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Week of January 09 2006
Women Say No To War The group Code Pink has launched a campaign mobilizing women peace activists (and men in solidarity) throughout the world calling for an end to the violence in Iraq. The demands of the Women Say No To War campaign include withdrawal of all foreign occupation troops as well as foreign fighters, no foreign military bases, nullification of privatization laws and a massive reconstruction plan. They plan to deliver the statement with at least 100,000 signatures to leaders in Washington D.C. as well as U.S. embassies around the globe on March 8, 2006, International Women's Day. In their first week, over 10,000 signatures were collected. They are also organizing events in Washington D.C. on March 8 and urge local groups to organize in front of U.S. embassies.
More on Illegal Spying and Impeachment A recent Associated Press/Ipsos poll revealed that 56% of Americans believe the Bush administration should be required to have a court warrant before spying on people in the U.S., even if suspected terrorists are involved.
The news on illegal spying, in addition to other numerous examples of disregard for the U.S. Constitution as well as international law, has led the Green Party of the U.S. to renew their call for impeachment. And the city of Arcata, California recently passed a resolution calling for impeachment or resignation of Bush and Cheney.
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Take Action:January 9 is National Call for Accountability Day. See the Progressive Democrats of America web site for information on contacting your representatives and urging them to sponsor resolutions to investigate and censure Bush and Cheney.
Bush Makes 17 Recess Appointments With the Senate on holiday, President Bush was busy at work last week, making 17 recess appointments and thus avoiding the Senate confirmation process. Appointments fill posts at a number of agencies including Homeland Security, the Defense Dept, the State Dept, the Federal Election Commission and the National Labor Relations Board. See the White House web site for the full list.
Recess appointments are intended to be short term, however Bush is claiming these appointments are valid until the end of 2007 since the Senate held a pro forma session last Tuesday. With "Brownie" of FEMA a fresh memory for many, the appointments have led to protests of cronyism. Read an editorial on the Washington Post and an article on Tom Paine.
Abramoff and Lobbying in Washington Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff has decided to cooperate with the federal investigation into corruption. His testimony doesn't bode well for the dozens of congress members implicated in the case.
For more information on Jack Abramoff, see the Jack in the House web site by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington as well as Working for Change's Abramoff Primer.
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Our Film Series is on vacation. It will start up again on October 12th with "I am Not Your Negro"
Also, read about our Film Committee meetings to decide programming:
Photo of a school in Yemen bombed by Saudi Arabian jets supplied by the U.S. and fueled in the air by the U.S. Air Force.
Tell Trump to STOP THIS CARNAGE, not fuel it! Click here.
Also participate in the CodePink email and/or phone initiative:
Click here to sign a petition, to put an end to the sanctions against Syria - their only effect is to take a terrible toll on the population, causing them to migrate! And click here to see the video by the Italian Committee to lift sanctions against Syria.
Did someone tell you that U.S. military intervention in Iraq was over? Not true: we're at it again. This time the pretext to drop bombs is "curbing ISIS" (which was created by the U.S. in the first place, to overturn al-Malaki in Iraq and then Assad in Syria, and is now out of hand.
Like what happened to "our" creature al Qaeda in Afghanistan). And the death toll continues to rise...
Write your senators and tell them: "Enough! U.S. out!! Iraq has shown it can curb ISIS by itself!"