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9/11 First Responders Benefit – Cynthia McKinney

On The Seventh Anniversary of 9/11

This came across my email desk from the group Peaceful Tomorrows, a group of families of victims in the World Trade Center Bombings on September 11, 2001, that formed just after that horrific tragedy to turn their grief into action.  Here is there message today on teh 7th anniversary of that incident:

September 11, 2008

Dear Members, Friends and Supporters of Peaceful Tomorrows,

The experience of yet another anniversary of 9/11 provides an occasion to reflect upon the hopes and beliefs that brought the members of September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows together. In response to the terrorist attacks that killed our family members, we never wanted wars of retaliation that would cause the deaths of innocent civilians in other nations. We never wanted hunger for revenge to lead America to violate international law, abandon Constitutional rights, or engage in torture.

We united to turn our grief into action for peace, believing that it is possible to break the cycles of violence caused by terrorism and war.  And over the past months, from Capitol Hill to Iraqi Kurdistan and beyond we have raised our voices in support of nonviolence, human rights and the rule of law.

Guantanamo Bay Detention Center

In July, Peaceful Tomorrows members traveled to DC to lobby Congress about the need to end the abuses at the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center and rededicate the U.S. to principles of international justice. We are currently working with human rights allies at Witness Against Torture and Center for Constitutional Rights to craft a multi-faceted campaign to shut down Guantánamo within the first 100 days of the new administration.  We believe it can be done!

Perhaps the most hopeful work we are doing is our campaign to support the courageous and inspiring Iraqi peace and nonviolence activists of LaOnf.  LaOnf (which roughly translates as "nonviolence" in Arabic) is a network of over 100 Iraqi civil society organizations working to promote "nonviolence as the most effective way to struggle for an independent, democratic, and peaceful Iraq."

In August Peaceful Tomorrows members Terry Rockefeller and Adele Welty met with LaOnf members in Erbil, Kurdistan as they planned activities for their 2008 Week of Nonviolence.  In support of LaOnf’s efforts, Peaceful Tomorrows has launched a public education campaign to inform American citizens and policymakers about these Iraqi women and men who have endured repression, invasion and occupation yet remain committed to nonviolence. In October, Peaceful Tomorrows will help communities across the U.S. to show solidarity with the LaOnf activists.  You can find out more at www.peacefultomorrows.org, where you can sign up to organize or attend a screening of a documentary about LaOnf in your area.

Military Commissions

Peaceful Tomorrows members have been featured in news stories about the controversy surrounding the U.S. government’s prosecution of 9/11 suspects in military tribunals. As a partner in the American Civil Liberties Union’s John Adams Project, Peaceful Tomorrows supports fair trials for all people, regardless of the charges they face. We will continue to speak out against the military commissions, making clear how they embody a legal process that has been compromised by political interference and stripped of the minimum of defendants’ rights and protections that define fair trials.

As support for war in Iraq decreases, there are disturbing calls to increase U.S. troops to Afghanistan. Peaceful Tomorrows is categorically opposed to the idea that we can win a "War on Terror." War IS terror. We need instead to invest in programs that address the root causes of violence and terrorism. Peaceful Tomorrows has been actively working to bring Afghanistan to the forefront of the U.S. peace movement. With our allies at United for Peace and Justice, we are developing web-based materials that will prepare U.S. peace activists to effectively challenge the calls for increased military engagement in Afghanistan.

As we prepare ourselves for the work ahead, we are grateful for your loyal support.  Please help us to continue our work by making a generous donation to Peaceful Tomorrows today.  You can donate online at this link.

And please, go to our website at http://www.peacefultomorrows.org where you will find more information about the projects of  Peaceful Tomorrows and our members, including a link to the newly launched website of the International Network for Peace, a global network of victims of terrorism, genocide, atomic weapons, occupation and war who have chosen to work for nonviolent solutions to conflict.

We look forward to hearing from you.

In peace and hope,

September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows

McKinney Calls for New Investigation, Release of Files on 9/11

Wednesday, 10 September 2008 04:23
Seven years ago, criminal terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers, the
Pentagon were carried out on September by hijacked planes led to the
deaths of thousands of people. A month later, key figures in the print
and broadcast media and members of Congress were sent envelopes
containing very lethal and highly weaponized anthrax, which led to the
deaths of journalists and postal employees. After the initial shock
diminished, there were calls for explanations, investigations,
accountability and a reasoned response that did not include war. The
administration ignored or openly opposed them. Instead we went into a
call for permanent wars hat would last beyond our lifetime, changes in
civil liberties both overt and covert, a takeover of state power by the
executive branch, and the creation of a national security emergency
state that would somehow protect us.

Cynthia McKinney was one of the few voices of reason during that time in
the Congress. Long an opponent of militarism and wars abroad, she also
called for explanations and accountability when information began to
come to light about multiple advanced warnings and apparent
foreknowledge of the imminence and methods of the attack inside
government intelligence agencies that still failed to prevent it. She
supported calls by the families of the 9/11 victims for an official
investigation in what was being termed a "failure of intelligence" even
though it more closely resembled a failure of response, of standard
operating procedures, and of government officials and agencies to
respond and prepare for, or even comprehend the source of these attacks. Continue reading

Green Party Presidential Candidate Cynthia McKinney on No LIes Radio

Green Party Presidential Candidate Cynthia McKinney
Live Broadcast Thursday, August 14th: 6pm Pacific – 9pm Eastern – 01:00 GMT
Repeated Saturday, August 16th at 11am Pacific – 2pm Eastern – 18:00 GMT

This is a National 911Truth.org Movement Conference Call.
Cynthia McKinney
The Green Party Could Be Our Last Chance for 9/11 Truth, Stopping the Iran War and Martial Law!! Listen to Cynthia and the 911Truth Activists on the conference call. Then act to support the party of your choice and be sure to vote in November!

Not familiar with Rep. McKinney’s positions or history? Cynthia’s position on a wide variety of issues with a ‘candidate comparison chart’ can be accessed at the Chicago Tribune site. And you can read the Green Party 2008 draft platform and 10 Key Values at GP.org. Lest we forget … a bit of historical review: Cynthia McKinney, former Democratic Representative from Georgia and courageous spokesperson of the People for many years — a few of her most impressive accomplishments include:
• First to introduce Articles of Impeachment against George Bush, in 2006.
• Grilled Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on the Pentagon’s missing trillions and the 9/11 war games.
• In July 2005, she held a Congressional hearing into 9/11 on Capitol Hill
• Chaired “The 9/11 Omission Hearings” September 9, 2004 in New York City
• Continuously opposed the war and occupation of Iraq, speaking and voting against it at every opportunity
• Continued to fight for greater government transparency
• Introduced a bill to suspend depleted uranium munitions
• Demanded hearings and accountability into the response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita
Already supportive of Cynthia, or just want to help make third parties a truly viable part of American politics? Please check www.runcynthiarun.org for ways to help with this process in this very critical time.

A small panel will ask the questions. Panel participants include: Carol Brouillet of Northern California 911Truth Alliance and CommunityCurrency.org, and candidate for US Congressional Rep, California 14th District; Bruno Bruhwiler of WeAreChange-LA; Jason King of Boston911Truth.org and 911Truth.org; and moderator Paul Deslauriers, Berkshire911truth.org and Grassroots Coordinator for 911Truth.org.

You are invited to listen in via phone (details below). Time: Thursday, August 14th at 6pm Pacific – 9pm Eastern, Call: 712-432-1001 Access Code: 433027266#
Or you can simply listen to the radio broadcast of this conference call on No Lies Radio Live on Thursday or rebroadcast on Saturday or hear the archived version later on at No Lies Radio or at 911Truth.org. Questions, transcripts, and other info will be posted at 911Truth.org later on. See radio schedule above.