Volume2- Issue 1-Late Winter 2004
ISSN # - 154-889X
Green Dove Calendar for local event announcements and Alerts
"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
anthology, now in its second printing, presents the work of 49 area poets is available at Howard's and local bookstores.

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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.
E'tokmit e'k, rangimarie, hedd, pace, tutquin, shanti, vrede, paquilisli, MNP, Onai rahu, amani, kev sib haum xeeb,salam, shalom, 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



"In the days ahead we must not consider it unpatriotic to raise certain basic questions about our national character. We must begin to ask, 'Why are there forty million poor people in a nation overflowing with such unbelievable affluence? Why has our nation placed itself in the position of being God's military agent on earth...? Why have we substituted the arrogant undertaking of policing the whole world for the high task of putting our own house in order?'" - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

(editor's note: This sermon was written following a full day of singing and celebrating the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. at the Wabash Valley Correctional Institution in Carlisle, IN.)

As I sat down last night to forge this sermon in the fires of emotion which threaten every year to consume me at the end of a long day of prison ministry, I gave thanks for you all, for this community, for this faith, and for the wonderful good fortune that has granted me the honor of being a minister in this place.

Preaching in the shadow of Martin Luther King is not an easy thing to do. Yet it is my opinion that all preachers in the United States in the latter decades of the 20th century and the beginning of this century do just that. We preach in that shadow whether we acknowledge its existence or not. I would go so far as to say that all Americans live in that shadow, because I must honestly say that I believe that Martin Luther King climbed higher than any other American has ever climbed in terms of understanding the need for the development of a global consciousness, a global peace and a global justice. Click Here to Read Article


Hot Community Topics-

Mayor Kruzan has given the okay for a new commission - Soon there will be a Commission on Sustainability! If you are interested contact the Center for Sustainable Living phone (812) 332-8796 or csl@bloomington.in.us

Monroe County Public Library Public Board Meeting - Upcoming - February 18th, March 17th at 5:00PM,

"What does it mean to the "Public" in Library, when the "Public" board makes it clear that the concerns, and the maintanence of intellectual excellance within staff falls behind the desire to follow through with implementing changes mandated by a "Strategic Plan" which calls for "beefing" up administrative staff to control the fewer people handling the larger quantity of books, one that the "Public has and continued to express many concerns about, or the degrading of staff positions and responsibilities, coupled with the declining moral due to the implementing of this plan, and the board's lack of concern with this degradation.


Book Review
by Martha Nord

Peaceful Thoughts
An Interactive Journal in Positive Thinking for Children and Their Parents

Written and Illustrated by Robin K. Thumann, M.Ed., M.S.W.
Peaceful Thoughts Press, 2003

This is a book to DO with a child over a period of time. It is good tool for parents or other significant adults and children to use together to talk about big concepts and values, 18 in all. The author intended it to be used with children ages 4 to 10, but I think some older children would enjoy it as well when done with a caring adult. Each 2-page spread has a little poem about a particular concept, an illustration to go with it, and excellent discussion suggestions for the adult and child to talk about together. While the poems are not great children's literature (I find them sing-song-y and simplistic), this book is an excellent way for adults to bring up and discuss these important values/concepts. There are many excellent stories available in children's literature to illustrate each concept. It would be well worth the adult's time to find a good children's picture book to go along with each value in this book. When I did the pages about "Our Earth" with a 10-year-old, I read the book Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney. The book Elmer by David McKee would be one of many excellent stories to read with the pages on humor. A little time spent at the library would result in many excellent books to read along with this one. "Doing" one page a day - reading the poem, talking about the picture, reading an additional story that illustrates the value, and doing the discussion questions would be a meaningful way for adult and child to spend time together and help a child grow in wisdom, peace, and happiness.

I recommend this book if the adult is willing to make the commitment to doing the pages thoughtfully over time with a child. The values/ideas presented are: togetherness, family, people, friendship, caring, forgiveness, thankfulness, courage, bravery, determination, peace, freedom, knowledge, change, caring for our earth, humor, planning, and preparing for rest. It is a good resource for caring adults to have available to use with the children in their lives.

Martha Nord is coordinator of the Children's Task Force (CTF) of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington. - http://www.uubloomington.org

Make Us Children Of Peace

by Tricia Bock

Make us children of peace
don't let war darken our mind
Instruments of understanding,
let us seek and find!

No blood can we trade for oil,
no oil can warm the dead
So let us continue forward
keeping this thought in our head.

When people are starved and suffering,
let us feel it, too.
Compassion to be our guide
we'll make the world seem new

Until we respect the planet,
and ALL the people that she holds
Our lives will be a history~
an ancient tale to be told

I'd rather be remembered
as one who chose to make love
Than as one in favor of war,
a vulture, not a dove.

We are children of peace,
if only we opened our eyes
revealing what we knew already
it was all simply a LIE.

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

From the Organic Consumers Association Organic and Foods News Tidbits with an EdgeFrom The Organic Consumers - Organization http://www.organicconsumers.org
More Food News and Local Food Resources at http://www.greendove.net/localfood.htm

WHO DO YOU TRUST? The Bush Administration gave the USDA Secretary of Agriculture position to Anne Venemon (who once served on Monsanto's Calgene Board of Directors). She appointed Dale Moore as her Chief of Staff. Prior to playing his new role of "protecting" consumers from food safety threats like Mad Cow Disease, Dale Moore was the chief lobbyist for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association. Source: http://www.usda.gov/agencies/gallery/moore.htm

IS MAD COW DISEASE CAUSING THOUSANDS OF HUMAN DEATHS IN THE U.S.? Thanks to a massive marketing blitz (funded by scarce taxpayer money) the U.S. Government has been working overtime to alleviate the public's concerns about Mad Cow Disease and its human counterpart Creutzfeldt Jacob Disease (CJD). Consumers no longer know who to trust. Regardless, experts on all sides of the political spectrum agree with one basic fact: the two diseases are undeniably connected. In both cases, aberrant proteins, known as prions, begin to multiply and literally cause holes in the brain, ultimately leading to death. According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control, hundreds of CJD human fatalities have been occurring in the U.S. every year, but until now, they have simply been written off as unexplainable and spontaneous cases. At the same time, it is well known that ingesting meat contaminated with these prions causes the same fatal reaction to occur in the human body. Based on that basic understanding, coupled with the fact that the vast majority of U.S. cattle are never tested for Mad Cow Disease, scientists like Dr. Michael Gregor, a world renowned expert on the issue, and dozens of research institutions around the world are now linking these deaths to the food supply. http://www.organicconsumers.org/madcow/GregerCJD.cfm

Last year, while the E.U. tested 10 million cattle for Mad Cow, the U.S. only tested 20,526 cows out of 35 million slaughtered. In response to this threat to food safety and consumer rights, the OCA has launched a massive campaign to pressure the USDA into creating standards that emulate those of Japan and the EU. Every day, thousands of citizens are signing on to this important petition. Help the OCA in achieving its goal of gathering over a million petition signatures, demanding that the U.S. Government adopt and enforce: ~ Mandatory testing for all cattle brought to slaughter, before they enter the food chain. ~ Ban the feeding of blood, manure, and slaughterhouse waste to animals. Please forward this email to family and friends! Sign the petition here: http://organicconsumers.org/madcow.htm

In Mendocino County CA, voters will be deciding whether or not to ban genetically modified crops, to protect the county's organic farmers from possible contamination from neighboring GE crops. The vote will be held March 2, 2004 and would make the county the first in the U.S. to pass an anti-GMO resolution. The biotech industry has responded with a goliath investment into persuading the voters of the county against the measure. Indeed, the biotech battleplan is to call every household in the county with a paid 20-30 minute conversation, in order to assuage voter concerns about GE issues. Can Mendocino organic family farmers compete with transnational corporations? Your help is needed: http://www.gmofreemendo.com/

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Flashpoints Amy Goodman & Dennis Bernstein. Info, links, audio, live radio!
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High Country News Radio

- Preaching in the Shadow of Martin Luther King by Reverand Bill Breeden
- Education for an Interdependent World by Michael True
- Make Love, Not Politics by T. David McKinney
- Brain Control of the Masses Via Pollutants by Jan Lundberg with reporting by Moth


- Book Review -" Peaceful Thoughts" by Robin K. Thumann. Reviewed by Martha Nord
- Make Us Children of Peace - Poem by Tricia Bock
-Alternative Radio Links
- Peace Education Resources
- Hot Community Question(s)
- Education and Other Useful Resources
- Consumer Food News
--"Who Do You Trust?"
--"Is Mad Cow Causing Thousands of Human Deaths in the U.S.?"
-- "Millions of Consumers Unite"
--"Family Farmers VS Transnational Corporations"
--"Organic Toxic Sludge"
- Your Local Senators and Representatives
- Farm Communities Conference and Activist Summit

Spring - APS - 2

- The Rise and Fall of Censorship - Bush Administration Restricts Editors
- The Wrong Side of History by Daniel Patrick Welch
- Peace and Justice Featurette by James Wolfe
- Grammy Award winner and an icon of New Age music, Kitaro.

- CBS Refuses to Air MoveOn's 'Bush In 30 Seconds'Ad

- US Denies Travel Visas to Grammy Nominated Cuban Musicans
ART and Poetry
- Local Food Recipes

Green Dove Note

Dear People,
I have been ready for winter to be done for some weeks now. I don't want to joke about icy driving conditions, or talk about the roads. I want to place my attention on things like spring flowers, delicate flowers in tender new green salads and the gathering of dandelion blossoms for making a batch of dandelion wine.

Instead, I am thinking about Green Dove and where it fits in this community. I am thinking about friends and family who feel quite personally betrayed by this administration's mis-use of military personnel, forcing war upon the people through trumped up claims supported by loudly presented false information.

Can we in this community draw together our dreams and work toward creating a culture of peace? Can the Green Dove Network and its publication, the Green Dove Peace Magazine serve as a vehicle for spotlighting, supporting, and documenting this collective conscious journey toward living in peace among our selves? I think so. I think there are others who agree.

Get connected - contact webmaster@greendove.net. One small article per month would let the community know what you and your group are doing for peace. We look forward to hearing from you.

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

Green Dove Zine will be published every four to six weeks on the web by the Green Dove Network and in print whenever donations make it possible. Green Dove is dedicated to being a presence for peace, featuring articles, book reviews, poetry, art, and current events and resources around Bloomington, IN, the state of Indiana, and the world. Green Dove is a non-profit network. Your donations contribute to the cost of maintaining and developing Green Dove as a valued peace resource. We welcome submissions of articles, reviews, poetry, art for our cover, calendar events, classifieds, and letters pertaining to peacemaking. Send questions about your submission to submissions@greendove.net

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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

Poets for Peace

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.

ALERT: Water Privatization Overview


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Books for a Better World, by Mike Palecek, former federal prisoner for peace, congressional candidate, newspaper reporter. "... to inspire us all, because it looks beyond the false gods of our time, the ruthless political leaders, the timid intellectuals, the stars of People magazine, and tells the story of the bravest people in America".


Much of what you flush down your toilet likely ends up being spread on local farm fields as fertilizer for the food you eat. At face value, it seems like a perfectly natural process. Historically, manure has been a preferred fertilizer for farmers worldwide. In the U.S. 60% of sewage sludge is treated, dried and shipped out to the farm. Proponents claim the sludge has only low levels of bacteria, but what about the chemicals homeowners and industry dump into the wastewater system? Those toxins don't just disappear. When applied to the soil, they work their way into the ground water, the air, and the plants we eat. Award winning scientist, David Lewis, a microbiologist, was recently fired from the Environmental Protection Agency for his criticism of the U.S. Government's sewage sludge policies. Lewis and likeminded opponents question how the EPA, in 1992, determined that sewage sludge was too toxic to continue dumping in the oceans, yet it's perfectly legal to apply the same stuff to food crops intended for human ingestion. The EPA is now considering selling this same sludge under the label "organic compost". Write a letter to the EPA, expressing your concerns: http://www.organicconsumers.org/foodsafety/

The Farm Experience Weekend - April 2, 3, 4 - An opportunity to discover the inner workings of life in community, inspiring you to take the next step to follow your dreams. May 28, 29, 30 The Community's Conference & Activist Summit - Bringing together the Fellowship of Intentional Communities, and leaders in ecovillage design, alternative lifestyle and political movements for an intense and information filled exchange. Last year's Memorial Day Weekend event was an astounding success, with over 200 people working together to change the future...and we still had energy to rock out on Saturday night! March 12-14, April 18-20, April 30 - May 2, and May 30 - June 1The Leadership School - VisionQuest Workshops - The PeaceMakers Series workshops focus on outlining your life's purpose - completing the past and setting your intention for the future. The battle of the peaceful warrior is always with the self.
If your goal is to take positive steps toward creating a life that fulfills your soul, then we urge you to come to The Farm in Summertown , Tennessee this spring for one of our much anticipated weekend events. The Farm event organizers work very hard to help you maximize your experience. Whether you are in search of intense connections or a chance to taste the peace and freedom that comes from a liberated lifestyle, we guarantee that you will leave fulfilled and with a clearer vision of your path. Of course these are only some of the many events held on The Farm throughout the spring summer and fall. Many of the workshops during the above weekends are introductions to the more intense training and education available through the Ecovillage Training Center , the Farm Midwifery Center and the new Leadership School . Visit our events page for a complete listing. We look forward to hearing from you! For more information. contact: Douglas Stevenson Douglas@villagemedia.com
Thomas Hupp Thomas@villagemedia.com
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