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LA Times Upgrades Wahington DC Crowd Estimate to 100,000

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....

Protest Photos by the 'Tens of Thousands' Being Up-loaded to FLICKR

Photos by the tens of thousands are being up-loaded to FLICKR by participants in today's gigantic anti-war rally and march in Washington DC. Too many to keep track of, try different search terms, more and more will show up. Below are just a few...

Voices for Creative Nonviolence announces the Occupation Project

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

Watada Hearing: Testimony Worth Listening To

By Dennis Kyne

This testimony is from the heaing regarding LT WATADA. His trial is on 2/ 5/ 2007. please visit

Darrell Anderson (purple heart, '04)
and Chanan Suarez-Diaz (listen to what he is saying.)

Dennis Kyne

Thanks to Ryan Tompkins, many thanks.

listen to the song that is telling the same story. here

Three Anti-Torture Activists Argue Case Before DC Court of Appeals

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.

Ehren Watada on NPR

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: [410] 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.

Corporate Media 'Discovers' January 27th Protest March in DC

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...

Military Justice: A World Unto its Own

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.’

Update from Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW)

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.

School of the Americas Watch

SOA Watch Update
January 24, 2007

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Updates from Latin America
Upcoming SOA Watch Events & Campaigns

Support the SOA 16
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

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...

Watada backers indict Iraq war

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.

'Peace Mom' Cindy Sheehan will join Peace-In at Rep. Doris Matsui office

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

Appeal for Redress!!

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 ...

1,000 US Troops Present Petition for Iraq Withdrawal to Kucinich

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.'

Message Delivered Fairbanks Alaska

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,

News from the Marine Corps Times

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.

Whither all the war protesters?

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.

Journalist in Watada case needs letters by THIS FRIDAY!

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,

Update on Sentencing of Retired Navy Veteran Leah Bolger

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

See statements and background at:

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

Active Duty Troops Announced Opposition to War on MLK Day in Norfolk, Virginia

By Garrie Rouse

Photo Gallery.

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.

Video Interview | Ehren Watada's Parents Speak Out

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.

Retired Navy Veteran Sentenced, unwilling to "split the difference"

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.

Veteran Convicted of Using Free Speech

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!

Military judge: objector can't raise questions about war legality

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.

Military Members to Congress: End Iraq War

By Rick Maze, Army Times

A letter from about 1,000 active-duty, Guard and reserve members calling for Congress to end the war in Iraq was delivered to Capitol Hill on Tuesday.

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.

Military Personnel Present Iraq Petition at Capitol

By David Welna, NPR
Photo and audio.

All Things Considered, January 16, 2007 · Active-duty members of the U.S. armed forces visit Capitol Hill to present more than 1,000 signatures demanding that lawmakers cut off funding for the Iraq war. They say that most of the people who signed the Appeal for Redress have served in Iraq, while others expect to be sent there. Two House Democrats received the petition and promised to urge the entire House to consider it.

Speaking Events


War Is A Lie: Second Edition
Book Tour

May 19, Sarasota, FL, 7:00 p.m. Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center 525 Kumquat Court, Sarasota, FL

May 20, Jacksonville, FL, 7:00 p.m., Florida Christian Center Auditorium, 1115 Edgewood Ave S, Jacksonville, FL 32205, (904) 381-4800.

May 21, Gainesville, FL
7:00 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Gainesville, Florida
4225 NW 34th St, Gainesville, FL 32605
(352) 377-1669
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May 28, San Francisco, CA
11 a.m. to 1 p.m., David Swanson interviewed by Daniel Ellsberg, at San Francisco Main Public Library, 100 Larkin Street.
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May 28, Marin County, CA
4 to 6 p.m., David Swanson in conversation with Norman Solomon, at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, CA
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May 29, Oakland, CA
3 to 4 p.m., David Swanson interviewed by Cindy Sheehan, at Diesel: A Bookstore, 5433 College Avenue at Kales (near Manila), Oakland, CA
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May 29, Berkeley, CA
7:30 to 9 p.m., David Swanson and Cindy Sheehan at Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, sponsored by the Social Justice Committee and Cynthia Papermaster, 1606 Bonita Ave. (at Cedar), Berkeley, CA
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May 30, Fresno, CA
2 to 4 p.m., David Swanson and Cindy Sheehan at a Peace Fresno event
Community United Church of Christ
5550 N. Fresno Street
Fresno, CA 93710

June 11 St. Paul, MN, 6 p.m. at Macalester Plymouth Church Social Hall 1658 Lincoln, St. Paul, MN.
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June 12 Minneapolis, MN, 9 and 11 a.m. at St. Joan's 4533 3rd Ave So, Minneapolis, MN, plus peace pole dedication at 2 p.m.
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