OHIO CARAVAN WITH… "BRING THEM HOME NOW TOUR"

From Arthur Ruger

Received this today via our MFSO Pac NW email address. Lietta said she's been handing out our cards. Nothing from Lietta nor me today could ever match what this says.

OHIO CARAVAN WITH… "BRING THEM HOME NOW TOUR"

I am a mother of a 19 year old 3/25 Lima Co. Marine serving in Iraq. One third of his Unit has been kia or injured. In early August after losing 22 Marines in less than a week, fearing for my son’s life and driven by conviction, I began my journey to change the direction our country has been going.

I have been waiting for my son’s safe return before speaking out publicly. There is such confusion in our country about patriotism and supporting our troops while being against the war.

We're no safer today

By KURT S. WOLZ
The New Hampshire Union Leader

MY CONNECTION with 9/11 is personal. I am a pilot for American Airlines. In September of 2001, I had AA Flight 11 on my flying schedule. As you may recall, AA Flight 11 was the first airplane hijacked. It subsequently impacted the north tower of the World Trade Center. I lost a friend and fellow pilot, Capt. John Ogonowski, that day. I also knew purser Betty Ong and the rest of the cabin crew. I could have been the copilot who perished that day.

On the four-year anniversary of 9/11, I would like to give you my summation as to what progress our leaders have made in ridding the world of terrorism, and in "bringing to justice" the perpetrators of that horrendous terrorist attack on our homeland. And that is — no real progress. The world is now a much more dangerous place and Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida are still "alive and well."

Along Baltimore City’s Peace Path

Film: Baltimore's Peace Path

Article Published, Baltimore's Indy Media Center, on Sept. 11, 2005

By William Hughes

Baltimore, MD - On a glorious, sun-filled, late summer afternoon, September 11, 2005, and on the fourth anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy, a robust demonstration for peace and justice, sponsored by “Women in Black,

Walter Cronkite, Rep. Kucinich discuss Dept. of Peace & Non Violence

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(216) 496-3574

Walter Cronkite, Rep. Kucinich discuss Dept. of Peace & Non Violence
Legendary journalist supports Kucinich's efforts

WASHINGTON, DC - Legendary journalist and broadcast anchor Walter Cronkite
will join Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) in a discussion about the
creation of a cabinet level Department of Peace at The Ronald Regan
Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. on Monday, September 12, 2005 at 7:30 p.m.

Cronkite, who had written about a Department of Peace last year for King
Features Syndicate, will join Kucinich on Monday, a few days before the

Camp Casey to DC Update

By Cindy Sheehan

Today as we honor and memorialize our countrymen and women who were tragically killed on 9/11, we must also not just remember them, but honor their memories by working to hold this dangerously incompetent administration accountable and responsible for the continuing devastation of our country.

I jumped back on the tour this past Wednesday in Illinois, and I have been busy meeting with Congressional members ever since and speaking at rallies with hundreds and hundreds of people in attendance.

We had a rally in front of Denny Hastert's office in Batavia, Illinois, we didn't get a meeting. He will go on our "Meet with the Moms" Hall of Shame along with Tom Delay, whose aide at least spoke to us on the phone: even if it was a very non-productive conversation.

Group gathers to make declaration of peace

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By KORIE WILKINS
Of The Oakland Press

Tammara Rosenleaf's husband will be deployed to Iraq this fall. But instead of being with him at the couple's Texas home, Rosenleaf is touring the country urging people to rise up and protest the war in Iraq.

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"Some people think I should be at home with my husband, but he doesn't," she said. "He thinks I should be here."

Rosenleaf was one of dozens of people gathered on the lawn of St. John's Episcopal Church at Woodward Avenue and 11 Mile Road on Sunday, making a declaration of peace.

Mom questions Army 'betrayal'

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By CHRISTOPHER HEREDIA
KnoxNews.com
September 11, 2005

A distraught mother is demanding answers as to why Army officials told her a year ago that her son was killed by enemy fire in Iraq when in truth he died when a machine gun on his own tank misfired.

The Army delivered the updated news about Lt. Kenneth Ballard to Karen Meredith at her home near San Francisco Sept. 9.

"I sincerely apologize to you for the unfortunate series of events that resulted in your not being informed of the investigations regarding the death of your son," Secretary of the Army Francis Harvey wrote in his letter to Meredith, who is still grieving the May 2004 death of her only child.

9/11: The Bitter Lessons of Four Years

9/11: The Bitter Lessons of Four Years
By Joe Conason
Salon.com

Sunday 11 September 2005

Standing among the wreckage of two national disasters, it is no longer possible to deny the plain truth: Bush and his administration are unfit to wield power.
It would have been almost impossible to imagine, during the days and weeks that followed the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, that we might someday look back on that depressing time with a tinge of nostalgia. For Americans, and especially for those of us who live in New York City, those autumn memories are filled with rage and horror, fire and smoke, loss and death; but they are also filled with a spirit of courage, community and real patriotism. United we stood, even behind a government of dubious legitimacy, because we knew that there was no other way to defend what we valued.

9/11: The Media Still Does Not Get It

9/11: The Media Still Does Not Get It
by Armando
Sun Sep 11th, 2005 at 13:50:11 PDT

Today is the fourth anniversary of the day that, in an act of heinous barbarism, Osama bin Laden and his terror network, al Qaida, launched the most despicable and devastating attack against Americans on U.S. soil since the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941. On this day, the Orlando Sentinel, a newspaper owned by the Tribune Company, chooses to publish a column by one John Hinderaker, yes AssRocket himself, on, get this -- Media Bias Against the Iraq Debacle:

It is clear that public support for the Iraq war is eroding. Some of the polls supporting this claim are faulty in various ways, but the basic point cannot be denied: Many Americans, possibly a majority, have turned against the war. This should hardly be a surprise. On the contrary, how could it be otherwise? News reporting on the war consists almost entirely of itemizing casualties.

Under-covered stories of 2004-05 brought to you by Project Censored

Project Censored at Sonoma State University announces the annual release of the most important under-covered stories of 2004-05.

#1 Bush Administration Moves to Eliminate Open Government

#2 Media Coverage Fails on Iraq: Fallujah and the Civilian Deathtoll

#3 Another Year of Distorted Election Coverage

#4 Surveillance Society Quietly Moves In

#5 U.S. Uses Tsunami to Military Advantage in Southeast Asia

#6 The Real Oil for Food Scam

#7 Journalists Face Unprecedented Dangers to Life and Livelihood

#8 Iraqi Farmers Threatened By Bremer’s Mandates

#9 Iran’s New Oil Trade System Challenges U.S. Currency

September 11 Revisited

September 11 Revisited
By William Rivers Pitt
t r u t h o u t | Perspective

Sunday 11 September 2005

... and the shock was subsonic
and the smoke was deafening
between the setup and the punch line
cuz we were all on time for work that day
we all boarded that plane for to fly
and then while the fires were raging
we all climbed up on the windowsill
and then we all held hands
and jumped into the sky ...

- Ani DiFranco, "Self Evident"

I have a small glass of whiskey sitting beside me on the desk as I write this. I have no intention of drinking it - it is not even noon yet, and despite the notoriously dissolute reputation writers carry around, I have no intention of getting sloshed before the sun crosses the yardarm - but I need it to be there for the smell. The smell, you see, is my memory trigger for September 11. I was teaching that day, and shepherded a building filled with children through their own terror while stuffing mine down into my stomach, and walked out of school with my brave face still on, and stopped on the way home for a bottle of Bushmills, and sat down in front of my television with a glass, and poured, and watched, and wept.

Contractors 'Run Loose' in Iraq

Contractors 'Run Loose' in Iraq
By Jonathan Finer
The Washington Post

Saturday 10 September 2005

Security firms scrutinized in series of shootings.
Irbil, Iraq - The pop of a single rifle shot broke the relative calm of Ali Ismael's morning commute here in one of Iraq's safest cities.

Ismael, his older brother Bayez and their driver had just pulled into traffic behind a convoy of four Chevrolet Suburbans, which police believe belonged to an American security contractor stationed nearby. The back door of the last vehicle swung open, the brothers said in interviews, and a man wearing sunglasses and a tan flak jacket leaned out and leveled his rifle.

PAW supports Cindy Sheehan

PAW supports Cindy Sheehan (Poets against War)

PAW supports Cindy Sheehan, whose son was slain in Iraq in 2004. She was mobilized by the recent deaths of 20 servicemen from Ohio, and Pres. Bush's statement that they died for “a noble cause.

Mississippi troops are refused leave to help families

September 11th, 2005 3:25 pm
Mississippi troops are refused leave to help families

By Ellen Knickmeyer / The Washington Post (Registration required)

Scores of Mississippi National Guard troops in Iraq who lost their homes to Hurricane Katrina have been refused even 15-day leaves to aid their displaced families, told by commanders that there were too few U.S. troops in Iraq to spare them, according to members of the Mississippi Guard.

About 600 members of the Mississippi Guard's 155th Brigade Combat Team, posted south of Baghdad in the area known as the "Triangle of Death" for the frequency of insurgent attacks, live in the parts of southern Mississippi and southeast Louisiana hit hardest by Katrina, Maj. Neil F. Murphy Jr., a spokesman with the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force, said by e-mail Saturday. The brigade is attached to the Expeditionary Force.

Pentagon's 9/11 march criticized as tying war in Iraq to terror

Pentagon's 9/11 march criticized as tying war in Iraq to terror attacks
By JOHANNA NEUMAN
Los Angeles Times
9/11/2005

WASHINGTON - On the fourth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, in which nearly 3,000 people died, the nation's commemorations will be as varied as its geography.
In Oregon, a 9/11 Memorial Tapestry will be displayed at the Corvallis Arts Center and a song inspired by the images of that day will be performed. A national grass-roots nonprofit called One Day's Pay urges people to observe the day with acts of charity. New York City plans a ceremony where the victims' brothers and sisters, along with other relatives, will read the names of those who died, pausing four times for a moment of silence - to mark the impact of each hijacked jet into the north and south towers of World Trade Center and to mark when each tower fell.

Camp Casey to DC Update

September 11th, 2005
Camp Casey to DC Update

--A message from Cindy Sheehan

Today as we honor and memorialize our countrymen and women who were tragically killed on 9/11, we must also not just remember them, but honor their memories by working to hold this dangerously incompetent administration accountable and responsible for the continuing devastation of our country.

I jumped back on the tour this past Wednesday in Illinois, and I have been busy meeting with Congressional members ever since and speaking at rallies with hundreds and hundreds of people in attendance.

We had a rally in front of Denny Hastert's office in Batavia, Illinois, we didn't get a meeting. He will go on our "Meet with the Moms" Hall of Shame along with Tom Delay, whose aide at least spoke to us on the phone: even if it was a very non-productive conversation.

U. of Toledo Peace Display Vandalized

U. of Toledo Peace Display Vandalized
Markers Erected in Honor of Fallen Soldiers Damaged
Toledo Blade
September 9th, 2005

Janice Flahiff helps reset vandalized markers erected to honor U.S. troops killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.
( THE BLADE/HERRAL LONG )

By CHRISTINA HALL
BLADE STAFF WRITER

Larry Coleman was supposed to be working yesterday morning.

Instead, the University of Toledo professor helped reset 1,800 to 1,900 white wooden tombstones, each representing a U.S. soldier who died in Iraq or Afghanistan, that were vandalized overnight at the UT campus.

“We think the people who knocked these down are dishonoring these people’s lives,

Today Is The Fourth Anniversary Of An Enormous Opportunity

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I thought it would be nice to mark today, September 11, 2005, with a short test.

Here's the first question: what is this?

What did you guess? Did you say "That's the last moments of the lives of thousands of people"? Or "That's a hideous act of mass murder"? Or "That's the beginning of a lifetime of suffering for everyone who loved someone who died at the World Trade Center"?

Wrong! The right answer is: that is an ENORMOUS OPPORTUNITY:

Sheehan speaks at anti-war gathering in Stone Mountain

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By MAE GENTRY
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Hundreds of people packed a Stone Mountain church Saturday night to hear Cindy Sheehan, the woman who spent most of August in Crawford, Texas, trying speak to President Bush about her son's death.

Sheehan, whose son Casey was killed last year in Iraq, has been crisscrossing the country to advocate withdrawing U.S. troops from that nation. She spoke to more than 400 anti-war activists at Victory Church in Stone Mountain at a gathering organized by the Bring Them Home Now Tour, which is holding events like this one all over the country.

Some angered with event held at forest preserve

Some angered with event held at forest preserve
By Marni Pyke
Daily Herald Staff Writer
Posted Thursday, September 08, 2005

The DuPage County Forest Preserve District distanced itself Wednesday from an event involving one of the most controversial figures in the anti-war movement held on its property.

“We do not support it,

Breakdowns Marked Path From Hurricane to Anarchy

September 11, 2005
Breakdowns Marked Path From Hurricane to Anarchy
By ERIC LIPTON, CHRISTOPHER DREW, SCOTT SHANE and DAVID ROHDE

The governor of Louisiana was "blistering mad." It was the third night after Hurricane Katrina drowned New Orleans, and Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco needed buses to rescue thousands of people from the fetid Superdome and convention center. But only a fraction of the 500 vehicles promised by federal authorities had arrived.

Ms. Blanco burst into the state's emergency center in Baton Rouge. "Does anybody in this building know anything about buses?" she recalled crying out.

"Reconstruction" of NOLA = "Reconstruction" of Iraq?

"Reconstruction" of NOLA = "Reconstruction" of Iraq?
By Murshed Zaheed
Posted on Fri Sep 09, 2005 at 12:21:08 PM EST

So the "Shaw Group" lands two $100 million contracts for NOLA reconstruction. Apparently this company is client of Allbaugh (according to TPM). The contract is same as controversial Halliburton contract in Iraq (Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity) whereby company just bills govt as it goes with profit determined as percentage of costs (gives company incentive to increases costs):

BATON ROUGE, La., Sep 08, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The Shaw Group Inc. (SGR) today that is has been awarded an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (ID/IQ) contract from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to aid in the recovery and rebuilding efforts. Shaw will provide supervision, equipment, materials, labor, logistics, and all means necessary to provide the Corps of Engineers an immediate response for construction contract capability. The contract will provide construction and related services including program planning, scheduling, design, engineering, transportation, construction management, and quality control. Under this contract, Shaw has received its first task of pumping floodwater from the city of New Orleans out and over the levees. Shaw is using temporary pumps and is repairing and restarting the existing pump stations. The $100 million contract has a base period of one-year, with an additional one-year option. Shaw announced earlier today a $100 million ID/IQ contract award by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide support services in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, including housing assistance for displaced residents.

'This Is a National Disgrace'

'This Is a National Disgrace'
Opinion: A civil-rights leader mourns an African-American population left behind.
By John Lewis
Newsweek

Sept. 12, 2005 issue - I was headed to New Orleans as a Freedom Rider in May of 1961. It would've been my first visit, but we were arrested in Jackson, Miss., and never made it. In happier times, though, I have been able to visit New Orleans over the years. It's one of my favorite cities, one of the great Southern cities. The people are friendly, warm, helpful. In the old part of the city, there's so much history when you walk down Canal Street or Royal. One of my favorite places is a shop on Royal, where they have lots of art posters by African-American artists. After Katrina, there's a loss of the music, the restaurants and the character in addition to the unbelievable loss of lives. Maybe we will never know the number of people who have been lost.

Bring them Home Now Tour--Savannah, GA Sept 12- Sept. 13

Savannah, GA
Mon, Sep. 12th - Tue, Sep. 13th
Event Description:

Monday, September 12th
7:30 PM
Candlelight Vigil
Forsyth Park

more events being planned, check back for updates and email contact if you would like to help

Local Event Contact:

Kathy Bush, MFSO, 912-713-3075 kathy@sysconn.com
Murem Sharpe 912 247 4255 msharpe@muremsharpe.com

Ann, 808-741-1141
Lisa, 213-840-1972
fithianl@igc.org

Local Press Contact:

Katya: 703-304-5075

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Bring them Home Now Tour--Pittsburgh, PA, Sep. 11- Sep. 14

Pittsburgh, PA
Sun, Sep. 11th - Wed, Sep. 14th
Event Description:

Sunday, September 11th
4:30 PM
CAMP NEIL Speak Out/Pot-Luck Picnic with Musical Perfomances
Flagstaff Hill (Schenely Park, Oakland)

7:00 PM
Candlelight Vigil and MARCH
From Flagstaff Hill (Schenely Park, Oakland) to Soldiers & Sailors Memorial

Monday, September 12th
11:45 AM
Truth in Recruiting Press Conference/Protest
Oakland Military Recruiting Station (3712 Forbes Ave., Oakland)

7:30pm
PUBLIC GATHERING to discuss
Truth in Recruiting
Friends Meeting House (4836 Ellsworth Ave, Oakland)

Tuesday, September 13th

National Guard, the Gulf Coast and the War in Iraq

National Guard, the Gulf Coast and the War in Iraq

by Nancy Lessin and Charley Richardson, Military Families Speak Out
by Nancy Lessin, Military Families Speak Out

"Stay at home and serve your country" was the slogan used to attract men and women into service to their communities and their country in the National Guard. The promise to the men and women of the Guard was also a promise to citizens of the various states that they would have a force available to them in time of emergency.

One weekend a month, two weeks each year, those who signed up to serve in the state militia known as the National Guard trained to protect Country and Constitution and to provide aid in times of local emergencies such as forest fires, floods, hurricanes, blizzards, and civil unrest. National Guard soldiers have specifically been trained to assist in emergencies such as the one that Hurricane Katrina brought to the Gulf Coast on August 28-29, 2005.

War critic Cindy Sheehan to appear in Albany

War critic Cindy Sheehan to appear in Albany

ALBANY, N.Y. Antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan is making a pit stop in the Capital Region next week.

Supporters are setting up a symbolic Camp Casey in Capitol Park West in honor of those who have died in Iraq. The camp is named for Sheehan's son, Army Specialist Casey Sheehan, who was killed last year.

Sheehan began a cross-country bus tour late last month after several weeks of a vigil near President Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas.

The tour will culminate with a peace rally in Washington, D-C on Sept. 24.

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