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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).
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.
MARY CLARE JALONICK
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.
By Progressive Democrats of America
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.
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.
"...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
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.
"Be prepared to face this motion every day until you face this reality," said Senator Richard Durbin.
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."
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!
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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.
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.
World Can't Wait
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NY, NY 10013
October 31, 2005
For Immediate Release
Contact: Mary Lou Greenberg 917-903-3538
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
Urging action for impeachment
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
* 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
* 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