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Protests Planned at George W. Bush Presidential Center Dedication in April 2013

When the George W. Bush Library and Policy Institute is dedicated on April 25, 2013, at Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, Texas, protestors will be there to demand the ex-president be held accountable for war crimes, crimes against humanity, and violations of U.S. and international law. President Barack Obama, former U.S. presidents and many heads of state are expected to attend the dedication ceremony.

A coalition of local, state and national peace and justice groups organizing the protest is inviting people from across the country to participate in an event called "The People's Response." According to Leslie Harris of CODEPINK Greater Dallas, "The illegal invasion of a sovereign nation was declared a 'supreme crime' at the Nuremberg trials. That Bush and his advisors walk free today is unconscionable; there must be accountability so history won't repeat itself."

In addition to demonstrations, organizers are planning on- and off-campus activities to highlight crimes of the Bush administration and the far-reaching effects of an executive branch that was able to act with impunity. Teach-ins and panel discussions on the illegality and consequences of the Iraq war, torture at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo prisons and warrantless surveillance are planned. A film festival showcasing documentaries about the Bush years is also being planned.

Rev. Bill McElvaney, professor emeritus, Perkins School of Theology at SMU, an early opponent of locating the George W. Bush Institute on campus, said, "The invasion of Iraq, and the approval of torture are violations of the United Methodist Social Principles, thus placing Southern Methodist University in contradiction to its own heritage as an institution of The United Methodist Church."

According to Texas State Representative Lon Burnam, "We demand justice for the hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilian deaths and the thousands of American soldiers who died in this illegal and unjustifiable war."

For details about the event or to make a tax deductible donation please visit www.thepeoplesresponse.org

CONTACTS:
Hadi Jawad, The People's Response, 214-636-7011
Leslie Harris, The People's Response, 214-437-6047

http://www.xpresspress.com/political/protests-planned-at-george-w-bush-presidential-center-dedication-in-April-2013/26450
 
Coordinated Port Blockade Actions & Schedules for 12/12/11

12 December 11

Get plugged in to your local occupy participating in the coordinated shut down!

(Coordinated Actions & Schedules).

 
November 6: More Than Just the Climate Movement?

By Ted Glick

November 6 at the White House is a big day and an important place. That afternoon, one year before the 2012 elections, thousands of people from around the country will be doing something that has never been done before. We will be surrounding the White House, a mile or more in circumference, in a Circle of Hope.

We will call upon President Obama to reject the dirty-oil, Keystone XL pipeline Big Oil wants built across the middle of the USA, from the Canadian tar sands in Alberta province to the Texas Gulf Coast refineries (tarsandaction.org).

We will be doing this carrying banners and signs with some of then-candidate Obama’s words during his 2008 Presidential campaign. Words like:

  • “We can be the generation that finally frees America from the tyranny of oil.”
  • “The next generation will not be held hostage to energy sources from the last century. We are not going to move backwards. We are going to move forward."
  • “We understand the gravity of the climate threat. We are determined to act. And we will meet our responsibility to future generations."
  • "The threat from climate change is serious, it is urgent, and it is growing.”

Many thousands of climate, environmental and environmental justice activists will be there on November 6. What about activists from the broader progressive movement?

I know that there will be some from the Occupy movement, which is very important. As a primarily young people’s movement, it is young people, as well as low-income, Indigenous and other people of color, who will be most impacted as our earth gets hotter and hotter.

Beyond that I wonder. And I wonder based on seven years of attempting to spread the word about the urgency of the climate crisis and the need for more people to speak up and take action on it NOW.

There is no question but that there is much more consciousness about this issue among progressives and among the US American people than was true back then. In large part this is because of the droughts, rain and wind storms, flooding, tornadoes and other extreme weather events that we have been experiencing. Anyone who is not in climate denial and is willing to deal with reality knows on some level that our climate has been disrupted. And it is being disrupted in the ways predicted years ago by scientists who have been studying the climate for a long time, more rapidly and extensively, however, than they had expected.

The climate issue has to become an issue that the 99% take up as their own. People are going to continue to work on the other issues that they see as most important, but all of us, all of us who want to preserve the earth as a viable home for us and other life forms must also prioritize slowing, stopping and reversing global heating.

And the White House on November 6 is an absolutely essential way to do so. James Hansen, this nation’s leading climate scientist, has said that if the tar sands are fully exploited, it is “game over” for any hope of avoiding worldwide climate catastrophe.

We can win this battle! Ever since the late August/early September actions at the White House where over 1250 people were arrested, the no-pipeline movement has been growing and getting stronger. Just this week, at two events where Obama was speaking, no-pipeline activists were able to put this issue directly to him. At almost every place where Obama has spoken around the country over the last month and a half, he has been met with visible protests on this issue. This is on top of editorials against the pipeline from the New York Times, LA Times and other newspapers and a wide variety of other positive developments (check out tarsandaction.org for more info).

Let’s win one for our wounded Mother Earth and its people. Let’s have a massive turnout on November 6th. Let’s keep building the momentum of our Autumn Awakening. All out to the White House on November 6th!

Ted Glick is the National Policy Director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network. Past writings and other information can be found at http://www.tedglick.com.

 
Occupy Wall Street, September 17th, 2011

"Wall Street is a huge contributor to the political machine, which in turns enables Wall Street's corporate plunder of our nation. Both the Democratic and Republican parties set the bankster agenda because of the MONEY. When we at US Day of Rage speak of 'taking the MONEY out of politics', we have no choice but to focus on the sources of the MONEY.

Bought by hard and soft dollars, disloyal, incompetent, and wasteful interests have usurped our nation’s civil and military power, spawning a host of threats to liberty and national security. We demand satisfaction for the wrongs done to our nation and its people." -- From TakeTheSquare.net

Spearheaded by Adbusters, Anonymous, US Day of Rage and several other net roots groups, the September 17th demonstration aims to bring "20,000" or more demonstrators onto the sidewalks of Wall Street or as close as they are allowed to get. This is not a one day event. The intention is to occupy Wall Street until meaningful reform has been enacted. Supporting events are planned for Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle.

Find out more at:
Adbusters
US Day of Rage
TakeTheSquare.net

 
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