Archive: 05/2012

A Salute to Loyal and Mary Alice Park

How a miniscule Nebraska anti-war group, founded in 1970, endured to become what is now ‘the oldest statewide Peace & Justice organization in the entire U.S.’ is nothing short of miraculous. Luck unquestionably played a hand. But it’s also taken the pluck of generations of activists, laboring diligently year after year, to ensure Nebraskans for Peace’s longevity. And in our storied 42-year-long history, no member household has been more responsible for NFP’s survival than that of Loyal and Mary Alice Park.

Between the two of them, they are the epitome of Nebraskans for Peace activists. Members virtually from the organization’s founding, Loyal early on served as the treasurer for the State Board of Directors while Mary Alice worked as the State Office Manager from 1975-85. In the early ’90s, Loyal was instrumental in the establishment of the tax-exempt “Nebraska Peace Foundation” to fund NFP’s educational activities. Today, Loyal is still serving as the Foundation’s president, overseeing the operation of this tax-exempt entity that annually grants funds to NFP. And the Park household has matched this unstinting record of volunteer service with an equally generous stream of financial donations to both the Foundation and NFP.

Their labor of love for Nebraskans for Peace, however (and it is labor, given the countless hours of work involved) is the annual production and marketing of the “Cat Lovers Against the Bomb Calendar.” Now in its 29th consecutive year, the “CLAB Calendar” is a veritable work of art that each year brings international attention to NFP—as well of thousands of dollars of dearly needed revenue.

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The Stampede Toward Domestic Drones - and StratCom's Role

by Loring Wirbel
Citizens for Peace in Space
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Municipal government leaders who have recently been installing surveillance cameras in downtown areas and acquiring surplus military equipment for police forces, now are turning a lustful eye to drones, or unpiloted aerial vehicles (UAVs). The same is true for county and state officials who would like to use drones for border enforcement and drug network monitoring in areas ranging from tens to hundreds of square miles.

The procedural hurdle preventing drones on every street corner has been the need to update flight rules from the Federal Aviation Administration. Once FAA gives the green light, federal efforts are in place to assist drone use on a state or local basis, using funds from the Justice, Commerce, and Defense Departments. U.S. Northern Command, based in Colorado Springs, also will play a key role in this technology transfer.

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WHO IS THE THREAT TO PEACE? Its NOT IRAN

Ten Facts You Should Know, That You Probably Don't Know

1) Attacking Iran would be a War Crime because it would be a war of aggression and a violation of International Law.

2) Iran possesses NO nuclear weapons.

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A message from Loyal Park, President, Nebraska Peace Foundation:

A SPECIAL DAY IS COMING

 For all supporters of peace work and those who have financially supported the work of Nebraskans for Peace, I have some great news that I’m excited to share with you!

On May 17 you will have a chance to show your support of Nebraskans for Peace by making a donation to the Nebraska Peace Foundation and having your donation increased from a $200,000 pool of matching funds by Lincoln Community Foundation.

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A 'Nice' July - in March

By Bruce E. Johansen

Describing the heat wave across the eastern two-thirds of the United States at the end of March, weather watchers nearly ran out of adjectives. Across the U.S. in March, more than 7,000 record highs were set, 25 for each record low. During the third week of March, the temperature broke 90 in Michigan. It hit 91 in Omaha March 31, April 1, and April 2—a spectacular 40 degrees above average. It was 67 at 6:00 a.m. April 2, a usual mid-summer morning. March ended 16 degrees above average in Omaha, a record.

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