October 27, 2007 was a day of regional anti-war protests throughout the U.S. with major events in 11 cities, from Los Angeles to Boston. The action was called by United for Peace and Justice and titled "Fall Out Against the War." Early reports indicate very successful rallies in participating cities. The Friends of Peace endorsed the event and held a live freeway blog in solidarity with peace activists across the country. Our simple message remained the same: Bring the Troops Home Now. Bush and the Democratically controlled Congress have both failed to heed the will of a majority of Americans who have demanded an end to the illegal and immoral Iraq occupation. Thus the peace community continues to speak out clearly, and it now speaks for the 70% of the populace who have called for a timetable for withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Iraq. We reject an indefinite occupation of Iraq for empire. As Former Centcom Commander General John Abizaid admitted at Stanford University in October: "Of course its (Iraq War) about oil. We can't really deny that." more details: www.oct27.org
Thanks to all dedicated FOP members who helped in this action.
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Alix rode her scooter 11,000 miles across the U.S., her route in the shape of a gigantic peace sign. Along the way she spoke to all she could about peace, hoping to help end our country's addiction to war. She finished her ride Oct. 13 at the Bush ranch checkpoint. And in a display of outstanding karma, Bush was at the ranch that day!! The first image is of Alix in the Peace House being interviewed by a major mainstream media outlet. She was interviewed by 2, including CNN and one of the big 3 networks. Alix spoke in a very articulate, well informed, moving, and soothing manner. In the second image activists from Friends of Peace and Crawford Texas Peace House held banners at the Prairie Chapel Road checkpoint near the Bush ranch awaiting Alix's arrival. One of the networks was present to capture her arrival at the checkpoint and obtain a brief statement from Alix (third image). As the local activists greeted her, she shared a glass of champagne (nonalcoholic), celebrating the end of her long voyage for peace (last image).
But of course, the journey and struggle have just begun.
(For more details, go to www.crawfordpeacehouse.org . Thanks to Kay Lucas and all the local activists who helped in this action).
Friday, October 05, 2007
DOCUMENTARY: Impeachment of a President: The Constitutional Cure for Tyranny (2007).
DATE: Thursday, Oct. 11, 2007.
TIME: 6p.m. pizza buffet and announcements. 6:30 film and discussion.
PLACE: Poppa Rollo's Pizza meeting room, 703 N. Valley Mills Drive, Waco. enter from outer door or from inside restaurant.
AUDIENCE: All welcome.
FILM: 58 Minutes, Rating PG.
In the wake of Bush's commutation of Libby's prison sentence, talk of impeachment is gaining steam: an opinion poll says that nearly half of all Americans favor impeachment of Bush and more than half believe Cheney should be impeached as well. Bill Moyers gets perspective from constitutional scholar Bruce Fein, who wrote the first article of impeachment against Bill Clinton, and The Nation's John Nichols, author of The Genius of Impeachment: The Founder's Cure for Royalism.
In a previous film we reviewed the grounds for impeachment. This film goes a step further to discuss the philosophy, practicality and necessity of impeachment. I'm sure you will find the documentary informative and thought provoking.
Your attendance and support of this forum for progressive thought in Central Texas is greatly appreciated.
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
After a week of Bush administration propaganda about how splendidly the occupation of Iraq was going, protests occurred throughout the country, including a march of 100,000 in D.C. on Sept. 15. To show solidarity with all those activists and to express our outrage in Waco, we had a live freeway blog on Sept. 16. It was our most successful ever with 14 activists, heavy traffic,
one police intimidation attempt (failed), 3-4 banners with N and S bound messages, no attacks on our banners, great media coverage, and near 90,000 motorists reached!! Our bloggers ranged from Baylor students to senior citizens. The traffic response to Honk for Impeachment was very positive. Most moving, a pedestrian crossing the bridge picked up one of our peace flags and joined us. This young lady stated she has a son in Iraq and she opposes the war--she wants her son brought home now.
When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty.