From my friend Hutch in NJ:
The following stuff is designed for action. All the information you need to make a difference is here and linked to the source material. All you need to do is click on the links and can get the information and addresses & contacts you need. Here’s what we’re doing now, and we’re making real progress. With a little help, we believe we can get a resolution to impeach introduced before the 4th anniversary of the invasion March 19th, and — we hope — in time to prevent the next Bush attack on Iran.
Right now, six states — California, Illinois, Minnesota, New Mexico, Vermont and Washington — have introduced resolutions to impeach Bush-Cheney. New Jersey will be the 7th state to introduce its resolution. Of all the states, New Jersey has the best chance to pass its resolution through the legislature and transmit our “petition to impeach” to the Congress, triggering Jefferson’s Rule 603. This event will bring huge pressure to start impeachment proceedings. New Jersey offers a case in which both house of its legislature, the General Assembly and the Senate, have Democratic majorities; Governor Corzine’s also a Democrat, and while his signature is not necessary to transmit New Jersey’s resolution to impeach, there’s reason to believe he will be “favorably disposed” to the resolution, and that will help it all happen.
Dear Impeaching Friends,
There’s nothing recent more compelling and alarming than the interview of Sy Hersh in 28th of February 2007 edition of Democracy Now! in which he reports a planning group prepared to attack Iran within 24 hours of a signal from Bush. Bush must be stopped — literally — before he kills again. All patriots must move now to stop his madness.
On February 21st we received a message from Mike DeLoreto, Assemblyman Reed Gusciora’s Chief-of-Staff. Mike indicated that while Assistant State Majority Leader Gusciora has the resolution for impeachment ready to go, his focus at the moment is on opposing the escalation of the war in Iraq. We all agree that this is an urgent situation and we owe Assemblyman Reed and Mike DeLoreto a lot of gratitude for taking a stand on this issue. These are good people who are deeply disturbed by the crisis in our country, and they understand the political obstacles we need to surmount in order to reclaim justice and democracy in our land. In regard to impeachment, Mike inquired what we know about the level of support that exists amongst other legislators in New Jersey, and which legislators we believe are receptive to a resolution to impeach.
This is a crucial time for us now. It’s time to step up and show our commitment to help New Jersey become the first state to pass a resolution for impeachment that will hit the floor and move the United States Congress to impeach.
This can really happen, but it requires more than one man presenting a resolution to the state legislature. There needs to be strong support in place before it is presented. That’s where we come into the picture. The time has come to focus on lobbying our assembly members and state senators and educate them on the valid reasons for supporting impeachment and to make a concerted effort to secure their support. Hopefully, we will come across several wanting to co-sponsor the resolution with Assemblyman Gusciora. We can’t presume to know how our representatives will vote. I made that mistake once before and I will always regret it. Unless they already have a deeply held conviction on the matter, they may not be willing to rock the boat with this vote. If they start receiving letters, phone calls, and requests for meetings they will know people are behind it. The goal is to embolden them to gain the courage to make this historic vote to save our country.
One of the tactics Joanne O’Neill (South Jersey Progressive Impeach Group) presented early on at the formation of our group, and one that Hutch and I discussed, is to begin a systematic approach to connecting with our respective legislators. Find your legislator. It’s effective when people connect with others in their district. Have a point person phone the representative’s office to get the name of the representative’s legislative aide. Contact the aide and explain that Assistant State Majority Leader Reed Gusciora drafted a resolution calling for the impeachment of George W. Bush and Richard Cheney.
Tell Senators and Assembly people you will send them strong information supporting the resolution. Go to ImpeachThem.com and click KEY DOCUMENTS to get all the materials you need to impress upon them that time is of the essence with the continued abuse of power, the 4th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq approaching, and the real possibility Bush will attack Iran. Let them know that someone from the group will contact them again in one week to arrange a meeting with the representative — then really do it! Remember you’re not alone! Then click legislature leadership to turn your attention to the legislative leaders outside your districtwe must persuade to support the resolution. We must reach them all. You can have supporting impeachers go with you to any meeting you arrange with any Senator or Assembly person. Just ask for help and you get it. It’s extremely important to reach the big shots in our legislature to pave the way to the successful passage of the impeach resolution in both the Senate and the General Assembly.
Our issue demands a straightforward approach. We need to be assertive and we need to move right now. When the vote comes down, let’s all be at peace with the fact that we did everything we could to bring victory to our United States. There will be no regrets because we’re going to get the resolution to impeach passed in our New Jersey legislature! Keep in mind all the time that you don’t have to go into these meetings alone. There are many impeach campaigners eager to stand with you and accompany any of us to any meetings.
Communication is key so be sure to report back on any actions and/or responses made. Please pass information on to Hutch at firstname.lastname@example.org. This in turn will be shared with Assemblyman Gusciora’s staff and will offer even more incentive to make the move for justice.
When you look at the Key Documents on our site, you should print out our proposed language for (click on) AResolution to Impeach President Bush and Vice President Cheney — our proposed language is derived from Phil Burk’s ImpeachBush.tv model and the Center for Constitutional Rights model, and the Washington State resolution Phil helped to write. He puts a lot of emphasis on using words designed to persuade hesitant law makers as well as to answer many of the questions politicians raise to avoid impeachment.
Once you are familiar with the proposed resolution language, you pretty much have the legal arguments to use when you deal with legislative aides or representatives. For the moral and social arguments along side of the legal issues, updated with recent statistics demonstrating the extent of the damage the Bush gang has done to our country, it’s also good to get familiar with (click on) New Jersey Impeach Time.
The most important legislators are listed by clickingNJ Legislature Leadership.
To find all representatives you just clickFIND LEGISLATORS.
PLEASE NOTE THAT WHEN THE PAGE OPENS ON YOUR COMPUTER SCREEN,
IT WILL LOOK BLANK — BUT IT’S NOT — JUST SCROLL DOWN & IT’S THERE!
IT WILL LOOK BLANK — BUT IT’S NOT — JUST SCROLL DOWN & IT’S THERE!
Here’s an easy, excellent phone script you can use when you call legislative aides: Please clickPHONE SCRIPT!
Copy this text and paste it into your email to send to all your friends, and tell them to pass it forward to all their friends! Ask everyone to put this up on web sites.
Let’s make this happen! We have come far. Let’s bring it home!
Our stock line is we are not doing this to make a statement. We aim for victory, we work for success. We’re going to impeach Bush-Cheney. Welcome to our group. Please feel free to contact me by phone whenever you want. Thanks again for your work to save our country and get the laundry done. We’re gonna clean it up sooner, not later.