Thursday, March 17, 2005

BAUAW NEWSLETTER-THURSDAY, MARCH 17, 2005

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THE NEXT BAUAW MEETING WILL TAKE PLACE:
SATURDAY, APRIL 2, 11:30AM
474 VALENCIA STREET, SF
(FIRST FLOOR, TO THE LEFT AND ALL THE WAY BACK
TO THE COMPANEROS DEL BARRIO CHILDREN'S CENTER)
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SPECIAL CALLED MEETING OF THE BOARD
TONIGHT, THURS. MARCH 17TH, 5:30 P.M.!
PRECEEDING THE MEETING OF THE WHOLE AT 7 P.M.:
555 Franklin St.
To get on the speakers list of the 5:30 meeting call:
415-241-6427, 241-6493 or 241-6000,
Today, Thursday, March 17th from 8-3 p.m.
There is no speakers list for the seven o'clock
"meeting of the whole." They will ask for speakers
and you go up to the microphone. I am not sure how much
time will be allowed per speaker (either one or two minutes
each.) at either meeting.

At the March 8th meeting JROTC teachers lied about what the
main purpose of JROTC was and about what they are teaching to the
children of San Francisco at the district's expense.

I received the following letter this morning from
"Arson G.," one of those students.

Arson G.'s words speak for themselves.

"Out of the mouths of babes!"

Peace,
Bonnie Weinstein, Bay Area United Against War

--- Nelly Gabuera
I don't know where you guys get your ideas, but
JROTC does NOT promote warfare or joining the army or
any sort of that. It's my second year in the JROTC
program and I love it, it teaches me leadership
skills, educates me, it PROMOTES my moral standards.
The mission of JROTC is to Promote Young Cadets To
Become Better Citizens. You do not know what you are
talking about, you are not IN the program, you have
never been in the program because if you have you
wouldve loved it, one paper does not mean im going to
join the Army. Now that we have ROTC settled,
let's focus on the war. If it wasn't for wars would
you still enjoy the freedoms you have today? NO? if it
wasn't for war half of the world would be run by
dictators like Hitler or Stalin or Mussolini, Castro?
SADAM? All we're doing in Iraq is bringing democracy.
We fought BACK because of 9-11. You cannot JUDGE the
JROTC in the last two years we have not even DISCUSSED
THE WAR class wise maybe amongst friends BUT NOT IN
THE JROTC CLASSROOM.

The only thing we do, is march, learn
how to tell right from wrong. We have fun in the JROTC
program. Think of what effect it would have on kids
that don't have as good opportunities. The kids that
live in poverty that depend on JROTC to teach them
better, I believe JROTC saved lot's of lives. I
believe that if there isn't ONE person in the world
that is unsuccessful in his life that passed the
JROTC program with flying colors. I really hope you
fail canceling the JROTC program, and for any grudge
you have against Bush take it out on him not the kids.

P.S. I AM joining the marine corps, it has been my
DREAM to be in the army since i was 7 years old. My
father served, my grandfather server and i will serve.

One thing i do admit though, the JROTC did make me
braver on my decision for joining the marines.

-Sincerely Arson G.
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MILITARY RECRUITERS WILL BE AT THE CAREER FAIR AT
GEORGE WASHINGTON HIGH SCHOOL
600 32nd Avenue between Geary and Balboa Sts.
TUESDAY, APRIL 5TH, 9:50AM-12:20PM
ALL ARE INVITED TO HELP WITH COUNTER-RECRUITMENT!
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BAY AREA UNITED AGAINST WAR PRESENTS
A PREMIERE FILM SHOWING OF:

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED
One man, one camera. Two sides of a story
FRIDAY, MARCH 18TH, 6 P.M.
(There will be a short question and answer period
at 7:30 P.M. immediately following the film.)
FOUR STAR TWIN
220 CLEMENT ST. NEAR 23RD AVENUE
SAN FRANCISCO
415-666-3488

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED is a gripping documentary by veteran
British journalist Sean Langan. Langan gets up close and
personal accounts of the war from U.S. and coalition soldiers,
Iraqi resistance fighters, and captures Abu Ghraib prison abuses
long before the torture reached the popular Press.

The most powerful statement of the film is the depiction
of the total devastation brought to Iraq by this war. It is the
constant backdrop to the interviews in the film as is the almost
universal hatred exhibited by the Iraqi people toward any U.S.
presence in Iraq-both from those interviewed and from those
included among the rubble in the background scenes. This film's
a must for anyone thinking of joining the military or who is
unsure of what our government is doing there in our name.

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CINEMA LIBRE STUDIO -
www.VOICESINWARTIME.org -
LANDMARK THEATRES -
GLOBAL EXCHANGE -
THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY GUARDIAN -
CORPWATCH -
BAY.AREA.UNITED.AGAINST.WAR

Invite you to join us for a special sneak preview of the
film "Voices in Wartime."

Wednesday, March 30, 2005, 7:30 p.m.
Landmark Lumiere Theatre
1572 California St (near Polk)
San Francisco, CA 94109

Please RSVP via e-mail to VIWSF@ebcoms.com by March 26, 2005.
Include your name and number of guests in the subject line e.g.
"Your Name + 1."

Please note: Screening is FREE. Seating is limited, based
on RSVPs received. If we are not able to accommodate you,
we will let you know by return email. Please bring a copy
of this invitation with you.

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Volunteers are needed for March 19th!
Show up March 19th at Dolores Park
or Civic Center at 9:00 a.m.
and sign up at the A.N.S.W.E.R. volunteer table.

Or contact A.N.S.W.E.R. OFFICE AT:
2489 Mission St. #24, 415-821-6545

Hello to members of United for Peace and Justice Bay Area,

On March 19 UPJ-Bay Area will be meeting at 10:30 a.m. on
18th Street in front of Mission High School before marching down
to Civic Center. We will be carrying panels of the faces of the
victims of the war-American soldiers and Iraqi civilians-and need
your help in carrying them to Civic Center where we will have
a table. Please send out this request to your listserv.
Also, we are updating our members' directory and need your
updated contact information.

Please send your email, phone number and website address to me
as soon as possible. A donation of $25 is also requested to
cover printing charges. Please send to:

United for Peace and Justice-Bay Area
c/o War Resisters League West
POB 410744
San Francisco, CA 94141

Thanks.

Jackie Barshak
for UPJ-Bay Area
415.308.9416
jackie barshak jbarshak@hotmail.com

Not in Our Name Bay Area

Help Not in Our Name build for the March 19 mass
mobilization in San Francisco to end war and occupation!

Community postering for March 19 march and rally.
Also, help prepare for the March 18 anti-war
morning visiblity action.

Planning Meeting & Work Party
Wednesday, March 16 ~ 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Not in Our Name office. 3945 Opal Street,
Oakland CA 94609

Morning Visibilty Action
Friday, March 18 ~ 6:30 AM to 9:30 AM
Call us to hook up and help get the message out
to tens of thousands of morning commuters --
"Out of Iraq now!"

U.S. Out of Iraq Now!
March 19: International Day of Action

On the second anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, let's
show Bush and Co. that the people of the world say
NO to war and occupation!

On Saturday, March 19 join the Not in Our Name Earth
Flag Contingent at the mass march and rally organized by
ANSWER Coalition -- 11 am, Dolores Park, San Francisco.
Join up with the Not in Our Name Earth Flag Contingent at
the corner of 18th Street and Dolores (map). March to Civic
Center for a 1 pm rally.

Not In Our Name will also be organizing acts of creative
resistance around this weekend. We encourage folks to
strategize and brainstorm with us about how to broaden
resistance and bring awareness to the millions in this country
that our message must reach; and to join us as we unite with
groups around the Bay to bring out all who oppose the deadly
course of this government. Come to a general meeting,
call our office, or check out the website.

Against Military Recruitment in our Schools?
On the second anniversary of the war, join the
Counter-Recruitment Contingent!

***
Saturday, March 19
10AM at 16th and Mission St.
(the 16th Street BART station)
***
AT SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY, military recruiters were
forced to leave early without any recruits because of the hundreds
of students that came out to protest their presence at the school!

This is not an isolated incident. Seattle, Chicago, New York,
Madison, Connecticut, Minnesota. In community colleges,
high schools, and universities around the nation, students,
faculty, and campus workers have come out to protest the
BLACKMAILING of education. As billions are being diverted
from schools to the war, our students are being told that they
need to die before they see a dime of it.

THIS IS DEAD WRONG.

As recruiters are failing to meet quotas for the first time in
a decade, despite more than tripling signing bonuses, we need
to rebuild the anti-war movement by fighting against the war
where it is weakest.

Join students, parents, teachers, military families, veterans,
community members, and activists on the second anniversary
of the war at the 16th Street BART station at 10AM to march
up to Dolores Park together.

Sponsored by the Campus Anti-War Network and the College
Not Combat Committee.

Money for Jobs and Education! Not for War and Occupation!

For more info please contact: ragina@mac.com / 415.412.4540

sue sandlin design | srsndln@pacbell.net

National Teach-in on Iraq: How Can We End this War?
Thursday, March 24 ~ 7 PM to 10 PM
Mission High School, 3750 18th Street (at Dolores), San Francisco

On the 40th Anniversary of the first teach-ins on the Vietnam War.
With presentations by Iraq veteran Rahul Mahajan, Cindy Sheehan,
Fernando Suarez, Aimee Allison, Howard Wallace, Sean O'Neil,
and Medea Benjamin. Sponsored by Global Exchange and
CODEPINK. $5 donation requested. (more info)

Resistance Cinema Presents "Hidden in Plain Sight"
Sunday, April 10 ~ 3 PM to 5 PM
Parkway Pizza/Pub Theater, 1834 Park Blvd., Oakland

A short history, a spirited debate, a personal story, and a call
for accountability, "Hidden in Plain Sight" is a bold, unflinching
look at the nature and consequences of U.S. policy in Latin
America. Brief presentation by Laura Slattery, Pace e Bene
Nonviolence. A free event sponsored by Not in Our Name.

The Not in Our Name Project needs your support!

Donate online: donate.notinourname.net

Or send your tax-deductible contribution today to:

Not in Our Name
3945 Opal Street, Oakland CA 94609
www.notinourname.net

phone: 510-601-8000
email: bayarea@notinourname.net
local: bayarea.notinourname.net
Another World Is Possible!
http://www.notinourname.net

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Dear Friends Please read the following request from Families for
Peaceful Tomorrows one of the many co-sponsors of the Eyes Wide
Open exhibit. They have committed to trying to collecting the
16,000 additional pairs of shoes. Please think about becoming
a collection point. In my opinion donating a pair of shoes is a
great way to challenge people to think about the human cost of
war. It is a way to involve people before the exhibit arrives and
encourage them to come. Some ideas for dealing with the collection
include; put out a barrel or box asking for the donation in your
school, church, neighborhood center or place of work. Put a flyer
on the box explaining why we are collecting the shoes. Thanks.
Sandra Schwartz

Peace Education Coordinator, AFSC
Dear Friends,

Eyes Wide Open, the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)
exhibit that reminds us of the human cost of war is coming to San
Francisco March 25-27. The exhibit features over 1,500 pairs of
combat boots tagged with the names of U.S. soldiers who have
died in the Iraq war. It also memorializes the Iraqi civilians killed
in the war.

In San Francisco, we are adding a new element to this powerful
exhibit: instead of just 1,000 shoes to represent all the Iraqi civilian
deaths, we have set a goal of collecting 16,000[1] pairs of shoes
to more accurately demonstrate the scale of Iraqi deaths as a result
of the war. The shoe memorial has been initiated by September
11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows and it will not happen
without your support.

We need your help to meet the goal of collecting 16,000 pairs
of shoes!

What you can do:

1. Collect shoes for the exhibit

* Please gather usable shoes from your family and friends
or set up a shoe collection site in your community, school,
workplace or place of worship.
* Tie each pair together, or, if no laces, securely attach them
together.
* Count the pairs of shoes and place in heavy-duty garbage
bags. Attach a tag with the count on it.
* Shoes will be donated at the end of the exhibit. Children's
and men's shoes are especially needed.
* Call Nabil at 415-565-0201 ext. 14 or email
shoes@peacefultomorrows.org
* Drop off shoes 9 am to 5 pm at AFSC, 65 Ninth St.
(between Mission and Market) until Thursday, March 24.
Last minute shoes may be brought to Civic Center Plaza
Friday, March 25. No shoes accepted after Friday.

2. Collect phone cards for military personnel
We are also collecting telephone calling cards to donate to
military personnel and to returning Iraq war veterans in
a Bay Area hospital and the USOs at local airports. Please
purchase phone cards to donate with your shoes or bring
to the exhibit.

3. Volunteer
Volunteers are needed for the shoe project as well as the
overall exhibit.

* To volunteer with the shoe project, call Nabil at
415-565-0201 ext. 14 or email
shoes@peacefultomorrows.org
* To volunteer to help with the exhibit call AFSC at
415-565-0201 ext. 15 or email sleeds@afsc.org

4. Spread the word! Please forward this information to
your networks.

5. Come to the exhibit, encourage others to come, and
bring last minute shoe donations and help us honor all
those who have died in Iraq.

[1] The number 16,000 is the approximate minimum number
of Iraqi civilians reported killed by military intervention in
Iraq by www.iraqbodycount.net.

Eyes Wide Open

"An exhibit that speaks directly to our hearts and reminds
us of the human cost of war."
Over 1,500 pairs of empty combat boots - tagged with the
names of U.S. soldiers who died in the Iraq war - will be
displayed, together with thousands of shoes and wall of
names to memorialize the Iraqis killed.

SAN FRANCISCO DATES:
March 25 (Friday), 11:00 am with all night vigil
Civic Center between Polk and Larkin
March 26 (Saturday), 10:00 am to 5 pm
Civic Center Voices and Requiem - 2 pm
March 27 (Easter Sunday), 10:00 am to dusk
Union Square (Powell and Geary)

American Friends Service Committee
We Need Good Shoes (Especially for Men and Children) and
Telephone Cards!
Call 415-565-0201 x14 or shoes@peacefultomorrows.org
See www.afsc.org/eyes
Until Thursday March 24, drop off shoes at 65 Ninth St.
(betw. Mission and Market) from 9-5 weekdays
Donate phone cards for military families Donate shoes to
memorialize the Iraqi casualties

Co-Sponsors (partial list) Agape Fdn; American Muslim Voice;
Archdiocese of SF: Comm. Of Public Policy and Social Concern;
Bay Area Pax Christi; Bay Area United for Peace and Justice;
Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists; Berkeley Friends
Church; Buddhist Peace Fellowship; Grace Cathedral: Diocese
of CA of the Episcopal Church; Los Altos Voices for Peace; Military
Families Speak Out; Pacifica Peace People; Pacifica Women in
Black; SFUSD School Board; Strawberry Creek Friends Meeting;
Veterans for Peace; 9/11 Families for Peaceful Tomorrows,
San Francisco Friends Meeting, Code Pink

Our postal address is
P.O. Box 1818
Peter Stuyvesant Station
New York, New York 10009
United States

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1) SPECIAL CALLED MEETING OF THE BOARD
TOMORROW, THURS. MARCH 17TH, 5:30 P.M.!
PRECEEDING THE MEETING OF THE WHOLE AT 7 P.M.:
555 Franklin St.
To get on the speakers list of the 5:30 meeting call:
415-241-6427, 241-6493 or 241-6000,
Wednesday, March 16th from 8-4 p.m. and
Thursday, March 17th from 8-3 p.m.
There is no speakers list for the seven o'clock
"meeting of the whole." They will ask for speakers
and you go up to the microphone. I am not sure how much
time will be allowed per speaker (either one or two minutes
each.) at either meeting.

2) WE ALL STAND WITH LYNNE STEWART!
NO JAIL TIME FOR LYNNE!
PLEASE WRITE LETTERS TODAY

3) March 19, 2005 Global Day of Action
No to War Occupation of Iraq, Palestine, Haiti,
Afghanistan, Cuba Everywhere!
Bring the Troops Home Now!
Money for People's Needs, Not War!
San Francisco: March Assembles: 11 a.m. Dolores Park
Rally: 1 p.m. Civic Center

4) COMING TO THE BAY AREA SOON-POWERFUL ANTIWAR MOVIES

5) Iraqi War Veteran's Personal Journey of Conscience
Tuesday, March 22, 7:00 PM
Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church
55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek
Aidan Delgado, 23 year-old returned war veteran, relates the
personal journey of his deployment in Iraq at Abu Grhraib Prison,
and how he came to establish himself as a conscientious objector.
For more information call the Peace & Justice Center 925/933-7850

6) The US Student movement is surging, with campuses coast
to coast staging non-violent actions to protest the war
and military recruitment.
See http://www.campusresistance.org
for upcoming and recent actions during this Week of
Campus Resistance.

7) SECRET U.S. PLANS FOR IRAQ'S OIL (LINK ONLY)
By Greg Palast
Reporting for BBC Newsnight
17 March 2005
Date: Thu, 17 Mar 2005 01:41:19 -0500
From: palast@gregpalast.com
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/newsnight/4354269.stm

8) House Approves $81.4 Billion (LINK ONLY)
War Spending Package
by Liz Sidoti
Published on Wednesday, March 16, 2005 by the Associated Press
http://www.commondreams.org/headlines05/0316-11.htm

9) Fate of the Union (LINK ONLY)
By Frank Joyce, AlterNet
Posted on February 22, 2005, Printed on March 17, 2005
http://www.alternet.org/story/21312/

10) Remember the Disappeared: An Appeal to the Anti-War
Movement from Blue Triangles Network
NationalOffice@BlueTriangle.org
mailto:NationalOffice@BlueTriangle.org

11) White House press conference (LINK ONLY)
Bush defends rendition of detainees to torture regimes
By Barry Grey
World Socialist Web Site www.wsws.org
17 March 2005
http://www.wsws.org/articles/2005/mar2005/bush-m17.shtml

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1) SPECIAL CALLED MEETING OF THE BOARD
TONIGHT, THURS. MARCH 17TH, 5:30 P.M.!
PRECEEDING THE MEETING OF THE WHOLE AT 7 P.M.:
555 Franklin St.
To get on the speakers list of the 5:30 meeting call:
415-241-6427, 241-6493 or 241-6000,
Thursday, March 17th from 8-3 p.m.
There is no speakers list for the seven o'clock
"meeting of the whole." They will ask for speakers
and you go up to the microphone. I am not sure how much
time will be allowed per speaker (either one or two minutes
each.) at either meeting.

At the March 8th meeting JROTC teachers lied about what the
main purpose of JROTC was and about what they are teaching to the
children of San Francisco at the district's expense.

I received the following letter this morning from
"Arson G.," one of those students.

Arson G.'s words speak for themselves.

"Out of the mouths of babes!"

Peace,
Bonnie Weinstein, Bay Area United Against War

--- Nelly Gabuera
I don't know where you guys get your ideas, but
JROTC does NOT promote warfare or joining the army or
any sort of that. It's my second year in the JROTC
program and I love it, it teaches me leadership
skills, educates me, it PROMOTES my moral standards.
The mission of JROTC is to Promote Young Cadets To
Become Better Citizens. You do not know what you are
talking about, you are not IN the program, you have
never been in the program because if you have you
wouldve loved it, one paper does not mean im going to
join the Army. Now that we have ROTC settled,
let's focus on the war. If it wasn't for wars would
you still enjoy the freedoms you have today? NO? if it
wasn't for war half of the world would be run by
dictators like Hitler or Stalin or Mussolini, Castro?
SADAM? All we're doing in Iraq is bringing democracy.
We fought BACK because of 9-11. You cannot JUDGE the
JROTC in the last two years we have not even DISCUSSED
THE WAR class wise maybe amongst friends BUT NOT IN
THE JROTC CLASSROOM. The only thing we do, is march, learn
how to tell right from wrong. We have fun in the JROTC
program. Think of what effect it would have on kids
that don't have as good opportunities. The kids that
live in poverty that depend on JROTC to teach them
better, I believe JROTC saved lot's of lives. I
believe that if there isn't ONE person in the world
that is unsuccessfull in his life that passed the
JROTC program with flying colors. I really hope you
fail canceling the JROTC program, and for any grudge
you have against Bush take it out on him not the kids.

P.S. I AM joining the marine corps, it has been my
DREAM to be in the army since i was 7 years old. My
father served, my grandfather server and i will serve.

One thing i do admit though, the JROTC did make me
braver on my decision for joining the marines.

-Sincerely Arson G.

BAUAW has submitted the following resolution to the board:

Draft Resolution for San Francisco Board of Education
Cut Ties with the Military:

WHEREAS, the United States military is
actively recruiting high school students into
the military to fight in Iraq; and

WHEREAS, many young San Francisco
high school alumni are presently serving in
military units fighting in Iraq; and

WHEREAS, it is San Francisco City policy
by virtue of Proposition N, to bring all U.S.
troops home from Iraq now; and

WHEREAS, over 1,448 U.S. soldiers and
approximately 100,000 Iraqis have been
killed in this war and over 10,000 U.S.
soldiers and unknown thousands of
Iraqis have been wounded; and

WHEREAS, the hundreds of billions of dollars
spent on the war have robbed our children of
resources that should be spent on
education and other human needs; and

WHEREAS, military presence in our schools
legitimizes the message that violence is
acceptable;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT:
It shall be the policy of the San Francisco
Board of Education to cut all ties
with the United States military,
including, but not limited to: Ending military
recruitment on campuses; ending the
Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps
(JROTC); and guaranteeing that all students
and parents are informed of their right to
deny military recruiters access to their
names, addresses and telephone numbers.

MILITARY SPENDING IN THE SCHOOLS:
To: CodePinkCounterRecruitGroup@yahoogroups.com
From: "iampohet"

Subject: Which schools have jrotc?

I don't know specifically if military science is jrotc. I didn't find the
right person to ask. But, if it isn't, then what the hell is it?
Oh, heck, just for fun, here are the athletics funds listed in
the profile:

School: Amt: FTE's:Mil.Sci. FTE's:

Balboa: $6,000 2.0
Burton: $6,000 2.0
Galileo: $6,000 2.0
Lincoln: $7,000 3.0
Mission: $6,000 2.0
Lowell: $7,000 2.0
Washington: $7,000 2.0

The money, just over 2 mil, is all the funds... 1mil+
from the Feds and 1mil + in matching funds from
the sfusd.

In CodePinkCounterRecruitGroup@yahoogroups.com,
Ms sam joi wrote:
question - mil sci is jrotc? and this $$ was
alotted by the feds to the individual schools?

iampohet wrote:

School Money alotted to Mil Sci
as per fiscal profile Apr. 2004

Balboa: $261,335
Burton: $258,177
Galileo: $343,913
Lincoln: $429,106
Mission: $265,303
Lowell: $276,877
Wash: $344,093

Total: $2,178,804


I found this info by digging in the
individual school's profiles on
the sfusd website. Hope it's helpful.
erin

Bay Area United Against War (BAUAW)
www.bauaw.org
414-824-8730

Donations are urgently needed to carry
out this important work. We have no
paid staff but need money for posters,
buttons, flyers and informational material
to hand out to students and parents.

Make a tax-deductible donation to:

Bay Area United Against War/NVM
P.O. Box 318021
San Francisco, CA 94131-8021

Coming Up:

Global Day of Action
March 19, 2005
No to War and Occupation in Iraq, Palestine, Haiti,
Afghanistan, Cuba Everywhere!
Bring the Troops Home Now!
Money for People's Needs, Not War!

San Francisco March Assembles:
11 a.m. Dolores Park
Rally: 1 p.m. Civic Center

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2) WE ALL STAND WITH LYNNE STEWART!
NO JAIL TIME FOR LYNNE!
PLEASE WRITE LETTERS TODAY:

SUGGESTION AS TO FORMAT OF LETTERS
TO BE WRITTEN ON BEHALF OF LYNNE STEWART

MARGIN: Please leave at least a one-inch left-hand
margin to allow us to bind the letter into the
appendix to the sentencing memorandum that
is being filed on Lynne's behalf.

INSIDE ADDRESS: Honorable John G. Koeltl
United States District Judge
Southern District of New York
United States Courthouse
500 Pearl Street
New York, New York 10007

GREETING: Honorable Sir or Dear Judge Koeltl:

BODY: Briefly introduce yourself and set forth your
relationship to Lynne.
Briefly discuss yourself - your position in work
and in society.
State that you are aware that Lynne is to be
sentenced following a jury verdict of guilty on
serious charges: The remainder of your letter
should discuss whatever you believe to weigh
in favor of no jail time. If possible, you should
tell of an incident where she helped you out or
engaged in commendable community service.
Do not try to argue that she is not guilty or was
unfairly conviction. Focus on the unfairness of
the government's actions in bringing the charges;
the way in which the government portrayed her, etc.

* Typewritten letters if possible are preferred.
*
WHEN LETTER IS COMPLETED: Please mail the
final product to the following address:
Jill R. Shellow-Lavine, Esq.
2537 Post Road
Southport, CT 06890

Do not send your letters to the judge. We ask that you
forward your letter me so that the lawyers can present
it to Judge Koeltl with the other letters being written for
this purpose. This is the manner in which letters will
have the greatest impact. If they are sent directly to the
Judge's chambers, they may have less of an impact and
could cause the judge a substantial inconvenience
(and annoyance).

Thank you for your cooperation. If you have any
questions, please do not hesitate to contact the
defense committee at www.lynnestewart.org.

Sincerely,
Jill R. Shellow-Lavine
Attorney for Lynne Stewart
For more information go to:
www.LynneStewart.org

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3) March 19, 2005 Global Day of Action
No to War Occupation ˆ Iraq, Palestine, Haiti,
Afghanistan, Cuba Everywhere!
Bring the Troops Home Now!
Money for People‚s Needs, Not War!
San Francisco: March Assembles: 11 a.m. Dolores Park
Rally: 1 p.m. Civic Center
[Volunteers are needed for March 19. Show up at Dolores Park
at 9:00am-or at the Civic Center at 9:00am and sign up at the
A.N.S.W.E.R. volunteer table or call the A.N.S.W.E.R. office
at 415-821-6545.

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4) BAY AREA UNITED AGAINST WAR PRESENTS:
"Mission Accomplished" a brutally vivid documentary
filmed entirely on the ground in Iraq. The reality of this
war for American troops is contrasted to the
overwhelming reality of the devastation felt and experienced
by the people of Iraq.
"Mission Accomplished" will open March 18th, 6pm:
The Four Star Twin
2200 Clement St. (near 23rd Ave.)
San Francisco, CA 94121
415.666.3488

CINEMA LIBRE STUDIO -
www.VOICESINWARTIME.org -
LANDMARK THEATRES -
GLOBAL EXCHANGE -
THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY GUARDIAN -
CORPWATCH -
BAY.AREA.UNITED.AGAINST.WAR

Invite you to join us for a special sneak
preview of the film "Voices in Wartime."

Wednesday, March 30, 2005, 7:30 p.m.
Landmark Lumiere Theatre
1572 California St (near Polk)
San Francisco, CA 94109

Please RSVP via e-mail to VIWSF@ebcoms.com
by March 26, 2005. Include your name and
number of guests in the subject line e.g. "Your Name + 1."

Please note: Screening is FREE. Seating is limited, based on
RSVPs received. If we are not able to accommodate you, we
will let you know by return email. Please bring a copy of this
invitation with you.

ABOUT THE FILM
==============
"Voices in Wartime" gives the gut-wrenching experience
of war a fresh perspective. It steps away to look at all wars
- not just the conflicts currently in the news. The terrible
beauty of poetry is its guide, distilling the grim realities and
complex emotions of war. In addition soldiers, journalists,
historians and experts on combat are interviewed, adding
diverse perspectives on war's effects. History and literature
have shown that in times of war, poets can lead us to greater
truths and that the power of poetry can help us understand
the trauma, violence and death caused by armed conflict.

EARLY REVIEWS
=============
"'Voices' is a compelling look at poets caught up in the evils
of war, with nowhere to hide but in the solace of words.
But these are not words to be locked away. They are words
to be shouted from the rooftop, or better yet, from the movie
screens of every town in America.

The film relates a history of war poetry with narratives
that range from Sam Hamill 3-star general William Lennox Jr.,
superintendant of West Point.

This movie arrives just in time for the second anniversary
of "shock and awe". It may not be as shocking, but actually,
it's a lot more awesome." - Karl Weyrauch, EZAAPP, from the
Association of American Physician Poets.


"A history of verse is laid alongside that of warfare, and
the ways in which they are braided together proves
fascinating." - Variety Magazine"

* * * * - Entertainment Insiders

www.VoicesInWartime.org
4509 Interlake Ave. N. #263 | Seattle, WA 98103-6782
www.CinemaLibreStudio.com

[This poem by fourth-grader Cameron Penny was read
by Marie Howe in this very beautiful film
directed by Rick King.

"If you are lucky in this life
A window will appear on a battlefield between two armies
And when the soldiers look into the window
They don't see their enemies
They see themselves as children
And they stop fighting
And go home and go to sleep
When they wake up, the land is well again."
By Cameron Penny]

Landmark
Lumiere 3
San Francisco
1572 California Street
50th St

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5) Iraqi War Veteran's Personal Journey of Conscience
Tuesday, March 22, 7:00 PM
Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church
55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek
Aidan Delgado, 23 year-old returned war veteran, relates the
personal journey of his deployment in Iraq at Abu Grhraib Prison,
and how he came to establish himself as a conscientious objector.
For more information call the Peace & Justice Center 925/933-7850

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6) The US Student movement is surging, with campuses coast
to coast staging non-violent actions to protest the war
and military recruitment.
See http://www.campusresistance.org
for upcoming and recent actions during this Week of
Campus Resistance.

The Campus Antiwar Network (CAN), Lefthook.org and
GlobalResistanceNetwork.com
initiated the call for campuses to organize
actions and protests this week leading
up to the second anniversary of the
invasion of Iraq. CAN's website is found at
http://www.campusantiwar.net

Counter-recruitment actions at
CCNY and SFSU have had major media coverage
due to arrests and police brutality
claims. These arrests have spurred calls
for free speech and protests. CCNY
students have called for a picket of the
City College of New York administration
in defense of free speech on March
17, 2005.
http://www.traprockpeace.org/free_speech_ccny.htm
In San Francisco, students have put out a call to
defend free speech at SFSU
http://www.traprockpeace.org/free_speech_sfsu.htm

See "Counter-Recruitment is Gaining Strength -
Military Recruiters Target
Campus Activists" in CounterPunch, an article by
CAN organizers Hadas Their
(CCNY) and Katrina Yeaw (SFSU) -
http://counterpunch.org/their03152005.html

Updates on other counter-recruitment actions, organized
by CAN members or in
cooperation with other groups, may be found at
http://www.traprockpeace.org/campus_antiwar.html

The Week of Campus Resistance actions
are leading up to student actions this
weekend to protest the war. On
March 1, CAN put out the call for a student
contingent for the mass march in
Fayetteville on March 19th, as reported in
CommonDreams at the time. An updated
notice - put out on the CAN listserv -
is available at
http://www.traprockpeace.org/can_fayetteville.html
(The primary contact person for the
CAN contingent in Fayetteville is
Catherine Geary 336-202-5038 - catgeary@peoplepc.com )

ENDORSEMENTS FOR WEEK OF CAMPUS RESISTANCE

The Week of Campus Resistance has been
endorsed internationally by

• Noam Chomsky;
• Ralph Nader;
• Kathy Kelly, Co-coordinator of
Voices in the Wilderness;
• Michael Yates, Associate Editor at
Monthly Review, and Professor Emeritus
at University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown;
• Robert Jensen;
• Lou Plummer, an organizer of the
March 19 demonstration in Fayetteville,
NC, a member of Military Families Speak
Out, Veterans for Peace, and a
member of the national steering committee
of the Bring Them Home Now!
campaign;
• James Petras;
• Mickey Z;
• Anthony Arnove, member of the
International Socialist Org. and
co-editor, with Howard Zinn, of
Voices of A People's History of the United
States;
• Mkhaimar Abusada, professor
at Al-Azhar University, Gaza;
• Howard Zinn;
• Michael Letwin Co-Convener,
New York City Labor Against the War, Former
President, UAW Local 2325;
• Norman Solomon, associate of FAIR;
• Sunny Miller, Executive Director
of Traprock Peace Center;
• Students Stop the War Coalition (UK);
• Father John Dear;
• Phil Gasper, professor of
Philosophy at Notre Dame de Namur University;
• Pol Devos, coordinator of
StopUSA, anti-war movement in Belgium;
• Norm Dixon, Socialist Alliance
member and former editor of Green Left
Weekly, Sydney, Australia;
• Traprock Peace Center.

MORE INFORMATION

CAN is the national democratic and
independent network of campus antiwar
organizations. http://www.campusantiwar.net
NYU students have produced an excellent CAN pamphlet.
http://www.traprockpeace.org/withdrawal.pdf

Traprock has published "Recruiters Off Our
Campuses" by Desmond Gardfrey,
CAN CC member, a primary CAN
organizer of the Week of Campus Resistance and
an organizer of CAN's student
contingent in Fayetteville.
http://www.traprockpeace.org/gardfrey_11mar05.html

####

Charles Jenks, attorney at law
President of the Core Group
Traprock Peace Center
103A Keets Road
Deerfield, MA 01342
413-773-5188; Fax 413-773-7507
charles@mtdata.com
http://traprockpeace.org


<*> To visit your group on the web, go to:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ufpj-news/

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7) SECRET U.S. PLANS FOR IRAQ'S OIL (LINK ONLY)
By Greg Palast
Reporting for BBC Newsnight
17 March 2005
Date: Thu, 17 Mar 2005 01:41:19 -0500
From: palast@gregpalast.com
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/newsnight/4354269.stm

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8) House Approves $81.4 Billion (LINK ONLY)
War Spending Package
by Liz Sidoti
Published on Wednesday, March 16, 2005 by the Associated Press
http://www.commondreams.org/headlines05/0316-11.htm

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9) Fate of the Union (LINK ONLY)
By Frank Joyce, AlterNet
Posted on February 22, 2005, Printed on March 17, 2005
http://www.alternet.org/story/21312/

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10) Remember the Disappeared: An Appeal to the Anti-War
Movement from Blue Triangles Network
NationalOffice@BlueTriangle.org
mailto:NationalOffice@BlueTriangle.org

March 16, 2005
"Remember the Disappeared: Wear Blue Triangles on March 18-20"

During the anti-war activities on 18-20th March, the Blue Triangle
Network (BTN) calls on all people to include opposition to repression
against Muslim, Arab and South Asian immigrants as an important
part of activities by wearing a Blue Triangle with the names of the
detained and disappeared, and distributing this Appeal and the
Blue Triangle Network Fact Sheet.

March 20, 2005 marks two years since the invasion and occupation
of Iraq by the U.S. The anti-war movement has called on people
around the world to come out on this day to protest this unjust
war and occupation. This global "war on terror" has two components:
one, an ongoing war on the world with the occupation of Iraq
and threats against other countries, and two, a domestic war
on Muslim, Arab and South Asian immigrants, including the
repression of dissent.

The repression of Muslim, Arab and South Asian immigrants has
intensified and escalated since 9-11. >From the registrations,
raids, detentions and deportations of tens of thousands of
immigrants and government-sanctioned racial profiling to the
consolidation of a legal infrastructure that allows indefinite
detention of immigrants and U.S. citizens, a climate of overall
repression has descended and is spreading into far broader
sections of society. The confirmations of Alberto Gonzales as
U.S. Attorney General and Michael Chertoff as the head of the
Dept of Homeland Security make it chillingly clear that this
administration plans to continue on this course.

The Blue Triangle Network calls on the people living in this
country to come to the defense of Muslim, Arab and South
Asian immigrants, the first targets of these attacks. However,
these communities are not the only groups of people whose
rights are being trampled. The initial attacks on these
communities served as a window through which repressive
policies like Homeland Security Act, SEVIS, Special Registration,
the USA PATRIOT ACT, the "enemy combatant" status (in which
the President can hold anyone indefinitely without charges and
which the U.S. Supreme Court recently approved) have been
launched. These policies have widened the net of repression
and persecution. Activists and dissenters have also been targeted,
as was clearly evident during the Republican National Convention
and Bush's inauguration, in which protesters were categorized
as "terrorists" and labeled as a "national security threat".

The repression facing the Muslim, Arab and South Asian
communities in the present time has taken a different face
than immediately after 9-11. While there are no longer mass
round-ups, detentions and registrations, racial profiling
continues to occur and is likely to worsen. As the occupation
of Iraq continues, and other countries in the Middle East
are threatened with war, the view of Arabs and Muslims as
the "ENEMY WITHIN" will continue to be propagated by the
government and mainstream media. With the government
apparatus of repression gaining more and more strength,
the future of immigrants in this country is under serious
threat.

March 18-20, the Blue Triangle Network calls on the
anti-war movement to take up the struggle to stop the
repression against Muslim, Arab and South Asian immigrants
as an integral part of what you are doing. WEAR A BLUE
TRIANGLE WITH THE NAME OF ONE OF THE DISAPPEARED,
one of those rounded up and secretly jailed immediately
following 9-11, to demonstrate our solidarity with those
being targeted today. Download blue triangles from the
BTN website: www.bluetriangle.org
.
ORDER THE BTN 12 PAGE TABLOID SIZE FACT SHEET
FOR ON-G0ING USE IN YOUR ANTI-WAR ACTIVITIES. T
his fact sheet analyzes this repression and tells stories
of individuals attacked.

1000 fact sheets--$100

500 fact sheets--$ 50

100 fact sheets--$15

To order: email NationalOffice@bluetriangle.org

or call 313-942-7187.
BLUE TRIANGLE NETWORK
P.O. BOX 7451, DEARBORN, MI 48121-7451

313-942-7187

www.bluetriangle.org

Email: NationalOffice@bluetriangle.org


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11) White House press conference (LINK ONLY)
Bush defends rendition of detainees to torture regimes
By Barry Grey
World Socialist Web Site www.wsws.org
17 March 2005
http://www.wsws.org/articles/2005/mar2005/bush-m17.shtml

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