On August 1st a reporter on Aljazeera America News describing the carnage in Rafah said “today I saw several children…I have to say…I have never seen children look so shell shocked.” On the internet there is a picture of a very young child sitting on stones next to dead parents.
Has our Government no memory, no mercy, no shame, or is it that our holders of office fear loss of support if compliance with and assistance to the Government of Israel is not accepted as a ‘given’ duty?
In April 2007, three Granny Peace Brigade (GPB) members attended the 14th Congress, Women’s International Democratic Federation (WIDF) in Caracas. Venezuela. After hearing representatives‘ countless reports on status of women and children in their respective countries, it was clear that U.S. military installations were responsible for deplorable physical, social, cultural, economic , political, and environmental harm.
At the initiation of the GPBrigade members, the U.S. delegation, presented a resolution calling for closure of all U.S. military bases. It was adopted unanimously by the Congress. The No Bases Committee of the GPB was established to work toward the closing of all U.S. military bases on foreign soil. The Brigade supports the International Network for the Abolition of Foreign Military Bases formed in Quito, Ecuador, March 2007 and the Resolution of the 14th Congress of WIDF, April 2007
Our children and grandchildren are special, and it’s our job to keep them that way. That is why we are asking you to join with us in the “Smart Toys for Smart Kids” initiative. Does that video game promote violence? That ‘onesie’ may be adorable, but do you really want to see your grandbaby dressed in military camouflage? The subtle and not-so-subtle messaging of toys, games and even clothing can have an impact on impressionable young children.
Outside Target in Brooklyn during a grass-roots, granny-powered consumer education project, A U.S. Army veteran with a 4-year-old son told of his concern that he will be unable to counteract the messages of war directed at his son by movies, television and our government.)
Do you have a toy recommendation? We’d love to hear about it.
Here are ideas from us for someGreat Shoe Box Gifts:
(Make one or create your own)
(If you don’t have a shoe box, a plastic food storage container is fine. Sandwich bags or small food containers will help keep things organized. Add decorations and/or instructions to give your present that personal touch.)
Play Dough Box • buy a can of Play-Doh or Make Your Own • garlic press • plastic knife • popsicle sticks • wooden dowel • plastic lids • small tray/plate • buttons/beads •
Rescue/First Aid Box • flashlight • band aids • fabric strips/ bandages • ace bandage • sling • eye patch • gauze • stethoscope • surgical mask •
Diary/Scrap Book Box • blank journal or notebook (Glue a picture of the child you are giving this to on the front of the notebook.) • drawing supplies like colored pencils, crayons and/or watercolors • stick-on labels • origami paper or other colored paper • blunt scissors • glue stick •
Committed to the struggle to make a safe and peaceful world for all children and grandchildren