FILIBUSTER ALITO NOW

Harry Reid met with progressive lobbyists on Tuesday and told them he has nearly 44 votes against Alito, but there are 8 Democratic Senators who will not support a filibuster.

Only 41 votes are needed for a filibuster. If Reid has nearly 44 votes against Alito, every one of those Senators should support a filibuster or their vote against Alito is meaningless.

So call the Democrats who are leading this battle and demand a united Democratic filibuster:
Harry Reid (NV)
Dick Durbin (IL)
Chuch Schumer (NY)
Debbie Stabenow (MI)
Pat Leahy (VT)

Use these toll free numbers to call the Capitol: 888-355-3588 or 888-818-6641. If you can't get through, look up the Senator's District Office number in your phone book or here:
//www.congress.org/congressorg/directory/congdir.tt?command=congdir

Reid would not name the "Alito 8" who are blocking a Democratic filibuster - so we need to identify them and tell them not to betray the Democrats who funded them and voted for them.

The most likely suspects are the "Red State" Democrats:
Tom Carper (DE)
Kent Conrad (ND)
Byron Dorgan (ND)
Tim Johnson (SD)
Mary Landrieu (LA)
Blanche Lincoln (AR)
Mark Pryor (AR)

Also call these "Blue State" and pro-choice Republicans:
Lincoln Chafee (RI)
Susan Collins (ME)
Lisa Murkowsky (AK)
Bob Smith (OR)
Olympia Snowe (ME)
Ted Stevens (AK)

For extra credit, call all the 2008 Presidential candidates who are sitting Senators - Evan Bayh, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Russ Feingold, and John Kerry - and tell them to either LEAD THE FILIBUSTER or FORGET ABOUT YOUR SUPPORT.

You can also send that message to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (202-224-2447) and the Democratic National Committee (202-863-8000).

Share what you learn with Democrats.com members here:
//www.democrats.com/alito-8

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THE CASE FOR IMPEACHMENT


Our 40th Year

The San Francisco Bay Guardian this week outlines the case for impeaching President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.

The Guardian, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, is one of the first newspapers in the country to call for impeaching the president.

The article, written by City Editor Steven T. Jones, cites top Constitutional lawyers and scholars as well as political figures to make the case that Bush and Cheney have abused executive authority to the point where they may well have committed impeachable offenses.

The article chronicles a growing grassroots movement that has largely escaped the notice of the mainstream news media. Jones' piece and an accompanying note by Executive Editor Tim Redmond, chide the leadership of the Democratic Party for its failures to press the impeachment issue.
//www.sfbg.com/

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Google ImpeachPAC!

George Bush wants to know what you've been Googling. If Bush wants to use Google to find out what Americans are secretly thinking, let's tell him - LOUD AND CLEAR.

Please visit //Google.com right now and type this:

IMPEACHPAC

When you get the Google search results, click on the very first link for IMPEACHPAC.

Once you visit IMPEACHPAC, we hope you'll send a second message by making a small donation to help us elect pro-impeachment candidates to Congress. Our goal is $100,000, and we're over half-way there.

You can also send a message directly to your Representative and Senators urging them to Impeach Bush:

//democrats.com/peoplesemailnetwork/65

Please Google IMPEACHPAC right now. Why now? Because every Monday, Google publishes a list of the top 15 search words for the week.

//www.google.com/press/zeitgeist.html

And forward this message to your friends. If we can get millions of people to Google IMPEACHPAC, we will create a media firestorm and prove to George Bush and the Corporate Media that Americans want to IMPEACH BUSH NOW.

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IMPEACHMENT FORCED INTO NEWS AND ONTO MCLAUGHLIN GROUP

The McLaughlin Group political talk show devoted much of its discussion this past Sunday to the topic of impeachment. You deserve the credit for that. Steve Thomma of Knight Ridder said on the show that he receives 20-50 emails a day supporting impeachment and that he thinks the emails are "organized." He's right! They are organized here:
//democrats.com/bush-impeachment-polls

The clip that McLaughlin plays from the Murtha-Moran town hall forum doesn't show either of them saying a word. Rather it shows the hundreds of us who were packed in the room cheering for impeachment.

The quote McLaughlin reads from Al Gore is not from his speech, but from his response to a reporter's question afterwards on impeachment -- what people in the room were promoting with flyers and shouts.

Just as we forced the Downing Street Minutes into the news, we are forcing impeachment into the news. And Congress will follow. Please take a minute to contact the major media and to write a letter to the editor of your local paper. It could save this country. Here are some tips:
//www.afterdowningstreet.org/media

Watch the McLaughlin Group video:
//www.bradblog.com/archives/00002317.htm
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UPCOMING EVENTS TO END THE WAR AND HOLD WARMAKERS ACCOUNTABLE

The following events can also be found in the After Downing Street events system at //www.afterdowningstreet.org/event

You can also go there to find events near you or to create them.

Panel Discussion of Immediate Withdrawal from Iraq
Featuring: Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Stephen Zunes, Ann Wright, Michael Schwartz, David Swanson, Harlan Hopgood, Steve Young, Lisa Lubow, and Norman Solomon.
Saturday, January 28, 7:30 p.m.
Grand Ballroom - Manhattan Beach Marriott, 1400 Parkview Avenue, Manhattan Beach, Calif.
Progressive Caucus of the California Democratic Party and US Tour of Duty
//www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/6939

"Out of Iraq" Forum
Featuring: David Swanson, Ann Wright, Jane Bright
Sunday, January 29, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
The Paul Kopeikin Gallery, 6150 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, Calif.
Progressive Democrats of America, After Downing Street, & Clothing of the American Mind
//www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/6947

Bush-Cheney Impeachment Forum
Featuring: Kevin Zeese, Cindy Sheehan, Ann Wright, David Swanson, Ramsey Clark, Marcus Raskin, and Ralph Nader.
Monday, January 30, noon to 2 p.m.
Bus Boys and Poets, 14th and V Streets, NW, Washington, DC
Democracy Rising, After Downing Street/Censure Bush, Backbone Campaign, Democrats.com, ImpeachPAC, Montgomery County Progressive Alliance, and Progressive Democrats of America.
//www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/6900

Cindy Sheehan to Read from Her New Book
Monday, January 30, 7 p.m.
All Souls Unitarian Church, 1500 Harvard St. NW, Washington, DC
//www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/6904

Dick Cheney Birthday Bash
Monday, January 30, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Duggan's Pub, 440 S. 11th Street, Lincoln, Neb.
//www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/6678

Alternative State of the Union
Featuring: Members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Katrina vanden Heuvel, John Cavanagh.
(Rep. John Conyers is expected to address censure and impeachment.)
Tuesday, January 31, 9:00 – 9:40 a.m. news conference followed by two panel discussions of 45-50 min.
Democratic National Headquarters, The Wasserman Conference Room, 430 South Capitol Street, SE, Washington, DC
//www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/6916

Related Nation Editorial:
//www.thenation.com/doc/20060206/editors

"Out of Iraq" by Lynn Woolsey and Barbara Lee
//www.thenation.com/doc/20060206/woolsey

"A Unified Security Budget" by John Conyers
//www.thenation.com/doc/20060206/conyers

Bring the Noise and Drown Out Bush’s Lies
Tuesday, January 31, 8 p.m.
In large cities and town squares across the country — we will rally one hour before Bush’s address. At 9:00 PM let the world hear us as we symbolically drown out Bush’s lies—bring your own noise—drums, pots and pans, musical instruments — your voice. Let taxi horns blare and church bells ring, as we bring our own state of the union message: BUSH STEP DOWN!
//www.worldcantwait.org

The People's State of the Union
Instead of sitting at home alone shouting at your TV in anger and frustration, take the People's State of the Union to the public. Gather with other CODEPINK women at a friendly bar or restaurant to watch the President's speech and make a night of it.
CODE PINK
//www.codepinkalert.org/article.php?list=type&type=106

Iraq's Oil and Port Workers and their Unions: Photographs by David Bacon
January 31 - February 28
Opening Reception: January 31, 7:30 p.m.
United Steel Workers Local 675, 1200 E. 220th St., Carson, Calif.
March 1 - March 31
International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 63, 350 W. 5th Street, San Pedro, Calif.
//www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/6948

Take Our Demand to the White House
This regime is immoral, dangerous, and criminally indictable.
Bush Lied. Bush Spied. Bush Step Down.
2006. 2008. Too late. Turn your outrage into mass political action.
Saturday, February 4, 11 a.m.
17th & Constitution, Washington, DC
//www.worldcantwait.org

Public Forum
Featuring: Ray McGovern, Paul Martin, Paul Schroeder, Rosemary Palmer.
February 8
Maplewood, NJ
South Mountain Peace Action
//www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/6855

Making Change/Creating Peace!
Featuring: Medea Benjamin, David Swanson
February 15, 7:30 p.m.
Veterans Hall, Santa Cruz, Calif.
//www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/6906

Presidents Day
February 20 is Presidents Day. Don't you wish we had a president? Cindy Sheehan plans to travel to Houston to ask to speak with Bush's mother. Why not plan your own President's day event?

Protest Powell
Protest Colin Powell at the Willard Hotel in Washington, DC
//www.afterdowningstreet.org/event

A Day of Events in San Diego
Friday, March 3
Brunch at Catfish Club, featuring: David Swanson;
UCSB Anti-War Rally, www.truthout.org ;
6:30 p.m. panel discussion, featuring: Cindy Sheehan, Ann Wright, David Swanson.
//www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/6744

Women Say No to War
March 8, International Women's Day
At White House and around the world
//www.codepink4peace.org/

Students Say No to War in Iraq
March 13-17 on campuses everywhere, marking three years of war.
//campusantiwar.net

UFPJ Anti-War Events Everywhere
March 15 to 22, marking three years of war.
//www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/6681

National Campaign of Nonviolent Actions Planned at Congressional Offices
Now through March 20, marking three years of war.
//www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/6704

March to the Pentagon
March 20
Iraq Pledge of Resistance
//www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/7044

Progressive Plan for Ohio
March 26
//www.afterdowningstreet.org/downloads/ohioplan.pdf

SIGNS FOR ANY OCCASION:
//www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/6792



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