September 7, 2005
By NANCY PASTERNACK
Santa Cruz Sentinel
Gary Maclaughlin has a mission and a bus.
On the fifth day of his Hurricane Katrina disaster-relief tour Tuesday, the Santa Cruz construction worker delivered water, food and other supplies to residents in and around New Orleans.
As he drove into the city from the Causeway over Lake Pontchartrain, he described what he could see through the windshield of his 1990 full-size diesel school bus.
Helicopters dropping sandbags at the levee; a hospital ship; barges carrying oil drums.
"There’s a dump truck with a soldier sitting backwards with an AR-15 in his lap. Police and military are going in every direction at once," he said. "It’s an amazing scene."
Anchorage Daily News
Chantel Ayers-Kalish of Anchorage thanks everyone who turned out for the Cindy Sheehan vigil Aug. 17 on the Park Strip. "It was a joy and privilege to stand with so many people who support this woman and her cause. Even in a steady rain with umbrellas in one hand and candles in the other, Alaskans came together to show compassion and concern for a fellow citizen from afar. If only every day we would join together and support one another, perhaps we wouldn't need to be at war. Compassion and kindness can be contagious; wouldn't that be a joyful epidemic to witness?"
By Ed Fanselow
BATAVIA — Cindy Sheehan, the California military mom whose 26-day vigil outside President Bush's Texas ranch helped make her the new face of an anti-war movement, has announced that she will join a group of protesters outside the offices of House Speaker Dennis Hastert here today.
Sheehan originally said she wouldn't participate in the visit, which is part of a series of anti-war protests being organized around the country by the group Bring Them Home Now.
A spokesman for the group said Tuesday, though, that Sheehan decided at the last minute to join the Batavia rally as well as an evening vigil in Wheaton.
The Maui News
WAILUKU – “The Downing Street Basement Tapes
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Letter from Cindy Sheehan
Sept. 7, 2005
Dear Friends and Supporters of Peace,
On August 31st, we closed down Camp Casey on the outskirts of President Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas. In the three and a half weeks that we were in Crawford, thousands of people passed through - some for just a few hours and some for days or weeks. Throughout the country, hundreds of thousands of people responded to my vigil, calling on the President to meet with me and, just as importantly, adding their voices to the growing cry for an end to the war in Iraq.
Wisconsin State Journal
ELIZABETH WACHOWSKI email@example.com 608-252-6120
September 4, 2005
A group of veterans and military families spoke Sunday night before a crowd of Madisonians opposed to the war in Iraq, spreading their message that supporting the troops doesn't necessarily mean supporting the war.
The "Bring Them Home Now Tour," an offshoot of military mom Cindy Sheehan's monthlong protest in front of President Bush's ranch in Texas, attracted a near-capacity crowd to the Barrymore.
Tour speaker Stacy Bannerman, whose husband served an extended tour of duty in Iraq, said she wasn't surprised by the attendance, noting that Madison has a history in the anti- war movement dating back to Vietnam.
Written by Kevin Zeese
Tuesday, 06 September 2005
Interview with Dennis Kucinich
Dennis Kucinich, along with fellow Democrat Neil Abercrombie (D-HI) and Republicans Walter Jones (R-NC) and Ron Paul (R-TX), introduced the first bi-partisan bill calling for an exit strategy from Iraq (H.J.Res. 55). Around this bill and other Iraq withdrawal efforts Republicans are quietly meeting behind closed doors and progressive Democrats have formed the "Out of Iraq Caucus" to push for an exit strategy. Rep. Kucinich is leading the Congress to a real consideration of an exit strategy from Iraq.
By Katha Pollitt
So now we know what "noble cause" Cindy Sheehan's son died for in Iraq: Sharia. It's a good thing W stands for women, or I'd be worried. The new Constitution, drafted under heavy pressure from the Administration, sets aside the secular personal law under which Iraqis have lived for nearly half a century in favor of theocracy lite. "Islam is the official religion of the state and is a basic source of legislation," Article 2 begins - the spin is that this language is a victory because Islam is not the source. "(a) No law can be passed that contradicts the undisputed rules of Islam." On the other hand, "(b) No law can be passed that contradicts the principles of democracy" and "(c) No law can be passed that contradicts the rights and basic freedoms outlined in this constitution" - as in, for example, Article 14: "Iraqis are equal before the law without discrimination because of sex," religion, ethnicity and so on.
Gallup: Americans to Bush -- Withdraw Troops from Iraq
By E&P Staff
Published: September 06, 2005 12:55 PM ET
NEW YORK Two separate Gallup polls, detailed today in the organization's weekly report, show that Americans favor withdrawing some or all U.S. troops from Iraq.
Perhaps most revealing was a new poll which asked 1,007 Americans, "If you could talk with President Bush for 15 minutes about the situation in Iraq, what would you, personally, advise him to do?" The poll taken in late August found that 41% said they would tell him to pull troops out of Iraq and end our involvement there.
Hurricane Katrina-Our Experiences
Lorrie Beth Slonsky
Two days after Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, the Walgreen's store at the corner of Royal and Iberville streets remained locked. The dairy display case was clearly visible through the widows. It was now 48 hours without electricity, running water, plumbing. The milk, yogurt, and cheeses were beginning to spoil in the 90-degree heat. The owners and managers had locked up the food, water, pampers, and prescriptions and fled the City. Outside Walgreen's
windows, residents and tourists grew increasingly thirsty and hungry.
On Thursday, September 15, in Washington, D.C., Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey will hold a hearing on exit strategies for Iraq.
A coalition of organizations demanding an end to the war will hold a rally at 5 p.m. that evening in front of the White House.
Please ask your Congress Member and Senators to take part in both events.
Email them here: http://tinyurl.com/7vjej
Or call the switchboard toll free: (888) 818-6641.
And please come to these events yourself if you can (but remember that we are building toward a mass mobilization on September 24; if you can only come to DC once, come then).
NEWS from CONGRESSWOMAN LYNN WOOLSEY, 6th District, California
For Information Contact:
Susannah Cernojevich (202) 225-5187
WOOLSEY CALLS ON DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS TO PLAN FUTURE OF IRAQ
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Lynn Woolsey (D-Petaluma) is calling on Members of Congress and the President to work together to bring U.S. troops home from Iraq, while helping the Iraqis regain control over their country and their future.
What: Hearing on the Future of Iraq
When: Thursday, September 15, 2005
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM (may change once location is determined)
Who: U.S. Representative Lynn Woolsey
From Jon Orlando:
Here are three photos from Camp Casey,
including one of Mary and Kini -
the two women from Colorado
who sang the sing-along on Saturday.
TWO MORE PHOTOS BELOW FOLD
New film reveals devastating impact of aggressive military recruitment.
(PRWEB) September 6, 2005 -- Parents across the nation are taking action as part of the Leave My Child Alone Coalition's Back-to-School Opt Out month, just as a new film reveals the devastating impact of aggressive military recruitment on American families.
At over two hundred community events across America, parents are taking steps to opt their children from a provision in the No Child Left Behind Act, which requires public high schools to pass on lists of private student information to the military for recruitment purposes. At school board meetings, back to school events and meet ups in 37 states and in major US cities, parents are taking a stand to opt out.
By Norman Solomon
Calls for firing Michael Brown are understandable. Aptly described as "the blithering idiot in charge of FEMA" by columnist Maureen Dowd a few days ago, he's an easy and appropriate target.
President Bush met with Brown last Friday and publicly told him: "You're doing a heck of a job."
In the grisly wake of the hurricane, Brown's job performance cannot be separated from Bush's job performance. To similar deadly effect, the president has brought to bear on people in New Orleans the same qualities that he has inflicted on people in Iraq -- refusal to acknowledge basic realities, lethally misplaced priorities, lack of compassion (cue the guitar), and overarching arrogance.
Calling All Veterans: Central Florida Veterans for Peace Membership Drive
The Central Florida chapter of Veterans for Peace, Inc. is seeking new members. To learn more about the national organization of Veterans for Peace, Inc. please visit their web site at www.veteransforpeace.org. If you are a Military Veteran (peacetime and/or wartime service) living in the following counties of Central Florida (Brevard, Flagler, Lake, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, St. John's, Volusia) and are agreeable to the organization's Statement of Purpose we urge you to join us. The VFP's Statement of Purpose can be viewed at http://www.veteransforpeace.org/../OrganState.htm or by scrolling below. Veterans for Peace extends Associate Membership status to all those who agree with our Statement of Purpose. Veteran status is not required for Associate Membership.
By Earl J. Prignitz
September 6, 2005
I have a very serious question to ask the media and I hope that my question will not be treated lightly. I would like to know why the media hasn't published polls asking whether the American people believe George W. Bush should be impeached for lying to the United States Congress and the American people about reasons for going to war with Iraq? The Downing Street memo is proof that the war was pre-planned and not due to weapons of mass destruction.
When the Lewinsky scandal broke in 1998, many pollster throughout the country asked about the impeachment of President Bill Clinton.
Pulse of the Twin Cities
Local mother joins Camp Casey
Cindy Sheehan to speak in Mpls Saturday
by Julia Curran
Editor’s note: As we were going to press, Women Against Military Madness announced that Cindy Sheehan will speak in Minneapolis Sat., Sept. 3, at a time and place to be announced. Sheehan is the mother of a fallen soldier who inspired a mass protest outside George W. Bush’s compound in Crawford, Texas. For more information contact Women Against Military Madness at 612-827-5364 or visit WorldWideWAMM.org.
The mainstream media, so easily drawn into the political rhetoric of the Iraq war, prefers dealing in abstractions, numbers and money, oil and faraway names. In these stories humanity, if it appears at all, is a quirky supporting character tacked on at the end.
United States warships turn towards Venezuela as US military takes control of Hurricane devastated regions
United States warships turn towards Venezuela as US military takes control of Hurricane devastated regions; Venezuela's Hugo Chavez Frias vows '100-year war'
Russian journalist Sorcha Faal writes: Russian Military Analysts are reporting today that a 'significant' portion of the US Navy Armada that had been heading towards their country's devastated southern regions have turned towards South America.
Reports state a planned Invasion of Venezuela to overthrow its President and reassert 'control' over Venezuela's vast oil reserves.
The Venezuelan President having been notified of this most troubling development has ordered his military forces to be on top alert and has 'vowed' a 100-year war against the military leaders of the United States..
PM Tuesday, September 6, 2005
Beyond the Political Spin: New Orleans Realities
ROBIN ROCQUE, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rocque said today: "I'm one of the fortunate. My family evacuated
New Orleans early Sunday morning, before the horror. We sat in my
uncle's living room, in Arcadia, La., and stared at the television. I
am a native New Orleanian and I had a difficult time identifying my
Erin P. Billings
6 September 2005
In her latest attempt to pressure the Bush administration to revise its Iraqi policies, Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif.), is planning to bring several national security experts before a hearing next week to discuss strategies to conclude the conflict.
Woolsey, co-chairwoman of the Democratic Progressive Caucus, is leading a bloc of House Democrats in calling on the White House to conclude the United States' role in the Iraq conflict. She is also helping to lead a group of about 50 Members who recently formed the Out of Iraq Caucus.
The unofficial Sept. 15 hearing, to which both Democrats and Republicans have been invited, will focus on ways to end the war and plans for transferring power back to the Iraqi people, Woolsey said.
September 06, 2005
Robert Dreyfuss is a freelance writer based in Alexandria, Va., who specializes in politics and national security issues. His book, Devil's Game: How the United States Helped Unleash Fundamentalist Islam, will be published by Henry Holt/Metropolitan Books in the fall.
September 2005 could go down in history as the month in which Iraq policy finally turned around. By all indications, members of Congress returning to Capitol Hill this week will come back having heard, loud and clear, from their constituents that it’s time to end the war in Iraq, victory or no. And it’s not just Democrats.
Gone with the Water
By Joel K. Bourne, Jr.
National Geographic OCTOBER 2004
The Louisiana bayou, hardest working marsh in America, is in big trouble-with dire consequences for residents, the nearby city of New Orleans, and seafood lovers everywhere.
It was a broiling August afternoon in New Orleans, Louisiana, the Big Easy, the City That Care Forgot. those who ventured outside moved as if they were swimming in tupelo honey. Those inside paid silent homage to the man who invented air-conditioning as they
watched TV "storm teams" warn of a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico. Nothing surprising there: Hurricanes in August are as much a part of life in this town as hangovers on Ash Wednesday.
Ask Your Congress Member to Co-Sponsor H Res 375, which will be acted on in the International Relations Committee on Sept. 14. Every member should co-sponsor, whether or not they serve on that committee.
If passed, H Res 375 will require the White House and the State Department to "transmit all information relating to communication with officials of the United Kingdom between January 1, 2002, and October 16, 2002, relating to the policy of the United States with respect to Iraq."
We have the Downing Street Memos from the UK. This Resolution, if passed, will demand similar evidence from the US. It has the support of most, and possibly all, of the Democrats on the IR committee, and of at least one Republican on that committee. We need every Dem and three Republicans to pass it.
Email Your Congress Member.
Phone and Fax Your Congress Member.
Or call switchboard tollfree at (888) 818-6641.
Fill out feedback form.
Here are current co-sponsors.
Send this letter to all your friends!
By Marjorie Cohn
t r u t h o u t | Perspective
Saturday 03 September 2005
Last September, a Category 5 hurricane battered the small island of Cuba with 160-mile-per-hour winds. More than 1.5 million Cubans were evacuated to higher ground ahead of the storm. Although the hurricane destroyed 20,000 houses, no one died.
What is Cuban President Fidel Castro's secret? According to Dr. Nelson Valdes, a sociology professor at the University of New Mexico, and specialist in Latin America, "the whole civil defense is embedded in the community to begin with. People know ahead of time where they are to go."
Meets at noon for debate and at 2:15 p.m. to consider the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act of 2005 and the estate tax bill.
2:30 p.m. -- Energy and Natural Resources Committee holds a hearing on gasoline prices and factors contributing to high prices. Witnesses include Guy Caruso, administrator of the Energy Information Administration; James Overdahl, chief economist for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission; and Johnnie Burton, director of the Interior Department's Minerals Management Service.
Meets at 2 p.m. to consider commemorating the 60th anniversary of V-J Day and the end of World War II in the Pacific, and calling on the president to issue a proclamation recognizing the 30th anniversary of the Helsinki Final Act.
By Patricia Goldsmith
The chickenhawks have put the war back in class warfare.
Under globalization, Baghdad and New Orleans really are interchangeable. It’s not just the American worker, but the American citizen, who is being brought down to the same level as a citizen of the Third World. Apparently, human rights are only for those with the money to buy them—and the price is going up, up, up, right along with oil.
In the future, I believe September 11, 2001 will become identified with peak oil. While oil production did not actually peak on that particular day, it’s close enough for government work. Our entire civilization, with its quaint middle classes and obsolete Geneva Conventions and Bill of Rights, is based on the false assumption of unlimited access to cheap oil.
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
The Sept. 1 letter from Melrose and Betty Beal, who are shocked that a veterans group and a
Blue Star mother are protesting the Blue Angels air show in Brunswick, is sad.
Cindy Sheehan's son is dead, for no rhyme or reason. He died for weapons of mass deception.
Being a former staff sergeant in the U.S. Air Force and former Republican, I am not a Veteran for Peace. But why in the world would we be putting on an air show when millions of people
are in need after being hit by
the worst hurricane in years?
The Blue Angels, like the Thunderbirds, are around for one reason: recruitment, to dupe
By Benj Buck
September 6, 2005
As the troops continue to fight and accomplish their goals in Iraq, Cindy Sheehan has her own goals to fight for.
Beginning August 31, Sheehan has been a player in sending out three tour groups from the protests in Crawford, TX to the country abroad. The Bring Them Home Now Tour began in three seperate cities--Dallas, Austin, and Oklahoma City. The Southern Tour plans to be in Columbia, SC September 13 through September 15.
Past stops have included speaches and forums, pot luck meals, and candlelight vigils. The only mentioned plan so far for Columbia is a rally at Martin Luther King Junior Park. However, possibilities exists for a meeting with two congressional reps--Joe Wilson (R) and Jim Clyburn (D).
Statesman Journal, Salem, Oregon
September 6, 2005
Bravery: to encounter with courage; defy; dare. Dictatorial: stresses autocratic, highhanded methods and, often, an imperious manner.
God bless you, Cindy Sheehan. Unfortunately, not everyone in the world understands your pain. Patriotism does not include, and it never did, ignoring flag-draped coffins, or supporting an inherently immoral war.
Let's hope that the flicker of light shining forth from a few brave souls who have the fortitude to stand up for what is right, becomes a flame for truth and justice and a beacon for peace.