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Week of June 27 2005
Pentagon Creating Student Database Read the Washington Post article on a database of high school and college students for use in military recruitment efforts. It more important than ever to support the Student Privacy Protection Act. Sign on as a citizen co-sponsor on the Leave My Child Alone web site and urge your representative in Congress to support this legislation.
Halliburton Hearing Reveals More Abuse
Oversight hearings held by the Democratic Policy Committee of the Senate reveal new abuses by Halliburton in Iraq. Watch the hearings on C-SPAN [Real Player required] and read an article by Pratap Chatterjee on Corpwatch.
The Bunker Buster The Robust Nuclear Earth Penetrator, or Bunker Buster, is back. The Senate will be considering funding for new generation nuclear weapons as part of the Energy and Water Appropriations Bill. Read more about it and take action on the Women's Action for New Directions or True Majority web sites.
Stop Efforts to Undo Campaign Finance Reform Efforts are underway to rollback limits on contributions to political campaigns. The bipartisan effort, called the 527 Fairness Act of 2005, aims to make things easier for lobbyists, the number of which has doubled in the last 5 years according to the Washington Post. Urge your representative in Congress to vote against this bill. Send a message via the Common Cause web site and read more about the legislation on the Common Blog.
September 24 - Hit the Streets Major peace and justice organizations in the U.S. are organizing a massive antiwar demonstration in Washington D.C. on September 24, 2005, with coordinated actions in San Francisco and Los Angeles. See the ANSWER and UFPJ web sites for more information and how to get the word out. Tell your friends in the U.S. and let's work to organize here in Italy as well.
Bush's Speech on War in Iraq Watch C-SPAN's coverage of the president's speech on the war in Iraq, in which he repeatedly invoked September 11 and Osama Bin Laden. You can also watch a one hour special of Democracy Now! with commentary on the speech. [Real Player required] Then write a letter to the editor of your favorite newspaper in the U.S. with your thoughts on the speech. See the congress.org web site for local newspaper contact info.
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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!"