Iraq

Submitted by tnjp on October 31, 2007 - 11:23am.

War Protests: Why No Coverage?
By Jerry Lanson Christian Science Monitor Tuesday 30 October 2007

Newspapers have a duty to inform citizens about such democratic events.

Boston - Coordinated antiwar protests in at least 11 American cities this weekend raised anew an interesting question about the nature of news coverage: Are the media ignoring rallies against the Iraq war because of their low turnout or is the turnout dampened by the lack of news coverage?

Submitted by su ecenia on October 31, 2007 - 10:08am.

On December 7th 2007, the First Friday in December, the local grassroots organization, "Tallahasseeans Who Believe It's Time To Come Home" will hang approximately 4,000 white origami cranes in the sculpture garden at the entrance to Railroad Square. The debut of this installation will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday night although we hope to keep the cranes up for as long as possible.

The cranes, a universal symbol of peace, will also represent the number of soldiers who have died in the Iraq war. This installation has a personal, local significance as well; it will serve as a memorial to Julian McMackin Woodall,a local Marine who was killed in Iraq in May, who loved to make these cranes as a child...

Submitted by tnjp on October 30, 2007 - 6:30pm.

Mike Gravel at the Oct. 27th Orlando Protest - Some videos of his radio interview and a partial transcript of his comments...
On the Iraq War and Oil

On the National Initiative...


partial transcript of speech at the protest, big H/t to Eileen Fleming for Gravel's comments (and ADS for pointing the way)...

"You bet I am angry! If you have a heart you would be angry too!...It boggles the mind how one human being can kill and dismember another's body and Congress sits in their air conditioned office and says it's just Foreign Policy [when] its murder!...

Submitted by tnjp on October 29, 2007 - 10:30pm.

'I Don't Think This Place Is Worth Another Soldier's Life' - After 14 months in a Baghdad district torn by mounting sectarian violence, members of one U.S. unit are tired, bitter and skeptical.
By Joshua Partlow Saturday, October 27, 2007; A01
BAGHDAD, Oct. 26 Their line of tan Humvees and Bradley Fighting Vehicles creeps through another Baghdad afternoon. At this pace, an excruciating slowness, they strain to see everything, hoping the next manhole cover, the next rusted barrel, does not hide another bomb. A few bullets pass overhead, but they don't worry much about those.

"I hate this road," someone says over the radio.

They stop, look around. The streets of Sadiyah are deserted again. To the right, power lines slump down into the dirt. To the left, what was a soccer field is now a pasture of trash, combusting and smoking in the sun. Packs of skinny wild dogs trot past walls painted with slogans of sectarian hate.

A bomb crater blocks one lane, so they cross to the other side, where houses are blackened by fire, shops crumbled into bricks. The remains of a car bomb serve as hideous public art. Sgt. Victor Alarcon's Humvee rolls into a vast pool of knee-high brown sewage water -- the soldiers call it Lake Havasu, after the Arizona spring-break party spot -- that seeps in the doors of the vehicle and wets his boots.

"When we first got here, all the shops were open. There were women and children walking out on the street," Alarcon said this week. "The women were in Western clothing. It was our favorite street to go down because of all the hot chicks."

That was 14 long months ago, when the soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, arrived in southwestern Baghdad. It was before their partners in the Iraqi National Police became their enemies and before Shiite militiamen, aligned with the police, attempted to exterminate a neighborhood of middle-class Sunni families...

Submitted by tnjp on October 29, 2007 - 2:36pm.

Reports from around the country are still coming in, but by all accounts, Saturday's events were powerful expressions of our movement's commitment to end the war and occupation in Iraq. Organizers from the 11 regional actions, as well as the solidarity actions in other locations, talk about the excitement and energy in their marches, and the very positive response the demonstrations received from people watching them.

Here are a few highlights from the day:

* In New York, 45,000 stood up to the rain, led by veterans, military families, union members, and students, to make their calls for an immediate end to the war in Iraq and for no attack on Iran heard loud and clear in the streets of Manhattan.

* In San Francisco, 16,000 marched from the Civic Center to Dolores Park, stopping to hold a symbolic, mass die-in on Market Street along the way.

* In Orlando, 3,000 from Georgia to Key West also braved the rain to march in opposition to the war and to build the peace movement in the Southeast....

Submitted by tnjp on October 24, 2007 - 9:45pm.



Saturday, October 27th
Energy Building for National Day of Action
END THE WAR IN IRAQ, NOW!

With just four days before the 11 massive regional demonstrations and other actions around the country, the energy is growing and momentum is building. The people of this country know this war is wrong and it must stop. On Saturday, from many cities but in one voice, we will send a clear and unified message: end this war, bring the troops home, fund our communities!

You can get the most up-to-date information about the plans for the protest in the city nearest you by going to www.oct27.org. There you can find details about the day's activities, leaflets to download and copy so you can help spread the word, information about transportation to the regional action near you and much more.

It is not too late to make your plans to get to one of these mobilizations. And it is not too late to help us make sure everyone knows what's happening on Saturday, and that they are encouraged to participate.

Here are some things you can to do to help build October 27th:

* Send a copy of this message to everyone you know, to every email address you have.

* Share the video generously produced by Robert Greenwald and Brave New Foundation in support of the mobilization with others, and encourage them to sign the October 27th pledge. http://oct27.org/brave_new_video (more below the fold)...

Submitted by tnjp on October 24, 2007 - 9:41pm.

Thousands Expected As Orlando Joins 10 U.S. Cities Mobilizing to End the War in Iraq

WHEN: Saturday, October 27, 2007 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm

WHERE: Rally at Lake Eola (NE corner). 3 mile march from Robinson to Parramore to Church St to Orange Ave to Central and returning to Eola Drive & Robinson.

On October 27, thousands of people from all walks of life will take to the streets in Orlando and 10 other cities as they host regional marches and rallies to end the War in Iraq and prevent new wars. The event in Orlando is expected to be the largest peace rally ever held in Florida. Local organizers from a variety of groups are working together to host the October 27 march, which is welcoming participants from throughout Florida and the greater Southeast.

Speakers Include:
Michael Albert - activist, author of "From SDS to Life After Capitalism" & founder of Z-Magazine
Lucas Benitez - Coalition of Immokalee Workers
Debra Booth - AFL-CIO & Central Florida Labor Council
Scott Camil - Veteran for Peace
Michael Canney - Green Party of Florida, Co-Chair
maTT De Vlieger - SDS @ UCF (M.C. of the day)
Denise Diaz - Central Florida Jobs with Justice
Sen. Mike Gravel - Anti-war Candidate for President '08
Clifton Hicks - Iraq veteran against the war (IVAW)
Jesse Kern - Veterans for Peace (Korean War Veteran)
?Congressman Dennis Kucinich - Presidential Candidate for Peace '08
Omar Masri - Speaker from UFPJ Steering Committee
Peg McIntire (97yo) - Grandparents for Peace, St. Augustine
David Rucker - Metropolitan Democratic Black Caucus & former President of the Orange County NAACP
Bruce Wright - St. Pete for Peace
Lydia Vickers - CodePink...

Submitted by tnjp on October 23, 2007 - 4:34am.

Forwarned is forarmed...

Neocons Surge Against Antiwar Movement by Tom Hayden October 22, 2007
As thousands of Americans take to the streets this week, they will face a rising right-wing offensive to discredit and derail the antiwar movement. The cry of "troops home now" will echo in 11 cities as an intense year-long battle begins to sharpen. Not since 2002 will the antiwar movement – and dovish Democrats – face as virulent and lavishly funded a backlash as this one.

Consider the gathering storm:...

Submitted by tnjp on October 2, 2007 - 5:09pm.

As part of UFPJ's day of nationwide protests to end the Iraq Occupation, a regional demo is being organized in Orlando. www.oct27.og - we are organizing locally here in Tally...

Submitted by tnjp on September 30, 2007 - 3:17pm.



Josh Gaines is an Iraq War Veteran. He returned his Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal and National Defense Service Medal to former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

Josh's medals were mailed to Mr. Rumsfeld care of Stanford University...

Submitted by tnjp on September 28, 2007 - 6:16am.

The Sept. 15 March on Washington: A New Movement is Emerging By Brian Becker

The Sept. 15 March on Washington was unique.

The energy, the youth, the multitude of new people who were joining a protest for the first time; the large number of Iraq war veterans as well as active duty service members; the determination of Gold Star family members to unite together in the streets against the war that stole the lives of their children and the inspired willingness of thousands to die-in and risk arrest—these were the features that made Sept. 15 somewhat more akin to the militant marches and actions that became a characteristic feature of the movement that helped end the Vietnam War.

The people who attended knew this to be true. This was not the same crowd strolling down the street. What the people saw and felt and experienced and knew to be true could not be easily erased by the typically bad, cynical and misleading corporate media coverage...

Submitted by Carol on September 27, 2007 - 7:49am.

Dems pressured to temper war protests
By: Jim VandeHei and John F. Harris
September 27, 2007 07:32 AM EST

The vast majority of Democrats in Congress are powerfully clear about what they think about the war in Iraq. It is the greatest strategic blunder of a generation.

It is a lost cause. Above all, it is immoral — with more men and women dying each day for a war that many Democrats concluded years ago was a terrible mistake.

Submitted by tnjp on September 25, 2007 - 5:16pm.

“VOICES OF PATRIOTISM” DOCUMENTARY

I would like to invite everyone to attend the debut screening of Bayard Stern’s “Voices of Patriotism” to be held October 5th from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Room 249 of the Fine Arts Building at FSU. (see attached) This is a short film that Bayard made for a film class at FSU that documented the luminary protest at Lake Ella in March organized by the local grassroots group, “Tallahasseeans Who Believe It’s Time To Come Home”. Soon after the luminary event, Julian McMackin Woodall, a Marine stationed in Iraq, was killed. Julian was the son of one of our friends and luminary participant, Meredith McMackin. In this final version of the film, Bayard has added footage of Julian’s funeral...

Submitted by Carol on September 23, 2007 - 9:23am.

Florida's Joe Leiberman, aka Senator Bill Nelson, joined with twenty-two other candy-assed Democrats to condemn MoveOn.org's ad. Check the roll call vote here....

Senate Approves Resolution Denouncing MoveOn.org Ad
By David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 — The Senate approved a resolution on Thursday denouncing the liberal antiwar group MoveOn.org over an advertisement that questioned the credibility of Gen. David H. Petraeus, the American commander in Iraq.

MoveOn.org, with 3.2 million members, has become a powerful force in Democratic politics and the advertisement it paid for, which appeared in The New York Times, has come under sharp attack from Congressional Republicans and others as unpatriotic and impugning the integrity of General Petraeus.

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York and Senator Christopher J. Dodd of Connecticut, both Democratic candidates for president, voted against the resolution, which passed 72 to 25.

But curiously absent from the vote was Senator Barack Obama of Illinois, also a Democratic candidate for president, who had canceled a campaign appearance in South Carolina so he could be in Washington for votes.

Mr. Obama issued a statement calling the resolution, put forward by Senator John Cornyn, Republican of Texas, “a stunt.” Mr. Obama said, “By not casting a vote, I registered my protest against these empty politics.”...

Submitted by Carol on September 19, 2007 - 5:55pm.


On September 15th 2007 the Iraq Veterans Against the War led a 100,000 strong march of anti-war protestors from the White House to the Capitol building. They were supported by the Veterans for Peace. Along the way the marchers were harrassed by a pro-war gathering.

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