Friday, April 23, 2010

More on Obama in Asheville NC


Credit to Asheville Citizen-Times - President Barack Obama's cars and advance team arrives at Asheville Regional Airport Thursday morning. (Gary Civitello/Special to the Citizen-Times)

UPDATING: Still not much more but a video (Obama and Michelle eating at 12 Ribs) & news feed more from Mountain Xpress: here News sure seems to have muted the peace protests but am awaiting some good write-ups from the peace folk soon.

A dear friend and our son both reported on seeing the staff cars and the feeling of elation to see Obama so close to home. Sadly, as long as the wars/occupations and the crimes related continue to go on - there's certainly no enthusiasm on my part. (Except as we can use each opportunity for peace.)

From Asheville Citizen-Times - Not too much to this article except reporting the flurry that might happen for any celebrity. Notes on the GOP's comments and the Tea-party protest...

As expected, we'll need to look elsewhere for reports on those protesting the wars/occupations...

See full article and video here

This Comment page is sorely in need of some PEACE & Justice comments soon (I plan to do so after taking pets for a walk): here

Back soon to give you some REAL reports on Peace Activism from peace friends in Asheville area...

8 comments:

Connie L. Nash said...

At long last there's something quite substantial to come out of the day of protests to Obama's stance on war in Asheville, NC!

My friend Susan who is doing peace work through thick or thin and has enabled lots of goodwill and practical help to flow to those in need of limbs and people in need of clean water and sewing machines for jobs!

Asheville Citizen-Times

We need to end the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq

April 24, 2010
Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. made a speech in April 1967 where he said “we are deeply in need of a new way beyond the darkness.”

I believe that is true of today's times also. We are now closing down on almost nine years of war in Afghanistan, with no end in sight. We have been in Iraq for over seven years, with a promise of withdrawal that is moving at a snail's pace.

Today, as back then, actions are needed to “save the soul of America.”

Today, we are supporting a government in Afghanistan that is totally corrupt and without popular support inside the country. We are regularly killing and hurting civilians, even as we are proposing to “liberate” them. As in Vietnam and Iraq, we are poisoning the water and the land. And while doing all this, we are inspiring others to acts of terrorism against our own country. This madness must cease.

Our country is dealing in the three vices of militarism, poverty and racism. If they are left to continuously fester, they will destroy us. To President Obama, I would like to say that war is not peace, and it is not a peace prize either.

Susan Oehler, Asheville

See COMMENTS next comment in response to Susan's article:

Connie L. Nash said...

GO here for COMMENTS to Susan's article posted in the first Comment:

http://www.citizen-times.com/comments/article/20100424/OPINION02/100423012/We-need-to-end-the-wars-in-Afghanistan-Iraq

Connie L. Nash said...

Notice from activist friends...evidently to air tomorrow - check out the link...it would be Eastern Standard Time...about 9 hours behind Karachi...

Our Southern Community - R.E.A.L.I.T.Y.
http://www.oursoutherncommunity.org
"Our Southern Community" offers a special "Postcards to the President" program, comments from the people of Western North Carolina as President Obama and family vacations in Asheville at the Grove Park Inn. ...

Connie L. Nash said...

More from Clare Hanrahan: War Resisters League-Asheville Greeting the President in Asheville
9 hours ago ·

Comments:
John Lloyd Scharf I am a Vietnam Vet. When the "Connie 9" came aboard the Constellation, I was on the security detail for them. I was temporarily assigned to duty with the Ship's Master-At-Arms. Of those nine men, most of them were more caught up by the infamous Fonda. One, however, was an Arkansan with pale skin and red hair.

I always ...considered Kerry a treacherous backstabber, but this man was a true CO and read his bible regularly. I have a great deal of respect for this CO.

If you know him, let him know I said so.

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How about joining the Summer Camp Out For Peace in DC ? I was born in Asheville and am a longtime anti-war activist and photojournalist.

SEE: accountabilityfortorturenc.org.
accountabilityfortorturenc.org.
April 3 at 6:49am ·


War Resisters League-Asheville
War Resisters League-Asheville Naomi Wolf: "I believe in trans-partisan organizing...we need to get back into grappling with people we disagree with if we are going to restore this republic."
t r u t h o u t | Naomi Wolf: Tea Parties Help Fight Fascism
www.truthout.org In her bestselling End of America, Naomi Wolf outlines the 10 warning signs that America is headed toward a fascist takeover. Using historical precedents, she explains how our government is mimicking those ...

Older...not too late...
War Resisters League-Asheville
War Resisters League-Asheville War Crimes Times! Spring issue went to press today. Order your copies now for distribution ...Great interviews, provocative essays, film reviews, etc. etc. A project of Veterans for Peace.
War Crimes Times
www.WarCrimesTimes.org

March 30 at 11:12am · Share
War Resisters League-Asheville Good turnout to hear activist journalist Karl Grossman speak on U.S. plans to weaponize and dominate space.

WRL Asheville joined with Physicians for Social Responsibility of Western North Carolina and 20 other local organizations in sponsoring this event.

Thanks due especially to Leah Karpen, longtime PSR and WRL member...r, Mary Olsen of Nuclear Information Resource Services, and Dr. Lew Patrie, President of PSR WNC.

Connie L. Nash said...

More from Clare Hanrahan: War Resisters League-Asheville Greeting the President in Asheville
9 hours ago ·

Comments:
John Lloyd Scharf I am a Vietnam Vet. When the "Connie 9" came aboard the Constellation, I was on the security detail for them. I was temporarily assigned to duty with the Ship's Master-At-Arms. Of those nine men, most of them were more caught up by the infamous Fonda. One, however, was an Arkansan with pale skin and red hair.

I always ...considered Kerry a treacherous backstabber, but this man was a true CO and read his bible regularly. I have a great deal of respect for this CO.

If you know him, let him know I said so.

=========
How about joining the Summer Camp Out For Peace in DC ? I was born in Asheville and am a longtime anti-war activist and photojournalist.

==========

SEE earlier post/note from War-Resisters League: accountabilityfortorturenc.org.
accountabilityfortorturenc.org.
April 3 at 6:49am ·


War Resisters League-Asheville
War Resisters League-Asheville Naomi Wolf: "I believe in trans-partisan organizing...we need to get back into grappling with people we disagree with if we are going to restore this republic."
t r u t h o u t | Naomi Wolf: Tea Parties Help Fight Fascism
www.truthout.org In her bestselling End of America, Naomi Wolf outlines the 10 warning signs that America is headed toward a fascist takeover. Using historical precedents, she explains how our government is mimicking those ...

Older...War Resisters League-Asheville War Resisters League-Asheville War Crimes Times! Spring issue went to press today. Order your copies now for distribution ...Great interviews, provocative essays, film reviews, etc. etc. A project of Veterans for Peace.
War Crimes Times
www.WarCrimesTimes.org

March 30 at 11:12am · Share
War Resisters League-Asheville Good turnout to hear activist journalist Karl Grossman speak on U.S. plans to weaponize and dominate space.

WRL Asheville joined with Physicians for Social Responsibility of Western North Carolina and 20 other local organizations in sponsoring this event.

Thanks due especially to Leah Karpen, longtime PSR and WRL member...r, Mary Olsen of Nuclear Information Resource Services, and Dr. Lew Patrie, President of PSR WNC.

==========
Also look up Veterans Voices Radio and Television Asheville North Carolina!

Connie L. Nash said...

More from Clare Hanrahan: War Resisters League-Asheville Greeting the President in Asheville
9 hours ago ·

Comments:
John Lloyd Scharf I am a Vietnam Vet. When the "Connie 9" came aboard the Constellation, I was on the security detail for them. I was temporarily assigned to duty with the Ship's Master-At-Arms. Of those nine men, most of them were more caught up by the infamous Fonda. One, however, was an Arkansan with pale skin and red hair.

I always ...considered Kerry a treacherous backstabber, but this man was a true CO and read his bible regularly. I have a great deal of respect for this CO.

If you know him, let him know I said so.

=========
How about joining the Summer Camp Out For Peace in DC ? I was born in Asheville and am a longtime anti-war activist and photojournalist.

SEE: accountabilityfortorturenc.org.
accountabilityfortorturenc.org.
April 3 at 6:49am ·


War Resisters League-Asheville
War Resisters League-Asheville Naomi Wolf: "I believe in trans-partisan organizing...we need to get back into grappling with people we disagree with if we are going to restore this republic."
t r u t h o u t | Naomi Wolf: Tea Parties Help Fight Fascism
www.truthout.org In her bestselling End of America, Naomi Wolf outlines the 10 warning signs that America is headed toward a fascist takeover. Using historical precedents, she explains how our government is mimicking those ...

Older...not too late...
War Resisters League-Asheville
War Resisters League-Asheville War Crimes Times! Spring issue went to press today. Order your copies now for distribution ...Great interviews, provocative essays, film reviews, etc. etc. A project of Veterans for Peace.
War Crimes Times
www.WarCrimesTimes.org

March 30 at 11:12am · Share
War Resisters League-Asheville Good turnout to hear activist journalist Karl Grossman speak on U.S. plans to weaponize and dominate space.

WRL Asheville joined with Physicians for Social Responsibility of Western North Carolina and 20 other local organizations in sponsoring this event.

Thanks due especially to Leah Karpen, longtime PSR and WRL member...r, Mary Olsen of Nuclear Information Resource Services, and Dr. Lew Patrie, President of PSR WNC.

Anonymous said...

gary civitello good photography

Anonymous said...

gary civitello of Asheville, NC took these photo,s for the asheville.citizen times news paper he happened by the airport in fltcher NC.on his motorcycle and out rolled several seceret service motorcade cars including THE BEAST for obamas visit the next day