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The War at Home and the War Abroad
Gene Bruskin, Co Convenor, US Labor Against the War
September 15, 2005
I want to thank Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey and the Congressional Out of Iraq Caucus for their principled and critical efforts to end what was a predictably disastrous war in Iraq, at a time when disaster has predictably struck our own nation. There could not be a more timely moment to press this issue. Bush is caught between Iraq, and a hard place.
I am here to speak on behalf of US Labor Against the War, a national network of more than 120 labor organizations representing millions of workers from across our nation. We have witnessed a dramatic growth in opposition to the war in the labor movement this year, first in the overwhelming response to our national tour of Iraqi trade unionists in June and then in the powerful support for the resolution to bring the troops home at the national AFL-CIO convention in July.
REMARKS FROM ELLEN BARFIELD, VETERANS FOR PEACE BOARD MEMBER
Veterans for Peace is proud to join Representative Woolsey, other elected officials, and all the
other organizations here at this rally to yet again demand that the war in Iraq end.
Vets for Peace helped launch the "Bring Them Home NOW!" campaign with the then quite
new Military Families Speak Out in the summer of 2003, shortly after Bush's infamous and
reckless challenge to the Iraqi resistance, "Bring 'em on!" We meant "Bring Them Home
NOW" back then, and we have continued to say it ever since. The campaign now includes the
September 20, 2005 #31
September 24th - into the streets to stop the war!
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No thanks, there's just something about regimes of blood...
Award-winning poet Sharon Olds declined an invitation from the first lady to read at the National Book Festival in DC this weekend. Not that Olds is hard up for cash or recognition but poets don't often get the chance to read before 85,000 people -- especially poets whose poems don't rhyme.
Olds writes: "The possibility of finding new readers is exciting for a poet in personal terms, and in terms of the desire that poetry serve its constituents--all of us who need the pleasure, and the inner and outer news, it delivers."
She then delivers this powerful condemnation that I wouldn't excerpt if you begged me to:
By Mike Ferner
All last week I had a rare opportunity – to join several impressive speakers on the “Bring Them Home Now
Yesterday in New York City, for the first time during this tour, local police disrupted one of our events. Cindy Sheehan had just finished speaking to the crowd when the police disconnected the sound system and arrested a local organizer. We have included a statement at the tour website.
The 21 day tour is nearing Washington DC as the North and Central buses stop together in Baltimore, MD and the South bus stops in Norfolk, VA this evening. Tomorrow we will arrive in Washington DC. We have traveled to 51 cities in 28 states and participated in over 200 events, met with dozens of elected officials and members of the media. We’ll have more details on these events and reports and reflections on the tour in the coming days.
The New Fight Against the War
A big march in D.C. marks a change in tactics for those who want the U.S. out of Iraq
by Jarrett Murphy
September 19th, 2005 7:03 PM
A March long ago: Protesters in NYC in 2003
photo: Cary Conover
Anyone who thinks today's anti-war movement is trapped in tie-dyed '60s nostalgia should go to the United for Peace and Justice website, where one can sign up online to participate in civil disobedience next Monday, at the close of a three-day protest in Washington. It's not just a sign that the peaceniks of 2005 are Internet savvy; it's a signal that the movement thinks the D.C. rally is the moment to turn the tide against the war.
Joan Baez and Living Things Join Operation Ceasefire Performer; Schedule Now Available
WASHINGTON - September 19 - Operation Ceasefire ( http://www.opceasefire.org ), an eleven-hour free concert and rally to bring the troops home from Iraq at the Washington Monument on Sept. 24, is pleased to announce new additions to the line-up of performers. Legendary folk singer Joan Baez and the rock band Living Things are now confirmed to perform. The additions compliment artists from several different genres, including: International recording stars Thievery Corporation, punk-rock bands LeTigre and Bouncing Souls, country music recording artist Steve Earle, independent artists Ted Leo + The Pharmacists and Wayne Kramer of the MC5 with the Bellrays, socially conscious hip-hop groups The Coup and Head-Roc, the duo The Evens (Ian Mackaye and Amy Farina), Grammy Award-winning African American female a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock, Latin punk rock group Machtres, and host Jello Biafra.
Delivers People's Petition on Iraq to Congress and White House
U.S. Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey and PDA National Director Tim Carpenter spoke at the PDA Rally in front of the White House on Thursday, September 15, before delivering the People's Petition on Iraq to the White House. Joining Woolsey and Carpenter at the rally were Tom Hayden, former California State Senator, Reverend Lennox Yearwood, PDA Board Member and Chairman of the Hip Hop Caucus, John Bonifaz, lead attorney on the Ohio recount case and co-founder of AfterDowningStreet.org, and Daniel Ellsberg.
PDA is proud to be aligned with progressive legislators such as Congresswoman Woolsey, who again showed remarkable leadership, courage, and conviction in holding Congressional hearings to plan a realistic strategy for withdrawing from the U.S. incursion in Iraq. Rep.Woolsey, was the first Member of Congress to call on the President to develop and implement a plan to bring U.S. troops out of Iraq, and had previously requested hearings in the U.S. House International Relations Committee and the U.S. House Armed Services Committee to discuss plans to bring the troops home. Because her requests of the President and the Republican controlled Congress were ignored, Congresswoman Woolsey organized the hearings Thursday to openly discuss strategies to achieve military disengagement.
Yesterday, Chicago, today, Philadelphia. In the last 48 hours two of the largest cities in the country have passed resolutions calling for the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq. You can download a copy of the Philadelphia Resolution, which was specifically in recognition of the Bring Them Home Now Tour, as a PDF by clicking here. Our North tour is looking forward to celebrating these victories with a rally today at Independence Mall in Philadelphia and we've got a full weekend of events planned up and down the East coast.
In the next three days, we'll be stopping in Philadelphia, Boston, New Haven, Providence, New York, Fayetteville, Durham, Williamsburg and Baltimore. If you're near any of these cities, we hope you'll join us (event details are on our website) and please let your friends know about them too. And there are more stops next week as we make our way to Washington, DC.
Earlier March, Rally & Presence at Hearing
Show Support for Resolution, Welfare of Troops
CHICAGO (September 15, 2005) -The Chicago City Council Wednesday passed a resolution demanding the removal of US troops from Iraq. Passing by a Council vote of 29 to 9, with 12 abstaining or not voting, the resolution urges 'the United States government to immediately commence an orderly and rapid withdrawal' from Iraq. In addition to the death and suffering of the war, the resolution stressed that 'Chicago residents' share of monies appropriated for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan now exceeds $2.1 billion.'
On the urging of members and friends of the Bring Them Home Now Bus Tour, the Philadelphia City Council voted today 16 to 1 for a Resolution calling on the federal government to "rapidly withdraw US troops from Iraq expeditiously." Following a Thursday morning caucus session in which Gold Star Mom Celeste Zappala and other Bring Them Home Now Bus Tour members were introduced to Councilmembers, the Resolution was introduced by Councilwomen Blondell Reynolds-Brown and was co-sponsored by 12 other council persons, two of them Republicans. Councilwoman Reynolds-Brown will read the resolution at the Rally scheduled for Friday 9/16 from 5 to 7 PM at Indepenedence Mall, 5th & Market Sts.
Sat, Sep. 17th
12:00 PM Rally and March in Durham
905 West Main St, Durham
Local Event Contact:
Andrew Pearson - 919-360-2028
NC Coalition for Peace & Justice email@example.com
Local Press Contact:
Katya - 703-304-5075
News : Page Updated: Tuesday, September 13, 2005 1:41 PM PDT
Protesters want emphasis on peace
Peace rally organizer Brandi Weatherston prepares to read her opening comments Sunday at Sunset Beach near Charleston. World Photo by David Courtland
By David Courtland, Staff Writer
CHARLESTON -- About 40 opponents of the war in Iraq, some coming from as far as Redmond and Eugene, held a peace rally at Sunset Beach on Sunday, the fourth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
“Bring them home now
Central Tour: Pittsburgh
September 13th, 2005
By Chris Snively
Today was the last full day for the tour in Pittsburgh. Everyone on the Central Bus has been extremely impressed with this wonderful city. It's rolling hills, beautiful bridges, and its 19th century architecture are some of America's best kept secrets. Much thanks to the David Meieran of Pittsburgh End the War, the Thomas Merton Center, the Friends Meeting House on Ellsworth, and the Sisters and caretakers of the Mt. Nazareth Center in Bellevue for making our stay in Pittsburgh wonderful and loving.
Bring Them Home Now Tour Asks Military Mom to Speak Out
September 15th, 2005
I am a mother of a 19 year old 3/25 Lima Co. Marine serving in Iraq. One third of his Unit has been kia or injured. In early August after losing 22 Marines in less than a week, fearing for my son’s life and driven by conviction, I began my journey to change the direction our country has been going.
I have been waiting for my son’s safe return before speaking out publicly. There is such confusion in our country about patriotism and supporting our troops while being against the war.
Submitted by John Perry (not verified) on Thu, 2005-09-15 08:22.
The toll-free number for the Capitol Hill switchboard.
Give it to everyone you know.
Just call and ask to be connected to your rep's office. Be nice to the people answering the phone. They're just doing their job.
A FEW SUGGESTED QUESTIONS:
Why is the Bush administration not being held accountable for the falsehoods that led us into Iraq?
Why is there no exit strategy?
When can we expect one?
Why are we building 14 permanent military bases in Iraq?
Where's Osama? Isn't he the one we're supposed to going after?
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 14, 2005
CONTACT: Ryan Fletcher 202-641-0277
Morrigan Phillips 202-258-1822
Army Reveals Truth around Soldier's Death 15 Months Later, Mom to Rejoin Cross Country Tour of Military Families, Gold Star Families, Iraq War and Other Veterans
Gold Star and Military Families, Iraq War and other Vets bring message to 51 cities in 28 States to Converge at Anti-War Rally in DC on September 24
NATIONWIDE - On September 19th, Gold Star Mother Karen Meredith will re-join the Bring Them Home Now Tour that is crossing the country along three routes from Crawford, Texas to Washington, DC. Last weekend on Sept. 9th, Meredith, of Mountain View, California, was informed by the U.S. Army that it had known for more than a year that her son 1st Lt. Kenneth Ballard was not killed in action as had been reported. The Army disclosed on Saturday that Ballard, 26, actually died of wounds from the accidental discharge of a M240 machine gun on his tank after his platoon had returned from battling insurgents in Najaf. An Army spokesman, Col. Joseph Curtin, said in an interview that separate investigations concluded only days after Ballard's death that it was an accident.
Thu, Sep. 15th - Fri, Sep. 16th
Thursday September 15th
Welcome Rally, downtown Raleigh.If you have a vehicle, consider meeting the Bring Them Home Now bus at 1:00 to form a caravan coming into Raleigh. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for directions.
Media Interviews / Legislative Visits with NC Representatives.
Rally with the Bring Them Home Now Bus Tour, including Cindy Sheehan at Moore Square, Downtown Raleigh
8:00-9:30 (doors open at 7:30) PM
An Evening with the Bring Them Home Now Bus Tour including Cindy Sheehan, at the McKimmon Center, NC State University, 1101 Gorman Street, Raleigh, NC 27695, (919) 515-3211
Gary Zimmerman writes from Sacramento:
We had another major rally in Sacramento on Saturday, September 10th. From 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm, about 250 people showed up at 16th & Broadway to express outrage over the Iraq War and the Bush administration's incompetent response to hurricane Katrina.
The rally also incorporated fundraising efforts for the Veterans for Peace bus caravan to Washington, D.C., which recently took a detour while en route to Washington to help the victims of hurricane Katrina. They brought food and supplies from Camp Casey and the Crawford Peace House to hurricane victims in Covington, LA.
(More pictures below)
Thu, Sep. 15th
Thursday, September 15th
Camp Casey reenactment on Common tables available for literature from various peace and justice organizations
Interfaith Service to Honor the War Dead and Victims of Hurricane Katrina
Grace Episcopal Church, 14 Boltwood Street(on the Common)
Press Conference with area youth and peace on the Amherst Common
"Straight From the Heart, Military Families Speak Out, Sing Out for Loved Ones."
Grace Episcopal Church, 14 Boltwood St.
Local Event Contact:
Wed, Sep. 14th
3 to 5 PM
5 to 6 PM
Rally on the Steps of the Capitol
Local Event Contact:
Alicia Barr, 570-345-4900
Local Press Contact:
The Pitt News
Viewers walk through a mock graveyard, an exhibit at Sunday's protest.
By MARIA MASTERS
September 13, 2005
Hundreds of people gathered on Flagstaff Hill Sunday to honor the victims of September 11, 2001, and to support a national campaign to bring the troops home from Iraq.
Nancy Lessin, co-founder of Military Families Speak Out, said that she mourned with all those who lost their loved ones four years ago.
"Mourn for the dead, but fight like hell for the living," Lessin said.
Central Tour: Cleveland & Pittsburgh
September 11th, 2005
By Bill Mitchell, GSFP
On Saturday a group of us went to Oberlin, a progressive town near Cleveland with an activist school. It’s a beautiful little town – there were lots of community people and some students there, and it really confirmed that we should be reaching out to more college students. The community there has been having vigils every Saturday since 9/11. Saturday there were three times as many people as normally attend.
Afterwards we had a great lunch that gave us a chance to have more intimate conversation with people. They are so moved by our stories, and by our experiences on the bus tour. Everywhere we are going, people are saying – we’ll see you in DC, we’re planning buses! There’s so much electricity – we empower people and they empower us right back – we have a movement here!
South Tour: Atlanta and Savannah
September 12th, 2005
By Dante Zappala, GSFP
It was an early start for those of us sleeping in the RV. Chito kicked us out at six in the morning to take our bus to the shop and get the generator fixed. They changed the starter and the oil and she’s purring like a kitten again.
We didn’t ship off from Atlanta until 2 o’clock, which set us back just a bit. We arrived in Savannah to join Phil and Linda, who were preparing to appear on the Donny Deutch show on CNBC. He was hosting a town hall meeting from his studio in New York with families whose loved ones are serving or were lost in Iraq. Linda was doing a remote interview for the show and we were there to be in support
North Tour: Buffalo
September 12th, 2005
Pushing his granddaughter in a stroller through downtown Buffalo yesterday, Leo, a Vietnam War vet, stopped to look at a banner erected on the square. “Hell yes!
North Tour 'Swan Song'
by Sherry Glover
September 13th, 2005
As I walked in that hot Crawford ditch August 6th, I sensed the cartilage rip in my left knee. By the time we reached Detroit I couldn't bear my weight on it. I had to leave the tour and return home. I'll need surgical repair of tear, scheduled for next week. I envisage myself temporarily 'in the stands' for a short time, and remain anxious to get back 'on the court'!
Secondly, my son in law, currently stationed just south of the Syrian-Iraq border checked in last week to say it would be a few weeks before he could call home again. Now I understand why. The media reports some sort of insurgent movement into Iraq along that border. Communication shuts down when a soldier is killed until the family is officially notified by the DoD so I owe my daughter the support she needs right now, and hopefully it will be only a matter of time until we hear from him again. Meanwhile, Dakota, my only grandchild doesn't know her father's face.