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Six Tips for Activists from MADD

Advocacy group has led the fight against drunken driving for 30 years.

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Ambreen Ali, Congress.org

Mothers Against Drunk Driving began as an idea being tossed around at a kitchen table. Three decades later, it is one of the country's most recognized and effective advocacy organizations.

MADD quickly built a broad grassroots network that helped set the minimum drinking age at 21. It then fought alcohol trade groups to impose a .08 blood alcohol content limit on drivers.
Since MADD's inception, drunken-driving deaths have fallen dramatically from 22,000 in 1980 to 10,800 in 2009.

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Speak up in solidarity with local peace activists!

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  • Rally –Monday Sept. 27 in front of FBI offices 4:30PM
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  • ING Building 111 Washington Ave. Minneapolis (corner of Marquette and Washington Ave., down town)
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  • Sponsored by area peace and justice groups
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Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Bob Heberle

On Friday (Sep 24), five local peace activists'  homes were raided by the FBI.  All were outspoken activists from the Anti-War committee and Freedom Road.   The Anti-War Committee’s office was also raided.  Theses groups are being targeted for their well-informed viewpoint and their ability to legally organize.   

It is essential in this new age of suspicion and fear that we stand in solidarity with other legitimate peace groups and let the world know that, while they are welcome to disagree with our political opinions, they do not have the right to  persecute us for our beliefs, nor trample on our first amendment rights.

For more information, call Women Against Military Madness (WAMM), 612-827-5364

Related:

Urgent Fascism Alert: the FBI raids nonviolent antiwar activists, Gary Kohls, Evergreene Digest

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  • FBI cites terror link in raids of local activists
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  • The FBI confiscates picture of Martin Luther King!!
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Tell the Senate to Act Now to confirm judicial nominees!

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  • Well-qualified men and women are not receiving the careful consideration and vote their nominations deserve.
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  • You can help solve the problem.
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Alliance for Justice

With over 110 vacancies on the federal bench, many of our courts are in crisis, as judicial caseloads for existing judges have risen to emergency levels. With 1 in 8 seats on the bench empty, justice is being unacceptably delayed.

The current Senate has confirmed fewer nominees than any Senate in the last 40 years.  Republican Senators are using procedural tricks to obstruct uncontroversial nominees. Well-qualified nominees are left languishing on the Senate floor, and even nominees approved unanimously by the Senate judiciary committee face significant delays in receiving a vote.  

Now, with the Senate preparing to break for the midterm elections in less than two weeks, no confirmation votes have been scheduled for judicial nominees. 

None!

But there's still time!

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Well-qualified men and women are not receiving the careful consideration and vote their nominations deserve. You can help solve the problem: contact your Senators to encourage them to swiftly confirm judicial nominees.  

The Senate needs to quickly vote on the President’s nominees currently being held hostage by delay tactics and procedural machinations.

Tell the Senate to Act Now to confirm judicial nominees!

World Day against the Death Penalty

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  • The death penalty is a fundamental human rights abuse, violating the right to life. On October 10th supporters worldwide will focus their efforts on abolishing the death penalty in the United States.
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  • Help stop the execution of Reggie Clemons and others on death row for World Day against the Death Penalty.
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  • VA to execute first woman in nearly a century
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Laura Moye, Amnesty International USA

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Will Shapira

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  • Virginia may execute the first woman in the state in more than a century, despite troubling information about her mental competence. She is scheduled to be killed by lethal injection tomorrow (Sep 23).
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  • Yesterday (Sep 21), a man on Georgia’s death row tried to commit suicide, but officials revived him just so that they could execute him on Friday (Sep 24).
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  • Last month August), our hearts sank along with yours, when a federal court denied Troy Davis’ petition, putting him back at risk of execution. However, doubts about Troy’s guilt persist. There is a very real possibility that he may be innocent of the crime for which he could face death.
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As more high-profile death penalty cases are brought to the public’s attention, the more people begin to ask the all-important question: Is the death penalty really the right thing to do?

Unequivocally, we can say: No, there is a better way!

On October 10, 2010 supporters worldwide will join together to mark World Day against the Death Penalty – holding events, teach-ins, rallies, demonstrations and taking other powerful actions to advance the ever-growing movement against the death penalty.

We’re so grateful that this year’s World Day activities will focus on the death penalty in the U.S. With supporters around the world helping us shine a powerful light on this injustice, we know we can’t lose!

There are 18 pending executions currently scheduled in the U.S. The reasons for these individuals sitting on death row vary, but the intended outcome is the same – death. And there are no do-overs when it comes to carrying out the death penalty.

For example, the case of Reggie Clemons in Missouri illustrates just how flawed the death penalty can be. The case has:

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  • No physical evidence linking Clemons to the crime
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  • Two highly questionable witnesses - both of whom were initially charged with the crime
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  • Alleged police coercion
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  • Sharp racial inequities evidenced by the jury selection where blacks were disproportionately dismissed
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You can support World Day against the Death Penalty by taking action.

Thank you for joining our growing global movement to abolish the death penalty!

Please visit our World Day against the Death Penalty page for fact sheets, event ideas, community petitions and more ways you can help abolish the death penalty!

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VA to execute first woman in nearly a century, Steve Szkotak, Associated Press/Florida Times Union
The U.S. Supreme Court and Gov. Bob McDonnell declined to intervene. All her legal appeals have been exhausted, her attorney said.

Torture: The Prisoner's Reality and International Law

Live streamed on Saturday October 9 (6pm London & 10am Pacific time) at http://www.veteransforpeace.org

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Betsy Reznicek, Veterans for Peace

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Bob Heberle

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Phil Butler:  Phil graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy, class of 1961. Flew the A4C with VA-22 aboard the USS Midway. On April 20, 1965 his aircraft went down over Vinh from malfunctioning VT fused bombs. Spent 4 days and nights  attempting to evade capture but was finally tracked down by two well-trained german shepherd dogs. He was repatriated eight years later on February 12, 1973.  He is also the author of  an incredible  book: "Three Lives of a Warrior."

Moazzam Begg - Moazzam Begg was seized by the DIA in Islamabad in February of 2002.  He was flown to the U.S. detention facility at Kandahar then Bagram where he was held for a year before being transferred to Guantanamo.  He was labeled as an "enemy combatant" but never charged with a crime.  In all, Moazzam spent three years in prison, much of it in solitary confinement.  He was subjected to over three hundred interrogations as well as death threats and torture.  He was released in January of 2005 along with three other British citizens.  He is the author of "Enemy Combatant: My Imprisonment at Guantanamo, Bagram, and Kandahar."  Begg will be joining us from England via web cast.

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Moderator: Jean Abbott - Jean is Clinical Director of the Center for Survivors of Torture and War Trauma in St. Louis, Missouri. The center provides free counseling for refugee and immigrant survivors of torture and war trauma.

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The Corporate Fascists Are Coming For Our Food Supply And They Must Be Stopped

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S. 510, the so-called Food Safety Modernization Act, is very bad news and must be stopped.
Stop S. 510 Action Page

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In the aftermath of the massive recent Salmonella in eggs recall it is clear that 100 percent of the real problems with our food safety are the giant factory farms, where animals spend their entire wretched lives wallowing in their own filth in claustrophobic conditions. These CAFOs (we call them Concentrated Animal Filth Operations) are just mega breeding grounds for bacteria and deadly new viruses that end up not just in animal products but spread to
vegetable fields and even our water supply.

We need a scalpel, and a large one, to cut to the heart of these problems, but not a huge blunderbuss of a shotgun loaded with random bird shot. We need to keep onerous new bureaucratic regulation from driving out of business the small operations that are the bed rock of our real food supply safety. And most of all we don't need another
food czar who is just a corporate crony to wave through a massive invasion of genetically modified crops and animals and call it food safety modernization.

S. 510 is just a huge corporate takeover of our entire food supply, to our health detriment, and must be stopped at all costs.

This is just another example of why we need to break the death grip that corporate special interests now have around the throats of our wise public policy.

Stop S. 510 Action Page

Facebook Action Page

Twitter reply for this same action

Please take action NOW, so we can win all victories that are supposed to be ours, and forward this alert as widely as possible.

If you would like to get alerts like these, you can do so here.

We remember the life of Christopher Roy de Ronde.

Please join MAD DADS and the PEACE Foundation on Thursday, September 23, 2010, 6pm on the corner of 30th and Colfax Avenues, North

PEACE Foundation

Chris, 21, was gunned down in broad daylight on Friday (Sep 17) in North Minneapolis.  

Originally  from NJ, there is not a lot known about Chris except that he had a girlfriend and a small child here in MN. His grandmother said that after dropping out of school he moved to MN saying he would be working at a factory job. She felt that though he could be wild, he was a good kid.

We are coming together for this PEACE Vigil to pause for a moment to remember that 34 lives have been taken in our city this year; to stand with his friends, as well as, the neighbors — children and adults — that witnessed the aftermath of this tragedy as Christopher's body was laid out on the sidewalk; and to recommit ourselves to ending the violence that grips our streets and steals our young. With our presence we will send a resounding message that we as a community value nothing more than life, and that the lives of young, vulnerable men like Christopher Roy de Ronde are precious to us too.  

The Vigil will be held this Thursday, September 23rd, at 6pm on the corner of 30th and Colfax Avenues, North<>.

Five Extremist GOP Candidates Oppose Abortion Even in Cases of Incest and Rape

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  • When you’re pro-bestiality and anti-masturbation, when you’re pro-rape child and anti-desegregated lunch counters…you’ve left the universe of the sane.
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  • We need to defeat all five of these Senate candidates.
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booman, Booman Tribune

Here’s something I didn’t realize until I watched the Rachel Maddow Show (recently). There are five Republicans running for U.S. Senate who do not believe in any rape or incest exemption from their proposed ban on abortions. Maddow was able to document through video and surveys that Rand Paul of Kentucky, Ken Buck of Colorado, Joe Miller of Alaska, Sharron Angle of Nevada, and Christine O’Donnell of Delaware all hold this extreme view on reproductive rights.

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I’m pretty sure that none of the 100 senators currently serving have publicly embraced this absolutist position. I would hope that holding such a position is sufficiently repulsive to make you unelectable to statewide office in this country. But Miller and Paul are ahead in the polls and Angle is within the margin of error.

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Not too many people are focusing on social issues in this election, but we shouldn’t fail to take notice of this disturbing trend. Anyone who wants to tell you that there is no difference between the parties is full of shit. The Republican Party was bad enough when Ronald Reagan was running the show. They were catastrophically bad under the latter Bush. But they are now worse than they’ve ever been. When you’re pro-bestiality and anti-masturbation, when you’re pro-rape child and anti-desegregated lunch counters…you’ve left the universe of the sane.

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