I am coordinating a national project through Codepink Women for
Peace. It is called The Peace Ribbon Project. With many hands, we
are making a remembrance panel out of 2'x3' cloth for each victim of the Iraq
War. If someone would like to make a panel, go to www.newsday.com
for a list of soldiers, www.iraqbodycount.org
for a list of
Iraqi civilians killed; you can go to www.beezone.homestead.com/womenvets.html
if you would like a list of U.S. women casualties. Once you choose a name,
you can email me jacqueforpeace@...
if you want to
avoid the possibility of duplication of panels. You can google the name
for more details. Put the victim's name, age, hometown and any personal
details about their life you wish to include. Put the panelmaker name on
the back. Important: Sew 1" grosgrain ribbon across the entire top
and bottom leaving 8" excess so the panels can be tied together. Mail your
completed panel to:
PO Box 437
Waldo, Florida 32694
Tom, I would appreciate you adding the information about this
project to your email. We have about 100 panels so far and a promise of
about a hundred more being mailed after local March 19 events; we displayed the
Ribbon in Fayetteville and it was really emotional, moving. We plan to
wrap the White House with the Ribbon when it is complete. I'm advocating
we get panels completed for all the Florida dead soldiers soon (we have about 25
panels done of Florida dead) and bring the Ribbon to Tallahassee, tying it in
with another peace rally y'all got going up there. So many National Guard
fellas have been killed, seems we should point out the fact that Florida needs
to call its National Guard home NOW to deal with Florida problems such as
floods, fires and hurricanes.
Let me know what you think.
"Violence is, was, always will be, bankrupt,
anti-human, criminal--always! --Phil Berrigan
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"To those who have called me a coward I say that they are
wrong, and that without knowing it, they are also right. They are wrong when
they think that I left the war for fear of being killed. I admit that fear was
there, but there was also the fear of killing innocent people, the fear of
putting myself in a position where to survive means to kill, there was the
fear of losing my soul in the process of saving my body, the fear of losing
myself to my daughter, to the people who love me, to the man I used to be, the
man I wanted to be. I was afraid of waking up one morning to realize my
humanity had abandoned me." - Sgt. Camilo Mejia, who served one year in prison
for refusing to return to fight in Iraq. He was released from prison Feb. 15,
New/Changed items indicated with
1 Eternal Capitol Peace Vigil Sunday
2 Interfaith Day of Meditation for
3 Fight Breast Cancer: Watch Movies!
4 Heart of the Earth Equinox
Celebration and Cultural Constellation
5 In a world of War, Poverty &
Social Injustice Does Buddhism
6 Good Friday Vigil
7 CPE DIY WEEK
8 Cesar Chavez/Immigrant &
Farmworker Rights Rally,
9 Call for Children's Authors
10 Deepak Chopra
11 ORGANIC BEEKEEPING PRACTICES FOR
12 Removal and Submission
13 Labor Film
14-37 Links of interest
1 Eternal Capitol Vigil Sunday &
Join the Tallahassee Network for Justice and Peace, Veterans for
Peace, Vietnam Veterans Against the War, Military Families Speak Out, Sundays
12:30-2:30 and Thursdays 4:00-6:00 in front of the Old Capitol, corner
of Apalachee Parkway and Monroe Street
The War Built On Lies:
LIED; CHENEY LIED; RUMSFELD LIED; POWELL LIED; THEY ARE ALL LIARS; AND
THEY THINK YOU ARE TOO DUMB TO KNOW THE DIFFERENCE. BUSH LIES - GIs
Sundays 12:30 to 2:30.
4:00 to 6:00
2 Interfaith Day of Meditation for
March 20 from 10 am to 3 pm in front of the Old
The Tallahassee chapter of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship shares the
concerns of other peace-minded citizens and wish to actively offer and
practice alternatives to violence. Our format includes short sessions of
meditation and prayer interspersed with short contemplative/meditative
March 20 is a day with great symbolic meaning on several levels: it
is Palm Sunday, a significant day for Christians-- the day when Jesus is
triumphantly greeted as the Prince of Peace as he arrives in Jerusalem; it is
also the vernal equinox or the first day of spring; and it marks the second
anniversary of the U.S. led invasion of Iraq.
FMI: visit http://webdharma.com/tbpf/ or contact:
Jenny Grill at jcgrill@...
3 Fight Breast Cancer: Watch
Vox: Voices for Planned Parenthood presents LUNAFEST-a national
film festival sponsored
by LunaBar to raise money for breast cancer
research. LUNAFEST features a diverse lineup
of short films, including
three 2004 Sundance Film Festival selections.
This year's films address a
provocative array of women-specific themes ranging from the media's
manipulation of the female body to a coming of age story set during the
Mexican Revolution. Proceeds go to The Breast Cancer Fund, a national
organization that promotes research for prevention and a cure, and Tallahassee
Now, which helps poor women afford reproductive health
FSU's LUNAFEST will be held this Sunday, March 20, at 7 PM
at the Student Life Building's
Movie Theater. Tickets for LUNAFEST are
available at the door and cost
$3.00 for students and $5.00 for members of
the community. The Student Life Building is
located on the corner of
Wildwood and Park on the southwest corner of Florida State's
The seven short films featured at this year's LUNAFEST include
Little Black Boot, a contemporary retelling of Cinderella; Wet Dreams and
False Images, which follows Dee-Dee, a self-proclaimed "booty expert;" La
Milpa / The Cornfield, about a young woman who grew up during the Mexican
Revolution; A Good Uplift, a light-hearted look at a famous lingerie shop in
New York City; Shui Hen, a coming of age story about a Chinese girl left
behind in Hong Kong by her parents who reunites with them in Cuba 15 years
later; Dysenchanted, a peek at a group therapy session of iconic storybook
heroines; and Velvet Tigress, an animated documentary of the 1931 Winnie Ruth
Judd "Trunk Murders" trial.
For more information, contact Caeli at FSUVox@...
4 Heart of the Earth Equinox
Celebration and Cultural Constellation 20MAR2005
March 20, 2005
Location: Corner of Desoto Park Drive and Lafayette
To understand more about what it means to become native to this
place, we will celebrate the Equinox, Sunday, March 20 beginning at 4:00 . The
equinox is the time midway between the first day of winter and the first day
of summer when day and night are equal, and the season turns from winter to
our glorious spring. As we sense ourselves as part of the complex and
ever-changing web of the natural world in which we reside, we will share
thoughts, music and ritual. All are welcome.
The second part of the
event will be a Cultural Constellation. This is based on the therapeutic work
of Bert Hellinger called Family Constellation work, a very effective type of
brief therapy with significant results for individuals and families. The
concepts will be extended to explore our lives embedded in culture. We have
chosen the site of the first European encampment in this region; in the winter
and spring of 1539-1540, Spaniards and Native Americans first encountered each
5 In a world of War, Poverty &
Social Injustice Does Buddhism Matter?
Rev. Prasada Caroline Brazier, an
ordained member of the Amida Order, an engaged, international Pureland
Buddhist Order based in the UK.
The Buddhist Peace Fellowship and Lotus
Lake Buddhist Community.
Lotus Lake Buddhist Community
23rd - 7 pm
647 McDonnell Dr., Tallahassee, FL (In Railroad
Cost:By Donation (Suggested - $5)
850-222-7304 or www.lotuslake.org
6 Good Friday Vigil
Good Friday noon, March 25th, on the Old Capitol Stairs
(Monroe) for the Stations of the Cross. We remember all those on Death
Row, their Victims and their Families.
3732 Ivy Green Trail
Tallahassee, Florida 32311
7 CPE DIY WEEK
Center for Participant Education and
Monday, March 28, 2005
Build your Mobility - 2p @ Krank It
Krank it Up experts teaching Zen and the art of Bicycle maintenance,
safety, and where to ride in Tallahassee.
Tuesday, March 29
Brew - 6p @ the camp in railroad square
Mike the Bike shares his knowledge
of making Organic Wine in the comfort of your own home. Hey, it's Happy hour
every hour when you can make your own booze.
Wednesday, march 30,
Papermaking - 4:30p @ union green
Take a more direct approach to
recycling, and just make the paper yourself!
Thursday, March 31,
Homerecording Workshop - 7:30p @ V89 Studio
Learn how to really lay
down the tracks with V89 Studio Engineer Patrick Klem. In the studio, 420
Diffenbaug on FSU's campus.
Clothes Making - 6 pm @ Kellum Hall
time to ad flair to your drab frocks and spice up your wardrobe.
Friday, April 01, 2005
RAC (Radical Art's and Crafts) - 3:30p @ THE
A skillshare on making zines, stencils, and much much more!
Saturday, April 02, 2005
Guerilla Girls- presentation @ club Down
Under on FSU's campus, time to be determined Guerilla Girls- workshop on
campus- TBA contact sgacpe@... for more info or check out
their webpage www.guerillagirls.com
8 Cesar Chavez/Immigrant &
Farmworker Rights Rally, 30mar05
The United Farm Workers in Quincy,
together with various farmworker, immigrant, and advocacy groups around the
state (including the Florida Catholic Conference), are planning a variety of
events in late March, culminating in a march and rally at the Capitol on March
Nancy R. Powers
Consultant for Farmworker
Florida Catholic Conference
P. O. Box 1677 Tallahassee FL
850-222-3803 (o) 850-681-9548 (fax)
9 Call for Children's Authors
Literacy! Community Book Swap event in the Kids Park at
April 2, 2005 9:30-5:00. Authors are invited to read
their works and sell/sign their books. Please contact Tina Cobb at tinac@... or 877-7713, Ext
826 for more
10 Deepak Chopra 06APR2005
Evening with Dr. Chopra will be presented by Southern Springs on Wednesday,
April 6 at 7:30 pm in Ruby Diamond Auditorium. Advanced Tickets may be
purchased at Crystal Connection and Honeytree Natural Foods
reserved $35, or $125 with reception and signed book.
11 ORGANIC BEEKEEPING PRACTICES
ORGANIC BEEKEEPING PRACTICES FOR HEALTHIER BEES
importance and how to establish/maintain an organic beekeeping operation.
Facilitator: International Speaker, Gunther Hauk,
Co-Founder and Program Director of The Pfeiffer Center for Biodynamics and
Environmental Studies in Chestnut Ridge, NY.
Friday: April 22, 2005,
Lunch is provided.
Book Signing/"Toward Saving The
Honeybee", by Gunther Hauk.
Native Naturals Farm, 2 miles South of
Monticello Exit/ on US 19S
7500 US 19 South
Workshop registration fee: $50.00/person
Address check or money
April 07, 2005
Mail Registration to:
FAMU StateWide Small Farm
Cooperative Extension Service
Room 202C Perry-Paige
Tallahassee, Florida 32307
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13 Labor Film Series
will be shown at the Tallahassee Progressive Center on Wednesday nights at
7:00 PM. Each film will be introduced by a different historian, labor or civil
rights activist followed by a discussion circle. Specific film schedules
subject to change. Please check out the Progressive Center website
(www.tallprogcen.com) for more
information on each film and for directions.
March 23rd - Salt of the
Film about Hispanic salt mine workers who fought for decent pay and
living conditions. Made during the McCarthy era by some of Hollywood's
blacklisted actors and producers, this film was banned in the 1950's as
March 29th - Harvest of Shame / Frontline: New
Harvest, Old Shame
1960 groundbreaking film on the plight of American
agricultural workers narrated by Edward R. Murrow. A powerful account that is
unfortunately still relevant today. We will also show the PBS Frontline
documentary New Harves,t Old Shame about the contemporary farm worker
struggle, aired on the 30th anniversary of the original film. Presented in
conjunction with a week long celebration and protest march by the United Farm
Workers in honor of Caesar Chavez's birthday.
April 6th - Molly
Staring Sean Connery as a coal miner who leads the "Molly
McGuires," a secret society of immigrant Irish mine workers in western
Pennsylvania in the 1870s. Based on actual events.
April 13th - Seduction
The Italian director Lina Wertmueller directed this classic story
of "Mimi," a poor Sicilian worker who joins the Italian Communist Party to
fight for workers' rights but over the years is seduced by power and abandons
his ideals. An Italian classic.
April 20th - 10,000 Men Named
Robert Townsend films about the Pullman Workers strike and A.
Phillip Randolph, the visionary civil rights leader who organized the first
African American trade union. Celebrates the critical role of African
Americans in the labor movement.
April 27th - Roger and Me
Moore's funny but powerful first film about the destruction of Michigan's
economy when corporate greed forced the closure of General Motors plants. An
excellent account of labor's struggles in the age of globalization.
The Big Bend Chapter of the Northwest Florida Federation
of Labor (AFL-CIO)
The Tallahassee Green Party
14 Troops Innovate for Way
Service members are trying ever more unlikely and desperate routes to
get out of duty in Iraq
15 WOULD MEDIA COVER AUNG SAN SUU
KYI IF SHE MADE CUTE SCONES?
What would happen if the U.S. commercial media
showed just a fraction of the interest in imprisoned Burmese opposition leader
Suu Kyi that it has showed in America's homemaking maven Martha Stewart, asks
Rick Mercier. Would Suu Kyi be free? Would Burma be farther along on the road
16 Why graft thrives in postconflict
A new international report says Iraq could become 'the biggest
corruption scandal in history.
17 STOP NEWS FRAUD
As reported in
yesterday's Media Savvy, at least 20 federal agencies have made and
distributed pre-packaged, ready-to-serve television news segments to promote
President Bush's policies
and initiatives. Our partners at Free Press have
launched this citizens' petition, calling on Congress, the FCC and local
broadcasters to crack down on covert propaganda and keep fake news off
** GHOSTS IN THE MEDIA MACHINE
In an accompanying in-depth report,
Free Press details recent governmental propaganda efforts, from
faux-correspondent Jeff Gannon to paid-off pundit Armstrong Williams, and from
the demise of FOIA to video news releases passed off as news.
MEDIA FOR DEMOCRACY
** ADMINISTRATION REJECTS RULING ON PR
The Bush administration, rejecting an opinion from the Government
Office, said last week that it is legal for federal
agencies to feed TV stations prepackaged news stories that do not disclose the
government's role in producing them. Legal counsel for the Administration
"does not agree with GAO that the covert propaganda prohibition applies simply
because an agency's role in producing and disseminating information is
undisclosed or 'covert,' regardless of whether the content of the message is
** US DEFENDS VIDEO PRESS RELEASES
NOT NECESSARILY THE NEWS
P.R. expert John Stauber and Pulitzer
Prize-winning reporter Laurie Garrett comment on the Times' front page
of the 'fake news' scandals.
** THE WHITE HOUSE FAKES IT
18 SENEGAL: Wanted! 100 million
mosquito nets to stop malaria
GUEREO, 15 March (IRIN) - When Senegalese
superstar Youssou N'Dour rolled into this dusty village and bellowed "How many
people want a bed net?", hundreds of hands shot up into the air.
19 Iraqi general shot dead by US
troops at checkpoint west of Ramadi
The deputy commander of the Iraqi army
in western Al-Anbar province was shot dead by US troops at a checkpoint
Tuesday night, a police officer said.
20 White House Acknowledges Iran
Intel 'Hard to Come By'
21 An Update on Fallujah...There is
No Fallujah to Update On
22 Irritated Iraqis Wait for Change:
Nearly six weeks after a landmark election, no new government has formed
and people who risked their lives to vote wonder why they did.
23 A Template for the U.S. War in
The aspiring historian of the current U.S. war in Iraq can draw
upon earlier narratives to ease the burden, merely substituting a word here
and there in order to make the text accord with the specific names and places
that are now pertinent.
24 A thrilling epic of freedom :
Nothing will stand in the way of the American spin, which connects events
of differing backgrounds and unique circumstances into a thrilling epic of a
"freedom intifada" that is spreading all over the Arab world, and which will
confront terror and be victorious over it.
25 Israeli Government Guilty of
Funding Illegal West Bank Outposts
26 From: Cindy Sheehan, Gold Star
Mother for Peace
Cindy and Will
poem to Casey
27 Heavily armed duo in no position
to lay down law on proliferation
28 Canada a haven again
draft evaders and deserters of Vietnam era, American soldiers are heading
north to find refuge from what they say is an unjust war in Iraq
29 Three U.S. Aircraft Carrier
Groups Converging on Iran and Syria
The article below implies a major U.S. naval deployment is underway in the
30 CENTRAL AMERICA: 'If You Turn Up
Dead, No One Will Wonder Why', Says Child Sex Ring Victim
MEXICO CITY - "If you turn up dead someday, no one is going to wonder how
you died," said Kathy, a Honduran girl caught up in a child sex ring. She is
just one of an estimated 40,000 minors in Central America whose childhood has
been stripped away for the pleasure and profit of adults.
31 DEVELOPMENT: A Little Goes a Long
UNITED NATIONS - Sandra is a 26-year-old mother of
two who lives in a small town in Nicaragua close to the Honduran border. Taken
as the wife of a day labourer at the age of 14, she never attended school or
learned to read or write.
32 Many Iraqis found bitter irony in
President Bush's insistence last week that Syria
must withdraw from Lebanon
before it holds elections, for Iraqis have lived with foreign tanks in their
streets for two years and voted barely a month ago under the watchful eye of
the U.S. Army.
33 Bush orders policy to 'contain' Chávez
34 Israeli wall to engulf Jerusalem
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel
Sharon has approved the final route of the illegal barrier around Jerusalem
that will include Jewish settlements in parts of the West Bank, officials
35 Vietnam Redux: Iraq War Vets on
36 Commodity Prices Climb to 24-Year
High on Global Demand Growth
37 RENDITION Extraordinarily
In late January of this year, President Bush declared,
"torture is never acceptable, nor do we hand over people (http://wwwnewyorker.com/fact/content/?050214fa_fact6)
to countries that do torture." Yet, hundreds of individuals (http://www.smh.com.au/news/Global-Terrorism/Fresh-evidence-of-CIA-torture-network/2005/03/07/1110160758843.html?oneclick=true)
have been taken by Central Intelligence Agency agents through the process of
extraordinary rendition, in which detainees are transported to other countries
for interrogation. Also referred to as outsourcing torture, the CIA has chosen
"the most common destinations for rendered suspects (http://wwwnewyorker.com/fact/content/?050214fa_fact6)
[to be] Egypt, Morocco, Syria, and Jordan, all of which have been cited for
human-rights violations by the State Department, and are known to torture
suspects." Despite President Bush's empty declarations, conservatives in both
chambers of Congress, at times "at the White House's urging," continue to
block legislation that could "ban the CIA from using cruel and inhuman
RENDITION -- THEN: Before President Bush, the
Clinton administration "enforced much greater oversight and restrictions ...
and generally used the practice to send suspects to a country where they would
face criminal prosecutions (http://mediamatters.org/items/200503120002)
." Days after Vice President Cheney cryptically threatened that the
administration would spend time "in the shadows of the intelligence world," a
presidential directive gave the CIA independence that came with " unusually
expansive authority (http://www.nytimes.com/2005/03/06/politics/06intel.html?ex=1267765200&en=7020075f670ebf72&ei=5090&partner=rssuserland)
RENDITION -- NOW: Freeing the agency from various oversights,
including "case-by-case approval from the White House or the State or Justice
Departments," the rendition program soon " expanded beyond recognition (http://wwwnewyorker.com/fact/content/?050214fa_fact6)
-- becoming, according to a former CIA official, 'an abomination.'" The CIA is
now carrying out these rendition expeditions so frequently that relatively
amateur aviation enthusiasts (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A27826-2004Dec26.html)
have begun to document the trips. Once "aimed at a small, discrete set of
[it now includes] a wide and ill-defined population," and can be used "solely
for the purpose of detention and interrogation (http://www.nytimes.com/2005/03/06/politics/06intel.html?ex=1267765200&en=7020075f670ebf72&ei=5090&partner=rssuserland)
THE 'COUNTERPRODUCTIVE' USE OF TORTURE: Even to set aside the
ideological case against outsourcing torture, the Bush administration's
carrying out of the rendition program has been seriously flawed. Firstly, "
torture is usually counterproductive (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A18709-2005Mar8.html)
." Veteran agents from both the FBI and CIA " doubt the effectiveness (http://wwwnewyorker.com/fact/content/?050214fa_fact6)
of physical coercion as a means of extracting reliable information, " as a
prisoner subjected to intense physical pain (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A2302-2005Jan11.html)
will admit just about anything to end the torture. Intelligence agents then
end up chasing down false confessions instead of devoting time to real leads.
A glaring example of this is that the Bush administration's pre-Iraq invasion
claims of a connection between Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda (http://wwwnewyorker.com/fact/content/?050214fa_fact6)
came from a prisoner who had been rendered to Egypt, and later "recanted" the
same information that he had provided.
THE PRACTICAL CASE AGAINST
RENDITION: Under President Bush, the rendition program is flouting years-old
legislation passed by Congress (http://wwwnewyorker.com/fact/content/?050214fa_fact6)
, international treaties (http://www.house.gov/markey/Issues/iss_human_rights_ltr050223.pdf)
to which we are signatories, and the sovereignty of other nations (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A30275-2005Mar12.html)
that we rely on as allies. Several European countries are carrying out
official investigations into whether the CIA violated local laws by conducting
rendition operations that abducted individuals off European soil without the
"blessing of friendly local intelligence agencies." Furthermore, it is
creating a class of persons that may never be able to be introduced back (http://wwwnewyorker.com/fact/content/?050214fa_fact6)
into the legal system. Once detainees are tortured, their statements are
essentially tarnished because of the circumstances by which they were
obtained, rendering them incapable of being prosecuted or even used as
witnesses. As a member of the 9/11 Commission recently stated, "In criminal
justice, you either prosecute the suspects or let them go. But if you've
treated them in ways that won't allow you to prosecute them, you're in this no