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Dangers of Dirty Water Every day, 2,000 children die from diarrhea caused by unsafe drinking water and poor sanitation. Together, with your assistance, we can save the equivalent of 100 kindergarten classes every day! Filters are inexpensive, durable, and made of locally available materials (sand, gravel, and cement). A Filter that provides clean water for a family costs approximately $50 and will work for up to 30 years with almost no maintenance needed. Fabricating and installing BioSand Water Filters is a proven local micro-business that can and does create local jobs and generates needed income. We help people help themselves. Come join us! www.friendlywater.netNap for Life

Nap for Life© Friendly Water for the World Founding Board Member Dennis Mills turned 70 on December 4th. When his wife Anne asked him what he wanted for his birthday, he thought for a moment, and then replied, “All I really want is to take a nap.” From this insight, Nap for Life© was born. During the next 12 months, through Nap for Life© (a project of Friendly Water for the World) will invite people to sponsor 500 hours worth of naps for Dennis, at $25 an hour. Dennis is equipped with a traditional Irish stocking cap and nightshirt. Nap for Life is a unique way that you can help provide BioSand Water Filters through sponsoring my naps at $25/hr. Two sponsored hours provide one filter to a family, school or orphanage!

Supporters will also be invited to become Solidarity Napsters and take their own Nap for Life©, catching forty winks of their own sponsored by friends and neighbors, with proceeds going to Friendly Water for the World’s clean water efforts. For an extra contribution, Dennis will take a nap with a favorite stuffed animal of the sponsor’s choice. Donors of more than $100 will receive a stocking cap signed by Dennis.

Asked about this new Nap for Life© career opportunity, Dennis stifled a yawn and smiled, and replied, “It’s going to be hard work, but somebody’s gotta do it.”

Muslims Need NOT APPLY Millions of aspiring Americans apply to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) each year. But under a previously unknown national security program known as the “Controlled Application Review and Resolution Program” (CARRP), the government excludes many applicants from Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim and South Asian communities from these opportunities by delaying and denying their applications without legal authority. Learn more about CARRP and how it has harmed the naturalization process.




Marked for deportation, Iraq war resisters fight to stay in Canada

What the US Media Won't Tell You About Ukraine

Ukraine: an analysis

Ukraine: The Enemy of Your Enemy is Not Always Your Friend

Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence:Declaration of Independence from the War in Vietnam
by Martin Luther King, Jr (Word)

Is the Threat of Terrorism Real? By John Scales Avery "Terrorism is an invented threat. Our military industrial complex invented it to take the place of the threat of communism after the end of the Cold War. They invented it so that they would be able to continue spending 1,700,000,000,000 dollars each year on armaments, an amount almost too large to be imagined."

10 Facts About US Withdrawal from Afghanistan

Critical Thinking

The Intercept

US Military Intervention in Africa

Dennis Kucinich | Keystone XL Would RAISE Gas Prices

Dennis Kucinich, News Report: “A foreign-owned oil company is playing us for fools. In order to convince Americans to accept a pipeline that will result in higher gas prices, we have been bombarded with a public relations campaign to convince us that the pipeline is a good idea. ‘It may be a good idea to foreign investors, but the Keystone XL pipeline is a bad idea for American consumers, a bad idea for America’s fledgling economy, a bad idea for our health and a bad idea for our environment,’ said Kucinich. ‘Say no to the Keystone tax.’”


The Coming Intifada by Ali Jarbawi

The Only Thing We Have to Fear...Is the CIA By Ray McGovern

How Walter Wink confronted violence by Ken Butigan

Incalculable: The human cost of NATO’s war on Afghanistan

Olympia Food Coop Lawsuit

The Pretend Society - S. Brian Wilson

The Blowback of TINA John Feiffer 3/6/2012

Top Ten Dangers for Obama of Iran Sanctions on behalf of Israel Juan Cole 3/5/2012

AIPAC Works for the 1 Percent - Chris Hedges 2/5/2012

What Are Iran's Intentions? - Noam Chomsky 3/4/2012

Peace, Justice Groups Target AIPAC at Summit 3/2/2012

How Swedes and Norwegians broke the power of the ‘1 percent’ While many of us are working to ensure that the Occupy movement will have a lasting impact, it’s worthwhile to consider other countries where masses of people succeeded in nonviolently bringing about a high degree of democracy and economic justice.  2/8/2012

The Imperative of Revolutionary Nonviolence Nonviolence requires renunciation of any and all claims to disproportionate privileges and power acquired by personal or imperial attitudes and actions of violence. S. Brian Wilson 1/1/1994

Pentagon plans US-backed war against Syria The Pentagon has drawn up plans for military intervention in Syria. 2/10/2012

White House, US Courts & EPA Shaft Veterans to Protect Monsanto The US government has shielded Monsanto and Dow from the massive cost of medical treatment for victims and environmental remediation cleanup costs that would drive these corporations into bankruptcy. 2/7/2012

Thank YouFor Standing Up - Chris Hedges “The real debate, the debate raised by the Occupy movement about inequality, corporate malfeasance, the destruction of the ecosystem, and the security and surveillance state, is the only debate that matters.” 1/24/2012

Repeal the Farce of 'Corporate Personhood' - Jim Hightower's Blog 1/19/2012

US Troops going to Israel January 2, 2012. Jerusalem. In one of the most blacked-out stories in America right now, the US military is preparing to send thousands of US troops, along with US Naval anti-missile ships and accompanying support personnel, to Israel. 

Noam Chomsky on the US-Afghan Strategic Partnership: 'Part of a Global Program of World Militarization’ This is a transcript of a conversation between members of the Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers and Noam Chomsky, which took place on September 21, 2011.

Military - War - Miltary Industrial War Complex - Drones

In Iraq, peace at last op-ed by Tom Hayden

US Deaths in Afghanistan: Obama vs Bush. Click here to learn more.

Irad Pledge

“If the United States applies increased sanctions, invades, bombs, sends combat troops or drones, or otherwise significantly escalates its intervention in Iran or the region directly or through support of its allies, I pledge to join with others to engage in acts of legal protest and/or nonviolent civil disobedience to prevent or halt the death and destruction which U.S. military actions would cause to the people of Iran, the Middle East, our communities at home, and the planet itself.”


Action Items to Consider


Handbooks and Guides - Tools for Researching Militarism Fellowship of Reconciliation

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