Report from Camp Casey II: Howdy, Neighbor! We had an incredible evening yesterday up at the new Camp Casey site. Now, as you read the rest of this post, keep in mind that the new site is literally within spitting distance of Bush's ranch - though we wouldn't actually spit, as we're trying to behave ourselves. And besides, why stoop to vulgar behavior when we have a sound system so loud the words "No more war!" can surely be heard in the man's bedroom?!?
Beatrice Saldovar has come to Camp Casey to represent the Torres family whose son (her nephew) Daniel was killed in Iraq in February 2005, and she has done so with the utmost grace. Listen to audio of her extremely powerful story:
5 More Co-Sponsors for Barbara Lee's Resolution of Inquiry
There are now 49 co-sponsors of H Res 375, which requires the President to turn over information about war planning in 2002. The four latest are Congressmen Barney Frank, Elijah Cummins, Rush Holt, Gregory Meeks, and Brad Sherman. The Resolution will likely be voted on in the House International Relations Committee between Sept. 6 and Sept. 16. The more congress members who co-sponsor, the more likely some committee members are to both vote Yes and engage in a serious debate in the committee. The ranking Democrat on the committee is Tom Lantos. Here's a report on efforts to lobby him and what you can do to help:
In the past month, many of you have asked your Representative to co-sponsor. Please keep up the pressure. Call your Representative's Washington Office (ask for him/her by name at 202-224-3121, or search by your address on the right side of http://usalone.com ) and ask for the Legislative Aide who handles international issues. Take good notes on your conversation and report back to us here:
Here is information about the Resolution of Inquiry:
Leave My Child Alone
Did you know...that the infernal No Child Left Behind Act has a sneaky Pete section requiring high schools to turn over student information to military recruiters? Yikes. What do we do? Any way you look at it, this is a family privacy nightmare, another strong-arming of our local schools, and a creepy warm-up to the Draft. But it's also a great excuse to get together in action. So whether you're a parent, teacher, school administrator, veteran or just another adamant American concerned about privacy rights, look for an action to your liking on this site:
Congressional Education Day
On September 26, United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ) is organizing people from all around the country to meet with Congress Members, Senators, and their staffs to urge them to stand up against the war. If your group is planning to bring a delegation to DC to pressure your Representatives and Senators, phone those offices right away this Monday and set up appointments on Sept. 26 with your elected officials or their staff. Then register your group on the UFPJ website:
If you are an individual interested in joining an existing delegation, send an email to CongressDay@unitedforpeace.org and a coordinator will respond to you.
Read this Lobbying Kit
http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/538 and watch for information on the UFPJ site about lobbying training planned for Sept. 25.
Host a Back-to-School Event because most high schools turn over their student lists to military recruiters in October, it's imperative that we get as many kids as possible "opted out" during the month of September. Parents, teachers, grandparents and concerned citizens are planning Leave My Child Alone back-to-school events from September 7-30. It's easy to host an event at your home or local coffee shop -- we provide you all the forms and information you need, plus a free DVD on opting out featuring Cindy Sheehan if you register with us online before Aug. 31. Click here to register an event now and help local parents opt out!
More headlines from AfterDowningStreet.org:
Hypocrites and Liars by Cindy Sheehan
The Swift Boating of Cindy Sheehan by Frank Rich
Sheehan Breakthroughs, Unbridgeable Divides, and Taboos Unbroken by David Swanson
The Crawford Coward is Terrified of Six Moms by Bob Fertik
Portrait of Cindy Sheehan
Utah TV Censors Cindy Sheehan Ad
Salt Lake Mayor Wants Huge Red-State Protest on Monday for Bush's Visit http://www.sltrib.com/ci_2958368
The Coward of Crawford Won't Meet Cindy Because Five More Mothers Would Ask for Meetings
Pittsburgh Police Use Tasers and Dogs on Women Opposing War
Army Plans 4 More Years in Iraq
Chuck Hagel Says 4 More Years in Iraq Is 'Folly'
Forget Freedom - U.S. Supports Islamist State in Iraq
Sen. Russ Feingold Wants U.S. Out of Iraq by December 2006
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