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    Chris LugoChris Lugo is a peace activist who has been involved in the movement for peace and global justice for twenty years. He is currently seeking the Green Party nomination for US Senate in Tennessee.

    Web Site: http://www.chris4senate.org/
    Email: chris4senate@gmail.com



Chris Lugo's Articles:

    Come show your support for single payer health care in Nashville on Sept 21st

     

    madashelldoctors-logoThe Mad as Hell Doctors kicked off a caravan across America on September 8th, protesting health care profiteers. Their caravan will be arriving in Nashville on Monday, September 21st and will be stopping from 4:30pm – 6:00pm at the headquarters of the Healthcare Corproation of America (HCA) (One Park Plaza off Charlotte Ave by Centennial Park between 25th Ave So & 31st Ave.) . Come out and show your support for single payer health care!

    A video used to be embedded here but the service that it was hosted on has shut down.

    The event is sponsored by Healthcare-NOW, Physicians for a National Healthcare Program, National Nurses Organizing Committee, Nashville Peace and Justice Center, Nashville Peace Coalition, Green Party of Middle Tennessee, & others. «Read the rest of this article»

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    Media democracy lecture with Dr Peter Phillips of Project Censored tonight

     

    2009-bookNashville – Dr. Peter Phillips of Project Censored will be presenting a lecture at the First Unitarian Universalist Church at 1808 Woodmont Avenue in Nashville on June 26th at 7:30pm. The title of the lecture will be ‘Media Democracy in a Time of Truth Emergency.’ Project Censored is a media democracy project which has been highlighting the 25 most important stories ignored by the mainstream media through an annual publication and the website www.projectcensored.org.

    Whether it is NATOs consideration of a “First Strike” Nuclear Option, Cruelty and Death in America’s Juvenile Detention Centers or the Seizing of War Protesters’ Assets, Project Censored has been there to highlight the investigative journalism that the mainstream media has failed to present to the general public.

    According to Project Censored the top most underreported story of 2009 has been the violent deaths of over one million Iraqis since the beginning of the 2003 United States invasion of Iraq. “Over one million Iraqis have met violent deaths as a result of the 2003 invasion . . .These numbers suggest that the invasion and occupation of Iraq rivals the mass killings of the last century—the human toll exceeds the 800,000 to 900,000 believed killed in the Rwandan genocide in 1994, and is approaching the number (1.7 million) who died in Cambodia’s infamous “Killing Fields” during the Khmer Rouge era of the 1970s.” «Read the rest of this article»

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    Project Censored is Coming to Nashville on June 26th

     

    Media Democracy Lecture with Dr Peter Phillips of Project Censored

    2009-bookNashville – Dr. Peter Phillips of Project Censored will be presenting a lecture at the First Unitarian Universalist Church at 1808 Woodmont Avenue in Nashville on June 26th at 7:30pm. The title of the lecture will be ‘Media Democracy in a Time of Truth Emergency.’ Project Censored is a media democracy project which has been highlighting the 25 most important stories ignored by the mainstream media through an annual publication and the website www.projectcensored.org.

    Whether it is NATOs consideration of a “First Strike” Nuclear Option, Cruelty and Death in America’s Juvenile Detention Centers or the Seizing of War Protesters’ Assets, Project Censored has been there to highlight the investigative journalism that the mainstream media has failed to present to the general public.

    According to Project Censored the top most under reported story of 2009 has been the violent deaths of over one million Iraqis since the beginning of the 2003 United States invasion of Iraq. “Over one million Iraqis have met violent deaths as a result of the 2003 invasion . . .These numbers suggest that the invasion and occupation of Iraq rivals the mass killings of the last century—the human toll exceeds the 800,000 to 900,000 believed killed in the Rwandan genocide in 1994, and is approaching the number (1.7 million) who died in Cambodia’s infamous “Killing Fields” during the Khmer Rouge era of the 1970s.” «Read the rest of this article»

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    June 14th Peace festival is a call to end war

     

    peacefestivalNashville -Nobel Peace nominee Cindy Sheehan, Singer/Songwriter David Rovics, and the Reverend Henry Blaze will join musicians, poets, speakers, and dancers at a rally to be held on Sunday,  June 14, 2009 at the band shell in Centennial Park in Nashville from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

    Mrs. Sheehan will be speaking about the robbery of billions of dollars to bail out financial speculators who have wrecked the economy through their greed and neglect. A small number of very wealthy people and international corporations are reaping billions of public money being bailed out and  in their pursuit of war and occupation in the Middle East. Tennesseans are losing thousands of jobs because of this irresponsible and covetous behavior. Thousands of people are saying “No more bail outs to the people and corporations that are causing so much pain and death.” «Read the rest of this article»

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    Latin America Unchained: A Panel Discussion on Latin America and US Foreign Policy

     
    The Nashville Peace Coalition

    The Nashville Peace Coalition

    Nashville – The Nashville Peace Coalition invites the public to attend a panel discussion on current issues affecting Latin America.  The panel, titled, “Latin America Unchained” is an examination of the current left leaning shift of popular elections in Latin America.  Whether Americans are pondering the meaning of Hugo Chavez shaking hands with Barack Obama or the recent electoral victory of the FMLN in El Salvador, we can be sure that Latin America is changing. In the interest of providing the public with an opportunity to hear from local experts on the current trends in Latin America, the Nashville Peace Coalition has assembled a diverse panel to talk about current events. The Nashville Peace Coalition is a project of the Nashville Peace and Justice Center and is dedicated to promoting a peace and diplomacy as key aspects of US foreign policy.

    The Bolivarian revolution, the economic collapse of Argentina, the election of Lula in Brazil and the persistent anti-imperialist rhetoric from the Hugo Chavez administration of Venezuela are hints that Latin America has tended to the left in recent years.  What is going on in Latin America and what role does US foreign policy play in this historical trend?  What effect has the North American Free Trade Agreement, the US Army’s School of the Americas and Plan Columbia played in shaping and influencing Latin America’s current governments?  “Latin America Unchained” intends to address some of these questions and engage in a community discussion  with the help of a panel of journalists, educators and community organizers to have a community discussion about the recent trends in Latin America. «Read the rest of this article»

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    “Now Is the Time for Peace” concert, street protest planned in Nashville

     

    Nashville Peace Coalition calls for Peace in Afghanistan & Iraq on 6th anniversary of Iraqi occupation. The event takes place March 14 in Nashville’s Centennial Park from noon to 4 p.m.

    peace-coalition-logoThe Nashville Peace Coalition is calling for peace in Afghanistan & Iraq on the sixth anniversary of the occupation of Iraq with a street protest and peace concert in Centennial Park on Saturday, March 14th beginning at Noon.  The theme of the event titled, “Now is the Time for Peace” is intended as an appeal to President Obama and the Democratic House and Senate to withdraw all troops from Iraq including non-combat troops and reverse the recently announced troop surge in Afghanistan.  «Read the rest of this article»

     

    Parris Island, SC.: Four days with the U.S. Marines

     

    In early January, Clarksville Online was invited to participate in this Marine Corps junket. Several of our staff hoped to attend,  but  had prior commitments, or were otherwise unable to make the trip on such short notice. One of our contributing writers, Nashville’s Chris Lugo, however, was able to attend as a representative of Tennessee  Indymedia. Here is his “Reflection on the USMC Educator’s Workshop and Marine Culture from the perspective of a Peace Activist.”

    usmcOn Tuesday, January 13th at six in the morning I boarded a Delta Airlines jet in Nashville bound for Savannah, Georgia.  Accompanying me on the plane were two employers of a local rock station in Nashville that caters to young adults, high school teachers from rural and mid sized school districts in Tennessee, and two recruiters for the U.S. Marines.  Our destination was Parris Island, South Carolina, which is the primary training ground for new recruits to the United States Marine Corps.

    opinion-081The Marines, which are a small branch of the US armed forces, receive about six percent of the Department of Defense annual budget and have two training facilities for newly enlistees.  I had been invited along a USMC Educator’s Workshop, which is essentially a marketing strategy designed to encouraged high school teachers to develop friendlier relations with Marine recruiters, and to encourage journalists write positive stories about the USMC.

    I am a peace activist, and my training and education is in the business of ending war and promoting peace.  I am also a politician who has run for office twice as a candidate for U.S. Senate representing the Green Party of Tennessee.  If I had been elected to office, one of my first actions as Senator would have been to sponsor legislation to immediately withdraw all U.S. armed forces from Iraq and Afghanistan, to drastically reduce the scope of U.S. military spending and close our military bases overseas, so I didn’t fit easily into any category that the USMC had constructed for the three day program.  Still, as a former candidate and in the interest of good will and cooperation, I attended, because I believe that it is important to hear all sides in any conversation — and the USMC clearly has one side and they want to make sure that you understand exactly what that side is. «Read the rest of this article»

     


    Hutchinson calls on Tennesseans to join non-violent peace, disarmament action

     

    npjc-logoNASHVILLE,  TN:  On Wednesday, February 4th Ralph Hutchinson will address a public meeting of the organizations Veterans for Peace and the Nashville Peace Coalition on Wednesday, February 4, to call on Tennesseans to join in non-violent action for peace and disarmament in Oak Ridge on April 4.

    Hutchinson is the executive director of Stop the Bombs, a twenty-yearoold organization in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, which has organized a continuous presence outside of the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant calling for a complete shutdown of the nuclear facilities and thorough environmental clean up of the Oak Ridge bomb plant.  His presentation will be given on the grounds of the Nashville Peace and Justice Center at 4732 W. Longdale Drive.  The public is invited to attend this event beginning at 6pm.  «Read the rest of this article»

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    CODA offers “debate alternative” at Vanderbilt University

     

    Nashville, TN:  The Coalition for October Debate Alternatives (CODA) released the program and format today for the Presidential Candidate’s Alternative Debate to be held October 6 at 7 p.m. at  4309 Stevenson Hall (seating for 250), Vanderbilt University, in Nashville, Tennessee.  Those candidates who have confirmed attendance include Charles Jay of the Boston Tea Party, Brad Lyttle of the US Pacifist Party, Frank McEnulty of the New American Independent Party, Brian Moore of the Socialist Party, Darrell Castle, Vic Presidential Candidate of the Constitution Party, and Gloria La Riva of the Party for Socialism and Liberation.  The moderator of the debate will be Bruce Barry, Vanderbilt Professor at the Owen School of Management. The event is free and open to the public on a first come basis.  For those who are unable to watch the debates in person, the debate can be viewed live on the website of Vanderbilt University.  The debate will also be archived on the internet at Vanderbilt University’s Youtube page.

    The format for the debate will consist of policy and platform questions concerning the economy, foreign policy, health care, the environment, civil liberties, the federal budget, reproductive rights, international trade, gun rights, campaign finance reform, immigration, education and race and gender.  Each candidate will be given two minutes to make introductory statements and then one or two minutes per question to answer policy and platform questions.  The debate will end at 8:30pm with a candidate’s reception to follow in the lobby of the Stephenson Center. «Read the rest of this article»

     

    Our right to protest: a “fundamental aspect of American citizenship”

     

    There is a long and venerable tradition in our culture which has helped to shape the character of this nation.  The right to protest and peacefully address grievances to our elected officials, the media, and the general public is a fundamental aspect of American citizenship.  The right to peacefully assemble to express concern about all matters of public policy is older than the formation of this country and is the foundation of our Declaration of Independence and Constitution.  When colonists felt the burden of excessive taxation during English rule, their first step as subjects of the rule of law of England was to address their concerns to the magistrates and officials of their day.  The very act of expressing dissent is a hallmark of an engaged community. «Read the rest of this article»

     


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