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On April 13, 2002, an event occurred in Venezuela which was as world-historical for South America as the fall of the Berlin Wall was for Eastern Europe: a U.S.-backed coup against the democratically-elected government of Venezuela collapsed. The Bush Administration's efforts to promote the coup failed, in the face of popular resistance in Venezuela, and diplomatic resistance in the region.
Congress plans to close up this chapter on financial reform (HR 4173). Whether or not strong reform will be in this bill is TBD. With the BP disaster taking up all the news, Congress isn't hearing as much from citizens, and it's making them lean towards the banks. So far, our ongoing call-in days are swaying some conferees on derivatives reform. But, Thursday conferees will vote on the two remaining structural reforms in the bill, hard leverage limits and stopping taxpayer funds for derivatives.
Can you call Rep. Frank to help ask two key questions, creatively - ask if they support 716 and leverage requirements without loopholes for hedge funds. If not, cite the finance cash and ask how many calls from citizens is it going to take to outweigh the influence big bank lobbyists have had on their position?
Make your one call right now, Rep. Barney Frank (D, MA), (202) 225-5931:
Pick from these suggestions. "Hi, My name is _____ and I care about the outcome of the financial reform bill, HR 4173. I'm frustrated by the process for fixing the big banks. Congressman Frank needs to take this seriously and come out with a strong statement that the bill should not pass without hard leverage limits, without the derivatives desk spin off and without loopholes for derivatives trades and Scott Brown's favorite banks and hedge funds. What is his position?..
Rep. Frank has received $581,899 in campaign contributions in 2010, can you tell me how many citizen calls would be helpful for Rep. Frank to keep loopholes out of the derivatives and capital requirements sections?
Thanks so much, do you think Rep. Frank can read this article from economist Jane D'Arista on reform, "Why 716 is the Indispensable Reform"? We'd be relieved to know that Rep. Frank made his decision after reading this article."
by Linda Milazzo
Sometimes you just know when something's not right. You see it, or hear it, and you know instinctively there's something missing. You sense a faint beat where there should be a strong heart. You see a short phrase where there should be a full story. That happened to me just over a year ago in the early afternoon of April 24, 2009, when I saw the Los Angeles screening of THE SOLOIST, helmed by British director Joe Wright. The film just wasn't right.
The Obama Administration has unleashed its Federal Election Commission attacks dogs on Campaign for Liberty. They know our efforts to fight back against their statist power-grabs are succeeding and they want to shut us down.
By filling out the Declaration of Support below, you are sending a clear message to the Washington power structure that you will not be silenced. Go directly to Campaign for Liberty website. Or, read on
This battle is over a very fundamental idea - that Campaign for Liberty and our members should have a voice in lobbying their legislators and exposing the radical views of candidates for office.
Exposing what they're up to - that's what the powers that be can't stand. That's because they don't want Americans to know:
- Congress is spending at a record pace and has now left us over 13 TRILLION dollars in debt, with no end in sight.
- The out of control FED has not accounted for nearly 2 trillion dollars and has doubled our monetary base, risking our entire economy.
- The federal government has imposed a mandate that every American either purchase a health care product the Feds approve of, costing tens of thousands of dollars, or risk fines and jail time.
- The federal government has attempted to take away your 1st, 2nd and 4th Amendment rights, all in the past year, with more certainly to come.
We're exposing them - and holding them accountable as they come back home to seek reelection.
Of course, this may not sound like the end of the world. But just think: the FEC has an ARMY of lawyers and a budget of nearly $70 MILLION dollars. That's a lot of lawyers. Go to "Declaration of Support."
From United for Peace and Justice:
The controversy surrounding the McChrystal interview has focused new attention on the absence of a coherent strategy for Afghanistan. It also illuminates the fact that US military leaders are not intending to wind down the war any time soon.
This could end the period of Congressional sleep-walking, if we push. We need to make clear that napping through military failure, while squandering thousands of lives and billions of taxpayer dollars is unacceptable to constituents..
This is an important moment to keep calling members of the House of Representatives and to encourage friends, family and your organizations to do so as well.(Switchboard 202-224-3121)
Urge your Representative to take the following steps.
* Agree to vote NO on the $33.5 billion Supplemental for war spending.
[other less helpful steps omited]
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - 8:30 am
Gather at statue of Columbus in front of Union Station
Demonstrate at House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer's Speech on the Fiscal Crisis
The Columbus Room
Hoyer has been a hypocrite who opposes spending money except on wars and the military and who supports dumping another $33 billion into escalating Afghanistan.
Reportedly he will support cuts to the military (or what he calls "defense") but how much and what about the wars?
Bring the message: JOBS NOT WARS!
Join us in Albany, New York!
July 23-25, 2010
The National Conference to Bring the Troops Home Now will take place against the backdrop of major developments in the U.S. and throughout the world.
The globe is aflame with unending wars, threats of new wars and horrendous sanctions against Iran, atrocious attacks on innocent Freedom Flotillas bringing humanitarian aid to the beleaguered Palestinians of Gaza, and with an unprecedented corporate-driven environmental catastrophe.
One of the many destructive legacies of the Reagan Era was the effective Washington consensus that wars and other military spending exist on their own fiscal planet. Reagan got a Dixiecrat Congress to double military spending at a time when the U.S. was not at war (unless you were a poor person in Central America.) Meanwhile, Reagan got the Dixiecrat Congress to cut domestic spending - we just couldn't afford those costly social programs. Reagan pretended the two things were totally unrelated, and the Dixiecrat Congress went along.
We're bicycling from San Francisco to Washington, DC between 24-July and 22-Sept, 2010, without motorized support. Cynthia McKinney, six term Member of Congress and 2008 Green Party nominee for President, is riding. The ride will demonstrate the bicycle as a transformational tool to solve the problems of Climate Change, Oil Wars, the Health Crisis, and the Economic Crunch. Along the way, riders will facilitate community discussions around the question "How can we support each other to live true to our best values?"
We're now learning more people plan to converge with us in Washington, DC, for World Car-Free Day. Malik Rahim, co-founder of Common Ground will be riding up with a group from New Orleans and Atlanta. Others will ride from Seattle/Portland, Boston/New York, and Toronto/Detroit/Boston. Lots of folks will ride in from Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware or bring their bike by mass transit to meet at the Capitol 10:00 AM on Wed-22-Sept,2010.
Our route, schedule, and discussion group are open to anybody with a free Google account. Please join us. If you would like to bicycle all or part of the route, plan a convergence ride, or host riders passing through your community, please e-mail email@example.com. Please forward this and re-post to others who might be interested.
June 17, 2010 As federal officers took their time searching Paul Giovanni de la Rosa's silver minivan, a steady stream of motorists passed by, unaware that anything beyond a routine inspection was happening at the side of the road.
Dave Obey slows war funding, reports Politico:
House Appropriations Chairman Dave Obey said he will hold off on new Afghanistan war funding until there is some resolution of a long-delayed economic relief bill extending aid to states and the jobless as well as tax breaks for individuals and business.
With a July 4th Pentagon deadline looming, the chairman's new posture is a blow to the White House and more than ever, explicitly links war funding with liberal concerns over domestic priorities.
Thank him and encourage him never to let this war escalation funding through. Holding up the war funding until schools and jobs are funded is fine, but ask Chairman Obey to use the war funding to fund the schools and jobs instead.
Give Dave Obey a quick call right now! (202) 225-3365
UPDATE: Let Obey know that the Wisconsin Democratic Party says stop funding war!
We're going to make sure there are no backroom deals that effectively gut the best reforms currently in the bill -- we've launched "Call-in Days for the Big 3 No Bailouts Reforms" (over at anwf.org) to put every decision maker in the spotlight for gutting or keeping the Big 3. We have 14 days until June 24 to influence the financial reform bill to be something worth passing. So, on Tuesday (6/15), Wednesday (6/16), and Thursday (6/17), please help us get enough people so it's like we're walking right into the backroom with them and slapping their hands if they do something bad. We'll update our list on the slimiest and worst on financial reform. See the list below.
Sign up for a day that works for you -- you just need a 5 minute chunk of time free -- and we'll make your call effortless. If you've already signed up, thank you. You've come to the right place. Add what you find out on your calls in the comments here, as soon as we hear back from you, we'll update who is acting the sleaziest (you can also report back at #finreg #save716 on twitter).
We need to call as much as each of us can to stop government support and incentives for banks to become bigger and riskier - this is structural reform.
WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THE LAST LEG OF FINANCIAL REFORM?
The financial reform bill is going into the final stage in the legislative process this week and bought-out members of Congress are trying to stealthily remove all the provisions in it that the big banks oppose. The financial reform bill would be a pure product of lobbying and big banking if it were not for the just a handful of "No Bailout Reforms" that are still in the bill as we speak. Can you join us in making sure that conferees don't gut the strongest provisions in the financial reform bill behind closed doors?
A full whip list for derivatives reform is here. We need your help finding out where people stand.
This Wednesday in C'ville: One Event & Every Issue
War and Peace, Crime and Justice, Budget Priorities, Freedom of Assembly, Local and National Politics
You don't want to miss this!
This Wednesday at noon in Charlottesville, and simultaneously in 100 congressional districts around the country, Americans will hold Brown Bag Lunch Vigils against further war funding, including the proposed $33.5 billion to fund an escalation in Afghanistan.
Israeli Lies Exposed: Smuggled Clip Shows IDF Executing Injured Activist (Possibly the American Furkan Dogan)
By Dave Lindorff
The false narrative initially put out by the Israeli government of hapless IDF commandos severely threatened by hardened "terrorists" on the Mavi Marmara has fallen apart, amid revelations of doctored photos, dubbed voices and other deceptions and the patent absurdity of the claim that the commandos had boarded the ship armed only with "paint guns" and low-caliber pistols. Now the Big Lie stands fully exposed, thanks to a smuggled-out video showing IDF commandos kicking a prone, helpless victim and then executing him with semi-automatic rifle fire.
This smuggled video, showing IDF commandos brutally kicking their captive, who is clearly posing no threat to them, and then firing four shots down at him from almost point blank range, proves these commandos were on the ship with intent to kill and injure, and that is what they did.
Until quite recently, it seemed that Turkey had a clearly defined role in the Middle East, from the standpoint of U.S. policy. They were the "good Muslims," who were part of NATO, who contributed troops to U.S. wars, and who had good relations with Israel.
Note from David Swanson: My work is largely supported by individuals who appreciate it. I can only maintain the DavidSwanson.org and WarIsACrime.org websites and produce the TalkNationRadio radio show with your help. I can only report on, write about, and speak and act on behalf of peace and justice if people make it possible for me to pay my bills.
It is vital that a large crowd appear at the White House today (Tuesday) to protest the Israeli Navy commando attack on the Gaza Flotilla, the killing of about 9 activists, the wounding of about 30, and the abduction of the rest of the 700 passengers. In international waters. The world is watching.
These are our demands to the administration and Congress:
1. Publicly condemn the attack on civilian ships in international waters
2. Demand that Israel immediately release the names of all those killed, injured, and being detained
3. Recall the United States ambassador from Israel
4. Pending the outcome of a thorough investigation, cancel all aid, financial and military, to Israel
The coalition includes:
Israeli criminal navy attacks humanitarian ships in international waters. Reports of 10-16 humanitarian activists killed and 50-60 injured. Ships taken to Haifa to avoid press at Ashdod. By now you have probably heard of this atrocity. CodePink, WIAMEP, DCMetroBDS, ANSWER and others are asking all who can to assemble at the Israeli Embassy, 3514 International Drive NW (VAN NESS METRO STOP) at 3pm TODAY, moving to the White House at 5pm.
If you can join either of both of these protests, please assemble with us. (On board were Ambassador Edward Peck from Chevy Chase, Huwaida from DC, Col. Ann Wright, and an elderly Holocaust survivor). We have a communication blackout on how they are doing. One of the ships was an American flagship.)
Use Memorial Day to memorialize all the brave activists, show our outrage, and let the world know we are not sleeping! PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD AS WIDELY AS YOU CAN. Call Joan to add your organization's support for these actions.
Joan Stallard ------------ Nora Bawa
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- Contact the White House
- Leave a comment on White House Facebook Page!
- Leave a comment on Barack Obama's Facebook Page!
- Leave a comment on Joe Biden's Facebook Page!
- US State Dept: (202) 647-4000
- Secretary of State Clinton: (202) 647-5291
- Israeli Embassy, Washington, DC: (202) 364-5500
- International listing of other Israeli embassies
MONDAY 31 MAY 2.00PM
MAY 29 MARCH AGAINST HATE IN ARIZONA
On Saturday May 29th, people will converge on Phoenix, Ariz., from around the United States, to march against SB1070. Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) is joining with the National Day Laborer Organizing Network and Puente Arizona in pressuring the Arizona legislature to repeal, and the U.S. President to nullify, this new Arizona law, which mandates racial and ethnic profiling.
Mimi Kennedy, National Chair of Progressive Democrats of America, will be speaking at Saturday's event, along with AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, Co-founder of United Farm Workers Dolores Huerta, International Executive Vice President of SEIU Eliseo Medina, Congressman Luis Gutierrez of Illinois, and Congressman Raul Grijalva of Arizona.
A rally with live music and speeches will begin at 8 a.m., May 29, at Indian Steele Park (Corner of 3rd Street and Indian School Rd), Phoenix, AZ.
A 5-mile march will depart at 10:30 a.m. and arrive at the state capitol (1700 West Washington, Phoenix, AZ) at 1:30 p.m. for a second rally with live music and speeches.
This week, PDA posted online an interview of Congressman Grijalva by PDA National Director Tim Carpenter in which Grijalva said he supports targeted economic sanctions aimed at conventions in his own state. Included in the same podcast is an interview of Dan O'Neal, PDA Arizona Coordinator, who discusses plans for the May 29th march against what he describes as "apartheid Arizona." While O'Neal supports a boycott of Arizona, he urges everyone who can to come to Arizona on the 29th to join in the protest.
The full audio of this podcast is available online here.
Missy Comley Beattie
I’ve been thinking of marketing a concept in the genre that’s all the rage—Reality Television. My primary objective is to enlighten the public, however if financial success is a byproduct, I won’t complain.
This I know: engaging the masses requires much more than the presentation of truth. Truth must be veiled in entertainment, the latter a lure to hold attention until the truth, finally, is grasped through (gasp) an epiphany. And, yes, I do believe I’ve come up with something that delivers both.
Here’s the idea: I’m imagining a show whose contestants are troops who’ve returned from AfPak-Iraq. My production crew could go to any military hospital’s traumatic brain injury (TBI) ward to seek competitors for the series. I’m talking Dancing with the Scarred. We’d have Hollywood types work with the young men and women to teach them some dance moves and create fabuloso costumes.
UPDATE 5/27 5:00 pm: House Appropriations Committee Hearing Postponed. (Now let's change postponed to canceled!)
UPDATE 5/27 12:30 pm: Ray McGovern asks David Obey to Listen to David Obey, and Obey plans to include the schools money, which may mean Republicans vote No, which would mean we only need 40 Democrats.
UPDATE 5/27 11:30 am: Senate now voting overwhelmingly against requesting a non-specified non-binding timetable for eventually leaving Afghanistan.
UPDATE: House Appropriations Committee mark-up starts at 5 p.m. and may run late, Thursday, in room 2359 Rayburn House Office Building: webcast.
The Senate is voting now, the House Appropriations committee tomorrow, and the full House after June 7. This means we need to be phoning senators today. But the House remains our best chance. So call these members of the Appropriations Committee now. And call your own representative this week, and plan to meet them in person next week.
House Appropriations Committee Members to Call:
Chairman David Obey (202) 225-3365
Sam Farr, California (202) 225-2861
Michael Honda, California (202) 225-2631
Marcy Kaptur, Ohio (202) 225-4146
Barbara Lee, California (202) 225-2661
José E. Serrano, New York (202) 225-4361
How to reach your representative and your two senators:
Capitol Hill Switchboard: (202) 224-3121
Keep track of where your representative stands at
photo by James Nord
What to say:
If you do not try to block the war escalation funding, I will try to block your reelection in November. If you support peace, I will support you. Please commit publicly to voting No, no matter what nice things that could be passed separately are packaged into the same vote. Please join the 58 congressional candidates from every political party who have signed a statement against war spending at http://caws.us. Also ask them to support the War Is Making You Poor Act, and support it yourself.
Draft version of the bill: PDF.
Congressional Candidates Opposing War Spending Now Include Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, Greens, Independents, and Socialists
Fifty-eight congressional candidates and 20 activist organizations are opposing any more funding for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and inviting more candidates, incumbents, and organizations to join them. The 58 candidates, from 25 different states, include 19 Democrats, 18 Greens, 17 Libertarians, 2 Independents, 1 Republican, and 1 Socialist (and more may be added to the website by the time you read this). Forty-nine are candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives, and nine for the Senate.
Keep the Pressure On! Your Voice Counts!
The Senate is scheduled to start debate on the supplemental today! Now is the time to make the calls to your senator! The Senate is expected to vote on the budget request this week, and possibly even as early as Monday. The House is expected to vote after the Memorial Day break.
We want continued pressure on them to:
* Vote NO on funding the supplemental $33 billion for the DOD to deploy additional troops to Afghanistan - to a situation risking the lives of our loved ones and innocent civilians in Afghanistan for no increase in our peace or safety. You live this reality and your Senator needs to hear from you! Bring Our Troops Home Now!
* Let your Senator know that you want the funding for this war stopped. Separate the war funding from the beneficial components of the Supplemental Appropriations Bill - WE WANT NO MORE TROOPS IN THIS WAR!
* Ask them to support Senator Feingold's Amendment that will offer language similar to S. 3197 including a "flexible timetable" for the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan.
Call today - it takes 5 minutes and your voice counts!
Call TOLL FREE 888-543-5234 and ask to be connected to your Representative, and your Senators' offices. To identify your Congressmen and Senator go to http://www.contactingthecongress.org/.
Available on the MFSO Website: Hand Outs for Memorial Day Commemorations
If you are attending community events this Memorial Day weekend, we have provided a half-sheet handout for you to use to get our message out to the broadest possible audience. You can access the PDF version of the handout at our MFSO website here. If you would like a Word version to edit with your local contact information, please contact Nikki Morse at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Whether the nominee’s views as a justice would reflect the positions she has taken as a solicitor general is admittedly unclear. Indeed, the roles of senior Justice Department officials and Supreme Court justices hold little in common.