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If you live in Santa Monica, Seattle, DC, Long Island, Baltimore, or London, you're in luck. Contributors to the New Press' "Iraq: The Logic of Withdrawal" (by Anthony Arnove) and "10 Excellent Reasons Not to Join the Military" (edited by Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg, with an excerpt posted on AlterNet today) are on tour next week, featuring activists, musicians, veterans and teachers to stimulate discussion and counter-recruitment organizing.
By News Hounds
In probably one of the most extreme reactions yet to the Bush administration's inability to get the death sentence for an admitted terrorist who wanted it, a Fox News analyst calls for eliminating Americans' right to a trial before a juror of his or her peers. Link With video.
U.S. Department of State Invites You to Attend a Special Briefing for Representatives of Nongovernmental Organizations
Gordon Gray, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and David Denehy, Senior Advisor on Iran will brief on:
Iran: Challenges and Opportunity
Tuesday, May 16, 2006 • 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
U.S. Department of State • Room 1105
U.S. policy towards Iran is entering an important phase, as the Iranian regime’s policies deepen that country’s international isolation. Iran’s abysmal human rights record, support for international terrorism, interference in Iraq, and nuclear weapons ambitions all pose challenges that the United States and its allies must address – starting with the UN Security Council’s action on Tehran’s continuing disregard for its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. We must also find ways to support the majority of Iranians who seek reform and accountable governance. For a review of these issues, and the overarching challenge of bringing Iran back into the community of responsible nations, please join Deputy Assistant Secretary Gordon Gray and Senior Advisor David Denehy in a discussion of U.S. policy toward Iran.
Vice to meet you
Vice President Dick Cheney will fly to Stockton in late May to rustle up campaign dollars for Congressman Richard Pombo’s re-election campaign.
Deep-pocketed Republicans have been invited to drop $500 each to rub shoulders with the vice president and the congressman May 22.
An extra $1,600 buys a photo — but no one-on-ones. Photos are taken in pairs. And $4,200 buys two tickets, entry to a pre-reception and a photo.
Tentative Itinerary for President Bush when he visits Florida, May 8th thru May 10th.
On Monday, May 8th, Bush will be in Ft. Lauderdale
On Tuesday, May 9th, Bush will be in West Palm Beach and later Tampa
On Wednesday, May 19th, Bush will be in Orlando
I always make it a rule to call out an "Alert" whenever I hear something concerning Bu$h coming to Florida.
Thursday, May 4, 2006
NEW* ROMNEY in East Providence, RI: Governor Mitt Romney attends a 6:00
PM closed press fundraiser for Governor Don Carcieri (R-RI). [The Note,
NEW* BODMAN in Washington, DC: Secretary Bodman participates with the
Energy Ministers of Canada and Mexico as part of the North American
Energy Working Group Ministerial Meeting at the US Department of Energy,
Members of the media, please use this form to contact After Downing Street's press office. Or phone 202-329-7847.
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The After Downing Street Coalition is working with many of our individual and organizational members to advance the non-partisan project of passing pro-impeachment resolutions in towns, cities, and states around the country.
LINK TO LIST OF RESOLUTIONS PASSED AND INTRODUCED AROUND THE COUNTRY
Here is a two-page citizen's guide to impeachment.
Held in New York City, April 29-30
by Steve Jackson (UMD), Heather Squire (Brooklyn College), and
Elizabeth Wrigley-Field (NYU), with help from Wes Hannah (Cornell)
See photos and video coming soon at
The theme of the conference was FROM PROTEST TO RESISTANCE: REAL
STRATEGIES TO END THE WAR IN IRAQ, and indeed one of the main
schievements of the conference was to begin to answer what kind of
George Bush is considering attacking Iran, including using nuclear bombs to do so. Such an attack would be illegal and disastrous. Congress can prevent it, but only if Congres asserts its Constitutional right to decide whether or not the United States goes to war. Congressman Peter DeFazio's H. Con. Res. 391 expresses "the sense of Congress that the President should not initiate military action against Iran with respect to its nuclear program without first obtaining authorization from Congress." This bill is rapidly picking up cosponsors, but needs more. Ask your Congress Member to sign on today. Ask your Senators to take the same step in the Senate. CONTACT CONGRESS.
Wednesday, May 3, 2006
NEW* CHENEY in Vilnius, Lithuania: Vice President Cheney meets with
President Adamkus at the Presidential Palace, at 5:45 PM (Local). [White
House Press Release]
NEW* PATAKI in Albany, NY: Governor George Pataki hosted the 12th
annual prayer breakfast this morning at the Empire State Plaza
Convention Center. [The Note, ABCNews.com, 05/03/06]
NEW* ROMNEY In Dorchester, MA: Governor Mitt Romney joins his education
by Jarrett Murphy, http://www.villagevoice.com
Three days before Saturday's big anti-war march, members of the City Council were standing on the City Hall steps, calling for a resolution making New York City a "peace zone." The five councilmembers on hand read the proclamation aloud as a dozen fellow protesters stood behind them and a handful of reporters—none from the major media—looked on. They might as well have been reading silently.
Message from the Impeach Bush Coalition. Spread the word!
While standing at the gas pump today, watching the dollars and cents spinning far too fast in comparison to the gallons dial, I stood there muttering to myself, "What the hell will it take to impeach this criminal son of a bitch?"
Then it dawned on me.
These days, there is no better place to get your point across to the average American than while he/she is standing there at the gas pump. Aren't we all muttering at the gas pump these days?
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.
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.
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
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,
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!)
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.
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.
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]
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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