More than 300 people packed the main meeting room at the Seattle Labor Temple today to mark the third anniversary of the Downing Street Minutes.
The event was organized nationally by AfterDowningStreet.org and locally by the Backbone Campaign and Congressman Jim McDermott's office. Bill Moyer, the Executive Director of the Backbone Campaign opened the event, welcoming the overflowing crowd and winding us up. Next came a dramatic reading of the original Downing Street Minutes, with parts being read by Joshua Okrent, Bert Sacks and several others.
Jim McDermott gave a great speech, connecting the Downing Street Minutes/Memo with Karl Rove's current problems explaining his criminal behavior in the White House. He said we were in a DIRE emergency, where D stands for Downing Street, I stands for Iraq, R stands for Rove and E stands for everything else. Many times the audience joined in, asking about things like the Iraqi people. McDermott was always about to get right to that subject, and did so very well.
A member of Congressman Jay Inslee's staff then read a letter to us regretting his absence but making some great points about the issues involved in both Downing Street and the Rove Treason Scandal.
Two members of Military Families Speak out followed with moving speeches about their relatives involved in Iraq.
We then broke into four groups, which focused on Outreach to the Washington Delegation, Lobbying Washington Governor Gregoire on the importance of bring home the Washington State National Guard, Writing Letters to the Editor and Editorial Boards and Outreach to Broadcast Media. Each groups set goals and made contacts to keep the process moving.
The afternoon closed with inspirational words from author Paul Loeb.
Thanks for all your work,