Jun
24

Listen to Your Radio Tonight

Tag: Peace and War

Wednesday night, please listen to these two wonderful programs:

The Mike Malloy Show airs from 9 p.m. - 12 midnight ET and will be guest hosted by Brad Friedman. I'll be on with him live at 10:30 p.m. ET. Call in!

The Nicole Sandler Show on Air America airs from 11 p.m. - 1 a.m. (More about Nicole). I taped an interview with her this afternoon that will probably air at 11:30 or 12 midnight ET.

Both of these interviews are about rallies happening all over the country on Thursday demanding accountability for torture. Find one near you and join us!

Jun
24

Trading Press Events for Votes: What Should Press Do?

Tag: Media

By David Swanson

On Tuesday my local newspaper reported on an event here in town on Monday. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer had come down to Charlottesville and spoken publicly with local Congressman Tom Perriello, generating a story and big color photo on page 1 of the Charlottesville Daily Progress. The headline was "In UVa visit, Democrats call deficit reckless."

Jun
24

Van Jones and Nancy Sutley visit energy-improved house in Charlottesville, Va., June 23, 2009

Tag: Environment

Creating Clean Energy Jobs: Helping People Helping the Environment

Tuesday, June 23, 2009, 11:00 a.m.

Congressman Tom Perriello Homeowner Ingrid Feggans Homeowner Chad Thorne Charlottesville Mayor Dave Norris Albemarle County Supervisor Ann Mallek Worker Michael Stewart Chair of White House Council on Environmental Quality Nancy Sutley Special Advisor for Green Jobs, Enterprise, and Innovation at the White House Council on Environmental Quality Van Jones (hovering but not speaking)

Backstory: Admirable, if insufficient, as this event was, there is an unpleasant context. The week before this event, Congressman Tom Perriello voted for $100 billion for wars (which he was happy to do) combined with $100 billion in loans to eastern European banksters through the International Monetary Fund (which he will likely be hammered for in television ads a year from now, and which he claims to have opposed even while voting for). The White House and Democratic Party leaders made a lot of promises and threats to pass the bill in a very close vote. The day before this event House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer came to Charlottesville for an event with Perriello. Now Van Jones and Nancy Sutley came. Who will be next? My money is on a south district event with a military big whig. You read it here first.

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Jun
23

Rallies Around U.S. To Demand Accountability for Torture

Tag: Civil Rights

Thursday, June 25, 2009, has been designated Torture Accountability Action Day by a large coalition of human rights groups planning rallies and marches in major U.S. cities, including a rally in Washington, D.C.'s John Marshall Park at 11 a.m. followed by a noon march to the Justice Department where some participants will risk arrest in nonviolent protest if a special prosecutor for torture is not appointed.

http://accountability4torture.com

Events are planned in Washington, D.C.; San Francisco, CA; Pasadena, CA; Thousand Oaks, CA; Boston, MA; Salt Lake City, UT; Seattle, WA; Portland, OR; Las Vegas, NV; Honolulu, HI; Tampa, FL; Philadelphia, PA; and Anchorage, AK, with details available online: http://tortureaccountability.webs.com/eventsacrossus.htm

Jun
23

OpEdNews Exclusive Interview with Activist David Swanson

Tag: About David Swanson

Here's an interview I did with Joan Brunwasser of OpEdNews.com: READ IT HERE.

Jun
22

What Bush Told Blair Could End the Wars

Tag: Peace and War

By David Swanson

In May 2005 we launched AfterDowningStreet.org to publicize the Downing Street Minutes. By June we'd had great, if fleeting, success. During the following months and years, mountains of new memos and statements emerged on the Iraq War lies, many of them more damaging than the Downing Street documents. But increasingly nobody cared, because evidence of crimes was less interesting once Congress had dropped the pretense that it might take action. The single most powerful, and yet largely ignored, document yet to emerge, might, now in 2009, finally, produce results. And, of course, it is our friends over in England who are, as always, two steps ahead of us.

Jun
21

Citizens Face Prosecution for Speaking Against Wars

Tag: Peace and War

WHAT: Four of the people featured in this report by Bill Moyers' Journal in January ( http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/01092009/watch3.html ) face prosecution for disorderly conduct and unlawful assembly.

WHEN: Monday, June 22, 2009, 9:00 a.m. ET.

WHERE: Before Judge Richard H. Ringell in the Superior Court of The District of Columbia Criminal Division, Courtroom 120.

Jun
20

U.S. Govt. Threatens to Prosecute Waterboarding

Tag: Prosecution

By David Swanson

We've been lobbying the Department of Justice all these months without realizing that the key to justice lay in the Department of the Interior, and specifically in the National Park Service, which has told activist Steve Lane he will be prosecuted if he attempts to demonstrate waterboarding at Thursday's anti-torture rally in Washington, D.C. The permit for the rally reads "Waterboarding exhibit will not be allowed for safety reasons."

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