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Being a National Activist

By David Swanson

Remarks prepared for California Democratic Party Progressive Caucus meeting in Los Angeles, Jan. 28, 2006

I was asked to speak about "Creating National Action as an Individual," so here are a few thoughts. Back in May, five of us individuals brought a bunch of groups together as a coalition called "After Downing Street" We used the internet and radio and lots of activism to force the Downing Street Minutes into the news. Our success came from tapping into passion among a large section of the public for exposing the war lies and pushing the idea of impeachment.

Virginia 11th Congressional District Democratic Party Candidates Forum on the War in Iraq

Ken Longmyer and Andy Hurst, the two candidates running for the Democratic party nomination for the Virginia 11th Congressional District to run against Republican Cong. Tom Davis, have agreed to participate in a forum on the war in Iraq from 7-9 P.M.

Message to Students, from Howard Zinn

World Can't Wait

I remember vividly how important it was during the Vietnam War that
students all over the country spoke up boldly calling for the United
States to withdraw from Vietnam, even when neither the media nor the

100th British Soldier Killed: Vigil in Parliament Square

'Naming the Dead' Vigil
Parliament Square, 5pm Tuesday 31st January 2006

A second soldier from the 7th Armoured Brigade has been killed in Iraq.
This is the 100th British soldier to die in Iraq. Military families have

Making Change/Creating Peace in Santa Cruz

Wednesday, February 15th will be the third anniversary of the Worldwide
"Stop the War" Mobilization of 2003 that brought out 15 million People
across the Planet, speaking for Peace and against war!!

Sample Resolution for a State or Territory to Ask the House of Representatives to Impeach

Drafted by Richard Matthews

WHEREAS, United States House of Representatives rules allow for setting a federal impeachment in motion by charges transmitted from the legislature of a State or territory; and

Hampton Students Not Expelled or Quieted

Dear friends and colleagues:

I know that many or all of you are aware, as I have been, of
the students at Hampton University who faced expulsion for
participating in the November 2nd protests called by The World


By Jim Oberg

Today, along with so many of my friends and neighbors, I am terribly ashamed of my country. Daily revelations about the actions of my government expose unspeakable things being done in my name. The America I grew up loving, I must admit, has become the purveyor of terrible horrors against the world and our own citizens, and this regime is steadily depriving we, the people, of our constitutional rights, our freedoms and our democratic process.

Bush Critics to Offer Their Own Perspective on the State of the Union

Peace Mom Cindy Sheehan, Congress Members John Conyers and Lynn Woolsey, Hurricane Katrina Survivor Malik Rahim, and Others to Speak at People’s State of the Union Event in DC

WHEN: Tuesday, January 31, 3 PM

March in New York on April 29


We are pleased to announce the kick-off for the organizing of what promises to be a major national mobilization on Saturday, April 29th. Today, each of the initiating groups (see list below) is announcing this mobilization. Our organizations have agreed to work together on this project for several reasons:

World Social Forum: Series of Global Protests to Begin in March

Published on Monday, January 30, 2006 by Inter Press Service
By Humberto Márquez

CARACAS- A day of international protests against the occupation of Iraq, on Mar. 18, will mark the start of a series of demonstrations and mobilisations organised at the sixth World Social Forum, which ended Sunday in Venezuela.

Where to Protest Peacefully

January 30 - January 31, 2006
Leader Candidates have been invited to address Pence's RSC retreat.
[, 1/10/06]

Monday, January 30, 2006


SAT, FEB. 25th 7:00 PM
All Saints Episcopal Church, 132 N. Euclid Ave, Pasadena


Motion to Support the March for Peace, Justice and Democracy

AFT 1021 (United Teachers Los Angeles) tonight passed the following two motions to be sent to the California Federation of Teachers Convention in March--and then hopefully on to AFT in July! We urge you to adopt similar motions and continue the demand for peace ! We would like to thank the NY State United Teachers Executive Committee for most of the wording of the 2nd motion, which we adopted with the idea of approaching AFT with a united front against its current weak policy on the war. Note that this also asks AFT to affiliate with US Labor Against the War

A Legal Defense of Russell Tice, Whistleblower who Revealed President's Authorization of NSA's Warrantless Domestic Wiretapping


Russell Tice, one of the whistleblowers who revealed the National Security Agency's program of warrantless domestic wiretapping to the New York Times, now faces the full fury and force of the Executive Branch. His revelation - one that was intensely in the public interest, as it exposed blatant lawbreaking by the President himself - has brought FBI agents to his door.

Probable Cause for Alarm: Press ignores Ex-NSA chief's ignorance of Constitution

When FEMA Director Michael Brown claimed not to be aware of the evacuee crisis at the New Orleans Convention Center following Hurricane Katrina (NPR, 9/1/05), many journalists expressed astonishment that a high-ranking official could be so uninformed about a crucial aspect of his job (e.g., Nightline, 9/1/05). But when Gen. Michael Hayden, principal deputy director of National Intelligence and former director of the National Security Agency, displayed an equally astounding lack of knowledge about a matter just as basic to his job, media as a whole let it pass without comment.

Gold Star Families for Peace and Code Pink are co-hosting the Peoples State of the Union


Yawn...George Bush is scheduled to give his State of the Union Address on Tuesday, January 31. Another day, another spin job from the administration about how their policies are making things so much better for ALL Americans and for Iraqis, especially the women. We will be told that the folks handling reconstruction (Iraq and the Gulf Coast) are "doin' a heckuva job". He'll warn us that we need to be very afraid of future attacks and how his war on terror is making us safer.

Don't Allow the NYPD and Bloomberg to Marginalize Dissent on January 31st!

The World Can't Wait/Drive Out the Bush Regime;

We are calling on you to act now. Call Mayor Bloomberg and the NYC Police Commissioner Raymond Kelley to demand that the NYPD grant World Can't Wait's permit request to rally in Times Square itself (at 44th and Broadway) for the 1-1/2 hour protest during Bush's State of the Union address on Tuesday, January 31 from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m.

Speech Protesters Granted Spot: Capitol Area Allowed for State of Union

By Karlyn Barker, Washington Post

Organizers of a planned protest during President Bush's State of the Union address next week reached an agreement yesterday with law enforcement officials and will now be allowed to use the area around the U.S. Capitol Reflecting Pool for their demonstration.

Where to Protest Peacefully

January 25 - 27, 2006
BROWNBACK in Washington, DC: Sen. Brownback, along with other members
of Congress, attends the 74th Winter Meeting of United States Conference
of Mayors. [US Newswire, 1/17/06]

Rally to Support U.S. War Resisters

Wednesday February 8, 8:15 am – 9:15 am
Federal Court, 330 University Avenue, Toronto
(beside the U.S. consulate)

On February 8, the Federal Court will hear the appeals of U.S. war resisters Jeremy Hinzman


The following events can also be found in the After Downing Street events system at

You can also go there to find events near you or to create them.

Panel Discussion of Immediate Withdrawal from Iraq

Upcoming Speeches

— Jan. 26, 2006: Vice President Cheney headlines a fundraiser for Sen. Mike DeWine's (R-OH) reelection campaign, Washington, DC
— Jan. 27, 2006: Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) travels to New Hampshire to discuss education reform, Milford, NH


The following events can also be found in the After Downing Street events system at

You can also go there to find events near you or to create them.

Panel Discussion of Immediate Withdrawal from Iraq
Featuring: Scott Ritter, Stephen Zunes, Ann Wright, Michael Schwartz, David Swanson, Harlan Hopgood, Steve Young, and Lisa Lubow.
Saturday, January 28, 7:30 p.m.
Grand Ballroom - Manhattan Beach Marriott, 1400 Parkview Avenue, Manhattan Beach, Calif.
Progressive Caucus of the California Democratic Party and US Tour of Duty

Fed. Gov. Backs Off, Permits Granted for DC Protest on Jan. 31

By World Can't Wait

The federal government was forced to back off today, and concede The World Can't Wait - Drive Out the Bush Regime a promised permit to rally outside the Capitol on Tuesday January 31. Across the country that night, one hour before George Bush's State of the Union address, crowds will gather in public areas to politically "drown out Bush's lies". Organizers had been told on January 10 they would get a permit for the Reflecting Pool, an area close to the Capitol; on January 19th, that area was suddenly declared a "special security zone", and off limits to the public. The World Can't Wait filed suit in federal district court yesterday seeking court protection of First Amendment right to protest. This morning, after a story in the Washington Post reported the suit, Park and police officials met organizers at the contested area, and offered the Reflecting Pool as a rally site.

State of Union Protest Gets Permit After All

A message from Debra Sweet, the World Cant Wait National Office:

The federal government was forced to back off today, and concede The World
Can't Wait - Drive Out the Bush Regime a promised permit to rally outside

Taking the People's Demand to Capitol Hill

Starting Tuesday, a huge truck with this billboard on the side will begin driving around the U.S. Capitol.

On the other side of the truck will be this:

Call the Media on Its Lies

"Impeachment is not likely to gain political traction, said Larry Sabato, a University of Virginia political scientist. 'Only hard-core Democratic partisans want to see Bush impeached, so it just turns people off.'" -- The Dallas Morning News
The reporter:

The pundit:

The facts:Among American adults, 53% agreed and 42% disagreed with the statement:

"If President Bush did not tell the truth about his reasons for going to war with Iraq, Congress should consider holding him accountable through impeachment."

Speaking Events

David Swanson at St. Michael’s College, Colchester, VT, October 5, 2016.

David Swanson in Fairbanks, Alaska, October 22, 2016.

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