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Summary | Upcoming Peace Events: December 9 - January 15

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  • Anti-War Committee Forum (Solidarity in a Post 9-11 World); Stop These Wars<http://www.stopthesewars.org/> Protest at The White House; Bannering & Vigil (End the War in Afghanistan!); 8th Annual Winter Solstice Peace Vigil; Candlelight Service for the Children of Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan; FBI Protest (Hands Off Our Activists!)...more!
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  • Don’t Forget to Write and Speak Out!!!
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Coleen Rowley, Evergreene Digest

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Thursday, December 9
The Anti-War Committee is holding a forum and discussion on Thursday, December 9, details below. The AWC is requesting endorsements from peace and social justice groups.  To add your group to the endorsement list, send an e-mail to: Melissa Rowan at missteatree@yahoo.com  with the name of your group.  Also, please pass on information below to whatever lists you can.

Solidarity in a Post 9-11 World: How the US’ War on Terrorism Affects Movements for Peace & Justice at Home & Abroad
Thursday, December 9th 6:30 pm Walker Library, Large Meeting room
2880 Hennepin Avenue (Hennepin & Lagoon) Minneapolis

We are fighting here to end US military aid to the apartheid Israeli government and to the death squad government of Colombia. Meanwhile activists in Palestine and Colombia are fighting for peace with justice in their homelands. The FBI is investigating the Anti-War Committee and a US Attorney is using a grand jury to intimidate and potentially to indict folks on charges of “material support for terrorism”. Come hear from Anti-War Committee members and Bruce Nestor of the National Lawyers Guild about why our solidarity work is critical and why now more than ever you should speak out in support of the people of Palestine and Colombia! Organized by the Anti-War Committee.

Thursday, December 16, Stop These Wars Protest at The White House

Take a Stand for Peace!
Join the largest U.S. veteran-led civil resistance to war December 16.
Rally at Lafayette Park, Washington, D.C., at 10 am
March to the White House for civil disobedience.

FFI: Stop These Wars

Thursday, December 16
Northfield, MN:  Another presentation about the September FBI raids in the Twin Cities:  Meredith Aby, one of the 14 activists who received a subpoena, will be the main speaker (7 p.m. in the Just Food co-op, downtown Northfield).

Saturday, December 18
Bannering & Vigil: “End the War in Afghanistan!”

Just in time for the holidays, a present from the Obama Administration that no one wants!    

In December, the Obama Administration will conduct a “review” of the U.S. war in Afghanistan, this follows the announcement that the war will continue for at least four more years….

Send an Anti-War Message for the Holidays!

Bannering & Vigil: “End the War in Afghanistan!”
Saturday December 18, 2010 2:00 pm
Library Plaza, Hennepin & Lagoon, Minneapolis

Anti-war holiday carol singing led by The Counter-Propaganda Singers.  (Check out their hit songs last year “Buy Me the World!" and “Little Hummer Boy”.) 

Special solidarity statement against FBI harassment of anti-war activists.

Over the past year, the U.S. war in Afghanistan has dramatically escalated, with huge increases in civilian and military casualties. The U.S. is now deploying battle tanks to Afghanistan. The war is also expanding into Pakistan.  It is estimated that the escalation of this war costs $57,077 per minute. At the same time, millions of people in the U.S. are facing unemployment, the loss of their homes to foreclosure and drastic cuts in needed human services. The majority of the people of the U.S. are against the war. It is up to us, the people, to insist that this war end and that the troops and war dollars be brought home NOW.

Join with others in Minneapolis on Saturday, December 18, to say: “End the War in Afghanistan!” The December 18 event will be a visible display of peace and anti-war sentiment with signs, banners and anti-war holiday carols.

December 18 Peace Action. Initiated by Iraq Peace Action Coalition — for more information, call 612-522-1861 or 612-827-5364.

Sunday, December 19
8th Annual Winter Solstice Peace Vigil
Light a Candle for Peace on the Darkest Night of the Year

Sunday, December 19, 2010
5:30–6:30 p.m.
Corner of Snelling and Summit Avenues, St. Paul, MN

Bring a candle and join neighbors from throughout the Twin Cities to quietly witness for peaceful solutions to world problems.  After the vigil, warm up and socialize at a local Grand Avenue restaurant or coffee shop (to be determined).  If you can't attend the vigil, light a candle in your window for peace and be with us in spirit.

Note: This event will not be held if the temperature is below 10°F.

Flyer/Poster

Sponsor: Merriam Park Neighbors for Peace

More Information: Krista Menzel or Anne Benson at info@ mppeace.org, (651) 641-7592, or (651) 647-0580 or http://www.mppeace.org/events/index.htm

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December 28
Candlelight Service for the Children of Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan

Tuesday, Dec. 28 at 6:30pm, St. Joan of Arc Church, 45th Street and 3rd Avenue South, Minneapolis. This is the 12th annual service we have hosted on the Feast of the Holy Innocents to remember the children who are always the first victims of war. Please come together with us to pray for peace and for forgiveness. St. Joan of Arc Church is grateful to Marie Braun for her leadership on this service.

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Saturday, January 15
FBI Protest: "Hands Off Our Activists!"

In a coordinated response to FBI raids of anti-war activists' homes on Sep 24, we will be amassing at the FBI Building in Washington, DC, to speak out against the harrassment, repression, and criminalization of dissent in America.

Speakers: Debra Sweet, Cindy Sheehan, David Swanson, Sibel Edmonds, Coleen Rowley, and Ray McGovern

Participating Organizations ( a complete list to come soon) include Peace of the Action - World Can't Wait - Witness Against Torture - WarIsACrime.org -  Delaware Veterans for America

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The Folly of Attacking Iran

A pre-emptive strike on Iranian nuclear facilities has long been on the wish list of American conservatives and the government of Israel. Now we learn, thanks to WikiLeaks, that Saudi Arabia and other Arab governments have also been clicking on the "Like" button.

Steve Chapman, Creators Syndicate

War on Iran: Israel wants it. Various Arab rulers want it. The Obama administration has not ruled it out. It may be inevitable, and it could come any time.

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Hello? A U.S. attack on a Middle Eastern country that has not attacked us and poses no threat to our security, out of panic over alleged weapons of mass destruction? Haven't we tried that, and didn't we learn anything about starting wars we don't know how to end?

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A pre-emptive strike on Iranian nuclear facilities has long been on the wish list of American conservatives and the government of Israel. Now we learn, thanks to WikiLeaks, that Saudi Arabia and other Arab governments have also been clicking on the "Like" button.

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Real Hope Is About Doing Something

Faces along the bar cling to their average day:
The lights must never go out, the music must always play,
All the conventions conspire to make this fort assume the furniture of home;
Lest we should see where we are, lost in a haunted wood,
Children afraid of the night who have never been happy or good. - W. H. Auden

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Stop These Wars Or We'll Fill Your Jails

Chris Hedges, TruthDig

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Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Lydia Howell

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On Dec. 16 I will join Daniel Ellsberg, Medea Benjamin, Ray McGovern and several military veteran activists outside the White House to protest the futile and endless wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Many of us will, after our rally in Lafayette Park, attempt to chain ourselves to the fence outside the White House. It is a pretty good bet we will all spend a night in jail. Hope, from now on, will look like this.

Hope is not trusting in the ultimate goodness of Barack Obama, who, like Herod of old, sold out his people. It is not having a positive attitude or pretending that happy thoughts and false optimism will make the world better. Hope is not about chanting packaged campaign slogans or trusting in the better nature of the Democratic Party. Hope does not mean that our protests will suddenly awaken the dead consciences, the atrophied souls, of the plutocrats running Halliburton, Goldman Sachs, ExxonMobil or the government.

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Stop These Wars Or We'll Fill Your Jails, David Swanson <http://www.opednews.com/author/author9.html>, OpEdNews.com<http://www.opednews.com>
You may not die for the Pentagon, but if you do not it will be your children or grandchildren. Would you rather go to jail for a few hours with a bunch of friends or see your grandchildren killed?
Veterans for Peace (VFP) to Take a Stand for Peace at the White House Dec 16
http://evergreenedigest.org/content/stop-these-wars-or-well-fill-your-jails

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North Korean soldier at border wishes for peace

"I know that there were casualties on the South side," Lieutenant Choe Song Il told an APTN crew from Pyongyang he had been assigned to escort to the Demilitarized Zone. "I hope that such military conflict between North and South should never happen again."

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Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press/Las Vegas Review-Journal | NV

A U.S. Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet fighter attack aircraft lands on the deck of the USS George Washington, during a joint military exercise off South Korea's West Sea, in South Korea's West Sea on Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010. A supercarrier sent jets into overcast skies Tuesday in U.S.-South Korean military drills that North Korea warned could spark war, but signs of diplomacy emerged alongside the tensions over last week's deadly North Korean attack. (AP Photo - Wally Santana)

As the U.S. and South Korea ended war maneuvers following North Korea's deadly bombardment of a front-line island Wednesday (Nov 24), a North Korean soldier at the heavily armed border said he hoped for peace.

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The soldier, interviewed in the Panmunjom village inside the Demilitarized Zone, told the television news agency APTN that he was aware of the attack on the South Korean island and hoped tensions between the two sides would be eased "as soon as possible, in a peaceful way."

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"I know that there were casualties on the South side," Lieutenant Choe Song Il told an APTN crew from Pyongyang he had been assigned to escort to the Demilitarized Zone. "I hope that such military conflict between North and South should never happen again."

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Stop These Wars Or We'll Fill Your Jails

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  • You may not die for the Pentagon, but if you do not it will be your children or grandchildren. Would you rather go to jail for a few hours with a bunch of friends or see your grandchildren killed?
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  • Veterans for Peace (VFP) to Take a Stand for Peace at the White House Dec 16
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David Swanson, OpEdNews.com

Here's an easy question: would you rather go to jail for a few hours with a bunch of friends or die?

Here's a poorly kept secret: the wars that a majority of Americans want ended are not ending, and the war machine that a majority of Americans want cut back is growing.

Here's a situation that is not secret at all but too horrifying for us to acknowledge: if the war machine continues on its current course, we will not survive it economically, environmentally, or with any civil liberties or representative government intact. If we do not reach those catastrophes it will be because blowback or nuclear proliferation takes us out first.

Here's a well kept secret: many Americans are doing something about it, and Veterans for Peace is taking the lead. We're going to the White House on Thursday, December 16th to stop these wars!

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Veterans for Peace (VFP) to Take a Stand for Peace at the White House Dec 16, Tarak Kauff and Leah Bolger, Veterans For Peace

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  • On Dec. 16th, 2010, veterans and others will stage what will be the largest veteran-led civil resistance to U.S. wars in recent history. All of us in Veterans For Peace need to pull together to make sure those will not be empty words.
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  • Come to DC on December 16! VFP led action at the White House
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Their mission: rescue vets from the streets

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  • A nonprofit sends a crew out to feed, befriend and console soldiers and sometimes talk them into housing. The group also runs a crisis hotline and bushwhacks through bureaucratic jungles for weary vets.
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  • Go home' can be toughest order
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Steve Lopez, Los Angeles Times | CA

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Chante Wolf

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Out near LAX, a dozen military veterans man a war room, strategizing day and night. Their mission is to bring other vets in off the ledge, to gather them up from the streets and shake the dust off them.

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With a budget of just half a million dollars a year, the team of "wild cowboys" is intent on saving lives, says the general of the nonprofit National Veterans Foundation -- an Alabama-raised, Lebanese Catholic Vietnam vet named Floyd "Shad" Meshad.

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Go home' can be toughest order, Kim Ode, Minneapolis Star Tribune | MN
Almost 9,000 Minnesota female vets have served in the Middle East, dodging snipers alongside the men. Finding a place for them is tough - in both military and civilian life.

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Friends for a Non-violent World (FNVW) 2010 Holiday Fair

The annual FNVW Holiday Fair (this Friday and Saturday, Dec 3 & 4) has become a great place to pick up presents for the holidays; to enjoy food, friends, music and massages; and to help support FNVW and its programs.

Erika Thorne, Friends for a Non-Violent World (FNVW)

Quilts to be auctioned off at Holiday Fair

When: Friday, Dec. 3rd, 4:00 - 9:00pm; Saturday, Dec. 4th, 9:00am - 4:00pm
Where: Minneapolis Friends Meeting House, 4401 York Ave S, Minneapolis 55410-1455.

The annual FNVW Holiday Fair has become a great place to pick up presents for the holidays; to enjoy food, friends, music and massages; and to help support FNVW and its programs.

This year we will be offering three meals: Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast & Saturday lunch.

Our Vendors, massage therapists, used and new books areas, photo booth, and gift wrapping will continue as usual. Wonderful musicians will once more be adding to the ambiance.

An old friend returns, The Children's Store, but with the addition of a craft making area.

There will be new areas designed for guests to relax & visit with friends perhaps sampling our fresh baked goods.

We hope you're planning to come and to volunteer.  Click here to see and sign up for one or more volunteer slot.

We look forward to seeing you at the Holiday Fair!

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Fake Taliban Leader, Fake Elections, Fake Deadline, Real Trouble

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  • Afghanistan War, Nightmare without End for Troops, Innocent Civilians and US Taxpayers
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  • Truthout Editor's Note: This is taken from a press release from Congressman Dennis Kucinich, a leading voice for peace in congress.
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Dennis J. Kucinich, truthout

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Dennis Kucinich (Photo: Center for American Progress Action Fund)

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Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich, a leading proponent of peace, today renewed his call to end the Afghan war after it was revealed that a self-proclaimed senior Taliban negotiator working with President Hamid Karzai and NATO officials was in an imposter.

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“The war in Afghanistan is taking place in a netherworld where facts and common sense have no place. Elections are fake. Our deadline to withdraw is a fake. Now, we learn that a fake Taliban leader has been leading us to believe that NATO was facilitating high-level talks between Taliban leadership and the corrupt Afghan central government we’re propping up. It was truly amazing that our government said we were negotiating with high-level Taliban leadership while at the same time we were stepping up air strikes to wipe them out.

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