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I (Joe Anybody) read Cindy Sheehan's letter to President Obama that she posted on February 28 2010 regarding the Camp Out Now in front of the White House which is starting on 3.15.10. This is a spot on demand from the peace community and "peace of the Action" protest, to stop the wars and human rights violations by the USA ... now. This is a 5 mins long podcast posted on 3.7.10 .... 7 sec cut-off at the very end of this clip
Subject: Camp OUT NOW will be set up in exactly 11 days!
Due to an unexpected crimp in our permit, Camp OUT NOW will be erected on March 15th instead of the 13th--but we will still have St. Stephen's to sleep in that weekend.
The reason we're not setting up Camp on the 13th is that the people who are running the St. Patty's Day parade won't allow us to keep Camp up during the parade. So on Sunday during the parade, we will be passing out info and making an anti-war presence--
We will gather in Lafayette Park (across from the White House) at 10am the morning of the parade.
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Love, Peace and Victory!
Tuesday, February 23, 2010 (original date of posting)
February 23, 2010
Dear President Obama,
A contingent of Peace Groups and Activists will be setting up a Peace Camp across the street from your house on the lawn of the Washington Monument called, Camp OUT NOW.
After over one year of your presidency, it's become crystal clear to even many of those who supported you, that your foreign policy is as much of a disaster as was George Bush's.
On Sunday, 33 civilians were killed in a bombing raid on a caravan in Afghanistan, and no matter how many times you or your generals say, "Sorry," innocent civilians will always be killed in these insane wars of profit and occupation. Since, by your regime's own admission, civilian slaughter "can't be avoided," these wars must come to an immediate end.
It's also quite tragic that your war in Afghanistan has victimized more of our troops than when Bush was president, and more of our returning vets are committing suicide with most of their needs still going unmet.
For all intents and purposes, Mr. Obama, you have had a blank-check from the U.S. anti-war movement since you were elected. Certainly being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize gave these wars some international legitimacy, but those days of your free pass to carry out and magnify the Bush regime's crimes against humanity are over.
Even though there have been those of us in the anti-war movement who never dropped the ball, or passed it to the Democratic Party, many of the ones who supported you are also starting to awaken to the harsh reality that you are only keeping your campaign promises and they don't like that.
Mr. Obama, your anti-war base is an awakening giant that you will have to deal with in this election year. People are fleeing your party with the same regularity that they fled the other party when Bush was president. This waking giant is also realizing that with a Democratic majority everywhere, your failure in proceeding with a progressive agenda is abysmal.
Every time you are "contemplating" sending more troops to Afghanistan, you have countless meetings with what you have called your "War Council." The very name implies a foregone conclusion that you will send more troops and that other, more rational, more humane, and more peaceful solutions are never even considered.
In 2005, I asked for a meeting with President Bush that was never granted, and as you know, Camp Casey in Crawford became the spark that lit a prairie fire of anti-war sentiment that swept you and your cohorts in the Democratic Party back into power and now we are coming to collect the spoils of that victory--which is not more war--but more Peace. You Democrats owe much to your anti-war base--and we will not be quiet nor be ignored as we were in the previous administration. It's time for you to pay the Peace-piper, Mr. Obama.
Our demands are profound, yet simple for you to perform: troops out of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan (where three soldiers were just killed); no more drone bombings anywhere; close the permanent bases and torture prisons; and bring the mercenary soldiers home, too. We will not be closing up Camp, or the movement, until positive progress in the direction of Peace is noted.
The first week of Camp (March 13-20), we are asking for a meeting with you to discuss setting up a Peace Council that you will regularly meet with that will have a seat at the table when decisions that will kill, maim, displace, or harm our troops or civilians in any way are being discussed. We also demand that this Peace Council be comprised of grassroots members of the Peace Movement and not rubber-stamp status quo worshippers, or other "Peace" Prize laureates like Henry Kissinger, who already, reportedly, has your ear.
If you do not meet with representatives from Camp OUT NOW, we will be a thorn in the side of the War Machine, and we will not go away without a struggle. If you do meet with us and agree to a Peace Council, we will pack up our tents, but we will still be a thorn in the side of the War Machine until Peace is finally achieved--the only difference is that we won't be camped across the street from your home.
During your campaign, you often quoted Roosevelt as saying that if the voters wanted him to do the right thing, they would have to "make him." Well, Mr. Obama, we are the bosses of you--not your corporate masters--and we will be in DC to "make you" do the right thing.
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In struggle until there is finally Peace,
Mother of Spc. Casey Sheehan who was murdered on 04 April, 2004, by the U.S. War Machine.
And the Peace of the Action Coalition
Voters for Peace has joined with numerous anti-war organizations to endorse the March 20th marchagainst the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
People from all over the country are organizing to converge on Washington, D.C. On Saturday, March 20, 2010, there will be a massive National March & Rally in D.C. The day before, on Friday, March 19, will be a day of action and outreach, also in D.C. People are organizing busses and other transportation to the nation's capital to protest the ongoing wars and occupations. To get more information on how you can help and how you can be involved, click here.
There will be coinciding mass marches on March 20 in San Francisco and Los Angeles.
People are joining together to oppose wars and occupations across the globe. We will march together to call for an immediate withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan, to urge "No War Against Iran!" And, we will march together to say "No War for Empire Anywhere!"
Not only are these wars wrong, they are bad for U.S. national security, undermine the economy, and weaken the rule of law and democracy. The United States cannot afford to be borrowing money to fund these wars. It cannot afford $1 million per soldier to be in Afghanistan for one year when 19% of Americans are unemployed or underemployed, when 45,000 die in the U.S. due to lack of health care, and when we are seeing record bankruptcy and foreclosure as well as record debt and deficit.
March 20 is the seventh anniversary of the criminal war of aggression launched by Bush and Cheney against Iraq. One million or more Iraqis have died. Tens of thousands of U.S. troops have lost their lives or been maimed, and continue to suffer a whole host of enduring problems from this terrible war. Just last week the U.S. suffered its 1,000th death of a soldier in Afghanistan just a few days after three busses of civilians were killed in an air strike ordered by the U.S. military.
It is time for us to join together and show our opposition to war and empire.
-Sincerely, Kevin Zeese - Executive Director, Voters for Peace
I just secured my round-trip air plane ticket to DC and my overnight sleeping accomidations are locked in.
... All Systems Go!
I am leaving on March 17 straight to the White House to document the anti war protest and to be a voice for Peace.
January 29 at 10:45am
Dear Friends of Peace and Justice,
"DON'T MOURN, ORGANIZE" HOWARD ZINN
We have made some great strides in organizing and planning--all of our core team are doing this for no salary, we believe in the cause and Peace of the Action so profoundly!
Yesterday, we were amazed that we were able to raise $540 towards the cost of the tent. Many of you donated $2-$4-$10, but we also had some larger donations.
If everyone on this list gives just $2 today, we can start to buy the supplies and equipment that we need to start the camp.
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I found this video on Cindy Sheehan's FaceBook website and I am now sharing with all my friends
Black Agenda Report's Glen Ford explains that Barack Obama did not "inherit" wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Yemen, Pakistan and elsewhere.
All out for the March 20th
March on Washington!
People from all over the country are organizing to converge on Washington, D.C., to demand the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of all U.S. and NATO forces from Afghanistan and Iraq.
On Saturday, March 20, 2010, there will be a massive National March & Rally in D.C. A day of action and outreach in Washington, D.C., will take place on Friday, March 19, preceding the Saturday march.
There will be coinciding mass marches on March 20 in San Franciscoand Los Angeles.
The national actions are initiated by a large number of organizations and prominent individuals. To see a list of the initiators, click this link.
We will march together to say “No Colonial-type Wars and Occupations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine, Haiti!" We will march together to say "No War Against Iran!” We will march together to say “No War for Empire Anywhere!”
Instead of war, we will demand funds so that every person can have a job, free and universal health care, decent schools, and affordable housing.
March 20 is the seventh anniversary of the criminal war of aggression launched by Bush and Cheney against Iraq. One million or more Iraqis have died. Tens of thousands of U.S. troops have lost their lives or been maimed, and continue to suffer a whole host of enduring problems from this terrible war.
This is the time for united action. The slogans on banners may differ, but all those who carry them should be marching shoulder to shoulder. Click here to become an endorser.