Wednesday, October 31, 2007

November Peace & Justice Calendar

Friday November 2

Peoples Organization for Progress

Montclair Branch

Fundraising Buffet Dinner

Speakers, Entertainment

$12 per person

7 to 10PM, St. Peter Claver Church

56 Elmwood Ave, Montclair, NJ

Saturday November 3

Peoples Organization for Progress

Bergen County Branch

Demonstration to Oppose Military Recruitment

11AM to 1PM, Military Recruitment Center

20 Banta Place, Hackensack, NJ 07601, (201)833 8493

Central Jersey Coalition Aganst Endless War

Marcs Place Coffeehouse

Music, poetry, discussion

Topic: War with Iran?

8PM, Reformed Church

19 South 2nd St., Highland Park, NJ

(Parking lot off Raritan Ave.

between 2nd and 3rd Ave)

(732)967 9370,

Summit Clean Power Team

Step It Up Rally

80% emission cuts by 2050

No new coal power plants

Green jobs initiative

1PM, Reeves-Reed Arboritum

Summit, NJ

Thursday November 8

New Jerseyans for Alternatives

To the Death Penalty

Immaculate Conception Church

First Congregational United Church of Christ

New Jersey Peace Action

Talk, Sr. Helen Prejean

Author of Dead Man Walking

7:30PM, St. Peter Claver Church

56 Elmwood Ave., Montclair

Space is limited, call (973)783 4832

For free tickets

Friday November 9

Peoples Organization for Progress

Mass Meeting

Demand Justice for the Jena Six

6PM, Bethany Baptist Church

275 W. Market, Newark, NJ

(973)801 0001

New Jerseyans for Alternatives

To the Death Penalty

Talk, Sr. Helen Prejean

Author of Dead Man Walking

7PM, St. Mary’s Parish

The Carnevale Center

10 Lenox Ave, Pompton Lakes, NJ

(973)835 0374

Northwest NJ Peace Fellowship

Speaker. Paula Rogovin

Military Families Speak Out

7:30 to 9:30PM, Sparta United Methodist Church

71 Sparta St., Sparta, NJ 07871,

Saturday November 10

Unitarian Universalist Church of the Palisades

Bergen Peace and Justice Coalition

Military Families Speak Out, Bergen County

Englewood City Council

Eyes Wide Open

Exhibit of boots representing NJ Troops

And Iraqi people killed in the war

11AM to 6PM, The park across from Harms Theater

30 N. Van Brunt St., Englewood, NJ

Volunteers needed, email

Sunday November 11

Lakeland Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

The Environment

Speakers, Luncheon, Discussion

Pat Kenschaft, Greg Mattison, Ted Glick

11AM, 231 Parish Drive, Wayne, NJ, (973)696 6362

Unitarian Universalist Church of the Palisades

Bergen Peace and Justice Coalition

Military Families Speak Out, Bergen County

Englewood City Council

Eyes Wide Open

Exhibit of boots representing NJ Troops

And Iraqi people killed in the war

11AM to 6PM, The park across from Harms Theater

30 N. Van Brunt St., Englewood, NJ

Volunteers needed, email

Princeton University Chapel

Annual Interfaith Service for Peace

Rev. William Sinkford, President

Unitarian Universalist Assn in the US

11AM, 110 West College, Princeton, NJ

Monday November 12

Unitarian Universalist Church of the Palisades

Bergen Peace and Justice Coalition

Military Families Speak Out, Bergen County

Englewood City Council

Eyes Wide Open

Exhibit of boots representing NJ Troops

And Iraqi people killed in the war

11AM to 6PM, The park across from Harms Theater

30 N. Van Brunt St., Englewood, NJ

Volunteers needed, email

Tuesday November 13

Sierra Club, Essex County Group

Speaker, Passaic River 81 Years of History

7PM, Essex County Environmental Center

621 Eagle Rock Ave., Roseland, NJ

(973)228 8776

Hunterdon County Peace Coalition

Film, No End in Sight

7PM, Flemington Womens Club

43 Park Ave, Flemington, NJ

Wednesday November 14

Sierra Club Loantaka Group

Meeting, Cool Cities Campaign

7:320 to 9PM, Library of the Chathams

214 Main St., Chatham, NJ

(973)627 4354

Thursday November 15

Hunterdon County Peace Coalition

Candlelight Vigil

7PM, In front of the Old Historic Courthouse

Main Street, Flemington, NJ

Montclair Area League of Women Voters

Public Meeting, Immigration: Then and Now

Speakers, Rutgers Professors

Dan Tichenor and Janice Fine

7:30PM, Montclair High School

Large Group Instruction Room

Park St at Chestnut St, Montclair, NJ

Saturday November 17

New Jersey Peace Action

Soup Luncheon


11:45AM to 4PM, Columbia High School

17 Parker Ave.

Maplewood, NJ

Sierra Club, Loantaka Group

Cool Cities Training

10AM to 2PM, Library of the Chathams

214 Main st., Chatham, NJ, (973)627 4353

Veterans for Peace


Cost $30/person

5 to 9PM, Vitali’s Restaurant

Queen Anne Rd. Near De Graw

Teaneck, NJ

Monday November 19

Hunterdon County Peace Coalition

Speaker, Global Leadership

Is the UN the Way

7:30PM, Flemington Baptist Church

170 Main St., Flemington, NJ

Wednesday November 21

Coalition for Peace Action

Monroe Township Chapter

Speaker, Advisor to the UN Foundation

The Middle East After Iraq

10AM, Monroe Township Municipal Building

1 Municipal Plaza, Monroe Township, 08831

Saturday November 24

Hunterdon County Peace Coalition

Singing Peace Rally

Noon to 1PM, In front of the Old Historic Courthouse

Main Street, Flemington, NJ

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Images of Iran

As the drumbeats for war with Iran grow ever louder perhaps we should at least take a look at some images of the country and the people which our government is prepared to bomb. These are very different from what we are used to seeing.

Monday, October 29, 2007

The Problem with American Advocacy

This weeks Newsweek article Packaging a Tragedy provides a very interesting read. Whether you agree with the conclusions of the article or not, it raises some valid points about the general misperceptions by the American public of the conflict in Darfur and the potential consequences of advocacy without a comprehensive understanding of the problem.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Darfur Media Report

Peace Talks

Empty Seats Add to Worry on Eve of Darfur Talks

New York Times, United States - 28 minutes ago
The United Nations and African Union have billed this peace conference as a make-or-break moment for Darfur, the desiccated region of western Sudan that has ...

One of the gravest threats to Darfur is Sudan's other war Guardian Unlimited
Failures to keep a peace in the scarcely reported north-south conflict send a terrible signal as talks begin in Libya.

UN Efforts

UN urgently seeking helicopters for Darfur force

Reuters South Africa - Johannesburg,South Africa
At least 10 AU troops were killed last month in an assault on their base in Darfur -- Sudan's arid western region the size of France where international ..

US Efforts

US mulls Sudan sanctions over peacekeepers delay

Reuters South Africa - Johannesburg,South Africa
By Claudia Parsons UNITED NATIONS, Oct 25 (Reuters) - The United States will consider further sanctions against Sudan if it continues "dragging its feet" ...

The Oil Industry Role in the Conflict

Sudanese oil field attack threatens peace talks Christian Science Monitor
After launching a deadly attack on a Sudanese oil field earlier this week, a Darfur rebel group is promising to target oil fields across the country. The Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), an Islamist rebel group in Darfur, hopes to drive out foreign oil companies, which the group says are funding government violence in Darfur…

Sudan rebels 'hold China oil men'
BBC News - UK
The Canadians and the Iraqi both worked on the oilfield run by the Chinese-led consortium, the Greater Nile Petroleum Operating Company in Sudan's Defra ...

From Darfur to Shanghai
Continuing its relentless march toward the magical summit of $100, the price of a barrel of oil hit an intra-day high of $92.22 on Friday. Meanwhile, in Shanghai, demand for a piece of PetroChina's IPO is so intense that the entire rest of the stock market is being squeezed…


Bin Laden calls for jihad in Arabia and Sudan: Web
Washington Post - United States
DUBAI (Reuters) - Osama bin Laden called for a holy war against foreign forces in Sudan and the Arabian Peninsula, in an audio recording posted on the ...

Germany arrests 'spy for Sudan'

BBC News - UK
German authorities have arrested a Sudanese man on suspicion of spying on dissidents living abroad. The 39-year-old is alleged to have given the Sudanese ...

Sudan survivors answer your questions

BBC News, UK - 10 hours ago
Four-and-a-half years of fighting between Sudan's government, pro-government Arab militias and rebel groups in the western Sudanese region of Darfur has ...

Key players in the Darfur conflict
Guardian Unlimited

Friday, October 26, 2007

Step it Up in Summit- National Climate Action

Join your friends and neighbors as we
National Climate Action Day
Saturday November 3 From 1:00-2:00 PM
On the Village Green

Come hear what our leaders have to say about climate change.

Don't miss the group photo at 1:50

Your support shows Congress we care about our environment.


Thursday, October 25, 2007

Franz Jaegerstaetter, Objector, Martyr, Blessed

Despite desperate pleas from his family and the advice of his priest, Franz Jaegerstaetter decided to follow his conscience and refused to fight for Hitler. On August 9, 1943 he was beheaded.

Bishop Tom Gumbleton, Fr. John Dear, and other members of Pax Christi USA are gathering this weekend to attend the beatification of Franz Jaegerstaetter in Austria.

We often pray for the soldiers fighting now in Iraq and Afghanistan, but these prayers are generally limited their safe physical return. In reflecting on the life of Franz Jaegerstaetter perhaps we should also pray for more than just the well being of their bodies and minds. Engaging in war and matters of life and death in general are certain to have an effect on the soul. Not so much for those who believe in the war and choose to fight, but for those who do not believe in the war and choose to fight out of loyalty to country or to fellow soldier or even fear of punishment. we should pray that they will find the courage to resist and that we will find the courage to provide them with support and show them love and kindness.

Below is the prayer that Pax Christi Metro NY sent with the delegation

In these dark times, Pax Christi Metro New York is most grateful to all who have shone a light of hope on our world with the beatification of Franz Jaegerstaetter. Blessed Franz is a model of faith and courage, a patron of conscience and a man of peace. We pray that he bestow on all of us a share in his insurmountable faith and unwavering courage so that we, too, may be guided by unfaltering consciences to live as people of peace. Most especially we pray for the young who continue to be confronted with the harsh choice of serving God or serving country when the two are in discord that they will always have the strength to choose God.

Fair Trade Sale


Sisters of the Good Shepherd’s
Handcrafting Justice
St. Teresa of Avila Parish

2nd Annual

When: Saturday, November 3rd --9:30 AM – 7:00 PM

When: Sunday, November 4th -- 9:30 AM – 7:00 PM

Location: St. Teresa of Avila - AVILA ROOM
306 Morris Avenue, Summit
(basement of the school building)

Candles & Jewelry *** Christmas Decorations ***

Toys, Books & Games *** and much more!!!

Handcrafting Justice – is a project of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd. The Sisters work in cooperation with women struggling for economic justice and independence in the developing world. They are supported by the Sisters in their efforts to create employment for themselves in order to provide for their families.

What does it mean to say that these items are fairly traded?

It means that the people who produce these beautifully crafted items earn a fair price, get access to credit and training, and maintain long-term relationships with A Greater Gift rooted in the principles of human dignity and economic justice. So when you participate in a fair trade sale, everyone wins—you get high-quality handcrafted item and the people who created them get hope for a better future for themselves and their families.

Another way to help support the Fair Trade Sale is by helping us sell them items!


Come, join us in community, have some fun and help us sell for

one hour or two…or if your schedule permits....longer!

Please complete the following information:

*Your Name

Email Address

*Indicate Saturday or Sunday or Both

*Hours you can Work

We’d love to hear from you!

Contact: Ellie & Craig Culver @ 973-701-2266 OR

Marcia & Kevin Reina @ 908-273-9424 OR

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Frontline Investigates Cheney

From the Frontline Website:

For three decades, Vice President Dick Cheney has waged a secretive, and often bitter battle to expand the power of the presidency. Now in a direct confrontation with Congress, as the administration asserts executive privilege to head off investigations into domestic wiretapping and the firing of U.S. attorneys, FRONTLINE meticulously traces the behind-closed-doors battle within the administration over the power of the presidency and the rule of law.



FRONTLINE presents


Tuesday, October 16, 2007, at 9 P.M. ET on PBS

For three decades Vice President Dick Cheney conducted a secretive, behind-closed-doors campaign to give the president virtually unlimited wartime power. Finally, in the aftermath of 9/11, the Justice Department and the White House made a number of controversial legal decisions. Orchestrated by Cheney and his lawyer David Addington, the department interpreted executive power in an expansive and extraordinary way, granting President George W. Bush the power to detain, interrogate, torture, wiretap and spy -- without congressional approval or judicial review.

Now, as the White House appears ready to ignore subpoenas in the wiretapping and U.S. attorneys' cases, FRONTLINE's season premiere, Cheney's Law, airing Oct. 16, 2007, at 9 P.M. ET on PBS (check local listings), examines the battle over the power of the presidency and Cheney's way of looking at the Constitution.

"The vice president believes that Congress has very few powers to actually constrain the president and the executive branch," former Justice Department attorney Marty Lederman tells FRONTLINE. "He believes the president should have the final word, indeed the only word on all matters within the executive branch."

After Sept. 11, Cheney and Addington were determined to implement their vision -- in secret. The vice president and his counsel found an ally in John Yoo, a lawyer at the Justice Department's extraordinarily powerful Office of Legal Counsel. In concert with Addington, Yoo wrote memoranda authorizing the president to act with unparalleled authority.

"Through interviews with key administration figures, Cheney's Law documents the bruising bureaucratic battles between a group of conservative Justice Department lawyers and the Office of the Vice President over the legal foundation for the most closely guarded programs in the war on terror," says FRONTLINE producer/director/writer Michael Kirk. This is Kirk's tenth documentary about the Bush administration's policies since 9/11 (Rumsfeld's War, The Torture Question, The Dark Side, The Lost Year in Iraq, Endgame).

In his most extensive television interview since leaving the Justice Department, former Assistant Attorney General Jack L. Goldsmith describes his initial days at the Department of Justice in the fall of 2003 as he learned about the government's most secret and controversial covert operations. Goldsmith was shocked by the administration's secret assertion of unlimited power.

"There were extravagant and unnecessary claims of presidential power that were wildly overbroad to the tasks at hand," Goldsmith says. "I had a whole flurry of emotions. My first one was disbelief that programs of this importance could be supported by legal opinions that were this flawed. My second was the realization that I would have a very, very hard time standing by these opinions if pressed. My third was the sinking feeling -- what was I going to do if I was pressed about reaffirming these opinions?"

As Goldsmith began to question his colleagues' claims that the administration could ignore domestic laws and international treaties, he began to clash with Cheney's office. According to Goldsmith, Addington warned him, "If you rule that way, the blood of the 100,000 people who die in the next attack will be on your hands."

Goldsmith's battles with Cheney culminated in a now-famous hospital-room confrontation at Attorney General John Ashcroft's bedside. Goldsmith watched as White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales and Chief of Staff Andy Card pleaded with Ashcroft to overrule the department's finding that a domestic surveillance program was illegal. Ashcroft rebuffed the White House, and as many as 30 department lawyers threatened to resign. The president relented.

But Goldsmith's victory was temporary, and Cheney's Law continues the story after the famous hospital-room standoff. At the Justice Department, White House Counsel Gonzales was named attorney general and tasked with reasserting White House control. On Capitol Hill, Cheney lobbied Congress for broad authorizations for the eavesdropping program and for approval of the administration's system for trying suspected terrorists by military tribunals.

As the White House and Congress continue to face off over executive privilege, the Terrorist Surveillance Program, and the firing of U.S. attorneys, FRONTLINE tells the story of the man behind what some view as the most ambitious project to reshape the power of the president in American history.

Following the broadcast, Cheney's Law will be available to view on FRONTLINE's Web site,

Cheney's Law is a FRONTLINE co-production with Kirk Documentary Group, Ltd. The writer, producer and director is Michael Kirk. The co-producer and reporter is Jim Gilmore. FRONTLINE is produced by WGBH Boston and is broadcast nationwide on PBS. Funding for FRONTLINE is provided through the support of PBS viewers. Major funding for FRONTLINE is provided by The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Additional funding is provided by the Park Foundation. FRONTLINE is closed-captioned for deaf and hard-of-hearing viewers and described for people who are blind or visually impaired by the Media Access Group at WGBH. FRONTLINE is a registered trademark of WGBH Educational Foundation. The FRONTLINE executive producer for special projects is Michael Sullivan. The executive producer for FRONTLINE is David Fanning.

Promotional photography can be downloaded from the PBS pressroom.

Press contacts

Diane Buxton

(617) 300-5375

Alissa Rooney

(617) 300-5314

Phil Zimmerman

(617) 300-5366

Send an e-mail to with the words “Cheney's Law” in the subject line to receive an HTML postcard that you can forward to your friends, colleagues, and community partners.

Friday, October 05, 2007

Berrigan Book Launch/Peace Event

Prayer for the Morning Headlines

On the Sanctity of Life and Death

Hosted by Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman

Featuring poet/activist Father Daniel Berrigan

Special guest appearances by:

Ramsey Clark

The Brooklyn Youth Chorus Academy

Thurman E. Scott with youth from the Builders of the New World Program of the Actors Theatre Workshop.

Peace event and book launch for timely new release by Noble Peace Prize Nominee Daniel Berrigan, with selections and photographs by Adrianna Amari, introduction by Howard Zinn, and endorsements from the late Kurt Vonnegut, Martin Sheen, and others.

Monday, October 15th, 2007 at 6:30 pm

The Great Hall, 7 East 7th Street at Third Avenue


Free and Open to the Public

Thursday, October 04, 2007




2:00 - 3:00 PM

Vigil Prayer at Elizabeth Detention Center
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2007 2:00 - 3:00 PM

Retracing the path that too many asylum seekers are forced to follow when they arrive seeking protection

For more information call: 973-333-5456

Sponsored by:

Interfaith Refugee Action Team-Elizabeth (IRATE)
American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)
Haiti Solidarity Network of the Northeast (HSNNE)
Elizabeth Catholic Worker
NCC Hispanic Development Corporation