Civil War and Ending the War

By David Swanson

Remarks March 3, 2006, at University of California – San Diego

Fox News titled a recent segment “All Out Civil War in Iraq: could it Be a Good Thing?” Presumably it could from the point of view of the Bush-Cheney gang, if it gets in the way of all-out resistance to the occupation. That is, Bush almost certainly would prefer to see Sunnis fighting Shias than to see both fighting Americans and collaborators.

From the point of view of the Iraqi people, the people of the read more

Iraq: Pure War, Pure Crime

By David Swanson

Remarks March 3, 2006, at City Club / Catfish Club of San Diego

The Iraq War is a pure war, a war for the sake of war. Congress is debating whether to spend another fortune on it, another fortune that could completely remake this nation if spent on useful projects, and Congress has no reason for the war. The reason is purely that the media won’t like you if you vote against a war, but there’s no actual reason for the war, not the weapons of mass destruction that Bush read more

About That Anthrax

By David Swanson

So, the word Anthrax is back in the news, but only because a man contracted it through what is reportedly a freak accident, not because Saddam Hussein’s vast stockpiles have been found, not because Bush has apologized for inventing those vast stockpiles, not because Forest Whitaker has agreed to play Colin Powell in “The Sting II: Hustling the United Nations,” not because impeachment proceedings have begun, and especially not because the U.S. corporate media has read more

Huge March Planned for Eve of Katrina Evictions

By David Swanson

A march had been planned for February 28, the eve of the scheduled March 1 evictions of Hurricane Katrina victims. FEMA moved the evictions to March 15, so activists have moved the march to March 14. A press conference on Capitol Hill will be followed by a march through Washington, D.C., past FEMA, past the Department of Homeland Security, and to the White House, where a permit has been obtained to rally in Lafayette Square Park until midnight. If Bush does not meet the marchers’ read more

Sweat Shop Workers Tour US Colleges That Sell Their Products

By David Swanson

“It would take half our salary to buy one of the sweat shirts we produce,” Josefina Hernandez Ponce told students at the University of Virginia on Wednesday night. The classroom was packed to capacity with students in every seat and squeezed in on the floor.

A flyer passed around showed where the $39.99 paid for a UVA sweatshirt goes ($2.40 in royalties to the university, $0.20 in pay to the workers who made it).

But that familiar story wasn’t all that Hernandez read more

Events in Charlottesville, Virginia

Total Recall: End the War, Impeach Bush & Cheney
Events in Charlottesville, Virginia

Town Hall Forum on the War in Iraq
Monday, March 13, 7 – 10 p.m. McLeod Auditorium, University of Virginia, school of nursing.
FEATURING: Two mothers who have lost children in the war, one American, one Iraqi;

Lt. Col. Karen Kwiatkowski, retired from Office of the Secretary of Defense on Near East South Asia Policy,outspoken critic of the Pentagon’s pre-war propaganda development.

Ray McGovern, veteran read more

Why Peace Organizations Should Work for the Impeachment of Bush and Cheney

By David Swanson

1.-Impeachment is where people’s energy is, all over the country. If we want a large and growing and democratic movement, we should listen to our members.

2.-Exposing the lies and the crimes related to this war is, more than anything else, building opposition to the war, as well as to future wars. There is no better way to expose the crimes than to demand an investigation that could lead to impeachment. (As demanded by H Res 635.)

3.-Bush and Cheney have given dozens of read more

Founding Fathers, Baseball, Apple Pie, and Impeachment

By David Swanson

Remarks prepared for February 18th pro-impeachment rally in colonial dress in Charlottesville, Va., home of Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe, and near the home of James Madison.

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Impeachment has been part of American culture longer than baseball or apple pie. Only Mom has been around longer than impeachment.

The Scottish take pride in having invented impeachment. The British got it from them, and we got it from the British. Impeachment is in the US Constitution, and read more

Taking Protest to Congress Members' Homes

Nonviolent Peaceful Demonstrations In Front of Congress Members’ Homes Every Weekend

Democrats.com, Progressive Democrats of America, After Downing Street, Gold Star Families for Peace, Hip Hop Caucus, Democracy Rising, and Velvet Revolution, are working to organize grassroots teams in all 435 Congressional Districts plus 5 Delegate Districts (DC, PR, VI, GU, and AS) and to hold nonviolent peaceful demonstrations every weekend in front of the homes of congress members.

Our Mission: to persuade read more

How You — Yes You — Can End the War

By David Swanson

Simple acts and a little courage have worked wonders in the world.  Nonviolent people’s movements won democratic reforms in Russia, booted the British out of India, resisted the Nazi occupation in Denmark, drove a dictator out of El Salvador and another out of the Philippines, ended Jim Crow, crushed Soviet power in Poland, toppled military regimes in Argentina and Chile, ended Apartheid, and brought democracy to the Ukraine.  George W. is no match for a force this read more