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March with a message
Those who oppose the war in Iraq have organized the first statewide peace march with a plan to cross the Mackinac Bridge on Labor Day -- always a big media event—with or without protesters. The State has a tradition of closing down the bridge every Labor Day for the Mackinac Bridge Walk, with the governor leading between 50,000-60,000 walkers each year. The marchers want to put Gov. Jennifer Granholm in the spotlight—or on the spot, depending on how you want to look at it. They will wear black t-shirts that say: “End the war on Iraq” and “Bring the Guard home now.” Bruce Peterson, a march organizer in Traverse City, said he realizes that Gov. Granholm can only bring home the Michigan National Guard in the case of a state emergency. Marian Kromkowski, a major peace activist in Traverse City and founder of Mideast:Just Peace, said that the deployment of a large percentage of most of the state’s National Guard profoundly affects both Michigan and the Guard members themselves. Unlike regular army soldiers who serve full-time and are stationed on military bases, members of the Army National Guard historically served only on weekends and lived at home. This allowed Guard members to attend college and work full-time. Once deployed, a Guard member often puts his or her job on hold, or is forced to temporarily drop out of college. The departure of reserve members is also weakening law enforcement agencies, fire departments and emergency medical crews, where they are often employed, she said. “If a disaster were to occur, they would lack the necessary forces to cope,” Kromkowski said.

Arrested
Breaking news from our fast here in DC: Medea was arrested this morning for speaking out during the Iraqi Prime Minister’s talk to Congress. Full details online. See the photo of Medea getting cuffed and lifted out of her seat online, too. Action was covered by C-SPAN and many other news outlets. Medea, and all the long term fasters, are available for interviews, so if you have a connection with your local radio station or newspaper, approach them with the info about the fast and the press releases and our dc contact info (To schedule interviews contact: Rae: 415.994.1723, Gael: 202.412.6700).

A Politics of the Common Good
A movement is growing that aims to build a politics of decency and sanity, which speaks to the generosity of the American people. It's not going to be easy, but it's time to rock the boat.

Mr. Ice Cream Sticks It to the Pentagon
Ben Cohen has built a grassroots organization of half a million to fight the obscene size of the U.S. military budget -- and he uses Oreo cookies to make the case.

A Perfect Mother's Day Gift: Create a Peace Movement That Ends the Iraq Occupation and Prevents Future Wars of Aggression
Julia Ward Howe, the author of the Battle Hymn of the Republic, became so horrified with the carnage of the Civil War that she began advocating for a Mother's Day of Peace. She published the Mother's Day Peace Proclamationin 1870. By 1873, 18 cities celebrated Mother's Day of Peace celebrations - some of these celebrations continued for 30 years. Still today, we have the enduring legacy of Mother's Day.

Excellent Reasons Not to Join the Military
Nine out of ten women under fifty who had served in the U.S. military and had responded to a survey reported being sexually harassed while in the service. Reports of sexual assaults have skyrocketed recently, especially in hostile environments like Iraq and Afghanistan. The Washington Post reported, "In many U.S. military camps in Iraq, for example, signs are posted in female showers and other locations requiring U.S. servicewomen to be in the company of a 'battle buddy,' especially at night, for their safety."

What Did You Do in the War, Grandma?
No ageism is intended, but we're willing to lay heavy odds that it has been a long while since the Manhattan district attorney, Robert M. Morgenthau (86 years old), found someone older than he is to take to court. Yesterday, things changed. The district attorney's office pursued a criminal case against a band of women, some of them old enough to call Mr. Morgenthau "sonny." Not that Marie Runyon, 91, is what you'd call a hardened criminal. Nor is Molly Klopot, 87, nor Lillian Rydell, 86. Nor, for that matter, are any of 15 other women

Iraqi Women Under Siege PDF
From 1958 to the 1990s, Iraq provided more rights and freedoms for women and girls than most of its neighbors. Though Saddam Hussein’s dictatorial government and 12 years of severe sanctions reduced these opportunities, Iraqi women, before the occupation, were still active in many aspects of their society. Now that situation has dramatically changed. While women in Iraqi Kurdistan have made gains since the U.S. invasion, in the rest of the country, women today face violence, hardship and fear daily, and their futures are more uncertain than ever. Since the U.S. invasion, vital infrastructure, already deteriorating, has almost collapsed. Iraqis face a lack of medicine, food, shelter, clean water, electricity and other basic services. Women trying to raise families in the midst of this chaos find themselves beset by skyrocketing unemployment, poverty and malnutrition, and a dearth of social services like decent schools and health care.

Pink Slip the Irresponsible
Most American's say that they'd willingly pay taxes for a better healthcare system, stronger schools, or other parts of a just, effective government, but would you like to see where most of the money really goes?

A Message to Republicans: Impeaching Bush Will Strengthen America At Home and Throughout the World
March 21st, 2006
By Linda Milazzo, http://www.opednews.com

17 War Protesters Arrested Frustration, mourning on the third anniversary of the Iraq invasion
March 19th, 2006
By Sarah Ferguson, The Village Voice

TO: The Readers of Women’s Studies Quarterly
March 15th, 2006
By Nancy Kricorian

Viewpoint: CODEPINK
by Gayle Brandeis, OneWorld Perspectives, February 24, 2005

Think Pink!
The Satya Interview with Nancy Krikorian
SatyaMag.Com, December 2005

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