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Emergency Public Discussion

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

Myths and Realities: Nuclear Power, Climate Change and the Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons

Wednesday, May 3, 2006
1:15-2:45PM
Conference Room 6
United Nations, New York
This panel will explore the intricate connection between nuclear energy production and the proliferation of nuclear weapons. Participants will explain why nuclear power is not the answer to climate change and why it will not play a major role in slowing the rate of greenhouse gas emissions.

Speakers:

Steve Sawyer, Climate Policy Director, Greenpeace International

Where to Protest Peacefully

Friday, April 28, 2006
UPDATED* BUSH in Washington, DC: President Bush takes to the Rose
Garden at 11:45 am ET to make statement about the new economic growth
numbers. Also, President Bush meets with the President of Azerbaijan at
10:05 am, with North Korean defectors and family members of Japanese
abducted by North Korea at 11:05 am, and with Darfur advocates at 1:15
pm. [MSNBC.com, 4/28/06]

Will the Republicans Allow a Real Open Debate on Iraq?

If enough Congress Members sign this discharge petition, it will force a 17-hour debate on the floor of the House with an open rule (amendments can be introduced).

Pursuant to clause 2 of rule XV, I, Neil Abercrombie, move to discharge the Committee on Rules from the consideration of the resolution (H. Res. 543) entitled, a resolution providing for consideration of the joint resolution (H.J. Res. 55) requiring the President to develop and implement a plan for the withdrawal of United States Armed Forces from Iraq; which was referred to said committee on November 9, 2005, in support of which motion the undersigned Members of the House of Representatives affix their signatures, to wit:

Protest Bush in Oklahoma!

Student members of Oklahoma State University's Young Democrats are organizing a protest on May 6 during the commencement ceremony at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma, where President George W. Bush will be speaking. The event will run from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

(PRWEB) April 27, 2006 -- A broad coalition of Oklahoma State University students and graduating seniors are organizing a protest on May 6 during the commencement ceremony in Stillwater, Oklahoma, where President George W. Bush will be speaking. The event will run from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

A Way Forward, Out of Iraq

By Hany Khalil, www.CommonDreams.org

Three years into the Iraq war, the U.S. peace movement faces new opportunities to grow and wield influence. Retired generals contend that the United States cannot win in Iraq. George Bush's approval rating has plummeted to 32 percent, a new low. According to a Zogby poll, a majority of active-duty soldiers in Iraq thinks that the United States should withdraw its forces by the end of 2006, and a Bloomberg/Los Angeles Times study found that 58 percent of Americans believe the war was not worth fighting.

Where to Protest Peacefully

Thursday, April 27, 2006
BUSH in Gulf Coast, LA & MS: President Bush participates in a National
Volunteer Week Service Project at 12:50 PM and 3:15 PM. [White House
Press Release]

NEW* BERNANKE in Washington DC: Federal Reserve Chair, Ben Bernanke
will testify about the US economic outlook before Congress' Joint
Economic Committee at 10 AM. [MSNBC.com, 4/27/06]

NEW* CHERTOFF in Fairfax, VA: George Mason University holds a 1:30 pm

High Gas Prices, Conflict in the Middle East, Global Warming

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Bush and Co. Chain Gang Breaking Rocks on the Road to Impeachment

(New York, NY) The Backbone Campaign will launch the "Bush and Co. Chain Gang" at the Saturday, April 29 March for Peace, Justice and Democracy in New York City. The march begins north of Union Square and proceeds south along Broadway to Foley Square. The Backbone Campaign will also parade its giant, 70-foot puppet of a human spine, festooned with slogans of an interlocking progressive agenda.

"The Backbone Campaign is insisting on both accountability AND a bold, inspiring vision for the future. The March for Peace, Justice and Democracy comes at a crucial moment," says Bill Moyer, Executive Director of the Backbone Campaign. "This march represents and affirms the diversity, unity, and potential of the progressive movement."

Impeachment Forum Tomorrow in Sacramento

The Progressive Caucus of the California Democratic Party hosts forum: “Impeachment: Dialogue, Debate, and Action.”

“As California goes, so goes the nation.”

With growing numbers of Americans calling for the impeachment of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, California is presented with an opportunity to help change the course of history. 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,” to be held at the California Democratic Party annual convention on April 29, 2006 in Sacramento, California.

Presidents Bush and Schmidly — don’t fence me in

Lenzy Krehbiel
The Daily O'Collegian

Add two more First Amendment freedoms this administration just doesn’t seem to get: freedom of speech and the right to petition the government for redress of grievances.

On Monday afternoon, I received an e-mail forwarded to me by a professor that outlined some of the details laid out by the commencement committee for next Saturday. One of the points mentioned in the list was that signs would not be allowed in the stadium graduation morning and protesters and picketers will be limited to designated areas outside the stadium. It did not say where.

So the U.S. is not a Free Speech Zone?

OSU working on protest zones for commencement
Morgan Pratt, The Daily O'Collegian

Hundreds of students and at least six Tulsa and Oklahoma City organizations must wait until the U.S. Secret Service visits campus Monday to find out where they will be allowed to protest during President George W. Bush’s appearance at OSU commencement in Boone Pickens Stadium on May 6, OSU and local officials said.

Death darkens Blue Star gathering

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.

BREAKING! Activists Occupy Frist's Office

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.

The War Looks Different from Inside Congress

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.

Chat on Pal Talk Tonight

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

Faculty speak out against war

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

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.
http://www.charlottesvillepeace.org

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.

Where to Protest Peacefully

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

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

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