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Party down

By Steven T. Jones and Tim Redmond
San Francisco Bay Guardian

The GOP is in free fall, and it's time to take the country back.

BASEBALL METAPHORS CAN be taken way too far. Special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald demonstrated that during the press conference he held on the criminal indictment of I. Lewis Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney's top aide. In a long and drawn-out analogy involving a pitcher and a hit batter, Fitzgerald likened himself to an umpire who had "dust thrown in his eyes," claiming Libby's lies had made it hard for him to determine who should be indicted for the vengeful outing of Valerie Plame as a CIA agent.

Support for Free Speech at Kent State

From TrapRockPeace

"...My son, Casey Austin Sheehan, was recruited out of college and
his recruiter promised him the sun and moon to enlist and delivered
only an early grave. Not only should Mr. Airhart not be fined,
suspended or expelled for his heroic act, but he should be given some
kind of commendation from the college administration." --- Cindy
Sheehan, statement of support for David Airhart and Kent State students

"Surely, the memory of that shameful episode at Kent State in 1970
would be enough to make the university administration sensitive to

ENCOURAGE SENATE DEMS TO FIGHT FOR INVESTIGATION

ENCOURAGE SENATE DEMS TO FIGHT FOR INVESTIGATION

Senator Harry Reid today spoke out strongly and forced the Senate into an unusual closed session to discuss the Senate Intelligence Committee Chair's refusal to conduct the investigation into White House war lies that his committee agreed in February 2004 to conduct.
http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/4298

"Be prepared to face this motion every day until you face this reality," said Senator Richard Durbin.
http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/4302

The New York Times reports: "Afterward, the Senate majority leader, Bill Frist, Republican of Tennessee, announced an agreement with the Senate minority leader, Harry Reid, Democrat of Nevada, to end the closed session. Senator Frist said each leader would appoint three senators to investigate the Senate Intelligence Committee's schedule for completing its investigation. The panel is to report back by Nov. 14. It was not immediately clear what use would be made of the report."

Sacramento Taking Up Troops-Home Resolution This Evening

Hello fellow Bravehearts!

For months now, the Sacramento Coalition to End the War has worked to draft a resolution for the Sacramento City Council to adopt. The Resolution would require President Bush and Congress to implement a plan that would bring the troops home in a rapid and comprehensive manner. Sacramento for Democracy has been a part of that Coalition. Perhaps you have received emails from other groups about TONIGHT'S CITY COUNCIL MEETING; as well, it has been posted on our website.

After an initial version was presented to the City Council earlier this year, a series of meetings with individual Council members took place, but a necessary momentum was never achieved -- the idea of the Resolution remained in an ongoing limbo. It was not until August, when the combined events of the protests in Crawford with Cindy Sheehan and the catastrophe of Katrina, did the message of the Resolution come into clear focus. Soon after, Councilmember Lauren Hammond agreed to sponsor the item --- so that it could be put on the agenda at TONIGHT'S City Council meeting. The combined work of the Coalition, along with Council members Hammond and Ray Tretheway, has resulted in the "Hammond-Tretheway" Resolution, and will be considered at tonight's meeting!

A Bad Week for Bush

ACTION ALERT * UNITED FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE
www.unitedforpeace.org | 212-868-5545 | Click to subscribe

Without a doubt, George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Karl Rove and rest of the crew in the White House would love to leave last week in the past. For sure, when the president's nominee for the highest court of the land has to withdraw, that doesn't look good for the White House. But much more happened last week.

The 2,000th U.S. military serviceperson died in Iraq - and the whole country took notice, with a strong majority now agreeing with the peace movement that this war should never have happened and the troops should be brought home. Public outcry over the war continues to grow, and well over 1,000 antiwar activities in every corner of the country marked this tragic milestone.

Talking Points on House Resolution 505

This piece of legislation is the clearest way for Congress to demand a serious investigation of the Plame leak and the war lies that preceded it.

This privileged Resolution of Inquiry, introduced by Dennis Kucinich, has a lifespan of 14 legislative days, ending on or about November 9 with a vote in the House International Relations Committee. It is crucial that we build support before that date through a long list of cosponsors.

H Res 505 would require the White House to turn over all white papers, minutes, notes, emails or other communications kept by the White House Iraq Group (WHIG). The WHIG, comprised of the President's and Vice President's top aides, was central to the White House's effort to sell Congress, the media, and the public a war on fraudulent grounds.

CAMPAIGN TO DRIVE OUT BUSH REGIME HOLDS RALLY AT WHITE HOUSE

World Can't Wait
305 W Broadway #185,
NY, NY 10013
866-973-4463
www.worldcantwait.org

October 31, 2005

For Immediate Release
Contact: Mary Lou Greenberg 917-903-3538
encampment@worldcantwait.org

CAMPAIGN TO DRIVE OUT BUSH REGIME HOLDS RALLY AT STEPS OF THE WHITE HOUSE
Nationwide actions on November 2
WASHINGTON, DC LAFAYETTE PARK
11:30 AM-2:00 PM

The movement to drive out the Bush regime begins tomorrow, Wednesday,
November 2 with actions in 67 cities, 43 colleges and universities, and 90
high schools (at last count). In Washington DC, people will gather at
11:30 am in Lafayette Park, at the gates of the White House, to serve

Where Are You, Bernie?

Urging action for impeachment
Rutland Herald
Letter to Editor

I sent this letter to Rep. Bernard Sanders on July 9:

"I sent you the first version of this letter about a year ago. In reply I received a non-responsive form letter about the situation in Iraq. Since that time the threat to the United States posed by the Bush administration has grown more grave, and we are faced with three and a half more disastrous years.

"I write to urge you to put before the House Judiciary Committee a motion to impeach George W. Bush and Richard Cheney on the following grounds:

They have conspired to endanger Americans at home and abroad by initiating and pursuing a war of aggression based on false premises.

Print Out a Poster

No! This Regime Does Not Represent Us!

Posted by: Captain on http://PEJ.org Monday, October 31, 2005 - 03:42 PM
No! This Regime Does Not Represent Us!
by Gerry Deiter

PEJ News - On Nov. 2, the first anniversary of Bush's "re-selection," people in 67 cities, at 43 colleges and universities, and 90 high schools (at last count) will leave work and school and gather in the city centers to declare No! This Regime Does Not Represent Us! and to launch a movement to drive Bush from power.

For more info, see www.worldcantwait.org and http://speakingoutondrivebush.blogspot.com

67 CITIES, 45 CAMPUSES, 90 HIGH SCHOOLS - RED STATE & BLUE: In the four months since the WCW call was issued, chapters have been formed in 53 cities, with demonstrations taking place in another 14; students at 43 colleges and universities will be participating; and there are 90 high schools where significant numbers of students will take part.

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IRAQ TOWN HALLS IN APRIL:
A Serious Peace Strategy Emerges

In 2006 we elected a Congress to end the occupation of Iraq. If we don't hold that Congress to it, we will not have the power in 2008 to elect anyone for any stated purpose. Fulfillment of campaign promises will be entirely optional in 2009. Our last chance to hold the current Congress to its commitment is in the coming month of April, when the House takes up Bush's request for another $102 billion of our grandchildren's money.

THE WORLD CAN'T WAIT

AS IT BECOMES CLEARER THAT THE WORLD CAN'T WAIT, A MOVEMENT TO DRIVE OUT
THE BUSH REGIME TAKES SHAPE - AND GAINS MOMENTUM

"The Bush Administration is the most dangerous force that has ever
existed. It is more dangerous than Nazi Germany because of the range and
depth of its activities and intentions worldwide. I give my full support
to the Call to Drive out the Bush Regime."
- Nobel Laureate Harold Pinter, October 31, 2005

By Debra Sweet, National Coordinator, World Can't Wait, www.worldcantwait.org

On November 2, people in 67 cities, 43 colleges and universities, and 90
high schools (at last count) are walking out of school and work and

Tips for Phoning on H Res 505

Some Tips for Making Successful Phone Calls to Reps

* Know who to ask for and what their title is. A good guess would
be the Legislative Director or the person who deals with
Iraq legislation.

* Best times to call: First choice is between 9 am and 11:30 am
EST. Second choice is late in the day between 4:30 and
6 pm

* Ask for the person by their first name. Sound casual like you
know them. Say that you are a constituent [if true], and say
which organization you represent [if relevant.] Say that you think
the aide would be interested to hear some news; or you have

Legislative Feed Back Form

Please call your Congressional House Member's D.C. office and ask to speak to the Legislative Director. Ask them to cosponsor H. Res. 505, and then enter their response into the form below:

House Resolution/Bill Number:
Activist Name:
Activist Email:
Activist Phone:
State:
Congressperson
Date of Call (mm/dd/yy)
Staffperson Reached Name
Staffperson Reached Title
HRes505 Status
Other Status:

The World Can't Wait

THE WORLD CAN'T WAIT: Hold a Vigil or Rally Against Bush on Wednesday

November 2nd is the one-year anniversary of the election. Numerous organizations are working together to create vigils and rallies around the country against the war and against the Bush regime. Go here to get involved:

http://www.worldcantwait.net

EXPOSE THE WHIG!

Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich (D-OH) has introduced a Resolution of Inquiry to demand the White House turn over all white papers, minutes, notes, emails or other communications kept by the White House Iraq Group (WHIG).

"This group, comprised of the President and Vice President's top aides, was critical in selling the Administration's case for war," Kucinich said. "We now know that the Administration hyped intelligence and misled the American public and Congress in their effort to 'sell' the war."

This Resolution must be voted on in the House International Relations Committee by November 9th, 2005. The same committee, on September 14, came within one vote of passing a Resolution of Inquiry into the Downing Street Memo (H. Res. 375).

That near victory came after a great deal of citizen activism. This time we need to persuade all of the Democrats on the Committee to push a little bit harder and a few more Republicans to do the right thing. Co-Sponsorship of the Resolution by members not on the committee helps this effort.

Email Your Congress Member:
http://www.democrats.com/peoplesemailnetwork/72

More Information and How to Get Involved:
http://www.AfterDowningStreet.org/whig

SEND CONGRESS SOME SPINE

After Downing Street is working with the BackBone Campaign to encourage Congress Members to cosponsor a Resolution of Inquiry into the White House Iraq Group. Click here to download a Spine Postcard PDF to print (preferably on cardstock) and send to your Congress member.

Or visit the Spine Card page.
http://backbonecampaign.org/page.cfm?id=67

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BONIFAZ MAY RUN FOR MASS. SECRETARY OF STATE

Iraq vet works against war

Rodolfo Gonzalez © News
Iraq war veteran Kelly Dougherty, 27, of Colorado Springs, right, smiles as Korean War veteran E.L. Van Laningham, 75, of Colorado Springs, offers words of support following a press conference at the Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Center in Colorado Springs on Aug. 25.

Iraq vet works against war
Former soldier's doubts grew as conflict wore on

By Deborah Frazier, Rocky Mountain News
October 31, 2005

COLORADO SPRINGS - Sgt. Kelly Dougherty went to Iraq in 2003, doubting that the war was just.

She returned in 2004, certain it was wrong, and co-founded Iraq Veterans Against the War.

The Department of TORTURE

By thepen

As always, we begin with the action links:

http://www.nocrony.com/no_conservative.htm (Supreme Court)

http://www.nocrony.com/no_torture.htm (McCain Amendment)

The Senate amendment to the new Defense Appropriations Act would explicitly prohibit the U.S. government from subjecting those in its custody to cruel, inhumane, or degrading treatment or punishment. It's pretty straightforward stuff. Yet despite a rousing 90-9 vote for its passage, there are still dark forces at work trying to subvert the intent of this measure, the language of which must survive the conference committee in the House of Representatives.

Demand the truth

LINK TO ORIGINAL

Demand the truth
Join with other people of faith in signing this petition to demand the truth about why we went to war with Iraq. This petition will be delivered to your senators and member of Congress. Then, tell your friends! We are trying to get 25,000 signatures by Wednesday.

Tell me more
Send this petition to:
Your Congressperson
Your Senators
As a person of faith, I believe that truth-telling is a religious and moral value. When we lie, it eats away at our souls. The indictment of I. Lewis Libby, vice presidential chief of staff, raises serious questions as to whether we went to war based simply on massive intelligence failures, or whether there were serious efforts to suppress the truth.

Writing in an Age of Terror

Writing in an Age of Terror
By David Swanson

Remarks delivered at National Writers Union conference in Philadelphia, October, 29, 2005, opening forum with Ed Herman, Danny Schechter, and Linn Washington, on "Writing in an Age of Terror."

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Obviously, if this really were an age of terror, an age in which we were all terrorized, there would be no writing. You can't write if you're terrorized. I mean, you can, but your writing will have all the clarity of a campaign speech by John Kerry, or all the relevance of the election-year literature produced by the AFL-CIO, which refused to acknowledge that there was a war in Iraq.

Reading List on War Lies

By Dahlia Wasfi

OPEN FOR A COMPREHENSIVE READING LIST WITH LINKS TO ARTICLES

Another Night of Anti-War Protest at the White House

Cindy Sheehan and other peace activists will “die in

VIGIL TO MOURN THE LIVES LOST IN AN IMMORAL AND UNJUST WAR – WHITE HOUSE 7 PM

VIGIL TO MOURN THE LIVES LOST IN AN IMMORAL AND UNJUST WAR – WHITE HOUSE 7 PM

Gold Star Families, Cindy Sheehan and other activists are continuing to vigil in front of the White House to mourn the death and wounding of thousands of Americans and tens of thousands of Iraqis. We are calling everyone to come and participate in a die-in at 7 PM TODAY (October 27) on the sidewalk in front of the White House opposite Lafayette Park. The die-in is a symbolic representation of those who have died in the war and during the occupation in Iraq, and to send a reminder of the human cost of this and all wars. Don't let Bush hide the ultimate devastating truth about the war in Iraq.

Amusing Ourselves to Death

By Ralph Nader

What's your pleasure?

Watching Football?

Late night movies on cable?

A day at the beach?

The great thing about America is there are endless opportunities for amusement.

Hundreds of cable channels.

Amusement parks.

Shopping malls galore.

But are we amusing ourselves to death?

Amusing Ourselves to Death is the name of Neil Postman's 1985 classic that weighed in on the debate between Aldous Huxley and George Orwell.

Here's Postman:

"What Orwell feared were those who would ban books."

What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one.

Departments of Peace Around the World

People's International Initiative
For Departments of Peace in governments around the world

Dear Friends,

As you may know, October 16 -19, 2005, The Peace Alliance participated in the first international People’s Summit for Departments of Peace, in London, UK. There were forty people from twelve countries: Australia, Canada, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Netherlands, Palestine, Romania, Spain, United Kingdom, United States of America, with written support from Nepal, Nigeria and Uganda. Presently there are five working groups with campaigns for Departments of Peace: Australia, Canada, Japan, United Kingdom (Ministry for Peace), and the United States. Throughout the four days it was evident that ‘we the people’ are ready, willing, and able to be together and communicate with one another in ways that demonstrate the change we wish to see.

The U.S. Park Police

It was a privilege to be arrested at the White House last night protesting the war and to be arrested by the US Park Police. They were efficient, professional, friendly, and human. They spoke to us prisoners as fellow sufferers in the ordeal of working a very late night. I hope that Officer Clark's dog managed to wait and not wet the floor, and I hope and trust that all of the workers at the Anacostia jail understand that we are protesting the crimes of oil barrons who value the lives of working people not at all.

BATTLE HYMN OF THE REPUBLICANS

By anonymous - landed in my Email

Mine Eyes have seen the bungling of that stumbling moron Bush;
he has blathered all the drivel that the neo-cons can push;
he has lost sight of all reason 'cause his head is up his tush;
The Doofus marches on.

I have heard him butcher syntax like a kindergarten fool;
There is warranted suspicion that he never went to school;
Should we fault him for the policies - or is he just their tool?
The lies keep piling on.

Glory! Glory! How he'll Screw Ya'.
Glory! Glory! How he'll Screw Ya'!
Glory! Glory! How he'll Screw Ya'!
His wreckage will live on.

Send Congress Some Spine

After Downing Street is working with the BackBone Campaign to encourage Congress Members to cosponsor a Resolution of Inquiry into the White House Iraq Group.

Click here to download a Spine Postcard PDF to print (preferably on cardstock) and send to your Congress member.

or visit the Spine Card page.

Update from The mob...

This update is on the long side, but you've made so much happen, and so creatively, that we couldn't help it!

You Pushed Back for Privacy, We're Winning: Schools On Board
Since the launch of Leave My Child Alone in May, you have held more than 500 Leave My Child Alone events in 50 states, DC, and Puerto Rico. You put on ice cream socials, made radio ads, designed fliers, produced shows on local access TV, held rallies, got op-eds published, met with your elected officials, spoke at PTA meetings, showed the movie, hosted potlucks, went to school board meetings, and gave opt-out forms at football games. You got the NEA on board, the national PTA, you wrote resolutions with your local Dem clubs, brought your ACLU chapters in, dogged reluctant principals, and stood tall at Back-to-School Nights. Some of you are now looking at runs for school board! It is an utterly impressive batch of activity, far beyond our hopes back in May.

Background to Betrayal, Behind the CIA leak investigation

Background to Betrayal
Behind the CIA leak investigation
by Justin Raimondo
Has I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, the vice president's chief of staff, made a deal with CIA leak investigator Patrick J. Fitzgerald – and turned on his boss in return for leniency?

It sure looks like it. Or else how is it that Scooter suddenly discovered his notes of a "previously undisclosed" conversation held with Cheney on June 12, 2003, in which the vice president was the first to tell him that Joe Wilson's wife, Valerie, worked for the CIA? Prior to Scooter's eleventh-hour revelation, he had been telling the grand jury that he got the information from journalists.

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