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END THE WAR ON IRAQ!
BRING THE TROOPS HOME NOW!
Justice for the People of the Gulf Coast
3 Days of Action in Washington, D.C.
September 24-26, 2005
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Still haven't made your plans to join us in Washington, D.C. this weekend? This 3-day anti-war mobilization promises to be the most dynamic, powerful peace and justice gathering in years. We're at a real turning point: A solid and growing majority of this country is now against the war, and there is deep discontent nationwide with the appalling priorities of the Bush Administration and the shameful government response to Hurricane Katrina. This is the time to stand up and demand a dramatic change of political direction. Don't miss your chance to be part of this extraordinary series of events!
The federal government flexed it’s muscles on this first day of testimony
by peace activists, charging two defendants with contempt of court, and
interpreting the charges in the indictment to make it easier for the
prosecution to attain a conviction.
Senior U.S. District Judge Hon. Thomas J. McAvoy charged Peter DeMott and
Teresa Grady with contempt of court for testifying about the fact that there
was a previous trial.
McAvoy previously informed the defendants they were forbidden from
testifying on a laundry list of topics including: the illegality of the Iraq
war, international law and its relevance to their actions, the mandates in
All of us will be in Washington to let this administration and the Congress know this war needs to end. Change will happen in the house and senate. Once we leave Washington, we need to be well-informed and emboldened to continue lobbying our representatives in Washington to be among those demanding and working toward ending the war.
This week-end is the perfect time to share every known method to accomplish this goal!
UFPJ is sponsoring a
LEGISLATIVE ACTION TENT
Reserve a table for your group or organization today!
Display Materials * Distribute Proposals * Discuss Initiatives * Offer training * Help educate Provide Petitions * Exchange ideas
Thursday September 22, 2005
BUSH in Washington, DC: President Bush gets a briefing on the War on Terror and will then deliver a speech on it around noon at the Pentagon. Later in the day Bush welcomes King Abdullah of Jordan to the White House. [White House; Congress Daily, 9/19/05]
NEW* MEHLMAN in Washington, DC – 12:30 PM: Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Ken Mehlman will address more than five hundred pastors of the National Coalition of Latino Clergy and Christian Leaders (CONLAMIC) on Thursday, September 22nd, 2005. As part of the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Chairman Mehlman's remarks will reflect the Party's on-going commitment to reaching out to the Hispanic Americans. [RNC Release]
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Katrina is the Iraq War Come Home to Roost
Time to Recall the National Guard from Iraq
By Kevin Zeese
As I watched the scenes on television -- soldiers driving by dead bodies in the street, wayward people looking like refugees, soldiers pointing their guns at civilians -- I could not help but think of Baghdad, but it was New Orleans. The reports of people on the ground were even worse:
“Police drove by, windows rolled up, thumbs up signs. National guard trucks rolled by, completely empty, soldiers with guns cocked and aimed at them. Nobody stopped to drop off water. A helicopter dropped a load of water, but all the bottles exploded on impact due to the height of the helicopter.
Comments for Congressional hearing on Iraq exit strategy, Sept. 15, 2005
By Tom Hayden
Madame Chair and members,
Today you commence a vital shift in our government’s official discourse on Iraq, from how to win the war in Iraq to how to withdraw troops and end the occupation. This change of paradigm is overdue, is in keeping with public sentiment, and begins to fill a dangerous vacuum. We cannot accept a faith-based commitment to “stay the course
"As the Executive Director of the Center on Conscience
& War and part of the GI Rights Hotline where we speak
daily to our men and women in uniform, I bring you the
words of the soldiers themselves. The Center has been
a voice for soldiers since 1940. We have spent almost
65 years trying to end war, one soldier at a time.
Let me give you their voices now:
A Special Op, career, in his thirties, called us prior
to being deployed to Iraq. Special Ops are train to
allow nothing to get in the way of their mission. They
can even shot their own commanding officer if he
stands in the way of completing their mission. "I was
The Costs of Quagmire
The death and destruction strewn by hurricane Katrina may equal or even exceed the death toll of U.S. soldiers in the Iraq War. But while 6,000 miles separates the two, the links between war overseas and the fate of those in Katrina’s wake are closely interwoven.
The cost of having over 6,000 National Guardsmen stationed from Mississippi and Louisiana far overseas in Iraq is just being felt as the region seeks to deal with the horrific aftermath of hurricane Katrina.
Headlines across the nation highlighted the looting, the need for more rescue operations, and the need for boots on the ground to help with reconstruction—all tasks that the Guard is asked to perform.
HEAR OUR CRY*
I am a concerned father of two, a grandfather of two and a taxpayer. Hear our cry, Mr. President, hear our cry: end this quagmire of a war and bring our troops home.
Make no mistake about my support for our men and women who are in harm’s way.
I salute the men and women of the U.S. armed services and reserve units who so bravely and courageously are serving in Iraq today. Theirs is a gallant battle.
To the families of those valiant soldiers who have given their last measure of full devotion for our beloved country, my heartfelt sympathy for the loss of your sons and daughters, husbands and wives, fathers and brothers, neighbors and friends. They are truly America’s heroes and who are deeply missed.
The War at Home and the War Abroad
Gene Bruskin, Co Convenor, US Labor Against the War
September 15, 2005
I want to thank Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey and the Congressional Out of Iraq Caucus for their principled and critical efforts to end what was a predictably disastrous war in Iraq, at a time when disaster has predictably struck our own nation. There could not be a more timely moment to press this issue. Bush is caught between Iraq, and a hard place.
I am here to speak on behalf of US Labor Against the War, a national network of more than 120 labor organizations representing millions of workers from across our nation. We have witnessed a dramatic growth in opposition to the war in the labor movement this year, first in the overwhelming response to our national tour of Iraqi trade unionists in June and then in the powerful support for the resolution to bring the troops home at the national AFL-CIO convention in July.
REMARKS FROM ELLEN BARFIELD, VETERANS FOR PEACE BOARD MEMBER
Veterans for Peace is proud to join Representative Woolsey, other elected officials, and all the
other organizations here at this rally to yet again demand that the war in Iraq end.
Vets for Peace helped launch the "Bring Them Home NOW!" campaign with the then quite
new Military Families Speak Out in the summer of 2003, shortly after Bush's infamous and
reckless challenge to the Iraqi resistance, "Bring 'em on!" We meant "Bring Them Home
NOW" back then, and we have continued to say it ever since. The campaign now includes the
September 20, 2005 #31
September 24th - into the streets to stop the war!
Join us Saturday at the national march in Washington DC! Regional mass marches also in Seattle, Los Angeles, Denver, San Francisco, and Birmingham. End the occupation - US out of Iraq now! > More info
Katrina's aftermath: a man-made disaster
"We say not in our name to an administration that wages illegal, immoral wars ... while blatantly neglecting real and preventable threats to its own people within its borders." > Complete statement
Get Not in Our Name gear (link only)
Last chance to get stuff for the weekend! Orders will ship Wednesday afternoon via US Priority Mail at no additional charge. Also, our infamous "Bomb Flag" t-shirts are once again available! > Complete catalog
No thanks, there's just something about regimes of blood...
Award-winning poet Sharon Olds declined an invitation from the first lady to read at the National Book Festival in DC this weekend. Not that Olds is hard up for cash or recognition but poets don't often get the chance to read before 85,000 people -- especially poets whose poems don't rhyme.
Olds writes: "The possibility of finding new readers is exciting for a poet in personal terms, and in terms of the desire that poetry serve its constituents--all of us who need the pleasure, and the inner and outer news, it delivers."
She then delivers this powerful condemnation that I wouldn't excerpt if you begged me to:
By Mike Ferner
All last week I had a rare opportunity – to join several impressive speakers on the “Bring Them Home Now
Yesterday in New York City, for the first time during this tour, local police disrupted one of our events. Cindy Sheehan had just finished speaking to the crowd when the police disconnected the sound system and arrested a local organizer. We have included a statement at the tour website.
The 21 day tour is nearing Washington DC as the North and Central buses stop together in Baltimore, MD and the South bus stops in Norfolk, VA this evening. Tomorrow we will arrive in Washington DC. We have traveled to 51 cities in 28 states and participated in over 200 events, met with dozens of elected officials and members of the media. We’ll have more details on these events and reports and reflections on the tour in the coming days.
The New Fight Against the War
A big march in D.C. marks a change in tactics for those who want the U.S. out of Iraq
by Jarrett Murphy
September 19th, 2005 7:03 PM
A March long ago: Protesters in NYC in 2003
photo: Cary Conover
Anyone who thinks today's anti-war movement is trapped in tie-dyed '60s nostalgia should go to the United for Peace and Justice website, where one can sign up online to participate in civil disobedience next Monday, at the close of a three-day protest in Washington. It's not just a sign that the peaceniks of 2005 are Internet savvy; it's a signal that the movement thinks the D.C. rally is the moment to turn the tide against the war.
Joan Baez and Living Things Join Operation Ceasefire Performer; Schedule Now Available
WASHINGTON - September 19 - Operation Ceasefire ( http://www.opceasefire.org ), an eleven-hour free concert and rally to bring the troops home from Iraq at the Washington Monument on Sept. 24, is pleased to announce new additions to the line-up of performers. Legendary folk singer Joan Baez and the rock band Living Things are now confirmed to perform. The additions compliment artists from several different genres, including: International recording stars Thievery Corporation, punk-rock bands LeTigre and Bouncing Souls, country music recording artist Steve Earle, independent artists Ted Leo + The Pharmacists and Wayne Kramer of the MC5 with the Bellrays, socially conscious hip-hop groups The Coup and Head-Roc, the duo The Evens (Ian Mackaye and Amy Farina), Grammy Award-winning African American female a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock, Latin punk rock group Machtres, and host Jello Biafra.
Delivers People's Petition on Iraq to Congress and White House
U.S. Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey and PDA National Director Tim Carpenter spoke at the PDA Rally in front of the White House on Thursday, September 15, before delivering the People's Petition on Iraq to the White House. Joining Woolsey and Carpenter at the rally were Tom Hayden, former California State Senator, Reverend Lennox Yearwood, PDA Board Member and Chairman of the Hip Hop Caucus, John Bonifaz, lead attorney on the Ohio recount case and co-founder of AfterDowningStreet.org, and Daniel Ellsberg.
PDA is proud to be aligned with progressive legislators such as Congresswoman Woolsey, who again showed remarkable leadership, courage, and conviction in holding Congressional hearings to plan a realistic strategy for withdrawing from the U.S. incursion in Iraq. Rep.Woolsey, was the first Member of Congress to call on the President to develop and implement a plan to bring U.S. troops out of Iraq, and had previously requested hearings in the U.S. House International Relations Committee and the U.S. House Armed Services Committee to discuss plans to bring the troops home. Because her requests of the President and the Republican controlled Congress were ignored, Congresswoman Woolsey organized the hearings Thursday to openly discuss strategies to achieve military disengagement.
Yesterday, Chicago, today, Philadelphia. In the last 48 hours two of the largest cities in the country have passed resolutions calling for the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq. You can download a copy of the Philadelphia Resolution, which was specifically in recognition of the Bring Them Home Now Tour, as a PDF by clicking here. Our North tour is looking forward to celebrating these victories with a rally today at Independence Mall in Philadelphia and we've got a full weekend of events planned up and down the East coast.
In the next three days, we'll be stopping in Philadelphia, Boston, New Haven, Providence, New York, Fayetteville, Durham, Williamsburg and Baltimore. If you're near any of these cities, we hope you'll join us (event details are on our website) and please let your friends know about them too. And there are more stops next week as we make our way to Washington, DC.
Earlier March, Rally & Presence at Hearing
Show Support for Resolution, Welfare of Troops
CHICAGO (September 15, 2005) -The Chicago City Council Wednesday passed a resolution demanding the removal of US troops from Iraq. Passing by a Council vote of 29 to 9, with 12 abstaining or not voting, the resolution urges 'the United States government to immediately commence an orderly and rapid withdrawal' from Iraq. In addition to the death and suffering of the war, the resolution stressed that 'Chicago residents' share of monies appropriated for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan now exceeds $2.1 billion.'
On the urging of members and friends of the Bring Them Home Now Bus Tour, the Philadelphia City Council voted today 16 to 1 for a Resolution calling on the federal government to "rapidly withdraw US troops from Iraq expeditiously." Following a Thursday morning caucus session in which Gold Star Mom Celeste Zappala and other Bring Them Home Now Bus Tour members were introduced to Councilmembers, the Resolution was introduced by Councilwomen Blondell Reynolds-Brown and was co-sponsored by 12 other council persons, two of them Republicans. Councilwoman Reynolds-Brown will read the resolution at the Rally scheduled for Friday 9/16 from 5 to 7 PM at Indepenedence Mall, 5th & Market Sts.
Sat, Sep. 17th
12:00 PM Rally and March in Durham
905 West Main St, Durham
Local Event Contact:
Andrew Pearson - 919-360-2028
NC Coalition for Peace & Justice email@example.com
Local Press Contact:
Katya - 703-304-5075
News : Page Updated: Tuesday, September 13, 2005 1:41 PM PDT
Protesters want emphasis on peace
Peace rally organizer Brandi Weatherston prepares to read her opening comments Sunday at Sunset Beach near Charleston. World Photo by David Courtland
By David Courtland, Staff Writer
CHARLESTON -- About 40 opponents of the war in Iraq, some coming from as far as Redmond and Eugene, held a peace rally at Sunset Beach on Sunday, the fourth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
“Bring them home now
Central Tour: Pittsburgh
September 13th, 2005
By Chris Snively
Today was the last full day for the tour in Pittsburgh. Everyone on the Central Bus has been extremely impressed with this wonderful city. It's rolling hills, beautiful bridges, and its 19th century architecture are some of America's best kept secrets. Much thanks to the David Meieran of Pittsburgh End the War, the Thomas Merton Center, the Friends Meeting House on Ellsworth, and the Sisters and caretakers of the Mt. Nazareth Center in Bellevue for making our stay in Pittsburgh wonderful and loving.
Bring Them Home Now Tour Asks Military Mom to Speak Out
September 15th, 2005
I am a mother of a 19 year old 3/25 Lima Co. Marine serving in Iraq. One third of his Unit has been kia or injured. In early August after losing 22 Marines in less than a week, fearing for my son’s life and driven by conviction, I began my journey to change the direction our country has been going.
I have been waiting for my son’s safe return before speaking out publicly. There is such confusion in our country about patriotism and supporting our troops while being against the war.
Submitted by John Perry (not verified) on Thu, 2005-09-15 08:22.
The toll-free number for the Capitol Hill switchboard.
Give it to everyone you know.
Just call and ask to be connected to your rep's office. Be nice to the people answering the phone. They're just doing their job.
A FEW SUGGESTED QUESTIONS:
Why is the Bush administration not being held accountable for the falsehoods that led us into Iraq?
Why is there no exit strategy?
When can we expect one?
Why are we building 14 permanent military bases in Iraq?
Where's Osama? Isn't he the one we're supposed to going after?