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It's Time to Show Alan Simpson, Vet Hater, the Door

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  • I call on the Congress and President to show Alan Simpson to the door of the deficit commission’s deliberations and to restore honor and decency to our national conversation on veterans!
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  • I also call on my fellow citizens to hold their President, Congressional Representatives, and Senators accountable for removing Mr. Simpson by contacting them and reminding them that their oath of office demands meeting this country’s obligations to its veterans.
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  • Alan Simpson Condemns Disabled Vets for Breathing Agent Orange
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  • Veterans Group Calls for Removal of Alan Simpson
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David Culver, Evergreene Digest

Just who does this sadistic, uncaring, ignoramus Alan Simpson think he is? I can tell you right now, the guy’s starting to get on my nerves, to put it charitably.

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I know he’s a former GOP senator from Wyoming, co-chairman of Obama's deficit commission, and an Army veteran who was once chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee.  But who does he think he is?

His contention that “veterans are not helping to save the country from debt” is an unwarranted slap in the face to veterans, questioning as it does our right to be returned to wholeness.  It’s sadistic, unmerciful, ungrateful, and wrong-headed in its implications.

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It may interest this uncaring ignoramus to know:

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1.    that this nation has never even remotely come anywhere close to paying veterans fully for their service; (To suggest, therefore, that we’re part of the budgetary problem is beyond the pale.)
2.    that veterans have already bled several times for their country, psychologically, spiritually, physically, and are, therefore, under no obligation to give more; (The bills we’ve presented to this country for our service and care are fair and payable on demand.)
3.    that if a balanced budget (a ludicrous concept for a government anyway) is that important to him and his colleagues of twisted logic, then I suggest he propose to balance it, not on the backs of veterans (or social security recipients) but on the backs of a fairly taxed bloodthirsty oligarchy and their corporate friends in the arms business who are the only ones who have profited from the carnage Major General Smedley D. Butler, USMC, Retired, calls “a racket.”

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There was a time not so long ago in this country when talking about veterans and their affairs in such a derogatory, ignorant manner would mean the immediate end of a person’s political career and, sometimes, an invitation to a private tar and feather party. (Mr. Simpson doesn’t know how lucky he really is. The very vets he dishonors with his vulgarity and stupidity were once in situations where they could shoot back!) That he is still in a position of power after making such incredulously stupid and insensitive remarks is a sad commentary on how far we’ve come in tolerating the public’s ever-increasing negative view of, and responsibility for, veterans and is a sad reflection of what President Obama’s opinion of veterans really is.

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I call on the Congress and President to show Alan Simpson to the door of the deficit commission’s deliberations and to restore honor and decency to our national conversation on veterans! He’s already called social security recipients (I and a lot of my fellow veterans are SS recipients, too) suckers on cows’ teats, and now he’s blaming vets for part of the deficit problem. How much more negative behavior will he have to demonstrate before our public officials gets fed up with him?

I also call on my fellow citizens to hold their President, Congressional Representatives, and Senators accountable for removing Mr. Simpson by contacting them and reminding them that their oath of office demands meeting this country’s obligations to its veterans.

After all, this is a country of, by, and for the people, not the uncaring ignoramuses!

Related:

Alan Simpson Condemns Disabled Vets for Breathing Agent Orange, David Dayen, FireDogLake

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  • Maybe if Simpson and the ruling class weren’t so damned bloodthirsty, we wouldn’t have choices like this to make.
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  • Veterans Group Calls for Removal of Alan Simpson.
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Oil spill cleanup workers at risk!

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BP's record on worker safety is beyond pathetic.
Sign our petition: Any worker who wants safety equipment – like respirators – should get it, and BP should pick up the tab.

Manny Herrmann, American Rights at Work

Did you know that over 27,000 men and women are working to clean up BP's toxic mix of oil and chemicals without any breathing protection? Every day they go without respirators, their lungs – and ultimately, their lives – are put at risk.

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Just how dangerous is it to be exposed to oil and dispersants without proper breathing protection? Well, cleanup workers have already reported nausea, vomiting, nosebleeds, headaches, and chest pain.(1)

Sign our petition for BP to pay for proper safety equipment and respirators for cleanup workers.

Despite clear evidence that folks are getting sick from its toxic mix of oil and chemicals, BP won't provide respirators to the people cleaning up the Gulf Coast. In fact, there are even reports of BP threatening to fire workers who tried to use their own respirators. Why? For starters, BP is afraid that news footage of people wearing this critical safety equipment will show the public just how bad the spill is. The company is putting PR above workers' lives.(2,3)

Fortunately, we know that BP responds to public pressure. So we're joining with our friends at the leading progressive blog and advocacy group Firedoglake to launch a petition to BP. We're also delivering copies to the government agencies responsible for worker safety in the Gulf Coast, and Admiral Thad Allen, who is overseeing the government's cleanup efforts.

Our request is simple: Any worker who wants safety equipment – including a respirator – should get it, and BP should pick up the tab.

Demand respirators and other safety equipment for the workers who are cleaning up BP's toxic disaster in the Gulf Coast. Sign our petition now!

BP's oil disaster isn't the first time in recent history that workers responding to a hazardous emergency have had their lungs – and lives – put at risk. In the aftermath of 9/11, police, firefighters, and cleanup workers spent months in the wreckage of the World Trade Center, and many inhaled toxic ash. Over time, that ash has caused major health problems for tens of thousands of people, and even caused some people to lose their lives.(4)

The longer Gulf Coast cleanup workers go without respirators, the greater the danger. Don't let history repeat itself: Sign our petition to protect the men and women who are working to clean up BP's toxic disaster!

Eleven BP workers died when the Deepwater Horizon rig blew up. And so far, over 100 people in the Gulf are reportedly sick. But that's only scratching the surface. Because right now, 27,000 men and women are working with their lungs totally unprotected. And many aren't speaking out because they're afraid they'll befired.(5,6)

Sign our petition to BP: speak out for the workers who are afraid to speak out for themselves!

Thanks for all you do to protect working men and women across America.

P.S. OSHA – the Occupational Health and Safety Administration, which is responsible for overseeing worker safety – has been working non-stop to figure out which kinds of respirators are most effective against the specific toxins in the Gulf Coast. Because not just any generic respirator will protect workers well, this is critical work that needs to continue. But as the government figures out these important details, we can't lose sight of the big picture: oil cleanup workers must not be asked to work with their lungs totally unprotected. It's common sense! Sign our petition now!

1 http://www.propublica.org/documents/item/oil-spill-surveillance-summary-report
2 http://www.georgewashington2.blogspot.com/2010/06/bp-tells-cleanup-workers-theyll-be.html
3 http://www.racewire.org/archives/2010/06/bp_threatens_to_fire_cleanup_workers_who_use_their_own_safety_gear.html
4 http://workinprogress.firedoglake.com/2010/06/09/rep-maloney-address-health-of-gulf-cleanup-workers-now-before-they-lose-it/
5 http://rawstory.com/rs/2010/0611/rfk-center-bp-discouraged-crews-respirators/
6 http://workinprogress.firedoglake.com/2010/06/18/bp-failing-to-report-workers-sick-from-pollutants/

Protest Glenn Beck - Boycott FOX Advertisers

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  • Glenn Beck doesn't just poison the airwaves with hatred. His hatred actually incites violence and murder.
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  • Our boycott of Fox News advertisers is having a huge impact - over 200 advertisers have pulled their ads from Beck's show.
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Bob Fertik, Democrats.com

Today (Aug 28), Glenn Beck tried to hijack Martin Luther King's legacy for his own rightwing agenda - and the corporate media gave saturation coverage to help him.

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Yes, the same Glenn Beck who insisted President Obama "has a deep-seated hatred for white people ... This man is a racist."

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  • Yes, the same Glenn Beck who said social justice "leads to death camps" and "a Jew, of all people, should know that."
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  • Yes, the same Glenn Beck who called progressives a "virus waiting for their chance to suck all of the blood out of the Democratic neck."
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  • Yes, the same Glenn Beck who called Hillary Clinton "the stereotypical bitch."
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Join over 60,000 progressive activists who are boycotting Fox News advertisers.

Glenn Beck doesn't just poison the airwaves with hatred. His hatred actually incites violence and murder.

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  • On 7/18/09, Beck inspired a gunman to attack the little-known Tides Foundation, after demonizing them for 18 months. The gunman got into a massive shootout with police and wounded two of them.
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  • On 4/4/09, Richard Poplawski murdered 3 Pittsburgh policemen after posting Beck videos on a neo-Nazi website.
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  • On 4/9/09, Beck poured "gasoline" on an "average American" and asked, "President Obama, why don't you just set us on fire?"
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  • On 8/16/09, Glenn Beck dramatized giving Speaker Pelosi a glass of wine with poison.
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Join over 60,000 progressive activists who are boycotting Fox News advertisers.

Our boycott of Fox News advertisers is having a huge impact - over 200 advertisers have pulled their ads from Beck's show. No sane company wants to destroy its brand through association with Glenn Beck's hate.

The advertiser boycott is cutting deeply into Fox revenues and alienating investors who want profits, not hate.

Join over 60,000 progressive activists who are boycotting Fox News advertisers.

Thanks for all you do!

Protest Glenn Beck - Boycott FOX Advertisers

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  • Glenn Beck doesn't just poison the airwaves with hatred. His hatred actually incites violence and murder.
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  • Our boycott of Fox News advertisers is having a huge impact - over 200 advertisers have pulled their ads from Beck's show.
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Bob Fertik, Democrats.com

Today (Aug 28), Glenn Beck tried to hijack Martin Luther King's legacy for his own rightwing agenda - and the corporate media gave saturation coverage to help him.

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Yes, the same Glenn Beck who insisted President Obama "has a deep-seated hatred for white people ... This man is a racist."

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  • Yes, the same Glenn Beck who said social justice "leads to death camps" and "a Jew, of all people, should know that."
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  • Yes, the same Glenn Beck who called progressives a "virus waiting for their chance to suck all of the blood out of the Democratic neck."
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  • Yes, the same Glenn Beck who called Hillary Clinton "the stereotypical bitch."
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Join over 60,000 progressive activists who are boycotting Fox News advertisers.

Glenn Beck doesn't just poison the airwaves with hatred. His hatred actually incites violence and murder.

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  • On 7/18/09, Beck inspired a gunman to attack the little-known Tides Foundation, after demonizing them for 18 months. The gunman got into a massive shootout with police and wounded two of them.
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  • On 4/4/09, Richard Poplawski murdered 3 Pittsburgh policemen after posting Beck videos on a neo-Nazi website.
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  • On 4/9/09, Beck poured "gasoline" on an "average American" and asked, "President Obama, why don't you just set us on fire?"
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  • On 8/16/09, Glenn Beck dramatized giving Speaker Pelosi a glass of wine with poison.
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Join over 60,000 progressive activists who are boycotting Fox News advertisers.

Our boycott of Fox News advertisers is having a huge impact - over 200 advertisers have pulled their ads from Beck's show. No sane company wants to destroy its brand through association with Glenn Beck's hate.

The advertiser boycott is cutting deeply into Fox revenues and alienating investors who want profits, not hate.

Join over 60,000 progressive activists who are boycotting Fox News advertisers.

Thanks for all you do!

Summary: Advocating for Peace: Week of August 29

6 New Items including:

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  • Peace: The Real Deficit Buster
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  • Tell NBC: Debate the Afghanistan War
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David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

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Jeff Danziger

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Peace: The Real Deficit Buster, Joe Volk, Friends (Quakers) Committee on National Legislation (FCNL)

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  • For the first time in decades, real cuts in Pentagon spending could be on the agenda.
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  • But military contractors and some members of Congress are demanding that no cuts be made in their favorite Pentagon projects.
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  • Tell the deficit commission: Cut military spending, not Social Security
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Helping Veterans, Will Shapira, Evergreene Digest
Here are some capusle reviews in the hope that those interested in helping our brave troops reintegrate into society---regardless of your opinion of the wars they were involved in---will follow up.

Upcoming Peace Events! Coleen Rowley, Evergreene Digest
WAMM's new campaign...protest Robert Delahunty at U of St. Thomas...End the war on terror...Talk: War is Bankrupting Our Nation and Making Us Less Safe!...more!

Tell NBC: Debate the Afghanistan War, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)
Thousands have signed on to FAIR's petition--add your voice today and keep the pressure on NBC to have a real war debate!
Meet the Press missing antiwar voices

Minneapolis Denies Permits for Anti-War March at Democratic National Convention, Women Against Military Madness
Officials responsible for making the decision to turn down the application for the anti war march have not even bothered to put forward coherent reasons that are consistent with the law.

Tell the deficit commission: Cut military spending, not Social Security

We need real solutions, not a manufactured crisis
Deficit commission almost done deciding to slash Social Security
Top 5 Social Security Myths

Matt Lockshin, CREDO Action

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Thomas Sklarski

At a time when the country desperately needs more jobs, a powerful commission appointed by President Obama is meeting in secret to make recommendations to lower the federal budget deficit.

And, unfortunately, the commission has been stacked with people who have obsessed for decades over cutting Social Security benefits or transforming it from a broad-based program into a privatized retirement program.

From the public statements of commission members and leaks of the secret meetings, it is clear that the commission is avoiding serious discussion of the real causes of our deficit in order to create a sense of panic around Social Security.

Click here to automatically sign our petition to the members of the deficit commission telling them to make recommendations that significantly lower military spending, allow the Bush tax cuts for the top 2% to expire, and modify health care reform to include a robust public option to lower costs.

Today, we should not be cutting the deficit but instead investing in critical public goods that create jobs. After we strengthen our economy, it is appropriate to focus on lowering the deficit. The Commission would enhance public discourse by focusing on three critical drivers of long term deficits:

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  1. Burgeoning military spending — much higher than any other country — and magnified by two wars of choice.
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  3. The Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest 2%, and
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  5. Rapidly rising health care costs driven by an inefficient private insurance market.
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Instead of productively focusing the nation's and Congressional attention on these factors, some in the deficit commission are focused on privatizing Social Security and cutting benefits.

Click here to automatically sign our petition to the members of the deficit commission telling them to make recommendations that significantly lower military spending, allow the Bush tax cuts for the top 2% to expire, and modify health care reform to include a robust public option to lower costs.

Thank you for standing up for Social Security.

Related:

Deficit commission almost done deciding to slash Social Security, Alex Pareene, Salon
The commission's report is not yet finished, but it is a foregone conclusion that what to do about the deficit will probably turn out to be "severely scale back the social safety net."

Top 5 Social Security Myths, Nita Chaudhary, MoveOn.org Political Action
We've put together a list of the top five myths about Social Security, along with the real story.

Upcoming Peace Events!

WAMM's new campaign...protest Robert Delahunty at U of St. Thomas...End the war on terror...Talk: War is Bankrupting Our Nation and Making Us Less Safe!...more!

Coleen Rowley, Evergreene Digest

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Come check out WAMM’s new campaign to connect people with the costs of the wars!  This Wednesday at the Lake St Bridge!  (5 to 6 pm)

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Also come to the:

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  • Burnsville Peace Vigil on Tuesdays (4:30 pm to 5:30 pm) at Nicollet and Burnsville Pkwy
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  • Eagan Peace Vigil on Thursdays (4:30 pm to 5:30 pm) at Pilot Knob and Yankee Doodle
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Monday, August 30, (10:00 to 11:00 am) leafleting and bannering at University of St. Thomas Law School, 1100 LaSalle Avenue, Minneapolis. On their return to classes, we need to remind the St. Thomas School of Law how it’s failing to follow its own Mission Statement when it employs Robert Delahunty who co-authored with John Yoo the Office of Legal Counsel memos that declared the Geneva Conventions no longer applied to “non-state Actors” thus opening the door to torture.

"The University of St. Thomas School of Law, as a Catholic law school, is dedicated to integrating faith and reason in the search for truth through a focus on morality and social justice."  

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Protest:  End the War on Terror!

Saturday, September 11th @ 1pm @ Hennepin & Lagoon in front of the Walker Library (2880 Hennepin), Minneapolis.

Demand an end to the U.S. war on terror throughout the world! Say NO to the U.S. occupations in Afghanistan and Iraq! Say NO MORE aid to Israel and Colombia because they use U.S. tax dollars to fund massacres! Say NO to the use of "terrorism" as an excuse to justify killing, torture, and an erosion of our civil liberties!
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n 2001, three thousand people lost their lives in the attacks on September 11th. And though we have not forgotten this tragedy, we cannot allow it to hold us captive. The U.S. government has used these deaths to justify a war agenda which has created September 11ths around the globe every day in places like Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine and Colombia. Let's come together to demand that U.S. tax dollars be spent helping people stay in their homes, keeping people out of poverty, and educating our children, instead of spreading terror abroad. 

Initiated by the Anti-War Committee.  Endorsed by Al-Aqsa Institute, Coalition for Palestinian Rights, Freedom Road Socialist Organization, the Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee (MIRAc), the Iraq Peace Action Coalition, Iraq Veterans Against the War - MN, Military Families Speak Out - MN, Palestine-Israel Justice Project of the United Methodist Church, RNC 8 Defense Committee, sds at the U of M, Twin Cities Peace Campaign, Veterans for Peace Chapter 27, the Welfare Rights Committee, & Women Against Military Madness.
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War is Bankrupting Our Nation and Making Us Less Safe!
Hear Coleen Rowley and Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer 
Monday, September 13 at 6:30 p.m.
Plymouth Congregational Church, 1900 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis

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  • The Iraq and Afghan Wars cost over $1.5 billion every week. Despite a $2.5 trillion Social Security surplus, politicians are discussing cutting your benefits to pay for the deficits caused by these unfunded wars.
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  • Instead of improving U.S. security, our intelligence analysts have concluded that the war in Iraq has become a primary recruitment vehicle for extremists, motivating a new generation around the world...(Washington Post)
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  • Taxpayers in Minnesota will pay $26.1 billion (to date) for the total Iraq and Afghanistan war spending since 2001. For the same amount of money, the following could have been provided:
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  • 6,327,790 People Receiving Low-Income Healthcare for One Year OR
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  • 398,720 Police or Sheriff's Patrol Officers for One Year OR
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  • 628,667 Firefighters for One Year OR
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  • 2,278,137 Scholarships for University Students for One Year OR
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  • 4,706,507 Students receiving Pell Grants of $5550 OR
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  • 19,639,937 Children Receiving Low-Income Healthcare for One Year OR
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  • 3,558,488 Head Start Slots for Children for One Year OR
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  • 6,660,831 Households with Renewable Electricity - Solar Photovoltaic for One Year OR
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  • 417,854 Elementary School Teachers for One Year OR
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  • 17,762,217 Households with Renewable Electricity-Wind Power for One Year
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And remember the message of President Eisenhower: "We are not spending money alone. We are spending the blood of our soldiers, the sweat of our laborers, the genius of our scientists, and the hope of our children."

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Coleen Rowley exposed the FBI’s mishandling of information related to the 9/11 attacks and was named one of Time Magazine’s Persons of the Year in 2002. Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer is an author and Professor of Justice and Peace Studies at the University of St. Thomas. 

This program is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by: Network for Spiritual Progressives, Twin Cities Peace Campaign and Women Against Military Madness (WAMM). For info: 612-827-5364.

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Support Bradley Manning and WikiLeaks

As General Petraeus backs away from Obama’s promise to begin withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan in June 2011, we need to support PFC Bradley Manning beingheld in the Quantico Marine brig who is facing 52 years and the wrath of the Pentagon for having “leaked” the “Collateral Murder” video of the Apache helicopter shooting of Iraqi civilians including two Reuters employees and two children.  WikiLeaks is planning on posting 15,000 more Af-Pak War documents next month.

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Sign the petition to support Manning.

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(A press conference in the Twin Cities is being planned for the time of the release of the Afghan War documents.)     

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Cartoon taken from Dave Culver’s tribute to Molly Ivins, “Friday Fun Day”.  (Contact Dave if you want to get on his list.  Every Friday he plays Jon Stewart, selecting the week’s best cartoon satire and pictures which are worth a 1000 words.)

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Also mark your calendar for these two upcoming concerts in September in the Twin Cities by David Rovics on his “Prairie Fire” US Tour:

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  • Friday, September 24th, Walker Stage, Minneapolis, MN, Contact Amy Danzeisen
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  • Saturday, September 25th, Black Dog Cafe, St. Paul, MN, Contact Sara
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Rotten Eggs

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Please ask your senators to make recalling unsafe food mandatory.

Andre Delattre, U.S. Public Interest Research Group (USPIRG)

Wright County Egg, which distributes nationwide under 16 brand names, has sold the American public 380 million eggs with a high risk of salmonella contamination. [1]

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But, because food recalls are entirely voluntary, people have been getting sick from these eggs since May. This recall is in response to an FDA investigation, but the FDA can't actually order Wright County to recall the eggs, regardless of the threat to public health. [2]

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Let's change that now. The Senate has a bill in front of it that would give the FDA the power it needs to protect consumers.

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Please ask your senators to make recalling unsafe food mandatory.

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Let's turn this crisis into an opportunity and push our senators to pass the FDA Food Safety Modernization Bill. This bill will increase inspections and testing of the foods -- like eggs -- that are the most susceptible to bacterial contamination, and it will give the FDA the authority to order mandatory recalls when unsafe food threatens public health.

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Please ask your senators to prevent dangerous food from ending up on the breakfast table.

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Notes:

[1] Egg Producer Expands Recall After Links to Salmonella, New York Times, Aug. 19, 2010.
[2] If you have purchased eggs covered by the recall, you are asked to return them to the store. For more information, click here.

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