December 26, 2001
The Turning Tide of History #2: Manifesting Peace and Sharing All Around The World
I feel it is most appropriate at this time of the year to set aside some time to reflect upon the larger picture pertaining to peace, sharing and justice on our beautiful world where so many pressing situations demand our attention. I know that by being on this list and more or less following the numerous issues raised in these ongoing compilations, you are among those who care to help make this world a better place for all humans and all living, sentient beings.
I'm so happy for having the priviledge of coordinating this mutually enlightening sharing of information and views with all of you whom I love and cherish as spiritual companions in this exhilarating journey at this crucial time in our history.
Thank YOU for being there all along ;-)
Light and blessings to all of you!
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator
P.S. You may expect several more compilations this week!
"You can't freeze or force peace because it's a process, a moment, a weaving of balance and harmony between all forms of life. And peace is much more than just ceasing all violence, it comes from love flowing not just between people, but from and to our earth and the animals, too. So I suggest that we end this year thinking about what peace means and remembering the peaceful moments that we've known holding a baby, seeing the sun set, riding bike, painting, cooking, watching flowers grow, petting a cat or dog or meditating."
- Ariel Ky <email@example.com> - Ariel is asking to write a message about what peace means to you or to share a peaceful moment that you remember and she will post it on her new "Peace Activists Unite" website.
1. Tank Action in Nablus
2. Solidarity with each other, speaking up for freedom
3. Earth Day Network: Tools for environmental organizing and conference information
4. The FAO Summit and why eating plant foods is so important
5. How Can We Possibly Change Things
6. Alternative Politically Correct Holiday Greetings
GIVE A LOOK AT "As the World Turns": http://www.whoohoo.net/worldturns/
Recommended by Susanne Garst <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Navy Sonar Likely Killed Whales (December 20, 2001)
***A victory of some sort: the US Navy finally admits its wrongdoing!***
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- U.S. Navy sonar tests likely caused 16 whales to beach themselves in the Bahamas last year, according to a federal study released Thursday. (...) Each of the whales had hemorrhaged near its ears, said the 66-page report. It said the wounds would not be fatal but could have led the animals to become disoriented and swim on shore. "The investigation team concludes that tactical mid-range frequency sonars aboard U.S. Navy ships that were in use during the sonar exercise in question were the most plausible source of this acoustic or impulse trauma," the report said. (...) In the report, the Navy said it will work to decrease the chance of causing whales to beach themselves as long as national security is not compromised.
Date: Sun, 23 Dec 2001
From: LESLEY WHITING <email@example.com>
Subject: Tank Action in Nablus
Today we (60 internationals of the International Solidarity Campaign) marched in two groups from Nablus to the closed area in the hills just at the edge of Nablus where an Israeli tank is blocking the road, preventing Palestinians from entering or leaving the area except on foot, across steep hillsides. The first group marched with banners and Palestinian flags past the tank to an observation point about 100 metres away. The second group (with a large media presence) marched slowly up to the tank, and slowly and very quietly surrounded it. I beleive we surprised them and they immediately started to swivel the barrel of the gun. No one moved and it started to rev the engines with a loud sound. Again no-one moved and then the tank backed up slightly and turned with its rear to the top of the hill. The nearest group of demonstrators were about 50 metres from the tank. There was about ten minutes of stillness and silence, when demonstrators and tank faced each other and neither moved.
Then the nearest group of demonstrators started to very slowly, silently and cautiously move towards the tank. Again the tank revved the engines with a loud roar, but the demonstrators continued to silently edge forward. Finally the tank started to retreat up the hill, with the demonstrators slowly edging forward. At the turning of the hill there was another small road and the demonstrators succeeded in getting the tank back off the road, thus effectively opening the road, and immediately, to everyones delight, Palestinian service taxis and minibuses were immediately able to pass!!!!
They held the road open for about another 5-10 minutes and then, some of the demonstrators were able to paste signs on the tank - one sign saying "RETURN TO SENDER" and on the other side, posters of the Palestinian man who was killed 3 days ago by shellfire in his home (leaving a pregnant wife and 5 children - see yesterdays news) from exactly that point on the hillside of Nablus. When the soldiers realised that some action was taking place they again reved the engine and started to swivel the whole tank, and at that point another military vehicle intervened. They asked the demonstrators to leave, (which was immediately complied with) and the tank also had to beat a hasty retreat in order to clean off the signs from the side of the tank!!
In the meantime another army vehicle had arrived further along the hill and created a blockade, so unfortunately the freedom of passage for Palestinians was very short-lived. However, I believe we succeeded in making our point, and left with a feeling of great exhilaration.
Later we visited homes of victims of recent Israeli violence, and saw the sites of the bombed out police station and security HQ in Salfit, and found remains of Apache helicopter missiles amidst the wreckage.
More news to follow.
With Love and blessings
From: "Judith Iam" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Solidarity with each other, speaking up for freedom
Date: Sat, 22 Dec 2001
Danny Glover, actor, activist, and board member of the Positive Futures Network, has been coming under a hailstorm of attacks based on an incident following a speech he gave at Princeton on November 16.
This is not just about Danny. It's about all of us. As Danny noted in his speech "When we fear, we clamp down on those who do not think like us or who do not look like us." We see that happening everywhere, as our leaders look for total support for their military agenda and view dissent as unpatriotic.
As we enter this McCarthyesque period, I think we are all called upon to be more courageous, more articulate in our views, and more supportive of one another.
HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED TO DANNY
On November 16, at the invitation of the local Amnesty International chapter, Danny gave a speech about the death penalty to a packed auditorium at Princeton University. Danny is well known for his opposition to the death penalty. He pointed out that 98 death row inmates have recently been released after new evidence demonstrated their innocence. He also noted the racial bias in the system in which 43 percent of 741 executed prisoners were African Americans. His speech was received enthusiastically by a sympathetic audience.
After the close of the speech, when many had already left the auditorium, a young man questioned Danny in such racist language that the remaining audience booed the questioner. Danny signaled for quiet, saying we need to listen to all. The questioner accused Danny of "playing the victim" and suggested he go back and fix his own communities rather than blame racism. He also wanted to know if Danny would extend his opposition to the death penalty to Osama bin Laden. Danny affirmed his opposition to the death penalty, period. The provocative exchange continued, with Danny noting that America has been a key purveyor of violence in this world. Danny also voiced his objections to the military tribunals that President Bush has created.
These comments have elicited a hailstorm of outrage. For two weeks The Trentonian newspaper ran angry comments suggesting that if Danny didn't love this country he should leave it -- and worse. Ollie North broadcast the story across the country on his Radio America show, provoking hundreds of hate-filled calls to Danny's agency in Los Angeles. Ollie urged his audience to boycott The Royal Tenenbaums -- a movie to be released in late December in which Danny stars along with Gwyneth Paltrow, Gene Hackman, Anjelica Huston, Ben Stiller, Bill Murray, and others.
In Modesto, California, the controversy caused the City Council to pull out of sponsoring Danny as the featured speaker for the celebration of Martin Luther King Day. Fortunately, the local planning committee for the event has maintained their invitation and Danny plans to speak. According to the Modesto Bee, "John Lucas, president of the Modesto Peace Life Center, one of the sponsors, noted that King himself was controversial and criticized the Vietnam War. Lucas does not think Glover's views are much different from those King might have had if he were alive today. 'The interesting thing I find is that Martin Luther King wouldn't be invited to his own event,'" he said.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Those who would stifle dissent are quick to express their opinions and target anyone who takes a larger view of patriotism. We too must be ready to respond quickly in our vigilant defense of real democracy.
**MODESTO: Show support for Danny -- and for free speech -- in Modesto. If you know anyone around that area, urge them to attend! Danny will speak on Saturday, January 19 at 7:00 p.m. at the Christ Unity Baptist Church at 1320 L St. in Modesto (Call the Peace Life Center for further information: 209/529-5750).
Fax the Modesto City Council at 209/571-5586 or write them at Modesto City Council, P.O. Box 642, Modesto CA 94341 saying you support free speech and disagree with their decision to pull their backing for Danny's the MLK Day activities.
**THE MOVIE: Here's an easy one. See the Royal Tenenbaums -- don't let Ollie North's call for a boycott depress the box office.
**MLK Day. Let's celebrate Martin Luther King Day with an extra measure of clarity about his courage in consistently urging this nation to live up to its ideals of democracy, freedom, and peace.
**SUPPORT EACH OTHER. Let's look for every opportunity to support one another. What happened to Danny is happening to many others. This is a time for courage and mutual support.
Frances F. Korten, Executive Director The Positive Futures Network, publisher of YES! magazine
P.O. Box 10818, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
TIME TO PREPARE FOR EARTH DAY!
Date: Thu, 20 Dec 2001
From: Earth Day Network Worldwide <email@example.com>
Subject: Tools for environmental organizing and conference information
We are pleased to announce the launch of the new "How To" section on our website. This section has information on how to organize an Earth Day event. It also describes how to find and work with volunteers, who to approach for fundraising, how to raise money, and how to obtain media coverage for your environmental work. It includes many event ideas and examples of what network members have done in the past. This information is on our website because we hope that it will help you with your work. Visit the new section at http://www.earthday.net/howto/
Earth Day is fast approaching. With 5 months to go until 22 April, many groups are starting to think about their plans. We look forward to hearing what you are planning for Earth Day so that we may share details of your work with the world. Please email us at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
You can learn more about the people behind Earth Day Network, including our new President, Kathleen Rogers, by looking at our new staff contact page on the web at http://www.earthday.net/aboutus/contact.stm
Check our website for conferences that will take place around the world in the coming months. In France there will be an Earth Dialogues forum initiated by Mikhail Gorbachev and Maurice Strong entitled "Globalisation and Sustainable Development: Is Ethics the Missing Link?" In Australia, "Banquet for Peace" will be a day of truth, discovery and environmental insight with world renowned author Neale Donald Walsch, and Thom Hartmann, ecologist. There are also conferences taking place in India, France, Egypt, Croatia, the UK and many other places. Read about them at http://www.earthday.net/events/conferences.stm
Date: Mon, 05 Nov 2001
From: Lotus <email@example.com>
Subject: The FAO Summit and why eating plant foods is so important
NOTE FROM JEAN: I'd like to invite you to consider some of the key material provided below and ponder the facts outlined - which seems appropriate to keep in mind at this time of the year...
You'll find below a letter prepared by Richard H. Schwartz who suggested to use it to alert the key participants to this summit about the urgent need for a shift worldwide from animal-based diets to plant-based diets. Then you'll find a more detailed analysis of 3 keys issues also presented in the form of a sample letter to use, accompanied by a wealth of Internet references.
First here is a bit of introductory info on this World Food Summit...
The World Food Summit: five years later, has been postponed in the wake of the September 11 attacks and rescheduled for 10-13 June, 2002, in Rome, Italy. The aim of the Summit is to assess progress made since the last World Food Summit in 1996 whose goals won't be met without renewed effort.
In 1996, Summit participants agreed to the following goal: "to halve, by the year 2015...the proportion of people who suffer from hunger..." The FAO now admits that progress towards that goal has been insufficient and that changes must be made if the goal is to be met. At the 2001 Summit, high level delegates (including heads of state) from most of the nations of the world came together to discuss the situation and to make agreements about what should be done. It was asserted that global food policy for the next decade was to be decided at that Summit.
For more details on the Summit, you may visit the FAO Website at http://www.fao.org/worldfoodsummit/
NOTE FROM JEAN: A visit at the very comprehensive FAO website is highly recommended!
I want to wish you much success at the World Food Summit in your important efforts to significantly reduce world hunger. To meet this goal it is essential to help educate people on the importance of shifting away from animal-based diets to nutritious plant-based diets.
At a time when an estimated 20 million people are dying annually from hunger and malnutrition, it is scandalous that over 70% of the grain produced in the United States and almost 40% of the grain produced worldwide is fed to animals destined for slaughter. It takes about 16 pounds of grain to produce one pound of edible beef from animals raised in feedlots. If people reduced their beef consumption by just 10 percent, it would free up enough grain to feed all of the world's people who annually die of hunger and related diseases. Land that grows potatoes, rice and other vegetables can support about 20 times as many people as land that produces grain-fed beef. This evidence indicates that the food being fed to animals in the affluent nations could, if properly distributed, end both hunger and malnutrition throughout the world.
Unfortunately, the world is moving increasingly to animal-based diets as people in nations that have been becoming more affluent, such as China, India, and Japan, move up the food chain. Because of a shift toward meat from grain-fed animals, China shifted in 1995 from a grain exporter to a major grain importer. If this trend continues, it will have very serious implications for future food security.
In view of these facts as well as the many other negative effects of animal-based agriculture, it is scandalous that U.S. meat conglomerates, aided by the World bank and other international financial institutions, are promoting food policies and trade agreements that would double world production and consumption of meat and other animal food products in the next 20 years. Most of this expansion would take place in less developed nations, through massive factory farming operations similar to these currently being used in the developed world. This would have very severe consequences for the poor countries and worldwide: more hunger, more poverty, more pollution, more animal suffering, less self-determination for the people in low-income nations, and less water for everyone.
Hence, I urge you to use the important World Food Summit to help promote a shift toward plant-centered diets.
Very truly yours,
Richard H. Schwartz, Ph.D.
Here is another SAMPLE LETTER that was suggested and which provides a vital perspective on 3 keys issues: The Human Health - The Environment - The Animal Cruelty
In light of the upcoming World Food Conference, We would like to urge you please greatly promote "PLANT FOODS" in all countries for the sake of the Human Health, the Environment, and the Animal Welfare. Please replace the meat with much healthier "SOY".
The global trend in meat consumption is rising rapidly as the third world country is catching up the western lifestyle and its eating habit as well as its associated most popular western deadly diseases, Heart diseases, Cancers, Diabetes, Strokes, Obesity. The United States is leading the world meat stampede. The U.S. government has been exerting great efforts to export the meat, dairy and poultry to numerous countries. (see Important Reference #1)
The meat, dairy and poultry industries have enormous power, money and lobby in the United States Congress, the U.S. Government, the U.S. media as well as some of the biggest health organizations in the U.S., despite more than one million of Americans each year died from the above popular chronic degenerative diseases due to high saturated fat and high cholesterol primarily from animals sources foods. (see Important References #2)
Economic colonialism imposed on developing countries by transnational meat conglomerates. Several US meat companies are growing into transnational conglomerates by acquiring domestic and foreign firms and by pushing policies and trade agreements that would vastly expand their production capacity and markets in developing countries. Most of this expansion would involve massive, cruel "factory farming" operations that would eventually breed, raise, and slaughter as many as 100 billion animals per year in the world. Such operations would also devastate the local food supplies, environmental resources, public health, and economic infrastructures.
Livestock industry projects a 65% and 87% expansion in worldwide production and consumption of meat and milk by the year 2020, mostly in developing countries.
We would like to briefly divide the enormous ill impacts from the meat, dairy and poultry industries into three aspects :
A: The Human Health
B: The Environment
C: The Animal Cruelty
A: THE HUMAN HEALTH :
1.37 million in 1998, or 58%, of all U.S. deaths in 1998, were attributed to diseases for which consumption of animal products represents a substantial risk factor.
The death rate from the heart diseases is the highest and nearly one million Americans died each year in the U.S from such disease. The principal risk factors for Heart diseases are high cholesterol levels. Saturated fats raise cholesterol levels. They are found predominately in animal products .
According to "Cancer Prevention Coalition", Nitrites are widely used as preservatives in meat products. Nitrites combine with amines naturally present in meat to form carcinogenic and is associated with cancer of the oral cavity, urinary bladder, esophagus, stomach and brain.
The breast cancers are so rampant in the United States particularly. Injections of Bovine Growth Hormone(rBGH) causes cows to produce up to 20 percent more "milk" and a ten-fold increase in IGF-1 levels in cows receiving the hormone.IGF-1 maintains the malignancy of human breast cancer cells. (see Important References #3)
However, Fruits , Vegetable, Beans, and Grains protect human health against those deadly western popular diseases. There are numerous documents demonstrated that the Soy contains high protein and is more superior than the meat. Soy can replace the meat and dairy in terms of the nutritional value. Unlike the meat and dairy, soy does not contain the harmful cholesterol.(see Important References #3 and #4)
B: The ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT:
In U.S., "factory farms" generate more than 130 times the amount of waste that people do. Pollution from livestock farms seriously threatens humans, fish, and ecosystems. Animal waste contains disease-causing pathogens such as Salmonella, E. coli, Cryptosporidium, and fecal coliform, which can be ten to 100 times more concentrated than in human waste.
Of all agricultural land in the U.S., 87 percent (87%) is used to raise animals for food. That is 45 percent of the total land mass in the U.S. More than 260 million acres of U.S. forest have been cleared to create cropland in order to produce human meat-centered diet. Half of all species on earth live in the tropical rain forests of Central and South America. These forests are being destroyed at the rate of 260 acres a day to produce grazing land for cattle whose flesh is exported to the United States for fast-food hamburgers. At this rate, all the rain forest in Central America will be gone in 40 years.
The meat industry is directly responsible for 85 percent of all soil erosion in the U.S., because so much grain is needed to feed animals being raised for food. In the U.S., animals are fed more than 80 percent of the corn we grow and more than 95 percent of the oats. Raising animals for food is grossly inefficient, because you have to put 20 calories of food into an animal to get just one measly calorie back in the form of "flesh". The world's cattle alone consume a quantity of food equal to the caloric needs of 8.7 billion people - more than the entire human population on Earth. According to environmental think-tank Worldwatch Institute, "The easiest way to reduce grain consumption is to lower the intake of meat and milk, grain-intensive foods. Roughly 2 of every 5 tons of grain produced in the world are fed to livestock, poultry, or fish; decreasing consumption of these products, especially of beef, could free up massive quantities of grain and reduce pressure on land." (see Important Reference #5)
C: ANIMAL CRUELTY in Factory Farms and Slaughterhouses:
Nearly ten billion sentient farm animals are killed in the United States alone each year for "Food". The vast majority are raised in intensive- confinement systems (factory farms), in which the greatest possible number of animals are raised in the smallest possible space and at the lowest possible cost to maximize productivity and profits. These animals are treated as mere commodities rather than social, intelligent creatures who are capable of great suffering and emotional stress.
The Humane Slaughter Act (HSA) in the US, a law passed in 1958 to ensure that animals at federally inspected slaughterhouses are handled humanely, is not being enforced by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). Dave Carney, an USDA meat Inspector for nearly two decades in both red meat and poultry plants and was Chairman of the National Joint Council of Food Inspection Locals, signed Affidavits and stated in 1998 that:
"There is problem with enforcing Humane Slaughter Act. That's because these large slaughtering operations are primarily concerned with productivity and profits. They are not even killing animals. They are "disassembling" them. To keep production line moving fast, uncooperative animals are beaten, they have prods poked in their faces and up their rectums, they have bones broken and eyeballs poked out...... Some animals are simply beaten to death... Some even reach various stages of the slaughtering process alive. They have their hooves cut off, parts of their bung and their cavities opened .... The inspectors are required to enforce humane regulations on 'paper' only. The Inspectors I talk to are from all over the country, it is an everyday occurrence clear across the United States. It occurs in swine. It occurs in beef. It occurs in calves. Sheep. All species ! The Humane Slaughter Act is a regulation on paper only. It is not being enforced.". (see Important References #7)
Based on the above enormous documents and ill impacts on the Human health, the Environment, and the Animal Cruelty from those animal industries, We are urging you please do all you can to promote "PLANT" foods worldwide. Please educate the world the benefits and importance of the Fruits, Vegetables, Beans and Grains.
Please phase out the meat eating habit in the world.
Thanks so much for your kindness, compassion, and urgent help.
IMPORTANT REFERENCES :
# 1: http://www.worldwatch.org/alerts/pr980704.html
# 2: The Politics of Meat and Dairy:
# 3: Some important references on human health :
http://www.vegsource.com/ - Please click on the right side of the screen under "VegSource Sites". Then click on any Doctor.
http://www.enn.com/ - enter the word: diet on upper left corner Search
# 4: Some important references on Soy :
# 5: Some important references on Environment :
http://www.goveg.com/eday/index.html , please click left side topics.
# 6 : Some important references on pig factory farms :
http://www.hfa.org/pigs-2.html - Please click every topic on the top.
# 7: Some important references on Animal cruelty :
http://www.hfa.org/slaughterhouse.html - "Slaughterhouse" by Gail Eisnitz
(Please click each photo to get clear and larger photo view.)
# 8 : Some important references on dairy factory farms :
Richard H. Schwartz, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, Mathematics, College of Staten Island
Author of Judaism and Vegetarianism, Judaism and Global Survival,
and Mathematics and Global Survival
Over 100 articles on the Internet at http://www.jewishveg.com/schwartz
From: "Jackie Alan Giuliano, Ph.D." <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: How Can We Possibly Change Things
Date: Sat, 22 Dec 2001
The shortest day of the year - and the longest night - is upon us in the Northern Hemisphere, the Winter Solstice. To the ancients, it was initially a time of great stress as the population wondered if the days would keep getting shorter and shorter until the Sun went out for good. We can only imagine the great relief that spread over the land as the days became longer and longer again and the warmth of the Sun returned.
To us in our modern pollution filled, war-ravaged world, we too are wondering if the skies will go dark, depriving us and our children of the air, water and earth they have lived off of for millennia. As some nations stand on the brink of devastation and the US braces for more senseless terrorist attacks, it is hard to keep hope alive. What can we possibly do to bring back sanity to a world with leaders who could care less about the future?
But there are so many horrors in our world. How can we invite this awareness into our lives and survive? How can we start the New Year on a path toward healing? I offer some end-of-year thoughts on how to create change in this week's Healing Our World commentary, "How Can We Possibly Change Things," on the Environment News Service at http://ens-news.com/ens/dec2001/2001L-12-21g.html
None of us are free of sorrow for our world. None of us can sustain the energy it takes to look away from the sights and sounds of our Earth and her people and her animals crying. Yet we all need help to recognize the anguish so we can find the path to an open heart, open arms, and the joy that is inherent in each and every one of us.
I wish you peace, joy, and an increased awareness of the truths of our world this holiday season. Celebrate with me the return of the light by casting light in your own lives on the shadows that haunt you and cause pain for our fellow humans and animals.
Alternative Politically Correct Holiday Greetings
Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasions and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all.
And also a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling, and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make our country great, (not to imply that we are necessarily greater than any other country or is the only great country in the Western world), and without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith, choice of computer platform, or sexual preference of the wisher.
Sent by "Chris Kondic" <email@example.com>
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