rn:Excellent awareness-raising ideas (re:”tooth fairy”)


Jan Slakov

Date: Sun, 06 Jan 2002 07:48:19 -0800
To: •••@••.•••
From: Carol Brouillet <•••@••.•••>
Subject: Re: Do you still believe in the tooth fairy?

At 12:19 PM 1/6/02 +0100, you wrote:

>Another response, among those who suspect that the CIA knew
>beforehand of the attack, is to call for a Federal
>investigation.  That's like asking the fox to investigate
>the theft of hens.  Either there won't be an investigation,
>or it will be a cover-up, like most Federal investigations
>before it.  When a crime is committed, the perpetrator is
>not the one to turn to for help.

I agree, but I still think it is a good tactic- if nothing else to 
highlight the failure of the official channels and help build the 
movement.  Here's what I'm organizing-

  The events of 9/11 shocked and horrified many people and plunged the U.S. 
into a "War on Terrorism" and  a "War on Afghanistan" and perhaps an 
expanding  "War upon many, many other countries."  The media has not 
seriously questioned the U.S. government's assessment of "who was 
responsible," "why," or even "how," but has beat the drum for war and 
retaliation.  Sober analysis and inquiries into the relationships between 
the "suspected terrorist group, Osama Bin Laden" and the Bush family, the 
CIA, Pakistani Intelligence, Saudi Intelligence have not been publicly 

      We must raise these questions and issues, in public, in the media, 
with our elected representatives, and demand a full Congressional hearing.

      I am compiling the most compelling evidence, articles, that I have 
been able to locate to present to my congresswoman, my senators, and the 
media.  I urge you to do the same with your representatives, or to contact 
the media (email me if you want a media kit), or to support my efforts 
physically, especially if you live in Northern California.

      On January 8th at 1:00pm, a delegation of people will meet with 
Senator Feinstein's staff, it would be good to have a diverse group of 
people (limited to 10)- representing students, labor, faith based groups, 
peace organizations, business, perhaps even retired military of varying 
ages, ethnicity, gender- please contact me, if you would like to be part of 
the delegation- I need to fax names beforehand.

     If a few hundred or thousands of people were to be demonstrating that 
afternoon against war, for truth, justice... it certainly wouldn't hurt to 
get the message across loud and clear to the world.  We could meet at 
Justin Herman Plaza at noon and march right up Market Street to Feinstein's 
office at Post and Market, bring signs, leaflets, songs, creativity, 

     The aftermath of 9/11 fits too clearly the agenda of transnational 
corporations (whose ruthless pursuit of profit includes terrorizing 
populations, waging war, pillaging the Earth's resources, oblivious to the 
suffering and damage to humanity and the biosphere upon which all Life 
depends.)  A major power shift has occurred, democracy is threatened, civil 
and human rights everywhere are threatened; the power of police, militaries 
and corporations are being strengthened.  China has joined the WTO; deals 
for pipelines to funnel the Caspian Sea oil to the growing markets of Asia 
are being struck.  An informed US public was, and still is, the greatest 
threat to blatant corporate rule via the WTO, IMF, World Bank, UN, NATO 
dominated by the US and backed by US military power.

     Our challenge is to penetrate the veils, expose the truth, separate 
the propaganda from reality, cast light upon the darkness.

     Here are some of the questions that need to be asked (and answered) 
with links to key articles and websites-

     Who is Osama Bin 
Laden?   http://www.globalresearch.ca/articles/CHO109C.html 

     Who created and funded the Al Qaeda 
Network?   http://www.communitycurrency.org/vital.html

     What is the relationship between Bin Laden, his family and the Bush 
family?  http://www.copvcia.com/stories/sept_2001/bushbin.html 

     Why were no fighter planes dispatched to intercept the four hijacked 
planes on September 11th?  http://www.nypress.com/14/50/taki/bunker.cfm 

     What role did Pakistani Intelligence play on September 
11th?  http://globalresearch.ca/articles/CHO111A.html#c

     Did the CIA have foreknowledge of the attack, who tried to profit with 
put options on American, United, Merrill Lynch... stock just before the 
attack??  http://www.copvcia.com/stories/oct_2001/krongard.html 

     Why were the FBI told to not investigate the Bin Laden family links in 
the US?  http://globalresearch.ca/articles/BBC111A.html 

     If the CIA met with Bin Laden last July, why didn't they try to arrest 
him?  http://globalresearch.ca/articles/RIC111B.html

     If the US is serious about ridding the world of terrorism, why do we 
continue to fund and train terrorists? 


     Why are we bombing Afghanistan, when none of the alleged bombers 
actually came from there, could there be another reason for our presence in 
that region?  http://globalresearch.ca/articles/RUP111B.html 

    Is this war illegal?  When will the FBI, the CIA and the National 
Security Agency start to turn their new powers (that they have under the 
Ashcroft police state bill) against American citizens? 

    What are Bush, Cheney and Rice's connections to the oil industry? 

     Has the US government ever thought to mislead the public to justify a 
war against another country? 

     Who was responsible for the Anthrax attacks, and why were Democrats 
and the media the 
targets?  http://www.globalresearch.ca/articles/CHO111D.html 

    Why seal Presidential records?  Why intimidate professors from speaking 
out against this war?  http://www.tompaine.com/features/2001/11/30/3.html 

Please e-mail or phone me to help with this, we need more delegates and 

Carol Brouillet tel- 650-857-0927, fax 650-857-0419, email- 
•••@••.•••, website- http://www.communitycurrency.org

I was also heartened to receive this yesterday-

 >January 3, 2002
 >WAR TIMES (working title)
 >A New, Biweekly, Tabloid Newspaper Opposing the "War on Terrorism"
 >The terrorist attacks of September 11 marked the beginning of a new and
 >frightening period in our history. Thousands of people died that day, and
 >their families along with the country as a whole are still struggling to
 >recover. But President Bush's response of "permanent war against
 >terrorism at home and abroad" has further endangered the lives and
 >liberties of millions of people everywhere.
 >The world's most powerful nation has mercilessly bombed Afghanistan and is
 >installing a neo-colonial government of its own choosing, although that
 >country has never attacked the U.S. Millions of Afghans have been
 >displaced and face starvation this winter. The administration has also
 >green-lighted massive Israeli assaults on Palestine, and it threatens to
 >attack Iraq, Lebanon, Somalia, and other countries. The agenda seems
 >clear: to remake the world in the rightwing image with little regard for
 >human consequences.
 >At home, we are seeing a wholesale attack on constitutionally guaranteed
 >civil liberties, especially those of immigrants and other people of color.
 >The administration has institutionalized racial profiling and is secretly
 >rounding up thousands of Arab Americans and other people of Middle Eastern
 >background. At the same time, it is giving billions to the military,
 >offering huge bailouts and tax incentives to corporations and the wealthy
 >while ignoring the hundreds of thousands of laid off workers, and cutting
 >social services. All in all, we face a second, different kind of war, a
 >domestic war, in which longstanding racism and inequity are multiplying.
 >Both form part of a long-range strategy to turn the clock back on past
 >gains and consolidate U.S. global domination.
 >Peace, safety, and justice at home are more than ever linked to peace and
 >justice abroad. To end the "permanent war," we need to build a mass
 >movement against U.S. interventions abroad and link to it the struggles
 >for social justice. The security and livelihood of people across the globe
 >depend on success in this fight.
 >Such a movement must be constructed step-by-step. After initial emergency
 >actions in the wake of the first bombing of Afghanistan, we are all
 >struggling to strategize how to build the movement, how to dig in for the
 >long haul yet still prepare for emergencies. We are becoming aware of the
 >twists and turns that this war may take, and trying to come up with
 >successful responses.
 >The majority of people in the U.S. appear to back the "war on terrorism"
 >at this time. There is some opposition to some of the most extreme
 >domestic measures, especially the military tribunals. Pro-war sentiment
 >among African Americans is known to be less than solid. But overall Bush
 >has won support and is currently eyeing new targets.
 >The mainstream media in the U.S. have largely capitulated to the war
 >drive, filtering their presentation of the news through "patriotism."
 >Important stories and information are ignored, buried, or presented in a
 >pro-war context. Some of the progressive press is doing a heroic job,
 >especially over the Internet, but little of it is geared for outreach to
 >new audiences.
 >On the positive side, pockets of opposition have appeared across the
 >country. There are signs of discontent over the economic effects of
 >intensified militarism which are hurting a wide range of people here,
 >>from airport workers to students. And there are unusual openings for
 >progressives to join the public discussion of U.S. foreign and national
 >policy. This is an "educational moment," and the proposed new publication
 >is aimed at maximizing our ability to take advantage of it.
 >THE NEW PUBLICATION: A Voice of and for the Movement
 >To broaden and deepen the fight against the Bush program requires
 >compiling information and analysis, and putting them into the hands of
 >large numbers of readers. To help meet this challenge, we propose the
 >publication of a free, mass produced, biweekly, and nationally distributed
 >tabloid. It will be a valuable outreach and education tool for organizers
 >on the ground and an entryway for new people into the peace and justice
 >movement. It will complement existing publications and be backed by a
 >modest Internet operation that would introduce people to the already
 >developed anti-war Web presence.
 >Content: The tabloid will present a view of the world that makes
 >opposition to Bush's program urgent, vivid, and logical. To do so, it will
 >be designed with an artistic sense, using photos, cartoons, and other
 >graphic elements throughout. Overall, it must be popular, attractive, have
 >flair, and utilize humor and poetry as well as information and analysis.
 >It will be bilingual at least in part, beginning with Spanish.
 >The tabloid is intended to track the development of the war at home and
 >abroad, spotlighting the dire consequences of Bush's program for human
 >beings and the earth. It will provide backgrounders, facts, and clear,
 >readable analysis. It will report on the work of the developing peace and
 >justice movement as well as anti-racist struggles, thus providing an
 >important representation of the possibility, vitality, and importance of
 >opposition. Articles will be based on reliable and widely accepted
 >information sources, both domestic and international.
 >Audience: Its audience will be those most open to criticism of the
 >government's actions but not yet part of the movement against Bush's
 >program of "permanent war." Currently this includes many peoples of
 >color, students, women, and religious folk. The tabloid will work to reach
 >more workers and labor movement people. It will change and grow over time,
 >and link up with new communities. At the same time, the publication will
 >keep the anti-war movement itself abreast of new developments, including
 >news about movement activities around the country.
 >Distribution: The tabloid will be free so that it can be widely
 >distributed through drops, by organizations and individuals, and by bundle
 >agents. The lead site for the project will be Northern California, but it
 >will be distributed nationally. A pilot issue, scheduled to be published
 >in February, will be used to launch the base for distribution as well as
 >to build support.
 >Finances: We estimate the first year's budget as just over $500,000 for a
 >bimonthly publication. We will seek foundation funding but expect most of
 >the money to come from individuals and organizations.
 >The project is in its early stages and needs input at every level. To
 >date, we have formed an initial group in the Bay Area to organize the
 >project. We have begun to get input from different people and have some
 >initial fundraising commitments. Ultimately the paper will need thousands
 >of people and organizations that are willing to financially support,
 >contribute to, and distribute the publication. You can help in these ways:
 >*Give feedback on the concept, including the name, War Times
 >*Fundraise and make a donation (checks may be written to EBC/War Times)
 >*Distribute copies to your networks
 > *Volunteer your writing, editing, photographic, or design skills
 >*Pass this prospectus on or introduce us to others who can help
 >For further information contact us at •••@••.•••, EBC/War Times,
 >1230 Market Street, PMB 409, San Francisco, CA 94102, 510-869-5156.
 >Organizing Committee (organizations listed for identification purposes 
 >Jan Adams, former associate director, Applied Research Center
 >Linda Burnham, executive director, Women of Color Resource Center
 >Max Elbaum, former managing editor, CrossRoads magazine
 >Adam Gold, STORM
 >Rebecca Gordon, Seminarians for Peace
 >Felicia Gustin, co-director, Speak Out
 >Van Jones, national executive director, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
 >Elizabeth (Betita) Martinez, director, Institute for MultiRacial Justice
 >Steve Williams, executive director, POWER
 >Bob Wing, former executive editor, ColorLines magazine
 >Initial SF Bay Area Endorsers (organizations listed for identification
 >purposes only). National endorsers list in formation:
 >American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee-San Francisco Chapter
 >Frances Beal, national secretary, Black Radical Congress
 >Robert Chlala, Students for Justice in Palestine
 >Jung-hee Choi, Women of Color Resource Center
 >Malkia Cyril, We Interrupt This Message
 >Gary Delgado, executive director, Applied Research Center
 >Antonio Diaz, executive director, PODER
 >Hari Dillon, president, Vanguard Foundation
 >Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Indigenous World
 >Michael Eisenscher, Labor Committee for Peace and Justice
 >Arnoldo Garcia, National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
 >Fred Goff, Data Center
 >Francisco Herrera, singer and activist
 >Phil Hutchings, racial justice activist
 >Yuri Kochiyama, activist
 >Gerald Lenoir, board member, HIV Education and Prevention Project of
 >Alameda County
 >Yolanda Lopez, visual artist
 >Miriam Ching Louie, activist and author of Sweatshop Warriors
 >Barbara Lubin, executive director, Middle East Childrens Alliance
 >Sharon Martinas, Challenging White Supremacy Workshops
 >Gus Newport, former Mayor of Berkeley
 >Peter Olney, Institute for Labor and Employment
 >Eric Quezada, Mission District organizer
 >Colin Rajah, executive director, Just Act
 >Adrienne Rich, poet
 >Wilson Riles, former City Councilperson and progressive Oakland Mayoral
 >Helen Zia, author
 >Speak Out is the country's only national not-for-profit organization that
 >promotes progressive speakers and artists on campuses and in communities
 >nationwide. Committed to social, political, cultural and economic justice,
 >Speak Out encourages critical and imaginative thinking about domestic and
 >international issues through artistic and educational forums. Speak Out
 >works with 200 speakers and artists who represent the breadth of social
 >movements as well as critically-acclaimed exhibits and films which inform
 >and empower young people to take action for positive social change.
 >For a complete listing, send us your full mailing address.
 >Speak Out Phone: (510) 601-0182
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