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By Evan Derkacz, http://www.alternet.org
Just as Iraq sees its bloodiest week in over two years -- as the number of American dead approaches 2300 -- "the anti-war movement," as Pitchfork's Kati Llewellyn put it, "just got a whole lot cooler."
Chris Wangro's March 20th benefit concert, "Bring 'Em Home Now," features R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe, Peaches, Devendra Banhart, Bright Eyes, Rufus Wainwright, Chuck D, and Fischerspooner. The program also features a speech by Cindy Sheehan and a Margaret Cho fix.
Santa Barbara, CA (February 22, 2006) - The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation (NAPF), UCSB Solidarity Against War (SAW), and KCSB will present the first-ever Isla Vista Peace Festival ? ?celebrating resistance to war and visions of peace? -- on Saturday, March 11.? The event will consist of a teach-in at Isla Vista Theater 1, titled ?Peace Now!,? from 1-5:30 p.m., and a concert at Anisq Oyo Park from 6-10 p.m.
March 1, 2006: Today is three years since our friends in Turkey told Bush he could fight his own darn illegal war without their help.
The good news is that Garrison Keillor is lending his voice to the impeachment movement.
Meanwhile, Bush pal media mogul Italian Prime Minister and Warmonger Silvio Berlusconi will address Congress -- see C-SPAN & C-SPAN2 at 11am ET.
Add your voice to the global call and join us in Los Angeles on March 12th. Thousands of us will stand together at the Arlington West Memorial and represent the world uniting to say NO to war. Artist John Quigley is creating another one of his powerful aerial images for us on a canvas so big it will take a helicopter to capture it all; each time we have done this it has made the front page of the paper. To see past images check out www.codepinkla.org.
By Will Strong
“Well there ain’t no time to wonder why, Whoopee! We’re all gonna die.
The national day of local media protest announced last week on MediaChannel.org has received such a positive response that the organizers of United For Peace And Justice, the country’s largest anti-war coalition, decided to change the date from March 21st to March 15th. The media protest will now kickoff this years week-long “spring offensive
NATION’S LARGEST PEACE GROUP DENOUNCES CYNICAL BUSH PLAN TO LAY MEMORIAL WREATH IN HONOR OF MAHATMA GANDHI ON TRIP TO INDIA
Bush attempting to finalize controversial nuclear aid to India on trip
Silver Spring, MD – Peace Action today denounced the plan for President George Bush to lay a memorial wreath in honor of Mohandas K. Gandhi when visiting India this week. National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley announced the plan at a White House press briefing Friday.
“Mahatma Gandhi was a man of non-violence and peace, and is a hero to people all over the world. As his war-strewn presidency shows, George Bush knows nothing about non-violence. Gandhi would in no way condone his actions. Bush should reconsider this cynical, disrespectful display of symbolism,
Tuesday, February 28, 2006
UPDATED* BUSH in Washington, DC: POTUS meets with the Prime Minister of Italy Silvio Berlusconi in the morning. He departs for India and Pakistan at 1:25 PM. POTUS will be joined by Secretary Rice. [First Read, www.msnbc.msn.com , 02/27/06]
Call the Capitol Hill Switchboard on Tuesday Feb. 28th at 202-224-3121 and ask to speak to your Representative (or one of your Senators). Give them this basic message in your own words: "I strongly oppose the war in Iraq. I want all our troops brought home safely, without delay. I urge Representative X to vote against the President's $72.4 billion 'emergency' supplemental request for the war." More Info:
The Republicans who run Congress will include small amounts of money for all sorts of good things in the supplemental or group of supplementals to be voted on. This will provide your Representative all sorts of noble excuses for voting for a lot more money for war. Tell them this position will only be credible if they cosponsor Rep. Jim McGovern's bill, which simply ends funding for the war:
To see how your Representative has voted on the war, download the UFPJ Congressional Scorecard (in Excel spreadsheet format) by clicking here:
By Michael Schwartz
A lot of people are wondering how to interpret the bombing of the Golden Dome, and whether this signals the beginning of the Iraqi civil war that so many people have been predicting for quite a while. The best commentaries I have seen are pasted in below, and both of them urge a very different analysis of the events in which the bombing and its aftermath was an attempt to forestall a growing Shia-Sunni movement to demand U.S. early and undoncditional US withdrawal form Iraq.
By American Progress Action Fund
Almost three years into a war that has seen the loss of nearly 2,300 American servicemen and women, the infliction of more than 16,600 American casualties, and a cost to American taxpayers of more than $250 billion, the government of post-war Iraq still struggles to exceed the level of service and security provided in pre-war Iraq. In January, the White House hoped that the continuing drumbeat of insurgent activity would disappear from the nation's newspapers and TV sets. "The more Iraq disappears off the front pages and onto Page A17 or A18, the better for us," said a White House adviser. But recent violence in Iraq demonstrates that the war continues to remain a central issue in the minds of most Americans, one that has demanded A1 coverage and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. With his unwillingness to change course, President Bush continues to be held captive to the events on the ground. Unless and until Bush is willing to embrace a new approach, the U.S. plans for a drawdown this year continue to look bleak. The Center for American Progress has a sensible, alternative approach -- Strategic Redeployment -- that more people outside the administration are beginning to embrace.
Event Type:Peace Rally
Date: March 18, 2006
Time: 1 p.m.
Place: Monument Circle, Downtown Indianapolis, Indiana
Event Cost: Free with an opportunity to make a donation
Monday, February 27, 2006
NEW* BUSH in Washington, DC: POTUS meets with the nation's governors at the White House, at 11:10 AM. [First Read, www.msnbc.msn.com , 02/27/06]
By Danny Schechter
Announcement: United for Peace and Justice is Partnering with MediaChannel.org to Focus Attention on Media Complicity in the Iraq War.
Last week, new photographs of detainees abused by US soldiers in the infamous Abu Ghraib gulag in Iraq surfaced. They were discovered by the American Civil Liberties Union. The story was covered on TVS in Australia.
WHEN THE GRANNIES RUN THE WORLD!! (to "When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again") in honor of the Tucson Raging Grannies, and all Grandparents everywhere working for Peace & Justice
the Grannies went marching one by one,
Group: Impeach President Bush
BY JENNIFER FERRIS, The Herald-Sun, NC, email@example.com
CHAPEL HILL -- Not content to leave politics to those in Washington, a local group wants to take national matters into their own hands.
IRAQI & U.S. WOMEN SAY NO TO WAR!
Tuesday 7 March 7-9 PM
Foundry United Methodist Church
Meet the Delegation:
Gold Star Mothers Cindy Sheehan and Elaine Johnson
Eman Khammas, Nadje Al-Ali, Faiza Al-Araji and Others
By David Swanson
A march had been planned for February 28, the eve of the scheduled March 1 evictions of Hurricane Katrina victims. FEMA moved the evictions to March 15, so activists have moved the march to March 14. A press conference on Capitol Hill will be followed by a march through Washington, D.C., past FEMA, past the Department of Homeland Security, and to the White House, where a permit has been obtained to rally in Lafayette Square Park until midnight. If Bush does not meet the marchers' demands, however, many plan not to leave.
UFPJ National Call-In Day
Tuesday, February 28, 2006
Call Congress: 202-224-3121
President Bush has asked Congress for another $72 billion for his illegal
war in Iraq. This will bring the cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
International Women's Day
A reading by D.C. Poets Against the War
BookWoman, Austin, TX
On March 8, 7 to 9 pm, women of the District of Columbia Poets Against the War (DC--PAW) will read from their work and the work of women poets from around the world for International Women's Day at BookWoman bookstore, 918 W. 12th Street (12th Street and Lamar), Austin, Texas. www.ebookwoman.com, phone (512) - 472-2785.
Press Conference: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
(Press Conference: Rayburn House Office Building - Room #2237)
Mardi Gras Style March for Justice: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
(March will start from Capitol South Metro Stop at 2:00 p.m. to the White House)
Rally & Protest at the White House: 3:00 p.m. - 11:59 p.m.
(Rally & Protest at the White House - Lafayette Park)
Malalai Joya Visits the United States!
A couple of weeks ago we announced to you that 27 year old Afghan Parliamentarian, Malalai Joya will visit the United States in an exciting multi-city tour this March. The BBC has called Malalai Joya "the most famous woman in Afghanistan."
Friday, February 24, 2006
NEW* MEHLMEN in Naples, FL: Ken Mehlman is in the Sunshine State today. Mehlman attends donor maintenance events at a luncheon in Naples, FL and at an evening event in Boca Raton, FL. He will be joined in his Florida travels with Gov. Jeb Bush to talk about the political landscape with people who have given to the RNC in the past, meeting with activists, past donors, party loyalists. [The Note, ABCNews.com, 02/24/06]