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END THE WAR ON IRAQ!
BRING THE TROOPS HOME NOW!
Justice for the People of the Gulf Coast
3 Days of Action in Washington, D.C.
September 24-26, 2005
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Still haven't made your plans to join us in Washington, D.C. this weekend? This 3-day anti-war mobilization promises to be the most dynamic, powerful peace and justice gathering in years. We're at a real turning point: A solid and growing majority of this country is now against the war, and there is deep discontent nationwide with the appalling priorities of the Bush Administration and the shameful government response to Hurricane Katrina. This is the time to stand up and demand a dramatic change of political direction. Don't miss your chance to be part of this extraordinary series of events!
The federal government flexed it’s muscles on this first day of testimony
by peace activists, charging two defendants with contempt of court, and
interpreting the charges in the indictment to make it easier for the
prosecution to attain a conviction.
Senior U.S. District Judge Hon. Thomas J. McAvoy charged Peter DeMott and
Teresa Grady with contempt of court for testifying about the fact that there
was a previous trial.
McAvoy previously informed the defendants they were forbidden from
testifying on a laundry list of topics including: the illegality of the Iraq
war, international law and its relevance to their actions, the mandates in
9/21/2005, 9:16 p.m. CT
By ELIZABETH WHITE
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan pledged Wednesday to "force change to happen" during protest speeches outside the White House and Capitol.
Sheehan arrived in Washington after a three-week cross-country bus tour that began near President Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas. She is expected to participate in an anti-Iraq war rally Saturday that organizers hope could draw tens of thousands of people.
Sheehan, whose 24-year-old son, Army Spc. Casey Sheehan, was killed last year in Iraq, wants Bush to explain why he sent the United States to war and say what steps he will take to end the conflict.
By Michael Zweig
I am pleased to report that the trailer/preview for the documentary video Meeting Face to Face: Iraqi Labor Leaders Tour the U.S. - June 2005 is now complete and available. Please click: Meeting Face to Face to view the Web page for the documentary and see the trailer (7 minutes 17 seconds).
In June 2005 six senior Iraqi trade union leaders toured the United States hosted by U.S. Labor Against the War, visiting 25 cities and speaking to several thousand unionists, peace activists, and others. This documentary captures the energy and emotions of the tour while expressing the important substantive message Iraqi workers want to convey to all Americans :
All of us will be in Washington to let this administration and the Congress know this war needs to end. Change will happen in the house and senate. Once we leave Washington, we need to be well-informed and emboldened to continue lobbying our representatives in Washington to be among those demanding and working toward ending the war.
This week-end is the perfect time to share every known method to accomplish this goal!
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Thursday September 22, 2005
BUSH in Washington, DC: President Bush gets a briefing on the War on Terror and will then deliver a speech on it around noon at the Pentagon. Later in the day Bush welcomes King Abdullah of Jordan to the White House. [White House; Congress Daily, 9/19/05]
NEW* MEHLMAN in Washington, DC – 12:30 PM: Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Ken Mehlman will address more than five hundred pastors of the National Coalition of Latino Clergy and Christian Leaders (CONLAMIC) on Thursday, September 22nd, 2005. As part of the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Chairman Mehlman's remarks will reflect the Party's on-going commitment to reaching out to the Hispanic Americans. [RNC Release]
Thursday September 22, 12:34 am ET
Strategic planning session held on electoral strategies for the 2006 election cycle
WASHINGTON, Sept. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- This Sunday, September 25, Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) will host a Strategic Planning Session for the 2006 election cycle, marking the initiation of a coordinated effort within the Democratic Party to embrace the pro-peace movement. The Strategic Planning Session will be held at the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law, Firebird Inn - Building 38, B-Level, 4200 Connecticut Avenue, NW from 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
PDA will be joined by: Co-Chairs of Congressional Progressive Caucus Rep. Lynn Woolsey and Rep. Barbara Lee; Dean of the Congressional Black Caucus Rep. John Conyers, Jr.; nationwide Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) activists and key organizers, Democratic Strategists Steve Cobble (PDA), Gary Flowers (Rainbow/PUSH), Butch Wing (Rainbow/PUSH), antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan, and Actress/Activist Mimi Kennedy ("Abby" from Dharma & Greg) and other Congressional aides.
By Sarah Ferguson
The Village Voice
Wednesday 21 September 2005
Peace mom takes her message to the president, Congress, and a lot of television crews.
Cindy Sheehan brought her anti-war crusade to Washington, DC, on Wednesday, arriving with a caravan of three RVs and several cars ferrying about three dozen military families and Iraq War veterans on the final leg of their 21-day Bring Them Home Now tour.
The tour included members of Gold Star Families for Peace, which Sheehan helped found, Military Families Speak Out, Iraq Veterans Against the War, and Veterans for Peace. They set off from their encampment outside Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas, on August 31 and covered 51 cities in 28 states in a hell-bent sprint to mobilize public opinion against the war in Iraq while building momentum for what they hope will be a 100,000-strong peace march in DC this Saturday.
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Katrina is the Iraq War Come Home to Roost
Time to Recall the National Guard from Iraq
By Kevin Zeese
As I watched the scenes on television -- soldiers driving by dead bodies in the street, wayward people looking like refugees, soldiers pointing their guns at civilians -- I could not help but think of Baghdad, but it was New Orleans. The reports of people on the ground were even worse:
“Police drove by, windows rolled up, thumbs up signs. National guard trucks rolled by, completely empty, soldiers with guns cocked and aimed at them. Nobody stopped to drop off water. A helicopter dropped a load of water, but all the bottles exploded on impact due to the height of the helicopter.
Comments for Congressional hearing on Iraq exit strategy, Sept. 15, 2005
By Tom Hayden
Madame Chair and members,
Today you commence a vital shift in our government’s official discourse on Iraq, from how to win the war in Iraq to how to withdraw troops and end the occupation. This change of paradigm is overdue, is in keeping with public sentiment, and begins to fill a dangerous vacuum. We cannot accept a faith-based commitment to “stay the course
"As the Executive Director of the Center on Conscience
& War and part of the GI Rights Hotline where we speak
daily to our men and women in uniform, I bring you the
words of the soldiers themselves. The Center has been
a voice for soldiers since 1940. We have spent almost
65 years trying to end war, one soldier at a time.
Let me give you their voices now:
A Special Op, career, in his thirties, called us prior
to being deployed to Iraq. Special Ops are train to
allow nothing to get in the way of their mission. They
can even shot their own commanding officer if he
stands in the way of completing their mission. "I was
The Costs of Quagmire
The death and destruction strewn by hurricane Katrina may equal or even exceed the death toll of U.S. soldiers in the Iraq War. But while 6,000 miles separates the two, the links between war overseas and the fate of those in Katrina’s wake are closely interwoven.
The cost of having over 6,000 National Guardsmen stationed from Mississippi and Louisiana far overseas in Iraq is just being felt as the region seeks to deal with the horrific aftermath of hurricane Katrina.
Headlines across the nation highlighted the looting, the need for more rescue operations, and the need for boots on the ground to help with reconstruction—all tasks that the Guard is asked to perform.
HEAR OUR CRY*
I am a concerned father of two, a grandfather of two and a taxpayer. Hear our cry, Mr. President, hear our cry: end this quagmire of a war and bring our troops home.
Make no mistake about my support for our men and women who are in harm’s way.
I salute the men and women of the U.S. armed services and reserve units who so bravely and courageously are serving in Iraq today. Theirs is a gallant battle.
To the families of those valiant soldiers who have given their last measure of full devotion for our beloved country, my heartfelt sympathy for the loss of your sons and daughters, husbands and wives, fathers and brothers, neighbors and friends. They are truly America’s heroes and who are deeply missed.
The War at Home and the War Abroad
Gene Bruskin, Co Convenor, US Labor Against the War
September 15, 2005
I want to thank Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey and the Congressional Out of Iraq Caucus for their principled and critical efforts to end what was a predictably disastrous war in Iraq, at a time when disaster has predictably struck our own nation. There could not be a more timely moment to press this issue. Bush is caught between Iraq, and a hard place.
I am here to speak on behalf of US Labor Against the War, a national network of more than 120 labor organizations representing millions of workers from across our nation. We have witnessed a dramatic growth in opposition to the war in the labor movement this year, first in the overwhelming response to our national tour of Iraqi trade unionists in June and then in the powerful support for the resolution to bring the troops home at the national AFL-CIO convention in July.
REMARKS FROM ELLEN BARFIELD, VETERANS FOR PEACE BOARD MEMBER
Veterans for Peace is proud to join Representative Woolsey, other elected officials, and all the
other organizations here at this rally to yet again demand that the war in Iraq end.
Vets for Peace helped launch the "Bring Them Home NOW!" campaign with the then quite
new Military Families Speak Out in the summer of 2003, shortly after Bush's infamous and
reckless challenge to the Iraqi resistance, "Bring 'em on!" We meant "Bring Them Home
NOW" back then, and we have continued to say it ever since. The campaign now includes the
From Tomdispatch today, Michael Klare writes on a desperately under-covered subject, particularly relevant as the antiwar demonstration in Washington approaches this weekend: Iraqi oil and the American occupation. "More Blood, Less Oil, The Failed U.S. Mission to Capture Iraqi Petroleum" http://www.tomdispatch.com/index.mhtml?pid=22859
points out a striking irony -- the American military occupation of Iraq has, in fact, driven Iraqi oil further out of reach of the market (at a moment when it was especially needed). As I say in my introduction to Klare's piece, two years-plus into the occupation of Iraq, we now know that the iconic protest sign, "No Blood for Oil" should actually have read: "Blood for No Oil." Don't miss this one.
Film: "Cindy Sheehan Rips War Party," LINK.
The speech took place at an anti-war rally at Johns Hopkins U., in Baltimore,
MD, on the night of 09/20/05.
By William Hughes
Soldiers Back From Iraq Support Cindy Sheehan's Antiwar Stance on Video.Google.Com
(PRWEB) September 22, 2005 -- Antiwar statements from US Soldiers who have served in the Iraq War (OIF) appear online now at Video.Google.Com. Metropole Filmworx LLC choose Video.Google.Com as a distribution method for clips of soldier videos in order to insure they would be available on demand in time for the September 23, 2005 protest in Washington DC led by Cindy Sheehan.
Metropole Filmworx LLC has been recording interviews with soldiers who have returned from Iraq since March. The footage collected will be used in their documentary "BACK FROM IRAQ: The Citizen Soldier Speaks". They have posted clips from several interviews online at Video.Google.Com (video.google.com/videosearch?q=metropole&pl=1) in order to make sure that congressional representatives and the general public are aware that Cindy Sheehan speaks for many, many soldiers when she says the War in Iraq must be brought to a swift conclusion.
September 21, 2005
By Joshua Frank
They can’t stop the antiwar movement, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t trying. On Monday, September 19 Cindy Sheehan spoke in New York City’s Union Square to a group of supporters and onlookers when police rushed in to break up her speech as it was winding down.
"I was speaking and someone grabbed my backpack and pulled me back pretty roughly," Sheehan told the Associated Press. "I was shoved around."
Police arrested organizer Paul Zulkowitz, who was charged with disorderly conduct as well as for using an unauthorized sound device. For anybody that has been through Union Square in the past few weeks, you’ve probably seen Zulkowitz (aka Zool) who heads up "Camp Casey NYC," a small group of local activists who set up an encampment over a month ago to show their solidarity for Sheehan’s quest to end the Iraq war. Zool’s arrest was most likely a coordinated effort meant to disrupt the ongoing antiwar vigil.
September 20, 2005 #31
September 24th - into the streets to stop the war!
Join us Saturday at the national march in Washington DC! Regional mass marches also in Seattle, Los Angeles, Denver, San Francisco, and Birmingham. End the occupation - US out of Iraq now! > More info
Katrina's aftermath: a man-made disaster
"We say not in our name to an administration that wages illegal, immoral wars ... while blatantly neglecting real and preventable threats to its own people within its borders." > Complete statement
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No thanks, there's just something about regimes of blood...
Award-winning poet Sharon Olds declined an invitation from the first lady to read at the National Book Festival in DC this weekend. Not that Olds is hard up for cash or recognition but poets don't often get the chance to read before 85,000 people -- especially poets whose poems don't rhyme.
Olds writes: "The possibility of finding new readers is exciting for a poet in personal terms, and in terms of the desire that poetry serve its constituents--all of us who need the pleasure, and the inner and outer news, it delivers."
She then delivers this powerful condemnation that I wouldn't excerpt if you begged me to:
by Arianna Huffington
The Huffington Post
I'm now hearing that the investigation may be inching closer to never-confirmed UN Ambassador John Bolton.
According to two sources, Bolton's former chief of staff, Fred Fleitz, was at least one of the sources of the classified information about Valerie Plame that flowed through the Bush administration and eventually made its way into Bob Novak's now infamous column.
After delving into Fleitz, I can safely report that he is, at a minimum, a very interesting character.
He is a career CIA agent who Bolton handpicked to join him at Foggy Bottom, having gotten to know him during the administration of the first President Bush. While working as Bolton's top aide, Fleitz also continued his work in the CIA's WINPAC division, the group responsible for some of the worst prewar intelligence on Iraq (for instance, they were, among other things, big fans of Curveball and had "high confidence" in the presence of WMD in Iraq).
By Mike Ferner
All last week I had a rare opportunity – to join several impressive speakers on the “Bring Them Home Now
Yesterday in New York City, for the first time during this tour, local police disrupted one of our events. Cindy Sheehan had just finished speaking to the crowd when the police disconnected the sound system and arrested a local organizer. We have included a statement at the tour website.
The 21 day tour is nearing Washington DC as the North and Central buses stop together in Baltimore, MD and the South bus stops in Norfolk, VA this evening. Tomorrow we will arrive in Washington DC. We have traveled to 51 cities in 28 states and participated in over 200 events, met with dozens of elected officials and members of the media. We’ll have more details on these events and reports and reflections on the tour in the coming days.
Arrive at U.S. Capitol for Press Conference Sept. 21
Gold Star and Military Families, Iraq War and other Vets Take Message to 51
Cities in 28 States, Gather in Washington, D.C. on September 21st
WASHINGTON, D.C. - On September 21st, the Bring Them Home Now Tour will
arrive in Washington, D.C. at the U.S. Capitol for a press conference at
12:00 Noon. The three-bus tour is carrying military families, with loved
ones serving in Iraq; Gold Star families, who lost loved ones in Iraq and
Veterans of the Iraq war and previous wars. It was launched from Crawford,
Texas on August 31st - the last day of the nearly month-long vigil started