Tuesday, June 16, 2009

US: NO to War Supplemental! YES to Prosecution of Bush/Cheney for War Crimes!

NO to War Supplemental!
YES to Prosecution of Bush/Cheney for War Crimes!


ONE: WAR SUPPLEMENTAL - Just keep calling until this vote is done...and then some. The decision isn't over until it's really over.

House expected to BEGIN debate on war $ at 2 p.m. ET today. CALL now - even if after 2 PM - to demand No votes on the war supplemental! This debate may well be politically extended over political distracting - however DON'T DELAY either.
(202) 224-3121 See other options at these sites...

CURRENT LIVE VOTING at AfterDowningStreet dot Com - GO here MORE CALLS NEEDED RIGHT NOW! (Leave messages at any hour!) Use the virtual phonebank. When this is all over, we will have: Congressional Heroes and Frauds.

LIVE BLOGGING is quite interesting at After Downing Street dot org GO here Find moment-by-moment report by David Swanson (with plenty of his sardonic humor!) SEE the Text of Dennis Kucinish 1 Minute Speech BELOW these Action Items on this post. STILL NO VOTE so get yours in as of 3:48 PM ET
Even at end of day & tomorrow this site should be interesting to see how various House legislators have voted!
DENNIS KUCINICH GAVE a 1-minute speech before the House - saying we're destroying our nation's morality funding wars. Go, Dennis! Full text:

“We are destroying our nation’s moral and fiscal integrity with this war supplemental. Instead of ending wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan now by appropriating only enough money to bring our troops home, Congress abdicates its constitutional authority, defers to the president, and asks for a report. That’s right, all we are asking for is a report on when the president will end the war.

“There is also money for the IMF, presumably to bail out private European banks. Billions for the IMF so they can force low and middle income nations to cut jobs, wages, health care and retirement security, just like corporate America does to our constituents.

“And there’s money to incentivize the purchase of more cars, not necessarily from U.S. manufacturers because a ‘Buy America’ mandate was not allowed.

“Another $106 billion dollars and all we get is a lousy war. Pretty soon that is going to be about the only thing made in America – war."

How about a SAFE world for our children worldwide?

TWO: CIVIL RESISTANCE TO TORTURE & Prosecution of Bush/Cheney for War Crimes!

Last November 2008, after sending a letter requesting a meeting, members of the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance (NCNR) went to the Department of Justice to ask the Attorney General Michael Mukasey for a meeting to discuss the prosecution of Bush and Cheney for war crimes. When we were refused a meeting, about 15 individuals were moved by conscience to participate in a die-in, risking arrest on the sidewalk in front of the Department of Justice. The police decided not to arrest any of the 15 people. We decided that we must continue our work to bring the war criminals of the Bush administration to justice and we would return.

On May 11, 2009, NCNR sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, asking him for a meeting to discuss holding members of the Bush administration accountable (see the letter below). AG Holder has not responded to our letter and so on June 25 we will return to the Department of Justice. A number of people will again be willing participate in an act of nonviolent civil resistance, again risking arrest, if we are not granted a meeting at that time.

Like many others we have contacted the Congress, President Obama, and other elected and appointed leaders demanding that THE RULE OF LAW MUST BE UPHELD. As people of nonviolence we have few options left and must continue to follow our consciences in working for justice and peace. We must do this to RESTORE THE RULE OF LAW. Please join us for this action.

Those risking arrest are asked to attend a meeting to discuss last minute planning for the action. Please contact us for more information about this meeting.


There will be a rally with speakers at 11:00 am

John Marshall Memorial Park 501 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington DC

At around noon we will process to the Department of Justice with the letter to Attorney General Holder in hand. We will ask for a meeting and if refused, we will continue with our action of creative nonviolence.

If you plan to participate in the action of nonviolent civil resistance, please contact Joy First at jsfirst@tds.net or Malachy Kilbride at malachykilbride@yahoo.com

We look forward to seeing you on June 25.

In peace and resistance,

Joy First and Malachy Kilbride

Watch afterdowningstreet dot org for more information on coming events!

1 comment:

Connie L. Nash said...

The news coming in via live blog from afterdowningstreet dot org is quite unexpected in some ways - and complicated. Nevertheless worth watching and acting where possible. I have been personally quite worried about the US getting Pakistan into battle the way it has - what with the ongoing drone activity there and in Afghanistan as well. In no way should we vote no to money that may diminish what Pakistan displaced and unprotected civilians need now just to survive & be safe. Let's hope that soon there is much clearer legislation in this regard and that many will vote for the REAL needs of the people in both Pakistan and Afghanistan and NOT for further occupation, exploitation and destruction of nations.