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From Camp Casey, Crawford to Washington DC
From George Bush’s door step to Communities along the way, We Demand That:
Elected Representatives Decide Now to Bring the Troops Home
We Take Care of Them When They Get Here
We Never Again Send Our Loved Ones to War Based on Lies!
We are currently at a significant turning point in how the American public views the war in Iraq. As the death toll in Iraq rises, Cindy Sheehan’s vigil near President Bush’s ranch in Crawford, Texas, has captured the hearts and minds of thousands of Americans. Bush’s approval rating is falling. The voice of military families, who have lost loved ones and those with loved ones in harm’s way or about to deploy, can activate the American people. The voice of veterans, both of this war and of previous wars will also build the movement to end the war. Together these critical voices can demand that President Bush make the decision now to bring the troops home.
On August 31st, the last day of the encampment, the Bring Them Home Now Tour will launch three buses from Crawford, Texas, each carrying military and Gold Star families, veterans of the Iraq War and veterans of previous wars. These buses will travel different routes across the country, converging in Washington, DC on September 21, for the United for Peace and Justice Mobilization September 24th-26th.
The tour will amplify the voice of Gold Star families, who show the devastating human cost of this war; the voice of military families, for whom each and every day that this war continues brings the potential for the most devastating of consequences; and the voice of veterans, who can share the ground truth about war and the impact on those who were sent off to fight it.
Over the course of the tour, members of the sponsoring organizations will reach out to military families, veterans, and concerned citizens in cities and towns in the heartland, the north, and the south. The Tour will spread the truth about the war in Iraq, mobilize people to Washington DC for September 24-26th and ask Congressional decision-makers the hard questions Cindy has asked President Bush and to learn what our elected representatives are doing to bring this war to an end.
The Bring Them Home Now Tour is sponsored by Gold Star Families for Peace, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Military Families Speak Out, and Veterans For Peace
Email and contact information for the Bring Them Home Now Tour
You called for an investigation of the Downing Street minutes, the first direct evidence that "the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy". Now House Representative Barbara Lee is standing up with already 50 co-sponsors, including at least one Republican, to demand that the administration deliver to Congress evidence of all communications with the British government that caused them to reach this conclusion in their own minds. Please ask your own house member to vote FOR this Resolution of Inquiry (H.R. 375) and join in sponsoring it if they have not signed on already.
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Bring Them Home Now Tour
From Camp Casey, Crawford to Washington DC
Saturday 26 August 2005
As the death toll in Iraq rises, Cindy Sheehan’s vigil near President Bush’s ranch in Crawford, Texas, has captured the hearts and minds of thousands of Americans. Bush’s approval rating is falling. The voice of military families, who have lost loved ones and those with loved ones in harm’s way or about to deploy, can activate the American people. The voice of veterans, both of this war and of previous wars will also build the movement to end the war. Together these critical voices can demand that President Bush make the decision now to bring the troops home.
Galloway to go on anti-war tour of US with Jane Fonda
By Andrew Buncombe in Washington
Published: 27 August 2005
George Galloway, the anti-war MP for Bethnal Green and Bow who rocked the US Senate earlier this year, is to be accompanied on a speaking tour of America by the actress and activist Jane Fonda.
Few things are more likely to antagonise US conservatives than the combination of Mr Galloway and Ms Fonda - still hated by the right because of her outspoken opposition to the war in Vietnam - joining to condemn the American presence in Iraq. But Mr Galloway can expect a thunderous reception from those he impressed with his performance before a Senate committee last May.
Legionnaires Condemn War Protests, A Gold Star Families for Peace and Legion Auxillary Member's Response
Dear Honorable Commander Cadmus,
I learned today that the American Legion passed Resolution 3, which states: "The American Legion fully supports the president of the United States, the United States Congress and the men, women and leadership of our armed forces as they are engaged in the global war on terrorism and the troops who are engaged in protecting our values and way of life."
I would like to bring to your attention a previous position from the American Legion.
In 1999, the American Legion wrote the following letter to President Clinton:
The American Legion, a wartime veterans organization of nearly three-million members, urges the immediate withdrawal of American troops participating in "Operation Allied Force.''
Letter submitted by author, Sally Tarasoff (former CPT, US Army)
I understand that the Legion has condemned protests against the war. In reading the press release, I note that protesters are being lumped in with Jane Fonda, and seen basically as traitors. However, your release notes you respect the right to protest.
As a Legion member, I am incensed by this condemnation. Obviously, you all have your heads in the sand and think anti-war protesters in 2005 are just like those during the Vietnam war. Nothing could be further from the truth. I guarantee you that my fellow protesters, and those in Crawford as well, support our troops whole-heartedly. In fact, most of these people have done much more than put yellow "support your troops" magnets on their vehicles, they have put their money and efforts where their mouths are. They have sent boxes to the troops, contributed to the USO, written to support increased VA benefits, written to stop funding cuts to the military and military and veterans medical care, contributed to http://anysoldier.com/, visited patients in VA and military hospitals and Fisher Houses, and supported the families that reservists have left behind.
The Democrats Are Just As Bad
by Justin Raimondo
"The most influential interpreters of our public affairs are accepting, rather than expanding, a noose-tight frame the Washington political culture is enforcing to limit permissible discourse on the war in Iraq…. Look at almost any major daily op-ed page, watch the Sunday shows or listen to nightly cable-babble. See how seldom you encounter voices against the war permitted to argue we should just end it, not try to mend it."
Withdrawal from Iraq, or the Greater Mistake
President George W. Bush said in Idaho, "I think immediate withdrawal from Iraq would be a mistake." Immediate withdrawal might well be a mistake. But withdrawal will come, and the greater mistake is in delaying it too long.
The occupation of Iraq has been fraught with mistakes, from the failure to stop looting and the order to disband the Iraqi army to setting the size of the occupation force too low. But to send more troops, as some Democrats suggest, would compound mistakes. The president argued in Salt Lake City that the deaths of 1,864 American soldiers in Iraq was an argument to keep fighting. He said, "We owe them something. We will finish the task that they gave their lives for."
Working Assets to Deliver Flowers to Crawford Saturday
SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- When the long distance and wireless company Working Assets offered to deliver roses to Cindy Sheehan in Crawford, it was surprised by the massive response from citizens eager to show their support.
The mother of a soldier slain in Iraq has been the emotional anchor for a growing vigil less than one mile from President and Mrs. Bush's Crawford compound.
Within hours of posting the opportunity online, over 3,300 people took advantage of the company's offer to deliver a rose to Camp Casey for anyone who contributed $3. The roses will be delivered to Crawford on Saturday, August 27.
By Jeff Norman
U.S. Tour of Duty
September 26, 2005
Contrary to various warnings that we were entering hostile territory, a very warm crowd of 350 turned out on short notice at Metropolitan Community Church in Houston last night to hear a well-rounded roster of U.S. Tour of Duty speakers discuss the American occupation of Iraq and related issues. Former CIA analyst Mel Goodman had his speech interrupted by a phone call from Joan Baez, who sung two songs and talked about the "wall of denial" which many of us feel is in the process of being torn down. Earlier Cindy Sheehan had called to thank everyone for their support.
Cindy Sheehan's courageous protest outside George Bush's ranch in Crawford, TX has captivated tens of millions of Americans from coast to coast. Her poignant and heartfelt pleas have focused the nation's attention on Iraq in a way that nothing else could.
Yet after 28 long months of our occupation of Iraq, and after 1,873 brave American soldiers -- including Casey Sheehan -- have lost their lives, President Bush has still failed to develop a success strategy. This cannot continue any longer.
Shortly after the Senate reconvenes in early September, and when George Bush returns to Washington from his five-week vacation in Texas, I am personally going to deliver our petition to the White House, calling on President Bush to spell out his plan for Iraq. And I want your name to be on it.
CHRISTIAN LEADERS AND MEMBERS OF THE FAITH COMMUNITY TO CONDUCT PUBLIC VIGIL AND PRESS CONFERENCE DEMANDING FCC INVESTIGATION OF CHRISTIAN BROADCASTING NETWORK AND PAT ROBERTSON'S CALL FOR THE ASSASSINATION OF DEMOCRATICALLY ELECTED LEADER AND INSIST THAT ROBERTSON AND CBN APOLOGIZE DIRECTLY TO PRESIDENT CHAVEZ AND VENEZUELAN PEOPLE.
For more information, please contact Diane Shamis 845-661-3754
Place: CHRISTIAN BROADCASTING NETWORK News Offices, 1919 M St. N.W. (corner of 20th Street), Washington, D.C. Date: Friday, August 26, 2005 Time: 1:00 P.M.
Reverend Yearwood, leader of the Hip Hop Caucus, and other members of the faith community, outraged by the call for the assasination of President Hugo Chavez by Pat Robertson, are still demanding an FCC investigation into the right-wing Christian broadcaster's comments on his Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN). Reverend Yearwood and other members of this coalition of conscience are asking Americans of all faiths to e-mail, call and write to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to demand an inquiry into whether the license of CBN should be suspended or revoked, and/or fines imposed for these obscene and offensive remarks, calling for the murder of a democratically elected leader.
By E&P Staff
Published: August 24, 2005 4:20 PM ET
NEW YORK The American Legion, which has 2.7 million members, has declared war on antiwar protestors, and the media could be next. Speaking at its national convention in Honolulu, the group's national commander called for an end to all “public protests
Help Your Peace-loving Child Avoid the Draft
By Helen James
Issue 128, January - February 2005
On the eve of the Gulf War, while I was marching for peace with hundreds of other protestors, I spotted a familiar mop of shiny red hair down low in the crowd. Sure enough, it belonged to my then nine-year-old son, Adam. I hadn’t encouraged him to take up the politics of adulthood, but he and his buddies had convinced another parent to take them to the rally. We joined forces, and I walked and talked with them as they struggled to understand the deeper meaning of that day.
Statement about a joint rally and joint march for September 24.
The two major antiwar coalitions that have initiated and organized for a massive anti-war March on Washington for September 24 have agreed to organize a joint rally followed by a joint march. Both coalitions will organize under their own banners, slogans and with their own literature for the September 24 demonstration. The joint rally will begin at 11:30 am at the Ellipse in the front of the White House. We urge everyone around the country to unite and come out for the largest possible anti-war demonstration on September 24.
September 24-26: End the War on Iraq!
Three Days of Peace & Justice Actions in Washington, D.C.
Report Sent in By Phil Restino
I just wanted to thank you once again for putting together and posting on your website the afterdowningstreet.org "honor our dead" 20 x 30 sign kit ... i was able to print up a few of them in time for last Wednesday's national vigil to support cindy sheehan ... in daytona beach we had between 70 and 80 people protesting ... maybe more ... we got coverage in the daytona beach news-journal in the local section with both photos and text ... anyway, attached is one of the 11 photos i took from the daytona beach vigil ... it has a few of the "honor our dead" signs in it....
Phil Restino reports:
According to today’s telephone conversation (888) 225-5322 with the FCC, this threat needs to be reported in writing to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) with the following details of when, where and offense and sent into the FCC’s Broadcast Complaint Office via Fax, Email and/or U.S. Mail.
FCC Broadcast Complaint Office
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Washington, DC 20554
Fax: (866) 418-0232
Pat Robertson calls for Assassination of Foreign Leader
When: Monday, August 22, 2005 at 6:30 PM and 11:00 PM EST
Where: Christian Broadcast Network “The 700 Club
From Global Exchange
Yesterday, extremist right-wing televangelist and Bush supporter Pat Robertson for the assassination of democratically-elected President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela.
The remarks have been condemned by the National Council of Churches, Global Exchange, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Representatives José Serrano and Barbara Lee, among others. Conspicuously absent from condemning this call to terrorist homicide is the Bush administration, of whom Pat Robertson and his 700 Club represents a key support base.
1. ACTION: WHAT YOU CAN DO!
2. Statement from Global Exchange
3. AP Story, Televangelist Calls for Chavez' Death
Petition Launched in Support of Exit Strategy for Iraq
-- Congressional Hearings Scheduled for Next Month
Last week, two organizations seeking an end to the Iraq War, began collecting signatures on a petition to Congress calling for an exit strategy. Thus far over 13,000 signatures have been collected on the websites of Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) and Peace Action.
A growing number of organizations are promoting the petition, including: After Downing Street, National Organization for Women (NOW), Democrats.com, Women's Action for New Directions, Peace Majority, and others.
Here are some photos of the Move America Backward brigade stopping in Sacramento at the KFBK radio studios on 8/22 en route to Crawford, TX. They numbered about 40, and we also had about 40 to counter them. The caravan is supposed to arrive in Crawford on 8/27 after picking up "thousands" of Cindy stiflers on the way.
Gary Zimmerman, Sacramento, CA
Check out the photos of this protest - In Salt Lake City! http://whatreallyhappened.com/IMAGES/SLC8-22/
Tuesday August 23, 2005
BUSH in Donnelly, ID: The White House has said Bush will be staying at
the exclusive Tamarack Resort while participating in activities that
could include fishing for wild rainbow trout or riding a mountain bike
on forest trails with Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne, also a Republican.
[Washington Post, 8/20/05]
Wednesday August 24, 2005
BUSH in Nampa, ID: Bush plans to travel to Nampa for a speaking
engagement where he'll discuss the U.S. war on terror. The Idaho Center
has been reserved for that date, though White House officials declined
to confirm if the president would be speaking there. [Associated Press,
Seven State Democratic Parties Now Say Yes to Withdrawal
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, August, 22nd 2005
Flagstaff, AZ - The Arizona Democratic Party passed a resolution Saturday calling for an "expeditious withdrawal of troops in Iraq." The resolution was put forth by grassroots activists in Sedona and supported by local activists affiliated with Progressive Democrats of America (PDA.)
This marks seven states in which grassroots activists have put forth resolutions calling for an exit from Iraq. Other states that activists have passed resolutions include California, New Mexico, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, and New Jersey.
Get Your Bus Tickets Online NOW!
The Troops Out Now Coalition (TONC) applauds the agreement between the National September 24th Coalition (of which it is a part) and United for Peace and Justice to hold a unified anti-war protest in Washington D.C. on September 24. Now all attention and energy can be turned to building the biggest strongest protest possible to Shut Down the War and Bring the Troops Home Now!
Here's what you can do!
1) Buy your bus ticket online to get on the bus for September 24! (tickets available online for 7 New York metro locations including Jersey City and Long Island City, as well as Atlanta, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Buffalo and Boston, at the following link:
By Tom Hayden
“We need a strategy to win in Iraq, or an exit strategy to leave.
President George W. Bush
1700 Pennsylvania Avenue
Re: Sgt. Jeremy R. Smith, U.S. Army Reserves, Deceased
On February 13, 2004, I lost my son, Sgt. Jeremy R. Smith, U.S. Army Reserves, while he was on active duty preparing for deployment to Iraq. Jeremy was killed on Highway 36, just outside of Gatesville, TX on the way back to Ft. Hood after renting a car so he and his buddies could have one last night out on the town before their departure to Iraq five days later. Jeremy was not killed in action, but he died a hero just the same, a hero formed from the standards of the United States Army that helped to shape him. On the way back to the base, Jeremy attempted to pass a car in order to get ahead of it. Too late, he saw a truck coming from the opposite direction. Jeremy could not get back into his lane without causing an accident. So, he drove off the road and straight into a stand of trees going 80 mph. The location of my son’s death is about 27 miles from your ranch, where you are currently vacationing.
For 12 noon; Monday, August 22, 2005; Salt Lake City, Utah
Military Families, Veterans, Supporters Gather to Ask:
Why are Our Loved Ones Dying In an Unjust War?
SALT LAKE CITY, August 19, 2005: Gold Star families, military families and veterans, along with other concerned Utahans, will be gathering in downtown Salt Lake City on Monday, August 22 to call on President Bush to meet with Cindy Sheehan and the military and Gold Star families who are encamped outside the President’s ranch in Crawford, Texas. They will further call for the President to end the war and bring the troops home. The President will be in Salt Lake City Monday to address the annual convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. As of today, 1,862 service men and women have lost their lives in the Iraq war – nine of whom were from Utah.