Action Alerts: August 25, 2010
1. Take Action for Peace and Justice in October!
2. Teach in on Iraq (Washington, DC)
3. Support the National Museum of African American History and Culture
4. TurnOffFox campaign
5. Fight Tea Party Voters with Fresh Voters
6. Towards Full and Fair Employment and a New Economy
7. Floodlines: Community & Resistance from Katrina to the Jena 6
Take Action for Peace and Justice in October!
Dear Supporter, Forty seven percent of the voters
believe the Federal budget deficit is primarily due to
the wars while joblessness continues to climb. The
number one concern for a majority of people is the
economy. It is the perfect storm for new organizing
efforts to end the wars, cut military spending and
rebuild our communities.
Peace Action is helping to organize a national march on
Washington, October 2, One Nation Working Together. We
are calling on the Obama administration and Congress to
create jobs and "move the money" from wars and weapons
to our communities:
Peace Action met with peace leaders from around the
world to create International Days of Action to End the
War in Afghanistan, October 7-10. This will be an
opportunity for local activities to mobilize growing
opposition to the costs, human and economic, of the
war. Using local newspaper ads, teach-ins, vigils,
Congressional visits or phone- ins to call for a
ceasefire, negotiations and a withdrawal of all troops
will help focus the growing opposition on both the
administration as well as candidates in the midterm
elections. Check with your local peace groups or stay
tuned for information on organizing your own action:
Paul Kawika Martin Organizing and Policy Director Peace
P.S. Please join us here in Washington, DC on Saturday,
October 2, for an historic march and plan to
participate in an event in your local area during the
International Days of Action to End the War in
Afghanistan, October 7-10.
Iraq: A Teach-In on the Legacy of the Seven-Year U.S.
August 29, 2010, 5:00-9:00PM Busboys and Poets, 5th and
K St NW Washington, DC
Thousands of U.S. troops are leaving Iraq -- but more
than 50,000 troops and tens of thousands of U.S.-paid
mercenaries remain. U.S. "combat operations" are
ending, but Iraq remains mired in war.
We will examine whether the U.S. is really leaving Iraq
or just rebranding. We'll look at life in Iraq today,
the human toll on both Iraqis and returning U.S.
soldiers, the status of Iraqi refugees around the world
and the cost of war in light of our financial crisis.
We'll discuss the lack of accountability for those who
dragged us into the war or committed crimes such as
torture. We'll look at the role of Congress and the
media in facilitating the invasion/occupation, and
we'll also look at the role of the peace movement--its
strengths and weaknesses--and draw key lessons to make
our work for peace, including in Afghanistan, more
You won't get this information and analysis from the
Speakers and performers include:
* Kymone Tecumseh Freeman, playwright, performer,
reading Letters from Iraq * Phyllis Bennis, Institute
for Policy Studies * Raed Jarrar, Peace Action * David
Swanson, author * Bill Fletcher, labor leader, scholar
* Josh Stieber, Iraq Veterans Against the War * Medea
Benjamin, CODEPINK and Global Exchange * Head-Roc, the
sensational local hip hop artist * Andy Shallal, Iraqi
artist, owner Busboys and Poets * Cynthia Benjamin,
Military Families Speak Out
Sponsored by: CODEPINK, Peace Action, Institute for
Policy Studies, Fellowship of Reconciliation, Global
Exchange, Just Foreign Policy, Veterans for Peace, Iraq
Veterans Against the War, Military Families Speak Out,
ANSWER, World Can't Wait, Voices for Creative
Nonviolence, War is a Crime, Progressive Democrats of
America, and U.S. Labor Against the War.
Let's keep alive the important stories of African
American history and culture
Let's pass on the important stories of African American
The new Smithsonian National Museum of African American
History and Culture will soon be built in Washington,
D.C. The Museum will tell the stories of African
Americans from the earliest days of this country right
up to the election of the first African American
president and beyond - proud moments as well periods of
unimaginable pain and abuse.
With your support, we can pass these stories on to our
children, our grandchildren and future generations.
Sign the virtual guestbook showing your support for the
newest addition to the Smithsonian Institution - the
National Museum of African American History and
Color of Change
Many of us already know that Fox News is biased -- but
it's actually much worse than that. For years they have
used lies, distortions, and race-baiting to divide this
country. Recently, it's gotten downright dangerous.
Earlier this summer, a heavily armed man got into a gun
fight with police after he was pulled over on his way
to kill people at the Tides Foundation -- an obscure
non-profit that Glenn Beck regularly demonizes on his
Fox News TV show.
Fox News is bad news for America -- and it spreads, and
is legitimized, partly through TVs in public places.
That's why I've joined the TurnOffFox campaign -- the
first part of a larger campaign to diminish the
influence of Fox. It's about educating people about Fox
and getting it turned off in stores, restaurants, and
other public places.
Will you join me? It takes just a moment to declare
your own household "Fox free", and at the same time
appeal to public establishments in your community to
stop playing Fox. And you'll get a FREE Turn Off Fox
sticker when you do. Click here:
Fight Tea Party Voters with Fresh Voters
August 23, 2010
Candidates are in their districts, making nice to
likely mid-term voters. They're a precious bunch, more
scarce than general election voters, and typically more
polarized in their views. What if there were more of
them and more low-income people, particularly women, in
In a country where 131 million people voted in the 2008
presidential election, a few million more voters from
under-represented groups sprinkled, state after state,
by the tens or hundreds of thousands, just might make a
difference. Securing their voting rights is a smart,
effective way to find out.
In a handful of swing states where voting rights groups
have sued and won in recent years, the result is
impressive: hundreds of thousands of low-income people,
two-thirds women, registering since 2008.
In Missouri, where John McCain beat Barack Obama by
less than 4,000 votes, nearly a quarter-million voter
registration applications have been filed by
Missourians while applying for state public assistance
benefits since August 2008. In Ohio, where George W.
Bush beat John Kerry by nearly 119,000 votes in 2004,
low-income Ohioans filed 100,000 voter applications in
just the first six months of 2010.
Project Vote, Demos, The Lawyers Committee for Civil
Rights Under Law, and the local civil rights groups who
sued these states and won (forcing turnarounds at state
public assistance agencies) have been waging a lonely
fight to implement the National Voter Registration Act.
The 1993 law requires a range of state agencies, not
just motor vehicles, offer voter registration services.
That fight became a little less lonely in June, when,
for the first time, the Justice Department announced it
would start enforcing the NVRA's voter registration
mandate. This April, 40 million Americans applied for
Food Stamps. If 10 percent of those people registered
to vote - a smaller percentage than seen at Missouri
public assistance agencies after settling its NVRA suit
- the nation's voter rolls would grow by several
The numbers from Missouri and Ohio dwarf the size of
the largest tea party rallies. Already, right-wingers
fear these voters and NVRA compliance, commenting on
websites that poor people should not vote for any
number of ugly reasons. Now it's up to other candidates
to pay attention to voters who've until now been
overlooked. Instead of obsessing about the tea
partiers -- give those newest voters some good reason
to use that vote!
Towards Full and Fair Employment and a New Economy
National Day of Action - September 15
Declare a Jobs Emergency!
Protest members of Congress and their corporate backers
that are blocking good jobs and a real recovery
We will not accept a "Jobless Recovery"! We demand:
Full and Fair Employment, starting with the Local Jobs
for America Act Make Wall Street speculators
pay to fix the crisis they caused.
The Economic Emergency:
15 million Americans are out of work, and without a
major federal investment in creating jobs, (official)
jobless rates will be 8-13% into the next decade.
This "jobs deficit" is eroding State and local
revenues, threatening vital public services - not to
mention putting another 500,000-700,000 more people out
Corporate America is getting their "jobless recovery."
The bailed-out banks are making "bumper earnings,"
while major US corporations that laid off millions of
workers are sitting on $8.4 Trillion in cash reserves
(yes, that's Trillion, with a "T") - the highest level
since 1963. With only 20% of those corporate cash
reserves, we could put 5 million Americans to work at
$70,000/year . for five years.
The Political Emergency:
Corporate apologists in Congress are strangling a real
recovery for the rest of us, hiding behind budget
deficit grandstanding. If Congress cannot recognize
we're in a state of economic emergency, and that the
jobs deficit is top priority, we the people need to
declare it - loudly.
After all, the best way to address our public budget
deficits is to get people back to work and paying their
fair share of taxes (and making Wall Street pay its
fair share as well).
September 15 National Day of Action: Declare a Jobs
Targets: Senators and Representatives that
have been standing with Wall Street and Corporate
America rather than workers and communities. Demands
to Congress: o Recognize the jobs emergency; Stop
blocking a real recovery; Fix the jobs deficit first o
Full and Fair Employment, starting with the Local Jobs
for America Act, which will save or create one million
good jobs providing needed public services in local
communities o Make Wall Street pay for the mess it
made (taxing speculation provides $200-500B/yr)
Possible tactics: be bold & creative! o Hang a
large "Declaration of Jobs State of Emergency" banner o
Blockade your target's office, because s/he is blocking
a jobs recovery o March with emergency vehicles
and/or sirens, delivering the `declaration of
Contact Jobs with Justice for more info and materials
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"With a new flood threatening life on the Gulf Coast-
this time made of oil, not water, but powered, as
always, by greed and neglect-these remarkable stories
of injustice and resistance must be heard." -Naomi
Klein, author of The Shock Doctrine
Floodlines: Community & Resistance from Katrina to the
By Jordan Flaherty, with an Introduction by Amy Goodman
of Democracy Now! and a preface by civil rights
attorney Tracie Washington
With the livelihood and culture of Gulf Coast residents
once again at risk from BP's drilling disaster,
Floodlines vividly describes what is at stake for the
people of the region. Expertly weaving the
interconnected stories of public housing residents,
musicians, Mardi Gras Indians, Arab and Latino
immigrants, and grassroots activists, Floodlines offers
a unique, firsthand account of race, culture, and
community in New Orleans.
Community & Resistance Tour Launching tonight in NYC,
the national Community & Resistance tour will feature
Flaherty, along with fellow activists, performers,
writers and organizers who "seek to communicate about
current struggles for justice and liberation, from
nooses hung in Jena to women organizing inside prisons,
from resistance to school privatization to post-Katrina
For more information on speakers, visit
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