by drbjs, http://www.dailykos.com
Inspired by Kagro X's diaries, angered by the Senate Intelligence committee, fueled by my "Progressive Partner" edition of Crashing the Gate, and armed with a copy of the Rutland County Vermont resolution, I set out on a rainy Minnesota night to attend my DFL precinct caucus.
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The caucus meeting started with the usual business of electing precinct chairs and associate chairs and getting delegates and volunteers for the state senate district convention, according to the meeting agenda, consideration of resolutions wasn't to happen until the end of the night. A couple candidates stopped in to say hello, thank us for participating and asking for our help on their way to election/reelection. U.S. Senate candidate and Hennepin county attorney Amy Klobuchar even stopped in and outlined her proposals, which included universal health care and decreasing dependency on foreign oil. All the while, the copy of the resolution sat neatly folded in my back pocket. Could I muster the courage to present this to a room of about 30 strangers, albeit strangers who were obviously fellow citizens and patriots? Was there really the support for something like this in my very own neighborhood community, as opposed to my online community? Only one way to find out; though there was no way I was going to go first. First to volunteer to propose a resolution was a gentleman by the name of Tate. I would see what he had to say and judge the room before I made my decision to speak up. My palms were a little sweaty and I couldn't keep my knee from bouncing in anticipation and fear.
By Paul Waldman, www.tompaine.com
Paul Waldman is a senior fellow at Media Matters for America. His next book, Being Right is Not Enough: What Progressives Can Learn From Conservative Success, will be released in the spring by John Wiley & Sons.
After the 2000 election, one in which Republicans successfully hijacked the electoral process in Florida to obtain their preferred outcome and a conservative majority on the Supreme Court issued what may have been its most disgraceful decision since Dred Scott, supposedly neutral observers in the media were unanimous in their praise for the smooth operation of the government at all levels. The system worked, they said. There were no tanks in the streets, and the person who had actually won the election did the right thing and gave in. “Maybe the best thing of all,
By Dave Lindorff, http://www.thiscantbehappening.net
So many people have written to ask about what happens if President Bush is impeached, concerned that this would leave Deadeye Dick Cheney in charge, that I think it's time to explain how this all would play out.
Impeachment, as anyone who lived through the Nixon or Clinton impeachment dramas knows, is a long, drawn-out process. It could easily take two years to go from the submission of a bill of impeachment to the House Judiciary Committee, through committee hearings on articles of impeachment, to a debate and vote in the full House.
Take these to a meeting with your Congress Member: PDF.
Today ImpeachPAC endorsed its third pro-impeachment candidate for Congress, Jeeni Criscenzo, who is running unopposed in the Democratic primary to challenge Republican incumbent and former car thief Darrell Issa to represent California's 49th District.
Criscenzo has already been endorsed by the San Diego Imperial Counties Labor Council, Progressive Democrats of San Diego, Democracy for America Meetup #23 (San Diego), and Progressive Democrats of America (national).
Wednesday March 8, 2006
UPDATED* BUSH in New Orleans, LA: POTUS visits Gulf Coast at 10:25 AM.
[White House Press Release]
UPDATED* BUSH in Biloxi-Gulfport area, MS: POTUS visits the Gulf Coast
at 1:15 PM. The Bushes visit a Mississippi neighborhood at 1:55 PM.
[White House Press Release]
NEW* BROWNBACK in Washington, DC: Brownback holds a hearing on the
potential effects of a federal income flat tax. [The Note, ABCNEws.com,
By Sen. Russell Feingold, http://www.opednews.com
The Honorable Alberto R. Gonzales
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20530
Dear Attorney General Gonzales:
I write in response to your letter of February 28, 2006, regarding your February 6 testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee and responding to specific requests for information by Senators during the hearing.
By Missy Comley Beattie, http://www.opednews.com
It was an emotional afternoon for me.
I attended an event at the Community Church of New York, sponsored by CODEPINK and Gold Star Families for Peace. Speakers included Cindy Sheehan, Mimi Evans of Military Families Speak Out, singer/songwriter/ Holly Near, Medea Benjamin, co-founder of CODEPINK, and the Iraqi Women’s Delegation.
Ms. Near’s beautifully clear voice and song for peace was the perfect prelude to the words of the other women.
We invite you to attend an informative briefing with nine Iraqi women who have come to the US to commemorate International Women's Day, March 8. The women represent a wide breadth of Iraqi society, including academics, an engineer, health care workers, homemakers, journalists, filmmakers, and women's rights activists. A brief biography for each is below. They will speak about the effects of the war on their lives, their families and other ordinary Iraqis.
Congressional Legislation Finally Targets Wasteful Pentagon Spending to Address Federal Budget Woes
Common Sense Budget Act—to Be Introduced Wed., March 8—Transfers Wasteful Pentagon Spending to Health, Schools, other Priorities
Reagan Defense Official Lawrence Korb Identifies $60 Billion that Could Be Trimmed from Bush’s Proposed Defense Budget
WASHINGTON - March 6 -
Ben Cohen, Co-Founder, Ben and Jerry’s; President, Priorities Campaign
Lawrence Korb, Former Reagan Assistant Defense Secretary
Barbara Lee (D-CA)
Jack Shanahan, Former Commander of the US Second Fleet
Wayne Silby, Chairman, Calvert Funds
Jim Wallis, Sojourners
Lynn Woolsey (D-CA)
Board members blast class project; final 'testimony' to come
BY ROB JENNINGS, DAILY RECORD
PARSIPPANY -- The war crimes "trial" of President Bush in a Parsippany High School classroom is expected to conclude today with additional defense testimony from the student playing Bush, but controversy over the project is continuing.
"It clearly crossed a line," school board member Frank Calabria said Monday of the mock tribunal, in which Bush is charged with "crimes against civilian populations" and "inhumane treatment of prisoners."
By Dan Bacher
Don't miss these two great anti-war events taking place this week!
Sacramento's New Code Pink Chapter To Demonstrate March 8
When- 11:30 am to 1:00 pm March 8, 2006
Who- Sacramento Code Pink
Where-Capitol Building West Steps
Why- To Protest War & To Celebrate International Women's Day
Sacramento CODEPINK is one of the newest chapters in CODEPink, Women for Peace. On March 8th Sacramento CODEPink will be demonstrating at the Capitol Building in downtown Sacramento to celebrate International Women's Day on March 8th from 11:30 to 1:00.
By Associated Press
NEWFANE, Vt. (AP) — In a white-clapboard town hall, circa 1832, voters gathered Tuesday to conduct their community's business and to call for the impeachment of President Bush.
"In the U.S. presently there are only a few places where citizens can act in this fashion and have a say in our nation," said select board member Dan DeWalt, who drafted the impeachment article that was placed on the warning — or official agenda — for the annual town meeting, a proud Yankee tradition in New England.
By Abid Aslam, OneWorld.net
WASHINGTON - U.S.-led occupation forces in Iraq retain an ''unpalatable'' record on human rights more than two years after the Abu Ghraib torture scandal broke, Amnesty International said Monday.
Detainees wait behind a barbed wire fence during a prisoner release at Abu Ghraib prison, west of Baghdad, in October 2005. Tens of thousands of people have been held "arbitrarily" in Iraq since the start of the US-led invasion in March 2003, creating a situation that is ripe for abuse, Amnesty International said.(AFP/File/Pool/Faleh Kheiber)
By Agence France Presse
Two Canadians and a Briton working for a Christian peace group kidnapped in Iraq three months ago issued a new plea for their release, according to a video broadcast on Al-Jazeera.
The video was the first news of the men since late January, but conspicuously did not feature an American fellow peace activist who had been kidnapped with them.
Peace Activist Hostages in Iraq Plead for Help (Photo: AFP)
Tuesday, March 21, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
310 W. 43rd St., between 8th and 9th Aves.
The War on Iraq comes home every day to Harlem, Bensonhurst, Sunnyside, West Brighton and Van Cortlandt Park. While US troops and Iraqi civilians suffer and die every day in Iraq, the impact is felt in our neighborhoods.
The war costs NYC $9.9 billion. Ending the war in Iraq is essential to address our city’s every day problems. Our government on every level must reverse the Bush administration’s policies of war before meeting our people’s needs. Come to a town hall meeting to show support for the people who will testify about the daily crisis problems of our communities that go unmet due to Bush's war budget.
These photos are from Faiza Alaraji - WARNING! The pictures range from saddening to horrifying to gory. LINK TO PHOTOS
Faiza Al-Araji is a civil engineer, a blogger (http://afamilyinbaghdad.blogspot.com ) and a religious Shia with a Sunni husband. She has three children. After one of her sons was recently held by the Ministry of the Interior, the family fled to Jordan. She said at an event in DC on Monday, very rapidly, very passionately:
By Dahr Jamail
t r u t h o u t | www.truthout.org
Halliburton and its subsidiary Kellogg, Brown and Root (KBR) have been making hay in the burning Iraqi sun for years now. It is, of course, no coincidence that the man sitting as vice president played a key role with his influence in obtaining the lion's share of contracts in Iraq for the company he was CEO of prior to his self-appointed position. Yet none of this is news.
That's right: When our little state's legislature, sitting under Montpelier's golden dome, impeach the most dangerous, dishonest and incompetent president the United States of America has ever known? The headline, folks, is not a typo.
"You're stoned! Can't be done!" you say, even if it is a worthy and patriotic goal. Only the U.S. House of Representatives can impeach a president, you shout! A Senate trial follows. That's what we witnessed firsthand with Presidents Bill Clinton and Richard Nixon. Big Bill survived the Senate vote. Big Dick, however, resigned in disgrace before his trial could start.
Join Cindy Sheehan, Camilo Mejia, Kathy Kelly, and students who've
fought repression and won at Berkeley, SFSU, CCNY, HCC, GMU, Kent
State, Hampton, and Madison, in supporting...
Students Say NO to War in Iraq!
College Not Combat, Troops Out Now!
NATIONAL WEEK OF CAMPUS ACTION
Week of March 13-17*
Student week of action coordinated by the Campus Antiwar Network
By Dave Zweifel, Madison Capital Times (Wisconsin)
In November 2001, just two months after the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, two high-profile U.S. journalists Chris Hedges of the New York Times and Christopher Buchanan of PBS' "Frontline" were ushered to a meeting in a Beirut hotel with a man identified as Jamal al-Ghurairy, an Iraqi lieutenant general who had fled Saddam Hussein.
On Wednesday the House Appropriations Committee is scheduled to take
up the Bush administration's "emergency supplemental" request for
approximately $70 billion more for war in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Up until now, the idea of impeachment has been whispered but not discussed loudly. Rep. John Conyers brought up the subject in his call for an investigation that might lead to Articles of Impeachment—a powerful first move, but not the actual Articles.
Today, The Wall Street Journal discussed impeachment by casting it in the light of its political ramifications: (www.truthout.org/docs_2006/030606N.shtml ). The graphic included in the article is provocative, showing the results of a Zogby poll that reported 51% of likely voters surveyed support impeachment if Bush lied about the reasons for the Iraq war (and contrasting it to the impeachment poll results for Clinton, which look puny by comparison).
By Cindy Sheehan
Yesterday started off like any other day for me. I woke up, missing Casey and wondering where in the world I was.
After I got my bearings, realizing I was in my friend's apartment in NYC, I got up for my day of meetings, speeches, marches and rallies.
March 8th is International Women's Day and I was in NYC with a contingent of women from Code Pink, Gold Star Families for Peace, Global Exchange, and some brave Iraqi women to work on our women's global call for peace.
THE PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS OF THE CALIFORNIA DEMOCRATIC PARTY PRESENTS:
WITHDRAWING US FORCES FROM IRAQ
A Policy Framework, Strategy & Action Plan
Progressive Caucus of the California Democratic Party
Position Paper No. 1
Progressive Policy to Withdraw US Forces from Iraq and to Support the Reconciliation and Reconstruction of the Iraqi Nation.
The Progressive Caucus strongly recommends that the California Democratic Party (CDP) adopt the following strategic plan of action for withdrawing US Forces from Iraq and, further, urges the CDP to instruct its Democratic National Committee (DNC) representatives to carry the plan forward for formal action as a National Party Policy Paper to: