Green Party calls for real withdrawal from Iraq by bringing everyone home

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Green Party welcomes news of troop withdrawal from Iraq, urges further steps for peace

Green Party leaders welcomed the news of the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq by the end of December, calling the presidential order more than eight years overdue.  Greens urged President Obama to let the troops come home to be with their families for the holiday, rather than stationed or redeployed elsewhere.

“We’re glad that President Obama is calling all US military personnel home from Iraq and has ignored Republican demands to prolong the occupation.  The President is honoring a binding Status of Forces Agreement between the United States and Iraq that President Bush signed.  The US must make every effort now to help US troops return to their civilian lives, especially those who’ve been wounded or have suffered psychological trauma because of the war.  We owe the troops a great debt and an apology for sending them to fight in a war based on deception and cooked intelligence,” said Carl Romanelli, Pennsylvania Green and member of the party’s International Committee (

Greens noted that the withdrawal is the result of the Iraqi government’s insistence and that the Obama Administration was initially reluctant to comply with the agreement (  Continue reading

Please check out “Sonny Meadows Week” at Peace Couple (plus, quiz at bottom of this post)

As many of you know, Sonny Meadows is a local musician and activist, here on Long Island, New York. The Wilders have admired his work — and his many solo performances and band performances — over the years. With the advent of the occupy movement, it seems to us that Sonny’s music about injustice, social justice, war and peace, is even more valuable. Now there are legions of empowered people to enjoy these songs, and learn this music.

At our Peace Couple website, we do a “Peace Song of the Day”, every day of the year. We used this past week to celebrate Sonny Meadows. If you go over there, you can check out which 7 songs we picked from among Sonny’s long list of favorites. (Maybe you want to guess first, or, think which of his songs you would have chosen, before you click over?)

For the real insiders, we could not resist making a game out of this project. So, at the readmore, you can find a quiz. See if you can match the Sonny Meadows song, with a brief quote from the lyrics. (And, if my darling husband is reading this, you have to play, too! And, no cheating!)

Sonny Meadows/Peace Song of the Week Quiz Continue reading

Tragic Shopping: Words found while looking for Black Friday shopping statistics

Kw writes:

I could just sit down and cry after reading these words. Yesterday, I participated in Buy Nothing Day. It is an attempt to boycott hyper-consumerism, and support the idea that people and workers should have one day of relaxation, instead of shopping stress.

I thought “fear shopping” was bad enough, when people are told to believe that they must shop to save the economy, or to fight the terrorists.
Now, a new kind of government pressure to shop. From a Reuters article on Black Friday:
“This is for me,” said Clare [24], who plans to spend more on holiday gifts later on in the season.

“I’m leaving for Afghanistan in March. I’m getting something for everyone, just in case I don’t come back.”

(excerpt from) Reuters
Black Friday draws crowds, but spending in doubt

(Reuters) – Retailers were hoping for more shoppers like Shawn Elzia as the annual Black Friday bargain stampede marked the unofficial start of what is widely expected to be a middling holiday shopping season.

The Brooklyn, New York teacher, one of hundreds of thousands of shoppers jostling for deals around the country, said he ended up spending about 25 percent more than he planned, even while worrying about the state of the economy…

Leon Clare, 24, and Shawn Sykes, 27, both U.S. Navy Corpsmen, drove about 125 miles from 29 Palms Marine Base to Santa Monica so they each could spend close to $175 on a pair of Air Jordan Retro 3 shoes in “Black Cement,” popular new sneakers from Nike Inc.

“This is for me,” said Clare, who plans to spend more on holiday gifts later on in the season.

“I’m leaving for Afghanistan in March. I’m getting something for everyone, just in case I don’t come back.”…

While eager shoppers emerged from stores around the country lugging big-screen TVs and bags full of video games and toys, it was far from certain that people will pull out their wallets for much more than the best deals this year. Shoppers with limited budgets started using layaway at chains such as Walmart as early as October.

Retail shares fell more than the overall market on Friday.

“Americans are still worried about jobs, still worried about the economy,” said Mike Thielmann, group executive vice president at J.C. Penney, who noted that shoppers were buying gifts and for themselves, and said jewelry was selling well…

Photos from “Occupy Black Friday” on Long Island at Flickr: here

Occupy Long Island: Buy Nothing Day sign

11/25/2011: Black Friday, Buy Nothing Day demo

Long Islanders Occupy Black Friday: November 25, 2011 at Smith Haven Mall

Update: Photos from Occupy Black Friday on Long Island at Flickr: here.

Occupy Black Friday

Friday, November 25, 2011

12:00 noon – 2:00 pm

Smith Haven Mall ~ Middle Country Road (Route 25) ~ Lake Grove Continue reading

Message from Scott Olsen, Vet for Peace injured at Occupy Oakland protests

(excerpt from) SF Appeal
Former Marine Injured In #OccupyOakland Demonstration Releases Statement

A former U.S. Marine injured in Occupy Oakland demonstrations last month released his first public statement on Sunday after he was released from the hospital last week.

[Scott] Olsen posted the statement on Google Plus Sunday morning, accompanied by a picture of himself with a neck brace and a scar on his forehead.

“I’m feeling a lot better, with a long road in front of me. After my freedom of speech was quite literally taken from me, my speech is coming back but I’ve got a lot of work to do with rehab,” Olsen, 24, said in the brief statement…

And…the rest of Scott Olsen’s statement from the Pacific Free Press:

“Thank you for all your support, it has meant the world to me. You’ll be hearing more from me in the near future and soon enough we’ll see you in our streets!”


Editor’s note from KW: It is so interesting and telling. Most of the media outlets do not mention that Scott Olsen is a member of Veterans for Peace. In fact, they have taken to saying only that he is a Marine, and not categorizing him as a Veteran. Think that is another media ploy to steer us away from the root issue of militarism and war.

Related Story (previous update) at onthewilderside: here

Veteran’s Day message from a veteran for peace

Statement by Camillo Mac Bica, Ph.D., Coordinator of Veterans For Peace Long Island:

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Occupy Long Island gathers at Suffolk Peace Network

Some photos of the meeting are at Flickr: here.

SPN hosts Occupy Long Island groups

Suffolk Peace Network welcomes Occupy LI

On Tuesday evening, November 1, 2011, Suffolk Peace Network held their regular, monthly meeting at The Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington. Central to the agenda was a discussion about how Suffolk Peace Network could support local occupations throughout Long Island. Due to the excitement of the occupy movement, there were about double the number of attendees at the meeting. There were some new faces, and more than usual amount of folks attending as individuals (instead of representing a group).

There were decisions made about how to connect Long Island groups, and proposals for how to coordinate things such as communications, publicizing each others’ events, doing joint events, and coordinating donations of warm clothes and blankets to Occupy Wall Street in Liberty Square.

People who either organized or attended the following occupations gave reports: Occupy The Hamptons (Lisa), Occupy Huntington (Nicole and Chris), Occupy Patchogue (Michelle), and Occupy Port Jefferson (Bob). Other groups were mentioned for folks to follow up with. Continue reading

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