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NEW* BUSH in Crawford, TX: President Bush held a morning conference call
at his ranch with federal officials who are coordinating the recovery
effort. [AP, 8/31/05]
NEW* BUSH in Washington D.C.: President Bush will meet with a task force
established to coordinate the efforts of 14 federal agencies that will
be involved in responding to the disaster. [AP, 8/31/05]
NEW* SANTORUM in Honesdale, PA: U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum will visit
Wayne Memorial Hospital today to discuss health care issues. Mr.
Santorum will have lunch in the hospital's boardroom and then tour the
construction site of the new emergency department from noon to 1:15 p.m.
NOTICE: VETERANS at CAMP CASEY I, near Crawford, have issued an appeal for donations of generators and other goods to be taken to victims of Hurricane Katrina. The group plans to leave Camp II at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday to deliver donations and supplies left over at Camps I and II to those in need in areas impacted by the hurricane. Any persons having first-hand information on conditions in New Orleans and the area north of Covington, La. (Washington Parish) are urged to contact this newspaper. Some individuals at Camp Casey have relatives in that area and are anxious for news.
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By Sherry Bohlen, National Field Director, Progressive Democrats of America
It's only three short weeks until we converge on DC for the Anti-War Mobilization! This will be a history-in-the-making event that you won't want to miss!
On Saturday, September 24, hundreds of thousands of activists are expected to gather for a mass rally and March. PDA will announce within the next week or so the specific intersection and time at which PDA members will gather. Watch for details in upcoming alerts and on PDA's web site for the latest information!
On Sunday, September 25, PDA has a stellar "Grassroots Strategy Day" planned. Click here for details of the day. Sign up early for this not-to-be-missed strategic planning day! Click here to sign up now!
Dear UFPJ Member Group:
We're strongly encouraging you to participate in the following
call to action from the Leave My Child Alone Coalition, including:
opting out of military recruiter lists and hosting a back to school event.
Here's an already written email we hope you will send out to your
Buried deep within the No Child Left Behind Act is a provision that
requires public high schools to hand over students' private contact
information to military recruiters. If a school does not comply, it
risks losing vital federal education funds. As if that weren't bad
Bells Will Bear Witness to the Human Toll of War, Commemorate their Sacrifice, and Bring Forth a Moral Consensus on Next Steps in Iraq
Commencement Ceremony Thursday (9/1), 10:00AM;
All Souls Church, Washington, DC
Washington, DC: Religious leaders are calling for a coordinated tolling of bells to remember those who have lost their lives in Iraq. The National Council of Churches, Clergy, Laity Concerned About Iraq and Faithful America along with Democracy Rising are leading the call for churches and other religious institutions to take part in this healing. The groups were inspired, in part, by the actions of Gold Star Families for Peace seeking to understand why U.S. soldiers and Iraqis are dying.
Tuesday August 30, 2005
BUSH in Coronado, CA - 12:00 EDT: Bush makes remarks commemorating the
60th anniversary of V-J Day at a naval air station in San Diego at 12
noon EDT. He's also expected to ask Americans to show the same resolve
they did during World War II in supporting the war in Iraq. [MSNBC,
GIULIANI in Sydney, Australia: Former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani
will attend the annual three-day Forbes global CEO conference at the
Sydney Opera House. The conference attracts some of the world's top
business leaders. George Bush Sr. and Australian Prime Minister John
Sign the Petition of Redress. Either the Bush Kids Put Their Lives on the Line for George's "Noble War" or the Troops Come Home.
A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL
To forward this petition to all your friends, relatives and colleagues, Click Here.
Uncle Sam Wants You!
Sign this petition, demanding that the eligible children of the extended Bush family, including the twins, serve in George's "noble war for a noble cause" or Bush must bring the sons and daughters of America home now.
"I demand that George W. Bush's daughters, and his eligible nieces and nephews, serve in Iraq to prove their support of Bush's 'noble war for a noble cause.' If the Bush family does not believe in 'sacrificing' for the war and is not willing to put their lives on the line, then Bush must bring the troops of middle class and poor Americans home now."
The Strike for Peace plan is going well, but I want to encourage everyone to spread word that this is all about connecting our 300-plus Pentagon-funded schools across the nation for a sustained information outreach campaign. By striking, I hope to help transfer the energy created by Cindy Sheehan's camp (and that of the national rallies planned for September 24-26) onto our campuses and into our communities from the first day of school, September 26, through the end of the academic year. Others need not strike -- indeed, I advise against it -- but please support this info-out campaign as powerfully as you can.
George Bush may want to take a quick vacation somewhere, anywhere, from September 24-26, unless he wants to spend the weekend surrounded by what is shaping up to be the most important demonstration against the Iraq War since he launched the invasion.
The energy was almost palpable at tonight’s meeting of the United for Peace and Justice mobilization for September 24-26. More than two-thirds of the people present were there for the first time, ready to staff up a rich series of marches, concerts, rallies, festivals, and civil disobedience.
Former CIA analyst Ray McGovern and Gold Start Mother Tia Steele appeared as guest speakers to start off the evening, before getting down to business.
September 26, 2005
President George W. Bush, The White House
Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld, Department of Defense, The Pentagon
President Nils Hasselmo, Association of American Universities
Governor Ted Kulongoski, State of Oregon
President Dave Frohnmayer, University of Oregon
Dear Public Servants,
As University of Oregon's first graduate student in the field of Peace Studies, it is my responsibility to explore the role of the military in society and those conditions that most promote peace and human welfare. In so doing, I have come to understand the nature of America's war industry, and how that industry has flourished in the wake of the Cold War. I have come to find that more than 300 of our universities are developing weapons for the Department of Defense, and that these schools are increasingly reliant on the industry of war to sustain their education programs. Indeed, the Association of American Universities appears to be little more than a lobby for such funding.
Actions to “Stop the Worship of the Gods of War!
GET OUT OF IRAQ NOW!
On Thursday, September 15, in Washington, D.C., Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey will hold a hearing on exit strategies for Iraq.
A coalition of organizations demanding an end to the war will hold a rally at 5 p.m. that evening in front of the White House.
Please ask your Congress Member and Senators to take part in both events.
Email them here: http://tinyurl.com/7vjej
Or call the switchboard toll free: (888) 818-6641.
And please come to these events yourself if you can (but remember that we are building toward a mass mobilization on September 24; if you can only come to DC once, come then).
And What Did They Die For Once Again?
By Daniel Ruth
08/19/05 "Tampa Tribune" -- -- This may come as something of a shock to some of those yahoos down in Crawford, Texas, who are so upset with antiwar Gold Star mother Cindy Sheehan's vigil outside the president's Godforsaken ranch, but if they were to look real close they'd discover she is committing first-degree, premeditated citizenship.
You see, we have this nagging, irritating, troublesome document called the U.S. Constitution. It's all the rage - or at least those dead bodies in Arlington National Cemetery thought so.
There, right at the top of the Constitution, there's this thing called the First Amendment.
Stop Drooling And Read
And if some of you goobers who have been shooting shotguns in the air to intimidate Sheehan and trampling white crosses in the ground honoring the dead troops who have sacrificed their lives for George W. Bush's war in Iraq could stop drooling for just a moment, here's what the First Amendment states:
``Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the FREEDOM OF SPEECH, or of the press; or the RIGHT OF PEOPLE PEACEABLY TO ASSEMBLE, AND TO PETITION THE GOVERNMENT FOR A REDRESS OF GRIEVANCES.''
Sheehan has a grievance - her son Casey died in Bush's war and thus she has petitioned the Clausewitz of Skull and Bones to explain why, especially since the administration's alibis for invading Iraq turned out to be more bogus than Burt Reynolds' hair, more than 1,800 American families had to lose a loved one.
If you haven't already, visit this new site:
We propose the following principles as essential to ending the war in Iraq:
First, as a confidence-building measure, the U.S. government must declare that it has no interest in permanent military bases or the control of Iraqi oil or other resources.
Second, as a further confidence-building measure, the U.S. government must set goals for ending the occupation and bringing all our troops home - in months, not years, beginning with an initial withdrawal of troops by the end of this year.
Bush in San Diego! 2 events: Mon. vigil & Tues. protest
As President George W. Bush visits San Diego, let’s ask him…
How Many More,
Support the Troops. Bring Them Home Alive.
Two Events! Attend Both!!
Monday, August 29th; 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
CANDLELIGHT VIGIL FOR PEACE
Ocean Blvd on the beach, Hotel Del Coronado
Join Gold Star father Fernando Suarez del Solar, military families and veterans for a Candlelight Vigil outside of the Hotel Del Coronado. Bush will be staying at the hotel Monday evening, prior to his speech to a select audience of supporters at Naval Station North Island Tuesday Morning. Bring candles, banners and signs of peace. Anticipate traffic congestion. Carpool or use public transit!
Tuesday, August 30; 6:00 am to 8:30 am
GIVE GEORGE BUSH THE WELCOME HE DESERVES!
North Island Naval Air Station, Main Gate
4th St. and Alameda Boulevard, Coronado
Gather at the base entrance with your signs and enthusiasm to tell President Bush: Stop the Unjust War in Iraq!
If either event is prevented on Coronado Island, please gather in Horton Plaza, 4th St. and Broadway, Downtown San Diego.
[Breaking Update]Police just Arrest Driver that honked for peace!
by JR [Subscribe]
Sat Aug 27th, 2005 at 18:51:23 PDT
I'm standing on a street in St Pete as I type. Two cars were just stopped and at least one arrest ensued after the passing drivers honked their horns in support of our protest.
Call the St Pete police and ask when we lost the right to honk for peace! 727-893-7780
Email the mayor and demand he take action here
Here's some backstory:
Six protesters with the anti-war group St. Pete for Peace, including three under 18 years old, were arrested Aug. 6 outside a trendy downtown St. Petersburg development owned by Sembler Co., founded by a former Republican National Committee finance chairman and major contributor to President Bush.
The protesters were demonstrating against the Iraq War outside BayWalk, a complex of shops and restaurants owned by the development firm started by Bush-backer and former Ambassador to Italy Melvin Sembler. Protests by groups such as St. Pete for Peace and the Democratic Uhuru Movement are regular fixtures on the public sidewalk outside the development. Sembler Co. has reportedly attempted to- purchase the sidewalk in question from the city. Metal barricades were recently placed across the sidewalk by the St. Petersburg Police Department. Police spokesman Bill Proffitt has stated that the barricades are meant to aid pedestrian safety. "This is just our attempt to make sure that everyone who goes to BayWalk can go there safely," Proffitt said of the barricades.
Protesters claim the barricades are meant to force demonstrators either into traffic or onto Sembler property, making them subject to arrest for trespassing. At a press conference on August 9, ACLU spokesman Mark Kamleiter rejected police claims, saying, "Nobody is getting pushed into the streets." He later added, "these people have no access to the media. The only way that they can have an impact is to get out on the sidewalk and talk."
Four of my friends and I went to the support for Cindy Sheehan demonstration/anti-war protest in Charlotte, NC, today. There were about twenty people in all who stood on the busiest corner in Charlotte (Central Ave and Sharon Amity). We held signs and waved at drivers. I was SO shocked. I really expected a lot of people to be against our demonstration, but we got overwhelming support from the people who drove past us! We were there for two hours and out of that time, only five people chose to yell uncomplimentary things or flip us off. The vast majority were giving us the peace sign, waving and honking. My signs said "Support our Troops...Ask Tough Questions" and "1900 Dead. $118 Billion Spent...The Truth?? Priceless!!!". My friend's signs were a lot more to the point. She held "Support our Troops, Not our President" and "El Presidente Es Muy Loco." (we wrote that one after we noticed a high percentage of hispanic traffic). We had a blast doing the wave, hollering and waving at people. I had several people who were stopped at the light tell me that they supported what we were doing. One lady asked me about my sign and I told her that I thought that the best way to support our troops was to ask why we were sending them to fight and to make sure that their lives were only endangered to protect America. She said, "Amen!"
It was a really positive experience for all of us. We all plan to take our kids and husbands with us when we go back in two weeks. I also added lawn chairs, sunblock and a cooler with some cold drinks to my list of things to take next time. And more signs!!
From Camp Casey, Crawford to Washington DC
From George Bush’s door step to Communities along the way, We Demand That:
Elected Representatives Decide Now to Bring the Troops Home
We Take Care of Them When They Get Here
We Never Again Send Our Loved Ones to War Based on Lies!
We are currently at a significant turning point in how the American public views the war in Iraq. As the death toll in Iraq rises, Cindy Sheehan’s vigil near President Bush’s ranch in Crawford, Texas, has captured the hearts and minds of thousands of Americans. Bush’s approval rating is falling. The voice of military families, who have lost loved ones and those with loved ones in harm’s way or about to deploy, can activate the American people. The voice of veterans, both of this war and of previous wars will also build the movement to end the war. Together these critical voices can demand that President Bush make the decision now to bring the troops home.
On August 31st, the last day of the encampment, the Bring Them Home Now Tour will launch three buses from Crawford, Texas, each carrying military and Gold Star families, veterans of the Iraq War and veterans of previous wars. These buses will travel different routes across the country, converging in Washington, DC on September 21, for the United for Peace and Justice Mobilization September 24th-26th.
The tour will amplify the voice of Gold Star families, who show the devastating human cost of this war; the voice of military families, for whom each and every day that this war continues brings the potential for the most devastating of consequences; and the voice of veterans, who can share the ground truth about war and the impact on those who were sent off to fight it.
Over the course of the tour, members of the sponsoring organizations will reach out to military families, veterans, and concerned citizens in cities and towns in the heartland, the north, and the south. The Tour will spread the truth about the war in Iraq, mobilize people to Washington DC for September 24-26th and ask Congressional decision-makers the hard questions Cindy has asked President Bush and to learn what our elected representatives are doing to bring this war to an end.
The Bring Them Home Now Tour is sponsored by Gold Star Families for Peace, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Military Families Speak Out, and Veterans For Peace
Email and contact information for the Bring Them Home Now Tour
You called for an investigation of the Downing Street minutes, the first direct evidence that "the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy". Now House Representative Barbara Lee is standing up with already 50 co-sponsors, including at least one Republican, to demand that the administration deliver to Congress evidence of all communications with the British government that caused them to reach this conclusion in their own minds. Please ask your own house member to vote FOR this Resolution of Inquiry (H.R. 375) and join in sponsoring it if they have not signed on already.
t r u t h o u t | One Mother's Stand
Bring Them Home Now Tour
From Camp Casey, Crawford to Washington DC
Saturday 26 August 2005
As the death toll in Iraq rises, Cindy Sheehan’s vigil near President Bush’s ranch in Crawford, Texas, has captured the hearts and minds of thousands of Americans. Bush’s approval rating is falling. The voice of military families, who have lost loved ones and those with loved ones in harm’s way or about to deploy, can activate the American people. The voice of veterans, both of this war and of previous wars will also build the movement to end the war. Together these critical voices can demand that President Bush make the decision now to bring the troops home.
Galloway to go on anti-war tour of US with Jane Fonda
By Andrew Buncombe in Washington
Published: 27 August 2005
George Galloway, the anti-war MP for Bethnal Green and Bow who rocked the US Senate earlier this year, is to be accompanied on a speaking tour of America by the actress and activist Jane Fonda.
Few things are more likely to antagonise US conservatives than the combination of Mr Galloway and Ms Fonda - still hated by the right because of her outspoken opposition to the war in Vietnam - joining to condemn the American presence in Iraq. But Mr Galloway can expect a thunderous reception from those he impressed with his performance before a Senate committee last May.
Legionnaires Condemn War Protests, A Gold Star Families for Peace and Legion Auxillary Member's Response
Dear Honorable Commander Cadmus,
I learned today that the American Legion passed Resolution 3, which states: "The American Legion fully supports the president of the United States, the United States Congress and the men, women and leadership of our armed forces as they are engaged in the global war on terrorism and the troops who are engaged in protecting our values and way of life."
I would like to bring to your attention a previous position from the American Legion.
In 1999, the American Legion wrote the following letter to President Clinton:
The American Legion, a wartime veterans organization of nearly three-million members, urges the immediate withdrawal of American troops participating in "Operation Allied Force.''
Letter submitted by author, Sally Tarasoff (former CPT, US Army)
I understand that the Legion has condemned protests against the war. In reading the press release, I note that protesters are being lumped in with Jane Fonda, and seen basically as traitors. However, your release notes you respect the right to protest.
As a Legion member, I am incensed by this condemnation. Obviously, you all have your heads in the sand and think anti-war protesters in 2005 are just like those during the Vietnam war. Nothing could be further from the truth. I guarantee you that my fellow protesters, and those in Crawford as well, support our troops whole-heartedly. In fact, most of these people have done much more than put yellow "support your troops" magnets on their vehicles, they have put their money and efforts where their mouths are. They have sent boxes to the troops, contributed to the USO, written to support increased VA benefits, written to stop funding cuts to the military and military and veterans medical care, contributed to http://anysoldier.com/, visited patients in VA and military hospitals and Fisher Houses, and supported the families that reservists have left behind.
The Democrats Are Just As Bad
by Justin Raimondo
"The most influential interpreters of our public affairs are accepting, rather than expanding, a noose-tight frame the Washington political culture is enforcing to limit permissible discourse on the war in Iraq…. Look at almost any major daily op-ed page, watch the Sunday shows or listen to nightly cable-babble. See how seldom you encounter voices against the war permitted to argue we should just end it, not try to mend it."
Withdrawal from Iraq, or the Greater Mistake
President George W. Bush said in Idaho, "I think immediate withdrawal from Iraq would be a mistake." Immediate withdrawal might well be a mistake. But withdrawal will come, and the greater mistake is in delaying it too long.
The occupation of Iraq has been fraught with mistakes, from the failure to stop looting and the order to disband the Iraqi army to setting the size of the occupation force too low. But to send more troops, as some Democrats suggest, would compound mistakes. The president argued in Salt Lake City that the deaths of 1,864 American soldiers in Iraq was an argument to keep fighting. He said, "We owe them something. We will finish the task that they gave their lives for."
Working Assets to Deliver Flowers to Crawford Saturday
SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- When the long distance and wireless company Working Assets offered to deliver roses to Cindy Sheehan in Crawford, it was surprised by the massive response from citizens eager to show their support.
The mother of a soldier slain in Iraq has been the emotional anchor for a growing vigil less than one mile from President and Mrs. Bush's Crawford compound.
Within hours of posting the opportunity online, over 3,300 people took advantage of the company's offer to deliver a rose to Camp Casey for anyone who contributed $3. The roses will be delivered to Crawford on Saturday, August 27.
By Jeff Norman
U.S. Tour of Duty
September 26, 2005
Contrary to various warnings that we were entering hostile territory, a very warm crowd of 350 turned out on short notice at Metropolitan Community Church in Houston last night to hear a well-rounded roster of U.S. Tour of Duty speakers discuss the American occupation of Iraq and related issues. Former CIA analyst Mel Goodman had his speech interrupted by a phone call from Joan Baez, who sung two songs and talked about the "wall of denial" which many of us feel is in the process of being torn down. Earlier Cindy Sheehan had called to thank everyone for their support.
Cindy Sheehan's courageous protest outside George Bush's ranch in Crawford, TX has captivated tens of millions of Americans from coast to coast. Her poignant and heartfelt pleas have focused the nation's attention on Iraq in a way that nothing else could.
Yet after 28 long months of our occupation of Iraq, and after 1,873 brave American soldiers -- including Casey Sheehan -- have lost their lives, President Bush has still failed to develop a success strategy. This cannot continue any longer.
Shortly after the Senate reconvenes in early September, and when George Bush returns to Washington from his five-week vacation in Texas, I am personally going to deliver our petition to the White House, calling on President Bush to spell out his plan for Iraq. And I want your name to be on it.