From: Macdonald Stainsby <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>

From: "George Snedeker" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>


January 28, 2002

The pilot issue of WAR TIMES, a new biweekly newspaper opposing the "war on
terrorism," will roll off the press on February 14. (See the WAR TIMES
prospectus and new list of national endorsers below.) Featuring an exclusive
interview with Danny Glover and a letter to President Bush from Nobel Peace
Prize winner Rigoberta Menchu, the premier of this bilingual, free
publication will be distributed in several dozen cities across the country.

But we need your help to extend WAR TIMES' reach even further and lay a
durable foundation for long-term publication. Please join hundreds of other
activists across the country by contributing in one or more of the following

***Volunteer to distribute the pilot issue to your co-workers, friends,
classmates, family and/or members of your organization. Contact us at
EBC/War Times, 1230 Market Street, PMB 409, San
Francisco, CA 94102, 510-869-5156, to let us know how many copies you would
like and make arrangements to get a bundle to you.

***Make a tax-deductible contribution by sending a check to EBC/War Times at
the address above, or sign up as a monthly sustainer with a pledge of
$10/month or more.

***Volunteer your writing, photographic, or drawing skills when WAR TIMES
goes into regular publication.

***Give us feedback on WAR TIMES' pilot issue so we can make changes and
improvements for the first regular issue.

***Pass this message on to others who want to see a regular, accessible and
hard-hitting anti-"war on terrorism" message reach hundreds of thousands of
people in every community, constituency and region of the country.

***If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, come to the big WAR TIMES
launch party, Saturday, Feb. 16, Noon- 4pm, Mandela Village/Youth
Empowerment Center, 1357 Fifth Street, West Oakland, to discuss and
strategize about the current "educational moment" and then fan out to
distribute thousands of copies of this free paper all across the northern Ca
lifornia (childcare provided but please RSVP; wheelchair accessible).

With your help, WAR TIMES can hit the ground with tremendous momentum and
make a difference at this perilous time for our country and the world. We
hope to hear from you.

Organizing Committee (organizations listed for identification purposes

Jan Adams, former associate director, Applied Research Center
Linda Burnham, executive director, Women of Color Resource Center
Jung Hee Choi, Women of Color Resource Center
Max Elbaum, former managing editor, CrossRoads magazine
Arnoldo Garcia, National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
Adam Gold, STORM
Rebecca Gordon, Seminarians for Peace
Felicia Gustin, co-director, Speak Out
Van Jones, national executive director, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
Elizabeth (Betita) Martinez, director, Institute for MultiRacial Justice
Steve Williams, executive director, POWER
Bob Wing, former executive editor, ColorLines magazine

Partial List of Endorsers (organizations listed for identification purposes

Karin Aguilar-San Juan, author and professor, Macalester College
Michael Albert, Z/Znet
Michelle Alexander, ACLU of Northern California
American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, San Francisco Chapter
Jane Bai, executive director, CAAAV--Organizing Asian Communities
Frances Beal, national secretary, Black Radical Congress
Phyllis Bennis, Institute for Policy Studies
Larry Bensky, KPFA
Blase Bonpane, director, Office of the Americas
Paul Buhle, author and teacher, Brown University
Douglas Calvin, executive director, Youth Leadership Support Network
Sue Chan, M.D., medical director, Oakland Asian Health Services
Pamela Chiang, environmental justice activist
Noam Chomsky, professor, MIT
Kathleen Cleaver, co-director, Human Rights Research Fund
Chris Crass, writer and activist
Joy Crocker, Church Women United
Hunter Cutting, executive director, We Interrupt This Message
Malkia Cyril, We Interrupt This Message
Barbara Dane, musician
Gary Delgado, executive director, Applied Research Center
Antonio Diaz, executive director, PODER
Junot Diaz, writer
Kim Diehl, co-director, Southerners on New Ground
Hari Dillon, president, Vanguard Foundation
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, author and professor of women's and ethnic studies
Louise Dunlap, Writing for Social Change
James Early, board chair, Institute for Policy Studies
Michael Eisenscher, Labor Committee for Peace and Justice
Kim Fellner, executive director, National Organizers Alliance
Bob Forsberg, editor, Sequoia Interreligious Newsmagazine
Frances Fox-Piven, author and professor, CUNY Graduate School
Joseph Gerson, organizer and educator
Fred Goff, Data Center
Chester Hartman, executive director, Poverty & Race Research Action Council
Francisco Herrera, cultural worker, Caminante
Phil Hutchings, racial justice activist
James Jennings, author and teacher, Tufts University
Joo-Hyun Kang, executive director, The Audre Lorde Project
Pam Kelly, director, Unitarian Universalists for a Just Economic Community
Hany Khalil, New York labor and community organizer
Mel King, activist
Yuri Kochiyama, activist
Chris Kromm, director, Institute for Southern Studies
Winona LaDuke, Indigenous Women's Network
Nomy Lamm, queer writer/performer
Gerald Lenoir, board member, HIV Education and Prevention Project of Alameda
Julie Light, managing editor, CorpWatch
Yolanda Lopez, visual artist
Miriam Ching Yoon Louie, activist and author of Sweatshop Warriors
Ying Lee, Peoples Non-Violent Response Coalition
Brutha Los, artist/educator, Company of Prophets
Barbara Lubin, executive director, Middle East Childrens Alliance
Eric Mann, executive director, Labor Community Strategy Center
Esperanza Martell, ProLibertad
Sharon Martinas, Challenging White Supremacy Workshops
Stephen McNeil, American Friends Service Committee
Sara Mersha, executive director, Direct Action for Rights and Equality
Juana Alicia Montoya, artist
Richard Moore, executive director, Southwest Network for Economic and
Environmental Justice
Cherrie Moraga, author
Iris Morales, educator and filmmaker
Nancy Nadel, Oakland city councilperson
Gus Newport, former mayor of Berkeley
Peter Olney, Institute for Labor and Employment
Samuel Orozco, Radio Bilingue
Richie Perez, Justice Committee/National Congress for Puerto Rican Rights
Eric Quezada, SF Mission District organizer
Colin Rajah, executive director, Just Act
Adrienne Rich, poet
Bruce Richard, vice president, 1199 SEIU
Wilson Riles, former city councilperson and progressive Oakland mayoral
Luz Rodriguez, co-director, Center to Support Immigrant Organizing
David Roediger, labor historian
Loretta Ross, executive director, National Center for Human Rights Education
Seminarians for Peace
Irwin Silber, writer
Andrea Smith, Incite! Women of Color Against Violence
Abdi Soltani, executive director, Californians for Justice
Dona Spring, Berkeley city councilperson
Students for Justice in Palestine
Julia Sudbury, ethnic studies chair, Mills College
Judy Talaugon, Chumash/Cebuano, Atajes Art & Cultural Resources
Makani Themba-Nixon, The Praxis Project
Anthony Thigpenn, Strategy Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education
Mark Toney, executive director, Center for Third World Organizing
Walter Turner, board president, Global Exchange
Karen Wald, journalist
Tim Wise, anti-racism activist and writer
Helen Zia, writer and co-author of Wen Ho Lee's story
Howard Zinn, historian and author of A People's History of the United States



A New, Biweekly Newspaper Opposing the "War on Terrorism"

The terrorist attacks of September 11 marked the beginning of a new and
frightening period in our history. Thousands of people died that day, and
their families along with the country as a whole are still struggling to
recover. But President Bush's response of  "permanent war against terrorism
at home and abroad" has further endangered the lives and liberties of
millions of people everywhere.

The world's most powerful nation has mercilessly bombed Afghanistan and is
installing a neo-colonial government of its own choosing, although that
country has never attacked the U.S. Millions of Afghans have been displaced
and face starvation this winter. The administration has also green-lighted
massive Israeli assaults on Palestine, and it threatens to attack Iraq,
Lebanon, Somalia, and other countries. The agenda seems clear: to remake the
world in the rightwing image with little regard for human consequences.

At home, we are seeing a wholesale attack on constitutionally guaranteed
civil liberties, especially those of immigrants and other people of color.
The administration has institutionalized racial profiling and is secretly
rounding up thousands of Arab Americans and other people of Middle Eastern
background. At the same time, it is giving billions to the military,
offering huge bailouts and tax incentives to corporations and the wealthy
while ignoring the hundreds of thousands of laid off workers, and cutting
social services. All in all, we face a second, different kind of war, a
domestic war, in which longstanding racism and inequity are multiplying.
Both form part of a long-range strategy to turn the clock back on past gains
and consolidate U.S. global domination.

Peace, safety, and justice at home are more than ever linked to peace and
justice abroad. To end the "permanent war," we need to build a mass movement
against U.S. interventions abroad and link to it the struggles for social
justice. The security and livelihood of people across the globe depend on
success in this fight.


Such a movement must be constructed step-by-step. After initial emergency
actions in the wake of the first bombing of Afghanistan, we are all
struggling to strategize how to build the movement, how to dig in for the
long haul yet still prepare for emergencies. We are becoming aware of the
twists and turns that this war may take, and trying to come up with
successful responses.

The majority of people in the U.S. appear to back the "war on terrorism" at
this time. There is some opposition to some of the most extreme domestic
measures, especially the military tribunals. Pro-war sentiment among African
Americans is known to be less than solid. But overall Bush has won support
and is currently eyeing new targets.

The mainstream media in the U.S. have largely capitulated to the war drive,
filtering their presentation of the news through "patriotism." Important
stories and information are ignored, buried, or presented in a pro-war
context. Some of the progressive press is doing a heroic job, especially
over the Internet, but little of it is geared for outreach to new audiences.

On the positive side, pockets of opposition have appeared across the
country. There are signs of discontent over the economic effects of
intensified militarism which are hurting a wide range of people here, from
airport workers to students. And there are unusual openings for progressives
to join the public discussion of U.S. foreign and national policy. This is
an "educational moment," and the proposed new publication is aimed at
maximizing our ability to take advantage of it.

THE NEW PUBLICATION: A Voice of and for the Movement

To broaden and deepen the fight against the Bush program requires compiling
information and analysis, and putting them into the hands of large numbers
of readers. To help meet this challenge, we propose the publication of a
free, mass produced, biweekly, and nationally distributed tabloid-sized
newspaper. It will be a valuable outreach and education tool for organizers
on the ground and an entryway for new people into the peace and justice
movement. It will complement existing publications and be backed by a modest
Internet operation that would introduce people to the already developed
anti-war Web presence.

Content: War Times will present a view of the world that makes opposition to
Bush's program urgent, vivid, and logical. To do so, it will be designed
with an artistic sense, using photos, cartoons, and other graphic elements
throughout. Overall, it must be popular, attractive, have flair, and utilize
humor and poetry as well as information and analysis. It will be bilingual
at least in part, beginning with Spanish.

War Times is intended to track the development of the war at home and
abroad, spotlighting the dire consequences of Bush's program for human
beings and the earth. It will provide backgrounders, facts, and clear,
readable analysis. It will report on the work of the developing peace and
justice movement as well as anti-racist struggles, thus providing an
important representation of the possibility, vitality, and importance of
opposition. Articles will be based on reliable and widely accepted
information sources, both domestic and international.

Audience: Its audience will be those most open to criticism of the
government's actions but not yet part of the movement against Bush's program
of  "permanent war." Currently this includes many peoples of color,
students, women, and religious folk. War Times will work to reach more
workers and labor movement people. It will change and grow over time, and
link up with new communities. At the same time, the publication will keep
the anti-war movement itself abreast of new developments, including news
about movement activities around the country.

Distribution: The newspaper will be free so that it can be widely
distributed through drops, by organizations and individuals, and by bundle
agents. The lead site for the project will be Northern California, but it
will be distributed nationally. A pilot issue, scheduled to be published in
February, will be used to launch the base for distribution as well as to
build support.

Finances:  We estimate the first year's budget as just over $500,000 for a
biweekly publication. We will seek foundation funding but expect most of the
money to come from individuals and organizations.


The project is in its early stages and needs input at every level. To date,
we have formed a talented, multi-racial and multi-generational group in the
Bay Area to organize the project. We have received input from different
people and have some initial fundraising commitments. We will publish a
pilot issue by February 15 and use it to begin building a huge distribution
system and to organize financial support.

To give us your feedback, volunteer your assistance, make a tax deductible
donation (check to EBC/War Times) or for more information, contact us at
EBC/War Times, 1230 Market Street, PMB 409, San
Francisco, CA 94102, 510-869-5156.

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