• The Costs of War

    As of September 24, 2011

    6,257 American military killed in Iraq + Afghanistan. See other data at icasualties.org

    $1,254,293,000,000 - YES, THAT'S OVER ONE TRILLION DOLLARS - and rising (Iraq + Afghanistan, since 2001). Watch the counter at costofwar.com
  • This Week in Peace History

    September 23, 2007 - Dr. Jane Goodall created Roots & Shoots Day of Peace in 2004 in honor of U.N. International Day of Peace; each year, Roots & Shoots Day of Peace is observed in late September. Roots & Shoots groups around the world fly Giant Peace Dove puppets to celebrate Roots & Shoots Day of Peace for its symbolic meaning. They also plan and implement peace project initiatives to help make the world a better place for animals, the environment and the human community.

    Dr. Goodall was appointed a Messenger of Peace in 2002 by U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan. People selected as Messengers of Peace are widely recognized for their achievements in music, literature, sports and the arts.

    To commemorate her appointment, Roots & Shoots members at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point first conceived of and created the Giant Peace Dove puppets. Since then, Roots & Shoots groups have flown doves in over 40 countries around the world.

    Check out peacebuttons.info for more.
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It Ends November 6th

Today is October 10, 2011 – it’s the International Day Against the Death Penalty, and so i went a-looking for an action to that effect. i found information at DeathPenalty.org about Taxpayers for Justice’s “SAFE California Act” (SAFE stands for “Savings, Accountability, and Full Enforcement”), which intends to end California’s death penalty by November 6th, 2012:

The SAFE California Act will:

* Replace California’s death penalty with life in prison without the possibility of parole;
* Require inmates to work and pay restitution to the victims’ compensation fund; and
* Allocate $100 million over three years to solve more murders and rapes in California and protect our families.

The SAFE California Act is an important law because:

* Murders and rapists need to be caught and brought to justice. But 46% of murders and 56% of rapes go unsolved every year. We need to use our limited resources to investigate and solve these crimes and keep our families safe, not on our broken death penalty.
* We remain at risk of executing an innocent. Nationally, 139 people have been freed from death row after they were found to be innocent. With the death penalty, we will always risk executing innocent people.
* Since California voted to reinstate the death penalty in 1978, our state has spent $4 billion dollars to execute only 13 people. If the SAFE California Act is passed by voters on November 6, 2012, we will save $1 billion in only five years.

More information – and an opportunity to donate and/or receive campaign updates – are at taxpayersforjustice.org

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Capital Punishment Support on the Rise in CA, Though Questioned on Largely Economic Grounds By State Senators

This is an Associated Press article reprinted by the Ventura County Star on June 28, 2011. It describes in brief some of the grounds on which a few State Senators are challenging the capital punishment system in The Golden State. Click the image for a larger version that’s easier to read, then TAKE ACTION below!
AP article about capital punishment, clipped from the VC Star in June 2011

To contact State Senator Loni Hancock to express your appreciation and support for her actions and position:
EMAIL HER using this form | Call her District office at (510) 286-1333 | Call her Capitol office at (916) 651-4009

To contact State Senator Kevin de León to express your appreciation and support for his actions and position:
EMAIL HIM using this form | Call his District office at (213) 612-9566 | Call his Capitol office at (916) 651-4022

To contact State Senator Joel Anderson to offer him a different view on “the price of justice”:
EMAIL HIM using this form | Call his District office at (619) 596-3136 | Call his Capitol office at (916) 651-4036