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By David Swanson, PDA National Board Member / Co-Founder, AfterDowningStreet.org
Remarks at Progressive Democrats of America Lobby Training, May 21, 2006, Washington, D.C.
On Friday our President attended a fundraiser in Virginia Beach for a Republican Congress Member. But the Congress Member didn't show up. This has happened a number of times, with both Bush and Cheney. Yesterday, the LA Times ran an article on the way in which AH-nold is backing away from Bush. Republicans are beginning to understand that being associated with Bush and Cheney is a liability.
BRussells Tribunal committee
As was agreed upon in the meeting of Iraq activists in Madrid during the International Seminar about the assassination of Iraqi academics and health workers, the International Anti-Occupation Network has been established.
The active World Tribunal on Iraq (WTI) committees that felt the need to keep on working together after the dissolution of the WTI, decided to create some form of cooperation in a loose network, in which every member could keep its independence. The basis of our cooperation are the conclusions of the WTI, the Declaration of the Jury of Conscience.
Come discuss the case for impeaching Bush and Cheney, the process, and what citizens can do, Tuesday, May 23rd, 7-9pm at the Superior Courhouse, Pittsboro Traffic Circle. Featured
are Rev Carrie Bolton, civil rights lawyer Al McSurely, former Congressional candidate Kent Kanoy and Northwood High School activists. Music will be provided by the local chapter
of the Raging Grannies.
This meeting was organized by the non-partisan Grass Roots Impeachment Movement (organizer of the Carrboro, Chapel Hill, Durham and Hillsborough impeachment town meetings).
By Jim Miklaszewski and Mike Viqueira, NBC News
Navy conducting war crimes probe into November violence in Haditha.
Washington - A Pentagon probe into the death of Iraqi civilians last November in the Iraqi city of Haditha will show that U.S. Marines "killed innocent civilians in cold blood," a U.S. lawmaker said Wednesday.
From the beginning, Iraqis in the town of Haditha said U.S. Marines deliberately killed 15 unarmed Iraqi civilians, including seven women and three children.
Period US UK Other* Total Avg Days
5-2006 50 7 1 58 3.22 18
4-2006 76 1 5 82 2.73 30
3-2006 31 0 2 33 1.06 31
2-2006 55 3 0 58 2.07 28
1-2006 62 2 0 64 2.06 31
12-2005 68 0 0 68 2.19 31
11-2005 84 1 1 86 2.87 30
10-2005 96 2 1 99 3.19 31
9-2005 49 3 0 52 1.73 30
8-2005 85 0 0 85 2.74 31
7-2005 54 3 1 58 1.87 31
6-2005 78 1 4 83 2.77 30
Peace Dinner and Soirée for the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Virginia
Busboys and Poets Restaurant
2021 14th Street
Washington D.C. 2009
Saturday, May 27, 2006 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
• Dinner served reception-style until 7:15 p.m.
• Music by EMU performers, including Mennonite-style four-part singing and world-music pieces
• Comedy by nationally touring team “Ted and Lee” (see www.tedandlee.com)
• Opportunity to chat informally with practitioners and writers in the fields of conflict transformation, restorative justice, trauma prevention & healing, mediation & negotiation
IN THIS NEWSLETTER
1) BOOK YOUR CONFERENCE PLACE
2) IRAQ: TIME TO GO
3) PALESTINE: A CONSPIRACY OF SILENCE
4) TRADE UNIONS AND STOP THE WAR
5) IRAN: THE NEXT WAR CRIME?
6) A NIGHT OF CONSCIENCE FOR MALCOLM
Friday, May 19, 2006
UPDATED* BUSH in Virginia Beach, VA: POTUS attends Thelma Drake for
Congress Reception at a Private Residence, at 12:40 PM. [White House
UPDATED* BUSH in Highland Heights, KY: POTUS makes Remarks on the
American Competitiveness Initiative at Northern Kentucky University, at
3:45 PM. [White House Press Release]
BUSH in Florence, KY: POTUS Geoff Davis for Congress Reception at the
First Read: The day in politics by NBC News for NBC News
President Bush and Vice President Cheney will travel through some ethical
hotspots over the next several days in their efforts to boost Republican
House incumbents and candidates whose vulnerabilities are rooted in
scandals. The efforts come as the House Ethics Committee undertakes probes
Vice President Richard B. Cheney will be in Sacramento at 10:00am on Monday, May 22nd. So will we.
We have signs, banners, and even a Dick Cheney costume. All we need are people, and people to drive them.
If you are interested in attending, please email Cheryl at firstname.lastname@example.org to coordinate. The meetup is at 7:00am at Davis House, 2833 Bancroft Steps, Berkeley CA. On the road at 7:30. At the Sacramento Hyatt, 1209 L Street, by 9:00am. Bring your cameras and video cameras, and we'll post the clips to www.constitutionsummer.org. Feel free to post them here, as well.
By Robert Parry, http://www.consortiumnews.com
Until now, every generation of Americans has traded safety for liberty. From the Lexington Green to the Normandy beaches, from the Sons of Liberty to the Freedom Riders, it has been part of the American narrative that risks are taken to expand freedom, not freedoms sacrificed to avoid risk.
The Founders challenged the most powerful military on earth, the British army, all the while knowing that defeat would send them to the gallows. The American colonists spurned their relative comfort as British subjects for a chance to be citizens of a Republic dedicated to the vision that some rights are “unalienable” and that no man should be king.
By Paul Kiel
I love it when scandals converge.
As reported in today's Washington Post, the New Hampshire Republican State
Committee has been so financially drained by legal bills piling up from
defending its phone jamming that they have only a total of $733.60 in
their state and federal accounts. What to do?
Call Karl Rove. On June 12th, Rove will be the "special guest" at the
NHRSC's annual dinner. For those in the area, it'll cost you $100 a head
From Michael Munk
The media don't report it this way, but today's US combat casualtes in Iraq have passed the 20,000 mark. That's still far less than the actual total of about 40,000 total casualties.
The total of personnel wounded by what the Pentagon classifies as "hostile causes" reached 18,088 last week, while dead from those causes were 1,924. That's 20,012.
The reporting of these numbers, of course, deliberately minimizes the actual human cost of the war. It does not include between 15,000 and 20,000 injured by what the Pentagon calls "non-hostile" causes, even though the victims' lives may be even more devastated. The 525 dead from such causes are, however, included in the total "deaths"( 2,449 today) and are the figure most Americans learn from their media.
They weren't elected. They're occupying our house. Let's evict them!
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
NEW* BROWNBACK in Washington, DC: Senator Brownback will also be
engaging the energy issue today. To demonstrate his support for the
"Vehicle and Fuel Choices for American Security Act," Brownback joins
Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA), Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), and others for a
hybrid vehicle demonstration behind the Cannon House Office Building, at
12:00 PM. [The Note, ABCNews.com, 05/17/06]
The San Jacinto Democratic Veterans Brigade, CODEPINK, and Veterans for Peace are sponsoring a Memorial Day observance, May 28 to 30, to honor U.S. military and all civilian casualties from the ongoing Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. This event will take place at Hermann Park along Fannin St. just west of the Sam Houston statue and Hermann Circle Drive. The observance will consist of a display of small US flags, each bearing the name of a fallen service man or woman. The flags will be planted on 28 May during an all day ceremony (10 am to 5 pm) while the names of each U.S. military casualty is read. A small Texas flag will be included for those lost from Texas. In the center of the flag display will be a memorial to the civilian casualties of these conflicts and will consist partly of children’s, women’s, and men’s shoes.
TAKE ACTION TODAY, MAY 17th, www.unitedforpeace.org
Last December, we learned that President Bush had broken the law by allowing the National Security Agency to listen in on the phone calls of tens of thousands of people in this country.
On Thursday, May 11th, USA Today published a major cover story revealing a National Security Agency (NSA) database of millions of innocent peoples' domestic phone call records, indicating who, when and where we are calling. This database has nothing to do with catching suspected terrorists: It is documenting all our associations in the largest database in history -- with a goal of including "every call ever made" within the nation's borders!
Teach In / Press event
WED, MAY 17TH, 2006
Mayflower Congregational Church
3901 NW 63rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73116
(OPEN TO THE PUBLIC)
Event to present & discuss actions taken at the Halliburton Annual Shareholders' Meeting in Duncan, OK, on Wednesday morning, May 17 (same day).
Think Oklahomans can't organize?
Check out these photos of a recent protest of a Bush visit.
A song by Consider The Meek, which includes Noam Chomsky's PSA for After Downing Street.
You are cordially invited to the War Resisters League Annual Dinner and Peace Award Ceremony honoring WOMEN RESISTING WAR FROM WITHIN THE U.S. MILITARY
represented by Diedra Cobb, Anita Cole, Kelly Dougherty & Katherine Jashinski.
Friday, June 9, 2006 * 6:30 pm
Cyril & Methodius Hall
502 West 41st Street (at 10th Avenue)
Tickets are $45 ($25 low-income, students, unemployed, or workshift
(NEWS 3) - Hundreds of women spent Mother's Day in Washington, D.C. protesting the war in Iraq. They were mothers, sisters and wives of servicemen and women who have died in Iraq or who are fighting right now.
Among them was anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan, whose son Casey died in Iraq. Sheehan is in Kalamazoo for a rally. She stopped by the News 3 studios for an interview with Judy Markee.
UC Santa Barbara, CA, May 17 2006. Impeachfest, the second major
event organized by the newly-established group Students for
Impeachment, will be held at Storke Plaza at the University of
California, Santa Barbara on Wednesday May 17 2006 at 12:00 PM. There
will be speakers, music, displays, and activities. Activities will
include phone banking, petitions, laptop lobbying, and peach-throwing.
WE NEED YOU THIS FRIDAY!
The 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago was a turning point for the anti-Vietnam war movement. Demonstrators converged to protest the nomination of Richard Nixon. That historic demonstration produced the Chicago 8 trials, invigorated the anti-war movement and led to victory a few years later. We have a similar opportunity to make history for our anti-war movement in CT this FRIDAY.
Saturday, May 20, 2006
Stop using space domination to attack Iraq
Vandenberg Air Force Base in Santa Barbara County, California is a global nerve center for coordinating surveillance, communications, global positioning and other data to land, air and sea military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. In addition to coordinating the illegal war against Iraq, Vandenberg also violates international law by launching test ICBM and "Star Wars" interceptor missiles that land at Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands. These tests have forced the removal of the Marshallese people from their islands. Over 1850 missile and rocket launches have taken place at Vandenberg on what was once Chumash Indian land. These launches contaminate the surrounding area with perchlorate from rocket fuel.
June 16-18, 2006
North Carolina Central University * Durham
It is with great energy and urgency that I appeal to you as supporters and fighters of freedom for humanity. June 16th – 18th, 2006 will mark a historic and critical moment for Durham, North Carolina, the Gulf Coast, and the entire South.
At this very moment, more than 500 grassroots organizers, community members, immigrant and indigenous populations, and displaced folks and evacuees are planning to convene at North Carolina Central University in Durham for the first-ever Southeast Social Forum & Planning Meeting for the US Social Forum (to be held in Atlanta in 2007).
Note: All time are in Eastern Standard Time unless otherwise noted.
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
NEW* BUSH in Washington, DC: POTUS participates in a Meeting with
members of the Senate at 2:40 PM. [White House Press Release]
NEW* BUSH in Washington, DC: POTUS and Mrs. Bush attend Entertainment
with the Prime Minister of Australia and Mrs. Howard at 9:50 PM. [White
House Press Release]
BUSH in Washington, DC: POTUS and Mrs. Bush participate in a South Lawn
BEACON —U.S. Rep. Maurice Hinchey, D-Hurley, will be among those making the case President George W. Bush should be impeached at a forum at 7 p.m. Friday at the Howland Cultural Center.
"The Case for Impeachment," a forum being held by the Mid-Hudson Progressive Alliance and Philipstown for Democracy, will feature Hinchey and former U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Holtzman, who served on the House Judiciary Committee during impeachment proceedings against President Richard Nixon in 1974.
On behalf of the [organization] and the [number] citizens of the City of [name] who have signed the enclosed petition, we would like to recommend for your consideration a resolution.
[number] Charlottesville citizens have signed the following petition:
• PETITION TO IMPEACH
We, the undersigned, urge the Charlottesville City Council to pass a Resolution calling for