Local Actions

Submitted by Tom Baxter on September 2, 2007 - 8:00pm.

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Friends Committee on National Legislation [The Quakers] WAR IS NOT THE ANSWER yard signs are now available in Tallahassee at the Eternal Peace Vigil and Quarter Moon Imports
FMI - http://tinyurl.com/ywmft7

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New/Changed items indicated with =

item 1 Eternal Capitol Vigil Sunday & Thursday

item 2 Big Bend Chapter NW FL Federation of Labor annual Labor Day Picnic 03SEP2007

item 3 John McCutcheon Benefit for Grassroots 09SEP2007

item 4 "The Fairness for All Families Coalition” Benefit 10SEP2007

=item 5 Big Bend Farmworker Alliance 10SEP2007

=item 6 Anti-War Demonstration Washington DC 15SEP2007 / Tallahassee 16SEP2007

item 7 2000 Peace Cranes 02NOV2007
“Tom, Could you please send out an email to your group asking for the person on your list who contacted Su Ecenia by phone about making the cranes please call her again as she misplaced her contact information. Hate to ask you to go through this trouble but this woman was very interested in participating and even offered to help financially (not too many people these days volunteer unsolicited). I would hate for her to think I just blew her off. My home phone is 668-2755 cell 545-3869. Thank-you! Su Ecenia”

Submitted by tnjp on August 30, 2007 - 5:48am.

Click pic for full sized imageDennis Kucinch made a visit to Tallahassee on Wednesday Aug. 29th at the Tallahassee Press center. Several members of the corporate media attended the press conference as well as a few supporters that were able to attend who had received last minute emails.

Congressman Kucinich laid out his platform and answered questions from a skeptical corporate press concerning the recent DNC ruling that Florida may not have delegates at the Dem convention in '08 due to the Republican-led FL legislature's decision to move Florida's primary up to Jan. 29th in 2008. He also answered questions about the impending special session of the FL Legislature to address projected budget shortfalls and the impending cuts to Medicare as well as questions on the viability of his presidential candidacy from a smarmy corporate lackey who also was harping on Karl Rove's talking points about "socialized" healthcare.

That was answered by Congressman Kucinich with counter-questions asking about "socialized" education and "socialized" police and fire protection. He also pointed out the US is the ONLY western country who's government doesn't have healthcare for all its citizens.

Photos and more below the fold.....

Submitted by tnjp on August 30, 2007 - 4:37am.

Tuesday evening Aug. 28th the Tallahassee area took a stand. Sixty-five plus people came out to rally in front of the Old Capital at the corner of N. Monroe and Appalachee Parkway as part of the MoveOn.org Coalition's National Take A Stand Day to send a message to Congress that it's time to end the Iraq Occupation and BRING THE TROOPS HOME! Over seven hundred rallies and town-halls occurred nationwide as part of the action.

It was a very spirited and vocal demonstration of the public disgust with the ongoing slaughter in Iraq. Car horns were blaring in approval of the action almost non-stop for two hours.

Pics on the flip....

Submitted by Lydia Vickers on August 29, 2007 - 10:38pm.

Click Pic for info on FOCUS ON NELSONFOR IMMEDIATE DELIVERY TO THE SENATOR'S DESK

August 28, 2007

FAX TO: Senator Bill Nelson
All District Offices and
Washington, D. C.

FAX FROM: Lydia Vickers, CODEPINK
Florida For Peace/Focus on Nelson
Phone: 850-385-5322

Dear Senator Nelson,

Thank you again for welcoming Pat, Mary and I to your Lafayette County town halls August 22nd.. We met some very nice people, lots of true "Nelson" supporters. Unfortunately it wasn't easy finding where you would be.

Senator Nelson, we believe that it's important for you to hear what Floridians are thinking and talking about regarding the war in Iraq. Staff in 3 of your district offices refused to give Florida For Peace members any information about where you were going to be and told us to call your Washington, D.C. office. The D.C. office was completely surprised and we were told that we should, indeed, be getting the
local meeting schedules from the district offices....

Submitted by Lydia Vickers on August 29, 2007 - 10:20pm.

Click Pic for info on FOCUS ON NELSONFFP member conference call - Thursday, August 30th, 8:30 PM (EDT)

Please join FFP members on the call Thursday night. Lydia Vickers, Cactus Pat, Mystic Mary and Beverley Wiscow and many others will be in Washington, D.C. in September. Could we take your personal message to your district representative? (details below the fold)...

Submitted by tnjp on August 28, 2007 - 10:14pm.

4000 Peace Cranes
Hello All, Inspired by some group members, we thought we would shift focus on this next project to the concept of peace.

On December 7th, the First Friday in December, we propose that we place four thousand ivory origami cranes in the sculpture garden at the entrance to Railroad Square.

This installation has a personal, local significance as well; it will serve as a memorial to Julian McMackin Woodall, Meredith McMackin's son, a Marine killed in Iraq in May of this year, who loved to make these cranes as a child....

Submitted by tnjp on August 28, 2007 - 7:14pm.

UPDATE! Plans have changed to produce 4000 Cranes and the date moves to December 7th due to scheduling conflicts with FAMU's Homecoming. see www.tnjp.org/4000-Peace-Cranes for latest...

2000 Peace Cranes
Hello All, Inspired by some group members, we thought we would shift focus on this next project to the concept of peace.

On November 2, the First Friday in November, we propose that we place two thousand ivory origami cranes in the sculpture garden at the entrance to Railroad Square.

This installation has a personal, local significance as well; it will serve as a memorial to Julian McMackin Woodall, Meredith McMackin's son, a Marine killed in Iraq in May of this year, who loved to make these cranes as a child....

Submitted by Tom Baxter on August 24, 2007 - 10:00pm.

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Friends Committee on National Legislation [The Quakers] WAR IS NOT THE ANSWER yard signs are now available in Tallahassee at the Eternal Peace Vigil and Quarter Moon Imports
FMI - http://tinyurl.com/ywmft7

New/Changed items indicated with =

item 1 1 Eternal Capitol Vigil Sunday & Thursday

=item 2 EVENING WITH DICK 24AUG2007
Evening with Dick will arouse only ONCE in 2007!

=item 3 Stand Up In September Vigil 28AUG2007

item 4 2000 Peace Cranes 29AUG2007 - 02NOV2007

=item 5 Big Bend Chapter Northwest Florida Federation of Labor annual Labor Day Picnic 03SEP2007

item 6 John McCutcheon Benefit for Grassroots 09SEP2007

=item 7 "The Fairness for All Families Coalition” Benefit 01SEP2007...

Submitted by Carol on August 21, 2007 - 9:58pm.

National Take A Stand Day -- Come join Florida For Peace, MoveOn.org, Tallahassee Network for Justice and Peace, Code Pink, Veterans For Peace, Vietnam Veterans Against The War, Tallahassee Now, Military Families Speak Out, True Majority, United for Peace and Justice, USAction, Working Assets and Americans Against Escalation in Iraq. Go to http://political.moveon.org/event/septembervigil/40436 to sign up.

Please come join us on August 28th at 7:00 pm in front of the old Capitol Building at the corner of Apalachee Parkway and Monroe Street. We will be holding a candlelight vigil to let our congressmen know "Enough is enough".

When most members of Congress get back to DC this September, what do you think they're going to remember about their August vacation? That day out on the fairway with the oil and gas lobbyists? The fat check they got from that big developer? The 100th baby they kissed?...

Submitted by tnjp on August 18, 2007 - 7:40pm.

Protesters: Boyd should vote against Iraq war Originally published August 17, 2007
By Bill Cotterell
A dozen protesters at the Old Capitol urged U.S. Rep. Allen Boyd Thursday to vote against funding of the Iraq war, saying it has cost Big Bend and Panhandle taxpayers $894 million that could be better spent on education, health care and other domestic needs.

"It's utterly sickening that we are spending money to kill people over there," said Ben Dyckman, presenting a report by MoveOn.org that estimated the cost of the war at $25.02 billion in Florida...

Submitted by Carol on August 15, 2007 - 9:52pm.

MOVEON.ORG POLITICAL ACTION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Carol Stachurski, Tallahassee
MoveOn Community Coordinator
THURSDAY, AUGUST 16, 2007 850-933-6152

*** Press Event: Thursday, August 16, 12 noon ***
REPORT ATTACKS CONGRESS FOR SPENDING $894 MILLION IN LOCAL TAXPAYER DOLLARS ON UNWINNABLE CIVIL WAR

CALLS ON REP. BOYD TO VOTE IN SEPTEMBER TO END THE WAR
Tallahassee – On Thursday, August 16, members of MoveOn.org Political Action in Tallahassee will release a new report, "War at Home" highlighting the cost of the Iraq War to residents in every congressional district, including Florida's 2nd Congressional District...

Submitted by Tom Baxter on August 15, 2007 - 6:57am.

7 ITEMS - 5 NEW +13 Links 15AUG2007

Friends Committee on National Legislation [The Quakers] WAR IS NOT THE ANSWER yard signs are now available in Tallahassee at the Eternal Peace Vigil and Quarter Moon Imports
FMI
http://tinyurl.com/ywmft7

New/Changed items indicated with =

item 1 1 Eternal Capitol Vigil Sunday & Thursday

=item 2 War at Home Report Release at the Capitol Courtyard 16AUG2007

=item 3 True Majority - GreenPeace Delivery Event to Boyd Volunteer Needed

=item 4 2000 Peace Cranes 29AUG2007 - 02NOV2007

=item 5 John McCutcheon Benefit for Grassroots 09SEP2007

item 6 Removal and Submission Instructions

=item 7 13 Items of Interest...

Submitted by tnjp on August 13, 2007 - 8:02am.

Click Pic for full-sized viewBoasts, Prevarications, and a Rattlesnake

On Tuesday August 7th ten members of Florida For Peace traveled to Kissimmee, FL to meet with Senator Bill Nelson at the public library. They represented over fifty groups from from all parts of Florida.

When the group arrived a staff member directed us to a conference room where the senator was waiting. A local news crew had a camera set up. After shaking hands and sitting down, Senator Nelson mentioned how he was having town meetings, three just yesterday in Jefferson, Pinellas and Pasco counties.

Lydia Vickers - CODEPINK Tallahassee, Co-Founder/Florida For Peace - began by stating she had traveled to all eight of his offices around the state and had meetings with his staff and thanked the Senator for meeting with us.

Senator Nelson began by thanking us for coming from all over the state to see him. He then talked about what he termed as townhall meetings, two of which he had the previous day in the Tampa Bay area. He said that 150 people had attended one meeting and 130 had attended the other one and that no one had brought up the issue of the Iraq War...

Submitted by tnjp on August 10, 2007 - 8:36am.



Florida Groups Push For End To War POSTED: 3:03 pm EDT August 7, 2007
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Florida For Peace pushed for a meeting with Sen. Bill Nelson at the Kissimmee library on Tuesday.

Members said they want Nelson to stand against President George W. Bush and end the war in Iraq.

Many groups congregated at the library to meet with Nelson, including Code Pink: Women For Peace.

Members said they feel Nelson has been supporting the war and want him to be one of 67 senators to override a presidential veto and bring troops home.

"I think he needs to realize he's hurting these troops more by not saying, 'Enough is enough' it's time to come home, and let's come up with a plan,' so the only way that's going to happen is to stop funding," Deidra Lynch of Florida For Peace said...

Submitted by Lydia Vickers on August 8, 2007 - 9:34pm.

Click Pic for full-sized viewFOR IMMEDIATE DELIVERY TO THE SENATOR’S DESK
August 8, 2007

FAX TO; Senator Bill Nelson
All District Offices and
Washington, D. C.

FAX FROM: Lydia Vickers, CODEPINK
Florida For Peace/Focus on Nelson
Phone: 850-385-5322

Dear Senator Nelson,

I would like to thank you for attending the meeting with Florida For Peace members in Kissimmee, Florida yesterday, August 7, 2007. Many of us traveled a very long way to share our concerns about your support of the war in Iraq, funding torture, terrorism, Iraqi civilian atrocities, our 1st and 4th Amendment Rights, support for our troops and their families, Florida’s financial deficits, homeless and veteran issues, your responsibilities to your Florida constituents, permanent bases in Iraq and your voting record on these issues.

For me, personally, I was disappointed that you tried to put me in the uncomfortable position of arguing with you, or even worse, being lectured to about your recent yes vote on S. 1927 (to amend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978). It was totally unnecessary and a little unkind. None of us at the table were swayed with your lengthy discourse regarding your vote. And is was disturbing that you might use most of the little time we had with you talking rather than listening. Senator, we desperately need you to listen to us....

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