Archive: 10/2010

Celebrating 40 years of Nebraskans for Peace

Thank you to everyone who attended last weekends Annual Peace Conference. With more than 150 in attendance, the event was a huge success!  We had the pleasure of hearing from two stellar keynote speakers: Mike Moore, author of the award-winning  Twilight War: The Folly of U.S. Space Dominance, and Heidi Beirich, director of research for the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Alabama.

In addition to the keynote addresses participants attended lively break-out sessions on issues ranging from the International Violence Against Women Act and Stopping Violence Against Women in Whiteclay to The War in Afghanistan & Pakistan. Workshop topics also included Religious Movements & Modern Peacemaking, Organizing for a Just Immigration Policy and Helping Chapter Activists Utilize NFP’s Web Resources.  The conference provided an amazing overview of the work that NFP is currently doing and why NFP is still so vital, even after 40 years!

As a recognition of our 40th anniversary celebration NFP was featured on KFOR radio's Lincoln Live program with Dale JohnsonDale sat down with NFP Board President, Paul Olson and board member, Jill Francke. We invite you to take a few minutes to listen to the interview by clicking here.

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Leola Bullock

Lincoln Civil Rights activist and NFP state board member, Leola Bullock, died Sunday, October 17. Her funeral will be held at 10:00am, Friday, October 22, 2010 at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 8550 Pioneers Blvd, Lincoln, NE. Read the editorial, Leola Bullock’s legacy is everywhere, that appeared today in the Lincoln Journal Star to celebrate her life. She will be sorely missed.

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Omaha Event Part of Global Protest

The temperature was an unseasonably warm eight degrees above normal for the tenth of October when 150 people gathered on the lawn of Memorial Park in Omaha this past Sunday to “Take a Stand against Global Warming.”  As just one of the 7,347 events in 188 countries organized by the climate action group, 350.org, this “10/10/10” Memorial Park event was intended to focus public attention on the need to get the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere down to 350 parts per million—a level safe enough for civilization to survive.  Holding the flags of the world’s nations (because global warming is a ‘global’ problem), the activists formed a giant ‘350’ and stood in formation for a photo at exactly 3:50 p.m. in the afternoon.  

John Pollack, who for 30 years served as a climatologist with National Weather Service in Omaha (and will present—with Creighton University Professor Richard Miller—a workshop at this coming Saturday’s Annual Peace Conference) delivered the following remarks at last Sunday’s event.  His comments provide an easy-to-understand explanation of the science behind global warming, and explain why we as humans need to act urgently if we are to avert drastic climate disruption.
 
Hello!  I’m glad to see you all this afternoon.  I’m here to tell you what the “350” is about, and to issue a climate disaster warning.

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Dear Member of Nebraskans for Peace:

I have been a member of Nebraskans for Peace for the full forty years of its existence. I have attended every annual peace conference in that span of time if I was in this country. I remember when Randall Forsberg, then a young woman, talked about the Nuclear Weapons Freeze to NFP—years before we had a FREEZE movement nationally, years before Ronald Reagan finally gave in and negotiated a START nuclear weapons reduction treaty. I remember when Isabel Letelier, whose husband had been assassinated by the Chilean government in this country with the complicity of the U.S. government, spoke to us about our plot to destroy a duly elected government in Chile. Later evidence confirmed what she said to be true. 

I remember dozens of times like this when NFP met to deliberate at a time when history was about to turn. We made a difference. I believe that we are at such a point now.

First, we as Nebraskans are responsible for examining how our state turns a profit economically. We are meeting in Omaha where U.S. Strategic Command accounts for ten percent of the economy—much of it designed to arm space and use space-guided drones to kill people a continent or more away. Once space is armed, there will be no turning back from our exhausting our resources militarizing the heavens. Author Mike Moore in his keynote address will speak to us about what we can do turn this situation with StratCom around and start solving our manifold problems here on earth.

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Ocean Acidity Update: Wild Oysters Now Sterile

By Bruce E. Johansen

Some of the worst problems from rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere have nothing to do with the higher temperatures we associate with global warming. Most are nearly invisible. Take, for example, the intensifying acidity of the oceans. We are killing the oceans by overloading them with carbon dioxide, and acidity—not temperature—is the problem. 

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