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Panel Discussion of Immediate Withdrawal from Iraq
Featuring: Scott Ritter, Stephen Zunes, Ann Wright, Michael Schwartz, David Swanson, Harlan Hopgood, Steve Young, and Lisa Lubow.
Saturday, January 28, 7:30 p.m.
Grand Ballroom - Manhattan Beach Marriott, 1400 Parkview Avenue, Manhattan Beach, Calif.
Progressive Caucus of the California Democratic Party and US Tour of Duty

Fed. Gov. Backs Off, Permits Granted for DC Protest on Jan. 31

By World Can't Wait

The federal government was forced to back off today, and concede The World Can't Wait - Drive Out the Bush Regime a promised permit to rally outside the Capitol on Tuesday January 31. Across the country that night, one hour before George Bush's State of the Union address, crowds will gather in public areas to politically "drown out Bush's lies". Organizers had been told on January 10 they would get a permit for the Reflecting Pool, an area close to the Capitol; on January 19th, that area was suddenly declared a "special security zone", and off limits to the public. The World Can't Wait filed suit in federal district court yesterday seeking court protection of First Amendment right to protest. This morning, after a story in the Washington Post reported the suit, Park and police officials met organizers at the contested area, and offered the Reflecting Pool as a rally site.

State of Union Protest Gets Permit After All

A message from Debra Sweet, the World Cant Wait National Office:

The federal government was forced to back off today, and concede The World
Can't Wait - Drive Out the Bush Regime a promised permit to rally outside

Taking the People's Demand to Capitol Hill

Starting Tuesday, a huge truck with this billboard on the side will begin driving around the U.S. Capitol.

On the other side of the truck will be this:

Call the Media on Its Lies

"Impeachment is not likely to gain political traction, said Larry Sabato, a University of Virginia political scientist. 'Only hard-core Democratic partisans want to see Bush impeached, so it just turns people off.'" -- The Dallas Morning News
The reporter:

The pundit:

The facts:Among American adults, 53% agreed and 42% disagreed with the statement:

"If President Bush did not tell the truth about his reasons for going to war with Iraq, Congress should consider holding him accountable through impeachment."

Kerry Now Says He Supports Filibuster on Alito

Progressive Democrats of America reports that Senator Kerry now supports a filibuster on Alito. Call him and thank him and encourage him to stick with it: (202) 224-2742.

New Jersey Activists: Petition for Investigation of Presidential Illegal Actions: A Call for Impeachment

Event: Hoboken Progressives Black Ops Meeting and Petition Signing
Date: January 25, 2006 – 8:00 p.m.
Venue: City Bistro – 56-58 14th Street – Hoboken, NJ 07030
Dress Code: Wear Black – We Are Under the Radar – Just Like the President

Where to Protest Peacefully

January 25 - 27, 2006
BROWNBACK in Washington, DC: Sen. Brownback, along with other members
of Congress, will attend the 74th Winter Meeting of United States
Conference of Mayors. [US Newswire, 1/17/06]

News from the UFPJ Legislative Working Group


Thanks to everyone who has sent in reports on their visits (or attempts to visit) to members of Congress. You will find a synopsis of those reports below.

Congressional Recess Calendar

Ambassador lashes out against Bush administration

By Steve Gehrke, Daily utah Chronicle

Joe Wilson will accept both credit and praise for his work as an ambassador in Africa.

But when former Hinckley director J.D. Williams called him a national hero for blowing the whistle on the Bush administration's logic for going to war in Iraq, Wilson said he was only exercising his civic responsibility.

Boycott the State of the Union: and Tell the Networks

By Nancy Detweiler

The State of the Union Address on January 31, 2006 offers peace activists a rare opportunity to make our voices heard and to make a positive impact for peace and for reporting truth.

Watch the State of the Union at Bus Boys and Poets

January 31, 2006 (Tuesday)at Bus Boys and Poets, corner of V and 14th Streets NW, Washington, DC

8:00 PM (Langston Room) STATE OF THE UNION EVENT
The President is still lying... Troops are still dying...

Where to Protest Peacefully

January 25 - 27, 2006
BROWNBACK in Washington, DC: Sen. Brownback, along with other members
of Congress, will attend the 74th Winter Meeting of United States
Conference of Mayors. [US Newswire, 1/17/06]

Celebrate Cheney Day!

San Diego Event Planned

The City Club of San Diego in conjunction with the Catfish Club will sponsor a luncheon on Friday March 3rd at the studios of Channel 10 featuring Ann Wright and David Swanson.

Admission is $15 and includes a buffet lunch.

‘Out of Iraq’ Forum

Progressive Democrats of America, AfterDowningStreet & Clothing of the American Mind present

an ‘Out of Iraq’ Forum...

Panel Presentation and Q & A Featuring:

David Swanson – Founder, / Board Member, Progressive Democrats of America



You may be, and not yet know it.

If you are shocked and angered that this administration is illegally spying on Americans, and believe that even our president must be held accountable to the law, you may be part of this movement.

Impeachment: Let's Get Weird.

By Kagro X, The Last Hurrah

Ooh! It's my first use of the State and Local Government category!

So I was cruising around Daily Kos the other day, and came across this diary, raising a point of parliamentary arcana. I just had to look into it.

A New Sign

By Daniel I Fearn



By Daniel I Fearn


God Bless the NSA!

Written, produced and performed by [name deleted to protect the author's identity, but they'll know it's me, anyway]
God Bless the N.S.A.

[sung to the tune of God Bless the USA, by Lee Greenwood]

Where to Protest Peacefully

Tuesday January 24, 2006

NEW* Washington, DC: The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote to send the Alito nomination to the full Senate floor at 9:30 AM. [First Read,, 1/23/06]


Remember to Save the Date

March 20, 2006 marks the day, three years ago, when the United States invaded Iraq. More than 2,200 American soldiers have been killed. Thousands more have been wounded and will bear emotional scars for a lifetime. Tens of thousands of Iraqis have perished. And, under the Bush administration, there appears to be no end in sight. We have written letters and asked for meetings with Mr. Bush, we have demonstrated in large numbers, we have met with our representatives in Congress. Now, we confront the war machine—the Pentagon.

World Social Forum Starts Tomorrow


Tens of thousands of peace and justice advocates from throughout the Western Hemisphere are gearing up for the 2006 World Social Forum, an inspirational gathering that brings together peace activists, fair trade crusaders, environmentalists, and advocates of indigenous, workers’ and women’s rights from around the globe.

Impeachment Rally in Colonial Costumes Planned in Charlottesville, Va.

Patriot's Impeachment Rally
By Alexis

The intent of this event is to reach across false divisions and try to
bring people together to demand accountability from the powers who have

Where to Protest Peacefully

Monday, January 23, 2006

NEW* BUSH in Salina, KS: President Bush will deliver a speech on the War on Terror at Kansas State University at 12:30 PM. [, First Read, 1/23/06]


PRESS CONTACT: Connie Julian: 917-449-9064
Commission office: 212-941-8086

Sunday, January 22, 1-5pm, Columbia University Law School, 116th & Amsterdam Ave.; Sessions on Global Health and Katrina.


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