Submitted by tnjp on March 20, 2013 - 11:25pm.

10 Years Later and I’m Still Protesting War
Posted on Mar 19, 2013
By Col. Ann Wright

Ten years ago, I resigned my post in opposition to President George W. Bush’s war on Iraq. I had worked in the U.S. government for most of my life, first in the Army and Army Reserves, retiring as a colonel, and then as a diplomat. I served in U.S. embassies in Nicaragua, Grenada, Somalia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Sierra Leone and Micronesia. I helped reopen the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, in December 2001.

Yet after serving in eight presidential administrations, beginning under Lyndon Johnson during the war on Vietnam, I ended my career in the U.S. government in opposition to another conflict—the war on Iraq.

A decade after I stepped down as the deputy ambassador in the U.S. Embassy in Mongolia, the war in Iraq is over for Americans, but continues for Iraqis. The whirlwind of sectarian violence brought on by the U.S. invasion and occupation continues to blow there.

The war on Afghanistan is now in its 13th year and as the anniversary of my resignation day approaches, I find myself outside the gates of Creech Air Force Base in Nevada, protesting war and, in particular, President Obama’s killer drone programs in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia.

Although Obama’s kill list, the CIA drone attacks in the undeclared war on Pakistan and the assassination of three American citizens by drone in Yemen receive most of the media and congressional attention, the incredibly large number of drone strikes in Afghanistan has gotten scant coverage—and that is why I am at Creech...

Submitted by Lydia Vickers on December 7, 2007 - 8:02pm.

Dear All,
What an amazing day. Got settled in last night and up and at 'em at 6:15 am.

One bummmmmmmmmer! Col. Ann Wright was sentenced to 6 months probation (the strictest kind you've ever heard of - she can't even raise her voice near the Hill) - it was a jury trial and just blew everyone's' mind in the room. Check out the video interview with Bill O'Reilly that Deidra posted for the group not too long ago.

When Gen Petraeus spoke in the Senate in September (not the House where I stood on a chair), Ann said "I am a diplomat for peace". She knows Crocker, didn't interrupt anyone..... it was profiling for sure.

The jury was selected in the morning. They found her guilty! (the judge was the same one who recently let Midge off with a $500 fine - Midge was back on the Hill the next day and the judge (a woman) mentioned that when sentencing Ann. "I gave your friend some leniency and she was back here the next day" (Midge didn't do anything but go up there, don't even know how the judge knew that????)

WORST OF ALL, she also got 3 days in jail and they took her away, right there. She looked freaked out, had tears in her eyes. Her sciatic nerve has been so painful it's hard to walk at times. I wasn't there but the group that was came home bummed, bummed, bummed...

Submitted by tnjp on July 5, 2007 - 6:23pm.

Call Out The Instigator by Cindy Sheehan

Call out the Instigator
Because there’s something in the air
We got to get together sooner or later
Because the revolution’s here
You know it’s right!

-Thunderclap Newman

I’m not backing off. I tried to remove myself from the political realm of the US, what BushCo is turning into an Evil Empire, but the blatant audacity of George commuting Scooter’s sentence (he’s not ruling out a full pardon - and you know he will) has dragged me kicking and screaming back in. I can’t sit back and let this BushCo drag our country further down into the murky quagmire of Fascism and violence, taking the rest of the world with them!...

Submitted by tnjp on June 12, 2007 - 5:29pm.

Third class citizens - ALWAYS THE LESSER PRIORITY 10-Jun-07 By David Podvin
John Lennon wrote, "Woman is the nigger of the world". Woman should be so lucky. She does not rank nearly that high, and she never has. A typical example recently arrived from the Supreme Court, which ruled that saving a female life is insufficiently relevant to justify performing a late term abortion. The justices stressed that although the lives of women are important, there exists a higher priority...

Submitted by tnjp on June 12, 2007 - 5:28pm.

"Cynthia McKinney, former Congresswoman from Georgia, speaks about her possible 2008 Presidential campaign (Green Party ) and her political history."

Submitted by tnjp on May 30, 2007 - 8:16am.

Good Riddance Attention Whore Mon, 2007-05-28 By Cindy Sheehan
I have endured a lot of smear and hatred since Casey was killed and especially since I became the so-called “Face” of the American anti-war movement. Especially since I renounced any tie I have remaining with the Democratic Party, I have been further trashed on such “liberal blogs” as the Democratic Underground. Being called an “attention whore” and being told “good riddance” are some of the more milder rebukes.

I have come to some heartbreaking conclusions this Memorial Day Morning. These are not spur of the moment reflections, but things I have been meditating on for about a year now. The conclusions that I have slowly and very reluctantly come to are very heartbreaking to me...

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

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

Submitted by tnjp on May 11, 2007 - 8:20pm.

MOTHER'S DAY FOR PEACE - Reported by Deborah - May 8, 2007
Brave New Foundation launched a new short viral video in honor of Mother's Day featuring actresses Felicity Huffman, Vanessa Williams, Alfre Woodward, Christine Lahti and feminist icon Gloria Steinem. The video celebrates the original meaning of Mother's Day, founded during the Civil War as a call upon women to unite for peace in the name of children everywhere. The video is being distributed virally over the internet by Robert Greenwald's Brave New Foundation via You Tube in partnership with a large coalition of groups including the Unitarian Universalists, SEIU, Soldiers of Yesterday and Tomorrow, National Organization for Women (NOW), Coalition Against Militarism in Our Schools, United For Peace and Justice and others...

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...

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