BCP&J E-Newsletter –- Jan. 2, 2008

 

Berkshire Citizens for Peace & Justice

175 Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield, MA 01201

 

Contents

 

                                                About Berkshire Citizens for Peace and Justice (BCP&J)

                                                Upcoming BCP&J Events

                                                Berkshire Community College (BCC) Events

                                                Some Other Events (Non-BCP&J and Non-BCC)

                                                About Peaceplans

                                                Cost of Iraq War as of Dec. 9, 2007

                                                Some Important News Items for the Week

                                                Some Useful Links

                                                Picture (or cartoon) of the week

                                                Descriptions of Upcoming Thursday Videos

                                                Quotes worth Remembering

                                                Contact Information

                                                Fair Use Notice

 

 

About Berkshire Citizens for Peace and Justice

 

BCP&J is open to all people interested in promoting peace and justice who live, work, vacation in, or visit Berkshire County.

 

REGULAR MEETINGS are held every Thursday, 7:30 to 9:30 pm, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Pittsfield, 175 Wendell Avenue (one block up Broad St. from Rt. 7 & 20, and on the corner of Wendell Avenue and Broad St.).  Meetings on 1st and 3rd Thursdays (and some 5th Thursdays) are devoted to showing educational films/videos followed by discussion.

 

VIGILS FOR PEACE - in cooperation with Berkshire Community CCollege’s Global Issues Resource Organization (GIRO) - are held each Thursday at Park Square in Pittsfield between 5 and 6 pm.

 

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Upcoming BCP&J Events

Text Box: Weekly Peace Vigil each Thursday at Park Square in Pittsfield, 5 to 6 pm.  The Vigils are held in cooperation with Berkshire Community College’s Global Issues Resource Organization (GIRO).

 

 

 

 

Note regarding the Jan. 3 & Jan. 17 videos to be followed by discussion (7:30 to 9:30 P.M.)

 

The word Exposé conjures up images of things "they" didn't want you to know. The next two video nights, sponsored by Berkshire Citizens for Peace and Justice, should go a long way toward satisfying some of your desires to know a good many things that "they" wished to keep secret. If you are cynical and believe big media generally covers up scandals by those in important places, these films should help you to rethink some of your cynicism.


Thursday, Jan. 3, 2008, at 7:30 P.M., at the UU Church in Pittsfield, BCP&J will present three segments (click here for descriptions of segments) from the series: "Exposé: America's Investigative Reports." The series is a production of Thirteen/WNET New York in association with the Center for Investigative Reporting.

 

Thursday, Jan. 10 – Regular 7:30 P.M. planning meeting at the UU Church in Pittsfield

 

Thursday, Jan. 17, at 7:30 P.M., at the UU Church in Pittsfield, BCP&J will present three more segments (click here for descriptions) from the series, "Exposé: America's Investigative Reports."

 

Thursday, Jan. 24 – Regular 7:30 P.M. planning meeting at the UU Church in Pittsfield

 

Saturday, Mar. 22 – Keep this day open for a likely demonstration in Pittsfield marking the fifth anniversary of the start of the current war against Iraq. Early stage thinking/planning has begun, and suggestions are solicited & welcome.

 

 

For BCC Events, click here

For other [non BCP&J and non-BCC] events, click here

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Berkshire Community College Events

 

 

None currently listed

 

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Some Other Events (Non-BCP&J and Non-BCC)

 

 

None currently listed

 

To return to Upcoming BCP&J Events, click here

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About Peaceplans

 

Peaceplans is a web site for posting information about peace-related events and issues in Berkshire County, Massachusetts. Joining Peaceplans is a good way to stay in touch with events in the area. To join Peaceplans, visit http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Peaceplans/

Once you have joined, make it a habit to regularly check the latest messages at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Peaceplans/messages

 

You will also be able to post messages yourself.

 

 

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Cost of Iraq War as of Dec. 9, 2007

 

(From www.costofiraqwar.org and http://www.nationalpriorities.org/Cost-of-War/Cost-of-War-3.html)

 

Cost to U.S. - More than 4,000 military deaths; more than 900 civilian contractor deaths; more than 200 NGO American deaths; more than 27,000 service people wounded; $476 billion.

 

Dollar cost to Pittsfield = $68,440,000

 

How the citizens of Pittsfield might have better used $68.4 million:

  -To build 616 housing units;

  -To pay one year’s salary for 1,186 teachers;

  -To pay for 9,065 children to attend a year of Head Start;

  -To provide 40,986 children with one year of health care;

  -To pay for 3,318 students to attend a public university

    for four years.

 

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Some Important News Items for the Week

 

 

 

None currently listed

 

 

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Some Useful Links


None currently listed

 

 

 

 

Text Box: The above links are provided as a convenience. However, as the updating of web pages can affect links, it may occasionally happen that a link provided in this newsletter will not work.
 

 

 


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Picture (or cartoon) of the week

 

 

 Friendship and cooperation

 

 

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Descriptions of Upcoming Thursday Videos

 

On Thursday, January 3, the three 25 minute films will be:

 

”Think Like a Terrorist (Pt. 1)”
Reporter Carl Prine of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reveals security shortfalls in the nation's chemical plants.


”Crisis Mismanagement”
The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reveals massive waste and mismanagement at FEMA a year before Hurricane Katrina.
 

“Blame Somebody Else”
A Chicago Tribune investigator connects the deaths of twelve Nepali workers on their way to support U.S. troops in Iraq to a network of human trafficking, fly-by-night companies, and ties to American corporations.

 

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On Thursday, January 17, the three 25 minute films will be:

 

“Question 7”
The Hartford Courant investigates a disturbing trend in the mental health condition of military personnel sent to Iraq and Afghanistan - suicide rates are up, and the military has inadequate mechanisms to care for those in need of help.


”Quid Pro Quo”
The Copley News Service and The San Diego Union-Tribune go inside the Beltway and expose the bribes-for-government-contracts scheme that made Congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham a rich man, and ultimately landed him in jail.


”Charity Begins at Home”
The Oregonian exposes the head of a non-profit organization who gets rich off a federal program designed to help the disabled.

 

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Quotes Worth Remembering

 

 

"Naturally the common people don't want war, but after all, it is the leaders of a country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag people along whether it is a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, a parliament or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. It is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in every country.”  -- Hermann Goering, Hitler's Reich Marshall, said to Gustave Gilbert, a German-speaking intelligence officer and psychologist, during the Nuremberg Trials after WWII

 

"Our problems stem from our acceptance of the filthy rotten system." -- Dorothy Day, Catholic Worker/Activist

 

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Contact Information

                                                                                                                                       

For comments or questions regarding this newsletter, contact George Desnoyers at 443-4298 or gdesnoye@berkshire.rr.com

 

For questions about BCP&J, contact one or more of the following members, all regular attendees at meetings:

 

 

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