Tuesday, August 5, 2008: Grannies leaflet outside Free Library at Logan
Circle at 6:30 p.m. Some Grannies go inside to hear Nancy Pelosi speak
and hope to be able to ask questions
Thursday, August 7, 2008: Granny demo at Rittenhouse Square (18th and
Walnut St. entrance), from Noon to 1:30 p.m.
The focus will be on bringing the Pennsylvania's National Guard home.
HR 2402 calling for this in the State Legislature is buried in the
Veterans Committee. NOTE: There will also be a press conference
(organized by Pittsburgh women) on this issue on the same day in
Pittsburgh, PA. Contact: Helen Evelev at firstname.lastname@example.org or call
her at (215) 351-2225.
Saturday, August 9, 2008: Nagasaki Day Peace Vigil in front of Saints
Peter and Paul Cathedral, 18th and Parkway, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Grannies mourn the fact that our country dropped a nuclear bomb in 1945
(63 years ago) on this date on the Japanese city with the largest Catholic
population in Japan. Contact: Brandywine Peace Community at email@example.com (610) 544-1818.
Thursday, August 14, 2008: Granny Meeting, 1319 Locust St., 10:00 a.m.
Sunday, August 17, 2008: Vigil close to Senator Specter's home,
Schoolhouse Lane. This is NOT a Granny event.
Thursday, August 21, 2008: Grannies meet together with the Hospital
Workers Union (1199) Retirement Group, at 1319 Locust St., beginning at
Thursday, August 28, 2008: Day-long Granny Meeting to discuss the
Middle East, 1319 Locust St., 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This IS a Granny
Thursday, September 11, 2008: Bill Kay (the Grannies' troubadour) will
be at Love Park doing a Peace Vigil from 5 to 7 p.m. He would like to
have your/our participation.
Contact: Bill Kay at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, September 21, 2008: Granny Peace Brigade Vigil close to Senator
Specter's home on Schoolhouse Lane.
Pass on- so all will see the seriousness & know the particulars.
Nonaligned countries back Iran's nuclear program
By GEORGE JAHN, Associated Press Writer
(07-30) 16:46 PDT TEHRAN, Iran (AP) --
More than 100 nonaligned nations backed Iran's right to peaceful uses of
nuclear power on Wednesday, an endorsement sought by Tehran in its
standoff with the U.N. Security Council over its refusal to freeze uranium
The decision came as supreme Iranian leader Ayatolla Ali Khamenei pledged
to continue the country's nuclear program.
Senior Iranian officials depicted the support from a high-level conference
of the Nonaligned Movement as deflating claims by the U.S. and its allies
that most of the international community wanted Iran to stop enrichment.
The conference's backing, which echoes the group's previous declarations,
acts to "remove this notion that the international community opposes the
nuclear activities of Iran," said Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki.
Ali Ashgar Soltanieh, Iran's top representative to the International
Atomic Energy Agency, said the endorsement from the 115 countries present
at the Tehran conference sends a "strong positive signal that the only way
is negotiation and dialogue" over the nuclear standoff.
"Get the message," he said, in blunt comments indirectly aimed at the U.S.
and its Western allies, the nations at the forefront of accusations that
Tehran wants to build nuclear arms. "Come to the negotiating table."
Support was expressed in a three-page declaration in Farsi, translated by
The Associated Press. It said the conference "reaffirmed the basic and
inalienable right of all states, to develop research, production and use
of atomic energy for peaceful purposes."
The West is seeking an agreement for Iran to curb uranium enrichment, a
process that can be use to generate nuclear power or build a weapon.
The U.S. and its allies say Iran is seeking to develop nuclear weapons,
while Iran maintains its program is aimed at harnessing nuclear energy.
The Security Council has slapped three sets of sanctions on the Islamic
Republic. And a fourth set looms.
Only days remain until a deadline expires for Tehran to show it will stop
expanding its enrichment program, at least temporarily, or face the threat
of new U.N. sanctions.
The offer is meant to create space for the start of in-depth negotiations
that the West hopes will end in Iran agreeing to permanently mothball its
enrichment program in exchange for a package of economic and political
But there was no sign Wednesday that Tehran was willing to bend.
Khamenei said that backing down on enrichment in the face of "arrogant
powers" would only benefit those six nations - the United States,
Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany.
That message was enforced later both by Mottaki, the foreign minister and
Soltanieh, Iran's chief IAEA representative.
"We are not giving up our nuclear activities, including enrichment,"
The Nonaligned Movement is made up of such diverse members as communist
Cuba, Jamaica and India, but most members share a critical view of the U.S
and the developed world in general.
In a keynote speech Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said, "The big
powers are going down. "They have come to the end of their power, and the
world is on the verge of entering a new, promising era."
A separate closing document took the International Criminal Court's
prosecutor to task for indicting Sudanese leader Omar al-Bashir by an
international prosecutor on charges of genocide in Darfur. It also harshly
criticized Israel on a broad range of issues. Iran assumed the
chairmanship of the conference this week.