[SOA Watch/NE] Upcoming events in Philly sponsored by SOA Watch/NE
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Thu Jun 16 05:16:07 GMT 2005
We would like to take this opportunity to offer special thanks for the support and solidarity we've received over the years from the White Dog Café, located in Philadelphia. A truly unique and amazing restaurant, Judy Wicks - the owner - has made it a point to include corporate responsibility in every aspect of her business. Ranked as one of the top restaurants in the city of Philadelphia, Judy (with the support of her committed staff), has never backed down from making her progressive politics known, and putting into practice her staunch environmental perspectives. The White Dog has also sponsored several photo exhibits by SOA Watch/NE founder/photojournalist: Linda Panetta. Many of you may already know that Deirdre MacDermott is one of the advisory board members of SOA Watch/NE, and is on the national advisory board. Deirdre has also been a vital part of the White Dog staff since shortly after its inception. To learn more about the White Dog scroll down this email - or visit: www.whitedog.com. Hope to see you at these upcoming events:
SOA Watch/NE is proud to support:
"Party for Peace in the Pink Light District"
(3420 Sansom Street, Philly)
Friday, June 17, 2005, 8pm
In honor of Medea Benjamin & Code Pink: Women for Peace
- Buffet Dinner -
Naturally raised foods from local family farms"Love is the Greatest Power"A photo exhibit of contemporary heroines who portray feminine values of cooperation, compassion and nurturing to protect the earth and its inhabitants against great odds.
9:30 pm: Performances by Rachel Bagby and Gweny Love; talk and book signing by Medea Benjamin, cofounder of Code Pink and coauthor of the newly released book "Stop the Next War Now" - followed by Dancing in the Street to the sounds of D.J. Kim Alexander Walsh of No Macarena DJs.
Dress: Wear festive Pink!
Held rain or shine under tent top on Sansom Street.
Dinner is $38 ($25 for peace activists/SOA Watchers), including buffet dinner, program and dancing, tax, tip and a contribution to Code Pink.
$6 for dancing only (10 pm-2 am)
Call (215) 386-9224 for reservations.
Mon, July 25, 7:30 pm -
Corporate Responsibility & The Price of a Banana
presented by Linda Panetta (SOA Watch/NE director, and photojournalist)
Neglectful corporate policies have caused large-scale pesticide contamination in Nicaragua causing 2,000 dead and 20,500 more to suffer from blindness, tumors, cancer, sterility and more (visit: www.opticalrealities.org/Nicaragua/Nemagon1.html for photos). In March, over 6,500 of those affected trekked 200Km to establish an encampment in front of the Nicaraguan National Assembly seeking government enforcement of their successful lawsuit against Dow, Shell, Occidental, Dole, DelMonte, and Chiquita - makers and users of known-toxic pesticides. Although some concessions were agreed upon, the workers face an uphill battle - literally fighting for their lives.
Discussions will also include the amazing success story of a woman's-owned and organized cooperative, located in Managua, which recently received "Free-trade" status. Join activist/photojournalist: Linda Panetta who will share stories and photos from Nicaragua, including conversations with former Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega. A discussion about corporate responsibly and workers rights will ensue.
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Reservations are highly recommended - call 215-386-9224. Á la carte dinner at 6 pm is optional; Storytelling will begin at 7:30. (Preferential seating given to those dining; remaining seats available to those with reservation for storytelling only.) Singles welcome at group tables.
Other Upcoming Events at the White Dog Café include :
Sat, June 18, 9am: Mural Arts Tour by Bicycle
Mon, June 20, 6pm: Table Talk: "Darfur Alert: Preventing a Humanitarian Crisis"
Wed, June 22, 8am: AIDS Breakfast Series: "On the Streets of Phila: AIDS at Home"
Thurs, June 23, 7pm: Spirit: The 7th Fire: Celebrating Life through Dance, Music & Theater
Mon, June 27, 6pm: Table Talk: "American Adventurism Abroad" with Michael Sullivan
Wed, June 29, 8am: AIDS Breakfast Talk Series: "The World Has HIV/AIDS"
What make the White Dog Café so unique and popular with us "lefties" and people of conscience?:
> The restaurant is a staunch advocate for the closure of the SOA!!!
> The Café has been a strong advocate in promoting nonviolence and opposing war. They also developed an International Sister Restaurant Program to support peace through understanding, and sponsors demonstrations against militarism.
> 10-20% of their profits are donated to their nonprofit, the White Dog Cafe Foundation, which works to build a more socially just and environmentally sustainable local economy.
> They foster economic justice by: promoting minority-owned Philadelphia Sister Restaurants; selling "Black Cat" products made by disadvantaged workers, and by purchasing from small privately owned companies and worker cooperatives (family farms, microbreweries, Mexican coffee cooperative, etc).
> "Workplace Giving" - The White Dog will match deducted donation from your paycheck (visit the website for more info).
> The White Dog promotes education through their mentoring program for high school students called "Urban Retrievers," as well as "Table Talks" to educate on issues of public concern.
> They celebrate diversity by hosting events like: Noche Latina, Rum & Reggae, Freedom Seder, Native American Thanksgiving Dinner, and African-American Heritage Tour, to name a few, to offer a unique look into other cultures.
> The Cafe teaches tolerance and interconnectedness through storytelling which gives voice to the underrepresented, and as a part of this they offer inner-city Community Tours.
> 100% of the White Dog's electricity is generated from wind power.
> The White Dog also developed a comprehensive & cutting edge recycling program for the restaurant that has been modeled by other businesses.
> In regard to the meats - the restaurant purchases only from humane farmers, and they are outspoken in support of animal rights groups. In addition, they are committed to raising awareness and promoting activism about sprawl and other issues threatening farmland.
Learn more... See for yourself. Visit the White Dog Café for lunch, dinner, a Table Talk, block party. or one of the many other events they offer!
For more info visit: www.whitedog.com/events.html
In Peace & Solidarity - the staff at SOA Watch/NE.
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