Newton Dialogues on Peace
and War was formed shortly after the September 11 attacks. We are
a group of Newton citizens, united by shared concerns about the current crisis
and by a sense of urgency about the many issues facing our country as a result
of these attacks.
that "The United States needs a new direction". While we
acknowledge that there are no simple answers to the problems that confront
our nation and the rest of the world, Newton Dialogues urges a new direction
for the United States.
Click Here to see our
full Mission Statement.
Newton Dialogues has a number of committees working on a variety
of initiatives and upcoming events including speakers, film showings,
our web site, Alternative Views newspaper, taking actions against military
recruiting, distributing literature and information about the war and its
domestic impact, etc. If you are feeling that you want to move from the
sidelines to a somewhat more active role (and even better, if you have an
idea for a group action that you would like to be involved in), please
and let us know.
Articles email list: Newton Dialogues has started a new
email list for sharing articles about the War in Iraq and related issues.
If you wish to subscribe simply send an email to
lists.riseup.net. For those who are afraid of being overwhelmed by
emails, we expect to be sending only one or two articles per week.
Photo by Ellen Shub
Join our Weekly Vigil -
Still being held every Thursday, 5 to 6
p.m., corner of Beacon and Center Streets, Newton Center. We continue
to bear witness to the wrongs that are being done, both at home and abroad,
in our name. It is more important than ever to express dissent in a public
way. Please join us.
This vigil has been held every Thursday since July 11, 2002.
Help collect signatures for Newton Dialogues Petition for a 25% Cut in the Military Budget.
Signatures are being collected at the Library, The Farmers' Market, and other sites. It's fun; it's easy. People are friendly and understand the importance of the issue. The military budget is impoverishing our country and diverting badly needed funds for urgent human needs. Please help.
Contact Jerry Manning at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-617-548-5264 for information on how you can participate.
You can download the petition and print it at home from:
Alternatively, you may read and sign the petition ONLINE at
and urge your friends, relatives, and associates to sign it too!
Newton Dialogues on Peace and War Supports the "Appeal for Redress",
a petition to Congress from active duty service
men and women to withdraw our armed forces and bases from Iraq.
The petition reads:
As a patriotic American proud to serve the nation in uniform, I respectfully
urge my political leaders in Congress to support the prompt withdrawal
of all American military forces and bases from Iraq . Staying in Iraq
will not work and is not worth the price. It is time for U.S. troops
to come home
A group from the Appeal will publicly present their petition and
active duty signatures to members of Congress on Monday, January
17 at 3:30pm. A good way to support them would be for each of us
to let our congressman and senators know that we'd like them to
support the Appeal by being present January 17. Calls to their office
are most effective and emails are also useful. Contact information
is below. It takes just a few minutes; please do it now.
Here's a sample message that you might send:
I urge you to publicly declare your support of the Appeal for
Redress, a petition from active duty service men and women for the
US to withdraw from Iraq. I'd especially appreciate it if you'd
participate in the presentation to Congress of their signatures
at 3:30pm January 17, on the Independence Avenue steps of the Rayburn
More information about this effort (including making a donation)
can be found at
of Upcoming Events of Interest
NEW CONTENT has been added recently:
[Always check the Upcoming Events section for new
Post Article: Bush Says U.S. Pullout Would Let Iraq Radicals Use Oil as
a Weapon The During the run-up to the invasion of Iraq, President
Bush and his aides sternly dismissed suggestions that the war was all
about oil. "Nonsense," Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld declared.
"This is not about that," said White House spokesman Ari Fleischer.Now,
more than 3 1/2 years later, someone else is asserting that the war is
about oil -- President Bush.
Doug McIntyre, a conservative
talk show host wrote "An Apology from a Bush Voter
I was wrong to have voted for George W. Bush.
In historic terms, I believe George W. Bush is the worst two-term President
in the history of the country ...
Seymore Hersh's article "The Iran Plans", describing
the Administration's plans for bombing Iran with 'tactical' nuclear weapons
has been added to the "Articles" section..
a Place in American History for 9/11" by Joseph J. Ellis recently appeared
as an Op-Ed piece in the New York Times.
An article examining the Civilian Death Toll in Iraq and
why Americans have been kept misinformed about civilian casualties in the
war, (inspired by the study published in the Lancet and presented at the
Newton Dialogues Monthly meeting by
Dr. Les Roberts, one the authors of the Lancet study) has been added to the
Peace And War section.
A moving statement about "heroism" and "cowardice" by Sgt. Camilo Mejia,
who became a conscientious objector after serving a tour of duty in
Iraq was added to the
Peace and War section.
U.S. & Coalition Casualties Click Here
for the latest figures from CNN.