Peace & Justice

Submitted by Carol on November 20, 2007 - 6:57pm.

Twenty Thousand Protest at Ft. Benning
Eleven Face Federal Charges by Bill Quigley / November 20th, 2007

In what has become the nation’s largest annual gathering for peace and human rights, over twenty thousand people protested outside the gates of Fort Benning, GA on November 18, 2007. Eleven people were arrested on federal criminal charges and face up to six months in prison.

Fort Benning is the site of the internationally notorious U.S. Army training school for Latin American military and security personnel. For decades it was called the School of the Americas (SOA) — it is now called the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC). The school has graduated hundreds of military officers who have lead or participated in nearly every human rights atrocity in the hemisphere. Organizations across the world, including Amnesty International USA, have called for its closure since discovering copies of torture manuals used at the school. In June 2007, 203 members of the U.S. House of Representatives voted to close the scandal-ridden school — six votes shy of the margin of victory...

Submitted by Carol on November 20, 2007 - 6:46pm.

Submitted by tnjp on November 15, 2007 - 8:45pm.

What the hell happened to the the Out of Iraq Caucus???...

(11/14/2007) Liberal Democrats back party's war bill

3 leading House anti-war Democrats said they now back a $50 billion bill that funds the war but calls for most troops to come home by December 2008.

Their support paves the way for the bill's passage Wednesday.

Woolsey-Lee-Waters Support Bill

Submitted by tnjp on November 15, 2007 - 3:52pm.

In 2005, for example, in just those 45 states, there were at least 6,256 suicides among those who served in the armed forces. That’s 120 each and every week, in just one year.

Suicide Epidemic Among Veterans
NEW YORK, Nov. 13, 2007(CBS) They are the casualties of wars you don’t often hear about - soldiers who die of self-inflicted wounds. Little is known about the true scope of suicides among those who have served in the military.

Submitted by tnjp on November 13, 2007 - 9:56pm.

18 Veterans Arrested in Antiwar Protest
Submitted by davidswanson on Mon, 2007-11-12 20:30
By Tania deLuzuriaga and Charles M. Sennott, Boston Globe
More than a dozen members of an antiwar veterans group were arrested yesterday as they protested the exclusion of their message from Boston’s Veterans Day parade.1112 03Members of Veterans for Peace lined up in front of a podium at City Hall Plaza holding antiwar placards, as color guards from Massachusetts military units and JROTC bands from across the state filed into Government Center for a ceremony, sponsored by the American Legion, to honor veterans after the parade. Some protesters wore gags, which they later said symbolized the fact that, while they were permitted to march in the parade, they were prevented from carrying signs opposing the war in Iraq.

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 24, 2007 - 9:45pm.

Saturday, October 27th
Energy Building for National Day of Action

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 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. (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 13, 2007 - 7:08am.

FSU, FAMU students walk out in reaction to verdict
October 12, 2007 By Jim Ash Florida Capital Bureau Chief
TALLAHASSEE -- Some students walked out of classes at Florida A&M University and Florida State University today to protest the not-guilty verdict handed down in the trial of seven boot camp guards and a nurse accused of manslaughter in last-year's death of 14-year-old Martin Lee Anderson.

"I just got several phone calls. Please let everyone know that we are not organizing this, these people walked out on their own. The kids are just mad." said Vanessa Baden, an organizer for the Student Coalition for Justice....

Photo slideshows at the Tally Dem here and here...
audio of protestors chanting...
more news and video below the fold...

Submitted by tnjp on October 12, 2007 - 6:12am.

While searching for videos of the student walkout protest of the Martin Lee Anderson Bay County boot camp manslaughter vedict, I ran across this old video of the March 2nd 2004 March on Tallahassee by local film maker and former Tallahassee IMCista Ian Weir.

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 25, 2007 - 5:16pm.


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 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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