Montano Montenegro, an anthropologist and artist, is founder of the artistic corporation Ecos del Pacifico and a member of the Black Communities Process. Martha Arboleda Ortiz is a teacher, instructor, and dancer. They have co-written books about Afro-Colombian myths and legends. They are living in exile in Chicago because of death threats in Colombia. News Flashes: 1) The Campaign for Ratepayers Rights, a key group in the financial fight against Seabrook for years, has gotten re-energized. They have updated their website (http://www.ratepayersrights.org/) and sent out their first newsletter in almost 4 years. Send an email to Bob Williams at RBWVI@msn.com with your contact info and he'll send you one. 2) Beyond Nuclear, a new anti-nuclear organization, will be the focus of a presentation next Thursday, July 26 at 7:00 pm at the Unitarian Church in Concord NH. The Church is at 274 Pleasant Street, Concord, just past the Concord Hospital. Paul Gunter (NIRS Reactor Watchdog Project director) will be joined by Kevin Kamps, the long time nuclear waste expert and advocate for NIRS. Beyond Nuclear intends to broaden the message of concern about the hazards of nuclear power by also addressing the inextricable links between the power reactors and the spread of nuclear weapons. The meeting is to introduce this important new effort, and, we hope, raise some funds to sustain it. It should be stimulating and informative. 3) For the latest on this week's earthquake damage to a nuclear facility in Japan and much more news, go to: http://clamshell-tvs.blogspot.com/ This email is from the To the Village Square: Nukes, Clams & Democracy Project (http://www.clamshell-tvs.org/).The purpose for these is to update Clamshell Alliance members from the last 30 years about: 1) current efforts to prevent a resurgence of nuclear power and 2) the status of the TVS project. These emails will not exceed 4 per month; this is a low volume list! Email addresses have been suppressed to prevented unwanted contact and spamming. Also replies to these emails will only come to me (the Administrative Coordinator for TVS). Suggestions for future emails are most welcome. Please send along any email addresses of Clams and supporters you have contact with. For those interested in more frequent emails about anti-nuclear issues and discussion, send an email to: clamshellalliance-subscribe@yahoogroups.com You can see recent posts at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/clamshellalliance No Nukes! Hope to see you at the reunion or at least be in touch, Tom Wyatt To the Village Square Administrative Coordinator tom@clamshell-tvs.org Prefer to call and leave a message? You can do so at (978) 864-9494 *** “Nuclear power plants weren’t safe thirty years ago and they aren’t safe now,” says Arnie Alpert, a member of the anti-nuclear Clamshell Alliance in the 1970s and 80s. “There still is no viable plan for safe and permanent storage of thousands of tons of radioactive waste — waste that is vulnerable to terrorist attacks.” “Seabrook and other nuclear plants are pre-deployed weapons of mass destruction,” said Alpert, now the N.H. Coordinator for the American Friends Service Committee. “A strong grassroots movement halted nuclear power 30 years ago. The occupations became touchstones, sparking similar nonviolent protests across the country and internationally. This is a powerful story,” says Kristie Conrad, another Clamshell Alliance member and spokesperson for To the Village Square: Nukes, Clams & Democracy, a new anti-nuclear project that tells the story of the Clamshell as a successful exercise in democracy. Conrad, who lives less than 2 miles from the Seabrook reactor with her family, went on to say that “The dangers still exist. Mega corporations are running the industry for profit with no regard for people’s safety and health. We need a Manhattan Project for safe, renewable energy.” The Manhattan Project was the federal initiative in the 1940’s that developed nuclear technology. To the Village Square: Nukes, Clams & Democracy takes its name from Albert Einstein, who wrote in 1946: “To the village square we must carry the facts of atomic energy. From there must come America’s voice.” The project began with the annual Clamshell reunion in 2006 - sharing stories of the past, rekindling friendships and learning about the resurgence of the nuclear industry. It has grown to have an extensive website that documents the resistance to Seabrook HYPERLINK “http://www.clamshell-tvs.org/” (http://www.clamshell-tvs.org) and plans for a book and exhibit. The Clamshell reunion this year is the weekend of July 27-29 at the World Fellowship in Conway, NH. For more information, to go: ( HYPERLINK “http://www.worldfellowship.org/” www.worldfellowship.org) The nuclear power industry has launched a massive public relations and lobby campaign to present itself as an answer to global warming. “Despite this well-oiled industry campaign and increased federal subsidies, nuclear energy can not be part of the solution,” said Paul Gunter, a Clamshell founder and Director of the Reactor Watchdog Project at the Nuclear Information & Resource Service. Gunter explained, “A nuclear power relapse would squander precious resources needed to slow and reverse global warming. Building more nukes will also create hundreds of thousands of tons of unmanaged lethal radioactive waste, accelerate the spread of nuclear weapons and result in more Chernobyl-scale atomic disasters.”"

20070727   "WOMEN in BLACK, Vigil Friday at NOON, Amherst"        "WOMEN in BLACK, Vigil Friday at NOON, Amherst Just wear black. Bring a sign if you like. One favorite street is HONK for PEACE, because we need our neighbors to become active and outspoken. Can Cell Phones Stop Destroyers?"

20070727   "WOMEN in BLACK, Vigil Friday at NOON, Amherst"        "WOMEN in BLACK, Vigil each Friday, NOON, Amherst Just wear black. Bring a sign if you like. One favorite street sign is ""HONK for PEACE,"" because we need our neighbors to become active and outspoken. One way found to draw attention to the needless tragedy of war during the Vietnam war was to wear a black armband. This can mean bringing up thoughts and feelings, as we go about our business -- it's not business as usual. CAN CELL PHOES STOP DESTROYERS ?"

20070727   "30th Anniversary Reunion of the Clamshell Alliance, NH"   "The 2007 Clamshell Alliance Reunion is next weekend, July 27-29 at the World Fellowship Center near Conway NH. Make your reservation for rooms or camping and meals via email: office@worldfellowship.org or via phone: 603/447-2280. Some folks are just coming for the day on Saturday, please let them know ahead for meal planning. Keep reading for the schedule of events, as far as we know. More details will be announced at meal times. Below that you'll see some news flashes. Sat. July 28th at 10:00 am ""Beyond Nuclear"" Workshop with Clamshell Alliance founding member Paul Gunter on the current status of US/international nuclear industry as well as a new Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS) initiative that aims to educate about the nuclear power and weapons connection and to promote positive, solutions-focused messages. Gunter has directed NIRS Reactor Watchdog Project since 1991. Sat. July 28th at 4:30 pm ""Towards the ""08 Election"" NH Primary with Arnie Alpert, New Hampshire American Friends Service Committee Program Coordinator and Anne Miller, New Hampshire Peace Action Director, organize to raise the issues, including nuclear weapons abolition, during the New Hampshire primary campaign. As a member of the Clamshell Alliance, Arnie played a significant role as a member of the late 70s and early 80s office collective. Presentation of draft versions of the To the Village Square: Nukes, Clams & Democracy Book. Comments, additions encouraged. Discussion of book release, distribution and fund raising strategies for completion. Photo slide shows - images for the book, website and exhibit - by Lionel Delevingne. Discussion groups about: Election Strategies, '78 Occupation (different perspectives), Regional Gatherings (re energizing networks, organizing), and more! Sat. July 28th at 9:00 pm Video showing of Seabrook '77 by Robbie Leppzer, maybe at other times too. We will also have Green Mountain Post's The Last Resort available to see if we can find the time. Ongoing Videotaping of personal Clam recollections. Lots of chances to visit with old friends from our Clamshell days. Other events happening at the World Fellowship Center the same weekend (that Clams are welcome at): Sat. July 28th at 7:30 pm Ecos del Pacifico! Afro-Colombian Poetry, Storytelling, Dance and Drumming with Julio Montano Montenegro, Martha Arboleda Ortiz, and Charlie Montano Arboleda; Sun. July 29th at 10:00am Defending Life and Culture in Colombia. Julio Montano Montenegro, an anthropologist and artist, is founder of the artistic corporation Ecos del Pacifico and a member of the Black Communities Process. Martha Arboleda Ortiz is a teacher, instructor, and dancer. They have co-written books about Afro-Colombian myths and legends. They are living in exile in Chicago because of death threats in Colombia. News Flashes: 1) The Campaign for Ratepayers Rights, a key group in the financial fight against Seabrook for years, has gotten re-energized. They have updated their website (http://www.ratepayersrights.org/) and sent out their first newsletter in almost 4 years. Send an email to Bob Williams at RBWVI@msn.com with your contact info and he'll send you one. 2) Beyond Nuclear, a new anti-nuclear organization, will be the focus of a presentation next Thursday, July 26 at 7:00 pm at the Unitarian Church in Concord NH. The Church is at 274 Pleasant Street, Concord, just past the Concord Hospital. Paul Gunter (NIRS Reactor Watchdog Project director) will be joined by Kevin Kamps, the long time nuclear waste expert and advocate for NIRS. Beyond Nuclear intends to broaden the message of concern about the hazards of nuclear power by also addressing the inextricable links between the power reactors and the spread of nuclear weapons. The meeting is to introduce this important new effort, and, we hope, raise some funds to sustain it. It should be stimulating and informative. 3) For the latest on this week's earthquake damage to a nuclear facility in Japan and much more news, go to: http://clamshell-tvs.blogspot.com/ This email is from the To the Village Square: Nukes, Clams & Democracy Project (http://www.clamshell-tvs.org/).The purpose for these is to update Clamshell Alliance members from the last 30 years about: 1) current efforts to prevent a resurgence of nuclear power and 2) the status of the TVS project. These emails will not exceed 4 per month; this is a low volume list! Email addresses have been suppressed to prevented unwanted contact and spamming. Also replies to these emails will only come to me (the Administrative Coordinator for TVS). Suggestions for future emails are most welcome. Please send along any email addresses of Clams and supporters you have contact with. For those interested in more frequent emails about anti-nuclear issues and discussion, send an email to: clamshellalliance-subscribe@yahoogroups.com You can see recent posts at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/clamshellalliance No Nukes! Hope to see you at the reunion or at least be in touch, Tom Wyatt To the Village Square Administrative Coordinator tom@clamshell-tvs.org Prefer to call and leave a message? You can do so at (978) 864-9494 *** “Nuclear power plants weren’t safe thirty years ago and they aren’t safe now,” says Arnie Alpert, a member of the anti-nuclear Clamshell Alliance in the 1970s and 80s. “There still is no viable plan for safe and permanent storage of thousands of tons of radioactive waste — waste that is vulnerable to terrorist attacks.” “Seabrook and other nuclear plants are pre-deployed weapons of mass destruction,” said Alpert, now the N.H. Coordinator for the American Friends Service Committee. “A strong grassroots movement halted nuclear power 30 years ago. The occupations became touchstones, sparking similar nonviolent protests across the country and internationally. This is a powerful story,” says Kristie Conrad, another Clamshell Alliance member and spokesperson for To the Village Square: Nukes, Clams & Democracy, a new anti-nuclear project that tells the story of the Clamshell as a successful exercise in democracy. Conrad, who lives less than 2 miles from the Seabrook reactor with her family, went on to say that “The dangers still exist. Mega corporations are running the industry for profit with no regard for people’s safety and health. We need a Manhattan Project for safe, renewable energy.” The Manhattan Project was the federal initiative in the 1940’s that developed nuclear technology. To the Village Square: Nukes, Clams & Democracy takes its name from Albert Einstein, who wrote in 1946: “To the village square we must carry the facts of atomic energy. From there must come America’s voice.” The project began with the annual Clamshell reunion in 2006 - sharing stories of the past, rekindling friendships and learning about the resurgence of the nuclear industry. It has grown to have an extensive website that documents the resistance to Seabrook HYPERLINK “http://www.clamshell-tvs.org/” (http://www.clamshell-tvs.org) and plans for a book and exhibit. The Clamshell reunion this year is the weekend of July 27-29 at the World Fellowship in Conway, NH. For more information, to go: ( HYPERLINK “http://www.worldfellowship.org/” www.worldfellowship.org) The nuclear power industry has launched a massive public relations and lobby campaign to present itself as an answer to global warming. “Despite this well-oiled industry campaign and increased federal subsidies, nuclear energy can not be part of the solution,” said Paul Gunter, a Clamshell founder and Director of the Reactor Watchdog Project at the Nuclear Information & Resource Service. Gunter explained, “A nuclear power relapse would squander precious resources needed to slow and reverse global warming. Building more nukes will also create hundreds of thousands of tons of unmanaged lethal radioactive waste, accelerate the spread of nuclear weapons and result in more Chernobyl-scale atomic disasters.”"

20070727   "CLAMSHELL ALLIANCE REUNION, CONWAY, NH"        "Greetings, It's almost time! The 2007 Clamshell Alliance Reunion is July 27-29 at the World Fellowship Center near Conway NH. There will be workshops (Arnie Alpert & Paul Gunter), video showings (Robbie Leppzer's Seabrook '77), photo slide shows (from Lionel Delevingne), videotaping of personal Clam recollections, lots of chances to visit with old friends from our Clamshell days, planning of regional gatherings, and FUN! Find all the details at: http://news.clamshell-tvs.org/clam-reunion/anniversary-gathering-this-summer Make your reservation for rooms or camping and meals at http://www.worldfellowship.org via email at office@worldfellowship.org or via phone at 603/447-2280. Don't wait, things will fill up. This is the first of a series of periodic emails from the To the Village Square: Nukes, Clams & Democracy Project. The purpose for this list is to update Clamshell Alliance members from the last 30 years about: 1) current efforts to prevent a resurgence of nuclear power and 2) the status of the TVS project. These emails will not exceed 4 per month; this is a low volume list! Email addresses have been suppressed to prevented unwanted contact and spamming. Also replies to these emails will only come to me (the Administrative Coordinator for TVS). Suggestions for future emails are most welcome. Please send along any email addresses of Clams you have contact with. If you don't know already, the goal of To the Village Square is to tell the dramatic story of the Clamshell Alliance and its legacy. By sharing this story (in person, book, exhibit and website), we hope to help carry the issue of nuclear power once again to the village square for open public debate and energize a new generation of anti-nukers. Come visit the website we've developed is at: http://www.clamshell-tvs.org It's got lot of information, stories (http://news.clamshell-tvs.org/category/stories), photographs, links to videos, as well as The Clam Post, a world wide news blog (http://clamshell-tvs.blogspot.com). In the last couple months, we've been working hard on collecting stories and essays for a book to accompany the website. To the Village Square: Nukes, Clams & Democracy — just like the Clamshell itself — needs the support of hundreds of people to succeed. We especially need donations to continue our efforts. The details of how to do so are at: http://www.clamshell-tvs.org/get_involved/index.html We also are looking for contacts for potentially larger donors. Reply to me or Sharon Tracy at sharon@clamshell-tvs.org with any suggestions. No Nukes! Hope to see you at the reunion or be in touch, Tom Wyatt To the Village Square Administrative Coordinator tom@clamshell-tvs.org Prefer to call and leave a message? You can do so at (978) 864-9494"

20070725   "PIONEER VALLEY COALITION TO CHANGE & CHALLENGE WAL-MART, Amherst, MA"    "Last Wednesdays of the month -- please confirm meetings before travel. PIONEER VALLEY COALITION TO CHANGE & CHALLENGE WAL-MART 7-9pm, Porter Lounge (3rd Floor) or another room, Converse Hall, Amherst College, Rts 116 & 9, Amherst. Challenge Wal-Mart in Hadley (and maybe in Greenfield) working on Wake-Up Wal-Mart campaigns, giving mutual aid to the coalition members challenging Wal-Mart in many ways. Info: mailto: socialchange@amherst.edu. Hadley Neighbors for Sensible Development (www.HadleyNeighbors.org), Sprawl Busters (www.sprawl-busters.com), and Stop Sprawl-Mart (www.StopSprawlMart.org) are fighting sprawl. Want to help Wal-Mart workers get fair treatment? Contact Dan Clifford, Wake Up Wal-Mart, 732-6209 x14, mailto:dclifford@ufcw1459.com Check out : http://wmass.walmartvoices.com/ and http://www.wakeupwalmart.com."

20070724   "Crawford to NYC - Orange Revolution, PA"        "Orange Revolution Start Impeachment - Stop the Occupation Can you join us on July 23rd? - Can you wear orange? - The impeachment movement is gaining traction, and now - over the next two weeks - is the time to push it all the way to success. Over the weekend, supporters of impeachment made ""Impeach Cheney"" the number 1 video on Youtube. On Friday, for the first time, a polling company asked Americans if they want Cheney impeached. A majority of 54% said Yes, and the poll was reported in the media. Congressman John Conyers even cited it on ABC's ""This Week"" on Sunday. Below is the route of Cindy's march and a link for more information and to get involved. Now is the time to get involved in our democracy. Use it or lose it. July 10 Crawford Tx Houston Tx July 11 Houston Tx. New Orleans La. July 12 New Orleans La. Montgomery Al. July 13 Montgomery Al. Ft. Benning Ga July 14 Ft. Benning Ga Atlanta Ga. July 15 Atlanta Ga. Gainsville Ga. July 16 Ganisville Ga. Clemson SC July 17 Clemson SC Charlotte NC July 18 Charlotte NC Greensboro NC July 19 Greensboro NC Lynchburg VA July 20 Lynchburg VA Charlottesville VA (rally at 6 p.m.) July 21 Charlottesville VA Richmond VA July 22 Richmond VA Arlington VA July 23 Arlington Cemetery - White House / Capitol July 23 Washington DC Philadelphia PA July 24 Philadelphia PA Allentown PA July 25 Allentown PA New York City NY July 26 United Nations Action July 27 Begin to Gather at Central Park July 28 TBA July 29 Gathering of Hearts Fest Central Park http://www.thecampcaseypeaceinstitute.org On July 4, Los Angeles opened an Impeachment Center, and on July 5 Philadelphia held an impeachment forum (here's the video). But the date to keep in mind is July 23, 2007. That will be the fifth anniversary of the Downing Street Meeting, the meeting at Number 10 Downing Street at which the head of British intelligence reported that Bush and Cheney were intent on invading Iraq and were going to ""fix the intelligence and facts around the policy."" The meeting was recorded in the Downing Street Minutes which were leaked in May 2005. This July 23rd, a Monday, Cindy Sheehan will lead a march from Arlington National Cemetery (gather there at 10 a.m.) to Capitol Hill, to the office of Congressman John Conyers to ask him to move forward with impeachment. We will wear orange that day, a color that has come to stand for nonviolent revolution. We encourage as many people as possible to join us, and if you cannot, to phone Congressman Conyers' office that day asking him to move forward on impeachment: (202) 225-5126. Citizens plan to read the Constitution to Representatives in Congress who have neglected their sworn oath to uphold it. Will you come to read this aloud with us? The White House continues to announce its refusal to comply with a growing stack of subpoenas, even going so far now as to try to block the testimony of former staffers who claim to be willing to testify. ABC asked Conyers about this Sunday morning, and his reply was (I don't know any other way to say this) delusional. Conyers cited the recent poll showing public support for impeachment as a reason why the White House should start complying with subpoenas, and then assured ABC (and anyone at the White House who may have been watching) that he did not intend to impeach anyone. Here's the problem with that, Chairman Conyers: When you announce that you're bluffing, the bluff doesn't work. Impeachment has often worked as a bluff. Nixon left before he was impeached. The Supreme Court reined in Truman before he was impeached. But when you announce ahead of time that you won't really go all the way to impeachment, nothing short of impeachment has any teeth to it. Remember when you rigged the Iran Contra hearings to avoid impeachment? You got ineffective hearings, a massive cover-up, and electoral defeat. Right now you're repeating two out of three of those results. Imagine a labor union announcing that it will never strike. It's not that you have to strike every week, but when you announce that you never will, you lose all bargaining power. As surely as the sun rises and night falls, Bush and Cheney will not comply with your subpoenas. The 23rd in DC is part of a march from Texas to New York. Cindy Sheehan, Rev. Lennox Yearwood, and others are leading a march/drive from Crawford, Texas, to New York City. The march will include stops at the district offices of House Judiciary Committee Members Mel Watt, and Bobby Scott to push them to support impeachment. Their Judiciary Committee colleagues Maxine Waters, Hank Johnson, and Keith Ellison have cosponsored Dennis Kucinich's articles of impeachment against Cheney, H Res 333."

20070724   "PHILADELPHIA DETAILS - HONK TO IMPEACH - Go, Rev."        "Cindy Sheehan’s “Journey for Humanity” Caravan (www.thecampcaseypeaceinstitute.org) Stops in Philadelphia - Tuesday, July 24th Come on out to learn more about the REAL “Surge” to IMPEACH CHENEY & BUSH WEAR ORANGE TO EXPRESS SOLIDARITY There are two events: The first is at Independence Mall, Market St. between 5th and 6th, from 1:30 to 3:30 PM Featured speakers will include Cindy Sheehan and Rev Lennox Yearwood. The second is a Honk to Impeach Rally on Broad Street between Arch and Race Sts, from 4:00 to 5:30 PM Bring IMPEACH signs ! For more information call: 215-945-1269"

20070723   "Crawford to Arlington Cemetary, White House, Capitol - Orange Revolution, DC"    "Orange Revolution Start Impeachment - Stop the Occupation Can you join us on July 23rd? - Can you wear orange? - The impeachment movement is gaining traction, and now - over the next two weeks - is the time to push it all the way to success. Over the weekend, supporters of impeachment made ""Impeach Cheney"" the number 1 video on Youtube. On Friday, for the first time, a polling company asked Americans if they want Cheney impeached. A majority of 54% said Yes, and the poll was reported in the media. Congressman John Conyers even cited it on ABC's ""This Week"" on Sunday. Below is the route of Cindy's march and a link for more information and to get involved. Now is the time to get involved in our democracy. Use it or lose it. July 10 Crawford Tx Houston Tx July 11 Houston Tx. New Orleans La. July 12 New Orleans La. Montgomery Al. July 13 Montgomery Al. Ft. Benning Ga July 14 Ft. Benning Ga Atlanta Ga. July 15 Atlanta Ga. Gainsville Ga. July 16 Ganisville Ga. Clemson SC July 17 Clemson SC Charlotte NC July 18 Charlotte NC Greensboro NC July 19 Greensboro NC Lynchburg VA July 20 Lynchburg VA Charlottesville VA (rally at 6 p.m.) July 21 Charlottesville VA Richmond VA July 22 Richmond VA Arlington VA July 23 Arlington Cemetery - White House / Capitol July 23 Washington DC Philadelphia PA July 24 Philadelphia PA Allentown PA July 25 Allentown PA New York City NY July 26 United Nations Action July 27 Begin to Gather at Central Park July 28 TBA July 29 Gathering of Hearts Fest Central Park http://www.thecampcaseypeaceinstitute.org On July 4, Los Angeles opened an Impeachment Center, and on July 5 Philadelphia held an impeachment forum (here's the video). But the date to keep in mind is July 23, 2007. That will be the fifth anniversary of the Downing Street Meeting, the meeting at Number 10 Downing Street at which the head of British intelligence reported that Bush and Cheney were intent on invading Iraq and were going to ""fix the intelligence and facts around the policy."" The meeting was recorded in the Downing Street Minutes which were leaked in May 2005. This July 23rd, a Monday, Cindy Sheehan will lead a march from Arlington National Cemetery (gather there at 10 a.m.) to Capitol Hill, to the office of Congressman John Conyers to ask him to move forward with impeachment. We will wear orange that day, a color that has come to stand for nonviolent revolution. We encourage as many people as possible to join us, and if you cannot, to phone Congressman Conyers' office that day asking him to move forward on impeachment: (202) 225-5126. Citizens plan to read the Constitution to Representatives in Congress who have neglected their sworn oath to uphold it. Will you come to read this aloud with us? The White House continues to announce its refusal to comply with a growing stack of subpoenas, even going so far now as to try to block the testimony of former staffers who claim to be willing to testify. ABC asked Conyers about this Sunday morning, and his reply was (I don't know any other way to say this) delusional. Conyers cited the recent poll showing public support for impeachment as a reason why the White House should start complying with subpoenas, and then assured ABC (and anyone at the White House who may have been watching) that he did not intend to impeach anyone. Here's the problem with that, Chairman Conyers: When you announce that you're bluffing, the bluff doesn't work. Impeachment has often worked as a bluff. Nixon left before he was impeached. The Supreme Court reined in Truman before he was impeached. But when you announce ahead of time that you won't really go all the way to impeachment, nothing short of impeachment has any teeth to it. Remember when you rigged the Iran Contra hearings to avoid impeachment? You got ineffective hearings, a massive cover-up, and electoral defeat. Right now you're repeating two out of three of those results. Imagine a labor union announcing that it will never strike. It's not that you have to strike every week, but when you announce that you never will, you lose all bargaining power. As surely as the sun rises and night falls, Bush and Cheney will not comply with your subpoenas. The 23rd in DC is part of a march from Texas to New York. Cindy Sheehan, Rev. Lennox Yearwood, and others are leading a march/drive from Crawford, Texas, to New York City. The march will include stops at the district offices of House Judiciary Committee Members Mel Watt, and Bobby Scott to push them to support impeachment. Their Judiciary Committee colleagues Maxine Waters, Hank Johnson, and Keith Ellison have cosponsored Dennis Kucinich's articles of impeachment against Cheney, H Res 333."

20070723   "CALL ON CONGRESS TO IMPEACH, Conyers: (202) 225-5126"        "On this anniversary of the Downing Street meeting, Cindy Sheehan, Ray McGovern, Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Ann Wright, Debra Sweet, Dave Lindorff, David Swanson, Jodie Evans, Medea Benjamin, Kevin Zeese, Tina Richards, and others will march from Arlington National Cemetery to the office of Congressman John Conyers, to read the Constitution. If you can't visit DC this week, perhaps you would like to call, and ask others to call. Congressman Conyers is Chairman of House Judiciary Committee which has the authority to begin the impeachment process (investigations). John Conyers, (202) 225-5126 The Congressional Switchboard will connect you to any Senator or Representative's office. It takes about a minute to leave an opinion. Pass it on? Say why you called today! There are so many reasons to call. Four million Iraqi refugees are some of the reasons. War profiteering is another. Until 6PM weekdays, an operator will connect you: 202 224-3121."

20070723   "BEYOND NUCLEAR: L.A.Times Op Ed, ""A Warming World, No to Nukes"""      "NEWS FROM BEYOND NUCLEAR For Immediate Release July 23, 2007 Contact: Linda Gunter 301.270.2209 info@beyondnuclear.org Superb Los Angeles Times Editorial Makes Compelling Case against Turning to Nuclear Power to Combat Climate Change TAKOMA PARK, MD – The Los Angeles Times today ran an excellent editorial on the detriments of nuclear power. In an extensive, detailed, and possibly unprecedented opinion piece, the Times laid out the definitive arguments against the nuclear power option in the context of climate change. The editorial can be found at: http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/la-ed-nuclear23jul23,0,378363.story?coll=la-opinion-leftrail. The editorial, entitled: A Warming World, No to Nukes, identified the case for nuclear power as “weak” and went on to list the many compelling reasons to eliminate the nuclear choice: “The enormous cost of building nuclear plants, the reluctance of investors to fund them, community opposition and an endless controversy over what to do with the waste ensure that ramping up the nuclear infrastructure will be a slow process — far too slow to make a difference on global warming. That's just as well, because nuclear power is extremely risky. What's more, there are cleaner, cheaper, faster alternatives that come with none of the risks. Beyond Nuclear applauds the Los Angeles Times for taking this stand, particularly in making the often neglected connection between nuclear power and nuclear weapons, an issue central to the Beyond Nuclear mission. The Times editorialists wrote: “Weapons proliferation is an even more serious concern. The uranium used in nuclear reactors isn't concentrated enough for anything but a dirty bomb, but the same labs that enrich uranium for nuclear fuel can be used to create weapons-grade uranium. Thus any country, such as Iran, that pursues uranium enrichment for nuclear power might also be building a bomb factory. It would be more than a little hypocritical for the U.S. to expand its own nuclear power capacity while forbidding countries it doesn't like from doing the same.” Beyond Nuclear urges the country’s press corps to take note of this important editorial, and to call upon the expertise and resources of the Beyond Nuclear staff at any time for follow-up on the broad array of related topics discussed in the piece. Paul Gunter covers all aspects of nuclear reactor oversight for Beyond Nuclear: paul@beyondnuclear.org Kevin Kamps covers all aspects of radioactive waste and the nuclear fuel chain for Beyond Nuclear. kevin@beyondnuclear.org Cindy Folkers is a specialist in the radiation impacts on health at Beyond Nuclear. cindy@beyondnuclear.org Linda Gunter authored with Paul Gunter a special report on the impacts to wildlife from the operation of nuclear reactors, due to be expanded and updated later this year. linda@beyondnuclear.org. Beyond Nuclear staff members can be reached at: 301.270.2209. Please visit our Web site at: www.beyondnuclear.org"

20070723   5th anniversary of the infamous Downing Street meeting    "July 23rd is the 5th anniversary of the infamous Downing Street meeting, wherein US and British representatives discussed fixing the 'intelligence' to promote war an attack against Iraq. Your active, vocal, civil resistance to corruption in government is a crucial component in government for the people, of the people and by the people."

20070722   "PIONEER VALLEY WAR TAX RESISTERS, Deerfield or Greenfield, MA"       "PIONEER VALLEY WAR TAX RESISTERS, Sunday, March 18 ( and third Sundays, every other month) 4-6pm, at the Weldon Apartments' Community Room, 54 High Street, Greenfield. There is parking at the back. There are many ways to resist payment for the brutality and plunder of war. Come to help plan for public education about war tax resistance and to raise your concerns and ideas. Press the buzzer to be let in by Tom. Tom usually waits by the door for 10-15 minutes. To confirm date and location, call Juanita Nelson, 413773-5188 x1 at Traprock Peace Center."

20070722   "AMHERST PEACE VIGIL -- NOON- 1PM, EVERY SUNDAY"        "AMHERST PEACE VIGIL -- NOON- 1PM, EVERY SUNDAY The Amherst Peace Vigil passes out 200 or so new flyers every Sunday. Neighbors share news and help hold the banners. Come and wave to encourage your neighbors. The passersby get excited when they see lots of us there. HONK for PEACE!"

20070721   5 Rivers Council Meets - Network Sustainable Living      "Next Meeting of the 5 Rivers Council will be 2-5 pm., Saturday, July 21st at Lupinwood, the home of John and Maya, 172 Highland Avenue, Greenfield, MA 01301. Topics of interest include a 5 Rivers Council newspaper, Brainstorm and volunteer to design a fall event proposed with a focus on energy, Saturday, Nov. 3, Review follow up of the May event, and the Open Space discussion topics, Discuss how we can improve 5 Rivers Council communication. Take up items tabled, such as the Exxon/Mobil War Boycott and your concerns related to sustainable living in a just society, as time allows. Pass the talking stick! This meeting will start and end on time. Please come a few minutes early if you can. Web Search for more: Five Rivers Council"

20070721   "FOUR DAYS IN COURT - NOT GUILTY, DC"    "July 9-12, 2007 - Four days in court in Washington, DC – Found NOT GUILTY Joy First I was arrested along with Ellen Barfield, David Barrows, Gordon Clark, Sam Crook, Malachy Kilbride, and Eve Tetaz in the Hart Senate Office Building on Thursday March 29, 2007. We went there one hour after the Senate voted to continue to fund the war. We set up cardboard tombstones with pictures of soldiers and Iraqis who have died in the war since the Democrats took control of Congress in January. We began to read their names. After about 20 minutes, we were arrested by Capitol Police and charged with unlawful conduct. We were arraigned on Friday morning after David, Malachy, Eve, and Ellen spent the night in jail. We all pleaded not guilty and since the charge carries a possible six months in jail we requested a consolidated jury trial. We began planning our trial, and as in the past, we were going to be representing ourselves as pro se defendants. Mark Goldstone graciously agreed to be our attorney advisor. He has had a great deal of experience in this kind of work. I was so grateful to have him on our team. We each had a role to play in the trial. I was to give the closing statement. I flew from Madison, WI to Washington, DC on Sunday July 8. While sitting in the airport, I was thinking about what I was doing and feeling scared, but I reminded myself that if the most important thing is that I don’t go to jail, then I wouldn’t have gotten arrested in the first place. No – the most important thing is that I speak out when my government is doing something that is illegal and immoral. The seven of us, along with Mark Goldstone, met on Sunday night to go through the trial. Mark said that our primary defense is the tourist standard which is applied in unlawful conduct charges. What this means is that we were no more disruptive than an equal size group of tourists. The test is the impact of how disruptive we were, not the activities we were engaged in. This would be my first experience with a jury trial and I was feeling very anxious. I certainly don’t continue to risk arrest and go to trial because I enjoy it. But with the suffering that continues in Iraq, and with families of US soldiers in Iraq, I feel called to continue to do this work. Jury selection Jury selection was set for Monday July 9. After a short appearance before Judge Craig Iscoe, we waited most of the day hoping that we would have the chance to get a jury selected. Much of the time was spent discussing our strategy and whether we wanted to agree to any of the government stipulations. We decided to reject all of the stipulations, but under Mark’s advice agreed to keep them in mind in case it made sense later to accept some of them. It became a possibility that we would not select a jury until Tuesday, and if that date did not work out, we would move the trial to August. I was very disappointed about the possibility of having to return to DC in August for the trial. Fortunately, at about 3:00 pm, we were called into the courtroom and told that the jury selection process would begin. Gordon Clark was our representative, along with Mark Goldstone, going before the judge to question individual witnesses about their responses to the Voir Dire questions. One of the questions that the judge asked the potential jurors was: Do you have such strong feelings about the war in Iraq that it would be difficult for you to be fair in judging this case? The majority of the potential jurors answered yes to this question. Each side was able to strike three potential jurors, but because of the large number of jurors answering yes to the above question, the prosecutor could not strike all of them and we ended up with a jury that was very sympathetic to our cause. Two potential jurors were dismissed by the prosecutor because they said that they had such strong feelings about the war and what we did that they absolutely would not have been able to convict us. One woman was dismissed, and as she stood to leave she held her hands together and bowed to us before she walked away. One of the final jurors was a reporter from Al Jazeera. The jury was told that the government has to prove each and every element of the charge with each and every defendant. After the jury selection was complete, the court adjourned for the day. We returned bright and early Tuesday morning, feeling anxious, but ready to begin the trial. We met in the cafeteria to continue our strategizing. Every spare minute throughout the next few days, we would meet either in the cafeteria in the morning and at noon, or in a witness room at the back of the courtroom to strategize. Bathroom breaks, phone calls, and eating were all put on hold as we continued to discuss our case. Opening statements We began Tuesday morning with opening statements. The prosecutor, Sean Farrell, was not a particularly eloquent speaker. He laid out what he thought were the facts of the case according to the police report. There were some clear discrepancies in the police report. Mr. Farrell said that we can’t just do what we want. He likened us to spoiled children who wanted to be arrested and ignored several warnings. David Barrows followed with his opening statement. Mr. Farrell objected many times during David’s opening and many of the objections were sustained. David eloquently stated, “We came not to break the law, but to remind our Senate of its obligation to enforce the law.” He later stated, “When our congress, our president, and even our very courts turn their backs on the Bill of Rights and the US Constitution, then it falls to the people of the land to demand justice.” The government’s case The government first called Officer Langley to the stand. She made our case for us when she said under cross examination by Malachy that we were not more disruptive than other groups of seven in the building. She also portrayed us as spoiled children who don’t obey. By the end of the questioning of the first witness it was time to adjourn for the day. I was not able to sleep very well since I arrived in DC and was starting to feel a bit worn down. Yet my adrenalin was really flowing as the trial continued with the government’s case on Wednesday morning. Officer Connor was called to the stand. When we were at the police station under arrest in March, Officer Connor said to one of us that he didn’t go any higher in rank because he didn’t want to play the games he would have to play. He also said that maybe when he retired he would join us. The government played the Youtube video of our action HYPERLINK http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ttLP25VsSM http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ttLP25VsSM I think playing this video hurt the government. It was very moving to watch our action on the big screen in the courtroom. I began to cry as I watched. I also noticed that David was crying. When I looked at the jurors, one of them was clearly crying and many of them looked very moved and even pained. The video made it crystal clear what we were doing in trying to stop the war which causes the death and suffering of so many innocent people. Officer Connor claimed both on direct and cross that we were taking up a large portion of the atrium. This is not true. We were about 30 people, and the atrium is huge. He also said that we clearly got three warnings. This is also not true. I did not hear any warnings. The videotape clearly shows Captain Neeld walk into the area and shout out, “Cease and desist. You are getting locked up. There will be no warnings. You will be arrested right now.” She immediately walked over to Malachy and me and said, “These two are going.” Next Officer Mutusiak took the stand. It was similar questioning by the prosecution. Did they give us warnings? Did we take up a large space and block movement? Were we loud and disruptive? Upon cross by Malachy, Officer Mutusiak did admit that she saw people moving around us. Our case The trial had been going on for a day and a half. The jury was getting tired. We decided that it would be best if we put two witnesses on the stand and didn’t drag it out too long. Ellen and I were the ones chosen to go on the stand. I didn’t really want the added stress of being on the stand because I was getting nervous about the closing, but I said that I would do it if that was what was decided. I don’t have good notes on what happened while I was on the stand. I testified that I did not hear any warnings. Then I was asked by Sam, “Didn’t I know that when the police were there, they were going to be arresting us?” I answered that I am often at demonstrations against the war. There is always a police presence, but often no arrests take place. On cross, Mr. Ferrell asked me if I had permission from my Senator to be in the Hart Senate Office Building that day. I looked at him in disbelief. I said that I did not understand the question. I couldn’t believe he would suggest that I needed my Senators permission to be there. I think the jury must also have been taken aback by that question. He also asked if I was demonstrating and I said yes. I think that was a mistake. I should have said I was there petitioning my government. We rested our case after Ellen and I testified and were cross-examined by Mr. Farrell. Closing statements Mr. Farrell delivered a lukewarm closing statement. The jury did not appear to be very drawn into his arguments. It was then my turn and I was very nervous, but also felt the support of so many people behind me, friends and co-activists in Madison and in DC. I had added a lot to my statement as the trial unfolded. While I was giving the statement I tried to focus on the jury and make a lot of eye contact with them. I was interrupted a lot by objections from Mr. Farrell, but I kept going to get my message out. I made several political statements that were objected to as I expected. However, I was surprised that when I talked about our First Amendment right to petition our government, there were objections that were sustained. One of the things I wanted to say, but didn’t get out was, “If we remain silent while our government is engaged in illegal and immoral activities, then we are complicit, we are guilty of being in violation of international law and of going against our most dearly held values. It is our responsibility to speak out.” I was again stopped as I began the last paragraph. I thought to myself, what do I do now? I wanted to get my last line in. I knew the judge was getting tired of this. I also knew that this was my only chance to get this statement into the court record. I had to say this last sentence. So, I said, “We need to bring the real criminals to justice.” I was looking right at the jury when I said it. The reporter from Al Jazeera broke into a huge smile. I sat down shaking like crazy. The prosecution then had a chance for rebuttal. He kind of lost it during rebuttal. He sounded petty and vindictive. He talked about us being spoiled children who thought we were above the law. He said that we were there because we wanted to be arrested. It was then the end of day 3. The next day the jury would begin deliberations. We had many supporters who stopped in for different parts of the trial. It was so good to look into the courtroom and see the familiar loving faces of those who have often stood beside us and been arrested with us. Max Obbuszewski was there for part of the first day of the trial offering support and encouragement. Art Laffin walked into the courtroom and bowed to us in such a loving and supportive gesture that I could hardly keep from crying. Debby Churhman was with us for part of the trial and as the jury deliberated. As I felt I was falling apart waiting for the verdict, she helped pull me back together. Pete Perry was also there a good part of the time. He was a steadying presence as we continued to discuss our strategy. There were many others who were there and supported us during the ordeal. Deliberations We didn’t arrive at the courthouse so early on Thursday morning. There were no more discussions we needed to have. There was nothing more we could do but wait. The jury began deliberations at 9:30 and so we had to be there by that time. After about an hour the clerk called us into the courtroom saying the jury had a question. They wanted more direction from the judge on interpreting the tourist standard which I had highlighted in my closing argument. The judge said that he could not give them any more information and they must go back and deliberate with the information they have. The jury broke for an hour lunch and then continued deliberations. We sat in the courtroom, roamed the halls, generally tried to keep from going crazy as we waited for the verdict. I kept telling myself that I need to put this in perspective. What happens to the seven of us is not the most important thing. The war continues. Innocent people continue to suffer and die everyday. At about 3:00 I was walking down by the end of the hallway and Gordon waved me over. He said they had a verdict. My knees turned to jelly and I started to get very teary. I had to wait about 20 minutes for Mark Goldstone to return to the courthouse. We went into the courtroom and sat in our regular spots where we had been sitting for the past four days and waited for the jury to walk in. The verdict As the jury walked in, I noticed several of them were smiling. I am thinking – is that a good sign? It seemed like time lost its meaning as the jurors took their chairs and we waited to hear the verdict. Then the judge asked the foreman to stand and read the verdicts. He began, “Gordon Clark – not guilty.” When I heard that I knew we would all be found not guilty, but I wanted to hear my name. The foreman continued, “Joy First – not guilty…………..” And on for all seven of us. I started to weep. I couldn’t believe it. I looked at the jurors and saw that a couple of them also began to cry. The defendants and Mark all began to hug each other. Our supporters were right there with hugs for us. It was incredible. Mark Goldstone asked the judge if any of the jurors were interested, could they remain in the jury room because the defendants would like to talk to them. We went into the jury room and there were two jurors who remained to talk with us. One was the reporter from Al Jazeera. The other was a man who always appeared to be supportive of us. Unfortunately, the prosecutor joined us and so I believe the conversation was less candid than it might have been. I can hardly remember what was said. I was feeling like I was in a dream. A few things I remember was that the jury voted about an hour after beginning deliberations. At that time, the majority wanted to find us guilty. After they talked to the judge about the tourist standard, they began to look at that more closely and begin to move towards acquittal. They said it was more about the law than about politics, but it is difficult to believe that their feelings about the war didn’t push many of them look for a legal way to acquit us. It was such an intense unbelievable experience. I came home utterly exhausted, both physically and emotionally. It was a small victory for the peace movement. But, again, it has to be put in perspective. We must continue this work. We must continue taking risks in speaking out against the war. Our government continues its illegal and immoral actions in the war and occupation of Iraq that is causing the needless death of over 600,000 Iraqis and almost 4,000 US soldiers. The suffering of the families who have lost a loved one is immeasurable. As I said in my closing statement, when we have a war criminal in the White House who is responsible for this suffering, and we are arrested for reading the names of the dead in a senate office building, there is something woefully wrong with our system. Though we have been fighting for four years to end the war, I believe what we do does make a difference. I believe that we must continue the struggle for peace and justice. We need more people to join in and I believe that is happening. We, the people, are the deciders. We, the people, can make a difference. I’ll see you at the next action. Yours in peace and resistance. Joy Recieved by email, July 20"

20070720   "WOMEN in BLACK, Vigil Friday at NOON, Amherst"        "WOMEN in BLACK, Vigil each Friday, NOON, Amherst Just wear black. Bring a sign if you like. One favorite street sign is ""HONK for PEACE,"" because we need our neighbors to become active and outspoken. One way found to draw attention to the needless tragedy of war during the Vietnam war was to wear a black armband. This can mean bringing up thoughts and feelings, as we go about our business -- it's not business as usual. CAN CELL PHOES STOP DESTROYERS ?"

20070720   "Wide-Angle Film: SALUD, at Amherst UU Society, 7PM" "Friday 7/20, 7pm, Amherst Wide-Angle Films presents ""Salud"" This film explores the case of Cuba, with one of the world's best health systems. For forty years, Cuba has taken it to the road, their doctors in demand by other struggling nations. The film documents their philosophy and experience of a community-oriented, preventive and universal health care model."

20070719   "V.A.'s Research on Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses, Dallas, TX"      "Wednesday, July 18: Meeting Held in Simmons Biomedical Research Bldg (NIB), Room 11.120 (NOTE ROOM CHANGE FOR THURDAY) University of Texas Southwestern School of Medicine 5323 Harry Hines Blvd. Dallas, Texas [Please Note: The meeting will be held in a different location Thursday, July 19] Preliminary Agenda Wednesday, July 18 8:00 – 8:30 Informal gathering, coffee 8:30 – 8:35 Welcome, introductory remarks Jim Binns, Chairman Res Adv Cmte Gulf War Illnesses 8:35 – 10:45 University of Texas Southwestern School of Medicine Gulf War Illnesses Research Program Dr. Robert Haley Univ of Texas Southwestern staff 10:45 – 11:00 Break 11:00 – 12:30 Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS): study of molecular pathogenesis, protein biomarkers, and virus infection Dr. Jonathan Kerr St. George’s University of London 12:30 – 1:30 Lunch 1:30 – 3:20 University of Texas Southwestern School of Medicine Gulf War Illnesses Research Program Univ of Texas Southwestern staff 3:20 – 3:35 Break 3:35 – 4:05 University of Texas Southwestern School of Medicine Gulf War Illnesses Research Program Univ of Texas Southwestern staff 4:05 – 5:00 Discussion regarding University of Texas Southwestern School of Medicine Gulf War Illnesses Research Program Committee 5:00 – 5:30 Public comments Thursday, July 19: Meeting Held at the Hilton Anatole 2201 Stemmons Freeway Dallas, Texas Preliminary Agenda: Thursday, July 19 8:00 – 8:30 Informal gathering, coffee 8:30 – 9:10 Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) reveals evidence of structural brain changes among veterans deployed in the first Gulf War Dr. Roberta White Boston University School of Public Health 9:10 – 10:30 Diagnosis and treatment of chronic toxic injury Dr. William Meggs East Carolina University School of Medicine 10:30 – 10:45 Break 10:45 – 11:30 Update on recently published research relevant to the health of Gulf War veterans Dr. Beatrice Golomb University of California at San Diego School of Medicine 11:30 – 12:30 Lunch 12:30 – 12:45 Overview of chronic multisymptom illnesses conference Dr. Daniel Clauw University of Michigan School of Medicine 12:45 – 1:15 Update on VA Gulf War research programs Dr. Bill Goldberg VA Office of Research and Development 1:15 – 1:30 Committee business: Report update Dr. Lea Steele Res Adv Cmte Gulf War Illnesses 1:30 – 2:00 Public comments 2:00 Adjourn All the commissions that were formed after the Walter Reed Scandal have not looked at medical diagnosis and treatment for those that were poisoned during Operation Desert Storm. Again we abandon the troops and the veterans. I value medical research but I also value true medical care that begins with physical hands on assessment, medical testing and diagnostic testing and using all available treatments. I ask you is this all related to costs and dollars alone or more implications to national security, medical preparedness, and secrets hidden from the American public at large. Clinical practice has been altered by political concerns! Where is the demand for Accountability, Responsibility, and Medical Clinical Care? Or in other words where is the head of this multi headed serpent? When can I and other gulf war veterans of Operation Desert Storm 90-91 expect true medical care ie full diagnostic testing and treatment? We have been waiting since 1991! Denise Nichols is a nurse who participated in Gulf War I. She has worked with dedication to get appropriate care for veterans. She can be contacted at DSNurse@AOL.com The VA RAC GWI usually meets in Washington DC. This is a chance to attend, see what they are doing, and interact at a closer, more affordable location. Their last meeting of the year will be in October in DC. (They meet quarterly, 3-4 times a year.) Right now would be an important time to attend because they are working on their next major report. This report is to be presented to the DVA and the Congress by November. Your public comments regarding their recommendations would be invaluable. Please notify any others you know that may help us Gulf War veterans, especially former military physicians who understand the special needs of environmentally poisoned veterans. Please help us make a difference!"

20070718   "V.A.'s Research on Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses, Dallas, TX"      "Wednesday, July 18: Meeting Held in Simmons Biomedical Research Bldg (NIB), Room 11.120 (NOTE ROOM CHANGE FOR THURDAY) University of Texas Southwestern School of Medicine 5323 Harry Hines Blvd. Dallas, Texas [Please Note: The meeting will be held in a different location Thursday, July 19] Preliminary Agenda Wednesday, July 18 8:00 – 8:30 Informal gathering, coffee 8:30 – 8:35 Welcome, introductory remarks Jim Binns, Chairman Res Adv Cmte Gulf War Illnesses 8:35 – 10:45 University of Texas Southwestern School of Medicine Gulf War Illnesses Research Program Dr. Robert Haley Univ of Texas Southwestern staff 10:45 – 11:00 Break 11:00 – 12:30 Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS): study of molecular pathogenesis, protein biomarkers, and virus infection Dr. Jonathan Kerr St. George’s University of London 12:30 – 1:30 Lunch 1:30 – 3:20 University of Texas Southwestern School of Medicine Gulf War Illnesses Research Program Univ of Texas Southwestern staff 3:20 – 3:35 Break 3:35 – 4:05 University of Texas Southwestern School of Medicine Gulf War Illnesses Research Program Univ of Texas Southwestern staff 4:05 – 5:00 Discussion regarding University of Texas Southwestern School of Medicine Gulf War Illnesses Research Program Committee 5:00 – 5:30 Public comments Thursday, July 19: Meeting Held at the Hilton Anatole 2201 Stemmons Freeway Dallas, Texas Preliminary Agenda: Thursday, July 19 8:00 – 8:30 Informal gathering, coffee 8:30 – 9:10 Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) reveals evidence of structural brain changes among veterans deployed in the first Gulf War Dr. Roberta White Boston University School of Public Health 9:10 – 10:30 Diagnosis and treatment of chronic toxic injury Dr. William Meggs East Carolina University School of Medicine 10:30 – 10:45 Break 10:45 – 11:30 Update on recently published research relevant to the health of Gulf War veterans Dr. Beatrice Golomb University of California at San Diego School of Medicine 11:30 – 12:30 Lunch 12:30 – 12:45 Overview of chronic multisymptom illnesses conference Dr. Daniel Clauw University of Michigan School of Medicine 12:45 – 1:15 Update on VA Gulf War research programs Dr. Bill Goldberg VA Office of Research and Development 1:15 – 1:30 Committee business: Report update Dr. Lea Steele Res Adv Cmte Gulf War Illnesses 1:30 – 2:00 Public comments 2:00 Adjourn All the commissions that were formed after the Walter Reed Scandal have not looked at medical diagnosis and treatment for those that were poisoned during Operation Desert Storm. Again we abandon the troops and the veterans. I value medical research but I also value true medical care that begins with physical hands on assessment, medical testing and diagnostic testing and using all available treatments. I ask you is this all related to costs and dollars alone or more implications to national security, medical preparedness, and secrets hidden from the American public at large. Clinical practice has been altered by political concerns! Where is the demand for Accountability, Responsibility, and Medical Clinical Care? Or in other words where is the head of this multi headed serpent? When can I and other gulf war veterans of Operation Desert Storm 90-91 expect true medical care ie full diagnostic testing and treatment? We have been waiting since 1991! Denise Nichols is a nurse who participated in Gulf War I. She has worked with dedication to get appropriate care for veterans. She can be contacted at DSNurse@AOL.com The VA RAC GWI usually meets in Washington DC. This is a chance to attend, see what they are doing, and interact at a closer, more affordable location. Their last meeting of the year will be in October in DC. (They meet quarterly, 3-4 times a year.) Right now would be an important time to attend because they are working on their next major report. This report is to be presented to the DVA and the Congress by November. Your public comments regarding their recommendations would be invaluable. Please notify any others you know that may help us Gulf War veterans, especially former military physicians who understand the special needs of environmentally poisoned veterans. Please help us make a difference!"

20070718   Join Cindy Sheehan - ORANGE REVOLUTION IN N.C. - Start Impeachment - Stop the Oc     "Orange Revolution Start Impeachment - Stop the Occupation Can you join us on July 23rd? - Can you wear orange? - The impeachment movement is gaining traction, and now - over the next two weeks - is the time to push it all the way to success. Over the weekend, supporters of impeachment made ""Impeach Cheney"" the number 1 video on Youtube. On Friday, for the first time, a polling company asked Americans if they want Cheney impeached. A majority of 54% said Yes, and the poll was reported in the media. Congressman John Conyers even cited it on ABC's ""This Week"" on Sunday. Below is the route of Cindy's march and a link for more information and to get involved. Now is the time to get involved in our democracy. Use it or lose it. July 10 Crawford Tx Houston Tx July 11 Houston Tx. New Orleans La. July 12 New Orleans La. Montgomery Al. July 13 Montgomery Al. Ft. Benning Ga July 14 Ft. Benning Ga Atlanta Ga. July 15 Atlanta Ga. Gainsville Ga. July 16 Ganisville Ga. Clemson SC July 17 Clemson SC Charlotte NC July 18 Charlotte NC Greensboro NC July 19 Greensboro NC Lynchburg VA July 20 Lynchburg VA Charlottesville VA (rally at 6 p.m.) July 21 Charlottesville VA Richmond VA July 22 Richmond VA Arlington VA July 23 Arlington Cemetery - White House / Capitol July 23 Washington DC Philadelphia PA July 24 Philadelphia PA Allentown PA July 25 Allentown PA New York City NY July 26 United Nations Action July 27 Begin to Gather at Central Park July 28 TBA July 29 Gathering of Hearts Fest Central Park, New York City http://www.thecampcaseypeaceinstitute.org On July 4, Los Angeles opened an Impeachment Center, and on July 5 Philadelphia held an impeachment forum (here's the video). But the date to keep in mind is July 23, 2007. That will be the fifth anniversary of the Downing Street Meeting, the meeting at Number 10 Downing Street at which the head of British intelligence reported that Bush and Cheney were intent on invading Iraq and were going to ""fix the intelligence and facts around the policy."" The meeting was recorded in the Downing Street Minutes which were leaked in May 2005. This July 23rd, a Monday, Cindy Sheehan will lead a march from Arlington National Cemetery (gather there at 10 a.m.) to Capitol Hill, to the office of Congressman John Conyers to ask him to move forward with impeachment. We will wear orange that day, a color that has come to stand for nonviolent revolution. We encourage as many people as possible to join us, and if you cannot, to phone Congressman Conyers' office that day asking him to move forward on impeachment: (202) 225-5126. Citizens plan to read the Constitution to Representatives in Congress who have neglected their sworn oath to uphold it. Will you come to read this aloud with us? The White House continues to announce its refusal to comply with a growing stack of subpoenas, even going so far now as to try to block the testimony of former staffers who claim to be willing to testify. ABC asked Conyers about this Sunday morning, and his reply was (I don't know any other way to say this) delusional. Conyers cited the recent poll showing public support for impeachment as a reason why the White House should start complying with subpoenas, and then assured ABC (and anyone at the White House who may have been watching) that he did not intend to impeach anyone. Here's the problem with that, Chairman Conyers: When you announce that you're bluffing, the bluff doesn't work. Impeachment has often worked as a bluff. Nixon left before he was impeached. The Supreme Court reined in Truman before he was impeached. But when you announce ahead of time that you won't really go all the way to impeachment, nothing short of impeachment has any teeth to it. Remember when you rigged the Iran Contra hearings to avoid impeachment? You got ineffective hearings, a massive cover-up, and electoral defeat. Right now you're repeating two out of three of those results. Imagine a labor union announcing that it will never strike. It's not that you have to strike every week, but when you announce that you never will, you lose all bargaining power. As surely as the sun rises and night falls, Bush and Cheney will not comply with your subpoenas. The 23rd in DC is part of a march from Texas to New York. Cindy Sheehan, Rev. Lennox Yearwood, and others are leading a march/drive from Crawford, Texas, to New York City. The march will include stops at the district offices of House Judiciary Committee Members Mel Watt, and Bobby Scott to push them to support impeachment. Their Judiciary Committee colleagues Maxine Waters, Hank Johnson, and Keith Ellison have cosponsored Dennis Kucinich's articles of impeachment against Cheney, H Res 333."

20070717   "INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEERS FOR PEACE, at Traprock, Deerfield, MA, USA" "INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEERS FOR PEACE, at Traprock Peace Center, Deerfield, MA, USA 17-Jul to 31-Jul TRAPROCK PEACE CENTER is moving its residence and offices this summer. Traprock is invinting internaional volunteers to help with this move through Volunteers for Peace. US neighbors can help by supporting the program with donations, and by pledging contrubutions of garden produce, from July 17-31. By July we expect to be ready to renovate, involve physically move and organize a new peace center. We will continue our public outreach to promote peace, and funding for peace work. Physical work requires lifting and carrying at least 35 lbs. (16 kg). Additional skills can include: video and computer literacy, gardening, carpentry, or talents such as singing or public speaking. Accommodations: Beds and couches will be provided in our large house on a beautiful, rural hilltop called Woolman Hill. Bring a tent if you prefer. Share meal preparations and clean-up. House provides fully functional kitchen, some access to the internet, DVD player for rainy nights, a library of multi-media peace resources. Location: Deerfield is one hour north of Hartford, CT, two hours west of Boston, MA; 3.5 hours north of New York City. We are located on a beautiful rural hilltop surrounded by meadows and woods. Leisure Activities: Creative approaches to peace making can include theater improv, public surveys, poets for peace! Nearby cultural activities include free events sponsored by five colleges within 30 km, many local dance halls, woodland hikes, riverside bicycling, free concerts every Thursday, etc. Transportation: Bradley International Airport, Hartford, Connecticut recommended. Special Requirements: Be eager to work for peace and social justice and able to lift 35 lbs (16 kg). No smoking, please. Please see http://www.vfp.org Organized by Jane Skakel, US Program Coordinator Volunteers For Peace (VFP) 1034 Tiffany RD Belmont, VT 05730-0202 Fax: 802.259.2922"

20070716   "Multimedia dance-theater: Parang Sabil: Ballad of the Kris, Amherst College" "Parang Sabil: Ballad of the Kris A multimedia dance-theater production by Kinding Sindaw and Andrea Assaf presented July 15 & 16, 2007 8 pm, Amherst College Holden Theater, as part of New World Theater. Parang Sabil is the legendary ballad of the Tausug people of the southern Philippines. This story of resistance, dignity, and courage portrays the struggle against U.S. military occupation and commemorates the massacre of indigenous Muslim people in 1906. Kinding Sindaw’s multimedia dance-theater production, conceived and choreographed by Potri Ranka Manis, juxtaposes Tausug dance, music, martial arts, and epic storytelling with Mark Twain’s satirical anti-imperialist writings. DIRECTED BY ANDREA ASSAF. Experience the circularity of time and collision of cultures; encounter tradition and resistance in new ways; and understand the indigenous as contemporary in this postmodern retelling of an ancient tale. For tickets call FAC Box office at 413-545-2511 For more information about the shows visit our website at www.newworldtheater.org PARANG SABIL was also presented in NYC as a part of the First Annual National Asian American Theater Festival June 19 & 21@ 7pm, June 20@ 1:30 & 7pm Theatre Row, The Beckett, NYC For more information about the festival and directions to the theater, visit their website at www.naatf.org"

20070715   "The World Peace Diet & Will Tuttle, Peace Abbey, Sherborn, MA"   "The World Peace Diet and Will Tuttle Sunday, July 15th 1pm, Sherborn, MA The Peace Abbey will be honoring Dr. Will Tuttle, with The Courage of Conscience Award on July 15! The Peace Abbey community has been extremely moved by Dr. Tuttle's book ""The World Peace Diet,"" and his life dedicated to making a more compassionate world. ""It is out of a desire to promote the causes of peace and justice, nonviolence and love that The Peace Abbey Courage of Conscience Award is humbly given"". Dr. Tuttle will join Mother Theresa, Thich Nhat Hanh, Benjamin Spock, and others as recipients of this award. Evelyn Kimber writes the following.. Boston Vegetarian Society's annual event at the PEACE ABBEY in Sherborn is a highlight event of our year. Soak in the beauty and ""good vibes"" of this unique place, meet the animals in the small sanctuary for rescued farm animals, stroll the grounds and view the Pacifist Memorial and Gandhi statue, the magnificent Emily the Sacred Cow Animal Rights Memorial, and explore the Abbey Museum and its artifacts from around the world. we encourage you to bring your friends and family, especially non-vegetarians. We would love them to hear Dr. Tuttle's presentation. We'll have plenty of room!"" 1 P.M. VEGAN POTLUCK ""Share delicious vegan cuisine. Bring a favorite dish to share that is free of meat, poultry, fish, dairy, eggs, and honey. Dishes should be ready to serve, and please include serving implements (labeled with your name). A card with ingredients listed helps those with food allergies. 3 P.M. SPEAKER PRESENTATION - We'll use the Unitarian church next to the Peace Abbey for the speaker program. Our special guest speaker is Will Tuttle, PhD, pianist, composer, educator, and author of the highly acclaimed new book, The World Peace Diet: Eating for Spiritual Health and Social Harmony. He will present the main ideas in his provocative book, which is the first bookto make explicit the invisible connections between our meals and our broad range of problems - psychological, social, and spiritual, as well as health and environmental. Dr. Tuttle offers powerful ways we can experience healing and peace and contribute to a positive transformation of human consciousness. Will Tuttle holds a doctorate in education from U. Cal. Berkeley and has taught college courses in creativity, humanities, mythology, and philosophy. He has a broad background in both Eastern and Western meditation traditions, and is a Dharma Master in the Zen tradition. He has performed and lectured widely throughout the US and Europe and is a frequent presenter at national conferences. He has been writing a regular column for VegNews Magazine since its inception. He has been a vegan and an animal and peace advocate for 25 years. Dr. Tuttle is devoted to cultural healing and awakening and to creating uplifting, healing music. He has created 7 much-loved CD albums of original piano music."" Acclaim for The World Peace Diet: ""I find this book to be the clearest and most complete case for ethical vegetarianism that I have ever seen. I admire him for the courage and the skill to state his case in a very clear and compelling way. A landmark publication."" - Rev. Robert J. Brumet ""A profoundly insightful and important book, it is sure to be a catalyst and powerful tool in the evolution of human consciousness."" - Satya Magazine ""One of the most provocative books I've ever read. This is a deep book, aglow with insights that penetrate and expose the complacency of a culture that has strayed painfully far from compassion."" - John Robbins ""The World Peace Diet presents what is probably the most comprehensive case yet for eating a diet, and creating a society, free from cruelty and violence. Its central focus is the idea that cruelty to animals (particularly farmed animals) sets a tone in our society that plays out in interpersonal violence, war, and environmental destruction. It is a provocative thesis, one that merits the attention of all who claim to value life."" - Pathways Magazine"

20070715   "Multimedia dance-theater: Parang Sabil: Ballad of the Kris, Amherst College" "Parang Sabil: Ballad of the Kris A multimedia dance-theater production by Kinding Sindaw and Andrea Assaf presented July 15 & 16, 2007 8 pm, Amherst College Holden Theater, as part of New World Theater. Parang Sabil is the legendary ballad of the Tausug people of the southern Philippines. This story of resistance, dignity, and courage portrays the struggle against U.S. military occupation and commemorates the massacre of indigenous Muslim people in 1906. Kinding Sindaw’s multimedia dance-theater production, conceived and choreographed by Potri Ranka Manis, juxtaposes Tausug dance, music, martial arts, and epic storytelling with Mark Twain’s satirical anti-imperialist writings. DIRECTED BY ANDREA ASSAF. Experience the circularity of time and collision of cultures; encounter tradition and resistance in new ways; and understand the indigenous as contemporary in this postmodern retelling of an ancient tale. For tickets call FAC Box office at 413-545-2511 For more information about the shows visit our website at www.newworldtheater.org PARANG SABIL was also presented in NYC as a part of the First Annual National Asian American Theater Festival June 19 & 21@ 7pm, June 20@ 1:30 & 7pm Theatre Row, The Beckett, NYC For more information about the festival and directions to the theater, visit their website at www.naatf.org"

20070715   "AMHERST PEACE VIGIL -- NOON- 1PM, EVERY SUNDAY"        "AMHERST PEACE VIGIL -- NOON- 1PM, EVERY SUNDAY The Amherst Peace Vigil passes out 200 or so new flyers every Sunday. Neighbors share news and help hold the banners. Come and wave to encourage your neighbors. The passersby get excited when they see lots of us there. HONK for PEACE!"

20070714   "Workshop: Transforming Your Triggers, Greenfield"      "Workshop: Transforming Your Triggers! Saturday July 14, noon-6pm The patterns we carry within us to deal with fear are not our fault, but they are our responsibility. Learning to wrok with our deepest fears of betrayal, abandonment and rejection frees us to begin truly conscioous communication with our self and others. Learn to create a safe internal environment, working with biofeedback, visualization, color, and polarity dream work. ""When our response to fear is kindness, everthing softens."" ~~Jett Psaris and Marlena Lyons in 'Undefended Love.' Join Sandra Boston who has taught communications techniques for over 30 years. Details: Call 41- 774-5952 Cost: $85 with $25 mpm-refundable deposit to 15 Abott St. Greenfield, MA 01301 Sponsored by the Conscious Communication Institute, a project of the Gandhi Foundation http://ww.ccitraining.org"

20070714   "Project 2050: The Love in Revolution, New World Theater, Amherst"    "Project 2050: The Love in Revolution Project 2050 searches for the true meaning of “revolution”, examining how it gets used, where it comes from, and where the youth of today want to take it. What happens when the word “revolution” gets pimped in everything from music videos to banking ads? What’s the difference between revolution, resistance, uprising and independence? What did Che Guevara mean when he said, “Every true revolutionary is driven by love”? This summer, Project 2050 investigates global justice movements through history and today, asking “what kind of love are we talking about?” and “what kind of revolution do we want?” Join the youth of Project 2050 as they discover, revise, remix and evolve REVOLUTION for a new generation! Performances take place at 8 pm at Amherst College Holden Theater Tickets available at FAC Box Office. Call 413-545-2511. For show information, visit our website at www.newworldtheater.org or call NWT at 413-545-1972"

20070713   "WOMEN in BLACK, Vigil Friday at NOON, Amherst"        "WOMEN in BLACK, Vigil Friday at NOON, Amherst Just wear black. Bring a sign if you like. One favorite street is HONK for PEACE, because we need our neighbors to become active and outspoken. Can Cell Phones Stop Destroyers?"

20070713   "WOMEN in BLACK, Vigil Friday at NOON, Amherst"        "WOMEN in BLACK, Vigil each Friday, NOON, Amherst Just wear black. Bring a sign if you like. One favorite street sign is ""HONK for PEACE,"" because we need our neighbors to become active and outspoken. One way found to draw attention to the needless tragedy of war during the Vietnam war was to wear a black armband. This can mean bringing up thoughts and feelings, as we go about our business -- this is NOT business as usual! CAN CELL PHOES STOP DESTROYERS ? The number for Congress is easy to remember: 202 224-3121. 202 2+2+4 and you can't be 31, you don't look a day over 21!"

20070713   "Project 2050: The Love in Revolution, New World Theater, Amherst"    "Project 2050: The Love in Revolution Project 2050 searches for the true meaning of “revolution”, examining how it gets used, where it comes from, and where the youth of today want to take it. What happens when the word “revolution” gets pimped in everything from music videos to banking ads? What’s the difference between revolution, resistance, uprising and independence? What did Che Guevara mean when he said, “Every true revolutionary is driven by love”? This summer, Project 2050 investigates global justice movements through history and today, asking “what kind of love are we talking about?” and “what kind of revolution do we want?” Join the youth of Project 2050 as they discover, revise, remix and evolve REVOLUTION for a new generation! Performances take place at 8 pm at Amherst College Holden Theater Tickets available at FAC Box Office. Call 413-545-2511. For show information, visit our website at www.newworldtheater.org or call NWT at 413-545-1972"

20070713   Response: FEDS BLOCKED COURTHOUSE; I WON'T PAY. Iowa "DATE: July 13, 2007 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE IOWA OCCUPATION PROJECT a sustained campaign of nonviolence to end the war in Iraq N E W S R E L E A S E CONTACT: Frank Cordaro Des Moines Catholic Worker 515 490 2490 cell Frank.Cordaro@gmail.com David Goodner david-goodner@uiowa.edu 641-295-1554 HEADLINE: July 6 Activist Receives Minimum Fine for Guilty Plea. Refuses to Pay Peace activist David A. Goodner, 26, University of Iowa senior, UI Anti-war Committee, plead guilty in Linn County this morning to counts of criminal trespassing and interference with official acts. Goodner was assessed the minimum fine on both counts: $65 for criminal trespassing and $250 for interference with official acts. Goodner told the judge he would not pay the fines. ""I consider my refusal to pay my fines an extension of my civil disobedience,"" Goodner said afterwards. Goodner was arrested at the Cedar Rapids Federal Courthouse at 2:05pm on Friday July 6, during a public antiwar demonstration outside the federal building in Cedar Rapids where a district office of Senator Charles Grassley is located.. After protesters were denied entrance to the building, Goodner attempted to access the building from a restricted side door. Goodner read the following statement to supporters after the hearing: ""On Friday, July 6, I knowingly and deliberately broke the law on both counts of criminal trespassing and interference with official acts. I do not regret what I did and would do it again if I thought it would call attention to the war crimes and crimes against humanity our government is committing in the Middle East and around the world. Although I pleaded guilty to both counts, the issue at hand to me is the unlawful and Constitutionally-prohibited actions of the U.S. Federal Marshals who, on July 6, blocked the public entrance to the Cedar Rapids Federal Courthouse for over an hour and prevented a group of 75 citizens from entering a public building that is financed with our tax dollars. ""I would have never entered the restricted area if I wasn't denied my legal rights at the public entrance first. ""The interference with official acts charge is also without merit in my opinion because the ""official act"" of blocking 75 people from entering the federal building during normal business hours was itself an unlawful, illegal act. If we hadn't been denied our legal rights, crowd control would have been unnecessary."""

20070713   "IMPEACHMENT: Bill Moyers Journal, PBS TV"        "Bill Moyers' Journal on Impeachment On PBS everywhere Friday evening July 13 Topic: Impeaching Cheney and Bush Guests: Bruce Fein, former deputy attorney general under Ronald Reagan; John Nichols, author of ""The Genius of Impeachment"" Check for local broadcast times: http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/about/airdates.html"

20070712   "Veterans Cheated, Wrong Diagnoses, ABC TV tonight." "Thursday, July 12 ABC will air my story on “Nightline” and “World News Tonight” Friends, Family-- As you know, the last nine months I have been working on one story. I discovered that the military is cheating wounded Iraq vets out of a lifetime of disability and medical benefits by claiming that they were ill before joining the Army. (On) Thursday, July 12 my reporting will be featured on ABC’s “World News Tonight” (6:30 PM) and “Nightline” (11:30 PM). I invite everyone to watch — and tell your friends. If you have feedback, I encourage you to write to the show here (nightline@abcnews.go.com) and here (http://abc.go.com/site/contactus.html?cat=World%20News%20with%20Charles%20Gibson). I would love to hear your thoughts as well. Best, Joshua Joshua Kors (646) 456-7738 joshua@joshuakors.com www.joshuakors.com"

20070712   "Healthcare Workers & Activists, Meet in Amherst"        "FROM SICKO TO SANITY: Healthcare Workers and Activists Unite for Universal Single-Payer Healthcare Panel Discussion and Organizing meeting Thursday July 12th, 7 - ?9 pm Bangs Community Center, Room 101 70 Boltwood Walk, Amherst, MA 01002 Filmmaker Michael Moore's latest work, ""Sicko,"" is opening up a debate across the country about the healthcare crisis facing working Americans. Join Western MA healthcare workers and activists in a panel discussion about the next steps in building a movement that can win single-payer healthcare for all. Please bring your own experiences and ideas for action to share. FEATURED PANELISTS Joyce Fiorentino, BSN is a transplant coordinator at Baystate Medical Center. Gary Lapon coordinates training for HIV/AIDS service providers throughout Western MA and is a member of the International Socialist Organization. Ginny Lyons, RN is a member of the Massachusetts Nurses Association and works as a Hospice Nurse. She has been active in fighting for nurse to patient ratios to ensure patient safety. Frank Olbris is a member of Mass-Care, the Massachusetts Campaign for Single Payer Health Care, and the Franklin/Hampshire Health Care Coalition and has been an Activist for Single-Payer Health care for over 20 years. Read recent health care coverage in Socialist Worker: www.socialistworker.org Articles: Who's killing health care in America? U.S. health care's dismal showing Will Sicko spark a movement? Exposing a sick health care system Sponsored by the International Socialist Organization All are welcome! For more information, directions, or a ride please contact us at 413.351.2323 or email contact@isonoho.org"

20070711   "Five aquitted in Des Moines, Sat in Sen. Grassley's office"   "Five people who were arrested on February 26 for occupying Senator Grassley's office in Des Moines were acquitted late yesterday when found not guilty by a jury in Polk County. The five were Kathleen McQuillen, Staff Person for th DM Regional based American Friends Service. Dixie Webb, Catholic Just Faith and board member of the Des Moines based Catholic Peace Ministry. Chet Quinn, Iowa Methodist Federation for Peace and Justice. Brian Terrell, Maloy IA, Catholic Worker and Director of the Catholic Peace Ministry. Elton Davis, former DM Catholic Worker and full time dad and peace activist. A full press release sent by Catholic Peace Ministry as well as a photo of the five is available at this link. http://www.schoolformoralcourage.com/desmoines5.html"

20070710   Crawford to NYC - US ORANGE REVOLUTION BEGINS        "Orange Revolution Start Impeachment - Stop the Occupation Can you join us on July 23rd? - Can you wear orange? - The impeachment movement is gaining traction, and now - over the next two weeks - is the time to push it all the way to success. Over the weekend, supporters of impeachment made ""Impeach Cheney"" the number 1 video on Youtube. On Friday, for the first time, a polling company asked Americans if they want Cheney impeached. A majority of 54% said Yes, and the poll was reported in the media. Congressman John Conyers even cited it on ABC's ""This Week"" on Sunday. Below is the route of Cindy's march and a link for more information and to get involved. Now is the time to get involved in our democracy. Use it or lose it. July 10 Crawford Tx Houston Tx July 11 Houston Tx. New Orleans La. July 12 New Orleans La. Montgomery Al. July 13 Montgomery Al. Ft. Benning Ga July 14 Ft. Benning Ga Atlanta Ga. July 15 Atlanta Ga. Gainsville Ga. July 16 Ganisville Ga. Clemson SC July 17 Clemson SC Charlotte NC July 18 Charlotte NC Greensboro NC July 19 Greensboro NC Lynchburg VA July 20 Lynchburg VA Charlottesville VA (rally at 6 p.m.) July 21 Charlottesville VA Richmond VA July 22 Richmond VA Arlington VA July 23 Arlington Cemetery - White House / Capitol July 23 Washington DC Philadelphia PA July 24 Philadelphia PA Allentown PA July 25 Allentown PA New York City NY July 26 United Nations Action July 27 Begin to Gather at Central Park July 28 TBA July 29 Gathering of Hearts Fest Central Park http://www.thecampcaseypeaceinstitute.org On July 4, Los Angeles opened an Impeachment Center, and on July 5 Philadelphia held an impeachment forum (here's the video). But the date to keep in mind is July 23, 2007. That will be the fifth anniversary of the Downing Street Meeting, the meeting at Number 10 Downing Street at which the head of British intelligence reported that Bush and Cheney were intent on invading Iraq and were going to ""fix the intelligence and facts around the policy."" The meeting was recorded in the Downing Street Minutes which were leaked in May 2005. This July 23rd, a Monday, Cindy Sheehan will lead a march from Arlington National Cemetery (gather there at 10 a.m.) to Capitol Hill, to the office of Congressman John Conyers to ask him to move forward with impeachment. We will wear orange that day, a color that has come to stand for nonviolent revolution. We encourage as many people as possible to join us, and if you cannot, to phone Congressman Conyers' office that day asking him to move forward on impeachment: (202) 225-5126. Citizens plan to read the Constitution to Representatives in Congress who have neglected their sworn oath to uphold it. Will you come to read this aloud with us? The White House continues to announce its refusal to comply with a growing stack of subpoenas, even going so far now as to try to block the testimony of former staffers who claim to be willing to testify. ABC asked Conyers about this Sunday morning, and his reply was (I don't know any other way to say this) delusional. Conyers cited the recent poll showing public support for impeachment as a reason why the White House should start complying with subpoenas, and then assured ABC (and anyone at the White House who may have been watching) that he did not intend to impeach anyone. Here's the problem with that, Chairman Conyers: When you announce that you're bluffing, the bluff doesn't work. Impeachment has often worked as a bluff. Nixon left before he was impeached. The Supreme Court reined in Truman before he was impeached. But when you announce ahead of time that you won't really go all the way to impeachment, nothing short of impeachment has any teeth to it. Remember when you rigged the Iran Contra hearings to avoid impeachment? You got ineffective hearings, a massive cover-up, and electoral defeat. Right now you're repeating two out of three of those results. Imagine a labor union announcing that it will never strike. It's not that you have to strike every week, but when you announce that you never will, you lose all bargaining power. As surely as the sun rises and night falls, Bush and Cheney will not comply with your subpoenas. The 23rd in DC is part of a march from Texas to New York. Cindy Sheehan, Rev. Lennox Yearwood, and others are leading a march/drive from Crawford, Texas, to New York City. The march will include stops at the district offices of House Judiciary Committee Members Mel Watt, and Bobby Scott to push them to support impeachment. Their Judiciary Committee colleagues Maxine Waters, Hank Johnson, and Keith Ellison have cosponsored Dennis Kucinich's articles of impeachment against Cheney, H Res 333."

20070708   "AMHERST PEACE VIGIL -- NOON- 1PM, EVERY SUNDAY"        "AMHERST PEACE VIGIL -- NOON- 1PM, EVERY SUNDAY The Amherst Peace Vigil passes out 200 or so new flyers every Sunday. Neighbors share news and help hold the banners. Come and wave to encourage your neighbors. The passersby get excited when they see lots of us there. HONK for PEACE!"

20070706   "WOMEN in BLACK, Vigil each Friday, NOON, Amherst"   "WOMEN in BLACK, Vigil each Friday, NOON, Amherst Just wear black. Bring a sign if you like. One favorite street sign is ""HONK for PEACE,"" because we need our neighbors to become active and outspoken. One way found to draw attention to the needless tragedy of war during the Vietnam war was to wear a black armband. This can mean bringing up thoughts and feelings, as we go about our business -- it's not business as usual. CAN CELL PHOES STOP DESTROYERS ?"

20070705   "MASS CITIZENS AGAINST THE DEATH PENALTY, Springfield"    "First Thursdays MASS CITIZENS AGAINST THE DEATH PENALTY 7-8:30pm, Unitarian-Universalist Society, 245 Porter Lake Drive, Springfield. Planning 2007 Sacco/Vanzetti Night, August 23. Info: 567-3451, mailto:mcadp1@aol.com or mailto:CAJOWL66@aol.com or Beth Moriarty, mailto:carys96@earthlink.net."

20070705   "REP. JOHN OLVER, WILL BUSH BOMB IRAN, CANCEL '08 ELECTIONS?"      "Congressman John Olver Believes Bush Will Cancel 2008 Elections, Still Refuses to Support Impeaching Him or Cheney By Bob Feuer At 9 am, some twenty of the successful presenters of impeachment resolutions at their W. Mass. annual town meetings met at the Jones Library in Amherst, MA. We ratified our agenda and prepared ourselves for our 10 am meeting with Cong. John Olver. At about 10 am, the congressman came into the room with his aid, and Susie Patlove welcomed the congressman, laid out our agenda, and the congressman approved. We commenced with individual introductions and brief reports on the outcomes in each of our towns. Cong. Olver asked us to spare him a review of what he already knew and believed about the crimes of the Bush administration, and of the overwhelming majority of his district in favor of impeachment. When he aggrandized himself on his voting record, I took exception to 24 April 2007. When he asked what I was referring to, I challenged him to co-sponsor H. Res. 333; and he emphatically refused. Nonetheless, we informed him of the good that would come out of an impeachment, and gave intelligent and caring answers to all of the objections he might harbor. We had present a young U.S. soldier, a veteran of both the Iraq and Afghanistan occupations, who directly asked the congressman what could we do to move him towards co-signing H. Res. 333. The congressman did not answer that direct question. He is deeply concerned whether we will actually have an election in Nov. '08, as he believes this administration will likely strike Iran from the air, declare a national emergency, and cancel the '08 elections. He sees ending the war as his primary goal, and he believes the brilliant Nancy Pelosi has a strategy more potent than impeachment. He thinks impeachment is a futile waste of legislative energy, will be harmful of democratic '08 victories, and further tighten the ""gridlock"" he has complained of for the past few decades. We adjourned at 11:45 am. Bottom line: It's the Beltway,"

20070704   PEACE PICNIC - Traprock's 11th annual 4th of July        "It's a pot-luck feast and picnic beginning at 2pm. Strawberries, blueberries, and cream make red, white and blue. We usually have fireflies by evening. Sing like the birds, your independence from the war machine, and your interdependence for peace! Poems, songs and stories welcome. Reminisce or share your news. Your latest ecological or garden discovery? Your new solar oven recipe? Perhaps you'll bring that great book we'd love to hear about. All ages welcome. Theater games galore."

20070702   HOWARD ZINN in Great Barrington     "Subject: Howard Zinn to speak in Great Barrington Monday July 2. Berkshire Community Radio Alliance (WBCR-LP, 97.7 FM) presents political activist and historian Howard Zinn in a benefit lecture and reading at Monument Mountain Regional High School Rte 7 Great Barrington, MA on Monday, July 2nd at 7:00 pm. Zinn will be discussing his two latest books, A Power Governments Cannot Suppress (2006) and a Young Peoples History of the United States (2007). There will be a question and answer period at the end of his talk, followed by a book signing. Tickets are $15 and all proceeds benefit community radio in the southern Berkshires. The event is co-sponsored by Stockbridge Booksellers. Tickets are can be purchased at Stockbridge Booksellers, 10 Elm Street, Stockbridge, MA (413-298-3329), on Saturday mornings at WBCR's table at the Great Barrington Farmers' Market, and online at www.berkshireradio.org Tickets will also be available the evening of the event at Monument Mountain Regional High School. For more information call 413-298-3329. Howard Zinn is considered something of a national treasure, speaking out on issues of social justice and government missuse of power. According to political writer and pundit, Noam Chomsky, Zinn is responsible for ""changing the consciousness of a generation."" Zinn is perhaps best known for his book A People's History of the United States (1980), which presents American history through the eyes of those he feels are outside of the political and economic establishment. It's companion, Voices of a People's History of the United States (2004), co-edited with Anthony Arnove, is an anthology of disenfranchised voices of resistance, class oppression, racial injustice, sexual inequality, and national arrogance. Raised in a working-class immigrant family in Brooklyn, Zinn was a shipyard worker before he joined the US Air Force as a bombardier pilot in World War II, an experience he now points to in shaping his opposition to war. Zinn received his Ph.D. in history from Columbia University and was a postdoctoral Fellow in East Asian Studies at Harvard University. In 1956, he became a professor at Spelman College in Atlanta, a school for black women, where he soon became involved in the Civil Rights movement, during which he participated as an adviser to the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and chronicled his experience in his book SNCC: The New Abolitionists. While at Spelman, Zinn mentored a young student named Alice Walker, the Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Color Purple. When he was fired in 1963 for insubordination related to his protest work, he moved to Boston University, where he became a leading critic of the Vietnam War. WBCR-LP is a member-driven, all volunteer, community radio station. The station offers any Berkshire County resident access to the local airwaves. Community members are invited to join the station and produce radio programming after training in the station's Great Barrington studio. More information, along with a current programming schedule, can be found on the station's website at www.berkshireradio.org"

20070702   Five Rivers Council Business Meeting     "Five Rivers Council Business Meeting will be from noon to 2 PM. Will this be at Green Fields Market, upstairs? Or at Sandra Boston's house?"

20070701   "IMPEACHMENT DEMO, Boston Common Every Sunday"        SEE: http://www.impeachment-sunday.org/Home_Page.php

20070701   "THOUSANDS expected to protest, KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine"      "Bush to Host Putin, Americans to Protest Bush Thousands expected to protest while Russian leader is in Maine - Music begins at 11, March at 1:00. By Karen Dandurant, Portsmouth Herald KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine — A protest march ... planned to coincide with President George W. Bush's meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin, is expected to draw a crowd of thousands. The protest march and citizens summit will be held at 1 p.m., Sunday, July 1, at the Village Green on Ocean Avenue in Kennebunkport. The rally will be held rain or shine, and is being organized by The Kennebunks' Peace Department and the Maine Campaign to Impeach. Event coordinators are Kittery businesswoman Jamilla El-Shafei of the Peace Department and Deborah Gordon of the Maine Campaign to Impeach. Rally participants will call for the impeachment of Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, and for the immediate withdrawal of American troops from Iraq. ""When Bush is coming in my backyard, I feel I have to hold him accountable,"" said El-Shafei. ""He and Cheney need to be impeached. This is a perfect opportunity to let national and local media know we do not stand with this president. We do not support his foreign and domestic policies. He has caused death and destruction from Iraq to (Hurricane) Katrina. His actions are unconscionable. In my opinion, he makes the Nixon administration look like the Hardy Boys. It the most scurrilous bunch of crooks in the history of the American presidency."" El Shafei said the timing is extremely important. ""We want to point out that Chechnya is their (Russia's) Iraq,"" she said. ""Because of these two presidents who think they are czars, innocent people are dying and countries are being destroyed. It's important to point out the link between those two. Both imperialistic empires have invaded and destroyed oil-rich countries, and that should not go unnoticed."" Immediately before the march begins, David Swanson, co-founder of AfterDowningStreet.org, and John Kaminski, chairman of Maine Lawyers for Democracy, will address the crowd. AfterDowningStreet.org is a nonpartisan coalition of more than 200 veterans, peace, and political-activist groups that works to pressure both Congress and the media to investigate whether President Bush has committed impeachable offenses in connection with the Iraq war. Kaminski's organization of more than 80 lawyers brought to the Maine Legislature a detailed position paper calling for the impeachment of Bush and Cheney. In this paper, the MLD cites deceptions used to justify the commencement of the Iraq war, the illegality of the war under the terms of international treaties to which the United States is a signatory, and the illegal wiretapping of U.S. citizens. Further grounds for impeachment, according to the MLD, include the administration's use of torture, detention without trials and the suspension of habeas corpus. ""Unless this administration is held accountable through impeachment, their unchecked abuses of power will set precedent for future U.S. presidents,"" said Kaminski. Music will start at 11 a.m. and include Pat Scanlon and Band of Andover, Mass.; Matt Loosigian, a folksinger from Brunswick, Maine; and the Raging Grannies of Maine and Massachusetts. GETTING AROUND PARKING: Due to the large crowd of protesters expected, organizers are asking that people park at Kennebunk High School on Fletcher Street (Route 35). People traveling on Interstate 95 should take Exit 25 and immediately get on Route 35 South. Kennebunk High is roughly one mile from I-95. SHUTTLE: Beginning at 9 a.m., shuttle buses will transport people to the march in Kennebunkport. INFORMATION: Send e-mail to jamillaelshafei@yahoo.com or call 969-7574 in New Hampshire, or greenpointdesign@hotmail.com or (207) 671-4701 in Maine."

20070701   "AMHERST PEACE VIGIL -- NOON- 1PM, EVERY SUNDAY"        "AMHERST PEACE VIGIL -- NOON- 1PM, EVERY SUNDAY The Amherst Peace Vigil passes out 200 or so flyers every Sunday. Neighbors share news and help hold the banners. Come and wave to encourage your neighbors. The passersby get excited when they see lots of us there. HONK for PEACE!"

20070630   "National Women's Law Center, art contest, ages 13-19"      "To kickoff NWLC’s 35th anniversary celebration, we’re excited to announce a national art contest for students 13-19 years old! The winner will receive an award of $500 and their work, along with other chosen works receiving honorable mention recognition, may be featured in NWLC materials and on its web site. NWLC is looking for visual artwork, such as photography, painting, Flash animation, and other web-based media, that creatively depicts the contest’s theme of “expanding the possibilities for women and girls"". The deadline to enter the contest is June 30, 2007. Please encourage any creative 13-19 year olds you know to enter, and help us get the word out to any students, teachers, principals, school administrators, parents, community activists, and anyone else that may be interested! We hope to receive some fantastic submissions as NWLC celebrates 35 years of expanding the possibilities for women and girls, and also to be able to recognize some fabulous young artists. You can find full contest details here, or contact Jillian Holzer at (202) 588-5180 or jholzer@nwlc.org for more information. Sincerely, Nancy Duff Campbell Co-President Marcia Greenberger Co-President"

20070630   The People's Pint -- 10% PER CENT FOR PEACE  "The People's Pint -- 10% PER CENT FOR PEACE Print your coupon -- see the link on the home page: http://www.grassrootspeace.org --------------------------------------------------------------------- The People's Pint announces it will dedicate ""10% for Peace"" of meals purchased during the first ten days of summer, June 21-30, when patrons bring with them a coupon from the Traprock Peace Center web site, www.grassrootspeace.org. Coupons for the benefit will also be posted at the Greenfield, Shelburne Falls, South Deerfield, Sunderland, and Turners Falls libraries, and some grocery stores. The People's Pint is a downtown brewery and restaurant in Greenfield, serving dinner and desserts daily beginning at 4pm. The Pint uses local foods whenever possible and has brewed over 70 styles of beer since opening in 1997 at 24 Federal Street. 'The Adopted Sisters"" kick off the ten-day project at the Pint with a medley of songs this Thursday at 8pm. Annie Hassett, Lynne Meryl, Karen Copeland and Julia Burrough recently sang together at the Relay for Life and were warmly received for both their music and for reaching out to walkers coming together for very personal reasons. Several Community Groups are taking initiatives in support of Traprock Peace Center, establishing a new location for their operations later this summer. Traprock has rented their building on Woolman Hill in Deerfield since opening in 1979, for offices, and housing for staff, interns and guest speakers. The June offering of the ""DoGooders"" of Northampton is an evening of performance art to benefit Traprock. Performance artists are invited to present an original piece.  It will take place at Evolution Cafe, 22 Chestnut St., Florence on Sunday, June 24. Doors open at 5:30 for dinner; performances begin at 6:30. Contact Joann Lutz, 413-586-6384, for more information. On the first Sunday in June, neighbors attending the Franklin County Interfaith Peace Service at the First United Methodist Church contributed to an offering collected for Traprock amounting to $377. Woolman Hill Conference Center will excuse the last two months rent for Traprock's current facility. In February DanceSpree, a regular Friday night, barefoot boogie in Northampton dedicated proceeds from their Valentines Day dance, and added some extra, amounting to a contribution of $500. These offers help Traprock to continue operations while looking for a permanent home. Traprock's mission is to promote nonviolent resolution of conflict, locally, regionally, nationally and internationally and to work for economic justice and disarmament. ""I don't know if we can do enough to prevent the next war,"" says Sunny Miller, Traprock's Executive Director since 1995. ""We're doing a great job at sharing resources. If people reach out to one another, and make a big enough circle, it can matter!"" Every day Traprock's website gets an average of more than 5,000 visitors who use and share free text, audio and video resources on a wide variety of peace and anti-war topics. Last month one Traprock YouTube video was seen by over 100,000 viewers in less than a week. ""All kinds of people need peace,"" says Alden Booth, owner of the People's Pint. ""Most of what we care about requires a context of peace -- our grandkids, our schools and libraries, our healthcare, our homes, farms and businesses, and our environment  are at risk during war. I think Jeanette Rankin, the first woman elected to Congress, was right when she said, 'You can no more win a war, than you can win an earthquake.'"" ###"

20070630   Congressional Recess? June 30 - July 9  "June 30 – July 9, we can expect Congress Members to be home again on recess."

20070629   The People's Pint -- 10% PER CENT FOR PEACE  "The People's Pint -- 10% PER CENT FOR PEACE Print your coupon -- see the link on the home page: http://www.grassrootspeace.org --------------------------------------------------------------------- The People's Pint announces it will dedicate ""10% for Peace"" of meals purchased during the first ten days of summer, June 21-30, when patrons bring with them a coupon from the Traprock Peace Center web site, www.grassrootspeace.org. Coupons for the benefit will also be posted at the Greenfield, Shelburne Falls, South Deerfield, Sunderland, and Turners Falls libraries, and some grocery stores. The People's Pint is a downtown brewery and restaurant in Greenfield, serving dinner and desserts daily beginning at 4pm. The Pint uses local foods whenever possible and has brewed over 70 styles of beer since opening in 1997 at 24 Federal Street. 'The Adopted Sisters"" kick off the ten-day project at the Pint with a medley of songs this Thursday at 8pm. Annie Hassett, Lynne Meryl, Karen Copeland and Julia Burrough recently sang together at the Relay for Life and were warmly received for both their music and for reaching out to walkers coming together for very personal reasons. Several Community Groups are taking initiatives in support of Traprock Peace Center, establishing a new location for their operations later this summer. Traprock has rented their building on Woolman Hill in Deerfield since opening in 1979, for offices, and housing for staff, interns and guest speakers. The June offering of the ""DoGooders"" of Northampton is an evening of performance art to benefit Traprock. Performance artists are invited to present an original piece.  It will take place at Evolution Cafe, 22 Chestnut St., Florence on Sunday, June 24. Doors open at 5:30 for dinner; performances begin at 6:30. Contact Joann Lutz, 413-586-6384, for more information. On the first Sunday in June, neighbors attending the Franklin County Interfaith Peace Service at the First United Methodist Church contributed to an offering collected for Traprock amounting to $377. Woolman Hill Conference Center will excuse the last two months rent for Traprock's current facility. In February DanceSpree, a regular Friday night, barefoot boogie in Northampton dedicated proceeds from their Valentines Day dance, and added some extra, amounting to a contribution of $500. These offers help Traprock to continue operations while looking for a permanent home. Traprock's mission is to promote nonviolent resolution of conflict, locally, regionally, nationally and internationally and to work for economic justice and disarmament. ""I don't know if we can do enough to prevent the next war,"" says Sunny Miller, Traprock's Executive Director since 1995. ""We're doing a great job at sharing resources. If people reach out to one another, and make a big enough circle, it can matter!"" Every day Traprock's website gets an average of more than 5,000 visitors who use and share free text, audio and video resources on a wide variety of peace and anti-war topics. Last month one Traprock YouTube video was seen by over 100,000 viewers in less than a week. ""All kinds of people need peace,"" says Alden Booth, owner of the People's Pint. ""Most of what we care about requires a context of peace -- our grandkids, our schools and libraries, our healthcare, our homes, farms and businesses, and our environment  are at risk during war. I think Jeanette Rankin, the first woman elected to Congress, was right when she said, 'You can no more win a war, than you can win an earthquake.'"" ###"

20070629   Wide-Angle Film: The Boys of Baraka great film screened by WIDE ANGLE FILMS  "THE BOYS OF BARAKA (2005) Friday June 29 7 pm An engrossing account of a year spent at a Kenyan boarding school by 11- and 12-year-old boys from a crime-ridden Baltimore neighborhood. “...it's the first documentary (non-Holocaust-related) I've seen that had grown men in the audience with tears in their eyes. It contains both hope and despair, and makes you feel strongly that this shouldn’t be happening in the United States of America. As soon as you have the chance, go and see it.” Wide-Angle Films New downtown location! UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST SOCIETY OF AMHERST Wide-Angle Films: local residents presenting alternative media/ discussion. ""The Boys of Baraka"" won an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Independent or Foreign Film, as well as Best Documentary Awards at the Chicago and Newport film festivals, a special Jury Award at South by Southwest (SXSW), and Audience Awards at the Woodstock and SILVERDOCS film festivals. Discussion follows film. THANKS, SPONSORS! Social Justice Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst, Peace and Social Concerns Committee of Mount Toby Friends, Traprock Peace Center, Western Mass AFSC, SAGE Free Admission! Info: 413-256-1760 http://justiceandpeace.net/WideAngleFilms.htm ALSO THIS SUMMER More Wide-Angle Films at our new downtown Amherst location - eye opening presentations. July 20 Salud August 17 9/11 Mysteries"

20070628   The People's Pint -- 10% PER CENT FOR PEACE  "The People's Pint -- 10% PER CENT FOR PEACE Print your coupon -- see the link on the home page: http://www.grassrootspeace.org --------------------------------------------------------------------- The People's Pint announces it will dedicate ""10% for Peace"" of meals purchased during the first ten days of summer, June 21-30, when patrons bring with them a coupon from the Traprock Peace Center web site, www.grassrootspeace.org. Coupons for the benefit will also be posted at the Greenfield, Shelburne Falls, South Deerfield, Sunderland, and Turners Falls libraries, and some grocery stores. The People's Pint is a downtown brewery and restaurant in Greenfield, serving dinner and desserts daily beginning at 4pm. The Pint uses local foods whenever possible and has brewed over 70 styles of beer since opening in 1997 at 24 Federal Street. 'The Adopted Sisters"" kick off the ten-day project at the Pint with a medley of songs this Thursday at 8pm. Annie Hassett, Lynne Meryl, Karen Copeland and Julia Burrough recently sang together at the Relay for Life and were warmly received for both their music and for reaching out to walkers coming together for very personal reasons. Several Community Groups are taking initiatives in support of Traprock Peace Center, establishing a new location for their operations later this summer. Traprock has rented their building on Woolman Hill in Deerfield since opening in 1979, for offices, and housing for staff, interns and guest speakers. The June offering of the ""DoGooders"" of Northampton is an evening of performance art to benefit Traprock. Performance artists are invited to present an original piece.  It will take place at Evolution Cafe, 22 Chestnut St., Florence on Sunday, June 24. Doors open at 5:30 for dinner; performances begin at 6:30. Contact Joann Lutz, 413-586-6384, for more information. On the first Sunday in June, neighbors attending the Franklin County Interfaith Peace Service at the First United Methodist Church contributed to an offering collected for Traprock amounting to $377. Woolman Hill Conference Center will excuse the last two months rent for Traprock's current facility. In February DanceSpree, a regular Friday night, barefoot boogie in Northampton dedicated proceeds from their Valentines Day dance, and added some extra, amounting to a contribution of $500. These offers help Traprock to continue operations while looking for a permanent home. Traprock's mission is to promote nonviolent resolution of conflict, locally, regionally, nationally and internationally and to work for economic justice and disarmament. ""I don't know if we can do enough to prevent the next war,"" says Sunny Miller, Traprock's Executive Director since 1995. ""We're doing a great job at sharing resources. If people reach out to one another, and make a big enough circle, it can matter!"" Every day Traprock's website gets an average of more than 5,000 visitors who use and share free text, audio and video resources on a wide variety of peace and anti-war topics. Last month one Traprock YouTube video was seen by over 100,000 viewers in less than a week. ""All kinds of people need peace,"" says Alden Booth, owner of the People's Pint. ""Most of what we care about requires a context of peace -- our grandkids, our schools and libraries, our healthcare, our homes, farms and businesses, and our environment  are at risk during war. I think Jeanette Rankin, the first woman elected to Congress, was right when she said, 'You can no more win a war, than you can win an earthquake.'"" ###"

20070627   Stand up for Peace: The two comedian solution to middle east peace    "Wednesday, June 27, 7:30 p.m. The New School, Tishman Auditorium, 66 West 12th Street Admission: $5 Have you heard the one about the Jewish and Palestinian-American comedians? ""Standup for Peace: The Two Comedian Solution to Middle East Peace"" is the groundbreaking comedy show created by Scott Blakeman and Dean Obeidallah, that brings Arab and Jewish-Americans together to laugh, and encourages a dialogue in support of a peaceful, political resolution of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. “Standup for Peace” honors June 5, 2007, the international peace day to mark the 40th anniversary of the 1967 Middle East War, and to promote Israel-Palestine unity. Scott Blakeman has made more than thirty national television appearances, including Comedy Central's ""Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn,"" and was the warmup comedian for CBS' ""Late Show with David Letterman."" Blakeman has taught the Standup Comedy Workshop at The New School for 20 years,and his past students include Jon Stewart and Caroline Rhea. NBC-TV said Blakeman is, ""The top political comedian working in New York today,"" and The New York Times called him, ""An astute, funny political observer."" Dean Obeidallah's comedy comes in large part from his unique background of being the son of a Palestinian father and a Sicilian mother. Dean has been featured on numerous national and international television programs, including CNN's ""American Morning,"" PBS's ""Newshour with Jim Lehrer""; NBC’s “Saturday Night Live”; CNN International's ""Inside The Middle East"" and ABC's "" 20/20."" He has appeared frequently on the national radio network, Air America, and also appeared on Comedy Central's Axis of Evil comedy special and DVD. Dean is proud to be the co-founder and co-executive producer of The NY Arab-American Comedy Festival."

20070627   Stand up for Peace: The two comedian solution to middle east peace    "Wednesday, June 27, 7:30 p.m. The New School, Tishman Auditorium, 66 West 12th Street Admission: $5 Have you heard the one about the Jewish and Palestinian-American comedians? ""Standup for Peace: The Two Comedian Solution to Middle East Peace"" is the groundbreaking comedy show created by Scott Blakeman and Dean Obeidallah, that brings Arab and Jewish-Americans together to laugh, and encourages a dialogue in support of a peaceful, political resolution of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. “Standup for Peace” honors June 5, 2007, the international peace day to mark the 40th anniversary of the 1967 Middle East War, and to promote Israel-Palestine unity. Scott Blakeman has made more than thirty national television appearances, including Comedy Central's ""Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn,"" and was the warmup comedian for CBS' ""Late Show with David Letterman."" Blakeman has taught the Standup Comedy Workshop at The New School for 20 years,and his past students include Jon Stewart and Caroline Rhea. NBC-TV said Blakeman is, ""The top political comedian working in New York today,"" and The New York Times called him, ""An astute, funny political observer."" Dean Obeidallah's comedy comes in large part from his unique background of being the son of a Palestinian father and a Sicilian mother. Dean has been featured on numerous national and international television programs, including CNN's ""American Morning,"" PBS's ""Newshour with Jim Lehrer""; NBC’s “Saturday Night Live”; CNN International's ""Inside The Middle East"" and ABC's "" 20/20."" He has appeared frequently on the national radio network, Air America, and also appeared on Comedy Central's Axis of Evil comedy special and DVD. Dean is proud to be the co-founder and co-executive producer of The NY Arab-American Comedy Festival."

20070627   "US Social Forum, 6/27-7/1, ATLANTA, GA"        "United States Social Forum, Wed Jun 27-Sun Jul 1 ATLANTA, GA The (First Ever!) US Social Forum. ?More than a conference, more than a networking bonanza, more than a reaction to war and repression, the USSF sends a message around the world that there is an active movement in the US opposing US policies at home and abroad. This is our opportunity to demonstrate to the world: Another World is Possible!? Info: http://www.ussf2007.org/"

20070627   The People's Pint -- 10% PER CENT FOR PEACE  "The People's Pint -- 10% PER CENT FOR PEACE Print your coupon -- see the link on the home page: http://www.grassrootspeace.org --------------------------------------------------------------------- The People's Pint announces it will dedicate ""10% for Peace"" of meals purchased during the first ten days of summer, June 21-30, when patrons bring with them a coupon from the Traprock Peace Center web site, www.grassrootspeace.org. Coupons for the benefit will also be posted at the Greenfield, Shelburne Falls, South Deerfield, Sunderland, and Turners Falls libraries, and some grocery stores. The People's Pint is a downtown brewery and restaurant in Greenfield, serving dinner and desserts daily beginning at 4pm. The Pint uses local foods whenever possible and has brewed over 70 styles of beer since opening in 1997 at 24 Federal Street. 'The Adopted Sisters"" kick off the ten-day project at the Pint with a medley of songs this Thursday at 8pm. Annie Hassett, Lynne Meryl, Karen Copeland and Julia Burrough recently sang together at the Relay for Life and were warmly received for both their music and for reaching out to walkers coming together for very personal reasons. Several Community Groups are taking initiatives in support of Traprock Peace Center, establishing a new location for their operations later this summer. Traprock has rented their building on Woolman Hill in Deerfield since opening in 1979, for offices, and housing for staff, interns and guest speakers. The June offering of the ""DoGooders"" of Northampton is an evening of performance art to benefit Traprock. Performance artists are invited to present an original piece.  It will take place at Evolution Cafe, 22 Chestnut St., Florence on Sunday, June 24. Doors open at 5:30 for dinner; performances begin at 6:30. Contact Joann Lutz, 413-586-6384, for more information. On the first Sunday in June, neighbors attending the Franklin County Interfaith Peace Service at the First United Methodist Church contributed to an offering collected for Traprock amounting to $377. Woolman Hill Conference Center will excuse the last two months rent for Traprock's current facility. In February DanceSpree, a regular Friday night, barefoot boogie in Northampton dedicated proceeds from their Valentines Day dance, and added some extra, amounting to a contribution of $500. These offers help Traprock to continue operations while looking for a permanent home. Traprock's mission is to promote nonviolent resolution of conflict, locally, regionally, nationally and internationally and to work for economic justice and disarmament. ""I don't know if we can do enough to prevent the next war,"" says Sunny Miller, Traprock's Executive Director since 1995. ""We're doing a great job at sharing resources. If people reach out to one another, and make a big enough circle, it can matter!"" Every day Traprock's website gets an average of more than 5,000 visitors who use and share free text, audio and video resources on a wide variety of peace and anti-war topics. Last month one Traprock YouTube video was seen by over 100,000 viewers in less than a week. ""All kinds of people need peace,"" says Alden Booth, owner of the People's Pint. ""Most of what we care about requires a context of peace -- our grandkids, our schools and libraries, our healthcare, our homes, farms and businesses, and our environment  are at risk during war. I think Jeanette Rankin, the first woman elected to Congress, was right when she said, 'You can no more win a war, than you can win an earthquake.'"" ###"

20070627   "PIONEER VALLEY COALITION TO CHANGE & CHALLENGE WAL-MART, Amherst, MA"    "Last Wednesdays of the month -- please confirm meetings before travel. PIONEER VALLEY COALITION TO CHANGE & CHALLENGE WAL-MART 7-9pm, Porter Lounge (3rd Floor) or another room, Converse Hall, Amherst College, Rts 116 & 9, Amherst. Challenge Wal-Mart in Hadley (and maybe in Greenfield) working on Wake-Up Wal-Mart campaigns, giving mutual aid to the coalition members challenging Wal-Mart in many ways. Info: mailto: socialchange@amherst.edu. Hadley Neighbors for Sensible Development (www.HadleyNeighbors.org), Sprawl Busters (www.sprawl-busters.com), and Stop Sprawl-Mart (www.StopSprawlMart.org) are fighting sprawl. Want to help Wal-Mart workers get fair treatment? Contact Dan Clifford, Wake Up Wal-Mart, 732-6209 x14, mailto:dclifford@ufcw1459.com Check out : http://wmass.walmartvoices.com/ and http://www.wakeupwalmart.com."

20070627   "PIONEER VALLEY COALITION TO CHANGE & CHALLENGE WAL-MART, Amherst, MA"    "Last Wednesdays of the month -- please confirm meetings before travel. PIONEER VALLEY COALITION TO CHANGE & CHALLENGE WAL-MART 7-9pm, Porter Lounge (3rd Floor) or another room, Converse Hall, Amherst College, Rts 116 & 9, Amherst. Challenge Wal-Mart in Hadley (and maybe in Greenfield) working on Wake-Up Wal-Mart campaigns, giving mutual aid to the coalition members challenging Wal-Mart in many ways. Info: mailto: socialchange@amherst.edu. Hadley Neighbors for Sensible Development (www.HadleyNeighbors.org), Sprawl Busters (www.sprawl-busters.com), and Stop Sprawl-Mart (www.StopSprawlMart.org) are fighting sprawl. Want to help Wal-Mart workers get fair treatment? Contact Dan Clifford, Wake Up Wal-Mart, 732-6209 x14, mailto:dclifford@ufcw1459.com Check out : http://wmass.walmartvoices.com/ and http://www.wakeupwalmart.com."

20070627   "US Social Forum, 6/27-7/1, ATLANTA, GA"        "Come to the US Social Forum, June 27- July 1 in Atlanta, GA., to connect with others, share your story, gain leadership skills, get inspired, link with a global movement that is changing the world. SEE >>>> http://www.ussf2007.org"

20070626   The People's Pint -- 10% PER CENT FOR PEACE  "The People's Pint -- 10% PER CENT FOR PEACE Print your coupon -- see the link on the home page: http://www.grassrootspeace.org --------------------------------------------------------------------- The People's Pint announces it will dedicate ""10% for Peace"" of meals purchased during the first ten days of summer, June 21-30, when patrons bring with them a coupon from the Traprock Peace Center web site, www.grassrootspeace.org. Coupons for the benefit will also be posted at the Greenfield, Shelburne Falls, South Deerfield, Sunderland, and Turners Falls libraries, and some grocery stores. The People's Pint is a downtown brewery and restaurant in Greenfield, serving dinner and desserts daily beginning at 4pm. The Pint uses local foods whenever possible and has brewed over 70 styles of beer since opening in 1997 at 24 Federal Street. 'The Adopted Sisters"" kick off the ten-day project at the Pint with a medley of songs this Thursday at 8pm. Annie Hassett, Lynne Meryl, Karen Copeland and Julia Burrough recently sang together at the Relay for Life and were warmly received for both their music and for reaching out to walkers coming together for very personal reasons. Several Community Groups are taking initiatives in support of Traprock Peace Center, establishing a new location for their operations later this summer. Traprock has rented their building on Woolman Hill in Deerfield since opening in 1979, for offices, and housing for staff, interns and guest speakers. The June offering of the ""DoGooders"" of Northampton is an evening of performance art to benefit Traprock. Performance artists are invited to present an original piece.  It will take place at Evolution Cafe, 22 Chestnut St., Florence on Sunday, June 24. Doors open at 5:30 for dinner; performances begin at 6:30. Contact Joann Lutz, 413-586-6384, for more information. On the first Sunday in June, neighbors attending the Franklin County Interfaith Peace Service at the First United Methodist Church contributed to an offering collected for Traprock amounting to $377. Woolman Hill Conference Center will excuse the last two months rent for Traprock's current facility. In February DanceSpree, a regular Friday night, barefoot boogie in Northampton dedicated proceeds from their Valentines Day dance, and added some extra, amounting to a contribution of $500. These offers help Traprock to continue operations while looking for a permanent home. Traprock's mission is to promote nonviolent resolution of conflict, locally, regionally, nationally and internationally and to work for economic justice and disarmament. ""I don't know if we can do enough to prevent the next war,"" says Sunny Miller, Traprock's Executive Director since 1995. ""We're doing a great job at sharing resources. If people reach out to one another, and make a big enough circle, it can matter!"" Every day Traprock's website gets an average of more than 5,000 visitors who use and share free text, audio and video resources on a wide variety of peace and anti-war topics. Last month one Traprock YouTube video was seen by over 100,000 viewers in less than a week. ""All kinds of people need peace,"" says Alden Booth, owner of the People's Pint. ""Most of what we care about requires a context of peace -- our grandkids, our schools and libraries, our healthcare, our homes, farms and businesses, and our environment  are at risk during war. I think Jeanette Rankin, the first woman elected to Congress, was right when she said, 'You can no more win a war, than you can win an earthquake.'"" ###"

20070626   "RESTORE HAEAS CORPUS Rally at Upper Senate Park, DC"   "June 26, on Capitol Hill to Restore Law and Justice: Thousands of Americans will attend a rally at Upper Senate Park and then call on Congress to restore habeas corpus, fix the Military Commissions Act, end torture and rendition and restore our constitutional rights. The Day of Action is being sponsored by the ACLU and AIUSA and a coalition of organizations including the Hip Hop Caucus."

20070626   "Demo to END TORTURE, Coolidge Bridge, & Springfield, MA"      "JOIN US FOR A DAY OF ACTION TO RESTORE LAW & JUSTICE! TUESDAY, JUNE 26. A nationwide coalition of ACLU, Amnesty International, Bill of Rights Defense Committee, Center for Constitutional Rights, Leadership Committee for Civil Rights and many others are planning action in Washington, DC to lobby Congress to end torture and restore habeas corpus. The Pioneer Valley Coalition Against Secrecy and Torture Invites you to join us in grassroots support actions here in the Valley! Stop Torture. Restore Habeas Corpus and Due Process. Shut Down Guantanamo. Protect Fundamental Freedoms. 'Burma Shave' Picket on the Calvin Coolidge Bridge: Morning: 7:30-9:00 am Evening: 4:30 to 6 pm (Meet on the Northampton -- west -- end) Afternoon: Visit offices of Congressman Neal and Senator Kerry pm with informational picket outside 2:00 pm at the Federal Building in Springfield. RSVP that you plan to participate (tell us which action) or for more information, call 413-584-1849 or email martygjf@comcast.net. In November 2006 Congress passed the Military Commissions Act which narrowed the definition of torture, eliminated the fundamental right of appeal to the courts of one's imprisonment, protected official torturers from prosecution and created Military Commissions that allow secret evidence and evidence procured by torture. Legislative efforts are now in both houses of Congress to correct the most heinous aspects of the act. Your presence on June 26 will support their passage and help to restore the rule of law!"

20070625   Standup for Peace: The Two Comedian Solution to Middle East Peace    "Wednesday, June 27, 7:30 p.m. The New School, Tishman Auditorium, 66 West 12th Street Admission: $5 Have you heard the one about the Jewish and Palestinian-American comedians? ""Standup for Peace: The Two Comedian Solution to Middle East Peace"" is the groundbreaking comedy show created by Scott Blakeman and Dean Obeidallah, that brings Arab and Jewish-Americans together to laugh, and encourages a dialogue in support of a peaceful, political resolution of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. “Standup for Peace” honors June 5, 2007, the international peace day to mark the 40th anniversary of the 1967 Middle East War, and to promote Israel-Palestine unity. Scott Blakeman has made more than thirty national television appearances, including Comedy Central's ""Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn,"" and was the warmup comedian for CBS' ""Late Show with David Letterman."" Blakeman has taught the Standup Comedy Workshop at The New School for 20 years,and his past students include Jon Stewart and Caroline Rhea. NBC-TV said Blakeman is, ""The top political comedian working in New York today,"" and The New York Times called him, ""An astute, funny political observer."" Dean Obeidallah's comedy comes in large part from his unique background of being the son of a Palestinian father and a Sicilian mother. Dean has been featured on numerous national and international television programs, including CNN's ""American Morning,"" PBS's ""Newshour with Jim Lehrer""; NBC’s “Saturday Night Live”; CNN International's ""Inside The Middle East"" and ABC's "" 20/20."" He has appeared frequently on the national radio network, Air America, and also appeared on Comedy Central's Axis of Evil comedy special and DVD. Dean is proud to be the co-founder and co-executive producer of The NY Arab-American Comedy Festival."

20070625   The People's Pint -- 10% PER CENT FOR PEACE  "The People's Pint -- 10% PER CENT FOR PEACE Print your coupon -- see the link on the home page: http://www.grassrootspeace.org --------------------------------------------------------------------- The People's Pint announces it will dedicate ""10% for Peace"" of meals purchased during the first ten days of summer, June 21-30, when patrons bring with them a coupon from the Traprock Peace Center web site, www.grassrootspeace.org. Coupons for the benefit will also be posted at the Greenfield, Shelburne Falls, South Deerfield, Sunderland, and Turners Falls libraries, and some grocery stores. The People's Pint is a downtown brewery and restaurant in Greenfield, serving dinner and desserts daily beginning at 4pm. The Pint uses local foods whenever possible and has brewed over 70 styles of beer since opening in 1997 at 24 Federal Street. 'The Adopted Sisters"" kick off the ten-day project at the Pint with a medley of songs this Thursday at 8pm. Annie Hassett, Lynne Meryl, Karen Copeland and Julia Burrough recently sang together at the Relay for Life and were warmly received for both their music and for reaching out to walkers coming together for very personal reasons. Several Community Groups are taking initiatives in support of Traprock Peace Center, establishing a new location for their operations later this summer. Traprock has rented their building on Woolman Hill in Deerfield since opening in 1979, for offices, and housing for staff, interns and guest speakers. The June offering of the ""DoGooders"" of Northampton is an evening of performance art to benefit Traprock. Performance artists are invited to present an original piece.  It will take place at Evolution Cafe, 22 Chestnut St., Florence on Sunday, June 24. Doors open at 5:30 for dinner; performances begin at 6:30. Contact Joann Lutz, 413-586-6384, for more information. On the first Sunday in June, neighbors attending the Franklin County Interfaith Peace Service at the First United Methodist Church contributed to an offering collected for Traprock amounting to $377. Woolman Hill Conference Center will excuse the last two months rent for Traprock's current facility. In February DanceSpree, a regular Friday night, barefoot boogie in Northampton dedicated proceeds from their Valentines Day dance, and added some extra, amounting to a contribution of $500. These offers help Traprock to continue operations while looking for a permanent home. Traprock's mission is to promote nonviolent resolution of conflict, locally, regionally, nationally and internationally and to work for economic justice and disarmament. ""I don't know if we can do enough to prevent the next war,"" says Sunny Miller, Traprock's Executive Director since 1995. ""We're doing a great job at sharing resources. If people reach out to one another, and make a big enough circle, it can matter!"" Every day Traprock's website gets an average of more than 5,000 visitors who use and share free text, audio and video resources on a wide variety of peace and anti-war topics. Last month one Traprock YouTube video was seen by over 100,000 viewers in less than a week. ""All kinds of people need peace,"" says Alden Booth, owner of the People's Pint. ""Most of what we care about requires a context of peace -- our grandkids, our schools and libraries, our healthcare, our homes, farms and businesses, and our environment  are at risk during war. I think Jeanette Rankin, the first woman elected to Congress, was right when she said, 'You can no more win a war, than you can win an earthquake.'"" ###"

20070625   "7pm The Politics of WATER, Do-It-Yourself Sustainability, Amherst" "Dam Nation: Dispatches from the Water Underground This new book explores the politics of water and Do It Yourself technologies for sustainability. Monday, June 25, 7pm at Food for Thought Books 106 North Pleasant Street Amherst, MA 01002 Join Cleo Woelfle-Erskine and July Oskar Cole as they discuss their new and vital book, Dam Nation. Dam Nation combines environmental victories in the sustainable use movement with hands-on, participatory options for country and city dwellers. Not just a ""how-to"" but a ""why-to,"" the book begins with the story of dams in the American West, and culminates in the vision of a new water culture. Cleo Woelfle-Erskine and Laura Allen, both restoration activists and educators, demand a new approach for American watersheds and taxpayers: the restoration of the water commons. Contributors to Dam Nation interviewed water organizers and innovators on five continents. Wide-ranging articles link diverse grassroots struggles with analysis of urban infrastructure, and river restoration with experiments in alternative water systems. The ""water underground"" surfaces to share strategies for redirecting household and urban waste streams, for recharging our aquifers and spirit of resistance alike, and for rebuilding our communities' physical and political strength. ""The politics of water - as this brilliant anthology makes clear - are the politics of human survival. Read this, and believe me, you'll never flush with the same equanimity again."" -Mike Davis, author of City of Quartz and Dead Cities Co-sponsored by the Enviro Show (on Valley Free Radio, WXOJ-LP), the Montview Neighborhood Farm, & Pedal People"

20070624   The People's Pint -- 10% PER CENT FOR PEACE  "The People's Pint -- 10% PER CENT FOR PEACE Print your coupon -- see the link on the home page: http://www.grassrootspeace.org --------------------------------------------------------------------- The People's Pint announces it will dedicate ""10% for Peace"" of meals purchased during the first ten days of summer, June 21-30, when patrons bring with them a coupon from the Traprock Peace Center web site, www.grassrootspeace.org. Coupons for the benefit will also be posted at the Greenfield, Shelburne Falls, South Deerfield, Sunderland, and Turners Falls libraries, and some grocery stores. The People's Pint is a downtown brewery and restaurant in Greenfield, serving dinner and desserts daily beginning at 4pm. The Pint uses local foods whenever possible and has brewed over 70 styles of beer since opening in 1997 at 24 Federal Street. 'The Adopted Sisters"" kick off the ten-day project at the Pint with a medley of songs this Thursday at 8pm. Annie Hassett, Lynne Meryl, Karen Copeland and Julia Burrough recently sang together at the Relay for Life and were warmly received for both their music and for reaching out to walkers coming together for very personal reasons. Several Community Groups are taking initiatives in support of Traprock Peace Center, establishing a new location for their operations later this summer. Traprock has rented their building on Woolman Hill in Deerfield since opening in 1979, for offices, and housing for staff, interns and guest speakers. The June offering of the ""DoGooders"" of Northampton is an evening of performance art to benefit Traprock. Performance artists are invited to present an original piece.  It will take place at Evolution Cafe, 22 Chestnut St., Florence on Sunday, June 24. Doors open at 5:30 for dinner; performances begin at 6:30. Contact Joann Lutz, 413-586-6384, for more information. On the first Sunday in June, neighbors attending the Franklin County Interfaith Peace Service at the First United Methodist Church contributed to an offering collected for Traprock amounting to $377. Woolman Hill Conference Center will excuse the last two months rent for Traprock's current facility. In February DanceSpree, a regular Friday night, barefoot boogie in Northampton dedicated proceeds from their Valentines Day dance, and added some extra, amounting to a contribution of $500. These offers help Traprock to continue operations while looking for a permanent home. Traprock's mission is to promote nonviolent resolution of conflict, locally, regionally, nationally and internationally and to work for economic justice and disarmament. ""I don't know if we can do enough to prevent the next war,"" says Sunny Miller, Traprock's Executive Director since 1995. ""We're doing a great job at sharing resources. If people reach out to one another, and make a big enough circle, it can matter!"" Every day Traprock's website gets an average of more than 5,000 visitors who use and share free text, audio and video resources on a wide variety of peace and anti-war topics. Last month one Traprock YouTube video was seen by over 100,000 viewers in less than a week. ""All kinds of people need peace,"" says Alden Booth, owner of the People's Pint. ""Most of what we care about requires a context of peace -- our grandkids, our schools and libraries, our healthcare, our homes, farms and businesses, and our environment  are at risk during war. I think Jeanette Rankin, the first woman elected to Congress, was right when she said, 'You can no more win a war, than you can win an earthquake.'"" ###"

20070624   "IMPEACHMENT DEMO, Boston Common Every Sunday"        See http://www.impeachment-sunday.org/Home_Page.php

20070624   "Performance Art Benefit, Florence"        "Performance Art Benefit June 24 in Florence Join the do-gooders for an evening of good company, good food, and performance art to benefit Traprock Peace Center as it transitions into a new and as-yet-undetermined home this summer. Traprock is hoping to raise enough funds to purchase a property after renting for more than 27 years on the grounds of Woolman Hill Conference Center. The event will take place at Evolution, a vegan cafe located in Florence Center, at 22 Chestnut St., on Sunday, June 24, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be available for purchase. The performances will begin at 6:30 p.m. Donations will be accepted. Invited performers include the entire class of ""Zany Performance Art"", taught by the Zany Angels. Everyone is invited to show performances up to 10 minutes long, and fitting into a 10' x 10' stage. For more information, please contact Joann Lutz at 413-586-6384 or joannlutz@yahoo.com"

20070624   "Benefit for Traprock Peace Center - Florence, MA"   "Come to a Benefit for the Traprock Peace Center WHEN: Sunday June 24th 5:30 - 6:30 Dinner and Socializing 6:30 + Performance by students from the ""Zany Performance Art"" class taught by the Zany Angels - Rhythea Kaufmann and Rose Oceana + Open-Mic performance - sign up at the door and/or call Joann Lutz (586-6834) + closing circle dance with Prakash - Do-Gooder organizer/dancer WHERE: Evolution Cafe, 22 Chestnut St., Florence ( 1 block from Route 9 - Main St - in Florence - behind Citgo gas station - across from Coopers Corner. WHO will we be supporting: Donations will benefit Traprock Peace Center, Deerfield, as it searches for a new home. (www.grassrootspeace.org ) Dinner will be available from the Evolution menu from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Performances begin at 6:30. The entire class of ""Zany Performance Art"", taught by the Zany Angels, have been invited to perform and all performers are welcome. Performances should be 10 minutes or less and fit in a 10' x 10' stage. Organized by the Do gooders and Joann Lutz. For more information, or to register to perform, please call Joann Lutz, 586-6384."

20070623   The People's Pint -- 10% PER CENT FOR PEACE  "The People's Pint -- 10% PER CENT FOR PEACE Print your coupon -- see the link on the home page: http://www.grassrootspeace.org --------------------------------------------------------------------- The People's Pint announces it will dedicate ""10% for Peace"" of meals purchased during the first ten days of summer, June 21-30, when patrons bring with them a coupon from the Traprock Peace Center web site, www.grassrootspeace.org. Coupons for the benefit will also be posted at the Greenfield, Shelburne Falls, South Deerfield, Sunderland, and Turners Falls libraries, and some grocery stores. The People's Pint is a downtown brewery and restaurant in Greenfield, serving dinner and desserts daily beginning at 4pm. The Pint uses local foods whenever possible and has brewed over 70 styles of beer since opening in 1997 at 24 Federal Street. 'The Adopted Sisters"" kick off the ten-day project at the Pint with a medley of songs this Thursday at 8pm. Annie Hassett, Lynne Meryl, Karen Copeland and Julia Burrough recently sang together at the Relay for Life and were warmly received for both their music and for reaching out to walkers coming together for very personal reasons. Several Community Groups are taking initiatives in support of Traprock Peace Center, establishing a new location for their operations later this summer. Traprock has rented their building on Woolman Hill in Deerfield since opening in 1979, for offices, and housing for staff, interns and guest speakers. The June offering of the ""DoGooders"" of Northampton is an evening of performance art to benefit Traprock. Performance artists are invited to present an original piece.  It will take place at Evolution Cafe, 22 Chestnut St., Florence on Sunday, June 24. Doors open at 5:30 for dinner; performances begin at 6:30. Contact Joann Lutz, 413-586-6384, for more information. On the first Sunday in June, neighbors attending the Franklin County Interfaith Peace Service at the First United Methodist Church contributed to an offering collected for Traprock amounting to $377. Woolman Hill Conference Center will excuse the last two months rent for Traprock's current facility. In February DanceSpree, a regular Friday night, barefoot boogie in Northampton dedicated proceeds from their Valentines Day dance, and added some extra, amounting to a contribution of $500. These offers help Traprock to continue operations while looking for a permanent home. Traprock's mission is to promote nonviolent resolution of conflict, locally, regionally, nationally and internationally and to work for economic justice and disarmament. ""I don't know if we can do enough to prevent the next war,"" says Sunny Miller, Traprock's Executive Director since 1995. ""We're doing a great job at sharing resources. If people reach out to one another, and make a big enough circle, it can matter!"" Every day Traprock's website gets an average of more than 5,000 visitors who use and share free text, audio and video resources on a wide variety of peace and anti-war topics. Last month one Traprock YouTube video was seen by over 100,000 viewers in less than a week. ""All kinds of people need peace,"" says Alden Booth, owner of the People's Pint. ""Most of what we care about requires a context of peace -- our grandkids, our schools and libraries, our healthcare, our homes, farms and businesses, and our environment  are at risk during war. I think Jeanette Rankin, the first woman elected to Congress, was right when she said, 'You can no more win a war, than you can win an earthquake.'"" ###"

20070623   "Film, ""Howard Zinn: You Can't be Neutral on a Moving Train"" Shelburne Falls"     "The documentary “Howard Zinn: You Can't be Neutral on a Moving Train” will have its Franklin County debut 7 PM Saturday evening, June 23rd at Memorial Hall in Shelburne Falls. This acclaimed film looks at the amazing life of Howard Zinn, renowned historian, activist, author and inspiration to new generations in these turbulent times. Following his early days as a shipyard labor organizer and bombardier in World War II, Zinn became an academic rebel and leader of civil disobedience during an era of institutionalized racism and war. His influential writings shine light on and bring voice to factory workers, immigrant laborers, African Americans and the working poor. Howard Zinn established himself as a significant historian and political scientist with the publication 27 years ago of his classic, “A People's History of the United States”. Featuring rare archival materials and interviews with Zinn and colleagues such as Noam Chomsky, this film captures the essence of this extraordinary man who has been a catalyst for progressive change for more than 60 years. The film is narrated by Matt Damon and features music by Pearl Jam, Woody Guthrie and Billy Bragg. Director Deb Ellis will be present to discuss the making of the film. The evening, labeled “A Tribute to Howard Zinn,” is being produced as a benefit for the Reel World Collective, a local group that has shown over seventy documentary films in Shelburne Falls to local audiences in recent years and for the Zinn Theater Works Project. Suggested donatiomn $8.00 - student and child discount. All are welcome. For information call 625-9959."

20070623   Reel World film       "Please add : The films director Deb Ellis will be there. For further info for Howard Zinn film June 23rd call 625-9959 It will be at Memorial Hall, Bridge Street in Sheburne Falls"

20070623   Howard Zinn film      "A tribute to Howard Zinn - Film: Howard Zinn: You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train. is an inspirational retrospective on Zinn's amazing life - with vintage footage of Noam Chonsky, Woody Guthrie, Billy Bragg. The films director Deb Ellis will be there. For further info for Howard Zinn film June 23rd call 625-9959 It will be at Memorial Hall, Bridge Street in Sheburne Falls"

20070622   The People's Pint -- 10% PER CENT FOR PEACE  "The People's Pint -- 10% PER CENT FOR PEACE Print your coupon -- see the link on the home page: http://www.grassrootspeace.org --------------------------------------------------------------------- The People's Pint announces it will dedicate ""10% for Peace"" of meals purchased during the first ten days of summer, June 21-30, when patrons bring with them a coupon from the Traprock Peace Center web site, www.grassrootspeace.org. Coupons for the benefit will also be posted at the Greenfield, Shelburne Falls, South Deerfield, Sunderland, and Turners Falls libraries, and some grocery stores. The People's Pint is a downtown brewery and restaurant in Greenfield, serving dinner and desserts daily beginning at 4pm. The Pint uses local foods whenever possible and has brewed over 70 styles of beer since opening in 1997 at 24 Federal Street. 'The Adopted Sisters"" kick off the ten-day project at the Pint with a medley of songs this Thursday at 8pm. Annie Hassett, Lynne Meryl, Karen Copeland and Julia Burrough recently sang together at the Relay for Life and were warmly received for both their music and for reaching out to walkers coming together for very personal reasons. Several Community Groups are taking initiatives in support of Traprock Peace Center, establishing a new location for their operations later this summer. Traprock has rented their building on Woolman Hill in Deerfield since opening in 1979, for offices, and housing for staff, interns and guest speakers. The June offering of the ""DoGooders"" of Northampton is an evening of performance art to benefit Traprock. Performance artists are invited to present an original piece.  It will take place at Evolution Cafe, 22 Chestnut St., Florence on Sunday, June 24. Doors open at 5:30 for dinner; performances begin at 6:30. Contact Joann Lutz, 413-586-6384, for more information. On the first Sunday in June, neighbors attending the Franklin County Interfaith Peace Service at the First United Methodist Church contributed to an offering collected for Traprock amounting to $377. Woolman Hill Conference Center will excuse the last two months rent for Traprock's current facility. In February DanceSpree, a regular Friday night, barefoot boogie in Northampton dedicated proceeds from their Valentines Day dance, and added some extra, amounting to a contribution of $500. These offers help Traprock to continue operations while looking for a permanent home. Traprock's mission is to promote nonviolent resolution of conflict, locally, regionally, nationally and internationally and to work for economic justice and disarmament. ""I don't know if we can do enough to prevent the next war,"" says Sunny Miller, Traprock's Executive Director since 1995. ""We're doing a great job at sharing resources. If people reach out to one another, and make a big enough circle, it can matter!"" Every day Traprock's website gets an average of more than 5,000 visitors who use and share free text, audio and video resources on a wide variety of peace and anti-war topics. Last month one Traprock YouTube video was seen by over 100,000 viewers in less than a week. ""All kinds of people need peace,"" says Alden Booth, owner of the People's Pint. ""Most of what we care about requires a context of peace -- our grandkids, our schools and libraries, our healthcare, our homes, farms and businesses, and our environment  are at risk during war. I think Jeanette Rankin, the first woman elected to Congress, was right when she said, 'You can no more win a war, than you can win an earthquake.'"" ###"

20070622   THE BLACK ARMBAND IS BACK       "The Anti-War Black Arm Band is Back De-javu.... remember the Vietnam war moratorium black arm bands? Or maybe you are too young..... The black arm-band is back and we're (people against war) wearing them every Friday. No more complicated than that. A small piece of black fabric will work. This is one small thing we can do to make a silent protest against the wars, and it's a way to remember those who have died or suffered from the violence. Wouldn't it really be something if every Friday people all over the world started wearing a black arm-band? Peace To All, Galen and Shannon"

20070622   Soldier in Iraq Asks for Help "Iraq Veterans Against the War <kelly@ivaw.org> wrote: On June 19, 26 year old SPC Eli Israel put himself at great personal risk by making the courageous decision to refuse further participation in the U.S. occupation of Iraq. Eli told his commanding officer and sergeants that he will no longer be a combatant in this illegal, unjustified war. Eli believes that the U.S. government used the attacks of September 11, 2001 as a pretense to invade Iraq and that ""we are now violating the people of this country (Iraq) in ways that we would never accept on our own soil."" Eli is stationed at Camp Victory in Baghdad with JVB Bravo Company, 1-149 Infantry of the Kentucky Army National Guard. This soldier's decision to refuse orders puts him at great risk, especially because he is in Iraq, isolated from legal assistance and other support. The following is a message that Eli sent yesterday to a friend back home: ""I have told them that I will no longer play a 'combat role' in this conflict or 'protect corporate representatives,' and they have taken this as 'violating a direct order.' I may be in jail or worse in the next 24 hours. Please rally whoever you can, call whoever you can, bring as much attention to this as you can. I have no doubt that the military will bury me and hide the whole situation if they can. I'm in big trouble. I'm in the middle of Iraq, surrounded by people who are not on my side. Please help me. Please contact whoever you can, and tell them who I am, so I don't 'disappear.'"" Eli is taking an incredible risk by refusing orders in Iraq and will most likely be court martialed. Please help him by contacting his Senator and requesting that he take any steps necessary to support and protect this soldier and ensure that the Army respects his rights and does not illegally retaliate against him. Senator Mitch McConnell: http://mcconnell.senate.gov/contact.cfm Washington Office 361-A Russell Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 Phone: (202) 224-2541 Fax: (202) 224-2499"

20070621   The People's Pint -- 10% PER CENT FOR PEACE        "Print your coupon -- see the link on the home page: http://www.grassrootspeace.org --------------------------------------------------------------------- The People's Pint announces it will dedicate ""10% for Peace"" of meals purchased during the first ten days of summer, June 21-30, when patrons bring with them a coupon from the Traprock Peace Center web site, www.grassrootspeace.org. Coupons for the benefit will also be posted at the Greenfield, Shelburne Falls, South Deerfield, Sunderland, and Turners Falls libraries, and some grocery stores. The People's Pint is a downtown brewery and restaurant in Greenfield, serving dinner and desserts daily beginning at 4pm. The Pint uses local foods whenever possible and has brewed over 70 styles of beer since opening in 1997 at 24 Federal Street. 'The Adopted Sisters"" kick off the ten-day project at the Pint with a medley of songs this Thursday at 8pm. Annie Hassett, Lynne Meryl, Karen Copeland and Julia Burrough recently sang together at the Relay for Life and were warmly received for both their music and for reaching out to walkers coming together for very personal reasons. Several Community Groups are taking initiatives in support of Traprock Peace Center, establishing a new location for their operations later this summer. Traprock has rented their building on Woolman Hill in Deerfield since opening in 1979, for offices, and housing for staff, interns and guest speakers. The June offering of the ""DoGooders"" of Northampton is an evening of performance art to benefit Traprock. Performance artists are invited to present an original piece.  It will take place at Evolution Cafe, 22 Chestnut St., Florence on Sunday, June 24. Doors open at 5:30 for dinner; performances begin at 6:30. Contact Joann Lutz, 413-586-6384, for more information. On the first Sunday in June, neighbors attending the Franklin County Interfaith Peace Service at the First United Methodist Church contributed to an offering collected for Traprock amounting to $377. Woolman Hill Conference Center will excuse the last two months rent for Traprock's current facility. In February DanceSpree, a regular Friday night, barefoot boogie in Northampton dedicated proceeds from their Valentines Day dance, and added some extra, amounting to a contribution of $500. These offers help Traprock to continue operations while looking for a permanent home. Traprock's mission is to promote nonviolent resolution of conflict, locally, regionally, nationally and internationally and to work for economic justice and disarmament. ""I don't know if we can do enough to prevent the next war,"" says Sunny Miller, Traprock's Executive Director since 1995. ""We're doing a great job at sharing resources. If people reach out to one another, and make a big enough circle, it can matter!"" Every day Traprock's website gets an average of more than 5,000 visitors who use and share free text, audio and video resources on a wide variety of peace and anti-war topics. Last month one Traprock YouTube video was seen by over 100,000 viewers in less than a week. ""All kinds of people need peace,"" says Alden Booth, owner of the People's Pint. ""Most of what we care about requires a context of peace -- our grandkids, our schools and libraries, our healthcare, our homes, farms and businesses, and our environment  are at risk during war. I think Jeanette Rankin, the first woman elected to Congress, was right when she said, 'You can no more win a war, than you can win an earthquake.'"" ###"

20070621   "Parang Sabil: Ballad of the Kris, Theatre Row, The Beckett, NYC"    "Parang Sabil: Ballad of the Kris A multimedia dance-theater production by Kinding Sindaw and Andrea Assaf Parang Sabil is the legendary ballad of the Tausug people of the southern Philippines. This story of resistance, dignity, and courage portrays the struggle against U.S. military occupation and commemorates the massacre of indigenous Muslim people in 1906. Kinding Sindaw’s multimedia dance-theater production, conceived and choreographed by Potri Ranka Manis, juxtaposes Tausug dance, music, martial arts, and epic storytelling with Mark Twain’s satirical anti-imperialist writings. DIRECTED BY ANDREA ASSAF. Experience the circularity of time and collision of cultures; encounter tradition and resistance in new ways; and understand the indigenous as contemporary in this postmodern retelling of an ancient tale. For tickets call FAC Box office at 413-545-2511 For more information about the shows visit our website at www.newworldtheater.org PARANG SABIL will also be presented in NYC as a part of the First Annual National Asian American Theater Festival June 19 & 21@ 7pm, June 20@ 1:30 & 7pm Theatre Row, The Beckett, NYC It will also be presented July 15 & 16, 2007 8 pm, Amherst College Holden Theater, as part of New World Theater. For more information about the festival and directions to the theater, visit their website at www.naatf.org"

20070621   "WORLD PEACE & PRAYER DAY, Montague, MA: Dawn to Dusk"        "Friends, Brothers and Sisters, Lightworkers and Peacemakers, COME CELEBRATE SUMMER SOLSTICE At WORLD PEACE & PRAYER DAY June 21, 2007 Dawn to Dusk* From which there is no beginning and no ending in the sacred hoop of life, I am sending you this message of Peace from my heart: may our prayers for peace be heard. May peace be with you all. -Chief Arvol Looking Horse Dawn: Ceremony and lighting of the sacred fire Morning: Healing Ritual Bathing & Talking Circle Noon: Unity Ceremony for Peace Afternoon: Talking Circle Sunset: Closing Ceremony (7pm) Film Showing: “TRUDELL” @ 8:30pm ** (Documentary of the life, poetry and vision of AIM founder, John Trudell.) Poetry Reading: Susan Deer Cloud @ 8:30pm** (prior to film showing) Location: The Medicine Wheel at Montague (below the Bookmill, google “Montague Bookmill” for directions *Please feel free to come any time throughout the day to walk the Medicine Wheel, make a tobacco offering (provided) and prayer for peace. For more information contact Elliot @ (917) 549-8329"

20070621   "Tulsa: Eight have Day in Court for ""IMPEACH"" action"    "Demonstrator's day in court: Cases tossed against 8 who protested visit by Cheney, April 27, 2007 MIKE SIMONS photographer / Tulsa World: Judy Ramsey (left) reads a statement as Angela Spotts and Carl “Huti” Hoyt listen outside Municipal Court on Thursday. The three were among 10 people who were charged with illegally refusing a police order during an April 27 protest against Vice President Dick Cheney in Tulsa. The charges were dismissed Thursday after the police officers failed to appear in court. See photo; text by RANDY KREHBIEL, World Staff Writer (For text see http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/article.aspx?articleID=070622_1_A9_spanc83115"

20070620   "IMPEACH: Reading the Constitution, at the National Archives, DC"    "Reaffirmation of the Constitution Come join us at the National Archives as we look upon the US Constitution and then march to the Capitol and tell Congress, ""Impeachment is on the table with the American People."" What: Reading of the original US Constitution When: June 20th 2:00 pm with a March to follow Where: The National Archives, 7th and Constitution Who: David Swanson of AfterDowningStreet, Tina Richards of Grassroots America, Rev. Yearwood of the Hip Hop Caucus, Linda Schade of Voters for Peace, Kevin Zeese of Democracy Rising, Pete Perry of the Washington Peace Institute and many more. Why: It is time we take back our constitution and demand justice from Congress. Nothing less then Impeachment is acceptable. __._,_.___"

20070620   "Parang Sabil: Ballad of the Kris, Theatre Row, The Beckett, NYC"    "Parang Sabil: Ballad of the Kris A multimedia dance-theater production by Kinding Sindaw and Andrea Assaf Parang Sabil is the legendary ballad of the Tausug people of the southern Philippines. This story of resistance, dignity, and courage portrays the struggle against U.S. military occupation and commemorates the massacre of indigenous Muslim people in 1906. Kinding Sindaw’s multimedia dance-theater production, conceived and choreographed by Potri Ranka Manis, juxtaposes Tausug dance, music, martial arts, and epic storytelling with Mark Twain’s satirical anti-imperialist writings. DIRECTED BY ANDREA ASSAF. Experience the circularity of time and collision of cultures; encounter tradition and resistance in new ways; and understand the indigenous as contemporary in this postmodern retelling of an ancient tale. For tickets call FAC Box office at 413-545-2511 For more information about the shows visit our website at www.newworldtheater.org PARANG SABIL will also be presented in NYC as a part of the First Annual National Asian American Theater Festival June 19 & 21@ 7pm, June 20@ 1:30 & 7pm Theatre Row, The Beckett, NYC It will also be presented July 15 & 16, 2007 8 pm, Amherst College Holden Theater, as part of New World Theater. For more information about the festival and directions to the theater, visit their website at www.naatf.org"

20070620   "Camilo Mejía, Conscientious Objector, S. Hadley"        "Date/Time: Wednesday, June 20, 7 pm Event: Camilo Mejía will read from and sign his new memoir, Road from Ar Ramadi: The Private Rebellion of Staff Sergeant Mejía. Staff Sergeant Camilo Mejía became the new face of the antiwar movement in early 2004 when he applied for a military discharge as a conscientious objector. After serving in the Army for nearly nine years, he was the first known Iraq veteran to refuse to fight, citing moral concerns about the war and occupation. Despite widespread public support and an all-star legal team, Mejía was convicted of desertion by a military court and sentenced to a year in prison, prompting Amnesty International to declare him a prisoner of conscience. Now released after serving almost nine months, the soldier-turned-pacifist tells his own story, from his upbringing in Central America and his experience as a working-class immigrant in the United States to his service in Iraq - where he was deployed in the Sunni triangle and witnessed prisoner abuse - and his time in prison. ""Sergeant Mejía served his country bravely and well in Iraq; but he is serving his country better, and just as bravely, in his publicly announced refusal to participate further in what he correctly identifies as an illegal war using illegal means."" - Daniel Ellsberg. Elli Meeropol Publicist and Book Group Coordinator Odyssey BookShop Village Commons 9 College St. South Hadley, MA 01075 413.534.7307 odysseynews@aol.com"

20070619   "MULTI-MEDIA THEATER & DANCE: Parang Sabil: Ballad of the Kris, NYC" "MULTI-MEDIA THEATER & DANCE: Parang Sabil: Ballad of the Kris A multimedia dance-theater production by Kinding Sindaw and Andrea Assaf Parang Sabil is the legendary ballad of the Tausug people of the southern Philippines. This story of resistance, dignity, and courage portrays the struggle against U.S. military occupation and commemorates the massacre of indigenous Muslim people in 1906. Kinding Sindaw’s multimedia dance-theater production, conceived and choreographed by Potri Ranka Manis, juxtaposes Tausug dance, music, martial arts, and epic storytelling with Mark Twain’s satirical anti-imperialist writings. DIRECTED BY ANDREA ASSAF. Experience the circularity of time and collision of cultures; encounter tradition and resistance in new ways; and understand the indigenous as contemporary in this postmodern retelling of an ancient tale. For tickets call FAC Box office at 413-545-2511 For more information about the shows visit our website at www.newworldtheater.org PARANG SABIL will also be presented in NYC as a part of the First Annual National Asian American Theater Festival June 19 & 21@ 7pm, June 20@ 1:30 & 7pm Theatre Row, The Beckett, NYC It will also be presented July 15 & 16, 2007 8 pm, Amherst College Holden Theater, as part of New World Theater. For more information about the festival and directions to the theater, visit their website at www.naatf.org"

20070619   Brattleboro Court date for SHUT IT DOWN Affinity Group        "--June 19th- Windham County Court, Brattleboro court date for 7 women in the SHUT IT DOWN affinity group for the April 25 chaining action at Vermont Yankee. We would love as many people as possible to join us. We will meet in the court parking lot at 7:30 AM and be in the courtroom by 8:00 AM. The women are: Julia Bonafine, Frances Crowe, Marcia Gagliardi, Dorthee, Ellen Graves, Hattie Nestel, Paki Wieland. For further questions contact Hattie:"

20070619   Federal appeals court urged to allow Agent Orange lawsuit    "Federal appeals court urged to allow Agent Orange lawsuit by Michael Sung at 10:58 AM ET [JURIST] Lawyers representing approximately three million Vietnamese plaintiffs appealed the dismissal [PDF text; JURIST report] of their civil lawsuit to the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] Monday. The plaintiffs argued that more than 30 American chemical companies should be held liable for billions of dollars in compensatory damages and environmental cleanup costs for producing and supplying defoliants like Agent Orange [VA backgrounder], which were sprayed in Vietnam during the war to destroy forest cover and render crops unusable. The plaintiffs argued that the companies were aware that defoliants, which often contained dioxin [NIH backgrounder; WHO backgrounder] - a known teratogen and suspected carcinogen, was harmful but continued to supply the approximately 18 million gallons used by the US military in Vietnam. The chemical companies argued that the defoliants were not intended to injure people ... READ MORE AT : http://jurist.law.pitt.edu/paperchase/2007/06/federal-appeals-court-urged-to-allow.php (18 million gallons of Agent Orange were supplied, at a profit.)"

20070619   “SHUT IT DOWN -- STOP THE TORTURE” Juneteenth        "“SHUT IT DOWN -- STOP THE TORTURE” Capitol Hill Press Briefing Hosted by: the ACLU and the Hip Hop Caucus Date: Tuesday, June 19th, 2007 Time: 11:30am – 12:30pm Location: 2237 Rayburn H.O.B. Concert Hosted by: the ACLU, Amnesty International, and the Hip Hop Caucus Date: Tuesday, June 19th, 2007 Time: 7:30pm Doors Location: The 9:30 Club, 815 V St., NW, Washington, DC Washington, DC – The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Amnesty International (AIUSA) and the Hip Hop Caucus are presenting a briefing and a concert on Tuesday, June 19, 2007 to raise awareness about torture and human rights. These advocacy groups and a group of outspoken Hip Hop artists will make it known that America is not, and should not be, a country that sanctions torture and holds people indefinitely. The briefing and concert are being held on June 19th, or “Juneteenth,” the anniversary of the true emancipation of slaves in Galveston, TX, to highlight the current injustice of holding people indefinitely without charge or trial in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. By connecting the present with the past, the event organizers seek to cultivate a new set of activists on the issues of torture and habeas corpus. During the concert, performers and speakers will call for the audience to join a Day of Action the following week, June 26, on Capitol Hill to Restore Law and Justice. Thousands of Americans will attend a rally at Upper Senate Park and then call on Congress to restore habeas corpus, fix the Military Commissions Act, end torture and rendition and restore our constitutional rights. The Day of Action is being sponsored by the ACLU and AIUSA and a coalition of organizations including the Hip Hop Caucus. For press credentials for the concert, please contact: Liz Havstad, 510 207 6749 (cell) For more information, www.hiphopforhabeas.org and http://www.juneaction.org Tickets available for the concert at www.tickets.com or club box office. ###"

20070617   "Focus on WMUA, featured Traprock & Veterans for Peace."    "Peter Tusinski of Leydon, MA, follows in the footsteps of Ken Mosakowski to continue the noon radio program ""FOCUS"" every Sunday at WMUA for over 30 years. A rotation of hosts was envisioned by Ken, when he understood his days were numbered. Bravo, Ken. What fortitude and perseverance! Bravo, Peter, Leo, and all who help."

20070617   Socialism 2007 - Chicago "***Please Forward Widely*** Socialism for the 21st Century! Socialism 2007 June 14-17,Chicago www.socialismconference.org Socialism 2007 is a three-day event that will bring together socialists and other activists who are involved in struggles across the country-from opposing the war to organizing against the death penalty-and share a vision of rebuilding the left. Last summer, some 1,500 people turned out in New York City. This year's conference in Chicago will feature activists and socialists from Central and Latin America, renowned activist writers and journalists, soldiers and veterans who are resisting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, prisoners and their families who are fighting for justice in the prison system, immigrant rights activists who are organizing against deportations and many more. Included in the more than 100 events at Socialism 2007 are films, music and meetings on the hidden history of international working-class struggle-from the Flint sit-down strikes of 1937 to the Russian Revolution of 1917. Come join us in Chicago on June 14-17, 2007, for Socialism 2007. Featured Speakers: John Pilger, Journalist, activist and filmmaker; Dahr Jamail Independent journalist covering the Iraq war; Amy Goodman Host, Democracy Now!; Jeremy Scahill journalist and Author, Blackwater; Laura Flanders Radio host, Air America Anthony Arnove Author, Iraq: the Logic of Withdrawal; Kelly Dougherty, Camilo Mejía and Garret Reppenhagen Iraq Veterans Against the War; Members of the Free Gary Tyler! Committee; Paul D'Amato Author, The Meaning of Marxism; Jeffrey St. Clair Author, Grand Theft Pentagon; Michael Schwartz Contributor on the Iraq war to TomDispatch.com; Howie Hawkins Green Party, New York; Justin Akers Chacón Co-author, No One Is Illegal!; Luciana Genro Party of Socialism and Liberty, Brazil; Dahlia S. Wasfi, M.D. Iraqi-American antiwar activist; Barbara Becnel Activist and co-author of anti-gang literature with Stan Tookie Williams; Anthony Prior Former NFL player and author of The Slave Side of Sunday; Phil Gasper Editor, The Communist Manifesto: A Road Map to History's Most Important Political Document; Josh Frank Author, Left Out: How the Liberals Helped Re-Elect George W. Bush; Yusuf Salaam Exonerated in the Central Park (NY) jogger case; Samuel Farber Author of The Origins of the Cuban Revolution Reconsidered; Charles Jenks Traprock Peace Center; Marlene Martin National director, Campaign to End the Death Penalty; Kevin Murphy Author, Revolution and Counterrevolution: Class Struggle in a Moscow Metal Factory; Ahmed Shawki Editor, International Socialist Review; Charles André Udry Economist and editorial board member of ňL'Encontre, Switzerland; Sharon Smith Columnist, Socialist Worker, and author of Subterranean Fire; Ron Jacobs Author, The Way the Wind Blew; Dave Zirin Nation.com sports columnist and author, What's My Name Fool? and Welcome to the Terrordome. What you'll find at Socialism 2007: MORE THAN 100 meetings, a bookfair, films, entertainment ... and parties. Check out www.socialismconference.org to register and for more information about schedule, housing, and childcare. Sponsored by: The Center for Economic Research and Social Change Publisher of The International Socialist Review and Haymarket Books. Co-sponsored by: The International Socialist Organization Publisher of Socialist Worker."

20070616   "FIVE RIVERS Council -- 2-5PM, Greenfield"   "The monthly gathering of the Five Rivers Council will take place on Saturday, June 16th, 2007 from 2:00 – 5:00pm at Lupinwood, 172 Highland Ave., Greenfield. Maya Apfelbaum will send directions. We will incorporate the format agreed upon at our last meeting in May which will include next steps and current developments along with other facets which should be both enjoyable and engaging."

20070616   "Forum on Iraq with Sen. Kerry, Nattick, MA"        "Saturday, June 16th – Senator Kerry hosting open forum on Iraq We have heard from Senator Kerry's office that he will host a long-awaited open forum, specifically on Iraq, on Saturday, June 16th at 4:00 PM at Kennedy Middle School, 165 Mill Street, Natick, MA. This is one of Kerry's first open meetings with Massachusetts residents since his '04 campaign and presents us a timely opportunity to engage with him directly to push him to take more leadership toward passing policies that would immediately end the war in Iraq and address related issues of concern to the peace community, such as plans for withdrawal, the Iraqi oil law and benchmark, the elimination of U.S. bases in Iraq, engaging in regional diplomacy (including with Iran!), funding for humanitarian reconstruction, de-funding the war, and more."

20070616   "Nat'l Grassroots Leadership Training Institute, Brit Tzedek’s -- DC Jun 16-17"       "June 16-19, 2007 Washington, D.C. National Grassroots Leadership Training Institute & National Advocacy Days 2007 National Grassroots Leadership Training Institute(June 16-17, 2007 - Washington, DC) Brit Tzedek’s 2nd Grassroots Leadership Training Institute, Building our Political Movement for Israeli-Palestinian Peace, will take place the evening of Saturday, June 16 and all day Sunday, June 17, in downtown, Washington, DC. The Institute will bring hundreds of activists together from across the U.S. for an evening plenary and day of intensive workshops, trainings and networking opportunities on topics such as: Building a successful chapter in your city; Creating a Brit Tzedek presence in your local media, and bringing a pro-Israel, pro-peace message to your synagogues and organized Jewish community. Join us as we celebrate our growing movement, and strategize for continued success and growth. National Advocacy Days 2007 (June 18-19, 2007 - Washington, DC) Brit Tzedek’s 3rd Annual National Advocacy Days begins on Monday, June 18, with a day of political briefings and trainings on the Hill from policy experts and government officials, followed by an evening reception with Members of Congress. On Tuesday, June 19, you ’ll have the opportunity to meet with your own Senators and Representatives and urge them to support our pro-Israel, pro-peace message! Registration will be available for each event separately or for both events at a discounted price. More details coming soon! For more information, contact Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, The Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace?11 E. Adams Street, Suite 707? Chicago, IL 60603 Phone: (312) 341-1205 Fax: (312) 341-1206 info@btvshalom.org www.btvshalom.org"

20070616   Socialism 2007 - Chicago "***Please Forward Widely*** Socialism for the 21st Century! Socialism 2007 June 14-17,Chicago www.socialismconference.org Socialism 2007 is a three-day event that will bring together socialists and other activists who are involved in struggles across the country-from opposing the war to organizing against the death penalty-and share a vision of rebuilding the left. Last summer, some 1,500 people turned out in New York City. This year's conference in Chicago will feature activists and socialists from Central and Latin America, renowned activist writers and journalists, soldiers and veterans who are resisting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, prisoners and their families who are fighting for justice in the prison system, immigrant rights activists who are organizing against deportations and many more. Included in the more than 100 events at Socialism 2007 are films, music and meetings on the hidden history of international working-class struggle-from the Flint sit-down strikes of 1937 to the Russian Revolution of 1917. Come join us in Chicago on June 14-17, 2007, for Socialism 2007. Featured Speakers: John Pilger, Journalist, activist and filmmaker; Dahr Jamail Independent journalist covering the Iraq war; Amy Goodman Host, Democracy Now!; Jeremy Scahill journalist and Author, Blackwater; Laura Flanders Radio host, Air America Anthony Arnove Author, Iraq: the Logic of Withdrawal; Kelly Dougherty, Camilo Mejía and Garret Reppenhagen Iraq Veterans Against the War; Members of the Free Gary Tyler! Committee; Paul D'Amato Author, The Meaning of Marxism; Jeffrey St. Clair Author, Grand Theft Pentagon; Michael Schwartz Contributor on the Iraq war to TomDispatch.com; Howie Hawkins Green Party, New York; Justin Akers Chacón Co-author, No One Is Illegal!; Luciana Genro Party of Socialism and Liberty, Brazil; Dahlia S. Wasfi, M.D. Iraqi-American antiwar activist; Barbara Becnel Activist and co-author of anti-gang literature with Stan Tookie Williams; Anthony Prior Former NFL player and author of The Slave Side of Sunday; Phil Gasper Editor, The Communist Manifesto: A Road Map to History's Most Important Political Document; Josh Frank Author, Left Out: How the Liberals Helped Re-Elect George W. Bush; Yusuf Salaam Exonerated in the Central Park (NY) jogger case; Samuel Farber Author of The Origins of the Cuban Revolution Reconsidered; Charles Jenks Traprock Peace Center; Marlene Martin National director, Campaign to End the Death Penalty; Kevin Murphy Author, Revolution and Counterrevolution: Class Struggle in a Moscow Metal Factory; Ahmed Shawki Editor, International Socialist Review; Charles André Udry Economist and editorial board member of ňL'Encontre, Switzerland; Sharon Smith Columnist, Socialist Worker, and author of Subterranean Fire; Ron Jacobs Author, The Way the Wind Blew; Dave Zirin Nation.com sports columnist and author, What's My Name Fool? and Welcome to the Terrordome. What you'll find at Socialism 2007: MORE THAN 100 meetings, a bookfair, films, entertainment ... and parties. Check out www.socialismconference.org to register and for more information about schedule, housing, and childcare. Sponsored by: The Center for Economic Research and Social Change Publisher of The International Socialist Review and Haymarket Books. Co-sponsored by: The International Socialist Organization Publisher of Socialist Worker."

20070615   "Film at M.E.F. ""Reel Bad Arabs"", Northampton, MA"   "Film, ""Reel Bad Arabs,"" a film from Northampton's own Media Education Foundation, examines the overwhelmingly negative portrayal of Arabs in American film and television. Free, at the Media Education Foundation, 60 Masonic Street, an accessible location. Discussion will follow. Sponsored by The Northampton Committee to Stop the War in Iraq"

20070615   Socialism 2007 - Chicago "***Please Forward Widely*** Socialism for the 21st Century! Socialism 2007 June 14-17,Chicago www.socialismconference.org Socialism 2007 is a three-day event that will bring together socialists and other activists who are involved in struggles across the country-from opposing the war to organizing against the death penalty-and share a vision of rebuilding the left. Last summer, some 1,500 people turned out in New York City. This year's conference in Chicago will feature activists and socialists from Central and Latin America, renowned activist writers and journalists, soldiers and veterans who are resisting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, prisoners and their families who are fighting for justice in the prison system, immigrant rights activists who are organizing against deportations and many more. Included in the more than 100 events at Socialism 2007 are films, music and meetings on the hidden history of international working-class struggle-from the Flint sit-down strikes of 1937 to the Russian Revolution of 1917. Come join us in Chicago on June 14-17, 2007, for Socialism 2007. Featured Speakers: John Pilger, Journalist, activist and filmmaker; Dahr Jamail Independent journalist covering the Iraq war; Amy Goodman Host, Democracy Now!; Jeremy Scahill journalist and Author, Blackwater; Laura Flanders Radio host, Air America Anthony Arnove Author, Iraq: the Logic of Withdrawal; Kelly Dougherty, Camilo Mejía and Garret Reppenhagen Iraq Veterans Against the War; Members of the Free Gary Tyler! Committee; Paul D'Amato Author, The Meaning of Marxism; Jeffrey St. Clair Author, Grand Theft Pentagon; Michael Schwartz Contributor on the Iraq war to TomDispatch.com; Howie Hawkins Green Party, New York; Justin Akers Chacón Co-author, No One Is Illegal!; Luciana Genro Party of Socialism and Liberty, Brazil; Dahlia S. Wasfi, M.D. Iraqi-American antiwar activist; Barbara Becnel Activist and co-author of anti-gang literature with Stan Tookie Williams; Anthony Prior Former NFL player and author of The Slave Side of Sunday; Phil Gasper Editor, The Communist Manifesto: A Road Map to History's Most Important Political Document; Josh Frank Author, Left Out: How the Liberals Helped Re-Elect George W. Bush; Yusuf Salaam Exonerated in the Central Park (NY) jogger case; Samuel Farber Author of The Origins of the Cuban Revolution Reconsidered; Charles Jenks Traprock Peace Center; Marlene Martin National director, Campaign to End the Death Penalty; Kevin Murphy Author, Revolution and Counterrevolution: Class Struggle in a Moscow Metal Factory; Ahmed Shawki Editor, International Socialist Review; Charles André Udry Economist and editorial board member of ňL'Encontre, Switzerland; Sharon Smith Columnist, Socialist Worker, and author of Subterranean Fire; Ron Jacobs Author, The Way the Wind Blew; Dave Zirin Nation.com sports columnist and author, What's My Name Fool? and Welcome to the Terrordome. What you'll find at Socialism 2007: MORE THAN 100 meetings, a bookfair, films, entertainment ... and parties. Check out www.socialismconference.org to register and for more information about schedule, housing, and childcare. Sponsored by: The Center for Economic Research and Social Change Publisher of The International Socialist Review and Haymarket Books. Co-sponsored by: The International Socialist Organization Publisher of Socialist Worker."

20070614   "Interfaith Council of Franklin County, Deerfield"       "June 14: The Interfaith Council of Franklin County will meet Thursday, June 14, at Traprock Peace Center, Woolman Hill, Deerfield. A pot luck dinner is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. and will be followed by the final business meeting of this fiscal year and installation of officers for next year."

20070614   "Iraqi Workers speak about Oil, in Boston,"        "Iraqi Workers speak about Oil, in Boston, Thursday June 14 VOICES OF IRAQI WORKERS – Solidarity Tour UMass Boston, Wheatley Student Lounge, 4th floor 6:00 PM *Faleh Abood Umara -General Secretary, Southern Oil Company, Iraq Federation of Oil Workers *Hashmeya Muhsin Hussein - President Electrical Utility Workers Union, Iraq Federation of Trade Unions (First womean to lead an Iraqi national union) Hear directly from Iraqi trade unionists about the role that the labor movement is playing in working against privatization, for a fair oil law and creating a secular, progressive Iraq."

20070614   Socialism 2007 - Chicago "***Please Forward Widely*** Socialism for the 21st Century! Socialism 2007 June 14-17,Chicago www.socialismconference.org Socialism 2007 is a three-day event that will bring together socialists and other activists who are involved in struggles across the country-from opposing the war to organizing against the death penalty-and share a vision of rebuilding the left. Last summer, some 1,500 people turned out in New York City. This year's conference in Chicago will feature activists and socialists from Central and Latin America, renowned activist writers and journalists, soldiers and veterans who are resisting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, prisoners and their families who are fighting for justice in the prison system, immigrant rights activists who are organizing against deportations and many more. Included in the more than 100 events at Socialism 2007 are films, music and meetings on the hidden history of international working-class struggle-from the Flint sit-down strikes of 1937 to the Russian Revolution of 1917. Come join us in Chicago on June 14-17, 2007, for Socialism 2007. Featured Speakers: John Pilger, Journalist, activist and filmmaker; Dahr Jamail Independent journalist covering the Iraq war; Amy Goodman Host, Democracy Now!; Jeremy Scahill journalist and Author, Blackwater; Laura Flanders Radio host, Air America Anthony Arnove Author, Iraq: the Logic of Withdrawal; Kelly Dougherty, Camilo Mejía and Garret Reppenhagen Iraq Veterans Against the War; Members of the Free Gary Tyler! Committee; Paul D'Amato Author, The Meaning of Marxism; Jeffrey St. Clair Author, Grand Theft Pentagon; Michael Schwartz Contributor on the Iraq war to TomDispatch.com; Howie Hawkins Green Party, New York; Justin Akers Chacón Co-author, No One Is Illegal!; Luciana Genro Party of Socialism and Liberty, Brazil; Dahlia S. Wasfi, M.D. Iraqi-American antiwar activist; Barbara Becnel Activist and co-author of anti-gang literature with Stan Tookie Williams; Anthony Prior Former NFL player and author of The Slave Side of Sunday; Phil Gasper Editor, The Communist Manifesto: A Road Map to History's Most Important Political Document; Josh Frank Author, Left Out: How the Liberals Helped Re-Elect George W. Bush; Yusuf Salaam Exonerated in the Central Park (NY) jogger case; Samuel Farber Author of The Origins of the Cuban Revolution Reconsidered; Charles Jenks Traprock Peace Center; Marlene Martin National director, Campaign to End the Death Penalty; Kevin Murphy Author, Revolution and Counterrevolution: Class Struggle in a Moscow Metal Factory; Ahmed Shawki Editor, International Socialist Review; Charles André Udry Economist and editorial board member of ňL'Encontre, Switzerland; Sharon Smith Columnist, Socialist Worker, and author of Subterranean Fire; Ron Jacobs Author, The Way the Wind Blew; Dave Zirin Nation.com sports columnist and author, What's My Name Fool? and Welcome to the Terrordome. What you'll find at Socialism 2007: MORE THAN 100 meetings, a bookfair, films, entertainment ... and parties. Check out www.socialismconference.org to register and for more information about schedule, housing, and childcare. Sponsored by: The Center for Economic Research and Social Change Publisher of The International Socialist Review and Haymarket Books. Co-sponsored by: The International Socialist Organization Publisher of Socialist Worker."

20070610   "AMHERST PEACE VIGIL -- NOON- 1PM, EVERY SUNDAY"        "AMHERST PEACE VIGIL -- NOON- 1PM, EVERY SUNDAY The Amherst Peace Vigil passes out 200 or so flyers every Sunday. Neighbors share news and help hold the banners. Come and wave to encourage your neighbors. The passersby get excited when they see lots of us there. HONK for PEACE!"

20070609   "TAMING THE GIANT CORPORATION: Conference, DC June 9 + 10"    "TAMING THE GIANT CORPORATION: A National Conference on Corporate Accountability Presented by Ralph Nader and The Center for Study of Responsive Law June 8, 9 and 10, 2007 1530 P Street, NW Washington, DC 20005 The multinational corporation is the dominant institution in the global political economy. The toll it inflicts on people and the planet -- high drug prices, sweatshops, global warming, and on and on -- is well documented. But too little attention has been focused on the corporation itself, and the evolving forms of corporate power. ""Taming the Giant Corporation"" aims to identify, examine and classify the changing manifestations of corporate power. The conference's central, pioneering task is to facilitate discussion, debate and strategic thinking about how to subordinate corporate power to the will and interests of the people. How do we replace the excessive corporate privileges and immunities entrenched in law and the economy? Corporations were originally chartered by the states in the early nineteenth century to be our servants not our masters. How can we displace corporations (e.g., with national health insurance, by keeping information and knowledge in the public domain, or by expanding and strengthening the commons)? What tools and approaches can empower communities to set parameters on corporate activity? What countervailing institutions should be nurtured to offset concentrated corporate power? ""Taming the Giant Corporation"" will be an opportunity to learn, debate, meet leading advocates and activists, and grapple with the questions that must be answered if we are to strive for a just and livable world."

20070608   Dave Zirin at Food for Thought Books - Amherst        "Please come by the Amherst stop of Dave Zirin's tour for his latest book, Welcome to the Terrordome: The Pain, Politics and Promise of Sports (forward by Chuck D) Date/Time: Friday, June 8 at 7PM Location: Food for Thought Books, Downtown Amherst (106 N.Pleasant Street) ""If you're a sports fan you'll love this book. If you're politically active, you'll love this book. If you're a politically active sports fan, you've found your bible."" —Katrina vanden Heuvel, Editor & Publisher, The Nation ""In sportswriting, attitude is easy. But Zirin's also got razor smarts, rapier wit, and, most of all, a rebel's large heart...you'll never see sports the same way again. —Jeff Chang, author, Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation ""Dave Zirin is the best young sports writer in America."" —Robert Lipsyte, New York Times Two reviews of his book: http://slamonline.com/online/2007/05/the-best-young-sportswriter-in- america/ http://www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=105&ItemID=12987 This much-anticipated sequel to What's My Name, Fool? by acclaimed commentator Dave Zirin breaks new ground in sports writing, looking at the controversies and trends now shaping sports in the United States-and abroad. Features chapters such as ""Barry Bonds is Gonna Git Your Mama: The Last Word on Steroids,"" ""Pro Basketball and the Two Souls of Hip-Hop,"" ""An Icon's Redemption: The Great Roberto Clemente,"" and ""Beisbol: How the Major Leagues Eat Their Young."" Zirin's commentary is always insightful, never predictable. Dave Zirin is the author of the widely acclaimed book What's My Name, Fool? (Haymarket Books) and writes the weekly column ""Edge of Sports"" (edgeofsports.com). He writes a regular column for The Nation and Slam magazine and has appeared as a sports commentator on ESPN TV and radio, CBNC, WNBC, Democracy Now!, Air America, Radio Nation, and Pacifica."

20070606   WILL 100 GRANDmothers give $500 to establish a NEW TRAPROCK?   "This week we are looking for 100 Grandmas who will fund peace not war. Nuclear war has a firm foundation. According the the National Priorities Project Massachusetts neighbors will spend $480 million on nuclear war in 2007. Will we get what we pay for? Traprock has to move this summer. Help create a firm foundation for peace work for generations to come! Please say why you want to fund peace, not war! Your contribution is tax deductible. Consider sending or pledging $500 this week: Traprock Peace Center Deerfield, MA 01342 We need your advice, and your help passing on this appeal. Call anytime: 413 773-7427 We thank you for your timely attention. The rent is due June 10. Soon we could put that toward a mortgage, not rent. With your help we can do it, but only if you know how much your gift counts!"

20070605   11 STATES HAVE RESOLUTION RE IMPEACHMENT       "On Tuesday, May 29, 2007, Maine became the 11th state legislature to introduce a resolution to petition for the impeachment of President George Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney. Maine joins Vermont (where the Senate has already passed such a resolution), California, Hawaii, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin."

20070605   "National Hunger Awareness Day, Greenfield, MA"        "Franklin County Community Meals, Center for Self-Reliance/Community Action! Franklin County Resource Network Hunger Task Force and The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts invite you to participate in National Hunger Awareness Day 2007: The Face of Hunger Will Surprise You Tuesday, June 5, 2007 at 4:30 PM Hunger Awareness Day Vigil featuring elected officials, hunger-relief agency representatives and those most affected by hunger in western Massachusetts. You are welcome to offer a statement in support of National Hunger Awareness Day. Greenfield Town Common, Greenfield NO ONE SHOULD BE HUNGRY IN WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS National Hunger Awareness Day 2007: The face of hunger may surprise you. Every day in western Massachusetts, one in ten people struggles to put a meal on the table or has to choose between paying for utilities or buying food. More and more families, elders and children in our region daily rely on emergency food assistance from community pantries or meal sites. Hunger can strike anyone, including working families, elderly neighbors on limited incomes, and people faced with a sudden illness or layoff. It does not discriminate against age, race, gender or ethnicity. From June 1st through 6th, The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts and its local partners will host four community-wide events to recognize National Hunger Awareness Day 2007 and the many faces of hunger in Berkshire, Franklin, Hampshire and Hampden Counties. Here in western Massachusetts more than 100,000 people annually experience food insecurity or hunger in this land of plenty. In Franklin County alone, last year The Food Bank distributed nearly 1 million pounds of food to those in need. Join us as we raise our local community’s awareness about the solvable problem of hunger in America – and the face of hunger in western Massachusetts!"

20070604   "Unlearning Hate: A Community Conversation--Stand Up, Speak Up, Speak Out! -- Gr"     "In the wake of multiple acts of racist and anti-semitic vandalism this spring, the Greenfield Human Rights Commission is sponsoring a public speakout on hate to be held next Monday, June 4, 6:30 to 8:00 PM at the Youth Services Center, 20 Sanderson Street, Greenfield. Unlearning Hate: A Community Conversation--Stand Up, Speak Up, Speak Out! is designed to give community members a forum to explore hate and prejudice as it exists in Greenfield and to begin to generate strategies for embracing and honoring our differences in order to make out town safe and welcoming for all. Please join us. Light refreshments. For questions, contact Lew Metaxas, Chair, Greenfield Human Rights Commission, 413 772-1560."

20070603   "Interfaith Peace Service, First United Methodist Ch, Greenfield"       "The Interfaith Council of Franklin County has organized a multi-faith peace prayer service for Sunday, June 3 at 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 25 Church Street, Greenfield. The format of the service will include music, prayers, and readings in support of peace by members of various area faith traditions. Find 25 Church Street approximately 2 blocks north and one block east of the main intersection in Greenfield, Massachusetts (north and east of Federal & Main Streets, or Route 5/10 and 2-A). All are welcome. Last spring the collection was given to Habitat for Humanity. This spring the collection will be given to Traprock Peace Center for peace and justice work, and for costs associated with moving."

20070602   “Cambridge Peace Day” 1-5pm    "“Cambridge Peace Day” Saturday, June 2, 2007, 1 pm - 5 pm Cambridge City Hall, 795 Mass. Ave. Cambridge Senior Center, 806 Mass. Ave. Welcoming for people of all ages. Join us in: Performances - music, poetry, dance, spoken word, theater Delisil, Jeff Robinson, AfroDZAk, CRLS Jazz Band, Senior Center Chorus…. Participation - making peace cranes and peace flags, learning the healing arts, joining in dialogue, singing along, acting. True Story Theater, Peace Games, Dances of Universal Peace, Emperor Norton's Stationary Marching Band, Underground Railroad Theater, Raging Grannies… Exhibits - local & global, peace& justice information tables 1 pm - Program opens on City Hall steps 4:30 pm - Make a human peace symbol in front of City Hall. Do you have a poem? A song? Some words to share about peace? Contact us to join in. For more information, to get a schedule, to volunteer, contact the Peace Commission at 617-349-4694 or email peace@cambridgema.gov FREE --- FREE refreshments, resources, renewal FREE --- FREE 25TH Anniversary – Cambridge Peace Commission For the 25th anniversary of the Peace Commission, the Cambridge City Council declared Cambridge as a “City of Peace” in the year 2007. The resolution is an invitation to all of Cambridge- community groups, civic institutions, businesses, families, faith communities - to make connections to peace building. Help promote peacebuilding all year long."

20070601   THANKS in a NEIGHBORS NETWORK to END WAR        "Thanks to neighbors for writing personal appeals asking for support to establish a new Traprock Peace Center. And for planning and giving benefits that help spread the word, the hope, and the appeal. Are there 80 grandmothers who can give $1,000 this year? Can you of modest means make a pledge of $10 a month for the peace every town and village, every parent and every child so needs? We will need to raise $30-50,000 dollars in the next two weeks to build confidence that we can put a down-payment on a promising property this summer. Thanks to Sally Shaw of Gill, Lori Blanding of Easthampton, DanceSpree, Sally Weiss and Joann Lutz of Northampton, Cindy Kallet of Maine & Grey Larsen of Indiana, Annie Hassett, Kevin McVeigh, John Bailey, Maya Appelblum, Mark Smith of Greenfield, Leela Whitcomb-Hewitt and Gaella Elwell of Conway, Juanita Nelson, Charlie Jenks, Jud and Beaty Blain of Deerfield, Bob McCormick, Mark and Sue Watkins of Shutesbury, Dan Gorey of Erving, and Fric Spruyt of Vermont. Thanks to you, too! Will you send a check, write a note and spread the word? Please say why you give, why you commit to peace, not war. Imagine a peace center, rent-free in 20-30 years. Imagine a peace center where we own and can add energy efficient features. Imagine a peace center where we can plant, harvest, and build what we choose. Imagine a peace center with room to grow. Imagine a peace center that eventually can house 4 staff members, interns, visiting speakers, and guests . Imagine a peace center adjoining a CSA farm. Imagine a peace center in walking distance to a busy bus line. Imagine a peace center with easy bicycle access. Imagine a peace center closer to college students. Imagine a peace center with wheel-chair accessibility and weekly program offerings. IMAGINE 200 people giving $500. IMAGINE 1000 pledging monthly or seasonal support. IMAGINE a Family Foundation giving $20,000 or $10,000. IMAGINE a peace-friendly sports star coming to our July 4 picnic and auctioning off a date. IMAGINE your own music or poetry benefit for Traprock. IMAGINE your loved one's named etched on a tile. IMAGINE your bequest working for peace after you're gone. WHAT BETTER LEGACY TO LEAVE, than resources for a world and a community discovering the paths to peace, together. Consider, that according to the National Priorities Project, Massachusetts neighbors will spend $480.4 million dollars on nuclear war in 2007 through federal taxes. I can't help but think, 'We get what we pay for!"" Your contribution is tax-deductible. HONOR SOMEONE YOU LOVE OR ADMIRE WITH A CONTRIBUTION TODAY. HELP YOUR PEACE CENTER GRADUATE TO A NEW, MORE PERMANENT HOME. Most of us aren't fund-raisers. We're roll-up-our-sleeves active citizens, donors, volunteers, staff and interns. We invest a lot of hope, time, talent and resources in peace work! Join us. Reduce your taxable income. Fund peace, not war."

20070531   "LONGMEADOW VIGILS PROTESTS WAR ESCALATION, each Thursday?"       "LONGMEADOW VIGILS PROTESTS WAR ESCALATION, each Thursday? A series of vigils protesting the Bush plan to escalate the war in Iraq will take place each Thursday at the north end of Longmeadow St. from 4:30 to 5:30 P.M. For those who may not know , this location is at the entrance to Longmeadow as you come in from Springfield. Come for all or part of the hour. Also you may want to create your own sign. Come and exercise your democratic right to protest the continuation of this ugly Iraq war. s.f. (Please let us know about your peace & justice, non-profit event. Click on the plus sign on any date, and paste your press release or announcement into the larger of two boxes. Create a headline above. Click 'save' and wait a day or two for approval. -- We toss the spam and approve legitimate events!)"

20070530   Charges dropped in WA      "Victory for Indian Island 37 - Charges Dropped Port Townsend, Washington May 29, 2007 All charges were dropped against the 37 peace activists who sat in the road leading to Indian Island naval base on September 23, 2006. The action was part of a nation wide week of protests called by the Declaration of Peace campaign. Misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct for blocking a roadway at the weapons shipping depot near Port Townsend, Washington were first reduced to a $72 traffic infraction in February. The defendants were disappointed by an email message from the prosecuting attorney’s office which said that they did not want to give the protesters a soapbox to air their views during a trial. At the February hearing, the prosecuting attorney said their office had decided that a trial would be too costly for Jefferson County. The defendants replied that the war was costing the county far more. The prosecution said they would not be spending more county funds to pursue the case. No representative from the county prosecuting office was present in the court room today, and no response had been received to the defense attorney’s motion to dismiss all charges. Judge Jill Landes said she was “disturbed” that the prosecutor had not filed a response and did not show up in court, and so she had no option but to dismiss all infractions. Defense attorney, Larry Hildes, said this was a clear victory for the defendants. Liz Rivera Goldstein said she was disappointed that we did not go to trial, but felt that the county could not have gotten a conviction against the 37 activists, and that the county knew that the protesters would prevail in court. Liz Rivera Goldstein and Bethel Prescott were again arrested at the gate of Indian Island on April 21, when the navy docked a trident nuclear submarine at the base. They have been charged with disorderly conduct, and will have a pretrial hearing on Wednesday, June 6. Both Rivera Goldstein and Prescott look forward to a trial where they hope to present a “necessity defense”, citing international law and the illegality of the war and occupation in Iraq."

20070530   "PIONEER VALLEY COALITION TO CHANGE & CHALLENGE WAL-MART, Amherst, MA"    "Last Wednesdays of the month -- please confirm meetings before travel. PIONEER VALLEY COALITION TO CHANGE & CHALLENGE WAL-MART 7-9pm, Porter Lounge (3rd Floor) or another room, Converse Hall, Amherst College, Rts 116 & 9, Amherst. Challenge Wal-Mart in Hadley (and maybe in Greenfield) working on Wake-Up Wal-Mart campaigns, giving mutual aid to the coalition members challenging Wal-Mart in many ways. Info: mailto: socialchange@amherst.edu. Hadley Neighbors for Sensible Development (www.HadleyNeighbors.org), Sprawl Busters (www.sprawl-busters.com), and Stop Sprawl-Mart (www.StopSprawlMart.org) are fighting sprawl. Want to help Wal-Mart workers get fair treatment? Contact Dan Clifford, Wake Up Wal-Mart, 732-6209 x14, mailto:dclifford@ufcw1459.com Check out : http://wmass.walmartvoices.com/ and http://www.wakeupwalmart.com."

20070529   "Peace Maker Awards Ceremony, Tech School, Turners Falls" "May 29: The Interfaith Council of Franklin County and Traprock Peace Center will conduct the eighth annual Peace Maker Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, May 29, at 7 p.m. at the Franklin County Technical School, Industrial Boulevard, Turners Falls. Each year the IFC and Traprock offer five $100 prizes and other cash awards, framed certificates, letters of recommendation, journals, calendars, and flowers to selected nominees from area high schools who have been involved in peace and justice causes in their schools and communities. For more information contact 773-7427."

20070527   "Noon Peace Vigils - Amherst, Cambridge, Newburyport!"   "Noon Peace Vigils - Amherst, Cambridge, Newburyport! Description: There has been a vigil on the Amherst Common on Sundays for 27 years. Hardy neighbors stand for peace. Choose your sign or banner, honk & wave, or see one of the 200 flyers passed out each week. Visit over tea or lunch afterwards across the street? You can help make peace real in our lives and in the world. Here's a simple place to start. More Peace Vigils: In Cambridge, MA - Noon (approx) to 1:30 at Cambridge Common, Mass Ave & Garden Street. Also on Sundays in Newburyport, 12-1 pm, Market Square in Newburyport If you have a sign and a car, you can use it as a sun-shade this summer, and have it handy for spontaneous vigils and demonstrations. Everywhere you park, your message will be seen. Seeing citizens take action spontaneously suggests that, ""The Times they are a changin'!'"""

20070527   "Interfaith Peace Service, OUR LADY OF PEACE, Turners Falls, MA"   "June 3: The Interfaith Council of Franklin County will sponsor a Peace Service Sunday, June 3, at 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 25 Church Street, Greenfield. The format of the service will include music, prayers, and readings in support of peace by members of various area faith traditions. Please come to hear many voices, many faith traditions, praying peace, singing peace! This is a widely diverse Interfaith Council, providing leadership on local peace and social justice issues. An offering will be collected to support the work and establishment of a new facility for Traprock Peace Center. Meet your neighbors celebrating diversity in our faith communities -- all for peace."

20070527   "Soldiers March for Soldiers, Columbus, OH"        "*Please FW to soldiers you may know on your lists* This is something communities across the country can do to support the troops on Memorial Day weekend. Memorial Day Weekend-""Soldiers March for Soldiers"" Mark your calender for May 27, 2007 - Meet at the Ohio Statehouse Veterans memorial in downtown Columbus at 12:30 pm Support our active duty military in their ""Appeal for Redress"" march of support- for brothers and sisters in arms, on Memorial Day Weekend, Sunday May 27, 2007 march step-off at 1 PM. More information about the petition: http://www.appealforredress.org/ The wording of the Appeal for Redress is short and simple. It is patriotic and respectful in tone. Please sign the petition, there are over a thousand soldiers who have done so. As a patriotic American proud to serve the nation in uniform, I respectfully urge my political leaders in Congress to support the prompt withdrawal of all American military forces and bases from Iraq . Staying in Iraq will not work and is not worth the price. It is time for U.S. troops to come home. Please come dressed in uniform (retired) or plain non uniform cameo jacket, pants etc. (active, reserve, Guard) This is a non-political event. All participants should wear a hat. We are looking for a snare drum to lead the march. A flute or fife player would be just great too. March cadence from the Statehouse to the Federal Building where the petition will be read, along with a prayer of peace for our troops and the Iraqi people. We would like to limit participation to former or current soldiers and we need at least 24 to make a formation during the speech. Peace groups and others are invited, limiting their own participation to signs of support to end the war and lot's of cheering for our brave troops;-) Sponsoring and coordinating organizations: Military Families Speak Out-Central Ohio Chapter http://www.mfso.org, Progress Ohio, Veterans for Peace, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Artists for Political Reform, the Interfaith Alliance and many local churches and Peace groups Questions: Teresa Dawson, 614-284-5623 militaryfamiliesspeakoutohio@gmail.com"

20070526   Protest DICK CHENEY at WEST POINT  "SATURDAY, MAY 26: Protest Vice-President Dick Cheney's Graduation Speech at West Point Join a huge crowd to protest Dick Cheney’s appearance at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point on Saturday morning, May 26. As residents of the Hudson Valley, we will NOT accept the perpetuation of this illegal and immoral war. We refuse to be complicit, we will be heard. We demand truth, justice and accountability from the U.S. government. Not another day, not another dollar for this illegal war. Bring all U.S. troops home from Iraq now!! Help us organize the largest protest action the Hudson Valley has ever seen – let’s show up in large numbers, and unified in concerted opposition to this war. We will assemble at 8:30 am at the Veterans’ Park in Highland Falls, NY on Main Street. We will march to, and we expect, through Thayer Gate into West Point and then re-assemble for a rally. Iraq Veterans Against the War, Gold Star Families for Peace, Military Families Speak Out, Veterans for Peace and many other organizations including Democratic Alliance of Orange County, Rockland Coalition for Peace and Justice and No War Westchester are joining the protest. Since a big turnout is expected, we encourage people to carpool and get there early, early, early. Please help spread the word. Bring your families and friends to join the protest. Directions: Take Bear Mountain Bridge to Route 9W North. Take the Route 218 exit off of Route 9W. Simply stay on Route 218 for one mile to Veterans’ Park. We want to pull as many people from NYC as possible. We want THOUSANDS at this rally. People coming up on the train from NYC and towns along the Hudson will be offered shuttle bus service from the Peekskill train station to West Point. Trains leave Grand Central for Peekskill at 6:20 a.m. and 7:51 a.m. on May 26th. Buses will meet the train at 7:45 a.m. and 8:55 a.m. Buses will return to Peekskill around noon. Please call WESPAC for bus reservations and to confirm bus schedules. (914) 682-4690 or email WESPAC at info@wespac.org . For more information, for directions, updates and to endorse the rally, visit: www.WestPointRally.org <http://www.westpointrally.org/> Download No War Westchester May 26 flyer http://www.nowarwestchester.org/5-26-07%20%20Protest%20Cheney%20at%20West%20Point.doc Local Contacts: WESPAC Foundation at www.wespac.org <http://www.wespac.org/> (914) 682-4690 No War Westchester www.NoWarWestchester.org <http://www.nowarwestchester.org/> (914) 830-0639"

20070526   "2007 Alternatives to Violence Project - National Gathering, Parrish, FL"  "PARRISH, FL 2007 Alternatives to Violence Project-USA National Gathering, DaySpring Conference Center, 8411 25th. St. East. ""AVP is a multicultural organization of volunteers offering experiential workshops that empower individuals to liberate themselves and others from the burden of violence. Our fundamental belief is that there is a power for peace and good in everyone, and that this power has the ability to transform violence. AVP builds upon a spiritual base of respect and caring for self and others, working both in prisons and with groups in the community."" Emma's Revolution will be doing a workshop and concert for this program. http://www.avptampabay.org/"

20070525   Protest Andy Card: Boston Globe story on May 10        "Thursday, May 10, 2007 UMass protesters rally against honorary degree for Andrew Card By Raja Mishra, Globe Staff AMHERST -- Vice President Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and other high profile members of the Bush administration face regular protests, but today at the University of Massachusetts demonstrators took aim at Andrew Card, the reticent former White House chief of staff whose pending honorary degree has generated considerable controversy. Card, a longtime Bay State politician, has drawn the ire of Iraq war opponents, who say his war planning activities disqualify him from walking the stage at the flagship state university's May 25 commencement. The protesters, a well-organized group of undergraduates, graduate students, and some faculty members, say the university must reverse the plan to award Card by early next week or face more intensive protests, including a possible demonstration at the commencement itself. http://www.boston.com/news/globe/city_region/breaking_news/2007/05/umass_protestor.html (As of Wednesday, May 16, 1500 signatures of students, faculty and staff had been gathered. )"

20070525   "No Degree for Andrew Card Protest - UMass, Amherst"   "Honor Students, Not War Criminals! NO DEGREE FOR ANDREW CARDNO DEGREE FOR ANDREW CARD UMass is a Public University: Card Shames Us All STAND OUT PROTEST AT COMMENCEMENT FRIDAY, May 25: 12:00-4:00 (12:00-2:00 is most important). Join students, faculty, and staff at the UMass Mullins Center. Bring your most creative nonviolent responses."

20070525   "CELEBRATION OF PEACE, LEARNING, & DEMOCRACY, 5-7:00, Amherst" "CELEBRATION OF PEACE, LEARNING, AND DEMOCRACY FRIDAY, May 25: 5:00-7:00. Jones Library, Amherst. Celebrate the real values of UMass. Honor graduating PhDs, MAs, and BAs. With music by Tom Neilson."

20070524   "Stand Out, Tonight! No Honors for War Crimes!"        "THURSDAY, May 24: 4:30-6:30. Hold signs on heavily trafficked intersections. ""Honor Students, Dis-Card""; ""No Honor, No Degree"" Students object to honorary degrees offered to anyone who has not earned them with laudible action. Andrew Card was White House Chief of Staff and was in charge of the White House Iraq Group. He was a primary architect of the spin created to launch a war without provocation, and has attempted to establish a permanent footing for war profiteers, violating the Geneva Conventions. ""Hey Hey, Ho Ho, Andy Card has got to go!"" Standing, speaking, claim Human Rights for all! Bring your songs to the Common!"

20070524   "NRC Hearing - Brattleboro, VT"     "New England Coalition e-alert On May 24, 2007 at Latchis Theater, 50 Main St, Brattleboro at 7 PM, NRC staff will inform Entergy of the results of the NRC inspection covering scoping and aging management of safety stystems for Vermont Yankee 20 year license renewal. The public will then have the opportunity to ask questions. Members of the public may provide questions or particular topics of interest for discussion in advance by calling Richard Conte at 610-337-5183."

20070524   "LONGMEADOW VIGILS PROTESTS WAR ESCALATION, each Thursday?"       "LONGMEADOW VIGILS PROTESTS WAR ESCALATION, each Thursday? A series of vigils protesting the Bush plan to escalate the war in Iraq will take place each Thursday at the north end of Longmeadow St. from 4:30 to 5:30 P.M. For those who may not know , this location is at the entrance to Longmeadow as you come in from Springfield. Come for all or part of the hour. Also you may want to create your own sign. Come and exercise your democratic right to protest the continuation of this ugly Iraq war. s.f. (Please let us know about your peace & justice, non-profit event. Click on the plus sign on any date, and paste your press release or announcement into the larger of two boxes. Create a headline above. Click 'save' and wait a day or two for approval. -- We toss the spam and approve legitimate events!)"

20070523   "Memorial Service for those in MA who died Homeless, Greenfield, noon"    "May 23: The Interfaith Council will conduct a memorial service Wednesday, May 23, at noon on the Greenfield Town Common for those who died homeless in Massachusetts last year. The format of the service will include prayers, songs, readings, personal statements, and ringing of church bells."

20070522   "Oberlin Council says Impeach, OH" "Impeach Bush, Oberlin council says Posted by Laura Johnston May 22, 2007 15:47PM Categories: Breaking News The Oberlin City Council is calling for the U.S. House of Representatives to impeach President Bush and Vice President Cheney. Listing electronic surveillance of American civilians, intentionally misleading Congress about the threat from Iraq as well as three other reasons, the city council voted unanimously for the resolution, which may be the first of its kind in Ohio."

20070520   "PIONEER VALLEY WAR TAX RESISTERS, Greenfield, MA"   "PIONEER VALLEY WAR TAX RESISTERS, Sunday, March 18 ( and third Sundays, every other month) 4-6pm, at the Weldon Apartments' Community Room, 54 High Street, Greenfield. There is parking at the back. There are many ways to resist payment for the brutality and plunder of war. Come to help plan for public education about war tax resistance and to raise your concerns and ideas. Press the buzzer to be let in by Tom. Tom usually waits by the door for 10-15 minutes. For more information, call Juanita Nelson, 413773-5188 x1 at Traprock Peace Center."

20070520   "Noon Peace Vigils - Amherst, Cambridge, Newburyport!"   "Noon Peace Vigils - Amherst, Cambridge, Newburyport! Description: There has been a vigil on the Amherst Common on Sundays for 27 years. Hardy neighbors stand for peace. Choose your sign or banner, honk & wave, or see one of the 200 flyers passed out each week. Visit over tea or lunch afterwards across the street? You can help make peace real in our lives and in the world. Here's a simple place to start. More Peace Vigils: In Cambridge, MA - Noon (approx) to 1:30 at Cambridge Common, Mass Ave & Garden Street. Also on Sundays in Newburyport, 12-1 pm, Market Square in Newburyport If you have a sign and a car, you can use it as a sun-shade this summer, and have it handy for spontaneous vigils and demonstrations. Everywhere you park, your message will be seen. Seeing citizens take action spontaneously suggests that, ""The Times they are a changin'!'"""

20070520   "Dissent within the ranks - New London, CT"  "at The Oasis 16 Bank Street, New London, CT 06320 May 20, 2007 at 1:00 PM with speakers Jonathan Hutto, co-founder, Appeal foor Redress, USN Liam Madden, co-founder, Appeal for Redress, Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW), USMC veteran Damon Murphy, IVAW, USN veteran Fabian Bouthillette, IVAW, The Military Project, USN veteran"

20070519   "Stop-DU Conference, E. Tennessee State U., Johnson City, TN"    "It's happening! Saturday, May 19, a major conference on depleted uranium is scheduled for East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee. There is no registration cost, so you can afford to travel and bring your friends. Military personnel, especially those who have been in Iraq and Afghanistan, are most welcome to help us strategize next steps. There is a Camp DU tenting option for those who choose just across the road from Aerojet Ordnance, one of the primary manufacturers of DU penetrator cores for the 120 mm Abrams tank shells. Saturday parking for the conference is free on campus and there are various eating places near Room 102 in Rogers Stout Hall, where we will be meeting, next to the Sherrod Library. Major Doug Rokke, PhD, has been the Pentagon expert on depleted uranium. Cathy Garger writes eloquently on the issues of depleted uranium munitions. Mohammad Daud Miraki, PhD, is an articulate speaker and author of Afghanistan After Democracy.  These three lead off the day at 9:00AM, EST, and will be followed by break out groups that grapple with next steps in this nonviolent campaign to stop the production of depleted uranium weapons. It is past time to expose the horrors of DU to the US public and put together a plan to stop its use. Come join us in this major step. Alert and invite media to cover this event. Christian Peacemaker Teams is sponsoring a DU Delegation that runs from May 18 - 27. This conference is an integral part of this international delegation. To join the delegation, go to http://www.cpt.org/ and check links to delegations and registrations. Questions? Contact either Linda Modica at lcmodica@... or 423-676-2925, or Cliff Kindy at 260-982-2971. Blessings of peace to your days!"

20070519   Medical and Societal Consequences of the War in Iraq - Boston   "Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility (GBPSR) has organized a conference entitled ""The Medical and Societal Consequences of the War in Iraq: Strategies for Promoting True Security."" It is being held on Saturday, May 19, from 9:00am-4:30pm (registration begins at 8:30am) at Boston's historic Old South Church in Copley Square, so please save the date. Distinguished speakers will discuss the high rates of injuries, mental illness, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among returning US soldiers and the high number of civilian casualties in Iraq. Please see the attached flyer for the complete lists of topics. The Academy Award-nominated film The Ground Truth will also be shown at 3:00pm. The goals of the conference are to contribute to the growing movement to stop the Bush Administration's plan to escalate the troop level, to help stop this war and prevent future wars, and to offer ideas to promote true security. Please join us! To reserve a seat, please email Lynn Martin at Ldmartin@fas.harvard.edu. The registration fee is $10. Seating is limited to the first 200 registrants, so reserve a seat today! Download poster at http://www.grassrootspeace.org/iraq_poster.pdf"

20070519   DU--from Appalachia to Afghanistan to Iraq        "DEPLETED URANIUM CONFERENCE & ""CAMP DU"" ANNOUNCEMENT EVENT #1: Conference on Depleted Uranium: ""DU -- from Appalachia to Afghanistan to Iraq"" Sponsor: Christian Peacemaker Team Stop-DU Campaign Location: East Tennessee State University, Rogers Stout Hall, Room 102, Johnson City, TN 37614 Speakers (to date): Doug Rokke, Dr. Mohammed Miraki, Cathy Garger Date: May 19, 2007, Saturday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Registration/Lunch Fee*: $15.00 Payable to Organizers: First Tennessee Progressives Mail Fee to: Anthony Pittman, Secretary - FTP, 712 Wilson Ave., Johnson City, TN 37604 EVENT #2: Tent Camp Presence across from DU Weapons Factory: ""Camp DU"" Sponsor: Christian Peacemaker Team Stop-DU Campaign Location: Roger's land across from Aerojet Ordnance on Old State Route 34, Jonesborough, TN 37659 Dates: May 18, 2007 through May 27, 2007 Free: Bring your own Tent** RSVP: Anthony Pittman @ apittman2002@yahoo.com *If you'd like to attend, but don't have $15 right now, just mail Anthony a note to let us know you're coming. **If you don't have a tent, but would like to be a part of this action, please email Anthony and we'll round up a tent for you. Linda Modica, Co-founder First Tennessee Progressives 266 Mayberry Road Jonesborough, TN 37659 H: 423-753-9697 C: 423-676-2925 E: linda.c.modica@mac.com ""Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together."" -- Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1961"

20070517   LONGMEADOW VIGIL PROTESTS WAR ESCALATION        "LONGMEADOW VIGILS PROTESTS WAR ESCALATION, each Thursday? A series of vigils protesting the Bush plan to escalate the war in Iraq will take place each Thursday at the north end of Longmeadow St. from 4:30 to 5:30 P.M. For those who may not know , this location is at the entrance to Longmeadow as you come in from Springfield. Come for all or part of the hour. Also you may want to create your own sign. Come and exercise your democratic right to protest the continuation of this ugly Iraq war. s.f. (Please let us know about your peace & justice, non-profit event. Click on the plus sign on any date, and paste your press release or announcement into the larger of two boxes. Create a headline above. Click 'save' and wait a day or two for approval. -- We toss the spam and approve legitimate events!)"

20070516   "Halliburton's ‘Take the Money and Run’ Farewell Party, Houston, TX" "Halliburton's ‘Take the Money and Run’ Farewell Party WASHINGTON, May 14 (HalliburtonWatch.org) -- On May 16 Halliburton shareholders gather for the company’s annual meeting in the affluent suburban Woodlands community of Houston. They will be greeted by the corporation's CEO David Lesar and Vice President Dick Cheney as they beat on a giant money bag piĖata stuffed with Hallibacon bucks. Protesters from Texas and around the country will celebrate in all their business finery with champagne outside the meeting to draw attention to Halliburton’s shameful war profiteering and recent plans to run away from Congressional oversight by relocating to the United Arab Emirates. Demonstrators from the Houston Global Awareness Collective (HGAC) will use street theater complete with large bags of money and nonviolent direct action to send off the controversial corporation currently fleeing investigations for bribery, bid rigging, illegally profiting from Iran, and defrauding the military. This action at the shareholder’s meeting is part of an ongoing campaign to pressure Halliburton to ‘face the music’ for the millions of dollars the company has bilked from US taxpayers. “We’re here to make sure Halliburton and their corporate cronies don’t get to snake off quietly to the United Arab Emirates. Halliburton, with the help of its friends in the Bush administration like Vice President Dick Cheney, has made a killing off the death, destruction and corruption in Iraq. It’s like they are fleeing a crime scene. They must be held accountable!” says Katie Heim, a member of HGAC. “We had them on the run in Oklahoma last year, and we will keep chasing them down.” A pre-party and press conference are said to be broadcast on ‘You Tube’, to kick off the event. Vice President Dick Cheney and Halliburton CEO David Lesar, never ones to miss an opportunity to ‘roll in the dough’ are among the rumored guests promised to be in attendance to kick off the festivities. Other guests from Dallas, Crawford, and California have also RSVPed for the soiree and will be rolling into Houston in the days leading up to the final farewell bash. The Houston Global Awareness Collective is a non-violent community-based anti-war and global justice group founded in July 2001, and calls for a non-violent and peaceful protest. HGAC has organized hundreds of protests and educational events around the Houston area on war profiteering, the war in Iraq and corporate globalization. For more information of Halliburton and their corporate practices visit http://www.halliburtonwatch.org. PARTY/PROTEST/INVITE Halliburton's moving to Dubai and David Lesar and Dick Cheney, the current and former CEOs of Halliburton, cordially invite you to the Halliburton Shareholders meeting and going away party. Please save the date: 8:00am Wednesday, May 16th At the beautiful The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center, 2301 North Millbend Drive, The Woodlands, Texas 77380. (Meet at the resort entrance, corner of Grogans Mill Rd and N. Millbend. There is a location for vehicles to park 1/2 a block away.) http://www.woodlandsresort.com/ Please check www.houstonglobalawareness.org for party updates. What to bring - a dress shirt, tie and jacket (now on sale at your local thrift shop) we will provide the Cheney and Lesar masks. We will also need noisemakers, confetti and balloons. Please email Carol at waldo@riseup.net to join the party planning committee. We have a 20 foot money bag and other props that need making. More Information: CorpWatch: Alternative Annual Report on Halliburton, May 2007"

20070515   Traprock's Community Meal at Second Cong. Church        "Traprock cooks bring casseroles, salads, fruit, meat or vegetables ready to serve to Second Congregational Church by the Town Common in Greenfield, at 4:30. The meal begins at 5:30 and servers and clean-up crew are welcome. Call Jonathan Lagreze (413) 624-5534 or Marlyn Clayton (?) Bravo cooks & servers. What a team with big hearts. We love you."

20070515   NOMINATE: Franklin Co. PEACE MAKER AWARDS DUE DATE EXTENDED: MAY 15      "NOMINATE A STUDENT in ONE-PAGE LETTER Each year the Interfaith Council of Franklin County and Traprock Peace Center invite neighbors and members of our school communities to name the most constructive peace making done by students in grades 9-12, living in Franklin County. One-page nomination letters are due to be post-marked or delivered by TUESDAY, May 15, 2007.   Mail or deliver your letter to Traprock Peace Center Deerfield, MA 01342 During the past six years a great variety of exemplary students have been honored. These students spoke up for respect, intervened in potentially violent situations, participated in youth theater projects to increase understanding and tolerance, organized peace rallies, began a recycling program and revitalized a greenhouse, organized a discussion forum, raised money for victims of genocide, participated as skilled mediators in school settings, and provided other community service. It's been an inspiration to hear about their initiatives and hear students comment on the need to make a difference.   The Interfaith Council and Traprock Peace Center honor students with five $100 awards annually and other cash awards, framed certificates, flowers, journals, refreshments, community recognition for their skill & care, and letters of recommendation. Interviews by reporters amplifies the work of these students. Planning is underway for an awards ceremony to be help in early June. This work is supported by donors to Traprock & the Interfaith Council of Franklin County, and of course by the encouragement of hard-working, conscientious faculty, staff and students in our public schools, and by visionary parents.  "

20070515   Rally - No Honorary Degree for Andy Card        "Follow-up Rally NO HONORARY DEGREE FOR ANDY CARD! SAVE OUR COMMENCEMENT! WHITMORE ADMIN. BLDG, TUESDAY, MAY 15, 12:30pm Last Thursday more than 300 faculty, graduate and undergraduate students marched to Chancellor Lombardi's office and demanded that University of Massachusetts administrators revoke the offer of the honorary degree to Andrew Card, Jr., the former White House Chief of Staff and head of the White House Iraq Group, by Tuesday, May 15, 12:30. We need to return to Whitmore and reiterate our demand. Time is running out to save our commencement and our great university from this disgrace. Please attend this rally and bring your colleagues and friends. For more info, please contact jeff@takebackumass.com For pictures from the last rally and other information, see www.umassgss.org/AWC"

20070514   """10,000 Mother of a March"" to SURROUND CONGRESS!"       "Mon May 14 WASHINGTON, DC ""10,000 Mother of a March"" to surround Congress! More info at: http://www.thecampcaseypeaceinstitute.org/"

20070513   "Noon Peace Vigils - Amherst, Cambridge, Newburyport!"   "Noon Peace Vigils - Amherst, Cambridge, Newburyport! Description: There has been a vigil on the Amherst Common on Sundays for 27 years. Hardy neighbors stand for peace. Choose your sign or banner, honk & wave, or see one of the 200 flyers passed out each week. Visit over tea or lunch afterwards across the street? You can help make peace real in our lives and in the world. Here's a simple place to start. More Peace Vigils: In Cambridge, MA - Noon (approx) to 1:30 at Cambridge Common, Mass Ave & Garden Street. Also on Sundays in Newburyport, 12-1 pm, Market Square in Newburyport If you have a sign and a car, you can use it as a sun-shade this summer, and have it handy for spontaneous vigils and demonstrations. Everywhere you park, your message will be seen. Seeing citizens take action spontaneously suggests that, ""The Times they are a changin'!'"""

20070513   "MOTHERS' DAY CONCERT - BEAUTIFUL ACOUSTIC MUSIC, DEERFIELD, 3PM"       "Mothers' Day Concert, 3 Pm Sunday, May 13, Deerfield, MA Beautiful music for a beautiful spring! Hear these exquisite and memorable melodies, with moving lyrics. Cindy Kallet and Grey Larsen will sing play the first set, Annie Hassett will sing and play the second of a strictly  acoustic Mother's Day Concert at the beautifully restored Friends Meeting House on Woolman Hill in Deerfield. Bring your mother, bring your partner, bring your aunt, or bring yourself and remember your mother with a gift of great music. You can reserve seats that will be held at the door ($12) by emailing sunny@grassrootspeace.org by Saturday, May 12; up to 50 tickets will be held at the door. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. The meeting house seats 100 people. The concert is a benefit for Traprock Peace Center which will move from Woolman Hill this summer after renting 'the brown house' for 27+ years. More than 5,000 people use peace resources each day at http://www.grassrootspeace.org Directions: 103 Keets Road, Deerfield, MA 01342 is one mile up Woolman Hill, east of Route 5 & 10, just north and east of Historic Deerfield. This is a 10 minute drive south from Greenfield, MA, or a one-hour north from Hartford via, US 91 and Route 5 & 10. Woolman Hill includes over 90 acres of meadow and woodland, with spring peepers, deer, a blue bird now and then, raptors, and on a lucky day, once in a blue moon we see, Mama bear & cubs. According to the National Priorities Project, Massachusetts taxpayers will spend $480.4 million for nuclear weapons and war this year. How much for peace? With Julia Ward Howe, we want peace not war! Contributions are tax deductible. We celebrate a deep peace this Mothers' Day -- proclaimed for peace, by Julia Ward Howe in 1870. ------------------------------------------------------------------ PS: Cindy Sheehan invites 10,000 women to surround Congress on Monday, May 14. Hear her ardent appeals at Traprock's website, in, ""They can't kill love."" ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Mother's Day Proclamation - 1870 by Julia Ward Howe Arise then...women of this day! Arise, all women who have hearts! Whether your baptism be of water or of tears! Say firmly: ""We will not have questions answered by irrelevant agencies, Our husbands will not come to us, reeking with carnage, For caresses and applause. Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn All that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience. We, the women of one country, Will be too tender of those of another country To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs."" >From the voice of a devastated Earth a voice goes up with Our own. It says: ""Disarm! Disarm! The sword of murder is not the balance of justice."" Blood does not wipe our dishonor, Nor violence indicate possession. As men have often forsaken the plough and the anvil At the summons of war, Let women now leave all that may be left of home For a great and earnest day of counsel. Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead. Let them solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means Whereby the great human family can live in peace... Each bearing after his own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar, But of God - In the name of womanhood and humanity, I earnestly ask That a general congress of women without limit of nationality, May be appointed and held at someplace deemed most convenient And the earliest period consistent with its objects, To promote the alliance of the different nationalities, The amicable settlement of international questions, The great and general interests of peace. ---------------------------------------------------------"

20070513   "Mother Day March, Northampton"     """Our sons (and daughters) shall not be taken from us to unlearn all we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience. We women of one country will be too tender to those of another country to allow our sons (and daughters) to be trained to injure theirs."" -Julia Ward Howe, 1870 11:30 am gather at the Bridge St. School, Rt. 9 Northampton Noon - walk through downtowns - speakout at the Hestia Mural, Masonic Street Everyone is invited to reclaim the day! LET US SPEAK OF COURAGEOUS WOMEN OF PEACE & JUSTICE who have made a difference in your lives! Signs and banner of peace are welcome. See the PEACEABLE PLANET PUPPETS Hear the GREAT MAMA SPEAK! -plus the Raging Grannies. Need info? 413-256-1760 SPONSORS: Northampton Committee to stop the War in Iraq, The Raging Grannies, The Feet of the Sky Collective, Traprock Peace Center, Connecticut Valley Coalition for Women's Lives, American Friends Service Committee, Amherst Green-Rainbow Party, Code Pink, SAGE, Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst Social Justice Committee, Progressive Democrats of America, Greenfield Community College Peace & Social Studies"

20070512   The Rising Tide Road Show is coming to Western Mass.        "The Rising Tide Road Show's Climate Action Tour in Western Massachusetts: May 12th at Noon on the steps of the Unitarian Universalist Society downtown Northampton between Town Hall and Pulaski Park. The Rising Tide Road Show's Climate Action Tour uses music, theater, and multi-media presentations to address climate change and environmental justice. It’s about the climate crisis, the new coal rush, direct action, debunking false solutions to climate change, anti-oppression, international resistance, and actions communities can take. The Road Show will travel the continent in a bus powered by recycled veggie oil, bringing the struggle for justice and sustainability to community centers, churches, and schools around the continent. For more info go to www.risingtidenorthamerica.org or email: enviroshow@valleyfreeradio.org"

20070512   "SING AND REJOICE! Conference May 11-13, Deerfield"       "SING AND REJOICE! with Ruth Mobilia Heath May 11-13, 2007 If you just can't get enough singing, this weekend is for you. We'll sing our way from Friday through Sunday. Ruth is prepared to lead singing in a variety of genres, and encourages participants to bring songs to share with others and instruments to accompany. We'll sing boisterously, contemplatively, lovingly, worshipfully, joyously! We'll sing while walking, while doing chores. Using songbooks, our memories, and songs you bring, we'll share rounds, spirituals, Taizé, songs from musicals, African folk songs, Native American folk songs, Shape Note songs, children's songs, whatever participants are interested in. We'll focus on songs that lift the spirit, songs that have meaning for us on our spiritual path, songs that celebrate love and growth, songs that acknowledge the wonderful diversity of humanity, songs that get us through dark times, and songs that make us laugh! Ruth Mobilia Heath is a 25-year member of Concord (NH) Friends Meeting where the adults and children sing with gusto every week. She delights in all types of singing - from classical to folk, from kids’ songs to Taizé; from Shaker songs to South African Freedom songs. Among her musical adventures, she has sung in an auditioned Chorale for 20 years, started a women's weekly singing group, and has led the Worship Sharing Worshipful Singing group since retiring from leading singing with NE Junior Yearly Meeting during the 8 years she coordinated the program. Song feeds her spiritual life, brightens her dark days, and draws her closer to others. Facilitating group singing is her way to share her passion for vocal music. $40 deposit will reserve a space, and the balance may be paid at the conference. 413 774-3432. Registration, directions, information at http://ww.woolmanhill.org."

20070512   NOMINATE: Franklin Co. PEACE MAKER AWARDS DUE DATE EXTENDED: MAY 15      "NOMINATE A STUDENT in ONE-PAGE LETTER Each year the Interfaith Council of Franklin County and Traprock Peace Center invite neighbors and members of our school communities to name the most constructive peace making done by students in grades 9-12, living in Franklin County. One-page nomination letters are due to be post-marked or delivered by TUESDAY, May 15, 2007.   Mail or deliver your letter to Traprock Peace Center Deerfield, MA 01342 During the past six years a great variety of exemplary students have been honored. These students spoke up for respect, intervened in potentially violent situations, participated in youth theater projects to increase understanding and tolerance, organized peace rallies, began a recycling program and revitalized a greenhouse, organized a discussion forum, raised money for victims of genocide, participated as skilled mediators in school settings, and provided other community service. It's been an inspiration to hear about their initiatives and hear students comment on the need to make a difference.   The Interfaith Council and Traprock Peace Center honor students with five $100 awards annually and other cash awards, framed certificates, flowers, journals, refreshments, community recognition for their skill & care, and letters of recommendation. Interviews by reporters amplifies the work of these students. Planning is underway for an awards ceremony to be help in early June. This work is supported by donors to Traprock & the Interfaith Council of Franklin County, and of course by the encouragement of hard-working, conscientious faculty, staff and students in our public schools, and by visionary parents.  "

20070511   The Rising Tide Road Show is coming to Western Mass.        "The Rising Tide Road Show's Climate Action Tour will have two performances in Western Massachusetts: May 11th 7 p.m. at Food For Thought Books in downtown Amherst AND May 12th at Noon on the steps of the Unitarian Universalist Society downtown Northampton between Town Hall and Pulaski Park. The Rising Tide Road Show's Climate Action Tour uses music, theater, and multi-media presentations to address climate change and environmental justice. It’s about the climate crisis, the new coal rush, direct action, debunking false solutions to climate change, anti-oppression, international resistance, and actions communities can take. The Road Show will travel the continent in a bus powered by recycled veggie oil, bringing the struggle for justice and sustainability to community centers, churches, and schools around the continent. For more info go to www.risingtidenorthamerica.org or email: enviroshow@valleyfreeradio.org"

20070511   HOUSE VOTES ON WAR PROFITS & SUPPLEMENTAL FUNDING        "Below find an action alert on the war funding bill the house will vote on later this week -- please adapt as you wish and pass it around.  UFPJ strongly opposes this response to Bush's veto.  We are producing talking points and further analysis of the bill, which will be posted on the legislative page of our website: http://www.unitedforpeace.org/article.php?list=type&type=100 The majority of people believe as we do, the Congress must act to bring the troops home. There will be a series of struggles in the next weeks to amend the over all Defense Department budget.  UFPJ member groups need to find new ways to expand the voices being raised for Congressional action to bring the troops home. One bill won't end the occupation, but organizing mass pressure on the Congress will.   *****   The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on a rewritten funding bill for the war Thursday evening or Friday (May 10 or 11).   The new bill provides $40 billion immediately for the war in Iraq and contains no timeline or goals for troop withdrawal.  In addition, the bill attempts to coerce Iraq into opening up its vast oil reserves to U.S. and multi-national oil companies.  The bill sets the stage for another confrontation with the Bush Administration on Iraq in July.  The President will have to file progress reports to Congress before they will vote to release another $45 billion to extend the war through September.   This is an unacceptable capitulation to White House pressure. While creating new political problems for the President, it allows him to continue the escalation and persist in policies that have already failed. The promise of another Congressional vote in three months is no substitute for effective action to bring the troops home. We cannot stand by while Congress plays games with the lives of U.S. soldiers and Iraqis.   Call your Representative today.   Call the Capitol switchboard and ask for your Rep's office: 202-224-3121 Tell them: Bring all the troops home now. Vote NO on the FY2007 Supplemental War Appropriation - Congress should stop funding this war. One of the benchmarks Congress has included is that the Iraqi government pass an oil revenue sharing law.  I want Rep. X to understand that the law currently before the Iraqi parliament opens up Iraqi oil reserves to U.S. and multinational oil companies for their profit.  It is opposed by the Iraqi oil workers union and the U.S. peace movement.   Not sure who your Representative is?  Click here to find out [http://capwiz.com/fconl/directory/congdir.tt     Background: Although this two step approach represents progress -- by dragging out the funding process, Congress is obviously tightening the screws on the White House -- it also represents a continuation of the war. We have never supported a dime for this war, and we are not about to now.      How does this bill differ from the bill the President vetoed? - the bill is divided into two bills - one that primarily funds the wars and occupations of Iraq and Afganistan, and another that primarily funds domestic programs - the war funding bill provides the full $95.5 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afganistan -- but only $40 billion will be released immediately.  On July 13 the Administration must submit progress reports, congress will then vote on whether to release the remaining $45 billion. - there are no timelines, goals or deadlines for any troop withdrawals.  The bill does contain a 'sense of Congress"" provision that for each Iraqi battalion certified as proficient, a unit of U.S. troops of comparable size should be withdrawn. - that second vote in July provides a sop to progressives who aren't paying attention: it promises a vote on a bastardized version of the Lee amenedment (restricting funding to the safe and orderly withdrawal of troops).  But they have changed the amendment to allow huge loopholes to keep more troops in Iraq to kill and capture terrorists and to train Iraqi troops.   Benchmarks: This bill is all about benchmarks -- holding the Iraqi government to benchmarks, rather than holding the Bush administration accountable for its failed policy of war and occupation.  A key benchmark is requiring passage of an oil law, promoted in the media for its revenue sharing provisions -- but with a much darker side that would privatize Iraqi oil production and open up oil resources to multinational and U.S. oil companies.  The bill, virtually written by U.S. oil companies is strongly opposed by Iraqi oil workers and most members of Iraq's parliament.  UFPJ strongly opposes the oil law.   For additional analysis, please visit: http://www.unitedforpeace.org/article.php?list=type&type=100  "

20070510   Emergency Rally - Amherst - No Degree for Andrew Card "This is in response to the university's decision to award a degree to Andrew Card, who set up the White House Iraq Group back in 2002 and led the U.S. to war. PLEASE FORWARD! EMERGENCY RALLY - NO DEGREE FOR CARD! THURSDAY, MAY 10, 12:30, WHITMORE ADMIN. BLDG, UMASS-AMHERST Graduate and undergraduate student leaders have called an emergency rally to demand that Chancellor Lombardi, University of Massachusetts President Jack Wilson and the Board of Trustees immediately revoke the offer of the honorary degree to Andrew Card, former White House Chief of Staff (2000-2006) and head of the White House Iraq Group. For more information, contact Jeff Napolitano: jeff@takebackumass.com (413) 320-6099"

20070510   "6:30 DIALOGUE: “How Does Religion Help or Hinder the Cause of Peace?"" GCC downto"  "Participate in A Circle of Dialogue on the topic"" “How Does Religion Help or Hinder the Cause of Peace?"" Thursday, May 10, 2007 6:30 to 8:30 P.M. Downtown Campus, Greenfield Community College Join a community Circle of Dialogue to talk about the role of faith, personal values, religion and civic ideas in peacemaking. In dialogue circles of 8 to 12 people, we will express beliefs and listen to differences in an atmosphere of shared learning. Facilitators: The Interfaith Council of Franklin County The Peace Studies Department, Greenfield Community College For more information contact Sue Bowman at 413.772.6321"

20070510   "NOMINATE A HS PEACE MAKER, $100 awards"        "Franklin County Peacemaker Awards: NOMINAIONS REQUESTED by MAY 12 Description: NOMINATE A STUDENT in ONE-PAGE LETTER Each year the Interfaith Council of Franklin County and Traprock Peace Center invite neighbors and members of our school communities to name the most constructive peace making done by students in grades 9-12, living in Franklin County. One-page nomination letters are due to be post-marked or delivered by May 12, 2007. Mail or deliver your letter to Traprock Peace Center Deerfield, MA 01342 During the past six years a great variety of exemplary students have been honored. These students spoke up for respect, intervened in potentially violent situations, participated in youth theater projects to increase understanding and tolerance, organized peace rallies, began a recycling program and revitalized a greenhouse, organized a discussion forum, raised money for victims of genocide, participated as skilled mediators in school settings, and provided other community service. It's been an inspiration to hear about their initiatives and hear students comment on the need to make a difference. The Interfaith Council and Traprock Peace Center honor students with five $100 awards annually and other cash awards, framed certificates, flowers, journals, refreshments, community recognition for their skill & care, and letters of recommendation. Interviews by reporters amplifies the work of these students. Planning is underway for an awards ceremony to be help in early June. This work is supported by donors to Traprock & the Interfaith Council of Franklin County, and of course by the encouragement of hard-working, conscientious faculty, staff and students in our public schools, and by visionary parents."

20070509   John Seed Evening Forum  "Community Solutions to Global Warming. Climate Change: From Despair to Empowerment. An evening with John Seed from 7-9 pm, 2nd Congregational Church, Greenfield. Free. 6:30-7:00 Guitar & Voice by Pamela Wyn Shannon: Pastoral Songs Celebrating The Seasons, Botanica & Rural Rambling."

20070509   "John Seed: Community Solutions to Global Warming, GREENFIELD"       "Community Solutions to Global Warming Climate Change: From Despair to Empowerment John Seed EVENING FORUMS Greenfield – 2nd Congregational Church - Wednesday, May 9th – 7-9 pm Amherst – University of Massachusetts - Thursday, May 10th – noon–2pm Northampton – Friends Meeting – 43 Center Street - Sunday, May 13th – 7-9 pm WORKSHOP S AT EARTHLANDS* May 12th 9:30am – 5:30 pm & May 13th 9:30 am - 5:30 pm *Workshop Pre-Registration Required: earthlands@earthlands.org or 978-724-3428 Co-sponsors: Earthlands, Traprock Peace Center, 2nd Congregation al Church of Greenfield, Sirius Community, The Hampshire Interfaith Council’s Environmental Task Force"

20070506   "Appeal for Redress, with Jonathan Hutto, SPRINGFIELD"    "Talk by Jonathan Hutto, a Navy seaman and founder of the Appeal for Redress, an appeal to Congress to end the Iraq war from active duty military personnel (over 1700 signers to date). Topic: Opposition to the war from within the military. Contact: Sally Weiss (windyday32@earthlink.net) or Carl Moos (cjmoos@crocker.com) Co-sponsored by Traprock Peace Center, Arise for Social Justice, American Friends Service Committee and the Norhtampton Committee to End the War in Iraq. Date and location to be confirmed."

20070506   "Jonathan Hutto, APPEAL FOR REDRESS, 2PM, Springfield"    "Sunday May 6, 2pm, Christ Church, Springfield Hear Jonathan Hutto, a Navy seaman and founder of the Appeal for Redress, an appeal to Congress to end the Iraq war from active duty military personnel (over 1700 signers to date). Topic: Opposition to the war from within the military. Contact: Sally Weiss (windyday32@earthlink.net) or Carl Moos (cjmoos@crocker.com) Co-sponsored by Traprock Peace Center, Arise for Social Justice, American Friends Service Committee and the Norhtampton Committee to End the War in Iraq. Christ Church is one block east of Dwight Street, off Chestnut (which is northbound), and just south of Edwards Street. Directions: From the NORTH, Use Exit 7 from I-91, marked ""Columbus Avenue, Springfield Center."" Turn LEFT at the first light (opposite Memorial Bridge) and go through TWO lights (crossing E. Columbus Ave. and Main St.). After the Civic Center (on your right), turn RIGHT onto Dwight St. Cross State St. at the next light, then get into the LEFT lane and reverse direction by driving around a lefthand curve. At the traffic light, you’ll go across State St. again, and Christ Church Cathedral is immediately on your right, at the top of the little hill. We share a driveway with the Quadrangle (Library & Museums Association), before the Cathedral building itself. Complete directions and link to a map at : http://www.christchurchcathedralspringfield.org/directions.html"

20070506   "Noon Peace Vigils - Amherst, Cambridge, Newburyport!"   "Noon Peace Vigils - Amherst, Cambridge, Newburyport! Description: There has been a vigil on the Amherst Common on Sundays for 27 years. Hardy neighbors stand for peace. Choose your sign or banner, honk & wave, or see one of the 200 flyers passed out each week. Visit over tea or lunch afterwards across the street? You can help make peace real in our lives and in the world. Here's a simple place to start. More Peace Vigils: In Cambridge, MA - Noon (approx) to 1:30 at Cambridge Common, Mass Ave & Garden Street. Also on Sundays in Newburyport, 12-1 pm, Market Square in Newburyport If you have a sign and a car, you can use it as a sun-shade this summer, and have it handy for spontaneous vigils and demonstrations. Everywhere you park, your message will be seen. Seeing citizens take action spontaneously suggests that, ""The Times they are a changin'!'"""

20070506   "6PM, CENTERING PRAYER: Deep Healing For the Soul"        "FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jeanne Douillard, 413-774-0215; handscapespotter@verizon.net Armand Proulx, 413-774-4355; armandp@crocker.com NEWSPAPER ARTICLE: (Greenfield, MA) Father Thomas Keating, currently residing at the Trappist Monastery in Snowmass, Colorado, and the inspiration behind the international Centering Prayer movement, will be speaking on Centering Prayer at the Second Congregational Church in Greenfield, Massachusetts on Sunday, May 6 from 6 pm to 8 pm. The talk is entitled “Centering Prayer: Deep Healing For the Soul.” This is an interfaith event to which all are welcome. Centering Prayer is a form of meditation for all. Adults, and yes, even children, can learn how to apply this simple method to enhance their daily lives. The world we live in is hectic and fear-filled. Come learn how to create a peace-filled place in your hearts. The two-hour event from 6 pm to 8 pm on Sunday, May 6th, which will include a talk by Father Keating as well as a 10-minute meditation “practice” session, will end with a question and answer period followed by a book signing and reception in the parish hall. A bookstore will also be available for those wishing to purchase books. For more information, please contact Jeanne Douillard at (413) 774-0125. The inspiration for Centering Prayer, which was developed by Father Keating and two other Trappist monks, sprang from an interest in eastern meditation traditions as well as the history of the Christian contemplative tradition. In the mid 1970’s, when Father Thomas Keating, then abbot of the Trappist Monastery in Spencer, Massachusetts, began exploring the history of Christian meditation, the Reverend Armand Proulx, current pastor of Second Congregational Church in Greenfield, Massachusetts was a Catholic priest in the LaSalette Community and serving as chairperson of the Spiritual Life Committee of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men in the United States. Both men, along with a few others, became involved in presenting Centering Prayer to the larger community outside the monastery walls. Concerning the name of the movement, Father Basil Pennington writes the following in the introduction to Centering Prayer in Daily Life and Ministry, edited by Gustave Reininger. Centering prayer – the name has certainly caught on. I can remember well when it first began to be used. It was at the first prayershop we did outside the monastic retreat house. There was a team working with me. In the course of this initial prayershop I quoted (Thomas Merton) frequently, using such quotations as “The best way to come to God is to go to your own center and pass through to the center into the center of God.” Father Armand Proulx…began to call our ‘Prayer of the Cloud’ Centering Prayer. Our traditional little method came home from the prayershop with a new name. In 1984, Father Keating founded Contemplative Outreach, an organization that promotes Centering Prayer to people all over the world. This organization acts as a support system for those who practice Centering Prayer. He has written dozens of books on the subject and travels widely, promoting and teaching Centering Prayer. He has regularly appeared on panels with the Dalai Lama and other religious leaders. Father Keating, a graduate of Deerfield Academy and Yale and Fordham Universities, has been engaged in dialogue with people of all faiths for many years. He is a member of the International Committee for Peace Council which fosters dialogue and cooperation among the world religions and a member of the Snowmass Interreligious Conference, a group of teachers from the world religions who meet yearly to share the experience of the spiritual journey in their respective traditions. The event at Second Congregational Church on May 5th crosses all religious lines. It is for anyone interested in finding a way to quiet themselves in a busy hectic world. Visit Second Church’s website for driving directions, www.crocker.com/~sccucc ----------------------------------------------------- From that ""peace-filled place in your hearts"" join us in speaking up for an end to the 'legalization' of torture by the US Congress. Join us in reaching out to youth to support their peace work, with your one-page nomination letter for a Franklin County, Massachusetts high school student to receive one of five $100 prizes - the Peace Maker Awards. The awards ceremony is a delight. Details to be announced. Letters are due to be post marked or delivered by May 10 to: Traprock Peace Center Deerfield, MA 01342"

20070505   FIVE RIVERS COUNCIL Community Gathering "Second Five Rivers Council Community Gathering What: FIVE RIVERS COUNCIL OPEN SPACE When: SATURDAY, MAY 5, 2007 10:30-supper option at 7PM Bring lunch and perhaps a $10 donation? Where: Four Rivers Charter School, 248 Colrain Rd, Greenfield (north of Greenfield Community College) You are invited to attend the 2nd Five Rivers Council Gathering which promises to be an inspiring day of openness, sharing, empowerment, and genuine community that can lead to various forms of action. The day is designed to respond to the needs and desires that have been voiced in the monthly meetings of the Five Rivers Council since the October 2006 Inaugural Event, but you needn't have been at that event to come. The Theme of the day is ""How to make our local community ‘Healthy, Equitable, and Sustainable.'"" We will be using a meeting process designed by Harrison Owen called ""Open Space Technology"" that wonderfully supports the pursuit of those activities for which there is passion and energy. You will be invited to consider what speaks to your heart about this theme and how you feel committed to act upon it. If inspired, you will be encouraged to announce and post your topic and to convene a 1 _ hour discussion around it. You don't need to be an expert, just willing to share your ideas with others who have a similar concern. The afternoon will be built around the offered topics, with multiple discussion groups running concurrently in three sessions. You can attend any groups to which you are drawn with the flexibility to move to a different topic group at any time. All that is required is that you show up with an openness to share, learn and choose how to act. You can read more about this approach at htpp:/openspaceworld.com/briefhistory.htm and at htpp://www.co-intelligence.org/P-Openspace.html. The Day: May 5, 2007 The Time: 10:30 am -7 pm with optional 7-9 dinner and social Place: Four Rivers School, 248 Colrain Rd, Greenfield Suggested donation: $10 o Bring a bag lunch. Beverages will be available. At 7 a simple dinner will be served with time to socialize and celebrate afterwards. Youth are welcome to participate. Please pre-register for childcare. We look forward to seeing you there and continuing to co-create our local community with intention Please register: NAME: ADDRESS E-MAIL PREREGISTRATION FOR CHILDCARE CHECK HERE IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO BE ON E-MAIL LIST MAIL TO FIVE RIVERS COUNCIL C/O CARLSON PO BOX 1263 GREENFIELD, MA 010302"

20070505   "Rachel Carson's 100th Birthday! JAMAICA PLAIN, MA"   "Rachel Carson's 100th Birthday! Sat May 5 7:30pm JAMAICA PLAIN, MA Concert for Boston Climate Action Network & Celebration of Rachel Carson's 100th Birthday! Central Congregational Church, 85 Seaverns Ave. (half block from Green St. Station, Orange Line). With Magpie, Dean Stevens and Geoff Bartley. Tickets: $20, sliding scale, kids free. Come on the T and get $2 off! Directions: http:/www.centralcongregational.org. Reservations and info: 617-869-3014 and http://www.massclimateaction.org/boston.htm"

20070505   "Clamshell ALLIANCE Anniversary Party, Stories Sought, Boston"       "It's been 30 years since the big occupation at Seabrook. This Saturday old clams in the Boston area are invited to a party at Robin's house, 79m-until late. Please email her for details at: rthompson53@comcast.net To the Village Square is a project collecting the wisdom of the Clamshell Alliance, needed as old reactors are running beyond design capacity. The Vernon reactor has requested a 20-year license extension, but catch 22 provides that on the very next day after a 20-year license extension is granted reactor owners can put in a request for another 20 years, and it can be approved with no public input! Don't you love the NRC -- the Nation's Real __________, posing as a Nuclear Regulatory Commission! --------------------------------- To reach To the Village Square, a project affiliated with Traprock Peace Center: http://www.clamshell-tvs.org E-mail: info@clamshell-tvs.org Clamshell-TVS PO Box 1554 Portsmouth, NH 03801-1554 Telephone: (978) 864-9494"

20070505   "Clamshell ALLIANCE Anniversary Party, Stories Sought, Boston"       "Anniversary Party Saturday, May 5, 2007 in Boston Robin Thompson is having a party at her house at 7:00pm, near Newton Corner Contact her at rt@rthompson.net, 781-718-5153 for Address and to RSVP Pass the word and/or send her Contact Info Please bring Buttons,T-Shirts, Posters, Stories…, Food & Drink We have already heard of at least one Western Massachusetts affinity group getting back together as the 30th anniversary of the 1977 Seabrook occupation approaches. If you are planning an affinity group reunion, please let TVS know. We would like to encourage you to share your collective memories with us, preferably on videotape and in response to four specific questions:? How did you get involved in the Clamshell? What?s a favorite Clamshell story? What do you think is the Clamshell legacy? What are your memories about the decision to change the 1978 site occupation to a legal demonstration?"

20070505   LEARN TO WIN! Legislative Training and Strategy Session    "•Learn the “ins-and-outs” of the Massachusetts legislative process. •Gain experience lobbying, organizing and strategizing through a fun, hands-on workshop. •Take action for a safer and healthier environment."

20070504   """On Poetry & Spirituality"""       "A Panel Discussion with Poets Ifeanyi Menkiti, Judith Valente, and Charles Reynard The Lay Committee on Contemporary Spiritual-&-Public Concerns (the “CSPC Committee”) of St. Paul Parish, Cambridge, will hold the eleventh and final lecture of its series on Friday, May 4, 2007, 7:30-9:00 pm. St. Paul parishioner and Grolier Poetry Book Shop Owner/Proprietor, Professor Ifeanyi Menkiti of Wellesley College will moderate a panel discussion entitled, “On Poetry and Spirituality.” Guest panelists include noted poet and journalist, Judith Valente, and esteemed poet and judge, the Hon. Charles Reynard. This event will be held at St. Paul Parish, 29 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA. A reception will follow."

20070504   "Nat'l WAR TAX RESISTANCE GATHERING, May 4-6, Sherborn, MA"   "Nat'l WAR TAX RESISTANCE GATHERING, May 4-6, At the Peace Abbey, Sherborn, Massachusetts Refusng to pay for war starts with the individual, in our hearts and minds. ""I know what the money does, now, what am I going to do about it?"" War tax resistance has a long history documented by members of the Pioneer Valley War Tax Resisters. This gathering is hosted by New England War Tas Resistance and the Peace Abbey, in Sherborn, MA. Organizers hope to be joined by representatives from Accion Colectiva de Objetores y Objetoras de Conciencia in Columbia. Friday evening and Saturday have an informal conference format with workshops and open discssions on a variety of topics. Many forms of war tax resistance are legal. Come find out how your neighbors are responding to the moral challenges of a world at war, often in the service of war profiteers. Come for all or part. $15 registration suggested for the entire week-end. Participants will be asked to help with preparation and clean-up of simple vegetarian meals. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. For details, see http://nwtrcc.org Contact: nwtrcc@nwtrcc.org 800 269- 7464 Hear Cindy Sheehan's appeal for war tax resistance and nonviolent revolution at http://www.grassrootspeace.org"

20070504   "War Tax RESISTANCE Gathering, Sherborn, May 4-6"        "National War Tax Resistance Gathering May 4-6 This Gathering brings together individuals just considering resistance, quietly dedicated resisters, and vocal organizers to learn from each other, strengthen our network, and inform our continued resistance whatever form it takes. You are invited to learn more about war tax resistance / refusal - at the Peace Abbey in Sherborn MA May 4-6. Resistance can mean simply speaking up to object to paying for war; war tax refusal can mean reducing your income to below taxable levels, bacause you can no longer continue to pay for murderous wars. For more information and registration form go to link below: http://www.nwtrcc.org/peaceabbey.pdf"

20070503   "MASS CITIZENS AGAINST THE DEATH PENALTY, Springfield"    "First Thursdays MASS CITIZENS AGAINST THE DEATH PENALTY 7-8:30pm, Unitarian-Universalist Society, 245 Porter Lake Drive, Springfield. Planning 2007 Sacco/Vanzetti Night, August 23. Info: 567-3451, mailto:mcadp1@aol.com or mailto:CAJOWL66@aol.com or Beth Moriarty, mailto:carys96@earthlink.net."

20070502   "FREE CONCERT with EMMA's REVOLUTION, Colby College, WATERVILLE, ME" "Wed May 2 8:30pm WATERVILLE, ME Foss Dining Hall, Colby College. Sponsored by the Bridge, the Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies Program, and Student Activities. Free and open to the public! Info: Erica Ciszek at elciszek@colby.edu."

20070502   "MAY Day, MAY DAY, May is my MARATHON for Traprock."       "MAY Day, MAY DAY, May is my MARATHON for Traprock. Traprock Peace Center has rented the brown house on Woolman Hill for 27.7 years. This summer Woolman Hill wants to expand, and we need to move. However you want advocate for peace, please how your dedication can attract other friends to become founders and supporters of a new Traprock. * MOTHERS' Day is the original peace holiday. Make a gift to honor your mother, your grandmother, or your great aunt. * Pledge a modest amount monthly and send it on the first of the month, or full moon. * Plan a spring tag sale with a neighbor and clean up for peace! * Plan a house concert -- split the proceeds between the musician and Traprock. Chose something you enjoy and plan a marathon. Collect pledges and invite friends to endorse you pledging $2 per hour or $3 per hour for ... a day full of singing on the street reading poetry at a cafe quilting at a church jumping rope at the Energy park dancing in the street -- have a block party! telling jokes by farmers market giving massages all morning playing theater games on community TV or making peach pies for impeachment. * Be delighted with your depth: Dig deep and write a check for $1,000. * Figure out how much your family spent on war through taxes last year and pledge that amount. Contributions to Traprock are tax deductible. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ * PLEASE NOTE: If Traprock organizes a fund-raising event, we must take out an insurance ryder for events off-site. If you organize yourself enjoying a usual hobby, and later give to Traprock, your own customary coverage should apply. Easy does it -- Our energies rise like sap in the spring. Our hopes for peace converge, like the swelling rivers. Our neighbors drive by and six cars honk at once for peace. Oh the times they are a changin!"

20070502   "A True History of Fake News, forwarded by PR Watch"      "A True History of Fake News Source: Columbia Journalism Review, March/April 2007 http://www.prwatch.org/node/5981 Jon Stewart's parody news show may make him ""the most trusted name in fake news,"" but these days it ""comes at us from every quarter of the media,"" writes journalism professor Robert Love — ""not just as satire but disguised as the real thing, secretly paid for by folks who want to remain in the shadows. And though much of it is clever, it's not all funny."" Love recounts some of the memorable frauds that have filled newspaper pages in the past: the New York Sun's Great Moon Hoax of 1835, Mark Twain's ""petrified man,"" and H.L. Mencken's fabricated 75th anniversary of the bathtub. More recently, he notes, video news releases and pundits-for-hire like Armstrong Williams have ushered in an era where new technologies make it ""easier to deliver the news and also easier to fake it,"" while ""falling circulation, diminishing news budgets, and dismantled staffs"" have given ""third-party players — government, industry, politicians, you name 'em — sleeker weapons and greater power to turn the authority of the press to their own ends: to disseminate propaganda, disinformation, advertising, politically strategic misinformation — to in effect use the media to distort reality."""

20070501   "May Day IMMIGRANTs’ Vigil, Pittsfield, MA"  "May Day Immigrants’ Vigil Berkshire County organizations Manos Unidas and the Berkshire Immigrant Center, together with other local immigrant advocacy groups, will hold a vigil on Tuesday, May 1st at Park Square in Pittsfield, MA from 4:00pm to 6:00 pm. The event is part of the May Day National Mobilization to Support Immigrant Workers’ Rights and the ""Day Without Immigrants."" This is a planned day of action by numerous youth, labor, peace and advocacy groups across America to show solidarity and support for immigrant workers’ rights. Marches, teach-ins, and vigils will be held across the country in order to focus attention on the contributions made by our immigrant communities, to combat anti-immigrant sentiment, and to advocate for much-needed comprehensive immigration reform. The second annual Pittsfield vigil will include petition signing, dissemination of information on immigrants’ rights, planning and brainstorming for future actions, as well as street theater, kids’ activities, and tasty ethnic treats! Participants are encouraged to wear white t-shirts as a sign of participation and solidarity. The event aims to mobilize a strong contingent of supporters to show that the Berkshires is a diverse community that respects and appreciates peoples from all races, classes, and cultures. Manos Unidas is a grassroots, multicultural community empowerment organization founded in 2001 by local Latino and supporting community members. The organization works alongside Latino, immigrant, and other underrepresented community members to build a culture of ""beloved community"" that crosses borders of race, class, culture, gender, language, and geography. For more information, contact Anaelisa Vanegas, Manos Unidas/Hands United at 413-243-9121 or manosunidasorg@gmail.com. The Berkshire Immigrant Center provides citizenship assistance, immigration information, advocacy, referrals, and counseling to the growing immigrant communities in Berkshire County. The Center also sponsors monthly walk-in clinics for local residents to get free consultations with a qualified immigration attorney. The program is under the auspices of Berkshire Community Action Council and is funded in part by the Berkshire United Way, the City of Pittsfield, the Mass Bar Foundation, the Berkshire Bank Foundation, the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, and the Citizenship for New Americans Program. The Center is located in the First Baptist Church at 88 South Street, Pittsfield. For more information about the Berkshire Immigrant Center, please call (413) 445-4881 or email info@berkshireic.com."

20070501   "MAY DAY IMMIGRANTS’ Vigil, Pittsfield, MA"  "May Day Immigrants’ Vigil Berkshire County organizations Manos Unidas and the Berkshire Immigrant Center, together with other local immigrant advocacy groups, will hold a vigil on Tuesday, May 1st at Park Square in Pittsfield, MA from 4:00pm to 6:00 pm. The event is part of the May Day National Mobilization to Support Immigrant Workers’ Rights and the ""Day Without Immigrants."" This is a planned day of action by numerous youth, labor, peace and advocacy groups across America to show solidarity and support for immigrant workers’ rights. Marches, teach-ins, and vigils will be held across the country in order to focus attention on the contributions made by our immigrant communities, to combat anti-immigrant sentiment, and to advocate for much-needed comprehensive immigration reform. The second annual Pittsfield vigil will include petition signing, dissemination of information on immigrants’ rights, planning and brainstorming for future actions, as well as street theater, kids’ activities, and tasty ethnic treats! Participants are encouraged to wear white t-shirts as a sign of participation and solidarity. The event aims to mobilize a strong contingent of supporters to show that the Berkshires is a diverse community that respects and appreciates peoples from all races, classes, and cultures. Manos Unidas is a grassroots, multicultural community empowerment organization founded in 2001 by local Latino and supporting community members. The organization works alongside Latino, immigrant, and other underrepresented community members to build a culture of ""beloved community"" that crosses borders of race, class, culture, gender, language, and geography. For more information, contact Anaelisa Vanegas, Manos Unidas/Hands United at 413-243-9121 or manosunidasorg@gmail.com. The Berkshire Immigrant Center provides citizenship assistance, immigration information, advocacy, referrals, and counseling to the growing immigrant communities in Berkshire County. The Center also sponsors monthly walk-in clinics for local residents to get free consultations with a qualified immigration attorney. The program is under the auspices of Berkshire Community Action Council and is funded in part by the Berkshire United Way, the City of Pittsfield, the Mass Bar Foundation, the Berkshire Bank Foundation, the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, and the Citizenship for New Americans Program. The Center is located in the First Baptist Church at 88 South Street, Pittsfield. For more information about the Berkshire Immigrant Center, please call (413) 445-4881 or email info@berkshireic.com."

20070501   "Be the Change Conference ... on Industry & Ecosystems, May 1-3, HOUSTON, TX"  "May 1 - 3 Be the Change Conference, Rice University, Houston, TX The Impact of the Current Industrial Philosophies on Ecosystems For more information please log onto www.bethechangeusa.net"

20070430   Clamshell Solidarity Demo + Pot-luck     "Please call if you'd like to demonstrate on this 30th anniversary of the Clamshell alliance occupation of the Seabrook nuclear reactor site in NH. 1400 were arrested and held at an armory. Two weeks gave those arrested lots of time to organize. No new reactors have been built since. I want to be out on the street, 4:30-5:30. 6 PM Pot-luck at Traprock. Invite old clams? New clams welcome!! Share your story. RSVP 413 773-7427"

20070430   "30th ANNIVERSARY OF THE SEABROOK OCCUPATION, Clamshell Alliance" "April 30, 1977- 2007 Anniversary. Press release. April 5th, 2007 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 6, 2007 CONTACT: Tom Wyatt 978-544-3911, email: tom@clamshell-tvs.org Subject: Anniversary of Massive Nuclear Power Protest at Seabrook National No Nukes campaign that stopped the U.S. nuclear industry cold began at Seabrook Thirty years after their arrest for taking over the construction site of the Seabrook, N.H, nuclear plant, veterans of the Clamshell Alliance say nuclear power is still not a solution to our energy needs. “Nuclear power plants weren’t safe thirty years ago and they aren’t safe now,” says Arnie Alpert, a member of the anti-nuclear Clamshell Alliance in the 1970s and 80s. “There still is no viable plan for safe and permanent storage of thousands of tons of radioactive waste — waste that is vulnerable to terrorist attacks.” “Seabrook and other nuclear plants are pre-deployed weapons of mass destruction,” said Alpert, now the N.H. Coordinator for the American Friends Service Committee. April 30, 2007 marks the 30th anniversary of the huge protest organized by the Clamshell Alliance in 1977. Over 1400 activists nonviolently occupied the Seabrook construction site, were arrested and held in NH armories for up to 2 weeks. This demonstration sparked the national anti-nuclear movement. The Seabrook Station nuclear power plant finally began producing electricity in 1990, but only after its owners declared bankruptcy and at only half the capacity and over ten times the cost of the original project. Nationally, no new nuclear plants have been licensed since then. “A strong grassroots movement halted nuclear power 30 years ago. The occupations became touchstones, sparking similar nonviolent protests across the country and internationally. This is a powerful story,” says Kristie Conrad, another Clamshell Alliance member and spokesperson for To the Village Square: Nukes, Clams & Democracy, a new anti-nuclear project that tells the story of the Clamshell as a successful exercise in democracy. Conrad, who lives less than 2 miles from the Seabrook reactor with her family, went on to say that “The dangers still exist. Mega corporations are running the industry for profit with no regard for people’s safety and health. We need a Manhattan Project for safe, renewable energy.” The Manhattan Project was the federal initiative in the 1940’s that developed nuclear technology. To the Village Square: Nukes, Clams & Democracy takes its name from Albert Einstein, who wrote in 1946: “To the village square we must carry the facts of atomic energy. From there must come America’s voice.” The project began with the annual Clamshell reunion in 2006 - sharing stories of the past, rekindling friendships and learning about the resurgence of the nuclear industry. It has grown to have an extensive website that documents the resistance to Seabrook HYPERLINK “http://www.clamshell-tvs.org/” (http://www.clamshell-tvs.org) and plans for a book and exhibit. The Clamshell reunion this year is the weekend of July 27-29 at the World Fellowship in Conway, NH. For more information, to go: ( HYPERLINK “http://www.worldfellowship.org/” www.worldfellowship.org) The nuclear power industry has launched a massive public relations and lobby campaign to present itself as an answer to global warming. “Despite this well-oiled industry campaign and increased federal subsidies, nuclear energy can not be part of the solution,” said Paul Gunter, a Clamshell founder and Director of the Reactor Watchdog Project at the Nuclear Information & Resource Service. Gunter explained, “A nuclear power relapse would squander precious resources needed to slow and reverse global warming. Building more nukes will also create hundreds of thousands of tons of unmanaged lethal radioactive waste, accelerate the spread of nuclear weapons and result in more Chernobyl-scale atomic disasters.”"

20070430   "Iraq and the Lessons of Vietnam, South Hadley"        "April 30 • Monday • 7 pm Marilyn Young Iraq and the Lessons of Vietnam Or, How Not to Learn from the Past From the launch of the “Shock and Awe” invasion in March 2003 through President Bush’s declaration of “Mission Accomplished” two months later, the war in Iraq was meant to demonstrate definitively that the United States had learned the lessons of Vietnam. This new book makes clear that the opposite is more true — that U.S. foreign policy makers have learned little from the past. Celebrated historians Marilyn B. Young and Lloyd Gardner bring together the country’s leading historians of the Vietnam experience to consider how America has again found itself in the midst of a war in which there is no chance of a speedy victory or a sweeping regime change. “Iraq is not Vietnam, the makers of war tell us, hoping we will forget. The writers in this volume insist that we remember, and in these thoughtful, sobering essays they explain why. It is history at its best, meaning, at its most useful.” —Howard Zinn, author of Vietnam: The Logic of Withdrawal, A People’s History of the United States."

20070429   "NOON Peace Vigils - Amherst, Cambridge, Newburyport!"   "There has been a vigil on the Amherst Common on Sundays for 27 years. Hardy neighbors stand for peace. Choose your sign or banner, honk & wave, or see one of the 200 flyers passed out each week. Visit over tea or lunch afterwards across the street? You can help make peace real in our lives and in the world. Here's a simple place to start. More Peace Vigils: In Cambridge, MA - Noon (approx) to 1:30 at Cambridge Common, Mass Ave & Garden Street. Also on Sundays in Newburyport, 12-1 pm, Market Square in Newburyport If you have a sign and a car, you can use it as a sun-shade this summer, and have it handy for spontaneous vigils and demonstrations. Everywhere you park, your message will be seen. Seeing citizens take action spontaneously suggests that, ""The Times they are a changin'!'"""

20070428   "ACTV SPRING WORKSHOP, Media Outreach for Nonprofits, Amherst"       "SPECIAL ACTV SPRING WORKSHOP for Grassroots Organizations and Area Non-profits Now is the Time: Alternative Media and Grassroots Organizations Date and Time: Saturday, April 28, 2007, 11:00 AM-3:00 PM. A light lunch will be provided. Place: ACTV Studios, 246 College St., Amherst, MA, 01002. Guest Instructor: Dr. Carlos Fontes, Professor of Communications, Worcester State College, Founder, Worcester IndyMedia, Member, Western Mass IndyMedia. Description: Grassroots organizations tend to think of alternative media like Amherst Community Television simply as a means to record events, but alternative media can be used as a much more powerful and effective tool. This workshop will introduce participants to several methods of using alternative media to strengthen an organization and help it achieve its goals. Drawing from concrete examples worldwide, the workshop will analyze, step-by-step, ways in which alternative media can be integrated into a campaign and used as an outreach tool. The workshop will begin with an overview of alternative media in the United States and worldwide, and the ways in which alternative media functions at the levels of small groups, organizations, communities and social movements. Next we will look at concrete examples of alternative media use, showing excerpts of various videos. After lunch, in the third section of the workshop, the participants and the workshop leader will brainstorm how alternative media can be used effectively in their own organizations. Workshop Fee: $10 (Regular Individual); $5 (Students and Seniors); $25 (Organization—up to 5 members may attend; this fee can be deducted from an ACTV organizational membership). To Register: please call Gretchen Saathoff, ACTV Office Manager, at (413) 256-1010. The workshop is limited to 16 people. For more information: contact Carlos Fontes (cfontes@worcester.edu) or Josna Rege (josnarege@comcast.net)."

20070428   "Saturday PEACE Vigils - 11am, Greenfield, Northampton, Sunderland, MA"  "Saturday PEACE Vigils - 11am-NOON, Greenfield, Northampton, Sunderland, MA From 11am-noon on Saturdays, Franklin County neighbors and Traprock friends gather to stand for peace. Some prefer to sit in silence, many like to chat, and some like to engage the public with ardent hope. Whatever your ways to make peace, all are welcome! This is a permitted vigil on the grass. We ask that no one hang signs on fences, sign posts, or in the trees, as per Greenfield directives. Drivers love a ""HONK for PEACE"" sign, (which we would generally not use in a residential neighborhood). Come speak up for peace! Come offer passersby a wave and a peace sign! You'll find us at the center of town, and at the center of your hopes on any good day."

20070428   Impeachment Resoulution - sample text        "Resolution to Impeach Bush & Cheney WHEREAS, George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney have acted in a manner contrary to their trust as President and Vice President, subversive of constitutional government to the great prejudice of the cause of law and justice, and to the manifest injury of the people of California and the United States of America, by intentionally disseminating and propagating knowingly false and fabricated “evidence” regarding the threat from Iraq in order to wage an illegal war against a sovereign nation in violation of Title 18 United States Code, Section 371; and WHEREAS, George W. Bush further acted to strip American citizens of their constitutional rights in violation of the 4th Amendment to the US Constitution, by ordering the National Security Agency to conduct electronic surveillance of American civilians without seeking warrants from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review, duly constituted by Congress in 1978, in violation of Title 50 United States Code, Section 1805; and, by suspending or denying the rights guaranteed by the Writ of Habeas Corpus by ordering infinite detention without access to legal counsel, without charge and without the opportunity to appear before a civil judicial officer to challenge the detention, based solely on the discretionary designation by the President of a US citizen as an “enemy combatant,” all in subversion of law; and WHEREAS, George W. Bush, in violation of the US Constitution Article I Section 1, overstepped his legal authority by the use of signing statements used to ignore or circumvent portions of over 750 Congressional statutes he brought into law, including an amendment to the 2006 Defense Appropriations bill outlawing the use of “cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment” of prisoners in custody of the United States , thereby conspiring with Richard B. Cheney to commit torture of prisoners in violation of the “Federal Torture Act” Title 18 United States Code, Section 113C, the UN Torture Convention and the Geneva Convention, which under Article VI of the Constitution are part of the “supreme Law of the Land”; therefore, BE IT RESOLVED that George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney, by such conduct, warrant impeachment and trial, and removal from office and disqualification to hold and enjoy any office of honor, trust or profit under the United States; and BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the California Democratic Party commit to move the Legislature of the State of California to act under Section LIII, Section 603 of the Jefferson Manual and the Hinds Precedents, which allow impeachment to be set in motion “by charges transmitted from the legislature of a state”; and that the State Legislature, having acted through resolution to cause to be instituted in the Congress of the United States, in concert with their oath of office to defend the United States Constitution, proper proceedings for the investigation of the allegations against George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney, shall then transmit a copy of this resolution and its adoption by the Legislature to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, under the great seal of the State of California, marked with the word “Petition” at the top of the document and containing the authorizing signature of the Secretary of State; and that the Speaker of the House of Representatives, in conjunction with the Constitutional duty granted the office, shall route the petition to the House Judiciary Committee for consideration. Submitted by D. Joye Swan"

20070428   "Sustainable Energy Summit, Co-op Power+ at Smith, Northampton" "Co-op Power is co-hosting the 3rd Annual Sustainable Energy Summit, which is being held on Saturday, April 28th at Smith College Performing Arts Center & McConnell Hall. The Summit will provide a forum for community members and organizations to gather learn from each other and discuss the predominant energy issues that we are faced with today. We have some amazing guest speakers lined up for the summit! Richard Heinberg is one of the world's foremost educators on Peak Oil will speak on evidence of oil production peaking around the world and the ways local communities are working together to transition off of fossil fuels. Siegfried Finser is one of the founders of the Rudolf Steiner Foundation (RSF) and the author of the recently published book Money Can Heal. Finser will speak on money as a transformative agent in society, looking at how we can create community-ownership of the resources we depend on most. Alan Mulak is an experienced energy consultant who will walk university leaders and municipal leaders through the process of developing a sustainable energy plan. Gus Newport, the former mayor of Berkeley California and former director of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative in Roxbury MA, will speak on race, class, and energy to help us all better understand how to build a just new energy system that benefits all people in our communities. The Pioneer Valley Planning Commission and the Franklin Regional Council of Governments will present a Five Year Clean Energy Plan for 69 towns that has been developed using a participatory planning process in W. Mass. We have 5 innovative and thought provoking workshop tracks for the summit; Key Reasons for Clean Energy; Sustainable Energy Options for you Today; Energy, Race and Class; Sustainable Energy Options for Municipalities and University Leaders; Building Thriving Local Economies; and the Community Dialogue. The Community Dialogue track is a fresh idea that includes two sessions that will lean into some of the issues that are making it difficult for our communities to site new renewable energy generation including biomass, wind, and issues of size, ownership and land use. This is a participatory track that begins with a moch debate about the topic, presented by high schools students from around the region. The workshops will have interfaith clergy and elected officials who supply guidance and support to help find common ground between both sides of the presented topic. As an important business in the region with a commitment to renewable energy, we are asking The Bank of Western Massachusetts to join us as a sponsor of this work to build a renewable energy future for our region. We hope you will consider donating $1000 to pay for speakers and event expenses. Sponsorship benefits include: ?&#61472;&#61472;Your organization will be listed on at least three different materials as a supporter of the event. So far Smith College and the Mass Division of Energy Resources, Center for Ecological Technology, NESEA, Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, Franklin Regional Council of Governments, River Valley Market and Clean Water Action and Stan Rosenberg have signed on to cosponsor with us. We are asking organizations and individuals who would like to sponsor the summit to consider contributing in one or more of the following ways: ? Donate at one of the following levels to pay for the keynote speakers and direct expenses: ? Contributor, $1-$500 ? Supporter, $501-$750 ? Sponsor, $751-$1000 ? &#61472;Sustainer, $1000 and beyond. ?&#61472; &#61472;Help bring people to the summit with invitations in your newsletters, list servs, meeting announcements, etc. ?&#61472;Have a table in the exhibit hall. (A minimum $50 donation required). We hope you'll be able to support this important conference!. To sign up as an event sponsor or for further information contact me by phone or email. If I haven't heard from you in a few days I will call to follow-up and make sure you have received this email. I look forward to being in touch. Thank you for considering our request! Sincerely, Alyssa McKim, Event Coordinator alyssa@cooppower.coop 413-772-8898"

20070427   """OUTLAWED"" Film about TORTURE, Mt. Toby Meeting, Leverett"   "The film, “Outlawed”: Extraordinary Rendition, Torture and Disappearances in the “War on Terror,” features the testimony of Khaled El-Masri and Binyam Mohamed, two men who have suffered these abuses at the hands of U.S. government agents and the agents of at least four other governments in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. “Outlawed”, co-produced by a coalition of 14 human rights groups in the United States and in Europe, presents the real life consequences of the U.S. government's disregard for international legal instruments dealing with respect for fundamental rights. The film will be shown at the Mount Toby Friends meetinghouse, 194 Long Plain Road (Route 63), Leverett (driving directions here), at 7pm on Friday, April 27th. Free."

20070427   "Verdict in Iowa, THE OCCUPATION PROJECT"     The eleven Iowans arrested Feb. 26 outside Sen. Grassley's Cedar Rapids office had their day in court yesterday. The eleven were part of VCNV's Occupation Project. Kathy Kelly from Voices for Creative Non-violence was a witness at the hearing. You can read about it by clicking the link below. http://www.schoolformoralcourage.com/cr11trial.html

20070427   "Film: CHERNOBYL HEART, Northampton"     "Film: CHERNOBYL HEART, APRIL 27, 7PM at the Media Education Foundation, 60 Masonic Street, Northampton, MA. Consequences of the 1986 reactor fire include displacement, disease, and fear. New England is threatened by reactors in Vernon, Vermont, Plymouth, MA, Seabrook, NH, Indian Point on the Hudson River just north of NYC, and by the Millstone reactors in CT. Traprock Peace Center celebrates the continuing work of our founders to prevent nuclear disaster. We celebrate the work of Frances Crowe and other neighbors creating this wonderful film series."

20070427   "Hearing cancelled - Message from Ritchard Sitcha, Confined at Plymouth Jail" "Dear friend of Richard Sitcha, (a captive 'detainee', charged with no crime) We just found out late Thursday afternoon that the appellate court has cancelled the hearing. The attorney received a letter from the court, which he confirmed by phone. The judges reviewed the briefs and the US Attorney's request to remand the case to the BIA (Bureau of Immigration Appeals) and decided to remand the case to the BIA. No hearing. The BIA consideration might wait years... While I struggle with this change and await further information from the attorney, I'm trying to ""live in a house of hope"" (like Richard does) and to believe that one door has closed but another has opened. Meanwhile we will explore the possibility of bail/bond in order to get Richard out of prison and amongst us. I will keep you informed. Meanwhile, Richard and a few other inmates at Plymouth County Correctional Facility will be confirmed in a ceremony by the Bishop on Saturday, April 28. (Richard was baptized while in a Catholic high school in Cameroon, and only recently has gone through preparation for confirmation.) Please hold Richard in your prayers. With hope, Suzanne for the Sitcha Defense Committee sent 4/18: Dear friend of Richard Sitcha: We invited Richard to send a message to all the beloved friends who have supported him, as his case will be heard in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City on April 27. If you wish, you may write directly to Richard: Sitcha Richard, #39823, Unit E1, Room 210; Plymouth County Correctional Facility; 26 Long Pond Road; Plymouth MA 02360 from Suzanne Carlson for the Sitcha Defense Committee _____________________________________________________________________________ 12 April 2007, from Plymouth County Correctional Facility To my tireless and unconditional supporters: It has been three years and seven months that I have been held in different prisons by U.S. Immigration, without having been charged with any crime. Yet you have been so faithful and supportive that I realize that I couldn't have hung in for so long without you. Had your thousands of letters of support not fallen on deaf ears, I would have been freed. If freedom could be bought with money, you would have done everything to buy it for me. Please do not be discouraged; do not lose hope. Though a human heart cannot lean to your love for me, God's heart does. If human ears cannot hear the people's voice, God's ears do. God is love; God is compassionate and full of mercy. Through you God has shown me how much He loves me, how dear I am in His sight. I delight that these unwanted burdens have brought me countless blessings. I was informed that my case will be heard at the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York on April 27, 2007. Although I will be absent, represented only by my lawyer, I praise all of you who will show your support in court that day, with the very short time allotted for the hearing. I continue to believe in American justice, and that justice will be done in my case, and that I will be granted the freedom that I deserve. Also, I would like you to pray for me on April 28, 2007, for I will be confirmed by Bishop John Moolter [sp?] of Plymouth, in the Jail Chapel. I am not worthy in any way to pay back all the good deeds you have done for me, but you can be sure that your reward will come from heaven, and for that I pray. God bless all of you. Love and Peace, Sitcha RichardDear friend and supporter of Richard Sitcha, xxx The appeal hearing has been scheduled for 10 a.m. on April 27, (xxx CANCELLED xxx) to be heard by three judges of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, in New York City (500 Pearl St. in Manhattan). Richard will not be in the courtroom (remaining in prison). The hearing is open to the public; anyone wishing to attend should contact Suzanne at 413-774-2112 or suzannec@crocker.com for more information and to coordinate our attendance and travel. Richard's attorney, Kevin Hoffkins, had submitted the appeal brief in May 2006; he will be given 8 minutes for oral arguments (the U.S. Attorney will also have 8 minutes for oral arguments). The judges will determine whether the laws (and Richard's rights) were violated by the Immigration Judge. We believe that we have a good case, since the revocation hearing accepted as evidence hearsay on hearsay (unreliable) or telephone conversation (unreliable); moreover the case should not have been reopened because the ""evidence"" was discoverable before the first asylum hearing. Only the recorded hearings and written briefs, plus oral arguments, will be considered. We hope that the court's decision will not be deportation; the support committee is pursuing contingencies if deportation is ordered. Most likely the case would be remanded to the BIA (Bureau of Immigration Appeals, where Richard's first appeal never got fully processed). Attorney Hoffkins wrote: ""I f the government wanted to rescind his asylum status, they would make a new petition to the immigration judge [Hartford]. They would have to submit their evidence all over again."" It seems that this could take a long time (and Richard has been imprisoned for over 3 1/2 years already). In the case of ""remand"", the support committee will continue to pursue bonding Richard out of prison, as several people have offered cash and equity for such a bail-bond opportunity to have Richard out in the community amongst us. Your support is most appreciated at this time: 1) Richard always welcomes letters: Richard Sitcha, #39823; Unit E1, Room 210; Plymouth County Correctional Facility; 26 Long Pond Road; Plymouth MA 02360. Please use the complete address or mail would be returned to sender. 2) Messages and donations to the ""Sitcha Defense Committee"", c/o Suzanne Carlson, P O Box 1263, Greenfield MA 01302; e-mail to suzannec@crocker.com 3) Prayer, meditation, reflection 4) Outreach to friends about Richard and his faithful witness to the God of Life throughout these 3 1/2 years of unjust detention. 5) Press releases to local media (the attorney and members of the Support Committee could be available for interviews) With appreciation from the Sitcha Defense Committee for your loving support of our brother Richard! Suzanne Carlson and Becca King, Greenfield MA; Pam Walker, Shelburne Falls, MA; Carl Doerner, Conway, MA; Lorena Dutelle, South Windsor CT; Albert Marceau, Hartford CT. Background: Trained in law, Richard Sitcha, now 45, fled Cameroon in April 2001 with the help of a priest after he had been arrested and tortured for revealing the government‚s role in the murders of nine youth (the Bepanda Nine). He was granted asylum here January 16, 2003. Following telephone calls to Cameroon which failed to verify Sitcha‚s involvement, the INS summoned him to court September 18, 2003, revoked his asylum, and made him a part of Homeland Security‚s „Pilot Programš of incarceration during adjudication. His first lock-down, incredibly, was with hardened criminals at Connecticut‚s maximum security prison in Osborn. There he was beaten so badly he had to be hospitalized, a circumstance that, along with language obstacles and insufficient legal service, contributed to failure of his appeal of the asylum reversal. Legal developments: The government has pressed hard to have him deported. His (first) habeas corpus motion was filed in May 2004 in Federal District Court in Springfield, nonetheless rejected on March 31, 2005 Judge Ponsor denied the government‚s motion for deportation, maintaining the stay of deportation pending appeal (until May 30, 2005). With expert assistance of the National Immigration Project, supporters continued to pursue the legal process, and managed to get the case returned to the Hartford District (under the Second Circuit Court of Appeals/New York), with a habeas motion and stay of deportation. Near the end of his year at Greenfield‚s jail he had been denied the right to make phone calls to Cameroon needed for his defense. When all 30 detainees were transferred to eastern MA jails on March 31, 2005, Richard was placed in a cell overnight, naked and without a blanket, and kept in isolation for several weeks, then moved to different units within Plymouth County Correctional Facility, without Bible or contact lists, unable to make phone calls. Key supporter Lorena Dutelle (his American „mamanš) has been able to visit him twice a week (through a glass on a phone for 30 minutes) since mid-April 2005, sometimes with another friend visiting at the same time. This was the second time Richard had been moved away from a strong community of support, but through visits and letters Richard has maintained a devoted following. Those of us who have known him -- variously as a member of Saint Anne‚ Church, adviser to students on African affairs at Wesleyan University, or through prison visitations -- know him to be warm, gentle and intelligent, a devout Catholic and a model prisoner who has lent much support to other detainees; at the same time, his idealist‚s view of American „justiceš has been demolished. Perspectives: The interest of Cameroon in the return of one who „revealed state secretsš, and the eagerness of our government to deliver him, we suspect, is likely connected to the fact of Cameroon‚s offshore oil and its natural gas reserves, oil company pipelines through Cameroon from Chad, and the Pentagon‚s desire to establish a US military base in that country/region. Our State Department consistently reports the 22-year rule of President Biya violates human rights. All communications in the country are monitored by the government. These dots are rather easy to connect. The legal process will have to play itself out, The 887 people in the Greenfield area who petitioned members of Congress in 2005, and followed up with hundreds of phone calls to their MA offices, had not been able to move these officials to address the serious issues of repeated constitutional violations, assault and cruel and unusual punishment, the government‚s failure to provide materials during discovery, interference with Sitcha‚s defense, denial of press interviews, blocking Sitcha‚s acceptance in a third country and, should he be deported, not assuring that one of us accompany him back to Cameroon to seek guarantees for his safety there. Through 3 1/2 years of detention, this wonderful man from Cameroon continues to ""live in a house of hope"" (as Sarah Pirtle expressed in the song she wrote about him) and inspires others with his faith and humanity. Although he fled for his life from an abusive regime, leaving wife, two sons and extended family, community, meaningful work, and beloved culture, Richard has found -- through suffering the injustices of our ""homeland security"" system -- the true security of loving friends and community, both in Hartford-area and in Western Massachusetts."

20070426   "The Power of Dialogue, Watertown , MA" "The Power of Dialogue A Three-Day Workshop April 26-28, 2007 Location: Family Institute of Cambridge, Watertown, MA When conflict in the public sphere is expressed by devaluing, stereotyping, name-calling and demonizing, vital energy is diverted from constructive purposes. People become loyal to their viewpoint and denounce what they believe to be an “opposing” situation. In the process, they denounce people they might not even know. This can rupture the sense of community and conceal positive options for living and working together. Chronic polarized conflict is often grounded in differences in values, identities, or world views. It can arise in any work, social, or political context. This type of conflict is often resistant to conventional methods of intervention. These methods often involve negotiation, compromise and settlement, where underlying values, identities, or relationships are usually not considered. Dialogue, however, can be a transformative force because it goes directly to the ground where protracted conflict begins. It encourages people to articulate and understand their own and others’ values, identities, and relationships, creating openings for civility and respectful coexistence. As a result, new ground is created, where people can learn to work respectfully and constructively with differences. Through experiential exercises, an extensive dialogue simulation, presentations and demonstrations, participants will learn how to apply the key elements of PCP dialogue facilitation: Shifting communication and relationships - - not beliefs - - by: Š Creating conversational structures that prevent destructive debate and foster constructive dialogue Š Preparing a forum for new ways of speaking and listening through pre-dialogue contacts between facilitator and participants Š Partnering with participants in the planning of the dialogue to insure their commitment to and investment in the process Š Facilitating from a collaborative stance Š Reflection between participants and facilitators on the events of a dialogue to shape what happens next Group size: Registration is limited to 20 Fee: $375-$600 (sliding scale) Fee includes catered lunch and snacks for 3 days Faculty: David Joseph, MSW & Sallyann Roth, MSW CE Credits Continuing Education Credits The Power of Dialogue trainings are co-sponsored by the Family Institute of Cambridge (FIC) and the Public Conversations Project. FIC is approved to offer continuing education (CE) credits for Psychologists. PCP is approved to offer CE credits for Social Workers, Licensed Mental Health Counselors, and Marriage and Family Counselors. FIC maintains responsibility for the trainings. Total CE hours eligible: 18.0 per workshop. Registration: Please call 617-923-1216 x13 to register. Learn more at http://www.publicconversations.org or call 888-727-8326 x13."

20070426   "Chernobyl reactor spewed 80% of its contents, 1986"        "One of the most pervasive myths about Chernobyl is that only 3% of the reactor core was released into the biosphere when the explosion occurred on April 26, 1986. Vladimir Chernousenko, Scientific Director of the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences' Task Force for the Rectification of the Consequences of the Accident, in his 1991 book Chernobyl, Insight from the Inside, dispels this myth (and a partial list of 20 others), citing, A more official view on `The Nuclear Accident in Block 4 of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station and the Safety of the RBMK Reactor' give[s] the following excerpts from an unpublished report by A.A. Yadrikhinskii, Nuclear Safety Inspection Engineer of the USSR State Atomic Energy Survey Commission (Kurchatov town, RSFSR February, 1988): . . . Radiation emission was no less that 80% of the core (with a total of 192 tons), which amounted to 6.4 x 10^9 Ci.[16] If we divide the figure by the population of the whole earth (4.6 x 10^9 people) then we get 1 Ci per person.[17] Choosing to ignore the facts about how we are collectively contaminating this Earth with lethal-to-all-life-doses of man-made nuclear fission products will ensure the cessation of billions of years of life exploring itself on this planet. It doesn't have to go down this way. ... See more at:: http://www.ratical.org/radiation/inetSeries/ChernyThyrd.html"

20070426   "Nuclear Industry Pins Hopes on Subsidies, PR WATCH"      "Nuclear Industry Pins Hopes on Subsidies Source: Australian Broadcasting Corporation, April 22, 2007 We are grateful for the work of dedicated people at PR Watch. For live links see ... http://www.prwatch.org/spin Around the world there are consultants, PR advisers and industry associations hyping nuclear power as a ""solution"" to global warming. However, they rarely mention the hidden costs. In a recent briefing for Wall Street analysts, the major U.S. trade association, the Nuclear Energy Institute, pointed to the need for government financial support such as loan guarantees to sustain the sector (PDF file). There are other subsidies, too. Paul Anthony, the CEO of the Australian electricity and gas retailer AGL Energy, pointed to two reasons why he thinks he'll never see nuclear power stations in his home country. ""Nuclear power stations are uninsurable,"" he told Alan Kohler, the host of Inside Business, ""so the insurer of last resort in all countries has to be the government."" Nor, he said, has any country ""effectively sorted out the long-term tail-end costs of holding redundant nuclear stations for the next 300 years."" Privacy Policy | Unsubscribe Center for Media and Democracy 520 University Avenue, Suite 227 Madison, Wisconsin 53703-4929 Phone: 608-260-9713 Fax: 608-260-9714 E-mail: editor@prwatch.org"

20070426   "Chernobyl, 21 years later"    "Chernobyl, 21 years later. The death toll remains unknown. See photos taken by a woman who motor biked through the dead zone, carefully noting radiation levels, in order to not come out glowing. http://www.kiddofspeed.com/chapter15.html"

20070425   "TORTURE, RENDITION, BLACK SITES, Northampton, 7PM" "TORTURE, EXTRAORDINARY RENDITION & INDEFINITE DETENTION: WHAT WILL AMERICA STAND FOR?! Join a colloquium on Wednesday, April 25, 2007 at 7 PM at Helen Hills Chapel, Smith College, 123-125 Elm Street, Northampton, co-sponsored by Smith College Department of Government & Lecture Committee and PVCAST, the Pioneer Valley Coalition Against Secrecy & Torture. The following speakers will be featured: Scott Langley and Sheila Stumph, two activists and speakers who went on the march to Guantanamo and also have been active in the ghost plane anti-rendition struggle in North Carolina. We expect their presentation of the political and moral struggle against the beast to be compelling; Buz Eisenberg, renowned Greenfield ACLU Cooperating Attorney and defender of Guantanamo Detainees; and Bruce Miller, Constitutional Law Professor at Western New England College, will join us. The panelists will address the social, legal and/or moral consequences of U.S.A. policies of labeling (as “enemy combatants”), indefinite detainment, torture and extraordinary rendition of persons of Middle Eastern origin who have been imprisoned in Guantanamo and numerous prisons and detentions centers around the world. A question and answer period will provide members of the audience an opportunity to more fully explore concerns raised. Light refreshments will be served in the basement community room following the program. Contact: Marty Nathan PVCAST at 413- 584-1079 Have you called Congress about torture? Thirty operators stand by each week-day until 6 PM, ready to connect you to your Rep and your Senators' offices: 202 224 - 3121 Together we make a difference. No more torture in my name. Close Aero. Stop the Torture Taxis."

20070425   "Spiritual Reflections on a Life of Social Action, Kehler & Corner, Amherst"  "Talk by Randy Kehler and Betsy Corner You are cordially invited to a talk: Spiritual Reflections on a Life of Social Action A talk & discussion led by Randy Kehler and Betsy Corner Wednesday, April 25, 2007 at 7PM Jewish Community of Amherst, Small Sanctuary 742 Main St, Amherst Light Refreshments Smoke and Fragrance Free Environment A JCA Adult Education Program Free & Open to the public. Throughout their 31 years of marriage, Betsy Corner and Randy Kehler have been committed to active nonviolence as a method of bringing about a more just and peaceful world. Earlier, this commitment led Randy to refuse cooperation with the Vietnam War, for which he spent two years in federal prison in 1970-71. Together, Betsy and Randy have been long-time conscientious objectors to the payment of taxes for war. As a result, each year they have re-directed their federal war-tax dollars to homeless shelters, food banks, and victims of U.S. war-making. In 1989, this practice led to the seizure of their home, in lieu of taxes, by the U.S. Government and a subsequent 22-month nonviolent vigil inside and around their home that is the subject of a feature documentary film entitled ""An Act of Conscience."" Betsy Corner and Randy Kehler both have been actively involved in local community affairs for many years. Betsy has served on the Colrain Zoning Board of Appeals and was a co-founder of the Valley Community Land Trust with which she is still active. Randy has been an elected member of the Buckland-Colrain-Shelburne School Committee, co-founded the Franklin County CDC and the Traprock Peace Center. He is currently helping to establish the Franklin County-based Five Rivers Council. They have lived in Colrain for 29 years. Betsy is a community mediator with the Mediation and Training Colloborative in Greenfield. Randy has worked as a researcher, writer, and organizer for local and national non-profit organizations, including theTraprock Peace Center in Deerfield, the Nuclear Weapons Freeze Campaign, andthe Center for Responsive Politics. Daniel Ellsberg, who released the Pentagon Papers that helped to end the war in Vietnam, was inspired by Randy Kehler as indicated by the following paragraph from Ellsberg's autobiography: ""Might some action that risked prison help shorten the war? Obviously Randy thought so. That came close to being a good enough answer. Besides, I could have little doubt, from my own experience in the moment, that he was right. I had just felt the power of his action on my heart. As of this evening, I realized that I had the power and the freedom to act the same way."" The talk is jointly sponsored by the Spirituality and Social Change Interfaith Study Group of the JCA and by the ISIS Institute for Science & Interdisciplinary Studies of Hampshire College on a grant from the estate of Seymour Melman, Columbia University professor, leader in the SANE-Freeze anti-nuclear movement & activist for economic conversion of war industries. What is spirituality? What is social change? How do they inform each other? How do we cope with, understand and collectively struggle with the current local and global crises? These are a few of the questions that the Spirituality and Social Change Interfaith Study group has grappled with over the past four years since the group of social activists, led by Tom Wolff and Ted Slovin, started monthly meetings. We haven't answered any of these definitively but find the group a touch-point in our lives. Each year we have sponsored a more public talk by a spiritual/social leader - a rabbi, a Tibetan monk, a Christian activist - and found these inspiring. The Kehler & Corner event is the latest in this series. Contact Person: Tom Wolff at 413-367-0239"

20070425   The next CHERNOBYL will be FEDERALLY-APPROOVED: NRC RULING DISCUSSED       "From: ""Russell 'Ace' Hoffman"" <rhoffman@animatedsoftware.com> Sent: Wednesday, April 25, 2007 12:38 PM Subject: The next Chernobyl will be federally-approved April 25th, 2007 Dear Readers, Tomorrow is the 21st anniversary of the start of a silent slaughter. Chernobyl kills to this day, and will continue to do so halfway to forever. The nuclear industry denies every latent cancer death, every leukemia, every heart ailment, every tumor of any sort. Even the unhappy souls who have survived, but whose lives have been ruined by Chernobyl, are denied the dignity of a valid reason for their depression. They are told it's all in their head. Tomorrow may ALSO be the start of ANOTHER Chernobyl -- ANOTHER round of silent slaughter. The disaster will creep up on us, amidst adamant official government denials from every country with a reactor of their own, whose reputation they will want to protect. It will creep up on us amidst weak media coverage by poorly-educated reporters, who will believe that their main function will be to prevent panic. And to some extent, they'll be right about that. Their time to say the right things, things that might have stopped the horror, will have past. Just like last time. Of course, next time, camera-phones will probably capture some of the tragedy as it unfolds. But even camera-phones and the Internet will not be able to show the horror, because of the odorless, colorless, tasteless nature of nuclear poisons, and because of the years-later pain and suffering of cancer, leukemia, and many of the other health effects, and because of the fierce heat which accompanies virtually ALL nuclear disasters and wafts the poisons high into the air, landing dozens or hundreds (or thousands) of miles away, making positive identification of the victims impossible. Such a disaster has become EVEN more likely, at least in America, because yesterday, in a brazen abdication of their responsibilities, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission ruled that new nuclear reactors will NOT have to be designed to withstand airplane strikes from ""big airplanes"" (Matthew Wald, New York Times). New reactors will NOT be required to be designed with true (but unaffordable and/or impossible) robustness. Instead, the nuclear industry will be allowed to come up with things like emergency dilution plans, so that any radiation released in an accident can be quickly diluted below the threshold for regulatory concern. To make this easier to accomplish, the regulatory limits will be temporarily raised after ANY accident, in order to accommodate the additional release of radioactive materials. If emergency dilution is not possible, then spreading the total radioactive release out over time will suffice. According to the NRC's philosophy, a month-long disaster, for example, is preferable to a two-day disaster, even if the total radioactive release and eventual health effects are expected to be virtually identical. The difference of about 28 days (in this example) can get you an operating license. But if nuke engineers cannot prove (to the satisfaction of the NRC) that they can stretch the ensuing accident out over a couple of weeks or months, then an UTTERLY UNWORKABLE plan of evacuation for the people living 5 to 10 miles around the plant will still suffice! And if THAT's not possible? Believe me, THAT's possible! There are reactors which now have millions of people within 30 miles of them, and tens of millions of people living within 50 miles. The fallout from a reactor accident could force the permanent evacuation of major cities dozens or even HUNDREDS of miles downwind of the plant. But as long as the 5 or, at most, 10-mile radius is considered rural, or has some exit routes, that's good enough for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to give out a licence to operate, or to continue to operate, a reactor. These alternative plans are called ""mitigation plans"" but really they are ALL just closing the barn door after the horses have gotten out. And these are the four horses of the Apocalypse we're talking about! Mean ponies. You don't want THEM getting out! But the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, with the one word ""practicable"" as in ""to the extent practicable"" has eliminated the need for new nuclear reactors to be designed safely. Period. Any fool in a large airplane can destroy a nuclear reactor, and the plant will have been designed LEGALLY as if the threat did not exist! New nuclear plants will also be vulnerable to ""inside jobs,"" missile attacks, ground-based attacks, and a thousand other risks. (Gee, they're going to be just like the CURRENT CROP of reactors!) Yesterday's vote by the NRC was characterized -- by the NRC staff -- as an additional step towards plant security in the wake of 9-11. Actually, it is just the opposite: It gives plant designers specific permission to ignore the realities of the world, giving them even more opportunities than before to commit genocide with federally-mandated immunity. Sincerely, Ace Hoffman Carlsbad, CA ************************************************* ** Russell ""Ace"" Hoffman, ** P.O. Box 1936, Carlsbad CA 92018-1936 ** (800) 551-2726 (U.S. & Canada) ** (760) 720-7261 (elsewhere)"

20070424   "PAT TILLMAN's death, Pvt. Lynch fictions EXAMINED by HOUSE Com."  "House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Investigating the First Casualty of War, in Afghanistan and Iraq Source: Associated Press, April 20, 2007 ""Within hours of Pat Tillman's death, the Army went into information-lockdown mode, cutting off phone and Internet connections at a base in Afghanistan, posting guards on a wounded platoon mate, and ordering a sergeant to burn Tillman's uniform,"" reports Scott Lindlaw. The revelations about ""how the military sealed off information from all but a small ring of soldiers,"" following the death of former football star Tillman by ""friendly fire,"" come from documents recently obtained by the Associated Press. Tillman's family was not told of the circumstances surrounding his death for five weeks. According to Army officers, ""pulling the plug on base phones and e-mail"" is routine after soldiers die, to ensure that families are notified ""through official channels."" However, the clampdown following Tillman's death was unusual. On April 24, the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform will hold a hearing on the Tillman incident and ""misinformation surrounding the capture and rescue of Pvt. Jessica Lynch in Iraq."""

20070424   "PEACE MAKER AWARDS - NOMINATIONS FOR HS STUDENTS IN FRANKLIN CO, MA" "Every spring the Interfaith Council of Franklin County and Traprock Peace Center recognize the intentions, initiatives and achievements of high school students of Franklin County, engaged in peace & justice, conflict resolution, problem solving and/or building a culture of peace. We offer five $100 awards and other prizes. For six years we've recognized and celebrated all those nominated, with awards, framed certificates and our heartfelt aplause. Please write a one-page nomination letter describing the good works of students. Post mark or deliver your letter in April, or no later than Saturday, May 5, 2007 to: Traprock Peace Center Deerfield, MA 01342 The awards ceremony is slated for Sunday, May 20. Mark your calendar, and come be inspired by wonderful young people excercising initiative, creativity, skill, hope, talent, or perseverance of many different kinds. Again this spring we're looking for talented youth to perform. (Location to be announced.) This year we'd like to hear about younger students, too. Please copy and paste? THANK YOU FOR PASSING THIS ON!! Nomination letters are due -- by March 5, 2007"

20070424   "High School PEACE MAKER AWARDS, NOMINATIONS DUE SOON, for Franklin Co. students"    "Every spring the Interfaith Council of Franklin County and Traprock Peace Center recognize the intentions, initiatives and achievements of high school students of Franklin County, engaged in peace & justice work, conflict resolution, problem solving and/or building a culture of peace. We offer **five*** $100 awards and other prizes. For six years we've recognized and celebrated all those nominated, with awards, framed certificates and our heartfelt aplause. Please write a one-page nomination letter describing the initiatives of students. Post mark or deliver your letter in April, or no later than Saturday, May 5, 2007. Please include (a) phone number(s) for the student(s) nominated so that we can contact them about the details of the awards ceremony. Mail your one-page nomination letters (for individuals or groups) to: Traprock Peace Center Deerfield, MA 01342 The awards ceremony is slated for Sunday, May 20. Mark your calendar, and come be inspired by wonderful young people excercising initiative, creativity, skill, hope, talent, or perseverance of many different kinds. Again this spring we're looking for talented youth to perform at the ceremony. (Location to be announced.) This year we'd like to hear about younger students, too. Please copy and paste? THANK YOU FOR PASSING THIS ON!! Nomination letters are due -- by March 5, 2007"

20070424   Core Group Meeting   Core Group Meeting

20070423   "EMPIRE and the BOMB - Joseph Gerson, Amherst"        "Monday 4/23, 7pm, Amherst Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst Empire and the Bomb: This concise history shows how the United States has used nuclear weapons to bolster its imperial ambitions. Leading nuclear specialist and peace campaigner Joseph Gerson explains why atomic weapons were first built and used--and how the United States uses them today to preserve its global empire. Any of us who have paid US federal taxes have helped build this arsenal. How will we prevent its use? 413 773-7427"

20070423   "Antiwar Demonstration - WKU - Bowling Green, KY"        "FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 6, 2007 Contact: Cody Aldridge, Student organizer, at cody.aldridge@wku.edu. Make Noise Where You Stand: Anti-War Voices to be Heard at WKU Bowling Green, KY - April 23, 2007 A growing group of students, faculty members, and community members who are dissatisfied about the Iraq war are gearing up to make their voices heard. The war in Iraq is seen as an illegal occupation by many citizens and the international community. Students and community members are invited to gather on the North lawn of the Downing University Center (DUC) to demonstrate against the war on Monday, April 23, 2007. The demonstration will begin at 12:00 pm with no specific ending time. It will be a non-violent, peaceful assembly. Our main intention is to raise local awareness of the opposition to the war, as well as give a platform for community members to let their voices be heard. The demonstration is being sponsored not by an official organization but rather by a group of concerned citizens uniting together. The organizers feel it is time to let our government know that we are unhappy with the current war situation. Rather than driving to Washington D.C., we wish to make our voices heard from our own community. ""Our only hope today lies in our ability to recapture the revolutionary spirit and go into a sometimes hostile world declaring eternal hostility to poverty, racism, and militarism."" -Martin Luther King, Jr."

20070423   "EMPIRE AND THE BOMB - Joseph Gerson, Amherst"        "EMPIRE AND THE BOMB A Talk and Discussion with Author Joseph Gerson Monday, April 23, 2007 – 7-9 p.m Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst 121 North Pleasant Street, Amherst About the Book: The United States is the only country to have dropped the atomic bomb. Since the A-bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, every U.S. president has threatened nuclear war. This concise history shows how the United States has used nuclear weapons to bolster its imperial ambitions. Leading nuclear specialist and peace campaigner Joseph Gerson explains why atomic weapons were first built and used--and how the United States uses them today to preserve its global empire. Gerson reveals how and why the United States made more than twenty threats of nuclear attack during the Cold War---against Russia, China, Vietnam, and the Middle East. He shows how such threats continued under Presidents Bush, Clinton, and George W. Bush. The book concludes with an appeal for the abolition of nuclear weapons and an overview of the history of the anti-nuclear movement. Joseph Gerson is the Director of Programs of the American Friends Service Committee in New England---the principal Quaker peace organization in the United States. He is a leading figure in the U.S. peace movement. His previous books include The Sun Never Sets and With Hiroshima Eyes. Contact: Doug Renick at afsc@crocker.com for more information or 413 773-7427. Sponsored by: Western MA AFSC, Traprock Peace Center, SAGE, Social Justice Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst, Food for Thought Books, Anti-War Coalition at U. Mass, Pioneer Valley Interfaith Coalition, International Socialist Organization, Radical Student Union at U. Mass., C.A.N."

20070422   "NOON Peace Vigils - Amherst, Cambridge, Newburyport!"   "There has been a vigil on the Amherst Common on Sundays for 27 years. Hardy neighbors stand for peace. Choose your sign or banner, honk & wave, or see one of the 200 flyers passed out each week. Visit over tea or lunch afterwards across the street? You can help make peace real in our lives and in the world. Here's a simple place to start. More Peace Vigils: In Cambridge, MA - Noon (approx) to 1:30 at Cambridge Common, Mass Ave & Garden Street. Also on Sundays in Newburyport, 12-1 pm, Market Square in Newburyport If you have a sign and a car, you can use it as a sun-shade this summer, and have it handy for spontaneous vigils and demonstrations. Everywhere you park, your message will be seen. Seeing citizens take action spontaneously suggests that, ""The Times they are a changin'!'"""

20070422   Reverence for Life/ Music ?Youth    "Sunday, April 22, 2007 Reverence for Life/ Music for Life? Youth in Concert for Global Healing/ Culminating in a Global Wave of Music Join the WAVE and be a part! Help BUILD the wave by passing this message on!! Sign up at www.reverenceforlife.org/music (People of all chronologic ages are invited to participate) Join in calling for: People to unite in service to their local and global neighbors, and in advocacy to: Abolish Weapons of Mass Destruction, Mobilize Tools of Global Healing Join in Celebrating: ¨ 50th anniversary of Dr. Albert Schweitzer’s April 1957 Declaration of Conscience that reverberated worldwide from Africa ¨ Earth Day 2007 (April 22): www.earthdaynetwork.org ¨ Global Youth Service Days 2007 (April 20-22): www.gysd.net Dr. Schweitzer believed that reverence for all life is the basis of all true ethics, that the idealism of youth holds the key to the world’s future, and that music has unique power to energize and renew the human spirit. These musical events will be an expression by the world’s youth, through the universal language of music, of the shared yearning of people for a safer and healthier world. To register a musical event, please use the web link below and click on “Music Events”. Each registered event will then be identified by a digital “sunflower” planted at the event’s geographical location on an interactive digital map of the world please help us fill that world map with sunflowers! For more information, visit www.reverenceforlife.org. June 16-19, 2007 Washington, D.C. National Grassroots Leadership Training Institute & National Advocacy Days 2007 National Grassroots Leadership Training Institute(June 16-17, 2007 - Washington, DC) Brit Tzedek’s 2nd Grassroots Leadership Training Institute, Building our Political Movement for Israeli-Palestinian Peace, will take place the evening of Saturday, June 16 and all day Sunday, June 17, in downtown, Washington, DC. The Institute will bring hundreds of activists together from across the U.S. for an evening plenary and day of intensive workshops, trainings and networking opportunities on topics such as: Building a successful chapter in your city; Creating a Brit Tzedek presence in your local media, and bringing a pro-Israel, pro-peace message to your synagogues and organized Jewish community. Join us as we celebrate our growing movement, and strategize for continued success and growth. National Advocacy Days 2007 (June 18-19, 2007 - Washington, DC) Brit Tzedek’s 3rd Annual National Advocacy Days begins on Monday, June 18, with a day of political briefings and trainings on the Hill from policy experts and government officials, followed by an evening reception with Members of Congress. On Tuesday, June 19, you ’ll have the opportunity to meet with your own Senators and Representatives and urge them to support our pro-Israel, pro-peace message! Registration will be available for each event separately or for both events at a discounted price. More details coming soon! For more information, contact Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, The Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace?11 E. Adams Street, Suite 707?Chicago, IL 60603 Phone: (312) 341-1205 Fax: (312) 341-1206 info@btvshalom.org www.btvshalom.org"

20070422   "Rev. Billy + Church of Stop Shopping Gospel Choir, Brattleboro" "Reverend Billy and the ""Church of Stop Shopping"" Gospel Choir & ""Not Buying It"" Band Coming to Shelburne Falls and Brattleboro, April 21-22 Nationally-known playwright and performance artist Bill Talen, a.k.a. ""Reverend Billy,"" and his NYC-based ""Church of Stop Shopping"" gospel choir and ""Not Buying It"" band, will be bringing their anti-consumerist service of ""Fabulous Worship!"" to Shelburne Falls, MA, and Brattleboro, VT, on April 21-22. Known for their stop-shopping ""interventions"" at national chain stores, The New York Times reported that ""[Rev. Billy] has made himself a thorn in the paws of Walt Disney, Nike, Home Depot, Barnes & Noble and any other chain he views as casually destroying the essence of neighborhoods."" Rev. Billy has been arrested for preaching the gospel of stop shopping at Disneyland and a court injunction forbids him from being within 250 yards of California's 1,481 Starbucks franchises. Starbucks_ advice to their store managers resulted in a paperback book by Rev. Billy entitled 'What Shall I Do If Reverend Billy Is in My Store?' A feature-length documentary film about Rev. Billy and his Church of Stop Shopping, entitled, ""What Would Jesus Buy?"", premiered in Austin, Texas, in mid-March of this year and is soon to be available in theaters nationwide. A book by the same title is soon to be released. ""Before Reverend Billy can be dismissed as yet another prankster-activist with a megaphone,"" wrote The NYTimes_ George Hunka of ""Reverend Billy_s Tent Revival"" at the South Street Seaport in NYC last year, ""one must note that there is something more here, far more. [His ""Revival""] projects an additional note of tragedy and loss: it reminds its audience that when large corporations decide to leave their imprint on local areas, neighborhood identity and self-sovereignty are destroyed."" Rev. Billy and his Church of Stop Shopping will be appearing at Memorial Hall Theater, Bridge Street, Shelburne Falls, at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 21st. They will be at The Church, 120 Main Street, Brattleboro, at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 22. There will be a suggested donation of $10.00 at the door, though no one will be turned away. For further information about Rev. Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping Gospel Choir, go to: www.RevBilly.com. For interviews, call Rev. Billy, at (718) 853-4025 or (646) 299-3019."

20070422   AMHERST EARTH DAY    "AMHERST EARTH DAY Sunday April 22nd, 2007 Amherst Common 2 – 4 PM Options include: Interfaith Prayer Circle, Sacred Circle Dances, led by Ellen Kennedy and Rowan Scott Ellen and Rowan share their love and expertise of sacred circle dance brought from their years living Findhorn Community in Scotland Amherst Earth Day awards Tulip tree ceremony/giveaway ‘Prayers for the Earth’ Mandala workshop/signing with Christiana Abel Christiana has studied with the Byakko Shinkoh Kai organization in Japan. Byakko is a Japanese word meaning, “white light”. Byakko Shinko Kai translates as ""White Light Association"". Byakko originated in Japan over forty years ago. It is an organization dedicated to world peace and raising the consciousness of everyone and every living being on earth. Its activities are rooted in the universal prayer for world peace, “May Peace Prevail on Earth”, advocated by the late founder, Masahisa Goi. The Fuji Sanctuary, in Fujinomiya Japan, is the headquarters of Byakko. Friends and supporters of Byakko have gathered at the Fuji Sanctuary for many decades to pray for the peace of the world, and to invoke prayers of gratitude and love to humanity as well as all living things on this earth. ALL WELCOME for more detailed information please contact Emilie 548 1068 emiliehamillton@yahoo.com"

20070421   "Saturday PEACE Vigils - 11am-NOON, Greenfield, Northampton, Sunderland, MA"  "Saturday PEACE Vigils - 11am-NOON, Greenfield, Northampton, Sunderland, MA From 11am-noon on Saturdays, Franklin County neighbors and Traprock friends gather to stand for peace. Some prefer to sit in silence, many like to chat, and some like to engage the public with ardent hope. Whatever your ways to make peace, all are welcome! This is a permitted vigil on the grass. We ask that no one hang signs on fences, sign posts, or in the trees, as per Greenfield directives. Drivers love a ""HONK for PEACE"" sign, (which we would generally not use in a residential neighborhood). Come speak up for peace! Come offer passersby a wave and a peace sign! You'll find us at the center of town, and at the center of your hopes on any good day."

20070421   "Rev. Billy & ""Church of Stop Shopping"" Gospel Choir, Shelburne Falls"  "Reverend Billy and the ""Church of Stop Shopping"" Gospel Choir & ""Not Buying It"" Band Coming to Shelburne Falls and Brattleboro, April 21-22 Nationally-known playwright and performance artist Bill Talen, a.k.a. ""Reverend Billy,"" and his NYC-based ""Church of Stop Shopping"" gospel choir and ""Not Buying It"" band, will be bringing their anti-consumerist service of ""Fabulous Worship!"" to Shelburne Falls, MA, and Brattleboro, VT, on April 21-22. Known for their stop-shopping ""interventions"" at national chain stores, The New York Times reported that ""[Rev. Billy] has made himself a thorn in the paws of Walt Disney, Nike, Home Depot, Barnes & Noble and any other chain he views as casually destroying the essence of neighborhoods."" Rev. Billy has been arrested for preaching the gospel of stop shopping at Disneyland and a court injunction forbids him from being within 250 yards of California's 1,481 Starbucks franchises. Starbucks_ advice to their store managers resulted in a paperback book by Rev. Billy entitled 'What Shall I Do If Reverend Billy Is in My Store?' A feature-length documentary film about Rev. Billy and his Church of Stop Shopping, entitled, ""What Would Jesus Buy?"", premiered in Austin, Texas, in mid-March of this year and is soon to be available in theaters nationwide. A book by the same title is soon to be released. ""Before Reverend Billy can be dismissed as yet another prankster-activist with a megaphone,"" wrote The NYTimes_ George Hunka of ""Reverend Billy_s Tent Revival"" at the South Street Seaport in NYC last year, ""one must note that there is something more here, far more. [His ""Revival""] projects an additional note of tragedy and loss: it reminds its audience that when large corporations decide to leave their imprint on local areas, neighborhood identity and self-sovereignty are destroyed."" Rev. Billy and his Church of Stop Shopping will be appearing at Memorial Hall Theater, Bridge Street, Shelburne Falls, at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 21st. They will be at The Church, 120 Main Street, Brattleboro, at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 22. There will be a suggested donation of $10.00 at the door, though no one will be turned away. For further information about Rev. Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping Gospel Choir, go to: www.RevBilly.com. For interviews, call Rev. Billy, at (718) 853-4025 or (646) 299-3019."

20070421   Revolutionary Ideas of Karl Marx    "Public Meeting: The Revolutionary Ideas of Karl Marx Time and again, Marxism has been declared dead, and capitalism the final form of human fulfillment. Yet every generation--the workers of the great U.S. union struggles of the 1930s, student radicals in the 1960s, the millions who struggled to overthrow apartheid in South Africa, or those who joined the Solidarity movement in Stalinist Poland--has rediscovered the ""buried"" ideas of Marxism as a way to understand the world around them. The International Socialist Organization is sponsoring meetings around the country on ""The Revolutionary Ideas of Karl Marx."" Join us for a discussion of Marx's legacy and how these ideas can provide a guide to changing the world. NYC Guest Speaker and Meeting Details: Lee Sustar is labor editor of Socialist Worker newspaper, and is a contributor to the International Socialist Review, New Labor Forum and the Znet and Counterpunch websites on unions, globalization, the economy, immigrant rights and social movements. He was the recipient of a 2003 Project Censored award. Saturday, April 21st Jackson Heights, Queens at 6:30pm Community United Methodist Church 81-10 35th Avenue (bet 81st & 82nd) 7 train to 82nd Street For more info, call (917) 319-7008 or email nyciso@hotmail.com"

20070420   "Film: THE IRON WALL, Northampton" "APRIL 20 at 7PM see: THE IRON WALL, Isreal's settlements, and now the Separation Wall, work against a vision for peace. 60 Masonic Street, Northampton Films are free. Discussion follows. Also ... APRIL 27 see CHERNOBYL HEART Consequences of the 1986 reactor fire include displacement, disease, and fear."

20070419   "Scott Ritter,""The Art of War for Waging Peace"""   "Reservations are available for Thursday, April 19, to hear Scott Ritter in downtown Indianapolis, 6-8:30pm. Seating begins at 5:30. Discuss how the principles of waging war can be used to avoid tragic consequences for military personnel and civilians alike. $20 reserves your seat. Please plan to pay for your dinner at the restaurant, according to your preferences. A full range of options is available, including salad, seafood, pasta, burgers, and steak. A variety of beverages are available including beer and wine."

20070419   Revolutionary Ideas of Karl Marx    "Public Meeting: The Revolutionary Ideas of Karl Marx Time and again, Marxism has been declared dead, and capitalism the final form of human fulfillment. Yet every generation--the workers of the great U.S. union struggles of the 1930s, student radicals in the 1960s, the millions who struggled to overthrow apartheid in South Africa, or those who joined the Solidarity movement in Stalinist Poland--has rediscovered the ""buried"" ideas of Marxism as a way to understand the world around them. The International Socialist Organization is sponsoring meetings around the country on ""The Revolutionary Ideas of Karl Marx."" Join us for a discussion of Marx's legacy and how these ideas can provide a guide to changing the world. NYC Guest Speaker and Meeting Details: Lee Sustar is labor editor of Socialist Worker newspaper, and is a contributor to the International Socialist Review, New Labor Forum and the Znet and Counterpunch websites on unions, globalization, the economy, immigrant rights and social movements. He was the recipient of a 2003 Project Censored award. Thursday, April 19th City College at 7pm NAC Building - Room 1/211 137th and Convent Avenue 1 to 137th or A,B,C,D to 145th For more info, call (917) 319-7008 or email nyciso@hotmail.com"

20070419   "World Can't Wait, Impeachment Forum, DC"        "Join us this Thursday evening, April 19th, for an Impeachment Now! Roundtable Rocky Anderson, Mayor, Salt Lake City Anne Wright, retired US Army Reserves Colonel and US Diplomat Cindy Sheehan Where:All Souls Unitarian Church, Pierce Hall 1500 Harvard Street @16th Street N.W.(green line metro) When: 6:30pm-9pm The Bush administration is carrying out war crimes and crimes against humanity as you read this. A war of aggression in Iraq that is taking countless innocent lives, legalized torture, military tribunals which strip away the most basic of legal rights, warrantless spying, and now plans for attacking Iran being drawn up. This must be brought to a halt, and the Bush administration must be impeached for war crimes. Yet Congress, now with a Democratic majority, refuses to act in any meaningful way to stop the Bush regime, declaring that impeachment is ""off the table"", and recently approving $100 billion more for the Iraq war. It will be up to the people to mobilize massive resistance that demands Bush's impeachment for war crimes and crimes against humanity. World Cant Wait, DC 202-536-4313"

20070418   Revolutionary Ideas of Karl Marx    "Public Meeting: The Revolutionary Ideas of Karl Marx Time and again, Marxism has been declared dead, and capitalism the final form of human fulfillment. Yet every generation--the workers of the great U.S. union struggles of the 1930s, student radicals in the 1960s, the millions who struggled to overthrow apartheid in South Africa, or those who joined the Solidarity movement in Stalinist Poland--has rediscovered the ""buried"" ideas of Marxism as a way to understand the world around them. The International Socialist Organization is sponsoring meetings around the country on ""The Revolutionary Ideas of Karl Marx."" Join us for a discussion of Marx's legacy and how these ideas can provide a guide to changing the world. NYC Guest Speaker and Meeting Details: Lee Sustar is labor editor of Socialist Worker newspaper, and is a contributor to the International Socialist Review, New Labor Forum and the Znet and Counterpunch websites on unions, globalization, the economy, immigrant rights and social movements. He was the recipient of a 2003 Project Censored award. Wednesday, April 18th LaGuardia Community College at 2pm 31-10 Thomson Avenue , Long Island City 7 to 33rd or E, V, R to Queens Plaza Room TBA For more info, call (917) 319-7008 or email nyciso@hotmail.com"

20070418   "Wide-Angle Films - The DREAMS of SPARROWS, Amherst, 7PM"   "Free films about global and national issues seldom seen in the U.S. media. Lively discussions follow. WELCOME & thanks to sponsors: American Friends Service Committee, SAGE, and Traprock Peace Center. This week see ""The Dreams of Sparrows"" (2005) After the capture of Saddam, DAFFAR'S search for the truth takes him through all walks of life in Iraq, into the arts and culture of Baghdad, drawing the viewer into powerful encounters with Iraqi painters, writers and filmmakers. As the film continues, the interviews veer towards the politics of occupation and resistance, concluding with the battle over Falluja and the devastating death of one of the crew members. In somber self interviews made following the production, the filmmakers reveal the dramatic changes in their beliefs caused not only by the situation in Iraq, but also by the process of documenting it. more >> ""Through the eyes of Iraqis, in ""The Dreams of Sparrows,"" we can finally divine what emerges from the war's digestive tract...From Baghdad's necropolis of slums and nightmarish refugee camps we travel with Daffar to its middle-class apartments, artists' hangouts, mosques and the headquarters of the Communist Party. This is a city of armed men and of stylish women nervously chain-smoking in their apartments; a city where children studying in a private school hold up crayon drawings and say, ""Here the tank is aiming at the helicopter, and they exchange shells and rockets."" - Tom Bissell, The New York Times Magazine (link) Hayder Daffar on MTV Suchin Pak from MTV News interviewed American producer Aaron Raskin and Iraqi filmmaker Hayder Daffar during his two month publicity tour of the US. link Hayder Daffar and Aaron Raskin on CNN Insight, Jonathon Mann from CNN's Insight, and Kianne Sadeq from CNN's Baghdad Bureau, put together a great 14 minute piece on The Dreams of Sparrows. See short videos: http://www.harbingerpro.com/h_press.html?f=2 http://www.harbingerpro.com/h_press.html?f=3"

20070418   "Scott Ritter & former Congressman Andy Jacobs, INDIANAPOLIS"   "As Indiana National Guard members face call up for offshore deployments to Iraq, Veterans for Peace Indiana Chapter #49 invites you to discuss:   U.S. Policy in the Middle East: Target Iran / The Role of Congress  Hear Scott Ritter US Marine, Gulf War Veteran and former UNSCOM Weapons Inspector and Honorable Andy Jacobs    Korean War Veteran and former Indiana Congressperson These veterans discuss the buidl-up toward war with Iran, and what Congress is and isn't doing about it. Ritter warns that aircraft carrier battlegroups will have maximum potential for an attack on Iran's nuclear reactor from March through June. One hundred and three US nuclear reactors could become targets if the US (or Israel, using US weapons) attacks Iran's reactor. In Ritters book, ""Target Iran"" he examines the Bush administration's regime-change policy and the potential of Iran to threaten U.S. national security interests. Honorable Andy Jacobs, Jr. refused pay increases while serving in the House of Representatives. Ralph Nader says, ""Andy Jacobs is the conscience of the House."" Will Congress protect the interests of ordinary people, or promote the interests of profiteers? Jacobs' book, ""1600 Killers"", gives an insiders view of Congress. These speakers could help citizens save lives, of soldiers and civilains, here and abroad. Moderator: Pierre Atlas Political Science Professor and Director of Franciscan Center for Global Studies at Marian College  Wednesday April 18, 2007    7-8:30 pm At the General Pershing Room of the Indiana War Memorial on the corner of Michigan and Meridian St., in downtown Indianapolis. Please enter from Michigan Street/North Entrance. A dinner with guest speakers is available nearby by reservation for $35 at 5:30. Make advance reservations soon at http://www.grassrootspeace.org. Details will be emailed to you. Reservations for a dinner in Indianapolis on Thursday evening, on the topic, ""The Art of War for Waging Peace"" Sponsored by: Indianapolis Peace House & Plowshares, Indianapolis Peace and Justice Center, Traprock Peace Center.     For more information contact Charlie Wiles in Indianapolis, (317) 466-0114 or Sunny Miller in Deerfield, MA (413) 773-7427. http://www.amazon.com/Target-Iran-Houses-Regime-Change/dp/1560259361 http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/1889388041/ref=sib_dp_bod_ex/103-0617784-1345458?ie=UTF8&p=S004#reader-link"

20070417   "Oil War? WE'RE NOT BUYING IT, THIS WEEK -- EVERYWHERE"      "We are not buying it! boycotting consumerism from tax day to earth day. This week from April 15 through April 22 Pamela and I are participating in a national event to stop the war effort in Iraq. In order to bring economic pressure on this administration, and to show solidarity of the will of the majority of Americans, we will not be making any purchases, or in my case, only purchases for business necessities. No money will be spent on personal items of any kind including food, gas, or anything else. We are hoping that we can send a strong signal to our leaders that as a nation we are tired of this ""Oil War"" and that we are prepared to sacrifice on a personal level if necessary. We would like to extend this message to as many people as possible. Please help end this immoral war by letting our politicians know that ""We Are not Buying It"" anymore. This effort was organized by wearenotbuyingit.org"

20070417   "IMPEACHMENT RESOLUTION HEARING, Greenfield"        "IMPEACHMENT RESOLUTION HEARING At Franklin County Chamber of Commerce 395 Main Street, Greenfield Meeting Room Tuesday, April 21, 2007 7 P.M. This is Greenfiel- residents’-only opportunity to make official public comment on a resolution asking Congress to impeach President George W. Bush and Vice-President Dick Cheney. Eddie Evans has collected over 130 recognizable town signatures by petition and submitted them."

20070416   "CALL CONGRESS, WEEKDAYS UNTIL 6PM, 202-224-3121"        "Congress comes back to DC this week, to vote for more money for killing. Is your community still paying for war while librarians lose jobs, soldiers lose legs, and children lose lives, homes & families? Is there a worse form of racism than war? There's something to call about every week. Please tell your friends how easy it was. 202 224 - 3121 Thirty operators stand by to connect you. Offices of Senators and Reps are open until 6 pm. Find 2 people who will find 2 people ... 2x2x2x2x2x2x2x2x2x2x2x2x2x2x2x2x2x2x2x2= 1,000,000 people, Each of us has 2 Senators and 1 Rep. so please make 3 calls right at least. Help pass it on 20 times and you might disturb the spending spree passing borrowed blood money to Blackwater, Bechtel, ExxonMobile, Halliburton, Brown & Root, etc. Come to DC - HONK FOR PEACE! Watch for news of Ann Wright coming to western Mass this week."

20070415   "Noon Peace Vigils - Amherst, Cambridge, Newburyport!"   "There has been a vigil on the Amherst Common on Sundays for 27 years. Hardy neighbors stand for peace. Choose your sign or banner, honk & wave, or see one of the 200 flyers passed out each week. Visit over tea or lunch afterwards across the street? You can help make peace real in our lives and in the world. Here's a simple place to start. More Peace Vigils: In Cambridge, MA - Noon (approx) to 1:30 at Cambridge Common, Mass Ave & Garden Street. Also on Sundays in Newburyport, 12-1 pm, Market Square in Newburyport If you have a sign and a car, you can use it as a sun-shade this summer, and have it handy for spontaneous vigils and demonstrations. Everywhere you park, your message will be seen. Seeing citizens take action spontaneously suggests that, ""The Times they are a changin'!'"""

20070415   "Holocaust Memorial Service, Greenfield"       "The Interfaith Council of Franklin County presents the annual Holocaust Memorial Service on Sunday, April 15th 7pm, at Temple Israel, 27 Pierce Street, Greenfield, Massachusetts. This year our community addresses the recent spray painting of swastikas at a public landmark in western Massachussetts, and embrace committment to community as the answer to oppression."

20070414   W. MASS SOCIAL FORUM - INVITATION TO PLAN & PARTICIPATE      "Western Massachusetts Social Forum Invitation to participate! April 14-15, 2007 University of Massachusetts, Amherst Do you believe that there’s something seriously wrong with current policies and institutions that cater to the interests of big business and bankers - policies that favor the rich and hurt or, at best, ignore ordinary folks and their communities? Do you believe that “Another World Is Possible”? If so, then we invite your participation in the Western Massachusetts Social Forum, April 14 -15, 2007 at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA. Some people have asked, “Why UMass? Why not make it more accessible for folks from disadvantaged communities in Springfield and Holyoke?”’ The issue of location was long debated. We finally agreed to hold the Forum at UMass for the following reasons: 1) UMass is the flagship public university in the state and should be regarded as a public resource and space. 2) It’s centrally located in relation to Springfield/ Holyoke and Greenfield 3) Availability of good facilities at minimal cost. The WM Social Forum is a local ‘edition’ of the World Social Forum (WSF) and we adhere to its Charter of Principles. Social Forums are both ongoing processes and open spaces to discuss, reflect, debate, share, exchange, inspire, celebrate, strategize and mobilize in the belief that ‘Another World Is Possible,’ one that puts people and planet before corporate profits. We come together in the belief that the current conservative model (neoliberalism) that dominates the world is not working. Neoliberal globalization is a model that caters to the interests of big business and bankers. Its hallmarks are growing inequality, deepening poverty, tax handouts and de-regulation for powerful corporations, cutbacks in social programs, privatization of water, schools, etc. and environmental destruction. Divisions of race, ethnicity, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, religion and so forth are exploited in order to undercut a unified movement against neoliberal globalization. You or your organization can participate in the following ways: 1. Attend the WM Social Forum Please fill out and send in the registration form below. 2. Organize a workshop/performance/discussion/ activity Consider collaborating with other groups. Please fill out the Workshop/Activity registration below. We will use the information to track the range of topics, groups, and strategies for change. 3. Get involved in organizing the WM Social Forum The WM Social Forum process is in motion – many groups have been working together for months to widen the circle and we invite you to join in this important work. Please visit the website to see how you can get involved www.westernmassafsc.org/wsf/wsf.html. If you want to talk to someone please email or call Maya Winfrey (413-772-8898, maya@cooppower.coop) or Doug Renick (afsc@crocker.com, 413-584-8975). W. Mass. Social Forum - Registration Form You must register for the WM Social Forum in order to do a workshop/activity. Send to AFSC, 140 Pine St., Florence, MA 01062 or e-mail afsc@crocker.com COPY THIS TEXT AND SEND IT IN. Name: Name of Organization that you work with or area of work/activism: Brief description of organization (if applicable): Brief description of members or constituency (if applicable), e.g. people of color, poor people, LGBT, women, immigrants, cooperatives, etc. Attendance: 0 Sat & Sun, April 14 &15 0 Sat, April 14 0 Sun., April 15 Street Address: City, State, Zip: Phone: E-Mail: Free childcare is available, but you must register in advance. Do you need childcare? 0 Yes 0 No Number of children ___ List ages of children _____________________________ Registration Fee: Individual (sliding scale $5-25) $___________ no one will be turned away for lack of funds Organization (sliding scale $25-sky’s the limit) $___________ Additional contribution in support of WM Social Forum $___________ Total (Please make checks payable to: CPE / WM Social Forum) $___________ WORKSHOP/ACTIVITY SUBMISSION Send to AFSC, 140 Pine St., Florence, MA 01062 or e-mail afsc@crocker.com Considerations for organizing a workshop/activity: In the spirit of encouraging local to global thinking, anti-oppression work, and action, we ask that you consider including the following if you can: • How does global capitalism (neoliberalism) affect your work or present reality? • How does your work take into account race/ethnicity/nationality, class, and gender? • What do you see as the most promising strategies for action and organizing? PART I (required information) Workshop title Facilitators/Presenters/Performers Brief description of content Workshop/activity format – we encourage cross-organization collaboration and creative ways of learning and exchange. 0 Talk/presentation 0 Participatory workshop 0 Caucus 0 Facilitated Discussion 0 Performance 0 Exhibit 0 Other, please specify __________________________________________________ Date and time preference (we’ll do our best to accommodate your prefs): 0 Sat morning 0 Sat afternoon 0 Sun morning Technological needs – We urge you to supply your own tech. if possible. We can’t promise that we’ll be able to meet all the tech. demand, especially the data projector/laptop. 0 TV/DVD/Video player 0 Data projector/laptop 0 Other _________________ Tracks In the interest of making it easier people to find topics that they’re interested in, workshops/activities will be grouped in broad categories called tracks. We can add additional tracks if there’s sufficient demand. Check off as many as are applicable. We will cross list workshops that fall under multiple tracks. 0 War/Militarism/Peace (e.g. Iraq war, War/Peace, Non-violence, Prisons & Martial systems, state-sponsored terrorism, police brutality, race & military, conflict resolution, mediation, non-violent communication and diplomacy.) 0 Economic Justice (E.g. Imperialism, Neoliberalism (for definition see: www.westernmassafsc.org/wsf/wsf.html ), Water privatization, Military and prison economies, National/local budgets & Taxes, Wal-mart, Corporate abuse/accountability, Race & poverty, Predatory lending, Unions, Underground economy – drugs, Economics of migration, Community economic development, Cooperatives, Land trusts, Community supported agriculture.) 0 Human rights (e.g. Civil rights, Economic rights, Indigenous issues/rights, Immigration, Race & Gender, Democratic rights, Prisons, Torture) 0 Culture/Spirit/Wisdom (e.g. Media, Advertising/Consumer culture, Cultural rights & struggles, Cultural activism, Individualism vs Solidarity, Spirituality and Activism, Faith based allies, Spirituality and respect for the earth, Transforming consciousness, vision and values for a new global civilization) 0 Environment/Sustainability (e.g. Natural resources, peak oil, global warming, environmental racism, green living, bio-regions, genetically modified crops, endangered species, health and pollution, sustainable technology, renewable energy) 0 Our Common Wealth/Natural and Social Resources (e.g. Government, Democracy, Participatory democracy, Accountability, Social welfare, Education, Environment/resources, Healthcare, Arts, Media, Sciences, Care Economy (caring for children, elderly, etc.) 0 Other, please specify ________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ Please tell friends Traprock helped you find this connection. PART II - Additional questions (optional) Answering the following questions is optional. These questions are meant to give us a better idea of the range organizations, strategies, challenges that will be represented in the workshops/activities please answer the following questions: 1. What is the mission of your organization? 2. What are your current programs/projects? 3. What have your successes been? What strategies have you found to be most effective? 4. What lessons have you learned about programs/projects that weren’t so successful? 5. What do you see as the most critical opportunities and challenges. See you there!!!"

20070414   W. Mass. SOCIAL FORUM SCHEDULE DETAILS - 9am-10pm        "W. Mass. Social Forum - 9am-10pm SATURDAY April 14 & 15, 2007 at U-Mass, Amherst near the Fine Arts Center endorsed and co-sponsored by over 30 area groups including Traprock Peace Center. 9:00-9:30 Registration coffee/tea School of Management - (SOM) lobby 9:30-10:40 SOM 137 Welcome ---------- 10:45-12:15 Workshops A ---------- ----------- 1:15-2:45 Workshops B ----------- ---------- 3:15-4:30 Workshops C ---------- 4:45-5:45 - Reconvene in SOM 137 - People Power & Next Steps 5:45-7:00 Dinner served! 7:00-10:00 - Celebration/Performance - Mahar Auditorium 9:30-10:40 SOM 137 WelcomeIcebreaker - Raging Grannies/Youth Uniting at the World Social Forum - A global Movement - Agustin Lao-Montes Preview of the US Social Forum, Atlanta, GA - Alice Lovelace, National Lead Organizer, USSF WMSF - Aims Track Key: EJ = Economic Justice; HR = Human Rights; ES = Environment/Sustainability; WP = War/Militarism/Peace; CW = Common Wealth, CA = Culture/Arts/Spirit Workshop ---------- 10:45-12:15 Workshops A ---------- A-1 SOM Rm 117 Targeting Hunger: What we can do to Achieve community Food Security - Andrew Morehouse, Tasha Moultrie, Food Bank A-2 SOM Rm 118 Another World Is Here: Lessons from the Real World W. Mass. Economic Alternatives Network A-3 SOM Rm 119 Reducing Toxic Chemical in Our Communities Tina Clarke, Clean Water Action & A.J. Juarez, Mass Public Health Assn. A-4 SOM Rm 123 Healthy Food, Community, and Sustainability Ryan Voiland, Red Fire Farm, Helen Scharber, Center for Popular Economics A-5 SOM Rm 124 Econ 101 - The Basics of Neoliberalism - Dale Melcher, Umass Labor Center, Heidi Garrett-Peltier, Center for Popular Economics A-6 SOM Rm 125 Inside 'N Out Out Now A-7 SOM Rm 126 Uncommon Conversations Paula Green & Olivia Dreier, Karuna Center Workshop A-8 SOM Rm 127 Organizing Against Genetic Engineering at Massachusetts Town Meetings - Ben Grosscup, NOFA/Mass Social Action 12:15-1:15 Lunch - brown bag, please bring your own (Radicals might break the mold and share food.) ----------- 1:15-2:45 Workshop B W ----------- B-1 SOM Rm 117 Bringing the Federal Budget Home Anita Dancs, National Priorities Project Workshop B-2 SOM Rm 118 An Introduction to the Israeli/Palestintian Situation - Joel Dansky, DeAnne Riddle, Middle East Peace Coalition B-3 SOM Rm 119 It's Time to Get Yourself a Union - Jon Weissman, WMJwJ; Jerry Friedman, labor historian; David Cohen, UEW; Jessica Levy, Student Labor Action B-4 SOM Rm 123 Teaching students about war John Fitzgerald, Historians Against the War B-5 SOM Rm 124 Building Community Economies in the Pioneer Valley Janelle Cornwell, Karen Werner, Ted White, Community Economies Collective B-6 SOM Rm 125 How to Support Your Young Revolutionary & 101 Things Not to Say to Adults - Youth Leadership in the Arts B-7 SOM Rm 126 Simbolos de un Mundo Nuevo (Symbols of a New World) Manos Unidos B-8 SOM Rm 127 ? 2:45-3:15 Free Form Break !! ---------- 3:15-4:30 Workshops C ---------- C-1 SOM Rm 117 Why we do not need the death penalty in Mass., the USA and the world, Bob Lawson, Mass. Citizens Against the Death Penalty C-2 SOM Rm 118 A Revolution in Money and Banking (from the Bottom Up) Chris Lindstrom, E.F. Schumacher Society C-3 SOM Rm 119 The Real Costs of War W. Mass Chapter of Veterans for Peace C-4 SOM Rm 123 Building Community Owned Assets Lynn Benander, Co-op Power & Larry Union, Northeast Biodiesel C-5 SOM Rm 124 Responding to The War Against Nature: Direct action and community based action in defense of the planet D.O., Jean Grossholtz, Tina Clarke C-6 SOM Rm 125 Mini-Help Increase the Peace Project Three local youth HIPP trainers C-7 SOM Rm 126 80 Years of Organizing: Mistakes made and lessons learned Susan & Rene Theberge, SAGE C-8 SOM Rm 127 4:45-5:45 SOM 137 - Reconvene! Step up Improv for Truth on Tap is Participatory Theater for Social Change - Sunny Miller & Ann Wright Reflections on the day & what's ahead on the program (open space intro & sign-up) On the supper break, spell out with our bodies, all together now, ""IMPEACH!"" Also, photograph your group in special colors - 14 or more people needed to emphasize your theme: Women in black, CodePink, Healthcare-not Warfare White, Blue collar, Orange to End Torture, close Guantanamo! etc. Outdoors on our way to supper, and in the halls of higher education, we are standing for justice, and laying down our lives of comfort and privilege to join in solidarity for peace, justice and a culture of harmonies on Earth. 5:45-7:00 Dinner - will be catered by Earthfoods !! YUM Declare your next steps at dinner? 7:00-10:00 Get Social, Step out - Celebration/Performance - Mahar Auditorium ----------- SUNDAY April 15, 2007 ----------- 9:00-9:30 Registration, coffee/tea 9:30-10:00 Welcome & Intro icebreaker Introducing 'Open Space Technology' - a process where participants self-organize sessions based on the issues that they are passionate about. ---- Come and go as you please during this session, 10:00 - 11:45 ----- Proposed topics: Dissent & Democracy: Col Ann Wright resigned after 29 years of military and foreign service in objection to the illegal war on Iraq. She has written about a long history of dissent from within governments. We can reach out with this info, to neighbors working in government, in the military, in universities and in high schools. Story Telling and Strategies for Social Change Liana Foxvog & Raul Matta, STORY Anarchist Organizing reVoltaire: Anarchist organizing in the Pioneer Valley Radicals at Work Lynn Williams, Joe Phillips, Solidarity & the Rank-and-File Youth Project War Tax Resistance - Building Commitment to non-cooperation with war, torture & genocide - there are a wide variety of ways to resist war taxes. What fits your life? Workshop leaders needed. 12-1:00 Next steps & Closing ceremony: US Social Forum, Wmass Movement Building As you leave you may want to attend all or part of the AMHERST PEACE VIGIL, NOON - 1:00. Pay your respects to neighbors reaching out to the public, rain or shine, since 1979? Stop by, & 'HONK for PEACE!'"

20070414   "Medical Consequences of War in Iraq, Springfield, MA"      "The Veterans Education Project, Physicians for Social Responsibility and the Springfield Vet Center are offering a workshop on Saturday, April 14th on the Medical Consequences of the War in Iraq. 9-4:30 at Christ Church Episcopal Cathedral, 35 Chestnut Street, Springfield, MA. Free and open to all (donations are gratefully accepted) learn more about the physical and mental impact of the Iraq War and how medical professionals, counselors, veterans, and military families are treating and coping with the resulting medical problems. A flyer is attached. Please post this or share it where appropriate."

20070414   "PEACE VIGILS, 11-NOON, Greenfield, Northampton, Sunderland."    "Saturday PEACE Vigils - 11am, Greenfield, Northampton, Sunderland, MA From 11am-noon on Saturdays, Franklin County neighbors and Traprock friends gather to stand for peace. Some prefer to sit in silence, many like to chat, and some like to engage the public with ardent hope. Whatever your ways to make peace, all are welcome! This is a permitted vigil on the grass. We ask that no one hang signs on fences, sign posts, or in the trees, as per Greenfield directives. Drivers love a ""HONK for PEACE"" sign, (which we would generally not use in a residential neighborhood). Come speak up for peace! Come offer passersby a wave and a peace sign!"

20070414   "Pioneer Valley War Tax Resisters, Greenfield, MA"   "Pioneer Valley War Tax Resisters will be on the street from 9-noon on Main Street, at Green Fields Market, our local co-op grocery. Ask your questions about war tax reisistance. Non-cooperation is an option. As Juanita Nelson says, ""If you decide this is important, you'll find a way to do it."" Greenfield, MA"

20070413   "W. Mass. Social Forum April 13-15, UMASS, AMHERST"   Save the dates.

20070413   "Film, THE GREAT TURNING: FROM EMPIRE TO EARTH COMMUNITY, Northampton"  "April 13: THE GREAT TURNING: FROM EMPIRE TO EARTH COMMUNITY Northampton Committee to end the war in Iraq brings you this positive view of humanity's prospects as it outgrows its ability to ignore its problems. Fridiay Films are at the Media Education Foundation, 60 Masonic Street, Northampton. Also, on APRIL 20 see : THE IRON WALL Isreal's settlements, and now the Separation Wall, work against a vision for peace. and APRIL 27 see: CHERNOBYL HEART, Consequences of the 1986 reactor fire include displacement, disease, and fear."

20070413   "Alternatives to Empire: Latin American Solidarity Conference, 4/14-15; Chicago I"   "Alternatives to Empire: Latin American Solidarity Conference, 4/14-15, CHICAGO US grassroots solidarity activists will be joined by activists & organizers from Latin America & the Caribbean to plan, evaluate, & celebrate the growing US Latin America solidarity movement. Participants will exchange information & develop action plans; art & culture will be a strong component of the conference. Sponsored by the Latin America Solidarity Coalition, www.lasolidarity.org"

20070412   Panel of Iraq Vets Against the War - UMASS        "What: Panel of Iraq Vets Against the War (IVAW) on the case for ""Troops Out Now!"" When: Thursday, April 12 at 7PM Where: UMass Campus Center room 911-915 Join anti-war veterans for a panel and open discussion on the case for immediate withdrawl from Iraq and Afghanistan. IVAW represents the front line of troop resistance to U.S. imperialism today, and the voices and experiences of active duty soldiers and veterans are vitally important to the project of rebuilding an anti-war movement here at home that can challenge wars for oil and empire abroad, and give confidence to larger numbers of soldiers who wish to resist the war machine. This meeting is sponsored by the Campus Anti-War Outreach Caucus of the UMass AWC, and the UMass International Socialist Organization."

20070412   "Interfaith Summit for Immigrant Justice, BOSTON"        "Please join us from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the State House for the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition's 11th Annual Immigrants' Day at the State House, the largest advocacy day in Massachusetts. This year we are bringing together faith communities and advocacy organizations from across the state to bring awareness to the issues facing Immigrants in Massachusetts. Come to hear some of the Commonwealth's highest profile religious leaders speak about immigrant rights from 10 Am to 11AM, then join us for workshops and visits to your legislators from 11 AM to 1 PM. For more information please call (617) 350-5480 ext. 212."

20070412   "Immigrant's Day at the State House, BOSTON" "On April 12, 2007, MIRA will bring together faith leaders and organizations from across the state for the Interfaith Summit for Immigrant Justice. The purpose of this summit is to expand understanding, support and advocacy for immigrant members of congregations and communities. Go to http://www.miracoalition.org for more info!"

20070412   "Iraq Veterans Against the War / film ""Sir, NO Sir!"" Smith Col."   "Iraq Veterans Against the War speakout and film screening of ""Sir, No Sir!"" Thursday, April 12 7 pm Smith College Seelye Hall 102 Drew Cameron from Iraq Veterans Against the War will speak and answer questions, followed by a screening of the anti-war film ""Sir, No Sir!"" contact: resisting@riseup.net or (413)585-6718"

20070411   What's Happening in Venezuela?       "WHAT'S HAPPENING IN VENEZUELA? Come find out! Speaker reports back from Venezuela. WHEN: Wednesday, April 11, 6:00 PM WHERE: West Lecture Hall, Franklin Patterson Hall, Hampshire College Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez is widely credited as being a leading voice of widespread international opposition to Bush-led imperialism around the world. Chavez is a hero at home, and was just re-elected with over 60% of the vote. Rhode Island resident Shane Jones recently visited Venezuela, and he reports on the ""revolutionary process"" taking place there and its global significance. Shane will touch on topics including: -What economic policy changes has Chavez made, and what may be to come? -What is the role of community councils in Venezuela? -What are the possibilities of growing left-wing regional alliances between Chavez's government and that of other new leftist leaders, such as Bolivia's Evo Morales and Ecuador's Rafael Correa, in resisting U.S.-led imperialism? -What is life like on the streets in Caracas today?"

20070411   "Restoring a Bridge between Israelis and Palestinians, Hampshire College"    "The Alexander River Restoration Project as a Bridge between Israelis and Palestinians Talk by project planner Amos Brandeis Wednesday, April 11, 4:30 p.m., Franklin Patterson Hall, Hampshire College ** Palestine and Israel: Roots of Conflict, Prospects for Peace Talk by Norman Finkelstein Wednesday, April 11, 7:30 pm, Student Union Ballroom, University of Massachusetts"

20070411   "“The Witness” a Moving Play about Being Homeless, Greenfield"      "Striking The Balance: The Meaning of Homelessness in Our Lives A single performance of the extraordinary one-person play “The Witness” by the Faithful Fools of San Francisco, on the east coast for only a week, will be held at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church (399 Main St., Greenfield) on April 11, 2007 at 7:30 pm, sponsored by All Souls UU Church and the Interfaith Council of Franklin County. The public is invited. A free will offering will be collected to help cover expenses and to benefit the Faithful Fools’ street ministry in the tenderloin district of San Francisco. The play’s material is likely to be interesting to older teens and adults. “The Witness, written and directed by renowned playwright Martha Boesing, tells of a good-hearted young woman’s journey from kindness to enlightenment and compassion, through the hard streets of poverty and homelessness. The play draws on two primary sources: stories from the on-the-street Catholic and Unitarian Universalist ministry of the Faithful Fools http://www.faithfulfools.org/, and the ten Ox-herding pictures of the Zen Buddhist teachings about the steps to self-awareness. Sarah Weidman, the actress for this performance, has trained with Tina Packer’s Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, Massachusetts, the San Francisco Mime Troupe, and Augusto Boal’s Theater of the Oppressed. She also teaches third grade in East Oakland, California. After the performance, discussion will be led by Rev. Kay Jorgensen, the Unitarian Universalist minister who co-founded the Faithful Fools in 1998 with Carmen Barsody, a Roman Catholic nun. The mission of the Faithful Fools is to be a ministry of presence that acknowledges each human’s incredible worth, that shatters myths about those living in poverty, and that discovers on the streets our common humanity through which celebration, community and healing occur. As part of their ministry the Faithful Fools lead street retreats several times a month. During the retreats, which have been attended by hundreds from all over the United States, people from all walks of life are invited to bear witness to the poverty and deprivation on the streets, and to engage in personal reflection and action. “It is difficult to be reserved and objective about a play as inspiring and overwhelming as “The Witness,” and I hereby give up any pretense of that. Simply put, this play is one of those rare occasions when art serves the higher purpose of making the world a better place for all of us.” --Ellen Danchik, Street Spirit, October 2002."

20070411   "AI Group 12 shows film, ""The Road to Guantanamo"" Amherst"      "Please come to the film The Road to Guantanamo in conjunction with Amnesty International's campaign on torture. The film is a ""terrifying first-hand account of three British citizens who were held for two years in the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba without any formal charges ever made against them. You can read more about the film at http://www.roadtoguantanamomovie.com. This house screening is on Wednesday, April 11th at 7 p.m. at Fanny Rothschild's at 26 Morgan Circle, Amherst. Directions here; 413-687-8036/549-0945 Please come to view and discuss this important film; refreshments will be served. Warm regards, Amnesty International, Amherst Group 12"

20070410   "ISREAL/PALESTINE EVENT, Knowledge is the Beginning, HAMPSHIRE COL. Amherst" "ISREAL/PALESTINE EVENTS ** Knowledge is the Beginning Film followed by a talk with Miriam Said. Film about a joint Palestinian Israeli-youth orchestra created by Edward Said and Daniel Barenboim. Tuesday, April 10, 7:00 p.m., West Lecture Hall, Franklin Patterson Hall, Hampshire College ** =================="

20070409   Immigration - Welcoming the Stranger        "Prophetic Hospitality: Welcoming the Stranger. Workshop 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at First Congregational Church, Amherst, 165 Main Street. Learn about immigration issues and how people of faith can respond. View video ""Dying to Live"". Led by Rev. Loren McGrail and Luis Alvarenga. Focus on militarization of the border; upcoming legislation; May 1 Day of Solidarity; The New Bedford Raids - what we learned and how we can help; and The New Sanctuary Movement."

20070409   "Mystical Activism: Active Mysticism: Paki Wieland, Northampton, MA"       "Mystical Activism -Active Mysticism: Paki Wieland, Northampton resident, will share stories of her recent experiences in the intentional community, Auroville, India. In the Parlor of 1st Churches, Main Street, Northampton."

20070409   "BLACKWATER: The Rise of the Most Powerful Mercenary Firm in the World, S. Hadle"  "JEREMY IS A TERIFIC SPEAKER -- not to miss!! Date/Time: Monday, April 9, 7 pm Odyssey Bookshop 9 College Street South Hadley, MA 01075 (413) 534-7307 odysseyjeg@aol.com www.odysseybks.com Event: Jeremy Scahill will read from and sign his new nonfiction book, Blackwater: The Rise of the Most Powerful Mercenary Firm in the World. Meet Blackwater, USA, the world's most secretive and powerful mercenary firm. Based in the wilderness of North Carolina, it is the fastest-growing private army on the planet. Blackwater protects the top US officials in Iraq, yet the public knows almost nothing about their quasi-military operations, which range from the blood-soaked streets of Fallujah to rooftop firefights in Najaf to the hurricane-ravaged US gulf to Washington DC. Jeremy Scahill, a correspondent for Democracy Now! and a frequent contributor the The Nation magazine, is an unembedded international journalist. Jeremy Scahill's exposŐ© of the Blackwater mercenary firm forcefully demonstrates the grave dangers of outsourcing the government's monopoly on the use of force.-- Joseph Wilson, former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq More info at: http://www.blackwaterbook.com See his video at : http://www.thenation.com/doc/20070402/scahill_vid"

20070408   "Sunday Peace VIGILs -- NOON in Amherst, Cambridge & Newburyport, MA - COME HONK"       "There has been a vigil on the Amherst Common on Sundays for 27 years. Hardy neighbors stand for peace. Choose your sign or banner, honk & wave, or see one of the 200 flyers passed out each week. Visit over tea or lunch afterwards across the street? You can help make peace real in our lives and in the world. Here's a simple place to start. More Peace Vigils: In Cambridge, MA - Noon (approx) to 1:30 at Cambridge Common, Mass Ave & Garden Street. Also on Sundays in Newburyport, 12-1 pm, Market Square in Newburyport If you have a sign and a car, you can use it as a sun-shade this summer, and have it handy for spontaneous vigils and demonstrations. Everywhere you park, your message will be seen. Seeing citizens take action spontaneously suggests that, ""The Times they are a changin'!'"""

20070407   "Saturday PEACE Vigils - 11am, Greenfield, Northampton, Sunderland, MA"  "Saturday PEACE Vigils - 11am, Greenfield, Northampton, Sunderland, MA From 11am-noon on Saturdays, Franklin County neighbors and Traprock friends gather to stand for peace. Some prefer to sit in silence, many like to chat, and some like to engage the public with ardent hope. Whatever your ways to make peace, all are welcome! This is a permitted vigil on the grass. We ask that no one hang signs on fences, sign posts, or in the trees, as per Greenfield directives. Drivers love a ""HONK for PEACE"" sign, (which we would generally not use in a residential neighborhood). Come speak up for peace! Come offer passersby a wave and a peace sign!"

20070407   "A Day of Theatrical Protest, Mount Holyoke College, S. Hadley" "Marking the Fourth Anniversary of the US War in Iraq: A Day of Theatrical Protest Saturday, April 7, 2007 2-5 pm Blanchard Campus Center, MHC An informal coalition of MHC students, staff, faculty and valley community members are organizing a day of theatrical protest, information-sharing and civic vitality on Saturday, April 7 in Blanchard Campus Center at 1 pm in response to the four years of sustained military force in Iraq. This April 7th event is a prelude for a planned Town Hall to harness and amplify the activist impulse for peace and justice work on campus. Beginning at 1 pm and taking place in three separate spaces in Blanchard, three short dramatic pieces will be performed. The audience will be guided on a tour of each of these three performances. Throughout the space, tables and art will articulate the work of the activist community, offering information and opportunities to take action. Following the performance, the entire audience will be united in the Blanchard Great Room for feedback and discussion. Student, staff, faculty and community representatives will follow to share information and activist opportunities on campus and throughout the valley. Drawing from student groups, such as SCA, faculty and students from Theater Arts, Gender Studies and Critical Social Thought and more, the event invites members of the MHC community not only to attend, but also to participate in the performances as well as to share activist work by securing a table."

20070406   "Film at M.E.F. ""Crude Impact"", Northampton, MA"   "Northampton Committee Announces Screening of ""Crude Impact"" Friday, April 6 ""Crude Impact"" explores humanity's dependence on oil, highlighting the consequences for local cultures, other species, and the environment. It also explores the question of what will happen as the oil runs out. The Northampton Committee to Stop the War in Iraq is sponsoring a free screening of ""Crude Impact"" on Friday, April 6 at 7:00 p.m. at the Media Education Foundation, 60 Masonic Street in Northampton. The event is free. The venue is accessible. Discussion will follow. For more information, call the contact listed above or visit our web site at http://northamptoncommittee.org."

20070406   You know you are living the way of peace when ...        "A GIFT OF SPRING You know you are living the way of peace when three things are present: 1. Your actions harm no one and benefit everyone. You experience joy in knowing that your daily actions support life as a whole. You have fulfilled your duty to become part of the evolution of the planet. 2. You remember your true purpose for being here. You have the satisfaction of expanded possibilities in finding your authentic self and truth. Your unique path is opened to you and you alone. 3. You belong to the community of peace and wisdom. You have the satisfaction of having no enemies. You are at home in the world. The rest of the human family is part of you. Deepak Chopra from his book ""Peace is the Way"" May the Spirit of light and love richly bless you and those you love at this time of new birth, John & Elizabeth Staley, Williamstown, MA"

20070405   """Nonviolent Conflict Resolution: from Schoolyards to War Zones"", Ashfield"    "Dear friends, I thought you might be interested in a talk to be given this coming Thursday evening in Ashfield. It should be fascinating. Pat Patfoort is a good friend and former colleague of Mary Link, who will be hosting Pat while she's in this part of the U.S. You can check out her web site (see below) for more information. Hope you can join us! Randy ""Nonviolent Conflict Resolution: from Schoolyards to War Zones"" A talk by Belgian-Flemish anthropologist, educator, and peacemaker Pat Patfoort Thursday evening, April 5th, 7:00 p.m., Wellspring House, #284 Main St., Ashfield. Pat Patfoort is the co-founder and director of the Fireflower Center for Conflict Management in Brugge, Belgium. The author of numerous books and articles, Ms. Patfoort has lectured at universities throughout Europe and the U.S. Applying her own unique theory of conflict transformation, she has been a teacher/trainer with children and parents, families, students and teachers, and in workplaces and prisons. She has also facilitated dialog and reconciliation projects in the Caucasus, Kosovo, Rwanda, the Congo, and Senegal. Her talk is open to the public. All are welcome and admission is free. Donations to help defray Ms. Patfoort's travel expenses will be gratefully accepted. More information about Ms. Patfoort's work can be found at <www.patpatfoort.be>. For further information, please call Mary Link (628-4695) or Randy Kehler (624-8858)."

20070405   """Nonviolent Conflict Resolution: from Schoolyards to War Zones"", Ashfield"    "Dear friends, I thought you might be interested in a talk to be given this coming Thursday evening in Ashfield. It should be fascinating. Pat Patfoort is a good friend and former colleague of Mary Link, who will be hosting Pat while she's in this part of the U.S. You can check out her web site (see below) for more information. Hope you can join us! Randy ""Nonviolent Conflict Resolution: from Schoolyards to War Zones"" A talk by Belgian-Flemish anthropologist, educator, and peacemaker Pat Patfoort Thursday evening, April 5th, 7:00 p.m., Wellspring House, #284 Main St., Ashfield. Pat Patfoort is the co-founder and director of the Fireflower Center for Conflict Management in Brugge, Belgium. The author of numerous books and articles, Ms. Patfoort has lectured at universities throughout Europe and the U.S. Applying her own unique theory of conflict transformation, she has been a teacher/trainer with children and parents, families, students and teachers, and in workplaces and prisons. She has also facilitated dialog and reconciliation projects in the Caucasus, Kosovo, Rwanda, the Congo, and Senegal. Her talk is open to the public. All are welcome and admission is free. Donations to help defray Ms. Patfoort's travel expenses will be gratefully accepted. More information about Ms. Patfoort's work can be found at <www.patpatfoort.be>. For further information, please call Mary Link (628-4695) or Randy Kehler (624-8858)."

20070405   "MASS CITIZENS AGAINST THE DEATH PENALTY, Springfield"    "First Thursdays MASS CITIZENS AGAINST THE DEATH PENALTY 7-8:30pm, Unitarian-Universalist Society, 245 Porter Lake Drive, Springfield. Planning 2007 Sacco/Vanzetti Night, August 23. Info: 567-3451, mailto:mcadp1@aol.com or mailto:CAJOWL66@aol.com or Beth Moriarty, mailto:carys96@earthlink.net."

20070404   "Wide-Angle Films - A FORCE MORE POWERFUL (Nonviolence) Amherst, 7PM"    "Wide-AngleFilms presents this Wednesday APRIL 4 7 pm - a film of inspiration and example. The Nacul Center (corner of No. Whitney and Main Streets; fully accessible; 1/2 mile east from downtown Amherst - easy parking on the premises) No admission charge. A FORCE MORE POWERFUL A CENTURY OF NON-VIOLENT CONFLICT - how non-violent power overcame oppression and authoritarian rule. This Wednesday - Part One of a two-part documentary on one of the 20th century’s most important and least known stories. In South Africa, 1907, Mohandas Gandhi led Indian immigrants in a nonviolent fight for rights denied them by white rulers. The power Gandhi pioneers has been used by underdogs everywhere throughout the 20th century for rights and freedom. In the 60’s, Gandhi’s nonviolent weapons were used by black college students in Nashville, TN. Disciplined and strictly nonviolent, they successfully desegregated Nashville’s lunch counters in five months, becoming a model for the entire civil rights movement. In India in the 1930’s, after Gandhi returned from South Africa, he and his adopted a strategy of non-cooperation with British rule. Through civil disobedience and boycotts, they loosed their oppressors’ grip on power setting India on the path to freedom. In 1985, a young South African, Mkhuseli Jack, led a movement against apartheid. This campaign of nonviolent action – notably a devastating consumer boycott in the Eastern Cape province – awakened whites to black grievances and fatally weakened business support for apartheid. (87 min.) More information about the film and the series is at http://justiceandpeace.net/WideAngleFilms.htm Discussions follow films. Amherst areas residents who provide this forum WELCOME new members. Thanks to sponsors: SAGE, American Friends Service Committee, and Traprock Peace Center."

20070404   "Reel World Film: Trinkets and Beads (Ecuador), Shelburne Falls, MA"       "Wednesday 4/4, 7pm, Shelburne Falls film: Trinkets and Beads - A moving story of how the Huaorani tribe living in the rainforest of Ecuador confronted international oil conglomerates who were desecrating their land with oil drilling. More info. Part of the Reel World film series."

20070404   "Activist on Trial - April 3, 4 - Holyoke"        "Valley Anti-War Activist on Trial Needs Solidarity! Charles's supporters will be attending his trial on When:Tuesday, April 3 and Wednesday April 4th Where: Holyoke District Court 20 Court Plaza Holyoke, MA 01040 PLEASE JOIN US! What: Anti-War Activist Charles T. Peterson, member of the Umass Anti-War Coalition, is on trial this week for trumped up charges stemming from an anti-war demonstration last September. This is the final stop in a legal Odyssey beginning over a year ago. In the midst of protesting the presence of military recruiters on the Holyoke Community College campus, Charles was attacked by campus police and maced (for more details see: http://www.socialistworker.org/2005-2/560/560_01_Crackdown.shtml). In the aftermath of the police attack, HCC pressed charges against Charles! Charles was charged with assault and battery on a police officer, disorderly conduct and aiding and abetting the escape of a person in custody (incidentally, no one else was ever charged with anything). At his arraignment, the last charge was dismissed as wholly without foundation; now, he finally gets his day in court. Thanks again to all the people who have come out for the myriad hearings. Hopefully now, that the case has finally come to trial, you can join us as we support Charles in this difficult time. Your presence will be invaluable in showing that the anti-war movement will not back down when its members are targeted, and in preventing the prosecution from winning a conviction on these ridiculous charges."

20070403   "Activst on Trial - April 3, 4 - Holyoke"        "Please Forward Widely!! Valley Anti-War Activist on Trial Needs Solidarity! Charles's supporters will be attending his trial on When:Tuesday, April 3 and Wednesday April 4th Where: Holyoke District Court 20 Court Plaza Holyoke, MA 01040 PLEASE JOIN US! What: Anti-War Activist Charles T. Peterson, member of the Umass Anti-War Coalition, is on trial this week for trumped up charges stemming from an anti-war demonstration last September. This is the final stop in a legal Odyssey beginning over a year ago. In the midst of protesting the presence of military recruiters on the Holyoke Community College campus, Charles was attacked by campus police and maced (for more details see: http://www.socialistworker.org/2005-2/560/560_01_Crackdown.shtml). In the aftermath of the police attack, HCC pressed charges against Charles! Charles was charged with assault and battery on a police officer, disorderly conduct and aiding and abetting the escape of a person in custody (incidentally, no one else was ever charged with anything). At his arraignment, the last charge was dismissed as wholly without foundation; now, he finally gets his day in court. Thanks again to all the people who have come out for the myriad hearings. Hopefully now, that the case has finally come to trial, you can join us as we support Charles in this difficult time. Your presence will be invaluable in showing that the anti-war movement will not back down when its members are targeted, and in preventing the prosecution from winning a conviction on these ridiculous charges."

20070403   "Our Lady of Peace, Turners Falls, MA"  "Our Lady of Peace, Turners Falls, MA Father Stan announced that Our Lady of Peace parish in Turners Falls will be holding Scriptures sessions during Lent on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 pm begining Feb 27th. The focus of these Scriptures will be Justice and Peace."

20070403   "Film on Native poet & activist John Trudell, Greenfield"      "LIFE, WORK AND VISION OF NATIVE AMERICAN ACTIVIST SUBJECT OF DOCUMENTARY FILM On Tuesday evening, April 3rd, as part of its film series on _Culture, Ecology, and Sustainability, the Human Ecology Department at Greenfield Community College will sponsor a public presentation of the documentary Trudell, a film about legendary Native poet and activist John Trudell. The film will be shown at 7:00 p.m. in the Social Sciences Studio, Room 115, in G.C.C._s East Building. Following the film, there will be a discussion about the relevance of the film in our own lives and community. Free refreshments will be provided. In Trudell, filmmaker Heather Rae presents the engaging life story of Native American poet-prophet-activist John Trudell and his heartfelt message of personal responsibility to the earth, all of its inhabitants and our descendants. At its most basic level, Trudell is an eye-opening documentary that challenges belief systems. At its loftiest, Trudell will inspire you to reawaken your spirit. In 1979, while protesting the US government's policy on American Indian affairs, John Trudell burned an American Flag on the steps of FBI headquarters in Washington DC. Within a matter of hours his pregnant wife, three children and mother-in-law were killed in a suspicious fire ona Nevada reservation. This ended his role in the movement, but his voice would not be silenced. From the late 1960_s occupation of Alcatraz Island to the current international stage of politics and performance, Heather Rae_s provocative and poignant film reveals the essence of a true American original. TRUDELL is intended to be a film that steps outside of traditional forms, even for Native films, and explores a figure of our contemporary history in a way that fairly represents the evocative nature of his work and significance. I_m not looking to overthrow the American government, the corporate state already has. --JT He_s extremely eloquent_therefore extremely dangerous. --FBI memo Angel Russek Associate Professor Human Ecology Greenfield Community College Greenfield, MA 01301 413-775-1152 russek@gcc.mass.edu"

20070401   "OPEN HOUSE AT TRAPROCK, 5PM" "Your Neighbors Network to End War invites you to come by beginning at 5 PM on Apri 1. Enjoy a pot-luck of snacks. We'll be moving this summer -- don't know where or how yet. Share your thoughts and memories, share the love. 413 773-7427. We are delighted to meet with Kevin McVeigh, 2:30-4:30, regarding how to organize ourselves for a fund-raising campaign to establish a new Traprock. Kevin is an inspiration!"

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20070331   "Code Pink calls for demo outside Rep. Olver's house, Amherst"       "Today at 1PM, a demonstration is called for by local Code Pink supporters in South Amherst on Route 116, across the road from US Congressman John Olver's home. Rep, Olver voted for Supplemental funding for the war in Iraq, saying legislation with a September 2008 date for withdrawal is that best Congress can do."

20070331   Iran: What's at Stake in the Middle East?        "Public Meeting & Discussion. How have threats of deepening sanctions and a new U.S.-led war on Iran affected the broader Middle East? How would an expanded war affect Iranians and their neighbors? How does the conflict with Iran relate to the U.S. occupation of Iraq, the 2006 Israeli invasion of Lebanon, and intensifying Israeli attacks against and occupation of Palestine? Why is the United States escalating a conflict with Iran by focusing on its alleged nuclear ambitions? How can the anti-war movement in the United States grow and resist an attack against Iran? What would solidarity with the Iranian people look like? Please join Adalah-NY for an urgent teach-in and discussion on these issues. Saturday, March 31st - 3 PM, Elebash Recital Hall, CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue (at 34th St.), New York, NY. For more info and an up-to-date list of participants, please visit us at: www.mideastjustice.org or e-mail justiceME@gmail.com"

20070331   "Code Pink calls for demo outside Rep. Olver's house, Amherst"       "Code Pink supporters are calling for a 1 PM demo today on Route 116 in South Amherst accross from US Congressman John Olver's home. Rep. Olver voted for Supplemental spending of over $100 billion for continuing the war in Iraq, saying this legislation with a Sept. 2008 timeline for withdrawal (of many but not all ) of the troops is ""the best we can do."""

20070330   "Free films on Fridays, 7PM. Northampton"        "NORTHAMPTON COMMITTEE FRIDAY NIGHT FILM SERIES Films are 7:00 p.m. at the Media Education Foundation, 60 Masonic Street in downtown Northampton. The events are free. The venue is accessible. Discussion follows. March 30: IRON-JAWED ANGELS Young activists Alice Paul and Lucy Burns risk their lives leading the U.S. women's suffrage movement to victory. (Drama) Free films on Fridays, 7PM. Northampton"

20070329   "Author ""Fourth Uncle in the Mountain,"" Amherst"   "Buddhist Women Author Talks One Woman Saves Stories from a Vietnamese Buddhist Doctor; Another Shares the Kindness of ""Fierce Compassion"" On Thursday, March 29 at 7 p.m. at Food for Thought Books in Amherst, Marjorie Pivar will give a talk and documentary slideshow based on the book she co- authored with Quang Van Nguyen. Fourth Uncle in the Mountain: The Remarkable Legacy of a Buddhist Itinerant Doctor in Vietnam, described by famous documentary filmmaker Ken Burns as ""a magical, mesmerizing story,"" shares the life of a boy who is adopted by a 64-year old monk and raised to practice ancient medicinal healing throughout Vietnam, a land ravaged by the atrocities of war. The book is now available in paperback. The event is free and open to the public."

20070327   "Our Lady of Peace, Turners Falls, MA"  "Our Lady of Peace, Turners Falls, MA Father Stan announced that Our Lady of Peace parish in Turners Falls will be holding Scriptures sessions during Lent on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 pm begining Feb 27th. The focus of these Scriptures will be Justice and Peace."

20070327   "Our Lady of Peace, Turners Falls, MA"  "Our Lady of Peace, Turners Falls, MA Father Stan announced that Our Lady of Peace parish in Turners Falls will be holding Scriptures sessions during Lent on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 pm begining Feb 27th. The focus of these Scriptures will be Justice and Peace."

20070325   "AMHERST PEACE VIGIL -- NOON- 1PM, EVERY SUNDAY"        "This vigil has been on the Amherst Common for 27 years. Hardy neighbors stand for peace. Choose your sign, honk & wave, or see one of the 200 flyers passed out each week. Visit over tea afterwards across the street? You can help make peace real in our lives and in the world."

20070324   "Walk for a Nuclear-free Future, 3/24-4/1"        "Walk for a Nuclear-free Future, 3/24-4/1 (including a day of public fasting on 3/28; to observe the anniversary of the 1979 nuclear accident at Three Mile Island, Citizens Awareness Network & the Buddhist order of Nipponzan Myohoji will coordinate a walk through Vermont towns to support safe, sustainable energy choices & abolish nuclear power & nuclear weapons; host communities & colleges will discuss issues surrounding Entergy's application for a 20-year license extension of the Vermont Yankee nuclear reactor & the dangers Vermont Yankee creates for New England. Support vehicles will be available for anyone needing assistance; this is a drug- & alcohol-free event. Contact CAN at can@nukebusters.org or call Deb Katz, 413/339-5781"

20070324   "Interfaith Service & Rally for Climate Rescue, 2 PM, MARCH 24, BOSTON!"    "Interfaith Walk for Climate Rescue, MARCH 16-24, NORTHAMPTON - BOSTON I will be walking from Northampton to Boston from March 16 - 24 on a walk called Interfaith Walk for Climate Rescue - sponsored by many, but organized by Religious Witness for the Earth. The send-off ceremony and service is Friday, March 16 at the UU church on the Main St. of Northampton at 12 noon. We will set off about 1 p.m. We walk until the next Saturday, which we are now calling Climate Rescue Day with a large interfaith worship at Old South Church at 2 p.m. and a very large public rally at 3 p.m. at Copley Square. There is lots of information at www.climatewalk.org or call me with questions - (413) 625-6967 The world and I would really appreciate it if you could walk an hour, a day, or the whole time. blessings, Kate Stevens"

20070323   "Free films on Fridays, 7PM. Northampton"        "NORTHAMPTON COMMITTEE FRIDAY NIGHT FILM SERIES Films are 7:00 p.m. at the Media Education Foundation, 60 Masonic Street in downtown Northampton. The events are free. The venue is accessible. Discussion follows. March 23: SALUD Cuba's powerhouse health-care system, a source of revolutionary pride, fans out around the world to help. March 30: IRON-JAWED ANGELS Young activists Alice Paul and Lucy Burns risk their lives leading the U.S. women's suffrage movement to victory. (Drama) Free films on Fridays, 7PM. Northampton"

20070323   "Interfaith Walk for Climate Rescue, MARCH 16-24, NORTHAMPTON - BOSTON"      "Interfaith Walk for Climate Rescue, MARCH 16-24, NORTHAMPTON - BOSTON I will be walking from Northampton to Boston from March 16 - 24 on a walk called Interfaith Walk for Climate Rescue - sponsored by many, but organized by Religious Witness for the Earth. The send-off ceremony and service is Friday, March 16 at the UU church on the Main St. of Northampton at 12 noon. We will set off about 1 p.m. We walk until the next Saturday, which we are now calling Climate Rescue Day with a large interfaith worship at Old South Church at 2 p.m. and a very large public rally at 3 p.m. at Copley Square. There is lots of information at www.climatewalk.org or call me with questions - (413) 625-6967 The world and I would really appreciate it if you could walk an hour, a day, or the whole time. blessings, Kate Stevens"

20070322   "Interfaith Walk for Climate Rescue, MARCH 16-24, NORTHAMPTON - BOSTON"      "Interfaith Walk for Climate Rescue, MARCH 16-24, NORTHAMPTON - BOSTON I will be walking from Northampton to Boston from March 16 - 24 on a walk called Interfaith Walk for Climate Rescue - sponsored by many, but organized by Religious Witness for the Earth. The send-off ceremony and service is Friday, March 16 at the UU church on the Main St. of Northampton at 12 noon. We will set off about 1 p.m. We walk until the next Saturday, which we are now calling Climate Rescue Day with a large interfaith worship at Old South Church at 2 p.m. and a very large public rally at 3 p.m. at Copley Square. There is lots of information at www.climatewalk.org or call me with questions - (413) 625-6967 The world and I would really appreciate it if you could walk an hour, a day, or the whole time. blessings, Kate Stevens"

20070322   "Facing Race, 3/22-24; NYC"    "Facing Race, 3/22-24; New York City NY; Facing Race is a conference bringing together key policy advocates, academics, researchers, organizers, & activists interested in exploring innovative strategies & successful models for changing public policy to produce more racial equity; three primary tracks: policy change, media, and organizing; keynote speaker, author Walter Mosley, sponsored by the Applied Research Center & the Center for Humanities at CUNY Graduate Center; 32 Broadway #1801, New York NY 10004; 212/513-7925; www.arc.org"

20070321   "Wide-Angle Films - MPROBABLE COLLAPSE, Amherst, 7PM" "Wide-Angle Films presents: ? MARCH 21 7 pm IMPROBABLE COLLAPSE : THE DEMOLITION OF OUR REPUBLIC The first film to look at the events of September 11, 2001 from a strictly scientific perspective. On 9/11/01 the World Trade Center Twin Towers disintegration resembled deliberately calculated implosions, scientists say. At 5:20 pm the same day – another building, the 47-story WTC7, completely collapsed within 70 feet of its footprint in 6.6. seconds. The three buildings became the first such structures to suffer complete collapse due to fire and damage. (’06, 69 min.) DISCUSSION TO FOLLOW: WHAT DO YOU THINK?? WHAT DO YOU KNOW?? NACUL CENTER, 592 MAIN ST., AMHERST (corner of No. Whitney St.; 1/2 mile east from downtown Amherst – fully accessible) No charge with admission. Donations welcome. Information: 413-256-1760"

20070321   WALK FOR A NEW SPRING - COME TO CAMBRIDGE + BOSTON      "Walk for a New Spring! From Leverett to Boston! 2/18 - 3/21/2007 February 18 - March 21, 2007 Leverett to Boston A 4-week walk to find ways to root and nourish the power of peace and equity, locally, nationally and globally. From the New England Peace Pagoda, 100 Cave Hill Road, Leverett, Massachusetts. To learn of the current and next day's stopping points, call 413 253-7609. You can support walkers with pot-luck meals, or rendez-vous for a bit of walking. Walk, cook for a pot-luck, join an evening discussion, get a Mayors for Peace packet for your Mayor or Town Council, share and announce to neighbors the schedule, stand and pray as walkers pass, endorse and support the walkers ... there are so many ways to participate. 3/18 Sunday Hingham - Quincy - Milton 3/19 M Milton - Dorchester- Boston 3/20 T Roxbury - Bio-Terror Lab 3/21 Wednesday Harvard Sq. - Cambridge - State House PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS AND COME TO BOSTON for the sixth annual conclusion of this remarkable walk Bring your peace flags, inspire the city, drum the Peace Pagoda's prayer for peace. Walkers will arrive at the Boston State House by noon. 3/21 Wednesday is the First Day of Spring ! 8:30 am Christ Church - Cambridge 9:00 am Cambridge City Hall on Mass Ave. 11:00 am Copley Square - Trinity Church 11:30 am State House !!!! Bring your blooming flowers, your sprigs of cat-tails and forsythia, red-bud and early daffodils. Announce to the world your belief that peace is possible. We can end the nuclear age. ""We walk from late winter to the first day of spring. As the Earth's wondrous energies, in harmony with the heavens, prepare for the re-emergence of the life force, we walk to renew our own spirit, committting to the realization of a peaceful society where everyone is supported and contributes to the humanity of our local and world commuity. Please join us for a mile, a day or whatever's possible. Guruji Teaches ... ""Today the world has become a nuclear arsenal. All the peoples of the world are forced to live fearfully as if waiting fo rthe fires to be set. When four billion peoples of the world rise up, raising their hands and their voices for peace under renewed international ethics, insisting that they want no more war, theywant not to be killed and never want to kill another, but that they shall live harmoniously with non-violence ..., when we can come together in this eay we will be able to prevent the disaster by nuclear weapons. "" Most Venerable Nichidatsu Fujii Guruji, Founder and Teacher of Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist Order Na Mu Myo Ho Ren Ge Kyo Traprock Peace Center happily recommends this walk. We have endorsed and promoted Walk for a New Spring since its inception in 2002. We thank the monks and nuns of Nipponzan Myohoji for their inspiring vision and their steadfast friendships with so many peacemakers. We are so lucky to have such visionary, kind, and dedicated neighbors! Walking never felt so good. These are spirited walkers."

20070321   "“Hijacking Catastrophe” at St. James, Greenfield, MA 7PM" "See “Hijacking Catastrophe” at St. James Episcopal Church, FREE On Wed. March 21 at 7:00 the Justice and Peace Fellowship of St. James Church will show “Hijacking Catastrophe”, a powerful film about our response to the attacks of Sep. 11, 200. This film has the subtitle “Fear and the Selling of the American Empire”. The film will be shown in the Whiteman Room and lasts about an hour, with discussion to follow. All are welcome. St. James is located close to the center of Greenfield at the corner of Federal and Church Streets. Questions? Call Betts Bednarski, 772-0961. Traprock Peace Center works with and endorses the Interfaith Council of Franklin County undertaking a wide variety of peace and justice works. These thoughtful neighbors come together often. Together we are building bridges for peace."

20070320   "WALK FOR A NEW SPRING, Roxbury - Bio-Terror Lab"        "Walk for a New Spring! From Leverett to Boston! 2/18 - 3/21/2007 February 18 - March 21, 2007 Leverett to Boston A 4-week walk to find ways to root and nourish the power of peace and equity, locally, nationally and globally. From the New England Peace Pagoda, 100 Cave Hill Road, Leverett, Massachusetts. To learn of the current and next day's stopping points, call 413 253-7609. You can support walkers with pot-luck meals, or rendez-vous for a bit of walking. Walk, cook for a pot-luck, join an evening discussion, get a Mayors for Peace packet for your Mayor or Town Council, share and announce to neighbors the schedule, stand and pray as walkers pass, endorse and support the walkers ... there are so many ways to participate. 3/18 Sunday Hingham - Quincy - Milton 3/19 M Milton - Dorchester- Boston 3/20 T Roxbury - Bio-Terror Lab 3/21 Wednesday Harvard Sq. - Cambridge - State House PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS AND COME TO BOSTON for the sixth annual conclusion of this remarkable walk Bring your peace flags, inspire the city, drum the Peace Pagoda's prayer for peace. Walkers will arrive at the Boston State House by noon. 3/21 Wednesday is the First Day of Spring ! 8:30 am Christ Church - Cambridge 9:00 am Cambridge City Hall on Mass Ave. 11:00 am Copley Square - Trinity Church 11:30 am State House !!!! Bring your blooming flowers, your sprigs of cat-tails and forsythia, red-bud and early daffodils. Announce to the world your belief that peace is possible. We can end the nuclear age. ""We walk from late winter to the first day of spring. As the Earth's wondrous energies, in harmony with the heavens, prepare for the re-emergence of the life force, we walk to renew our own spirit, committting to the realization of a peaceful society where everyone is supported and contributes to the humanity of our local and world commuity. Please join us for a mile, a day or whatever's possible. Guruji Teaches ... ""Today the world has become a nuclear arsenal. All the peoples of the world are forced to live fearfully as if waiting fo rthe fires to be set. When four billion peoples of the world rise up, raising their hands and their voices for peace under renewed international ethics, insisting that they want no more war, theywant not to be killed and never want to kill another, but that they shall live harmoniously with non-violence ..., when we can come together in this eay we will be able to prevent the disaster by nuclear weapons. "" Most Venerable Nichidatsu Fujii Guruji, Founder and Teacher of Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist Order Na Mu Myo Ho Ren Ge Kyo Traprock Peace Center happily recommends this walk. We have endorsed and promoted Walk for a New Spring since its inception in 2002. We thank the monks and nuns of Nipponzan Myohoji for their inspiring vision and their steadfast friendships with so many peacemakers. We are so lucky to have such visionary, kind, and dedicated neighbors! Walking never felt so good. These are spirited walkers."

20070320   STUDENT ACTIVISM - Anniversary of Student March at SFSU    "Student activists' traditions run deep. The faces change from year to year, but the call remains: END the WARS for PERPETUAL PROFIT! ExxonMobile is the number one supplier of fuel for the Pentagon and is now the world's largest corporation. We go to the streets, but do we go to the corporations and share-holders? SEE PHOTOS FOR INSPIRATION: http://www.grassrootspeace.org/campus_antiwar_1.html"

20070320   "Our Lady of Peace, Turners Falls, MA"  "Our Lady of Peace, Turners Falls, MA Father Stan announced that Our Lady of Peace parish in Turners Falls will be holding Scriptures sessions during Lent on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 pm begining Feb 27th. The focus of these Scriptures will be Justice and Peace."

20070320   "Our Lady of Peace, Turners Falls, MA"  "Our Lady of Peace, Turners Falls, MA Father Stan announced that Our Lady of Peace parish in Turners Falls will be holding Scriptures sessions during Lent on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 pm begining Feb 27th. The focus of these Scriptures will be Justice and Peace."

20070320   "Interfaith Walk for Climate Rescue, MARCH 16-24, NORTHAMPTON - BOSTON"      "Interfaith Walk for Climate Rescue, MARCH 16-24, NORTHAMPTON - BOSTON I will be walking from Northampton to Boston from March 16 - 24 on a walk called Interfaith Walk for Climate Rescue - sponsored by many, but organized by Religious Witness for the Earth. The send-off ceremony and service is Friday, March 16 at the UU church on the Main St. of Northampton at 12 noon. We will set off about 1 p.m. We walk until the next Saturday, which we are now calling Climate Rescue Day with a large interfaith worship at Old South Church at 2 p.m. and a very large public rally at 3 p.m. at Copley Square. There is lots of information at www.climatewalk.org or call me with questions - (413) 625-6967 The world and I would really appreciate it if you could walk an hour, a day, or the whole time. blessings, Kate Stevens"

20070319   "WALK FOR A NEW SPRING, Milton - Dorchester- Boston"    "Walk for a New Spring! From Leverett to Boston! 2/18 - 3/21/2007 February 18 - March 21, 2007 Leverett to Boston A 4-week walk to find ways to root and nourish the power of peace and equity, locally, nationally and globally. From the New England Peace Pagoda, 100 Cave Hill Road, Leverett, Massachusetts. To learn of the current and next day's stopping points, call 413 253-7609. You can support walkers with pot-luck meals, or rendez-vous for a bit of walking. Walk, cook for a pot-luck, join an evening discussion, get a Mayors for Peace packet for your Mayor or Town Council, share and announce to neighbors the schedule, stand and pray as walkers pass, endorse and support the walkers ... there are so many ways to participate. 3/18 Sunday Hingham - Quincy - Milton 3/19 M Milton - Dorchester- Boston 3/20 T Roxbury - Bio-Terror Lab 3/21 Wednesday Harvard Sq. - Cambridge - State House PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS AND COME TO BOSTON for the sixth annual conclusion of this remarkable walk Bring your peace flags, inspire the city, drum the Peace Pagoda's prayer for peace. Walkers will arrive at the Boston State House by noon. 3/21 Wednesday is the First Day of Spring ! 8:30 am Christ Church - Cambridge 9:00 am Cambridge City Hall on Mass Ave. 11:00 am Copley Square - Trinity Church 11:30 am State House !!!! Bring your blooming flowers, your sprigs of cat-tails and forsythia, red-bud and early daffodils. Announce to the world your belief that peace is possible. We can end the nuclear age. ""We walk from late winter to the first day of spring. As the Earth's wondrous energies, in harmony with the heavens, prepare for the re-emergence of the life force, we walk to renew our own spirit, committting to the realization of a peaceful society where everyone is supported and contributes to the humanity of our local and world commuity. Please join us for a mile, a day or whatever's possible. Guruji Teaches ... ""Today the world has become a nuclear arsenal. All the peoples of the world are forced to live fearfully as if waiting fo rthe fires to be set. When four billion peoples of the world rise up, raising their hands and their voices for peace under renewed international ethics, insisting that they want no more war, theywant not to be killed and never want to kill another, but that they shall live harmoniously with non-violence ..., when we can come together in this eay we will be able to prevent the disaster by nuclear weapons. "" Most Venerable Nichidatsu Fujii Guruji, Founder and Teacher of Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist Order Na Mu Myo Ho Ren Ge Kyo Traprock Peace Center happily recommends this walk. We have endorsed and promoted Walk for a New Spring since its inception in 2002. We thank the monks and nuns of Nipponzan Myohoji for their inspiring vision and their steadfast friendships with so many peacemakers. We are so lucky to have such visionary, kind, and dedicated neighbors! Walking never felt so good. These are spirited walkers."

20070319   "Deerfield Candle Vigil / 4th Anniversary War in Iraq, 6-7PM"    "Residents of Deerfield, members of MoveOn.org, and Traprock Peace Center gather to honor those who have died and to urge stopping the funding/ending the war. South Deerfield Center Fountain; corner South, North, Elm and Sugarloaf Streets. 6-7 PM. Sign in on Moveon.org for more details.Debra Schey 772-0302"

20070319   "Nonviolent Resistance to War at the Chief Profiteer, Lockheed Martin, KING OF PR" "Nonviolent Resistance to the War at the War's Chief Profiteer, Lockheed Martin Start: Mar 19 2007 - 12:00pm End: Mar 19 2007 - 2:00pm Organization: Brandywine Peace Community Contact Name: Robert M. Smith Contact Email: brandywine@juno.com Contact Phone: 610-544-1818 March ‘03 - March ‘07 — 4 Year of War in Iraq — We Declare Peace! We cannot allow the war-makers and profiteers to go on without resistance Monday, March 19, 4th Anniversary of the start of the Iraq war, Noon - Nonviolent Resistance to the War at the War’s Chief Profiteer, Lockheed Martin at its Valley Forge weapons complex, Mall & Goddard Boulevards, King of Prussia PA (behind the King of Prussia Mall). The time of nonviolent resistance will include: “Mourning to Resistance” dedication and memorial, music, speakers, puppets, banners, bells, and drums. Those wishing to participate in nonviolent civil resistance need to call the Brandywine Peace Community, 610-544-1818, by March 5 and to attend the nonviolent preparation and planning meeting. Location Lockheed Martin Valley Forge weapons complex, King of Pruss, PA Mall Blvd & Goddard Blvd (behind the King of Prussia Mall) King of Prussia, PA, 19406 United States"

20070319   "Interfaith Walk for Climate Rescue, MARCH 16-24, NORTHAMPTON - BOSTON"      "Interfaith Walk for Climate Rescue, MARCH 16-24, NORTHAMPTON - BOSTON I will be walking from Northampton to Boston from March 16 - 24 on a walk called Interfaith Walk for Climate Rescue - sponsored by many, but organized by Religious Witness for the Earth. The send-off ceremony and service is Friday, March 16 at the UU church on the Main St. of Northampton at 12 noon. We will set off about 1 p.m. We walk until the next Saturday, which we are now calling Climate Rescue Day with a large interfaith worship at Old South Church at 2 p.m. and a very large public rally at 3 p.m. at Copley Square. There is lots of information at www.climatewalk.org or call me with questions - (413) 625-6967 The world and I would really appreciate it if you could walk an hour, a day, or the whole time. blessings, Kate Stevens"

20070319   Florence Vigil on Iraq War     "Florence Vigil on Iraq War Florence Community Center 140 Pine St. 19 Mar 06:00 PM Handicap accessable.Candlelight Vigil, Sharing stories, poems, chants. BYO candle and something to shield candle from wind, such as a cup. Event will be both inside and outside. Donations appreciated to cover cost of room rental. Address: 140 Pine St. Location: Florence, MA 01062 Directions: Florence Community Center 140 Pine St., Florence (Not the Civic Center) From Route 9 (Main St.) in Florence turn south on Maple St. (Between Mobil Gas Station & Bird's Store) and go 3 short blocks to Pine St. Turn right (west) and go 1 block to Community Center on the left. Ample parking in rear of building. Host: Stan Pollack Status: Public, open for RSVP, 0 Guests (Max 125)"

20070318   "WALK FOR A NEW SPRING, Hingham - Quincy - Milton"    "Walk for a New Spring! From Leverett to Boston! 2/18 - 3/21/2007 February 18 - March 21, 2007 Leverett to Boston A 4-week walk to find ways to root and nourish the power of peace and equity, locally, nationally and globally. From the New England Peace Pagoda, 100 Cave Hill Road, Leverett, Massachusetts. To learn of the current and next day's stopping points, call 413 253-7609. You can support walkers with pot-luck meals, or rendez-vous for a bit of walking. Walk, cook for a pot-luck, join an evening discussion, get a Mayors for Peace packet for your Mayor or Town Council, share and announce to neighbors the schedule, stand and pray as walkers pass, endorse and support the walkers ... there are so many ways to participate. 3/18 Sunday Hingham - Quincy - Milton 3/19 M Milton - Dorchester- Boston 3/20 T Roxbury - Bio-Terror Lab 3/21 Wednesday Harvard Sq. - Cambridge - State House PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS AND COME TO BOSTON for the sixth annual conclusion of this remarkable walk Bring your peace flags, inspire the city, drum the Peace Pagoda's prayer for peace. Walkers will arrive at the Boston State House by noon. 3/21 Wednesday is the First Day of Spring ! 8:30 am Christ Church - Cambridge 9:00 am Cambridge City Hall on Mass Ave. 11:00 am Copley Square - Trinity Church 11:30 am State House !!!! Bring your blooming flowers, your sprigs of cat-tails and forsythia, red-bud and early daffodils. Announce to the world your belief that peace is possible. We can end the nuclear age. ""We walk from late winter to the first day of spring. As the Earth's wondrous energies, in harmony with the heavens, prepare for the re-emergence of the life force, we walk to renew our own spirit, committting to the realization of a peaceful society where everyone is supported and contributes to the humanity of our local and world commuity. Please join us for a mile, a day or whatever's possible. Guruji Teaches ... ""Today the world has become a nuclear arsenal. All the peoples of the world are forced to live fearfully as if waiting fo rthe fires to be set. When four billion peoples of the world rise up, raising their hands and their voices for peace under renewed international ethics, insisting that they want no more war, theywant not to be killed and never want to kill another, but that they shall live harmoniously with non-violence ..., when we can come together in this eay we will be able to prevent the disaster by nuclear weapons. "" Most Venerable Nichidatsu Fujii Guruji, Founder and Teacher of Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist Order Na Mu Myo Ho Ren Ge Kyo Traprock Peace Center happily recommends this walk. We have endorsed and promoted Walk for a New Spring since its inception in 2002. We thank the monks and nuns of Nipponzan Myohoji for their inspiring vision and their steadfast friendships with so many peacemakers. We are so lucky to have such visionary, kind, and dedicated neighbors! Walking never felt so good. These are spirited walkers."

20070318   "PIONEER VALLEY WAR TAX RESISTERS, Greenfield, MA"   "PIONEER VALLEY WAR TAX RESISTERS Sunday, March 18 ( and third Sundays, every other month) 4-6pm, at the Weldon Apartments' Community Room, 54 High Street, Greenfield. There is parking at the back. There are many ways to resist payment for the brutality and plunder of war. Come to help plan the April 15 action, an annual demonstration at the Greenfield Post Office, and to raise your concerns and ideas. Press the buzzer to be let in by Tom. Tom usually waits by the door for 10-15 minutes. For more information, call Juanita Nelson, 413773-5188 x1 at Traprock Peace Center."

20070318   "Interfaith Walk for Climate Rescue, MARCH 16-24, NORTHAMPTON - BOSTON"      "Interfaith Walk for Climate Rescue, MARCH 16-24, NORTHAMPTON - BOSTON I will be walking from Northampton to Boston from March 16 - 24 on a walk called Interfaith Walk for Climate Rescue - sponsored by many, but organized by Religious Witness for the Earth. The send-off ceremony and service is Friday, March 16 at the UU church on the Main St. of Northampton at 12 noon. We will set off about 1 p.m. We walk until the next Saturday, which we are now calling Climate Rescue Day with a large interfaith worship at Old South Church at 2 p.m. and a very large public rally at 3 p.m. at Copley Square. There is lots of information at www.climatewalk.org or call me with questions - (413) 625-6967 The world and I would really appreciate it if you could walk an hour, a day, or the whole time. blessings, Kate Stevens"

20070318   "Candlelight Vigil at Independence Visitors Center, Phila., PA" "Candlelight Vigil at Independence Visitors Center, Phila., PA Start: Mar 18 2007 - 6:30pm End: Mar 18 2007 - 8:30pm Organization: Brandywine Peace Community Contact Name: Robert M. Smith Contact Email: brandywine@juno.com Contact Phone: 610-544-1818 WE DECLARE PEACE! March ‘03 - March ‘07 — Four Years of War — We Declare Peace Sunday, March 18, 6:30PM - Philadelphia Area Candlelight Vigil, Independence Visitors Center, 6th & Market Sts. (across from the Liberty Bell), Philadelphia, PA. The solemn vigil will include reading of names of Iraq war dead - U.S. and Iraqi - Bell-Tolling, Speakers, Music, and “Mouning to Resistance” memorial for peace. Location Independence Visitors Center (across from the Liberty Bell), 6th & Market Streets Philadelphia, PA, 19102 United States"

20070317   "WALK FOR A NEW SPRING, Brockton - Rockland - Hingham, MA"    "Walk for a New Spring! From Leverett to Boston! 2/18 - 3/21/2007 February 18 - March 21, 2007 Leverett to Boston A 4-week walk to find ways to root and nourish the power of peace and equity, locally, nationally and globally. From the New England Peace Pagoda, 100 Cave Hill Road, Leverett, Massachusetts. To learn of the current and next day's stopping points, call 413 253-7609. You can support walkers with pot-luck meals, or rendez-vous for a bit of walking. Walk, cook for a pot-luck, join an evening discussion, get a Mayors for Peace packet for your Mayor or Town Council, share and announce to neighbors the schedule, stand and pray as walkers pass, endorse and support the walkers ... there are so many ways to participate. 3/17 Saturday Brockton - Rockland - Hingham 3/18 Sunday Hingham - Quincy - Milton 3/19 M Milton - Dorchester- Boston 3/20 T Roxbury - Bio-Terror Lab 3/21 Wednesday Harvard Sq. - Cambridge - State House PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS AND COME TO BOSTON for the sixth annual conclusion of this remarkable walk Bring your peace flags, inspire the city, drum the Peace Pagoda's prayer for peace. Walkers will arrive at the Boston State House by noon. 3/21 Wednesday is the First Day of Spring ! 8:30 am Christ Church - Cambridge 9:00 am Cambridge City Hall on Mass Ave. 11:00 am Copley Square - Trinity Church 11:30 am State House !!!! Bring your blooming flowers, your sprigs of cat-tails and forsythia, red-bud and early daffodils. Announce to the world your belief that peace is possible. We can end the nuclear age. ""We walk from late winter to the first day of spring. As the Earth's wondrous energies, in harmony with the heavens, prepare for the re-emergence of the life force, we walk to renew our own spirit, committting to the realization of a peaceful society where everyone is supported and contributes to the humanity of our local and world commuity. Please join us for a mile, a day or whatever's possible. Guruji Teaches ... ""Today the world has become a nuclear arsenal. All the peoples of the world are forced to live fearfully as if waiting fo rthe fires to be set. When four billion peoples of the world rise up, raising their hands and their voices for peace under renewed international ethics, insisting that they want no more war, theywant not to be killed and never want to kill another, but that they shall live harmoniously with non-violence ..., when we can come together in this eay we will be able to prevent the disaster by nuclear weapons. "" Most Venerable Nichidatsu Fujii Guruji, Founder and Teacher of Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist Order Na Mu Myo Ho Ren Ge Kyo Traprock Peace Center happily recommends this walk. We have endorsed and promoted Walk for a New Spring since its inception in 2002. We thank the monks and nuns of Nipponzan Myohoji for their inspiring vision and their steadfast friendships with so many peacemakers. We are so lucky to have such visionary, kind, and dedicated neighbors! Walking never felt so good. These are spirited walkers."

20070317   "Westfield, MA sign-holding visibility to mark the fourth anniversary of the star"       "The Waronoke Peace Action Group is sponsoring a sign-holding visibility to mark the fourth anniversary of the war in Iraq - held in solidarity with the March on the Pentagon demanding that our troops be brought safely home from Iraq now. If you can't go to Washington, come join us. Westfield, MA on the Green downtown - where Main St. (Rt. 20 from Springfield) meets Elm St. (Rt. 10/202 from Pike Exit 3) + Broad and Court streets - Parking available nearby on city streets and free off-street municipal lots (watch for signs) Bring your own sign or share ours. For link to map & direstions, go to our website http://WaronokePeace.org/"

20070317   "B U S E S to DC - from Amherst, Noho & Springfield, 12:05 AM"    "On Saturday, March 17, 2007 -- the 4th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq and the 40th anniversary of the 1967 march on the Pentagon -- demonstrators will assemble at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (DC's Constitution Gardens) at 12 noon for a march to the Pentagon. * * * UPDATED MARCH 17 Western Mass. BUS INFO * * * PLEASE ACT QUICKLY * THOSE WANTING TRANSPORTATION FROM THE AMHERST AREA (towns on the Hadley-Amherst side of the bridge) should email the UMass Antiwar Coalition. (10 seats left at 3PM, March 13) at bustodc@gmail.com or call Dan, 617 460-5238 * THOSE SEEKING BUS TRANSPORTATION FROM THE GREATER SPRINGFIELD AREA (W Spfld, Agawam, Southwick), HOLYOKE, CHICOPEE & NOTHAMPTON AREA (ie, towns on the Northampton side of the Coolidge Bridge) Chartered buses from Northampton and Springfield to this DC protest will be departing Saturday, March 17, at 12:05 AM. The cost of an individual bus ticket is $50. (Stand-by reservations at this point. Cancellations by a few are possible.) PLEASE NOTE: Be sure to include your mailing address and phone number with your payment. If you are purchasing tickets for people accompanying you, please include their contact information as well. FOR IAC: Catherine Donaghy (Northampton) at 413-587-0059 * Nick Camerota (Springfield) at 413-896-5219 or -----------------------------ALSO for Northampton------------------------------------------------ Also from Northampton, two students are organizing a bus that will leave from behind Thornes Marketplace in Northampton at 11:45 P.M. on Friday, March 16th. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call Riley Liptak (413-455-8978) or Alex Liebman (413-320-7018), or e-mail us at northamptonbustodc@gmail.com We suggest you write or call for availability of seats. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call Riley Liptak (413-455-8978) or Alex Liebman (413-320-7018), or e-mail us at northamptonbustodc@gmail.com Arrive in Washington, DC early on Saturday, March 17, and return to Northampton very late Saturday night after the demonstration. We are organizing only transportation, and not any other aspect of the demonstration. We will provide additional information about where and when to meet the bus closer to March 16th. We look forward to a fun and successful trip. Please mail $60 to Alex Liebman (18 Sumner Avenue Florence, MA 01062) but by March 10. Please make checks out to Alex Liebman and attach a sheet with your name, phone number and address. -----------POST YOUR NEWS-----ADD CALENDAER ITEMS--------CLICK ON THE + SIGN ON ANY DATE--------- Please let us hear from you soon. We're glad to help spread the word. Thank you."

20070317   TROOPS OUT NOW MARCH!!!! Massive anti-war march on the Capitol! more info at: tonc.org

20070317   "Interfaith Walk for Climate Rescue, MARCH 16-24, NORTHAMPTON - BOSTON"      "Interfaith Walk for Climate Rescue, MARCH 16-24, NORTHAMPTON - BOSTON I will be walking from Northampton to Boston from March 16 - 24 on a walk called Interfaith Walk for Climate Rescue - sponsored by many, but organized by Religious Witness for the Earth. The send-off ceremony and service is Friday, March 16 at the UU church on the Main St. of Northampton at 12 noon. We will set off about 1 p.m. We walk until the next Saturday, which we are now calling Climate Rescue Day with a large interfaith worship at Old South Church at 2 p.m. and a very large public rally at 3 p.m. at Copley Square. There is lots of information at www.climatewalk.org or call me with questions - (413) 625-6967 The world and I would really appreciate it if you could walk an hour, a day, or the whole time. blessings, Kate Stevens"

20070316   WALK FOR ANEW SPRING from Plymouth - Duxbury - Brockton   "Walk for a New Spring! From Leverett to Boston! 2/18 - 3/21/2007 February 18 - March 21, 2007 Leverett to Boston A 4-week walk to find ways to root and nourish the power of peace and equity, locally, nationally and globally. From the New England Peace Pagoda, 100 Cave Hill Road, Leverett, Massachusetts. To learn of the current and next day's stopping points, call 413 253-7609. You can support walkers with pot-luck meals, or rendez-vous for a bit of walking. Walk, cook for a pot-luck, join an evening discussion, get a Mayors for Peace packet for your Mayor or Town Council, share and announce to neighbors the schedule, stand and pray as walkers pass, endorse and support the walkers ... there are so many ways to participate. 3/16 F Plymouth - Duxbury - Brockton 3/17 Saturday Brockton - Rockland - Hingham 3/18 Sunday Hingham - Quincy - Milton 3/19 M Milton - Dorchester- Boston 3/20 T Roxbury - Bio-Terror Lab 3/21 Wednesday Harvard Sq. - Cambridge - State House PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS AND COME TO BOSTON for the sixth annual conclusion of this remarkable walk Bring your peace flags, inspire the city, drum the Peace Pagoda's prayer for peace. Walkers will arrive at the Boston State House by noon. 3/21 Wednesday is the First Day of Spring ! 8:30 am Christ Church - Cambridge 9:00 am Cambridge City Hall on Mass Ave. 11:00 am Copley Square - Trinity Church 11:30 am State House !!!! Bring your blooming flowers, your sprigs of cat-tails and forsythia, red-bud and early daffodils. Announce to the world your belief that peace is possible. We can end the nuclear age. ""We walk from late winter to the first day of spring. As the Earth's wondrous energies, in harmony with the heavens, prepare for the re-emergence of the life force, we walk to renew our own spirit, committting to the realization of a peaceful society where everyone is supported and contributes to the humanity of our local and world commuity. Please join us for a mile, a day or whatever's possible. Guruji Teaches ... ""Today the world has become a nuclear arsenal. All the peoples of the world are forced to live fearfully as if waiting fo rthe fires to be set. When four billion peoples of the world rise up, raising their hands and their voices for peace under renewed international ethics, insisting that they want no more war, theywant not to be killed and never want to kill another, but that they shall live harmoniously with non-violence ..., when we can come together in this eay we will be able to prevent the disaster by nuclear weapons. "" Most Venerable Nichidatsu Fujii Guruji, Founder and Teacher of Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist Order Na Mu Myo Ho Ren Ge Kyo Traprock Peace Center happily recommends this walk. We have endorsed and promoted Walk for a New Spring since its inception in 2002. We thank the monks and nuns of Nipponzan Myohoji for their inspiring vision and their steadfast friendships with so many peacemakers. We are so lucky to have such visionary, kind, and dedicated neighbors! Walking never felt so good. These are spirited walkers."

20070316   "Free films on Fridays, 7PM Northampton"        "NORTHAMPTON COMMITTEE FRIDAY NIGHT FILM SERIES Films are 7:00 p.m. at the Media Education Foundation, 60 Masonic Street in downtown Northampton. The events are free. The venue is accessible. Discussion follows. March 16: CHINA BLUE - Did cheap Chinese labor make the bluejeans you're wearing? ""China Blue"" takes you inside the factory for a candid look at the workers, the bosses, and the conditions that power the American way of life. March 23: SALUD Cuba's powerhouse health-care system, a source of revolutionary pride, fans out around the world to help. March 30: IRON-JAWED ANGELS Young activists Alice Paul and Lucy Burns risk their lives leading the U.S. women's suffrage movement to victory. (Drama) Free films on Fridays, 7PM. Northampton"

20070316   "Interfaith Walk for Climate Rescue, MARCH 16-24, NORTHAMPTON - BOSTON"      "Interfaith Walk for Climate Rescue, MARCH 16-24, NORTHAMPTON - BOSTON I will be walking from Northampton to Boston from March 16 - 24 on a walk called Interfaith Walk for Climate Rescue - sponsored by many, but organized by Religious Witness for the Earth. The send-off ceremony and service is Friday, March 16 at the UU church on the Main St. of Northampton at 12 noon. We will set off about 1 p.m. We walk until the next Saturday, which we are now calling Climate Rescue Day with a large interfaith worship at Old South Church at 2 p.m. and a very large public rally at 3 p.m. at Copley Square. There is lots of information at www.climatewalk.org or call me with questions - (413) 625-6967 The world and I would really appreciate it if you could walk an hour, a day, or the whole time. blessings, Kate Stevens"

20070316   "Christian Peace Witness for Iraq, 7PM, WASHINGTON, DC"       "Christian Peace Witness for Iraq - March 16th Start: Mar 16 2007 - 7:00pm Organization: Christian Peace Witness for Iraq Contact Name: Rick Ufford-Chase Contact Email: Christianpeacewitness@gmail.com Contact Phone: 520-780-6928 For Complete information see the Christian Peace Witness for Iraq website Event Schedule Pre-Witness Events: Stay tuned — We are planning nonviolence training and other workshops related to the five affirmations in our Invitation to Participate. Worship: We begin with ecumenical worship at 7 p.m. on Friday night, March 16, at the National Cathedral. This worship will be the heart of our Christian Peace Witness for Iraq, for we know that worship builds up the entire body of Christ so that we might make a difference in the world because of who Jesus calls us to be. The liturgy will intentionally embrace the rich variety of worship experiences available to us across our religious traditions. Procession: Following our time of worship, there will be a procession down Massachusetts Avenue to the White House. The walk is approximately two and a half miles, and bus transportation will be provided for those who desire it. (Approximate time: 9 to 10:30 p.m.) Public Witness at the White House: There will be a late-night gathering and Christian Witness in Lafeyette Park in front of the White House. Plans are underway, and more information will follow. Come dressed for the weather (whatever it is) and plan to be with thousands of other Christians like you who also long for a chance to publicly affirm the core values of our faith. Post-Witness Events: Stay tuned—There is some talk of organizing and strategy sessions to be offered by a variety of our partner organizations. Location Washington National Cathedral 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW Washington, DC, 20016-5098 United States"

20070315   WALK FOR A NEW SPRING Sandwich - PLYMOUTH REACTOR - Plymouth       "Walk for a New Spring! From Leverett to Boston! 2/18 - 3/21/2007 February 18 - March 21, 2007 Leverett to Boston A 4-week walk to find ways to root and nourish the power of peace and equity, locally, nationally and globally. From the New England Peace Pagoda, 100 Cave Hill Road, Leverett, Massachusetts. To learn of the current and next day's stopping points, call 413 253-7609. You can support walkers with pot-luck meals, or rendez-vous for a bit of walking. Walk, cook for a pot-luck, join an evening discussion, get a Mayors for Peace packet for your Mayor or Town Council, share and announce to neighbors the schedule, stand and pray as walkers pass, endorse and support the walkers ... there are so many ways to participate. 3/15 Th Sandwich - PLYMOUTH REACTOR - Plymouth 3/16 F Plymouth - Duxbury - Brockton 3/17 Saturday Brockton - Rockland - Hingham 3/18 Sunday Hingham - Quincy - Milton 3/19 M Milton - Dorchester- Boston 3/20 T Roxbury - Bio-Terror Lab 3/21 Wednesday Harvard Sq. - Cambridge - State House PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS AND COME TO BOSTON for the sixth annual conclusion of this remarkable walk Bring your peace flags, inspire the city, drum the Peace Pagoda's prayer for peace. Walkers will arrive at the Boston State House by noon. 3/21 Wednesday is the First Day of Spring ! 8:30 am Christ Church - Cambridge 9:00 am Cambridge City Hall on Mass Ave. 11:00 am Copley Square - Trinity Church 11:30 am State House !!!! Bring your blooming flowers, your sprigs of cat-tails and forsythia, red-bud and early daffodils. Announce to the world your belief that peace is possible. We can end the nuclear age. ""We walk from late winter to the first day of spring. As the Earth's wondrous energies, in harmony with the heavens, prepare for the re-emergence of the life force, we walk to renew our own spirit, committting to the realization of a peaceful society where everyone is supported and contributes to the humanity of our local and world commuity. Please join us for a mile, a day or whatever's possible. Guruji Teaches ... ""Today the world has become a nuclear arsenal. All the peoples of the world are forced to live fearfully as if waiting fo rthe fires to be set. When four billion peoples of the world rise up, raising their hands and their voices for peace under renewed international ethics, insisting that they want no more war, theywant not to be killed and never want to kill another, but that they shall live harmoniously with non-violence ..., when we can come together in this eay we will be able to prevent the disaster by nuclear weapons. "" Most Venerable Nichidatsu Fujii Guruji, Founder and Teacher of Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist Order Na Mu Myo Ho Ren Ge Kyo Traprock Peace Center happily recommends this walk. We have endorsed and promoted Walk for a New Spring since its inception in 2002. We thank the monks and nuns of Nipponzan Myohoji for their inspiring vision and their steadfast friendships with so many peacemakers. We are so lucky to have such visionary, kind, and dedicated neighbors! Walking never felt so good. These are spirited walkers."

20070315   Walk for a New Spring - to the Plymouth Reactor        "COME TO THE EDGE ... Plymouth, MA. The President and the Administration, the Corporate media gush about the threat of nuclear technology in Iran & N. Korea, while the real threat, the sitting ducks are right here, managed by Entergy Nuclear raking in the federal subsidies and profits. The Interfaith Pilgrimage, Walk for a New Spring visits the reactor on our shores at Plymouth, MA. For details, or to support walkers, call 413 253-7609. ------------------------------------------------------------- Ask us about purchasing a radiation monitor. During a disaster will you trust instructions from F.E.M.A.? Not if you're from New Orleans, and not if you've observed the Nuclear Regulatory commission in action! For resources see http://www.nirs.org"

20070315   "Can Nuclear Energy & Non-Proliferation Co-Exist? MIT, Cambridge, MA" "Can Nuclear Energy and Non-Proliferation Co-Exist? Thursday, March 15, 2007 - 7pm - MIT Bldg. 32-Rm. 141 (Stata Center) Speakers: Geoff Forden, Science, Technology and Global Security Working Group, STS, MIT Matt Bunn, Belfer Center, Harvard University Moderator: Owen Cote, MIT Center for International Studies This event is part of a series at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, from Thursday, February 22- Thursday, March 15, 2007. All events are free and open to the public. No advanced sign up; seating is first come, first served. For maps and more info, see http://web.mit.edu/tac"

20070314   """Four Years Too Many"" End-the-Occupation Demo, Bloomington, IN"      """Four Years Too Many"" End-the-Occupation Demonstration Start: Mar 14 2007 - 5:00pm End: Mar 14 2007 - 6:00pm Organization: Bloomington Peace Action Coalition Contact Name: Timothy Baer Contact Email: timothybaer2003@hotmail.com Contact Phone: (812) 988-1917 As this month marks FOURS YEARS TOO MANY in Iraq, let’s send a bold, clear message to the U.S. Congress and to the Bush Administration: Not One More Dollar! Not One More Death! Not One More Day! “End the U.S. Occupation of Iraq! Bring All the Troops Home Now!” We raise our signs — We raise our voices in a unified message: “Not One More Dollar Spent on War and Occupation!” “Not One More Life Wasted in Iraq!” “Defund the War ~ Declare Peace!” “End The U.S. Occupation of Iraq” Demonstration EVERY WEDNESDAY in 2007 until the illegal, immoral war and occupation in Iraq is ended! http://www.BPAC.info Location Monroe County Courthouse Square intersection of Kirkwood Avenue and Walnut Street Bloomington, IN, 47401"

20070314   "WALK FOR A NEW SPRING - (Mashpee TO Sandwich, MA)" "Walk for a New Spring! From Leverett to Boston! 2/18 - 3/21/2007 February 18 - March 21, 2007 Leverett to Boston A 4-week walk to find ways to root and nourish the power of peace and equity, locally, nationally and globally. From the New England Peace Pagoda, 100 Cave Hill Road, Leverett, Massachusetts. To learn of the current and next day's stopping points, call 413 253-7609. You can support walkers with pot-luck meals, or rendez-vous for a bit of walking. Walk, cook for a pot-luck, join an evening discussion, get a Mayors for Peace packet for your Mayor or Town Council, share and announce to neighbors the schedule, stand and pray as walkers pass, endorse and support the walkers ... there are so many ways to participate. 3/14 W Mashpee - Sandwich 3/15 Th Sandwich - PLYMOUTH REACTOR - Plymouth 3/16 F Plymouth - Duxbury - Brockton 3/17 Saturday Brockton - Rockland - Hingham 3/18 Sunday Hingham - Quincy - Milton 3/19 M Milton - Dorchester- Boston 3/20 T Roxbury - Bio-Terror Lab 3/21 Wednesday Harvard Sq. - Cambridge - State House PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS AND COME TO BOSTON for the sixth annual conclusion of this remarkable walk Bring your peace flags, inspire the city, drum the Peace Pagoda's prayer for peace. Walkers will arrive at the Boston State House by noon. 3/21 Wednesday is the First Day of Spring ! 8:30 am Christ Church - Cambridge 9:00 am Cambridge City Hall on Mass Ave. 11:00 am Copley Square - Trinity Church 11:30 am State House !!!! Bring your blooming flowers, your sprigs of cat-tails and forsythia, red-bud and early daffodils. Announce to the world your belief that peace is possible. We can end the nuclear age. ""We walk from late winter to the first day of spring. As the Earth's wondrous energies, in harmony with the heavens, prepare for the re-emergence of the life force, we walk to renew our own spirit, committting to the realization of a peaceful society where everyone is supported and contributes to the humanity of our local and world commuity. Please join us for a mile, a day or whatever's possible. Guruji Teaches ... ""Today the world has become a nuclear arsenal. All the peoples of the world are forced to live fearfully as if waiting fo rthe fires to be set. When four billion peoples of the world rise up, raising their hands and their voices for peace under renewed international ethics, insisting that they want no more war, theywant not to be killed and never want to kill another, but that they shall live harmoniously with non-violence ..., when we can come together in this eay we will be able to prevent the disaster by nuclear weapons. "" Most Venerable Nichidatsu Fujii Guruji, Founder and Teacher of Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist Order Na Mu Myo Ho Ren Ge Kyo Traprock Peace Center happily recommends this walk. We have endorsed and promoted Walk for a New Spring since its inception in 2002. We thank the monks and nuns of Nipponzan Myohoji for their inspiring vision and their steadfast friendships with so many peacemakers. We are so lucky to have such visionary, kind, and dedicated neighbors! Walking never felt so good. These are spirited walkers."

20070313   WALK FOR A NEW SPRING (New Bedford - Hyannis - Mashpee)   "Walk for a New Spring! From Leverett to Boston! 2/18 - 3/21/2007 February 18 - March 21, 2007 Leverett to Boston A 4-week walk to find ways to root and nourish the power of peace and equity, locally, nationally and globally. From the New England Peace Pagoda, 100 Cave Hill Road, Leverett, Massachusetts. To learn of the current and next day's stopping points, call 413 253-7609. You can support walkers with pot-luck meals, or rendez-vous for a bit of walking. Walk, cook for a pot-luck, join an evening discussion, get a Mayors for Peace packet for your Mayor or Town Council, share and announce to neighbors the schedule, stand and pray as walkers pass, endorse and support the walkers ... there are so many ways to participate. 3/13 T New Bedford - (RIDE or DRIVE) - Hyannis - Mashpee 3/14 W Mashpee - Sandwich 3/15 Th Sandwich - PLYMOUTH REACTOR - Plymouth 3/16 F Plymouth - Duxbury - Brockton 3/17 Saturday Brockton - Rockland - Hingham 3/18 Sunday Hingham - Quincy - Milton 3/19 M Milton - Dorchester- Boston 3/20 T Roxbury - Bio-Terror Lab 3/21 Wednesday Harvard Sq. - Cambridge - State House PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS AND COME TO BOSTON for the sixth annual conclusion of this remarkable walk Bring your peace flags, inspire the city, drum the Peace Pagoda's prayer for peace. Walkers will arrive at the Boston State House by noon. 3/21 Wednesday is the First Day of Spring ! 8:30 am Christ Church - Cambridge 9:00 am Cambridge City Hall on Mass Ave. 11:00 am Copley Square - Trinity Church 11:30 am State House !!!! Bring your blooming flowers, your sprigs of cat-tails and forsythia, red-bud and early daffodils. Announce to the world your belief that peace is possible. We can end the nuclear age. ""We walk from late winter to the first day of spring. As the Earth's wondrous energies, in harmony with the heavens, prepare for the re-emergence of the life force, we walk to renew our own spirit, committting to the realization of a peaceful society where everyone is supported and contributes to the humanity of our local and world commuity. Please join us for a mile, a day or whatever's possible. Guruji Teaches ... ""Today the world has become a nuclear arsenal. All the peoples of the world are forced to live fearfully as if waiting fo rthe fires to be set. When four billion peoples of the world rise up, raising their hands and their voices for peace under renewed international ethics, insisting that they want no more war, theywant not to be killed and never want to kill another, but that they shall live harmoniously with non-violence ..., when we can come together in this eay we will be able to prevent the disaster by nuclear weapons. "" Most Venerable Nichidatsu Fujii Guruji, Founder and Teacher of Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist Order Na Mu Myo Ho Ren Ge Kyo Traprock Peace Center happily recommends this walk. We have endorsed and promoted Walk for a New Spring since its inception in 2002. We thank the monks and nuns of Nipponzan Myohoji for their inspiring vision and their steadfast friendships with so many peacemakers. We are so lucky to have such visionary, kind, and dedicated neighbors! Walking never felt so good. These are spirited walkers."

20070313   "Our Lady of Peace, Turners Falls, MA"  "Our Lady of Peace, Turners Falls, MA Father Stan announced that Our Lady of Peace parish in Turners Falls will be holding Scriptures sessions during Lent on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 pm begining Feb 27th. The focus of these Scriptures will be Justice and Peace."

20070313   "Our Lady of Peace, Turners Falls, MA"  "Our Lady of Peace, Turners Falls, MA Father Stan announced that Our Lady of Peace parish in Turners Falls will be holding Scriptures sessions during Lent on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 pm begining Feb 27th. The focus of these Scriptures will be Justice and Peace."

20070312   "WALK for a NEW SPRING (Fall River - New Bedford, MA)" "Walk for a New Spring! From Leverett to Boston! 2/18 - 3/21/2007 February 18 - March 21, 2007 Leverett to Boston A 4-week walk to find ways to root and nourish the power of peace and equity, locally, nationally and globally. From the New England Peace Pagoda, 100 Cave Hill Road, Leverett, Massachusetts. To learn of the current and next day's stopping points, call 413 253-7609. You can support walkers with pot-luck meals, or rendez-vous for a bit of walking. Walk, cook for a pot-luck, join an evening discussion, get a Mayors for Peace packet for your Mayor or Town Council, share and announce to neighbors the schedule, stand and pray as walkers pass, endorse and support the walkers ... there are so many ways to participate. 3/12 M Fall River - New Bedford 3/13 T New Bedford - Hyannis - Mashpee 3/14 W Mashpee - Sandwich 3/15 Th Sandwich - PLYMOUTH REACTOR - Plymouth 3/16 F Plymouth - Duxbury - Brockton 3/17 Saturday Brockton - Rockland - Hingham 3/18 Sunday Hingham - Quincy - Milton 3/19 M Milton - Dorchester- Boston 3/20 T Roxbury - Bio-Terror Lab 3/21 Wednesday Harvard Sq. - Cambridge - State House PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS AND COME TO BOSTON for the sixth annual conclusion of this remarkable walk Bring your peace flags, inspire the city, drum the Peace Pagoda's prayer for peace. Walkers will arrive at the Boston State House by noon. 3/21 Wednesday is the First Day of Spring ! 8:30 am Christ Church - Cambridge 9:00 am Cambridge City Hall on Mass Ave. 11:00 am Copley Square - Trinity Church 11:30 am State House !!!! Bring your blooming flowers, your sprigs of cat-tails and forsythia, red-bud and early daffodils. Announce to the world your belief that peace is possible. We can end the nuclear age. ""We walk from late winter to the first day of spring. As the Earth's wondrous energies, in harmony with the heavens, prepare for the re-emergence of the life force, we walk to renew our own spirit, committting to the realization of a peaceful society where everyone is supported and contributes to the humanity of our local and world commuity. Please join us for a mile, a day or whatever's possible. Guruji Teaches ... ""Today the world has become a nuclear arsenal. All the peoples of the world are forced to live fearfully as if waiting fo rthe fires to be set. When four billion peoples of the world rise up, raising their hands and their voices for peace under renewed international ethics, insisting that they want no more war, theywant not to be killed and never want to kill another, but that they shall live harmoniously with non-violence ..., when we can come together in this eay we will be able to prevent the disaster by nuclear weapons. "" Most Venerable Nichidatsu Fujii Guruji, Founder and Teacher of Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist Order Na Mu Myo Ho Ren Ge Kyo Traprock Peace Center happily recommends this walk. We have endorsed and promoted Walk for a New Spring since its inception in 2002. We thank the monks and nuns of Nipponzan Myohoji for their inspiring vision and their steadfast friendships with so many peacemakers. We are so lucky to have such visionary, kind, and dedicated neighbors! Walking never felt so good. These are spirited walkers."

20070311   """A Good Friday Agreement for Tibet?"" 3:30 - Cambridge, MA" "The Lay Committee on Contemporary Spiritual-&-Public Concerns (the “CSPC Committee”) of St. Paul Parish, Cambridge, will hold the eighth lecture of its series on Sunday, March 11, 2007, 3:30-5:00 P.M. Track II diplomat and scholar Dr. Lobsang Sangay, S.J.D., will speak on “A Good Friday Agreement for Tibet?” This may be the first time, anywhere in the world, that parallels have been drawn betw een Irish and Tibetan strategic and popular history. This unique event will be held at St. Paul Parish, 29 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA. A reception will follow."

20070311   """A Good Friday Agreement for Tibet?"" Dr. Lobsang Sangay, S.J.D., Tibetan Schola" "The Lay Committee on Contemporary Spiritual-&-Public Concerns (the “CSPC Committee”) of St. Paul Parish, Cambridge, will hold the eighth lecture of its series on Sunday, March 11, 2007, 3:30-5:00 P.M. Track II diplomat and scholar Dr. Lobsang Sangay, S.J.D., will speak on “A Good Friday Agreement for Tibet?” This may be the first time, anywhere in the world, that parallels have been drawn betw een Irish and Tibetan strategic and popular history. This unique event will be held at St. Paul Parish, 29 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA. A reception will follow."

20070311   "Walk for a New Spring! (Providence, R.I. - E. Providence - Fall River)"       "Walk for a New Spring! From Leverett to Boston! 2/18 - 3/21/2007 February 18 - March 21, 2007 Leverett to Boston A 4-week walk to find ways to root and nourish the power of peace and equity, locally, nationally and globally. From the New England Peace Pagoda, 100 Cave Hill Road, Leverett, Massachusetts. To learn of the current and next day's stopping points, call 413 253-7609. You can support walkers with pot-luck meals, or rendez-vous for a bit of walking. Walk, cook for a pot-luck, join an evening discussion, get a Mayors for Peace packet for your Mayor or Town Council, share and announce to neighbors the schedule, stand and pray as walkers pass, endorse and support the walkers ... there are so many ways to participate. 3/11 Sunday Providence - E. Providence - Fall River 3/12 M Fall River - New Bedford 3/13 T New Bedford - Hyannis - Mashpee 3/14 W Mashpee - Sandwich 3/15 Th Sandwich - PLYMOUTH REACTOR - Plymouth 3/16 F Plymouth - Duxbury - Brockton 3/17 Saturday Brockton - Rockland - Hingham 3/18 Sunday Hingham - Quincy - Milton 3/19 M Milton - Dorchester- Boston 3/20 T Roxbury - Bio-Terror Lab 3/21 Wednesday Harvard Sq. - Cambridge - State House PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS AND COME TO BOSTON for the sixth annual conclusion of this remarkable walk Bring your peace flags, inspire the city, drum the Peace Pagoda's prayer for peace. Walkers will arrive at the Boston State House by noon. 3/21 Wednesday is the First Day of Spring ! 8:30 am Christ Church - Cambridge 9:00 am Cambridge City Hall on Mass Ave. 11:00 am Copley Square - Trinity Church 11:30 am State House !!!! Bring your blooming flowers, your sprigs of cat-tails and forsythia, red-bud and early daffodils. Announce to the world your belief that peace is possible. We can end the nuclear age. ""We walk from late winter to the first day of spring. As the Earth's wondrous energies, in harmony with the heavens, prepare for the re-emergence of the life force, we walk to renew our own spirit, committting to the realization of a peaceful society where everyone is supported and contributes to the humanity of our local and world commuity. Please join us for a mile, a day or whatever's possible. Guruji Teaches ... ""Today the world has become a nuclear arsenal. All the peoples of the world are forced to live fearfully as if waiting fo rthe fires to be set. When four billion peoples of the world rise up, raising their hands and their voices for peace under renewed international ethics, insisting that they want no more war, theywant not to be killed and never want to kill another, but that they shall live harmoniously with non-violence ..., when we can come together in this eay we will be able to prevent the disaster by nuclear weapons. "" Most Venerable Nichidatsu Fujii Guruji, Founder and Teacher of Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist Order Na Mu Myo Ho Ren Ge Kyo Traprock Peace Center happily recommends this walk. We have endorsed and promoted Walk for a New Spring since its inception in 2002. We thank the monks and nuns of Nipponzan Myohoji for their inspiring vision and their steadfast friendships with so many peacemakers. We are so lucky to have such visionary, kind, and dedicated neighbors! Walking never felt so good. These are spirited walkers."

20070311   "UNPLUG YOUR NUCLEAR REACTOR, 7pm" "Sunday March 11 (Second Sundays) UNPLUG VERMONT YANKEE 7-8pm, your home. Unplug all your electrical appliances (including refrigerator) for 1 hour on the second Sunday of each month. Called for by Frances Crowe, Traprock Peace Center and the Citizens Awareness Network. Write, call, uplug to protest a proposed 20-year extension for operations, beyond 40 years, at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power reactor. Help let its owner, Entergy Nuclear, (with offices in Brattleboro and Louisiana) know we want a green future. In Massachusetts, the National Grid/Mass Electric gets 25% of its electricity from Vermont Yankee. We can save 20-25% of our electrical use through conservation and energy efficiencies, creating more jobs and less danger than the nuclear industry. Thanks for thinking about being a responsible consumer."

20070311   UNPLUG YOUR NUCLEAR REACTOR    "Sunday February 11 (Second Sundays) UNPLUG VERMONT YANKEE 7-8pm, in your home. Unplug all your electrical appliances (including refrigerator) for 1 hour on the second Sunday of each month. Called for by Frances Crowe, Traprock Peace Center and the Citizens Awareness Network. Write, call, and uplug to protest a proposed 20-year extension for operations, beyond 40 years, at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power reactor. Help tell its owner, Entergy Nuclear, (with offices in Brattleboro & Louisiana) see how much we want a green future. In Massachusetts, the National Grid/Mass Electric gets 25% of its electricity from Vermont Yankee. We can save 20-25% of our electrical use through conservation and energy efficiencies, creating more jobs and less danger than the nuclear industry creates. UNPLUG & SHOUT IT OUT."

20070310   "Walk for a New Spring! (Tauton - Pawtucket, RI - Providence)"    "Walk for a New Spring! From Leverett to Boston! 2/18 - 3/21/2007 February 18 - March 21, 2007 Leverett to Boston A 4-week walk to find ways to root and nourish the power of peace and equity, locally, nationally and globally. From the New England Peace Pagoda, 100 Cave Hill Road, Leverett, Massachusetts. To learn of the current and next day's stopping points, call 413 253-7609. You can support walkers with pot-luck meals, or rendez-vous for a bit of walking. Walk, cook for a pot-luck, join an evening discussion, get a Mayors for Peace packet for your Mayor or Town Council, share and announce to neighbors the schedule, stand and pray as walkers pass, endorse and support the walkers ... there are so many ways to participate. 3/10 Saturday Tauton - Pawtucket, RI - Providence 3/11 Sunday Providence - E. Providence - Fall River 3/12 M Fall River - New Bedford 3/13 T New Bedford - Hyannis - Mashpee 3/14 W Mashpee - Sandwich 3/15 Th Sandwich - PLYMOUTH REACTOR - Plymouth 3/16 F Plymouth - Duxbury - Brockton 3/17 Saturday Brockton - Rockland - Hingham 3/18 Sunday Hingham - Quincy - Milton 3/19 M Milton - Dorchester- Boston 3/20 T Roxbury - Bio-Terror Lab 3/21 Wednesday Harvard Sq. - Cambridge - State House PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS AND COME TO BOSTON for the sixth annual conclusion of this remarkable walk Bring your peace flags, inspire the city, drum the Peace Pagoda's prayer for peace. Walkers will arrive at the Boston State House by noon. 3/21 Wednesday is the First Day of Spring ! 8:30 am Christ Church - Cambridge 9:00 am Cambridge City Hall on Mass Ave. 11:00 am Copley Square - Trinity Church 11:30 am State House !!!! Bring your blooming flowers, your sprigs of cat-tails and forsythia, red-bud and early daffodils. Announce to the world your belief that peace is possible. We can end the nuclear age. ""We walk from late winter to the first day of spring. As the Earth's wondrous energies, in harmony with the heavens, prepare for the re-emergence of the life force, we walk to renew our own spirit, committting to the realization of a peaceful society where everyone is supported and contributes to the humanity of our local and world commuity. Please join us for a mile, a day or whatever's possible. Guruji Teaches ... ""Today the world has become a nuclear arsenal. All the peoples of the world are forced to live fearfully as if waiting fo rthe fires to be set. When four billion peoples of the world rise up, raising their hands and their voices for peace under renewed international ethics, insisting that they want no more war, theywant not to be killed and never want to kill another, but that they shall live harmoniously with non-violence ..., when we can come together in this eay we will be able to prevent the disaster by nuclear weapons. "" Most Venerable Nichidatsu Fujii Guruji, Founder and Teacher of Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist Order Na Mu Myo Ho Ren Ge Kyo Traprock Peace Center happily recommends this walk. We have endorsed and promoted Walk for a New Spring since its inception in 2002. We thank the monks and nuns of Nipponzan Myohoji for their inspiring vision and their steadfast friendships with so many peacemakers. We are so lucky to have such visionary, kind, and dedicated neighbors! Walking never felt so good. These are spirited walkers."

20070309   Walk for a New Spring! (Rest day - Visit Newton City Hall)       "Walk for a New Spring! From Leverett to Boston! 2/18 - 3/21/2007 February 18 - March 21, 2007 Leverett to Boston A 4-week walk to find ways to root and nourish the power of peace and equity, locally, nationally and globally. From the New England Peace Pagoda, 100 Cave Hill Road, Leverett, Massachusetts. To learn of the current and next day's stopping points, call 413 253-7609. You can support walkers with pot-luck meals, or rendez-vous for a bit of walking. Walk, cook for a pot-luck, join an evening discussion, get a Mayors for Peace packet for your Mayor or Town Council, share and announce to neighbors the schedule, stand and pray as walkers pass, endorse and support the walkers ... there are so many ways to participate. 3/9 F (Rest day - Visit Newton City Hall) 3/10 Saturday Tauton - Pawtucket, RI - Providence 3/11 Sunday Providence - E. Providence - Fall River 3/12 M Fall River - New Bedford 3/13 T New Bedford - Hyannis - Mashpee 3/14 W Mashpee - Sandwich 3/15 Th Sandwich - PLYMOUTH REACTOR - Plymouth 3/16 F Plymouth - Duxbury - Brockton 3/17 Saturday Brockton - Rockland - Hingham 3/18 Sunday Hingham - Quincy - Milton 3/19 M Milton - Dorchester- Boston 3/20 T Roxbury - Bio-Terror Lab 3/21 Wednesday Harvard Sq. - Cambridge - State House PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS AND COME TO BOSTON for the sixth annual conclusion of this remarkable walk Bring your peace flags, inspire the city, drum the Peace Pagoda's prayer for peace. Walkers will arrive at the Boston State House by noon. 3/21 Wednesday is the First Day of Spring ! 8:30 am Christ Church - Cambridge 9:00 am Cambridge City Hall on Mass Ave. 11:00 am Copley Square - Trinity Church 11:30 am State House !!!! Bring your blooming flowers, your sprigs of cat-tails and forsythia, red-bud and early daffodils. Announce to the world your belief that peace is possible. We can end the nuclear age. ""We walk from late winter to the first day of spring. As the Earth's wondrous energies, in harmony with the heavens, prepare for the re-emergence of the life force, we walk to renew our own spirit, committting to the realization of a peaceful society where everyone is supported and contributes to the humanity of our local and world commuity. Please join us for a mile, a day or whatever's possible. Guruji Teaches ... ""Today the world has become a nuclear arsenal. All the peoples of the world are forced to live fearfully as if waiting fo rthe fires to be set. When four billion peoples of the world rise up, raising their hands and their voices for peace under renewed international ethics, insisting that they want no more war, theywant not to be killed and never want to kill another, but that they shall live harmoniously with non-violence ..., when we can come together in this eay we will be able to prevent the disaster by nuclear weapons. "" Most Venerable Nichidatsu Fujii Guruji, Founder and Teacher of Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist Order Na Mu Myo Ho Ren Ge Kyo Traprock Peace Center happily recommends this walk. We have endorsed and promoted Walk for a New Spring since its inception in 2002. We thank the monks and nuns of Nipponzan Myohoji for their inspiring vision and their steadfast friendships with so many peacemakers. We are so lucky to have such visionary, kind, and dedicated neighbors! Walking never felt so good. These are spirited walkers."

20070309   "Free films on Fridays, 7PM, Northampton"        "NORTHAMPTON COMMITTEE FRIDAY NIGHT FILM SERIES Films are 7:00 p.m. at the Media Education Foundation, 60 Masonic Street in downtown Northampton. The events are free. The venue is accessible. Discussion follows. March 2: UP THE RIDGE Through the disturbing example of Virginia's Wallens Ridge State Prison, ""Up the Ridge"" exposes the politics, money, racism, and cruelty of America's prison-based approach to justice. March 9: BUYER BE FAIR: THE PROMISE OF PRODUCT CERTIFICATION Globalization too often takes the form of exploitation. Can fair-trade certification programs bring some justice to the picture? ""Buyer Be Fair"" takes the viewer around the world to examine the prospects, focusing on successes in the coffee and timber industries. March 16: CHINA BLUE Did cheap Chinese labor make the bluejeans you're wearing? ""China Blue"" takes you inside the factory for a candid look at the workers, the bosses, and the conditions that power the American way of life. March 23: SALUD Cuba's powerhouse health-care system, a source of revolutionary pride, fans out around the world to help. March 30: IRON-JAWED ANGELS Young activists Alice Paul and Lucy Burns risk their lives leading the U.S. women's suffrage movement to victory. (Drama) Free films on Fridays, Northampton"

20070309   "ESCALATE PEACE, Concert & Fund-raiser, Jamaica Plain, MA"       "Dear all, So much has happened in the past few months and things are moving very quickly now. In just one month here in Boston, on March 24th, we will be holding a massive regional demonstration against the war, aimed at building a real Northeastern network of all groups who want to stop the war and bring our troops home now. Each day we are becoming stronger and more unified - this is what we need to succeed in building a lasting peace and I appluade all of you for your hard work and efforts. To that, on Friday, March 9th there will be an anti-war concert and fundraiser to support and help make the March 24th demonstration as successful as possible. Tables and limited speaking spots are avilable for any group that wants to participate. Several bands are currently being confirmed (a list will be available shortly). Please see our website at: www.march24.org for more information. For questions, endorsements and participation in the event, feel free to contact me. And please spread the word. All the best, Mark Lipman March 24 Coalition www.march24.org 617-661-6130"

20070308   "Walk for a New Spring Gloucester - Beverly - Salem) to BOSTON, March 21"    "Walk for a New Spring! From Leverett to Boston! 2/18 - 3/21/2007 February 18 - March 21, 2007 Leverett to Boston A 4-week walk to find ways to root and nourish the power of peace and equity, locally, nationally and globally. From the New England Peace Pagoda, 100 Cave Hill Road, Leverett, Massachusetts. To learn of the current and next day's stopping points, call 413 253-7609. You can support walkers with pot-luck meals, or rendez-vous for a bit of walking. Walk, cook for a pot-luck, join an evening discussion, get a Mayors for Peace packet to your Mayor or Town Council, share and announce to neighbors the schedule, stand and pray as walkers pass, endorse and support the walkers ... there are so many ways to participate. 3/8 Th Gloucester - Beverly - Salem 3/9 F (Rest day - Visit Newton City Hall) 3/10 Saturday Tauton - Pawtucket, RI - Providence 3/11 Sunday Providence - E. Providence - Fall River 3/12 M Fall River - New Bedford 3/13 T New Bedford - Hyannis - Mashpee 3/14 W Mashpee - Sandwich 3/15 Th Sandwich - PLYMOUTH REACTOR - Plymouth 3/16 F Plymouth - Duxbury - Brockton 3/17 Saturday Brockton - Rockland - Hingham 3/18 Sunday Hingham - Quincy - Milton 3/19 M Milton - Dorchester- Boston 3/20 T Roxbury - Bio-Terror Lab 3/21 Wednesday Harvard Sq. - Cambridge - State House PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS AND COME TO BOSTON for the sixth annual conclusion of this remarkable walk Bring your peace flags, inspire the city, drum the Peace Pagoda's prayer for peace. Walkers will arrive at the Boston State House by noon. 3/21 Wednesday is the First Day of Spring ! 8:30 am Christ Church - Cambridge 9:00 am Cambridge City Hall on Mass Ave. 11:00 am Copley Square - Trinity Church 11:30 am State House !!!! Bring your blooming flowers, your sprigs of cat-tails and forsythia, red-bud and early daffodils. Announce to the world your belief that peace is possible. We can end the nuclear age. ""We walk from late winter to the first day of spring. As the Earth's wondrous energies, in harmony with the heavens, prepare for the re-emergence of the life force, we walk to renew our own spirit, committting to the realization of a peaceful society where everyone is supported and contributes to the humanity of our local and world commuity. Please join us for a mile, a day or whatever's possible. Guruji Teaches ... ""Today the world has become a nuclear arsenal. All the peoples of the world are forced to live fearfully as if waiting fo rthe fires to be set. When four billion peoples of the world rise up, raising their hands and their voices for peace under renewed international ethics, insisting that they want no more war, theywant not to be killed and never want to kill another, but that they shall live harmoniously with non-violence ..., when we can come together in this eay we will be able to prevent the disaster by nuclear weapons. "" Most Venerable Nichidatsu Fujii Guruji, Founder and Teacher of Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist Order Na Mu Myo Ho Ren Ge Kyo Traprock Peace Center happily recommends this walk. We have endorsed and promoted Walk for a New Spring since its inception in 2002. We thank the monks and nuns of Nipponzan Myohoji for their inspiring vision and their steadfast friendships with so many peacemakers. We are so lucky to have such visionary, kind, and dedicated neighbors! Walking never felt so good. These are spirited walkers. If you are able to collect signatures for a non-partisan petition to prevent war with Iran please give us a call, 413 773-7427."

20070308   "Peacemakers in Action, Greenfield"       Thursday March 8th GCC (downtown champus) Peacemakers in Action with Harvard University Prof. David Little 2-4 pm.

20070308   "Our Lady of Peace, Turners Falls, MA"  "Our Lady of Peace, Turners Falls, MA Father Stan announced that Our Lady of Peace parish in Turners Falls will be holding Scriptures sessions during Lent on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 pm begining Feb 27th. The focus of these Scriptures will be Justice and Peace."

20070308   "Diverse applications of Nuclear Technology, MIT- Cambridge, MA" "Diverse Applications of Nuclear Technology Thursday, March 8, 2007 - 7pm ? MIT Bldg. 32-Rm. 141 (Stata Center) Speakers: Ian Hutchinson, Dept. of Nuclear Science and Engineering, MIT Jeffrey Coderre, Nuclear Science and Engineering, MIT Alan Jasanoff, Associate Member, McGovern Institute for Brain Research Dwight Williams, MLK Visiting Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering, MIT Moderator: David Kaiser, Program in Science, Technology and Society Can Nuclear Energy and Non-Proliferation Co-Exist? This event is part of a series at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, from Thursday, February 22- Thursday, March 15, 2007. CambridgeAll events are free and open to the public. No advanced sign up; seating is first come, first served. For maps and more info, see http://web.mit.edu/tac"

20070307   """Guantanamo: Due Process is Long Overdue"""        "March 7 - ""Guantanamo: Due Process is Long Overdue"" Traprock Peace Center invites the public to a television studio taping of Attorney Buz Eisenberg speaking on ""Guantanamo: Due Process is Long Overdue"" at noon this Wednesday, March 7 at Greenfield Community Television, 393 Main Street. The studio audience is invited to ask questions following remarks. Refreshments will be served. Later the remarks will be aired on GCTV, other communtiy television stations and on the Traprock Peace web site. Since November, 2006, over 10,000 viewers have accessed a variety of video offerings through Traprock using YouTube and GoogleTV. Buz Eisenberg has been a member of the Guantanamo Global Justice Initiative. He provided pro bono representation to a detainee who had spent almost five years in Guantanamo, beginning when he was taken into custody shortly after he’d turned 17 years of age. With travel to Cuba and advocacy for prisoners rights this young man was repatriated to Saudi Arabia last year. Over 400 detainees await their release. None have been charged with a crime or tried in five years. Buz Eisenberg is Of Counsel to the Northampton litigation of Weinberg & Garber, P.C., as well as a professor at Greenfield Community College. He has practiced law in the region for 26 years and has been a resident of Ashfield for over 35 years. As a cooperating attorney with the ACLU and the Center For Constitutional Rights since December of 2004, Buz continues his work as a member of the Saudi team, litigating on behalf of the approximate 71 Saudi nationals remaining in detention in Guantanamo. He is also a plaintiff in a lawsuit filed against the President and seven U.S. agencies, challenging the practices of government agencies engaged in electronic surveillance of U.S. citizens without a warrant. For more information call 413 773-7427. ### Best regards, Sunny Miller, 413-773-7427 Traprock Peace Center, 103A Keets Rd, Deerfield, MA 01342 http://www.grassrootspeace.org"

20070307   "WIDE-ANGLE FILMS PRESENTS A.C.L.U. Freedom Files, Amherst"       "WIDE-ANGLE FILMS PRESENTS: MARCH 7, 7 pm The ACLU Freedom Files (3 of 10 parts tonight! 90min.) Beyond the Patriot Act: misguided law and other government overreactions to 9/11 restrict our most basic constitutional freedoms and threaten America's system of checks and balances. The Supreme Court: Oklahoma teenager Lindsay Earl stood up for her beliefs all the way to the Supreme Court. When a mandatory drug-testing was instituted for anyone involved in extracurricular activities, Lindsay, a H.S. sophore had the help of the ACLU to fight the order as an invasion of her privacy. She and her family faced a resistant town, and nine Supreme Court justices. Dissent: Freedom of speech is a given in America, right? Not if you're Muslim hip-hop poet Amir Sulaiman, who spoke his mind on national TV then found the FBI on his doorstep or protesters at Democratic and Republican national conventions who were relegated to ""free speech"" zones. * * * * * Wide-Angle Films are shown the first and third Wednesdays, at the NACUL CENTER, 592 MAIN ST., AMHERST. (corner of No. Whitney St.; 1/2 mile east from downtown Amherst – fully accessible) No charge with admission. Donations welcome. Discussions follow the films. Sponsored by SAGE, AFSC & Traprock Peace Center."

20070307   Walk for a New Spring! (Newburyport - Ipswich - Essex) + Boston! 3/21/2007     "Walk for a New Spring! From Leverett to Boston! 2/18 - 3/21/2007 February 18 - March 21, 2007 Leverett to Boston A 4-week walk to find ways to root and nourish the power of peace and equity, locally, nationally and globally. From the New England Peace Pagoda, 100 Cave Hill Road, Leverett, Massachusetts. To learn of the current and next day's stopping points, call 413 253-7609. You can support walkers with pot-luck meals, or rendez-vous for a bit of walking. Walk, cook for a pot-luck, join an evening discussion, get a Mayors for Peace packet to your Mayor or Town Council, share and announce to neighbors the schedule, stand and pray as walkers pass, endorse and support the walkers ... there are so many ways to participate. 3/7 W Newburyport - Ipswich - Essex 3/8 Th Gloucester - Beverly - Salem 3/9 F (Rest day - Visit Newton City Hall) 3/10 Saturday Tauton - Pawtucket, RI - Providence 3/11 Sunday Providence - E. Providence - Fall River 3/12 M Fall River - New Bedford 3/13 T New Bedford - Hyannis - Mashpee 3/14 W Mashpee - Sandwich 3/15 Th Sandwich - PLYMOUTH REACTOR - Plymouth 3/16 F Plymouth - Duxbury - Brockton 3/17 Saturday Brockton - Rockland - Hingham 3/18 Sunday Hingham - Quincy - Milton 3/19 M Milton - Dorchester- Boston 3/20 T Roxbury - Bio-Terror Lab 3/21 Wednesday Harvard Sq. - Cambridge - State House PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS AND COME TO BOSTON for the sixth annual conclusion of this remarkable walk Bring your peace flags, inspire the city, drum the Peace Pagoda's prayer for peace. Walkers will arrive at the Boston State House by noon. 3/21 Wednesday is the First Day of Spring ! 8:30 am Christ Church - Cambridge 9:00 am Cambridge City Hall on Mass Ave. 11:00 am Copley Square - Trinity Church 11:30 am State House !!!! Bring your blooming flowers, your sprigs of cat-tails and forsythia, red-bud and early daffodils. Announce to the world your belief that peace is possible. We can end the nuclear age. ""We walk from late winter to the first day of spring. As the Earth's wondrous energies, in harmony with the heavens, prepare for the re-emergence of the life force, we walk to renew our own spirit, committting to the realization of a peaceful society where everyone is supported and contributes to the humanity of our local and world commuity. Please join us for a mile, a day or whatever's possible. Guruji Teaches ... ""Today the world has become a nuclear arsenal. All the peoples of the world are forced to live fearfully as if waiting fo rthe fires to be set. When four billion peoples of the world rise up, raising their hands and their voices for peace under renewed international ethics, insisting that they want no more war, theywant not to be killed and never want to kill another, but that they shall live harmoniously with non-violence ..., when we can come together in this eay we will be able to prevent the disaster by nuclear weapons. "" Most Venerable Nichidatsu Fujii Guruji, Founder and Teacher of Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist Order Na Mu Myo Ho Ren Ge Kyo Traprock Peace Center happily recommends this walk. We have endorsed and promoted Walk for a New Spring since its inception in 2002. We thank the monks and nuns of Nipponzan Myohoji for their inspiring vision and their steadfast friendships with so many peacemakers. We are so lucky to have such visionary, kind, and dedicated neighbors! Walking never felt so good. These are spirited walkers. If you are able to collect signatures for a non-partisan petition to prevent war with Iran please give us a call, 413 773-7427."

20070307   "Onesimo Hidalgo at Smith College Library, noon, NORTHAMPTON"    "Onesimo Hidalgo speaks at Hampshire this Tuesday. He will also be speaking at Smith on Wednesday, March 7 at the Smith library at 12:00pm. He is an excellent presenter & extremely knowledgeable. The organization Onesimo co-directs in Chiapas (CIEPAC) is being harassed by the local police - and received a death threat last week - because of their work with indigenous communities.  So there will be letters and such at the events for people to sign, to help expose the intimidation campaign happening right now.   --------------------------- Seeking Social Justice: “Never Again a World without Us” Tuesday, March 6th, 2007 3:30pm, Room 103, Franklin Patterson Hall, Hampshire College Chiapas and Zapatismo Today The effect of NAFTA on indigenous peasants of Southern Mexico, the “other” border. The Plan Puebla Panama, the militarization of Chiapas, the Zapatistas’ Other Campaign. Join us for a presentation and discussion of these topics with Onésimo Hidalgo, co-director of the Center for Economic Research and Social Action (CIEPAC) in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico. Hidalgo has worked for 20 years with Indigenous communities in Chiapas. In Spanish and English. Sponsored by the School of Social Science, Office of Multicultural Education, First Year Program and Community Partnerships for Social Change CIEPAC's website:  www.ciepac.org"

20070307   "Guantanamo: Due Process Long Overdue, GCTV, Greenfield, Noon"    "Guantanamo: Due Process Long Overdue, GCTV, Greenfield, Noon Join our in-studio taping at noon, at Greenfield Community Television, 3rd floor, 393 Main Street. Attorney Buz Eisenberg explains the remedies needed to end torture and human rights abuses at this US prison in Cuba. He won the release of a young man captured at age 17 and held in abusive conditions, but never charged with any crime. Buz is also one of the people filing suit against seven agencies for spying without a warrant against residents and citizens in the United States. Refreshments will be served. Come ask your good questions. Nearly 16,000 people have seen our Peace TV offerings on line in just three and a half months."

20070306   Walk for a New Spring! (Haverhill - Amesbury - Newburyport) + BOSTON March 21       "Walk for a New Spring! From Leverett to Boston! 2/18 - 3/21/2007 February 18 - March 21, 2007 Leverett to Boston A 4-week walk to find ways to root and nourish the power of peace and equity, locally, nationally and globally. From the New England Peace Pagoda, 100 Cave Hill Road, Leverett, Massachusetts. To learn of the current and next day's stopping points, call 413 253-7609. You can support walkers with pot-luck meals, or rendez-vous for a bit of walking. Walk, cook for a pot-luck, join an evening discussion, get a Mayors for Peace packet to your Mayor or Town Council, share and announce to neighbors the schedule, stand and pray as walkers pass, endorse and support the walkers ... there are so many ways to participate. 3/6 T Haverhill - Amesbury - Newburyport 3/7 W Newburyport - Ipswich - Essex 3/8 Th Gloucester - Beverly - Salem 3/9 F (Rest day - Visit Newton City Hall) 3/10 Saturday Tauton - Pawtucket, RI - Providence 3/11 Sunday Providence - E. Providence - Fall River 3/12 M Fall River - New Bedford 3/13 T New Bedford - Hyannis - Mashpee 3/14 W Mashpee - Sandwich 3/15 Th Sandwich - PLYMOUTH REACTOR - Plymouth 3/16 F Plymouth - Duxbury - Brockton 3/17 Saturday Brockton - Rockland - Hingham 3/18 Sunday Hingham - Quincy - Milton 3/19 M Milton - Dorchester- Boston 3/20 T Roxbury - Bio-Terror Lab 3/21 Wednesday Harvard Sq. - Cambridge - State House PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS AND COME TO BOSTON for the sixth annual conclusion of this remarkable walk Bring your peace flags, inspire the city, drum the Peace Pagoda's prayer for peace. Walkers will arrive at the Boston State House by noon. 3/21 Wednesday is the First Day of Spring ! 8:30 am Christ Church - Cambridge 9:00 am Cambridge City Hall on Mass Ave. 11:00 am Copley Square - Trinity Church 11:30 am State House !!!! Bring your blooming flowers, your sprigs of cat-tails and forsythia, red-bud and early daffodils. Announce to the world your belief that peace is possible. We can end the nuclear age. ""We walk from late winter to the first day of spring. As the Earth's wondrous energies, in harmony with the heavens, prepare for the re-emergence of the life force, we walk to renew our own spirit, committting to the realization of a peaceful society where everyone is supported and contributes to the humanity of our local and world commuity. Please join us for a mile, a day or whatever's possible. Guruji Teaches ... ""Today the world has become a nuclear arsenal. All the peoples of the world are forced to live fearfully as if waiting fo rthe fires to be set. When four billion peoples of the world rise up, raising their hands and their voices for peace under renewed international ethics, insisting that they want no more war, theywant not to be killed and never want to kill another, but that they shall live harmoniously with non-violence ..., when we can come together in this eay we will be able to prevent the disaster by nuclear weapons. "" Most Venerable Nichidatsu Fujii Guruji, Founder and Teacher of Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist Order Na Mu Myo Ho Ren Ge Kyo Traprock Peace Center happily recommends this walk. We have endorsed and promoted Walk for a New Spring since its inception in 2002. We thank the monks and nuns of Nipponzan Myohoji for their inspiring vision and their steadfast friendships with so many peacemakers. We are so lucky to have such visionary, kind, and dedicated neighbors! Walking never felt so good. These are spirited walkers. If you are able to collect signatures for a non-partisan petition to prevent war with Iran please give us a call, 413 773-7427."

20070306   "Our Lady of Peace, Turners Falls, MA"  "Our Lady of Peace, Turners Falls, MA Father Stan announced that Our Lady of Peace parish in Turners Falls will be holding Scriptures sessions during Lent on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 pm begining Feb 27th. The focus of these Scriptures will be Justice and Peace."

20070306   "Onesimo Hidalgo at Hampshire College, 3:30 PM AMHERST"   "Onesimo Hidalgo speaks at Hampshire this Tuesday. He will also be speaking at Smith on Wednesday, March 7 at the Smith library at 12:00pm. He is an excellent presenter & extremely knowledgeable. The organization Onesimo co-directs in Chiapas (CIEPAC) is being harassed by the local police - and received a death threat last week - because of their work with indigenous communities.  So there will be letters and such at the events for people to sign, to help expose the intimidation campaign happening right now.   --------------------------- Seeking Social Justice: “Never Again a World without Us” Tuesday, March 6th, 2007 3:30pm, Room 103, Franklin Patterson Hall, Hampshire College Chiapas and Zapatismo Today The effect of NAFTA on indigenous peasants of Southern Mexico, the “other” border. The Plan Puebla Panama, the militarization of Chiapas, the Zapatistas’ Other Campaign. Join us for a presentation and discussion of these topics with Onésimo Hidalgo, co-director of the Center for Economic Research and Social Action (CIEPAC) in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico. Hidalgo has worked for 20 years with Indigenous communities in Chiapas. In Spanish and English. Sponsored by the School of Social Science, Office of Multicultural Education, First Year Program and Community Partnerships for Social Change CIEPAC's website:  www.ciepac.org"

20070305   Walk for a New Spring! (Andover - Lawrence - Haverill) Boston! 2/18 - 3/21/20    "Walk for a New Spring! From Leverett to Boston! 2/18 - 3/21/2007 February 18 - March 21, 2007 Leverett to Boston A 4-week walk to find ways to root and nourish the power of peace and equity, locally, nationally and globally. From the New England Peace Pagoda, 100 Cave Hill Road, Leverett, Massachusetts. To learn of the current and next day's stopping points, call 413 253-7609. You can support walkers with pot-luck meals, or rendez-vous for a bit of walking. Walk, cook for a pot-luck, join an evening discussion, get a Mayors for Peace packet to your Mayor or Town Council, share and announce to neighbors the schedule, stand and pray as walkers pass, endorse and support the walkers ... there are so many ways to participate. 3/5 M Andover - Lawrence - Haverill 3/6 T Haverhill - Amesbury - Newburypor 3/7 W Newburyport - Ipswich - Essex 3/8 Th Gloucester - Beverly - Salem 3/9 F (Rest day - Visit Newton City Hall) 3/10 Saturday Tauton - Pawtucket, RI - Providence 3/11 Sunday Providence - E. Providence - Fall River 3/12 M Fall River - New Bedford 3/13 T New Bedford - Hyannis - Mashpee 3/14 W Mashpee - Sandwich 3/15 Th Sandwich - PLYMOUTH REACTOR - Plymouth 3/16 F Plymouth - Duxbury - Brockton 3/17 Saturday Brockton - Rockland - Hingham 3/18 Sunday Hingham - Quincy - Milton 3/19 M Milton - Dorchester- Boston 3/20 T Roxbury - Bio-Terror Lab 3/21 Wednesday Harvard Sq. - Cambridge - State House PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS AND COME TO BOSTON for the sixth annual conclusion of this remarkable walk Bring your peace flags, inspire the city, drum the Peace Pagoda's prayer for peace. Walkers will arrive at the Boston State House by noon. 3/21 Wednesday is the First Day of Spring ! 8:30 am Christ Church - Cambridge 9:00 am Cambridge City Hall on Mass Ave. 11:00 am Copley Square - Trinity Church 11:30 am State House !!!! Bring your blooming flowers, your sprigs of cat-tails and forsythia, red-bud and early daffodils. Announce to the world your belief that peace is possible. We can end the nuclear age. ""We walk from late winter to the first day of spring. As the Earth's wondrous energies, in harmony with the heavens, prepare for the re-emergence of the life force, we walk to renew our own spirit, committting to the realization of a peaceful society where everyone is supported and contributes to the humanity of our local and world commuity. Please join us for a mile, a day or whatever's possible. Guruji Teaches ... ""Today the world has become a nuclear arsenal. All the peoples of the world are forced to live fearfully as if waiting fo rthe fires to be set. When four billion peoples of the world rise up, raising their hands and their voices for peace under renewed international ethics, insisting that they want no more war, theywant not to be killed and never want to kill another, but that they shall live harmoniously with non-violence ..., when we can come together in this eay we will be able to prevent the disaster by nuclear weapons. "" Most Venerable Nichidatsu Fujii Guruji, Founder and Teacher of Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist Order Na Mu Myo Ho Ren Ge Kyo Traprock Peace Center happily recommends this walk. We have endorsed and promoted Walk for a New Spring since its inception in 2002. We thank the monks and nuns of Nipponzan Myohoji for their inspiring vision and their steadfast friendships with so many peacemakers. We are so lucky to have such visionary, kind, and dedicated neighbors! Walking never felt so good. These are spirited walkers. If you are able to collect signatures for a non-partisan petition to prevent war with Iran please give us a call, 413 773-7427."

20070304   Walk for a New Spring! From Leverett to Boston! 2/18 - 3/21/2007      "Walk for a New Spring! From Leverett to Boston! 2/18 - 3/21/2007 February 18 - March 21, 2007 Leverett to Boston A 4-week walk to find ways to root and nourish the power of peace and equity, locally, nationally and globally. From the New England Peace Pagoda, 100 Cave Hill Road, Leverett, Massachusetts. To learn of the current and next day's stopping points, call 413 253-7609. You can support walkers with pot-luck meals, or rendez-vous for a bit of walking. Walk, cook for a pot-luck, join an evening discussion, get a Mayors for Peace packet to your Mayor or Town Council, share and announce to neighbors the schedule, stand and pray as walkers pass, endorse and support the walkers ... there are so many ways to participate. 3/1 Thursday Princeton - Leicester - Worcester 3/2 Friday Worcester - Clinton - Harvard 3/3 Saturday Harvard - Littleton - Chelmsford 3/4 Sunday Chelmsford - Lowell - Andover (Raytheon) Wilmington (Textron) Andover ((Missile guidance systems are made in Andover, MA. Cluster Bombs are made in Wilmington, MA. Please come and support a change in production capabilities. Your encouragement could make the difference, at the Raytheon and Textron factories.)) 3/5 M Andover - Lawrence - Haverill 3/6 T Haverhill - Amesbury - Newburypor 3/7 W Newburyport - Ipswich - Essex 3/8 Th Gloucester - Beverly - Salem 3/9 F (Rest day - Visit Newton City Hall) 3/10 Saturday Tauton - Pawtucket, RI - Providence 3/11 Sunday Providence - E. Providence - Fall River 3/12 M Fall River - New Bedford 3/13 T New Bedford - Hyannis - Mashpee 3/14 W Mashpee - Sandwich 3/15 Th Sandwich - PLYMOUTH REACTOR - Plymouth 3/16 F Plymouth - Duxbury - Brockton 3/17 Saturday Brockton - Rockland - Hingham 3/18 Sunday Hingham - Quincy - Milton 3/19 M Milton - Dorchester- Boston 3/20 T Roxbury - Bio-Terror Lab 3/21 Wednesday Harvard Sq. - Cambridge - State House PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS AND COME TO BOSTON for the sixth annual conclusion of this remarkable walk Bring your peace flags, inspire the city, drum the Peace Pagoda's prayer for peace. Walkers will arrive at the Boston State House by noon. 3/21 Wednesday is the First Day of Spring ! 8:30 am Christ Church - Cambridge 9:00 am Cambridge City Hall on Mass Ave. 11:00 am Copley Square - Trinity Church 11:30 am State House !!!! Bring your blooming flowers, your sprigs of cat-tails and forsythia, red-bud and early daffodils. Announce to the world your belief that peace is possible. We can end the nuclear age. ""We walk from late winter to the first day of spring. As the Earth's wondrous energies, in harmony with the heavens, prepare for the re-emergence of the life force, we walk to renew our own spirit, committting to the realization of a peaceful society where everyone is supported and contributes to the humanity of our local and world commuity. Please join us for a mile, a day or whatever's possible. Guruji Teaches ... ""Today the world has become a nuclear arsenal. All the peoples of the world are forced to live fearfully as if waiting fo rthe fires to be set. When four billion peoples of the world rise up, raising their hands and their voices for peace under renewed international ethics, insisting that they want no more war, theywant not to be killed and never want to kill another, but that they shall live harmoniously with non-violence ..., when we can come together in this eay we will be able to prevent the disaster by nuclear weapons. "" Most Venerable Nichidatsu Fujii Guruji, Founder and Teacher of Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist Order Na Mu Myo Ho Ren Ge Kyo Traprock Peace Center happily recommends this walk. We have endorsed and promoted Walk for a New Spring since its inception in 2002. We thank the monks and nuns of Nipponzan Myohoji for their inspiring vision and their steadfast friendships with so many peacemakers. We are so lucky to have such visionary, kind, and dedicated neighbors! Walking never felt so good. These are spirited walkers. If you are able to collect signatures for a non-partisan petition to prevent war with Iran please give us a call, 413 773-7427."

20070304   Walk for a New Spring - On the way to Boston 3/21/2007 "Walk for a New Spring! From Leverett to Boston! - 3/21/2007 February 18 - March 21, 2007 Leverett to Boston A 4-week walk to find ways to root and nourish the power of peace and equity, locally, nationally and globally. From the New England Peace Pagoda, 100 Cave Hill Road, Leverett, Massachusetts. To learn of the current and next day's stopping points, call 413 253-7609. You can support walkers with pot-luck meals, or rendez-vous for a bit of walking. Walk, cook for a pot-luck, join an evening discussion, get a Mayors for Peace packet to your Mayor or Town Council, share and announce to neighbors the schedule, stand and pray as walkers pass, endorse and support the walkers ... there are so many ways to participate. 3/1 Thursday Princeton - Leicester - Worcester 3/2 Friday Worcester - Clinton - Harvard 3/3 Saturday Harvard - Littleton - Chelmsford 3/4 Sunday Chelmsford - Lowell - Andover (Raytheon) Wilmington (Textron) Andover ((Missile guidance systems are made in Andover, MA. Cluster Bombs are made in Wilmington, MA. Please come and support a change in production capabilities. Your encouragement could make the difference, at the Raytheon and Textron factories.)) 3/5 M Andover - Lawrence - Haverill 3/6 T Haverhill - Amesbury - Newburypor 3/7 W Newburyport - Ipswich - Essex 3/8 Th Gloucester - Beverly - Salem 3/9 F (Rest day - Visit Newton City Hall) 3/10 Saturday Tauton - Pawtucket, RI - Providence 3/11 Sunday Providence - E. Providence - Fall River 3/12 M Fall River - New Bedford 3/13 T New Bedford - Hyannis - Mashpee 3/14 W Mashpee - Sandwich 3/15 Th Sandwich - PLYMOUTH REACTOR - Plymouth 3/16 F Plymouth - Duxbury - Brockton 3/17 Saturday Brockton - Rockland - Hingham 3/18 Sunday Hingham - Quincy - Milton 3/19 M Milton - Dorchester- Boston 3/20 T Roxbury - Bio-Terror Lab 3/21 Wednesday Harvard Sq. - Cambridge - State House PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS AND COME TO BOSTON for the sixth annual conclusion of this remarkable walk Bring your peace flags, inspire the city, drum the Peace Pagoda's prayer for peace. Walkers will arrive at the Boston State House by noon. 3/21 Wednesday is the First Day of Spring ! 8:30 am Christ Church - Cambridge 9:00 am Cambridge City Hall on Mass Ave. 11:00 am Copley Square - Trinity Church 11:30 am State House !!!! Bring your blooming flowers, your sprigs of cat-tails and forsythia, red-bud and early daffodils. Announce to the world your belief that peace is possible. We can end the nuclear age together. ""We walk from late winter to the first day of spring. As the Earth's wondrous energies, in harmony with the heavens, prepare for the re-emergence of the life force, we walk to renew our own spirit, committting to the realization of a peaceful society where everyone is supported and contributes to the humanity of our local and world commuity. Please join us for a mile, a day or whatever's possible. Guruji Teaches ... ""Today the world has become a nuclear arsenal. All the peoples of the world are forced to live fearfully as if waiting fo rthe fires to be set. When four billion peoples of the world rise up, raising their hands and their voices for peace under renewed international ethics, insisting that they want no more war, theywant not to be killed and never want to kill another, but that they shall live harmoniously with non-violence ..., when we can come together in this eay we will be able to prevent the disaster by nuclear weapons. "" Most Venerable Nichidatsu Fujii Guruji, Founder and Teacher of Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist Order Na Mu Myo Ho Ren Ge Kyo Traprock Peace Center happily recommends this walk. We have endorsed and promoted Walk for a New Spring since its inception in 2002. We thank the monks and nuns of Nipponzan Myohoji for their inspiring vision and their steadfast friendships with so many peacemakers. We are so lucky to have such visionary, kind, and dedicated neighbors! Walking never felt so good. These are spirited walkers. If you are able to collect signatures for a non-partisan petition to prevent war with Iran please give us a call, 413 773-7427."

20070304   "Full Moon Family Fire Peace Circle, Shelburne Falls, MA"       "Description: Full Moon Family Fire Peace Circle Date: Saturday, Mar 3, 2007 Time: 6-7 pm Location: Shelburne Falls Triangle Green, corners of Water, Main, and Church Streets, Shelburne Falls, MA. (Opposite Shelburne Buckland Community Center) Intention: A respectful community gathering for all to share their positive wishes and prayers through spoken words, poetry, music and songs. This is a physically and emotionally safe place for children and adults to be seen and heard and witness our community coming together for the purpose of World Peace. Contact: Gayle Davidson, (413 ) 625 - 9394"

20070304   "Full Moon Family Fire Peace Circle, Shelburne Falls, MA"       "Description: Full Moon Family Fire Peace Circle Date: Saturday, Mar 3, 2007 Time: 6-7 pm Location: Shelburne Falls Triangle Green, corners of Water, Main, and Church Streets, Shelburne Falls, MA. (Opposite Shelburne Buckland Community Center) Intention: A respectful community gathering for all to share their positive wishes and prayers through spoken words, poetry, music and songs. This is a physically and emotionally safe place for children and adults to be seen and heard and witness our community coming together for the purpose of World Peace. Contact: Gayle Davidson, (413 ) 625 - 9394"

20070303   "Walk for a New Spring, From Leverett to Boston! 3/21/2007"       "Walk for a New Spring! From Leverett to Boston! - 3/21/2007 February 18 - March 21, 2007 Leverett to Boston A 4-week walk to find ways to root and nourish the power of peace and equity, locally, nationally and globally. From the New England Peace Pagoda, 100 Cave Hill Road, Leverett, Massachusetts. To learn of the current and next day's stopping points, call 413 253-7609. You can support walkers with pot-luck meals, or rendez-vous for a bit of walking. Walk, cook for a pot-luck, join an evening discussion, get a Mayors for Peace packet to your Mayor or Town Council, share and announce to neighbors the schedule, stand and pray as walkers pass, endorse and support the walkers ... there are so many ways to participate. 3/1 Thursday Princeton - Leicester - Worcester 3/2 Friday Worcester - Clinton - Harvard 3/3 Saturday Harvard - Littleton - Chelmsford 3/4 Sunday Chelmsford - Lowell - Andover (Raytheon) Wilmington (Textron) Andover ((Missile guidance systems are made in Andover, MA. Cluster Bombs are made in Wilmington, MA. Please come and support a change in production capabilities. Your encouragement could make the difference, at the Raytheon and Textron factories.)) 3/5 M Andover - Lawrence - Haverill 3/6 T Haverhill - Amesbury - Newburypor 3/7 W Newburyport - Ipswich - Essex 3/8 Th Gloucester - Beverly - Salem 3/9 F (Rest day - Visit Newton City Hall) 3/10 Saturday Tauton - Pawtucket, RI - Providence 3/11 Sunday Providence - E. Providence - Fall River 3/12 M Fall River - New Bedford 3/13 T New Bedford - Hyannis - Mashpee 3/14 W Mashpee - Sandwich 3/15 Th Sandwich - PLYMOUTH REACTOR - Plymouth 3/16 F Plymouth - Duxbury - Brockton 3/17 Saturday Brockton - Rockland - Hingham 3/18 Sunday Hingham - Quincy - Milton 3/19 M Milton - Dorchester- Boston 3/20 T Roxbury - Bio-Terror Lab 3/21 Wednesday Harvard Sq. - Cambridge - State House PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS AND COME TO BOSTON for the sixth annual conclusion of this remarkable walk Bring your peace flags, inspire the city, drum the Peace Pagoda's prayer for peace. Walkers will arrive at the Boston State House by noon. 3/21 Wednesday is the First Day of Spring ! 8:30 am Christ Church - Cambridge 9:00 am Cambridge City Hall on Mass Ave. 11:00 am Copley Square - Trinity Church 11:30 am State House !!!! Bring your blooming flowers, your sprigs of cat-tails and forsythia, red-bud and early daffodils. Announce to the world your belief that peace is possible. We can end the nuclear age. ""We walk from late winter to the first day of spring. As the Earth's wondrous energies, in harmony with the heavens, prepare for the re-emergence of the life force, we walk to renew our own spirit, committting to the realization of a peaceful society where everyone is supported and contributes to the humanity of our local and world commuity. Please join us for a mile, a day or whatever's possible. Guruji Teaches ... ""Today the world has become a nuclear arsenal. All the peoples of the world are forced to live fearfully as if waiting fo rthe fires to be set. When four billion peoples of the world rise up, raising their hands and their voices for peace under renewed international ethics, insisting that they want no more war, theywant not to be killed and never want to kill another, but that they shall live harmoniously with non-violence ..., when we can come together in this eay we will be able to prevent the disaster by nuclear weapons. "" Most Venerable Nichidatsu Fujii Guruji, Founder and Teacher of Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist Order Na Mu Myo Ho Ren Ge Kyo Traprock Peace Center happily recommends this walk. We have endorsed and promoted Walk for a New Spring since its inception in 2002. We thank the monks and nuns of Nipponzan Myohoji for their inspiring vision and their steadfast friendships with so many peacemakers. We are so lucky to have such visionary, kind, and dedicated neighbors! Walking never felt so good. These are spirited walkers. If you are able to collect signatures for a non-partisan petition to prevent war with Iran please give us a call, 413 773-7427."

20070303   "Full Moon Family Fire Peace Circle, Shelburne Falls, 6 PM"    "Description: Description: Full Moon Family Fire Peace Circle Date: Saturday, Mar 3, 2007 Time: 6-7 pm Location: Shelburne Falls Triangle Green, corners of Water, Main, and Church Streets, Shelburne Falls, MA. (Opposite Shelburne Buckland Community Center) Intention: A respectful community gathering for all to share their positive wishes and prayers through spoken words, poetry, music and songs. This is a physically and emotionally safe place for children and adults to be seen and heard and witness our community coming together for the purpose of World Peace. Contact: Gayle Davidson, (413 ) 625 - 9394 Date: Saturday, March 3, 2007 Time: 6:00pm-7:00pm"

20070303   Basic Mediation Training "34-hour interactive, practice-based training in Northampton for those who wish to help others resolve their disputes, whether through formal mediation or in their own professional settings. Six sessions. Shackney@communityaction.us or 413-774-7469 x16."

20070302   Walk for a New Spring! From Leverett to Boston! - 3/21/2007 "Walk for a New Spring! From Leverett to Boston! - 3/21/2007 February 18 - March 21, 2007 Leverett to Boston A 4-week walk to find ways to root and nourish the power of peace and equity, locally, nationally & globally. From the New England Peace Pagoda, 100 Cave Hill Road, Leverett, Massachusetts. To learn of the current and next day's stopping points, call 413 253-7609. You can support walkers with pot-luck meals, or rendez-vous for a little or a lot of walking. Walk, cook for a pot-luck, join an evening discussion, get a Mayors for Peace packet to your Mayor or Town Council, share and announce to neighbors the schedule, stand and pray as walkers pass, endorse and support the walkers ... there are so many ways to participate. 3/1 Thursday Princeton - Leicester - Worcester 3/2 Friday Worcester - Clinton - Harvard 3/3 Saturday Harvard - Littleton - Chelmsford 3/4 Sunday Chelmsford - Lowell - Andover (Raytheon) Wilmington (Textron) Andover ((Missile guidance systems are made in Andover, MA. Cluster Bombs are made in Wilmington, MA. Please come and support a change in production capabilities. Your encouragement could make the difference, at the Raytheon and Textron factories.)) 3/5 M Andover - Lawrence - Haverill 3/6 T Haverhill - Amesbury - Newburypor 3/7 W Newburyport - Ipswich - Essex 3/8 Th Gloucester - Beverly - Salem 3/9 F (Rest day - Visit Newton City Hall) 3/10 Saturday Tauton - Pawtucket, RI - Providence 3/11 Sunday Providence - E. Providence - Fall River 3/12 M Fall River - New Bedford 3/13 T New Bedford - Hyannis - Mashpee 3/14 W Mashpee - Sandwich 3/15 Th Sandwich - PLYMOUTH REACTOR - Plymouth 3/16 F Plymouth - Duxbury - Brockton 3/17 Saturday Brockton - Rockland - Hingham 3/18 Sunday Hingham - Quincy - Milton 3/19 M Milton - Dorchester- Boston 3/20 T Roxbury - Bio-Terror Lab 3/21 W Harvard Sq. - Cambridge - State House PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS AND COME TO BOSTON for the sixth annual conclusion of this remarkable walk Bring your peace flags, inspire the city, drum the Peace Pagoda's prayer for peace. Walkers will arrive at the Boston State House by noon. 3/21 Wednesday is the First Day of Spring ! 8:30 am Christ Church - Cambridge 9:00 am Cambridge City Hall on Mass Ave. 11:00 am Copley Square - Trinity Church 11:30 am State House !!!! Bring your blooming flowers, your sprigs of cat-tails and forsythia, red-bud and early daffodils. Announce to the world your belief that peace is possible. We can end the nuclear age. ""We walk from late winter to the first day of spring. As the Earth's wondrous energies, in harmony with the heavens, prepare for the re-emergence of the life force, we walk to renew our own spirit, committting to the realization of a peaceful society where everyone is supported and contributes to the humanity of our local and world commuity. Please join us for a mile, a day or whatever's possible. Guruji Teaches ... ""Today the world has become a nuclear arsenal. All the peoples of the world are forced to live fearfully as if waiting fo rthe fires to be set. When four billion peoples of the world rise up, raising their hands and their voices for peace under renewed international ethics, insisting that they want no more war, theywant not to be killed and never want to kill another, but that they shall live harmoniously with non-violence ..., when we can come together in this eay we will be able to prevent the disaster by nuclear weapons. "" Most Venerable Nichidatsu Fujii Guruji, Founder and Teacher of Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist Order Na Mu Myo Ho Ren Ge Kyo Traprock Peace Center has supported and promoted Walk for a New Spring since its inception in 2002. We thank the monks and nuns of Nipponzan Myohoji for their inspiring vision and their steadfast friendships with so many peacemakers. We are so lucky to have such visionary, kind, and dedicated neighbors! Walking never felt so good. These are spirited walkers. If you are able to collect signatures for a non-partisan petition to prevent war with Iran please give us a call, 413 773-7427."

20070302   "TAKE A MOMENT FOR PEACE, w. Gallery Walk, Brattleboro, VT"      "Brattleboro Interfaith Initiative, Friday March 2, 2007 Centre Congregational Church 193 Main Street in Brattleboro Doors open 5:30pm Letter to: Members of the Brattleboro Interfaith Initiative group From: Margo Neale Peace and Justice Committee Centre Congregational Church You may recall our visit with you in December in which we outlined our vision for an observance we have entitled “A Moment for Peace.” On February 2 Dee and Bob Keller, in collaboration with Marie Proctor, successfully launched what we hope will be an ongoing series. We are imagining a permanent place for peace in the Gallery Walk plans but, for the moment, are committed among ourselves to an effort over three to six months in order to determine need and interest in this kind of program. Dee and Bob Keller reported that there were about 40-50 people in attendance on February 2. Probably several of you were there. Please be so kind as to mention Take A Moment for Peace to your respective congregations as you did for 2/2/07. Thanks ahead of time for your cooperation and support. The following notice will appear in the listings for Gallery Walk on March 2, 2007: TAKE A MOMENT FOR PEACE As part of Gallery Walk on March 2, 2007, Centre Congregational Church at 193 Main Street in Brattleboro will open its doors at 5:30pm for a brief celebration of peace. People of all faiths and persuasions are invited to attend and participate in meditating, praying, and singing songs of peace. The program this month will be led by Margo Neale of Centre Congregational Church in collaboration with Javid Chaudhri of the Islamic community. WILL YOU TAKE A MOMENT FOR PEACE?"

20070301   "THE FUTURE OF NUCLEAR ENERGY, MIT, Cambridge"        "The Future of Nuclear Energy Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 7pm MIT Bldg. 6-Rm. 120 Speakers: Allison Macfarlane, George Mason University Andrew Kadak, Professor of Practice, Nuclear Engineering, MIT Victor Reis, Senior Advisor, Office of the Secretary, US Dept. of Energy Moderator: John Durant, Director, MIT Museum This event is part of a series at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, from Thursday, February 22- Thursday, March 15, 2007. All events are free and open to the public. No advanced sign up; seating is first come, first served. For maps and more info, see http://web.mit.edu/tac"

20070301   "Our Lady of Peace, Turners Falls, MA"  "Our Lady of Peace, Turners Falls, MA Father Stan announced that Our Lady of Peace parish in Turners Falls will be holding Scriptures sessions during Lent on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 pm begining Feb 27th. The focus of these Scriptures will be Justice and Peace."

20070227   Rest Day - Walk for a New Spring    "Walk for a New Spring 2/18 - Walk for a New Spring! Pray, Talk & Walk from the ... Peace Pagoda, Leverett -> Leverett Cong. Ch. //drive to N.Adams 2/19 North Adams - Pittsfield - Lee 2/20 Lee - Great Barrington //drive to Westfield 2/21 W. Springfield - Agawam - Springfield 2/22 Springfield - Chicopee - Holyoke - Easthampton 2/23 Easthampton - Northampton - Hatfield 2/24 Hatfield - South Deerfield - Greenfield (Supper HERE!) 2/25 Putney, Vt - Entergy Nuclear Headquarters, Brattleboro 2/26 Brattleboro - Vermont Yankee reactor - Northfield - Orange 2/27 Rest Day -- walkers arrive at the Boston State House on 3/21 the First Day of Spring To support walkers with pot-luck meals, or rendez-vous with walkers, call briefly, 413 253-7609."

20070227   Rest Day - Walk for a New Spring    "Walk for a New Spring 2/18 - Walk for a New Spring! Pray, Talk & Walk from the ... Peace Pagoda, Leverett -> Leverett Cong. Ch. //drive to N.Adams 2/19 North Adams - Pittsfield - Lee 2/20 Lee - Great Barrington //drive to Westfield 2/21 W. Springfield - Agawam - Springfield 2/22 Springfield - Chicopee - Holyoke - Easthampton 2/23 Easthampton - Northampton - Hatfield 2/24 Hatfield - South Deerfield - Greenfield (Supper HERE!) 2/25 Putney, Vt - Entergy Nuclear Headquarters, Brattleboro 2/26 Brattleboro - Vermont Yankee reactor - Northfield - Orange 2/27 Rest Day -- walkers arrive at the Boston State House on 3/21 the First Day of Spring To support walkers with pot-luck meals, or rendez-vous with walkers, call briefly, 413 253-7609."

20070227   "Our Lady of Peace, Turners Falls, MA"  "Our Lady of Peace, Turners Falls, MA Father Stan announced that Our Lady of Peace parish in Turners Falls will be holding Scriptures sessions during Lent on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 pm begining Feb 27th. The focus of these Scriptures will be Justice and Peace."

20070226   Walk for a New Spring      "Walk for a New Spring 2/18 - Walk for a New Spring! Pray, Talk & Walk from the ... Peace Pagoda, Leverett -> Leverett Cong. Ch. //drive to N.Adams 2/19 North Adams - Pittsfield - Lee 2/20 Lee - Great Barrington //drive to Westfield 2/21 W. Springfield - Agawam - Springfield 2/22 Springfield - Chicopee - Holyoke - Easthampton 2/23 Easthampton - Northampton - Hatfield 2/24 Hatfield - South Deerfield - Greenfield (Supper HERE!) 2/25 Putney, Vt - Entergy Nuclear Headquarters, Brattleboro 2/26 Brattleboro - Vermont Yankee reactor - Northfield - Orange 2/27 Rest Day -- walkers arrive at the Boston State House on 3/21 the First Day of Spring To support walkers with pot-luck meals, or rendez-vous with walkers, call briefly, 413 253-7609."

20070226   "Arms Against War... white homemade armbands worn as affirmation of the ""I want a"  "Do you object to the war in Iraq? It doesn’t matter what your reasons are for objecting – just that you do. If so, then please read on. Just a strip of white fabric, worn around the arm – no cost, no time – just your opinion, worn publicly is all we are asking for. Our aim is to unite all anti-war/peace groups, politicians, musicians, artists and individuals who object to the war in Iraq - in one highly visible, unified mass that can be seen at all times, in all places around the world. We established ARMS AGAINST WAR as a way of protesting and recognising other protesters, from any group, as being of the same intent - an end to the war in Iraq. Politicians and electoral candidates too can wear this symbol so that voters will clearly see what they stand for. We wear a simple piece of any scrap of white fabric around our arms - at marches, in photos, in court, on TV, during speeches, at signings etc. This is NOT an arrestable offence as there are no words, it costs nothing, it is instant, it is constant and it is worldwide. Please consider sharing or adopting this symbol so that the world of objectors can begin to be seen - everywhere. I would also add that the action of putting on the armband is an act of self empowerment that lifts me from impotent and powerless, to a point of activism, it is a small gesture, but by this simple act, I am no longer still and silent. Thank you for taking the time to read this and I wish us all success - we need it and...we need you."

20070225   "MidEast Working Group, Israel/Palestine/Lebanon, Beacon Street" "Sunday, February 25, 2007 Brookline Anat Biletzki, sponsored by Workmen's Circle MidEast Working Group, Israel/Palestine/Lebanon from a human rights perspective 7PM Workmen's Circle Building, 1762 Beacon St"

20070225   "WALK FOR A NEW SPRING - Putney to Brattleboro, VT"   "Sunday February 25 WALK FOR A NEW SPRING - Putney to Brattleboro, from Putney VT near the Putney Coop down Route 5 to vigil at Entergy Nuclear headquarters on Old Ferry Road, N Brattleboro, then through downtown Brattleboro. Led by the Leverett Peace Pagoda as part of its Mayors for Peace Project and month-long walk against nuclear weapons and nuclear power. This walk will have support vehicles for anyone needing assistance. The walk is alcohol- and drug-free. It is initiated by the New England Peace Pagoda in Leverett and is supported by many hosts and organizers including Traprock Peace Center, Western Mass American Friends Service Committee. This portion is also supported by the Citizens Awareness Network. All voices are welcome to help end the nuclear age."

20070224   National Stop the War Demonstration Sat 24 February (UK)   "National Stop the War Demonstration Sat 24 February (UK) Start: Feb 24 2007 - 12:00 End: Feb 24 2007 - 5 PM Demonstrate: Saturday 24 February Stop Trident / Troops out of Iraq Tony Blair said he went to war to find weapons of mass destruction. There were none. 655,000 Iraqis have died in that war. Now he wants to spend around £25 billion on weapons of mass destruction with the potential to slaughter 40 million people. CND and Stop the War Coalition have called a national demonstration on 24 February to oppose Tony Blair's plans for new weapons of mass destruction in Britain and to call for the immediate withdrawal of the British army from CND = Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament!"

20070224   "Walk for a New Spring - HATFIELD, DEERFIELD, TRAPROCK, GREENFIELD"      "-------------------------------------------------------------------- Please tell friends about the plan for SATURDAY, 2/24 Depart from Hatfield Center, ~8-8:30. Walk to - South Deerfield & pot-luck lunch. Help us greet walkers as they arrive at the S. Deerfiled Common! Traprock neighbors will be there with signs, ""Bring'm HOME!"" & ""Honk for PEACE"" beginning at about 11:30. At about 12:00, Walk or drive three blocks down Sugarloaf Street to Holy Name Church at 13 Thayer Street for a pot-luck lunch with walkers. We thank Father Randy Calvo for his hospitality, and Paula Shulman for making soup for 10-15 walkers. It's school vacations week. What can you do for peace? Bring your yummy veggies or protein to support walkers! In the afternoon, walkers continue north through Deerfield Academy, past the Bement School, both on Main Street in Old Deerfield. Potluck suppper to feed the walkers will be at Traprock Peace Center, , Deerfield. Cooks, please come at 5:30, and we'll eat at 6PM sharp. At 7 PM we go to Greenfield for discussion on how to prevent war with Iran, at could go nuclear, at Cafe Koko. Please join us for disccuion at Cafe Koko (intersection of Main and Wells Streets.) Partake if you like in a theater improv, ""charming and disarming."" The improv is appropriate for ages 12 and up. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- SUNDAY, JOIN US SUNDAY FOR NUCLEAR SANITY: 2/25 Drive to Putney, Vt - Walk south to Entergy Nuclear Headquarters, Old Ferry Road, north of exit 3 in Brattleboro. In the afternoon, head south into Brattleboro. -------------------------------------------------------- Monday, 2/26 : Walk from Brattleboro to the gates of the Vermont Yankee reactor in Vernon, VT. then to Northfield and Orange, MA. -------------------------------------------------- TUESDAY 2/27 Rest Day -- Plan ahead for 3/21: Join walkers on their way from Harvard Square to the Boston State House on Wednesday, March 21 the First Day of Spring. To support walkers with pot-luck meals, or rendez-vous with walkers to walk, call briefly: To connect en route call this cell phone: 413 253-7609."

20070223   Walk for a New Spring      "Walk for a New Spring 2/18 - Walk for a New Spring! Pray, Talk & Walk from the ... Peace Pagoda, Leverett -> Leverett Cong. Ch. //drive to N.Adams 2/19 North Adams - Pittsfield - Lee 2/20 Lee - Great Barrington //drive to Westfield 2/21 W. Springfield - Agawam - Springfield 2/22 Springfield - Chicopee - Holyoke - Easthampton 2/23 Easthampton - Northampton - Hatfield 2/24 Hatfield - South Deerfield - Greenfield (Supper HERE!) 2/25 Putney, Vt - Entergy Nuclear Headquarters, Brattleboro 2/26 Brattleboro - Vermont Yankee reactor - Northfield - Orange 2/27 Rest Day -- walkers arrive at the Boston State House on 3/21 the First Day of Spring To support walkers with pot-luck meals, or rendez-vous with walkers, call briefly, 413 253-7609."

20070223   "Walk for a New Spring - Easthampton, Northampton, Hatfield, MA"     "Friday, 2/23 Walk from Easthampton to Northampton for lunch. Friday afternoon walk from Northampton to Hatfield. Please tell friends about the plan for SATURDAY, 2/24 Depart from Hatfield Center, ~8-8:30. Walk to - South Deerfield & pot-luck lunch. Help us greet walkers as they arrive at the S. Deerfiled Common! Traprock neighbors will be there with signs, ""Bring'm HOME!"" & ""Honk for PEACE"" beginning at about 11:30. At about 12:00, Walk or drive three blocks down Sugarloaf Street to Holy Name Church at 13 Thayer Street for a pot-luck lunch with walkers. We thank Father Randy Calvo for his hospitality, and Paula Shulman for making soup for 10-15 walkers. It's school vacations week. What can you do for peace? Bring your yummy veggies or protein to support walkers! Walkers continue north through Deerfield Academy, past the Bement School, both on Main Street in Old Deerfield. Suppper will be HERE, at Traprock Peace Center, , Deerfield. Cooks, please come at 5:30, and we'll eat at 6PM sharp. Are there massage therapists who would like to come care for tender feet, tired backs? We are looking for hospitality in Greenfield for a community gathering from 7-8pm. Please call 773-7427 to offer space. SUNDAY, JOIN US SUNDAY FOR NUCLEAR SANITY: 2/25 Drive to Putney, Vt - Walk south to Entergy Nuclear Headquarters, Old Ferry Road, north of exit 3 in Brattleboro. In the afternoon, head south into Brattleboro. Monday, 2/26 : Walk from Brattleboro to the gates of the Vermont Yankee reactor in Vernon, VT. then to Northfield and Orange, MA. 2/27 Rest Day -- walkers arrive at the Join walkers on their way from Harvard Square to the Boston State House on Wednesday, March 21 the First Day of Spring. To support walkers with pot-luck meals, or rendez-vous with walkers to walk, call briefly: To connect en route call this cell phone: 413 253-7609."

20070223   "2007 National SPSR Conference, Stanford CA"        "2007 National SPSR Conference: Medical Consequences of War February 23-25, 2007 Stanford Medical Campus Stanford, CA Keynote Speaker Les Roberts, MD - Author of the groundbreaking Lancet study, ""Mortality after the 2003 invasion of Iraq: a cross-sectional cluster sample survey,"" Dr. Roberts will discuss the war in Iraq and his experiences working as a researcher in that country. Confirmed Speakers Cesar Aleman, Latin American IPPNW Student Representative Lee Francis, MD Erica Frank, MD, MPH Robert Gould, MD Andrew Harris, MD Catherine Thomasson, MD Nuclear Weapons Inheritance Project Veteran's Pannel Housing Information available Register here: https://secure2.convio.net/psr/site/SSurvey?SURVEY_ID=1300&ACTION_REQUIRED=URI_ACTION_USER_REQUESTS Apply for a travel scholarship here: https://secure2.convio.net/psr/site/SSurvey?SURVEY_ID=1320&ACTION_REQUIRED=URI_ACTION_USER_REQUESTS Questions? Email spsr.national@gmail.com. http://www.psr.org/site/PageServer?pagename=spsr_stanford"

20070222   "BOMB SCARE: The History & Future of Nuclear Weapons, MIT - Cambridge"       "Events at MIT - Technology and Culture Forum THE FUTURE OF NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY Bomb Scare: The History and Future of Nuclear Weapons Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 7pm MIT Bldg. 6-Rm. 120 Speaker: Joseph Cirincione, Senior Vice President, Center for American Progress This event is part of a series at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, from Thursday, February 22- Thursday, March 15, 2007. All events are free and open to the public. No advanced sign up; seating is first come, first served. For maps and more info, see http://web.mit.edu/tac"

20070222   "WALK for a NEW SPRING Springfield - Chicopee - Holyoke - Easthampton, MA"     "2/18 - Walk for a New Spring! Pray, Talk & Walk from the ... New England Peace Pagoda, 100 Cave Hill Road in Leverett to -> Leverett Cong. Ch. //drive to N.Adams 2/19 North Adams - Pittsfield - Lee 2/20 Lee - Great Barrington //drive to Westfield 2/21 W. Springfield - Agawam - Springfield 2/22 Springfield - Chicopee - Holyoke - Easthampton 2/23 Easthampton - Northampton - Hatfield 2/24 Hatfield - South Deerfield - Greenfield (Pot-luck supper HERE at Traprock! Eating 6PM sharp.) 2/25 Drive to Putney, Vt -walk to Entergy Nuclear Headquarters, Brattleboro 2/26 Brattleboro - Vermont Yankee reactor - Northfield - Orange 2/27 Rest Day -- walkers arrive at the Boston State House on 3/21 the First Day of Spring To support walkers with pot-luck meals, or rendez-vous with walkers, call briefly, 413 253-7609."

20070221   """PLATANOS & COLLARD GREENS"" FREE, U-Mass, Amherst, MA"    "Wednesday February 21 ""PLATANOS & COLLARD GREENS"" 8pm, Bowker Auditorium, UMass Amherst. Free performance in honor of Black History Month. ""Platanos and Collard Greens"" (www.platanosandcollardgreens.com) is an intellectual romantic comedy that examines stereotypes, cultural differences, and similarities between Blacks and Latinos. It tells the story of two college students, Freeman, an African-American man, and Angelita, a Latina woman, both forced to confront and overcome cultural and racial prejudices, while defending their bond from the biases held by family and friends. Info: 800-999-8627 or 545-2511."

20070221   "WIDE-Angle Films, CUBA-related films, Amherst, MA"   "On the first and third Wednesdays at 7PM, drop in at the beautiful NACUL Center, 592 Main Street, at the corner of North Whitney Street. The architecture is beautiful and art graces the walls. Downstairs neighbors are organizing free film-screenings, sponsored by AFSC, SAGE, and Traprock Peace Center. This week see ""Mission Against Terror"" (48 minutes) and ""Who's Afraid of the Little Yellow School Bus"" the story of a Pastors for Peace delegation, (30 minutes). Discussion follows. Meet your neighbors. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Thanks to Roger, Bob, Emily, Anne and Steve for this wonderful initiative. Call 413 256-1760 for more information, or to volunteer."

20070221   WALK FOR A NEW SPRING - W. Springfield - Agawam - Springfield      "2/18 - Walk for a New Spring! Pray, Talk & Walk from the ... New England Peace Pagoda, 100 Cave Hill Road in Leverett -> Leverett Cong. Ch. //drive to N.Adams 2/19 North Adams - Pittsfield - Lee 2/20 Lee - Great Barrington //drive to Westfield 2/21 W. Springfield - Agawam - Springfield 2/22 Springfield - Chicopee - Holyoke - Easthampton 2/23 Easthampton - Northampton - Hatfield 2/24 Hatfield - South Deerfield - Greenfield (Pot-luck supper HERE at Traprock!) 2/25 Drive to Putney, Vt -walk to Entergy Nuclear Headquarters, Brattleboro 2/26 Brattleboro - Vermont Yankee reactor - Northfield - Orange 2/27 Rest Day -- walkers arrive at the Boston State House on 3/21 the First Day of Spring To support walkers with pot-luck meals, or rendez-vous with walkers, call briefly, 413 253-7609."

20070220   Walk for a New Spring - W. Springfield - Agawam - Springfield      "Walk for a New Spring 2/18 - Walk for a New Spring! Pray, Talk & Walk from the ... Peace Pagoda, Leverett -> Leverett Cong. Ch. //drive to N.Adams 2/19 North Adams - Pittsfield - Lee 2/20 Lee - Great Barrington //drive to Westfield 2/21 W. Springfield - Agawam - Springfield 2/22 Springfield - Chicopee - Holyoke - Easthampton 2/23 Easthampton - Northampton - Hatfield 2/24 Hatfield - South Deerfield - Greenfield (Pot-luck Supper HERE! Bring food, 5:30.) 2/25 Putney, Vt - Entergy Nuclear Headquarters, Brattleboro 2/26 Brattleboro - Vermont Yankee reactor - Northfield - Orange 2/27 Rest Day -- walkers arrive at the Boston State House on 3/21 the First Day of Spring To support walkers with pot-luck meals, or rendez-vous with walkers, call briefly, 413 253-7609."

20070220   "NATIONAL PRIORITIES PROJECT, Northampton"        "Tuesday February 20 LAST TIME! POLITICS, PASSION, & PALATE BENEFIT 5pm, 6:30pm, 8pm seatings, 271 Main St, Northampton. La Cazuela is still open and holding one last benefit for the National Priorities Project, with 100% of the food proceeds donated to NPP. Reservations are required and may be obtained by contacting Phil Korman, 584-9556, mailto:philk@nationalpriorities.org. NPP is a nonprofit organization that illustrates the impact of federal policies on local communities. TECHNOLOGY COORDINATOR JOB OPENING: NPP is seeking a multi-skilled person who can bring creative talent, a commitment to social justice, and enthusiasm for making information accessible to a national audience. Will be responsible for all aspects of the NPP website including marketing, upgrading, and developing new interactive tools. Will also be responsible for maintaining and developing other aspects of communications and information infrastructure in the NPP office, and coordinate with contracted and volunteer personnel where necessary. More at http://www.nationalpriorities.org."

20070220   "VALLEYWIDE SPOKESCOUNCIL, Amherst, MA" "Tuesday February 20 (Third Tuesdays) VALLEYWIDE SPOKESCOUNCIL 7-9pm, South Meeting Room, Bangs Community Center, 70 Boltwood Walk, downtown Amherst. The Valleywide Spokescouncil is representatives of groups or organizations with the goal of building critical mass to achieve goals the groups are working on or care about. If you are part of a group or organization of 20 or more people in Western Massachusetts and can serve as its spokesperson, you are invited to join the Valleywide Spokescouncil. Those who join this Council are in general agreement with the Earth Charter: www.earthcharter.org. Leadership is equally shared by all present through consensus decision-making based roughly on Formal Consensus: www.consensus.net/ocaccontents.html. Info: Tim Anderson, 559-1656, mailto:timbabwe1@aol.com."

20070220   "Franklin/Hampshire HEALTH CARE COALITION, Northampton"    "Tuesday February 20 (Third Tuesdays) FRANKLIN/HAMPSHIRE HEALTH CARE COALITION 7pm (6:45pm social time), Lathrop Village Community Room, Shallow Brook Drive, off Bridge Rd, Northampton. Organizing for the Mass. Health Care Trust Fund Bill. Info: Franklin/Hampshire Health Care Coalition, PO Box 3011, Amherst 01004, 586-0345, mailto:markham@crocker.com or mailto:franko1810@aol.com. The Massachusetts Health Care Trust Fund Bill calls for a universal health care system, providing universal access, a comprehensive range of physical and mental health benefits, choice of provider, quality, unified financing and cost controls, accountable governance, and stability. A Massachusetts Health Care Trust Fund will be a ""single-payer"" of all health care costs, statewide. Details of the Bill, action ideas: MASS-CARE, 800-383-1973, mailto:masscare@aol.com, www.masscare.org."

20070219   Walk for a New Spring      "Walk for a New Spring 2/18 - Walk for a New Spring! Pray, Talk & Walk from the ... Peace Pagoda, Leverett -> Leverett Cong. Ch. //drive to N.Adams 2/19 North Adams - Pittsfield - Lee 2/20 Lee - Great Barrington //drive to Westfield 2/21 W. Springfield - Agawam - Springfield 2/22 Springfield - Chicopee - Holyoke - Easthampton 2/23 Easthampton - Northampton - Hatfield 2/24 Hatfield - South Deerfield - Greenfield (Supper HERE!) 2/25 Putney, Vt - Entergy Nuclear Headquarters, Brattleboro 2/26 Brattleboro - Vermont Yankee reactor - Northfield - Orange 2/27 Rest Day -- walkers arrive at the Boston State House on 3/21 the First Day of Spring To support walkers with pot-luck meals, or rendez-vous with walkers, call briefly, 413 253-7609."

20070218   Walk for a New Spring      "Walk for a New Spring 2/18 - Walk for a New Spring! Pray, Talk & Walk from the ... Peace Pagoda, Leverett -> Leverett Cong. Ch. //drive to N.Adams 2/19 North Adams - Pittsfield - Lee 2/20 Lee - Great Barrington //drive to Westfield 2/21 W. Springfield - Agawam - Springfield 2/22 Springfield - Chicopee - Holyoke - Easthampton 2/23 Easthampton - Northampton - Hatfield 2/24 Hatfield - South Deerfield - Greenfield (Supper HERE!) 2/25 Putney, Vt - Entergy Nuclear Headquarters, Brattleboro 2/26 Brattleboro - Vermont Yankee reactor - Northfield - Orange 2/27 Rest Day -- walkers arrive at the Boston State House on 3/21 the First Day of Spring To support walkers with pot-luck meals, or rendez-vous with walkers, call briefly, 413 253-7609."

20070218   "UNITED STUDENTS FOR FAIR TRADE, Boston, MA"        "UNITED STUDENTS FOR FAIR TRADE 2007 INTERNATIONAL CONVERGENCE February 16-19, 2007 Boston, MA. This gathering of students, producers, and other key members of the Fair Trade Movement will invigorate the movement through workshops, dialogue, and an increased awareness of the challenges facing the movement. USFT’s mission is to engage and inspire students to act for greater social and economic justice and equity around the world and in their local communities. Info: http://www.USFT.org. Visit http://www.ersvp.com/reply/2007usftconvergence"

20070218   PIONEER VALLEY WAR TAX RESISTERS   "PIONEER VALLEY WAR TAX RESISTERS Sunday, February 18 (Third Sundays) 4-6pm, call for location. Info: Juanita Nelson, 773-5188 x1"

20070218   "Hear APPEAL for REDRESS Co-Founder, Middletown, CT"   "Navy Petty Officer Who Co-Founded “Appeal for Redress” to Speak in CT February 18 For more information contact: Stanley Heller, Connecticut United for Peace, 203-934-2761 or mail@TheStruggle.org Jonathan Hutto, an active duty sailor who co-founded the group “Appeal for Redress” will be speaking in Middletown, CT on Sunday, February 18. He’ll be speaking at 2 p.m. at the Church of the Holy Trinity, 381 Main St. in a talk sponsored by Connecticut United for Peace and other organizations. The “Appeal” is a letter sent formally to Congress by over 1,000 active duty, reserve and guard personnel calling for Congress to support the withdrawal of troops from Iraq. The letter reads, “As a patriotic American proud to serve the nation in uniform, I respectfully urge my political leaders in Congress to support the prompt withdrawal of all American military forces and bases from Iraq. Staying in Iraq will not work and is not worth the price. It is time for U.S. troops to come home.” The letter was delivered ton Congress on January 16. Since that date over 200 more servicemen and servicewomen have signed the appeal. Hutto is a Navy Petty Officer who has previously worked for Amnesty International. In 2001 he initated a police accountablity project in Prince Georges County, Maryland in order to combat police brutality against Blacks and Latinos. He is a graduate of Howard University and hold a BA in Political Science and a minor in History. Hutto spoke to over 100,000 people at the United for Peace and Justice rally on January 27 in Washington DC. Stanley Heller, a member of the Organizing Committee of Connecticut United for Peace said, “The opposition to the Iraq war by active duty soldiers, military families and veterans is growing fast. The ‘Appeal for Redress’ movement is a new and exciting development. People who want to support the troops should hear this sailor’s message.” Connecticut United for Peace is a four year old coalition of anti-war organizations in CT founded to oppose the invasion and occupation of Iraq. It’s website is www.ctup.8k.com"

20070218   "Natick Vigil for Peace and Justice, Natick, MA"        "Natick Vigil for Peace and Justice (Weekly Event , Every Saturday at noon) Saturday, noon Natick, MA USA Location: Natick Center at the corner of Rte 135 and Rte 27 Natick MA We stand up for peace, an end to war and occupation, as witness to what is right and just and to get the truth out. Contact: Kim Nguyen kimnguyn@hotmail.com"

20070218   "Candlelight Vigil at Independence Visitors Center, Phila., PA" "Candlelight Vigil at Independence Visitors Center, Phila., PA Start: Mar 18 2007 - 6:30pm End: Mar 18 2007 - 8:30pm Organization: Brandywine Peace Community Contact Name: Robert M. Smith Contact Email: brandywine@juno.com Contact Phone: 610-544-1818 WE DECLARE PEACE! March ‘03 - March ‘07 — Four Years of War — We Declare Peace Sunday, March 18, 6:30PM - Philadelphia Area Candlelight Vigil, Independence Visitors Center, 6th & Market Sts. (across from the Liberty Bell), Philadelphia, PA. The solemn vigil will include reading of names of Iraq war dead - U.S. and Iraqi - Bell-Tolling, Speakers, Music, and “Mouning to Resistance” memorial for peace. Location Independence Visitors Center (across from the Liberty Bell), 6th & Market Streets Philadelphia, PA, 19102 United States"

20070217   "UNITED STUDENTS FOR FAIR TRADE, Boston, MA"        "UNITED STUDENTS FOR FAIR TRADE 2007 INTERNATIONAL CONVERGENCE February 16-19, 2007 Boston, MA. This gathering of students, producers, and other key members of the Fair Trade Movement will invigorate the movement through workshops, dialogue, and an increased awareness of the challenges facing the movement. USFT’s mission is to engage and inspire students to act for greater social and economic justice and equity around the world and in their local communities. Info: http://www.USFT.org. Visit http://www.ersvp.com/reply/2007usftconvergence"

20070217   Nonviolence Workshop -- Occupation Project -- Chicago    "Nonviolence Workshop -- Occupation Project -- Chicago Start: Feb 17 2007 - 1:00pm End: Feb 17 2007 - 5:00pm Organization: Voices for Creative Nonviolence Contact Name: Contact Email: occupationproject@vcnv.org Contact Phone: 773-878-3815 Prepare for participation in the Occupation Project. This training will include: theory and practice of nonviolence; role plays in nonviolence; the arrest process; and the potential legal consequences of participating in civil disobedience. The campaign will assist those not already in affinity groups in joining with an existing affinity group or forming new affinity groups. Contact Voices for Creative Nonviolence at 773-878-3815 for more information. Location St. Gertrude Parish Social Hall 1401 W. Granville Avenue Chicago, IL"

20070217   Nonviolence Workshop -- Occupation Project -- Chicago    "Nonviolence Workshop -- Occupation Project -- Chicago Start: Feb 17 2007 - 1:00pm End: Feb 17 2007 - 5:00pm Organization: Voices for Creative Nonviolence Contact Name: Contact Email: occupationproject@vcnv.org Contact Phone: 773-878-3815 Prepare for participation in the Occupation Project. This training will include: theory and practice of nonviolence; role plays in nonviolence; the arrest process; and the potential legal consequences of participating in civil disobedience. The campaign will assist those not already in affinity groups in joining with an existing affinity group or forming new affinity groups. Contact Voices for Creative Nonviolence at 773-878-3815 for more information. Location St. Gertrude Parish Social Hall 1401 W. Granville Avenue Chicago, IL"

20070216   "ON THE STREETS - FIVE DAYS for Feb. 15, Greenfield"      "ON THE STREETS - FIVE DAYS TO HONOR Feb. 15 Every day this week from 4:30-5:30 neighbors honor the Worldwide Demonstrations for peace on Feb. 15. 1 million marched in NYC, 2 million marched in London, 3 million marched in Rome. We'll be crossing the street in Greenfield, MA at Federal & Main People will HONK for PEACE, and jot down the number for Congress. Come get your exercise. Shoulder straps help keep hands warm, but you'll feel like waving as the drivers cheer you on! Come for all or part. We have lots of banners. BE OUT AT NEW PLACES IN YOUR TOWN??? Bring your camera, or bring your cell phone? - Voices, instruments, all tools for peace!"

20070216   "UNITED STUDENTS FOR FAIR TRADE 2007 INTERNATIONAL CONVERGENCE, Boston" "February 16-19 UNITED STUDENTS FOR FAIR TRADE 2007 INTERNATIONAL CONVERGENCE Boston. This gathering of students, producers, and other key members of the Fair Trade Movement will invigorate the movement through workshops, dialogue, and an increased awareness of the challenges facing the movement. USFT's mission is to engage and inspire students to act for greater social and economic justice and equity around the world and in their local communities. Info: www.USFT.org. http://www.ersvp.com/reply/2007usftconvergence."

20070216   "CULTURE SHOCK, Northampton, MA"    "CULTURE SHOCK Friday, February 16, 2007 10pm-2am, DIVA's, 492 Pleasant St, Northampton, MA. Where world music meets classic hip-hop and soul, old school, r&b, reggae, salsa. Info: 413-530-9781, mailto:cultureshock04@yahoo.com"

20070216   "Dance Spree for Traprock: GIVE PEACE A DANCE, Northampton"    "Come share the love at this barefoot boogy on Main Street in Northampton. Your donation of $4-7 covers the dancing, Your donations above $4 can help a Neighbors Network to End War. Come to warm up beginning at 8:30, make your community announcements at the half-time circle, and pick up the beat with lively dancing until midnight if you like. The Dance Spree studio is on the fourth floor above Fitzwilly's. There is an elevator, so come with your wheels if you need them. No smoke, street shoes or alcohol at the venue."

20070215   "Interfaith Council of Franklin County, Greenfield"      "The next meeting of the Interfaith Council of Franklin County, will be in Greenfield on Thursday , February 15th beginning with a pot-luck supper at 5:30 pm, at First Baptist Church, 118 Federal Street."

20070215   "TARGET IRAN: Scott Ritter in Williamstown, MA"        "TARGET IRAN: Scott Ritter in Williamstown, MA. Traprock Peace Center brings Scott Ritter to Williamstown, MA on Thursday, February 15 for remarks and discussion, ""Target Iran"" regarding U.S. plans for war against Iran. The First United Methodist Church of Williamstown, 777 Main Street hosts and co-sponsors this non-partisan, educational event. Doors open to the public at 6:45. http://www.grassrootspeace.org Mailing address: ___ Traprock Peace Center, ___ , ___ Deerfield, MA 01342 Please include your email address or phone number for confirmation, and indicate whether you would like to receive occasional news. FEBRUARY 15 IS THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE FIRST WORLDWIDE PEACE DEMONSTRATIONS, WHEN 1 MILLION DEMONSTRATED IN NEW YORK, 2 MILLION DEMONSTRATED IN LONDON, AND 3 MILLION DEMONSTRATED IN ROME, FOR NO AGGRESSION AGAINST IRAQ!!! HAVE YOU BEEN PAYING FOR NUCLEAR WAR? Massachusetts taxpayers are expected to pay over $480 million for nuclear weapons and war in 2007 according to the National Priorities Project, http://database.nationalpriorities.org/cgi-bin/WebObjects/nppdatabase.woa/1/wo/qcQjRLq0drb5m5EG3EpwFg/0.0.1.1.6.1 HOW MUCH MORE, HOW DIFFERENTLY SHALL WE ORGANIZE TO PREVENT US AGGRESSION AGAINST IRAN?"

20070215   "MASS Nurses Silent Vigil, Greenfield, MA"        "Silent Vigil with signs on the Greenfield, MA Common. Please support the Baystate VNA & Hospice Nurses in Greenfield, MA February 15, 2007 Standout on Greenfield Common from 4:30 to 6:30 pm Two years ago the Baystate VNA and Hospice Nurses in the Greenfield, Mass area were covered by the Massachusetts Nurses Association contract with the Franklin Medical Center. That changed when Baystate Health Care closed the VNA and Hospice only to reopen with the same staff and patients as Baystate VNA & Hospice Greenfield, forcing the RNs’ to fight for it’s right to be unionized. For two years Baystate has refused to bargain in good faith on a first contract. Please join your sisters and brothers and show them your support. Western MA Community Organizer, Division of Legislation ""Without good and careful nursing many must suffer greatly, and probably perish, that might have been restored to health and comfort, and become useful to themselves, their families, and the public, for many years after."" ~Benjamin Franklin (1751) Diane Scherrer, RN Massachusetts Nurses Association CELL: 781-363-3817"

20070215   ON THE STREETS - Cancel today for Greenfield?        "ON THE STREETS - FIVE DAYS TO HONOR Feb. 15 (Each day different neighbors have pitched in. We may cancel today's demo. Sunny has to be in Williamstown. Sandra had to reschedule an appointment. Bring your peace flag if you want, but we can't be there with you.) Every day this week from 4:30-5:30 neighbors honor the Worldwide Demonstrations for peace on Feb. 15. 1 million marched in NYC, 2 million marched in London, 3 million marched in Rome. We'll be crossing the street in Greenfield, MA at Federal & Main People will HONK for PEACE, and jot down the number for Congress. Come get your exercise. Shoulder straps help keep hands warm, but you'll feel like waving as the drivers cheer you on! Come for all or part. We have lots of banners. BE OUT AT NEW PLACES IN YOUR TOWN???"

20070215   "Can Nuclear Energy & Non-Proliferation Co-Exist? M.I.T. Cambridge, MA"      "Can Nuclear Energy and Non-Proliferation Co-Exist? Thursday, March 15, 2007 - 7pm - MIT Bldg. 32-Rm. 141 (Stata Center) Speakers: Geoff Forden, Science, Technology and Global Security Working Group, STS, MIT Matt Bunn, Belfer Center, Harvard University Moderator: Owen Cote, MIT Center for International Studies This event is part of a series at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, from Thursday, February 22- Thursday, March 15, 2007. All events are free and open to the public. No advanced sign up; seating is first come, first served. For maps and more info, see http://web.mit.edu/tac"

20070214   "Amnesty International, Northampton"        "Wednesday February 14 (Second Wednesdays) AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL 7:30pm, Unitarian Society, 220 Main St (side entrance at rear), Northampton. For over 40 years, Nobel Peace Prize winner Amnesty International has been fighting for human rights worldwide. Join local efforts to help stop torture, genocide, human trafficking, violence against women, death penalty, and other human rights abuses. Info, to confirm meeting: Barry, 584-5537, mailto:bnigrosh@gmail.com, http://amnesty76.tripod.com/."

20070214   "ON THE STREETS - FIVE DAYS for Feb. 15, Greenfield"      "ON THE STREETS - FIVE DAYS TO HONOR Feb. 15 Every day this week from 4:30-5:30 neighbors honor the Worldwide Demonstrations for peace on Feb. 15. 1 million marched in NYC, 2 million marched in London, 3 million marched in Rome. We'll be crossing the street in Greenfield, MA at Federal & Main People will HONK for PEACE, and jot down the number for Congress. Come get your exercise. Shoulder straps help keep hands warm, but you'll feel like waving as the drivers cheer you on! Come for all or part. We have lots of banners. BE OUT AT NEW PLACES IN YOUR TOWN???"

20070214   ON THE STREETS - FIVE DAYS TO HONOR Feb. 15  "ON THE STREETS - FIVE DAYS TO HONOR Feb. 15 Every day this week from 4:30-5:30 neighbors honor the Worldwide Demonstrations for peace on Feb. 15. 1 million marched in NYC, 2 million marched in London, 3 million marched in Rome. We'll be crossing the street in Greenfield, MA at Federal & Main People will HONK for PEACE, and jot down the number for Congress. Come get your exercise. Shoulder straps help keep hands warm, but you'll feel like waving as the drivers cheer you on! Come for all or part. We have lots of banners. BE OUT AT NEW PLACES IN YOUR TOWN???"

20070214   This Valentine’s Day: CALL YOUR CONGRESSMEMBERS!        "NUCLEAR INFORMATION AND RESOURCE SERVICE 6930 Carroll Avenue, Suite 340, Takoma Park, MD 20912 301-270-NIRS (301-270-6477); Fax: 301-270-4291 nirsnet@nirs.org; www.nirs.org This Valentine’s Day, February 14…. Before you go away to that romantic rendezvous…. Before you snuggle with your sweetie…. Before you even have another routine lunch at your desk….. This Valentine’s Day: CALL YOUR CONGRESSMEMBERS! And tell them: NO SWEETHEART DEALS FOR THE NUCLEAR POWER INDUSTRY! MONEY FOR RENEWABLES, NOT FOR NEW NUKES! IN THE NAME OF LOVE, STOP THE BUSH ENERGY BUDGET! The FY 2008 federal budget released by George Bush February 5 includes whopping increases for nuclear power—and cuts for renewable energy and energy efficiency programs needed to address the climate crisis. A Public Citizen statement providing more details is below. Show your love for the planet, and join thousands of people in calling both of your senators and your representative with a simple message: It’s time to stop wasting more of our tax dollars on ineffective, dangerous and unnecessary nuclear power programs. We need to redirect those funds where they will help most: for solar power, energy efficiency, wind power, geothermal, and so on. We have a good chance for success with the new Congress, but it won’t happen unless they hear from you. Phone Numbers: The main U.S. Capitol Switchboard numbers are 202-224-3121 or 202-225-3121. You can reach every member of Congress from those numbers. There are also toll-free numbers you can use. These are: 1-800-828-0498, 1-800-459-1887, 1-800-614-2803, 1-866-340-9281, 1-866-220-0044. Please forward this Alert widely! Put up on your blogs, myspace and similar pages! Spread the word! --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- This is the NIRS E-Mail Alert list. You are on this list because you signed up on our website, at a NIRS table at a concert or other event, on a petition, or directly to NIRS. Your name and address are never sold, rented, or traded with anyone for any reason. For address changes or to unsubscribe, just send an e-mail to nirsnet@nirs.org. Your friends and colleagues can join this list by sending a note to nirsnet@nirs.org Feb. 5, 2007 Bush Administration Budget Proposes to Squander More Than a Billion Dollars on Unsafe and Polluting Nuclear Power and Nuclear Waste Programs in FY 2008 Statement of Michele Boyd, Legislative Director, Public Citizen’s Energy Program Just how much taxpayer money does the federal government have to squander before it realizes that it is chasing a nuclear power mirage? Apparently, more than a billion dollars in Fiscal Year 2008 alone. The Bush administration’s budget request for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) proposes to waste another $1.3 billion for nuclear power programs in pursuit of dangerous policies to revive the nuclear industry, restart nuclear waste reprocessing in the United States, and resuscitate the failing Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository project. Among the many subsidies for the 50-year-old nuclear industry in the Bush administration’s budget: $4 billion in proposed loan guarantees for nuclear and coal plants in FY 2008, compared to a $5 billion cap for biofuels, electricity transmission and the vast array of renewable energies. The DOE set these amounts, but according to the budget request, has yet to evaluate the financial risks for U.S. taxpayers. A 2003 estimate by the Congressional Budget Office concluded the risk of loan default for a new nuclear plant would be “well above 50 percent.” $802 million for nuclear power research and development, a 38 percent increase from the FY 2007 request (the pending FY 2007 Continuing Resolution does not provide full funding). More than $1.4 billion has been spent on nuclear power research and development since FY 2001. Yet it is unlikely that we will see any new reactors before 2017 – if ever. Meanwhile, significant efficiency measures and renewable energies could be implemented in the next few years if federal policies supported them. $114 million for the Nuclear Power 2010 program, which pays the wealthy nuclear industry for half the cost of applying for new reactors and licensing new designs. More than $251 million has been appropriated for this program since FY 2001. The DOE has granted $260 million to a consortium of utilities and manufacturing companies, called NuStart, for only one construction and operation license application. $36.1 million for developing designs for the “next generation” of nuclear reactors. More than $200 million has been spent on the program since FY 2001. According to the DOE, these designs will cost between $610 million and $1 billion. None of these designs is part of any of the new reactor proposals. New reactors would also mean more radioactive waste, but the Bush administration budget has no solutions: $405 million in FY 2008 for the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership (GNEP), a program to promote reprocessing that the Bush administration first announced last year. This represents a $285 million increase from the pending FY 2007 Continuing Resolution for the ill-defined program. Reprocessing is expensive and the most polluting part of the nuclear cycle. It also would threaten U.S. national security by producing highly radioactive plutonium that is vulnerable to theft. More than $586 million has been appropriated for reprocessing research since FY 2001. But according to the National Academy of Sciences, a full-scale reprocessing and plutonium fuel program for the waste that we have today would cost at least $100 billion (1997 dollars). There is significant skepticism in Congress about the partnership. The report of the House FY 2007 Energy and Water Appropriations bill found that “the Department of Energy has failed to provide sufficient detailed information to enable Congress to understand fully all aspects of this initiative, including cost, schedule, technology development plan, and waste streams from GNEP.” $494.5 million for the proposed high-level waste repository at Yucca Mountain in Nevada, a $49 million increase for the program. Despite claims by the DOE that its priority is to submit a “high quality” license application to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in June 2008, the DOE is in the conceptual stage of redesigning the site facilities and operations once again. The Government Accountability Office released a report last week concluding that more than $25 million will be spent to find falsified data and replace key modeling programs for the site. Approximately $9 billion has been wasted on this program already. Retiring Nuclear Regulatory Commissioner Edward McGaffigan recently stated that the project “has been beset by bad law, bad regulatory policy, bad science policy, bad personnel policy, bad budget policy throughout its history.” In comparison to lavish funding for the mature nuclear industry, the administration proposes to keep solar funding flat, to cut wind and weatherization budgets and to eliminate geothermal funding. As with past Bush administration budgets, the real solutions for combating climate change and meeting energy needs – renewables and efficiency – get the very, very short end of the budget stick."

20070213   ON THE STREETS - FIVE DAYS TO HONOR Feb. 15  "ON THE STREETS - FIVE DAYS TO HONOR Feb. 15 Every day this week from 4:30-5:30 neighbors honor the Worldwide Demonstrations for peace on Feb. 15. 1 million marched in NYC, 2 million marched in London, 3 million marched in Rome. We'll be crossing the street in Greenfield, MA at Federal & Main People will HONK for PEACE, and jot down the number for Congress. Come get your exercise. Shoulder straps help keep hands warm, but you'll feel like waving as the drivers cheer you on! Come for all or part. We have lots of banners. BE OUT AT NEW PLACES IN YOUR TOWN???"

20070212   "ON THE STREETS - FIVE DAYS for Feb. 15, Greenfield"      "ON THE STREETS - FIVE DAYS for Feb. 15 Every day this week from 4:30-5:30 neighbors honor the worldwide demonstrations for peace on Feb. 15. We'll be crossing the street in Greenfield, MA at Federal & Main People will HONK for PEACE, and jot down the number for Congress. Come get your exercise. Shoulder straps help keep hands warm, but you'll feel like waving as the drivers cheer you on! Come for all or part. We have lots of banners. BE OUT AT NEW PLACES IN YOUR TOWN???"

20070211   "Report Back - Lobby to END WAR, Cambridge, MA"        "We’ll be having a DC Lobby Day Reportback and Strategizing meeting on Sunday Feb 11. Harvard Epworth United Methodist Church, 1555 Mass Ave in Harvard Square, from 3:30 to 5:30 PM. (near the Harvard Law School, and across from the Cambridge Common) This will be an opportunity to get a picture of where our new Congress is on the war, hear about the meetings with our MA Congresspeople which took place on January 29th – and to consider what role we want the Massachusetts Congressional delegation to play in ending the war. We will be working together to develop our very best thinking!! The meeting room in the church will be available from 3:30 – 5:30 PM; we will also be able to use the library after 5:30 if some want to continue their discussions. This space is wheelchair accessible. Angela Kelly and Susan Lees UJP Iraq Campaigns: Pressure Congress & Fund Justice not War MA Peace Action"

20070211   "Report Back - Lobby to END WAR, Cambridge, MA"        "We’ll be having a DC Lobby Day Reportback and Strategizing meeting on Sunday Feb 11. Harvard Epworth United Methodist Church, 1555 Mass Ave in Harvard Square, from 3:30 to 5:30 PM. (near the Harvard Law School, and across from the Cambridge Common) This will be an opportunity to get a picture of where our new Congress is on the war, hear about the meetings with our MA Congresspeople which took place on January 29th – and to consider what role we want the Massachusetts Congressional delegation to play in ending the war. We will be working together to develop our very best thinking!! The meeting room in the church will be available from 3:30 – 5:30 PM; we will also be able to use the library after 5:30 if some want to continue their discussions. This space is wheelchair accessible. Angela Kelly and Susan Lees UJP Iraq Campaigns: Pressure Congress & Fund Justice not War MA Peace Action"

20070211   "W. Mass. Social Forum General Assembly Planning, Holyoke"   "Sunday February 11 WESTERN MASS SOCIAL FORUM GENERAL ASSEMBLY 3pm, El Mercado, 413 Main St, Holyoke. Join local activists organizing a Social Forum in Western Mass, April 13-15, 2007, at UMass Amherst. Subscribe to e-list at http://lists.riseup.net/www/info/westernmasssocialforum. Info, for childcare: mailto:renick.rinehart@comcast.net, www.westernmassafsc.org/wsf/wsf.html. ""Another World Is Possible."" This is the slogan of the World Social Forum. Since its first meeting Brazil in 2001, the World Social Forum has become the largest gathering of social movements in the world. The Social Forum is united in its opposition to neoliberalism (the dominant economic model: ""free"" markets, ""free"" trade, minimal government, privatization, deregulation) and imperialism, and in its commitment to building ""another world"" grounded in sustainability and social justice. There have been numerous regional social forums throughout the world, including one in Boston in 2004. See WSF Charter of Principles at www.forumsocialmundial.org.br/main.php?id_menu=4&cd_language=2."

20070211   free film By Reel World The Corporation        "Spectacularly photographed - an axamination of the most pervasive institution of our time. Noam Chonsky, Naomi Klein, Michael Moore & others examine the nature of modern global conglomerates. Arms Library Bridge St. Shelburne Falls Contact Ellen K. 625-9708"

20070211   "Reel World Films: THE CORPORATION, 2PM, Shelburne Falls"      "REEL WORLD DOCUMENTARY FILM SERIES On Sunday Afternoons this winter: On Sunday, February 11 see THE CORPORATION, 2 PM Splendidly photographed, this is an examination of the spectacular rise and development of the most pervasive institution of our time. Noam Chomsky, Naomi Klein, Milton Friedman, and Michael Moore are among the participants examining the nature of modern global conglomerates. 145 minutes All films are free & open to the public. Thanks to McCusker's Market and Shelburne Falls Coffee Roasters for Donation of Refreshments. Arms Library does not sponsor this film series. For information call 625-9708 or 625-9543."

20070211   "Interfaith Peace Service, Greenfield"  "An interfaith worship is scheduled for Sunday, February 11th at 7 pm at Temple Israel, 27 Pierce Street in Greenfield, under the auspices of the Interfaith Council of Franklin County."

20070210   Town Hall Forum on Iraq War    "US Rep. Adam Smith will discuss the Iraq War in a town hall forum at First United Methodist Church 918 Division Ave Tacoma, WA from 1-2:30pm Sat Feb 10, 2007"

20070209   """The Murder of Fred Hampton,"" Northampton"        "Northampton Committee Announces Screening of ""The Murder of Fred Hampton,"" Friday, February 9, 7:00 p.m. ""The Murder of Fred Hampton"" documents the 1969 killing of a Black Panther leader in a raid on his apartment by Chicago Police and the FBI. The Northampton Committee to Stop the War in Iraq is sponsoring a free screening of ""The Murder of Fred Hampton"" on Friday, February 9, at 7:00 p.m. at the Media Education Foundation, 60 Masonic Street in Northampton. The event is free. The venue is accessible. Discussion will follow. Northampton Committee To Stop the War in Iraq http://www.northamptoncommittee.org Contact: Frances Crowe, 413-586-4950"

20070208   "RALLY FOR FAIR CONTRACTS at UMass, Amherst, MA"        "RALLY FOR FAIR CONTRACTS at UMass Thursday, February 8, 2007 Noon, Student Union Lawn, UMass Amherst, MA Our governor has changed, but has UMass? Will UMass finally treat its workers and students with respect? Will UMass end its mandatory fees for graduate employees, end student surveillance by police, and commit more resources toward building a diverse campus community? Join the Graduate Employee Organization/UAW Local 2322 and UMass students, faculty, and staff to demand that UMass settle fair and timely labor agreements with its unions and keep its promise to be an affordable, accessible public institution for the Commonwealth. Info: GEO/UAW, 545-0705, mailto:geo@external.umass.edu See bargaining updates at http://www.geouaw.org"

20070207   "Western Mass Jobs with Justice, Springfield, MA"        "WMASS JOBS WITH JUSTICE WORKERS RIGHTS BOARD (WRB) & COMMITTEE Wednesday, February 7, 2007 4-5:30pm, Pioneer Valley CLC, 640 Page Blvd, Springfield, MA Members of the Western Mass WRB meet with their support committee to plan next steps to expose and hold accountable “So-Called Non-Profit Employers.” Want to help? Jon Weissman, 413-732-7970, mailto:wmjwj@wmjwj.org"

20070207   Wide=        "Wide-Angle Films presents a truly inspiring film of people who did what they knew to be the right thing. Nacul Center 592 Main St., Amherst (fully accessible) (corner, No. Whitney St., 1/2 mi. east of downtown) FEBRUARY 7, 7 pm WEAPONS OF THE SPIRIT 90 min.- written, produced and directed by Pierre Sauvage. In and around one village in Nazi-occupied France, 5,000 Jews were taken in and sheltered by 5,000 Christians! At last, the story of a unique conspiracy of goodness. It is a story the filmmaker was born to tell: he was born and protected at that time in that singular oasis of peace -Le Chambon. U.S.A./France, 1989, English language with some French, subtitled. Le Chambon-sur-Lignon was a tiny Protestant farming village in the mountains of south-central France. Defying the Nazis and French government that was collaborating with the Nazis, the villagers of the area of Le Chambon provided a safe haven throughout the war for whoever knocked on their door. Discussion follows. This series is supported by volunteers from AFSC, SAGE, and Traprock Peace Center. Our thanks to active citizens making a difference!"

20070207   "Wide-Angle Films, Weapons of the Spirit, Amherst, MA"    "Wide-Angle Films presents a truly inspiring film of people who did what they knew to be the right thing. Nacul Center 592 Main St., Amherst (fully accessible) (corner, No. Whitney St., 1/2 mi. east of downtown) FEBRUARY 7, 7 pm WEAPONS OF THE SPIRIT 90 min.- written, produced and directed by Pierre Sauvage. In and around one village in Nazi-occupied France, 5,000 Jews were taken in and sheltered by 5,000 Christians! At last, the story of a unique conspiracy of goodness. It is a story the filmmaker was born to tell: he was born and protected at that time in that singular oasis of peace -Le Chambon. U.S.A./France, 1989, English language with some French, subtitled. Le Chambon-sur-Lignon was a tiny Protestant farming village in the mountains of south-central France. Defying the Nazis and French government that was collaborating with the Nazis, the villagers of the area of Le Chambon provided a safe haven throughout the war for whoever knocked on their door. Discussion follows. This series is supported by volunteers from AFSC, SAGE, and Traprock Peace Center. Our thanks to active citizens making a difference!"

20070207   "CONVERSATIONS ON MORAL PHILOSOPHY, 6PM, Hadley."        "Wed., Feb. 7 6pm: Conversations on Moral Philosophy, Hadley.    Matt Silliman's, 'Sentience and Sensibility; a conversation about moral philosophy' is a treatment, in a dialogue form designed to be of interest to non-academic readers, of the nature and origin of moral value and the implications of that nature for how we live our lives. The book includes lively discussions of such vexed questions as the moral standing of nonhuman animals, the significance of race, the problem of moral partiality, and the developmental moral status of human fetuses. Silliman will entertain discussion at a reading on Wednesday, February 7th at 6pm at Barnes & Noble in Hadley, Massachusetts.       Silliman has taught philosophy at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, formerly North Adams State college, for more than twenty years, and has participated in numerous efforts relating to peace, social justice, food politics, and the environment (including the community initiative that helped to shut down the Yankee Rowe nuclear reactor). He has already announced his opposition to the next war. His professional writing includes treatments of the morality of civil disobedience, the ethics of torture and terrorism, and the structural problem of racism."

20070207   Ragging Grannies protest "Join the Rgging Grannies & Friends protesting military's recruitment strategies at the Military Recruitment Station, at the strip mall at the corner of Rte 116th and Rte 33, South Hadley. Join us!"

20070206   "WMASS MILITARY COUNTER-RECRUITMENT EDUCATION, Hadley, MA"      "Tuesday February 6 (First Tuesday) WMASS MILITARY RECRUITMENT EDUCATION NETWORK 6:30 pm North Star Learning Center, Rt 9, Hadley, MA. MREN focuses on counter-recruitment, GI Rights advocacy, Conscientious Objection work, and support of military families. Material available on line at http://www.WesternMassAFSC.org. Info: 413-584-8975, mailto:afsc@crocker.com."

20070205   "RALLY FOR LT. WATADA, 4-5PM, Rt. 116 South Deerfield"       "MONDAY, Feb. 5, RALLY FOR LT. WATADA From 4-5PM, demonstrate your support for Lt. Ehren Watada. He is the first U.S. officer to refuse deployment to the illegal and immoral war raging in Iraq. Gather at the base of Mount Sugarloaf on Route 116 in South Deerfield, to greet passersby. Many come from U-Mass. Come stand with banners and signs saying, ""I am a Conscientious Objector"" ""BRING'm HOME!"" ""Spare the Innocents"" or ""Thank YOU, Lt."" Come for all or PART! Can't stop? Honk for Peace as you pass by! Please spread the word in your schools: Every soldier, sailor and marine takes an oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution. They are instructed in the prohibitions against attacking civilians, engaging in torture, and the requirement to provide for the basic needs of a population during an occupation, according treaties such as the Geneva Conventions. (The War Crimes Report, prints the text of the War Crimes Act, link from our home page.) See news about a nationwide campaign urging acceptance of his resignation on moral & legal grounds. http://www.thankyoult.org Please call to volunteer as a speaker on your conscientious objection, for an upcoming video show. Sunny Miller, 413-773-7427"

20070205   "RALLY FOR LT. WATADA,"  "Monday, Feb. 5, RALLY FOR LT. WATADA Especially for children and teens: Hear and comment on conscientious objection! Lt. Erin Watada is the first U.S. officer to refuse deployment to the illegal and immoral war raging in Iraq. Every soldier, sailor and marine takes an oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution. They are instructed in the prohibitions against attacking civilians, engaging in torture, and the requirement to provide for the basic needs of a population during an occupation, according treaties such as the Geneva Conventions. This event will include discussion of the harm of war, especially the harm to children, here and abroad. See news about a nationwide campaign urging acceptance of his resignation on moral & legal grounds. http://www.thankyoult.org Please call to volunteer as a speaker on your conscientious objection! Sunny Miller, 413-773-7427 Time & location to be announced."

20070205   "THANK YOU LT WATADA, National Day of Action"        "Feb 5 National Day of Action in Support of Lt. Ehren Watatda On Monday, February 5, 2007, when Lt. Watada goes on trial, supporters will rally outside the gates of Fort Lewis, Washington for a peaceful, non-violent demonstration. Monday, February 5, 2007 9am - Lt. Watada’s Military Court Martial begins 11:30am - Student Rally with Iraq Veterans Against the War 1pm - Political Art Performance 3pm Rally and Vigil Fort Lewis, WA. Exit 119, off I-5 Bring a lunch, snacks, signs and a peaceful, positive attitude. Dress warm -- wear heavy/rain coats, hats, scarves and gloves. We will provide coffee, and a warm space from the cold. Visit the website for: National Event Listings Transportation to Fort Lewis – Buses, Carpools and more Attend Lt. Watada’s Court Martial Travel and Housing Information Welcome Event Feb 4, 2007 To add your action, event or student walkout to our Nation Event Listing email action@ltwatada.org National Call to Action: February 5, Lt. Watada Military Court Martial On Monday, February 5, 2007 take action against the Iraq war and in support of Lt. Watada during his military court martial. As the first commissioned officer to refuse deployment to Iraq and for publicly speaking out against the Iraq war Lt. Watada faces 6 years in prison. Stand up with Lt. Watada and speak out against the illegal and immoral war! Join the national movement and organize student walkouts and non-violent demonstrations. Together, we are building a mass movement in the streets, in our schools, and in our communities to end the Iraq War. On Feb. 5, 2007 rally at the gates of Fort Lewis, Washington or in your local community. To catch a bus, sign up for the rally, attend any part of the national action, or just get general information GO TO: http://www.thankyoult.org/content/view/7/46/"

20070205   speak-out to defend Lt. Ehren Watada - UMASS/Amherst   "*****They're our brothers, they're our sisters, we support war resisters!***** Come to a speak-out to defend Lt. Ehren Watada, the first commissioned officer in the U.S. military to refuse deployment to Iraq. The military wants to put him in jail for listening to his conscience and refusing to participate in the illegal occupation of Iraq. It's time to build a movement to defend him and all other soldiers who refuse to comply with this and all other illegal occupations! All are welcome to come share their thoughts. There will be an open mic so all can contribute. Veterans welcome! WHEN: Monday, February 5, 2007 12-1 PM WHERE: Student Union Steps (South side), UMass This event is organized by the UMass Anti-War Coalition and co-sponsored by the International Socialist Organization."

20070204   "In Pursuit of Freedom, Charlemont, MA, 2-4PM"        "Sunday, 2-4Pm Tyler Memorial Library Goodnow Town Hall Charlemont, MA ""In Pursuit of Freedom"" by Louise Minks This participatory history presentation includes the artist's illustrations created for the guidebook to the Freedom Center Undergound Railroad Museum, Cincinnati, Ohio. Based on Massachusetts documentation, this lively program gives audience members historical identities and notes to provide discussion about freedom-seeking slaves, their helpers and the opposition. This program, sponsored by teh Tyler Memorial Library in Charlemont, is based on the artist's participation in the Underground Railroad Network sponsored by the National Park Service. Light refreshments will be served."

20070204   "NEIGHBORHOOD LENDING LIBRARY, Florence, MA"        "NEIGHBORHOOD LENDING LIBRARY Sunday, February 4, 2007 (Sundays) 1-4 pm 8 High Street, Florence, MA. The 8 High Street Neighborhood Library is a community lending library located in a Florence living room. Volunteers maintain it; neighbors and visitors of the library donate or loan their books. The goals of the library include community building, skill sharing through workshops, the promotion of reading, and the equalization of access to knowledge on a small (neighborhood) scale. Many of the books are about social justice and environmental consciousness but there are 57 categories including poetry, art, fiction, mythology, cookbooks, children's books, parenting, films, and health. Info; directions; if you are interested in visiting, volunteering, donating, loaning, giving or attending a workshop, or looking to find out more about the library: 413-586-8031."

20070204   "Reel World Film: Guns Germs & Steel, 2PM Shelburne Falls"      "Evolutionary biologist J. Diamond's pulitzer prize winning book now on film, demonstrates how agriculture & geography led to the domination of some people over others. Arms Library Bridge St. Shelburne Falls Contact Ellen K. 625-9708"

20070204   "“THE SKINNER SERVANTS' TOUR” Holyoke, MA"        "“THE SKINNER SERVANTS' TOUR” Friday, February 2 thru Sunday February 4, 2007 Friday & Saturday, 7:30pm Sunday 2pm Wistariahurst Museum, 238 Cabot Street, Holyoke, MA. Doors open one half hour before the performance. $20; students $15. More than a house tour. More than a play. Enchanted Circle Theater presents “The Skinner Servants' Tour: A Living History of Wistariahurst” written by Priscilla Kane Hellweg and Rachel Kuhn Daviau. It's 1927 Holyoke. Find yourself behind the scenes in Wistariahurst, the historic home of William Skinner, a renowned silk manufacturer. The mansion in Holyoke is a flutter of activity, as the servants prepare for a visit from the French Ambassador. Experience the grand setting as you walk through the halls and hear explore the dynamics of class relations, education, the economy, and the role of the wealthy in society through stories of very real people. Based on the journals, diaries, photos, and oral histories of the family servants, the Tour reveals the disparate lives between the rich and the poor, and the compelling relationship between them. Info, reservations: Wistariahurst Museum Call: 413-322-5660 http://www.enchantedcircletheater.com"

20070203   """THE SKINNER SERVANTS' TOUR"" Holyoke, MA"        "“THE SKINNER SERVANTS' TOUR” Friday, February 2 thru Sunday February 4, 2007 Friday & Saturday, 7:30pm Sunday 2pm Wistariahurst Museum, 238 Cabot Street, Holyoke, MA. Doors open one half hour before the performance. $20; students $15. More than a house tour. More than a play. Enchanted Circle Theater presents “The Skinner Servants' Tour: A Living History of Wistariahurst” written by Priscilla Kane Hellweg and Rachel Kuhn Daviau. It's 1927 Holyoke. Find yourself behind the scenes in Wistariahurst, the historic home of William Skinner, a renowned silk manufacturer. The mansion in Holyoke is a flutter of activity, as the servants prepare for a visit from the French Ambassador. Experience the grand setting as you walk through the halls and hear explore the dynamics of class relations, education, the economy, and the role of the wealthy in society through stories of very real people. Based on the journals, diaries, photos, and oral histories of the family servants, the Tour reveals the disparate lives between the rich and the poor, and the compelling relationship between them. Info, reservations: Wistariahurst Museum Call: 413-322-5660 http://www.enchantedcircletheater.com"

20070203   "SOCIOCRACY - DYNAMIC SELF-GOVERNANCE, Northampton, MA"      "SOCIOCRACY - DYNAMIC SELF-GOVERNANCE Saturday, February 3, 2007 9:30 am - 4:30 pm Friends Meeting House 43 Center St, Northampton, MA. An Experiential Workshop and Presentation by Jerry Koch-Gonzalez in collaboration with Tim Anderson and Jon Kent. Requested contribution: sliding scale $15 to $40. Sociocracy/Dynamic Self-Governance is an effective participatory decision-making process based on equivalence of power of all participants regardless of their position in an organization's managerial hierarchy. Sociocracy not only redesigns traditional organizational decision-making but also transforms ownership structure and compensation. Register online at http://www.communicatingwithcompassion.org. Info: Tim Anderson, 413-559-1656, mailto:timbabwe1@aol.com; Jon Kent, 413-549-0788, mailto:jonk@igc.org; Jerry Koch-Gonzalez, 413-549-1747, mailto:jerry@communicatingwithcompassion.org."

20070203   "SIREN TEST ""DIE IN"" - VT, NH, MA"     "SIREN TEST DIE IN Saturday February 3 (First Saturdays) Noon, Brattleboro VT. Sirens to warn people that a serious accident has occurred at Vermont Yankee nuclear reactor are tested as follows: Brattleboro VT - First Saturday of the month at Noon; Vernon VT - First Saturday of the month at 8am; Hinsdale NH - First Tuesday of the month at 6pm; Swanzey NH - First Saturday of the month at 12:30pm; Winchester NH - First Saturday of the month at 12:30pm; Bernardston MA - First Wednesday of the month at 7pm; Colrain MA - First Saturday of the month at Noon; Northfield MA - First Wednesday of the month at 7pm. In the Brattleboro area, activists are participating in a die-in protest whenever possible by freezing in place, standing silent or falling down ""dead"" when the sirens go off. For the full 3-5 minute test, people commit each month to stop their activities and reflect on what it would mean if this were not a test but the real thing. Info: Citizens Awareness Network (CAN), 339-5781, mailto:can@nukebusters.org; http://www.nukebusters.org"

20070203   "Roe v. Wade: Protecting Privacy, Amherst, MA"        "Roe v. Wade: Protecting Privacy Saturday, February 3, 2007 4:00-6:00pm Amherst College Alumni House, Amherst, MA. Preserving Choice A reception to commemorate thirty four years of reproductive freedom."

20070203   "NEW ENGLAND “SOS” Shutesbury, MA" "NEW ENGLAND “SOS” – CREATING SUSTAINABILITY RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW! February 3-4, 2007 OPEN SPACE 10am-6pm Saturday, ACTION PLANNING 9am-2pm Sunday, Sirius Community, Shutesbury, MA This “SOS” – Sustainability Open Space – is a free community event (meals and lodging not included at this time). It’s time for the sustainability movement in New England to relocalize, reorganize, and revitalize. This is a getting down to business, making things happen kind of an event. There are no keynote speakers, no panel discussions, and no pre-set agendas. Through the format of Open Space Technology, we self-organize as a community to develop our projects in less time and with more fun than we ever thought possible. Info, to register: Frank Deitle, 992-2555, mailto:commoikos@gmail.com, http://newenglandsos.wetpaint.com http://www.siriuscommunity.org"

20070203   "HEALTH CARE COALITION FUNDRAISER, Wendell, MA"        "HEALTH CARE COALITION FUNDRAISER WITH RANI ARBO & DAISY MAYHEM Saturday, February 3, 2007 7 pm Full Moon Coffee House, Town Hall, on the Common, Wendell, MA Visit http://www.raniarbo.com! This event benefits the Franklin/Hampshire Health Care Coalition. See January 16. Info: PO Box 3011, Amherst, MA 01004, 413-586-0345 mailto:markham@crocker.com or mailto:franko1810@aol.com. Or call: 978-544-0245 http://www.wendellfullmoon.org"

20070203   "CREATING SUSTAINABILITY RIGHT NOW! Feb. 2-3, Shutesbury, MA"       "CREATING SUSTAINABILITY RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW! What's it going to take? What are our issues and opportunities? February 3~4, 2007 @ Sirus Community www.siriuscommunity.org Shutesbury , MA Saturday: OPEN SPACE 10:00am~6:00pm Sunday: ACTION PLANNING 9:00am~2:00pm This is a free community event (meals and lodging not included). Contributions toward event costs welcome. It's time to relocalize, reorganize, and revitalize so we can blow the lid off the sustainability movement in New England. This is a getting down to business, making things happen kind of an event. There are no keynote speakers, no panel discussions, and no pre-set agendas. Through the format of Open Space Technology we self-organize as a community to develop our projects in less time and with more fun than we ever thought possible. All the most important issues will be addressed, including yours. So bring your inspired ideas, your projects, your friends and colleagues, and* PREPARE TO BE SURPRISED! register @ http://newenglandsos.wetpaint.com Contact: Frank Deitle Commoikos@gmail.com 415-992-2555 come for: networking, planning, organizing, collaboration, inspiration, productivity, and fun."

20070202   "TRANSGENDER CONFERENCE, Northampton, MA"        "TRANSGENDER CONFERENCE KEYNOTE ADDRESS Friday, February 2, 2007 7:30pm Wright Hall, Smith College Rt 9, Northampton, MA. Colby College Prof Jennifer Finney-Boylan, author of “She's Not There: A Life In Two Genders”, the first best-selling work by a transgendered American, delivers the keynote address at the New England Gender Conference, February 1-3. The New England Gender Conference broadens New England-based therapists' and healthcare providers' understanding of the needs of transgendered people. Info: Lisette Lahana LICSW, 800-928-9085, mailto:LisetteLahana@yahoo.com, http://www.LisetteLahana.com"

20070202   "Full Moon Family Fire Peace Circle, Shelburne Falls, MA"       "The Full Moon Family Fire Peace Circle Friday, Feb 2, 2007 6-7 pm Shelburne Falls Triangle Green, corners of Water, Main, and Church Streets, Shelburne Falls, MA. (Opposite Shelburne Bucklin Community Center) A respectful community gathering for all to share their positive wishes and prayer through spoken words, poetry, music and song. This is a physically and emotionally safe place for our children to be seen and heard and witness their community coming together for the purpose of World Peace. For more info call Gayle Davison 413.625.9394"

20070202   "“THE SKINNER SERVANTS' TOUR” Holyoke, MA"        "“THE SKINNER SERVANTS' TOUR” Friday, February 2 thru Sunday February 4, 2007 Friday & Saturday, 7:30pm Sunday 2pm Wistariahurst Museum, 238 Cabot Street, Holyoke, MA. Doors open one half hour before the performance. $20; students $15. More than a house tour. More than a play. Enchanted Circle Theater presents “The Skinner Servants' Tour: A Living History of Wistariahurst” written by Priscilla Kane Hellweg and Rachel Kuhn Daviau. It's 1927 Holyoke. Find yourself behind the scenes in Wistariahurst, the historic home of William Skinner, a renowned silk manufacturer. The mansion in Holyoke is a flutter of activity, as the servants prepare for a visit from the French Ambassador. Experience the grand setting as you walk through the halls and hear explore the dynamics of class relations, education, the economy, and the role of the wealthy in society through stories of very real people. Based on the journals, diaries, photos, and oral histories of the family servants, the Tour reveals the disparate lives between the rich and the poor, and the compelling relationship between them. Info, reservations: Wistariahurst Museum Call: 413-322-5660 http://www.enchantedcircletheater.com"

20070201   "Film SACCO AND VANZETTI, Boston, MA"    "The ACLU of Massachusetts is co-presenting six screenings of SACCO AND VANZETTI a powerful new film by Peter Miller at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston between January 21 and February 1, 2007 Representatives of the ACLU will be there for each screening for a Q and A session to follow the film, and director Peter Miller will also be present at most screenings. Peter Miller's powerful documentary (2006, 81 min.) illuminates the personal, political, and legal struggles behind the story of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, two Italian immigrant anarchists who were accused of a murder in 1920, and executed in Boston in 1927 after a notoriously prejudiced trial. The ordeal of Sacco and Vanzetti came to symbolize the bigotry and intolerance directed at immigrants and dissenters in America, and millions of people around the world protested on their behalf. Nearly 80 years later, the story is as relevant as ever. Actors John Turturro and Tony Shalhoub read Sacco and Vanzetti's passionate prison writing while a chorus of commentators propel the narrative, including Howard Zinn, Arlo Guthrie, and Studs Terkel, and a number of older people with personal memories of the case. The question and answer sessions follow the film will feature ACLU representatives on these dates: * Sun., Jan 21 at 6 p.m. Carl Takei: Member, Board of Directors, ACLU of Mass. * Wed., Jan 24 at 6 p.m. Jeffrey Pyle: Attorney, Prince Lobel Glovsky & Tye * Thurs., Jan 25 at 4:15 p.m. Nancy Ryan: President, Board of Directors, ACLU of Mass. * Sat., Jan 27 at 11:30 a.m. Laura Rótolo: Human Rights Fellow, ACLU of Mass. * Sat., Jan 27 at 5:45 p.m. Brian Corr: Field Organizer, ACLU of Mass. * Thurs., Feb 1 at 4 p.m. Nancy Ryan: President, Board of Directors, ACLU of Mass. SHOWTIMES AND TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE ONLINE: MFA members, students, and seniors $8, general admission $9. Visit http://www.mfa.org/calendar/sub.asp?key=12&subkey=1 or call the box office: 617-369-3306 ""A wonderful film, as timeless as the struggle for human justice, as relevant as today's headlines."" - Ken Burns SACCO AND VANZETTI will open in theaters in New York and Los Angeles this spring. For more information about the film, visit http://www.aclum.org/films/index.html I hope you will join us! Questions? Contact: Brian Corr ACLU of Massachusetts 617.482.3170x321 http://www.ACLUM.org"

20070201   "PREVENT WAR WITH IRAN, Pot-luck supper & Discussion, 6PM, at Traprock" "Last week we heard Scott Ritter warn that the US Administration may want to provoke an incident and lauch an attack against Iran sometime between March and June of 2007. How do you prefer to prevent war? Pass on the number for Congress, good weekdays until 6PM"" **** 202 224-3121 **** Pot-luck & Focused Discussion, 6-8PM, by the woodstove here on Woolman Hill, . Share the air, share the time, as concerned citizens discussing nonviolent options."

20070201   "Pot-luck Supper at Traprock: Discuss Iran, 6PM"        "6PM-8PM by the wood stove . . . at Traprock Peace Center 103 A Keets Road, Woolman Hill Deerfield, MA 01342 From route 5 & 10, 1/2 mile south of Greenfield and the Deerfield River, take Keets Road to the top of the hill and make a hard left after the mailboxes and sign at the top of the hill. Last week we heard Scott Ritter's warn that the Administration may want to provoke an incident to begin a war against Iran, sometime between March and June of 2007. Come for a pot-luck supper and focused discussion on how to prevent war with Iran. Please pass on the phone number for Congress when your're out having lunch with colleagues. There's something new to call about every week: 202 224-3121"

20070131   "PIONEER VALLEY COALITION TO CHANGE & CHALLENGE WAL-MART, Amherst, MA"    "PIONEER VALLEY COALITION TO CHANGE & CHALLENGE WAL-MART Wednesday January 31, 2007 (Last Wednesdays) 7-9:00 pm Porter Lounge (3rd Floor) or another room, Converse Hall, Amherst College, Rts 116 & 9, Amherst, MA. Fighting the Wal-Mart in Hadley and maybe in Greenfield, working on Wake-Up Wal-Mart campaigns, giving mutual aid to the coalition members fighting Wal-Mart in many ways. Info: mailto:socialchange@amherst.edu. Hadley Neighbors for Sensible Development (www.HadleyNeighbors.org), Sprawl Busters (www.sprawl-busters.com), and Stop Sprawl-Mart (www.StopSprawlMart.org) are fighting sprawl. Want to help Wal-Mart workers get fair treatment? Contact Dan Clifford, Wake Up Wal-Mart, 732-6209 x14, mailto:dclifford@ufcw1459.com. Check out http://wmass.walmartvoices.com/ and http://www.wakeupwalmart.com"

20070129   "Online HEAR SCOTT RITTER, ""Target Iran"""        """Target Iran"" Find a computer to listen again to Scott Ritter, former U.N. weapons inspector. He was so right about Iraq. (If you have a dial-up connection, simply download to your desk-top and listen later.) Ritter warns an attack on Iran could go nuclear. The President accused Iran 4-5 times in his remarks. He accused Iran of destabilizing Iraq, as if our militaries, our presence, and our plundering corporations, weren't the main forces that wrecked the infrastructure of the cradle of civiliation. Three U.S. aircraft carrier attack fleets are looming. Citizens, businesses, students, teachers, our future is on the line. Come strategize with us. Come for a Pot luck supper at Traprock to discuss our options, this Thursday, Feb. 1 at 6:30 PM, ( unless the weather is risky -- if so, check here for a conference call number. ) We'll sit by the wood-stove, and analyze how to intervene to CHILL the plans for war. Want to help bring Scott Ritter to speak in Indiana, Illinois, and/or Missouri? Call Congress about House Joint Resolution 14 to prohibit an attack on IRAN. Audio files are available for radio use, with attribution: www.grassrootspeace.org ********* (Sharing resources -- 4,400 visitors daily in a Neighbors Network to END WAR!) ***********

20070128   free film Reel World Rivers & Tides        "Documentation of the life & extraordinary creations from nature of A. Galsworthy. A celebration of the natural world, this film illustrates what is threatened by what Al Gore calls an ""inconvenient truth"". Arms Library Bridge Street Shelburne FAlls. Contact Ellen K> 625-9708"

20070127   "Westfield, MA Visibility in support of the Washington D.C. Demonstration to End"    "Waronoke Peace Action Group Visibility in support of the Washington D.C. Demonstration to End the war in Iraq, Bring all the troops home now! Westfield, MA on the Green - where Main St. (Rt. 20 from Springfield) meets Elm St. (Rt. 10/202 from Pike Exit 3) + Broad and Court streets - Parking available nearby on city streets and free off-street municipal lots (watch for signs) Bring your own sign or share ours. For link to map & direstions, go to our website http://WaronokePeace.org/"

20070127   "Westfield, MA Visibility in support of the Washington D.C. Demonstration to End"    "Waronoke Peace Action Group Visibility in support of the Washington D.C. Demonstration to End the war in Iraq, Bring all the troops home now! Westfield, MA on the Green - where Main St. (Rt. 20 from Springfield) meets Elm St. (Rt. 10/202 from Pike Exit 3) + Broad and Court streets - Parking available nearby on city streets and free off-street municipal lots (watch for signs) Bring your own sign or share ours. For link to map & direstions, go to our website http://WaronokePeace.org/"

20070127   "Film SACCO AND VANZETTI, Boston, MA"    "The ACLU of Massachusetts is co-presenting six screenings of SACCO AND VANZETTI a powerful new film by Peter Miller at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston between January 21 and February 1, 2007 Representatives of the ACLU will be there for each screening for a Q and A session to follow the film, and director Peter Miller will also be present at most screenings. Peter Miller's powerful documentary (2006, 81 min.) illuminates the personal, political, and legal struggles behind the story of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, two Italian immigrant anarchists who were accused of a murder in 1920, and executed in Boston in 1927 after a notoriously prejudiced trial. The ordeal of Sacco and Vanzetti came to symbolize the bigotry and intolerance directed at immigrants and dissenters in America, and millions of people around the world protested on their behalf. Nearly 80 years later, the story is as relevant as ever. Actors John Turturro and Tony Shalhoub read Sacco and Vanzetti's passionate prison writing while a chorus of commentators propel the narrative, including Howard Zinn, Arlo Guthrie, and Studs Terkel, and a number of older people with personal memories of the case. The question and answer sessions follow the film will feature ACLU representatives on these dates: * Sun., Jan 21 at 6 p.m. Carl Takei: Member, Board of Directors, ACLU of Mass. * Wed., Jan 24 at 6 p.m. Jeffrey Pyle: Attorney, Prince Lobel Glovsky & Tye * Thurs., Jan 25 at 4:15 p.m. Nancy Ryan: President, Board of Directors, ACLU of Mass. * Sat., Jan 27 at 11:30 a.m. Laura Rótolo: Human Rights Fellow, ACLU of Mass. * Sat., Jan 27 at 5:45 p.m. Brian Corr: Field Organizer, ACLU of Mass. * Thurs., Feb 1 at 4 p.m. Nancy Ryan: President, Board of Directors, ACLU of Mass. SHOWTIMES AND TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE ONLINE: MFA members, students, and seniors $8, general admission $9. Visit http://www.mfa.org/calendar/sub.asp?key=12&subkey=1 or call the box office: 617-369-3306 ""A wonderful film, as timeless as the struggle for human justice, as relevant as today's headlines."" - Ken Burns SACCO AND VANZETTI will open in theaters in New York and Los Angeles this spring. For more information about the film, visit http://www.aclum.org/films/index.html I hope you will join us! Questions? Contact: Brian Corr ACLU of Massachusetts 617.482.3170x321 http:www.ACLUM.org"

20070127   "BRING THE MANDATE FOR PEACE TO DC, Washington DC"   "For INFO on buses from western Massachusetts: Contact U-Mass students organizing in Amherst. BRAVO!! bustoDC@gmail.com Bring the Mandate for Peace to Washington DC! January 27, 2006 Tell the New Congress: Act NOW to Bring the Troops Home! Join United for Peace and Justice in a massive march on Washington, D.C., on Sat., January 27, to call on Congress to take immediate action to end the war. On Election Day the voters delivered a dramatic, unmistakable mandate for peace. Now it's time for action. On January 27, 2007, we will converge from all around the country in Washington, D.C. to send a strong, clear message to Congress and the Bush Administration: The people of this country want the war and occupation in Iraq to end and we want the troops brought home now! Congress has the power to end this war through legislation. We call on people from every congressional district in the country to gather in Washington, DC -- to express support for those members of Congress who are prepared to take immediate action against the war; to pressure those who are hesitant to act; and to speak out against those who remain tied to a failed policy. The peace and justice movement helped make ending the war in Iraq the primary issue in this last election. The actions we take do make a difference, and now there is a new opportunity for us to move our work forward. On Election Day people took individual action by voting. On January 27 we will take collective action, as we march in Washington, DC, to make sure Congress understands the urgency of this moment. Join United for Peace and Justice in this crucial push for peace! United for Peace & Justice, Saturday- Monday, Jan. 27-Jan 29, 2007 9 a.m.— Interfaith Service, Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 212 East Capitol Street NE 10-11:30 a.m. Feeder marches organize and start walking. — ""Women Say Pull Out"" feeder march with Code Pink and NOW leaves at 10 a.m. from the Navy Memorial, 7th Street and Pennsylvania NW. See www.codepink4peace.org. — Poets feeder march (bring placards of verse!) leaves at 10:30 from Busboys and Poets, 14th Street and ""V"" Street NW. See dcpaw.org. — Students and youth contingent leaves at 10:30 from 7th Street and Maryland Street. Contact nyspcinfo@gmail.com. Campus Anti-war Network: The final meeting place for the unified student and youth contingent will be on the steps of the Smithsonian Institute at 11 AM. It's the red brick building on the mall, next to Hirshorn, and near the Air and Space Museum. The address is 900 Jefferson Drive SW. The map for the student march is www.can_feeder_11am.tif — ""Justice in the Middle East"" meets 11AM at 9th Street and ""O"" Street, NW; walks at 11:30. — Labor feeder march gathers at 3rd Street and ""E"" NW. See www.unitedforpeace.org for updates ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 11:30 a.m.— Rally on the National Mall, between 3rd and 7th streets. Speakers include Jesse Jackson, California representative Maxine Waters, Ohio representative Dennis Kucinich, actress Rhea Perlman, Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson, and Bob Watada, father of Lt. Ehren Watada, the first military officer to refuse deployment in Iraq, now facing court-martial for his principled stand on an illegal, immoral war. 1 p.m.— March to the Capitol. For the exact route and a full list of contingents and other feeder marches, see www.unitedforpeace.org WHAT TO BRING: Kindness, eyes open & facing reality, strategies to share, and — Warm clothes, water, snacks, YUM — $5 for the Metro, as buses may park far away — Pots, pans, and spoons to ""wake up"" Congress — Puppets, banners, drums, horns, and whistles — A white rose to symbolize war resistance — Extra shoes, especially kids' shoes & women's sandals, for ""Walk in Their Shoes"" project 5:00 - Author Anthony Arnove & Kelly Dougherty co-founder of Iraq Veterans Against the war at Busboys and Poets, 14th Street and V Street NW 9 p.m.— Dance party with Code Pink at Busboys and Poets, 14th Street and V NW. LOBBY DAY IS MONDAY. WHERE WILL YOU SPEAK. To lobby Senator's or Rep's, call the Congressional Switchboard weekdays until 6PM: 202 224-3121. Find a computer to listen to Scott Ritter, former U.N. weapons inspector. He was right about Iraq. ""Target Iran"" Ritter warns an attack on Iran could go nuclear. The President accused Iran 4-5 times in his remarks. Three U.S. aircraft carrier attack fleets are moving in. Citizens, businesses, students, teachers, our future is on the line! Strategize now. Call Congress about House Joint Resolution 14 to prohibit an attack on IRAN. Audio files are available for radio use, with attribution: www.grassrootspeace.org ********* (Sharing resources -- 4,400 visitors daily in a Neighbors Network to END WAR!) *********** Keep checking the UFPJ website for more details. You might have also heard that United for Peace and Justice was calling for a demonstration in Washington to commemorate the 4th anniversary of the war in Iraq on March 17. Because of the new developments and our decision to organize the January 27th mobilization, we are now calling for local and regional antiwar actions that weekend instead. United for Peace and Justice: http://www.unitedforpeace.org/article.php?id=3436"

20070126   "CALL CONGRESS, WEEKDAYS UNTIL 6PM, 202-224-3121"        "CALL CONGRESS, WEEKDAYS UNTIL 6PM, 202-224-3121. Ask the operator for the office of any Senator or Representative. Simply register your opinion. There are many reasons to call about Iraq, Iran, torture, executive signing statements, media consolidation supported by the FCC, new ""usable"" bunker-buster nukes that are NOT usable, and billions spent from each state for nuclear war in 2007. << THE RECEPTIONIST WILL THANK YOU AND ASK FOR YOUR ZIP CODE. >> Will your Senator or Representative travel to Iran to help prevent a US attack that could go nuclear? How far do you live from a nuclear reactor? Where's the REAL nuclear threat to your home or office? Thanks for speaking up, and passing on this number."

20070126   "CALL CONGRESS, WEEKDAYS UNTIL 6PM, 202-224-3121"        "CALL CONGRESS, WEEKDAYS UNTIL 6PM, 202-224-3121. Ask the operator for the office of any Senator or Representative. Simply register your opinion. There are many reasons to call about Iraq, Iran, torture, executive signing statements, media consolidation supported by the FCC, new ""usable"" bunker-buster nukes that are NOT usable, and billions spent from each state for nuclear war in 2007. << THE RECEPTIONIST WILL THANK YOU AND ASK FOR YOUR ZIP CODE. >> Will your Senator or Representative travel to Iran to help prevent a US attack that could go nuclear? How far do you live from a nuclear reactor? Where's the REAL nuclear threat to your home or office? Thanks for speaking up, and passing on this number."

20070126   "Film: Northampton Committee, Northampton, MA"        """This is What Democracy Looks Like"" The Northampton Committee Peace and Justice Film Series Friday, January 26, 2007 7:00 p.m. Media Education Foundation, 60 Masonic Street in Northampton, MA. At the WTO protests in Seattle, we had a collective vision. We saw beyond the borders that divide us. We saw people come together across every kind of political and cultural difference and stand up in a way that we have not seen in this country for decades. We saw peaceful protests shut down one of the most powerful institutions in the world and we saw a system dazed and frightened by the sound of our voices. People left Seattle energized, believing that they had taken part in the birth of a new movement. A New Production Model In the weeks leading up to the WTO protests, there was this sense that Seattle was going to be huge"" says Democracy co-director, Jill Freidberg, ""and we knew we couldn't count on the corporate media to accurately represent the events of the week and the issues at stake. So the Independent Media Center was created to provide an infrastructure through which 100s of media makers could offer different perspectives on the events of the week, using satellite broadcasts and the internet to disseminate print, audio, and video journalism around the world."" ""People were obviously hungry for an alternative- we received over 1.5 million visits to our website (www.indymedia.org) that week,"" adds Freidberg. "" It marked a turning point in independent media collaboration that has changed the way communities tell stories and link struggles."" THIS IS WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE is the unique product of that historic media convergence, edited from over 350 hours of video footage. ""The WTO protests were probably the most videotaped event in history,"" says Big Noise Films founder, and Democracy co-director, Rick Rowley. ""With over 100 videographers, we had more cameras in the street than any corporate news agency could possibly mobilize. This amazing collection of activist video footage gives the film a scope and intimacy that the corporate media could never achieve."" Enter via Woodstar Cafe, at the front of the building. The venue is accessible. The screenings are free. Discussion follows. Info: http://www.northamptoncommittee.org"

20070125   "Film SACCO AND VANZETTI, Boston, MA"    "The ACLU of Massachusetts is co-presenting six screenings of SACCO AND VANZETTI a powerful new film by Peter Miller at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston between January 21 and February 1, 2007 Representatives of the ACLU will be there for each screening for a Q and A session to follow the film, and director Peter Miller will also be present at most screenings. Peter Miller's powerful documentary (2006, 81 min.) illuminates the personal, political, and legal struggles behind the story of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, two Italian immigrant anarchists who were accused of a murder in 1920, and executed in Boston in 1927 after a notoriously prejudiced trial. The ordeal of Sacco and Vanzetti came to symbolize the bigotry and intolerance directed at immigrants and dissenters in America, and millions of people around the world protested on their behalf. Nearly 80 years later, the story is as relevant as ever. Actors John Turturro and Tony Shalhoub read Sacco and Vanzetti's passionate prison writing while a chorus of commentators propel the narrative, including Howard Zinn, Arlo Guthrie, and Studs Terkel, and a number of older people with personal memories of the case. The question and answer sessions follow the film will feature ACLU representatives on these dates: * Sun., Jan 21 at 6 p.m. Carl Takei: Member, Board of Directors, ACLU of Mass. * Wed., Jan 24 at 6 p.m. Jeffrey Pyle: Attorney, Prince Lobel Glovsky & Tye * Thurs., Jan 25 at 4:15 p.m. Nancy Ryan: President, Board of Directors, ACLU of Mass. * Sat., Jan 27 at 11:30 a.m. Laura Rótolo: Human Rights Fellow, ACLU of Mass. * Sat., Jan 27 at 5:45 p.m. Brian Corr: Field Organizer, ACLU of Mass. * Thurs., Feb 1 at 4 p.m. Nancy Ryan: President, Board of Directors, ACLU of Mass. SHOWTIMES AND TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE ONLINE: MFA members, students, and seniors $8, general admission $9. Visit http://www.mfa.org/calendar/sub.asp?key=12&subkey=1 or call the box office: 617-369-3306 ""A wonderful film, as timeless as the struggle for human justice, as relevant as today's headlines."" - Ken Burns SACCO AND VANZETTI will open in theaters in New York and Los Angeles this spring. For more information about the film, visit http://www.aclum.org/films/index.html I hope you will join us! Questions? Contact: Brian Corr ACLU of Massachusetts 617.482.3170x321 http://www.ACLUM.org"

20070124   """ TARGET IRAN,"" SCOTT RITTER SPEAKS IN DEERFIELD, MA" "-------------------------""Target Iran"" ---------------------- Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2007 at 7pm Scott Ritter will address plans and pressures regarding for war against Iran. Come to the Woolman Hill Meeting House, at the top of the Hill, at the end of Keets Road, off 5 & 10 north of Old Deerfield, MA. The 7pm event is wheelchair ccessible. Details below. ----------------------------------------------------------------- Scott Ritter is a retired US Marine and former U.N. weapons inspector on the ground in Iraq for seven years. He traveled to Iran for research on his book, ""Target Iran, The Truth About the White House's Plans for Regime Change."" This event is sponsored by Traprock Peace Center & co-sponsored by Woolman Hill Conference Center. Our goal is to prevent nuclear war with Iran, and to provide resources that assist you in your goals for peace & justice. In June, 2005 at this same meeting house, Ritter warned that the US was already at war in Iran, conducting and funding operations conducted by the M.E.K. & others. He appeal to citizens to take responsibility for orders given to soldiers, reminding us that their sworn oath, and the oath of elected officials is to uphold the constitution. As during the build-up to war with Iraq, Ritter says we will not stop this aggression, however imprudent, and that the effects will be much worse that the tragedies in Iraq, on all sides. Iran is not a country beaten down by 20 years of war and sanctions. His long-range view is that regaining citizen control of foreign policy is possible. ""One needs will. Will transforms people. Will motivates actions that can truly change the world."" Traprock Peace Center urges neighbors, veterans, students, teachers, clergy and others to share strategies following the discussion. Our state of the world requires new alliances and new responses. ""I refuse to accept the cynical notion that nation after nation must spiral down a militaristic stairway into the hell of nuclear destruction. I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality."" --Martin Luther King, Jr. ------- DINNER & DISCUSSION, 5:30 ------- Dinner & discussion with Scott Ritter at 5:30 in Deerfield is also available, by reservation for a limited number of guests for a $50 contribution, thanks to Peter Letson of Greenfield. Please reserve online by noon Wednesday. Seats will be reserved in the order received and confirmed no later than Wednesday at 3 pm, by email or phone. Waging peace requires funding. Help move this movement. Thank you! Richard Perle said recently in Israel that President Bush will attack Iran if they are found to be developing a nuclear weapon. (Reported by Democracy Now in headlines on 1/22.) This threat comes from an unelected representative of the nation producing vast quantities of nuclear weapons, reactor wastes, and using those toxic and radioactive wastes in uranium munitions in attacks in civilian areas. ... Who will you call today?!? Traprock Peace Center Deerfield, MA 01342 http://www.grassrootspeace.org"

20070124   "Film: SACCO AND VANZETTI, Boston, MA"  "The ACLU of Massachusetts is co-presenting six screenings of SACCO AND VANZETTI a powerful new film by Peter Miller at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston between January 21 and February 1, 2007 Representatives of the ACLU will be there for each screening for a Q and A session to follow the film, and director Peter Miller will also be present at most screenings. Peter Miller's powerful documentary (2006, 81 min.) illuminates the personal, political, and legal struggles behind the story of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, two Italian immigrant anarchists who were accused of a murder in 1920, and executed in Boston in 1927 after a notoriously prejudiced trial. The ordeal of Sacco and Vanzetti came to symbolize the bigotry and intolerance directed at immigrants and dissenters in America, and millions of people around the world protested on their behalf. Nearly 80 years later, the story is as relevant as ever. Actors John Turturro and Tony Shalhoub read Sacco and Vanzetti's passionate prison writing while a chorus of commentators propel the narrative, including Howard Zinn, Arlo Guthrie, and Studs Terkel, and a number of older people with personal memories of the case. The question and answer sessions follow the film will feature ACLU representatives on these dates: * Sun., Jan 21 at 6 p.m. Carl Takei: Member, Board of Directors, ACLU of Mass. * Wed., Jan 24 at 6 p.m. Jeffrey Pyle: Attorney, Prince Lobel Glovsky & Tye * Thurs., Jan 25 at 4:15 p.m. Nancy Ryan: President, Board of Directors, ACLU of Mass. * Sat., Jan 27 at 11:30 a.m. Laura Rótolo: Human Rights Fellow, ACLU of Mass. * Sat., Jan 27 at 5:45 p.m. Brian Corr: Field Organizer, ACLU of Mass. * Thurs., Feb 1 at 4 p.m. Nancy Ryan: President, Board of Directors, ACLU of Mass. SHOWTIMES AND TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE ONLINE: MFA members, students, and seniors $8, general admission $9. Visit http://www.mfa.org/calendar/sub.asp?key=12&subkey=1 or call the box office: 617-369-3306 ""A wonderful film, as timeless as the struggle for human justice, as relevant as today's headlines."" - Ken Burns SACCO AND VANZETTI will open in theaters in New York and Los Angeles this spring. For more information about the film, visit http://www.aclum.org/films/index.html I hope you will join us! Questions? Contact: Brian Corr ACLU of Massachusetts 617-482-3170 x 321 http://www.ACLUM.org"

20070124   "Target Iran, Hear Scott Ritter in Deerfield,"        "Target Iran Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2007 at 7pm Scott Ritter will address US war against Iran at the Woolman Hill Meeting House, at the top of the Hill on Keets Road, off 5 & 10 in Deerfield, MA. Suggested donation $10-20. Scott Ritter is a former US Marine, a UN weapons inspector on the ground in Iraq for seven years, and author of ""Target Iran, The Truth About the White House's Plans for Regime Change."" This event is sponsored by Traprock & Woolman Hill Conference Center in an effort to prevent nuclear war with Iran. In June, 2005 Ritter warned that the US was already at war in Iran, conducting and funding operations conducted by the M.E.K. & others. In his book, ""End Game, Solving the Iraq Crisis,"" Ritter credits Traprock Peace Center & the Albany peace community for getting his message to the nation. Can it help end war? Ritter says, ""One needs will. Will transforms people. Will motivates actions that can truly change the world."" Dinner & discussion with Scott Ritter in Deerfield is also available, by reservation for a limited number of guests for a $50 donation, thanks to Peter Letson. Please reserve by mail or online. Seats will be reserved in the order received. The Peace Center is accepting donations both moving and movement work. Please consider pledging this year an amount equal to or greater than your spending for coffee or tea. Traprock Peace Center, 103A Keets Rd, Deerfield, MA 01342"

20070124   "MASS SENIOR ACTION COUNCIL, Springfield, MA"        "MASS SENIOR ACTION COUNCIL – GREATER SPRINGFIELD CHAPTER Wednesday, January 24, 2007 (exception to Third Wednesdays) 2:00 pm Good Life Center, E Columbus Ave, Springfield, MA (municipal parking validated). MSAC tackles vital issues, including single-payer health care and prescription drug price relief. No age requirement! For info or a ride: Clodo Concepcion, 413-783-4807 or Patricia Moss, 413-734-7381."

20070124   DINNER & DISCUSSION WITH SCOTT RITTER    "------- DINNER & DISCUSSION, 5:30-9:00 ------- Dinner & discussion with Scott Ritter at 5:30 in Deerfield is also available, by reservation for a limited number of guests for a $50 contribution, thanks to Peter Letson of Greenfield. Reserve by mail or online. Seats will be reserved in the order received and confirmed no later than Wednesday at 3 pm, by email or phone. Waging peace requires funding. Help move this movement. Thank you! Richard Perle said recently in Israel that President Bush will attack Iran if they are found to be developing a nuclear weapon. (Reported by Democracy Now in headlines on 1/22.) This threat comes from an unelected representative of the nation producing vast quantities of nuclear weapons, reactor wastes, and using those toxic and radioactive wastes in uranium munitions in attacks in civilian areas. ... Who will you call today?!? Traprock Peace Center Deerfield, MA 01342 http://www.grassrootspeace.org"

20070122   "PUTTING THE WAR ON TRIAL, Cincinnati"  "PUTTING THE WAR ON TRIAL: RALLY on Jan 22 from 4-6pm at Laurel Park (500 Ezzard Charles -the site where we all gathered 4 and a half years ago when President Bush came to Union Terminal to sell the war to the country). Expect creative street theatre, banner drops, music, short speeches, testimony from Iraq Vets against the War, etc. We hope that you can join us! Contact 513-579-8547 for more info ********************************************* SAMPLING OF NEWS COVERAGE OF UPCOMING CD TRIAL ON JAN 22 Note: Channels 5, 9, 12, and 19 all aired stories. ENQUIRER: Rumsfeld may be witness in local case http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070104/NEWS01/301040029 POST: Rumsfeld 'key witness' in trial http://news.cincypost.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2007701050378 CHANNEL 9: Rumsfeld Called to Testify In Cincinnati War Protest Trial http://wcpo.com/news/2007/local/01/04/rumsfeld.html CITYBEAT BLOG: Let The Jury Decide who the Real Criminals Are http://citybeat.wordpress.com/2007/01/05/let-the-jury-decide-who-the- real-criminals-are/ Consider commenting on the blog if you wish! ****************************************"

20070122   "PUTTING THE WAR ON TRIAL - RALLY, CINCINNATI"        "PUTTING THE WAR ON TRIAL - RALLY IN CINCINNATI Monday, January 22, 4-6pm At Laurel Park (500 Ezzard Charles -the site where we all gathered 4 and a half years ago when President Bush came to Union Terminal to sell the war to the country). Expect creative street theatre, banner drops, music, short speeches, testimony from Iraq Vets against the War, etc. We hope that you can join us! Contact 513-579-8547 for more info ********************************************* SAMPLING OF NEWS COVERAGE OF UPCOMING CD TRIAL ON JAN 22 Note: Channels 5, 9, 12, and 19 all aired stories. ENQUIRER: Rumsfeld may be witness in local case http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070104/NEWS01/301040029 POST: Rumsfeld 'key witness' in trial http://news.cincypost.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2007701050378 CHANNEL 9: Rumsfeld Called to Testify In Cincinnati War Protest Trial http://wcpo.com/news/2007/local/01/04/rumsfeld.html CITYBEAT BLOG: Let The Jury Decide who the Real Criminals Are http://citybeat.wordpress.com/2007/01/05/let-the-jury-decide-who-the- real-criminals-are/ Consider commenting on the blog if you wish! ****************************************"

20070121   "Film SACCO AND VANZETTI, Boston, MA"    "The ACLU of Massachusetts is co-presenting six screenings of SACCO AND VANZETTI a powerful new film by Peter Miller at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston between January 21 and February 1, 2007 Representatives of the ACLU will be there for each screening for a Q and A session to follow the film, and director Peter Miller will also be present at most screenings. Peter Miller's powerful documentary (2006, 81 min.) illuminates the personal, political, and legal struggles behind the story of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, two Italian immigrant anarchists who were accused of a murder in 1920, and executed in Boston in 1927 after a notoriously prejudiced trial. The ordeal of Sacco and Vanzetti came to symbolize the bigotry and intolerance directed at immigrants and dissenters in America, and millions of people around the world protested on their behalf. Nearly 80 years later, the story is as relevant as ever. Actors John Turturro and Tony Shalhoub read Sacco and Vanzetti's passionate prison writing while a chorus of commentators propel the narrative, including Howard Zinn, Arlo Guthrie, and Studs Terkel, and a number of older people with personal memories of the case. The question and answer sessions follow the film will feature ACLU representatives on these dates: * Sun., Jan 21 at 6 p.m. Carl Takei: Member, Board of Directors, ACLU of Mass. * Wed., Jan 24 at 6 p.m. Jeffrey Pyle: Attorney, Prince Lobel Glovsky & Tye * Thurs., Jan 25 at 4:15 p.m. Nancy Ryan: President, Board of Directors, ACLU of Mass. * Sat., Jan 27 at 11:30 a.m. Laura Rótolo: Human Rights Fellow, ACLU of Mass. * Sat., Jan 27 at 5:45 p.m. Brian Corr: Field Organizer, ACLU of Mass. * Thurs., Feb 1 at 4 p.m. Nancy Ryan: President, Board of Directors, ACLU of Mass. SHOWTIMES AND TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE ONLINE: MFA members, students, and seniors $8, general admission $9. Visit http://www.mfa.org/calendar/sub.asp?key=12&subkey=1 or call the box office: 617-369-3306 ""A wonderful film, as timeless as the struggle for human justice, as relevant as today's headlines."" - Ken Burns SACCO AND VANZETTI will open in theaters in New York and Los Angeles this spring. For more information about the film, visit http://www.aclum.org/films/index.html I hope you will join us! Questions? Contact: Brian Corr ACLU of Massachusetts 617.482.3170x321 http:www.ACLU.org"

20070121   "American Empire, with Andrew Bacevich and Ronald Steel, Amhesrt College"  "Sunday, Jan. 21, 2007 at 7:30 p.m. in Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall, Amherst College will host an open forum on American Empire with Andrew Bacevich and Ronald Steel. You are receiving this invitation because your department, organization or club deals directly with issues that will be at the center of the evening's discussions. I hope you will be able to attend, and that you will also extend this invitation to any parties you feel may be interested. Bacevich is the author of American Empire: The Realities and Consequences of U.S. Diplomacy (2004), The Imperial Tense: Problems and Prospects of American Empire (2003) and most recently The New American Militarism: How Americans Are Seduced by War (2005). A professor of international relations at Boston University and a graduate of the U. S. Military Academy, Bacevich received his Ph.D. in American diplomatic history from Princeton University. His essays and reviews have appeared in a wide variety of scholarly and general interest publications, including The Wilson Quarterly, The National Interest, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The Nation, The American Conservative and The New Republic. His op-eds have appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times and USA Today, among other newspapers. Ronald Steel is the author of many works that examine American relations with other nations, and particularly with Europe. Pax Americana (1967), The End of Alliance (1964) and Temptations of a Superpower (1995) analyze the forces that have governed American foreign relations since World War II. Imperialists and Other Heroes (1971), Walter Lippmann and the American Century (1980) and In Love With Night: The American Romance with Robert Kennedy (2000) are biographical studies of key individuals in American society and politics. Steel's primary field of interest is American foreign policy, and includes history and political science as well as sociology, psychology, economics and political anthropology. Organized by Samuel Masinter; Assistant Director of Public Affairs at Amherst College. samasinter@amherst.edu For more information, please visit http://www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/2006_2007/2007_01bacev ichsteel.html or contact me at"

20070121   Reel World free film When The Levies Broke        Spike Lees's exploration of the tormented landscape left in the wake of hurricane Katrina. Fresh vision of failure of rescue & recovery. In 3 parts with breakes between parts Arms Library Bridge St. Shelburne Falls Contact Ellen K> 625-9708

20070120   "TOM NEILSON: POLITICAL SATIRE, Leverett, MA"        "TOM NEILSON: POLITICAL SATIRE, PARODY, & SOCIAL COMMENTARY Saturday, January 20, 2007 7:30 pm Echo Lake Coffeehouse, Town Hall, 9 Montague Road, Leverett, MA. $12; seniors/children, $10. Bring your voices for an evening of music and constitutional rights! WMass's own prize-winning singer/songwriter, Tom Neilson “skewers the outrageous behavior of the greedy and powerful in corporations, the media, and government.” Ray Korona, People’s Voice Café Collective, New York City). Info: 548-9394, mailto:diacrowe@yahoo.com http://tomneilsonmusic.com"

20070119   "Film: Northampton Committee, Northampton, MA"        "The Northampton Committee Peace and Justice Film Series Friday, January 19, 2007 7:00 p.m. Media Education Foundation, 60 Masonic Street in Northampton. ""WE"" is a fast-paced 64 minute documentary that covers the world politics of power, war, corporations, deception and exploitation. It visualizes the words of Arundhati Roy, specifically her famous Come September speech, where she spoke on such things as the war on terror, corporate globalization, justice and the growing civil unrest. It's witty, moving, alarming and quite a lesson in modern history. ""WE"" is almost in the style of a continuous music video. The music used sets the pace and serves as wonderful background for the words of Ms. Roy and images of humanity in the world we live all in today. ""WE"" is a completely free documentary, created (and released) anonymously on the internet. There are many ways to download and view it online. If you'd like a TV quality copy, a DVD-R disc can be obtained for a small donation. Enter via Woodstar Cafe, at the front of the building. The venue is accessible. The screenings are free. Discussion follows. Info: http://www.northamptoncommittee.org/"

20070119   "WMass JWJ FUNDRAISER, Greenfield, MA"  "THE DUOPALOOZA: WMJWJ FUNDRAISER WITH CHARLIE KING & KAREN BRANDOW Friday, January 19, 2007 7:30pm (doors open 7pm) All Souls Unitarian-Universalist Church, 399 Main St, Greenfield, MA 413.-73-5018 http://www.uugreenfield.org. Charlie King & Karen Brandow (www.charlieking.org) and The Prince Myshkins (www.princemyshkins.com) have graciously agreed to make their DUOPALOOZA a Western Mass Jobs With Justice fundraiser. More details coming. Info: wmjwj@wmjwj.org, http://www.wmjwj.org"

20070117   "Wide-Angle Films, Iraq for Sale, Amherst, MA"        "JANUARY 17, 7 pm Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers What happens to everyday Americans when corporations go to war. 75 minutes ""Regardless of the war, the administration, or the various sophistries for expending human lives as a matter of government policy, profiteering from it offends all citizens, whether they are Republicans, Democrats, Independents, other parties or no shows."" --Charles Lewis, founder of the Center for Public Integrity. From acclaimed director Robert Greenwald (Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price, and Outfoxed - and Uncovered) The lives of soldiers, truck drivers, widows, children who have been changed forever as a result of profiteering in the reconstruction of Iraq. Iraq for Sale reveals how private corporations are making a killing in Iraq and the decision makers allowing them to do so. - Brave New Films are funded and distributed completely outside corporate America. (see online description)"

20070115   Martin Luther King Celebration - Northampton        "Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Northampton High School, 380 Elm Street, Northampton, MA 1:00 - 2:45 pm - Community Gathering 3:00 - 4:00 pm - Workshops 4:15 - 5:00 PM - Musical Celebration 6:00 - 9:00 PM - Talent Showcase Download flyer (pdf) http://grassrootspeace.org/mlk_011507.pdf"

20070115   "Resist Lockheed Martin, Valley Forge, PA"        "Resist Lockheed Martin... *Friday, December 22, 7PM - Christmas Candlelight Vigil for Peace Lockheed Martin (the world's largest weapons corporation), Mall & Goddard Blvds., Valley Forge, PA (behind the King of Prussia Mall) Join us in the Peace of the Season, in music, caroling, speakers, where the weapons are built and the light of peacemaking must shine. Brandywine Peace Community P.O. Box 81, Swarthmore, PA 19081 610-544-1818 brandywine@juno.com www.brandywinepeace.com"

20070115   reel world       Please add to my last entry ( Feb 11) the following info: Arms Library Bridge St. Shelburne Falls Contact Ellen K. 625-9708 Thanks!

20070115   "All Day MLK Celebration, Montpelier, VT"        "Jan. 15 - Martin Luther King Day Celebration - Montpelier City Hall – All day – Birthday party. 10 AM – 3 pm Children’s crafts, (Friendship bracelet, dream quilt, more) Stories, Book Corner, Films, Dr King speeches in the halls, Wall of History, Live Music, Book Signing, Performances, displays & presentations from local orgs on racism, economic justice & Peace. 1 PM – 3 pm New Directions for Barre youth facilitators conduct 3 inter-active exercises examining racism. 3 PM – 5 pm Civic action on current civil rights issues with a march to the Governor’s office to deliver petitions requesting: action to enforce school policy on harassment and action affecting the VT Human Rights Commission action affecting the weakening of the VT Advisory Committee to the US Committee on Civil Rights. 6 PM – 9 pm The Beloved Community with presentations showing the rich diversity in Ct VT, entertainment, song & dance, gala closing events. Music with Dave Keller Thanks to fifteen organizations for co-sponsorship! For More Information: AFSC 802 229-2340, CVARSC@gmail.com"

20070115   "All Day MLK Celebration, Montpelier, VT"        "Jan. 15 - Martin Luther King Day Celebration - Montpelier City Hall – All day – Birthday party. 10 AM – 3 pm Children’s crafts, (Friendship bracelet, dream quilt, more) Stories, Book Corner, Films, Dr King speeches in the halls, Wall of History, Live Music, Book Signing, Performances, displays & presentations from local orgs on racism, economic justice & Peace. 1 PM – 3 pm New Directions for Barre youth facilitators conduct 3 inter-active exercises examining racism. 3 PM – 5 pm Civic action on current civil rights issues with a march to the Governor’s office to deliver petitions requesting: action to enforce school policy on harassment and action affecting the VT Human Rights Commission action affecting the weakening of the VT Advisory Committee to the US Committee on Civil Rights. 6 PM – 9 pm The Beloved Community with presentations showing the rich diversity in Ct VT, entertainment, song & dance, gala closing events. Music with Dave Keller Thanks to fifteen organizations for co-sponsorship! For More Information: AFSC 802 229-2340, CVARSC@gmail.com"

20070114   MLK Celebration + Benefit at the Art Bridge        "Sunday, Jan. 14, The Art Bridge Benefit, 100 Brook Road, Shelburne, MA 6:00 pm potluck 7:00 pm? multi-media performance by today's workshop participants, using nonviolence in the arts, and Juanita Nelson will speak. The Art Bridge let us use studio space to paint four new banners last night. Get your Traprock T-shirt here, asking neighbors to call Congress! And please bring voices & instruments to jam into the night. Suggested donation $10 / 5. This is four miles north from Greenfield Community College. Veer left at any fork along Colrain Road, which becomes Brook Road."

20070114   MLK Celebration + Benefit at the Art Bridge        "Sunday, Jan. 14, The Art Bridge Benefit, 100 Brook Road, Shelburne, MA 6:00 pm potluck 7:00 pm? multi-media performance by today's workshop participants, using nonviolence in the arts, and Juanita Nelson will speak. The Art Bridge let us use studio space to paint four new banners last night. Get your Traprock T-shirt here, asking neighbors to call Congress! And please bring voices & instruments to jam into the night. Suggested donation $10 / 5. This is four miles north from Greenfield Community College. Veer left at any fork along Colrain Road, which becomes Brook Road."

20070114   "NATIONAL CONFERENCE FOR MEDIA REFORM, Memphis, TN"   "NATIONAL CONFERENCE FOR MEDIA REFORM, Memphis, TN January 12-14, 2007 Connect with media reform leaders and activists from around the country. Learn how to mobilize media reformers in your community. Get the policy scoop from D.C. and learn how the new political landscape impacts media reform. Be part of the growing movement! Register early: http://www.freepress.net/conference/=registration07 This year's conference will feature rousing speakers, musical performances and films as well as dozens of interactive panels and hands-on workshops about media issues and activism. The program will focus on five core tracks: Media Policy Media Literacy, Critique & Accountability Independent & Noncommercial Media Civil Rights, Social Justice & Media Media Reform Activism Our featured speakers include: Jonathan Adelstein, FCC Commissioner Ben Bagdikian, Author, The Media Monopoly David Brock, Media Matters for America Jeff Chester, Center for Digital Democracy Rosa Clemente, R.E.A.C.Hip-Hop Jeff Cohen, writer and media critic Mark Cooper, Consumer Federation of America Michael Copps, FCC Commissioner Malkia Cyril, Youth Media Council Davey D, DJ and Hip Hop Activist Phil Donahue, Television Host Laura Flanders, radio host Linda Foley, Newspaper Guild-CWA Jane Fonda, Actor and Co-Founder, Women's Media Center Kim Gandy, President, National Organization for Women Dan Gillmor, Center for Citizen Media Juan Gonzalez, New York Daily News Amy Goodman, Democracy Now! Robert Greenwald, Producer and Director Maurice Hinchey, U.S. Representative Ben Hooks, Civil Rights Leader Janine Jackson, FAIR Rev. Jesse Jackson, Civil Rights Leader Van Jones, ColorofChange.org and Ella Baker Center Gene Kimmelman, Consumers Union Mark Lloyd, Center for American Progress Rev. Tim MacDonald, Civil Rights Leader Robert McChesney, President, Free Press Bill Moyers, Journalist and Author John Nichols, Journalist Alex Nogales, National Hispanic Media Coalition Anthony Riddle, Alliance for Community Media Paul Rieckhoff, Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America Andrew Jay Schwartzman, Media Access Project Makani Themba-Nixon, the Praxis Project Helen Thomas, Hearst Newspapers Gloria Tristani, Benton Foundation Cenk Ugyur, The Young Turks Katrina vanden Heuvel, The Nation Rev. Lenox Yearwood, Hip-Hop Caucus FreePress.org: http://www.freepress.net/conference/"

20070113   "NATIONAL CONFERENCE FOR MEDIA REFORM, Memphis, TN"   "NATIONAL CONFERENCE FOR MEDIA REFORM, Memphis, TN January 12-14, 2007 Connect with media reform leaders and activists from around the country. Learn how to mobilize media reformers in your community. Get the policy scoop from D.C. and learn how the new political landscape impacts media reform. Be part of the growing movement! Register early: http://www.freepress.net/conference/=registration07 This year's conference will feature rousing speakers, musical performances and films as well as dozens of interactive panels and hands-on workshops about media issues and activism. The program will focus on five core tracks: Media Policy Media Literacy, Critique & Accountability Independent & Noncommercial Media Civil Rights, Social Justice & Media Media Reform Activism Our featured speakers include: Jonathan Adelstein, FCC Commissioner Ben Bagdikian, Author, The Media Monopoly David Brock, Media Matters for America Jeff Chester, Center for Digital Democracy Rosa Clemente, R.E.A.C.Hip-Hop Jeff Cohen, writer and media critic Mark Cooper, Consumer Federation of America Michael Copps, FCC Commissioner Malkia Cyril, Youth Media Council Davey D, DJ and Hip Hop Activist Phil Donahue, Television Host Laura Flanders, radio host Linda Foley, Newspaper Guild-CWA Jane Fonda, Actor and Co-Founder, Women's Media Center Kim Gandy, President, National Organization for Women Dan Gillmor, Center for Citizen Media Juan Gonzalez, New York Daily News Amy Goodman, Democracy Now! Robert Greenwald, Producer and Director Maurice Hinchey, U.S. Representative Ben Hooks, Civil Rights Leader Janine Jackson, FAIR Rev. Jesse Jackson, Civil Rights Leader Van Jones, ColorofChange.org and Ella Baker Center Gene Kimmelman, Consumers Union Mark Lloyd, Center for American Progress Rev. Tim MacDonald, Civil Rights Leader Robert McChesney, President, Free Press Bill Moyers, Journalist and Author John Nichols, Journalist Alex Nogales, National Hispanic Media Coalition Anthony Riddle, Alliance for Community Media Paul Rieckhoff, Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America Andrew Jay Schwartzman, Media Access Project Makani Themba-Nixon, the Praxis Project Helen Thomas, Hearst Newspapers Gloria Tristani, Benton Foundation Cenk Ugyur, The Young Turks Katrina vanden Heuvel, The Nation Rev. Lenox Yearwood, Hip-Hop Caucus FreePress.org: http://www.freepress.net/conference/"

20070112   "Film: Northampton Committee, Northampton, MA"        "The Northampton Committee Peace and Justice Film Series Friday, January 12, 2007 7:00 p.m. Media Education Foundation, 60 Masonic Street in Northampton, MA. THE GROUND TRUTH: After the Killing Ends, takes an unflinching look at the training and dehumanization of US soldiers, and how they struggle to come to terms with it when they come back home. This film overrides familiar images of heroic soldiers in battle, and overjoyed returning faces, reunited with their families with one effortless stroke. Instead, we see a scenario that can include illness, amputation and injury, depression and post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD), of which Iraq has become a fertile breeding ground. While America's poor treatment of veterans is not news to most, The Ground Truth makes it so personal and real, it is impossible to dismiss its characters simply as war statistics. The film gives us glimpses into a Marine Corps boot camp that allows us to comprehend how a man or woman can kill as part of their job. We get hit with more understanding of our soldiers' dehumanization by seeing Iraq combat footage that shows routine indiscriminate killing. Their jobs over, the confusion, guilt and shame that comes home with these ""killers"" is the tip of the iceberg. Left with few resources and families that cannot understand what they have seen or done, their anguish only intensifies. Foulkrod's graphic footage and still-photographs of the ground conflict in Iraq, should forever shatter the sanitized images found on the nightly news and provide a much needed wake-up call for all of us. Enter via Woodstar Cafe, at the front of the building. The venue is accessible. The screenings are free. Discussion follows. Info: http://www.northamptoncommittee.org/"

20070112   "NATIONAL CONFERENCE FOR MEDIA REFORM, Memphis, TN"   "NATIONAL CONFERENCE FOR MEDIA REFORM, Memphis, TN January 12-14, 2007 Connect with media reform leaders and activists from around the country. Learn how to mobilize media reformers in your community. Get the policy scoop from D.C. and learn how the new political landscape impacts media reform. Be part of the growing movement! Register early: http://www.freepress.net/conference/=registration07 This year's conference will feature rousing speakers, musical performances and films as well as dozens of interactive panels and hands-on workshops about media issues and activism. The program will focus on five core tracks: Media Policy Media Literacy, Critique & Accountability Independent & Noncommercial Media Civil Rights, Social Justice & Media Media Reform Activism Our featured speakers include: Jonathan Adelstein, FCC Commissioner Ben Bagdikian, Author, The Media Monopoly David Brock, Media Matters for America Jeff Chester, Center for Digital Democracy Rosa Clemente, R.E.A.C.Hip-Hop Jeff Cohen, writer and media critic Mark Cooper, Consumer Federation of America Michael Copps, FCC Commissioner Malkia Cyril, Youth Media Council Davey D, DJ and Hip Hop Activist Phil Donahue, Television Host Laura Flanders, radio host Linda Foley, Newspaper Guild-CWA Jane Fonda, Actor and Co-Founder, Women's Media Center Kim Gandy, President, National Organization for Women Dan Gillmor, Center for Citizen Media Juan Gonzalez, New York Daily News Amy Goodman, Democracy Now! Robert Greenwald, Producer and Director Maurice Hinchey, U.S. Representative Ben Hooks, Civil Rights Leader Janine Jackson, FAIR Rev. Jesse Jackson, Civil Rights Leader Van Jones, ColorofChange.org and Ella Baker Center Gene Kimmelman, Consumers Union Mark Lloyd, Center for American Progress Rev. Tim MacDonald, Civil Rights Leader Robert McChesney, President, Free Press Bill Moyers, Journalist and Author John Nichols, Journalist Alex Nogales, National Hispanic Media Coalition Anthony Riddle, Alliance for Community Media Paul Rieckhoff, Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America Andrew Jay Schwartzman, Media Access Project Makani Themba-Nixon, the Praxis Project Helen Thomas, Hearst Newspapers Gloria Tristani, Benton Foundation Cenk Ugyur, The Young Turks Katrina vanden Heuvel, The Nation Rev. Lenox Yearwood, Hip-Hop Caucus FreePress.org: http://www.freepress.net/conference/"

20070111   "*International Day of Action to Shut Down Guantánamo* WASHINGTON, DC"    "International Day of Action to Shut Down Guantánamo *CALL TO ACTION* *January 11th , 2007* “There is little question of how history will respond to Guantánamo…it will be looked back on with condescension and bemusement. How could we be so foolish, misguided, cruel? How we will respond is a legal question and a political question. But it is most of all a moral question. Will we respond with courage or cowardice? This is our choice.” *Joseph Margulies, a lawyer challenging the indefinite detention of the prisoners at Guantánamo* On January 11th, 2002, twenty hooded and shackled men shuffled off a plane from Afghanistan, arriving at the U.S. prison at Guantánamo. In an attempt to sidestep the Geneva Convention protections for prisoners of war, the Bush administration created a new category of “enemy combatant” for these men captured in the “war on terror.” Since that time, more than one thousand men and boys have been imprisoned at Guantánamo. Accounts of cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment have been condemned by the United Nations, Human Rights Watch and other reputable bodies. The prisoners have resorted to hunger strikes as a way of protesting their treatment. Many have attempted suicide; three men killed themselves on June 10th 2006. Desperation, fear and frustration mark their confinement. Five years later, not a single prisoner has been charged, tried or convicted of any crime. Many have been released because no evidence has been found against them, but more than 430 men remain in indefinite detention without hope of release. The United States has abandoned law and justice. January 11th , 2007 marks five years of unjust imprisonment, isolation, beatings, interrogation and abuse for these men. We must say: no more. We must say: no longer. For our nation of laws, for our democracy, for our humanity and theirs, we demand small but essential steps to help return our nation to the best of our own traditions. We call on the United States government to: * Repeal the Military Commissions Act and restore Habeas Corpus. * Charge and try or release all detainees. * Withhold funds for the proposed $125 million construction of new military courts at Guantánamo. * Clearly and unequivocally forbid torture and all other forms of cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment, by the military, the CIA, prison guards, civilian contractors, or anyone else. * Pay reparations to current and former detainees and their families for violations of their human rights. * Shut down Guantánamo, Abu Ghraib, Bagram and all other U.S. prisons overseas, including secret CIA detention facilities. We mark January 11, 2007 as a day of national shame. But we can also mark it as a day of citizen action. How? By acting on behalf of our fellow human beings in Guantánamo, their bereaved families and all victims of the “war on terrorism.” We declare January 11, 2007 an International Day of Action to Shut Down Guantánamo. In Washington, DC we will march from the Supreme Court to the U.S. Federal Court. At the Supreme Court, Guantánamo Lawyers and others will address the press. Individuals will then proceed to Federal Court, taking on the names and identities of the men in Guantánamo and submitting Habeas petitions on their behalf. With our action and our bodies, we will forge the path that the Center for Constitutional Rights and other legal advocates demand on behalf of their clients. Outside the Federal Court on Constitution Avenue, people will read testimonies and names of prisoners, perform street theater and hand out information. There will be solidarity demonstrations from Amsterdam to Boise, Idaho and a National Call-In Day to Congress. We invite you to come to Washington and participate, either as an individual or as part of an affinity group. If travel is not an option, join or plan an action in your own community. Around the country, groups are planning vigils and actions at courthouses, federal building and public squares. In other countries, the focus will be on U.S. Embassies and military facilities. For a full list of both National and International actions, visit _www.witnesstorture.org_ If you plan on coming to DC, we encourage you to form affinity groups and be in touch with organizers. Contact Matt Daloisio ( Daloisio@earthlink.net ) or Frida Berrigan ( Frida.Berrigan@gmail.com )."

20070111   The Ground Truth      "This timely portrait of patriotic young Americans who served in Iraq includes stunning footage of recruitment and training, combat, homecoming, and the struggle to reintegrate with families and communities. The film somehow renders the ferocious military conflict and the challenges faced by those returning home as equally terrible dramas. An important and deeply affecting piece of cinema. Location: Club B-10 at MASS MoCA 87 Marshall St. North Adams, MA 01247 Cost: $7"

20070111   "SPEAK-OUT to CLOSE GUANTANAMO, S. Deerfield, 4PM" "SPEAK-OUT to CLOSE GUANTANAMO South Deerfield Common 4:00PM-5:30, Thursday, Jan. 11 Please come and say a few words about the principles which require that we close the US prison at Guantanamo, at the Town Common in South Deerfield, between 4-5:30 PM on Thursday, Jan. 11. Traprock Peace Center staff will have the constitution on hand, and the Declaration of Independence. Bring your golden rule. All are welcome to share their views. Please leave parking nearest the Common for any with difficulty walking. We hope studets, teachers, ministers, rabbis, elders and our friends in wheelchairs will join us. The weather forecast calls for sunny skies for Thursday. Without your intervention, the forecast for prisoners at Guantanamoo is not hopeful. From the Common you may want tol use your cell phones to call Congress, 202 224-3121. On January 11th, 2002, twenty hooded and shackled men shuffled off a plane from Afghanistan, arriving at the U.S. prison at Guantánamo. In an attempt to sidestep the Geneva Convention protections for prisoners of war, the Bush administration created a new category of “enemy combatant” for these men captured in the “war on terror.” Since that time, more than one thousand men and boys have been imprisoned at Guantánamo. Accounts of cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment have been condemned by the United Nations, Human Rights Watch and other reputable bodies. The prisoners have resorted to hunger strikes as a way of protesting their treatment. Many have attempted suicide; three men killed themselves on June 10th 2006. Desperation, fear and frustration mark their confinement. Five years later, not a single prisoner has been charged, tried or convicted of any crime. Many have been released because no evidence has been found against them, but more than 430 men remain in indefinite detention without hope of release. The United States has abandoned law and justice. January 11th, 2007 marks five years of unjust imprisonment, isolation, beatings, interrogation and abuse for these men. We must say: no more. We must say: no longer. For our nation of laws, for our democracy, for our humanity and theirs, we demand small but essential steps to help return our nation to the best of our own traditions. We call on the United States government to: Š Repeal the Military Commissions Act and restore Habeas Corpus. Š Charge and try or release all detainees. Š Withhold funds for the proposed $125 million construction of new military courts at Guantánamo. Š Clearly and unequivocally forbid torture and all other forms of cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment, by the military, the CIA, prison guards, civilian contractors, or anyone else. Š Pay reparations to current and former detainees and their families for violations of their human rights. Š Shut down Guantánamo, Abu Ghraib, Bagram and all other U.S. prisons overseas, including secret CIA detention facilities. We mark January 11, 2007 as a day of national shame. But we can also mark it as a day of citizen action. How? By acting on behalf of our fellow human beings in Guantánamo, their bereaved families and all victims of the “war on terrorism.” January 11, 2007 is an International Day of Action to Shut Down Guantánamo. In Washington, DC neighbors will march from the Supreme Court to the U.S. Federal Court. At the Supreme Court, Guantánamo Lawyers and others will address the press. Individuals will then proceed to Federal Court, taking on the names and identities of the men in Guantánamo and submitting Habeas petitions on their behalf. ""With our action and our bodies, we will forge the path that the Center for Constitutional Rights and other legal advocates demand on behalf of their clients. Outside the Federal Court on Constitution Avenue, people will read testimonies and names of prisoners, perform street theater and hand out information. There will be solidarity demonstrations from Amsterdam to Boise, Idaho and a National Call-In Day to Congress."" If you are not able to join us, please post your event for Jan. 11 at http://www.witnesstorture.org Traprock Peace Center was established in 1979 in Deerfield, for the study of non-violent resolution to personal, local, national and international conflicts, for the promotion of economic justice, and to work for global disarmament. For more information call 413 773-7427 or see www.grassrootspeace.org"

20070111   "SPEAK-OUT to CLOSE GUANTANAMO, S. Deerfield, 4PM" "SPEAK-OUT to CLOSE GUANTANAMO South Deerfield Common 4:00-5:30 PM, at Main & Sugarloaf St. Fifth Anniversary, Thursday, Jan. 11 On the fifth anniversary of its opening, speak out about the principles which require us to close the US prison at Guantanamo. Drop in at the Town Common in S. Deerfield, 4-5:30 PM on Thursday, Jan. 11. Read from your poems, our Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, Nuremburg principles, Geneva Convention, quotes you bring from prisoners, or speak from the heart. Bring your golden rule. All are welcome to share their views. Please leave parking nearest the Common for any with difficulty walking. We hope students, teachers, ministers, veterans, elders, poets, nurses, musicians, and actors our will join us. The weather forecast calls for sunny skies for Thursday, but without your intervention, the forecast for prisoners at Guantanamo is not hopeful. If you are at liberty to do so, please call members of Congress, 202 224-3121. (Offices are open many week-days until 6pm!) THE SHAME OF GUANTANAMO On January 11th, 2002, twenty hooded and shackled men shuffled off a plane from Afghanistan, arriving at the U.S. prison at Guantánamo. Since that time, more than 1,000 men and boys have been imprisoned at Guantánamo. Accounts of cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment have been condemned by the United Nations, Human Rights Watch and other reputable bodies. The prisoners have resorted to hunger strikes as a way of protesting their treatment. Many have attempted suicide; three men killed themselves on June 10th 2006. We can only imagine the desperation, fear and frustration that mark confinement in lawless places. When we imagine ourselves, our brothers, fathers, sons confined, then our insistence will ring out. See www.WitnessTorture.org Five years later, not a single prisoner has been charged, tried or convicted of any crime. Many have been released because no evidence has been found against them, but more than 430 men remain in indefinite detention without hope of release. In an attempt to sidestep the Geneva Convention protections for prisoners of war, the Bush administration created a new category of “enemy combatant” for these men captured in the “war on terror.” See photos of NYC Day of Action to Shut Down Guantanamo, posted by Frida Berrigan at http://ww.WitnessTorture.org (galleries) Please copy and send as appropriate: We call on the United States government to: Š Repeal the Military Commissions Act and restore Habeas Corpus. Š Charge and try or release all detainees. Š Withhold funds for the proposed $125 million construction of new military courts at Guantánamo. Š Clearly and unequivocally forbid torture and all other forms of cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment, by the military, the CIA, prison guards, civilian contractors, or anyone else. Š Pay reparations to current and former detainees and their families for violations of their human rights. Š Shut down Guantánamo, Abu Ghraib, Bagram and all other U.S. prisons overseas, including secret CIA detention facilities. This event is sponsored by Traprock Peace Center in support of http://www.WitnessTorture.org in a neighbors' network to end war. 413 773-7427"

20070111   "FILM: The Ground Truth, North Adams, MA"        "Film Screening: The Ground Truth 8 pm, January 11, 2007 Location: Club B-10 at MASS MoCA 87 Marshall St. North Adams, MA This timely portrait of patriotic young Americans who served in Iraq includes stunning footage of recruitment and training, combat, homecoming, and the struggle to reintegrate with families and communities. The film somehow renders the ferocious military conflict and the challenges faced by those returning home as equally terrible dramas. An important and deeply affecting piece of cinema. Cost: $7"

20070107   "MLKing Day at Lockheed Martin, Valley Forge, PA"        "RSVP Martin Luther King Day of Nonviolent Resistance to the War and the War-maker, Lockheed Martin Monday, January 15th 2007 Noon Valley Forge, PA USA Hear the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., for justice, peace, and nonviolent action. Resist the works and profits of war, stand up to the injustice that is Lockheed Martin, as the Brandywine Peace Community begins its 30th year and continues its campaign of nonviolent resistance. Monday, January 15, 2007 (the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.) Martin Luther King Day of Nonviolent Resistance to the War and the War-maker, Lockheed Martin. Those planning or considering facing arrest for nonviolent civil resistance on January 15, need to call the Brandywine Peace Community, 610-544-1818, by January 2, 2007 for the date, time, and place of the planning and preparation meeting. Location: Lockheed Martin Mall & Goddard Boulevards Valley Forge PA 19420"

20070103   "Peacemaker Training Institute, Bangor, PA"        "Peacemaker Training Institute January 3-10, 2007 Kirkridge Retreat Center Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA A program of the Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR), the Peacemaker Training Institute introduces young people (ages 17-25) to nonviolence as a transformative lifestyle and powerful method of social change. Participants will develop and strengthen a solid foundation in nonviolence and anti-racist analysis. Topics including racism, anti-racist organizing, gender oppression, LGBTQ issues, economic inequality, privilege, and militarism are explored in depth. PTI is facilitated by a core team of young people that includes US-FOR staff, local organizers, and experienced peace and justice organizers from affiliated organizations. Fees are assessed on a sliding scale of $475 - $625 based upon the ability to pay. Those with school, religious institution, or other organizational sponsorship are asked to pay the full cost. Scholarship support is available. The program is subsidized by Kirkridges New Generation Fund. For an application, contact: Naomi Sea Young 651-647-4465 work 651-757-5353 cell email: naomiseayoung@forusa.org Also, you can get the application on-line, at: http://youth.forusa.org"

20061229   "FILM: Advertising and the End of the World, Northampton, MA"      "Advertising and the End of the World December 29, 2006 7 pm Media Education Foundation 60 Masonic Street, Northampton, MA The implications of advertising on sustainability: a presentation by UMass professor and Media Education Foundation executive director Sut Jhally. Advertising & the End of the World features an illustrated presentation by Sut Jhally of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the producer and writer of the award-winning Dreamworlds II. Focusing directly on the world of commercial images, he asks some basic questions about the cultural messages emanating from this market-based view of the world: Do our present arrangements deliver what they claim-- happiness and satisfaction? Can we think about our collective as well as our private interests? And, can we think long-term as well as short-term? Drawing from the broad arena of commercial imagery, and utilizing sophisticated graphics, Advertising & the End of the World addresses the issues these questions raise, encouraging viewers to reflect on their own participation in the culture of consumption. Making the connection between society's high consumption lifestyle and the coming environmental crisis, Jhally forces us to evaluate the physical and material costs of the consumer society and how long we can maintain our present level of production. http://www.northamptoncommittee.org/films.html"

20061217   "FREE CONCERT / Party: Celebrating ANNIE Hassett, GREENFIELD"      "FREE CONCERT & First-Ever CD Release Party: Celebrating Annie Hassett ! This afternoon at the Guiding Star Grange come celebrate with us the big heart & big voice of our dear friend, Annie Hassett. Annie is one of those musicians that comes to a rally and inspires you to come again. This music restores hope, & might kindle love. Annie be performing with beloved friends, Karen Copeland, Julia Burrough & Court Dorsey, with likewise big hearts, packing the room with talent. You can expect to meet wonderful people. We'll hear some classics, even some rock and roll! Set-up begins at 1:00. Musical fun begins at 1:30. The Guiding Star Grange is a beautiful building, that's been restored, mainly by people who want to dance. COME: to Chapman Street, just south of Silver Street A few blocks west of Federal Street, (Route 5 & 10) In the dark of the year, share some bright times. May the circle be unbroken. WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE! Refreshments!"

20061216   "Plymouth Peace Vigil, MA"     "Plymouth Peace Vigil (Weekly Event , Every Saturday noon) Location: Town Square and Shirley Square Plymouth MA 02360 We have begun carrying PEACE signs, and will be out in force on Nov. 11, as we have been on every Saturday for more than a year, from Town Square to Shirley Square. Come join us. Bring your own PEACE sign, or use one of ours. Contact: Ted Curtin tacurtin@1949.usna.com 508 747 0530"

20061216   Boston Tea Party - Eyewitness Account    "Boston Tea Party Eyewitness Account by a Participant The following account provides more detail than most school children in the United States read. This act of resistance to 'taxation without representation' is lauded by most history teachers in our public schools as the beginning of resitance in the colonies to the subjegation imposed by the English and the King. This rebellion dubbed the Boston Tea Party, was not entirely nonviolent. Today we have the benefit of a hundred years of rebellion against injustice carried out in truth and peace. Please consider sitting down to have tea, with whomever you will, wherever you will, to discuss, HOW WILL WE EXTRICATE OURSELVES FROM THE WAR MACHINE? Please document your civil action, whether in Boston, or abroad. Let us see how much more we have learned about resisting tyranny, by using truth in beloved community. ""The tea destroyed was contained in three ships, lying near each other at what was called at that time Griffin's wharf, and were surrounded by armed ships of war, the commanders of which had publicly declared that if the rebels, as they were pleased to style the Bostonians, should not withdraw their opposition to the landing of the tea before a certain day, the 17th day of December, 1773, they should on that day force it on shore, under the cover of their cannon's mouth. On the day preceding the seventeenth, there was a meeting of the citizens of the county of Suffolk, convened at one of the churches in Boston, for the purpose of consulting on what measures might be considered expedient to prevent the landing of the tea, or secure the people from the collection of the duty. At that meeting a committee was appointed to wait on Governor Hutchinson, and request him to inform them whether he would take any measures to satisfy the people on the object of the meeting. To the first application of this committee, the Governor told them he would give them a definite answer by five o'clock in the afternoon. At the hour appointed, the committee again repaired to the Governor's house, and on inquiry found he had gone to his country seat at Milton, a distance of about six miles. When the committee returned and informed the meeting of the absence of the Governor, there was a confused murmur among the members, and the meeting was immediately dissolved, many of them crying out, ""Let every man do his duty, and be true to his country""; and there was a general huzza for Griffin's wharf. It was now evening, and I immediately dressed myself in the costume of an Indian, equipped with a small hatchet, which I and my associates denominated the tomahawk, with which, and a club, after having painted my face and hands with coal dust in the shop of a blacksmith, I repaired to Griffin's wharf, where the ships lay that contained the tea. When I first appeared in the street after being thus disguised, I fell in with many who were dressed, equipped and painted as I was, and who fell in with me and marched in order to the place of our destination. When we arrived at the wharf, there were three of our number who assumed an authority to direct our operations, to which we readily submitted. They divided us into three parties, for the purpose of boarding the three ships which contained the tea at the same time. The name of him who commanded the division to which I was assigned was Leonard Pitt. The names of the other commanders I never knew. We were immediately ordered by the respective commanders to board all the ships at the same time, which we promptly obeyed. The commander of the division to which I belonged, as soon as we were on board the ship appointed me boatswain, and ordered me to go to the captain and demand of him the keys to the hatches and a dozen candles. I made the demand accordingly, and the captain promptly replied, and delivered the articles; but requested me at the same time to do no damage to the ship or rigging. We then were ordered by our commander to open the hatches and take out all the chests of tea and throw them overboard, and we immediately proceeded to execute his orders, first cutting and splitting the chests with our tomahawks, so as thoroughly to expose them to the effects of the water. In about three hours from the time we went on board, we had thus broken and thrown overboard every tea chest to be found in the ship, while those in the other ships were disposing of the tea in the same way, at the same time. We were surrounded bv British armed ships, but no attempt was made to resist us. We then quietly retired to our several places of residence, without having any conversation with each other, or taking any measures to discover who were our associates; nor do I recollect of our having had the knowledge of the name of a single individual concerned in that affair, except that of Leonard Pitt, the commander of my division, whom I have mentioned. There appeared to be an understanding that each individual should volunteer his services, keep his own secret, and risk the consequence for himself. No disorder took place during that transaction, and it was observed at that time that the stillest night ensued that Boston had enjoyed for many months. During the time we were throwing the tea overboard, there were several attempts made by some of the citizens of Boston and its vicinity to carry off small quantities of it for their family use. To effect that object, they would watch their opportunity to snatch up a handful from the deck, where it became plentifully scattered, and put it into their pockets. One Captain O'Connor, whom I well knew, came on board for that purpose, and when he supposed he was not noticed, filled his pockets, and also the lining of his coat. But I had detected him and gave information to the captain of what he was doing. We were ordered to take him into custody, and just as he was stepping from the vessel, I seized him by the skirt of his coat, and in attempting to pull him back, I tore it off; but, springing forward, by a rapid effort he made his escape. He had, however, to run a gauntlet through the crowd upon the wharf nine each one, as he passed, giving him a kick or a stroke. Another attempt was made to save a little tea from the ruins of the cargo by a tall, aged man who wore a large cocked hat and white wig, which was fashionable at that time. He had sleightly slipped a little into his pocket, but being detected, they seized him and, taking his hat and wig from his head, threw them, together with the tea, of which they had emptied his pockets, into the water. In consideration of his advanced age, he was permitted to escape, with now and then a slight kick. The next morning, after we had cleared the ships of the tea, it was discovered that very considerable quantities of it were floating upon the surface of the water; and to prevent the possibility of any of its being saved for use, a number of small boats were manned by sailors and citizens, who rowed them into those parts of the harbor wherever the tea was visible, and by beating it with oars and paddles so thoroughly drenched it as to render its entire destruction inevitable. -- George Hewes From Prelude to Revolution American Revolution Main Index Page http://www.historyplace.com/unitedstates/revolution/teaparty.htm"

20061216   "9/11 Truth Tea Party, Boston, MA" "9/11 Truth Tea Party Saturday, December 16, 2006 11:30 AM Location: Faneuil Hall to Boston Harbor Boston, MA At 11:30 a.m. on December 16, 9/11 Patriots will gather at Faneuil Hall to hear the 911Truth Tea Party Proclamation read publicly. They will then march along the Freedom Trail, through Boston Common and Downtown Crossing to the original Tea Party site at the Seaport Ave. Bridge over Fort Point Channel, carrying crates containing copies of the 9/11 Commission Report. There, spokespersons will cast a larger-than-life size replica of the 9/11 Commission Report into Boston Harbor. The event will conclude with teams of 9/11 Patriots casting crates of 9/11 Reports into the harbor. Contact: Boston 9/11 Truth Committee boston911truth@gmail.com 617-401-8047 http://www.centralmass911truth.org"

20061215   "FILM: THE WORDS OF RACHEL CORRIE, Northampton, MA"   "THE WORDS OF RACHEL CORRIE Most Friday nights at 7:00 p.m., we show a documentary film relating to peace and justice at the Media Education Foundation, 60 Masonic Street in Northampton. Enter via Woodstar Cafe, at the front of the building. The venue is accessible. Rachel Corrie was a 23-year-old American peace activist from Olympia, Washington, who was crushed to death by an Israeli bulldozer on 16 March 2003, while undertaking nonviolent direct action to protect the home of a a Palestinian doctor, his wife, and three children from demolition. The International Solidarity Movement, of which Corrie was apart, claimed that she was run over on purpose, but The Israeli Defense Forces has said it was an accident and that she was killed by falling debris. This play which is based on a remarkable series of emails to her family, we learn why she was risking her life. The screenings are free. Discussion follows. http://www.northamptoncommittee.org/films.html"

20061215   "Vigil Against the War, Hartford, CT"    "Friday Vigil Against the War - Hartford December 15, 2006 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Fed Bldg. 450 Main Street, Hartford, CT"

20061215   "FILM: The Words of Rachel Corrie, Northampton"        "FILM: The Words of Rachel Corrie Friday, December 15, 2006 7 pm Media Education Foundation 60 Masonic Street, Northampton, MA The Northampton Committee to Stop the War in Iraq hosts this performance in celebration of 8 years of opposing first the Sanctions and then the War against the Iraqi people. “The Words of Rachel Corrie,” a one-woman play, will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday Dec. 15th sponsored by the Northampton Committee to End the War in Iraq at the Media Education Foundation, 60 Masonic St., Northampton, MA. Suggested donation at the door. The play, produced and directed by Deborah Peabody of Provincetown, was first performed this past summer and Fall at the Provincetown Fringe Theater where Peabody directs. Marissa Lena O’Connor , a 20-year-old college student from Pine Manor, Newton, MA, performs Rachel Corrie. Rachel Corrie was a 23-year-old American peace activist from Olympia Washington who was crushed to death in in Gaza, Palestine, by an Israeli military bulldozer (an American-made Caterpillar D9) in 2003 as she stood in front of a Palestinian home slated for demolition. In a remarkable series of emails to her family, Rachel explained why she was risking her life. Those emails were what Peabody used to fashion the script of the play, giving it the title “The Words of Rachel Corrie.” Peabody wrote the play during controversy about another play, “My Name Is Rachel Corrie,"" a production which the New York Theatre Workshop postponed in the US because of political concerns even though it previously ran in London with great success. Presently it is now playing at the Minetta Lane Theater in New York. “The show as I have put it together tells the story of Rachel's development through her idealism into brutal reality, and her struggle to justify her life with what she saw and lived through in Rafah in Palestine, Peabody said, reflecting on her own play, “The Words of Rachel Corrie.” The actress playing Rachel Corrie is also Peabody’s daughter. The two of them share a deep interest in human rights as well as theater, Peabody said. “Marissa Lena led me into the theater and I led her into peace work,” Peabody said. “My real passion is for peace and social justice.” Peabody also directed Eve Ensler's``Necessary Targets"" last year. Ensler’s play takes place in the former Yugoslavia in a displaced persons camp for women who have been abused during that long war. She has also written a play about an 18-year-old female US soldier who was killed in Iraq and the soldier’s mother’s nightmare that she directed for the Provincetown Fringe theater festival. Peabody said the material used in her production was supplied by the following web sites: Rachelswords.org and Rachelcorrie.org http://www.northamptoncommittee.org/films.html"

20061214   US PROstitutes Collective and In Defense of Women's Safety Project - San Francis     "US PROStitutes Collective and In Defense of Women’s Safety Project invite you to our annual holiday reception and fundraiser. Trafficking: the truth behind the headlines Video clips from sex workers and activists around the world on how trafficking is being used to target immigrant women and to stop women crossing international borders. A look at the recent SF Chronicle four-part report on sex trafficking: what is the impact on sex workers’ safety? What is the fallout? SF City’s Resolution “Mitigating Violence against Prostitutes” Turning the Resolution into an ordinance: a practical way to protect immigrant and other sex workers from violence and exploitation – pressing the City of San Francisco to implement the SF Task Force on Prostitution’s groundbreaking recommendations. Thursday, December 14, 6pm 333 Valencia Street, Room 350 in San Francisco, (between 14th and 15th Streets). Refreshments provided. BYOB. Donations gratefully accepted. Co-sponsored by US PROStitutes Collective and In Defense of Prostitute Women’s Safety Project Contact (415) 626-4114 , email sf@crossroadswomen.net P. O. Box 14512, San Francisco, CA 94114"

20061214   "Candlelight Peace Vigil, W Hartford, CT"        "Candlelight Peace Vigil December 14, 2006 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Quaker Meeting House Quaker Lane, West Hartford, CT Contact: Lynn Johnson A ""Meeting for Worship"" is held the second Thursday of each month to pray for peace in Iraq - for the Iraqis and our troops and everyone involved in the occupation- from 7PM to 8PM. We will do this until our troops come home."

20061213   "Your Money Or Your Life, Hammond, IN." "Your Money Or Your Life Monthly Meeting Transforming Your Relationship With Money 2nd Wednesday of the month -- 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm -- Unity Church of Christ, 740 River Drive, Hammond, IN. On the far south side... Mike Lenich continues to coordinate a ""Your Money Or Your Life"" group the 2nd Wednesday of the month, 7-9:00pm, at the Unity Church of Christ in Hammond, Indiana (just south of Interstate 80 at the Calumet Ave Exit, about two miles east of the Illinois/Indiana border). Meeting theme is ""Implementing the Nine Steps."" ""Your Money Or Your Life"" is about learning the principles of saving, getting out of debt, and how to live more consciously so money doesn't just disappear. Our group uses the audio series to listen to best selling author Joe Dominguez as he explains how to figure out your attitude toward money, what role money plays in your life and how to manage it so you can spend your time and resources doing what you really want to do. Contact Information: Mike Lenich, 708-339-4132 - e-mail: VSChicago@juno.com - Reverend Geraldine Colvin, 219-931-5284 Web Site: Your Money Or Your Life"

20061213   "Witness for Peace, New London, CT"       "Witness for Peace Every Wednesday 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Corner of Bank and State Streets New London, CT Contact: Ronna Stuller [http://www.afsc.org/calendar/account.php?action=question&event=4688&date=2006-12-13] Sponsor(s): Southeast CT Peace & Justice Network. Join the New London mid-week witness for peace, which has been held at the Soldiers & Sailors Monument for 4 years. Bring signs."

20061212   "New Haven Peace Council, CT" "New Haven Peace Council 6:00 PM (every 2nd and 4th Tuesday) 37 Howe St. New Haven, CT Contact: Henry Lowendorf [http://www.afsc.org/calendar/account.php?action=question&event=3757&date=2006-12-12] The Peace Council meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at 6:00 at 37 Howe St., New Haven, CT. All are welcome."

20061212   "COMMUNITY IMPEACHMENT FORUM, Amherst, MA"        "IMPEACHMENT: A Community Conversation For, Against & Undecided Tuesday, December 12, 2006 7:30 pm ACTV, Amherst Community Television 246 College Street (Rte 9) Amherst, MA The Amherst Democratic Town Committee presents a community forum on the impeachment of George Bush and Richard Cheney. The forum will begin with 10 minute presentations from community members representing three views on impeachment: ""For, Against, and Undecided"" and will then move into a community discussion. The ACTV will be recording this event for future presentations. Prior to the community forum a film will be presented by the Center for Constitutional Rights titled ""How to Impeach a President"" beginning at 6:45 pm in the same community room of ACTV. Information will be available to purchase this CCR video with a link to information for community house parties. Please come join the discussion. We are practicing our democracy. The more people we can involove, the healthier our democracy!"

20061212   "UN Peacebuilding Commission: Burundi and Sierra Leone, NYC"      "December 12-13: Country specific meetings Burundi and Sierra Leone of the UN Peacebuilding Commission, in New York."

20061212   "CT Network to Abolish the Death Penalty Meeting, New Haven & Hartford"      "Connecticut Network to Abolish the Death Penalty Meeting Every second Tuesday in New Haven, CT Every fourth Tuesday in Hartford, CT 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM United Methodist Church of Hartford, 571 Farmington Avenue, Hartford, CT Connecticut Network to Abolish the Death Penalty Meeting - every second Tuesday in Hartford and every fourth Tuesday in New Haven - both at 7 p.m. Go to http://www.cnadp.org for directions. The Connecticut Network to Abolish the Death Penalty (CNADP) was originally formed in 1986. Recently reconstituted as an organization, the CNADP is committed to lobbying, outreach, and research in support of all individuals and groups working toward the abolition of the death penalty in Connecticut. The Mission of the CNADP is to achieve abolition through legislation submit in the Connecticut General Assembly. In addition the CNADP has a growing collection of updated materials on the current status of the death penalty, a Speakers Bureau with experienced speakers on the issue, and is currently increasing individual membership and organization support to the CNADP. CNADP also maintains an e-mail list serve and a web page to facilitate the distribution of educational materials on the death penalty, and to organize urgent action responses to the death penalty on the local, state, and national levels."

20061210   """Who Decides? -- If Not The People, It's"        "Sunday, December 10 - ""Who Decides? -- If Not The People, It's Not Democracy."" Ben Price, Projects Director, Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) www.CELDF.org Ben Price has been an activist for Campaign Finance Reform, Electoral Reform, Fair Trade and Peace issues, and past president of the Pennsylvania Consumer Action Network. As Project Director, Ben organizes and educates community groups and municipal governments to challenge the Corporate State's usurpations of people's rights and governing authority. Brandywine Peace Community P.O. Box 81, Swarthmore, PA 19081 610-544-1818 brandywine@juno.com www.brandywinepeace.com"

20061210   "Western Mass Social Forum, Holyoke, MA"        "Western Mass Social Forum General Assembly Meeting Sunday, December 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m. El Mercado, 413 Main Street, Holyoke, MA The current Coordinating Committee is committed to an inclusive social forum, including a planning process that involves the broadest possible representation of people. We need everyone—individuals, leaders and members of grassroots organizations, and communities up and down the Pioneer Valley. How can we insure that the process leading to the social forum is inclusive? How can we expand on the work of the social forum and carry it forward after the event? What are the specific next steps that we need to take to move the process forward? This will be the focus of the meeting on December 10th. This meeting will be a facilitated “open space” for dialogue and discussion. We need you to help make the forum a success! For the Coordinating Committee: Susan Theberge, Doug Renick and Emily Kawano Info: renick.rinehart@comcast.net ""Another World Is Possible."" This is the slogan of the World Social Forum. Since its first meeting Brazil in 2001, the World Social Forum has become the largest gathering of social movements in the world. The Social Forum is united in its opposition to neoliberalism (the dominant economic model: ""free"" markets, ""free"" trade, minimal government, privatization, deregulation) and imperialism, and in its commitment to building ""another world"" grounded in sustainability and social justice. There have been numerous regional social forums throughout the world, including one in Boston in 2004. See WSF Charter of Principles at www.forumsocialmundial.org.br/main.php?id_menu=4&cd_language=2. Join local activists organizing a Social Forum in Western Mass. Subscribe to e-list at http://lists.riseup.net/www/info/westernmasssocialforum. Info: renick.rinehart@comcast.net ."

20061210   "MOBILIZATION: Defend Gay Rights in Springfield, MA"   "Emergency Mobilization: Defend Gay Rights in Springfield, MA Sunday, December 10, 1:30pm Springfield City Hall (map: http://tinyurl.com/y8m3nv) Reply-To: contact@isonoho.org Anti-gay bigots are continuing to mobilize to end gay marriage in Massachusetts. They are staging a series of rallies around the state over the next week to try to intimidate the LGBT community. On Sunday, they will be in front of City Hall in Springfield. Although their attempt to amend the state constitution to ban gay marriage has been defeated for now, these bigots are trying to rebuild their confidence and their numbers. We need to show the strength of our side. Please join us and bring signs, banners, drums, kids, chants, etc. For more information, see http://knowthyneighbor.blogs.com/home/2006/12/this_isnt.html (This notice was written by the International Socialist Organization, please contact us at contact@isonoho.org or (413) 351-2323 if you can be there or help mobilize more people to come to defend LGBT rights)."

20061210   "Civil Society Conference in Cebu, the Philippines."   "December 10-12: SEAN Civil Society Conference in Cebu, the Philippines. December 11-13: The 12th ASEAN Summit; One Caring and Sharing Community in Cebu, the Philippines. See http://www.12thaseansummit.org.ph"

20061209   "SATURDAY VIGILS, West Hartford, Ct"     "PEACE VIGILS: EVERY SATURDAY IN WEST HARTFORD CENTER Vigils Every Saturday 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Farmington Avenue and Main Street West Hartford, CT"

20061209   Join Lynne Stewart and Lynne Defense Committee - NYC   "ODE TO JOY AND STRUGGLE Join Lynne Stewart and the Lynne Stewart Defense Committee in THANKING YOU ! for your support over these last 4+ years and Commemorating Mumia Abu Jamal’s 25 years in prison and uniting for the struggle ahead Saturday, December 9th , 6:30 pm till ....... Judson Memorial Church 55 Washington Square South New York, NY Speakers: Lynne Stewart Pam Africa, International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal Robert Meeropol. Executive Director, Rosenberg Fund for Children Music by: Selah Eric Spruiell and The Fort Greene Project The Foundation Randy Credico Professor Louie and Fast Eddy Surprise guests and MUCH more Food & Drink provided Judson Memorial Church resides on the southern edge of Washington Square Park between Thompson and Sullivan Streets.Take the A, C, E, F to West 4th Street station; the R, weekday W or weekend N (local) to 8th Street-NYU; or the 1 train to Christopher Street-Sheridan Square. The M1, M2, M3, M5, M6 and M8 bus lines serve the area. Mobility Handicapped please enter through Thompson Street entrance. Lynne Stewart Defense Committee 350 Broadway, Suite 700 New York, NY 10013 212-625-9696 www.lynnestewart.org"

20061209   "Peace Vigil, New London, CT" "New London Vigil December 09, 2006 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Bank and State St. New London, CT Contact: Tom Clark [http://www.afsc.org/calendar/account.php?action=question&event=4267&date=2006-12-09] Sponsor(s): Southeast CT Peace and Justice Network Anti-war vigil at Sailors and Soldiers monument. Signs, songs, and music welcome."

20061209   "How are we going to get the troops home, New Britain, CT"    "How are we going to get the troops home December 09, 2006 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM Bellin Gallery Central Conn State University, New Britain, CT Contact: Chris Gauvreau Sponsor: AFSC JOIN US FOR A DAY OF STUDY AND DISCUSSION ABOUT HOW WE ARE GOING TO GET THE TROOPS HOME NOW! *SPEAKERS: MICHAEL KLARE, MERRIE NAJIMY, CYRUS BINA, & NIR ROSEN (BIO’S BELOW) *PANEL: LOCAL ANTIWAR GROUPS SHARE THEIR PERSPECTIVES ON THE MEANING OF THE ELECTIONS, AND TRY TO ANSWER THE QUESTIONS: WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE ANTIWAR MOVEMENT?, HOW BEST TO MOBILIZE THE MAJORITY IN THE SPRING OF 2007? More details on the speakers: Michael Kare is the author of Blood and Oil: the Dangers and Consequences of America’s Growing Dependency on Imported Petroleum. Merrie Najimy is the President of the Massachusetts Chapter of the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee and will be speaking about the need to defend Arab-Americans and American Muslims from the continuing attacks on their civil liberties Cyrus Bina is a Distinguished Research Professor of Economics at the University of Minnesota and an expert lecturer on Iran. Dr. Bina will be speaking on the roots of the US--Iran dispute over nuclear power and its context in the history of US-Iran relations since the overthrow of Mossadegh and the installation of the Shah. Nir Rosen is a well-published journalist whose articles you may have read in the Washington Globe or on Counterpunch. He is the author a new book on Iraq called In the Belly of the Green Bird. His book is based on extensive tours to Iraq, Lebanon, and Israel/Palestine. All the speakers have websites or blogs that will give you more information about their backgrounds and perspectives. This event is sponsored/co-sponsored by AFSC: AFSC Other sponsor(s): Connecticut United for Peace, CCSU Antiwar Referendum Committee For more information call David Amdur at 860-523-1534, Stan Heller at 203-934-2761, or Chris Gauvreau at 860-478-5300."

20061208   Dec 8-10 - Support GI Resistance and Rights - National   "Support GI Resistance and Rights TAKE ACTION to SUPPORT GI RESISTANCE and GI RIGHTS DEC. 8-10th! Military resisters, their families, veterans and concerned community members call for public action Dec. 8-10th! It’s time for us to escalate public pressure and action in support of the growing movement of thousands of courageous men and women GI’s who have in many different ways followed their conscience, upholding international law, taking a principled stand against unjust, illegal war and occupation and stood up for their rights. Widespread public support and pressure will help create true support for courageous troops facing isolation and repression, and help protect their civil liberties and human rights. Showing widespread support for soldiers who resist is one of the best ways those of us outside the military can encourage the growing momentum of the GI resistance movement—a movement that has the direct power to end this war. We call for the following: 1) Support for War Objectors 2) Protect the Right to Conscientious Objection 3) Protect the Liberties & Human Rights of GI’s 4) Sanctuary for War Objectors. We ask you to begin mobilizing your group, community and networks now. As well as educating your organization’s members, please consider hosting one or more public events to help raise awareness and build support. Visit http://www.CourageToResist.org or e-mail courage@riseup.net for more information or to contribute to build this campaign. GET INVOLVED TODAY! Here’s How: http://www.couragetoresist.org/x/content/view/136/27/ Sincerely, Courage to Resist War Resisters Support Campaign Gold Star Families for Peace Central Commitee for Conscientious Objectors VFP Chp.69 Bob Watada and Rosa Sakanishi, father and step-mother of Lt. Ehren Watada Kyle Snyder, Iraq veteran and war resister Darrell Anderson, Iraq veteran and war resister Pablo Paredes, former Navy sailor and Iraq war resister Stephan Funk, former marine and first resister of Iraq war Anita Dennis, mother of Iraq resister Darrell Anderson Sara Rich M.S.W., mother of Spc. Suzanne Swift Jeff Paterson, former marine and first resister Gulf War I DeDe Miller, Gold Star Families for Peace Edward Hasbrouck, draft resister Gerry Condon, Vietnam war resister WHY YOUR SUPPORT IS CRUCIAL: Your participation in these days of action—and beyond– is crucial to realizing these goals: together, we do have the power to end this war and prevent the next one. As the antiwar movement builds its support for these brave people and their important actions, we hope more will take a stand if we show them they won’t be alone. Those of us outside the military must match their bravery by escalating our support for all GI resisters. They’ve got to know we’re out here for them! Objection by military servicepersons is a healthy and important assertion of democracy, particularly in a country where the decisions to invade, to maintain occupation, and to engage in widespread ongoing torture, human rights violations and war crimes are made undemocratically in violation of the US Constitution and international law and based on continuing lies and disinformation. Supporting GI resistance, together with counter recruitment and draft resistance, is key to stopping illegal war and occupation ourselves. If the government can’t recruit or draft enough new troops, and if troops refuse illegal immoral orders, it will help end the war and occupation and help prevent the next one. Look at the Vietnam War! Here is an Explanation of the Four Areas of Support: http://www.couragetoresist.org/x/content/view/135/27/ We urge you to join us December 8-10th for a weekend of action in support of GI Resistance and GI Rights! For more info contact courage@riseup.net"

20061208   "FILM: PEACE PROPAGANDA AND THE PROMISED LAND, Northampton, MA"      "FILM: PEACE PROPAGANDA AND THE PROMISED LAND Friday, December 8, 2006 7 pm Presented by the Northampton Committee to Stop the War Friday night film series at the Media Education Foundation 60 Masonic Street, Northampton, MA Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land provides a striking comparison of U.S. and international media coverage of the crisis in the Middle East, zeroing in on how structural distortions in U.S. coverage have reinforced false perceptions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This pivotal documentary exposes how the foreign policy interests of American political elites--oil, and a need to have a secure military base in the region, among others--work in combination with Israeli public relations strategies to exercise a powerful influence over how news from the region is reported. Through the voices of scholars, media critics, peace activists, religious figures, and Middle East experts, Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land carefully analyzes and explains how--through the use of language, framing and context--the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza remains hidden in the news media, and Israeli colonization of the occupied terrorities appears to be a defensive move rather than an offensive one. The documentary also explores the ways that U.S. journalists, for reasons ranging from intimidation to a lack of thorough investigation, have become complicit in carrying out Israel's PR campaign. At its core, the documentary raises questions about the ethics and role of journalism, and the relationship between media and politics. Interviewees include Seth Ackerman, Mjr. Stav Adivi, Rabbi Arik Ascherman, Hanan Ashrawi, Noam Chomsky, Robert Fisk, Neve Gordon, Toufic Haddad, Sam Husseini, Hussein Ibish, Robert Jensen, Rabbi Michael Lerner, Karen Pfeifer, Alisa Solomon, and Gila Svirsky. http:////www.northamptoncommittee.org/films.html"

20061208   The Motherhood Manifesto Documentary film screening and panel discussion. A powerful film about the political economy of motherhood and the deep inequities faced by American mothers. A stirring call to action.

20061208   The Motherhood Manifesto "Documentary film screening and panel discussion. A powerful film about the political economy of motherhood and the deep inequities faced by American mothers. A benefit for MotherWoman. Inc. and MomsRising.org. Gordan Hall, 3rd floor conference room, 418 N. Pleasant St. Amherst, MA $10-$25 at the door. $5 for students Childcare at the Newman Center $5 per child/ $2 each additional child. Call 253-8990 to register for childcare by wed. Dec. 6. For more information, visit www.motherwoman.org or call 253-8990 or email circle@motherwoman.org"

20061208   "DeConstructing Dualities, Amherst, MA"        "DeConstructing Dualities December 7 & 8 at 8pm Location: Bowker Auditorium, UMass, Amherst, MA DeConstructing Dualities: DeCLASSifying Minds, Understanding VERSatility For ticket information please call Umass Fine Arts Center Box Office at 413.545.2511. Ticket prices are as follows: $15 general public; $8 seniors/low income patrons; $5 students with valid I.D. GROUP RATES ARE AVAILABLE! Bring 20 or more people, you get 15% discount off ticketed price."

20061208   "5th ASEAN People's Assembly, Manilla, the Phillipines"    "8-9: The Fifth ASEAN People’s Assembly; The Role of People in Building an ASEAN Community of Caring and Sharing Societies in Manila, the Philippines – including the Panel Discussion on Conflict Prevention, Peacebuilding and the Responsibility to Protect chaired by Augusto Miclat and Karen TaĖada and with Nicole Deller and Edgardo Legaspi as speakers. See http://asean-isis-aseanpeoplesassembly.net"

20061207   "Evening with Starhawk, Northampton, MA"        "Evening with Starhawk: Holding the vision of global justice: keeping our spirit and courage alive December 7, 2006 Time: 7:30 pm Location: Helen Hills Chapel, Smith College, Northampton, MA Starhawk, a committed global justice activist, is also a pioneer in the revival of earth-based spiritual religion and has brought innovative techniques of spirituality and magic to political activism. This lecture is a benefit for Five Rivers Council, Men's Resource Center for Change and the Everywoman's Center. Tickets at door, cash only, doors open at 6:45 p.m."

20061207   "DeConstructing Dualities, Amherst, MA"        "DeConstructing Dualities December 7 & 8 at 8pm Location: Bowker Auditorium, UMass, Amherst, MA DeConstructing Dualities: DeCLASSifying Minds, Understanding VERSatility For ticket information please call Umass Fine Arts Center Box Office at 413.545.2511. Ticket prices are as follows: $15 general public; $8 seniors/low income patrons; $5 students with valid I.D. GROUP RATES ARE AVAILABLE! Bring 20 or more people, you get 15% discount off ticketed price."

20061207   "An Evening with Starhawk, Northampton" "An Evening with Starhawk “Holding the Vision of Global Justice: Keeping our Spirit and Courage Alive” Thursday, December 7, 7: 30 p.m. Helen Hills Chapel, Smith College, Northampton $12 general admission/$6 student or low-income How do we keep a strong vision of peace in these times of war? World leaders seem unable to look beyond retaliation, retribution and destruction. The international global justice movement claims that “Another world is possible!” But what does that world look like? What can we do to make that vision real? How do we sustain the courage and commitment to do the work we believe in? And how do we maintain hope in hard times? Starhawk, committed global justice activist and organizer, is the author or coauthor of ten books, including The Spiral Dance, The Fifth Sacred Thing, and the award-winning Webs of Power: Notes from the Global Uprising. Her latest is Earth Path: Grounding Your Spirit in the Rhythms of Nature. She is a veteran of progressive movements, from anti-war to anti-nukes, is a highly influential voice in the revival of earth-based spirituality & Goddess religion, and has brought many innovative techniques of spirituality & magic to her political work. Sponsored by: The Men’s Resource Center for Change, Everywoman’s Center, Spirals, Smith College Religious Life, Five Rivers Council & Valley Reclaiming. Proceeds from this event will benefit local peace and justice organizations. For more information: jazzli@crocker.com or sara@armadilloaudiogroup.com"

20061206   "Your Money Or Your Life, Hammond, IN." "Your Money Or Your Life Monthly Meeting Transforming Your Relationship With Money 2nd Wednesday of the month -- 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm -- Unity Church of Christ, 740 River Drive, Hammond, IN. On the far south side... Mike Lenich continues to coordinate a ""Your Money Or Your Life"" group the 2nd Wednesday of the month, 7-9:00pm, at the Unity Church of Christ in Hammond, Indiana (just south of Interstate 80 at the Calumet Ave Exit, about two miles east of the Illinois/Indiana border). Meeting theme is ""Implementing the Nine Steps."" ""Your Money Or Your Life"" is about learning the principles of saving, getting out of debt, and how to live more consciously so money doesn't just disappear. Our group uses the audio series to listen to best selling author Joe Dominguez as he explains how to figure out your attitude toward money, what role money plays in your life and how to manage it so you can spend your time and resources doing what you really want to do. Contact Information: Mike Lenich, 708-339-4132 - e-mail: VSChicago@juno.com - Reverend Geraldine Colvin, 219-931-5284 Web Site: Your Money Or Your Life"

20061206   "Unheard Voices, Holyoke, MA" "Unheard Voices Wednesday, December 6, 2006 Time: 7:00 pm Location: Berchmans Hall, Veritas Auditorium, Elms College Holyoke, MA Elms College Theatre for Social Justice Unheard Voices is the first in a series of theatrical pieces highlighting the issue of immigration as it affects our local communities. Chris Lockwood Media Relations Coordinator Elms College 291 Springfield Street Chicopee, MA 01013 lockwoodc@elms.edu Office: 413-265-2219 Cell: 413-218-1525 Elms College Educating Reflective, Principled and Creative Learners"

20061206   "HILDEGARD DURFEE LECTURE SERIES: America and Middle East, Brattleboro, VT" "THE 2006 HILDEGARD DURFEE LECTURE SERIES Wednesday, December 6, 2006 7:00 PM, Brooks Memorial Library, Main Room Brattleboro, VT Mansour Farhang, former Iranian ambassador to the United Nations America and the Middle East will speak on Middle Eastern politics. Many Middle Eastern governments and people view U.S. actions, policies, and priorities in the region as being very different from Washington's stated intentions and purposes. What are the causes and consequences of this incongruity? How have the wars in Iraq and Lebanon affected American power in the Middle East? MANSOUR FARHANG was Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations from 1979-1980. He resigned when efforts to negotiate release of American hostages in Tehran failed. Since 1983 he has taught international relations and Middle Eastern politics at Bennington College. He has written for academic publications, popular periodicals, and newspapers. He serves on Human Rights Watch/Middle East and has appeared as commentator on television and radio. This lecture is part of the First Wednesdays Lecture Series sponsored by the Library and the Vermont Humanities Council. WINDHAM WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL P.O. BOX 1105 BRATTLEBORO, VT. 05302 info@windhamworldaffairs.org http://www.windhamworldaffairs.org"

20061205   "Defending the Human Rights of Israelis and Palestinians, Northampton, MA"       "Defending the Human Rights of Israelis and Palestinians Tuesday, December 4, 2006 Time: 19:30 Location: NEILSON LIBRARY BROWSING ROOM Smith College, Northampton, MA ""Defending the Human Rights of Israelis and Palestinians: The Work of Rabbis for Human Rights"" A DIFFERENT VOICE OF JUDAISM IN ISRAEL Rabbis for Human Rights is an organization of over 100 Israeli rabbis which advocates for the human rights of both Jews and Palestinians. RHR's activities have included legal appeals, educational work, humanitarian aid, and demonstrations. While he is a strong Zionist deeply committed to Israel's security, Rabbi Ascherman has often opposed Israeli policies. He was arrested and tried last year for standing in front of bulldozers sent to demolish Palestinian homes. Come hear about RHR's work to maintain and act on Jewish ethical values in very challenging situations."

20061204   "Valley Student College Action Network, Amherst, MA"   "Valley Student College Action Network December 4, 2006 Time: 18:30 Location: UU MEETINGHOUSE, 121 N. Pleasant St., AMHERST Valley Student College Action Network is a Pioneer Valley-wide student activist network, consisting of activists from colleges throughout the area. The goal of the group is multi-fold: to develop a communication network between different activist groups; build a Valley-wide student activist community; share and combine resources; and harness and assert student power. Please come and help build a vibrant, powerful and dynamic student activist community in the Pioneer Valley. CONTACT INFO: U-MASS RADICAL STUDENT UNION, rsu-info (at) stuaf.umass.edu"

20061203   "Winsted Vigil for Peace, CT" "Winsted Vigil for Peace First and third Sundays of the month. 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM East End Park, Rt. 44 Winsted, CT Sponsor(s): Winsted Area PeaceAction Winsted Area PeaceAction holds twice monthly vigils for peace. They are held the first and third Sundays of every month. Contact: Ann Evans email here: http://www.afsc.org/calendar/account.php?action=question&event=3091&date=2006-12-03"

20061203   U.N. Peacebuilding: Sierra Leone    "Third report of the Secretary-General on the United Nations Integrated Office in Sierra Leone (S/2006/922) Source: United Nations Security Council http://unjobs.org/archive/87688957919825151834998370229246949061199560 Date: 28 Nov 2006 I. Introduction 1. The present report is submitted pursuant to Security Council resolution 1620 (2005), by which the Council established the United Nations Integrated Office in Sierra Leone (UNIOSIL), and requested me to keep it regularly informed of the implementation of the mandate of the Office. The report covers major developments in Sierra Leone and the activities of UNIOSIL since my report of 29 August (S/2006/695). II. Major developments and governance issues 2. Sierra Leone continued to make progress in its peacebuilding efforts during the reporting period. Further gains were made in reforming the security sector and building the capacity of the national institutions responsible for conducting the 2007 presidential and parliamentary elections. Those advances notwithstanding, the Government continues to face profound capacity constraints, the pace of civil service reform remains slow and poverty and unemployment still represent pressing challenges. 3. On 12 October 2006, Vice-President Solomon Berewa addressed the Peacebuilding Commission of the United Nations during its meeting on Sierra Leone in New York. The Vice-President elaborated on the key priorities for peacebuilding in Sierra Leone, stressing that the problem of youth unemployment and marginalization remained the most immediate threat to the country’s fragile stability. He acknowledged the capacity constraints facing the country and highlighted the need to keep the reform of the judicial and security sectors on track. The Vice-President also informed the Commission that his Government was determined to promote good governance practices and to consolidate the nascent democracy in the country. To that end, the Government continued its efforts to enhance transparency and accountability in state institutions and to ensure the efficient use of public resources. 4. The Peacebuilding Commission endorsed the priorities identified by the Government of Sierra Leone and took note of the national strategies and frameworks already developed by the Government and its partners, in particular the poverty reduction strategy and the peace consolidation strategy. In that regard, the Peacebuilding Commission called on the international community to maintain its engagement in Sierra Leone, including by providing the necessary assistance. The Commission also declared Sierra Leone eligible to benefit from the Peacebuilding Fund, which had been launched on 11 October 2006. 5. On 24 October, the Office of the President of Sierra Leone issued a statement announcing the establishment of a Constitutional Review Commission with a mandate to bring the Constitution adopted in 1991 into conformity with the new political, social and economic realities in the country. The statement also confirmed that proposed constitutional amendments would be included on the ballot during the 2007 elections. In that regard, it is important for the Government and the National Electoral Commission to clarify, without delay, the implications of the proposed constitutional referendum, including the cost of its conduct, so that those issues could be addressed in a timely manner. 6. All political parties, including the ruling Sierra Leone People’s Party, the All People’s Congress and the People’s Movement for Democratic Change, are intensifying their election-related activities well in advance of the 2007 elections. In that regard, as was indicated in my report of 29 August to the Council (S/2006/695), the general culture of political intolerance emerging in the country is a cause for great concern. The perception among opposition parties that the ruling party may be using its incumbency by leveraging public resources to its advantage while denying the opposition a level playing field remains and may lead to heightened tensions if not addressed at this early stage. 7. The socio-economic marginalization of a large segment of society, in particular young people, renders them susceptible to manipulation by political leaders during the electoral process. The political atmosphere is polarized and the three main political parties have displayed a “winner takes all” attitude. As yet, none of the parties has articulated a clear political platform. 8. The participation of paramount chiefs in partisan politics has become the focus of national debate, with the citizenry generally supporting the role of the traditional leaders. However, there have been reports indicating that opposition party representatives have been prevented from conducting electoral activities in some chiefdoms. While it is obvious that electoral campaigning should be conducted by all in an orderly manner and with respect for the law, there are concerns that the existing legislation prohibiting meetings without prior approval from the relevant paramount chiefs and the police may be abused during the pre-electoral period. 9. Following the controversial election of the paramount chief in the Biriwa Chiefdom, which was conducted without the involvement of the National Electoral Commission, members of the Limba ethnic group filed a petition with the Supreme Court to challenge the legality of the election. On 10 November, the Supreme Court ruled against the petition on the grounds that the election of a paramount chief was not a public election and, therefore, did not require the involvement of the National Electoral Commission. 10. In spite of continued logistical constraints, Parliament continued to improve its oversight functions. During the reporting period, ministers and heads of government agencies were invited to Parliament to provide information on the implementation of their respective mandates. There remains, however, a need for sustained capacitybuilding of Parliament to strengthen its various oversight committees, which would bring to the fore its role in promoting accountability and transparency in the public service. 11. Three new bills have been prepared to address practices affecting women’s rights, including the Devolution of Estates Act 2006, the Registration of Customary Marriage and Divorce Act 2006 and the Domestic Violence Act 2006. The enactment of these bills by Parliament will require concerted advocacy, as they seek to legislate issues that touch on a number of deeply entrenched traditional and cultural practices. 12. The Anti-Corruption Commission has concluded investigations into several high-profile cases, involving senior civil servants and parliamentarians and has forwarded them to the Attorney General for prosecution. Prompt action on the cases would attest to the Government’s political will to deal with corruption in a resolute way. This would also help dispel the perception that the anti-corruption drive, which was encouraging some time ago, may have stalled. 13. The national anti-corruption strategy was discussed at a conference of the main stakeholders in Freetown on 16 November. The conference decided to establish a review mechanism to remedy identified flaws. Upon completion of the review, the strategy would be consistent with the priorities and actions contained in the Improved Governance and Accountability Pact, agreed by the Government in July 2006, with the Department for International Development of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the World Bank and the European Commission. Security situation 14. During the reporting period, the security situation in Sierra Leone remained stable, but still fragile. The most serious threats to the tenuous stability in the country continued to be related to the high level of youth unemployment, the poor social and economic conditions of the people, and the general public perception of the Government’s mismanagement of public resources. 15. The national security sector is generally functioning well. The capacity of the Sierra Leone Police to maintain law and order and discharge its security responsibilities continues to develop. On 30 and 31 August, UNIOSIL and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) organized a national conference on the role of the Sierra Leone Police in the 2007 elections. Participants expressed confidence that the Sierra Leone Police is a credible institution capable of maintaining law and order during the electoral process. 16. In recent months, incidents of student demonstrations and industrial actions by junior and middle-level employees in schools have increased. In many cases, the riotous and sometimes destructive behaviour of the students has spilled into the streets, straining the limited resources of the Sierra Leone Police. Many of these incidents are related to the deplorable conditions in the schools and colleges across the country, as well as the poor conditions of service of teachers. The situation has been further exacerbated by the activities of the three major political parties on college campuses. 17. From 6 to 10 November, the country’s Cabinet participated in the third regular national security exercise, the purpose of which was to test the capability of Sierra Leone’s security agencies to effectively manage security emergencies that could be externally or internally generated. The exercise was supported by the United Kingdom-led International Military Advisory and Training Team, UNIOSIL and other international partners. In addition, from 11 October to 5 November, the United Kingdom and the partners from Sierra Leone’s Armed Forces conducted major military amphibious exercises in Sierra Leone, involving some 3,000 military personnel. The objective of the exercises was to enhance the capacity of Sierra Leone’s security sector. 18. In the meantime, Sierra Leone and Guinea have taken further steps to resolve their ongoing border dispute. The ministers of the interior of both countries met on 18 and 19 September in Freetown and decided to request the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to provide boundary demarcation experts to work with the technical committees of both countries. I would like to reiterate my appeal to President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah and President Lansana Conté to expedite the peaceful resolution of this matter. 19. The Sierra Leone’s security agencies, the United Nations Mission in Liberia and Liberian security agencies continued to conduct concurrent patrols in the areas along the border between Sierra Leone and Liberia. UNIOSIL played a facilitating role. At the same time, the Office continued to discuss modalities of joint border patrols between the Guinean and Sierra Leone’s security agencies. Full report (pdf* format - 72 KB)"

20061203   U.N. Peacebuilding: Sierra Leone    "Third report of the Secretary-General on the United Nations Integrated Office in Sierra Leone (S/2006/922) Source: United Nations Security Council http://unjobs.org/archive/87688957919825151834998370229246949061199560 Date: 28 Nov 2006 I. Introduction 1. The present report is submitted pursuant to Security Council resolution 1620 (2005), by which the Council established the United Nations Integrated Office in Sierra Leone (UNIOSIL), and requested me to keep it regularly informed of the implementation of the mandate of the Office. The report covers major developments in Sierra Leone and the activities of UNIOSIL since my report of 29 August (S/2006/695). II. Major developments and governance issues 2. Sierra Leone continued to make progress in its peacebuilding efforts during the reporting period. Further gains were made in reforming the security sector and building the capacity of the national institutions responsible for conducting the 2007 presidential and parliamentary elections. Those advances notwithstanding, the Government continues to face profound capacity constraints, the pace of civil service reform remains slow and poverty and unemployment still represent pressing challenges. 3. On 12 October 2006, Vice-President Solomon Berewa addressed the Peacebuilding Commission of the United Nations during its meeting on Sierra Leone in New York. The Vice-President elaborated on the key priorities for peacebuilding in Sierra Leone, stressing that the problem of youth unemployment and marginalization remained the most immediate threat to the country’s fragile stability. He acknowledged the capacity constraints facing the country and highlighted the need to keep the reform of the judicial and security sectors on track. The Vice-President also informed the Commission that his Government was determined to promote good governance practices and to consolidate the nascent democracy in the country. To that end, the Government continued its efforts to enhance transparency and accountability in state institutions and to ensure the efficient use of public resources. 4. The Peacebuilding Commission endorsed the priorities identified by the Government of Sierra Leone and took note of the national strategies and frameworks already developed by the Government and its partners, in particular the poverty reduction strategy and the peace consolidation strategy. In that regard, the Peacebuilding Commission called on the international community to maintain its engagement in Sierra Leone, including by providing the necessary assistance. The Commission also declared Sierra Leone eligible to benefit from the Peacebuilding Fund, which had been launched on 11 October 2006. 5. On 24 October, the Office of the President of Sierra Leone issued a statement announcing the establishment of a Constitutional Review Commission with a mandate to bring the Constitution adopted in 1991 into conformity with the new political, social and economic realities in the country. The statement also confirmed that proposed constitutional amendments would be included on the ballot during the 2007 elections. In that regard, it is important for the Government and the National Electoral Commission to clarify, without delay, the implications of the proposed constitutional referendum, including the cost of its conduct, so that those issues could be addressed in a timely manner. 6. All political parties, including the ruling Sierra Leone People’s Party, the All People’s Congress and the People’s Movement for Democratic Change, are intensifying their election-related activities well in advance of the 2007 elections. In that regard, as was indicated in my report of 29 August to the Council (S/2006/695), the general culture of political intolerance emerging in the country is a cause for great concern. The perception among opposition parties that the ruling party may be using its incumbency by leveraging public resources to its advantage while denying the opposition a level playing field remains and may lead to heightened tensions if not addressed at this early stage. 7. The socio-economic marginalization of a large segment of society, in particular young people, renders them susceptible to manipulation by political leaders during the electoral process. The political atmosphere is polarized and the three main political parties have displayed a “winner takes all” attitude. As yet, none of the parties has articulated a clear political platform. 8. The participation of paramount chiefs in partisan politics has become the focus of national debate, with the citizenry generally supporting the role of the traditional leaders. However, there have been reports indicating that opposition party representatives have been prevented from conducting electoral activities in some chiefdoms. While it is obvious that electoral campaigning should be conducted by all in an orderly manner and with respect for the law, there are concerns that the existing legislation prohibiting meetings without prior approval from the relevant paramount chiefs and the police may be abused during the pre-electoral period. 9. Following the controversial election of the paramount chief in the Biriwa Chiefdom, which was conducted without the involvement of the National Electoral Commission, members of the Limba ethnic group filed a petition with the Supreme Court to challenge the legality of the election. On 10 November, the Supreme Court ruled against the petition on the grounds that the election of a paramount chief was not a public election and, therefore, did not require the involvement of the National Electoral Commission. 10. In spite of continued logistical constraints, Parliament continued to improve its oversight functions. During the reporting period, ministers and heads of government agencies were invited to Parliament to provide information on the implementation of their respective mandates. There remains, however, a need for sustained capacitybuilding of Parliament to strengthen its various oversight committees, which would bring to the fore its role in promoting accountability and transparency in the public service. 11. Three new bills have been prepared to address practices affecting women’s rights, including the Devolution of Estates Act 2006, the Registration of Customary Marriage and Divorce Act 2006 and the Domestic Violence Act 2006. The enactment of these bills by Parliament will require concerted advocacy, as they seek to legislate issues that touch on a number of deeply entrenched traditional and cultural practices. 12. The Anti-Corruption Commission has concluded investigations into several high-profile cases, involving senior civil servants and parliamentarians and has forwarded them to the Attorney General for prosecution. Prompt action on the cases would attest to the Government’s political will to deal with corruption in a resolute way. This would also help dispel the perception that the anti-corruption drive, which was encouraging some time ago, may have stalled. 13. The national anti-corruption strategy was discussed at a conference of the main stakeholders in Freetown on 16 November. The conference decided to establish a review mechanism to remedy identified flaws. Upon completion of the review, the strategy would be consistent with the priorities and actions contained in the Improved Governance and Accountability Pact, agreed by the Government in July 2006, with the Department for International Development of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the World Bank and the European Commission. Security situation 14. During the reporting period, the security situation in Sierra Leone remained stable, but still fragile. The most serious threats to the tenuous stability in the country continued to be related to the high level of youth unemployment, the poor social and economic conditions of the people, and the general public perception of the Government’s mismanagement of public resources. 15. The national security sector is generally functioning well. The capacity of the Sierra Leone Police to maintain law and order and discharge its security responsibilities continues to develop. On 30 and 31 August, UNIOSIL and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) organized a national conference on the role of the Sierra Leone Police in the 2007 elections. Participants expressed confidence that the Sierra Leone Police is a credible institution capable of maintaining law and order during the electoral process. 16. In recent months, incidents of student demonstrations and industrial actions by junior and middle-level employees in schools have increased. In many cases, the riotous and sometimes destructive behaviour of the students has spilled into the streets, straining the limited resources of the Sierra Leone Police. Many of these incidents are related to the deplorable conditions in the schools and colleges across the country, as well as the poor conditions of service of teachers. The situation has been further exacerbated by the activities of the three major political parties on college campuses. 17. From 6 to 10 November, the country’s Cabinet participated in the third regular national security exercise, the purpose of which was to test the capability of Sierra Leone’s security agencies to effectively manage security emergencies that could be externally or internally generated. The exercise was supported by the United Kingdom-led International Military Advisory and Training Team, UNIOSIL and other international partners. In addition, from 11 October to 5 November, the United Kingdom and the partners from Sierra Leone’s Armed Forces conducted major military amphibious exercises in Sierra Leone, involving some 3,000 military personnel. The objective of the exercises was to enhance the capacity of Sierra Leone’s security sector. 18. In the meantime, Sierra Leone and Guinea have taken further steps to resolve their ongoing border dispute. The ministers of the interior of both countries met on 18 and 19 September in Freetown and decided to request the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to provide boundary demarcation experts to work with the technical committees of both countries. I would like to reiterate my appeal to President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah and President Lansana Conté to expedite the peaceful resolution of this matter. 19. The Sierra Leone’s security agencies, the United Nations Mission in Liberia and Liberian security agencies continued to conduct concurrent patrols in the areas along the border between Sierra Leone and Liberia. UNIOSIL played a facilitating role. At the same time, the Office continued to discuss modalities of joint border patrols between the Guinean and Sierra Leone’s security agencies. Full report (pdf* format - 72 KB)"

20061203   "GRANNY PEACE BRIGADE VARIETY SHOW SPECTACULAR, NYC" "THE GRANNY PEACE BRIGADE VARIETY SHOW SPECTACULAR Sunday, December 3, 2006 1pm Location: The Church of St. Luke in the Fields 487 Hudson Street (at Greenwich) New York, NY A GRANNY CHORUS LINE SONG AND DANCE TO RIVAL THE ROCKETTES. THE ""NEW YORK GRANNY CHICKS"" SINGING NEW ORIGINAL SONGS BY JOAN WILE -- HELEN MILES, ROSEMARIE JUN, JOAN WILE. CAROL (""BARBARA BUSH"") HUSTEN AND HER STAND-UP COMEDY. FAMED BROADWAY ACTRESS VINIE BURROWS' DRAMATIC MONOLOGUE. THE WORLD PREMIERE OF THE NEW 10-MINUTE ONE-ACT PLAYLET, ""MOLLY GETS A LIFE."""

20061202   "Voices for the Voiceless, Amherst, MA" "Voices for the Voiceless Saturday, December 2, 2006 Time: 18:30 Location: Keefe Campus Center Front Room, Amherst College, Amherst, MA WMD: Weapons of Mass Discussions, 9th Annual Diaspora Poetry Concert Voices for the Voiceless is a free poetry and spoken word festival sponsored by La Causa and the Chicano Student Caucus. Come for a historic night of great poetry, music and performances with free food. This year the event will honor Lorna Dee Cervantes, Roberto Marquez, and Victor Hernandez Cruz with the Louis Reyes Rivera lifetime achievement award. For more info contact lacausa@amherst.edu and Melissa Ulloa at mtulloa@amherst.edu."

20061202   "US LABOR AGAINST WAR, Cleveland, OH"    "USLAW National Labor Conference & Rally Against the Iraq War PROGRAM, SCHEDULE, FEATURED SPEAKERS, REGISTRATION INFO & Rally - Saturday, December 2nd, 2:45 p.m., Federal Plaza Public Program - Saturday, December 2nd, 7:00 p.m., Crowne Plaza Hotel Grand Ballroom 1st Conference Plenary - Saturday, December 2nd, 4:00 p.m., Crowne Plaza Hotel 2nd Conference Plenary - Sunday, December 3rd, 9:00 a.m., Crowne Plaza Hotel Workshops - Sunday, December 3rd, 10:45 p.m. Luncheon Program - Sunday, December 3rd, 1:00 p.m. Featured Speakers During the Weekend's Events Cindy Sheehan, Gold Star Mother and Peace Activist U.S. Congressional Representative Dennis Kucinich Iraqi Union Leaders from Baghdad & Basra John Ryan, Exec. Sec’y., N. Shore Federation of Labor William A. Burga, President, Ohio AFL-CIO Clayola Brown, President, A. Philip Randolph Institute; Vice President, UNITE HERE Baldemar Velasquez, President, Farm Labor Organizing Committee John Wilhelm, Pres., Hospitality Div., UNITE HERE Phyllis Bennis, Fellow, Institute for Policy Studies Robert Barner, Iraq Veterans Against the War Fred Mason, USLAW Co-Convenor, President, MD & DC AFL-CIO Nancy Wohlforth, USLAW Co-Convenor, Secretary-Treasurer, OPEIU and Co-President, Pride at Work Entertainment: Anne Feeney, popular folk singer and labor troubadour"

20061202   "U.S. Labor Against The War Demo, Cleveland"        "U.S. Labor Against The War's ""national"" anti-war demonstration in Cleveland, Ohio on Dec. 2."

20061202   "Peace Vigil/Protest of the War in Iraq, Brookline, MA" "Peace Vigil/Protest of the War in Iraq Saturday, December 2, 2006 4:00 PM Location: United Parish of Brookline 210 Harvard Avenue, Brookline, MA 4:00 PM Gather at United Parish Refreshments and a limited supply of poster making materials will be available. At 5:00 PM there will be an ecumenical peace prayer vigil followed at 5:30 PM by a Silent March, Meditation and Witness through Coolidge Corner. All are welcome. Contact: Jennifer Joy Wilson uppeacevigil@gmail.com 617-738-8742 (Rev. Suzanne Bossert) Sponsored By: United Parish of Brookline"

20061202   "Peace Vigil, Needham, MA"     "Peace Vigil, Needham, MA Every Saturday 4-4:45PM Vigil for Peace at the Needham Common, sponsored by the Interfaith Laity Group. Weekly Vigil in Quincy Center 11:00 to 12:30 on Saturday rain or shine. This peace and justice events listing is prepared by the Peace and Economic Justice Program of the American Friends Service Committee. To join this e-mail list write: JGerson@afsc.org. For more information on the vigil, email patriciatholl@hotmail.com."

20061202   "Kairos Awards Dinner, Hempstead, NY"    "Kairos Awards Dinner Saturday, December 2nd 2006, 6 p.m. Hempstead, NY USA The Long Island Alliance for Peaceful Alternatives Invites You to Join Us at Our 18th Annual KAIROS AWARDS DINNER The Kairos Awards honor those individuals who have made significant contributions towards bringing about a more just and peaceful world. 2006 Honorees: MALACHY MCCOURT, Author, Actor, Activist--In recognition of his many and varied contributions to progressive causes through both art and politics. GARY AND AGNES KELLY, Pax Christi Long Island; Public Policy Education Network, Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal; and School of the Americas Watch--In recognition of their commitment to using the foundation of their faith as a catalyst for creating a more just and peaceful world. BERT NAPEAR, Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock and The Interfaith Alliance of Long Island-- In recognition of his lifelong commitment to peace and justice and to fostering understanding among people of different faiths, religions, and genders. Buffet Dinner— $60 per person ($65 at the door). Reservations required by Friday, November 24. Location: Hofstra University, Student Center, Plaza Rooms A, B, & C, North Campus (West of Nassau Coliseum) Hempstead Turnpike Hempstead NY 11549 Contact: Megan O'Handley lipeace@broadviewnet.net 516-741-4360 http://longislandpeace.org"

20061202   "Food for Thought Books Anniv Party, Amherst, MA"        "Food For Thought Books Collective 30th Anniversary Party Saturday, December 2, 2006 Time: 7:00 pm Location: North Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA Food For Thought Books Collective 30th Anniversary Party and You're invited! It’s not every day that an independent bookstore turns 30 years old, let alone a workers’ collective. Please come celebrate this special anniversary with us. Bring what you’d like to drink & a dish to share. We’ll bring the wine cookies. Hope to see you there! Gratefully, The Food for Thought Books Collective"

20061201   "Protest Negroponte, Boston, MA"    "Protest Negroponte, Boston, MA Friday, December 1, 2006 6pm JFK School of Government in Harvard Square, Boston, MA Negroponte will be at the JFK School of Government in Harvard Square For more info on the truly disgusting career of Negroponte see Wikipedia We will be picketing the War Criminal of the Week: John D. Negroponte. For the flyer and more information, see http://www.massglobalaction.org/projects/flyer-2006-12-01-jdn.pdf. More from the web at: http://www.counterpunch.org/hassan06042004.html &quot;"

20061201   "ENDORSE Rosa Parks Human Rights Day, Roxbury, MA"   "Make December 1 Rosa Parks Human Rights Day Friday, Dec. 1 1:00pm - Rally/March Dudley Square, Roxbury Downloadable Flyers Posters & Stickers Logistics (march route, etc.) Dec.1, 2005 Rosa Parks Day December 1, is the 51st anniversary of the arrest of the honorable Mother Rosa Parks who stood up for all of us when she sat down and refused to give her bus seat to a white male in the segregated Jim Crow south of Montgomery, Alabama. This action resulted in the Montgomery bus boycott which ignited the civil rights movement. The Boston Rosa Parks Human Rights Day Committee, a coalition of labor, elected officials, religious leaders, youth, community and cultural groups are calling on the mayor of Boston once again to honor December 1st as Rosa Parks Human Rights Day, and declare it a legal holiday for students and all city workers. Last December 1, 2005, 2,000 people made Rosa Parks Human Rights Day a reality by embracing the legacy of Rosa Parks and taking the day off from work or school, refusing to shop and marched through the streets of Boston. As a woman of color, Rosa Parks serves as a bridge for many of the different struggles and movements that address issues that harm our lives and those of our communities. Katrina and the status of undocumented immigrant workers are glaring examples of the stress and disruptions in the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. The violence and murders in our neighborhoods, where innocent children in their household get glazed by bullets is a mark on all of our souls. The ongoing war in Iraq is increasing the death toll and costing $2 billion dollars a week that is taken from social programs that could improve our communities. Instead of building housing affordable to the incomes of working people, Boston is building a bio lab that threatens the safety of our lives and neighborhoods. By her actions of resistance and civil disobedience, Rosa Parks has become a universal champion of human rights and human dignity worldwide. Join with us on Friday, December 1, 2006 to make this date Rosa Parks (Human Rights) Day, a legal Boston Holiday! End Poverty, Racism, Sexism, Violence & War! Stop spending money on war and use it for social programs at home - bring the troops home NOW! Union jobs at union wages Decent & affordable housing Full & complete health coverage Fully funded equal & quality education for our children Stop racial profiling & police brutality Healthy and safe environment to live To be treated like human beings and live with dignity Full rights for ALL immigrants - NO immigrant is illegal Full funding for AIDS research, education and treatment Full reproductive rights for women End LGBT oppression Stop racial profiling & police brutality endorsers (partial list): Chuck Turner, Boston City Council*; Tony Van Der Meer, Prof. UMASS Boston*; USW L. 8751, Boston School Bus Drivers; The Most Rev. Filipe Teixeira, OFSJC, Diocese of St. Francis of Assisi, CCA*; Black Workers League; Black Workers For Justice; Boston Teachers Union; International Action Center; Women’s Fightback Network; Encuentro Diaspora Afro; University of Massachusetts Boston Faculty Staff Union Executive Committee; Africana Studies Department at the UMass Boston; Committee to Defend the Somerville 5; Rev.William Dickerson, Greater Love Tabernacle Church*; Multi-Aids Coalition (MAC); New England Human Rights Organization for Haiti; Men of Color Against AIDS (MOCAA); Troops Out Now Coalition; QueerToday.com; Chelsea Uniting Against the War/Chelsea Uniendose en Contra de la Guerra; Massachusetts Association of Minority Law Enforcement Officers, Inc.; New Democracy Coalition; Boston May Day Coalition; Stop the Wars Coalition; Workers World Party for more information: Rosa Parks Human Rights Day Committee 617-524-3507 http://www.brphrd.com rosaparksday@brphrd.com"

20061201   "FRIDAY FAST AND PROTEST FOR PRISONERS, Boston, MA"   "JOIN AN EVERY FRIDAY FAST AND/OR PROTEST FOR PRISONERS Every Friday, same time same place until further notice. JFK Building, Governor's Center, Boston, MA In solidarity with illegally detained , often tortured prisoners at Guantanamo and other post 9/11 gulags around the world, the fast began a year ago when Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Sldolpho Esquivel (Argentina) along with others around the world chose this metod to seek the release of unjustly detained and tortured brothers and sisters. Here in Boston local activists, Susan McLucas have joined the fast and will protest each Friday. This action, which is rooted in nonviolence, includes speakers, music, hand-outs and petitions to create pressure to shut down the gulags and to try those responsible for illegal, brutal treatment of thousands of detainees, most of them Arab and Muslim men. Susan and Phoebe wear traditional prison garb - orange jump suits. There are four more suits people could wear; please join us - suits or not. Send email to susanmcl@stopexcision.net for additional information. Other Contact Information: Phoebe: 617-424-1661."

20061201   "American Blackout, Northampton, MA"     "American Blackout Time: 7:00 pm Location: The Media Education Foundation, 60 Masonic Street in Northampton, MA. ""American Blackout"" examines the systematic disenfranchisement of black voters in U.S. elections. Beginning with the outrageous case of the 2000 elections in Florida, it follow Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) as she investigates, and is attacked for her activity on this issue and her opposition to the Iraq war. The event is free. The venue is accessible. Discussion will follow. For more information, call the contact listed above or visit our web site at http://northamptoncommittee.org"

20061130   "TRI STATE CITIZENS AWARENESS NETWORK (CAN) MEETING, Greenfield, MA" "TRI STATE CITIZENS AWARENESS NETWORK (CAN) MEETING Thursday, November 30, 2006 5:30 - 7:30 pm, Room 121, Greenfield Community College Downtown Office, 270 Main St, Greenfield, MA. Join our neighbors working to shut down the Vermont Yankee nuclear reactor. Broad public involvement is essential. How far do you live from Vermont Yankee? Find out at http://www.jcsm.com/twozips2.asp (Vernon zip is 05354). CAN envisions a future of safety, prosperity, and health for all. People generate their own electricity in their own homes and communities. Local energy production creates local jobs. Renewable energy is integrated into all of our buildings - our homes, businesses, schools, and public buildings. It is easy for everyone to access sustainable and affordable energy sources. Clean, efficient energy use is standard practice. Family farms and locally owned businesses are the backbone of our communities and we have what we need to provide for our future. Info: Citizens Awareness Network (CAN), 413-339-5781, mailto:can@nukebusters.org; http://www.nukebusters.org."

20061130   "MASSCOSH'S 30th ANNIVERSARY, Revere, MA"        "MASSCOSH'S 30th ANNIVERSARY 6pm–1am, Club Lido, 1290 North Shore Road, Revere, MA. $40 min. donation requested. 30 years of hard work, one night of incredible fun! Don't miss the birthday party of the year, celebrating 3 decades of fighting for safe, healthy working conditions. Info: Khadijah Britton, 617-825-7233 x14, mailto:khadijah.britton@masscosh.org."

20061130   "Vigil Against the War, Newton, MA"       "Every Thursday Vigil Against the War, Newton, MA 4-5 pm Newton Dialogues meets every Thursday afternoon for a vigil against the war. It is in Newton Center at the corner of Center and Beacon Streets, Newton, MA."

20061129   "PIONEER VALLEY COALITION TO CHANGE & CHALLENGE WAL-MART, Amherst, MA"    "THE PIONEER VALLEY COALITION TO CHANGE & CHALLENGE WAL-MART meets 7-9pm, Wednesday November 29 (and on the last Wednesdays of each month.) Meet at Porter Lounge (3rd Floor) or another room, Converse Hall, Amherst College, Rts 116 & 9, Amherst. Fighting the Wal-Mart in Hadley and maybe in Greenfield, working on Wake-Up Wal-Mart campaigns, giving mutual aid to the coalition members fighting Wal-Mart in many ways. Info: mailto:socialchange@amherst.edu. Hadley Neighbors for Sensible Development (www.HadleyNeighbors.org), Sprawl Busters (www.sprawl-busters.com), and Stop Sprawl-Mart (www.StopSprawlMart.org) are fighting sprawl. Want to help Wal-Mart workers get fair treatment? Contact Dan Clifford, Wake Up Wal-Mart, 732-6209 x14, mailto:dclifford@ufcw1459.com. Check out http://wmass.walmartvoices.com/ and www.wakeupwalmart.com."

20061129   "free film Arms Library Shelburne Falls Reel World Sir, No Sir!" Powerful recently released documentary that provides an eye opening chronicle of massive resistance to the Vietnam War - from within the US military. Many parallels with Iraq war. contact 624 - 8858

20061129   "Five Rivers Council -- Planning Mtg., TBA"        Green Fields Market

20061128   "Phyllis Bennis, NYC"      "United for Peace and Justice/NYC Alert: Tuesday, Nov. 28, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Forum with Phyllis Bennis, Melissa Van and Laura Flanders Community Church, E. 35th St. Between Park and Madison Join UFPJ/NYC in a conversation with Phyllis Bennis of Institute for Policy Studies and Melissa Van of Peace Action NYS with Laura Flanders of Air America as moderator. Phyllis will provide some analysis on what the elections mean for the anti-war movement, what are the new opportunities, and how the worsening situation in Iraq continues to lend urgency to organizing efforts. Melissa will focus on the congressional work, giving an overview of the climate in New York State and talking about organizing for the lobby day on January 29 in Washington DC. For more information on these events, see www.unitedforpeace.org/nyc Bookmark www.unitedforpeace.org/nyc for UFPJ/NYC Events and Actions Link to the calendar. Post your events."

20061128   "New Haven Peace Council, CT" "New Haven Peace Council 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month 6:00 PM 37 Howe St. New Haven, CT Contact: Henry Lowendorf The Peace Council meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at 6:00 at 37 Howe St., New Haven. All are welcome."

20061128   "NANOFUTURE: ACLU, Boston, MA"       "Nanofuture: Privacy and Security Boston Museum of Science Date: Tuesday, November 28, 2006 Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Join us on Tuesday evening, November 28, 2006 to be in the audience to observe the videotaping of a Fred Friendly Seminar for PBS broadcast. John Hockenberry will moderate the Seminar, a Socratic dialogue exploring many of the same issues as those before the forum. Among the panel members are: Harvard Professor George M. Whitesides; Barry Steinhardt, Director, Technology and Liberty Program, ACLU; George Nacarra, Federal Director of Security at Logan Airport; Carie Lemack, cofounder of the Families of September 11; Anita Allen-Castillitto, the Henry R. Silverman Professor of Law at University of Pennsylvania Law School; and Alex Jones, Director of the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. (You may attend only the November 28 videotaping without attending the other forums.) We will reconvene our forum in early January to formalize our conclusions and recommendations. We will prepare a white paper, Nanofuture: Privacy and Security Results from A Deliberative Forum, for review by the policy-makers who will be defining our future. To register, please use the following link or paste it into your browser’s address box: http://survey.mos.org/public_survey/UltimateSurvey/Surveys/TakeSurvey.aspx?s=6F50F836BCB64313A190297D8B380442 Please enter “ACLU” in the “Where did you hear about this program?”"

20061128   "Peace Vigils, Boston, MA"     "2 vigils Every Tuesday Peace Vigil 11:30 am until noon Boston, the corner of North Street and Fearing Road Sponsored by the South Shore Peace Forum And United for Justice and Peace 5:30- 6:30pm Boston, MA Copley Square Vigil"

20061127   Phyllis Bennis "United for Peace and Justice/NYC Alert: Tuesday, Nov. 28, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Forum with Phyllis Bennis, Melissa Van and Laura Flanders Community Church, E. 35th St. Between Park and Madison Join UFPJ/NYC in a conversation with Phyllis Bennis of Institute for Policy Studies and Melissa Van of Peace Action NYS with Laura Flanders of Air America as moderator. Phyllis will provide some analysis on what the elections mean for the anti-war movement, what are the new opportunities, and how the worsening situation in Iraq continues to lend urgency to organizing efforts. Melissa will focus on the congressional work, giving an overview of the climate in New York State and talking about organizing for the lobby day on January 29 in Washington DC. For more information on these events, see www.unitedforpeace.org/nyc Bookmark www.unitedforpeace.org/nyc for UFPJ/NYC Events and Actions Link to the calendar. Post your events."

20061127   Are NYC Schools for Education or Recruitment? NYC        "United for Peace and Justice/NYC Alert: Are NYC Schools for Education or Military Recruitment? Are our Youth Students or Soldiers? Join our continuing struggle to restrict military recruiters in the schools at the next Panel for Educational Policy (PEP) meeting Monday, November 27th 6-8 pm Tweed Courthouse, 52 Chambers St. At this meeting we intend to make it known that members of our communities desire to improve and create policy regarding military recruitment in our schools. Sponsored by UFPJ/NYC, NY Collective of Radical Educators (NYCORE) and Ya-Ya (Youth Activist-Youth Allies) Network There is a Mandate for Peace! - What’s Next for the Anti-War Movement?"

20061127   "HEARING ON FREE SPEECH, 11-2, NYC"       "Defend our Right to Protest! United for Peace and Justice/NYC Alert: Rally at NYPD Public Hearing Monday, Nov. 27, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. NYPD Headquarters, One Police Plaza In August, 2006, the New York Police Department proposed new regulations that would have seriously limited how people could assemble without a permit. New Yorkers and City Council members responded loudly and the NYPD quietly cancelled the public hearing and withdrew the proposal. Commissioner Ray Kelly has again proposed undue and constitutionally questionable limits on political speech in New York City. This proposal would prohibit public gatherings of as few as ten people, who do not first apply for and obtain a permit from the police. In an obvious attempt to minimize public input the hearing is being held on the Monday after Thanksgiving in the middle of the workday. We urge you to attend this important hearing if you are able - the NYPD needs to see again that we will strongly defend our right to protest! You may wish to call your City Councilperson or the NYPD Commissioner to express an opinion on these proposed rules. (Find your councilmember at http://www.nyccouncil.info/constituent/index.cfm.) Peter Valone of Queens is the chair of the Public Safety Committee which oversees matters related to the police. This rally is sponsored by Assemble for Rights NYC There is a Mandate for Peace! - What’s Next for the Anti-War Movement? For more information on these events, see www.unitedforpeace.org/nyc Bookmark www.unitedforpeace.org/nyc for UFPJ/NYC Events and Actions Link to the calendar. Post your events. www.unitedforpeace.org/nyc | 212-868-5545 | Click to subscribe."

20061126   "Haiti School Benefit - Florence, MA"    "WHEN : Sunday November 26th the Do-Gooders Club Open Mic Benefit concert WHERE : Evolution Cafe 22 Chestnut St Florence MA. TIME : 530-630 PM Delicious Vegan food and deserts 630-900 PM Open Mic Performances - music, dance, poetry, theatre & more. DONATIONS: $5 - $5000 WHO WILL BENEFIT: Our benefit will be to support two amazing schools in Port-au-Prince Haiti. Although Haiti is the poorest country in the Americas the culture and spirit of Haiti is very bright. My family has spent much time in Haiti as one of my daughters is from Haiti. My daughters have always loved visiting Haiti. The directors of the two schools are friends: Didi Jiivaprema - a nun - singer- meditation and yoga teacher from the Canary Islands and Dada Karmavratananda - a monk-meditation & yoga teacher & musician from the Ivory Coast. Each of their schools has over 400 kids - from very poor families. The kids are blossoming in the creativity, and spirituality of these schools and that is making a tremendous difference in their lives and in Haiti. The schools nurture the kids creativity, curiosity, spirit of service and love for all living beings. Please come and share your artistic gifts in service to humanity - or just come and enjoy and donate! FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THESE SCHOOLS: Check out these links: Pictures: http://picasaweb.google.com/prakash.laufer/HaitiSunriseSchoolsInPortAuPrince http://www.amurt.net/haiti/edu http://www.volunteerhaiti.org/ Always Dancing in the Light, Prakash Laufer"

20061126   "Bethlehem Peace Vigil, CT"    "Bethlehem Peace Vigil November 26, 2006 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Junction of routes 132 and 61 Bethlehem, CT Contact: Tim MacSweeney [http://www.afsc.org/calendar/account.php?action=question&event=1295&date=2006-11-26] The Bethlehem Peace Vigil takes place every Sunday from 12 to 1 pm at the south end of the Bethlehem (CT) Green, at the junction of routes 132 and 61. We invite all to show your support for peace and an end to war."

20061126   "AFSC, Boston, MA"   "AFSC of Boston Sunday Peace Vigil Every Sunday at Noon (approx) to 1:30 at Cambridge Common, Mass Ave & Garden Street."

20061124   "Hope Out Loud Coffeehouse Peace Event, Hartford, CT"   "Hope Out Loud Coffeehouse November 24, 2006 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (Last Fridays) 555 Asylum Avenue, Hartford, CT Sponsors: AFSC, Connecticut Coalition for Peace and Justice Hope Out Loud Coffeehouse and Open Mike (Last Friday of every month) Art Space Gallery 555 Asylum Avenue, Hartford (diagonally across from Union Place bus and train station) Suggested donation $ 5 Everyone is welcome Good music, performance and spoken word good company. Free speech encouraged. Children bring your parents. Directions and more information call (860) 523-1534. Free parking in rear."

20061124   "“Promote Peace, No War Toys” HOLYOKE, MA"        "Friday November 24 BLACK FRIDAY VISIBILITY 11am-1pm, Holyoke Crossing - along the main road to the Holyoke Mall at Ingleside in Holyoke. The day after Thanksgiving is “Buy Nothing Day” (http://adbusters.org/metas/eco/bnd) and is also called “Black Friday” because, despite “Buy Nothing Day”, it’s the day retail businesses supposedly go into the black. The Waronoke Peace Action group invites all like-minded groups and individuals to remind the throngs of holiday shoppers that a needless war and military occupation in Iraq again mar this season of “peace on earth” for another year: “Promote Peace, No War Toys”. Bring your own sign or share WPA’s. Info: mailto:webmaster@WaronokePeace.org, www.WaronokePeace.org."

20061121   "Valleywide Spokescouncil, Amherst, MA" "The Valleywide Spokescouncil Tuesday, October 17, 2006 South Meeting Room Bangs Community Center 70 Boltwood Walk Amherst, MA 7 to 9 pm In these perilous times of failed government, a threatened environment, and widespread injustice, it is imperative that We the People band together to reinvent our communities. There are numerous independent organizations located in the Pioneer Valley. In our quest to link-up and connect these many organizations into one cohesive body of commitment, solidarity and action (at least sometimes!) we are now inviting up to three representatives of every single group of 20 or more people to belong to this new, exciting alliance. Operating with consensus decision making authority, our goal is to help create a critical mass of power around important issues of genuine concern to us all. The Valleywide Spokescouncil seeks to be a viable agent for significant change! The emphasis of this council will be less on research and more on discussion of planning for specific action-oriented outcomes. What are the major problems we wish to correct? What are the significant solutions we desire to create? How many people will it take to succeed? How do we cooperate with these other groups so we all get our goals for peace, justice and equality met? In brief, the Valleywide Spokescouncil seeks to mobilize hundreds of representatives and tens of thousands of people, all focused like one laser beam on specific goals of our choosing. We believe that consolidated action can and will result in significant success. Aren't you ready to win a few? At this point we are primarily discussing and organizing around increasing the number of representatives in the Spokescouncil, since we are committed to acting only with the consensus of the critical mass needed to assure success on a project, or set of projects. However, at the first three gatherings we couldn't resist brainstorming! Some examples of exciting possible actions we could take together are: creating sustainable local farming, creating affordable housing for all, creating universal health care, creating intentional communities, creating a regional bio-mass plant, creating a ""shared bank of hours"" based on equal trade and bartered services, stopping Wallmart, stopping the war, and stopping Vermont Yankee. Please join with us by sending a representative, or two, or three to our next meeting on Spokescouncils will be held monthly, on the third Tuesday when possible, in Amherst. The November council is November 21, same time and place. Let's work together on some of the many things we agree upon to help create what we truly need and want right now. We encourage you to visit us at our web site Http://www.valleywidespokescouncil.net. Please RSVP or ask questions of us here at timbabwe1@aol.com. Or phone Tim with questions at (413) 559-1656. We look forward to meeting you all and remain with respect and exciting anticipation, Sandra, Tim, Sanford and Lois"

20061119   "WAR TAX RESISTANCE MEETING, Monthly, Third Sundays." "Third Sunday of each month, 4-6pm, Pioneer Valley War Tax Resisters (PVWTR) Location varies. To find out meeting location and directions please call PVWTR at 413 773-5188"

20061118   "Five Rivers Council -- Planning Mtg., TBA"        "Five Rivers Council -- There will be a meeting Saturday, Nov. 18 (location TBA) to begin plans for a second gathering. If you're interested in being part of the creation of this event. . .save the date! We'll e-mail you soon about the Nov. 18 meeting location. Thanks for being on hand for our local great turning -- Jonathan von Ranson commonfarm@crocker.com"

20061118   "Awakening the Dreamer ... Symposium, Easthampton, MA"      "Awakening the Dreamer -- Changing the Dream Symposium Saturday, November 18, 2006 1 - 5:30 p.m. Arcadia Sanctuary – Easthampton, MA Awakening the Dreamer-- Changing the Dream Symposium, developed by The Pachamama Alliance, is an interactive presentation combining the wisdom of indigenous cultures with the knowledge of modern society. It reveals what we each can do to foster, stand for, and accelerate a broad global movement of change. This emerging discussion is born out of both necessity and possibility - necessity, as we discover just how dire is the condition of our planet's life systems, and possibility, as we come to realize the enormous potential role of a committed individual working in concert with others. Where on Earth are we going, and what can we do about it? are two questions that lie at the heart of the Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream Symposium. The Symposium allows participants to gain new insights into our opportunity to positively shape and impact the future of the planet with our everyday choices and actions. The seminar uses video clips of some of the world’s most respected scientists and thinkers, inspiring short films, leading edge information and dynamic group interactions, combing the ancient wisdom of indigenous cultures with the brilliant knowledge and technology of the modern industrial world. The purpose of the Symposium is to promote a human presence on the planet that is environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, and socially just. The aim of the Symposium is not only to learn more about the world but to come to grips with the very assumptions that underlie the way we see Earth and our place on it. The focus is on what each of us can do — both individually and cooperatively — to move humanity onto a sustainable path. For more information and to register for this symposium, visit, www.pachamama.org. When and where is it? Saturday, November 18, 2006, 1-5:30 p.m. at Arcadia Sanctuary, 127 Combs Rd, Easthampton, MA Directions: For directions and map, visit www.massaudubon.org; click on Wildlife Sanctuaries and then click on Arcadia (click on printer-friendly directions for map) Tuition --$20 • Facilitated by Susan Lantz and Mary Anne Cleary. Contact us for questions or to register: Mary Anne, macleary@aol.com (978-660-0259); Susan, susan@sblantz.com, (413-586-3544) Space is limited, so please register at www.pachamama.org or with one of us soon. Tell us how you found out!"

20061117   "VIGIL TO CLOSE SCHOOL OF THE AMERICAS, Ft. Benning, GA"    "Vigil to Close the SOA/ WHINSEC November 17-19, 2006 Fort Benning, Georgia Together We'll Shut it Down! This November 17-19, thousands will gather at the gates of Fort Benning, Georgia for the Vigil to Close the School of the Americas! Following on the heels of our first vote in Congress in seven years, this year's Vigil is shaping up to be a powerful time for movement building and an effective tool in the campaign to close the SOA/ WHINSEC. 2006 Schedule of Events begins with November 17-19 Vigil to Close the SOA at Fort Benning, Georgia. NOVEMBER ORGANIZING PACKET: The November Organizing Packet is a great resource for you and your community as you spread the word about the SOA/ WHINSEC and as you make plans to attend the November 17-19 Vigil to Close the SOA at Fort Benning, Georgia. In it, you'll find information about what to expect at Ft. Benning, logistical information to assist your trip planning, media, legislative, fundraising and outreach tips and resources, and flyers you can reproduce and use in your community. Click here to view, download or order a hard copy of the packet. HOTELS: It's never to early to book your lodging for the weekend, as many hotels fill up months in advance. See a list of hotel and other accomodations in and around Columbus, Georgia. Contact Alyson Hayes at the Columbus Visitors Bureau with any questions at 1-800-999-1613. OUTREACH: Order palmcards like the one pictured at left and extra copies of the SOA Watch Newspaper for use in your community. Order Palmcards. SOA Watch newsletters are available for distribution as well. To order or find out more, contact us in the SOA Watch office at 202-234-3440 or email info(at)soaw.org. TRAVEL: See information on traveling to Columbus, whether by plane, car, bus, train or something more creative. PEACEMAKERS NEEDED: SOA Watch is looking for Peacemaker Volunteers to work at the vigil this year. Clickhere to read more about how you can participate, and to contact our Peacemaker coordinators. LOCAL GROUPS: Do you know others in your area that are working to close down the School of the Americas? Connect with others now before heading to Georgia. Click here for a listing of SOA Watch local groups. If your group is not listed, please add your contact information. Don't see a group for your area? Consider starting one! For more information, contact us at info@soaw.org or at 202-234-3440 or contact your regional representative for more information about those in your region working to close the SOA/ WHINSEC. ACCESSIBILITY & INTERPRETATION: Find out more about ASL and English/Spanish intrepretation services, large print and Braille programs and wheelchair accessibilty. http://www.soaw.org/new/article.php?id=1295"

20061117   "SWEET MISERY: A POISONED WORLD, Amherst, MA"        "SWEET MISERY: A Poisoned World Presented by Wide Angle Films, Amherst, MA 7:00 pm Friday, November 17th Nacul Center, 592 Main St., Amherst, MA (fully accessible) At the corners of No. Whitney and Main Streets, 1/2 mi. east of downtown. This documentary presents the toxic short and long-term effects of aspartame that are often dismissed as a ""hoax"" by the sweetener industry; however this up-to-date documentary thoroughly unravels something infinitely more alarming than just a ""hoax."" Used in such brands as Equal and nutrasweet, not long ago aspartame was on a Pentagon list of biowarfare chemicals submitted to Congress. Yet this product remains on grocery shelves and continues to be highly touted in the media. Aspartame complaints are 80-85% of food complaints registered with the FDA. ""Diet"" products containing the chemical sweetener aspartame can have multiple neurotoxic, metabolic, allergenic, fetal and carcinogenic effects and is known to erode intelligence and affect short-term memory.. In ‘91, the NIHI listed 167 symptoms and reasons to avoid the using aspartame, but today it remains a multi-million dollar business. (90 min.) Wide Angle films is open to the public. These community films are the 1st and 3rd Friday of every month. There is no admission fee. Donations are gratefully accepted. Sponsored by SAGE, American Friends Service Committee and Traprock Peace Center. For more information please call: 413-256-1760 WIDE-ANGLE FILMS -offering a wider view of the world- These videos about global and national issues seldom seen in the U.S. media. Discussions follow films. Amherst area residents who provide this forum encourage new members to join us."

20061116   "MICHAEL TRUE ON THE HISTORY OF NONVIOLENCE, GREENFIELD"      "Traprock Peace Center presents Michael True of Worcester, presenting his collections of slides and stories illustrating the remarkable history of nonviolent campaigns for peace and justice. Thursday, Nov. 16 at 10:30 AM at Greenfield Community Television, 393 Main Street, third floor. This location is one block from the bus stop at the Greenfield Town Hall and wheelchair accessible, but the bathroom is not accessible. The Town Hall and the Greenfield Public Library across the street do have accessible bathrooms. Free paring is one block away in the lot across from the Salvation Army store, on Hope Street, behind the courthouse. Studio seating is limited. We will be filming. r.s.v.p. at 413 773-7427. Your donations help move the movement. Twenty percent of any donations at this event will help to support Greenfield Community Television. Can you volunteer to help with hospitality, tea, signing in or preparing coffee? Teamwork makes all the difference in a Neighbors' Network to End War. 413- 773-7427"

20061116   "MICHAEL TRUE ON THE HISTORY OF NONVIOLENCE, GREENFIELD"      "Traprock Peace Center presents Michael True of Worcester, presenting his collections of slides and stories illustrating the remarkable history of nonviolent campaigns for peace and justice. Thursday, Nov. 16 at 10:30 AM at Greenfield Community Television, 393 Main Street, third floor. This location is one block from the bus stop at the Greenfield Town Hall and wheelchair accessible, but the bathroom is not accessible. The Town Hall and the Greenfield Public Library across the street do have accessible bathrooms. Free paring is one block away in the lot across from the Salvation Army store, on Hope Street, behind the courthouse. Studio seating is limited. We will be filming. r.s.v.p. at 413 773-7427. Your donations help move the movement. Twenty percent of any donations at this event will help to support Greenfield Community Television. Can you volunteer to help with hospitality, tea, signing in or preparing coffee? Teamwork makes all the difference in a Neighbors' Network to End War. 413- 773-7427"

20061116   Traprock Peace TV on Habeas Corpus - Call Traprock 413-773-7427      "Thurs. Nov. 16 - Traprock Peace TV - Artists and community leaders of ALL ages are invited to help restore our right to HABEAS CORPUS, recently harmed by legislation in the US Congress. Readers, painters, print-makers, or anyone willing to dabble, please call to volunteer. Cameras likely to roll at 2:30, but we have the studio open for the day. 413 773-7427."

20061116   "LABOR ORGANIZING IN CHINA, Amherst, MA"        "LABOR ORGANIZING IN CHINA Thursday, November 16, 2006 7-9pm, home of Stephanie Luce & Mark Brenner, 39 Old Town Road, Amherst, MA. Ellen David Friedman, a Vermont labor organizer and political activist, has just returned from a half year in the Pearl River Delta region of China where she assisted migrant factory workers who are fighting back in the effort to organize workers. In her talk she will address the conditions within factories, workers' own methods of resistance, the emerging conflicts within the official trade union, and the stunning unionization of 19 Wal-Mart stores in a four week period. She looks forward to engaging participants in discussion on the impact of anti-sweatshop campaigns in the West, and what forms of activism are best for supporting the efforts of Chinese workers to build a labor movement. In the past year, a new organization has developed that is working to develop workers into leaders in the struggle to build independent, authentic worker organizations. We would also like to use this opportunity to raise funds for this work, as it is not possible to raise money to support this work within China, and in the last year, a new wave of repression has also made it impossible for them to get any sizable support from US, European, or Hong Kong foundations. Ellen has committed herself to try and raise $15,000 to $20,000 from individuals, union locals, and solidarity organizations, to use to pay organizers for the new organization. Ellen David Friedman has been an organizer for the Vermont-National Education Association for the last 20 years, working primarily with low wage school support staff to organize literally hundreds of local unions. Previously she organized for United Electrical Workers (UE) and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSMCE). She is a founding member, and current officer, of the Vermont Workers Center/Jobs with Justice, the Vermont Livable Wage Campaign, and the Vermont Progressive Party, and serves on the Policy Committee of Labor Notes. In the last six years she has visited China five times, working in conjunction with Hong Kong and Mainland labor activists, to train and support migrant factory workers in their development of labor organizing practices. Info, RSVP (head count needed for snacks): Stephanie Luce, mailto:sluce@econs.umass.edu."

20061115   """Soup & Seeds: Reshaping Our Economic Relationships to Land & Food."""    "Equity Trust presents, ""Soup & Seeds: Reshaping Our Economic Relationships to Land & Food."" Come join us for hot soup & bread & presentations from Juanita Nelson (local war tax resister, farmer, activist for nonviolent economics) & Jean Paul Courtens (biodynamic farmer at Roxbury Farm, one of the largest and most successful CSA farms in New England). The event will be held in Lyman Hall in the First Churches (At the corner of Main St. & Center St. in downtown Northampton). For more information, go to Equity Trust's website www.equitytrust.org or call the main office at (413) 863-9038"

20061115   """Soup & Seeds: Reshaping Our Economic Relationships to Land & Food."""    "Equity Trust presents, ""Soup & Seeds: Reshaping Our Economic Relationships to Land & Food."" Come join us for hot soup & bread & presentations from Juanita Nelson (local war tax resister, farmer, activist for nonviolent economics) & Jean Paul Courtens (biodynamic farmer at Roxbury Farm, one of the largest and most successful CSA farms in New England). The event will be held in Lyman Hall in the First Churches (At the corner of Main St. & Center St. in downtown Northampton). For more information, go to Equity Trust's website www.equitytrust.org or call the main office at (413) 863-9038"

20061115   """Soup & Seeds: Reshaping Our Economic Relationships to Land & Food."""    "Equity Trust presents, ""Soup & Seeds: Reshaping Our Economic Relationships to Land & Food."" Come join us for hot soup & bread & presentations from Juanita Nelson (local war tax resister, farmer, activist for nonviolent economics) & Jean Paul Courtens (biodynamic farmer at Roxbury Farm, one of the largest and most successful CSA farms in New England). The event will be held in Lyman Hall in the First Churches (At the corner of Main St. & Center St. in downtown Northampton). For more information, go to Equity Trust's website www.equitytrust.org or call the main office at (413) 863-9038"

20061115   Free film Shelburne Falls Arms Library  "Reel World Wed series continues ""An Army of Peace"" Quest for a Non Violent Cambodia A deeply inspiring film about a peace walk, or ""Pilgrimage of Truth"" through a civil war torn region of Campbodia by 300 Buddhist monks led by the revered Maha Ghosananda contact 624-8858"

20061115   "Soup & Seeds: Reshaping Our Economic Relationships to Land & Food, Northampton,"  "Equity Trust presents, ""Soup & Seeds: Reshaping Our Economic Relationships to Land & Food."" November 15, 2006 at 5:30 pm Lyman Hall in the First Churches Northampton, MA (At the corner of Main St. & Center St. in downtown Northampton). Come join us for hot soup & bread and presentations from Juanita Nelson. Juanita is a local war tax resister, farmer, and activist for nonviolent economics. Also presenting is Jean Paul Courtens, a biodynamic farmer at Roxbury Farm, with one of the largest and most successful CSA farms in New England. For more information, go to Equity Trust's website www.equitytrust.org or call the main office at (413) 863-9038. http://www.equitytrust.org"

20061112   """REMEMBERING LEBANON..."" Voices for Creative NV, Philly, PA"       "Brandywine Peace Community Monthly Potluck Supper* & Program (2nd Sunday of the month, except for August) Sunday, November 12 - ""REMEMBERING LEBANON..."" University Lutheran Church, 3637 Chestnut St., Phila., PA 4:30PM - Potluck Supper (*bring main dish, salad, or dessert to share) 5:30PM - Program Farah Marie Mokhtareizadeh is an Iranian- American student at the University of Pennsylvania, co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence and a member of the Camden Community House in Camden, NJ. She has traveled extensively in the Middle East including: Lebanon, Iraq, Palestine, Syria, Jordan, and Israel. In August 2006 Farah traveled along with Kathy Kelly to witness the effects of Israel's war against Lebanon and to join ""Lebanon Solidarity"", an indigenous Lebanese nonviolent resistance organization hoping to protect civilians caught in the ongoing violence. FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Brandywine Peace Community P.O. Box 81, Swarthmore, PA 19081 610-544-1818 brandywine@juno.com http://www.brandywinepeace.com"

20061112   "UNPLUG VERMONT YANKEE, from your home!"        "UNPLUG VERMONT YANKEE Sunday, November 12 (Second Sundays) 7 - 8 pm, your home. Unplug all electrical appliances (including refrigerator) for 1 hour on the second Sunday of each month. Called by Citizens Awareness Network (CAN) to protest relicensing Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant and let its owner, Entergy, know we want a green future. In Massachusetts, the National Grid/Mass Electric gets 25% of its electricity from Vermont Yankee. We can save 20-25% of our electrical use through conservation and energy efficiencies, creating more jobs than the nuke industry. CAN envisions a future of safety, prosperity, and health for all. People generate their own electricity in their own homes and communities. Local energy production creates local jobs. Renewable energy is integrated into all of our buildings - our homes, businesses, schools, and public buildings. It is easy for everyone to access sustainable and affordable energy sources. Clean, efficient energy use is standard practice. Family farms and locally owned businesses are the backbone of our communities and we have what we need to provide for our future. Info: Deb Katz, 339-5781, mailto:can@nukebusters.org; http://www.nukebusters.org/11.0.html."

20061112   "A CONVERSATION WITH MOAZZAM BEGG, S. Hadley, MA"        "Sunday, November 12, 2006 3 pm, Gamble Auditorium, Mount Holyoke College, Rt 116, S Hadley, MA. Via videoconference from Birmingham, England, a conversation with Moazzam Begg, author of “Enemy Combatant: My Imprisonment at Guantánamo, Bagram, and Kandahar”. In the first memoir from a former Guantánamo detainee, British citizen Moazzam Begg tells the extraordinary story of his arrest, imprisonment, interrogation, and – after more than three years in custody – his release without charges or apology. Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, has become a worldwide symbol of the dark side of America’s War on Terror. While images of Guantánamo’s hooded prisoners in orange jumpsuits have become iconic symbols of the Bush administration’s detainment policies, the stories of the men behind those hoods are virtually unknown to most Americans. Begg will answer questions from a panel of local citizens and the audience. Info: Elli Meeropol, Odyssey Bookshop, 413-534-7307, mailto:odysseynews@aol.com."

20061111   "VETERANS DAY PEACE FEST, GREENFIELD, MA"        "VETERANS DAY PEACE FEST Saturday, November 11, 2006 2-7 PM, Second Congregational Church, By the Town Hall and Town Common in Greenfield, MA. Peace lovers, peace activists, families and especially youth are invited to share their talents to, 'Give Peace a Chance!"" Musicians, drummers, dancers, word-smiths, movement masters move the movement! YES, we are a growing movement! Raise your voice, raise your flag. Vigil with us in Greenfield on the Common, or in Sunderland at 116 & 47. Builder & carpenter Joe Cayan will help build signs for use on town commons this fall, dramatizing the local costs of producing nuclear weapons. Thanks to the National Priorities Project, we can see the costs to each of our towns (http://www.nationalpriorities.org). Frances Crowe advises us How to build your C.O. File. This afternoon program provides an opportunity to share energy and inspiration, as well as practical tools to take back to our schools, town commons and faith communities. Do it! Young artists! Inspired talents move the movement! Please feel free to submit a drawing to dramatize the things better to get than nuclear weapons with $480 million dollars in taxes to be paid by Massachusetts taxpayers in 2007! Choose a peace prize from the table as a thank-you for your art. TEA PARTY - A hero in our midst likes the idea of a new Boston Tea Party, in which we sit EVERYwhere and discuss 'How to Extricate Ourselves from the War Machine.' Pass the talking stick in your circle then role play with one of two ad hoc affinity group, where you would like to sit, and with whom. Super soup supper - bring your pot-luck salad or main course to contribute to the feast, or $5 for a feast. Peter Letson is making sweet potato soup for 40. Juanita Nelson will join us, and read her wonderful poem, "" Turn Loose the Line,"" about letting go. Make a donation for an signed copy. Hear keynote remarks and Musical volunteers right after supper. For more information or to volunteer, please call Traprock Peace Center, 413-773-7427, in a Neighbors Network to End War."

20061111   VETERANS DAY COMMEMORATION     "VETERANS DAY COMMEMORATION Saturday November 11, 2006 Details coming, Greenfield, MA. Coalition for Women’s Lives event calls on US to honor women vets by fully funding veterans’ benefits; focuses on military budget and social spending. The Connecticut Valley Coalition for Women’s Lives is a local activist network organized around an annual calendar of rallies and speak-outs addressing a range of interrelated domestic and international issues from a feminist perspective. Info: Susan Dorazio, 413-367-9356; 43 Taylor Hill Road, Montague, MA; mailto:susandor@crocker.com."

20061111   "VETERANS DAY COMMEMORATION, Greenfield, MA"        "VETERANS DAY COMMEMORATION Saturday November 11, 2006 Details coming, Greenfield, MA. Coalition for Women’s Lives event calls on US to honor women vets by fully funding veterans’ benefits; focuses on military budget and social spending. The Connecticut Valley Coalition for Women’s Lives is a local activist network organized around an annual calendar of rallies and speak-outs addressing a range of interrelated domestic and international issues from a feminist perspective. Info: Susan Dorazio, 413-367-9356; 43 Taylor Hill Road, Montague, MA; mailto:susandor@crocker.com."

20061111   "ENVISIONING PEACE: PRACTICAL STRATEGIES, Sherborn, MA"   "Saturday, November 11, 2006 9 am - 4 pm, Peace Abbey, 2 N. Main St., Sherborn, MA (http://www.peaceabbey.org). Share practical, effective, non-violent ways to work and succeed developing personal and community based strategies that honor the importance of ""inner peace"" while creating the environment for peace in our communities and the world. $25 faculty; $5 student. Info: 508-650-3659, mailto:kathleen.kautzer@regiscollege.edu."

20061111   "VETARANS DAY PEACE FEST to ""GIVE PEACE A CHANCE"" Greenfield"       "Sat. Nov. 11 - VETERANS DAY PEACE FEST ""GIVE PEACE A CHANCE"" This location is wheelchair accessible. 2-7 PM, Second Congregational Church Parish Hall, By the Town Hall and Town Common in Greenfield. Parking in the reaar. Veterans, veteran peace activists, families, newcomers and youth are all invited to share their talents to, ‘Give Peace a Chance!” A. Musicians, drummers, dancers, word-smiths, movement masters move the movement! YES, we are a growing movement! Raise your voice, raise your flag. Vigil in Greenfield, Sunderland or Northampton and honk for peace this Saturday, 11AM-noon! ""Bring 'em Home!"" B. Builder & carpenter Joe Kayan has cut plywood to help build signs for use on town commons and other prominent locations this fall, to dramatize the costs of preparing for nuclear war. Thanks to the National Priorities Project, we can see the costs to each of our states. (http://www.nationalpriorities.org). C. 3 PM Frances Crowe, who initiated draft counseling for hundreds, perhaps thousands of young people during the Vietnam war, advises students and adults on How to build your C.O. File. Better than Santa Clause, Crowe has gems of wisdom to share. Recommended for ages 10-40. Also at 3, a discuss NEXT STEPS FOR THE MOVEMENT: Impeachment tour! Outreach to youth! Outreach to centrist neighbors! Reclaim our right to HABEAS CORPUS! Boston Tea Party, Dec. 16 2006? More visits to recruiting stations? Press editorial boards to endorse NO attacks on Iran's nuclear reactors! We need more than a wish list. Roll up your sleeves with veterans and veterans of the peace movement in this post-election season. Move together to END war and restore our human rights. Find others interested in your approach and form affinity groups by twos and threes. D. is for Do it! Young artists! Inspired talents move the movement! Please submit a drawing to dramatize the things better to get than nuclear weapons with $480 million dollars in taxes to be paid by Massachusetts taxpayers in 2007! Choose a peace prize from the table as a thank-you for your art. E. At 4 PM convene in a circle to hear and see initiatives being planned. Role play the most challenging aspects of taking the NEXT STEPS to MOVE in the MOVEMENT. F. Super soup supper - bring your pot-luck salad or main course to contribute to the feast, or $5 please. Peter Letson is making sweet potato soup for 40 for a start. G. Gee whiz, Juanita Nelson will join us, and read her wonderful poem, ” Turn Loose the Line,” about letting go. Make a donation for an signed copy for your CO file or a gift that keeps giving. H. Hear Musical volunteers right after supper. Annie Hassatt and Julia Hikory of Connecticut are among the musicians sharing. Keynote remarks will be interspersed with music. For more information, please call Traprock Peace Center, 413-773-7427, in a Neighbors Network to End War."

20061111   "Post Election PEACE FEST to ""GIVE PEACE A CHANCE"" Greenfield"       "Sat. Nov. 11 - VETERANS DAY PEACE FEST ""GIVE PEACE A CHANCE"" 2-7 PM, Second Congregational Church, By the Town Hall and Town Common in Greenfield. Peace lovers, peace activists, families and especially youth are invited to share their talents to, ‘Give Peace a Chance!” A. Musicians, drummers, dancers, word-smiths, movement masters move the movement! YES, we are a growing movement! Raise your voice, raise your flag. Vigil with us in Greenfield on the Common, every Saturday, 11AM-noon. B. Builder & carpenter Joe Kayan has cut plywood to help build signs for use on town commons this fall, dramatizing the local costs of producing nuclear weapons. Thanks to the National Priorities Project, we can see the costs to each of our states. (http://www.nationalpriorities.org). C. 3 PM Frances Crowe advises us How to build your C.O. File. Also at 3, a discussion on and for people interseted in affinity groups. D. Do it! Young artists! Inspired talents move the movement! Please submit a drawing to dramatize the things better to get than nuclear weapons with $480 million dollars in taxes to be paid by Massachusetts taxpayers in 2007! Choose a peace prize from the table as a thank-you for your art. E. TEA PARTY - A hero in our midst likes the idea of a new Boston Tea Party, in which we sit EVERYwhere and discuss ‘How do we Extricate Ourselves from the War Machine.’ Pass a talking stick in your circle and role play with one of two ad hoc affinity groups, where you would like to sit, and with whom. F. Super soup supper - bring your pot-luck salad or main course to contribute to the feast, or $5 please. Peter Letson is making sweet potato soup for 40. G. Gee whiz, Juanita will join us, and read her wonderful poem, ” Turn Loose the Line,” about letting go. Make a donation for an signed copy. H. Hear keynote remarks and Musical volunteers right after supper. Annie Hassatt and Julia Hikory of Connecticut are among the musicians sharing. For more information or to volunteer, please call Traprock Peace Center, 413-773-7427, in a Neighbors Network to End War."

20061111   "CANDLELIGHT VIGIL FOR PEACE TO THE PEOPLE OF OAXACA, Amherst, MA"       "CANDLELIGHT VIGIL FOR PEACE TO THE PEOPLE OF OAXACA Friday, November 3, 2006 4:30 pm, Amherst Common, Rts 116 & 9, Amherst, MA. Organized by Students in Solidarity with the People of Oaxaca and the UMass Radical Student Union: ""With great sadness, we demand justice for the murdered of Oaxaca, Mexico. Recent events have revealed the escalation of a violent, state-sponsored repression against those seeking a better world, including the murder of Emilio Alonso Fabin, Esteban Zurrita, and NYC journalist for INDYMEDIA, Brad Will. We call for the government of Mexico to lay down its weapons and to peacefully recognize the rights of its people. Furthermore we ask that the Mexican government be honest about the military's actions and to account for all civilian deaths."" See http://www.democracynow.org, http://www.indymedia.org, and http://www.narconews.com for updates. Info: mailto:kcliffor@student.umass.edu."

20061110   "REEL STORIES FOR VETERANS DAY, Northampton, MA"        "REEL STORIES FOR VETERANS DAY Friday, November 10, 2006 2 pm, Academy of Music, Northampton, MA. Film: ""When I Came Home"" (http://www.whenicamehome.com/) One homeless Iraq vet's struggle to survive and be heard. $7 students, seniors; $8 adults. Please bring food donations, cans, non-perishable items for food drive for military families in need of assistance sponsored by Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. Reception at Memorial Hall to follow with director Dan Lohaus and local vets. Info: Veterans Education Project, 413-253-4947, mailto:vep@crocker.com, htttp://www.vetsed.org."

20061109   "TRI STATE CITIZENS AWARENESS NETWORK (CAN) MEETING, Greenfield, MA" "TRI STATE CITIZENS AWARENESS NETWORK (CAN) MEETING Thursday, November 9, 2006 5:30 - 7:30 pm, Room 121, Greenfield Community College Downtown Office, 270 Main St, Greenfield, MA. Join our neighbors working to shut down the Vermont Yankee nuclear reactor. Broad public involvement is essential. How far do you live from Vermont Yankee? Find out at http://www.jcsm.com/twozips2.asp (Vernon zip is 05354). CAN envisions a future of safety, prosperity, and health for all. People generate their own electricity in their own homes and communities. Local energy production creates local jobs. Renewable energy is integrated into all of our buildings - our homes, businesses, schools, and public buildings. It is easy for everyone to access sustainable and affordable energy sources. Clean, efficient energy use is standard practice. Family farms and locally owned businesses are the backbone of our communities and we have what we need to provide for our future. Info: Citizens Awareness Network (CAN), 413-339-5781, mailto:can@nukebusters.org; http://www.nukebusters.org."

20061109   "REEL STORIES FOR VETERANS DAY, Northampton, MA"        "Thursday, November 9, 2006 7 pm, Pleasant Street Theater, Northampton, MA. Film: ""The Ground Truth"" (http://www.thegroundtruth.net) Recent Veterans speak from the heart. Sometimes the greatest act of courage is to tell the truth. $8 to $15 donation suggested. Benefit for the Veterans Education Project. Discussion follows film. Info: Veterans Education Project, 413-253-4947, mailto:vep@crocker.com, http://www.vetsed.org."

20061109   "Clt'n for a Strong UN - “Human Rights in Prison” Watertown, MA" "Reminder and change of location Coalition for a Strong United Nations Come to our membership meeting. Important issues facing the United Nations CSUN Membership Meeting Thursday, November 9, 2006 - 6pm at the Wainwright Bank Watertown Square Community meeting room First floor, Corner of Main and Church streets next to the large municipal parking lot You will see us in the conference room from the Church Street sidewalk. See info below for FREE parking next door - RING BELL at door or call 617 233-6071 REFRESHMENTS “Human Rights in Prison” (Continued) With Kazi Toure, CoChair of the National Jericho Movement This discussion will be prepare us for our upcoming Human Rights Conference on Sunday, December 10, at the Boston Public Library. Light refreshments welcome. FREE parking in the municipal parking lot at meters after six p.m. There are no signs that say this, but we have checked with the Watertown police and they confirmed that there is no need to feed the meters after six. Also, save the date of Sunday, December 10 from 1pm to 5pm for our Human Rights Conference, to be held at the Boston Public Library in Copley Square. We are looking forward to lively discussions and hope you can come. Also we have started sending a monthly e-mail newsletter with local UN related events, informative short articles and actions to take to support the United Nations. Call us at our new phone number 617 304-6555 to give us your e-mail address if you do not receive the Newsletter. Kazi Toure is CoChair of the National Jericho Movement Jericho has the defined goal of gaining recognition of the fact that political prisoners and prisoners of war exist inside of the United States despite the United States’ government’s continued denial ... and winning amnesty and freedom for these political prisoners. Kazi has agreed to come and talk with the board and friends of the Coalition for a Strong United Nations about our upcoming conference. We are interested in learning more about Jericho’s work and about the human rights violations that allow political prisoners to languish in US prisons. We are also eager to learn more about the Jericho Movements attempts to raise international awareness and support for these prisoners. Our goal is to connect these concerns to local human rights organizing and interventions."

20061109   "MASSACHUSETTS CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION – UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE, Boston, MA" "MASSACHUSETTS CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION – UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE VOTE? Thursday, November 9, 2006 1 pm, State House, Boston, MA. On July 14 2004, the Massachusetts General Court took a historic step. House and Senate members jointly approved the citizen initiative for a constitutional obligation that lawmakers must ensure access to ""comprehensive, affordable, and equitably financed health insurance coverage"" for all Massachusetts residents. It was the first US legislature to do so. Only 50 legislators had to vote YES on the amendment at two Constitutional Conventions (ConCons) before it would go before the people of Massachusetts in November 2006. The vote was 153-41! But at the next ConCon on July 12, they let us down by referring the matter to committee, by a vote of 118 to 76. Polls showed the Health Care Amendment would be a winner at the November ballot. But the Legislature bowed to special interests and may have killed the Amendment for this legislative term, making us have to start all over again with signature-gathering next year. Sending the Amendment to a study effectively killed the initiative for the November 2006 ballot, but if a favorable ConCon vote is taken by the end of the calendar year, the Health Care Constitutional Amendment can still be brought to referendum in 2008. Please call your State Senator and Representative – ask them to vote to bring the Health Care Amendment to the floor for an up or down vote as required by Article 48 of the Massachusetts Constitution which they are sworn to uphold. For more about the HCCA, go to http://www.healthcareformass.org or http://www.massdefendhealthcare.org. Info: Diane Scherrer RN, 413-584-4607, mailto:dscherrer@mnarn.org."

20061109   "ELMS COLLEGE SOLIDARITY: ONE HUMAN FAMILY SERIES, Chicopee, MA"      "ELMS COLLEGE SOLIDARITY: ONE HUMAN FAMILY SERIES Thursday, November 9, 2006 291 Springfield St, Chicopee, MA (413-594-2761) 6 pm, Reception, Alumnae Library, Elms College, Chicopee, MA. ""Beyond Genocide"" - original illuminations by artist Amy Fagin - a series of contemporary illuminated manuscripts which examine regions of the world where large scale episodes of genocide have been perpetrated. 7:30 pm, Lecture, Alumnae Library Theater. “The Cambodian Genocide, 1975-79” by Samkhann Kheoun, Survivor. On April 17, 1975, the Khmer Rouge, a communist guerrilla group led by Pol Pot, took power in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. They forced city dwellers into the countryside and to labor camps. During their rule, it is estimated that 2 million Cambodians died by starvation, torture, or execution. After the Vietnamese invaded and liberated the Cambodian people from the Khmer Rouge, 600,000 Cambodians fled to Thai border camps. 9 pm, Interfaith Kristallnacht Commemoration, Alumnae Library. On November 9, 1938, Joseph Goebbels announced a government sanctioned reprisal against Jews in Germany and Austria. During this night, 191 synagogues were set on fire. The damage to shop windows was estimated at $4 million US dollars. 91 Jews were murdered, others were beaten and raped, while 30,000 Jews were arrested and sent to concentration camps. Info: http://www.elms.edu/about/solidarityevents.htm."

20061108   Free film "The Take - Occupy, Resist, and Produce becomes the slogan of Argentinian workers who turn dozens of factories into worker controlled factories in the wake of World Bank induced economic collapse."

20061108   "BUILDING FOR THE LEFT IN THE AGE OF THE RIGHT, Amherst, MA"    "BUILDING FOR THE LEFT IN THE AGE OF THE RIGHT Wednesday, November 8, 2006 5:30 pm, Cape Cod Lounge, Campus Center, UMass, Amherst, MA. Eric Mann and Lian Hurst Mann speak at the 2nd annual Colloquium on Social Change sponsored by the UMass Dept of Special Collections and Dept of History. A prolific writer and organizer for civil rights, labor, and the environment, and against the war in Vietnam, Mann is a veteran of the Congress of Racial Equality, Students for a Democratic Society, and the League of Revolutionary Struggle. He is currently director of the Labor/Community Strategy Center in Los Angeles. Lian Hurst Mann is editor of the AhoraNow Commentary Series published by the Labor/Community Strategy Center and coordinates the Center's National School for Strategic Organizing. Info: Sandy Lillydahl, mailto:slillydahl@library.umass.edu."

20061108   Free film Reel World Shelburne Falls Viequez Worth Every Bit of Struggle    "Arms Library Shelburne Falls Viequez: Worth Every Bit of Struggle Inspiring film that brings alive the David & Goliath struggle by the people of Viequez, Puerto Rico that succeeeded in non violently stopping the US Navy's toxic use of their island for testing of bombs & invasions. Contact 624 8858"

20061108   "AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL, Northampton, MA"        "AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL Wednesday, November 8 (Second Wednesdays) 7:30 pm, Unitarian Society, 220 Main St (side entrance at rear), Northampton, MA. For over 40 years, Nobel Peace Prize winner Amnesty International has been fighting for human rights worldwide. Join local efforts to help stop torture, genocide, human trafficking, violence against women, death penalty, and other human rights abuses. Info, to confirm meeting: Barry, 413-584-5537, mailto:bnigrosh@gmail.com, http://amnesty76.tripod.com/."

20061107   "VOTE to END Iraq War, Mass. Ballot - 139 Towns"        "Tuesday, November 7, 2006 VOTE to end the Iraq War on MA Ballot - 139 Towns For a listing of Massachusetts towns please see: http://www.boston.com/news/local/politics/candidates/articles/2006/10/11/iraq_pullout_resolution_on_ballot/"

20061107   "WMASS MILITARY RECRUITMENT EDUCATION NETWORK, Hadley, MA"      "Tuesday, November 7 (First Tuesdays) 6:30 pm, North Star Learning Center, Rt 9, Hadley, MA. MREN focuses on counter-recruitment, GI Rights advocacy, Conscientious Objection work, and support of military families. Material available on line at http://www.WesternMassAFSC.org. Info: 413-584-8975, mailto:afsc@crocker.com."

20061107   "ELECTION DAY, Mass Voter Guides"  "ELECTION DAY In Massachusetts Tuesday, November 7, 2006 Voter Guides at: http://www.massjwj.net/node/604 and http://blog.aflcio.org/2006/10/19/voter-guides-for-people-of-faith/. The following ""Home From Iraq"" Campaign non-binding referendum is on the ballot in 36 state representative districts across Massachusetts: ""Shall the State Representative from this district be instructed to vote in favor of a resolution calling upon the President and Congress of the United States to end the war in Iraq immediately and bring all United States military forces home from Iraq?"" More on Question 2 at: http://www.massballotfreedom.com."

20061106   "SIT-INS AT THE WHITE HOUSE, DC"    "SIT-INS AT THE WHITE HOUSE November 6-9, 2006 Washington, DC Gold Star Families for Peace is calling for a Gandhi-like sit down for peace and justice in front of the White House, because “the White House is where the power is. Congress has spent 6 years invalidating themselves and creating a Unitary Executive Branch that pats Congress on the head for being obedient and circumvents the Supreme Court and goes whining to the same agreeable Congress when the Court (in rare cases) slaps Georgie on the wrist.” – Cindy Sheehan. Gold Star Families for Peace wonder why our children died. They all took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution from all enemies ""foreign and domestic"" and our leaders are busy decimating the same document, after they also took that oath. Cindy Sheehan is the mother of Spc Casey Sheehan who was KIA in Iraq on 04/04/04. She is the co-founder and president of Gold Star Families for Peace and author of the newly released book, “Peace Mom, A Mother's Journey Through Heartache to Activism”. Info: mailto:CampCaseyMom@yahoo.com; http://www.worldcantwait.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3360&Itemid=223."

20061106   "KATHLEEN CLEAVER, UMass, Amherst, MA"  "Monday, November 6, 2006 8 pm, Mahar Auditorium, UMass, Amherst, MA. Lecture by the onetime national communications secretary of the Black Panther Party and major force behind the campaign to have Huey Newton released from prison. Cleaver was the first woman appointed to the Black Panthers' Central Committee. Part of UMass History Dept's 2006 Feinberg Family Distinguished Lecture Series, titled ""Politics and Protest: the 1960s and Now,"" running through the fall semester. Info: http://www.umass.edu/history/feinberg.html."

20061105   Traprock Discussion at Black Sheep Cafe: Moving the Movement - Back frm t'Brink     "Sunday, November 5, 2006 at 5 pm Please join us at the Black Sheep Cafe in Amherst to discuss both HOW we might prevent nuclear war with Iran and MOVING Traprock Peace Center. We've received a cordial eviction notice, for June 1, 2007, and we invite your ideas in this informal discussion. Traprock supporters and neighbors invited to meet and be a part of this think tank. Our Core Group and Director welcome your talent, care and creativity. Hope to see you there! (Call 413-773-7427 for inquiries.)"

20061104   """LESSONS FROM LEBANON 2006"", Northampton, MA"        """LESSONS FROM LEBANON 2006"" Saturday, November 4th 7-9 pm Media Education Foundation (community room) 60 Masonic St., Northampton, MA ""Lessons from Lebanon 2006"" Sara Flounders is a Co-Director of the International Action Center, and will be presenting on her experience and findings. She was part of a delegation that went to Lebanon, right after the bombing this past July with the ""Campaign for Accountability on U.S./Israeli War Crimes in Palestine and Lebanon"". Sara is an editor and co-author of five books dealing with the U.S. role in the Middle East. She participated in 2 delegations to Palestine during the 2nd Intifada, and traveled to Iraq several times during the years of U.S. sanctions. Also presented will be powerful DVD footage of war scenes. A discussion will follow. Info: mailto:cadonaghy@yahoo.com"

20061104   """Rubicon"" Pot-Luck Dinner & Discussion, Springfield"    """Rubicon"" Pot-Luck Dinner & Discussion Monthly Event , First Saturdays Saturday, March 4th 2006 5:00pm Springfield, MA USA Local activists and interested folks encouraged to bring a dish to share for ongoing first Saturday 5-9:00pm pot-luck and attendee directed discussion of current events. Pre-registration discouraged, just drop in if you can! Location: Unitarian Universalist Society of Greater Springfield meeting house. 245 Porter Lake Drive Springfield MA 01106 Contact: Bruce Randall brucemarymegan@aol.com (413) 567-0411 Sponsored By: Unitarian Universalist Society of Greater Springfield (Massachusetts). brucemarymegan@aol.com"

20061104   """WORKER'S MOVEMENTS IN THE U S CONFRONT IMPERIALISM: THE 20th CENTURY EXPERIENCE"     """WORKER'S MOVEMENTS IN THE U S CONFRONT IMPERIALISM: THE 20th CENTURY EXPERIENCE"" Saturday, November 4, 2006 5 pm, Isenberg School of Management Room 137, Haigis Mall, Presidents Drive UMass Amherst, MA. David Montgomery, Farnum Professor Emeritus of History, Yale U, former UE member and machinist, is keynote speaker for the UMass Graduate History Association graduate student history conference, ""History and Power Across American Borders."" Info: Justin Jackson, mailto:umassgha2006@yahoo.com."

20061104   "FACT-FINDING & SOLIDARITY DELEGATION TO LEBANON REPORT, Northampton, MA" "FACT-FINDING & SOLIDARITY DELEGATION TO LEBANON REPORT Saturday, November 4, 2006 7-9 pm, Community Room, Media Education Foundation, 60 Masonic St, Northampton, MA. As part of a national tour, Sara Flounders, Co-Director of the International Action Center, speaks on ""Lessons from Lebanon 2006"". Her presentation also includes a DVD of footage filmed in Lebanon, plus Q&A with the audience. Flounders was a member of the Delegation from the ""Campaign for Accountability on US/Israeli War Crimes in Lebanon and Palestine"" that traveled to Lebanon immediately after the Israeli bombing ended. Info: Catherine Donaghy, 413-587-0059, mailto:wmassiac@hotmail.com http://www.IACenter.org, http://www.PeopleJudgeBush.org."

20061104   "EXPLORING CLASS, Greenfield, MA"  "EXPLORING CLASS Saturday, November 4, 2006 9:30 am - 5:30 pm, Community Action, 393 Main St, Greenfield, MA. Price: radical sliding scale (during the workshop you go through a process, called Cost Sharing, to determine the amount you will actually pay; each person decides for themself the amount they will pay). Workshop Facilitators: Jenny Ladd, Ed.D. and Felice Yeskel, Ed.D. What class did you grow up in? What strengths and limitations came out of your class background? How has your class background affected your relationships with people of the same and different classes? What are key elements in your class culture? How do different class cultures look? What would you like to ask people who grew up in completely different class backgrounds? What are the larger economic and political factors affecting class now? How do class dynamics show up in your life? Your work? Your home? Your community? What are steps you can take to overcome class barriers in your life personally and institutionally? How do you decide how much to pay, how do you value different choices you make? Bring your lunch, snacks will be provided. Info, to register, for help with transportation issues or childcare costs contact Class Action, 413-585 9709. mailto:info@classism.org; Register online at http://www.classism.org."

20061104   COMMUNITY WORKDAYS AT NUESTRAS RAÍCES: Holyoke. MA Community Farm    "COMMUNITY WORKDAYS AT NUESTRAS RAÍCES: Make a Difference by Donating Your Time One Saturday This Fall. 24 Jones Ferry Rd. Holyoke, MA 01040 Nuestras Raíces, Inc. is a non-profit organization that promotes sustainable development in Holyoke through projects relating to food, agriculture and the environment and which runs a network of community gardens, economic development and youth programs throughout downtown Holyoke. It is an exciting time for us, but there is a lot of work that needs to be done! We are relying heavily on the help of volunteers like you to make the Tierra de Oportunidades farm all that it has the potential to be. Tierra de Oportunidades farm is helping community members with agricultural experience start up commercial farms. We recently acquired 26 more acres of land that will include 8 new farms, nature trails, an outdoor stage, a farm stand and more! Furthermore, the land will be a safe and beautiful location for cultural events and community gatherings This fall we have set up 4 workdays at the site, open to any and all who would like to be a part of the wonderful work we are doing. Feel free to check out our website for pictures and more info: www.nuestras-raices.org Saturday, September 9th Saturday, September 23rd Saturday, October 14th Saturday, November 4th On these days, volunteers from the community will work with our staff on a number of projects, including: • Putting up fencing • Building a beautiful tree house/stage in our farm site festival area • Clearing (by hand) invasive species of plants and replanting with native fruits, nuts, berries and flowers, • Moving a donated 100 year-old historic barn to our site, saving it from being demolished Working on the farm is an incredibly rewarding experience, and makes a huge impact on the work that we are doing at Nuestras Raíces to improve quality of life in our community economically, environmentally, and culturally. The work will all be done at the farm site: 24 Jones Ferry Rd. Holyoke, MA 01040. For directions, more info or to sign up for any of the workdays, please call us at the office at (413) 535-1789, or send an E-Mail to Eric Toensmeier at erict@nuestras-raices.org"

20061103   """HOPE RISING"", Greenfield, MA"  """HOPE RISING"" Friday, November 3, 2006 2:15-3:45pm, Greenfield Community Television, 393 Main St (3rd floor), Greenfield, MA. Mike Boehm presents ""Hope Rising from the Ashes in My Lai"". Boehm, a veteran of the American war in Vietnam, returned to Vietnam in 1992 with eleven other veterans to build a small clinic in southern Vietnam. That trip changed his life. There he found the potential for person-to-person relationships to support recovery from the trauma of war."

20061103   """PERPETUAL WAR FOR PEACE?"" Greenfield, MA"        "Friday, November 3, 11:30 AM -1:30 PM Three guests speak in Greenfield, MA on ""PERPETUAL WAR FOR PEACE?"" Traprock will be producing a DVD featuring: Raed Jarrar, Iraq Project Director at Global Exchange, architect, Antonia Juhasz, author of The Bush Agenda: Invading the World, One Economy at a Time and visiting scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies, and Rostam Pourzal, President of the U.S. branch of the Campaign Against Sanctions and Military Intervention in Iran. Over 600,000 Iraqis have died as a result of war and violence since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003. See the photographic exhibit by Lynsey Addario, Mohammad Kheirkhah, Andrew Stern, Ramin Talaie. Make your reservations with Traprock Peace Center, 413 773-7427. Seating limited to 20. More at http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/tour"

20061103   "UNDOING RACISM, Springfield/ Holyoke"  "UNDOING RACISM November 3-5, 2006 Greater Springfield/Holyoke Area - location TBA. $300 (includes six meals and childcare). A workshop by the People’s Institute For Survival and Beyond. Registration may have closed. The scope of the issue makes your commitment to attend the entire weekend essential to the success of the workshop. The workshops are open to community organizers and leaders, peace and social justice advocates, religious leaders, social workers and educators, anyone interested in creating a more humane society. The 2_ day workshop includes historical and institutional analysis of racism, understanding the structure of oppression, defining and sharing culture, leadership development, principles of accountability and networking. Partial scholarships may be available. Info: Anne, 413-736-5136, mailto:arichmond156@yahoo.com, or Donna, 413-772-2374 mailto:dmacomber@gofairtrade.net."

20061103   "INVISIBLE BALLOTS, Wide Angle Films, Amherst, MA"   "INVISIBLE BALLOTS A film documentary presented by Wide Angle Films, Amherst, MA 7:00 pm Friday, November 3rd Nacul Center, 592 Main St., Amherst, MA (fully accessible) At the corners of No. Whitney and Main Streets, 1/2 mi. east of downtown. After the US presidential election in January 2001, news sources told us about diverse voting systems not compatible with each other. Now the US Goverment installs computerized voting systems that should correct the problem. But does it? Not likely, according to Invisible Ballots. Invisible Ballots will interest all Americans, who think the voting system they use is safe and trustworthy. For those who have some IT (internet technology) knowledge, this is a prime ex- ample of the vulnerablity of proprietary software. Can you really trust a company, that can't even handle the security of their websites and files? If we don't pay attention to this subject, we could pay the price in our democracy. The US president could ultimately be chosen by the corporations. This is one of the most important issues in America today. Time to open our eyes before it’s too late.(90 min.) Wide Angle films is open to the public. These community films are the 1st and 3rd Friday of every month. There is no admission fee. Donations are gratefully accepted. Sponsored by SAGE, American Friends Service Committee and Traprock Peace Center. For more information please call: 413-256-1760 WIDE-ANGLE FILMS -offering a wider view of the world- These videos about global and national issues are seldom seen in the U.S. media. Discussions follow the films. Amherst area residents who provide this forum encourage new members to join us."

20061103   "“IRAQ FOR SALE: THE WAR PROFITEERS”, Northampton, MA"      "“IRAQ FOR SALE: THE WAR PROFITEERS” Friday, November 3, 2006 7pm, Media Education Foundation (MEF), 60 Masonic St, Northampton, MA. RSVP required. Come see this important film (http://iraqforsale.org/); stay afterwards as we put our heads together to strategize about what we as citizens and activists can do to resist the corporate take-over of our world! Hosted by Northampton Committee to End the War in Iraq and Progressive Democrats of America. Info: mailto:info@northamptoncommittee.org, http://www.northamptoncommittee.org."

20061102   An Appeal for Redress from the War in Iraq        "Many active duty, service members are concerned about the war in Iraq and support the withdrawal of U.S. military forces from Iraq. The Appeal for Redress provides a way in which service members can appeal to their elected representative and US Senators to urge an end to the U.S. military occupation. Organizers pledge to deliver messages to members of Congress at the time of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in January 2007. If you agree with this message, please see contact information below. The Appeal for Redress is sponsored by active duty service members based in the Norfolk area and by a sponsoring committee of veterans and military family members. The Sponsoring committee consists of Iraq Veterans Against the War, Veterans For Peace, and Military Families Speak Out. This effort is endorsed by Traprock Peace Center. Members of the military have a legal right to communicate with their member of Congress. To learn more about the rights and restrictions that apply to service members please read on. Attorneys and counselors experienced in military law are available to help service members who need assistance in countering any attempts to suppress this communication with members of Congress. To participate in the Appeal to your elected representatives, contact: info@appealforredress.org Phone: 360-241-1414 Fax: 360-694-8843© 2006."

20061101   "COOPERATIVE DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE, Deerfield, MA"   "COOPERATIVE DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE Wednesday, November 1, 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m 1 Sugarloaf St., Ste. 1, South Deerfield, MA Who: Cooperative Development Institute and the Board of Greenfield Mercantile What: Community presentation ""Creating a Successful Community-Owned Department Store!"" Where: Greenfield Community College Downtown Center, 270 Main St., Greenfield, MA Sharon Earhart, Executive Director of the Powell Chamber of Commerce, is coming to Greenfield to speak about the success of their town's community-owned department store in Powell, Wyoming. The event is hosted by the Cooperative Development Institute and the Board of the Greenfield Mercantile. The event will take place at the GCC Downtown Center on November 1, 2006 at 5:30 PM and 7 PM Ms. Earhart will make two presentations that evening at 5:30 PM and at 7 PM. Everyone is welcome. For more information, please call CDI at 413-665-1271, or email info@cdi.coop. Contact: Laurie Broussard Email: lbroussard@cdi.coop Phone: 413-665-1271 http://www.cdi.coop Info email:info@cdi.coop"

20061031   "HILDEGARD DURFEE LECTURE SERIES: The Disposable American, Brattleboro, VT"     "THE 2006 HILDEGARD DURFEE LECTURE SERIES presents LOUIS UCHITELLE The Disposable American: Layoffs and Their Consequences. Tuesday, October 31, 2006 7:30 PM, Brooks Memorial Library, Meeting Room Brattleboro, VT Louis Uchitelle worked as a reporter, a foreign correspondent, and the editor of the business news department at the Associated Press before joining The New York Times in 1980. He has been writing about business, labor, and economics for the Times since 1987. Uchitelle was the lead reporter for the Times series “The Downsizing of America,” which won a George Polk Award in 1996. He has taught at Columbia University and was a visiting scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation in New York in 2002-2003. The Disposable American is his first book and copies will be sold at this event. WINDHAM WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL P.O. BOX 1105 BRATTLEBORO, VT. 05302 info@windhamworldaffairs.org http://www.windhamworldaffairs.org"

20061030   "IT’S WORSE THAN YOU THINK: National Emergency Teach-in, NYC" "National Emergency Teach-in, October 30, on War, Torture, Theocracy, and the Assault on Women’s Rights IT’S WORSE THAN YOU THINK: Where the Bush Regime is Taking the World and Why They Must Be Stopped Neither the full magnitude nor the staggering implications of the Bush program are well understood. The administration systematically lies about its actions and agenda, while the major media and leading Democrats allow the Bush program to frame the overall discussion. As a result, the most crucial issues are not discussed truthfully either in the public arena or in election campaigns. This is why ""The World Can’t Wait – Drive Out the Bush Regime,"" in conjunction with the Bush Crimes Commission and others, have organized this major event October 30. Featured Speakers: Dr. Les Roberts, an author of the study in The Lancet that there are a projected 650,000 civilian deaths caused by the war on Iraq, far above the Bush regime’s casual numbers of 100,000. Roberts is an epidemiologist, now at Columbia University. He will speak on the Bush administration’s attacks on science, including their attempts to discredit data pointing to massive deaths in Iraq. William Goodman, Legal Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights, speaking on the incredible changes in law and civil liberties, particularly the implications of the new Military Commissions Act and the legitimization of torture. Larry Everest has covered the Middle East for over ten years and is the author of Oil, Power, and Empire. He will speak on ""what's happening in Iraq, how did we get here, and what should be done about it"" Chris Hedges, Senior Fellow at The Nation Institute and a Lecturer in the Council of the Humanities at Princeton University spent nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent for the New York Times, winning a Pulitzer Prize. He will address the moves toward theocracy and its influence on the threatening moves toward a war on Iran. Cristina Page, Vice President of the Institute for Reproductive Health Access at NARAL Pro-Choice New York and a prominent reproductive rights activist. Her recent book How The Pro-choice Movement Saved America describes the assault of the Christian right on both abortion and contraception. This event will be held at: Synod Hall of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine 111th St & Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 7:00pm, Monday, October 30. Suggested donation $10-$20"

20061029   PEOPLE BEFORE PROFIT: TAKE ACTION AGAINST MCDONALD'S AND KILLER COKE! Tremont St  "SUNDAY 10/29 PEOPLE BEFORE PROFIT: TAKE ACTION AGAINST MCDONALD'S AND KILLER COKE! 12 Noon Meet at the McDonald's at 146 Tremont Street (across from the Park Street T) On the National Day of Action against McDonald's, called by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, we will visit several McDonald's in Downtown Crossing to hold the corporation accountable for profiting from poverty, slavery, and the exploitation of Florida's migrant farmworkers. Then, at 1:30pm, we will march on the Coca-Cola-sponsored Intercollegiate Business Convention. Protest Killer Coke for its crimes against workers, communities and the earth, from Colombia to India, and in solidarity with the Coke workers who have just taken over their factories in Venezuela."

20061029   BUILD the Left – FIGHT the Right!  "BUILD the Left – FIGHT the Right! Northeast Socialist Conference October 28-29, 2006 NEW YORK CITY City College of New York * North Academic Center (NAC Building) * 138 th & Convent Ave Registration begins at 9am * $5 outside of NYC; $10 NYC; $20 solidarity www.nesocialistconference.net To Register Contact us Locally: 413.303.1385 or announce@isonoho.org Featuring: Anthony Arnove, Michele Bollinger, Paul D'Amato, Sam Farber, Toufic Haddad, Brian Jones, Deepa Kumar, Jennifer Roesch, Ahmed Shawki, Hadas Thier and Annie Zirin. Israel, fully backed by the United States, destroys an entire country in a war that shows that US imperial ambitions extend beyond Iraq to the entire Middle East. In the name of the ""war on terror"", racist lies are peddled about Arabs and Muslims and our civil liberties are stripped away. Politicians attack immigrants and call for ""securing the border"", giving confidence to far-right groups like the Minutemen to harass undocumented workers. All in the context of falling living standards for workers and growing class inequality. But these horrors are not without opposition. While the right-wing is taking advantage of this climate to offer their bigoted ""solutions"" to the crisis, millions of people reject the wars and the inequality, the lies and the racism. It was only 6 months ago, on May 1 st, that millions of immigrants took to the streets in the largest demonstrations in US history. When Israel invaded Lebanon, the Hezbollah-led resistance movement was able to stand up to the Goliath and force them to retreat. And many in the US began to draw the connections between the US, Israel, Iraq and the ""war on terror"", laying the basis for a new, principled anti-war movement. The potential exists to build an alternative, but our side needs a voice. Politicians across the spectrum are united in their attacks on the working-class at home and continuing wars abroad. If an opposition is to be built, it must be built from below. This means that our side needs ideas and strategies based on our own power and history. Socialist politics offer ideas that can help us to change the world. This year's Northeast Socialist Conference aims to provide space to debate and clarify strategies for change, learn from the history of previous struggles, and put forward a vision for the future. Join hundreds of activists, progressives and socialists for a conference that will address the key issues facing the Left today while also discussing how we can fight for a world free of the wars, racism and poverty that our society has produced. ************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************ PLENARIES: Morning: War, Poverty and Racism: The Case for Socialism Featuring Paul D'Amato, author of The Meaning of Marxism Evening : Resisting US Empire Featuring Anthony Arnove, author of Iraq: the Logic of Withdrawal and Ahmed Shawki, editor of the International Socialist Review SATURDAY WORKSHOPS: The Chicano Power Movement * Labor's Giant Step: Class War in the 1930s * From Civil Rights to Black Power * The Rise and Fall of SDS in the 1960s * Capitalism, Slavery and the Origins of Racism * Are Prisons Necessary? * No to Racism: Fighting the Rise of Islamophobia * Marxism vs. Identity Politics—How Can We End Oppression? * Can the Democrats Be Reformed? * Resisting the Rise of the Right * Profiting off Borders: From NAFTA to Guest Worker Programs * Burning Down the House—Capitalism and Global Warming * Venezuela and the Struggle for ""21st Century Socialism"" * Resisting Goliath—Lebanon and Palestine Confront Israel * Zionism: False Messiah * From the Zapatistas to Obrador—The Rebellion in Mexico * Should Progressive Support Intervention in Darfur? * When Workers Ran Society: The 1917 Russian Revolution * Lessons of the Iranian Revolution * The Marxist Theory of Imperialism * Reform or Revolution? * Power Greater than Horded Gold—Why Workers Can Change the World * Marxism vs. Anarchism * ""Don't Drive: Ride a Bike""—The Politics of Lifestyle SUNDAY: CLASSES IN THE MARXIST TRADITION These meetings are meant to go into more depth about the theory, history and practice of the Marxist tradition. There will be recommended readings posted to the conference website for those wishing to attend. Engels and the Origins of the Family, Private Property and the State * Resisting Imperialism—The Right of Self-Determination * Is Cuba a Model for Socialism * Lenin's State and Revolution * Lenin's Theory of the Party * The Lost Revolution: Germany 1918-1923 * Maoism: Another Road to Revolution? * Marxist Economics Trotsky's Marxism * First Five Years of the Comintern: Revolutionary School of Strategy and Tactics * United Front vs. Popular Front * Karl Marx's Theory of Revolution ************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************** CONFERENCE DETAILS Saturday, October 28th & 29th City College, NAC Building, 137th St. & Convent Avenue 1/9 trains to 137th St., A/B/C/D trains to 145th Street Registration in NAC Ballroom: $5 for those outside NYC and $10 in NYC; $20 solidarity For more info: call (646) 452-8631 or email nyciso@hotmail.com Or visit http://www.nesocialistconference.net – updates will be posted to the website To reserve free on-site childcare, please call by Thursday, October 12th CONFERENCE SCHEDULE SATURDAY: 9:00am: Registration opens 10:30am: Opening Plenary: War, Racism, Poverty: The Case for Socialism Noon: Workshop Session I 1:45pm: Lunch 3:15pm: Workshop Session II 5:15pm: Workshop Session III 6:45pm: Dinner 8pm: Final Plenary: Turning the Tide: Taking on Bush's Wars at Home and Abroad 10pm: Party! SUNDAY: 10:30am Workshop Session 1 Noon: Lunch 1:30pm: Workshop Session 2 The Northeast Socialist Conference is sponsored by the International Socialist Organization More Info and Registration online at: www.nesocialistconference.net or Contact us Locally: 413.303.1385 or announce@isonoho.org"

20061028   "Taping of ""The Post-Constitution Era of U.S. History"""       "September 28 at 11:00 AM in Greenfield Community College (GCC) TV Studio, there will be a taping of Guantanamo Attorney Buz Eisenberg’s address on “The Post-Constitution Era of U.S. History,” followed by an open mike period during which anyone in attendance can comment on the importance of our constitution and threats we are facing to the rule of law."

20061028   "EYES WIDE OPEN ACROSS PENNSYLVANIA, Merion"        "EYES WIDE OPEN ACROSS PENNSYLVANIA Beyond Fear - Toward Hope ""An Exhibit that speaks directly to our hearts and reminds us of the human cost of war."" Over 135 pairs of empty combat boots-tagged with the names of PA soldiers who have died in the current Iraq war- will be displayed, together with a visual representation of thousands of Iraqi civilians who have died during the conflict. Where: Merion Friends Meeting (Next to old General Wayne Inn- now Chabad Center) 615 Montgomery Ave., Merion - use Driveway across from Exxon Station Good weather: outdoors Inclement weather: Merion Activity Building When: Saturday, October 28, 2006, 11:00am-4:00pm 1:00pm Opening Ceremony followed by Reading of Names of fallen Soldiers and Iraqi civilians Sunday, October 29, 2006, 12:30-3:30pm 1:30pm Reading of Names Free and Open to the Public American Friends Service Committee www.eyes.afsc.org Merion Meeting Contact: Susan Campbell 610-664-7578 suspeace@aol.com"

20061028   BUILD the Left – FIGHT the Right!  "BUILD the Left – FIGHT the Right! Northeast Socialist Conference October 28-29, 2006 NEW YORK CITY City College of New York * North Academic Center (NAC Building) * 138 th & Convent Ave Registration begins at 9am * $5 outside of NYC; $10 NYC; $20 solidarity www.nesocialistconference.net To Register Contact us Locally: 413.303.1385 or announce@isonoho.org Featuring: Anthony Arnove, Michele Bollinger, Paul D'Amato, Sam Farber, Toufic Haddad, Brian Jones, Deepa Kumar, Jennifer Roesch, Ahmed Shawki, Hadas Thier and Annie Zirin. Israel, fully backed by the United States, destroys an entire country in a war that shows that US imperial ambitions extend beyond Iraq to the entire Middle East. In the name of the ""war on terror"", racist lies are peddled about Arabs and Muslims and our civil liberties are stripped away. Politicians attack immigrants and call for ""securing the border"", giving confidence to far-right groups like the Minutemen to harass undocumented workers. All in the context of falling living standards for workers and growing class inequality. But these horrors are not without opposition. While the right-wing is taking advantage of this climate to offer their bigoted ""solutions"" to the crisis, millions of people reject the wars and the inequality, the lies and the racism. It was only 6 months ago, on May 1 st, that millions of immigrants took to the streets in the largest demonstrations in US history. When Israel invaded Lebanon, the Hezbollah-led resistance movement was able to stand up to the Goliath and force them to retreat. And many in the US began to draw the connections between the US, Israel, Iraq and the ""war on terror"", laying the basis for a new, principled anti-war movement. The potential exists to build an alternative, but our side needs a voice. Politicians across the spectrum are united in their attacks on the working-class at home and continuing wars abroad. If an opposition is to be built, it must be built from below. This means that our side needs ideas and strategies based on our own power and history. Socialist politics offer ideas that can help us to change the world. This year's Northeast Socialist Conference aims to provide space to debate and clarify strategies for change, learn from the history of previous struggles, and put forward a vision for the future. Join hundreds of activists, progressives and socialists for a conference that will address the key issues facing the Left today while also discussing how we can fight for a world free of the wars, racism and poverty that our society has produced. ************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************ PLENARIES: Morning: War, Poverty and Racism: The Case for Socialism Featuring Paul D'Amato, author of The Meaning of Marxism Evening : Resisting US Empire Featuring Anthony Arnove, author of Iraq: the Logic of Withdrawal and Ahmed Shawki, editor of the International Socialist Review SATURDAY WORKSHOPS: The Chicano Power Movement * Labor's Giant Step: Class War in the 1930s * From Civil Rights to Black Power * The Rise and Fall of SDS in the 1960s * Capitalism, Slavery and the Origins of Racism * Are Prisons Necessary? * No to Racism: Fighting the Rise of Islamophobia * Marxism vs. Identity Politics—How Can We End Oppression? * Can the Democrats Be Reformed? * Resisting the Rise of the Right * Profiting off Borders: From NAFTA to Guest Worker Programs * Burning Down the House—Capitalism and Global Warming * Venezuela and the Struggle for ""21st Century Socialism"" * Resisting Goliath—Lebanon and Palestine Confront Israel * Zionism: False Messiah * From the Zapatistas to Obrador—The Rebellion in Mexico * Should Progressive Support Intervention in Darfur? * When Workers Ran Society: The 1917 Russian Revolution * Lessons of the Iranian Revolution * The Marxist Theory of Imperialism * Reform or Revolution? * Power Greater than Horded Gold—Why Workers Can Change the World * Marxism vs. Anarchism * ""Don't Drive: Ride a Bike""—The Politics of Lifestyle SUNDAY: CLASSES IN THE MARXIST TRADITION These meetings are meant to go into more depth about the theory, history and practice of the Marxist tradition. There will be recommended readings posted to the conference website for those wishing to attend. Engels and the Origins of the Family, Private Property and the State * Resisting Imperialism—The Right of Self-Determination * Is Cuba a Model for Socialism * Lenin's State and Revolution * Lenin's Theory of the Party * The Lost Revolution: Germany 1918-1923 * Maoism: Another Road to Revolution? * Marxist Economics Trotsky's Marxism * First Five Years of the Comintern: Revolutionary School of Strategy and Tactics * United Front vs. Popular Front * Karl Marx's Theory of Revolution ************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************** CONFERENCE DETAILS Saturday, October 28th & 29th City College, NAC Building, 137th St. & Convent Avenue 1/9 trains to 137th St., A/B/C/D trains to 145th Street Registration in NAC Ballroom: $5 for those outside NYC and $10 in NYC; $20 solidarity For more info: call (646) 452-8631 or email nyciso@hotmail.com Or visit http://www.nesocialistconference.net – updates will be posted to the website To reserve free on-site childcare, please call by Thursday, October 12th CONFERENCE SCHEDULE SATURDAY: 9:00am: Registration opens 10:30am: Opening Plenary: War, Racism, Poverty: The Case for Socialism Noon: Workshop Session I 1:45pm: Lunch 3:15pm: Workshop Session II 5:15pm: Workshop Session III 6:45pm: Dinner 8pm: Final Plenary: Turning the Tide: Taking on Bush's Wars at Home and Abroad 10pm: Party! SUNDAY: 10:30am Workshop Session 1 Noon: Lunch 1:30pm: Workshop Session 2 The Northeast Socialist Conference is sponsored by the International Socialist Organization More Info and Registration online at: www.nesocialistconference.net or Contact us Locally: 413.303.1385 or announce@isonoho.org"

20061027   "BUILDING SMALL-SCALE COMMUNITY ECONOMIES, Northampton, MA"      "BUILDING SMALL-SCALE COMMUNITY ECONOMIES Friday, October 27, 2006 7 pm, Media Educational Foundation, 60 Masonic St, Northampton, MA. How we can take steps in our daily lives towards creating self-sufficient community economies, presented by Kristin Brennan and Daniel Staub. Info: mailto:info@northamptoncommittee.org"

20061026   "WHAT IS HAPPENING IN NEW ORLEANS ONE YEAR AFTER KATRINA? Northampton, MA"       "WHAT IS HAPPENING IN NEW ORLEANS ONE YEAR AFTER KATRINA? Thursday, October 26, 2006 7 pm, First Churches, Main & Center Sts, Northampton, MA. Malik Rahim, a lifelong resident of New Orleans, former Black Panther, and Green Party member (former candidate for public office), met with friends in his kitchen last year as it became apparent that there was no government social contract post-Katrina. They resolved to find solutions to the devastation of so many lives, and COMMON GROUND was born. Common Ground Relief lives its motto ""SOLIDARITY NOT CHARITY."" Over the past year Common Ground has distributed food, water, clothing, and other necessities to poor people in the Ninth and Lower Ninth Wards of New Orleans. Malik will speak of the history and plans for the future - a future that we can participate in. See http://www.commongroundrelief.org. Info: Rick Last, mailto:r.last@comcast.net"

20061026   "RETHINKING MARXISM 2006, UMass, Amherst, MA"        "RETHINKING MARXISM 2006 October 26-28, 2006 Univ of Massachusetss, Amherst, MA. 6th major international conference hosted by Rethinking Marxism, a journal of economics, culture, and society. Three plenary sessions will highlight some of the most pressing issues of our times, with keynote speakers who are theorists and activists: Imperialism and the Fantasies of Democracy; Rethinking Communism; The Power of the Left Media (with Liza Featherstone and Sut Jhally). Pre-register at a discounted rate by visiting http://www.rethinkingmarxism.com."

20061026   "RACE, GENDER AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE, Mount Holyoke Coll, MA"    "RACE, GENDER AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE Thursday, October 26, 2006 4 pm, 83 College St (Rt 116), S Hadley, MA. Giovanna Di Chiro, Mount Holyoke College Earth and Environment Dept, explores the ""Politics of Articulation"" linking environmental and feminist theories forged by environmental justice activists who identify the important intersections between ""reproductive"" and ""environmental"" issues. Included are examples of the ""Mother’s Milk Project"" in the Akwesasne Mohawk community, community-based environmental health research in Louisiana’s petrochemical corridor, and the reproductive/environmental politics of Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice. Info: http://www.fivecolleges.edu/sites/fcwsrc"

20061026   "PEOPLE BEFORE PROFIT: A WEEK OF ACTION FOR GLOBAL JUSTICE, in Northeast USA, Oct"  "PEOPLE BEFORE PROFIT: A WEEK OF ACTION FOR GLOBAL JUSTICE October 25 - November 1 The problems haven't gone away, and neither have we! We, the Global Justice Revival Project, submit a call to action to activists in the Boston/Northeast area for a week of public action and community education around global justice. Resistance is fertile! Help us organize public actions against killer corporations and institutions in town like the WTO, McDonald's, and Coca-Cola, or organize something in your own community. ADD YOUR EVENT! List of planned actions and events below: ORGANIZING MEETING & SPOKESCOUNCIL Thursday, October 26 5:30 pm at Encuentro 5 33 Harrison Ave. (Chinatown/Downtown Crossing T) *We want respect for people, not profits *We want power for communities, not corporations *We want economic and environmental justice NOW, not later *We hope to bring back awareness of corporate globalization *We hope to link struggles for local justice and global justice *We hope to connect the global justice and anti-war movements *We hope to show solidarity with movements in the Global South What's in the works for Global Justice Week? (Education all week, actions for Oaxaca on Friday, actions against McDonald's & Coke on Saturday, and goodbye party to the WTO next Wednesday!) Wed. 10/25 Worker-Student Forum on the Right to Organize With a speakout by local security guards and janitors fighting for a union 7pm Harvard University Emerson Hall 305 Thurs. 10/26 Four Farmers Speak Out on What Fair Trade Means to Them A forum on fair trade, featuring small farmers from Ecuador, Ethiopia, Georgia State, and Massachusetts 7pm Also Harvard University Emerson Hall 210 Fri. 10/27 SOLIDARITY WITH THE PEOPLE OF OAXACA Movements for popular power in Oaxaca have come under attack from the Mexican state. On Friday, they are going on a general strike, and they have called for solidarity from people around the world. In Boston, join us for a public demonstration and picket lines in the morning and the afternoon! 11:30am and again at 4:00pm At the Mexican Consulate 20 Park Plaza Near the Common (Arlington T Stop) Then: Boston Critical Mass! 5:30pm Copley Square The revolution will not be motorized. Then: A Report Back from the Border Social Forum: On the Global Movement for Migrant Workers' Rights With Gabe Camacho and Kim Foltz (of Project Voz and Mass Global Action) 6:30 - 8:30 At Encuentro 5 33 Harrison Avenue SUNDAY 10/29 PEOPLE BEFORE PROFIT: TAKE ACTION AGAINST MCDONALD'S AND KILLER COKE! 12 Noon Meet at the McDonald's at 146 Tremont Street (across from the Park Street T) On the National Day of Action against McDonald's, called by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, we will visit several McDonald's in Downtown Crossing to hold the corporation accountable for profiting from poverty, slavery, and the exploitation of Florida's migrant farmworkers. Then, at 1:30pm, we will march on the Coca-Cola-sponsored Intercollegiate Business Convention. Protest Killer Coke for its crimes against workers, communities and the earth, from Colombia to India, and in solidarity with the Coke workers who have just taken over their factories in Venezuela. 10/30 to 11/1 Organize, educate, agitate in your own community, campus, or workplace! 11/1 GOODBYE PARTY TO THE WTO Converge at 5pm 70 John F. Kennedy Street Cambridge (Harvard Square T) Leaders of the World Trade Organization say the WTO is on shaky ground, and we couldn't agree more. Join us for a goodbye party as the Director-General of the WTO, Pascal Lamy, comes to the Institute of Politics in Cambridge, MA to make his case and meet with corporate and government officials. Join us at 4pm for signmaking and props-making at 45 Mount Auburn Street. Then we will converge on the site of the event to throw the WTO a goodbye party it won't forget! It's the day after Halloween, so costumes are welcome. Plus, bring noisemakers, instruments, party hats, props, friends, affinity groups. Hope you'll join us for this week of action. The problems haven't gone away, and neither have we! United for Justice with Peace Coalition 55 Norfolk St. PO Box 390449 Cambridge, MA 02139 617-491-4857 ------------------------------------------------------------------------ forwarded by Michael Gould. To unsubscribe, send a note to: UJPSteering-unsubscribe@yahoogroups.com"

20061025   "UMass RN Pre-Strike Rally, Shrewsbury, MA"        "UMass RNs Set to Strike on October 26 at 6 a.m. Make A Stand Against Unnecessary Concessions Attend a Pre-Strike Rally - Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2006 at 7 pm Froshinn Club, 25 North Quinsigamond Ave., Shrewsbury, MA Join the Nurses on the Picket Line Outside the UMass Memorial Medical Center's University Campus on Oct. 26th or Any Day Throughout the Strike (directions to the hospital below) The 830 registered nurses at UMass Memorial/University campus have served notice on the hospital that they plan to go out on strike on October 26 at 6 a.m. The strike authorization was approved by 94 percent of those voting in late September the largest strike authorization vote in MNA history. After posting a record $94 million in profits in 2005 and projecting another $47 for 2006, the hospital is demanding a number of significant concessions-concessions the nurses believe compromise their ability to retain and recruit staff needed to deliver quality patient care at the region's only level one trauma center. Adding insult to injury, after demanding the concessions from the nurses, the hospital announced it awarded its CEO John O'Brien a 38 percent pay hike and that it intends to invest more than $68 million this year in capitol improvements. ""We reached a point where we have no other alternative,"" said Kathie Logan, RN, a nurse at UMMC and chairperson of the bargaining unit. ""No one wants a strike but management continues to demand major concessions at a time of record, and unprecedented, profits. Our members will not give back 25 years of gains when the institution is in its strongest financial position in its history."" Key issues in dispute include management's demand to delete the nurses' defined benefit pension plan for new employees; dramatically increase health insurance costs; reduce family medical leave benefits; and gut ""reduction in force language."" In addition the hospital is proposing to drastically cut the nurses' salary scale, which would increase the number of steps in the scale while reducing the top step from $49.86 to $46.16. The hospital's proposals would mean the nurses could lose as much as $8,000 per year in compensation, with some nurses losing more than $15,000. The nurses' pension is a benefit guaranteed to them under the law that allowed the privatization of UMMC in 1997. There is no justification for taking this away from the nurses. According to Logan, ""If the hospital has its way, patients will suffer as many of the most qualified and experienced nurses would leave for Boston where they would be paid as much as $10 per hour ($20,000 per year) more, with better benefits."" ""While the unit is in preparation for a strike, the negotiating committee is hoping that management will come to its senses and agree to our last and final proposal before the October 26 deadline,"" added Logan. Those nurses who wish to support the UMass nurses in their strike can do so in a number of ways, including joining them on their picket line, making a donation to their strike fund and/or by calling their CEO John O'Brien at 508-334-0100 to register your outrage. You can send donations to the UMass nurses' strike office, which is located in the new MNA Region 2 Headquarters, located at 365 Shrewsbury Street, Worcester, MA 01604. To learn more about the strike and what you can do to help, visit the UMass nurses' Web page on the MNA Web site at http://www.massnurses.org http://www.massnurses.org/ Or call the strike office at 508-756-5800. ________________________________________________________________________"

20061025   "PIONEER VALLEY COALITION TO CHANGE & CHALLENGE WAL-MART, Amherst, MA"    "PIONEER VALLEY COALITION TO CHANGE & CHALLENGE WAL-MART Wednesday, October 25, 2006 6:30-7:45 pm, Porter Lounge (3rd Floor), Converse Hall, Amherst College, Rts 116 & 9, Amherst, MA. Fighting the Wal-Mart in Hadley and maybe in Greenfield, MA working on Wake-Up Wal-Mart campaigns, giving mutual aid to the coalition members fighting Wal-Mart in many ways. Info: mailto:socialchange@amherst.edu Read the Wall Street Journal story about Wal-Mart resistance (http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06269/724899-28.stm) Hadley Neighbors for Sensible Development (http://www.HadleyNeighbors.org), Sprawl Busters (http://www.sprawl-busters.com), and Stop Sprawl-Mart (http://www.StopSprawlMart.org) are fighting sprawl. Want to help Wal-Mart workers get fair treatment? Contact Dan Clifford, Wake Up Wal-Mart, 413-732-6209 x14, mailto:dclifford@ufcw1459.com. Check out http://wmass.walmartvoices.com/ and www.wakeupwalmart.com."

20061025   "LIZA FEATHERSTONE, Anit-corp Student Movement, Amherst, MA"    "LIZA FEATHERSTONE Wednesday, October 25, 2006 8 pm, Paino Room, Earth Sciences Building, Amherst College, Rt 116, Amherst, MA. Journalist Liza Featherstone (www.thenation.com/directory/bios/liza_featherstone), author of ""Students Against Sweatshops: the Making of a Movement"" and ""Selling Women Short: The Landmark Battle For Workers' Rights At Wal-Mart"", will discuss the anti-corporate student movement from Nike to Wal-Mart. Info, directions: 207-272-4063, mailto:socialchange@amherst.edu."

20061025   "STRATEGIC NONVIOLENCE, DIscussion with Anika Binnendijk, Cambridge, MA"     "Gandhi Circles: STRATEGIC NONVIOLENCE WHEN: Today, Wednesday, October 25, at 7:00 p.m. All are welcome. WHAT: Continue our discussion of strategic nonviolence, with Anika Binnendijk as resource person. Anika is a PhD candidate at Tufts U, with experience in nonviolent action in Serbia's and Ukraine's popular actions for democratic elections. We will consider planned nonviolent movements and action against corporate rule, as well as ongoing struggles such as the popular rebellion in Oaxaca, Mexico. WHERE: Cambridge Friends Meeting, 5 Longfellow Park (10-minute walk from Harvard Square T station, west on Brattle St.), Cambridge. Refreshments. SPONSOR: Boston-Cambridge Alliance for Democracy. For information, phone Dave Lewit at 617-266-8687. View and/or copy the above materials, including discussion questions, at www.NewEnglandAlliance.org .."

20061025   "Film: Peace-making in Columbia, Shelburne Falls, MA"   "4th week in film series on Active Nonviolence: at Arms Library, Shelburne Falls, MA ""In the Company of Fear""— follows members of Peace Brigades International in their courageous work of providing unarmed ""protective accompaniment"" to peasant leaders and human-rights activists in war-ravaged Columbia who daily risk assassination by the warring parties. The film explores the international community’s role in generating and deterring terror. 52 min. For info, call 624-8858 or 625-9708."

20061024   "WMASS JOBS WITH JUSTICE WORKERS RIGHTS BOARD (WRB) & COMMITTEE, Springfield, MA"       "WMASS JOBS WITH JUSTICE WORKERS RIGHTS BOARD (WRB) & COMMITTEE Tuesday, October 24, 2006 7-8:30pm, Pioneer Valley CLC, 640 Page Blvd, Springfield, MA. Coming off its very informative June 22 hearing on “So-Called Non-Profit Employers”, members of the Western Mass WRB will meet with their support committee to plan next steps. Want to help? Contact: Irene Kimball, mailto:kimball69@charter.net."

20061024   An Evening with Nobel Peace Laureate Wangari Maathai    "Planting Peace: An Evening with Nobel Peace Laureate Dr. Wangari Maathai Join Boston’s Urban Forest Coalition (BUFC) for an inspiring evening with 2004 Nobel Peace Laureate Dr. Wangari Maathai. The first environmentalist & first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, Dr. Maathai will share her message of empowerment and hope for the future through the simple steps of planting and protecting trees in our communities. At Boston’s historic Faneuil Hall, 7:30 pm. VIP Reception and Ticket (in Reserved Seating section)- $175 General Admission Ticket - $75 Corporate and Individual Sponsorships available. Visit www.bostonforest.org, email classic.pr@verizon.net, or call 508-698-6810. Boston’s Urban Forest Coalition (BUFC): USDA Forest Service; Boston Parks and Recreation Department; Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation; Mass GIS; Mapping Sustainability; DotWell; UMass Extension; Franklin Park Coalition; Boston Department of Neighborhood Development; Urban Ecology Institute; Boston Natural Areas Network; and Urban Natural Resources Institute."

20061024   "NINTH ANNUAL EQBAL AHMAD LECTURE, Hampshire Coll, Amherst, MA"   "NINTH ANNUAL EQBAL AHMAD LECTURE Tuesday, October 24, 2006 4 pm, Robert Crown Center, Hampshire College, Rt 116, Amherst, MA. Judith Butler, Prof of Comparative Literature and Rhetoric at the Univ of California, Berkeley, on ""Universality and its Paradoxes: Hidden Histories of Post-Zionism"". Info: Margaret Cerullo, mailto: mcerullo@hampshire.edu"

20061024   "HAMPSHIRE-FRANKLIN CENTRAL LABOR COUNCIL, Northampton, MA"      "HAMPSHIRE-FRANKLIN CENTRAL LABOR COUNCIL Tuesday, October 24, 2006 (Fourth Tuesdays) 7:30 pm, McDonald House, next to Roundhouse Plaza, intersection of Conz St, Clark Av, & Old South St, Northampton, MA. (Enter via rear.) Community and labor activist guests are welcome, but call Maureen Carney, 413-739-8550, mailto:mcarney@massaflcio.org."

20061021   "WESTERN MASS HEALTH CARE PUBLIC HEARING, Holyoke, MA"    "WESTERN MASS HEALTH CARE PUBLIC HEARING Saturday, October 21, 2006 1-4pm, The Forum Auditorium, Holyoke Community College, 303 Homestead Ave, Holyoke, MA. (Map: http://www.hcc.mass.edu/html/Banner_Pages/People_places/Campus_map.html). Representative John Olver will Chair. Former Northampton Mayor Mary Ford will moderate. This is a very important community hearing. If you would like to help, please contact Jon Weissman, 413-737-0640, mailto:wmjwj@wmjwj.org."

20061020   "SIR! NO SIR! Wide Angle Films, Amherst, MA"        "Friday, October 20th SIR, NO SIR! A film documentary presented by Wide Angle Films, Amherst, MA 7:00 pm Nacul Center, 592 Main St., Amherst, MA (fully accessible) At the corners of No. Whitney and Main Streets, 1/2 mi. east of downtown. In the 1960’s an anti-war movement emerged that altered history -- not on college campuses -- this movement was in barracks and on aircraft carriers. It flourished in army stockades, navy brigs and in the dingy towns that surround military bases. It penetrated elite military colleges like West Point. It spread throughout the battlefields of Vietnam. A movement no one expected, 100s went to prison and 1,000s into exile. By 1971 it had infested the entire armed services. Yet today few people know of the GI movement against the Vietnam war. Sir! No Sir! is one documentary no to miss. 1) Reveals the history of the GI movement through the stories of the participants; 2) Reveals the explosion of defiance that the movement gave birth to with never-before-seen archival material; 3) Explores the profound impact the movement had on the military and the war; and 4) Tells the story of how and why the GI Movement has been erased from the public memory. (90 min.) Wide Angle films is open to the public. These community films are the 1st and 3rd Friday of every month. There is no admission fee. Donations are gratefully accepted. Sponsored by SAGE, American Friends Service Committee and Traprock Peace Center. For more information please call: 413-256-1760 WIDE-ANGLE FILMS -offering a wider view of the world- These videos about global and national issues seldom seen in the U.S. media. Discussions follow films. Amherst area residents who provide this forum encourage new members to join us."

20061019   "FILM: “911 MYSTERIES PART 1: DEMOLITIONS”, Northampton, MA"      "FREE FILM: “911 MYSTERIES PART 1: DEMOLITIONS” Thursday, October 19, 2006 7 pm, Media Education Foundation, 60 Masonic St, Northampton, MA. Part of Western Mass 9/11 Truth Alliance meeting. Other meetings: Thursdays November 16 and December 14 at MEF - will often include screenings of films that provide visual and scientific evidence for controlled demolition (including building # 7, untouched by the airplanes). Info: mailto:WesternMass911Truth@yahoo.com Visit http://www.911weknow.com/911-mysteries-movie.html."

20061018   "VALLEY FREE RADIO GENERAL MEETING, Northampton, MA"   "VALLEY FREE RADIO GENERAL MEETING Wednesday, October 18, 2006 (Third Wednesdays) 6:30 pm, Media Education Foundation (MEF) Community Room, 60 Masonic St, Northampton, MA - please call to confirm location. A project of the MEF, Valley Free Radio, WXOJ, is a volunteer-run community radio station, sited in Florence, broadcasting at 103.3 FM. Please come fragrance-free to make meeting accessible to members with multiple chemical sensitivity and other allergies. Info: 584-1160, mailto:info@valleyfreeradio.org, http://www.valleyfreeradio.org/"

20061018   "PIONEER VALLEY CENTRAL LABOR COUNCIL, Springfield, MA"      "PIONEER VALLEY CENTRAL LABOR COUNCIL Wednesday, October 18, 2006 (Third Wednesdays) 7 pm, AFL-CIO Hall, 640 Page Blvd, near corner of Osborne Terrace, across the street from the old Westinghouse, Springfield, MA. Community and labor activist guests are welcome. Please contact 413-732-7970, mailto:unionyes@pvaflcio.org; www.pvaflcio.org."

20061018   "MASS SENIOR ACTION COUNCIL, Springfield, MA"        "MASS SENIOR ACTION COUNCIL - GREATER SPRINGFIELD CHAPTER October 18, 2006 (Third Wednesdays) 2 pm, Keystone Woods Grayson House, 936 Grayson Drive, Springfield, MA (413-426-9868) MSAC tackles vital issues, including single payer health care and prescription drug price relief, including adding Rx coverage to Medicare and stopping Medicare privatization and how to get prescriptions filled in Canada. No age requirement! For info or a ride: Clodo Concepcion, 413-783-4807, mailto:clodo@the-spa.com, or Patricia Moss, 413-734-7381."

20061018   "ELMS COLLEGE: ONE HUMAN FAMILY SERIES: IRISH IMMIGRANTS, Chicopee, MA"       "ELMS COLLEGE SOLIDARITY: ONE HUMAN FAMILY SERIES: IRISH IMMIGRANTS Wednesday, October 18, 2006 291 Springfield St, Chicopee, MA (413-594-2761) Solidarity Dinner, Film & Speaker: Mary Dooley 4:30-7 pm, traditional Irish dinner, Mary Dooley College Center Dining Hall, Elms. 7 pm, film, Berchmans Hall, Veritas Auditorium. “In America” - Jim Sheridan’s Academy-award nominated 2003 film - tells a deeply poignant tale of a poor Irish family searching for a better life in present-day America. Lena Deevy, Exec Dir, and Abby Colbert, Immigration Attorney, from the Irish Immigration Center in Boston, will speak following the film. Info: http://www.elms.edu/about solidarityevents.htm."

20061018   "ART EXHIBIT & TALK: ""CHILDREN OF DARFUR: SURVIVING GENOCIDE"", Shelburne Falls, M"     "ART EXHIBIT & TALK: ""CHILDREN OF DARFUR: SURVIVING GENOCIDE"" October 2 thru 18 Arms Library, Main & Bridge Sts, Shelburne Falls, MA. Children's crayon drawings collected by Dr. Jerry Erhlich, Doctors Without Borders. Donations from this event go to these tireless relief medical workers. Sudanese activists Magda Ahmed and Mohamed Ibrahim will talk about the current situation in Darfur on October 18 at 7pm. Children are invited to make drawings for children in Darfur from 6 to 7pm. NICHOLAS KRISTOF ON WOMEN IN DARFUR Tuesday October 3: 6:30pm, Johnson Chapel, Amherst College (east side of the big inner circle of the college), Rt 116 at Rt 9, Amherst, MA. TIME TO PROTECT Thursday October 5: Western Massachusetts Darfur Coalition invites us to join them and people across the US on for a day of fasting or giving up a luxury item – visit http://www.timetoprotect.org. Info: 413-687-8036, mailto:revisionary@comcast.net."

20061018   "ALLIANCE FOR INJURED WORKERS, Springfield, MA"        "ALLIANCE FOR INJURED WORKERS October 18, 2006 (Third Wednesdays) 4-6 pm, First Congregational Church, 20 Lathrop St, W Springfield, MA. Unique organization run by injured workers for injured workers. (No perfume or cologne please; some members suffer from chemical sensitivity due to workplace injury. ) Ask for your FREE copy of ""Injured Workers Survival Guide"". Info: 413-827-0643 or 413-731-0760, mailto:comphurts@aol.com; http://www.afiw.org"

20061018   "Films: ""Pastors for Peace"" & ""Prisoners of Conscience"", Shelburne Falls, MA" "3rd week in film series on Active Nonviolence: at Arms Library, Shelburne Falls, MA ""Who’s Afraid of the Little Yellow School Bus?""— the dramatic story of a ""Pastors for Peace"" Caravan to Cuba, in which ""caravanistas"" from all over the U.S., led by the charismatic Rev. Lucius Walker, fast for 23 days before being allowed to cross the U.S. border into Mexico. 30 min. AND, ""Convictions: Prisoners of Conscience""—about the annual pilgrimage by thousands of nonviolent protesters to the gates of Ft. Benning, GA, in an effort to close the Pentagon’s notorious ""school"" where Latin American soldiers learn torture and assassination. 22 min. For info, call 624-8858 or 625-9708."

20061017   "THOMAS PAINE: ENLIGHTENMENT & REVOLUTION, Book signing, S. Hadley, MA"  "Tuesday October 17 THOMAS PAINE: ENLIGHTENMENT, REVOLUTION, & THE BIRTH OF MODERN NATIONS 7 pm, Odyssey Bookshop, 9 College St (Routes 116 at 47), in the Village Commons, South Hadley, MA Craig Nelson will read and sign his new book on Tom Paine. A founder of both the USA and the French Republic, the creator of the phrase the “United States of America,” and author of some of the most important books of the 18th century, including “The Age of Reason”, “Common Sense”, and “Rights of Man”, Thomas Paine is perhaps the least well known of the founding fathers - even though “almost every issue he raised is still at issue in our own times; almost every argument in which he engaged is still being argued more than two hundred years later.” Co-sponsored by the Thomas Paine Friends. http://www.thomaspainefriends.org 413-534-7307 or 800-540-7307; http://www.odysseybks.com/directions.html"

20061017   "PIONEER VALLEY CUBA SOLIDARITY COMMITTEE, Northampton, MA"      "PIONEER VALLEY CUBA SOLIDARITY COMMITTEE Tuesday, October 17, 2006 (Third Tuesdays) 7 pm, First Churches, Main & Center St, Northampton, MA. Preparing for next year's Pastors for Peace Caravan. Obtaining a van that can be driven as part of the Caravan and then contributed to the people of Cuba. Raising funds for contributions of humanitarian aid to Cuba. Hosting the Caravan. Encouraging folks in the Pioneer Valley community to join the Caravan next July. Educating about the realities of Cuban society and experience and the threats that the US government continues to present to Cuban autonomy and sovereignty. Educating about “The Cuban Five” with the hope of increased advocacy for their release. Sharing examples of Cuba's cultural achievements in the realm of music, dance, literature, and cinema. Info: Liz, 413-625-9543, or Paki, 413-585-9314."

20061017   Valleywide Spokescouncil "In these perilous times of failed government, a threatened environment, and widespread injustice, it is imperative that We the People band together to reinvent our communities. There are numerous independent organizations located in the Pioneer Valley. In our quest to link-up and connect these many organizations into one cohesive body of commitment, solidarity and action (at least sometimes!) we are now inviting up to three representatives of every single group of 20 or more people to belong to this new, exciting alliance. Operating with consensus decision making authority, our goal is to help create a critical mass of power around important issues of genuine concern to us all. The Valleywide Spokescouncil seeks to be a viable agent for significant change! The emphasis of this council will be less on research and more on discussion of planning for specific action-oriented outcomes. What are the major problems we wish to correct? What are the significant solutions we desire to create? How many people will it take to succeed? How do we cooperate with these other groups so we all get our goals for peace, justice and equality met? In brief, the Valleywide Spokescouncil seeks to mobilize hundreds of representatives and tens of thousands of people, all focused like one laser beam on specific goals of our choosing. We believe that consolidated action can and will result in significant success. Aren't you ready to win a few? At this point we are primarily discussing and organizing around increasing the number of representatives in the Spokescouncil, since we are committed to acting only with the consensus of the critical mass needed to assure success on a project, or set of projects. However, at the first three gatherings we couldn't resist brainstorming! Some examples of exciting possible actions we could take together are: creating sustainable local farming, creating affordable housing for all, creating universal health care, creating intentional communities, creating a regional bio-mass plant, creating a ""shared bank of hours"" based on equal trade and bartered services, stopping Wallmart, stopping the war, and stopping Vermont Yankee. Please join with us by sending a representative, or two, or three to our next meeting on Tuesday Evening, October 17 South Meeting Room Bangs Community Center 70 Boltwood Walk Downtown Amherst from 7 to 9 Spokescouncils will be held monthly, on the third Tuesday when possible, in Amherst. The November council is November 21, same time and place. Let's work together on some of the many things we agree upon to help create what we truly need and want right now. We encourage you to visit us at our web site www.valleywidespokescouncil.net. Please RSVP or ask questions of us here at timbabwe1@aol.com. Or phone Tim with questions at (413) 559-1656. We look forward to meeting you all and remain with respect and exciting anticipation, Sandra, Tim, Sanford and Lois PS: ~We hope to soon offer other opportunities for group representatives to meet together to connect, build trust, have fun, dream, plan, organize etc. In order to facilitate all this, we are asking for contributions of all kinds, including places for the council to meet, food for the councilors, help with the web site, grants for staff, printing, supplies, etc. At this point we are just volunteers with a dream and a plan and very little free time to give. We need and want the full participation of everyone who cares. Let us know if you can help. ~If you do not yet have a group of 20 to represent, you may still attend, but you may not block consensus. ~Though we had hoped to expand to Springfield over the summer, we have found that, for now, given our limited resources, we need to work from one place at a consistent time monthly. We are willing to help start, facilitate or connect with other groups doing similar work anyplace we can! ~Thanks to Doug for drafting this letter!"

20061017   "FRANKLIN/HAMPSHIRE HEALTH CARE COALITION, Northampton, MA"      "FRANKLIN/HAMPSHIRE HEALTH CARE COALITION Tuesday, October 17, 2006 (Third Tuesdays) 7 pm (6:45 pm socializing), Lathrop Village Community Room, Shallow Brook Drive, off Bridge Rd, Northampton, MA. Organizing for the Mass. Health Care Trust Fund Bill. Info: Franklin/Hampshire Health Care Coalition, PO Box 3011, Amherst MA 01004, 413-586-0345, mailto:markham@crocker.com or mailto:franko1810@aol.com. The Massachusetts Health Care Trust Fund Bill calls for a universal health care system, providing universal access, a comprehensive range of physical and mental health benefits, choice of provider, quality, unified financing and cost controls, accountable governance, and stability. A Massachusetts Health Care Trust Fund will be a “single-payer” of all health care costs, statewide. Details of the Bill, action ideas: MASS-CARE, 800-383-1973, mailto:masscare@aol.com, http://www.masscare.org."

20061016   "WMass NOW, Northampton, MA"  "WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS NOW Monday, October 16, 2006 7-9 pm, Forbes Library downstairs meeting room, 20 West St, Northampton MA. National Organization for Women is getting active on emergency contraception, sexual violence, trafficking in women and girls, wage equality, lesbian rights, and more! Info: 413-586-3192, http://www.now.org."

20061016   "Seymour Hersh and Scott Ritter Speak at New York Society for Ethical Culture, Co"    "Seymour Hersh and Scott Ritter Monday, October 16, 2006 New York Society for Ethical Culture 7:00 PM (doors open 6:30) Concert Hall Join former UN Special Commission weapons inspector Scott Ritter, author of Iraq Confidential and Target Iran (Nation Books) and Pulitzer Prize-winning New Yorker journalist Seymour Hersh, for a discussion on the Bush administration’s secret plans for the next front in the War on Terror. Find out why Ritter–an early and outspoken critic of the war in Iraq–believes that in the case of Iran, “we are seeing history repeat itself."" A book signing with Ritter and Hersh will follow the event. Admission: free. Suggested donation: $15. Cosponsored by The New York Society for Ethical Culture, Democrats.com, and the Public Concern Foundation. http://www.nysec.org/"

20061016   REVOKE LICENSE OF VT YANKEE NUCLEAR REACTOR with Bread & Puppet Performance and       "REVOKE THE OPERATING LICENSE OF THE VT YANKEE NUCLEAR REACTOR Monday, October 16, 2006 at 9 am Noon, Entergy Headquarters, Old Ferry Road, N Brattleboro VT. ""Bread & Puppet"" parade through Brattleboro starts at the Brattleboro Memorial Hospital at 9 am (exit 1 off I-91). Walk through town to Entergy headquarters (exit 3 off I-91). Bread and Puppet Band and performance at 11:30 am at E