Tom's List 14JUL2007

Submitted by Tom Baxter on July 14, 2007 - 12:00am.

13 ITEMS 4 NEW + 12 Links 14JUL2007

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

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item 1 Eternal Capitol Peace Vigil

item 2 Call for WOMEN artists for Healing Night 14JUL2007

=item 3 An Evening of Chanting with Om Sweet Om 14JUL2007

item 4 Recycling Presentation 16JUL2007

=item 5 STOP THE WAR Planning Meeting 17JUL2007
Help plan the Seventy Percent Solution Sunday Extravaganza !!

item 6 Diane Roberts 18JUL2007

=item 7 7th Annual Democratic Political Rally and Picnic 21JUL2007

item 8 NAACP ACT-SO Program Awards and Recognition Banquet 21JUL2007

item 9 33 links of interest...

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item 1 Eternal Capitol Vigil Sunday & Thursday
Join the Tallahassee Network for Justice and Peace, Veterans for Peace, Vietnam Veterans Against the War, Military Families Speak Out, Gold Star Families for Peace, Code Pink
Sundays 12:30-2:30
Thursdays 4:00-6:00
in front of the Old Capitol

item 2 Call for WOMEN artists for Healing Night 14JUL2007
Call for WOMEN artists for Healing Night - Let Your Voice Be Heard
WOMEN are invited to display any type of creative object, read their written work or act in any type of performance piece they choose.

Art can be offered anonymously. Healing Night is an evening when women showcase art/writing/stage performances inspired by women’s experience with domestic or family violence, sexual abuse or assault, child abuse or other forms of interpersonal violence.

7 pm July 14th
Unitarian Universalist Church of Tallahassee
2810 N. Meridian Rd.
Contact: Vicki Spray, 850-322-6944,
or Robin McDougall, 850-212-0670,

=item 3 An Evening of Chanting with Om Sweet Om 14JUL2007
An Evening of Chanting with Om Sweet Om
Om Sweet Om is the name of our group consisting of voices, percussion, guitar, keyboard and harmonium. Most of the chants, which are simple to follow, are done as call and response. This will be our first public appearance.

Saturday, July 14th 7:30 pm
Namaste Yoga Center
922 East Lafayette Street FREE
FMI JoAnna 383-1524

item 4 Recycling Presentation 16JUL2007
Hi friends,
I'd like to invite you to an event I'm sponsoring at the Miccosukee Land Cooperative Community Center on Monday evening, July 16, from 7:30 till 9:00.

Adam Schlacter, the head of Leon County's recycling program has agreed to come out to the co-op that Monday evening and answer questions. We're going to have some tables set up with samples of things that are and aren't recyclable in this part of the country. I believe there'll be some brochures available, too.

We've been saving items we're not sure about, and Adam's going to help set us straight (no small task, in some cases). If you have questions about certain materials, I'd like to encourage you to bring them with you. I'm really excited about this opportunity, and I hope that you can be there, too. Please pass the word to anyone you know who might also be interested.
Free and open to the public ... Monday, July 16, from 7:30 - 9:00.

=item 5 STOP THE WAR Planning Meeting 17JUL2007
Help plan the Seventy Percent Solution Sunday Extravaganza !!
More than 70% of us want to STOP THIS WAR but most aren't actively pursuing that for a multitude of reasons. Come help plan an event for early September designed to bring us all together for a day of great entertainment and family fun. Planning and brainstorming session next Tuesday 07/17/07 at 7 p.m. classroom "L" Unitarian Universalist Church, 2810 Nth Meridian Road

Bryan Kerwin

item 6 Diane Roberts 18JUL2007
You're invited to come hear Diane Roberts speak on the state of affairs (or lack thereof) regarding growth in Florida and the Panhandle on Wednesday July 18th at 7PM EDT at the Wakulla Springs Lodge in Wakulla Springs State Park (off of SR 61 coming from Tallahassee) at the Panhandle Citizens Coalition's first fundraiser in the area.

The minimum contribution for this event (which includes dinner) is $50 per person. A check or money order can be sent to PCC at P.O. Box 6683, Tallahassee, Florida 32314-6683.

These monies are not tax deductible and will be used by PCC to defray their legal (and future other) expenses they have incurred (and will incur) to achieve their purpose in providing citizen oversight of the development process to ensure fiscal, ethical and environmental accountability and to safeguard the cultural heritage of the Florida Panhandle. PCC, through their aggressive grassroots advocacy, political involvement and litigation over the past 5 years, has worked to ensure that overdevelopment either does not occur and/or is minimized and people who contribute are welcome to join as members.

For further information, please contact John Hedrick, Chair at either the above address, 850-339-5462 or

item 7 NAACP ACT-SO Program Awards and Recognition Banquet 21JUL2007
The Seventeenth Annual NAACP ACT-SO Program Awards and Recognition Banquet will be held on Saturday, July 21, 2007 at 6:00 p.m. in the Bethel AME Fellowship Hall. The 2007 Olympians will receive their awards, trophies and special salutes from business sponsors and community friends. The banquet cost is $15 for adults and $10 for Youth. On the program will be the 2007 gold medalists. Special awards will be given to the program's judges, mentors and staff volunteers. For more information call Anita Davis, ACT-SO Chair or Celia Suluki, Banquet chairperson. For additional information and RSVP call 574-3075 or 339-3876

=item 8 7th Annual Democratic Political Rally and Picnic 21JUL2007
The Democratic Club of North Florida cordially invites you to the club’s 7th Annual Democratic Political Rally and Picnic to hear Congressman Allen Boyd’s report on what’s going on in Washington and how the Democrats are faring. The picnic is on Saurday, July 21, 4:00 – 7:00 at Lee Vause Park. Local Democratic Officeholders will be in attendance. The Democratic candidates will have signup sheets and campaign materials available. We’ll hear old-fashioned stump speeches, music, food, and fun. Bring a homemade covered dish, salad, dessert or a $5 donation.

Please contact Mary May, DCNF VP, regarding what you are bringing or if you are making a $5 donation. Her number is 562-0594. Email: The club is furnishing fried chicken, grilled hamburgers and hotdogs, iced tea, lemonade and water.

Directions: The Park is located in Northwest Tallahassee off US 27 North. Take US 27 North toward Havana and proceed to the intersection where Capital Circle NW and Old Bainbridge Intersect at US 27. (On the Northwest corner is the Oak Valley Shopping Center where Publix is the anchor store. The address is 5819 North Monroe. ) At the intersection turn right on to Old Bainbridge Road (East) and go about ½ mile to Lee Vause Park. Turn right (South) on to Marjorie Turnbull Lane and follow the directions to the Large Pavilion.

=ITEM 10 33 Items of Interest

Action Items 6
US 2 Items
IRAQ 16Items
IRAN 2 Items
OPT 4 Items

Action #1 of 6
Host (or Find) a Screening of "War Made Easy"
Powerful documentary based on Norman Solomon's book about how mass media helped get us into war.

Action #2
A constitutional standoff is brewing between the White House and the Senate.
The Senate Judiciary committee sent subpoenas to Bush, Cheney and the Justice Department demanding answers about the NSA’s warrantless surveillance on Americans. The deadline to comply is 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 18.

After seven years of trampled rights and arrogant violations of the Constitution, enough is enough. The Senate knows it and the American people know it. Now it’s time that George Bush and Dick Cheney get the message. Tell Bush and Cheney to comply with the subpoenas, or be held in contempt of the American people and possibly in contempt of Congress itself.

Action #3
Since when did America deprive people of basic rights?
Not a single Guantanamo Bay detainee has seen the inside of a courtroom to challenge his detention despite the Supreme Court's ruling three years ago, which called for just that.
The Senate is about to vote on whether or not to restore habeas corpus. Please join me in urging your Senators to vote YES.

I just signed a petition to urge congressional leadership to correct the harmful Supreme Court decision in the pay discrimination case of Ledbetter v. Goodyear!

After a jury found that Lilly Ledbetter had been the subjected to wage discrimination because of her gender over many years at her job, the Supreme Court ruled against her, even though she had earned far less than her male counterparts.

We have a chance to urge Congress to correct the Court's error and help Americans be able to recover wages that they have been unfairly denied. Will you join the petition calling on congressional leaders to support legislation to correct Ledbetter v. Goodyear?

Action #5
latest developments related to the Ban the Cluster Bomb campaign. You can see the complete timeline on the ATFL website

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Overall, it's no more difficult than getting some friends together. It works best if people team up. So whether you have a friend you would like to work with or not, just let me know if you're interested and I'll link you with another interested leader.
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Nat'l Program Associate
Living Liberally
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US #1 of 2
What Lies Beneath: Privileged Grotesques, Ordinary Monsters And The Iraqi Deathscape.
George W. Bush is unpopular with the majority of the American public not because of the murderous mayhem he has unloosed in Iraq; rather, his standing has plummeted, due to the fact, he didn't deliver the goods. Americans are fine with fueling our republic of road rage using the blood of Iraqis (or any other distant and darker people) as long as "the mission" doesn't drag on too long or reveal too much about ourselves.

Dahr Jamail | Iraq on My Mind
Dahr Jamail, reporting for, writes, "Having spent a fair amount of time in occupied Iraq, I now find living in the United States nothing short of a schizophrenic experience."

IRAQ 16 items

IRAQ#1 of 16
Is the United States Killing 10,000 Iraqis Every Month? Or Is It More?
By Michael Schwartz, After Downing Street
300 Iraqis killed by Americans each day sounds like an impossible figure, but a close look at the reported numbers of violent deaths and rate of armed patrols makes it all too likely.

A dead Iraqi is just another dead Iraqi... You know, so what?'
Interviews with US veterans show for the first time the pattern of brutality in Iraq
By Leonard Doyle in Washington
Published: 12 July 2007
It is an axiom of American political life that the actions of the US military are beyond criticism. Democrats and Republicans praise the men and women in uniform at every turn. Apart from the odd bad apple at Abu Ghraib, the US military in Iraq is deemed to be doing a heroic job under trying circumstances.

Opposition to American Oil Grab Is Unifying Iraqis
Ben Lando for United Press International reports: "US President Bush may be right: Iraq's oil law, although highly controversial, could be a 'benchmark for reconciliation.' When Iraq's council of ministers last week suddenly approved the law, critics of various stripes united in opposition."

This war is about bringing democracy??? U.S. soldiers have killed or wounded 429 Iraqi civilians at checkpoints or near patrols and convoys during the past year, according to military statistics.

Iraqis bemoan lack of services in long, hot summer
BAGHDAD, July 11 (Reuters) - Iraqi schoolboy Sarmad Qais sleeps on the roof of his Baghdad home, desperate to escape the stifling heat inside. His family say they have not had electricity for 20 days. Their air-conditioners lie idle.

Qais does not bother to set his alarm clock to wake up for school -- the sound of mortars after dawn are usually enough.

Tom Engelhardt | "Accidents" of War
Tom Engelhardt reports in "From time to time ... another version of what happened when air strikes were called in on the rural areas of Afghanistan, or on heavily populated neighborhoods in Iraq's cities and towns, filtered out. In this story, noncombatants died, often in sizable numbers. In the last few weeks 'incidents' like this have been reported with enough regularity in Afghanistan to become a modest story in their own right."

IRAQ: #7
Nissrin Muhammad, Iraq, "My mother was killed for not wearing a veil"
BAGHDAD, 10 July (IRIN) - My mother was killed leaving my infant brother without milk. I really don't know what to do as he won't take powdered milk and we cannot move around our neighbourhood to look for a woman who could breast-feed him.

The Media’s Tragic Misunderstanding Of Iraqi Domestic Politics
The conventional wisdom is that Iraqis can’t get their act together; that Iraqi politicians are hopeless squabbling, fratricidal hate-mongers; and that there’s really no use trying understand what passes for Iraqi politics. The narrative continues like this: that Iraq’s civil war is hundreds of years old, with Sunnis and Shia killing each other since the dawn of Islam;.that Iraq isn’t really even a country, since its borders were arbitrarily drawn up by a cigar-smoking Winston Churchill in the 1920s; and that there is no chance that Iraq will meet the 18 so-called “benchmarks” that were enacted by Congress earlier this year because it’s impossible that Iraqis will ever forge a consensus that can hold their country together.

Iraqi Oil Workers Union Founder: US-Backed Oil Law Is "Robbery"
In the wake of the Iraqi cabinet's approval of part of a controversial oil law, Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! interviews Faleh Abood Umara, general secretary of the Federation of Oil Unions and a founding member of the oil workers union in Iraq, and Hashmeya Muhsin Hussein, president of the Electrical Utility Workers Union and the first woman to head a national union in Iraq.

Yes, Bush has failed in Iraq - but why did he invade in the first place?
By The Daily Star
Two years after the editorial staff of the New York Times published a mea culpa expressing regret for failing to be more rigorous in its reporting in the run-up to the US-led war on Iraq, the influential paper has now finally called for the United States to withdraw. Citing US President George W. Bush's failure to deliver on successive.

Oil and turmoil make an imperial mix in Iraq
The Iraq invasion had very little to do with disarming Saddam. The war plan suited the agenda of the US capitalists, especially the oil and military supply industries, with which the Bushes and the Cheneys have much connection. It suited Israel's strategic interest and it was appealing to the Bushite Christians - the likes of Jerry Farwell and Pat Robertson, who spread hatred against Islam.

White House Shaving Yardstick for Iraq Gains –
Goals Unmet; Smaller Strides to Be Promoted 08 Jul 2007 The Iraqi government is unlikely to meet any of the political and security goals or timelines President [sic] Bush set for it in January when he announced a major shift in U.S. policy, according to senior administration officials closely involved in the matter. As they prepare an interim report due next week, officials are marshaling alternative evidence of progress [lying] to persuade Congress to continue supporting the war.

Iraq is not Vietnam, it is much worse.
To compare the two is insulting both to Vietnamese and the Iraqis. An American president who got political connections to save him from the draft, whose campaign poured scorn on his challenger's Vietnam record, who has consistently said that he has no interest in history, now uses the comparisons between Vietnam and Iraq out of political expediency.

Prisoner 345
What happened to Al Jazeera’s Sami al-Haj

General William Odom | "Supporting the Troops" Means Withdrawing Them
Retired General William Odom writes: "Every step the Democrats in Congress have taken to force the withdrawal of US forces from Iraq has failed. Time and again, President Bush beats them into submission with charges of failing to 'support the troops.' His definition is brutally misleading. Consider what his policies are doing to the troops."

Oil a factor in Iraq conflict, says Australian defence minister:
The Australian defence minister triggered a political storm when he suggested that protecting Iraq's huge oil reserves was a reason for the continuing deployment of foreign troops in the war-torn country.,,2119110,00.html

IRAN#1 of 2
If Iran Were America (And We Were Iran): A Timeline:
This is for anyone interested in understanding what American foreign policy has done to people in Iran.

Institute for Public Accuracy: "Targeting Iran" - Iraq Redux?

LEBANON 1 of 1
Children are suffering 'invisible scars' of trauma
BEIRUT: The risk to children of psychological trauma from the summer 2006 war with Israel remains formidable 11 months after the end of the conflict, with continuing high-profile violence in the country preventing full recovery, studies conducted by children's organizations and published Wednesday revealed.

OPT #1 of 4
Remembering the war, and the decades of Israeli aggression that preceded it
By The Daily Star
Much will appear in the Lebanese media today on the fact that it has been a year since last summer's war with Israel began. Some will no doubt fall into the traps of assigning blame and/or shame, and of trying to use the anniversary as a weapon in the political battle that has raged ever since.

Slouching toward a Palestinian Holocaust:
It is especially painful for me, as an American Jew, to feel compelled to portray the ongoing and intensifying abuse of the Palestinian people by Israel through a reliance on such an inflammatory metaphor as 'holocaust.'

Low-cost investments to save children:
In the world today there are over 600 million children under 5 years old. They represent the best hopes for the planet, yet more than 5 million of them die every year as a result of environment-related diseases.

Gaza Refugees Facing Massive Water Cuts, Disease:
International humanitarian agency Oxfam today warned that thousands of refugees across Gaza will face imminent cuts in water and sewage services if more fuel is not provided in the coming days and weeks.

Afghanistan #1 of 2
Helmand: Trouble on All Fronts
The Taleban may not be the only, or even the worst, problem Helmand is facing. Corrupt police have been implicated in a wave of lawlessness in Helmand, which is fueling support for the Taleban - who, growing numbers of local residents believe, would restore order to the region.

The Helmand authorities last weekend arrested 35 highway police who have been charged with armed robbery. The group had allegedly been extorting money from motorists on the road from Lashkar Gah to Kandahar.

Afghanistan #2
Caught Between the Tiger and the Precipice
Helmand residents find that, for them, there is little to choose between the government and the Taleban. Helmand residents find that, for them, there is little to choose between the government and the Taleban.
Najib, 25, was still in shock as he spoke to a reporter about his ordeal in his native Hyderabad, a village in Greshk district of Helmand Province.
“The Taleban forced their way into our house,” he said, shaking. “They were trying to hide. And we tried to escape. They took away my brother, who used to work for the government. They said they would kill him. But when we tried to leave the house, to save ourselves from the Taleban, NATO was shooting at us, and killing us. They do not know who is Taleban and who is civilian.”

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