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Mothers Call for Peace in Front of the White House: Police Arrest Them and Refuse Access to the Press
By Linda Pershing
As night fell, four middle-aged women sat on the cold, wet cement of the Pennsylvania Avenue driveway, their backs supported by the steel gate surrounding the White House. They linked arms, unsure what would happen next. Across their chests a string of photographs, each labeled with the name and date of death, memorialized U.S. soldiers who have been killed in Iraq. Cindy Sheehan held a picture of her son, Casey. Nancy Nahvi, one of the other dissident women, sat with the photo of her son Russell, who also died in Iraq.
1100 hours, 11 November 1918
The moment when the Great War, the Great World War, now the First World War or simply WW I, and almost never "the war to end all wars" came to an end.
A gathering in Jordan gives peacemakers in the region new cause for hope.
By Helena Cobban
It was an extraordinary gathering. For four days at the end of October, 60 people, most from the Middle East, came together here to discuss how concerted nonviolent action might defuse tensions and help bring peace to this war-blighted part of the world.
Pete Perry, 571-271-1313
WASHINGTON – Three peace and justice protestors tasted victory today when a District of Columbia jury of 12 men and women failed to reach a verdict in their trial stemming from a nonviolent action on May 18 th at the residence of Donald Rumsfeld, the former secretary of defense.
The defendants were surprised by the deadlocked jury. After more than four hours of deliberation the six men, six women jury informed Associate Judge Harold Cushenberry Jr. of the D.C. Superior Court that they held strong opinions and could not reach a unanimous verdict. The charge leveled against David Barrows, Pete Perry and Mari Blome is a misdemeanor which carries a maximum sentence of six months in jail and a $100 fine.
Courage to Resist
Contact: David Solnit 510 967-7377
Washington, DC - U.S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal Ivan Brobeck, 20, of Arlington, Virginia, will return to the United States on election day to ask President Bush and Congress to bring the troops home now. During a tour of duty in Iraq in 2004 Brobeck witnessed regular instances of abuse of Iraqi detainees and the killing of Iraqi civilians at military checkpoints. He chose Canada over a second tour in a war that he came to see as illegal and contrary to the interests and moral standards of most Americans.
Contact: Pete Perry, 571-271-1313
WASHINGTON – Four peace and anti-torture activists will appear in court Monday, November 6 th in a jury trial stemming from a protest against a war with Iran, at Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's home in May.
The four nonviolent protestors were arrested on May 18th by the Secret Service when they entered the front yard of Rumsfeld's mansion in the Kalorama neighborhood of northwest Washington. They are charged with unlawful entry and face a maximum sentence of six months in prison, and $100 in fines.
One Day After Surrender, AWOL Iraq War Resister Flees Again; Says Military Reneged on Deal to Turn Himself In
An Iraq war resister who fled to Canada rather than return to the
battlefield has gone into hiding again, a day after turning himself in to
the military. Army Private Kyle Snyder says he had a deal with the military
that he would be discharged once he turned himself in. Instead, military
officials ordered him back to his original unit where his outcome would be
decided. Kyle Snyder joins us from Kentucky. We are also joined by his
Protests at White House Aim to Prevent War on Iran, End War on Iraq, and Reverse Stolen Elections (Should There Be Any)
Cindy Sheehan has called for a protest at the White House from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, from November 6-9. The protest is in opposition to the war in Iraq and the possible war in Iran, but will develop into a protest of stolen elections should evidence of election fraud emerge. More information: http://www.gsfp.org
On the evening of November 7, citizens will turn Lafayette Square Park, in front of the White House into a Blue Revolution, one of many events around the country. Crowds dressed in blue will be holding vigils outside election offices to demand an accurate counting of votes in at least these locations: AZ-Maricopa, AZ-Yavapai, CA-Kern, CA-Orange, CA-Santa Barbara, CA-San Luis Obispo, CO-Adams, DC-District of Columbia, IN-La Porte, IN-Lake, IN-Porter, MD-Baltimore, MD-Howard, MN-Waseca, MO-St. Louis, OR-Washington, NY-Onondaga, TX-Lamar, WA-Clark, WA-King. More information: http://www.bluerevolution.us
From Courage to Resist
Kyle's future is uncertain and your phone call can make a difference. Forward this action alert to your friends!
Kyle Snyder, Iraq veteran and war resister, returned from Canada to turn himself in to Army authorities on October 31, 2006 at Fort Knox. Now he is once again AWOL after officials at Ft. Knox have reneged on a previously arranged deal with his attorney, Jim Fennerty, to discharge Kyle.
By Joy First
Eight people were arrested today by Madison Police in a dramatic action that blocked traffic for 20 minutes in front of Senator Kohl’s office on the Capital Square. Peace activists, wearing red gloves symbolizing the blood that is on all of our hands, laid in the street blocking traffic and chanting “We have blood on our hands! We are killing innocent people! Stop the war!”
National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance Against the War in Iraq
Contact in Tucson: Jack or Felice Cohen-Joppa: 323-8697
Gretchen Nielsen: 319-2281
Four Tucson residents were each sentenced this afternoon to
eight hours of community service for their part in a nonviolent
protest at the Raytheon Missile Systems Plant south of Tucson last
March 20, the third anniversary of the U.S. invasion and occupation
By Sara Rich
t r u t h o u t | www.truthout.org
I know it has been very difficult for you to watch me work night and day to protect your sister, Suzanne, and the hundreds of other people sexually abused and harassed in the military. It has been hard, but nothing compares to the stress we went through when Suzanne was in Iraq for that very long year. I watch your face as Suzanne tells her stories of being in Iraq and being shot at more times that she can count. You have been so strong and loving through this all. For a 12-year-old boy, you are very compassionate and intelligent. I was so proud of you for wearing your "Impeach Bush and Cheney" shirt today and that you want to be V from "V for Vendetta" for halloween. It makes me smile to know you have a mind to see what has to be done in our nation to begin to regain some national pride.
U.S. SERVICE ACADEMY GRADUATES UNITE AGAINST ILLEGAL IRAQ WAR; JOIN ANTI-WAR WEST POINTERS IN NEW ORGANIZATION
New York -- The overwhelming response by alumni of United States service academies to the anti-war efforts of West Point Graduates Against the War ( http://www.westpointgradsagainstthewar.org ) has resulted in a combined arms organization of former and current land, sea, and air officers united against the war in Iraq.
The new organization, Service Academy Graduates Against the War (http://www.sagaw.org), was established by three West Pointers, William Cross, James Ryan, and Joseph Wojcik, all 1962 USMA graduates and cofounders of the former organization. They were joined in the new endeavor by Dud Hendrick, a 1963 United States Naval Academy graduate and Terry Symens-Bucher, an alumnus of the United States Air Force Academy, class of 1975.
VETERANS FOR PEACE
Chapter 034, NYC, PO Box 8150, New York, NY 10106 Voice Mail: 212-726-0557
Contact: Thomas Brinson, 631.889.0203 (mobile), firstname.lastname@example.org
Support Events for First Officer War Resister Nov. 10-11
Patriot Refuses Illegal War
“We all have a duty as American citizens for civil disobedience, and to do anything we can within the law to stop an illegal war.”
- LT Ehren Watada
Military resisters, their families, veterans and concerned community members call for public action Dec. 8-10th!
"All my fellow resisters in Canada and the U.S...We have to stay strong and stand our ground. Because if we keep speaking the truth and stand up for what's right we will always be free inside." -Darrell Anderson
It's time for us to escalate public pressure and action in support of the growing movement of thousands of courageous men and women GI’s who have in many different ways followed the their conscience, upholding international law, taking a principled stand against unjust, illegal war and occupation and stood up for their rights.
Out-spoken war resister will turn himself in Tue. Oct. 31 and needs your support.
From Courage to Resist
“At the end of the day, you have to ask yourself if this is something you can live with. It’s your life and the choice is ultimately yours to make. I said NO and I will never regret it.”-Kyle Snyder
Kyle Snyder plans to present himself to Army authorities at Fort Knox, KY, Tuesday, October 31. Before turning himself in he will hold a press conference at 10am in nearby Louisville at Central Presbyterian Church, (4th and Kentucky St.) He will arrive at Fort Knox at approximately 2:30 pm.
Through November 17, Veterans For Peace, a member of UFPJ’s Steering Committee, is sponsoring a 24-city national tour of Bob Watada, Father of LT Ehren Watada, and his step-mother, Rosa Sakanishi. They are making this tour in support of and to raise funds for LT Watada, who is being court-martialed for refusing to deploy to Iraq. As the first commissioned officer War Resister, LT Watada believes that the Iraq Invasion and subsequent occupation is an illegal, unjust, immoral war of aggression in violation of the UN Charter, the Geneva Accords, and the Rome Statue of the International Criminal Court.
By Elizabeth de la Vega, www.TomDispatch.com
I look forward to the day when Mattel makes a Sgt. Ricky Clousing action figure.
As the mother of sons born eight years apart, I spent nearly half my adult life surrounded by - and stepping on - action figures. They were everywhere: a phalanx of tiny knights in shining armor on the windowsill; Batman and Robin frozen in an ice tray; and GI Joe guys in camouflage among the hosta. One Christmas, Luke Skywalker and Han Solo even ended up in the manger scene along with Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, two cows, three sheep, and several Ewoks. My kids spent hours and hours in a fantasy world populated by villains and heroes of every description except one; there were no peace heroes.
The Army found they had too many officers and NCO's so they decided to offer an early retirement bonus. They promised anyone who volunteered for retirement a bonus of $1,000 for every inch measured in a straight line between any two points on his body. The officer or NCO got to choose what those two points would be.
The first who accepted was a Major, who asked that he be measured from the top of his head to the tip of his toes. He was measured at six feet and walked out with a bonus of $72,000.
By Cindy Sheehan
Civil disobedience becomes a sacred duty when the State becomes lawless or, which is the same thing, corrupt.
The thesaurus feature on my computer has had a workout since I started writing articles and books about this government, George, Casey, etc. There are only so many words to use. I have searched for synonyms to: sorrow, disaster, death, murder, crimes, maniac, profit, illegal, immoral, evil, innocent, corrupt…so often that it seems that these same words get used over and over again. I am running out of words to describe the miscreants in DC and the hideous occupation of Iraq.
Kucinich Said: "No One Speaks With More Moral Authority" On Need For Troops To Come Home
WASHINGTON - October 25 - Ranking Member of the House Government Reform Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats and International Relations, issued the following statement today in support of "Appeal for Redress" a group of active duty military personal who are calling for the US to end the war in Iraq:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More than 200 active duty U.S. armed service members, fed up with the war in Iraq, have joined an unusual protest calling for withdrawal of U.S. troops from the country, organizers said on Wednesday.
The campaign, called the Appeal for Redress from the War in Iraq, is the first of its kind in the Iraq war and takes advantage of Defense Department rules allowing active duty troops to express personal opinions to members of Congress without fear of retaliation, organizers said.
By Ann Scott Tyson, Washington Post
More than 100 U.S. service members have signed a rare appeal urging Congress to support the "prompt withdrawal" of all American troops and bases from Iraq, organizers said yesterday.
"Staying in Iraq will not work and is not worth the price. It is time for U.S. troops to come home," reads the statement of a small grass-roots group of active-duty military personnel and reservists that says it aims to give U.S. military members a voice in Iraq war policy.
2 protesters arrested at NOAA headquarters while claiming cover-up of global warming info
By STEPHEN MANNING, Associated Press
SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) Two environmentalists spent about four hours Monday perched on a ledge over an entrance to a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration building to protest what they said is the agency's suppression of information on global warming.
The pair, which climbed a ladder to reach the ledge, unfurled a banner that read "Bush: Let NOAA Tell the Truth," while a small group of demonstrators handed out fliers on a nearby sidewalk.
Police eventually used a cherry picker from a nearby construction site to reach the demonstrators and lower them to the ground. Both men, Ted Glick, 56, and Paul Burman, 23, were charged with disorderly conduct, reckless endangerment and trespassing.
The men had climbed to the ledge using a ladder and used suction cups to anchor themselves to a window.
NOAA, based in Silver Spring, studies climate, weather and the oceans. Its agencies include the National Weather Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service.
A week of nonviolence education and action, Nov. 11-19, 2006
From Selma, Alabama to Ft. Benning, Columbus, Georgia
Contact: Co- chair Dr. John L. Alford, Sr.
Co-chair Judy Collins Cumbee
Living the Dream 2006, P.O. Box 1362, Lanett AL 36863
On November 12, participants in a week of nonviolence education and action, responding to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s call to "rededicate ourselves to the long and bitter but beautiful struggle for a new world" and to his dream of a unified, non-violent "beloved community,"will convene in Selma, Alabama, and begin an empowering seven day pilgrimage to Ft. Benning in Columbus, Georgia.
WATADA FUNDRAISER EVENTS ON NOVEMBER 9TH, 2006
In June of 2006, Army Lt Ehren Watada refused to deploy to Iraq, saying he was following his conscience and upholding his duty not to obey illegal orders.
Lt. Watada, is now facing court-martial and a maximum of 8 1/2 years in a military prison if convicted of all seven counts against him, which include disloyalty and conduct unbecoming of an officer. Lt. Watada is the first commissioned officer to refuse duty in Iraq. By invoking the Nuremberg Principles in his defense, he is essentially forcing the military justice system to rule on the legality of the war itself.
8 a.m. Monday, Oct. 23
U.S. Climate Emergency Council/Chesapeake Climate Action Network
Standoff with Police Occurs at NOAA Headquarters in Silver Spring, MD; Protesters Block Main Entrance, Denounce Bush Climate Policies
See photos of the ongoing protest at www.climateemergency.org
If you live or work near Silver Spring, MD please come to the protest site right now and show your support (see directions below). All others, please send an email to Bush and your Congressman demanding clean, efficient energy by clicking here. And please forward this alert far and wide!!
From Courage to Resist
Father of Iraq war refuser Lt. Ehren Watada, to organize support and raise funds for his son's courageous stand.
Bob Watada is embarking on a national speaking tour to raise awareness of his son's courageous actions, organize support, and raise money for his defense. Events are scheduled from Texas to New York!
Kyle Snyder, AWOL Iraq veteran and war resister, to return from Canada and turn self in at Ft. Knox later this month
From Courage to Resist
"Going to Iraq meant I was going to reconstruct a city, not kill people. That’s what I believed I was going to do," explains Kyle Snyder, a 22-year-old Iraq War veteran.
After arriving in Iraq, the heavy construction equipment operator was reassigned to a security detail. Kyle quickly realized that no reconstruction was taking place with the exception of military bases. "I can’t take this anymore!’ That’s what I thought to myself." A survivor of string of foster homes since he was 13-years-old, Kyle joined the Army in 2004.
From Courage to Resist
Clousing pled guilty to "absent without leave" and is currently being held at Camp LeJune, N.C. and needs your support!
“I’d rather spend a year in jail than participate in an illegal war and be part of the machine suppressing Iraq” -Sgt. Ricky Clousing
Sgt. Ricky Clousing, who served as a U.S. Army Interrogator in Iraq in 2004 and 2005, plead guilty to "absent without leave" on Thursday October 12 at Ft. Bragg in North Carolina. Clousing was sentenced to three months confinement, forfeiture of 2/3 pay while confined, and a bad conduct discharge. At his sentencing hearing, Sgt. Clousing continued to voice his concerns about the abuses of power that go without accountability and the everyday devastation of the occupation of Iraq. “My experiences in Iraq forced me to reevaluate my beliefs and ethics,” he told the judge. “Ultimately, I felt like I could not serve.”