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  • 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/
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    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

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

    Father Roy Bourgeois and SOA Watch Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize

    Posted by dlt on November 28, 2009

    Father Roy Bourgeois and SOA Watch Nominated for the
    Nobel Peace Prize

    Father Roy Bourgeois, MM, and School of the Americas Watch (SOA Watch) have been nominated for one of the most prestigious
    awards in the world – the Nobel Peace Prize – for their sustained faithful nonviolent witness against the disappearances, torture, and
    murder of hundreds of thousands of civilians (peasants, community and union organizers, clerics, missionaries, educators, and health
    workers) by foreign military personnel trained by the U.S. military at U.S. taxpayer expense at the School of the Americas at Fort Benning,
    Georgia.

    The candidacy of Father Roy and SOA Watch for the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize has been officially submitted to the Nobel Committee in Oslo,
    Norway by the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. The official announcement was made by AFSC
    representative John Meyer on Sunday, November 22 at 9am at the gates of Fort Benning (home of the School of the Americas) during the annual
    November vigil to close the SOA.

    “We are deeply honored, and deeply humbled, to be nominated for this prize for peace,” commented Bourgeois, a Vietnam veteran,
    Purple Heart recipient and a Catholic priest, who helped found SOA Watch.  “This nomination is a recognition of the work of the thousands struggling against militarism across the Americas.”

    SOA Watch is a nonviolent grassroots movement that works through creative protest and resistance, legislative and grassroots media work
    to stand in solidarity with the people of Latin America, to close the School of the Americas (renamed the Western Hemisphere Institute for
    Security Cooperation) and to change oppressive U.S. foreign policy that institutions like the SOA/ WHINSEC represent.

    This weekend, SOA Watch is gathering by the thousands at the gates of Ft. Benning to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the killings of
    14-year-old Celia Ramos, her mother Elba Ramos, and the six Jesuit priests she worked with at the Central American University in San
    Salvador in November 1989. Human rights defenders from Colombia and Bertha Oliva, founder of human rights organization COFADEH, Committee
    of Family Members of the Detained and Disappeared in Honduras, which has been actively resisting the SOA graduate-led coup as part of the
    resistance front.

    Posted in anti-war, human rights, Latin America, military, peace, School of the Americas, torture, War | Leave a Comment »

    Greens join rally to close Georgia’s terrorist training camp at Ft. Benning

    Posted by dlt on November 21, 2009

    (Distributed by the Green Party of the United States http://www.gp.org)

    Georgia Green Party
    http://www.greens.org/georgia

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Thursday, November 19, 2009

    For further information, contact:
    Bruce Dixon, Press Secretary
    770-592-7295 * bdixon@georgiagreenparty.org
    Denice Traina, Former CoChair
    706-364-7810 * denice.traina@georgiagreenparty.org

    Georgia Greens Challenge Congressional Delegation To Shut Down Terrorist Training Camp in Georgia Give us some Change Worth Believing In

    This weekend, Greens from Georgia and far beyond will again gather with nearly 25,000 justice-loving individuals of all persuausions for an annual vigil at the gates of Ft. Benning. Led by School of the Americas Watch (http://www.soaw.org), the yearly ritual has become a centerpiece of the mass movement to close a terrorist training camp operated on Georgia soil that has led countries throughout the Americas to withdraw their students from its program.

    “Regardless of which corporate Party wins the election, it seems US foreign policy continues to serve investment interests over those of the American peaople,” said Denice Traina, former Co-Chair of the Georgia Green Party, a physical therapist from Augusta who has travelled with her kids to the annual vigil 13 of the last 14 years.

    The recent ouster of Manuel Zelaya as the legitimately elected leader of Honduras has been tied to the leadership of graduates of the Georgia terrorist training camp.  The military backed regime has suspended civil liberties, authorizing arrests without warrants in blatent violation of the Central American government’s constitution.

    “U.S. fingerprints are all over President Zelaya’s ouster, despite the Obama Administration’s attempt to maintain plausible deniability for the coup,” said Michael Canney, a Florida Green who recently represented the U.S.  Green Party in annual meeting of the Federation of Green Parties of the Americas in Santiago, Chile. Read the rest of this entry »

    Posted in green party, Latin America, military, School of the Americas, torture | Leave a Comment »

    FIVE TORTURE PROTESTERS ARRESTED AT FORT HUACHUCA

    Posted by dlt on November 16, 2009

    More than 150 people rallied against torture on Sunday, November 15,
    at Len Roberts Park in Sierra Vista, Arizona. After listening to
    speakers and music, the group carried signs and candles remembering
    the victims of torture in a one mile procession to the main gate of
    Ft. Huachuca, home of the U.S. Army Intelligence Center where
    interrogators are trained.  Along the way, names of people killed as a
    result of torture were called out, and the group responded with
    ³Presente!².  The procession stopped at the office of CACI, a private
    military contractor implicated in the abuse of Iraqi detainees.

    Soon after the protesters arrived at the gate, five people, including
    two Roman Catholic priests, crossed the street and entered the base
    with a message for military personnel and civilian employees.  They
    carried a statement (below) opposing the cruel treatment and abuse of
    detainees from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and calling for the
    civilian oversight of all military interrogation practices.  The
    statement also condemned the use of armed drones in warfare. Read the rest of this entry »

    Posted in ft. huachuca, human rights, Latin America, military, School of the Americas, torture | Leave a Comment »

    October 17th anti-war Actions

    Posted by dlt on October 11, 2009

    Greens around the country will be taking the Green Party Peace Message to the streets in a national day of action to protest US wars in Afghanistan and Iraq


    Taken from the GPUS National Discussion List:

    OHIO:
    The ‘Green Party Stands for PEACE’ will be the sign that will be carried at the peace vigil in Dayton next Saturday. We asking Green National Committee Delegates and party members to participate in some action or event on Saturday, October 17th. Some cities have active coalitions who are mobilizing. But in most cities and towns there may not be any organized effort. In those areas you may want to plan some event or action either in coalition with other groups or as the Green Party. In Dayton, we are planning 2 street vigils/protests. A small action will be better than none.

    We hope to have a follow up to Oct. 17 th. with a conference call to talk about the party’s roll in the peace movement and how we can move things forward. We believe peace education and direct actions go hand in hand.

    COLORADO:
    The GPCO is participating in:

    8 Years in Afghanistan: The Human Cost

    Join us for Eyes Wide Open, the Human Cost of War, As there are
    commemorations all around the world to mark this chilling anniversary, we will be participating in Denver with the Eyes Wide Open Exhibit

    Saturday, October 17, 2009
    9 am – 2pm

    At noon there will be a special remembrance of lives lost in Afghanistan and Iraq, both civilian and military.

    The location is the public space between the library and the art museum in downtown Denver. 10 W 14th Ave Parkway

    MICHIGAN:
    North Country Greens will be having a small action at the post office in Marquette,Michigan on October 17th with signs against the wars and slogans such as “Health Care not Warfare – Green Party.” (We spent September focusing on vigiling for HR 676.) Not muchfoot traffic for leafletting, but lots of car traffic at the intersection to see our signs and two Green Party green banners.

    October 17th is an opportunity to get “peace” and “Green Party” connected in folks’ minds, and to point out that both the Democrats and Republicans are war parties, despite
    Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize. Even small actions are important. Let’s do it, Greens!

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

    SOA Watch’s Fr Roy in Tucson October 7

    Posted by dlt on September 15, 2009

    Bourgeois Flyer-SOA-1

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    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 »

    GPUS Reflects on 911

    Posted by dlt on September 11, 2009

    Today members of the Green Party of the United States and our state Green
    Parties reflect on a number of personal tragedies resulting from the events of September 11, 2001, and continue to work to prevent further tragedies resulting from these events.

    We note the importance of remembering those who died eight years ago and those survivors who work today for justice, peace, and the stability of a sustainable, democratic society.

    We urge the Obama administration to fulfill the promises made to reverse the Bush administration policy of waging war in Iraq and Afghanistan in response to 9/11. We challenge President Obama to abandon his plans to commit another 20,000 American troops to the occupation of Afghanistan and demand that he withdraw all troops from Iraq, as he had promised during his Presidential campaign.

    We believe that building a strong base of Green officeholders will increase pressure on the local, state, and federal level for more peaceful alternatives to occupation and war. We need your support to run more candidates. Read the rest of this entry »

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    War Supplemental Vote Early Next Week

    Posted by dlt on May 8, 2009

    According to Mainer Bruce K. Gagnon, Coordinator of Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space who talked with Maine Rep. Chellie Pingree’s Military Legislative Assistant, Eric Hansen, the bill is in the House Appropriations Committee now and that it would likely be voted on in the House of Representatives as early as next week.

    President Obama had requested $83 billion for the war supplemental but House Democrats have added $9.3 billion to that request to bring the supplemental to now stand at $94.2 billion.

    According to Hansen Rep. Pingree would vote on the supplemental and he said that she wants to first “see what form the bill takes” before deciding on her vote. He said that the Congresswoman was wanting to see if bench marks and timelines were included in the bill. So far Obama has not submitted any timelines on ending the Afghanistan occupation.

    Hansen said that the war supplemental will also include funds for economic assistance to the governments of Afghanistan and Pakistan. He talked about “soft power” options being important like moving some Pakistan funds from the Pentagon to the State Department’s control for diplomatic purposes and for expansion of counter-insurgency capabilities.

    Hansen also said that Rep. Pingree was seriously considering signing on as a co-sponsor to a bill presented by Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA) that would “require the Secretary of Defense to submit a report to Congress outlining the United States exit strategy for United States military forces in Afghanistan participating in Operation Enduring Freedom.”

    As of today the cost of the war in Afghanistan to American taxpayers has been more than $172 billion and the Iraq war has cost more than $656 billion.

    It is important to remember that Obama has also already requested $130 billion for war funding for fiscal year 2010.

    Please make a call immediately to your member of your state Congressional delegation. Urge them to vote against any more war funding.Here is status of the Iraq-Afghanistan-Pakistan war supplemental bill for the remainder of 2009.

    According to a report I received from a constituent who talked with Maine Rep. Chellie Pingree’s Military Legislative Assistant, Eric Hansen, the bill is in the House Appropriations Committee now and that it would likely be voted on in the House of Representatives as early as next week.

    President Obama had requested $83 billion for the war supplemental but House Democrats have added $9.3 billion to that request to bring the supplemental to now stand at $94.2 billion.

    According to Hansen Rep. Pingree would vote on the supplemental and he said that she wants to first “see what form the bill takes” before deciding on her vote. He said that the Congresswoman was wanting to see if bench marks and timelines were included in the bill. So far Obama has not submitted any timelines on ending the Afghanistan occupation.

    Hansen said that the war supplemental will also include funds for economic assistance to the governments of Afghanistan and Pakistan. He talked about “soft power” options being important like moving some Pakistan funds from the Pentagon to the State Department’s control for diplomatic purposes and for expansion of counter-insurgency capabilities.

    Hansen also said that Rep. Pingree was seriously considering signing on as a co-sponsor to a bill presented by Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA) that would “require the Secretary of Defense to submit a report to Congress outlining the United States exit strategy for United States military forces in Afghanistan participating in Operation Enduring Freedom.”

    As of today the cost of the war in Afghanistan to American taxpayers has been more than $172 billion and the Iraq war has cost more than $656 billion.

    It is important to remember that Obama has also already requested $130 billion for war funding for fiscal year 2010.

    Please make a call immediately to your member of your state Congressional delegation. Urge them to vote against any more war funding.

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

    Gaza 2009: We Will Never Forget

    Posted by dlt on February 1, 2009

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