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Sara Burke, Managing Editor
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Peacework has been published monthly since 1972, intended to serve as
a source of dependable information to those who strive for peace and justice
and are committed to furthering the nonviolent social change necessary
to achieve them. Rooted in Quaker values and informed by AFSC experience
and initiatives, Peacework offers a forum for organizers, fostering coalition-building
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of the disenfranchised.
2 From the Editor's Desk
4 Christmas Message from a Grieving Dad
by Fernando Suarez
Tonight, Christmas Eve, my wife and I are weeping and so are thousands
of children around the world. Are you? Is Bush?
6 A Movement to Change the World?
by Roxanne Lawson
Classism, racism, nepotism, and pandering to the mainstream are keeping
the movement from realizing its potential.
8 The Temptations of Power
by Judith McDaniel
Our current leaders have not resisted the temptations of power. I believe
we must resist it for them.
9 On Voting
by Susan B. Anthony, Emma Goldman, &Fannie Lou Hamer
I question America, is this America?
10 Turn Up the Heat: A Plan for 2004 and Beyond
by United for Peace and Justice
Given the historic pattern of movements being demobilized by elections,
it is vital that we keep moving forward, with a structure in place to
ratchet up the pressure in 2005.
12 Stealing the 2000 Presidential Election: Racism, Theft, and Fraud
by Liam Scheff interviewing Greg Palast
Katherine Harris ordered the removal of 57,700 names from Florida's
voter rolls: 90.2% were completely innocent of any crime ñ except
for being African-American.
13 Nader Explains: I Won't Run Green in 2004
by Ralph Nader
I am writing to withdraw my name from consideration as a potential
nominee for the Green Party presidential ticket in 2004.
14 Electronic Voting: Threatening or Enhancing Democracy?
by Vivion Vinson
Will electronic voting machines allow a voter's verification of her
or his choice and post-election auditing?
16 Solving the Spoiler Paradox Through Instant Runoff Voting
by Steven Hill
Must we always be stuck choosing between the "lesser of two militarists?"
17 Questions for Candidates
by the Friends Committee on National Legislation
What will you do to ensure that US weapons don't wind up in the hands
of dictators or oppressive regimes?
18 Out of the Streets, Into the Voting Booth
by Marry Jezer
Street disorder at the Republican National Committee would play directly
into the hands of the Bush administration.
19 Elephants Stampede, Wildflowers Remain by the RNC Not Welcome
One action might get thwarted We'll sprout everywhere else.
20 Buying Dreams: Visions for a Better Future
by Michael Albert
Are dreams the exclusive wares of evangelists and gurus?
22 Nobel Peace Prize Recognizes Iranian Feminist
by Ziba MirHosseini
The plight of women in Islamic states has its roots in the patriarchal
culture prevailing in these societies, not in Islam.
24 Washington's Imperial Agenda in Asia
by Joseph Gerson
The US's race to establish a unilateralist empire has inspired resistance
which may prove its undoing.
26 Repression and Resistance Intensify in Zimbabwe
by Bernice Powell Jackson
We could never have imagined that Mugabe would become one of the most
repressive leaders of modemday Africa
27 The Sorrow and the Pity a
Review of Patriots
Michael True reviews a book by Christian G. Appy
Of all the works on the Vietnam War, this is the big one.
29 An Open Letter to President Bush
by Martha Yager
We cannot continue to let resources for housing, jobs, healthcare,
education, and public safety be hijacked.
PIECES: Events, Gatherings, Opportunities Campaigns, Resources
32 Putting Backbone into Progressive Politics
by Bill Moyer
Completely disgusted with all but a few individuals in the Democratic
Party, I thought it might be helpful to recognize the handful that have
courageously stood up to the fearmongering.
Occupation of Iraq, p. 45
Democracy 2004, p. 7
Presidential Scorecards, p. 28
Letters: Ecology, AntiSemitism, p. 28
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