Five Years Too Many: Mobilzation and Non-violent Civil Disobedience in DC March 19

In 1776, during the American Revolutionary war, Thomas Paine wrote:

“These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.”
Iraq Veterans Against the War have put out a request for people to come to DC to support Winter Soldier Hearings and participate in Non Violent Civil Disobedience on the 19th of March.

On the east end East End Direct Action has put out the call for Winter Soldiers: patriots who are willing to stand up, sit down, or otherwise provoke the Congress, President and the American public to end the war in Iraq. We will join United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ) and Iraq Veterans Against the War in Washington DC on March 19 (Wednesday).

From Ghandi, to Martin Luther King, From Sufferage to Abolition, From SNCC to CORE, From VIETNAM VETERANS AGAINST THE WAR to VETERANS FOR PEACE, we have learned the usefullness of NONVIOLENT CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE. We must return to that winning combination of public protest AND civil disobedience if we are ever going to convince our friends and neighbors that peace and justice are causes worth fighting for and that we are, in word and deed, Winter Soldiers.

UFPJ has initiated the planning and organizing for what we hope will be the largest day of nonviolent direct action and civil disobedience yet against the war in Iraq. We encourage people to be in Washington, DC, on March 19th to be part of the civil disobedience, or to assist in support work. We are working to have all 50 states represented in this massive action.

Contact: Dan Steiger of East End Direct Action at 631-831-4966,, or fax 631 725 7406

more information is available at

4000 Dead in Iraq: Vigils Planned on Long Island

almost 4000 US soldiers have died in Iraq as of Click on Iraq Casualties Count for an update

The number will most likely reach 4000 this month.

To observe /commemorate our 4000 dead, vigils are planned for Bridgehampton and Lake Grove (Smith Haven Mall) as follows:


On the DAY AFTER war casualties reach 4000 a vigil
is planned for Bridgehampton at the Monument to War Dead
on Route 27 (Main St.) and Ocean Road.

The vigil will be held from 3 pm - 6 pm.

Participating will be people from many local groups including

East End Women in Black,
Peconic Bay Friends Meeting(Quakers) and
the Unitarian-Universalist Congregation of the South Fork

more info:

Information on war casualties is available at

Return to this site for updates and confirmation of day of the Vigil.

Smith Haven Mall - Lake Grove:

From Suffolk Peace Network:

As we are rapidly approaching the 4,000th American casualty in IRAQ , the Suffolk Peace Network is making plans for a massive demonstration in reaction to that dreadful event.

As of February 25 the number has reached 3,973

On the first SATURDAY following the day that the 4,000th American casualty is reached we will stand as a presence of peace on the sidewalk on Rte 25 in front of the Smith Haven Mall in Lake Grove. We will be there from 2:00-4:30 PM.

Recently the Suffolk Peace Network has ordered special t shirts for this event that read:

4,000 troops, 1 million Iraqis DEAD—on front, ENOUGH—on back.

more info: contact Dennis at

Week of February 28

for lastest update click on East End Report

click on the links below:

The Color of Blood: Calvin Trillin on John White Manslaughter Case

WPKN/WPKM East End Programs for download updated Feb 27
Tidings from Hazel Kahan - A Wall Has Two Sides : Airs Thursday Feb 28 at 12 Noon

Peace & Justice Calendar

Suffolk Peace Vigils

Recommended Reading:

International Food Aid May Be Rationed - BBC Report

Arundhati Roy on Genocide: Listening to Grasshoppers

The Lonliness of the One-Issue Voter / Israeli and Palestinian Peace Groups Rally for Gaza/ Long Island Immigration Blog, Between the Lines, etc , AFSC Iraq Video on YouTube

US Fatalities in Iraq

Counter Recruiting Schedule Revised Feb 14

Alternative Media

Democracy Now!

Non-corporate news hour with Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez:
on Riverhead/Southampton/Southold/Shelter Island Channel 20:

New Schedule Starting Monday October 1:

Monday 6:30 am
Tuesday 11 pm
Wednesday 7 pm
Thursday 6 pm
Friday 9 pm
Saturday - 9 pm

Also on WUSB 90.1 FM 5pm Mon-Friday and East Hampton LTV Ch 20


For more Information on Peace Activism on LI

see North Fork People of Conscience at

see Suffolk Progressive Vision at


The East End Report is compiled by Tony Ernst.

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The Color of Blood: Calvin Trillin on the John White Case

The March 3 edition of The New Yorker carries a story by Calvin Trillin on the John White manslaughter case.

The article is available on the web.

The title of the piece is "The Color of Blood"

In an interview with NPR on Tuesday Mr. Trillin said:

"People saw what had happened completely differently according to what race they were. Some white people, including Dano's parents, were outraged that John White wasn't indicted for murder. And some supporters of White thought that if the races had been reversed — if it had been a white homeowner and four hostile teenagers yelling at him — there wouldn't have been any charge at all," he says.

Last week sentencing in the case was postponed until March 19. A summary of the case with links to other media accounts can be found at