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Saturday, January 07, 2006
The dialogue Mark Kirk won't have...the district has started it without him
Ellen's Tenth Congressional District Blog
What an extraordinary afternoon! We had a real dialogue on the Iraq war in the Tenth District with a panel of remarkable speakers, Robert Gard, Ron Miller and David Cortright (from left to right). The only shame was that our current congressman, Mark Kirk refused to attend the meeting he should have hosted. He was probably too busy airing out his topcoat from the smell of fish or maybe he was comforting a troubled friend.
Out of Iraq – Forum
Ray Mcgovern - US Army Veteran and 27 year CIA analyst
Gael Murphy - Co-founder of CODEPINK: Women for a Peace
Steve Cobble - Strategic Political Advisor and Speechwriter
Democracy Cell Project
Just back from our Town Hall Forum in Northbrook, IL (ok, with a short stop for dinner and a badly needed glass or two of wine)... So much to tell, but I need to collect my thoughts & notes so that I can give you all a meaningful summary of the highlights. In the meantime, here are some quick points:
We are having a great event here at Busboys and Poets, in Washington DC. We have a pretty highly educated audience here, of course; many are already working daily to end the war, and they know the truth of it.
Madame Defarge just called from north Chicago area. They had over 200 people in a library auditorium, 175 in an adjoining room--cramped--watching a live feed. And they had to turn away over 100 others.
Questioner now asking about the rest of us--those who cannot see the need for withdrawal. How are we going to talk to them?
Answers: Cliff Kindy: He shares the issue of depleted uranium weaponry, and has seen the results of its use in Mosul and Fallujah. Babies born with deformities, with organs outside of the bodies. Secretary of Veterans Affairs resigned because 3/4 of veterans from Gulf War I are on permanent disability.
Lila Rajiva is now speaking. She is the author of The Language of Empire: Abu Ghraib and the American Media and is speaking to the terrors of war, particularly against women.
She says that the military would like us to believe that only low level soldiers commit these crimes. But she offers that fact that they were smiling and were proud.
Live Blogging from DC
Democracy Cell Project
Kevin Zeese reporting that only 31 % believe we can win in Iraq. Only 2% believe the Congress has the best interests of the military at heart.
FIT THE BATTLE...
Dick Bell, Karen Bradley
Democracy Cell Project
A cold morning in Lafayette Park, the White House glistening in the bright morning sun. Four mounted park police stand in formation opposite the White House fence, while another policewoman plays a rough game wrestling with a K-9 dog over a foot-long orange plastic attack-dog toy.
Ray of Light
Today was the first day towards taking back our government. The focus was on ending the Iraq occupation. Afterdowningstreet, the Democracy Cell Project, Code Pink, and The world can't wait have people attending local events and have asked all of us to attend and to bring people into these town halls to learn.
Live blogging from Livonia Part 2,
Suz Krueger, Democracy Cell Project
Just got back from the Out of Iraq townhall in Livonia.
I would call the Livonia Townhall a terrific success. There were people (like me) who drove from 2 hours away to hear this information and to learn about what we can do to save our democracy.
We need your help to get ready for the State of The Union Address Protest on January 31st. We will bring out the noise and demand Bush step down. We have flyers available at the office and soon available for download. There are weekly meetings on Sundays at 1 PM at the Peace Center. Also, World Can't Wait is participating with the After Downing Street Coalition, Progressive Democrats of America and other organizations in public meetings Saturday, January 7, on the topic of ending the war!
This is Suz Krueger, live blogging at John Conyer’s Iraq Town Hall Meeting in Livonia, Michigan.
Though I arrived later because roads were icy and despite terrible road conditions, the room was to capacity and overflowing--close to 200 people here at Livonia Town Hall and people are still coming.
Tuesday, January 10
8:30 a.m. Press Conference
9:30 a.m. Court Hearing
100 Centre Street, Part B
On October 17, 2005 18 grandmothers that were a part of a coalition of groups calling themselves Granny Peace Brigade were arrested and jailed for attempting to enlist in the army at the Times Square Military Recruiting Center. These grandmothers were willing to participate in civil disobedience to make a a strong statement about the lack of truth that is used to pressure young people to enlist. Their message was "End the war in Iraq and bring the troops home immediately."
Congressman John Conyers, Jr.
Michigan, 14th District
Ranking Member, U.S. House Judiciary Committee
Dean, Congressional Black Caucus
Congressman John Conyers will speak at the Jan. 7th Town Hall Forum in Livonia, Mich.
By Nick Mottern, coordinator, www.ConsumersforPeace.org
The manager of the Radisson Lexington Hotel in midtown Manhattan was agitated as he ushered us out of the hotel’s lobby on December 30. It was understandable because two colleagues and I were wearing signs that said: “Boycott ExxonMobil/Radisson – U.S. Out of Iraq/Impeach Bush - ConsumersforPeace.org.
Friday January 6, 2006
BUSH in Chicago, IL: President Bush tours the Chicago Board of Trade
and then delivers an address on the economy. [CNN.com, 1/3/06]
NEW* CHENEY in Kansas City, MO: Cheney delivers his own economic speech
Brave Troops Foolish Leaders: Operation Homecoming Event this Saturday
(Seattle, WA) The Backbone Campaign and Progressive Democrats of
America are hosting a town meeting to launch Operation Homecoming and to
By Bob Fertik, Democrats.com
Over at MyDD, Chris Bowers is launching an awesome project:
Ever since the 2003 primary season, the notion of political blogs conducting or commissioning their own telephone polls has flickered to the surface every now and then. A few months ago, Impeach PAC became the first blog to actually go through with it, raising enough money to commission Zogby to run a poll on impeachment.
By Askia Muhammad, FinalCall.com News
WASHINGTON (FinalCall.com) - The U.S. Constitution, itself, is in crisis because the Bush administration has been illegally spying on U.S. citizens in this country, including a wholesale violation of the privacy of U.S. Muslims and the sanctity of their places of worship, and because of a pattern of “deception, manipulation, torture, retribution and cover-ups in the Iraq War.
Out of Iraq Town Hall Meeting
Visit the After Downing Street website to find a meeting near you
Camp Casey Los Angeles
Just a reminder that every friday Los Angeles area Gold Star Families for Peace along with Military Familes Speak Out, Orange County, Code Pink and the Camp Casey Peace movement are setting up a Camp Casey outside of Cal Sen. Diane Feinsteins office.We are now in the 6th week of our encampment. We will be there from 3pm to 6 pm waiting for her to answer the questions posed to her in September by Cindy Sheehan. For What Noble cause are our kids dying ? How many more lives are she willing to sacrifice for this Noble cause? And, what is she doing to bring an end to the US occupation of Iraq? Until she answers these questions we will be there.
Laura Flanders will be MCing the Jan 7 Out of Iraq event in Brooklyn, NY.
Out of Iraq Events Planned in Over 130 Cities
Local organizations have planned over 130 Out of Iraq events around the country on or about January 7th. Most of the events are town hall forums, and several will feature members of Congress, including Bobby Scott, Diane Watson, Jim McDermott, Adam Smith, Bob Filner, Martin Sabo, Jim Moran, Marty Meehan, Jay Inslee, John Conyers, and John Murtha. Several other events will feature congressional staff, congressional and senatorial candidates, local elected officials, and leaders of the peace movement, including Gold Star Families for Peace founder Cindy Sheehan, and After Downing Street Co-Founder John Bonifaz.
As of Jan 5th we have 124 events planned for Saturday, Jan 7!
SIGN UP FOR ONE
WHO: David Swanson, Moderator, co-founder, After Downing Street; Allan J. Lichtman, History Professor, American University; Lila Rajiva, author of Abu Ghraib and the Media, The Language of Empire; Cliff Kindy, Christian Peacemaker Teams; Kevin Zeese, Peace Activist, Democracy Rising; DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (invited)
Nation-Wide Out Of Iraq Day
Join progressive, pro-peace activists around the country for a nation-wide ‘Out of Iraq Day.’
TIME: Saturday, Jan. 7th @ 1:00 PM
PLACE: Lafayette Presbyterian Church, 85 South Oxford St, Brooklyn
Thanks again to Demspeak.com for creating ready-to-print "IMPEACH" signs for Guerilla Impeachment Day (January 8, 2006).
Please go HERE and print out as many signs as you like. Then, on January 8, 2006, please post these signs all around your town on sign posts, utility polls, bulletin boards, etc. It couldn't be any easier!
OK, this comes from Kagro X at Daily Kos.
It seems as though the Kossacks are planning a guerilla impeachment day for Sunday, January 8, 2006. The Impeach Bush Coalition is joining in!