Feb
16

UFPJ Violates Own Policies to Avoid Holding War Criminals Accountable

Tag: Peace and War

United for Peace and Justice, Largest Peace Coalition in U.S., Abandons its Agenda in Order to Avoid Working for Accountability and Prosecutions

At a time when more and more organizations are speaking up for accountability, including AfterDowningStreet, Democrats.com, Progressive Democrats of America, Code Pink, Center for Constitutional Rights, Robert Jackson Steering Committee, National Accountability Network, People for the American Way, American Civil Liberties Union, American Freedom Campaign, Amnesty International, World Can't Wait, High Road for Human Rights, and many others, ...

Feb
14

United for Peace and Jelly? Junipers? Jerkarounds?

Tag: Peace and War

By David Swanson

Some months back, United for Peace and Justice held a big conference in Chicago for three days, and hundreds of us from all over the country spent most of those three days voting on the language to go in the documents that would determine what UFPJ would work on in the coming year and a half, especially the program document. In past years, I hadn't bothered to push for inclusion of accountability, but this year I did. (In the past UFPJ would refuse to work on things that were not in the program document, including issues of accountability.)

I went to the conference, and we voted overwhelmingly to make accountability and prosecution for war crimes an item on the agenda, and we explicitly voted to make it just as important as the other items. We then formed a working group. But our agenda is ignored by UFPJ, is not part of plans for a big event on April 4th and other events on the 6th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, and is left out of a list of things to talk to Congress about in the coming week. In fact, the list of things to talk to Congress about in the coming week looks a lot like a program document that someone has taken and rewritten in private, which means that they could have spared us all those tedious hours in Chicago. Let's compare the two documents.

Feb
12

Complete Recipe for Accountability: Just Add Sweat

Tag: Impeachment, Peace and War, Political Ideas

By David Swanson, ConvictBushCheney.org

The First Step Is Prosecutions:

Federal:

Sign a petition asking Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint a Special Prosecutor to investigate and prosecute any and all government officials who have participated in war crimes. Sign now.

Feb
10

Will War Ever End?

Tag: Peace and War

By David Swanson

I wrote recently about the possibility of outgrowing the use of war. Today I got a book in the mail that makes a strong argument intended as a tool for ending war. The book is called "Will War Ever End: A Soldier's Vision of Peace for the 21st Century" by Captain Paul K. Chappell, U.S. Army. It's short, more of a hardcover pamphlet than a book, but it is packed with ideas.

Feb
09

Nicole Sandler Takes on Washington

Tag: Political Ideas

I had a great time on Nicole Sandler's radio show this morning. check out her blog with a podcast link at the bottom.

Feb
09

Building a Bush Memorial

Tag: Political Ideas

A letter to the editor in my local newspaper, the Charlottesville Daily Progress, has persuaded me to rethink the truly remarkable accomplishments of President George W. Bush and inspired me to join the movement to erect a Bush Memorial on the National Mall.

Feb
08

Abandoning Torture But What About War?

Tag: Peace and War

By David Swanson

If we can move beyond torture, do we not have a responsibility also to think for a moment about the obvious fact that torture is not the cruelest thing we do? Torture offends us, in part, because the torturer is not at risk, but neither are most pilots dropping bombs. And how exactly does the risk taken by ground troops mitigate the suffering of those they wound, kill, and terrorize? Hanging someone by the wrists offends us, and yet we might rather have it done to us than be kept in 23-hours-a-day isolation for a decade, a practice that is part of our accepted justice system. Clearly our morality is a scrambled hodge-podge of reactions that could use some improvement.

Feb
08

Eliminate Filibuster and With it the Need to Debate Republicans

Tag: Political Ideas

By David Swanson

From the pains Democrats take to out-argue and/or to compromise with the fringe minority party called the Republicans you'd think no other course of action was available, specifically you'd have to assume that the filibuster -- the power of senators representing 11 percent of us to block all work by the House and Senate -- is written in stone. In reality, 51 senators could eliminate the filibuster or change the number of votes required to use it. This nation got along for many years without the filibuster and could do so again. It is no more a part of our Constitution than the CIA, enemy combatants, corporate persons, or the political parties that allow the filibuster to wreak such havoc with our so-called democracy.

Feb
07

Healthcare in Crisis: A Public Forum on Monday, February 23rd

Tag: Civil Rights

An open public forum in Charlottesville, Va., on Monday, February 23rd at 6:30 p.m. in the Lane Auditorium of the Albemarle County Office Building, 401 McIntire Rd.

How can we guarantee healthcare for all? What can you do to help?

Admission: free Parking: free Healthcare in case of injury: you're on your own, for now

SPEAKERS: Donna Smith, California Nurses Association, seen in Michael Moore's "Sicko" Steve Cobble, Progressive Democrats of America Dr. Susan Miller, Physicians for a National Health Program Larry Rousseau, Public Service Alliance of Canada Lynn Hassman, American Medical Students Association, UVA Dr. Wm. Ferguson Reid, Virginia Coalition for Guaranteed Health Care

SPONSORS: Virginia Coalition for Guaranteed Health Care Healthcare-NOW! California Nurses Association Progressive Democrats of America Physicians for a National Health Program American Medical Students Association, UVA Charlottesville Center for Peace and Justice

FOR MORE INFO. OR TO VOLUNTEER: Email: donnagoings@gmail.com

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