An Overview of the Direction of State and Federal Immigration Policies


Candlefloat 2012Annual Hiroshima Candlefloat on the Boardman River
— Monday evening, August 6th



To Honor the Victims of All Wars

• Meet by the river, near the west end of the Farmer’s Market in downtown Traverse City at 8:00 PM
• We will decorate candlefloat bags (all materials provided) and gather in a circle where Tim Keenan, local peace activist and member of Veterans for Peace, will share some thoughts about the culture of war that perpetuates violence in our communities and homes and how critical it is to promote peace on all levels.
• Then we’ll float the candles and follow them along the river in silence.
• This simple ceremony has taken place since the early ‘80’s and is a special time to be together as a peace community. Please invite others.
• Sponsored by: Neahtawanta Center, Veterans for Peace, Traverse for Peace and Justice, and Mideast: Just Peace
• For more information call the Neahtawanta Center at 231 223-7315.

In Honor of Reni Dengel
Watch a video of Reni speaking on June 23, 2012 at the Center's 25th Anniversay
Reni Dengel

Reni Dengel -- 1952 - 2012


June 28, 2011 Presentation in Traverse City

Attorney Susan Reed from the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center presented and answer questions. MIRC is a joint project of Legal Services of South Central Michigan Poverty Law Program and Farmworker Legal Services. For further information see CIRNM.ORG

An Overview of the Direction of State and Federal Immigration Policies

Attorney Susan Reed from the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center answers questions after her presentation.

An Overview of the Direction of State and Federal Immigration Policies -Questions


Videos of past action


Past Events and Action in the Grand Traverse Region


“Why Northern Michigan Farms Need Migrant Workers and Is the Migrant System Working”
will be held on Tuesday, June 21, 2011 beginning at 6:30 PM at the Traverse Area District Library at 610 Woodmere in Traverse City. A panel of local farmers and farm workers will address this topic. Samples of local produce will be available. Questions and answers will follow.
 
“An Overview of the Direction of State and Federal Immigration Policies”
will be held on Tuesday, June 28 at 6:30 PM at the St. Francis Family Center at 1025 S. Union in Traverse City.  Attorney Susan Reed from the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center (MIRC) will present and answer question afterward. MIRC is a joint project of Legal Services of South Central Michigan Poverty Law Program and Farmworker Legal Services.
Both events are free and open to the public.
For further information see http://cirnm.org/

Governor Rick Snyder Walks in Benton Harbor Blossomtime Parade


Watch a video here

Go to the WNDU page on the protest and respond to the comments.

Protests in Benton Harbor follow Martial Law Enforcement


SATURDAY May 21, 2011 - Noon at Horizon Bookstore -
DOWNTOWN TRAVERSE CITY


Protest against on-going wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
Veterans for Peace Chapter 50 and Progressives from the Traverse City Region invite all interested to join them in a peaceful protest against ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the resultant suffering in deaths and wounds to service people and civilians. Bring Signs and Friends!



Images from the January 15, 2010 Peace Walk
The local Veterans for Peace, Chapter 50, met on Saturday, January 15th in the basement of Horizon Bookstore. Following the meeting, the Vets for Peace had invited the community to join them for a peace walk through downtown Traverse City. It was a cold, snow, blustery day as over a dozen people walked through the downtown with peace signs. Even though the US has pulled its combat troops from Iraq and is planning to leave Afghanistan next summer, we must address the larger issue that war is obsolete. We must dismantle the military-industrial complex and put our energy as a country into finding peaceful means to address and solve conflicts.
The Veterans for Peace meet the 3rd Saturday of each month in the basement of Horizon Bookstore at 10:00 AM. Associate memberships for non-veterans are available. Afterwards, the community is invited to join the Vets for the monthly peace walk through downtown.

Questions may be directed to John Lewis at 947-9104.


Vidieo of Peace and Justice from the Grand Traverse Bay Area

The Water Politics of Palestine & Israel
a slide show by Skip Schiel

Hiroshima/Nagasaki Candlefloat

Honoring the Victims of All Wars
Monday evening, August 9th • 8:00 PM

CandlefloatMeet at the Boardman River by the Farmer's Market
We will share thoughts about peace before floating the candles

Everyone welcome

Sponsored by the Neahtawanta Center



Sunday, June 27, 2010 • 7:00 p.m.
PLACE: Higher Grounds @TC Commons
CONTACT: 231-228-7115 • MidEastJustPeace.org

Israel-Palestine has scant water resources, but now with the current strife water is a dramatic mirror of power relationships. Thru an examination of water in various settings—small Palestinian villages & the Gaza strip—along with large cities shared by Israeli Jews & Arabs—Haifa & Jerusalem—Schiel portrays a very difficult to visualize


BlockadeTC Joins World Condemnation of Gaza Blockade
MidEast:JustPeace Protest • Saturday June 5

Gaza Protest TC MI
Video from the June 5 protest - watch

Next MidEast:JustPeace Meeting
Saturday June 12 • 10 AM -- Basement Horizon Books

Learn more:
www.MideastJustPeace.org   
www.EndTheOccupation.org
www.freegaza.org
www.witnessgaza.com
www.bdsmovement.net

Contribute to Gaza Relief
Checks payable to -- MidEast:JustPeace
P.O. Box 815
Suttons Bay, MI 49682


Tale of 2 Rlalies
On August 28th hundreds of people came to his office to deliver a petition with 4000 signatures supporting "Healthcare for All" and were met with a cool response from his staff. The handful of people with a petition containing only 1000 signatures opposing Healthcare reform were warmly welcomed and assured that " ... he's [Dave Camp] with you, absolutely, absolutely." Watch "A Tale of Two Rallies"


Rally and March for HEALTHCARE • Held August 28, 2009 in Traverse City, MI

The video can also be viewed on Blip TV

Sponsored by MICH: Michigan Citizens for Healthcare -- A nonpartisan alliance of people who are petitioning Cong. Camp and other members of Congress to support immediate legislation to provide:

• a comprehensive universal healthcare program that includes preventive services and prescription drugs, without regard to: age, gender, family income, or pre-existing medical conditions;
• a public health insurance option (such as an expanded Medicare Program) with no triggers and open to everyone: and,
• consumer choice:  "That means if you like the plan you have, you can keep it.  If you like the doctor you have, you can keep your doctor, too! -- from President Obama's Weekly Address, June 6, 2009


Video clips of Candace Gorman talk on Blip TV



Or Watch with QiucktimeCandace Gorman

The Guantanamo: What's Going on?
with H. Candace Gorman

Held Wednesday August 19, 2009
7:00 PM @ Friends Meeting House, 5th and Oak in Traverse City

H. Candace Gorman is an attorney from Chicago who concentrates in Civil Rights and Human Rights law. Most recently Attorney Gorman has been a Visiting Professional at the International Criminal Court at The Hague. She is currently handling habeas corpus petitions for two detainees who are still being held at Guantanamo Bay and has visited her clients at the prison more than a dozen times.

She talked about Obama’s Guantanamo….what has and has not happened since Obama took office. Perhaps the most distressing part is that the level of secrecy has actually increased under the Obama administration.... There was time at the end for questions.

Visit her at the Guantanamo Blog
She also spoke in TC last summer. (watch video clips of last summer 2008)


Annual Hiroshima Candlefloat on the Boardman River
-- held this year on Nagasaki Day, Sunday, August 9th

To Honor the Victims of All Wars

Meet by the river, near the west end of the Farmer's Market in downtown Traverse City
River side

We are thrilled to let you know that singer songwriter Sally Rogers will be performing and leading us in a few songs at the annual Hiroshima - Nagasaki Candlefloat on the Boardman River on Sunday evening at 7:00 PM!


For the Sixty-Fourth Time:
No More Nuclear War Reflections on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Our World -- By Frida Berrigan

Watch a past Candlefloat on the Boardman
Candlefloat

Sponsored by: Neahtawanta Center and Traverse for Peace and Justice
More information call (231) 223-7315 or email


More War Won’t Bring More Peace

Area peace groups gathered in downtown Traverse City on March 21, 2009 to mark the 6th year of the war on Iraq. Video from the Peace Walk is here. Peace Video

Rachel Corrie Remembrance Day with Women In Black - Traverse City, MI
WIB 09
Friday, March 20, 2009
Watch a video clip of a past Women in Black.
Learn more about Rachel Corrie


 

Crisis in the Middle East


Free Gaza
Click to play video of the January 19, 2009 demonstration in Traverse City, MI.

Free Gaza
Click to play video of the January 8, 2009 street demonstration.


Crosses November 11, 2008
Northern Michigan Chapter 50 Veterans for Peace again presented a display of crosses, each representing a resident of Michigan who has died in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, now, sadly, numbering 169. The display was at the Open Space in Traverse City, November 11, 2008


Spread the word!
Save Main Street, not Wall Street
Stand with your neighbors and say NO Bush Bailout!


"America says NO Bush Bailout!” Let Obama and all know we say NO Bush Bailout!

No Bail Out
Click to play video clip

Other PROTESTS: Bailout Anger in the Streets Groups
concerned citizens are organizing to make sure their voices are heard.While government leaders worked behind closed doors to solve the bailout crisis, groups of concerned citizens took to the streets to express their anger and frustration. While some felt their voices would be heard, others felt helpless and lost.

 


Torture is Wrong Sign

TORTURE IS WRONG Yard Signs Now Available


The Campaign Against Torture Committee has been working hard on increasing public awareness of our government's use of torture against detainees in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. In a national television interview on ABC News, President Bush directly admitted that the White House was deeply involved in decisions about the CIA’s use of torture. Recent reports indicate that members of the Bush administration including Dick Cheney, Condoleeza Rice, Donald Rumsfeld, Colin Powell and George Tenet met regularly and approved the CIA’s use of “combined” “enhanced” interrogation techniques -- tactics that amount to torture. The ACLU has demanded that our members of Congress support strenuous efforts, including the appointment of an independent prosecutor, to hold President Bush, Vice-President Cheney and other high-ranking officials accountable for their role in crafting torture policy.

To help further raise awareness on this issue, place a TORTURE IS WRONG sign on your yard


Past speaker in --

Iran talk

If Americans Only Knew Speaker Series

--

Update on Iran, Voices from Teheran


Cathy Lester, retired educator from Gaylord visited Iran this summer. Cathy lived and taught in Iran in the 80’s and 90’s. On August 21st., she brought to us commentary on life in Iran, the thoughts and questions of Iranians regarding US plans for attacking their country and photos from her most recent trip. Video highlights soon.

Past speaker in --

If Americans Only Knew Speaker Series -- The Guantanamo Story


with H. Candace Gorman


She spoke on July 24, in Traverse City -- watch the full video or highlights of her talk. She is an attorney from Chicago who concentrates in Civil Rights and Human Rights law. Most recently Attorney Gorman has been a Visiting Professional at the International Criminal Court at The Hague. She is currently handling habeas corpus petitions for two detainees who are being held at Guantanamo Bay and has visited her clients at the prison more than a dozen times. Visit her at the Guantanamo Blog

 



Warthog

Listen to to this violently pro-war play by play set to the heavy metal music at the Cherry Festival,
click the play arrow below.

Play button
Call: 800-968-3380 or email your thougths about this to the Cherry Festival




The Campaign Against Torture


Guantanamo

If Americans Only Knew Speaker Series
Thursday, July 24th 7PM at Friends Meeting House


- 5th and Oak in TC
The Guantanamo Story with H. Candace Gorman

She is an attorney from Chicago who concentrates in Civil Rights and Human Rights law. Most recently Attorney Gorman has been a Visiting Professional at the International Criminal Court at The Hague. She is currently handling habeas corpus petitions for two detainees who are being held at Guantanamo Bay and has visited her clients at the prison more than a dozen times. Visit her at the Guantanamo Blog

Co-sponsors of Event: Campaign Against Torture, ACLU of Northwest Michigan, Neahtawanta Center, MidEast:JustPeace, Traverse for Peace and Justice, Progressive Lawyers, Veterans for Peace & Friends of the Light-Quaker Meeting Dessert and Coffee to be provided to lighten this difficult topic.

Download a posters for spreading the word • 11 x 17 size or 8 1/2 x 11 size


Memorial Day Peace Portrait -- May 26, 2008

Slide show of the Memorial Day Peace Portrait
Slide show of the Memorial Day Veterans for Peace at the Open Space

Peace Portrait

photograph by Gary Howe (download a high resolution of the photo -- 5MB)


Billboards For Peace


May Billboard

BillboradThe May billboard is on Cass street south of 14th Street, west side facing north -- near the entrance to the University Center.



Anti-Torture Vigil


Traverse for Peace and Justice at the opening of "Taxi to the Dark Side", Oscar winner of the best documentary, at the State Theatre this week until April 10th.

Five Years Too Many! End the Occupation of Iraq Now!
Peace Rally - Downtown Traverse City


The Traverse For Peace and Justice Peace Rally on March 18, 2008 was great.
Watch a slide show with Flash
Peace Rally Photo

April 2008 Anti-war billboard

The first billboard was up in the month of April 2008 just south of Traverse City, on U.S. 37, facing North.


Eyes Wide Open


Was held Saturday, December 7, 2007 at the Hagerty Center in Traverse City.
A Slide Show (these will open in a new window) Flash or Quicktime


The Friends of the Light Quaker meeting hosted on Saturday, December 8, 2007, Eyes Wide Open, the American Friends Service Committee’s widely-acclaimed exhibition on the human cost of the Iraq War. The exhibit featured 148 pairs of boots, one for each Michigan soldier killed in the Iraq conflict, and 200 pairs of civilian shoes representing the tens of thousands of Iraqi women, men and children who have died. In addition to the human costs, the Iraq war costs $720 million per day. See AFSC’s Cost of War website. (www.afsc.org/cost) More than 75 area people visited the exhibit.


More photos from those who traveled by van from Traverse City to Chicago for
October 27, 2007 Regional Anti-War Protest


Peace Gathering Labor Day at Mackinac Bridge
-- Northern Michigan peace proponents mada their voices heard at the
annual Mackinac Labor Day Bridge Walk - 2007.

70 year old tells us "IMPEACH BUSH, TORTURE CHENEY"

Anti-war actvists from Traverse City, Suttons Bay, Petoskey, Charlevoix, Marquette, Cheboygan, Beulah and Gaylord attended the Bridge Walk on Labor Day. We stood from 7:30 AM until noon greeting those who walked across the Bridge with our "Bring the Troops Home NOW" and Impeach Bush/ Cheney message on our placards and shirts. The vast majority of those that responded, and there were many, were very positive. There were hundreds, maybe thousands, that gave us the thumbs up and peace signs and said "Thank you" for being here.

Many were very enthusiastic as they saw our signs. Some specific comments compiled by a Cheboygan activist included: From a little old gal about 4 feet tall, about 70 years old, "IMPEACH BUSH, TORTURE CHENEY". Several of the National Guard whispered "I like your shirt and the message". Another walker said "IMPEACH BUSH THEN HANG HIM UP AT THE WHITE HOUSE". An 82 year old iron worker who had helped build the Bridge stopped with his entire family and stood with us for 20 minutes. He was very opposed to the war and had pictures taken of us with his family.

This demonstration will not stop the war, but it did give many of the walkers a chance to express their support for our efforts. It further allowed many of us Northern Michigan activists to meet each other face to face and discuss what we have done and hope to do in the future.


CandleFloat held on Monday, August 6, 2007 in Traverse City


on the Boardman River, by the Farmer’s Market awnings, Cass St. and the Grandview Parkway.

Hiroshima Mayor Tadatoshi Akiba gave the city’s 2007 Peace Declaration early Monday morning, the 62nd anniversary of the world’s first nuclear attack. An English translation of Akiba’s declaration is reproduced in full - here.
Watch a video clip of a past candlefloat - here


"Where's Your Backbone?" Demonstration
Sunday • July 15, 2007

we showed up for Senator Levin's fundraiser to let him know that we want the troops home NOW


Victims of War - July 4, 2007 - Traverse City, Michigan



Earlier Past Action | Past action video clips at VentingMedia.com