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Hope for Peace & Justice eNews
November 1, 2007

In this Issue:

Behind Closed Doors
Squeaky Wheel Tour Ends In Dallas
“The Real Antichrist” Audiobook Available for Download

Calendar of Upcoming Events
Inside the H4PJ Blog: A Circus of Hate
H4PJ Online Action Center: Make a Difference Today!

Michael PiazzaBehind Closed Doors …

With Alberto Gonzales’ resignation, all the energy around the politicization of the Justice Department seemed to go with him. Still, it remains an issue that should deeply concern all Americans. Never before has a political advisor like Karl Rove so affected how justice is done in this country. This is not a partisan issue, but one we ought to be diligent about regardless of which party nominates the Attorney General.

It appears now that many of those fired as U.S. Attorneys were dismissed because of their failure to pursue partisan justice with adequate vigor. The Neo-cons, who have so dominated politics that their view now is accepted as the norm, raised the artificial specter of “voter fraud” as one of the issues that U.S. Attorneys should pursue. Study after study has proven that actual fraudulent voting has never been a significant issue. It appears that the real issue is voter suppression.

It seems incredibly ironic that an administration that came to power by “hanging chads” in South Florida and by intimidating African-American voters in Jacksonville, Florida has tried to make it a national issue to reduce voter participation. Given the closeness and controversy—don’t forget Ohio—of the past two presidential elections, we have exactly one year to ensure that the next president is elected by the will of all the people … well, at least those who care enough to vote.

Speaking of hypocrisy … have you seen the way the right-wing Texas legislature is concerned about one person and one vote? The only thing that makes me angrier than their behavior is the fact that the media has paid no attention to this. Watch the video then forward this email to all your local newspapers and TV stations and ask why they haven’t made this an object of their reporting.

Squeaky Wheel Tour Ends In Dallas

Together We Can Dallas and Art for Peace and Justice will present The Squeaky Wheel Tour finale concert benefiting GINA for Missing Persons, the internationally acclaimed concert series, to raise awareness for those who go missing every year. This worldwide tour will feature several hundred missing people profiled by 100's of artists performing in over 300 events throughout the 50 states and twelve countries. The focus of the events is to gain attention for 100's of missing people in an effort to bring at least ONE home.

This year's finale concert will be held at the Cathedral of Hope on November 4 at 6:30pm, and will feature performances by Gary Floyd, Denise Lee, Jannel Rap, Tim Seelig, Encore, and the band Clementine. Tickets for the event are $20.

Clementine member and founder of the Squeaky Wheel Tour Jannel Rap's heartache became a fight to gain attention for her sister, causing her to realize she was not alone. Hundreds of thousands of families had the same fight. Their loved ones simply vanished with no media exposure. She had to do something to change that. The Squeaky Wheel Tour is held every year at this time. This year, the band Clementine, conceived during the tour in 2006, headlined 19 shows during the tour from Oct 17-Nov 4, and it is all culminating with the event in Dallas.

Entertainers earmark their events to profile a local missing person or persons. They talk about the local missing person, and ask attendees to take a flyer to post throughout their community.  More information about the missing to be profiled may be found at www.411gina.org.

“The Real Antichrist” Audiobook
Available for Download

You can now download “The Real Antichist” directly from the shopping cart on the home page of the H4PJ website. Not only will you be able to listen to the prophetic words of Rev. Michael Piazza, you will be able to hear it read with the colloquial, and at times, subtly sarcastic inflection of the iconic Dr. Tim Seelig. 

For short snippets of “The Real Antichrist” audiobook, check out our free weekly selections. We will post a new one each week and you can download them to your PC or MP3 players. Open your iTunes software and click HERE to subscribe today!

Calendar of Upcoming Events

Sunday, November 4, 6:30 p.m.
“Together We  Can”  Concert
Location: Cathedral of Hope, 5910 Cedar Springs Rd.
Featuring: Denise Lee, Gary Floyd, and Clementine
Art for Peace & Justice presents Squeaky Wheel Tour benefiting GINA for missing persons.

Sunday, November 11, 3:00 p.m.
Interfaith Peace Chapel Groundbreaking

Cathedral of Hope
5910 Cedar Springs Rd.

Inside the H4PJ Blog

A Circus Of Hate
Hello. I hope this blog finds you well. Good story from Baltimore, Maryland today! Fred Phelps and his "circus of hate" that travels around the country picketing the funerals of fallen soldiers with signs proclaiming "Thank God for dead soldiers" and "God hates fags" were sued in court and lost today. Earlier, church members staged a demonstration outside the federal courthouse. Westboro, Kansas Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps held a sign reading "God is your enemy," while Shirley Phelps-Roper stood on an American flag and carried a sign that read "God hates fag enablers." Members of the group sang "God Hates America" to the tune of "God Bless America."

Michael Bell

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