Monday, May 01, 2006

PROTESTERS GIVE BUSH THE FINGER
Tom Engelhardt, Tomdispatch.com
This weekend's enormous anti-war march in New York City was unlike earlier protests, in part because none of the protesters even remotely believed the President would listen to them.
http://www.alternet.org/waroniraq/35663/

READY FOR A STORM
Ann Powers, Times Staff Writer
[Pearl Jam slashed through the 1990s status quo, often sabotaging its own ambition. Now, after the band is stoked, polished and raging again. At left ... the band members as they look today ... left to right - Jeff Ament, Mike McCreary, Stone Gossard, Ed Vedder & Matt Cameron]
http://www.calendarlive.com/music/cl-ca-pearljam30apr30,0,1929155.story?coll=cl-music

SAY YES TO CITIZENSHIP, NO TO GUEST WORKERS
Roberto Lovato, New America Media
Some Latino leaders feel today's immigrant rights boycott is too extreme, but they may have forgotten the extreme conditions of immigrant guest workers across the country.
http://www.alternet.org/story/35661/

VICAR’S NO TO FILM BUT YES TO TEA
BBC News
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/gloucestershire/4955196.stm

EXPOSING ANTI-CHOICE ABORTION CLINICS
Amanda Marcotte, AlterNet
Misleading 'crisis pregnancy centers' are appearing across America, aiming to limit or even prevent women from exploring all of their legal health care options.
http://www.alternet.org/rights/35545/




SEAN'S LOVING LIFE AT THE SHARPE END
TMCnet, Daily Record [UK]
[At left, British actor Sean Bean as Richard Sharpe in "Sharpe's Challenge" ... DVD obtained via Amazon.com ... the Sharpe book series by Bernard Cornwell is absolutely fantastic. I've read 80% of the series and I adore the Richard Sharpe character. And also an admirer of Sean Bean. The Daily Record article is list below. ]
http://www.tmcnet.com/usubmit/2006/04/24/1599617.htm

PEARL JAM KEEPS MONTANA IN MIND
Patrick Douglas, Great Falls Tribune
http://www.greatfallstribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060501/LIFESTYLE/605010305/1024

IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM UFPJ ORGANIZATION ON APRIL 29TH EVENT
Two days ago, on April 29, the streets of New York City echoed with the chants, songs and shouts of at least 350,000 people from across the United States. Mobilized around the call to end the war in Iraq now, to say NO to any attack on Iran, and to support the rights and dignity of immigrants and women, and all people, the marchers brought a renewed urgency to the clear demand for change. One of the largest contingents of the day was organized by antiwar activists in the trade union movement, bringing together the largest antiwar labor contingent in U.S. history.

As the march’s conclusion in Foley Square, a vibrant sea of flags, banners and signs welcomed marchers to the “Peace and Justice Festival”. Issue tents featured speakers, literature, educational activities, t-shirt sales, food and music highlighting the key issues of the wide-ranging March coalition: the war in Iraq and threats of war and U.S. nuclear attacks on Iran, a Palestine tent featuring Q&A on Israel/Palestine and folkloric dance in an Arab-style café, counter-recruitment campaigners, a Labor tent featuring the NYC Labor Chorus, and others.

[DUCHESS NOTE – The “New Yorkers for Dept of Peace” participated in this amazing event. We are pro-peace, pro-truth and pro-justice for ALL.]

A special Children’s Peace Tent featured puppet making and peace crane art projects, “Putt for Peace” and other games, face painting, musicians and jugglers. Films, music, performances by the Raging Grannies and many other activities were featured as well. A fuller report, including photographs, will be available soon on UFPJ website.Now we must look forward and build on the momentum of this vibrant, empowering demonstration. We call on you to help us quickly and energetically into the next phase of our work. We need your time, talent and dedication to your local activism, and we need your financial support for our national organizing work.UFPJ’s 2006 plan of action to Organize, Mobilize and Empower the Peace Majority began with the April 29th mobilization. In the coming months we plan to:

Expand the pressure on Congress and the White House to end the war on Iraq and bring all of the troop’s home now. We will work to prevent a pre-emptive war on Iran or any other country. We will continue to put people into the streets in marches and rallies and vigils; we will strengthen our legislative action and we will support non-violent civil resistance.

Convene organizing conferences for UFPJ member groups, which will include skill-building workshops and training in building stronger, broader coalitions. Organize to make peace and justice issues the focal point of the election-year agenda, and to mobilize voters for peace.

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