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Documents Reveal the Stories of Prisoners at Guantanamo Bay

By Greg Miller, Mark Mazzetti and Josh Meyer, Los Angeles Times

Washington - Forced by a federal court to lift the cloak of secrecy that had long shrouded the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the Pentagon released thousands of pages of documents Friday containing names and other details for hundreds of detainees scooped up after the Sept. 11 attacks.

The records provide the most comprehensive view to date of the Guantanamo prison population, as well as an exhaustive catalog of the U.S. government's charges against detainees who - in page after page of tribunal proceeding transcripts - protest their treatment and proclaim their innocence.

Help a Soldier Out

Zogby says 85% of US Soldiers in Iraq believe the war is revenge for Saddam Hussein's role in 9-11, which of course did not exist. Why not send a soldier or two some useful presents, including some of the evidence listed on the left side of this site? http://www.anysoldier.com/WhereToSend/

Southerners to March April 1 in Atlanta for Peace in Iraq and Justice at Home

Georgia Peace and Justice Coalition/Atlanta
www.georgiapeace.org

Contacts: Ann Mauney: 404-373-3864 (h); 404-630-8910 (c); annmauney555@aol.com

Gloria Tatum, 404-374-4098 (c); 404-315-6950 (h); glt33@bellsouth.net

Louise Runyon, 404-634-3891; Louiserunyon@aol.com

ATLANTA, GA. – March 19 marks the third anniversary of President Bush’s unprovoked attack on Iraq and the beginning of the brutal occupation of that country which continues today. As that milestone arrives, millions of people around the world will again mount massive protests against the war.

Peace group to march in protest of Iraq war

Organizer says well-known activist Cindy Sheehan has agreed to participate
Thursday, March 02, 2006
The Mobile Register, AL
By GEORGE WERNETH

A six-day march to protest the war in Iraq will begin March 14 in Mobile, make stops on the Mississippi coast and end in New Orleans, a spokesman for the local chapter of Veterans for Peace announced Wednesday.

The spokesman, Paul Robinson, said that anti-war protester Cindy Sheehan, whose son, Casey, a U.S. soldier, was killed in Iraq, has agreed to participate, although he did not know Wednesday where she would join the march.

Message from Iraqi Oil Workers Union

We have just received word that Faraj Rabat Mizbhan of the independent
Iraqi Federation of Oil Unions is urging trade unionists, peace activists
and opponents of the occupation to demonstrate in their tens of thousands
across the world on 18 March. Basra and Baghdad will also be organizing
demonstrations on the day.

"We are indebted to the people who have raised their voices against the

An open letter to the peace and anti-war movement

Marking the third year of war and occupation one activist sends an open letter to the peace and anti-war movement.

Dear friends in the peace and anti-war movement, I am simply one activist calling you to increase your efforts this March to end the war and occupation.

Another year of war and occupation is about to pass and it is time for people to renew and increase their efforts for peace. It is time to act to show our resistance to warfare and occupation. It is time to dissent against the continued occupation of Iraq and the militaristic policies of the Bush Administration and the cowardly complicit US Congress. It is time to confront The War Machine, The Pentagon.

Where to Protest Peacefully

March 2006
ALLEN in New Hampshire: Sen. George Allen is expected to visit the
state during the month of March. [UnionLeader.com, 1/26/06]

BUSH: President Bush will push job training by religious charities and
host a one-day summit in March with corporate leaders and foundations
executives to encourage them to give more money to churches and
religious charities. [Bloomberg, 1/3/05]

Thursday, March 2, 2006

Reading Gallery

Tired of the crimes, cronyism, and incompetence killing your friends, taking away jobs, and leaving your family without food and medicine? Well, here's some late night reading to send you on your way towards fighting back the next day.

LINK TO GREAT BOOK LIST HERE

Students Rally to Stop the War

Join Cindy Sheehan, Camilo Mejia, Kathy Kelly, and students who've
fought repression and won at Berkeley, SFSU, CCNY, HCC, GMU, Kent
State, Hampton, and Madison, in supporting...

Students Say NO to War in Iraq!
College Not Combat, Troops Out Now!
NATIONAL WEEK OF CAMPUS ACTION
Week of March 13-17*

Student week of action coordinated by the Campus Antiwar Network
http://www.campusantiwar.net

Iraqi Women Make Rare Trip to US

Iraqi Women Make Rare Trip to the US for International Women's Day

Will speak with members of Congress, meet with Cindy Sheehan, and deliver an urgent call for peace to the UN and White House

Two delegation members whose families were killed by US troops were denied visas.

New York, NY – Seven Iraqi women will converge in New York on Sunday, March 5th to begin a speaking tour to educate Americans about the reality in Iraq and meet with UN and US officials to call for a peace plan to end the escalating spiral of violence. The delegation is a diverse group, including Shia, Sunni and Kurdish women - some secular, some religious. All have paid a very high price for the war and occupation of their country, and want to tell their stories to the American people. Unfortunately, two Iraqi women whose families were killed by US troops were denied visas to enter the US as part of the delegation.

ANTI-WAR EVENTS in CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA, MARCH 13-20

March 19th will mark the third anniversary of a war that never should have happened -- a war based on lies that continue to devastate the lives of thousands, both in Iraq and the United States.

Three Years Too Many: March 13 – 22: is a week of local actions taking place throughout the US to end the war and bring the troops home now.

The Charlottesville Center for Peace and Justice will be sponsoring the following events locally as part of this national effort coordinated by United for Peace and Justice.

Where to Protest Peacefully

March 2006
ALLEN in New Hampshire: Sen. George Allen is expected to visit the
state during the month of March. [UnionLeader.com, 1/26/06]

BUSH: President Bush will push job training by religious charities and
host a one-day summit in March with corporate leaders and foundations
executives to encourage them to give more money to churches and
religious charities. [Bloomberg, 1/3/05]

Wednesday, March 1, 2006

Impeach in Your State

Did you know that a state legislature can send impeachment charges to Congress? Read the rules. It's been done. In fact, twice. Here's a sample resolution for your state to pass. And did you know that any single Member of Congress member can introduce articles of impeachment? Henry Gonzalez did it three times for Reagan and Bush '41.

Hipsters Against the War

By Evan Derkacz, http://www.alternet.org

Just as Iraq sees its bloodiest week in over two years -- as the number of American dead approaches 2300 -- "the anti-war movement," as Pitchfork's Kati Llewellyn put it, "just got a whole lot cooler."

Chris Wangro's March 20th benefit concert, "Bring 'Em Home Now," features R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe, Peaches, Devendra Banhart, Bright Eyes, Rufus Wainwright, Chuck D, and Fischerspooner. The program also features a speech by Cindy Sheehan and a Margaret Cho fix.

2006 Isla Vista Peace Festival on March 11th

Santa Barbara, CA (February 22, 2006) - The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation (NAPF), UCSB Solidarity Against War (SAW), and KCSB will present the first-ever Isla Vista Peace Festival ? ?celebrating resistance to war and visions of peace? -- on Saturday, March 11.? The event will consist of a teach-in at Isla Vista Theater 1, titled ?Peace Now!,? from 1-5:30 p.m., and a concert at Anisq Oyo Park from 6-10 p.m.

Welcome to March

March 1, 2006: Today is three years since our friends in Turkey told Bush he could fight his own darn illegal war without their help.

Today a veteran, a military family member, a national guard soldier's wife, and a gold star mother are testifying to Congress in opposition to more funding for the war.

Today in England, grieving relatives of soldiers will march to Tony Blair's doorstep to demand a meeting. They have sent him this letter.

Today reports from Iraq are of civil war, although Bush denies it, the media says it's coming, and the chief of US military intelligence seems more willing than Bush to admit the facts.

And where's Bush? Gone to India, with 5,000 bodyguards. Huge protests of Bush started in India yesterday, and are getting creative.

The good news is that Garrison Keillor is lending his voice to the impeachment movement.

Meanwhile, Bush pal media mogul Italian Prime Minister and Warmonger Silvio Berlusconi will address Congress -- see C-SPAN & C-SPAN2 at 11am ET.

Women Say No to War


In honor of International Women's Day on March 8th; CODEPINK women all over the world are organizing actions and saying NO to war!

Add your voice to the global call and join us in Los Angeles on March 12th. Thousands of us will stand together at the Arlington West Memorial and represent the world uniting to say NO to war. Artist John Quigley is creating another one of his powerful aerial images for us on a canvas so big it will take a helicopter to capture it all; each time we have done this it has made the front page of the paper. To see past images check out www.codepinkla.org.

Country Fishing Expedition or Que Sera Terra

By Will Strong

“Well there ain’t no time to wonder why, Whoopee! We’re all gonna die.

MediaChannel, UFPJ and Partners Call For National Media Action

www.MediaChannel.org

The national day of local media protest announced last week on MediaChannel.org has received such a positive response that the organizers of United For Peace And Justice, the country’s largest anti-war coalition, decided to change the date from March 21st to March 15th. The media protest will now kickoff this years week-long “spring offensive

NATION’S LARGEST PEACE GROUP DENOUNCES CYNICAL BUSH PLAN TO LAY MEMORIAL WREATH IN HONOR OF MAHATMA GANDHI ON TRIP TO INDIA

Bush attempting to finalize controversial nuclear aid to India on trip

Silver Spring, MD – Peace Action today denounced the plan for President George Bush to lay a memorial wreath in honor of Mohandas K. Gandhi when visiting India this week. National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley announced the plan at a White House press briefing Friday.

“Mahatma Gandhi was a man of non-violence and peace, and is a hero to people all over the world. As his war-strewn presidency shows, George Bush knows nothing about non-violence. Gandhi would in no way condone his actions. Bush should reconsider this cynical, disrespectful display of symbolism,

Where to Protest Peacefully

Tuesday, February 28, 2006
UPDATED* BUSH in Washington, DC: POTUS meets with the Prime Minister of Italy Silvio Berlusconi in the morning. He departs for India and Pakistan at 1:25 PM. POTUS will be joined by Secretary Rice. [First Read, www.msnbc.msn.com , 02/27/06]

New Graphics

A Song for Peace

Not One Penny More for War! National Call-In Day Tuesday Feb. 28

Call the Capitol Hill Switchboard on Tuesday Feb. 28th at 202-224-3121 and ask to speak to your Representative (or one of your Senators). Give them this basic message in your own words: "I strongly oppose the war in Iraq. I want all our troops brought home safely, without delay. I urge Representative X to vote against the President's $72.4 billion 'emergency' supplemental request for the war." More Info:
http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/8237

The Republicans who run Congress will include small amounts of money for all sorts of good things in the supplemental or group of supplementals to be voted on. This will provide your Representative all sorts of noble excuses for voting for a lot more money for war. Tell them this position will only be credible if they cosponsor Rep. Jim McGovern's bill, which simply ends funding for the war:
http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/end

To see how your Representative has voted on the war, download the UFPJ Congressional Scorecard (in Excel spreadsheet format) by clicking here:
http://tinyurl.com/ex2bs

Did the US organize the attack on the Golden Mosque?

By Michael Schwartz

A lot of people are wondering how to interpret the bombing of the Golden Dome, and whether this signals the beginning of the Iraqi civil war that so many people have been predicting for quite a while. The best commentaries I have seen are pasted in below, and both of them urge a very different analysis of the events in which the bombing and its aftermath was an attempt to forestall a growing Shia-Sunni movement to demand U.S. early and undoncditional US withdrawal form Iraq.

An Anarchic Civil War

By American Progress Action Fund

Almost three years into a war that has seen the loss of nearly 2,300 American servicemen and women, the infliction of more than 16,600 American casualties, and a cost to American taxpayers of more than $250 billion, the government of post-war Iraq still struggles to exceed the level of service and security provided in pre-war Iraq. In January, the White House hoped that the continuing drumbeat of insurgent activity would disappear from the nation's newspapers and TV sets. "The more Iraq disappears off the front pages and onto Page A17 or A18, the better for us," said a White House adviser. But recent violence in Iraq demonstrates that the war continues to remain a central issue in the minds of most Americans, one that has demanded A1 coverage and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. With his unwillingness to change course, President Bush continues to be held captive to the events on the ground. Unless and until Bush is willing to embrace a new approach, the U.S. plans for a drawdown this year continue to look bleak. The Center for American Progress has a sensible, alternative approach -- Strategic Redeployment -- that more people outside the administration are beginning to embrace.

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