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One of 60,000 marchers on the opening day of the World Social Forum, Caracas, Venezuela, February 24, 2006.
See story on p. 18. Photo: Mike Rhodes, Community Alliance Newspaper, Fresno California
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4 Crying Out Against the Despair of Militarism:
On "Crossing the Line" at the School of the Americas
by Donte Smith
Not in my name will this institution continue to torture, rape, massacre, batter, harass, and threaten el pueblo del mundo. No mas.
5 Embracing All of Life
by Steve Clemens
The Bailiff told us, "Act like you're in church." I've taken his instruction to heart.
6 "I Want to Express My Remorse" For
Participating in War, Not Resisting It
by Peter DeMott
It is our responsibility to nonviolently confront leaders who abuse the law and wage war with impunity.
7 US Anti-War Movement Plans Spring Mobilizations Against the War
by Baltazar "Bal" Pinguel
Too much is too wrong in this country.
10 Rallying to End President Bush's Unconstitutional NSA Wiretaps
by Sam Diener
In Decatur, Georgia, 100 people stood in the pouring rain and read the Bill of Rights.
12 Ending Violence Against Women
by Sara Nordstrom
Sudanese Musicians staged a concert featuring songs with lyrics opposing violence against women, in particular violence against women in Darfur.
14 A Women's Global Charter for Humanity
by the World March of Women
Calling for equality, freedom, solidarity, justice, and peace, women conveyed the Charter from Brazil to Burkina Faso, organizing events in 58 countries.
16 Rankin' Votes for Peace: Jeannette Rankin's Struggle for Peace
Began and Ended with Election Reform
by Edwin Rockwell Price
Preferential voting is worthwhile as an end in itself. But if war is to be eliminated, people must control the government.
17 Struggling Towards African Self-Determination: A Report from
the World Social Forum in Bamako, Mali
by Roxanne Lawson
Those who control the world's life-sustaining resources control the lives (and deaths) of those who do not.
18 Mending the Fabric of Life: Integrating Feminism into WSF Caracas
by Gwyn Kirk
Some talked Marxism, some equal rights, some shared indigenous worldviews. We all talked about ending violence.
20 Honoring a Friend: Patricia Watson, 1933-2006
by Sara Burke
Her work lives on in every page of every Peacework issue.
21 Remembering Patricia Watson
by Joseph Gerson
She planted word seeds. The spring shoots of articles brought forth harvests of greater truth, justice, peace, and love.
24 Olympian Resistance
by Dave Zirin
Smith set a world record. Then he took out the black gloves.
8 US Muslims Work to End Cycle of Violence After Mosque Bombing
8 New Abu Ghraib Photos Published
9 Activists Countering Military Recruiting Obtain New Tool
9 Activists Gear Up to Block Bioweapons Lab
11 US Internet Companies Facilitate Chinese Repression
11 Conference Highlights Utopian Strategic Politics
21 Infusing Justice Into Work for Peace
22 Pieces: (Events, Gatherings, Opportunities, Resources, Campaigns)
23 Russian NGOs Petition for Democracy
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