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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.
By Will Strong
To the One-Third
Who’ve Not Heard
or it hasn’t occurred
as driven as they are
to living oblivious to
George W. Bush’s far-
fetched wretched lying
over Iraq War’s cause
readily, steadily denying
any international laws
innocents by thousands
Ten peaceful student protesters at SFSU were grabbed and pushed out of a career fair by police, where the students were protesting military recruitment. They were kicked off campus without a hearing and given notice that if they returned within two weeks, they were subject to "immediate arrest." Some students were instantly made homeless or jobless, and none could go to class on campus. The university let them return to campus after 3 days, in the face of NBC planning to televise coverage.
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."
Three More Things You Can Do!
1. Tell a friend here.
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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.