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A Policy Framework, Strategy & Action Plan

Progressive Caucus of the California Democratic Party

Position Paper No. 1
Progressive Policy to Withdraw US Forces from Iraq and to Support the Reconciliation and Reconstruction of the Iraqi Nation.

The Progressive Caucus strongly recommends that the California Democratic Party (CDP) adopt the following strategic plan of action for withdrawing US Forces from Iraq and, further, urges the CDP to instruct its Democratic National Committee (DNC) representatives to carry the plan forward for formal action as a National Party Policy Paper to:


A former Central Intelligence Agency employee, Thomas Waters Jr.,
filed a lawsuit against the Agency last week, arguing that publication
of his book had been improperly blocked in the prepublication review

"The Central Intelligence Agency has unlawfully imposed a prior
restraint upon Thomas Waters by obstructing and infringing on his
right to publish his unclassified memoirs and threatening him with


SPRINGFIELD, MA – Rev. Lennox Yearwood, a Washington, DC-based social and anti-war activist, will be the keynote speaker at a Town Hall Meeting here on Saturday, March 18, that is part of a series of events to mark the third anniversary of the start of the Iraq War.

Rev. Yearwood is the head of the Hip-Hop Caucus, a coalition of national groups doing youth outreach, and has received national recognition for his efforts on behalf of those left homeless by the Gulf Coast disaster. On Feb. 6, he presented testimony outside the Capitol in Washington from still-homeless victims who were being evicted from hotels in the New Orleans area. The event, dubbed “The Katrina Summit,

A Neo-CONNED!™ panel discussion at Busboys & Poets, Washington, DC

First IRAQ, then IRAN?
Avoiding the trap in Iran…
By understanding the war in Iraq.
— featuring —

Ray McGovern , former CIA analyst, author of “Sham Dunk: Cooking Intelligence for the President

Where to Protest Peacefully

Tuesday, March 7, 2006
NEW* BUSH in Washington, DC: POTUS delivers makes remarks for Women's
History Month and Celebration of International Women's Day at 10:45 AM.
[White House Press Release]

NEW* BUSH in Washington, DC: POTUS meets with the Foreign Minister of
Russia at 12:35 PM. He will be joined by Secretary Rice. [White House
Press Release]

NEW* BUSH in Crawford, TX: POTUS and FLOTUS depart the White House at


No 2006/4: March 6
Telephone 020 7278 6694


Ask Your Congress Member to Support a Study of Depleted Uranium

Rep. McDermott has introduced a bill in Congress, H.R. 2410, The Depleted Uranium Munitions Study Act, which calls for in-depth studies to be conducted on DU and its effects on the health of those exposed to it.

Ask your Congress Member to cosponsor.

The name depleted uranium (DU) implies that a nontoxic material, but nothing could be further from the truth. DU is extremely toxic and has a radioactive half-life of 4.5 billion years. Depleted Uranium is the by-product of nuclear energy production. DU, according to the BBC is “a very heavy substance, 1.7 times denser than lead, and it is highly valued by armies for its ability to punch through armored vehicles. When a weapon made with a DU tip or core strikes a solid object, like the side of a tank, it goes straight through it and then erupts in a burning cloud of vapor. The vapor settles as dust, which is chemically poisonous and also radioactive.

"Depleted Uranium Is A War Crime" Lyrics by Anti-Flag

*U.S. Representative, Jim McDermott: “Depleted Uranium is used on the ends of bullets and on the ends of shells because it is so hard (that) almost any armament is vulnerable to something that is tipped with Depleted Uranium.

Exclusive Release of New Song By Anti-Flag

The political band Anti-Flag has given the exclusive release of the unreleased song "Depleted Uranium Is A War Crime" from Anti-Flag's upcoming release "For Blood and Empire."

Listen here: Depleted Uranium Is a War Crime. Here are the lyrics.

Anti-Flag wants you to take action while you're here and write your member of Congress while listening and learning! (The interview segments in the song are from an interview that Justin Sane of Anti-Flag did with Washington State Congressman Jim McDermott, the leader in Congress who is pushing for the study of DU!)

McDermott has introduced a bill in Congress, H.R. 2410, The Depleted Uranium Munitions Study Act, which calls for in-depth studies to be conducted on DU and its effects on the health of those exposed to it. Ask Your Congress Member to Cosponsor. / Learn more about DU. / Keep Reading for more music.

Where to Protest Peacefully

March 2006
BUSH: President Bush will push job training by religious charities and
host a one-day summit in March with corporate leaders and foundations
executives to encourage them to give more money to churches and
religious charities. [Bloomberg, 1/3/05]

Monday, March 6, 2006
NEW* BUSH in Washington, DC: POTUS participates in a swearing-in
ceremony for the Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors, Edward

Documents Reveal the Stories of Prisoners at Guantanamo Bay

By Greg Miller, Mark Mazzetti and Josh Meyer, Los Angeles Times

Washington - Forced by a federal court to lift the cloak of secrecy that had long shrouded the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the Pentagon released thousands of pages of documents Friday containing names and other details for hundreds of detainees scooped up after the Sept. 11 attacks.

The records provide the most comprehensive view to date of the Guantanamo prison population, as well as an exhaustive catalog of the U.S. government's charges against detainees who - in page after page of tribunal proceeding transcripts - protest their treatment and proclaim their innocence.

Help a Soldier Out

Zogby says 85% of US Soldiers in Iraq believe the war is revenge for Saddam Hussein's role in 9-11, which of course did not exist. Why not send a soldier or two some useful presents, including some of the evidence listed on the left side of this site?

Southerners to March April 1 in Atlanta for Peace in Iraq and Justice at Home

Georgia Peace and Justice Coalition/Atlanta

Contacts: Ann Mauney: 404-373-3864 (h); 404-630-8910 (c);

Gloria Tatum, 404-374-4098 (c); 404-315-6950 (h);

Louise Runyon, 404-634-3891;

ATLANTA, GA. – March 19 marks the third anniversary of President Bush’s unprovoked attack on Iraq and the beginning of the brutal occupation of that country which continues today. As that milestone arrives, millions of people around the world will again mount massive protests against the war.

Peace group to march in protest of Iraq war

Organizer says well-known activist Cindy Sheehan has agreed to participate
Thursday, March 02, 2006
The Mobile Register, AL

A six-day march to protest the war in Iraq will begin March 14 in Mobile, make stops on the Mississippi coast and end in New Orleans, a spokesman for the local chapter of Veterans for Peace announced Wednesday.

The spokesman, Paul Robinson, said that anti-war protester Cindy Sheehan, whose son, Casey, a U.S. soldier, was killed in Iraq, has agreed to participate, although he did not know Wednesday where she would join the march.

Message from Iraqi Oil Workers Union

We have just received word that Faraj Rabat Mizbhan of the independent
Iraqi Federation of Oil Unions is urging trade unionists, peace activists
and opponents of the occupation to demonstrate in their tens of thousands
across the world on 18 March. Basra and Baghdad will also be organizing
demonstrations on the day.

"We are indebted to the people who have raised their voices against the

An open letter to the peace and anti-war movement

Marking the third year of war and occupation one activist sends an open letter to the peace and anti-war movement.

Dear friends in the peace and anti-war movement, I am simply one activist calling you to increase your efforts this March to end the war and occupation.

Another year of war and occupation is about to pass and it is time for people to renew and increase their efforts for peace. It is time to act to show our resistance to warfare and occupation. It is time to dissent against the continued occupation of Iraq and the militaristic policies of the Bush Administration and the cowardly complicit US Congress. It is time to confront The War Machine, The Pentagon.

Where to Protest Peacefully

March 2006
ALLEN in New Hampshire: Sen. George Allen is expected to visit the
state during the month of March. [, 1/26/06]

BUSH: President Bush will push job training by religious charities and
host a one-day summit in March with corporate leaders and foundations
executives to encourage them to give more money to churches and
religious charities. [Bloomberg, 1/3/05]

Thursday, March 2, 2006

Reading Gallery

Tired of the crimes, cronyism, and incompetence killing your friends, taking away jobs, and leaving your family without food and medicine? Well, here's some late night reading to send you on your way towards fighting back the next day.


Students Rally to Stop the War

Join Cindy Sheehan, Camilo Mejia, Kathy Kelly, and students who've
fought repression and won at Berkeley, SFSU, CCNY, HCC, GMU, Kent
State, Hampton, and Madison, in supporting...

Students Say NO to War in Iraq!
College Not Combat, Troops Out Now!
Week of March 13-17*

Student week of action coordinated by the Campus Antiwar Network

Iraqi Women Make Rare Trip to US

Iraqi Women Make Rare Trip to the US for International Women's Day

Will speak with members of Congress, meet with Cindy Sheehan, and deliver an urgent call for peace to the UN and White House

Two delegation members whose families were killed by US troops were denied visas.

New York, NY – Seven Iraqi women will converge in New York on Sunday, March 5th to begin a speaking tour to educate Americans about the reality in Iraq and meet with UN and US officials to call for a peace plan to end the escalating spiral of violence. The delegation is a diverse group, including Shia, Sunni and Kurdish women - some secular, some religious. All have paid a very high price for the war and occupation of their country, and want to tell their stories to the American people. Unfortunately, two Iraqi women whose families were killed by US troops were denied visas to enter the US as part of the delegation.


March 19th will mark the third anniversary of a war that never should have happened -- a war based on lies that continue to devastate the lives of thousands, both in Iraq and the United States.

Three Years Too Many: March 13 – 22: is a week of local actions taking place throughout the US to end the war and bring the troops home now.

The Charlottesville Center for Peace and Justice will be sponsoring the following events locally as part of this national effort coordinated by United for Peace and Justice.

Where to Protest Peacefully

March 2006
ALLEN in New Hampshire: Sen. George Allen is expected to visit the
state during the month of March. [, 1/26/06]

BUSH: President Bush will push job training by religious charities and
host a one-day summit in March with corporate leaders and foundations
executives to encourage them to give more money to churches and
religious charities. [Bloomberg, 1/3/05]

Wednesday, March 1, 2006

Impeach in Your State

Did you know that a state legislature can send impeachment charges to Congress? Read the rules. It's been done. In fact, twice. Here's a sample resolution for your state to pass. And did you know that any single Member of Congress member can introduce articles of impeachment? Henry Gonzalez did it three times for Reagan and Bush '41.

Hipsters Against the War

By Evan Derkacz,

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.

2006 Isla Vista Peace Festival on March 11th

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.

Welcome to March

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.

Today a veteran, a military family member, a national guard soldier's wife, and a gold star mother are testifying to Congress in opposition to more funding for the war.

Today in England, grieving relatives of soldiers will march to Tony Blair's doorstep to demand a meeting. They have sent him this letter.

Today reports from Iraq are of civil war, although Bush denies it, the media says it's coming, and the chief of US military intelligence seems more willing than Bush to admit the facts.

And where's Bush? Gone to India, with 5,000 bodyguards. Huge protests of Bush started in India yesterday, and are getting creative.

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.

Women Say No to War

In honor of International Women's Day on March 8th; CODEPINK women all over the world are organizing actions and saying NO to war!

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


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