Monthly Archives: December 2007

March planned to Sestak’s office to halt Iraq funds

Letter in 12-29-07 Delaware County Daily Times, Opinion Section: Page 15

by Terry Rumsey, Chairperson, Delaware County Wage Peace & Justice

Delaware County Wage Peace & Justice has decided to organize a public action to protest U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak’s decision to vote for funds tocontinue the war in Iraq without a mandate that those funds be used for the safe and immediate withdrawal of our soldiers from that war-scarred nation. On Jan. 5, 2008, we plan to march to Sestak’s office and demand that he stop payment on the check for George Bush’s tragic misadventure in Iraq.

We made this decision only after considerable thought and soul-searching at general membership meetings and within our steering committee. There is also a history that has led us to calling for a protest action at this time.

Back in the spring of 2007, Joe Sestak, D-7 of Edgmont, was one of 85 Democrats to join with 194 Republicans who voted to give President Bush $94.5 billion to continue the war in Iraq without establishing a deadline for withdrawing our soldiers. Joe defended his vote on the grounds that a challenge to Bush would create a logjam that halted the flow of dollars to Iraq, and thus endanger the troops in the field. He asked the peace movement to support his efforts to forge a bipartisan strategy for ending the war. Continue reading

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Kucinich Campaign in Pennsylvania

Hi Everyone!

As the holidays wrap up and 2008 is upon us, we are gearing up the Kucinich campaign in Pennsylvania.

I have set up a Pennsylvania conference call for organizing and discussing ideas to get this campaign going in PA. The conference call will be weekly, taking place Monday evenings from 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm. The first call will take place on Monday, January 7, 2008 at 8pm. The call-in number is (616) 712-8000. The access code is 708030, followed by the # sign. Feature keys are as follows: * 3 to exit the call, * 4 for instructions, and * 6 to mute/unmute your phone.

Items for discussion:

We need volunteers to coordinate regionally, to run as delegates, to help with petitioning, to set up fundraisers and events, to do media outreach, and to do outreach to different organizations and groups with interests that are in line with Dennis’ platform.

We could really use volunteers to be regional coordinators for overseeing and helping several districts in each region. I think it would be helpful to set up committees for each of these aspects of the campaign.

The committees would be as follows: Continue reading

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Dozens Rallied for Impeachment, Sunday December 30th in Philadelphia

By Philly IMC | 12.31.2007
Yesterday over thirty people came out to Independence Hall in Old City to extend a warm welcome to John Nirenberg, Marcher for Impeachment. On December 1st, John Nirenberg began his 485 Mile March from Boston to Nancy Pelosi’s Office in Washington D.C.

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Richardson has more expertise

(letter sent to the Inquirer 12/30/07)

To the editor:

Apparently, Joan and Donald LaVan (Letters, 12/30) were not aware that
Governor Bill Richardson has a distinguished set of diplomatic
credentials. Richardson served as Bill Clinton’s Ambassador to the
United Nations. Even before his formal diplomatic post, Richardson was
called upon to negotiate a successful hostage release with none other
than Saddam Hussein. Indeed, Richardson’s experience in the United
States Congress, as Secretary of Energy, as Governor of New Mexico,
makes him the most universally qualified candidate for President in the
current field. Richardson’s record of academic and practical achievement
gives him a solid grounding in the the work of the presidency, and his
ethnic heritage in two minority groups gives him as powerful an
understanding of racial discrimination as anyone else running. To claim
that only Biden and McCain have foreign policy experience is to magnify
their achievements on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee into a
level beyond the debating society which Bush has relegated to Congress.
Such ignorance should not go unanswered.

Ben Burrows
Elkins Park, PA 19027

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