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Federation of Oil Unions in Iraq formed

Federation of Oil Unions in Iraq formed in Iraqby Hassan Juma'a Awwad Al-Assadi, President, Federation of Oil UnionsNovember 4th, 2005

From US Labor Against the War

All are aware of the role that Iraqi labour unions have played in theprevious and present phrases of Iraq's history as the most importantbasis of Iraqi society for development and construction. Unionscontinued with their work until they became the object of a conspiracyon the part of the despotic regime, which stripped them of their rightsin 1987. After the dictator fell, on 20/04/2003, that is eleven daysafter the entry of the occupation forces, activists formed the oilUnion, the first nucleus of which was the Southern Oil Company and theother oil companies. The Union masterfully led the process of buildingand reconstruction and equipping of the plants and oil installations andthe process of improving living conditions and obtaining the rights ofits members. ...Building on what has gone before and in accordance with presentexperiences of Iraqis as part of embodying the practice of democracy forthe new phase, we announce with God's blessing the formation of theFederation of Oil Unions in Iraq, with its centre in Basra, composed ofunions representing the oil sector in Basra, Meisan, and DhiQar, as a Federation specialised in all aspects of the oil sector and part of the movement of Iraqi labour unions. READ COMPLETE ARTICLE AT:

National Priorities Project adds military recruitment data

National Priorities Project Bulletin

In the long tradition of National Priorities Project turning data into action, NPP releases today a major expansion of the NPP Database. With the addition of military recruitment data, we're once again highlighting the cost of war and militarism on local communities.

As of today, from anywhere in the country, you can find out the number of military recruits in 2004 that came from your high school, zip code, county or your state, along with breakdowns by race, ethnicity, gender and income levels. Get your local numbers at: www.nationalpriorities.org/database.

Veterans Day Parade NYC

From U.S. Labor Against the War

Friday, November 11, 2005, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Up Fifth Avenue, from 26th Street to 56th Street

Labor participation in Anti-War Action at the NYC Veterans Day Parade: Iraq Vets Against the War, Military Families Speak Out, Veterans for Peace, and Gold Star Families for Peace are having an anti-war float at the Veterans Day Parade on Friday, Nov. 11th. They are asking for only Veterans and their families to join them in the parade. If you know of any union activists or anti-war activists, co-workers, friends, neighbors, etc, who are vets or their families, please tell them to meet at 10:30 am on E. 28th Street between Madison and Fifth Avenue on Nov. 11th. US Labor Against the War and other anti-war groups will have an anti-war contingent as observers on the parade line of march (Fifth Avenue between 26th and 51 Streets --exact details will be sent out as soon as we have them), so if you can come to the parade on Friday, November 11th, please consider joining us.

Forum on the Iraq War featuring views from leading Democrats

November 5, 2005 from 7-9 p.m.
Turners Falls High School
222 Turnpike Road, Montague, MA

Please join us for an exciting event
A panel discussion with Congressman Jim McGovern and John Bonifaz.
Massachusetts Democratic Party Chairman Phil Johnston will moderate the forum.

At their annual state convention in June, Massachusetts Democrats unanimously approved a resolution calling for an end to the war in Iraq.

The panelists will discuss how the U.S. got involved in the war, the present situation in Iraq, and our exit strategy.

What: A panel discussion on the Iraq War

Who: Congressman Jim McGovern

Feet to the Fire: New York Event

COME LISTEN AND TALK TO A RARE PANEL OF FOUR OF U.S. MEDIA'S MOST BRILLIANT AND FORTHRIGHT REPORTERS AND NEWS EXECUTIVES DISCUSSING PRE-WAR AND WAR REPORTING

Distinguished journalists Paul Krugman, John MacArthur, Chris Hedges and Tom Yellin will be on a panel at the Union Square Barnes and Noble (33 East 17th Street) at 7:00pm on November 11, 2005 to discuss their interviews in Kristina Borjesson's new book, FEET TO THE FIRE: The Media After 9/11, Top Journalists Speak Out. Books signed by all of them will be available.

FEET TO THE FIRE contains a series of 21 interviews with leading reporters specializing in areas most germane to pre-war and war reporting. There are five sections in the book:

New Poll: Majority of Americans Support Impeachment

For Immediate Release: November 4, 2005

New Poll Shows Majority of Americans Support Impeachment;
ImpeachPAC is Launched to Support Pro-Impeachment Candidates

By a margin of 53% to 42%, Americans want Congress to impeach President Bush if he lied about the war in Iraq, according to a new poll commissioned by AfterDowningStreet.org, a grassroots coalition that supports a Congressional investigation of President Bush's decision to invade Iraq in 2003.

The poll was conducted by Zogby International, the highly-regarded non-partisan polling company. The poll interviewed 1,200 U.S. adults from October 29 through November 2.

Should the U.S. Withdraw? Let the Iraqi People Decide

By Abigail A. Fuller and Neil Wollman

Give us three minutes and we can find an op-ed piece in a U.S. newspaper calling for the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq, or arguing that they should stay. The arguments are varied and numerous: If the U.S. leaves, anarchy will ensue. Occupation forces are a target for foreign terrorists. Bush should set a timetable for withdrawal. Setting a timetable would embolden those using violence in Iraq. And so on.

What is missing from this picture? Any discussion of what the Iraqi people themselves want. The opinions of those most affected by this war count the most. And so a nationwide referendum should be conducted in Iraq on the question of whether U.S. troops should stay or go, in which every Iraqi can vote directly on this question. What the U.S. public wants is much discussed in the media-nearly every week poll results are announced indicating how many people believe the United States should withdraw all or some troops from Iraq (63 percent, according to the latest USA Today/CNN Gallup Poll) and how many believe the United States made a mistake in sending troops to Iraq (59 percent, from the same poll).

DEC. 22, 2005 - GLOBAL MINUTE FOR PEACE DAY - CELEBRATE!

By John McConnell, Founder of Earth Day

The first observance of a global Minute for Peace was at the time of President John F. Kennedy's death. His efforts to see peace realized through the United Nations were ended in Dallas at 19:00 GMT, the very moment on the global clock when the United Nations Charter was signed eighteen years earlier. In the Minute for Peace broadcast given at the end of the mourning period (December 22, 1963), a recording of President Kennedy was broadcast globally -- proceeded by Front Page announcements in many newspapers telling when this would occur.

Daschle Favors Eventual End to Slaughter

MARY CLARE JALONICK
Associated Press

WASHINGTON - Former Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle is calling for all U.S. troops to withdraw from Iraq by the end of 2007.

The South Dakota Democrat, defeated for re-election last November, planned to outline his foreign policy vision in Chicago Wednesday evening - two days before a planned visit to the politically pivotal state of Iowa.

Daschle has been generally quiet since his defeat but has increased his public appearances in recent weeks. He has not ruled out a presidential run in 2008 and has said he would like to increase his role in public service.

Stop funding the war! Bring them home!

By Progressive Democrats of America

Take Action!

Ask your member of Congress to support legislation to stop funding the deployment of U.S. Armed Forces in Iraq

Later this week or next week, Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Massachusetts) will introduce legislation to stop funding the deployment of U.S. Armed Forces in Iraq. The bill would allow Defense Department funds to be used only to provide for: the safe and orderly withdrawal of all troops; consultations with other governments, NATO, and the UN regarding international forces; and financial assistance and equipment to either Iraqi security forces and/or international forces. In addition, the bill would not prohibit or restrict non-defense funding to carry out reconstruction in Iraq.

Party down

By Steven T. Jones and Tim Redmond
San Francisco Bay Guardian

The GOP is in free fall, and it's time to take the country back.

BASEBALL METAPHORS CAN be taken way too far. Special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald demonstrated that during the press conference he held on the criminal indictment of I. Lewis Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney's top aide. In a long and drawn-out analogy involving a pitcher and a hit batter, Fitzgerald likened himself to an umpire who had "dust thrown in his eyes," claiming Libby's lies had made it hard for him to determine who should be indicted for the vengeful outing of Valerie Plame as a CIA agent.

Support for Free Speech at Kent State

From TrapRockPeace

"...My son, Casey Austin Sheehan, was recruited out of college and
his recruiter promised him the sun and moon to enlist and delivered
only an early grave. Not only should Mr. Airhart not be fined,
suspended or expelled for his heroic act, but he should be given some
kind of commendation from the college administration." --- Cindy
Sheehan, statement of support for David Airhart and Kent State students

"Surely, the memory of that shameful episode at Kent State in 1970
would be enough to make the university administration sensitive to

ENCOURAGE SENATE DEMS TO FIGHT FOR INVESTIGATION

ENCOURAGE SENATE DEMS TO FIGHT FOR INVESTIGATION

Senator Harry Reid today spoke out strongly and forced the Senate into an unusual closed session to discuss the Senate Intelligence Committee Chair's refusal to conduct the investigation into White House war lies that his committee agreed in February 2004 to conduct.
http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/4298

"Be prepared to face this motion every day until you face this reality," said Senator Richard Durbin.
http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/4302

The New York Times reports: "Afterward, the Senate majority leader, Bill Frist, Republican of Tennessee, announced an agreement with the Senate minority leader, Harry Reid, Democrat of Nevada, to end the closed session. Senator Frist said each leader would appoint three senators to investigate the Senate Intelligence Committee's schedule for completing its investigation. The panel is to report back by Nov. 14. It was not immediately clear what use would be made of the report."

Sacramento Taking Up Troops-Home Resolution This Evening

Hello fellow Bravehearts!

For months now, the Sacramento Coalition to End the War has worked to draft a resolution for the Sacramento City Council to adopt. The Resolution would require President Bush and Congress to implement a plan that would bring the troops home in a rapid and comprehensive manner. Sacramento for Democracy has been a part of that Coalition. Perhaps you have received emails from other groups about TONIGHT'S CITY COUNCIL MEETING; as well, it has been posted on our website.

After an initial version was presented to the City Council earlier this year, a series of meetings with individual Council members took place, but a necessary momentum was never achieved -- the idea of the Resolution remained in an ongoing limbo. It was not until August, when the combined events of the protests in Crawford with Cindy Sheehan and the catastrophe of Katrina, did the message of the Resolution come into clear focus. Soon after, Councilmember Lauren Hammond agreed to sponsor the item --- so that it could be put on the agenda at TONIGHT'S City Council meeting. The combined work of the Coalition, along with Council members Hammond and Ray Tretheway, has resulted in the "Hammond-Tretheway" Resolution, and will be considered at tonight's meeting!

A Bad Week for Bush

ACTION ALERT * UNITED FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE
www.unitedforpeace.org | 212-868-5545 | Click to subscribe

Without a doubt, George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Karl Rove and rest of the crew in the White House would love to leave last week in the past. For sure, when the president's nominee for the highest court of the land has to withdraw, that doesn't look good for the White House. But much more happened last week.

The 2,000th U.S. military serviceperson died in Iraq - and the whole country took notice, with a strong majority now agreeing with the peace movement that this war should never have happened and the troops should be brought home. Public outcry over the war continues to grow, and well over 1,000 antiwar activities in every corner of the country marked this tragic milestone.

Talking Points on House Resolution 505

This piece of legislation is the clearest way for Congress to demand a serious investigation of the Plame leak and the war lies that preceded it.

This privileged Resolution of Inquiry, introduced by Dennis Kucinich, has a lifespan of 14 legislative days, ending on or about November 9 with a vote in the House International Relations Committee. It is crucial that we build support before that date through a long list of cosponsors.

H Res 505 would require the White House to turn over all white papers, minutes, notes, emails or other communications kept by the White House Iraq Group (WHIG). The WHIG, comprised of the President's and Vice President's top aides, was central to the White House's effort to sell Congress, the media, and the public a war on fraudulent grounds.

CAMPAIGN TO DRIVE OUT BUSH REGIME HOLDS RALLY AT WHITE HOUSE

World Can't Wait
305 W Broadway #185,
NY, NY 10013
866-973-4463
www.worldcantwait.org

October 31, 2005

For Immediate Release
Contact: Mary Lou Greenberg 917-903-3538
encampment@worldcantwait.org

CAMPAIGN TO DRIVE OUT BUSH REGIME HOLDS RALLY AT STEPS OF THE WHITE HOUSE
Nationwide actions on November 2
WASHINGTON, DC LAFAYETTE PARK
11:30 AM-2:00 PM

The movement to drive out the Bush regime begins tomorrow, Wednesday,
November 2 with actions in 67 cities, 43 colleges and universities, and 90
high schools (at last count). In Washington DC, people will gather at
11:30 am in Lafayette Park, at the gates of the White House, to serve

Where Are You, Bernie?

Urging action for impeachment
Rutland Herald
Letter to Editor

I sent this letter to Rep. Bernard Sanders on July 9:

"I sent you the first version of this letter about a year ago. In reply I received a non-responsive form letter about the situation in Iraq. Since that time the threat to the United States posed by the Bush administration has grown more grave, and we are faced with three and a half more disastrous years.

"I write to urge you to put before the House Judiciary Committee a motion to impeach George W. Bush and Richard Cheney on the following grounds:

They have conspired to endanger Americans at home and abroad by initiating and pursuing a war of aggression based on false premises.

Print Out a Poster

No! This Regime Does Not Represent Us!

Posted by: Captain on http://PEJ.org Monday, October 31, 2005 - 03:42 PM
No! This Regime Does Not Represent Us!
by Gerry Deiter

PEJ News - On Nov. 2, the first anniversary of Bush's "re-selection," people in 67 cities, at 43 colleges and universities, and 90 high schools (at last count) will leave work and school and gather in the city centers to declare No! This Regime Does Not Represent Us! and to launch a movement to drive Bush from power.

For more info, see www.worldcantwait.org and http://speakingoutondrivebush.blogspot.com

67 CITIES, 45 CAMPUSES, 90 HIGH SCHOOLS - RED STATE & BLUE: In the four months since the WCW call was issued, chapters have been formed in 53 cities, with demonstrations taking place in another 14; students at 43 colleges and universities will be participating; and there are 90 high schools where significant numbers of students will take part.

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IRAQ TOWN HALLS IN APRIL:
A Serious Peace Strategy Emerges

In 2006 we elected a Congress to end the occupation of Iraq. If we don't hold that Congress to it, we will not have the power in 2008 to elect anyone for any stated purpose. Fulfillment of campaign promises will be entirely optional in 2009. Our last chance to hold the current Congress to its commitment is in the coming month of April, when the House takes up Bush's request for another $102 billion of our grandchildren's money.

THE WORLD CAN'T WAIT

AS IT BECOMES CLEARER THAT THE WORLD CAN'T WAIT, A MOVEMENT TO DRIVE OUT
THE BUSH REGIME TAKES SHAPE - AND GAINS MOMENTUM

"The Bush Administration is the most dangerous force that has ever
existed. It is more dangerous than Nazi Germany because of the range and
depth of its activities and intentions worldwide. I give my full support
to the Call to Drive out the Bush Regime."
- Nobel Laureate Harold Pinter, October 31, 2005

By Debra Sweet, National Coordinator, World Can't Wait, www.worldcantwait.org

On November 2, people in 67 cities, 43 colleges and universities, and 90
high schools (at last count) are walking out of school and work and

Tips for Phoning on H Res 505

Some Tips for Making Successful Phone Calls to Reps

* Know who to ask for and what their title is. A good guess would
be the Legislative Director or the person who deals with
Iraq legislation.

* Best times to call: First choice is between 9 am and 11:30 am
EST. Second choice is late in the day between 4:30 and
6 pm

* Ask for the person by their first name. Sound casual like you
know them. Say that you are a constituent [if true], and say
which organization you represent [if relevant.] Say that you think
the aide would be interested to hear some news; or you have

Legislative Feed Back Form

Please call your Congressional House Member's D.C. office and ask to speak to the Legislative Director. Ask them to cosponsor H. Res. 505, and then enter their response into the form below:

House Resolution/Bill Number:
Activist Name:
Activist Email:
Activist Phone:
State:
Congressperson
Date of Call (mm/dd/yy)
Staffperson Reached Name
Staffperson Reached Title
HRes505 Status
Other Status:

The World Can't Wait

THE WORLD CAN'T WAIT: Hold a Vigil or Rally Against Bush on Wednesday

November 2nd is the one-year anniversary of the election. Numerous organizations are working together to create vigils and rallies around the country against the war and against the Bush regime. Go here to get involved:

http://www.worldcantwait.net

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

SEND CONGRESS SOME SPINE

After Downing Street is working with the BackBone Campaign to encourage Congress Members to cosponsor a Resolution of Inquiry into the White House Iraq Group. Click here to download a Spine Postcard PDF to print (preferably on cardstock) and send to your Congress member.

Or visit the Spine Card page.
http://backbonecampaign.org/page.cfm?id=67

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BONIFAZ MAY RUN FOR MASS. SECRETARY OF STATE

Iraq vet works against war

Rodolfo Gonzalez © News
Iraq war veteran Kelly Dougherty, 27, of Colorado Springs, right, smiles as Korean War veteran E.L. Van Laningham, 75, of Colorado Springs, offers words of support following a press conference at the Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Center in Colorado Springs on Aug. 25.

Iraq vet works against war
Former soldier's doubts grew as conflict wore on

By Deborah Frazier, Rocky Mountain News
October 31, 2005

COLORADO SPRINGS - Sgt. Kelly Dougherty went to Iraq in 2003, doubting that the war was just.

She returned in 2004, certain it was wrong, and co-founded Iraq Veterans Against the War.

The Department of TORTURE

By thepen

As always, we begin with the action links:

http://www.nocrony.com/no_conservative.htm (Supreme Court)

http://www.nocrony.com/no_torture.htm (McCain Amendment)

The Senate amendment to the new Defense Appropriations Act would explicitly prohibit the U.S. government from subjecting those in its custody to cruel, inhumane, or degrading treatment or punishment. It's pretty straightforward stuff. Yet despite a rousing 90-9 vote for its passage, there are still dark forces at work trying to subvert the intent of this measure, the language of which must survive the conference committee in the House of Representatives.

Demand the truth

LINK TO ORIGINAL

Demand the truth
Join with other people of faith in signing this petition to demand the truth about why we went to war with Iraq. This petition will be delivered to your senators and member of Congress. Then, tell your friends! We are trying to get 25,000 signatures by Wednesday.

Tell me more
Send this petition to:
Your Congressperson
Your Senators
As a person of faith, I believe that truth-telling is a religious and moral value. When we lie, it eats away at our souls. The indictment of I. Lewis Libby, vice presidential chief of staff, raises serious questions as to whether we went to war based simply on massive intelligence failures, or whether there were serious efforts to suppress the truth.

Writing in an Age of Terror

Writing in an Age of Terror
By David Swanson

Remarks delivered at National Writers Union conference in Philadelphia, October, 29, 2005, opening forum with Ed Herman, Danny Schechter, and Linn Washington, on "Writing in an Age of Terror."

_______________

Obviously, if this really were an age of terror, an age in which we were all terrorized, there would be no writing. You can't write if you're terrorized. I mean, you can, but your writing will have all the clarity of a campaign speech by John Kerry, or all the relevance of the election-year literature produced by the AFL-CIO, which refused to acknowledge that there was a war in Iraq.

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