Issue 366 - June 2006
Uniting for Immigrant Rights and Iraq Secular Resistance
- Illusions of Security in the US and Israel
- The Standoff with Iran: Time to Talk
- Promoting Peace and Progress at the Local Level
In This Issue
Israel’s experience with terrorism — and its longtime exploitation of fear for political ends — helps shed some light on our own government’s deceptions and their troubling implications.
“Our aim is to end the occupation, rebuild civil society, and establish a secular and non-nationalist government in Iraq.” — Samir Adil
“In the Iraq Freedom Congress, we start from this point: that the presence of women in our movement is a precondition for achieving equality and freedom.” — Houzan Mahmoud
|Rights are Not in Limited Supply|| |
As lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people of color, we support the current immigrant rights marches and rallies happening across the country, and we march too.
|Exploitation without Borders|| |
I believe that if we look just under the surface, we can see that our Black and Brown fates are deeply intertwined.
|No Immigration Bill is Better|| |
The Senate bill expands current guest worker programs, and establishes new ones, allowing employers to recruit workers outside the country on temporary visas.
|The US and Iran: Time to Talk|| |
Are the issues regarding Iran’s nuclear program capable of resolution? It certainly seems possible.
|The Weapon of Mass Destruction In Our Neighborhood|| |
Affinity groups have gone to the headquarters of Entergy, the company that owns the plant, each month since November with different creative actions that send a clear message that we do not want Vermont Yankee providing our electricity.
|Time to Dust Off that No Nukes Button|| |
In sum, none of the available alternative energy sources can match nuclear power's ability to thwart the nation's inherent democratic tendencies and stop the nation's slide toward local control.
|Promoting Peace and Progress at the Local Level|| |
Communities for Progress has created a web site which provides comprehensive toolkits for community groups interested in getting anti-war ordinances passed, as well as the space to construct a national network of activists working on passing initiatives and getting referendum questions on state ballots.
|'You Must Arrest Us Too': William Sloane Coffin, 1925-2006|| |
And if we are correct, if the war is a crime, then is it criminal to refuse to have anything to do with it?
|Honoring Damu Smith and His Work to Unify the Peace Movement|| |
Damu understood better that most that the struggle to end war and poverty in the world could only happen with the inclusion and participation of people of color.
Events, Gatherings, Opportunities, Resources, Campaigns
|Conscientious Objectors Building Transnational Nonviolent Community|| |
Meeting and talking with resisters from Latin America, Europe, and Israel, I was startled by just how parallel our struggles are.
|From the Editor's Desk|
|A Resolution from the City of El Paso|| |
BE IT RESOLVED that the Mayor and City Council of the City of El Paso oppose President Bush’s proposal and any other proposal that militarizes the border.
|The Line Between Us: Teaching about the Border|
|Massachusetts Action Alert: Final Push to Get "End the War" Referendum on the November Ballot|
|A Declaration of Peace|