Archive: 11/2013

Localizing Our Food Supply Event

How Shifting to Local Foods Increases the Reliability of Our Food System
. . . and Builds Stronger, More Resilient Communities

Michael Brownlee & Lynette Marie Hanthorn
(Co-founders of Local Food Shift Group in Boulder, CO)

Monday, November 18, 2013
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Lincoln Unitarian Church, 6300 A Street

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URGENT ACTION | Help the Peace Process Succeed in Iran

Our national affiliate organization, Peace Action, has issued the following action alert on the diplomatic negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program. Please contact Senator Johanns and Senator Fischer and urge them to give peaceful dialogue a chance to succeed. You can find the contact information for Nebraska elected officials by clicking HERE.

Right now we sit at the precipice of peace with Iran. The world is the closest it's been in decades to a deal with Iran that would guarantee its nuclear program would not be used in the future to make nuclear weapons. Though a deal was not reached in Geneva over the weekend, diplomacy is working.

Yet, as we sit on the delicate edge of success, there are hawks in Congress that threaten diplomacy by wanting to pass more crippling sanctions. Sanctions, by the way, that tend to affect ordinary Iranians disproportionately. Sanctions that would send a bad message to Iran's new moderate government, who, by all accounts have been negotiating in good faith. Sanctions that might scuttle success.

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Syrian Religious Leader to Speak on the Civil War in Her Homeland

Mother Agnes Mariam of the Cross will speak on the situation in Syria at a meeting hosted by Nebraskans for Peace and the Lincoln NFP Chapter. The Monday, November 18th program will be held in the west vestry room of First United Methodist Church, 2723 N. 50th St. (located near the Wesleyan Campus) starting at 7:00 p.m. Parking is available in the church parking lot as well as along the street. 

Mother Agnes Mariam's talk is sponsored by the Catholic Information Center in Beirut and the Syria Solidarity Movement in the United States.

A woman of Palestinian descent, she is the mother superior of the ancient monastery of St. James the Mutilated, considered to be the oldest monastery in the Qalamoun area of Syria. She is also the leader of the Institute for Peace, Justice and Human Rights in Syria. Mother Agnes Mariam has lived through several Middle Eastern wars. During the current crises in Syria, she and her monastery have helped those who have suffered from the conflict, giving shelter and assistance at the monastery to the needy without regard to religious or political affiliation. She and her colleagues have also reportedly rescued thousands of women and children in the besieged city of El -Sham Mouadamieh.

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The Worldwide Slime Smackdown

By Bruce E. Johansen 

Human beings, narcissistic souls that we are, rarely pay much attention to what goes on out of sight—for example, in the two-thirds of the Earth that is covered with salt water. That goes double for many of us who live in the middle of continents, hundreds of miles from the oceans.

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