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Linda LeTendre's Waging Peace
by Linda LeTendre

Waging Peace

A Daily Gazette community blog
Linda LeTendre fights for a peaceful world.

Peacemaking, from Saratoga to Washington

There are two opportunities coming up to help create peace -- one local and one in Washington, DC.

Locally we have the third annual peace fair on Saturday, Sept. 25, from noon to 4 p.m. at 24 Circular St. -- on the grounds of the Presbyterian-New England Congregational Church. Have fun while you learn how you personally can have a part in peace making -- without taking the “sacrament of the handcuffs.” Over 50 exhibitors will be there with calls to action, fair trade products, environmental sustainability (war will be fought over water in the too-near future).

Great music will be featured because no peace event is complete without music and at least one rendition of “If I Had A Hammer.” Dan Berggen, Kevin McKrell and Bob Warren just to name a few of the performers.

Come hungry too -- Saratoga Coffee Traders will have their “worth-the-trip” fair trade, organic coffee along with their “just-as-worth-the-trip” sandwiches. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community will have Pakistani-Indian fare. It was so good last year that they ran out three times!

In fact, yesterday Mayor Scott Johnson declared this week “Peace Week” in the Spa City. There is a free event every night this week including a concert by Tom Chapin at 7 p.m. in the Zankel Auditorium at Skidmore College.

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Starting Oct. 6, at least 3,000 witnesses for peace will be occupying Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C. We (yes, I am going) are inspired by the nonviolent (key word), courageous Arab Spring -- the uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen, Greece and Spain.

We stand with the vast majority of Americans who want to put human need before corporate greed (which seems of late to have been elevated to a state religion).

Here's the agenda:

-- Tax the rich and corporations
-- End the wars, bring the troops home, cut military spending
-- Protect the social safety net, strengthen Social Security and improved Medicare for all
-- End corporate welfare for oil companies and other big business interests
-- Transition to a clean energy economy, reverse environmental degradation
-- Protect worker rights including collective bargaining, create jobs and raise wages
-- Get money out of politics
Our government, which has been dominated by elite political (“Democrap” and “Rethuglican”) and economic interests (anyone below the top 5 percent of wealth owners need not apply), is going in the opposite direction from what the majority of people want and need.
Join me and several other Capital District activists as we try to bring about a better country for you and yours.

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