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Video: Cindy Sheehan interview

(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.

Impeachfest: Justice for America

www.studentsforimpeachment.org

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.

Hot News and Action Items

New Photos of War Crimes in Iraq: LINK.

May 18 Petition Delivery at White House and March to Rumsfeld's House: LINK.

Connecticut Opposes the War

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.

Protest for peace at Vandenberg Space Command

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.

Another South Is Possible! The Southeast Social Forum

June 16-18, 2006
North Carolina Central University * Durham

Dear Friends,

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).

Where to Protest Peacefully

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

Reasons to impeach Bush focus of forum

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.

Sample Letter to City Council or Town Council

Organization's letterhead

Name
Address

Date

Dear __________________

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

Well, Then Civilians Should Watch It

Army: HBO documentary could trigger stress disorder
By Barbara Starr, CNN

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The Army surgeon general is warning that the HBO documentary "Baghdad ER" is so graphic that military personnel watching it could experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.

In a memo dated May 9 and obtained by CNN, Lt. Gen. Kevin Kiley said the film "shows the ravages and anguish of war."

Where to Protest Peacefully

Monday, May 15, 2006
NEW* BUSH in Washington, DC: POTUS makes Remarks at the Annual Peace
Officers' Memorial Service at 12:00 PM. [White House Press Release]

NEW* BUSH in Washington, DC: POTUS addresses the nation on the
immigration compromise at 8:00 PM. [White House Press Release]

NEW* MEHLMAN in Washington, DC: RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman addresses the
International Democrat Union (closed press) meeting. [The Note,

HUGO CHAVEZ TO VISIT BRIAN HAW IN PARLIAMENT SQUARE

MONDAY 15 MAY, around 4pm, PARLIAMENT SQUARE

The President of Venezuela has been invited to visit Brian Haw, the
Parliament Square peace protestor, when he goes to Parliament this
afternoon to meet with MPs.

The Venezuelan President has been invited in person by supporters of
Brian Haw who met him at a meeting on Sunday 14 May hosted by the Mayor
of London and MPs organizing the meeting in Parliament have urged him to

Emergency Global Action: May 16th

http://www.uscampaignforburma.org

UN Security Council MUST Act in Burma to Stop Attacks on Civilians

Free Burma activists around the world are organizing global action to respond to the attacks on innocent civilians in eastern Burma pepetrated by the ruling military junta. The attacks -- the largest in ten years -- have resulted in 15,500 persons being driven from their homes.

The United Nations Security Council, responsible for maintaining international peace and security, has avoided its clear responsibility to end these attacks. We are organizing protests in front of embassies of the Burmese military junta and governmental buildings around the world to demand immediate UN Security Council action.

Christian fascist youth training

Now available in local stadiums or at Liberty University, where John McCain just spoke.

Chris Matthews Talks Sense for First Time on Record: Rightwing Blog Throws Fit

Matthews: "Cindy Sheehan More Representative of Most People's Thinking"
Posted by Mark Finkelstein
http://newsbusters.org/node/5351

psychosis: 'A severe mental illness in which the person has lost contact with reality."

OK, I'm not kidding: judging from tonight's episode of Hardball, either the MSM is psychotic, or I am. You be the armchair psychiatrist. [Where should we make your appointment?]

Never Say Never Nancy! Accountability Is Not Negotiable!

www.backbonecampaign.org

Impeachment is a tool for defending the Constitution.

Contrary to recent statements by Democratic Party leadership, impeachment is a matter of principle, not mere politics. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and her colleagues swore an oath to "defend the Constitution." Americans and the health of our democracy depend on them standing by that promise.

This week, contrary to her oath, Leader Pelosi placed political calculus before Constitutional principle. She stated to the Democratic caucus and the press that Democrats will not impeach Bush and Cheney, even if Democrats win a majority in Congress, and even asserted her opposition to the minimal measure of censure. Read this article about Pelosi's position:

CODE PINK at the White House

The moon is up now, and the threatened rain did not appear (at least, not yet). The mood is quieter now, but earlier there was joy and music and dancing as hundreds celebrated the coming end to the war in Iraq.

We believe we can do this; we believe that the American people understand, finally, and completely, what must happen.

America is awake, and the pink energy is alive and moving us forward.

Protest Cheney in Sacramento

Protest Dick Cheney’s Corruption of Our Political Process
Monday, May 22
11:00 AM
Sacramento Hyatt°©1209 J St.

Please Join the California Nurses Association…..
Protest Dick Cheney’s Corruption of Our Political Process
And Rally for CNA’s November, 2006 statewide ballot initiative for Clean Money Elections in California.

Monday, May 22
11:00 AM
Sacramento Hyatt°©1209 J St.

Halliburton on the Run! Post Rally Event

Halliburton On The Run!
Teach In / Press event

WED, MAY 17TH, 2006
5:30pm-7:00pm
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).

Special Guests:
(Several panelists will have attended the actual shareholders’ meeting)

Let Pelosi Know That Impeachment Is Good for Democrats

Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi has instructed the Democratic Caucus and promised the corporate media that the Democrats will not impeach Bush and Cheney even if they win a majority in Congress. Of course, such timidity is the most likely way for the Democrats to NOT win a majority in Congress. While 90% of Democrats and 81% of Independents disapprove of Bush in the latest Harris poll, only 67% of Republicans approve of him. Every poll done on impeachment (http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/polling ) shows very strong support among Democrats and weak opposition among Republicans. Moreover, an off-year election is won by inspiring your side to turn out in higher numbers, and nothing inspires anti-Republican voters like impeachment. Here's an article about Pelosi's position:
http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/pelosi

Here's where you can send her your own thoughts:
sf.nancy@mail.house.gov

The Gift of Peace for Mother's Day

Published on Friday, May 12, 2006 by CommonDreams.org
by Medea Benjamin

It's true. Mothers Day was NOT invented by Hallmark. Or by 1-800-FLOWERS or even Sees Candies. In fact, Julia Ward Howe, the woman credited with initiating Mothers Day in 1870, would have been appalled by its crass commercialism. Were she alive today, Julia probably would have told her kids to dispense with the roses and chocolates, and instead join her in an anti-war rally. Yes, Julia Ward Howe was a peacenik.

Susan Sarandon, Cindy Sheehan, Randi Rhodes, Dolores Huerta, Patch Adams Will Lead 24-Hour Mother’s Day Peace Vigil

www.codepinkalert.org

Mothers nationwide call for peace in Iraq and Iran

SAN FRANCISCO / WASHINGTON - May 11 - This weekend, on May 13-14, 2006, celebrities, peace activists, mothers and families will gather in front of the White House from 3pm on Saturday until 3pm on Sunday to call for an end to the war in Iraq and stand against a military attack on Iran. Actress Susan Sarandon, Gold Star mother Cindy Sheehan, Reverend Yearwood of the Hip Hop Caucus, journalist Randi Rhodes, singer/songwriter Jill Sobule, labor leader Dolores Huerta, and doctor/clown Patch Adams are among the hundreds who will participate.

Open Letter to President George Walker Bush

Mr. President:

We the signatories of this letter have dedicated our lives to studying the Middle East and it is in that capacity and as concerned citizens that we write to strongly oppose and warn against the military option in Iran. As the International Atomic Energy Agency has found no evidence of research or diversion of materials toward atomic weapons in Iran, concerns about future dual use of nuclear technology ought to be addressed in face to face negotiations. Such alternative venues as coercive diplomacy and military action will lead to further militarization and pressures on civil society at the expense of the democratic movement in Iran. The extreme right of the political spectrum of that country will be the sole beneficiary of such policies. The catastrophic regional and global consequences of escalating this crisis will not serve the interests of the United States, the course of democratic development in Iran, or the cause of global peace. SIGN ON:
http://antiwarpetition.com/

Now Is the Time for a Left-Right Alliance

A rebel alliance already exists that could stop Bush administration attacks on the Constitution
by Thomas R. Eddlem

I'm currently a life member of the John Birch Society and formerly served on the staff of the organization for 13 years.

So why should any left-winger reading this care a fig about what I have to say?

Because of a conversation I had with another conservative magazine writer recently. In frustration at the unconstitutional excesses of the Bush administration, I blurted out to him: "The only people doing any good out there are the people at Air America." I expected to shock him with the statement, but his two-word reply shocked me: "And MoveOn.org."

Screwin' Up My Country Blues

By John Perry

Play it and sing along! mp3

Mother's call for peace still resonates

Pioneer Press, MN
LAURA BILLINGS

Her hoop skirt wouldn't fit in today's standard-issue minivan, and still Julia Ward Howe seems to be enjoying a fashionable comeback this Mother's Day.

Howe is best remembered by history buffs as the woman who wrote the words that became "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," the fiery Civil War anthem first published in the Atlantic Monthly in 1862.

Not so widely known is that eight years later, the woman who wrote "Let us die to make men free" wanted to end war forever. Having seen and survived the violence and economic devastation of the Civil War, Howe dreaded the gathering storm of the Franco-Prussian war. In Boston 1870, she delivered a "Mother's Day Proclamation for Peace," 274 words in which she envisioned "a great and earnest day of counsel" in which mothers of all nationalities would arrive "at the means the great human family can live in peace."

Beyond Treason

A William Lewis Film
1 hr 28 min 51 sec - posted on site 05/11/06

Depleted Uranium weapons and the Golf War Syndrom! What the Department of Defense doesn't want you to know

Department of Defense documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act expose the horrific underworld of the disposable army mentality and the government funded experimentation upon US citizens conducted without their knowledge or consent.

Conscientious Objectors from Around the World Gather in Washington DC and New York to Oppose Global War

CONTACT: Operation Refuse War
Steve Theberge, 212.228.0450 / youth@warresisters.org

NEW YORK - May 11 - From May 11th to 16th, US conscientious objectors (CO's) and CO's from around the world will gather in New York City and Washington DC for Operation Refuse War, a week of conferences, demonstrations, and actions in celebration of International Conscientious Objectors Day, May 15th.

Operation Refuse War will be an opportunity for conscientious objectors, anti-war activists, and military families to come together to share strategies and build community. Participants are coming from South Korea, Eritrea, Colombia, Peru, El Salvador, Canada, Britain, Israel, Macedonia, Bosnia, Germany, and across the United States. This week of action will highlight the difficulties that current conscientious objectors face as well as help build relationships and connections between the various communities within the anti-war movement. In addition, Operation Refuse War will bring together international and American conscientious objectors to share their experiences and ideas with the public.

Mothers Day Vigil in Ohio

Northwest Ohio Peace Coalition
PO Box 20085 Toledo, OH 43620
419.242.7317
www.nwopc.org

Contact: peggy daly-masternak 419.536.2609 peggydm@earthlink.net

Like the First Mother’s Day in 1870, Women Today Mourn War Dead, Plea for Peace

Mother’s Day Vigil, Sunday May 14, corner of Secor and Central from Noon to 1:30pm.

We ask all who attend to wear black and stand silently during this event.

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