Monday, October 6, 2008

OMNI newsletter for Oct. 5, 2008

Omni Newsletter October 5, 2008‏
From: Omnicenter Communications (omninews@listserv.uark.edu) on behalf of Melanie Dietzel (wildwoman1048@yahoo.com)
Sent: Mon 10/06/08 12:34 AM
Reply-to: Melanie Dietzel (wildwoman1048@yahoo.com)
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October 5, 2008 OMNI CENTER NEWSLETTER

Editor:
Melanie Dietzel, 479-442-8600
Pease send upcoming events
to this email address: melaniedietzel@yahoo.com

OMNICENTER---UPCOMING EVENTS,
MEETINGS and CALENDAR

Special Messages

PEACE ON
EARTH MUSICAL FESTIVAL
SATURDAY,
OCTOBER 11, 1P.M.-7P.M.
GREEK THEATER,
U OF A CAMPUS
Food will be served at 4:00p.m., Musical performances include: David’s
Pegasus, The fFamily Dogs, The Dr.and The Deal, The New Clicke’s
Also Flame-throwing pyrokinetic performance.
Sponsored by Omni UA.
NO NEW COAL
PLANTS RALLY
Saturday October 18th, 1 p.m., State
Capitol Steps
We will be holding a rally to show
our opposition to the proposed coal-fired power plant in Hempstead County.
After a recent decision by the Governors Commission on Global Warming to halt
construction on this plant it is important we show Governor Beebe that he has
the public support to move forward with the recommendation of his own
commission and stop this plant.
Live music will be provided by EPIPHANY, DAMN BULLETS, and MAGIC HASSLE,
along with expert speakers on this issue, and no coal activities like video
postcards to Governor Beebe.
If you would like to help organize
this event please join us this week at one of our regional meetings to learn
how you can get more involved.
Little Rock

Wednesday
October 8
Sierra
Club office (downtown LR) 6pm
Conway


Wednesday
October 8
Hendrix
College Burrow Hall 4pm

Fayetteville
Wednesday
October 8
Omni
Center 7pm
Here
is a recent link with information regarding the vote by the Governors
Commission on Global Warming:
http://www.nwanews.com/adg/News/238400/
Also,
check out the new YouTube video made by Audubon Arkansas:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5zuwEi7YXk



OMNI MONTHLY LEADERSHIP FORUMS
October 18, 6:00 pm, Part 2 of ‘the trinity’ –
Justice
Deep End, United Campus Ministries
902 W. Maple

The
Immigrant Debate in Arkansas:
What are the
Solutions?
Presented by
Fernando Garcia, Workers Justice Center, Springdale

When you think of the immigrant
debate in our country, what comes to mind? Are you concerned about human
rights issues around undocumented workers? Or reform? Law
enforcement? What the critical issues are in our own state? What immigration
policies are working – and which ones are not? The issues are complex and
fast-changing.
This session will address many of
those questions. However, to focus the dialogue on precisely the issues
relevant to Omni leaders, the presenter would like to hear from you.
What concerns you about the immigrant
issue? Please write to Rachel Townsend, Workers Justice Center Executive
Director, with input on what you – as a concerned and caring Omni member – want
to know about the immigration situation. How about cc-ing Gladys
too? I’m dying to know what we need to know. This is a justice situation
that touches Arkansans deeply.
Rachel Townsend – rtownsend@nwawjc.org
Gladys Tiffany – gladystiffany@yahoo.com

Omni office
key missing
The general OMNI office key that is
kept at UCM is missing. Many of us have stuck that key in our pocket for
safekeeping, then forgot to put it back before leaving the building, If you’ve
used the office lately to pick up, drop off items, or hold a meeting, please
check to see whether you still have the key to the office. If so, please return
it to its home, so that it is available for other folks who need to get into
the office. Thank you.

OMNI
MONTH IN REVIEW – QUALITY TELEVISION

If you haven’t seen Omni Month in
Review on Community Access Television (Channel 18), you need to treat yourself
to an hour of thought-provoking discussion about current events with
intelligent, articulate panel members and moderator Claire Detels who keeps the
topics interesting, and the talk flowing. You can catch the October edition
live on Wednesday, 29, or you can watch October OMIR on Sunday, November 3
(Omni C.A.T. Connection Information has been
moved and is with media information)




OMNI CALENDAR OF UPCOMING EVENTS



--Sunday, October
9, 7:30p.m., Video Underground, United Campus Ministries Chapel, 902 W. Maple–To see the schedule for
the Video Underground film series, go to http://omni-vu-films.blogspot.com/
--Wednesday, October
8, 7:00p.m.,Regional Organizational Meeting for No New Coal Plants Rally, Deep
End, United Campus Ministries, 902 W. Maple, Fayetteville
--Saturday,
October 11, 1-7p.m., Peace on Earth Music Festival, Greek Theater, U of A
Campus, Fayetteville
--October 16,
Thursday, 5:30p.m. Potluck, 6:00p.m. - Omni Steering Committee
Meeting, Deep End of United Campus Ministries, 902 W. Maple, Fayetteville, AR
--Saturday,
October 18, 1:00p.m., NO COAL PLANTS Rally, Steps of State Capitol Building,
Little Rock
--Saturday,
October 18, 1-3p.m., Planning Meeting for Pre-Election Peace Rally, Deep End,
United Campus Ministries, 902 W. Maple, Fayetteville.
--October 19,
Sunday, 6:30P.M. HOWL: Women’s Open Mic at Nightbird Books, Old Mill Building, Corner of School and 6th Streets,Fayetteville - HOWL happens the third Sunday of each month
at Nightbird Bookstore. At HOWL, women are invited to read poems (their own or
another place to “try out” new work, share your masterpieces, or read for the
very first time. Men and women are warmly invited to attend this celebration of
women’s words. Nightbird Books is located in the old mill buildings at the corner
of School Their phone number is 443-2080. Reading starts at 6:30 but come early to sign up to read, browse the books and enjoy
the good company. For HOWL questions or to join our mailing list, email howl@herwords.org. HOWL is a collaboration
between Herwords and the Omni Center, supported Nightbird Books in Fayetteville, AR.
woman
writer’s), share short prose or sing at an open mic forum hosted by Mendy
Knott. So come read, sing or play your work to a really receptive
audience.
It’s a great place to “try out” new
work, share your masterpieces, or read for the very first time. Men and women
are warmly invited to attend this celebration of women’s words.
Nightbird
Books is located in the old mill buildings at the corner of School and 6th ST. Their phone
number is 443-2080. Reading starts at 6:30 but come early to sign up to read, browse the books and enjoy
the good company. For HOWL questions or to join our mailing list, email howl@herwords.org. HOWL is a collaboration
between Herwords and the Omni Center, supported Nightbird Books in Fayetteville, AR.

it. Old Mill Building, Corner of School and 6th
Streets, Fayetteville
--Wednesday,
October 29, 7:00p.m., Omni Month in Review, live taping.
--Saturday, November
2, 10:30a.m., Omni Rapid Responders, Fayetteville Public Library- Do you read articles and editorials in area newspapers and think, “Someone
needs to answer that letter with the
facts?” Rapid Responders do just that, and they can always use more volunteers
to write logical, articulate letters to the editor.

OTHER
ORGANIZATIONS---UPCOMING EVENTS AND MEETINGS


--Saturday, October 25, 2:00p.m., Fayetteville Free Thinkers, Fayetteville Public Library
Information regarding our past meetings and future meetings can be read in our forum, here:
http://fayfreethinkers.com/forums/viewforum.php?f=11








WHAT’S GOING ON?---CURRENT EVENTS and
INFORMATION
LOCALLY:
CITY, COUNTY, STATE
(New Items will have Green Heading)

SCHOOL BOARD RUN-OFF ELECTION
TUESDAY,
OCTOBER 7

Your
vote is your voice for the future of Fayetteville schools and the education of our children. Don’t forget to vote.


free registration is still available
for the Fayetteville Sustainability Summit
October 10

At 9am, Senator Pryor will discuss
his involvement in developing a forward-thinking energy policy with 16
congressmen (8 Republicans, 8 Democrats) to drastically reduce our dependence on
foreign oil and grow
the
clean energy economy.
The
schedule is at:
http://www.sustainablefayetteville.org/agenda.html
Registration:
http://www.sustainablefayetteville.org/registration.html
Submitted by Laura Kelly

PRE-ELECTION PEACE RALLY OCTOBER 25 OR NOVEMBER 5
Be
part of the planning for this event. The next planning session will be
Saturday, October 18, 1-3p.m. at the Omni Center in the Deep End of United
Campus Ministries, 902 W. Maple.
Submitted
by Chris Delacruz
PREVENTING NEXT WAR FORUM, JANUARY BOOK PANEL 2009
Here
are 3 books that look promising for the January Book Forum on Preventing Wars:
Miriam Pemberton, ed.
Lessons From Iraq : Avoiding the Next War. "We can't move on. The damage done by
this war has to be examined if it is to be repaired."

Ritter, Scott. Waging Peace: The Art of
War for the Antiwar Movement.

Kim Michaels, The Art of Non-War
http://www.askrealjesus.com/litecommerce/cart.php?target=product&product_id=263&category_id=60
to order the book directly from the publisher.

Related:
The Uprising by David Sirota. A book that challenges the
status quo, questions the media and political Establishment and asks tough
questions.
What
other recent books do you recommend, and will you join the panel ready to
discuss at least one of the books?
Dick Bennett
jbennet@uark.edu
(479) 442-4600
2582 Jimmie Ave.
Fayetteville, AR 72703

sj tucker/SKINNY WHITE CHICK concert
FRIDAY OCTober 10
6:30PM POTLUCK
7:00PM CONCERT
UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP OF FAYETTEVILLE
901 W. Cleveland, Fayetteville
HOSTED BY uuff WEB OF LIFE
Suggested donations $5-$15

FORUM
ON ENERGY AT CLINTON LIBRARY

In collaboration with the National
Issues Forums http://www.nifi.org/ , all 12
presidential libraries, under the auspices of the National Archives, will host
a series of discussions on important public policy issues between Labor Day and
Election Day. The forums, which are free and open to the public, will be rooted
in the simple notion that citizens need to come together, reason with each
other, and think about common problems. The citizens are the experts at these
forums. During the height of the presidential election campaign this fall, the
National Archives at the Clinton Library will bring citizens together to talk
about the key issues of Health Care, the Energy Crisis, and Closing the
Achievement Gap in American Schools. The date for the Energy Crisis is:
National Issues Forum on Energy Topic: The Energy Problem: Choices for an
Uncertain Future Date/Time: Monday, October 20, 2008 from 6p.m - 8p.m Location:
Clinton Presidential Library Please RSVP to Kathleen Pate at kathleen.pate@nara.gov (submitted by Alejandro Aviles)
TWO-DAY RETREAT AT WATTLE-HOLLOW
Geshe Dorjee and Lama
Mepham will leading a two-day retreat at Wattle Hollow, near Devil's Den, Arkansas, October
24-26. The focus will be on small-group
and individual meditation instruction, as well as a Tara initiation.

For further information,
please consult the Wattle Hollow website, under their schedul listing: http://www.wattlehollow.com/schedule.htm

FAYETTEVILLE VOTERS TO VOTE ON LOW PRIORITY

Fayetteville, AR: Fayetteville voters will have the choice on Election Day to vote on making adult marijuana
possession the lowest police priority. Sensible Fayetteville initiative sponsors turned in
just over 1000 additional signatures on August 29 to meet a shortfall of 301
valid signatures. City Clerk Sondra Smith contacted campaign coordinator Ryan
Denham today to say that the petition has qualified with over the required
total of 3686 signatures were required to qualify the petition.
Denham
praised the city clerk and staff for their professional conduct and courtesy
during the laborious verification process. "They worked hard. We were
impressed by city operations."
"Now we turn our attention to
providing more in-depth information to the voters leading up to Election Day.
This initiative offers residents an important opportunity to help guide Fayetteville’s future
through better allocation of our resources. It also shows that Fayetteville is willing to take a leadership
role among other cities across the nation in addressing failed public policy.
And we believe this will benefit Fayetteville’s
largest industry, the University of Arkansas, by reducing
the number of students penalized with loss of financial aid for marijuana
prosecutions. We respect the dedication of our police and prosecutor and
believe this measure spells out the public’s full support for their use of
enforcement discretion."
For
More Information, Contact: Ryan Denham,
479-685-4348


Sierra Club/No Coal Petition

From
Glen Hooks
Hello
Sierrans and Friends:

Our
coal fight continues! We have been very
busy battling to keep dirty, coal-fired power plants from being built here in Arkansas.

Want to help? Go to https://secure2.convio.net/sierra/site/SPageNavigator/CoalUSDAPetitionPageArkansas and sign our petition to Arkansas' energy
providers, which reads as follows:
I urge my local power provider to reallocate
any proposed investment in coal into clean, safe, renewable energy sources and
efficiency measures that will provide real consumer relief and a clean
environment for generations to come.
We
need to break our addiction to fossil fuels and shift to clean energy and
efficiency programs that can meet energy demand and stimulate our local
economy.
An
investment in coal is a large step backwards. I do not support investing in a
dirty fuel source that will drive up costs and increase my utility bill.
We
need sensible energy solutions now, and real investment in energy efficiency
and clean, renewable energy to take our state smartly into the future.
Please take a moment to sign the petition
today, and forward to your friends and neighbors.

Together, we can keep dirty coal-fired power
plants OUT of Arkansas!

Glen Hooks, Sr. Regional Representative
Sierra Club
Submitted
by Art Hobson


Hispanic Heritage
Month, September 15-October 15

For more information about any of our Hispanic
Heritage Month events, please contact the Multicultural Center at 479-575-2064
GAY
AND LESBIAN HISTORY MONTH - OCTOBER

Say NO to Bigotry - Support Real Arkansas Family Values
exerpt from a message from randi romine


So, the Family Council has enough
signatures to get another bigoted piece of discrimination on the ballot. And
while there will be a challenge to the signatures and possibly a lawsuit, we
cannot sit back and hope that someone else will get the job done for us. It's
up to all of us who care about the rights of children to have homes, the rights
of the LGBTQ community, and the rights of ALL Arkansas families, especially the many
non-traditional families to take a stand against this initiative.
In
addition to LGBTQ families there's a whole lot more straight families in Arkansas who don't fit
the so called "traditional" family model of a married mom and dad
raising their biological children. We cannot allow any group to define our
families based on their religious beliefs. We are of many faiths and cultures
and none of these should decide for us what our families look like. All
families should be respected, valued and supported to ensure the continued
strength of ALL of Arkansas ' families.

For
more information about what you can do to help ensure that true family values
are protected, visit
artchangesu@yahoo.com
Submitted by Gladys Tiffany
OMNI'S BIBLIOGRAPHY #31 is now available in our
website.

Subjects
range from Activism to Civlians Killed (in war), Climate Change, Critical Thinking,
Equality for Women, Fundamentalist Religion and Power, Hope, Immigrants, Iraq,
to McCain, National Security State, Terrorism, Victims, to Whistleblowers,
Women. Go to www.omnicenter.org
Here are abundant opportunities to
turn away from the sound bite, quick, easy messages to explore and discover our
own conclusions.
Submitted by Dick Bennett


Fall Puppet Class
at the Art Experience
641 W. 6th Street, Fayetteville, AR 72702

Ongoing Saturday Mornings
10
to 12
ages
8 to adult

1st session – 9/27/08-11/8/08
2nd session - 11/15/08-12/27/08
3rd session - 2/28/09-4/11/09
Puppet projects may
include


• sock puppets
• rod puppets
• giant puppets
• shadow puppets
• moving-mouth hand puppets
• marionettes.


Learn the basic papier
mache process, wood and glue construction and costume making.
Become a puppeteer, making
puppet shows and performing them.
Learn problem solving,
collaboration and brainstorming.
No experience necessary.
Fee $125 for each six week
session
Led by Jo Ann Kaminsky,
MEd, LPC,ATR-BC
Art Therapist, Play
Therapist, Counselor, Artist In Education, artist and puppeteer.
Her masks and puppets have
been seen in First Night Fayetteville and Puppets in the Park.
For more information call
The Art Experience at 479 442-0557 kjo_ann@hotmail.com


National Coming Out Day
2008 Chilifest, October 11, 6:30-8:30P.m., walker
park pavilion

Mark the date on your calendar, because you will
not want to miss this great evening of food and fellowship! The Community
Center’s 2008 Chilifest will be Saturday, October 11th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30
p.m. The location will be at Walker Park Pavilion, 10 West 15th Street in Fayetteville and announced in the October
Newsletter.
According to the National Coming Out
Day web site, October 11th has been recognized as national coming out day since
1988 which marked the one year anniversary of the first Gay March in Washington D.C. in 1987. National Coming Out Day was founded by Robert Eichberg and Jean
O'Leary. The purpose of the march and of National Coming Out Day promotes
government awareness of GLBT rights and to celebrate diversity.
The Community Center will celebrate
National Coming Out Day with some homemade Chili! COME OUT and indulge yourself
in some great chili topped with your choice of diced onion, hot sauce, corn
chips, cheese and peppers. Hot Dogs and Chili Dogs will also be served. The
cost for the supper will be $5.00 per person, $9.00 per couple, children under
12 are free. Soft drinks are included with the meal.
Make your plans to “COME OUT” and
join us for the 2008 ChiliFest, Saturday, October 11th. RSVP Reservations are needed to give us a
good estimate of how much chili to cook!
Click
Here to RSVP by October 5th.
(Please specify your choice of Chili with,
without beans or vegetarian.)

Chili will be served with or without
beans or you may choose vegetarian chili. Please indicate your choice in Chili
with your reservation.
Volunteers are need to help with set
up, cooking, prep work, serving and clean-up. If you are interested in helping
with this event please contact Michael at events@nwaglbtcc.org for more information
(submitted
by Gladys Tiffany)

Upper Buffalo Mountain Bike Trail Proposal

If you enjoy mountain biking, you
can voice your support for a new trail proposal in the Ozark-St. Francis Forest. Full Info, including a detailed map, can be
requested by calling 1-870 446 5122.
How
Kuff of the Ozark Offroad Cyclists may be able to answer some of your questions
by e-mail at howkuff@yahoo.com
How
offers these items to consider when making comments:

* 1. Arkansas Highway16 Access: It would be very helpful to have a trailhead on Hwy 16, a paved highway running along the south side of the trail system. There are many times when the dirt road Cave Mountain Road is difficult for travel when Hwy 16 is open and the bike trails are in good shape. Also there are many people who travel in cars with their bikes who may not want to drive on the rough dirt road. The Forest Service should consider using existing trailhead/parking for the Ratford Hiking Trail on Highway 16 between Fallsville and Red Star (Sections 33 and 34 on the map). This would be an excellent place to access the Upper Buffalo Trails since it would drop you down to Big Buffalo Creek in the middle of all the trails. There is an extension from the hiking trail to RD 92269A which connects to the mountain bike trails.
* 2. Existing doubletrack trails should also be included: There is a double track trail down Big Buffalo Creek from the middle of section 35 down to Hailstone (junction of FR 1410 and 1463) which should be considered in a second phase implementation of this project. This is not included on the map but if added to the system would allow FR 1410 (Kapark RD) to be added into the mountain bike trail system as well providing another BIG riding loop.
* 3. Other existing singletrack trails should be considered as possible future additions to the system: Some of you have ridden other singletrack in the area which is not included in this EA, and the Forest Service should be encouraged to seek out other useful additional trails for a future Phase II implementation similar to the Syllamo Trail System.
Comments should be sent a.s.a.p. to comments-southern-ozark-stfrancis-buffalo@fs.fed.us
(submitted by Laura Kelly)

OMNI NEEDS A COUNTER-RECRUITING COORDINATOR

The
high schools are in session, and the recruiters will be on campuses. We need a
coordinator to organize a counter-recruitment team to educate students about
financial and career alternatives to enlistment.
"I believe the best chance we
have of keeping the current wars from eclipsing the 10-year length of Vietnam
would be if groups put much more emphasis on cutting off the
flow of human resources, i.e., through counter-recruitment work and school
demilitarization work. That's something that the media, Congress and the next
president would not be able to ignore...." Rick Jahnkow,
Coord., Project on Youth and Non-Military Opportunities (YANO). Read his
essay:
http://www.projectyano.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=40&Itemid=1
If you are interested or would like
more information, please contact Gladys
Tiffany 973-9049 or gladystiffany@yahoo.com


.OMNICenterNational Days of Peace

OMNI has
initiated activities and participated in others for a decade or more as of
2008. Coordinator needed.

November
15-18, 2008 — National Trails Symposium

American Trails brings the worldwide
trails community together for an inspirational and educational conference. The
Symposium addresses both non-motorized and motorized issues and our vision for
trails and greenways nationwide. Dozens of speakers and keynote presenters from
across America cover the top topics and state of the art technology.
Info: National Trails Symposium or contact
American Trails: P.O. Box 491797, Redding, CA 96049-1797 - phone (530) 547-2060
- symposium@americantrails.org

MOVING FORWARD TOWARD A PERMANENT HOME

OMNI seeks the donation of a lot or
acreage on which to build a new home. Contact Richard Tiffany at (479)
973-9049 if you are interested.

OMNI
LOOKING FOR A PC

OMNICenteris in need of a
relatively new PC or Laptop. If you have a computer that you’d like to donate,
or know where we can find a good bargain, please contact Gladys Tiffany
gladystiffany@yahoo.com or 973-9049

WHAT’S
GOING ON?—NATIONALLY AND INTERNATIONALLY

NEW
ITEMS IN GREEN


Across America,
Speaking Out on the Economy

Throughout the week, The New York Times will be asking
residents of several cities across America to share their thoughts on
the current economic turbulence, and how it impacts their lives.
Share your thoughts on
this interactive by clicking on the following:
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2008/09/30/business/20080930_economy_voices.html


AMY GOODMAN OF DEMOCRACY NOW
TO RECEIVE A RIGHT LIVELIHOOD AWARD,
the Alternative Nobel Peace Prize..

King Features
Columnist Among 'Alternative Nobel' Winners
By
Dave Astor
Published:
October 01, 2008 12:19 PM ET
Dave Astor
(dastor@editorandpublisher.com)
is a senior editor at E&P.
NEW YORK "Democracy Now!" host/King Features
Syndicate columnist Amy Goodman is among the winners of the Right Livelihood
Award, also known as the "alternative Nobel."
The prize recipients -- announced
today -- will share a $290,000 award split into four parts. Swedish-German
philanthropist Jakob von Uexkull founded the awards in 1980 to recognize work
he felt was being ignored by the Nobel Prizes.
Goodman was honored for "truly
independent political journalism that brings to millions of people the
alternative voices that are often excluded by mainstream media." She was
also in the news lately for being among the many journalists arrested while
covering protests at last month's Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn.
Other Right Livelihood winners include
Swiss-born Monika Hauser (for her work helping sexually abused women in world
crisis zones), Somali lawmaker Asha Hagi (for her efforts to promote peace in
her homeland), and Indian couple Krishnammal and Sankaralingam Jagannathan (for
their efforts to promote social justice through their nonprofit organization
Land for the Tillers' Freedom).
The awards will be presented in a
ceremony at the Swedish Parliament on Dec. 8, two days before the Nobel Prizes
are handed out.

Three
outstanding organizations
defending
honesty and justice in US government
Public Citizen, Joan Claybrook , president , www.citizen.org
Magazine: Public Citizen News

League of Women Voters, Mary Wilson, president, www.lwv.org
Magazine: The National Voter

Common Cause, Bob Edgar, president, google
Submitted
by Dick Bennett
SOLDIERS OF CONSCIENCE will be airing on P.O.V.,
PBS BROADCAST IS JUST ONE MONTH AWAY!!!
October 16th, 2008 at 9pm (check local listings)

Mark
your calendars!
SOLDIERS
OF CONSCIENCE will be airing on Point of View, the critically acclaimed PBS
documentary series, on Thursday, October 16th, 2008, at 9 PM EST. Be sure to
check local listings for start time.
Get
more details on the POV website www.pbs.org/pov/ Please let your friends know about this
exciting broadcast.

AlGore is going to offer
training in Nashville,
October 8-10,

Al Gore will offer
training to people of faith to do his presentation which includes a faith based
element. His office needs to know asap if you are interested.
Those selected have to pay their own expenses,
but it is an excellent program.
If
you or you know of anyone who is interested, please contact
Robert McAfee
The
Governor's Commission on Global Warming, Climatologist
[479]638-0035 [479]462-8834 www.arclimatechange.us

STUDY TOUR TO ISRAEL-PALESTINE, November 2008

This tour is sponsored by
Israeli Committee Againsst House Demolitions. For more information, contact www.icahduk.org (submitted
by Dick Bennett)

Israeli-Palestinian Workshop on Education for Peace
December 5-6, 2008
Tantur, Jerusalem

Following
the workshops of January, April and August 2008 we are holding the Fourth Peace
& Democracy Education Workshop that will once again bring together peace
educators, curricula writers, encounter facilitators, peace studies
practitioners, conflict resolution practitioners, mediators, and activists from
academia, research sector, governmental and community organizations and others
from Israel, Palestine and beyond.
The Workshop will be a tremendous
opportunity for dialogue, debate and visioning with collaboration and
cooperation between the body of theory and practice. The Workshop will be meeting
grounds for dialogue and mutual learning from the field of peace education from
the viewpoint of academia and from the field of practioners. The Workshop will
raise critical issues and acquire new insights into the profound peace
education developments in Israel , Palestine and
around the world. Furthermore, the Workshop will provide an excellent
opportunity to build connections across multi-disciplinary sectors.
The following is contact information
about the workshop, cost and registration:
Gershon Baskin and Hanna Siniora - Co-CEOs, IPCRI
Israel/Palestine
Center for Research and Information
P.O. Box 9321, Jerusalem 91092
Tel:
+972-2-676-9460 Fax: +972-2-676-8011
Cellphone:
+972-(0)52-238-1715
gershon@ipcri.org hanna@ipcri.org
Submitted
by Gladys Tiffany
RECRUITER ABUSE HELP HOTLINE
The National Youth and Militarism Recruiter Abuse
Hotline: 1-877-688-6881. Started by the AFSC.

RESISTING MILITARIZING OF OUR SCHOOLS
"DMZ: A Guide to Taking Your School Back from the
Military." To order: www.warresisters.org or email wrl@warresisters.org, or www.warresisters.org/dmz


COMMISSION ON PRESIDENTIAL DEBATES
ANNOUNCES MODERATORS

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Paul G. Kirk, Jr. and Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr.,
co-chairmen of the non-partisan Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD), today
announced the moderators for the 2008 general election presidential and vice
presidential debates. The moderators, and the schedule and locations for the
debates (as announced on November 21, 2007), are as follows:
Tuesday, October 7
BelmontUniversity, Nashville, Tenn.
Tom Brokaw
Special
Correspondent, NBC News
Third
presidential debate
Wednesday, October 15
HofstraUniversity, Hempstead, N.Y.
Bob Schieffer
CBS News Chief
Washington Correspondent, and Host, Face the Nation
Each debate
will begin at 9:00 p.m. EST.

STOP,
LOOK AND LISTEN, and READ: MEDIA

PEACE
AND JUSTICE 2009 CALENDARS
Cat Lovers Against the Bomb"by Nebraskans for Peace. www.catloversagainstthebomb.org, catcal@aol.com
Hidden History of the United States Calendarby The Progressive. www.progressive.org
Submitted
by Dick Bennett

Great
Research Source for anti-war, civil liberties/rights advocates
THE NATIONMAGAZINE OFFERS ALL PAST CONTENTS FREE TO SUBSRIBERS
A subscription now includes every article,
editorial, and review back to 1865. Submitted by Dick Bennett

HELP
BOOK PUBLISHERS AND NEWSPAPERS
Publishing
houses and newspapers across the country are cutting back in order to stay in
business. The Morning News shrunk its
size from 6 to 5 columns last month. Publishers are keen on books that can maximize profit--sex, salvation,
sadism.
Many
publishers remain, however, to provide diverse books that inspire the
intellectual spirit and promote social change. Some of those publishers are The New Press, South End Press, Common
Courage Press, Seven Stories, Beacon. Clarity
Press just now published American Wars,
Illusions and Realities; Perseus published We
Who Dared to Say No to War. If you
buy books, look at their offerings, as well as to magazines that give access to
independent minds: we won't have them if you don't subscribe to them.
Submitted
by Dick Bennett

the Heritage Trail
Partners have just released the first
of a three-volume series
by local author

Driver's Guide to The Butterfield Overland Mail Routeby
Kirby Sanders covers the Overland Mail Stagecoach route through Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma 1858-1861. It
is a Trade Paperback, full-color / 120 pages with lots of
full-color maps and illustrations as well as
specific driving directions that allow people to literally follow the old
stagecoach route on modern roads. Cost is $25.00 Copies are presently available
from the Heritage Trail Partners / Fayetteville Advertising and Promotion
offices 479-587-9944 (http://www.heritagetrailpartners.com/). You can take a look or pick one up at
the Fayetteville Advertising and Promotion Offices in the FayettevilleTown Center.
For more information about the book, you can read
a Northwest Arkansas Times article at
http://nwanews.com/nwat/News/69030/

MICHAEL MOORE'S NEW FILM

Slacker
Uprisingis Moore's
effort to increase registered voters and getting "slackers" to vote. It traces his 62-city tour of swing states during the 2004 Presidential
election. Each night often to 16,000
slackers, Moore offered a clean change of underwear and no politicians
speaking.
Moore
offers the film FREE: www.slackeruprising.com, www.mighaelmoore.com For those of you who are able, buy copies, to
help pay for Moore's
NEXT FILM. My copies arrived in a few
days.
Submitted
by Dick Bennett


OMNI EVENTS POSTED ON FLCKR.COM
Thanks to Ted Swedenburg for posting
photos from Omni Events on flickr.com
http://www.flickr.com/groups/53408817@N00/pool/


LOCAL CONNECTIONS

Email
your Public Service Announcements 2 weeks in advance to KUAF radio's Pete
Hartman at phartma@uark.edu.
PSAs should be about 15 seconds in length.
Submitted
by Chris Delacruz
Link Carries Interactive Calendar of
Events in Northwest Arkansas— http://northwestarkansasevents.blogspot.com/
· Fayetteville Society of Friends (a.k.a.
the Quaker...
· NorthwestArkansas Sustainability Center
· Northwest ArkansasBuddhists
· OmniCenterfor
Peace, Justice and Ecology
· Interfaith and Astronomical
· Combined Northwest Arkansas Event Calendar

Original and gathered articles from Dick
Bennett are at http://jamesrichardbennett.blogspot.com/
Mike Tramill has an email network (list)
on political issues, including the latest developments on possible war or
invasion with Iran.
You may contact Mike at wheeler65@gmail.com if you want to be on the
list.
Richard Drake continues his Fayetteville blog, street
jazz, at http://www.arktimes.com/blogs/streetjazz/
Fayetteville Freethinkers website/forums
can be found at http://fayfreethinkers.com/forums/

From Sidney Burris:
Modern & Contemporary Poetry: www.readwrite.typepad.com/poetry
Mindspace: www.readwrite.typepad.com/meditation
Tibetspace: www.readwrite.typepad.com/artibet
Institute website: www.artibet.com

From Leigh Wilkerson - LarrapinGardenblog at http://larrapin.blogspot.com

Omni/Community
Access Television (C.A.T.) Connections www.catfayetteville.com

OMNI Month In Review:
Omni Month in Reviewwith Moderator Claire Detels can be
watched live on Wednesday, September 24; the repeats
will be thru the month on Sunday at 1:00p.m.
Repeats of August’s OMIR can be viewed on Sundays, September 14, September 21.
Democray NOW! Schedule:
Tuesdays, 10/7, 10/14 6:00p.m. Democracy NOW!
Thursdays 10/9, 10/16 6:00p.m. Democracy NOW!
Friday 10/10, 10/17 6:00p.m. Democracy NOW!
Sunday 10/12, 10/10 6:00p.m. Democracy NOW!
Free Speech TV (FSTV) sponsored by Omni-3:00a.m. – 9:00a.m. – FSTV
continues its cutting edge challenges, pushing us to think. www.freespeechtv.comOmni Center is pleased to provide FSTV to our local Community Access Television
FSTV broadcast schedule:

3:00 am Daily
Amy Goodman Online - You can
listen/watch previous Democracy Now programs by internet streaming from
Democracy Now website http://democracynow.org Previous programs (going back many years) are
archived there. You can watch the current program (after they post it about
noon) by going to http://democracynow.org/streampage.pl
Visit the Democracy Now Website to
view:
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Omni Book Samplers:
Book
Samplers give a five minute book report or read a five minute excerpt from a
book. If you like to read and would like to share and encourage others to read
books that you find informative and interesting, please volunteer to be a Book
Sampler. Contact: Dick Bennett jbennet@uark.edu

Short Takes: Taping at
C.A.T.
Taping
Schedule:
Every
Monday night, from 5:00p.m.-6:00p.m., C.A.T. will be doing Short Takes live. This will be a great opportunity for
time sensitive material, live entertainment, or anything else that is
expressive.
For
the folks who don’t want to go on camera live, you can still record your short
take from 6:00p.m.-6:30p.m Mondays, and on Tuesdays from 12 noon – 1:30p.m.
Both the live and recorded short takes will air the following week as
usual. If anyone has any comments or
questions, please feel free to contact C.A.T.
Viewing
Times: 11:00a.m., 5:00p.m., 11:00p.m.
Omni News and Current
Events featured on Short Takes:
Presented
by Cliff Hughes, Dick Bennett

Other Shows on C.A.T.
Wednesday, 10/8/2008
12:35 am Peace
Train 1610 AM (Jim Hale)
9:00
pm Peace Train 1610 AM (Jim
Hale)
Thursday, 10/9/2008
1:00 am Peace Train 1610 AM (Jim Hale)
Friday, 10/10/2008
7:30 pm Peace Train 1610
AM (Jim Hale)
Sunday, 10/12/2008
1:00 pm OMNI
Month in Review: August 2008
7:35
pm Peace Train 1610 AM (Jim
Hale)
Other
Viewing Opportunities:

SOLDIERS OF CONSCIENCE will be airing on Point of View,
the critically acclaimed PBS documentary series, on Thursday, October 16th,
2008, at 9 PM EST. Be sure to check local listings for start
time.
Get more details on the
POV website www.pbs.org/pov/ Please let your friends know about this
exciting broadcast.
Submitted
by Dick Bennett
Bill Moyers Journal on PBS, Fridays,
9:00p.m.
http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/index-flash.html
For
More Information about the US/Iran status, you can visit http://www.buzzflash.com/search/?Query=iran or BBC at http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/default.stm






Casualties
in Iraq
The Human Cost
of Occupation
Edited by Margaret
Griffis:: Contact
American Military Casualties in Iraq
Date Total In Combat

American Deaths
Since war began (3/19/03): 4177 3383
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03) (the list) 4038 3275
Since Capture of Saddam (12/13/03): 3716 3077
Since Handover (6/29/04): 3311 2758
Since Election (1/31/05): 2731 2496
American Wounded Official Estimated
Total Wounded: 30680 Over 100000
Latest Fatality Oct. 1, 2008
Page last updated 10/3/08 11:55 am EDT

IRAQI CIVILIAN BODY COUNT
Civilians reported killed
by military intervention in Iraq
MIN. MAX.
88,036 – 96,104
Source
of Iraqi Civilian Body Count: http://www.iraqbodycount.net/
*A body count of
Iraqi civilian deaths was published in the medical journal The Lancet in 2006; its estimate at that time was 600,000 (min) to
650,000 (max). Some sources estimate the
death toll of civilian deaths today is over 1,000,000

Cost of the War in Iraq
$560,000,000,000
and counting
Source of Cost of
War: http://nationalpriorities.org

OMNI
SEEKS A WORLD FREE OF WAR AND THE THREAT OF WAR, A SOCIETY WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR
ALL, A COMMUNITY WHERE EVERY PERSON’S POTENTIAL MAY BE FULFILLED, AN EARTH RESTORED. GRASSROOTS NONVIOLENCE, WORLD PEACE, HUMAN
RIGHTS, SOCIAL and ECONOMIC JUSTICE, ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP PROTECTING
SPECIES AND THE EARTH.





CONTACT YOUR CONGRESSIONAL
REPRESENTATIVES
· Senator Blanche Lincoln:
Web Site (they have contact links): www.lincoln.senate.gov; http://www.lincoln.senate.gov/index.cfm; http://www.lincoln.senate.gov/webform.html
· Washington Office: 355 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510-0404
Phone: (202) 224-4843 Fax: (202)
228-1371.
· Fayetteville office: 251-1380
· Senator Mark Pryor:
Web Site (see contact link): www.pryor.senate.gov ; http://pryor.senate.gov/contact/
· Washington Office: 217 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510-0403
Phone: (202) 224-2353 Fax: (202)
228-0908
· Main District Office: 500 Pres. Clinton Ave., Suite 401, Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: (501) 324-6336 Fax: (501)
324-5320
(Lou Keller, Field Representative, The
River Market, 500 Clinton Ave., Suite 401, LR 72201. 501-324-6336; toll free: 877-259-9602; Lou_Keller@pryor.senate.gov; http://pryor.senate.gov)
· Congressman John Boozman, District
3, 12 counties from Benton to Washington
Lowell office: 479-725-0400.
Fax: 479-725-0408, 213 W. Monroe,
Suite K, 72745. Stacy McLure, Deputy Chief of Staff (STACEY.McCLURE@MAIL.HOUSE.GOV)
Web site (with contact link): http://www.boozman.house.gov/ Boozman’s
new office in Lowell is located at 213 West Monroe in Lowell between I
540 and Business 71. To reach that office take Exit 78 off I - 540 and go
east. You will be on Hwy 264 which is also West Monroe.
The office is in the Puppy Creek Plaza,
past the McDonald’s on the right. His suite is in the back of the complex
to the left.
Ft.Smith office: 479-782-7787; 30 South 6th St. Rm 240, Ft. Smith 72901.
Harrison office: 870-741-6900; 402 N. Walnut, Suite 210, Harrison 72601.
DC address: 1708 Longworth House Office
Bldng., Washington, DC 20515;
202-225-4301. Leslie Parker, appointments secretary: 202-225-4301.

MILESTONES

October 6 – Fannie Lou Hamer, civil rights activist born
(1917)
October 7 – United States invades North Korea (1950)
October 10 - Spiro Agnew
resigns as Vice-President (1973)
October 11 - National
Coming Out Day, 750,000 people march on Washington, D.C. to demand gay and lesbian rights (1987)
October 12 – First national
Latino and immigrant rights march on Washington, D.C. (1996)
October 13 - Indigenous
Peoples Day
October 15 - Two million
Americans demonstrate nationwide against the Vietnam War (1969)
October 16 - First birth
control clinic opens in Brooklyn, N.Y. (1916)
Million Man March on Washington, D.C. (1995)
October 18 - First labor
organization in the U.S. authorized in Massachusetts Bay Colony (1648)
October 19 - War Resisters
League founded (1923)
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and 52 others
arrested in restaurant sit-down demonstration ( 1960)

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