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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.

Plan Your Nonviolent Protests Here

Wednesday October 26, 2005

UPDATED* BUSH in Washington, DC: President Bush, meanwhile, sets his
sights above the fray with a meeting with the US Ambassador to Iraq at
9:20 am and remarks to the Economic Club of Washington at 1:00 pm.
[MSNBC.com, 10/26/05]

NEW* CHENEY in Washington, DC: Vice President Cheney travels from
Wyoming back to Washington, DC today after receiving his regular
briefings. He will deliver remarks at the National Building Museum this
evening at a bipartisan tribute for Congressman John Dingell (D-MI)
which begins at 6:30 pm EDT. [ABCNews.com, 10/26/05]

NEW* RICE in Washington, DC: 11:45 a.m. Bilateral and working lunch for

Make a Sign!

Notice to all planning to participate in the Candlelight Vigil honoring the 2,000 American soldiers who have been killed in action in Iraq:

We need people to volunteer to make signs/placards for tonight's event being held at 6:30 at the intersection of Nova Road and International Speedway Boulevard in Daytona Beach. Below are links to the downloads of recommended signs and placards for tonight's event. We appreciate whatever you can do to help this effort. Thank you.

Please feel free to pass this email along to others. Thank you.

Recommended Materials:

- wooden paint stirring sticks available (often for free) from paint and hardware stores to use as handles for 8 1/2" x 11" and 11" x 17" signs/placards which can be attached by using staples

Why 2 K

So Arrest Me

Why I'm Getting Arrested at the White House Today
By David Swanson, October 26, 2005

The first reason I'm going to lie down, refuse to move, and wait to be arrested outside the White House today is my belief that massive civil disobedience is needed if we are going to end the war and forestall the next war. The power of nonviolent sacrifice has been tried and tested. It may not work this time, but nothing else seems remotely likely to do the job, not even my most extravagant hopes for indictments. I'm being as practical as I know how to be. Public opinion is widely against the war in this country, in Iraq, and around the world. Talk is cheap. Our democracy is a shell. Something more is needed.

Not One More Death, Not One More Dollar

Not One More Death, Not One More Dollar
New Hampshire Citizens Respond to the 2000th Military Death in Iraq

Concord, NEW HAMPSHIRE - A candlelight vigil at State House Plaza,
Wednesday, October 26 at 6pm, will mark the 2000th U.S. military death
in Iraq and ask Congress to ensure that "not one more death and not one
more dollar" are wasted on the war in Iraq. The local event, organized
by NH Peace Action and the American Friends Service Committee, is one
of more than 375 events taking place in 49 states across the country.

After being given a list of names of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq,

Show The War, Tell The Truth Campaign

By Danny Schechter
http://www.opednews.com

With the Bush administration on the defensive, with rationalizations for the war fading, with public opinion shifting, with talk of troop withdrawals all the buzz even as the Pentagon hardens "permanent" bases in the mess it has made of 'Messopotamia,' it's time for those who oppose the war to think about where our pressure and protest might hasten the war's end.

The Administration is locked into its own imperial logic with Condoleezza Rice even now refusing to rule out new wars in Iran and Syria. It is incapable and unwilling to listen to any voice other than its own, even as its forward thrust has been put on the defensive by scandals like the Valerie Plame affair and the Katrina catastrophe.

Vigil in Times Square Wednesday Evening

U.S. Death Toll in Iraq Tops 2,000

Tomorrow, Wed, 10/26, join veterans, military families and United for Peace and Justice NYC for a solemn vigil at the Times Square Recruiting Center on 43rd St. and Broadway. 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Bring flowers to lay on the doorstep of the Recruiting Center and banners and signs.

We have just received word that the moment we have been dreading has arrived: 2,000 U.S. servicepeople have now died in Iraq. We grieve for these two thousand men and women, killed in the prime of their lives, for a war based on lies, and we grieve for the tens of thousands of Iraqis who have also died in the chaos and carnage the Bush Administration has brought to their country.

No U.S. Coverage of Iraq Vote Fraud

By Tom Hayden

It is urgent that civil society barrage the mainstream media about lack of coverage of legitimate questioning of the Iraqi election results. For instance, the New York Times on October 25 mentioned the fraud claims in the nineteenth paragragh on page nine, and only to suggest a lack of evidence.

It makes no sense. If both parties in this country lie, cheat and cut corners, how could an Iraqi election be fair and open? That’s a gut feeling, of course, but the circumstantial evidence is plain.

The constitution was rejected in the Sunni majority provinces of Anbar and Salahaddin. The third, Nineveh, “is the focus of fraud allegations

A New USLAW Speaking Tour

A New USLAW Speaking Tour: Looking at the War through the Eyes of Our Veterans and Military Families, USLAW Vets & Military Families Task Force October 20th, 2005

The US Government is still at war with Iraq. They have spent over $200 billion of our taxes on this war. Nearly 2000 American soldiers and well over 100,000 Iraqi, mostly women and children, have been killed. More than 15,000 U.S. troops and countless thousands of Iraqis have been wounded, many maimed and disabled for life.As American workers, we feel the war everyday in our concessionary contracts and in our ever-declining government services.US Labor Against the War (USLAW), a membership organization of over 100 labor organizations, state federations, labor councils, and thousands of individual unionists, is launching a speaking tour with vets and military families to speak directly to union members and leaders, to engage them in first hand experiences in the war, and to make connections between the war on Iraq and the war on workers at home. In August and September of 2005, the entire nation and the world was riveted as Cindy Sheehan and other military families gathered at the President's ranch in Crawford, TX and then traveled across the country demanding an end to the war. For the vets in Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) and Vets for Peace, for the parents and loved ones in Military Families Speak Out (MFSO), the best way to support the troops is to bring them home now.We urge your union to plan meetings with rank and file members as well as leaders in which representa-tives from these vets and family groups, along with USLAW leaders can speak. The objective is to reach those who may not yet be convinced - who have doubts or questions - not just those who are already active in the antiwar movement. You give us the dates, times and places, and we'll schedule speakers to attend. Tell us how much time you can allot to this exchange (e.g., 90 minutes, 30-minutes, 20-minutes) and we'll prepare a presentation. Tell us if you'd like us to include information on contract language that can protect our members called to military service or from exploitation and discrimination upon return from military servic

Two Thousand Too Many Event in Santa Cruz

"Not one more death, not one more dollar for war!"

WHAT: Public Candlelight Vigil & March
WHERE: Town Clock Park, Santa Cruz
WHEN: 7:00 PM on the evening after the 2,000th soldier falls

Join concerned citizens in cities across the US in a public candlelight vigil to mark the loss of the 2,000th US soldier in Iraq. Two thousand is too many, and we call upon the Bush Administration and all our elected officials to pull our men and women immediately out of this needless war. We call for an end to all death and injury, American and Iraqi alike. We call for an end to the occupation now! And we call for a return of the resources of Iraq to the Iraqi people.

This Morning at the White House


CLICK THE PHOTO

Cindy Sheehan to Begin Week-long Vigil at White House

Civil Disobedience Planned for Day After 2000th US Death in Iraq is Announced

Sheehan and other peace activists will mourn the lives lost in Iraq and serve as a daily reminder to the Bush administration that the majority of Americans want the troops brought home from Iraq NOW

WHEN: Tuesday, October 25, 12 Noon thru Friday, October 28, 8 PM

WHERE: Lafayette Park side of the White House, Washington, DC

WHAT: Daily vigil at the White House, from 12 Noon – 8 PM Tuesday, October 25 thru Friday, October 28. A larger protest and civil disobedience will take place at 6 PM the day after the US announces the 2000th US soldier death in Iraq

Expose the WHIG

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
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EXPOSE THE WHIG!

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."

2,000th Memorial in Houston, Texas

A Memorial to those Fallen in the Iraqi Conflict

Saturday, Oct.29, 2005, at 6 p.m., will begin a weeklong observance of the 2,000th U.S. Military Casualty and a memorial to all nationalities killed or wounded in the ongoing Iraq conflict. The location of the observance is on the Heights Boulevard esplanade between 10th and 11th St., next to the World War II Memorial.

At 6 p.m., following the placement of some 2,000 American flags and some 180 Texas flags (to honor fallen Texans) there will be an ecumenical ceremony and the planting of the 2,000th flag.

Each evening of the memorial period, there will be a ceremony at 6 p.m., marked

MASS DEMS AND PROGRESSIVE DEMOCRATS OF AMERICA (PDA) KICK OFF SERIES OF IRAQ WAR FORUMS IN WESTERN MASS

MONTAGUE—More than two and a half years have passed since President Bush sent our troops to Iraq. In that time, almost 2,000 young American lives have been lost. Over $300 billion has been spent. And still, there is no exit strategy.

Congressman Jim McGovern and national experts join together Saturday, Nov. 5, 2005 in the first of a series of exciting forums sponsored by the Massachusetts Democratic Party and Progressive Democrats of America. The Iraq forums are the first of their kind hosted by a Democratic state party and are dedicated to exploring the many issues surrounding the war. The first forum will be moderated by Party Chairman Phil Johnston.

1,997 U.S. Soldiers Killed in Iraq

Check the latest numbers. Each one is somebody's child. And each one represents many more Iraqis killed, each one of whom was somebody's child.

The 2,000th is soon. What you can do:

Thanksgiving Memorial for Our Troops

By Jeeni Criscenzo

Friday, November 25, 2005, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Carlsbad Blvd., Between Pine Ave. & Cannon Rd., Carlsbad, CA

On the day after Thanksgiving, hundreds of people will stand in silent mourning for the 2,000 troops who have died in Iraq. The vigil, Nov. 25, 2005 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM, will span nearly two miles along Carlsbad Blvd. (Carlsbad’s old Coast Hwy.) between Pine Ave. and Cannon Rd. with the Pacific Ocean as a backdrop. We will assemble in Cannon Park at the intersection of Cannon and Carlsbad Blvd.

Participants will be dressed in black, each wearing the name, age and date of death of one of the fallen pinned to their shirt.

All Problems Bleed from America’s Wound

By Brian Bogart

“They gazed at the wall rising around them, encircling them for all time. They touched, smelled, tasted, and listened to it, and talked about it until they died. They did absolutely everything but challenge its rise, and could have toppled it if they had tried.

Revoke Judith Miller's Pulitzer Prize

By Dave Lindorff
http://www.thiscantbehappening.net/

Click here to call on the Pulitzer Committee to investigate Judy Miller’s prize.

Now that the New York Times’ own ombudsman has weighed in with a scathing critique of Judith Miller’s lies and deceptions about her WMD and Al Qaeda reporting, including a recommendation that the paper not allow her back in its newsroom, it’s time to call for an independent investigation into her much trumpeted Pulitzer Prize, which she won jointly in 2002 with several other Times reporters for her articles in 2001 about Al Qaeda.

Saddam's Links with International Terrorism

By Carol Moore

Press Conference
Monday 24 October
National Press Club in the First Amendment Lounge at 12:00pm

I am participating in the press conference below to point out the
hypocrisy of US under its neoconservative leaders who continue to ignore
Saddam's real ties to terrorism and in fact support the same group of
terrorists - the infamous pseudo-Marxist Islamic group - Mojahedin el
Khalq (MEK). Neocons want them to help the US achieve regime change in
Iran.
The group was exposed by Human Rights watch last summer as a group
that tortures its dissenting members. See

Leak Prosecutor Is Called Exacting and Apolitical

Leak Prosecutor Is Called Exacting and Apolitical
By SCOTT SHANE and DAVID JOHNSTON
Published: October 22, 2005
WASHINGTON, Oct. 19 - In 13 years prosecuting mobsters and terrorists in New York, Patrick J. Fitzgerald earned a public reputation for meticulous preparation, a flawless memory and an easy eloquence. Only his colleagues knew that these orderly achievements emerged from the near-total anarchy of his office, where the relentless Mr. Fitzgerald often slept during big cases.
Doug Mills/The New York Times
Patrick J. Fitzgerald leaving court in Washington last week. He is expected to decide soon whether to bring charges in the C.I.A. leak investigation.

San Diego Setting Example for Activists

2,000 Too Many!
Must see flash video: http://theunitedamerican.blogs.com/Movies/2000A/2000.html
National Call to Action!
Vigil in San Diego the day AFTER the 2,000th U.S.
serviceperson's death is announced,
4:00 TO 7:30pm
COME to Horton Plaza!

and join the hundreds of peace and justice groups throughout the country as we tell the President, Congress and the world that 2,000 U.S. deaths in Iraq is 2,000 too many.
WE the PEOPLE, in one unified voice, can STOP this WAR!
For more information contact: San Diego Coalition for Peace and Justice www.sdcpj.org (619) 263-9301 info@sdcpj.org

Secret MoD poll: Iraqis support attacks on British troops

By Sean Rayment, Defence Correspondent
http://www.telegraph.co.uk

Millions of Iraqis believe that suicide attacks against British troops are justified, a secret military poll commissioned by senior officers has revealed.

The poll, undertaken for the Ministry of Defence and seen by The Sunday Telegraph, shows that up to 65 per cent of Iraqi citizens support attacks and fewer than one per cent think Allied military involvement is helping to improve security in their country.

It demonstrates for the first time the true strength of anti-Western feeling in Iraq after more than two and a half years of bloody occupation.

Two Thousand Too Many

"Not one more death, not one more dollar for war!"

WHAT: Public Candlelight Vigil & March
WHERE: Veterans Building (corner of McAllister & Fulton)
WHEN: 7:00 PM on the evening after the 2,000 soldier falls

Join all of San Francisco and concerned citizens in cities across the US in a
public candlelight vigil to mourn the loss of the 2,000th US soldier in Iraq.
Two thousand is too many, and we call upon the Bush Administration,
Representative Nancy Pelosi, and all our elected officials to pull our men and
women immediately out of this needless war.

On the evening after the 2,000th death, we will meet at 7:00 PM at the Veterans

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