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By Steve Cobble
Ms. Heinz, let me be blunt. It's time for justice.
I'm going to suggest an idea that Bush/Cheney/Rove will hate. That alone should make this post worth reading, shouldn't it?
One year ago tomorrow, August 5th, the sleazy Swift Boat crowd ran their first attack ad on your husband.
Without benefit of fact or first-hand knowledge, and despite the protests of the men who actually served on John Kerry's boat, these sleazeballs took one of the proudest moments of your husband's life and turned it into a smear, a negative, a lie.
That, of course, was their goal. They were running point for the White House, the lead blockers, the mudslingers hoping that if they threw enough pond scum around, something would stick. It worked.
George Bush said speaking about the dreadful loss of life in Iraq in August: (08/03/05): "We have to honor the sacrifices of the fallen by completing the mission." "The families of the fallen can be assured that they died for a noble cause."
In reaction to these two assinine and hurtful statements, members of Gold Star Families for Peace (GSFP) are going to George's vacation home in Crawford, Tx this Saturday, August 6th at 11:00 am to confront him on these two statements.
1) We want our loved ones sacrifices to be honored by bringing our nation's sons and daughters home from the travesty that is Iraq 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.
In this photo, Ven Neralla, Legislative Director for Congresswoman Barbara Lee, explains the Resolution of Inquiry to a MeetUp in Washington, D.C.
Neralla also announced that there are now 42 supporters of the Resolution, Lee plus 41 co-sponsors. The latest addition, thanks to the lobbying of our coalition members out in Washington state, is Congressman Adam Smith.
DFA activists in Washington, D.C., who HAVE NO VOTING REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS, will be setting up a meeting with non-voting representative Delegate Eleanor Holmes-Norton, to ask her to co-sponsor.
Cindy Sheehan, Co-Founder of Gold Star Families for Peace, is continuing to press with passion the cause of holding accountable the man who sent her son to die in Iraq for a lie. Cindy sent a note to friends this evening saying "We can relax now. From the war zone of Crawford, Texas, George said that we families of loved ones that have been killed in Iraq can: 'rest assured that your loved ones died for a noble cause.'"
Cindy went on to say that she plans to be in Dallas this coming weekend for the Veterans For Peace convention, and that she is going to go to the Crawford ranch, "and I don't care how far Crawford is from Dallas....I will not leave until he explains to me exactly what the noble cause is....It has to stop. The time is now. I mean it."
Lone Star Iconoclast
By Nathan Diebenow, Associate Editor
AUSTIN — The former ambassador to Afghanistan, Ann Wright, called on U.S. federal employees to leak more secret memos on the lead-up to the war in Iraq like Downing Street memos uncovered by the British press this last May.
“It seems like the British government is leaking like a sieve. We need to get our own U.S. government colleagues to be leaking like a sieve,
"Authorized by a presidential finding signed by President Bush in February or March 2002, the Scorpions were part of a policy of "regime change" in Iraq. The covert members, many of whom were exiles recruited by the Kurds, were trained in target identification, explosives and small arms at two secret bases in Jordan, according to one U.S. government official."
Why does this line up with Blair's visit to the ranch and agreement to help attack Iraq?
Why does this line up with Cheney's beginning to lie about nuclear weapons programs in Iraq?
...with the military telling Sen. Graham that troops were being moved to Iraq for a war?
During the 2004 Presidential Race, John Kerry was called naive. I started to notice this in the emails sent over his mailing list since the election. The most glaring example has been his Fire Rove campaign. Clearly Kerry has lost his focus on the big picture, because Rove shouldn't be the only one fired. It should be Bush, Cheney, and all of their top advisers.
In 2003 Bush called for war on Iraq because Saddam Hussein was supposedly developing and/or possessed weapons of mass destruction. After toppling Saddam zero weapons of mass destruction were found, which matched up with what the United Nations' inspectors had said prior to the invasion.
FROM: Marilyn Katz, Chicagoans Against War and Injustice, 312-822-0505, firstname.lastname@example.org
RESOLUTION TO WITHDRAW FROM IRAQ INTRODUCED TO CHICAGO CITY COUNCIL
Over 40 of 50 Alderman Already Supportive
Citing the failure of the Bush Administration to substantiate their basis for going to war and the rising cost of the war in Iraq in terms of both lives and dollars, Chicago Aldermen Helen Shiller, Freddrena Lyle and Gene Schulter today introduced a resolution into the ChicagoCity Council calling on the 'United States government to immediately commence an orderly and rapid withdrawal of United States military personnel from Iraq to prevent further casualties, both American and Iraqi, resulting from a misguided and unjustified war.'
By Cindy Sheehan
One very positive aspect of my public anti-war, pro-peace stance is that it has put me in contact with so many people all over the world. I believe that my willingness to share my heart and tragic story (and in the process, tell the truth) helps people open up to me in ways that they cannot do with another. In the past few days, I have been bombarded with horror stories about what our government is doing to innocent Americans.
I was driving from one event to another the other day, and I got a call from an Iranian woman who is now a citizen of the United States, and who has been in the US for 30 years, is married to an American, has a 5 year old son, and a brother who has been in prison for 9 months for wanting to serve America.
MEET WITH CONGRESSMEMBERS THIS MONTH
The Resolution of Inquiry, H. Res. 375, now has 40 co-sponsors, and we have the month of August in which to raise that total. If passed, the Resolution will require the White House and the State Department to turn over all information related to communication with officials of the UK between January and October of 2002, the period of the Downing Street documents.
Both progressives and moderates are among the 40 already co-sponsoring. Many more congress members will co-sponsor if a group of their constituents schedules a meeting with them at their district office, while they're home for the month of August, and asks them. All the information you need to do so is here.
ATTEND AUGUST 3rd MEETUPS TO PLAN
Democracy for America (DFA) has organized its members to schedule at least 67 meetings with congress members during August in at least 26 states (AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, IA, IL, KS, MA, MD, MI, MO, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, TX, VT, WI). These meetings will focus on requesting hearings on the Downing Street Memos and whether the President misled us into war. One particular request will be that each congress member co-sponsor H. Res. 375.
To get involved with one of these or to organize an additional meeting in your congressional district, attend your local DFA Meetup tomorrow evening, Wednesday, August 3.
Plan a peaceful protest:
Tuesday August 2, 2005
UPDATED* BUSH in Washington, DC - 11:25 AM: President Bush signs the CAFTA legislation. [ABCNews.com, 8/1/05]
BUSH in Crawford, TX: President and Mrs. Bush depart for their ranch. [ABCNews.com, 8/1/05]
NEW* BOLTON in New York, NY - 11:30 PM: John Bolton will go through the official UN process of presenting his credentials to the Secretary General this morning. [ABCNews.com, 8/2/05]
NEW* SNOW in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Secretary Snow will join Minister Palocci at a breakfast meeting with local business leaders in Rio de Janeiro and deliver remarks at a forum sponsored by the Council of
Progressive Maryland and Allies Protest Lt. Gov. Steele's Embrace of Karl Rove -- The Man Who Damaged Homeland Security for Domestic Partisan Advantage
Progressive Maryland and allies led 60 protesters at a July 26th Capitol Hill fundraiser – headlined by White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove -- for Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele’s expected bid for the U.S. Senate.
Progressive Maryland demanded that Steele denounce Rove for the latter’s exposure of the identity of covert CIA operative Valerie Plame and that Steele return the money collected at the fundraiser. We based our demands on facts in the Plame Affair that are now beyond dispute:
Front door encore
If the press won't find its way to the truth, the only thing to do is bring the truth to the press. The Central Jersey Coalition Against Endless War, which staged a dramatic reading from the Downing Street Memos in Highland Park this past weekend, took its show to East Brunswick and the office of the Home News Tribune, which couldn't quite stir itself to send a reporter to the Saturday event and clearly needed a bit of help. Staff writer Rick Harrison rose to the occasion with this article in today's edition.
NEW ANTI-IRAQ WAR PLAY
The Fountain Theatre in Los Angeles is opening a new anti-Iraq war piece on September 11, 2005 - based on Eliot Weinberger's article, "What I Heard About Iraq."
We would like it to be part of a worldwide movement, protest.
We're making the script available to theatres, schools, religious, advocacy, and human rights organizations worldwide.
There are already plans to have it read at the Internationales LiteraturFestival Berlin (www.literaturfestival.com) and in New Haven, Connecticut by Reclaiming the Prophetic Voice and the CT Peace Coalition (email@example.com) on September 11th, as well as the New York Theatre Workshop (www.nytw.org) on September 19th, plus other organizations worldwide are in various planning stages.
By Jeff Norman, Director, U.S. Tour of Duty
As popular opinion increasingly turns against the war, Iraq veterans and military family members are criticizing the Bush administration more frankly than ever before. Their message is impossible to dismiss, because it is obviously not motivated by political bias, but by a patriotic commitment to holding our leaders accountable for illegal and immoral behavior.
At a U.S. Tour of Duty event in Venice, California last night, Iraq veteran Jeff Key explained the obligation of U.S. service members to fight "domestic enemies," and why the American masters of war should be categorized as such. Gold Star mom Nadia McCaffrey, whose son Patrick was killed in Iraq, flatly stated that President Bush does not represent her, and would turn her back to him if he were in her presence.
Plan a Peaceful Protest:
Tuesday August 2, 2005
BUSH in Crawford, TX: President and Mrs. Bush depart for their ranch.
Wednesday August 3, 2005
NEW* HUCKABEE in Little Rock, AK - 9:00 AM: Governor hosts "Ask The Governor," a monthly call-in program on the Arkansas Radio Network, ARN studios, 700 Wellington Hills Road. [www.arkansas.gov]
NEW* HUCKABEE in Conway, AK - 7:00 PM: Governor participates in "Arkansans Ask," a monthly call-in program on the Arkansas Educational Television Network, AETN studios, 350 S. Donaghey St. [www.arkansas.gov]
Thursday August 4, 2005
BUSH in Crawford, TX: President and Mrs. Bush will welcome President Alvaro Uribe of Colombia and Mrs. Uribe to their ranch in Crawford, Texas on August 4, 2005. [White House, 7/13/05]
Saturday, August 6 in Seattle
Doors at 6pm, Presentation at 6:30pm
Writer and international activist Larry Everest on the new national campaign to drive out the Bush regime
The World Can't Wait! Let's Get Organized! Mobilize for Novemember 2, 2005!
Gather to hear Larry Everest speak on how we in our millions can drive out the Bush regime. Larry just returned from testifying at the World Tribunal on Iraq in Instanbul, Turkey. He is a contributing writer to Revolution newspaper (voice of the Revolutionary Commu nist Party) and author of Oil, Power and Empire: Iraq and the U.S. Global Agenda. Join us to kick off plans and launch this historic movement in Seattle.
Wild: Hundreds of honks heard
Somerville Journal, MA
By Patricia Wild
Thursday, July 28, 2005
The day after President Bush had proclaimed John G. Roberts Jr. to be his Supreme Court nominee and NPR's "Talk of the Nation" focused on Roberts' anti-civil rights, anti-Roe versus Wade pronouncements, discouraged and weighted down with those "What's the use?" feelings prevalent among progressives these days, I held a "Honk to Impeach Bush" sign in Davis Square for a while and, in spite of the heat, my spirits lifted. Organized by Carl Martin and Joe Ramsey, key members of the Somerville-Medford Ad-Hoc Committee to End the War, similar Davis Square demonstrations are scheduled every Monday from 5 until 7 p.m. in the little park in front of J.P. Licks. Won't you join us?
TAKE PART IN DFA MEETUPS ON WED. AUGUST 3
Democracy for America is taking up the cause of promoting investigation of the Downing Street Memos. They have organized meetings all over the country on Wednesday, August 3, and you can sign up for one here: http://dfa.meetup.com/
Later in the month of August, DFA will organize meetings with Congress Members while they are home in their district offices. Sixty of these meetings have already been scheduled. At these meetings, people will ask their Congress Members to co-sponsor Rep. Lee's Resolution. To help organize these events, participate in the MeetUps on Wednesday.
Last Saturday's Los Angeles rally with Maxine Waters, on the third anniversary of the Downing Street Memo, was packed to beyond capacity (1000+), with hundreds turned away. Hundreds of similar events, many of which were also standing room only, took place around the country. Momentum is building...
U.S. TOUR OF DUTY proudly presents Gold Star mom NADIA McCAFFREY, the woman who defied President Bush by allowing the media to view her son's coffin, for four big events in Southern California:
Saturday, July 30 - Anaheim
Sunday, July 31 - Venice
Monday, August 1 - San Pedro
Wednesday, August 3 - West Hills
People's Weekly World Newspaper
By Rosalio Muñoz
Overflow meetings urge action on Iraq withdrawal, Bush lies
LOS ANGELES — A fiery Out of Iraq Town Hall/Teach In drew a standing-room-only, overflow crowd of 1,000 to Inglewood’s Covenant Worship Center here July 23. The multiracial crowd packing the church cheered calls for a stepped up struggle to end the U.S. occupation of Iraq and bring the troops home “sooner rather than later.
MEDIA ACTIVISM NEEDED NOW
Most of the corporate media ignored the mass events on July 23rd and ignored the introduction of Congresswoman Barbara Lee's Resolution of Inquiry.
Please Contact National Media Outlets:
We have put together a tool kit for you to make it easy to work on your local media as well, with letters, phone calls, op-eds, editorial board meetings, and protests.
Get Tools to Bring Your Local Media Around:
Find radio stations with call-in shows near you and call in:
Please politely and concisely, and IN YOUR OWN WORDS, request coverage from:
C-Span Washington Journal
Phone: (201) 583-5000 or (201) 585-2622
Post your letters to the editor here.
Bob Fertik's blog
Democrats.com member Richard Mathews suggested this action:
It would be a huge success for us if we got MoveOn to endorse impeachment. That would get the impeachment message to millions of people and send a strong message that the group founded to fight impeachment sees that this is a case that truly deserves it.
Now through August 2, MoveOn is asking for input on slogans to get rid of Rove. Currently, the number 8 suggestion is "Indict Rove / Impeach Bush". That represents over a thousand MoveOn members who have voted for impeachment. If we can move that up a few notches in the rankings, it will help convince MoveOn that impeachment is the right answer.
to the tune of "On Broadway"
THEY KEEP THEIR MEMOS LOCKED UP TIGHT ON DOWNING
THEY PAY THE NEWS TO KEEP THEM OFF THE AIR
SO WHEN THE SCANDAL HIT THE STREET
AND I FOUND OUT THE TRUTH HAD LEAKED
I HOPED SOMEHOW THAT EVERYONE WOULD CARE (ON DOWNING)
THEY SAY THEY MADE THEIR CASE WITH LIES ON DOWNING
THE FACTS WERE FIXED AROUND THE POLICY
SO DO YOU THINK WE'D GO TO WAR
IF WE HAD KNOWN ALL THIS BEFORE
A HUNDRED BILLION DOLLARS ISN'T FREE (ON DOWNING)
THEY SAY THIS NEWS WON'T LAST TOO LONG ON DOWNING
THEY'LL SPIN IT OFF AND MAKE IT GO AWAY
BUT THEY'RE DEAD WRONG I KNOW THEY ARE
10 Drowsing Street
London, UK, SW1A, 2AA
SECRET AND STRICTLY PERSONAL - US EYES ONLY
From: CENTRAL JERSEY COALITION AGAINST ENDLESS WAR
Date: 25 July 2002
ANTIWAR GROUP TO ASSIST PRESS IN REPORTING CONTENTS OF THE DOWNING STREET MEMORANDA by staging a repeat-performance of the Downing Street minutes in the parking lot at the offices of The Home News Tribune (35 Kennedy Blvd, East Brunswick, NJ) on Thursday, July 28, 2005, at 6:30 pm.
Members of the group held its original dramatic reading in Highland Park last Saturday, July 23rd as part of the National Day of Action spearheaded by Congressman John Conyers. The purpose of this event