A PROCESSION FOR PEACE: Granny Peace Brigade takes to the streets:

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 war.

        Thursday, June 28 , 4:30-7pm.
        Friends Center- 15th & Cherrys St
Bring your family and every one of the 70% of the population that oppose this war with you. 
        Contact: Paula J. Paul,215-438-9319

 GREEN PARTY Monthly General Membership Meeting

Date: Monday June 25, 2007, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Repeats: This event repeats every month on the last Monday until Saturday December 1, 2007.
Location: Philadelphia Ethical Society, 1906 S. Rittenhouse Square
Street: 1906 S. Rittenhouse Square,  Philadelphia, PA 19103

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 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 for democracy.

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 care.

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 speak.   
        Change is afoot. Please get out there and be part of it. Gloria, Chair, NN (215)568-4990

Iraq Veterans Against the War fundraiser, Warrior Writers presentation
The Carriage House, LGBT Center, University of Pennsylvania
3907 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 US
Tuesday, July 3, 6:00PM-9:00PM

This summer, IVAW members are touring military bases from Georgia to
New York and hosting BBQs for vets and active duty soldiers, sailors,
and Marines. The IVAW bus tour is stopping in Philly on July 3rd to
raise funds and share our exciting work to bring the troops home now.

- Suggested donation $20 (we'll accept less or much more)
- DJ, 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 6-9pm.

Independence 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 community.

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 history.

·       Register: describe your organization, and number attending, email:,
·       Collaborate: send your suggestions on agenda and events for the available eight hours.
·       Network with other activist groups and expand your influence.
·       Access the power of community that will bring needed change.

Events begin at 1 PM on July 4
Located at Independence Center, 6th and Market St., Philadelphia.
Sponsor: Peace Action-Deleware Valley, Ad hoc committee for PEAC-Philadelphia Emergency Antiwar Conference Contacts: Bruce Marshall email:  Phone: 802-767-6079

Summer camps for kids

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 provided.
Information: visit or call (215) 683-3600 or (215) 683-3632.

Philadelphia's First Homeless Running Club/ DONATE your old running/walking shoes

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 me? 
        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 19103.
        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 goals.

Please make checks out to:
The Sunday Breakfast Running Club
and mail to:
        1220 Buttonwoood St. #506, Philadelphia, PA 19123
More information please don’t hesitate to contact me – 267-455-6457.  Anne Mahlum

                Demand Changes In Current US Policies!
Grandparents (Bubbies & Zaydes) for Peace in the Middle East
Box 56293        Philadelphia Pa 19130
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        Join us every Friday @ Noon on S. 15th Street above Locust

                Save Clean Energy in PA!
** Oppose 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 weekend.
 Leaving phone messages is fine.

SENATE MAJORITY LEADER: Dominic Pileggi 717-787-4712
HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER:  William DeWeese 717-783-3797

  <> Find
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.  However, Pennsylvania's
law calls it "alternative" (not "renewable") energy because we
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 energy" mandate.

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 the trash
incineration and waste coal burning industries -- the two most
polluting technologies to be considered "alternative energy" in
the law.  This amendment was accomplished through obscure
language that 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 size-limit on
eligible "customer-generator" alternative energy sources.  This
amendment was sought by the Farm Bureau (the lobby group that
advocates for big agribusiness interests) so that animal waste
digesters can take advantage of the financial advantages that
would otherwise go to wind.  We'd rather see these advantages go
to wind 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
Mike Ewall, ActionPA 215-743-4884

 [phillyhealth] State Single Payer bill has House sponsor, Chuck Pennachio, Ex Dir
Yes, 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 away!
       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. and to state legislators; put in your zip code.



Ralph Nader and Carl Romanelli to Speak

Ralph Nader will be one of the speakers on Saturday night July 14 at the
2007 Green Party Annual National Meeting in Reading, Pennsylvania.
        Nader reportedly 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 candidate.

        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
Romanelli is.
        Hope you can come to Reading for this event or one of the many other public
events including a music festival!
For more information about the national meeting, visit: 
Check often as the website keeps changing as the program develops.

Isabelle Buonocore, Chair, Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP)
Contact GPOP at or 215-243-7103. Visit our website:


Keep Birth Control Affordable!

Two weeks ago the Supreme Court gave politicians the green light
to restrict women's access to abortion. Now Congress is
restricting women's access to Birth Control!
        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 country are
losing access to birth control because they cannot afford this
increase in the cost of their pills. This puts women at
increased 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 Data

 Unexploded Cluster Bombs are the #1 humanitarian issue Lebanon faces today.
> Vast tracts of southern Lebanon are littered with over a million bomblets
> causing 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
> on Lebanon's Cluster Bomb problem and the broader issues associated with the
> indiscriminate use of Cluster Bombs.
         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:
 American Task Force for Lebanon/ Telephone: (202) 223-9333 Fax: (202) 223-1399.

 Save Child Care from the Chopping Block!

TELL 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.
*Help children and families by taking action with 1-click, just go to:

 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 crisis.

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.

In 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 need.

Sign up as a party host by visiting:



Join this mailing list.

Palestinians At A Cross-Road  By Dr. Elias Akleh
Many believe 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
Rubbing 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 Abunimah
Intra-Palestinian 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

Democracy Defeated  By Ramzy Baroud
All my 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 peace

Fears For Democracy In India  By Martha C. Nussbaum
What we 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. Hirschhorn
Support 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 Don’t let self-delusion and false hope in Republicans or Democrats blind you. Let freedom ring. Make Thomas Jefferson proud!

Michael 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.
HR 676


(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 pages long.

(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.


(a) In General- The health insurance benefits under this Act cover all medically necessary services, including at least the following:

(1) Primary care and prevention.
(2) Inpatient care.
(3) Outpatient care.
(4) Emergency care.
(5) Prescription drugs.
(8) Mental health services.
(9) The full scope of dental services (other than cosmetic dentistry).
(10) Substance abuse treatment services.
(11) Chiropractic services.
(12) Basic vision care and vision correction (other than laser vision correction for cosmetic   purposes).
(13) Hearing services, including coverage of hearing aids.
(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 benefits.
        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 2020.
        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 senators.
        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 Orange
        U.S. warplanes dumped about 18 million gallons of Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. The Vietnamese government says this has left more than 3 million people disabled.
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.

** How Antonio Taguba, who investigated the Abu Ghraib scandal, became one of its casualties.

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 accountable."

FCNL Biweekly Iraq and Region Update of June 22, 2007,
See FCNL's analysis of the politics at play as the Senate prepares for this round of Iraq votes.
And 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. []
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**US occupation 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
  explosives that pierce armored vehicles are proving so deadly
  that the military is advocating foot patrols instead.


* Is Anybody Going to Stop Dick Cheney?
* Agency Is Target in Cheney Fight on Secrecy Data
* Oversight Committee on the Vice President and Classified

9/11 News :

* New Study from Pilots for 9/11 Truth: No Boeing 757 Hit
  the Pentagon
* 911 Truckload of Explosives - Five celebrating Israeli
  "movers", (Mossad 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 Report


* McNulty says he didn't seek to mislead U.S. Congress
* Senate Judiciary Committee Issues Subpoenas For NSA Domestic
  Spying Documents
* Amid boos, Pelosi declares Iraq was 'grotesque mistake'


* Precedents 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.


* New Photos Show Secret Pakistan Plutonium Plant; Fear of
  More Weapons Being Made


* Pentagon confirms email system hacked
* Missing Soldier's Wife May Be Deported
* Army sees spike in accidents, suicides, divorces


* 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 Clintons
  Would Be `Great'
* The list: Journalists who wrote political checks
* Fair and Balanced, My Ass! The Bizarre Reality of Fox News


* US air strike kills 25 Afghan civilians -
* The CIA's torture teachers - Psychologists helped the CIA
  exploit a secret military program to develop brutal
  interrogation tactics -- likely with the approval of the
  Bush White House.
* Group: 230 Afghan civilians killed in 2007


* No offense, but isn't it about time for the Catholic Church
  to put up or shut up?
* CIA to Air Decades of Its Dirty Laundry - The CIA will
  declassify hundreds of pages of long-secret records detailing
  some of the intelligence agency's worst illegal abuses