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September 20th: Speak Truth to Power

Please join Declaration of Peace and the National Campaign of
Nonviolent Resistance September 20, 2007 to demand no more war and
endless occupation of Iraq.

Sept. 20th: Speak Truth to Power
Join us as we remember all the victims of the immoral and illegal Iraq
War. Let us remind the decision makers of the folly and human cost of
continuing to fund the war.

Action on Capitol Hill, 12 Noon, 9/20
Legal/logistical briefing, nearby church, 6:30 PM, 9/19

Questions and/or want to join us? Write to septembertruth@yahoo.com

In hope for peace with justice,
Pete

Hart 7 Acquitted -- Right to Dissent in Senate Building Upheld

Seven Peace Activists Acquitted by Jury
Right to Dissent Inside Senate Office Building Upheld

WASHINGTON – Seven peace activists were acquitted Thursday, July 12th, by a jury of
their peers in a criminal case stemming from an anti-war protest inside a Senate office building.
The group of activists from three different states and the District of Columbia were arrested on March 29, the same hour the U.S. Senate voted to spend $95 billion more on the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. They were charged with unlawful conduct.
"Today was a victory for justice and the people of this nation," said Gordon Clark one of the seven defendants pro se, and the coordinator of the National Campaign of Nonviolent Resistance.
The jury deliberated for four and a half hours Thursday before returning a unanimous not guilty verdict. The defense successfully argued their group was not any more disruptive than a comparable sized group of tourists, school groups or others.
The protest…

An Open Letter to America, by Rev. Yearwood

“Now is the time for us to stand up and stand together”

By Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr.


July 1, 2007

My Fellow Americans:

The power of our voices against the U.S. occupation of Iraq is reaching the top echelons of the military and the administration. Our government is persecuting Americans who speak out against the U.S. military presence in Iraq. The U.S. military has launched politicized attacks on its own military members and moral leaders who oppose the war to discredit their voices of dissent.

We have seen them target Cpl. Adam Kokesh to stop him from exercising his freedom of speech, after risking his life in Fallujah, Iraq. We have seen them threaten Sgt. Liam Madden for publicly stating the legal fact that the U.S. invasion is a war crime according to the Nuremberg principles. They have targeted Cpl. Cloy Richards, a soldier put in the media spotlight when his mother Tina Richards worked to get him the health care he needs after returning from Iraq eighty percent disabled. These …

Mother of local peace movement is free

My dear friend Eve Tetaz was release from police custody Saturday at 3:00 p.m. The judge on duty arraigned her and made it clear that he did not want to hold her any longer. Monday she returns to D.C. Superior Court on a status hearing from an earlier case. Then the following Monday, the 9th, she appears again to begin a jury trial with six other co-defendants. That one stems from a protest in March in the Hart Senate Office Building atrium during the same hour the Senate voted for additional monies for war and occupation.

Eve's co-defendants include: Ellen Barfield of Maryland, David Barrows of D.C., Gordon Clark of Maryland, Sam Crook of Maryland, Joy First of Wisconsin and Malachy Kilbride of Virginia.

Sunday morning Eve was considering her next action against war and how to best mourn all those lost to violence. One idea is bringing the grief of all those of conscience to the Pentagon.