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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 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.
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.
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.
The toll-free number we are using is graciously provided by the Friends Committee on National Legislation - a member group of UFPJ.
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can coordinate parking
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."
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.
Trevor Fitzgibbon, 202-246-5303
Alex Howe, Fenton Communications, 202.822.5200
"Father of the Internet" Vint Cerf joins Gun Owners of America, librarians, consumer groups and others to announce SavetheInternet.com Coalition
On Monday, diverse coalition launches national campaign to stop Congress from gutting Network Neutrality -- the First Amendment of the Internet
Neil Young wants to keep on rockin’ the free world.
His new record, Living With War, makes very clear that if the Bush regime is allowed to continue, there may not be a free world to rock for much longer.
On Friday, April 21, 2006, Justice Through Music was invited to a secret preview of the entire CD at Reprise Records Burbank headquarters. At 7:30 pm, a small cadre of people were ushered into a special listening room, and for the next 50 minutes, listen we did.
IN THIS NEWSLETTER
1) WORSE THAN UNDER SADDAM HUSSEIN
2) SUPPORT MALCOLM KENDALL-SMITH
3) MILITARY FAMILIES UNPRECEDENTED PROTEST
4) BUNKER BUSTERS: THE MOVIE
5) US MARCH FOR PEACE, JUSTICE AND DEMOCRACY
Military Families Speak Out Capital Region
A peaceful demonstration against President Bush and his energy and Iraq war policies will be held Saturday, April 22 at 2:00pm in West Sacramento. Protestors are to gather in front of the alternative energy company California Fuel Cell Partnership, 3300 Industrial Blvd. where Bush will be touring. Considered simply a photo opportunity for Bush on Earth Day, event sponsors encourage demonstrators to bring signs emphasizing Bush's energy policies, the control of oil resources, that have led the U.S. into war. Co-sponsor Military Families Speak Out will provide signs that say "Bring Our Troops Home Now!"
Three members of the Illinois General Assembly have introduced a bill that urges the General Assembly to submit charges to the U. S. House of Representatives to initiate impeachment proceedings against the President of the United States, George W. Bush, for willfully violating his Oath of Office to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States and if found guilty urges his removal from office and disqualification to hold any other office in the United States.
NEW YORK - April 21 - Three alumni of the United States Military Academy at West Point have launched a grassroots movement to convert the disgrace of governmental lies and evasions about the assault on Iraq into a force to redeem the honor of their country. At issue –which directly assaults the West Point honor code which forges the character of all graduates – are the falsehoods by administration officials, culminating in Secretary of State Colin Powell’s presentation to the United Nations on February 5, 2003, which catapulted the United States into a preventive war.
Peace in Iraq Call-In Day
Monday, April 24
Tell the Senate -
Not one penny more for the War!
No permanent U.S. bases in Iraq!
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. It is expected that the Senate will pass the spending bill easily.
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?
By David Swanson
Congresswomen Lynn Woolsey and Barbara Lee will host a hearing on the Iraq War next Thursday, April 27, 8:30-11 a.m., 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.
March for Peace, Justice, and Democracy on April 29, 2006.
Join the Backbone Brigade. Animate the giant Backbone and Chain Gang.
The March for Peace, Justice and Democracy comes at a crucial moment. It represents and affirms the diversity, unity and potential of our progressive movement. At the Backbone Campaign, we are dropping everything to be there, and we hope you will too. Check out all the details at april29.org.
Congress is about to sell out the Internet by letting big phone and cable companies set up toll booths along the information superhighway.
Companies like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast are spending tens of millions in Washington to kill "network neutrality" -- a principle that keeps the Internet open to all.
A bill moving quickly through Congress would let these companies become Internet gatekeepers, deciding which Web sites go fast or slow -- and which won't load at all -- based on who pays them more. The rest of us will be detoured to the "slow lane," clicking furiously and waiting for our favorite sites to download.
Week of April 17-21, 2006
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]
April 21-23, 2006
FRIST in Nashville, TN: Senator Frist's VOLPAC hosts its 5th Annual
By KEN OSBORNE, The State News, MI
Last month while protesting the war in Iraq outside Congressman Mike Rogers', R- Brighton, Lansing office, Terry Olson came up with an idea.
"Right in the middle of the week — it was a long, hard, grind of a week — I looked up and saw the flower shop and thought it would be nice to do something positive to deliver our message," said Olson, who is a member of the Greater Lansing Network Against War & Injustice, or GLNAWI.