Mar
13

Electing Charlottesville City Council

Tag: Elections

By David Swanson

Thus far there are three candidates for two Democratic nominations for Charlottesville City Council. Dave Norris is currently the mayor and is running for reelection on a strong agenda and record. The teeny bit I've been able to follow, he seems more than anyone to be leading worthwhile projects. He's also in close touch with grassroots groups and advocates he should be in touch with. And he's willing to take a stand. When the Charlottesville Center for Peace and Justice proposed a resolution against attacking Iran, he was willing to do it, and none of the other four City Council Members was.

Mar
12

You Are Friends With an Atheist

Tag: Civil Rights

By David Swanson

If you live in the United States, you are almost certainly friends with at least one atheist, agnostic, nonbeliever, skeptic, or unaffiliated humanist, whether you know it or not. And your friend almost certainly endures prejudice and unequal treatment, whether you know it or not. And your friend is roughly as decent, good, loyal, honest, courageous, and generous as your other friends, and you know it.

Mar
12

Signing Statementing Our Way to Empire

Tag: Political Ideas

By David Swanson

President Obama's second signing statement has generated a great deal of news coverage referring to it as his first. And the coverage largely suffers from the shadow of Obama's predecessor (and of Bush's fat sidekick), not to mention the shadow of Obama's recent statement about signing statements.

Mar
11

Rally in Richmond Va for Peace on 6th Anniversary of Iraq Invasion

Tag: Peace and War

March 19, 2009, 5:30 p.m., Kanawha Plaza, Richmond, Virginia

We will gather in downtown Richmond to mark the 6th anniversary of the occupation of Iraq, with an action and rally to express support for a major shift in our country's priorities.

Prosecute Bush and Cheney
Mar
11

Six Years of Illegal War: Demand Accountability

Tag: Peace and War

Six Years of Illegal War: Demand Accountability

We are fast approaching the end of the sixth year since the invasion and occupation of Iraq, and seven and a half in Afghanistan. There has been no accountability for the criminals who launched these wars of aggression. The current congress and president are continuing both and escalating one.

But awareness and public pressure continue to grow, as does the possibility of criminal prosecution for some of the war crimes. Over 150 groups are asking the attorney general to appoint a special prosecutor for Bush and Cheney. You can add your name or your organization, and find a dozen other easy steps to take here: http://prosecutebushcheney.org

Mar
10

One Step Forward, Two Steps Toward Monarchy

Tag: Political Ideas

By David Swanson

It has become almost commonplace, since the release last week of seven "legal" opinions written in 2001 and 2002 by the Justice Department, to remark that unbeknownst to us we came within an inch of dictatorship. And with President Obama announcing an end to torture and a new policy on signing statements, it is extremely common to speak as if we are moving quickly and deliberately in the opposite direction. But this picture is far too simplistic.

Mar
10

Dave Norris for Charlottesville City Council

Tag: Elections

http://www.votefordave.org

Join us to celebrate the launch of Mayor Dave Norris' campaign for another term on the Charlottesville City Council! Meet Dave, learn about his top priorities for progressive leadership over the next four years and find out how you can get involved the campaign.

Mar
07

David Swanson on Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox Radio Show

Tag: Peace and War

Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox Green 960 online and on radio! Donate to Keep your Soapbox on the air! http://www.green960.com This Sunday (the 8th, from 2-3pst), Cindy chats with super-activist, David Swanson from After Downing Street Coalition

Mar
04

An Anti-War Response to Obama's Iraq Plan

Tag: Peace and War

If you are in agreement with this statement, please make a copy of it, sign it, and send it to the White House and your representatives in Congress. This is a critical time to weigh in. Putting this in the regular mail, as opposed to email, can give it more political weight. It is more effort, but it is worth it.

Mar
04

Demand Single-Payer on March 5, 10, 11th

Tag: Health Care

If you want everyone in the United States to have health coverage simply paid for by the government for less money than we spend now, eliminating all health insurance companies, but allowing you to choose any private doctor or hospital of your choice, and boosting the economy with a net gain of 2.6 million jobs ...

and if you can be near a telephone or be in Washington, D.C., on March 5th, 10th, or 11th, keep reading.

Here's an announcement of the March 5th event from Physicians for a National Health Program:

White Coats To Crowd the White House Gate Thursday March 5, 12pm -1pm The White House Lafayette Park, Washington, DC

Doctors criticize exclusion of single-payer advocates from summit

President Obama is holding a Healthcare Summit on Thursday, March 5th. Over 120 are expected to be in attendance, including representatives from Americas Health Insurance Plans, the largest group of private health insurance lobbyists.

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