Bigger than Glenn Beck!

September 30, 2010

One Nation Working Together for Peace! 

Oct 2 Lincoln Memorial at 11 AM

 

On Oct 2, hundreds of thousands (yes, more than at the Glenn Beck rally!) will be at the Lincoln Memorial for One Nation Working Together (ONWT).

Peace Action members and their communities will be coming from all across the country including Hawaii!

After the rally ends, join Peace Action for Happy Hour at Capitol City Brewing – 2 blocks from Metro Center stop on the Red Line, 1100 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005 Map: http://bit.ly/bsNhHq

 

On Oct 2, come to the Peace Action table # 41: Our table, #41, will be located in the ONWT literature table area. This is in Zone 6 North, and it is close to the corner of 17th St. and Constitution Ave NW. There will be signs directing people to Zone 6 North/Event Tables. Map: http://bit.ly/dA9PUB Pick up Peace Action as well as Peace Table posters and literature for use on your buses on the ride home.

We need your help!

 

Peace Action and over 90 peace groups in the ONWT Peace Table. have printed tens of thousands of posters, leaflets and stickers we want to share with people coming from around the country to make it clear: “Jobs not War!”

Sign up on the Peace Table website and email mailto:jleblanc@peace-action.org, if you can help.

To volunteer, come to the  Peace Action Table #41:

- Check in between 8:30 and 9 AM

- Also check in at this location later as well

- Volunteers will get materials to distribute at specific locations

- Volunteers who sign up to distribute materials at the Metro stops should NOT check in but instead go right to their assigned stops.

Let’s make sure the media gets the message straight, by handing out tens of thousands of leaflets and posters that say:

Jobs, Peace, Justice

Bring Our Troops and War Dollars Home

Funds Jobs, Not War

End War, Rebuild America

End the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan – Bring Our War Money Home

For updates on rally speakers, details of the day, go to the ONWT website here.


Judith Le Blanc

National Field Organizer
Peace Action & Peace Action Education Fund
http://www.peace-action.org/
Cell 917.806.8775
Twitter judithleblanc
Skype jleblanc12


Public Mobilization for a Nuclear-Free World

September 24, 2010

Long-time scholar, author, professor and peace activist Larry Wittner, a member of the national Peace Action board of directors, has a new article on the state of public opinion and activism for nuclear weapons abolition published by our friends at Foreign Policy in Focus. It begins:

“One of the ironies of the current international situation is that, although some government leaders now talk of building a nuclear weapons-free world, there has been limited public mobilization around that goal — at least compared to the action-packed 1980s.

However, global public opinion is strikingly antinuclear. In December 2008, an opinion pollconducted of more than 19,000 respondents in 21 nations found that, in 20 countries, large majorities — ranging from 62 to 93 percent — favored an international agreement for the elimination of all nuclear weapons.”

Read more at http://www.fpif.org/articles/public_mobilization_for_a_nuclear-free_world


October 7-10 Intl. Days of Action to End the War in Afghanistan

September 22, 2010

Oct 7-10
International Days of Action to End the War in Afghanistan

Join Peace Action and peace groups in the US and around the world to mark the ninth anniversary of the invasion of Afghanistan with local activities. We will voice our opposition, educate our neighbors and continue to pressure our elected officials for a ceasefire, negotiations and the withdrawal of all NATO and US troops. Read the full call to action.

EndAfghanistanWar.com is the hub website for listing local activities. The website has new ideas for events and materials for organizing. A tool kit is available at EndAfghanistanWar.com for local organizers.


Election Day in Afghanistan

September 22, 2010
by Katherine Mullen, Peace Action Education Fund Intern

Concerns over voter intimidation, ballot stuffing and suicide bombings during Afghanistan’s parliamentary elections on Sept. 18 have been the top news items in mainstream media. Election watchdog groups, journalists and politicians have routinely commented on the low turnout of voters and the long road ahead in determining which of the nearly 2,500 candidates will fill 249 parliamentary seats. The Associated Press reported earlier this week that preliminary results are not likely until October, followed by weeks of anti-fraud investigations before winners are announced. What’s missing from many of these mainstream news reports, however, is the perspective of women’s rights organizations in Afghanistan that have a serious stake in the outcome of the election. In a letter to supporters on Sept. 18, Manizha Naderi, executive director of Women for Afghan Women (WAW), wrote:

“People don’t have much hope; they feel the election is rigged and they are
afraid about the violence. I am also worried about Nasto Naderi, a popular
TV host – the Rush Limbaugh of this country – and candidate for Parliament.
He is against women’s organizations and women in general. He accuses
shelters of engaging in prostitution and is calling for their closure. His election
will not bode well for the work we do or the women we serve. On a positive note,
three women on the WAW staff, Azima Kohistani, Ramzia Mohammadi
and Semin Ahmadzai are standing for election…WAW has supported these
women to the extent permissible by law, and we are rooting for them.”

Of the nearly 2,500 candidates running in the election, 386 are women, as reported by The Christian Science Monitor. Twenty-five percent of the seats in parliament are set aside for women, as mandated by the Afghan constitution. According to the Afghanistan Congressional Communications Hub, women’s current parliamentary representation is 27.3 percent.
The parliamentary elections hold serious consequences for Afghan women beyond the short-term concerns of ballot counting, voter intimidation and violence by extremists. The winning candidates in this election will shape the country’s efforts toward the interrelated goals of peace-building, democracy and gender equity, of which the country is desperately needing. If elected, what could stop popular TV host Nasto Naderi from going after the closure of Women for Afghan Women’s network of shelters and family centers for women and men seeking refuge from human rights abuses? The consequences of such woman-hating beliefs add more long-term devastation and insecurity than an election day plagued with fraud, intimidation and bombs.


The Peace Movement – Alive and Well – and Growing!

September 17, 2010

Madelyn Hoffman, Executive Director of New Jersey Peace Action, wrote a terrific rejoinder to a “decline of the peace movement” article published last week by Politico and Common Dreams. Madelyn’s piece is on Op-Ed News, and it reflects a broader view than the other article, especially as she writes from a grassroots organizer’s point of view. Grassroots activism is a real strength of the peace movement, not particularly sexy or easy for reporters to write about, but people of conscience keep the movement vibrant by organizing in their communities every day.

Check it out, comment and forward, it’s well worth a read!


New START Treaty Ready to Finish

September 16, 2010

Here’s the Press Release we sent out today.  While we want to see a world free of nuclear weapons faster, we need to push what we can through the conservative Senate we have.  Paul

Largest Peace Group:  New START Treaty Ready to Finish

Washington, DC — In response to today’s bipartisan vote of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the Resolution of Advice and Consent to Ratification of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) between the U.S. and Russia, which would cut deployed, strategic nuclear weapons, Peace Action’s — a group founded in 1957 to abolish nuclear weapons and the largest grassroots peace organization — political and policy director, Paul Kawika Martin, stated the following from the committee hearing room:

“The New START treaty is a small, but necessary step towards President Obama’s vision of a world free of nuclear weapons.  Overwhelmingly, Americans of all parties, bipartisan national security experts and military leaders agree that fewer nuclear weapons make the United States and the World a safer place.

“The bipartisan vote in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to move the treaty to the full Senate for ratification represents these views. Peace Action calls on Senate leadership to bring the New START treaty to the floor as soon as possible and our members ask Senators to vote to advise and consent to ratification with the bipartisan support the treaty has with outside experts and voters.”

Under the treaty, both countries would reduce to 1,550 deployed, long-range nuclear warheads, most of which are tens or hundreds of times more powerful than the Hiroshima bomb, which leveled the city and killed 140,000 people.  The treaty would reinstate a more robust verification regime that will provide the United States with critical insight into Russia’s nuclear forces.  Verification has lapsed since the START treaty expired last December.

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Founded in 1957, Peace Action (formerly SANE/Freeze), the United States’ largest peace and disarmament organization, with over 100,000 paid members and nearly 100 chapters in 34 states, works to abolish nuclear weapons, promote government spending priorities that support human needs, encourage real security through international cooperation and human rights and support nonmilitary solutions to the conflicts with Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq. The public may learn more and take action at http://www.Peace-Action.org. For more up-to-date peace insider information, follow Peace Action’s political director on Twitter. http://twitter.com/PaulKawika


How many deaths will it take ’til we know…

September 7, 2010
..that too many people have died?
4416  in Iraq.    In Afghanistan   1275  US    —   794  Others.
 
From Aug 29 to Sep 4:
 
50 Iraqi sisters and brothers were killed.
 
In Afghanistan were killed.
 
Sgt Patrick Durham  24  Chattanooga TN
Spc Andrew Castro  20  Westlake Village CA
Sgt James Ide  32  Festus MO
Pvt Bryn Raver  20  Harrison AR
Cap Wallace Every  33  Utah
Sgt Floyd Holley  36  Casselberry FL
Sgt Casey Grochoiwiak  34  Lompoc CA
Ltn Mark Noziska  24  Papillon NE
Pvt Chad Clements  26  Huntington IN
Sgt Matthew West  36  Conover WI
Sgt Kevin Kessler  32  Canton OH
Sgt Jesse Infante  30  Cypress TX
Cap Dale Goetz  43  White SD
Sgt Enaux Herve       France
Sgt Hervis Sidka  20  Estonia
Cpl Brian Pinksen  21  Newfoundland
Pvt James Page  23  Titusville FL
Pvt Matthew George  22  Gransboro NC
Sgt Raymond Alcaraz  20  Redlands CA
Sgt Vinson Adkinson III  26  Harper KS
Sgt Joseph Bovia  24  Kenner LA
Cpl Cody Roberts  22  Boise ID
Cpl Christopher Rodgers  20  Griffin GA
Cpl Joshua Twigg  21  Indiana PA
 
158 Pakistani and Afghani sisters and brothers were killed.
 
Cf:  www.icasualties.org
Thanks to Gaston Cadieux for this sad list.

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