Protest in LA tonight!

State of the Union Protests
March to CNN in Hollywood
Gather with CA Peace Action at Derby in Los Feliz (scroll)

State of the Union Demonstration (From — World Can’t Wait)

On Tuesday, Jan. 31, as Bush delivers his State of the Union address, throughout the country, we will bring the noise and drown out Bush’s lies, letting the world hear our demand that “Bush Step Down and Take Your Program with You!” Bring your own noise – drums, pots & pans, musical instruments, your voice. Let car horns blare and church bells ring as we declare that the state of the union is a STATE OF EMERGENCY.
5 p.m. – Gather at Hollywood & Highland
6 p.m. – Noise & March
7 p.m. – Rally at CNN (Sunset & Cahuenga)

Scheduled speakers at the rally are:

Gore Vidal
Bianca Jagger
Blase Bonpane (Office of the Americas; KPFK)
Rev. Richard Meri Ka Ra Byrd (KRST Unity Center)
Jane & Jim Bright (co-founders of Gold Star Families for Peace)
Rev. Louis Chase
Suzanne Gage (Progressive Health Services)
Jim Lafferty (Executive Director, National Lawyers Guild, L.A.)
Jan Lundberg (environmentalist, oil industry analyst, founder of Auto-Free Times)
Lucia Marano (actor)
Dolly Veale (Revolutionary Communist Party)
Student activists from Occidental College

If you can come early, there are a thousand things that need to be done to make this day as powerful as it can be: come to our office to phone bank; make organizer’s kits; pick up leaflets and posters to saturate the city with word of the protest; help with set-up at the beginning of the march and the rally at the end. And we need to raise $$$$$ and more $$$$ to reach–via ads on the radio, TV, in print–the millions of people who hate this regime as much as we do and need to know there’s a movement that is going to drive this Regime out and isn’t stopping until we do.

Finally, after drowning out the State of the Union, come to DC to take our protest directly to the White House! On Saturday, Feb. 4, people from all over the country will be converging in the very seat of power of this regime in DC to demand that Bush Step Down and Take His Program With Him!

For details and news from all over the country, visit the national website of World Can’t Wait at www.worldcantwait.org. Or come by our office at 5507 Santa Monica Blvd. #207 (northwest corner of Santa Monica Blvd. & Western Ave.); call us at 323-462-4771.

On Sunday there will be an organizers’ meeting to make plans and immediately maximize and organize coming off of the protest on 1/31. This important meeting begins at 1pm at the Peace Center, 8124 W. 3rd Street, L.A. (west of Fairfax and just west of Crescent Heights); park and enter through the back.

Tomorrow, be a part of making history! Drown out Bush’s State of the Union on January 31st! On to D.C. to Surround the White House on February 4th!

Hello Progressives of District 31.

In the annual State of the Union speech, the President outlines his agenda for the year to Congress and the American public. In 2002, President Bush gave us the “axis of evil”, in 2003, he provided false information about Iraq’s supposed weapons of mass destruction. In 2004 and 2005, he argued that the war on terror was working, and we were making progress in Iraq.

What ridiculous statements await our ears in 2006?

To find out, join CA Peace Action and other progressive organizations at a State of the Union viewing party to watch the speech, and take action to stop this administration’s reckless agenda. You can’t watch it alone!

We’ll have drink specials at our no-host bar, complimentary light snacks, and three big TVs to watch the speech. A short response panel will follow, with time for discussion.

January 31, 2006
From: 05:30 PM until 08:30 PM

Address

The Derby
4500 Los Feliz Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
MAP

Directions

The Derby is located in Los Feliz on the corner of Hillhurst and Los Feliz Blvd

Link to RSVP
http://ww2.californiapeaceaction.org/event/index.jsp?event_KEY=11106

Peace
Matthew Gerbasi

A new party?

Reforming the Democrats — Or a Third Party?
By Bernard Weiner, The Crisis Papers

The Democratic Party, with its current cast of characters in charge, has refused time after time to stand up and fight for its underlying principles. Its recent incoherent or wimpy positions on the Iraq War, electoral fraud and the Alito nomination make clear that it’s stuck in a self-destructive rut and isn’t terribly eager (or can’t figure out how) to climb out of it.

As I see it, we have two options in dealing with this deficient, bumbling, weak-kneed crew. 1) We get rid of them, work to take over the party from the grassroots up (similar to what the Republicans did after the Goldwater debacle of ’64), and eventually bring some coherence and dynamic initiatives back into the party. Or, 2) We give up on the Democrats as an embarrassing joke, and begin thinking seriously about joining with others, similarly disenchanted with
the political choices offerred, and found a viable third party.

There is another option: doing nothing, just continuing on as a rag-tag, undisciplined, weak OINO — that’s “Opposition In Name Only.” But I think we all know that simply makes no sense. Being rolled regularly by the Republicans, or refusing to fight them in ways other than symbolic, gets old real fast.

Read more.

Tomorrow?

From Sheila Parks:

I am writing this to the people I worked with most closely – in a variety of different ways – on organizing this cloture vote.

These are the Democratic Senators that Senator Ted Kennedy said (via KOS) needed to be contacted: Pryor, Lincoln, Cantwell, Murray, Baucus, Harkin, Levin, Bayh, Lautenberg, Menendez, Lieberman

We got Murray, Levin, Bayh, Lautenberg and Menendez to vote against cloture

I had heard earlier that Harkin would abstain and then later that he would vote against cloture – so assume he did, but I did not hear what he did on the final vote. I would guess he did what he said he would

I am now hearing this long speech by Baucus saying why he will vote against the nomination (although he voted against cloture)

WE DID GOOD. VERY VERY GOOD. EXTRAORDINARILY GOOD

TO CONTINUE OR NOT? I think we need 7 more votes for tomorrow to defeat Alito

I am wanting to go for it if we knew who we would have to go after and if we could find out how many of those voting against cloture are now going to vote against Alito. And is Biden going to vote for him?

Chaffee voted against cloture wil vote against Alito. Baucus same. Who else?

Sxo

Mikulski's AWOL!!!

Contacting Senator Mikulski

In addition to my office in Washington, I have offices in Baltimore, Annapolis, Greenbelt, Hagerstown and Salisbury.
Baltimore Office
Brown’s Wharf
1629 Thames Street
Suite 400
Baltimore, Maryland 21231
410-962-4510 (phone)
410-962-4760 (fax)
410-962-4512 (TDD)

Annapolis Office
Suite 202
60 West Street
Annapolis, MD 21401-2448
410-263-1805 (phone)
410-269-1650 (Balt. line)
410-263-5949 (fax)

Greenbelt Office
Suite 406
6404 Ivy Lane
Greenbelt, MD 20770-1407
301-345-5517 (phone)
301-345-7573 (fax)

Hagerstown Office
32 West Washington Street, Room 203
Hagerstown, MD 21740-4804
301-797-2826 (phone)
301-797-2241 (fax)

Salisbury Office
Suite 1E, Building B
1201 Pemberton Drive
Salisbury, MD 21801-2403
410-546-7711 (phone)
410-546-9324 (fax)

Washington, D.C. Office
503 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-2003
202-224-4654 (phone)
202-224-8858 (fax)
202-224-5223 (TDD)

E-mail Senator Mikulski

Contact: INOUYE, CANTWELL, LIEBERMAN, MENENDEZ

From Sheila Parks:
This may be a messy email but time is so close, I am just going to put it out and not neaten it up. Sorry for contradictory emails, but news is breaking fast, Hard to keep up with. Jeffords and Lautenberg for fili.
For contact info see links at very bottom of email.

Menendez gave great speech. Needs to follow with action and vote against fili or abstain –

Cantwell also up for re-election – her office hated it when I told them that this am. told me how wonderful she was. I disagreed.

Same for all of them vote against cloture or abstain

Gang of 14 meeting soon. That is official and at this moment I believe it.

My best bets in this gang to call Inouye (in gang of 14 and voted against Roberts and will vote against Alito)and Lieberman (see below – he is up for reelection)

We need to tell them we will put them out of office – and mean it – if they do not think this is extraordinary circumstances (LOL here, since I believe the elections are rigged. But these Senators don’t get that yet.)

Gang of 14 -Dems

SEE BELOW TWO PARAGRAPHS WHAT A Republican friend has written about Inouey and use it when you talk with his office.

This below via Dennis Morrisseau: (802) 645-9727,dmorso@netzero.net
Roberts was chair of a three judge panel that was getting ready to rule on Bush Admin power to detain and try foreign fighters in spite of traty obligations that required another course of action—-at the very time that he (Robert’s) was being interviewed for the Supreme Court by Bush Rove Cheney and Rummy. He ruled for the President (a truly incredible– and some would say corrupt) result; and was promptly appointed to the Supremes.

If a sitting judge ever did such a thing and it became widely known that judge would be subject to impeachment. Rogers should have recused himself from the 3 judge panel while he was being considered for the High Court. Not too many people are aware of this fact. Inouye is a real stickler for propriety among judges. Alito doesn’t have this overt legal problem, so who knows what Inouye will do?
________________________

Lieberman
Byrd
Nelson – Nebraska
Landrieu
Inouye
Pryor
Salazar

Below is some great info from my friend Dan Ashby in CA. who has also been working on this day and night. S
UP FOR ELECTION IN 2006

Mary Landrieu [LA], currently has NO primary challenger but if she will not listen to the people we have until 8/11 to find an alternative to run against her.

Daniel Akaka [HI], already has two primary challengers, one of whom, Ed Case, is a former elected state representative and is polling well.

Joe Lieberman [CT], already has a primary challenge looming from Ned Lamont who has set up an exploratory site, and until 5/16 to make the decision to jump in. They last thing Joe needs is lots of more encouragement for Lamont.

Bill Nelson [FL], currently has NO primary challenger, with until 5/12 to find one.

Ben Nelson [NE], currently has NO primary challenger, but if there is a concerned citizen in Nebraska who wants to run they have until 3/1 to register as a candidate.
Jeff Bingaman [NM], currently has NO primary challenger but still two weeks remain until the deadline for filing of 2/14.

Carper [DE], currently has NO primary challenger and all the way until 7/28 to enter the primary against him.

Kohl [WI], currently has NO primary challenger. We have heard he plans on skipping the vote, which is the same thing as an abstain. The filing deadline in Wisconsin is 7/11.

Cantwell [WA], is being already challenged by a strong progressive candidate, Mark Wilson.

Byrd [WV], has no serious primary challenger we can confirm and the 1/28 deadline has just expired. Perhaps you can appeal to his professed love of the Constitution which Alito would gut.

Robert Menendez [NJ], was just appointed but has to run himself this year. If he drops the ball there are challengers waiting in the wings and until 4/10 to decide.

Lincoln Chafee [RI] is a Republican who professes to be pro-choice and not feeling very secure right now about her 2006 prospects. Perhaps he is a possibility for abstention on cloture.

Olympia Snowe [ME] is a another Republican who professes to be pro-choice who must face the electorate in 2006. She should also be encouraged to abstain on cloture.

OTHER POSSIBLE SWING SENATORS

Blanche Lambert Lincoln [AR], up for reelection in 2010
Mark Pryor [AR], up for reelection in 2008
Tom Harkin [IA], up for reelection in 2008
Evan Bayh [IN], up for reelection in 2010
Susan Collins [ME], up for reelection in 2008
Carl Levin [MI], up for reelection in 2008
Max Baucus [MT], up for reelection in 2008
Frank Lautenberg [NJ], up for reelection in 2008
Tim Johnson [SD], up for reelection in 2008

Contact Lautenberg and Menendez!

From Sheila Parks:
Alito is also from New Jersey. Both Senators gave incredibly strong statements against Alito. Tell them how much we loved what they said and unless they now also vote against cloture what they said is hollow words and having your cake and eating it too and worthless and fancy words and irrelevant and a yes vote for all purposes

Bayh also is still taking opinions. Contact him

The gang of 14 is going to be meeting soon. That is official I have been told. Whether it is or not, we need to contact them.

We need to tell them we will put them out of office – and mean it – if they do not think this is extraordinary circumstances (LOL here, since I believe the elections are rigged. But these Senators don’t get that yet.)

Gang of 14 -Dems

I STRONGLY FEEL INOUYE IS OUR BEST HOPE WITH THIS GANG. REMEMBER, HE WAS THE ONLY DEM WHO VOTED AGAINST ROBERTS AND HE WILL VOTE AGAINST ALITO

SEE BELOW TWO PARAGRAPHS WHAT A Republican friend has written about him and use it when you talk with his office.

This below via Dennis Morrisseau: (802) 645-9727,dmorso@netzero.net Roberts was chair of a three judge panel that was getting ready to rule on Bush Admin power to detain and try foreign fighters in spite of traty obligations that required another course of action—-at the very time that he (Robert’s) was being interviewed for the Supreme Court by Bush Rove Cheney and Rummy. He ruled for the President (a truly incredible–and some would say corrupt) result; and was promptly appointed to the Supremes.

If a sitting judge ever did such a thing and it became widely known that judge would be subject to impeachment. Rogers should have recused himself from the 3 judge panel while he was being considered for the High Court. Not too many people are aware of this fact. Inouye is a real stickler for propriety among judges. Alito doesn’t have this overt legal problem, so who knows what Inouye will do?
________________________

Lieberman
Byrd
Nelson – Nebraska
Landrieu
Inouye
Pryor
Salazar

For contact info:

Here are some free numbers 1-866-340-9281 and 1-866-340-9279 and 1-888-355-3588 Ask for the senator of your choice

Here are three excellent links for phones (local and DC) and faxes

Master list of Senatorial phone
and fax numbers in DC and regional offices:

http://www.nocrony.com/master_senate_phones.txt

By senator http://democrats.com/alito-48 Also lists what each Senator is doing> So if you want to call more than the above, plea

By state (including staff names and numbers too)

Time is very short, need I tell you

Sheila

Inouye!

Senator Inouye of Hawaii is the only Democratic senator in the gang of 14 who voted against Roberts. He is voting against Alito, but he MUST also either vote against cloture or abstain.

Here is complete contact info from his own web site.

I have called. Supposedly he has not made up his mind and they are taking national calls

Thanks

Sheila

Washington D.C.
722 Hart Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-1102
202-224-3934 Fax: 202-224-6747
Honolulu
300 Ala Moana Boulevard
Room 7-212
Honolulu, Hawaii 96850-4975
808-541-2542 Fax: 808-541-2549
Maui
Ryther Barbin, Field Representative
24 N. Church Street, #407
Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii 96793
808-242-9702 Fax: 808-242-7233
Hilo
Delbert Nishimoto, Field Representative
101 Aupuni Street, #205
Hilo, Hawaii 96720
808-935-0844 Fax: 808-961-5163
Molokai
William Akutagawa, Field Representative
P.O. Box 573
Kaunakakai, Hawaii 96748
808-642-0203 Fax: 808-560-3385
Kona
Wayne Tanaka, Field Representative
P.O. Box 4l
Kealakekua, Hawaii 96750
808-935-0844 Fax: 808-961-5163
Kauai
Ronald Sakoda, Field Representative
1840A Leleiona Street
P.O. Box 311
Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii 96766
808-245-4611 Fax: 808-246-9515

Only TWO VOTES short!

Tell the rest of them: Vote for the filibuster, or abstain!!

PLEASE Please TAKE 10 minutes to save our democracy:
Pay no attention to the media– this is NOT over!
We are withing TWO votes of making the filibuster!

Here’s the deal. I’ve made a batch of calls already.
It is REALLY quick and easy…
They are all taking LOTS of calls– all you have to say is:
“I URGE the SENATOR to please
SUPPORT THE FILIBUSTER or ABSTAIN from the vote!”

DC switchboards have been flooded (888-355-3588 or 888-818-6641)
— so if they don’t work, call the Senator’s local numbers from:
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2006/1/29/115823/110
or
http://vichydems.blogspot.com/

WATCH CSPAN if you can– and pass this message along.

Let’s divert attention from the State of the Union!

(Note: for CT folks– I’m not getting through to Lieberman’s phone numbers, click the webmail link if you can’t get through)
thanks!!!!
PLEASE Call and/or fax on Monday
Senator Lieberman
(202) 224-4041 (then press 2)
(860) 549-8463 Hartford District Office
FAX (860) 549-8478 (202) 224-9750
Web form:
http://lieberman.senate.gov/contact

Senator Dodd
(202) 224-2823
(860) 258-6940 Wethersfield Regional Office
Fax – (860) 258-6958 or (202) 224-1083

PASS THIS MESSAGE ON TO YOUR FRIENDS

We need to flood Senator Lieberman and Senator Dodd’s offices and speak out against the confirmation of Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, Jan. 30th. At 4:30 on Monday there will be a vote for cloture which will be a vote to end the debate. We need to have our senators support the call by Senators Kerry and Kennedy to stand up against this confirmation.
Senator Dodd has stated that he is willing to end the debate.
Senator Lieberman has not stated his position on a filibuster.

The NY Times editorial agrees with all the civil rights organizations, women’s, labor and environmental groups, that this is the time to show courage and use the filibuster. (See below)

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/01/26/opinion