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By David Swanson
Simple acts and a little courage have worked wonders in the world. Nonviolent people's movements won democratic reforms in Russia, booted the British out of India, resisted the Nazi occupation in Denmark, drove a dictator out of El Salvador and another out of the Philippines, ended Jim Crow, crushed Soviet power in Poland, toppled military regimes in Argentina and Chile, ended Apartheid, and brought democracy to the Ukraine. George W. is no match for a force this powerful.
Peace Events in Vancouver
12:30 – 2:00 pm Valentine’s Day "Give Peace a Dance" at Vancouver City Hall, 453 W. 12th Avenue, Vancouver, B.C.
7:00 pm Vancouver: Peace Messenger City at Kitsilano Secondary School Auditorium, 2550 W. 10th Avenue, Vancouver, B.C.
UFPJ's Iraq Scorecard: Find out how your Representative has voted, and what legislation they have co-sponsored
This chart collects it all in one place. Why has your Congress Member backed some bills, but not others, or none at all? Which bills have the most support right now? Which members are consistently leading the way? Which state delegations are strongest? Find out (requires Excel, will soon be in HTML as well):
United for Peace and Justice Legislative Action page:
UFPJ home page:
By HOWARD WEISS-TISMAN, Brattleboro Reformer
Saturday, February 04, 2006 - NEWFANE -- Among votes to approve the budget and education spending at Town Meeting, residents will wade into national waters and vote from the floor for the impeachment of President George W. Bush.
Ken Longmyer and Andy Hurst, the two candidates running for the Democratic party nomination for the Virginia 11th Congressional District to run against Republican Cong. Tom Davis, have agreed to participate in a forum on the war in Iraq from 7-9 P.M.
Drafted by Richard Matthews
WHEREAS, United States House of Representatives rules allow for setting a federal impeachment in motion by charges transmitted from the legislature of a State or territory; and
The following events can also be found in the After Downing Street events system at http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/event
You can also go there to find events near you or to create them.
Panel Discussion of Immediate Withdrawal from Iraq
Featuring: Scott Ritter, Stephen Zunes, Ann Wright, Michael Schwartz, David Swanson, Harlan Hopgood, Steve Young, and Lisa Lubow.
Saturday, January 28, 7:30 p.m.
Grand Ballroom - Manhattan Beach Marriott, 1400 Parkview Avenue, Manhattan Beach, Calif.
Progressive Caucus of the California Democratic Party and US Tour of Duty
Thanks to everyone who has sent in reports on their visits (or attempts to visit) to members of Congress. You will find a synopsis of those reports below.
Congressional Recess Calendar
UPCOMING EVENTS TO END THE WAR AND HOLD WARMAKERS ACCOUNTABLE
Put these in your calendar!
In-District Meetings with Members of Congress:
President Bush threw down the gauntlet to his Congressional critics in a speech this week: "When our soldiers hear politicians in Washington question the mission, they are risking their lives to accomplish, it hurts their morale. In a time of war, we have a responsibility to show...our nation is united and determined to prevail."
End the War on Iraq: Bring All the Troops Home Now
A Call for a Week of Local Action: March 15-22, 2006
March 19th will mark the third anniversary of a war that never should have happened -- a war based on lies that continues to devastate the lives of thousands, both in Iraq and the United States.
January 10th, 6:30-9:00pm
6:30 -- 7:00 – Dinner & Networking
7:00 – 7:05 - Introductions
7:05 – 7:15 - Iraq Veterans facts and figure
7:15 – 8:05 - Panel Discussion
8:05 – 8:10 - Bill Black’s 5-minute Speed Seminar on framing the Anti-War Message
By United for Peace and Justice
Does the thought of watching President Bush give the State of the Union address alone leave you feeling a bit depressed? We have the solution: throw a house party to support UFPJ and your local peace and justice group. And have fun!
By Stephen Pearcy
Hello everyone, and Happy New Year!
For most people, the last several weeks probably involved holiday gatherings with friends and family. Locally, we saw little, if any, direct action.
Congresswoman Maxine Waters,
Jeff Key (Iraq Veterans Against the War),
Erin Sikorsky-Stewart (State Political Director, California Peace Action)
More speakers TBA
Out of Iraq – Forum
Ray Mcgovern - US Army Veteran and 27 year CIA analyst
Gael Murphy - Co-founder of CODEPINK: Women for a Peace
Steve Cobble - Strategic Political Advisor and Speechwriter
We need your help to get ready for the State of The Union Address Protest on January 31st. We will bring out the noise and demand Bush step down. We have flyers available at the office and soon available for download. There are weekly meetings on Sundays at 1 PM at the Peace Center. Also, World Can't Wait is participating with the After Downing Street Coalition, Progressive Democrats of America and other organizations in public meetings Saturday, January 7, on the topic of ending the war!
Congressman John Conyers will speak at the Jan. 7th Town Hall Forum in Livonia, Mich.
Brave Troops Foolish Leaders: Operation Homecoming Event this Saturday
(Seattle, WA) The Backbone Campaign and Progressive Democrats of
America are hosting a town meeting to launch Operation Homecoming and to
Laura Flanders will be MCing the Jan 7 Out of Iraq event in Brooklyn, NY.
Out of Iraq Events Planned in Over 130 Cities
Local organizations have planned over 130 Out of Iraq events around the country on or about January 7th. Most of the events are town hall forums, and several will feature members of Congress, including Bobby Scott, Diane Watson, Jim McDermott, Adam Smith, Bob Filner, Martin Sabo, Jim Moran, Marty Meehan, Jay Inslee, John Conyers, and John Murtha. Several other events will feature congressional staff, congressional and senatorial candidates, local elected officials, and leaders of the peace movement, including Gold Star Families for Peace founder Cindy Sheehan, and After Downing Street Co-Founder John Bonifaz.
As of Jan 5th we have 124 events planned for Saturday, Jan 7!
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WHO: David Swanson, Moderator, co-founder, After Downing Street; Allan J. Lichtman, History Professor, American University; Lila Rajiva, author of Abu Ghraib and the Media, The Language of Empire; Cliff Kindy, Christian Peacemaker Teams; Kevin Zeese, Peace Activist, Democracy Rising; DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (invited)
Nation-Wide Out Of Iraq Day
Join progressive, pro-peace activists around the country for a nation-wide ‘Out of Iraq Day.’
TIME: Saturday, Jan. 7th @ 1:00 PM
PLACE: Lafayette Presbyterian Church, 85 South Oxford St, Brooklyn
Over 100 people have signed up for the January 7th event in Tacoma, Washington, sponsored locally by America In Solidarity ( www.americasolidarity.com ). Congressman Adam Smith is going to address the public in a town hall-style format with workshops and a concert to follow. So, we are challenging you to get out people in your hometown, because we are in Tacoma!
Todd Iverson, co-founder, America In Solidarity
As of Jan 4th we have 114 events planned for Saturday, Jan 7!
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By the Tallahassee Democrat (Fla.)
A local peace organization is seeking participants for a program recognizing U.S. casualties in Iraq and Florida's 97 soldiers killed in action. Readers will be scheduled for 15- to 30-minute intervals from 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday on the east lawn of the Capitol. Flower donations are welcome. It is sponsored by Codepink, AfterDowningStreet and Vets for Peace. Call Lydia Vickers at 385-5322 or e-mail email@example.com.
By Paul Boerger, Mount Shasta Herald, Wednesday, January 4th, 2006
As part of a National Day of Town Forums Mount Shasta for Peace will hold a peace rally January 7th beginning at 11 am at the Mount Shasta city plaza.
As of Jan 4th we have 105 events planned for Saturday, Jan 7!
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