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A Call to Lament and Repent

From Sojourners:

The following statement is being issued by over a dozen Christian leaders to mark the fifth anniversary of the Iraq war. We invite you to join us in adding your name as a gesture of lamentation and repentance.

This season of Lent, we are truly living “in darkness and in the shadow of death” as we mark, on March 19, 2008, the fifth anniversary of the war with Iraq. It is a war that is being waged by our country, financed by our taxes, and fought by our sisters and brothers. As U.S. Christians, we issue a call to the American church to lament and repent of the sin of this war.

We lament the suffering and violence in Iraq. …

We lament the effects of this war on our country. …

We repent of our failure to fully live the teaching of Jesus to be peacemakers.

We believe repentance means more than just being sorry. …

We dedicate ourselves to the biblical vision of a world in which nations do not attempt to resolve international problems by waging war on other nations.

Click here to see the full statement and signers

The mission of Sojourners is to articulate the biblical call to social justice, inspiring hope and building a movement to transform individuals, communities, the church, and the world.

Source URL: http://go.sojo.net/campaign/iraqstatement1/xgk7u76rl76twt5x?

Please take immediate action — Save a life

Teach
Peace Foundation

Take Action and save the life of Dr. Sami Al-Arian!

Save a life! Palestinian activist Dr. Sami Al-Arian was acquitted in 2005
of bogus "terrorism" charges by a Tampa Bay jury, yet he still remains
imprisoned in the United States.

Dr. Sami Al-Arian is currently on the fifteenth day of a no food or water hunger
strike to protest the legal manipulations and harassment by the Bush Administration
that are keeping him behind bars despite his acquittal by jury and subsequent
plea bargain (signed under significant pressure from the U.S. government) that
promised his release in May of 2006.

Dr. Al-Arian, a diabetic, is already losing his eyesight and is in extraordinary
danger of renal failure. The federal medical facility where he has been moved
to in Bunter, North Carolina has not given him an IV, despite their legal obligation
to keep him alive. The situation is urgent! Please write immediately to your
elected officials and the federal medical facility to protest this legal harassment
and torture and to demand his release. Dr. Al-Arian’s life depends on it.

Specifically, please contact (call and email):

Honorable Judge Gerald Lee
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
401 Courthouse Square, Alexandria, VA 22314
Fax: (703) 299-3339

(PLEASE CALL!)

The Honorable John Conyers, Jr
2426 Rayburn Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-5126
(202) 225-0072 Fax
john.conyers@mail.house.gov

Senator Patrick Leahy
433 Russell Senate Office Building
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510
(299029) 224-4242
senator_leahy@leahy.senate.gov

Attorney General Michael Mukasey
Department of Justice
U.S.…

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More Actions around March 19th–Five Years in Iraq

Wednesday, March 19, 2008
In the streets!
Market & Sansome Sts.
San Francisco, California 94104

DIRECT ACTIONS ON THE FIFTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE IRAQ WAR: DOWNTOWN SAN FRANCISCO

7:30 am Multiple actions at multiple locations.
Market and Sansome
Marches to direct action locations leaving from Market and Sansome throughout
the morning.

Join the March 19 DASW Text Mob to stay updated through the day:
Send a text to 40404 with the words ?follow dasw? (case sensitive,
no quotation marks). Standard rates apply.

On March 19, 2008 – the fifth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq – Direct
Action to Stop the War (http://www.actagainstwar.net/)
will be organizing a day of decentralized, multiple-target direct action against
government offices and war profiteers in downtown San Francisco. We have created
a list (see the website) of San Francisco offices of federal agencies, corporations
with military contracts or contracts in Iraq, politicians who have failed to
stop the war, and foreign embassies of countries linked to the war in Iraq.
We are focusing primarily on corporations with military or Iraqi contracts,
because we want to focus attention on the prominent role played by war-profiteering
corporations in the U.S. occupation of Iraq. We will take direct action on March
19th against as many of these locations as possible, in order to send a clear
message to the economic and political elites that control this country: No business
as usual until all U.S. troops are withdrawn from Iraq!

**How you can plug into the March 19th San Francisco Day of Direct Action:**

We?re asking that you:
1.…

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Shut Down the IRS / Shut Down War

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On March 19, 2008, we will set up a nonviolent blockade of the national Internal
Revenue Service headquarters in Washington, DC, as part of the day of actions
against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Just as military recruiters supply the bodies for the war, the IRS supplies
the funding. Just as some soldiers have the courage to resist the war, we —
as tax payers — should have the courage to resist paying the taxes that
send soldiers to war. We call on all war opponents to help dramatize our opposition
and to disrupt business as usual by joining this nonviolent blockade.

For at least this one day — March 19, 2008 — we need to create
a disturbance in the smug complacency of the IRS/Pentagon money-axis.

The Scenario
We will gather in our affinity groups at 7 am on Wednesday morning, March 19,
at McPherson Sq., 15th & K Sts. NW. From these areas we will march —
with the Rude Mechanical Orchestra — to the IRS main entrance at 1111
Constitution Ave. (at 12th Street), NW, and across from the Smithsonian’s
Museum of Natural History. Once at the entrance, some of us will sit down to
prevent the IRS from opening as usual, while others will hold signs and banners,
pass out flyers, talk with passersby, and generally call attention to the cost
of the war and our collective responsibility to stop funding it.

Legal Information
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Five Years Too Long… March 19, 2008

Editor’s Note:
 
Five years of this bloody, illegal, unconscionable invasion and occupation of Iraq, six and a half in Afghanistan … It is beyond time for this government to HEAR the People demand we get out, now. Around the nation (and the world), the People are rising up again this weekend to say “Basta! Enough!! Out with them ALL!”

911Truth.org will post a series of articles about events, actions, plans for this horrible fifth anniversary of the War on Iraq. You will not agree with the ideology of every group taking action, but that’s the beauty of this massive People’s Movement! If you don’t like what one group is doing, don’t do it. Find, or create, something else (and tell us about your national group’s event–webmaster (at) 911truth.org). But no matter how you feel about what other Americans are doing, appreciate that SO MANY of us are taking some kind of action.

We hope every reader will find a way to get involved this week. This is your Republic. Act like it!

 

Sunshine Week 2008 Webcast – Open The Government.org

OpentheGovernment.org

“Government
Secrecy: Censoring Your Right to Know”

March 19, 2008, 1 – 2:30 PM (EDT) Participate in person at the National Press
Club in Washington DC, at a Registered Site, or Online Anywhere

If you have questions please contact: Chris Green, Program Associate, OpenTheGovernment.org,
cgreen at openthegovernment.org.

Registration is now open: click
here to register
; see here for technical details and materials – and a poster
for your use!

Note: Individual viewers of the webcast need only register at the National
Press Club’s webcast page
. The registration process with OpenTheGovernment.org
is for groups hosting events.

What?

I. The Secret Executive — What Can Congress and the Public Do?

Confirmed Speakers: Ann Beeson, Director of U.S. Programs at the Open Society
Institute and previously Associate Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties
Union, Mickey Edwards, Director of the Aspen Institute-Rodel Fellowships in
Public Leadership and former Republican member of Congress from Oklahoma for
16 years (1977-92), and John Podesta, President and Chief Executive Officer
of the Center for American Progress, Chief of Staff to President William J.
Clinton from October 1998 until January 2001, and formerly in senior staff positions
in Congress, will discuss executive branch power and secrecy, congressional
rights and responsibilities, the role of the courts and of the public and public
interest sector in combating government secrecy. Patrice McDermott, Director
of OpenTheGovernment.org, will moderate the discussion.

II. Citizen Self-Help: Finding the Information You Need

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National War Tax Resistance

wartaxresistersNational War Tax Resistance Organizing Committee

AN APPEAL TO CONSCIENCE
In Support of Those Refusing to Pay for War

“Let them march all they want, as long as they continue to pay their taxes.”
–Gen. Alexander Haig, U.S. Secretary of State, June 12, 1982

“If a thousand [people] were not to pay their tax bills this year, that would not be a violent and bloody measure, as it would be to pay them and enable the state to commit violence and shed innocent blood.”
–Henry David Thoreau, during Mexican-American War of 1846-48

To all people of goodwill everywhere:

We stand in profound opposition to our government”s aerial bombardment, military invasion, and armed occupation of Iraq, which we consider morally reprehensible and an outrage against conscience and humanity. The reasons for our opposition, in brief, include the following:

This series of military actions has cost the lives of thousands of Iraqi soldiers and hundreds of American soldiers, and it has resulted in even greater numbers of people left injured, orphaned, and widowed. It has further devastated Iraq”s already crippled infrastructure, which was destroyed by U.S. aerial bombardment in 1991, further depriving countless Iraqi children as well as adults of adequate electricity, clean water, sewage treatment, and medical facilities. It has increased the likelihood of terrorist attacks against the U.S., its citizens, and those of our military allies. It has caused untold damage to the environment and human health, including that of American soldiers, as a result of the depleted uranium used… Continue reading

Wednesday March 19: 5 Years of Illegitimate War! End It! Drive the War Criminals from Office!

THIS MARCH END THE MADNESS

After 5 years of senseless, endless war, torture, government deception and suppression . . .
YOU have a voice
YOU have a choice

Bush Program of Endless Imperialistic War or Join us March 19
More Torture, Rendition to Secret CIA Prisons or Demand a No Torture State! Display a No Torture Banner
Accept the Bush Agenda of Oppression and Suppression or Join the Resistance Movement or Become a WCW Member
Allow Your Government to Abolish Privacy or Support the March 19 Actions
Complacency and Complicity as Our Constitution, Our Rights Quickly Erode or Declare It Now! Drive Out the Bush Regime!

The Choice is Yours:

Will this month be 31 more days of bloodshed, corporate war-mongering, death and devastation?

Or will this be the month we unite to end the madness and drive out the Bush regime?

World Can’t Wait – Drive Out the Bush Regime
Awarded MOST VALUABLE CRUSADE OF 2007!

WHY HOPE FOR CHANGE WHEN YOU CAN BE THAT CHANGE?

Debra Sweet, Director, The World Can’t Wait – Drive Out the Bush Regime


whitehouseWCWAfter a weekend of powerful testimony of U.S. veterans of the U.S. wars of occupation in Iraq and Afghanistan Winter Soldier, what will you do to end these endless and criminal wars NOW?

After Bush vetoes ban on torture, including waterboarding, what will you do to tell the world that we won’t live in a torture state?

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Impeach or Else Rally

Banner for Impeach for Peace
Monday,
March 17th, 2008 — 3pm
St Paul, MN, Capitol Building

It is now undeniable that the Federal Government has failed us completely. We have asked our representatives to hold the Bush Administration accountable. Instead, they have blocked the Impeachment movement all over our country.

As we approach the anniversary of the illegal Iraq invasion, we have not given up on the idea of holding the criminals in the Bush Administration or those who enable them accountable. Justice can only come through peace. Since the Bush administration has insisted they will not end the occupation while they’re in office, if we wish for the occupation to end before 1/20/09, we must impeach. There is something that YOU can do. It is now time for Plan B.

Impeach for Peace researched a method for impeaching the President or Vice President using a little known and rarely used part of the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives (“Jefferson’s Manual”). This document actually empowers individual states to initiate the impeachment process. All that’s required is that the MN House and Senate pass an impeachment resolution.

So spread the word, tell your friends, your family, your coworkers, your allies. We will hold a rally Monday, March 17th, on the steps of the Capitol Building in St Paul. When we are finished with the rally, we will storm the Capitol Building. We shall demand that the Minnesota House and Senate immediately pass a resolution calling for the Impeachment of George W Bush and Dick… Continue reading

AlterNet Editorial: Iraq Vets Will Detail U.S. Atrocities in Winter Soldier Hearings

By Editorial Staff, AlterNet
March 11, 2008

This week, on March 13-16, a new generation of “Winter Soldiers” — veterans of the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq — will descend on the nation’s capitol to tell America in their own words what they saw during their service in the “war on terror,” the Bush administration’s signature policy. They’ll give a ground’s eye perspective on the occupation’s toll on the people of those countries and the costs to the military, and they’ll tell stories of what it was really like in places like Fallujah and Ramadi — places that are just names on a map to most of the people back home.

They’ll be following large footsteps. In the early months of 1971, a group of Vietnam vets, organized by Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW), gave two days of testimony about the Vietnam that they had seen, up close and all-too-personally, in the original “Winter Soldier” investigation. While largely dismissed by the political establishment, their wrenching testimony redoubled the peace movement’s efforts to end that war.

In his opening statement 37 years ago, William Crandell, a 26 year-old lieutenant who served in the 199th Light Infantry Brigade, Americal Division — the division that committed the infamous My Lai Massacre — told the hushed room, “The Winter Soldier Investigation is not a mock trial. There will be no phony indictments; there will be no verdict against Uncle Sam.” He promised “straightforward testimony — direct testimony — about acts which are war… Continue reading

Mr. Yukihisa Fujita MP to attend the Sydney Truth Now Conference!

It is with great pleasure that we can announce that Mr. Yukihisa Fujita, a Member of the Japanese Parliament representing the Democratic Party, is to attend the Sydney Truth Now Conference. He is, in the organizing committee’s opinion, the single most important person to step forward to ask the hard questions about 9/11 and the “War on Terror” this year. We hope that his attendance may encourage Australian Parliamentarians to examine the provably false official 9/11 conspiracy theory! He will be in attendance on the 15th (Sat) and 16th (Sun) only and will make a short address on both days.

In other news:

It is with great sadness that I must finally announce that Dr Steven Jones will not be attending this year’s conference due to a family illness, but I’m glad to report he is already preparing for next year! I have taken great pleasure in talking many times with Dr Jones over the last few months and have had the great privilege of his advice! I am now coming to realize, especially during recent months, that many of us will never achieve our goals without the support of the ones that love us most, our families. Dr Jones has made a choice to care for the foundations of what has made him such a noble and courageous man! We the Sydney Committee applaud that decision!

He will still be providing a short video presentation to the conference and between locals Dr Frank Legge (who has been working closely with Dr Jones) and Dr David Leifer of the Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth, all Dr Jones’s material will be covered at the Sydney Conference.…

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9/11 Truth: A Direct Path to Needed Change

9/11 Truth: A Direct Path to Needed Change
A Call for Financial Support

The growing 9/11 truth movement represents the most powerful political force
for fundamental reform and democratic renewal in America today. No other constituency
has the vision, strategy or evidentiary base to bring timely change to a gravely
corrupt corporatist system that has hijacked our governance and now threatens
the world more than ever.

911truth.org needs your support to continue to serve, inform and galvanize
our movement so it can achieve its full transformative potential in a timeframe
that makes sense.

911truth.org is not simply the leading portal of 9/11 information and related
news; it has provided the truth movement with catalytic events, campaigns, and
organizing strategies for the last five years.

You may not be aware that all of our funding comes from just two sources:
individual donors and our online store. We have neither requested nor receive
any foundation or corporate support—we are thus able to keep our focus
on 9/11 truth, real truth, without the influence of organizations with potentially
ulterior motives. 911truth.org is truly a grassroots organization, and without
grassroots support, we don’t exist
.

We are therefore appealing to those of you who understand the urgent importance
of our cause and shared mission to donate whatever you can to help us bring
this movement to fruition before it is too late.

Donate
Now!

911truth.org contributions to the truth movement include:

1. Movement Building Initiatives – With the help of leading
researchers and victim family members, we have initiated or co-sponsored some
of the most effective projects in the truth movement’s short dramatic history
including influential conferences in New York, Toronto, DC, Boston, Chicago
and Santa Cruz, the well publicized national Zogby polls, the justicefor911.org
petition drive, the Politics911 candidate poll, and the widely reprinted "Top
40 Reasons to Doubt the Official Story," as well as countless other tactical
campaigns, PR exploits and workshops.…

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Over 200 9/11 First Responders, Faimly Members, and Supporters to Rally at Capital Hill

WASHINGTON DC – 02.21.08 – Over 200 9/11 First Responders, family members and
supporters will be rallying on Capitol Hill this Tuesday, February 26th.

From 10:00am to 12:00pm, First Responders will rally on the West Lawn of Capitol
Hill.

Scheduled speakers include Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY), Congressman
Jerry Nadler (NY), Congressman Tim Bishop (NY) Congressman Dennis Kucinich (OH)
and other Congressional leaders. Advocates of several 9/11 health organizations
as well as family members and first responders from September 11, 2001 will
also be discussing the health issues they currently face.

The rally is aimed to address the following issues:

* The federal government just cut 9/11 Health Care funding by 77%. A paltry
$25 million was designated for fiscal year 2009, down from $108 million in
2008. This means every program in existence (including Mt. Sinai) will be
operating on a severely reduced budget.

* This past December 2007, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Michael
Leavitt canceled plans for the World Trade Center Business Process Center.
This center was designed to provide treatment for the 10,000-plus First Responders
who reside outside the New York metropolitan area, many of whom are seriously
ill.

* The 9/11 Health & Compensation Act (aka the James Zadroga bill) has
still not been passed. This very important piece of legislation that would
help all 9/11 families has been ignored within Congress up until now–it is
time to speak up to to get it passed!

After the event, 9/11 health leaders have several scheduled meetings,… Continue reading

Meet Cynthia McKinney, with Ray McGovern

By Cheri Roberts-Piper MTR News
February 3, 2008

Photo of Cynthia McKinney
-Photo by Tommy Sullivan, Project Censored

In the article The Radical Alternative (Cynthia McKinney), Mumia Abu-Jamal puts forth a serious question, why not Cynthia McKinney?

Cynthia McKinney takes speaking truth to power to a whole new level. She has time and again stood against and spoken out about the very things we all complain about. She has taken the lashes with a grace the media never allowed you to see.

While speaking at a conference McKinney said,

“Warriors don’t have medals, they have scars. The corporate media has emblazoned for all the world to see…my scars”.

Scars. That’s all the American public knows of Cynthia McKinney.

MTR News had a chance to sit down with this presidential candidate and talk about the many scars on our nation. The woman we met was nothing like the corporate media has portrayed her to be. The woman we met was a warm, vibrant, intelligent, and articulate leader.

Meet Cynthia McKinney: Video at MTRNews.com.

*Cynthia McKinney is running as the 2008 Green Party presidential candidate.Source URL: http://www.mtrnews.com/node/34…

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The Shell Game Hits #31

Alten's The Shell Game hits #31 on NYT Best Seller List
TO: The real Patriots of the 21st century

FROM: Steve Alten

RE: UPDATE

Congratulations! Your efforts have caused The SHELL GAME to hit the NY Times
best seller list, debuting at # 31 in only its second week! Here’s what is really
exciting: Barnes & Noble and Borders front table space only began Feb. 1.
If we can continue to push it up the list into the top 10, the following dominoes
will fall:

1. Supermarkets, drugstores, Targets, etc., will automatically BUY IN as they
purchase off the NY Times list.

2. Major newspapers will ask for review copies and interviews.

3. Major shows like Letterman will be interested.

4. The top 10 best seller list is published each week in NATIONAL PAPERS. It
is what people buy from. The potential to create a WAVE of mass sales is there,
persuading the media and public alike.

And YES… Amazon.com sales COUNT on the list!

What does this mean to the 9/11 Truth Movement?

It means you just got yourself a crowbar to leverage open doors that have been
slammed shut.

And I am not playing it safe. If you listened to my interview with former Senator
Robert Rovner, I pull no punches. I let everyone know that YOU are the voice
of patriotism, a voice that has been deliberately smeared by disinformation
tactics because the powers-that-be fear the truth. The evidence is overwhelming
that the Bushies committed TREASON! War games, put orders…Cheney issuing stand
down orders in the bunker…we need… Continue reading

LIVE from Santa Cruz — Media Summit Remote Participation Encouraged

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NOW!! Truth Emergency US
Santa Cruz Media Summit: Live this weekend Jan. 25-27
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Update by Peter Phillips and David Kubiak

Many economists now doubt that government measures can prevent a major recession given the severe slump in the housing market, the subprime mortgage crisis, growing unemployment, declining consumer spending, and record high oil prices. Even harder times for working people are undoubtedly at hand, yet mainstream corporate media continues to lavish more attention on the Super Bowl and celebrity misadventures than measures to protect Americans from grave personal economic harm. We are spun, mislead, propagandized and amused to death by our media conglomerates and as a result the US has become the best entertained and least informed society in the world.

There is a literal truth emergency in the United States, not only regarding distant wars, torture camps, and doctored intelligence, but also around issues that most intimately impact our lives at home. For example, few Americans know that there has been a thirty-five year decline in real wages for most workers in the country, while the top 10% now enjoy unparalleled wealth with strikingly low tax burdens.

George Seldes once said, “Journalism’s job is not impartial ‘balanced’ reporting. Journalism’s job is to tell the people what is really going on.” Michael Moore’s top-grossing movie Sicko is one example of telling the people what is really going on. Health care activists know that US health insurance is an extremely large and obscenely lucrative industry with the top nine companies… Continue reading

Declare Mental Independence from the Corporate Media Coup

Publicizing Truths with Consequences

“Publicizing Truths with Consequence: Independent Media Power vs. the Corporate Coup”

Quoting the Declaration of Independence is a tired cliche I never tire of…and neither have others throughout history when they found the republic in trying times.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it…When a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”
— from the Declaration of Independence, 1776

Wise words, indeed. And oft looked upon as impetus for momentum by the abolitionists, women suffragists, and working classes. In fact, fifty years after the Declaration’s public airing, others used those words to fight against new emerging tyrannies, especially those molded in the minds of the public by the nation’s ruling institutions.

The great social utopian reformer, Robert Owen, of the New Harmony movement, wrote in 1826 on the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, that America was again under tyranny and desperately… Continue reading

9/11 Truth Action Item: New York Times Best-Selling Author’s 9/11 Truth Novel Available Now

Shell Game by Steve Alten

Take Action: Order Now. New York Times Best-Selling Author’s 9/11 Truth Novel Hits Stores January 22!

Dear 9/11 Truth Seekers Demanding a New 9/11 Investigation,

Today we have an amazing opportunity, if we work together, to launch 9/11 truth into a new mainstream American paradigm.

In the formation of the global 9/11 truth movement there have been landmark moments that catapulted this truth movement forward:

* Mike Ruppert’s early work with copvcia.com and his crucial early research (which got me in this)
* The first national truth conference, formed by Carol Brouillet/Ken Jenkins in San Francisco
* The formation of 911Truth.org after that conference
* The dissemination of the “Stop the 9/11 Cover Up” signs to groups nationwide (911visibility)
* David Ray Griffin’s earth shaking work
* Professor Steven Jones physics research
* Kevin Ryan’s blowing the whistle on inaccuracies of UL’s report to NIST
* The release of Loose Change, which exploded the movement
* The “Eleventh Day of Every Month” TruthAction.org Campaign
* The release of PatriotsQuestion911.org
* We Are Change’s national television exposure on 9/11 truth issues
* The release of Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth, ae911truth.org

Today, we have an opportunity to explode 9/11 truth issues into the mainstream mind, in the form of a soon to be released popular action fiction novel by New York Times Best-Selling Novelist, Steve Alten (stevealten.com). If we can help get 30,000 copies of this profound novel purchased in the first month of its release, we can… Continue reading