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    Join Cynthia McKinney in the Bike4Peace cross country tour!

    Posted by dlt on May 21, 2010

    Kickoff Critical Mass Meet at the House of Common Sense, 1193 Pine St., Oakland at 7 AM Sat-24-July-2010 for a day long mass bicycle ride to the state capitol in Sacramento. Or join along the way- say, Rodeo, Fairfield, or Davis.

    World Car-Free Day

    We’re converging upon Washington, DC, riding bicycles from across the continent. Join us for a Continental Critical Mass ride. Plan to arrive by Wed-22-Sept-2010. Meet at 10 AM across the pool from Congress.

    From Cynthia McKinney: Bike4Peace Riders and Hosts needed!

    For a little way or all of the way!!!! Do something different: join me on a cross country bike ride!!!! Please study this route and let me know ASAP if you’re interested in participating all of the way or just a part of the way. Either way, we’d LOVE to have you along for the ride. Here’s the link for the map:

    http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8x…

    (Just a note of caution: It does take a few seconds for the map to load. Once loaded, you should see blue, red, green, and aqua tabs. Aqua is a starting point, of which there are four; green indicates where we will take a rest day; red is where we will overnight and expect to need whatever facilities anyone can donate. Appropriately situated on the left side of the window is the text description of what you are looking at on the google map. And then below the text is a description of what we will do at each point indicated in a color on the map. The map is interactive and an explanation for each stop is provided. We’d love to fill each area in with who’s going to donate what at each stop along the way—and where it says “rally”, who will be there to give me a word of encouragement—and a massage!!! It reads something like this:

    B4P 2010
    We are making an unsupported bicycle ride from San Francisco to Washington, DC between July and Sept, 2010, led by Cynthia McKinney, six term Member of Congress and 2008 Green Party nominee for President. The ride will demonstrate the bicycle as a transformational tool to solve the problems of Climate Change, Oil Wars, the Health Crisis, and the Economic Crunch. Along the way, riders will facilitate community discussions around the question “How can we support each other to live true to our best values?”

    If you would like to bicycle all or part of the route, plan a convergence ride to meet up in DC on World Car-Free Day 22-Sept, or host riders passing through your community, please e-mail bike4peace@googlegroups.com)

    We’re scheduled to start on July 24, 2010 at the House of Common Sense in Oakland and we’ll end up at the White House, that needs some common sense!!!

    Please let me know if you’re interested in joining us. You don’t have to be a pro biker—I’m not!!! But I have a lot of enthusiasm and a desire to change the world and to change myself. I’ll be a better person at the end of this ride because I’ll have time for introspection, time for hearing new points of view from fellow riders, time for hearing from people in towns I’ve never visited before. This will truly be for me, an adventure of a lifetime. And in the process, we’ll spread a message of truth, justice, peace, and dignity. At a time of seeming global chaos, join us and find tranquility (and probably some new leg muscles) out on the open roads of America.

    Riders will be joining us from Seattle, Vermont, and even from Canada! If you’re willing, we’ll make a way!!!

    Now, maybe you can’t ride with us, but you want to be involved. If so, please take a long look at the map again and consider hosting us overnight in your home, organization space, or place of worship. I know I’ll need someone who can ease my aching muscles just a little. Just know that every donation will be greatly appreciated. If you’d like to donate your time, money, or services, please let me know or contact Ron Toppi directly at ronbikes4peace@gmail.com; or better yet, just go to http://www.b4p.bbnow.org/donate.php to make a donation.

    And at the end, maybe the White House will gain a bit of our good, old-fashioned common sense! No more war, bike for peace!

    Cynthia’s websites:
    http://dignity.ning.com/
    http://www.enduswars.org
    http://www.livestream.com/dignity
    http://www.twitter.com/dignityaction
    http://www.myspace.com/dignityaction
    http://www.myspace.com/runcynthiarun
    http://www.twitter.com/cynthiamckinney
    http://www.facebook.com/CynthiaMcKinney
    http://www.youtube.com/runcynthiarun

    More Info: http://www.b4p.bbnow.org/events.php

    Posted in activism, anti-war, green party, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Pakistan, Palestine, peace, War | Leave a Comment »

    Prison time for activist over green jobs banner? We’re not kidding

    Posted by dlt on May 21, 2010

    Dear Friends,

    Despite the Gulf disaster, no one from BP has been arrested and sent to jail. Despite safety violations at coal mines, no one from Massey Energy has been handcuffed. But today I write to inform you that one of America’s best global warming activists is probably facing several months of jail. He’s been convicted by a D.C. jury, and now he awaits sentencing on July 6th. Why? Because he peacefully dropped two banners on Capitol Hill that said: “GREEN JOBS NOW” and “GET TO WORK.”

    I’m not joking. Ted Glick of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network was convicted by a jury May 13th of peacefully dropping the banners inside the U.S. Senate Hart Office Building last September. The DC U.S. Attorney’s office clearly has decided to make an “example” of Ted because of his previous two — count ’em, two — convictions related to peaceful acts of climate civil disobedience. Can you believe it? You can see a three-minute video of Ted’s September “crime” right here. He’s the guy toward the end simply lowering the banners. Period.

    Now Ted is facing up to three years in jail. Based on the judge’s comments last week, it really does appear that he will be incarcerated for at least a month or two.

    So here’s what you can do:

    First, please write a respectful but firm snail-mail letter to Judge Frederick H. Weisberg telling him why you think Ted should not go to jail. The judge’s address is below. Just type something up, print it and mail it off. Explain why only a suspended sentence is fair, especially given all the real injustices out there on global warming. There is reason to believe that that a large number of thoughtful, well-reasoned letters to the judge could bring leniency.

    Second, take an action right now that will help create a world where global warming is no longer such a threat and people like Ted won’t have to drop banners and get arrested in the first place! Sign the “Windmills, Not Oil Spills” petition to stop new offshore drilling in America and promote clean energy alternatives instead.

    Thanks for your support, your activism, and your prayers as CCAN fights to keep a morally innocent staff member out of jail during this time of great global crisis.

    Sincerely,

    Mike Tidwell
    Director, Chesapeake Climate Action Network


    Here’s the judge’s address:

    Judge Frederick H. Weisberg
    DC Superior Court
    500 Indiana Ave., NW
    Washington, DC  20001

    **Please keep in mind**

    The letters should be respectful. Suggested topics include:

    • If you personally know Ted and have shared experiences with him, tell the judge;
    • Describe the urgency of the climate issue and the need to pressure our government to take action on it;
    • Give your views on what would be a justice-based approach by the legal system toward nonviolent actions of the kind Ted took part in.

    Please let other people know about this campaign. And it would be helpful if you could send us a copy of your letter to Judge Weisberg, or if you could let us know that you have sent a letter. You can email Ted at ted AT chesapeakeclimate.org, or you could send by regular mail to Ted’s attention at CCAN, P.O. Box 11138, Takoma Park, Md. 20912.


    Mike Tidwell
    Director, Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    MTidwell AT ChesapeakeClimate.org
    cell: 240-460-5838
    www.ChesapeakeClimate.org

    Posted in activism, civil rights, climate change, environment, global warming | Leave a Comment »

    RIP Howard Zinn

    Posted by dlt on January 31, 2010

    Howard Zinn, historian, political activist and author of the People’s History of the United States, has died.  He was traveling in California last week and succumbed to a heart attack at age 87.  Here is an article from the Boston Globe:

    Howard Zinn, historian who challenged status quo, dies at 87

    “He’s made an amazing contribution to American intellectual and moral culture,” Noam Chomsky, the left-wing activist and MIT professor, said tonight. “He’s changed the conscience of America in a highly constructive way. I really can’t think of anyone I can compare him to in this respect.”

    Read the rest of the article here.

    Rest in peace Howard Zinn.  Your words and actions and examples will live forever.


    Posted in activism, anti-war, History, human rights, obituaries, peace | Leave a Comment »

    100 Cities Protest Surge of Troops to Afghanistan

    Posted by dlt on December 5, 2009

    Posted in activism, Afghanistan, anti-war, military, obama, peace, War | Leave a Comment »

    Emergency Anti-Escalation Rally , December 12, Lafayette Park at the White House

    Posted by dlt on December 1, 2009

    DEC.12TH 11AM-4PM DC
    End US Wars, is holding an Emergency Anti-Escalation Rally on December 12 at Lafayette Park at the White House, Washington DC, from 11am to 4pm.

    Featured speakers include: Cynthia McKinney, Senator Mike Gravel, Chris Hedges, David Swanson, Kathy Kelly, Betty Hall, Granny D (message), Lynne Williams, Elaine Bowers, Mathis Chiroux, Michael Knox, Ron Fisher and others.

    We are very excited about so many illustrious speakers, with more in the offing. Musical performers include Jordan Page.

    We expect to do a lot of action in DC around the time of Obama’s announcement. We also are planning events the evening of December 11th–a Green Party event, authors book signings, and Robert Greenwald’s new movie on Afghanistan.
    On Rally Day, December 12th: congregate at Lafayette Park, White House. Speakers are from 11am to 4 pm, with musical interludes. From 3pm to 4pm there is an organizational meeting ‘tea’ with peace movement leaders, to meet up at the rally, location TBA.

    Prior to the rally, we are planning a camera ready leaflet, down-loadable from the website  www.enduswars.org , to be distributed at the events coming together between now and then, such as at the Dec. 1st peace vigil at 5 pm at the White House,  Amy Goodman’s speaking event in DC on Nov. 30, and other spontaneous activities now being discussed in the peace community. It will be available for local rally organizers to download and distribute during the days prior to the December 12th Anti-Escalation Rally.

    We are sounding the peace cry, declaring that the Peace Movement is not going to stand for the President’s abdication of the people he was elected to serve. We need to send him the message: We have had enough!

    We ask for your strong support and presence at the rally. Please go to our website:  http://www.enduswars.org .

    Organizing Committee, End US Wars
    www.enduswars.org contact AT enduswars.org
    “When we are morally right, we must not yield.” Cynthia McKinney

    Posted in activism, Afghanistan, anti-war, military, obama, peace, US world domination, War | Leave a Comment »

    Community Coat Exchanges in Utah, Rhode Island attended my many in need

    Posted by dlt on November 29, 2009

    The annual community coat exchange events in Utah and Rhode Island saw many people coming to pick up clothes for the winter.  A sign of the times?

    UTAH

    Fourth annual Community Coat Exchange helps Utahns stay warm – KSL TV
    http://www.ksl.com/index.php?nid=148&sid=8825698

    Holidays inspire senior good deeds – Deseret News on Wrap Up of
    yesterday’s community activities, inlcuding Coat Exchange
    http://www.deseretnews.com/article/705347648/Holidays-inspire-senior-good-deeds.html

    Community Coat Exchange Site:
    http://coatexchange.wordpress.com/past-events/
    http://coatexchange.wordpress.com/
    #################
    RHODE ISLAND
    Update: Volunteers donate coats at Providence event – Providence Journal
    http://newsblog.projo.com/2009/11/providence-coat-exchange-moves.html

    Rhode Island Green Party Site:
    http://www.greens.org/ri/bnd.html

    Posted in activism, Buy Nothing Day, community, consumerism | Leave a Comment »

    GPUS Endorses October 17 actions

    Posted by dlt on September 15, 2009

    The Green Party of Ohio has voted to endorse the October 17, 2009 peace
    actions being called by the National Assembly to End the Iraq and
    Afghanistan Wars and Occupations.

    October 17 Local and Regional Actions (www.NatAssembly.org)

    October has several dates with significance for the peace movement.
    October, 2009 will mark the eighth year of the U.S. war in Afghanistan and
    seven years since Congress passed the resolution authorizing war against
    Iraq. In addition, October commemorates the 40th anniversary of the
    Vietnam Moratorium that brought hundreds of thousands into the streets to
    protest the war.Designate October 17 as a day for mass rallies, marches,
    coordinated local and regional demonstrations and other forms of protest
    with unequivocal antiwar demands:Immediately and unconditionally
    withdrawal all U.S. troops, military personnel, bases, contractors and
    mercenaries from Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan!End U.S. support for the
    Israeli occupation of Palestine! End to the siege against Gaza!U.S. hands
    off Iran and North Korea!Self-determination for all oppressed nations and
    peoples!End war crimes, including torture!

    Motivation

    We insist on the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of all U.S.
    troops, military personnel, bases, contractors and mercenaries from Iraq,
    Afghanistan and Pakistan. We demand an immediate end to all U.S. support
    for the Israeli occupation of Palestine and the ongoing siege against Gaza
    and the Palestinian people. We oppose sanctions,threats of war, and
    attacks against Iran, North Korea, Somalia, or any other nation, whose
    right to self-determination is under assault by Washington’s aggressive
    drive for hegemony. We strongly oppose interference in the internal
    affairs of these countries, as well as Cuba, Venezuela, Bolivia and any
    other nation targeted by the U.S. government for political
    destabilization. The lopsided vote by the U.S. House of Representatives –
    368-60 – on May 14, 2009 approving the Obama administration’s request for
    $97 billion for U.S. military operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan
    and the Senate’s follow-up vote on June 18, 2009 approving by a 91-5
    majority $105.9 billion for the same purpose make clear the bipartisan
    support for continuation of the wars and occupations. It also underscores
    why an independent, unified, mass action antiwar movement is needed now
    more than ever. We support without equivocation the right of all oppressed
    nations and peoples to self-determination, whether in the Middle East or
    in other parts of the world, such as Haiti.

    We stand in solidarity with working people, their unions and allies, and
    so we demand that the trillions being spent on wars and the military be
    diverted to the support of homeowners, the opening of plants to create new
    green jobs instead of seeing them shut down, and preventing the slashing
    of urgently needed social programs.

    References

    http://www.natassembly.org/

    Posted in activism, Afghanistan, anti-war, green party, human rights, Iraq, key values, peace, War | Leave a Comment »

    Greens Mourn Texas Green Party Leader, Peace Activist, Bill Holloway

    Posted by dlt on January 11, 2009

    January 10, 2009

    The Green Party of Texas mourns the tragic loss of Bill Holloway.

    Bill was a dedicated leader who was currently serving as the Co-Chair of the Travis County Green Party in Austin, TX. He will be missed as a mentor and a friend.
    Through his kind-hearted activism, Bill touched the lives of so many people. He was an active Green Party contributor at the local, state and national levels. Bill served on numerous committees in the Green Party and in other organizations as well.

    Bill Holloway passed away unexpectedly last weekend at his home in Austin, Texas. Given the unexpected nature of his death, we know many will have questions regarding details. Out of respect for Bill, his family, and his lengthy legacy of community service, we hope you understand our reluctance to speculate and request that others will also be circumspect in their communication.

    Our heart-felt condolences go out to all of Bill’s friends and
    family. Bill was a very special person who will be sorely missed.

    There will be a memorial service in Austin, TX, on Friday, January 16, and his funeral will be in Oklahoma City, OK, on Wednesday, January 14.

    For the memorial, a book is being compiled for his parents. If you would like to contribute, please write down a story or memory of Bill, with a photo if you have one and send it to Sondra -lonestarsondra AT gmail.com by January 15th. His family never met most of his friends and, we suspect, had no idea of the difference he made in so many lives. The book is being put together to let them know how many people were touched by and loved him. If the photo and the text can be pasted onto one page, that would be ideal, but whatever people can contribute would be appreciated.

    Whatever your beliefs, please keep Bill and his family and vast
    network of friends in your thoughts, prayers, and/or rituals.

    In solidarity,

    kat swift
    co-chair
    Green Party of Texas
    210.471.1791 – txt okay
    kat AT txgreens.org

    Bill at Crawford Peace House, August 2006.  Photo by Serena Blaiz

    Bill at Crawford Peace House, August 2006. Photo by Serena Blaiz

    Posted in activism, green party, obituaries, peace | Leave a Comment »

    Info from Mezan Center for Human Rights

    Posted by dlt on January 11, 2009

    Here are some newsworthy items out of Gaza that are unlikely to be making it to the Western presses. The recipient who forward this information received it directly from one of the staff of the Mezan Center for Human Rights.

    1. Israel has begun a new policy in Gaza in the past two days called the “roof knock”. This is when a “small” rocket is fired from Israeli military aircraft that is strong enough to blast open the roof of a targeted building. It is sent as a “warning message” to the building’s inhabitants giving them between 2 and 3 minutes to evacuate before the building is completely destroyed. A number of cases of this new technique have been reported recently.

    2. While the UN continues to claim that “only” 25% of the casualties from the attacks on Gaza are civilian, the Mezan Center for Human Rights (known for the care it takes not to overstate the numbers and for its strict verification policies) estimates that the number of civilian casualties is approximately 85%. In particular, the number of children has increased to over 200, and the number of women has surpassed 75. One reason for the lower civilian casualty figures used by the UN has to do with the reluctance to consider men other than the elderly and sick as non-combatants. In fact the overwhelming majority of men killed in “Operation Cast Lead” up to now have been non-combatants, including fathers, teachers, shopkeepers, construction workers, laborers, students, as well as the civil policemen. The vast majority are not “Hamas militants.” Note that the civil police are considered ‘non-combatants’ under international law and are therefore not ‘legitimate’ targets in any military confrontation any more than traffic cops or firemen.

    3. The UN announced this evening that “almost everyone in the Gaza Strip” is now in need of humanitarian aid. Indeed, even those with adequate food supplies are a) handing out what they have to people in “shelters” (which have been targeted consistently by Israeli war machines in the past); Even those with adequate food supplies are b) unable to obtain bread anywhere. Many are using rice or spaghetti to substitute for carbohydrates—when these are availabe and when there is water and electricity to allow for cooking these items.

    4. There are widespread reports now of forced evacuations of entire neighborhoods of people who go mainly to nearby schools or other public buildings not yet destroyed. These are considered no more secure than their homes but remain the only other places to go (other than to move into crowded dwellings with relatives; or places no more secure than their own homes). The congregation of so many people in these enclosed spaces increases the likelihood of major civilian casualties when airstrikes target the area.

    PLEASE PROTEST THESE AND OTHER ACTIONS OF THE UNITED STATES AND ISRAEL, TWO COUNTRIES THAT CLAIM THE WHOLESALE DESTRUCTION OF A PEOPLE IS A MATTER OF ‘SELF DEFENSE’.

    Posted in activism, Israel, Palestine, peace | Leave a Comment »

    YouTube and Photos from Seattle Gaza protest

    Posted by dlt on January 6, 2009

    Photos:  seattle.indymedia.org/en/2009/01/270726…

    Posted in activism, anti-war, Israel, Palestine, peace | Leave a Comment »