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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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