Iraq

Submitted by hopeforcleanwater on August 1, 2007 - 10:46pm.

Energy Justice Summer & Bucket Brigade Training August 3-5

Hey Friends,
Saturday - we have a group of college students coming to Perry (led by Jason Misner, Climate Action organizer), and we are taking them on the "toxic tour", - the trip they'll never forget! (you are welcome to come too!)

Then from 2-5 on Saturday, we will have a very special thing happen in Perry: Bucket Brigade training to show us how to capture and measure air pollution. You need to be there! Anyone interested in air pollution will enjoy and benefit from this excellent training. We hope to establish a Bucket Brigade in Perry...

Submitted by Lydia Vickers on August 1, 2007 - 9:16pm.

Click Pic for full-sized viewAugust 1, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CONTACT: Lydia Vickers
850-241-3191 or 850-385-5322

Deidra Lynch
407-385-3183

FLORIDA FOR PEACE MEMBER GROUPS Scheduled to meet with Florida’s Senior Senator

11:00AM – August 7, 2007 – Kissimmee, Florida

A coalition of Florida peace and social action groups joined forces in May, 2007 to begin a state-wide campaign. Their goal was to ask for meetings with Senator Bill Nelson, Florida’s senior senator, in every district where he has an office.

Senator Nelson has agreed to meet with 10 Florida For Peace members in Kissimmee, Florida at 11:00AM on August 7, 2007. Request for meetings in additional Florida locations will be made at this meeting. “We feel that it is his responsibility to meet with us rather than having his constituents drive all over the state to meet him” said Florida For Peace co-founder Deidra Lynch. Request for Town Hall meeting dates around the state will also be requested.

Florida For Peace member groups include: CODEPINK, Military Families Speak Out/Florida, Veterans for Peace, Vietnam Veterans for Peace, Environmental and Peace Education Center, Tallahassee Network for Justice and Peace, Food Not Bombs, Democracy For America and others...

Submitted by tnjp on July 31, 2007 - 9:11pm.

Finally! After six years the Tally Democrat reports on TNJP's Eternal Peace Vigil Against Iraq War. The vigils in Tallahassee started BEFORE the bombing and invasion of Afghanistan in the early fall of 2001. Our local corporate media gets a clue at last (article below)...
Click on pic to view the photo gallery

Perennial protesters: Group protests Iraq war twice a week at Capitol By Tabitha Yang July 30, 2007
Tom Baxter, 60, plans to stand outside the Capitol and protest the war until it's over or until he dies, whichever comes first. On Sunday afternoon, he was sitting in a lawn chair near Monroe Street and Apalachee Parkway, holding an anti-war sign and wearing a baseball cap with "Vietnam Veterans Against the War" emblazoned across the front. Over the course of the six years he's been protesting, he said public support for the protesters has risen. He thinks this is because people are not so hopeful about the war's outcome.

"Back in May of '03, people were saying, 'We won! We won!' ” Baxter said. "Nobody says that anymore."...

Submitted by tnjp on July 25, 2007 - 10:16pm.

Since Sunday, when I announced that I am drafting two censure proposals condemning the President, Vice President, and the administration for their misguided actions in Iraq and for their disregard for the rule of law, I've received thousands of emails and phone calls from people in Wisconsin and around the country. I've also read and watched what 'pundits' and the 'D.C consultant class' have had to say about my proposals. And, while it's really no surprise, the two couldn't be farther away from one another.

I've heard some pundits characterize censure as 'piling on' an unpopular president that could, in the end, hurt Democrats in 2008. Some have said it's a 'big tactical mistake. I could go on, but I'm sure you get the point...

Submitted by Lydia Vickers on July 23, 2007 - 8:24pm.

Please join other Florida For Peace members in our bi-weekly, state- wide conference call to discuss the final 6 weeks of Phase III and how to start Phase IV in our Focus on Nelson campaign.

Also, Senator Nelson has agreed to meet with us in early August. We will discuss specifics on the call.

The call info is:

Florida For Peace/Focus on Nelson Campaign
State-Wide Conference Call
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
8:30PM (EDT)
Call 1-712-945-0210 then enter 26337465# to enter the call. Please
announce your name when you enter the call. You can push 6 to mute
and listen and 6 to un-mute and share your thoughts....

Submitted by tnjp on July 20, 2007 - 9:10pm.

How to create an Angry American? by watching this video...

Submitted by tnjp on July 20, 2007 - 9:08pm.


Submitted by tnjp on July 19, 2007 - 8:28pm.

7-19-3-07 We have our work cut out for us. 70% of people in the U.S. now oppose the war and occupation in Iraq. How can we move them to action?

That was the central question at United for Peace and Justice's recent national assembly. Out of those discussions came an ambitious plan of action for the next several months, grounded in the urgency of the current moment: the daily mounting death toll, the countless wounded, the destruction of Iraq's infrastructure, and the robbing of our communities at home in order to pay for all of this madness.

Between now and November, we are supporting and helping to build a series of important campaigns, initiated by UFPJ member groups and allies. They are focused on decentralized, locally based activities and events, and are designed to engage people in their own communities by offering specific, concrete ways to take action and become part of the peace and justice movement. (See below for further details...)

Submitted by Carol on July 17, 2007 - 9:40pm.

This guy must watch FOX news!


Submitted by tnjp on July 14, 2007 - 12:35pm.

Michael Moore makes the case for media reform whilst putting CNN's Wolfie Blitzter in his place...

Submitted by Carol on July 10, 2007 - 6:18pm.

Cindy Sheehan is back in a Journey for Humanity and it is coming to New Orleans Wednesday July, 11. On her way from Crawford Texas to Washington DC and NY, NY. July 11 arrive New Orleans, LA. 3 events in N.O.

#1 Time: 3pm

Location: Lower Ninth Ward on corner of Deslonde St and N Derbigney St

Rally @ Common Ground Relief's distribution Center. Tour Levee wall, discuss issues with residents and volunteers.

#2. Time: 5pm:

Location: Emergency Communities Kitchen on St Claude. Lower Ninth Ward.

Tour free Kitchen discuss issues with residents and volunteers.

Submitted by job on July 10, 2007 - 6:12pm.

Hello everyone,

I just returned from the United States Social Forum in Atlanta with some new found insights, ideas, and motivation. The burning question for me in recent days has been " If 70-80% of us oppose this war then why do >1% ever actively work toward it's end". I attended several workshops with this being an underlying theme and feel I finally have a bit of a handle on the reasons.

A few days ago I came up with an idea to hold an event at the Civic Center that has literally something for everyone, is very enjoyable, and holds the possibility of becoming a cohesive community action. I also have ideas on funding the event. It has to be on a Sunday preferably prior to the Petreaus report and before the next supplemental funding comes up in Congress so; Sept 9th is a Sunday following a day that both football teams have home games (out-a-towners will be here as well) and the Center hasn't been booked for that day yet. Consequently TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE!!...

Submitted by Lydia Vickers on July 9, 2007 - 6:59pm.

Click Pic for full-sized viewPlease join the state-wide conference call on Wednesday, July 11, 2007 at 8:30PM (EDT).

Phase IV of the Focus on Nelson campaign is from July 9th - July 31st. This portion involves loud street actions, props and banners, Home for the Holidays balloting boxes and phone-a-thons outside of some of Senator Nelson's district offices.

We will discuss different types of street actions, locations, dates and times on this call....

Submitted by Carol on July 7, 2007 - 2:56pm.

UNITE!
Take the Antiwar Struggle Back to the Streets in September

SEPT 29: Mass March on the White House

SEPT 22- 29: Encampment in front of Congress. Cut off the War funds

Stop the War at Home and Abroad!

All Troops Out Now!

Impeach Bush & Cheney for War Crimes!

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September: The next big confrontation over the war

Submitted by tnjp on July 5, 2007 - 5:03am.

Private contractors outnumber U.S. troops in Iraq - New U.S. data show how heavily the Bush administration has relied on corporations to carry out the occupation of the war-torn nation By T. Christian Miller July 4, 2007
The number of U.S.-paid private contractors in Iraq now exceeds that of American combat troops, newly released figures show, raising fresh questions about the privatization of the war effort and the government's capacity to carry out military and rebuilding campaigns.

More than 180,000 civilians — including Americans, foreigners and Iraqis — are working in Iraq under U.S. contracts, according to State and Defense department figures obtained by the Los Angeles Times.

Including the recent troop buildup, 160,000 soldiers and a few thousand civilian government employees are stationed in Iraq.

The total number of private contractors, far higher than previously reported, shows how heavily the Bush administration has relied on corporations to carry out the occupation of Iraq — a mission criticized as being undermanned...

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