An Invitation: to antiwar and social justice activists to discuss what we as a movement will do in the coming months. How can we work together and build a common movement to end the US wars and occupations in Iraq and Afghanistan?


The US military stretches all over the globe with bases in more than 60 countries. Social programs and education are left unfunded, while military spending is out of control. Millions in the US are unemployed and a meaningful jobs program is not in place. Join us for a discussion of the next steps we all must take to end these wars and occupations.  


John Kirkland, Philly Against War,  Elisabeth Leonard, Philadelphia Regional Antiwar Network (PRAWN), Chris Robinson, Northwest Greens, Robert Smith, Brandywine Peace Community


Community Antiwar Speak-Out

July 7th @ 7 p.m

Philadelphia Antiwar Event @ Tabernacle Church 3700 Chestnut Street


Antiwar and labor activists will make short presentations to initiate the discussion.

Invited speakers:

Wayne Rossi, Philly Against War,  Nina Huizinga, United for Peace and Justice,  Thomas Paine Cronin, AFSCME DC 47 ret.,  Robert Smith, Brandywine Peace Community,  Pam Africa, International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu Jamal,  Dave Houck, Green Party of Philadelphia


All are invited to attend and share ideas about the current state of the local and national antiwar movement as the July 23-25 Untied National Antiwar Conference in Albany, NY approaches.  We ask that you read the Action Proposal put forward for the Albany conference.




Spiral Q Presents:

Teens Revolt:  What's On Our Minds

      and Culture and Resistance: South Africa, Then and Now


Opening Reception                           NEXUS/foundation for today's art

Thursday July 8, 2010                      1400 North American Street

6 PM                                               Philadelphia, PA 19122


Join Spiral Q for the opening of two exhibits that explore the role of printmaking in the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa and in current struggles for justice in Philadelphia.


Teens Revolt: What's On Our Minds is an exhibition of original silkscreen posters created by Parkway Northwest High School students through Spiral Q’s Education Initiatives. Inspired by the use of posters in the South African anti-apartheid movement, students designed and printed posters that make bold statments about "what's on their minds."


  This program is part of Art in Resistance, Spiral Q's study and celebration of art's historic and ongoing role as a liberating force in justice movements throughout the world.


The exhibit runs until Thursday, August 5. Gallery hours by appointment only.

Call 215-222-6979 to schedule your visit. Spiral Q Puppet Theater []




Needed: People to train to support immigrant rights using direct action – [read on]


Register Now for Training for Change’s "Nonviolent Action for Immigrant Right's" Workshop


Hosted by Reform Immigration for America Campaign, join immigrant rights activists from across the region for a hands-on, day-long workshop facilitated by nationally recognized movement trainers to discuss tactics, develop new skills, and build solidarity and power.  Take action!


When: Saturday, July 10th, 10 AM-3 PM

Where: Project Home, 1515 Fairmount, Philadelphia

Cost: $20/ person registration fee  (scholarships are available)


To register:

1)  Contact Ali Kronley at

Payment should be made out to Central Baptist Church of Wayne and mailed to:


Central Baptist Church

PO Box 309, Wayne PA, 19087

Translation will be provided - be sure to request it in the registration form.  

In order to ensure we are able to accommodate everyone, please register by July 1st.


Training for Change provides activist training for groups standing up for justice, peace, and the environment through strategic non-violence, including state-of-the-art direct action trainings -- in nonviolence, campaign strategy and other basic skills. For more info:

The training is organized by the Pennsylvania chapter of Reform Immigration for America.

For more info see




Hugh Giordano for State Representative, BBQ fundraiser


FUNDay Sunday Barbecue on July 18th, from 4pm ‘til 7pm.

603 Renz St. in Roxborough. 


Come out and show your support for Hugh Giordano, candidate for State Representative in District 194. We will have hotdogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers, salads, beer, non-alcoholic beverages and dessert. There will be lots of activities for children, as well. A contribution to Friends of Hugh Giordano ($20 per person, kids are free) will be taken at the gate.  We will have raffle prizes and an auction. If you have something to donate for the auction, please bring it with you. We are looking for serious as well as humorous items – anything from gift cards,  offer of a personal service, or something completely zany, like a stuffed animal or bunch of bananas.  The idea is to have lots of fun while raising money at the same time. 


During the barbecue, we are kicking off “Moms for Hugh.” Women of all ages – from great grandmoms to new-borns, working women, stay at home moms, aunts, sisters, daughters – are all invited to show support for Hugh by participating in a huge group photo and sending a message out that women want Hugh in Harrisburg to represent us – not a CEO or wealthy, business owner.  Running for office requires time and money. Hugh’s staff are all volunteers, but we need donations for literature so we can get the word out.


If you cannot join us, please consider sending a donation at Checks payable to “Friends of Hugh Giordano” may be sent to: 5145 Webster Street, Philadelphia, PA  19143.

For more information, please call (215) 243-7103 or email


Hope to see you at the barbecue and thanks for your support,

Carol McLean & Marlena Santoyo



No War, No Warming: Vigil for An Alternative Energy Future 4:30-6:00 PM on Wednesday, July 7 at Keystone Park  (Baltimore Pike at N. Chester Rd.) in Swarthmore, PA

Main Line Peace Action Meeting to plan a Strategy for Reducing Military Spending 7:00-9:00 PM on Thursday, July 8 at the Dugdales, 284 So. Roberts Rd, Bryn Mawr, PA

Rally to Retire Nuclear Weapons, 12:00-1:00 PM on Friday, July 16, State House Steps, Trenton. Carpooling from Princeton Shopping Center (Rite Aid end) at 11:15 AM .Please reply to this email if you plan to join the carpool.

Retirement Party for Nuclear Weapons, 7:30 PM on Friday, July 16 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton (Note: This site has been moved from Trinity Church due to road construction on Mercer Street)

Monthly Meeting of Monroe Township Chapter where I will speak on Global Abolition of Nuclear Weapons: An Idea Whose Time Has Come at 10 AM on Wednesday, July 21 at Monroe Township Municipal Center.

* Opening Night Screening of film Countdown to Zero on the evening of Friday, July 30 at Ritz at the Bourse, Philadelphia.



PHILADELPHIA--JUNE 11, 2010-- just announced that it is “giving away 10,000 free bus tickets” from Philadelphia to 10 cities for travel July 21 - Sept. 20.


These free tickets are in celebration of Philadelphia becoming the newest hub. New service is being offered to the below destinations:


- Atlantic City

- Baltimore

- Boston

- Buffalo

- Harrisburg

- Pittsburgh

- State College

- Syracuse

- Toronto

- Washington, D.C.


To snag these free tickets, click below and enter code "LUVPHL" in the Promotion Code box. Free tickets are subject to availability on select dates and routes.








Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be giving a speech at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York this Thursday, July 8.  Once again, AJJP has teamed up with Adalah-NY, Jews say No! and the WESPAC Foundation to call for widespread protests whenever Israeli war criminals visit our cities.  We look forward to seeing everyone on Thursday as we let Bibi know he is not welcome in NYC--and why.


Thursday, July 8, 12-2 pm

Council on Foreign Relations, 58 East 68th St, near Park Ave


No to the Israeli Occupation! No to the blockade and siege of Gaza!

No to U.S. tax dollars funding Israeli war crimes!

Yes to Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions!



In solidarity,

Adalah-NY:  The New York Coalition for the Boycott of Israel

American Jews for a Just Peace, Jews Say No!, WESPAC Foundation

CONTACT: Hannah []




Subject: please sign this petition to free the hikers in Iran,

one of the hikers is from elkins park, philadephia



[JVP Talk] CREF is meeting Jul 20: Help us deliver them a thousand postcards

Just a heads-up about an email we will be sending later on this morning. CREF (the second half of TIAA-CREF) is having its annual meeting in NY on July 20. We are planning to be there and deliver at least a thousand postcards with a simple message "divest from the Israeli occupation." Some of you have already gotten packets of postcards and are signing people up (thank you!)

If you can commit to get at least 25 signed postcards to NY by July 19, please let us know:

This is an easy tabling job and a great intro to our campaign.
Sydney Levy
Director of Campaigns | Jewish Voice for Peace
1611 Telegraph Ave., Suite 550; Oakland, California 94612
ph: 510 465 1777 x302 | fx: 510 465 1616 |




Gasland screenings in PA, elsewhere & actions

    Posted by: "Debi Richter" delrivercodepink


A link to the screenings and more, a watch at home screening kit for those of you w/cable & HBO and a list of organizations fighting corporations:




Spread the Word. Expose the Corporate Takeover of the Internet 


Did you read the New York Times?

In a prominent editorial, the paper exposes AT&T, Verizon and Comcast for flooding Congress with cash to kill Net Neutrality.

These companies have funneled millions of dollars in campaign contributions to elected officials. ... and now they expect a return on their investment.


To shed light on this dirty game, Free Press is launching "Corruption Road: How Corporate Money and Astroturf Pollute Media Policy." Check it out:


We're giving you a first look at Corruption Road because we need you to do two things to help stop this takeover:


1. Take a drive down Corruption Road to learn more about the shady influence-peddling.

2. Help spread the word about Corruption Road via e-mail, Twitter and Facebook.

What's going on is outrageous. But we can stop it by bringing this corruption to light, shaming corporate sellouts in Congress, and convincing more people to stand in support of NetNeutrality.

      Thank you for taking action,

Timothy Karr, Campaign Director, Free Press /




Human rights advocate sentenced to six months in federal prison for civil disobedience

at the School of the Americas


Washington, DC resident Michael Walli was one of four human rights advocates who were arrested during the annual November Vigil to close the School of the Americas / Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (SOA/ WHINSEC). Michael Walli was sentenced on Monday, June 14, 2010 to six months in federal prison.


During his November arraignment, Michael told judge Malon Faircloth that he would not pay any bail and that he would not voluntarily return for the trial. Michael Walli made good on his promise and Faircloth issued a warrant for Michael's arrest. Federal marshals arrested Michael in March 2010 at the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker House in Washington, DC.


Ken Hayes, Father Louis Vitale and Nancy Gwin, the three human rights advocates who were arrested together with Michael Walli, were each sentenced in January 2010 to six months in prison as well - the maximum allowed for the charge of tresspass. The extremely harsh sentences are intended to deter others from following the example of the 'SOAW 4.'


"Those who speak out for justice are facing prison time while SOA-trained torturers and assassins are operating with impunity," said SOA Watch founder Father Roy Bourgeois.


The SOA/WHINSEC is a combat training school for Latin American soldiers. Its graduates are consistently involved in human rights atrocities and coups, including the El Mozote Massacre in El Salvador and last year's military coup in Honduras. In 1996 the Pentagon was forced to release training manuals used at the school that advocated the use of torture, extortion and execution.


SOA Watch works to stand in solidarity with people of Latin America, to change oppressive US foreign policy, and to close the SOA/WHINSEC. In November 2010, thousands will return to the gates of Fort Benning to call for justice and accountability.


Send a message of solidarity to the prisoners:


Make plans to join the November Vigil at the gates of Fort Benning: // School of the Americas Watch,




Check out the Hybrid Scorecard and Green Travel Challenge


I thought you might be interested in this new resource from the Union of Concerned Scientists. They have a new Hybrid Scorecard on their award-winning website that rates all the hybrids on U.S. roads today on their environmental impact, technological value, and affordability. It’s a great way to find out which hybrid might be right for you.


They also have a “Who’s Got Hybrids” feature where people give their real world views of their hybrids. It’s a great contest, and a great website, so go check them out:                 



Brilliant Speech: Chicago Teachers Union President-Elect Karen Lewis


You must listen to this speech. It is a brilliant, class conscious speech the augurs a new teacher fightback in Chicago against the corporate-led destruction of public education. We should all follow her lead! Also don't miss her vice president, Jesse Sharkey, speaking at Socialism 2010 ( about the battle to change public education!