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Australia Arrests Cheney Protesters

By David Braithwaite, Sydney Morning Herald

Anti-war protesters today rallied outside a Sydney police station where three activists were being questioned following a rowdy demonstration against United States Vice-President Dick Cheney.

Police on foot and horseback provided an escort as the protesters waved anti-war banners and chanted "No racism, no war'' during the two kilometre march to the police station from The Rocks.

Peace Activists Just Threw Out a Prime Minister: Too Bad It Was Italy's

By David Swanson

Prime Minister Richard Cheney may be glancing around with more nervousness and menace than usual after recent news reports, not just from the Libby trial, but also from Italy, where the peace movement has just thrown out a prime minister.

In 1987-88 and various times since, I lived in northern Italy near a town called Vicenza. This is not Venezia, otherwise known as Venice. This is Vicenza. It's inland from Venice. It's a medium-sized and absolutely beautiful town at the edge of the flat plain of the Po River, surrounded by hills and loaded with the Palladian architecture of… Andrea Palladio.

CONSTITUENTS OCCUPY REPRESENTATIVE VIRGIL GOODE'S CHARLOTTESVILLE VA OFFICE IN PROTEST OF HIS REFUSAL TO OPPOSE WAR

CONSTITUENTS OCCUPY REPRESENTATIVE VIRGIL GOODE'S CHARLOTTESVILLE VA OFFICE IN PROTEST OF HIS REFUSAL TO OPPOSE NEW FUNDING FOR IRAQ WAR -- ARRESTS IMMINENT!

3:45 P.M. TODAY a group of concerned citizens are sitting in at Representative Virgil Goode's office, 104 S. 1st in Downtown Charlottesville demanding that he sign a pledge to stop funding the Iraq War. When the Representative's office closes at 4:30 three occupiers will refuse to leave and expect to be arrested.

Italian Women Lead Grassroots Campaign Against US Military Base

E noi che siamo donne, paura non abbiamo
La base non vogliamo, la base non vogliamo.

And we who are women are not afraid
We don’t want the base, we don’t want the base.

vicenza 1  

The women singing and chanting at the head of the massive march on February 17 in the picturesque Italian town of Vicenza have been fighting to stop a U.S. military base from being built in their community. Cinzia Bottene, a housewife who has become the public face of the movement, was ecstatic with the turnout for the march, estimated by the police at 80,000 and by the organizers at 200,000. “We’ve never had anything like this before in the history of Vicenza. There were more people marching with us than the total population. The government, both nationally and locally, will no longer be able to ignore us.”

Videos of the Occupation Project

Since the Occupation Project has been largely shut out of the natioanl mainstream news by such important stories as the death of Anna Nicole Smith, I have compiled links to various reports from all across the country which detail the sustained action taking place across America to end the war in Iraq.

Pass this on as you deem appropriate!

Peace & Freedom,
Midge
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Off-Camera, DC Hearings Have Been Changed -- By Citizens

There's hardly a hearing held in Washington now without a disruption. Here's a report on a few recent ones from Midge. But first, some of the videos:

February 12th 2007
Gael Murphy talking to Gen. Pace and Def. Sec. Case in House Armed Services committee hearing
http://video.msn.com/v/us/fv/fv.htm??g=7f1999ea-21d6-4770-8e71-aac0cce46...

February 8th 2007
CodePINK standing behind Gates & Pace in House Armed Services hearing

Unique Trial of Peace Activists Concludes

WHO: As part of a Declaration of Peace initiative, the National
Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance and other groups organized two
gatherings, Sept. 26 & 27, 2006, to lobby Congress to end the war and
occupation of Iraq. In response, religious and secular peace
activists were denied access to their legislators and arrested on
Capitol Hill. The 71 peace activists arrested on Sept. 26 were
charged with either "crossing a police line" or "unlawful assembly."

AN INCONVENIENT RESPONSIBILITY: DOING ALL YOU CAN TO END THE WAR

Millions world-wide have seen Davis Guggenheim and Al Gore's Academy Award nominated documentary, "An Inconvenient Truth." A jarring portrayal of our planet in peril. The film is monumentally important. Yet as much as I've considered the content of the film, I've considered its title even more. "An Inconvenient Truth." No flowing alliteration. No catchy phrase. Just the fact. "An Inconvenient Truth." It's brilliant.

In this world, more specifically in this nation, where convenience is highly prized, inconvenience is the enemy. It's a sign of failure. The cornerstone of this capitalist society is the acquisition of enough wealth and power to hand all inconvenience over to someone else. The gardener. The housekeeper. The nanny. Perhaps the driver. Maybe the chef.

UCSB Students Strike in Protest of Iraq War

Nearly 1,000 students shut down Highway 217 in two-hour standoff with police
By Matt Cota / KSBY-6

UCSB students go on strike to protest the war in Iraq. Nearly a thousand refused to work, shop or go to class. And late this afternoon, the protesters shut down a major South Coast highway.

It started as a student strike -- the simple act of not going to class to protest the war in Iraq. But after an hour of speeches at an Isla Vista rally, the crowd grew restless.

Occupation Project Hits North Carolina

By Steven Sherman

Just thought people might be interested in learning that David Price (D) of North Carolina had his office occupied today by anti-war protesters demanding he vote against any funding of the war. Six were arrested. About forty demonstrators supported the occupation outside the office. Price enjoys huge electoral majorities here (the 'Triangle', i.e. Durham, Chapel Hill, Raleigh) and is an ace obfuscator, unparalleled in his ability to confuse progressives about his actual positions on issues.

Americans and Protests in Italy

By Medea Benjamin

I arrived in Vicenza in northeastern Italy today for the big protest against a new US military base that is happening tomorrow. I am staying in the home of the main organizer of the anti-base protest, a lovely middle class Italian "housewife" with a nice home and driving a BMW. She, and the other women who started this are amazing. They have never done anything like this before, and they are such great organizers that they are now expecting over 50,000 people for the march tomorrow.

Marylanders Occupy Sen. Barbara Mikulski’s Washington Office

Activists read the names of Maryland and Iraqi Dead, Call for Her to Stop Funding the War
www.PeaceActionMC.org

Washington, D.C: Twenty Maryland residents occupied Senator Barbara Mikulski’s Hart Senate Building office in protest over her refusal to use Congress’s power of the purse to end the occupation of Iraq. During the occupation, which filled her office, lasted almost two hours and ended without arrest, the nonviolent activists read names of American and Iraqi war dead, and held a banner saying "Not One More Dollar. Not One More Life." Numerous Maryland press outlets covered the event.

END THE WAR NOW! Strike Against the War TODAY Columbia University

Scores of students expected, Dozens of professors have signed petition in support, 3 unions have officially and unofficially endorsed

Commemorating the anniversary of the largest protest in human history 4 years ago in anticipation of the Iraq war

12 noon Walkout and Rally in center of campus at 116th and Broadway

March from Columbia to Harlem and back

2pm-Evening Teach-in, Lerner Student Union

We Love Augie

Show your love today for imprisoned war resister Agustin Aguayo and his family by sending a Valentine's Day donation or letter of support today! Agustin Aguayo, Iraq War veteran and conscientious objector, faces seven years in prison. His court martial is scheduled for March 6 on a U.S. military base in Germany.

Ways to support Agustin:

Donate to Agustin's legal defense.
Forward this e-mail to friends and networks with a personal message asking them to support Agustin.

Action alert: Demand Army drop all charges and accept Lt. Watada's resignation now!

Supporters of Lt. Watada rally in San Francisco during anti-war march 1/27/07.
Next step after mistrial victory
Courage to Resist.

The military was hoping to court martial Lt Watada on February 5 and send him to prison as an example. Instead, the military judge forced a mistrial, partially out of fear of Lt Watada putting the war on trial. Your letters and phone calls today may make significant difference.

San Francisco Chronicle Reports on Planned Student Strikes Against the Iraq War Feb. 15

Students joining national protest against Iraq war
Variety of strikes, rallies planned on campuses Thursday
By Tanya Schevitz, San Francisco Chronicle

It hasn't reached the level of the campus peace movement during the 1960s, but students at more than a dozen colleges from San Francisco State University to Columbia University in New York will stage strikes and rallies Thursday to protest the war in Iraq.

Dreier Brigands Throw Out Peace Activists Following Citizen's Arrest Warrant

By Marcy Winograd

Tuesday, in Glendora, California, at the home office of hawkish GOP Congressman David Dreier, aides to the lawmaker shoved peace activists out of Dreier's office and locked the door after the activists issued a citizen's arrest warrant for the lawmaker. With John Gannon of Free Speech TV rolling the camera, activists demanded to see "whoever is in charge around here."

Two six-foot tall beefy Dreier aides emerged from their offices, admonishing peace activists to make an appointment if they wanted to talk about Dreier's position on the US occupation of Iraq.

Iraq War to be put on trial in Washington, DC along with Non-violent Peace Activists on Valentine’s Day

http://beltwaybeast.blogspot.com

WHO: Over 50 religious and secular peace activists arrested on Capitol Hill last September for acts of non-violent civil resistance to the war in Iraq

WHAT: Trial on charges of Unlawful Assembly and Crossing a Police Line

WHERE: District of Columbia Superior Court, 500 Indiana Ave., NW, Washington, DC

WHEN: Valentine’s Day – Wednesday, February 14, 9:00 a.m.

Delivering Purses to Congress

By Sacramento Coalition to End the War

Purses - lots of them - to be delivered Tuesday to Rep. Doris Matsui's office to encourage her
to vote to end new funding for Iraq War

SACRAMENTO - Purses - piles of them - will be delivered Tuesday to Rep. Doris Matsui, D-Sacramento, in an effort to convince the congressperson that she and Congress have the power to end the war and occupation of Iraq by yanking the purse strings and cutting off future funding.

WATADA FOLLOWS MILITARY RULES ON DISSENT: Mistrial Declared as Army’s Case Flounders

BY COLONEL (RETIRED) ANN WRIGHT

Courage on the battlefield is not the only place where that quality is shown by military personnel. It takes guts and courage for a soldier to refuse to deploy to Iraq with one’s unit because he believes the war is illegal. Very few in our country resign from their careers, much less risk imprisonment, on a point of principle and conscience.

First Lieutenant Ehren Watada is the latest in a series of war resisters who has been in front of a military court-martial for his belief that the war in Iraq is a war of aggression based on untruths told to the American public and Congress. As a war of aggression, Watada has characterized the war as a crime against peace, hence, according to international law, a war crime. Going to Iraq would make him complicit in a war crime. Two other US Army soldiers will be court-martialed within the next month for their opposition to the Iraq war, making seventeen who have faced jail rather than compromise their conscience.

Barricade the War Machine in Pittsburgh

Friday, March 2 (M2), will be a day of civil disobedience and direct action against the war machine in Pittsburgh. The main action will be an attempt to barricade the National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC), a branch of Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) that develops robotic vehicles and weapons delivery systems for the U.S. Army and Marines.

M2: Shutdown NREC
7:00am: Gather in Friendship Park (Friendship Ave and Mathilda St in Bloomfield)

LT. WATADA MISTRIAL CLEAR VICTORY

By Jeff Paterson

FORT LEWIS, WA -- In a complex and confusing turn of events, Army lead
prosecutor Captain Scott Van Sweringen reluctantly requested, and was
granted a mistrial in the case of First Lieutenant Ehren K. Watada,
the first military officer to publicly refuse to fight in Iraq.

In summation, the day after the prosecution rested a poorly presented
case against Lt. Watada for "missing movement" to Iraq and two counts

Will the Watada Mistrial Spark an End to the War?

By Jeremy Brecher & Brendan Smith, The Nation

A military judge in Fort Lewis, Washington, has declared a mistrial in the
court-martial of Lieut. Ehren Watada, the first commissioned officer
prosecuted for refusing to go to Iraq. A new trial is believed to be
unlikely before summer, if at all. The mistrial represents a significant

The Watada Mistrial: Here's What Really Happened

By Bill Simpich, www.truthout.org

First Lt. Ehren Watada knew exactly what his case was about - and that scared the judge.

There was absolutely no reason to stop the Watada trial.

The judge's claim that Lt. Watada did not fully understand a document he signed admitting to elements of the charges is completely untrue (see Melanthia Mitchell, AP, 2/8/07).

The military seized on that claim and complimented the judge for "protecting the rights of the accused" in granting the mistrial.

Watada Beats the Government

By Marjorie Cohn

When the Army judge declared a mistrial over defense objection in 1st Lt. Ehren Watada's court martial yesterday, he probably didn't realize jeopardy attached. That means that under the Double Jeopardy Clause of the Constitution, the government cannot retry Lt. Watada on the same charges of missing movement and conduct unbecoming an officer.

Lt. Watada is the first commissioned officer to publicly refuse orders to deploy to Iraq. He claimed those orders were unlawful because the war is illegal and he would be an accomplice to war crimes if he followed them.

Mistrial Could be End of Watada Case

Truthout Video.

By Mike Barber, Seattle Post-Inteligencer

Double-jeopardy prohibition might thwart retrial.

Fort Lewis - The Army court-martial of 1st Lt. Ehren Watada, which ended in a mistrial Wednesday, may have stranger turns ahead: Prohibitions against double jeopardy may keep prosecutors from having a second trial, his lawyer and another legal expert say.

Watada Court-Martial Ends in Mistrial

By Scott Galindez and Geoffrey Millard, www.truthout.org

Fort Lewis, Washington - The court-martial of First Lt. Ehren Watada, a commissioned US Army officer who refused deployment to Iraq on the basis that he believed the war was illegal, has ended in a mistrial, a military court judge ruled Wednesday.

In a stunning defeat for military prosecutors, Lt. Col. John Head, the military judge presiding over Watada's court-martial, said he had no choice but to declare a mistrial because military prosecutors and Watada's defense attorney could not reach an agreement regarding the characterization of a stipulation agreement Watada signed before the start of his court-martial. The government characterizes the stipulation agreement as an admission of guilt by Watada for "missing movement" and making statements against the Iraq war that resulted in charges of conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman.

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