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By Hollis Martin
I have spent a great deal of time ruminating over the devastation of Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as other areas of the world we have plundered into and where we have left our remnants of death scattered about. I watch and listen to the various groups activating antiwar rallies to try and end the devastation, and while they are good and well meaning, I also believe personally that the era of such protests is now ending. It is time to be newly creative once again but in ways that allow us to speak out FOR something, not AGAINST it. While being against something expresses how we feel, it still carries a negative edge. I think now more than ever, this country is craving positive feelings, something good to be speaking out FOR! In a time when everything in the world seems so bleak, we need our hopes raised by having a cause to feel positive about. I would like to share my idea with you about how to do this.
This Saturday Night at 6:00 pm...An official DAWN (DC Anti-War Network) Endorsed Action!
Everybody is invited! Join Us!
These favorites will warm your heart! Sing along to:
"I'm Dreaming of a White Christian"
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By Rep. John Murtha
America wants and deserves real answers on Iraq: What is the clear definition of success? Is there a plan? How much longer and how many more lives? In short, what is the end game?
Blogged by David Edwards on 12/14/2005 @ 11:48am PT...
Robert Novak is Back: 'President Knows Who the Source Is'
Guest blogged by David Edwards If reporters and cameras greet you as you leave for work in the morning then you are probably in the media's spotlight. Karl Rove found...
By US Labor Against the War
1. At December 3 meeting USLAW approves the resolution on support for antiwar legislation (see below).
2. USLAW calls on all its affiliates to pass a similar resolution and to inform and educate their members about such legislative initiatives, encouraging them to communicate their support to their members of Congress.
By IWT News
Thousands of people have died, and are still dying, in a war that a majority of people believe is based on half truths and misinformation. Congressman John Murtha said, "We've increased terrorism in the Middle East... We've increased instability in the Middle East." The world is a more dangerous place for all of us.
7 de Enero: Día Nacional de Juntas Para Acabar con la Guerra
Estamos con: Backbone Campaign, Progressive Democrats of America, Latinos para America, After Downing Street, Democracy Cell Project, Cities for Peace, MilitaryFreeZone.Org, Operation Ceasefire, United for Peace and Justice, U.S. Tour of Duty, Hip Hop Caucus, Democracy Rising, World Can't Wait, and Gold Star Families for Peace pidiendo tu ayuda para organizar juntas públicas, grandes o pequeñas, este sábado, 7 de enero, con el tema de acabar con la Guerra en Irak.
Ending the War in Iraq, Building a Broad Movement for Peace and Justice, And Our Experience with A.N.S.W.E.R.
From the Steering Committee, United for Peace and
Justice December 12, 2005
United for Peace and Justice aims to build the
Detainees may lose right to habeas corpus in deal with White House to prevent veto of McCain amendment against torture
Please call: Senators Levin (D-MI), Graham (R-SC), Warner (R-VA), McCain (R-AZ)
George Bush will be speaking about the war at the World Affairs Council in Philadelphia on Monday. Tickets for the event are sold out, however, the luncheon tickets that are closest to Mr Bush were sold for $10,000. I would like to be at a table close enough to Mr Bush so that he could meet with me.
by Joshua Frank
December 10, 2005
One has to be pleased that the antiwar movement is taking shape. Finally the target isn’t just George. W. Bush and gang. Last Monday night at a chic Manhattan fundraiser for Hillary Clinton, antiwar activists staked out the Senator and vowed to do so until she changes her position on the war.
Proposal for International Groups to Affect U.S. Foreign Policy
Unfortunately the Bush administration is driving horrible U.S. foreign policy including the occupation of Iraq. For those working on peace issues—especially on ending the occupation of Iraq—a change of U.S. policy is the top priority.
Unknown to many in the U.S. and my guess to our colleagues internationally is that the peace movement in the U.S. is woefully under-funded and under-resourced. Peace Action—the largest U.S. grassroots peace organization—has a combined budget of it’s various entities (100 Affiliates and Chapters across the country) of less than $5 million USD annually.
There are many reasons for this:
American Progress Action Fund and Operation Truth Launch
“Torture is Not US” TV Ad Campaign
Washington, DC – The American Progress Action Fund and Operation Truth announced today that they will be airing TV ads in select congressional districts as part of the TortureIsNotUS.org campaign. The campaign ads urge Congress to enact the McCain anti-torture amendment into law for the well-being of our troops and the nation’s efforts against terrorism.
THE OCCUPATION OF IRAQ MUST END
The U.S. occupation of Iraq is in crisis. As any sensible union member knows, the first thing to do when you find you've dug yourself into a hole is to STOP DIGGING. The U.S. needs to find a way out of the mess that our government has gotten us into and stop digging this country deeper into Iraq. Every reason Bush gave for going to war -- Irag having weapons of mass destruction, Iraq collaborating with al Qaida and it being an imminent threat to the US -- has been proven false.
Condoleezza Rice's contradictory, misleading and outright false statements about the U.S. and torture have taken America's moral standing -- and her own -- to new depths.
By Sidney Blumenthal
Dec. 08, 2005 | The metamorphosis of Condoleezza Rice from the chrysalis of the protégé into the butterfly of the State Department has not been a natural evolution but has demanded self-discipline. She has burnished an image of the ultimate loyalist, yet betrayed her mentor, George H.W. Bush's national security advisor Brent Scowcroft. She is the team player, yet carefully inserted knives in the back of her predecessor, Colin Powell, climbing up them like a ladder of success. She is the person most trusted on foreign policy by the president, yet was an enabler for Vice President Cheney and the neoconservatives. Now her public relations team at the State Department depicts her as a restorer of realism, builder of alliances and maker of peace.
By Norman Solomon
Thursday 08 December 2005
Christmas came 11 days early for Donald Rumsfeld two years ago, when the news broke that American forces had pulled Saddam Hussein from a spidery hole. During interviews about the capture, on CBS and ABC, the Pentagon's top man was upbeat. And he didn't have to deal with a question that Lesley Stahl or Peter Jennings could have logically chosen to ask: "Secretary Rumsfeld, you met with Saddam almost exactly 20 years ago and shook his hand. What kind of guy was he?"
Insurgents holding four members of a Christian Peacemaker Team kidnapped in Iraq had threatened to kill them tomorrow if Iraqi detainees are not released from U.S. custody. The group holding them has just announced that they have extended the deadline to December 10. Please continue to keep all involved in your thoughts and prayers. May their captors' hearts be softened.
Mayor of London Calls Bushies "A Gang of Thugs"
By David Swanson
Ken Livingstone, the Mayor of London, England, threw a bash for anti-war activists this evening and denounced the Bush Administration as "a gang of thugs." He praised the work of those present from the US and the UK who have worked to end the war, including offering high praise for Cindy Sheehan, who also spoke.
By World Can't Wait
We are aiming to blast out with the next phase of the battle to drive out the Bush regime by placing a full page ad in the NY Times within the next week.
Attached you will find a PDF file of the ad. This is a draft. Signatories are continuing to arrive so the list is not final. This ad needs to run now, before the colleges go on break. Please, donate all you can: $hundreds, $thousands, $ten thousand +. We need to raise $45,000 by Wednesday, December 7. So let us know as soon as possible what you can donate.
Published on Monday, December 5, 2005 by CommonDreams.org
By Maya Schenwar
When the Solomon Amendment, the law that requires universities to allow military recruiters on campus, first passed in 1995, the bill's co-sponsor Rep. Richard Pombo (R-CA) declared an intention to "send a message over the wall of the ivory tower of higher education." On December 6, the "ivory tower" will send a message back. In court, the oral argument will be presented for FAIR v. Rumsfeld, the Supreme Court case which will decide the fate of the Solomon Amendment. On the street, thousands of students, teachers and peace activists will participate in the National Day of Counter-Recruitment, holding rallies and educational events in almost every major city. The day of protest, organized by Campus Anti-War Network (CAN) and endorsed by Cindy Sheehan, Howard Zinn and Kathy Kelly, is expected to be the largest student counter-recruitment action organized around the Iraq War to date. [See CAN's website at http://www.campusantiwar.net for detailed information and a full list of endorsers.]
Operation Ceasefire was honored to recieve this award from one of Washington DC's oldest and well respected peace organizations at their annual awards dinner. For more information on The Washington Peace Center visit http://www.washingtonpeacecenter.org/
Here's contact info for Roll Call that you may find yourself wanting as you read this article.
Roll Call phone: 202/824-6800, Email.
Will Democrats Resist What Republicans Couldn't in 1998?
December 5, 2005
By Stuart Rothenberg, Roll Call Contributing Writer
So far, the Democratic establishment has wisely resisted the temptation to make personal attacks on the president or to respond to the call for President Bush’s impeachment emanating from the party’s vocal "progressive" wing.
Join CINDY SHEEHAN, HOWARD ZINN, DAHR JAMAIL, war resisters PABLO PAREDES and CAMILO MEJIA, Progressive Democrats of America director TIM CARPENTER, Iraq Vets Against the War & Campus Antiwar Network member DAVID AIRHART, and -- by a unanimous vote of the city council --BERKELEY, CA in supporting this day of counter-recruitment actions this Tuesday, December 6! (Full endorsement list below.)
By David Swanson
On Tuesday in New York, Jonathan Tasini will announce the launch of his campaign for United States Senate, challenging Hilary Clinton in the Democratic primary.
A Democrat, at least one who convincingly opposes Bush, is very likely to win the general election in this race. This means that the primary is the real election, and the question is what kind of Democrat we want to have in the Senate.
By David Swanson
On Saturday, December 10, in London, England, leaders of the peace movement against the Iraq war from the United States, the United Kingdom, and Iraq will meet to strategize. There is hope that the tide has already turned against the occupation, and that a coordinated international effort will be able to mobilize sufficient public pressure to bring the war to a complete end.
Dick Cheney, president of vice, is coming to Houston next Monday evening, Dec. 5, to raise funds for local corruption czar Tom DeLay. Join with others to give them the "welcome" they deserve.
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
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Contact: Dana Thompson (202) 225-7080
CONGRESSWOMAN SHEILA JACKSON LEE HOLDS PUBLIC CALL TO ACTION AND POINTS TO NEW DEATHS OF AMERICAN TROOPS IN IRAQ AS FURTHER EVIDENCE THAT COMPREHENSIVE EXIT PLAN IS NECESSARY
By Lisa Schirch, Associate Professor of Peacebuilding, Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, Eastern Mennonite University
Today the hostage takers threatened to kill the hostages next Thursday unless all Iraqi detainees are released. We must continue our efforts, press releases, vigils, prayers, etc to hold them in the Light.
Before I went to Iraq in August, I reflected with friends on how I wanted to respond if I was taken hostage. It was a gruesome reflection on a "what if" and many refused to think through it with me. But I wanted to have a plan. I never would have been so hopeful or imaginative to have my "what if" abductors offer me baklava and a chance to air my political views on global TV.