Tom's List 15AUG2007

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

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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...

ACTION - 1 item
US - 2 Items
IRAQ - 8 Items
OPT - 2 items

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 War at Home Report Release at the Capitol Courtyard 16AUG2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Carol Stachurski, Tallahassee
MoveOn Community Coordinator
THURSDAY, AUGUST 16, 2007 850-933-6152

*** Press Event: Thursday, August 16, 12 noon ***

Tallahassee - On Thursday, August 16, members of 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.

Since the Iraq war began, Congress has spent almost a half-trillion dollars on an unwinnable civil war. The cost of the war to residents in Florida's 2nd Congressional District is $894 million.

"Every day the war goes on means more of our hard earned tax dollars are wasted on an endless religious civil war that can't be won," said Carol Stachurski, local MoveOn Community Coordinator. "In Tallahassee, that money should be spent where we really need it on education, health care, and the development of viable alternative energy sources. We've had enough. Rep. Boyd needs to vote in September to end this war and bring our troops home," concluded Ben Dyckman, MoveOn member.

After the event, local MoveOn members will deliver the report to Rep. Boyd at his office in Tallahassee.

EVENT DETAILS: War at Home Report Release at the Capitol Courtyard

Who: MoveOn members and other Tallahassee area citizens interested in ending the war
Where: Courtyard between the old and new Capitol buildings, Tallahassee
When: Thursday, August 16 at 12 noon
What: Local residents expose the $894 million of local tax dollars that Congress has spent on the unwinnable civil war in Iraq.

=item 3 True Majority - GreenPeace Delivery Event to Boyd
Congress is home on recess right now, but with global warming heating things up this August, it’s no time for a vacation. We need Congress to step up right now to combat global warming. This fall, the Safe Climate Act -- the gold standard of environmental legislation -- will be moving through Congress. It's a piece of legislation that will really lead us in the right direction by setting targets and requiring the actions necessary to avoid dangerous, irreversible warming of our planet. That’s why it’s critical that your Representative knows the facts about global warming before they head back to Washington in the fall to consider this important legislation.

We need your help to really turn up the heat on Congress by showing up in person at your Representative's office. Give them a warm welcome they won't forget and let them know how you feel about global warming!

We are asking you to help host a delivery event in your district. We need to drop off Hot Seat lobby packets to Reps across the country, and we need YOUR help to do it. Feel up to the challenge? Then, sign up here to host a delivery event in your district.

Sign up to host a delivery event NOW.

Just pick a day that works for you during the last week of August, and a time during business hours when the office is open. Then enter your address and zip code and we’ll tell you where to find the nearest office for your Representative. After you hit “submit,” your delivery event will be listed on our web site. We'll give you everything you need - a lobby packet to deliver, and a toolkit with tips and pointers. Be sure to invite your friends and we’ll encourage others to join you. Deliveries work with one person or 20.

=item 4 2000 Peace Cranes 29AUG2007 - 02NOV2007
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. These cranes are universal symbols of peace. We envision stringing filament line from tree to tree and then hanging strands of these cranes on each line.

We see this as another participatory project that will allow the community to come together to help make these cranes. We are putting packets together to distribute to our group as well as throughout town. Each packet will contain the necessary paper, a prototype, directions on how to make the cranes and a cover letter explaining the project. In addition, we are asking everyone that participates in making the cranes to contact Congress and voice their opposition to continued violence. Also included in the packet are strips of paper and the request that each person write down their ideas on ending the war in Iraq. These will be displayed at the installation and then forwarded to Congress afterwards.

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.

We are holding ONE ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING on WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29th at 7P.M. at Carolyn Horwich’s house (3115 Middlebrooks Circle) to pass out packets and to have a group demonstration how to make the cranes.

Please contact Carolyn at 668-1606 if you can attend this short meeting.

Once you get the technique down, these cranes are fun to make: good, wholesome, family-values fun!
If you cannot attend the meeting but would like a packet, please reply by email or call Su Ecenia at 545-3869. Any suggestions or input is also greatly appreciated.

=item 5 John McCutcheon Benefit for Grassroots 09SEP2007
Folk wizard JOHN McCUTCHEON is coming back to Tallahassee to do a benefit concert for the non-profit Grassroots School on SUNDAY, SEPT. 9, 4:00 p.m. at Tallahassee Community College's Turner Auditorium (great venue!) on Appleyard Drive. All are welcome!

Tickets are $15 adults and $8 high school and under, and are available thru Friday, Sept. 7 at
+CRYSTAL CONNECTION (credit cards accepted)behind Olive Garden,
+MUSIC CENTER across from Cabo's,
+GRASSROOTS SCHOOL on Old St. Augustine Rd. east of Capital Circle, and
Doors open at 3:30, and entry into the auditorium is determined by ticket purchase date, so get 'em early. Don't miss him.
Pat Seery, Grassroots School, 656-3629
(school), 878-6400 (H)

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=ITEM 7 - 13 - Items of Interest
ACTION - 1 item
US - 2 Items
IRAQ - 8 Items
OPT - 2 items

Help Peace Action take a stand against U.S. arms deals by signing the petition here:

The political meaning of the conflict between Cindy Sheehan and the Democratic Party

Secret screw-ups: The History of the CIA :
AMERICA'S enemies have long overrated the Central Intelligence Agency. It never really worked in China and completely failed to predict the Iranian revolution of 1979. When Iranian revolutionaries seized the US embassy in Tehran they were shocked to discover the CIA man they captured there didn't even speak Persian.

A veteran general hears echoes from Vietnam in Iraq
"My view of Iraq ," he said, "is shaped by the loss of my granddaughter."
Volney Warner thinks big. A retired Army four-star general who helped craft counterinsurgency doctrine during the Vietnam War, he's made a career out of thinking about how U.S. military strategy should advance America's global interests.

IRAQ: Violence taking toll on pregnant mothers, infants
BAGHDAD, 14 August (IRIN) - Leila Abdel-Karim, 27, longed for a child and, after two years of trying, she got pregnant, but could not foresee that the baby's delivery - and future health - would be severely affected by the ongoing violence in Baghdad. According to doctors, dozens of women in Iraq each day face delivery difficulties caused by violence and the curfew that is limiting access to health care.

IRAQ Why Is Half Of Iraq In Absolute Poverty?
By Layla Anwar
What have Iraqis done to you? Did they invade you? Did they steal your homes? Did they imprison you? Did they torture you? Did they rape you? Did they occupy your lands?Of course, some of you will come and present me with your usual condescending, paternalistic, patronizing lists of political theories, attempting to explain the inexplicable.

IRAQ: Families in south displaced as former Baathists targeted
Militants in southern areas of Iraq are reportedly targeting former members of the Baath Party in a bid to exterminate them, causing new displacements, according to local non-governmental organisations (NGOs).
At least 200 ex-members of the Baath Party of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein have been killed so far. According to local police, hundreds of families have been forced to flee their homes.

IRAQ: Anisah Kaseb, "Violence has destroyed my family"
Housekeeper and mother of three Anisah Kaseb, 58, says the relentless violence in Iraq has damaged her family psychologically: Her younger son committed suicide and her daughter now requires psychological help.
Widowed and dependent on her deceased husband's pension, Kaseb tries to make some extra money by cooking for marriage parties or washing laundry at home. Her plight has worsened of late.

IRAQ: IDP camp in south closes to new arrivals
An internally displaced persons (IDP) camp just outside the southern Iraqi city of Najaf has closed to new arrivals, forcing hundreds of Iraqis fleeing violence in Baghdad and neighbouring governorates to look elsewhere for refuge.

Families trying to access Najaf's al-Manathera camp told IRIN they were desperately searching for a place to stay as their children were getting sick in the hot weather and they had no food or shelter.

IRAQ-JORDAN: New report urges donors to boost humanitarian aid
Aid activists hope a new report on the dire conditions of eight million Iraqis will open the eyes of the world to a looming humanitarian crisis and push the international community to help.

IRAQ: Um Muhammad al-Daraj, "I had to forget my honour to save my husband's life"
Mother of three Um Muhammad al-Daraj, 35, recently went through a traumatic ordeal to try to save her husband's life. She told IRIN her husband was kidnapped by militants who had accused him of supporting the insurgents. After two days without news of her husband, Ahmed, two people came to her home and ordered her to follow them to meet her husband, who was reportedly being interrogated.

Much Of Baghdad Without Water:
Much of the Iraqi capital was without running water Thursday and had been for at least 24 hours, compounding the urban misery in a war zone and the blistering heat at the height of the Baghdad summer.

An IDP village sees light at the end of the tunnel
EIN HOUD, 5 August (IRIN) - Residents of Ein Houd village have been without electricity for almost 60 years but now Muhammed Abu al-Haija's house has been connected to Israel's electric grid. Al-Haija said the villagers had been campaigning to be connected to the electricity grid for almost 30 years.

Villagers face evacuation orders, movement restrictions
AL-HADIDIYA, 8 August (IRIN) - Palestinian residents of al-Hadidiya village in Jordan Valley (in the West Bank), live without electricity or running water and most importantly, they say, face demolition and evacuation orders.

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