Local Actions

Submitted by tnjp on June 8, 2007 - 4:08pm.

A few days ago Tallahassee anti-war activists attended a meeting with Congressman Allen Boyd (D-FL2) to demand an end to the Iraq War and to bring the troops home. Out of that meeting came a heretofore unknown news item.

At the behest of Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Congressman Boyd recently organized a Congressional junket to Iraq for members of Congress (including Republicans) who haven't been to Iraq.

That's where the problems ensued...

Submitted by Lydia Vickers on June 7, 2007 - 11:32pm.

Click Pic for full-sized viewFOCUS ON NELSON - Let's turn up the HEAT

DATES: 6-11-2007 through 6-19-2007

DESCRIPTION: Announcing the first of 8 meetings at Senator Nelson's offices in Florida. Help us put the HEAT on NELSON this summer. He needs to explain to us WHY he is voting for continued funding for illegal torture. We want to know WHY Senator Nelson gave Bush billions more to fund the war we told him to STOP in November! Visits are scheduled at Nelson's offices beginning Monday, June 11th and continuing through Tuesday, June 19th. If you can't meet at the office, can you commit to calling the office for 2 hours during the visit? Tell the Senator's aides that Lydia and the other people visiting represent YOU!

The schedule is as follows:

Date of Visit Office Location Times Telephone #'s
Mon, June 11, 2007 Tampa 2:00-4:00pm 813-225-7040

Tues, June 12, 2007 Fort Myers 2:00-4:00pm 239-334-7760

Wed, June 13, 2007 Coral Gables 9:00-11:00am 305-536-5999

Wed, June 13, 2007 Davie 2:00-4:00pm 954-693-4851

Thurs, June 14, 2007 West Palm Bch 2:00-4:00pm 561-514-0189

Fri, June 15, 2007 Orlando 2:00-4:00pm 407-872-7161

Mon, June 18, 2007 Jacksonville 2:00-4:00pm 904-346-4506

Tues, June 19, 2007 Tallahassee - 2:00-4:00pm 850-942-8415
- we usually finish in about 1 1/2 hours. This meeting is scheduled with an aide in Senator Nelson's office. To join this meeting contact codepinktally(at)yahoo.com

Please Distribute This Widely!

Submitted by tnjp on June 7, 2007 - 4:47am.

Tallahassee Anti-War Activists Meet With Congressman Allen Boyd - Meeting Yields Generalities, Platitudes, and a 'Local Colloquialism'

On Monday June 4th a group of Tallahassee area residents representing several local and national anti-war organizations met with Congressman Allen Boyd (FL-D) to demand an end to the Iraq War and bring the troops home. Congressman Boyd greeted the group in the lobby of his offices on Summit Lake Drive east of Tallahassee and then asked his staff to seat us in the conference room.

The meeting began with Lydia Vickers from CodePINK Tallahassee thanking the congressman for his time and thanking him for his vote on HR1591, which had a timetable to bring the troops home. She read a from list of demands that included taking effective action to bring the troops home, using the power of the purse to achieve that goal, and to reject all future funding for the Iraq War unless it is tied to specific withdrawl plans. She then explained that we would each introduce ourselves and talk to him about our concerns in regard to the war in Iraq and bringing the troops home...

Submitted by tnjp on June 6, 2007 - 11:39am.

Hi Jerry,

Congressman Boyd requested more info on the 14 permanent military bases being constructed in Iraq. Though I'm sure the Congressman is aware of this issue, at least in a general sense, I'll paste in a few a the recent news articles that highlight concern on this issue (The first item was waiting in my inbox when I returned home home from our meeting with the Congressman on Mon. June 4th, 2007).

The Bush Regime must be made to follow the law on the issue of permanent bases in Iraq, as well as be held to account for the rest of its general lawlessness...

US is building bases in Iraq By Patrick Seale 04 Jun 2007 Last week, almost unnoticed, the war in Iraq entered a new phase. Laconic statements from the White House and the Pentagon confirmed what had long been suspected - namely that the US is planning a long-term military presence in Iraq... It is a clear statement that, in spite of its current difficulties in Iraq... the US firmly intends to maintain control of Iraq and its vast oil reserves.

Submitted by Lydia Vickers on June 5, 2007 - 10:42pm.

Click Pic for full-sized viewAttention Florida For Peace - Conference Call Agenda

Welcome once again.

Here is the agenda for the Focus on Nelson conference call.

To join the call dial 1-712-945-0210, then dial 26337465# (codepink#)
to enter the call. Thanks for muting when you are just listening. Press 6 to mute and 6 to re-enter the call.

1. Call starts at 8:30 PM. Everyone will have a chance to introduce

Submitted by Lydia Vickers on June 2, 2007 - 10:26pm.

Click Pic for full-sized viewUpdate 04-06: Join the state wide conference call on Wednesday, June 6th at 8:30 PM. Dial 1-712-945-0210 then dial 26337465# (codepink#) to enter the call. You can press 6 to "mute" and just listen, if you'd like. There are no additional charges for this call. Just the cost of a long distance call. Please join us. We NEED everyone on this!

Dear Peace Makers,
Please join a new, state wide action in Florida. Senator Nelson has missed two recent opportunities to vote to bring our troops home from Iraq. This action will focus on educating Senator Nelson and Florida constituents about the true costs of war to our State. The goal is to change Senator Nelson's mind and his votes.

Phase I begins today, June 1, 2007. Please join any Phase at any time. This phase involves writing a letter and sending an e-mail to each of Senator Nelson's offices, every day, for 10 days. The purpose of the letter is to: 1) express your misgivings about his recent votes to continue funding the war and 2) to ask for an appointment. Many of us will use the same letter over and over. Senator Nelson's office addresses and phone/FAX numbers can be found at http://billnelson.senate.gov

Submitted by tnjp on June 2, 2007 - 5:20am.



Senator Bill Nelson Votes for Torture by Cenk Uygur Posted June 1, 2007
Bill Nelson sold us out. So much for the Democratic majority. It doesn't mean much when you have "conservative" Democrats who are consistently willing to make deals with the Bush administration to allow them to continue their hideous practices.

The Democrats are in the majority in the Senate Intelligence Committee and all they needed was all of their party members on the committee to vote the right way to end torture by the US government. But Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) wouldn't have it. He likes torture too much. I'm sorry, let me use the Orwellian language they use - he found value in the enhanced interrogation techniques used against detainees in the war on terror...

Submitted by Tom Baxter on May 31, 2007 - 5:56am.

34 ITEMS 6 NEW 24 Links of Interest 30MAY2007

Tallahassee Progressive Center Closing Report
http://tinyurl.com/2c8o5f
FMI Rich Templin rtemplin(at)flaflcio.org
(850)224-6926 / (850)5664348 cell

Friends Committee on National Legislation now has a local distributor in Tallahassee for their “WAR IS NOT THE ANSWER “ signs.
See www.fcnl.org/forms/forms.php?type=signs

New/Changed items indicated with =

item 1 Eternal Capitol Peace Vigil
www.honk4peace.org

=item 2 Apalachicola and Carrabelle Rivers Clean-Up

=item 3 Planning Meeting 03JUN2007 for Boyd Meeting 04JUN2007

item 4 Friends of Wakulla Springs Clean Up 07JUN2007

=item 5 Tallahassee Gay Pride Festival 09JUN2007

=item 6 Ten Thousand Villages World Caravan Sale 15-23JUN2007

=item 7 Democracy for America Training Academy 30JUN-01JUL2007

item 8 Call for WOMEN artists for Healing Night 01JUL2007

=item 9 24 links of interest

Submitted by Tom Baxter on May 16, 2007 - 9:08pm.

10 ITEMS 4 NEW 8 Links of Interest 15MAY2007

New/Changed items indicated with =

item 1 Eternal Capitol Peace Vigil
www.honk4peace.org

=item 2 Finley/John Sims: The Art Not Hate Workshop 17-18MAY2007

item 3 Disaster Animal Response Team Training 18-20MAY2007

item 4 Jazz for Justice 20MAY2007

item 5 Tallahassee Equality Florida Meet-up Social 22MAY2007

=item 6 Memorial Day 27MAY2007

=item 7 Friends of Wakulla Springs Clean Up 07JUN2007

item 8 Call for WOMEN artists for Healing Night 01JUL2007

=item 9 Links of interest
1 WHY I FIGHT - Tom Baxter
2-6 Iraq
7 Coalition of Immokalee Workers
8 Tallahassee Network for Justice and Peace Website Update

Submitted by Tom Baxter on May 13, 2007 - 6:08am.

Why I Fight by Tom Baxter
Now at the fourth anniversary of the proclamation of ‘Mission Accomplished’ and the ‘end of major combat operations’ of ‘Operation Iraq Liberation’ I have been standing on Thursdays and Sundays in front of the Capitol with my antiwar signs for almost six years in the ‘Eternal Peace Vigil,’ People have asked, “Why?” Some of the reasons are the lives and deaths of Dwight H Johnson, David Funchess and Jeffrey Lucey...

Submitted by Tom Baxter on May 11, 2007 - 11:58pm.

11 ITEMS 6 NEW 6 Links of Interest 11MAY2007

New/Changed items indicated with =

item 1 Eternal Capitol Peace Vigil
www.honk4peace.org

=item 2 Musical Benefit for Darfur 12MAY2007

=item 3 World Fair Trade Day 12MAY2007

item 4 CODE PINK "Women Stand for Peace" 13MAY2007

item 5 The Great Silent Grandmother Gathering 13MAY2007

=item 6 Disaster Animal Response Team Training 18-20MAY2007

=item 7 Jazz for Justice 20MAY2007

item 8 Call for WOMEN artists for Healing Night 01JUL2007

=item 9 Tallahassee Equality Florida Meet-up Social 22MAY2007

=item 10 6 Links of interest...

Submitted by tnjp on May 11, 2007 - 8:24pm.

Tallahassee Mothers Against War (RSVP)
Street side picket against the war. 12:30 - 2:30 Sunday 13 MAY 2007 Signs and sign making materials will be available. Handicap accessible Chairs for those in need. Cosponsors include Code Pink, Tallahassee Network for Justice and Peace, Veterans for Peace, Vietnam Veterans Against the War and Gold Star Families for Peace
May 13, 2007
From: 12:30 AM until 02:30 AM

Address
Old Capitol Steps 500 South Monroe and Apalachee Parkway. Park off Calhoun behind the Vietnam Veterans Memorial flag

Submitted by tnjp on May 8, 2007 - 8:41pm.

6 ITEMS 2 NEW 9 Links of Interest 08MAY2007

HAPPY PUBLIC EMPLOYEE’S RECOGNITION DAY 09MAY2007

New/Changed items indicated with =

item 1 Eternal Capitol Peace Vigil - www.honk4peace.org

=item 2 CODE PINK "Women Stand for Peace" 13MAY2007

item 3 The Great Silent Grandmother Gathering 13MAY2007

=item 4 Call for WOMEN artists for Healing Night 01JUL2007

item 5 9 Links of interest

item 6 Sister Sheila Salmon, Political Prisoner, Arrives FCI 17APR2007

Submitted by Lydia Vickers on May 8, 2007 - 2:04pm.

Dear Florida CODEPINK Activist,

Hey, it's Lydia in Tallahassee. I'm writing to invite and encourage you to go to Washington, DC and stay at the CODEPINK Activist House and take action with CODEPINK in the halls of Congress.

In March CODEPINK rented a house in DC for a year so that we can have a constant presence in Congress and around town for peace! The house was empty when we moved in, and now after two months it's fully furnished and operational. Next week seven of us CODEPINK women from Florida—-representing CODEPINK from Tallahassee, Orlando, and Sarasota—-will be traveling to DC to live in the house and participate in CODEPINK actions for Mother's Day...

Submitted by tnjp on May 8, 2007 - 10:14am.

Clint Curtis (FL) Needs Your Help Today! House Admin Comm Is Ready To Dismiss Congressional Challenge

Dear PDA Members, Friends and Allies in Florida,

Thanks to your efforts Florida is on its way to having paper ballots, will you help us make history again?

The U.S. House Administration Committee is getting ready to dismiss Clint Curtis's Congressional Challenge for the last election results in FL Congressional District 24!

Please email or call the committee members and ask them to investigate the facts and not to summarily dismiss the case tell them to fund an independent investigation into the Congressional election results in FL CD24. (Read the letter below for backgound.)...

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