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2005

AT LAST: DEMOCRATS STAND AND FIGHT

It's been 5 long years since George Bush stole the White House, 4 years since he failed to prevent 9/11 and then seized dictatorial powers through the USA Patriot Act, and 3 years since he started selling the invasion of Iraq on the basis of pure lies.

For 5 long years, we've been urging Democrats in Congress to fight back.

Today, finally, Harry Reid and the Senate Democrats stood up for Truth, Justice, the American Way - and the majority of Americans who oppose Bush's far-right agenda. Reid's speech was powerful:
//www.democrats.com/node/6673

Democrats forced the Senate into an unusual closed session to discuss the Senate Intelligence Committee Chair's refusal to conduct the "phase 2" investigation into White House war lies that his committee agreed in February 2004 to conduct. Republicans howled in outrage at being outmaneuvered by the Democrats, but ultimately they capitulated and agreed to issue the long-promised report by November 14.

This is a huge, fantastic victory.

And you, the members of Democrats.com, deserve a lot of the credit - because for 5 years, you stubbornly refused to accept the order from the White House, the Republican Party, and the Republican-controlled media to "get over it" - Stolen Election 2000.

I would especially like to thank those of you who have contributed to Democrats.com over the years and made our exhausting but crucial work possible.

So let's take a moment to celebrate the beginning of the end of our long national nightmare.

Hooray!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

OK, enough celebrating - now let's get back to work :)

Bob Fertik

WE DEMAND THE TRUTH! TELL THE SENATE TO FINISH ITS INVESTIGATION OF THE IRAQ WAR LIES
//democrats.com/peoplesemailnetwork/66

THE WORLD CAN'T WAIT: Hold a Vigil or Rally Against Bush on Wednesday

Wednesday, November 2nd, is the one-year anniversary of the election. Numerous organizations are working together to create vigils and rallies around the country against the war and against the Bush regime. After Downing Street Co-Founder David Swanson will speak at the rally at the White House at 11 a.m. Go here to find an event near you: //www.worldcantwait.net

PASS A LOCAL RESOLUTION TO BRING TROOPS HOME

Cities for Peace (now under the auspices of Cities for Progress at //www.citiesforprogress.org ), an After Downing Street Member group, congratulates you all and After Downing Street on the fantastic efforts and success in Washington and around the country on September 24th! We invite and urge you also to participate in a local activity that has the potential to grab lots of media attention, to raise even higher the level of public discussion on the issue of peace in Iraq and of Federal Budget Priorities. Please join 60 other cities, including Chicago and Philadelphia, in passing a Bring the Troops Home Now! Resolution in your community.
//tinyurl.com/ccrn4

There are several underway currently, including in NYC. Please plug into existing efforts and start new ones where they do not exist. Here is our Cities for Peace Bring the Troops Home Now Resolution Tool Kit, that will help you to get the ball rolling:
//www.ips-dc.org/downloads/troopshometoolkit.pdf

Please keep us abreast of your efforts and let us post your successes and Lessons Learned along the way!

Peace, Karen Dolan, Director, Cities for Progress/Cities for Peace kdolan@igc.org Malia Lazu, Field Director, Cities for Progress, malia@ips-dc.org

EXPOSE THE WHIG (WHITE HOUSE IRAQ GROUP)

Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich (D-OH) has introduced a Resolution of Inquiry to demand the White House turn over all white papers, minutes, notes, emails or other communications kept by the White House Iraq Group (WHIG).

This Resolution must be voted on in the House International Relations Committee by November 9th, 2005. The same committee, on September 14, came within one vote of passing a Resolution of Inquiry into the Downing Street Memo (H. Res. 375).

We need volunteer organizers during the next week to help pass H. Res 505. Contact Sophie, Field Coordinator, at 415-789-8469 or lobbykit@yahoo.com

Talking Points on H. Res. 505:
//www.afterdowningstreet.org/points

Email Your Congress Member:
//www.democrats.com/peoplesemailnetwork/72

More Information and How to Get Involved:
//www.AfterDowningStreet.org/whig

TELL CONGRESS TO DEMAND DICK CHENEY'S RESIGNATION

Dick Cheney is personally to blame for the illegal and disastrous invasion of Iraq. Behind the scenes, Cheney was in charge of the war planning effort. In public, Cheney uttered the Administration's most egregious and bald-faced lies - especially about Iraq's non-existent nuclear program. When his nuclear lies were exposed by Ambassador Joe Wilson, Cheney personally participated in the criminal campaign to destroy Joe Wilson by outing his wife. Cheney refuses to take any responsibility for the war or for his crimes, and his former chief of staff, Scooter Libby, committed perjury and obstruction of justice to keep Cheney from being indicted. The United States cannot tolerate a criminal hiding from Justice in the White House. Congress must demand Cheney's immediate resignation.

//democrats.com/peoplesemailnetwork/73

URGE THE SENATE TO REJECT SAM ALITO

George Bush's nomination of Sam Alito to the Supreme Court is unacceptable. In his 15 years on the Court of Appeals, Alito has compiled a record of right-wing judicial extremism: requiring battered women to notify their husbands before an abortion; prohibiting Congress from restricting the sale of machine guns; prohibiting Congress from enacting Family and Medical Leave; allowing employers to discriminate against workers with AIDS; even allowing police to strip-search a 10-year-old girl. Alito's financial dealings are also unacceptable: he ruled on a Vanguard case while he had a large investment there, and accepted an unexplained gift of as much as $250,000 in ExxonMobil stock. Bush chose Alito simply to reward his far-right supporters. Sam Alito would be the deciding vote on the most fundamental questions of our time, and he would invariably vote against personal freedom and in favor of a corporate theocratic dictatorship.

//democrats.com/peoplesemailnetwork/74


AFTER DOWNING STREET NEWS

Not the End By Senator Edward Kennedy
//www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/4297

Redemption For The Media By Alexandra Walker, TomPaine.com
//www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/4292

The World Can't Wait By Russ Baker, www.TomPaine.com
//www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/4289

Tomorrow Is the Beginning of the End By Debra Sweet, National Co-ordinator, the World Can't Wait
//www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/4286

U.S. frees 500 prisoners from Iraq's Abu Ghraib By Reuters
//www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/4284

Kristof Again Presses Cheney to Explain or Resign By Editor and Publisher //www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/4281

Is Impeachment the Answer? By Robert Parry
//www.consortiumnews.com //www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/4264

The True Cost of War By Cindy Sheehan
//www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/4258

Why Aren't the Democrats Screaming Bloody Murder? By Laura Santina, CommonDreams.org
//www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/4257
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