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DALLAS PEACE TIMES a publication of the Dallas Peace Center

August 2009

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Volume XXIV, Number 7

Dallas Peace Center • The Dallas Peace Center is the oldest and largest peace & justice organization in North Texas. • The Center is located on the Cathedral of Hope campus at 5910 Cedar Springs Rd. @ Inwood. • Contact us by calling 214-823-7793 or by email at admin@ dallaspeacecenter.org. • The Dallas Peace Times is a monthly publication. For more news, go to www.dallaspeacecenter. org.

Mission The mission of the Dallas Peace Center is based on a vision of reconciliation: to promote education, dialogue and action for peace and justice.

Ray McGovern spoke at the Preston Royal library while he was in Dallas.

CIA man reveals lies, challenges activists By Trish Major “What kind of people have we become?” asked Ray McGovern, halfway into his talk at the Dallas Peace Center Summer Dinner Lecture on July 9. His question refers to the breakdown of several vital institutions in America, and the wacked-out moral compass of the American people. A 27-year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency, founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, and a student of theology at Georgetown University, McGovern’s speech brought together hard facts and passionate analysis to help local activists decide their personal strategies. The breakdown of journalistic integrity and the corruption of the Bush administration came together to form a perfect storm of public ignorance and gullibility. According to McGovern, the CIA was assigned to provide bad intelligence in order to justify

a war with Iraq, and had the media been so inclined, they could have discovered most of the administration’s lies simply by using Google. In his speeches at the dinner and later at the Preston Royal Library, McGovern described how George W. Bush refused to accept intelligence that did not fit in with his plans to attack Iraq. In the official minutes of a 2002 briefing that Richard Dearlove, head of Britain’s CIA equivalent, gave to Prime Minister Tony Blair, he reported that the Bush administration had decided to launch a war with Iraq. He added, “The intelligence and facts are being fixed around the policy.” In order to “fix” the intelligence, a captured member of al Qaeda, Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi, was sent from Guantanamo Bay to Egypt to be tortured. Under torture, Libi gave the administration what it needed: he Continued on page 6




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Castleberry Institute to complement UNT program The Castleberry Peace Institute, established last year by Peacemakers Incorporated, has formally affiliated with the University of North Texas. As a research facility, the Castleberry Peace Institute at UNT will complement the existing UNT Peace Studies Program, which is the only such program at a four-year university in the southern and southwest regions of the U.S. Through the Institute, students, faculty and community volunteers will research peace-related issues, create a resource center to assist peacemakers worldwide, and develop curriculum for peace studies and peace skills (including tolerance, negotiation and non-violent communication) that can be taught to students of all ages and cultures. The Institute is named in honor of Vivian Castleberry, a past recipient of the Dallas Peace Center’s “Peacemaker of the Year Award.” She founded Peacemakers in 1987, after serving as a citizen diplomat to Russia, and hosted the First International Women’s

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5910 Cedar Springs Rd. Dallas, TX 75235 Tel 214-823-7793 admin@dallaspeacecenter.org www.dallaspeacecenter.org The Dallas Peace Times is a monthly publication of the Dallas Peace Center, a nonprofit organization. A one-year Dallas Peace Center membership costs $35 and includes a subscription. Copy deadline for September issue: August 15, 2009 Peace Times Advisory Team Paulette Cooper Roger Kallenberg Robert Dennis Gene Lantz Betty Jane Ferguson Kelli Obazee Walt Harrison Kathy Schoemer Editor

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Vivian Castleberry Peace Conference in Dallas in 1988. Castleberry is now 86 years old, and she still hasn’t stopped working for peace. The Institute ensures the continuation of Castleberry’s life’s work and serves as a legacy of love, a partnership for peace, and a resource for peacemakers worldwide. Peacemakers is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, 501(c)(3) corporation that empowers peacemakers, locally and globally, through communication, education and leadership. In the past 22 years, Peacemakers has hosted

numerous peace education programs and 3 international women’s peace conferences, which were co-sponsored by the Dallas Peace Center. Over 1,400 delegates (including 3 Nobel Peace Laureates) from 45 countries attended the most recent conference, held in Dallas, Texas in July 2007. Peacemakers has launched a major fundraising campaign to raise funds for the Castleberry Peace Institute at UNT. Last month, the Texas State Legislature passed House Bill 51, authorizing 50% matching funds for donations of $100,000 or more, submitted on September 1, 2009. Thus, donations made by August 31, 2009 will be eligible for matching funds at the rate of 50 cents on the dollar. Donors of $2,500 or more will be listed as “Founders” of the Institute. However, donations of any amount will be appreciated. Checks made payable to the “Castleberry Peace Institute” can be mailed to Peacemakers Incorporated at 11700 Preston Road #660168, Dallas, Texas 75230. Additionally, donations can be made online at www. PeacemakersIncorporated.org.For more information, contact Margaret Culgan, Administrator of Peacemakers Incorporated, PeacemakersInc@aol. com or call 972-239-2942.

Intern helps DPC this summer This month the Arbor Youth Program provided us with an intern named Shardé Alexander. Entering her first year in high school, Shardé is a 14 year old, straight A student with a passion for dancing. She started in the office, helping with filing, data entry, and mailing. The Dallas Peace Center is very grateful to the youth program for providing us this wonderful helper, and we will be sad to see her go once her summer holidays end.


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Spoken Word provides unique stop for Cuba caravan By Ernest McMillan Pastors for Peace 20th Cuba Friendship Caravan, comprised of 130 caravanistas in eight buses and four trucks, and laden with 100 tons of humanitarian aid, was on its way to

Mike Guinn coordinated the program of Spoken Word.

Cuba at presstime. The caravanistas were scheduled to return to the U.S. crossing into Mexico on August 3. Dallas, through the DPC’s Cuba Friendship Committee, did its part to assist by hosting four Caravan routes, providing food and housing, donating aid and generating community awareness. Four area churches played meaningful roles in outreach and as aid collection sites. They were: First Community UCC, Northaven UMC, St. Luke “Community” UMC and Oak Cliff Presbyterian. First Unitarian Church also gave a very generous financial contribution to Pastors for Peace. The community reception was a novel event in that it was held at the South Dallas Cultural Center, and fused a spoken word artists’ venue, coordinated by Mike Guinn, with the caravan to become a night of Spoken Word and International Solidarity. Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson sent a congratulatory message. The gathering was truly multicultural, intergenerational and multinational. A legislative table was set up identifying pending legislation to improve US/Cuba relations and offering letters to go out to

Ellen Bernstein, IFCO/Pastors for Peace Associate Director, talked about the mission of the medical school in Cuba. Dallas area US representatives. Food was provided generously by the Caribbean Café, Elaine’s Kitchen, Henderson’s Chicken, and Zaguan Bakery and Café. Mrs. Wanda Banks (whose daughter is a student at Cuba’s Latin American School of Medical Sciences) baked several cakes. Housing was provided for the 21 caravanistas at two locations: Bob and Diane Baker’s home and at the Catholic Center.

Correction

Colorful buses were crammed full of building, medical and school supplies.

The Page One story in the July issue of the Dallas Peace Times stated that Daniel and Philip Berrigan were both members of the Jesuit order of priests. Daniel Berrigan is a Jesuit; however, Philip Berrigan is a member of the Josephite order.




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Dallas Peace Center Directory

ACLU of Texas, Dallas Chapter PO Box 703256 Dallas TX 75370-3256 dallasaclu@gmail.com www.aclutx.org/chapters/dallas.php ACORN - Dallas 5353 Maple Ave #200 Dallas TX 75235214-823-4580 http://www.acorn.org/index. php?id=7942 Contact: Allison Brim American Muslim Alliance 210 Parkmead Ct Arlington TX 76014-3157 817-472-0648 syedahsani@hotmail.com Contact: Mr. Syed Ahmed Ahsani Amnesty Inat’l Brookhaven Coll. 3939 Valley View Ln. Farmers Branch, TX 75244 972-860-4646 tdodd@dcccd.edu Contact: Trish Dodd Amnesty Inat’l Group 663 Coppell, Irving chip.pitts@att.net Contact: Chip Pitts Amnesty Inat’l, Group 262 2005 Park Hill Way Fort Worth TX 76110-2401 817-921-5662 wf.net/~connally/amnestydfw.html Contact: Lois Way Amnesty Inat’l, Group 205 SMU Box 750176 Dallas TX 75275-0176 214-768-3284 rhalperi@mail.smu.edu Contact: Rick Halperin Amnesty Inat’l, Mid-Cities, Group 413 817-924-7643 cwaide69@yahoo.com Contact: Curt Crum Animal Connection of Texas 660 Preston Forest Ctr Box 121 Dallas TX 75230-2739 972-551-2364 waldo@riseup.net www.animalconnectiontx.org Contact: Carol Ware

Bill of Rights Defense Committee of Greater Dallas 412 Berkshire Ln Coppell, TX 75019 214-906-9424 chip.pitts@att.net www.bordc.org Contact: Chip Pitts

Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR DFW) 12200 Ford Rd #118 Dallas, TX 75234 972-241-7233 info@cair-dfw.org www.cair-dfw.org Contact: Mustafaa Carroll

Dispute Mediation Services 4144 North Central Exwy. Suite 1010 Dallas TX 75204 214-754-0022 Fax: 214-754-0378 lagilbert@dms-adr.org www.dms-adr.org Contact: LaCrisia “Cris” Gilbert

Black Citizens for Justice, Law and Order PO Box 180042 Dallas TX 75218-0042 214-328-3722 bcjlo@aol.com www.bcjlo.org Contact: Daisy Joe

Crawford Peace House 9142 East 5th Street Crawford, TX 76638-3037 254-486-0099 www.crawfordpeacehouse.org Contact: Kay Lucas

Downwinders at Risk PO Box 763844 Dallas TX 75376-3844 972/230-3185 info@downwindersatrisk.org www.downwindersatrisk.org Contact: Becky Bornhorst

Bread for the World 14244 Coral Harbour Ct Dallas TX 75234-3875 972-241-7542 clarke@airmail.net Contact: Rita Clarke Carswell Womens Health Care Project 8633 Vanderbilt #1805 Fort Worth TX 76120 cwhcp@yahoo.com Contact: Don Campion Catholic Charities of Dallas Missions/Social Concerns 9461 LBJ Freeway, Ste. 100 Dallas, TX 75243-4537 214-520-6590 x124 Fax: 214-520-6595 ctorres@central. CatholicCharitiesDallas.org www.CatholicCharitiesDallas.org Contact: Catarina Torres Center for Survivors of Torture 4123 Junius Street Dallas, TX 75246 Fax: 214-887-1401 Phone: 214-827-2314 Email: cst@cstnet.org, sharmin@ cstnet.org www.cstnet.org Contact: Rev. Sharmin DeMoss Church Women United 214-236-1868 rodneycarolyn@sbcglobal.net Contact: Rev. Carolyn McCullough

Dallas Area Christian Progressive Alliance P.O. Box 225871 Dallas, TX 75222-5871 214-333-7577 matthew-25@earthlink.net www.dallaschristians.org Contact: Kim Batchelor Dallas Area Interfaith 1104 Lupo Dr Dallas TX 75207-5208 214-689-5988 Fax: 214-689-6865 info@dallasareainterfaith.org www.dallasareainterfaith.org Contact: Willie Bennett Dallas Sierra Club 972-416-2500 Email through website www.texas.sierraclub.org/dallas Contact: Wendel Withrow Defend Darfur Dallas Email through website www.defenddarfurdallas.org Contact: Laura McCarthy DFW International Community Alliance 12800 Hillcrest, Suite A 211 Dallas, TX 75230 972-661-2764 president@dfwinternational.org www.dfwinternational.org Contact: Anne Marie Weiss-Armush

Drums Not Guns 214-906-7528 suzanna@osuzanna.com www.drums.org Contact: Suzanna Brown FW Catholic Diocese Peace & Justice Ministry 800 W Loop 820 South Fort Worth TX 76108-2919 817-560-2452x305 lsanchez@fwdioc.org Contact: Deacon Len Sanchez Friends of Justice 3415 Ainsworth Court Arlington, Texas 76016 817-457-0025 bean_alan@att.net friendsofjustice.wordpress.com Contact: Dr. Alan Bean Hope for Peace & Justice P. O. Box 35269 Dallas, TX 75235 214-351-1432 Fax: 214-351-6099 www.h4pj.org Contact: David Plunkett Human Rights Initiative 2501 Oak Lawn Ave Ste. 850 Dallas TX 75219-4090 214-855-0520 Fax: 214-855-0793 info@hrionline.org www.hrionline.org Contact: Cannon Flowers


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of Local Allies & Friends

Interfaith Environmental Alliance 6344 Goliad Ave. Dallas TX 75214 garstu@mymailstation.com www.iea-ntx.org Contact: Gary Stuard Jobs With Justice, N TX labordallas@sbcglobal.net www.labordallas.org Contact: Gene Lantz Latinos Contra la Violencia Doméstica PO Box 36067 Dallas TX 75235-1067 214-590-4465 Contact: Alicia Chávez League of Women Voters of Dallas 2720 N Stemmons Fwy #812 Dallas TX 75207-2241 214-688-4125 Fax: 214-688-4126 Email through website www.lwvdallas.org/ Contact: Libbie T. Lee Maryknoll Affiliates 214/686-4454 keneppes@yahoo.com Contact: Ken Eppes Maryknoll Education Office 5910 Cedar Springs Rd. Dallas TX 75235-6806 214-821-4501 mkldallas@aol.com Contact: Al Mirabal Million Mom March - Dallas PO Box 7656 Dallas TX 75209-0656 972-726-6667 mmmdallas@hotmail.com http://www.millionmommarch. org/northtexas/ Contact: Jan Crabtree Mothers Against Teen Violence 2904 Floyd St., Suite F Dallas TX 75204-5962 214-565-0422 Fax: 214-565-0504 jstrickland@matvinc.org www.matvinc.org Contact: Joy Strickland

Muslim Legal Fund of America (MLFA) 833 E. Arapaho Rd. Suite # 209 Richardson, TX 75081 972-331-8364 Fax: 972-331-9094 mlfa@mlfausa.org Contact: Khalil Meek NAACP PO Box 131768 Dallas TX 75313 president@naacpdallas.org www.naacpdallas.org Contact: Casey Thomas Pax Christi Dallas 4330 Crowley Dr Dallas TX 75229 214-357-2173 hallmj@sbcglobal.net www.paxchristidallas.org Contact: Joyce Hall Peace Action Dallas 7326 Malabar Ln Dallas TX 75230-2434 214-369-9388 Jan_Sanders@sbcglobal.net Contact: Jan Sanders Peace Action Tarrant County 3500 Llano Trail Arlington TX 76015-3685 817-466-3456 peaceactiontc@yahoo.com Contact: Jim Rivers Peace & Justice Center – Arlington peace-center@te.rr.com www.arlingtonpeace.org Contact: Len Ellis Peace Farm P.O. Box 4130 Amarillo, TX 79116-4130 peacemaker@peacefarm.us www.peacefarm.us Peacemakers, Inc. 11700 Preston Road, #660168 Dallas, Texas 75230 972-239-2942 Fax. 972-239-2943 peacemakersinc@aol.com www.peacemakersincorporated.org Contact: Margaret Culgan

People Empowerment Project 345 S Edgefield Ave. Dallas, TX 75208-5930 P.O. Box 192402 Dallas, TX 75219 214-708-2460 pep@governmentbelongstous.org www.GovernmentBelongsToUs.org Contact: Suzanne Hickman PFLAG - Dallas PO Box 190193 Dallas, TX 75219-0193 Helpline: 972/77-PFLAG Fax: 972/701-9331 info@pflagdallas.org www.pflagdallas.org The Progressive Center of Texas 1409 S. Lamar St. Suite 1021 Dallas, TX 75215-1871 214-485-2720 frontdesk@progressivecenteroftexas.org www.progressivecenteroftexas.org Richland College Institute for Peace Richland College 12800 Abrams Road Dallas, TX 75243-2199 972-238-6943 sbranks@dcccd.edu Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals 362 S Industrial Blvd Dallas TX 75207-4496 214/742-7722 Fax: 214-461-1800 spca@spca.org www.spca.org Contact: Maura Davies Soka Gakkai Inat’l - USA 2600 N. Stemmons Fwy., Suite 190 Dallas TX 75207-2107 214-559-4115 vmokuria@hotmail.org http://www.sgi-usa.org/ Contact: Vicki Mokuria Texas Coal. to Abolish the Death Penalty, Dallas Chapter SMU Box 750176 Dallas TX 75275-0176 214-768-3284 dallas@tcadp.org www.tcadp.org Contact: Rick Halperin



Texas CURE, Dallas 4121 Burning Tree Ln Garland TX 75042-4633 972-276-9865 dill.c@tx.rr.com www.txcure.org Contact: Helga Dill Texas Fair Trade Coalition Sweat Free Dallas Campaign SweatFreeDallas@gmail.com http://www.texasfairtrade.org/ DallasSweatFree.html Texas Inmate Families Assoc. (972) 224-8992 swdallas@tifa.org www.tifa.org Contact: Micki Roark Texas Tenants’ Union 4228 Main St Dallas TX 75226-1145 214-823-2733 www.txtenants.org Contact: Sandy Rollins United Nations Association Dallas PO Box 801411 Dallas TX 75380-1411 972-480-5236 info@dallas-una.org www.dallas-una.org UNT Peace Studies Department of Political Science University of North Texas Denton TX 76203 940-565-2386 masontd@unt.edu www.peace.unt.edu/ Contact: David Mason Violence Intervention Program / Rape Crisis Center 4811 Harry Hines Blvd Dallas TX 75235 214-590-2926 Fax: 214-590-2705 Email through website www.parklandhospital.com/medical_ services/vip_rape_crisis Contact: Ellen Elliston West Dallas Coalition for Environmental Justice 5105 Goodman St Dallas TX 75211-1116 214-330-7947 Contact: Luis Sepulveda




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Save Honduras, save democracy, save Latin America

Photo by Tony Ulichnie

Dallasites joined Ray McGovern in paying a visit to their neighbor.

McGovern discusses Dallas’s moral duty Continued from Page One alleged that there was a connection between al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein. McGovern said, “Torture, over the centuries, has been an excellent way of getting information – just not reliable information.” Not all torture was a result of extraordinary rendition, however. McGovern said that Bush authorized the violation of the Geneva Convention in a memorandum that was mistakenly released when then-Attorney General Alberto Gonzales was trying to absolve himself. The title, “Humane Treatment of al-Qaeda and Taliban Detainees,” belied the fact that the paper authorized his senior aides to withhold Geneva Convention protections from suspected al-Qaeda and Taliban detainees. McGovern wondered aloud about our duties since we know these facts, and especially our responsibilities as neighbors of a war criminal. He said that faith leaders have a special responsibility to preach against torture – 40 percent of the U.S. population believes that torture is acceptable, but 54 percent of regular church goers have that belief. He suggested that “if you go to church and there is no mention of torture by your moral leaders, then maybe you think that it is okay.” As a way of demonstrating a proper civic attitude, after his speech on July 11, McGovern led a small group of people on a mission to talk with Bush

at his home. Upon reaching the house, he was told by a Secret Service agent that he would not be allowed to see the former president, and that police had been summoned. The group stayed outside the house for a short time while McGovern read excerpts from the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. McGovern encouraged Dallasites to start a movement for investigation: “However horrendous the crime, the precedent is worse still.” He cautioned that we not allow Das Schweigen, the Silence, which permeated Germany after World War II, to cover Dallas.

Photo by Tony Ulichnie

McGovern talks with the Secret Service agent in front of Bush’s home.

By Gene Lantz, Ricardo Ventura, and Margarita Alvarez Hardly anyone who is not a dedicated peace activist knows what is happening in Honduras and what is at stake. Those who know and care must move quickly to clarify the situation and events. Latin America’s open veins have been exploited by transnational corporations since the days of the Spanish conquest. The few leaders who have refused to kowtow to corporations have been deposed or killed. Democratically elected Honduran President Manuel Zelaya was kidnapped by the military and exiled on June 28. International condemnation followed immediately, including from the United States, the Organization of American States, the European Union, and the United Nations. All demanded that Zelaya be reinstated to office. Despite the best efforts to negotiate a solution, the military-backed Honduran usurpers have steadfastly refused any settlement that would let Zelaya return to his elected office. Civil war in Honduras looks almost inevitable, but there is even more at stake. Longtime activists will remember that Ronald Reagan’s illegal war against the people of Nicaragua and El Salvador was run from Honduras. The U.S. military still has a big base there and is undoubtedly loath to give it up, even though, by their continuing presence, they legitimize the Honduran military’s coup. Some U.S. aid has been suspended, but not all. While George Bush depleted the U.S. military in the oil-rich Middle East, democracy flourished in Latin America. Popular leaders campaigned against transnational corporations and the immensely wealthy families who helped them exploit their own people. Continued on page 8


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REGULAR MEETINGS Amnesty International Dallas Chapter Group 205 meets on 2nd Thursdays, 7:30 p.m., at Dallas Hall #138, SMU, Contact: Rick Halperin, 214-768-3284.

First Unitarian Church Social Action Council meets 1st Sundays at 10:30 a.m. in the Parish House at Preston and St. Andrews. Contact Ian Hunter, 469-261-6442.

Amnesty International Fort Worth Group 262 meets 2nd Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m., at Wesley Foundation at TCU, 2750 W. Lowden, Fort Worth. Contact Lois Way, 817-293-3445.

Interfaith Environmental Alliance meets 3rd Thursdays at 7 pm at First Community Church, 9120 Ferguson Rd. Contact: Gary Stuard, garstu@ mymailstation.com.

Amnesty International Tarrant County Group 413 meets 4th Wednesdays at 7 pm in the cafe at Borders Books in the Arlington Highlands Shopping Center (the north side of I-20 at the Matlock exit). Contacts: Curt Crum at 817-423-1372 or 817-645-9151 or Ellen Kaner at 817-691-7198.

Jobs with Justice, 7:00 p.m. every 2nd Wednesday, UAW Local 848, 2218 E Main St., Grand Prairie. Contact: Gene Lantz, www.labordallas.org.

Amnesty International Group 663 meets 3rd Thursdays, 7:00 p.m., William T. Cozby Public Library, 177 Heartz Road, Coppell, 972-304-3655. Contact Chip Pitts 214-906-9424. Animal Connection of Texas meets 2nd Saturdays, 11:00 a.m., Ctr. for Community Cooperation, 2900 Live Oak St. Contact Carol Ware, 972-5512364. Cuba Friendship Committee meets 1st Mondays, 7:00 p.m. at the Dallas Peace Center, 5910 Cedar Springs Rd. Contact 214-823-7793. Dallas Area Christian Progressive Alliance meets every 2nd Saturday, 2:00-4:00 p.m., Northaven UMC, 11211 Preston Rd. Contact Kim Batchelor at matthew-25@earthlink.net. Dallas Sierra Club meets 2nd Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m., at Center for Spiritual Living, 4801 Spring Valley Rd., Suite 115. Contact Ann Drumm, 214-350-6108, ann@dallassierraclub.org. Defend Darfur Dallas meets every 3rd Wednesday, 7:00 p.m., at Half Price Books, 5803 E. Northwest Hwy. Contact Laura McCarthy, laura-mccarthy@ sbcglobal.net.

Maryknoll Affiliates meet 2nd Saturdays, 1:00-3:00 p.m., “connecting spirituality, global vision, community and action.” Call Ken Eppes, 214-3376867. Middle East Peace Committee meets 2nd Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m., at the Dallas Peace Center, 5910 Cedar Springs Rd. Contact 214-823-7793.

PFLAG Dallas meets 2nd Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. at Northaven UMC, 11211 Preston Rd. Call 972-77-PFLAG. Race Abuse Support Group meets 4th Mondays, 7:00 p.m. Sponsored by Black Citizens for Justice, Law and Order. Helps with complaints about EEOC. Martin Luther King Community Center, Core Building, 2922 MLK Blvd., Dallas. Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, Dallas Chapter meets 3rd Wednesdays, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Basement Rotunda Area, SMU Dallas Hall, 3225 University Ave. Contact Rick Halperin, 214-768-3284; www.tcadp.org/. The Texas Inmates Families Assoc., SW Dallas Chapter, meets 2nd Thursdays, 7.00 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 310 Roaring Springs Rd., DeSoto. Call Micki Roark, 214543-8043, www.tifa.org.

NAACP meets 1st Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m., Thurgood Marshall Rec. Ctr., 5150 Mark Trail Way.

Unitarian Universalist Church of Oak Cliff Social Action Ministry meets 2nd Sundays at Noon. All are welcome. Call Stephen Betzen at 214929-3701.

North Texas for Justice & Peace meets every 3rd Sunday, 1:00-3:00 p.m. at Paperbacks Plus, 6115 La Vista. Contact: hftomlinson@riseup.net.

World Peace mtg., first Sundays, 10:00 a.m., Soka Gakkai Cultural Center, 2733 Oak Lawn. Contact Ewe Goh, 214-559-4115.

North Texas Peace Alliance meets every 4th Saturday, 10:00 a.m., at Unity Church of Christianity, 3508 Greenville Ave. @ McCommas. Contact: J Johnson, 214-532-3761.

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Pax Christi D allas meets 4th Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m. See www. paxchristidallas.org. Contact Joyce Hall, 214-357-2173, for location. Peace & Justice in Sudan Committee meets 3rd Saturdays at 11:00 a.m. Dallas Peace Center, 5910 Cedar Springs Rd. Contact 214-823-7793. Peace & Justice Center-Arlington meets 4th Sundays, 5:00 p.m., Arlington Yoga Center, 1011 Abram St., Arlington. Contact Len Ellis, 817-552-3317.

PEACE begins with ME! and

Labor for Peace now appear on the Dallas Peace Center website

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Democracy is fragile in Honduras, all of Central America Continued from page 6 After centuries of domination by foreign powers and rich landowners, however, none of those blossoming democracies can be sure of continuation. If the Honduran military can get away with an old-fashioned coup d’etat, why not the rest of Central America? Congressmen Bill Delahunt and Jim McGovern have created HR630 demanding real action to ensure the return of Zelaya and democracy. Call the Capitol Switchboard at 1-800-4736711 to demand support for HR630. For the most part, people of our own nation stood by during centuries of South American exploitation. We have an opportunity and a real possibility of doing the right thing this time.

Dallasites support Iranian freedom fighters More than 200 people gathered at Dealey Plaza on July 25 to express their solidarity with the people of Iran who are fighting for democracy, fair elections and equal rights for women. Speaker Arash Manzori likened the situation in Iran to the American Revolution. He said, “It is time to stand with courageous men and women conducting their struggle for peace.” Above, Reza Badee leads the crowd in Iranian songs.

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