PHILLY AREA ACTION:
& INTERNATIONAL ACTION:
Thursday 4/12: Boycotts, Divestment, and Sanctions against the
What will it take to implement BDS in
Philadelphia? Join SUSTAIN for a panel discussion, Q&A and
Why divest? What is the divestment movement?
University Divestment Campaign
Presbyterian Church Divestment
Thursday, April 12, 7pm
International House, 2nd Floor
Liberty Week: Death Row Exonerees Speak Out
row exonerees will be touring the Philadelphia area telling their stories and
spreading the word about innocence and the death penalty.
I would like
to invite you to attend a very special and pivotal event during Liberty
20 exonerated death row prisoners and their
Barry Scheck, co-founder of The Innocence
Sam Millsap, former Texas
Launch of Pennsylvania Moratorium
Friday, April 13, 2:00
Lawn adjacent to Independence Visitors
(north of Market Street between 5th
& 6th streets)
Pennsylvanians for Alternatives to the Death
Penalty, email@example.com, www.PADP.org
Sunday, April 15, 2007: Grannies
are a co-sponsor of the Legs Against Arms walk/race. This event
hopes to rouse people to join together to address the epidemic of violence that
affects our city. The race starts from the Mann Center for the Performing
Arts, 52nd and Parkside Ave. at 9 AM. Grannies Zonnie Moberg, Sylvia
Metzler and Joan Lukas will be running. Other Grannies will walk. We
will be singing on stage sometime between 11:30 AM and 1 PM. Arrive at 10
Saturday, April 21, 2007: The Delaware
County Chapter of WILPF will have their Annual Luncheon and wishes to
hear from the Granny Peace Brigade Philadelphia.
Monday, April 23, 2007: Grannies present a program at
Foulkeways Residence at 7 PM.
22, 2007: Opening and Reception to Elaine Wolfson-Cohen's Art Show 3-5 PM
at the Watermarks, 2 Franklintown Blvd., 4th Floor. Proceeds from
the show go to the Watermarks chapter of Grandparents for Peace. The
Watermarks is located between 17th and 18th and between Callowhill and
Vine. From Logan Circle, looking North, you can see the Watermark sign on
a tall building.
Thursday, April 26, 2007:
Grannies will be on a panel at Overbrook High School, sometime between 9
AM and 3 PM.
Saturday, May 12, 2007:
WILPF will give their Dove Award to Granny Peace Brigade Philadelphia at their
Annual Luncheon. The luncheon will be from 12 to 3 PM at the
Aulenbach House, Tulpehocken and Germantown Ave. Public
transportation: 23 Bus.
Wednesday, April 11, 2007: Grannies are invited
to come to Stiffle Center, at 12:45 PM (Marshall and Porter in South
Philadelphia) to learn knitting and talk about peace.
April 14, 2007: Step it Up, an Environmental Group, at Independence Hall,
12 to 2 PM. The focus of this event is on global warming.
While this is NOT a Granny event, it IS a good time for us to distribute
leaflets and an event we thought some of you might want to attend.
For more information, click on:
April 15, 2007: 2:00 to 4:00 P.M. Near Senator Arlen Specter's
home, West Schoolhouse Lane (between Gypsy Lane and Henry Ave.) in East
Falls. This is part of an ongoing vigil series. Contact Chris
Robinson 215 843 4256 and firstname.lastname@example.org for more
Monday, April 16, 2007: event on Penn campus with the
students in Penn Against War. Grannies have been given an open
invitation to participate in this event.
Tuesday, April 17,
2007: Delaware Valley Vets for America will be at the Temple University
Library from 11 AM to 2 PM. They will be protesting military recruitment
on campus. They want Grannies to join them.
Tuesday, April 17,
2007: Brandywine will be doing a Tax Day Demo at the Federal Court, 601
Market St. at Noon. Grannies are invited.
Saturday, April 21,
2007: Memorial for Gold Star Mothers at Constitution Center (between 5th
and 6th on Arch St.), 12:15 PM, cost $6.
Monday, April 23, 2007:
Trial for people who did CD by occupying Rick Santorum's office, including
Granny Silvia Metzler, at Criminal Justice Center, 1301 Filbert St., 10
AM. Courtroom will be assigned on the day of the trial. Go to the
2nd Floor to find out the location of the trial.
Friday, April 27,
2007: Church of the Advocate, 19th and Diamond St., 7 PM Grannies attend a
fundraiser for Art Sanctuary, after-school program for teens. $25
donation. Grannies come with hats, T-shirts and buttons. Please
dress nicely. We will have a table. We will socialize with Granny
Parents (Grandmothers raising their grandchildren).
Saturday, May 5, 2007
(rain date May 6): Mt. Airy Day, Clivedon and Johnston Streets in Clivedon
Park, 11 AM to 5 PM. We will share a table with
Sunday, May 13, 2007: Mother's Day Race for the Cure (of
Tuesday, May 15, 2007: Primary Election. On
the ballot is the City Council Resolution to end the war in Iraq and bring the
troops home. We need a Granny at every polling place to tell people coming
to vote to VOTE YES to end the Iraq War and bring the troops home.
Public Transportation info available at
Monday, April 16, 7:00-8:30 pm at Cecilian Center for Earth, Arts,
Appalachian Treasures - help end mountaintop removal!
A multi-media presentation intended to educate and activate citizens.
Co-sponsored by Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education. Free will
Wednesday, April 18,
7:00-8:30 and continuing on May 2, 9 Cecilian Center for Earth, Arts, and
Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream - This symposium
seeks to bring forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling,
socially just human presence on the planet. Free will
Thursday, April 26, May 3, 10,
7:00-8:30 pm Cecilian Center for Earth, Arts, and Spirit
Food - Buying food is an opportunity to choose peace and is also an act
of conscience. Refreshments included.
ANTI-WAR APRIL '07 Continues...
April 17, Tax Day,
Noon, "!YES!" DEMONSTRATION FOR
JUSTICE & PEACE, Phila. Federal
Building, 6th & Market Sts.
7:30AM - Trial of the "PHILA. DECLARE PEACE 14"
Stand with the
"PHILA. DECLARE PEACE 14" Support Vigil for
Peace, Broad St. & JFK
Boulevard, Phila., PA
PEACE '07: Brandywine turns 30!
Community, 610-544-1818 email@example.com
The Center for Arab and Islamic Studies at Villanova
Celebrates Egypt's Nobel Laureate this month with the following
* "Why Spain? Medieval Poetry in Arabic, Hebrew, and
A Public Lecture by:
Dr. Walid Hamarneh, Tri-College
Consortium of Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and
Dr. Peter Brampton
Koelle, Bryn Mawr College
Rabbi Dr. David Rabeeya, Bryn Mawr College, retired
April, at 4:15pm
Room 224, M. Carey Thomas Library, Bryn Mawr College
more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
"Women's Rights in the Arab World"
A Public Lecture by Dr.
Hayat Alvi-Aziz, Program Director and Assistant
Professor of International
Studies at Arcadia University
Sunday, April 22, at
Glenside Free Library , 215 S. Keswick Avenue
Please go to
Join East and West Mt. Airy Neighbors at these upcoming
Monday, April 23rd: 8th District, Court of
Common Pleas and Sheriff Candidates
Monday, April 30th:
Both forums will be begin at 7:00 pm
and will be held in the Brossman Center of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at
Philadelphia, 7301 Germantown
The Two-State Solution: Still Possible?
May 15, 2007
| 7 - 9 p.m.
Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street, Philadelphia
near the 40th anniversary of the Israeli military occupation of Gaza and the
West Bank, including East Jerusalem, there is still hope that a peaceful
resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can be reached. For the past two
decades the "two-state solution" has become and remains the international
consensus framework for a solution to the conflict. Yet, in recent years
questions have been raised as to whether this proposal is still feasible after
40 years of military occupation.
Diane Balser is Chair of
Brit Tzedek v'Shalom's Advocacy Committee and past Executive Director.
Hijab is Senior Fellow at the DC-based office of the Institute for Palestine
Studies, and co- director of its Washington, D.C.
Phyllis Bennis has been a writer, analyst and activist on Middle East
and UN issues for many years. In 2001 she helped found and
currently co-chairs the U.S. Campaign to End Israeli Occupation &
She works closely with the United for
Peace and Justice anti-war coalition.
Rafi Dajani is the executive director
of the American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP),
For more information
please contact: Adam Horowitz, AFSC Middle East Peacebuilding Program
The citizens of Casino-Free Philadelphia have never sent an
action alert before. We are
Late on Apr 5th, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board
lawsuit against the City of Philadelphia to stop the
initiated ballot question to be voted on May 15th. That
would provide a standard for how casinos are built in
restricting them from being built within 1,500 feet of
schools, and places of worship.
Whatever your position on
casinos, citizens should have their say.
The PA Gaming Control Board is
an unelected body. They cannot trump
the word of the people. And while
we are confident their attempt is
completely illegal and meritless,
this attempt cannot go unchallenged.
We are therefore calling on all
citizens of Pennsylvania to send a
letter to Governor Rendell. He
appointed several members of that
gaming control board and needs to
show some leadership to this out of
We need you
to take just a second to send a letter. You can do so
from our website: www.CasinoFreePhila.org
Please send a letter
- Daniel Hunter, on behalf of Casino-Free
On Primary Election
Day, May 15th,
Philadelphia voters will have a chance to
Washington to bring the
Vote YES on this ballot
Shall the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter be
amended to state the
citizens' views regarding
the mission served by U.S. troops in Iraq
that the citizens of Philadelphia urge the United
States to make
2007 the time to redeploy U.S.
troops out of harm's way in
200 U.S. cities and towns have already passed
referenda to end
the war and bring the troops home.
With your YES vote on May 15th
Alert: THE SENATE IS BACK IN
The Congress is due shortly to be fully back in
session. We need to continue our push for active participation!
Please feel free to forward this action email to your lists. And as
always, we thank you. Here's what to
Senator Feingold just
introduced his bill to effectively end U.S. military involvement in Iraq . Call
your senators and urge them to support this bill and make no further compromises
about involvement in Iraq.
* The bill requires the President to begin safely
redeploying U.S. troops from Iraq 120 days from enactment. In addition to Reid,
the bill is cosponsored by Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Chris Dodd (D-CT), Ted
Kennedy (D-MA), John Kerry (D-MA), Pat Leahy (D-VT), and Sheldon Whitehouse
House of Representatives will be on recess until April 16, however call your
congress person's local office and tell them you support the impeachment of
George Bush. Next week make a note to call their office in
When you call a legislator's office,
make sure you ask if your call is being logged.
Call your members of
Congress now toll free at 800-828-0498, 800-459-1887 or 800-614-2803 to tell
them it's time to END THE OCCUPATION OF IRAQ.
Use this toll-free
number 888-851-1879, or the regular
202-224-3121, to make your call(s).
- Legislative Committee, Granny Peace
WE WILL NOT BE SILENT!
Defend open discussion of important issues in academia (and
Oaxaca, Monday 9 April
I'm briefly interrupting
my attention to the Harvard-Oaxaca connection for an urgent call. Professor
Norman G. Finkelstein, an important historian whose tenure is to be decided
shortly, has been targetted by Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz, who is
trying to get him fired. This highly unusual intervention by a prominent
defender of the state of Israel should be opposed, regardless of whether one is
aligned with one or the other of these two academic combatants. This attempt by
Dershowitz to prevent open debate deserves to be repudiated, as was his attempt
to prevent the University of California Press from publishing a recent book by
Finkelstein. The call for De Paul University to reject Dershowitz's improper
intervention is at
My note, which follows the call, says in
In Norman Finkelstein's tenure
review, the intervention of Alan Dershowitz is particularly egregious.
Finkelstein has shown, with meticulous care, irrefutably, that in his book The
Case for Israel Dershowitz plagairized substantial material from Joan Peters'
book, From Time Immemorial: The Origins of the Arab-Jewish Conflict over
Palestine. As it happens, Peters' book is well known to be a total fraud.
Finkelstein has been relentless in pursuing the propagandistic misrepresentation
of the history of the conflict. The false, pro-Israel version held sway from
1948 until it began to be challenged in 1982 when Israel invaded Lebanon.
Dershowitz used Peters' material to help meet his apparent psychological need to
justify Israel's actions. That he knowingly claimed the material taken from
Peters' book was his own historical research was, independently of its
fraudulent nature, surely grounds for Harvard to have revoked his tenure and
fired him. Lying, as a faculty member, on work he claimed was his own research,
is unacceptable academic conduct, tenure notwithstanding.
...... All comments
and criticisms are welcome.
Wash his mouth out with soap!
When we heard about
Don Imus' racist and sexist remarks against the Rutgers University women's
basketball players, our mama hackles were raised. We want to raise our children
with media that's intelligent and sane, not pandering to the lowest common
denominator. Imus' comments were just plain wrong and unacceptable. As mothers
of all colors, we need to call him out on that, for our children's sake and our
own. One fundamental lesson we want to instill in our children is respect
for every person's humanity. The media is so influential in creating culture.
Let's make sure that the media knows where moms and all caregivers stand--no
more trash talk!
SIGN THE PETITION: "Mothers of all colors must come
together to build a culture that is respectful to our children, girls and boys.
The comments that Imus made on the radio about Rutgers University Women's
basketball team were horrifyingly inappropriate, and he should be
*Click here to sign the petition now (and don't forget to forward
this email to friends!): http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/organizationsORG/momsrising/signUp.jsp?key=2202
26 US National Groups Push Public Impeachment
April 28, National Impeachment Protest Day
Impeach everywhere with human bodies. Organize local people on the beach, in the
park, on campuses, and spell out the words Impeach. Send a message to Nancy
Pelosi to put impeachment back on the table and support Dennis Kucinich in
helping bring impeachment back to Congress.
Over Twenty-five national groups
have endorsed a Spring 2007 impeach Bush and Cheney drive that includes the
National Corporate Shopping Boycott April 15 (Tax
Day) to April 22 (Earth Day) is set with over 1,000 community organizers signed
up and local groups formed in cities all over the US and in many foreign
countries. Supporters of ending the Iraq War and Impeaching Bush and Cheney will
forgo major purchases and shopping in corporate chain stores and shopping malls
for seven days, and instead find locally owned community markets, coffee shops
and 2 nd hand shops. For down loadable posters and flyers to support this effort
The Show It Off!
Campaign Launched! April 23-27, 2007
Wear impeachment T-shirts, armbands,
buttons, stickers, ties, scarves, and become the millions all over this country
- on the beach, in the valley, on the plains, in the mountains, on the farms, in
school, at work, in the stores, on the sidewalks, in the parks, on the buses,
subways and trains of America saying no to Bush's war and yes to
Ban the Bombs that Keep on Killing/CNL Legislative Action Message
- April 5, 2007
Read this alert online at: http://www.fcnl.org/action/2007/lam0405.htm
In the last
15 years, the U.S. has used cluster bombs in
civilian-populated areas of the
former Yugoslavia, Afghanistan and
Iraq. These deadly bombs disperse smaller
"bomblets" that are
designed to kill all living creatures within a specific
area that is
often as large as several football fields. The U.S. still has
arsenal that includes nearly 1 billion of the deadly bomblets.
type of bomb keeps on killing for decades because bomblets that
detonate on impact become explosive "duds" that are
akin to landmines. Since
the last U.S. cluster bomb was dropped on Laos
in 1973, 12,000 Laotian
civilians, many of whom were not born when the
bombs were dropped, have been
killed or injured by an unexploded cluster dud.
The Cluster Munitions
Civilian Protection Act of 2007 (S. 594),
introduced by Senators Dianne
Feinstein (CA) and Patrick Leahy (VT),
would ban the use of cluster bombs in
or near civilian areas and ban
the use, sale, and transfer of almost the
entire existing U.S. arsenalof cluster bombs.
As of April 5, the
legislation has six cosponsors. In order for the
Senate to move forward on
this bill, it needs much more public support
from members of
*Take Action:Please contact your senators today -
urge them to cosponsor the Cluster Munitions Civilian Protection Act
2007 (S. 594). If your senators are already cosponsors, thank them,
urge them to work to bring this bill to a vote in this session of
Download FCNL's Cluster Bomb Fact Sheet and
distribute it in your
See a short video on how one particular type of cluster bomb works
its effects on the people of
+ind out more about cluster bombs: http://www.fcnl.org/weapons/
Tell Verizon: Respect Workers' Rights
Business workers want a union! A clear majority of
technicians at Verizon
Business in New York and New England have
signed authorization cards showing
they want to be represented
by CWA and IBEW.
But Verizon management
refuses to recognize the majority's
choice. Instead, they have launched an
spreading misinformation about unions and
"captive-audience" meetings. Tell Verizon to stop
Talking about Global Warming Isn't Enough!
is the earth is getting warmer year by year. But not enough action is being
taken to stop global warming. Take action to support meaningful global warming
legislation in Congress>>
Tell Congress to adopt a national
strategy to end global climate change>>
*Resource: Interfaith Power and Light
Power and Light campaign is mobilizing a national
religious response to
global warming while promoting renewable energy,
energy efficiency and
conservation. Local chapters provide energy
efficient light bulbs, resources
on energy conservation, and other
resources. Find your local chapter:
Earth-friendly Cleaning Solutions - From Dr Weil
An entire industry has
been built on developing natural cleaning products - everything from nontoxic
bathroom cleaners to environmentally friendly dish soaps. If you want to save
money, are feeling creative, or don't have access to commercial natural cleaning
products, try some of these non-toxic cleaning suggestions:
An all-purpose cleaner; especially effective on glass coffee pots and glassware;
removes red-wine stains from carpeting. A paste (made with water) can shine
stainless steel and silver; the paste also can remove tea stains from cups and
saucers. Make a paste with a Castile- or vegetable-based liquid soap and a drop
of essential oil (tea tree or lavender) to clean sinks, countertops, toilets and
Coarse salt: Cleans copper pans and scours cookware. Sprinkle salt
on fresh spills in the oven, and then wipe off. Sprinkle salt on rust stains and
squeeze a lime or lemon over them, let sit for several hours and wipe
Grapefruit-seed extract: Add to water in a spray bottle for an
odorless way to kill mold and mildew.
Lemon juice: Use as a bleaching
agent on clothing, and to remove grease from your stove and countertops. Add 2
Tbsp lemon juice to 10 drops of (real) lemon oil and a few drops of jojoba oil
to clean and polish wood furniture.
MY GRANNY IS A
DISTANCE RUNNER: PRESS RELEASE, Granny Peace Brigade
"My Granny is a distance
runner!" or " My Granny is a roller blader!" may well be the hue and cry of
several grandchildren on Sunday, April 15th when four members of the Granny
Peace Brigade Philadelphia join hundreds of much younger runners for the Legs
Against Arms 5k Run/Walk at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts at 52nd and
The race will kick off at 9 am and will be
followed by a Celebration of Youth featuring music, dance, and poetry, and a
Peace Festival, offering educational venues for families, friends, and all
participants. Running the 5K race will be four grandmothers: Zondra Moberg, Joan
Lucas, and Dr. Gertrude Copperman, of Center City, and Sylvia Metzler of North
Philadelphia. They range in age from mid-60s to 85,
Peace Brigade Philadelphia, formed a year ago when Grandmother Zondra Moberg
become outraged at the senseless deaths, both American and Iraqi, that were
happening in Iraq, called some of her friends to a meeting, and a new peace
action group was born. Recent actions include demonstrations and
leafleting in Rittenhouse Square and at Market Street East, and a massive
lobbying effort (100 Grandmothers!) in Washington. Several satellite groups have
sprung up in senior living centers around the city and suburbs.
and Sylvia Metzler were among 11 Grandmothers arrested for "defiant trespass"
when they attempted to enlist in the military on June 28th, 2006, saying "take
us, not our grandchildren-we've lived our lives, they have a right to live
Legs Against Arms, sponsored by the Physicians for Social
Responsibility, seeks to begin to change the social norms in Philadelphia that
perpetuate violence. The race encourages youth and adults to come together to
strengthen their legs as they send a clear message opposing arms in
Zondra Moberg, an experienced half-marathon runner, has
been running races for twenty plus years. She boasts a number of trophies,
most recently for first place in her age group in the Philadelphia Distance
Run. "I was never very athletic," says Moberg, "but I was always a big
hiker". About 20 years ago, an athletic trainer turned her onto running,
which had recently become a popular sport for women. A grandmother of two,
she has run in cities all over the world and loves running in Philadelphia where
she can see the sights and sounds of the city.
Dr. Copperman a
graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Women's Medical College,
practiced medicine in the Wynnefield and Bala Cynwyd areas from 1952 until she
retired in 1998. A lifelong athlete, she continues to ride her bike, play
tennis, ski, roller blade and practice yoga. She is the mother of two
daughters and an honorary Great Grandmother of one child.
has been running three miles every other day for 30 years, however, a recent
knee injury has kept her away from the sport for almost a year. "The
opportunity to run against violence, both in Philadelphia and Iraq, as well as
around the world, is a real incentive for me to push myself extra-hard," she
says. Metzler has 4 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.
Lukas calls herself an "on and off runner" even though she has run several 5 and
10K races over the last few years. Having just moved to Center City she has not
practiced enough, she claims, but was motivated to run in the Legs Against Arms
Race by some of the other Grannies. Her one grandchild lives with her and
Number 3,291 by Cindy Sheehan
I met the aunt of
number 3291 today. I was sitting in seat 11E and a flight attendant gave me a
note from a woman in seat 33C: "My nephew was killed in Iraq yesterday. I would
like to meet you."
Seat belt light or not, I headed back toward the rear
of the airplane. We held each other and she said: "What can I do? My brother was
in the Army and he initially supported the effort. Yesterday, he made a sign
with a picture of his son saying: 'Murdered by George Bush.'" I prayed for the
Universe to give the families strength yesterday as I do everyday our soldiers
are killed, as I pray for the Iraqis and their families who are also murdered
unnecessarily. I don't often get to meet the people I pray for in such a timely
Four of our brave and abused troops were killed in King George's
escalation of the conflict in Iraq. Ten over the Easter weekend while George was
hiding out at his ranch in Crawford. George Bush and his bloody gang of
war-bandits have caused so much pain and heartache in the world without so much
as a blink of the eye. Number 3291's aunt recounted how she heard her sister
'screaming for her son," on the other end of the phone. Number 3291's family is
just beginning to realize the true meaning of broken heart and
Number 3291 has a name: Brian. The only thing I know for sure
about Brian was that he was in the army, he was probably blown up by an IED
(which could have been avoided with an IED detector in his vehicle), and he has
a loving aunt named Sheryl. His family lives in North Carolina and that's where
his body will be returning to under the cover of darkness to hide the shame of
the Bush Regime.
Brian will never be a number to his family or friends.
To the few people in this country who still incredibly support this horror and
his war, Brian's sacrifice will be noted as "freedom isn't free," or "he
volunteered." To the anti-war movement, Brian will be commemorated in a
candlelight vigil when the 4000th troop is killed in Iraq. To the man sitting
next to me in seat 11D, Brian is a non-entity because he: has no opinion on the
occupation one way or the other because he has no "time to worry about it."
Trust me though, that's all Brian's mom did for the entire time he was in Iraq
and there are 160,000 moms who lie awake at night worried about their child and
Iraqi moms who never know when the last "I love you," is the last one
To me Brian represents a failure. I have been struggling with
all my energy and resources to insure that Brian's mom never had to fall on the
floor screaming in agony or so that Aunt Sheryl would never have to take a sad
and lonely trip across the country to be with her family in this terrible
occasion for mourning. Every death since Casey's has hit me with a fresh assault
of suffering. How can my wounds heal when so many new ones are being opened up
on a daily basis in three countries that are being devastated by the Bush
doctrine of inflicting immeasurable damage with his war for profit being
masqueraded as a war on terror?
The anti-war movement is failing in many
areas. First of all, like the man sitting next to me, there are too many
apathetic people in this country. How can anyone still be so indifferent to so
much death and destruction? Even the people who are still confused and support
the war have an opinion. The anti-war movement is also failing in its lack of
influence on the policy makers. When such pro-occupation entities as MoveOn are
being hailed as the "anti-war left" and our Congressional leadership are
listening to them and using their corrupt polls as tools to hammer theoretically
anti-war Reps into voting for a bill that would extend our troop presence in
Iraq indefinitely, then the true anti-war movement has not been effective in
getting our message out.
Another goal that the anti-war movement should
have would be to move the overwhelming majority of Americans who are against the
occupation of Iraq off of their couches and into the streets. The leaders of our
country are in the obscenely deep pockets of the war machine and are exceedingly
comfortable there. Only a massive electoral revolt will be able to pick the
pockets of the war profiteers and force our elected officials to represent us
and not the wealthy.
Brian's family, my family, 3293 other families, our
military families who are financially and emotionally strapped by the constant
deployments and getting ready for deployments are sacrificing too much on the
altar of greed. The Iraqi people who did not ask for Bush's help are sacrificing
horribly on this imperial altar. The rest of this nation is not sacrificing the
way that so many others have. I am working so you don't have to.
we, as a nation, want to end the farce of false patriotism to justify wars for
profit and empire, we will have to sacrifice until it hurts. In this cleansing
act will come redemption, because we can be assured that all of the children of
the world are safe and sound. If we don't work to end the absolute stranglehold
of violence we are clutched in, then we deserve what we get.
has to move toward peace.at all
Inside Story of the Forged Iraq-Niger Docs That Helped Build the Case for War
In his January 2003 State of the Union address, President Bush declared
infamous sixteen words: ³The British Government has learned that
Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from
claim was central to the administration¹s claims that Saddam
seeking weapons of mass destruction and served as a basis for
Iraq invasion less than two months later. Bush¹s declaration
was based on an
intelligence document that provided evidence about Iraq¹s
uranium from the African country of Niger. But there was one
document was a fake. In a Democracy Now! broadcast exclusive, we
the authors of two explosive new books. Carlo Bonini is the
who broke the Niger story. His new book is called
Espionage and the War on Terror.² Peter Eisner is a
correspondent and is currently an editor at the Washington
Post. His new
book is ³The Italian Letter: How the Bush Administration Used a
to Build the Case for War in Iraq.²
Sends Gonzales Document Subpoenas http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/041007R.shtml
Judiciary Committee subpoenaed new documents Tuesday from Attorney General
Alberto Gonzales as part of its investigation into the firings of federal
prosecutors, with the panel chairman saying he had run out of
Shia Leader Calls for More Attacks on US Troops http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/040907A.shtml
of Shia protesters converged on the Iraqi city of Najaf last night for an
anti-US rally on the fourth anniversary of the fall of Baghdad. In a statement
distributed throughout the city, the Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr urged Iraqi
police and army to stop cooperating with the US and urged his militia to step up
attacks and force the US to withdraw.
Detainees Stage Hunger Strike http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/040907G.shtml
hunger strike has broken out at the American detention center at Guantanamo Bay,
Cuba, with more than a dozen prisoners subjecting themselves to daily
force-feedings in protest of their treatment, military officials and lawyers for
the detainees say.
FOCUS | Thousands in LA Demand Immigrant Rights http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/040807Y.shtml
of people marched through downtown Los Angeles on Saturday, demanding a way for
the country's estimated 12 million illegal immigrants to become citizens and
condemning President Bush's latest proposal.
VIDEO | The GOP's Quiet
By Geoffrey Millard and Scott Galindez http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/040207B.shtml
Kennedy addressed a gathering organized by the Alliance for Justice. Kennedy
spoke about the Bush administration's lack of respect for the rule of law.
Following his remarks, a documentary film titled "Quiet Revolution" was
screened. The film chronicles 30 years of Republican efforts to turn back the
clock on civil liberties.
* Watching the Watchdogs: Wal-Mart Critic
Monitored by Retail Giant *
We look at Wal-Mart's newly-exposed surveillance
operation with a Wal-Mart
critic who ended up on its watch list. Nu Wexler is
a spokesperson for the
group Wal-Mart Watch. According to the Wall Street
Journal expose, Wal-Mart
used pictures found on the Internet to track Nu's
plans to attend Wal-Mart's annual meeting.
Report: Gross Mismanagement of Iraq Funds
report issued last month by the nonpartisan research arm of Congress says the
Department of Defense continues to overstate its financial needs - by tens of
billions of dollars - to fund the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The agency also
casts serious doubt on President Bush's statements that money to fund the war
will dry up by the end of the month if his budgetary demands are not immediately
Democrats May Block Bush Nominees http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/041107L.shtml
Senate Democrats are mulling a two-pronged strategy to retaliate against the
Bush administration for appointing three controversial figures to key executive
branch posts during last week's recess, including possibly shortening the August
recess to no more than 10 days and blocking all future White House