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Submitted by tnjp on February 10, 2008 - 3:06pm.

Live Blogging Sunday Peace Vigil

Live blogging here in front of the old Capital. Beautiful day, light breeze, mid sixties. We have a planning and strategy meeting ongoing vis-a-vis the March 19th Iraq War fifth anniversary. AKA, FIVE YEARS TOO MANY!

The event is to take palce at Lake Ella on N. Monroe St. in downtown Tallt. Looks like there will be a reading of Florida's war dead from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM and then a candlelight procession around the lake to follow.

Submitted by Lydia Vickers on February 2, 2008 - 7:02pm.

Central Florida Tour with Col. Ann Wright Jan 24 - Jan 29, 2008

CODEPINK Florida women Monica, Leslie, Deidra, Sheri, Lydia and 6 UCF women joined forces in putting together the most fantastic and fun book signing tour ever for the beloved Col. Ann Wright and her book “DISSENT - Voices of Conscience”. Tons of Kudos also to Mike Fox, Jeannie Toth and Samm Simpson in the Tampa/Clearwater/St. Petersburg area, Faith Fippenger in Sarasota, Michael Heaney for his contacts, Dr. Dennis Jett and Mabel at UF and John Bersia and Stephanie at UCF. Finally, a special thanks to Scott and Sherrie Camil, Veterans For Peace in Gainesville.

Here’s what we did:
Ann touched down in Sarasota on Thursday, Jan 24th. Ann remarked that it was the “geriatric flight” - cracked her up. Faith Fippenger, Monica Spain and I met her and headed home to meet Marco Bell of Marco and Monica/CODEPINK Sarasota. Monica was the point person for the Sarasota News and Books event later that evening. Ann was introduced by Arnie Schmidz from the Southwest Florida Coalition for Peace and Justice. She gave the most wonderful talk. She autographed books at every event which was really special for all who attended. After a great talk we headed up the street to a wonderful Two Senoritas Restaurant, compliments of the CODEPINK Sarasota women (there were, by the way, a number of them at the event - you know who you are :-D)...

Submitted by mettamomma on January 28, 2008 - 2:54pm.

Imagine a world in which war is truly a last resort, all school children learn peace making skills, and the best minds in the country get sophisticated, research-based training in peace building. That's what would happen under legislation that has been introduced in the U.S. House and Senate to establish a federal Department of Peace and Nonviolence.

Submitted by tnjp on December 9, 2007 - 8:44am.

Art meets protest at the Peace Crane installation that Tallahasseeans Who Believe It’s Time to Come Home have set up at Tallahassee's Railroad Square. Nearly 4200 origami peace cranes have been displayed and strung up lining the street and winding through the trees. On Friday evening Dec. 7th hundreds and hundreds of folks passed through the display during visits to the local arts enclave.

The local CBS affiliate graced the event with a 22 second report on Friday...

more pics below the fold...

Submitted by tnjp on November 12, 2007 - 5:08pm.

We had our Veterans Day die-in protest today at 11am (11-11-11). It was a powerful experience with 16 people "dying" 10 minutes at a time... 2 different locations on busy touristy St. George St. In St. Augustine, FL). We had some wonderful support and encouragement but way too much of an angry response. Still, people were yelling.."We got rid of Saddam"," We are fighting for freedom" and a cop overheard calling us "idiots".

However, I know we made an impact, we made people uncomfortable and reminded them that people actually do die in a war. Here are pictures on Webshot and also here is an article written for our Independent paper, The Collective Press.
Marilyn/PPJ/St. Augustine (memeber of www.solidarityandpeace.org)

Why, Mommy?
By Mary Lawrence
Why indeed. I died on Veterans Day 11/11/07 at 11 a.m in St Augustine as one of 3860 US soldiers, 141 journalists and 1,100,000 Iraqis. Lying on the hard ground, seeing nothing and hearing footsteps and muffled conversations, throughout it all, one child's plaintive voice broke through: "Why, Mommy?"

"Because they're tired, honey."...

Submitted by tnjp on November 9, 2007 - 6:43pm.

This brings back memories of the Tallahassee Veterans Parade circa 2003 (see story below), when local anti-war veteran Tom Baxter and 30 others were kicked out of the Tallahassee parade...

Veterans and Military Families Barred From Marching in Veterans Day Parade

The L.A. chapter of Iraq Veterans Against the War was recently denied permission to march in the Long Beach Veterans Day Parade on the grounds that they do not "represent the spirit of the parade." On November 7 members of IVAW, Veterans For Peace and Military Families Speak Out (whose local contingents were also denied permission to march) spoke before a meeting of the Long Beach City Council and asked the Council to overturn the Parade Committee's decision to ban them from the march. The Council denied their request...

Submitted by su ecenia on October 31, 2007 - 10:08am.

On December 7th 2007, the First Friday in December, the local grassroots organization, "Tallahasseeans Who Believe It's Time To Come Home" will hang approximately 4,000 white origami cranes in the sculpture garden at the entrance to Railroad Square. The debut of this installation will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday night although we hope to keep the cranes up for as long as possible.

The cranes, a universal symbol of peace, will also represent the number of soldiers who have died in the Iraq war. This installation has a personal, local significance as well; it will serve as a memorial to Julian McMackin Woodall,a local Marine who was killed in Iraq in May, who loved to make these cranes as a child...

Submitted by tnjp on October 24, 2007 - 9:45pm.

Saturday, October 27th
Energy Building for National Day of Action

With just four days before the 11 massive regional demonstrations and other actions around the country, the energy is growing and momentum is building. The people of this country know this war is wrong and it must stop. On Saturday, from many cities but in one voice, we will send a clear and unified message: end this war, bring the troops home, fund our communities!

You can get the most up-to-date information about the plans for the protest in the city nearest you by going to www.oct27.org. There you can find details about the day's activities, leaflets to download and copy so you can help spread the word, information about transportation to the regional action near you and much more.

It is not too late to make your plans to get to one of these mobilizations. And it is not too late to help us make sure everyone knows what's happening on Saturday, and that they are encouraged to participate.

Here are some things you can to do to help build October 27th:

* Send a copy of this message to everyone you know, to every email address you have.

* Share the video generously produced by Robert Greenwald and Brave New Foundation in support of the mobilization with others, and encourage them to sign the October 27th pledge. http://oct27.org/brave_new_video (more below the fold)...

Submitted by tnjp on October 24, 2007 - 9:41pm.

Thousands Expected As Orlando Joins 10 U.S. Cities Mobilizing to End the War in Iraq

WHEN: Saturday, October 27, 2007 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm

WHERE: Rally at Lake Eola (NE corner). 3 mile march from Robinson to Parramore to Church St to Orange Ave to Central and returning to Eola Drive & Robinson.

On October 27, thousands of people from all walks of life will take to the streets in Orlando and 10 other cities as they host regional marches and rallies to end the War in Iraq and prevent new wars. The event in Orlando is expected to be the largest peace rally ever held in Florida. Local organizers from a variety of groups are working together to host the October 27 march, which is welcoming participants from throughout Florida and the greater Southeast.

Speakers Include:
Michael Albert - activist, author of "From SDS to Life After Capitalism" & founder of Z-Magazine
Lucas Benitez - Coalition of Immokalee Workers
Debra Booth - AFL-CIO & Central Florida Labor Council
Scott Camil - Veteran for Peace
Michael Canney - Green Party of Florida, Co-Chair
maTT De Vlieger - SDS @ UCF (M.C. of the day)
Denise Diaz - Central Florida Jobs with Justice
Sen. Mike Gravel - Anti-war Candidate for President '08
Clifton Hicks - Iraq veteran against the war (IVAW)
Jesse Kern - Veterans for Peace (Korean War Veteran)
?Congressman Dennis Kucinich - Presidential Candidate for Peace '08
Omar Masri - Speaker from UFPJ Steering Committee
Peg McIntire (97yo) - Grandparents for Peace, St. Augustine
David Rucker - Metropolitan Democratic Black Caucus & former President of the Orange County NAACP
Bruce Wright - St. Pete for Peace
Lydia Vickers - CodePink...

Submitted by tnjp on October 13, 2007 - 7:08am.

FSU, FAMU students walk out in reaction to verdict
October 12, 2007 By Jim Ash Florida Capital Bureau Chief
TALLAHASSEE -- Some students walked out of classes at Florida A&M University and Florida State University today to protest the not-guilty verdict handed down in the trial of seven boot camp guards and a nurse accused of manslaughter in last-year's death of 14-year-old Martin Lee Anderson.

"I just got several phone calls. Please let everyone know that we are not organizing this, these people walked out on their own. The kids are just mad." said Vanessa Baden, an organizer for the Student Coalition for Justice....

Photo slideshows at the Tally Dem here and here...
audio of protestors chanting...
more news and video below the fold...

Submitted by tnjp on October 12, 2007 - 6:12am.

While searching for videos of the student walkout protest of the Martin Lee Anderson Bay County boot camp manslaughter vedict, I ran across this old video of the March 2nd 2004 March on Tallahassee by local film maker and former Tallahassee IMCista Ian Weir.

Submitted by tnjp on September 25, 2007 - 5:16pm.


I would like to invite everyone to attend the debut screening of Bayard Stern’s “Voices of Patriotism” to be held October 5th from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Room 249 of the Fine Arts Building at FSU. (see attached) This is a short film that Bayard made for a film class at FSU that documented the luminary protest at Lake Ella in March organized by the local grassroots group, “Tallahasseeans Who Believe It’s Time To Come Home”. Soon after the luminary event, Julian McMackin Woodall, a Marine stationed in Iraq, was killed. Julian was the son of one of our friends and luminary participant, Meredith McMackin. In this final version of the film, Bayard has added footage of Julian’s funeral...

Submitted by Carol on September 24, 2007 - 5:19pm.

Our Chapter is host to two loop hiking trails in our community - one at
Phipps Park and the other at Ft Braden Trails.

In case you hadn't heard, the Ft Braden Trail needs help - and a "F-Troop"
bridge and boardwalk construction project is scheduled for the weekend of
October 12 -14 (Friday thru Sunday). This will make the trail safer for
elderly and persons with disabilities and help protect sensitive wet areas
and streams.

Meals, snacks, camping space and equipment/tools/safety gear are
provided. We need 30 volunteers for the weekend. Its ok to participate

Submitted by Carol on September 23, 2007 - 9:23am.

Florida's Joe Leiberman, aka Senator Bill Nelson, joined with twenty-two other candy-assed Democrats to condemn MoveOn.org's ad. Check the roll call vote here....

Senate Approves Resolution Denouncing MoveOn.org Ad
By David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 — The Senate approved a resolution on Thursday denouncing the liberal antiwar group MoveOn.org over an advertisement that questioned the credibility of Gen. David H. Petraeus, the American commander in Iraq.

MoveOn.org, with 3.2 million members, has become a powerful force in Democratic politics and the advertisement it paid for, which appeared in The New York Times, has come under sharp attack from Congressional Republicans and others as unpatriotic and impugning the integrity of General Petraeus.

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York and Senator Christopher J. Dodd of Connecticut, both Democratic candidates for president, voted against the resolution, which passed 72 to 25.

But curiously absent from the vote was Senator Barack Obama of Illinois, also a Democratic candidate for president, who had canceled a campaign appearance in South Carolina so he could be in Washington for votes.

Mr. Obama issued a statement calling the resolution, put forward by Senator John Cornyn, Republican of Texas, “a stunt.” Mr. Obama said, “By not casting a vote, I registered my protest against these empty politics.”...

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