After catching the morning traffic there we did a peace vigil, with our signs, on Hwy 70 in Marysville. I was gratified by the positive response we got from most of the people driving by.
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And as if those three reasons weren't enough to make you turn off your TV
4. "Less Likely to Know..." A new survey from Fairleigh Dickinson University
has found that viewers of Fox News are less informed about world events than
people who do not watch any news. Democracy Now! Nov., 22, 2011
5. Hazardous to Your Health
From the British Journal of Sports Medicine, "...every hour of TV watching by
an adult may take 22 minutes off your life." Web MD The Magazine,
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
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Thursday, July 14, 2011
A Moment for Openness
Even if the government proves its case against Bradley, I submit he will then be shown to have only acted in the tradition of those who honor honesty and openness, and only to have followed the President’s directions when he said, “My Administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government. Openness will
strengthen our democracy…” [www.gwu.edu]
How do you reconcile the charges against Bradley with the President’s pledge to openness? More importantly, how do you reconcile the charges against Bradley, with what we agreed to at
? That agreement, signed by the Nuremberg United States, France, the , and others, made the statement, “Individuals have international duties which transcend the national obligations of obedience. Therefore citizens have the duty to violate domestic laws to prevent crimes against peace and humanity from occurring.” [Stop the Next War Now, Benjamin and Evans p.17] United Kingdom
Bradley Manning is not convicted of anything and yet, he has been made to stand at attention, in the nude, every morning; he has been in solitary confinement for 8 months; he has been subject to sensory deprivation and politicians call for his execution.
As U.S. Department of State spokesperson P.J. Crowley, said the treatment of Bradley Manning "is ridiculous, counterproductive and stupid".
Why not stop our war action now, and change our tactics to a police action? Instead of worrying about whistleblowers, let’s honor them. Bradley Manning is giving us the opportunity to be more civilized. Wouldn’t it be more civilized, and more Constitutional, if someone is doing something illegal, to arrest them instead of shoot them? Let’s have trials instead of massacres! Imagine the world wide change of attitude towards our foreign policy. Imagine the money we would save. We are spending trillions [Costs of War Project] (http://www.democracynow.org/2011/7/8/) to get a hundred terrorists.
http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/president-obamas-secret-100-al-qaeda-nowafghanistan/story?id=9227861 Instead of murdering so many civilians, (8,813 http://www.unknownnews.net/casualties.html) find out where these guys are and arrest them. Have trials with judges and juries. And “let us live out the true meaning” of our pledge, “…and justice for all.”
My experience with Amnesty International showed me that it can be powerful just to write to prisoners of conscience. It can improve their living conditions and help get them a hearing. So I’m asking everyone I know to please take a moment and write Bradley Manning. We have heard that he is getting letters and that he is encouraged by them. And it will make you feel better too. His address is:
Commander, HHC USAG
Attn: PFC Manning
239 Sheridan Ave, Bldg 417
JBM-HH, VA 22211
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Tour 2011 4/5/11 – 4/14/11 Peace Panel Project Valley
We arrived in
on a pleasant and sunny Tuesday morning. Met by our welcoming committee of one, the friendly and helpful student assigned as our contact person. We set up our 12 easels right in front of the Student Union in the East Campus Quad, a grassy park-like area in between the Modesto Union and the Administration building. We were well received by students and faculty that walked by, many of them thanking us for what we were doing, which, at that moment was to just sit there and answer questions.
Nan Austin with photographer Bart, of the Modesto Bee, came by and interviewed us taking copious notes and photos for an article that showed up in the Bee a few days later. She sent us the link http://www.modbee.com/2011/04/07/1635231/peace-talk-strikes-a-chord-at.html
All was going well, until about mid day when a grey haired faculty woman marched by our exhibit in a huff, headed straight for the Administration Office. Kevin ran out of the
Union. “Did she accost you?” “No.” We replied. Apparently, she was really upset that some group on Campus might have paid for such an exhibit, or heaven forbid, that the Campus had paid for such an exhibit. Kevin said that he explained to her that a social justice group had signed on with the Peace Panel Project, but that the exhibit was free and no money had changed hands. Not completely satisfied the teacher stormed out of the Union and off to the Administration to voice her concerns. Mercifully, no more was heard of her.
That afternoon, we joined the Modesto Peace and
’s peace vigil at McHenry and J streets. An event you can join if you are ever in Life Center on the first Wed. of every month from 4:30-5:30pm. The group was heartened by our participation and the panels we carried. I was standing next to a gentleman, on the curb, holding our signs, and he turned to me, “When we started this, at the beginning of the Modesto war, people spit at us. They would glare, shout negative comments and I even had an egg thrown at me! Now, more people are honking, smiling, and giving us the thumbs up. There’s been a definite sea change in people’s reaction to our vigil.” He smiled. I smiled back. Iraq
We arrived at the campus of
the next Tues morning; both of our contacts were not answering their phones. Oh well. We called the Campus Police, explained the situation and discovered that, by accident we were in the correct spot. We bought a parking pass and parked under the instruction of a Campus Policeman, unloaded and set up the exhibit. We were well received. Many stopped, studied, and photographed the exhibit. We received some small donations and an offer to develop a website with a donate button! I had never imagined, a donate button for the PPP. Wow, a “donate button” in our future. Hurray! Sacramento City College
As our time there was winding down, I saw a woman studying the “How Many More Massacres” panel. I walked up to her to see if she had a question. She turned to me with such an intense gaze, I was startled. I had never seen such a look before. So intense. This middle aged, tanned, solid, clear, resolved, and yet sad woman commanded my attention, “I was there,” she said pointing to my list, of the number of Iraqis massacred by US forces in 1990, “On behalf of the Iraqi People, I thank you for this exhibit. I don’t think enough people know this is happening.” She turned and walked away. I was speechless. I wanted to hug her or say I was sorry for the intense pain she has felt, but she was gone. An Iraqi woman at SCC, we are such a global village. Surely, in our hearts, peace is on the upswing.
We packed up the exhibit and returned to our pick-up to find, a parking ticket. Undaunted, that afternoon, we joined the Sacramento Area Peace Action group’s peace vigil on 16th & J Streets from 4:30 – 6pm. We met some great people and enjoyed some wonderful camaraderie, had a dinner that couldn’t be beat and headed for
We arrived on the campus of UOP about 9:45am that Wednesday morning to gloomy skies and a cold wind. We met our contact and he helped us with a parking pass and unloading the exhibit. The weather’s cool reception was in contrast to the warm smile of John Morearty who met us as we rounded the corner of the University center. The 72 year old philosopher, professor, carpenter, author, and peace activist was fun to talk to and was a great help setting up. In a deep resonate voice he brought us up to speed on the local situation. We were at a rich, private and conservative college campus. It was funny how at SCC people looked at the exhibit as they walked by. We got the good old, slack-jaw stunned, response more that once. It’s humorous to view that posture from the side. By contrast, many at UOP were able to walk the entire 75 feet of our exhibit without looking up from the sidewalk once. There was a Philippine Cultural table across from ours, so we got to enjoy some of their great live guitar as the day progressed. I walked over to their table and thanked them for the music, and on behalf of white American guys I apologized for what our armed forces had done to the
. They came over and checked out the Peace Panel Project and thanked us. The weather deteriorated. A gust of wind caught the easels and they began to fall, to my amazement 12 people suddenly appeared and the exhibit was up again in no time. A man came up, Baldwin, asked if we could be persuaded to show the PPP at Philippines next year for a peace event of theirs. The day was late, I was tired, and suggested that a fee might be required. Grass Valley Baldwin didn’t seem daunted. Wow.
That afternoon we attended a meeting of the Peace & Justice Network of
at a modest café, where we made a presentation and had a round table discussion of the 28 panels of the Mini (9”x18”) Peace Panel Project. A lively discussion ensued, enjoyed by all in attendance, (8). We were roundly complemented and encouraged. San Joaquin County
Then it was off to the Network’s Peace Vigil on Yokuts and Pacific from 5-6pm where we met more peace activists and received many more smiles and honks of the traffic. As we packed up the PPP for the final time, on the Tour, we were up beat with the encouragement of new friends and contacts that promised future progress. We headed home to
, more grateful than ever for our home town. Chico
Camille and Charles Withuhn
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Friday, January 7, 2011
At the time of his death, Smedley was the most decorated soldier in U.S.
history. He came to the conclusion that the U.S. military was being used by big business merely as mercenaries; putting down peasant demands for living wages and allowing business to operate without restrictions. Outraged at the high profits big business was achieving during war time, Smedley had a modest proposal. Since we are asking our young men and women to make sacrifices for their "country" during war time, let us ask sacrifices of big business too. We could pass laws that would limit corporate profits during war to less than they made during peace. How long do you think we would be at war if corporations sacrificed too?
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
The Peace Panel Project started in the Spring of '08 as an attempt by graphic designer, Charles Withuhn, to communicate with fellow citizens on issues that seemed important and under discussed and under reported. It is currently 18 - 2'x4' panels with statements and graphics of war and peace on matching white easels. Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Howard Zinn, Greg Mortensen, DemocracyNow!, John Quigley and others the Peace Panel Project has been well received at the World Peace March, Pastors for Peace, Pathways to Peace the Chico Peace Vigil and UNR.