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Cynthia McKinney’s TV ads on the Issues

Single Payer Health Care

View the rest of Cynthia’s tv ads:
Sustainable Investment instead of Corporate Bailouts
Green Values – Grassroots Democracy, Peace Social Justice, Environmental Wisdom
Green Party Seat At The Table will invite the Public
Constrained by the Two Party Paradigm
Restore Our Constitutional Rights
Rebuild the Economy with Energy Efficient Cars
Bring All The Troops Home
Katrina survivors right of return
Oppose Africom

Shot and edited by Don Debar

Grandmothers Letter Writing Campaign

Grandmothers Agains the War has launched a letter writing campaign, in an effort to educate young people on war issues. Sample letters are provided.

We urge all like-minded people – you – (regardless of gender) to write a letter that explores how experiences in your own life have brought you to oppose the current war and occupation. You can address actual children and young people, or imaginary ones, and you are encouraged
to send copies of your letters to friends, relatives, newspapers — to be disseminated widely, above all to The Grandmothers’ Letters Project.

Voters for Peace has issued a call for people to Sign the Iraq Pledge:

“I will not vote for or support any candidate for Congress or President who does not make a speedy end to the war in Iraq, and preventing any future war of aggression, a public position in his or her campaign.”

VotersForPeace is trying to get 2 million voters to sign its Peace Pledge in time for the 2006 elections. The Pledge is a statement of support for peace candidates: “who publicly oppose wars of aggression.”

Bush gets scolded

During an event in Charlotte, NC, to promote fighting the “war on terrorism” last week, Bush spoke before an audience, members of which were permitted to get up and speak. Harry Taylor told Bush exactly what he should hear:

What I wanted to say to you is that I — in my lifetime, I have never felt more ashamed of, nor more frightened by my leadership in Washington, including the presidency, by the Senate, and [audience booed him at this point, but then he was allowed to continue]–I feel like despite your rhetoric, that compassion and common sense have been left far behind during your administration, and I would hope from time to time that you have the humility and the grace to be ashamed of yourself inside yourself. And I also want to say I really appreciate the courtesy of allowing me to speak what I’m saying to you right now. That is part of what this country is about.

An article about the scolding also appeared in USA Today, in which Bush was quoted as having said that
he would not apologize for listening in on the phone and e-mail conversations of Americans talking to people with suspected al-Qaeda links.

You can read more about this and view the video on a blog-type page at Think Progress, on which there are also comments by readers.

War and Taxes

Last night I helped show a film on war rax resistance. The film, “An Act of Conscience” is about a couple who in the 1990’s fought a battle against the IRS in proceedings that led to the confiscation and sale of their home. The story revolved around what happened next with the family that bought the home, the squatting and then eviction of the home by various community members, and the new homeowners settling with the community who owned a collective that actually owned the land on which the home sat. It is a very compelling story and really makes one think about where their taxes are spent.

Here is a pie chart, published by the War Resisters League that depicts the portion of your federal taxes that go towards the military and war efforts:

I am the state contact for the National War Tax REsistsnace Coordinating Committee. I help show this film each year and provide literature for people who may be interested in learning more about what they can do to divert their tax dollars away from war. You can view the NWTRCC’s Statement of Purpose. It is a coalition of groups dedicated to providing information and resources and support for those considering war tax resistance.
There are multiple ways to engage in war tax resistance.
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War and Taxes

It’s “tax season” again. Each year an organization in which I participate shows the film “An Act of Consience” about a couple who in the 1990’s lost their home due to not paying the IRS the portion of their taxes that would go towards war. The film depicts their battle over losing their property and what they and their neighbors did to fight it, including squatting the house after it was taken by the feds.

We will be showing the film this Saturday at Free Speech Zone.

There will also be Tax Day Protests Across the U.S. Scheduled on Monday, April 17. I am the Utah contact for the National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee (NWTRCC). It is my hope that through outreach efforts here in Utah we can get a resistance movement going against paying taxes for the war effort. One such action can also be adovcating publicly for the Department of Peace initiative. It’s amazing how much of our tax dollars goes towards that effort. See the budget analysis by the War Resisters League HERE.

The Art of War for the anti-war movement

The Art of War for the anti-war movement
By Scott Ritter
Posted on March 31, 2006, Printed on April 10, 2006

It’s high time to recognize that we as a nation are engaged in a life-or-death struggle of competing ideologies with those who promote war as an American value and virtue.

In the months leading up to the invasion of Iraq by a US-led coalition, and for three years since, I have spent many hours speaking to numerous anti-war forums across the country and around the world. I have always been struck by the sincerity of the vast majority of those who call themselves anti-war, and impressed by their willingness to give so much of themselves in the service of such a noble cause.

Whether participating in demonstrations, organizing a vigil, conducting town-hall meetings, or writing letters to their elected officials and the media, the participants in the anti-war movement have exhibited an energy and integrity that would make anyone proud. For myself, I have been vociferous in my defense of the actions of the majority of the anti-war movement, noting that the expression of their views is not only consistent with their rights afforded by the Constitution of the United States, but also that their engagement in the process of citizenship is a stellar example of the ideals and values set forth in that document, and as such representative of the highest form of patriotism in keeping with service to a document that begins, “We the People.”

Lately I have noticed a growing despondency among many of those who call themselves the anti-war movement. With the United States now entering its fourth year of illegal war in and illegitimate occupation of Iraq, and the pro-war movement moving inexorably towards yet another disastrous conflict with Iran, there is an increasing awareness that the cause of the anti-war movement, no matter how noble and worthy, is in fact a losing cause as currently executed. Despite all of the well-meaning and patriotic work of the millions of activists and citizens who comprise the anti-war movement, America still remains very much a nation not only engaged in waging and planning wars of aggression, but has also become a nation which increasingly identifies itself through its military and the wars it fights. This is a sad manifestation of the fact that the American people seem to be addicted to war and violence, rather than the ideals of human rights, individual liberty, and freedom and justice for all that should define our nation.

In short, the anti-war movement has come face to face with the reality that in the ongoing war of ideologies that is being waged in America today, their cause is not just losing, but is in fact on the verge of complete collapse. Many in the anti-war movement would take exception to such a characterization of the situation, given the fact that there seems to be a growing change in the mood among Americans against the ongoing war in Iraq. But one only has to scratch at the surface of this public discontent to realize how shallow and superficial it is. Americans aren’t against the war in Iraq because it is wrong; they are against it because we are losing.
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Wisconsin sets example for resolutions to withdraw troops from Iraq

Part of my campaign platform is calling for Salt Lake County to join other brave communities in the nation in adopting resoultions agains the illegal war and occupation in Iraq.

Wisconsin communities have done just that. 24 of 32 communities approved referendums Tuesday calling for the immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq.

Kudos to those communities for taking a stand.

Gonzales gets the shaft

The Syndialist posted this photo on his blog today:Gonzales vs. audience photo

Accompanying the photo is a caption that describes how the audience at Georgetown University stood up and turned their backs on Attorney General Alberto Gonzales as he spoke at Georgetown University Law School today. Gonzales said that “warrantless surveillance is critical to prevent another terrorist attack within the United States”.

Stop Karl Rove

Several days ago I posted an article by Cindy Sheehan where she calls on people everywhere to take action against the injustices of war.

War Times has published this article:

By Max Elbaum

Elbaum addresses the points made by Rove in his speech to the Republican National Committee last week, where he justifies the degradation of peoples’ rights in the name of the “war on terrorism”. Elbaum points out that most Dems fail to take a stand for what is right and just say “no”.

Elbaum calls on anti-war activists and grassroots everywhere to take action to stop Karl Rove.

I keep hearing this: Take Action. I believe that we are at the point where we must.

Here is the article:

The speech that will define U.S. politics throughout 2006 has already been given.

The audience was the Republican National Committee and the date was January 19.
The speechmaker was Karl Rove, top political adviser to President George Bush.
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