ART FOR LIBERATION  -  (Because Art Makes Resistance Irresistible!)


ART FOR LIBERATION with Elizam Escobar and Joserramon Che Melendes

 Friday, July 16, 2010  @ 7:00pm

The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St 

      ($5 suggested donation to benefit Centro Pedro Claver)


Calling all poets and playwrights, radicals, culture workers and community organizers! Join us for a conversation about art in the everyday work of social movements.

      With special guest Elizam Escobar, a renowned painter and art theorist from Puerto Rico who spent twenty years in prison for his involvement in the Puerto Rican independence movement. During and since his incarceration, his art has been a vital component of Puerto Rican organizing on the island and in the U.S.

      Plus performances by poet Joserramon Che Melendes (San Juan), Spiral Q Puppet Theater, and members of MMP Arts and Culture Collective.

      Also featuring a special one-night exhibition of ZAPATA VIVE!, a portfolio of prints from La Escuela de Cultura Popular Martires del 68 (Mexico City).

      Co-sponsored by Books Through Bars, Centro Pedro Claver, MMP's Arts and Culture       Collective, the National Boricua Human Rights Network and Spiral Q.




You're Invited! Second Leadership Initiative Training - The Healthcare Reform Law


Saturday, July 17th, from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Lunch will be provided)

the PUP office (112 N. Broad St., 11th Floor) Phila.


Learn how to educate others on the new health care reform law.  We'll teach you everything you need to know!  Also here from recent graduates about what they have learned as they have gone out and educated their communities.

By the end of this interactive training you'll be able to talk to all your friends and neighbors about the new health care law, host your own house party or educational forum and even know how to educate and have a mtg. with a State Rep or Member of Congress!

                  - This training is located in Philadelphia

      but, if you would like to hold one in your area please contact us.

Please email Antoinette at  or call with questions 267-971-1680




Event: The End of Capitalism Workshop - in Philly by Popular Demand!

Start Time: Thursday, July 22 at 7:00pm

End Time: Thursday, July 22 at 9:00pm

Where: Wooden Shoe Books @ 704 South St.


John Kirkland, Kathy Black, and 17 other friends are also invited.

To see more details and RSVP, follow the link below:




Ed Aguilar invited you to join the group "The Project for Nuclear Awareness (PNA USA)"


Ed says, "Hi, you're cordially invited to join the new PNA Facebook group, replacing our PNA page. We're now campaigning for the START treaty, which will be harder to pass than some thought. Will you join us, in DC in September, PA districts, August 11? Stay tuned!".


To see more details and confirm this group invitation, follow the link below:






Please check this out. The health of 9 million is at stake


Last night I went to a screening of a video called Gasland.  I am officially scared to death.  We all know somewhere in the back of our heads that outrages like this happen all the time.  This one needs a few moments (or maybe more) of your time outside the protective partition.  The movie is showing on HBO and you can see a trailer and get lots more info at their website.


Please look at the website, sign the petition and if there’s any other way you can imagine yourself contributing to the struggle, please consider it seriously.  Here in the NY, PA, DE, VA, and OH area, where the bulk of the Marsallus shale is located, most of us rely on the Delaware River watershed for our water.  The Delaware River watershed is the largest unfiltered drinking water supply in the country, serving about 9 million people.  Unfettered, unregulated, unplanned development of the shale will really be a kind of doom.  Many have pointed out that if we think the oil wars are bad, just wait and see what the water wars will be like.  There may still be time to keep from shooting ourselves in the foot.


Peace - Z - Deborah Zubow []




The Longest War -- Help AFSC end it.

                  Peter Lems, AFSC []


The longest ever-that's what the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan is.  Day after day, week after week, the government, in your name, squanders resources needed for jobs, better schools, college scholarships, repaired bridges and roads, enhanced unemployment benefits.


AFSC has opposed the war in Afghanistan from the beginning.  We believed then, as we do today, that dialogue and diplomacy are more effective ways to engage the world.


And now polls show that the majority of Americans are coming to agree with us, just as Afghans increasingly call for NATO - including U.S.-troops to leave their land.


But yet the U.S. government still insists on paying for this war.  I ask that you please support us with an immediate contribution so we can continue to bring attention to the human and financial costs of this devastating conflict.


We'll use the money to fund programs like:

*  Speaking tours by Afghans to bring their voices directly to the American public;

*  A mural project featuring dozens of artists and their reflections on the civilian war casualties;

*  A video contest: How Would You Spend A Trillion Dollars?;

*  Widespread distribution of materials that outline the costs of war;

*  "Eyes Wide Open" exhibits which feature a pair of boots to represent  each of the deaths      incurred by a U.S. soldier.

And, in Washington, D.C., we continue to advocate for a timeline ending the war in Afghanistan, to oppose any additional extended funding for it, and for a reductions in overall military spending so that those resources can be used for urgent domestic needs.


Your pro-peace leadership is needed more than ever.  And we need your financial support NOW to help us continue our efforts.  Help us build the momentum for peace and "to take away the occasion of war."  Please make your contribution today.

      View this message as a web page.


With grateful thanks, Peter Lems, For AFSC's Wage Peace Campaign

      PS.  Your donation is most welcome and is tax-deductible!


Forward this message to your friends.


Help support AFSC's worldwide work for peace, justice and human dignity.

                  ** Make a donation today. **


American Friends Service Committee, 1501 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102



                  New CPR Method


 This is a must see!!  Lives can be Saved!

Mayo Clinic Presentation of Continuous Chest Compression CPR



Please view the video, then pass it on.  You may be saving someone's life!



By James Ridgeway and Jean Casella, Solitary Watch
U.S. Supermax Prisons Are Challenged in the European Court of Human Rights, and Lose the First Round For years, four British nationals have been fighting against their extradition to the United States to face various terrorism charges, arguing that such a move would place them at risk of human right violations, as defined by the 1950 European Convention on Human Rights. When courts in the UK ruled against the four men, they took their cause to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

Frank Schaeffer: "Christian-Zionism" Is Trouble for Israel and the USA Some of the nuttiest American religious leaders today (and in the past) have latched on to one form or another of Christian Zionism. These days Reverend John Hagee (pastor of a mega church with thousands of members in San Antonio) is a leading Far Right Evangelical and ardent fan of Israeli expansion into the disputed West Bank.

* "Israel's Press' Political Leukemia," by Bernard Avisha,  (Bio)

Avishai splits his time between Jerusalem and Wilmot, New Hampshire. He is adjunct professor of business at Hebrew University. He's taught at Duke, MIT, and was director of the Zell Entrepreneurship Program at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya. From 1998 to 2001 he was International Director of Intellectual Capital at KPMG LLP. Before this he headed product development at Monitor Group, with which he is still associated. From 1986 to 1991 he was technology editor of Harvard Business Review. A Guggenheim Fellow, Avishai holds a doctorate in political economy from the University of Toronto. Before turning to management, he covered the Middle East as a journalist. He's written dozens of articles and commentaries for The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, Harvard Business Review, Harper’s and many other publications. He is the author of three books on Israel, including the widely read, "The Tragedy of Zionism," and the recently published "The Hebrew Republic."