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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

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

Keep Blocking the War Funding

FCNL has a toll-free number to call your representative: 1-888-493-5443.

On July 1st the House passed the funding for an escalation of war in Afghanistan with only a procedural rule vote that "deemed" the legislation itself passed without actually voting on it.  But the Senate may will not accept the House version, and the House may have has to vote (or avoid voting) again. 

This time people will be on the alert to treat the vote as deadly serious, whether it's a "procedural vote" or not.  This time there may not be good anti-war amendments included allowing representatives to claim they voted for the war funding in order to vote for amendments expressing their disapproval.

War Criminals Watch's New Video/Cartoon Strip/Animation Contest

War Criminals Watch is having an exciting Video/Cartoon/Comic Strip Contest – we’ll post all appropriate videos, cartoons and Comic Strips on WarCriminalsWatch.org in September with the top four and winner specially highlighted.

We are in the midst of an absolutely horrendous oil catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico. At the same time, our major concern has been war criminals – who also happen to have a tremendous interest in oil. Well, well, what do you know?

We have some facts we have collected about some of these culprits. go to: http://warcriminalswatch.org Use your creativity and produce a five-minute or shorter video on one or more of these planetary criminals such as:

* George W. Bush
* Richard Cheney
* Robert Gates
* William J. Haynes
* Condoleeza Rice
and more

Posters of some of the above are also available.

Rally to Reinstate Shirley Sherrod to her USDA Position

Activists call on USDA Secretary Vilsack to immediately give Sherrod her job back
When: Today, Wednesday, July 21 noon
Where: Dept of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Ave SW, Washington DC
What: Call for the immediate reinstatement of Shirley Sherrod

Activists outraged at the treatment of Shirley Sherrod, a black woman unjustly forced out of her job as director of rural development in Georgia, will appear at the Department of Agriculture calling for her immediate reinstatement.

When right-wing bloggers put out an edited version of Sherrod’s talk at the NAACP that appeared to show her reluctantly helping a white farmer (an incident that happened 24 years ago), Sherrod was accused of being a racist and was forced by the USDA to resign.

Put into the context of the entire speech, Sherrod, whose own father had been killed in a racially-motivated murder, was actually preaching love for all races.

Pledge to Protect Social Security, and Ask Your Congress Member and Candidates to Do the Same

Social Security is one of the greatest programs in our country’s history. Today, I am launching a campaign, with other supporters, to defend Social Security.

Please take the pledge here—and pass it along to your family, friends and colleagues
http://www.socialsecuritypledge.com

These days, not a day goes by when some politician, Democratic or Republican, or pundit demands that we cut Social Security. Well, my view is this: we have a moral bond to defend Social Security and our seniors should never be forced to give up a life of dignity and respect—and certainly not to address the phony crisis of the “deficit” or to give Wall Street access to money that irresponsible bankers can gamble away in risky investments.

If I am elected to the House to represent the 15th Congressional District, I will never—never—vote to cut benefits or increase the retirement age for people. Never.

Please stand with me. Take the pledge now.
http://www.socialsecuritypledge.com

Thanks for all you are doing for a better world.

Jonathan Tasini

Sign Up Now for the Veterans for Peace 25th Anniversary Convention

Mark your calendars now for the 2010 Convention, which will celebrate VFP's 25th anniversary and look ahead to the unfinished work of promoting peace and progressive politics in a time of global war and economic retrenchment.  The meeting will be held from August 25-29 and, fittingly, in  Maine, the birthplace of Veterans For Peace in 1985.  Portland, Maine, a vibrant, beautiful coastal city located on a peninsula in Casco Bay, will be the host city for the Convention under  the sponsorship of VFP Chapters 1 and 3.  The Convention Headquarters will be the Holiday Inn by the Bay Hotel and Convention Center.

The 25th Anniversary Convention is a unique opportunity for progressive, activist veterans from around the country to come together to understand the organization's past, to meet and enjoy its present, and to help plan its future in these fraught times.    

Come to Maine in August.  Let the voices of veterans be heard in their collective strength.  

> learn more and register today

http://vfpnationalconvention.org

AFL-CIO Backs October 2 March in Washington, DC for Jobs, Justice and Peace

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

We learned this morning that the National Executive Council of the AFL-CIO has voted to support and mobilize its members for the October 2, 2010, march on Washington to demand "jobs, economic security, comprehensive immigration reform, a safe and renewable energy policy and a reversal of national priorities from making wars to meeting human needs." This march was initiated by SEIU Local 1199 and the NAACP.

NAACP President Ben Jealous announced the October 2 march at the NAACP convention in Kansas City in early July, explaining that "marchers will demand the change they voted for when Barack Obama was elected," and emphasizing the urgent need to "create jobs and stop moving money out of education and into wars and prisons." (Kansas City Star, July 12, 2010)

PROGRESSIVE DEMOCRATS OF AMERICA NATIONAL CONFERENCE BRINGING ACTIVIST LEADERS TO CLEVELAND

"This will be a chance to participate in democracy, change our country, and support Cleveland. It's like LeBron James without the arrogance, and you're the one who gets the exercise." --Tim Carpenter, Director of PDA

Progressive Democrats of America (PDA), an activist organization founded in 2004, will hold a national grassroots leadership conference in Cleveland, Ohio, July 23rd to 25th. Hundreds of participants from around the country will train and strategize with the likes of local Congressman Dennis Kucinich, the Nation magazine's John Nichols, Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, health insurance whistleblower Wendell Potter, immigrant rights organizer Salvador Reza, and Executive Director of the National Priorities Project Jo Comerford.

NYC Weekly Protests Against Youth Military Recruitment

Join weekly protests against the militarization of youth. Every Wednesday: 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm Protest & Flyering outside Army Recruiters 143 Chambers Street @ West Broadway Bring your own sign, or use those provided. 866-973-4463 for more information.
Check out the video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=miUfJ87sulg

NEW VIDEO/CARTOON STRIP/ANIMATION CONTEST sponsored by War Criminals Watch.

HEY ACTIVIST VIDEOGRAPHERS - SEND US YOUR VIDEOS

War Criminals Watch is having an exciting contest – we’ll post all appropriate videos on WarCriminalsWatch.org in September with the top four and winner specially highlighted.

And, if cartoons or comic strips are your thing, we are accepting that genre of entry as well!

We are in the midst of an absolutely horrendous oil catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico. At the same time, our major concern has been war criminals – who also happen to have a tremendous interest in oil. Well, well, what do you know?

You can find some facts we have collected about a few of these culprits at www.warcriminalswatch.org. Use your creativity and produce a five-minute or shorter video on one or more of these planetary criminals.

* George W. Bush
* Richard Cheney
* Robert Gates
* William J. Haynes
* Condoleeza Rice
* And more

Posters of some of the above are also available.

Swanson at National Press Club on Wednesday Evening

David Swanson to Speak on "How We Fund Wars"

Peace Activists Acquitted of "Crime" of Protesting, Go Straight Back to Duty of Protesting

Cindy Sheehan, Jonathan Gold, and James Veeder were acquitted yesterday on the charge of crossing a police line, or as NBC described it: "Cindy Sheehan cleared of DC protest charge."  When did protesting become a crime?

Elaine Brower and Matthis Chiroux were convicted of failure to obey a legal order, and Leflora Cunningham-Walsh was convicted of crossing a police line. They were given a $100 fine and may appeal.

Cindy immediately announced a protest of wars at the White House for 1 p.m. today.  Can you join her there today or in the coming days?

http://peaceoftheaction.org/wp-content/themes/magzine/images/added/POTA-big-art.jpg

http://peaceoftheaction.org

Stop the Burning of the Oil

Burning oil on the gulf. Image from video by John Wathen bpoilslick.blogspot.com

I have been a pretty lonely voice over the last few weeks, talking about the clear and huge Public Health Dangers down-wind from the primitive burning going on at the site of the BP Gulf Disaster. A few good people have written or spoken about this danger,and provided much pertinent information. But there have been ZERO reports on the clear health hazards to residents down-wind from this burning in the corporate-owned U.S. national mainstream media. And surprisingly; considering the dangers, very little in the Independent Media, either: If there HAD been, i would not be writing this, and would be happy to work with those whose writing or organizing skills far exceed my own!

READ MORE AT OpEdNews

 

Veterans For Peace: Tabling Opportunity

Maine Veterans for Peace is hosting the National Veterans for Peace Convention at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland, August 25-29. This is our 25th anniversary and our chapter was the founding chapter so this is a big event and honor. We are working hard to ensure that the several hundred members attending along with hundreds of Maine friends will be rewarded for their trip.

Highlights—Over the course of the several days there will be: Poetry Night featuring Veteran Poets * Screenings of Highly Acclaimed Documentaries * Chris Hedges * Noel Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul, and Mary * Ann Wright * Charlie Clements * Drumming Ensemble Inanna * Kathy Kelly * Lobster Bake * Banquet * Terry Tempest Williams * Penobscot Drummers * Rachel Talbot Ross * Dawud Ummah * Robert Shetterly Portraits * March and Rally

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SAVE THE DATE: JULY 20TH, 2010

July 20th - On the 3-Month Anniversary of the Gulf of Mexico Oil Disaster - Join us to kick-off a week of actions that support people and the planet over corporate polluters like BP.

The BP blowout disaster began with an explosion that killed 11 workers on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig. This disaster has since devastated livelihoods and the future for people in the Gulf, as well as the ecosystem of fish, birds and other wildlife in this wounded region of the U.S.

July 20th also represents the 41st anniversary of the Apollo moon landing.

Two historic events, one an example of American aspiration and ingenuity, and the other of corporate polluters' undermining our economy, environment and democracy.

Female Vets and Homelessness

Female Veterans Struggle To Stay Off Streets

 

Dr. Diane West (center), who runs a program for women at U.S. Vets, a nonprofit in Long Beach, Calif., with transitional housing residents Margaret Ortiz (left) and Andrea Guara.

July 11, 2010 More than 240,000 female service members have been deployed to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but for many, reintegrating into civilian life and trying to find employment is not within their reach.

The Department of Veteran Affairs has acknowledged that women are nearly four times as likely as men to end up homeless.

In Los Angeles, outreach efforts are under way to get them off the streets and into the VA's transition assistance program.

Obama warns corruption erodes faith in government: Hillary Clinton Blasts Steel Vise of Government Crushing Dissent

By Dave Lindorff

Finally, a politician has stood up and boldly denounced the creeping fascism that is gradually crushing democracy and political activism.

Not mincing her words, or trying to justify the jackboot, Secretary of State and 2008 presidential aspirant Hillary Clinton roundly condemned government actions that she said are “closing in the walls” on unions, rights advocates and organizations that press for social change or that shine a light on government shortcomings.

“Democracies don’t fear their own people,” she declared in ringing tones. “They recognize that citizens must be free to come together to advocate and agitate.”

Clinton even got the normally taciturn President Obama to join her, releasing a statement in which he said he was concerned about “the spread of restrictions on civil society, the growing use of law to curb rather than enhance freedom, and wide-spread corruption that is undermining the faith of citizens in their government.”

Speaking Events

David Swanson at St. Michael’s College, Colchester, VT, October 5, 2016.

David Swanson in Fairbanks, Alaska, October 22, 2016.

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