Tom's List 23AUG2007

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

8 ITEMS 4 NEW + 21 Links

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

New/Changed items indicated with =

item 1 1 Eternal Capitol Vigil Sunday & Thursday

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...

item 8 Removal and Submission Instructions

=item 9 21 Links of Interest
US - 5 Items
IRAQ - 3 Items
VENEZUELA - 1 item
IRAN - 1
Israel/oPt 7


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

Evening with Dick will arouse only ONCE in 2007! Please help!

Thanks to Tallahassee Little Theatre and Peggy Brady of the Council on Culture and Art, a dream that I started working on five years ago is finally going to happen! The dream is An Evening with Dick, a piece based on The Vagina Monologues, that will be a fund raiser to benefit prostate cancer.

All work on the event has been donated by local people. Since Tallahassee Little Theatre has a finite number of seats(just 250) this will be a one time event with tickets priced at $50 for general admission and $75 for our VIP package seat and a complementary glass of champagne.

YOU can be a part of the show. The Testes Choir will be a select group of men who will be asked to rise from their seat at an appointed time to say a few words as part of the show.
If you are interested, you need to purchase your ticket for the event EARLY and commit one additional evening to rehearse with the actors.



AUGUST 24th, 8 PM


at chez pierre
1215 thomasville road
tallahassee 32303
222 0936
FMI eric favier

=item 3 Stand Up In September Vigil 28AUG2007
In front of Old Capital
Apalachee & Monroe Streets
Tallahassee, FL 32301
28 Aug, 7:00 PM
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?

Our job is to make sure they remember one thing: their constituents are counting on them to end the war, and if they fail, they're in trouble.

Here's why it's so important: This September, the White House is going to issue its long-awaited report on whether the "surge" is working. Then Congress will vote on war policy for the next year. The escalation hasn't worked and this could be our best chance yet to turn the tide. We need to make sure our representatives head back to Washington with our demands for a speedy withdrawal ringing in their ears
Address: Apalachee & Monroe Streets (Map)
Location: Tallahassee, FL 32301
Directions: Event is in front of the Old Capitol Building at the corner of Apalachee Parkway and Monroe Street.

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.

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 Big Bend Chapter Northwest Florida Federation of Labor annual Labor Day Picnic 03SEP2007
Big Bend Chapter Northwest Florida Federation of Labor annual Labor Day Picnic, September 3, 2007 from 11:00 AM until 4:00 PM at Myer’s Park, Tallahassee. Come meet your labor neighbors, hear your local politicians and candidates speak and join in our annual softball game which starts at 11:00 AM. This is a free event, open to the public and sponsored by the same folks who brought you the 40 hour work week and weekends. It’s a good idea to bring lawn chairs, hats, sunscreen and your friends. Reasonable Accommodations Notice: If a person with a disability requires an accommodation to participate or if special seating arrangements are needed, requests should be made to the event coordinator seventy-two (72) hours prior to the event. Phyllis R. Garrett: 850-566-9281
Phyllis R. Garrett
Florida AFL-CIO
Public Employee Division Director

item 6 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
+GORDON'S STRING MUSIC on North Monroe, +COMMUNITY CHIROPRACTIC on East Oakland, +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 +AT THE DOOR.

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)

=item 7 "The Fairness for All Families Coalition” 01SEP2007
Tallahassee Leaders Reception Benefit for "The Fairness for All Families Coalition” at the home of
Pete Rosen and Cory Byrne.
423 All Saints Street
Tallahassee, Fl 32301
Monday, September 10th, 2007
6:00 p.m. -8:00 p.m.
"Cocktails & Hors d'oeuvres'
RSVP by Saturday September 1st

Fairness for All Families is a broad-based statewide coaltion working to defeat the 2008 so-called ‘marriage protection amendment’ which threatens to strip away legal protections, health care and employment benefits for all Floridians.

888-496-4255 or]

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21 Items of Interest

US - 5 Items
IRAQ - 3 Items
VENEZUELA - 1 item
IRAN - 1
Israel/oPt 7

US 1
Jon Stewart : Time To End The "Traitor" Talk
On The Daily Show Host Jon Stewart faces off with Cheney Biographer Stephen Hayes and points out that being right about how wrong the Iraq War has been is not "Treason."

US 2
Feds Pay $80,000 Over Anti-Bush T-Shirts 17 Aug 2007 A couple arrested at a rally after refusing to cover T-shirts that bore anti-President [sic] Bush slogans settled their lawsuit against the federal government for $80,000, the American Civil Liberties Union announced Thursday.,,-6855748,00.html

US 3
In Unprecedented Order, FISA Court Requires Bush Administration to Respond to ACLU's Request That Secret Court Orders Be Released to the Public

WASHINGTON - In an unprecedented order, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) has required the U.S. government to respond to a request it received last week by the American Civil Liberties Union for orders and legal papers discussing the scope of the government's authority to engage in the secret wiretapping of Americans. According to the FISC's order, the ACLU's request "warrants further briefing," and the government must respond to it by August 31. The court has said that any reply by the ACLU must be filed by September 14

US 4
U.S. Workers Fight for Iraqi Workers’ Freedom
Iraqi workers have been joining together freely to form trade unions across the country, including in the oil sector, since 2003. The AFL-CIO has worked closely with Iraqi labor representatives and their supporters worldwide to rebuild labor institutions and to promote trade unions and worker rights in Iraq.

Trade unions are a fundamental civil society organization necessary for democracies to grow and thrive. We urge the Iraqi government to withdraw this order immediately. Further, we urge the Iraqi government to revive its consultations with the ILO (International Labor Organization) in order to replace the labor laws installed by a dictator, with a truly democratic labor law worthy of a new democratic Iraq.

US 5
He Got Out While the Getting Was Good
The New York Times columnist Frank Rich writes: "Back in those heady days of late summer 2002, Andrew Card, then the president's chief of staff, told The New York Times why the much-anticipated push for war in Iraq hadn't yet arrived. 'You don't introduce new products in August,' he said, sounding like the mouthpiece for the Big Three automakers he once was. Sure enough, with an efficiency Detroit can only envy, the manufactured aluminum tubes and mushroom clouds rolled off the White House assembly line after Labor Day like clockwork."

Medical crisis in Iraq as doctors and nurses flee :
The humanitarian disaster in Iraq is being compounded by a mass exodus of their medical staff fleeing chronic violence and lawlessness. A report by Oxfam International shows the lack of doctors and nurses is fracturing a health system on the brink of collapse.

Iraq's Elite Fleeing in Droves
By Amira El Ahl, Volkhard Windfuhr and Bernhard Zand
One in ten Iraqis has left the country. Baghdad's elite are trying to make ends meet in neighboring Jordan and Syria. Washington wants the United Nations to address the refugee crisis. In the meantime, the country is losing its best minds -- the very people needed to rebuild Iraq.,1518,500857,00.html

Why Iraqis oppose U.S.-backed oil law:
Across the political spectrum in Washington, members of Congress are now demanding that the Iraqi government meet certain benchmarks, which presumably would show that it's really in charge. But there's a big problem with the most important benchmark: the oil law. It is extremely unpopular in Iraq

Venezuela 1
The disinformation campaign that helped destroy the Allende government in Chile and the first Sandinista government in Nicaragua is being repeated today against Venezuela, writes John Pilger in the Guardian.
The old Iran-Contra death squad gang is desperate to discredit Chavez.

Democracy and hope in Latin America have been revived by Venezuela's leader. But the forces allied against him are formidable
John Pilger, The Guardian, Friday August 17, 2007,,2150655,00.html

Billions In U.S. Aid Wasted In Afghanistan 16 Aug 2007 American doctor Dave Warner is on a mission in eastern Afghanistan to show people back home how billions of taxpayer dollars sent here are being wasted. "When I was here in December," Warner told CBS News. "This was full so you can see they've dug another pit over here." Rotting bio-waste is dumped in the hospital's backyard because as Warner and the hospital director showed us next — the new waste incinerator donated by the U.S. government is completely useless. Even if the hospital knew how to run it, they can't afford the fuel... Warner is a public health expert from San Diego who's taken it upon himself to do what no one else in Afghanistan seems to be doing — documenting the failures in reconstruction.

Dealing with the Taliban on humanitarian issues
Unlike big international aid organisations in Afghanistan, young volunteers working for the Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS) in central Ghazni Province are easily able to reach and assist needy people.

UN highlights conflict's impact on civilians
Armed conflict in Afghanistan has not only caused hundreds of civilian deaths but has also had a negative impact on many aspects of people's lives, according to a senior UN official.

"Beyond civilian casualties, people have lost their houses, children have been deprived of education, livelihoods have been damaged, and displaced families face many problems," Walter Kalin, representative of the UN Secretary-General for the human rights of internally displaced persons (IDPs), told IRIN on 15 August.

Since April, over 1,060 civilians have died in armed conflicts between Taliban insurgents and Afghan security forces backed by international troops, according to a confidential report prepared by Afghanistan's Ministry of Interior.

U.S. actions against Iran raise war risk, many fear"Let them put on the uniform and go there then," said one military official in Baghdad who asked not to be identified because of the sensitivity of the topic.
WASHINGTON— As President Bush escalates the United States' confrontation with Iran across a broad front, U.S. allies in Europe and the Middle East are growing worried that the steps will achieve little, but will undercut diplomacy and increase the chances of war.

Israel/oPt 1
Mitchell Plitnick of Jewish Voice for Peace provides some background on the Israel Land Authority's practice of leasing Jewish National Fund land in Israel to Jews only. The claim by Arab citizens of Israel is that since the ILA administers this land, it falls under the Basic Law of Israel which prohibits discrimination against any of its citizens. The Attorney General agreed and ruled that tenders for JNF land must be open to all. This is why the bill stipulating that JNF lands must be administered according to JNF guidelines (which stipulate that the land was bought for use by Jews) was promoted in the Knesset.

Israel/oPt 2
"The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy" is not even in bookstores, but already anxieties have surfaced about the backlash it is stirring, with several institutions backing away from holding events with the authors, the New York Times reports. American Jews who lobby on Israel's behalf are not all that different from the NRA, the anti-tax movement, AARP or the American Petroleum Institute, Walt said. "Sometimes powerful interest groups get what they want, and it's not good for the country as a whole. I would say that about the farm lobby and about the Cuba lobby."

Israel/oPt 3
Electricity cut off in most of Gaza as Israel halts fuel deliveries:
Power was cut in most of the Gaza Strip as of 1500 GMT on Friday because of a lack of fuel deliveries from Israel, the director of the Palestinian electricity company said.

Israel/oPt 4
UK peer blames Israel for extremism:
The Palestinians have been brought to their knees. A cultured and well-educated society with high skill levels has been reduced to a Third-World country. The statistics are there for all to see."

Israel/oPt 5
Backlash Over Book on Policy for Israel :
"The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy" is not even in bookstores, but already anxieties have surfaced about the backlash it is stirring, with several institutions backing away from holding events with the authors.

Israel/oPt 6
Bedouins demand improved access to health care
BEERSHEBA, 20 August (IRIN) - A new legal petition to Israel's High Court demands the state connect 11 primary health care clinics in the unrecognised Bedouin villages in the Negev desert to the main power grid in order to provide better health services.

Israel/oPt 7
'US pushing Israel to attack Syria' :
The paper said that recent moves made by the US including supplying Israel with weapons and agreeing to a $30 billion aid-package are methods the country was implementing to push the Jewish state to wage war on Damascus.

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