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Volume1- Issue 3- Winter 2002
Green Dove Zine will be published monthly (or bi-monthly) on the web and in a print edition by the Green Dove Network. The Green Dove Network is dedicated to being a presence for peace, featuring articles, reviews, poetry, art, current events and resources around Bloomington and the state of Indiana.
Volume1- Issue 3- Winter 2002
Green Dove Zine will be published monthly (or bi-monthly) on the web and in a print edition by the Green Dove Network. The Green Dove Network is dedicated to being a presence for peace, featuring articles, reviews, poetry, art, current events and resources around Bloomington and the state of Indiana.
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The Indiana Environmental Report
Environmental Health Books
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH BOOKS


links to alternative news sources featuring local, national and global news and Native American publications

"You can look at war as a massing of arms and matérial and troops, but you can also see it as something else--as a delicate web of interwoven choices made by human beings, made out of a certain consciousness. The decision to order an attack, the choice to obey or disobey an order, to fire or not to fire a weapon. Armies and, indeed, any culture that supports them must convince the people that all the decisions are made already, and they have no choice. But that is never true." The Fifth Sacred Thing" by Starhawk
BOOK OF THE MONTH
A LINEN WEAVE OF BLOOMINGTON POETS
Bloomington is alive with the sound of written and spoken poetry. If you haven't seen proof of it, visit Howards' and other local bookstores to pick up a copy of A Linen Weave of Bloomington Poets. This anthology, now in its second printing, presents the work of 49 area poets, and is a gift to the Bloomington community from the eforts of Jenny Kander who is also responsible for bringing poetry to the local airwaves by hosting the Linen of Words on WFHB, 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday as well as the Sunday program on WFIU, The Poets Weave, WFIU, Sundays, 11.47am

Current Nuclear News

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Alternet is an independent news coverage site of world events. Lots of current event news from around the world

Jewelweed - Mt Gilead Friends Retreat
- provides a sanctuary, rooted in Quaker tradition, for those who seek spiritual renewal drawing upon the inspiration of nature.

Bloomington Alternative
A Bloomington, Indiana alternative media

Boxcar Books and Community Center, Inc.
If you haven't gone in to Boxcar, check them out. They have new and used books, magazines, zines and alternative media publications. They offer free meeting space for community and special interest groups, exhibit art and host readings. Home to Midwest Pages to Prisoners Project.
IER
The Indiana Environmental Report
Environmental Health Books
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH BOOKS


links to alternative news sources featuring local, national and global news and Native American publications

"You can look at war as a massing of arms and matérial and troops, but you can also see it as something else--as a delicate web of interwoven choices made by human beings, made out of a certain consciousness. The decision to order an attack, the choice to obey or disobey an order, to fire or not to fire a weapon. Armies and, indeed, any culture that supports them must convince the people that all the decisions are made already, and they have no choice. But that is never true." The Fifth Sacred Thing" by Starhawk
BOOK OF THE MONTH
A LINEN WEAVE OF BLOOMINGTON POETS
Bloomington is alive with the sound of written and spoken poetry. If you haven't seen proof of it, visit Howards' and other local bookstores to pick up a copy of A Linen Weave of Bloomington Poets. This anthology, now in its second printing, presents the work of 49 area poets, and is a gift to the Bloomington community from the eforts of Jenny Kander who is also responsible for bringing poetry to the local airwaves by hosting the Linen of Words on WFHB, 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday as well as the Sunday program on WFIU, The Poets Weave, WFIU, Sundays, 11.47am

Current Nuclear News

Click for full articles - list lead ins

Click 1 or 2 for info on Nuclear Testing

 

 

Alternet is an independent news coverage site of world events. Lots of current event news from around the world

Jewelweed - Mt Gilead Friends Retreat
- provides a sanctuary, rooted in Quaker tradition, for those who seek spiritual renewal drawing upon the inspiration of nature.

Bloomington Alternative
A Bloomington, Indiana alternative media

Boxcar Books and Community Center, Inc.
If you haven't gone in to Boxcar, check them out. They have new and used books, magazines, zines and alternative media publications. They offer free meeting space for community and special interest groups, exhibit art and host readings. Home to Midwest Pages to Prisoners Project.
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Back From Baghdad.
Where Next for the Peace Movement?

by Mike Ferner

As “teachable moments” go, Baghdad and Basrah a month before George Bush ordered those cities bombed was indeed memorable.

I saw the resilient human spirit alive and well after two decades of privation, war and repression. I experienced only warmth and graciousness, when my nationality might have elicited only hatred. I relearned the simple truth of universal humanity. Introduced to a budding, radical offshoot of the peace movement, I had a vision of how this, combined with the dawning democracy movement, might allow our species to finally leave behind the mire of war.

People have demanded peace for as long as their governments have waged warfare. The popular cry for peace, often stifled and typically left out of history books, echoes down the generations. For 30 years I’ve added my own voice for peace, with little hope we could do more than delay the next war. But last month in Iraq I saw something new and singularly hopeful.

While there, I met some 50 people associated with the Christian Peacemaker Teams and the Iraq Peace Team. These uncommon global citizens taught me much, including their attempt to revive a strategy dormant since the untimely death of Gandhi.


In Colombia they accompany farmers going to market to help protect them from paramilitary thugs bent on extortion and murder.
In the occupied territories of the West Bank these retired ministers and nuns, church deacons and young activists place themselves literally in the path of Israeli bulldozers preparing to level Arab homes. Indeed, while I was in Iraq, Rachel Corrie, a U.S. activist from a similar organization, was run over and killed by an Israeli-driven, American-made bulldozer.
They respond to Arab suicide bombings on Israeli buses not just with statements, but by riding the buses.
In Iraq they live alongside ordinary citizens and learn about their lives, thereby putting a human face on Ahmed the shoeshine boy, Mohammed the engineer, Fatima the clerk and thousands more about to become faceless statistics.
By way of lending encouragement to this brave band I reflected aloud that a hundred years on, people will look back on their efforts and remark, “So that was how humanity finally learned to abolish war!” I expressed confidence that this new direction of the peace movement will be favorably compared with early attempts to abolish slavery and win women’s rights.

But considering the staggering odds they face, what will prevent their heroic work from becoming just another noble footnote? Consider these examples:

The safe energy movement of the 1970’s, for all its expertise and actual success at curtailing the nuclear power industry, was never able to usher in a sensible, sustainable energy policy, let alone establish citizen authority over the utility industry.
After a century of struggle by our labor movement, the U.S. still has some of the weakest unions in the industrialized world--unions that in the present crisis urge their members to write Congress instead of laying down their tools or shutting down munitions transport.
Despite the legions of dedicated activists striving for universal health care, we are stuck trying to make a disease-care system a little less bad.
In these and many other cases, dedication, hard work and being right were not enough to counter the massive private power that consistently marshals our own government against us.

Will this promising, qualitatively different branch of the peace movement fare any better than the above efforts? When this war against Iraq finally ends, what will the peacemakers do? Make the occupation of Iraq a little more humane? Watch the heads of oil companies march the nation to Gulf War III and then take to the streets again? Or can we graft this new branch of the peace movement to the sapling democracy movement, thereby forging the political power we need to create the life we want?

As a Spanish activist told a packed news conference in Baghdad: “This isn’t only about peace, it’s about democracy. Our governments are going to war against the will of their own people!”

POCLAD and others seek to strike at the root of why we keep organizing against one chemical, one plant closing, and one war at a time. It defines the missing thread running through citizen movements of the last century thusly: we labored mightily to lessen a corporate harm, achieve fewer parts per million or shorten a war, but we have not addressed the fundamental powers and privileges that allow corporate directors to write policy, define our values or plunge us into another round of butchery to increase their power and wealth.

We are saying, for one thing, that we must get corporations out of our Constitution. To the extent that legal fictions enjoy the rights of persons such as free speech, due process and equal protection, real flesh-and-blood persons are denied these rights and cannot have a democracy. Property rights of the few will always trump human rights of the many. The vast decency, wisdom and compassion of the American people will never be able to govern. And we are fated to suffer the consequences of plutocracy and growing fascism.

But what if…what if the peace movement, broadened by an influx of citizens outraged at this war and deepened by nonviolent activists interposing themselves in defense of endangered civilians, combined with the democracy movement to strike at the very roots of war? What if together we created new strategies and tactics not only to stop this war, but also to strip corporations of the privileges they have usurped from us; dismantle their power to govern; end forever their ability to direct our hard-earned wealth into armaments and empire? What if in so doing we also found the key to building an actual culture of democracy, a sense of real community to fill the void in our souls that can never be filled by the Shopping Channel or Blue Light Specials?


This is truly a dream worth pursuing. Reaching it is worth rethinking the way we organize. We may yet set a course that 100 years from now will finally achieve democracy and abolish war.

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Mike Ferner spent the month of February in Baghdad and Basrah, with the
Iraq Peace Team . He is Communications Coordinator for the
Program on Corporations, Law & Democracy and a member of
Veterans for Peace

©Mike Ferner 2003

 

E'tokmit e'k, rangimarie, hedd, pace, tutquin, shanti, vrede, paquilisli, MNP, Onai rahu, amani, kev sib haum xeeb, shaantiM, hedd, gutpela taim, lalyi, pesca, damai, raha, fred, eirni, pax, mir, peace, heiwa, amn, nabad, rauha, paz, frid, paco, shAnti, paqe, danh tu, ittimokla, rahu, paix, beke, shalom, mnonestotse, kapayapaan
The words above are from an open book titled "Peace Words" located in the I.U. Fine Arts Library.
* Bush's Lies and Simple Truths by Robert Jensen
* The Other "Good War:" Afghanistan One Year Later By Rahul Mahajan
* D.C. Protest Letter by Authur Keene
* Letter by Glenda Breeden
* War With Iraq is Not the Answer by Father John Dear
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* The Art of Traditional Peacemaking
* Peacemaking as a Way of Life
* Navajo Peacemaking
* War Threats and Make-Believe by Joan Chittister
* Phil Berrigan, A Great Peace Activist has Passed
* Choosing Peace: The Nobel Prize Speech
By Jimmy Carter
* Return to the Values of Democracy with Liberty and Justice for All by Rev. Bill Breeden
* Bret Eartheart in Hebron - summary of conversation with Dr. Cindy Hoffman
* List of US Firms That Armed Iraq
* Toxic Toy Story
* Abortion Rights Group Plans a New Focus by Jennifer Lee
* GM Crops Run Wild
* Monsanto: "We will contaminate the world's food"
* Columbia: Poison Rain
* 10,00,000 March to Stop War by Gary Jones
* Unthinkable Risk: How Children are Exposed and Harmed When Pesticides are Used at School
* Bush's Master Plan for the Internet
Submit your articles, essays, stories, poetry and pictures to Green Dove. We want to know about acts of peacemaking you have witnessed by individuals, and of activities by your school, social or spiritual groups.
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COMMUNITY FOOD has a LIST OF LOCAL FOOD ORGANIZATIONS. The Community Kitchen served 110,768 meals in 2003.
Index of Local Social Service Organizations VISIT THIS SITE TO SEE HOW YOU CAN HELP OUT

Bloomington Volunteer Network
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Tutor Training Workshops
Offering reading support to the Bloomington, IN and surrounding area. One-to-one tutoring with trained tutors to help individual learners set goals, gain essential skills, and increase their confidence.
New Reader Support Group - An opportunity for new readers to gather and exchange their thoughts and ideas in a supportive and confidential group
Additional Tutor Training - In-services are offered in the area of computing, GED tutoring, Laubach Method, and English as a second language. More on this oganization next month.
Center for Sustainable Living Home to BloomingVision, the Community Bike Project, Earth Garden, Food Project, Guest Lecture Series, Natural Building Group, Simple Living Circle, Simply Living Fair (September) Tea Party, a Journal of Revoluntionary Thought and Wild City Initiative

What Color is Community?
Task Force seeks to enhance the experiences of African Americans and other persons of color in the Unitarian Universalist Church and local community. Contact Guy Loftmay, loftpeople@aol.com

Government - Watch Task Force
Alerts the U.U. congregation about pending government action at the local, state and national level. For information contact David Wiley, dwiley@earthlink.net
The Children's Task Force (CTF)of the Unitarian Universalist Church promotes the welfare of children in our community by offering information about their needs and supporting community resources that serve children and their families. For more information contact Martha Nord, marthanord@hotmail.com
Habitat for HumanityGroup
at the Unitarian Universalist Church supports the vision of Habitat for Humanity which "seeks to eliminate poverty housing from the world and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action." To find out what current projects are being worked on in our community contact: Dorothy Sowell, dsowel@alumni.indiana.edu

CounterPunch
is the bi-weekly muckraking newsletter edited by Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair. Twice a month they bring readers the stories that the corporate press never prints.

May we sow seeds of peace, justice and freedom. May we be seeds of peace, may we be seeds of justice, may we be seeds of freedom. G.D.

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