Iranians for Peace and Justice

Monday, November 13, 2006 – By Nathan Diebenow, Associate Editor
original article

[Press Conference report]

Unity of Contradictions

Iranian-Americans that value peace in the Middle East are taking no chances with the Bush administration and its policies toward Iran, even though the Democratic Party took control of Congress last week.

Two members of Iranians for Peace & Justice joined representatives of the Crawford Peace House on Election Day in Crawford to express their alarm at four major U.S. carrier forces playing war games near the Iranian coast line in the Persian Gulf. Continue reading Iranians for Peace and Justice

Did the CIA kill Bobby Kennedy

original Guarian article

Did the CIA kill Bobby Kennedy?

In 1968, Robert Kennedy seemed likely to follow his brother, John, into the White House. Then, on June 6, he was assassinated – apparently by a lone gunman. But Shane O’Sullivan says he has evidence implicating three CIA agents in the murder.

Monday November 20, 2006
Guardian

At first, it seems an open-and-shut case. On June 5 1968, Robert Kennedy wins the California Democratic primary and is set to challenge Richard Nixon for the White House. After midnight, he finishes his victory speech at the Ambassador hotel in Los Angeles and is shaking hands with kitchen staff in a crowded pantry when 24-year-old Palestinian Sirhan Sirhan steps down from a tray-stacker with a “sick, villainous smile” on his face and starts firing at Kennedy with an eight-shot revolver.
As Kennedy lies dying on the pantry floor, Sirhan is arrested as the lone assassin. He carries the motive in his shirt-pocket (a clipping about Kennedy’s plans to sell bombers to Israel) and notebooks at his house seem to incriminate him. But the autopsy report suggests Sirhan could not have fired the shots that killed Kennedy. Witnesses place Sirhan’s gun several feet in front of Kennedy, but the fatal bullet is fired from one inch behind. And more bullet-holes are found in the pantry than Sirhan’s gun can hold, suggesting a second gunman is involved. Sirhan’s notebooks show a bizarre series of “automatic writing” – “RFK must die RFK must be killed – Robert F Kennedy must be assassinated before 5 June 68” – and even under hypnosis, he has never been able to remember shooting Kennedy. He recalls “being led into a dark place by a girl who wanted coffee”, then being choked by an angry mob. Defence psychiatrists conclude he was in a trance at the time of the shooting and leading psychiatrists suggest he may have be a hypnotically programmed assassin.

Three years ago, I started writing a screenplay about the assassination of Robert Kennedy, caught up in a strange tale of second guns and “Manchurian candidates” (as the movie termed brainwashed assassins). As I researched the case, I uncovered new video and photographic evidence suggesting that three senior CIA operatives were behind the killing. I did not buy the official ending that Sirhan acted alone, and started dipping into the nether-world of “assassination research”, crossing paths with David Sanchez Morales, a fearsome Yaqui Indian.

Morales was a legendary figure in CIA covert operations. According to close associate Tom Clines, if you saw Morales walking down the street in a Latin American capital, you knew a coup was about to happen. When the subject of the Kennedys came up in a late-night session with friends in 1973, Morales launched into a tirade that finished: “I was in Dallas when we got the son of a bitch and I was in Los Angeles when we got the little bastard.” From this line grew my odyssey into the spook world of the 60s and the secrets behind the death of Bobby Kennedy.

Working from a Cuban photograph of Morales from 1959, I viewed news coverage of the assassination to see if I could spot the man the Cubans called El Gordo – The Fat One. Fifteen minutes in, there he was, standing at the back of the ballroom, in the moments between the end of Kennedy’s speech and the shooting. Thirty minutes later, there he was again, casually floating around the darkened ballroom while an associate with a pencil moustache took notes.

The source of early research on Morales was Bradley Ayers, a retired US army captain who had been seconded to JM-Wave, the CIA’s Miami base in 1963, to work closely with chief of operations Morales on training Cuban exiles to run sabotage raids on Castro. I tracked Ayers down to a small town in Wisconsin and emailed him stills of Morales and another guy I found suspicious – a man who is pictured entering the ballroom from the direction of the pantry moments after the shooting, clutching a small container to his body, and being waved towards an exit by a Latin associate.

Ayers’ response was instant. He was 95% sure that the first figure was Morales and equally sure that the other man was Gordon Campbell, who worked alongside Morales at JM-Wave in 1963 and was Ayers’ case officer shortly before the JFK assassination.

I put my script aside and flew to the US to interview key witnesses for a documentary on the unfolding story. In person, Ayers positively identified Morales and Campbell and introduced me to David Rabern, a freelance operative who was part of the Bay of Pigs invasion force in 1961 and was at the Ambassador hotel that night. He did not know Morales and Campbell by name but saw them talking to each other out in the lobby before the shooting and assumed they were Kennedy’s security people. He also saw Campbell around police stations three or four times in the year before Robert Kennedy was shot.

This was odd. The CIA had no domestic jurisdiction and Morales was stationed in Laos in 1968. With no secret service protection for presidential candidates in those days, Kennedy was guarded by unarmed Olympic decathlete champion Rafer Johnson and football tackler Rosey Grier – no match for an expert assassination team.

Trawling through microfilm of the police investigation, I found further photographs of Campbell with a third figure, standing centre-stage in the Ambassador hotel hours before the shooting. He looked Greek, and I suspected he might be George Joannides, chief of psychological warfare operations at JM-Wave. Joannides was called out of retirement in 1978 to act as the CIA liaison to the House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) investigating the death of John F Kennedy.

Ed Lopez, now a respected lawyer at Cornell University, came into close contact with Joann-des when he was a young law student working for the committee. We visit him and show him the photograph and he is 99% sure it is Joannides. When I tell him where it was taken, he is not surprised: “If these guys decided you were bad, they acted on it.

We move to Washington to meet Wayne Smith, a state department official for 25 years who knew Morales well at the US embassy in Havana in 1959-60. When we show him the video in the ballroom, his response is instant: “That’s him, that’s Morales.” He remembers Morales at a cocktail party in Buenos Aires in 1975, saying Kennedy got what was coming to him. Is there a benign explanation for his presence? For Kennedy’s security, maybe? Smith laughs. Morales is the last person you would want to protect Bobby Kennedy, he says. He hated the Kennedys, blaming their lack of air support for the failed Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961.

We meet Clines in a hotel room near CIA headquarters. He does not want to go on camera and brings a friend, which is a little unnerving. Clines remembers “Dave” fondly. The guy in the video looks like Morales but it is not him, he says: “This guy is fatter and Morales walked with more of a slouch and his tie down.” To me, the guy in the video does walk with a slouch and his tie is down.

Clines says he knew Joannides and Campbell and it is not them either, but he fondly remembers Ayers bringing snakes into JM-Wave to scare the secretaries and seems disturbed at Smith’s identification of Morales. He does not discourage our investigation and suggests others who might be able to help. A seasoned journalist cautions that he would expect Clines “to blow smoke”, and yet it seems his honest opinion.

As we leave Los Angeles, I tell the immigration officer that I am doing a story on Bobby Kennedy. She has seen the advertisements for the new Emilio Estevez movie about the assassination, Bobby. “Who do you think did it? I think it was the Mob,” she says before I can answer.

“I definitely think it was more than one man,” I say, discreetly.

Morales died of a heart attack in 1978, weeks before he was to be called before the HSCA. Joannides died in 1990. Campbell may still be out there somewhere, in his early 80s. Given the positive identifications we have gathered on these three, the CIA and the Los Angeles Police Department need to explain what they were doing there. Lopez believes the CIA should call in and interview everybody who knew them, disclose whether they were on a CIA operation and, if not, why they were there that night.

Today would have been Robert Kennedy’s 81st birthday. The world is crying out for a compassionate leader like him. If dark forces were behind his elimination, it needs to be investigated

· Shane O’Sullivan’s investigation will be shown tonight on Newsnight, BBC2, 10.30pm.

Nov 24 Peace Action Report

Thankful Neighbors —
PEACEMAKERS SHARING NEWS!

November 24, 2006 – See seven items.
A partial list of thank-yous! More next week.
(Look for your next Traprock Peace Action Report
to come from office@traprockpeace.org)

What a harvest of talents for peace:

1. For 6 years I’ve met with the Interfaith Council of Franklin County.
This year my Thanksgiving wish was answered in full:
Barry White Crowe Higgins brought us a message
from his tribal perspective informed by their experience of
history. In the context of a service about hunger, chaired by
Leslie Fraser, a former Traprock President, I invited Barry to bring
his message of truth. With beautiful hopes and music all around
we HEARD his appeal for a world that leaves genocide behind!
We will work to record his account of Thanksgiving to share it.

2. With great gratitude to Janet Masucci, Bob McCormick,
Gregg Crawford, Michael Bae, David Mankowski, Ann Levinger,
Michael Boehm, Abbie Jenks, GCC students, Michael True, Peter Letson,
Sally Weiss, Shelagh Foreman, folks at Just Foreign Policy, & staff
at Greenfield Community Television we have burst out of the starting
gate into the realm of television, together. Three programs will air
this week-end. … Some upcoming shows will be especially made for kids!
The schedule is at http://www.gctv.com

We don’t have our copies yet, and haven’t even seen them in full,
but after 12 hours in the studio and 30+ hours of editing, watch for
the power of nonviolence to come through. Available soon for postage
and handling at http://www.TraprockPeace.org

“Perpetual War for Peace? … Iran, Iraq & the Corporate Agenda”
with Just Foreign Policy (DON’T ATTACK IRAN!!)
“Hope Rises from the Ashes of My Lai” with Michael Boehm
& “The American Tradition of Nonviolence,” with Michael True

A. Michael True has given his slide show on the history of nonviolence
for 30 years, and is delighted he may have a video to send, when
he can’t travel to meet frequent requests. Praise be to volunteers, all,
and to perseverance, Michael!

B. Michael Boehm has also persevered. He’s made 15 trips to Vietnam
to help rebuild, and to heal as a veteran! Indeed hope rises!

C. Just maybe the Just Foreign Policy collaboration will help prevent
an attack on Iran. We welcome your ideas in this realm. Our nuke is
very close to home and reminds us nobody’s nuke should be
Targeted — especially for the mythology that Iran is a threat
because they want a nuclear deterrent that is a small fraction
of the threat we pose.

3. TraprockPeaceCtr has new clips on YOU TUBE!!!

Bravo, Charlie Jenks. Now a dozen clips to see on our site,
or on YouTube if you want to help rank some as favorites.
My current favorite is a message for your teen neighbors —
1. Aimee Allison, a former recruit, ardently & compellingly,
TELLS IT LIKE IT IS! See yourself dancing at the last
July 4 picnic at our home on the Hill. (That will be changing.)
See Holly Near, Mixed Nuts, or Anja Daneil sing from the heart.
Martin Espada recites poetry. Many more to choose from.

http://www.TraprockPeace.org
If you want to rank our video clip of Aimee, please go to

4. HOME SWEET HOME:

After 27 years, we look for a new home for Traprock.
Have a parcel of land where we could build, or a building with
grounds that we could make wheelchair accessible? The peace
and serenity of the wilderness reminds us daily that the world
is good. I don’t think I could have persevered for 11 years full
time on about half-time pay without the wildlife, the mama bear,
the deer, the turkeys, scarlet tanager, coyote, and fox bringing
renewal, hope, reminders almost daily.

This wilderness also inspires interns to come (when the roof
hasn’t been leaking.) Two new folks are in the process of inquiring.
Please call and send 2 job references if you’re interested.

5. FILMS:

Nov. 30 – The Historic Emergence of Nonviolent Struggle
7 pm, Reel World Films at the Arms Library, Bridge St, Shelburne Falls

Please call us if you’d like to host the terrific films,
“Iraq for Sale” or “Soldiers Speak Out” — 413-773-7427.
(Please send calendar updates for event listings to office@traprockpeace.org.)

6. Rosa Parks Day is coming, Friday, Dec. 1
Human Rights Day is Sunday, Dec. 10
& on Saturday, Dec. 16 the
Boston Tea Party Anniversary may be celebrated anew!
Please watch for exciting programs to be announced next week.

7. An Evening with Starhawk

“Holding the Vision of Global Justice:
Keeping our Spirit and Courage Alive”
Thursday, December 7, 7: 30 p.m.
Helen Hills Chapel, Smith College, Northampton
$12 general admission/$6 student or low-income

How do we keep a strong vision of peace in these times of war? World leaders seem unable to look beyond retaliation, retribution and destruction. The international global justice movement claims that “Another world is possible!” But what does that world look like? What can we do to make that vision real? How do we sustain the courage and commitment to do the work we believe in? And how do we maintain hope in hard times?

Starhawk, committed global justice activist and organizer, is the author or coauthor of ten books, including The Spiral Dance, The Fifth Sacred Thing, and the award-winning Webs of Power: Notes from the Global Uprising. Her latest is Earth Path: Grounding Your Spirit in the Rhythms of Nature. She is a veteran of progressive movements, from anti-war to anti-nukes, is a highly influential voice in the revival of earth-based spirituality & Goddess religion, and has brought many innovative techniques of spirituality & magic to her political work.

Best regards,
Sunny Miller
sunny@traprockpeace.org
413-773-7427, I LIKE PHONE CALLS —

Emily West
office@TraprockPeace.org

Traprock Peace Center
103A Keets Road
Deerfield, MA 01342
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Palestinian mass resistance blocks Israeli air strike

Diaries: Live from Palestine
Palestinian mass resistance blocks Israeli air strike
Yousef Alhelou, Live from Palestine, 20 November 2006

Palestinians have started to employ new tactics to prevent Israeli air attacks on their houses. Hundreds of protesters successfully forced the Israeli air force to halt air strikes on a house belonging to Muhammad Baroud in Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip on Saturday night.

Israeli warplanes have already destroyed more than 60 houses belonging to activists from Palestinian factions across the Gaza Strip, using the same method of ordering the residents, through a telephone call at short notice, to evacuate their home prior to bombardment.

“This new phenomenon [of human shields] began when Muhammad Baroud, 29, a leader in the Popular Resistance Committees [PRC], received a warning phone call at 8 PM from the Israeli intelligence service ordering him to evacuate his house within 10 minutes because the Israeli air force was going to destroy the house. But he ignored this threat and said, ‘We are not leaving our house’. Once again his mobile rang, and Muhammad again ignored the warning. After that, Muhammad and I went to the rooftop of our house and started chanting slogans ‘Death to Israel! Death to America!’, and we started shooting in the air. A few minutes later an Israeli F-16 was hovering in the sky above our heads,” Wael Baroud, Muhammad’s brother, explained.

He added, “This area is very crowded and we managed to assemble many people after a man went to a mosque nearby and called people via a loudspeaker to go and support the family and prevent the bombardment of the house. People began to gather around the house, which is a three-storey building and houses five families. We remained inside the house. We were about 1,000 people — men and women — and some of us were on the rooftop and others inside the house and on the street.

“The whole world and the international community turned a blind eye and failed to protect us from the continuous Israeli attacks. We have to do something, so we are facing the threats of the Israeli F-16 fighter jets. We are ready to be killed and martyred for the sake of God and freedom. We don’t fear the Israelis. We are no better than the children of Beit Hanoun, who were slaughtered while they were sleeping in the latest Israeli massacre in Beit Hanoun.”

Issa Radwan, 31, took part in the demonstration near the house. He said, “We cannot bear [this] any more. It’s a very difficult life. We don’t feel that we are alive. Israel has made our life miserable and they claim that they are a democratic country and call for human rights. We want the whole world to know what is going on here and to protect us from the brutal Israeli genocide and continuous attacks. They are punishing the whole family because of some one [person]. We came here to protest and to send a message to the Israelis that it does not make a difference for us if we live or die. The Israelis have deprived us of our freedom and [they] still kill us every day, destroy our houses and impose a tight siege on us. They are punishing all Palestinians because of a few individuals.” He added, “Don’t be surprised if more people become militants and join resistance factions.”

He added, “My message to the international community, especially the Americans, is: Once again you failed to force Israel to halt its attacks and protect us, the civilians. You are always pro-Israel, so don’t be surprised when you know that all Palestinians hate you despite your financial support.”

Um Asa’ad, a neighbor said, “We came here to give our support to Baroud’s family not because he is a commander or because he belongs to a specific faction, but because our houses surrounds Baroud’s house and for sure will sustain damage.”

An Israeli military spokesman confirmed the raid had been called off because of the gathering of people.

“We differentiate between innocent people and militants,” the spokesman said, vowing that Israel would continue its strikes against militants. He also accused gunmen of using civilians in Beit Lahiya as human shields.

Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh arrived at Baroud’s house early on Sunday to support the protest. “We are so proud of this national stand. It’s the first step toward protecting our homes, the homes of our children,” Haniyeh said as he made his way to the roof.

On his way out, he was asked if there had been any progress in regards to the national unity government. He responded, “Yes, there is progress but, despite progress in the talks, there were no guarantees that the new government could persuade the international community to lift the sanctions.”

“We want to feel more secure, to be more comfortable that they are going to be committed to these guarantees and lift the siege,” he said.

The interior ministry spokesman, Khaled Abu Hilal, said, “We salute our brave people who formed human shields to prevent air strikes by the Israeli enemy, who doesn’t spare any effort to terrorize us and attack us day and night.”

The spokesman of the Popular Resistance Committees, Abu Mujahid, said in a press conference yesterday, “We salute the people who answered the call to assemble to protest. Members of parliament, including Dr Ahmed Baher, and Nizar Rayyan, a Hamas leader, visited Baroud’s house as well as the parliamentary member Jamila Al-Shanti whose house was attacked a few weeks ago by an Israeli F-16 fighter jet”.

On Sunday night, hundreds of protestors remained on the rooftop. Demonstrators said they split into 12-hour shifts to guard the house around the clock.

Bishops call for change on Iraq policy

Bishops call for change on Iraq policy

Catholic leaders stress need for justice, peace

By Michael Paulson, Globe Staff | November 14, 2006

BALTIMORE — The nation’s Catholic bishops, saying the United States needs to move past the “shrill and shallow debate” of last week’s midterm Congressional elections, declared yesterday that the goal in Iraq should be justice and peace, rather than victory, and that the nation should withdraw its forces at the earliest opportunity, consistent with a responsible transition.

Meeting here in the aftermath of the election in which American voters, in part because of anger over the Iraq war, handed control of the House and Senate to the Democrats, the bishops unanimously authorized a public statement calling for the nation to “seriously examine alternative courses of action” in Iraq.

The bishops, who have consistently expressed moral concerns about the war, did not call for immediate withdrawal, saying the United States now has “moral responsibilities to help Iraqis to secure and rebuild their country.” But the bishops said the “terrible toll” in Iraqi and American lives now requires a discussion driven by “moral urgency, substantive dialogue, and new directions.”

“Because the war was such an election issue and became very partisan, our hope is, now that the elections are over, that all of the national leaders will come together and try and work together for a reasoned solution and transition out of Iraq without abandoning the people of that country,” Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley of Boston said in an interview after the vote. “We asked them not to go in in the first place, but now that we’re there, we’re looking for a withdrawal that would be as soon as possible, but at the same time without abandoning the people that are there and causing a worse situation.”
O’Malley said the United States should do a better job getting assistance from the international community, particularly Muslim nations, in securing Iraq. He added that lasting peace in the region will require finding a way to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The bishops, who are the spiritual leaders of the nation’s largest religious denomination, are joining a chorus of religious leaders speaking out against the Iraq war. Yesterday’s statement — issued by the president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, Bishop William S. Skylstad of Spokane — is the 18th such attempt by the Catholic bishops to influence the debate over Iraq.

“We hope our nation has moved beyond the divisive rhetoric of the recent campaign and the shrill and shallow debate that distorts reality and reduces the options to ‘cut and run’ versus ‘stay the course’,” said the statement. “Our nation needs a much more substantive, civil, and nonpartisan discussion of ways to plan and secure a responsible transition in Iraq.”

Although the bishops’ previous statements have not had a discernible impact on public policy, their declaration was made as the Bush Administration, chastened by the Republican Party’s electoral defeat last week, appears to be considering a new approach in Iraq. Last Wednesday, the day after the election, President Bush accepted the resignation of Defense Secretary Donald H . Rumsfeld. A study group headed by James Baker, former secretary of state, and by Lee Hamilton, former US representative, has been formed to recommend ways to proceed in Iraq.

Asked in Washington yesterday about the possibility of a phased withdrawal from Iraq, Bush said, “I believe that it’s important for us to succeed in Iraq, not only for our security, but for the security of the Middle East, and . . . I’m looking forward to interesting ideas. In the meantime, General Pete Pace is leading investigations within the Pentagon as to how to reach our goal, which is success, a government which can sustain, govern, and defend itself, and will serve as an ally in this war on terror.”

“I believe it is very important, though, for people making suggestions to recognize that the best military options depend upon the conditions on the ground,” he said.

Catholics, though traditionally Democratic voters, have been an increasingly important political constituency for the Republican Party in recent years and helped Bush win reelection in 2004. But this year, Catholics favored Democrats in the midterm elections, according to exit polling.

In their statement, the bishops suggested that the United States and other nations should help Iraqis establish security, the rule of law, a rebuilt economy, and the development of political structures “that advance stability, political participation, and respect for religious freedom and basic human rights.” The bishops have been particularly concerned about the plight of Iraqi Christians, many of whom have fled the country.

Bishop Thomas G. Wenski of Orlando, chairman of the bishops’ committee on international policy, said the bishops are wary of aligning themselves with any particular interest group and deliberately chose not to endorse a timeline for withdrawal, but rather to outline a series of goals for the nation to meet as part of a “responsible transition” out of Iraq.

“As people are grappling with these issues of war and peace, we have to look at more than just utilitarian criteria — what works, or what’s in our self-interest — we have to look to the very human issues of basic human rights and dignity,” he said.

The bishops normally meet every fall in Washington, but this year moved their gathering to Baltimore to mark the 200th anniversary of the Baltimore Basilica, which was the country’s first cathedral and has just been elaborately restored.

In other business, the bishops agreed to fund the initial phases of a study of the historical context and possible causes of clergy sexual abuse within the Catholic Church, including an examination of societal change and overall abuse patterns during the second half of the 20th century, a review of the institutional response to abuse allegations by church leadership, and a study of how priests accused of abuse differ psychologically from other priests. The first phases of the study are expected to be made public in 2008.

Today, the bishops plan to vote on documents explaining the church’s continuing opposition to the use of artificial birth control, providing guidelines for diocesan ministries to gays and lesbians, and explaining under what circumstances Catholics should not seek Communion. Taken together, the documents imply that sexually active gays and lesbians, as well as heterosexuals who have sex outside marriage and anyone who uses artificial birth control should not seek Communion unless they have been absolved through confession, according to Bishop Arthur J. Serratelli of Paterson, N.J., chairman of the bishops’ committee on doctrine.

Michael Paulson can be reached at mpaulson@globe.com.

© Copyright 2006 Globe Newspaper Company.

Israel developing bionic hornet weapon

Reuters – original article
Published: November 17, 2006, 5:46 AM PST

Israel is using nanotechnology to try to create a robot no bigger than a hornet that would be able to chase, photograph and kill its targets, an Israeli newspaper reported on Friday.

The flying robot, nicknamed the “bionic hornet,” would be able to navigate its way down narrow alleyways to target otherwise unreachable enemies such as rocket launchers, the daily Yedioth Ahronoth said.

It is one of several weapons being developed by scientists to combat militants, it said. Others include super gloves that would give the user the strength of a “bionic man” and miniature sensors to detect suicide bombers.

The research integrates nanotechnology into Israel’s security department and will find creative solutions to problems the army has been unable to address, Deputy Prime Minister Shimon Peres told Yedioth Ahronoth.

“The war in Lebanon proved that we need smaller weaponry. It’s illogical to send a plane worth $100 million against a suicidal terrorist. So we are building futuristic weapons,” Peres said.

The 34-day war in Lebanon ended with a U.N.-brokered ceasefire in mid-August. The war killed more than 1,200 Lebanese, mostly civilians, and 157 Israelis, mostly soldiers.

Prototypes for the new weapons are expected within three years, he said.

Story Copyright © 2006 Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.

VICTORY IN SAN FRANCISCO! JROTC WILL GO!

VICTORY! JROTC WILL GO!
Warmest congratulations to the San Francisco Board of Education!
Many thanks to all who showed up–the students who presented
over 800 signatures demanding an end to JROTC to the board–and
all those who spoke and those who did not have the chance to
speak. And all those who have worked so hard to get JROTC
our of our schools. A battle won!

Open letter and report to the S.F. Board of Education
by Bonnie Weinstein Continue reading VICTORY IN SAN FRANCISCO! JROTC WILL GO!

National demo in DC on January 27

Please forward widely!

Tell the New Congress:
Act NOW to Bring the Troops Home!

Join United for Peace and Justice in a massive march on Washington, D.C., on Sat., January 27, to call on Congress to take immediate action to end the war.

On Election Day the voters delivered a dramatic, unmistakable mandate for peace. Now it’s time for action. On January 27, 2007, we will converge from all around the country in Washington, D.C. to send a strong, clear message to Congress and the Bush Administration: The people of this country want the war and occupation in Iraq to end and we want the troops brought home now!

Congress has the power to end this war through legislation. We call on people from every congressional district in the country to gather in Washington, DC — to express support for those members of Congress who are prepared to take immediate action against the war; to pressure those who are hesitant to act; and to speak out against those who remain tied to a failed policy.

The peace and justice movement helped make ending the war in Iraq the primary issue in this last election. The actions we take do make a difference, and now there is a new opportunity for us to move our work forward. On Election Day people took individual action by voting. On January 27 we will take collective action, as we march in Washington, DC, to make sure Congress understands the urgency of this moment.

Join United for Peace and Justice in this crucial push for peace!

1) Make a donation right now to support the January 27 mobilization and help give us the funds we need to make this a truly massive outpouring for peace.

2) Pass this email along to everyone you know, post it on blogs and websites — do everything you can to help us get the word out about January 27th.

3) Make sure your organization endorses the January 27th mobilization. Click here to add your endorsement.

4) Start making plans to bring people from your congressional district to Washington on January 27. We will soon have a form on our website, where you or your group can sign up to be the coordinator for people coming to DC from your area, so you can meet up, coordinate transportation, housing, etc.

5) Keep checking the UFPJ website for more details in the coming weeks!
You might have also heard that United for Peace and Justice was calling for a demonstration in Washington to commemorate the 4th anniversary of the war in Iraq on March 17. Because of the new developments and our decision to organize the January 27th mobilization, we are now calling for local and regional antiwar actions that weekend instead. We will soon be issuing more information about the plans for the 4th anniversary.

Support GI Resistance and Rights

TAKE ACTION to SUPPORT GI RESISTANCE and GI RIGHTS DEC. 8-10th!

Military resisters, their families, veterans and concerned
community members call for public action Dec. 8-10th!

It’s time for us to escalate public pressure and action in
support of the growing movement of thousands of courageous
men and women GI’s who have in many different ways followed
their conscience, upholding international law, taking a
principled stand against unjust, illegal war and occupation
and stood up for their rights. Widespread public support and
pressure will help create true support for courageous troops
facing isolation and repression, and help protect their civil
liberties and human rights.

Showing widespread support for soldiers who resist is one of
the best ways those of us outside the military can encourage
the growing momentum of the GI resistance movement—a movement
that has the direct power to end this war.

We call for the following:
1) Support for War Objectors
2) Protect the Right to Conscientious Objection
3) Protect the Liberties & Human Rights of GI’s
4) Sanctuary for War Objectors.

We ask you to begin mobilizing your group, community and
networks now. As well as educating your organization’s members,
please consider hosting one or more public events to help raise
awareness and build support. Visit http://www.CourageToResist.org
or e-mail courage@riseup.net for more information or to contribute to
build this campaign.

GET INVOLVED TODAY! Here’s How:
http://www.couragetoresist.org/x/content/view/136/27/

Sincerely,

Courage to Resist
War Resisters Support Campaign
Gold Star Families for Peace
Central Commitee for Conscientious Objectors
VFP Chp.69
Bob Watada and Rosa Sakanishi, father and step-mother of Lt. Ehren Watada
Kyle Snyder, Iraq veteran and war resister
Darrell Anderson, Iraq veteran and war resister
Pablo Paredes, former Navy sailor and Iraq war resister
Stephan Funk, former marine and first resister of Iraq war
Anita Dennis, mother of Iraq resister Darrell Anderson
Sara Rich M.S.W., mother of Spc. Suzanne Swift
Jeff Paterson, former marine and first resister Gulf War I
DeDe Miller, Gold Star Families for Peace
Edward Hasbrouck, draft resister
Gerry Condon, Vietnam war resister

WHY YOUR SUPPORT IS CRUCIAL:

Your participation in these days of action—and beyond– is crucial to
realizing these goals: together, we do have the power to end this war and
prevent the next one. As the antiwar movement builds its support for these
brave people and their important actions, we hope more will take a stand
if we show them they won’t be alone.

Those of us outside the military must match their bravery by escalating
our support for all GI resisters. They’ve got to know we’re out here for
them!

Objection by military servicepersons is a healthy and important assertion
of democracy, particularly in a country where the decisions to invade, to
maintain occupation, and to engage in widespread ongoing torture, human
rights violations and war crimes are made undemocratically in violation of
the US Constitution and international law and based on continuing lies and
disinformation.

Supporting GI resistance, together with counter recruitment and draft
resistance, is key to stopping illegal war and occupation ourselves. If
the government can’t recruit or draft enough new troops, and if troops
refuse illegal immoral orders, it will help end the war and occupation and
help prevent the next one. Look at the Vietnam War!

Here is an Explanation of the Four Areas of Support:
http://www.couragetoresist.org/x/content/view/135/27/

We urge you to join us December 8-10th for a weekend of action in support
of GI Resistance and GI Rights!

For more info contact courage@riseup.net