Grandparents (Bubbies & Zaydes) for Peace in the Middle East
INTERFAITH CALENDAR OF EVENTS.
NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL ACTION:
RESPONSES NEEDED:Working for Single Payer Healthcare
Close the SOA/WHINSEC! Converge on Fort Benning, Georgia -- November
Midterm Elections: GX Says 'No More Politics as Usual!
Olive Harvest Delegation - November 4-18, 2006
US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation- National Conference
Tell Congress to Fix Health Care
Help protest San Francisco restaurant event promoting Krug-Mondavi wine
Philadelphians Support Jewish Banner-Hangers/Jewish Group Calls
on Media to Report Jewish Opposition to Israeli Policy
Building Peace with Iraqis & Lebanese/ CODEPINK Women for Peace
Chicago Pastor on Why He is Allowing Mexican Mother to Stay in Church
to Avoid Deportation (and more)
Grandparents (Bubbies & Zaydes) for Peace in the Middle East
Join us every Friday @ Noon on S. 15th Street above Locust/
INTERFAITH CALENDAR OF EVENTS.. Compiled
by Lance Laver for the Philadelphia Interfaith Walk for Peace and
Interfaith Peace Prayer Service: Praying for
Peace in the Middle East
Thursday, August 24, 2006, 7:00 PM, Rosemont College SHCJ
Chapel, 1400 Montgomery Avenue, Rosemont, PA
People from all faiths and ethnic backgrounds gather to pray in
community for the Middle East and for peace. The service will
include prayers from an imam, rabbi and pastor, as well as short
prayers, poems and songs by interfaith participants.
Please wear something white to symbolize hope.
For more information, contact Jennifer Ayoub (610-527-3988), National
Student Organizer, Student Peace Alliance for U.S. Department of Peace.
Next Peace Walk planning meeting:
Wednesday, September 6, 2006, Al-Aqsa Islamic Society, 1501
Germantown Avenue (at 3rd & Jefferson St.), Philadelphia, 7:00 PM
All are welcome to attend. The agenda will include discussion of
the Sacred Season 2006 event in October (see below).
The working title is: Why
We Walk Peace In Every Step (thought Id add a little Thich Nhat
Hahn to the mix :-)
Combatants for Peace program
Friday, September 15, 2006, Mishkan Shalom, 4101 Freeland Avenue
(at Shurs Lane), Roxborough, 8:15 PMfollowing Shabbat services (7:00
Combatants for Peace (C4P) is a group of ~150 Israeli ex-fighters and
Palestinian ex-militants who used to be enemies and now believe that
violence is not the path to a peaceful solution in the Middle East.
We are a group of Israeli and Palestinian individuals who were
actively involved in the cycle of violence in our area. The
Israelis served as combat soldiers in the Israel Defense Forces and the
Palestinians were involved in acts of violence in the name of
* Brandywine Peace Community Actions:
September 21. Declaration of Peace candlelight vigil (location
announced) at 7:30 pm with walk to Federal Building, 600 Arch Street in
City. More information from <firstname.lastname@example.org> and
September 22. Declaration of Peace civil
disobedience at Senator Richard
Santorum's office, One South Penn Square (across the street from
in Old City. More information from <email@example.com> and
September 23. Declaration of Peace civil
disobedience at Senator Arlen
Specter's office, 600 Arch Street in Old City. More information
<firstname.lastname@example.org> and 610-544-1818.
Sacred Season 2006 event:
Sunday, October 8, 2006, Philadelphia (location to be
confirmed), 3:00 8:00 PM.
This program (as last years event at Arch Street Meeting House and
Independence Mall) commemorates the confluence of major sacred days in
the Jewish, Muslim and Christian traditions.
NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL ACTION:
Fighting the Good Fight for Healthcare! Read this letter
from Michael Moore's Producer
Thanks again to everyone for doing your impressive organizing
work and being in touch with your ideas for moving us forward to a
national healthcare system - SOOOON. I know Michael Moore 's film
is going to help us.
Marilyn Clement, Ex Dir of Healthcare NOW.-
From: Meghan O'Hara [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Monday, August 21, 2006 4:16 PM
RESPONSES NEEDED:Working for Single Payer
Thanks To All of you again for all of the help that Healthcare -
Now has already given us! Here is a quicklist of some of the
cases we are looking for. At the moment (having already filmed
all over the country) we are trying to focus on the northeast, mid-west
and LA.but having said that, if you have the perfect candidate - we
will go to them!
If you know of any cases in the area that fit any of the qualifications
below, we would love to hear about them:
1) Anyone currently being denied treatment and in need of help: someone
who has insurance would be ideal. Michael wants to intervene in
their fight against a hospital or HMO and get this person the help they
deserve - to make the point that he can't do that for everyone - and
nor should he have to.
2) Someone decimated by a Catholic Hospital's aggressive billing
practices: Michael would prefer the more dramatic the better for this
one.not just someone who has declared bankruptcy - but someone who lost
their home etc
3) Someone dying b/c they can't afford a drug would also be great -
there is an easy target (the drug maker) for Michael to go to and
demand that they supply the drug - and demand that they try and justify
4) I don't know if your organization would have heard of this but, but
we are also looking at the crazy things people have to do to keep or
get their health insurance, (we have the case of a fugitive, on the lam
for 30 years, who turned himself in b/c he needed healthcare), we are
looking for people working 3 jobs, or staying in jobs they hate, b/c it
provides them benefits, there is a case of a woman caught embezzling
from her job to pay for her mother's care.things like that.
Thank you again for lending us a much needed hand! All of my
numbers are listed below I'll look forward to talking with you soon!
Meghan O'Hara , Producer, SICKO ,
212-399-2498 ext 232 , 646-469-4151
A Call To Action: Close the SOA/WHINSEC! Converge
on Fort Benning, Georgia -- November 17-19, 2006
Intern or Volunteer at SOA Watch in Washington,
D.Cfirstname.lastname@example.org]/ www.SOAW.org/ 202-234-3440 Aug
With former SOA graduates being unmasked in Chile, Argentina, Colombia,
Paraguay, Honduras, and Peru for their crimes against humanity, and
with the blatant similarities between the interrogation methods and
torture methods used at Abu Ghraib and those described in human rights
abuse cases in Latin America, the SOA/WHINSEC must be held accountable!
The SOA/WHINSEC does not represent the values of most Americans.
Torture, deceit, political corruption, mass assassination and unlawful
incarceration are inhuman and unacceptable, yet our government seems
bent on convincing us otherwise by justifying those actions as a
"struggle for freedom and democracy" or simply denying their very
The SOA/WHINSEC is funded by American tax dollars, and it is in our
power to shut it down.
"This institution [School of the Americas/WHINSEC] costs us millions of
dollars a year and identifies us with tyranny and oppression." -
Representative Joseph Kennedy
What You Can Do:
1.- Make a Call to Action
Tell your friends and family about the November Vigil and invite them
to take part and make their voices heard! Spread the word by forwarding
2.- Order Palm Cards
These practical pocket size cards are a great way of promoting the
November Vigil and inspiring people to participate. You can distribute
these mini announcements at churches, synagogues, mosques, coffee
houses, union halls, your student activity centers, demonstrations,
house parties, office, or anywhere a group of people is gathered. With
your help we will get the palm cards far and wide and grow attendance
at the Vigil.
Please email us at info(at)soaw(dot)org with your mailing address and
let us know how many you can distribute in your community. Cards come
in packs of 150, but order as many as you know you can distribute.
Please send a $5 donation per pack of a 150 to cover the cost of
printing and shipping. If a donation is not possible, we will still
ship you palm cards.
Please send your order and donation to SOA Watch ~ PO Box 4566 ~
Washington, DC, 20017.
View the palm cards and find out more about using them in your
3.-Order or Download the November Organizing Packet
A great tool available for you and your group is available for free on
the SOA Watch website. The NOVEMBER ORGANIZING PACKET contains
information about what to expect at Ft. Benning, logistical information
to assist your trip planning, media, legislative, fundraising and
outreach tips and resources, and flyers you can reproduce and use in
4.-Make a Donation
SOA Watch is a completely independent non-profit organization; our
funding comes from the grassroots and the sales of our resource
materials. Please support the growing costs of the vigil by donating
now! Every dollar is needed and helps us to cover our $45,000 of
expenses -- from event meeting spaces to tables to port-a-potties to
media and legal offices.
Interns and Volunteers for SOA Watch
SOA Watch is looking for a few good people to
work as interns and volunteers in our Washington, DC office. We
are a small and fun-loving staff and offer internship and volunteer
opportunities in organizing; research; database and correspondence
management; accounting and clerical work; web development; and other
To apply for an internship,
please send a cover letter and resume to Aisha Brown at SOA Watch, P.O.
Box 4566, Washington, D.C. 20017 or email abrown(at)soaw(dot)org.
Midterm Elections: GX Says 'No More Politics as
Usual! Global Exchange: email@example.com
The recent victory of Connecticut Democratic Senate candidate Ned
Lamont over 18-year incumbent Joe Lieberman was a clarion call to all
progressives that now is the moment to start pushing vigorously to
advance a social justice agenda during the 2006 election season.
With the current public discontent over the war, rising oil prices, and
the influence of money in politics, the midterm elections provide a
significant window to push for real change. As a nonprofit
organization, Global Exchange cannot endorse candidates.
Take Action During the 2006 Election Season!
Build a voting block for peace: Sign the Voters for Peace Pledge http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/organizationsORG/gx/petition.jsp?petition_KEY=307
Separate Oil and State: Ask your Senators and
Representatives to stand up to the oil companies and refuse all oil and
Curb the Political Power of Corporations: GX
California members, now is the time to make real change in our state.
Volunteer to help pass Proposition 89, the Clean Money and Fair
Elections Act. Contact Nell Greenberg at firstname.lastname@example.org
*This election season, Global Exchange are leading the Separation of
Oil and State campaign, a campaign to pressure candidates to refuse
oil company campaign contributions. In concert with this national
effort, Global Exchange has delivered Separation of Oil and State
pledge requests to all California candidates running for a seat in the
House or Senate. Through constituent pressure and some creative direct
action, we have received signed pledges from six California political
candidates, including Gubernatorial candidate Phil Angelides. Click
to find out what you can do!
Olive Harvest Delegation - November 4-18, 2006
Join the American Friends Service Committee and Interfaith
Peace-Builders this fall and travel to Israel/Palestine. This
delegation provides an excellent opportunity to participate in the
Palestinian olive harvest--generally a time of great community
activism, where people of all ages from Palestine, Israeli peace and
justice groups, and international groups join farmers as they reap
In many cases, it's international support that makes the harvest
possible. In addition to expressing solidarity, participants in the
delegation will learn about obstacles to the harvest, and get a chance
to meet those working for peace in Israel and Palestine.
Learn more about the Olive Harvest Delegation, follow the link
Take Action to End the Violence in Gaza
While the world's attention has been fixed on Lebanon, Israel
has continued its two-month siege on Gaza following the capture of
Israeli Cpl. Gilad Shalit on June 25. So far, Israel's attack on
the civilian infrastructure of Gaza has left 860,000 people without
power or water. These acts of collective punishment fall hardest on
those most vulnerable: the children, the elderly, the sick.
Ask the White House, State Department, and
Congress to resolve the
conflict in Gaza. Follow the link below for talking points and to
American Friends Service Committee
See the Faces of Hope Campaign at
End the Occupation conference- in 10
5th Annual National Organizers Conference- Dearborn, MI, September 1-3
UPCOMING CONFERENCE DEADLINES
Wednesday, August 23: Deadline for reserving a room at the Hyatt
Regency Dearborn at the special conference rate. For more
information about booking the hotel, click here:http://www.endtheoccupation.org/article.php?id=1249
Wednesday, August 23, 5PM Eastern: Deadline for member organizations in
good standing to submit business proposals. To see the proposal
guidelines and to submit a proposal, click here: http://www.endtheoccupation.org/modinput4.php?modin=96
Wednesday, July 30, Noon Eastern: Deadline for on-line
registration. Please help us to get an accurate head-count for
printing and catering so that we dont waste resources and money.
If you are planning on coming to the conference, please register and
make payment arrangements today on-line by clicking here: http://www.endtheoccupation.org/modinput4.php?modin=93
For more conference details, click here: http://www.endtheoccupation.org/article.php?list=type&type=161
Tell Congress to Fix Health Care
Earlier this year, the Citizens' Health Care Working Group was
established by Congress to engage U.S. citizens in public debate about
shaping a health care system that would "provide every American with
the ability to obtain quality, affordable, health care." The
Working Group developed a survey and held community hearings in
selected cities. UCC congregations responded with over 1,500
surveys that were compiled and sent to Washington as a collective voice
from the United Church of Christ. A final report of what UCC
congregations said about health care for all will be released in the
The Working Group has collected over 25,000 surveys and has made some
interim recommendations for public comment. The six interim
Guarantee financial protection against very high health care costs;
Support integrated community health networks;
Promote efforts to improve quality of care and efficiency;
Fundamentally restructure the way that palliative care, hospice care
and other end-of-life services are financed and provided, so that
people living with advanced incurable conditions have increased access
to these services in the environment they choose;
It should be public policy that all Americans have affordable health
Define a "core" benefit package for all Americans.
These interim recommendations do not reflect the growing support for a
national health plan, financed by taxpayers, in which everyone would
get health insurance and for a system of comprehensive benefits from
which no one can be excluded. The time for public comment ends on
August 31, 2006, and final recommendations will be sent to the Congress
and the President at the end of September, to be followed by
congressional hearings in early 2007.
It is critical that the members of the Citizens' Health Care Working
Group hear from you before Aug. 31 that these recommendations are NOT
strong enough to address the current health care crisis. Click http://www.ucctakeaction.org/chcwg to send a
message to the Working Group, with copies to Senators Wyden and Hatch,
telling them that Congress needs to act in a timely manner to provide
comprehensive, affordable, universal health care.
For more information about the Working Group, or to read the full text
of the recommendations, go to http://www.citizenshealthcare.gov/recommendations/recsover.php.
To read a one-page summary of these recommendations, click http://www.ucctakeaction.org/uhcanfacts.
If your computer has trouble linking to the links above, please copy
and paste the address into your browser.
Help protest San Francisco restaurant event
promoting Krug-Mondavi wine
Send an e-mail to support fired Charles Krug-Mondavi workers and
their supporters who will form a "human billboard" by Fior d'
Italia, America's oldest Italian restaurant. On Thursday, Aug.
31 at 6:30 pm, the restaurant sponsors a dinner featuring the
wines of Krug-Mondavi. Vineyard co-owner Pete Mondavi Jr will
attend this event as the restaurant's special guest.
Please let Fior d' Italia know you are boycotting all
Krug-Mondavi wine products until Krug-Mondavi rehires the union
workers it fired and engages in good faith bargaining with the United
* Philadelphians Support Jewish Banner-Hangers/ Jewish Group Calls on
Media to Report Jewish Opposition to Israeli Policy
PHILADELPHIA - Local peace group Philadelphia Jewish Voice for
Peace announced its support today for a second group of local Jews who
hung banners on three prominent local bridges today, telling rush-hour
drivers that "U.S. Jews Say: Israel, Stop Killing Civilians," "U.S.
Jews Stand Against Israel's War Crimes," and "U.S. Jews Say: End U.S.
Military $ to Israel."
The banner-hangers identified themselves in a press statement as
Philadelphia Jews, working in coordination with Jews in New York, San
Francisco, and Boston. Their demonstration was in "opposition to
recent aggression by the Israeli and U.S. governments in Lebanon, Gaza
and the West Bank."
"Based on Philadelphia's major newspaper, television and radio coverage
of the Middle East, Philadelphians would believe that the Jews of
Philadelphia solidly support Israel's policies," said Philadelphia
Jewish Voice for Peace member ______. "The message of the
banner-droppers is that this is not the case. We, too, as members
of a national peace group with over 15,000 Jewish supporters, oppose
Israel's war on Lebanon. We oppose Israel's continuing occupation
of Palestinian territories, which has most recently led to the killing
of hundreds of civilians in Gaza and cycles of political, social and
economic distress in Gaza and the West Bank.
"Hundreds of Jews in Philadelphia have demonstrated their opposition to
automatic Jewish support for Israel - counter-demonstrating at the
official Jewish community rally held at Love Park on July 24, at a
vigil held each Friday for the past 6 years in front of the Israeli
Embassy in center city, and today on our city's bridges. "We oppose
uncritical U.S. political and financial support for Israel's actions,
and we call on the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News, Channels 3, 6,
10 and Fox News, and radio stations KYW and WHYY to name Jewish
community support for Israel as what it is - the voice of many Jews -
and to reflect in its coverage the voices of many other Philadelphia
Jew who refuse to be characterized as silently supporting policies
which violate our sense of what is right."
Philadelphia Jewish Voice for Peace was founded in January, 2006 in
response to media representation of Jews as single-minded in support
for Israel. The group opposes those U.S. policies which support
Israel's continued occupation of the Palestinian lands.
Philadelphia Jewish Voice for Peace is a chapter of the national group,
Jewish Voice For Peace.
Contact: Rebecca Subar
, email@example.com 215-843-4494
PS: See photos from all of yesterday's die-ins, lock-downs, &
banner drops at http://jewishconscience.blogspot.com/
* Building Peace with Iraqis & Lebanese/
CODEPINK Women for Peace
When CODEPINK launched our hunger strike, called Troops Home Fast (http://www.troopshomefast.org) on July 4,
our goal was to push forward a peace process in Iraq that included the
withdrawal of US troops. Our efforts were rewarded when Iraqi
Parliamentarians, expressing sympathy for the hunger strikers, invited
us to Amman, Jordan, to break our 30-day fast and discuss how we could
work together to promote a comprehensive Reconciliation Plan.
On Wednesday, August 2, a 14-person delegation, including "peace mom"
Cindy Sheehan, former Colonel Ann Wright, Iraq war veteran Geoffrey
Millard, writer/politician Tom Hayden, Iraqi analyst Raed Jarrar and
CODEPINK co-founders Medea Benjamin, Jodie Evans, Gael Murphy and Diane
Wilson, traveled to Jordan to meet with official representatives of the
largest Shiite coalition, the minority Sunni bloc, the secular
parliamentary coalition, the Muslim Scholars Association and torture
victims from Abu Ghraib. The Iraqis were delighted to find Americans
who, like them, were passionate about ending the occupation and the
violence that has wracked their country. "We have found a voice inside
the U.S. that backs us," Salman al-Jumaili, speaker of the largest
Sunni Parliamentary coalition, told reporters at our closing press
conference (click here for AP story: http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/080606G.shtml)
The common thread among this diverse group of Iraqis and Americans was
a desire to set a timetable for the withdrawal of US troops, ensure no
permanent bases in Iraq, and secure a U.S. commitment to pay for
rebuilding Iraq. Other issues that emerged in two-days of intensive
talks include the need to dismantle militias, provide amnesty for
prisoners and the various armed groups, compensate victims of the
violence, revise the Constitution and preserve the unity of Iraq, and
reverse US-imposed de-Baathification and economic policies. We left
this historic meeting with a commitment to make sure that the voices of
these Iraqi parliamentarians are heard here in the US, and we will
bring a group of them to the U.S. in the Fall.
On the heels of these meetings in Jordan, a part of our delegation
traveled on to Lebanon while the fighting was still raging. After a
harrowing ride from Syria over freshly bombed roads and bridges, we
were greeted in Beirut to the booms of Israeli bombardments. We visited
the devastated neighborhoods of Southern Beirut. We provided aid to
traumatized children in improvised refugee camps. We heard from angry
Lebanese residents who condemned the Bush administration for providing
Israel with the green light -- and the weapons -- to kill over 1,000
civilians and destroy their airport, ports, bridges, roads, factories,
and worst of all, entire towns and residential neighborhoods.
Now that there is a ceasefire, hundreds of thousands of displaced
Lebanese need help returning home. While our government has given
Israel billions for bombs and guns that have killed and maimed over
1,000 Lebanese, it has pledged a mere $50 million for rebuilding. We --
US Citizens -- should push our government to provide more funds. Now
more than ever we should show the Lebanese people that we care about
peace not only by continuing to oppose our military policies in the
Middle East but also by supporting and joining their peace efforts.
With your help we can send delegations of US women peace activists to
Lebanon, we can help fund a peace walk to the Lebanese-Israeli border
and we can support efforts to clear unexploded cluster bombs in
southern Lebanon. We have made wonderful new friends among the Lebanese
peace groups. Let's show them we want peace as badly as they do. (Click
here to donate now: https://secure.democracyinaction.org/dia/organizations/codepink/shop/custom.jsp?donate_page_KEY=1733&t=F.dwt)
If we in the US show the same compassion for all victims -- be they
Israelis, Iraqis or Lebanese -- and put our efforts into negotiations
instead of war, we would have a greater chance of ending the violence
that is consuming the Middle East as well as the blowback that
threatens the security of Americans.
With hope for peace,
Allison, Anedra, Dana, Erin, Farida, Gael, Jodie, Katie, Laura, Medea,
Meredith, Nancy, Rae, Samantha and Tiffany
P.S.S. CODEPINK Austin and the CODEPINK gals from Camp Casey let Rove
know what they thought of him on Saturday night. He felt the heat and
Tiffany Burns found herself in prison stripes for a night and day until
Willie Nelson posted her bail. Check out the story: http://www.codepinkalert.org/article.php?id=1177.
* Grieving Relatives of Qana Massacre Emerge From
the Rubble to Bury Their Dead *
Residents in southern Lebanon emerged from shelters over the weekend
grim task: to bury their dead. The largest funeral took place in Qana
an Israeli airstrike on the town on July 30th killed 29 people - the
majority of them women and children. We speak with longtime peace
Kathy Kelly who attended the Qana funeral as well as a Michigan man who
over 20 members of his family in the Israeli attack on the town.
* On Monday, President Bush admitted that the Iraq war is
psyche of our country." But he vowed to stay the course. A reporter
questioned him about why he opposed withdrawing US troops from Iraq. In
answer, Bush admitted that Iraq had no weapons of
mass destruction and had "nothing" to do with 9/11.
* "I Fear God Much More Than I Fear Homeland
Security" - Chicago Pastor on
Why He is Allowing Mexican Mother to Stay in Church to Avoid
A Mexican woman has taken refuge inside a Chicago church in an attempt
defy a government deportation order. Elvira Arellano has been living in
Adalberto United Methodist Church since last Tuesday -- the day she was
supposed to surrender to authorities. We go to Chicago to speak with
Arellano from inside the church as well as the Rev. Walter Coleman, the
pastor of the church.
City Asked To Un-"Democrat" Lieberman
Veteran Protests against Iraq War
John Buell | Labor and Local Sweat-Free
Earthjustice: Report Highlights Need for
Alternatives to US-Backed Aerial Spraying in Colombia
American Civil Liberties Union: ACLU of
Washington Defends Free Speech Rights of Lt. Ehren Watada