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Take Action: Vigils in 100 Districts Urge Votes Against War Escalation Funds

Vigils in 100 Districts Urge Votes Against War Escalation Funds

WASHINGTON, DC--April was the second month in a row in which "brown bag" lunch vigils against war funding were held at congressional district offices in over 100 districts around the country. Organizations participating included: Progressive Democrats of America (PDA), CODEPINK, AfterDowningStreet, the Backbone Campaign,, the California Nurses Association / National Nurses Organizing Committee, Healthcare Now, American Friends Service Committee and United for Peace and Justice.

Brown Bag Vigils have been held on the third Wednesday of each month since January. The next scheduled date is May 19th.

Brown-baggers are asking members of the House to publicly commit to voting No on any bills that fund wars, and to publicly urge their colleagues and the House leadership to make the same commitment. This position necessarily includes opposition to the proposed $33 billion supplemental expected in the coming weeks to fund an escalation of the war in Afghanistan. Congress members' commitments are tracked at

PDA national director Tim Carpenter said "If congress members want to claim they oppose wars or support job creation, they have to vote against this $33 billion to escalate a war. And they know that we know that any smaller measures, such as aid to Haiti, can be passed separately if the war funding fails, and therefore there can be no excuses for voting yes to fund the escalation."

Complete information on past and upcoming Brown Bag Vigils is available online:, including videos:, and photos:

Progressive Democrats of America was founded in 2004 to transform the Democratic Party and our country. We seek to build a party and government controlled by citizens, not corporate elites--with policies that serve the broad public interest, not just private interests. PDA is a grassroots PAC operating inside the Democratic Party, and outside in movements for peace and justice. Our inside/outside strategy is guided by the belief that a lasting majority will require a revitalized Democratic Party built on firm progressive principles.

For over two decades, the party declined as its leadership listened more to the voices of corporations than those of Americans. PDA strives to rebuild the Democratic Party from the bottom up--from every congressional district to statewide party structures to the corridors of power in Washington, where we work arm in arm with the Congressional Progressive Caucus. In just five years, PDA and its allies have shaken up the political status quo--on the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, Medicare for all, voter rights, accountability, and economic and environmental justice.

Josh Stieber to Join Teach-In on War

Josh Stieber served in the company shown in the video from Iraq recently released by Wikileaks.  He and Ethan McCord have published an apology to the Iraqi people:
And the widow of an Iraqi killed in the video has accepted the apology:
Steiber will participate in Thursday's Teach-In on Capitol Hill, where he will speak briefly and be available to answer questions.

Teach In on Capitol Hill on War

What Congress Must Do to End U.S. Wars and Help Secure a Peaceful Middle East

Look Who's Sponsoring Thursday's Teach-In on the War

kucinich hedges scahill swanson wright

This Thurday's public teach-in on the war on Capitol Hill with Dennis Kucinich, Chris Hedges, Jeremy Scahill, David Swanson, and Ann Wright (which everyone should ask their representative to attend by calling them at 202-224-3121) is being sponsored by these organizations that are all working for peace and all need your support and participation:,, Code Pink: Women for Peace,, Progressive Democrats of America, the Nation, Gray Panthers of Metro Washington, Washington Peace Center, United for Peace and Justice, Office & Professional Employees International Union Local 2, U.S. Labor Against the War, Civilian Soldier Alliance, Seacoast Peace Response, Veterans for Peace, The Humanist, Voters for Peace, Rethink Afghanistan, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Peace of the Action, Jobs for Afghans,,

Event details on website or on FaceBook.

Kucinich Invites Colleagues to Teach In on War This Thursday

April 27, 2010


Dear Colleague:

By now you should have received an invitation to attend, "Teach-in on Capitol Hill: What Congress must do to end the U.S. wars and help secure a peaceful Middle East," on Thursday, April 29 at 1:45 pm in the Rayburn Gold Room (2168). The teach-in will focus on U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East and will feature Chris Hedges, a senior fellow at the Nation Institute and author of "War is the Force that Gives us Meaning;" Jeremy Scahill, a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow at the Nation Institute and author of the best-seller "Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army;" David Swanson, co-founder of and the author of "Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union;" and Ann Wright, a former U.S. Deputy Ambassador in Sierra Leone, Micronesia, Afghanistan, and Mongolia.

For more information, please contact: Herb Hoffman, 207-646-5431 or

Dennis J. Kucinich
Member of Congress

UW Madison Union Staff Cancel Panel Including Cindy Sheehan Due To "Security Concerns"

UW Campus Antiwar Network: Antiwar panel scheduled for Monday at 7:00 at Memorial Union featuring activist Cindy Sheehan cancelled by union staff due to "security concerns" | Wis Politics | Press Release

Note to Attendees: Event attendees are set to meet at the front steps of the Union at 6:45 PM, and from there, the panel will either be held there, in the Union lobby, or in Lakefront on Langdon in the Union.

To Members of the Press:

An antiwar panel sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Havens Center, Campus Antiwar Network, Middle East Interest Group, and the Wisconsin Union Directorate's Society and Politics Committee and scheduled for Monday, April 26 at 7:00 PM in Memorial Union has been cancelled by the Union Building/Event Management Director, Roger Vogts, due to a last-minute expression of "security concerns" that would accompany antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan's visit. Vogts said that he could not contact security over the weekend because, apparently, phones don't work over the weekend.

On top of that, those organizing the event would have to foot the bill for the security, even though Sheehan never requested security to begin with, and even though no organizations involved with this event had enough money to foot the expensive bill this late in the game, either.

The U.S. Supreme Court has made clear, in its Forsyth County v. Nationalist Movement (505 U.S. 123, 1992) decision, that "Speech cannot be financially burdened, any more than it can be punished or banned, simply because it might offend a hostile mob" (emphasis mine). Since the Union's Central Reservations presides over a viewpoint-neutral limited public forum at the Union and other facilities, the Union is necessarily bound by the same constitutional demands as the local government in Forsyth County. In other words, it is unconstitutional for any viewpoint-neutral limited public forum to deny any organization their free speech rights on the grounds that they are unable to provide for extra security costs related to the exercise of that free speech.

Teach In on Capitol Hill on War

Before our representatives dump another $33 billion into escalating a war in Afghanistan, we think they should know what they're doing.  Therefore, there will be a . . .

Teach In on Capitol Hill: What Congress Must Do to End U.S. Wars and Help Secure a Peaceful Middle East

DESCRIPTION: Educational briefing on the U. S. agenda in the Middle East, its consequences and development of a strategy/plan to withdraw. Emphasis will be on constructive, interactive dialogue among panelists and attendees.

MODERATOR: Representative Dennis J. Kucinich (D - Ohio)

PANELISTS: Chris Hedges, Jeremy Scahill, David Swanson, Ann Wright

DATE: Thursday, April 29, 2010

TIME: 1:45 PM – 4:00 PM

PLACE: Gold Room (2168), Rayburn House Office Building, Independence Ave and C Street SW, Washington, D.C.


ADMISSION: Free and open to the public, the media, members of Congress, and staff

A Teach-In Counter-Conference on Fiscal Sustainability on April 28th


On April 28, 2010, the Peter G. Peterson Foundation is sponsoring a “Fiscal Summit” in Washington, DC. The purpose of the Conference, which is scheduled for the day after the first meeting of the President's recently constituted National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform (By the way, where the Conference is happening is a mystery not cleared up on the PGPF web site), and which includes many notables, is:

Teach In on Capitol Hill on War

Teach In on War on Capitol Hill
Don't Use Any More of Our Money
Brown Bag Vigil on April 21st
Marcy Winograd in DC on April 27th
Harvey Wasserman on Climate Bill

Teach In on Capitol Hill on War

What Congress Must Do to End U.S. Wars and Help Secure a Peaceful Middle East

DESCRIPTION:  Educational briefing on the U. S. agenda in the Middle East, its consequences and development of a strategy/plan to withdraw.  Emphasis will be on constructive, interactive dialogue among panelists and attendees.

MODERATOR:  Representative Dennis J. Kucinich (D - Ohio)

Today in Norfolk, VA

Daniel Ellsberg: The Most Dangerous Man in America

A high-level Pentagon official and Vietnam War strategist, Ellsberg concluded in 1971 that the war was based on decades of lies, and leaked 7,000 pages of top secret documents to The NY Times—a daring act of conscience that leads directly to Watergate, Nixon's resignation, and the end of the Vietnam War. A riveting story of how this one man's profound change of heart created a landmark struggle involving America's newspapers, its president and the Supreme Court. Narrated by Ellsberg. (94  mins)

Speaker: Charlottesville and DC-based author and activist David Swanson has just recently conducted a 50-city nationwide book tour promoting "Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union". He will draw parallels between the Ellsberg era and current U.S. foreign policy. A book signing and reception for David Swanson will be held at 6:00 pm at Azar's on Colley Ave prior to the film event.

Event: NYC: Screening of "The Most Dangerous Man In America: Daniel Ellsberg & The Pentagon Papers"




Robert Ellsberg, son of Daniel Ellsberg and a key figure in Pentagon Papers affair, will speak.

DETAILS: On April 30 at 2:30 pm, there will be a free screening of the Oscar-nominated documentary, "The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and The Pentagon Papers" (2010, :94), a film by Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith that was partially funded by The Yip Harburg Foundation. Robert Ellsberg, Daniel's son and a key figure in the Pentagon Papers affair, will appear at the event for a talk-back and questions.

The film was a 2010 Academy Award Nominee and has won seven other prizes to-date. The multiple award-winning film traces how Daniel Ellsberg, a high-level Pentagon official and Vietnam War strategist, concluded that the war was based on decades of lies and leaked 7,000 pages of top secret documents to The New York Times, making headlines around the world. Ellsberg risked life in prison to stop a war he helped plan. This story of one man's profound change of heart is also a piercing look at the world of government secrecy as revealed by the ultimate insider. Marked by a landmark battle between America's greatest newspapers and its president--that went to the Supreme Court--this political thriller unravels the political saga that lead directly to Watergate, Nixon's resignation and the end of the Vietnam War.

Event: DC - Meet and Mingle with Marcy Winograd and Progressive Democrats of America Leaders

Please join hosts Andy Shallal, Medea Benjamin, Steve Cobble, Steve Shaff and Tim Carpenter to....Meet and Greet PDA Congressional Candidate Marcy Winograd (CA-36/Harman)

Where: Busboys & Poets (5th and K St.)

When: April 27 | 7:00 PM

Click here for more details and to RSVP

A note from Marcy ...

I'm excited to visit DC and to mingle with PDA leaders committed to electing a progressive majority to Congress. Though I have never been a busboy (waitress, yes), I have been a poet--and will share a few lines of political poetry about my challenge to Blue Dog Jane Harman in southern California's 36th District, where Dem Party registration leads GOP registration by 18 percentage points. (Just had to make that clear ...)

My PDA platform calls for transitioning from a war economy to a new Green economy that brings our troops home and invests our national resources in healthcare, not warfare, world-class education, and mass transit.

I co-founded PDA's Los Angeles chapter and mobilized almost 40% of the vote in my 2006 challenge to "Wiretapping We Can Believe In" Harman.

Events: A Post Office Near You! Make the Cost of War Clear

Make the Cost of War Clear

On April 15, it will be Tax Day once again. 28 cents out of every tax dollar goes to war, plus another 23 cents for past wars. Tax Day is a great opportunity for peace groups to reach out to our neighbors and remind them that our economy and public services are being starved to feed the Pentagon and military contractors.

Get a few friends and set up a table outside your Post Office after work on April 15, while people are rushing in to file their tax returns.

  • UFPJ member groups have created some great educational materials on where our tax money goes - download these flyers and hand them out.
  • Another great idea is the "Penny Poll". Use four jars labeled Housing, Education, Health, and Military, to represent a simplified view of the federal budget. Hand passers-by ten pennies and tell them to pretend they are a member of Congress and to vote to allocate their resources. Then show them how our money is really spent.
  • If you can get a wireless connection at your tabling location, bring a laptop and ask passers by to type their federal tax amount into National Priorities Project's interactive tax chart. It will instantly show them how the government is going to spend their money.
  • Hand antiwar passersby a cell phone and ask them to call their Congressperson (202-224-3121) then and there.

Event, Tucson, AZ: US Torture Protester to Appear in Court, April 22-23

US Torture Protester to Appear in Court
While George Bush remains free after violating the Geneva Conventions with torture, murder and kidnapping, the United States continues to prosecute torture protesters
By Jack & Felice Cohen-Joppa | Censored News

Ft. Huachuca protester Joshua Harris, from Santa Barbara, California, will appear on Friday, April 23 at 9:30 a.m. in U.S. District Court, Tucson, Arizona. He intends to enter a change of plea and expects to be sentenced that day.

Josh was one of five protesters who entered Fort Huachuca (home of the U.S. Army Intelligence Center where interrogators are trained) on November 15, 2009 with a message for military personnel and civilian employees. They carried a statement (see below) opposing the cruel treatment and abuse of detainees from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and calling for the civilian oversight of all military interrogation practices. The statement also condemned the used of armed drones in warfare.

All five protesters were given a formal letter barring them from entering the base for a year. Because Josh initially refused to identify himself, instead saying he was there representing a victim of torture, he was also charged with trespass and refusing to provide a truthful name.



March 23, 2010, New York, NY – Culture Project has announced that “Blueprint for Accountability,” a groundbreaking theater/film/journalism series launched at The Times Center in May 2009, will take center stage at Washington, D.C.’s Newseum on April 22nd at 7:30PM.

Noam Chomsky, David Swanson et al. Set for Talkbacks of Karen Malpede's Prophecy


By: Dan Bacalzo · Apr 7, 2010  · New York

TheatreThree Collaborative has announced a talkback series for its production of Karen Malpede's Prophecy, to play the East Fourth Street Theater, May 27 - June 20, with an opening on June 4. Playwright Malpede will direct the production.

As previously announced, the cast will feature Kathleen Chalfant, André De Shields, George Bartenieff, Najla Said, and Brendan Donaldson.

The drama is both the story of a marriage and the personal legacy of the wars in Iraq and Vietnam and centers on a group of people whose lives are surprisingly intertwined.

Participants in the post-performance talkbacks will include internationally-renowned scholar and political activist Noam Chomsky on June 8; author and activist David Swanson on June 2; journalist and host of GRIT-TV Laura Flanders on June 3, and journalist and former New York Times foreign correspondent Chris Hedges on June 4.

For further information, visit:

Event: Ann Wright in Tacoma, April 24

Ann Wright, Ret. Colonel and diplomat who served in Somalia, Uzbekistan, and Mongolia; tireless advocate for Palestinians in Gaza, and for military sexual trauma survivors, and Citizen of the Year in Atlanta, 2009...will join us for an afternoon in Tacoma!

Her talk will focus on the costs of wars, and relationships among wars in the Middle East. We’ll discuss what these costs are, in ways that everyone shares concerns: Dwindling jobs, health care and education, globally. And of course, what people are doing and planning in response to economic changes. Community building seems to be on the agenda.

When: 04/24/2010 - 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Where: King's Books, 218 St. Helen's Ave., Tacoma, WA 98402 - (253-272-8801)

Ellsberg Film, Swanson Talk in Norfolk, Va., April 14

Wednesday, April 14

Book Signing 6:00 p.m. at Azar's

Movie at 7:30 p.m. at Naro Cinema

Movie Premier: THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN AMERICA: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers A high-level Pentagon official and Vietnam War strategist, Ellsberg concluded in 1971 that the war was based on decades of lies, and leaked 7,000 pages of top secret documents to The NY Times-a daring act of conscience that leads directly to Watergate, Nixon's resignation, and the end of the Vietnam War. A riveting story of how this one man's profound change of heart created a landmark struggle involving America's newspapers, its president and the Supreme Court. Narrated by Ellsberg. (94 mins)

Speaker: Charlottesville and DC-based author and activist David Swanson has just recently conducted a 50-city nationwide book tour promoting "Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union". He will draw parallels between the Ellsberg era and current U.S. foreign policy.

A book signing and reception for David Swanson will be held at 6:00 pm at Azar's on Colley Ave prior to the film event.

Join us for a unique & enlightening evening!

Naro Cinema
1507 Colley Ave
Norfolk VA, 23517


The regional and national leadership of Progressive Democrats of America will be in Pennsylvania this week for a series of events to support a state improved-Medicare-for-all, single-payer healthcare system.

"The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which recently became law, will not solve the healthcare crisis in this country," said Tim Carpenter, PDA national director. "The Medicare system proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that government can do some things much better than the private sector," Carpenter explained. "Healthcare corporations exist only to deliver profits for their stockholders--they do not actually provide healthcare."

Forum on U.S. Afghanistan Policy

Congressman Bill Delahunt hosts a forum on Afghanistan policy, honoring a commitment he made to Cape Codders for Peace and Justice


When: Sunday, April 11, 2010, 3:30 pm, Rally at 2:30 pm
Where: Morse Pond School • 323 Jones Road • Falmouth • Massachusetts

A Special Evening With Ann Wright

An Intimate Evening w/ Ann Wright!

A special dinner is featured, with a report from Seth Manzel, Executive Director of Coffee Strong.

When: April 23, 2010, 6:30 - 9:00 pm

Where: AFSC, 814 NE 40th St., Seattle, WA 98105-6416. Directions to this location? Please RSVP to

Details on attached flyer.

Ventura, CA: "Empire vs. Veterans, Who Pays and Who Benefits From Global Wars," 4/17 at 7 PM, Pierpont Inn

Empire, Veterans and the Road Home to Peace

Col. Ann Wright, Michael Parenti, and Marjorie Cohn Join Forces for Vets and Families

VENTURA, CA. - March 17, 2010 - On Saturday, April 17th at 7 PM the California Conference of Veterans and Military Families are welcoming the community to join them in a special event to be held at the beautiful Pierpont Inn located at 550 San Jon Road, Ventura, CA.

The event will feature Dr. Michael Parenti speaking on “Empire vs Veterans, Who Pays and Who Benefits from Global Wars,” Col. Ann Wright speaking on “Sexual Abuse in the Military,” and Marjorie Cohn on “Rules of Disengagement.” Each of the three speakers are internationally recognized and accomplished individuals.

A National Conference to Bring the Troops Home Now

AN INVITATION FROM: After Downing Street, Arab American Union Members Council, Black Agenda Report, Campaign for Peace and Democracy, Campus Antiwar Network, Code Pink, Iraq Veterans Against the War, National Assembly to End the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars and Occupations, Peace of the Action,  Progressive Democrats of America, U.S. Labor Against the War, The Fellowship of Reconciliation, Veterans for Peace, Voices for Creative Nonviolence, and Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom [list in formation]


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A National Conference

To Bring the Troops Home Now!

July 23-25, 2010, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Albany, New York


The purpose of this conference is to bring together antiwar and social justice activists from across the country to discuss and decide what we can do together to end the wars, occupations, bombing attacks, threats and interventions that are taking place in the Middle East and beyond, which the U.S. government is conducting and promoting. Attend and voice your opinion on where the antiwar movement is today and where we go from here.

In these deeply troubled times, Washington's two wars and occupations rage on, resulting in an ever increasing number of dead and wounded; more and more civilians killed in drone bombing attacks; misery, deprivation, dislocation and shattered lives for millions; and a suicide rate for U.S. service members soaring to unprecedented heights. At the same time, trillions are spent on these seemingly endless Pentagon conflicts waged in pursuit of profits and global domination while trillions more are lost by working people in the value of their homes, in the loss of their jobs, pensions and health care, and in cuts for public services and vitally needed social programs.

We are witness to the massive bailout of banks and corporations while union contracts are shredded, work is outsourced, jobs are shipped off-shore, workers are evicted from their homes, and our youth and students face a bleak future of rising tuition costs, an ever-declining quality of education, and diminishing employment opportunities. They are offered instead the opportunity to become cannon fodder as the military serves as the employer of last resort while prison awaits many others.

The poor and working people in the U.S. suffer the horrors of unemployment, foreclosures, homelessness, untreated illnesses and unavailable health insurance, crumbling infrastructure, and temporary and part time work at starvation wages. These multiple crises impact communities of color with disproportionate severity. Meanwhile people in a growing number of  countries around the world are subjected to death and destruction by the world’s most powerful military machine. 

There is another dimension to this tragedy. The U.S. is at war to control and plunder the very fossil fuel resources whose continued use threatens the future of the human race. 

We demand the immediate and total withdrawal of U.S. military forces, mercenaries and contractors from Afghanistan and Iraq. Moreover, we recognize that the Middle East cauldron today also encompasses Iran, Pakistan, Yemen, Palestine and Israel, while Haiti, Honduras, Colombia, Venezuela, Cuba and other countries in Latin America are targeted for intervention, subversion, occupation and control as a consequence of a militarized U.S. foreign policy. Our challenge is not only to end wars and occupations, but to fundamentally change the aggressive policies that inevitably lead our country to militarism and war.

The fight for better times, for a world of peace, justice and freedom, requires that we join together to make it happen, that we fight for the broad unity within the antiwar movement and across all the movements for social justice that has to date escaped us and that we collaborate to engage the American people in massive and united mobilizations against the warmakers and for the justice we deserve. 

We have not forgotten the lessons of the civil rights movement, the struggle against the Vietnam War, the feminist and gay rights movements, and the monumental struggles that paved the way to the organization of American trade unions. History has demonstrated time and again that all critical social change is a product of the direct and massive intervention of the people.

We seek an inclusive conference where antiwar individuals and organizations come together to democratically discuss, debate and approve a plan of action aimed at winning the support and allegiance of the majority who have the power to compel a fundamental re-ordering of priorities.

We announce in advance that our goal is to develop strategies that unite us in action – for mass mobilizations and a variety of other tactics that suit the agendas of the constituent groups and individuals who participate in the conference proceedings. Our method is democracy. One person one vote! Our goal is unity in action while respecting our diversity and differences in political program and orientation.


Join us in Albany, New York, July 23-25, 2010!

Issued by the United National Antiwar Conference (UNAC) Planning Committee

For more information, write  or UNAC at P.O. Box 21675, Cleveland, OH 44121 or call 518-227-6947 or visit our website at

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