International Day of Action- July 09, 2006 2:16 AM
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Join International Day of Action to Shut Down Guantanamo on July 15th!
Saturday, July 15th is an "International Day of Protest: Shut
Guantanamo Now!" and demonstrations will be held in London, Melbourne
and Sydney as well as cities in Yemen, Kuwait and Bahrain, and
throughout the United States.
To learn more about the International Day of Action
In New York we will be vigiling from noon to 2pm
Saturday, July 15th, Washington Square Park, NYC
(Northern end, under the arch)
St Mary's Church, The Riverside Church Global Justice and Peace
Ministry, The Center for Constitutional Rights, Witness Against
Torture, and others join people of conscience throughout the world to
demand the closure of Guantanamo and an end to indefinite detention,
torture and secret rendition.
Please joins us if you can. If you are not in New York, consider
organizing a vigil or demonstration in your own community.
On our website, we have a list of ten things you can to in the work to
Shut Down Guantanamo. http://www.witnesstorture.org/what_you_can_do
There you can download factsheets and fliers, purchase orange "Shut
Down Guantanamo" t-shirts, get instructions to build a cage, and much
much more to add your voice to this critical call.
For more information on the NYC action or for help in organizing
something in your local community, Email Frida.Berrigan@gmail.com, or
In December 2005, a group of twenty four friends, following the
nonviolent tradition of Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker walked to
Guantanamo to visit the prisoners, calling themselves "Witness Against
Torture." When they returned, they launched the "Campaign to Shut Down
Guantanamo," which consists of public education and community
outreach, networking and resource sharing, and acts of nonviolent
civil disobedience to draw attention to the plight of prisoners in
Guantanamo, and victims of the war on terrorism everywhere.
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9/11 Citizen Court July 06, 2006 1:08 AM
This is going to be a BIG DEAL in Washington, DC the week of September 11-18. Various issues of great importance will be addressed that week. See more details at the website below.
This Sept 11, 2006 a new era will dawn on America. On that day the people will convene and move through the legal recourse needed to redress the government. At no other time in our nations history has so important a moment drawn near. As the war of lies passes the $500 Billion debt mark and 3000 US dead along with 100,000's in the nation we "saved", as freedom and liberty has been sold out to a federal police force, as all Americans have been affected by corporate and limited liability governments and municipal codes, time has come for the change
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April 12, 2006 5:50 AM
Our Toxic World
Man's quest for bigger, better,
faster, younger and more convenient comes at a significant price. The
automobiles that shuttle us, the products we clean with, the appliances
that keep us cool and the recreational vehicles that helps us relax,
pollute the environment. And let's not forget the toxins found in the
air you breathe, the chemicals and fluoride found in the water you
drink, the pesticides detected in many of the fruits, vegetables and
meats you serve your family and the petroleum byproducts you apply to
It's not enough that you're subjected to
toxins nearly everywhere you turn - the real issue is the years of
exposure you face - exposure that starts even before you're born.
to a study commissioned by the Environmental Working Group on the
umbilical cord blood of newborns, 287 different industrial chemicals,
pollutants and pesticides were found including mercury, polyaromatic
hydrocarbons, dioxins, furans, pesticides, and chemicals from flame
retardants, PCBs, industrial lubricants, plastics, Teflon, Scotchgard,
industrial bleaches, electrical insulators, coal-fired power plants,
vehicle emissions, and wood preservatives. In fact, of the 287
chemicals detected, 180 are known to cause health complications in
humans or animals, 217 are known to be toxic to the brain and nervous
system, and 208 are known to cause birth defects or abnormal
development in animal tests. 1
Every Breath You Take
you've entered the world and taken your first breath (the average
person breathes about 5,000 gallons of air each day), you can be
reasonably sure it includes some unhealthy trace particles or air
pollution. In fact, according to the Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA), U.S. facilities released 4.7 billion pounds of toxins into the
atmosphere in 2002. Further, the EPA estimates fine-particle pollution
causes an estimated 20,000 premature deaths in the U.S. each year.
It's in the Water
water you drink, clean and wash with doesn't fare much better.
According to one study conducted by the University of Michigan, one ton
of oil is spilled for every million tons transported. This same water
is pumped back into our water supply, which experts like the
Environmental Working Group believe have contaminated the tap water in
42 states with more than 140 unregulated chemicals. Outbreaks of
waterborne disease are on the increase. In fact, an estimated 7 million
people become sick and more than 1,000 die in the United States each
year from waterborne microbes. 2
The Food You Eat
as if concerns regarding drinking and breathing weren't enough, you
also have to be careful with the produce, meats and fish you eat.
Herbicides and pesticides - used to keep bugs off crops, inhibit weed
growth, and protect your lawn - are taking their toll on your health.
For starters, environmental chemicals have a wide range of effects on
immune system function, ranging from a decrease in your body's ability
to fight infections and tumors to increased allergies and autoimmunity.
These compounds can also cause dermatological, gastrointestinal,
genitourinary, respiratory, musculoskeletal and cardiovascular
problems. Not to mention, hormones like Zeranol, which has been used to
fatten up cattle more quickly, have been shown to exacerbate breast
health concerns. 3
Home Sweet Home?
the toxins you'll probably find most surprising are those found in your
home - a place where most of us think we're safe. For starters, many of
the products that improve the look and scent of your home like
household-cleaning products have been linked to Attention Deficit
Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and other learning and behavioral
disorders. Even the new carpet in your home might be making you sick
because of the glue used to put it down. The substance contains the
harmful ingredient benzene and the neurotoxin, xylene - one of the most
unhealthy chemical combinations you can be exposed to. Faulty
appliances can emit ozone, which affects lung health, and carbon
monoxide, which is lethal at high concentrations. And, mold, bacteria
and other biological contaminants can cause or exacerbate asthma,
allergies and infections.
The bottom line is we are
surrounded by toxins, pollutants and synthetic chemicals. Many are
invisible - colorless, odorless and tasteless - and most have never
been tested for their effects on human health. And while there are ways
to reduce the impact of some exposure, it's just not reasonable to
think you can avoid toxic exposure altogether. Take steps to minimize
the exposure, pay attention to the sources of fruits, vegetables, fish,
meats and water you consume and share with your family, and incorporate
a regular, natural detoxification program into your health regimen.
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