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Saturday Jan. 27, 2007
150 people gathered in the snow and the cold to take part in the national protest aainst the illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq. The local event was sponsored by the Racine Coalition for Peace and Justice, an organization that came into being shortly before the 2003 invasion. We originally held weekly vigils to protest the impending war and elevate public awareness of the truth behind it. "Monument Square" in downtown Racine, site of the gathering, is where a monument to the town's Civil War soldiers was dedicated on July 4, 1884. It's imposing presence in the background as the names of the Iraq War dead from Wisconsin were read, was a grim reminder of all who have lost their lives to war, and who continue to do so today.
I've seen some reports, unconfirmed, that event organizers were estimating the turn-out at 600,000...
Thousands join bicoastal war protest - The Washington rally draws about 100,000 people. Marchers also take to the streets in L.A. and San Francisco. WASHINGTON — About 100,000 antiwar protesters from around the country converged Saturday on the National Mall, galvanized by opposition to President Bush's plan to increase the number of troops in Iraq. Protests attended by several thousand people also were held in Los Angeles, San Francisco and other cities. But the demonstration in the nation's capital was among the biggest since the war began....
Voices for Creative Nonviolence announces the Occupation Project: A Campaign of Sustained Nonviolent Civil Disobedience to End the Iraq War.
The Occupation Project challenges Representatives and Senators to publicly declare that they will vote against any further funding for the war in Iraq. Please go here:
The Occupation Project begins on February 5, 2007 and runs for eight
By Dennis Kyne
This testimony is from the heaing regarding LT WATADA. His trial is on 2/ 5/ 2007. please visit www.thankyoult.org
Darrell Anderson (purple heart, '04)
and Chanan Suarez-Diaz (listen to what he is saying.)
Thanks to Ryan Tompkins, many thanks.
listen to the song that is telling the same story. here
Tuesday January 23rd at 11:00am oral arguments were heard in District of Columbia Court of Appeals regarding the conviction of David Barrows, Peter Perry, and Midgelle Potts. The three were arrested while kneeling on the plaza of the US Supreme Court on February 9th, 2005 protesting the confirmation of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and his part in permitting torture of prisoners in Abu Ghraib and Guatanamo Bay. They were convicted in DC Superior Court June 30th 2005 for violating Title 40 sec. 6135 of US Code.
Officer Refused to Deploy to Iraq
Fresh Air from WHYY, January 25, 2007 · Army Lieutenant Ehren Watada is the first American officer to refuse to deploy to Iraq on the grounds that he thinks the war is illegal. He is joined by one of his lawyers, Eric Seitz, a civillian. Watada is now being court-martialed for his refusal, and for statements he made opposing the war and the Bush administration's leadership. LISTEN
Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore, 325 East 25th Street,
Baltimore, MD 21218 PHONE:  366-1637
WHO: Baltimore peace groups have tried to dialogue with representatives of the National Security Agency since 1996. See James Bamford's book BODY OF SECRETS, which details the Agency's response to these requests. In June 2006, for example, the Pledge of Resistance–Baltimore sent a letter to the NSA director, Lt. Gen. Keith Alexander, seeking a meeting.
The corporate media has finally deigned to notice a huge demonstration is gathering its forces to descend on Washington DC Jan. 27th - 29th to protest Dear MisLeader's escalation of the Iraq war. One problem seems to be the reporter is suffering from the MSM's collective amnesia regarding the largest demonstrations in the country's history since Bush drove us into this war of aggression. What about the 500,000 people who showed up in DC Sept. 24th, 2005?
Anti-War Groups Plan Washington Rally - Jan 24, 4:43 PM (ET) By LARRY MARGASAK (AP) - Anti-war activists, unions and other national organizations promise a large protest rally Saturday against the Iraq war. Groups say they have chartered hundreds of buses and expect thousands of people to descend on the National Mall for the demonstration west of the Capitol. Organizers said Wed. the protest is part of an effort that will include lobbying congressional offices next week... There previously have been two large demonstrations in NYC that rivaled Vietnam era protests in size. One was just before the invasion of Iraq in 2003; the other came on the eve of the 2004 Republican National Convention...
By Robert Fantina
On June 22, 2006 Lt. Ehren Watada became the first commissioned officer to refuse deployment to Iraq. Expressing his belief that the invasion and occupation of that country are illegal and thus his participation would also be illegal, Lt. Watada stood up against the most powerful military machine in the world. He spoke forcefully against the war and as a result has been charged with ‘contempt of government officials.’
By Kelly Dougherty, Iraq Veterans Against the War
I wanted to inform all of you of new developments and upcoming projects being undertaken by our IVAW members. Our much anticipated strategy retreat took place in Philadelphia Jan 12-14. We had over 30 veterans from around the country who are leaders in our organization come together for a weekend to develop a clear, strong IVAW strategy. We are currently taking all that we learned from our time together to compile a strategy and messaging document that will be crucial to our eventual success to end the war. Our unique power as veterans and military members is our ability to reach out and connect with other veterans and active duty men and women. A key to ending the carnage in Iraq is to organize within the ranks to resist this illegal, immoral war.
SOA Watch Update
January 24, 2007
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Updates from Latin America
Upcoming SOA Watch Events & Campaigns
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January 28-30, 2007 - SOA 16 Trial and Festival of Hope
On January 29, 2007 sixteen human rights activists will appear in federal court in Columbus, Georgia to put the SOA/WHINSEC on trial. The 16 were arrested on November 19, 2006, after carrying the protest to close the School of the Americas (SOA/WHINSEC) onto the Fort Benning Military Reservation, publicly defying the laws which prevent political speech on military bases and making a bold call for justice and accountability.
A Timely Anti-War Effort-Support the Occupation Project
January 22, 2007 at 14:29:32 by Paul Rogat Loeb
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I rarely do on-line fundraising pitches, but there's a very timely project that I think can help make a significant difference in building pressure for withdrawal from Iraq. Stacy Bannerman is a long-time peace activist, wife of an Iraq War Veteran, and author of an excellent book on the impact on the war on the families of reservists, When the War Came Home. Together with other peace activists, Bannerman's been working on an effort called The Occupation Project, that will bring Iraqi vets and their families to Washington DC for a combination of civil disobedience and testimony at congressional hearings and public events. This could make a significant difference because no one carries more credibility with the general public than the returning vets and their families...
Refusing to deploy was his duty, they say
By MICHAEL GILBERT; Tacoma News Tribune
More than 400 people turned out Saturday for a forum on the legality of the Iraq war that felt like part congressional hearing, part teach-in and part religious tent revival.
Speakers were sworn in while placing their hands on the U.S. Constitution. They quoted Henry David Thoreau, playwright Berthold Brecht, President Ulysses S. Grant and the prosecutor at the Nuremberg war crimes trial. There were standing ovations, impassioned speeches and appeals to leave a few bucks in the collection basket.
By Dan Bacher
Here's the news advisory for Monday's press conference and rally at Rep. Doris Matsui's office.
Contact: Cres Vellucci, Sacramento Coalition to End the War, 916/996-9170
Peace Mom Cindy Sheehan will join Peace-In at Rep. Doris Matsui office on Monday; Protest begins third week
SACRAMENTO – Peace mom Cindy Sheehan – who lost her son to the war in Iraq
– has revealed plans to make a personal visit to the Federal Courthouse
On January 16, 2007, active military and Guard personnel carried an appeal to Capitol Hill to deliver to Congressmen Kucinich (Ohio)and McGovern (Mass.) on the steps of the Cannon Office Building. Signed by over 1000 active duty military and Guard personnel (including over 400 officers), the "Appeal for Redress" stated the following ...
WASHINGTON, Jan.16, 2007 -- Congressman Kucinich today received petitions from over 1,000 active duty members of the armed services who are calling for an end to the war in Iraq. They are using a little known procedure called an appeal for redress which is provided for in the rules of the Department of Defense.
The Appeal for Redress from the war in Iraq reads: 'As a patriotic American proud to serve the nation in uniform, I respectfully urge my political leaders in congress to support the prompt withdrawal of all American military forces and bases from Iraq. Staying in Iraq will not work and is not worth the price. It is time for the US troops to come home.'
By Rob Mulford
This morning at about 9:00 a.m., 20 Fairbanks, Alaska area
residents exercised their rights by petitioning their elected congress
persons with a Declaration of Peace. The declaration was presented and read
to the local offices of Senators Murkowski and Stevens and Congressman
Young. It was in the form of a proclamation and an ultimatum emphatically
requesting that they defund the war in Iraq, bring the troops home now,
Here's some news from a source you don't normally see on Afters Downing Street.
End Iraq war, service members tell Congress
By Rick Maze - Staff writer
Posted : Wednesday Jan 17, 2007 21:30:50 EST
Rep. James McGovern, D-Mass., who accepted what in legal terms is known as an appeal for redress — because service members are prohibited from petitioning Congress — said the call for an immediate end to U.S. military operations in Iraq will be turned over to the clerk of the House of Representatives and published in the Congressional Record so it can be read by all members of Congress.
from the January 19, 2007 edition
As the Iraq war heads toward 'surge,' the antiwar movement, now mostly online, nears a crucial moment.
By Brad Knickerbocker | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor
On a beach in US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's San Francisco district the other day, about 1,000 war protesters formed up to spell out the word "IMPEACH." The aerial photo quickly spread to China and Europe.
Sarah Olson, a reporter for Truthout received a supoena in December to testify in the court-martial of 1rst Lt. Ehren Watada, the first commissioned officer to refuse deployment to Iraq. The supoena is to compel Olson to testify that Watada made statements against the war to her that the military has deemed conduct unbecoming an officer. This case has chilling repercussions for the integrity of journalism and free speech. Olson is in urgent need of support, please see below for details. In a statement explaining why she will not testify, Olson points out that,
By Lori Perdue
Leah Bolger has been sentenced in a D.C. Court to five days of Incarceration, Suspended and to six months of Probation with a verifiable 100 hours of Community Service within that six months. Leah will serve out that sentence in Oregon, her home state. She has also been ordered to make a $200 contribution to the Victims of Violent Crimes Fund of D.C. .
Sentencing was handed down in Leah's case yesterday afternoon. Bolger, a 20 year retired Navy Commander and president of her local Veterans for Peace Chapter, was arrested in late September for disrupting Congress during discussion on the Military Commissions Act, arrested, held in jail for 24 hours and tried last week. The jury returned a guilty verdict Wednesday after reporting to the judge twice that they were deadlocked and could not reach a unanimous verdict. The judge, both times, refused to accept a hung jury, gave further instructions to the jury on deliberations and sent them back to make a decision.
Charges Dismissed for All Protesters in Oct. White House Action against Torture and Military Commissions Act of 2006
WRRCAT: Washington Region Religious Campaign Against Torture
For Immediate Release: Jan. 17, 2006
CONTACT: Jean Athey, 301-570-0923 or 202-291-2258 email@example.com
See statements and background at: www.wrrcat.org
Washington, DC, Jan. 17, 2007-- U.S. Judge Deborah Robinson dismissed
the government's case against all 16 defendants today in charged with
"interfering with agency functions." The 16 had attempted to present a
By Garrie Rouse
A press conference was held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Norfolk on January 15, 2007 (Martin Luther King Day) to formally announce a military "Appeal for Redress" in connection with the conduct of the Iraq War. Members of active duty military and National Guard, Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW), Veterans for Peace (VFP), Military Families Speak Out (MFSO) and the Virginia Antiwar Network (VAWN) were among those who spoke to the public and press.
Truthout's Geoffrey Millard interviews Lieutenant Ehren Watada's parents on the eve of his court-martial. They spoke about their son and his courage as he faces the fight of his life. Watch video.
By Lori Perdue
Leah Bolger has been sentenced in a D.C. Court to five days of Incarceration, Suspended and to six months of Probation with a verifiable 100 hours of Community Service within that six months. Leah will serve out that sentence in Oregon. She has also been ordered to make a $200 contribution to the Victims of Violent Crimes Fund of D.C. .
Following the reading of the guilty verdict earlier today, Leah addressed the Judge, explaining that she would refuse to pay a fine into the judicial system. She stated that she would serve jail time rather than fund the system that allows the Military Commissions Act to stand as the Law of the Land.
By Lori Perdue
Leah Bolger, a 20 year retired Navy Commander was convicted today for speaking out in the House of Representatives against the passage of the Military Commissions Act.
Leah and I served at Camp Democracy together. She is the epitome of what an American Military Officer should be, in my opinion. She chose to act on behalf of EVERY American, and I dare say every citizen of the world to dissent against the MCA. Leah has earned the right to dissent against legislation that she feels undermines the very principals of our Democracy, and she could use our support, NOW!
By Associated Press
An Army officer cannot try to justify his refusal to report for duty in Iraq by questioning the legality of the war because that is a political issue, a military judge has ruled.
Citing federal court precedents in a ruling issued Tuesday, Lt. Col. John Head also rejected the claims of lawyers for 1st Lt. Ehren Watada who said the his First Amendment rights shielded the 28-year-old native of Hawaii from charges stemming from his criticism of the war.