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Tomgram: Chalmers Johnson on Peddling Democracy

http://www.tomdispatch.com

After those weapons of mass destruction never appeared and Saddam's al-Qaeda connection proved but a figment of the overly vivid neocon (and Vice-Presidential) imagination, the Bush administration wheeled out the shiniest of American exports, democracy. It had worked for Ronald Reagan in Central America in the 1980s, why not in Iraq, too? Suddenly, actual democratic elections, which administration officials had headed off or tried to contain from the moment Baghdad fell, were de rigueur, the very essence of our mission in Iraq, the true reason that we Americans were placed on this Earth. Who even recalled (or now recalls) the tawdry history of the American occupation, of the way L. Paul Bremer, our hapless viceroy in Baghdad and his kleptomaniacal Coalition Provisional Authority, did everything in their power, including cancelling local elections, to ward off democracy or any significant expression of the popular will.

Protest of Military Hardware Set for National Mall on Saturday, May 6 at Noon, in Washington DC

Here's something you can do to vent your disgust for the rabid militarization that is sweeping our country..

Join local peace activists from the DC Antiwar Network (DAWN) and Peace Action Montgomery at the mall entrance to the Smithsonian Metro at noon, Saturday, May 6 when the pentagon will cover the mall with military hardware.

That orgy of self-promotion by the war machine, euphemistically known as "Public Service Recognition Week" is almost upon us! This is a week in which "public servants" (many of them in uniform and brandishing weapons) invade the mall with tanks and helicopters to the "oohs" and "aahs" of wide-eyed tourists. Children climb on tanks and play with real weaponry. The Army's Recruiting Truck allows kids to shoot simulated M-16's. It's an abomination and it'll take place this year on the National Mall, in the shadow of the U.S. Capitol, from May 1st to May 7th.

Where to Protest Peacefully

Tuesday, May 2, 2006 (Note: All times are local)
NEW* BUSH in Washington, DC: POTUS meets with the "Big Five" GOP
Senate and House leaders at 1:45 PM. [First Read, MSNBC.com, 05/02/06]

NEW* HUCKABEE in New York, NY: Governor Huckabee speaks to The
Advertising Council's Board of Directors about his NGA Chairman's
"Healthy America," at 9:00 AM. [The Note, ABCNews.com, 05/02/06]

NEW MEHLMAN in Washington, DC: RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman makes remarks

LABOR ANTIWAR VIDEO INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY

The creators of "Meeting Face to Face: The Iraq-U.S. Labor
Solidarity Tour"--a documentary following Iraqi trade unionists as
they meet with U.S. workers and activists to share their
perspective on the war and occupation--are looking for an intern to
help publicize and distribute the film.

Responsibilities include arranging screenings, reviews, and web
links for the documentary. Outreach will be tailored toward labor,

2 Quick phone calls needed today!

UFPJ Legislative Alert

Victory on "No Permanent Bases" is within our reach!
Feingold introduces amendment to bring the troops home by the end of the year!

Call your Senators today (even if you called them last week!)
202-224-3121

Our call-in day to the Senate on the supplemental spending bill (to continue funding the war in Iraq) last week was a great success. Thousands of calls were made asking the Senate to bring the troops home now, and to pass an amendment barring permanent U.S. bases in Iraq. The Senate did not vote last week on the supplemental spending bill (HR4939), so we have one more opportunity to make our voices heard. In addition, we have an exciting new development: Sen. Feingold introduced an amendment last Thursday calling for troop withdrawal by the end of the year. A strong show of support for the Feingold amendment would be politically devastating for the warmongers.

Where to Protest Peacefully

Monday, May 1, 2006
NEW* BUSH, RUMSFELD and RICE in Washington, DC: President Bush meets
with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Secretary of Defense Donald
Rumsfeld in the Oval Office to discuss their recent visit to Baghdad.
[MSNBC.com, 5/1/06]

NEW* BUSH and LAURA BUSH in Washington, DC: President Bush and the
First Lady appear at the "Preserve America" Presidential Awards in
the Rose Garden at 10:30 AM EST. [MSNBC.com, 5/1/06]

4/27 Hearing 2

4/27 Hearing

U.S. Labor Against the War Heads to Detroit

By Michael Eisenscher, USLAW

With the April 29 demonstration behind us, USLAW now turns its attention to the Labor Notes conference this coming weekend in Detroit. On Friday, from 4 to 6 p.m., USLAW will hold a caucus for members of its affiliated organizations and associate members who will be attending the conference. On Sunday morning, there will be a labor antiwar interest group meeting at which we'll show the documentary "Meeting Face to Face" and hear from Amjad Jawhary, North American representative of the Federation of Workers Councils and Unions in Iraq (who is one of the six Iraqi union leaders featured in the video who toured the U.S. last June) and Samir Adil, a representative of the Iraqi Freedom Congress. The interest group meeting will be followed Sunday morning by a labor antiwar workshop presented jointly with Military Families Speak Out. In addition, USLAW Co-Convenor Nancy Wohlforth will be the keynote speaker on Saturday, and we'll have a literature table up during the conference where we will sell copies of the video.

Impeachment Forum in Sacramento Sold Out - Enthusiastic Crowd

By Joye Swan, California Democratic Party Progressive Caucus

On a beautiful Spring evening in Sacramento, a sold-out crowd of over 900 Pro-Impeachment Californians gathered at the Crest Theater to hear a panel of distinguished speakers from the fields of law, politics and grassroots activism. Panelists included Congresswoman Maxine Waters, CA State Assemblyman Paul Koretz, Center for Constitutional Rights Attorney Shayana Kadidal, Former federal prosecutor and author Elizabeth de la Vega and president of Democrats.Com and Co-founder of Afterdowningstreet.org, Bob Fertik. Moderated by always amazing Mike Malloy of Air America Radio, the forum was hosted by the Progressive Caucus of the California Democratic Party. Co-Chair of the Progressive Caucus, Jo Olson, started the evening off with a bang by reading the surprise proclamation that was unanimously adopted by the California State Democratic Party that morning. The statement called for immediate investigation of both the president and vice president based on allegations of "misfeasance and malfeasance" leading to their impeachment and removal from office.

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For Immediate Release: May 1, 2006
For More Info: David Swanson 202-329-7847 david@davidswanson.org
Web: http://www.afterdowningstreet.org

Impeachment Petitions to be Delivered to Speaker Dennis Hastert at 9 a.m., Monday, May 1

At 9:00 a.m. ET on Monday, May 1, "Mission Accomplished Day," in Room 235 of the Cannon House Office Building in Washington, D.C., Ellen Tenney of Rockingham, Vermont, will present the Speaker of the House with petitions from three towns in Vermont calling for the impeachment of President Bush. The towns each passed resolutions to send the petitions.

Mourning father channels grief into protest against Iraq war

“Sgt. Zachariah Davis, USMC, my son, did not die in vain. I support the troops. I support impeaching Bush!!!”
By Jutta Biggerstaff / Hi-Desert Star

Retired Marine Terry Davis keeps himself busy. Each weekday he travels from his home in Wonder Valley to Palm Springs, where he works for the Riverside County Health Department as a medical assistant. After work he takes massage therapy classes at Maric College. Sometimes he doesn't get home till after midnight. On weekends he plays with his grandchildren.

Impeachment Ad for Local Newspapers

Submitted by Rich Flanders

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Emergency Public Discussion

Winograd for Congress presents an emergency public discussion about Iraq, Iran and America's constitutional crisis with

Former UN Weapons Inspector SCOTT RITTER
36th Congressional District Candidate MARCY WINOGRAD
Civil Liberties Lawyer and Activist STEPHEN ROHDE

Plus special guests to be announced

Monday, May 1, 7:30 to 9:30 PM
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Auditorium
3720 Stephen White Drive, San Pedro

Myths and Realities: Nuclear Power, Climate Change and the Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons

Wednesday, May 3, 2006
1:15-2:45PM
Conference Room 6
United Nations, New York
This panel will explore the intricate connection between nuclear energy production and the proliferation of nuclear weapons. Participants will explain why nuclear power is not the answer to climate change and why it will not play a major role in slowing the rate of greenhouse gas emissions.

Speakers:

Steve Sawyer, Climate Policy Director, Greenpeace International

Where to Protest Peacefully

Friday, April 28, 2006
UPDATED* BUSH in Washington, DC: President Bush takes to the Rose
Garden at 11:45 am ET to make statement about the new economic growth
numbers. Also, President Bush meets with the President of Azerbaijan at
10:05 am, with North Korean defectors and family members of Japanese
abducted by North Korea at 11:05 am, and with Darfur advocates at 1:15
pm. [MSNBC.com, 4/28/06]

Will the Republicans Allow a Real Open Debate on Iraq?

If enough Congress Members sign this discharge petition, it will force a 17-hour debate on the floor of the House with an open rule (amendments can be introduced).

Pursuant to clause 2 of rule XV, I, Neil Abercrombie, move to discharge the Committee on Rules from the consideration of the resolution (H. Res. 543) entitled, a resolution providing for consideration of the joint resolution (H.J. Res. 55) requiring the President to develop and implement a plan for the withdrawal of United States Armed Forces from Iraq; which was referred to said committee on November 9, 2005, in support of which motion the undersigned Members of the House of Representatives affix their signatures, to wit:

Protest Bush in Oklahoma!

Student members of Oklahoma State University's Young Democrats are organizing a protest on May 6 during the commencement ceremony at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma, where President George W. Bush will be speaking. The event will run from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

(PRWEB) April 27, 2006 -- A broad coalition of Oklahoma State University students and graduating seniors are organizing a protest on May 6 during the commencement ceremony in Stillwater, Oklahoma, where President George W. Bush will be speaking. The event will run from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

A Way Forward, Out of Iraq

By Hany Khalil, www.CommonDreams.org

Three years into the Iraq war, the U.S. peace movement faces new opportunities to grow and wield influence. Retired generals contend that the United States cannot win in Iraq. George Bush's approval rating has plummeted to 32 percent, a new low. According to a Zogby poll, a majority of active-duty soldiers in Iraq thinks that the United States should withdraw its forces by the end of 2006, and a Bloomberg/Los Angeles Times study found that 58 percent of Americans believe the war was not worth fighting.

Where to Protest Peacefully

Thursday, April 27, 2006
BUSH in Gulf Coast, LA & MS: President Bush participates in a National
Volunteer Week Service Project at 12:50 PM and 3:15 PM. [White House
Press Release]

NEW* BERNANKE in Washington DC: Federal Reserve Chair, Ben Bernanke
will testify about the US economic outlook before Congress' Joint
Economic Committee at 10 AM. [MSNBC.com, 4/27/06]

NEW* CHERTOFF in Fairfax, VA: George Mason University holds a 1:30 pm

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Bush and Co. Chain Gang Breaking Rocks on the Road to Impeachment

(New York, NY) The Backbone Campaign will launch the "Bush and Co. Chain Gang" at the Saturday, April 29 March for Peace, Justice and Democracy in New York City. The march begins north of Union Square and proceeds south along Broadway to Foley Square. The Backbone Campaign will also parade its giant, 70-foot puppet of a human spine, festooned with slogans of an interlocking progressive agenda.

"The Backbone Campaign is insisting on both accountability AND a bold, inspiring vision for the future. The March for Peace, Justice and Democracy comes at a crucial moment," says Bill Moyer, Executive Director of the Backbone Campaign. "This march represents and affirms the diversity, unity, and potential of the progressive movement."

Impeachment Forum Tomorrow in Sacramento

The Progressive Caucus of the California Democratic Party hosts forum: “Impeachment: Dialogue, Debate, and Action.”

“As California goes, so goes the nation.”

With growing numbers of Americans calling for the impeachment of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, California is presented with an opportunity to help change the course of history. Recognizing the importance of this discussion, the Progressive Caucus of the California Democratic Party and its co-sponsors are pleased to host the forum: “Impeachment: Dialogue, Debate, and Action,” to be held at the California Democratic Party annual convention on April 29, 2006 in Sacramento, California.

Presidents Bush and Schmidly — don’t fence me in

Lenzy Krehbiel
The Daily O'Collegian

Add two more First Amendment freedoms this administration just doesn’t seem to get: freedom of speech and the right to petition the government for redress of grievances.

On Monday afternoon, I received an e-mail forwarded to me by a professor that outlined some of the details laid out by the commencement committee for next Saturday. One of the points mentioned in the list was that signs would not be allowed in the stadium graduation morning and protesters and picketers will be limited to designated areas outside the stadium. It did not say where.

So the U.S. is not a Free Speech Zone?

OSU working on protest zones for commencement
Morgan Pratt, The Daily O'Collegian

Hundreds of students and at least six Tulsa and Oklahoma City organizations must wait until the U.S. Secret Service visits campus Monday to find out where they will be allowed to protest during President George W. Bush’s appearance at OSU commencement in Boone Pickens Stadium on May 6, OSU and local officials said.

Death darkens Blue Star gathering

By ROGER W. HOSKINS, Modesto Bee

The sobering news that another local Marine had lost his life in Iraq cast a shadow over the monthly meeting in Modesto of the Central Valley Chapter of Blue Star Mothers and Families.
The support group for families of serving GIs collectively sagged Tuesday night under the weight of the news that Lance Cpl. Aaron W. Simons, 20, of Modesto died Monday in Iraq.

BREAKING! Activists Occupy Frist's Office

Urgent: call Senator Frist's office at 202-224-3344 and demand that he meet with the Iraqi women.

David Swanson just called from Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist's office to report that he and a group of women activists are occupying the office to demand a meeting with Senator Frist to end the U.S. occupation of Iraq.

The activists include three Iraqi women who testified at this morning's Out of Iraq hearing:

  • Dr. Dahlia Wasfi
  • Aseel Albanna
  • Faiva Al-araji (right)

They are joined in the protest by:

  • Cindy Sheehan
  • Ann Wright
  • Medea Benjamin
  • Gael Murphy

The Iraqi women want to meet with Frist today because they are leaving the U.S. tomorrow. They represent the 82% of Iraqis who want the U.S. out of Iraq.

Urgent: call Senator Frist's office at 202-224-3344 and demand that he meet with the Iraqi women.

The War Looks Different from Inside Congress

By David Swanson

Public opinion in the United States and Iraq favors pulling U.S. troops out of Iraq, not to mention removing any who have already entered Iran. This sentiment will be on display this Saturday at the United for Peace and Justice March in New York: www.april29.org

Inside Congress opinions vary, and it is a distinct minority that is willing to support public opinion. Some in Congress are willing to take half-way and tenth-of-the-way steps in the direction of ending the war, some of them from within such fantasyland worldviews that they are "threatening" to stop occupying Iraq if the Iraqis don't behave better (that is, threatening something that over 80 percent of Iraqis desire).

A forum hosted by progressive House members Thursday morning (to air live on Pacifica Radio from 8:30 to 11 a.m. ET, with blogging on AfterDowningStreet.org, and open to the public in Rayburn House Office Building Room 2325) will highlight the best that Congress has to offer. But it's worth taking a quick overview of what's out there.

Speaking Events

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War Is A Lie: Second Edition
Book Tour

May 28, San Francisco, CA
11 a.m. to 1 p.m., David Swanson interviewed by Daniel Ellsberg, at San Francisco Main Public Library, 100 Larkin Street.
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May 28, Marin County, CA
4 to 6 p.m., David Swanson in conversation with Norman Solomon, at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, CA
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May 29, Oakland, CA
3 to 4 p.m., David Swanson interviewed by Cindy Sheehan, at Diesel: A Bookstore, 5433 College Avenue at Kales (near Manila), Oakland, CA
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May 29, Berkeley, CA
7:30 to 9 p.m., David Swanson and Cindy Sheehan at Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, sponsored by the Social Justice Committee and Cynthia Papermaster, 1606 Bonita Ave. (at Cedar), Berkeley, CA
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May 30, Fresno, CA
2 to 4 p.m., David Swanson and Cindy Sheehan at a Peace Fresno event
Community United Church of Christ
5550 N. Fresno Street
Fresno, CA 93710
Contact Dan Yaseen 559-251-3361, danyaseen@comcast.net
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June 11 St. Paul, MN, 6 p.m. at Macalester Plymouth Church Social Hall 1658 Lincoln, St. Paul, MN.
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June 12 Minneapolis, MN, 9 and 11 a.m. at St. Joan's 4533 3rd Ave So, Minneapolis, MN, plus peace pole dedication at 2 p.m.
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June 24 Roanoke, Va.
7:30 pm @ Unitarian Universalist Church of Roanoke (2015 Grandin Rd SW, Roanoke, VA 24015). Contact: plowshare@plowshareva.org
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