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Week of May 02 2006
by Becky Tavani
Protests for Immigrant Rights
Jesse Jackson, in an editorial in the Chicago Sun Times, eloquently describes how immigrant rights have ignited the entire movement for social justice and how global corporations, not immigrants, are where we should be directing our job-loss frustrations. "The answer isn't cleaning up immigration, but electing leaders who will challenge the corporate hold over our trade policies." Read more on Common Dreams.
Take action: Tell Congress that you value immigrant rights and want immigration reform that:
> 350,000 March for Peace, Justice & Democracy
Organizers also put together “Issue tents” highlighting the key issues of the wide-ranging March coalition: the war in Iraq and threats of war and U.S. nuclear attacks on Iran, a Palestine tent featuring Q&A on Israel/Palestine and folkloric dance in an Arab-style “café,” counter-recruitment campaigners and a Labor tent featuring the NYC Labor Chorus.
For great photos of the event visit: http://dianelent.com/april29.htm
Take Action: United for Peace & Justice has some great suggestions in order to keep the pressure on Congress to sign legislation against the war.They can also help you uncover the specifics on whether your Representative has supported any legislation to end the Iraq war.
Three years after “Mission Accomplished”
“Think Progress” also has a list entitled “Mission accomplished: by the numbers”, documenting just how far off target the administration is in accomplishing their mission. It lists the number of Americans and killed or wounded in the Iraq war as well as the numbers of insurgents and costs to taxpayers.
Also, wince-worthy is a transcript, provided by Media Matters, of the toothless press coverage of the event by Chris Matthews of MSNBC’s Hardball. In “Mission Accomplished: A look back at the media's fawning coverage of Bush's premature declaration of victory in Iraq”, Media Matters discusses the media love-fest over Bush’s photo-op entrance aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln.
Take Action: The Media Matters article includes contact information for the fawning journalists. Let them know what you think of their coverage.
Bush Claims Authority To Disobey Over 750 Laws
Bush has said he can ignore Congress' ban on torture as well as Congressional oversight of the Patriot Act. Bush has also said he can ignore laws forbidding US troops from engaging in combat in Colombia and any attempt by Congress to oversee what happens in military prisons such as Abu Ghraib.
NYU law professor David Golove has warned that Bush's actions threaten to overturn the existing structures of constitutional law. Golove said that having a president who ignores the court, backed by a Congress that is unwilling to challenge him can make the Constitution simply ''disappear."
Response from Democrats on the hill? A whopping three Democrats have spoken out against the president’s claim to constitutional immunity. "The Bush-Cheney administration has cultivated an insidious brand of unilateralism that regularly crosses into an arrogance of power," Said Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont in a statement. "The scope of the administration's assertions of power is stunning, and it is chilling." The other two Democrats who also spoke out are Harry Reid of Nevada and Edward M. Kennedy, Democrat of Massachusetts.
Take Action: Contact your representative and senators and demand that they stand up for the Constitution. See also the People for the American Way web site to sign a petition against another attempt at a power grab by the Bush administration.
In Leak Cases, New Pressure on Journalists
Critics of the administration position say that altering the conventional understanding between the press and government could have dire consequences.
Cost Of Iraq War To Exceed Cost of Vietnam
The report circulated this week by the non-partisan Congressional Research Service (CRS), states that the estimate can only increase unease over the US presence in Iraq. Read about it on Common Dreams. Join a lively discussion forum at Democratic Underground
Take Action: Help filmmaker Robert Greenwald with his new film, Iraq For Sale: The War Profiteers. He is aiming for a release date shortly before the November elections and needs financial support. Read why you should donate and how $50 will get your name in the credits.
Stephen Colbert Blasts White House & Press Guests
Some classic quotes from Colbert’s speech:
“But, listen, let's review the rules. Here's how it works. The president makes decisions, he’s the decider. The press secretary announces those decisions, and you people of the press type those decisions down. Make, announce, type. Put them through a spell check and go home. Get to know your family again. Make love to your wife. Write that novel you got kicking around in your head. You know the one about the intrepid Washington reporter with the courage to stand up to the administration. You know fiction.”
“I believe the government that governs best is the government that governs least. And by these standards, we have set up a fabulous government in Iraq.”
“I stand by this man. I stand by this man because he stands for things. Not only for things, he has stood on things. Things like aircraft carriers and rubble and recently flooded city squares. And that sends a strong message, that no matter what happens to America, she will always rebound with the most powerfully staged photo ops in the world."
“The greatest thing about this man is he's steady. You know where he stands. He believes the same thing Wednesday, that he believed on Monday, no matter what happened Tuesday.”
To read more about the event and to view footage of the dinner visit Crooks and Liars site or read the full transcript on DailyKos. Read also about the reaction by the mainstream press at Editor & Publisher and the Washington Post
Take Action: Send a message thanking Stephen for his steadfast courage and wit in addressing the arrogance of the president and passiveness of the press on the Thank You Stephen Colbert web site. Let the media know what you think about Colbert's performance. Write a letter to your favorite newspaper, send and email or call a station. Media contact info on the Congress.org web site.
Mother's Day in Washington DC
Take Action: Tell your friends and family in the U.S. See the CodePink web site for details on how to participate from afar, including a letter writing campaign to Laura Bush. And Working For Change has a way for you to send a rose to the mothers of the fallen. Organic roses will be presented to the mothers and tied to the fence outside the White House as a memorial to the dead and a call for peace.
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