Working for Peace on Earth and Peace with Earth since 1952
Working for Peace on Earth and Peace with Earth since 1952
In Connecticut SB #1145 contains a section to use a money incentive to get people to buy electric-powered equipment rather than smelly noisy gas-powered machinery. The vote tomorrow 3/22 will decide if it get's out of the Environment Committee. This link get's you to the emails of legislators on the committee. Here's a model letter you might use or send your own thoughts:
Subject: Please support SB #1145, especially the subsidies to retailers for rebates on electric-powered equipment
March 21, 2023
I understand the vote is tomorrow on SB #1145. We need to quickly replace noisy, polluting, greenhouse gas emitting gas engines with electric-powered machines for the sake of lawn care workers, people who live where they use that equipment, and the entire planet (global warming effects). #1145 is a step in the right direction. Please support the incentive to electrify.
And if you'd like more information on the subject click here
There were rallies in 12 cities to protest the appearance of Israeli Finance Minister and self-proclaimed "fascist homophobe" Bezalel Smotrich at an Israeli Bonds dinner on March 12. The rallies called for disinvestment in Israel.
Connecticut has over $100 million invested in Israel. Activists will protest on 3/16 in front of the Treasury Building. Reach CT's Treasurer at: email@example.com or @TreasRussell You could simply say: Sell Off the Israel Bonds
On Friday 3/3 at 8 p.m. Eastern The Struggle Video News will feature the attack on the Palestinian town of Huwara in which over a hundred cars and homes were burned. The premiere on YouTube which incudes a chat feature is at https://youtu.be/v6aNc4-Eukg Zoom discussion to follow.
On Sunday 3/5 Jewish Voice for Peace New York is sponsoring a rally and protest march starting at 3 p.m in Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn. details coming
Watch Ukrainian Mine worker leader at the in-person and online event Saturday at 2 Eastern. Fundraiser for his union at the New Haven Library. Click here for details.
The day before (Feb. 24) Timothy Snyder and the Deputy Mayor of Ukraine, Konstantin Usov , will speak at noon at Linsey-Chittenden Hall, 63 High St. New Haven. Register here. Also on Friday from 3 to 4 there will be a vigil at Cross Campus (opposite Yale Sterling Library).
There are companies and banks working to build Cop City. Let them know how you fee. There's a national effort starting this week.
Mon. Feb 20 - 11AM-1PM
Mass picket at AXA XL HQ
677 Washington Blvd, Stamford
Fri. Feb 24 - 11AM-1PM
Mass picket at Atlas Technical
290 Roberts St., East Hartford
More about the issue in the next panel.
Promoting Enduring Peace was one of the groups that signed on to this statement which begins:
On January 18, in the course of their latest militarized raid on the forest, police in Atlanta shot and killed a person. This is only the most recent of a series of violent police retaliations against the movement. The official narrative is that Cop City is necessary to make Atlanta “safe,” but this brutal killing reveals what they mean when they use that word.
Forests are the lungs of planet Earth. The destruction of forests affects all of us. So do the gentrification and police violence that the bulldozing of Weelaunee Forest would facilitate. What is happening in Atlanta is not a local issue.
Politicians who support Cop City have attempted to discredit forest defenders as “outside agitators.” This smear has a disgraceful history in the South, where authorities have used it against abolitionists, labor organizers, and the Civil Rights Movement, among others. The goal of those who spread this narrative is to discourage solidarity and isolate communities from each other while offering a pretext to bring in state and federal forces, who are the actual “outside agitators.” The consequence of that strategy is on full display in the tragedy of January 18...
See the full statement by clicking here
The danger of nuclear war is no joke, but that doesn't mean countries should just fold in the face of Russian (or U.S. government) threats.
We've developed some ideas on how to proceed: 1) Calling for support for Ukraine and defeat for Putin and immediate withdrawal of Russian troops; 2) Working to lessen the threat of nuclear war through support of ideas from Defuse Nuclear War (get rid of the ICBM's, take nuclear weapons off "hair trigger" alerts, declare "no-first-use" of nuclear weapons, rejoin nuclear treaties with Russia); 3) Explaining that the West's hypocrisy (Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Sahrawi, etc.) is a gift to Putin; 4) Calling for a crash program to stop using fossil fuels and nuclear; 5) material support for Syrians in areas not yet conquered by the Assad regime (as a good in itself and as a “second front” against Putin’s imperialism.)
In terms of action, we have a petition calling for a halt to U.S. import of Russian uranium (you’d never know it was happening with all the guilt-tripping of Europe for buying Russian gas.) The measure could both weaken Putin and force the U.S. to replace dangerous nuclear power plants with sustainable electric power sources. See the next panel.
Watching Democracy Now in mid-November 2022 many were surprised to learn that while the U.S. tells the world not to import Russian natural gas, U.S. companies freely import Russian uranium.
In response the Ukrainian Socialist Solidarity Campaign organized a petition to call for the U.S. to ban Russian uranium imports. It started on 12/3. There are two major reasons 1) to take profits away from the Putin government (whose Roskam sells uranium) and 2) to swiftly wean the U.S. away from nuclear power
Read the Greenpeace article entitled, "Nuclear exception leaves gaping hole in EU Russia sanctions as uranium ship reaches France"
A report on the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists
US and EU imports of Russian uranium and enrichment services could stop. Here’s how.
It did promise money to the poor countries who are suffering the most from what the big industrial countries have done to the atmosphere.
Activists used it to give a lot of attention to Alla Abd El-Fattah and the 70,000 other Egyptian political prisoners
Merilyn Moos' talk will be shown at SCSU in Englemann B 121 A&B. Park in Lot 12. The entrance is on Crescent St. just before Lyman Hall. After you enter from Crescent St. turn right and you'll be in Lot 12. Details about watching the event on zoom below.
Nov. 2022 video interview Stanley Heller interviewer
Moos talks about her father Siegi Moos
Kuhle Wampe (1932) German film with English subtitles
Siegi Moos was in the film. The script was conceived by Bertolt Brecht!
co-sponsors of the event on the 28th include Promoting Enduring Peace, the Women Studies Department and History Department at Southern Connecticut State University, and Jewish Voice for Peace (New Haven).
To watch the event on Zoom register here: https://tinyurl.com/AntiNaziGermans
This is not just history. As the recent election has probably sent the U.S. Congress into gridlock and inability to deal with the inflation many people will look for magical racist solutions. Look back to the 1930's for lessons for today.
To attend in-person see directions for parking and building and to the classroom immediately below.
Not Another Nickel for Israel’s Crimes
Protest and Rally
Sunday 9/18 at 2 p.m.
Starting at the corner of Main and Washington Streets
With its whitewash “investigation” of the killing of journalist Shireen Abu Akleh the Israeli government shows it will not change its murderous course. Palestinians seem to be killed every day by Israeli forces and it’s just been a month since the latest attack on Gaza in which the Israeli military killed 19 and injured hundreds.
Once again, we must launch protest, protest of the overwhelming support Connecticut politicians give to Israel including the river of money that flows to the apartheid state ($4.8 billion this year).
Shame the CT members of Congress for their blank check for Israel and its crimes.
We also will remember that the horrific massacre of at least 1,400 Palestinians and Lebanese in the Sabra-Shatila camps took place from Sept. 16-18, 1982
Middle East Crisis Committee, Jewish Voice for Peace (New Haven), Plant the Land (Gaza), Bristol Anti-Racism Brigade (BARB), & Bristol Advocates for Marginalized Families (BAMF), Promoting Enduring Peace, Workers Voice
(co-sponsor list in formation)
Video of the most recent rally for Palestine in Middletown
Take our climate quiz and get a prize
bubbles, stickers, recycled CD's, buttons and more
PEP sponsored a Zoom event where we saw photos, lit candles in honor of those murdered and talked about ways to support a Free Syria.
On the WPKN radio program Mic Check, Mike Merle interviewed Dr. Zaki Lababidi, originally from Homs, Syria . you can hear it on Soundcloud by clicking here.
Link to journalist & human rights worker comments about the attack
(BTW Zeituneh was disappeared in Dec. 2013)
Stanley Heller interview with an eyewitness Dani Qappani for TSVN
1500 deaths according to this French report
Russia is occupying Europe's largest nuclear power plant, in southern Ukraine. In the words of Rafael Grossi of the International Atomic Energy Agency the situation there "is completely out of control" and "Every principle of nuclear safety has been violated.”
Russian President Putin has threatened to use nuclear weapons to get his way in Ukraine
Watch Democracy Now 8/4/2022
Everyone you see in the picture on the right was kidnapped by Assad forces on March 9, 2013. The mother depicted, Rania Alabbasi, was a dentist and Syria's most famous chess champion. In addition to the 8 people shown here the secretary of Ms. Alabbasi was also taken.
Nothing has been heard about any of these 9 people since they were taken.
Click here to watch a 3/7/22 interview with Hassan Alabbasi, Rania's brother who is in Ottawa.
Ask your local media or Congress to raise this issue.
Write to firstname.lastname@example.org and ask DN! to cover the story.
The March will be led by drummers with stops at Eversource (CT's largest utility), Travelers (the worst insurer for climate in the world), DEEP, and finishing at the State Capitol where the Governor and legislators will be kicking off the legislative session.
Masks will be required for this event and all related Covid safety protocols will be in place.
Sponsors: Acadia Center, Blue Earth Compost, Collaborative Center for Justice, Congress of Community Colleges (4Cs), Connecticut Chapter Sierra, Club, Connecticut Citizen Action Group, Connecticut Clean Water Action , Connecticut Climate Crisis Mobilization (C3M), CT Coalition for Environmental & Economic Justice, CSEA SEIU Lcl 2001, Democracy4All, Drinking Liberally Meriden, Drinking Liberally Windsor, Eastern Connecticut Green Action, Efficiency for All, Indivisible West Hartford, National Association of Social Workers, No More Dirty Power in Killingly, Recovery4All Coalition, Save the Sound, Sunrise Movement Connecticut, UAW Region9A, Unitarian Universalist Society East
Daniel Ellsberg was given our Gandhi Peace Award in 1976 for his bravery in issuing the Pentagon Papers. In 2107 he wrote The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner in which he told of his years in the nuclear war making department of the Kennedy Administration. There he learned that the strategy of our military for any war with the Soviet Union was to launch a full military strike with expected hundreds of millions dead.
He leaked a document this year (2021) that showed that in the '50's the U.S. military wanted to use nuclear weapons to defend Quemoy and Matsu, two "rocks" off the coast of Taiwan.
The event will be moderated by Joseph Gerson, president of the Campaign for Peace, Disarmament and Common Security , and a peacenews columnist.
Click here for link to register for the Mass Peace Action program
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