Cindy Sheehan, Vets and Military Family members walk to Montgomery for July 12th Rally
Come join us and rally for peace!!
Peace Activist Cindy Sheehan, Veterans and Military Family members will arrive on Thursday, July 12th as they bring their ‘Summer of Love ‘07’ walk to Montgomery.
Sheehan’s group will arrive at the steps of the State Capitol at 3:30pm. They will walk from the Capitol to the Civil Rights Memorial at the Southern Poverty Law Center before moving on to the Rally site at the 1000th block of Fairmont Avenue (near downtown and Huntington College, in Old Cloverdale.) The Rally is planned for 5-7pm.
16 year-old Alabama Peace Activist Ava Lowery, whose poignant and raw video animations and website, www.peacetakescourage.com led to media acclaim and stellar reviews in the New York Times, CNN and Rolling Stone Magazine, as well as a number of death threats, will also speak. Ava was awarded the Camp Casey Peace Institute 2007 scholarship for her tireless and creative activism.
From Montgomery, Sheehan’s group will continue the caravan and walk that will take them through seventeen cities on their way to Washington, DC, and the House Judiciary Committee members’ offices to demand they immediately issue Articles of Impeachment against Bush and Cheney.
Sheehan, the soldier's mother who galvanized the anti-war movement, announced from Crawford, Texas this past Sunday that she plans to seek House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's congressional seat unless Pelosi introduces articles of impeachment against President Bush in the next two weeks. Sheehan said she will run against the San Francisco Democrat in 2008 as an independent if Pelosi does not seek, by July 23, to impeach Bush. That's when Sheehan and her supporters are to arrive in Washington, DC, after a 13-day caravan and walking tour that started on July 10th from the group's war protest site near Bush's Crawford ranch.
The walkers will proceed through Pennsylvania and on to New York City, for a United Nations Protest and, finally, a ‘Gather-In of Hearts’ to be held in Central Park on July 29th. Featuring leading activists and musical entertainment, all proceeds from the July 29th event will go to Iraqi Refugees for medical supplies and Iraq hospitals.
For additional information, including a map to the rally location, contact Julie Cuniglio at (469)964-8729 or email@example.com.
It's time to Bring 'Em on Home and hold the liars in office accountable. Watch the newest video and pass it along, then be sure to write Congress and tell them you want an end to the war in Iraq. We cannot afford to wait until after election 2008.
I know that it has been awhile since I last updated with a new video, or even updated the headlines for that matter. I've been extremely busy lately working on the documentary and I hope that you will be pleased to know that I am making a lot of progress on the film. Bear with me while I take this giant step and please forgive me for the lack of updates. I'm going to try harder to make more time for updating.
President Bush will in Mobile, Alabama on June 21(Thursday) to attend a $1,000 per plate fundraising dinner for Senator Jeff Sessions. What better response than a "Peace & Impeachment" rally? I unfortunately will not be able to attend the rally due to having previous plans to travel somewhere that day, but I know the folks holding this rally and encourage all who can to attend and let their voices be heard! The rally will be held from 1 pm - 5 pm at:
Spanish Plaza 401 Government St. Mobile, AL
Let Bush know that we Alabamians want peace and a different course for our country, and let the media know it too by contacting your local news affiliate and letting them know that you and others will be attending the rally.
This is the video I made for this Memorial Day. Regardless of how I feel about past and currents wars, I honor and respect anyone who signs up to defend our country. This video is my Memorial Day tribute to all of those brave men and women.
A good friend of mine recently wrote me about a new blog from her home state of Mississippi. I'm a fan of any Southern blogs because they tend to go against the typical stereotype of all Southerners being "stupid rednecks." Check out this blog (www.cottonmouthblog.com) and be sure to use the contact form to send me along any of your local blogs that focus on our world today. If I like what I read I might just link you up!
10 Things You Can Do Over Memorial Weekend to Support the Troops and End the War
Throughout our history, military men and women and their families have sacrificed for America. The troops in Iraq and their families continue to sacrifice today. So this Memorial Day Weekend, John Edwards is asking the American people to give some part of their weekend in return - to honor and remember all those who have gone before in service to our country, and to let our government know we want to honor our troops by ending the war and bringing them home.
This Memorial Day weekend we all need to take responsibility for the country we love and the brave men and women who protect us. As citizens, let’s volunteer in support of our troops, and offer our service to honor theirs. As Americans, let’s take a moment to join in prayer for our troops. And as patriots, let’s gather together this weekend and make our voices heard. It’s up to us. If we are loud enough, and clear enough, we can end this war. Because it really is possible to stop a president who believes he can do no wrong - it just takes people with the courage to do what’s right.
If you aren't aware of the powerful online video series "Hometown Baghdad" you need to be. Hometown Baghdad was shot by an all-Iraqi crew and tells the stories of three young people trying to survive in Baghdad. New episodes premiere online every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The brave Iraqi cast and crew risked their lives to make this series. So please help make sure the world listens by helping spread the videos. Check them out by visiting the website: http://www.hometownbaghdad.com/.
Young Iraqis Adel, Ausama and Saif give their honest opinions about the American invasion of Iraq.
Gunfire is the soundtrack to life in Baghdad and guns become a disturbing necessity.
4 years ago, on May 1, 2003, George W. Bush declared our "mission accomplished" in the Iraq war.
"In the Battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed." - George W. Bush May 1, 2003
Four years later over 3,300 U.S. troops have been killed and many more have been wounded. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis have been killed in the ongoing civil war that is ripping the country apart. On this anniversary of "Mission Accomplished" demand an end to the Iraq war and the impeachment of the liar who got us there. Bring our troops home now!
Who won tonight's Democratic Presidential debate? That is the question on the mind of many Americans right now. This odd debate seemed to leave many of us confused. Perhaps is was the strange and unfamiliar style of the debate, or maybe it was that most of the nominees seemed confused in their own answers. Whatever it was it left me thinking there was no real "winner" in tonight's debate.
Chris Dodd didn't stand out at all among the pack, but perhaps that is a good thing. Many of those who stood out tonight did so for the wrong reasons. Barack Obama, who usually is the "rock star" candidate and one of the best speakers in the group, definitely stood out among the pack. However, the reason he stood out was not something to hope for. Tonight the Senator came off as too rehearsed while also spilling his answers with "uh uh uh"s. What happened to the rock star? I was so distracted by how uncharismatic he was tonight, that I didn't hear too much of what he was saying. Now flip that, get the opposite, and you have Hillary Clinton's performance tonight. While she spoke very well tonight and managed to get her points across quickly, her points were not something that has me running with arms wide open to her campaign. I do understand that Senator Clinton is being careful not to discourage those voting in the general election to turn away from her fearing she is too "liberal." At the same time in think she has managed to alienate her Democratic base on one of the most important issues of this Presidential election - the Iraq war. "If I knew then what I know now" seems to be her new campaign slogan. Why not just admit that her vote approving the Iraq war was a huge mistake. After all over 3,330 U.S troops and many more Iraqi civilians have died because of that mistake. It is important for us to remember that this war while started on the Bush Administration's lies, was approved by Congress.
On to Bill Richardson. The Governor seemed out of place and lost in most of what was going on. Richardson should have used tonight to shine, but instead he left many people thinking he was the "weakest link" among the nominees. I think that Richardson has some great credentials and experience to bring to the table, but if he cannot win over the hearts of the American people those credentials are worthless in this election. Joe Biden, like Dodd, also did not stand out very much but he did come off as somewhat cocky and arrogant in this debate. Luckily for him it was a forgettable arrogance. Dennis Kucinich has some great things to offer and some great plans for America. Unfortunately most Americans judge Presidential candidates not only on their politics and plans, but also on their charisma and appearance. Because of that I'm afraid to put my support behind him. As far as his performance in the debate I thought he did a good job, but besides when he pulled out his pocket book constitution, I'm afraid he also didn't take the spotlight.
That brings us to our final two candidates. John Edwards and Mike Gravel. Let me first begin with Gravel. He shined tonight because he stood up and demanded the spotlight. He was not afraid to speak his mind and make his voice heard. While I certainly admire him for that and like a lot of what he has to say, I'm afraid he might not have the ability to hold some of that back in order to win the general election. Gravel definitely managed to "stick it" to the other candidates tonight though. John Edwards stood out because of his charisma and charm, but also because Americans like a lot of what he has to say. Edwards came from a blue-collar family and has made the poverty happening right now in America one of the main issues of his campaign. He also has taken a firm stand against the Iraq war and flat out said "I was wrong." Edwards did seem down tonight and less enthusiastic as he usually seems.
In the end I didn't see any particular candidate as being the "winner" of tonight's debate. However after the debate I only have three candidates that stayed in my mind. Edwards, Gravel, and Clinton. If the rest of the pack wants to keep up, they need to begin to stick in the minds of Americans as well.
TONIGHT: First Democratic Presidential Debate at 7 p.m. ET
Tonight, "NBC Nightly News" anchor Brian Williams will moderate the MSNBC debate, which is being hosted by South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, S.C. and the South Carolina Democratic Party. The debate will streame live on MSNBC.com, starting at 7 p.m. ET. MSNBC has been covering the debate all day, and Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann will co-anchor MSNBC’s pre- and post-debate coverage.
I'll be watching live tonight and writing my thoughts afterwards. We will also have a skype chat tonight live during the debate beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET. Join us to share your thoughts on the debate and each candidate. Add peacetakescourage to your friends list on skype and we will be sure to invite you to the voice chat tonight.
All Democratic candidates will be debate tonight. Here is a list in alphabetical order:
The Nightwatchman is the alter-ego and solo act of Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave guitarist and political/social activist Tom Morello. I am absolutely in love with this song called "The Road I Must Travel." His stark new album as the Nightwatchman is a dark, urgent portrait of a world in turmoil. The album comes out on April 24th, but you can pre-order on amazon. Be sure to stop by The Nightwatchman website ( http://www.nightwatchmanmusic.com ) and the Axis of Justice website ( http://www.axisofjustice.org/ ).
I'm beginning a documentary on the Iraq war, its Veterans, and the effects of the war on the troops when returning home. I would like to interview Veterans from the Iraq war and talk with them about why they joined the military, what were their thoughts about the Iraq war before they went, and if those opinions changed after returning from the war. My goal is to show the war, what inspires Americans to enlist, and how their views might change or evolve after joining by letting Veterans tell their own stories. We are looking to interview Iraq Veterans from the South since we are located in Alabama. We can film in the following states: Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Kentucky. If you are an Iraq war Veteran in any of these states and are interested in doing an interview please contact me.
- Ava Lowery (334) 524 - 6193 firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com www.peacetakescourage.com
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.
Over the past few months the Bush administration has been building up a PR war. It seems that the Iraq war debacle isn't enough failure and destruction for George and his buddies in the White House. Now they want to go to war with Iran too. Turn on the news any day of the week and you'll see one of three things: Anna Nicole Smith's baby's daddy, Imus's insults against a basketball team, or you'll see stories about why we should invade Iran. The media supported the Iraq war and they'll do it again with Iran. Just today there have been stories about Iran "training Iraqi bomb makers." Their source? U.S. military spokesman - because they have proven they are so very trustworthy.
Almost 3,300 American troops have died in the Iraq war and many more have been wounded. Estimates put the Iraqi death toll at 655,000. The Iraq war has our military tied down and our troops tired and weary. Troops are being sent over to Iraq numerous times without the proper armor or training they need to survive in a war. Not to mention that the war in Afghanistan, which seems to have been forgotten, has taken a turn for the worse. In a nutshell - the American military cannot take on another war, especially with Iran.
Regardless of numours public denials by the Bush administration, the United States already has made advanced preparations for an air strike against Iran. Many neo-conservatives have been urging the administration to start a new front against Iran in contrast to the state department, the Pentagon, and a bipartisan majority of congress. It has been said that the President has not made any premature decisions about Iran, but we heard that before the Iraq war too. Now after the Downing Street Memo and other reports we know that the Iraq war had been planned out for quite some time. Bush has already declared Iran to be part of the "Axis of Evil" and the PR campaign in the media has been continuing to build up.
The Bush administration has likely already made up their mind about Iran and with almost two more years in office Bush can still do even more damage to our country. We must not get fooled again. It is up to us the stop the next war now. Contact your Representatives and Senators and insist we prevent another disasterious war. Contact media outlets and tell them to stop helping the administration start a new war. Don't site around waiting for another war to happen. We were fooled into the Iraq war - will we allow ourselves to be fooled again? Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.
Camp Casey is an amazing experience no matter what time of the year you attend. My Brother, Uncle, and I attended last August during the middle of a drought during 100 degree weather. We stayed a week and despite the heat, and some frustrations with our tent and being stuck in a tent with each other for a week, we had an absolutely amazing and truly life changing time at the Camp. My Mother and I attended again this past week for Camp Casey Easter. We met so many activists from all over the country who came to support Cindy and the peace movement. Cindy Sheehan has inspired us all to become more involved and I know personally she is one of my own role models in the peace movement. Thank you Cindy for all you have done and continue to do to inspire us. This video is just one small token of my appreciation.