Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Peace and Justice fights on the home front

The attached info came across my email desk.. I felt it was worth sharing. Proof that there is a lot happening, and a lot we can do, to make change happen in our country.

Why do our leaders not hear us about Iraq? It's clearly time to let them know we need a huge change in our international approach to fighting terrorism now.


You are cordially invited to the Jimmy Carter statue on Fridays at noon to what has been described as a "peace surge." While we only meet for an hour each week, our commitment remains open-ended. Please invite friends. Exchange viewpoints and strategies. Please help spread the word.

Join with us at Jimmy Carter. America needs you. She doesn't call often, but today she is calling. ...

All the best,
Mike Forrette

Timeline of the Occupation Project:

February 5: The Occupation Project officially begins. President Bush will submit his supplemental spending request to Congress either this week, or he may have submitted it the prior week. Some press reports are that he will submit the
request on February 5 itself.

This is the date on which, in 2003, Colin Powell made his infamous speech to the United Nations justifying the U.S. led invasion of Iraq.

Ehren Watada’s court martial is scheduled to begin. He has joined many others, including Katherine Jashinksi, Camilo
Mejia, Kevin Benderman, and Pablo Paredes, in risking imprisonment—and being imprisoned—rather than participating in the Iraq war.

February 12

John Murtha, Chair of the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee, states he will hold hearings on the supplemental spending package. Unfortunately, committee and subcommittee hearing schedules and topics are typically not announced until the week they are to occur. Will this be the week that the Murtha chaired hearings begin?

February 19

Congress is in recess this week. All Representatives will be in their home districts and all Senators will be in their home
states. Also, on February 22, 1943, Sophie Scholl, Hans Scholl, and Christoph Probst— members of the White Rose student resistance movement in Nazi Germany—were found guilty and executed for their actions.

March 5

Last year, the House Appropriations Committee held a single day hearing during this week on the supplemental spending
bill and passed it by voice vote. Will the same happen this year?

March 12

In both 2005 and 2006, the full House of Representatives passed the supplemental spending bill submitted by President
Bush. While it cannot be definitively stated when the full House will vote on the supplemental spending bill this year, the speed with which it passed in 2005 and 2006 gives some indication of when it will be voted upon this year.

Each year, Congress took a one week recess that began immediately before St. Patrick’s Day. This year, Congress will not
take its recess until the week of April 2 and it will be a two week recess this year.

Hearings in the Senate Appropriations Committee will likely also have begun by this time.

March 16 to 19

Declaration of Peace is organizing for nonviolent civil disobedience to occur throughout the U.S. during this week. It is
entirely possible that this period will be immediately prior to a full House vote on the supplemental spending bill. For more information, visit DoP’s website at www.declarationofpeace.org

April 2

Congress begins a two week recess. The House will almost certainly have voted on the supplemental spending bill prior to
the start of this recess. Senators will be in their home states and Representatives will be in their home districts. As it regards the supplemental spending bill, the focal point will be on Senators at this time.

However, it now appears that President Bush will include full Iraq war funding for October 1, 2007 to September 30, 2008
in the regular budget request he will submit to Congress (also this February). So office visits to Representatives demanding that they vote against funding the Iraq war in the regular budget process will also be necessary during this recess.

April 9

In 1945, Dietrich Bonhoeffer was executed on April 9 for his participation in the German resistance to the Nazi regime and Hitler. What is the responsibility of citizens in a country which has launched a World War?

April 16

Congress returns to D.C. The full Senate will likely vote on the supplemental spending bill sometime between now andthe end of April. In 2005, the Senate passed the supplemental spending bill on or about April 16. In 2006, the Senate passed the supplemental spending bill on or about May 4.

Deb McIntyre, Director
South Dakota Peace & Justice Center
PO Box 116
Sioux Falls, SD 57101

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous13:04

    There are several comments by Deb in her posting regarding the Resistance in Germany with the apparent implication that either 1) The US is similiar to Germany and thus resistance to the Iraq war is neccessary or 2) SDPJ is similiar to groups like the White Rose Student org and that somehow SDPJ feels like they did in WWII.

    Several Questions:

    1) Is that your position, that the US today is similiar to Germany? I mean we are still fighting people in Iraq who kill innocent human beings in order to pursue their political agenda, just like Hitler did.

    2) Does SDPJ feel that they are the moral equivalent to groups such as the White Rose during WWII?
    If that is the case, could you explain to me what genocide the US has committed in order to become the target of SDPJ protests?