A Veteran for Peace

Some time back, we posted this account from Iraq War Vet John Bruhns. It's still important.

But we never posted this link to a video of Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur reading the same account on the floor of the House of Representatives. Check it out!

Not Content with Destroying Bagdad...

From waynemadsenreport.com


Not content with destroying Bagdad, the neocons decided to take out New Orleans. When the recovery is over, we must make a list of these people and when "we the people" take over Congress next year, we must hound them out of media (you reading this Wolf Blitzer?) and the government, especially the Pentagon.


Two More Congress Members Just Co-Sponsored H Res 375

Brian Baird (D-WA) and Anna Eshoo (D-CA) signed on today. What about YOUR Congress Member? Please ask them now!

Want a Ride from NY to DC for the Sept. 24th March?

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Purchase your bus tickets now for the September 24th antiwar mobilization in Washington, DC

Momentum is building for what promises to be an historic demonstration in Washington, DC. On Saturday, Sept. 24th, people from every corner of the country will be arriving in the nation's capital to say no to the outrageous war in Iraq, and yes to full funding for those in need because of the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

Bus tickets for the trip are available online at http://unitedforpeace.org/nycbuses

Lake George

Wonkette says that federal bureaucrats angry over the funding cuts for levee projects and related anti-flood programs in New Orleans have come up with a name for the mess down there: Lake George.

And she had email from "a friend at the EPA." If this can be verfied, it will show that the Iraq-related slowdown in federal levee work is directly related to the breach that caused the flooding that has killed at least hundreds. Here's what her federal source reports:

We're naming it Lake George, 'cause it's his frickin fault. Have you seen all that data about the levee projects' funding being cut over the past three years by the Prez, and the funding transferred to Iraq? The levee, as designed, might not have held back the surge from a direct Class 5 hit, but it certainly would not have crumbled on Monday night from saturation and scour erosion following a glancing blow from a Class 3. The failure was in a spot that had just been rebuilt, not yet compacted, not planted, and not armed (hardened with rock/concrete). The project should have been done two years ago, but the federal gov't diverted 80% of the funding to Iraq. Other areas had settled by a few feet from their design specs, and the money to repair them was diverted to Iraq.

Iraq 100, Louisiana 8: "The Garden of Eden" vs. "Hell on Earth"

Iraq 100, Louisiana 8: "The Garden of Eden" vs. "Hell on Earth"

Is it possible to actually quantify how screwed up the priorities of the Bush cabal in Washington have been? Usually not. But when it comes to the issue of wetlands -- the natural buffer that could have protected New Orleans against a deadly storm surge liked the one that essentially wiped out the city last week -- the answer is "yes."

In 2004 -- at a time when George W. Bush was running for re-election and presumably courting votes in Louisiana, a potential swing state -- the White House proposed spending a whopping 12 1/3 times as much taxpayer money restoring wetlands in southern Iraq as he planned to spend on the same task in the Mississippi Delta.

We've Got to Turn Things Around

Committees of Correspondence for Democracy & Socialism
Statement September 3, 2005

When earlier this year people in our country began to tell pollsters they did not feel the country was moving in the right direction they had no idea where we might end up. And then disaster struck; now it has become painfully clear.

The tragedy of New Orleans didn't have to happen.

The Bush Administration's policies before disaster struck and its response to its consequences has caused the death of thousands of people and unimaginable suffering, especially among the sick, the old and the very young. It has demonstrated utter disregard for the welfare and the fate of millions of people in the storm ravaged area - most of whom are disadvantaged African American working people.

Anti-War Protest in Terre Haute

Action 10 News WTHI Staff
9/5/2005 5:40:05 PM

End the War on Iraq and bring the troops home, a message voiced today in Terre Haute.

The "Bring Them Home Now" tour made a stop right here in Terre Haute earlier today in front of Books-A-Million.

The three bus tour group is travelling from Texas to Washington D.C. after a month long vigil outside President Bush's ranch.

Those with family in the military spoke out at the protest.

"We are protesting the war and miss appropriation American funds and resources to ends that do not lead us anywhere except more violence and deaths for American families resulting in Iraq and New Orleans," said Specialist Benjamin Hart Biges of the Airborne Infantry.

Tragedy in Baghdad

How U.S. forces set the stage for...
Tragedy in Baghdad
Socialist Worker
By Eric Ruder | September 9, 2005 | Page 16

AS ANTIWAR activists from Cindy Sheehan’s vigil in Crawford, Texas, left on a bus tour across the U.S., Iraq witnessed a terrible new tragedy that underlines the suffering caused by Washington’s occupation.

Nearly 1,000 Iraqis died and hundreds more were injured August 31 in a stampede on a crowded bridge in Baghdad. The victims were primarily Shiite religious pilgrims. The stampede--on a bridge that connects a Shiite district of Baghdad with an area that supports the predominantly Sunni resistance--began when a rumor ran through the crowd that a suicide bomber was about to strike.

How Does Bush Sleep at Night?

By: Jason Miller

What is it that enables George Bush to sleep at night when his avarice and iniquity as a ruler exceed that of Marie Antoinette? Could it be that he slept through his history lectures about the French Revolution while he was at Yale? Perhaps his capacity to sleep soundly stems from having the most powerful military in the history of humanity at his disposal. Being a member of a dynasty dating back to the 1930's would also tend to endow one with a sense of serenity as one plundered a nation's resources, shredded the U.S. Constitution, initiated illegal wars, bullied most of the world, slaughtered innocents in the name of "spreading freedom".

British MP George Galloway to speak in Toronto

Toronto appearance only Canadian stop on US speaking tour

TORONTO, Sept. 7 /CNW/ - Maverick British MP George Galloway will visit
Toronto September 16 to 17 for the only Canadian stop on a US speaking tour.
Galloway will tour eight US cities from September 13 to 24 to promote his new
book Mr Galloway Goes to Washington, an account of his experience testifying
before the US Senate in May 2005. Other speakers on Galloway's tour include
actress Jane Fonda, Gold Star Families for Peace member Cindy Sheehan and
pro-war writer Christopher Hitchens. Galloway will meet Hitchens in New York

Scoville rally to offer glimpse of peace

Pioneer Press

You've heard about the peace movement. This is your chance to meet the activists and learn about their goals first hand.

The Oak Park Coalition for Truth & Justice is hosting its first Oak Park Peace Fair and Town Hall from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday in Scoville Park, on the northwest corner of Lake Street and Oak Park Avenue. No admission will be charged.

Booths representing about 40 peace organizations will be set up in the park, similar to Oak Park's Day in Our Village celebration held each June, said Kevin McDermott, one of the event organizers for the Truth & Justice Coalition.

Katrina’s aftermath: Santa Cruz man rides to the rescue

September 7, 2005
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."

In the rain, Alaskans stood for Sheehan's cause

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?"


Sheehan to attend protest in Batavia

Beacon News
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

Letter from Cindy Sheehan

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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.

War foes pleased by turnout in Madison

Wisconsin State Journal
ELIZABETH WACHOWSKI bwachowski@madison.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.

“The War in Iraq is Increasingly Unpopular and Must End

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.

Theocracy Lite

By Katha Pollitt
The Nation

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

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

Hurricane Katrina-Our Experiences

Larry Bradshaw
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.

Hearing and Rally on Ending the War: September 15 in DC

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


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

Camp Casey Photos

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.


Parents Nationwide Take Action to Protect Children's Privacy From Military Recruiters

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.

Firing Michael Brown Is Not Enough. How About Bush and Cheney?

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.

Central Florida Veterans for Peace Membership Drive

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.

Impeach George W. Bush Now!

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.

Local mother joins Camp Casey

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.

Speaking Events

David Swanson at St. Michael’s College, Colchester, VT, October 5, 2016.

David Swanson in Fairbanks, Alaska, October 22, 2016.

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