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Iraqi Women - Witnesses to War

By Mike Hersh, Progressive Democrats of America,
Karen Bradley, Democracy Cell Project

March 8 2006 - Washington, DC: Five women from Iraq discussed their experiences and explained the situation in Occupied Iraq at a press conference facilitated by Code Pink and Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson. Dr Entisar Mohammad Ariabi delivered their conclusion: "The central cause of tragedy in Iraq is the occupation." Noting that the event promoted a Women's Call for Peace on International Women's Day, Dr. Ariabi described the current conditions: "Iraqi women are looking for their children under rubble, and looking for their husbands in prison. Pregnant women cannot find sufficient care. No hospital or delivery room. Ambulances are shot."

Lee Joins Progressives in Introducing Common Sense Budget Bill

Bill would transfer $60 billion in defense spending to domestic priorities

(Washington, DC) - Congresswoman Lee released the following statement at a press conference today marking the introduction of the bill:

"Thank you all for joining us this morning for the launch of Common Sense Budget Act.

"I'd like to thank Ben Cohen, Dr. Larry Korb, Vice Admiral Shanahan, Wayne Silby, and Jim Wallis for all being here. Thanks also to the Business Leaders for Sensible Priorities for their invaluable help in this roll out.

REP. WOOLSEY INTRODUCES COMMON SENSE TO THE FEDERAL BUDGET

"Common Sense Budget Act" - Transfers Wasteful Pentagon Spending to Health, Schools, Homeland Security, Budget Deficit

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Advocating cuts to the defense budget may seem strange while America is at war in Iraq, but the "dirty little secret" is that tens of billions of dollars are wasted annually by the Pentagon. With record deficit spending, Congress is working to find ways to responsibly manage the federal budget.

Fact Sheets for Lobbying Your Congress Member

Take these to a meeting with your Congress Member: PDF.

Misleading Testimony About NSA Domestic Spying

By Sen. Russell Feingold, http://www.opednews.com

The Honorable Alberto R. Gonzales
Attorney General
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20530

Dear Attorney General Gonzales:

I write in response to your letter of February 28, 2006, regarding your February 6 testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee and responding to specific requests for information by Senators during the hearing.

'Out of Iraq' Congressional Caucus

Dear Colleague:

We invite you to attend an informative briefing with nine Iraqi women who have come to the US to commemorate International Women's Day, March 8. The women represent a wide breadth of Iraqi society, including academics, an engineer, health care workers, homemakers, journalists, filmmakers, and women's rights activists. A brief biography for each is below. They will speak about the effects of the war on their lives, their families and other ordinary Iraqis.

Congressional Legislation Finally Targets Wasteful Pentagon Spending to Address Federal Budget Woes

Congressional Legislation Finally Targets Wasteful Pentagon Spending to Address Federal Budget Woes
Common Sense Budget Act—to Be Introduced Wed., March 8—Transfers Wasteful Pentagon Spending to Health, Schools, other Priorities
Reagan Defense Official Lawrence Korb Identifies $60 Billion that Could Be Trimmed from Bush’s Proposed Defense Budget

WASHINGTON - March 6 -

Who:
Ben Cohen, Co-Founder, Ben and Jerry’s; President, Priorities Campaign
Lawrence Korb, Former Reagan Assistant Defense Secretary
Barbara Lee (D-CA)
Jack Shanahan, Former Commander of the US Second Fleet
Wayne Silby, Chairman, Calvert Funds
Jim Wallis, Sojourners
Lynn Woolsey (D-CA)

Another $70 Billion for War

Institute for Public Accuracy
915 National Press Building, Washington, D.C. 20045
(202) 347-0020 * http://www.accuracy.org * ipa@accuracy.org

On Wednesday the House Appropriations Committee is scheduled to take
up the Bush administration's "emergency supplemental" request for
approximately $70 billion more for war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

MIKE FERNER, Mike.ferner@sbcglobal.net
JEFF LEYS, jeffleys@vcnv.org, http://www.vcnv.org

Protect America First Act of 2006

Reps. Barrow & Thompson to Hold Press Conference Introducing the "Protect America First Act of 2006"

Proposed legislation would implement tough new security oversight standards of foreign investments into American businesses involved in national security and military defense.

Congressmen John Barrow (GA-12) and Bennie Thompson (MS-02), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, will hold a press conference on Thursday, March 9th introducing the Protect America First Act of 2006. This legislation would implement tough new security oversight standards of foreign investments into American businesses involved in national security and military defense.

MEDIA ADVISORY --- NEWS CONFERENCE

Congressional Progressive Caucus
“62 Strong and Growing

Ask Your Congress Member to Support a Study of Depleted Uranium

Rep. McDermott has introduced a bill in Congress, H.R. 2410, The Depleted Uranium Munitions Study Act, which calls for in-depth studies to be conducted on DU and its effects on the health of those exposed to it.

Ask your Congress Member to cosponsor.

The name depleted uranium (DU) implies that a nontoxic material, but nothing could be further from the truth. DU is extremely toxic and has a radioactive half-life of 4.5 billion years. Depleted Uranium is the by-product of nuclear energy production. DU, according to the BBC is “a very heavy substance, 1.7 times denser than lead, and it is highly valued by armies for its ability to punch through armored vehicles. When a weapon made with a DU tip or core strikes a solid object, like the side of a tank, it goes straight through it and then erupts in a burning cloud of vapor. The vapor settles as dust, which is chemically poisonous and also radioactive.

Common Sense Budget Act

Transfers Wasteful Pentagon Spending to Health, Schools, and other priorities like Homeland Security and the Budget Deficit

“Let’s strengthen our nation with responsible spending that benefits all Americans,
while keeping our nation’s defenses strong,

Congressional Progressive Caucus

Progressive Caucus Leaders, CEOs, and Military Experts to Hold Press Conference on “Common Sense Budget Act

Briefing from Iraqi Women and Q&A - Open to Public

'Out of Iraq' Congressional Caucus

March 3, 2006

Dear Colleague:

We invite you to attend an informative briefing with nine Iraqi women who have come to the US to commemorate International Women's Day, March 8. The women represent a wide breadth of Iraqi society, including academics, an engineer, health care workers, homemakers, journalists, filmmakers, and women's rights activists. A brief biography for each is below. They will speak about the effects of the war on their lives, their families and other ordinary Iraqis.

Transfer $60 Billion in “Cold War Era

Congressional Progressive Caucus
“62 Strong and Growing

Contact info for Rep. Scott

Rep. Scott's cosponsorship status on important legislation

Contact Information

Web Site: www.house.gov/scott
E-mail: bobby.scott@mail.house.gov

Washington Office:
1201 LHOB
Washington, D.C. 20515-4603
Phone: (202) 225-8351

Contact info for Rep. Nadler

Rep. Nadler's cosponsorship status on important legislation

Contact Information

Web Site: www.house.gov/nadler
E-mail: Contact Via 'Web Form.'

Washington Office:
2334 RHOB
Washington, D.C. 20515-3208
Phone: (202) 225-5635
Fax: (202) 225-6923

Main District Office:

Contact info for Rep. Boucher

Rep. Boucher's cosponsorship status on important legislation

Contact Information

Web Site: www.house.gov/boucher
E-mail: ninthnet@mail.house.gov

Washington Office:
2187 RHOB Washington, D.C. 20515-4609
Phone: (202) 225-3861

Contact info for Rep. Boucher

Rep. Berman's cosponsorship status on important legislation

Contact Information
Web Site: www.house.gov/berman
E-mail: howard.berman@mail.house.gov

Washington Office:
2221 RHOB Washington, D.C. 20515-0528
Phone: (202) 225-4695

Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee

Click on Links below for Contact and other Information for
the Democratic Members of the House Judiciary Committee
Ranking Member: Conyers. Other Democrats: Berman | Boucher
Delahunt | Jackson_Lee | Lofgren | Meehan | Nadler
Sanchez | Schiff | Scott | Van_Hollen | Wasserman_Schultz
Waters | Watt | Weiner | Wexler

Contact info for Rep. Wasserman Schultz

Rep. Wasserman Schultz's cosponsorship of important legislation

Contact Information:
Web Site: www.house.gov/wasserman-schultz
E-mail: Contact Via 'Web Form.'

Washington Office:
118 CHOB Washington, D.C. 20515-0920
Phone: (202) 225-7931
Fax: (202) 226-2052

Contact info for Rep. Van Hollen

Rep. Van Hollen's cosponsorship status on important legislation

Contact Information:
Web Site: www.house.gov/vanhollen
E-mail: Contact Via 'Web Form.'

Washington Office:
1419 LHOB Washington, D.C. 20515-2008
Phone: (202) 225-5341
Fax: (202) 225-0375

Main District Office:

Contact info for Rep. Sanchez

Rep. Sanchez's cosponsorship status on important legislation

Contact Information

Web Site: www.lindasanchez.house.gov
E-mail: Contact Via 'Web Form.'

Washington Office:
1007 LHOB
Washington, D.C. 20515-0539
Phone: (202) 225-6676
Fax: (202) 226-1012

Main District Office:

Contact info for Rep. Schiff

Rep. Schiff's cosponsorship status on important legislation

Contact Information

Web Site: www.house.gov/schiff
E-mail: Contact Via 'Web Form.'

Washington Office:
326 CHOB
Washington, D.C. 20515-0529
Phone: (202) 225-4176
Fax: (202) 225-5828

Main District Office:

Contact info for Rep. Weiner

Rep. Weiner's cosponsorship status on important legislation

Contact Information:
Web Site: www.house.gov/weiner
E-mail: weiner@mail.house.gov

Washington Office:
1122 LHOB
Washington, D.C. 20515-3209
Phone: (202) 225-6616
Fax: (202) 226-7253

Contact info for Rep. Wexler

Rep. Wexler's cosponsorship status on important legislation

Contact Information

Web Site: www.house.gov/wexler
E-mail: Contact Via 'Web Form.'

Washington Office:
213 CHOB
Washington, D.C. 20515-0919
Phone: (202) 225-3001
Fax: (202) 225-5974

Main District Office:
2500 N. Military Trail, #100

Contact info for Rep. Delahunt

Rep. Delahunt's cosponsorship status on important legislation

Contact Information

Web Site: www.house.gov/delahunt
E-mail: william.delahunt@mail.house.gov

Washington Office:
2454 RHOB
Washington, D.C. 20515-2110
Phone: (202) 225-3111

Contact info for Rep. Meehan

Rep. Meehan's cosponsorship status on important legislation

Contact Information

Web Site: www.house.gov/meehan
Contact via 'Webform'

Washington Office:
2229 RHOB Washington, D.C. 20515-2105
Phone: (202) 225-3411
Fax: (202) 226-0771

Main District Office:
11 Kearney Sq., 3rd Fl.

Contact info for Rep. Waters

Rep. Waters's cosponsorship status on important legislation

Contact Information:
Web Site: http://www.house.gov/waters
E-mail: Contact Via 'Web Form.'

Washington Office:
2344 RHOB
Washington, D.C. 20515-0535
Phone: (202) 225-2201
Fax: (202) 225-7854

Main District Office:

Contact info for Rep. Jackson Lee

Rep. Jackson Lee's cosponsorship status on important legislation

Contact Information

Web Site: www.jacksonlee.house.gov
E-mail: Contact Via 'Web Form.'

Washington Office:
2435 RHOB
Washington, D.C. 20515-4318
Phone: (202) 225-3816
Fax: (202) 225-3317

Main District Office:

Speaking Events

January 10 and 11:
Events in Washington DC to present a petition telling president elect to end wars:
https://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=12501

January 20-21 Occupy the Inauguration
 
January 29 David Swanson speaking in Arlington, Va.
 
February David Swanson debating a war supporter in Boston, Mass.
 
April 21-23 UNAC's annual conference in Richmond, Va.

April 29 possible multi-issue protest in DC.

Find Events Here.

 

 

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