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Statement about a joint rally and joint march for September 24.
The two major antiwar coalitions that have initiated and organized for a massive anti-war March on Washington for September 24 have agreed to organize a joint rally followed by a joint march. Both coalitions will organize under their own banners, slogans and with their own literature for the September 24 demonstration. The joint rally will begin at 11:30 am at the Ellipse in the front of the White House. We urge everyone around the country to unite and come out for the largest possible anti-war demonstration on September 24.
September 24-26: End the War on Iraq!
Three Days of Peace & Justice Actions in Washington, D.C.
Report Sent in By Phil Restino
I just wanted to thank you once again for putting together and posting on your website the afterdowningstreet.org "honor our dead" 20 x 30 sign kit ... i was able to print up a few of them in time for last Wednesday's national vigil to support cindy sheehan ... in daytona beach we had between 70 and 80 people protesting ... maybe more ... we got coverage in the daytona beach news-journal in the local section with both photos and text ... anyway, attached is one of the 11 photos i took from the daytona beach vigil ... it has a few of the "honor our dead" signs in it....
Phil Restino reports:
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Pat Robertson calls for Assassination of Foreign Leader
When: Monday, August 22, 2005 at 6:30 PM and 11:00 PM EST
Where: Christian Broadcast Network “The 700 Club
From Global Exchange
Yesterday, extremist right-wing televangelist and Bush supporter Pat Robertson for the assassination of democratically-elected President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela.
The remarks have been condemned by the National Council of Churches, Global Exchange, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Representatives José Serrano and Barbara Lee, among others. Conspicuously absent from condemning this call to terrorist homicide is the Bush administration, of whom Pat Robertson and his 700 Club represents a key support base.
1. ACTION: WHAT YOU CAN DO!
2. Statement from Global Exchange
3. AP Story, Televangelist Calls for Chavez' Death
Petition Launched in Support of Exit Strategy for Iraq
-- Congressional Hearings Scheduled for Next Month
Last week, two organizations seeking an end to the Iraq War, began collecting signatures on a petition to Congress calling for an exit strategy. Thus far over 13,000 signatures have been collected on the websites of Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) and Peace Action.
A growing number of organizations are promoting the petition, including: After Downing Street, National Organization for Women (NOW), Democrats.com, Women's Action for New Directions, Peace Majority, and others.
Here are some photos of the Move America Backward brigade stopping in Sacramento at the KFBK radio studios on 8/22 en route to Crawford, TX. They numbered about 40, and we also had about 40 to counter them. The caravan is supposed to arrive in Crawford on 8/27 after picking up "thousands" of Cindy stiflers on the way.
Gary Zimmerman, Sacramento, CA
Check out the photos of this protest - In Salt Lake City! http://whatreallyhappened.com/IMAGES/SLC8-22/
Tuesday August 23, 2005
BUSH in Donnelly, ID: The White House has said Bush will be staying at
the exclusive Tamarack Resort while participating in activities that
could include fishing for wild rainbow trout or riding a mountain bike
on forest trails with Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne, also a Republican.
[Washington Post, 8/20/05]
Wednesday August 24, 2005
BUSH in Nampa, ID: Bush plans to travel to Nampa for a speaking
engagement where he'll discuss the U.S. war on terror. The Idaho Center
has been reserved for that date, though White House officials declined
to confirm if the president would be speaking there. [Associated Press,
Seven State Democratic Parties Now Say Yes to Withdrawal
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, August, 22nd 2005
Flagstaff, AZ - The Arizona Democratic Party passed a resolution Saturday calling for an "expeditious withdrawal of troops in Iraq." The resolution was put forth by grassroots activists in Sedona and supported by local activists affiliated with Progressive Democrats of America (PDA.)
This marks seven states in which grassroots activists have put forth resolutions calling for an exit from Iraq. Other states that activists have passed resolutions include California, New Mexico, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, and New Jersey.
Get Your Bus Tickets Online NOW!
The Troops Out Now Coalition (TONC) applauds the agreement between the National September 24th Coalition (of which it is a part) and United for Peace and Justice to hold a unified anti-war protest in Washington D.C. on September 24. Now all attention and energy can be turned to building the biggest strongest protest possible to Shut Down the War and Bring the Troops Home Now!
Here's what you can do!
1) Buy your bus ticket online to get on the bus for September 24! (tickets available online for 7 New York metro locations including Jersey City and Long Island City, as well as Atlanta, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Buffalo and Boston, at the following link:
By Tom Hayden
“We need a strategy to win in Iraq, or an exit strategy to leave.
President George W. Bush
1700 Pennsylvania Avenue
Re: Sgt. Jeremy R. Smith, U.S. Army Reserves, Deceased
On February 13, 2004, I lost my son, Sgt. Jeremy R. Smith, U.S. Army Reserves, while he was on active duty preparing for deployment to Iraq. Jeremy was killed on Highway 36, just outside of Gatesville, TX on the way back to Ft. Hood after renting a car so he and his buddies could have one last night out on the town before their departure to Iraq five days later. Jeremy was not killed in action, but he died a hero just the same, a hero formed from the standards of the United States Army that helped to shape him. On the way back to the base, Jeremy attempted to pass a car in order to get ahead of it. Too late, he saw a truck coming from the opposite direction. Jeremy could not get back into his lane without causing an accident. So, he drove off the road and straight into a stand of trees going 80 mph. The location of my son’s death is about 27 miles from your ranch, where you are currently vacationing.
For 12 noon; Monday, August 22, 2005; Salt Lake City, Utah
Military Families, Veterans, Supporters Gather to Ask:
Why are Our Loved Ones Dying In an Unjust War?
SALT LAKE CITY, August 19, 2005: Gold Star families, military families and veterans, along with other concerned Utahans, will be gathering in downtown Salt Lake City on Monday, August 22 to call on President Bush to meet with Cindy Sheehan and the military and Gold Star families who are encamped outside the President’s ranch in Crawford, Texas. They will further call for the President to end the war and bring the troops home. The President will be in Salt Lake City Monday to address the annual convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. As of today, 1,862 service men and women have lost their lives in the Iraq war – nine of whom were from Utah.
Rocky's call to protest Bush makes vets see red
Mayor's e-mail: 'Nothing radical,' supporters say
By Glen Warchol
The Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson called for "the biggest demonstration this state has ever seen" to protest President Bush's appearance Monday before a national veterans convention.
"This administration has been disastrous to the country," Anderson said Friday. "If people could organize and speak out in an effective manner from the reddest state in the country, that would garner a lot of attention."
In an e-mail Wednesday to about 10 activist leaders, the maverick mayor of Utah's capital called for a diverse demonstration to greet Bush when he speaks to the Veterans of Foreign Wars at the Salt Palace Convention Center. The mayor plans to join the protesters.
On September 26, United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ) is organizing people from all around the country to meet with Congress Members, Senators, and their staffs to urge them to stand up against the war. If your group is planning to bring a delegation to DC to pressure your Representatives and Senators, phone those offices right away this Monday and set up appointments on Sept. 26 with your elected officials or their staff. Then register your group on the UFPJ website:
If you are an individual interested in joining an existing delegation, send an email to
Host a Back-to-School Event
Because most high schools turn over their student lists to military recruiters in October, it's imperative that we get as many kids as possible "opted out" during the month of September. Parents, teachers, grandparents and concerned citizens are planning Leave My Child Alone back-to-school events from September 7-30. It's easy to host an event at your home or local coffee shop -- we provide you all the forms and information you need, plus a free DVD on opting out featuring Cindy Sheehan if you register with us online before Aug. 31. Click here to register an event now and help local parents opt out!
By Brian Bogart
Finally, after reading hundreds of your letters today, I can write one to you.
Thank you very much for writing. (You have all been put on the IntelligentFuture email list for updates.) So many nations out there! Glad to hear from you.
The Strike for Peace plan is going well, and I want to encourage you to spread word that this is all about connecting our 300-plus Pentagon-funded schools across the nation, and transferring 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 on the first day of school, September 26.
By Kevin Zeese
August 19, 2005
Tom Hayden is an anti-war activist who most recently was the lead author of “The Peoples Petition for Iraqi Peace.
By Tom Hayden
“So we have to go. But how to get out is the great question. Somebody should
write a book about military withdrawals because they are so much more difficult
Backed by Noam Chomsky and more than 100 other professors so far...a call has been put out for a student strike on Sept. 26
This will make it possible for more students to go to Washington DC that weekend for the peace demonstration and lobbying.
By Brian Bogart
A single policy decision made in secluded chambers of the White House shortly after World War II explains why our financial and intellectual creativity focuses on lethal technologies, why 51% of our taxes go to defense and less than 5% to education, why there are 6000 military bases in the United States and 1000 US bases overseas, why comprehensive agendas support war fighting and weak agendas address human services and the environment, and why our top industry since 1950 remains the manufacture and sale of weapons.
Fauquier Times Democrat (Virginia)
By Bill Day, Warrenton
There are times when an issue facing our country is so significant that writing a letter to an elected official is not sufficient.
Leaving a message with the official's staff and becoming a tick on a list of "pros" or "cons" is also inadequate. There are times when a face-to-face meeting is necessary.
On July 28, I joined a group of citizens from Virginia's 10th Congressional District to meet with Rep. Frank Wolf in his Capitol Hill office.
Congressman Wolf had been invited to come to Warrenton the previous Saturday evening to meet with a larger group of which this delegation was a part, but he had been unable to attend or to provide a statement addressing the group's concerns about information revealed in the Downing Street Minutes (see the Aug. 20 and Aug. 27 issues of the Democrat, or http://www.afterdowningstreet.org).
Contributed by the BackBoneCampaign
Local Pressure on Senators: Use This Form:
Example Legislative District Resolution to Senators to urge Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS), Chair of Senate Select Committee on Intelligence to Initiate Phase II of Promised Investigation into the use or misuse of pre-war intelligence:
WHEREAS the Chair of the Senate Select Committee on intelligence, Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS) determined that the investigation into pre-war intelligence would be carried out in two phases: Phase I investigating the quality of the intelligence and Phase II the use or misuse of that intelligence; and
Contributed by the BackBoneCampaign
Local Pressure on Congress Member: Use This Form:
A Resolution by the (your legislative district or caucus)
Urging (your Congressional Representative) to Co-Sponsor H. Res. 375
WHEREAS we are concerned regarding the rationale which precipitated the extensive and ongoing injury and loss of life suffered by over eighteen hundred of our nation’s military personnel and countless thousands of innocent Iraqi civilians, and
WHEREAS the information in the Downing Street Documents strongly suggests that President Bush intentionally deceived Congress about the reasons for war, and
Cindy Sheehan has riveted the nation's attention, but Bush is unlikely to reverse course. And Congress will not act unless we push them. Now is the moment to demand that every member of Congress support a Resolution of Inquiry into what the Bush Administration was saying about its justifications for war three years ago. Did Casey Sheehan die for a noble cause? Let the President show us what it was. Please read this letter from AfterDowningStreet member Mike Hersh:
Rep. Barbara Lee introduced a Resolution of Inquiry [H.Res. 375] to investigate Bush Administration deceit and wrongdoing leading up to the Iraq War. The After Downing Street Coaltion (www.afterdowningstreet.org) is working with Rep. Lee's office and others implementing an ongoing strategy to gain Congressional co-sponsors for this Resolution.
August 16, 2005
We are happy to announce that we will have two guest speakers at our monthly PDA Virginia meeting this Saturday:
Ven Neralla, Legislative Director for Rep. Barbara Lee of California. Lee introduced a resolution a week before the summer recess, which by law must be taken up and voted on, up or down, within 14 legislative days (meaning by Sept. 16), demanding from the Bush Administration all the documentation of interactions with the British government on matters concerning Iraq, during most of 2002, as a means of assessing the validity of the Downing Street documents. Pushing Congress members to support this Resolution of Inquiry is extremely important and should be a focus of all anti-war activities. It already has over 40 sponsors. Ven has agreed to talk to us about the state of play of this and other Congressional resolutions aimed at ending the US occupation of Iraq.
08.17.2005 Steve Cobble
No wonder Rush is telling lies about Cindy--her vigil has helped drop George W. Custer's job approval ratings 5% this week!
According to Rasmussen's daily tracking poll, W's job ratings have gone from 48% approval/50% disapproval (8/10), down to 43% approval/55% disapproval (8/17).
A downward swing of 10% in one week.
At one of my favorite web sites, Chris Bowers has been analyzing the Rasmussen ratings to try to figure out if W's going to drop down below 40% pretty soon.
The oil man's numbers are pretty lame. Only 21% of adults "strongly approve" of the job he's doing; a record 55% disapprove, including 41% who "strongly disapprove" (twice the "strongly approve" number).