Worried about the future of democracy in Florida?
Then be sure to attend this event to LEARN MORE!
MovetoAmend.org is a coalition dedicated to ending the illegitimate legal doctrines that prevent the American people from governing ourselves.
The Florida Move to Amend tour features David Cobb, attorney, activist, former presidential candidate, from Sept 12th to Sept 19th. David Cobb was the Green Party nominee for President of the United States in 2004, and served as the General Counsel for the national Green Party from its creation until 2003. His entire legal career has been directed to challenge illegitimate corporate power. He is a principal with the Program on Corporations Law & Democracy (http://www.poclad.org) and Campaigns Director for Democracy Unlimited of Humboldt County (http://www.duhc.org).
Mr. Cobb and esteemed local speakers will give presentations about how unchecked corporate influence threatens to undermine our democratic republic and our way of life. In addition, the speakers from local organizations will discuss how their missions are impacted by excessive corporate power and demonstrate the urgent need reject the recent U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United vs. FEC. The MOVE TO AMEND the U.S. Constitution is to firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to Constitutional Rights. In his Florida speeches Cobb will illustrate how corporations have hijacked our government and describe the national coalition of diverse public interest, community, and business organizations which has issued a bold call to amend the U.S. Constitution to restore the power of people over corporations. After the presentations, the speakers will take questions from the audience and media.
We urge all concerned citizens to sign the Move to Amend petition, talk to local politicians, and spread the word via local media, elists and social networks.
Learn more about more actions that you can take at http://www.movetoamend.org.
Suggested donation of $10 mas o menos/more or less - no one will be turned away for lack of cash!
Mr. Cobb will be speaking throughout Florida between Sept. 12th and 19th at the following locations:
Miami, Sun, Sept 12:
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Miami
7701 SW 76th Ave.
Miami, FL 33143-4125
Steve Showen, firstname.lastname@example.org; 305-573-2909.
Ft. Lauderdale, Mon, Sept 13
Unitarian Universalist Church
3970 N.W. 21st Ave,
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Andrew Markoff email@example.com 954-934-9018
Lake Worth, Tues, Sept 14
Palm Beach State College, Lake Worth - Stage West
Bonnie Redding firstname.lastname@example.org 561-762-8191.
West Palm, Tues, Sept 14
635 Prosperity Farms Rd.
North Palm Beach, FL 33408
Milo Vannucci email@example.com 561-315-2557
Boca Raton, Wed, Sept 15, 11am-1pm:
Palm Beach State College, Boca Raton – HT103 (MORE TO COME) Bobbette Wolesensky firstname.lastname@example.org 561-862-4433
Boca Raton, Wed, Sept 15
St Andrews Estate South
6045 Verde Trail S.
Boca Raton FL
Nancy Parker nparker@currentmarketinggr
Melbourne, Thurs, Sept 16
Unitarian Universalist Church
West 2185 Meadowlane Ave.
West Melbourne, FL 32904-4953
Gregory Wilson, email@example.com 772-486-4029
Ormond Beach, Fri, Sep 17th
Unitarian Universalist Society of the Daytona Beach Area,
56 N. Halifax Drive
Ormond Beach, FL 32176.
Carla Christianson 386-677-1176 firstname.lastname@example.org
Gainesville, Fri, Sept 17
Friends Meeting House
702 Northwest 38th St.
Michael Canney email@example.com (386) 418 3791
Sarasota, Sat, Sept 18
UU Church of Sarasota
3975 Fruitville Rd.
Sarasota, FL 34232-1614
Kindra Muntz firstname.lastname@example.org 508-564-6208
Tampa, Sat, Sept 18
John F Germany Library
900 N Ashley Dr.
Tampa Florida 33602
Anita Stewart email@example.com 813-312-2292
Seminole, Sat, Sept 18
Mike Fox firstname.lastname@example.org (727) 320-4502 for address
Orlando, Sun Sept 19
Main Public Library,
101 East Central Boulevard
Orlando, FL 32801-2429
Scott R. Tess, 321-230-8691, email@example.com
Dini Sterngold firstname.lastname@example.org 407-415-3366
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We urge all concerned citizens to sign the Move to Amend petition, talk to local politicians, and spread the word via local media. Learn more about actions you can take at http://www.movetoamend.org
Suggested donation of $10 mas o menos/more or less - no one turned away for lack of cash!
Worried about the future of democracy in Florida?
TAMPA: Congressman Bilirakis's ANNUAL MILITARY FAIR @ EAST LAKE HIGH SCHOOL in Tarpon Springs, FL 8/29/09
Saturday, August 29, 2009, from 11AM-2PM Republican Congressman Gus Bilirakis will hold his 3rd Annual Military Fair at East Lake High School in Tarpon Springs. The fair is used to glorify military service and weaponry to children. We will not passively stand by as our public schools become centers for military indoctrination. Public schools should be centers of academic and personal growth, we won’t allow them to be used to showcase and glorify the military. Last year, Bilirakis allowed gun dealers there on the school grounds selling weapons and letting kids play with them. ***This event makes no sense when there are ZERO TOLERANCE POLICIES in regards to possessing weaponry on school campuses.
The law states that if a child so much as displays a plastic pirate sword during a Halloween party on school grounds, he or she gets expelled. Yet, they allow the military to set up weapons displays and invite gun dealers to have booths where children can point weapons at each other at our public schools. The larger context is even more alarming. The decades long defunding of public education, the resultant decline of K-thru-12 systems across the country, and the growth of the charter school movement has produced a situation in which the Military creep into the wreckage with an offer many parents cannot refuse. Desperate parents enroll their children in programs they believe will teach them "leadership skills", fearing they have little or no other option.
Militarism is an issue that must be confronted with long-term strategies, and challenged on the National, as well as neighborhood level. Our goal is to inhibit the power of the military-corporate-educational complex by slowly and positively transforming an interventionist and imperial foreign policy. We start by refusing to allow military exhibitions in our neighborhood schools.
We will not raise our children to kill another mother’s child!
In solidarity, please JOIN CodePink Tampa Bay, St Pete for Peace, Florida Green Party members, Veterans for Peace, St. Pete for Peace, FLPAN and other local peace action groups on Saturday, August 29th, 2009. We’ll meet at 10:30AM at the entrance to East Lake High School at 1300 Silver Eagle Drive in Tarpon Springs, FL 34688
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Code Pink Tampa Bay wants to invite all peace-loving people to join us for our Mother's Day Vigil near MacDill AFB, Tampa, Florida. We want to remind our community that Mother's Day was originally created to honour peace. We stand in solidarity with the national organization of Code Pink Women for Peace and their 24 hour vigil outside of the White House in Washington, DC. We also stand with all Mothers from all over the globe who have children in the military and want the wars to end and their children to come home. And in the words of Julia Ward Howe, "...We, the women of one country, Will be too tender of those of another country, To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs."
Please wear pink, bring signs, pink flowers and pink sidewalk chalk. We will be writing our messages of peace on the sidewalks and laying garlands and bowers of pink flowers along the walkways. (***Real flowers only, please! And chalk, not paint! Make sure your signs reflect the message of Mother's Day for Peace and bringing our sons and daughters home.) All other Tampa Bay area peace groups are invited to join with us in peaceful solidarity.
We will be gathering at 830AM until 1PM on Sunday, May 10, 2009, Mother's Day. Please meet @ the northeast corner of Gandy and South Dale Mabry with your signs. This is a very public corner and has been used for actions before by many of the local peace groups. There is ample parking and a Publix and other stores nearby for water and other refreshments.
***Photographers and videographers are needed to record and video this event. Please contact us directly. If you have any other inquiries, please direct them to 813-312-2292 or to the following email addresses:
( Write MOTHER'S DAY in CAPS on the subject line )
See the national organization's Call to Action on the national Code Pink website here:
Check out the video of the reading of the "Mother's Day Proclamation" poem by Julia Ward Howe:
Read all about the original Mother's Day:
Please JOIN, FOLLOW and FRIEND the Social Networking Sites for Code Pink Tampa Bay:
See the entire recap with video, pics and links at the following site:
In the meantime, here are even more pics:
This Military and Veterans Fair is held every year and sponsored by Congressman Bilirakis. What we saw on school grounds was military hardware, equipment and armament that children were PLAYING with or climbing into. The local Veterans for Peace Chapter was not allowed to vend at this event. War was glorified to the masses including children at this event which was on a SCHOOL CAMPUS. I find that extremely offensive as there is zero tolerance policies in place for children who bring any kind of "weapon" to school, even if it is a butter knife, they are expelled FOREVER. I and Major Deb (both of us are USAF veterans) were told by Bilirakis aids and a Pinellas County Sheriff that we were not allowed to walk on to the campus or participate in the event. When Debra asked for a directive on this, they changed their decision quickly and allowed us to walk on without signs. ARE YOU OUTRAGED YET? Be sure to watch the video and make it viral by passing it along to everyone you know. And be sure to write to your representatives and media outlets to let them know that this kind of activity cannot be promoted to CHILDREN on SCHOOL CAMPUSES.
If you are in the Tampa Bay area, see us at the following sites:
Wexler’s ‘Fire-Breathing Liberal’ is hot seller
By George Bennett Wednesday, June 4, 2008, Palm Beach Post
Democratic U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler’s Fire-Breathing Liberal: How I Learned To Survive (And Thrive) In The Contact Sport Of Congress is the No. 15 seller on amazon.com this afternoon.
That’s 14 spots below former White House press secretary Scott McClellan’s What Happened and eight notches above Barack Obama’s Audacity Of Hope.
Wexler’s publication date is June 24. The Amazon sales are pre-orders. link to story
His book schedule is at the bottom.
Boca Raton's Congressman Robert Wexler makes a repeat visit to the Colbert Report to promote his new book, Fire Breathing Liberal!
Colbert Report ~ June 26, 2008
The full episode which includes the gas crisis, a new DC gun law, fireworks are patriotic & Congressman Wexler found here:
Wexler going back to Colbert, despite previous controversy
By Kris Kitto
Rep. Robert Wexler (D-Fla.) can’t get enough of Stephen Colbert.
The lawmaker returns Thursday to the television studio where a few cocaine-and-hooker jokes the comedian coaxed out of him in July 2006 earned Wexler a level of notoriety that reached far beyond the satirical news show’s late-night time slot.
“Many people have asked me exactly what I was thinking when I said these things,” Wexler writes in his new book, Fire-Breathing Liberal: How I Learned to Survive (and Thrive) in the Contact Sport of Congress.
“The answer’s simple. This is a comedy show. What separated me from a lot of journalists is that I realized it was a joke.”
Wexler, who is going on “The Colbert Report” to promote his book, is making his first solo appearance on the program since the cocaine-prostitute segment. rest of the story
Robert Wexler breathes fire at GOP with new book
By JOHN THOMASON Forum Publishing Group
From the Sun-Sentinel
June 26, 2008
From promoting diplomacy in the Middle East to delivering a thousand soccer balls to tsunami-ravaged children in Indonesia to making sure Jewish military officers received their deserved war medals decades after the conflict, Rep. Robert Wexler has accomplished a great deal in his 18 years of public service.But it wasn't until Wexler good-naturedly joked about the joys of combining cocaine and prostitutes on a now legendary appearance on "The Colbert Report" – running unopposed for the 2006 midterms, he was egged on by host Stephen Colbert to say something that would otherwise lose him the election – that the congressman's actions became the stuff of national news. rest of the story:
Congressman Robert Wexler's Schedule
[will be updated weekly]
West Palm Beach: July 1 ~ 2 to 3 p.m. Wexler set to appear at West Palm LibraryU.S. Rep. Robert Wexler, D-Delray Beach, will discuss and sign copies of his new book, Fire-Breathing Liberal, from 2 to 3 p.m. July 1 at the West Palm Beach Public Library.Books will be on sale during the free event. The library is at 100 Clematis St.The event is free; no reservations are required. For information, visit www.mycitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7700.
Please send any known schedule additions to email@example.com with WEXLER in the subject line. thanks!
Senator Barack Obama to Address the Nation's Mayors on Saturday June 21st! See SCHEDULE below.
Warm Up for Miami!
No one has as much fun in a parade as CODEPINK does! Listen to this great music from our New Orleans parade and a message on V-Day about why we wear pink from CODEPINK co-founder Jodie Evans. Let's March together in Miami!
700 Mayors from throughout the country will descend on Miami for the U.S. Mayors Conference! Local, state, and national activists are working together on a series of actions to welcome these mayors with the message
“Fund Our Cities, Not the War in Iraq.”
We’ll have a parade, a reception, a Food Not Bombs food drive and lots more. Please mark your calendars and start making plans to join us in Miami! This page will be updated regularly but for now, some of the exciting things in the works:
Inside: We are excited to report that two peace related resolutions are on the agenda!
- CODEPINK proposed resolution against military force on Iran
- Mayors for Peace about Nuclear disarmament
Mayor Robert Kiss of VT has sponsored it and many more co-sponsors are still needed. Have a mayor you think might cosponsor?? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com for information on how to approach your mayor!
Thursday June 19
5:00 to 9:00pm Right to the City Alliance: Peoples Summit
Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus
Volunteers needed to staff CODEPINK booth, to sign up email Hillary firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday June 20
10:00am ~ Breakfast for Homeless and "Money for Cities, Not War! press conference outside the Mayors Conference at the InterContinental Hotel with veternas, peace activists and local leaders who represent communities hurt by skewed economic prioritites. Biscayne Blvd and Chopin Plaza
2:00pm ~ CODEPINK participates in Right To The City ~ March on the Mayors dressed as pink Lady Liberties with sashes. NW 2nd Avenue and 7th Street. The march will be lead by "To Be Continued..." a New Orleans 2nd-line brass band. We will carry giant skeleton puppets representing all of the bad things happening in our cities like gentrification, racism, environmental injustice. We will also be carrying coffins so when we finish our march we can bury the skeletons. And following in the tradition of Jazz funerals we will be partying the whole way, dancing and singing.
We are asking all participants to bring umbrellas (to keep in the tradition of the New Orleans). Use your umbrella as a sign! For more info on march: http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=nW%2B0QB8Fi1R2a9GoIWKmNlYR7B7vLZ%2BP
5:30 pm ~ Rally outside of Mayor's evening event at Viscaya Museum and boat demonstration on the bay side of the museum. South Miami Avenue and SE 32nd Road. Money for People, Not for War!
Saturday June 21
9:00 - 11:00am Senator Bill Nelson to Address the Nation's Mayors
12:00 - 2:00 pm Senator Barack Obama to Address the Nation's Mayors
7:00pm CODEPINK attends Mayor's evening event on Calle Ocho to continue thier campaign for the extradition of Miami resident and terrorist Luis Posada Carriles.
Sunday June 22
12:00 - 2:00 pm President Bill Clinton to Address the Nation's Mayors
1:00pm ~ 5:00pm ~ US Peace Movement Salutes US Mayors Peace Reception at the Wall Flower Gallery 10 NE 3rd Street.
Special guest Mayor Joy Cooper of Hallendale Beach and No War on Iran resolution cosponsor, Mayor Rita Mullins of Village Palatine, IL., Jackie Cabasso US representative of Mayors for Peace, Medea Benajmin with CODEPINK and Global Exchange and Colonel Ann Wright (ret. Army). To RSVP email Nancy Mancias at email@example.com
Monday June 22
9:00 - 11:00 am Gloria & Emilio Estefan receive National Award for Lifetime Achievement from the US Mayors
Peg’s memorial celebration
Monday, June 30, from 6 to 9 PM
St. Augustine Beach pavilion ~ All are welcome to this potluck, musical, reminiscent evening of tribute to a true global heroine.
In Memory of Peg McIntire ~ Florida's Oldest Activist
Grandmother for Peace ~ Oct 27, 2007
The peace community mourns the passing of activist for peace and justice. A dear friend has passed on...Peg McIntire, peacefully passed away on the night of May 29. Peg was (is!) a free spirit who was an inspiration to everyone who met her. The word obstacle was not part of her vocabulary. Peg will be greatly missed by the peace and justice community and the St. Augustine & Florida community at large. Marilyn Marstan
I met Peg in 2002 at the farm in north Florida. We went up to help out with the teen camp and had a wonderful time. I was blessed to return several times for pick-ins and each time, Peg was a beacon of light for me. To say that I was honored for this 97 year old to travel down to Orlando on Oct 27 this year would be an understatement.
I was always amazed and enchanted by this woman and to be honest with you, didn't even know why until after her death. After reading a recap of Peg's life that was written by her son, I was surprised to learn of all the forks in the road that Peg had made during her life time. She went to Vassar and Columbia University, lived in Spain with a writer, did Union work in New Orleans, a DC stint with the National Youth Administration and was a speech writer for the NEA [National Education Association].
Peg then moved to Italy and landed the personal assistant to the producer of Ben Hur, saw her family lose the rights to their US passports and though her husband was eventually vindicated and compensated, Peg and family remained in Italy to run an empire.
The last email I received from Peg, encouraged me to come up soon with my daughter and stay at her house for a little vacation. I promised I would as soon as school was out. I teased her about being the oldest peace activist in Florida and about my then upcoming trip to DC for the Fifth Year anniversary of the war. Her last words to me were, "How I envy you going to DC! Oh to be young again. " After reading her story, I can only say, "How I envy you Peg, the life you led! Amazing." This is a MUST READ HERstory! http://pegmcintire.blogspot.com/
Her son's final words speak volumes:
Peg will be sorely missed but has inspired with her heart.
Also touching is GOOD BYE DEAR PEG by Bruce Gagnon http://space4peace.blogspot.com/2008/05/good-bye-dear-peg.html
If you would like to have yours posted here, send to codepinkorlandogmail.com
Added June 13, 2008
In January of 2008, 97-year old Peg McIntire was hospitalized. It was touch and go for a while, but after a couple weeks she pulled through. Peg left the hospital and came directly downtown to a St. Augustine People For Peace and Justice (PPJ) antiwar demonstration. She didn’t go home to rest. She didn’t go shopping. She didn’t use her difficult situation as an excuse to not participate, in her own inimitable way, in the process of democracy. As recently as a few days before she drew her final breath, Peg attended a PPJ Memorial Day vigil to honor our Iraq/Afghanistan war dead and to decry the wars. This is how Peg lived her life. Her energy for and dedication to social and economic justice were boundless.
I met and began working with Peg in 1983 when a group of St. Augustinians, aware of the continuing madness of the escalating global nuclear arms race, decided to form St. Augustine Seeds For Peace. Over the next year we educated, vigiled, demonstrated, petitioned, and managed to place a nuclear weapons freeze referendum on the St. Augustine city election ballot. Living in a conservative town in a conservative state in a conservative region of the country we hoped that our efforts would at least reach a few. On election night, however, as we gathered around Peg’s TV to watch the returns come in, our expectations were far surpassed. The citizenry of our town voted 2 to 1 in favor of the freeze. We subsequently notified our mayor, town council, county commission, governor and Presidents Reagan and Gorbochov of the will of the people of St. Augustine.
Peg was instrumental as one of the founding members of Seeds For Peace. A sprightly 72-years old at the time, her passion helped propel us forward despite many obstacles. We frequently met in her simple but comfortable home to decide tactics and strategy, and her hospitality abounded. We always felt at home at Peg’s place. Her door was always open and the food and wine flowed.
She was then and continued to be a strong advocate for using consensus as our decision-making process in order to keep the playing field level for all involved. She was not afraid to speak her mind, and she was often the lone dissenting voice when a group was leaning toward a decision that may have been too aggressive or disrespectful. Peg operated from a center of committed activism, but that activism was always to be civil, non-violent and educative. She was arrested several times for standing up in the face of the corporate/ military machine, civilly and disobediently, for her beliefs.
Over the decades I grew to love and respect Peg even more for the way she handled our disagreements. She had her own way of doing things, but she was also open to persuasion and new information and she never let our tiffs get in the way of our ultimate goals.
Since 2002 Peg and I worked together with many others in St. Augustine People For Peace and Justice, a group formed six months prior to the illegal US invasion and occupation of Iraq. Without Peg this group would probably not have come together, at least as soon and as powerfully as it did. Her long-term standing in the local and regional peace and justice communities and her call to action were heard loud and clear by those of us who knew that the US was headed toward a colossal mistake and felt the need to act. Now, after 5 years, millions of deaths and displacements and trillions of dollars, we can thank Peg for galvanizing an active, committed group that still stands strong against the Bush Corporation’s Iraq War. Our regular demonstrations have witnessed this country turn from a misguided and blindly vengeful warmongering to a nation that now sees clearly through the lies and is more than ready for change.
Peg had irons in too many political fires to recount here, but I’ll mention a few in which she participated during the last quarter of her life when I knew her. She founded and coordinated the local chapter of Grandparents For Peace and sent out regular newsletters. She unwaveringly supported Veterans For Peace, Iraq Veterans Against the War, the St. Augustine - Baracoa Friendship Association, and numerous national labor and antiwar organizations including the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power In Space. She was a regular attendee at the annual demonstrations against the School of the Americas at Fort Benning, GA, where the US trains and supplies international terrorists. She attended and spoke at countless demonstrations all over the southeastern US. She was an integral member of the Florida Coalition For Peace and Justice and co-founded their ongoing summer Peace Camp for kids. She and Paul Archetko organized the annual St. Augustine Earth Day celebration. She actively supported women’s and gay rights. And it was Peg McIntire who spearheaded the People For Peace and Justice Peace Scholarship, now renamed the Peg McIntire Peace Scholarship, an award given annually to a local, peace-minded high school graduate. She did all this and more while working at a local candle shop and enjoying many other social activities.
Peg thought globally, acted locally, and in her century gave inspiration and hope for a more just world to tens of thousands of people across generations. She was a true patriot and an engaged citizen of the world. She loved to sing and dance and to celebrate life, not averse to telling the occasional off-color joke. Well into her 90’s Peg enjoyed the beach, nature, and wading in her pool with friends. She was an avid supporter of local artists, musicians, writers and the now banned street performers. She regularly volunteered at the annual Gamble Rogers Folk Festival and attended many other local music and arts events. Peg loved being a part of our creative, dynamic, progressive community.
It’ll take at least ten full-time, committed activists to fill Peg’s shoes. Her presence is sorely missed by those who knew and worked with her. Just a few hours before her passing it was my privilege to hold her hand, thank her for all the work she’d done and for the strength she’d given me, and to tell her that I loved her.
Peg’s memorial celebration will attempt to reflect and honor the many aspects of her full and productive life. It will take place on Monday, June 30, from 6 to 9 PM at the St. Augustine Beach pavilion. All are welcome to this potluck, musical, reminiscent evening of tribute to a true global heroine.
Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service. There are many stories as to its actual beginnings, and there is evidence that organized women's groups in the South were decorating graves before the end of the Civil War.
The first official Memorial Day was commemorated in 1868 when flowers were placed on the graves by over 5,000 volunteers at Arlington National Cemetery. This Memorial Day, we ask you to take time to remember and honor those who gave their lives, take time to reflect upon the sacrifices they and their families made in our name.
Last year, Cindy Sheehan left the Democratic Party on Memorial Day stating that "I do not have any hope in them... but I have a lot of hope in the American people".
Cynthia McKinney said in her speech, Dreaming of a True Memorial Day, "We, the American people, have been lied to. Our young men and women are dying in a far-off land; those of us who dissent are spied upon by an Administration that violates the Constitution. Our economy has been wrecked by massive theft occurring in the guise of war and disaster profiteering. Our tax money has been used to fly people to places around the world so they can be tortured-whether they're guilty of anything or not. And innocent people all over the planet die as a result of policies carried out in our name that include subversion, sabotage, terrorism, torture, death squads, and drug trafficking. " [http://www.counterpunch.org/mckinney05292007.html]
Even John Edwards, in his 2007 Memorial Day Video challenged us:
This Memorial Day Weekend,
Don't stand quietly,
Don't just go to picnics,
Don't just gather with your friends.
Engage in an act of Patriotism,
Show how much you love this country
and speak out in support of our troops and bring an end to this war.
This Memorial Day Weekend, a national call has been heard to not just decorate the tombs of the fallen but to decorate the highways of America! All across the country, CODEPINK and impeachment groups will hang banners calling for impeachment on highway overpasses during the Memorial Day weekend of May 24 through May 26.
In the Bay Area, CODEPINK and an alliance of impeachment groups will join forces to banner on Memorial Day in San Francisco, Berkeley, San Jose, Palo Alto. With thousands of motorists on the highways for this long weekend, it's a perfect time to get the message across with freeway blogging.
Freeway Blogger Video: Bright sun shiny day IMPEACH
Here's some great videos of the freeway blogger [http://www.freewayblogger.com] if you need some inspiration! 300,000 cars go by every 24 hours in one location of this video, how many cars go by your closest freeway? Prepare and Get your banners ready! The Revolution Starts Now.
Freeway Blogger Video: MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND A HOW TO
SLOGANS FOR SIGNS
Honor our Veterans/No More WAR
Honor our Veterans/IMPEACH the War Criminals
Honor our Veterans/IMPEACH NOW!
No more Memorial Days!
HOW TO for Highway Signs
1. Find cardboard (any old box will do).
2. Cut it to the size you want.
3. Paint it white (cheap gallon of white paint - $4-$8)
4. Paint your message in large black letters (at least 9 inches tall to read from freeway). I use an overhead projector to make it look professional - no need to do this.
5. Attach to visible overpasses, telephone/electrical poles, guardrails, parking garages - BE CREATIVE... but remember safety first always!!
6. REPEAT!! And don't forget to take lots of photos!
From Beachblogger http://www.beachblogger.net/bwtm/index.php?title=Freewayblogging_workshop#classic:_cardboard_mining.2C_white_paint.2C_black_paint.2C_brushes.2C_projector
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS!
Some highway bloggers prefer to make a permanent banner and hold it instead of attaching and leaving the scene. Here's a how to make a fabric banner but remember to sew sand into the bottom if it's going to be windy. There are also some good tips here if the police arrive: <http://codepinkalert.org/downloads/L.A.BannerDropping.pdf>
- Be respectful, but unafraid. We pay the police to protect us. We are patriotic Americans giving up our free time to defend the Constitution, which is under attack by this band of corporate thugs who have been stealing our money to pay for their wars for profit, causing us to be hated around the world, and putting us in danger of further terrorist attack at home.
- If the police order you to remove the attachments you must do so. The law says you are allowed to hold the banner with your hands.
- If they decide your banner is a traffic hazard, you will have to remove it.
- Try to negotiate, citing the huge billboard ads and use of cell phones by drivers. Ask if it would be ok to stay a few minutes longer... just ten or fifteen minutes, and then do as they say. This way you maintain good rapport and they might even look the other way the next time they see you.
MORE POLICE TIPS:
- Is it Legal? NO & YES! http://freewayblogger.com/legal.htm
- Think carefully about your words, movement, body language, and emotions.
- Don't get into an argument with the police.
- Remember, anything you say or do can be used against you.
- Keep your hands where the police can see them.
- Don't run. Don't touch any police officer.
- Don't resist even if you believe you are innocent.
- Don't complain on the scene or tell the police they're wrong or that you're going to file a complaint.
- Do not make any statements regarding the incident.
- Ask for a lawyer immediately upon your arrest.
- Remember officers' badge and patrol car numbers.
- Write down everything you remember ASAP.
- Try to find witnesses and their names and phone numbers.
- If you are injured, take photographs of the injuries as soon as possible, but make sure you seek medical attention first.
- If you feel your rights have been violated, file a written complaint with police department's internal affairs division or civilian complaint board.
OTHER Memorial Day IDEAS
- Impeachment Barbecue! Serve Cheney & Bush Shiskabobs with M-Peach-Mint Pie.
- March in your local Memorial Day parade.
- Decorate your local Memorials for Veterans and hold a silent vigil at 3pm on Monday.
- Honor the women who have died in Iraq serving our country
For those who want to read the names, see List of Casualties by STATE:
- Have a Teach In for IMPEACHMENT
- Collect signatures for IMPEACHMENT
- FLY your US flag upside down as a sign that our country in is distress
Charges and Evidence: Impeachment of George W. Bush from http://www.impeachforpeace.org/evidence/
- 1. Illegal War
- 2. Illegal Spying *Update - Recently Found Guilty by District Court
- 3. Geneva Convention Violations *Update -Found Guilty by the Federal Supreme Court
- 4. Illegal Detention *Update - Found Guilty by District Court
- 5. Illegal Release of Classified Information
- 6. Illegal Freezing of accounts and restriction to freedom of assembly *Update - Found Guilty by District Court
- 7. Illegal use of signing statements
Keep an eye out for it!
Tuesday, April 8, 2008, 6:30 PM
Iraq Veterans Against the War UF Winter Soldier Forum
Presbyterian Disciples of Christ Church
1402 West University, Gainesville, adjacent to UF
Iran Mobile in Lake Worth, FL Sunday, April 4, 2008
We had a great last minute HiGH NOON missile sighting on Lake Worth Beach today! Three of us diehard Pinks plus a couple of women from Lake Worth Dem Club and Beverley's sister and aunt joined us spur of the moment after she called them at ten to twelve!
Beautiful sunny day and we got quite a few signers on their way to the beach and lots of attention. ~ Hillary [Not Clinton]
By the way, anybody got a smoke machine? Aaron has burned out two of them.
In St. Augustine Friday, April 4, 2008
Iran Mobile Launches Bush Bomb to Stop Attack on Iran