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Peace and Impeachment in Milwaukee on June 19th

Peace, Impeachment and Election Day: Which Comes First?

A leading national activist for peace and impeachment, David Swanson, will speak on “Peace, Impeachment & Election Day: Which Comes First?" in a Milwaukee appearance on Thursday, June 19.

Bilderbergers in Virginia

The Bilderberg Group brings together these representatives of corporate and financial and military power, to meet in secret without any interference from YOU. This year's meeting will be held on June 5-8, 2008, at the Westfields Marriott hotel at 14750 Conference Center Drive near Dulles International Airport in Chantilly, Virginia, which is handily located directly behind the United States National Reconnaissance Office at 14675 Lee Rd. in Chantilly, VA. So, apparently spying on this conference is WELCOME. Feel free to join in! See how many presidential candidates you can spot!

Gee That's a Funny GI Bill

By David Swanson

Something called the "GI Bill" passed both houses of Congress with large majorities in recent weeks. It really would provide educational benefits to veterans, but it's not a bill. It's an amendment. It could be introduced as a bill, pass again with large majorities, and probably even override a veto. Or it could die from repeated vetoes after being passed repeatedly, a goal the Democrats have treated as their ideal dream outcome for all sorts of other bills over the past year and a half. Of course, even if the GI amendment is signed into law, the current president may eliminate it with a "signing statement."

A Veteran's Declaration of Independence for July 4, 2008

By David Swanson

The Declaration of Independence is frequently cited but rarely read, and even more rarely updated. Remarkably, it needs very little updating to apply to the latest King George III. A couple of years ago, in preparation for July 4th events, Veterans for Peace (VFP) came up with the Declaration of Impeachment, which changes very few words from the original Declaration of Independence: http://afterdowningstreet.org/declarationofimpeachment

Clinton Only Needs 153% of Remaining Delegates

By David Swanson

So, the Democratic National Committee has bent the rules for Senator Clinton and effectively given her 87 delegates and Senator Obama 63 from two states that were not supposed to be counted. That gives Clinton a grand total of 1,580 pledged (more or less) delegates, and Obama 1,711. While, technically that still leaves Obama with "the lead," there are 86 pledged delegates remaining to be awarded in Puerto Rico, Montana, and South Dakota. This means that Clinton can still pull it out if she picks up 153 percent of the remaining delegates, an improvement on the 181 percent she would have needed to pick up if not for the Michigan-Florida deal.

How to Make a Citizen's Arrest of a War Criminal

1. Don't announce that you're coming, because the war criminal will escape.

2. Pick your war criminal. Here are their names, where to find them, and some of the charges against them.

Speak With Helena Cobban

By David Swanson

One of the best outlines I've seen of a post-Bush-Cheney foreign policy that makes sense and could make us all more safe, more free, and more prosperous can be found in a short new book called "Re-Engage: America and the World After Bush," by Helena Cobban. Like Thomas Jefferson and most people with useful ideas for the world, Cobban lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, where we work together on the Charlottesville Center for Peace and Justice. She also writes for the Christian Science Monitor and works in Washington, D.C., for the Friends Committee on National Legislation. That's Friends as in Quakers. Her website is http://justworldnews.org

Tonight, May 28th, from 8-9 p.m. ET, I'll have the pleasure of interviewing Helena Cobban, with your help. Go to: http://thepeoplespeakradio.net to learn more. Go to http://www.thepeoplespeakradio.net/listen-live to listen live. You'll find instructions there to enter a paltalk chat room where you can post questions. You can also phone in and ask your questions on the air. Call in tollfree from anywhere in the United States or Canada at 888-228-4494 or anywhere else in the world at 877-489-6350. Following the show, the audio file will be posted at http://www.thepeoplespeakradio.net/audio/2008 and you can find there now the recordings of numerous shows with amazing guests, including Cindy Sheehan, Lincoln Chafee, Brad Friedman, Shirin Ebadi, Phil Donahue, Mark Crispin Miller, William Odom, etc. To support The People Speak Radio please donate at http://www.thepeoplespeakradio.net/donate

State and Local Prosecutors Can Take Down Bush

By David Swanson

Former prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi's new book "The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder" is not just a particularly good addition to the ten-foot high stack of rants against Bush's crimes and abuses of power. It's also an argument that state and local prosecutors have the necessary jurisdiction to try Bush for murder and for conspiracy to commit murder, at least once he's out of office.

In WHICH Times?

By David Swanson

An In These Times article by David Sirota gets the peace movement dramatically wrong. Sirota addresses the real peace movement, the organizers working for peace in every way they can, in his opening lines, just clearing his throat really, and dismisses everyone involved as creating a fringe image because not all participants brings the same signs and posters to marches. Sirota doesn't talk to anyone involved, and gets his take on the peace movement from the corporate media. He comes away with the idea that the peace movement never tries to play inside ball, never works with congress members, never engages in electoral politics, but simply and purely holds marches. He could not possibly have thought this had he spoken to even one leading organizer of even one national peace organization.