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September 2011

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Panel Discussion: "Nine Eleven 10 Years Later: Hoosier Muslims Reflect"

Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Moot Court at Maurer School of Law

3rd St. & Indiana Ave., Bloomington, Indiana

Organizer: Nazif Shahrani (Prof. of Anthropology, CEUS & NELC Departments, IUB)
Moderator: Ambassador Dr. Feisal Amin al-Istrabadi (Director of CSME, Visiting Professor Maurer School of Law, IUB)

Ahmed Khanani: Ph.D. Candidate, Dept. of Political Science, just returned from extensive field research on Islamist political groups in Morocco.
Amro Shamaileh: Law School students & former intern at CAIR, Washington, D.C.
Faiz Rahman: Associate Professor of Geography, IUB and immediate past President of Islamic Center of Bloomington
Rahaf Safi: A Political Science major, IUB
Shariq Siddique: A lawyer with working experience at ISNA, Founder and Director of Muslim Alliance of Indiana, well acquainted with the concerns of Hoosier Muslims
Yusuf Ahmed Nur: Associate Professor of Business Administration, Indiana State University-Kokomo and close observer of developments in Somalia and the Horn of Africa

Co-Sponsored by: The Center for the Study of the Middle East (CSME), Near
Eastern Languages and Cultures Department (NELC) and Muslim Students Union (MSU)
at Indiana University.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

“Peace for Afghanistan and Iraq! Bring the Troops Home Now!”
Peace Demonstration on the Courthouse Square

Time: 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Location: Monroe County Courthouse Square
Intersection of Walnut Street and Kirkwood Avenue
Bloomington, Indiana

Please join members of BPAC on the Courthouse Square to call for “Peace for Afghanistan and Iraq!” and an end to the U.S. military occupations there.

Signs and banners provided, or bring your own signs with messages of Peace and ending war and military occupation.

Organized by Bloomington Peace Action Coalition

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

"Beyond Treason" Film Showing

Time: 7:00 to 8:45 p.m.
Location: Monroe County Public Library Auditorium
303 E. Kirkwood Avenue
Bloomington, Indiana

The documentary film "Beyond Treason" offers an in-depth examination of Gulf War Illness, the U.S. military's illegal use of Depleted Uranium (DU) weaponry, and a sixty year history of nuclear, chemical, and biological exposures on U.S. soldiers and civilian populations.

Department of Defense documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act also expose the horrific truth about the disposable army mentality and government funded experimentation upon U.S. citizens.
See: http://www.beyondtreason.com/

Organized by Bloomington Peace Action Coalition

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Mennonite Fellowship September 11th Peace Program

Time: 5:00 p.m.
Location: The Chapel of the First United Church
2420 East Third Street, Bloomington, Indiana

The Mennonite Fellowship of Bloomington will observe the 10th anniversary of September 11, 2001 with a peace service and panel discussion in the chapel of the First United Church, 2420 East Third St., Bloomington.

The program will begin at 5 p.m. on September 11, 2011 and include a discussion of "Young Muslim and Christian Youth" as they reflect on the events of September 11th in their lives and how we can search for peace today. The public is invited, and a reception will follow.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Wings of Peace - A Benefit for Middle Way House featuring Middle Eastern ensemble SALAAM

Time: 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Location: Player's Pub
424 S. Walnut Street, Bloomington, Indiana

Featuring SALAAM in an evening of music and dance -- Sowing seeds of healing on a day of remembrance. $10 suggested donation

Monday, September 12, 2011

Bloomington Peace Action Coalition Monthly Meeting

Time: 7:00 to 8:45 p.m.
Location: Monroe County Public Library, Room 1-A
303 E. Kirkwood Avenue
Bloomington, Indiana

All are encouraged to help organize and participate for Peace!

Among other things, the agenda includes:
* Bringing Cindy Sheehan to Bloomington on October 5, 2011

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Panel Discussion: "Ten Years Later: The 9/11 Commissioners Reflect"

Time: 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Indiana University Auditorium
7th Street, Bloomington, Indiana

Eight members of the 9/11 Commission, including Chairmen Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton will be participating in a panel discussion at the I.U. Auditorium on Thursday, September 15th, from 2-4 pm. The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Students, faculty and staff can obtain tickets now. Tickets for the general public will be available at the I.U. Auditorium box office starting September 6th.

For details and if you would like to submit a question to the panelists visit: http://www.iub.edu/sept11/panel.shtml

A decade after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, members of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, also known as the 9/11 Commission, will gather at Indiana University for a public discussion of subsequent history and lessons learned. The commissioners will visit the campus at the invitation of former U.S. Rep. Lee H. Hamilton, who directs the Center on Congress at Indiana University. Hamilton was vice chairman of the 9/11 Commission, which was chaired by former New Jersey Gov. Thomas Kean.

In addition to Hamilton and Kean, commission members Fred F. Fielding, Jamie S. Gorelick, Slade Gorton, Bob Kerrey, Timothy J. Roemer, and James R. Thompson will participate in the discussion. Ken Bode, former NBC News national correspondent, CNN political analyst and PBS Washington Week in Review host, will serve as moderator.

Admission is free, but tickets are required. Tickets will be available for the general public starting Sept. 6, with a limit of four tickets per person. For more information, contact the box office at 812-855-1103

Bags, including backpacks, will not be permitted in the Auditorium during the event.

For additional information on the 9/11 Commission, visit http://www.9-11commission.gov/.
To read the 9/11 Commission report, visit http://www.9-11commission.gov/report/911Report.pdf.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Peter Scott Dale talk: "American War Machine: Deep Politics and the Road to Extended Wars"

Time: 7:15 p.m.
Location: Jordan Hall, Room 124
Indiana University campus, Bloomington, Indiana

Pofessor Peter Dale Scott will be speaking on the topic: "American War Machine: Deep Politics and the Road to Extended Wars." Peter Dale Scott has researched and written extensively about "deep events" such as the JFK assassination, the war on drugs and 9/11. He will be a participant at the International Hearings on 9/11 at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada to be held from September 8-11th. His IU talk is free and open to the public, no tickets required.


Thursday, September 15, 2011

From Baghdad to Bloomington: Visions of Hope for the Future

Time: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Baha'i Center
424 S. College Mall Road (behind Key Bank, just North of CVS/O'Malia's)

A mother and daughter who lived through the wars that swept through Baghdad, losing a husband/father, share their stories of Baghdad but also their experiences in Indiana and their hopes and visions for the future based on Baha'i perspectives regarding the Promise of World Peace.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Constitution Day Lecture by Lee Hamilton: Homeland Security—10 Years After 9/11

Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: Maurer School of Law Moot Court Room(123)
3rd St. & Indiana Ave., Bloomington, Indiana

Sponsored by Indiana University's student chapter of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy.

As part of Constitution Day, Lee Hamilton, former Congressman from Indiana's 8th Congressional District and vice chair of the 9/11 Commission, will speak about homeland security and what still needs to be done to protect it.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

"Chicago 10" Film Showing


Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: IU Cinema - on the north side of the IU Auditorium (between 7th Street and Jordan Ave.), Bloomington, Indiana

Other 9/11 events can be found at: http://www.iub.edu/sept11/calendar.shtml
Other "Making War, Making Peace" IU Themester events can be found at:

... looking ahead to October ...

Saturday, October 1, 2011

BPAC's Night at the BPP's Bomb|Shell (8 Short Plays about War & Peace)

Times: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. BPAC Get Together & Reception before the performance
8:00 p.m. performance of Bomb|Shell
After the performance: Talkback with Playwright Paris Barclay

Location: Bloomington Playwrights Project
107 W. 9th Street
Bloomington, Indiana

Join BPAC members and organizers for an informal get-together to learn more about BPAC before seeing the Bloomington Playwrights Project (BPP) presentation of Bomb|Shell.

The BPP presents eight world-premiere plays from an Academy Award nominee, multiple Emmy winners and a two-time Tony winner.

Each year, BPP Artistic Director Chad Rabinovitz goes out of his way to pull together some of the top playwrights in the country to pen world-premiere plays specifically for the BPP.
This year’s list of playwrights is the most impressive and diverse yet including an Academy Award nominee, multiple Emmy winners and a two-time Tony winner.

These eight ten-minute plays will center on the theme of War & Peace, while ranging from the absurdly hysterical, poignantly dramatic, and even musically sweet… you’ll find yourself laughing just as much as you’re thinking. Video, music, and theatricality make Bomb|Shell an original entertainment that can only be found at the BPP.

With promotional support from IU’s Themester program, Bomb|Shell will be the talk of the town this October.

Featuring new plays by Jesse Eisenberg (2010 Academy Award nominee, Best Actor), Jeff Daniels (Three-time Golden Globe nominee), Greg Kotis (Two-time Tony winner), Erin Levy (2010 Emmy winner, Mad Men), Tami Sagher (30 Rock, How I Met Your Mother), Paris Barclay (Emmy winner – Glee, ER, The West Wing).

Pre-performance BPAC Get-Together is free and open to the public.
Performance tickets:$18. Students & seniors: $15
See: http://newplays.org/cmsms/now-playing/current-mainstage-season/bomb-shell

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

“The War Economy and You” - A Talk by Cindy Sheehan

Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: First United Church
2420 E. Third Street
Bloomington, Indiana

Internationally renowned Peace and Justice activist and author Cindy Sheehan will be speaking in Bloomington at 7 p.m. on October 5, 2011 at the First United Church, 2420 E. Third Street.

Her talk, “The War Economy and You,” will commemorate the 10th anniversary of the start of the U.S. war on Afghanistan, October 7th.

Cindy Sheehan is the mother of Army Spc. Casey Sheehan, who was killed in action in the Iraq war on April 4, 2004. Since then, she has been an activist for peace and human rights.

Sheehan became well known for her outspokeness about U.S. wars and, in August 2005, achieved international renown when she set up a Peace Camp outside then-President George W. Bush’s Texas ranch to pressure him to meet with her face to face and tell her what “noble cause” Casey died for.

Sheehan was one of the nine founding members of Gold Star Families for Peace, an organization created in January 2005 with other families of U.S. troops. It seeks to end the U.S. military occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan and provides support for families of soldiers killed in the wars.

Sheehan is national director of Peace of the Action, a national peace campaign; the author of five books; a Nobel Peace Prize nominee; and is currently the host of her own radio show, “Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox.” http://www.CindySheehansSoapbox.com

Sheehan is a vocal critic of President Barack Obama's foreign policy, saying, "I don't think much has changed since the Bush administration."

For Sheehan, war is also an environmental issue. “The U.S. military is both the largest polluter in the world and the largest consumer of fossil fuel,” she says. “The current U.S. military missions not only pollute the world using conventional weaponry, but the war machine's increasing use of weapons and equipment enhanced with depleted uranium is also contaminating the planet and further compromising the delicate balance of life.”

A book signing will follow Cindy Sheehan's October 5th talk.

The sponsors of Sheehan’s visit are Bloomington Peace Action Coalition; the Bloomington branch of the Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom; the 9/11 Working Group of Bloomington; the Just Peace Task Force and the Green Sanctuary Task Force on Global Climate Change of the Unitarian Universalist Church, Bloomington, Indiana; and Veterans for Peace, Chapter 52.

Let us all pray and work for Peace on Earth!


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Regularly scheduled BPAC meetings and events:

Monthly BPAC Meeting:
1st Monday
of every month at 7:00 pm in
Room 1-A
of the Monroe County Public LIbrary,
303 E. Kirkwood Ave., Bloomington, Indiana

1st and 3rd Wednesdays of every month at 5:00 pm ~ Peace Vigil at the Monroe County Courthouse Square, Bloomington, Indiana

Related events:

every Saturday - 6:00 pm Peace Vigil at the Nashville, Indiana Courthouse.























Sept. 24 - 26, 2005 -
The D.C. Mobilization to "End the War on Iraq!"

was historic as The People marched, spoke out, lobbied, and acted against war. With approximately 300,000 people involved, the "End the War on Iraq!" national mobilization was Washington D.C.'s largest anti-war demonstration since the March 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq.
See details of the weekend at D.C. Mobilization.

See News Coverage of the "End the War" Mobilization
Feedback, stories, photographs, and assessment from activists and organizers are available at
Mobilization Reports