Samir Adil, President of Iraq Freedom Congress
Become a Volunteer Patient Escort, NARAL Pro-Choice Pennsylvania
America Beyond Capitalism - Weavers Way Co-op presents Gar Alperovitz
Authors speaking at the Main Library/ Global Warming -/The Case for Impeachment
WHO MAKES THE NEWS?- A Panel Discussion with Local News Directors & Newspaper Editors
 Phyllis Bennis is coming to town!
Call your U.S. Senators to urge privacy for tax returns
Prayer Events Advocating for Peace
Weekly Events
Pick Your Peace March Sign & March for Peace, Justice & Democracy
[WCUSP] Petition for the Release of Palestinian Child Prisoners
Join the Resistance to Gas Gouging
Last Chance for Lobby Reform
* OVERTHROW By Russell Mokhiber and Robert Weissman
* Nat Hentoff on the Government Crackdown on Information From Whistleblowers to Journalists *
* FBI Seeks to Seize Control of Files of Deceased Investigative Journalist Jack Anderson *
* Pentagon Papers Whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg to Government Insiders: Risk
*  CNN article on military recruitment in schools
*  Solidarity from Barrio to Barbershop By Laura S. Washington
*  A great follow up to the dixie chicks, joan baez, dylan... seeger. yes, it's that good!


Meet the Greens:

I, Marlene Santoyo, life-long activist for peace and social justice, invite
you to a party/fundraiser at my home in Mt. Airy to --

Meet Green Party candidates/activists:

Governor - Marakay Rogers (civil rights and family law attorney, from York)
Lt. Governor – Christina Valenta (environmental law professor, from Philadelphia)
U.S.Senator – Carl Romanelli (attorney and activist, from Wilkes Barre)
U.S. Representative – Dave Baker (non-violence advocate, from Lancaster and Philadelphia)
PA Assembly for district 188 – Mike Rosenberg (web consultant and activist, from West Philadelphia)
PA Assembly for district 174 – Traci Confer (environmental activist, from Northeast Philadelphia)

I'm a long-time supporter of Anna Crusis and all it stands for.  I believe
you’d want to get to know these candidates.  Marakay is an “out and proud”
lesbian.  Marakay and Christina are the first female team in PA history to
run for the top state offices!

All of these Green candidates are feminists, pro choice, pro peace, pro
universal healthcare, pro local economies and sustainable communities!  
They will be attending various community events in Philadelphia throughout
the weekend of May 6-7 and will be at the SundayOUT! GLBT festival May 7th.

Come to my home and meet them up close!  Join us in song and celebration! 
Whatever donation you can afford would be appreciated.  The Green Party of
Philadelphia will provide food and asks that guests bring their beverage of choice.

Saturday, May 6, 6 – 8 PM
Marlene Santoyo’s home, 515 Glen Echo Road, Philadelphia PA  19119
RSVP by 4/30/06, 215-243-7103

If you can’t attend and would like to send support for these candidates,
send your check to Green Party of Philadelphia, P.O. Box 41827,
Philadelphia, PA  19101. If you’d like more information about the Green
Party of Philadelphia, call 215-243-7103, send e-mail to, or
check the website:

Samir Adil, President of Iraq Freedom Congress

        7:00 PM - Monday - 1 May 2006
        Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street Philadelphia
Come hear Samir Adil, cofounder and general secretary of the Iraqi Freedom Congress,  He is arriving this weekend from Baghdad. The event is free and open to the public.

 Become a Volunteer Patient Escort, NARAL Pro-Choice Pennsylvania

        Patient Escorts are needed in the surrounding areas, including
Philadelphia Women's Center and the Northeast Women's Center.
        The Northeast Women's Center is having a Patient Escort training
on Monday, May 8 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm. For questions, directions
and to RSVP, please contact 215-464-2225. Food and drinks will be provided.
        Please RSVP to Marisa at or 215-574-3590
Visit the web address below to tell your friends about this.

 America Beyond Capitalism - Weavers Way Co-op presents Gar Alperovitz featured speaker at Spring General Membership meeting
Talk open to the public!

Where / When: Summit Presbyterian Church ~ Greene & Westview Streets ~ Philadelphia PA 19119
Sat 4/29/06 @ 7p

Gar Alperovitz book signing
Where: Big Blue Marble Bookstore ~ 551 Carpenter Lane ~ Philadelphia PA 19119
When: Sat 4/29/06 @ 6-630p before the talk @ Weavers Way
Weaver's Way ~ ~ 215-843-2350

Authors speak at the Main Library/ Global Warming -/The Case for Impeachment

* Two Views on Global Warming, a lively discussion with two experts who will discuss the role human activity plays in climate change and how serious a problem it really is, presented by the Southeastern PA Group of the Sierra Club.
         the Skyline Room Tuesday, May 2 from 6:45-8:45 p.m. FREE. Refreshments will be served. Info @(610) 325- 3127.

* Barbara Olshansky & Dave Lindorff
The Case for Impeachment: The Legal Argument for Removing President George W. Bush from Office

        Thursday May 4th @ NOON (DOORS OPEN AT 11:15)
        Montgomery Auditorium at the Central Library at 19th & Vine Streets.
        Barbara Olshansky is the Assistant Legal Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights. Her current docket at the Center includes class action lawsuits concerning immigrants’ rights, race discrimination in employment and education, environmental justice and public health, and Native American rights. She has also challenged the military commissions held for those in Guantánamo Bay on U.S. constitutional and international law grounds.
        Award-winning investigative journalist Dave Lindorff is a columnist for Counterpunch magazine and author of Killing Time: An Investigation into the Death Penalty Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal and This Can't Be Happening!: Resisting the Disintegration of American Democracy.
        Author Events are held in Montgomery Auditorium at the Central Library at 19th & Vine Streets. Doors open 45 minutes    before each presentation. Books are sold at each lecture, and a book signing with the author follows each event, unless         noted. Call the Lecture Office at (215) 567-4341 for more information about the award-winning Free Library of   Philadelphia Lectures, Free Library of Philadelphia Lectures | 1901 Vine Street | Philadelphia | PA | 19103


Sunday, May 7, 2006 at the World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St Philadelphia,
at 8:00 PM. The World Cafe downstairs venue will be open for dinner at 6:00.- Tickets are $18. (under 13 free).
    - KLINGON KLEZ, the Philly-based touring ensemble, re-creates traditional Eastern European klezmer
into a truly American idiom, complete with relevance and meshugass.

WHO MAKES THE NEWS?- A Panel Discussion with Local News Directors & Newspaper Editors
        Thursday, May 11, 7-9 pm
        Temple University Center City, 1515 Market St., Rm 222 - FREE and Open to the Public
What are the best ways for individuals and communities to reach
media  outlets and get their issues covered?
Featured Speakers Include:
        Chris Blackman, News Director, NBC-10 WCAU
        Chris Satullo, Editorial Page Editor, Philadelphia Inquirer
        Yvette Ousley, Assistant City Desk Editor, Philadelphia Daily News
        Irv Randolph, Managing Editor, Philadelphia Tribune (Additional panelists have been invited)
Moderated by Linn Washington, Temple University Dept. of Journalism and The Phila. Tribune
For more information visit or call 215-563-1100.

 Phyllis Bennis is coming to town!

Philadelphia branch of Women's International League for Peace & Freedom, WILPF is delighted to invite you to its annual potluck lunch.
                                         Phyllis Bennis will be the speaker.
                                          Saturday, May 13, 12:30 p.m.
                                Aulenbach House 29 W. Tulpehocken Ave. (in Germantown)
        Most of you know Phyllis as an activist, an analyst and a prolific and insightful writer and speaker.  Her latest book is
                        "Challenging Empire: How People, Governments, and the UN Defy US Power." 
                                Come and be part of WILPF's 91st year of challenging empire.

 Call your U.S. Senators to urge privacy for tax returns - PennPIRG

Please call Senators Specter and Santorum and urge them support legislation introduced by Senator Barack Obama, S.2484, to prohibit tax preparers from disclosing taxpayer information to other companies.
You can reach Senator Arlen Specter at 202-224-4254 and Senator Rick Santorum at 202-224-6324.
Here's a sample message you can leave:
        "I would like the Senator to co-sponsor  Senate Bill 2484, which would prohibit the IRS from allowing tax preparers     from disclosing tax return information to other companies"
Then click this link to report to PennPIRG that you've made the call,

Prayer Events Advocating for Peace

A friend and colleague of mine will be hosting a meeting for individuals who are interested in organizing inter-cultural meditation/prayer events in the interest of peace advocacy.  She resides in Gladwyne, The meeting will take place on Saturday morning May 13th between 10:00 AM and 12:30 PM.  You are invited to attend.  Light refreshments will be served.  RSVP me at this address as soon as possible.  I will provide address and directions if you are able to attend. 
                                                                                         Ken Dugan []



10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.   Talk Radio Program with Sandra Dungee Glenn (Member, School Reform
Commission)   On WURD 900 AM--call in number is 215-426-1310.

6:00-8:00 p.m.   Workshop: "Build Your Own Computer"   Nonprofit Technology Resources,
 1524 Brandywine St., Philadelphia, Pa   $25 per session   To register, call 215-564-6686.

7:00-9:00 p.m.   International Concerned Friends & Family of Mumia Weekly Meeting
4601 Market St., 5th floor, Philadelphia, PA   For info, call 215-476-5416.

12:00 to 1:00 p.m.. Vigil Against the Occupation in Palestinse
15th Street between Walnut & Locust

4:30 p.m.   Anti-war leafleting and picket
Market & 11th Sts., Philadelphia, PA   For info, email

5:00 p.m.   Vigil--Women in Black
Swarthmore Train Station, Park Ave. & Chester Rd., Swarthmore, PA   For info, email


10:00 a.m. to noon
"Talking Union" weekly call-in radio show, 1340 AM

noon-1:00 p.m.   Peace Vigil   Rte. 38 & Cherry Hill Mall Dr., Cherry Hill, NJ
For info, email

1:00-2:00 p.m.   Protest at Ferber Furs
1708 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA   For info, email

5:00-7:00 p.m.   Radio Show: "Labor to Neighbor" with hosts Janet Ryder, Pat Eiding &
Pete Matthews   900 AM WURD--215-634-8065.

7:30 p.m.   Books Through Bars Packing Cafe   The A Space, 4722 Baltimore Ave., Philadelphia, PA
Help pack books to send to prisoners.   Email


4:30-5:30 p.m. Peace Vigil Federal Building, 601 Market St., Philadelphia, PA
Sponsored by House of Grace Catholic Worker For info, email .

5:00 p.m. Vigil for Peace
Outside Unitarian Society of Germantown, 6511 Lincoln Dr., Phila For info, see

7:00 p.m. Peace Vigil
Germantown Ave. & Bethlehem Pike, Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, PA For info, see

7:30 p.m. International People's Democratic Uhuru Movement Weekly Meeting
Uhuru House, 1021 S. 49th St., Philadelphia, Pa   For info, see


Pick Your Peace March Sign & March for Peace, Justice & Democracy

April 29, New York City
Assemble: 20th St. (East of B'way): 10:30 a.m. - Noon
March!: Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Festival!: 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Join us on East 20th St., just east of Broadway (approach from the East to
avoid blocked off streets) from 10:30 a.m. to Noon where we'll  be gathering
 together and handing out free signs printed especially for Saturday's march.

To reserve your sign now, click here:

Led by United for Peace and Justice, the march and festival has
brought together an impressive coalition of peace, social justice,
labor, immigrant, faith based, environmental and other groups
including: Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, National Organization for Women,
Friends of the Earth, U.S. Labor Against the War, Climate Crisis
Coalition, People's Hurricane Relief Fund, National Youth and Student
Peace Coalition, and Veterans For Peace.

At noon, we'll set off down Broadway, part of an expected
100,000-strong mass of Americans committed to ending this disastrous
and destabilizing war. The march will culminate in an action-oriented
grassroots festival in Foley Square from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
designed to connect those who attend the protest with a wide array of
organizations and campaigns. At the festival, you'll find leaflets,
how-to guides, activist toolkits, and other resources and learn more
about how you can plug into the many efforts underway to bring the troops home.

Please join us and other peace & justice-loving Americans this coming
Saturday, April 29 for this historic outpouring of resistance. Meet us
on 20th St. (just east of Broadway) to get your sign. Then march down
Broadway and enjoy an afternoon in the park learning how to more
effectively stand up against the war.

Find more details, including an opportunity to volunteer at the event and reserve
an anti-war sign at:

[WCUSP] Petition for the Release of Palestinian Child Prisoners.

To sign, place in your browser :

To:  UN Child Committee

WHEREAS the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), to which Israel is a State Party, outlines in Article 37 that “… detention or imprisonment of a child shall be in conformity with the law and shall be used only as a measure of last resort and for the shortest appropriate period of time.”;

WHEREAS Article 37 of the CRC states that, “Every child deprived of liberty shall be treated with humanity and a respect for the inherent dignity of the human person, and in a manner which takes into account the needs of persons of his or her age.”;

WHEREAS the CRC, the UN Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, and other international treaties explicitly forbid the use of torture during interrogation and incarceration;

AND WHEREAS as of 28 September 2000, over 3,600 Palestinian children had been arrested by the Israeli authorities and around 400 remained incarcerated in Israeli jails, and considering that the majority of these Palestinian child detainees faced physical and psychological torture while under interrogation;

WE, the undersigned, call upon the United Nations Human Rights Commission to urgently press for the release of all Palestinian child political prisoners from Israeli prisons and an end to the practice of illegal arrests of Palestinian children.

FURTHERMORE, we call for an immediate inquiry into illegal Israeli practices towards Palestinian child detainees. This inquiry should focus upon the following: the use of torture during interrogation, denial of family and lawyer visits, and the incarceration of Palestinian child political prisoners alongside Israeli juvenile criminal prisoners.

Action: Women Challenge US Policy: Building Peace on Justice in the Middle East  April 24, 2006

WILPF believes in the right of all peoples to self-determination. We support the peaceful existence of both Israel and Palestine and work to support our sister sections in those countries. We applaud our sisters in Palestine for participating in a democratic election process.

We acknowledge the difficulty some might have in accepting the Hamas victory in the elections; however, we believe it is necessary and right to continue diplomatic relations with the Palestinian Authority. The United States government should continue its humanitarian aid for the Palestinian people and should stop promoting diplomatic, financial, and humanitarian isolation of the Palestinian people. While we do not agree with the official Hamas party platform, we believe Hamas politicians are willing to work towards peace with their neighbors. Isolating the Palestinians because of their electoral decisions will hasten the collapse of their shaky economy and increase their desperation.
WCUSP URGES WILPF MEMBERS TO TAKE ACTION: Full and Open Debate Needed on Anti-Palestinian Legislation

TAKE ACTION: Call or fax Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert (R-IL) and urge him to allow a full and open debate on HR4681, the Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Act of 2006.   Phone: 202-225-0600. Fax: 202-226-1996

As Congress reconvenes this week from its spring recess, there is a good chance that supporters of HR4681, the Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Act of 2006, will try to rush this legislation to a vote "under suspension", a procedure that prevents amendments from being offered and limits debate.

According to House Practice: A Guide to the Rules, Precedents and Procedures of the House, "Under the modern practice, the motion to suspend the rules is used frequently to pass reported legislative measures that are perceived to have a broad degree of support and little need for prolonged debate." Congressional Research Services notes that suspending the rules "is a procedure that the House of Representatives often uses on the floor to act expeditiously on relatively noncontroversial legislation", such as naming a post office.

However, the so-called Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Act is far more momentous than the naming of a post office. It is a bill that would impose draconian economic and diplomatic sanctions against the Palestinian people for voting, including:

* Restricting US humanitarian aid and potentially eliminating entire US aid projects, such as infrastructure and small business development;

* Threatening to withhold a portion of US dues to the United Nations because it maintains bodies that advocate for Palestinian human rights and seek to hold Israel accountable to international law;

* Defining territory controlled nominally by the Palestinian Authority as a "terrorist sanctuary", thereby requiring US businesses to obtain special export licenses for most goods destined for the Occupied Palestinian Territories and gutting the provisions of the US free trade agreement with the West Bank and Gaza;

* Refusing visas to members of the Palestinian Legislative Council, even those who belong to political parties that the United States does not classify as "foreign terrorist organizations";

* Restricting the movement of PLO diplomats at the United Nations and threatening to close the PLO's office in Washington, and;

* Instructing the US representative to the World Bank to use the considerable strength of the United States in international financial institutions to vote against the continuation of humanitarian aid projects.

Only the Speaker of the House can recognize a Representative to offer a motion to suspend the rules and dispense with a full debate and prevent amendments from being offered. Don't allow Speaker Hastert to authorize this bill going forward without a transparent and democratic debate! Contact the Speaker today at:

- Kate Zaidan,  Program Coordinator,  Women's International League   for Peace and Freedom, US Section 


Police shot and killed two workers, another was crushed to death in a melee,
and over 40 others were wounded, most by gunshots, when authorities launched an
assault to expel striking workers occupying the SICARTSA steel mill in Lazaro
Cardenas, Michoacan, Mexico on April 20.

Reports from the scene suggest that others may also have been killed or may die
from their wounds. Workers and townspeople retook the plant, but were then
besieged by the police. Parts of the plant have been taken over by the Mexican Army and the Mexican Navy.

Mexican unions have demanded the resignation of the country's secretary of
labour, the impeachment of the country's president, the punishment of those who
are guilty for the violence, and the recognition of the elected leader of the mine workers union.

Your support is urgently needed -- please send off your protest emails today:
And please -- pass this message on! Only if we quickly mobilize thousands online can we provide real support to our brothers and sisters in Mexico.

 Join the Resistance to Gas Gouging

Join the resistance!!!! I hear we are going to hit close to $4.00 a gallon by next summer and it might go higher!! Want gasoline prices to come down?

For the rest of this year, DON'T purchase ANY gasoline from the two biggest companies - which now are one,EXXON and MOBIL.If they are not selling any gas, they will be inclined to reduce their prices. If they reduce their prices, the other companies will have to follow suit. But to have an impact, we need to reach literally millions of Exxon and Mobil gas buyers.  Send this note to 30 people. Do not buy from EXXON/MOBIL UNTIL THEY LOWER THEIR PRICES TO THE $1.30 RANGE AND KEEP THEM DOWN

Last Chance for Lobby Reform

The Republican leadership in the House plans to bring lobbying reform to the floor on Thursday.
H.R. 4975, the lobbying and ethics bill sponsored by the House Republican leadership, is a complete sham.  A farce.  A joke.
Tell your member to vote for real reform.  The House should pass a package of amendments offered by Representatives Chris Shays (R-CT) and Martin Meehan (D-MA).

        Here's what The Washington Post said in an editorial titled "Sham Lobby Reform:"
"Do you remember, back when the spotlight was on Jack Abramoff, how House Republican leaders pledged to get tough on lobbyists? Well, you may; apparently they don't. The House plans this week to take up the Lobbying Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006, a watered-down sham that would provide little in the way of accountability or transparency."
        A USA TODAY editorial titled "Snow job on lobbying," begins, ''Congress still doesn't get it.  After more than a year of negative headlines about political corruption and money-soaked alliances with lobbyists, House leaders are weakening their already anemic excuse for reform.''
Tell your member of Congress to vote for real lobby and ethics reform.
Thank you
Mike Surrusco, Director of Ethics Campaigns and the Common Cause Ethics Team


* OVERTHROW By Russell Mokhiber and Robert Weissman

This article is posted at:

Hawaii, Cuba, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Nicaragua,
Honduras, Iran, Guatemala, South Vietnam, Chile,
Grenada, Panama, Afghanistan, Iraq

What do these 14 governments have in common? You got it.
The United States overthrew them.
And in almost in every case, the overthrow can be traced to corporate interests.

In Hawaii, the sugar companies didn't want to pay
export duties -- so they overthrew the queen of Hawaii and made it part of the United States.

In Guatemala, United Fruit wanted Arbenz out. Out he went.

In Chile, Allende offended the copper interests. Allende -- dead.

In Iran, Mossadegh offended major oil interests. Mossadegh out.

In Nicaragua, Jose Santos Zelaya was bothering American lumber and mining companies. Zelaya -- out.

In Honduras, an American banana magnate organized the coup of the Honduran government.

And on down the list.
        Democratic Party critics charge that the Bush
administration is ripping the United States from a long
history of diplomacy by violently overthrowing governments.
        Not true, says former New York Times foreign
correspondent Stephen Kinzer.
Kinzer says that in fact the opposite is true.
"Actually, the United States has been overthrowing
governments for more than a century," Kinzer said in an interview. - see more)

* Nat Hentoff on the Government Crackdown on Information From Whistleblowers to Journalists *
        Village Voice columnist Nat Hentoff discusses the government's attempt to
clamp down on the ability of the public to transmit or receive information
the government deems secret. Hentoff says the prosecution of two former
officials of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee is the "first in
which the federal government is charging violations of the Espionage Act by
American citizens who are not government officials for being involved in,
until now, what have been regarded as first amendment protected activities."

* FBI Seeks to Seize Control of Files of Deceased Investigative Journalist Jack Anderson *
        FBI agents last month sought to sift through the files of the late
muckracking journalist Jack Anderson to take back those it deemed classified
over concern they could hurt U.S. interests. We speak Jack Anderson's son,
Kevin, as well as George Washington University journalism professor, Mark Feldstein.

* Pentagon Papers Whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg to Government Insiders: Risk
Prison to Leak Information Exposing Illegal Government Actions *

        As we focus on the government crackdown against leakers, we speak with
perhaps the most famous government whistleblower of the twentieth century,
Daniel Ellsberg. In 1969 he leaked the Pentagon Papers, setting in motion
actions that would eventually topple the Nixon presidency and end theVietnam War.

*   CNN article on military recruitment in schools
        "The Defense Department is violating the privacy of millions of high
school students nationwide with a detailed database it uses for
military recruitment, a federal lawsuit filed Monday claims.   
        "The New York Civil Liberties Union sued on behalf of six high
schoolers, saying the department is ignoring privacy rules set by
Congress regarding the collection and distribution of students' personal information."

* DEMOCRACY BEHIND BARS,  Cole Krawitz, AlterNet
Author Sasha Abramsky talks about how mass incarceration, and the resulting disfranchisement of millions of Americans,
 is destroying our democracy.

*  Solidarity from Barrio to Barbershop By Laura S. Washington

*  A great follow up to the dixie chicks, joan baez, dylan... seeger. yes, it's that good!
        Subject: pink's new song :  'dear mr president'

Dixie Chicks, Prince, Eminem, Kanye West; now Pink steps up with a pithy comment about President Bush -   including:
'How can you say no child left behind? We're   not dumb and we're not blind.... What kind of   father would take his own daughter's rights   away? What kind of father might hate his own daughter   if she were gay?'
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