Iraq

Submitted by tnjp on August 29, 2007 - 9:05pm.

Iraq War Veteran Evan Knappenberger Sounds Alarm on Back Door Draft

Submitted by tnjp on August 27, 2007 - 3:55pm.

Tower Guard Vigil
Iraq Veteran Evan Knappenberger’s Efforts to End Stop-Loss and IRR

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 26, 2007

CONTACT:

Marie Marchand, Executive Director
Whatcom Peace & Justice Center
(360) 734-0217 (office); (360) 920-4817 (cell)
Email: WhatcomPJC@fidalgo.net

VET’S WEBSITE: www.TowerGuard.org

Iraq War Veteran Evan Knappenberger, 1st BDE, 4th Infantry Division, erected his 6 ft. scaffold on the Mall in Washington, DC this morning as part of a weeklong 24hr/day Tower Guard vigil. Knappenberger is drawing attention to the US military’s STOP-LOSS and INACTIVE RESERVE policies, which he submits are being used as a substitute for conscription in a political war. The vigil will run through Saturday, September 1st...

Submitted by Carol on August 21, 2007 - 9:58pm.

National Take A Stand Day -- Come join Florida For Peace, MoveOn.org, Tallahassee Network for Justice and Peace, Code Pink, Veterans For Peace, Vietnam Veterans Against The War, Tallahassee Now, Military Families Speak Out, True Majority, United for Peace and Justice, USAction, Working Assets and Americans Against Escalation in Iraq. Go to http://political.moveon.org/event/septembervigil/40436 to sign up.

Please come join us on August 28th at 7:00 pm in front of the old Capitol Building at the corner of Apalachee Parkway and Monroe Street. We will be holding a candlelight vigil to let our congressmen know "Enough is enough".

When most members of Congress get back to DC this September, what do you think they're going to remember about their August vacation? That day out on the fairway with the oil and gas lobbyists? The fat check they got from that big developer? The 100th baby they kissed?...

Submitted by tnjp on August 18, 2007 - 7:40pm.

Protesters: Boyd should vote against Iraq war Originally published August 17, 2007
By Bill Cotterell
A dozen protesters at the Old Capitol urged U.S. Rep. Allen Boyd Thursday to vote against funding of the Iraq war, saying it has cost Big Bend and Panhandle taxpayers $894 million that could be better spent on education, health care and other domestic needs.

"It's utterly sickening that we are spending money to kill people over there," said Ben Dyckman, presenting a report by MoveOn.org that estimated the cost of the war at $25.02 billion in Florida...

Submitted by tnjp on August 16, 2007 - 7:34pm.



Stop Government Attacks Against the Anti-War Movement!
Take Action to Defend Free Speech
In an unprecedented action, the ANSWER Coalition today received citations fining the organization $10,000 for the placement of posters announcing the September 15 March on Washington DC. The fines come after a campaign led by FOX news calling for the DC government to take action against those putting up posters for the September 15 demonstration.

They have told us that we have 72 hours to remove every poster, or the fines will go into effect. Tens of thousands of dollars in additional fines are expected in the coming days. Bush’s Interior Department is threatening similar actions against ANSWER. The September 15 posters are legal and conform to city regulations. We will not allow the government's intimidation tactics to slow our outreach or silence the antiwar movement...

Submitted by Carol on August 15, 2007 - 9:52pm.

MOVEON.ORG POLITICAL ACTION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Carol Stachurski, Tallahassee
MoveOn Community Coordinator
THURSDAY, AUGUST 16, 2007 850-933-6152

*** Press Event: Thursday, August 16, 12 noon ***
REPORT ATTACKS CONGRESS FOR SPENDING $894 MILLION IN LOCAL TAXPAYER DOLLARS ON UNWINNABLE CIVIL WAR

CALLS ON REP. BOYD TO VOTE IN SEPTEMBER TO END THE WAR
Tallahassee – On Thursday, August 16, members of MoveOn.org Political Action in Tallahassee will release a new report, "War at Home" highlighting the cost of the Iraq War to residents in every congressional district, including Florida's 2nd Congressional District...

Submitted by tnjp on August 15, 2007 - 7:48pm.

Uncle Sam Wants…You? April 2007 NEA Today - As military recruiters continue targeting students, they’re increasingly trying to win the hearts and minds of educators. By Cynthia Kopkowski
One of the U.S. Marine Corps’ newest “recruits” is running through the mud on Parris Island, South Carolina—the training depot where nearly 17,000 enlistees submit to a grueling 13-week boot camp each year. A second later, she scrambles up a 20-foot-high rope wall and launches herself over the top. The next morning, Bethany Deckard will tuck her cheek into the cold contours of an M16 and fire multiple rounds to practice “engaging” the enemy. For the Marines, just having Deckard at the depot is a victory. Even though she will never actually become a Marine, she interacts daily with hundreds of students who might. Deckard is a high school teacher, and that makes her one of the military’s most highly sought allies right now...

Submitted by tnjp on August 14, 2007 - 5:36am.



Olbermann Analysis w/John Nichols


Transcript of Cheney video below...

Submitted by tnjp on August 13, 2007 - 8:02am.

Click Pic for full-sized viewBoasts, Prevarications, and a Rattlesnake

On Tuesday August 7th ten members of Florida For Peace traveled to Kissimmee, FL to meet with Senator Bill Nelson at the public library. They represented over fifty groups from from all parts of Florida.

When the group arrived a staff member directed us to a conference room where the senator was waiting. A local news crew had a camera set up. After shaking hands and sitting down, Senator Nelson mentioned how he was having town meetings, three just yesterday in Jefferson, Pinellas and Pasco counties.

Lydia Vickers - CODEPINK Tallahassee, Co-Founder/Florida For Peace - began by stating she had traveled to all eight of his offices around the state and had meetings with his staff and thanked the Senator for meeting with us.

Senator Nelson began by thanking us for coming from all over the state to see him. He then talked about what he termed as townhall meetings, two of which he had the previous day in the Tampa Bay area. He said that 150 people had attended one meeting and 130 had attended the other one and that no one had brought up the issue of the Iraq War...

Submitted by tnjp on August 13, 2007 - 7:35am.

Click Pic for full-sized viewSenator Nelson’s PR spin on “Town Hall” meetings
by Deidra Lynch -- Orlando, FL August 10, 2007 -- Florida’s Senator Bill Nelson's office is falsely reporting that he is touring the state doing "Town Hall" meetings yet his meetings are not being announced publicly until just hours before he arrives and most of them have only been with city and county officials, not the public. These "invitation-only" audiences with selected press only are costing Florida taxpayers and lulling them into believing the he is concerned about public sentiment. His office has refused to even announce his travel schedule or place any requested alternative press members on the pre-notification list. This is open government? NO, this is a PR spin!...

Submitted by tnjp on August 10, 2007 - 8:36am.



Florida Groups Push For End To War POSTED: 3:03 pm EDT August 7, 2007
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Florida For Peace pushed for a meeting with Sen. Bill Nelson at the Kissimmee library on Tuesday.

Members said they want Nelson to stand against President George W. Bush and end the war in Iraq.

Many groups congregated at the library to meet with Nelson, including Code Pink: Women For Peace.

Members said they feel Nelson has been supporting the war and want him to be one of 67 senators to override a presidential veto and bring troops home.

"I think he needs to realize he's hurting these troops more by not saying, 'Enough is enough' it's time to come home, and let's come up with a plan,' so the only way that's going to happen is to stop funding," Deidra Lynch of Florida For Peace said...

Submitted by tnjp on August 10, 2007 - 4:01am.

Fort Myers Approves Chalk Memorial
FORT MYERS, Fla. The city has given permission for EPEC member, Willie Filkowski, to memorialize on city streets!

Willie, 15, and two companions were told to stop their writing after a city worker called authorities claiming there was an anti-war protest going on in downtown...

... To read more about the Names Project on Willie's blog click here (more news below the fold)...

Submitted by Lydia Vickers on August 8, 2007 - 9:34pm.

Click Pic for full-sized viewFOR IMMEDIATE DELIVERY TO THE SENATOR’S DESK
August 8, 2007

FAX TO; Senator Bill Nelson
All District Offices and
Washington, D. C.

FAX FROM: Lydia Vickers, CODEPINK
Florida For Peace/Focus on Nelson
Phone: 850-385-5322

Dear Senator Nelson,

I would like to thank you for attending the meeting with Florida For Peace members in Kissimmee, Florida yesterday, August 7, 2007. Many of us traveled a very long way to share our concerns about your support of the war in Iraq, funding torture, terrorism, Iraqi civilian atrocities, our 1st and 4th Amendment Rights, support for our troops and their families, Florida’s financial deficits, homeless and veteran issues, your responsibilities to your Florida constituents, permanent bases in Iraq and your voting record on these issues.

For me, personally, I was disappointed that you tried to put me in the uncomfortable position of arguing with you, or even worse, being lectured to about your recent yes vote on S. 1927 (to amend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978). It was totally unnecessary and a little unkind. None of us at the table were swayed with your lengthy discourse regarding your vote. And is was disturbing that you might use most of the little time we had with you talking rather than listening. Senator, we desperately need you to listen to us....

Submitted by tnjp on August 6, 2007 - 6:26pm.

Homeless vets: A hidden crisis by Darryl E. Owens Sentinel Staff Writer August 6, 2007
Often, when Ryan Svolto manages to sleep, he finds himself back in Iraq preparing for triage, awash in blood and bodies. But he can't find his medical kit, and, helpless, he thrashes awake, damp with sweat.

As an infantry medic, he patched up soldiers wounded in combat in Iraq. Now, Svolto, 24, is trying to fix his own wounded life after a recent stint at a Daytona Beach homeless shelter...

Submitted by tnjp on August 5, 2007 - 8:41pm.

FORT MYERS BANS EPEC MEMBER'S CHALK MEMORIAL

Click pic for full size imageTeen halted from chalking names of war dead
FORT MYERS, Fla.(AP) - Fort Myers police have stopped a teenager from chalking the names of Iraq war casualties on downtown sidewalks.

Willie Filkowski, 15, and two companions were told to stop their writing after a city worker called authorities claiming there was an anti-war protest going on in downtown.

Filkowski had begun his chalk work on July 1 and had worked on his memorial most nights along with his parents, sister and friends. He started writing the names beneath a flagpole in an area park and had written almost 300 names before being stopped Monday evening. Recent rains and power washings have since swept away much of the writing...

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