PHILLY & PA NEWS:
YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE A GRANNY TO JOIN OUR IRAQ WAR PROTESTS
Volunteer Now to Beat Santorum
Voter Registration Trainings on Tuesdays
White Dog Café is hosting an event, "Veterans and Young Activists Speak"
Asian Arts Initiative films: Confronting Change and Shaping the Future
NW Greens will meet on August 3 & on August 8
Health Peace Event, August 20
Philly Beyond Oil 2006 Conference- Building a Just Society Beyond Peak Oil and Global Warming
Quick Report & Request from the Israeli Peace Front
Contact your Reps- Sign on as a cosponsor to H.Con.Res.450, Immediate cease-fire in the Middle East.
WAYS TO SAVE THE LIVES OF ABRAHAM'S CHILDREN (In the Middle East)- Rabbi Arthur Waskow
Protest Nike's Anti-Union Sourcing Practices on July 29
Mix It Up Youth Grants & job Opportunities
Conyers v. Bush
Specter v. Bush
"LABOR LEADING THE FIGHT FOR A SINGLE PAYER HEALTHCARE SYSTEM" - Healthcare-NOW:
U.S. Could Take Lessons from Mexican Voting Process by Norman Stockwell
NAACP Chairman Julian Bond's Address to 97th NAACP Convention By Julian Bond
WOMEN'S INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE FOR PEACE AND FREEDOM 1325 PEACEWOMEN E-NEWS
PHILLY & PA NEWS:
GRANNY PEACE BRIGADE: Join us
1. SUNDAY, JULY 30TH 1-2:30 pm
CARPENTER & GREENE (near Weaver's Way Co-op)
MUSIC, PETITION SIGNING, FLYERS
* * * * *
Philadelphia Grannies for Peace:
Gloria Hoffman - 215-843-2939, firstname.lastname@example.org
Marlene Santoyo - 215-247-4385, email@example.com
END WAR IN IRAQ
We are the Grannies who were arrested when we tried to enlist. We have
been charged with "defiant trespass" to be tried Dec. 1st. Support our
continuing protest against this needless trillion $ WAR!
2. WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2nd AT RITTENHOUSE SQUARE PARK
5:6:30P.M. 18TH AND WALNUT STREETS
Volunteer Now to Beat Santorum
1- Sign up to be a Block Captain
2- Register voters and recruit members
The best way to turn out all of Philadelphians who won't vote in the fall is if neighbors, friends, and family, like you, knock on the doors of new, infrequent, and young voters and give them a reason to vote. We're getting started early by recruiting block captains all over the city.
If you would like to serve as a block captain in your neighborhood, and help us begin to build relationships with voters and also recruit new members, click : http://www.phillyagainstsantorum.org/go/volunteer
In addition to recruiting block captains from the current membership of Philadelphians Against Santorum, we also need to bring more people into the fold. Help us recruit new members at concerts, movies and events now and in the coming months, sign-up to be an outreach volunteer below, and we'll contact you weekly with opportunities to help:
PS- If you want to get started helping us right away, there is an outreach opportunity this Friday night.
We'll be recruiting new members this Friday night, July 28th at the Jaguar Wright concert at Penn's Landing. You'll have a chance to meet lots of new people, help in the effort to beat Rick Santorum in Philadelphia and hear a great performance from the Jaguar Wright, a native Philadelphian who has released 2 albums and performed with the Roots and Jay-Z. * To sign up to help on Friday from 6:00-9:00 PM, click below: http://www.phillyagainstsantorum.org/go/RSVP
1- Three Voter Registration Trainings on Tuesdays. (choose one)
Tuesday, July 25th from 4pm to 6pm or
Tuesday, August 8th from 6pm to 8pm or
Sunday, September 10th from 2pm to 4pm.
Please choose one date and RSVP with the date you wish to attend. All training sessions will be held at 1515 Fairmount Avenue. Snacks will also be provided.
Please RSVP to Stevia Baldwin or Jennine Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-232-7272, x3106 or x3042.
2- Election Activity for Nonprofits- Free Workshop
Dou have questions about the IRS rules that impact your nonprofit's involvement in the Vote for Homes! coalition or other election-related activities? Please join Vote for Homes! for a web-based workshop that we will participate in together at Project H.O.M.E.'s Honickman Learning Center Comcast Technology Labs.
July 27, 2006 Online Web Workshop Sponsored by Alliance for Justice 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM, workshop and discussion
Honickman Learning Center Comcast Technology Labs , 1936 N. Judson Street (located between Berks and Montgomery Streets & 23rd and 24th Streets)
RSVP to Stevia Baldwin at email@example.com or 215-232-7272, x3106
Monday, July 31, the White Dog Café is hosting an event, "Veterans and Young Activists Speak"
T wo young activists who will have just returned from a gathering at the Highlander Center in Tennessee to bring Iraq Veterans and youth anti-war leaders together to strategize about ending the Iraq war. They will speak at 7:30 and you can have dinner at 6, however, dinner is not required.
Reservations are required, however, for either dinner or just the talk, at 215-386-9224.
Asian Arts Initiative presents our films at the Atwater Kent Museum: Confronting Change and Shaping the Future
Wednesday, July 26,- Doors open at 5pm, film program 6-8pm. Free with AKMP admission.
Gayle Isa, Executive Director, Asian Arts Initiative, introduces three short films documenting PHiladelphia Chinatown community history. "Look forward and carry on the past": Stories from Chinatown InvAsian Chinatown Life Stories
Wednesday, August 2
Miriam Camitta, Ph.D., filmaker and folklorist, introduces a film about South Street. Crosstown
Monday, August 7
Anula Shetty, Philadelphia-based independent filmmaker, introduces two films about North Philadelphia's American Street corridor African Gardens- Life Stories from American Street
* * * * *
The Asian Arts Initiative is grounded in the belief that the arts can provide an important political and cultural voice for the Asian American community in Philadelphia. We serve as a community arts center where artists and everyday people are developing means to express our diverse experiences as Asian Americans.
Asian Arts Initiative
1315 Cherry Street, 2nd Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107 (215)557-0455 | http://www.asianartsinitiative.org
NW Greens will meet on August 3
Interested in single payer health care, casino-free Northwest, paper records at your polling place, Recycle NOW Philadelphia, join Northwest Greens at 7:00 pm on Thursday, August 3, in the Weavers' Way Meeting Room, 610 Carpenter Lane in West Mount Airy. More information from 215-843-4256 and <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
NW Peace & Justice will meet on August 8
It is time to pressure Rep. Chaka Fattah to sign the Declaration of Peace in Iraq. Northwest Peace and Justice Movement will meet at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, July 11, in the Parish Center behind Saint Vincent's Church, 109 East Price Street in Germantown. For more information: 215-843-4256 or <email@example.com>.
Health Peace Event, August 20
On August 20, 1998, the Pentagon, under orders from President William Jefferson Clinton, used cruise missiles to attack a long-deserted camp in Afghanistan and the al-Shifa (Health) aspirin factory in Khartoum, Sudan. Join us on the anniversary of this futile exercise in military diplomacy to ask Senator Arlen Specter to cut off funding for the occupation of Iraq. Northwest Peace and Justice Movement (and 18 other peace groups) will hold a Trinity Peace Event from 2:00 until 4:00 pm on Sunday, August 20, near Senator Specter's home, on Schoolhouse Lane (between Henry Avenue and Gypsy Lane) in East Falls. For more information: 215-843-4256 or <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Philadelphia Area Nonviolent Peaceforce
Next meeting August 22 (Tuesday) 7PM Friends Center, Room 21, 1501 Cherry St.,
from Clarkson Palmer Ctpalmer@aol.com (610-388-2625)
Philly Beyond Oil 2006 Conference- Building a Just Society Beyond Peak Oil and Global Warming
October 14, 2006
Friends Meeting House, 4th & Arch, Philadelphia - participants welcome- email@example.com
Quick Report & Request from the Israeli Peace Front
The peace movement in Israel has pulled out all stops to end this mad war. Lots of groups are active, and we had a big joint demonstration last night - at least 5,000 people (though the media reported 2,500). Marching through the streets of Tel Aviv with signs, "End the War", "End the Occupation" felt like a relief after the roar of pro-war-talk on all the media.
Women in Black held vigils last Friday throughout Israel. The reactions from the street were quite violent and the police were out in numbers keeping onlookers (and on-shouters) at bay. After our vigil, we read the list of 55 (!) locations [see list below] that held solidarity events this weekend. Some were Women in Black and others organized by allied groups. We felt greatly encouraged by this international solidarity.
I end with a short note from Hannah Safran of the Haifa vigil of Women in Black. The women were shelled during the vigil, but they returned to complete it. Later that day, under the newly formed "Women Against War", they again left their homes to protest.
* Please continue to voice your protest throughout the world.
Gila Svirsky www.coalitionofwomen.org
Tel Aviv: Thousands Rally Against War http://www.commondreams.org/headlines06/0724-05.htm
- TAKE ACTION: Contact your Representative and ask them to sign on as a cosponsor to H.Con.Res.450, calling for an immediate cease-fire in the Middle East. If your Representative has already co-sponsored this resolution, thank him/her.
- Call the Congressional switchboard: 202-224-3121
Demonstrations and Vigils held this weekend (or just before)
Albuquerque, NM, US Amsterdam, Netherlands, Armidale, Australia, Asheville, NC, US, Baltimore, MD, US, Bay Area, CA, US ,Belgrade, Serbia, Bellevue, WA, US, Berlin, Germany, Bonn, Germany, Burlington, VT, US, Calgary, Canada, Canberra, Australia, Cologne, Germany, Concord, MA, US, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK,MA, Farmington, MA, US, Göteborg, Sweden, Greece, Halmsted, Sweden, Kitchener, Canada, Lancaster, PA, US, London, UK, London, Ontario, Canada Los Angeles, CA, US, Malmö, Sweden, Marseille, France, Melbourne, Australia, Minneapolis, MN, US Montreal, Canada, Naples, Italy, New Orleans, LA, US, New Paltz, NY, US (near Woodstock) New York, NY, US, Oslo, Norway, Ottawa, Canada , Oxford, UK, Padova, Italy , Piteå, Sweden
Paris, France , Pune, Marashtra, India , Rome, Italy, San Luis Obispo, CA, US, Seattle, WA, US South Dakota, US, Stockholm, Sweden, Strasbourg, France, Toronto, Canada, Tucson, AZ, US, Switzerland, Turin, Italy Valencia, Spain , Vienna, Austria,
Washington, DC, US
WAYS TO SAVE THE LIVES OF ABRAHAM'S CHILDREN (In the Middle East)
1. Ask your US Senator to urge an immediate cease-fire and the creation of a strong UN force guarding against attacks in either direction across the Lebanese-Israeli boundary. For convenient letter-writing, go to --
2. Send money to support Physicians for Human Rights in Israel in their work to take medical supplies to Palestinian hospitals in crisis. You can click to -- http://www/shalomctr.org.
Click on the blue Donate Now button and be sure to write "Hospitals" in the "On behalf of" box.
3. Send money to two trustworthy Lebanese relief organizations struggling to deal with the disaster:
A -- Beneficiary: Lebanese Red Cross (Lebanon)
Bank name: Audi Bank, Bab Idriss, Account number: 841500 Website: http://www.saveleb.org/
B -- Beneficiary: Hariri Foundation Lebanon Relief Fund (the money will be wired from the US to Lebanon; the foundation honors the Lebanese statesman who opposed Syrian domination and was assassinated.)
Bank Name: Citibank, 8001 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814
Account #: 240 70249 ABA#: 254070116
4. Donate to Magen David Adom, the Israeli equivalent of the Red Cross, to heal those wounded in attacks on Israeli cities. Go to --- www.magendavidadom.org/
5. Start receiving information from at least one of the American Jewish organizations dedicated to seeking peace through achieving a secure Israel, a viable Palestine, and an independent Lebanon. This list represents a wide spectrum of approaches within that understanding. Even if one disagrees with some aspects of their policy positions (and The Shalom Center often does), they carry valuable information.
Brit Tzedek v'Shalom (Jewish Alliance for Justice & Peace) http://www.btvshalom.org/
Tikkun Community / Network of Spiritual Activists http://www.tikkun.org/
Americans for Peace Now http://www.peacenow.org/
Israel Policy Forum http://www.ipforum.org/
Meretz USA (affiliated with a peace-oriented Israeli political party, Meretz). http://www.meretzusa.org/
The Shalom Center - subscribe to the free on-line SHALOM REPORT: click to --http://www.shalomctr.org/subscribe
Jewish Peace News - On-line reports sent by Jewish Voice for Peace, more critical of Israel than those groups listed above, but conduit for useful news reports. http://www.jewishvoiceforpeace.org/publish/jpn.shtml
6. Read two quite different Israeli news sources: One is the Israeli newspaper Haaretz on-line in English. It has a mildly dovish view of Israeli policy, and often carries reports of life in the occupied Palestinian territories. Check it out on -
http://www.haaretzdaily.com/. Second: Subscribe (free) to Uri Avnery's vigorous English-language on-line commentary on Israeli-Palestinian relationships. www.gush-shalom.org <http://www.gush-shalom.org> , firstname.lastname@example.org
7. Subscribe (free) to the on-line news service of Israeli-Palestinian Center for Research & Information (IPCRI), a Jerusalem-based source for a wide variety of news, analysis, and ideas. IPCRI is rooted in concern for both the Israeli and Palestinian peoples. Go to -- http://groups.yahoo.com/group/IPCRI-News-Service/ Click on "sign up."
- Rabbi Arthur Waskow [email@example.com]
Protest Nike's Anti-Union Sourcing Practices on July 29
United Students Against Sweatshops [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Three years ago, workers at the BJ&B factory, which produces
hats for Nike, won a collective bargaining agreement that
included a ten percent pay increase over and above the legal
minimum. Nike, as well as other licensees, responded not only by
refusing to pay the extra money necessary to cover the pay
increase, but by shifting their orders to factories in which
workers were not able to exercise their right to form a union.
This has meant that the BJ&B factory, which three years ago
employed over 1600 workers, currently only employs 250. Just
last month, two hundred more workers were laid off due to a lack
of orders, and it appears that, if Nike is not forced to stop
its practice of cutting and running, BJ&B will be forced to
close its doors.
Students, workers, and community members around the country have
decided to take a stand and to tell Nike that a true commitment
to workers' rights does not include closing down their few
Saturday July 29, at 3PM,
Protests will be held at Niketowns in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York,
Portland, Seattle, Boston, and San Francisco.
If you are near any of these areas, and would like to get involved, please
contact the following individuals:
Los Angeles: Esther Rodriguez 951-551-2240 email@example.com
Chicago: Camila Leiva 518-366-8503 firstname.lastname@example.org
Denver: Timmers Hillman 303-817-3325 email@example.com
New York: Karina Garcia 917-843-7503 firstname.lastname@example.org
Portland: Lila 503-267-0387 email@example.com
Seattle: Erica Irby 206-265-9649 firstname.lastname@example.org
Boston: Jamila Martin 617-549-6833 email@example.com
San Francisco: Nina Rizzo 510-517-6855 firstname.lastname@example.org
Together we can force Nike to live up to its supposed commitment
to social justice and reward factories like BJ&B in which
workers have won recognition of some of their most basic rights.
Visit the web address below to tell your friends about this.
If you received this message from a friend, you can sign up for United Students Against Sweatshops at:
* Mix It Up Youth Grants
Have a great idea about how to challenge social boundaries and bring down the walls that divide your school? We want to help, and, to prove it, we give $500 grants to support youth-directed programs and projects that address social boundaries in schools or communities. (Keep in mind: we can't give you one for hosting a Mix It Up at Lunch Day.) Our guidelines are simple:
* Youth must serve as decision-makers in the project. Ideally, the project is created and implemented by youth.
* Projects must promote collaboration across social boundaries - different youth groups, clubs or community groups working together.
* The project or program should be a part of an ongoing effort, or an effort that's just getting started, but will continue.
* Grants are non-renewable.
Be creative. We're definitely open to new ideas! http://www.tolerance.org/teens/grants.jsp
Philadelphia Cultural Leadership Program (Sep 22)
Philadelphia Cultural Leadership Program Accepting Letters of Intent From New Applicants
Deadline: September 22, 2006 (Letters of Intent)
A program of the Pew Charitable Trusts (http://pewtrusts.org/), the Philadelphia Cultural Leadership Program seeks to stimulate leadership and best practices within the cultural community by providing multi-year operating support to organizations that meet high standards of programmatic, fiscal, and management performance. All PCLP grants are for three years, and the use of the funds is unrestricted.
Since the program's inception, fifty-five organizations have been awarded PCLP grants, with the average award totaling 5 percent of the grantee's prior-year expenses. All grant awards are based on the budget size evident from the most recent audit. Applicants should base their requested amount on that audit.
All PCLP grants are for operating support and may not be used for endowment, capital projects, or debt reduction.
New applicants are strongly encouraged to speak with Culture program staff in advance of submitting an application to the Philadelphia Cultural Leadership Program. See the Pew Charitable Trusts Web site for complete program information as well as guidelines for renewing organizations (those currently receiving PCLP funding).
RFP Link: http://fconline.foundationcenter.org/pnd/10003519/pewtrusts
For additional RFPs in Arts and Culture, visit: http://foundationcenter.org/pnd/rfp/cat_arts.jhtml
Promote Arts in Healing Grants (Aug 16)
Johnson & Johnson/Society for the Arts in Healthcare Partnership to Promote Arts in Healing Grants
Deadline: August 16, 2006 (Letters of Intent)
Johnson & Johnson (http://www.jnj.com/), working in conjunction with the Society for the Arts in Healthcare (http://thesah.org/), seeks to promote the use of the arts to enhance the healthcare experience for patients, their families, and caregivers.
Proposals are being sought from healthcare organizations and/or arts agencies working in partnership to produce innovative projects to serve patients, their families, and caregivers in healthcare settings to promote healing and preventative health. J&J/SAH projects may be located in a variety of settings, including clinics, hospitals, hospices, medical schools, public health services, or other community health programs.
The range of grant projects is intended to be broad and highly innovative. Preference will be given to projects that are new initiatives and have the potential to be replicated. In addition to projects serving broad patient populations and healthcare providers, a portion of grant funds will be reserved for arts programs serving those living with HIV/AIDS, their families, and/or caregivers.
Visit the Society for the Arts in Healthcare Web site for complete guidelines, application forms, and an FAQ.
RFP Link: http://fconline.foundationcenter.org/pnd/10003529/thesah
For additional RFPs in Health, visit: http://foundationcenter.org/pnd/rfp/cat_health.jhtml
Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards (Nov 99)
Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation Invites Nominations for Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards
Deadline: November 9, 2006
The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation (http://dreyfus.org/) established the Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program to support the teaching and research careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences. The program is focused primarily on individual research accomplishments and promise, but evidence of excellence in teaching is also expected.
Institutions in the states, districts, and territories of the United States that grant a bachelor's or higher degree in chemistry, chemical engineering, or biochemistry may submit nominations to the program. Nominees must hold a full-time tenure-track academic appointment and are normally expected to be within the first five years of their independent academic careers.
The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award provides an unrestricted $75,000 research grant. Of that total, $7,500 is earmarked for departmental expenses associated with research and education. Funds are normally expended over a period of five years.
Institutions may make only one nomination annually for the Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program. Visit the foundation's Web site for complete program information.
RFP Link: http://fconline.foundationcenter.org/pnd/10003526/dreyfus
For additional RFPs in Science/Technology, visit: http://foundationcenter.org/pnd/rfp/cat_science.jhtml
Job Opportunities/AmeriCorps Opportunities/ City Year Greater Philadelphia
City Year Greater Philadelphia now has full time AmeriCorps positions available-if you or someone you know is looking for a challenging position working for a dynamic social change agency, visit www.whyiserve.com to learn more and apply on-line today!
City Year unites 17-24 year olds, from diverse backgrounds, for 10 months of community service and leadership development. City Year Greater Philadelphia is the fastest growing City Year site and our 183 corps members serve throughout the city of Philadelphia engaged in a variety of activities that meet critical needs in the communities. Corps members work on teams and are primarily focused on the education and development of youth, serving as tutors and mentors for children in partnership with public schools, running after-school programs and curricula on issues including violence prevention, environment, and diversity, and organizing community service projects.
The City Year Greater Philadelphia corps embodies the ideals and the power of young people. Corps members represent their generation with pride as they work to affect positive, lasting social change for children living in the communities they serve. Every day, corps members work with the spirit of idealism, the discipline of hard work, and the purpose of shared goals. City Year is great preparation for future careers and education, and for the third consecutive year, has been featured in the Princeton Review's "Best Entry-Level Jobs" as one of 112 companies recommended as great places for new grads to work.
For their service, City Year corps members receive a living stipend of $175 per week and a $4,725 Educational Award to put towards their higher education or pay off student loans, as well as the opportunity to develop leadership and teamwork skills that are applicable to any future endeavor upon completion of their City Year.
Specific responsibilities include:
§ Perform challenging full-time service on a dive! rse team of peers, 5 days per week, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.
§ Engage community leaders in City Year's service through presentations and events
§ Participate in a comprehensive leadership development program
§ Help design innovative service projects and special events
City Year corps members are required to demonstrate a commitment to improving communities through service accompanied by a commitment to personal growth and leadership development. Additional requirements include:
§ Being between the ages of 17 and 24
§ Committing to 10 months of full-time community service
§ Passion for working on a diverse team of young adults
§ Previous team, volunteer, and experience working with youth highly preferred
Position Start & End Dates: Late August 2006 - Late June 2007
For more information please contact Stephanie Tipton at 267-386-7024 or email@example.com , or visit http://www.whyiserve.com.
Conyers v. Bush
I wanted to update you on the lawsuit I have filed against George W. Bush and members of his administration, referred to in legal parlance as Conyers v. Bush.
I decided to file suit against the President in Federal Court in Michigan, along with 11 Senior Democratic Members of Congress. This suit was necessary because of a clear violation of the constitution. When the President signed the Deficit Reduction Act (which "reduced" the deficit by cutting taxes, health care benefits, and student loans), he signed into law a bill that had not passed the House and Senate. A different version of the bill passed each house of Congress with a multi-billion dollar difference in funding for life-saving medical equipment.
Anyone who ever watched Schoolhouse Rock knows this to be a problem.
Given the stakes involved I felt it was imperative to aggressively take this fight to the courts. The President's lawyers tried to get the bill dismissed, but late last week I responded with legal filings that stand up for the rule of law and the Constitution and hope to bring the President, and our United States government, back under the rule of law.
.. Sincerely, John Conyers, Jr. website: http://www.johnconyers.com/ Phone: 313-438-2004
Sen. Specter prepping bill to sue Bush By LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press
>A powerful Republican committee chairman who has led the fight against
>President Bush's signing statements said Monday he would have a bill ready
>by the end of the week allowing Congress to sue him in federal court.
"We will submit legislation to the United States Senate which
>will...authorize the Congress to undertake judicial review of those
>signing statements with the view to having the president's acts declared
>unconstitutional," Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter, R-Pa., said on the Senate floor.
Specter's announcement came the same day that an American Bar Association
>task force concluded that by attaching conditions to legislation, the
>president has sidestepped his constitutional duty to either sign a bill,
>veto it, or take no action.
>Bush has issued at least 750 signing statements during his presidency,
>reserving the right to revise, interpret or disregard laws on national
>security and constitutional grounds.
"That non-veto hamstrings Congress because Congress cannot respond to a
>signing statement," said ABA president Michael Greco. The practice, he
>added "is harming the separation of powers."
"LABOR LEADING THE FIGHT FOR A SINGLE PAYER HEALTHCARE SYSTEM" - Healthcare-NOW: July 24, 2006
Continuing their historic role in support of social justice, labor unions and workers from 161 unions across all divisions are in the forefront of the national single payer healthcare coalition movement. They are calling for a single payer system that would cover everybody in the United States with quality and affordable healthcare.
As a part of HEALTHCARE-NOW and its partner ALL UNIONS COMMITTEE for SINGLE PAYER HEALTH CARE.., over 161 labor endorsements have been voted for H.R. 676, the single payer national healthcare legislation, by unions, Central Labor Councils of the AFL-CIO and Internationals. H.R. 676, the Conyers bill, would assure quality, comprehensive and affordable healthcare for every resident of the United States, Healthcare-NOW, the national coalition dedicated to this healthcare advance is headed by a team of three national co-chairs representing labor, faith and the medical profession. They are now launching their new "Elect a Healthy Congress" campaign calling on politicians to support single payer national healthcare for all and to commit to refuse contributions from insurance and pharmaceutical drug companies.
This coalition is determined to defeat the corporations that want to keep healthcare as a profit-making industry rather than a guaranteed right for all. They are challenging the Healthcare Industrial Complex: the insurance companies, the pharmaceutical drug corporations, the for-profit hospitals and lobbyists and calling for public control of the financing of the healthcare system. The Single Payer leaders who co-chair Healthcare-NOW are Leo Gerard, President of the United Steelworkers, Jim Winkler, head of the United Methodist Board of Church and Society, and Dr. Quentin Young, National Coordinator of the fastest growing and most progressive group of doctors in the nation, Physicians for a National Health Program.
Explains Gerard: "The news about healthcare is worse every day. The costs are going up. Employer contributions are going down or becoming non-existent. Quality of care is questionable, and corporate fraud is rampant. Every contract is about negotiating healthcare benefits rather than for better salaries and working conditions. But there is a solution and it is a single-payer system. What would a single payer system do for us? According to Jim Winkler, "We would get a lot more than we do now. All medical, dental, optical, mental health coverage, all hospitals, medical equipment, pharmaceutical drugs, long term care, drug and alcohol treatment and more would be a part of the new system. Attention to and control over the corporate fraud that now takes away hundreds of billions of dollars would help us pay for this kind of healthcare for everybody.
How much would we pay? Surprisingly, noted Marilyn Clement, National Coordinator of Healthcare NOW, we would pay less than we are paying now considering premiums, co-pays, deductibles, and uncovered costs such as dental, pharmaceutical drugs and long-term care. An average family of three that pays more than $10,000 a year now - including all of the above costs, would now pay about $1,200 a year- or $100 per month. Employers would contribute equally - the same amount per employee based on their income. How would this work? We would all be paying a small amount into the system. The big corporate insurance and HMO entities would no longer be handling the money and reaping huge profits, paying for advertising and lobbying and denying our needs. Instead we would have a single payer and we would have an entitlement to healthcare.
NEW CAMPAIGN Healthcare-NOW is launching a new campaign to ELECT A HEALTHY CONGRESS. Unless we change the Congress in the 2006 election, we will not be able to push forward the ambitious agenda we have for getting national healthcare or any other progressive legislation.
New indicators of the extreme healthcare and leadership crisis in this country appear every day. Today, the crisis involves two additional concerns:
1. The Bush- appointed National Labor Relations Board is voting this week on a new rule that would cut the numbers of union members by the hundreds of thousands -turning worker categories into supervisors - particularly nurses - but also people in every type of work, eliminating their right to be members of a union. The NLRB has refused to hear testimony, and a fight is being launched to stop this blatant anti-worker strategy.
2. Insurance companies are refusing to provide coverage for patients who use particular hospitals. For example, the weekend Atlanta Constitution reports that Blue Cross/Blue Shield, the largest insurer in George is refusing to pay Piedmont Hospital for patient services. And a similar crisis faces Jamaica Hospital in New York City, denied payment by Oxford Health.
Go to the website of Healthcare-NOW. www.healthcare-now.org Get more information about this struggle and how we can win it together as we build a huge coalition! Join Healthcare-NOW ($30) - or get your union to join and get the free 10 minute video "Don't be a Chicken" and copies of "What is Single Payer Universal Healthcare?"
-Join hundreds of other unions endorsing H.R. 676, the United States Universal Health Care Bill. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on how to get involved, contact Healthcare-NOW, 1-800 453-1305 or email@example.com
U.S. Could Take Lessons from Mexican Voting Process by Norman Stockwell- July 22, 2006 by the Madison
Capital Times (Wisconsin) http://www.madison.com/
Last Sunday's rally of up to 1.5 million Mexicans in
the main square of the capital city is only the latest
stage in a series of lessons in democracy that our
neighbors to the south are teaching us here in the United States.
In Mexico, campaigning must cease several days before
voting takes place; on election day and the day before,
no alcohol can be sold (or used to buy votes); and
election day itself is always held on a Sunday so
people will be sure to have time off from work to get
to the polls. A nationwide electoral law and system of
voter IDs guarantees uniformity, and hand-marked paper
ballots stuffed into clear boxes give the process a
sense of "transparency" fast disappearing in our country.
NAACP Chairman Julian Bond's Address to 97th NAACP Convention By Julian Bond
Last week I wrote a letter to MT Airy Express & referred to the war at
home, the penal system that incarcerates people of color.- Read Julian Bond's comments. .. Marlene Santoyo
"Although blacks are roughly 13 percent of monthly users
of illegal drugs, blacks are 30 percent of drug arrests,
53 percent of drug convictions, and a staggering 67
percent of the people imprisoned for drug offenses.
"Because of the explosion of incarceration driven by
drug prohibition, more than 5 million people are now barred from voting."
We are the only industrial democracy that does this. As
a result, in the states of the Deep South, almost one-
third of all black men are barred from voting because of
felony convictions, some of them permanently.
It is our job, as the nation's oldest and largest civil
rights organization, to agitate, associate, and advocate
for equal treatment of all citizens of the United
States. Our history shows we are ready for the challenge.
Chairman, NAACP National Board of Directors
(Julian Bond is a Distinguished Professor in the School
of Government at the American University in Washington,
DC, and a Professor in History at the University of
Virginia. In February l998, he was elected Chairman of
the NAACP Board of Directors.)
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AU COMMISSION ASSURES ON GENDER DECLARATION IMPLEMENTATION
June 27, 2006 - (Angola Press) The first reports on the status of implementation of the Solemn Declaration on Gender Equality in Africa (SDGEA) are to be submitted for consideration by the African Union summit in January 2007, an AU Commission official said Monday. http://www.peacewomen.org/news/International/June06/AU_genderdeclaration.html
UGANDA: WOMEN MISSING IN CONFLICT RESOLUTION
July 6, 2006 - (The Monitor) Despite successful efforts to bring peace to conflict areas, women have not been active participants in the process, a report by the International Crisis Group indicates. ICG is a Brussels-based non-governmental organisation working towards preventing and resolving conflict worldwide. The report says women are often times excluded from peace agreements and conflict resolution processes and under-represented in the security sector as a whole.
PEACEBUILDING COMMISSION OPENS: UN REFORM PROCESS ROLLS ON: WILL WOMEN'S VOICE BE HEARD?
July 10, 2006 - (IWTC Women's GlobalNet) The UN reform process moved a step forward on Friday, June 23rd, 2006 at UN Headquarters in New York, with the inaugural meeting of the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC), a new 31 member intergovernmental advisory committee. The role of the Commission is to facilitate collaboration and coordination among political, military, humanitarian, development and UN actors to help countries during the fragile transitional period between war and lasting peace. http://www.peacewomen.org/news/International/July06/PBC_womensvoices.html
AFGHANISTAN: VICE AND VIRTUE DEPARTMENT COULD RETURN, WOMEN AND GIRLS AGAIN AT RISK
July 18, 2006 - (Human Rights Watch) Proposal to reestablish the Department for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice in Afghanistan raises serious concerns about potential abuse of the rights of women and vulnerable groups, Human Rights Watch said today. http://www.peacewomen.org/news/Afghanistan/July06/Vice_and_virtue_department.html
WOMEN PRESS U.S. VIOLATIONS AT U.N. RIGHTS REVIEW
July 5, 2006- (Geneva) Today, the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) joined a coalition of 142 U.S.-based non-profits and organizations and 32 individuals to release the most comprehensive review of human rights violations in the United States ever compiled. The 465-page "shadow report" was assembled for the United Nation's Human Rights Committee as part of its review of U.S. human rights abuses later this month.
OSCE OFFICE CO-HOSTS MEETING ON WOMEN'S PARTICIPATION IN ELECTIONS IN ARMENIA
July 11 2006 - The role of women in the electoral process and their participation in politics is the focus of a meeting that opened today in the Armenian capital. http://www.peacewomen.org/news/International/July06/Armenia_women_election.html
WOMEN'S VIEWS ON DEMOCRATIC PROCESSES
July 5, 2006 - (The Georgian Times) An International Conference called 'Increasing Women's Participation in Democratic Processes', held recently in Tbilisi, has been acknowledged as an important milestone in the history of women's work in NGOs in Georgia, as well as a great leap towards the development of democratic processes and gender equality.
KUWAITI WOMEN OPTIMISTIC DESPITE SETBACKS
July 2, 2006 - (Taipei Times) Kuwaiti women view their first-ever participation in legislative polls in the oil-rich emirate as a victory despite the failure of female candidates to win any seats. "We have not won, but it was without any doubt a victory for the Kuwaiti woman. We have lost in votes, but won an experience," said Fatima al-Abdali, who ran as a candidate in Thursday's election. http://www.peacewomen.org/news/International/July06/Kuwaitiwomen_optimistic.html
WORLD'S WOMEN HAVE AN ADVOCATE: MORE THAN HALF THE GLOBE'S PEOPLE NEED THEIR OWN UN AGENCY: STEPHEN LEWIS
July 1, 2006 - (Toronto Star) When Stephen Lewis visited the central Kenyan town of Thika last month, he heard a disturbing fact. Rapes of women and girls were escalating every month, and half the girls sexually assaulted were under 12. Even more startling was a new pattern; "a significant number of women aged 65 to 80 were also raped. The men who did it were confident they could have unprotected sex with them without getting AIDS," Lewis said.
TOWARDS A PLAN OF ACTION ON STRENGTHENING THE ROLE OF WOMEN IN SOCIETY
June 30, 2006 - (EurofundingMag) The Preparatory Conference "Towards a Plan of Action on Strengthening the Role of Women in Society" which took place on 14-16 June in Rabat, Morocco, brought together 130 civil society organisations, governments, parliaments and donors' representatives of the Euromed partner countries. The objective of the conference was to review key aspects of women's and gender issues under three major themes: women's human rights as an essential component of democracy, women's economic status and participation and social and cultural issues impacting upon women and gender relations in the region. http://www.peacewomen.org/news/International/June06/planofaction_roleofwomen.html
ROOT CAUSES OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN IN SWEDEN REMAIN: UN EXPERT
June 22, 2006 - (UN News Service) Describing the "gender equality experience" in Sweden as being a "contradictory process," a United Nations rights expert has said that the root causes of violence against women in the country have remain unchallenged and become normalized despite an impressive amount of legislation aimed at stamping out the problem.
RAPE IN WAR 'A GROWING PROBLEM'
June 22, 2006 - (BBC) Rape and sexual violence in conflict appear to be worsening and very little is being done to tackle the problem, a major UN conference has heard. The conference organiser, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), wants a UN declaration and extra funding. http://www.peacewomen.org/news/International/June06/RapeInWar.html
POST-WAR PEACE BUILDING STILL A BOYS CLUB
June 22, 2006 - (IPS) When the 15-member U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted its landmark "Resolution 1325" in October 2000, it conveyed a strong political message to the international community: that there can be no lasting peace in post-war rebuilding without active participation of women.
RIGHTS-IRAN: PREDICTED ROLLBACK HASN'T YET HAPPENED, SAY WOMEN ACTIVISTS
June 28, 2006 - (IPS) Some women's rights activists in Iran say they are not optimistic that women's rights will make much progress under President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. But they also say they have not seen the deterioration of women's status they expected when the conservative politician took office last August.
WOMEN'S MINISTRY LACKS SUPPORT
July 12, 2006 - (IWPR) Two years after the ministry was formed, its scope to bring about change is severely constrained by its miniscule budget. The Iraqi government is not giving the moral and financial support the women's affairs ministry needs to make real changes in Iraq, women's advocates say.
IRAQIS PUSH TO PROSECUTE RAPE IN WAR CRIME TRIALS
June 26, 2006 - (WOMENSENEWS) A prominent women's group in Iraq, along with advocates of international law in the United States, are beginning to demand justice for thousands of Iraqi women who suffered under the regime of Saddam Hussein. They are working with and lobbying the Iraqi High Tribunal--the temporary court now trying the crimes of Hussein's Baathist regime--to prosecute and punish perpetrators of gender-based violence, including allegations of women being raped in prison and politically motivated public beheadings.
NEPAL: UN CALLS FOR INCREASED WOMEN'S PARTICIPATION IN PEACE PROCESS
July 3, 2006 - (Kantipur Report) United Nations has called the government, the political parties and the Maoists to increase women's representation in the ongoing peace process. "Clearly the active participation of women was crucial to the success of the recent people's movement. For the peace process to also succeed, women's participation is absolutely necessary," a statement issued by the UN on Monday quoted Junko Sazaki, the UN acting resident co-ordinator, as saying.
FIJI: AFFIRMATIVE ACTION CAN NARROW THE GENDER GAP IN THE LEGAL SECTOR, SAYS RRRT'S JALAL
June 22, 2006 - (PR) Low numbers of women in the judiciary and magistracy in the region should be addressed by affirmative action, according to Imrana Jalal, Human Rights Adviser at the Pacific Regional Rights Resource Team (RRRT).
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