The National Granny Coalition will be lobbying all 100 senators
and many of our PA Reps. - See them off  & Wish them Bon Voyage!
        TIME: Wednesday, January 17, 2007 @ 8:30 AM.
        PLACE:  55 N. 11th Street, Phladelphia, PA -  Website:

Home Caregivers Ask Court to Stop Lee's Industries from Making Them Work without Pay

Lee's Industries currently does not pay caregivers for their time traveling between clients &  has a record of not paying its workers overtime  Many of the home care agency's workers only earn about $7 an hour and get few benefits. This is the second home care agency in Philadelphia sued for not paying their workers.   Both agencies, Total Health Home Care and Lee's Industries, hold contracts with the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA), a nonprofit, quasi-government agency that refers seniors to homecare providers. The PCA also oversees the care of all seniors whose services are funded through Pennsylvania's Options program and its Medicaid Waiver.

WHO:   Representative Jewell Williams (D-197)
               Home Care workers ,  - Pedro Rodriguez, Action Alliance of Senior Citizens
                Bruce M. Ludwig, Esquire, Legal Counsel for the suit               

WHEN:  10:30 a.m., Thursday, January 18, 2007
WHERE:  Center In the Park (Senior Citizen Center) 5818 Germantown Ave,  Phila, PA 19144-2187
                        Lee's Industries 5350 Belfield Ave ,  Philadelphia, PA 19144
CONTACT INFO:  Home Care Accountability Project/ SEIU District 1199P, (215) 219-5987
    Total Health Home Care, (610) 853-1402 ,   Lee's Industries, (215) 849- 5337

Iraq:  The Case for Immediate Withdrawal

        January 18th  7:00PM
        David Rittenhouse Lab, Room A-6,209 South 33rd Street
Much of the media and politicians say that although Iraq gets worse
every day, the US must stay to prevent a full scale Civil War. The
more liberal commentators say that we have to clean up the mess that "we" made.
Come to a meeting of the International Socialist Organization (ISO) to
discuss this question and to get on the bus to the January 27th
Anti-War demonstration in Washington DC! Local Contact: 267-971-7417

[NN] FCC/Media Tank Forum on Threats to Media Diversity

with Federal Communications Commissioners Michael J. Copps and Jonathan S. Adelstein
        Temple University - Gladfelter Hall Room 13, 1115 West Berks Street (12th and Berks Streets)
        January 18, 2007 - 6pm
And you can let the Commission know what you think!   You are invited to to give public testimony to the FCC and elected officials on how media affects you and your community.
        Find out more and RSVP at:

8th District City Council candidates' forum & Town Meeting

       Saturday, January 20- 2 to 5 PM                                              
       Center in the Park  5818 Germantown Ave. (at Vernon Park)
  Irv Ackelsberg. Community Legal Services Attorney, a leader of the Germantown Anti-Casino fight
  Cindy Bass. Former East Mt Airy Neighbors president
  Donna Reed Miller. Current 8th District Council representative (invited)
  Greg Paulmier. Current 12th Ward Democratic leader
  Alex Talmadge. Former candidate for District Attorney
  Deborah Williams. Candidate in the last election (invited)
  Get to know the candidates. Decide who you will support. Admission is free.
  This Town Meeting is sponsored by Neighborhood Networks.
  For more information call 215-843-1210-3396 or visit

 DARFUR Art Fund Raiser/  OUT OF AFRICA Opening Reception of works by Debra Kapnek

        Qbix Gallery, 211 Arch Street
        Thursday, February 1 from 6 to 9 PM
For information, call 610-832-7028 - For gallery info call 215-625-2521 ,

Spiral Q Puppet Theater Q-licious Gala Call For Art

Some of you have already offered graciously to donate your art for the art auction at the fabulous Q-Licious benefit. For the rest of you, we like to ask you contribute the fruit of your talents for the love and work of Spiral Q Puppet Theater! Attached is the offical form that each of you need to fill and turn into us. If you need more info and would like to attend this event visit our website at or seek to view the palmcards.
        Please forward this to other incredible artist who might be interested. Every submission will recieve one or two complimentry ticket(s), a $30-$50 value!
a benefit for spiral q puppet theater
Q-LICIOUS: Not just a box of chocolates
Saturday, February 10, 2007 - 8PM - Midnight

An evening of desserts galore, drinks, dancing, music, art, puppets, thrills, amusements, spectacles, marvels, and this year it will have a twist of carnival flare.
        Featuring ShayD'Pines: the ringmaster of ceremonies, Sara Felder: juggling diva extrodinaire, Miss Martha Graham Cracker: city paper's best drag act of 2006, Rude Mechanical Orchestra: nyc's amazing marching band, and DJ Bunnystyle: spinning all night long.
                                                                For more information call (215) 222. 6979
        The Ice Box at the Crane Arts Building
        1400 N American Street
        Philadelphia, PA 19122-3803



6:00-8:00 p.m. Workshop: "Build Your Own Computer"
Nonprofit Technology Resources, 1524 Brandywine St., Philadelphia, Pa
$25 per session  To register, call 215-564-6686.

7:00-9:00 p.m. International Concerned Friends & Family of Mumia Weekly Meeting
4601 Market St., 5th floor, Philadelphia, PA For info, call 215-476-5416.


Noon on S. 15th Street above Locust. Grandparents (Bubbies & Zaydes)
for Peace in the Middle East / You must pursue justice/

4:30 p.m. Anti-war leafleting and picket
Market & 11th Sts., Philadelphia, PA For info, email

5:00 p.m. Vigil--Women in Black
Swarthmore Train Station, Park Ave. & Chester Rd., Swarthmore, PA
For info,

6:00-8:00 p.m. Mt. Airy Community Computer Center Open Access (& Tues.)
Offers free computer access to the community
Mt. Airy Presbyterian Church lower level, 17 East Mt. Pleasant Ave., Philadelphia, PA
For info, call 215-247-0870.


noon-1:00 p.m. Peace Vigil
Rte. 38 & Cherry Hill Mall Dr., Cherry Hill, NJ  Info,

1:00-2:00 p.m. Protest at Ferber Furs
1708 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA For info, email


5:30-7:00 p.m. Speak Out of Turn Poetry Workshop
Aspace, 4722 Baltimore Ave., Philadelphia, PA
Sliding scale fee $7-10. For info, call 215-435-6621.

7:30 p.m. Books Through Bars Packing Cafe
The A Space, 4722 Baltimore Ave., Philadelphia, PA
Help pack books to send to prisoners. Email


4:30-5:30 p.m. Peace Vigil Federal Building, 601 Market St., Philadelphia, PA
Sponsored by House of Grace Catholic Worker For info, email .

5:00 p.m. Vigil for Peace
Outside Unitarian Society of Germantown, 6511 Lincoln Dr., Philadelphia, PA
For info, see

6:00 p.m.  Movement Class taught by Sophia Hoffer-Perkins
A-space, 4722 Baltimore Ave., Philadelphia, PA
Sliding scale donations  For info, call 215-727-0882.

7:00 p.m. Peace Vigil
Germantown Ave. & Bethlehem Pike, Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, PA
For info, see



* Job available in Phila.

The Shalom Center is seeking a bookkeeper and data-entry part-time
person who is experienced with Quicken or Quickbooks and with Filemaker.
Please write
 with your resume and references.  Do not phone. Shalom, Rabbi Arthur Waskow

* Winter/Spring 2007 Internships
        Democracy Now! is accepting applications for internship positions for the
winter/spring semester in New York City. email admin@democracynow.or


PEACE MARCH, Saturday, January 27, in Washington, DC.

United for Peace and Justice, UFPJ is sponsoring a massive march, to call on Congress to take immediate action to end the war in Iraq.  For more info including buses to DC: UFPJ's rideboard: <>.


 WE NEED 6,550 PAIRS OF SHOES to build a "Walk in their Shoes" installation for J27 - Bring or mail one or more pairs of shoes for January 27th March on Congress. If we each bring just one pair we will have enough for this installation and others around the city. We especially need baby, toddler, young girls and boys shoes, and women's sandals and heels. Label them if you can. Go to for details. We also need volunteers to help with logistics in DC . To volunteer go to
        Look for the drop off point on the north side of the Mall at 3rd and at 7th.
Before J27 you can mail or drop shoes off at Al-Fishawy Cafe (aka The People's Media Center). 4132 Georgia Ave NW (between Upshur & Taylor Streets), Washington, DC 20011
METRO: Green line: Georgia/Petworth walk 3 blocks north on Georgia;    BUS: #70/71/64 bus lines.
Questions re drop off or mailing contact Put "SHOES" in the subject line.   Hours are 1-9 pm, Phone: 202-722-0150.

Help Amnesty International close down Guantanamo!

America's commitment to human rights and justice is being held prisoner at Guantanamo Bay. Take action today to end the abomination:

Five years ago the U.S. began detaining people at Guantanamo Bay without charges, without trial, without legal recourse, and without hope. The interrogation regime there led to many allegations of torture and ill-treatment. Five years later, despite widespread international condemnation, hundreds of people of more than 30 nationalities remain there.
        Many like Murat Kurnaz, only 20 when detained, were released without charge after years of harsh and cruel detention. Some were as young as 13 when detained.  The overwhelming majority have been held only on suspicion, guilty until proven innocent. Speak out against the lawlessness at Guantanamo Bay and the policies behind it.  Take action by telling the President to shut down Guantánamo Bay.

Amnesty International was the first to call for the closure of the detention facilities at Guantanamo.  Please add your voice to the emerging consensus and end this shameful chapter in the name of fighting the "war on terror".

Action: boycott Amazon,  Mazin Qumsiyeh []

 Action: (I wrote to Jeff Bezos and a Jesse Jensen, executive customer  relations responded that they are keepingv the review written by Wolf Blitzer.  Wolf Blitzer worked for the Israel lobby before he worked for CNN.  Here  is a video of him advocating Israeli perspecives on a Panel with Norman Finkelstein before he became CNN employee
I wrote back saying Amazon lost a good customer and that I am informing my  listserve.  I also bought four copies of Carter's book at Costco- MQ). FWD  from Henry Norr: For several weeks now has been running the full,  1636-word text of a totally negative review of Jimmy Carter's "Palestine:  Peace Not Apartheid" on the page where it sells the book

Because this is totally out of line with their normal format and in contradiction to their self-interest in selling copies, and because their CEO, Jeff Bezos, has flatly turned down requests from me and other customers for more balanced treatment of the book, it seems clear that this is either a deliberate political statement on the part of Amazon's leaders or an abject concession to pressure from Zionist zealots. Whatever you think of the Carter book, its publication is an important event, and it's unacceptable for Amazon to be trying to discourage sales of it.

Since the letters didn't work, I've created an online petition protesting
what Amazon is doing and threatening to cancel my account there. It's at .

If you agree that Amazon is out of line on this, but you're uncomfortable
with anything in the petition, or you're not willing to pledge to close your
account, or you don't have an account to begin with, you can send your own
message  directly to Bezos at
In fact, even if you do sign the petition, it wouldn't hurt to send him
e-mail in addition.
Most important, spread the word to as many people as possible.

Make a resolution - reduce your CO2 emissions

When  considering your New Year's resolutions, why not pledge to reduce your CO2 emissions?
To find out how your household contributed to Global Warming in 2006, fill out this form using your utility bills and car records.    To share & compare your household with others in the Delaware Valley, mail your completed Form CO2-EZ to 518 Carpenter Ln, Philadelphia PA 19119.  

*Ask your local paper(s) to carry Amy Goodman's weekly column.

        Write, email or call your paper, and let them know that Amy Goodman is a new columnist
being syndicated by King Features.

NARAL Pro-Choice America/SHARE YOUR PRO-CHOICE STORY/Why are you pro-choice? Share your story.

Americans from all walks of life share the belief that women
ought to have the freedom to make personal decisions without
interference from politicians. Whether as an elected official at
the state level or now as president of NARAL Pro-Choice America,
there is no other cause that is more important to me and the women of America.

In honor of the 34th anniversary of Roe, we're asking you to
share a reason why you are pro-choice and your thoughts. Click here:

Ira Chernus | MLK'S Guide for Antiwar Activists


* Breaking Ranks:Troops Call for Iraq Withdrawal, Charles E. Anderson- truthout- Sun 14 Jan 2007

    Norfolk, Virginia - On Wednesday, January 10, President George W. Bush announced that he would be sending 21,500 more troops to Iraq as early as Monday. "The escalation of this war is very disappointing," said Mass Communications Specialist Third Class, Jonathan Hutto, 29, a sailor stationed aboard the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt. Ironically, as the additional troops begin arriving in Iraq Monday morning, Hutto and other active duty troops will hold a press conference at a church in Norfolk. On Tuesday morning, the group will travel to Washington to present the Appeal for Redress of Grievances from the US Congress to US Representative Dennis Kucinich.

    The Appeal for Redress of Grievances, which relies on whistleblower protection laws, calls for "the prompt withdrawal of all American military forces and bases from Iraq" and represents the first organized active-duty military movement to oppose the war and occupation of Iraq since Vietnam. To date, over 1,000 active-duty members of the US military have signed it. While signers of the appeal span the ranks from private to rear admiral, the average signatory is a corporal or sergeant and has completed at least one tour of duty in Iraq. "These [service members] are your basic typical young Americans," says Hutto. In fact, the signatories of the appeal are as varied as the backgrounds of all men and women in the military. "Some of them have college experience; some of them don't. Some of them came straight out of high school. Some of them worked some common jobs," Hutto observes. But he goes on to say, "That's what a mass movement is. A mass movement is people that all come from different walks of life, different thinking and whatnot. But the central theme is that what is taking place in Iraq is not working, and we have got to find a different solution."

    Hutto readily identifies himself first as a patriotic sailor on duty, but off duty "officially citizen sailor." His personal story is really no different from that of the thousands of men and women currently serving in the armed forces. He graduated from Howard University with a bachelor's degree in political science and began a career teaching grade school in Maryland. But Hutto "did not find much success." Unemployed and facing more than $40,000 in student loans, he sought out a navy recruiter. Though he had a substantial background in activism, Hutto did not expect to organize within the military itself. That changed shortly after he joined the navy, when one of his former professors sent him a copy of David Cortwright's Soldiers in Revolt, a book that profiles active duty resistance to the Vietnam War. Hutto says it was after reading the book that he came to believe "there is no contradiction ... between serving out your duty and having a questioning attitude towards those orders [and] those directives that are given down from your chain of command, especially as it pertains to war, especially as it pertains to this current occupation, especially as it pertains to how resources are allocated in our society."

    When asked what changed his mind about the Iraq War, Hutto replies that there is an assumption that service in Iraq is the primary reason young people join the military today. "That is not the case," he says, "That is not the overriding issue as to why men and women join the military today. The overriding issue is not raw patriotism, although I am not going to say that the people in the military are . unpatriotic, they are proud of [their] country. But the overriding issue is one of economics. It is one of sustainability. It's being in a society where there are not enough resources, where there is not a right to education and job security. For a lot of these young people in the military it is a way out." Hutto is not alone. As few as thirty-five percent of Americans support the war. It is not surprising that support for the war within the military is declining.

-- Charles E. Anderson served in Iraq with the Marine Corps' Second Tank Battalion during the invasion of Iraq. During his nine-year career, he served in infantry, armor, and medical units. He lives in Hampton, Virginia, where he is a World Studies student at Thomas Nelson Community College. He can be contacted through his website at


* More human right violations in Oaxaca,  George Salzman [] 2007 Jan 15

      I received from a teacher here, a good person who I'll call X, the following heartfelt e-mail to various international human rights (derechos humanos) organizations:
When almost all the human rights organizations interested in knowing the situation of human rights in my country are paying a lot of attention to the Oaxacan struggle to get a new democratic order in this poor southern Mexican state, not many of them are looking to the dismay situation that most Central American people traveling through Mexico to the United States are in.

Mexico is always demanding respect to its citizens north of the Rio Grande, but how is my country acting with those poor foreign people in our Souther border with Guatemala? They as well as the Mexican migrants in the USA , are just hard working people wanting to get away from lack of employment, lack of education, poor salaries and dictatorial goverments, looking for better oportunities for themselves or their families. And the first thing they find once they have crossed the Mexican border and are into Mexico, their "big brother" up North, is repression, a criminal and corrupt police, and so many problems that if they arrived alive to the border between Mexico and the USA, it is a real miracle!

What a shame for our country! Many Central American migrants declare that the worst part of their journey is crossing through Mexico and specially the Southern portion of their trip: Chiapas and Oaxaca. Just to ask for your attention, I'm inculuding a recent newspaper article about a Catholic priest that was put in jail together with some Central American migrants for attempting to rescue some other migrants kidnapped by the local Migratory Police in order to get money randsoms!

Please, start to put sanctions to any country that doesn't respect the international treaties that it has signed! Stop giving honorary posts to those countries because doing that you are just helping those corrupt regimes to stay longer in power! Help us to show the real visage of those goverments. Very often, as is the case in Mexico, all the mass media are in the hands of the politicians and they use radio and TV programs to show all the people who rely on those media to get news (most of the population) that they are the only option and that they are acting fine as it is demonstrated by the international community acceptance of our country at key posts.

Stop this scandalous double moral. You must know that in accepting that double moral you are becoming accoplishes of this tiranic country. Please. Act as you did with South Africa. It is just the same situation! Any person visiting this country or supporting its economy is also supporting all those crimes!
      X included with his plea the first two paragraphs of the11 Jan La Jornada report, at . I am translating the entire article, but it is not yet ready to include with this note.

      The state of terror in Oaxaca is severe. My friend is at risk for even writing such an appeal, and yet his/her focus is not on the terrible oppression Oaxaqueños are suffering, but on that of poor Central American migrants to the U.S. What he doesn't yet realize is that decent lives, not just for Oaxaqueños but for all latinos, indeed for all peoples, is impossible as long as the U.S. (or any government) retains enormous power. Over half a century ago George F. Kennan, a so-called 'dove' in the highest U.S. government bodies, wrote:

"We have about 60 per cent of the world's wealth but only 6.3 percent of its population. In this situation we cannot fail to be the object of envy and resentment. Our real task in the coming period is to devise a pattern of relationships which will permit us to maintain this position of disparity. We need not deceive ourselves that we can afford today the luxury of altruism and world benefaction. We should cease to talk about such vague and unreal objectives as human rights, the raising of living standards and democratisation. The day is not far off when we are going to have to deal in straight power concepts. The less we are then hampered by idealistic slogans, the better."?George Kennan, former head of the US State Department Policy Planning Staff   (Doc. PPS23, 24 Feb 1948)

      For information about the ongoing struggle in Oaxaca, two useful sources (in English) are
1. the Oaxaca Study Action Group Yahoo group listserv at and
2. the Narco News Journal website at
      Two Spanish-language sources are
1. the daily national newspaper La Jornada, at and
2. the daily Oaxaca newspaper Noticias, Voz y Imagen de Oaxaca, at

* Bill Moyers: "Big Media is Ravenous. It Never Gets Enough. Always Wants More. And it Will
 Stop at Nothing to Get It. These Conglomerates are an Empire, and they are Imperial." *

        The veteran broadcast journalist Bill Moyers spoke on Friday before 3,500 at the
opening of the National Conference on Media Reform in Memphis. He announced his
return to the airwaves and outlined his vision of media reform. "As ownership
gets more and more concentrated, fewer and fewer independent sources of
information have survived in the marketplace; and those few significant
alternatives that do survive, such as PBS and NPR, are under growing financial
and political pressure to reduce critical news content and to shift their focus
in a mainstream direction, which means being more attentive to establishment
views than to the bleak realities of powerlessness that shape the lives of ordinary people."

* Jane Fonda clinches her fist during her closing remarks on the last day of the National Conference For Media Reform at the Cook Convention Center.  "There are forces at work -- the same forces that Dr. (Martin Luther) King stood against in this very city -- who want to make Memphis the home to the biggest private, for-profit prison in the world."

* - Going Down Jericho Road: MLKs Last Fight
        Thomas Paine Cronin thought you would be interested in this story:

* Statement on the CA Governor's Health Care Proposal   by Art Pulaski,
Executive Secretary-Treasurer,    California Labor Federation

        While the Governor's healthcare proposal includes some positive elements, it is the wrong prescription for California's health care crisis. The Governor's plan shifts the responsibility for health care costs onto already overburdened workers and their families.    This proposal will be a boon to insurance companies, but a bust for most workers. This plan requires all Californians to buy health insurance with no guarantee that it will be affordable or that coverage will be adequate. We are concerned that the plan creates an incentive for employers who currently provide health care to drop coverage and instead pay only a minimal tax.
      This is a plan that Wal-Mart can love and Wal-Mart workers will hate. The proposed employer contribution is so low that even Wal-Mart, a corporation known for its minimal employee healthcare coverage, already exceeds the requirements. The Governor says his proposal eliminates the "hidden tax" of the uninsured, but what he's proposed is a new tax on middle class families.

* VIDEO | Keith Olbermann: Bush's Legacy: The President Who Cried Wolf
Keith Olbermann writes: "Only this president - only in this time, only with this dangerous, even messianic certitude - could answer a country demanding an exit strategy from Iraq, by offering an entrance strategy for Iran. Only this president could look out over a vista of 3,008 dead and 22,834 wounded in Iraq, and finally say, 'Where mistakes have been made, the responsibility rests with me' - only to follow that by proposing to repeat the identical mistake ... in Iran."

* Chomsky on Latin America

* Ike Was Right, By Robert Scheer, Truthdig