"I speak as an American to the leaders of my own nation. The great initiative in this war is ours.
The initiative to stop it must be ours." -Martin Luther King Jr.
Friends, this list and other email documents which I send out are done under the auspices of the
1] Books, buttons and stickers
2] Web site for info on federal legislation
3] Join Nonviolent Resistance lists
4] Buy coffee through HoCoFoLA
5] Used stamps for humanitarian causes
6] Art Opening
8] "Inventing the Nation" – ongoing
9] Art Along the Trials – through Sept. 3
10] The Palestinian Struggle – July 26
11] Save the American Dream – July 26
12] COF's International Programs – July 26
13] Protest Obama's deportation – July 26
14] War Is Not the Answer demo – July 26
15] Stand with Tim DeChristopher – July 26
16] Film FRESH – July 26
17] Freedom Flotilla report – July 26
19] Lobby for Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid – July 27
20] Protest BDC's give-aways – July 27
22] War to Peace in
1] – Buttons, bumperstickers and books are available. "God Bless the Whole World, No Exceptions" stickers are in stock. Donate your books to Max. Call him at 410-366-1637.
2] – To obtain information how your federal legislators voted on particular bills, go to http://thomas.loc.gov/. Congressional toll-free numbers are 888-818-6641, 888-355-3588 or 800-426-8073. The White House Comment Email is accessible at http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/.
3] – THE ORGANIZING LIST will be the primary decision-making mechanism of the National Campaign of Nonviolent Resistance [NCNR]. It will be augmented by conference calls and possibly in-person meetings as needed. It will consist of 1 or 2 representatives from each local, regional, or national organization (not coalitions) that wishes to actively work to carry out the NCNR campaign of facilitating and organizing nonviolent resistance to the war in
To join the ORGANIZING List, please send your name, group affiliation, city and email address to firstname.lastname@example.org. Different local chapters of a national organization are encouraged to subscribe.
THE NOTICES LIST will include only notices of NCNR actions and related information and is open to any interested person to subscribe. It will be moderated to maintain focus & will include periodic notices about getting involved in NCNR national organizing. To join the NOTICES List, send an email message to email@example.com. You will get a confirmation message once subscribed. If you have problems, please write to the list manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
4] – You can help safeguard human rights and fragile ecosystems through your purchase of HOCOFOLA Café Quetzal. Bags of ground coffee or whole beans can be ordered by mailing in an order form. Also note organic cocoa and sugar are for sale. For more details and to download the order form, go to http://friendsoflatinamerica.typepad.com/hocofola/2010/02/hocofola-cafe-quetzal-order-form-2010.html. The coffee comes in one-pound bags.
Fill out the form and mail it with a check made out to HOCOFOLA on or before the second week of the month. Be sure you indicate ground or beans for each type of coffee ordered. Send it to Adela Hirsch,
5] – Brad Hathaway spearheads an effort to sell donated used stamps to raise money for different humanitarian causes around the world. Go to www.mattapoisettquakers.org, and click the link for the stamp ministry. Carefully clip canceled postage stamps and send to Quaker Missions,
6] – An Art Opening
: UNConditional continues through Tues., July 26 at The Jerusalem Fund Gallery, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW, WDC 20037. Use the Foggy Bottom Metro. The gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM, or by appointment. This is an installation and jewelry exhibition by Nadira Araj, who is from . Call 202-338-1958. Bethlehem
7] – Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here is an exhibit which is continuing until Sun., July 31 in Gallery 31 at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW, WDC. The exhibit features 130 broadsides created by poets and book artists in solidarity with those killed and injured in a 2007 bombing of
Al-Mutanabbi Street, Baghdad's famed street of booksellers and the center of Iraqi intellectual life. The Iraqi Arts Community wants to show that the collective cultural voice cannot and will not be silenced, and representing the 30 people killed and 100 injured, 130 broadsides have been created. "This is our starting point : where language, thought, and reality reside : where memory, ideas, and even dreams wait patiently in their black ink." The broadsides are traveling the world to various venues highlighting the project and raising funds for Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders. The project is continuing to grow as artists respond to the call for 130 book artists to create 3 books to compliment the broadsides. Go to http://getinvolved.corcoran.org/page.aspx?pid=493 or call 202-639-1700.
8] – "Inventing a Nation" at the
9] – Art Along the Trails continues at Carrie Murray Nature Center Leakin/Gwynne Falls Park,
10] – On Tues., July 26 from noon to 1
:30 PM, hear about Recent Successes and Failures in the Palestinian Struggle at The Palestine Center, 2425 Virginia Ave., NW [at G St. & 24th St., NW : Blue or Orange Metro to Foggy Bottom]. Hear from three speakers. RSVP at http://www.thejerusalemfund.org/ht/d/RegisterForEvent/i/29809. You can view the live webcast at www.palestinecenter.org/live. The purpose of this lecture is to address how Palestinians have utilized social media in light of recent events in the Arab world and the future of social media in . Palestine
11] – Health Care for America Now is joining MoveOn.org and other leaders of the American Dream movement to ask people to show up outside Member of Congress' offices on Tues., July 26 at noon to deliver a crucial message
12] – Join an informal lunch discussion with the Council on Foundation's new managing director of Global Philanthropy, John Harvey, on Tues., July 26 from noon to 1 PM in the OMB Watch Conference Room, 2040 S. St. NW, WDC. RSVP at email@example.com. John will discuss the COF's international programs, including the Global Philanthropy Leadership Initiative. Call 202-729-6790. Go to www.charityandsecurity.org.
13] – On Mon., July 25 President Obama spoke in front of the largest Latino convention of the year. His goal was to build support for his reelection campaign, but the truth is that President Obama has deported over a MILLION immigrants since the start of his administration. These deportations are tearing our families apart and they have unleashed an unprecedented wave of fear. Join CASA de Maryland and Congressperson Luis Gutierrez on Tues., July 26 a 3 PM in front of the White House. This Immigration Rally will call for a stop to deportations until there is a legislative solution. Be at
14] – There is a vigil to say "War Is Not the Answer" each Tuesday since September 11, 2001 at
15] – There is a Solidarity Rally and Vigil for Tim DeChristopher who will be sentenced on Tues., July 26 in federal court in Salt Lake City. Stand in solidarity on July 26 from 5
:30 to 6 :30 PM outside the District Courthouse, U.S. 300 Constitution Ave., NW. On March 3, Tim was found guilty of two felony counts for participating in a peaceful act of civil disobedience. A bright, charismatic young man could face up to ten years in federal prison, along with a $750,000 fine, for outbidding Big Coal and Big Oil as they attempted to quietly take thousands of acres of pristine lands from the public. Go to www.peacefuluprising.org or email Jamie (firstname.lastname@example.org).
16] – The film FRESH will be shown as part of Accokeek's documentary series, and it highlights people who are searching for healthier and more sustainable alternatives to combat obesity and environmental pollution caused by the USA's industrialized food system. There is no charge to see the documentary on Tues., July 26 at 6
17] – Are you curious about what happened to the
Freedom Flotilla? On Tues., July 26 at 7 PM, there is a Report Back from a few passengers who were on the Audacity of Hope at Red Emma's, Gaza 800 St Paul St. Go to http://redemmas.org/event/2449/.
18] – See a Double Feature Film Screening on Cuba on Tues., July 26 from 7
The first is MAESTRA about the Cuban Literacy Campaign of 1961 which dramatically changed the nation's literacy levels within one year by organizing over 100,000 volunteers – over half of whom were women – to teach classes in the rural areas of the country. In 2005, a documentary crew began collecting testimonies of women literacy teachers, exploring how this experience influenced their lives & sense of self, as well as the future of their nation. The result was this inspiring new film by Catherine Murphy.
The second film is WILL THE REAL TERRORIST PLEASE STAND UP is the latest film by Saul Landau and documents the half- century history of small groups of Cuban exiles who have waged a terrorist campaign against Cuba's revolutionary government, with active or passive support from the U.S. government. This history involves the CIA, violence, and 5 Cubans serving long sentences in
19] – Tell the House of Representatives to Negotiate Prescription Drug Benefits Under Medicare Part D. Gather on Wed., July 27 at 10 AM in the
The lobbying will include a call to protect the benefits in Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security. Packets are available which show price comparisons between common drugs purchased for the Veterans Administration and Medicare; Medicare often pays up to 48% more for the exact same drugs. Contact Andrea Miller at 443-878-2071. You can call your representative at 202-224-3121 or your Senator at 888-907-1485.
20] – Stand for Fair Development NOT Poverty Zone Development! Join United Workers in a demonstration on Wed., July 27 at 10 AM in front of the Baltimore Development Corporation (BDC), 36 S. Charles St., at Lombard St., to demand transparency on their back-room $3 million rent break to Harbor Developer, Cordish. While the city gives out rent breaks to multi-billion dollar developers, harbor workers can barely afford a roof over our heads. The
21] – Each Wednesday from 4
22] – From War to Peace in
East Asia is an event that will take place on Wed., July 27 from 5 to 9 PM. There is a workshop from 5 to 6 :30 PM in the Conference Room @ Institute of Policy Studies, 1112 16th St., NW. Then there will be a Candle Light Vigil from 7 to 9 PM near the White House in . Join IPS, the National Association of Korean Americans and other organizations to commemorate the 58th anniversary of the signing of the Korean War Armistice and hold a candlelight vigil in honor of the nameless spirits who sacrificed their lives during and since the Korean War, and to demand a permanent peace settlement on the Korean Peninsula. Lafayette Park
On July 27, 1953, the
U.S. signed an Armistice agreement with China and to temporarily halt the fighting that claimed 4 million lives and divided 10 million families, pending a formulation of a peace treaty. Despite the desire of people in North and North Korea South Korea for peace and reconciliation, no peace treaty has been signed, though China has normalized relations with the U.S. and . Sixty years after the outbreak of the Korean War, the South Korea United States continues to have a strong military presence in including 24 military bases and 28,500 military personnel. South Korea
The need for a peace treaty is part of a larger political issue of not only bringing peace to a divided Korean peninsula but also developing a regional framework that provides a means for resolving conflicts and promoting peace in
Northeast Asia. East Asia has historically been considered a dispute-ridden region in which the countries participating in the Six Party Talks ( U.S., Russia, China, North Korea, South Korea, and ) account for nearly 65 percent of the world's military spending. Go to http://www.ips-dc.org/events/from_armistice_to_peace_treaty_a_step_towar... Email email@example.com. Japan
23] – Each Wednesday, the Northwest Greens hold a peace vigil from 7 to 8 PM outside the Borders Book Store, Germantown Ave. at Bethlehem Pike in Chestnut Hill, PA. The next vigil is July 27. Call 215-843-4256 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To be continued.