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March, 2006

What the Fuck does this Mean?

Who is Courtney Charee? Did she die while driving drunk, on drugs and incompetent? Was she killed by an incompetent, drunk drug user? This billboard has been on highway 78 just outside of Sumiton for a while. If anyone knows what it's about the Birmingham Free Press wants to know.

info@birminghamfreepress.com

Jesus Appears in Drywall and Cures Woman's High Blood Pressure

Members of a Saraland church say a buckling of drywall in the sanctuary resembles a crucifixion and works miracles.

When the Anti-Choice Choose

"The Only Moral Abortion is My Abortion"

A 1994/95 survey of nearly 10,000 abortion patients showed 18% of women having abortions are born-again or Evangelical Christians. Many of these women are likely anti-choice. The survey also showed that Catholic women have an abortion rate 29% higher than Protestant women. A Planned Parenthood handbook on abortion notes that nearly half of all abortions are for women who describe themselves as born-again Christian, Evangelical Christian, or Catholic.

10,000 Church Leaders Sign
Pro-Evolution Letter

Why Mommy is a Democrat

Full-Tilt Flying Machine

Twenty years in development, the new Osprey tilt-rotor flies faster and farther than any helicopter and goes places airplanes never could.

Divorce Rates by Religion in America

Atheists divorces are much rarer than Baptist.

Top 10 Myths About Spiders

There is no spider species anywhere that can properly be called "deadly."

How to Spot a Baby Conservative

Remember the whiny, insecure kid in nursery school, the one who always thought everyone was out to get him, and was always running to the teacher with complaints? Chances are he grew up to be a conservative.

Alabama Peace Activists Taking "Peace Bus" to Southern Regional March in Atlanta  

 
Thousands are expected to converge on Atlanta on Saturday, April 1 for the Southern Regional March for Peace in Iraq and Justice at Home. 
 
About 50 Alabamians will meet in Birmingham to take the "Peace Bus" to this event. Bus riders include mostly residents of Birmingham, Huntsville and Anniston.  Another 20+ Alabamians from other cities such as Auburn and Tuscaloosa, will travel in carpools directly to Atlanta.  
 
Alabama city contacts are listed below.
 

In Atlanta, marchers will gather at the King Center at noon and march to Piedmont Park for a rally.  Headlining the list of almost two dozen speakers will be Representative John Conyers of Michigan; Dr. Joseph Lowery, convenor of the Coalition for the People’s Agenda; U.S. Representative Cynthia McKinney; Ann Wright, former U.S. Army colonel and diplomat who resigned in opposition to the Iraq war; and Damu Smith, cofounder of Black Voices for Peace.
 
Organizers promise a vibrant, colorful march with giant puppets, hundreds of signs and banners and drumming groups of different cultures.  Exhibits at the rally will include “Eyes Wide Open,” created by the American Friends Service Committee, hundreds of combat boots and civilian shoes commemorating the 300+ US National Guard and 100,000+ Iraqi civilian war deaths; the Iraq Memorial Wall with the names of 2200+ U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq; and a 500-foot Peace Ribbon honoring slain U.S. soldiers and Iraqi civilians.
 
The April 1 date was chosen because it falls between two anniversaries:  the U.S. attack on Iraq on March 19, 2003, and the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4, 1968.
 
“Dr. King knew that poverty, hunger, homelessness and lack of health care in America would never be solved as long as thousands of lives were being wasted on war,” said Rev. Timothy McDonald of First Iconium Baptist Church of Atlanta.  “He knew that cities and levees could not be rebuilt while billions of dollars were being spent on destruction.”
 
Almost 125 peace, civil rights, faith, student, labor, veterans and other groups from six Southern states (including the Alabama Peace and Justice Coalition) have endorsed the march, including Southern Christian Leadership Conference; Concerned Black Clergy of Metropolitan Atlanta; Atlanta-North Georgia Labor Council; United Auto Workers Region 8; Military Families Speak Out; Iraq Veterans Against the War; the Democratic Party of Cherokee, Gwinnett and Harris Counties (GA); People's Hurricane Relief Fund; and student groups at Decatur, Grady and Paideia high schools and at Georgia State University, University of West Georgia, Oxford College and University of Tennessee.
 
More info about this event  http://www.georgiapeace.org/another_world_is_possible.htm
 
 
ALABAMA CITY CONTACTS:

Anniston -- Scott Beckett, 256-782-3033, scottbeckett@post.harvard.edu
Auburn -- Judy Cumbee, 334-499-2380 (h), judysi@mindspring.com
Birmingham -- Diane McNaron, 205-908-4424 (c), dianemcnaron@aol.com
Huntsville --  Tom Moss, 256-468-5314 (c), Mr.Carlson@knology.net
Tuscaloosa -- David Lowe, 205-246-6126 (c), dlowe@law.ua.edu
 
 
MARCH EVENT CONTACTS IN ATLANTA, GA:

Gloria Tatum, 404-374-4098 (c); 404-315-6950 (h); glt33@bellsouth.net  
Ann Mauney: 404-373-3864 (h); 404-630-8910 (c); annmauney555@aol.com