PHILLY AREA ACTION:
& INTERNATIONAL ACTION:
PHILLY AREA ACTION:
FOR PEACE: Granny Peace Brigade takes to the
Join the Granny Peace Brigade
Philadelphia as we protest the war in Iraq on June 28th-one year from the day
many of us were arrested for opposing the
Thursday, June 28 ,
Friends Center- 15th
& Cherrys St
Bring your family and every one of the 70% of the population
that oppose this war with
Contact: Paula J.
GREEN PARTY Monthly General Membership
Date: Monday June 25, 2007, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
This event repeats every month on the last Monday until Saturday December 1,
Location: Philadelphia Ethical Society, 1906 S. Rittenhouse
Street: 1906 S. Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA
1) ACORN is bringing a Presidential Candidates Forum to
Philadelphia on Monday, July 2 from 1-6 pm at the Bright Hope Baptist
Church, 1601 N 12th Street (12th & Cecil B Moore Ave). Confirmed so
far are Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, Joe Biden and Barack O'Bama is trying to
alter his schedule to attend. The focus will be on living wages, the
foreclosure crisis, immigration issues and education. The cost is only
$10. We would like to have an NN delegation present. Please send me
your checks at the address below made out to "ACORN".
2) This Tuesday, June 26, is a special lobbying day in
Washington DC to restore habeas corpus rights. These are our
fundamental due process rights not to be incarcerated without charges and to
defend oneself which have been violated by the Bush administration. This
day is being sponsored by the ACLU, Amnesty International, and other civil
rights groups. You will be trained how to lobby and argue for restoration
of rights. FREE buses are being provided but you need to sign up by going
to aclupa.org or calling 215-592-1513 x123. What a great learning
experience for all. Bring your kids. People are marching all the way
from Chicago - 800 miles for this. Join this important and memorable call
3) Michael Moore's new film,
"Sicko", is coming to town next Friday, June 29. I was privileged
to see a preview of this incredible film principally calling for universal
health care in the US and reasonable government benefits that serve people
before corporations. But the understory is NN's same call that democracy
can only really function when people act in the polling place and require their
representatives to provide for their needs. This film will make you laugh
and cry and feel ashamed of how far the US has strayed from its potential.
But you will walk out feeling energized to do something about it. How can
we not? Moore asks "who are we?" We know who we want to be.
There are pending bills in Pa and in DC calling for universal health
There will also be a healthcare town meeting on
July 10 at Newman Hall at Penn from 7-9 pm where our own Walter Tsou will
Change is afoot. Please get out there and be part of it. Gloria, Chair, NN
Iraq Veterans Against the War fundraiser, Warrior Writers
The Carriage House, LGBT Center, University of
3907 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 US
This summer, IVAW members are touring military bases
from Georgia to
New York and hosting BBQs for vets and active duty soldiers,
and Marines. The IVAW bus tour is stopping in Philly on July 3rd
raise funds and share our exciting work to bring the troops home
- Suggested donation $20 (we'll accept less or much more)
Snacks and Beverages, Cash bar
- Veterans will read their writings from
IVAW's Warrior Writers project
P.S A free hip hop concert on July
4th at Millcreek Tavern (42nd and Chester) from
PHILADELPHIA EMERGENCY ANTI-WAR CONVENTION
Center, Philadelphia, PA
JULY 4, 2007, Starting 1 PM
In the spirit of
our Declaration of Independence, join activist organizations throughout the
country to collaborate and forge common strategies and actions. As our
forefathers of this nation did, we too must face tyranny, this time from the
collusion of government, big business, media, and religion.
We convene to
form a strategic alliance with peace, pro-impeachment, civil liberties, 9/11
Truth, and other groups to develop a comprehensive strategy and implement
actions to deal with this emergency. Together we can eliminate the common root
cause of our separate activist concerns. Through this union we can access
the only power feared by this corrupt alliance … the power of
The convention will be inclusive as each delegate will have
the floor to describe their organization, primary concerns, strategies and
actions they propose. These strategies and actions will be part of further
discussions. There will be time for deliberation and participation in break-out
groups. Other activities include showing documentaries that support your cause
at a separate theater for delegates and general public.
This is also a
media opportunity as already we have received national coverage through our
radio ads. The entire event will be simulcast globally through the internet as
well as filmed. Come and be part of
· Register: describe your
organization, and number attending, email: Paulnrg@aol.com,
· Collaborate: send
your suggestions on agenda and events for the available eight
· Network with other activist
groups and expand your influence.
Access the power of community that will bring needed change.
at 1 PM on July 4
Located at Independence Center, 6th and Market St.,
Sponsor: Peace Action-Deleware Valley, Ad hoc committee for
PEAC-Philadelphia Emergency Antiwar Conference Contacts: Bruce Marshall email:
Summer camps for
The city's Recreation Department has more than 140
neighborhood day camps for children of all ages.
This is a six-week program
that runs Monday through Friday, beginning July 2 and ending August 10. The
program includes arts and crafts, trips and swimming. Lunch is
Information: visit www.phila.gov/recreation or call (215) 683-3600
Philadelphia's First Homeless Running Club/ DONATE your old
I could not be more excited to announce that
in three weeks Philadelphia will have its first-ever Homeless Running
Club...yes, you read that right. Each morning as I begin my run I am
greeted with the smiles and applause from many of the guys who stay at the
Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission Shelter. Their warm welcome is as friendly and
dependable as the sunrise and earlier this month I had an epiphany – why am I
just waving and running by, why am I not taking them with
After conversations with
the staff and the members at the Shelter, I am very proud to announce that 12
residents of the Rescue Mission are now officially enrolled in the Sunday
Breakfast Running Club. The program starts in mid July and I will be holding
jogging sessions for the Shelter three times a week. The members will be
rewarded for the miles they run with incentives such as movie tickets,
restaurant vouchers, department store gift certificates, etc.
I am asking
for you to please give your old running/walking shoes new life by donating them
to this Program – all sizes are needed, both men’s and women’s. And while
you’re at it, if you have some decent shirts, shorts, socks and pants, I’ll take
those too. Philadelphia Runner has graciously offered their store as a drop-off
location for your shoes and running gear. And as a way of saying thank
you, they will give you $10 off a new pair of shoes when you donate your old
ones. Philadelphia Runner is located at 1601 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA
And if you don’t have
shoes, or you just want to give more, please consider making a cash donation
that will go toward purchasing the incentives for the members to reach mileage
Please make checks out to:
The Sunday Breakfast Running
and mail to:
Buttonwoood St. #506, Philadelphia, PA 19123
More information please don’t
hesitate to contact me – 267-455-6457. Anne
Demand Changes In
Current US Policies!
Grandparents (Bubbies & Zaydes) for Peace in
the Middle East
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Save Clean Energy in PA!
House Bill 1203 and Senate Bill 715 **
PA legislators may vote as
early as Monday, June 25th!
Call/email your State Rep and State Senator, as
well as the House
and Senate Majority Leaders: You can call/email over the
Leaving phone messages is fine.
SENATE MAJORITY LEADER:
Dominic Pileggi 717-787-4712 firstname.lastname@example.org
HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER:
William DeWeese 717-783-3797
your own State Rep and Senators' info here:
(see box in upper right
corner of page)
What the bills are about:
In late 2004, Pennsylvania
became the 17th state to pass a law
that requires that certain percentages of
the state's electricity
must come from renewable energy sources.
law calls it "alternative" (not "renewable") energy
were the first state to include fossil fuels in such a law
making it the dirtiest law of this sort in the nation.
HB 1203 and
SB 715 set out to fix a few of the many loopholes in
the law (yet didn't
attempt to remove any of the dirty energy
technologies from the "alternative
Why we oppose them:
These bills were both amended in
the past week with language
sought by the trash incineration industry.
These amended bills
will now provide increased financial incentives to both
incineration and waste coal burning industries -- the two
polluting technologies to be considered "alternative energy" in
law. This amendment was accomplished through obscure
pertains to whether an electricity generator is the
initial owner of the
alternative energy credits. These
amendments aren't needed to support
clean, new energy generation,
like wind and solar.
The House version
also includes an amendment that would subsidize
large farming operations
(primarily those that would be
considered "factory farms") by increasing the
eligible "customer-generator" alternative energy sources.
amendment was sought by the Farm Bureau (the lobby group
advocates for big agribusiness interests) so that animal
digesters can take advantage of the financial advantages that
otherwise go to wind. We'd rather see these advantages go
power, not to subsidize factory farm waste management methods.
If it has a
smokestack, it's NOT clean energy!
Support wind power! Stop
incineration in all of its forms!
For background information see http://www.actionpa.org/cleanenergy/
Mike Ewall, ActionPA
IMPORTANT HEALTH CARE BILL ON THE WAY
[phillyhealth] State Single Payer
bill has House sponsor, Chuck Pennachio, Ex Dir helpfundpa.org
folks, we have a House bill version of the "Family and Business Healthcare
Security Act" on the way to introduction. Thanks to the courage and vision of
Rep. Kathy Mandarino (D, Phila), her circulation memo encouraging colleagues to
co-sponsor FaBHCA is making the rounds as of this morning. That means we have
approximately one week to lobby the State House to get as many co-sponsors as
possible on the bill before its formal introduction. So get those phone calls
and e-mails off to your representatives right
Click on the following for
resources to locate and contact those House members already committed to the
"Family and Business Healthcare Security Act." But please reach out to ALL
members. Additionally, the Capitol Hill switchboard number is 717.787.2121. For
name and local contact info. www.congress.org and to state legislators; put in
your zip code.
Ralph Nader and Carl Romanelli to
Ralph Nader will be one of the speakers on Saturday night
July 14 at the
2007 Green Party Annual National Meeting in Reading,
will talk about the decision of the Pennsylvania State
Courts to require
candidates in 2004 and 2006 to pay between $80,000 and
$90,000 in costs for
having tried to get on the ballot and being challenged
and then removed.
Nader himself was the 2004 Independent candidate for
President that was
assessed these outragous costs, and Carl Romanelli Green
Party nominee for
U.S. Senator was the 2006
Carl Romanelli will
be one of the other speakers at the Saturday night
event. Those of you
who attended the Green Party of Philadelphia's silent
auction in December
2006 will remember what an inspirational speaker Carl
Hope you can come to Reading
for this event or one of the many other public
events including a music
For more information about the national meeting, visit:
Check often as the website keeps changing as the program
Isabelle Buonocore, Chair, Green Party of Philadelphia
Contact GPOP at email@example.com or 215-243-7103. Visit our website:
ECOLOGICAL WISDOM - GRASSROOTS DEMOCRACY - SOCIAL JUSTICE -
Birth Control Affordable!
Two weeks ago the Supreme Court gave
politicians the green light
to restrict women's access to abortion. Now
restricting women's access to Birth
As a result of a law
enacted in January -- called the Deficit
Reduction Act, or the "DRA" -- the
price of birth control pills
at health centers across the country has
doubled, tripled, and
or worse. Hundreds of thousands of women across the
losing access to birth control because they cannot afford
increase in the cost of their pills. This puts women at
risk of unintended pregnancy and serious health issues.
Take action now
and tell Congress to put birth control back
within women's reach.
Thirty-Three Groups Call for Israel's Release of Cluster Bomb
LEBANON NEEDS YOUR HELP
Bombs are the #1 humanitarian issue Lebanon faces today.
> Vast tracts of
southern Lebanon are littered with over a million bomblets
death, loss of limbs and other serious injuries.
> The American Task
Force for Lebanon (ATFL) has organized the thirty-three
> groups' call for
Israel to release the Lebanon Cluster Bomb targeting data,
> and ATFL is
leading a national Cluster Bomb campaign to focus attention both
Lebanon's Cluster Bomb problem and the broader issues associated with
> indiscriminate use of Cluster
Your help publicizing
this news release and promoting the petition are
> important to the
success of our Cluster Bomb campaign!
Send the news release and
petition to your elected officials by completing
> the Cluster Bomb form.
(Click on the Cluster Bomb button below)
> Send the thirty-three
groups' news release and ATFL Cluster Bomb petition by
> clicking on the
Cluster Bomb button below:
Task Force for Lebanon/ Telephone: (202) 223-9333 Fax: (202)
Save Child Care from the Chopping Block!
CONGRESSS CHILD CARE FUNDING IS CRITICAL: Please email a letter to your
Congressional representatives today urging them to make child care funding for
low income families a priority. Remind them that the children and families in
their communities who depend on child care assistance are counting on them. And
if your family relies on child care support tell them your story.
children and families by taking action with 1-click, just go to: http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/organizationsORG/momsrising/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=11838
Make history on July 7th
On July 7, more than 2 billion
people will join together to watch the Live Earth concerts and
demonstrate to our leaders that the time has come to solve the climate
Wherever you are that day, you can be part of the action. At
events around the world, we are going to convert the potential energy of Live
Earth into a global campaign. In thousands of homes, people will invite their
friends and neighbors to watch the concerts and join the movement.
order to make these parties truly global, I've decided to partner with Avaaz.
The 385,000 Avaaz members from every corner of the world, who mobilized to
pressure the G8, amazed me. Avaaz's work to give ordinary people around the
world a powerful voice in global decision-making is inspiring, and your
organizing around the G8 Summit made a significant difference. Now we have the
opportunity to expand on that great effort.
Will you commit to organize a
Live Earth house party on July 7th? The parties will be fun--and they'll make a
difference. If you've got a few friends and a TV, you've got everything you
Sign up as a party host by visiting:
Join this mailing list. http://www.countercurrents.org/subscribe.htm
At A Cross-Road By Dr. Elias Akleh
that what happened in Gaza last week was the result of a failed American/Israeli
policy. The opposite is true; that was exactly what Bush’s administration,
Israeli government, and some Arab leaders were hoping and planning for. The
Hamas resistance phenomenon was to be destroyed for fear of spreading to the
rest of the Arab countries. Hamas government was set up and given no choice but
to pre-emptively defend itself against Dahlan’s death squads
All In The Family: Disharmony In Gaza By Remi Kanazi
Hamas' face in the dirt (along with the 1.4 million people of Gaza) like
schoolyard bullies may seem like an after school delight, but it will only
foment more hatred against Israel and more disgust with Fatah
In Search Of Justice In The Middle East By Ali
dialogue without outside interference, and South Africa or Northern
Ireland-style peace talks aimed at ending all forms of military occupation,
inequality and discrimination, with strong outside support, may yet save the
situation. But so far there are no signs that the Bush administration will heed
these obvious rudiments of peace
Defeated By Ramzy Baroud
forewarnings have suddenly been actualised, all at once: Gaza has descended into
total and utter chaos; Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has capitulated to
Israel and to the United States without a shred of reservation; and the
Palestinian democratic experiment, which was until recently an astounding
success, has been smashed to pieces
An Active Complicity In Israel’s
Terror By Ghali Hassan
On June 5,
2007, the pro-Zionist U.S. House of Representatives passed Resolution 152,
endorsing Israel’s occupation of Palestinian land and Israel’s illegal and
violent “reunification of Jerusalem”. The passing of the Resolution was a
deliberate violation of UN Security Council and in contempt of world
Fears For Democracy In India By Martha C.
see in Gujarat is not a simplistic, comforting thesis, but something more
disturbing: the fact that in a thriving democracy, many individuals are unable
to live with others who are different, on terms of mutual respect and amity.
They seek total domination as the only road to security and pride
Are Americans Unready To Boil? By Joel S.
the effort to get the nation’s first Article V convention, especially if you
sense our societal waters becoming hotter – sometimes faster, as under Bush.
Sign up at www.foavc.org. Don’t let self-delusion and false hope in Republicans
or Democrats blind you. Let freedom ring. Make Thomas Jefferson
Moore supports Conyers/Kucinich health care plan HR 676
"Thank you Dennis Kucinich for running for President," says
award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore as he endorsed the Conyers/Kucinich
universal health insurance bill (HR 676) currently being considered by the U.S.
House of Representatives.
SEC. 101. ELIGIBILITY AND
(a) In General- All individuals residing in the United
States (including any territory of the United States) are covered under the
USNHI Program entitling them to a universal, best quality standard of care. Each
such individual shall receive a card with a unique number in the mail. An
individual's social security number shall not be used for purposes of
registration under this section.
(b) Registration- Individuals and
families shall receive a United States National Health Insurance Card in the
mail, after filling out a United States National Health Insurance application
form at a health care provider. Such application form shall be no more than 2
(c) Presumption- Individuals who present themselves for
covered services from a participating provider shall be presumed to be eligible
for benefits under this Act, but shall complete an application for benefits in
order to receive a United States National Health Insurance Card and have payment
made for such benefits.
SEC. 102. BENEFITS AND PORTABILITY.
General- The health insurance benefits under this Act cover all medically
necessary services, including at least the following:
(1) Primary care
(2) Inpatient care.
(3) Outpatient care.
(5) Prescription drugs.
(8) Mental health services.
(9) The full
scope of dental services (other than cosmetic dentistry).
abuse treatment services.
(11) Chiropractic services.
(12) Basic vision
care and vision correction (other than laser vision correction for
(13) Hearing services, including coverage of
(b) Portability- Such benefits are available through any
licensed health care clinician anywhere in the United States
that is legally qualified to provide the benefits.
(c) No Cost-Sharing- No
deductibles, copayments, coinsurance, or other cost-sharing shall be imposed
with respect to covered
The full text of the
bill is at –
A major victory on fuel economy!
Late last night the
Union of Concerned Scientists and our allies won a major victory on fuel
economy! Thanks in part to your numerous emails and phone calls, the Senate
voted yesterday to substantially increase the corporate average fuel economy
(CAFE) standard of America's cars and trucks for the first time in over 30
years—setting a target of 35 miles per gallon by
Unfortunately, we were less
successful in another one of our main objectives—increasing our use of clean,
renewable electricity from sources like the sun, energy crops, and wind. UCS and
a national coalition were blocked from adding a national renewable energy
standard to the Senate energy bill by a small group of
But for today, let's
take time to celebrate this historic moment!
If you have general questions,
comments or concerns, send email to
Vietnamese Delegation in U.S. to Sue Chemical Companies for
Ongoing Effects of Agent
dumped about 18 million gallons of Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. The
Vietnamese government says this has left more than 3 million people
We speak with two Vietnamese Agent Orange victims and their lawyers
about how the toxin has affected their lives and why they’re suing over three
dozen U.S. chemical companies who manufactured it.
THE GENERAL'S REPORT By Seymour M. Hersh
** How Antonio Taguba,
who investigated the Abu Ghraib scandal, became one of its
New Yorker June 25, 2007 (posted June 17)
"From the moment a soldier enlists, we inculcate loyalty, duty, honor,
integrity, and selfless service," Taguba said. "And yet when we get to the
senior-officer level we forget those values. I know that my peers in the Army
will be mad at me for speaking out, but the fact is that we violated the laws of
land warfare in Abu Ghraib. We violated the tenets of the Geneva Convention. We
violated our own principles and we violated the core of our military values. The
stress of combat is not an excuse, and I believe, even today, that those
civilian and military leaders responsible should be held
FCNL Biweekly Iraq and Region Update of June 22,
See FCNL's analysis of the politics at play as the Senate prepares for
this round of Iraq votes.
if you haven't already done so, please contact your Senators and urge them to
put the Iraq Study Group Implementation Act to a vote. [http://capwiz.com/fconl/issues/alert/?alertid=9859706]
to this and other FCNL email lists: http://www.fcnl.org/forms/forms.php?type=ls.
Committee on National Legislation
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We seek a world free
of war and the threat of war
seek a society with equity and justice for
We seek a community where
every person's potential may be
We seek an earth
HEADLINES and NEWS LINKS Courtesy of TvNewsLies.org
Jesse's Blog: http://www.tvnewslies.org/blog/
WAR : http://www.tvnewslies.org/news/#war
troops' war videos on web: - British based
internet company has
received videos from US soldiers showing
them taunting Iraqis.
'EFPs' a big threat to U.S. forces in Iraq - Copper-plated
that pierce armored vehicles are proving so deadly
that the military
is advocating foot patrols instead.
POLITICS : http://www.tvnewslies.org/news#politics
* Is Anybody
Going to Stop Dick Cheney?
* Agency Is Target in Cheney Fight on Secrecy
* Oversight Committee on the Vice President and Classified
9/11 News : http://www.tvnewslies.org/news/#911
* New Study from
Pilots for 9/11 Truth: No Boeing 757 Hit
Truckload of Explosives - Five celebrating Israeli
agents), were arrested and placed in
solitary confinement for
weeks after they were suspected
of attempting to blow up the
George Washington Bridge.
* 911 Widows Demand CIA Inspector General's
CONGRESS : http://www.tvnewslies.org/news/#congress
* McNulty says
he didn't seek to mislead U.S. Congress
* Senate Judiciary Committee Issues
Subpoenas For NSA Domestic
* Amid boos, Pelosi
declares Iraq was 'grotesque mistake'
DOMESTIC : http://www.tvnewslies.org/news/#domestic
Begin to Fall for Roberts Court - It was the
second time the Roberts
court had overturned a precedent,
and the first in a decision with a
divided vote. It surely
will not be the last.
Photos Show Secret Pakistan Plutonium Plant; Fear of
MILITARY & VETERANS : http://www.tvnewslies.org/news/#military
confirms email system hacked
* Missing Soldier's Wife May Be Deported
Army sees spike in accidents, suicides, divorces
JOURNALISM & MEDIA :
* What a joke -
Traditional TV news is laughable compared
to Jon Stewart's journalism,
says Rick Rojas
* Guest Of CNN's Beck: Watching Someone Murder The
Would Be `Great'
* The list: Journalists who wrote
* Fair and Balanced, My Ass! The Bizarre Reality of Fox
HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH : http://www.tvnewslies.org/news/#rights
* US air strike
kills 25 Afghan civilians -
* The CIA's torture teachers - Psychologists
helped the CIA
exploit a secret military program to develop
interrogation tactics -- likely with the approval of
Bush White House.
* Group: 230 Afghan civilians killed in
OF INTEREST : http://www.tvnewslies.org/news/#interest
* No offense,
but isn't it about time for the Catholic Church
to put up or shut
* CIA to Air Decades of Its Dirty Laundry - The CIA will
declassify hundreds of pages of long-secret records detailing
the intelligence agency's worst illegal abuses