Florida For Peace

Submitted by Carol on December 15, 2007 - 9:18am.

George W. Bush's cover of a classic John Lennon Christmas Song

Submitted by Lydia Vickers on December 10, 2007 - 3:06pm.

It appears that Congress is going to give Bush another $70 billion for the war in Iraq. They will probably vote late tonight (in the midnight hours) or early tomorrow. It's moving very quickly.

Bush's "red shirts" are up here standing in front of the House office buildings and playing patriotic songs (like they own them) and holding "support the war, support the president" signs.

Submitted by tnjp on November 28, 2007 - 10:05pm.

Report to UFPJ Member Groups on the 10/27 Regional Demonstrations - Nov. 28, 2007 - Below is a summary report on the October 27th regional mobilization effort.

At the end, you'll see brief reports from each of the 11 regional sites, which come from a wrap-up conference call held about 10 days after 10/27. Many of the regional coalitions have by now had de-briefing sessions -- either in-person meetings and/or conference calls -- and have posted more in-depth reports on their regional page within www.oct27.org, or linked to that site. To find those reports, please visit www.oct27.org

The first part of this report is based on discussions within the national staff, the administrative committee and the national steering committee of UFPJ, as well as with many of the local/regional organizers. Hopefully, it is a pretty accurate reflection of what happened and some of the challenges that were dealt with. The report also tries to raise some of the issues and concerns that came out of this experience -- things we need to think about as we move ahead...

Submitted by Lydia Vickers on November 16, 2007 - 2:57pm.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Cactus Pat
Carol S.
Hillary (not Clinton)
Lydia V.

Lydia gave a report on the legislative call with UFPJ last week. Basically the plan is to continue the effort to get democrats in the House to sign the “showdown letter” - 90 members have signed. The goal is 117 (half of the dems in the house).

The “showdown letter” and those who have signed it can be found here... (thank you Hillary for that). For a more detailed report on the UFPJ call please contact Lydia at codepinktally(at)yahoo.com.

The main purpose of this conference call was to decide what, if anything, Florida For Peace can do during the months of November (which is almost over) and December...

Submitted by tnjp on November 12, 2007 - 5:08pm.

We had our Veterans Day die-in protest today at 11am (11-11-11). It was a powerful experience with 16 people "dying" 10 minutes at a time... 2 different locations on busy touristy St. George St. In St. Augustine, FL). We had some wonderful support and encouragement but way too much of an angry response. Still, people were yelling.."We got rid of Saddam"," We are fighting for freedom" and a cop overheard calling us "idiots".

However, I know we made an impact, we made people uncomfortable and reminded them that people actually do die in a war. Here are pictures on Webshot and also here is an article written for our Independent paper, The Collective Press.
Marilyn/PPJ/St. Augustine (memeber of www.solidarityandpeace.org)

Why, Mommy?
By Mary Lawrence
Why indeed. I died on Veterans Day 11/11/07 at 11 a.m in St Augustine as one of 3860 US soldiers, 141 journalists and 1,100,000 Iraqis. Lying on the hard ground, seeing nothing and hearing footsteps and muffled conversations, throughout it all, one child's plaintive voice broke through: "Why, Mommy?"

"Because they're tired, honey."...

Submitted by tnjp on October 31, 2007 - 6:45pm.

Please turn the SOUND DOWN before you check out this video - the microphone on the camera gets saturated at several points.... Tallahassee's Lydia Vickers leads the CodePINK Florida women in song at the Oct27th protest on Orlando.

Submitted by tnjp on October 30, 2007 - 6:30pm.

Mike Gravel at the Oct. 27th Orlando Protest - Some videos of his radio interview and a partial transcript of his comments...
On the Iraq War and Oil

On the National Initiative...

partial transcript of speech at the protest, big H/t to Eileen Fleming for Gravel's comments (and ADS for pointing the way)...

"You bet I am angry! If you have a heart you would be angry too!...It boggles the mind how one human being can kill and dismember another's body and Congress sits in their air conditioned office and says it's just Foreign Policy [when] its murder!...

Submitted by tnjp on October 29, 2007 - 2:36pm.

Reports from around the country are still coming in, but by all accounts, Saturday's events were powerful expressions of our movement's commitment to end the war and occupation in Iraq. Organizers from the 11 regional actions, as well as the solidarity actions in other locations, talk about the excitement and energy in their marches, and the very positive response the demonstrations received from people watching them.

Here are a few highlights from the day:

* In New York, 45,000 stood up to the rain, led by veterans, military families, union members, and students, to make their calls for an immediate end to the war in Iraq and for no attack on Iran heard loud and clear in the streets of Manhattan.

* In San Francisco, 16,000 marched from the Civic Center to Dolores Park, stopping to hold a symbolic, mass die-in on Market Street along the way.

* In Orlando, 3,000 from Georgia to Key West also braved the rain to march in opposition to the war and to build the peace movement in the Southeast....

Submitted by tnjp on October 24, 2007 - 9:45pm.

Saturday, October 27th
Energy Building for National Day of Action

With just four days before the 11 massive regional demonstrations and other actions around the country, the energy is growing and momentum is building. The people of this country know this war is wrong and it must stop. On Saturday, from many cities but in one voice, we will send a clear and unified message: end this war, bring the troops home, fund our communities!

You can get the most up-to-date information about the plans for the protest in the city nearest you by going to www.oct27.org. There you can find details about the day's activities, leaflets to download and copy so you can help spread the word, information about transportation to the regional action near you and much more.

It is not too late to make your plans to get to one of these mobilizations. And it is not too late to help us make sure everyone knows what's happening on Saturday, and that they are encouraged to participate.

Here are some things you can to do to help build October 27th:

* Send a copy of this message to everyone you know, to every email address you have.

* Share the video generously produced by Robert Greenwald and Brave New Foundation in support of the mobilization with others, and encourage them to sign the October 27th pledge. http://oct27.org/brave_new_video (more below the fold)...

Submitted by Lydia Vickers on October 1, 2007 - 6:34pm.

Florida For Peace will have an "organizational" conference call on:
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Start Time: 7:30PM (EDT)
End Time: 8:30PM (EDT)
Dial 1-605-725-1900
Then dial 22730# to enter the call
You can use *6 to mute or un mute your voice/phone

Agenda Items Include:
1. Approving a Florida For Peace Mission Statement - suggestions needed
2. Building our membership statewide
3. Focus on Nelson tactics for October, 2007
4. The NEW Florida For Peace logo

You should be a FFP member if you want to join this call. Please take this opportunity to join at www.groups.yahoo.com/group/FloridaForPeace...

Submitted by Carol on September 27, 2007 - 7:49am.

Dems pressured to temper war protests
By: Jim VandeHei and John F. Harris
September 27, 2007 07:32 AM EST

The vast majority of Democrats in Congress are powerfully clear about what they think about the war in Iraq. It is the greatest strategic blunder of a generation.

It is a lost cause. Above all, it is immoral — with more men and women dying each day for a war that many Democrats concluded years ago was a terrible mistake.

Submitted by Carol on September 23, 2007 - 9:29am.

Feingold Amdt. No. 2924; To safely redeploy United States troops from Iraq.

Senator Nelson votes against safe deployment of troops from Iraq. What is this man thinking? The votes by Nelson for 9/19/07 were encouraging and then he bursts the bubble the very next day.

Submitted by Carol on September 23, 2007 - 9:23am.

Florida's Joe Leiberman, aka Senator Bill Nelson, joined with twenty-two other candy-assed Democrats to condemn MoveOn.org's ad. Check the roll call vote here....

Senate Approves Resolution Denouncing MoveOn.org Ad
By David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 — The Senate approved a resolution on Thursday denouncing the liberal antiwar group MoveOn.org over an advertisement that questioned the credibility of Gen. David H. Petraeus, the American commander in Iraq.

MoveOn.org, with 3.2 million members, has become a powerful force in Democratic politics and the advertisement it paid for, which appeared in The New York Times, has come under sharp attack from Congressional Republicans and others as unpatriotic and impugning the integrity of General Petraeus.

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York and Senator Christopher J. Dodd of Connecticut, both Democratic candidates for president, voted against the resolution, which passed 72 to 25.

But curiously absent from the vote was Senator Barack Obama of Illinois, also a Democratic candidate for president, who had canceled a campaign appearance in South Carolina so he could be in Washington for votes.

Mr. Obama issued a statement calling the resolution, put forward by Senator John Cornyn, Republican of Texas, “a stunt.” Mr. Obama said, “By not casting a vote, I registered my protest against these empty politics.”...

Submitted by Carol on September 19, 2007 - 7:16pm.

U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 110th Congress - 1st Session

as compiled through Senate LIS by the Senate Bill Clerk under the direction of the Secretary of the Senate

Vote Summary

Question: On the Cloture Motion (Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Specter Amdt. No. 2022 )
Vote Number: 340 Vote Date: September 19, 2007, 10:47 AM
Required For Majority: 3/5 Vote Result: Cloture Motion Rejected
Amendment Number: S.Amdt. 2022 to S.Amdt. 2011 to H.R. 1585 (National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008)

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