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    Join Cynthia McKinney in the Bike4Peace cross country tour!

    Posted by dlt on May 21, 2010

    Kickoff Critical Mass Meet at the House of Common Sense, 1193 Pine St., Oakland at 7 AM Sat-24-July-2010 for a day long mass bicycle ride to the state capitol in Sacramento. Or join along the way- say, Rodeo, Fairfield, or Davis.

    World Car-Free Day

    We’re converging upon Washington, DC, riding bicycles from across the continent. Join us for a Continental Critical Mass ride. Plan to arrive by Wed-22-Sept-2010. Meet at 10 AM across the pool from Congress.

    From Cynthia McKinney: Bike4Peace Riders and Hosts needed!

    For a little way or all of the way!!!! Do something different: join me on a cross country bike ride!!!! Please study this route and let me know ASAP if you’re interested in participating all of the way or just a part of the way. Either way, we’d LOVE to have you along for the ride. Here’s the link for the map:

    http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8x…

    (Just a note of caution: It does take a few seconds for the map to load. Once loaded, you should see blue, red, green, and aqua tabs. Aqua is a starting point, of which there are four; green indicates where we will take a rest day; red is where we will overnight and expect to need whatever facilities anyone can donate. Appropriately situated on the left side of the window is the text description of what you are looking at on the google map. And then below the text is a description of what we will do at each point indicated in a color on the map. The map is interactive and an explanation for each stop is provided. We’d love to fill each area in with who’s going to donate what at each stop along the way—and where it says “rally”, who will be there to give me a word of encouragement—and a massage!!! It reads something like this:

    B4P 2010
    We are making an unsupported bicycle ride from San Francisco to Washington, DC between July and Sept, 2010, led by Cynthia McKinney, six term Member of Congress and 2008 Green Party nominee for President. The ride will demonstrate the bicycle as a transformational tool to solve the problems of Climate Change, Oil Wars, the Health Crisis, and the Economic Crunch. Along the way, riders will facilitate community discussions around the question “How can we support each other to live true to our best values?”

    If you would like to bicycle all or part of the route, plan a convergence ride to meet up in DC on World Car-Free Day 22-Sept, or host riders passing through your community, please e-mail bike4peace@googlegroups.com)

    We’re scheduled to start on July 24, 2010 at the House of Common Sense in Oakland and we’ll end up at the White House, that needs some common sense!!!

    Please let me know if you’re interested in joining us. You don’t have to be a pro biker—I’m not!!! But I have a lot of enthusiasm and a desire to change the world and to change myself. I’ll be a better person at the end of this ride because I’ll have time for introspection, time for hearing new points of view from fellow riders, time for hearing from people in towns I’ve never visited before. This will truly be for me, an adventure of a lifetime. And in the process, we’ll spread a message of truth, justice, peace, and dignity. At a time of seeming global chaos, join us and find tranquility (and probably some new leg muscles) out on the open roads of America.

    Riders will be joining us from Seattle, Vermont, and even from Canada! If you’re willing, we’ll make a way!!!

    Now, maybe you can’t ride with us, but you want to be involved. If so, please take a long look at the map again and consider hosting us overnight in your home, organization space, or place of worship. I know I’ll need someone who can ease my aching muscles just a little. Just know that every donation will be greatly appreciated. If you’d like to donate your time, money, or services, please let me know or contact Ron Toppi directly at ronbikes4peace@gmail.com; or better yet, just go to http://www.b4p.bbnow.org/donate.php to make a donation.

    And at the end, maybe the White House will gain a bit of our good, old-fashioned common sense! No more war, bike for peace!

    Cynthia’s websites:
    http://dignity.ning.com/
    http://www.enduswars.org
    http://www.livestream.com/dignity
    http://www.twitter.com/dignityaction
    http://www.myspace.com/dignityaction
    http://www.myspace.com/runcynthiarun
    http://www.twitter.com/cynthiamckinney
    http://www.facebook.com/CynthiaMcKinney
    http://www.youtube.com/runcynthiarun

    More Info: http://www.b4p.bbnow.org/events.php

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    Posted in activism, anti-war, green party, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Pakistan, Palestine, peace, War | Leave a Comment »

    Tell Obama “No You Can’t!” : Saturday November 12th

    Posted by dlt on December 7, 2009

    Tell Obama “No You Can’t!”
    http://www.enduswars.org/spreadtheword

    Help us get the word out for the Dec. 12 rally against President Obama’s troop escalation plans for Afghanistan!

    This is an emergency protest rally, to take place on Saturday, December 12, from 11 am to 4 pm in Lafayette Park (across from the White House) in Washington, DC. It’s being organized by the End US Wars coalition (http://www.enduswars.org). The speakers list includes Rep. Dennis Kucinich, Cynthia McKinney, Sen. Mike Gravel, David Swanson, Rev. Graylan Hagler, and many others, and musicians will perform. Along with the rally on December 12, the film “Rethink Afghanistan” will be shown Friday, December 11, from 6 to 8 pm at Busboys & Poets, 14th & V Streets NW.

    Because to the short amount of time between President Obama’s Afghanistan speech and the rally, we need lots of help getting the word out far and wide about the Dec. 12 rally. We need to do some ‘guerrilla media’ work to publicize the event and encourage people to attend — or if they can’t attend the rally, to speak out against the deployment of more US troops to Afghanistan.

    Here’s what you can do:

    • Notify friends, neighbors, family, and anyone else you know who might be outraged at the escalation plans. Send them the announcement appended below by e-mail, make phone calls, paste the announcement on your Facebook page.

    • Post the announcement on e-mail discussion lists, community bulletin boards, and blog pages. If you read a news article online about the Afghanistan War, paste the announcement into the ‘comments’ section below the article text.

    • Download and print the 2-per-page flyer, cut it in half, and pass it out: http://www.enduswars.org/Dec12Rally-2.pdf

    • Make a phone call to a call-in radio talk show and tell listeners about the rally. Be sure to mention the web site: End US Wars dot org

    • Write a letter to the editor about your opposition to the Afghanistan War and mention the rally.

    There are lots more people who are outraged by the President’s escalation plans — people of every political stripe. Some people support Obama, but oppose his current policies.

    Let’s reach them, tell them they aren’t alone, and encourage them to join us on December 12 when we send a message to President Obama to “do the right thing”!

    * * * * *

    Tell President Obama “No You Can’t!” send more US troops to Afghanistan

    Emergency Anti-War Rally at the White House against President Obama’s planned military escalation in Afghanistan
    • When: Saturday, December 12, 11 am to 4 pm
    • Lafayette Park in Washington, DC, across from the White House, near the Farragut West Metro Station
    • Organized by End US Wars http://www.enduswars.org

    Speakers for the rally will include Rep. Dennis Kucinich, former Rep. Cynthia McKinney, former Sen. Mike Gravel, Nobel Peace Prize nominee Kathy Kelly, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Chris Hedges, author David Swanson, Rev. Graylan Hagler, Capt. Ron Fisher, Gael Murphy (CODEPINK), Debra Sweet (World Can’t Wait), Elaine Brower (Military Families Speak Out), Brian Becker (ANSWER), Mathis Chiroux (Iraq Veterans Against the War), among many other national peace leaders. Musicians Jordan Page, Head-Roc and others will perform. (Go to the website for current list of rally speakers.)

    Join us in our demand that President Obama must announce an immediate ceasefire in Iraq and Afghanistan to end the wars and order our troops home. He must stop Predator drone attacks and covert operations in Pakistan, and he must begin immediate reconstruction and recovery in war torn regions.

    If the President does not meet these demands, he will face intensified opposition, with anti-war candidates prepared to defeat his war policy politically.

    Along with the rally on December 12, the film ‘Rethink Afghanistan’ will be shown Friday December 11, from 8 to 10 pm at Busboys & Poets, 14th and V Streets NW in Washington, DC.

    More information: email contact at enduswars. org or visit http://www.enduswars.org
    For press inquiries, phone: Laurie Dobson, Director, End US Wars (207)604.8988

    Posted in Afghanistan, anti-war, Iran, Iraq, obama, oil, Pakistan, peace, War | Leave a Comment »

    Cynthia McKinney Letter to Obama

    Posted by dlt on November 30, 2009

    This morning, I sent this letter to President Obama:

    “Mr. President:

    I are writing to urge you to announce an immediate cease-fire followed by a withdrawal of all US troops from Iraq and Afghanistan in the fastest way consistent with the safety of our forces.

    I urge you to end the use of Predator drones that kill civilians.

    I call upon you to cease all covert operations in Africa, Asia, and North and South America.

    Too many of your military advisors are implicated in torture, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and crimes against the peace.  Your Justice Department  operates at the zenith of injustice, defending Bush Administration criminality in U.S. Courtrooms.

    I wrote to you earlier suggesting that if you did not investigate the crimes of the Bush Administration, you would be viewed as their accessory.  Sadly, war crimes and torture are now committed with your name on them.

    Please bring our troops home now.”

    A peace demonstration is being organized for December 12, 2009 in Washington, D.C. The Emergency Anti-Escalation Rally, also known as the End US Wars Rally, is scheduled for 11am at Lafayette Park at the White House.  I wholly endorse this rally and encourage all who can to participate in Washington, DC or to help a local peace organization committed to ending U.S. wars on that date.

    For more information about the Washington, D.C. December 12, 2009 demonstration, please visit www.endUSwars.org, currently under construction.

    Cynthia McKinney’s letter sent, November 21, 2009

    Posted in Afghanistan, anti-war, Iraq, obama, peace, US corporate interests, US world domination, War | Leave a Comment »

    October 17th anti-war Actions

    Posted by dlt on October 11, 2009

    Greens around the country will be taking the Green Party Peace Message to the streets in a national day of action to protest US wars in Afghanistan and Iraq


    Taken from the GPUS National Discussion List:

    OHIO:
    The ‘Green Party Stands for PEACE’ will be the sign that will be carried at the peace vigil in Dayton next Saturday. We asking Green National Committee Delegates and party members to participate in some action or event on Saturday, October 17th. Some cities have active coalitions who are mobilizing. But in most cities and towns there may not be any organized effort. In those areas you may want to plan some event or action either in coalition with other groups or as the Green Party. In Dayton, we are planning 2 street vigils/protests. A small action will be better than none.

    We hope to have a follow up to Oct. 17 th. with a conference call to talk about the party’s roll in the peace movement and how we can move things forward. We believe peace education and direct actions go hand in hand.

    COLORADO:
    The GPCO is participating in:

    8 Years in Afghanistan: The Human Cost

    Join us for Eyes Wide Open, the Human Cost of War, As there are
    commemorations all around the world to mark this chilling anniversary, we will be participating in Denver with the Eyes Wide Open Exhibit

    Saturday, October 17, 2009
    9 am – 2pm

    At noon there will be a special remembrance of lives lost in Afghanistan and Iraq, both civilian and military.

    The location is the public space between the library and the art museum in downtown Denver. 10 W 14th Ave Parkway

    MICHIGAN:
    North Country Greens will be having a small action at the post office in Marquette,Michigan on October 17th with signs against the wars and slogans such as “Health Care not Warfare – Green Party.” (We spent September focusing on vigiling for HR 676.) Not muchfoot traffic for leafletting, but lots of car traffic at the intersection to see our signs and two Green Party green banners.

    October 17th is an opportunity to get “peace” and “Green Party” connected in folks’ minds, and to point out that both the Democrats and Republicans are war parties, despite
    Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize. Even small actions are important. Let’s do it, Greens!

    Posted in Afghanistan, anti-war, green party, human rights, Iraq, key values, peace, War | Leave a Comment »

    GPUS Endorses October 17 actions

    Posted by dlt on September 15, 2009

    The Green Party of Ohio has voted to endorse the October 17, 2009 peace
    actions being called by the National Assembly to End the Iraq and
    Afghanistan Wars and Occupations.

    October 17 Local and Regional Actions (www.NatAssembly.org)

    October has several dates with significance for the peace movement.
    October, 2009 will mark the eighth year of the U.S. war in Afghanistan and
    seven years since Congress passed the resolution authorizing war against
    Iraq. In addition, October commemorates the 40th anniversary of the
    Vietnam Moratorium that brought hundreds of thousands into the streets to
    protest the war.Designate October 17 as a day for mass rallies, marches,
    coordinated local and regional demonstrations and other forms of protest
    with unequivocal antiwar demands:Immediately and unconditionally
    withdrawal all U.S. troops, military personnel, bases, contractors and
    mercenaries from Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan!End U.S. support for the
    Israeli occupation of Palestine! End to the siege against Gaza!U.S. hands
    off Iran and North Korea!Self-determination for all oppressed nations and
    peoples!End war crimes, including torture!

    Motivation

    We insist on the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of all U.S.
    troops, military personnel, bases, contractors and mercenaries from Iraq,
    Afghanistan and Pakistan. We demand an immediate end to all U.S. support
    for the Israeli occupation of Palestine and the ongoing siege against Gaza
    and the Palestinian people. We oppose sanctions,threats of war, and
    attacks against Iran, North Korea, Somalia, or any other nation, whose
    right to self-determination is under assault by Washington’s aggressive
    drive for hegemony. We strongly oppose interference in the internal
    affairs of these countries, as well as Cuba, Venezuela, Bolivia and any
    other nation targeted by the U.S. government for political
    destabilization. The lopsided vote by the U.S. House of Representatives –
    368-60 – on May 14, 2009 approving the Obama administration’s request for
    $97 billion for U.S. military operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan
    and the Senate’s follow-up vote on June 18, 2009 approving by a 91-5
    majority $105.9 billion for the same purpose make clear the bipartisan
    support for continuation of the wars and occupations. It also underscores
    why an independent, unified, mass action antiwar movement is needed now
    more than ever. We support without equivocation the right of all oppressed
    nations and peoples to self-determination, whether in the Middle East or
    in other parts of the world, such as Haiti.

    We stand in solidarity with working people, their unions and allies, and
    so we demand that the trillions being spent on wars and the military be
    diverted to the support of homeowners, the opening of plants to create new
    green jobs instead of seeing them shut down, and preventing the slashing
    of urgently needed social programs.

    References

    http://www.natassembly.org/

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    War Supplemental Vote Early Next Week

    Posted by dlt on May 8, 2009

    According to Mainer Bruce K. Gagnon, Coordinator of Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space who talked with Maine Rep. Chellie Pingree’s Military Legislative Assistant, Eric Hansen, the bill is in the House Appropriations Committee now and that it would likely be voted on in the House of Representatives as early as next week.

    President Obama had requested $83 billion for the war supplemental but House Democrats have added $9.3 billion to that request to bring the supplemental to now stand at $94.2 billion.

    According to Hansen Rep. Pingree would vote on the supplemental and he said that she wants to first “see what form the bill takes” before deciding on her vote. He said that the Congresswoman was wanting to see if bench marks and timelines were included in the bill. So far Obama has not submitted any timelines on ending the Afghanistan occupation.

    Hansen said that the war supplemental will also include funds for economic assistance to the governments of Afghanistan and Pakistan. He talked about “soft power” options being important like moving some Pakistan funds from the Pentagon to the State Department’s control for diplomatic purposes and for expansion of counter-insurgency capabilities.

    Hansen also said that Rep. Pingree was seriously considering signing on as a co-sponsor to a bill presented by Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA) that would “require the Secretary of Defense to submit a report to Congress outlining the United States exit strategy for United States military forces in Afghanistan participating in Operation Enduring Freedom.”

    As of today the cost of the war in Afghanistan to American taxpayers has been more than $172 billion and the Iraq war has cost more than $656 billion.

    It is important to remember that Obama has also already requested $130 billion for war funding for fiscal year 2010.

    Please make a call immediately to your member of your state Congressional delegation. Urge them to vote against any more war funding.Here is status of the Iraq-Afghanistan-Pakistan war supplemental bill for the remainder of 2009.

    According to a report I received from a constituent who talked with Maine Rep. Chellie Pingree’s Military Legislative Assistant, Eric Hansen, the bill is in the House Appropriations Committee now and that it would likely be voted on in the House of Representatives as early as next week.

    President Obama had requested $83 billion for the war supplemental but House Democrats have added $9.3 billion to that request to bring the supplemental to now stand at $94.2 billion.

    According to Hansen Rep. Pingree would vote on the supplemental and he said that she wants to first “see what form the bill takes” before deciding on her vote. He said that the Congresswoman was wanting to see if bench marks and timelines were included in the bill. So far Obama has not submitted any timelines on ending the Afghanistan occupation.

    Hansen said that the war supplemental will also include funds for economic assistance to the governments of Afghanistan and Pakistan. He talked about “soft power” options being important like moving some Pakistan funds from the Pentagon to the State Department’s control for diplomatic purposes and for expansion of counter-insurgency capabilities.

    Hansen also said that Rep. Pingree was seriously considering signing on as a co-sponsor to a bill presented by Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA) that would “require the Secretary of Defense to submit a report to Congress outlining the United States exit strategy for United States military forces in Afghanistan participating in Operation Enduring Freedom.”

    As of today the cost of the war in Afghanistan to American taxpayers has been more than $172 billion and the Iraq war has cost more than $656 billion.

    It is important to remember that Obama has also already requested $130 billion for war funding for fiscal year 2010.

    Please make a call immediately to your member of your state Congressional delegation. Urge them to vote against any more war funding.

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    Shoes at Bush

    Posted by dlt on January 28, 2009

    YOU TUBE from DC SHOE BUSH actions of 1/19

    Posted in Afghanistan, anti-war, bush, human rights, Iraq, peace, torture | Leave a Comment »

    Candidate Comparisons On War

    Posted by Green Party Peace Network on October 5, 2008

    Candidate Comparisons
    On War

    McKinney / Clemente

    • immediate withdrawal of troops & contractor
    • cut off all war funding
    • no war with Iran
    Obama / Biden
    • delayed, partial withdrawal
    • authorized all war funding
    • embraced doctrine of pre-emptive warfare
    vote

    Posted in 2008 elections, activism, Afghanistan, anti-war, human rights, InternatlLawsTreaties, Iran, Iraq, military, peace | Leave a Comment »

    Cynthia McKinney – Our Biggest Lesson from the war in Iraq – Debate Answer

    Posted by Green Party Peace Network on October 5, 2008

    Posted in 2008 elections, Afghanistan, anti-war, candidates, Iraq, peace | Leave a Comment »

    Photos from DNC

    Posted by Green Party Peace Network on August 27, 2008

    Gray Newman, North Carolina Green, has posted photos of events in Colorado at the Democratic National Convention

    https://i1.wp.com/greeninnc.smugmug.com/photos/359221964_ixHr3-M.jpg

    https://i2.wp.com/greeninnc.smugmug.com/photos/359410581_xT6oa-M.jpg

    https://i2.wp.com/greeninnc.smugmug.com/photos/358714586_ZP8pQ-M.jpg

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