Volume1- Issue 7- Early Winter 2003
ISSN # - 154-889X
"Don't ask yourself what the world needs - ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." -- Harold Thurman Whitman

Act Now To Stop War and End Racism
Peace actions around the globe
Not in Our Name
NO War Without Limits
NO Detentions & Round-ups
NO Police State Restrictions
Bloomington Volunteer Network - call 349-3433 to find out how you can help
"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

Current Nuclear News
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Click 1 or 2 for info on Nuclear Testing
The IN Environmental Report
What Color is Community? UUC Task Force - Contact Guy Loftmay, loftpeople@aol.com
UUC Government - Watch Task Force - For information contact David Wiley, dwiley@earthlink.net
The UUC Children's Task Force - For more information contact Martha Nord, marthanord@hotmail.com
Habitat for HumanityGroup
at the Unitarian Universalist Church - Dorothy Sowell, dsowel@alumni.indiana.edu
links to alternative news sources featuring local, national and global news and Native American publications
Alternet is an independent news coverage site of world events.
News and media from Europe
The Center for Wholism
2401 N. Walnut Street Bloomington, IN 47404-2069 812-332-4090
Acupuncturist since 1981. Providing pain management services and a comprehensive system of healthcare and health maintenance
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

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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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"Don't ask yourself what the world needs - ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." -- Harold Thurman Whitman

"REVERIE 1" by Mehra Rooma - India From "Broken Wings"
- Stop Spying on Peace Movement - United for Peace and Justice.org
- Love, American Style by Daniel Patrick Welch


- Last Update on the FTAA by Starhawk
- "Dude Where's My Country" by Michael Moore


Hot Community Questions - "Are there to be automatic check out stations in the MCPL"? If you want to have questions answered about the direction of the Public Library, sign a petition at Caveat Emptor. Attend the next public board meeting on Wednesday, December 17 at 7:00pm in the Main Library. Cann't attend a meeting, watch CATS on Channel 3 and 12. Request a copy of the "Strategic Plan" then if you have comments, call or write the Interim Director of MCPL or your Public Board of Directors. (See comments below by a Patron)
What will it take for this and other communities to actively take on the daily task of being and teaching peacemaking?

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone; it is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hope of its children. ."
Dwight D Eisenhower
Last winter, Green Dove asked for suggestions on creating simpler seasonal celebrations. A few local ideas found their way to us. We have included a few suggestions in this issue, and more will be included in our web magazine. From the submissions received, the message is clear - Give gifts of art, handmade crafts, and prepared foods.-The Center for Sustainable Living is again offering alternative activities - see our Calendar for this and other peace related happenings - -Some of the best sources for locally handmade items are, first of all, any local artist, those selling in the By Hand Gallery, Bellevue Gallery, Wandering Turtle Gallery, Wild Wood, JWAC Gift Shop, JWAC Classes and the Unitarian Universalist Bazaar on December 5th and 6th, other galleries and locally owned shops and restaurants.

Smedley Butler on
Resisting War Hysteria

Now-you Mothers, particularly! The only way you can resist all this war hysteria and beating of tom-toms is by asserting the love you bear your boys. When you listen to some well worded, some well-delivered war speech, just remember it's not sound. No amount of sound can make up to you for the loss of your boy. After you've heard one of those speeches and your blood's all hot and you want to bite somebody like Hitler - go upstairs to where your boy's asleep. Look at him. Put your hand on that spot on the back of his neck. The place you used to love to kiss when he was a baby. Just rub it a little. You won't wake him up, he knows it's you. Just look at his strong, fine young body because only the best boys are chosen for war. Look at this splendid young creature who's part of yourself, then close your eyes for a moment and I'll tell you what can happen.

Somewhere-five thousand miles from home. Night. Darkness. Cold. A drizzling rain. The noise is terrific. All Hell has broken loose. A star shell burst in the air. Its unearthly flare lights up the muddy field. There's a lot of tangled rusty barbed wires out there and a boy hanging over them - his stomach ripped out, and he's feebly calling for help and water. His lips are white and drawn. He's in agony. There's your boy. The same boy who's lying in bed tonight. The same boy who trusts you... Are you going to run out on him? Are you going to let someone beat a drum or blow a bugle and make him chase after it? Thank God, this is a Democracy and by your voice and your vote you can save your boy.
- Retired Major General Smedley Butler, USMC, 1939

Reprinted from Veterans for Peace News, Spring 2003, Chapter 27 Minnesota

Dear People,
Around this time last year, Green Dove asked that our readers send in ideas for making the winter holiday celebrations more meaningful. At that time, it was not even clear whether Green Dove would still be around or just another dead resource or link in cyber space. Green Dove happily is still here, and has great appreciation for everyone who has assisted in keeping this peace resource alive and developing. Over the last year, it became a nonprofit, and is actively seeking members for its board and for other key positions. The firming up of the structure combined with incoming opportunities will determine the course of development over the next few years. Your donations are still needed to meet our goal for receiving the Bread for the Journey Grant. Donations can now be made online using Pay Pal. This will make it easier to support Green Dove. Moving into 2004, the world is raw and old, fresh and new, sad and happy and full, so full of possibilities for developing our communities toward good. I wonder, where will the fear mongers and pilfers take us to before we, knowing our place as human beings, can prevent them from dragging us down. If we can simplify our celebrations by making our own treasures to give, buying locally and using and supporting local services we will be sharing our intention of supporting and sustaining our local community, and that will give us the energy needed to support the larger outside community.

In peacemaking,
Green Dove
Green Dove Network, Inc.
P.O. Box 8172Bloomington, In 47407

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"The time has come to put our stones down. For hands clutching stones can't freely drum. And hearts fisting the past can't freely sing."
-Mark Nepo

Poets for Peace
Friday, December 12th,
7:00 pm
Every 2nd Friday
Runcible Spoon Coffeehouse 412 E. 6th
Open to all interested in peacemaking. Gather with us to share poems (yours or another's) of peace, nonviolence, tolerance, etc. Storytellers and Folk Musicians are welcome.

*On December 26th join the Runcible Spoon Poetry Series as it host a Peace Poets Writing Workshop.

ALERT: Water Privatization Overview
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SIMPLE GIFT IDEAS - make a doll or hand puppet- knit a cap or scarf- make a stocking and fill it with special treats - mix up body, massage oils or fragrant bath salts - make a picture book using images from your life and more. Go to Ideas Page
-Check the Green Dove Calendar for local event announcements and Alerts

Monroe County Public Library Strategic Plan 2000-2003 Comments:
by A Patron
The MCPL is going through a very difficult period in its history. There has been a dramatic shift in administrative philosophy over the last two years towards a commercial business model. This shift in philosophy coupled with the implementation of the Strategic Plan adopted in February of 2003 has resulted in the alienation of some patrons and a serious drop in staff morale.In the MCPL Mission, Vision and Values Statement of February 2003 under the heading of Community it states "Persons of all ages, backgrounds, and cultures feel OWNERSHIP of the library, which serves as a focal point for community connection and public discourse." Under the Values heading, the Mission States as a principle, "Responsive to community demands." Despite the above, the community members who have attended the MCPL Boards of Trustees meetings with concerns and questions have not been well received. Also, concerns and questions expressed by MCPL staff to the current administration have not been met with complete and open responses.

MCPL consists of two parts. One, a physical collection of material, i.e. books, audio-visual materials, computers, etc. Two, a trained, knowledgeable, enthusiastic staff. Without the staff, the MCPL building is merely a warehouse of information. The staff is the heart that gives life to the library. Until recently the staff at MCPL were involved in evaluation and selection of collection materials keyed specifically to our community. They employed their individual skills and expertise to design and implement educational and entertaining programs for all segments of the public. However under the new administrative philosophy aimed at hyper-efficiency and streamlining, much of the selection has been centralized and out-sourced and programming has been scaled back and, in some cases, eliminated. These and other administrative decisions have degraded job descriptions for many staff members and destroyed the most creative and enjoyable aspects of working for the public good in the library setting. Continuing in this direction will soon erase the phenomenal breadth and depth of services and the collection itself. The major problems are: unresponsiveness to patrons: staff morale. The cause of these problems is the administration's interpretation of and procedures for achieving the goals only vaguely outlined in the Strategic Plan.
A Patron

Community Questions?

Do you have a question that pertains to the health, peace and well being of the Bloomington Community and nearby area? If you do, send it in, and we may use it as our cover question. And we would love to hear your comments on these questions.

Daily Alternative Radio Links

Free the Media!
KPFA, Berkeley
Democracy Now!
Free Speech Radio
Flashpoints Amy Goodman & Dennis Bernstein. Info, links, audio, live radio!
Radio 4 All Chomsky etc
The Connection
Media Channel
Robert Fisk: IndyMedia Radio Network
Independent Audio Program Schedule
Subversity Radio
Between The Lines Independent Radio from Bridgeport,CT
Short Wave Radio
Pacifica Radio

High Country News Radio
January 17-19: Coordinated Local and Regional Actions around Martin Luther King Day, Jobs & Peoples' Needs, Not War, Defend Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
To date the Iraq was has cost the American Taxpayers
over $87 Billion Dollars!
Click to See the mounting cost of this war
The World's Thirstiest Children
The world's children feel the burden of the world's water crisis more than anyone. Each day it is estimated that 6,000 people lose their lives to diarrheal disease. Most of these people are children under the age of five. Visit Earth Day Network (earthday.net), to learn about the challenges faced by a child living near the Mexico-U.S.A. border, a young girl in Tanzania, a 12-year-old girl in Ghana, an 11-year-old boy in China, an orphan child in Kenya, school children in Romania, and other countries: India, Togo, Jordan, and Somalia.
Click Here to read "The Iraqi Water Project" and "WATER PRIVATIZATION AND THE RISING CONFLICT"

From the Organic Consumers Association

- Vatican Meeting on Biotech Foods - The Vatican has invited 67 scientists and plant experts to Rome to speak about the benefits and drawbacks of genetically engineered food crops. At closure, the Vatican is expected to take a formal stance ultimately representing the Catholic Church. Organized by pro-biotech Cardinal Renato Martino. Priest opposing biotech are concerned because the majority of the experts consulting the Vatican are pro-biotech. READ http://www.organicconsumers.org/ge/vatican111303.cfm
According to a recent Chicago Sun Times investigative feature, Wal-Martand Procter and Gamble (P&G) have been found to be concealing high techtracking devices in their consumer products and hiding cameras in storedisplays. The tracking devices, known as Radio Frequency Identification(RFID), can be as small as a grain of sand, and, so far, they have beendetected in P&Gs Lipfinity products at Wal-Mart, as well as in Gilletterazors and Benetton clothes. The electromagnetic tracking devices can beread through clothes and walls. P&G admits this was just a trial-run oftracking devices it would ultimately like to use in all products---serving as "the barcode of the future," and "strictly for marketing research." Katherine Albrecht, the Director of Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering, said, "This trial is a perfect illustration of how easy it is to set up a secret RFID infrastructure and use it to spy on people." In addition to the "spychips", hidden cameras were also discovered in store displays, allowing P&G to watch shoppers from hundreds of miles away. Wal-Mart does not deny having prior knowledge of the hidden cameras and tracking devices, given the fact that their employees set up those very same displays.
Raising Cattle Organically
Wisconsin is also currently demonstrating how to raise cattle sustainably, healthily and profitably. Recent statistics show that Wisconsin now produces 22% of the nation's organic milk and ranks second in the US for acres of organic hay and silage. Sales by Organic Valley, a Wisconsin based co-op of organic farmers, have grown by more than 1,200 percent between 1995 and 2002. READ

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