Next Meeting, Tuesday February 27, Germantown Meeting, 27 W. Coulter St at 7:00 PM
Contact:Stelle Sheller, 215-848-3544 or

1606 WALNUT ST. 6:30PM

Please join us to plan for upcoming anti-war actions and events. Any ideas you have for our agenda is welcome. PRAWN is the Philadelphia Anti-War Network. Website:

Awbury Park Clean Up

When: Saturday, March 3, 2007, 10:00 AM  - 12 pm the refreshments
Where: Awbury Park
    Haines and Ardleigh Streets, Philadelphia , PA 19138
    Join Northwest Greens, the Awbury Neighbors group and others in a
clean-up facilitated by the Farimount Park Stewardship and Volunteer
Division to help spruce up this wonderful park , backing on Martin
Luther King High School and just across the street from the wonderful
Awbury Arboretum.
    Meet at the park sign, Haines and Ardleigh Streets in Germantown.
Wear sturdy shoes and clothes appropriate to the weather. Children are
welcome but should be supervised during the cleanup.
    Organizer contact info: Brian Rudnick 215.247.2270,

International Women's Day


In association with the V-Day 2007 Worldwide Campaign,
is proud to present
        a benefit production of Eve Ensler's "THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES"

On Thursday, March 8 2007, at 7pm
Taller Puertorriqueño, located at 2557 North 5 th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19133.
        Tickets are $10 and may be purchased by calling Suzette Belz at 215-426-8610 x 208. Students from local Philadelphia-area schools are encouraged to attend the open rehearsal on Wednesday, March 7 2007 at Taller Puertorriqueño at 7pm for free!
        Proceeds from this community event will be donated to Lutheran Settlement House's Bilingual Domestic Violence Program.
For more information about Lutheran Settlement House visit
Carol Rogers, Phila Department of Public Health,,Tel:  215.685.5697


 Read the details at
>> FEBRUARY 27TH.2007 AT 10AM-12PM

Help support Parkway NW High School for Peace and Social Justice!
And have a great dinner at the diner!

TROLLEY CAR DINER,7619 Germantown Ave
Wednesday, March 14, 2007, 5:30-7:30 PM
15% of the proceeds will be donated to the school.
Be sure to tell your server you are here for the Peace School.
Unable to attend?
Checks can be written to Parkway Northwest HS (note Peace Program)
Parkway High School for Peace and Social Justice 7500 Germantown Ave. 19119

 PennEnvironment : Make sure the governor hears our message, David Masur, PennEnvironment Director,,

Last week over 950 PennEnvironment activists emailed Gov. Rendell asking him to step in and block the construction of five new coal-fired power plants. If constructed, these plants would create as much new global warming pollution each year as would be created by 6 million cars.
        The TXU utility continues to push for the construction of these plants, so we need your help to make sure the governor hears our message. Please take a moment to ask the governor to do everything in his power to block the construction of the five new coal-fired power plants. Then, ask your friends and family to help by forwarding this e-mail to them.
        To take action, click on this link or paste it into your web browser:


To Interfaith Peace Walkers and friends:

Note the Peace Walk workday at the Greater Philadelphia Food Bank on March 31-see description below to volunteer.

Also, to view a 29-minute video of the 2007 Peace Walk, click on the following line: "" Toward the bottom of the page, you’ll see three "Reflections" programs in a row. The Peace Walk film is the second one. If you can’t access the film this way, try Nancy Kreimer’s blog site at HYPERLINK "" Once there, click on "Interfaith Relations"-it is the second item in this category. Minutes of Peace Walk meetings 31-33 are attached as well.

March - April

Brandywine Peace Community’s Monthly Potluck Supper*/Program, 2nd Sunday of the month, 4:30 PM, University Lutheran Church, 3637 Chestnut St., Phila., PA (*bring main dish, salad, or dessert) - March 11 - "The Media Versus the Public in the Iraq Invasion-Occupation," Professor Edward S. Herman.

Edward S. Herman is a Professor Emeritus of Finance at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He has a Ph.D. In Economics from the University of California, Berkeley, and has written extensively on economics, political economy, foreign policy, and media analysis. He has a regular "Fog Watch" column in the Monthly Z Magazine. He also runs a web site monitoring the Philadelphia Inquirer at HYPERLINK "" Among his 22 published books are The Political Economy of Human Rights (2 vols., with Noam Chomsky, South End Press, 1979); Corporate Control, Corporate Power (Cambridge University Press, 1981); Manufacturing Consent (with Noam Chomsky, Pantheon, 1988, revised ed. 2002);

The "Terrorism" Industry (with Gerry O'Sullivan, Pantheon, 1990); Triumph of the Market (South End Press, 1995); The Myth of the Liberal Media: An Edward Herman Reader (Peter Lang, 1999); and With co-editor Philip Hammond, Degraded Capability: The Media And the Kosovo Crisis (Pluto, 2000).


March '03 - March '07 - Four Years of War in Iraq - We Declare Peace March 17 - 19, Declaration of Peace, "", to U.S. War & Occupation of Iraq: Sunday, March 18, 6:30PM - Area Candlelight Vigil for Peace

Independence Mall Visitors Center, 6th & Market Sts, Phila., PA
The solemn candlelight vigil will include: the reading of names of War dead - U.S. and Iraqi -, bell-tolling, religious leaders and other speakers, music, and "Mourning to Resistance" Memorial to end the War.

"Mourning to Resistance: It's Time Now to Resist the War and the War-makers!"

Monday, March 19, Noon, Nonviolent Resistance to the War at the War's chief profiteer, Lockheed Martin, Mall & Goddard Boulevards, Valley Forge/King of Prussia, PA (behind the King of Prussia Mall). Those interested or planning on participating in nonviolent civil disobedience need to call the Brandywine office, 610-544-1818, by March 5 and attend a preparation/planning meeting.

April 6, Noon - Good Friday Stations of Justice & Peace & Trail of Mourning & Truth at Lockheed Martin, Valley Forge, PA (behind the King of Prussia Mall)

April 23 - Trial of the "PHILA. DECLARE PEACE 14*" in Phila. Municipal Court on misdemeanor charges of defiant trespass, criminal trespass, and criminal conspiracy. [*Fourteen people Arrested on September 25, 2006, as part of the Declaration of Peace Campaign, at the Phila. Office of Senator Rick Santorum for Nonviolently demanding that our Senators and Congress people act to end the war.].

Peace '07: Brandywine Peace Community Turns 30!

Brandywine Peace Community, P.O. Box 81, Swarthmore, PA 19081, 610-544-1818 HYPERLINK "", HYPERLINK ""

Alternatives to Violence Project - Basic Level Workshop - Exploring the Possibilities of Peace in Our Lives
Friday, March 2-4, 2007, Friends neighborhood Build, 701 N. 8th Street (at Fairmount Avenue), Philadelphia, PA
Friday, March 2: 5:30 - 9:30 PM; Saturday, March 3: 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM; Sunday, March 4: 1:00-5:00 PM.

The violence that besets our community and the world can be overcome. There are powerful, effective ways to deal with conflict, increase understanding and develop respectful, supportive relationships. In this workshop, you will: Rediscover the power of respect and affirmation; practice responsible, honest and constructive communication; explore the value of building a nurturing community; delve into the challenges and rewards of cooperation; experience creative problem solving and conflict transformation. You are all welcome: Teachers, social workers, community organizers and agency workers, faith community leaders and members, police, parents, teens and….anybody who wants to deal with conflict in constructive, life-giving ways.

Registration: On or before February 20. Space is limited.
Workshop fees: Advance payment: $10. At the door: $15. The fees are set to cover costs of materials, snacks and space. Money should not be a reason for anyone to stay out of the workshop; and scholarships are available. Note: This is a participative workshop, where we are all expected to contribute to the process, in an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect. A commitment to stay engaged throughout the week-end is necessary for this experience.

For information, contact: Ruth Pauly or Jorge Aráuz at 215.423.7465; e-mail: HYPERLINK "" Casa Amistad, 2615 N. 4th Street, Philadelphia, PA. Cell: 215.421.5811.

Rights of Women in Abrahamic Faiths: Ideals vs. Practice-a program of the Philadelphia Dialogue Forum (PDF)
Thursday, March 8, 2007, 7:00 PM, Dialogue Center, 700 e. Township Line Road, Second Floor, Havertown, PA 19083 Women of three separate faiths-Judaism, Christianity, Islam-will discuss and explore how their religion views the rights of women in faith as they illustrate which of these ideals are actually mirrored in daily practice. Pecki Witonsky is the Jewish speaker (see below for description of her book, The Cave of Reconciliation). Turkish tea and Turkish appetizers will be served. RSVP by March 1, 2007 via e-mail to HYPERLINK ""

Interfaith Peace Builders’ delegation to Israel and Palestine
March 17-31, 2007 Join Interfaith Peace-Builders (IFPB) as an eyewitness to the situation in Israel/Palestine will enrich your understanding of the conflict and empower your work back in the U.S. The delegation provides an excellent opportunity to meet with Israelis and Palestinians and people and organizations working for peace and justice. As a delegate, you will confront and analyze the U.S. role in the conflict and wrestle with ways to translate your experience to others when you return home. The trip includes:

· A one-day pre-departure orientation in Washington, D.C. · Travel in the West Bank and Israel with experienced delegation leaders and professional local guides. · Seeing how the continuing Israeli occupation of Palestinian land and the current cycle of violence affects Palestinians and Israelis. · Learn from Israeli peace activists about their work for a just end to the occupation. · Visit selected religious and cultural sites. · See how the separation wall impacts Palestinian communities and livelihoods. · Visit and/or stay in Palestinian and Israeli homes. · Dialogue with Israelis and Palestinians who have a variety of cultural, religious and political perspectives.  · Examine the U.S. role in the conflict.

Cost: $1,850, which includes 15 days, hotel and home stay accommodations, breakfasts and dinners, local transportation, guides, speaker/event fees, basic tips and gratutities. The cost does not include domestic and international airfares. Modest scholarships and challenge grants available. For more information, contact: Interfaith Peace-Builders, 1326 9th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001. Phone: 202.244.0821. E-mail: HYPERLINK "" Web: HYPERLINK "" Other 2007 IFPB delegation dates: May 26-June 9; July 28-August 11; November 3-17.

Peace Walk Volunteer Work Day at the Greater Philadelphia Food Bank (Philabundance)
Saturday, March 31, 2007, 1:00-4:00 PM, 302 West Berks Street, Philadelphia 19122 Peace Walk family, friends and neighbors are invited to participate in volunteering for this workday-a great opportunity to make a difference for Philadelphia-area residents and families with food needs. Bring your own family and friends so they can see how critical their volunteer services are to other in ensuring that their basic food needs are met. We will view a video orientation to Philabundance, which provides 16 tons of food a day at no cost to area families in need. Then we will get to work repackaging, sorting and labeling food. There is something for everyone to do. Please note: Dress comfortably and wear closed-toed shoes (no open sandals or slip-ons). Volunteers must be ten years or older. SIGN UP BY MONDAY, MARCH 19, 2007 - Patricia Coyne - 215.685.9754 - HYPERLINK ""

Philadelphia Monthly Dances of Universal Peace
Second Saturday evenings at Villanova University, Corr Chapel, Villanova, PA, 7:30 - 10:00 PM 
The Dances of Universal Peace are participatory simple circle dances with songs and chants from the Earth's spiritual traditions, such as: Jewish, Christian (Gospel, Aramaic & Creation Spirituality), Islamic Sufi, Native American, African, Celtic, Hindu, Buddhist & other Universal Songs of Peace. All dances are taught as we go. Dress Casual. Singles & Couples are welcome. $12 Registration at Door.

Jeanne Ayesha Lauenborg, Interfaith Minister, Senior Mentor Teacher, PeaceWorks International Certified Dance LeaderFor Free Parking: Entrance from Ithan Avenue - Tell Guard you are coming to Corr Chapel for the Dances of Universal Peace and mention Father Shawn Tracy.For more information, see HYPERLINK "" or call 215-877-2777

Compiled by Lance Laver for the Philadelphia Interfaith Walk for Peace and Reconciliation planning group



Support students' actions & sign on to one or more of their petitions & Strike Against The War
ALSO: Listing of over two dozen student strikes against the war: 

 News item on the santa barbara strike

Escalating Threats of U.S. Attacks Against Iran By Phyllis Bennis /  Institute for Policy Studies
UFPJ Talking Points

"Iran: The Day After"  and
"Congress: Treat Iran Like the Contra War"

* * * **  The Bush administration is significantly ratcheting up its threats against Iran, in the context of arguing about a battle between "moderates" and "extremists" in the region. 

**  U.S. efforts to control or undermine Iran are long-standing, and are rooted in Iran's historic role as one of only two indigenous regional powers in the Middle East (with water, wealth and size) who can contend with U.S. domination there.

**  A U.S. (or U.S.-Israeli) strike on Iran, especially with the nuclear "bunker-buster" bombs being talked about, would be deadly for tens or hundreds of thousands of Iranians, and would be a preventive attack - in violation of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), the UN Charter, and other parts of international law, as well as the U.S. Constitution.

**  Overheated U.S. rhetorical accusations against Iran are expanding earlier allegations about Iran's alleged nuclear ambitions to claims (including show-and-tell but absent real evidence) that Iran is directly responsible for "killing American troops" in Iran. Current U.S. policy in Iraq calls for "dual escalations" - not only an escalation in troop numbers, but a geographic escalation, expanding from Iraq to Iran.

**  Beyond rhetoric, U.S. provocations include sending a second aircraft carrier group to the Persian Gulf, sending minesweepers to the Strait of Hormuz, arresting Iranian officials legally working in Iraq, openly backing the anti-Iranian Mujahideen el-Khalq (MEQ) guerrillas, appointing a naval flier as head of Central Command, continuing pressure in the United Nations to expand sanctions against Iran.

**  Iran is not a threat to the United States. It does not have a nuclear weapon and is not threatening to attack the U.S; it is a signatory to the NPT and the UN's nuclear watchdog agency has found no evidence of a nuclear weapons program; Iran's nuclear power program, including enriching uranium, is legal under the NPT. As early as 2003 Iran had proposed a comprehensive "grand bargain" with the U.S., which the Bush administration has ignored. The February 2007 National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) asserts that Iran's involvement in Iraq "is not likely to be a major driver of violence" there. 

**  The consequences of a U.S. attack on Iran will be dire.  The evidence looks like a repeat of pre-Iraq invasion lies, but  "even if" Iran was closer to a nuclear weapon or had sent weapons into Iraq, there is no legal or moral justification for a preventive attack.
**  Israeli rhetoric against Iran is largely paralleling U.S. claims; unlike the run-up to the Iraq War, Israel and the pro-Israeli lobbies in the U.S. are pressing hard for an attack on Iran, and any Israeli involvement would significantly undercut Congressional opposition.

**  The U.S. efforts to force American-dependent Arab regimes to back a U.S. (or U.S.-Israeli) attack on Iran include imposing a "rising Shi'a threat" framework over regional events and renewing the appearance of Palestinian-Israeli peace talks.
**  The U.S. is more isolated now than at any time since the beginning of the 2003 Iraq War; no U.S. allies except Israel are supporting calls for a U.S. attack on Iran.

**  So what are the demands of the peace movement?
No military attack on Iran
A Congressional "Boland Amendment" for Iran to preempt any funding for any attack on Iran
Diplomatic, not military engagement with Iran
Maintain pressure against BOTH escalations of the Iraq War - the escalation of troops and the geographic escalation into Iran as central to our work against the Iraq War
Build people-to-people ties between Americans and Iranians, including work with the Iranian community in the United States
Support for a WMD-free or Nuclear Weapons-Free Zone throughout the Middle East

McCain Says Roe v. Wade "Should Be Overturned"

"I do not support Roe versus Wade. It should be overturned..."
- John McCain, USA Today, February 19, 2007

You can't get any clearer than that.

        Want to make sure Americans know where presidential candidates
stand on choice, including McCain? Simply click here:
Then forward this to as many people as you can.

 [Rachel's Words] MARCH 16th, DAY OF REMEMBRANCE

In one month we will mark the fourth anniversary of Rachel Corrie's death. Please join Rachel's Words in making March 16th a day of remembrance.

Below we have descriptions of four different Rachel's Words events. They range from a small dinner party to a large production with professional actors and musicians. There are many creative possibilities in combining Rachel's emails with current events, candle-light vigils, street theater, theatrical readings, film screenings, direct action, report-backs, teach-ins, or coffee and conversation.

Rachel's Words can provide resources to make organizing easier. We have Rachel's emails online and translated into several languages. Our Myths and Facts Sheet was reviewed by Craig and Cindy Corrie and addresses the misinformation often repeated in the media. It's available online as text or as a pre-formatted pdf and is intended to be used as a handout or a media tool.

We have video footage from our event at Riverside Church, DVDs of the documentary The Killing Zone, Rachel Corrie solidarity bracelets - and we're building a community of people to share ideas and experience. Please contact us if we can help you organize an event, large or small. Please let us know how if you make plans to mark the day.

Rachel's Words
Visit the Rachel's Words Website  for descriptions of past events, and inspiration for future ones.
such as:
This description of a living room reading beautifully exemplifies the power of an intimate gathering and its surprising effectiveness. Don't underestimate the potential of a small gathering of friends!
A great deal of time and effort went into planning this successful event which followed the same basic structure as Rachel's Words at Riverside Church. The effort still bears fruit as the videotaped event travels to local schools and churches.

In the center of the Princeton campus, students and locals read Rachel's emails, inviting participation from passers-by. Newcomers got an education - this is one way to avoid preaching to the choir!

There were many other successful events which produced extraordinary results, not least of which were Provincetown and Santa Fe. We will add those as they are written up for us.

 May Day Website up and running!

      Please visit our website ( to see the 
progress we've been making in gathering support for the project to 
expose the truth about May Day, it's origins, history, cause and 
meaning to us all.
      This important piece of Labor history is a part of our heritage 
that has been deliberately shrouded in lies and half truths for 120 
years. It's time to set the record straight.            
           In Solidarity,   Jim Moran,

Send an Email - Help Save Polar Bears

 Like most Americans, we are deeply concerned
about the potentially devastating impacts of global warming. One
place we are already seeing the effects is in the Arctic where,
due to the rapidly melting sea ice, polar bears are drowning in
their search for food. Our friends over at Environmental Defense
are asking the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to place polar
bears on the Endangered Species List to get them the protection
they deserve.

Take action to protect polar bears and their habitat by clicking

Save Big Bird!

Putting Elmo, Big Bird, and the Cookie Monster on the chopping block is a prime example of politicians shortchanging the one demographic who can't vote.  Children.  For the third year in a row, the President's budget proposal slashes funding for PBS-and worst of all, Ready to Learn, which funds Sesame Street and other children's programming is at risk.
         Tell the new Congress: We don't want to fight for a PBS funding each and every year.  SIGN THE MOMSRISING PETITION TO SUPPORT PBS:



New Iraq Oil Law To Open Iraq's Oil Reserves to Western Companies

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The Iraqi blogger Raed Jarrar has obtained a copy of the proposed oil law and has just translated it into English. He discusses the new law with Antonia Juhasz, author of "The Bush Agenda: Invading the World One Economy at a Time." [includes rush transcript]

In one of the first studies of Iraqi public opinion after the US-led invasion of March 2003, the polling firm Gallup asked Iraqis their thoughts on the Bush administration's motives for going to war. One percent of Iraqis said they believed the motive was to establish democracy. Slightly more - five percent - said to assist the Iraqi people. But far in the lead was the answer that got 43 percent - "to rob Iraq"s oil."

What would this new law mean for Iraq? With me now from Washington DC is Raed Jarrar - He is the Iraq Project Director for Global Exchange. He has obtained a copy of the proposed oil law which he translated from Arabic and posted on his website. And Antonia Juhasz is on the phone with us -- She has written extensively about the economic side of the US occupation of Iraq and is the author of the book, "The Bush Agenda: Invading the World One Economy at a Time." Antonia is a Tarbell Fellow at Oil Change International. We welcome you both to Democracy Now!
Raed Jarrar Iraq Project Director for Global Exchange. He is an Iraqi blogger and architect. He runs a popular blog called "Raed in the Middle."

Antonia Juhasz, author and activist. She is a Tarbell Fellow at Oil Change International. Her latest book is called "The Bush Agenda: Invading the World, One Econony at a Time."

Libby Testimony Raises More Questions about Cheney's Role In The CIA Leak Case

US 'Iran Attack Plans' Revealed

Law Restricting Guantanamo Appeals Upheld

Some Way Yet to Killing Off the Death Penalty

Another Big Win for Big Business: Court Sets Aside Award in Philip Morris Case

Aim for Low World Warming Despite Hardship: Scientist

Australia Mandates Use of Compact Fluorescent Bulbs by 2012

John Nichols | Clinton Would Rather Be Wrong Than President

Priscilla Huang | Which Babies Are Real Americans?

US PIRG: In First Domestic Appearance As Speaker, U.S. House Speaker Pelosi and Members of Congress Talk About College Affordability With Students and Others

CREW Sues Council on Environmental Quality over Global Warming Documents

Amy Littlefield | Protestors, Don't be Afraid to Show Your Anger