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Week of June 13 2005
Republican From Texas On the Hidden Costs of War Read the speech made by Republican Congressmember Ron Paul from Texas. Contact his office and let him know what you think of the speech.
Downing Street Memo II (and III, IV, V, VI, VII) Read the article from Democracy Rising that begs the question, "How much more information is needed before the truth is sought..." See a new 4 minute video with excerpts from the film Hijacking Catastrophe. And if you haven't acted on this yet, see the After Downing Street web site for petitions, ways to contact your representative and the media.
Funding Cuts for PBS and NPR A House subcommittee has voted for a $100 million funding cut for PBS and NPR, including $23 million for children's educational programming. Read more about the cuts in this NYT article. The Common Cause web site has contact information for the leadership of the Appropriations Committee. Let them know what you think of this. Let your representative in Congress know as well.
UN Reform Act Last week the House International Relations Committee passed the UN Reform Act, in which the U.S. threatens to withhold 50% of dues to the UN unless 38 demands are met. Read more about the issues on the Citizens for Global Solutions web site and send a letter to your representative.
Freedom to Read Amendment Congress will soon vote on a bipartisan proposal to prohibit the Department of Justice from using any money in its budget to search a library or bookseller as granted under Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act. This proposal would exempt bookstores and libraries from turning over records on customers or patrons, protecting privacy and first amendment rights. Send a letter to your representative from the Act For Change web site.
GREAT NEWS: It passed! 238 to 187. Read about it on the ACLU web site. Keep up the pressure to prevent the Patriot Act from being expanded and made permanent.
New Energy Bill - Same Old Story The Senate is debating an energy bill that does little to encourage use of renewable energy and energy efficiency. Read more about the issues and send a letter to your senator, from the Apollo Alliance web site or contact your senator directly.
Wal-mart The Movie After Fox News, filmmaker Robert Greenwald's latest project takes on Wal-mart. The film is due to be released the week of November 13, 2005 in a grassroots premiere week. Help spread the word.
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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!"