This Thing Called Courage

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

From Democrats.com

These are good updates on what's happening in Congress vs a vis the war and the firing of the US Attorneys. It's like a horrible nightmare one can't wake from!!!! (See below).

In happier news, on our walk today at noon time we heard a beautiful bird, singing its spring mating call-- I don't know what it was, but I called my birding friend Clay and, as he didn't answer, hummed it to his answering machine (I can't whistle.) The sounds fell upon my winter-weary ears like a merry poultice.

Bush to Congress: Drop Dead
After weeks of administration lies about the "Pearl Harbor Day Massacre" of eight U.S. Attorneys, the Senate and House Judiciary Committees are preparing to subpoena Alberto Gonzales, Harriet Miers, and Karl Rove.
But George Bush went on TV to declare he will "oppose any attempts to subpoena White House officials." Why? Obviously because Bush, Gonzales, Miers, and Rove conspired to fire U.S. attorneys who were prosecuting Republican corruption. That's obstruction of justice - grounds not only for impeachment but also prosecution.
Bush promised to fight any subpoenas in the courts if he has to. Of course we know the Republican-controlled Supreme Court will take Bush's side, just as it did in 2000 when it threw out 175,000 never-counted Florida votes to steal the Presidency for him.
Ultimately Congress has just one tool to force Bush and Cheney to respect the Constitution: Impeachment and Removal.
Over 74,000 of our supporters have urged their Representatives to Impeach Bush and Cheney. Help us reach 100,000:http://www.democrats.com/peoplesemailnetwork/88?ad=d7
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Join Cindy Sheehan in Urging Dennis Kucinich to Introduce Articles of Impeachment
On Monday, Dennis Kucinich asked everyone if it's time for impeachment, and many of you visited his website to enthusiastically say Yes.
On Tuesday, Cindy Sheehan wrote a letter to Kucinich urging him to introduce Articles of Impeachment. Ask everyone you know to sign Cindy's letter:http://www.democrats.com/kucinich-please-impeach
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Tell Congress to Vote NO on Supplemental Spending Bill for War
The House is scheduled to vote to give Bush another $93 billion for his disastrous Iraq War on Thursday.
Speaker Pelosi is desperate to pass the bill and is threatening political revenge against progressive Democrats who oppose it, led by Barbara Lee and Maxine Waters.
Pelosi is also trying to prevent Barbara Lee from offering her crucial amendment to restrict any new funds to a "fully-funded withdrawal." Tragically, she even persuaded Moveon to conduct a dishonest poll of its members that deliberately excluded Lee's amendment:http://www.democrats.com/more-dishonesty-from-moveon
This is our last chance to ask our Representatives to support Barbara Lee's Amendment:http://www.democrats.com/peoplesemailnetwork/96
Here are some words of inspiration from Democrats who oppose the Supplemental:
Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.): "As a nation, can we hear the words of Gandhi, so simple, so true--that it's either non-violence or non-existence? Can we hear the words of Martin Luther King, Jr. that we must learn to live together as brothers and sisters or perish as fools? Tonight I must make it plain and clear, that as a human being, as a citizen of the world, as a citizen of America, as a member of Congress, and as an individual committed to a world at peace with itself, I will not and cannot vote for another dollar or another dime to support this war."
Rep. Pete Stark (D-Calif.): "The best way to keep [the troops] safe is to bring them home. It's difficult to oppose [House Speaker] Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). She's a great leader and working wonders to get this passed, but some things I can't vote for. [If the resolution fails] It won't look good, like the Democrats can't get their act together, but that's OK. We can write a better bill."
If you have a few extra moments to end Bush's disastrous war, please call one or more undecided members of the Progressive Caucus and post the results in our comments:http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/node/19669
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Peace and Impeachment Photos Project
Some friends of ours took anti-war signs onto public trains last weekend and asked people if they would be photographed with them. On Sunday, March 18, four teams of photographers went through the New York City subway. On five subway lines, 333 people agreed to be photographed. Looking through the collection is an eye-opening experience.http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/subway
Why not try this in your city or small town? And include Bush Is Over and Cheney Is Over signs!http://www.bushisover.org
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PDA Grassroots Leadership Conference -- March 23-25, 2007
Join us in Washington, D.C., to work on these issues:-End the Occupation/ Redirect Funding (Oversight/Accountability/Impeachment)-Implement Universal HealthCare-Assure Economic Justice-Guarantee Clean, Fair Transparent Elections-Stop Global WarmingPanelists include: Medea Benjamin, PDA Board Member/Code Pink; Marilyn Clement, PDA Universal Health Care Issue Organizing Team/Health Care Now!; Lori Wallach, Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch; Bill Fletcher, Center for Labor Renewal; Steve Cobble, PDA Board Member; David Swanson, PDA Board Member; Tim Carpenter, PDA Executive Director; Bill Goold, Congressional Progressive Caucus Executive Director; Terry Lierman, PDA Board Member and Maryland Democratic Party State Chair; Greg Moore, PDA Board Member; Jeff Cohen, PDA Communications Consultant.http://tinyurl.com/2e6odd
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Come to Crawford for Easter
The Spring holidays are a time of re-birth, and nothing could bring a re-birth of our democracy like impeachment. So, we'll be holding an impeachment hearing outside Bush's estate in Crawford, Texas. Please come join Cindy Sheehan, David Swanson, Ann Wright, Debra Sweet, and many others for an imPEACHment festival and impeachment hearings on the emperor's back porch. Willie and Annie Nelson, Jodie Evans, Ann Wright, the Crawford Peace House, and Ava Lowery will receive Camp Casey Peace Awards. Emma's Revolution and many others will perform. And the Make Hip Hop Not War Tour will roll through. Join us:http://www.gsfp.org/article.php?id=320
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On April 28, Spell Out IMPEACHSince Congress doesn't seem to get it, on April 28th America will spell it out: IMPEACH! Spell it out in your own creative ways. You can use your bodies on the ground, or use chalk on the sidewalk, paint it on the side of a barn (provided it's your barn!), tattoo it on your arm, parade down the sidewalk carrying giant letters, hire a skywriter, plant flowerbeds in the shape of the letters, etc. A military mother in Brooklyn plans to spell it out with pizza pies on the Coney Island boardwalk. Let us hear your creative ideas!
http://www.a28.org


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6 Comments:

Blogger berlinorama said...

Thanks for posting all those useful links! As the Berlin painter Max Liebermann said (commenting on looking out his window and seeing the Nazis marching), "I cannot eat as much as I would like to vomit." This well expresses my attitude towards Bush and his cronies, and sadly also many of their Democrat enablers in and out of Congress. It comforts and inspires me to read of the many folks like you who are resisting in whatever ways they can, but I often despair of enough people waking up before it is too late. Perhaps the view from abroad is bleaker, because I cannot see all the small daily acts of kindness, beauty and righteous anger.

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Blogger BiscuitsBoy said...

Hi Pam, It's true, especially here in the Northeast, which voted overwhelmingly against Bush both in 2000 and 2004-- people were incredibly depressed and horrified, to say nothing of astonished and deeply disappointed, when he was 'elected' again in 2004 (I won't say re-elected because he was 'selected' in 2000 after having stolen the election-- as they did in 2004 in Ohio.) So, our lives here in the more enlightened parts of the US go on, albeit under a dark cloud. I'm lucky in that I can balance my activism with a deep appreciation of nature, the arts, the people in my life, my writing, my dog, my birds, etc. Last night a friend and I saw the new production of Oliver Twist at the American Rep in Harvard Square, and it was really wonderful. Such things are anti-Bush, or at least Bush-free moments, and I revel in them as I can.

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