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Support for Tsunami Victims, a message from Starhawk:
Dear friends,
A year ago, the tsunami swept across southern Asia with a huge toll in lives. This has been a year of horrific disasters, and many of us have given what we could, over and over, to try and help others who have lost homes and families in the hurricanes and floods. But those of us who have homes and families intact, who have celebrated this season in safety, with warmth and good food and friendship, might still have a little extra to spare. And if you do, consider my dear friend Prithvi Prithvi in South India, who works on sustainability projects there. Since the tsunami, he has been helping fishing villages recover from their horrendous losses, and continue to rebuild their village life, communities, and livelihoods. Prithvi works with small, independent, local organizations that do not have huge sources of funds.

A little means a lot to them. If you are blessed with abundance this season, if you have something extra to give out of gratitude and love, donations for Prithvi can be sent to: Adopt An Activist PO Box 243 Sierraville CA 96126 USA Make checks to “Adopt An Activist” and earmark them Prithvi. And if you wish to make a donation for any of the other, ongoing work here in the US, in New Orleans, and in training students in permaculture and activism, you can donate online on my website, www.starhawk.org .
Thanks, and may the sun’s return bring us hope and renewal this season, Starhawk

End the war in Iraq - Bring all our troops home now!

A war based on lies
Spying, corruption and attacks on civil liberties
Katrina survivors abandoned by government
Read the call from the initiating peace, justice, women's environmental, youth organizations:

Women Say NO to WAR: Women's Call for Peace: An Urgent Appeal
This international petition for peace was signed by 100,468 people by March 8, International Women's Day, surpassing the 100,000 goal set by Code Pink. On March 7 Code Pink reported that "March 8 anti-war actions (are) planned in 18 countries and 65 cities in the US! In Hyderabad, Pakistan a group will go to their US Embassy with signatures and a message that "the Pakistani people don't want war in Iraq." In Cairo, Egypt they are going to both the US and UK Embassies. On the Fiji island of Suva, women have been wearing pink every Wednesday to spread awareness and get more signatures to deliver to the US Embassy on their island. In Venezuela, after hearing the call from President Hugo Chavez to support the Women Say NO To War campaign, a brand new CODEPINK Caracas chapter formed last week and is organizing an action on March 8th..." US
Gold Star Families for Peace" activist Cindy Sheehan and others were arrested as they tried to present the petition at the UN in New York City. See more on Cindy Sheehan and her recent writings.

In Berlin Women and Life on Earth and others delivered petition posters with the signature totals to the US Embassy and German Chancellor, calling for an end to the US occupation of Iraq and a halt to German support for US illegal war-related activity on German soil.

Three Who Made a Revolution Rebecca Solnit on the historical importance of three women: "Jane Jacobs, Rachel Carson and Betty Friedan did it in books."

Freedom Rider: Let Iran Have the Bomb by Margaret Kimberley, The Black Commentator
..."The United States is still the only nation to use an atomic weapon on human beings. Keep that fact in mind when we are whipped into a frenzy of fear regarding the possibility of Iran developing a nuclear weapon." See
our page on Iran.

Every single woman in the United States, whether she is aware of it or not, is impacted by the war in Iraq. There is no more critical time than the present for U.S. women to step up and speak out against the war and the growsing militarization of our country and world..."
To End the War, U.S. Women Must Lead by Christine Ahn, ZNet March 8, 2006.

Press Release from the Member of the European Parliament, 14 March 2006

"Ideological Arsonists, or War starts in our Minds" a new essay by Maria Mies, Cologne, Germany.

The Second Death of Rachel Corrie
Vanessa Redgrave in Counterpunch.org urges "the Royal Court Theatre to sue the New York Theatre Workshop for the cancellation of the production of 'My Name Is Rachel Corrie'"...
See also A Sad Day: For Rachel Corrie by Starhawk.

Not One Penny More for War! National Call-In Day Tuesday, February 28, 2006
Call Congress toll free: 888-818-6641 President Bush has asked Congress for another $72 billion for his illegal war in Iraq. This will bring the cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to almost $120 billion for 2006 -- that's on top of the $432 billion the military is already spending this year, and in addition to the more than $250 billion already spent on the Iraq war!
Call your Representative and Senators at 888-818-6641 on Tuesday, Feb. 28th, and tell them: Not one penny more for war!

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Emergency Relief for Women and Families Devastated by the Earthquake in Pakistan
The link above is to the website of Madre, a human rights organization of women working with women who are affected by violations to help them win justice and, ultimately, change the conditions that give rise to human rights abuses. To make an emergency contribution to send tents, blankets, and food to devastated rural communities, please visit MADRE’s website at http://madre.kintera.org/pakistanearthquake today."

The people of New Orleans need our help.
Our page of community and progressive organizations that are helping now -- and need your support to do more.

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