Activism is the Rent I Pay

Guest Post by George Payne Gandhi Earth Keepers International The great poet and novelist Alice Walker once said that “activism is the rent we pay for living on the planet.” Speaking as a white American male, who is able minded, non-handicapped, heterosexual, English speaking, Christian raised, university educated, and endowed with birthright citizenship, I know exactly what Walker means. My position on this planet is […]

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A Military Academy for Rochester?

Guest Post by Doug Noble of Metrojustice Peace Action and Education

AN OPEN LETTER ON THE PROPOSED MILITARY ACADEMY

For those of you who will be deciding on the proposed Military Academy in the RCSD (Rochester City School District), please be aware that your deliberations take place within a national mindset that glorifies everything military, deserving or not. The military’s own multi-billion-dollar advertising campaigns, such as the one paying millions to the NFL to publicly glorify soldiers at football games, fuel this mindset.

So the US military can still claim to be the finest fighting force in the world, despite its latest string of ignominious failures from Iraq to Afghanistan to Syria. And the military remains an exemplar of discipline and character, despite a sordid record of civilian atrocities, hospital bombings, drone massacres, pervasive rape, and other unchecked violence and misbehavior.

And the military still exemplifies leadership, despite recent accounts by former generals that chronicle a culture of mediocrity, cover-up and ineptitude throughout the higher levels of military command. An extensive review of the Defense Department’s own worldwide DoDEA (Department of Defense Education Actions) school system cited an overall lack of confidence in its bureaucratic management style and an absence of strong leadership. As for cost-effectiveness in training, a $500 million Pentagon program designed to train 5,000 Syrian rebels ended up after a year training only “four or five.”

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My Name is Khan: showing in Irondequoit

In response to Call for Unity and Solidarity by STARI, a National Coalition to

Stand Together Against Racism and Islamophobia

Rochester Peace Action and Education Presents

The Award-Winning Film

My Name is Khan

Tuesday, February 16, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Irondequoit Town Library, Rm: Irondequoit Bay
1290 Titus Avenue, Rochester, NY 14617 (Enter from Kings Hwy)
** Free and Open to the Public **

My Name is Khan was Bollywood’s response to the anti-immigrant sentiment, dubbed Islamophobia, that arose in the United States after 9/11.               Today, exaggerated fears of ISIS and Syrian refugees have once again fueled the ugliness of Islamophobia, with attacks on mosques and vicious political rhetoric.

Due to the devastation caused by wars in the Middle East, Americans are once again allowing insecurity to overcome their compassion and good will.   Once again Americans are challenged to open our hearts to strangers.   It is good to be reminded of how our world looks to them.           You might be pleasantly surprised.

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STARI: Unity and Solidarity

JOIN TOGETHER IN A WEEK OF COORDINATED PROTESTS, RALLIES, TEACH-INS, SPEAK-OUTS

ACROSS THE COUNTRY, FEBRUARY 13-21

  • Showing ‘My Name is Khan’ with Tabling for Islam, Peace and Justice, Anti-Racism, February 16th at 6:00 pm,  Irondequoit Town Library
  • Valentines Day Vigil, Albany NY, February 13th at Noon
  • Community Discussion, Violence or Non-Violence, Buffalo NY, February 14th 2pm
  • Peace and Justice Picket Line, Tallahassee, February 13th 12:30pm
  • “One People” Unity March and Rally, Houston TX, February 21st 3pm
  • First Year Explorations-Standing Together For Peace, Muslim Lives in America, Lone Start College, Houston, February 24th-25th
  • Presentation: Countering Islamophia, Lone Star College, Houston TX March 22nd 12:30pm
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