Raising Our Voices for Peace II

7 November 2002 Here are some of the messages people have sent in response to my email note… (We will continue to post interesting responses as they come in.) Thanks for your stand against war and hate. In Oxford we start regular vigils for peace every Wednesday at noon in the town park. The idea of women in black… love and peace to you, Josette Ps. Even though I am greatly saddened by the election results I try not to let the “elephant turkeys” get me down. Thanks for doing this. You’re message will mobilize many people that may not have taken any, some or all of those steps! Jessie… Read More

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Yes, It’s That Time Again… Disneyland!

27th September 2002 You know, things are just too serious not to have fun on a regular basis. Going to Disneyland is like using a giant roto-rooter on my heart. I love watching children – eyes wide, jaws dropped to the ground – stunned by the simple proximity of this huge dog, Pluto waving “Hello!” There are the high-speed thrill rides… particularly a new one called “California Screamin’” that seized me and made me ride it four times. The beginning of the ride features a catapult that rockets passengers in little cars 60 miles an hour in about three seconds, up an incline and then over and around and through… Read More

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Raising Our Voices for Peace I

27th September 2002 Dear Friends – Many of us are trying to figure out how best to resist the deafening drumbeat for war coming out of the Bush administration and amplified by a pliant media. And now we must contend with a new and devastating development – Sen. Paul Wellstone’s death in a plane crash – and the increasing possibility that the radically conservative republican administration may control the House of Representatives and the Senate after the November 5 elections. Here are actions I am taking that make me feel less powerless, less disconnected and hopeless. Please do what you can, where you can. Stand Together In Community Anti-war demonstrations… Read More

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“Life Is What Happens When We’re Busy Making Plans…”

25th July 2002 It seems like only yesterday I was standing in my living room with Rep. Barbara Lee, raising $$ for her successful primary campaign. This week I found myself at a gathering in San Francisco listening to Vermont Gov. Howard Dean. You remember him – he’s the one who courageously backed “civil unions” in his state. It seems he’s decided to run for President of the United States and intends to bring his progressive, pro-choice point of view to the national stage. These are two political campaigns that are giving me hope in at a very dark time in America. At the same time, I have had many… Read More

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Barbara Lee event raises Big $$

March 29th 2002 We did an extraordinary thing. As Rep. Barbara Lee sailed to a primary election victory (with a huge amount of room to spare!) the Feb. 3 fund-raiser passed the $22,000 mark. From my point of view, I think this qualifies as serious money! These funds came from hundreds of contributors from all over the United States who answered the call to support this remarkable leader and her commitment to peace and justice. Certainly, this effort succeeded because a gang of multi-talented co-hosts joined me in putting their shoulders to the wheel. They included Lily Tomlin, Jewelle Gomez, Danielle Donovan, Barbara Brust, Diane Sabin, Boo Price, Susan Brennan,… Read More

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