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In This Issue:
 •  Preventing War on Iran
 •  Press for Diplomacy with Iran
 •  May Day (May 1st) Rally for Immigrant Rights
 •  Chocolate Country (film, 31 minutes)
 •  Mother's Day March for Peace and Justice
 •  Position Open - Temenos Retreat Center
Preventing War on Iran
Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Dear friends,
I just got back from 2 days in Boston with the Iranian doctors and patients who will be speaking at Hampshire Wednesday. Their talk was really excellent and very powerful, and I hope that you all will be able to attend.

I understand there has been some confusion about the details. The talk is at 6 pm in the East Lecture Hall of Franklin Patterson Hall at Hampshire College, Wednesday, April 30.

Thanks, Ira Helfand, Phsyicians for Social Responsibility

Contact Ira Helfand (413-320-7829) for more information.

Iranian Physicians to Visit Northampton

Wednesday, April 30, 6 p.m.

Hampshire College, East Lecture Hall, Franklin Patterson Hall

PSR and the Campaign Against Sanctions and Military Intervention in Iran will launch an Iranian Physicians Tour this April to communicate medical expertise and promote diplomacy with Iran.

Two prominent Iranian physicians, Dr. Shahriar Khateri and Dr. Mohammad Reza Soroush, and two Iranian patients will travel to the United States to communicate the medical consequences of chemical warfare. Touring through Northampton, Cambridge, Boston, Hartford, New York City, Los Angeles and Washington, DC, Dr. Khateri and Dr. Soroush will share their expertise, gained through two decades of work with chemical weapons survivors of the Iran-Iraq war. These two doctors started a non-governmental organization in Tehran, Iran called the Society for Chemical Weapons Victims Support. They have conducted extensive research on best practices and new procedures to address the injuries inflicted by chemical weapons. In addition, they have reached out to several nations to promote the peaceful resolution of conflicts through education on the horrors of chemical weapon use and by hosting numerous international visitors in Tehran.

Physicians for Social Responsibility, guided by the values and expertise of medicine and public health, works to protect human life from the gravest threats to health and survival. The following link, www.psr.org/site/DocServer/warisnottheanswer.pdf?docID=2181 , will direct you to PSR�s report on Iran.

For more information about PSR or the event please contact Ira Helfand at 413-320-7829.

For up-to-date calendar information: www.WesternMassAFSC.org

Press for Diplomacy with Iran
From PSR via Henry Rosenberg

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Prevent a War in Iran

Dear Henry,

Increasingly the administration is taking a threatening posture toward Iran. We know that war is not an option with Iran and that diplomacy can work. A new US policy should include direct engagement in order to build an ongoing dialogue that will lead to stability in our diplomatic relations. This new policy must be future oriented and able to deal successfully with threats to the nuclear nonproliferation regime.

PSR is hosting two Iranian physicians and their patients (victims of chemical warfare) for the next two weeks to help deliver the message that war is not an option with Iran. For more information on this exciting program, click here.

Help send the message through your members of Congress by calling for greater diplomacy toward Iran. Ask your Representative to co-sponsor H.R. 5056 and support hearings that will promote direct negotiations with Iran without preconditions. Ask them to take this action with the goal of creating a new and productive dialogue between the two countries.

Ask your Representative to co-sponsor H.R. 5056 and support greater diplomacy with Iran.

Take Action

To Learn More


Michael McCally, MD, PhD
Executive Director

May Day (May 1st) Rally for Immigrant Rights

Immigrant Rights Are Human Rights ~ An Injustice To One Is An Injustice To All

Noon-2pm, Amherst Common (in case of inclement weather, the rally will be held at Grace Church Parish Hall). Organized by Western Mass Coalition for Immigrant and Worker Rights (WMCIWR), a group of organizations and community members who advocate, educate, organize, and mobilize to protect the Human, Civil, and Constitutional Rights of all workers and residents in our communities. Co-sponsored by Artists for Justice, SAGE, Western Mass. Jobs With Justice, Western Mass. AFSC, Greensboro Justice Fund, Western Mass. Interfaith Coalition for Peace and Justice, and Western Mass. CopWatch. The event features local guest speakers, poetry and musical performances, and opportunities for the public speak out against injustice.

Info: wmciwr@gmail.com, http://wmciwr.blogspot.com.


7-9pm {doors open 6:30}, Unitarian Universalist Society of Northampton & Florence, 220 Main St, Northampton. Dramatic readings, lots of songs, from people who make history happen but are usually left out of history books. A fundraiser for Western Mass. Jobs with Justice - Donation Requested (but no one will be turned away for lack of funds) - $5 for School Age, Seniors, Low Income - $10 for Everyone Else (or more if you can afford it). $100 Sponsorship includes two admissions. Reserve a seat/sponsorship in advance: 827-0301 or wmjwj@wmjwj.org or send your tax-deductible donation and ticket order to WMass Jobs with Justice, PO Box 296, Granby MA 01033.

For more information:

Chocolate Country (film, 31 minutes)
Cacao farmers in the Dominican Republic have been fighting a losing battle with the global economy for as long as anyone can remember. This is the story of a village with a plan to turn the system on its head.

Friday, May 9, 7pm
Media Education Foundation
60 Masonic Street, Northampton
Free admission

Saturday, May 10, 2 pm
at the Amherst Cinema
$3 includes free Pierce Brothers Fair Trade coffee, as part of International Fair trade Day's "World's Largest Coffee Break"

Q&A with the director of the film at both showings. www.chocolatecountryfilm.com

Sponsored by Amherst Fiar trade and Northampton Fair Trade

For more information:

Mother's Day March for Peace and Justice
Women's Congress for Peace presents the Annual

Sunday May 11 11:45 - 1:45

Bring your voices, your enthusiasm, your signs of suppport for women, of your
Let us speak of women who have made a difference
in the lives of children here and everywhere!
> See the Peaceable Planet Puppets, join a sing-a-long,
March to drummers, welcome the Raging Grannies
And more!
All children and Adults are invited to RECLAIM THE DAY!

Beginning at 11:30 meet at Bridge Street School, Route 9 Northampton

T-shirts for $10: "I will not raise my child to kill yours."

Noon: walk through dowtown Main Street with the your signs, banners, Song and puppets.
1:00 Masonic Street speakout plus!

Inspired by Julia Ward Howe's Mother's Day Proclamation
Arise, then women of this day!
Arise all women who have hearts, whether your baptism be
That of water or of tears!
Our sons (and daughters) shall not be taken from us to unlearn all we have been
able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience.
We women of one country will be too tender to those of another country to allow
our sons (and daughters) to be trained to injure theirs."
- Julia Ward Howe, 1870

Thanks to this March's many cosponsors!
Northampton Committee to Stop the War in Iraq,
Raging Grannies, Connecticut
Valley Coalition for Women's Lives,
Mindful Journey Birth Support,
Western MA AFSC,
Amherst Green-Rainbow,
Western Mass Code Pink,
Greenfield CC Peace & Social JusticeStudies,
GCC Peace & Social Justice Club,
Western Mass Coalition for Immigrant
and Workers' Rights, Veterans for Peace,
Enviro Show on Valley Free Radio,
> local Democracy Now! Supporters,
Unitarian Universalist Soc. of Amherst Social Justice Committee,
Progressive Democrats of America,
Pioneer Valley Chapters of Phisicians for Social Responsibility,
Pioneer Valley Coalition to Prevent War on Iran,
Wmass Interfaith Coalition for Peace and Justice,
Social Workers for Peace and Justice,
Friends of Karuna Center for Peacebuilding,
Western Mass Jobs with Justice

Information: 413-256-1760

For more informaton:

Position Open - Temenos Retreat Center
Temenos Council Searching for New Resident Director

Nancy Smith, our Resident Director, has announced her decision to leave Temenos in pursuit of a new career. With gratitude for her 8 years of leadership, we turn our attention to finding a new Director.

The Temenos Council is seeking a year-round, full-time Resident Director to manage the day-to-day operations of Temenos. Temenos is a small, non-profit retreat center located in a secluded forest setting on top of Mt. Mineral in Western Massachusetts. The center�s 78 acres is surrounded by thousands of acres of protected conservation land and Quabbin watershed land. Temenos features 4 rustic cabins and one lodge that are rented out year-round to individuals and groups wanting peace, solitude and the experience of living in a simple and undeveloped forest setting. Woodstoves, kerosene lamps, candles, a hand-pumped water well, and outhouses are the amenities; there is no electricity or indoor plumbing. The Director is required to be in residence at Temenos and is provided free housing in Birch Cabin overlooking the pond.

The Resident Director cares for Temenos by offering the fine art of warm and spacious hospitality to retreatants. He or she also works with the part-time land steward to maintain the buildings and grounds with respect for the land and its creatures. Additionally, the Director brings careful attention to the details of running operations smoothly. It is a multi-faceted job that involves a wide variety of tasks and skills.

The ideal candidate for Director loves the land at Temenos, feels its deep history and understands its profound restorative nature for those who come for peace and quiet. He or she understands that Temenos embraces a more elemental existence in a rustic setting and is comfortable following a simpler lifestyle more in keeping with the natural cycles of the earth.

The Director reports to and is supported by the Temenos Council which functions as the retreat center�s Board of Directors. The Council governs the community life of Temenos via a consensus based decision making process. This position offers a simple way of life and an employment opportunity in tune with nature. We hope to fill the position by September 2008 if not sooner.

For more detailed information including a complete job description please contact the Temenos Search Committee c/o Carolyn Shakti Sadeh at 413-268-3428 or email us at temenonsretreatcenter@gmail.com

For more information:

There will be a HIPP Retreat at Woolman Hill in South Deerfield June 6-8 for HIPP trainers. This will be an visioning retreat. Western Mass has a wonderful of trainers who have completed the HIPP program and been trainers in the program.

For more information:

Western Massachusetts AFSC
140 Pine Street, Room 10, Florence, MA 01062
413.584.8975 / afsc@crocker.com  www.WesternMassAFSC.org

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