Backstory: An impeachment vote turnaround stuns Washington By Nick Juliano

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By Nick Juliano
After Downing Street
Raw Story

Nov. 7, 2007

Republican move was meant to embarass Democrats; Conyers’ Judiciary Committee seems tepid

Dennis Kucinich walked into his Capitol Hill office Tuesday evening clearly exhausted but full of hope. The Ohio Democrat had just returned from the House floor where crafty Republicans had joined with dozens of liberal lawmakers across the aisle to prevent Democratic leaders from scuttling Kucinich’s call to impeach Dick Cheney.

“The millions of Americans who have called on Congress to stand up for the Constitution are finally being heard,” Kucinich told reporters in his office after lawmakers had spent two hours on the House floor considering his impeachment move.

What was supposed to be a relatively simple — and largely symbolic — vote meant to allow a handful of lawmakers to formally level their displeasure with Vice President Dick Cheney turned into a full-blown fracas as Republicans used some last-minute maneuvers to help keep impeachment alive.

“I’m not going to deny there was some (political) gamesmanship,” Kucinich said of the Republicans who joined him to keep impeachment alive. Regardless of the GOP motives, though, Kucinich said Cheney deserved to be impeached for lying to Americans in the run-up to the Iraq war. The dark-horse Democratic candidate said the vice president’s ouster was the best chance America has to avoid another war with Iran.

Seven months after first introducing articles of impeachment of the vice president, Kucinich finally grew fed up with his party’s leaders who had steadfastly refused to even consider kicking the current administration out of the White House. Even before she had first rapped the Speaker’s gavel, Nancy Pelosi declared adamantly that impeachment was “off the table.”

Kucinich, the former mayor of Cleveland, found a way around his leaders’ objections, though. On Tuesday he introduced a privileged resolution on impeachment in the House. Because impeachment involves a question of Congress’s Constitutional role, Kucinich’s proposal was allowed to jump the legislative queue and receive an immediate floor vote.

The privileged resolution was hailed by pro-impeachment activists as a way to finally get lawmakers on the record about whether Cheney deserved to keep his job.

About 20 Code Pink activists gathered outside a Capitol Hill conference room where Kucinich was expected to speak to reporters. They were joined by a dozen Capitol Police officers, apparently wary of outbursts from the group that has made a name for itself disrupting events on the Hill, but Kucinich aides were unable to explain the heavy police presence.

As expected, the resolution was immediately met with a motion to table that would’ve effectively scuttled any further impeachment discussion. That move came from Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), who like most rank-and-file Democrats opposes attempts to impeach Cheney or President Bush.

What happened next came as a surprise to virtually everyone. Instead of taking the opportunity to kill impeachment, Republicans saw an opportunity to embarrass Democrats and force them to spend several hours on a resolution that most believe has essentially no chance of passage.

As the 15-minute vote was nearing its close, Republicans began requesting — one at a time — the opportunity to change their votes. This not only prolonged consideration of impeachment, keeping the vote open for an hour longer than scheduled, it shifted enough support to scuttle the Democrats’ attempt to kill the bill.

“We don’t wish to save the Democrats from themselves when their left wing exposes themselves,” Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) told Roll Call, noting that Democratic leaders were trying to draw as little attention as possible to the impeachment issue by voting to table the resolution. “When there’s an opportunity to show their strong left base, it’s important for it to be seen,” he added.

The motion to table failed on a 251-162 vote with 165 Republicans voting against tabling the impeachment resolution. Democratic leaders — and even Kucinich’s staff — expected the tabling motion to pass easily giving the quirky Democrats bill a quiet death. Even the 86 Democrats who voted against their party’s efforts to kill the bill came as a surprise; Kucinich’s resolution had 22 co-sponsors and an aide to the Congressman told RAW STORY before the vote that few Democrats who weren’t co-sponsors were expected to vote to keep the bill alive.

Ultimately, the fate of Kucinich’s bill is unlikely to change. Democrats were nearly unified on a vote to send the impeachment articles to the Judiciary Committee, where it has languished since Kucinich began his effort to oust Cheney in April.

Kucinich and other progressive lawmakers implied that Judiciary Chairman John Conyers assured them he would move forward on impeachment, despite his previous reticence to do so.

“I’ve spoken to Mr. Conyers, and I’m quite confident that the bill is in good hands,” Kucinich told reporters at a press conference in his office after the vote.

A statement from the Judiciary Committee was less optimistic, saying the committee has a “very busy agenda,” including upcoming action on a foreign surveillance bill and attempts to hold current and former Bush aides in contempt of Congress.

“We were surprised that the minority was so ready to move forward with consideration of a matter of such complexity as impeaching the Vice President,” read a committee statement e-mailed to reporters an hour after the vote. “The Chairman will discuss today’s vote with the committee members but it would seem evident that the committee staff should continue to consider, as a preliminary matter, the many abuses of this Administration, including the Vice President.”

Conyers was perhaps Bush’s most vocal critic after the 2004 elections. In 2005, he introduced a motion to censure Bush over Iraq and torture allegations, seeking to create an select committee to investigate the administration’s intent to go to war prior to congressional authorization.

The intent — at the time — was to subpoena the President and other members of the administration in hopes of ascertaining if impeachable offenses have been committed.

In fact, the thought that Conyers was planning to push for impeachment if the Democrats took control of the House in 2006 was so strong that he penned an article in the Washington Post titled “No Rush to Impeachment.”

“As Republicans have become increasingly nervous about whether they will be able to maintain control of the House in the midterm elections, they have resorted to the straw-man strategy of identifying a parade of horrors to come if Democrats gain the majority,” Conyers wrote in May 2006. “Among these is the assertion that I, as the new chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, would immediately begin impeachment proceedings against President Bush.”

“I will not do that,” he added. “I readily admit that I have been quite vigorous, if not relentless, in questioning the administration. The allegations I have raised are grave, serious, well known, and based on reliable media reports and the accounts of former administration officials.”

Since then, Conyers has not ruled out impeachment proceedings. House Speaker Pelosi has.

“I have said it before and I will say it again: Impeachment is off the table,” Pelosi said during a news conference in 2006.

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Impeachment: What to do next (Action Alert)

Kucinich throws the gauntlet to Pelosi-Impeach (videos)

Nadler Will Investigate Torture, but Will He Impeach the Torturer-In-Chief?

Double Standards at the New York Times by Dave Lindorff

The Imp Song (music video)

This is a cute video, it gets better towards the end. ~ Lo

Dandelion Salad

KarlFitzke

What should we do about the Imp?
The answer lies “in the round”.

George W. Bush has told far too many lies and violated too many other principles dear to the American people to be allowed to continue to lead the country.

composed by O & Ottoson
performed with friends/neighbors
shot/edited by Fitzke SOUNDSWELL

Permission to use freely is granted – spread far and wide!

Added: September 11, 2007

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Impeachment: What to do next (Action Alert)

Kucinich “keeping it real” – the Constitution that is. (video)

Collusion Course: Dems Play Impeachment Farce as Republic Burns by Chris Floyd

Collusion Course: Dems Play Impeachment Farce as Republic Burns by Chris Floyd

Dandelion Salad

Written by Chris Floyd
Empire Burlesque
Wednesday, 07 November 2007

I was planning to write on the malevolent farce played out in Congress yesterday, when the Democratic leadership floundered around in a sweaty panic trying to prevent Dennis Kuchinich’s impeachment resolution from even being discussed, much less voted upon. But Arthur Silber is already on the case, as we’ll see below.

Silber also makes a broader point whose stinging truth should – but won’t – spread across the “progressive” movement. As Silber notes, the Republicans proudly champion torture, Hitlerite aggressive war, and iron-fisted domestic tyranny; they think such things are good. The Democrats, in contrast, say they oppose all this, that such things are evil. Yet they do not and will not act to fight against these things. Given this undeniable fact, Silber poses the question:

So which is worse? Those who support evil, but insist they believe it is good? Or those who support evil while claiming, at least some of the time, that they actually know it is evil?

This is, as Silber notes, a distinction without much difference in these darkening times; the first order of business is not to parse partisan characteristics but to halt the onslaught of evil that is emanating from and being exacerbated by both parties. But the formulation does help us see the Democratic “leaders” more clearly. When you support them, you are supporting a knowing collusion with evil. If that’s the kind of country you want — well, you’ve got it. If not – what are you going to do about it?

Excerpts from The Barren, Deadly Wasteland that Is Now Our Life:

Let’s be clear about the stakes [of the impeachment maneuvers] here. First, if anyone in Washington recognized the scope of the worldwide catastrophe that would almost certainly result from an attack on Iran, they would realize that impeachment of both Bush and Cheney is the strongest means of trying to prevent that eventuality…Second, the long list of indisputable crimes committed by the Bush administration — aggressive, criminal war, explicit and systematic adoption of torture as a normalized means of warfare and of government policy, rendition, secret prisons, and all the rest — demands impeachment. Impeachment is the least that key members of this administration deserve.



Continued…



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Kucinich “keeping it real” – the Constitution that is. (video)

Impeachment: What to do next (Action Alert)

50 years ago, 50 years from now (video; Kucinich) (updated with newer version)

Dennis Kucinich: Democracy For America straw poll (videos; updated with results)

Blogger Call on Comcast’s Internet Blocking Today 1 PM ET

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Nov. 7, 2007

From an email

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Comcast recently gave us a glimpse of a world without Net Neutrality, and it’s a chilling sight. The SavetheInternet.com Coalition hit back last week, filing an action at the FCC against the cable giant and pushing Net Neutrality back on the agenda in Washington.

I want to invite you to join other bloggers and experts in a conversation about next steps against Internet gatekeepers like Comcast. Please join our call today:

What: Blogger Call on Comcast’s Internet Blocking
When: 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT, Wednesday, Nov. 7
Who:
Peter Eckersley, Electronic Frontier Foundation
Matt Stoller, OpenLeft.com.
Gigi Sohn, Public Knowledge
Marvin Ammori, Free Press
Barbara van Schewick, Stanford Law School

Call-in:
— Dial: 800-418-7236
— Pass Code: 9436592 or “Net Neutrality”

Recent investigations by the Associated Press and the Electronic Frontier Foundation caught Comcast secretly crippling users’ ability to share information with one another — through the BitTorrent, Gnutella, and other applications.

This is a gross violation of Net Neutrality — the longstanding principle that ensures a free and open Internet. As of this morning, more than 20,000 activists have added their voices to our complaint urging immediate FCC action against the cable giant — including serious fines.

Wednesday’s call is a blogger exclusive: a chance to talk with insiders and ask questions about what’s next in the people-powered fight to protect the free flow of information on the Internet.

As you know, the future of the Internet is far more than Web sites and e-mail. People are now using new peer-to-peer technologies to upload and share videos, photographs and music. They are innovating without permission from Internet gatekeepers.

Comcast is trying to shut down these innovations and treat the Internet like cable TV — where they get to pick the channels you can watch. They’re stifling the free exchange of ideas that makes the Internet so revolutionary.

In the past three months, incidents of censorship and blocking by Verizon, AT&T and now Comcast have made headlines around the world. That’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Please join the call and learn more about what we can do to stop Internet gatekeepers before they take control.

Thank you,

Timothy Karr
Campaign Director
Free Press
http://www.freepress.net
http://www.SavetheInternet.com

1. Read more about Comcast’s blocking BitTorrent and other peer-to-peer networks at SavetheInterent.com.

2. Post our Comcast action ad on your own blog: www.savetheinternet.com/=promote.

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The Price of Oil by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
Monday, November 5. 2007

Question of the day- who and what is determining the price of oil and your gasoline and home heating bills? Don’t ask Uncle Sam, because George W. Bush and Dick Cheney are running a regime marinated in oil that does not issue reports which explain the real determinants of petroleum pricing beyond the conventional supply-demand curves.

First, let us create a historical framework to provide some background. In the good ‘ole oil days, before the producer-countries’ cartel in the Third World gained pricing power, there were seven giant oil companies called the ‘seven sisters’ led by Standard Oil (now Exxon) and Shell. As chronicled in Robert Engler’s classic book, The Brotherhood of Oil, they were able to affect pricing through extra-market means. Economists called them a tight oligopoly.

OPEC later took their place at the table in the mid to late Seventies and set the price of crude oil at highly publicized meetings of the various member countries representatives from the Middle East, South America and Africa. Adjusting, ‘seven sisters’ concentrated their pricing and supply power downstream at the refining, pipeline and marketing levels.

Pricing power was never total but it was always complex, occurring in the interstices of an industry few outsiders understood, and fewer regulators could affect. Besides, natural gas was de-regulated between 1978 and 1993, after which its prices really took off.

Today, a third party has moved to the table—the New York Mercantile Exchange, a similar operates in London and a new one in Dubai. There, boisterous traders buy and sell futures contracts on the delivery of oil. But as Ben Mezrich, the author of the new book Rigged said recently, the dollar amounts of these futures contracts are far far larger than the actual oil deliveries they represent as they turn over and over at the Mercantile Exchange.

So now the critical resource of oil is driven by speculation at ever higher abstract electronic levels of futures trading. Increasingly, the distance becomes greater and greater between this abstract trading (fueled by rumors of storms in the Gulf of Mexico, or some possible political turmoil in a region of the world, or some other frightful excuse for bidding up) and the physical supply and demand for oil and its refined products.

These oil gamblers in New York and London try to justify their frenetic daily bidding by saying that these futures markets provide liquidity, and a clear price for oil. Alright, but who benefits when, how and where?

Certainly, the strain between physical supply and demand in recent years does not explain such extreme volatility. With OPEC countries down to supplying only 40 percent of the world production, Chinese demand for oil growing fast, and the expansion of production by Saudi Arabia and others to meet this demand, crude oil supplies are not tight enough to explain such pricing behavior.

Old factors like inadequate oil company investment in refinery capacity, longer down times for repairs than some observers believe necessary, and the slumping dollar are factors that western governments, especially the Bush regime, have not wanted to investigate. After all, with consumers paying sky-high prices for these fuels, free market theorists are supposed to expect expanded supplies from recoverable reserves to grow. But, of course, the global market for oil is anything but a free market from the producers- both corporate and governmental- toward the downstream companies to the consumers.

In recent days, the price of crude oil escalated to over $90 a barrel, fluctuating up to a high of $96 a barrel. Yet the average price of gasoline in the United States—around $3.00 per gallon—is about what it was earlier this year when the price of crude oil was around $60 a barrel. Why the disconnect?

“It’s a big gambling hall,” The Washington Post quotes Fadel Gheit, an oil analyst at Oppenheimer. “This time it’s just speculation,” Peter C. Fusaro, chairman of Global Change Associates, told the Post, adding, “There’s a large bet out there that prices will continue to trend higher. But it’s detached from fundamentals because there’s no shortage of oil.”

Meanwhile, the government of Big Oil runs Washington, D.C. It thumbed its nose at pleas from then Chairman of the powerful Finance Committee, Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) who asked the major companies, swimming in massive profits, to contribute some charitable dollars to help the poor pay for their winter home heating bills, and has smugly watched the major Presidential candidates avoid the subject in their debates and declarations.

Oil companies seem to spend more executive effort looking for oil by merging with other companies (note the unchallenged merger of Exxon and Mobil under the Clinton administration) than with developing efficient oil-producing and consuming technology or expanding their solar energy subsidiaries.

So long as the price of crude oil is set by speculators on trading floors, so long as the oil-indentured politicians are not challenged by new candidates standing tall for people and environments, so long as we do not protest for change and press ourselves to prevent wasteful habits and uses, get ready for higher oil prices.

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Zombie Nation – Cowardice, Complicity & the Withering of the Soul of America by David Penner

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by David Penner
Global Research, November 6, 2007
Counterpunch.org

As The Office of the Vice President continues to scheme and plot for war with Iran, which would also likely correspond with martial law at home, the American worker continues to sink deeper and deeper into a horrifying abyss of economic, moral, and spiritual slavery. Even during the worst days of the Depression, never was the American worker more crushed, more beaten, more defeated. Never was he more atomized, more alienated, more alone.

Listen to what people are talking about on TV, on the streets, and in restaurants, and it is clear the American people are pathologically disconnected from reality. This disconnection from reality is particularly pronounced in both the media and academia, where the most critical issues of our time are either completely ignored, or drowned in a barrage of hyperbole and euphemistic blather. It is as if, due to so many decades of brainwashing, Americans are no longer capable of reason, no longer capable of independent thought.

It is also becoming harder and harder to obtain a good paying job without compromising oneself ideologically due to the destruction of the public sphere. The role that the military and prison industrial complexes play in providing employment, and the role played by the media and the education system in indoctrination, pose grave questions about whether constitutional democracy and American capitalism can continue to coexist, or whether the elite will sever the marriage entirely ushering in a military form of government. The unprecedented domination of work in American society, and the cult of placing one’s career above and beyond all other considerations, has dehumanized the American people and turned them into collaborators.

In the education system, where universities are increasingly owned lock, stock and barrel by corporations (many universities are corporations), free market dogma reigns unchallenged. The education system, together with the unprecedented power of the mass media, have ushered in a brave new world where Newspeak reigns over the enlightenment, madness over empiricism, and barbarism over reason.

As Americans, we are so fond of saying how we have freedom of speech, but all too often, this simply is not so. How many students at expensive private colleges are permitted to speak out against any number of the vast myriad of unspeakable issues: the destruction of families and communities in American society, the likelihood of war on Iran, the prison-industrial complex, the use of outsourcing and offshoring to destroy unions, the current genocide being waged against black Americans, the censorship in American society? If a student wants to get good grades so as to be able to secure a good paying job later on, the rules are clear: say what you are supposed to say, write what you’re supposed to write: shut up and do as you’re told. The almost total absence of meaningful intellectual discussion in many colleges and universities, along with the unprecedented corporate consolidation of the media, has put American society in a totalitarian ideological vice. Tenured liberal professors, or even professors that secretly harbor genuinely radical views, often think things privately that they would never dream of saying in class.

The American worker is more enslaved to his employer than ever before, but instead of rebelling against this enslavement, he feels resistance to be impossible or too dangerous to risk, or he embraces it as proof of his toughness and loyalty to his country.

Public school teachers that teach poor and disadvantaged students are under enormous pressures by authoritarian administrators to keep the level as low as possible and to not intellectually challenge their students. Those who resist are marginalized, harassed, and eventually forced out. This tyranny is blindly embraced in the name of multiculturalism, and enforced by morally bankrupt liberals who view students in troubled inner city schools as incapable of serious academic work.

The liberal adage “You have to work within the system” embodies the total moral spiritual, and intellectual collapse of the American people. The Democrats “work within the system,” and consequently we have a one party system. Tenured liberal professors have worked within the system, and have gotten so good at it that they have become the system, feeding Amy Tan and The House on Mango Street to poor students so as to keep them illiterate in the name of protecting diversity.

Expensive private colleges are dominated by almost total unanimity of thought in the liberal arts and social sciences, particularly in politics and economics. What are one’s chances of getting hired for a tenure-track economics position at a four-year university when you have written polemics attacking the impoverishment of third world countries by the World Bank and IMF? Almost zero. Is this our great freedom, our great liberty of thought? This overwhelming pressure to conform ideologically in the legal system, the media, and academia, and the relentless pressures to be as obsequious and sycophantic as possible at work, is a cancer that is slowly tearing at the heart of American civilization.

Blind obedience and brainwashing through Newspeak begin in school. The media, and other social pressures complete the process. The destruction of family and community life has made resistance at work extraordinarily difficult, because the loss of a decent job that can so easily come from speaking out against unconscionable abuses of power, puts the now atomized American in a void, a zone of nothingness, a banishment into purgatory.

Americans are constantly lying to themselves about the degree to which they have allowed themselves to become ideologically compromised at work. Even more disturbing than the collapse of the New Deal is the inherently reactionary nature of so many jobs in the twenty first century United States. It is almost absurd to talk about unions if you work for the military and are assisting in the manufacturing of new weapons. Jobs in the mass media and mainstream press are often equally as dubious. The education system, viewed by liberals from the 1960’s in such an innocent light, bears at least as much responsibility as the media in the lobotomizing of the American mind.

Instead of desperately trying to ward off a looming martial law, Americans are busy trying to get ahead at work. Fascism hasn’t come to America with rallies and bonfires but in the fight for the corner office.

Take a good look at what Americans will put up with at ten dollars an hour, and it is clear that unionization and solidarity have reached their nadir in American history.

The idea of not making much money, yet waking up in the morning and feeling good about oneself is a myth if you are a public school teacher whose hands are tied by anti-literacy administrators, or a defense attorney forced to betray clients and plea bargain innocent people into jail.

There is still time for the American worker to awake and take back his country. There is still time to resist, to stand up for freedom of expression and worker’s rights. For the elite are rapidly taking us to a place where it may soon no longer be possible to resist. Once that Rubicon is crossed, there will be naught but demons all around us, the bough will be broken, and constitutional democracy will drown in a sea of death and darkness.

David Penner has taught English and ESL at Kingsborough Community College, CUNY

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Dennis Kucinich: Democracy For America straw poll (videos; updated with results)

Original post date: November 03, 2007 @ 22:40

Updated: Nov. 7, 2007

Dennis won! 36.3% if Gore isn’t included.

Results: http://DemocracyforAmerica.com/pulsepoll/results

h/t: halrager

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Updated: Nov. 7, 2007

The Nation – Kucinich wins DFA online poll

KUCINICH WINS DFA ONLINE POLL

h/t: Dennis Kucinich for President

Dandelion Salad

Kucinich2008

I am writing you to ask for your vote in the Democracy For America presidential straw poll. Winning this DFA poll will shock the pundits, create tremendous attention and will greatly increase volunteer support for our campaign.

The DFA community needs to know that there IS a candidate who:

organized 125 Democratic Congressmen to vote against the 2002 resolution to authorize force in Iraq,
that there IS a Democratic presidential candidate who voted against the Patriot Act,
that there IS a Democratic presidential candidate who supports withdrawing from NAFTA and the WTO,
that there IS a Democratic Presidential candidate who has called for impeachment of the Vice President AND the President.
And more importantly, there IS a Democratic candidate who stands for a NOT FOR PROFIT health care system, Medicare for All.
Please take the time now to cast your vote.
Here are three easy steps required to vote in this poll.

1) Please go to the following link:
http://DemocracyforAmerica.com/VoteKu…

2) My picture will be added to box #1 automatically for you. Follow the Instructions and vote for 2 additional candidates by dragging and dropping the other candidates pictures into box #2 and #3. If you do not wish to vote for anyone else, simply drag and drop the picture labeled “Other ?” into box #2 and #3 and type in “Dennis Kucinich” in both boxes.

3) Once you have filled in all three of your choices a Registration box will appear below the 3 boxes. You will need to enter your Email Address, Zip Code, First and Last Name and then click on the submit button in order for your vote to be counted. That’s it!

After you vote, please forward this e-mail to your friends and contacts.
A few days ago, our campaign moved into fourth place in New Hampshire with 7% according to Rasmussen Polling. This past month, two national polls, USA Today/Gallup and Zogby, have shown our campaign polling in fourth place.

The momentum is in our favor, together, we can win the Democracy for America poll.

Sincerely,

Dennis Kucinich

Video by Chad Ely

Added: November 03, 2007

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The short version

Dennis Kucinich-DFA Straw Poll

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Live call-in Monday: Dennis on impeachment

Dennis Kucinich for President
Nov. 5, 2007

Dennis will host a live, nationwide conference call on Monday, November 5th, beginning at about 7:30 p.m. (Eastern Time), to announce what will be happening in the House of Representatives this week regarding the Cheney impeachment resolution – and to ask for your help.

The call-in number is (641) 715-3300. When the operator asks for an access code, key in 324341#. The call is open to all interested citizens.

see

Presidential Primary Pulse Poll (Kucinich in the lead!) (same link as above)

Look Who Is Leading in the CLOUT! Straw Poll (link)

Kucinich “keeping it real” – the Constitution that is. (video)

Dandelion Salad

VoiceofAmericans2008

Kucinich fighting the fight – calls from the battle field – the house floor.

CSPAN had a phone interview with Kucinich during the vote on the floor.

Announces a National Town Hall on Impeachment.

Thank you Rep. Kucinich for “keeping it real” – the Constitution that is.

Videos by Voice of Americans 2008.
http://www.voa2008.blogspot.com

see

Impeachment: What to do next (Action Alert)

Kucinich throws the gauntlet to Pelosi-Impeach (videos)

Kucinich’s Bill Is Under Discussion on the Floor of the House and on C-Span (updated again)

Why should Congress impeach Cheney? Watch this must-see documentary:
Frontline: Cheney’s Law (link)

Impeachment: What to do next (Action Alert; updated)

Dandelion Salad

We must contact Judiciary committee chairman John Conyers to make sure he launches an impeachment inquiry, because he will be making that decision on Wednesday, today (11-7-07)!

Email John Conyers at: http://judiciary.house.gov/Contact.aspx

Telephone John Conyers at: 202-225-3951

(202) 225-5126 – Washington DC Office

(734) 675-4084 – Trenton, Michigan Office

(313) 961-5670 – Detroit, Michigan Office

John Conyers gov’t WEBPAGE

h/t: Real Americans For Kucinich

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Update

 

What Now?

Submitted by davidswanson on Wed, 2007-11-07
After Downing Street

Thanks to Dennis Kucinich, Tuesday was an historic day for impeachment!

As promised, Kucinich requested a floor vote on H.Res. 333, and as expected, BushDemocrat Leader Steny Hoyer moved to table the bill. And then all hell broke loose as 165 Republicans voted with Kucinich and 85 other brave Democrats to force a debate on impeachment and thereby embarass Nancy Pelosi.

To block that debate, Hoyer moved to send H.Res. 333 back to the Judiciary Committee, and that motion passed with the support of all but 5 Democrats (Kucinich, Bob Filner, Marcy Kaptur, Maxine Waters, and Ed Towns). A live blog of the proceedings is posted at http://impeachcheney.org

So what do we do next to move impeachment forward?

1. Call the House Judiciary Committee at 202-225-3951 and demand hearings on H.Res. 333.

2. Email all of the Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee:
http://www.democrats.com/topelosiandjudiciary

3. If you live in the district of a House Judiciary Committee member, call their office and tell them you’re a constituent and you want immediate hearings on H.Res. 333. Then join your Congressional District Impeachment Committee http://democrats.com/cdic-find

and organize a HonkToImpeach rally http://www.democrats.com/honktoimpeach

in front of your Representative’s district office. Then keep up the pressure on your Representative every way you can, including letters to the editor, calls to local talk shows, and pointed questions at every community forum attended by your Representative.

4. If your Congress Member is not on the Judiciary Committee, ask them to cosponsor H Res 333:
http://www.democrats.com/impeach-cheney-congressional-record

5. Start a media campaign including op-ed articles on impeaching Cheney, letters-to-the-editor about the Kucinich resolution, and informational picketing in front of the offices of local media, particularly in Detroit for Conyers and NY City for Nadler. Media activism kit: http://afterdowningstreet.org/node/748 And ask the talk shows to give the Republicans the impeachment debate they claim they wanted: http://afterdowningstreet.org/node/1084

6. Ask pollsters to poll the public on impeachment, especially of Cheney: http://www.democrats.com/impeachment-poll-petition

7. Watch for updates and notice of a national conference call with Rep. Dennis Kucinich at http://impeachcheney.org

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