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Last week, in what was likely the most unique candle-light vigil in the nation, Tallahassee organizers and volunteers lit over 3200 luminary candles encompassing the circumference of Lake Ella in downtown Tallahassee to commemorate the 4th anniversary of the illegal war and occupation of Iraq. It was 'time to come home' in Tallahassee..... (photo essay here)
CALL TO ACTION ON CONGRESSIONAL SUPPLEMENTAL VOTE
We have reached another defining moment in the movement to end the U.S. war in Iraq and global drive for empire. We must continue to do everything in our power to stop the current Iraq War Supplemental no matter how hard the Democratic Party leadership might try to present it as a way to end the war in Iraq.
We need to demonstrate to those elected to represent us that there will be consequences for their continued support for the war...
This week, the U.S. war on Iraq is 4 years old. We are ready for it to end. Too many lives and too much money have already been spent on this war. We are asking for the troops to be brought home. We are asking for our tax dollars to stop funding the war. We are asking for your support.
Millions world-wide have seen Davis Guggenheim and Al Gore's Academy Award nominated documentary, "An Inconvenient Truth." A jarring portrayal of our planet in peril. The film is monumentally important. Yet as much as I've considered the content of the film, I've considered its title even more. "An Inconvenient Truth." No flowing alliteration. No catchy phrase. Just the fact. "An Inconvenient Truth." It's brilliant.
In this world, more specifically in this nation, where convenience is highly prized, inconvenience is the enemy. It's a sign of failure. The cornerstone of this capitalist society is the acquisition of enough wealth and power to hand all inconvenience over to someone else. The gardener. The housekeeper. The nanny. Perhaps the driver. Maybe the chef.
The Capital Times :: EDITORIAL
Thursday, February 1, 2007
Rev. Nicholas G.L. Utphall, St. Stephen's Lutheran Church, Monona [Wisconsin]
On Saturday in Madison, as in many other places, there was a rally against the war in Iraq.
It seemed like a good turnout, until one considers just how widely unpopular this war is. Last April 68 percent of us voted our discontent with the war in the referendum to bring the troops home. Surely now, 10 months later, we are even more eager for peace. But we're not doing much about it.
Greetings from the Annual Peace Alliance Conference in Washington, DC!
All of us here wanted to let those of you that couldn't join us, to know you are in our thoughts. This conference is already a huge success. Sold out and standing room only for some events. More requests from the media than we've ever had in the past. And it couldn't have happened without all of the work everyone has done over the past year. Those who were able to make it to the conference and all of those who couldn't join us in person. We know you are here in spirit and that it is our work and energy together that continues to nourish this movement...
*CUT OFF ALL WAR FUNDS DAY *
New York City - Boston - Detroit - Philadelphia -Los Angeles - Raleigh - Atlanta - Across the U.S.
BRING THE TROOPS HOME NOW - Demand that Congress Cut Off ALL War Funding
*S*oon, Congress will vote on Bush's request for more than $100 billion in additional funding for the criminal occupation of Iraq. Congress has the power to stop the war by cutting off war funding. *They cannot hide behind "non-binding resolutions" and hearings--they must stop the war.* They cannot hide behind the claim that they are "supporting the troops" -- voting to fund the war is voting to continue the war, which means more soldiers and Iraqi people will die...
Wednesday morning after his SOTU, Smirk went to Wilmington, DE to hawk his bogus "energy" plan. He did not recieve a "warm" welcome from the good citizens....
A Timely Anti-War Effort-Support the Occupation Project
January 22, 2007 at 14:29:32 by Paul Rogat Loeb
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I rarely do on-line fundraising pitches, but there's a very timely project that I think can help make a significant difference in building pressure for withdrawal from Iraq. Stacy Bannerman is a long-time peace activist, wife of an Iraq War Veteran, and author of an excellent book on the impact on the war on the families of reservists, When the War Came Home. Together with other peace activists, Bannerman's been working on an effort called The Occupation Project, that will bring Iraqi vets and their families to Washington DC for a combination of civil disobedience and testimony at congressional hearings and public events. This could make a significant difference because no one carries more credibility with the general public than the returning vets and their families...
The Iraq Veterans Memorial
Americans voted their disapproval of the President's Iraq strategy in November, yet as we approach the fourth anniversary of Bush's invasion, he has chosen to escalate the conflict by recklessly using more American lives to try to salvage a delusional national policy.
In response, peace groups and politicians from both parties have been crafting creative ideas to extricate the US from this catastrophic conflict and activists are ramping up their efforts to finally force an end to the war.
Gold Star Families Speak Out · Military Families Speak Out · Iraq Veterans Against the War · North Texas Vets · Veterans for Peace · Soldiers of Today and Yesterday · GI Special · United for Peace and Justice · Brave New Foundation
Inspired by the AIDS Quilt, the Vietnam memorial, and the New York Times biographies of the 9/11 victims, Robert Greenwald and Brave New Foundation, in partnership with numerous Iraq veterans groups, are creating a living online memorial to U.S. soldiers killed during the Iraq war. The Iraq Veterans Memorial will bear witness with the video testimonies of family, friends, co-workers, and military colleagues of those lost.....
PLEASE DISTRIBUTE WIDELY
If we each bring just one pair we will have enough for this installation and others around the city. We especially need baby, toddler, young girls and boys shoes, and women's sandals and heels. Label them if you can. Go to www.walkintheirshoes.org for details. We also need volunteers to help with logistics in DC . To volunteer go to www.codepinkalert.org/modinput4.php?modin=68
Here's my pic of the month... Oh Madame Speaker, can you see?
1,000 PEOPLE SPELL OUT "IMPEACH!" IN PELOSI'S DISTRICT
January 6, 2007 -- Over 1000 people gathered in Nancy Pelosi's district, on Ocean Beach in San Francisco, to spell out the message "IMPEACH!" "America is a great country," said event organizer Brad Newsham, a local cab driver and author. "But President Bush has betrayed our faith. He mislead us into a disastrous war, and is trampling on our Constitution. He has to go. Now. I hope Nancy Pelosi is listening today."
Pelosi's Californian constituents put that word back 'on the table'
Mikael Jonathan Rudolph (MikaelMN)
Published 2007-01-12 19:17 (KST)
"Have you ever heard of Google Earth?" a 10-year-old girl asked her father one afternoon late last year. Within minutes, married author and 55-year-old cab driver of 21 years Brad Newsham had realized how he could give the world a global perspective on impeachment.
On his way out the door as governor of Iowa, Democratic presidential candidate (and DLC Chairman!) Tom Vilsack delivered a surprise package in his last address to the state legislature:
Departing Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack used his final Condition of the State speech Tuesday to condemn the Bush administration's plan to send as many as 20,000 additional troops to Iraq.
"Now the president and the Congress are poised to make a big mistake even bigger," the Democrat seeking the 2008 presidential nomination told a joint session of the Iowa Legislature. "Understand that escalation will come at the expense of families and communities here in Iowa and across the nation."
Vilsack also urged the Legislature, with new Democratic majorities in both houses, to pass resolutions condemning Bush's plan.
An interesting approach, don't you think? And it reminds me of a little something we saw up in Vermont last year:
A formal resolution introduced late Tuesday in the state Legislature calling on Congress to draft articles of impeachment against Pres. George W. Bush has been sent to the House Judiciary Committee for review.
Rep. Dave Zuckerman, P-Burlington, the lead sponsor of the measure, was joined by 23 of his colleagues, all Progressives and Democrats except for one independent.
There were, of course, all kinds of gripes about that from Vermont's legislators and other political leaders. It came too late in the session. The legislature was too busy with health care. It was a federal issue, not a state one.
Of course, anyone who remembers the Vermont legislature's action on the USA PATRIOT Act knows that the last one's simply a canard.
But even better, we now have a very moderate, Mid-western presidential candidate calling for yet more state legislative involvement in federal policy. It's not just for Crazy Hippies(TM) anymore!
And what's more, Vilsack validates even more of the Vermont agenda:
The Remedy Issue #5
IN THIS ISSUE:
1. State and local resolution drives underway
2. Does impeachment advocacy "hurt Dems at the polls?"
3. Results from 2006 say no
4. Selected results
5. Election integrity battle continues in FL-13
6. Impeachment is everywhere
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Protest Bush's Call for Surge this Thursday Evening
Vigil at Lafayette Square Park - across from the White House
Time and date: Thursday, January 11, at 6PM.
Pennsylvania Ave and Jackson Pl, NW Washington, DC 20006
2 blocks from FARRAGUT NORTH METRO STATION
The event will be simple: a few brief speeches, a reading of the names
of casualties in the DC metro area, and a candlelight vigil.
The coming weeks and months are our window of opportunity to end the war and impeach Bush and Cheney. Our best moments for action may be improvised in response to changing events. But planning out our schedule will help. You can find local events in your area, or post them yourself for others to sign up and attend at:
Here are some national events to plan for:
Dear supporter of peace,
I'm sorry to announce that 3,000 U.S. service members have died in Iraq.
Every life counts, whether it's one of 3,000 U.S military deaths or one of the 500,000+ Iraqi deaths estimated by the Johns Hopkins/MIT study. So, while the 3,000th death is no more or less important than the 2,999th or the 3001st, it is only natural to pause and think about the human cost of war when we reach such a grim milestone.
But we cannot give into despair. There is hope for peace in Iraq -- and together we can turn our hopes into a change for the better.
Please join with thousands of people across the country in a memorial vigil or other event tomorrow to commemorate those lost and call for peace in Iraq. A calendar of "Not One More Death, Not One More Dollar" memorial events is on our web site at www.afsc.org/3000 to help you find or list an event near you.
Plan now for vigils after the "official" 3000th death of US service members in Iraq... Register to organize a memorial event in your community or find one near you. Visit AFSC's "Not one more Death - Not One More Dollar"...
American Death Toll in Iraq Hits 3,000
Dec 31, 5:47 PM (ET)
By STEVEN R. HURST
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - The U.S. military announced Sunday the deaths of two soldiers, pushing the number of Americans who have died in the Iraq war to the grim milestone of at least 3,000. On the final day of an exceedingly bloody year, Saddam Hussein was also buried in the town where he was born. The White House said the resident mourned each death but would not issue a statement in reaction to the 3,000th in a war now 46 months old...
US Death Toll in Iraq Seen Spurring Anti-War Protests
By Carey Gillam - Reuters
Thursday 28 December 2006
Kansas City, Missouri - In Kansas City, they will light candles and lay out more than 80 pairs of empty combat boots. In Chicago, anti-war activists will hand out black ribbons, each bearing the name of a U.S. soldier killed in Iraq. And in New Haven, Connecticut, opponents of the war plan to read aloud the names of 3,000 dead U.S. soldiers.
In all, organizers say some 140 demonstrations in 37 states are planned to mark the 3,000th U.S. military death in Iraq, a milestone that is likely only days away.
"Peace Mom" Cindy Sheehan will join local activists on the Memorial Bridge during a candlelight vigil planned for Tuesday, January 2nd, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
(Arlington, VA) - Peace activists from Gold Star Families for Peace, Arlingtonians for Peace, Code Pink, Northern Virginians for Peace & Justice, the DC Antiwar Network, and other local groups will mark the death of the 3,000th American soldier in the Iraq War on January 2.
Wear 3000th death armbands to the vigils planned to commemorate the "official" 3000th death of US servicemembers in Iraq...
Hundreds join Minneapolis protest to “send an anti-war message for the holidays – U.S. out of Iraq!”
Over 300 people participated in an anti-war protest in the Uptown neighborhood of Minneapolis between 1 and 2 pm on Saturday, December 23. Text by IPAC: Photos by Bert Kayakbiker
While news reports indicate the Bush Administration is planning to send additional troops to Iraq and the U.S. combat death toll in Iraq nears 3,000, many Twin Citians welcomed the opportunity to make their anti-war views visible.
Participants lined up along busy Hennepin Avenue with signs and banners calling for an end to the war and the withdrawal of U.S. troops. Anti-war holiday songs where led by singers from the Counter-Propaganda Coalition.
During the hour-long event there was a constant stream of people honking in support as they drove their cars past the event. Several passersby took signs and joined in the protest. One organizer said that the turnout was much larger than had been expected.
Mike Perkins, a member of Military Families Speak Out, an organization of people with family members and loved ones in the U.S. military, spoke to the crowd as the event wrapped up. “Bush wants to escalate this war, but most rationale people know that sending more troops will not resolve the problems in Iraq,” Perkins said. “The surge that Bush is planning will solve nothing.”
Plan now for vigils after the "official" 3000th death of US service members in Iraq...
Register to organize a memorial event in your community >
The political tide is turning. But we need your passion, commitment, and organizing skills more than ever to end the war in Iraq.
We're approaching another grim milestone in the war and occupation of Iraq. As I write, at least 2,937 U.S. troops have been killed in Iraq. Soon, the count will reach 3,000. At the current rate, this could happen early in the new year.
Granny Peace Brigade TO DESCEND ON THE SENATE TO DEMAND A TROOP WITHDRAWAL NOW
The Granny Peace Brigade, the legendary group of senior women who were arrested and jailed when they tried to enlist in the military at New York City's Times Square Recruiting Center in October 2005 to replace America's grandchildren, will descend on the new Senate Thursday, January 18, 2007. They will be joined by grandmothers from all over the United States, and will visit all 100 Senators or their staff members to demand an immediate end of the occupation of Iraq...
Account posted in comments over at democrats.com. Seems NY's finest ain't so hip to impeachment petitioning....
December 16, 2006
To Whom It May Concern: My name is Maryam Ayazi. I arranged with a person in my district to gather signatures to Impeach Bush and Cheney at Roosevelt Ave./74th Street subway station in Queens. I wanted you to be aware of how the Police Department in New York City is reacting to this. There were many police officers and security guards who were adamantly against me collecting signatures to Impeach Bush and Cheney. They did various actions to get me to leave... (more)
The Occupation Project: A Campaign of Sustained Nonviolent Civil Disobedience to End the Iraq War
Commencing February 5, 2007
In early 2007, President Bush will once again submit an "emergency supplemental" spending bill to Congress, seeking tens of billions of dollars more to continue the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the so-called Global War on Terror. The military services have already submitted requests to the Pentagon for up to an additional $160 billion in war funding for the current fiscal year. While continuing to fund the war, the U.S. still abdicates its responsibility to provide funds for the rebuilding and reconstruction of Iraq following 15 years of economic and military warfare...