News from KNOW – December 2013

News from Kalamazoo Nonviolent Opponents of War (KNOW)

December, 2013

The KNOW planning meetings are at the First Presbyterian Church downtown.  Park and enter at rear of building. The next meeting is a pot luck on December 12th at 5:00 pm.  Please join us, all are welcome.

Wow, 2013 is almost over.  As we take a moment to reflect and appreciate our families and friends, let’s dedicate ourselves to a joyous year of working for peace and justice, not doing it all, but doing what we can!


In this issue:

Josh Ruebner interview on cable access

Anti-fracking benefit concert

Michigan United celebration

documentary about drones

time to shut down Palisades before it melts down


The November 23, 2013 presentation by Josh Ruebner on the topic of Israeli/Palestinian peace and justice was very well-received by the audience at WMU.  If you were not able to make it, an interview with Josh by Don Cooney for the “Critical Issues/Alternative Views” program is now airing on cable TV.  The hour-long program is a great primer on the current situation and how it affects us.

Sundays, 8:00 pm – Charter cable channel 95

Tuesdays, 9:00 pm – Charter cable channel 97

In the next few weeks, the show will be uploaded to youtube as well.  Stay tuned.

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Anti-fracking benefit concert

sponsored by Michigan Land Air Water Defense

Sunday, Dec. 15th, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Old Dog Tavern

402 E Kalamazoo Ave, Kalamazoo

Right across the street from Bell’s Brewery and Water Street Coffee


Who Hit John?

Tasleem Jamila

Pun Plamondon

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First Annual Michigan United Celebration

This December Celebrate with Michigan United / M.O.P.
2013 Recognition & Fundraising Event
Join us to make sure the work for justice can continue

Date: Tuesday, December 10th

Time: 7pm-8:30pm

Place: Marian Hall at St. Catherine of Siena Church, 1150 West Centre Avenue, Portage

Hors d’ouevres will be served.

Suggested donation is $60, which qualifies you for a year-long membership with Michigan United, but all are welcome regardless of donation amount.

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“Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars”

The Battle Creek Air National Guard base is preparing for a future with drones.

Robert Greenwald’s newest full-length feature on the subject of drones is now available to stream for free. The documentary will only be available to stream online for a limited time.

From Code Pink:

“…Our nation is leading the way toward a new form of warfare – where pilots sitting on the ground thousands of miles away command drone strikes and where targets are (in military jargon) “neutralized,” and where unintended victims are dismissed as “collateral damage.” Close observers, both inside and outside the U.S. military, call this “video-game warfare.” These killer drone operations, directed largely by the CIA, lack necessary transparency and accountability…“

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Storage of nuclear waste at Palisades nuclear plant is problematic and potentially catastrophic.  Here’s an excerpt from a recent press release from Beyond Nuclear:

“Whether due to a tornado, an ice storm, or a tree branch touching a power line, the loss of the electrical grid to run the cooling water circulation pumps at the densely packed high-level radioactive waste storage pool at Palisades could cause boiling to begin within hours, and the high-level radioactive waste could catch on fire within a day or two,” said Kathy Barnes of Don’t Waste Michigan’s Sherwood chapter. “This is exactly what happened at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant’s Unit 4 in Japan, releasing catastrophic amounts of hazardous radioactivity directly into the environment,” she added.

To find out more, contact:

Beyond Nuclear aims to educate and activate the public about the connections between nuclear power and nuclear weapons and the need to abandon both to safeguard our future. Beyond Nuclear advocates for an energy future that is sustainable, benign and democratic.

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Thank you for taking the time to stay involved and aware.

Daniel Smith, Communications Chair KNOW

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