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    To sparkle up your Winter wardrobe, or get a jump on Spring, Wilderside announces our new vintage jewelry shop.
    Choosing vintage or antique jewelry to wear and/or gift, is a way to be gentle on the planet. Remembering the Waste Hierarchy Triangle, folks who love the planet should always try to…”Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”. Making sure to share or donate your own jewelry, and trying to buy vintage rather than new, is a way to help the environment.

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    Occupy Wall Street: What Just Happened? eBook

    Wilderside Ltd presents its second eBook, Occupy Wall Street: What Just Happened? ($2.99) In the eBook, the Occupy movement is explored through original reporting, photographs, cartoons, poetry, essays, and reviews.The collection of essays and blog posts records the unfolding of Occupy into the culture from September 2011 to the present.  Authors Kimberly Wilder and Ian Wilder were early supporters of Occupy, using their internet platforms to communicate the changes being created by the American Autumn.

    The eBook is currently available on Amazon for Kindle;  Barnes & Noble Nook;  and Smashwords independent EBook seller for $2.99, and anyone can read it using their Kindle/Nook Reader, smart phone, or computer. Next up...more platforms to come.

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TWL: Things We Love | PeaceCouple.com

TWL: Things We LoveTWL will focus us on exploring what more of what peace means in the  rest of our lives, such as what it means to freecycle; to be a vegetarian; a locavore; a community member; to use nonviolent communication; and to clean with vinegar.  And more.   But first,

We want to hear from you!

What brings peace into your life?

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Early Spring 2014 LI Music

Little Toby Walker

Special Fri April 11 Toby Walker www.littletobywalker.com + Third Fri May 16, 2014 Stephanie Bettman & Luke Halpin www.bettmanandhalpin.com + Fri June 20 Canvas Moon Band + Sept 19 Harpeth Rising + Oct 17 (2 separate performers) Heather Pierson & Cathy Kreger  (Collects Food)   Our Times Coffeehouse http://www.ourtimescoffeehouse.org  The Our Times Coffeehouse is a joint project of the Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island (EHS) and the Long Island Progressive Coalition (LIPC), with the assistance of the Research and Education Project of Long Island (REP-LI).


Fourth Saturday Song Box  + Fourth Sat Apr 26  Cecilia Kirtland & Friends with Special Guest Howard Emerson + no Song Box in May Fourth Sat June 28 Gina Forsyth www.GinaForsyth.com & Honor Finnegan Watch for Fall 2014 performers Concert reservations SongBox@OptonLine.net 516-579-5365 To receive or stop Song Box LI Folk Music Email rdebruin@suffolk.lib.ny.us

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RIP Jonathan Schell, anti-war anti-nuke, pro-Occupy activist |PeaceCouple.com

Jonathan Schell Occupy Town Square 2012 Shankbone

Jonathan Schell Occupy Town Square 2012 Shankbone (Photo credit: david_shankbone)

In December 2013 post entitled Schell: Complete Disarmament is the only Sane Path, we wrote about an excerpt from Jonathan Schell‘s 1982 book The Fate of the Earth which forms the nineteenth chapter of The Power of Nonviolence: Writings by Advocates of Peace .   Schell  was well-known as both a writer for the The New Yorker and The Nation, as well as an activist in the anti-nuclear, anti-war, and pro-Occupy movements.

Click here for the obituaries of Schell from the AP and Democracy Now!  

RIP Tony Benn, Lifelong Pacifist | PeaceCouple.com

PeaceCouple.com collected articles from Democracy Now!, The Guardian, and Michael Parenti eulogizing former British Cabinet minister, longtime Parliament member and pacifist Tony Benn.  The article includes favorite quotes from Benn and his appearance in Michael Moore’s Sicko.

Nobel Laureates: End Afghan War | Peace Couple

The Power of Nonviolence: Writings by Advocates of PeaceThe final chapter in The Power of Nonviolence: Writings by Advocates of Peace is the  2001 International Appeal of Nobel Prize Laureates, Poets, Philosophers, Intellectuals and Human Rights Defenders for an Immediate End to the War against Afghanistan. This appeal ends the final section of the book: Post-Vietnam to the Present (1975- ) .

The appeal succinctly reiterates the points made in the last two essays.  The invasion of Afghanistan fails on two accounts.  It did not bring the perpetrators of 9/11 to justice.  It is increasing the future likelihood of terrorism against the US.

Since the Appeal is short, and a public document, it is reproduced in full on PeaceCouple.com

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Wise: War is Naive | PeaceCouple

The Power of Nonviolence: Writings by Advocates of PeaceThe Tim Wise 2001 essay Who’s Being Naive? War-Time Realism Through the Looking Glass is the penultimate chapter in The Power of Nonviolence: Writings by Advocates of Peace. This essay continues the Post-Vietnam to the Present (1975- ) section of the book.  Wise is an anti-racism educator and author.

His essay complements the previous Arundhati Roy essay War is Peace.  While Roy upholds the polite –but firm– criticism of a foreigner, Wise bluntly takes his fellow Americans to task for the Afghan War.  As someone who forces Whites to face up to their own privilege in US society,  Wise is at ease in ripping apart pro-war arguments in kitchen table language.

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NY Green Party members needed to put a peace candidate in Congress

Green Party of SuffolkHelp put a peace candidate in Congress!

Calling all enrolled members of the Green Party of New York State:

Green Party member William Stevenson has announced his candidacy for the 2nd Congressional District (Suffolk and Nassau counties), and he needs your assistance! From the present date through April 10th, we are reaching out to New York State Green Party members to help Will by going door-to-door, and assisting with other basic tasks. Prior experience is not needed. If interested, please contact Will via call or text at 518-431-1912, or, via E-mail: williamdstevenson@email.com.

Petroleum, Poetry and Peace 3/22/14

The Exploration for Ecological Hope, Economic Justice and A Sense of Place

Margie Swedish

Margie Swedish

On Saturday, March 22, 2014, Homecoming Farm will hold its Fourth Annual Spring Awakening. The program entitled “Petroleum, Poetry and Peace: The Exploration for Ecological Hope, Economic Justice and A Sense of Place” with Margie Swedish and The Peace Poets. For more information, please call S. Jeanne at 631-842-6000, Ext. 338 or email earthhomej@aol.com.

The program will take place at the Helen Butler Hall  at Dominican Village, 565 Albany Avenue, Amityville, NY  11701.   It will run from from 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM. Lunch is included in the $20 admission. Proceeds will benefit Homecoming Farm & Sophia Garden.   

To register, mail your name, address, email, phone number number of seats, along with your check, to Homecoming Farm, 555 Albany Avenue, Amityville, NY  11701. Please make checks payable to Homecoming. Please pre-register by March 15 to ensure lunch is available.  Special student rates upon request

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Roy: Afghan War based on DoubleSpeak | Peace Couple

The Power of Nonviolence: Writings by Advocates of PeaceThe Arundhati Roy excerpt War is Peace is from her .from ‘s 2002 book Power Politics.  It form the twenty-second chapter in The Power of Nonviolence: Writings by Advocates of Peace. This essay continues the Post-Vietnam to the Present (1975-  ) section of the book.  Roy is an activist and Man Booker Prize winning author. Though, the preceding essays in this book all deal with timeless themes in supporting pacifism, this essay, which centers on the US invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, is the first essay in the book to feel that it is based on contemporary world politics.

Roy starts the essay with the gamification {the process of turning war into a video game] of the October 7, 2001 US-led attack on Afghanistan. The attack was done without seeking UN approval or even under color of international law.  Inverting the expected criticism against her comments, Roy makes clear that she does not take the side of any entity that chooses violence:

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Newsday Censors the NY Green Party, Again



For years Newsday has cut Green Party coverage out of articles.  They pretend our candidates,a our party, don’t exist.  And I am not talking about articles that just mention the 2 corporate parties.  I mean articles that are specifically about the smaller parties.  Take for instance this article by Dan Janison: Cross-endorsements loom for Cuomo, year after bid to change Wilson-Pakula.  The article discusses or a quotes a leader from the Democratic, Republican, Conservative Working Families and Independence Parties.  Only 1 New York State Ballot access party is not mentioned: Green Party.

Now I understand that it would be embarrassing to the other third parties to mention the Green Party.  You see, New York State requires a political party to receive 50,000 votes for their Governor candidate to remain a ballot access party.  Janison pretends in his article that the only way for a third party to obtain that many votes is to run one of the corporate Democratic/Republican governor candidates on their line, even if the candidate goes against what they stand for.  The case in point is made in the article that the anti-union Democratic Governor Cuomo ran last time on the Working Families line which pretends to be pro-union.  (This supposed conflict is not surprising since the Working Families Party has in the past pretended to be anti-fracking and anti-war, but only for a short enough time to get votes.)

The Green Party ruins all of this mythology.  The Green Party has been consistently pro-union, anti-fracking, and anti-war. (In fact the peace sign is the ballot symbol of the NY Green Party.)  And to top it all off, the Green Party has gotten 50,000 votes on its line by running its own candidate.

Let Janison know you expect better reporting by commenting on the article or tweeting him @Danjanison.

Pauling & Ikeda’s False Dilemma of Absolute Pacifism | PeaceCouple

The Power of Nonviolence: Writings by Advocates of PeaceThe second excerpt in The Power of Nonviolence: Writings by Advocates of Peace.from Linus Pauling & Daisaku Ikeda‘s 1992 book A Lifelong Quest for Peace forms the books twenty-first chapter. This dialogue continues the Post-Vietnam to the Present (1975-  ) section of the book.  In previous essay titled Immorality of War: Pauling & Ikeda, I discuss their credentials including Pauling’s Nobel Prizes both in Chemistry and Peace, along with Ikeda’s 1983  United Nations Peace Award.

This 3 1/2 page conversation does not make a cogent argument against absolute pacifism.  Both speakers make the obligatory reference to Hitler; discuss the difficulties of being a pacifist in a non-pacifist world; and determine that unsurprisingly that Einstein was not an absolute pacifist.  Paradoxically in an essay that argues against pacifism, they conclude with a discussion of how Japan has advanced quicker in economic and individual health due its not diverting national resources into a military economy.

The Hitler argument is that pacifism would be useless against the Nazis.  It is usually raised by those who are fearful of the concept of pacifism. I would not expect this argument from these authors or to be promoted by the editors of this collection.

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Green Party of Suffolk needs $750 by 3/15/14

Green Party of SuffolkThis is the most important election year for the Green Party of Suffolk.  Our Green Party governor candidate must obtain 50,000 votes in November to retain the ballot line.  As one of the counties with the highest Green Party enrollment in the state, Suffolk County will be a big part of that effort.


The Green Party of Suffolk is planning its annual meeting for April.  To mail to all our enrollees in Suffolk, we need to raise at least $750 to get our base organized.  In honor of obtaining at least 50,000 votes in 2014 for New York State Governor, please consider donating $50.   Read more »

Immorality of War: Pauling & Ikeda

The Power of Nonviolence: Writings by Advocates of PeaceThe excerpt from Linus Pauling & Daisaku Ikeda‘s 1992 book A Lifelong Quest for Peace is the twentieth chapter of The Power of Nonviolence: Writings by Advocates of Peace. This dialogue continues the Post-Vietnam to the Present (1975-  ) section of the book.  Linus Pauling — who died 2 years after co-authoring his book — was a  chemist, biochemist, pacifist, author, and teacher. Ikeda is the founder and current president of Sōka Gakkai International (SGI), an international lay Buddhist association which focuses on peace, cultural and educational activities.  He is the recipient of  the 1983  United Nations Peace Award and has written over 80 books.

In his amazing career, Pauling won the  1954 Nobel Prize in Chemistry and the 1962 Nobel Peace Prize. When he was awarded the Peace Prize the Nobel peace Prize committee issued the following statement:

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Green Party of Suffolk seeking 2014 candidates

Green Party of Suffolk seeking Green candidates in 2014
for Village, State and Congressional elections
 Green Party of SuffolkDo you know someone who…
  • wants to see more money spent on Main St. than shipped off to Wall St?
  • really cares about issues of peace, healthcare, justice, and the environment?
  • is or wants to be a Green Party member?
  • you would be willing to vote FOR, instead of just voting AGAINST? Read more »
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