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Downing Street Memo Party Tonight - Birmingham PDA & DFA

The combined Birmingham chapters of Democracy For America and Progressive Democrats of America will host a gathering in recognition of the 3rd Anniversary of the now infamous #10 Downing Street meeting. More than 300 similar gatherings are planned throughout the country, thanks to and Representative John Conyers of Michigan.

"This will be an evening of discussion of the issues surrounding the Bush Administration's actions and intentions for going to war in Iraq, as well as 'Rovegate' plus the John Roberts Supreme Court nomination," the press release says. "We will have information for developing letter-writing campaigns to our elected leaders on all levels, plus input from all on how we can make a difference in Birmingham and the state of Alabama. (We are already getting close to just one year to significant elections!)"

"Gather with us Saturday night, your involvement is needed. We will have DVD's to watch that will be of interest, and some that will stir progressives up!

"Today marks the three-year anniversary of the now-legendary meeting between high-level U.S. and British officials, the day two men secretly decided to go to war. Now we know that Congress and the American people were ntentionally deceived."

When: Saturday, July 23rd, 7-9 p.m.
Where: The 22nd Street Jazz Cafe
(back dining room of former Anthony's Cafe)
2131 7th Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35205

For more information please go to

"We are happy to announce that this is a local resource for keeping up with news and information behind the news," organizer Ben Mazzara said.

The blog address is: where local events and comments on the issues can be posted.

"See you Saturday night!"

Sharron Williams: 205-930-0982
Ben Mazzara: 205-381-9992


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Medea Benjamin, 415-235-6517
Gael Murphy 202- 412-6700
David Swanson, 202-329-7847

300 Communities Throughout the U.S. to Hold "Downing Street Memo" Events on Saturday, July 23, to Mark the Infamous Memo's Three-Year Anniversary

WASHINGTON - July 22 - On Saturday, July 23rd, members of Congress and activists around the country are organizing a day of action to call attention to the explosive evidence of government manipulation revealed in the Downing Street memo. The day of action coincides with the 3rd anniversary of the controversial British intelligence minutes which verify that "intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy" to justify the Bush administration's invasion of Iraq.

Some 300 events are planned that will include town hall meetings, dramatic readings of the memo and house parties. At least eight events will be hosted by or participated in by members of Congress. The goal of the events is to shine a light on the Downing Street Memo for the millions of Americans who still don't know of its existence. The events will also push for a Congressional resolution of inquiry-the first step in the impeachment process-into the Downing Street Memo and related documents. According to a recent Zogby poll, 42 percent of voters polled said they would support impeaching President Bush if it were established that he lied about his reasons for the Iraq war.

"It's unbelievable that millions of Americans still don't know about the existence of the Downing Street Memo, despite the fact that its contents are so controversial that they could provide grounds for the impeachment of the President of the United States," said Medea Benjamin, co-founder of Global Exchange and CodePink: Women for Peace, two groups that are involved with the After Downing Street Coalition, which spurred the organization of the July 23 Downing Street Memo events.

For a complete list of July 23 Downing Street Memo events, go to Featured events include a Town Hall Meeting with Representative John Conyers at Wayne State University's Law School Auditorium at 2 PM, and a Town Hall Meeting with Representative Barbara Lee at the Grand Lake Theatre in Oakland at 11 AM. Other members of Congress participating in public events include Congressman Jim McDermott, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, former Congresswoman Liz Holtzman, Congressman Maurice Hinchey, Congressman Zavier Becerra, Congressman Barney Frank, and Congressman Charles Rangel. House party attendees will be able to participate in a conference call with Representative Conyers and former ambassador Joseph Wilson. Bloggers around the country will report live on events from

Here's the link:

Democrats-only Hill hearing targets Rove
By James G. Lakely
July 23, 2005

Democrats convened a partisan hearing yesterday in an attempt to breathe new life into the suspicion that Karl Rove is guilty of an illegal leak to the press.
The hearing, convened in a Senate office building by the Democratic Policy Committee, featured both House and Senate members and a slate of witnesses guaranteed to testify that the deputy White House chief of staff was guilty of misdeeds in leaking the name of CIA operative Valerie Plame.
"We know that a dastardly crime in all likelihood was committed," said Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat.
White House spokesman Scott McClellan was peppered with questions about Mr. Rove nearly every day for two weeks in early July, and the story dominated the political news. Since Mr. Bush tapped Judge John G. Roberts Jr. for the Supreme Court on Tuesday, however, questions about Mr. Rove and stories about the controversy have dwindled to a trickle.
Mr. McClellan was not asked a single question about Mr. Rove by reporters traveling aboard Air Force One yesterday.
Roll Call reported Thursday that a set of "talking points" was issued Wednesday by Senate Democratic leadership urging rank-and-file senators to do what they could to keep the controversy surrounding Mr. Rove in the news.
Republican National Committee spokeswoman Tracey Schmitt said the "faux hearings" demonstrate that Democrats are too eager to score political points to wait for the facts to come out upon completion of the special prosecutor's investigation into the matter.
"If Democrats had any confidence in the investigatory process, they would hold their fire and let the investigation proceed rather than rushing to judgment," Miss Schmitt said.
Mrs. Plame is the wife of former Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV, who has accused the White House of lying about Iraq's attempts to acquire weapons-grade nuclear material from Niger. A report by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, the British intelligence service and other intelligence agencies around the world, however, claim the attempt was made.
The bipartisan intelligence committee report also determined that Mrs. Plame recommended to the CIA that her husband -- a critic of the war in Iraq -- travel to Niger to verify the story of attempted "yellowcake" uranium purchases. Though his own report suggested it had occurred, Mr. Wilson wrote an op-ed in the New York Times on July 6, 2003, saying it was wrong of the White House to suggest it did happen.
Mr. Wilson has never publicly reconciled that conflict.
Democrats, however, made it clear that they believe Mr. Wilson's op-ed, and are convinced that Mr. Rove "outed" Mrs. Plame as a form of political retribution.
"The White House launched a smear campaign, and Valerie Plame became collateral damage," said Rep. Henry A. Waxman, California Democrat. "Now the White House has gone silent. It won't answer any questions. It won't take any administrative action against Mr. Rove."
Rep. John Conyers Jr., Michigan Democrat, said that what occurred is "at its worst, treason committed by high-level White House officials, and at the best we have seen an abuse of power."

Did I miss something? Wasn't this rally about the Downing Street Minutes too.

Was it really all about Rove? Or did the Washington Times do it's usual, omit half the story?

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