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Cindy Sheehan has riveted the nation's attention, but Bush is unlikely to reverse course. And Congress will not act unless we push them. Now is the moment to demand that every member of Congress support a Resolution of Inquiry into what the Bush Administration was saying about its justifications for war three years ago. Did Casey Sheehan die for a noble cause? Let the President show us what it was. Please read this letter from AfterDowningStreet member Mike Hersh:
Rep. Barbara Lee introduced a Resolution of Inquiry [H.Res. 375] to investigate Bush Administration deceit and wrongdoing leading up to the Iraq War. The After Downing Street Coaltion (www.afterdowningstreet.org) is working with Rep. Lee's office and others implementing an ongoing strategy to gain Congressional co-sponsors for this Resolution.
August 16, 2005
We are happy to announce that we will have two guest speakers at our monthly PDA Virginia meeting this Saturday:
Ven Neralla, Legislative Director for Rep. Barbara Lee of California. Lee introduced a resolution a week before the summer recess, which by law must be taken up and voted on, up or down, within 14 legislative days (meaning by Sept. 16), demanding from the Bush Administration all the documentation of interactions with the British government on matters concerning Iraq, during most of 2002, as a means of assessing the validity of the Downing Street documents. Pushing Congress members to support this Resolution of Inquiry is extremely important and should be a focus of all anti-war activities. It already has over 40 sponsors. Ven has agreed to talk to us about the state of play of this and other Congressional resolutions aimed at ending the US occupation of Iraq.
08.17.2005 Steve Cobble
No wonder Rush is telling lies about Cindy--her vigil has helped drop George W. Custer's job approval ratings 5% this week!
According to Rasmussen's daily tracking poll, W's job ratings have gone from 48% approval/50% disapproval (8/10), down to 43% approval/55% disapproval (8/17).
A downward swing of 10% in one week.
At one of my favorite web sites, Chris Bowers has been analyzing the Rasmussen ratings to try to figure out if W's going to drop down below 40% pretty soon.
The oil man's numbers are pretty lame. Only 21% of adults "strongly approve" of the job he's doing; a record 55% disapprove, including 41% who "strongly disapprove" (twice the "strongly approve" number).
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BLOG | Posted 08/16/2005 @ 1:27pm
People's Petition for a Way Out of Iraq
By Katrina Vanden Heuvel, Editor of The Nation
A campaign is being launched this week by a host of groups including Progressive Democrats of America, Peace Action, CodePink, IPS and UFPJ to demand an exit strategy from Iraq. A central part of these efforts is a new petition which lays out a way to get out of Iraq and will be presented to Congress in mid-September.
This comes at what could be a tipping point moment. The country is waking up to the truth that Bush's decisions have led to the unnecessary deaths of more than 1,800 Americans, and tens of thousands of Iraqis, while making the US, the world and Iraq less secure. A majority of Americans now understand that we were deliberately misled into war; a majority recognize that the US made a mistake in sending troops to Iraq; and a majority believe that no matter how long US troops remain there, they will not be able to establish a stable, democratic government.
Anti-war groups in the United States are announcing a campaign today to build support for a peaceful exit strategy from Iraq. We speak with the primary author of the "People's Petition for an Iraq Peace Plan," longtime activist Tom Hayden.
On Monday, the Washington Post reported that the Bush administration is significantly lowering expectations of what can be achieved in Iraq. Officials are now saying the U.S. can no longer expect to see a model new democracy, a self-supporting oil industry or a society in which the majority of people are free from serious security or economic challenges. Many blame the continuing violence and lack of infrastructure in Iraq on the U.S. occupation itself.
NEW* ROMNEY in Little Rock, AR: Mitt Romney is scheduled to meet with
business executives and others to discuss health-care options and
policies for companies and states as part of a series of meetings under
the auspices of the Republican Governors Association. [AP, 8/15/05]
ALLEN in Norfolk, VA: Senator Allen will have a joint brief from the
Hampton Roads Maritime Association-Virginia Port Authority-Virginia
International Terminals. [http://allen.senate.gov/listeningtour.htm]
ALLEN in Norfolk, VA: Senator Allen will speak and then hear from Rotary
Club members. [http://allen.senate.gov/listeningtour.htm]
From Progressive Democrats of America
We have waited too long.
Peace talks now.
Bring them home safely and soon.
"For Mr. Bush, questions about an exit strategy in Iraq have become especially delicate as a crowd of anti-war protestors has expanded at the edge of his ranch, rallying around Cindy Sheehan, the California woman whose son Casey was killed in Iraq in 2004." - New York Times, Aug. 12, 2005.
Like our friend Cindy Sheehan, we are tired of waiting for our troops to come home. Tired of the bloodshed, tired of tax dollar waste, tired of torture cover-ups, tired of contractor scandals, tired of deceit and fabrication. We are tired of elected officials with profiles in compromise rather than courage.
September 19, 2005 - Binghamton, NY Federal Court
Two days before the beginning of "Shock and Awe" four concerned
citizens went to their local military recruiting station to say no to
the war. They acted in the spirit of non-violence and civil
resistance, pouring their own blood in the lobby of the recruiting
center. They then knelt and prayed. They were later tried in
Tompkins County Court. Nine of the twelve jurors voted for
acquittal. Despite this overwhelming majority to acquit, the Federal
government has decided to bring new charges against them. If
convicted, they could face up to six years in prison, a period of
STATEWIDE PROTEST OF BLUE ANGELS AIR SHOW
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10th BRUNSWICK MALL TO NASB MARCH BEGINS AT 9am
The Navy's "Blue Angels" flight team will come to Naval Air Station Brunswick (NASB) to perform on the anniversary of 9-11. The event is a recruiting gimmick at a time when the military is in desperate need for more of our kids to fight in Iraq.
Maine Veterans for Peace is calling for a statewide peace march from the downtown Brunswick mall to NASB on September 10. We will begin gathering just after 8am that morning. Over 100,000 people are expected to view the expensive war promotion air show.
Progressives Get Iraq Resolutions Ratified By Young Democrats of America
PDA Champions Progressive Platform and Iraq Resolutions at Annual YDA Convention
Media Contact: Kimberly Krautter 877-368-9221 –or– firstname.lastname@example.org
(SAN FRANCISCO, CA) — Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) achieved impressive victories last weekend at the annual convention of Young Democrats of America (YDA). The official youth arm of the Democratic Party, YDA has now officially ratified a resolution in support of the Resolution of Inquiry on the Downing Street Memo introduced on June 11 to the U.S. House of Representatives by Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) as well as a resolution to end the U.S. occupation of Iraq. PDA National Political Director Kevin Spidel mobilized progressives inside the YDA convention to get these measures passed.
Friday August 12, 2005
BUSH and LAURA BUSH in Crawford, TX -1:00 PM: The annual lunch at the Bush ranch in Crawford, TX for top Republican donors. Both President and Mrs. Bush will attend the closed press RNC event at the Broken Spoke Ranch on Friday afternoon. [ABCNews.com, 8/8/05]
GINGRICH in Des Moines, IA: Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich makes a three-day visit to Iowa. On Friday Gingrich will attend a Rotary Club breakfast at the Wakonda Club, meet with former Governor Terry Branstad, participate in a Health transformation roundtable and sit for several interviews. [Des Moines Register, 8/11/05]
Thursday August 11, 2005
UPDATED* BUSH, CHENEY, RUMSFELD and RICE in Crawford, TX: Meanwhile,
President Bush meets today in Crawford with his foreign policy team:
Dicky Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Condoleezza Rice, the Defense Policy and
Program Teams and Foreign Policy Team. There will be a media
availability with Bush, Rumsfeld and Rice at 1:05 p.m. EDT. Top items
for discussion: violence in Iraq and standoffs with Iran and North Korea
over their nuclear programs. [CNN.com, 8/11/05]
ALLEN in Bristol, VA: Senator Allen will deliver remarks on issues
before the Senate and then take questions in a town hall style meeting.
By Mike Hersh
ClearChannel loves to pick on people, especially women. Remember they attacked the Dixie Chicks? They even tried to get me to remove an article from my website about their efforts to backlist the Dixie Chicks by sending me an email threatening a lawsuit. Anyway, this is the latest I have on it:
On 8/10/2005 3:52:38 PM, email@example.com wrote:
Clear Channel will be hosting a "Pro Bush/Anti-Sheehan barbecue this
weekend, they have invited the soldiers from Ft. Hood show up and tell
Cindy how she should be ashamed:
There is a diary on this whole thing on DailyKos:
DEMAND THAT BUSH MEET WITH CINDY!
Cindy Sheehan of Gold Star Families for Peace, is waiting for George Bush to come out of his Crawford,Texas vacation home to explain what is the "noble cause" her son died for! She has been holding a vigil outside the Bush ranch since Saturday, August 6,to demand an explanation now and to insist that the only way to honor the sacrifices of the veterans is to bring the troops home NOW!
Please join the Hip Hop Caucus, partnering with Clergy and Laity Concerned about Iraq, Code Pink, Progressive Democrats of America, United for Peace and Justice, UP (United Progressives) for Democracy, and other allies:
Institute for Public Accuracy
President Bush is currently on vacation in Crawford, Texas. Cindy Sheehan, co-founder of the group Gold Star Families for Peace, is the mother of Casey Sheehan, a U.S. soldier killed in Iraq. She is currently in Dallas and will be going to Crawford on Saturday morning (expected to arrive there at 11 a.m. Saturday local time). She will be joined by others, including veterans of the war in Iraq.
CINDY SHEEHAN, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sheehan said today: "George Bush recently said, speaking about the dreadful loss of life in Iraq in August: 'We have to honor the sacrifices of the fallen by completing the mission,' and 'The families of the fallen can be assured that they died for a noble cause.' We want our loved ones' sacrifices to be honored by bringing our nation's sons and daughters home from the travesty that is the Iraq war immediately, since this war is based on horrendous lies and deceptions. Just because our children are dead, why would we want any more families to suffer the same pain and devastation that we are. ... We are determined to stay until we get answers from George Bush. We deserve and expect him to welcome us with answers as to why our loved ones are dead."
Can you spare a half an hour to meet with your congress member, together with some of your friends and allies, and ask him or her to co-sponsor the Resolution of Inquiry? Democracy for America has set up this events system to help you do so.
Cindy Sheehan, whose son Casey was killed in Iraq, is holding vigil in Crawford, Texas until she gets a meeting with George Bush. She has some simple questions to ask him: “Why did you kill my son? What did my son die for? If the cause is so noble, why don’t you send your twins?
Kevin Spidel, Political Director of Progressive Democrats of America (PDA), reports from the Young Democrats of America convention in San Francisco that, at the urging of PDA, the Young Democrats have passed a resolution supporting H R 375, the Resolution of Inquiry into Bush Administration communications about Iraq in 2002, as well as passing a resolution calling for an end to the occupation of Iraq.
Mother Takes Protest to Bush's Ranch
By RICHARD W. STEVENSON
Published: August 7, 2005
CRAWFORD, Texas, Aug. 6 - The mother of an American soldier killed in Iraq led a protest march on President Bush's ranch here on Saturday, prompting the White House to send two senior officials to meet her after she was blocked by the authorities from approaching Mr. Bush's home.
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The mother, Cindy Sheehan, who has made regular public appearances in opposition to the war, was accompanied by several dozen chanting antiwar activists, including other parents who had lost children to the war, as she walked down a country road toward Mr. Bush's ranch. About five miles from the ranch, they were met by the local police, who barred them from getting any closer. Ms. Sheehan said she would remain as close as possible until Mr. Bush agreed to see her.
Cindy Sheehan called After Downing Street moments ago at 10 p.m. ET to report that the Secret Service is trying to intimidate her and members of Gold Star Families for Peace, Iraq Veterans Against the War, and Veterans for Peace into leaving their protest near President Bush's Crawford, Texas ranch.
This morning Cindy led dozens of protesters as close as they could get to the ranch; they were stopped by local police about five miles away. Cindy and others plan to stay there throughout Bush's five-week August vacation until he agrees to meet with her and other family members of soldiers killed in Iraq and answer their questions about the war.
NY Bri of Daily Kos on Gold Star Families Protest
Letter from Celeste Zappala RE: Cindy
Sat Aug 6th, 2005 at 14:42:27 PDT
I have received the following email from Celeste Zappala, co-founder of Gold Star Families for Peace. She asked that I post it on Dailykos and to thank everyone for their support.
I have just spoken to Cindy Sheehan at 5:05 pm. Her message:
"Today is the begining of the end of the occupation of Iraq." She is feeling strong, people have been bringing her food and water. The police have been polite. She has decided to stay on the Prairie Chapel Road, which is one mile from the Ranch, until George Bush meets with her and tells the truth. She invites anyone who can to join her during the month of August for as long as they can. She urges them to bring camping gear. Also, there are two caravans coming in from Louisiana and from Dayton, Ohio now.
Mom of Slain Soldier Stages Bush Protest
Saturday August 6, 2005 8:31 PM
By DEB RIECHMANN
Associated Press Writer
CRAWFORD, Texas (AP) - The angry mother of a fallen U.S. soldier staged a protest near President Bush's ranch on Saturday, demanding an accounting from the president of how he has conducted the war in Iraq.
Supported by more than 50 shouting demonstrators, Cindy Sheehan, 48, told reporters, "I want to ask George Bush: Why did my son die?"
Sheehan arrived in Crawford aboard a bus painted red, white and blue and emblazoned with the words, "Impeachment Tour."
Her son, Casey, 24, was killed in Sadr City, Iraq, on April 4, 2004. He was an Army specialist, a Humvee mechanic.