Tom's List 30MAY2007

Submitted by Tom Baxter on May 31, 2007 - 5:56am.

34 ITEMS 6 NEW 24 Links of Interest 30MAY2007

Tallahassee Progressive Center Closing Report
FMI Rich Templin rtemplin(at)
(850)224-6926 / (850)5664348 cell

Friends Committee on National Legislation now has a local distributor in Tallahassee for their “WAR IS NOT THE ANSWER “ signs.

New/Changed items indicated with =

item 1 Eternal Capitol Peace Vigil

=item 2 Apalachicola and Carrabelle Rivers Clean-Up

=item 3 Planning Meeting 03JUN2007 for Boyd Meeting 04JUN2007

item 4 Friends of Wakulla Springs Clean Up 07JUN2007

=item 5 Tallahassee Gay Pride Festival 09JUN2007

=item 6 Ten Thousand Villages World Caravan Sale 15-23JUN2007

=item 7 Democracy for America Training Academy 30JUN-01JUL2007

item 8 Call for WOMEN artists for Healing Night 01JUL2007

=item 9 24 links of interest

item 10 Removal and Submission Instructions

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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 Apalachicola and Carrabelle Rivers Clean-Up
Volunteers Needed for River Clean-Up
Come Join the Friends of Apalachicola and Carrabelle Rivers for The Annual River Clean-Up This Saturday June 2 from 8 a.m. till 12 noon

Apalachicola River: meet at Wheelhouse Café 222 Water Street in Apalachicola
Carrabelle River: meet at the City Pavilion on Marine Street in Carrabelle

We’ll have fun working to protect our wonderful rivers.

Free Picnics start at Noon at The Wheelhouse Café and the Pavilion.

Volunteers should wear Sunscreen; protective clothing such as hats, lightweight long pants & long sleeve shirts; work shoes that protect your feet from sharp objects & that can get wet & muddy. We will provide: insect repellant; drinking water; trash bags & protective gloves for picking up debris. For information and sign up call:

Apalachicola Riverkeeper at 850-653-8936, visit the office at 23 Avenue D in Apalachicola or email to

=item 3 Planning Meeting 03JUN2007 Boyd Meeting 04JUN2007
Congressman Boyd's office has one meeting slot open between now and August. Next Monday, June 4, 2007.

August is too close to the next votes on the war in Iraq. We need to provide information that he can look through long before August. The next request for money from the 110th Congress is September.
Therefore, I have accepted the offer for Monday's meeting.

We will only have 20 minutes. Only 3 or 4 people will be able to talk directly to the Congressman in that period of time. We must allow him time to answer our concerns All are welcome but we should decide on Sunday who should speak.

For more information and to practice our presentation we will meet at my house on Sunday, June 3rd at 1:00pm. We only need about an hour........but we can take longer, cook some hot dogs and swim if you'd like. Just let me know you want to cook out and grab your shorts......we'll do the rest.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Peace, Always Lydia

item 4 Friends of Wakulla Springs Clean Up 07JUN2007
Help Keep Wakulla County Beautiful by participating in a road cleanup. As part of the “Keep Wakulla County Beautiful” adopt a road campaign, The Friends of Wakulla Springs (Friends) State Park have adopted CR 61 from FL 276 to Shadeville, a 3.4 mile section of road that runs next to the park. It is a project that takes place every three months.

Join the Friends in cleaning up their adopted stretch of highway on Thursday, June 7th from 6-8PM.

If you can help, please RSVP
Linda Hall 561-7281 or

=item 5 Tallahassee Gay Pride Festival 09JUN2007
This June Tallahassee celebrates Gay Pride month and it's going to be a SMASH! How could it not be when the theme for Tallahassee PrideFest 2007 is "Breaking Down the Closet Door"! Jade Esteban Estrada, who's been called "America's Prince of Pride" and who's been seen on The Graham Norton Effect on Comedy Central and PBS's "In the Life," will be emcee for the day. Entertainers will include, The Linda Nunez Band, Eric Himan, local band The Pop Heads, The United Church of Christ Praise Team, solo singer Alain Raymond and more. There will be fun for all with circus performers, dance troops, and public speakers. There will be a "Kid Zone" with fun for the young and old alike.

The site for the celebration is Tom Brown Park in Tallahassee, right beside the lake, and the event will include a performance stage
pac ked with entertainment, an exhibition tent with vendors, local artists, exhibitors and local businesses. Come on out for some fun in the park, and don't forget to sign up for the amateur volley ball tournament. Festivities begin at 11:00 am and last until 6pm.

Pride is a celebration of who you are, no matter how you may identify. It is a celebration of community, friendship, and above all, love.

Tallahassee Gay Pride Festival 2007 to be a SMASH!
June 9th, 2007
Tom Brown Park
Tallahassee, FL

=item 6 Ten Thousand Villages World Caravan Sale 15-23JUN2007
June 15th-23rd - World Caravan Sale
Ten Thousand Villages is having an annual summer sale. Up to 75% off selected fair trade merchandise. 10am-6pm.

Ten Thousand Villages is a non-profit store supporting artisans in developing countries. They are paid a fair wage for their work and use eco-friendly materials.

Located in Market Square - 1415 Timberlane Rd. (850)906-9010

=item 7 Democracy for America Training Academy 30JUN-01JUL2007
Are you tired of the Republicans winning election after election in Florida? So are we. That's why we're excited to announce that the DFA Training Academy is coming to Tampa, Florida on June 30th & July 1st, providing the skills you'll need to make a difference on the ground for your candidate. Join DFA Chair Jim Dean as we kickoff the event Saturday morning.
RSVP Today:
Democracy for America -

Item 8 Call for WOMEN artists for Healing Night 14JUL2007
From now through July 1 ~
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.

Held on July 14th at 7pm, at Unitarian Universalist Church of Tallahassee, 2810 N. Meridian Rd.

Contact: Vicki Spray, 850-322-6944,
or Robin McDougall, 850-212-0670,

item 9 24 links of interest
Tallahassee Network for Peace and Justice

TNJP website improvements - You can now get a printer-friendly copy of each post or email it to friend, links at bottom of each post.

Bad week to be anti-war or on active duty in Iraq, or active duty anywhere for that matter....

1-What Congress Really Approved - Privatizing Iraqi Oil -

2-A Different Memorial Day Remembrance -

3-I Lost My Son to a War I Oppose - We Were Both Doing Our Duty -

4-A Murderer's Confession -

5-The Final Insult - Dems Brag to Press About Deceiving the Public on Iraq -

6-We Gave Them Our Hearts, They Gave Him A Blank Check -

7-Bush could double force by Christmas -

8-Marines Fail to Get Gear to Troops -

9-Army and Air Force Deny Formal Links To Christian Event -

10-The Surge is Failing - Troop Food Supplies Interrupted -

11-Air Force Prepares Members for Ground Combat -

12-We Are NEVER Leaving Iraq - Pentagon Studies Long-Term Commitment in Iraq -

13-Impeach Gonzales -

14-Tell the FCC We Need Net Neutrality! -

15- 13 State Democratic Parties Demand Impeachment -

16-Desperate Iraqi Refugees Turn to Sex Trade in Syria
"During the war we lost everything," she said. "We even lost our honor." She insisted on being identified by only part of her name - Umm Hiba means mother of Hiba. For anyone living in Damascus these days, the fact that some Iraqi refugees are selling sex or working in sex clubs is difficult to ignore.

17-Time magazine - More Bad Intelligence on Iran and Iraq,8599,1624993,00.html

18-IRAQ: Mustafa Abdul-Muta'al, Iraq "We couldn't even get a single chair to remind us of the good old days" RAMADI, 28 May (IRIN) - Mustafa Abdul-Muta'al, 42, says he cannot bear seeing his nine-member family live as displaced persons. He blames his plight on the government which did not compensate him after his house was destroyed two years ago in an insurgent attack in Ramadi.

19-As Allies Turn Foe, Disillusion Rises in Some GIs
Staff Sgt. David Safstrom does not regret his previous tours in Iraq - not even a difficult second stint, when two comrades died while trying to capture insurgents. But now, on his third deployment in Iraq, he is no longer a believer in the mission. His views are echoed by most of his fellow soldiers in Delta Company.

20-IRAQ: Educational standards plummet, say specialists
BAGHDAD, 16 May (IRIN) - Education specialists in Iraq say they are concerned that pupils and students in the current academic year will leave school without completing this year's curriculum, and new graduates will not be competent to pursue their careers.

21-But who was right - Rudy or Ron?
By Patrick J. Buchanan: It was the decisive moment of the South Carolina debate. Hearing Rep. Ron Paul recite the reasons for Arab and Islamic resentment of the United States, including 10 years of bombing and sanctions that brought death to thousands of Iraqis after the Gulf War, Rudy Giuliani broke format and exploded:

22-Iraqi Women the Worse for War
Remember those photos of Iraqi women triumphantly raising freshly inked fingers for Western cameras after voting in their new democracy? They were presented to the world by the US government as an indication of a policy that would liberate Iraqi women and men. Well, it didn't quite work out that way.

23-400 Million People Live in "Minefields": Report
Some 400 million people around the world live and work in what are effectively minefields, at daily risk of death or maiming by cluster bombs, according to a report issued on Wednesday.

24-Since November 2006, Refugees International has led the call for increased assistance to Iraqi refugees and displaced people. The displacement of Iraqis from Iraq is now the fastest-growing refugee crisis in the world.

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