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In addition to the major rally and hearings planned for DC on Thursday, citizens are organizing local rallies around the country on Thursday.

To find out about rallies in your part of the country, go to this Discussion Forum and get organized. Volunteer to take the lead in your town if no one else has done so yet.

When there is a clear leader with name and contact info in a city, please also post it as a comment below this article. Thanks.

ARIZONA STATE CAPITOL:
From Arizona:
This Thursday many Arizonans will converge on the State Capital to ask for a full investigation into the Downing Street memo. We are hoping others across the USA will do the same. Please let me know if there is anyway I can get you to help get the word out about this. I am sorry it is so last minute but we weren't sure that Conyers could get the signatures he needed to do this! If you have any questions you can email me and I will do my best to answer them.

On June 16th 2005 at 2:00 it is our hope that hundreds will join us at the state capital building. To help support John Conyers call for an investigation into the Downing Street Memo!
On June 16th 2005 at 2:00 we will walk on the Capital of the state of Arizona, in a show of support and solidarity with those marching in Washington DC at the very same time. At that time it is our earnest hope that our voices will combine into a noise big enough to be heard by our leaders, and our media. WE NEED YOU THERE! Please RSVP at Back2commonsense@AOL.com

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ORLANDO:

PROTEST
ON THURSDAY, JUNE 16

Intersection of
E. Colonial Dr. & Bumby
Starts 5:30pm & Ends ?

Los Angeles, California:

Rally at:
KTLA News
5800 Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028
5:30 pm PT on Thursday

Contact:
Melissa Castaneda
melissa_castaneda@hotmail.com

San Franciso, California
Contact Sophie deVries
415-789-8469
or go to
www.impeachcentral.com

LOUISVILLE KENTUCKY

PRESS CONFERENCE in LOUISVILLE, KY
concerning the Downing Street Memo
June 16, 5:00pm
outside the Mazzoli Federal Building
6th & Chestnut Streets

Judy Munro-Leighton
Louisville, KY
jmunroleighton@juno.com

EUGENE, OREGON:

George Beres
gberes@darkwing.uoregon.edu
(541) 344-0282

TO THE NEWS MEDIA: Two significant Oregon public figures will speak in
support of impeachment of President Bush at a public forum this Friday, June
17, at the University of Oregon. They are former Dist. 40 Congressman Jim
Weaver and University scientist, Professor Frank Stahl. What follows here:
A news release about the Friday event.
Text of the talk Weaver will give.
Extracts from the talk Stahl will give.
Both are available to reporters in the days before the program, and
afterward:
Weaver: 541-988-3524
Stahl: Fstahl@molbio.uoregon.edu
----------
George Beres
gberes@darkwing.uoregon.edu
(541) 344-0282
TWO OREGON PUBLIC FIGURES CALL FOR IMPEACHMENT OF PRESIDENT
Two of Oregon's most significant public figures over the years go on the
record for impeachment of President Bush and Vice-President Cheney when they
speak at a public meeting Friday (June 17) at the Chiles Center at the
University of Oregon.
Jim Weaver, U.S. Congressman from Oregon District 40 for 12 years
(1975-1987), will make a speech at 4 p.m. in lecture room 127 of Chiles,
located across Kincaid Street from the University Bookstore. He will call
for immediate start of legislative committee hearings that would lead to
impeachment of President George Bush and Vice-President Dick Cheney.
"It's not easy for individual legislators to take such momentous steps,"
said Weaver. "I know from my 12 years in the Congress, and can appreciate
the various pressures on my successor, Peter DeFazio. That's why it is
essential his constituents speak out to give him a clear signal that the
impeachment effort is way overdue."
Speaking in support of Weaver's call for action will be the University's
most distinguished science professor, Frank Stahl. For the past year, Stahl
has been distributing on campus flyers that describe the Iraq war as illegal
and unconstitutional.
The event is sponsored by Pacifica Forum, which meets every Friday on
campus to discuss issues related to world peace. Forum chairman is Orval
Etter, like Stahl, a university professor emeritus.
The Forum has identified several actions by the executive branch of the
nation that might justify impeachment, such as the failure to account for
some trillions in budgeted funds.
"But," said Etter, "all other reasons pale beside the decision of the
administration to persist in an illegal war that continues to bleed our
children in the military, and also create a massive, increasing deficit."
The talk will be followed by a discussion to involve the audience.
#
CONTACT: George Beres, 541-344-0282

TEXT OF WEAVER ADDRESS TO BE GIVEN FRIDAY, JUNE 17, 2005
(For release, Wednesday, June 15)
ON THE IMPEACHMENT OF PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH
By Jim Weaver, former U.S. Congressman from Oregon

Impeachment of a president is one of the most serious steps our
representative democracy can take. Another is going to war. Both should be
approached with utmost care, and on clearly stated grounds.
It is true the Republican-dominated 105th Congress, in impeaching
President William Clinton, lowered the bar on impeachment into the basement.
We should not stoop so low today as did the rightwing religious Republicans.
Only two presidents have been impeached, and their impeachment was on
essentially political grounds. We should not base a call for impeachment of
President Bush on political grounds.
President Bush made a distinct promise in the 2000 election to unite the
American people. After assuming the presidency-- with less than a majority
of the vote-- he proceeded to disunite us. The Bush Administration moved so
far to the right it doomed the center, and provoked the extreme polarization
that dominates our politics today.
That promise to unite us was only the first of the extravagant lies of
President Bush, but his arrogance in defying the majority will is not an
impeachable offense. Such political manipulations should be remedied by
elections.
That he and his cohorts villify and trash anyone who dares speak against
them and their policies is a blot on our democracy. But it is not an
impeachable offense. That he responds to charges that Guantanamo is like a
gulag by calling them absurd, attacking the press as he did with Newsweek,
sullying the First Amendment, and intimidating the news media is not
impeachable.
His tax cuts for the wealthy, threatening to convert our middle class
society into a banana republic where a few families and corporations
dominate a benighted lower class, are not impeachable.
Threatening the judiciary and packing the courts with right wing fanatics,
dangerous and destructive as this may be, is not impeachable. There were no
cries for impeachment of President Franklin Rooseveltwhen he attempted to
pack the Supreme Court for the simple reason the majority Democrats in
Congress stopped him. The tragedy today is that the majority Republicans in
Congress go in lockstep with Bush. We can only hope these Republicans will
be defeated in the 2006 elections.
Our Social Security system is under attack by President Bush. Is this
impeachable? No. Is this the politics of class and greed? Yes. It may
finally arouse our citizenry to vote to throw out the perpetrators.
Borrowing to pay for his tax cuts and his war in Iraq-- leaving us with a
grievous national debt-- is a profound and severe economic and fiscal error.
His allowing desecration of our environment and his denial of global
warming-- ignorant and arrogant as these policies are-- are not impeachable.
If ignorance were a disqualification for high office, half the U.S. Senate
would be disbarred from membership.
WHAT IS IMPEACHABLE?
The Constitution states the grounds are treason, bribery and other high
crimes and misdemeanors. James Madison, a principle author of the
Constitution, in defining high crimes said perfidy-- violation of the public
trust-- was impeachable. The evidence, both in clearly demonstrated fact
and in such documents as the Downing Street Memo, is compelling. It shows
Bush lied and lied again about reasons that drove us into the war in Iraq.
That is a violation of the public trust involving the most important
action a nation can take: war. It rises to the very highest level of
impeachable grounds. Compounding this indictment is the use of national
security agencies to distort evidence for reasons for war.
Going to war on false pretenses is an impeachable offense.
Therefore, I urge the Pacifica Forum and all citizens of Oregon to make an
urgent call for the impeachment of President Bush. Vice-President Richard
Cheney should be added to that call. He participated in the same lies, the
same violation of the public trust.
I suggest you make this call in a letter to Congressman Peter DeFazio,
asking him to introduce articles of impeachment in the House of
Representatives. If we can invigorate the American public with this
indictment, it can become the paramount issue in the midterm elections of
2006. It would make that election a referendum on the Bush Administration
and its acolytes in Congress.
#

EXTRACTS FROM A TALK IN SUPPORT OF IMPEACHMENT, ALSO ON FRIDAY, JUNE 17
By Frank Stahl, University of Oregon emeritus professor, and American
Cancer Society Professor in the Institute of Molecular Biology.

I support Jim Weaver's call for impeachment of President Bush and
Vice-President Cheney. Action is urgent. A failure to impeach Bush would
endorse his abuse of power. This would exacerbate ongoing losses of the
Constitutionally mandated Separation of Powers and of respect for the Rule
of Law. The imperial ambitions of the Bush Administration must be stopped.
They do not represent the values of our Republic.
-o-
President Dwight Eisenhower warned us against the growing collusion of
industrial America and the Pentagon. He referred to it as the
"Military-Industrial Complex." My post-retirement research has led me,
reluctantly, to accept the view that a more accurate label for the collusion
would be "Military-Industrial-University Complex." Sadly, I now recognize
that my university, the University of Oregon, is acting as a member of that
Complex. The UO's actions that dismay me include lobbying Congress for an
increase in Pentagon funding for "tomorrow's warfighters," and conducting
research that promises to create soldiers unencumberred by normal human
emotions.
When the University Senate is back in session next school year, it must
decide whether the University should continue to endorse an expanding
military budget.
However, the House of Representatives is in session NOW. We must act NOW
by insisting on introduction of a Bill of Impeachment against George W.
Bush.
#
FOR DETAILS AND CONTACT INFORMATION: George Beres - 541-344-0282

TAMPA, FLORIDA:

June 16th Rally - SAC Protests at Patriots' Corner
Our next protest is Thursday, June 16, at 4:30 p.m. till about 6:30 or 7.

Where: Patriots' Corner at Bayshore and Bay-to-Bay in Tampa-

What: Protest the Media; Rally to DEMAND TRUTH

Why: To demand the corporate media do its job and investigate the "DOWNING STREET MEMO" truthfully!

We welcome anyone in the community who shares our vision for restoring truth and accountability of our elected officials and media. Signs and water will be available for participants, but please feel free to bring your own!

For more information about the rally, please contact the SAC organizers at mandjkenoyer@yahoo.com.

Rally website: http://www.jkenoyer.com/dsm/dsm_rally_6-16.htm

SACRAMENTO:

Sacramento progressives,
>>
>>
>> On June 16th 2005, between 11:30 and 1:30, there will be a
>> demonstration at the Sacramento Bee, at 21st and Q Streets, to help
>> support John Conyers' call for an investigation into the Downing
>> Street Minutes, AKA Downing Street Memo!
>>
>> Be there to surround the Bee building in a show of solidarity with
>> those marching in Washington DC on the 16th to support Congressman
>> John Conyers' efforts to force our Members of Congress to open a
>> formal inquiry into the Downing Street minutes. If he's successful,
>> this will be the first step toward impeaching BUSH. Bring signs
>> demanding full, front page coverage of the DS Minutes and the
>> supporting Cabinet memos, and other recently released documents that
>> back the authenticity of the Downing Street Minutes.
>>
>> Now is our chance to show our local media that Sacramentans are fed
>> up with sloppy, biased reporting, and that we DO NOT support the Bush
>> administrations lies and misrepresentations they employed to support
>> the Iraq war.
>>
>> Let our voices combine with those in Washington DC into a noise big
>> enough to be heard by ALL our local media. BE THERE!
>>
>> For more information on what's happening in DC on the 16th, please go
>> to: AfterDowningStreet.org
>>
>> The top item on their webpage (Hearing and Rally in Washington, June
>> 16), gives you all the info. Their side bar on the right, under (Key
>> Documents) lists the other recently leaked memos supporting the
>> Downing Street Minutes.
>>
>> NOW PASS THIS ON!

LOS ANGELES:

An EMERGENCY RALLY has been called in Los Angeles to raise awareness about the scandalous Downing Street Memo, check out our After Downing Street Memo-Gate page to get all the info!

The rally will take place THIS THURSDAY the 16th at 5:30pm
KTLA News
5800 Sunset Boulevard (Sunset and North Van Ness Blvd)
Los Angeles, CA 90028

There will be a major rally in Washington DC and rallies all over the country this Thursday to support Congressman Conyers, who plans to deliver to the White House a letter (sign here!) addressed to President Bush and signed by over 500,000 Americans and at least 94 Congress Members. The letter asks the President to respond to questions raised by the Downing Street Minutes.

You can also help by pressuring our local media to cover the meeting in Washington and the rally here in LA! Download this LA press release and bombard the local media until the rally tomorrow (click here for an LA media list and enter your zipcode to locate all LA press).

PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD AND COME OUT TO THE RALLY. Hard-hitting evidence of corruption and predetermined intent to invade and occupy Iraq is in our hands- it is truly up to us to keep the pressure on our media to cover the Downing Street Memo and what happens next!

If you have any questions or comments please call the CODEPINK LA office at 310.827.4320.

Anything going on in Dallas, TX?

Anne22747

CK: codepinkaustin@yahoo.com
www.codePink.org Women for PEACE!
(may also have info on Houston's Mama Brigade)
SMILES & BLESSINGS to ALL!

Planning a rally on Thursday, 5:30-???

In front of:

KTLA News
5800 Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028

How to Come Down from New York:
The Chinatown bus is $35 round trip
http://easternshuttle.com
Greyhound is $65 round trip.
http://greyhound.com

Please let everyone know

Be there or be square.

Its not hard, just list your email in case anyone has any questions. Also, post it on the discussion forums on the left of this page.

Rally in front of NBC in support of the Conyers Hearings:
12:30 pm Thursday: June 16, 2005
3000 W. Alameda, Burbank, 91523 - (818) 840-4444
corner of Olive
Burbank, California
Park in Johnny Carson Park behind and to east of NBC

As part of the national demand for local newspaper and TV stations to cover the Downing Street memo, we are holding this rally in solidarity with John Conyers and his brave stand for truth justice and the American way.

I think so. The notice was sent out to many local peace groups, I think its safe to say that we've notified at least 1000, as well as cross-posting on other websites. We've also got whiff that Hal Fishman takes his lunch around 5:30.

I'm also very excited that we'll be hitting KTLA (Tribune Broadcasting) as well as KCBS right down the street. Hope you'll be able to make it and help us out by spreading the word.

There's also a lunchtime rally at KNBC 12:30-2:30 that another peace group I'm working with is staging. I've posted that rally here as well.

This is going to be a huge success, but I still need some help!!! Please see the end of this post for action items. CodePink has sent an action alert and posted this on the LA CodePink Page --- thanks guys!!!

June 15, 2005
An EMERGENCY RALLY has been called in Los Angeles to raise awareness about the scandalous Downing Street Memo, check out our After Downing Street Memo-Gate page to get all the info!

The rally will take place THIS THURSDAY the 16th at 5:30pm
KTLA News
5800 Sunset Boulevard (Sunset and North Van Ness Blvd)
Los Angeles, CA 90028

There will be a major rally in Washington DC and rallies all over the country this Thursday to support Congressman Conyers, who plans to deliver to the White House a letter (sign here!) addressed to President Bush and signed by over 500,000 Americans and at least 94 Congress Members. The letter asks the President to respond to questions raised by the Downing Street Minutes.

You can also help by pressuring our local media to cover the meeting in Washington and the rally here in LA! Download this LA press release and bombard the local media until the rally tomorrow (click here for an LA media list and enter your zipcode to locate all LA press).

PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD AND COME OUT TO THE RALLY. Hard-hitting evidence of corruption and predetermined intent to invade and occupy Iraq is in our hands- it is truly up to us to keep the pressure on our media to cover the Downing Street Memo and what happens next!

Pressuring our local media: http://www.codepinkalert.org//article.php?id=362

LA press release: http://www.codepinkalert.org/downloads/Downing%20Street...

LA media list: http://capwiz.com/pdamerica/dbq/media/

http://www.codepinkalert.org/downloads/Downing%20Street%20Press%20Release.pdf

Nothing in Seattle?!? Were the hell is Not In Our Name?!? why can't the left get organized coordinated and on the same freakin page for once!!!!

I live up on Whidbey Island but if there's something doing in Seattle on Thursday afternoon I'd try to be there.

Let me know.

Seattle anyone?

I keep hearing people crying about organization. Just get out on the streets, we don't have to hold each others hands. I handed out 50 flyers today and will hold a sign by myself if thats what it takes. Just get out, spread the word. Let's take this country back like a virus spreading from locations everywhere. Which ever direction America turns they should read and hear the words "Downing street memos". We don't have to be on the same street corner to be effective.

We have to saturate their minds to open them up.

I've asked the Texas State Democratic Party if they are organizing anything in Austin--they ought to be on this like ants on jam--but they haven't replied yet. There will be a contingent from out here in Burnet County if we just know where and when.

Thanks for time and place. We are informing interested folks out here in the Hill Country and will see you there.

Does anyone know of rallies in the Los Angeles area? Ventura is OK too.
Please give me the info if you have it. Thank you!

PLease join us on our Dallas AAR Yahoo group- we are discussing the possibility of a rally in Dallas ...
Thanks
Nancy
cunningb@flash.net
http://www.griffincunningham.net/voteforjohnkerry/aar/aarmain.htm

Anyone hear anything about a rally in NYC?
Or busses to take demonstrators to DC for Conyers' walk?

Has the local or State party gotten involved in this yet? Has anything formal been put together (i.e.speakers)? Just curious.

ANYTHING BREWING FOR ST.PETE, FLORIDA? I AM READY TO
RUMBLE !!!!

Anyone in the central Texas area? Come on, Crawford is just up the road, we can't let this pass by!

Anyone in Stuart-Hobe Sound-Jupiter area in Florida outraged enough to do something with me????

Denver area anyone? I'm up for something.

Anything going on in the Denver area?

I propose a Pittsburgh, PA rally, downtown outside the Federal Building at 2:00pm.

nobody???

Asheville, NC anyone?

Yes to Jupiter!

Let's do it!

Does anyone know if anything's planned for St. Louis, MO? If not, is anyone interested in working together to get something organized?

Good idea. Is this a go or just a proposition?

Benicia, California will hold a rally in support of the forum/hearing at City Park (between Military and K Street) on First St. from 5 to 6 pm Thursday, June 16, 2005. For more info, please contact David Grumio 707-246-8309.

Is there a plan for the Austin area?

How bout Fisher Plaza by KOMO 4 News ?? It's right across the street from the Space Needle. Say 3 o'clock so as the have plenty of time to make the 5 o'clock news show.

O.K. O.K. , I'll do it. 3PM at Fisher Plaza, KOMO 4 News Impeach Bush Rally, Peaceful, let's be very peaceful. I'll be the contact person. Here is my E-mail:

cwindustrial123@yahoo.com

Bring signs and people. Spread the word. See you there.

cwindustrial@yahoo.com

Thank you

3PM June 16, Fisher Plaza KOMO 4 News
Contact:
cwindustrial123@yahoo.com

See you there.
Thank you

Wake up Austin, TX !
We must demand the truth!
5:00 pm at the Capitol to stand in solidarity with those rallying in D.C.
Howard Dean is here on Saturday, June 18th

Demand the Truth!
Did you get the MEMO?
DowningStreetMemo.com
AfterDowningStreet.org

JUPITER< FLORIDA is watching and working to hold our President accountable. Where is our local gathering?

Yes Starling! For Tampa, anyway! (and I've also contacted the St. Pete for Peace peeps--pass it on!!)

http://www.jkenoyer.com/dsm/dsm_rally_6-16.htm

June 16th Rally - SAC Protests at Patriots' Corner
Our next protest is Thursday, June 16, at 4:30 p.m. till about 6:30 or 7.

Where: Patriots' Corner at Bayshore and Bay-to-Bay in Tampa--click here for map.

What: Protest the Media; Rally to DEMAND TRUTH

Why: To demand the corporate media do its job and investigate the "DOWNING STREET MEMO" truthfully!

We welcome anyone in the community who shares our vision for restoring truth and accountability of our elected officials and media. Signs and water will be available for participants, but please feel free to bring your own!

For more information about the rally, please contact the SAC organizers at mandjkenoyer@yahoo.com

Hi. Two more for Fisher Plaza. We will have some of the "Impeach Bush" signs for folks to hold. See you at 3 p.m. tomorrow. Linda J

Thanks for stepping up. We sent it out to a couple lists, including Stop Bush. Will have Impeach Bush signs. See you at 3 p.m. Linda

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