CODEPINK Actions: You’ve Put Impeachment on the Table!; etc..
You’ve Put Impeachment on the Table!
July 30, 2008
CODEPINK activists have been steadily, faithfully, and creatively pressuring Congress to impeach the criminals in the White House, and we are starting to see results. Last week, at the Judiciary Committee hearing "Executive Power and its Constitutional Limitations," impeachment was referenced dozens of times.
In her first days in power, Nancy Pelosi famously announced that impeachment was off the table, but on the popular television show The View this past Tuesday, she admitted that she would hold impeachment hearings if someone could prove that Bush committed a crime. We hope she watched last week as Dennis Kucinich, Liz Holtzman, and Vincent Bugliosi passionately enumerated Bush’s impeachable offenses at a Judiciary Committee hearing. Be sure to watch their stirring testimony — it will inspire and galvanize you.
Impeachment is the means the framers of the Constitution created to safeguard against an elected official’s subverting the best interests of our country. Even though Bush’s days in office are numbered, the damage he has done to our government may outlast his Presidency. Congress must fulfill its responsibility to hold this administration accountable for its flouting of the Constitution and international law. Please call the Judiciary Committee today at 202-225-3951 and demand an immediate impeachment hearing or inquiry.
You can be documented in history as a citizen who pushed for impeachment–click here to sign our petition
and be part of Dennis Kucinich’s official testimony. He will deliver the list of names on Friday, where it will be added to the Congressional record. Each name makes our case stronger — please add your endorsement today.
You don’t need to stop there; click here to join us at the DNC/RNC conventions in late August and early September where we will keep the pressure on both parties. As we’ve seen, our hard work is paying off.
With peace and strength,
Alicia, Anne, Dana, Deidra, Desiree, Farida, Gael, Gayle, Jean, Jodie, Liz, Lori, Medea, Nancy, Rae and Tighe
Last week we went on CODEPINK Alert after Obama’s trip to the Middle East resulted in talks of withdrawing troops from Iraq only to send them to Afghanistan. We countered with our piece on on Common Dreams and Huffington Post as well as sending out a survey to find out what you THINK and what you KNOW. If you haven’t yet, take the survey here or see the correct answers and some of our favorite comments here.
Call the Judiciary Committee
to ask for an immediate impeachment hearing or inquiry
petition for impeachment today
Join us to raise a ruckus at the DNC in Denver 8/25-8/28 and RNC in St. Paul, MN 9/1-9/4
Why go to the conventions?
Listen to America?
July 25, 2008
This week, the Obama campaign has pledged to "Listen to America" by coordinating hundreds of "Platform Meetings" around the country where, we are told, ordinary citizens will help develop the Democratic Party’s platform. While these meetings and the reports they generate are unlikely to serve as more than unpaid "focus groups" for the campaign’s management, they do present an opportunity for CODEPINK supporters to take our anti-war message to political gatherings in our communities.
The central message we can bring to these discussions is simple: We don’t want another Lyndon Johnson — a Democratic candidate who during the election cycle pledged to end a war, but once in office only escalated it. Obama’s recent proposals regarding the war indicate his steady drift into the military-industrial consensus: a drawdown instead of a withdrawal, with plenty of loopholes for further interventions. The American people have made it clear they want an end to America’s military adventurism in Iraq and the Middle East, but to achieve this goal Obama and the Democratic Party need to commit to the following:
1. No permanent (or enduring or "long-term") military bases in Iraq.
2. The immediate withdrawal of American "contractors" (i.e. Blackwater mercenaries).
3. An end to the coercive "privatization" of Iraq’s resources (i.e., the handover of their oil and mineral wealth to American corporations).
4. Substantive diplomacy without preconditions with Iran, and a suspension of all military provocations and CIA "black" operations inside Iran.
5. A genuine commitment to the rebuilding Iraq and Afghanistan – without the endless gravy train of billion-dollar "no-bid" contracts to Cheney’s Halliburton and others.
6. A commitment to engage the international community in support for the internally and externally displaced refugees in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
7. A clear and unequivocal timetable for withdrawal from Iraq.
You can go to the Obama campaign web site to locate and sign up for a platform meeting near you this weekend! Rather than going to a meeting organized around a specific topic (such as Early Childhood or Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Issues), choose one that is for a more general discussion. Before you go, please visit our Moving Obama campaign page for information about our campaign, including news and analysis and talking points.
Thanks for the work you are doing to end the occupation of Iraq and to prevent war with Iran. Whether or not the Obama Campaign and the Democratic Leadership are truly "Listening to America," this is our opportunity to speak for peace.
For questions, comments, or to let us know how a meeting went email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Moving forward for peace,
CODEPINK Peace Room 2008 Team