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Iraq veteren Ethan McCord: Maintaining Humanity at War

"The one thing I couldn't live without in Iraq was my own humanity,"says Iraq veteran Ethan McCord, who came home from dropping his children off at school to find a video of himself rescuing an child from a bombed-out van. That was the now-infamous Wikileaks video, and McCord has been collecting his own video and stories from his fellow veterans, speaking out about what he saw at war and what his friends lived through.

Check out the interview with Ethan McCord:

http://www.grittv.org/2010/10/22/ethan-mccord-iraq-wikileaks-war/

Making Veterans a Priority 2007-2010

Yesterday I received an e-mail from the Communications Director of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, Kristal DeKleer. Thank you Kristal for sending this out to the e-mail list, will be passing the information on as I'm sure others will as well.

Also yesterday I used the following in a few posts as related to recent Veterans Administration press releases:

Let me tell ya folks, if the so called repubs, still haven't met one true one in a couple of decades, pick up Any Seats let alone take the House what Shinseki and his Great Admin have been doin will come to a Screeching Halt on many and curtailed on others! This is the Most Pro Active VA in my lifetime!

Veterans Administration: Life-Saving Campaign

VA Taking Life-Saving Campaign to Streets

October 19, 2010 - WASHINGTON – This week, nearly 1,200 life-saving advertisements will go up on city buses, bus shelters, rail and subway stations across the Nation displaying a message of hope for those who have served their country and may be facing an emotional crisis. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is advertising its Suicide Prevention Hotline through Jan. 9, 2011.

Time to Get Tough on Crime: Let's Nail the Banksters Who Have Stolen Millions of Homes

By Dave Lindorff

There are calls in this election season for establishing a moratorium of some sort on home foreclosures, and a number of large banks have even voluntarily stopped, at least until after Election Day, on foreclosing on houses. That’s fine as far as it goes, but what about the millions of homes that have already been lost or stolen over the past several years?

Live Stream: One Nation

CRIMES ARE CRIMES NO MATTER WHO DOES THEM

What's our plan to stop these immoral wars and the continuing torture being carried out in our names? And why go into The New York Times next week with an expensive advertisement?

Well, as you can see from all the articles and reports on our website, World Can't Wait is out on the streets and in the classrooms - showing the Collateral Murder video, talking to students, protesting military recruiters, marching and rallying. We're passing out fliers and distributing information about the crimes that are being kept from public view on our websites and Facebook. We're organizing resistance via word of mouth, social networks, and through the grassroots.

{UpDated} ATTN: Keith, Rachel and The Few Others: "Stop Loss" Time Running Out

Please Help get the word out as we are Quickly Approaching the October 21st deadline for the Soldiers and their Families who were Stop Lossed, in order to fight in the long extended occupations in Afghanistan and Iraq, and many still haven't made contact, some can't for various reasons like homelessness, because of the economy, may live in rural area's as many who serve do, etc.!

The few others I mention in the subject title are those media types who actually, like you two, use their intelligence in their profession of journalism and are true journalist and reporters.

Oct 21st Coming on Fast, But......

There's a move to extend the deadline for another year!

What happens on the 21st of October, that's the day that soldiers who served in OIF and OEF and were backdoor drafted, i.e. 'Stop Lossed', end their chances to get compensated up to $500 a month for each month extra they served as Active Duty Soldiers in especially either occupation theater instead of the ready reserve those who serve their initial tours and don't re-up for another are still covered under, no service but can be called back by the military.

A GRANDMOTHER WANTS TO KNOW

Dear Grandson (a senior at New York University):

Those of us actively engaged in the anti-war movement have had a spectacular lack of success in bringing the current wars to an end. We can’t help feeling that if the youth of America were part of our movement, things would be vastly different. Unfortunately, we’ve seen little signs of student involvement or even, to be frank, concern. To us, it seems as if there is tremendous apathy among our youth as to caring about or even noticing that your peers (in age) are dying and suffering horrendous wounds every day in wars which we among the anti-war people deplore as unwise and unconscionable, as well as unproductive in terms of making the U.S. more secure.

The National Constitution Center's 2010 Liberty Medal will be awarded to Tony Blair in recognition of his commitment to conflict resolution

2010 Liberty Medal Ceremony

Monday, September 13, 2010, 7:00 p.m.
Event Admission: FREE, processing fees apply
Reservations Required: Tickets will be available to the public beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 11 by calling Ticketmaster at 866.492.6326 (limit of two tickets per household). National Constitution Center members can call on Monday, August 9 beginning at 10:00 a.m. to order tickets (no service charge will apply).

The National Constitution Center's 2010 Liberty Medal will be awarded to former British Prime Minister Tony Blair in recognition of his steadfast commitment to conflict resolution. The public Liberty Medal ceremony will take place on Monday, September 13, 2010, at the
National Constitution Center in Historic Philadelphia. The ceremony will be broadcast live on WPVI-TV/6abc and webcast live on www.6abc.com. The 2010 Liberty Medal ceremony will kick off a week of events leading up to Constitution Day on Friday, September 17.

Reflections on Jack Kennedy

Reflections on Jack Kennedy - by Stephen Lendman

Though much about his background and public service warrants criticism, he also deserves praise rarely given properly, this article offering some and the writer's personal reflections on his commencement address to my June 14, 1956 graduating class, a message not heard now by US leaders - erudite, incisive and timely. More on it below.

Some Background

Had an assassin not taken his life, his health surely would have, some around him saying "from a medical standpoint, (he) was a mess." Indeed so, having been hospitalized more than three dozen times in his life and given last rites on three occasions.

Are You Boycotting Fox Yet?

Wow - over 85,000 of you have joined our boycott of companies that advertise on FOX News, and these companies are definitely getting the message. In a few days we will send you a short list of companies that have ignored our requests, so you can become personally involved if you like.

Beyond our boycott, we should also reward companies that have never advertised on FOX News - like CREDO Mobile. As close political allies, we are able to get the best prices they can offer. And if you've been waiting for an Android phone with 3G web surfing, check out their new HTC Hero.

Thanks for all you do!

Bob Fertik

p.s. If you haven't joined our FOX advertiser boycott yet, simply click here:
http://www.democrats.com/boycott-fox-news-advertisers

Where to Arrest Karl Rove

Rove: September 9th-11th, Faith & Freedom Conference and Strategy Briefing with Karl Rove, The Mayflower Renaissance Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington DC
https://secure.ffcoalition.com/civicrm/event/register?reset=1&id=1

Rove: September 14, 2010, 12:00pm, ACC PAC - Karl Rove Luncheon, Johnny's Half Shell, 400 North Capitol St., NW, Washington, DC
http://guest.cvent.com/EVENTS/Info/Agenda.aspx?e=ffd863d8-3f95-46b9-9eac...

Bush: September 24, 2010, Benefit for the Appalachian College of Pharmacy, Britstol, VA
http://www2.tricities.com/news/2010/aug/17/former-president-george-w-bus...

--from Susan Harman

Withdraw the Last Combat Politicians from Washington

By David Swanson

Pretending to end a war and occupation, while stationing 50,000 soldiers, 18,000 mercenaries, and 84,000 support contractors in massive and permanent military bases in Iraq is a far cry from what candidate Barack Obama described as ending "the mind-set that got us into war in the first place." It fits better with Nobel Peace laureate Obama's description of war as "not only necessary but morally justified."

Unions Are WRONG To Refuse To Build The Mosque

by Linda Milazzo

Photo by Hagen for NY Daily News
Photo by Hagen for News Blaster, NY Daily News

I've always believed in unions. I come from a long line of union members: steel workers, sanitation workers, office workers, police, fire, you name it. They're all in my family. My American family typifies the American working class. In fact, if all the unions represented by my family were to strike for a week, the whole country would suffer. Construction would stop. Crime would go undeterred. Fires would go unextinguished. And in my case, students would go untaught. Yes, I, too, am a union member. I'm a teacher.

Fighting Words on Social Security: Apply the FICA Tax to All Income Including Investment Income and Lower the Retirement Age

By Dave Lindorff

It’s time for us progressives to stop playing defense on Social Security.

We’ve watched the retirement system suffer years of attacks by conservatives and by class traitors in the Democratic Party. We have seen the retirement age raised since 1983 from 65 to 67, and the cost-of-living calculation altered so that our benefits have declined in value over time, while the tax rate on working people has risen.

It’s time to stop fighting rear-guard actions and to go on the offense.

Stop This Horseshit: Don't Send the 3rd Armored Cavalry to Iraq

Attention Central Texas Area Activists:

There are only a few days left before actions kick off at Fort Hood Aug. 22 opposing the deployment of the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment to Iraq.

We will be engaging in radical direct action of which optional elements may risk minor legal ramifications. This is a multi-faceted action with various degrees of potential risk, and individuals unable to take on such risks are as needed as those who are. However, we have never won anything without sacrifice. We have never influenced our government by behaving submissively.

Only weeks after announcing the 2nd “end” of combat operations in Iraq, the U.S. is preparing to deploy a combat unit to Iraq yet again. We know their claims are a semantics game; a rebranding of the same old bloody occupation. This time, however, we say “No More!”

EVENT PLANNED IN DC: Iraq: The Legacy of the 7-Year U.S. Occupation

When: Sunday, August 29th 2010
Time: 5pm-9pm
Location: Busboys and Poets, 5th and K Sts. NW

More Domestic Criminal Terror! and Silence Following?

One wonders, not really very hard, why we readily call others, who have done nothing, 'terrorist', just because of where they might be from or their religious beliefs, and we get never ending opinion talk and pure propaganda {lies} about as a whole group and not the extremist using, yet something like this happens and it gets very little news play. You have to search it out rather then hear anyone report on or seriously talk about. A most certainly 'domestic criminal terrorist' act seemingly hell bent on taking out as many police or innocent people as possible, all because, apparently, he's a white guy in Texas. Will he become the new hero of certain groups within our society, much like the Austin Pilot Did or others that seek to be the next McVeighs as Individuals or in Groups!!

Police seeking motive for Texas gunman's attack

Tanks But No Thanks, Gen. Abrams (or) Can Wikileaks Help Save Lives?

Can WikiLeaks Help Save Lives?
By Ray McGovern

If independent-minded Web sites, like WikiLeaks or, say, Consortiumnews.com, existed 43 years ago, I might have risen to the occasion and helped save the lives of some 25,000 U.S. soldiers, and a million Vietnamese, by exposing the lies contained in just one SECRET/EYES ONLY cable from Saigon.
I need to speak out now because I have been sickened watching the herculean effort by Official Washington and our Fawning Corporate Media (FCM) to divert attention from the violence and deceit in Afghanistan, reflected in thousands of U.S. Army documents, by shooting the messenger(s) — WikiLeaks and Pvt. Bradley Manning.
After all the indiscriminate death and destruction from nearly nine years of war, the hypocrisy is all too transparent when WikiLeaks and suspected leaker Manning are accused of risking lives by exposing too much truth.

Bradley Manning and the Secret World

By John Grant

Poor Bradley Manning. The kid can’t catch a break. Not only does the military have him locked in some inhuman solitary hole where they can slow-torture him using the latest approved methods, now his troubled private life is being broadcast for all to see.

After running 75,000 secret military field reports released by WIkiLeaks, The New York Times assigned a reporter, Ginger Thompson, to find out personal details about PFC Manning, who is being held at the Marine base at Quantico, Virginia.

What she found was a sensitive, smart kid who did his best to survive the mess he landed in when he was born. A dysfunctional family life seems to have pushed him into the loner category. Then, as kids are encouraged to do by recruitment posters, he chose to join the Army, as Thompson writes, “to give his life some direction.”

Read "The People v. Bush" by Charlotte Dennett

For a great read on how it's not just possible but necessary to hold higher-ups responsible for their heinous acts, be sure to get yourself a copy of Charlotte Dennett's "The People v Bush: One Lawyer's Campaign to Bring the President to Justice and the Nationwide Grassroots Movement she's encountered along the way."

Ray McGovern Talk at Today's Rally for Bradley Manning

Brief remarks given at the rally for Bradley Manning earlier this afternoon in Quantico, where he is imprisoned. The rally was sponsored by Code Pink, Veterans for Peace, and The Courage to Resist.

Turns out the woman mayor of Quantico is not afraid of the Marines. After the Marines initially denied permission for the rally, Mayor Iris Tharp overruled them, issued a permit, and invited us to hold the rally in a beautiful municipal park on the Potomac.

CNN and other media covered the event. I did not do a count, but it looked as though there were about 150 Justice people at the rally.

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Quantico, Virginia
August 8, 2010
Rally in Support of Private Manning
Remarks by Ray McGovern

Lancing the Boil

We are living in a liminal time, that is to say we live on the threshold. So much that we have taken for granted is passing.

Peace Movement Adopts New Comprehensive Strategy

By David Swanson

Last week 700 leading peace activists from around the United States met and strategized in Albany, N.Y. ( http://nationalpeaceconference.org ). They discussed, debated, and voted for a comprehensive new plan for the coming months. The plan includes a new focus and some promising proposals for building a coalition that includes the labor movement, civil rights groups, students, and other sectors of the activist world that have an interest in ending wars and/or shifting our financial resources from wars to where they're actually needed. The full plan, including a preface, is available online.

A Roadmap to Peace in Afghanistan: Cross-Cultural Leadership and Conflict Resolution

BE THERE:

Congressional Briefing

"A Roadmap to Peace in Afghanistan: Cross-Cultural Leadership and Conflict Resolution"
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
US House of Representatives
Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2247
10AM - 11:30AM

Join Congress, members of the State Department, and the general public on July 28 for a
discussion regarding a prospective CODEL to Afghanistan. The Afghan American and American
Muslim communities are a common denominator between America and Muslim-majority
Afghanistan. Many of them can be influential in raising cost-effective initiatives for societal
growth and conflict resolution in the country. It is most unfortunate that even after nine years of
war, Afghan Americans and American Muslims are still underutilized by both Congress and the
executive branch as policy advisory bodies.

Realizing the gravity of the situation, a group of leaders have come together to launch an

Local Newspaper Covered One of Last Week's Demos in Sacrmento, CA When War Criminal John Yoo, spoke

By Gina Kim
From The Modesto Bee

John Yoo didn't set out to become the face of torture.

But that's what happened after the former attorney in the George W. Bush administration wrote memos justifying the expansion of presidential powers – including how the government treats suspected terrorists – following the 9/11 attacks.

And it's a label that continues to stick to the 43-year-old Yoo, who has since returned to teaching constitutional and international law at the University of California, Berkeley.

About 10 protesters sporting orange ribbons in a nod to the jumpsuit color of Guantánamo Bay detainees crowded the sidewalk in front of Capitol Plaza Ballrooms on Ninth Street on Wednesday, forcing Yoo to enter through a side door to address a monthly luncheon of the Sacramento Press Club.

Find out what happened next at:

Finally a Vote on War Funding This Week

UPDATE: Vote expected Tuesday!  UPDATE PART B: Everybody please stop saying $33 B "to continue war" - it's to escalate it, and 162 congress members have pretended to want to de-escalate it.

On the House calendar for this week is a vote on a $33 billion supplemental bill to escalate the war in Afghanistan.  The Senate did not accept the House version (passed without a vote on July 1st).  The House will likely now vote on the Senate version or something close to it.  This will likely mean something quite unusual: a straightforward vote in which yes means yes more war, and no means no.

WOMEN OF PEACE & JUSTICE AWARDS

GRAY PANTHERS OF METROPOLITAN WASHINGTON

Cordially invite you to our

WOMEN OF PEACE & JUSTICE AWARDS

Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2010
6-8 p.m.
Bus Boys & Poets (Cullen Room)
5th and K Street, NW
(Gallery Place Metro)

On the 100th Birthday of Gray Panthers founder Maggie Kuhn,
We will Honor:

EVE TETAZ, Peace activist
WALDA KATZ-FISHMAN, US Social Forum organizer
CAROLYN DUNGEE NICHOLAS, Fighter for the elderly

$20 payable at the door

Please join us for this special celebration, as we honor activists of all
ages. Learn more about Gray Panthers activities.

For more information, contact Ann Wilcox, Executive Director,
Gray Panthers of Metropolitan Washington
202-441-3265, Wilcox_Ann@yahoo.com

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