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End the War Now - Rally & March

END THE WAR NOW !

BRING THE TROOPS HOME

Rally and march to end the war!
2:00 pm - March 19, 2006
St. Paul United Methodist Church
1816 Routh St. Dallas

End the war - March 19th - Dallas

Located a few blocks west of the intersection of Ross and Routh Streets and one block east of Woodall Rogers Freeway and Routh Street.
The rally will begin at 2:00pm - ending in a march to the Federal Building Downtown Dallas

People of all faiths are encouraged to show support for Rev. L. Charles Stovall and the call for peace at St. Paul United Methodist. Morning services begin at 10:45 am.

Info: Walt Harrison, 800-490-8161 ext 103;  baldeagle152@hotmail.com
Trish Major, Dallas Peace Center Communications Director 214-823-7793

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We Mourn the Loss of Tom Fox

(Editor's Note: The following is a statement issued by Christian Peacemaker Teams regarding the death of team member Tom Fox.)

In grief we tremble before God who wraps us with compassion. The death of our beloved colleague and friend pierces us with pain. Tom Fox's body was found in Baghdad yesterday.

Christian Peacemaker Teams extends our deep and heartfelt condolences to the family and community of Tom Fox, with whom we have traveled so closely in these days of crisis.

We mourn the loss of Tom Fox who combined a lightness of spirit, a firm opposition to all oppression, and the recognition of God in everyone.

Supremes rule military recruiters be allowed on campuses

The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that colleges that accept federal money must allow military recruiters on campus, despite university objections to the Pentagon's "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays.

Justices rejected a free-speech challenge from law school professors who claimed they should not be forced to associate with military recruiters or promote their campus appearances.

Camp Casey Dallas Reaches Out

By Leslie Harris

On Friday, March 3, Camp Casey Dallas once again set up its tents and banners outside of Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison's office in an ongoing effort to call attention to concerns about the war, and to urge the senator to meet with her constituents.  Although requests for a town meeting with the senator have been repeatedly denied, the response from the public gives renewed energy to the CCD antiwar coalition.

Change the Lock or Fix the Door

By Bill Matthews

(This commentary was written in response to a February 16 event organized by Orbits of Influence, partnering with the Dallas Peace Center and other community organizations and individuals.)

DPC board members Bill McElvaney (left) and Sidney Burkins (right) join Herdercine Nash, Narti Walsh and Maryann Walsh in a discussion of the movie The movie “Crash” weaves ironic sequences of ethnic stereotyping and startling mix-ups to vividly illustrate the crucial need for exchange of ideas before making conclusive judgment.

A Hispanic locksmith follows an order to install a new lock for a Persian shopkeeper, but advises him to fix the door. Though he’s trying to help, the shopkeeper accuses him of cheating and the locksmith trashes the invoice and leaves, quietly absorbing his financial loss. The shop is completely vandalized that night, with graffiti that attacks the “Arabs” (who have thus been mistakenly profiled).

Bill Number H.CON.RES.341 Condemning the Government of Iran

The following is the text of Bill Number H.CON.RES.341, which was passed by the House on February 16, was referred to Senate committee, then referred to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.

109th CONGRESS
2d Session

HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 341

Whereas Iran is a non-nuclear-weapon State Party to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, done at Washington, London, and Moscow July 1, 1968 (commonly referred to as the `Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty'), under which Iran is obligated, pursuant to Article II of the Treaty, `not to receive the transfer from any transferor whatsoever of nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices or of control over such weapons or explosive devices directly, or indirectly; not to manufacture or otherwise acquire nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices; and not to seek or receive any assistance in the manufacture of nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices';

Congress blocks new landmine production

By Scott Stedjan

In a last minute decision at the end of 2005, the U.S. Congress has told the Pentagon not to begin production of any new landmines before studying the possible indiscriminate consequences for deploying this weapon. The U.S. has not begun production of a new landmine since 1997.

According to budget documents submitted by the administration, the Defense Department had planned to make a decision in December 2005 on production of a particular new landmine called “Spider.” However, Congress delayed the decision by including a provision in the fiscal year 2006 military (“defense”) appropriations bill, passed on December 31, 2005, that requires the Secretary of the Army to conduct a review of new landmine technologies and report on the possible indiscriminate effects of these new systems before any production decision is made.

Chacour explains peace is simple in Israel-Palestine -- men are complicated

By Tara Flanagan
January 29, 2006

(Editor's Note: Henry & Cat Bucher inform us that Father Elias Chacour has just been elected Archbishop of the Galilee by the Greek Orthodox Church.)

Father Elias Chacour. Photo courtesy of Summit Daily News.DILLON, Colo. - Not that Father Elias Chacour ever stumbles for things to talk about, but last Wednesday's election - in which the Palestinian militant group Hamas claimed 76 of 132 parliament seats - gave his Summit County audience plenty to throw his way in Sunday morning's talk at Lord of the Mountains Lutheran Church in Dillon.

The three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee and winner of numerous other honors, most recently the 2005 America's First Freedom Peace Award, lightly hails himself a Palestinian Arab Christian Israeli. No stranger to political turmoil, the Melkite Catholic priest was born in Galilee in 1939. By 1948, his family - along with the rest of the townspeople - had been evicted from their village. He's been threatened multiple times and kidnapped once even by the PLO, yet he says people tend to get a bit over-political in their views.

Who got scooped at Prez’s Townview visit?

By Laray Polk

Beatriz Saldivar, whose nephew was killed in Iraq, talks with Townview High School students after President Bush's visit.On Friday, February 3, President Bush visited Townview High School in Dallas, Texas. The media arrived early as did the police and Secret Service. Another group showed up as well, the Young Democrats. They brought signs to draw attention to the $11.9 billion that has been cut in higher education. Their message was not welcome as the visitation was a carefully orchestrated photo-op for boosting visually what had been laid out in the State of the Union Address concerning educational initiatives in high school science and math programs.

Future American Lawyers To Be Proud Of

U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales spoke before law students at Georgetown today, justifying illegal, unauthorized surveilance of US citizens, but during the course of his speech the students in class got up from their seats and turned their backs to him. To make matters worse for Gonzales, additional students came into the room, wearing black cowls and carrying a simple banner, written on a sheet.
Fortunately for him, it was a brief speech... followed by a panel discussion. And, as one of the people on the panel said, "When you're a law student, they tell you if say that if you can't argue the law, argue the facts. They also tell you if you can't argue the facts, argue the law. If you can't argue either, apparently, the solution is to go on a public relations offensive and make it a political issue... to say over and over again "it's lawful", and to think that the American people will somehow come to believe this if we say it often enough. In light of this, I'm proud of the very civil civil disobedience that was shown here today."
- David Cole, Georgetown University Law Professor

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