TPT at the United for Peace and Justice March

As I noted earlier in the week, I attended the United for Peace and Justice anti-war demonstration in Washington, DC this weekend. I arrived early to grab my press pass, and at 10 am the crowd was thin, and the mall empty. By 11 am, when the rally was set to begin, the crowd had grown, and kept growing until the march kicked off at 1:30.

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The stage was already set up, and showed Americans something they haven’t had too much of a chance to see, thanks to the Bush Administration.

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By searching the crowd, you could see that much of the United States was represented on the Mall Saturday.

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The list of speakers was vast, and included politicians, protestors, and celebrities alike.

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The most interesting and motivating portion of the rally came when these two speakers shared their views.

For the first time since the war begun, active duty members of the US military joined in protests of the war. Liam Madden, an active duty member of the Navy, joined protestors Saturday:

“I served for 1 year in Iraq. Now I’m home. I’m still serving my country, I’m still serving my brothers and sisters by trying to get them home alive…

Men and women are coming home and they’re pissed off. I listened to the State of the Union Address. In the 50 minutes of rambling, George Bush not once mentioned the word veteran. Not once…

I thought I was going because our country needed defense, and because there was an injustice that needed to be stopped. Instead I was sent to war with no proper planning, no proper training, no proper equipment, and their premise proved fraudulent.

We need to address our elected government, and force them to represent us as a country, and bring the troops home legitimately.”

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Raed Jarrar, a half Sunni/half Shia also joined the protest to provide the voice of the Iraqi people:

“The only hope to end the Iraqi violence is to end the occupation now!

I am here today as a half Sunni, half Shiite Iraqi delivering a untied message from the Iraqis, Sunnis and Shia… From all Iraqis: We want our country back! We want the occupation to end now!”

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While the overall point of the march and rally was to share with Congress American’s displeasure with the war, each individual at the protest decided to show their opinion in different and expressive ways:

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Grassroots Impeachment Petition

From the PIMC and DU:

Send 500,000 impeachment letters to Pelosi by her first day as speaker Jan. 3.

While arguing about whether we should demand impeachment [of Bush]…there [has] to be a “groundswell of support” like there was for the impeachment of Nixon and cited this article:”

More than 50,000 telegrams poured in on Capitol Hill today, so many, Western Union was swamped. Most of them demanded impeaching Mr. Nixon.~John Chancellor, NBC News on a Special Report on October 20, 1973.

Flashback: Impeachment proceedings of Nixon:

Anti-War Protests Set for 3,000th US Military Death in Iraq

U.S. military deaths in Iraq reach 3,000

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The number of U.S. military deaths in Iraq has reached 3,000 since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion, an authoritative Web site tracking war deaths said on Sunday.

The milestone comes as President George W. Bush weighs options, including more troops, for the deteriorating situation in Iraq, where daily violence plagues Baghdad and much of the country and has killed tens of thousands of Iraqis.

The Web site, http://www.icasualties.org, listed the death of Spec. Dustin R. Donica, 22, on December 28 as previously unreported, and said that 3,000 U.S. military personnel had now died.


U.S. death toll in Iraq seen spurring anti-war protests

In Kansas City, they will light candles and lay out more than 80 pairs of empty combat boots. In Chicago, anti-war activists will hand out black ribbons, each bearing the name of a U.S. soldier killed in Iraq.

And in New Haven, Connecticut, opponents of the war plan to read aloud the names of 3,000 dead U.S. soldiers.

In all, organizers say some 140 demonstrations in 37 states are planned to mark the 3,000th U.S. military death in Iraq, a milestone that is likely only days away. By Thursday, some 2,989 U.S. troops had died in Iraq since the start of the U.S.-led invasion in March 2003. Tens of thousands of Iraqis have been killed in the unrelenting violence.

Among those keeping track of the U.S. death toll, including soldiers’ families, peace activists, politicians, veterans and others, many say they will commemorate the 3,0000 mark as both a way to honor the dead and demand an end to the war.

“This horrific and tragic milestone allows us to remind this country of the daily unending human toll of a war that didn’t have to happen,” said Nancy Lessin, who co-founded Military Families Speak Out after her stepson was called to serve with the Marines in Iraq.

“When we reach the 3,000 mark, it is 3,000 too many.

Ava’s "War During Christmas"

December 22nd, Global Orgasm For Peace

Mark your calendars!!!!

(CBS/AP) SAN FRANCISCO Two peace activists have planned a massive anti-war demonstration for the first day of winter.

But they don’t want you marching in the streets. They’d much rather you just stay home.

The Global Orgasm for Peace was conceived by Donna Sheehan, 76, and Paul Reffell, 55, whose immodest goal is for everyone in the world to have an orgasm Dec. 22 while focusing on world peace.

“The orgasm gives out an incredible feeling of peace during it and after it,” Reffell said Sunday. “Your mind is like a blank. It’s like a meditative state. And mass meditations have been shown to make a change.”

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By promoting what they hope to be a synchronized global orgasm, they hope to get people to channel their sexual energy into something more positive.

The couple said interest appears strong, with 26,000 hits a day to their Web site, http://www.globalorgasm.org.

“The dream is to have everyone in the world (take part),” Reffell said. “And if that means laying down your gun for a few minutes, then hey, all the better.”

Update 12/21/2006: I figured I would bump this post to the top since it is December 22nd in some parts of the world already. Everyone, have a wonderful Global Orgasm For Peace day. If you so desire, please feel free to send pics of your “protest”. Peace!

Judge dismisses suit against Michael Moore

A US soldier tried to sue Michael Moore over footage used in Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11. From Variety:

A judge has thrown out a suit by an Iraq War veteran against filmmaker Michael Moore. In the $35 million suit (Comment: I think variety got it wrong, all other links cite an $85 million suit) that also sought damages from Miramax, the soldier claimed Moore used his image without permission for the documentary “Fahrenheit 9/11.”

The film shows an armless Sgt. Peter Damon lying on a gurney at Walter Reed Hospital. Damon says he feels pain but that medication allows him to “take a lot of the edge” off of it.

To no surprise, Sgt. Damon is a supporter of Faux news, Bush, and his failed war (Comment: I thought Republicans hated lawsuits?) I heard Sgt. Damon one morning back in June on the Faux Radio show, “Brian and The Judge”. Now, I do feel sorry for the guy, but listening to Damon on “Brian and The Judge” was like listening to O’Reilly. He broke out every RNC/Faux talking point and it was really sad to listen to those two twits exploit and goad this American.

Here is the video clip from F9/11 that includes Sgt. Damon. He’s the poor soul at the end of the video in the hospital gurney.

Marine Charged in Haditha "Massacre"

Reuters is reporting that Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich has been charged with 13 counts of murder for his possible role in killing unarmed Iraqis last year in Haditha, Iraq.

“Wuterich led a squad at the center of the probe into the November 19, 2005, shooting of 24 unarmed men, women and children in the western Iraqi town. It is one of a series of cases in which U.S. service members have been accused, and in some cases convicted, of involvement in killing civilians.”

Looks like the right-wingers owe the ever prescient John Murtha an apology.

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