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    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”!

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    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 »

    100 Cities Protest Surge of Troops to Afghanistan

    Posted by dlt on December 5, 2009

    Posted in activism, Afghanistan, anti-war, military, obama, peace, War | Leave a Comment »

    Actions around the U.S. to say NO! to Escalation

    Posted by dlt on December 2, 2009

    There are over 80 actions going on throughout the country from Bangor all the way to Honolulu…….  Here is a list with links to the actions or announcements:
    http://pjep.org/uploads/docs/actionsafghanistan.pdf

    Posted in Afghanistan, anti-war, obama, peace, War | Leave a Comment »

    Green Party opposes escalation, urges Obama to announce US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan in his Dec. 1 speech

    Posted by dlt on December 2, 2009

    During the speech, President Obama will announce his intention to send 30,000 more troops, raising the number of US personnel in Afghanistan to over 100,000.

    “Millions of Americans voted for Barack Obama in 2008 under the impression that he was an ‘antiwar’ candidate, even though Mr. Obama supported the war in Afghanistan and favored a limited withdrawal from Iraq. Troop escalation will not ‘finish the job’ in Afghanistan and neighboring Pakistan. Unless he surprises us in his speech on Tuesday, we’ll be further mired in a war that shouldn’t have happened in the first place,” said Rosa Clemente, the Green Party’s nominee for Vice President in 2008 (http://www.rosaclemente.com).

    The Green Party of the United States will participate in antiwar protests scheduled for Saturday, December 12 in Washington, DC, and other locations throughout the US.

    In Washington, Greens and other Americans who support an end to the Afghanistan war will gather for an Emergency Anti-Escalation Rally in Lafayette Park near the White House. Among the featured speakers for this rally will be Cynthia McKinney, the Green Party’s 2008 presidential nominee, and Lynne Williams, 2010 Green candidate for Governor of Maine (http://www.lynnewilliams2010.org). The rally, organized by End US Wars will take place from 11 am to 4 pm (http://www.enduswars.org / contact: Laurie Dobson, 207-604-8988, contact@enduswars.org).

    “This is what Obama’s fabled bi-partisanship gets us — more of the same. What we need is partisanship, with a strong Green Party presence in this country, since we are the only party that was against the wars on Iraq and Afghanistan from day one,” said Ms. Williams.

    On November 25, Ms. McKinney sent an open letter to President Obama urging a reversal of his warhawk policy on Afghanistan (http://dignity.ning.com/profiles/blogs/cynthia-mckinneys-letter-to).

    Nationwide rallies and protests are also planned for December 2, immediately after the President’s speech (http://www.unitedforpeace.org/calendar.php).

    Green Party leaders have disputed President Obama’s claims that the invasion of Afghanistan was “the right war.” The invasion has resulted in a catastrophe for Afghan civilians, with thousands killed and maimed and the destruction of property and infrastructure. The Taliban has won greater popular support because of its defiance of foreign troops, while President Karzai’s corrupt administration have betrayed any hope for democracy and regional warlords have turned Afghanistan into the world’s leading producer of opium. Human rights for most Afghans, especially women, have not advanced because of the US invasion.

    Greens also asserted that the war has not reduced any real or perceived terrorist threat against the US, and its expansion into Pakistan with drone attacks inside Pakistani borders has created greater regional instability and animosity towards the US. Greens called the Democrats as much a party of war as the GOP, with both parties spending enormous amounts of taxpayers’ money to feed a military machine that bullies other nations and ultimately sustains corporate war profiteers.

    “The only way to show support for US troops is to demand their safe return. As the Soviet Union’s attempt to subjugate Afghanistan proved, the US’s attempt to occupy the country means mounting US casualties,” said Farheen Hakeem, co-chair of the Green Party of the United States.

    “The Green Party — not the Democrats or Republicans — represents the will of the people, with polls showing a majority of Americans opposed to the war. We challenge all Americans who desire peace to speak out with their voices and votes, demand that President Obama order our troops home now, and call on Congress to cut military spending,” added Ms. Hakeem.

    MORE INFORMATION

    Green Party of the United States http://www.gp.org
    202-319-7191, 866-41GREEN

    Green candidate database and campaign information: http://www.gp.org/elections.shtml
    Green Party News Center http://www.gp.org/newscenter.shtml
    Green Party Speakers Bureau http://www.gp.org/speakers
    Green Party ballot access page http://www.gp.org/2008-elections
    Green Party Livestream Channel http://www.livestream.com/greenpartyus

    Green Pages: The official publication of record of the Green Party of the United States
    Fall 2009 issue now online
    http://gp.org/greenpages-blog

    Posted in Afghanistan, anti-war, green party, military, obama, War | Leave a Comment »

    Emergency Anti-Escalation Rally , December 12, Lafayette Park at the White House

    Posted by dlt on December 1, 2009

    DEC.12TH 11AM-4PM DC
    End US Wars, is holding an Emergency Anti-Escalation Rally on December 12 at Lafayette Park at the White House, Washington DC, from 11am to 4pm.

    Featured speakers include: Cynthia McKinney, Senator Mike Gravel, Chris Hedges, David Swanson, Kathy Kelly, Betty Hall, Granny D (message), Lynne Williams, Elaine Bowers, Mathis Chiroux, Michael Knox, Ron Fisher and others.

    We are very excited about so many illustrious speakers, with more in the offing. Musical performers include Jordan Page.

    We expect to do a lot of action in DC around the time of Obama’s announcement. We also are planning events the evening of December 11th–a Green Party event, authors book signings, and Robert Greenwald’s new movie on Afghanistan.
    On Rally Day, December 12th: congregate at Lafayette Park, White House. Speakers are from 11am to 4 pm, with musical interludes. From 3pm to 4pm there is an organizational meeting ‘tea’ with peace movement leaders, to meet up at the rally, location TBA.

    Prior to the rally, we are planning a camera ready leaflet, down-loadable from the website  www.enduswars.org , to be distributed at the events coming together between now and then, such as at the Dec. 1st peace vigil at 5 pm at the White House,  Amy Goodman’s speaking event in DC on Nov. 30, and other spontaneous activities now being discussed in the peace community. It will be available for local rally organizers to download and distribute during the days prior to the December 12th Anti-Escalation Rally.

    We are sounding the peace cry, declaring that the Peace Movement is not going to stand for the President’s abdication of the people he was elected to serve. We need to send him the message: We have had enough!

    We ask for your strong support and presence at the rally. Please go to our website:  http://www.enduswars.org .

    Organizing Committee, End US Wars
    www.enduswars.org contact AT enduswars.org
    “When we are morally right, we must not yield.” Cynthia McKinney

    Posted in activism, Afghanistan, anti-war, military, obama, peace, US world domination, 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

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    Rethinking Afghanistan: Sign the Petition

    Posted by dlt on November 29, 2009

    Sign the petition online

    Posted in Afghanistan, anti-war, human rights, military, obama, Pakistan, peace, US corporate interests, US world domination | Leave a Comment »

    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.

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

    Shoe-ing Bush out the door

    Posted by dlt on January 11, 2009

    By: Jamilla El-Shafei Source: SocialstWorker.org Published: 01.09.2009

    CONGRESS WOULDN’T impeach Bush, but the people are giving him the boot!

    On Monday, January 19—President Bush’s last day in office—people will gather at DuPont Circle in Washington, D.C., at 11 a.m. for a rally and march to the White House with their footwear in hand.

    Well aware of the message behind Muntader Al-Zaidi’s high-profile gesture (socialistworker.org/2008/12/17/this-is-…, this act will make a statement that accomplishes several objectives. First, it is an act of solidarity with those who have suffered in Iraq under the Bush regime. It is also a personal catharsis for people, especially for the Iraq veterans who went to war for a lie. Iraq Veterans like Mathis Chiroux of New York City and Iraq Veterans Against the War board member Ward Reilley will be bringing their infantry boots to hurl, with the names of both Bush and Cheney inscribed on them.

    It is also a statement about Bush leaving office with no impeachment proceedings, no criminal investigations and no accountability for his actions at home or abroad. “Congress wouldn’t hold Bush and Cheney accountable and are therefore complicit, and we want to let the country know what we think about that,” an organizer of the demonstration said.

    Lastly, we are sending a message to the world that we share their disdain of the reckless madman who has left a path of destruction from one gulf to another.

    All shoes not confiscated by the police will be donated to the Washington D.C. non-profit, the “Peter Bug Shoe Academy.” The organization teaches shoe repair to inner-city youth, then distributes shoes to the needy.
    Jamilla El-Shafei, from the Internet

    For more information, visit the ShoeBush.org Web site or e-mail organizer@shoebush.org.

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