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By the Backbone Campaign
*Brave Troops Foolish Leaders: Operation Homecoming Event this Saturday Progressives Organize to call for End of Iraq War and for Accountability of Bush Administration*
Event: Out of Iraq Forum, part of more than 70 events being held across the country focusing on how the U.S. can get out of Iraq. See enclosed for information on national events.
Where: The Langston Hughes Theater, at Bus Boys and Poets, 14th and V. Streets, NW. C-SPAN has taped other events here. The theater was designed to make it easy for television taping. The number of Bus Boys and Poets is 202-387-7638).
Week of March 13-17
Students Say NO to War in Iraq!
College Not Combat, Troops Out Now!
On March 13-17*, students will hold events at high schools and colleges around the country demanding an immediate end to the occupation of Iraq and money for young people's education, not military recruitment. This week of action leads into the global days of protest on March 18-19, where students will join many others in marking the anniversary of the invasion of Iraq and demanding to bring the troops home now!
Announcing: Out of Iraq Forum
Featuring David Swanson from After Downing Street
In conjunction with After Downing Street the Virginia Grassroots Coalition will be hosting one of the nationwide "Out of Iraq" forums during their regular monthly meeting to discuss the Iraq War and what we can do to help bring our troops home. David Swanson from After Downing Street will be there to share ideas and help answer questions.
Rep. Marty Meehan - Bringing Our Troops Home from Iraq, Memorial Hall Elm Square on Main Street, January 04, 2006, 07:00 PM, Andover,MA --
Rep. Marty Meehan - Bringing Our Troops Home from Iraq, Crisafulli Elementary School 13 Robinson Road, January 05, 2006,07:00 PM Westford,MA --
January 7 Out of Iraq Town Hall Meeting
The Sacramento Coalition to End the War has organized a town hall meeting to discuss the current status of the war in Iraq, to review pending federal legislation that addresses the withdrawal U.S. troops, and to strategize regarding ways to hasten the end of the U.S. military occupation.
Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA) will hold a town hall meeting regarding the Iraq War on Jan. 5 in Arlington with Rep. Jack Murtha (D-PA).
Where: National Rural Cooperative Association
4301 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22203
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: Presbyterian Church, 85 South Oxford St, Brooklyn
By Buzz Davis, Stoughton, WI
Below is a copy of the email invitation we are using to round up folks for our Saturday town meeting in Madison, WI. Ed Garvey is a member of Vets for Peace and he will speak along with others. Ed was the 1998 Democratic candidate for governor in WI. Tommy Thompson won as your know. Ed would be a great governor.
Out of Iraq Events Planned Nationwide on January 7th
National Call-In Day on Accountability Planned for January 9th
International Commission Taking "Indictments" to White House January 9th
Out of Iraq Events Planned in Over 70 Cities
Local organizations have planned over 70 Out of Iraq events around the country on or about January 7th. (See list at bottom.) 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, 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.
End The Iraq War - Demonstrations and Nonviolent Resistance at Recruiting Stations Across the Country
Young Americans sign on to go into harm’s way to defend their country if necessary, but instead they are being turned into harm’s ministers in a war that has claimed more then 100,000 Iraqi lives and nearly 2,000 Americans. The President and Congress have breached a sacred trust with our soldiers and abused their oath to defend the Constitution by leading young Americans to kill and die in a war based on lies.
As the Bush Administration refuses to make plans to bring our troops home, join us for “National Stand Down Day,
Join Ed Begley Jr, Esther Kaplan, Casey Kasem, Harold Pinter, Gore Vidal,
Saul Williams, academics, artists, writers, activists performers, and 5000+
others in signing the World Can't Wait Call to Drive Out the Bush Regime!
Read statements from signers for the call to Drive Out The bush Regime.
Is the Bush Regime self-destructing? Indictments? or Not? As of this
writing, it appears Karl Rove --much less Cheney-- will NOT be indicted in
Dear After Downing Street Member Groups,
Cities for Peace (now under the auspices of Cities for Progress), also an After Downing Street Member group, congratulates you all and After Downing Street on the fantastic efforts and success in Washington and around the country on September 24th! We invite and urge you also to participate in a local activity that has the potential to grab lots of media attention, to raise even higher the level of public discussion on the issue of peace in Iraq and of Federal Budget Priorities. Please join 60 other cities, including Chicago and Philadelphia, in passing a Bring the Troops Home Now! Resolution in your community.
By Debra Sweet, National Co-ordinator, the World Can't Wait
Tomorrow is the beginning of the end of the Bush Regime! I wanted to pass along some ideas about the character of the rallies and demonstrations for our launch.
We've got to keep in mind what we're trying to do with these events. We are beginning a movement that will drive Bush from office and reverse the whole direction in which he's been taking society. Every day a new outrage drives home the need for nothing less than this. If anyone needs more proof, look at the Libby indictment, followed closely by the Alito nomination!
By Global Exchange
As of today, 1,982 US soldiers have been killed in Iraq, and more than 15,000 have been wounded. US soldiers are at grave risk in Iraq, and continue to suffer even after they come home. Troops returning to the US are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, and are even turning up in homeless shelters in cities through the country. The risk for Iraqis is even more severe: Tens of thousands of Iraqis have been killed in the war, and hundreds of thousands of lives have been devastated, even according to the most conservative estimates.
Sadly, the fact that Iraqis just voted for a new constitution is unlikely to end the violence in Iraq -- just as the violence continued unabated after the capture of Saddam Hussein in December 2003 and after the January 2005 election of the Iraqi national assembly.
The World Can't Wait!
Drive Out the Bush Regime!
Mobilize for November 2, 2005!
Your government, on the basis of outrageous lies, is waging a murderous and utterly illegitimate war in Iraq, with other countries in their sights. Your government is openly torturing people, and justifying it. Your government puts people in jail on the merest suspicion, refusing them lawyers, and either holding them indefinitely or deporting them in the dead of night.
Your government is moving each day closer to a theocracy, where a narrow and hateful brand of Christian fundamentalism will rule.
THE WORLD CAN'T WAIT - DRIVE OUT THE BUSH REGIME
NATIONAL ORGANIZING CONFERENCE
NEW YORK CITY, SATURDAY & SUNDAY, SEPT. 3-4
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Community Center
208 West 13th Street, NYC.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 3 6:00 pm-8:30 pm
PUBLIC Program: "Why the Bush Regime Must be Driven Out -- and How we
can build a movement to do that," including Larry Everest, author of
Oil, Power & Empire: Iraq and the U.S. Global Agenda (Common Courage
Friends: The question on everyone's minds is: With the political life in
by madame defarge at Democracy Cell Project
On a sunny summer Sunday in the Chicago suburbs, over 150 people gathered in the Highland Park town square for the second time in 5 days to take a stand for peace.
This time, we gathered in commemoration of those souls who have given their lives to the American military involvement in Iraq. We were there to dedicate the first semi-permanent display in the country that's based on the touring display Eyes Wide Open.
For the next 30 days, people passing by will see a collection of combat boots, shoes, and red and purple poppies that sit in symbolic recognition:
- 50 combat boots representing the states and territories that have sacrificed their sons & daughters
- 100 pair of civilian shoes for the estimated 100,000 Iraqi deaths
- 100 red poppies for over 12,000 wounded and disable soldiers
- 200 purple poppies for the 1 in 3 soldiers who will return home with emotional and mental disorders
Ben's chili is hot, and so was the weather tonight. But about 40 people gathered to think about the various issues facing DC citizens.
For more on the issue of DC voting rights, go here.
But the lesson I want to share here is the one Ven Neralla, from Rep. Barbara Lee's office, shared with the group.
This group, by the way, is a Democracy for America group, one of many meetups discussing the Lee Resolution of Inquiry tonight.
It was hot. People were a little uncomfortable. Someone asked how we could get Congressmembers to respond to our requests. After all, we have no vote in Congress.
Many members of the After Downing Street coalition are available to talk at local events. While they generally do not require any speaking fees, please note that if you wish for them to travel outside the area where they live you would in most cases need to pay for their expenses.
If you are interested in learning about their availability, please contact us at email@example.com or 301 928 7579.
JOHN C. BONIFAZ is co-founder of After Downing Street. A Boston-based attorney specializing in constitutional law, Mr. Bonifaz served as lead counsel for a coalition of US soldiers, parents of US soldiers, and Members of Congress in John Doe I v. President Bush, a constitutional challenge to President Bush’s authority to wage war against Iraq absent a congressional declaration of war or equivalent action.
July 23rd: Downing Street Minutes 3rd Anniversary Events
Several Congress Members have agreed to host events in their home districts on July 23rd, the third anniversary of the famous meeting on Downing Street. On that day, all over the country, there will be town hall meetings, dramatic readings of the Downing Street Minutes, study circles, and house parties. Participants around the country will be able to call into a conference call with Congressman John Conyers and other featured speakers.
If you haven't signed up yet, please do so now.
You can create a public listing of your event here. You will be able to communicate with the people who sign up for your event, and to edit the listing for your event, changing or filling in details later, which means that you can signup to host an event, but indicate that some details are "To Be Announced." Again the instructions for editing your event are here.
The Franklin County Democratic League is organizing bridge visibilities for the first day of the Fourth of July holiday weekend, Friday July 1st, from 3-6 p.m.
We plan to hold signs in protest of the Bush Administration Iraq war policy and in support of the Downing Street Memo investigation. For those of you who have participated in the bridge visibilities with us in the past, you will remember that this is an afternoon of heavy traffic. We can share our message with hundreds of people as they travel north to frolic in the hills and lakes of New Hampshire and Vermont while other Americans are dying in Iraq.
How about a peaceful nonviolent protest when he comes to town?
Tuesday, June 21, 2005
RICE in Middle East and Europe: Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will travel to the Middle East and Europe from June 17-23, 2005. Secretary Rice will visit Ramallah, Jerusalem, Jordan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia to discuss regional peacemaking efforts, support for democracy and reform throughout the region, and counter terrorism. The Secretary will then travel to Brussels for the International Conference on Iraq, where representatives from over 80 nations and international organizations will come together in support of the Iraqi Transitional Government and its effort to build a free, democratic, and prosperous Iraq. The Secretary will proceed to London for the Ministerial Meeting of the G-8 in preparation for the July G-8 Summit. [Department of State, 6/13/05]
Our After Downing Street Rally at KTLA/KCBS last week was a great success! Thank you all for your help in spreading the word. Check out the Indymedia pix and video: http://www.la.indymedia.org/news/2005/06/129447.php
This Saturday, we would like to repeat the success of our last rally with the hopes of raising awareness of the Downing Street Coverup, impeachable offenses of this administration, and a renewed call to bring our troops home now. We realize that people have many other options in where to spend their Saturday; however, an average of two soldiers are dying every day in Iraq! We cannot afford to sit back and wait any longer.
Catch him on the road. Ask him what the media won't. Stage a peaceful nonviolent protest.
Nearly six in 10 Americans say the United States should withdraw some or all of its troops from Iraq, a new Gallup Poll finds, the most downbeat view of the war since it began in 2003. [USA Today, 6/13/05]
Monday, June 13, 2005
THUNE in New York, NY at 12:00 PM: Heartland Values PAC hosts Honorary Chairman Senator John Thune in his first fundraising visit to NYC, Grand Hyatt Hotel, Park Avenue at Grand Central Station. [SD Sources]
State Dems: Impeach Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld too
The Capital Times
By David Callender, June 13, 2005
Wisconsin Democrats are calling for the impeachment of President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.
Loyalists at this weekend's state party convention in Oshkosh passed a resolution calling for Congress to initiate impeachment proceedings against the three officials for their role in the war in Iraq.
The resolution contends that the administration "lied or misled" the United Nations, Congress, and the American public about the justification for the war. It cites the so-called "Downing Street memo" from British Prime Minister Tony Blair's government, as well as reports from U.N. weapons inspectors as evidence of widespread deception.