Planted By the Waters

Summer 2002

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Thoughts from the Board President

Notes from Palestine & Israel

Good Friday at Livermore

Let Haiti Live!

Dechoukaj  A Poem by Carolyn Scarr

Peace-By-Peace Report

East Bay Sanctuary Covenant Celebration

The Price  A poem by Carolyn Scarr

The People of Iraq Face Ongoing Siege and the Threat of Another War

Unpatriotic Acts  by Jim Gonzales

Stop the Bomb Where It Starts at the Livermore Labs

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——from the Board President

by Janet Gibson

As I write this, the Fourth of July is just days away and the concept of "Patriotism" confronts my thoughts. Those of us who are critical of our government’s policies will probably be labeled as "Unpatriotic" (or worse) as we live through this endless state of "War on Terrorism." It’s tough and often lonely to question or go against government policy. . .especially in the wake of September 11th. Yet, this is just what we must do. We cannot be afraid to speak the truth. Our silence would only confirm our complicity.

Many of us remember the slogan "America. . .love it or leave it!" When we protested against the Vietnam War, we were labeled as UnAmerican or traitors. Jews and non Jews who are critical of Israel are labeled as "self-hating" or anti-Semitic. We must resist this right wing attempt to disenfranchise or quiet our opposition. When we are willing to show our dissent, we give strength to the growing number of Americans right in our midst who have similar feelings.

On the 4th of July, my home town of Alameda is having a parade with the theme "United We Stand." My family will be marching with a peace group under a banner that states: "Peace is Patriotic!" It saddens me to admit that we’ve had to give considerable thought to the possibility of negative reactions to our statements for peace. We’re trying not to be offensive or provocative. In spite of this, some observers will conclude that any disagreement with government policy is unpatriotic. We’re prepared to just smile and wave.

I think I may make a sign that quotes the words of former senator, William Fulbright: "To dissent against wrong actions is Patriotic." And then I will pin a peace dove on my lapel next to the flag.


This issue is devoted largely, although not entirely, to material about what is happening in Palestine and Israel. Esther Ho has drawn together excerpts from her contacts with Christian Peacemaker Teams there and with other people working nonviolently for peace and justice. These excerpts date from several months ago and may be considered background material, useful to keep in mind as you read the daily paper and watch the television news.

To keep abreast of what peace activists are doing, we have to go to alternative sources. Esther Ho of the EPI Board of Directors is able to help in this regard with her email links to the work in the region and her work with people on this issue locally.

Wendy Kaufmyn, who has been active in the anti-nuclear movement locally for many years and is a member of one of the oldest faith-based affinity groups around, is as of this writing part of the International Solidarity Movement, a campaign of nonviolent, direct-action against the Israeli Occupation. Her emails describe her work in a Palestinian children's summer camp. It will be very interesting to hear her reports on her return.


From Wendy, via Greg, June 29 & 30

Yesterday Wendy traveled to a small village called Deir Ibzi, near Ramallah and the Green Line. . . . she experience[d] first hand the way IDF check points impede travel and isolate Palestinian communities. This particular village has been cutoff for four months by the IDF. When villagers attempted to bring in food via car, soldiers shot the ties out. So villagers now bring food in over the mountains using donkeys. Similarly, anyone seeking medical care must go over the mountains to Ramallah.

A German Palestinian is organizing a summer camp for the children of the village. He has asked that internationals participate [to] discourage the IDF from breaking up the summer camp. . . .

Prior to leaving for Deir Ibzi, Wendy’s affinity group had spent the night sleeping in a hospital waiting room. . . The IDF has just blown up all the cars in the hospital’s parking lot. Apparently the IDF had been crushing Palestinian cars parked on the street with their tanks, so the Palestinians started parking them in parking lots. The IDF responded by blowing the cars up. . . .

. . . other ISM affinity groups are engaged in more direct action, but in Palestine running a summer camp to relieve the boredom, stress and isolation of occupation, and perhaps offer a bit of hope, is a revolutionary enterprise.


Tragic Stories from Israel/Palestine

—compiled by Esther Ho, April 29, 2002

My e-mail inbox has overflowed in recent weeks with first-hand reports of the bloody assaults in the Holy Land. Knowing that most mainstream media give very biased news on these events, we offer these brief excerpts especially for those of you who do not have alternative sources of information readily available. Since I worked with the Christian Peacemaker Teams in the West Bank for several weeks on two different occasions and have had contact with most of these sources, I have confidence that these reports are reliable.

Readers may recall that the current intifada was touched off in September of 2000 by the visit of Ariel Sharon (who is now Israeli Prime Minister), with a large armed guard, to the Haran Al-Sharif mosque in the Old City of Jerusalem, which is considered one of the holiest Muslim sites. The following day, as Palestinians were demonstrating against this intrusion into their holy site, Israeli forces entered the area, shooting into the crowd and killing a number of Palestinians. In the intervening months 458 Jews and 1210 Palestinians have been killed, including many innocent civilians on both sides.

March 10, Rev. Sandra Olewine, United Methodist Liason in Jerusalem Friday and Saturday nights were again very difficult in the Bethlehem area. Bethlehem University was hit for the second night in a row, causing significant new damage to the new Cultural Center. Thankfully, the tanks withdrew from the Dar al-Kalima school grounds. But, as staff tried to approach to check on damage today, they were forbidden access to the property. Roads are cut up and people are isolated from each other. Water mains have been destroyed and numerous phone lines are cut. Few people are moving outside, not knowing when the next Israeli sniper, helicopter or tank is going to fire....Across the West Bank and Gaza, over 60 Palestinians have been killed and hundreds wounded since Friday.

March 28, Christian Peacemaker Teams

Last night a Palestinian suicide bomber killed more than 10 people in Netanya celebrating their Passover Seder meal — the most important family holiday in the Jewish calendar.

April 2 — from international civilian peace force in Ramalla We’d like to confirm that there are 34 foreign civilians still inside the Presidential compound in Ramalla under siege by Israeli forces. They are 27 French, 2 Germans, 1 British, 1 Belgian, 1 Brazilian, 1 Israeli/Canadian, and 1 Irish. They have been in there since March 31and are reporting a severe shortage of food, no water and a desperate need for medical supplies. We have repeatedly attempted to deliver food, water and medicine via a Red Crescent ambulance, but the Israeli military is not allowing the aid through....The United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross are being prevented from working inside the besieged Palestinian town. The Palestinian Red Crescent Society and aid workers are being detained by Israeli forces and their ambulances are denied passage to deliver humanitarian aid and to pick up wounded and the dead. Ambulances are also being shot at and medics and doctors forced to sit on their knees at gunpoint in the streets.

April 2, Bishop Dr. Younan of the Evangelical Lutheran Church ...the pastor’s home and the church’s International Center in Bethlehem have been hit by shelling from Israeli tanks and soldiers today. Rev. Raheb reports that they have heard much glass breaking, both in the church and in the offices. Although they cannot go to see the damage yet, it seems that at least some of the 110-year-old stained glass windows have been destroyed.

April 4, Physicians for Human Rights As of today there are 28 kidney patients in Jenin who cannot make it to hospital for dialysis treatment. Attempts made by the Association for Civil Rights in Israel to coordinate their arrival to the hospital have failed. Only on Sunday, after at least four days without dialysis treatment, were four of the 28 taken to hospital. Sources at the hospital in Jenin do not know what happened to the remaining 24 patients. As of the early evening, electricity to the hospital is cut off. An IDF armored vehicle is stationed at the entrance to the hospital, preventing anyone leaving or entering.

April 7, Christian Peacemaker Teams, Phone Call to Bethlehem One of the team called to Bethlehem to check on the welfare of a friend who lives near the Church of the Nativity...As they were speaking she heard the explosion from a missile destroying a house down the street from their house. The mother of the family told Clausen the worst thing they had to endure was the stench of bodies lying in Manger Square for the previous several days....We watched television reports of millions of people demonstrating in Morocco, Bahrein, France, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Texas, Los Angeles and New York against the Israeli invasion of the West Bank and Gaza.

April 8, from Mohammed, PhD., in Ramalla

Additional tanks and bulldozers were called in today to the Jenin and Nablus camps in order to finish its (the Israeli Occupation Army’s) job by demolishing all the houses in Jenin refugee camp that come in the way of the army. In fact, at this moment the bulldozers are working around the hour to demolish the entire camp and erase it from the map.

...Bulldozers are demolishing entire neighborhoods with people inside their houses. Children, women and elderly are being buried under the rubble. Children are seen searching for their parents and parents searching for their children after the houses are destroyed. It is truly horrifying, and the situation is only getting worse!

...There is a report from one of the few people who are able to report from inside the camp that hundreds of bodies are seen in the streets of Jenin, Balata, and Nablus, while hundreds of others are still bleeding to death. The Israeli Army still prohibits ambulances from helping the injured....The Israeli Army is attacking Jenin, Balata and Nabalus using its most advanced weapons...Fl6 fighters, Apache gunships and tanks are all being used to attack refugee camps and market places, which are very heavily-populated urban centers.

April 8, from Marla in Bethlehem The international UN staff has begun distributing food in Ramallah. This is no easy task. They must wear helmets and bullet-proof vests in order to do so. But the people of Ramallah are suffering tremendously; they have been under assault for over a week. Many neighborhoods have no water and/or electricity and definitely no access to medical care no matter how critical one’s case.

April 9, Janilne di Giovanni in Times of London Hamid’s last image of Jenin Refugee Camp was a city of the dead. The 14-year old student, who surrendered to Israeli forces on Saturday night after witnessing 30 hours of bombardment, shakes slightly as he describes the apocalyptic scene. Piles of corpses were moved aside by bulldozers. Houses lay in smoldering ruins. Children screamed for water, some were forced to drink sewage.

...But the most terrible thing was seeing Israeli soldiers take eight men and line them up and kill them," he said, describing in detail the procedure and the injuries the men sustained. After that, Hamid, his twin Ahmed and his older brother Khadir made a white flag and waved it from a window. They had no other way out.

April 11, Voices in the Wilderness Returning to the Sheik Zayed Hospital, we learned that IDF soldiers had shot Arduf Mussa Khandil, a 23-year-old mentally retarded man whom we had seen on the hospital grounds just hours earlier. Apparently he had wandered out into a street behind the hospital. Witnesses saw 11 Israeli soldiers chasing him. They speculated that the young man ran because he was scared when he saw armed soldiers. He was unarmed. They shot him dead.

April 11, Christian Peacemaker Teams JoAnne Lingle from the Beit Ummar team called the team in Hebron to report that the Israeli military had arrested 150 men during their Dura operation . The men, ranging in ages from 13 to 80, were taken to the Gush Etzion military camp blindfolded and handcuffed. While they were there they were interrogated, forced to kneel for hours, sleep on the ground outside and given no food or blankets. Some were beaten.

...At 6 pm a young Palestinian man came to the team apartment to report that he had been beaten by soldiers as he tried to reach his home in the Old City on the previous day. He described how the soldiers pressed his forehead into a stone wall and kicked his legs apart. Soldiers then hit him in the back near the kidneys, the upper back, and kicked him in the groin. Then they forced him to kneel with his hands behind his head while they struck him again. Eight soldiers, whom he identified as members of the Shimshon unit, took part in the beating. One soldier was taping the beating. The man required medical attention for his injuries, and the X-ray he showed the team indicated a cracked rib and blood clots. Clausen, Rollins, and a translator accompanied him to the place where he was beaten to gather information from several families living nearby who witnessed the beating of the man and several other men throughout the day.

April 12, from Marla In Bethlehem we are into our 11th day of house curfew. We were allowed out for a few hours today to search for a dwindling supply of food. The US Consulate had telephoned me in the morning to warn me that Israel may still shoot people even when the curfew is officially lifted. What a choice: scramble for food and risk being shot or stay in the house and ration my few remaining tomatoes. House to house searches continue with looting, destruction of personal property, mass arrests of just any boy or man and sexual harassment of women.

On April 5, 2002, B’Tselem received information from an Israeli source about difficult conditions and the use of torture during interrogations in the Ofer military camp located near Ramallah. The army has issued a sweeping order denying detainees the right to meet with lawyers, such that it is impossible to verify the scope of this phenomenon.

B’Tselem, together with three other Israeli human rights organizations, filed an urgent petition to the Israeli High Court of Justice demanding that detainees be allowed to meet with lawyers and that the court forbid the use of physical force against the detainees during interrogation. Following a short court hearing on April 7, 2002, the court rejected the petition.

April 15, translation by Gush Shalom (Israeli peace group) of an article by Haggai Huberman which appeared in Hebrew in the right-wing, ultra-nationalist Israeli Newspaper Hatzofeh. The pilot of an Israeli helicopter gunship reportedly refused an order to shoot a missile at a Palestinian home. It happened in the early hours of April 9 when an Israeli army regiment, supported by tanks and helicopter gunships, captured the Palestinian town of Dura, near Hebron... During several hours of fighting...the regimental commander ordered the pilot to shoot a missile at a Palestinian home in which five alleged terrorists were hiding, in order to "liquidate them." The pilot refused, telling the regimental commander there might be civilians in the house. The radio debate continued for a long time, with the helicopter hovering over the house. The commander told the pilot that the five terrorists could be exactly pin-pointed in the house and again ordered him to shoot. The pilot again refused, and at a certain point left the vicinity of the house and cycled the town. When he got back to the point above the house, the commander told him that the terrorists had disappeared, but ordered him to shoot at the house nevertheless. The pilot again refused. After two hours he finally shot one burst from the helicopter’s cannon, but near the house rather than at it. Soldiers nearby on the ground described the shot as "perfunctory, meant to hit nothing." (According to Gush Shalom the article was critical of the pilot, accusing him of "helping five terrorists escape.")

April l6, Phil Reeves in Jenin A residential area roughly 160,000 square yards, about a third of a mile wide, has been reduced to dust. Rubble has been shoveled by bulldozers into 30 feet piles. The sweet and ghastly reek of rotting human bodies is everywhere, evidence that it is a human tomb. The people, who spent days hiding in basements crowded into single rooms as the rockets pounded in, say there are hundreds of corpses, entombed beneath the dust, under a field of debris, criss-crossed with tank and bulldozer treadmarks.

April l6, Brian Wood from phone conversation with friend inside the Church of the Nativity ...about two hours ago the Israeli military attempted to break into the Church of the Nativity. They have been throwing sound bombs (percussion grenades) into the church for days such that the ears of the people inside are bleeding....The latest reports is that there are l80 people inside comprised of families, one of the armed factions, and Palestinian Authority police. And there are approximately 30-40 priests, monks and nuns on top of that, totaling about 220 people.

April l6, Amnesty International press release

Derrick Pounder, Professor of Forensic Medicine at Dundee University, currently on mission with Amnesty International, has been denied access to Jenin refugee camp and Jenin Government Hospital. The only forensic pathologist in the vicinity, Professor Pounder had sought access to the camp in order to begin gathering vital evidence about the fate of those who died in Jenin.

April l6, Greg Myre, Associated Press writer in Bethlehem

Israel has stepped up the pressure in recent days by erecting a crane near the Church (of the Nativity) and attaching speakers. In addition to the siren sounds, which wail late into the night, they periodically broadcast pleas to surrender....Two Palestinian policemen have been shot dead inside the compound, as well as the church’s longtime bell ringer, killed as he was walking on the streets outside.

April 16, Christian Peacemaker Teams (Three team members) visited a family whose 14-year-old son had been shot in the leg by soldiers two months ago. The boy is still in severe pain. While the team was visiting, a doctor came to give him an injection to ease the pain. When asked about possible medical help for the boy from other Arab countries, the doctor replied that those who had helped in the past had worked through the Palestinian Authority, the infrastructure of which has now been destroyed by the IDF. He added that this was just one of hundreds of cases of suffering patients who need assistance.

April 17, Voices in the Wilderness visit to Jenin camp

As we climbed higher, entering the demolished center of the camp where close to 100 housing units have been flattened by Israeli Defense Forces, we heard snipers shooting a small group of men who had come to pull bodies from the rubble...With pickaxes and shovels, they dug a mass grave. They pulled four bodies out of the rubble, including that of a small child....An older boy, perhaps 10 or 11 years old, helped carry his father’s corpse to the mass grave....

My partner Jeff sat down on a rock and shook his head. "After September 11, I drove toward New York City, and all along the highway carloads of volunteer firemen sped past me, coming from all over the country to help at Ground Zero. Here, bullets paid for by US taxpayers are being fired on people simply trying to bury their dead."

April 20, Christian Peacemaker Teams Emergency CPT delegates and members of the International Solidarity Movement greeted a World Council of Churches convoy of about 15 cars and two flatbed trucks, carrying much-needed food and water to the curfew-confined residents of Nablus. People are in dire need after 17 days of Israeli re-occupation. Ambulances and internationals are the only ones allowed relative free movement.

... Our presence has also allowed many to express frustration over the lack of international interest in the situation. "We were shooting at them with guns, and they kill us with F16s and Apache helicopters from the United States," was a cry heard from many. "And still they call us terrorists. WE are the ones being terrorized!" Horrific stories of the last two and a half weeks abound: of soldiers using women and children as human shields, hospital clinics being bombed, newborns dying in their parents’ arms after being coached on home birth over the phone, and civilians being shot in the back as they walked away from checkpoints.

The IDF has systematically used fear and humiliation as a weapon. Medics have been forced to strip naked while trying to reach needy patients. Tanks still move and fire through the streets at night to keep people awake. Homes were broken into by soldiers who slept in families’ beds and, in at least two instances, stole money. More than a thousand cars and school buses throughout the city were targeted and demolished by tanks for no apparent reason.

April 2000, Jeff Halper, Israeli peace activist

Massive military actions against the fragile Palestinian infrastructure and population centers using the most sophisticated and powerful of US conventional weapons — F-l6’s, Apache helicopters equipped with laser-guided missiles, tanks and artillery culminating in the all-out invasion of Palestinian areas are intended to beat the Palestinians into submissiveness. Although seemingly in response to Palestinian terrorist attacks and carefully cast as part of America’s "war against terrorism," these military actions are pro-active, exploiting terrorist attacks to achieve political goals of continued domination.

...The uncritical support of Congress is Israel’s trump card; it provides it with an impenetrable shelter from outside pressures.

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Beyond the terrible agony and suffering which these reports reveal, we would like to share several grave concerns: First of all, even though these excerpts contain little information regarding the Palestinian suicide bomb attacks, we want to make it very clear that we also condemn these attacks, just as we condemn all violent acts. Nevertheless, it is very important to recognize the huge disparity existing between the sides of the conflict. It is not true that there is a level playing-field as our administration and the media would lead us to believe. We must understand that Palestinians who have no hope left for any kind of normal life under Israeli occupation have in their desperation performed desperate acts. It is clear to us, as it is to many Jewish peace groups, that the only way to end suicide attacks is to end the Israeli occupation of the territories, as required by UN resolutions.

Another pressing concern in my mind is the possibility of widespread anti-Semitic acts arising from the atrocities performed by the Israeli government. I am convinced that Jews in the Middle East and around the world are being placed at great risk by the unconscionable acts of the Israeli government. We must make it clear in all of our contacts that we will not tolerate anti-Semitic actions in our communities. We must be able to decry the actions of the Israeli and US government without implying criticism of all people of Jewish heritage. The fact that 433 members of the Israeli army have at this writing signed papers refusing service in the occupied territories and that an estimated few thousand others are ready to do so shows clearly that the "war" against the Palestinians is not welcomed by many Israeli Jews.

The enormity of the events of the past few weeks has thrown many of us into a state of despondency and inaction. However, it is of utmost importance that all of us who know what is happening rouse ourselves to speak out loudly and often at this critical juncture of history.

Action Suggestions:

Begin or maintain a constant stream of phone, fax and e-mail messages to U.S. and Israeli government officials.

a. Insist that Israel withdraw immediately from the Palestinian territories as required by international law.

b. Call upon the U.S. to withdraw military aid to Israel.

c. Urge the U.S. government not to block the UN from sending international personnel to protect the Palestinian people.

A few addresses:

President George W. Bush
The White House
Washington, DC 20400
Phone: 202-456-1111
Fax: 202-456-2461

Vice-President Dick Cheney
(The White House, as above)

Condoleezza Rice
National Security Advisor
(The White House, as above)

Secretary of State Colin Powell
Department of State
2201 C Street, NW
Washington, DC 20520
Phone: 202-647-6575
Fax: 202-261-8577

Ariel Sharon, Israeli Prime Minister

Shimon Peres, Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs
Fax: +972-2-530-3367

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"The hottest fires in hell are reserved for those who remain neutral in times of moral crisis." — Edmund Burke


Good Friday at Livermore

About 300 people gathered, this time on the corner of Vasco and Patterson Pass Road. Our usual spot at East and Vasco was filled with big road-working machinery.

So there we were, right next to the fence separating us from the Livermore Labs, still managed by the University of California, where some of the smartest people in the country still work on plans for new weapons of mass destruction and long-term environmental disaster.

Our program this year was a liturgical dance enactment of the Stations of the Cross. Carla De Sola, celebrated teacher and performer, together with her dancers and Francisco Herrarra as the cantor, shaped an event which made explicit the concrete relationship between Christ’s passion and the current passion of the world.

The stations were grouped into focussed segments with speakers on each subject:

• prisons and the death penalty, Laura Magnani of American Friends Service Committee

• environmental impact of the war machine, Whitney Bauman of Theological Roundtable on Ecological Ethics & Spirituality

• global military dominance, Andy Lichterman, Western States Legal Foundation

• the impact on U.S. communities of the war machine, Wilson Riles, Jr.

• the impact on people abroad of the U.S. empire, Carmen Hartono, Women’s International Peace Imperative

After the fifth segment, the gathered crowd processed to the gates of the lab where the stations were concluded with the Elm Dance. They joined in a circle dance created by the people of a village in Russia whose beloved elm forest was inundated with radioactive rain as poisoned clouds from Cherynobl were seeded before they reached Moscow.

Those committing civil disobedience left the circle blessed by the dancers and knelt at the gates.


Excerpts from four of the reflections.

Laura Magnani:

We come here today with the heaviest of hearts.

Despised, rejected, held of no account.

The central metaphor in the Christian tradition is an execution. What are we to make of this?

No one is exempt. No one, no matter how innocent, is exempt from the possibility of being despised, rejected, held of no account, even condemned - even if our lives are about love and hope and justice.

Today in California, 615 men and women sit on death row. . . . .

This monstrous system of isolation and execution has to be understood as the domestic counterpart of war. The same seeds of violence and alienation give rise to both deadly realities. We demonize people of another country, or people in our own country who act a certain way or look a certain way, in order to justify our own abominable behavior. . . .


Whitney Bauman:

What message does Christ have for us here, today? Christ, a person who fought for the needy, homeless, and oppressed of his time; Christ, who sought justice in an unjust world; Indeed, Christ, who sought to end the oppressive Roman Empire and usher in the new, just, kingdom of God?

. . . Today, we understand, perhaps better than at any point in human history, the interrelated nature of all life on this planet. Thanks to the insights from quantum physics, evolution, genetics, ecology, sociology, and many other disciplines including the many world religions, we have a greater understanding of the interrelatedness of all life on the planet, not just human.

We understand more than ever the old saying, "injustice somewhere is injustice everywhere." Poverty, war, environmental racism, over-population, deforestation, global warming, and other forms of water, land, and air pollution are all manifestations of an unjust economic system. This economic system oppresses many for the sake of the decadent lifestyle of a few. . . .

. . . What Christ might have to offer us today as sons and daughters of God is the courage to take up our own crosses and give ourselves over to the fight in making this a more just existence for all of this creation. . . .


Andy Lichterman:

How is it that our country moves so quickly to war?

In part, it is because it can. The United States maintains a state of permanent mobilization for war. And over the last decade or more, the United States has engaged in the constant search for high-tech weapons that strike at a distance— to make it easier for political elites to go to war quickly, without the need to really build consensus, and without risking American military casualties that make wars in distant countries politically difficult to sustain. The reason for this need to go to war quickly, and without genuine national debate, is that the United States has a global empire it has not justified to its own people— an empire it will not even admit exists. . . .


Carmen Hartono:

. . . Oh my God! What are we doing!? We are destroying any hope of living in peace. Instead we exploit and threaten our neighbors. Drunk with wealth and power, our appointed President is threatening Russia, China and so many innocent peoples, threatening them with nuclear weapons. The evil grows. And the imperial leader says, "Today I control Afghanistan. Tomorrow the world!" . . . We pray for humility so we may take our destined place as only one of many nations under God. We pray for strength so we can pick up the cross and carry the burden of the suffering we have caused. And for the sake of His sorrowful passion, Lord, have mercy on us and on the whole world.


Let Haiti Live!
End U.S. Sanctions Against Haiti

For the past two years, the United States has led an international financial aid moratorium against the Government of Haiti, blocking over $500 million in grants and loans from international agencies, including the Inter-American Development Bank, that were intended for health care, education and public works - such as providing potable drinking water. In early 2001 the U.S. exercised its veto power to prevent disbursement of funds contracted for.  Because of the moratorium and the terms of these loans, the Haitian government and its people have paid nearly $10 million in interest on loans they are blocked from receiving. Secretary of State Colin Powell stated that this policy was in place in order to "leverage a political outcome in Haiti."

The purported reason for the aid moratorium is a political dispute in which seven senators were elected by a plurality but not an absolute majority. The runners-up demanded runoff elections. (The U.S. does not have runoffs in congressional elections.) The seven challenged senators have since resigned, but the U.S. still refuses to honor the democratic process by which Haiti has chosen its government.

The aid moratorium is unconscionable in any country, but particularly in a country as poor as Haiti where there is only 1
physician for every 10,000 people and where only 40 percent of all Haitians have access to potable water. Haitians suffer from a rising infant mortality rate, an HIV/AIDS rate of epidemic proportions and crisis levels of poverty and environmental destruction. This aid moratorium is but a recent example in a long history of US, World Bank and IMF policies designed to severely curtail economic development for the impoverished masses of Haiti.

(202) 224-3121 (Congress switchboard)

Urge your Representative and Senator to support an end to the aid moratorium against Haiti

Much of this report courtesy of Haiti Action Committee (510) 483-7481;



The tree stump remains in the field

after the tree is cut.

Deeply its roots grasp the soil;

it is not dead.

From it will spring

a dozen shoots

filling the field

hindering the plow

choking the seedlings

stealing the harvest.

With machete and hoe

and his strong back and arms

the farmer attacks the stump

digs below its roots

chops off its tendrils

hauls out the tangled knot

to be burned in the cooking fire.

The grain will fall on the fertile field

will sprout and grow.

The harvest will come.

© 1995 Carolyn S. Scarr


The Haiti Support Committee of  East Bay Sanctuary Covenant
invites you to the Haiti Party
A Generator for Jérémie to beam lessons to rural children
Sunday, July 21 4 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
1094 Tevlin St., Albany


•Fabulous Food & Haitian Coffee
•Haitian-American Leaders
•Haitian Music, Dancing & Song
•Brief Program on Peasant Co-ops

How We Can Help

     Freedom Song Network and Dave Welsh
     Drummers: Akinyele, Jeannette, and friends
     A Tickle from Charlie Hinton’s one-man show, Life Wish.

Reservations desired by July 13

Donation: $15 - 30 + per person will also benefit The Father Pat Leehan Educational Fund (Fon Pè Pat Leehan Pou Lekòl) and Trees for Haiti

For more information call Sandy Hunter, 510-524-7989 orPierre Labossiere, 510-553-0633


Peace-by-Peace Report

Dear Friends:

Peace-by-Peace is a peace walk and meditation. The walk started in Berkeley, CA on January 21, 2002 and plans to arrive in Washington, DC. on September 11, 2002. The walkers, currently 5 women, walk with the question: "What is peace?" So far, Peace-by-Peace has touched and been touched by elementary school children, college students, homeless people, community members, church congregations, and many, many individuals.

We need help setting up shelter, fellowshiping, and speaking opportunities for the walkers along the route.

Please look at the route below to see if you have any personal or organizational connections along this route and contact
Peace-by-Peace (see address below) if you have leads. Currently, the walkers are doing their own outreach after walking 20-25 miles/day. Any help you can offer is deeply and warmly appreciated. The walk could also use help with local and national media coverage, and with administrative support (someone to respond to e-mails and be a home-based contact).

In Gratitude & Peace,

Roya Arasteh, for Peace-by-Peace

Contact information:

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Abbreviated Route is as follows:

Dates are approximate & subject to slight modification.

April 24 -May 9: Gallup, NM to Albuquerque via roads paralleling Route 40. Continuing on through New Mexico via
Route 40 to Amarillo.

May 10-21: Amarillo area, Pampa, Miami.

May 22-June 11: Roll, Strong City Hammond, Butler, Custer City, Thomas, Fay, Greenfield, Geary Calumet, Concho, El Reno, Oklahoma City, Wellston, Davenport, Depew, Kellyville, Oakhurst, Tulsa, Pryor, Kenwood, Colcord


June 12- July 8: Springdale, Harrison, Mountain Home, Jonesboro


July 8-23: Memphis, Savannah, Fayetteville, Chattanooga

North Carolina:

July 23-August 23: Silva, Asheville: route to be determined


August 24-September 10: Appalachian Mountains, route to be determined

Washington, D.C.

Destination of the Walk-Planned arrival for September 11, 2002!

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Excerpts from the walkers’ journals:

After Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, eight adults and an infant continued on the "Walk." Our day started early morning; before walking we meditated and prayed together. The group started walking 10 miles per day and within two weeks they were walking 20 miles/day. They usually had a break in the morning, a lunch break, and a break in the afternoon. They walked until dark. Then, usually, we had dinner and talked with the person(s) who were hosting us, if they were available.

We went to bed early. No "nights out on the town," even on our day off each week. We slept overnight at different places: two ashrams, a non-profit community agency, a Quaker house, a Congregational Church, with friends or relatives of the walkers, and at 3 small school houses on Highway 25 in California.

We met many different people on the way. They asked us what we were doing and why. When we talked with them about
Peace-by-Peace and the Walk, most of the people were very pleased and supportive of our activities and spirit. One man was moved to tears. We met people who were U.S.-born citizens, people from Afghanistan, people from Iran, and the US National Guard at an armory.

The Peace-by-Peace Walk was very good for me personally. It was exciting, stimulating, adventurous, fun, and at times tough and difficult. It was inspirational. It felt good. I miss it and plan to return. If you are inclined, you can help. I feel that the Walkers would welcome your support and encouragement…phone calls, e-mails, financial donations, gifts (small and light weight).

We Shall Walk!

–Joanne Backer, of San Francisco, 2/18/02

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One foot in front of the other as we head across our first state line into AZ....Amidst my thoughts on peace i find myself caught up in thoughts of so much......those we meet along the way have given us so much food for thought. I embrace every one of them for the gifts they have given .So often i find myself being confronted with my own judgments about people. I feel the judgments peeling away with every step that i take.

At the end of the road lies compassion and unconditional love....two of the key points for peace in my eyes. All i can do is
keep walking in the hope that i will reach them. DC is just one amongst many destinations. I have found so much beauty in places i would never have thought to look. But i have also experienced the other side to life in our world. At times i have been tempted to not look or run away, but it’s all a part of it.

Our journey needs be inclusive of all sides of life, whether it’s the beautiful school children in Paicines CA singing to us, or the genuine hardships of life in the migrant town of Mecca CA.

From loving families, to people living out of their cars in order to pick enough fruit to send money home to loved ones in Mexico. From our sweetheart ally Mike in Bakersfield who opened up his home to us, to witnessing pesticides being sprayed over plantlife and people in the Central Valley. It’s all a part of it, all part of a journey that chose us.

I have learned so much already....and i am open to whatever else the universe has to offer. In the meantime i will continue to walk with as much openness and love as i can. Thanks to all of you for your hard work back home. Know that we are doing the work we set out to do and are carrying each of you with us every step. jojo x

Planning Ahead

SPEAKING THE TRUTH IN A TIME OF TERROR is the theme of East Bay Sanctuary Covenant’s fall conference. The event, which will celebrate EBSC’s 20th Anniversary, will be held on a Saturday in early October. The purpose is to support those speaking from their faith perspective to current ethos of the U.S. government and its militaristism.

Call EBSC for details (510) 540-5296

The Price

How hard is the choice?

Madam Ambassador, you believe . . . 

you think the price is worth 

it. It. 

It – five thousand lives.

Five thousand children every month 

five thousand children under five. 

What child is worth the price?

A gallery of pictures 

spreads across my computer screen

girls and boys, their parents,

living, dead and dying. 

In Basra two children run out to play.

Bombs fall from U.S. planes.

Now their mother watches weeping

as their bodies are dug from the rubble

of the houses of the neighborhood.

This "it" – the price 

the rising total 

reaches five hundred thousand 

children under five.

Together with their families now the price

passes one million dead. 

What is worth a holocaust? 

Who chooses these to die,

the children of Iraq?

The lessons taught across the world, 

down the bloody sweep of empire –

the lesson taught and learned

that life is worth the price 

when those who pay are foreign, 

different, other, far away

pray to other gods, speak other tongues.

Those lives lie in the scale – are worth the price.

No life is worth the price. 

The flowers strewn amidst the guttered candle stumps

fade and die as we mourn our sudden loss. 

New York’s dead and wounded 

join a massive company drawn from around the world. 

Side by side we lay pictures 

which portray our common loss.

Thus we may see around the world

women who hold each other, 

watch in grief as a child’s dead body 

is dug from bomb blast rubble.

May we learn from Brian – 

his legs cut off beneath the munitions-bearing train 

on Concord’s bloody tracks, 

whence bombs were shipped to Salvador, Honduras and to 

Nam, where once he fought – from Brian may we learn

"We are not worth more. 

They are not worth less."

Carolyn S. Scarr

October 12, 2001

©2001 Carolyn S. Scarr

The People of Iraq Face Ongoing Siege
and the Threat of Another War

by Carolyn Scarr

It is generally agreed that only the violence in Palestine is preventing the Bush administration from initiating a massive attack on Iraq, aimed at replacing the current government with one of its own choosing. Newspaper articles vary only in their estimation of when the attack will take place, Fall of 2002, Spring of 2003, you name it.

As the more hawkish elements of the administration call for covert actions, invasions and bombings, the supposedly restrained faction works for the continuation of sanctions –– modified to reduce opposition at home and abroad. "In March 2001, early in the Bush administration’s term, Secretary of State Colin Powell told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee of his concern to ‘rescue’ the sanctions policy that was ‘falling apart.’" [MERIP Press Information Note 96, "Sanctions Renewed on Iraq," by Sarah Graham-Brown, May 14, 2002]

In May, UN Security Council Resolution 1409 was passed which would purportedly permit the import of everything Iraq needs and keeps out only weaponry. This fraud was misnamed "smart" sanctions. It is claimed that UNSCR 1409 allows for the free flow of all imports into Iraq except for weaponry. An examination of the procedures specified in the resolution will disprove that myth, as will the fact that in the week of June 19 the UN 661 Committee suspended contracts for medicines, cars, generators.

Meanwhile the drumbeat of war continues, with analysis of required troop strength and discussion of preemptive strikes which could include nuclear weapons. All too little discussion focuses on the fact that it is in compete violation of the UN Charter for the United States to attack Iraq for any of the reasons offered, even if they could be demonstrated to be true.

Some examination of the supposedly new sanctions regime is necessary. It is also essential to prevent a full scale war by the U.S. against Iraq.

Ersatz Smart Sanctions, UNSCR 1409

Resolution 1409 is likely to have little effect on Iraq’s humanitarian situation. It will not alter many of the features that have prevented a revival of Iraq’s economy.

Continuing under UNSCR 1409

• Foreign investments in Iraq are prohibited, which investments are necessary to rebuild the shattered infrastructure of the country in a number of key sectors, including oil, energy, agriculture, public health, and sanitation.

• Iraq may not spend its oil revenues inside the country. It cannot pay its civil servants, teachers and medical staff an adequate wage.

• Foods have to be imported under the Oil for Food program, preventing Iraq from reviving its own agriculture.

• The central purchasing and distribution of goods by the Iraqi government will remain, with the population receiving primary commodities through the ration system, leaving the population in a highly vulnerable position if the distribution of the ration is interrupted, through war or other national emergencies.

• Iraq will not be allowed to export any goods other than oil –– such as agricultural or industrial products. Iraq is to be maintained as a commodity exporter, unable to diversify its economy and prevented from producing consumer items at home.

• The system of evaluating each contract and the potential of veto by any one country on the Iraq Programme Committee remains in place, thus preventing the import of allegedly "dual use" items necessary for health and wellbeing of the civilian population. This also continues the possibility of the practice of "holding" contracts to the economic detriment of the exporting country (such as Russia or China) and "un-holding" them in exchange for political cooperation. The U.S. "un-held" over $200 million of Russian contracts with Iraq in late March, which is widely believed to have been a determining factor in Russia’s decision to support the resolution.

[Above analysis based largely on the press release of 15th May 2002 of Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq (CASI)]

The sanctions regime against Iraq is unequivocally illegal under existing international humanitarian law and human rights law. (Professor Marc Bossuyt’s report to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights)

What Smart Sanctions Really Could Be

Scholars of international law have developed criteria by which a sanctions program can be judged actually to be smart. Professor Marc Bossuyt, in his report to the UN Commission on Human Rights (E/CN.4/Sub.2/2000/33), goes into considerable detail about what constitutes smart sanctions and how the sanctions regime imposed on Iraq fails in a number of key respects. The complete text may be found on CASI’s website. The report lists six criteria for evaluating sanctions.

1. Are the sanctions imposed for a valid reason? Article 39 of the Charter of the United Nations allows the Security Council to take measures such as sanctions only to "maintain or restore international peace and security" following its determination that there exists a threat to or breach of the peace, or an act of aggression. This threat must be proved rather than be based on foreign policy considerations of a State.

2. Do the sanctions target the proper parties? Sanctions may not target civilians who are uninvolved with the threat to peace or international security or result in an abrogation of Geneva Convention rights.

3. Do the sanctions target the proper goods or objects? Sanctions may not target goods needed to ensure the basic subsistence of the civilian population, nor may they target essential medical provisions or educational materials of any kind.

4. Are the sanctions reasonably time-limited? Legal sanctions may become illegal when they have been applied for too long without meaningful results. A six month sunset clause is recommended, after which a new Security Council Resolution would be required to continue sanctions.

5. Are the sanctions effective? Sanctions must be reasonably capable of achieving the desired result. Sanctions that are targeted in ways that would not affect the wrongs may be viewed as ineffective. Sanctions targeting luxury goods and the personal foreign assets of members of government, the ruling elite and members of the military could be considered "smart".

6. Are the sanctions free from protest arising from violations of the "principles of humanity and dictates of human conscience"? The reaction to sanctions of Governments, intergovernmental bodies, non-governmental organizations, scholars and the public must be taken into account in evaluating sanctions regimes.

War Waiting in the Wings

From one day to the next newspaper articles quote plans for a U.S. attack on Iraq. Some administration spokespeople propose supporting Iraqi resistance forces; others say the strength and the trust is inadequate to the task, requiring a massive U.S. force. A conventional attack is estimated to require 200,000 troops at the outset. Other proposals include a massive bombing attack, including the use of nuclear weapons.

Lacking in most discussion in U.S. papers is the fact that it is in violation of international law and the UN Charter for the U.S. to attack Iraq at all.

Article 2. 4.All Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state... The only exception to the requirement of working through the UN Security Council to initiate military action is in the instance when a country is under attack and in jeopardy of immediate destruction. Allegations that Iraq possesses weapons of mass destruction, even if true, do not fit this description.

"[T]he Bush administration, while not identifying one particular strategy, clearly speaks of action — unilateral if necessary — to end Saddam Hussein’s regime, without further reference to the UN. It is not clear whether Iraq’s compliance with weapons inspections would be sufficient to trigger a withdrawal of the threat of military action. Recent comments suggest not. . . . In early months of the Bush administration, the issue of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction (WMD) was not near the top of the foreign policy agenda. Revival of the issue after September 11 appeared primarily to be a pretext for settling unfinished business. Iraq’s links to al-Qaeda have proved too tenuous to include Iraq directly in the "war on terrorism." Most recently, the FBI itself has raised doubts about the veracity of the story that Muhammad Atta met an Iraqi intelligence official in Prague. Hence the weapons issue has now taken center stage, with the US invoking UN resolutions and hoping to rally international support on this basis. . . . The lack of clarity in Bush administration pronouncements inevitably signals to the Iraqi leadership that even if they were to comply with WMD inspections, the US would still try to oust them. " [MERIP, op. cit.]

What is to be done?

Under the current sanctions 5,000 Iraqi children die each month. Iraq is being turned into a Third World Country as education and healthcare become a distant memory. The impending war will cost additional lives and may bring about a general regional conflict with the potential of the use of nuclear weapons. A new war may put 200,000 of our young people on the front lines to kill and be killed. It is essential that we run the risk of being called "anti-American" and begin openly to challenge the preparations for war.

We need to become more familiar with the history of European and U.S. involvement in the Middle East. Teach-ins were a vital part of the growth of opposition to the war in Vietnam where we learned, among other things, that South Vietnam was a U.S. construct following the French defeat and withdrawal from Vietnam. We must engage in similar opening of eyes with respect to our country’s relationship to the countries of the Middle East.

Invite speakers on the subject of Iraq –– the sanctions and the threat of war –– to your congregation or other community groups. Youth groups should be given the opportunity to learn of the war they may be asked to fight –– and what their choices are. EPI can help; call us.

We need to work with our young people to help them determine what their response will be to military recruiters. During the Gulf War outreach to many groups was impeded by the fact that criticism of U.S. policy was considered unsupportive of our young people. We must assist and protect our children before they can be endangered by forces that will _use them. We can help them determine their conscientious position and help them register it with their religious institutions or other supportive agencies.

EPI encourages you to contact congresspersons and senators. Tell them that the sanctions must be lifted entirely and that a war must be prevented. The congressional switchboard number is 202-224-3121.

Join or create local vigils. The Tuesday noon vigil against the sanctions which EPI sponsors at the Oakland Federal Building is a good opportunity to reach out to people with news not generally found in the papers. We have a new flyer each week and give out about 300 copies.

Support those individuals and groups who are braving the wrath of the government by visiting Iraq with medicines and other necessities. EPI can help you find them.

Prepare for demonstrations and possible civil disobedience actions. We need to make ourselves visible.

Ecumenical Peace Institute was founded to oppose the war against Vietnam, to work in education, outreach and nonviolent resistance. We hope you will work with us to end the devastating siege of Iraq and stave off the threat of a new assault on that country.

Please write us at P.O. Box 9334, Berkeley, CA 94709, call us at (510) 548-4141, or email



by Jim Gonzales, Hayward peacenik

(and attorney, mediator, arbitrator, Elder law attorney and medicare/medical specialist)

America has a long tradition of oppressive laws: The Alien and Sedition Act; the Fugitive Slave Law; the Anti Sindicalism laws; the racist immigration quota statutes, Jim Crow laws and many more. Each time such laws have been enacted people like us have organized in opposition.

So it is with the October 2001 U.S.A. Patriot Act, the 1996 Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act, and the hundreds of unconstitutional disappearances of immigrants. These laws include provisions so aggressive that Congressman Pete Stark of Fremont said they "are the first step toward fascism".

The provisions of these statutes permit the government to deport long time immigrants without telling them what they did wrong to deserve deportation (the secret evidence provisions). Laws like this were known in England as Star Chamber laws. The Patriot Act boldly violates the Fourth Amendment by allowing searches of homes and work places without court warrants; it allows wire taps of landline and cell phones without warrants; it allows wiretaps on a person who merely receives a call from a person who is a target of an investigation (like a virus tap); and the law allows invasion of financial and medical records without probable cause or a court warrant. The most breathtaking provision defines "terrorism" so broadly that a reading of the Declaration of Independence for the purpose of rallying support for a flag ceremony could be prosecuted as a violation of the Patriot Act. An obvious violation of the First Amendment protection of free speech.

The Justice Department and the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) have also committed the outrage of arresting and detaining incommunicado 1500 immigrant males for insignificant immigration violations that have not previously resulted in detention. These violations include late filing of residence address reports, late submission of student visa paper work and overstaying a tourist visa by a matter of days. These men are held in maximum security, without visitation rights and without access to attorneys. In some cases immigration judges have ordered release of prisoners and the INS and FBI have detained them nonetheless. The INS refuses to exercise its traditional remedy of simply deporting the violators. The INS chooses to hold the men and question them for month on end without legal counsel and without any criminal charges whatsoever.

What are we going to do about it? There is a national campaign mounted by La Resistencia, an immigrant advocacy group from Texas that has taken the initiative. February 20 was the first National Day of Solidarity to build opposition to the Act and to the illegal detentions across the country. 30 cities nationwide organized demonstrations, marches, press conferences and other actions to protest the Patriot Act, the secret evidence statute and the hundreds of disappearances of young Arab, Muslim and South Asian men since 9/11. Additional actions are following. Hayward activists held a press conference on February 20 and a Solidarity Summit on April 27 to organize support for civil liberties and opposition to the Patriot Act. The Hayward summit will be followed by local government resolutions and community wide education events in public schools, churches and any other group that will host an event.

Contact Esther Ho at (510) 785-9509 for information.

Stop the Bomb Where It Starts
at the Livermore Labs

The open-ended War on Terrorism gave the Bush Administration a blank check for military spending. How far will this administration go to enforce the US global empire?

Livermore Lab is an historic site of resistance. Twenty years ago, on June 21, 1982, thousands of nonviolent protesters converged on Livermore Lab to demonstrate opposition to the nuclear arms race.  More than 1,300 people were arrested.

Join us in a celebration of 20 years of nonviolent resistance.

August 3rd, Saturday

11am Rally at Carnegie Park, 3rd Street & J Street

2 pm march to Lawrence Livermore National Lab along East Ave.

Those who choose, can use their bodies to bear witness and risk arrest to end the development of nuclear weapons.

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August 6, 8:00 a.m.

On the day the atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, you are invited to a vigil at the Livermore Lab West Gate, on Vasco Road.

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For more information contact Livermore Conversion Project (510) 663-8065, Western States Legal Foundation (510) 839-5877, or Tri-Valley CAREs (925)443-7148.


We can use your help
even for an hour a month

•tabling at events

•witnessing at the Iraq vigil

•doing mailings

•being our computer maven

•developing educational resources —— research & writing, artwork, slide shows to computer presentations

•carrying the EPI banner at marches

•making connections with your congregation, denomination, union to present information about

Iraq, Haiti, Palestine, Native American rights, or other issues.

•something you can do that we haven’t thought of?

Call us at 510-548-4141 if you can work with us.

Calendar & Announcements

Saturday August 3, 2 p.m. G.I. RIGHTS HOTLINE BENEFIT (BBQ with veggie kabots and red meat), Home of attorney Jim Gonzales, 18724 Dubin Ct., Castro Valley.

Tickets: $25 each or $100 for a full immediate family. The GI Rts Hotline is a nationwide counseling service assisting military personnel who are AWOL or need assistance to get out of the military. This is a project of the Central Committee for Conscientious Objectors and faith based military resistance groups nationwide.

For tixs and directions contact Jim Gonzales (510) 537-3918 or Brian Cross at CCCO (510) 465-1617.

Saturday, Aug 3 & Tuesday, Aug 6 Stop The Bomb Where It Starts, Livermore Labs, see article this issue.

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First Sunday of each month, 7:00 p.m. Alameda Peace Network, Multicultural Center, 842 Central Ave., Alameda. For information call 510-814-1854

The Talking Circle is being discontinued for the summer. We will try to discern what kind of gathering will serve you best. Your input is welcome.

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Every Tuesday noon. Vigil opposing the sanctions against the people of Iraq. Oakland Federal Building, 1301 Clay Street, two blocks from the 12th Street BART Station. 

Weekly Actions for Peace,

We'll tell you now of some that we know.

Please let us know of others.

Sundays, 3:00 p.m. Weekly Peace Walk around Lake Merritt, beginning at the Columns at the East End between Grand and Lakeshore Avenues, Oakland. Contact: Beth Wagner, Lake Merritt Neighbors Organized for Peace (LMNOP),, 510-763-8712,

Sundays, 3:00 p.m. Walnut Creek Walk for Peace, BART StationMt Diablo Boulevard at Oakland Boulevard, Walnut Creek Contact: Mt Diablo Peace Center, 925-933-7850 or
Ken,, 925-827-3373 

Tuesdays, noon-1:00 p.m. Vigil opposing the sanctions against the people of Iraq. Oakland Federal Building, 1301 Clay Street, two blocks from the 12th Street BART Station, sponsored by Ecumenical Peace Institute and Mustardseed Affinity Group Contact: Carolyn Scarr, 510-527-8370,

Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. Berkeley Peace Walk and Vigil, BART Station Shattuck & Center
Berkeley Contact: Sophia,, 510-528-9217, 

Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Listening for a Change, Lytton Plaza, Palo Alto sponsored by Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. 

Contact: Carol Brouillet,, 650-857-0927, 

Thursdays, 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Oakland Vigil for Peace, 14th Street & Broadway Contact: Keith Heltsley, 510-658-4191

Thursdays, 12 noon -1 p.m. San Francisco Vigil Against the War, San Francisco Federal Building Golden Gate Avenue at Larkin Street, San Francisco Contact: AFSC,, 415-565-0201 

Fridays 4:30-6 p.m. San Jose Peace Vigil, Federal Building Second Street at San Carlos San Jose. San Jose Interfaith Peace Action is an anti-war witness in the San Jose area. Contact:,

Fridays, 12 noon-1 p.m. Women in Black Vigil, UC Berkeley, Bancroft at Telegraph, Contact:
Women in Black,, 510-548-6310 or 510-845-1143

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