PNN – Peace and Justice, Not off the Table

10-7-12 PNN –  Drone Boomary - a wagging friendly tail
Peace & Justice Not Off the Table
Anita Stewart  – 07:10:00 PM  – 07:20PM
[move to amend]
Jay Alexander  – 07:21:00 PM  – 07:32PM
Sandy Davies   – 07:33:00 PM  – 07:44PM
Invite you to a fundraiser
In honor of – Mark Danish

Democratic candidate for  Florida House of Representatives, District 63

Tuesday, October 9, 2012
5:30 to 7:30 PM

Meet the candidates –
Tuesday, October 9th, 2012 @7:00pm in the snack bar
9801 S Ocean Blvd 0n Nettle’s Island, a gated community on South Hutchinson Island (North of Jensen Beach Causeway & across from Shuckers)
DEBRA SWANSON – 772-335-5045 (R)
BOBBY HOPKINS – 772-882-7401 (R)
KIM JOHNSON – 321-662-6536 (R)
BILL HARDMAN – 772-519-1100 (R)
JOSEPH SMITH – 772-429-0328 (D)
STEPHANIE MORGAN – 772-204-5183 (R)
GERTRUDE WALKER – 772-359-7178 (D)


Be informed on the Constitutional Amendments on the November ballot
South Florida Jobs with Justice and Catalyst Miami are sponsoring a public workshop on the 11 Constitutional Amendments on the ballot in November.

If passed, these Amendments will be placed in the Florida Constitution. You are invited to attend this informative workshop – It is free and open to the public – Bring your friends!
WHO: Karen Woodall from Florida Center for Fiscal & Economic  Policy and Florida New Majority will explain:  
    Each Amendment;
    The impact of each Amendment on Florida Residents.
WHEN: Tuesday, October 9th –  6pm to 7:30pm.

WHERE: IBEW 349 Meeting Room
1671 NW 16th Terrace
(17thAve and 16th Terrace) Miami, FL 33125
(Plenty of free parking)

WHY: Early Voting begins October 27th

medicare round table   – with State Rep Mark Pafford
10/11 – 3-4pm
Miami, FL – Next Tuesday, October 9th, the Broward County Commission will vote on a Wage Recovery Ordinance, proposed by Commissioner Kristin Jacobs. If passed, Broward County will be the second county in Florida to implement this program in the aftermath of a national report that called the state the 15th worst in the nation when it comes to workers’ abilities to recover unpaid wages. A similar ordinance has been in place in Miami-Dade County since 2010 with successful results.
Broward County currently has the third largest number of wage-theft cases — those that involve workers not being paid overtime or minimum wage, being forced to work off the clock, or not being paid at all — in the state according to a report released by the Research Institute on Social and Economic Policy (RISEP) at Florida International University.
Jeff, a worker from Hollywood, FL, says: “Over 40 of us went to work one day and found the office completely cleaned out with all of the computers, phones, and everything gone. I was owed over $1000 and others were owed much more than that. And the worst thing was that because of the horrible laws here, we had no recourse.”
For many workers, particularly low-wage workers many in construction, services or agriculture, the loss of earned wages can mean loss of meals, health care or even housing. Wading through a complex and difficult court system is not an option for many employees. Cesar, one of almost fifty workers not paid on a Ft. Lauderdale Housing Authority Project, worried that that if the workers hire a lawyer, the case could drag out in the courts. “In the meantime, we are going hungry,” he says. Fortunately, Cesar and the other workers were able to receive assistance from Jeanette Smith, the Executive Director of South Florida Interfaith Worker Justice, one of the members of the Florida Wage Theft Task Force. Smith was able to contact the developer who immediately made arrangements to pay the workers. “But most workers don’t have this option. That is why we need to have a streamlined, accessible process such as the one that Broward County is currently considering,” says Smith.
Wage theft, or the nonpayment of wages owed, does not just hurt employees and their families, it also hurts ethical businesses, particularly small businesses, that are hurt by the unfair competition caused by businesses that use wage theft as part of their business model.
“I have heard of other contractors not paying their workers the minimum wage and this kills my business. I lose bids to these employers all the time. This unfair business model feeds into the economic recession,” states Blake, a General Licensed Contractor in Broward County.
Cynthia Hernandez, a researcher from the Research Institute on Social and Economic Policy, adds: “The impact of wage theft also raises the question of whether Broward’s economy can be healthy and grow while tolerating an unjust business model that avoids contributing to tax revenues. Maintaining a level playing field for businesses is critical to maintaining a competitive business environment and to economic growth.”
OCCUPY FORT LAUDERDALE LABOR OUTREACH group – Unitarian Universalist Church of Ft Lauderdale, 3970 NW 21st Avenue, Oakland Park 33309
Sat, Oct 13, 4 p.m., Continued planning for Dr. MLK Day. Review of Broward Wage Recovery Ordinance.
Sunday, October 14, 2012: gather at 11:30 a.m.  @NW 41st St. & NW 97th Ave, Doral, FL
From the invasion by Columbus in 1492 to the struggles of today in the tomato fields of Florida, the peoples of the Americas have suffered 520 years of repression while giving of themselves in 520 years of resistance. Join us to work for justice and celebrate our successes.
From the Invasion to Exploitation–Struggle Brings Victory from Ecuador & Nicaragua to our Tomato Fields. Protest the existence of the SOA/WHINSEC, reject the use of drones by the U.S. Southern Command against our brothers & sisters in Latin America and demand peace & justice for all the peoples of the Americas.
Sponsored by: CODEPINK: Miami & SOA Watch: South Florida. Co-sponsors include: Coalition of Immokalee Workers; CODEPINK: South Florida; Progressive Democrats, Miami.
For more information call Daniela @ 786-343-3796 (Spanish language), Linda @ 305-801-0245, or Ray@ 754-423-0051.

Florida Atlantic University Peace Studies Program Speaker Series, Fall 2012
FAU’s Peace Studies Program, established in 1999 within the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, has brought together students, faculty, and community members to explore pathways to peace and the process of peacebuilding. As an interdisciplinary program, Peace Studies draws from a broad range of fields: anthropology, literary studies, political science, communication, history, ethics, social work and many more to offer an undergraduate certificate designed to complement a traditional major in any field. The FAU Peace Studies Program sponsors speakers specializing in peace studies related issues, free and open to the public thanks so the generosity of the Chastain-Johnson Fund and the Schmidt Family Foundation. For more information about FAU’s Peace Studies Program, visit, Facebook, and Twitter.
Lecture: Deepa Kumar “The Muslims Are Coming: Racism and the Politics of Empire” Thursday, October 18, 7:00PM, Williams Administration Building, Board of Trustees Room, FAU Boca Raton.
Film/Discussion: También la lluvia (Even the Rain). Icíar Bollaín, 2010, 103 min. Wednesday, October 10, 6:30 pm, PA 101, FAU Boca Raton. Introduction by Dr. Michael Horswell (Languages, Linguistics and Comparative Literature). Discussion will follow. Synopsis: Spanish director Sebastián, his executive producer Costa and all his crew are in Bolivia, in the Cochabamba area, to shoot a motion picture about Christopher Columbus, his first explorations and the way the Spaniards treated the Indians at the time. Costa has chosen this place because the budget of the film is tight and here he can hire supernumeraries, local actors and extras on the cheap. Things go more or less smoothly until a conflict erupts over the privatization of the water supply. The trouble is that one of the local actors, is a leading activist in the protest movement. “Political Images from Latin America” Series Sponsored by Peace Studies, organized by Dr. Carla Calargé at 561-297-2533,
Film/Discussion: El Violin (The Violin). Francisco Vargas, 2005, 98 min. Wednesday, October 17, 6:30 pm, PA 101, FAU Boca Raton. Introduction by Dr. Chris Robé (School of Communication and Multimedia Studies). Discussion will follow. Synopsis: In an unnamed Latin American country that closely resembles Mexico, the government fights a rural insurgency with torture, assault, rape, and murder. Soldiers descend on a town, cutting off the rebels from their cache of ammunition hidden in a field. A family of grandfather, son, and grandson are among the rebels in the hills. The grandfather, with his violin over his shoulder, tries to pass the checkpoint, ostensibly to tend his corn crop. The commanding officer lets him pass but insists on a daily music lesson. Can the old man ferry out the ammunition in his violin case under the soldiers’ nose? “Political Images from Latin America” Series Sponsored by Peace Studies, organized by Dr. Carla Calargé at 561-297-2533,
Film/Discussion: Como Era Gostoso o Meu Francês (How Tasty was My Little Frenchman). Nelson Pereira dos Santos, 1971/ 84 min. Wednesday, October 24, PA 101, 6 :30 pm, FAU Boca Raton. Introduction by Dr. Gerald Sim (School of Communication and Multimedia Studies). Discussion will follow. Synopsis: In 1594 in Brazil, the Tupinambás Indians are friends of the Frenches and their enemies are the Tupiniquins, friends of the Portugueses. A Frenchman (Arduíno Colassanti) is captured by the Tupinambás, and in spite of his trial to convince them that he is French, they believe he is Portuguese. The Frenchman becomes their slave, and maritally lives with Seboipepe (Ana Maria Magalhães). “Political Images from Latin America” Series Sponsored by Peace Studies, organized by Dr. Carla Calargé at 561-297-2533,
Lecture: Dr. Dennis Hanlon, Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of St. Andrews (Scotland), “Jorge Sanjinés’ ‘All-Encompassing Sequence Shot’: From Revolutionary Practice to Indigenismo?” Thursday, November 1, 2012, at 4:00pm, PA 101, FAU Boca Raton. “Political Images from Latin America” Series Sponsored by Peace Studies, organized by Dr. Carla Calargé at 561-297-2533,
Film/Discussion: When the Mountains Tremble. Newton Thomas Sigel, Pamela Yates 1983/83 min. 6:30 pm, Wednesday, November 7th, PA 101, FAU Boca Raton. Introduction by Inbal Mazar (Ph.D. candidate, Languages, Linguistics and Comparative Literature). Discussion will follow. Synopsis: A documentary on the war between the Guatemalan military and the Mayan population, with firsthand accounts by Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchu. “Political Images from Latin America” Series Sponsored by Peace Studies, organized by Dr. Carla Calargé at 561-297-2533,
Lecture: Mehmet Gurses, Assistant Professor, Political Science, FAU. “The Age of Muslim Democracy? Prospects and Challenges” Tuesday, November 6, 3-4:30 PM, in SC 179, FAU Boca Raton. Free and open to the public.

Sat, October 27th, 6:15 p.m. REEL POLITIQUE, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Boca Raton, 2601 St. Andrews Blvd. Boca Raton. $5 donation suggested.
Join us for our screening and discussion of Robert Greenwald’s superb documentary, “Koch Brothers Exposed.” See how much influence you could have if you only had $50 billion – you could buy politicians willing to: suppress voting rights, destroy social security, deregulate environmental laws, deny climate change, re-segregate schools, corrupt education, fund extremist think-tanks, determine media “news” and be responsible for illnesses and deaths by the dumping of carcinogens in populated areas.
Our program will begin at 6:15 PM with fabulous music performed by PinkSlip singers musicians Joan Friedenberg and Bill Bowen. Please visit their website:
Our film begins at 7:00 pm followed by an informative discussion led by Richard Spisak, author, blogger and news director of Progressive News Network:

WAR vs. HUMAN NEEDS: Monday, November 12 , Bender’s , Deerfield Beach– Eat and Meet- Bring-a-Dish, 6 p.m.  Eat, Socialize. 7 p.m. Meet , Community Education on National Priorities, Discussions, January session with Judith LeBlanc, national Peace Action Field  Coordinator, your initiatives.   Please confirm your attendance. If you’re bringing a dish (for 5?)– what is it?  Will send out details – menu  and directions-the prior weekend, but MUST HAVE LIST OF ATTENDEES FOR ADMITTANCE.
Alan Grayson is BACK — and running strong in a new Democratic-leaning Florida congressional district. If he wins, it sure will be nice to have his voice in Congress again!
Last cycle, PCCC members across the nation made over 215,000 calls for Grayson — contacting key voters.
This coming Tuesday, we are honored to kick off our 2012 Call Out The Vote program by making calls for Alan Grayson!
Can you help put Alan Grayson back in Congress by signing up to make calls from home this Tuesday? Click here for the shifts.

1. Congressman calls evolution lie from ‘pit of hell’
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia Rep. Paul Broun said in videotaped remarks that evolution, embryology and the Big Bang theory are “lies straight from the pit of hell” meant to convince people that they do not need a savior.
The Republican lawmaker made those comments during a speech Sept. 27 at a sportsman’s banquet at Liberty Baptist Church in Hartwell. Broun, a medical doctor, is running for re-election in November unopposed by Democrats.
“God’s word is true,” Broun said, according to a video posted on the church’s website. “I’ve come to understand that. All that stuff I was taught about evolution and embryology and Big Bang theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of hell. And it’s lies to try to keep me and all the folks who are taught that from understanding that they need a savior.”
Broun also said that he believes the Earth is about 9,000 years old and that it was made in six days. Those beliefs are held by fundamentalist Christians who believe the creation accounts in the Bible are literally true.
Broun spokeswoman Meredith Griffanti told the Athens Banner-Herald that Broun was recorded speaking off-the-record to a church group about his religious beliefs. He sits on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.
It seems unlikely that Broun’s remarks were supposed to be kept private. The banquet was advertised, Broun spoke before an audience and the video of his remarks was posted on the church’s website.

2. go-go-go – maybe we’ll fix it later
Southern California Edison (SCE), the operator of the troubled San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS), has proposed to restart one of the facility’s two damaged reactors without repairing or replacing the parts at the root of January’s shutdown. The Thursday announcement came over eight months after a ruptured heat transfer tube leaked radioactive steam, scramming Unit 3 and taking the entire plant offline. (Unit 2, offline for maintenance, revealed similar tube wear in a subsequent inspection; Unit 1 was taken out of service in 1992.)
But perhaps more tellingly, Edison’s plan–which must be reviewed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission–was issued just weeks before the mandated start of hearings on rate cuts. California law requires an investigation into ratepayer relief when a facility fails to deliver electricity for nine months. Support of the zombie San Onofre plant has cost California consumers $54 million a month since the shutdown. It has been widely believed since spring that Unit 3 would likely never be able to safely generate power, and that the almost identical Unit 2 was similarly handicapped and would require a complete overhaul for its restart to even be considered.
Yet, calls for more immediate rate rollbacks were rebuffed by Edison and ignored by members of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). Despite studies that showed SONGS tube wear and failure was due to bad modeling and flawed design, and a company pledge to layoff of one-third of plant employees, San Onofre’s operators claimed they were still pursuing a restart.

3. Bradley Manning
Lawsuit challenging Army’s secret prosecution of Bradley Manning to be heard Wednesday

Venue: Court of Appeals of the Armed Forces
Location: 450 E Street Northwest, Washington, D.C.
Date/Time: Wednesday, October 10, 1012 at 10:15 am EST

This Wednesday, October 10th, lawyers for the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) will argue before the Court of Appeals of the Armed Forces to bring transparency to the secretive trial of accused WikiLeaks whistle-blower Army PFC Bradley Manning. This hearing is open to the media and public. CCR attorneys will argue that the military must make transcripts, judge decisions, prosecution motions, and other basic documents available to the press and the public.

“Public scrutiny plays a vital role in government accountability. Media access to the Manning trial proceedings and documents is critical for the transparency on which democratic government and faith in our justice system rests,” said CCR Legal Director Baher Azmy at the time of the initial filing. CCR has called Manning’s proceedings more secretive than tribunals at Guantanamo Bay in many aspects.

4. He who is not to be mocked
The really sad thing, is not that a tasteless (albeit ironic) artwork is censored. Although censorship is always a bad thing, its
more than a graphic artist and the ad team having to go back to the drawing board. It seems doesn’t this absolutely and finally
make common cause fundamentalists everywhere with those who are squeamish about a book [see Salman Rushdie] , a movie [martin Scorcese], a cartoon [see Danish Cartoonists] and want the public square fenced in with their delicate sensibilities.

Many of us, thought that the French Revolution once and for all severed the ties in le belle France – between civic and ecclesiastical authority? Wasn’t that what lamp posts were for, solving problems of heterodoxy and heresy?

Talk about giving away the higher ground in a stinking theocratic bow. While in a hysterical subplot, simultaneously in Rome, the pope’s butler, a whistle-blower who passed along documentation of papal corruption, is instead of being celebrated, is pilloried and charged with burglary. But it’s OK – the vatican will be overseeing the “investigation”

5. Vatican Butler convicted of burglary in whistle blower case
Vatican suggests leniency make believe,   may be applied. Results of Vatican internal investigation not yet available.

6. Justice Ago-go-go – Iraq executes 11 people despite international outcry

 More than 1,200 people are believed to have been sentenced to death in Iraq since 2004
Continue reading the main story
Struggle for Iraq
    •    Exploiting fragility
    •    Iraq’s dilemma
    •    Message of hope
    •    Divisions laid bare
Eleven people have been executed in Iraq, bringing the number of executions this year to at least 113.
Ten Iraqis and one Algerian were put to death on Sunday, the justice ministry told the BBC. The men were convicted of terrorist activities, reports say.
The high number of executions has led to international calls for a moratorium on Baghdad’s use of the death penalty.
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, has described the situation as “terrifying”.
Speaking in January, Ms Pillay said there were major concerns about due process and fairness of trials in Iraq.
She also highlighted concerns about forced confessions, pointing out there were no reports of anyone on death row being pardoned.
The high rate of executions in Iraq has sparked calls for a moratorium from the UN, the UK, EU and the human rights group, Amnesty International.
Executions were halted after President Saddam Hussein was ousted in the US-led invasion into the country in 2003.
However, the Iraqi authorities reinstated capital punishment the following year, saying it was
The European Parliament has called on the European Commission to establish a code of conduct governing the online censorship of dissidents. It wants companies such as Google and Telecom Italia to pledge not to help governments censor their citizens.
The Parliament has adopted a text denouncing the governments of China, North Korea and Saudi Arabia for persecuting political opponents for views expressed online. It also name-checks Google, Yahoo! and Microsoft as companies that help those governments censor their citizens.

“[The] Chinese government has successfully persuaded companies such as Yahoo!, Google and Microsoft to facilitate the censorship of their services in the Chinese internet market,” says the text.
Google said it believes that even the censored search engine provides some benefits. “Google respects the fact that people and organisations, including Amnesty, oppose our decision to launch a search service in China,” said a Google spokeswoman in a statement.
“Google believes that will provide significant benefits to Chinese internet users and that our engagement in China meaningfully expands access to information there.
“ already discloses to users when information has been removed from our search results in response to local laws and regulations. We believe this provides some additional transparency and is a step in the right direction.”
The Parliament cannot directly control companies’ behaviour. “There is not pressure we can bring to bear directly on companies, but we have passed this on to the commission and the Council of Ministers and want them to draw up a code of conduct,” said a European Parliament spokesman.
The text is not a legally enforceable document, it is simply a register of the Parliament’s support for freedom of expression on the internet, the spokesman said.
The document says the Parliament “strongly condemns restrictions on internet content, whether they apply to the dissemination or to the receipt of information, that are imposed by governments and are not in strict conformity with the guarantee of freedom of expression”.
The Parliament said it “strongly condemns the harassment and imprisonment of journalists and others who are expressing their opinions on the internet [and] calls, in this respect, on the council and the commission to take all necessary measures vis-à-vis the authorities of the concerned countries for the immediate release of all detained internet users”.
The Parliament also wants the commission to consider limiting aid to countries whose internet policies do not protect freedom of expression. The document said the Parliament “calls on the council and the commission when considering its assistance programmes to third countries to take into account the need for unrestricted internet access by their citizens”.
The Parliament spokesman said the document could be considered alongside proposals that emerged at the World Summit on the Information Society in Tunis at the end of last year. He also said it could be adopted not just by the commission, but by the United Nations and the International Telecommunications Union.
UN-acceptable censorship:
The United Nations tries to outlaw criticism of Islam
Read more:
Almost 500 years ago, on the wall of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses, characterizing as “madness” the notion that papal pardons could absolve individuals for their sins. As viewed from Rome, Luther had maligned, even defamed, the church. Luther was eventually excommunicated. His conduct ultimately led to the creation of a Protestant Church in Germany and a Reformation throughout Europe.
It is difficult to believe that in the 21st century anyone would seriously propose that conduct such as Luther’s should be deemed illegal. But a few weeks ago, the General Assembly of the United Nations took a giant step in that direction. It adopted – for the fourth straight year – a resolution prepared by the 57-nation Organization of the Islamic Conference calling upon all UN nations to adopt legislation banning the “defamation” of religion. Spurred by the Danish cartoons of 2005, some of which portrayed the Prophet Muhammed in a manner deemed offensive by the OIC, the resolution was opposed by the United States, most European nations, Japan, India and a number of other nations.
Nonetheless, it has now been adopted.

Read more:

Morsi UN Speech: Egypt President Calls for Ban on Anti Islam Speech, Just Censorship in Disguise
During the UN General Assembly on Wednesday, both Egypt and Yemen called for legislation that would limit the freedom of expression among member countries.
Egypt’s first democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi, explained that “Egypt respects freedom of expression. One that is not used to incite hatred against anyone. One that is not directed towards one specific religion or culture. A freedom of expression that tackles extremism and violence. Not the freedom of expression that deepens ignorance and disregards others.”
Pakistan has also stated it has an interest in this type of legislation, but was a little more upfront about their actual intent. “We would go to the UN and OIC and get a law passed to stop anti-Islam activities, including blasphemy, forever,” said Pakistan Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf. I suppose he should get points for honesty.
Now, let’s ignore the fact that such legislation 1) has absolutely no chance of passing the general assembly and 2) has absolutely no chance of ever being enforced if by some miracle it was passed. Because this isn’t a serious call for action so much as it is political and cultural posturing on the part of Egypt, Yemen and Pakistan.
This isn’t to say that these countries, and the Muslim community in general, are not in favor of such a law being passed, but they’re not stupid either. They realize it’s not going to happen. But this is just another demonstration against the recent Islamophobia in the West. Only this time, it’s non-violent.
This is progress, I suppose. But it’s not exactly a step in the right direction, either.

withdraw treaty from iraq
Article 3
1. While conducting military operations pursuant to this Agreement, it is the duty of members of the United States Forces and of the civilian component to respect Iraqi laws, customs, traditions, and conventions and to refrain from any activities that are inconsistent with the letter and spirit of this Agreement. It is the duty of the United States to take all necessary measures for this purpose.
2.With the exception of members of the United States Forces and of the civilian component, the United States Forces may not transfer any person into or out of Iraq on vehicles, vessels, or aircraft covered by this Agreement, unless in accordance with applicable Iraqi laws and regulations, including implementing arrangements as may be agreed to by the Government of Iraq.

Article 7
Positioning and Storage of Defense Equipment
The United States Forces may place within agreed facilities and areas and in other temporary locations agreed upon by the Parties defense equipment, supplies, and materials that are required by the United States Forces in connection with agreed activities under this Agreement. The use and storage of such equipment shall be proportionate to the temporary missions of the United States Forces in Iraq pursuant to Article 4 of this Agreement and shall not be related, either directly or indirectly, to systems of weapons of mass destruction (chemical weapons, nuclear weapons, radiological weapons, biological weapons, and related waste of such weapons). The United States Forces shall control the use and relocation of defense equipment that they own and are stored in Iraq. The United States Forces shall ensure that no storage depots for explosives or munitions are near residential areas, and they shall remove such materials stored therein. The United States shall provide the Government of Iraq with essential information on the numbers and types of such stocks.


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