Thursday, May 12, 2011

CRITICAL I-69 Meeting!


Bloomington/Monroe County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Friday,
May 13th, 2011 1:30pm City of Bloomington Showers Complex, Council Chambers
401 N. Morton St. Bloomington, IN 47404

We cannot stress enough how important this meeting is. Please Attend!
We need your voice to help keep I-69 out of Bloomington and Our Rural

The Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) will consider taking I-69 out
of the Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP).

Tell our MPO: Please Take I-69 out of the TIP!

* I-69 will degrade our quality of life, with increased traffic, air and
noise pollution.
* I 69 will threaten our fragile karst topography, forests, farmland and
water resources.
* I-69 is depressing land and home values in Monroe and Greene Counties.
* We need more public transit, more travel options, and fewer carbon
emissions, not I-69.



Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Spring Swap Meet!, Bloomington, Indiana - Earth Day

'Spring Swap Meet!

PLEASE SPREAD FAR AND WIDE!' on Transition Bloomington, IN!

Please spread this far and wide. Bring your stuff 5-7 pm April 22, and then come back in the morning to get other stuff . . . there's so much stuff in this world, recycle! and connect!

Spring Swap Meet! PLEASE SPREAD FAR AND WIDE! Time: April 23, 2011 from 8am to 12pm
Location: Atrium at Showers, in conjunction with the Farmer's Market
Organized By: Ann Renee Kreilkamp and Rhonda Baird

Event Description:
April 11, 2011
Contact: Ann Kreilkamp


Find a new way to “reduce, reuse, and recycle” items at the first Community Exchange Spring Swap to be held April 23 at the Showers Building between 9 am and 12 noon. Community members are invited to finish up their spring cleaning by donating good, serviceable and “desirable” items at the Showers Building on Friday night between 5 and 7 pm. Donators will be given a special pass to get into shopping an hour early.

“This is a really fun way to promote re-use of good items others no longer need, to build community, and to educate people about different ways to live an abundant life,” said Rhonda Baird, one of the project members.

Besides the give and take of the swap, visitors will have an opportunity to learn about time banks and sign up for the Bloomington Community Exchange (a local exchange and trading system that lets people offer goods and services to their community without using paper currency).

The swap organizers will not be able to accept intimate apparel, chemicals, paint, or old electronics such as televisions or monitors.

For more information, contact Ann Kreilkamp, or 812.334.1987

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Sunday, April 17, 2011

This Tax Day, Make THEM Pay... a letter about April 18th from Michael Moore

Dear People,

Thank you for stopping by to read this every now and then blog. I hope you stay long enough to read what Michael has to say.

I find it very interesting that as of this posting we are but a few days away from Earth Day and according to Cost of this , the Wars waged with American tax payer dollars have cost the American People

This Tax Day, Michael says Make THEM Pay. Green Dove wishes it had a small amount of funds comming in on a regular basis to say YES! to peace making. Yet when you look at the fact that more than 70% of Americans paying taxes are in the $50,000 and below range and that is falling. It is easy for folks to say, we don't have it. Well what we support with our $'s will continue. What do we want to live and love for. How can we take a chance on creating a peaceful, sustainable nation. It won't be easy, because the benefactors of this current unstable state prefer it this way.

May we each find a way to love more than we fear. If not for ourselves, for the children we love.

Green Dove

...a letter about April 18th from Michael Moore
Friday, April 15th, 2011

Do you wonder (like I do) what the tax accountants and executives are doing over at GE this weekend? Frantically rushing to fill out their IRS returns like the rest of us?
Hardly. They're taking the weekend off to throw themselves a big party and have a hearty laugh at all of us. It must really crack them up to see us like suckers scurrying around to make sure we report everything to Uncle Sam -- and even send him a check, if necessary.
The joke's on us, folks. GE and tons of other corporations will have a tax bill for 2010 of ZERO. GE had $14.2 billion in profits in 2010. Yet they will contribute NOTHING to the federal government while every last dime is soaked from us.
In the latest budget deal, our politicians could have tackled the deficit by stopping the flow of these ill-gotten billions to corporations. Instead they cut billions from "wasteful" programs that do "wasteful" things, like create new jobs, drive economic growth, and help the needy and our nation's children. It's Democracy in reverse and it sickens me.
GE spends $20 million a year to lobby Congress to throw themselves this party. But do you know what speaks louder than $20 million? 20 million votes! 20 million people, and more, standing together and taking to the streets. That starts now, with you.
This coming Monday, April 18th is Tax Day -- and that's the day when "we the people" will demand our country back from these corporations in events all across the country. You can find the nearest event to you here.
MoveOn members -- along with union, community, and environmental allies -- will gather outside the headquarters and local offices of the biggest corporate tax dodgers to deliver tax bills from the American people. And we'll demand that our leaders make these corporate deadbeats pay.
We're doing this because we don't buy into the Big Lie: that greedy teachers caused the crash on Wall Street! That the selfish firefighters sent millions of jobs overseas! That pregnant woman, infants, and children are sending us into deficit!
No, it was the big corporations that did this. It was the CEOs and the top 1% of the country. THEY brought on the mortgage crisis. THEY made off with trillions of dollars from our economy. THEY are systematically destroying the middle class. And THEY have bought and sold the very people elected to represent us!
On Monday, we will have something to say to Exxon, Chevron, and the big banks that crashed our economy and got billions in bailouts, like Citigroup and Bank of America, who pay little or no federal income tax. In fact, the IRS will likely give them a tax REBATE. If that doesn't boggle your mind then nothing will.
The Tax Day events are about sending this message: We are coming after you, we are stopping you and we are going to return the money, jobs, and homes you stole from the people. This is your tipping point, Corporate America. And I, for one, am glad it's going to happen this Monday.
If you've never been to an event like this before, this is the time. And don't go alone, because none of us can win this fight by ourselves. Plus, it's more fun and exciting to go along with friends and family to be part of real democracy in action -- not the store-bought kind Big Business gets on Capitol Hill.
I really hope you can make it. This is our chance, my friends. Take the time on Monday to make your voice heard. I can guarantee you I will. Please join me.
Michael Moore

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Monday, March 14, 2011

Continue to Send Support to Japan

Dear All,

Thank you for visiting this page. There are so many that need our positive thoughts, prayers and resources. Haiti and New Orleans are still in recovery as are many other war torn places upon our home earth. Now, Japan, as you well know is reeling from the recent earthquake and tsunami. Gratefully, many around the earth have responded. As with Haiti and New Orleans, the aid and consideration will be necessary for some time to come.

Please open your loving HEARTS FULLY to Stand Shoulder to Shoulder in the LIGHT of love radiating from each of our hearts, each of us visualizing the vibrations of Peace, Love, Harmony, Unity and a recovery of the shifting of our Earth Mother."

What effects one, effects us all.

Please send out peaceful and loving energy to all that you love and believe in asking for assistance and quick stabilization of all devastating energies in regards to the Japan earth quake and following tsunamis.

If you feel inclined, Please invite in the healing energies on behalf of all disruptions and inequities and fear based behaviors that keep us from helping one another and healing our communities and our earth in a peaceful manner.

May all of our loving thoughts and prayers reach out and assist in some way those in need of these prayers and the blessings of comfort they may release for all people affected, and may the global community continue its outpouring of all needed supplies and resources for the ensuing massive rescue and relief effort.

Thank you, I am grateful for each thought and action shared.

You are each a blessing,

Please keep sending your prayers and positive thoughts to all those in need, and if you have the ability to, send aid through these links;

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Upcoming Peace and Justice Events around Bloomington and Indianapolis, IN

May you be peaceful within and without.
Thanks Jim for sharing most of these items on your ecalendar. PCC

Monday, March 14 - Standing on the Side of Love -
Citizens stand to support healthy communities and the right for all citizens to form legal partnerships and marriages. Rally at Indianapolis Statehouse.

Tuesday, March 15

Indiana United Immigration Reform, Gathering at the State Capitol to object to Arizona-style immigration 3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Indiana State House (South Steps). For more info email ACLU of Indiana
The Indianapolis Peace and Justice Center will meet on Mon. at 7:00 pm at Earth House, 237 N. East. For more info, contact me at or 432-4873.
Wednesday, March 16

The IPS Latino Resources Roundtable, which promotes and supports the programs, services and activities of organizations such as Immigrant Welcome Center, Indianapolis International Center, Muslim Alliance of Indiana, African Community International, Sociedad Amigos de Colombia, Mexican Consulate and the National League of Cities, will meet at 9:00 am at IPS John Morton-Finney Educational Services Building, 120 E. Walnut. For more info, contact Nora Trincado at 226-4831 or

[Bloomington] Bloomington Peace Action Coalition’s twice-monthly Peace Demonstration on the Square takes place from 5:00 to 6:00 pm, at Monroe County Courthouse Square at the intersection of Kirkwood Ave. and Walnut. For more info, email Timothy Baer at (March 19th/20th marks the 8th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. More than 100,000 U.S. military personnel and mercenaries continue to operate as a military occupation force in Iraq today.)

[Bloomington] “The Real War” film series continues with the premiere of "Shadow Company." 7:00 to 8:45 p.m. Monroe County Public Library Auditorium
303 E. Kirkwood Avenue. With over $100 billion in annual revenues and 70,000 employees in Iraq alone, the private military industry is booming, yet few civilians know anything about it. “Shadow Company”, a groundbreaking feature-length documentary, takes you deep inside this secret world that is changing the face of modern warfare.

The Indianapolis Chapter of Amnesty International will meet at 7:00 pm at Earth House, 237 N. East. For more info, contact Noel Fliss at 916-6050 or

A panel of the “Interfaith 2011” retreat teachers will be held the evening of Wednesday, March 16 to explore the common ground of the three faith traditions. The panel is free of charge and open to the public. It will be held at the Atheneum/Visitor Center in New Harmony at 7:00 p.m. For more information, contact Historic New Harmony at 812-682-4488 or go to

Thursday, March 17


Fast for Gaza will meet on Thurs. at 12 noon at Lulu’s Electric Café, 1460 W. 86. For more info, contact Lew Weiss at or 962-8580.

There will be an Anti-death Penalty Witness on Thurs., 12:30-1:30 pm, at the east steps of the State House, Capitol Ave. and Market, sponsored by The Indiana Information Center on the Abolition of Capital Punishment (IICACP). Bring a sign or use one of ours; come for any part of the hour. For more info, phone 466-7128

[Bloomington] The Research Committee of Hoosiers for a Commonsense Health Plan will meet at 4:30 pm at Boxcar Books and Community Center, 408 E. 6. For more info, visit or contact Milton Fisk at (812) 336-7184 or

Christians for Peace & Justice in the Middle East will meet at 6:00 pm at the home of Dottie Gerner. Bring a sandwich. For more info or directions, phone Dottie Gerner at 283-7175.

Friday, March 18

The weekly vigil protesting warfare will take place between 4:30 to 5:30 pm, in front of the Federal Building, North and Pennsylvania, sponsored by the Indianapolis Peace and Justice Center. Bring an appropriate sign or there will be one provided for you. For more info, contact Ron Haldeman at 926-4318 or

Saturday, March 19

Bread for the World will hold a monthly meeting at 10:00 am in the board room in the A Wing of the Main Building at Robin Run Village, 5354 W. 62. For more info, phone Marjorie Hill at 291-7150 before attending.

Two overlapping free events will occur on Sat. at Earth House, 237 N. East, with good food for free or as much as you can pay, 2:00-4:00 pm, and a Really, Really Free Market, 2:30-5:30 pm. For more info, contact Ed Stites at 965-2466 or

[Nashville] The weekly Peace Vigil on the theme "War Is Not the Answer!" will begin at 6:00 pm at the Brown County Courthouse, Main and Van Buren Streets, sponsored by Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (Brown County Branch). For more info, contact Tom Hougham at 878-4210 or

Sunday, March 20

SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, will meet on Sun. at 1:30 pm at Crestwood Village Community Room, E. 91 at the Monon Trail. For more info, phone Cecilia Shelpey at 844-2993

There will be a closed business meeting of Socialist Party USA at 3:00 pm, an open business meeting of Democratic Socialists of America at 3:30 pm, and an open meeting and get-together of Indiana Socialist Fellowship at 4 pm on Sun. at Starbucks, 645 W. 11. For more info, contact Marvin Williams at or 955-2779.

March 26th - Trashion Refashion Show - A benefit for the Center for Sustainable Living

If you are in the Indianapolis area and would like items posted to the Indy Peace and Justice Calendar, send them to Jim at

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Monday, December 06, 2010

Calls From Home

Dear Green Dove Readers,
May this note find you with peace in your hearts and homes. Those behind bars hope you will take a few minutes and respond to this holiday call.

Join the 11th annual CALLS FROM HOME holiday radio broadcast for prisoners and their families!

Listen To Calls A National Radio Show For Prisoners And Their Families

Join the 11th annual CALLS FROM HOME holiday radio broadcast for prisoners and their families.

The United States has 2.4 million people behind bars. Thousand Kites wants you to lend your voice to a powerful grassroots radio broadcast that reaches into our nation's prison and tells those inside they are not forgotten.

We are asking you to call our toll-free line 877-410-4863 and speak directly to those behind bars this holiday season. An answering machine will record your message. Read a poem, sing a song, or just speak directly from you heart. Speak to someone you know or to everyone--make it uplifting.

It as simple as calling 877-410-4863 and speaking into your phone.

We are making a special call to poets to support our project this year. Poets click here.

CALLS FROM HOME will broadcast on over 200 radio stations across the country and will be available for download on our website December 21st.

Call anytime (now through December 20) at 877-410-4863 and record your message. Listen to calls here.

Learn how you can help blog, distribute, broadcast, or support this project. We want you to use the show as an education tool in your community. Sign-up to recieve a free kit here and radio stations can visit here to learn how to carry the program. Spread the word in your community with our poster.

CALLS FROM HOME is a project of Thousand Kites and a national network of grassroots organizations working for criminal justice transformation.

So call right now at 877-410-4863.

Thousand Kites Team
Prison Photo and Letters
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For more information contact: - - 91 Madison Ave. - Whitesburg, KY 41858

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Monday, November 15, 2010

Local Peace Group to Hold Communitywide Brainstorming Session - Bloomington, In

Bloomington Peace Action Coalition (BPAC) invites members of the community to attend a brainstorming and strategizing meeting to develop next steps for the local Peace movement. The meeting will take place on Monday, November 15, 2010, from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. in Room 1-B of the Monroe County Public Library in Bloomington, Indiana.

Anyone concerned about the far-reaching human, environmental, fiscal and national security impacts resulting from two ongoing wars and occupations and an ever-expanding U.S. military-industrial complex is invited to attend this meeting.

The midterm-elections this year were dominated by concerns about the national debt. This debt resulted in large part from U.S. military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, but this fact received little attention. Over the past 9 years, both Republican and Democratic Indiana congressmen and senators repeatedly voted in favor of funding these wars.

A dollar spent on the U.S. military is not available for spending on education, healthcare, emergency services, housing, increasing energy efficiency, development of renewable energy sources, or a less petroleum dependent transportation system, all of which are pressing needs in a time of declining petroleum supplies, global climate crisis, increasing poverty and lingering economic recession.

How can we communicate to our newly elected Indiana congressmen and senators the urgent need of cutting military expenditures?

War not only delivers instant death, injury and destruction during combat operations, but has effects far removed from the battlefield, placing huge burdens on generations to come.

In October, a large number of peace, environmental, faith and social justice groups in southern and central Indiana worked with BPAC in bringing author Barry Sanders to Bloomington, Columbus, Evansville, and Indianapolis. Sanders spoke about the environmental impacts of military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, including impacts on U.S. soldiers who suffer long-term health problems from radiation and chemical pollution even after they return home. Sanders also pointed out the huge consumption of fossil fuels by the U.S. military, especially during war, and the resulting effects on the global climate.

In light of the enormous human and environmental costs of war, and of the ever expanding U.S. military presence around the globe, BPAC is joining Barry Sanders in calling for a “No War” movement. Peace is a necessity.

All who desire Peace and are willing to work towards it are encouraged to participate in Monday’s important community-wide meeting.

Contact Information:
David Keppel,, (812) 331-2815 (812) 331-2815
Christine Glaser,, (812) 336-0360

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Save Health Care for Veterans!

Greetings to You,

May you be well in these times of great changes.

Please take time to read and I hope act on behalf of America's Veterans!

Tomorrow is Veterans Day and resources for health and wellness are being considered for cuts, including funds necessary to support the health and recovery of our military veterans and families. 59% of the current budget is slated to support fear and the belief that somehow, if enough money is thrown at fear instead of at what we say we love, that we will somehow come out on top. To all of our service people, I am sorry for the waste of your precious well being.

America's military men and women were willing to sacrifice their lives to serve their country. They should not have to worry about their families' health care. But that's exactly what's happening because of Congressional dithering.

Protect access to care for veterans and military families.

Their health care program, TriCare, is connected to Medicare. And planned cuts to Medicare physician reimbursement will make it difficult for veterans to find the necessary care they require.

Some doctors have said the cuts will force them to decrease or stop seeing new Medicare and TriCare patients. Which means older people and military families may be forced to go to emergency rooms instead of doctor offices for basic care.

Congress has put off fixing Medicare and TriCare nine times -- tell Congress to stop stalling and fix Medicare and Tricare for seniors and military families. »

America's veterans deserve more.

Thanks for taking action!

You can find this and other action alerts on the Petition Site

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