PHILLY AREA ACTION:
NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL ACTION:
PHILLY AREA ACTION:
Voice your Outrage over the Federal Abortion Ban
On Wednesday April 25th, two visibility events will be held to
call attention to the Supreme Courts recent ruling. One will be
held at 12:00 pm in Center City Philadelphia. The other will be
held in St. Davids, Pennsylvania in Delaware County at 5:30 pm.
Come out and show your dismay over this recent ruling.
If this recent Court ruling has outraged you and you are ready
to step up and get seriously involved in the fight to protect
Reproductive Choice come out to our Activist Training. We will
be holding a training in Swarthmore, PA on Saturday April 28th
from 10:30 am - 2:30 pm. This training will be held again in
Center City Philadelphia on May 22nd. Use these training to put
your outrage over this ruling to good use. We will be leading
workshops on letter writing, lobbying, canvassing, phonebanking,
our street squad and an update on the happenings in the
If you are interested in any of these events and want more
information or to RSVP, e-mail email@example.com
Justice Month Continues
To follow up on the success of Justice Month 2007 that featured over thirty events by twenty-eight organizations during March 2007, involved thousands of people, and was launched with a resolution by city council. Please join us for a meeting to recap this year's events and to plan for Justice Year and next year's activities.
Wednesday April 25th at 6:00 pm
Breslin Training Center of 1199C Hospital Workers Union Auditorium
The Land Title Bldg., 100 S. Broad St., 10th floor.
We are in the process of putting together a Delaware Valley Criminal Justice Resource Guide and would like to include your organization.
* Delaware Valley Criminal Justice Resource Guide Information Form
Name of Organization:
City: State: Zip:
Political information - What district are you in for the Following:
U.S. House: State Senate: State House:
Organization's Mission Statement:
Who Do You Serve:
What Category Do You Want To Be Listed In (Circle all that apply): Prisoner Advocacy - Transportation - Death Penalty - Resources for Lifers - Prisoner Organizations - Pen Pals - Political Prisoners - Innocence Projects - Queer - Women- Parents and Children - Helath - Websites - restorative justice Programs - Religion - Newsletters - Education on the Inside - Books - Resource Guide - Art - Re-entry - Job Help
Return to & Coordinated by Locked Up, 108 S. 13th Street, Philadelphia PA 19107, fax 215-735-2670
For Further Information: Judith Trustone, 610-328-6101, Judith@sagewriters.org
Celebrate May Day & Cinco de Mayo
Friday, May 4, 2007
4515 Baltimore Avenue Philadelphia, PA
at a book signing and presentation by Professor Walter Howard (Professor of Labor History at Bloomsburg University) on his book "B.D. Amis, African American Radical"
Hosted by the E. PA & DE District of the Communist Party USA - Suggested donation $5, Students & unemployed $2. For more information call 215-222-8895 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
4th INTERFAITH WALK for PEACE and RECONCILIATION
Sunday, June 3, 2007, 1 - 5 p.m.
Northwest Philadelphia (Germantown & Mount Airy)
Join us on this spiritual journey walking, praying and singing for Peace
in the community, Peace in the streets of Philadelphia and Peace
People from downtown and South Philadelphia will have a send off ceremony at 11.45 a.m. at Al Aqsa Masjid: 1501 Germantown Ave. and board the buses to Germantown at 12 p.m.
People from the Northwest and northern suburbs will start at the first
stop at 1 p.m. Masjid Muhammad: 411 East Penn St. (off of Belfield St.)
2 p.m. St. Vincent's Church: 109 East Price St. (near Chelten Ave.)
3 p.m. Germantown Mennonite Church: 21 West Washington Lane (west of Germantown Ave.)
4 p.m. Germantown Jewish Centre: 400 W. Ellet St. (near Lincoln Drive)
During the Peace Walk, buses will drive people who are physically unable
to walk. The buses also will shuttle people to their cars between
Al-Aqsa Mosque, Masjid Muhammad & Germantown Jewish Centre before and
after the walk.
PLEASE WEAR WHITE (OR AT LEAST WHITE SHIRTS), NO POLITICAL BANNERS -
For more information: www .interfaithpeacewalk.org
(215) 854-8038 & (215) 393-4748 Co-sponsored by: NIM.....Renate Woessner
"I prayed for freedom for twenty years, but received no answer until I
prayed with my legs" -- Frederick Douglas
NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL ACTION:
Save the Date: Global Day for Darfur
Join Human Rights First and others in a Global Day for Darfur on
April 29 and surrounding days. We need to send as strong a
message as possible: Time is up. Protect Darfur.
Click here for a list of 300 events in cities across the U.S.
To find an event closest to you in the U.S., click here.
For international events, click here.
OPPOSE THE WAR- How to be effective
Handwritten letters sent to local offices are effective. Paper mail
to the Washington offices is very slow. Letters from children and
grandchildren are valuable.
Phoning is always an option. It's particularly effective when large
numbers of people call. Use this toll-free number 888-851-1879, or
the regular Capitol Switchboard number, 202-224-3121, to make your call(s).
And a good message any way we send it as long as the supplemental
military appropriations bill is in conference is
"Stop the war by stopping the funding."
Legislative Committee, Granny Peace Brigade NYC & Philadelphia
WE WILL NOT BE SILENT!
Is your food irradiated?
Hi everybody, This is Lela, and I'm just so angry right now that the FDA is proposing
to take away the requirement that irradiated food must be labeled as such. Who the hell is running our country? Because I have so many
food sensitivities, and an unexplained illness, I want to know what has
been done to my food!
Please go to the website below and take 30 secs to send an email. If
you would, please add that people like me (and other illnesses that we
can't explain- like cancer) are especially interested in knowing what has been irradiated.
* Learn more and take action: http://www.organicconsumers.org/rd/irrad-label.cfm
May 1 Immigrant Rights Actions
UFPJ Stands with Immigrant Communities to Challenge Bush's Policies at Home and Abroad
On May 1, immigrant communities and rights groups across the country will vigil, march, boycott and rally for justice. Last year, more than a million marched on May 1 for immigration law reform.
In solidarity, United for Peace and Justice urges our member groups to join the May 1 activities in communities near you. We join the call for justice for immigrant communities as we challenge the Bush administration's policies both at home and abroad. http://www.fairimmigration.org/events/
The Congress will be discussing immigration law reform legislation in the next days. What's at stake is whether laws will be passed that provide opportunities for millions of hard-working immigrants who are already in the U.S. to apply for a change of status and a path to eventual citizenship, or will the assault on the rights of immigrants continue.
At a time when Bush is escalating the war in Iraq, the administration and the right wing are escalating a campaign of fear and intimidation in immigrant communities. The Bush administration is launching raids, round ups and deportations that split up families. Workers are being rounded up at work sites while children are left behind at day care centers and schools. http://fairimmigration.org/learn/immigration-reform-and-immigrants/national-level/immigration-raids/
The Bush administration's foreign and domestic policies are closely intertwined. Both are premised on aggression, intolerance and manipulation of peoples' fears. Ending foreign policies premised on control of resources - both human and natural - will dramatically affect the conditions which compel people to migrate from their home countries. Embracing those who have immigrated here under difficult conditions will strengthen the democratic traditions of our country
We know that peace abroad is impossible without fighting for justice at home. As the peace movement stands strong for justice and against the targeting of immigrant families who live and work in our communities, we are strengthening the movement to end the immoral war in Iraq and prevent a new war in Iran.
Resources: http://www.ImmigrantSolidarity.org , http://fairimmigration.org/
Judith Le Blanc , UFPJ National Co chair
For Earth & Every Day, Pledge to Live a One Planet Life!
Earth Day is not just about buying "green." We need to think more about how our lifestyle affects the planet and what we can do to reduce our negative impact.
Watch the video about living a One Planet Life - http://go.care2.com/e/R8oR/h.zT/LQpK
After you watch the video, take our pledge, begin living a One Planet Life by reducing your environmental impact at home, at work, when you travel, and in your everyday activities. It could be as easy as buying a few less clothes or taking public transportation to work a few times a week.
When you sign the pledge, you will receive free Care2 resources via email to help you get started.
Tell your Senator to vote FOR real drug safety reform
Vioxx, Paxil, Zyprexa..drug companies knew their risks, but failed to
tell the public. As a result, tens of thousands of Americans suffered
or died from these medications.
But thanks to help from thousands of you, we can now pass real drug
safety reform this spring. A "must pass" bill will give you and your
doctor critical information about hazardous drug side effects--but the
drug industry is lobbying to strip off hard won safety provisions.
Take a moment right now to ask your Senator to vote
"Yes!" for strong reforms.
On the anniversary of Cesar's passing: Take action to help farm workers
The Senate Labor Committee will vote on SB180, the
"Fair Treatment of Farm Workers Act." This bill will allow farm
workers to choose a union by either a secret ballot election or
a "majority sign-up" process. Both processes will be
administered by the Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB),
appointed by the Governor.
Don't delay. This bill is crucial for farm workers who face
tremendous pressure during a union election campaign. Companies
threaten to close down if the union wins; threaten to fire or
blacklist pro-union workers; threaten to close down company
housing. These threats have a tremendous impact on these
workers. Workers deserve a system which will allow them to vote
without grower intimidation and coercion.
Please send your e-mail today.
MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR MOTHER'S DAY: Celebrate Mother's Day by getting together with family and friends to watch the Motherhood Manifesto documentary film (it will be aired on PBS in much of the country-see the link to find out when and where in the text below). *Just click here to register your gathering: http://www.party2win.com/momsrising/hostparty/index.cfm
Three Foods for a Healthy Mind - THANKS to Dr Weil
As you get older, you may experience some difficulty in remembering the details of recent events, as well as a diminished capacity to learn. To help keep your memory strong as you age, consider supporting it through your diet.
Antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables. Antioxidants help counter oxidative stress, a process which can damage cells and may accelerate aging. Fresh, organic vegetables and fruits (see blueberries and the foods rich in vitamins C and E, below) are the best dietary sources of antioxidants, although tea (in particular green tea) and dark chocolate can contribute as well.
Blueberries. These gems deserve special mention: In animal studies, researchers have found that blueberries appear to improve coordinated muscle functioning and reverse age-related short-term memory loss, and may also protect the brain from stroke damage. The active components in blueberries are anthocyanin pigments - the protective compounds that make the berries blue and are responsible for their antioxidant potency. Add them to your cereal, salads, or eat as a snack!
Foods rich in vitamins C and E. These two vitamins have been shown to have protective effects against inflammation, which is linked to an increased risk of Alzheimer's disease. Good sources of vitamin C include beans, oatmeal, citrus fruits, enriched pastas, fresh peas, rice bran and wheat germ. For vitamin E, increase your intake of spinach, sunflower seeds, wheat germ and whole grains.
A. Health Education Instructor, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society is seeking a Health Education Instructor responsible for teaching youth between the ages of 14 and 18yrs old the importance of healthy eating and living. Instructor would be required to carry out a six week health curriculum for 5-7 hours a week. Instructor could be asked to accompany students on field trips and other out door activities. Instructor will utilize their health expertise to ensure that students learn the basics of personal health and healthy eating and exercise. Health education background and experience teaching young students along with excellent interpersonal and problem solving skills is a plus.
All cover letters and resumes can be e-mail or faxed to Takkeem Morgan email@example.com fax:215.988.8810
B. Professional Development Coordinator, Need Inn Deed
Since its founding in 1987, Need in Deed's mission has been to work with students, teachers and community partners to prepare youth for civic responsibility and service to others. Our goal is to enable young people to become agents for change - capable, contributing members of their community. We provide professional development services for teachers, giving them the skills and tools necessary for integrating service-learning with the academic curriculum. Our primary mechanism of delivery for this is the My Voice Teacher Network, a professional learning community comprised of current Network members and graduates ("Teacher Consultants").
Position: Professional Development Coordinator
Reports to: Professional Development Director
Overall responsibility: Support Teacher Consultants in implementing NID's service-learning framework in their classrooms. Work with program staff to develop expanded professional development offerings and identify new fee-for-service opportunities.
Salary: high 40s (w/benefits), DOE.
Email resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org/ No calls, please.
C. Academic Coordinator, Philadelphia Futures
Philadelphia Futures is seeking an Academic Coordinator for its centerpiece program, Sponsor-a-Scholar (SAS), which assists students attending Philadelphia¢s neighborhood high schools to prepare for and succeed in college. The Academic Coordinator is responsible for designing and overseeing the academic enrichment program for the 200+ high school students participating in the SAS Program.
Major responsibilities include: managing a program of after-school enrichment classes and three campus-based summer programs for students in grades nine through 12; assisting in coordinating major academic events including an annual conference for 350+ students, parents and mentors; and assisting with grant and report writing.
The successful candidate will have substantial experience in teaching and/or training and in developing educational programs along with a demonstrated ability to work effectively in a collaborative decision-making environment. A demonstrated commitment to the academic success of underrepresented students is required. Experience in a college prep or comparable education program is a plus. The SAS Academic Coordinator reports to the Sponsor-A-Scholar Director and works closely with a staff of six Coordinators. This is a full-time position.
Please send resumes and salary requirements to Joan Mazzotti, Executive Director, Philadelphia Futures, 230 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102 or e-mail email@example.com.
D. Summer Green Corps, UC Green / Summer Employment
It's time to apply! UC Green is seeking hard-working individuals looking for a rewarding outdoors job caring for the young trees of our urban forest.
If you think you are interested, please be sure to try out a volunteer event. Application form and program overview available for download.
E. AmeriCorps*VISTA Project Manager, PA Campus CCompact
PACC is searching for a full-time AmeriCorps*VISTA Project Manager to lead, guide and support our 28 PACC-VISTA projects led by VISTA members. These VISTA members are based at higher education institutions around Pennsylvania with a focus on building capacity of their host institutions to address poverty in their communities.
The Project Manager will provide leadership to the PACC-VISTA program through the following tasks:
I. Administer and develop the PACC-VISTA project by:
¨ Guiding and supporting PACC-VISTA members
¨ Supporting PACC-VISTA host sites and supervisors
II. Serve as a liaison between PACC and its national service partners
III. Increase capacity of PACC to serve its members E. Salary/Benefits: Starting salary mid- 40's (negotiable based upon experience! and tra ining), health care benefit coverage with contribution to TIAA-CREF retirement
The best candidate for this position will be someone who has a passion for public service, enjoys working in an environment that values collegiality, humor, and reflection, and works equally as well independently and as a member of a team. Ideally, the project manager will be an independent worker, capable of taking initiative and seeing projects through to their completion. The project manager will be required to conduct site visits throughout the state. This position requires occasional overnight travel, weekend, and evening work.
To apply for this position, please mail a cover letter addressing your qualifications for the position, a resume, and the names and phone numbers of three references by May 21, 2007 to:
Char Gray, Ph.D. , Executive Director , Pennsylvania Campus Compact, One College Avenue, Box 4508 , Grantham, PA 17027 , firstname.lastname@example.org, 717-796-5076 x 2
* For More Info on above Job Opportunities contact: PHENNDUpdate
Discussion List [PHENNDUPDATE@LISTSERV.CRITPATH.ORG]; Hillary Aisenstein
At 8:41 A.M. the Vermont State Senate, in its first order of business, passed a resolution calling for the impeachment of President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.
Senate Resolution 16, sponsored by Windham County Democratic Senators Peter Shumlin (who was presiding officer with Lt. Gov. Dubie away), and Jeanette White, was adopted on a 16-9 roll call vote. Liza Earle, the Richmond, Vermont nanny/activist who was one of the organizers of the grassroots Vermont impeachment effort, was ecstatic. "It's really an incredible day for democracy!" she told "Freyne Land" minutes ago.
Here's the text of S.R. 16:
Vermont's state senators do support a resolution requiring the United States House Judiciary Committee to initiate impeachment proceedings against the president and the vice president of the United States.
WHEREAS, President George W. Bush and Vice President Richard Cheney have exercised the duties of their respective offices with respect to both domestic and foreign affairs in ways that raise serious questions of constitutionality, statutory legality and abuse of the public trust;
WHEREAS, the president's conduct in his role as commander-in-chief leading our nation into the military conflict in Iraq and the vice president's continual advocacy for American troops remaining in Iraq have cost the United States much of the good will that was extended in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States;
WHEREAS, the president and the vice president's domestic leadership on issues relating to individual privacy and personal liberty under law has raised constitutional issues of the greatest concern to the nation's citizenry;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE, that the Senate of the State of Vermont urges Vermont's representatives in the United States House of Representatives to introduce, and Vermont's United States senators to support, a resolution requiring the United States House Judiciary Committee to initiate impeachment proceedings against the President and the Vice President of the United States, and be it further resolved that the secretary of the Senate be directed to send a copy of this resolution to United States Represenative Peter Welch, United States Senator Patrick J. Leahy, and United States Senator Bernard Sanders.
* Reid: Congress Will Endorse Iraq Pullout :
Defying a fresh veto threat, the Democratic - controlled Congress will pass legislation within days requiring the start of a troop withdrawal from Iraq by Oct. 1, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Monday. http://snipurl.com/1hqt4
* Cuban Militant Posada Carriles Released From New Mexico Jail *
A new phase has opened in a case that highlights a major gap in how the U.S.
and many others view international terrorism. Luis Posada Carriles walked
out of a New Mexico jail last week, free on bail. Posada was being held on
immigration charges but many want to see him tried for terrorism in
connection with the 1976 bombing of a Cuban airliner that killed 73 people.
* Rev. John Fife Continues Immigrant Humanitarian Work 25+ Years After
Launching Sanctuary Movement *
A new movement is growing across the country to provide sanctuary to
immigrants in response to the rise in deportations and work raids by the
federal government. The growing network is being spearheaded by the Reverend
John Fife, the founder of the Sanctuary Movement of the 1980s.
* Irish Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire Shot With Rubber Bullet by
Israeli Military at Nonviolent Protest *
Israeli troops fired rubber bullets and tear gas at a non-violent protest
against the separation wall near the West Bank village of Bilin. Several
protesters were injured including the Nobel Peace laureate Mairead Maguire
who was shot with a rubber bullet. She joins us on the line from Ireland.
* Venezuela's Chavez: US Harboring 'Terrorist' Jet Bomber *
* FOCUS | Key Part of Bush's "No Child" Law Under Federal Probe
The Justice Department is conducting a probe of a $6 billion reading initiative at the center of President Bush's No Child Left Behind law, another blow to a program besieged by allegations of financial conflicts of interest and cronyism, people familiar with the matter said Friday.
* VIDEO | Depleted Uranium: Poisoning Our Planet
On April 14, an event was held at Portland State University that was titled, "Our Poison Planet." One of the main focuses of the event was the effects of depleted uranium. Truthout's Geoffrey Millard and Lance Page were there and filed this story.
* Ellen Goodman | Governing The Womb
* Harvey Wasserman | Is "Green" Tom Friedman The New Eco-Orwell of Solartopia?
* Seventh Generation: Convenient Answers to an Inconvenient Truth