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SECOND CONGRESSIONAL FORUM ON HOW TO BRING TROOPS HOME FROM IRAQ

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.

The Anti War Movement from Vietnam to Today: A Chorus of Voices Against War

http://www.peaceandjustice.it

Saturday, April 29, 6pm
Linux Club - via G. Libetta, 15c
Rome, Italy

An evening with:
Michael Uhl - Vietnam vet and long time anti-war activist.

Speakers include:
Gianluca Peciola, Assessore Municipio Roma XI
Francesco Tupone, Associazione Linux Club Italia
Stephanie Westbrook, U.S. Citizens for Peace & Justice, Rome
Nella Ginatempo, Bastaguerra

NUCLEAR OPTION OFF THE TABLE

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/

COMMENTARY
The Urgency of stopping the US next war in Middle East is upon us.

COUNTDOWN TO APRIL 29 MARCH FOR PEACE, JUSTICE & DEMOCRACY NEW YORK CITY

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.

Join Peace Action at April 29 March in New York

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.

Abuses Found in Hiring at Iraq Bases

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.

Anti-War Activists to Have Day in Court

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.

AT-TUWANI: Israelis and Palestinians arrested demonstrating against planned security wall

CPTnet

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
several Palestinians.

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

SECOND CONGRESSIONAL FORUM ON HOW TO BRING TROOPS HOME FROM IRAQ

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

http://www.brusselstribunal.org/

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.

US illegality in Iraq: Where is the limit?

http://www.brusselstribunal.org

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.

Where to Protest Peacefully

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,
ABCNews.com, 04/25/06]

Kevin Zeese: “Hawkish Israeli Lobby Wants War with Iran!”

Baltimore's Indy Media Center
by William Hughes

VIDEO

“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.”

Rock Out Bush: Nonprofit Launches Music Video Contest to Ignite Anti-War Sentiment

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.

Pacifica Radio to Air Congressional Iraq Forum Live

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.
http://www.pacifica.org/stations

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.

Bush's approval ratings slide to new low

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.

Call for U.S. Nationwide Walk Out if Bush Attacks Iran

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.

An Email Received By Justice Through Music

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

Where to Protest Peacefully

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 MIGHT BE A PEACE ACTIVIST IF:

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.

Impeachment Forum Planned for Sacramento, Calif., on Saturday, April 29

Portions of this event will be broadcast later on the Mike Malloy Show on Air America. Mike will be discussing the upcoming forum this coming Friday evening.

The Progressive Caucus of the California Democratic Party Presents: Impeachment: Dialogue, Debate & Action

WHAT: "As California goes, so goes the nation." With growing numbers of Americans calling for the impeachment of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, our state is presented with an historic opportunity to lead the charge. 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." This forum will reveal surprising legal precedents regarding state initiated impeachment proceedings and present current strategies and efforts taking place in California and across the country.
WHEN: Saturday, April 29 at 8:30 PM
WHERE: The Crest Theater, 1013 K Street, Sacramento, CA
WHO: Scheduled to appear on the panel are:
• Representative Maxine Waters
• Shayana Kadidal, lead attorney, Center for Constitutional Rights, and co-author, Articles of Impeachment Against George W. Bush
• Elizabeth de la Vega, former lead prosecutor, San Jose and author of an upcoming book on impeachment
• Bob Fertik, President, Democrats.com & co-founder afterdowningstreet.org
• Mike Malloy, syndicated host of AirAmerica Radio, will moderate
• Opening statement by Tim Goodrich, founder, Iraq Veterans Against the War.
Tickets: $10 donation. You may preorder tickets through at the Crest Theater box office, (916) 442-7378 or at tickets.com.

Peace in Iraq Call-In Day Is Monday, April 24

On Tuesday, April 25, the Senate will take up the supplemental spending bill for 2006. The current proposal includes $67 billion more for the wars in Iraq and Afganistan. How many innocent Iraqis must die, how many young Americans? How much more destruction, pain and hatred before the Congress finds the will to end this war?
Tell your Senators: Not one penny more for the War!
There is growing support in the Senate for an amendment to the supplemental that will prohibit permanent U.S. bases in Iraq.
Tell your Senators: No permanent U.S. bases in Iraq!
Our "not one penny more for war" call-in day to the House of Representatives last month was a great success. The number of Representatives voting against the war funding rose to 71, AND the House approved an amendment against permanent U.S. military bases in Iraq. We want to repeat that success in the Senate. If we are unable to stop the funding request from passing, we can at least make sure that an amendment against permanent bases is attached.
Call 1-800-620-4394
The toll-free number we are using is graciously provided by the Friends Committee on National Legislation - a member group of UFPJ.

Mailing Labels

By Philip C. Restino, Co-Chair, Founding Member, Central Florida Veterans for Peace, Member, Military Families Speak Out - Florida

I have created an MS Word file set for Avery self-stick 1" x 2 5/8" mailing labels (Avery template #5160, 30 labels to a sheet) that provides for 2 blue and white AfterDowningStreet.org "Honor Our Dead, Demand The Truth" images per label as follows:

Once the 30-label sheet (3 columns of 10 labels each) is printed out, the next step is to take a straight edge and a knife and make a cut down the middle of each column of labels so as to get 2 stickers each per label. Print them, peel them, and stick them on outgoing mail and just about anything else to bring attention to and inform others of the AfterDowningStreet.org website.

Join us on April 29th: Democrats for Peace Contingent

Join us on April 29th: Democrats for Peace Contingent

The war in Iraq is a bi-partisan war. Join the movement to drive the Democratic Party leadership in a progressive direction by marching with other committed Democrats demanding an end to the war in Iraq.

Democrats 4 Peace: 22nd b/w Broadway and Park.

Get Ready for April 29

By Susan Chenelle
UFPJ Internet Coordinator

Dear UFPJ Member Groups,

With April 29th fast approaching, there are a few requests we have for you:

* If you are organizing an April 29th solidarity event, in another city, please post the event information on the UFPJ event calendar:
http://www.unitedforpeace.org/addevent so we can let folks across the country know about them.

* If you are organizing transportation to NYC for April 29th, please send your info to buses@april29.org so that we can coordinate parking

Vermont Democrats urge Bush impeachment

April 9, 2006
By DARREN M. ALLEN
The Rutland Herald, VT

RANDOLPH – Despite the impassioned pleas of nearly two dozen Democrats to involve the General Assembly in an effort to impeach President George Bush, the party's central committee on Saturday decided to take their case directly to Congress.

The Vermont Democratic Party became the fifth in the nation to call for the president's impeachment, following the lead of party affiliates in Wisconsin, New Mexico, Nevada and North Carolina. Although the resolution urges Congress to begin immediate impeachment proceedings, the party also informed the Vermont Legislature of its decision so that it could take "appropriate action."

Camp Casey Easter

April 13th-16th 2006 - Crawford Texas

Once again the President will be home for the holidays. We as Gold Star Families for Peace have had our holidays forever tarnished by George Bush’s’ reckless policy of occupying Iraq. We will be returning to Camp Casey for our Easter holiday and we invite you to join us. Everyone is welcomed.

It is important that we let George Bush know that his war and policies are unacceptable. Because of his free speech zones this is about as close as anyone who disagrees with him can get. Imagine thousands of us at his backdoor showing him the error of his ways.

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