Saturday, September 24, 2005

protest September 24 in DC

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Redemption Song

Redemption Song
- more THOUGHTS --


what are we all doing?
sitting around, talking, gossiping perhaps...
induldging, browsing, getting high, having drinks, etc.,
gabbing at the bar or around the water cooler or coffee machine
or sittin alone in one's room in front of the monitor
smoking our cigarettes, whatever... just like we are doing right now

but: what do we do ?????

"then what shall be done?" - - [see also: The Year of Living Dangerously]

- connection -

victory gardens

- connection -

direct human contact

direct earth contact | connect with eco-cycles

direct spiritual contact even

all towards a purpose/direction

==== if there is no direction, how can we hope to end up someplace that is good? ====




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Wednesday, September 21, 2005

ClimateWire | 2005-09-21
Here's your personalised ClimateWire for today:
Firms pressure Russia to adopt Kyoto Protocol
Independent Online (South Africa)
Two top Russian firms, power monopoly UES and services group Sistema, pressed the government on Monday to pass laws needed to implement the Kyoto Protocol, saying a lack of clarity was endangering environmental projects.
Alberta firms studying ways to ship, sell CO2
Globe and Mail (Canada)
Major players in the oil sands of northern Alberta are in talks to form a consortium to turn carbon dioxide emissions from hot air into cold cash.
It would seem that I was wrong about big business
The Guardian (United Kingdom)
Corporations are ready to act on global warming but are thwarted by ministers who resist regulation in the name of the market
Alberta must take economic advantage of global warming : Oberg
Calgary Herald (Canada)
Alberta must take economic advantage of global warming or risk being left out in the cold, says Infrastructure Minister Lyle Oberg.
Climate change stalling poverty fight - Beckett
Green Consumer Guide (United Kingdom)
The effects climate change are jeopardising the fight against poverty and potential success of the Millennium Development Goals, UK Environment Secretary Margaret Beckett has claimed.
Latest warning is 'wake up call' - Green Party
Green Consumer Guide (United Kingdom)
New data that indicates dramatic global warming in the Arctic region should be classed as the latest 'wake up call' for governments around the world, according to the Green Party.
Forbes (Switzerland)
The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California last month issued an order denying a motion for summary dismissal in the case of Friends of the Earth and others versus officers of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation and Export-Import Bank, both wholly owned corporations of the U.S. government.
And now for January's weather forecast
The Guardian (United Kingdom)
The Met Office has released a severe weather warning for winter, predicting heavy snowfalls and bitter temperatures to come. How on earth do they know?
Judge declares global warming too political for US courts
The Register (United Kingdom)
A federal judge in New York has deemed the questions raised by a global warming lawsuit to be too political for the judiciary to deal with.
Your Planet: Putting back what you've taken out
The Independent (United Kingdom)
Trend-setting pop star KT Tunstall has not only achieved impressive record sales, but her latest album has gone... carbon neutral. Here she explains to Natasha Courtenay-Smith how she limits the damage caused by her work
Your planet: Low-impact lifestyles
The Independent (United Kingdom)
We are told that, to live sustainably, we need to reduce our CO emissions by two thirds. Is this really feasible? Absolutely, says Donnachadh McCarthy, who has transformed his London house into a low-carbon, climate-friendly home
Your Planet: The ten best green fashion buys
The Independent (United Kingdom)
The world's leaders may be largely ignoring the planet's plight - and your views about it. However, it is still possible for you to make your voice heard. The secret is to vote with your wallet
Your planet: Travel that doesn't cost the earth
The Independent (United Kingdom)
Given the environmental damage caused by air travel, can it ever be ethical to go on holiday overseas? Yes, says Anita Roddick, because in many parts of the planet tourism - of the responsible variety - is a vitally important force for good
Your Planet: How you can save it
The Independent (United Kingdom)
Who says that sustainable living has to be all about austerity and self-denial? On the contrary, says The Independent's green columnist, Julia Stephenson. Giving your lifestyle a radical eco-makeover can be thrilling, life-enhancing, good for your wallet, and surprisingly glamorous
Clinton carves out global role
USA Today (USA)
At the closing session of his Global Initiative conference last week, Bill Clinton stood atop a circular stage surrounded by rows of his faithful - people who had come from around the world to pay homage to his notion of the global village.
"Eco Earth" Environmental Sustainability Portal Relaunch
EcoEarth (USA)
Ecological Internet is proud to announce "Eco Earth", their new and expanded environmental sustainability portal.
European Union Online (Europa) (United Kingdom)
Building a common understanding on future global action against climate change will be the focus of an informal ministerial roundtable organised by the Canadian Government 23-24 Sept. 2005 in Ottawa.
Swedish scientists tinkle with diesel to reduce toxic emissions
European Union Online (Europa) (United Kingdom)
Adding urine to catalytic converters can cut toxic diesel exhaust emissions. The method, developed by researchers in southern Sweden, comes just in time to meet new EU requirements aimed at reducing diesel emissions for trucks and cars.
The Seminar on Linking the Kyoto Project-Based Mechanisms with the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) took place from 15-16 September 2005, in Vienna, Austria

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Say no to torture & war: September 24-26 = Protest September 24 in DC

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Scott Galindez | Witnessing History
On April 24, 1971, Vietnam Veterans Against the War were among the leaders of 500,000 people who converged on Washington to end the Vietnam War. Scott Galindez reports that on September 24, 2005, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Gold Star Families for Peace, Military Families Speak Out, and Veterans for Peace will be leading another huge march against today's war. As the call goes out far and wide to gather in the nation's capitol, history stands to be made again.


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Date: Fri, 16 Sep 2005 14:40:08 -0000 (GMT)
From: "SOA Watch"
Subject: Get ready for Nov 18-20 -- Two prisoners released -- Say no
to torture & war
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::: COME TO DC ::: Say no to war & torture on the weekend of September
24-26! (And let us know you‚re coming: info(at) :::

September 15, 2005

1. Get ready for November 18-20!
2. Two prisoners of conscience released!
3. Say no to torture & war: September 24-26
4. Coming soon :: fancy new email format


This year is different than other years when we have gathered at the gates
of Fort Benning to call for an end to the violence. As soon as the early
summer of 2006, Congress will vote on whether or not they should close the
School of the Americas (SOA/ WHINSEC). When we gather this year, in
numbers too big to be ignored, we will send a message to this government
that they must close this school down when they vote in the months after
our Vigil. This year is different, and it will take all of us, standing
together and voting with our feet, outside the gates of Fort Benning on
November 18-20, 2005!

Now‚s the time to start your planning! Here are some resources for you as
you organize to CLOSE THE SOA:

--> Hotels & Campgrounds --> .
Contact the Columbus Visitor‚s Bureau at 1-800-999-1613 for the latest
info on hotel availability.

--> Travel Info -->

--> Schedule of events for the Vigil weekend -->

--> Flyers, Organizing tips, MORE -->

--> What to expect at Fort Benning -->

--> Consider Crossing the Line - Engage in Civil Disobedience at Fort
Benning this November. Read an „Invitation to Cross the Line‰ --> --> Then have lots of your
questions answered in the „Legal Briefing‰ -->

--> Ride board -->

--> Order PALMCARDS today -->


On Monday, September 12, Alice Gerard and Sr. Lelia (Lil) Mattingly were
released from Danbury Federal Prison after serving six-month sentences for
their opposition to the School of the Americas/WHINSEC. Of all those
arrested for civil disobedience at last year‚s November Vigil to Close the
SOA, Sr. Lil and Alice were the final two to be released. Two people
remain on probation. We continue to remember the more than two million
people behind bars in this country, the majority for nonviolent offenses,
as we celebrate the release of our friends!

Sr. Lil and Alice are among the thousands of people who have made
deliberate decisions to put their bodies and their freedom on the line to
call attention to the School of the Americas. More than 180 of these
people have been sentenced to federal prison for up to two years. Read
more about these peacemakers:

This year human rights activists will again take their message onto the
base of Fort Benning. The Direct Action Working Group is working with
people all over the country who have committed to „crossing the line‰ this
November 18-20. If you‚re interested in finding out more about civil
disobedience to close the SOA, contact SOA Watch Twin Ports at
soawtwinports(at) for more info!


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SOA Watch is working together with Jennifer Harbury, the Unitarian
Universalist Service Committee, the Torture Survivors and Abolition
Support Committee and an incredible collection of interfaith and human
rights advocates to organize „Call for Justice Weekend‰ in Washington, DC
on September 24, 25 and 26. For more information on these exciting events,
visit .

This event coincides with massive anti-war demonstrations organized by
United for Peace and Justice and ANSWER, a protest against the policies of
the IMF and the World Bank, the Operation Ceasefire Music Festival and
more! For more information about logistics and events over the entire
weekend, visit

----> Don‚t forget to bring your „Close the SOA‰ banners and signs to the
marches! If you‚ll be in town, please let us know if you‚re willing to
help hand out small PALM CARDS advertising the November Vigil or if you
would like to carry the „CLOSE the SOA‰ banner in the march. Contact Asha
at asha(at) to find out where to pick up your shiny cards and to
find out about other ways to volunteer with SOA Watch over the weekend.
This massive demonstration will be an important time to get the word out
about the Nov. 18-20 Vigil to Close the SOA!

Massive anti-war demonstrations organized by United for Peace and Justice
and ANSWER, a protest against the policies of the IMF and the World Bank,
the Operation Ceasefire Music Festival and more. SOA Watch is organizing
as part of a coalition of interfaith and human rights advocates for the
„Call for Justice Weekend‰ in Washington, DC.

SCHEDULE of some of the weekend‚s events:

For a complete schedule of events and location information for the Call to
Justice Weekend, visit .

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23: The Latin America Solidarity Coalition will hold
the first public session of the International Tribunal on Haiti. A Global
Justice Antiwar Critical Mass Bike Ride will start at 6pm.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24: This day will start with educational workshops
and panel discussions on the SOA Torture Manuals, the applicability of the
Geneva Conventions history, legal considerations, and security
consequences of U.S. involvement in torture. There will also be a
screening of the updated 2005 version of the documentary „SOA: Hidden in
Plain Sight.‰ Massive anti-war and global justice events start at 11am.
The Operation Ceasefire Music Festival will take place in the evening at
the Washington Monument.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25: Torture survivors from Latin America will speak out
at a Citizens' Trial of Donald Rumsfeld, Alberto Gonzales and George Tenet
for violations of international and U.S. laws prohibiting torture. The
trial will be based on actual laws and evidence and will use real lawyers,
as well as real testimonies given by Iraqi and Afghan survivors.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26: The day will open with an interfaith send-off
ceremony, followed by a march to Capitol Hill. Grassroots activists from
across the country will also address Congress and other government offices
to lobby for an end to the war in Iraq, the closure of the SOA and to
insist that all forms of torture be abolished. A mass nonviolent direct
action at the White House will be coordinated by United for Peace and

For more information visit .

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Stay tuned: the SOA Watch Email Update will have a new look soon! While
the appearance of the messages you received will be different, the emails
will still be full of the great and timely information that you expect
from us. And, as always, we will never share your email address or contact
info with any other organization. Period.

And, by the way, we welcome your feedback at any time on our website, our
emails, our materials or whatever else strikes a chord with you. Contact
us at info(at) or 202-234-3440 .


SOA Watch ~ PO Box 4566 ~ Washington DC 20017 ~ (202)234-3440 ~

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Monday, September 19, 2005

September 24 protest in DC

Scott Galindez | Witnessing History
On April 24, 1971, Vietnam Veterans Against the War were among the leaders of 500,000 people who converged on Washington to end the Vietnam War. Scott Galindez reports that on September 24, 2005, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Gold Star Families for Peace, Military Families Speak Out, and Veterans for Peace will be leading another huge march against today's war. As the call goes out far and wide to gather in the nation's capitol, history stands to be made again.

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Assault on Endangered Species Act

Assault on Endangered Species Act -
2005-09-19 Source: Defenders of Wildlife
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Wake Up by Cindy Sheehan

Wake Up
By Cindy Sheehan
t r u t h o u t | Perspective

Monday 19 September 2005

So we have come to cash this check - a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice. We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism.

-- Martin Luther King Jr., August 28, 1963, "I Have a Dream" speech

What Bush's Katrina shows once again is that my son died for nothing. If you listen to Bush - and fewer and fewer are, thank goodness - we are in Iraq in part due to 9/11. All our president has been talking about has been protecting this country since 9/11. That's why people voted for him in the last election. Katrina shows it's all as sham, a fraud, a disaster as large as Katrina itself.

Hundreds of billions and tens of thousands of innocent lives wasted later, what have we achieved? Nothing. Casey died for nothing and Bush says others have to die for those that have died already.

Enough, George! What is disgusting is not, as the first lady says, criticism of you, but rather the crimes you've committed against this country and our sons and daughters. Stop hiding behind your twisted idea of God and stop destroying this country.

This week I arrive in Washington DC to begin my Vigil at the White House just like I did in Texas. But this time I'll be joined by Katrina victims as well. In your America we are all victims. The failed bookends of your Presidency are Iraq and Katrina.

It is time for all of us to stand up and be counted: to show the media, Congress, and this inept, corrupt, and criminal administration that we mean business. It is time to get off of our collective behinds to show the people who are running our country into oblivion that we will stand for it no longer. That we want our country back and we want our nation's young people back home, safe and sound, on our shores to help protect America. That it is time for a change in our country's "leadership." That we will never go away until our dreams are reality.

We have so-called leaders in our country who are waiting for the correct "politically expedient" time to speak up and out against the occupation of Iraq. It is no sweat for our politicos to wait for the right time, because not one of them has a child in harm's way. I don't care if the politician is a Democrat or a Republican, this is not about politics. Being a strong leader to guide our country out of the quagmire and mistake of Iraq will require people of courage and determination to stand up and say: "I don't care if I win the next election, people are dying in Iraq every day and families are being decimated." We, as the 62% of Americans who want our troops to begin coming home, will follow such a leader down the difficult but oh-so-rewarding path of peace with justice.

It is no longer time for the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. It never has been the time for that. Our "now" is so fiercely urgent. Like my daughter, Carly, wrote in the last verse of her "A Nation Rocked to Sleep" poem:

Have you ever heard the sound of a Nation Being Rocked to Sleep?
Our leaders want to keep us numb so the pain won't be too deep,
But if we the people allow them to continue, another mother will weep,
Have you heard the sound of a Nation Being Rocked to Sleep?

Wake up: See you in DC on the 24th.

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The Blood of the Righteous

The Blood of the Righteous
By William Rivers Pitt

t r u t h o u t | Perspective

Monday 19 September 2005

During the Vietnam war, a number of anti-war activists were prosecuted and jailed for taking direct action against recruiting stations and draft board offices. Files were burned and blood was poured on records. Few activists during this time were as dedicated, or as prosecuted, as the brothers Daniel and Philip Berrigan.

In 1967, Philip Berrigan poured his own blood on Selective Service records in Baltimore, and handed out Bibles while waiting to be arrested. In 1969, Berrigan used home-made napalm to incinerate 378 draft files in Catsonville, Maryland. In 1980, the Berrigan brothers entered a General Electric nuclear missile factory in Pennsylvania, hammered on the nose cones, again poured their own blood, and again were arrested.

In every instance, the Berrigan protest actions were grounded in their Christian beliefs. Both brothers were Roman Catholic priests. After the 1969 Catsonville action, Philip Berrigan said, "We confront the Catholic Church, other Christian bodies, and the synagogues of America with their silence and cowardice in the face of our country's crimes. We are convinced that the religious bureaucracy in this country is racist, is an accomplice in this war, and is hostile to the poor."

As the American people grew more and more hostile towards the Vietnam war, actions of conscience taken by people like the Berrigan brothers became more and more threatening to those in government who wished to see the war continue. Punishments became harsher, threats became more dire, all in an effort to derail a popular wave of resistance against the war, and against those who pushed the war.

The wheel has come around again.

Today in New York, a Federal trial has begun against four anti-war activists who went into an Ithaca recruiting office on St. Patrick's Day in 2003 and poured their own blood on the walls, windows and the American flag. The protesters - Daniel J. Burns, 45; Clare T. Grady, 46; her sister, Teresa B. Grady, 40; and Peter J. De Mott, 58 - believed the young would-be recruits in the office had been seduced by video games and government propaganda videos, and wanted to remind them what war was really about. All four opposed the invasion and occupation of Iraq. All four are members of the Catholic Worker movement, and model their activism after their heroes, the Berrigan brothers.

"War is bloody," said the four protesters in a statement they read after their action in Ithaca. "The blood we brought to the recruiting station was a sign of the blood inherent in the business of the recruiting station. Blood is a sign of life, which we hold to be precious, and a sign of redemption and conversion, which we seek as people of this nation. The young men and women who join the military, via that recruiting station, are people whose lives are precious. We are obligated, as citizens of a democracy, to sound an alarm when we see our young people being sent into harm's way for a cause that is wholly unjust and criminal. Blood is a potent symbol of life and death."

"Blood is the sacred substance of life," they continued, "yet it is shed wantonly in war. As Catholics, when we receive the Eucharist, we acknowledge our oneness with God and the entire human family. We went to the recruiting center using what we have - our bodies, our blood, our words, and our spirits - to implore, beg, and order our country away from the tragedy of war and toward God's reign of peace and justice."

This trial is not the first time the St. Patrick's Four have faced prosecution for their 2003 action. Initially, they were tried in Tompkins County for felony criminal mischief in April of 2004. All four were offered a plea bargain to avoid trial, and all four refused. The trial itself, to the dismay of the local prosecutor, became a forum on the Iraq war. The four plaintiffs represented themselves. After hearing at length the motivations and life stories of the protesters, the jury in the trial deadlocked, with nine members voting for acquittal.

The prosecutor knew he could not win a re-trial, and referred the case to Federal authorities. Today, the protesters face a variety of serious charges including damaging government property and conspiracy to impede an officer of the United States. If convicted, the four face up to six years in prison and fines of $250,000. Many fear that if the St. Patrick's Four are successfully prosecuted, it will set a national precedent which would allow non-violent protesters to be charged with conspiracy in Federal courts.

So many aspects of this situation are compelling. One cannot help but be moved by four people who went beyond protest marches, pamphleteering and writing letters to the editor, and decided to take direct non-violent action. One cannot help but be gladdened that these four, representing themselves, convinced a jury that their actions were not worthy of prison time. One cannot help but be terrified by the implications of a potential Federal conviction of these four, which would further marginalize the citizen right of protest in a time when more actions, not fewer, are desperately needed.

Yet perhaps the most significant aspect of all this is the simple fact that these four protesters are working to take back the mantle of Christianity from the brigands and radicals who have hijacked and polluted it. When men like Pat Robertson and George W. Bush are allowed to stand as avatars for all things Christian, when hate and fear replaces love and tolerance and violence becomes the chief focus of the so-called faithful, it is all too clear that the words and teachings of Jesus Christ have been subsumed by low people who have more in common with the Taliban than with the fellow called the Prince of Peace.

"Herein lies a riddle," said Philip Berrigan about the very people who have stolen Christianity and perverted it for their own ends. "How can a people so gifted by God become so seduced by naked power, so greedy for money, so addicted to violence, so slavish before mediocre and treacherous leadership, so paranoid, deluded, lunatic?"

One day, perhaps, we will have a solution to that riddle and a cure for the disease which birthed it. In the meantime, four Catholic peacemakers stare down the barrel of a prosecutorial gun today in New York. If you stand against the war, if you stand against the so-called Christians who have so perverted both that religion and our nation entire, if you happen to be the praying type, now would be a good time to put in a word on their behalf.


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