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CHRISTIAN PEACEMAKER TEAM IN IRAQ CALLS PRESIDENT BUSH TO WITHDRAW TROOPS

CHRISTIAN PEACEMAKER TEAM IN IRAQ CALLS PRESIDENT BUSH TO WITHDRAW TROOPS, END HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES

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A.N.S.W.E.R. Responds to UFPJ: Our Position on Unity in the AntiWar Movement

From A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition Steering Committee

Ten weeks after the September 24 demonstration brought more than 300,000 people to Washington DC in a massive show of strength by a united antiwar movement, the leadership of the United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ) has publicly announced its unilateral intention to effect a long-term split in the antiwar movement. This is the second time in seven months that UFPJ has publicly proclaimed its intention to split the movement, coupled with a false and ugly attack on the A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition. In May 2005, they announced that they would hold a second and separate demonstration in Washington DC on September 24 rather than work in a united front with A.N.S.W.E.R.. Fortunately, the progressive movement overcame that splitting effort, which would have seriously weakened the movement at a critical moment.

Cheney visits Iraq amid calls for US pullout

Cheney visits Iraq amid calls for US pullout
By Gideon Long
30 minutes ago

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S. Vice-President Dick Cheney visited Iraq on Sunday for the first time since the 2003 invasion, as hardline leaders from both sides of the country's sectarian divide renewed calls for American troops to go home.

THAT'S it!!! I'm really ticked off

THAT'S it!!! I'm really ticked off

ray of light (1000+ posts) Sun Dec-18-05 01:22 AM
Democratic Underground

AND I think it's time given all the stuff we know about the TIMES, and the media propaganda and the fact they withheld information about Bush before the election, AND they refuse to fix the election fraud...

STARTING TOMORROW, I WILL NOT LEAVE HOME WITHOUT AN ORANGE RIBBON or an ORANGE SHIRT or an ORANGE SCARF.

PLease join me and invite everyone you know to join too.

MAKE IT SAY, "IMPEACH BUSH AND KERRY IS THE REAL PRESIDENT"

Who is with me on this?

WE ARE FIGHTING FASCISM FOLKS AND IT"S TIME TO TAKE IT TO THE STREETS.

BUY THAT ORANGE AND START THE CONVERSATIONS STARTING NOW!

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Time For Apologies

By Hollis Martin

I have spent a great deal of time ruminating over the devastation of Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as other areas of the world we have plundered into and where we have left our remnants of death scattered about. I watch and listen to the various groups activating antiwar rallies to try and end the devastation, and while they are good and well meaning, I also believe personally that the era of such protests is now ending. It is time to be newly creative once again but in ways that allow us to speak out FOR something, not AGAINST it. While being against something expresses how we feel, it still carries a negative edge. I think now more than ever, this country is craving positive feelings, something good to be speaking out FOR! In a time when everything in the world seems so bleak, we need our hopes raised by having a cause to feel positive about. I would like to share my idea with you about how to do this.

Caroling at Karl Rove's House!

This Saturday Night at 6:00 pm...An official DAWN (DC Anti-War Network) Endorsed Action!

Everybody is invited! Join Us!

These favorites will warm your heart! Sing along to:

"I'm Dreaming of a White Christian"

Happy Holidays from COTAM.org !!

http://www.cotam.org

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Kerry Says Case for Impeachment Solid, then Flip-Flops and Wriggles

Impeachment is in the news! The Washington Post's Dan Froomkin reports on the latest impeachment poll here.

And the Hotline reports on comments by John Kerry:

Iraq, the Congress, and the Truth

By Rep. John Murtha

America wants and deserves real answers on Iraq: What is the clear definition of success? Is there a plan? How much longer and how many more lives? In short, what is the end game?

VIDEO - 'Good Morning, Mr. Rove'

Blogged by David Edwards on 12/14/2005 @ 11:48am PT...
http://www.bradblog.com/archives/00002157.htm

Robert Novak is Back: 'President Knows Who the Source Is'
Guest blogged by David Edwards If reporters and cameras greet you as you leave for work in the morning then you are probably in the media's spotlight. Karl Rove found...

2006 USLAW Political, Electoral & Legislative Plan

By US Labor Against the War

1. At December 3 meeting USLAW approves the resolution on support for antiwar legislation (see below).

2. USLAW calls on all its affiliates to pass a similar resolution and to inform and educate their members about such legislative initiatives, encouraging them to communicate their support to their members of Congress.

Corporate television news is undermining your right to know.

By IWT News

Thousands of people have died, and are still dying, in a war that a majority of people believe is based on half truths and misinformation. Congressman John Murtha said, "We've increased terrorism in the Middle East... We've increased instability in the Middle East." The world is a more dangerous place for all of us.

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7 de Enero: Día Nacional de Juntas Para Acabar con la Guerra

Estamos con: Backbone Campaign, Progressive Democrats of America, Latinos para America, After Downing Street, Democracy Cell Project, Cities for Peace, MilitaryFreeZone.Org, Operation Ceasefire, United for Peace and Justice, U.S. Tour of Duty, Hip Hop Caucus, Democracy Rising, World Can't Wait, and Gold Star Families for Peace pidiendo tu ayuda para organizar juntas públicas, grandes o pequeñas, este sábado, 7 de enero, con el tema de acabar con la Guerra en Irak.

UFPJ Statement on ANSWER

Ending the War in Iraq, Building a Broad Movement for Peace and Justice, And Our Experience with A.N.S.W.E.R.

From the Steering Committee, United for Peace and
Justice December 12, 2005

United for Peace and Justice aims to build the

Urgent Alert on Torture

Detainees may lose right to habeas corpus in deal with White House to prevent veto of McCain amendment against torture

Please call: Senators Levin (D-MI), Graham (R-SC), Warner (R-VA), McCain (R-AZ)

An Open Letter to Wealthy Patriots, from a Gold Star Mother

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2005/12/10/232831/45

George Bush will be speaking about the war at the World Affairs Council in Philadelphia on Monday. Tickets for the event are sold out, however, the luncheon tickets that are closest to Mr Bush were sold for $10,000. I would like to be at a table close enough to Mr Bush so that he could meet with me.

Bird Dogging Hillary Clinton: The Antiwar Movement Steps Up

ORIGINAL

by Joshua Frank
www.dissidentvoice.org
December 10, 2005

One has to be pleased that the antiwar movement is taking shape. Finally the target isn’t just George. W. Bush and gang. Last Monday night at a chic Manhattan fundraiser for Hillary Clinton, antiwar activists staked out the Senator and vowed to do so until she changes her position on the war.

Peace Action Calls for International Support of Peace Movement

Proposal for International Groups to Affect U.S. Foreign Policy

Unfortunately the Bush administration is driving horrible U.S. foreign policy including the occupation of Iraq. For those working on peace issues—especially on ending the occupation of Iraq—a change of U.S. policy is the top priority.

Unknown to many in the U.S. and my guess to our colleagues internationally is that the peace movement in the U.S. is woefully under-funded and under-resourced. Peace Action—the largest U.S. grassroots peace organization—has a combined budget of it’s various entities (100 Affiliates and Chapters across the country) of less than $5 million USD annually.
There are many reasons for this:

OpTruth & American Progress Announce TortureisnotUS.org

American Progress Action Fund and Operation Truth Launch
“Torture is Not US” TV Ad Campaign

Washington, DC – The American Progress Action Fund and Operation Truth announced today that they will be airing TV ads in select congressional districts as part of the TortureIsNotUS.org campaign. The campaign ads urge Congress to enact the McCain anti-torture amendment into law for the well-being of our troops and the nation’s efforts against terrorism.

U.S. Labor Against the War Statement

ORIGINAL

THE OCCUPATION OF IRAQ MUST END

The U.S. occupation of Iraq is in crisis. As any sensible union member knows, the first thing to do when you find you've dug yourself into a hole is to STOP DIGGING. The U.S. needs to find a way out of the mess that our government has gotten us into and stop digging this country deeper into Iraq. Every reason Bush gave for going to war -- Irag having weapons of mass destruction, Iraq collaborating with al Qaida and it being an imminent threat to the US -- has been proven false.

Condi's Trail of Lies

ORIGINAL

Condoleezza Rice's contradictory, misleading and outright false statements about the U.S. and torture have taken America's moral standing -- and her own -- to new depths.

By Sidney Blumenthal

Dec. 08, 2005 | The metamorphosis of Condoleezza Rice from the chrysalis of the protégé into the butterfly of the State Department has not been a natural evolution but has demanded self-discipline. She has burnished an image of the ultimate loyalist, yet betrayed her mentor, George H.W. Bush's national security advisor Brent Scowcroft. She is the team player, yet carefully inserted knives in the back of her predecessor, Colin Powell, climbing up them like a ladder of success. She is the person most trusted on foreign policy by the president, yet was an enabler for Vice President Cheney and the neoconservatives. Now her public relations team at the State Department depicts her as a restorer of realism, builder of alliances and maker of peace.

Rumsfeld's Handshake Deal with Saddam: History out of Media Bounds

ORIGINAL
By Norman Solomon

Thursday 08 December 2005

Christmas came 11 days early for Donald Rumsfeld two years ago, when the news broke that American forces had pulled Saddam Hussein from a spidery hole. During interviews about the capture, on CBS and ABC, the Pentagon's top man was upbeat. And he didn't have to deal with a question that Lesley Stahl or Peter Jennings could have logically chosen to ask: "Secretary Rumsfeld, you met with Saddam almost exactly 20 years ago and shook his hand. What kind of guy was he?"

Captors Holding Christian Peacemakers Announce 48 Hour Extension

ORIGINAL

Insurgents holding four members of a Christian Peacemaker Team kidnapped in Iraq had threatened to kill them tomorrow if Iraqi detainees are not released from U.S. custody. The group holding them has just announced that they have extended the deadline to December 10. Please continue to keep all involved in your thoughts and prayers.  May their captors' hearts be softened.   

Mayor of London Calls Bushies "A Gang of Thugs"

Mayor of London Calls Bushies "A Gang of Thugs"
By David Swanson

Ken Livingstone, the Mayor of London, England, threw a bash for anti-war activists this evening and denounced the Bush Administration as "a gang of thugs." He praised the work of those present from the US and the UK who have worked to end the war, including offering high praise for Cindy Sheehan, who also spoke.

Help World Can't Wait Run Ad

By World Can't Wait

We are aiming to blast out with the next phase of the battle to drive out the Bush regime by placing a full page ad in the NY Times within the next week.

Attached you will find a PDF file of the ad. This is a draft. Signatories are continuing to arrive so the list is not final. This ad needs to run now, before the colleges go on break. Please, donate all you can: $hundreds, $thousands, $ten thousand +. We need to raise $45,000 by Wednesday, December 7. So let us know as soon as possible what you can donate.

Counter-Recruitment Day Sweeps U.S. Colleges

Published on Monday, December 5, 2005 by CommonDreams.org
By Maya Schenwar

When the Solomon Amendment, the law that requires universities to allow military recruiters on campus, first passed in 1995, the bill's co-sponsor Rep. Richard Pombo (R-CA) declared an intention to "send a message over the wall of the ivory tower of higher education." On December 6, the "ivory tower" will send a message back. In court, the oral argument will be presented for FAIR v. Rumsfeld, the Supreme Court case which will decide the fate of the Solomon Amendment. On the street, thousands of students, teachers and peace activists will participate in the National Day of Counter-Recruitment, holding rallies and educational events in almost every major city. The day of protest, organized by Campus Anti-War Network (CAN) and endorsed by Cindy Sheehan, Howard Zinn and Kathy Kelly, is expected to be the largest student counter-recruitment action organized around the Iraq War to date. [See CAN's website at http://www.campusantiwar.net for detailed information and a full list of endorsers.]

Washington Peace Center Awarded Operation Ceasefire: Peace Event of The Year Award

Operation Ceasefire was honored to recieve this award from one of Washington DC's oldest and well respected peace organizations at their annual awards dinner. For more information on The Washington Peace Center visit http://www.washingtonpeacecenter.org/

Roll Call Rolls Out Republican Lies

Here's contact info for Roll Call that you may find yourself wanting as you read this article.
Roll Call phone: 202/824-6800, Email.

Will Democrats Resist What Republicans Couldn't in 1998?
December 5, 2005
By Stuart Rothenberg, Roll Call Contributing Writer

So far, the Democratic establishment has wisely resisted the temptation to make personal attacks on the president or to respond to the call for President Bush’s impeachment emanating from the party’s vocal "progressive" wing.

NATIONAL DAY OF COUNTER-RECRUITMENT

Join CINDY SHEEHAN, HOWARD ZINN, DAHR JAMAIL, war resisters PABLO PAREDES and CAMILO MEJIA, Progressive Democrats of America director TIM CARPENTER, Iraq Vets Against the War & Campus Antiwar Network member DAVID AIRHART, and -- by a unanimous vote of the city council --BERKELEY, CA in supporting this day of counter-recruitment actions this Tuesday, December 6! (Full endorsement list below.)

Progressive Primary Challenge to Hilary Launched

By David Swanson

On Tuesday in New York, Jonathan Tasini will announce the launch of his campaign for United States Senate, challenging Hilary Clinton in the Democratic primary.

A Democrat, at least one who convincingly opposes Bush, is very likely to win the general election in this race. This means that the primary is the real election, and the question is what kind of Democrat we want to have in the Senate.

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