Reports of women’s voices and actions for peace, ecological and global justice: Women Stop GATS! Report from the international conference in Cologne; Code Pink on Mother’s Day actions; Bush's Harvest of Shame: one Million Black Children in Extreme Poverty; Starhawk’s report on Passover in Palestine; Arundhati Roy’s speech in NYC
The Black Commentator, cover story "An American kind of Hell is quickly descending on the poorest Black children, nearly one million of whom now live in "extreme poverty," according to a study by the Children's Defense Fund (http://www.commondreams.org/news2003/0430-03.htm). Most disturbingly, desperate poverty among African Americans under 18 years of age has increased 50 percent since 1999. Newly reviewed census data show 932,000 Black kids live in households with after-tax earnings less than half the official poverty level - $7,064 a year for a family of three. The figures are the highest since the government began compiling such data in 1979. The extreme poverty rate for Black kids is 8 percent, double the average for the general population. All told, 3.4 million Black children live in poverty, a proportion that had been shrinking until the beginning of the current recession, in 2000. "When the Nineties bubble burst, the children tumbled, this time without a net." http://www.blackcommentator.com/41/41_cover_pr.html The Black Commentator:Commentary, analysis and investigations on issues affecting African Americans. Next year in Mas'Ha (A report from eco-feminist writer and activist Starhawk) "On the eve of Passover, after a month I spent in the occupied territories of Palestine working with the International Solidarity movement, a month that saw one of our people deliberately run over by a bulldozer driven by an Israeli soldier, and two young men deliberately shot, one in the face, one in the head, I found myself unable to face the prospect of a Seder, even with my friends in the Israeli peace movement. I couldn't sit and bewail our ancient slavery or celebrate our journey to the promised land. I was afraid that I might spew bitterness and salt all over any Seder table I graced, and smash something. So I went to the peace encampment at Mas'Ha. Mas'Ha needed people, and the moon was full, and I thought I could just lay down on the land under the moonlight and let some of the bitterness drain away..."For full article and links to Starhawk’s site, see: