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The Popularity of Peace and Presidents

By David Swanson

Numerous media organizations regularly poll members of the public on whether they approve of the President's job performance. Uniformly, these polls show a dramatic upsurge in approval of Bush immediately following the attacks of September 11, 2001, but a decline in approval following Hurricane Katrina.

Working in favor of national sanity is the fact that the hurricane is more recent than the airplane attacks. While it seems distinctly unlikely that people will yet begin approving of Bush because there was a hurricane, it is at least conceivable that people will stop giving him credit for having occupied the White House and possessed a pulse on 9-11. That is to say, I can imagine people revising their assessments of 9-11 to fall more in line with their assessments of Katrina.

MILITARY RECRUITMENT - 9/7 JOB FAIR IN THE ASTRODOME

MILITARY RECRUITMENT - 9/7 JOB FAIR IN THE ASTRODOME
NO SCAVENGING THE GULF COAST CRISIS TO BOOST THE DEPLETED RANKS OF THE MILITARY!

Stop the military from preying upon the vulnerable! Come educate youth dislocated from their lives and communities – facing homelessness, joblessness and often hopelessness – about the false promises of recruiters!

Doling out food to the hungry crowds overflowing Houston’s Astrodome, the National Guard has engaged in ad hoc recruiting in recent days. Tomorrow, September 7, 2005, the U.S. military is conducting a Job Fair in the Astrodome in a blatant effort to exploit the despair of masses of Americans evacuated from the Gulf Coast. Once signed up, even if purportedly to reconstruct their region, they could easily find themselves deployed to Iraq, left with medical coverage for only two for only combat-related injury and the expectations for training eviscerated. And if they sign up on the promise of temporary relief, they could find themselves bound for extended tours of duty. Download info from the formidable Counter-Recruitment resources on the United for Peace and Justice site. www.unitedforpeace.org. Come and speak truth to empower! Call for a real jobs program which employs people to reconstruct the entire Gulf Coast region for the benefit of those in need, not to pander to corporate greed!

Katrina Comes to the White House

If I were to characterize today’s gathering outside the White House, by identifying one single cause, one single thing that has made these Americans angry, I’d be hard pressed to do so. There are a lot of different people here today, and they are here for a lot of different reasons.

Many of them are motivated by the massive governmental failure that the world witnessed with the Katrina disaster.

It’s clear that some people here also see the Katrina debacle as yet another blow to the already reeling masses of American “have-nots.

Bay Area Events

U.S. Tour of Duty Presents
DIRECT FROM CAMP CASEY
2 big events with
IRAQ VETS, MILITARY FAMILIES & BAY AREA NEIGHBORS
www.ustourofduty.org

Over 100,000 people, including many from the Bay Area, came to Crawford, Texas in August to support Cindy Sheehan's challenge to the Bush administration to explain its war in Iraq. A simple request from a bereaved mother inspired and galvanized the peace movement. Come find out what Camp Casey was like on the ground from people who were there, hear first-hand accounts of the war being fought in our name, and learn why the movement launched in Crawford by military families, vets, and activists is turning the tide.

VFP CALLS FOR IMPEACHMENT

COMMUNIQUÉ: VFP CALLS FOR IMPEACHMENT

In November of 2004 George W. Bush was “elected.

Dahr Jamail's Iraq Dispatches

If you live in the US, please read this in light of what you are witnessing regarding New Orleans. The following is the latest press release from "Doctors for Iraq" Society:

HUNDREDS OF CIVILIANS ARE FORCED TO FLEE AS US/IRAQI FORCES ATTACK TALLAFA, NORTH-WESTERN IRAQ.

DOCTORS FOR IRAQ WARNS OF MEDICAL HUMANITARIAN CRISIS

Doctors for Iraq is deeply concerned at the fate of hundreds of civilians trying to flee the sieged town of Tallafa, 80 km from Mousel City. Thousands of residents from the town have been told to leave the area by US/ Iraqi forces who have been attacking the area for the past three- four days.

Now Let's Rescue America: Nine Key Steps For The Left

"Now Let's Rescue America: Nine Key Steps For The Left" By Van Jones, Wednesday 9.7.2005 (Originally published by the HuffingtonPost.com.)

The troops have arrived, and the waters are receding. The battered and traumatized residents are being transported - we hope and pray - to safer ground.

But the battle to save New Orleans is not over - not by a long shot.

The work to rescue it, and the country, has just begun. The coming struggle will be difficult - stretching over a decade or more.

But if we dedicate ourselves, the outcome is certain. The puffed-up potentate who fiddled while New Orleans drowned will lose his grip on power - and so will his party. And the people of New Orleans will live in a resurrected city - their hometown rebuilt by a nation more deeply committed to justice and equality.

More Places for Peaceful Protests

NEW* BUSH in Washington, DC: President Bush is at the White House, with

no public schedule. [MSNBC.com, 9/8/05]

UPDATED* CHENEY, LYNNE CHENEY and GONZALEZ in Gulf Coast: Dick Cheney,

joined by his wife Lynne and Attorney General Gonzales, visit the region

today. They start in Gulfport this morning, meeting local officials at

10:10 a.m. EDT. Then they meet with relief coordinators at 10:35 a.m.

They take a noon walking tour of a Gulfport neighborhood and then meet

with Gov. Haley Barbour at 1:25 p.m. The group then goes to New Orleans,

visiting the USS Iwo Jima at 3:15 p.m. EDT, seeing the 17th Street Canal

REMEMBER AND RESIST

A call to action for mass civil resistance at the White House on Monday, Sept. 26, 2005.

Mourn the Dead.
Resist Bush’s War.
Bring U.S. troops home, now!

Be part of an historic mass nonviolent action to end the war in Iraq.

For the last two and half years the U.S. war and occupation of Iraq has brought immeasurable death and destruction. This is a war that never should have happened, a war based on lies and greed. It is time to end it and bring our troops home, now.

United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ) invites you to participate in a mass civil resistance action at the White House on Monday, September 26, 2005. As part of three days of public protest against the war in Iraq, this action will provide a dramatic opportunity to more directly express your opposition to the war makers.

March to Bushville-DC on 9/11/05

On 9/11 survivors of Katrina will commit a NONVIOLENT act of Civil Disobedience -- building an encampment on the Washington DC Mall.

Spread the word and join us.

We will post info here as we progress.
It?s up to you to be creative and spread this link:
www.bushville.org

See you on the Mall on 9/11.

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Bushville-DC:

10,000 Katrina survivors will eventually camp on Bush?s doorstep.

They will camp in the seat of power and media demand truth and action.

They will stay there as long as it takes.
-Through 9/11
-Through the Katrina investigations
-Through the Supreme Court Hearings

National Guard, the Gulf Coast and the War in Iraq

By Nancy Lessin and Charley Richardson, Military Families Speak Out
http://www.bringthemhomenowtour.org/

"Stay at home and serve your country" was the slogan used to attract men and women into service to their communities and their country in the National Guard. The promise to the men and women of the Guard was also a promise to citizens of the various states that they would have a force available to them in time of emergency.

One weekend a month, two weeks each year, those who signed up to serve in the state militia known as the National Guard trained to protect Country and Constitution and to provide aid in times of local emergencies such as forest fires, floods, hurricanes, blizzards, and civil unrest. National Guard soldiers have specifically been trained to assist in emergencies such as the one that Hurricane Katrina brought to the Gulf Coast on August 28-29, 2005.

Iraq Vets Against the War Member Leaves the Tour to Join National Guard Unit

Iraq Vets Against the War Member Leaves the Tour to Join National Guard Unit Activated to Provide Hurricane Relief to Gulf Coast

Patrick Resta has been one of the representatives from Iraq Veterans Against the War on the northern “Bring Them Home Now

South Tour: Montgomery, AL

September 5th, 2005
by Julie Cuniglio, Gold Star Families for Peace

The Southern Tour rolled into Montgomery mid-afternoon and was met by our gracious local host, Ellen Griffin of the Montgomery Peace Project. Ellen escorted our group to a one of the two lovely Montgomery homes that was hosting us for the evening, where everyone enjoyed a couple of hours of iced tea and conversation, followed by a wonderful meal, home cooked by our host and another local supporter.

At 7:30 we gathered at the capitol, where a number of vigil participants were already beginning to arrive. While tour members lined the capitol steps with candles and hung the tour banner, others greeted the arrivals, who were anxious to hear details of the bus tour and stories of Camp Casey. Many asked how Cindy was doing and thanked the tour members, over and over, for taking the time to stop in Montgomery. Local press spoke for some time to Phil and Linda Waste, who shared detailed stories of how they’ve endured the extended deployments in Iraq of their children and grandchildren. By the vigil’s start, the crowd had grown to 50, including members of the Montgomery Peace Project, the Southern Poverty Law Center, Veterans for Peace and others.

Central Tour: Indianapolis, IN

September 5th, 2005
by Lietta Ruger, Military Families Speak Out

We pulled into Indianapolis and there was a large crowd of people waiting for us with signs expressing support. They applauded us, and embraced us – we were bowled over by how welcoming they were! There were people protesting – but we were able to turn that around. When they started singing God Bless America, we joined them! It also made our speeches more fiery and impassioned.

One of the things we carried from St. Louis was a gentleman who asked “is there anyone in this room that doesn’t support the troops? and no one raised their hand. That reinforces the fact that we are on a common page even with those who oppose us – that we all support the troops.

North Tour: Milwaukee, WI

September 5th, 2005
by Karen Meredith, Gold Star Families for Peace

In Milwaukee, we worked with Vietnam Veterans Against the War, and representatives from organized labor. The speaker from Vietnam Veterans Against the War gave us a quiz based on the similarities between Vietnam and Iraq, instructing us that the answer to every question was “It was a Lie!

South Tour: Dothan, AL and Tallahassee, FL

September 6th, 2005
By Brooke Beasley, Gold Star Families for Peace

Greetings from the Southern tour! We had a busy day today, spanning
three different cities!

First we finished up in Montgomery with one last trip to the Martin
Luther King Monument. We took a great group photo and then hopped on the
bus to head to Dothan, Alabama!

Dothan became part of our tour when the local organizer, Priscilla
Andrews called us. Priscilla’s son served 14 months in Iraq before her
returned safely home. Dothan is a huge tank base and has many pro-war
residents. “I’ve had a huge banner in my yard for the past two years.

North Tour: Chicago, IL

September 6th, 2005
By Sherry Glover, Military Families Speak Out

We had a jam-packed day Tuesday in Chicago!

We started the day at the inauguration of a “Camp Casey North

Central Tour: Bloomington and Indianapolis, IN

September 6th, 2005
By Hart Viges, Iraq Veterans Against the War

Today we started out with a press conference in an independent bookstore
in Bloomington, IN. All of us shared our stories – I spoke about my
experiences in Iraq, and my concern about how violence and occupation
breed resentment towards the military and towards the US. I issued a
challenge to President Bush – how can he translate “love your enemies
and do good for them

REMEMBER AND RESIST

A call to action for mass civil resistance at the White House on Monday, Sept. 26, 2005.

Mourn the Dead.
Resist Bush's War.
Bring U.S. troops home, now!

Be part of an historic mass nonviolent action to end the war in Iraq.

For the last two and half years the U.S. war and occupation of Iraq has brought immeasurable death and destruction. This is a war that never should have happened, a war based on lies and greed. It is time to end it and bring our troops home, now.

United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ) invites you to participate in a mass civil resistance action at the White House on Monday, September 26, 2005. As part of three days of public protest against the war in Iraq, this action will provide a dramatic opportunity to more directly express your opposition to the war makers.

Bring Them Home Now Tour is in full swing

Dear brothers and sisters:

The Bring Them Home Now Tour is in full swing. Three buses of military and
gold star families, Iraq veterans and members of Veterans for Peace, left
Crawford, TX on Aug 31st and are traveling along three separate routes
across the country. We are carrying the message Bring Them Home Now to
cities and towns across the country on the way to Washington DC for the
United Peace and Justice March and Rally on Sept 24th. There are great
events happening and being planned daily, and the web site is getting
updated regularly, so check often for new information and to hear stories

Report from Bus Tour

From Arthur Ruger, who spoke to Lietta Ruger of Military Families Speak Out

She was pumpted up tonight.

"We just finished a super great rally tonight in Cincinnati." More on Cincinnati later.

Before leaving Indianapolis we met with aides to both Senator Evan Bayh (D) and Richard Lugar (R).

The meeting with Bayh's aide was productive and we felt that he "got" our message. The aide was responsive, with questions the reflected engagement and interest. At the end of the interview, Lietta gave him her card and told him, "I'd like the Senator to call me." She said the aide appeared somewhat astonished.

Will Our Teens Be Drafted?

Will Our Teens Be Drafted?
Recruiting, counter-recruiting, & the draft

Youth and adults are urged to join our discussion on recruiting and draft issues. Find out what's happening, what you can do, how you can get involved.

Wednesday, Sept. 14, 7 to 9 pm, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington
4444 Arlington Blvd., Arlington, VA 22204 - southwest corner of Route 50 (Arlington Blvd) & George Mason Dr.

Speakers:
J.E. McNeil, Exec. Director, Center on Conscience and War
John Judge, Counter-recruitment activist
Libby Garvey, Arlington County School Board
Pat Elder, Montgomery County parent/counter-recruitment organizer,

Want a Ride from NY to DC for the Sept. 24th March?

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

Purchase your bus tickets now for the September 24th antiwar mobilization in Washington, DC

Momentum is building for what promises to be an historic demonstration in Washington, DC. On Saturday, Sept. 24th, people from every corner of the country will be arriving in the nation's capital to say no to the outrageous war in Iraq, and yes to full funding for those in need because of the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

Bus tickets for the trip are available online at http://unitedforpeace.org/nycbuses

We've Got to Turn Things Around

Committees of Correspondence for Democracy & Socialism
Statement September 3, 2005

When earlier this year people in our country began to tell pollsters they did not feel the country was moving in the right direction they had no idea where we might end up. And then disaster struck; now it has become painfully clear.

The tragedy of New Orleans didn't have to happen.

The Bush Administration's policies before disaster struck and its response to its consequences has caused the death of thousands of people and unimaginable suffering, especially among the sick, the old and the very young. It has demonstrated utter disregard for the welfare and the fate of millions of people in the storm ravaged area - most of whom are disadvantaged African American working people.

British MP George Galloway to speak in Toronto

Toronto appearance only Canadian stop on US speaking tour

TORONTO, Sept. 7 /CNW/ - Maverick British MP George Galloway will visit
Toronto September 16 to 17 for the only Canadian stop on a US speaking tour.
Galloway will tour eight US cities from September 13 to 24 to promote his new
book Mr Galloway Goes to Washington, an account of his experience testifying
before the US Senate in May 2005. Other speakers on Galloway's tour include
actress Jane Fonda, Gold Star Families for Peace member Cindy Sheehan and
pro-war writer Christopher Hitchens. Galloway will meet Hitchens in New York

Hearing and Rally on Ending the War: September 15 in DC

On Thursday, September 15, in Washington, D.C., Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey will hold a hearing on exit strategies for Iraq.

A coalition of organizations demanding an end to the war will hold a rally at 5 p.m. that evening in front of the White House.

Please ask your Congress Member and Senators to take part in both events.
Email them here: http://tinyurl.com/7vjej

Or call the switchboard toll free: (888) 818-6641.

And please come to these events yourself if you can (but remember that we are building toward a mass mobilization on September 24; if you can only come to DC once, come then).

Parents Nationwide Take Action to Protect Children's Privacy From Military Recruiters

New film reveals devastating impact of aggressive military recruitment.

(PRWEB) September 6, 2005 -- Parents across the nation are taking action as part of the Leave My Child Alone Coalition's Back-to-School Opt Out month, just as a new film reveals the devastating impact of aggressive military recruitment on American families.

At over two hundred community events across America, parents are taking steps to opt their children from a provision in the No Child Left Behind Act, which requires public high schools to pass on lists of private student information to the military for recruitment purposes. At school board meetings, back to school events and meet ups in 37 states and in major US cities, parents are taking a stand to opt out.

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