MEETING NOTES 12/20/04
Central United Methodist
John M., chair & Ken H, notetaker
1.Our first item,
after approving the agenda, was a report from Jack on the
Israel-Palestine Committee. The goals of the committee are to further
our knowledge about the relevant issues, both for ourselves and the
community; to support non-violent actions that would advance the cause
of peace; to pressure our elected representatives. In that light the
committee considered the appropriateness of using a film viewed Dec 19
by a number of committee members, called Peace, Propaganda, and the
Promised Land. Jack recommended use of the film, with appropriate
framing, to support organizations within the region. The film deals with
the conditions of the occupation of the
West Bank and Gaza, and the
biased manner in which those conditions are reported. Discussion focused
on the possibility of generating a film series, or further supporting
the Palestinian students’ film series, under the aegis of diversity
activities on campus. The notion of focusing on the occupation as a key
issue was reiterated. We determined the need to check with LCC
organizations to see what interest they would also have.
committee: Ken reported we had not met or contemplated new actions since
our fundraiser, which, incidentally, raised a total of $2,000 from all
the fundraising activities, for support in Darfur. The question was raised whether we ought to be contacting Christian
churches in Grand Rapids that have already indicated their desire to
support Sudanese refugees, such as the Lost Boys in our area.
Ken then reported
the disastrous recent statistics for the Democratic Republic of Congo
(simply Congo), in which the latest report indicates 3.8 million deaths
since 1998 as a result of the fighting in the eastern regions of the
country. 31,000 people are dying there every month; this compares with
10,000 dying in Darfur every month. There was support for the notion of
making this an issue of GLNAWI to address.
3.Report by Phil
on the meeting with the Peace Education
Center. It was mutually agreed that GLNAWI would sever its economic link to
the PEC by closing its checkbook account with the PEC. The major concern
turned on the conditions required for a 501c3, which entailed limits on
lobbying or advocating for a candidate. GLNAWI will now seek a way to
establish its own independent account. However, despite this severance,
there was unanimous agreement that GLNAWI should continue to collaborate
with the PEC in every way possible for future actions. Phil reported the
PEC was generally in agreement with this postion. This might include
notices of GLNAWI actions in the PEC newsletter or monthly calendar.
directions of GLNAWI. The list agreed upon from the previous meeting
entailed more than 60 actions. It was agreed that Margaret would vet the
list and try to collate similar items for future discuss. A limited
discussion of some key issues ensued. In response to a letter from Jack
concerning torture, Representative Mike Rogers mentioned GlNAI,
indicating his growing awareness of our activities and lobbying. It was
stated that we needed to continue our campaign on torture. The idea of
promoting a mock trial of Bush and Rumsfeld was discussed, with some
advocating the position that it might work better if we could bring
those who would represent the Bush administration’s position at the
trial, turning it from a mock trial into something like a debate. A
committee was formed to pursue ideas.
Another notion was
that we promote a theme a month, and that the signage at the vigil
reflect those themes. One such theme was “End the Occupation:
Discussion of an
Inaugural Day protest: the Cadillac Club on south Washington in Lansing
will be the venue for a “Billionaires for Bush” gathering at
5:30, Jan 20. There was great
enthusiasm at the idea of dressing “to kill” and appearing in a
limo—even for GLNAWI to rent a limo and publicize the event.
The Students for
Economic Justice and Direct Action will participate in a bus ride to DC
for an Inaugural day protest, along with other buses from Ann Arbor and
for activities of PEC Youth and Military Task Force in opposing any
future draft, and in informing students about the military. There was a
report of 5,500 soldiers going AWOL, or going “North.”
5. The Michigan
Peace Team will present an evening with Huwaida Arraf and Adam Shapiro,
co-founders of the International Solidarity Movement, along with Liz
Walters and Peter Dougherty, on Tuesday Dec 28. From 5-7 p.m. there will
be a reception and photo exhibit “Eyewitness to Gaza,” and at 7:oo p.m.
a presentation and panel discussion. Location: St Mary’s Antiochian
Orthodox Church, 18100 Merriman, Livonia (between 6 and 7 mile rds).
Adults $10, students $5.
announced that she will moderate the GLNAWI list (not
GLNAWI-discussion); the former list is for internal discussions on
organization, not generally posted messages.
6. The Friday
vigil will continue this Friday. In addition, there will be a sign
making party on Jan 10, 4:00-7:00, venue to be announced. Supplies for
signs will be provided; big signs, posterboard, foamboard signs, etc. to
7. Next meeting at
UU church on January 3, to be chaired by Margaret, with notes by Regina.
MEEETING NOTES 12/6/04
Marget K. chair; Elise H. notes
*FUTURE DIRECTION OF GLNAWI - Questions to be answered:
1: greatest accomplishments of GLNAWI 2: should GLNAWI continue to
exist? 3. issues we should work on 4. what actions are important?
[5. *weaknesses* added]
1. GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
The 2 successful anti-war marches at beginning of 2003
Trip to DC
24-hour vigil on anniversary
Eyes Wide Open
Like-minded people together as a large voice for peace
Weekly vigil as a constant presence
Our actions, inclusiveness, non-violent commitment and absence of bureaucracy
Broad sense of Community
Sense of HOPE
Continued Protest against Torture
Awareness that we do have a support group of people who want to
make a difference
GLNAWI is the center of progressive politics without partisan politics
Opposing Bush, Palestine and Sudan "problems"
Our outreach is beyond the ordinary
Meeting in Lansing & East Lansing builds community strength
GLNAWI'S constant activity & visibility: not a month has gone
without an action
So many people have been given an outlet here
Conviction is fostered here
GLNAWI is the activist group hereabouts
Consistent foundation of non-violence, which is the world we want
Women in Black going to the offices of Levin, Stabenow and Rogers,
allowing women to spin off in other ways
Website that is
Memories of the Vietnam era bring tears to my eyes: this is the
Trust - we've been able to build because of GLNAWI, thus new
have been opened
We have been visible in the community, an anchor point, the moral
center, a safe sandbar
Unique to sit with those who /*see as I see
Bringing our groups together has brought us all strength; I'm very
Expressing the protests: I couldn't do it alone
Expand the name to Great Lakes not just Greater Lansing, may expand our
group and make a bigger impression on Washington
We always push the limits and grapple with new issues, such as
I've been stretched intellectually, touched emotionally, developed
community with kindred spirits. GLYPAJ means so much to me
Lansing State Journal would have endorsed Rogers /without GLNAWI
Unique to sit around a table with people who think like you do
Enjoyed group - a lot of fun.
Should GLNAWI continue? ALMOST EVERYONE RAISED THEIR HAND FOR "YES"
3. WHAT ISSUES ARE IMPORTANT?
Are we connected with other peace groups?
Media fuels lies of people in power, is embedded in pockets of power
We must get out of all countries
We should oppose the administration's neo-imperialist policies
Our moral authority has been lost because of this administration
Even with a better president, we will still need to work on Peace &
We must be *prophetic*, like R F K Jr. He covered all the bases. We must
bring the Light of Truth, so all can see the lies
Keep our eyes on the policies of dominative power. As Jonathan Schell
says, "Bring all the troops home".
Palestine is the central issue on planet; piggy-back on nat'l campaigns
World Bank & Int'l Monetary Fund do such vitally important [not nice]
Educate Democratic Party - Pro Peace candidates
Be aware of violence against Women & Children
Get out into the schools
150 Portland High school students signed a petition to get the military
out of their school._
Jan 12, PEC's Youth&Military/* invites you to meet about options
to the Draft
The power of our words: *Occupation of Palestine & Iraq. Be conscious of
our use of words, their importance
Occupation and don't forget past -- memory and conscious
We must rid our world of the following ideas: "White makes right, Might
makes right, Rich makes right"
Address the origins rather than the symptoms of War: profiteers,
No holiday shopping all next week
Connect with all who don't want their children in war
Health Care, Wages, Migrant workers
Concentrate on injustice not war. Get our democracy back from powerful
is making money on war?
Focus on Affective vs. symbolic actions -- reach military families,
ocket books, world policy movement offers alternatives.
REPORTS AND DECISIONS
We'll order more signs [agreed]. $100 needed to update website. [agreed]
ACLU put forward FOIA re: FBI investigation of activist peace groups. We
can sign paper about this
Annemarie H. resigning as treasurer, Judith B. taking over
Anabel 2 meetings here: 12/7, 6p.m,various issues;13th here, 6p.m
GLNAWI & PEC
Earth Charter Mtg 12/7,4:30 Espresso Royale
HotelRwand free film Wells Hall Friday 10th - Human Rights Day
Adam Shapiro of Int'l Solidarity Movement coming Tues. Dec. 28th
to Detroit, carpool with Michigan Peace Team
4.WHAT DO WE HOPE GLNAWI WILL DO?
Task Forces continue. Rally age to the cause. Peace Movement is now
Islam/Muslims now being targeted
End Occupations, End Torture, End Violence
We need more restful activities and to reach out further into our
Rekindle our network, maintain connections, organize community,
position on *NO WAR*
End the 2 occupations, join Michigan Peace Teams Spring, Summer, Fall
Build relationships with military families [Eyes Wide Open was so
Study Group [read books together]
Find common ground with people of "different understandings"
Dept of Defense recently acknowledged many more injured troops
Families for Progressive Policies also doing book group
Plan to recognize March 20
Meeting December 20, Central Methodist Church, John M. chair
MEETING NOTES, GLNAWI meeting
Chair: Phil B. Note-taker: Jack S.
The Sudan Fund-Raiser (10-30-04) Ken H. reported. Thanks to all
involved. Funds raised: $1400. Unexpected cost incurred with one
musician: $125 Decision: Pass the hat at this meeting; make up
the rest from the GLNAWI treasury
GLNAWI Table at the Women in the Arts Festival at Edgewood Church
Ann F. reported. Great event. 90 signatures on the anti-torture
petition. Lots of anti-torture postcards filled out; lots of positive
support. Proceeds after expenses: $132.
GLNAWI Table at the Peace Education Center Holiday Sale. We will
do a table from 10 to 5pm. Jack will get the materials and do the
set-up. Sign-up sheet passed around. $25 fee waived by Anabel D.; PEC
owes GLNAWI for past (shared) table
Israel-Palestine Work Jack S.reported. Group met at 6pm before
the meeting. Seeking partners (organizations) for I-P work. Seeking film
to co-sponsor with MSU Jewish and Palestinian groups
Web-Site Issues Discussion of two URLs: "peaceforiraq.org" and "glnawi.org".
Names up for renewal.Decision: Continue both; use "glnawi.org" on
Paper Mail -Regina F. summarized and circulated paper mail
Joint Meeting with the Peace Education Center Board. Phil B.
relayed communication from the PEC Board to GLNAWI. PEC Board
requested a meeting. GLNAWI representatives will meet with PEC Board in
early December. Discussion of the desirability of maintaining 501c3
status through PEC. No resolution of the issue
Future Direction for GLNAWI. Discussion of the need for clearer
direction and goals for GLNAWI for 2005. Decision: Move up the
"directions" meeting from January 2005 to December 2004 Meeting
with this single focus: December 6th, 7pm, UU Church. Call
representatives of sponsoring organizations to attend. Jack will work
with Margaret K.to make phone calls
Emergency Falluja Action .Discussion of the massive destruction
in Falluja without protest in our community. Decision: March to Rogers
office at 1pm on Friday, 11-19, after the noon vigil John M. and Ken
MEETING NOTES, GLNAWI meeting
Methodist Church Chair: Annemarie Notetaker: Kathie
Next meeting: Mon. Nov. 15. Central Methodist (November 1 Meeting
canceled) chair: Phil, note-taker: Jack
Documentary Film Premiere of Peace Stories Produced in
Lansing by Petra Daher
Benefit for Michigan
Peace Team 7:30: Courage under Fire: Exposing the Occupation
(30 minutes) about the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) and the
Palestinian non-violence movement 8:15:
Freedom of Speech:
No to War
(1 hour) reg. the
Michigan Peace Movement responding to war w/ protest coverage &
Thursday Oct 28th,
Tea House, 2006 Michigan Avenue
People for Positive Social Change will show Fahrenheit 9-11
Sat. 10/25 2:00-5:00
rm 129 Old Central, Lansing Community College
Las Abejas Chiapas:
non-violence movement, fair trade coffee
McDonel Hall kiva, MSU
MSU Palestinian Student Organization is showing the film
Palestine is Still an
Issue Tuesday, Oct.19,
7:30 pm @ rm 104 Wells Hall, MSU
And will continue w/ films every Tuesday p.m. through til Nov. 23rd,
same time & place
FUNDRAISER CONCERT - HIGH PRIORITY - OCTOBER 30th see main web page for
details www.glnawi.org. See
ACLU of Michigan to file a FOIA on behalf of GLNAWI. Permission
Oct. 30th, 12:00-4:00, Communication Arts, MSU
Keynote speaker Freida Berrigan, World Policy Institute, w/ panel,
lunch (free), etc. GLNAWI will co-sponsor. (
CIRCE Women's in Art Festival at
Edgewood Church Nov. 13 . Agreement to spend $40 for table if we are ready
(need more stuff to sell!) Ann, AnneMarie, Quess, Kathie
Alternative Holiday sale@ Peace Ed ctr. Nov. 20,
9:00-4:00. Jackie is
coordinating. GLNAWI would like to have a table.
Voted $491 to place anti-torture campaign ads in City Pulse, State
News, Lansing Community News.
Youth Conscience and Military
conferences: both were great! Military myths, economic alternatives,
c.o., etc. Draft bill was voted down.
ACLU of MI wants to submit a FOIA on our behalf to find out about
investigations or infiltrations of GLNAWI, as part of a national effort
to educate public on fed. agency surveillance. Any peace and justice
group that would like to contact reg. this:
Andrew@aclumich.org. They are
sending individual requests; you get a copy of it. Response time varies
30 days to ? months. Folks are organizing to show the Robert Greenwald
film Unconstitutional and possibly have ACLU speakers.
Israel Palestine Committee:
looking for films to show with broad sponsorship
Sudan Committee: Oct.
30, 7:30 pm @ Central United Methodist church All Hallows Jazz: benefit
for aid to Sudan featuring the Bill Bastian Quartet. Diego Rivera to
make appearance. Sudanese speaker.. Cost: $15, students $5 Needs:
promote, show up, set up (6:00-7:30), take down, work concession stands,
cook for bake sale. There will be pre-ticket sales. Also looking for
additional cosponsorship (current: GLNAWI, Shalom Center for Justice and
Peace Shrikumar: International Services Committee will donate the
$300.00 for costs. Sayrah is working with press. A sub-committee will
look into aid org’s to assess where the needs are.
Peace Ed. Center
wrote letter: GLNAWI shall make no further rent payments,
There will be discussion of finance soon. Committee: Annemarie,
Ken, Jack, Ann, Phil Also need to figure out 501-c3 benefits, etc, and
cooperative calendars, etc. Guide Star is a resource, and Office of
Foreign Asset control reg. banned orgs & peoples.
Yard signs: we still have 75 peace, no war, another family for
peace. Need to get them out by election!!! Whatever leftovers will come
to Jazz concert. Also 1,000 anti-torture postcards remaining.
Petition will get placed as ad (e.g. 3oo+ people signed this) in City
Pulse, State News, and Town Courier. Ken motion: $491 to pay for these
ads, Jack 2nd, unanimous. Ken, Jack, Kate Shrikumar to work
Coalition for a Fair Michigan see discussion group for actions to
take. Callers and canvassers need.
MSU rape epidemic: initial meeting w/ 2 board trustees, asking for
appropriate response: education, awareness, lighting, alcohol, etc.
They seem receptive. Need to act quickly: contact Kathie at
email@example.com to get
Michigan Battered Women’s Clemency Project rally was well attended
& powerful. To help, google Michigan Battered Women’s Clemency Project,
and write letter to Granholm, or donate w/ time or money
GLNAWI made $85.00 at Eyes Wide Open table!
GLNAWI meeting notes for October 4, 2004 at UUC.
Chairman, Ken H.; Notetaker, Janet L.
Area Greens will present a two-hour video compilation by Frank Dorrel
Oct. 6 at 6:30 at East Lansing Public Library, "What I've learned about
U.S. foreign policy: The war against the Third World.":
Battered Women's Clemency Project will hold a rally Fri., Oct. 8 at noon
in front of the MI State Capitol Bldg.
LCC People for Positive Social Change will have a
rally 9-11 a.m. Oct. 8.
Anne Marie has made a list of MI Regional Peace and Justice
Organizations. She will be glad to share this list, and she invited
suggestions and help for keeping it current and comprehensive
Palestinian film series will begin Tuesday, Oct. 12, with "Rana's
Wedding." Films will be shown at Wells Hall. Plans are for two films in
October and four in November.
attended a lecture by Abdelsallam Najjar on Friday, Oct. 1 at the MSU
Union, "Israelis and Palestinians Living in Peace."
Poll watchers needed for November 2
Peace Signs and Vote No on Proposal 2 signs are available
at peace vigil or by sending and e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org . Signs
can be delivered.
A. "Eyes Wide Open" – (Ann F. reporting) It is estimated that
attendance was 3,000 to 4,000. Advance publicity was excellent, and
there was great media response. (Margaret N. brought copies of many
articles about the Lansing exhibit from newspapers all over the
country.) Frank D. took 50 photos of the event. The exhibit was very
powerful. It was well presented and well received. Only a few complaints
from people who said the exhibit dishonored U.S. troops or exploited
their suffering. There was no presence or action of protest during the
exhibit. At least six
families who lost someone in the war attended the exhibit. Quess
D.suggested we have follow-up contact with these families to express our
caring. Abed B. said we should follow up and strengthen the bond with
the Muslim community that the exhibit fostered. Elise H. asked Abed to
ask his community for ideas of an event for maintaining this contact.
Treasurer's Report. (Annemarie reporting) GLNAWI's current balance is
$1,165.58. Recent income came from Jazz and Blues Festivals, $840; and
Eyes Wide Open exhibit. Fundraising for Sudan relief totaled $767. These
funds have gone to Doctors without Borders, World Food Program and World
Church Service. Group discussed need for clarification about rent being
paid to PEC. Jackie and Elise will seek clarification for GLNAWI.
Sudan Committee. (Ken H. reporting) The committee is working on plans
for a jazz concert October 30. Still need confirmation on venue and
performers. Will need GLNAWI help on publicity, selling tickets, and
volunteers at the concert. A motion was passed that GLNAWI provide $100
for publicity for a concert to raise funds for humanitarian relief in
Sudan. See glnawi.org for information and actions to take.
Anti Torture Campaign The committee will continue to obtain
petitions; and get people to send more postcards. The committee is
working on a paid ad for newspapers. And looking for opportunities to
collect signatures and distribute postcards.
Israel-Palestine (Abed B. reporting) Committee is meeting to implelemt
actions based on GLNAWI’s position. See glnawi.org for GLNAWI’s position
and working paper on Israel-Palestine.
Frank D. suggested organizing an MSU Evening College course on Peace and
Justice Issues. Many suggestions were made for possible topics.
MINUTES OF GLNAWI MEETING, 20
The Greater Lansing Area Network
Against War and Injustice met at the Central Methodist Church in Lansing
at 7 p.m. Margaret K. moderated. Frank D. noteaker
Plans for the Eyes Wide Open (EWO)
program at the Capitol on September 30 was the major topic for
discussion. Ann F. outlined the program, including publicity, program,
assignments, and requests for volunteers for various tasks in setting
up, taking down, and maintaining the display, reading the lists of both
Coalition and Iraqi casualties, manning information booths, etc. Jack
S. provided a plan for set-up at the Capitol and asked for suggestions.
The financial goal of $ 4000 has been met by contributions from
organizations and individuals. The planning committee will meet again at
7 p.m. on Sunday, 26 September.
A candle-light ceremony will be held
at the Capitol on Wednesday evening 29 September to welcome the Eyes
Wide Open Exhibit.
Israel Palestine Committee actions
will be talken up after EWO
Sudan Committee - 3000-5000 Sudanese
refugees are dying each week, and that Janjiweed attacks continue, with
government support. The U.N. has issued ultimata, but the Security
Council is limited in what it can do. The most practical option at
present is providing money for relief. Committee is working on
Youth and Military Conference was a
huge success/ Attendance exceeded expectations
Anti Torture Campaign - Several
persons commented on responses to postal cards sent to government
representatives regarding Abu Graib
GLNAWI table at Jazz Festival a huge
success. GLNAWI has a beautiful new banner thanks to Gary N. And Judith
B. of Fellowhip for Today. A collection was taken at this meeting to
partially compensate Judith for the cost.
A program is planned at Erickson
Kiva on Michigan Indian Day – Friday, 25 September 8:30 a.m. - 4:30
Proposal 2 is to be voted on in
November. Information is available at www.CoaltionForA FairMichigan.org