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Week of July 25 2005
No More Star Wars
The Pentagon wants to spend more money on "interceptor" missiles for the Star Wars program. We already have 30 and in the last two tests they failed to even get off the ground. Contact your senators via the True Majority web site asking that they support the amendment introduced by Sen. Carl Levin to cut the money for missiles and spend it instead on nuclear nonproliferation programs.
John Roberts Nominated for the Supreme Court Bush has nominated Judge John G. Roberts to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by Sandra Day O'Connor. See the Save The Court web site for a complete report on Roberts and contact your senators immediately urging them to wait for answers to crucial questions before giving their support to this nominee. The NOW web site also has information on Roberts and a sample message to send to your senators.
Cafta Vote Likely This Week The vote on the Central America Free Trade Agreement will likely occur near the end of this week, and it looks like it will be very close. Contact your member of Congress and urge them to vote against the agreement. See the Stop Cafta web site for more information on the agreement as well as ways to take action. You can also send a letter to your Congress member via the AFL-CIO Working Families web site.
Keep the Heat on Karl Rove
The heat was temporarily taken off Karl Rove
as President Bush nominated John Roberts for the Supreme Court. Rove is being investigated for outing CIA agent Valerie Plame in order to discredit her husband, Ambassador Joe Wilson, a critic of the Bush Iraq policy. Make sure the press doesn't forget about Rove. MoveOn is making it easy for you to send a letter to the editor of your favorite newspaper. Just enter your zip code on the MoveOn web site and you'll find the contact details of local and national newspapers as well as talking points and writing tips.
For more information on the investigation, read an article by Frank Rich on the New York Times entitled "Eight Days in July".
Demand U.S. Action To Stop Genocide In Darfur!
A coalition of groups is seeking 400,000 signatures, one for every victim of the genocide in Darfur, calling on the U.S. to take action through the United Nations to protect the people of Darfur. From the Save Darfur web site:
"Government officials who remained silent during the Rwandan genocide regularly
claim that if Americans had clamored for more government action, the U.S. would
have been forced to work with the UN to intervene, and could have saved
thousands of lives. "
The goal is to collect 400,000 signatures by Sept. 9, 2005, one year after the U.S. government acknowledged that a genocide is taking place.
Sign the petition and spread the word. You can also download a copy of the petition and collect signatures.
See the Be A Witness web site for an idea of how the mainstream media is covering the genocide and let them know it IS news.
Count Every Vote Act
A bill was recently unveiled in Congress calling for federal election reform which addresses many of the issues documented in the 2004 elections. See the People for the American Way web site for more information on the Count Every Vote Act and to take action by contacting your congress member to urge them to support the bill.
ExxposeExxon A coalition of environmental groups has joined forces against the world's largest oil company, ExxonMobil. See the Exxpose Exxon web site for details on the company's efforts to block meaningful action to curb global warming, their resistance in paying damages awarded to fishermen and others injured by the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill despite record profits and their support of drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Send a letter to Exxon CEO Lee Raymond using the Exxpose Exxon web site.
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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!"