"Democracy Now" IS HERE on WYBE, Channel 35
The Cuban Revolution's influence on Latin America today
PennEnvironment : Volunteer for a New Energy Future
September and October are shaping up to be a very busy time for "Code Pinkos"
A Palestinian/Jewish Israeli Theater Initiative by Muhammad Ahmed Zaher and Billy Yalowitz
PHILLY BEYOND OIL 2006 ((& scroll down to see Tons of Other Good Stuff))
Action Alert: Call Congress Today to Sign Declaration! 202-224-3121 (9-5 Eastern)
The Senate Can Stop Torture - FCNL & Amnesty International- Legislative Action Message
Prisoner Visitation and Support: A Unique Ministry
[education-not-incarceration]-Work with Youth to Build Our Movement
Dole Socks it to workers!
An invitation from Jerusalem-Sabeel's Sixth International Conference

 "Democracy Now" IS HERE on WYBE, Channel 35

9p.m., Mon & Thurs;  /  10 a.m., Tue & Fri; 7 p.m., / Sat (repeat Fri)7PM

Philly Socialist Action presents:
The Cuban Revolution and its continuing influence on Latin America today

What are the next steps in the Latin American revolution? How can the struggle be moved forward? What lessons can socialists in Latin America and the US draw from the example of Cuba? What are the prospects for revolutionary renewal in Cuba?
Speaker: Jeff Mackler, National Secretary of Socialist Action and candidate for US Senate from CA.      Time: Saturday, September 23 @ 11 am (bagels and coffee will be served from 10-11)
        Place: The A-Space, 4722 Baltimore Ave, West Philly
 Contact:  or 609.558.1869

PennEnvironment : Volunteer for a New Energy Future

Are you interested in volunteering to get Congressional candidates' support for a bold, new energy future? We've teamed up with the Progressive Voter Network and our organizer, Clayt Freed, will contact you and let you know how you can help out.

        To get involved, click on the link or paste it into your web browser:
We're asking candidates to support a new energy future, including the following:
* Saving one-third of the oil we use today by 2025. Through improved gas mileage, better transportation choices and clean fuels, we could save more than twice the amount of oil we import from the Persian Gulf.
* Harnessing clean, renewable homegrown energy sources like wind, solar and alternative fuels for at least a quarter of all energy needs by 2025.
* Helping America save energy with high-performance homes, buildings and appliances so that by 2025 we use 10 percent less energy than we do today.
* Investing in the New Energy for America Initiative. Triple research and development funding for energy-saving and renewable technologies so we can accomplish these goals.

September and October are shaping up to be a very busy time for "Code Pinkos".

1. The City Council resolution to put a question on the ballot about bringing the troops home failed, Four reps voted  against it.  They are:  Krajewski (D, District 6), Kelly (R), Rizzo (R at large), and O'Neill (R District 10).  Kathleen O'Donnell will write an open letter from Code Pink, thanking the reps who voted in favor of the resolution and taking to task those who voted against.  Philadelphians are  urged to call these four and tell them how disappointed we are by their vote on this resolution.

        Councilwoman Joan Krajewski, Room 506 City Hall, Phila 19107  215-686-3444
        Councilman Jack Kelly, Room 594 City Hall, Phila, 19107  215-686-3452
        Councilman Brian O'Neill, Room 562 City Hall Phila 19107  215-686-3422
        Councilman Frank Rizzo  Jr, Room 582  City Hall  Phila, 19107  215-686-3440

2.Thursday Sept 21st 7:30 PM 2nd & Market Code Pink delegation at candlelight vigil.  Wear pink .  Bring a candle in a windproof holder (put pink paper around the glass?)

3.  Monday Sept 25th - Declaration of Peace day of actions. Gathering at 10:30 at 4th and Race where Specter's office is and marching west.  Somewhere around noon, the crowd is expected to be across from City Hall - 1 South Penn Square -the Weidner Building on the Northeast side of City Hall where Santorum's office is located  The civil disobedience action will take place there.  Code Pink will stand in support with those risking arrest.

4.  Tuesday Sept 26th.  Cindy Sheehan at the Free Library - noon

5. Saturday October 7th 1:00 outside the Petco at Grant and Roosevelt Boulevard.  Gather to hang the pink Don't Buy the War price tags at the stores there, including the Wal-Mart.  If folks needs a ride, they should call  (215-474-4081 box 4 or reply via email to several cars are available.  June Cohen is checking the location to be sure there is a Wal-Mart there.

6. Weds  October 18th  4:30 at the Federal Building (between 6th & 7th on Market St) Code Pink Undesecrating the Flag - flag washing action.  House of Grace Catholic Worker Group hosts  a weekly vigil at this location against the war.  Mary Jo is checking with them, but she felt sure they would welcome a Code Pink presence with the flag undesecrating theme.

7.  Next Code Pink meeting = Sunday October 29th at noon  30th Street Station. South side with tables and chairs...  Peace Z


Saturday, September 30, 2:30 - 4:30
Stapeley in Germantown 6300 Greene St. (at Washington Lane) recreation room
Najib Yateem, President of the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the American-Arab Anti--                         Discrimination Committee. 
Taghreed Duaibes
        Intern in the national office, previously intern at WILPF's U.N. office & former campaign       coordinator, Gender and Human Rights at the Women's Studies Center in East Jerusalem.
Nachshon David Mahanymi
        Peace and Justice activist and cofounder of the Philadelphia Tikkun community.
Moderator: Libby Frank- Women Challenge U.S. Policy:  Building Peace on Justice in the Middle East.

Wednesday, September 20

4:30-7:30 p.m. PCCY's Picnic in the Park
Smith Playground, East Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, PA
Please rsvp for free picnic supper For info, call 215-563-5848 x.11.

7:00 p.m. The Camden 28 (film) International House, 3701 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA
$10 admission ($8 students/seniors, free to Scribe Video members)
Sponsored by Scribe Video Center For info, see
Thursday, September 21

12:00-1:00 p.m. "Combating Crime in Philadelphia: Causes & Solutions" with Dr. Lawrence Sherman
Racquet Club of Philadelphia, 215 South 16th St., Philadelphia, PA
Sponsored by the Philadelphia Committee on City Policy
Cost is $32 (includes lunch) For info, email

6:00-8:30 p.m. Sustainable Architecture: How Building Green is Transforming the World
Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Ben Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA
For info, email

6:30-8:30 p.m. Antiwar Rally & Candlelight Vigil
Camden County College, Rte. 70 & Springdale Rd., Cherry Hill, NJ -info,

7:30 p.m. International Peace Day Candlelight Vigil
Meet at Christ Church, 2nd & Market Sts., Philadelphia, march to Federal Building (6th & Market Sts.) For info, call 610-544-1818.

Friday, September 22

9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Training: "Building Strong Community Partnerships"
Sheraton Park Ridge, King of Prussia, PA Sponsored by the PA Department of Education
For info, to register see

7:00 p.m. Public Forum: "From US War and Racism in the Middle East to Racism and War Against Working People at Home"
LAVA, 4134 Lancaster Ave., Philadelphia, PA Sponsored by the Philadelphia Anti-War Forum and Philly Socialist Action For info, email

Saturday, September 23

8:00 a.m. March to the White House to Demand Freedom for the Cuban Five
Buses leave Philly from 30th & Market Sts. For info, see

11:00 a.m. "The Cuban Revolution and its Continuing Influence on Latin America today"
A-Space, 4722 Baltimore Ave., Philadelphia, PA For info, email

11:00 a.m. Executive Committee & Green Council of the Green Party of NJ
Cyber Spot, 610 East Landis Ave., Vineland, NJ For info, email

Sunday, September 24

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. White Dog Cafe Foundation's Fair Food Project Presents: Green Meadow Farm Tour Carpooling available--trip is to Lancaster County Cost is $25,  kids 6 and under free, kids 7-15 half price For info, email

2:00 p.m. Picnic on the Beach
End of JFK Blvd., Sea Isle City, NJ Sponsored by Vegetarian Society of South Jersey
Bring your own beach chair/blanket For info, call Jane at 609-272-1975.

2:30 p.m. "Democracy" a series of short videos
Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th & the Parkway, Philadelphia, PA
Free with regular museum admission For info, see

Monday, September 25

10:30 a.m. Gather to Declare Peace
Meet at Old First Reformed Church, 4th & Race Sts., Philadelphia, march to Federal Building, then Santorum's Office (some will face arrest) For info, call 610-544-1818.

3:00-6:00 p.m. PICC Annual Meeting: "Hazleton & Beyond: Immigration Policy at the Local & State Level" 1199C Training and Upgrading Fund, 100 South Broad St., 10th floor, Philadelphia, PA
For info, email

4:00-6:00 p.m. White Dog Cafe Foundation's Fair Food Project Presents: 1st Annual Local Food Expo
Reading Terminal Market,
12th & Filbert Sts., Philadelphia, PA info,

6:00-8:00 p.m. Jobs with Justice Quarterly Steering Committee Meeting
AFSC, 1501 Cherry St., Philadelphia, PA For info, email

7:30-8:30 p.m. Neighbors Association for a Better Riverfront General Meeting
Old Brick Church, Marlborough & Richmond Sts., Philadelphia, PA info,

Tuesday, September 26

noon  Prayer Vigil to End Handgun Violence in PA
Capitol Steps, Harrisburg, PA- legislative visits following the vigil, and have a 2 p.m. rally in the rotunda. Buses from Philly info by calling 215-923-1940 or see

Wednesday, September 27

10:00 a.m. Interracial Task Force
COMHAR, 100 West Lehigh Ave., Philadelphia, PA For info, email

10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Networking Meeting for Out of School Time Staff
United Way of SEPA, 7 Ben Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA For info, call 215-898-0793.

7:00 p.m. Caught in the Crossfire: Children & Violence in Philadelphia (with moderator Dr. Michael Eric Dyson) Central Library, 1901 Vine St., Philadelphia, PA
Sponsored by PCCY & the Free Library of Philadelphia For info, to RSVP call 215-567-7710.

Thursday, September 28

7:00 p.m. Center City Amnesty International Chapter meeting
Ethical Society, 1906 S. Rittenhouse Sq., Philadelphia, PA For info,

Friday, September 29

6:30 p.m. Film Screening: "Sir! No Sir!"
Collingwood Library, Haddon & Frazier Aves., Collingswood, NJ 

7:30 p.m. Poems Not Prisons Open Mic
A-Space, 4722 Baltimore Ave., Philadelphia, PA For info, call 215-727-0882.

Saturday, September 30

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Community Power! Conference
Stiteler Auditorium, Arcadia University, 450 S. Easton Rd., Glenside, PA For info, see

9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Citywide Family Resource Fair: "Students, Schools, Families & Communities: Building Toward Success"- School District Administration Building, 440 North Broad St., Philadelphia, PA For info, email

9:30 a.m. Neighborhood Networks Conference: "Doing Politics from the Ground Up"
Temple University Law School For info, see

1:00 p.m. Town Hall Meeting on "Quality Jobs, Quality Home Care"
St. James United Methodist Church, 199 E. Tabor Rd., Philadelphia, PA
Refreshments Served For more info, call 215-425-6548.

Tyler School of Art at Temple University and Peace Child Israel present
Six Actors in Search of a Plot - A Palestinian/Jewish Israeli Theater Initiative
by Muhammad Ahmed Zaher and Billy Yalowitz- Directed and choreographed by Billy Yalowitz,
original Palestinian-Israeli and Jewish-Israeli cast!

 Oct 10, 8 pm.  Temple University, at Conwell Dance Theater. 5th floor, Conwell Hall, NE Corner of N. Broad St & Montgomery Ave. No tickets;  Donation at the door. Limited Seating Available.  Free with Temple University ID

 Oct 13, 14, 15 at 8 pm plus Oct 15 at 3 pm  Painted Bride Art   Center, 230 Vine Street. Tickets: $25 (Group Discounts Available) For info, visit or call 215-925-9914
                 *Group rates are available for all performances.  For more information,
                        contact Jane Stojak at 215-760-0230 or at


Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, through the Peace and Concerns Standing Committee and Earthcare Working Group, is co-sponsoring Philly Beyond Oil 2006, Saturday, October 14, 9 to 4 at the 4TH & Arch Street Meeting House. The focus will be on a vision for adapting our lives and communities to provide for food, shelter, and transportation in a time of much higher energy costs and greater regional self-reliance.  More info at 215-219-5158 or


 Call Congress Today to Sign Declaration!202-224-3121 or(800)630-1330(9-5 Eastern)

Here is a script you can follow when you make your call:
Ask to speak to the Legislative Aide in charge of Iraq policy. If you get their voicemail, ask them to call you back.  Polls show that a majority of Americans, Iraqis and US troops are ready for Congress and the president to set a timetable to end the war and bring the Troops home. I am calling to encourage Rep. (or Senator) X to listen, and work for a comprehensive, principled and rapid plan to end the war. Specifically, I am asking Rep (or Senator) X to sign the Declaration of Peace Congressional pledge, which was hand-delivered to your office yesterday. The pledge asks members of Congress to support these bills:

In the U.S. House:
H.R. 4232: End the War in Iraq Act Introduced by Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA)
H.Con.Res.348: Expressing the sense of Congress with respect to accomplishing the mission in Iraq Introduced by Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA)
H.Con.Res.197: No Permanent Bases in Iraq Introduced by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA)

In the U.S. Senate:
S.Con.Res.93: Expressing the sense of Congress with respect to accomplishing the mission in Iraq Introduced by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA)
Will the Representative (or Senator) support the Declaration of Peace?
Will the Representative (or Senator) support any of the legislation I mentioned?
Report Back!
Please let us know how your Representative and Senators respond to these calls! It is especially important if any offices tell you that they will sign the Declaration of Peace! We will need to follow-up with them! Report on your calls to
        p.s. -- There are hundreds of Declaration of Peace events around the country starting this week! Visit the Declaration of Peace Events Calendar.
Phone: 773-777-7858 / E-mail:

The Senate Can Stop Torture - FCNL & Amnesty International- Legislative Action Message

Read this alert online: <>
Congress is in a bind. Many members of Congress are opposed to any legislation that would condone torture, secret prisons, or other programs that would undermine U.S. security, and violate the moral principles on which this nation was founded. But member of Congress are under pressure because the president is arguing that these techniques are necessary for the defense of the United States.
Hearing from their constituents now could help them resolve this dilemma and do the right thing. Please contact your senators today to let them know you oppose brutal, inhuman and degrading.
Write or call 1-800-AMNESTY  and speak out against torture and secret prisons.
        Torture is Not Acceptable, Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere

Support "Common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions", the Supreme Court has upheld international law calling for fair trials and prohibiting torture and other cruel and degrading treatment. I urge the Senator to maintain this ruling by rejecting any proposals that would weaken the Geneva Conventions, allowing for unfair trials and ill-treatment of people in detention.
        Order FCNL publications and "War is Not the Answer" campaign bumper stickers and yard signs.
        Friends Committee on National  (800)630-1330  
We seek a world free of war and the threat of war* We seek a society with equity and justice for all
We seek a community where every person's potential may be fulfilled* We seek an earth restored.

Prisoner Visitation and Support: A Unique Ministry

Prisoner Visitation and Support (PVS) is the only nationwide, interfaith visitation program with access to all federal and military prisons and prisoners in the United States.  Sponsored by 35 national religious bodies and socially-concerned agencies (consisting of Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, Muslim and secular organizations), PVS seeks to meet the needs of prisoners through an alternative ministry that is separate from official prison structures.

PVS was founded in 1968 by Bob Horton, a retired Methodist minister, and Fay Honey Knopp, a Quaker activist, to visit imprisoned conscientious objectors. In its first five years of service, PVS volunteers visited over 2,000 conscientious objectors.  PVS was encouraged by the war resisters to visit other prisoners and, today, PVS visits any federal or military prisoner wanting a visit.
Today, PVS has 300 volunteers who visit at more than 90 federal and military prisons across the country.  The visitors make monthly visits to see prisoners who rarely, if ever, receive outside visits.  PVS visitors also focus on seeing those prisoners with an acute need for human contact:  those serving long sentences, those frequently transferred from prison to prison, and those in solitary confinement and on death row.  No other group has this access.

PVS is very selective in appointing local volunteer visitors, who are appointed only after a personal interview with one of the two PVS visitor recruiters.  Visitor training is provided by ongoing contact with the PVS national office, a PVS training manual, a PVS video, and an annual workshop.  PVS visitors must:
        Be able to visit regularly, at least once a month.
        Be good listeners, who reach out to prisoners in a spirit of mutual respect, trust and  acceptance. Be aware not to impose their religious or philosophical beliefs on prisoners. 

Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking, says, "PVS does good work and I should know that.  I had the privilege of addressing the PVS visitors at their annual training workshop in Leavenworth, Kansas, in 1994." Since PVS does not seek or receive any government money, so as to be independent of the prison system, it is dependent upon donations, which are tax-deductible, from individuals and congregations.  If you know of anyone who might wish to make a donation to PVS, or who might be interested in becoming a prison visitor, please let PVS know by writing to:

Prisoner Visitation and Support:  1501 Cherry Street; Philadelphia, PA 19102
Email: / Phone:  (215) 241-7117; Fax: (215) 241-7227

 [education-not-incarceration]  Work with Youth to Build Our Movement


Volunteer or Work with Young People in Your Life to Help Build a Movement to Stop Students from Being Pushed Out of School into Prison.
(You don't have to live in Oakland to participate!)

As you have been reading, Education Not Incarceration ( is in an exciting growth phase.
We are a national movement based in Oakland. In the last two months we have established chapters all over California and some in other parts of the country, we have built a national office, from donations and love, and we have taken huge steps in furthering the development of our campaign to stop students from being pushed out of school into prison.

If we are to build a movement that will truly change the way young people are treated, then young people must be at the center of creating it!

How you can help:

1. VOLUNTEER: We need people to help with a partnership with East Oakland Community High School work to run a class 1 time per week Mon, Tues or Thurs from 1:45-3:45 beginning in October to engage
students in one of the below programs or one of your/their creation. We need people to help with a documentary on pushouts that students at Youth Sounds at McClymonds will be creating. Finally, if you aren't available for this work, but would want to develop your own after-school or in school program, we can help link you with youth to participate.

2. WORK WITH YOUNG PEOPLE IN YOUR LIFE: Youth organizers, educators, parents, youth: engage young people in your life in one of the programs listed on the back of this flyer or create your own!

Call us at 510.533.3204 or e-mail
to participte.

1. Start your own after school group to address the issue of students pushed from school to prison.
2. Youth Leadership Council: Organize yourself and youth from throughout your area to participate in a ENI Youth Leadership Council to develop the direction of ENI and what actions will most effectively address the issue of pushouts in your community.
3. Mentorship: Youth mentor younger youth in your community, tutor them, provide them with positive ways to live.
4. Work with Incarcerated Youth: Build relationships with incarcerated youth, make sure they feel valued and supported.
5. Research: Research the issue of students being pushed out of school into prison and successful programs to stop this trend; turn your research into
6. Mobilization: Develop a community calendar and inform and mobilize ENI members to attend events such as migrant rights marches, rallies for equitable schools, lobbying against prison growth, cultural
events etc.
7. Art/Music/Video: Create something that expresses the issues facing young people today that can be used to spread the word about the Education Not Incarceration movement and get more people involved!
8. Chapter Creation: Help other cities establish chapters by helping them plan their first meetings, develop agends, outreach to their community, creating a vision for their work and an infrastructure and plan
of action to make their vision happen.
9. Economic Independence: Develop a program and work with community members to develop skills to become economically independent with the ability to live a happy and healthy life.
10. Fundraising: Work with our fundraisers or initiate your own programs to write grants, hold benefit concerts, send letters, phone calls, door-to-door
fundraising (we could arrange for your group or the
youth involved to keep part of what you raise).
11. Communication: Develop literature, t-shirts, banners, building our website, tabling at events
12. Media: Help get the word out! Write letters to the editor, organize press events, outreach to the media about events taking place, build relationships with reporters.
13. Office Development: Integrate better technology into our office, find donations, organize working office systems, help answer and return calls and
e-mails, help us expand our space.
14. Community Partnerships: Work with some amazing community groups in your area; groups like Peoples Grocery ( that is working to help young people develop healthy and sustainable ways
of eating.
15. Conference Planning: Help organize a national conference to bring together ENI chapters and other organizations to develop a national strategy on the issue of pushouts and build a national infrastructure for ENI.
16. Your Own Project!! Come up with your own plan and present it to us. Anything positive is welcome!
        Education Not Incarceration, (510)533-3204,
        Education not Incarceration Coalition


Last month we did a survey and of the more than 2,000 of you that 
responded, fully 50% expressed an interest in buying union-made clothing online. 

No Sweat is doing fantastic things, including a new line of clothing about 
to be released made by unionized Palestinian workers in the West Bank city of Bethlehem. 

With the winter holiday season fast approaching, I urge all 
all readers of this message to visit the No Sweat site and start placing 
your orders.  If you're serious about putting an end to sweatshops, you'll buy something here today:

Dole Socks it to workers!

On Thursday this week, Dole (the world's largest fruit company) celebrates 
its 50th birthday in Costa Rica.  In spite of Dole's corporate rhetoric 
about social responsibility, the fact is that its workers continue to be 
harassed and even sacked for joining trade unions.  In the last few 
months, for example, hundreds of workers at Dole's banana suppliers in 
Ecuador have lost their jobs; hundreds more are on strike.  Dole workers' 
unions across Latin America are calling on all of us to send off a loud 
and clear message to the company, today:
Please spread the word -- let's flood their corporate headquarters with messages.


The International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) is calling 
for an international day of action on Friday, 22 September, to protest 
worsening anti-union repression in Zimbabwe.  Full details of this, and 
the latest news from the front lines are here:

Greetings and an invitation from Jerusalem-
Sabeel's Sixth International Conference, Nov 2-9 in Palestine and Israel.

The theme of the conference is "The Forgotten Faithful: A Window into the Life and Witness of Palestinian Christians in the Holy Land."

The conference will differ from previous Sabeel conferences in that it will be a "roving" conference. It will begin in Jerusalem and move to Bethlehem, Jericho, Ramallah, Nazareth, and the Sea of Galilee in addition to a number of smaller Christian villages around Ramallah and in the Upper Galilee.  Through lectures, workshops, worship and excursions in the Holy Land, the conference will provide a unique opportunity to encounter the realities that Christians in Palestine and Israel face on a daily basis.   Registration is open for one more month for this conference. You can find more information including a draft program, speakers and conference updates on Sabeel's website and register on our website.   If your schedule does not allow you to attend, please encourage others to be with us and follow the conference summaries on our website. 

We thank you for your interest and support and hope to welcome you in Jerusalem in November.
        Sabeel ,  Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center ,  P.O. Box 49084, Jerusalem 91491,  
          Tel: 972-2-5327136, Fax: 972-2-5327137    - E-mail:


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