Sunday, October 09, 2005

Missing Monday

What happened to Jeffrey Ake?
6 months ago, a Hoosier's disappearance in Iraq stunned LaPorte. But today, residents barely speak of his case.....
For the people of LaPorte, population: 22,000, it was a strange and frightening thing to see a neighbor -- a guy you'd see around town, a businessman, a husband and father of four, a Rotarian -- ashen-faced, shaken, surrounded by hooded gunmen on a grainy videotape from the Arab satellite network Al-Jazeera.
The townsfolk sprang to action the way people do in such a crisis: They tied ribbons around trees in their yards, they spelled out "Pray for Jeff Ake" on the signs at their businesses, they expressed fear and hope to the media that swarmed them, and they organized a candlelight vigil.
And then, suddenly, Ake was not news. The candlelight vigil was canceled. Ake's neighbors suddenly went silent......


Friday, October 07, 2005

ok ok ok ----to myself I say

the main blog is
too many involvements in too many other groups have caused medbh letters to run dry.
but only until tomorrow~
meantimes---if you live in the sj/philly area, come to a CODEPINK meeting thursday 10/13/05.

until manana

Monday, September 05, 2005

Today is Missing Monday

In the massive migration of citizens of the New Orleans area from their homes to shelters hundreds of miles away, many people have become cut off from their families. Here are some sites with message boards to try and re-establish contact with family members
In the State of NJ, there is a
Missing Person's Board, that you could visit regularly. Perhaps every first Monday of the Month?
This young woman is newly missing from the Atlantic County area:

Last Name
First Name
Middle Name

Date Of Birth
Place Of Birth
115 pounds
Mole Right Cheek
Last Seen
August 15, 2005
Shaista was last seen on Monday, August 15, 2005 when she was leaving Atlantic Community College in Atlantic City, NJ. She was last seen wearing a checkered gold, blue and black long scarf and black pants. She does wear a gold necklace and ring.Any further information, please contact Atlantic City Police Department at #609-347-5766 or NJSP Missing Persons Unit at #800-709-7090.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Rest In Peace, Ms. Figueroa

By now, everyone has heard that Ms. Figueroa's body was found and her ex has been charged with the murder. So sad. And it occurs everyday. Women are more at risk of violence from their intimate partners than from a stranger. How can you help? Join AI's campaign against domestic violence.

Saturday, August 13, 2005

You can HELP! don't just blog, take action!

Jailed Women's Rights Activist Needs Your Help --Take Action, HERE

Dr. Roya Toloui, a champion of the rights of Iran's Kurdish minority and of women, was detained from her home in Sanandaj on August 2. She is reported to be facing charges of "disturbing the peace" and "acting against national security."
Human Rights First is calling for her immediate and unconditional release from detention.
Toloui's detention is consistent with a pattern of harassment and persecution that she and other human rights activists in Iran's Kurdish region have suffered in recent months in reprisal for their legitimate, peaceful activities in support of basic rights and freedoms.

There has been mounting unrest in Iran's Kurdish region since the presidential elections in late June, which saw the election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a candidate closely identified with Iran's ruling clerical establishment. President Ahmadinejad is viewed as hostile to Kurdish aspirations for greater equality and respect for their distinct cultural and religious traditions.Roya Toloui is an outspoken critic of the policies of the Islamic Republic and its negative impact on the rights of women and religious and ethnic minorities.
She and other human rights activists in Kordestan and West Azerbaijan provinces have been vocal in protesting a wave of repression unleashed on the region in recent weeks that has resulted in more than twenty deaths and hundreds of arrests of protesters. Regional magazines that reported on the unrest have been closed by the authorities, but information about continuing disturbances in the region continues to reach the outside world. At this time of tension in Iran the role of independent human rights monitors is vital. Don't let the Iranian government commit human rights violations behind a cloak of secrecy.
Please join Human Rights First in calling for the immediate release of Dr. Toloui and her colleagues.
Learn more about the case of Dr. Roya Toloui >>

Friday, August 12, 2005

Real Men Don't Talk To Cindy Sheehan, Day 5

The Peaceful Occupation of Crawford - Day 5
by CindySheehan
Today started at 4am when the rain started blowing into my tent and my head and my feet started getting soaked then thunder and lightening came over my tent. I was really frightened for my life, so I abandoned ship and went into Crawford.
By the time we made our way through the floods and got into Crawford, I had a fever, sore throat, and bad headache. So I was made to rest and not have any interviews until noon.
We had a little bit of trouble with locals today. We are beginning to feel a little unwelcome here. One lady almost ran over a television crew. She screamed at us that the neighbors are really mad we moved down the road to our closest neighbor who is very sweet. Her husband is a medic who just got home from Iraq....Read all of the diary, HERE

and...They are creating Arlington West outside of the ranch.
cartoon from the Miami Herald, for more, go HERE

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Violence against women is so prevalent and yet so often ignored. But sometimes, one woman's story is so powerful, so distressing, that it speaks for all women who suffer in silence.

Demand Justice for Linda!
Right now, a young Venezuelan woman named Linda Loaiza is fighting for justice, and she needs you to speak out for her today.

Linda's waking nightmare began 4 years ago, at the age of 18, when she was kidnapped, held prisoner in her attacker's home, and repeatedly raped, beaten and tortured. She was finally rescued by Venezuelan police 4 months later - but her attacker has yet to be brought to justice for his crimes. We need your help to let the Venezuelan government know the world is watching and that we want a trial date set ASAP.
Please sign this petition to demand Justice for Linda today

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You'll be working in the darkness/ Against your fellow man/ And you'll find you're called to come forth/ So you'll scrub and you'll scrub/ But the trouble is, bud/ The blood it won't wash off/ Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds..

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