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ACTION: Send Fax -- Stop Media Monopoly
By fmlink@igc.org

REPORT: DOJ Implementation of USA Patriot Act
By fmlink@igc.org

UFPJ CALL: Day of Action for Justice in Palestine
By fmlink@igc.org

REMINDER: Forum Tonight, May 21, 7 pm
By fmlink@igc.org

EVENT: Rights Under Attack, June 7, Park Slope
By fmlink@igc.org
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Date: Wed, 21 May 2003 09:45:12 -0400
From: Martha Cameron
Subject: ACTION: Send Fax -- Stop Media Monopoly
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May 20, 2003

A Bush administration official at the federal agency
that overseas television, radio and other media is
pushing for sweeping changes in the rules for ownership
of TV and radio stations. These changes would allow
big corporations to dominate the news sources in a
given city or town, giving a few massive corporations
monopoly control over the content and slant of news.
If these changes go through, you'll have to ask: Will
you be able to trust the news?

Please take one minute right now to click on the link
below to send a fax on this issue to U.S. Sen. John
McCain (R-Ariz.). Sen. McCain is chair of the committee
responsible for overseeing TV and radio. Ask him to
act to delay any changes in these rules and force public
comment and discussion BEFORE changes are adopted.
One corporate giant could control your local newspaper
and television and radio station.
http://www.unionvoice.org/campaign/fcc/wbbuzvj6xd

The agency responsible for this issue, the Federal
Communications Commission (FCC), is rushing through
these changes without detailed public debate or much
scrutiny. This is why a growing number of Democrats
AND Republicans in Congress are speaking out on this
issue. Click on the link below now to ask Sen. McCain
to speak out.
http://www.unionvoice.org/campaign/fcc/wbbuzvj6xd
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May 20, 2003


A Bush administration official at the federal agency

that overseas television, radio and other media is

pushing for sweeping changes in the rules for ownership

of TV and radio stations. These changes would allow

big corporations to dominate the news sources in a

given city or town, giving a few massive corporations

monopoly control over the content and slant of news.

If these changes go through, you'll have to ask: Will

you be able to trust the news?


Please take one minute right now to click on the link

below to send a fax on this issue to U.S. Sen. John

McCain (R-Ariz.). Sen. McCain is chair of the committee

responsible for overseeing TV and radio. Ask him to

act to delay any changes in these ru les and force public

comment and discussion BEFORE changes are adopted.

One corporate giant could control your local newspaper

and television and radio station.

http://www.unionvoice.org/campaign/fcc/wbbuzvj6xd



The agency responsible for this issue, the Federal

Communications Commission (FCC), is rushing through

these changes without detailed public debate or much

scrutiny. This is why a growing number of Democrats

AND Republicans in Congress are speaking out on this

issue. Click on the link below now to ask Sen. McCain

to speak out. 

http://www.unionvoice.org/campaign/fcc/wbbuzvj6xd

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Now, please tell your friends, family and co-workers

about this issue by clicking on the link below.


http://www.unionvoice.org/join-forward.html?domain=wfean&r=g11t1NF1N7aw


If you received this message from a friend, you can

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Date: Wed, 21 May 2003 12:08:12 -0400
From: Martha Cameron
Subject: REPORT: DOJ Implementation of USA Patriot Act



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From Kit Gage, First Amendment Foundation and the National Coalition to
Protect Political Freedom:

The House Judiciary Committee yesterday released a Justice Department report
to it, in response to the Sensenbrenner and Conyers April 1 letter,
itemizing some of the implementation aspects of USA Patriot Act provisions.
Some of the questions (esp INS related) have been forwarded to the Dept of
Homeland Security for response. This is the unclassified report.

Below first is the link to the Press release yesterday by Chair James
Sensenbrenner and Ranking Democrat John Conyers. It contains a few of the
"highlights" of the report:

http://www.house.gov/judiciary/news052003.htm

Here is the link to the 62-page report itself:

http://www.house.gov/judiciary/patriotlet051303.pdf

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There is an article in today's NYTimes regarding this report:

Justice Dept. Lists Use of New Power to Fight Terror
By ERIC LICHTBLAU

Federal agents have conducted hundreds of bugging and
surveillance operations and visited numerous libraries and
mosques using new law enforcement tools.

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/05/21/international/worldspecial/21PATR.html?th


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From Kit Gage, First Amendment Foundation and the National
Coalition to Protect Political Freedom:


The House Judiciary Committee yesterday released a Justice Department
report

to it, in response to the Sensenbrenner and Conyers April 1 letter,

itemizing some of the implementation aspects of USA Patriot Act
provisions.

Some of the questions (esp INS related) have been forwarded to the Dept
of

Homeland Security for response.  This is the unclassified
report.


Below first is the link to the Press release yesterday by Chair
James

Sensenbrenner and Ranking Democrat John Conyers.  It contains a few
of the

"highlights" of the report:


http://www.house.gov/judiciary/news052003.htm


Here is the link to the 62-page report itself:


http://www.house.gov/judiciary/patriotlet051303.pdf


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There is an article in today's NYTimes regarding this report:


Justice Dept. Lists Use of New Power to Fight Terror

By ERIC LICHTBLAU


Federal agents have conducted hundreds of bugging and

surveillance operations and visited numerous libraries and

mosques using new law enforcement tools.


http://www.nytimes.com/2003/05/21/international/worldspecial/21PATR.html?th






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Date: Wed, 21 May 2003 12:15:15 -0400
From: Martha Cameron
Subject: UFPJ CALL: Day of Action for Justice in Palestine



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Dear friends

The major US anti-war coalition United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ) is
call ing for an international Day of Action for Justice in Palestine. As
you know, the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation has endorsed and
joined the UFPJ coalition. Indeed, many Campaign member organizations --
American Friends Service Committee, the United Methodists, Black Voices
for Peace, Global Exchange, and others -- are active in the UFPJ
coalition.

The US Campaign fully backs and endorses the UFPJ Call to Action and
urges you all -- individuals and organizations - to spread the word as
widely as possible. We must show US policymakers that hundreds of
thousands of Americans, whatever their religious or ethnic background,
support the cause of peace and justice in Palestine and Israel.

Key messages for this Day of Action are:

* International Protection for the Palestinian people

* Protection & Accountability for Human Rights Workers

* Moratorium on the Wall

* End the Occupation

The actions proposed here in the US are:

* Demonstrations and vigils

* Teach-ins & educational programs

* Protests at Israeli embassy/consulates and offices of corporations
that profit from the occupation.

The full text of the UFPJ Call to Action is below. Please add the name
of your organization and send information re planned events to the
contact emails given at the end of the UFPJ Call to Action -- and copy
the Campaign at events@endtheoccupation.org so we can help get the word
out.

In solidarity,

The Steering Committee
US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation

UNITED FOR PEACE & JUSTICE - Call to Action

International Day of Action for Justice in Palestine--June 5, 2003

On June 5, 2003, the thirty-sixth anniversary of the Israeli occupation
of the West Bank and Gaza, we call for linked actions by Palestinian,
international, and Israeli peace groups to protest the escalating
violence against the Palestinian community and international human rights
w orkers
in the occupied territories. We demand protection for Palestinian civilians
and for internationals, a moratorium on construction of the apartheid wall
and its associated land confiscations and home demolitions, and an end to
the occupation.

I. Who is Initiating this Call?

The United for Peace and Justice is initiating this call together with
Palestinian based, Israeli, and other international peace groups.
Committed convening groups include the Peace and Justice Studies Association
(PJSA), the International Women's Peace Service, and the International
Solidarity (ISM) Movement, which attempts to protect civilians and supports the
nonviolent resistance within Palestine, and the US Campaign to End the
Israeli Occupation. We seek and welcome endorsements by all groups and
individuals that support our points of unity.

II. What Would Happen on June 5?

* Demonstrations and acts of nonviolent resistance by Palestinians and
internationals within the occupied territories of Palestine.

* Sister demonstrations, vigils and nonviolent direct actions by Israeli
peace groups within the pre-1967 borders of Israel.

* A massive campaign of lobbying at the United Nations and of the U.S.
Congress culminating on June 5.

* Teach-ins and educational programs in communities around the world.

* Demonstrations, vigils, and nonviolent occupations of Israeli
embassies and consulates worldwide, and at offices of corporations that
profit from
the occupation.

III. Why This Call?

There can be no true peace or security in the Middle East without
justice for the Palestinian people. In the wake of the war on Iraq, the Sharon
government has stepped up a campaign of land confiscation, enclosure and
isolation of Palestinian communities, and attacks on nonviolent human
rights workers.

The Sharon government is rapidly moving ahead on the second phase of
construction of a mammoth *security fence* - in re ality an apartheid
wall which dwarfs the Berlin wall. A thirty-foot high concrete wall with gun
towers in some areas, in others, a giant electrified fence surrounded by
a wide swathe of *no-mans land*, it strays far from the 1967 borders to
confiscates more than thirty percent of the proposed Palestinian state.
It encloses the illegal settlements that have undermined peace negotiations
since Oslo, annexes water resources and the traditional lands of
Palestinian villages without compensation, and will turns Palestinian
cities into
giant, open-air prisons.

In Gaza, construction of the security zone along the Egyptian border has
resulted in destruction of olive groves and homes. On March 16, Rachel
Corrie, a human rights worker with the International Solidarity
Movement, was deliberately killed by an Israeli Occupation Forces bulldozer
driver
while trying to prevent home demolitions. The Israeli military has
refused to seriously investigate her death, and the United States
government has
declined to pressure them.

The result has been tacit encouragement of attacks on nonviolent peace
workers and inconvenient witnesses. In Jenin, Brian Avery was shot in
the face on April 5 by soldiers in an armored personnel carrier that opened
fire on clearly visible, unarmed members of the ISM. On April 12, ISM member
Tom Hurndall was shot in the head by an Israeli soldier on the Rafah border
as he attempted to rescue children who were under fire from Israeli sniper
tower. On April 20, Palestinian journalist was shot dead by a gunman
from an Israeli tank as he attempted to cover an incursion into Nablus.

These attacks on human rights workers make visible the ongoing violence
against Palestinian civilians. In Rafah, more than two hundred and fifty
people have died since the beginning of the intifada; forty-five of them
were children.

Unless the international community responds strongly to these attacks,
no human rights workers, medical personnel, journalists or NGOs will be
able to operate safely in the occupied territories. Without those who are
prepared to intervene against, witness, or report on acts of aggression by the
Israeli military, the way is open for even further escalations of
violence and repression against the Palestinian people.

Linked actions by groups within the territories, within Israel and by
the international community would send a powerful message to the Israeli
government. Moreover, they would break the isolation of the Palestinians,
encourage and support the nonviolent resistance within Palestine, making
that aspect of the struggle more visible, highlight the ongoing violence
against Palestinian civilians and shift the climate of public opinion
that allows this injustice to continue.

IV. Demands:

1. Protection and Accountability:

* We demand that the U.S. and British governments, the United Nations,
and the world community hold the Sharon government and the Israeli
Occupation Forces accountable for the death of Rachel Corrie and the
shootings of
Brian Avery, and Tom Hurndall which make visible the ongoing violence against
Palestinian civilians. We demand a full and impartial investigation of
these and other attacks on nonviolent human rights workers.

* We call for an immediate deployment of UN international observers in
the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

2. Moratorium on the Wall:

* We call for a moratorium on the building of the so-called *security
wall*, an end to the land theft, home demolitions, appropriation of water and
resources, destruction of villages and of livelihoods that this apartheid
wall requires.

*End the Occupation:
We call for an end to the policies of control and de facto imprisonment
that violate the human rights of Palestinians: closures, curfews,
checkpoints, roadblocks, incursions, snipers, and ongoing attacks on
civilians. An
end to attacks on the Pale stinian economy and civil society, the obstruction of
education, health care, emergency services that are part of an ongoing
assault on daily life. An end to the occupation.

V. Points of Unity

Nonviolence
For this campaign, we ask that groups that participate commit to
nonviolent actions that maximize respect for life, and that embody the
openness,
creativity and compassion we are calling for.

Palestinian focus
--Attacks on international human rights workers are an important focus
of this campaign, but we ask that they always be seen in the context of the
overwhelming daily violence directed against the Palestinian population.

Diversity
We represent a very broad coalition of groups that may hold out
different visions for this issue. As a coalition, we can unite around the
specific
goals named for this campaign. Individual groups are free to pursue
their own broader goals and demands in their own names.

Independence
We welcome support from a broad variety of political groups and
organizations, but as a coalition we do not identify with or align with
any political party or affiliation.

Tolerance
Jewish and Israeli peace groups are part of this campaign, and allies in
this struggle. Charges of anti-Semitism are often hurled at anyone who
challenges the Israeli government. We refuse to be silenced or
intimidated by those charges, while we also recognize that some recent
attacks on Jewish institutions do betoken a resurgence of actual
anti-Semitism. Our campaign is directed against the policies of the
Sharon-led Israeli
government and military, and the U.S. funding and support for those
policies, not against Jews or Israelis as a people.

Only justice for Palestinians can assure real security in either
Palestine or Israel. We cherish the lives of Israelis and Palestinians.
While we
especially condemn attacks on civilians, whether Palestinian or Israeli,
we understand that attac ks on Israeli civilians are a response to the
conditions of the occupation, that are only furthered by the policies of
collective punishment and brutality practiced by the Sharon government.
At the same time, we understand that such attacks stir fear and rage among
Israelis that lends a spurious legitimacy to brutal actions of the
Sharon Government.

We encourage participating groups to be proactive in reaching out to
their local Jewish communities to begin dialogues and discussions around this
issue, and to hold out the hope that even those who are now our
opponents may change their views.

Autonomy
Within the framework of these points of unity, local groups are free to
plan their own actions and campaigns. Local groups know best how to organize
in their own areas, and how to speak to their own communities.

VI. Structure

The June 5 coalition would be a loose network of affiliated groups,
providing coordination and support for autonomous actions within the
framework of the points of unity. Convenor groups would take
responsibility for coordination nationally or regionally, in Palestine,
Israel, the
U.S., Europe, and other regions. A central website would be created and
maintained, where support materials could be posted and where a list of

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