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19 Reasons Pot Should Be Legal

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  • Prop 19, the CA initiative legalizing marijuana, benefits not just those who enjoy the herb, but the entire state of California and ultimately, the nation and the world.
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  • Breaking News: Prop 19 Update
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Russ Belville, AlterNet

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California’s Prop 19 will be the most talked-about ballot initiative in the November election.  This measure would make lawful the possession and sharing of one ounce of marijuana outside the home and allow for personal cultivation of a small marijuana garden and possession of its harvest in the home.  California cities and counties would be able to opt-in to commercial sales, regulation, and taxation of marijuana.  Existing prohibitions against driving under the influence and working under the influence would be maintained and prohibitions against furnishing marijuana to minors would be strengthened.

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Breaking News: Prop 19 Update, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition

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This past Wednesday (Oct 27), Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) joined the National Latino Officers Association (NLOA) and the Drug Policy Alliance at a press conference held to announce the NLOA’s endorsement of California’s Proposition 19 and the release of DPA's new report, “Arresting Latinos in California for Marijuana.”  LEAP speaker Diane Goldstein, a retired Lieutenant Commander with the Redondo Beach Police Department, spoke at this press conference explaining that LEAP represents Supreme Court Justices, police, prosecutors and judges at every level – Federal, State and Local – who endorse Prop 19. LEAP played a pivotal role in the NLOA’s decision to endorse Prop 19.

Recently, LEAP also was central to bringing about endorsements of Prop 19 by the California NAACP and the National Black Police Association.  LEAP will have made more than 300 presentations in California this year to raise awareness of the need for new policies around marijuana and other drugs. LEAP is also a partner in the Just Say Now campaign – please sign the petition if you haven’t had the chance yet.

If you live in California, please make sure to vote on Tuesday (Nov 2). If you can participate in a phone bank this weekend encouraging people to vote, please click here. As you may have seen, the last surveyusa automated poll shows us trailing by 2 points.  Help us push it back over the top!

As always, we appreciate your support.

Summary | Advocating for Peace: October 31

3 New Items including:

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  • No Indulgence for Father Bourgeois
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  • Summary | Upcoming Peace Events:  November 4 - November 22
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David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

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Mike Keefe

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Thank you Wikileaks - Now Let's End Wars and Occupations, Debra Sweet, The World Can't Wait
Key themes in the Iraq War Logs show:
•    Abuse, rape, torture, murder of detainees
•    Civilians are dying in greatest numbers
•    Hundreds of civilians killed at checkpoints
•    Private contractors non-uniformed, unsupervised, wreak havoc
WikiLeaks Founder on the Run, Trailed by Notoriety

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No Indulgence for Father Bourgeois, George Fish, In These Times

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  • Upset that Father Roy Bourgeois supports ordination of women, a Catholic missionary order defunds SOA Watch.
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  • However, Bourgeois considers the denial of priestly ordination of women part of the “sin of sexism” by the Catholic Church.
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Summary | Upcoming Peace Events:  November 4 - November 22, Coleen Rowley, Evergreene Digest
An evening with Sami Rasouli and Ikhlas Muhassan..."Why and How Minnesota Should Divest from Israel"...Marina Nemat Reading from After Tehran: A Life Reclaimed...Panel, "Legal and Medical Impunity for Torture: from Nuremberg to California"...Protest the School of the Americas...more!

Summary | Upcoming Peace Events: November 4 - November 22

An evening with Sami Rasouli and Ikhlas Muhassan..."Why and How Minnesota Should Divest from Israel"...Marina Nemat Reading from After Tehran: A Life Reclaimed...Panel, "Legal and Medical Impunity for Torture: from Nuremberg to California"...Protest the School of the Americas...more!

Coleen Rowley, Evergreene Digest

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Thursday, November 4:
The Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project invites you to an evening with Sami Rasouli, Director of the Muslim Peacemaker Teams, Iraq, and Ikhlas Muhassan Abbas, Iraqi Teacher House Party & Fundraiser to support peace-building work in Iraq and the U.S. 740 Mississippi River Boulevard South, St. Paul, MN, 6-8PM, FFI: Iraqi American Reconciliation Project (IARP), 952-545-9981

Saturday, Nov. 6:
•    Palestine Fair, UCC Church, 307 Union, Northfield, MN 1-5PM. Traditional mideastern dancing, food, theater, stories told by Palestinian students, activism booths, slideshows, olive products and other items for sale. Kids welcome!
•    Minneapolis musicians Bret Hesla and Linda Breitag are doing a fall concert fun-for-all in Oak Center, MN, (Hwy 63, 22 mi. No. of Rochester, 9 mi. So of Lake City) 8PM. 507-753-2080 for ticket info  $15 ($5 low-income)

Monday, Nov. 8:
"Why and How Minnesota Should Divest from Israel." Library, 210 Washington, Northfield, MN, 6:30PM  Minnesota Break the Bonds. (507) 645-7660.

Tuesday, November 9:
Marina Nemat Reading from After Tehran: A Life Reclaimed, Magers and Quinn, 7:30PM. Free and open to the public.

Wednesday, November 10:
An Evening with Marina Nemat, Author of Prisoner of Tehran
University of Minnesota, Northrop Auditorium, from 7:30 to 9PM. Free and open to the public.

Thursday, November 11: Armistice Day 2010 
Come join the Veterans for Peace Chapter 27 in the ringing of bells November 11.  For 25 years we have celebrated the joy felt around the world when the World War I Armistice was signed the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, 1918, to honor the end of a war considered so horrendous it must never happen again.  Yet it continues. If your building houses a large bell that can ring out to the community at 11 a.m. on November 11, please consider doing that.  If not, please read the statement below* and ring a handbell during your service the Saturday or Sunday before November 11.  If you'd like help with a longer program, we have speakers
available who can do the ceremony and talk on the spiritual importance of peacemaking. *FFI: Larry Johnson, President, VFP Chapter 27, elent7@comcast.net or 612-747-3904

Wednesday, Nov. 17:
•    "Why and How Minnesota Should Divest from Israel." Richard's Restaurant, 408 South Third ST, St. Peter, MN, 5PM   
•    Palestine slide show at Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN, at 7:30PM

Thursday, November 18:
Panel, "Legal and Medical Impunity for Torture: from Nuremberg to California" William Mitchell College of Law 875 Summit Ave, St. Paul, MN, 7:00 pm $10; open to the public, no reservations necessary.

November 19-22:
Reserve Your Spot Today: Protest the School of the Americas, Fort Benning, GA. Veterans for Peace, Chapter 27, has openings on their bus for the annual trip to close the School of the Americas (SOA). Bus Cost: $200.00. Room Cost: $50.00 per person. The chartered bus will leave St. Stephen's Church, 2201 Clinton Avenue South, Minneapolis on Friday, November 18, 8:00 a.m. and will return there the following Monday, November 22 at about 5:00 p.m. Space is limited. FFI and Reservations: Call Jim Steinhagen, 612-722-1112.

Don’t Forget to Vote and also Write and Speak Out!!!

Tell PBS: Bring Back Now!

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Need to Know fails to live up to PBS mission

Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

It's official: Need to Know has failed to pursue the kind of hard-hitting reporting, full of diverse perspectives, that was regularly supplied by the shows it replaced, Now and the Bill Moyers Journal. Now Friday night on PBS looks a lot like the rest of public television's prominent news and public affairs shows--which, as FAIR's new studies have documented, means a pronounced tilt towards white male sources and a miniscule number of activists or public interest advocates.

That's a far cry from the intended mission of public broadcasting--to "provide a voice for groups in the community that may otherwise be unheard," to serve as "a forum for controversy and debate," and broadcast programs that "help us see America whole, in all its diversity." The things that Moyers and Now did.

When PBS announced without explanation that it was cancelling Now, just as Moyers was retiring, FAIR activists encouraged PBS to "develop new programming that will be just as tough and independent" as the Journal and Now.

Since the new show falls short of that goal, PBS should bring back the program that did exactly what public television should be doing, and restore Now to its original one-hour timeslot.

As a matter of fact, Now will return on November 18 with a special one-hour broadcast devoted to local communities and economic innovation. That's a start. But how about giving viewers this kind of journalism every week?

It would be wonderful if every program on PBS lived up to the mission of public broadcasting. Let's start by bringing back Now.

Click here to sign FAIR's petition today!

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Taking the Public Out of Public TV, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

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  • PBS fare differs little from commercial TV
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  • There is precious little "public" left in "public television."
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  • Choking on Its Contrived Objectivity, the Media Refuses to Take a Stand on Sanity
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Summary | Advocating for Peace: October 24

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  • War is no game, so why is it marketed to children as one?
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  • Your taxes at work: Guns for election-stealing thugs
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David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

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Kahlil Bendib

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Your taxes at work: Guns for election-stealing thugs, Robert Greenwald,Brave New Foundation

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  • These images show that the Kabul government is blatantly illegitimate, and that means our soldiers are fighting and dying to prop up a gang of election-stealing frauds.
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  • Watch the Video | Sign the Petition
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  • U.S. officials say Karzai aides are derailing corruption cases involving elite
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  • How the US Funds the Taliba
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National Guard advert on Metrodome, proposed site of 2012 DNC, depicts soldiers deployed against protesters during 2008 RNC, flyingmonkeyairlines,  Twin Cities Indie Media

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  • Will someone like Jon Stewart see the dark humor in such a sick game pushing our macho buttons but frankly only hurting ourselves?
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  • Lake Woebegone didn’t know what hit it.
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War is no game, so why is it marketed to children as one? Avril Moore, Sydney Morning Herald | AU

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  • In the post-conscription era, parents have subtler enemies to fight.
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  • War as militainment
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  • Kids Learn That Killing Is Fun at the Army's Lethal New Theme Park
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Duty to Warn: Lessons from History to Guide AntiFascist Voters

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  • What Can Happen if We the People Let Down our Guard and Vote for Our Future Oppressors
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  • Excerpts, without comment, from Milton Mayer’s “They Thought They Were Free: The Germans, 1933-45”
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  • Advice for citizens who still have hope for America
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Gary Kohls, Evergreene Digest

"What no one seemed to notice was the ever widening gap, after 1933, between the government and the people. You know, it doesn’t make people close to their government to be told that this is a people’s government, a true democracy.

"What happened here was the gradual habituation of the people to being governed by surprise; to receiving decisions deliberated in secret; to believing that the situation was so complicated that the government had to act on information which the people could not understand, or was so dangerous that, even if the people could understand it, it could not be released because of national security.

"This separation of government from people, this widening of the gap, took place so gradually and so insensibly, each step disguised (perhaps not even intentionally) as a temporary emergency measure or associated with true patriotic allegiance or with real social purposes. And all the crises and reforms so occupied the people that they did not see the slow motion underneath, of the whole process of government growing remoter and remoter.

No One had Time to Think. There was so Much Going on

"The dictatorship, and the whole process of its coming into being, was, above all, diverting. It provided an excuse not to think for people who did not want to think anyway. Most of us did not want to think about fundamental things, and we never had. Nazism gave us some dreadful, fundamental things to think about. We were decent people—and the fascists kept us so busy with continuous changes and ‘crises’ and ‘national enemies’ without and within, that we had no time to think about these dreadful things that were growing, little by little, all around us.

"To live in this process is absolutely not to be able to notice it unless one has a much greater degree of political awareness than most of us had ever had occasion to develop. Each step was so small, so inconsequential, so well explained or, on occasion, ‘regretted,’ that, unless one were detached from the whole process from the beginning, one no more saw it developing from day to day than a farmer in his field sees the corn growing. One day it is over his head.

"How is this to be avoided, among ordinary men, even highly educated ordinary men? Many, many times since it all happened I have pondered that pair of great maxims, Principiis obsta and Finem respice—‘Resist the beginnings’ and ‘Consider the end.’ But one must foresee the end in order to resist, or even see, the beginnings. One must foresee the end clearly and certainly. How is this to be done even by extraordinary men?

Niemoller’s Lesson: Act Before it’s too Late

"Your ‘little men,’ your Nazi friends, were not against National Socialism in principle. Men like me, who were the greater offenders, not because we knew better but because we sensed better. Pastor Niemöller spoke for the thousands and thousands of men like me when he spoke and said that, when the Nazis attacked the Communists, he was a little uneasy, but, after all, he was not a Communist, and so he did nothing; and then they attacked the Socialists, and he was a little uneasier, but, still, he was not a Socialist, and he did nothing; and then the schools, the press, the Jews, and so on, and he was always uneasier, but still he did nothing. And then they attacked the Church, and he was a Churchman, and he did something—but then it was too late."

"…one doesn’t see exactly where or how to move. Each act, each occasion, is worse than the last, but only a little worse. You wait for the next and the next. You wait for one great shocking occasion, thinking that others, when such a shock comes, will join with you in resisting somehow. You don’t want to act, or even talk, alone; you don’t want to go out of your way to make trouble; you are not in the habit of doing that.

"Outside, in the streets, ‘everyone’ is happy. One hears no protest, and certainly sees none. In France or Italy there would be slogans against the government painted on walls and fences. In the university community, in your own community, you speak privately to your colleagues, some of whom certainly feel as you do; but what do they say? They say, ‘It’s not so bad’ or ‘You’re seeing things’ or ‘You’re an alarmist.’

"And you are an alarmist. You are saying that this must lead to this, but you can’t prove it. These are the beginnings, yes; but how do you know for sure when you don’t know the end? On the one hand, your enemies, the law, the regime, the Party, intimidate you. On the other, your colleagues pooh-pooh you as pessimistic or even neurotic. You are left with your close friends.

"But your friends are fewer now. Some have drifted off somewhere or submerged themselves in their work. You no longer see as many as you did at meetings or gatherings. Informal groups become smaller; attendance drops off and the organizations themselves wither. Now, in small gatherings of your oldest friends, you feel that you are talking to yourselves, that you are isolated from the reality of things. This weakens your confidence still further and serves as a further deterrent. It is clearer all the time that, if you are going to do anything, you must make an occasion to do it, and then you are obviously a troublemaker. So you wait, and you wait.

"But the one great shocking occasion, when tens or hundreds or thousands will join with you, never comes. That’s the difficulty. If the last and worst act of the whole regime had come immediately after the first and smallest, thousands, yes, millions would have been sufficiently shocked—if, let us say, the gassing of the Jews in ’43 had come immediately after the ‘German Firm’ stickers on the windows of non-Jewish shops in ’33. But of course this isn’t the way it happens. In between come all the hundreds of little steps, some of them imperceptible, each of them preparing you not to be shocked by the next. Step C is not so much worse than Step B, and, if you did not make a stand at Step B, why should you at Step C? And so on to Step D.

Suddenly Living in a World of Hate and Fear

"And one day, too late, your principles, if you were ever sensible of them, all rush in upon you. The burden of self-deception has grown too heavy, and some minor incident, in my case my little boy, hardly more than a baby, saying ‘Jewish swine,’ collapses it all at once, and you see that everything has changed and changed completely under your nose. The world you live in—your nation, your people—is not the world you were born in at all. Now you live in a world of hate and fear, and the people who hate and fear do not even know it themselves. When everyone is transformed, no one is transformed. Now you live in a system that rules without responsibility.

”You have accepted things you would not have accepted five years ago, a year ago, things that your father, even in Germany, could not have imagined.

All That was Required of us was That we did Nothing

"Suddenly it all comes down, all at once. You see what you are, what you have done, or, more accurately, what you haven’t done (for that was all that was required of most of us: that we do nothing). You remember those early meetings of your department in the university when, if one had stood, others would have stood, but no one stood. You remember everything now, and your heart breaks. Too late. You are compromised beyond repair.

"Once the war began resistance, protest, criticism, complaint, all carried with them a multiplied likelihood of the greatest punishment. Mere lack of enthusiasm, or failure to show it in public, was ‘defeatism.’ You assumed that there were lists of those who would be ‘dealt with’ later, after the victory. Goebbels was very clever here, too. He continually promised a ‘victory orgy’ to ‘take care of’ those who thought that their ‘treasonable attitude’ had escaped notice.

"Once the war began, the government could do ‘anything necessary’ to win it; so it was with the ‘final solution of the Jewish problem,’ which the Nazis always talked about but never dared undertake until war and its ‘necessities’ gave them the knowledge that they could get away with it.”

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Duty to Warn: Don't Vote for Your Future Oppressors, Gary Kohls, Evergreene Digest

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  • Who should freedom-loving people vote for?
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  • Advice for citizens who still have hope for America
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Free screening of Troubled Waters and post-film forum

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Monday, October 25, 2010 7:00–9:00 p.m.
Parkway Theater, 4814 Chicago Ave., Minneapolis, MN

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

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Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Lydia Howell

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Troubled Waters is a documentary film that explores the unintended consequences of industrial agriculture and urban runoff on the health of the Mississippi River and the "Dead Zone" in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Afterward participate in a forum with staff from IATP, Friends of the Mississippi River, and the Land Stewardship Project.

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See the full event information and sign up for the waitlist.

Your taxes at work: Guns for election-stealing thugs

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These images show that the Kabul government is blatantly illegitimate, and that means our soldiers are fighting and dying to prop up a gang of election-stealing frauds.
Watch the Video | Sign the Petition
U.S. officials say Karzai aides are derailing corruption cases involving elite
How the US Funds the Taliba

Robert Greenwald, Brave New Foundation

If the Kabul government can’t be trusted to run a legitimate election, they certainly can’t be trusted with U.S.-bought weapons and a massive U.S. taxpayer-funded military force. Our latest Rethink Afghanistan video shows they can't be trusted with either.

Our video features footage obtained from our network of contacts in Afghanistan and clearly shows widespread vote fraud during the recent parliamentary elections. These images show that the Kabul government is blatantly illegitimate, and that means our soldiers are fighting and dying to prop up a gang of election-stealing frauds. And while these crooks steal elections, U.S. policymakers are spending our tax dollars to create a huge military force that these thugs can use to stay in power?

Help us send a message to our elected officials: we don’t want another dime of U.S. money spent on Afghan military forces until the Kabul government addresses rampant election fraud.

Please sign our petition, and join Rethink Afghanistan on Facebook and Twitter as we fight to bring our troops home.

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U.S. officials say Karzai aides are derailing corruption cases involving elite, Greg Miller and Ernesto Londoño, Washington Post | DC

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  • "Above a certain level, people are being very well protected," said a senior U.S. official involved in the investigations.
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  • How the US Funds the Taliban
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  • The Best Allies Money Can Buy
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How the US Funds the Taliban, Aram Roston, The Nation
In 'grotesque carnival,' contractors pay insurgents to protect supply lines.

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