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  • 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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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

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Rep. Grayson’s “War Is Making You Poor” Act

Have you seen this?  Representative Alan Grayson of Florida’s 8th Congressional District introduced the “War Is Making You Poor” Act (Hr 5353), which aims to cut the Department of Defense budget and use the money to make the first $35,000 each American earns tax-free.

AlterNet says “Budgeting is all about priorities, and the bill can raise public awareness of that fact. The Right has done a remarkable job convincing the American public that tax dollars used for programs that help the middle class or the poor are dollars “taken out of your pocket,” but no such consideration is given to the trillions spent on financing our military operations.”

Think this is an idea worth supporting? Let our Congresspeople know.  Start with Elton Gallegly, and we might as well give Senators Boxer and Feinstein a heads-up too.  While we’re at it, let the President know this is hot!


Contact Congressman Gallegly
(Our zip+4 is 93023-2259)

Contact Senator Boxer

Contact Senator Feinstein

Contact President Obama