Mrs. Tenney went to Washington, and The Speaker of the House ran for cover

By Dan DeWalt

Three years ago, G W Bush stuffed some padding in his pants, flew dramatically onto an aircraft carrier anchored a few hundred yards offshore, and declared “mission accomplished”.

Today, in memory of the thousands who have since died in Iraq, and fulfilling their obligations as citizens to protect the American Constitution, Ellen Tenney and Julia DeWalt presented the first three Vermont town resolutions calling for Congress to impeach the President to the U.S. Speaker of the House. Except the Speaker was afraid to meet them. He was afraid to face the naked truth that Congress will now have to be dealing with the wrath and determination of forthright American citizens who are calling their government to accountability. Congress now has to answer to a public that does not rely on timid political advisors, repeating the same outdated and losing conventional wisdom, worrying about potential “backlash” to ideas that are true and to demands that are just.

Hundreds of Thousands in New York City March Against the War

Largest labor antiwar contingent ever demands immediate return of all troops

Organizers estimate 350,000 or more people joined the March for Peace, Justice and Democracy in New York City Saturday. The trade union contingent was the largest, broadest and most spirited of any in fifty years or more. Between fifteen and twenty thousand labor antiwar activists came from across the country - from as far away as California, Mississippi, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont and upstate New York.

2 Quick phone calls needed today!

UFPJ Legislative Alert

Victory on "No Permanent Bases" is within our reach!
Feingold introduces amendment to bring the troops home by the end of the year!

Call your Senators today (even if you called them last week!)
202-224-3121

Our call-in day to the Senate on the supplemental spending bill (to continue funding the war in Iraq) last week was a great success. Thousands of calls were made asking the Senate to bring the troops home now, and to pass an amendment barring permanent U.S. bases in Iraq. The Senate did not vote last week on the supplemental spending bill (HR4939), so we have one more opportunity to make our voices heard. In addition, we have an exciting new development: Sen. Feingold introduced an amendment last Thursday calling for troop withdrawal by the end of the year. A strong show of support for the Feingold amendment would be politically devastating for the warmongers.

Where to Protest Peacefully

Monday, May 1, 2006
NEW* BUSH, RUMSFELD and RICE in Washington, DC: President Bush meets
with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Secretary of Defense Donald
Rumsfeld in the Oval Office to discuss their recent visit to Baghdad.
[MSNBC.com, 5/1/06]

NEW* BUSH and LAURA BUSH in Washington, DC: President Bush and the
First Lady appear at the "Preserve America" Presidential Awards in
the Rose Garden at 10:30 AM EST. [MSNBC.com, 5/1/06]

U.S. Labor Against the War Heads to Detroit

By Michael Eisenscher, USLAW

With the April 29 demonstration behind us, USLAW now turns its attention to the Labor Notes conference this coming weekend in Detroit. On Friday, from 4 to 6 p.m., USLAW will hold a caucus for members of its affiliated organizations and associate members who will be attending the conference. On Sunday morning, there will be a labor antiwar interest group meeting at which we'll show the documentary "Meeting Face to Face" and hear from Amjad Jawhary, North American representative of the Federation of Workers Councils and Unions in Iraq (who is one of the six Iraqi union leaders featured in the video who toured the U.S. last June) and Samir Adil, a representative of the Iraqi Freedom Congress. The interest group meeting will be followed Sunday morning by a labor antiwar workshop presented jointly with Military Families Speak Out. In addition, USLAW Co-Convenor Nancy Wohlforth will be the keynote speaker on Saturday, and we'll have a literature table up during the conference where we will sell copies of the video.

Impeachment Forum in Sacramento Sold Out - Enthusiastic Crowd

By Joye Swan, California Democratic Party Progressive Caucus

On a beautiful Spring evening in Sacramento, a sold-out crowd of over 900 Pro-Impeachment Californians gathered at the Crest Theater to hear a panel of distinguished speakers from the fields of law, politics and grassroots activism. Panelists included Congresswoman Maxine Waters, CA State Assemblyman Paul Koretz, Center for Constitutional Rights Attorney Shayana Kadidal, Former federal prosecutor and author Elizabeth de la Vega and president of Democrats.Com and Co-founder of Afterdowningstreet.org, Bob Fertik. Moderated by always amazing Mike Malloy of Air America Radio, the forum was hosted by the Progressive Caucus of the California Democratic Party. Co-Chair of the Progressive Caucus, Jo Olson, started the evening off with a bang by reading the surprise proclamation that was unanimously adopted by the California State Democratic Party that morning. The statement called for immediate investigation of both the president and vice president based on allegations of "misfeasance and malfeasance" leading to their impeachment and removal from office.

Bush Impeachment Forum in Sacramento, CA Filled to Capacity

By Phil Burk, 4/30/06, LINK TO ORIGINAL

On Saturday night, April 29th, at the California State Democratic Convention, the hot ticket was to the Bush Impeachment Forum in the Crest Theater. The 900 seats were filled and folks were turned away at the door. The crowd was very enthusiastic and often interrupted the proceedings with cheers and standing ovations. Mike Malloy of Air America Radio was the moderator and clearly popular with the crowd. He gave some background on the history and process of impeachment and then led a forum discussion.

In Leak Cases, New Pressure on Journalists

By ADAM LIPTAK, New York Times

Earlier administrations have fired and prosecuted government officials who provided classified information to the press. They have also tried to force reporters to identify their sources.

But the Bush administration is exploring a more radical measure to protect information it says is vital to national security: the criminal prosecution of reporters under the espionage laws.

US should call for direct talks with Iran

Communication could help alleviate tension from historical grievances.
By John K. Cooley, http://www.csmonitor.com

ATHENS - It's time to soften the Bush administration's hard position against direct talks with Iran. A good time for both Washington and Tehran to begin overtures toward such talks would be following the UN Security Council's April 28 deadline for Iran to suspend uranium enrichment, which Iran rejects.

Bush Violates Hundreds of Laws

Read this related Kos diary by Kagro X.

By Charlie Savage, The Boston Globe

President cites powers of his office

Washington - President Bush has quietly claimed the authority to disobey more than 750 laws enacted since he took office, asserting that he has the power to set aside any statute passed by Congress when it conflicts with his interpretation of the Constitution.

VIDEO: April 27 Congressional Forum on Exiting Iraq

Video by Chris Belcher
Quicktime files (be very patient, they are very large)
First Half
Second Half
Or watch it more quickly at
PoliticsTV

King Would be Proud of Rep. Barbara Lee!

by William Hughes

“War is a poor chisel to carve out tomorrow.” - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Washington, D.C. - On April 27, 2006, at 9 AM sharp, in Room 2325 of the Rayburn Building, on Capitol Hill, the highly-respected Chairwomen, Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA), called to order the second Congressional public forum on how to bring the troops home from Iraq. She is one of the cofounders of the House of Representatives’ “Out of Iraq Caucus.” One of the other cofounders of that anti-Iraqi War group is Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), an African-American member of the House of Representatives, who even before the March 20, 2003 invasion, dared to challenge the Bush-Cheney Gang, on the legality and morality of the blood stained conflict.

Tomgram: Giving the President a Pink Slip in New York City

"I'm Already Against the Next War"
Marching in New York City
By Tom Engelhardt, http://www.tomdispatch.com

It's the perfect day for a march. Sunny, crisp, clear, spring-like. The sort of day that just gives you hope for no reason at all, though my own hopes are not high for New York's latest antiwar demonstration. I haven't received a single email about it. Many people I know hadn't realized it was happening. I fear the outreach has been minimal and despite all the signals of danger (of another war, this time with Iran) and of possibility (nosediving presidential approval polls, an administration in disarray, and the Republican Party in growing chaos), I approach this 30 block march with something of a sinking heart.

Mission Accomplished Day

By Cindy Sheehan

May 1st, 2006 will be the 3rd Anniversary of the end of "major combat" in Iraq. It was a glorious day when George Bush flew onto the deck of the Abraham Lincoln and was hailed by the rapturous throngs of toadie "news" persons such as Chris Matthews ("And that's the president looking very much like a jet, you know, a high-flying jet star," Hardball, May 1, 2003) and Bob Schieffer ("As far as I'm concerned, that was one of the great pictures of all time. And if you're a political consultant, you can just see campaign commercial written all over the pictures of George Bush." Meet the Press, May 4, 2003). What a fast and clean war! G. Gordon Liddy was enthralled with the president's package ("all those women who say size doesn't count -- they're all liars." Hardball, May 7, 2003) and a new era free from terrorism was ushered in.

Reliving past with 700-ton blast

"It's time to divorce ourselves from King George the XLIII before he destroys innocent people and whatever's left of this country's once-good reputation."
The Spectrum, UT, http://www.thespectrum.com

Uh-oh, if Orrin Hatch is getting nervous about a military project, we'd better all be nervous.

The Republican senator from Utah sent his aides to the Nevada Test Site to check out the location where a 700-ton ammonium nitrate-fuel oil bomb will be exploded on June 2.

16 dead in Iraq violence

By Associated Press

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Sectarian violence has forced about 100,000 families across Iraq to flee their homes, a top Iraqi official said, and 16 Iraqis were killed Saturday, six of them tortured in captivity.

An American soldier was killed by a roadside bomb in the capital, raising to 70 the number of U.S. service members who have died in Iraq this month, according to an Associated Press count.

U.S. commander warns of increase in insurgent attacks

By Louise Roug, Tribune Newspapers: Los Angeles Times

BAQOUBA, Iraq -- The top U.S. general on the ground in Iraq warned Saturday that a spike in violence is likely in coming months as Iraq's new government begins its full term in office.

Lt. Gen. Peter Chiarelli, commander of U.S.-led troops in Iraq, said that despite political progress and the growing competence of Iraqi security forces, troops in Iraq are still fighting a bloody insurgency.

Mourning father channels grief into protest against Iraq war

“Sgt. Zachariah Davis, USMC, my son, did not die in vain. I support the troops. I support impeaching Bush!!!”
By Jutta Biggerstaff / Hi-Desert Star

Retired Marine Terry Davis keeps himself busy. Each weekday he travels from his home in Wonder Valley to Palm Springs, where he works for the Riverside County Health Department as a medical assistant. After work he takes massage therapy classes at Maric College. Sometimes he doesn't get home till after midnight. On weekends he plays with his grandchildren.

Protesters at Kyl office oppose war in Iraq

The Arizona Republic

About 300 war protesters on Saturday brandished signs, beat drums and encouraged passing motorists to honk if they wanted to end U.S. involvement in Iraq.

The Arizona End the War Now Coalition held the march and picket at 24th Street and Camelback Road near the office of Arizona Republican Sen. Jon Kyl to protest the third anniversary of President Bush's "Mission Accomplished" speech.

Sarandon tells of Iraq death threat

By Anushka Asthana, The Observer

Speaking out against the Iraq war left the Hollywood actress Susan Sarandon and her family facing death threats and a stream of vicious attacks from the public and the media, she reveals today.
Sarandon, who is hoping to play 'Peace Mom' Cindy Sheehan in a film about the mother's protest over her son's death in Iraq, said she feared for her safety because of the 'horrifying' way in which she was targeted by newspapers, radio phone-ins and people in the street.

Violence Uproots 100,000 Families in Iraq

By ROBERT H. REID, Associated Press

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Sectarian violence has forced about 100,000 families across Iraq to flee their homes, a top Iraqi official said. At least 17 people, including an American soldier, were killed Saturday in fighting.

Abdul-Mahdi‘s estimate was higher than any offered so far by Iraqi officials.

That includes 25,000 Shiites who have fled since the bombing of a Shiite mosque in Samarra on Feb. 22 triggered a wave of attacks on Sunni mosques and clerics.

Polls show Blair Government at nineteen year low

Reporter: Rafael Epstein
MARK COLVIN: In Britain, Tony Blair's Government has had a truly awful week.

The latest opinion poll showed Mr Blair's Labour Party at a 19-year low.

Then came a triple whammy on Wednesday, with his Deputy being outed in the tabloids for an affair with his assistant; his Home Secretary in a scandal about hundreds of released prisoners, and his Health Secretary, the Australian-born Patricia Hewitt, booed to the rafters at the normally Labour-supporting nurses conference.

Akin to Germany? Rocky tells the crowd that a U.S. 'culture of obedience' is to blame

Over 200 in SLC protest Iraq war
By Dawn House, The Salt Lake Tribune

Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson on Saturday blamed America's "culture of obedience" for the war in Iraq, comparing it to Nazi Germany's in the 1930s.

And the crowd at the downtown City-County Building applauded.

Anderson later said he wasn't linking the Bush administration to Adolf Hitler during his speech at the anti-war rally, in which he called on Americans to look to an authority higher than President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld - the architects of "this outrageous, absolutely unnecessary war."

350,000 join growing chorus

By SONI SANGHA, Northjersey.com

NEW YORK -- Steely blue eyes fixed straight ahead, Jo Ann Sohl stepped onto Broadway just above Union Square and began walking south. "The most dangerous place is between a mother and her child," she said.

Her son, a Marine, doesn't know that his mother has lost 20 pounds since he arrived in Iraq last year or that she spends too many nights home in Palisades Park waiting in vain for sleep.

Better Late Than Never

By Philip A Farruggio, Port Orange ProActivists

John Kerry gave a speech, over a week ago, in Boston, whereupon he came out unequivocally against the attack and occupation ( AKA WAR) of Iraq. Kerry, on the 35th anniversary of his stirring testimony to the Armed Services Committee, compared ( finally) Iraq to Vietnam. More importantly, he gave credence to the need and the right of citizen protest. He went so far as to call it the patriotic duty of Americans to dissent against a government that has lost focus.

Bush Impeachment First Follow up - People go Rushing for a Copy of Jefferson's Manual

Does the idea of a State Legislature initiating Impeachment Proceedings make sense?
By Steven Leser, http://www.opednews.com

When you scoop the rest of the press on an item like this, the story takes on a life of its own. I cannot possibly respond to all the emails I received on the subject (my apologies) and I have received threats, condemnations, congratulations, atta-boys as well as all sorts of questions about how this happened and whether or not something like this is appropriate or can 'fly'. It is to the latter that I will devote some time in this Op-Ed.

Progressive challenges powerful Dem Harman in CA congressional race

By Miriam Raftery, www.rawstory.com

Profile: Progressive activist raises stakes in California race, putting veteran Democrat on defensive

Powerful California Congresswoman Jane Harman (CA-36th) is facing a rare and surprisingly successful primary challenge, RAW STORY has learned. The Democratic powerhouse is set to face off this term with Marcy Winograd, a teacher, newscaster, peace activist and outspoken advocate for election reform.

Abu Ghraib deputy faces charges

By Rupert Cornwell, the Independent

The Pentagon has brought criminal charges against the second-ranking US intelligence officer at Abu Ghraib jail - the most senior figure yet to be accused in the Iraqi prisoner abuse scandal that shocked the world and left a black stain on America's human rights record.

The seven formal charges against Lieutenant-Colonel Steven Jordan, who was in charge of the Joint Interrogation and Debriefing Centre at the prison near Baghdad during the second half of 2003, come two years after the scandal first became public. The 12 counts against him include cruelty, maltreatment of prisoners, dereliction of duty and three counts of lying to Major General Antonio Taguba, who conducted the first official probe into the events at the prison, and to a subsequent Pentagon investigation in 2004.

Springsteen and Young: Music of a Once and Future Democracy

By David Swanson

Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young have just released a pair of incredible albums of protest, one a bone-rattling revival of the best of rebel music of ages past, the other an impassioned attack on our present slide toward fascism. A hundred years from now, if the human race has survived, when a future Springsteen records a future "Seeger Sessions" it will be bound to include the music of Young's "Living With War." Also by that time, Young's instant classic, "Let's Impeach the President," will have been translated, as any national anthem should, into a variety of languages, some or all of them, no doubt, destined to be deemed inappropriate by future proponents of the worst of the past.

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