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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
The Media's Roving Eye
By Tom Engelhardt
LINK TO ORIGINAL
Oh what a tangled web we weave
When we first practice to deceive…
I've written regularly about the media's inability to connect the dots. The other day a reporter out in the far-flung reaches of our imperium wrote in to Tomdispatch pointing to a front-paged dot that no one -- myself included -- had bothered to pay much attention to or connect to anything at all. In the July 21st Washington Post, Walter Pincus and Jim VandeHei wrote a piece, Plame's Identity Marked as Secret, describing a memo from the State Department's intelligence experts that Secretary of State Colin Powell had with him on a 5-day trip to Africa he took with the President and his aides that began on July 7, 2003. This was only a day after former Ambassador Joseph Wilson published What I Didn't Find in Africa on the op-ed page of the New York Times, exposing the Bush administration's Niger uranium lie. ("Based on my experience with the administration in the months leading up to the war, I have little choice but to conclude that some of the intelligence related to Iraq's nuclear weapons program was twisted to exaggerate the Iraqi threat."); only four days before Time magazine's Matt Cooper had that conversation "on double super secret background" with Karl Rove and was told that "wilson's wife… apparently works at the agency on wmd"; only five days before CIA Director George Tenet took a provisional fall for the administration for letting those "16 words" that started the whole thing on Saddam's supposed search for African uranium for his supposed atomic program into the 2003 State of the Union Address the previous January; only seven days before Robert Novak wrote his now infamous Mission to Niger column outing Joe Wilson's wife as a CIA agent. ("Wilson never worked for the CIA, but his wife, Valerie Plame, is an Agency operative on weapons of mass destruction. Two senior administration officials told me Wilson's wife suggested sending him to Niger to investigate the Italian report.")
By Steve Cobble
The 3rd-year-anniversay town halls, house parties, and dramatic readings of the Downing Street Minutes on Saturday were a smashing success. From coast to coast, we had enthusiastic, overflow crowds, passionate and intelligent speakers, and committed Congresspeople. The sense that the Downing Street Minutes have struck a nerve was palpable. This story is far from over.
The public gets it. The people of this country know that a secret set of minutes from the highest levels of Bush's strongest ally in the war on Iraq is stating the truth.
By David Bacon
CHICAGO, IL (7/26/05) - On the second day of its convention in Chicago, the AFL-CIO took an historic step, calling for the rapid withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, and an end to the country's occupation. Public attention has focused largely on the split in US labor, and the decision by two of the federation's largest unions to leave. Yet the impact of this call will reverberate for years, with as profound effect on the future of US workers and their unions. Brooks Sunkett, vice-president of the Communications Workers of America (CWA), started a train of passionate speeches on the convention floor, saying that the government had lied to him when it sent him to war in Vietnam three decades ago. "We have to stop it from lying to a new generation now," he implored. Henry Nicholas, a hospital union leader in the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, told delegates that his son, who has served four tours of duty in Iraq, is now threatened with yet another.
Chicago: In a major change of course, the AFL-CIO Convention delegates voted this afternoon in favor of a resolution calling for a "rapid" return of all U.S. troops from Iraq.
Eighteen AFL-CIO state federations, central labor councils and unions had submitted resolutions to the convention calling for an immediate or rapid end to the occupation and return of the troops. The General Executive Council, meeting on the eve of the convention, submitted a resolution that borrowed heavily from elements of those eighteen but failed to clearly call for a prompt end to the occupation.
When it came time for the convention to act on the resolution Tuesday afternoon, Fred Mason, President of the Maryland/District of Columbia AFL-CIO, offered a "friendly" amendment that clarified and strengthened opposition to continued occupation of Iraq. The amendment was accepted by the leadership and the modified resolution was adopted by an overwhelming majority of delegates following a parade of delegates who spoke in favor of its adoption (none spoke in opposition).
IRVING — Jim Hightower, former Texas Agriculture Commissioner and national radio commentator, will be speaking at the Veterans For Peace National Convention 2005 at the University of Dallas in Irving. This is 20th year for VFP’s annual convention as veterans from all over the nation gather to stand against war and move forward the cause of peace.
Dubbed “America’s most popular populist,
Take a look at these!
Photos from July 23, 2005, Rally in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania:
Plan Peaceful Protests:
Tuesday July 26, 2005
BUSH in Washington, DC: President Bush signs a Presidential Proclamation to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. [White House, 7/25/05]
NEW* LAURA BUSH in Florida: Laura Bush is in Florida for the shuttle launch, including a post-launch visit at Kennedy Space Center. [MSNBC.com, 7/26/05]
UPDATED* ROVE in Washington, DC: Karl Rove will be the star attraction at a fundraiser in Washington for Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele. The fundraiser takes place at the National Republican Senatorial Committee on the Hill at 6:00 pm [Washington Times, 7/11/05, MSNBC.com, 7/26/05]
Our Sacramento party was a huge success. We had close to 100 people show up for the first part of the event, which was an outdoor demonstration. Our demonstration lasted about an hour and a half, and then we had the actual house party. About 70 people joined us for that.
Attached below are some photos from our event.
By Bob Fertik, Democrats.com
Everyone please take a bow - because WE DID IT!
The Downing Street Minutes 3rd Anniversary events organized by Rep. John Conyers and AfterDowningStreet.org were an amazing, incredible success.
Reports from around the country are pouring in to AfterDowningStreet.org.
I had the privilege and thrill of hosting the New York City event featuring Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-NY), former Rep. Liz Holtzman, and Randi Rhodes.
Photos from Phoenix, AZ, July 23rd:
Here is the audio of Congressman Conyers' and Ambassador Wilson's conference call to house parties on July 23, 2005:
From David Grace:
I videotaped the Oakland Town Hall yesterday and posted the audio portion of it onto the IndyMedia site in Washington DC.
By John Seeley
L.A.’s “Out of Iraq
By David Swanson, PDA Board Member, Co-Founder AfterDowningStreet.org
Overflow crowds packed public forums today at more than 300 events organized by Progressive Democrats of America and other members of the AfterDowningStreet coalition to mark the three-year anniversary of the Downing Street Memo.
Hundreds of people were turned away at some of the larger events as capacity crowds sought to discuss the Downing Street Memo and related evidence that the Bush Administration fixed intelligence to systematically mislead the nation to go to war in Iraq. Distinguished members of Congress such as John Conyers (D-MI), Maurice Hinchley (D- NY), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Jim McDermott (D-WA) and Maxine Waters (D-CA) hosted standing-room-only town hall meetings in their home districts of Detroit, New York City, Oakland, Seattle, and Los Angeles. PDA co-sponsored the events, and PDA chapters played a key role in organizing people for these and hundreds of smaller forums around the nation.
By Rita A. Weinstein, PDA
Bill Moyer, Director of The Backbone Campaign
Congressman Jim McDermott (D-WA)
Rory Steel, from Congressman Jay Inslee's office
Bear Dyson and Lisa Gill of Military Families Speak Out
Paul Rogat Loeb, author of The Impossible will Take a Little While and The Soul of a Citizen
The event took place in the Labor Temple in downtown Seattle. The auditorium audience of over 300 was standing room only. Congressman Jim ("Baghdad Jim") McDermott was the featured speaker. Bill Moyer ("Without the 's', but it helps to get calls returned."), Director of the Backbone Campaign (www.backbonecampaign.org) organized and hosted the event. His opening message to the full spectrum of Seattle's progressive community opened with the immortal lines of Robert Burns: "O, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive." He explained that part the agenda of the Backbone Campaign, a member of the Afterdowningstreet.org coalition, is to provide creative accountability tools for our leaders, such as The Backbone Award and the Spineless Citation.
By Carl Doerner
Each time I encounter youthful Conway native and constitutional attorney John Bonifaz I am more impressed with his grasp of contemporary political problems, historical analysis and with his ability to crisply articulate the issues before us. On Saturday afternoon he addressed 160 of us packed tightly into the meeting room of the Media Education Foundation in Northampton. This was one of 350 such July 23 meetings throughout the country, marking the third anniversary of preparation of what is referred to in infrequent media accounts as the Downing Street Memo.
More than 300 people packed the main meeting room at the Seattle Labor Temple today to mark the third anniversary of the Downing Street Minutes.
The event was organized nationally by AfterDowningStreet.org and locally by the Backbone Campaign and Congressman Jim McDermott's office. Bill Moyer, the Executive Director of the Backbone Campaign opened the event, welcoming the overflowing crowd and winding us up. Next came a dramatic reading of the original Downing Street Minutes, with parts being read by Joshua Okrent, Bert Sacks and several others.
Jim McDermott gave a great speech, connecting the Downing Street Minutes/Memo with Karl Rove's current problems explaining his criminal behavior in the White House. He said we were in a DIRE emergency, where D stands for Downing Street, I stands for Iraq, R stands for Rove and E stands for everything else. Many times the audience joined in, asking about things like the Iraqi people. McDermott was always about to get right to that subject, and did so very well.
Hello This is Harriet Lerman 1340 WPBR, AM you will here the real story. Listen in on July 28th at 11AM to Dave Swanson from DSM. Hear all about the events that happened all around the country. We had several events Saturday, July 23, 2005, in Palm Beach County Florida yesterday which was one of the hottest days of the year. Still loyal people show up to support the Democrats who had a Rally in West Palm Beach. So far at this point I have not seen anything in the news about our Rally. We know that OUT2.com, Boca News and Sun Sentinel were there, but I have not seen anything yet in the press about the Rally.
Remarks at Yesterday's Event in Seattle by Bill Moyer:
Welcome & Intros: “Oh what a tangled web we weave, when we practice to deceive
The photos from the NBC protest are on my blog:
There are none from the afternoon rally at Ethical Culture, because I couldn't get in.
So congratulations are in order I expect.
With all those people there are probably lots of photos of the rally, so you don't need me and my little blog for that.
Let me know what else is happening and what I can do.