This Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) banner must be the most textually dense banner I've ever seen, and certainly the most chock-full of legal history. I saw it at the US Social Forum in Detroit (USSF2010).
Despite being in a distant building at Wayne State University, and being in a room that took me half an hour to find once I arrived at the building, a team of us from the National Network Opposed to the Militarization of Youth (including primarily the American Friends Service Committee's Youth and Militarism Program, the War Resisters League, and Peace Action Wisconsin) facilitated an
At USSF 2010, on Wednesday the 23rd, I'm one of a team of co-facilitators presenting Stopping the Invasion of the Body Snatchers: an Introduction to Countering Military Recruitment. The workshop is at WSU Old Main: O174.
The No Child Left Behind Act of 2002 (NCLB) required schools to hand over identifying student information to military recruiters. Military recruiters routinely use these lists to try to meet their quota, known as their "mission," by making repeated and persistent phone calls to students and family members. And in order to meet these quotas, too many military recruiters lie to students (see a compilation of military recruiters caught lying on tape).
Peacework Transition to Online Blogging & Nonviolent Dialogue Platform - Print Publication to Cease After 37 yearsPosted September 10th, 2009 by sdiener
Dear Peacework Readers,
With sadness, we write to inform you that Peacework Magazine will end publication with its September 2009 issue. As you know, we have tried various measures to keep the magazine going, but in today’s economy our beloved print publication is simply not sustainable.
In an AP story posted on the Dallas Morning News Site, "Soldier, civilian deaths from bombs soar in Afghanistan" posted on 12:00 am CDT on Wednesday, August 12, 2009, the paper (or the news-service) claimed that, "A recent U.N. report said at least 1,013 civilians were killed in the first six months of this year by insurgents bombs, compared with 818 for the same period in 2008 – a 24 percent increase."
How many massacres perpetrated by men against women will it take before we as a society, especially those of us who are men, work seriously to end men's violence?
Last night, news reports indicate that George Sodini murdered at least three women (Elizabeth Gannon, Heidi Overmier and Jody Billingsley) and injured nine other women at a fitness club near Pittsburgh, PA before shooting himself.
Zev Borow wrote in a humor column about sunblock in the New Yorker:
"SPF 175—Ever wanted to have unprotected sex with a prostitute in Haiti? Don’t answer. Doesn’t matter. The point is with SPF 175 that’s now an option." Whoa. I think it's the pseudo-cool casualness of the misogyny and racism displayed here that outrages me most.