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March 28, 2006

the truth will out

Right in time for the Censure hearings this Friday, some mass media outlets finally change their tune.

"White House Memo" Drives a Stake into the Heart of White House Lies

Bob Fertik writes, "Something remarkable happened Monday: the Corporate Media finally got sick of Bush's endless lies about Iraq, and started to tell the truth. The immediate cause was a front-page New York Times story about the "White House Memo," which proved Bush was determined to invade Iraq no matter what. Now we have reached a turning point in our "long march" for Truth. Everyone in the world knows in their heart that Bush lied. Soon everyone will say it out loud: Bush Lied. When millions of Americans say those two simple words - and the media finally joins us - Bush's reign of fear will come to a crashing halt. Let's make that happen now."

Truth Seeping Through Media After Ten Months
David Swanson writes, "There is something about this week that feels better than the average one for bringing a child into the world. I have hope that others will have hope, and that this will let them press hard for action. And there is something about bringing a child into the world that makes me want to push harder for a full measure of truth, and not be satisfied with the thrill of seeing bits of truth squeeze through. Someone said: He not busy being born, is busy dying. That certainly goes for democracies."

My state gets into the action and other news follows:

Kit Created to Help Towns, Cities, Counties Pass Impeachment Resolutions
Brattleboro VT has joined nine other towns and cities, five state Democratic parties, and 19 local Democratic committees in passing resolutions urging the impeachment of George Bush and -- in most cases -- Dick Cheney. ImpeachPAC is working with Progressive Democrats of America and local activists to pass similar resolutions around the country, and has created a kit to assist local organizations in the task. Take a look and give it a try. Put your town on the map of the impeachment movement!

Calling all Vermonters
Led by the spiritual descendants of the Green Mountain Boys (including carpenter/musician Dan DeWalt), Vermont is making real progress towards impeachment. Their next goal is to persuade their state legislature to formally adopt an impeachment resolution. Send this link to everyone you know in Vermont:

Impeachment Movement Gaining Steam
Funds raised by ImpeachPAC: $63,316 from 1,656 donors
Candidates Endorsed by ImpeachPAC: 3

Congress Members sponsoring H Res 635: 33

Senators Supporting Censure: 3

Americans Favoring Impeachment: between 26 and 53%


Tell Senators on Judiciary Committee to Support Censure on Friday

The Senate Judiciary Committee will take up Senator Feingold's censure proposal on Friday. FireDogLake.com has come up with the idea of faxing members of the Senate Judiciary Committee with these words at the top of your fax: "U.S. Constitution: Do Not Shred."

Here are the FAX numbers for the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee:
Arlen Specter, Chairman - Pennsylvania - Fax (202) 228-1229
Orrin G. Hatch - Utah - Fax (202) 224-6331
Patrick J. Leahy - Vermont - Fax (202) 224-3479
Charles E. Grassley - Iowa - Fax (515) 288-5097
Edward M. Kennedy - Massachusetts - Fax (202) 224-2417
Jon Kyl - Arizona - Fax (202) 224-2207
Joseph R. Biden, Jr. - Delaware - Fax (202) 224-0139
Mike DeWine - Ohio - Fax (202) 224-6519
Herbert Kohl - Wisconsin - Fax (202) 224-9787
Jeff Sessions - Alabama - Fax (202) 224-3149
Dianne Feinstein - California - Fax (202) 228-3954
Lindsey Graham - South Carolina - Fax (864) 250-4322
Russell D. Feingold - Wisconsin - Fax (202) 224-2725
John Cornyn - Texas - Fax (972) 239-2110
Charles E. Schumer - New York - Fax (202) 228-3027
Sam Brownback - Kansas - Fax (202) 228-1265
Richard J. Durbin - Illinois - Fax (202) 228-0400
Tom Coburn - Oklahoma - Fax (202) 224-6008
You can sign up for an eFax 30-day trial and fax for free here:


Tell The Committee Chairman To Speak Up

Senator Arlen Specter will chair the hearing on censure. Specter has repeatedly denounced Bush's illegal wiretapping. But he refuses to do anything to stop Bush from doing it!

Call/fax/email his offices (numbers below) with this simple message:
Speak Up Specter! Censure Bush for illegal wiretapping!

Senate switchboard: 888-355-3588
D.C. office direct line: 202-224-4254
D.C. office fax: 202-228-1229


Two Months Later, Better Than Never, New York Times Covers White House Memo
AfterDowningStreet.org began demanding coverage of the White House Memo almost two months ago. Finally, the New York Times has written about it, and acknowldged that -- contrary to Bush's claims -- Bush was intent on going to war and not attempting in any way to avoid it.

Read Jonathan Schwarz on Bush/Blair Excuses in Face of Evidence

Read Bob Fertik on how the New York Times is still lying for Bush

Read Editor and Publisher on what Bush and Blair were saying publicly at time of White House Memo


Bi-Partisan Group of Congress Members to Call for Debate on War

A bi-partisan group in the House of Representatives has sent around this "Dear Colleague" letter asking other Members of Congress to join in calling for an open floor debate on the war.

Urge your Congress Member to sign on!


There Is Blood on Our Hands

"We the People" must accept the responsibility for the killing of innocent civilians. Our tax dollars are used to fund the illegal war in Iraq and we must now act, collectively, to put an end to this.


A New Book

In the United States, our best journalism is published in books now and talked about on the radio and the internet. If you get your news from a television or a newspaper, you live in another world. This no doubt contributes to how divided we are politically. Dave Lindorff's and Barbara Olshansky's book could help bridge this national divide. The genius of this book is in its brevity. Lindorff and Olshansky have boiled the list of Bush and Cheney's documented crimes down to an amazingly concise summary, one that however gives a real flavor of the goings on in this criminal administration. I work on these issues and still learned a great deal by reading this book. If each of us who knows some of this and is able to process it easily buys ten copies to give to people who get their news from TV, this clear crisp book might just help save this country. -- David Swanson



Constitution Dictates
March 28, 7:30 p.m.
Amy Goodman of Democracy Now hosts a panel discussion featuring Michael Ratner, Bill Goodman, Shayana Kadidal, and Maria Lahood, attorneys from the Center for Constitutional Rights and authors of a new book, Articles of Impeachment Against George W. Bush (Melville House). At The Culture Project, 45 Bleecker Street, NYC (corner of Bleecker and Lafayette Streets) Admission is free - seating is limited - first come, first served LINK

Senate Judiciary Committee Hearings on Censure
March 31, 9:30 a.m.
Senate Dirksen 226

March to Redeem the Soul of America
April 1 – 14, 2006 in Texas: Irving – Dallas – Waco – Crawford
ConsumersforPeace.org, Crawford Peace House, Dallas Peace Center, Texas Peace Action

April 1, Atlanta will host the largest anti-war march in the history of the South. The date, APRIL FIRST, links the 3rd anniversary of the war, March 20, with the 38th anniversary of Dr. King's death, April 4. Activists are organizing contingents from Birmingham, Alabama; Fayetteville, North Carolina; Memphis & Nashville, Tennessee; Tallahassee, Florida and all corners of Georgia.

Guantanamo on Capitol Hill
On April 6, 5pm
A reading of the Tricycle Theater’s production of Guantánamo in the Rayburn House Office Building, The House of Congress, Capitol Hill, Washington DC.

Easter in Crawford, Texas
April 10-16
Join Cindy in Crawford. Everyone's welcome!

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Posted by Steph at March 28, 2006 9:44 AM


Why would anyone think that the Times' report on Bush's lies will have any real impact on U.S. domestic politics and U.S. hegemony around the world? Bush, like Nixon, can be demonized and deposed, but he will also be replaced by someone very similar and quite possibly either someone much worse or someone better who will not last. Knowledge is not necessarily power. So what if we all know Bush lied? The issue is what will be done with this information.

Posted by: disconnected at April 1, 2006 1:15 PM

No one report will have much impact, I agree. Nor a slew of reports, even in media outlets of record, in and of themselves. No movement for social justice has succeeded anywhere, ever, without years of painstaking toil and patient cultivation. To make the odds worse, no amount of labor or conviction will generate social change unless and until a chance moment coheres the threads of effort together. The question is, can we contribute to contingency by recognizing potential elements and seeking to weave them into a narrative of possibility?

Posted by: Steph [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 1, 2006 2:16 PM

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