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By Robert McChesney
A host of recent developments have made it clear that the Bush White House is doing battle against the journalistic standards and practices that underpin our democracy. With its unprecedented campaign to undermine and stifle independent journalism, Bush & Co. have demonstrated astonishing contempt for the Constitution and considerable fear of an informed public.
Dear Vice President McMorris, Dean Hopewell, and Dean Long:
Progressive Democrats of America,PDAmerica.org, with associates in fifty states and over 70 active chapters nationwide, hereby expresses it'sunconditional support for all students at Hampton University facingexpulsion or disciplinary action for peaceful protest. In times such asthese, when the conscience, soul, and fundamental morality of all Americancitizens is being strained by our government's actions (or inaction), thenotion that students will be sanctioned by a reputable university forexpressing their opinions in non-violent acts of civil disobedience runscounter to the values of free expression all Americans revere andhonor. Pressing social issues such as the HIV crisis, genocide in Darfur,Sudan, a racist response to Hurricane Katrina and the pre-hurricanecommunity, and the immoral illegal War in Iraq, must be addressed. And whobetter to demand accountability than the generation that will inherit theseproblems?
By David Swanson
Tonight the Democratic National Committee sent me a note that began thus:
"This is it -- your last chance to help place billboards in Jean Schmidt's district sending her a clear message: 'Shame on You, Jean Schmidt: Stop Attacking Veterans. Keep Your Eye on the Ball -- We Need a Real Plan for Iraq.'"
But that's a stellar example of an unclear message. She's supposed to keep her eye on a ball - what ball? "A Real Plan for Iraq." What plan? Can you imagine walking up to a murderer as he's stabbing a victim over and over and advising him in the sternest voice that he NEEDS to get a REAL plan? No, he needs to stop it, damn it.
Join the Catholic Workers on Friday, Dec. 2, to welcome Staff Sgt. Camilo Mejia.
Iraq war veteran, Camilo Mejia, refused to return to Iraq after a U.S. furlough. His war experiences had turned him against all wars, and he applied for conscientious objector status. He was sentenced to one year in prison.
National Call-In Day on Iraq War – Tuesday, Dec. 6
By Sue Udry, Legislative Action Coordinator, United for Peace and Justice
On Tuesday, December 6, Congress will reconvene in Washington, D.C. -- and United for Peace and Justice, in conjunction with Win Without War, is calling for a massive national grassroots call-in day against the war.
Drop the Charges and Stop the Harassment Against the Hampton University Students Against the Bush Regime!
Students who act as part of the national movement to Drive Out the Bush
Regime because The World Can't Wait, especially when they remain firm in
From Tim Carpenter, PDA National Director
I am writing personally to urge you to join me and the entire PDA team in helping get out the vote for Steve Young, PDA's first Congressional endorsement, in a special election to be held this coming Tuesday, December 6, 2005 in Orange County California. Steve is running against two conservatives, Republican State Senator John Campbell and American Independent, Jim Gilchrist, founder of the border vigilante group, the Minute Man Project. If they split the Republican vote, and PDA helps turn out at least 100,000 voting Democrats in the district, Steve and PDA will make history. A victory for Steve is a victory for all Progressives!
U.S. Tour of Duty presents
HOW WE GOT INTO IRAQ AND HOW TO GET OUT
Featuring in person: SCOTT RITTER
(Former UN Weapons Inspector, Author of "Iraq Confidential")
Monday, December 5, 7:30-9:00 PM at Venice United Methodist Church, 1020 Victoria Avenue, Venice, CA (1 block north of Venice Blvd. at Lincoln Blvd.)
Here we have another egregious case of campus repression of peaceful
student protest, this time at the historically black Hampton
University in Virginia. I am asking for a statement in support of
Meet, greet and support Japanese peace activists and Members of the Diet (Parliament) in DC in their quest to stop the deployment of a US nuclear-powered aircraft carrier in Yokosuka Harbor
When: Next, Wednesday, December 7, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Phoenix, AZ: November 29 - Progressive Democrats of America (PDA), Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) leaders, and famous friends
will host a reception for Democratic National Committee Members in Phoenix, Arizona. This December 1 event is the latest milestone for
Last night on Anderson Cooper 360, amidst his continuing admirable attempt to keep New Orleans as a center of attention in this country, Cooper interviewed Michael Ware, Baghdad bureau chief for Time Magazine. About that exit strategy?
Assault on Murtha should alarm us all
Teresa Heinz Kerry
November 28, 2005 03:33 pm
“Because we in Congress are charged with sending our sons and daughters into battle, it is our responsibility, our obligation, to speak out for them. That’s why I am speaking out.
Out of Iraq Events Planned in Over 75 Cities
Local organizations have planned over 75 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, 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.
By Larry Johnson
I was contacted by MSNBC today who asked if I would appear tonight on the Joe Scarborough Show to discuss the importance of the leak to the Washington Post about the CIA secret prisons. The booker told me that Brent Bozell, head of the Media Research Center, was accusing the media of hypocrisy for focusing too much on the leak of Valerie Plame and not enough on the leak about the prisions.
By Amy Branham, Mother of Sgt. Jeremy R. Smith, Nov. 1981 – Feb. 2004
Today I want to tell you the story of the death of my son, Jeremy. I want you to know of his courage and bravery, the honor he showed in the final moments of his life. I hope that, through hearing his story, you will find the honor and courage to do what is right for our country in these turbulent times.
By Friends Committee on National Legislation
Nov. 19-Dec. 5 House of Representatives Thanksgiving recess
Nov. 19-Dec. 11 Senate Thanksgiving recess
Nov. 29 9 a.m.-1 p.m., American Foreign Policy Council, "Missile Defenses and American Security" with William Schneider, Defense Department's Defense Science Board; Ilan Berman, American Foreign Policy Council; and Brian Kennedy, Claremont Institute. 1310 Longworth House Office Building, Washington
We put a call out to all candidates who want to win, and Steve Young, fighting for the people in normally conservative Orange County, CA, in a special house election coming up Dec. 6, took us up on our offer to create action pages for him on his own campaign site. Steve is demonstrating his leadership right NOW by working to rally support for serious consideration of the real Murtha resolution. Please submit the action form below to help bring this issue and his campaign the national attention and focus it deserves
Talking About Iraq with the American Public
A Project of the U.S. in the World Initiative
Most Americans are deeply concerned about the way things are going in Iraq, but the public remains divided on the question of troop withdrawals. The “persuadable middle‿ of the American public does not seem to be convinced that the withdrawal of our troops from Iraq will improve the situation there or contribute to making America safer, if it leaves behind a violent and fragile Iraqi state that destabilizes a vital region and serves as a breeding ground for anti-American extremism and terrorism. They are equally unpersuaded by advocacy that focuses on staying the course, without explaining how a failing military strategy could become a successful one or when we can expect the sacrificing to stop. Unfortunately, the American public doesn’t have much of an opportunity to see or consider alternatives to either “withdrawing the troops‿ or “continuing the fight.‿ Most of what Americans hear from advocates, policymakers, and the media concentrates on one or the other of these prescriptions, with little attention to the political economic, and humanitarian challenges of rebuilding Iraq and stabilizing the region.
Join the majority: protest Bush in Phoenix, Ariz., on Monday, Nov. 28th between 4:00 and 6:30 p.m. at the corner of 24th Street and Camelback. Begin gathering at 2:30.
Let's all give him the warm welcome he deserves! In peace we march!
Oh, and he'll be in Annapolis, Md., on Wednesday speaking to the only people he can get to stand still and listen: those in uniform.
Unpatriotic Congresswoman Jean Schmidt Calls Vietnam Hero a Coward
Here at www.VetsForJustice.con we are fed up with the Bush Neocons, like the Anti-American Congresswoman from Ohio, Jean Schmidt, calling America's War Heroes names.
Having served in combat in Vietnam myself, I was pissed during the Vietnam War when the cowardly rich, like President "W" Bush, Vice President Chaney, and most of the present Bush Administration, avoided the war by being rich and powerful.
Being a lifelong Republican I was pissed when yellow "W" Bush used Swift Boat Tactics to attack Vietnam War Hero, and former POW, Senator McCain for mere politics.
By Bob Fertik, Democrats.com
First Democratic Hawk John Murtha (D-PA) declared his opposition to the
Iraq War, now fellow Hawk Norm Dicks (D-WA) is echoing Murtha's
Which makes those few Democrats who still support the disastrous war - led
Story Update: Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh has agreed to cover the full costs of the surgery.
By Sally Kalson, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
One question stands between a 7-year-old Iraqi war victim and reconstructive surgery in Pittsburgh that could bring him a more normal life: How can his sponsors raise their half of the hospital bill when there's no way of knowing how high that bill will run?
The child, Abdul Hakim Ismael, was wounded last year in the city of Fallujah. His family said he was hit by fire from an American air strike, leaving the left side of his face severely disfigured - blinded in one eye with damaged eye lid, socket, jaw and cheek, making it difficult for him to eat.
A cross-party motion has now been tabled in Parliament to set up a Select Committee to investigate the conduct of the Government's policy in going to war in Iraq.
The names appearing on the Early Day Motion include Alan Simpson (Labour), Kenneth Clarke and Douglas Hogg (Conservatives), Menzies Campbell (Liberal Democrats), Alex Salmond (SNP) and Elfyn Llwyd (Plaid Cymru).
Speaking at Westminster Plaid Cymru MP Adam Price, who drafted the motion, said:
"Too many questions remain unanswered about the way we were taken to war in Iraq, and we demand to have them answered. Neither the Hutton nor the Butler Inquiries addressed the central question - were the Parliament and country misled? Therefore it is essential that a committee is set up to investigate the matter thoroughly. If we do not restore proper accountability to the Government, it will corrupt our whole society by providing evidence that allows our enemies to call our democracy a sham."
A Fractured Anti-War Movement
By JOHN WALSH, CounterPunch
The polls leave no doubt that the sentiment against the war in the U.S. is overwhelming. Fully 60% of Americans want some or all troops withdrawn from Iraq at once; military recruitment is down and it is clear to all but the most hidebound Bush loyalists that the country was lied into war. And yet the war goes on with little sign that top Republicans or Democrats are feeling sufficient heat to call it quits. Many Dems are willing to say Bush lied, but aside from Teddy Kennedy, no major figure in either party is willing to call for immediate and total withdrawal ? as opposed to exit strategies, exit discussions, etc. The Dems like the Republicans are for "staying the course."
O'Reilly Column Says U.S. Needs Timetable to Get Out of Iraq
By E&P Staff
Published: November 22, 2005 1:17 PM ET
NEW YORK Conservative commentator Bill O'Reilly writes in his current column that there needs to be a timetable for the U.S. to leave Iraq.
"Let's win the damn thing," he said in his Creators Syndicate feature. "But there must be a time limit. Mr. Bush and his crew have to understand that American blood and treasure are not unlimited. It is not undermining the war to suggest giving the Iraqis a realistic private timetable to defend themselves. Basic training for a U.S. soldier is six weeks. We've been training the Iraqi army for almost two years now. Even Gomer Pyle would be up to speed."
Sources in Britain are reporting that a newly leaked Downing Street Memo says that U.S. President George Bush was dissuaded by British Prime Minister Tony Blair from attacking the Al Jazeera media outlet. In response, the British government, rather than reprimanding the White House, is taking new extreme (even Bush-like)steps to discourage and punish whistleblowers and media outlets. Read the details from RAWSTORY here.
Contact members of the U.S. media and ask them to stand up for their fellow journalists by doing their job and covering this story.
From Progressive Democrats of America
Thursday, December 1st
The Lucky Break - 2nd Street and Jefferson, in Phoenix, Ariz.
(Only 2 1/2 blocks from the Wyndham)
8:00pm - 12:00am
Join many well known activists, politicos and elected officials for a night of relaxing, mingling, great live music, dancing, pool, eating and drinking.
Entertainment: Raza and Tim Reynolds of Dave Matthews Band
Speakers include: Rep. Raul Grijalva and Rep. Diane Watson
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (877) 368-9221
There will be a $5 cover which will be waived for PDA donors.