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God Bless the NSA!

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God Bless the N.S.A.

[sung to the tune of God Bless the USA, by Lee Greenwood]

Where to Protest Peacefully

Tuesday January 24, 2006

NEW* Washington, DC: The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote to send the Alito nomination to the full Senate floor at 9:30 AM. [First Read, www.msnbc.msn.com, 1/23/06]

STOP THE WAR MACHINE: MARCH TO THE PENTAGON March 20, 2006

Remember to Save the Date

March 20, 2006 marks the day, three years ago, when the United States invaded Iraq. More than 2,200 American soldiers have been killed. Thousands more have been wounded and will bear emotional scars for a lifetime. Tens of thousands of Iraqis have perished. And, under the Bush administration, there appears to be no end in sight. We have written letters and asked for meetings with Mr. Bush, we have demonstrated in large numbers, we have met with our representatives in Congress. Now, we confront the war machine—the Pentagon.

World Social Forum Starts Tomorrow

By www.globalexchange.org

Tens of thousands of peace and justice advocates from throughout the Western Hemisphere are gearing up for the 2006 World Social Forum, an inspirational gathering that brings together peace activists, fair trade crusaders, environmentalists, and advocates of indigenous, workers’ and women’s rights from around the globe.

Impeachment Rally in Colonial Costumes Planned in Charlottesville, Va.

Patriot's Impeachment Rally
By Alexis

The intent of this event is to reach across false divisions and try to
bring people together to demand accountability from the powers who have

Where to Protest Peacefully

Monday, January 23, 2006

NEW* BUSH in Salina, KS: President Bush will deliver a speech on the War on Terror at Kansas State University at 12:30 PM. [www.msnbc.msn.com, First Read, 1/23/06]

KATRINA SURVIVORS JOIN Brig. Gen. Janis Karpinski and Craig Murray TO TESTIFY AT COMMISSION OF INQUIRY ON BUSH CRIMES AGAINST H

PRESS CONTACT: Connie Julian: 917-449-9064
Commission office: 212-941-8086
commission@nion.us www.bushcommission.org

Sunday, January 22, 1-5pm, Columbia University Law School, 116th & Amsterdam Ave.; Sessions on Global Health and Katrina.

Bush Administration Seeks to Squelch State of the Union Protest at Capitol on January 31

Capitol Hill Office: 511 ‘C’ St. NE Washington DC 20002, Stanton Square
DC PRESS CONTACT: Don Spark, 202-536-4310, donspark@worldcantwait.org

Press Conference:
Monday, January 23, 9:30 a.m.
National Press Club, Edward R. Murrow Room

Leaving Iraq: Strategies for Immediate Withdrawal

The California Democratic Party’s Progressive Caucus and US Tour of Duty present
Leaving Iraq: Strategies for Immediate Withdrawal

WHEN: Saturday, January 28, 2006 at 7:30 PM following the quarterly meeting of the Executive Board of the California Democratic Party

Where to Protest Peacefully

January 19 – 21, 2006

REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE in Washington, DC: The RNC will hold its annual winter meeting. This year’s theme is “You Make the Difference: A Roadmap to Making History.

STOP THE WAR COALITION NEWSLETTER

1) IS IRAN NEXT?
2) PEACE CONFERENCE DVD
3) TONY BENN OPEN LETTER:
HAVE YOU SIGNED?
4) GUANTANAMO BAY DEMONSTRATION
5) REMEMBERING JEAN CHARLES
6) SCHOOL STUDENTS AGAINST WAR:
NATIONAL CONFERENCE 28 JANUARY

Upcoming Events in the Movement for Impeachment and Peace

UPCOMING EVENTS TO END THE WAR AND HOLD WARMAKERS ACCOUNTABLE

Put these in your calendar!

Iraqi Workers Organize!

Iraq's Oil and Port Workers and their Unions
Photographs by David Bacon

Following the fall of Saddam Hussein, oil workers in Basra reorganized one of Iraq's oldest unions, and faced the occupation's prohibition on collective bargaining in the public sector. Oil workers forced US contractor KBR to leave the oil districts, and defended Iraq's oil against the threat of privatization. They helped dockers organize in the ports, and together forced Stevedoring Services of America and the Maersk Corporation to give up their privatized concessions. Workers in power generation and other industries have organized as well. This photodocumentary project shows people at work on the rigs in the refineries and the ports, their unions and leaders, and their life at home with their families.

International Commission of Inquiry on Crimes Against Humanity Committed by the Bush Administration

305 West Broadway, #199, New York, NY 10013
PRESS CONTACT: Connie Julian: 917-449-9064 Commission office: 212-941-8086
commission@nion.us www.bushcommission.org

FORMER ABU GHRAIB COMMANDER JANIS KARPINSKI, EX-UK AMBASSADOR CRAIG MURRAY, TOP EXPERTS, AND FORMER OFFICIALS TO TESTIFY AT COMMISSION OF INQUIRY ON BUSH WAR CRIMES
Harry Belafonte to Will Also Speak at Bush Crimes Commission

Friday, January 20, 5-9pm, Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Drive
Saturday, January 21, 10am-6pm, Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Drive
Sunday, January 22, 1-5pm, Columbia University Law School, 116th & Amsterdam Avenue

Progressive Caucus to Deliver Alternative State of the Union

Read this editorial from the Nation, and this article titled "Out of Iraq" by Lynn Woolsey and Barbara Lee.

Leaving Iraq: Strategies for Immediate Withdrawal

WHAT? The Progressive Caucus of the California Democratic Party and US Tour of Duty will present a panel of distinguished speakers from the fields of politics, foreign policy, journalism, and defense, as well as citizen activists, to discuss the immediate withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq. The Progressive Caucus hopes to fuel a dialogue within the Democratic Party regarding an immediate end to the occupation of Iraq. The audience participation format of the event is designed to equip attendees with information and action plans that will allow average citizens to facilitate an immediate end to the Iraq conflict.

No to Alito! Bush Step Down and Take Your Program with You!

In front of the Supreme Court
East of the Capitol on 1st St. NE, Washington DC
Friday, January 20th, 10 A.M.

FORWARD WIDELY

You don’t have to be resigned to what seems like Alito’s inevitable confirmation. Whether you have lobbied your hearts out, written anguished letters, or silently fumed at the newspapers and television reports, now is the time to take to the streets. We have all had enough of watching as the confirmation of Samuel Alito go unchallenged in the Senate. Samuel Alito is a man who never met a wire tap he didn’t love. This is a man who has been working to get rid of a woman’s reproductive choice for twenty years. This is a man who believes the president’s word is law which includes torture, endless war, and spying on innocent people. A confirmation like this is not an isolated incident. Many are waiting for the pendulum to swing back to the left. However, think about what it means when high ranking Democrat, Al Gore, says in a speech on Monday, "If the pattern of practice begun by this administration is not challenged, it may well become a permanent part of the American system." Many groups and individuals are calling for impeachment, but the confirmation of Samuel Alito will slam shut the impeachment door permanently.

Where to Protest Peacefully

January 19 - 21, 2006
REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE in Washington, DC: The RNC will hold its
annual winter meeting. [ABCNews.com, 1/18/06]

Thursday, January 19, 2006
NEW* BUSH in Sterling, VA: President Bush will give a speech on the

Craig Murray to Receive Annual Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence Award

This coming weekend in New York at the Bush Crimes Commission, www.bushcommission.org , the annual Sam Adams Associates for Integrity In Intelligence Award will be presented to Craig Murray, the former United Kingdom's Ambassador to Uzbekistan who publicly criticised the human rights situation there, and privately criticised the UK government for committing torture by proxy and "selling our souls for dross". Last year's recipient was Katharine Gun.

Conyers and Others To Hold Democratic Hearing On Domestic Spying Program

Congressman John Conyers, Jr., Michigan, 14th District, Ranking Member, U.S. House Judiciary Committee, Dean, Congressional Black Caucus
www.house.gov/judiciary_democrats/index.html

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressmen John Conyers, Jr., Bobby Scott and Chris Van Hollen and other Members to hold a Democratic Hearing to consider the legal ramifications of President Bush's warrantless surveillance.

Making Change/Creating Peace! - Event in Santa Cruz, Calif.

On Wednesday, February 15th, please join
MEDEA BENJAMIN AND DAVID SWANSON
at 7:30PM, at the Veterans Hall in Santa Cruz
speaking about:

Making Change/Creating Peace!
What Each of Us Can Do Today, Tomorrow, the Next Day, the Day After

Where to Protest Peacefully

Wednesday January 18, 2006
NEW* Washington, DC: U.S. Senate reconvenes at 10:00 AM.
[www.ABCNews.com, 1/18/06]

NEW* PRESIDENT BUSH in Washington, DC: President Bush will meet with
victims of Saddam Hussein's regime at 10:55 AM in the Roosevelt Room.

ISSUE: Nothing to hide (except everything they're hiding)

By RAPID RESPONSE NETWORK

Whether or not you have "nothing to hide" isn't the point. The thousands (perhaps millions) of Americans who were illegally spied on didn't have anything to hide http://tinyurl.com/8btut

BUSH CRIMES COMMISSION SCHEDULE

International Commission of Inquiry on Crimes Against Humanity Committed by the Bush Administration
305 West Broadway, #199, NY, NY 10013 212-941-8086 www.bushcommission.org

FRIDAY EVENING, January 20, 5:30 – 9 pm, Riverside Church, 91 Claremont Avenue

The New Fascism

By William Rivers Pitt, t r u t h o u t | www.truthout.org

The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country.

NY Times' Nonresponses to FAIR Alert

http://www.fair.org

On January 11, FAIR issued an action alert on the New York Times' decision to hold its explosive story on the NSA's secret wiretapping for over a year, and executive editor Bill Keller's refusal to answer questions about that decision. In the days that followed, FAIR activists called and emailed Keller's office, and several received responses from Keller and his assistant, Diane Ceribelli.

War's Stunning Price Tag

By Linda Bilmes and Joseph Stiglitz, Los Angeles Times

Last week, at the annual meeting of the American Economic Assn., we presented a new estimate for the likely cost of the war in Iraq. We suggested that the final bill will be much higher than previously reckoned — between $1 trillion and $2 trillion, depending primarily on how much longer our troops stay. Putting that into perspective, the highest-grossing movie of all time, "Titanic," earned $1.8 billion worldwide — about half the cost the U.S. incurs in Iraq every week.

Where to Protest Peacefully

Tuesday January 17, 2006
BUSH in Washington, DC: President Bush today meets with Belgian Prime
Minister Guy Verhofstadt at 9:10 am, and with the National Commander of
the American Legion at 9:55 am. [MSNBC.com, 1/17/06]

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