Our good friend, Edna Whittier, has sent a sample letter if you wish to contact local politicians about the UN International Arms Treaty. She also recommends that you contact President Obama and provides a contact address. Again, you can reach your local politician through “http://www.contactingthecongress.org/“.
The following is a sample of the email I sent to President Obama and Senator Warner.
I googled “president obama’s phone number email address” and got “http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/write-or-call”
I filled out the form and wrote the following. I also did the same google for Senator Warner and will for Senator Kaine. And, for what it is worth, I will do the same for my representative Morgan Griffith.
Please feel free to use any or all of this sample to copy and paste to your representatives, the president, etc.
This is in support of the UN International Arms Trade Treaty and reducing the number of rounds in a firearms magazine clip, restoring the Assault Weapons Ban, enforcing background checks for firearms and eliminating the gun show loopholes.
This is a healthcare issue, a homeland security issue and a foreign policy issue.
Please help reduce the number of deaths by American-born terrorists using assault weapons by banning such weapons.
Please reduce the number of bullets in a clip. Remember that there would have been more killed at the Arizona shooting of Rep. Gabby Giffords except that the shooter had to reload and a woman grabbed his arm so that he couldn’t reload.
Please help save women and children in Africa by supporting and signing the UN International Arms Trade Treaty.
Dear friends, Some Plowshare supporters are continuing to talk informally about efforts we might make to reduce gun violence. In the meantime, here is something you can do. The United Nations is working on an international treaty to regulate the global arms trade. The National Rifle Association -and until recently President Obama -oppose this. Please contact your Senators and Representatives urging them to support a treaty. A contact form can be found at “http://www.contactingthecongress.org/“. It should be clear to us all after these many years that politicians will do nothing about gun violence unless citizens pressure them. Only you can do something about this. Below is more information from the show “Democracy Now!”,
ARM TREATY INFORMATION As the debate over gun control intensifies in the United States, work continues on an international treaty to regulate the global arms trade. On Monday, the United Nations General Assembly voted to reopen negotiations on the treaty. The United States dropped its opposition after stonewalling talks in July, a move that prompted critics to accuse President Obama of caving to congressional Republicans and the National Rifle Association in an election year. “I have not seen anywhere else in the world a gun lobby that has the same level of influence
on its own government as the NRA does in the United States,” says Andrew Feinstein, author of “The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade” and a former African National Congress member of Parliament in South Africa. “The U.S.
buys and sells almost as much weaponry as the rest of the world combined. So what happens in the U.S. is going to have enormous impact on the rest of the world.” The Amy Goodman Show 12-26-12 You can find the show on this web site
Each year Plowshare Peace and Justice Center awards to an individual or group in the Roanoke region an award recognizing outstanding public service to the cause of peace and social justice. The PEACEMAKER OF THE YEAR AWARD is presented as part of Plowshare’s annual Fall Celebration event at Grandin Gardens. Nominations are welcome from anyone in the community. This year’s recipient went to Tom Nasta who has been with the Peace Center since its founding in 1973. Thank you Tom for all your consistent work to keep Plowshare running throughout the years!
Peacemaker_NOMINATION_FORM Please send in the nomination form with your favorite peacemaker in Roanoke and a brief description.
The Holiday Parade in the Grandin Village. It is the same day as the monthly vigil and the “Organizing 101 Workshop” (see events). Thank you to those came to walk with us, carry hand made signd and hand out our “P” is for Peace, coloring book page to children along the route.
Plowshare has attended festivals during the year including, Earth day, Local Colors, Catawba Farm Fest, Pride in the Park, Labor Day Parade, the Pagan Festival and the Latin Festival. Plowshare shares information about our programs and sells cool t-shirts and buttons which are great conversation starters. For information about Plowshare at festivals, contact Polly, firstname.lastname@example.org or call Gary to pick a time to come volunteer at the table for an hour or two . 989-0393 .
There have been many new and young interested people meeting with us to learn about the Peace Center. We set up a table at Earth Day and Local Colors, the Latin Fest, Pride int he Park, Catawba Farm Fest and other festivals, where we have T-shirts and Stickers along with all of our literature, and calendar of events. The Plowshare Information Table needs people to sit at it for various festivals throughout the year. Does this sound like something you’d like to help with? Call Polly if you can volunteer at a festival. 540-774-6232 or email@example.com
Recently Occupy Roanoke has encouraged others to join the Move Your Money movement. As a result, Plowshare Peace Center has moved its treasury to a local credit union. We urge you to do so, too. Below is a link to the Move Your Money group and some information from their website:
The Move Your Money project is a nonprofit campaign that encourages individuals and institutions to divest from the nation's largest Wall Street banks and move to local financial institutions. Little has changed to prevent another financial crisis or to end 'Too Big To Fail,' and with Congress unwilling to act, we are encouraging individuals to take power into their own hands by voting with their dollars and no longer contributing to a financial system that has led our country astray. We are a campaign that gives people real, concrete actions they can take to create a more sane, stable and localized banking system.
Gary Sandman Plowshare Director
Press coverage about vigil
Plowshare Peace Center holds peace vigil in Roanoke, Source: wdbj7.com
Members of the Plowshare peace group returned to their spot outside the Roanoke City Market Building on Saturday.
Roanoke City Market Building peace vigils resume A ruling by a federal judge paved the way for a settlement to allow Plowshare Peace and Justice Center to continue holding public assemblies.
Please visit: http://www.roanoke.com/news/roanoke/wb/303839
Check this out – http://wsls.com/ar/1629586/
Thanks to those who turned out for the silent peace vigil today. We had about 40 people, twice our usual group. We were particularly pleased to see Occupy Roanoke people present.
Passerby were very supportive, honking and flashing peace signs. Some people brought us donuts and others hot chocolate. The businesses -whom the City Market Building Foundation were concerned we were going to disrupt -in fact, offered to bring us out water and to store people's belongings during the vigil. And after the vigil, most of us went into the City Market Building and had lunch.
This is what free speech look like. Thanks, Roanoke!
Gary Sandman Plowshare Director
540-989-0393 www.plowshareva.org Facebook page at plowshare peace center
PS Channels 7 and 10 and the Roanoke Times covered the event. Please check them out.
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