This blog is my online peace journal with information and reflection on a variety of peace topics -- personal,
local, global -- as well as peace and justice related links that I find helpful and/or inspiring. For more formal information
on peace, justice and nonviolence, I urge you to explore the webpages of The Fellowship of Reconciliation USA (see FOR), of which I am a member and join our New York Fellowship of Reconciliation (see NYFOR) listserv. Also, check out my alternate Peace Hugs blog as well as my links page.
"The God of Peace is never glorified by human violence."
-- Thomas Merton
"While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart."
-- St. Francis of Assisi
"There is no longer a choice between violence and nonviolence - there is only a choice between nonviolence and nonexistence."
-- Martin Luther King, Jr.
War is Costly, Peace is Priceless !!! Spend money to help, not hurt,
Positive, upbeat, hopeful -- that was the tone of the Democratic National Convention, as caught
on the radio, C-Span, and the web -- but not on the mainstream media [OUR airwaves which THEY use for free --
shame on THEM for the lack of coverage!]. Some may say more should have been said tackling the hard problems, but I can express
appreciation of anyone who accentuates the positive and seeks to eliminate the negative (Let's all sing together!).
While I am not comfortable with the military aspect of John Kerry's speech (and will let him know that),
I was overall very pleased with his vision for a better America and am also pleased that he answered those who have proclaimed
he plans to raise taxes on the middle class (NO!).
We must spread the news that audio and video of
some of the good speeches are available on the web, both at Truthout's site -- http://www.truthout.org/dnc04.shtml and at John Kerry's site -- http://www.johnkerry.com -- These also include speeches by Nobel Prize winner Jimmy Carter and Teresa Heinz Kerry (inspiring -- do see it) and Barack
Obama, but I would love to know if and where the audios and/or videos of those of Dennis Kucinich and Al Sharpton are on the
web. Dennis has the transcript on his site but his presentation was magnificent. And of course, Rev. Al was Rev. Al and worth
So now we await the Republican convention and see how they present themselves. And we will be out there, en
masse, on August 29th to protest the Bush agenda (and remind Kerry we oppose war). How will they respond? We shall see --
but in the meantime there is much work to be done. Please see the ACTION page on this site or go directly to the United
for Peace and Justice site -- http://unitedforpeace.org and do whatever you can for peace, justice AND nonviolence -- thanks!
Slim-Fast has contacted me -- See the letters below -- But I am not buying. We must hold them accountable, and not simply
forgive and forget, however our liberal progressive hearts would like to do so. For sure the Far Right would NOT. If it makes
you feel better, forgive -- but don't buy Slim-Fast.
===> My response and their original letter:
Dear Ms. Eckler,
If Ms. Goldberg's comments on her own time cost her the Slim-Fast position because you bowed to Far Right pressure, then her
freedom of speech is hampered -- so you are wrong.
I will continue to boycott Slim-Fast and avoid any product that has any attachment to your company AND urge others to do likewise.
When I see any progressive, thoughtful, and/or Democratic friend having anything to do with your products, I will tell them
to "Remember Whoopi". Furthermore, I will also ask stores I frequent to avoid your products and do anything I can
to cause you the economic hardship you thought you would avoid by firing Ms. Goldberg.
Pressure can be a two-way tool. Slim-Fast must realize that by bowing to pressure from the Bushites you have crossed the line
and must be held responsible for YOUR actions. Don't just tell me that it doesn't matter. It matters.
Thank you for contacting us to share your comments about our relationship with Ms. Goldberg. We do read all e-mails and take
them seriously. We also appreciate the opportunity to clarify our position.
Ms. Goldberg's remarks created a great deal of negative media and consumer attention and this affected Ms. Goldberg's ability
to positively communicate our message of weight loss. Because of this, we decided to conclude the current advertising campaign.
Slim Fast believes its decision in no way impacts Ms. Goldberg's freedom of speech, now or in the future.
Thank you for taking the time to voice your concerns.
I posted this to several listservs as Freedom of Speech is imperative:
Learning that the Far
Right had decided to organize a successful boycott against Slim-Fast, demanding that they fire Whoopi Goldberg as a spokesperson
because of her comments at a recent political rally, I became incensed and googled: Slim Fast, Whoopi Goldberg protest.
I found some interesting things (one thing posted below, fyi) and followed them to make a pro-Whoopi/Freedom of Speech comment.
The free number seems to be dead for now [1-800-Slim Fast], but being really upset that Slim Fast caved in to such Far Right
demands I called their main number: 561.833.9920. It is a Freedom of Speech issue and the Liberal and Progressive folk should
let Slim Fast know how WE feel. To just "leave it" is letting the Far Right get away with it. As I am currently reading Ted
Rall's book, Wake Up, You're Liberal and he basically says that unlike the Far
Right, we Liberal / Progressive folk have been too nice too long, I would urge folks to speak up for Freedom of Speech and
do similarly. If you are going to allow politics to influence your employment practices, Slim Fast, you better recognized
that ramifications can come in all sorts of directions.
FYI, when I called the
561 number I spoke to Betty in the Consumer Affairs Dept. and learned that the person noted below (F. Daniel Abraham) has
not owned Slim Fast for four years so there is no need for anyone to be hesitant about the impact of a Liberal Progressive
boycott on a Freedom of Speech Issue. Consider using your cell phones and calling Slim-Fast and/or go to Slim-Fast.com site
and leave a web form comment. Or write them a snail mail note.
My web form remark used
the subject "Whoopi Yes -- SlimFast No"
As someone with a weight
problem who believes in free speech, you can be sure that I will no longer be using Slim-Fast following your caving in to
Far Right demands until and unless Whoopi Goldberg is reinstated.
Shame, shame, shame!!!
[Full contact info --
be proud of freedom of speech!]
FROM GOOGLING, this Rightist
Comment Was Found.
Some Republican activists are launching a boycott of SlimFast diet products to protest SlimFast spokeswoman Whoopi Goldberg's
X-rated rant against President Bush at a New York fund-raiser for Democrat John Kerry last week. SlimFast executives yesterday
didn't respond to questions about whether they intend to keep Goldberg as spokeswoman. Company president F. Daniel Abraham
is a major Democratic donor who, with his wife, has given $1.2 million to groups working to defeat Bush. Full Story
The cost of the Iraq invasion has risen $2 billion since my last posting, but I am back, re-energized, and ready
for action! My guests Carolyn Bolton and daughter Kimberly McFerron of Salem, Oregon are out the door and, while sad to see
them leave and end my mini-vacation, I am happy to pick up Ted Rall's Wake up... You're Liberal! book and
continue my quest for a vibrant, vital, more compassionate America. Yes, it can be done, but we must return to our traditional
Last night before one last vacation hurrah at New York's Hard Rock Cafe (such fun and relatively cheap
for NYC), Kim and I attended United for Peace and Justice's overflowing planning session for the August 29th march and rally
against the Bush agenda. Such wondrous things are being planned but sooooo much to accomplish! We must get out into the streets
and spread the word that the lying liars are coming to town and we aren't going to take them or their far right, terrorist-attracting
agenda sitting down! (Read the first chapter of Ted's book, and especially page 33, for more insight into this.) Mind you,
the Dems are certainly not off the hook. The message is meant for them, too. Money for people not war -- money for schools,
seniors, daycare, housing, hospitals, parks: live preserving and enhancing things and NOT for death and destruction and corporate
I've got to go to work for corporate America right now -- haven't won Lotto or written a best seller or joined
the Catholic (or Anglican?) Worker, but I shall be writing up last night's notes for both NYFOR and WQIDC. You can read them
soon at the open listserv archives (see links) but a version of these is likely to be joining Lenny in the Essays section
of this website. In the meantime, I leave you with the words of my classic Hard Rock Cafe button: Save the Planet - Love
All - Serve All.... YES! Onward, Liberals, and let's save our Earth by taking America back from the
very wrong Right. Read on -- and ACT!
~ ~ ~
"By all rights, this liberal voting bloc -- people who care about people and the things around them more than
they care about entries in a ledger -- ought to enjoy majority status on both a national and local level in virtually every
state." --Ted Rall
Iraq has supposedly changed hands but as we know, with 140,000 US troops there and contracts in the hands of Bushites,
the occupation continues. More reason to look forward to August 29th and protesting the Bush agenda. (Can we fathom that Mayor
Bloomberg will deny us the permit to gather? Will we be denied freedom of speech and freedom of assembly? Will we in the US
also be denied some semblance of Democracy?? Word is to be given us today -- breathe....)
In the meantime, I discovered
Ted Rall's book, Wake up...You're Liberal! and denied the sense of waiting until similar titles get read:
I bought it. Hey, with a foreward by George McGovern and Ted's Credo preface, I was sunk. Or rather inspired. The subtitle
is "How we can take America back from the Right" and God knows that is essential for the benefit, indeed the preservation,
of humankind. So more to read, along with a book of essays edited by Mark Green: What We Stand For: A Program for
Progressive Patriotism -- "with contributions from 17 leading scholars, advocates & experts". Ted /
Mark, Ted / Mark: what to read first?? Well, I am more inclined to reclaiming the wonderful title "Liberal" -- see the Essays
section of this blog. And while I enjoyed Mark's preface, I love Ted's Credo, including this excerpt:
that pays women less than men, that executes children, and whose landscape is dotted with racially segregated housing has
a long way to go before telling other countries what to do."
The US needs justice itself, economic justice and
racial justice -- but such things wouldn't benefit Bush's campaign contributors. Ah, for campaign finance reform and more
Clean Money laws. Donate to Arizona (see June 27 entry), read books about Liberal/Progressive vision (and ACT upon such insight),
do some housework, do some paid work, catch up on more email -- and find a little time for fun and sleep. Mega Lotto is up
to $290 million -- ah the good liberal stuff I could do with mega bucks.... Barring that, I remember the epithet of my great
grandmother and I do what I can. Please, God, grant me some guidance on what to read and what to do -- so many possibilities.
Peace hugs, one and all! -- Kate Anne
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I intend to make changes to this site on a regular basis, sharing news, views, experiences, photos...whatever occurs to me.
Check back often! Peace, love, and all good things in abundance!!
"Our country currently lives under a single-party form of government. One ideology (pro-corporate, coddling the rich,
neglecting the middle class, patronizing the poor) is governing like there's no tomorrow. Should they continue, they'll be
-- Ted Rall, WAKE UP...YOU'RE LIBERAL
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