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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.
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.
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.
By David Swanson
Tonight from 8-9 p.m. ET, I'll be chatting live about impeachment with video and audio through PalTalk. To listen only, go here. If you want to participate, you have to log onto Paltalk by downloading the software at http://www.paltalk.com Then register and create a screename, and join us in the Social Issues Category / room: The People Speak w/AfterDowningStreet.org
By Robert Polhemus, http://daily.stanford.edu
Our thanks to the hundreds of students who sent the wake-up call on Friday. We of the Stanford Faculty Against the War congratulate them and others who peacefully protested the Bush war policies in front of the Hoover Institute. This sudden, spontaneous demonstration is crucial evidence of just how worried people are — not only about the failed old war in Iraq, but about a shaky administration that mumbles and leaks about attacking the Iran regime and keeping its first-strike nuclear bombing options “on the table.” American universities and colleges really do need Stanford’s good Friday lesson. If American citizens don’t work to stop it, the menacing possibility of another “war of choice” and air strikes against Iran can lead to a far-reaching reality even worse than the Iraq disaster—one whose dire fallout for ourselves, our children and indeed for global civilization would seem to be, sooner or later, inevitable.
Cindy Sheehan and Ann Wright to Speak in Charlottesville, VA
At 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, May 17, Cindy Sheehan and Ann Wright will speak on the Iraq War and answer questions at an event in Charlottesville, Virginia, organized by the Charlottesville Center for Peace and Justice, and affiliate of United for Peace and Justice.
Cindy Sheehan is co-founder of Gold Star Families for Peace and the mother of Army Spc. Casey Sheehan, KIA April 4, 2004, Baghdad. In August, 2005, she camped out- side President Bush's home in an effort to ask him for what noble cause her son was sent to die.
April 26-27, 2006
HUCKABEE in Wilmington, DE: Governor Huckabee attends the Education
Commission of the States at the Spencer Hotel. [Huckabee Schedule]
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
NEW* BUSH in Washington, DC: POTUS participates in a briefing for
Members of the House of Representatives on the War on Terror at 10:30
AM. [White House Press Release]
NEW* BUSH in Washington, DC: POTUS and FLOTUS participate in a Photo
MEDIA ADVISORY FROM U.S. REPRESENTATIVES BARBARA LEE, LYNN WOOLSEY, MAURICE HINCHEY, AND MAXINE WATERS [contacts: Susannah Cernojevich (Woolsey at 202-225-5161); Nathan Britton at 202-225-2661), Jeffrey Lieberson (Hinchey at 202-225-6335); and (Michael Rose at 202-225-2201)
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Representatives Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif.), Maurice Hinchey (D-New York), and Maxine Waters will be co-chairing a second forum on ending U.S. military operations in Iraq and bringing U.S. troops home, while helping the Iraqis regain control over their country and their future.
Saturday, April 29, 6pm
Linux Club - via G. Libetta, 15c
An evening with:
Michael Uhl - Vietnam vet and long time anti-war activist.
Gianluca Peciola, Assessore Municipio Roma XI
Francesco Tupone, Associazione Linux Club Italia
Stephanie Westbrook, U.S. Citizens for Peace & Justice, Rome
Nella Ginatempo, Bastaguerra
Wednesday April 26,
5 PM, Lafayette Park, opposite the White House, Washington, DC
NUCLEAR OPTION OFF THE TABLE
An adhoc group of activists will join
Dr. Jorge E. Hirsch: Professor of Physics, UCSD
To deliver the letter to President Bush
Hirsh has been widely published in progressive and mainstream
publications. See a collection at http://antiwar.com/hirsch/
The Urgency of stopping the US next war in Middle East is upon us.
From US Labor Against the War
Labor is fully mobilizing for a huge turnout Saturday. If you won't be there, you'll miss an historic moment in labor opposition to U.S. foreign policy and this horrific war.
It's our time to stand up and be counted.
Join the LABOR CONTINGENT.
The labor contingent will assemble at 10:30 a.m. on 19th Street between Broadway and Park Ave. South. The pre-march Labor Rally will start at 10:45 a.m. The march to Foley Square kicks off at noon. There will be a Peace, Justice and Democracy Grassroots Action Festival in Foley Square. Be sure to visit the Labor Tent.
On April 29, the Peace Action contingent will meet up in NYC around 10:30 am on E 20th Street in front of Gramercy Tavern, 42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003, (between Broadway and Park Ave S.) directions at: http://www.gramercytavern.com/directions.html. Please urge your members to join us with Peace Action signs and banners to show our network’s collective strength!
We will be meeting up along with other Peace Organizations which are designated to assemble at 20th and Broadway before the march steps off South down Broadway.
by Cam Simpson, Baltimore Sun (Maryland)
Violations of laws on human-trafficking prompt U.S. military's order for change
WASHINGTON - The top U.S. commander in Iraq has ordered sweeping changes for privatized military support operations after confirming violations of laws against human-trafficking and other abuses by contractors involving possibly thousands of foreign workers on American bases, according to records obtained by the Chicago Tribune.
Tomorrow 04/26/2006 Anti-War activists will have their day in court.
On March 6TH Cindy Sheehan, Gold Star Families for Peace; Medea Benjamin, co-founder of CODEPINK: Women for Peace; Missy Beattie, Gold Star Families for Peace; and Rev. Patricia Ackerman were arrested outside the United States Mission to the UN attempting to deliver the Women Say no to War petition. The US Mission office refused to send a representative to meet with the delegation of women after initially agreeing to the meeting. The women refused to leave without delivering the signatures to someone in the US Mission's office and were later arrested.
On Saturday 22 April, Israeli police arrested three Israelis and two
Palestinians during a peaceful protest against the planned security wall
near At Tuwani along Bypass Road 317. Police and soldiers also assaulted
The proposed wall is an eighty-centimeter high concrete barrier on the north
side of the road, fourteen-kilometers long, running from the settlement of
From the Progressive Caucus
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Representatives Lynn Woolsey (D-California), Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), Maurice Hinchey (D-New York), and Maxine Waters will be co-chairing a second forum on ending U.S. military operations in Iraq and bringing U.S. troops home, while helping the Iraqis regain control over their country and their future.
What: Bipartisan Congressional Forum on How to Bring the Troops Home
Final Resolution of the Madrid International Seminar on the Assassination of Iraqi Academics and Health Professionals
22-23 April 2006
This weekend participants from 8 countries — including Iraq — met in Madrid, along with active committees working within the framework of the conclusions of the World Tribunal on Iraq and participants from Spanish universities, to discuss and hear firsthand the plight of Iraqi academics and medical professionals who struggle to live amid constant threats, physical violence, kidnappings and the operation of death squads.
The United States-led occupation continues to demolish humanitarian law with impunity in Iraq
Occupying powers have bred a culture of insecurity that destroys the lives of ordinary Iraqis
International institutions, monitoring bodies and parliaments must act or risk irrelevance
Three years have passed since the United States launched an illegal war of aggression on the sovereign Republic of Iraq. Neither were weapons of mass destruction found nor democracy or human rights advanced. Within one month, Iraqis will enter their fourth year as a people under occupation, ruled by a puppet regime that sanctions death squads and torture.
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
NEW* BUSH in Washington, DC: POTUS participates in a briefing on the
War of Terror at 11:30 AM. [White House Press Release]
NEW* BUSH in Washington, DC: POTUS meets with members of the Senate at
3:25 PM. [White House Press Release]
NEW* GIULIANI in McLean, VA: Rudy Giuliani addresses the Washington,
D.C.-area legal community in McLean, VA at 12:45 PM. [The Note,
Baltimore's Indy Media Center
by William Hughes
“So likewise ‘a passionate attachment’ of one nation for another produces a variety of evils...” - George Washington’s “Farewell Address,” September 19, 1796
Washington, D.C. - Kevin Zeese was the first speaker at a public forum held on Monday evening, April 24, 2006, at the West End Neighborhood Library, near the community of Georgetown. The topic for the event was, “Is the Israel Lobby Promoting War on Iran?” He said the question of whether the hawkish, hard-right, pro-Israeli Lobby in America wants to see war with Iran “gets answered in an ad which was in the New York Times, the Financial Times, and other newspapers. It’s a full page ad by the American Jewish Committee, put out on April 4th. The center of the bull’s eye is Iran and the headline is: ‘Can Anyone Within Range of Iran’s Missiles Feel Safe?’ I think that’s a pretty inflammatory ad. It’s signed by more than a hundred people...I think it’s a pretty strong indication of where the Lobby stands. That isn’t the only proof we have that the hawkish Israeli Lobby wants to go to war.”
By John Byrne, www.rawstory.com
An alternative rock band is joining with a music-oriented nonprofit in an attempt to rally anti-war sentiment through music videos, RAW STORY has learned.
Justice Through Music, a national group that uses music to catalyze youth interest in U.S. politics, has announced a contest in which entrants are asked to submit music videos to accompany an anti-war song written by the indy rock band Op-Critical. The group hopes to stir up anti-war sentiment using music.
By David Swanson
I'll be co-hosting with Verna Avery-Brown of Pacifica Radio a live broadcast on Pacifica from 8:30-11 a.m. ET on Thursday, April 27, of a forum on Capitol Hill hosted by Congresswomen Lynn Woolsey and Barbara Lee.
The forum will take place in 2325 Rayburn House Office Building (with an overflow room planned for anyone wanting to attend who can't fit in). The two Co-Chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus are continuing to do what the "leadership" of both parties does not, respond to the demands of the majority of Americans, who disapprove of current policy.
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Bush's approval ratings have sunk to a personal low, with only a third of Americans saying they approve of the way he is handling his job, a national poll released Monday said.
In the telephone poll of 1,012 adult Americans carried out Friday through Sunday by Opinion Research Corporation for CNN, 32 percent of respondents said they approve of Bush's performance, 60 percent said they disapprove and 8 percent said they do not know.
Campus Antiwar Network Midwest Regional Conference Report
On April 22nd the Campus Anti-War Network(CAN) held its Midwest regional conference at the University of Illinois Chicago(UIC). This years conference brought together leaders of the student anti-war movement from 12 different CAN chapters from across the Midwest
Lively and informative discussions were held on a number of issues related to the work of CAN. Much of the focus was on the organizing tactics being deployed by chapters across the Midwest including and analysis of what is and is not working on our campuses. The discussion included the sharing of many innovative methods such as the use of facebook.com, art shows, Beer not Bombs", and the incorporation of culture into the movement.
This Email was received by AfterDowningStreet member organization Justice Through Music:
I am a retired United States Air Force Master Sergeant with five campaign stars on my ribbon
rack. We in the military swear to support and defend the Constitution Of These United States
of America. The first article of the Code of Conduct states: "I am an American fighting man. I
serve in the forces which guard my country and protect our way of life. I am prepared to give
Monday, April 24, 2006
NEW* BODMAN in Doha, Qatar: Secretary Bodman participates in a reporter
roundtable to discuss U.S. involvement in the 10th Annual International
Energy Forum. [White House Press Release]
NEW* BODMAN in Doha, Qatar: Secretary Bodman attends the 10th Annual
International Energy Forum and delivers remarks about energy security in
session four. [White House Press Release]
BRIG. GEN. (Ret) JANIS KARPINSKI, FORMER COMMANDER OF ABU GHRAIB, TO SPEAK ON BUSH POLICY OF TORTURE AT MIT and HARVARD LAW
Wenesday, April 26: Harvard Law School, Langdell South 7:00 pm
Thursday, April 27: MIT Room 10-250 7:00 pm
A former diplomat and a retired military officer present evidence of a
torture policy that enjoys the support and leadership of the highest
ranking officials in the Bush administration.
BRIG. GEN. JANIS KARPINSKI, former commander of Abu Ghraib prison, Iraq.
Karpinski: "General Miller and General Sanchez would not have
You know the real threat to national security is fire ants.
When filling out a job application and asked to explain previous convictions, you simply write "google me".
You've ever told a department store clerk you were looking for 'Ann Wright' pants.
You have a favorite patch of cement in front of the White House.
You've ever posed for a photo with your arresting officer.
Your wardrobe includes both suits and tie-dye.