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The Downing Street Minutes and related documents (all available at http://www.afterdowningstreet.org ) provide new and compelling evidence that President Bush, by the summer of 2002:
FOIA from Congress, Questions from Media, Poll from Public
There's progress on every front:
Fifty-two Congress Members have filed a Freedom of Information Act request to the White House, the Department of Defense, and the Department of State seeking any and all documents and materials concerning the Downing Street Minutes and the lead up to the Iraq war.
Prime Minister Tony Blair has confirmed the authenticity of the Downing Street Minutes.
A Zogby poll has found that 42 percent of Americans would favor impeachment proceedings if President Bush misled the nation about his reasons for going to war with Iraq. Imagine where that figure will be after the public learns about the Downing Street Minutes!
CODEPINK calls on Gov. Schwarzenegger to Bring the Guard Home from Iraq and Stop them from Spying on Peace Groups
SAN FRANCISCO - June 30 - According to emails obtained by the San Jose Mercury News, the California National Guard has created a new unit designed to deal with terrorist threats.
One of the first projects of the new guard unit was to spy on women's peace groups that held a small Mother's Day rally in Sacramento calling for CA Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to bring the state's national guard troops home from Iraq.''We want the national guard troops to come home from Iraq, but not for this," said Natalie Wormeli of CODEPINK's Davis, California chapter. They should be fighting wildfires and doing the sort of work they were trained for.''
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According to a poll released by Zogby today, 42% of Americans say they would favor impeachment proceedings if President Bush misled the nation about his reasons for going to war with Iraq.
"The results of this Zogby poll are astonishing and reveal the depth of anger among the American people over President Bush's lies about Iraq, even among 25% of Republicans" said Bob Fertik, president of Democrats.com.
"These results are especially remarkable because few Americans are even aware of the secret Downing Street Memos, which prove that President Bush was determined to invade Iraq long before he consulted Congress or the United Nations in the fall of 2002," Fertik said. "These official minutes of Prime Minister Blair's national security council meeting prove 'the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy' - that Bush knowingly lied to the world to sell his war plans."
Veterans For Peace
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Veterans GROUP ISSUES "DECLARATION OF IMPEACHMENT" AND ANNOUNCES PETITION TO REMOVE pRESIDENT bUSH
St. Louis – A national veterans’ organization today issued a “Declaration of Impeachment
By Robert Parry
In the days ahead, American politicians and pundits will talk a lot about “leveling
Military Families Speak out
Joyce and Kevin Lucey are members of Military Families Speak Out and Gold Star Families for Peace. Their son, Cpl. Jeffrey Lucey, served in the Marine Reserves in Iraq in 2003. He came home neither safe nor sound. He suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and took his own life on June 22, 2004. His name is not in the Department of Defenses' roster of those who died in this war; yet Cpl. Lucey is a casualty of this war as much as any who has lost his or her life on the battlefield. This is their thoughts after watching President speak at Fort Bragg on June 28, 2005.
With all due respect to Colonel Moon and the 25,000 or so American families who awaken every day trying to convince themselves that their loved ones' sacrifices have been, in George Bush's words, "worth it," I must say I am one American who came perilously close to throwing a shoe through the TV screen last night. Word up, Mr. Bush, we can handle the truth - some of us knew it from the start. So quit lying and obfuscating and preying upon our instinctive patriotism while our nation's sons and daughters are killed and maimed trying to fight the illegal, immoral war which you and your axis of evangelical, neo-conservative sycophants have hung around our nation's neck like an albatross. You, in my opinion, are years past the time when you should have been impeached, put before an international war crimes tribunal, and put in prison.
There is Something in the Air, But It is Not on the Airwaves
By Chris Chandler and Anne Feeney arranged by David Roe
You know, we have GOT it together. There ARE people in the streets.
At the very onset of Oil War Two there were already more people on the
streets protesting than there were at the height of the Vietnam war.
There is something in the air, but it is not on the airwaves.
If there are a half a dozen Jaycees in Cincinnati on a street corner
waving yellow ribbons, Fox news acts like it's A Republican Woodstock.
"By the time we got to Fallujah we were half a million strong."
BY TOMIO GERON
THE OLYMPIAN, WA
While President Bush made his case Tuesday for the war in Iraq, a small group of local veterans called for his impeachment for taking the country into war in the first place.
About a dozen members of the local chapter of Veterans for Peace delivered a letter to the Olympia office of U.S. Rep. Brian Baird, D-Vancouver, calling on him to support an inquiry into impeachment of the president.
The veterans filed into Baird's waiting room and spoke to the congressman's representative, who accepted their statements.
"I want the war to end. I want our soldiers to come home," said Jody Tiller of Olympia, who served six years in Korea with the Air Force. "I want our soldiers home safe and well. Our soldiers were betrayed into going over there."
Raleigh News and Observer
By MATTHEW EISLEY, Staff Writer
FAYETTEVILLE -- As President Bush renewed his case for war among hundreds of soldiers at Fort Bragg, a detachment of about 50 war protesters in Fayetteville urged a turn toward peace.
"I love my country," said Hillary Fisher, 34, the owner of the Modern Times clothing store in Chapel Hill and a first-time war protester.
"I can't believe what's happening, so I was compelled to come out," she said. "President Bush owes us answers. And he owes us an end date. The fact that there's no end date concerns me."
Fisher and others at the peace vigil at Fayetteville's antebellum Market House, a central landmark in this military city, read aloud the names of the more than 1,700 U.S. troops killed so far in Iraq.
by Sam Husseini
Sectors of the peace movement in the U.S. -- at least those which still
show signs of having a pulse -- have seized upon the Downing Street Memo
which might finally draw out in some substantive fashion the deceitful
manner in which the U.S. moved toward the invasion of Iraq. The group
AfterDowningStreet.org has called for an inquiry into possible impeachable
offenses committed by Bush.
Meanwhile other people in the U.S. who continue to back Bush are focusing
on "how to end the insurgency." They talk of the U.S. military casualties
in Iraq and see that Donald Rumsfeld now states that the insurgency could
DSM Town Hall Meetings to be Held Nationwide on July 23rd
By Congressman John Conyers
I am pleased to announce that on Saturday, July 23rd, a number of Congressional Members and I will be holding town hall meetings to discuss the Downing Street Minutes and related developments in the Iraq War directly with our constituents. We chose July 23rd because it is the third anniversary of the now infamous Downing Street meeting in London.
This is part of the follow up to our hugely successful hearing we held in the basement of the Capitol Building on June 16, at which we obtained sworn testimony on the Downing Street Minutes and pre-war intelligence manipulation. On that date we also delivered to the White House a letter demanding answers from President Bush signed by more than 560,000 Americans and 128 Members of Congress. Educating the public and allowing the American people to be heard on this seminal issue is an important and necessary next step in our campaign to restore trust in our democracy.
ZNet | Iraq
by Phyllis Bennis; Institute for Policy Studies; June 28, 2005
Anti-war organizing that began within days of September 11th and kicked into high gear in the run-up to Bush's war in Iraq is paying off. In the last two or three weeks, sparked by the Downing Street Memo, but grounded in years of careful and intensive local and national organizing (along with growing official recognition that military "victory" in Iraq is impossible), we have seen a major tipping point in anti-war sentiment in public opinion, and resulting shifts in congress. The most significant aspect is that a large majority of people in this country now believe some or all U.S. troops should be withdrawn from Iraq. New polls put that figure at 60%. The uncertainty within the peace movement about calling for U.S. troops to be brought home has faded, and there is greater clarity than ever on the demand. After UFPJ was able to mobilize 3300 messages to congress in less than 24 hours, an unexpected 128 members supported the Woolsey amendment calling for a troop withdrawal plan and amendment; soon after, almost 50 members of Congress joined the new "Out of Iraq Caucus," which will escalate the anti-war challenge inside the Democratic party. Even Republican opposition is growing, with Walter "Freedom Fries" Jones and Ron Paul joining Bill Abercrombie and Dennis Kucinich to introduce a bill calling on Bush to announce a plan for a withdrawal from Iraq that would begin by October 1, 2006.
Public pressure has reversed the Post's public position, moving this story from one the paper would not cover (and declared in an editorial was not news) to one that's on the front page. But it's just a start, and citizens in DC are still taking action:
When: Weds. June 29, 5Pm til...
Where: Wash Post 15th and L
Who: NoVA peace, DAWN, Gold Star Family members, assorted other activist
Why: Read below... (note that Wash Post on 6-28 DID finally give it a
front page news story, but we want more *news* coverage and no more Dana
Milbank smear peices)
Why Isn’t the Washington Post Fully Covering This Story?
IRAQ WAR VETERANS, MILITARY FAMILIES, OTHERS PROTEST BUSH APPEARANCE AT FT. BRAGG and SAY: SUPPORT OUR TROOPS – BRING THEM HOME NOW; AND TAKE CARE OF THEM WHEN THEY GET HERE!
FAYETTEVILLE, NC – On Tuesday, June 28th, President Bush will be appearing at Ft. Bragg in Fayetteville, North Carolina, to try to resuscitate the flagging support for the war in Iraq. Iraq War Veterans, military families, veterans of previous wars, and others who oppose the war in Iraq will be in Fayetteville to protest President Bush’s captive-audience photo opportunity and challenge the false picture of the war being portrayed by the White House. The Bush visit comes in the wake of a local (Fayetteville) newspaper poll showing that over forty percent of local residents are not in favor of the war, while national polls show that 52% of the US population want troops withdrawn and 60% believe the war in Iraq is not worth fighting....
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Anytown, ST, 12345
Dear Congress [...]
I am writing to respectfully request that you consider co-sponsoring a Resolution of Inquiry regarding the conduct of President George W. Bush, Vice-President Richard B. Cheney, Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld, and other designated officials, for specifically making false statements in the execution of their official duties. This Administration has manipulated the media and concealed information vital to public discourse in a democracy.
Therefore I urge you to do what is right and co-sponsor the Resolution of Inquiry.
How To Conduct A Letter-Writing Campaign PDF
A Supplement to AfterDowningStreet.org "How to Lobby Kit"
1. What to have on hand:
blank white computer paper
"sample letter to the congressperson" (from HOW TO LOBBY KIT, on AfterDowningStreet.org website) HAVE APPROX. 10 OR SO COPIES
a blown-up, laminated "letter to the congressperson", for use to attract public attention
flyers, with someone's email address on them for tracking (optional)
The Iraq war has become less and less popular, and Congress has the power to end it. Come out and talk about whether that should be done and how to make it happen. Speakers at a Town Hall Forum here in ______ on Saturday, January 7th, will include _______________. This event will take place from _____ to _________ at _____________. For more information, see After Downing Street Dot org.
Public Forum on Ending the War
WHAT: An Out of Iraq Town Hall Forum
[DESCRIBE WHAT WILL OCCUR, LIST NOTABLE PARTICIPANTS]
WHEN: [List start time and ending time], Jan. 7, 2006.
WHERE: [Give location, address.]
[INCLUDE DETAILED LOCAL CONTACT INFO, EVEN IF NOT ALL FOR PUBLICATION]
[Your Logo/Name With Contact Info.]
For Immediate Release: [Date], 2005
Public Forum With [NAME ANY BIG NAME PARTICIPANTS] on Ending the War
[NAME OF CITY] Event to Be One of Many Across Country
WHAT: An Out of Iraq Public Forum
[DESCRIBE WHAT WILL OCCUR, LIST NOTABLE PARTICIPANTS]
WHEN: [List start time and ending time], Jan. 7, 2006.
WHERE: [Give location, address, nearest intersection, and detailed directions.]
[DESCRIBE YOUR ORGANIZATION]
AfterDowningStreet.org is a rapidly growing coalition of veterans' groups, peace groups, and political activist groups, which launched on May 26, 2005, a campaign to urge the U.S. Congress to begin a formal investigation into whether President Bush has committed impeachable offenses in connection with the Iraq war. Together with Congressman John Conyers, AfterDowningStreet.org organized hearings in the U.S. Capitol and a rally in front of the White House on June 16, and town-hall forums around the country on July 23rd.
[Your Letterhead With Contact Info.]
[Name and Address of Congress Member or Senator]
Dear [Title and Name],
We would like to invite you to host a public town hall meeting on the topic of the Iraq war. Our organization is prepared to assist with promoting this event as part of a national day of similar events all over the country, coordinated by the AfterDowningStreet.org coalition. The events are being planned for January 7th, but we can also hold one on another day if it fits your schedule better.
Working with After Downing Street and other organizations, we can assist with logistics, promotion, media, guest speakers, and materials for the event. We can do as much or as little as you find helpful.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JUNE 27, 2005
WHAT: PICKET LINE AND DEMONSTRATION
WHEN: 5:00 PM, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29
WHERE: 1150 15TH ST., NW, WASHINGTON, DC
Members of a growing list of organizations concerned about the continued failure by the Washington Post, in particular, and much of the mainstream media, in general, to adequately cover the eight "Downing Street Papers", will conduct a peaceful protest in front of the Washington, D. C. offices of the Washington Post from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM on Wednesday, June 29.
The demonstration has already been endorsed by the Progressive Democrats of America, Code Pink, AfterDowningStreet.org, Democrats.com, Northern Virginians United for Peace and Justice, with more groups signing on every day. Members of the DC Anti-War Network (DAWN), Gold Star Families for Peace, and other organizations will also participate in the demonstration.
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Lock Em Up, By Pat Scanlon.
Plan peaceful nonviolent protests:
Monday, June 27, 2005
BUSH in Washington DC: The President will welcome German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder to the White House for a meeting and working lunch on June 27, 2005. Germany is a strong ally and partner of the United States, working with us to advance freedom and reform, promote prosperity and development, and counter terrorism and proliferation around the world. Germany has played a leading role in the international effort to assist the Afghan people with security, developing the police, and reconstructing their nation. [White House Press Briefing, 5/20/05]
By Michigan Peaceworks
Peace organizations to march in Ann Arbor parade with "Fahrenheit 9/11" military mom Lila Lipscomb, place advertisements in 8 newspapers throughout the state.
Ann Arbor, MI, July 4th, 2005: Nationwide, the anti-war movement is experiencing a resurgence in the wake of the revelatory "Downing Street memos."* Michigan, a state from which 52 soldiers have been killed in the Iraq War, serves as a prime example of this renewed activity. Activists from around the state are ushering in Independence Day with a declaration of peace and new national priorities.
In Ann Arbor, site of historic anti-war demonstrations, post-9/11 peace advocacy organization Michigan Peaceworks will give Fourth of July celebrations an alternative spin. Activists from Ann Arbor and other parts the state will display a "peace float" and march by the dozens in the Independence Day parade. The peace float and marching unit features a rock band playing peace anthems, a drum corps, a giant dove puppet, peace signs on tall sticks, and distribution of chocolate "Earth" balls. Click here for photos of the 2004 Independence Day peace float. The parade begins downtown at William and Maynard streets. It travels east on William St., north on State St., west on Liberty St., south on Main St., and east on William St. to Maynard St.
The Baltimore Sun
WASHINGTON - As the war in Iraq drags on, the daily violence mocks the "Mission Accomplished" banner that was a backdrop to President Bush's 2003 post-invasion flight to the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln.
With the death toll of Americans surpassing 1,700, the most visible reminders to the nation of that cost are the periodic displays of photos of the dead in newspapers and on television.
The president's support, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll, has plunged from 45 percent of those surveyed in February to only 37 percent. And a majority now say that invading Iraq was a mistake that has not, as Mr. Bush keeps insisting, made Americans safer.