Celebrate Rachel Corrie's Witness!
African People's Socialist Party launching our internet radio station,
Coalition meeting and Minimum Wage vote
Nix to Santorum & Bush
IRAQI WOMEN TOUR THE U.S. At Swarthmore College
Conscience, Militarism, and War Tax Concerns group of PYM [Philadelphia Yearly Meeting
Women's Clothes Swap & Fundraiser on Sunday
Barbara Smith Community School Spring 2006 Programs                                                                                                            
A Pennsylvania Abortion Ban? Let's Make The Message Clear: "Not In Our State!"
500 More Clean Cars Emails Needed to Hit Our Goal
Palestinian Hebron Embroidery Project
THE CITIZENS' HEALTH CARE WORKING GROUP UPDATE (3/20) & Virtual Town Meetings 'Round the Country
Tell Congress: Raise the Minimum Wage! Defeat the "Sensenbrenner Bill", Repressive Anti-Immigrant Legislation!
Is There a Case for Impeachment?  by Congressman John Conyers
On the Road, Again, for Farm Worker Justice
Christian Radio Host Fired For Criticizing Israel
Help for New Orleans Public Library


Celebrate Rachel Corrie's Witness!

Three years ago this month, the young human rights activist, Rachel Corrie died in Rafah, Palestine. She was crushed to death by a USA made Caterpillar - D9 bulldozer while trying to prevent the home belonging to Samir Nasrallah, a Palestinian physician, from being demolished.

The documentary film, "Rachel, An American Conscience" is directed by the Palestinian filmmaker, Yahya Barakat and is the first film made by a Palestinian ever to be shown at the UN.

        Thursday, March 30, at 7:30 PM.
        Germantown Friends Meeting, 47 West Coulter St, Philadelphia PA 19144.

Discussion will follow. All are welcome.

Sponsors: Peace and Social Concerns of Germantown Friends Meeting,  WCUSP-WILPF, Women Challenging US Policy: Building Peace on Justice in the Middle East Campaign, "STOP CAT" Initiative of Women's International League for Peace & Freedom,  American Friends Service Committee - Middle East Peacebuilding Program,    Judy Wicks & White Dog Cafe,  Amnesty International - Greater Philadelphia Metro Area.

For more information, contact Marlene Santoyo at 215-247-4385 or

On Sunday March 19th, the African People's Socialist Party launching our internet radio station,

We invite you to tune in every Sunday to 8 hours of revolutionary
talk and culture. Go to and click on the "Listen"
button. Your computer's media player will automatically launch and  you'll be tuned in!

Our first broadcast will feature a live intervew with Chernoh M.
Bah, leader of the Africanist Movement in West Africa. He will be
with us in our new studio in St. Petersburg, Florida, having just
arrived from Sierra Leone for a U.S. speaking tour. Join us with
your questions and comments for this heroic leader of African
people, who has joined with the Party's campaign to build the African Socialist International.

Here's the broadcast schedule for Sunday, March 19th. All times are EST.
9am - "Colonialism is Bad for Your Health", with Iyapo
10:00am - "Africa Live", Interview with Chernoh M. Bah
12:00pm - "Uhuru On The Move", with Chimurenga Waller, President of
the International People's Democratic Uhuru Movement
1:00pm - Omali Yeshitela Speaks", speech from June 2004 London
Conference to Build the African Socialist International
2:00pm - "White Solidarity with Black Power", with Penny Hess,
Chairwoman of the African People's Solidarity Committee
3:00pm - "Revolutionary Reggae", with Junior
        If you have any questions now or during the broadcast about how to
        listen to internet radio, feel free to call (727) 894-4016 or email

Coalition meeting and Minimum Wage vote

The next meeting of the Raise the Minimum Wage Coalition will be on Friday February 24 at 10 AM at PUP 1201 Chestnut St. Room 702.  It looks like the Republicans are trying to pass a watered down bill.  We need to plan how to make sure an amendment to make the increase go to $7.15 passes when the bill hits the floor.  Please try to make it to the meeting on Friday.

Nix to Santorum & Bush

George W Bush will be in Sewickley Hts on Friday evening , 9/24 for a $10K per person fundraiser for Rick Santorum.  Yes, Rick will be there, so will Lynn Swan.

Sewickley concerned citizens have asked Beaver County Peace Links to join them in a candle-light protest at 7:00 pm on the corner of Broad and Beaver Sts, at the Gazebo, Sewickley on Friday evening.

Bring a candle, bring signs.  Get the word out, hope to see you there. --  From PA NOW

IRAQI WOMEN TOUR THE U.S. At Swarthmore College

 Eman Ahmad Khamas will be speaking at Swarthmore College on March 27th at 7
PM in Cunniff Hall (Science Center 199). Eman Ahmad Khamas is a human rights
advocate who has documented abuses by the US military in Iraq.

The delegation is a diverse group, including Shia, Sunni and Kurdish women -
some secular, some religious. All have paid a very high price for the war
and occupation of their country, and want to tell their stories to the American people.

Conscience, Militarism, and War Tax Concerns group of PYM [Philadelphia Yearly Meeting

Saturday April 1, 2006, from 10 AM - 2 PM
Springfield Peace Center -
For peace activists such as yourself.  A particular focus will be on countering recruitment in our local schools.  This is an area of much concern among Quakers and others.  The military is using all its energies to counter the rising disillusionment with the Iraq War.  Learn - and contribute your ideas and plans - regarding what we can do to speak the truth concerning what the military is all about.
        Consider ways that people can work for reducing the support we give to war through our taxes.  There is legislation pending that would make it legal for conscientious objectors to war to have their tax money go only for peaceful purposes.  You can also learn more about this approach to stopping war, in one of the break out groups planned for the meeting.
Questions: Joan Broadfield, 215-241-7240, Peace & Justice Coordinator, Phila YM, Relgious Soc. of Friends

Women's Clothes Swap & Fundraiser on Sunday

April 2, 2005, 11am-2 pm @ Germantown Jewish Center, 400 W. Ellet St, Phila PA 19119. 
$20 suggested donation will all go to the American Jewish World Service's Fund for Sudan Relief and Advocacy ( To volunteer or for more information, contact Genie Bud Ravital . 215.844.8036

How it works:
Dive into your closets for a spring cleanout. Bring gently used women's clothing, shoes, jewelry & accessories to the swap.
The clothes will be added to a central pile which will be separated by our volunteers into various categories. You'll be asked to assist sorting your items before you start "shopping."
You take home as many or as few items as you wish! Leftovers will be donated to a local thrift store.
SUNDAY March 26th, 1- 6PM
Sedgwick Theatre on Germantown Ave in Mt Airy

 Barbara Smith Community School Spring 2006 Programs

Strategy: How to Organize to Get What You Want
        Saturday, April 1, 10 am 3 pm
>       Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street
> What is a community organizing strategy? How can you create
> one? Having a clearly defined strategy can make all the
> difference between achieving your goals and spinning your
> wheels. Trainer David Hunt returns to Philadelphia to lead this
> energetic workshop that will provide tools for more powerful
> organizing.  This workshop is co-sponsored by the Third World Coalition of AFSC.
 Tax Fairness and Equality
>       Tuesday, April 18, 6 9 pm
>       Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street
 Each year, more of the services Philadelphians depend on go on
> the chopping block: health care, public transportation, Section
> 8 housing vouchers, public school funding and student loans.
>        What is going on? Is it natural that "the rich get richer and
> the poor get poorer? And can taxes help turn the tide in a different direction?
>        Come learn the answers to these questions at an interactive
> forum prepared specifically for Delaware Valley residents.
> This workshop is co-sponsored by the Third World Coalition of AFSC.

Generations of Activists: A Dialogue
>        Wednesday, May 10, 6 9 pm
>        1199C Union of Hospital and Healthcare Workers, 100 S. Broad Street, 10th Floor
>  Generations of Philadelphias activists are connected by a sense
> of commitment to social justice. Join this extraordinary panel discussion, as members of our
> community, each of whom joined the social justice movement
> during a different era, share stories of their activism across  generations.

 Building Successful Coalitions

>        Wednesday, May 17, 12 2 pm
>        1199C Union of Hospital and Healthcare Workers, 100 S. Broad Street, 10th Floor
 Essential to organizing yet difficult to build and maintain,
> coalitions involve bringing groups with very different
> perspectives together to achieve a shared goal.
> Registration Information: call 215.7311.107 x202, e-mail or go to
> Scholarships may be granted upon request. Spanish translation may be available.

Film Screening & Discussion: Eminent Domain and Gentrification

        When: Wednesday, April 5th, 7-9 pm
        Where: The Free Library of Philadelphia, Central Branch 1901 Vine Street, Montgomery Auditorium - FREE

In 2001, the City of Philadelphia announced the arrival of the Neighborhood Transformation Initiative (NTI).  Under NTI, the City has seized thousands of homes and displaced many residents so private developers can use the land for private profit.
 Eminent domain and gentrification are affecting people in neighborhoods all over Philadelphia, yet there has been little media discussion on these pressing issues. What coverage there has been has been focused more on the "positive" aspects of NTI and eminent domain, argued heavily by developers & contractors, instead of the often-overlooked consequences that it has on local residents and communities.
        For more information, please call 215-563-1100 or email

* * * * * *
Talking Back: Letter to the Editor & Op-Ed Writing Workshop

        When: Tuesday, April 11th, 6-8pm. Light dinner included
        Where: Temple University Center City, 1515 Market Street, Room 314- Sliding Scale Donation: $5-$25*

Come learn tips and tricks to writing successful LTE (letters to the editor) and Op-Ed (opinion-editorial) pieces from two locally published writers.  Our presenters will teach you what makes a great LTE and op-ed and what you can do to be most effective in getting them printed!  Because this is a workshop, please make sure to bring either a timely article you would like to respond to or information about an issue you would like to write an op-ed about.
 *Space is limited, so please RSVP by calling the Media Tank office at 215-563-1100,

Community Roundtable in Philadelphia April 10, 2006 - Be part of HISTORY!

 You are invited to tell the President and Congress how they can fix our health care system.
The Citizens' Health Care Working Group is coming to Philadelphia to hear from you!
>        Monday, April 10, 2006- ign-in: 3:30 PM - 4 PM-Roundtable: 4 PM - 8 PM (4 HOURS REQUIRED
         The College of Physicians of Philadelphia-19 South 22nd Street (wheelchair accessible)
 This is your chance to let Washington know what you think --
 and what you, your family and loved ones need to stay healthy.
         You must pre-register! Space is limited! To register, call  (215) 685-5698 or go to: Refreshments will be served. If you need child care or a language interpreter, call (215) 685-5698 by April 3.
         If you would like to be a community partner, and would like flyers to pass out, or a speaker
        for your group, please call (215) 685-5697.
      Can't attend the community roundtable? You can still have a say. Go on line:
 View PDF Flyer in English:
 View PDF Flyer in Spanish:


Last Chance to Help Asian Arts Initiative and Win a $50 GiftCertificate!

The online survey response so far has been great but we still need to hear from more people! So if you haven't already taken the survey, please do so by March 26th! To start, just click on the link below (or cut and paste into your web browser).
        We are conducting a survey to get your feedback on how much you know about the Asian Arts Initiative and other cultural programs and offerings in the area. Your opinion is really important to us - we really mean it! The information you provide will help us create a better and stronger organization and will enable us to build greater programs which fit your needs.

 A Pennsylvania Abortion Ban? Let's Make The Message Clear: "Not In Our State!"
                        Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Advocates

Twelve States have introduced abortion bans in the last
year--the vast majority in the last three months. Most prominent
among them is South Dakota's recent law criminalizing abortion
even in the case of rape or incest.

So what will keep Pennsylvania safe from this dangerous and
careless trend? The answer is simple. WE WILL!

In order to send the right message, we are asking you, our
supporters, to help us create a logo that personifies this
message. The winning logo will be chosen by a team of pro-choice
legislators and reproduced on t-shirts that will be sold in an
effort to raise funds to carry out the mission of PPPA and
support the "Not In Our State" campaign. The logo will also be
printed on postcards that will be signed and delivered to state
legislators by constituents who oppose a state abortion ban.

No matter what, we will continue to fight these outrageous
attacks on our basic rights. Please join us in spreading the
message on a Pennsylvania abortion ban: NOT IN OUR STATE!
                ENTRIES due MARCH 31, 2006 (by 4:00 pm)
To view contest rules and enter to win go to:
                THANK YOU for your support!
Do you have a friend or family member who's a whiz at graphic
design? Click below to send them information about our contest!

 500 More Clean Cars Emails Needed to Hit Our Goal

We need to show state regulators that Pennsylvanians want the strongest possible pollution standards for cars and trucks--and that you don't support legislative efforts to block these standards. State regulators are holding a 60 day public comment period on the Clean Vehicles Program, and you can help us hit our 1,500 comment goal--and help bring cleaner cars to Pennsylvania--by submitting a comment today.
To take action, click on


Our speakers Dr. Leonard Swidler from Temple University, Dr. Zeki Saritoprak from John Carroll University and Dr. Nancy Fuchs-Kreimer from Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, representing Christianity, Islam and Judaism respectively, will present views from their traditions' perspective that will foster living together with respect, dialogue, and collaboration. We hope that this symposium will result in the mutual enrichment of the participants as fellow humans, and in a deeper understanding of God as a God of mercy and peace; as worshiped by all three traditions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
*       Date : May,4,2006
*       Time : 6:00-9:30pm
*       Place: National Liberty Museum



 Palestinian Hebron Embroidery Project -
                  "Many people think to move out to Jordan because they cant get any means of life. God help us! "

My friend, Tura writes:
The Palestinian couple who manage the Hebron Embroidery Project, from whom I order embroidery to sell at fair trade events, sent me a desperate email message last week. They described their living conditions as going from bad to worse, with no salaries and no donors (they are funded by the Palestinian Authority). I quote, "Many people think to move out to Jordan because they cant get any means of life. God help us! " In later correspondence they requested two things: orders for more embroidery so that they can remain in Palestine, and donations to assist the neediest families. As difficult as their situation has become, they are fearful of what may lie ahead in other refugee camps, and hope to remain in Hebron. If you would like to order embroidery  (see them at ( www.friendship-and-peace.org_ ) or make a tax-deductible contribution, please contact Tura at

UFPJ-news-  Iraq Watch Alert! War Escalates, Peace Movement Mobilizes!
                        _3rd Anniversary Update from UFPJ_


 Worldwide  demonstrations: Click on: (
        It is time to  stop the killing. It is time to stop the war in Iraq. \
        It is time to bring all of  our troops home!

If nothing is planned near you, you can still  organize a event. It needn't be elaborate:
    *   Pick a public location to gather and speak out  against the war --
        shopping malls, business districts, in front of the  district offices of your
        Congressional Representative and/or Senators,  transportation hubs, etc. 
    *   Select a date and time to gather -- times, like  rush hour, when
        larger numbers of people will see you are best. 
    *   Call friends, relatives, co-workers, people you  go to religious
        services with; send out an email notice to everyone you know; 

*List  it on the UFPJ website calendar_
        ( ;    try to get an announcement in your local  media outlet. 
    *   Bring some posters or banners to hold up, _make  copies of leaflets
        to hand out and petitions to gather signatures  on_
    *   You can also _sign  and circulate our online petition to Congress_
        / , demanding that they stop  funding
And be sure to use the activities  around the 3rd anniversary as building
blocks for the _massive  national mobilization being planned in New York City for  Saturday, April  29th_
( .
                The combination of our ongoing local work and our periodic national 
                demonstrations is what makes this movement powerful. 

THE CITIZENS' HEALTH CARE WORKING GROUP UPDATE (3/20) & Virtual Town Meetings 'Round the Country

Everyone is talking about the Virtual Town Hall Meeting taking place THIS COMING Wednesday, March 22nd
Hosted by the Big Ten Conference and the Association of Schools of Public Health, hundreds of people across the country will be gathering at 22 different locations to participate in this national meeting on health care.  Join us at one of the locations below, or participate from any computer in the country by logging on to

What people are saying / With liberty and coverage for all?
USA Today, Julie Appleby ... policy. Nearly 500 attended a Citizens' Health Care Working Group session in Los Angeles on March 4.

Have a voice in health-care policy
Indianapolis Star, United States  ... The forum at IUPUI will be one of 22 simultaneous discussions around the country sponsored that night by the national Citizens' Health Care Working Group. ...

Conference seeks input on health care
The Courier-Journal, IN  ... The University of Michigan is coordinating the meeting nationally in conjunction with the Citizens' Health Care Working Group, a 15-member panel appointed by ...

UM hosts national town hall meeting on health care March 22
U of M News Service (press release), MI ... UM is coordinating the event in conjunction with he national Citizens' Health Care Working Group, a 15-member working group formed by Congress for the ...

Meeting Locations for the 22 sites:
Invite your family, friends, co-workers and neighbors to join you in this national discussion.  If you cannot make it to one of the locations below, feel free to gather around a computer anywhere in the country!  Please note that all meetings begin at 6:30pm, EST and will go LIVE via webcast at 7pm. 

Also, you can help us keep this discussion going by contributing to our blog at And visit the discussion forums - or even volunteer to moderate one of the forums on a particular issue!

Boston University, Bakst Auditorium,  Medical School, 715 Albany Street
Boston, MA

Drexel University, Center City, Hahnemann Campus, New College Building, 2nd floor, Lecture Hall B
245 N. 15th Street
Philadelphia, PA

Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health, 1518 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30322
8th Floor - Rita Ann Rollins Room

George Washington University, Ross Hall, Room 201.
Washington DC 20006

Indiana University, Room 132 of the University Place Hotel and Conference Center, 850 West Michigan Street
Campus of Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI).

Johns Hopkins University, W1214 Sheldon Hall Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health,
Baltimore, Maryland

Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Room 1210
School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Tulane University Health Sciences, 1440 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA, 70112

Michigan State University, Radiology Building auditorium on Service Road
East Lansing, MI 48824

Northwestern University, The Baldwin Auditorium, Robert H. Lurie Medical Research Center, 303 E. Superior St.
Chicago, IL  60611

Ohio State University, Room H1213, OSU Ross Heart Hospital
Columbus OH 43210

Pennsylvania State University, Penn State Harrisburg
Olmsted Auditorium, C-213

Purdue, Stewart Center, Room 218, 128 Memorial Mall
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Tulane University, Room 1210, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
Tulane University Health Sciences, 1440 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA, 70112

University at Albany, George Education Center Auditorium, School of Public Health, One University Place
Rensselaer, NY 12144

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Room 2230, Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health Building
University of Arkansas for Medical Scienes Campus

University of Illinois, Room 1122, National Center for Supercomputing Applications Auditorium
1205 West Clark Street
Urbana, IL 61801

University of Iowa, Braley Conference Room
Iowa City, Iowa

University of Louisville, ACB Auditorium, University Hospital, University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40202

University of Michigan, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library, 1000 Beal Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

University of Minnesota, Room 5-125 Moos Tower
Minneapolis, MN  55455

University of South Carolina
1233 Washington St., Suite 700
Columbia, SC 29201

University of Wisconsin, Alumni Hall, Health Sciences Learning Center, 600 Highland Ave
University of Wisconsin - Madison  -   From: Hyde, William (AHRQ) [

Tell Congress: Raise the Minimum Wage!

In the past nine years, workers making the minimum wage haven?t
gotten a single raise. Not one. And while the wage of $5.15 an
hour has stayed the same, its value has dropped precipitously,
putting workers further and further behind.

Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) has introduced the Fair Minimum Wage Act.

Sign the petition now at

 You can help displaced Katrina victims vote

Displaced Louisiana voters need your help.
"If you are a registered voter of Louisiana who has been displaced as a result of Hurricane Katrina or Rita, you are eligible to vote in your home parish if you have not registered to vote in another parish or state."

Time is very short.  We need you to reach displaced voters with the information they need as soon as possible.
For information on how you can help, including handouts you can download and photocopy, visit our website at
For additional information, visit the Louisiana Elections Displaced Voters webpage at, email at:, or call 1-800-833-2805.
Thank you, Dot Wirth, Common Cause Louisiana

 Defeat the "Sensenbrenner Bill", Repressive Anti-Immigrant Legislation!

On December 16, 2005 a rushed piece of legislation, "the
Sensenbrenner Bill", was passed through the House. The bill
gained fame as the most anti-immigrant legislation in recent
history. It specifically targets day labor workers' centers for
fines and would essentially close them down. It proposes to
build a wall between Arizona and Mexico, classify all 11 million
people currently in the U.S. without papers as aggravated felons
and would charge anyone who aids undocumented people in any way
with an aggravated felony. In other words...

* If you find someone bleeding on the street and offer them a
ride to the hospital where you find out they don't have papers,
you just got charged with trafficking.

* If you have a worker appreciation day for your custodial
staff, some of whom may not be documented, you become a felon
under this law.

If you have access to a web browser, you can take action on this alert by going to the following URL:

If you received this message from a friend, you can sign up for United Students Against Sweatshops at:

Is There a Case for Impeachment?  by Congressman John Conyers

I appeared last week at a Harper's Magazine forum which addressed the conduct of the Bush Administration and whether it has committed crimes that rise to the level of impeachment.  A crowd of 1,500 enthusiastically heard from several experts and me as we discussed the tyranny of a President acting to commit a fraud against the United States.

Forward this to a Friend
I need your help to build the case for an impeachment investigation.
I have conducted an exhaustive study on this subject and believe that we must begin the process to investigate this administration for possible impeachable offenses.  As former congresswoman Elizabeth Holtzman noted at the forum, a groundswell of public support is necessary for impeachment proceedings to succeed.  There was overwhelming public support for pursuing a case against Richard Nixon, while these same conditions did not exist when the Republicans tried to impeach President Clinton.  Public opinion is on our side and now is the time to make a difference.

Become a Citizen Cosponsor
I have introduced House Resolution 635 to create a special committee to investigate whether the president's misconduct rises to the level of impeachment.  29 Members of Congress have already joined me as cosponsors.  Lend your support.  Help build momentum to enact this legislation by joining the more than 42,000 concerned Americans who have already signed on as Citizen Cosponsors at:, or encourage your friends to sign up.

Watch the Harper's forum
You can watch "Is There a Case for Impeachment?" online here:

Read the Report
Read the Constitution in Crisis, A 182-page report with over 1,000 footnotes covering the entire spectrum of deception, manipulation, torture, retribution and cover-ups by the Bush Administration.  It can be found online here:

Write a Letter to the Editor
Visit this link to write a letter to the editor in support of House Resolution 635.  {E5BA9DF0-57B0-49D1-B27B-03A00710DE8E} {I just did it. marlene)

On the Road, Again, for Farm Worker Justice

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) - the Immokalee, Florida-based tomato-pickers who called the victorious boycott of Taco Bell and succeeded in nearly doubling their wages and improving their working conditions - will soon be on the road again.  The UCC has long been an advocate of workers' rights and a supporter of the CIW's campaign to win better wages and working conditions for tomato-pickers.  On this new "Truth Tour," they will reveal the truth about sweatshop conditions in the fields where McDonald's tomatoes are picked, and how McDonald's is working with Florida growers to roll back the improvements won by the CIW in the Taco Bell boycott.

The McDonald's Truth Tour 2006 will take place March 26 - April 4, 2006. The caravan of farm workers and their allies will stop in over a dozen cities between Florida and Chicago, the home of McDonald's corporate headquarters.
For more information about the tour including the dates, times, and events in each city - including Atlanta, Louisville, St. Louis, Ann Arbor, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Madison, and South Bend - go to the CIW website

On April 1 - the fifth anniversary of the launch of the Taco Bell boycott - there will be a major rally in Chicago. Check out the details at
        By endorsing the Alliance for Fair Food, JWM joins a number of other religious, labor, and human rights groups in declaring our support for justice for farm workers. Visit to learn more.
        Please Note: The 2006 legislative update to the 2005-2006 Public Policy Briefing Book will appear as an insert in the April edition of United Church News.  Subscriptions to UC News are free of charge. Click

This was forwarded to me from a friend or I'd have the URL.

Christian Radio Host Fired For Criticizing Israel- 20 Year Host Dale Crowley Told 'You Can't Talk About That'
By Michael Collins Piper

The unAmerican thought police operating on American soil have struck once again. This time their victim is veteran Christian evangelist Dale Crowley, Jr. who has been the host of two popular radio programs broadcast over WFAX 1220-AM radio in the Washington area for the last 20 years.

Crowley was told by Doris Newcomb, president and general manager of WFAX, that his Saturday morning broadcast, "Focus on Israel," was terminated immediately. He was not even given an opportunity to bid farewell to his longtime listeners.
The program was canceled by the WFAX management because supporters of Israel had complained to the radio station about Crowley's criticisms of Israel.
        Over the years Crowley has been critical of Israel. He has dared to broadcast facts about efforts by the Israeli government to curtail the work of Christian missionaries in the Holy Land, even to the extent, as Crowley has pointed out, of laws introduced in the Israeli parliament that would penalize Christians who engage in missionary work among the Israelis, requiring that those convicted of evangelism be sent to jail.
In addition, Crowley has used his WFAX broadcast to tell Christians in the Washington area of how the Israelis have oppressed Christian Palestinians, uprooting them from their homes, vandalized Christian churches in the Holy Land, and otherwise made life difficult for Christian Palestinians and other Christian Arabs in the Middle East.
Crowley has upset many supporters of Israel by pointing out that under the thinking of such Christian supporters of Israel as Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson and Tim LaHaye, a New York-born Jewish atheist has more right to live in the holy city of Jerusalem than a Palestinian Christian minister whose family has lived there for 1,000 years.
For daring to speak truths such as this, Crowley's "Focus on Israel" program has been banned from the airwaves by the management of WFAX radio, although it's quite clear, according to observers who have been investigating the matter, that there was heavy-handed pressure brought to bear on WFAX.

Ironically, Crowley first began "Focus on Israel" in collaboration with the late Haviv Schieber, a Polish-born Jew who emigrated to Palestine in the 1920s and became the first mayor of Beersheva. The town is near the location of what became the site of Israel's supposedly "holy" facility where that nation has produced nuclear weapons of mass destruction. Since Crowley's friend Schieber was a no-holdsbarred anti-communist, Schieber broke with Israel, critical of Israel's behind-the-scenes collaboration with the Soviet communists.

Seeking political refuge in the United States, Schieber became friends with Crowley and his wife Mary. After several years of working with the Crowleys, Schieber converted to Christianity, a fact that delighted many WFAX listeners. In fact, Schieber died in Crowley's home, just shortly after telling Crowley that he had seen a vision of Jesus Christ welcoming him home.

Yet the Christian management of WFAX has bowed to the demands of the Zionist lobby and is silencing Crowley, a missionary who brought an Israeli Jew to Christ.  What is all the more astounding, to Crowley's Christian supporters at least, is that WFAX management has advised Crowley, in addition, that he is likewise not permitted to talk about "Israel" in future broadcasts of "The King's Business," his daily program which is broadcast Monday through Friday.

Since the term "Israel" is mentioned in the Bible over 2,500 times, if Crowley is not allowed to mention that term, it will obviously make it difficult for him to talk about the Scriptures.  In the meantime, WFAX critics note, there are pro-Israel broadcasters appearing on WFAX, such as one Sid Roth for example, who repeatedly praise Israel.

Advocates of the First Amendment, who wish to express their views on this matter, may contact WFAX manager Doris Newcomb at (703) 532-1220 or write: Doris Newcomb, 161 Hillwood Ave., Suite B, Falls Church, Va. 22046 or email
(Issue #12, March 20, 2006)

 Help for New Orleans Public Library

New Orleans Public Library is looking to rebuild their
library after all it lost from Hurricaine Katrina.
They're looking for hardcover and paperback books to
restock their shelves. If they receive books they
can't use, they will either give them to needy
families or sell them to raise funds for the library.

Send your books to:

Rica A Trigs, Public Relations
New Orleans Public Library
219 Loyola Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70112

If you tell the post office that the books are for the
library in New Orleans, they will give you the library
rate that is less than book rate.
        If you can, try to include a packing slip with a list
of the books you are sending so they can know what
they're getting before they unpack the box.

The New Orleans Public Library thanks for any help you can give.