I'm Stopping to take a breath, and a look back at what we've accomplished
lately. Going day by day it's pretty easy to lose sight of the tremendous
strides we've made in Western New York so I've been trying to find some ways
to capture a little of what we forced into existence in 2003.
I think we've succeeded masterfully with our holiday gift from the Western
New York Peace Center to the entire local peace community, the Waging
Peace Gallery. Still a bit of a work in progress, but this gallery of photos
compiled by Jim Whitlock and myself capture a lot of moments not to be
forgotten. Sorry about the time to download some of them but we wanted to
keep them in high resolution and sharp as possible because they're photos
that we're really fond of.
Waging Peace Gallery = http://www.wnypeace.org/gallery.shtml
And for those who prefer a thousand words to a picture I have compiled
a list of some of the things that stood out to me as milestones for 2003.
2003 in Review = http://www.allpowertothepeople.com/events/2003.shtml
Here are a few articles we've published lately. We're trying to keep
you informed with what's going on with your fellow freedom fighters.
Mike Niman critiques the Buffalo News' vindictive and misleading
coverage of the Critical Mass trial. This has not been published in
Art Voice so make sure you read this here if you haven't already read it
on MIke's Site ( MediaStudy.com )
Alice Gerard went to fort Benning and while there she crossed the line.
She went onto the base and was arrested, drawing attention to the fact
that year after year our money is being used to train central and south
american millitaries to kill their own people and suppress dissent and
crush the struggle for workers' rights in developing countries. Her article
is an interesting look at what happens behind the scenes and what
protesters are subjected to in custody.
Mike Niman rescues history from the memory hole comparing the
reality of today's media to the fiction of Goerge Orwell's 1984.
Tough to say which one is scarier.
The Coalition Against Police Abuse is an organization of concerned
individuals who formed in reaction to the fact that law enforcement around
the country, but in Buffalo in particular, has taken leave of their senses.
With the attacks by police this year on the Critical Mass Ride, a teenaged
girl, a bus driver, and persons just trying to observe the police carrying out
their duties, something needs to be done. Please support this effort.
Bookmark the website, get involved, show up to the Elizabeth Oliver court
case on Wednesday December 17th, make yourself heard.
Ayesha Nariman is running for Congress in 2004 against Tom Reynolds.
This is very important. Tom Reynolds is one of the very biggest money
raisers for the republican party and many feel that he is being groomed to
eventually become speaker of the house. His congression district has
recently been redrawn to make sure that it encompasses as many
Republican voters as possible so that he can not be touched. We need
to start NOW and get VERY active to make sure that Ayesha Nariman
replaces Tom Reynolds in the UNited States Congress. Volunteer,
donate money, email all your friends, do whatever you have to do
to set these wheels in motion because the whole country's future can
be radically improved if we could defeat Tom Reynolds.
May Peace be with you
We will be starting our official GBINet newsletter in 2004. But you can sign
up for it today. http://www.gbinet.info/accounts.cgi
In the meantime, please feel encouraged to pass any of this info on.