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Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Tell Your Friends: Take the Peace Message to DC



Send Your Face and Your Words, if Your Body Can't Get There


This is a composite post from two emails from TrueMajority.org regarding ways U.S. citizens can pressure our representatives for peace. This organization was founded by Ben Cohen, Co-founder, Ben and Jerry's. It is a grassroots education and advocacy project of Priorities, Inc., a non-profit, non-partisan, tax-deductible, 501(c)(3) corporation. Its underlying philosophy is made up of 10 principles. I ask you join and share with your friends and family if you agree with the mission.


Email #1



Travel to DC or stay at home; either way you can participate in this weekend’s anti-war activities. This Saturday hundreds of thousands of Americans are getting on buses and heading to Washington, DC to rally for peace. If you’d like to join them, just click this link to find out how to get on a bus through our friends at United for Peace and Justice. www.unitedforpeace.org



But we know that many millions more who want peace in Iraq won’t be able to make it to Washington. So we’ve created a new way for you to be there. On the Monday after the rally, thousands of activists will stay in Washington to lobby their legislators. To support them, we’ve created a new kind of petition -- we call it a photo petition. Anyone can go online and sign it like a regular petition, but we’ve added a new feature. If you like, you can upload a picture of yourself so that your Congressmember has to look you in the eye even if you aren’t there.



Here is the link to the petition. Be sure to share this with everyone you know who opposes the war: http://www.truemajority.org/photopetition



Signing the petition is easy. If you are a member of TrueMajority we’ll just need your email address. If you’re a newcomer we’ll ask your addresss as well, so we can figure out who your member of Congress is. Then, you’ll get a chance to upload a picture of yourself and add any personal comments for your Congressmember. The picture can be any photo of yourself that you already have on your hard drive, or you can take a new one holding up a sign.



We’ll put the petitions together and deliver them to each Member of Congress Monday morning.



Remember, adding a photo makes the petition more powerful, but sign it whether you have a picture or not.



Thanks for supporting the rally, Andrew Greenblatt

Online Organizer



P.S. Even if you are going to Washington you can still sign the petition. And please pass this email around to everyone you know.




Click here
to upload your photo and sign our petition.



Mulch Maker Says Say No To War, No Civilian Death, Bring Our Troops Home

Email #2



We're already nearly halfway to our goal of 50,000 signatures on our new "photo petition" to Congress. These photos and messages from you and your friends will be delivered to members of Congress on Monday, Sept. 26th as part of three days of action in Washington, D.C. calling for peace in Iraq.



If you haven't yet, Sign the petition now. You can upload a photo, too, but it isn't required.



Then, tell your friends! We need to get as many names as possible. Our goal is 50,000, but it will only happen if you forward this mail to your friends.



And most importantly, come to DC if you can. The peace movement is re-invigorated, and this weekend will prove it. Here's a link to info about Saturday's rally, including how to find a bus to get there: www.unitedforpeace.org



Signing the petition is easy. If you aren't already a TrueMajority member we’ll ask for your address, so we can figure out who your member of Congress is. Then, you’ll get a chance to upload a picture of yourself and add any personal comments for your Congressmember. The picture can be any photo of yourself that you already have on your hard drive, or you can take a new one holding up a sign. We’ll put the petitions together and deliver them to each Member of Congress Monday morning.



Remember, adding a photo makes the petition more powerful, but sign it whether you have a picture or not.



Thanks for supporting the rally,





Matt Holland

Online Organizer




P.S. Even if you are going to Washington you can still sign the petition. And please pass this email around to everyone you know.



Click here to upload your photo and sign our petition.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Warning Very Graphic


I am stunned. I am appalled. There aren't enough adjectives to describe my outrage. I want to vent. I want to commentate on the cruelty by dissecting the words of those in power who let the suffering go on and went to the theater, bought $7000 shoes, laughed, smirked, or had fund raisers while the people suffered and died alone, abandoned in the wake of hurricane Katrina.



I remember the somberness of 9/11. I remember people putting aside differences. I remember the National Gard arriving in New York the day of the attacks. That has all changed now. While I admit that racism surely played a part in the inaction our federal government used to murder those by apathy, I think it is more indicative of class and poverty.



The World Trade towers were the rich and powerful. Those left to suffer the aftermath of Katerina were not. They were those too poor or too weak to flee. They were those who had nothing else but what they had there in their homes, most without vehicles to flee with. I have so much anger, and so much information to back my anger I can't even organize it, much less blog about it ALL. My last post was made up (aside from 2 sentences) completely of the quotes of others, because I simply can't sort my outrage.



Should I tear into Barbara Bush's "Let them eat cake" comment? Should I voice solidarity with Kayne West for breaking script to illustrate the hypocrisy of "All Men are Created Equal?" Should I point out that Bush took the money needed to protect the citizens on New Orleans and diverted it to his war for oil? Should I post how fucking Halliburton has the reconstruction contracts, or how the oil infrastructure was 50% repaired by the time the relief showed up (how humane)? I am just at a loss where to start, where to lead to, or where to end. I am left with only a conclusion.












Bush Playing Guitar at a Photo Op (stupid smirk included) on 8/2/2005 Before his First Photo Op Among the Dead and Dying Indigent of the Gulf States




I want to post just links to stories that effected me, and hope you all see what I do, such as the miracle of a pack of 7 children who survived against the odds. But I won't. If you cared enough to watch this tragedy you will have seen the same things I saw. I hope you realize what this means to you in U.S. if you are not filthy rich. You suffer, and die, and no one cares. Oprah today showed corpses and bodies, hopefully waking people up to what the federal government, what YOU elected, has allowed to happen. It is no longer other countries who die to the disdain of the rich in power, it is us now.



And of course there are those who say it was a natural disaster. Well the hurricane didn't do nearly as much damage as the aftermath did. The hurricane happened on Monday, the relief and buses and food and water and medics and national guard arrived on FRIDAY!!!!!



I am sorry for what I am about to show you, but life is real and there are consequences to the decisions people made this week. Thank Ogrish.com for showing the world what our politicians would just assume we not see.

Rest in peace everyone I am about to show, and I hope your deaths serve the noble cause of exposing the lying, murdering evil vile son of a bitches who allowed this to happen. I have more respect for you and you have more dignity even in death than most of our leaders in the federal government do, and I so hope this is a wake up call.




















"The guy who runs this building I'm in, emergency management, he's responsible for everything. His mother was trapped in St. Bernard nursing home, and every day she called him and said, 'Are you coming, son? Is somebody coming?' And he said, 'And yeah, Momma, somebody's coming to get you. Somebody's coming to get you on Tuesday. Somebody's coming to get you on Wednesday. Somebody's coming to get you Thursday. Somebody's coming to get you on Friday' - and she drowned Friday night. She drowned on Friday night,"

"Nobody's coming to get her, nobody's coming to get her. The secretary's promise, everybody's promise. They've had press conferences - I'm sick of the press conferences. For God's sakes, shut up and send us somebody."

Aaron Broussard
President of Jefferson Parish
Meet the Press




I just don't have any explanation for how certain people can sleep at night knowing what they have done (or not done). Those rich bedsheets must have an added feature that clears ones conscience.



EDIT: My GF has brought my attention to THIS ARTICLE that draws attention to when the media loses its cool and stops being objective, and starts advocating humanity. I caught a few of these "outbursts" and was profoundly moved by them, including the Anderson Cooper moment which I quoted on my last post. Kudos to the media for forcing the federal government into doing what they didn't want do, didn't care about, or figured wasn't their problem. I am usually in support of an unbiased media, but extreme cases call for extreme measures and some in the media rose to the occasion. I thank them with all my heart.



EDIT #2: The U.S. government doesn't want you to see the dead bodies, which is honestly why I have chosen to show them. They want to hide from the reality of their decisions. Well it is more real seeing the dead that were killed by inaction than hearing the sterile numbers 10,000 dead. Or maybe it is hard to sleep seeing the humans behind their cruelty. Either way, I have posted, will be leaving them up, and will post more. They should be given no solace for the crimes they have perpetrated on the innocent. Peace be with those of you who didn't need to see the bodies to understand the horror the U.S. Federal government perpetrated on their own citizens.





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Friday, September 02, 2005

We Want Help!



"This is a Desperate SOS"








[Gov. Kathleen Blanco and President Bush need to stop holding] "goddman press conferences" and "get their ass[es] on a plane and sit down, the two of them, and figure this out right now."



"I don't know whose problem it is. I don't know whether it's the governor's problem. I don't know whether it's the president's problem,"






"But somebody needs to get their ass on a plane and sit down, the two of them, and figure this out right now,"



"I don't want to see anybody hold anymore goddamn press conferences,"



"Put a moratorium on press conferences. Don't do another press conference until the resources are in this city. And then come to this city and stand with us, when their are [so many] military trucks and troops that we can't even count."






"Don't tell me 40,000 people are coming here. They're not here. . . . I'm at the point now where it don't matter. People are dying. They don't have homes. They don't have jobs. The city of New Orleans will never be the same in this time."



New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin







Anderson Cooper Demands Answers




ANDERSON COOPER: Joining me from Baton Rouge is Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu. Senator, appreciate you joining us tonight. Does the federal government bear responsibility for what is happening now? Should they apologize for what is happening now?



SEN. MARY LANDRIEU (D), LOUISIANA: Anderson, there will be plenty of time to discuss all of those issues, about why, and how, and what, and if. But, Anderson, as you understand, and all of the producers and directors of CNN, and the news networks, this situation is very serious and it's going to demand all of our full attention through the hours, through the nights, through the days.



Let me just say a few things. Thank President Clinton and former President Bush for their strong statements of support and comfort today. I thank all the leaders that are coming to Louisiana, and Mississippi, and Alabama to our help and rescue.



We are grateful for the military assets that are being brought to bear. I want to thank Senator Frist and Senator Reid for their extraordinary efforts.



Anderson, tonight, I don't know if you've heard -- maybe you all have announced it -- but Congress is going to an unprecedented session to pass a $10 billion supplemental bill tonight to keep FEMA and the Red Cross up and operating.



COOPER: Excuse me, Senator, I'm sorry for interrupting. I haven't heard that, because, for the last four days, I've been seeing dead bodies in the streets here in Mississippi. And to listen to politicians thanking each other and complimenting each other, you know, I got to tell you, there are a lot of people here who are very upset, and very angry, and very frustrated.






And when they hear politicians slap -- you know, thanking one another, it just, you know, it kind of cuts them the wrong way right now, because literally there was a body on the streets of this town yesterday being eaten by rats because this woman had been laying in the street for 48 hours. And there's not enough facilities to take her up.



Do you get the anger that is out here?



LANDRIEU: Anderson, I have the anger inside of me. Most of the homes in my family have been destroyed. Our homes have been destroyed. I understand what you're saying, and I know all of those details. And the president of the United States knows those details.



COOPER: Well, who are you angry at?



LANDRIEU: I'm not angry at anyone. I'm just expressing that it is so important for everyone in this nation to pull together, for all military assets and all assets to be brought to bare in this situation.



And I have every confidence that this country is as great and as strong as we can be do to that. And that effort is under way.



COOPER: Well, I mean, there are a lot of people here who are kind of ashamed of what is happening in this country right now, what is -- ashamed of what is happening in your state, certainly.






And that's not to blame the people who are there. It's a desperate situation. But I guess, you know, who can -- I mean, no one seems to be taking responsibility.



I mean, I know you say there's a time and a place for, kind of, you know, looking back, but this seems to be the time and the place. I mean, there are people who want answers, and there are people who want someone to stand up and say, "You know what? We should have done more. Are all the assets being brought to bare?"



LANDRIEU: Anderson, Anderson...



COOPER: I mean, today, for the first time, I'm seeing National Guard troops in this town.



LANDRIEU: Anderson, I know. And I know where you are. And I know what you're seeing. Believe me, we know it. And we understand, and there will be a time to talk about all of that. Trust me.






Shepards, Women and Children 1st





On Fox News, Shepherd Smith was on the phone, talking about how he was trapped in a hotel with thousands of New Orleans citizens. He was practically begging to be helicoptered out as his voice cracked. He said it would be unfair for him to remain there any longer because he and his crew would be taking needed food and water from others in the hotel. Why do I think that wouldn't exactly have been the response of the top reporters of the previous generation? If Smith and his crew stayed, but offered transportation that would have been given to him and his crew to the most elderly or needy citizens at the hotel, then he could stay and do his job and a few lives could be saved. Instead, he wanted out. He came there for a photo op, not to be stuck in a hotel without food and water and flushing toilets. Dan Rather, as cooky as he could be, wouldn't have been worried about clean underwear and a five-star meal. He wouldn't have been admitting on national TV he wanted a proverbial lifeboat before the women and children.


Wade Keller






God is Looking Down on This




NAGIN: I told him we had an incredible crisis here and that his flying over in Air Force One does not do it justice. And that I have been all around this city, and I am very frustrated because we are not able to marshal resources and we're outmanned in just about every respect.






You know the reason why the looters got out of control? Because we had most of our resources saving people, thousands of people that were stuck in attics, man, old ladies. ... You pull off the doggone ventilator vent and you look down there and they're standing in there in water up to their freaking necks.



And they don't have a clue what's going on down here. They flew down here one time two days after the doggone event was over with TV cameras, AP reporters, all kind of goddamn -- excuse my French everybody in America, but I am pissed.



WWL-AM: Did you say to the president of the United States, "I need the military in here"?



NAGIN: I said, "I need everything."






Now, I will tell you this -- and I give the president some credit on this -- he sent one John Wayne dude down here that can get some stuff done, and his name is [Lt.] Gen. [Russel] Honore.



And he came off the doggone chopper, and he started cussing and people started moving. And he's getting some stuff done.



They ought to give that guy -- if they don't want to give it to me, give him full authority to get the job done, and we can save some people.



WWL: What do you need right now to get control of this situation?



NAGIN: I need reinforcements, I need troops, man. I need 500 buses, man. We ain't talking about -- you know, one of the briefings we had, they were talking about getting public school bus drivers to come down here and bus people out here.






I'm like, "You got to be kidding me. This is a national disaster. Get every doggone Greyhound bus line in the country and get their asses moving to New Orleans."



That's -- they're thinking small, man. And this is a major, major, major deal. And I can't emphasize it enough, man. This is crazy.



I've got 15,000 to 20,000 people over at the convention center. It's bursting at the seams. The poor people in Plaquemines Parish. ... We don't have anything, and we're sharing with our brothers in Plaquemines Parish.






It's awful down here, man.



WWL: Do you believe that the president is seeing this, holding a news conference on it but can't do anything until [Louisiana Gov.] Kathleen Blanco requested him to do it? And do you know whether or not she has made that request?



NAGIN: I have no idea what they're doing. But I will tell you this: You know, God is looking down on all this, and if they are not doing everything in their power to save people, they are going to pay the price. Because every day that we delay, people are dying and they're dying by the hundreds






The National Guard, the People Whose Job it is, Can't Help. They Don't get CNN "Spreading Freedom" in Iraq.


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