ITHACA COMMUNITY NEWS
April #1 2003

LABOR, ARTS, EVENTS, ACTIVISM, LOCAL HISTORY, YOUR LETTERS, FUN STUFF!

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THE COSMIC WONDER SHOW 4/12, 7pm: magic music, poetry, comedy, juggling, clowning, and more. It features home grown talent as well as a number of out of town professional acts. State Theater.$12/adults, $8 students/seniors, $6 children: Clinton House, WSH, Dillingham, at door. Buy tickets w/ HOURS: danbydan@hotmail.com 272-7582 statetheatreofithaca.com

WORLD PERCUSSION NIGHT 4/10, 8pm Willard Straight, featuring Cornell Steel Band (island & popular pan favorites), CU World Drum & Dance Ensemble (West Africa), Solta Franga (Ithaca samba). Free, bring dancin' shoes!

"A NIGHT OF [MUSLIM] CULTURE" 4/12, 6pm, Willard Straight, featuring FOOD and FASHION from around the Muslim world, the Madrasa al-Rumman Chorus, a premiere SKIT by al-Khasirun, guest speakers. FREE GIFTS and much more!

The above are among DOZENS OF EVENTS LISTED MONTHLY at ithacaevents.com CORNELL'S EVENTS are at cuinfo.cornell.edu/Calendar

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ITHACA FILM FESTIVAL (IFEST) seeks films & videos. "Last year, the festival was greeted by a sold out audience. Seeking narrative, documentary, animation, experimental." Entry forms: ithacafilmfest.com Deadline for submission 4/30. Festival 7/26 at Fall Creek Pictures.

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GOOD NEIGHBOR AWARDS! "Do you know someone who lives in Northside, Southside, West Hill, South Hill, Fall Creek or Spencer Rd neighborhoods who made an extra effort for their community in 2002, whether by fixing up their house, yard or by caring for neighbors?" Send their name, address, virtues + yr name, address, phone to info@ithacaNHS.org Deadline 4/7. Presented at INHS Annual Mtg, 4/24.

STUDENT RE-USE PROJECT collects items discarded by departing Collegetown students in the spring. "Last year we raised about $2500 from our two day Name-Your-Own-Price Sale. We need a new storage & sale location this year, about 1,000 ft2+. We'll donate a significant portion of proceeds this year to support Ithaca Community Radio 88.1 FM." --hsusmann@twcny.rr.com 539-6779

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ITHACA NATURAL NEWS

GREENSTAR MEMBERS VOTE ON MEAT: During April, members decide whether or not to sell red meat "organic or as close as possible to organic." Currently USDA organic meat is unreliable, since recent legislation cut funding for verification of organic feed. Referendum #1 has several such loopholes. Referendum #2 would restrict meat sources to family farms within 40 miles of Ithaca (5,000 mi2), verified organic by onsite visits, stimulating new regional production of highest quality. Contrary to a letter in latest GreenLeaf newsletter, there are at least 12 area farms qualified to supply.
---To permit red meat of highest quality, vote YES on #1 & YES on #2.
---To continue prohibition of red meat or to prevent excesses of #1, vote NO on #1 & YES on #2.
---For details of Meat #2: ithacanews.org/greenstar.meat.html
---Vote for GreenStar council candidates also
---Votes are cast at GreenStar (ask front desk), at GREENSTAR'S ANNUAL MEETING 4/23, 5:30-8:30pm Women's Community Bldg, or by mail until April 30. Join GreenStar for $10/yr; $3 low-income.

EARTH DAY 4/27, 12-5pm Dewitt Park, rain/shine, music & speakers. Booth fee is $15-25. Also in Presbyterian Church. Wally Woods 272-1312 Sandy Wold

FINGER LAKES PERMACULTURE LISTSERV fingerlakespermaculture-subscribe@topica.com. Says Michael Burns: "Personally, I am trying not to let the war derail my dream & plans of building a more sustainable & just culture. In fact, I believe that such a long-term vision is necessary if we hope to prevent future governments from taking the path that Bush is leading the world down." Permaculture is permanent + agriculture, creating edible homesteads topica.com/lists/fingerlakespermaculture

CITIZEN PRUNER CLASSES: "This winter's heavy snow & ice significantly damaged trees & shrubs." Tree care classes Mondays 4/7-28, 7pm, Coop Extension. Classes $7 or $25 for 4. HOURS. 272-2292.

SPRING JUMP at EARTH ARTS! 4/14-18, 9am-3pm, for children 7+. "Weaves indoor creative projects w/outdoor observations of Spring. Pottery, weaving, nature journal, jewelry, theater, plantings, outdoor sculptures. Week: $180 (includes materials & kiln). Ithaca HOURS. 272-6486 jkulik@twcny.rr.com

PATCHWORK RIDING CENTER "promoting youth & horses, any child 9+. Some Patchwork horses available as 'projects' for the kids." Lorraine Aichele 898-3808 patchwork2@hotmail.com

ITHACA GUN/ITHACA FALLS GRASSROOTS CAMPAIGN "to require all responsible parties to bear their fair share of the clean up costs for this project & make sure that remediation is comprehensive." * View Coalition * View Lead Contamination Map

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YOUTH RADIO WORKSHOP FOR SUMMER 2003 registration deadline 4/15 Six-week sessions, "help produce & host shows." WVBR 93.5 FM. Free. Denice 275-0021

SEE SPOT GALLERY EVENTS: 108 E. State St.
---4/8 Children's Dance Afternoon 12-2pm. See Spot Community Art Space. 108 the Commons. Dance & celebrate Spring, Tuesdays in April. Dance instructor leads workshop for children & parents. Donations.
---4/9 Got my Evolver 8-10pm Keitha Cole & band, hip songs of praise & worship. $3 donation.
---4/10 Dragon Fly 7pm Pianist/Vocalist, Jazz/Blues. $3..
---4/11Acoustic Roots Music 8-10pm Ryan Fitzsimmons w/ Jason Vatter. $4.
---4/12 Ninja Quartet 8-12pm. Hobson's Choice, United Statesmen, & Ninja Quartet. $5.
---4/13 Local Media Extravaganza 8-10pm. Folk rock w/Brian VanCampen, guests Russo, Wolf. $3.
---4/15 Children's Dance Afternoon 12-2 p.m. See Spot Community Art Space. 108 the Commons.

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CORNELL'S SECOND ANNUAL LABOR SEDER 4/13, One World Room of Anabel Taylor Hall. "We will be using parts of the Jewish Labor Committee's Labor Haggadah & Labor/Tzedek/Freedom-related prayers/poems/activities/pictures that people bring. Come join the fun! arw29@cornell.edu to help cook . "We will make vegetarian 'Passover-style' food in advance. Volunteer yr kitchen: you'll be reimbursed!"

LIVING WAGE RESOLUTION for City Council on 4/9 agenda of Neighborhood & Community Issues Committee, City Hall. Please come speak in favor. Living Wage Coalition Steering Committee 4/15, 6:30pm at UAW offices, 110 N. Geneva St.

"INCARCERATED MOTHERS: LOSING YOUR LIBERTY & YOUR CHILDREN" 4/7 White Hall 104, 7:30pm: Incarcerated Mothers Law Project

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ITHACA WAR & PEACE REPORT

ANTIWAR BURMA SHAVE SIGNS held on Rte. 13 at Clinton along sidewalk. Large signs, each with one word, spaced 50 feet apart, "Freedom... fries... won't... taste... so... grand... with... all... that... blood... upon... our... hands." "We studied the faces of thousands as they roared down Cohen's highway; many furious, many blank, some overjoyed to see us. --David Galezo

ITHACA PEACE SUMMIT 4/26, 1-8pm (location pending): Ithaca Sharks & Coalition for Global Justice are "bringing together activists & organizations working for peace." --Eileen Ma

ITHACA FRENCHFEST 4/30, 5-8pm at Autumn Leaves: celebrating French culture, food, wine, & foreign policy. Proclamation will be issued, French dignitaries & media will be invited. Organizing meeting 4/9, 5pm Autumn Leaves Used Books. "Let's thank the French for trying to keep U.S. from marching off a cliff." Salut! 272-4330 French government's antiwar site

SUPPORT TROOPS article by decorated soldier

---QUAKER SILENT VIGIL 4/10, 4:30 - 5:30pm, bottom of E. State at Seneca & Green Sts.
---MEDITATION WALK FOR PEACE, Saturdays, noon-1pm. Silent, no signs. Meet at the Pergola on the Pond, Cornell Plantations. "Try to get there by 11:45 am."
---COMMUNITY DIALOGUE 4/10, 7pm: Faith and War: Practical Perspectives on Violence. Buddhist, Christian, Jewish & Muslim panelists. First Presbyterian Church of Ulysses, Trumansburg. 272-5062
---POTLUCK FOR PEACE 4/13, 5-6:45pm First Baptist Church on DeWitt Park "We welcome people to enjoy a meal together as together we share our thoughts & concerns regarding the challenges of peace in the world. An informal opportunity to discuss the situation in Iraq." 273-5800
---PEACE POTLUCK hosted by Perry City Friends (Quakers), first Saturday each month. "Everyone is welcome to share thoughts, feelings, & actions in a safe haven as we explore paths to peace together." Meeting House on Route 227 in Perry City. Dish to pass 5:30pm; discussion 7:00pm 387-9046
---WATKINS GLEN PEACE RALLY every Saturday noon outside Court House. Meeting after rally: Watkins Glen Library. Schuyler County Interfaith Peace Group: Jylle Benson-Gauss 546-2351

NATIONAL PEACE RALLY & MARCH Washington D.C. 4/12. Assemble noon, Washington Monument internationalanswer.org" Bus tickets $40 roundtrip from Autumn Leaves. Financial Assistance available. Jim Semp 533-4727

---CONSCIENCE & WAR COUNSELING about selective service registration, conscientious objector status, militarism & schools (ASVAB testing, JROTC, recruitment practices), leaving the Delayed Enlistment Program, speakers & trainers for church & community groups 387-8495 ljholzbaur@yahoo.com
---NONVIOLENCE TRAININGS FOR CIVIL RESISTANCE 4/19 & 27 at Catholic Charities, 300 block W. Buffalo St. 11am-4pm. RSVP 277-8962

LIFE IN IRAQ talk by Maura Stephens who has just returned: 4/8 noon atIC:

THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION BELLS FOR PEACE ACTION 3/22 Statement of Todd Saddler
---"Dave Mountin & I are both local residents. We were compelled by conscience to perform this act of non-violent civil disobedience in protest against the unjust, illegal, imperial pre-emptive war against Iraq.
---"We rang the bell of Immaculate Conception Church 2400 times for peace, & in memory of each casualty of the war in Iraq. ---Full text: ithacanews.org/peace.bells.html

WAR TAX RESISTANCE AT A GLANCE

APRIL FOOLS: Four Republican members of the Tompkins ě¨ounty Legislature signed a statement 4/1 "disapproving of debate or expression of opinions on the [Iraq] war in the legislative chambers."

COUNTY LEGISLATOR CHANGES HIS LIFE FOR PEACE: Michael A. Koplinka-Loehr says he will "BE the change I wish to see in the world" as follows:
1. Diet: After his 13-day fast begins "a diet similar to what the Iraqi people have been living on for the past decade under international sanctions, which basically consists of rice & beans."
2. Employment: - "I will be leaving my employment at Cornell to be able to apply my full energy & attention toward being a 'force for change.'"
3. Taxes: - He will pay his taxes but send w/a letter strongly stating "that my family protests any portion that will be used to support this unconstitutional war."
4. Information: -He will rely on news sources "beyond the limited range available through the main media networks." We recommend commondreams.org & indymedia.org
5. Spending: - "I will limit my economic 'vote' to purchases that support a sustainable global future."

HECTOR GAS/OIL DRILLER TALISMAN MAY BE LIABLE FOR GENOCIDE "The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York denied a motion filed by Talisman Energy Inc. to dismiss a class action lawsuit charging Talisman w/ participation in the Sudanese Government's ethnic cleansing campaign. The class-action lawsuit filed by the Presbyterian Church of Sudan alleges that Talisman aided & abetted the Sudanese government's armed forces in their genocide & enslavement of the black non-Muslim population in southern Sudan for the purpose of enhancing Talisman's ability to explore & extract oil." Info from from Money w/ a Mission moneywithamission.com

CURB YOUR CAR COALITION 4/16, 3pm Old Jail 123 E. Court St.

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AMAZING ITHACA HISTORY

April 5, 1887: MAPLE SUGAR FESTIVAL at Snyder Hill Baptist Church.
April 6, 1933: LEGAL BEER flows again, after 15 years of prohibition.
April 7, 1874: GIANT GOOSE EGG 8.5" around middle & 11.5" lengthwise.
April 8, 1920: Strikers at Morse Chain return to work after having demanding pay increase for 9.5-hour day.
April 9, 1883: HOSES POP! trying to pump water up Gunshop Hill to quench the rakeshop fire.
April 10, 1976: More than 100 Ithacans march from the Commons to Pyramid Mall construction site, where they PLANT TREES & gather to sing beneath the girders. "Nature is the only law & order."
April 11, 1923: Largest assault on ILLEGAL FISHING begins in Cayuga Inlet w/confiscation of four fyke nets. During the next two weeks, 134 nets are taken from West End fishermen, until residents threaten riot.
April 12, 1878: Ninety local women petition NYS legislature for the RIGHT TO VOTE. 77 men sign also.

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YOUR LETTERS

"Your last newsletter about the Hydra-headed evils of this war was a gift of clear voices & detailed info sources for Ithaca & the larger peace community. As a public school teacher (who teaches a course called Media & Critical Thinking), I have often appreciated your up-to-the-second sources for all types of community actions, events, & arts. Your format & forum are highly 'xeroxable' & wonderfully useful - especially for the Students For Social Responsibility group.
---"And thanks to Joe Wetmore for his commentary. Regarding his closing line - 'Reminds me of 1939.' - when Hitler invaded Poland, his propaganda machine also marketed it as the welcome liberation of the Polish people." --Rebecca Godin
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"In one of the replies to a letter you stated that Wal-Mart increases taxes. I always thought that they brought in a lot of sales tax. Isn't this so?" --Flora Karasin
---[REPLY] Wal-Mart puts more money into City Hall, which then leaves to pay extra Wal-Mart-related expenses. There is a net loss of community wealth.
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"Your Community Anti-war News was fabulous - thanks! I went to Prof. Chris Gunn's lecture on the 3rd sector in Trumansburg library. He said you know more about the economics of Tompkins County than anyone! He also complimented you on Ithaca HOURS & the Health Fund. So I am wondering more about all the possible cooperatives that could work in TC." --Barbara Shpack
---[REPLY] Several months ago I proposed the Whole Ithaca Stock Exchange (WISE) --which describes development of what I call the "mutual enterprise system." A constellation of co-ops & RFPs for same are offered. The HOUR system has been operated by its board of directors for three years. More articles about local & national economic development: ithacahours.com/archives.html
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"Yesterday I was listening to public radio station WEOS while it was broadcasting a symposium at Hobart and William Smith College in Geneva, NY. I found the talk, 'Terror in the Middle East: Determinants & Characteristics of U.S. Foreign Policy' by As'ad AbuKhalil, an expert on Middle Eastern affairs, particularly interesting & even a bit heartening. He said that the American peace movement is the most important thing protecting America's security now.
---"He said that the American peace movement is being noticed in the Middle East & it is showing that many, many Americans do not support the war against Iraq, that not all Americans are part of the Bush/Pentagon war machine that threatens them. He suggested that the peace movement makes Americans more human in the eyes of people in the Middle East & therefore, perhaps, makes us less likely to be targeted by terrorist attacks, a likelihood that has been greatly increased, of course, by the war. So, don't fall silent. America's safety may depend on it!" --Tony Ingraham
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"You Anti war people need to get your head out of your ass. 1) We the public don't have all the info. 2) We are waging this war to depose Saddam, not to conquer the country, I know that every effort is being taken to protect the civilian population. Otherwise Baghdad would have lost electric & utility services w/ the first strike. 3) If you look at history, the situation with Saddam is just like what the world faced w/ another dictator... Hitler. We appeased this man in the 1930's & that led the whole world into WWII. So why don't you people back off the anti-war bullshit which will do nothing to stop it. And work towards making your voices heard when we have won & Saddam is gone, That is when we need to pressure our Gov't to do the right things for the Iraqis." --Kyle Couchman
---[REPLY] Tell it to the Pope: washingtonpost.com/wpdyn/articles/A25567-2003Mar25.html & to Dwight Eisenhower, Supreme Allied Commander: "All of us have heard this term 'preventive war' since the earliest days of Hitler. I don't believe there is such a thing; &, frankly, I wouldn't even listen to anyone seriously that came in & talked about such a thing." Baghdad water seige has begun.
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"If all you can do with your FREEDOM is bitch about the freeing of the Iraqi people & support the protestors who RESTRICT the FREEDOM of the public then take me off this list!" --Mary R.
---[REPLY] There are many better things to do w/freedom than watch war on TV. Among stories freedom-loving U.S. media don't report: "Red Cross doctors who visited southern Iraq this week saw 'incredible' levels of civilian casualties including a truckload of dismembered women & children:"
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"This morning I went outside to walk my dog & noticed that my NO WAR ON IRAQ lawn sign was gone. Someone stole it overnight. Interestingly, as I went on my walk I noticed at least 4 other neighbor's lawn signs missing. This may seem like a petty complaint but stealing really offends me. I reported the incident to the police dept & will go into town today & purchase another sign to display. Anyone else having similar problems expressing their opposition to the war?" --Veronica C. Guiry
---[REPLY] Stealing is indeed offensive, whether signs or nations.
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"You are providing a valuable service. I have enjoyed reading the community news." --Raj Aneja
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"While no one wants war, I think the Iraqi people would welcome the opportunity to have the freedom of speech the anti-war segment of the US enjoys now. They face torture & death for speaking against their government. Many Iraqis are cheering & thanking our troops for coming to get rid of the tyrant who for far too long has controlled them and their country." --Marcia
---[REPLY] Some of the cheering Iraqis
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"I agree deeply with Amy Goodman, the journalist who created Democracy Now, who [connects] people around the world, without corporate intermediation. In that spirit, please feel free to share this list w/ your network. I'd appreciate hearing from others about sources trusted for non-corporate news. "
---My main sources: Democracy Now, Google News, Alternet, IndyMedia
---Other regular sources: Common Dreams NewsCenter, Christian Science Monitor, BBC, Environmental News Network, Sojourners, The Independent, The Nation, Anti-War, Ithaca Community News --Rachel
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"There needs to be a response to Bill Carini's letter, because he has inaccurately interpreted my letter. I DID NOT criticize the protestors against the Iraqi war. I only stated my opinion which was with mixed feelings! Isn't it great that we live in a demcracy where we can express our opinions, have demonstrations, & have free press, or we would not have the ICN to read-- unlike in Iraq. I hope they get the chance to experience democracy soon. Have we forgotten that Kuwait was saved from Iraq's domination & asked us to defend them. Let's see if the women of Afghanistan are glad to be freed from the unbelievable oppression of Taliban of which we have no idea what it is like to live. How easily we forget the postive gains." --Dianea Kohl
---[REPLY] Many Afghani women think the U.S. invasion took them from bad to worse: rawa.fancymarketing.net/index.html & they condemn U.S. Iraq invasion. Sharbat Gula, the famous Afghani girl from the National Geographic cover, says now "life under the Taliban was better. At least there was peace & order." http://www.counterpunch.org/leupp0716.html
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"You should include a link to this informative website in your next anti-war news mailing: fromthewilderness.com In the chaos of war we often to forget to keep our eye on the 'big picture.' The From The Wilderness site has some great articles that focus attention on the people, places & things that drive the global economy & the war machine. The FTW site is an excellent resource for people interested in keeping themselves informed & I think more people should know about it!" --Chip
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---"I haven't received the community news lately. Have I fallen off the list?" --Tom
---"I've somehow been dropped from your mailing list. I'm missing the Ithaca news!" --Kristen
---[REPLY] Welcome again. Back issues can be seen & keyword-searched at ithacanews.org
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"Earlier last month, Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! spoke to Kathy Kelly of Voices in the Wilderness' Iraq Peace Team in Baghdad. Kathy said that Iraqis are hearing about arrests in the US. That news makes them feel that at least some Americans are willing to take risks to stop the war that is murdering their friends & neighbors.
---"I'm sorry if some people felt uncomfortable when those 20+ people went into [Buffalo St to commit civil disobedience]. I wish those tactics were not necessary. But read the PNAC document or US Space Command's Vision for 2020 & you will see why some of us are willing to use our bodies to stop this bloody, long & horrid war." --Linda Holzbaur
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" We have moved, thanks God, to sunny California. Please unsubscribe. Thank you!" --Maria Sanchez
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"Please subscribe me. You have a interesting take on the world. Many of your statements are thought provoking & insightful, yet they also risk being presumptuous & arrogant. Regardless of the valid points you make about corporate encroachment & greed, your editorials are condescending. They indicate that you seem to think you have obtained the enlightened point of view & everyone else needs to free themselves from the groupthink that you have boldly managed to transcend. To wit, your enumerations of "predictions" you made that supposedly have come true & your beseeching readers to 'free their minds.'
---"It also seems to me that in your effort to paint a portrait of the systemic greed in our culture, you create a faceless enemy, similar to the one Americans saw among the Vietnamese & Soviets. By demonizing institutions in such broad, certain strokes, you seem to forget that these institutions-- such as the Ithaca Journal, M&T or Coca Cola-- are comprised of real people doing their best in life & trying to support themselves. Many of them are good parents, they are good citizens, they are you & me. So your attitude towards their livelihood is insulting.
---"Finally, I take issue with your demonizing of NPR for its 'erudite tones.' I am doubtful that NPR would please you unless it adapted the sort of slanted advocacy journalism that runs on Pacifica. Objectivity may not exist, but NPR does a damn good job of portraying an array of perspectives--from rah rah patriots to protesters to gulf war veterans with deformed children. Free Speech Radio & Amy Goodman may present unique perspectives & be valuable part of the media diet, but they are biased & often engage in the same sort of demonization that you seem to love." --Jack Z. Taylor
---[REPLY] I've personally met most of the people on this list & have the impression we are thoughtful & independent folk, from whom this editor can learn much. Most of ICN merely reflects local initiatives. Accurate prediction is a means of asserting credibility.
---Millions of good Americans would prefer to work for corporations which did not cause environmental damage or harm children. Grassroots economic development promoted by ICN can create healthier jobs.
---NPR/media demonization of Iraq facilitated the decision to invade a nation & kill inhabitants. The Anti-War edition prescribed initiatives to resist war & build durable peace, which is my explicit bias.
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"I think it's important that the voices of people who have no time to protest be heard. I think that the protests right now are only hurting us & our neighbors. It's hard enough on our economy right now. If people are going to go out & protest, while the rest of us continue working, & contributing to the good of society, these protesters should: A.) Stop driving cars (the best way to protest an ' evil' cause is to not support its root. B.) Provide useful services to their own communities. Instead of going out in the streets & calling Bush a NAZI, go comfort a neighbor whose family members are in Iraq." --Mark Watson
---[REPLY] Most of Ithaca's protesters are working people also working for this community. The rest are students who will be workers. But I agree: those chanting "NO BLOOD FOR OIL" need to remember there is no other way to get oil. The joyride is over: the link between cars & war is now explicit.
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"Please take my name off of your e-mail list. This is the extreme left version of the Rush Limbaugh show."
---[REPLY] Will do, thanks (which is more thanks than Rush gives those who disagree with him).
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"Thanks for such a great work! I take my hat off to you! Please add this friend to your list." --Milton

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ITHACA MENS FEST 5/2-4, at Arnot Forest lodge. "Pro-feminist gathering to create a safe, confidential, & supportive space for honest & clear communication, breaking down barriers & gender roles, challenging homophobia, & having fun. Dan 272-7582.

ROUNDTABLE ON SEXUAL ORIENTATION NON-DISCRIMINATION ACT (SONDA) 4/8 at GIAC 6-8pm. "How Does New York's Newest Civil Rights Law Affect Our Community?" 277-4080 Free.

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CORNELL-ITHACA TIBET WEEKS 4/7 - 19, 2003 A Series of Events About Tibet, Its History and Culture
---STREET RESISTANCE & PARTY CADRES: Women's Activism In Tibet" 4/7, 12:15pm G-08 Uris Hall.
---FILM: A RARE LOOK AT TIBET 1930s: 4/9, 7:30pm G-08 Uris Hall
---"FUNDAMENTALS of TIBETAN BUDDHISM" 4/10, 7:30pm, Foundation of Light. David Patt
---BUDDHAS, BODHISATTVAS, & MIDDLING STAGE OF MEDITATION 4/11, 7pm Namgyal
---TIBET: CRY OF THE SNOW LION: Cornell Cinema, WSH 4/12, 7:15pm; 4/13, 4:30pm; 4/15, 7:15pm: $4. ---TIBETAN MONK TELLS STORY OF 33 YEARS IN PRISON 4/16, 7pm Anabel Taylor Hall
---"ANALYSIS & PRACTICE IN TIBETAN BUDDHISM" 4/17, 7:30pm Nagarjuna Institute, 218 Utica St.
---GET ACQUAINTED w/ NAMGYAL MONASTERY 4/18, 412 N. Aurora, 7:30-9:00pm. Open-house
---PUPPET SHOW: "The Gift of the Naga King-- A Tibetan Folk Tale" 4/19 Robert Purcell Center, 10am

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Thanks to Homer & Jane at Lightlink for reliable internet services.

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EDITOR: paul5glover@yahoo.comHOME

ITHACA COMMUNITY NEWS
April #1 2003

LABOR, ARTS, EVENTS, ACTIVISM, LOCAL HISTORY, YOUR LETTERS, FUN STUFF!

[This is the FIRST OF TWO MESSAGES MONTHLY sent to 7,102 Ithaca area residents]

GIFT CERTIFICATES will return next issue, when there's more room. Many letters held for next edition.

FREE INSTANT CLASSIFIED ADS:
Sell/buy/swap/donate: household items, services, housing, jobs.

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THE COSMIC WONDER SHOW 4/12, 7pm: magic music, poetry, comedy, juggling, clowning, and more. It features home grown talent as well as a number of out of town professional acts. State Theater.$12/adults, $8 students/seniors, $6 children: Clinton House, WSH, Dillingham, at door. Buy tickets w/ HOURS: danbydan@hotmail.com 272-7582 statetheatreofithaca.com

WORLD PERCUSSION NIGHT 4/10, 8pm Willard Straight, featuring Cornell Steel Band (island & popular pan favorites), CU World Drum & Dance Ensemble (West Africa), Solta Franga (Ithaca samba). Free, bring dancin' shoes!

"A NIGHT OF [MUSLIM] CULTURE" 4/12, 6pm, Willard Straight, featuring FOOD and FASHION from around the Muslim world, the Madrasa al-Rumman Chorus, a premiere SKIT by al-Khasirun, guest speakers. FREE GIFTS and much more!

The above are among DOZENS OF EVENTS LISTED MONTHLY at ithacaevents.com CORNELL'S EVENTS are at cuinfo.cornell.edu/Calendar

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ITHACA FILM FESTIVAL (IFEST) seeks films & videos. "Last year, the festival was greeted by a sold out audience. Seeking narrative, documentary, animation, experimental." Entry forms: ithacafilmfest.com Deadline for submission 4/30. Festival 7/26 at Fall Creek Pictures.

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GOOD NEIGHBOR AWARDS! "Do you know someone who lives in Northside, Southside, West Hill, South Hill, Fall Creek or Spencer Rd neighborhoods who made an extra effort for their community in 2002, whether by fixing up their house, yard or by caring for neighbors?" Send their name, address, virtues + yr name, address, phone to info@ithacaNHS.org Deadline 4/7. Presented at INHS Annual Mtg, 4/24.

STUDENT RE-USE PROJECT collects items discarded by departing Collegetown students in the spring. "Last year we raised about $2500 from our two day Name-Your-Own-Price Sale. We need a new storage & sale location this year, about 1,000 ft2+. We'll donate a significant portion of proceeds this year to support Ithaca Community Radio 88.1 FM." --hsusmann@twcny.rr.com 539-6779

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ITHACA NATURAL NEWS

GREENSTAR MEMBERS VOTE ON MEAT: During April, members decide whether or not to sell red meat "organic or as close as possible to organic." Currently USDA organic meat is unreliable, since recent legislation cut funding for verification of organic feed. Referendum #1 has several such loopholes. Referendum #2 would restrict meat sources to family farms within 40 miles of Ithaca (5,000 mi2), verified organic by onsite visits, stimulating new regional production of highest quality. Contrary to a letter in latest GreenLeaf newsletter, there are at least 12 area farms qualified to supply.
---To permit red meat of highest quality, vote YES on #1 & YES on #2.
---To continue prohibition of red meat or to prevent excesses of #1, vote NO on #1 & YES on #2.
---For details of Meat #2: ithacanews.org/greenstar.meat.html
---Vote for GreenStar council candidates also
---Votes are cast at GreenStar (ask front desk), at GREENSTAR'S ANNUAL MEETING 4/23, 5:30-8:30pm Women's Community Bldg, or by mail until April 30. Join GreenStar for $10/yr; $3 low-income.

EARTH DAY 4/27, 12-5pm Dewitt Park, rain/shine, music & speakers. Booth fee is $15-25. Also in Presbyterian Church. Wally Woods 272-1312 Sandy Wold

FINGER LAKES PERMACULTURE LISTSERV fingerlakespermaculture-subscribe@topica.com. Says Michael Burns: "Personally, I am trying not to let the war derail my dream & plans of building a more sustainable & just culture. In fact, I believe that such a long-term vision is necessary if we hope to prevent future governments from taking the path that Bush is leading the world down." Permaculture is permanent + agriculture, creating edible homesteads topica.com/lists/fingerlakespermaculture

CITIZEN PRUNER CLASSES: "This winter's heavy snow & ice significantly damaged trees & shrubs." Tree care classes Mondays 4/7-28, 7pm, Coop Extension. Classes $7 or $25 for 4. HOURS. 272-2292.

SPRING JUMP at EARTH ARTS! 4/14-18, 9am-3pm, for children 7+. "Weaves indoor creative projects w/outdoor observations of Spring. Pottery, weaving, nature journal, jewelry, theater, plantings, outdoor sculptures. Week: $180 (includes materials & kiln). Ithaca HOURS. 272-6486 jkulik@twcny.rr.com

PATCHWORK RIDING CENTER "promoting youth & horses, any child 9+. Some Patchwork horses available as 'projects' for the kids." Lorraine Aichele 898-3808 patchwork2@hotmail.com

ITHACA GUN/ITHACA FALLS GRASSROOTS CAMPAIGN "to require all responsible parties to bear their fair share of the clean up costs for this project & make sure that remediation is comprehensive." * View Coalition * View Lead Contamination Map

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YOUTH RADIO WORKSHOP FOR SUMMER 2003 registration deadline 4/15 Six-week sessions, "help produce & host shows." WVBR 93.5 FM. Free. Denice 275-0021

SEE SPOT GALLERY EVENTS: 108 E. State St.
---4/8 Children's Dance Afternoon 12-2pm. See Spot Community Art Space. 108 the Commons. Dance & celebrate Spring, Tuesdays in April. Dance instructor leads workshop for children & parents. Donations.
---4/9 Got my Evolver 8-10pm Keitha Cole & band, hip songs of praise & worship. $3 donation.
---4/10 Dragon Fly 7pm Pianist/Vocalist, Jazz/Blues. $3..
---4/11Acoustic Roots Music 8-10pm Ryan Fitzsimmons w/ Jason Vatter. $4.
---4/12 Ninja Quartet 8-12pm. Hobson's Choice, United Statesmen, & Ninja Quartet. $5.
---4/13 Local Media Extravaganza 8-10pm. Folk rock w/Brian VanCampen, guests Russo, Wolf. $3.
---4/15 Children's Dance Afternoon 12-2 p.m. See Spot Community Art Space. 108 the Commons.

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CORNELL'S SECOND ANNUAL LABOR SEDER 4/13, One World Room of Anabel Taylor Hall. "We will be using parts of the Jewish Labor Committee's Labor Haggadah & Labor/Tzedek/Freedom-related prayers/poems/activities/pictures that people bring. Come join the fun! arw29@cornell.edu to help cook . "We will make vegetarian 'Passover-style' food in advance. Volunteer yr kitchen: you'll be reimbursed!"

LIVING WAGE RESOLUTION for City Council on 4/9 agenda of Neighborhood & Community Issues Committee, City Hall. Please come speak in favor. Living Wage Coalition Steering Committee 4/15, 6:30pm at UAW offices, 110 N. Geneva St.

"INCARCERATED MOTHERS: LOSING YOUR LIBERTY & YOUR CHILDREN" 4/7 White Hall 104, 7:30pm: Incarcerated Mothers Law Project

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ITHACA WAR & PEACE REPORT

ANTIWAR BURMA SHAVE SIGNS held on Rte. 13 at Clinton along sidewalk. Large signs, each with one word, spaced 50 feet apart, "Freedom... fries... won't... taste... so... grand... with... all... that... blood... upon... our... hands." "We studied the faces of thousands as they roared down Cohen's highway; many furious, many blank, some overjoyed to see us. --David Galezo

ITHACA PEACE SUMMIT 4/26, 1-8pm (location pending): Ithaca Sharks & Coalition for Global Justice are "bringing together activists & organizations working for peace." --Eileen Ma

ITHACA FRENCHFEST 4/30, 5-8pm at Autumn Leaves: celebrating French culture, food, wine, & foreign policy. Proclamation will be issued, French dignitaries & media will be invited. Organizing meeting 4/9, 5pm Autumn Leaves Used Books. "Let's thank the French for trying to keep U.S. from marching off a cliff." Salut! 272-4330 French government's antiwar site

SUPPORT TROOPS article by decorated soldier

---QUAKER SILENT VIGIL 4/10, 4:30 - 5:30pm, bottom of E. State at Seneca & Green Sts.
---MEDITATION WALK FOR PEACE, Saturdays, noon-1pm. Silent, no signs. Meet at the Pergola on the Pond, Cornell Plantations. "Try to get there by 11:45 am."
---COMMUNITY DIALOGUE 4/10, 7pm: Faith and War: Practical Perspectives on Violence. Buddhist, Christian, Jewish & Muslim panelists. First Presbyterian Church of Ulysses, Trumansburg. 272-5062
---POTLUCK FOR PEACE 4/13, 5-6:45pm First Baptist Church on DeWitt Park "We welcome people to enjoy a meal together as together we share our thoughts & concerns regarding the challenges of peace in the world. An informal opportunity to discuss the situation in Iraq." 273-5800
---PEACE POTLUCK hosted by Perry City Friends (Quakers), first Saturday each month. "Everyone is welcome to share thoughts, feelings, & actions in a safe haven as we explore paths to peace together." Meeting House on Route 227 in Perry City. Dish to pass 5:30pm; discussion 7:00pm 387-9046
---WATKINS GLEN PEACE RALLY every Saturday noon outside Court House. Meeting after rally: Watkins Glen Library. Schuyler County Interfaith Peace Group: Jylle Benson-Gauss 546-2351

NATIONAL PEACE RALLY & MARCH Washington D.C. 4/12. Assemble noon, Washington Monument internationalanswer.org" Bus tickets $40 roundtrip from Autumn Leaves. Financial Assistance available. Jim Semp 533-4727

---CONSCIENCE & WAR COUNSELING about selective service registration, conscientious objector status, militarism & schools (ASVAB testing, JROTC, recruitment practices), leaving the Delayed Enlistment Program, speakers & trainers for church & community groups 387-8495 ljholzbaur@yahoo.com
---NONVIOLENCE TRAININGS FOR CIVIL RESISTANCE 4/19 & 27 at Catholic Charities, 300 block W. Buffalo St. 11am-4pm. RSVP 277-8962

LIFE IN IRAQ talk by Maura Stephens who has just returned: 4/8 noon atIC:

THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION BELLS FOR PEACE ACTION 3/22 Statement of Todd Saddler
---"Dave Mountin & I are both local residents. We were compelled by conscience to perform this act of non-violent civil disobedience in protest against the unjust, illegal, imperial pre-emptive war against Iraq.
---"We rang the bell of Immaculate Conception Church 2400 times for peace, & in memory of each casualty of the war in Iraq. ---Full text: ithacanews.org/peace.bells.html

WAR TAX RESISTANCE AT A GLANCE

APRIL FOOLS: Four Republican members of the Tompkins ě¨ounty Legislature signed a statement 4/1 "disapproving of debate or expression of opinions on the [Iraq] war in the legislative chambers."

COUNTY LEGISLATOR CHANGES HIS LIFE FOR PEACE: Michael A. Koplinka-Loehr says he will "BE the change I wish to see in the world" as follows:
1. Diet: After his 13-day fast begins "a diet similar to what the Iraqi people have been living on for the past decade under international sanctions, which basically consists of rice & beans."
2. Employment: - "I will be leaving my employment at Cornell to be able to apply my full energy & attention toward being a 'force for change.'"
3. Taxes: - He will pay his taxes but send w/a letter strongly stating "that my family protests any portion that will be used to support this unconstitutional war."
4. Information: -He will rely on news sources "beyond the limited range available through the main media networks." We recommend commondreams.org & indymedia.org
5. Spending: - "I will limit my economic 'vote' to purchases that support a sustainable global future."

HECTOR GAS/OIL DRILLER TALISMAN MAY BE LIABLE FOR GENOCIDE "The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York denied a motion filed by Talisman Energy Inc. to dismiss a class action lawsuit charging Talisman w/ participation in the Sudanese Government's ethnic cleansing campaign. The class-action lawsuit filed by the Presbyterian Church of Sudan alleges that Talisman aided & abetted the Sudanese government's armed forces in their genocide & enslavement of the black non-Muslim population in southern Sudan for the purpose of enhancing Talisman's ability to explore & extract oil." Info from from Money w/ a Mission moneywithamission.com

CURB YOUR CAR COALITION 4/16, 3pm Old Jail 123 E. Court St.

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AMAZING ITHACA HISTORY

April 5, 1887: MAPLE SUGAR FESTIVAL at Snyder Hill Baptist Church.
April 6, 1933: LEGAL BEER flows again, after 15 years of prohibition.
April 7, 1874: GIANT GOOSE EGG 8.5" around middle & 11.5" lengthwise.
April 8, 1920: Strikers at Morse Chain return to work after having demanding pay increase for 9.5-hour day.
April 9, 1883: HOSES POP! trying to pump water up Gunshop Hill to quench the rakeshop fire.
April 10, 1976: More than 100 Ithacans march from the Commons to Pyramid Mall construction site, where they PLANT TREES & gather to sing beneath the girders. "Nature is the only law & order."
April 11, 1923: Largest assault on ILLEGAL FISHING begins in Cayuga Inlet w/confiscation of four fyke nets. During the next two weeks, 134 nets are taken from West End fishermen, until residents threaten riot.
April 12, 1878: Ninety local women petition NYS legislature for the RIGHT TO VOTE. 77 men sign also.

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YOUR LETTERS

"Your last newsletter about the Hydra-headed evils of this war was a gift of clear voices & detailed info sources for Ithaca & the larger peace community. As a public school teacher (who teaches a course called Media & Critical Thinking), I have often appreciated your up-to-the-second sources for all types of community actions, events, & arts. Your format & forum are highly 'xeroxable' & wonderfully useful - especially for the Students For Social Responsibility group.
---"And thanks to Joe Wetmore for his commentary. Regarding his closing line - 'Reminds me of 1939.' - when Hitler invaded Poland, his propaganda machine also marketed it as the welcome liberation of the Polish people." --Rebecca Godin
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"In one of the replies to a letter you stated that Wal-Mart increases taxes. I always thought that they brought in a lot of sales tax. Isn't this so?" --Flora Karasin
---[REPLY] Wal-Mart puts more money into City Hall, which then leaves to pay extra Wal-Mart-related expenses. There is a net loss of community wealth.
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"Your Community Anti-war News was fabulous - thanks! I went to Prof. Chris Gunn's lecture on the 3rd sector in Trumansburg library. He said you know more about the economics of Tompkins County than anyone! He also complimented you on Ithaca HOURS & the Health Fund. So I am wondering more about all the possible cooperatives that could work in TC." --Barbara Shpack
---[REPLY] Several months ago I proposed the Whole Ithaca Stock Exchange (WISE) --which describes development of what I call the "mutual enterprise system." A constellation of co-ops & RFPs for same are offered. The HOUR system has been operated by its board of directors for three years. More articles about local & national economic development: ithacahours.com/archives.html
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"Yesterday I was listening to public radio station WEOS while it was broadcasting a symposium at Hobart and William Smith College in Geneva, NY. I found the talk, 'Terror in the Middle East: Determinants & Characteristics of U.S. Foreign Policy' by As'ad AbuKhalil, an expert on Middle Eastern affairs, particularly interesting & even a bit heartening. He said that the American peace movement is the most important thing protecting America's security now.
---"He said that the American peace movement is being noticed in the Middle East & it is showing that many, many Americans do not support the war against Iraq, that not all Americans are part of the Bush/Pentagon war machine that threatens them. He suggested that the peace movement makes Americans more human in the eyes of people in the Middle East & therefore, perhaps, makes us less likely to be targeted by terrorist attacks, a likelihood that has been greatly increased, of course, by the war. So, don't fall silent. America's safety may depend on it!" --Tony Ingraham
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"You Anti war people need to get your head out of your ass. 1) We the public don't have all the info. 2) We are waging this war to depose Saddam, not to conquer the country, I know that every effort is being taken to protect the civilian population. Otherwise Baghdad would have lost electric & utility services w/ the first strike. 3) If you look at history, the situation with Saddam is just like what the world faced w/ another dictator... Hitler. We appeased this man in the 1930's & that led the whole world into WWII. So why don't you people back off the anti-war bullshit which will do nothing to stop it. And work towards making your voices heard when we have won & Saddam is gone, That is when we need to pressure our Gov't to do the right things for the Iraqis." --Kyle Couchman
---[REPLY] Tell it to the Pope: washingtonpost.com/wpdyn/articles/A25567-2003Mar25.html & to Dwight Eisenhower, Supreme Allied Commander: "All of us have heard this term 'preventive war' since the earliest days of Hitler. I don't believe there is such a thing; &, frankly, I wouldn't even listen to anyone seriously that came in & talked about such a thing." Baghdad water seige has begun.
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"If all you can do with your FREEDOM is bitch about the freeing of the Iraqi people & support the protestors who RESTRICT the FREEDOM of the public then take me off this list!" --Mary R.
---[REPLY] There are many better things to do w/freedom than watch war on TV. Among stories freedom-loving U.S. media don't report: "Red Cross doctors who visited southern Iraq this week saw 'incredible' levels of civilian casualties including a truckload of dismembered women & children:"
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"This morning I went outside to walk my dog & noticed that my NO WAR ON IRAQ lawn sign was gone. Someone stole it overnight. Interestingly, as I went on my walk I noticed at least 4 other neighbor's lawn signs missing. This may seem like a petty complaint but stealing really offends me. I reported the incident to the police dept & will go into town today & purchase another sign to display. Anyone else having similar problems expressing their opposition to the war?" --Veronica C. Guiry
---[REPLY] Stealing is indeed offensive, whether signs or nations.
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"You are providing a valuable service. I have enjoyed reading the community news." --Raj Aneja
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"While no one wants war, I think the Iraqi people would welcome the opportunity to have the freedom of speech the anti-war segment of the US enjoys now. They face torture & death for speaking against their government. Many Iraqis are cheering & thanking our troops for coming to get rid of the tyrant who for far too long has controlled them and their country." --Marcia
---[REPLY] Some of the cheering Iraqis
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"I agree deeply with Amy Goodman, the journalist who created Democracy Now, who [connects] people around the world, without corporate intermediation. In that spirit, please feel free to share this list w/ your network. I'd appreciate hearing from others about sources trusted for non-corporate news. "
---My main sources: Democracy Now, Google News, Alternet, IndyMedia
---Other regular sources: Common Dreams NewsCenter, Christian Science Monitor, BBC, Environmental News Network, Sojourners, The Independent, The Nation, Anti-War, Ithaca Community News --Rachel
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"There needs to be a response to Bill Carini's letter, because he has inaccurately interpreted my letter. I DID NOT criticize the protestors against the Iraqi war. I only stated my opinion which was with mixed feelings! Isn't it great that we live in a demcracy where we can express our opinions, have demonstrations, & have free press, or we would not have the ICN to read-- unlike in Iraq. I hope they get the chance to experience democracy soon. Have we forgotten that Kuwait was saved from Iraq's domination & asked us to defend them. Let's see if the women of Afghanistan are glad to be freed from the unbelievable oppression of Taliban of which we have no idea what it is like to live. How easily we forget the postive gains." --Dianea Kohl
---[REPLY] Many Afghani women think the U.S. invasion took them from bad to worse: rawa.fancymarketing.net/index.html & they condemn U.S. Iraq invasion. Sharbat Gula, the famous Afghani girl from the National Geographic cover, says now "life under the Taliban was better. At least there was peace & order." http://www.counterpunch.org/leupp0716.html
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"You should include a link to this informative website in your next anti-war news mailing: fromthewilderness.com In the chaos of war we often to forget to keep our eye on the 'big picture.' The From The Wilderness site has some great articles that focus attention on the people, places & things that drive the global economy & the war machine. The FTW site is an excellent resource for people interested in keeping themselves informed & I think more people should know about it!" --Chip
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---"I haven't received the community news lately. Have I fallen off the list?" --Tom
---"I've somehow been dropped from your mailing list. I'm missing the Ithaca news!" --Kristen
---[REPLY] Welcome again. Back issues can be seen & keyword-searched at ithacanews.org
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"Earlier last month, Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! spoke to Kathy Kelly of Voices in the Wilderness' Iraq Peace Team in Baghdad. Kathy said that Iraqis are hearing about arrests in the US. That news makes them feel that at least some Americans are willing to take risks to stop the war that is murdering their friends & neighbors.
---"I'm sorry if some people felt uncomfortable when those 20+ people went into [Buffalo St to commit civil disobedience]. I wish those tactics were not necessary. But read the PNAC document or US Space Command's Vision for 2020 & you will see why some of us are willing to use our bodies to stop this bloody, long & horrid war." --Linda Holzbaur
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" We have moved, thanks God, to sunny California. Please unsubscribe. Thank you!" --Maria Sanchez
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"Please subscribe me. You have a interesting take on the world. Many of your statements are thought provoking & insightful, yet they also risk being presumptuous & arrogant. Regardless of the valid points you make about corporate encroachment & greed, your editorials are condescending. They indicate that you seem to think you have obtained the enlightened point of view & everyone else needs to free themselves from the groupthink that you have boldly managed to transcend. To wit, your enumerations of "predictions" you made that supposedly have come true & your beseeching readers to 'free their minds.'
---"It also seems to me that in your effort to paint a portrait of the systemic greed in our culture, you create a faceless enemy, similar to the one Americans saw among the Vietnamese & Soviets. By demonizing institutions in such broad, certain strokes, you seem to forget that these institutions-- such as the Ithaca Journal, M&T or Coca Cola-- are comprised of real people doing their best in life & trying to support themselves. Many of them are good parents, they are good citizens, they are you & me. So your attitude towards their livelihood is insulting.
---"Finally, I take issue with your demonizing of NPR for its 'erudite tones.' I am doubtful that NPR would please you unless it adapted the sort of slanted advocacy journalism that runs on Pacifica. Objectivity may not exist, but NPR does a damn good job of portraying an array of perspectives--from rah rah patriots to protesters to gulf war veterans with deformed children. Free Speech Radio & Amy Goodman may present unique perspectives & be valuable part of the media diet, but they are biased & often engage in the same sort of demonization that you seem to love." --Jack Z. Taylor
---[REPLY] I've personally met most of the people on this list & have the impression we are thoughtful & independent folk, from whom this editor can learn much. Most of ICN merely reflects local initiatives. Accurate prediction is a means of asserting credibility.
---Millions of good Americans would prefer to work for corporations which did not cause environmental damage or harm children. Grassroots economic development promoted by ICN can create healthier jobs.
---NPR/media demonization of Iraq facilitated the decision to invade a nation & kill inhabitants. The Anti-War edition prescribed initiatives to resist war & build durable peace, which is my explicit bias.
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"I think it's important that the voices of people who have no time to protest be heard. I think that the protests right now are only hurting us & our neighbors. It's hard enough on our economy right now. If people are going to go out & protest, while the rest of us continue working, & contributing to the good of society, these protesters should: A.) Stop driving cars (the best way to protest an ' evil' cause is to not support its root. B.) Provide useful services to their own communities. Instead of going out in the streets & calling Bush a NAZI, go comfort a neighbor whose family members are in Iraq." --Mark Watson
---[REPLY] Most of Ithaca's protesters are working people also working for this community. The rest are students who will be workers. But I agree: those chanting "NO BLOOD FOR OIL" need to remember there is no other way to get oil. The joyride is over: the link between cars & war is now explicit.
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"Please take my name off of your e-mail list. This is the extreme left version of the Rush Limbaugh show."
---[REPLY] Will do, thanks (which is more thanks than Rush gives those who disagree with him).
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"Thanks for such a great work! I take my hat off to you! Please add this friend to your list." --Milton

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ITHACA MENS FEST 5/2-4, at Arnot Forest lodge. "Pro-feminist gathering to create a safe, confidential, & supportive space for honest & clear communication, breaking down barriers & gender roles, challenging homophobia, & having fun. Dan 272-7582.

ROUNDTABLE ON SEXUAL ORIENTATION NON-DISCRIMINATION ACT (SONDA) 4/8 at GIAC 6-8pm. "How Does New York's Newest Civil Rights Law Affect Our Community?" 277-4080 Free.

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CORNELL-ITHACA TIBET WEEKS 4/7 - 19, 2003 A Series of Events About Tibet, Its History and Culture
---STREET RESISTANCE & PARTY CADRES: Women's Activism In Tibet" 4/7, 12:15pm G-08 Uris Hall.
---FILM: A RARE LOOK AT TIBET 1930s: 4/9, 7:30pm G-08 Uris Hall
---"FUNDAMENTALS of TIBETAN BUDDHISM" 4/10, 7:30pm, Foundation of Light. David Patt
---BUDDHAS, BODHISATTVAS, & MIDDLING STAGE OF MEDITATION 4/11, 7pm Namgyal
---TIBET: CRY OF THE SNOW LION: Cornell Cinema, WSH 4/12, 7:15pm; 4/13, 4:30pm; 4/15, 7:15pm: $4. ---TIBETAN MONK TELLS STORY OF 33 YEARS IN PRISON 4/16, 7pm Anabel Taylor Hall
---"ANALYSIS & PRACTICE IN TIBETAN BUDDHISM" 4/17, 7:30pm Nagarjuna Institute, 218 Utica St.
---GET ACQUAINTED w/ NAMGYAL MONASTERY 4/18, 412 N. Aurora, 7:30-9:00pm. Open-house
---PUPPET SHOW: "The Gift of the Naga King-- A Tibetan Folk Tale" 4/19 Robert Purcell Center, 10am

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