' Rolla Peace Newsletter, October 18, 2016

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October 18, 2016

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Dear Friends:

          In this newsletter is:

1. NOON VIGIL FOR PEACE: THIS WEEK, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2016
2. BUEHLER PARK PLEASE SIGN OUR ONLINE PETITION
3. YES ON AMENDMENT ONE
4. GOODMAN FREED; SCHLOSBERG, MAYBE NOT
5. THE MISFIT MATHEMATICIAN (Tom's column, http://tomsager.org)
          Are You Scared? You Should Be!

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1. NOON VIGIL FOR PEACE: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2016

We vigil for peace in front of the Rolla Post Office THIS THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2016, (and all subsequent Thursdays until peace is established) from Noon to 1:00 PM. Please try to join us. The temperature is predicted to be in the 60s. If you do not feel comfortable standing with us in front of the Post Office, please consider driving by and showing your support for our message by honking your horn and flashing a peace sign.

2. BUEHLER PARK PLEASE SIGN OUR ONLINE PETITION

Citizens for the Preservation of Buehler Park has posted an online petition to the City of Rolla on change.org asking the city not to build a dog-park in Buehler Park. Please consider signing it and sharing it with family and friends.

The Parks Commission will meet in The Centre (12th and Holloway) at 5:30 on Wed. Oct. 26. Please consider attending the meeting and asking the Parks Commission NOT to build a dog-park in Buehler Park.

Your phone calls and emails are still needed. Contact information here.

3. YES ON AMENDMENT ONE

Please consider voting YES on November 8 for Amendment One to renew the State Parks, Water and Soil Conservation tax for another 10 years. More information here.

4. GOODMAN FREED; SCHLOSBERG, MAYBE NOT

Amy Goodman, a well-known reporter for Democracy Now, was arrested for filming and reporting on an incident at the Dakota pipeline construction site, where security guards used attack dogs and pepper spray against peaceful Native American protestors. Originally charging her with criminal trespass, the North Dakota State's Attorney later changed the charge to “participating in a riot,” reasoning that since Goodman was in sympathy with the demonstrators, she wasn't acting as a journalist, but as a participant. If you have seen the videos of this confrontation, you know that the only violence was perpetrated by the security agents hired by the pipeline construction company. These ridiculous charges were dismissed in district court yesterday.

It is notable that hardly any of Goodman's mainstream media colleagues came out in support of her; perhaps they think it couldn't happen to them because they are careful to toe the party line. But when civil rights are first taken away from those who are looked down upon by the majority, so no one objects, a precedent is set. Next time, it will be easier to make a charge like that stick, if people don't pay attention.

Next time may be here: Independent filmmaker Deia Schlosberg was arrested for filming the shutdown of a pipeline in Washington State, and is facing up to 45 years in prison, worst case scenario. Two other reporters (Lindsey Grayzel and Carl Davis) are also facing felony charges for reporting on the same action. Mainstream journalists, are you going to look the other way again?

5. THE MISFIT MATHEMATICIAN (Tom's column, http://tomsager.org)

ARE YOU SCARED? YOU SHOULD BE!

Gilbert Doctorow lays out how close we are to nuclear Armageddon and a shooting war with Russia. This is scary. Two nuclear-armed behemoths facing each other in the Ukraine, Syria, and elsewhere.

But this is 2016, not 1962 when the Soviet Union backed away from nuclear confrontation.

A resurgent Russia is facing a United States debilitated by 15 years of inconclusive war in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere. We have little stomach left for more foreign wars. In addition, we are a nation divided in so many ways, hollowed out by corruption and poised on the brink of disintegration. This will likely get worse in January when the most unpopular president ever, Trump or Clinton, is sworn in.

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Wage peace,

Helen
helenm (at) fidnet.com

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