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By Peter Rothberg, http://www.thenation.com
In a very informal, unscientific straw poll I took this week of eight acquaintances spanning the political spectrum--three distinctly right, three distinctly left and two from the mushy center--no one thinks it's anything other than insane for the Bush Administration to consider any military option against Iran. And, Bush's posturing of "keeping all options on the table" aside, the Administration has gone out of its way to discount any attack plans. But Seymour Hersh's recent New Yorker reporting suggesting otherwise--and the Administration's track record of doing incredibly stupid things--have got people spooked. As Phyllis Bennis wrote recently on CommonDreams, "the danger of such a reckless move is real, and rising. The Bush administration claims that negotiations are their first choice. But they have gone to war based on lies before, and there is no reason to believe that they are telling the truth this time."
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Cindy Sheehan, Marcy Winograd - 36th District Congressional Candidate
Tues., April 25th
Mar Vista Park - Picnic Area #2
McLaughlin & Palms (directions below)
Bring peace signs, tennis shoes, & friends
Get Out the Word on Winograd
Join With PDA Notables
Rev. Lennox Yearwood (Pres. of Hip Hop Caucus)
Meet Cindy Sheehan & Marcy Winograd
We in the peace and justice movement need to have more direct contact with Iraqis. Since it is so dangerous to go to Iraq, Global Exchange is organizing a special delegation to Jordan and Syria this June to meet with Iraqis in a safe setting. Sending a delegate from your peace group on this trip can give your group much greater credibility and access to the media when they return. So please consider joining us or sending someone from your community.
Come discuss the case for impeaching Bush and Cheney,
the process, and what citizens can do, Thursday, April
27th, 7-9pm in the Auditorium (to the right at the entrance)
of the Durham Main Library (300 North Roxboro St.).
Featured are NC NAACP 2nd Vice Pres. Rev. Curtis
Gatewood, civil rights lawyer Al McSurely, Raleigh activist
and author Stan Goff, and the Raging Grannies.
This meeting was organized by the non-partisan Grass
In Celebration of International Conscientious Objectors Day
May 11-16 2006
New York City and Washington DC
Through workshops, actions, and an international conference, Operation Refuse War 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. The focus of the events is on supporting contemporary American conscientious objectors and their families, as well as examining the current potential of conscientious objection (in its various forms) as a strategy for building an anti-war movement. In addition, Operation Refuse War will bring together international and American conscientious objectors to share their experiences and ideas.
President Robert A. Corrigan, Ph.D.
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132
Dear Dr. Corrigan:
On Friday, April 14 ten SFSU students protested military recruitment at the university's career fair. Campus police interrupted their protest and physically took the students from the school's gymnasium where they were protesting. The police then notified the students that they were banned from campus.
Week of April 17-21, 2006
NEW* HUCKABEE in Nashville, TN: Governor Huckabee joins Tennessee
Governor Phil Bredesen for a town hall meeting with Tennessee students
to discuss improving student wellness. The governors also will visit a
local job site to learn how Tennessee companies are helping their
workers stay healthy. [Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 04/18/06]
Thursday, April 20, 2006
NEW* FRIST in Dallas, TX: Senator Bill Frist addresses the Salesmanship
University of Illinois Chicago
750 S. Halsted
On Saturday, April 22nd, the Campus Antiwar Network will be holding their Midwest regional conference in Chicago at UIC. "Turning Antiwar Sentiment into Antiwar Action," is a day long event featuring workshops, guest speakers and an after party concert at Jak's Tap.
Campus Antiwar Network (CAN) is the largest and leading independent, democratic, grassroots network of students opposing the occupation of Iraq and military recruiters in our schools at campuses all over the country. CAN's goal is
Welcome to the Resistance
On April 17, 2006 Randi Rhodes made the suggestion that we need to start
a wearing armbands to show our resistance the dangerous warmongering
Bush administration. We are all terrified he's about to start a nuclear
war with Iran. It's past time to protest daily. So a few of her
listeners got together and we decided to start the Armbands for Peace
movement. A silent daily protest by wearing a simple black armband that
We need to take this historic opportunity to evolve the antiwar movement into a democracy movement.
by Mike Ferner, http://baltimorechronicle.com
Who among us has not felt Cindy Sheehan’s frustration with a system that successfully keeps millions of our fellow citizens sitting on their complacent butts, even when they tell pollsters they are against this criminal war?Not a day too soon the antiwar movement has begun a desperately-needed discussion.
Wednesday, April 12, 2006
NEW* ROMNEY in Boston, MA: Governor Mitt Romney signs his much-heralded
health care legislation, at 11:00 AM, in Faneuil Hall, that will make
health insurance available for nearly all citizens of Massachusetts
within the next three years. [The Note, ABCNews.com, 04/12/06]
UPDATED* BUSH in Annandale, VA: POTUS makes remarks on the Medicare
Prescription Drug Benefit at Northern Virginia Community College, at
It's deja vu all over again. Americans are hearing exactly the same language we heard before the U.S.—by international standards—illegally attacked Iraq: nuclear bombs, enriched uranium, mushroom clouds. Lets not kid ourselves. President Bush is rattling his saber again in what many believe is an attempt to help his Republican cronies on the hill before the November elections by starting a war in Iran.
from Undernews - the online report of the Progressive Review, April 14, 2006
CORRESPONDENT SUZAN MAZUR reports that retired US Army Colonel James A. Adkins, currently deputy secretary of the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs, has called not only for Donald Rumsfeld's resignation but for George Bush's as well. He suggested Rumsfeld's departure in a letter to Chris Matthews last December that adds to the rising tide of military discontent led by six generals who agree Rumsfeld should go. But in a subsequent note to Mazur, Adkins now says, "I am no longer a Republican. Now I think the president needs to go. His failure to hold subordinates accountable now places the blame for his administration's incompetence squarely on his shoulders."
by Mary MacElveen
Baltimore Service Center and Administrative Offices:
Federal Building, Room 110
31 Hopkins Plaza
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: 410-333-4428 / 800-446-4926
To Colonel James A. Adkins US Army Retired, April 15, 2006
I want to commend you as I read your comments concerning Pres. Bush: "I am no longer a Republican. Now I think the president needs to go. His failure to hold subordinates accountable now places the blame for his administration's incompetence squarely on his shoulders."
UFPJ and PDA Training and Lobby Days in Washington
Here's a chance to organize, train, and lobby against war and for impeachment. United for Peace and Justice, and Progressive Democrats of America have teamed up and organized a series of activities in Washington, D.C., on May 20, 21, and 22. That's a weekend full of training both to lobby Congress and to organize back home, and a Monday of lobbying Congress face-to-face.
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.”
On the road from Baghdad Airport one year ago yesterday, Marla Ruzicka and her colleague Faiz Ali Salim were killed by a suicide bomber while advocating on behalf of victims of war. Today we reflect on their powerful voices for compassion and remember all civilians killed or injured in conflict.
To mark this anniversary, we are launching a new website as well as a week-long advocacy campaign to raise awareness about the human cost of war.
JUSTICE THROUGH MUSIC LAUNCHES 'HARMONY VIDS!' - A CAMPAIGN AND CONTEST FOR THE BEST PROTEST MUSIC VIDEOS
On April 17, 2006, Justice Through Music, www.jtmp.org, a non-profit that works with famous bands to inspire people to support civil rights, will launch a new campaign to called 'Harmony Vids!' to motivate artists, bands, filmmakers, and others to create a whole series of new protest videos. JTM is looking for videos that make a cultural statement, have staying power, and will result in a change in consciousness.
Can the "Harvard Paper" Stop a War?
Monday April 24th
6:30-6:45 Meet and Greet 6:45-8:30 Forum (will start on time)
West End Neighborhood Library, 1101 24th Street, at L Street near Foggy
Bottom Metro, in the large second floor meeting room (steps at left back
A new academic working paper, THE ISRAEL LOBBY AND US FOREIGN POLICY,
has caused quite a stir not only in academia, but in
“Sir, No Sir,” A Timely Film,
Premiers Week of 4/3/2006
by Paul Rockwell
“General, your tank is a mighty vehicle.
It shatters the forest and crushes a hundred men.
But it has one defect:
It needs drivers.
General, a man is quite expendable.
He can fly and he can kill.
But he has one defect:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
APRIL 6, 2006
ExxonMobil Criticizes Anti-War Marchers But Fails To Respond to Boycott Arguments
Milford, Texas – Statement by Nick Mottern, March to Redeem the Soul of America:
“ In yesterday’s Waxahachie Daily Light we are criticized by Russ Roberts, ExxonMobil spokesperson as “living in a fantasy world”, but ExxonMobil has not responded to these major points:
To: George Bush,
Due to the recent revelations by disgraced aide to Dick Cheney, L. "Scooter" Libby, that George Bush authorized the leak of CIA Valerie Plame's name to reporters, thus by compromising her safety, the safety of many Americans working undercover and reinforcing the lie that Saddam had WMD, the leadership and members of Gold Star Families for Peace call for the resignation of George Bush and Dick Cheney.
100th AMERICAN CITY DECLARES: "BRING THE TROOPS HOME NOW!"
Madison, Wisconsin joins 99 other cities and townships
Simultaneously, 24 towns and cities in Wisconsin, including the city of Madison, joined 76 other municipalities across the country in passing resolutions and non-binding referenda that demand the Bush Administration bring American troops home from Iraq now. This effort was spearheaded by the Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice. This brings the number of post-war Cities for Peace up to 100.
Washington Post - April 5, 2006 - By Kari Kydersen, Washington Post Staff Writer
SHOREWOOD, Wis., April 4 -- Voters in the majority of 32 Wisconsin towns with local referendums on the Iraq war voted Tuesday to bring the troops home.
A call to withdraw from Iraq by the end of the year passed overwhelmingly in the liberal Milwaukee suburb of Shorewood, while in conservative Watertown, where the City Council had opposed having the referendum, it was voted down by 75 percent.
Media is a Plural - Rory O'Connor's Blog - April 4, 2006
Hands Off Jill Carroll
You're abducted at gunpoint from a Baghdad street… your friend and translator is killed before your eyes… you’re held hostage in isolation for 82 days in rooms where you can’t even see outside and threatened with death. Finally, you’re forced to make a propaganda video, saying things you don’t believe in a desperate attempt to save your life.
By Sue Ruggles
Milwaukee turned out in great numbers for the March 18 March and Rally against the war. The main slogan was "U.S. Out of Iraq Now -- Three Years of War is Enough!" The media estimated 850 people -- but organizers put it closer to 1000. We had almost 50 in the labor contingent, led by David Newby, president of the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO. SEIU Local 1 and AFT Local 212 were well represented, along with AFSCME, Steelworkers, and others. More union people joined us at the rally site -- nearly 100 altogether -- wearing union jackets and buttons, and holding signs. The Local 212 banner was right up in front, along with another one that said Milwaukee Labor Against the War.
Sunday, April 02, 2006
By Dan Genz
Tribune-Herald staff writer
President Bush calls the 1,600-acre ranch he owns outside Crawford with his wife, Laura, "our little slice of heaven," but some experts question whether anti-war demonstrators are making the Western White House a less attractive getaway.
"That used to be his sanctuary, out in the middle of rural Texas where he could get his mind off his troubles," said Bruce Buchanan, a professor of political science at the University of Texas who specializes in presidents. "And now his troubles are right down the street."
P. Anthony Farruggio
961B S. Lakewood Terrace ONE TIME RIGHTS
Port Orange, FL 32127
Standing For Something
They arrive, once a week, like clockwork. From the back seat of each car, or trunk, they unload their signs. Each sign states another aspect of what they are all about. Some signs declare the immorality or illegality of this war on Iraq. Others demand that our soldiers come home now. Others state how many young Americans have already been killed. There are signs calling for impeachment. Signs asking " Honk for Peace". Statements for Medicare for All Americans. Protest signs on the $ 400 billion spent for this unnecessary attack and occupation of Iraq, or asking what really might have happened on 9/11. There are signs alerting the public to the Downing Street Minutes. All in all, a vast array of signs and statements in dissent of this President, Vice President and their neo con allies.