"Participate for Peace!" ~ September 21 - 27, 2008

"Participate for Peace!" ~ September 21 - 27, 2008

1. Calendar of anti-war / Peace events and opportunities for Bloomington, Indiana and beyond.

2. Contact information for Indiana Representatives and Senators

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1.) Calendar of anti-war / Peace events / opportunities for Bloomington, Indiana and beyond.

Sunday, September 21 to Saturday, September 27:
“Peace Week 2008” in Bloomington

“Peace Week 2008” in Bloomington is happening now until Sept. 27, 2008.

“Conflict is inevitable Peace is possible.”

Throughout the week, a wide range of events at numerous locations will address Peace-building.

For the full schedule of this week’s events and activities, see:

Bloomington Peace Action Coalition is co-sponsoring three events, all on Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2008.

The "Eyes Wide Open" Memorial Boots Display
Wednesday – 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Monroe County Courthouse lawn
Walnut Street and Kirkwood Avenue, Bloomington

This thought-provoking display brings home the reality of the human costs of the U.S. war on Iraq. Literature will be available.

Co-sponsored by American Friends Service Committee, Bloomington Friends, Bloomington Peace Action Coalition, Unitarian Universalist Just Peace Task Force, and Indiana Students Against War.

“Peace!” Demonstration
Wednesday – 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Monroe County Courthouse Square
Walnut Street and Kirkwood Avenue, Bloomington

All are invited to participate in this week’s silent Peace Vigil.

We stand for “Peace for Iraq!” and for the establishment of a national Department of Peace. Signs will be provided.

Co-sponsored by Bloomington Peace Action Coalition and the Indiana Campaign for a U.S. Department of Peace.


“Effects of and Recovery from Violence” Community Presentation
Wednesday – 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
First Christian Church ~ Great Hall on the 2nd floor
205 E. Kirkwood Avenue, Bloomington

Victims of war and/or violence will speak about their ordeals and how they have been able to overcome their experiences/ losses.

Community member speakers will be:
• Toby Strout of Middle Way House, discussing the impact of domestic violence
• Victor Gasana, formerly of Rwanda, who lost his entire family in the conflicts there
• Dr. Zaineb Istrabadi, an Iraqi Muslim offering her unique perspective on the war in Iraq
• Rawa Pendergrass, whose father is one of the "disappeared" from Baghdad

Bloomington Peace Action Coalition organizers Timothy Baer and Christine Glaser will speak about the tragic impacts of the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq and how to move toward Peace for Iraq.

IN Campaign for a US Dept. of Peace coordinator Gail Merrill will offer proposals to address issues of war and violence.

Gretchen Clearwater, former Congressional candidate, will serve as moderator for this event.

We hope to see you at one or all of the events!

Monday through Friday, September 22 - 26:
'Democracy Now!'
Listen to Pacifica Radio's 'Democracy Now!' The War and Peace Report, hosted by independent journalist, Amy Goodman. Now being broadcast every weekday at noon on Bloomington's Community Radio. See and hear Democracy Now's current and previous broadcasts at: http://www.democracynow.org/
Time: 12:00 noon
Location: WFHB ~ 91.3 & 98.1 FM

Monday through Friday, September 22 - 26:
'Free Speech Radio News'
Listen to the news coverage/ reports you won't hear on National Public Radio. 'Free Speech Radio News' is broadcast every weekday at 5 p.m. on Bloomington's Community Radio, followed by the Jim Hightower Report and the Daily Local News at 5:30 p.m. http://www.freespeech.org/
See complete WFHB programming schedule,
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Location: WFHB ~ 91.3 & 98.1 FM

Saturday, September 27:
Peace Festival

Peace Festival is the culminating event for Bloomington's First Annual Peace Week.   This event tops off a week of fun, education and inquiry into the nature of Peace and Peace-building.  The whole family will enjoy a variety of activities that are planned, including art, dance, music, peace games, drama, and more peace-building opportunities.  You will also find food, drink and displays by members of organizations that focus on peace. Musical guests include Steve Mascari, Kid Kazooey, Grey Larson, Second Baptist Church Gospel Singers, Raging Grannies, and Women of Mass Percussion.  The day ends with a Peace Jam where all are invited to participate by bringing along their instruments and joining in an improvisational jamfest. 

Time: 12 noon to 6:00 p.m.
Location: 3rd Street Park
Bloomington, Indiana

Saturday, September 27:
Peace Vigil ~ "War Is Not The Answer!"

sponsored by the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (Brown County branch)
Time: 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Brown County Courthouse, Main and Van Buren Streets,
Nashville, Indiana



2.) Contact information for U.S. Representatives & Senators from Indiana

United States House of Representatives from Indiana

Congressman Baron Hill - Distrist 9 (D)
223 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515

DC Phone: 202-225-5315
DC Fax: 202-226-6866

Bloomington Office:
Phone: 812-336-3000
Website & Email Address: http://baronhill.house.gov/

Congressman Peter J. Visclosky - District 1 (D)
2256 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515

DC Phone: 202-225-2461
DC Fax: 202-225-2493
Website & Email Address: http://www.house.gov/visclosky/

Congressman Joe Donnelly - District 2 (D)
1218 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515

DC Phone: 202-225-3915
DC Fax: 202-225-6798
Website & Email Address:

Congressman Mark Edward Souder - District 3 (R)
2231 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515-1403

DC Phone: 202-225-4436
DC Fax: 202-225-3479
Website: http://souder.house.gov
Email Address: souder@mail.house.gov

Congressman Stephen E. Buyer - District 4 (R)
2230 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515-1404

DC Phone: 202-225-5037
DC Fax: 202-225-2267

Congressman Dan Burton - District 5 (R)
2185 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515-1405

DC Phone: 202-225-2276
DC Fax: 202-225-0016

Congressman Mike Pence - District 6 (R)
426 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515-1406

DC Phone: 202-225-3021
DC Fax: 202-225-3382

Congressman Andre Carson - Distict 7 (D)
2455 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515-1407

DC Phone: 202-225-4011
DC Fax: 202-225-5633
Website & Email Address: http://carson.house.gov/

Congressman Brad Ellsworth - District 8 (R)
513 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515-1408

DC Phone: 202-225-4636
DC Fax: 202-225-3284
Website & Email Address: http://ellsworth.house.gov/

United States Senators from Indiana

Senator Richard G. Lugar (R)
United States Senate
306 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-1401

DC Phone: 202-224-4814
DC Fax: 202-228-0360
E-mail Address: senator_lugar@lugar.senate.gov

Senator Evan Bayh (D)
United States Senate
463 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-1404

DC Phone: 202-224-5623
DC Fax: 202-228-1377
E-mail Address: http://bayh.senate.gov/LegForm.htm


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Timothy Baer
Organizer, Bloomington Peace Action Coalition
Campaign Coordinator, The Declaration of Peace
(812) 988-1917


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