Monday, March 31, 2008

April 1: Robert Parry discussion of Neck Deep: The Disastrous Presidency of George W. Bush

Award-winning investigative journalist Robert Parry will discuss his latest book, Neck Deep: The Disastrous Presidency of George W. Bush , which he co-authored with two of his sons, Sam and Nat.

On April 1, 7 p.m.
(as part of Mark Crispin Miller's
"First Tuesdays Series,")

At McNally Robinson Booksellers,
52 Prince Street,
(between Lafayette and Mulberry).

Parry's presentation will offer an overview of how the weakening of key political institutions in the U. S. (especially the press) over the past three decades contributed to the fix we now finds ourselves in.

Parry will sign copies of Neck Deep,

For more details on the event, contact the book store at 212-274-1180
or go to its Web site

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Let the primaries go on

The cries of some Democrats and almost all the pundits that Sen. Clinton is weakening (some say destroying) the Party is nonsense. It keeps the corporate media attention on the Obama-Clinton race. As long as McSame keeps saying dumb things about Iraq and the economy the Democrats will prevail.

What's going to determine the effect on the Party will be what Clinton does when Obama gets the nomination. Assuming they don't run together, and it's clear that its her choice, she will have to strongly support him and campaign for him. If she gives him a luke-warm endorsement and then goes on vacation for a couple of months out of pique the Democrats and the country are in trouble.

If the Clintons treat the party as their private preserve and sit this one out and wait for 2012, then the damage will follow.

March Madness and the Knicks' future

By Andrew:

Even if Texas loses, which at half time looks probable, a silver lining for New York Texans is that they may looking at the player who can help begin the massive turnaround that Knicks fans are ready for. His name is Derrick Rose and is sure to be a top pick in this year's draft. The New York Knicks, because of their "performance" this season will hold one of those picks. Besides Rose, who is the cream of the point guard crop this year, are names like Jerryd Bayless and OJ Mayo. The player who might help the Knicks as much as Rose is playing on the other side of the court in this game. Texas point guard, DJ Augustin. In other words, the Knicks need a point guard and these players all seem like a good start. A starting five of Center Zach Randolph, Power Forward David Lee, Small Forward Wilson Chandler/Ronaldo Balkman, Shooting Guard Jamal Crawford/Nate Robinson, and Point Guard Derrick Rose/DJ Augustin would, without much effort from what looks like Donnie Walsh, bring the Knicks some semblance of respectability and maybe a well deserved sigh of relief.

Update from Dan: Both Texas and Davidson had to play nearly perfect games to make it into the Final Four; Davidson, even though they lost to bigger and stronger Kansas, 59-57, did. Texas, in losing to Memphis, 85-67, didn't.

So the Final Four are set: April 5 will be North Carolina against Kansas and Memphis versus UCLA in San Antonio. With the final April 7. I think it's going to be a boring Final Four.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

March Madness: Week two, day three

Tyler Hansborough
UCLA beat Xavier (76-57) to become the first of the Final Four. UCLA is in the Final Four for the 18th time.

Well both #1s are in the Final Four. North Carolina defeated Louisville 83-73. Tyler Hansborough proved how good he really is tonight.

So far I haven't really commented on these games, but I think Louisville played one of the sloppiest games I've seen at this level. I think without all the travelling calls and several bad shot choices they could very well have knocked North Carolina out. But it was not meant to be.

Besides which its tomorrow's games that really matter, particularly Texas.

Friday, March 28, 2008

March Madness - elite eight

So the elite eight is set. After the weekend, we'll have the final four.

The big news tonight is little #10 Davidson upset #3 Wisconsin and is still in the running. Sunday, Davidson will go up against #1 Kansas.

#2 Texas beat #3 Stanford and will play #1 Memphis Sunday.

Tomorrow last night's winners #1 North Carolina will go up against #3 Louisville and #3 Xavier will face #1 UCLA.

Go Texas and Davidson!

Monday begins the season of dissension in our house: Ann (and Andrew) are ardent Mets fans and I have been a Yankee fan forever. (That is except for a brief period when I was pissed of at Steinbrenner.)

Thursday, March 27, 2008

March Madness: week two, day one

No surprises

#1 North Carolina beat #4 Washington State; #3 Louisville upset (?) #2 Tennessee in OT, #1 UCLA defeated one of last week's Cinderellas #12 Western Kentucky; and #3 Xavier got by West Virginia in OT.

Four more games tomorrow. Go Texas!

The old Bush bait and switch on Iraq

Plumes of smoke rise from the U.S. embassy compound in Baghdad's Green Zone March 27, 2008. A giant column of black smoke was visible near the U.S. embassy in Baghdad's Green Zone on Thursday after an apparent mortar strike, a Reuters reporter said, but the embassy said there were no serious injuries. (Randy Fabi/Reuters)

The latest news from Iraq (ABC News)
In an attempt to quell the fighting between Shiite militiamen and security forces, authorities in Baghdad have imposed a weekend curfew on the capital.

An official with the command says no unauthorized vehicles, motorcycles or pedestrian traffic will be allowed on the streets from 11 p.m. Thursday to 5 a.m. Sunday, the Associated Press reports.

The curfew was imposed after clashes in the south have become fierce and after 3 days of mortar and rocket attacks targeted the heavily fortified Green Zone in Baghdad. One American government worker was killed in one of those attacks today, according to the U.S. Embassy
The White House and all its allies have been unusually quiet, only White House press Spokesperson Dana Perino was left to defend the surge:
This is an Iraqi led and Iraqi initiated operation. And this is what we’ve been wanting to see the Iraqis do is take on more responsibility. …

The surge created new opportunities and in fact created many more Iraqi Security Forces. …
So I would characterize it as a bold decision — precisely what the critics have asked to see in Iraq, more movement by the Iraqi Security Forces.
But we know she doesn't write these jokes herself. She's basically handed a script. But this is over the top even for the Bush White House.

I'll leave the final words to Pagtrick Cockburn on Thursday's DemocracyNow: Well, the Iraqi government has decided and has surprised everybody by deciding to send its troops into Basra. Ostensibly, they’re saying it’s to clean up criminal elements in Basra; in reality, it seems an attack on the Mahdi Army, and it’s in alliance with militias that are friendly to the Iraqi government. The Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s demand that the fighters of the Mahdi Army give up their weapons in seventy-two hours, I think it’s extremely unlikely that this will happen. Saddam couldn’t disarm Iraq. It’s not likely that Maliki will succeed in doing so.

Emergency Actions to Protest Denial of Mumia Abu-Jamal's Appeal

Federal Court has ruled to uphold Mumia's conviction while granting a re-sentencing hearing.
Though Mumia's attorneys are appealing, Mumia is currently bound to either an execution or permanant life in prison.


A strategic meeting will follow the protest, at 7:15
at St. Mary's Church on 126th Street (Between Amsterdam and Old Broadway)
Press release can be viewed here

(more info coming)

Press conference in Philly
March 31, 11AM
Federal Building at 6th and Market

Press conference in San Francisco
March 28, 5PM
Federal Court House
7th and Mission
contact: 510-268-9429 or 510-387-7714

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

On a "military solution" in Iraq

In response to my post on today's candlelight vigil to mark the 4,000 U.S. military death in Iraq, chuck said:

There does appear to be a military solution. The Iraqis are finding that tolerating terrorists will not bring them peace.

Thanks for taking the time to post your comment.
But I would continue to argue that there is no military solution in Iraq. As an occupying power we are facing an insurgency that has every right to want us out of their country.
It's not even clear - because no one who talks about it ever it makes clear - what a "military solution" would look like.
Only the Iraqis can solve their own problems. Whatever that solution will look like. By continuing to occupy their country we are only delaying an end to the problems that our invasion exacerbated in the first place.
Just as our "leaders" lied to get us into Iraq, so they continue to lie to justify our staying there for a long time. Now, of course, people like Bush, Cheney and McSame have 4,000 GI deaths to guilt trip us into supporting their failed strategy.
We should not have invaded in the first place and should not be there now.

Monday, March 24, 2008

March 25: Candlelight Vigil to mark 4,000 U.S. military deaths in Iraq

From NYC United for Peace and Justice:

Candlelight Vigil to Mark the 4000th Death of a U.S. Soldier

A candlelight vigil to mark the death of the 4000th US military personnel killed in Iraq, to mourn the lives lost and call attention to the human cost of the Iraq War

Tuesday, March 25, 6:30 p.m.

South Plaza, Union Square

Sponsored by American Friends Service Committee, NYC United for Peace and Justice, Military Families Speak Out

For further information contact: Iris Bieri, American Friends Service Committee, 937-266-1574
Leslie Kielson, Coordinator, UFPJ-NYC, 917-613-4657

On Saturday, thousands lined 14th Street in River to River: Join Hands for Peace and then gathered on Park Avenue to commemorate the 5th anniversary and all the casualties of the Iraq War. We will return again tomorrow, since another tragic milestone has been reached: the death of the 4000th U.S. soldier. Memorials will be held throughout the country to commemorate both the military and civilian dead in Iraq. NYC United for Peace and Justice and the American Friends Service Committee's New York Metropolitan Office will host a vigil in the South Plaza of Union Square at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow evening.

For more information on other national vigils visit

We recognize that there is no military solution to the Iraq War. Therefore, we say "Not One More Death, Not One More Dollar" can be lost in sustaining war and occupation. A clear majority in the U.S. and Iraq want troops to come home.

The Iraq War has lasted longer than the U.S. involvement in World War II, and 4,000 deaths exceeds the number of U.S. military personnel killed in the first four years of Vietnam. By best medical estimates, more than 650,000 Iraqis have died since the U.S. invasion, but other sources put the death toll at over a million. The U.S. spends more than $720 million a day on this war -- more than $501 billion total to date, with no end in sight.

AFSC New York Metropolitan Regional Director Elizabeth Enloe stated,
Continued U.S. military presence in Iraq promises only further U.S. and Iraqi deaths and injuries, more widows and orphans, and more seeds for future hostilities. Congressional funding must be used to support Iraqi-led reconciliation and reconstruction efforts and to care for and honor the veterans who are returning from this war.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

March Madness: Day Four

Well, the first long basketball weekend is over. And we're down from the original 64 teams to the "sweet sixteen." The two biggest losers were #2 Duke which lasted into the second round this year (unlike last year when they went out in the first round) before losing to #7 West Virginia and #2 Georgetown which was upset by #10 Davidson

Of the other upsetmakers, only #12 Villanova and #12 Western Kentucky survive. Otherwise all the other top seeds are still alive (#1s: North Carolina, Memphis, Kansas and UCLA and the remaining #2s: Tennessee and Texas). I continue to root for Ann's alma mater, Texas.

Well, that's it for basketball till Thursday when it all starts up again. Meanwhile there's lots of stuff to talk about.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

March Madness: Day 3

Everything went as expected except for one major upset.

What little Belmont couldn't do Thursday, #7 West Virginia did today: knocked off #2 Duke, 73-67. All the other favorites are intact. Tomorrow (Sun.) is another day.

N.J. Attorney General attacks juicy college gossip site

The brouhaha over, a college gossip website, raises some interesting questions. The first thing to know about the site is that all posts - discussing the sexual orientation and proclivities and other personal information about people on various campuses - are anonymous. Of course, I'd want to remain anonymous with posts like this one: "OK, lets here [sic] he [sic] votes for worst professor...."

The New Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram is attacking this website indirectly rather than head on. According to Milgrim JuicyCampus may be violating the state's Consumer Fraud Act by suggesting it doesn't allow offensive material but providing no enforcement of that rule - and no way for users to report or dispute the material. I suspect that she is using this method of attack to avoid defense claims of "freedom of expression" and "freedom of the press." But it seems to me that cowards who use anonymous posts to demean other people are not covered by these freedoms. We have laws against defamation and libel. But these laws can't be enforced if you don't know who defamed or libeled you. (It's true that legitimate journalists use anonymous sources, but the writer's by-line is there for all to see and sue.) So, it would seem to me that a direct legal attack against the website owner, Lime Blue of Reno, Nev., would be much more effective.

But I think there is a more important aspect to all this fuss. The only reason that Juicy and other seemingly salacious websites work is because of our uptight attitudes toward sex. Anyone living in New York these past few weeks has seen the effects of these views. Governors being attacked not for what they do politically but for who they have sex with. With the immature way the media covered these stories there will be more and more Juicys cropping up. If there is a buck to be made, someone will take advantage of the situation.

Although most of the posts on Juicy are relatively innocuous, a few, it seems to me, could easily be defined as defamatory or libelous. For example: "Skankiest Alums: I vote (Name withheld-Dan)--that slut pulled more trains than the little engine that could! 03-22-2008/Wake Forest U." Or "(name withheld-Dan)
Biggest slut at NYU??? She fucked my friend and then blew me a month later...No class at all. 03-21-2008 New York University."

I'm not sure why anyone would read this garbage, but If you want to hurt someone, at least have the courage to own your action.

Friday, March 21, 2008

March Madness/Day 2: College basketball

Today (Fri.) was much more interesting than yesterday. Four outright upsets, all in Tampa, and one more in Raleigh. In Raleigh, #10 Davidson downed #7 Gonzaga, 87-75. In Tampa, for the first time in the history of the tournament, there were four upsets at one site: #13 Siena (83) over #4 Vanderbilt (62), #13 San Diego (70) eliminated #4 UConn (69) in OT, #12 Western Kentucky (101) snuck by #5 Drake (99) in a buzzer-beater and, in the day's last game, #12 Villanova (75) came back to beat #5 Clemson (69). Everything else went pretty much as expected.

So on to the round of 32. Which starts tomorrow (Sat). Go Texas (Ann's Alma Mater).

MoveOn election coverage petition

MoveOn is delivering the following PETITION TO NBC, CBS, ABC, MSNBC, CNN, AND OTHER MEDIA OUTLETS:
FOX is a Republican mouthpiece, not a legitimate news organization. Real news organizations must reject FOX's smears of Barack Obama, not parrot them and distract Americans from the pressing issues of the day.
This week, Barack Obama gave one of the most honest and inspiring speeches on race in American history after weathering days of the media's relentless, divisive, and racially charged attacks. But have you wondered where these attacks came from and why they dominated the news?

Reporters like NBC's Tim Russert focused on the "Reverend Wright controversy" only after FOX and other right-wing media did. It happens over and over: FOX airs a right-wing smear and the mass media repeat it. Film director Robert Greenwald just released a short video called FOX Attacks Obama: Part 2 which shows how it happens.

We are launching a petition demanding the big networks stop parroting FOX and distracting Americans from real issues. We'll hand-deliver your signatures to major media outlets next week. Watch the video, and sign the petition.


March 22: 5 Years Too Many! River to River: Join Hands for Peace

A week of action culminating with
Saturday, March 22
14th Street from Avenue A to 11th Avenue

Noon - Hands Across 14th St.
1:15 - Dual Processions from Ave A and 11th Ave.
2:00 - Park Ave. between 15th and 17th Streets. Commemoration:
Tolling of the Bell,
5 minutes of Silence, Taps

(Take any subway to 14th St. and you will be directed from there.)

Thursday, March 20, 2008

March Madness - college basketball

Well March Madness is upon us (and I don't mean Cheney and McSame in the Middle East). I'm talking about college basketball.
Today everything went pretty much as expected. The only upset was #11 Kansas State upending #6 USC. But the real moment of the tournament so far was #2 Duke needing a buzzer-beater to escape with its life against tiny #15 Belmont, 71-70. To put this in perspective only four times in NCAA tournament history has #15 defeated #2.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Bush's Iraq fantasy

This morning while thousands of Americans were protesting the fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq the president of the United States spoke the following words:
Five years ago tonight, I promised the American people that in the struggle ahead "we will accept no outcome but victory." Today, standing before men and women [at the Pentagon] who helped liberate a nation, I reaffirm the commitment. The battle in Iraq is noble, it is necessary, and it is just. And with your courage, the battle in Iraq will end in victory. God bless.
He was wrong in 2003 on the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln (see photo above) and he's still wrong.

But perhaps the most frightening aspect of this is that I think he believes these words despite all the evidence to the contrary. It seems as if the neo-con demons (who are neither neo, nor con, but old-fashioned warmongers) have taken control of his mind and he sees the world only through their eyes.

Unfortunately John McSame, who is the putative Republican candidate for president, clearly believes the same mythology.

It seems hard to imagine that a sane person could actually claim that the invasion of a sovereign nation that had done nothing to us is "noble," "necessary" or "just."

As usual, Pete seeger best sums up the situation in Iraq five years in:
Waist deep! Neck deep!
Soon even a Tall man'll be over his head, we're
Waist deep in the Big Muddy!
[We're actually already over our heads]
And the big fool says to push on!
It seems time for both the "big fool" and his latest disciple the "little fool" John McCain to regain their sanity and realize to "push on" means only more death and destruction in Iraq. Although for them it may be too late. They have simply too much invested in this fiasco.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Obama's speech

Yesterday (Tues.) Obama gave an extra- ordinary speech on race and how it impacts the thinking of both the white and Black community particularly people of a certain generation. And how he would like to get beyond the divisiveness without forgetting the history that brought us here.

It may be the most politically significant speech on race in 45 years. You should hear it and decide for yourself. Perhaps its most significant aspect is that it is an honest statement by a national politician. And that makes it virtually unique.

Obama speech on race

What dimension do Cheney and McCain live in?

Quotes of the Day: (Quotes from today's Democracy Now)

Dick Cheney: “So if you reflect back on those five years [of U.S. occupation of Iraq], I think it’s been a difficult, challenging, but nonetheless successful endeavor and that we’ve come a long way in five years and that it’s been well worth the effort… I’m pleased to be able to return next week to Washington and report to the President that we are making significant progress in Iraq.”

Republican presidential candidate John McCain shared a similar analysis based on his trip to Iraq.

Sen. John McCain: “We find a continued success of the strategy, continued training and equipping of the Iraqi military and them functioning more efficiently.”

And now some truth:

[According to] Amnesty [International]: Human Rights Situation in Iraq is “Disastrous” Amnesty International says the current human rights situation in Iraq is “disastrous.” In a new report, Amnesty said, “Hundreds of people are being killed every month in the pervasive violence, while countless lives are threatened every day by poverty, cuts to power and water supplies, food and medical shortages, and rising violence against women and girls.” The International Committee of the Red Cross warned Monday the humanitarian situation in Iraq remains among the most critical in the world. 27 million Iraqis have no functioning water or sanitation facilities. The Red Cross says Iraq’s healthcare system is now in its worst shape ever.

This week: Protest Iraq occupation: 5 Years Too Many

Wed. March 19, 6 pm:
Brooklyn Says No to War!
Gather at Grand Army Plaza

(Gather at junction of Union St and Plaza Street West, at foot of statue, across from Farmers Market)

Press conference starts 5:30 pm
March leaves GAP at 6:20 pm, along Flatbush Avenue
to Military Recruiting Station at 41 Flatbush Ave (at Livingston), downtown Brooklyn

Vigil and speakers at Military Recruiting Station, 7-8 pm

Sponsored by Brooklyn For Peace

Sat. March 22, 12 noon to 2 pm
River-to-River Human Chain
Across 14th Street, Manhattan

Join Brooklyn For Peace
10th Ave and 14th Street, 12 noon
Sponsored by NYC United for Peace and Justice
Endorsed by Brooklyn For Peace
For more information, e-mail, or call 718-624-5921

Also this week:

Tues. March 18, 4 - 7:30 pm
Speak Out! Peace in Iraq, Justice at Home
Speakers: Naomi Klein; Laura Flanders, Jose Vasquez (Iraq Veterans Against the War); Donna Lieberman (NY Civil Liberties Union); and others
Film footage from Winter Soldier: Iraq and Afghanistan hearings
Exhibits: Eyes Wide Open and Cost of War (by American Friends Service Committee)
Location: Powerhouse Arena, 37 Main Street, DUMBO, Brooklyn

Click here for schedule and details
(Train: F to York St; A/C to High St.; 2/3 to Clark St; 4/5 to Borough Hall
Click here for walking directions from train stations)

Admission Free!

Sponsored by: NYC Military Families Speak Out, Iraq Veterans Against the War,
American Friends Service Committee, Brooklyn For Peace and others

Wed. March 19, 12 noon:
Protest at Bklyn office of Cong Rep Vito Fossella
Fossella continues to vote unconditional funding to support the Iraq war
8505 4th Avenue, corner 85th St, Bay Ridge

Sponsored by Bay Ridge Peace Action; endorsed by Brooklyn For Peace

Wed. March 19, in Washington DC:National civil disobedience action to protest the Iraq War and occupation.
Join our Brooklyn delegation (either to participate in or to support civil disobedience action)
E-mail for more information if you can consider going to Washington

Thurs. March 20, 7 pm
Black Veterans for Social Justice presents:
Anti-War Forum
Stop the War in Iraq/Afghanistan/Palestine/South America/Africa (Darfur-Kenya-Congo,) and Haiti
Panel Discussion on World Peace, Democracy, and Self-Determination:
Destabilization and Recolonization of Africa, the Middle East, South America, and Haiti
Moderator: Job Mashariki, Black Veterans for Social Justice
Location: House of the Lord Church, 415 Atlantic Ave (between Nevins and Bond), Brooklyn
For information: 718-852-6004 ext 261 or

Thurs. March 20, 8 pm
Fort Greene Speaks Out!
Open Mic at Tillie's
284 DeKalb Ave at Vanderbilt

Free admission; no cover, no minimum
Poetry, song, statements, music, rap, comedy.
Sign up at 8 pm: speak out from 8:30 om
Sponsor: Fort Greene Peace
Information: E-mail

Fri. March 21 Iraq Moratorium:
2:30-3:30 pm: Leaflet at Atlantic/Pacific subway:
Alternatives to the military
(Pacific/Atlantic Subway station, inside, between R and IRT division)
For information, and cell-phone number of coordinator, call 718-624-5921 or e-mail
Sponsor: Brooklyn For Peace (counter-recruitment committee)
5:30-6:30 pm:Vigil: Prospect Lefferts Gardens
Lincoln Rd near Flatbush, Lincoln Road Entrance, Prospect Park Stop on the Q train

Sponsor: Prospect Lefferts Voices for Peace and Justice
Information: E-mail
Leafletting and vigil will continue 3rd Friday of every month: next dates April 18, May 16


Wednesday, March 12, 2008

March 19: Protest 5th anniversary of U.S. invasion of Iraq

March 19 is the fifth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq

On Wednesday, March 19, at 4pm come to City Hall and demand:

No cuts! No war!

On the 5th anniversary of the war, March 19, at 4pm, the NYC ANSWER Coalition encourages all anti-war and anti-racist activists to join teachers, parents and community members in the demonstration against education cuts organized by the “Keep the Promise” Coalition. The protest will take place on Wed., March 19, at 4pm in front of City Hall.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposes cutting over $500 million from the Department of Education over the next two years. Poor and working families, primarily Black and Latino, will be hardest hit.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

March 8: Int'l Womens' Day March & rally

Saturday March 8

Rally & March On International Women's Day!

12 Noon Rally - Union Square
(14th & Broadway)

1 pm - March
3:30 pm - Ending Ceremony memorializing the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

March 5: MoveOn panel discussion on netroots

From MoveOn:

Dear MoveOn member,
We wanted to invite you to a panel discussion in New York City tomorrow [Wed] evening on "How the Netroots are Changing Progressive Politics." MoveOn is co-sponsoring this event, which will feature leading progressive thinkers, writers, bloggers, and other activists.

Tomorrow—Wednesday, March 5, 6:30-8:00pm

CUNY Graduate Center, Proshansky Auditorium, 365 Fifth Avenue, between 34th and 35th Sts (one block from the Empire State Building)

The discussion will include analysis of how online organizing is making a difference on key issues such as foreign policy, economics, and constitutional rights. It also will include discussion of the progressive movement as distinct from the Democratic Party. There will be an active question-and-answer component where the audience can get involved.

Below are the details for the event—can you attend?

Panel discussion on "How the Netroots are Changing Progressive Politics" sponsored by The Nation and Political Action

Panel participants will include
Katrina vanden Heuvel, Publisher and Editor of The Nation;
Zephyr Teachout, Assistant Professor of Law, Duke University and an architect of Howard Dean's Internet strategy;
Matt Stoller, a founding blogger of OpenLeft and President of BlogPAC;
Roberto Lovato, a writer at New America Media and blogger for Of América; and
Ari Melber, a correspondent for The Nation and a contributing editor at Personal Democracy Forum.

RSVP: If you're on Facebook, you can RSVP at this link (if not, feel free to just come and enjoy):

We hope you can make it for this interesting discussion. Thanks for all you do.
–Adam G., Nita, Justin, and the Political Action Team
Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

March actions to protest U.S. occupation of Iraq

March 19, 2008 is the begining of the sixth year of the U.S. occupation of Iraq. In addition to a major action on March 19 in Washington, DC there are a number of events in New York that will commemorate this infamous anniversary. Here are some:

5 Years of Occupation and Counting: Public Forum

March 12, 2008 07:00-09:00PM

68th St & Lexington Ave

Why the U.S. Isn't Leaving Iraq - Unless We Make Them

Many people on the left agree that the Iraq War is a mess, appears unwinnable for the U.S. – but unclear on how (or when) the war will end. Come to a public forum which will discuss, among other issues, the real impact of the war on ordinary Iraqis – as well as the crisis the U.S. is in - why they will not just abandon the disaster in progress being waged in the name of oil and strategic positioning.

Hosted by David Bliven

March 19:

MARCH 19, 2008 at NOON
In NYC: Times Square Recruiting Center, 43rd-44th Streets and Broadway
In WASHINGTON, DC: Veterans Affairs office, 810 Vermont Ave NW

The Granny Peace Brigade welcomes everyone, women and men of all ages to join them as knitters or supporters. As we enter the 6th year of the war on Iraq we will knit for our wounded veterans and their families, and for Iraqi children and their families. Every stitch will be a symbol of our determination to end this war, restoring our nation's priorities to constructive action, responsibility and caring for all.

Candlelight Vigil and Rally

March 19, 2008, 5:30-7:30PM


Candlelight Vigil and Rally
for 5th Anniversary of Iraq War

March 19, 5:30-7:30 pm in Koreatown
corner of 32nd St. and Broadway
in front of Woori Bank

March 19, 2008 marks the beginning of the 6th year of US war and occupation in Iraq. Bush says US troops are there for the long haul, based on the "South Korea model". As Koreans who believe in peace and justice, we say no more senseless destruction, no more racist war, and sovereignty for the Iraqi people.
Hosted by Nodutdol For Korean Community Development

March 21, 8:30-12:15PM

Good Friday Way of the Cross

Dag Hammarskjold Plaza,
47th St. bet. First and Second Aves.
From Dag Hammarskjold Plaza we proceed to 42nd Street and proceed along 42nd Street to bet. Eighth and Ninth Aves

This year Pax Christi Metro New York is dedicating its 26th annual Good Friday Way of the Cross to the tragedy of the fifth anniversary of the Iraq War. This Way of the Cross is a PRAYER PROCESSION in which we commemorate Jesus' passion and death and his continuing suffering in people today. It is exclusively PRAYER. People wear and/or carry crosses. No banners, posters, signs, or the like are allowed. All are welcome to join us in this Christian Stations of the Cross as a prayerful way to mourn the horrific loss of life and the destruction of nations due to war.

Hosted by Rosemarie Pace

March 22, 2008 12:00-02:15PM

River to River: Join Hands for Peace

accross 14th St.
(Directions: Subways: L,A,C,E,1,2,3,F,N,R,4,5,6)

Noon - We will form a human chain along 14th St in Manhattan between Avenue A and 11th Avenue. Take any subway to 14th St. and you will be directed from there. Bring your signs as we make a strong statement for peace!
1:00 - Both ends of the line (from 11th Ave and Ave. A) will march in towards the center.
2:00 - Commemoration. We will hold flowers and photos of U.S. servicepeople, Iraqis, New Orleans, wounded vets, etc. - the casualties of the War on Iraq. The tolling of the bells will signal the time for 5 minutes of silence and we will end with Taps.

Stay tuned to for maps, leaflets to download, specific meet-up locations of organizations.

Hosted by Leslie Kielson

Max Attendees: 10000 (Currently 33 Registered)

In Brooklyn:

Brooklyn Says No To War

March 19, 2008 6:00-7:00PM

Grand Army Plaza
Flatbush and Eastern Parkway

Brooklyn Says No to War with a march from Grand Army Plaza on Flatbush to the U.S. Military recruiting center, 41 Flatbush (Livingston) 1.2 miles. Meet at Grand Army Plaza at 6pm on March 19. Bring signs and banners. 5 Years of War in Iraq, 5 years too many.

Hosted by Diane Lent