Major Peace Rally Set To Protest Cheney Speech To West Point Graduation, May 26, 2007

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Protest Cheney Speech at West Point



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The West Point May 26th Organizing Committee: Peace Groups Announce Final Plans For Protesting Cheney Speech To West Point Graduation, May 26, 2007.

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PROTEST CHENEY AND THE WAR!

Below is the final press release on this Saturday's WEST POINT PEACE RALLY. Please Circulate Widely:

Please join us in Highland Falls, NY--the home of the West Point Military Academy--in Orange County of New York State's Hudson Valley. If you are in the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut/Pennsylvania area, its a lot closer than you think. Think of this as an investment in all of our futures...

For the complete list of speakers and sponsors, as well as directions, you can check out //www.westpointrally.org .

If you'd like to see info on this event from YouTube go to:

//youtube.com/watch?v=1ki7dYXLLJY

Guest speakers include Elliot Adams of Veterans for Peace, Brian Becker of ANSWER, Connie Hogarth of the Center for Social Action, Jack Smith of the Hudson Valley Activist Newsletter, Debra Sweet of World Can't Wait, Jim Murphey of Viet Nam Vets Against the War, and many others from organizations like UFPJ, Women in Black, Code Pink and more. Special Guest Speaker is ANN WRIGHT, State Dept official who resigned in protest of the invasion of Iraq. Music by The Flames of Discontent and the Walkabout Clearwater chorus. We are gathering to tell Cheney that his lies and manipulations aren't working any longer---and his own history of five military deferments negates his right to wage any war, let alone one built on deception and greed. Let's demand peace now!

In Solidarity,
John Pietaro
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For Immediate Release:

PEACE GROUPS ANNOUNCE FINAL PLANS FOR PROTESTING CHENEY SPEECH TO WEST POINT GRADUATION, MAY 26, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- MAY 24, 2007

THE WEST POINT MAY 26th ORGANIZING COMMITTEE //www.westpointrally.org

Contacts: Michael Sussman, sussman1@frontiernet.net 845-469-3581, phone/fax 845-294-3991 and 845-294-1623 Bennett Weiss, BenWeiss@aol.com 845-569-8662 Steve Greenfield, bicyclesax@earthlink.net 845-255-2516, 845-532-0280

PEACE GROUPS ANNOUNCE FINAL PLANS FOR PROTESTING CHENEY SPEECH TO WEST POINT GRADUATION, MAY 26, 2007

"When people speak to you about a preventive war, you tell them to go and fight it. After my experience, I have come to hate war... I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its stupidity. War settles nothing." -- Dwight D. Eisenhower, 5-Star General, 34th President of the United States, West Point Class of 1915

Hudson Valley, NY - Elected officials, veterans, military families, and grassroots citizen activists for peace, freedom, and justice will hold a march and rally at Veterans Park, Highland Falls, New York commencing at 8:30 am on May 26, 2007 as Vice President Dick Cheney delivers the commencement address to the graduating class of 2007 at the United States Military Academy.

Colonel Ann Wright, who reopened the American Embassy in Kabul but later resigned from the U.S. diplomatic corps over disagreement with plans by the Departments of State and Defense to invade Iraq, will be the featured speaker ( //en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann_Wright ).
Representatives of various chapters of Veterans for Peace //www.veteransforpeace.org/ ,
Iraq Veterans Against The War //www.ivaw.org/ ,
Gold Star Families for Peace //www.gsfp.org/ ,
and Military Families Speak Out //www.mfso.org/
will all be on hand to help bolster our demands to end this immoral, illegal, and failed policy and to truly support our troops by bringing them home safely and providing them with proper health care and benefits upon their return. Colonel Wright can be contacted by phone 808-741-1141 and by Email: microann@yahoo.com.

"As a 29 year US Army/Army Reserve veteran who retired as a Colonel and a 16 year US diplomat who reopened the US Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan in December, 2001 and who resigned in March, 2003 in opposition to the war on Iraq, I will protest Vice President Dick Cheney's presence on May 28 at the West Point graduation," said Ann Wright, in announcing her decision to attend the West Point rally. "I strongly believe President Bush and Vice-President Cheney's war of choice on Iraq is a war of aggression, which is a war crime. Their policies of undercutting the Geneva Conventions have put our own soldiers at risk. Encouraging torture in violation of domestic and international law has undercut the professionalism and ethics of our military. Our cadets at West Point are at risk because of these policies. I believe every citizen should be protesting the policies of President Bush and Vice-President Cheney. I will proudly do so on Saturday, May 28 at West Point. -- Ann Wright, Colonel (Ret) US Army Reserves (Colonel Wright can be contacted by phone 808-741-1141 and by Email: microann@yahoo.com)

Jim Murphy, who served in Vietnam in 1968, Quang Tri (Northern I Corps), concurred. "When these West Point graduates were first thinking about coming here to serve their country, the Bush Administration was secretly planning this war, a war of choice based on lies," said Murphy, who is speaking on behalf of Veteran's for Peace. "If the war continues, they will be leading young men and women into combat to kill a enemy created by our immoral foreign policy. They will see their own soldiers killed and wounded but equally sad they will bear witness to dead children, dead old people, people that had just hoped to survive. AND like all veterans, whatever they see and whatever they do will always be with them... always," Murphy added.

With over 45 organizations now sponsoring, including several with national reach, and a favorable weather forecast, record attendance is expected. People will begin assembling in Veteran's Park, Highland Falls, at 8:30 AM, and after a period of music and speakers during the gathering period, begin the march to the Thayer Gate by 10:00, followed by the concluding rally back at the assembly point. The main message of the rally is best summed up by Military Families Speak Out, a group consisting of family members of active-duty U.S. servicemembers serving overseas.

"Military Families Speak Out continues to call on Congress to end funding for the war in Iraq, save what is needed to bring our troops home quickly and safely. Funding the war is not supporting our troops. The way to support our troops is to bring them home now and take care of them when they get here."


From ufpj-news

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Protesters Barred From Cheney's West Point Speech
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Fear-mongering and fiction

Mother Jones
by Paul McLeary

05/26/07

As Cheney told the graduates of the enemies they may soon face — terrorists ‘who oppose and despise everything you know to be right, every notion of upright conduct and character’ — there were moments when it seemed that he had simply recycled an old speech from 2002. Indeed, long after most members of the Bush administration have distanced themselves from some of the more insidious claims that propelled the U.S. into war with Iraq, the vice president continues to repeat them as fact. … In a subtle irony, the vice president last addressed graduating West Point cadets the very year the class of 2007 entered the academy, in 2003. It was close to a month after the president declared an end to major combat operations in Iraq and Cheney crowed that ‘the battle of Iraq was a major victory in the war on terror.’ At the time, two West Point graduates had been killed in Iraq. Since then an additional 49 tombstones have risen on West Point’s campus …

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Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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