Action Alert re. Kucinich’s Bill, HR66
January 12th, 2009
Last Friday, the House of Representatives voted 390 yes, 5 no, and 22 present to pass H.Res.34, “recognizing Israel’s right to defend itself” and “reaffirming the United States strong support for Israel.” To see if your Representative cosponsored this resolution, click here.To see how your Representative voted, click here. Last Thursday, the Senate voted on a similarly worded resolution, S.Res.10, which passed by unanimous consent.To see if your Senator cosponsored the resolution, click here.
The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation opposed these resolutions because they failed to call for an immediate ceasefire and unimpeded humanitarian access to the occupied Gaza Strip as required under the terms of UN Security Council Resolution 1860. The resolutions also blamed the victims–the Palestinians–for the civilian casualties and humanitarian catastrophe Israel is inflicting upon them and absolved Israel of any responsibility for its actions.
Thankfully these resolutions will not be the final words of Congress on the issue. Yesterday, Rep. Dennis Kucinich introduced a resolution calling for “an immediate and unconditional ceasefire” and “unrestricted humanitarian access” to the occupied Gaza Strip. The US Campaign is supporting this resolution, which can be downloaded by clicking here.
National Call-In Day for Gaza!
Today – January 16, 2009
We designate Friday, January 16th as National Call-In Day for Gaza. Calling is quick, easy, and effective, and will take about 5-10 minutes. We need… Continue reading
Yesterday, (1.12.2008), Rep. Kucinich explained why he voted against a resolution endorsing Israel’s over-the-top aggression in Gaza. Also, please take a moment to sign this petition at AVAAZ.org:
Kucinich Part 1 of 2
Kucinich Part 2 of 2
Don’t keep silent about the Israeli massacres and Holocaust against Palestinians. The demand for an end to this siege must be louder than the bombs that rain down upon us.
Adham Khalil is a resident of Jabaliya refugee camp and a youth leader at the al-Assria Children’s Library. His blog, Free Free Palestine , is at http://nagyelali.blogspot.com . (Reprinted from Electronic Intifada )… Continue reading
January 13, 2008
Center for Constitutional Rights
The inauguration is almost upon us, and I am writing you with two important related matters. The first is a call to action to phone your senators with questions for Eric Holder’s hearing on his nomination to be the next Attorney General. The second is to send you a link to a report we released yesterday on the simple steps to closing Guantánamo.
While President-Elect Obama has said he will close the base,he has yet to say how or when, which are the most important questions. We are all excited at the chance for a new beginning: it is up to us to make it one we can be proud of. Please call your senators, and please download and distribute our report so we can end this terrible chapter in our history.
I. This Thursday, January 15th, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing to decide whether nominee Eric Holder should be confirmed as the new Attorney General. While Holder’s public statements suggest he would be a marked improvement over Alberto Gonzales and Michael Mukasey, it is critical that the American public be certain that our nation’s chief lawyer has an unwavering commitment to upholding the rule of law.
Senate Judiciary Committee members have a serious responsibility to put an end to subverting law to politics – and to ensure that President-Elect Obama appoints an Attorney General who will help him restore, protect and expand our human rights. And it is… Continue reading
In advance of the hearing, IAVA released ten crucial questions that Congress needs to ask the nominee. And I’m going to be live-blogging about the hearing straight from DC, watching to see what issues are addressed.
If he’s confirmed, General Shinseki will be facing an urgent and critical fight to improve support for our nation’s veterans. As a wounded and decorated combat veteran, and the first Asian-American in US history to be a four-star general, he has the potential to lead the second-largest bureaucracy in the US government into the 21st century.
However, the challenges facing today’s veterans are radically different than the issues faced by previous generations. General Shinseki must demonstrate knowledge on issues ranging from implementation of the new GI Bill to providing the best health care possible for our newest generation of heroes.
All of this makes Wednesday morning’s hearing one of the most important events for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans in a long time. As an Iraq veteran who was wounded in combat, I’m looking forward to watching the process unfold.
Thank you for standing with us.
Director of Government Affairs
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)
January 8, 2008
This just in from Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, IAVA:
This week reports surfaced that KBR, a military-contracting firm, may have
knowingly exposed troops to dangerous toxins in Iraq. Today, I am asking you
to take a stand with IAVA, and call for accountability.
In April of 2003, members of the Indiana National Guard were protecting KBR
employees at a power plant in Southern Iraq. After their service, some of these
troops exhibited signs of cancer, tumors and rashes, and new reports indicate
that these injuries may be the result of exposure to toxins present at the site.
Incredibly, CBS News has uncovered evidence that KBR may have known
about the risks months before it took any action to inform those soldiers.
At least one Indiana Guardsman has died from lung cancer already. Others are
sick. In fact, records from the CBS investigation show that 60 percent of the
soldiers exposed "exhibit symptoms of exposure."
We need your support to ensure that KBR works hand-in-hand with both Congress
and the military to find out exactly what needs to be done to protect our veterans.
We’ll be working in Washington, D.C. to ensure that Congress addresses this
issue head-on with a full investigation, and outreach to the veterans who may
have been affected by this and similar cases.
Dear 9/11 Truth Advocates,
As 2009 arrives, 911Truth.org wishes you all the best, and extends our gratitude to each of you for your persistent courage and dedication to hard truths!
For nearly five years, 911Truth.org has served as your portal to reliable information about 9/11, its precedents and consequences, as an umbrella for hundreds of local truth activism groups, as a catalyst for national campaigns and new 9/11 truth special interest groups, and so much more. We are at a very critical juncture right now, as monthly donation pledges total about $500. We need to raise $15,000 for this first quarter of 2009 if we are to continue to provide these valuable services.
As we enter a new year, with a new administration coming into office, we are excited to continue this important work with some new opportunities–though admittedly, significant challenges remaining–in front of us!
Having witnessed the international reaction to the election of Barack Obama, we believe that a new dawn in political responsibility may be approaching. We therefore encourage the 9/11 community to take an optimistic, and persistent, educational approach to the new administration, one which will speak truth to power in a new relationship based on positive expectations of honesty and good faith. The approach we envisage continues to be based on the expectation that individuals within the United States Government and its citizens, once educated about 9/11, will recognize that only strength and respect would flow from… Continue reading
Starting: San Diego, CA, on January 10
Ending: Washington, DC on January 20
How will the American people set an agenda in Washington that guarantees deep change?
How can we aim high, and demand the impossible?
How can we guarantee Barack Obama will fulfill the hope and promise he has represented?
(And how deep will the change really be, when you’ve put together a centrist cabinet?)
Inaugurate Yourself! will gather fellow rebels and radicals, spiritual people and political instigators, people who want to speak out and support Sander Hicks “Three New Imperatives:”
1. We can visualize the US Government renouncing violence within our lifetime. If the Democratic Party won’t embrace the radical call to peace and nonviolence of Gandhi, King, Jesus of Nazareth, Dorothy Day, and others, then it’s up to us. The US can really lead the world for the first time, not with the strength of its right arm, but with a new ideal of peaceful conflict resolution. It’s time for us to evolve. This is a natural next step.
2. We call on the US to start an innovative green venture capital program, to rejuvenate the economy, and change the whole paradigm of “dog eat dog” capitalism. Capitalism, too, must evolve. The government could have a role, not as a bumbling huge bureaucracy, but as a creative instigator and funder of conscious, sustainable new companies that act in the public interest, produce important new goods and services, and use the public markets to create a… Continue reading
December 19, 2008
Posted at Joe’s blog at 911blogger.com
Secure a place in your cities parade.
North Texans for 9/11 Truth are making plans for this January’s
MLK parade in Dallas . We encourage other 9/11 Truth Groups to start making
plans now by submitting applications to march in their local parade. This type
of 911TRUTH action can have an extremely positive IMPACT !!
Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be celebrated on Monday January 19, 2009. During
the course of that holiday weekend, many municipalities will have parades and
public events. This is a fantastic opportunity for 9/11 Truth Groups to generate
an extremely positive impact.
In 2008, North Texans for 9/11 Truth marched in the Dallas MLK
parade after Joe pushed through the application process. The crowds were very,
very receptive to 911 TRUTH! People were smiling and waving and even cheering
us on. Some in the crowd were shouting that they know the official story is
a lie. Our group gave away more than 500 DVDs and hundreds of flyers, until
we finally ran out. People were clamoring for the free DVDs and flyers. We easily
could have given out several thousand DVDs to the lines of people hungry for
truth. This year, we are planning to be well prepared with thousands of DVDs
William Pepper: The Execution of Martin Luther King (2003)
MLK- A Time to Break Silence
Find further discussion and planning here:
9/11blogger Thread of 2008 MLK march: http://www.911blogger.com/node/13452
TruthAction Thread of MLK march: http://truthaction.org/?q=node/180
We can make this happen if we spread this email. Imagine a scientist
Hey Donna ,
We wanted to let you know that there are only 2 weeks left in the first round
of the “Ideas for Change in America” competition, and your idea is
in 7th place in the Other category.
The top 3 rated ideas for each category will make it to the second round, which
will be held in early January so we can announce the winners of the competition
just before the Presidential Inauguration. You need 552 votes to move up to
third place in Other.
The best way to increase your votes is to email your link to friends and ask
them to support your idea and pass it on. You can do this by forwarding the
Best of luck!
- The Change.org Team…Continue reading
December 10, 2008
Another day, another non-denial denial that Bush is planning midnight
preemptive blanket pardons for his entire gang, including himself. In
an article in the New York Times the other day,
current attorney general Mukasey is quoted as asserting it would not be “necessary”.
Please take careful note he did not say it wouldn’t happen, because
unless we speak out now it WILL.
The best shot we have is H.Res. 1531 which puts the administration on
clear notice that there will be strong push back from Congress if
they attempt such a scurrilous stunt. Please submit this action page
to ask your House member to sign on as a co-sponsor of this measure.
Support H.Res. 1531 Action Page: http://www.usalone.com/hres1531.php
We all know that George Bush as someone without even the guts to face
his own music, he who sent more that four thousand brave Americans to
their senseless graves, for a premeditated and knowing lie in Iraq,
tens of thousands of American crippled and mutilated for life,
trillions looted from our economy, and he doesn’t even have the
simple courage to risk the accountability of having to defend his
numberless crimes in a fair trial.
It is now known that Nixon seriously considered pardoning himself,
but even he was not THAT despicable. George Bush most certainly is.
And remember that his administration has been infested with Nixon era
cronies like Cheney and Rumsfeld, so it is no surprise that the
malfeasance of the Nixon era has been magnified… Continue reading
We understand that good people may disagree with our vision. But this is a private effort not connected to the Obama campaign or transition team, and we reserve the right to keep the competition and its content aligned with the stated mission and overall spirit of the project.
Thank you for your understanding. As mentioned above, we welcome you to directly petition the Obama administration about your proposal at http://change.gov/page/s/ofthepeople. And we hope you continue your work to advance change.
- The Ideas for Change in America Team
[End of email]
Donna Marsh O’Connor’s idea that a scientist be appointed to head the National Institute of Standards and Technology (imagine that!) is still listed here.
Donna Marsh O’Connor submitted this idea at change.org on November 9 (language below), which was then promoted at both 911truth.org and 911blogger. But at this point, the newly posted initiative has 297 votes, and is in this category’s first place. Those of you who acted quickly to support Donna’s initiative should nonetheless now vote for the new one, which has gained much more attention. And another initiative for the same thing was posted today… let’s try to focus on ONE of these now, and thus honestly reflect the demand for a new investigation.
This week’s international edition of Newsweek (Dec 1, 2008) includes an interesting article entitled “President 2.0,” discussing potentials of the internet use in an Obama presidency. In particular, it mentions a site called (www.change.org), which is collecting and allowing people to vote on ideas for the Obama administration.…Continue reading
Please invite you and your friends/groups to join us for a FREE SHOWING of
two documentaries at the Anthony Wayne Movie Theater outside of Philadelphia!
Please pass this email on to others, and remember, it is very important for
you to bring NEW people as guests! Here are the details of the upcoming event:
Date: Thursday, November 20, 2008
Anthony Wayne Movie Theater
109 West Lancaster Avenue
Wayne, PA 19087 (off the R5 train line)
Movies / Times:
5:00 P.M. – America: Freedom to Fascism (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N331kGvh0U0)
– written and directed by the late Aaron Russo. This documentary successfully
delivers one of the most shocking blows to the Federal Reserve system of any
documentary out there. This would be a great introduction for any newcomers
to the Freedom Movement, so make sure to bring guests! We will be heavily promoting
End The Fed, so after they learn about the “Frauderal Reserve” on
Thursday, they will be excited to join us at End The Fed just 2 days later!
(And leave early from work if you have to! This should be a great moment of
7:00 P.M. – 9/11: Blueprint for Truth [2008 Edition] (http://www.ae911truth.org)
– This is a video recording of a famous presentation given by Mr. Richard Gage,
a building architect of the utmost credibility and more than 20 years of experience.
He founded the organization Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth (of which
I am a verified member). This video delivers… Continue reading
November 15, 2008 – 9-5pm Keene Public Library, Keene NH
9/11 Truth activists of New England are cordially invited and encouraged to
attend a one-day Strategy Session to be held in Keene, NH on Saturday
November 15, 2008 from 9am to 5pm. This day-long Strategy Session of
open discussion among New England 9/11 Truth activists is designed to strengthen
our existing activities, evaluate our resources, and develop new plans that
we can immediately implement locally and as a region. Everyone is encouraged
to bring your ideas. RSVP would be helpful, but is not required.
This is going to be the most important organizing and planning discussion we’ve
had since the first strategy session at the Democracy Center at the original
Boston 9/11 Truth Tea Party in 2006. Important ideas were hatched then like,
Truth Squads and campaigns like the 11th of the month were inspired from it.
Don’t miss it!
November 2, 2008
YouTube instructions for ALL voters!
From Black Box Voting, Election Defense Alliance and Videothevote.org
Black Box Voting was asked by YouTube to prepare an easy to follow public education
program for Protecting the Count on ELECTION NIGHT and the days that follow.
We collaborated with Videothevote.org and Election Defense Alliance. YouTube
has created a Channel called Video Your Vote. The Black Box Voting Protect the
Count series contains important information and several video clips never before
Please distribute immediately and as widely as you can. EASY INSTRUCTIONS:
View the videos that best fit your location.
1. Protect the Count – most locations in America (4 min)
Takes 90 minutes on Election Night. You can even go out after polls have closed.
Please also view video # 3, because it shows what to look for to identify tampered
poll tapes and the kinds of small errors on tapes that can appear with memory
card tampering. Upload any video you take to http://www.videothevote.org – Post
link or comments for what you found in the state and jurisdiction at http://www.blackboxvoting.org
2. Protect the Count – Absentee / Central Count (8 min)
(Applies to 13 states with CENTRALLY COUNTED ballots and/or HEAVY ABSENTEE
These are the most challenging Protect the Count locations.
3. Protect the Count – New England / New Hampshire (5 min)
If you live anywhere in New England and can drive to any voting machine location
in New Hampshire to observe and video poll closing,… Continue reading
By David Swanson
October 17, 2008
Vincent Bugliosi’s best-selling book, The Prosecution of George W. Bush
for Murder (http://www.amazon.com/Prosecution-George-W-Bush-Murder/dp/159315481X)
may be about to become more than a book. A viable candidate for attorney general
of Vermont has committed to appointing Bugliosi as special prosecutor to immediately
indict Bush, Cheney, Rice, Tenet, et alia, if she is elected.
Her name is Charlotte Dennett, and she and the future of the rule of law in
the world need you to send every dime you can spare to her campaign (http://charlottedennettforattorneygeneral.com
Bugliosi struggled to find a publisher, despite his record of writing best-sellers,
had to go out of the country to find a company that would make the audio version
of the book, and his book has not been reviewed in a single major newspaper,
although the New York Times wrote an article about the media blackout
of this book (including by the New York Times) that had nonetheless
become a New York Times bestseller. In fact, even those voices in the
corporate media that people assume would have Vince on their shows (Maddow,
Olbermann, Stewart, Colbert) have all refused. They love talking bad about Bush,
but not suggesting that something might be done about it. They were the same
way with impeachment. But inernational media outlets from around the world are
intensely covering what Bugliosi and Dennett are doing and the prospect of seeing
Bush indicted for murder.
And, even in the United States, word keeps… Continue reading
Unconventional Tour 2008: Making Waves
irreveRANT Productions and People to People TV Presents: Unconventional Tour
2008: a political mashup of music, film, speakers, and fun!
The tour, from September 26 to November 4, will feature an evening of politically
relevant live music, DJs, local performers, special guests who can speak truthfully
to issues, films & PSAs, plus an open mic Q & A. Filmmaker Penny Little
will present her films: Award winning Electile Dysfunction and 911
Dust and Deceit.
tour stops include: Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, Flagstaff, Albuquerque, Austin,
Tulsa, Little Rock, St. Louis, Springfield, Bloomington, Chicago. The tour will
be videotaped and clips will be made available through the website. Because
the National Party Conventions will be over, our mission is to bring more awareness
to the issues of Election Reform, localizing, and forming a real opposition
to the corporatocracy running our Country. The Empire has no clothes, and we’re
waking up to the Truth!
Schedule & Program
See Schedule for confirmed dates and details: Oct. 11, Santa Barbara; October
17-18, Little Rock; October 21-23, Bloomington; October 24, Chicago; October
26, St. Louis; October 30, Austin; November 2, Albuquerque.
Each event will be uniquely unconventional. One of the features of the tour
is inviting local guests, musicians, performers. Local issues will be featured
to educate, encourage and empower people to get involved in political process.
The events are tailored to the needs of the sponsoring organizations and the
The Free Speech Contest is an opportunity for… Continue reading
Elaine Brower and Prachi Noor, members of the World Can’t Wait National Steering Committee:
The police repression of anti-war protest that took place at both national political conventions deeply angered members of the peace community, as well as the many people in this country who were shocked at the behavior of law enforcement. There are those who might believe this brutalization of those who were peacefully demonstrating, with permits issued by the City, and which people believe is their ‘right’ under the Constitution, was an aberration or “over-reaction.”
However, what we saw was an emerging police state further testing new weapons and tactics, and learning how much they can get away with.
In St. Paul, the repression began with over a year ago with infiltration by paid informers of protest organizers, and “pre-emptive” raids on private homes and meeting places, leading to overtly political “conspiracy” charges. Police from around the country were led by Homeland Security in the wanton use of concussion grenades thrown in succession at retreating protesters; smoke bombs; an array of tear gas & pepper gas; wooden batons (bats); weapons, including AR15 automatic assault rifles drawn on unarmed and passive people; riot control horses and dump trucks with blades down as if to scoop up anyone in the streets.
This fierceness of control is what is done in Iraq and Afghanistan over the last 7-1/2 years in our names by our military and mercenaries alike, and what has and always will be done in communities of color… Continue reading