Sign the Call to Drive Out the Bush Regime

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  1. Stephanie

    Stephanie Diamond Member

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    Your government, on the basis of outrageous lies, is waging a murderous and utterly illegitimate war in Iraq, with other countries in their sights.

    Your government is openly torturing people, and justifying it.

    Your government puts people in jail on the merest suspicion, refusing them lawyers, and either holding them indefinitely or deporting them in the dead of night.

    Your government is moving each day closer to a theocracy, where a narrow and hateful brand of Christian fundamentalism will rule.

    Your government suppresses the science that doesn't fit its religious, political and economic agenda, forcing present and future generations to pay a terrible price.

    Your government is moving to deny women here, and all over the world, the right to birth control and abortion.

    Your government enforces a culture of greed, bigotry, intolerance and ignorance.

    People look at all this and think of Hitler — and they are right to do so. The Bush regime is setting out to radically remake society very quickly, in a fascist way, and for generations to come. We must act now; the future is in the balance.

    Millions and millions are deeply disturbed and outraged by this. They recognize the need for a vehicle to express this outrage, yet they cannot find it; politics as usual cannot meet the enormity of the challenge, and people sense this.

    There is not going to be some magical "pendulum swing." People who steal elections and believe they're on a "mission from God" will not go without a fight.

    There is not going to be some savior from the Democratic Party. This whole idea of putting our hopes and energies into "leaders" who tell us to seek common ground with fascists and religious fanatics is proving every day to be a disaster, and actually serves to demobilize people.

    But silence and paralysis are NOT acceptable. That which you will not resist and mobilize to stop, you will learn — or be forced — to accept. There is no escaping it: the whole disastrous course of this Bush regime must be STOPPED. And we must take the responsibility to do it.

    And there is a way. We are talking about something on a scale that can really make a huge change in this country and in the world. We need more than fighting Bush's outrages one at a time, constantly losing ground to the whole onslaught. We must, and can, aim to create a political situation where the Bush regime's program is repudiated, where Bush himself is driven from office, and where the whole direction he has been taking society is reversed. We, in our millions, must and can take responsibility to change the course of history.

    Acting in this way, we join with and give support and heart to people all over the globe who so urgently need and want this regime to be stopped.

    This will not be easy. If we speak the truth, they will try to silence us. If we act, they will try to stop us. But we speak for the majority, here and around the world, and as we get this going we are going to reach out to the people who have been so badly fooled by Bush and we are NOT going to stop.

    The point is this: history is full of examples where people who had right on their side fought against tremendous odds and were victorious. And it is also full of examples of people passively hoping to wait it out, only to get swallowed up by a horror beyond what they ever imagined. The future is unwritten. WHICH ONE WE GET IS UP TO US.

    Endorsers of the Call to Drive Out the Bush Regime Include:

    Imam Talib Abdur-Rashid, Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood
    James Abourezk
    Mumia Abu-Jamal
    Pam Africa
    Vicente Alba, Laborers Union Local 108, New York
    Allison Aimee
    Aris Anagnos
    Arab American Community Coalition
    Carlos Arango, Director, Casa Aztlan*
    Edward Asner
    Axis of Justice
    Rosa Ayala, Justice for Janitors*
    Russell Banks
    Father Luis Barrios, Iglesia San Romero de Las Americas, NYC
    Rev. Willie Barrow, Women Connecting*
    Ed Begley Jr.
    Harry Belafonte
    Medea Benjamin
    Dave Berenson, Cleveland US Green Party
    Michael Berg, anti-war activist
    Jessica Blank, writer & actor
    William Blum
    Joan Bokaer, founder, Theocracy Watch
    Blase Bokaer, author
    Bob Bossie, SCJ, 8th Day Center for Justice*
    Father Roy Bourgeois
    St. Clair Bourne, filmmaker
    Elombe Brath, Patrice Lumumba Coalition, NYC
    Catharina Breinholt, musician with Nina Hagen
    Carol Brightman, author of Total Insecurity
    Dennis Brutus, Center for the Study of Human Rights
    Gabriel Byrne
    Campus Anti-War Network (CAN)
    Rosemary Candelario, pro-choice activist
    Tim Carpenter, Dir., Progressive Democrats of America
    Chicago ADAPT
    Ward Churchill
    Margaret Cho
    Ward Churchill
    Citizens For Legitimate Government
    Kate Clinton
    David Cobb, 2004 Green Party Pres. Candidate
    Code Pink: Women for Peace
    Gerry Cohen, Hollywood Director
    US Rep. John Conyers Jr.
    Harry T. Cook II, Recor, St. Andrews Episcopal Church
    Irwin Corey, comedian
    Carlos Cornier, percussionist, Funkadesi, Old Town School of Folk
    Barry Crimmins, Air America contributor & correspondent
    Chris Crutcher, children's book author
    Culture Clash
    Charles W. Dahm, Pastor, St. Pius V, Chicago
    Chris Daly, SF Board of Supervisors
    DC Anti-War Network
    Rev. Greg Dell, Broadway United Methodist Church
    John Densmore
    Jesse Díaz Jr.
    Diane DiPrima, beat poet
    Carl Dix, Revolutionary Communist Party
    Leonard Dominguez, Candidate for Cook County Commissioner, IL
    Dominican Women's Development Center
    Ariel Dorfman, writer
    Tom Duane, NY State Senator
    Michael Eric Dyson
    Steve Earle
    Niles Eldredge, curator of Natural History Museum
    Edwin Ellis, President of Veterans for Peace, LA*
    Daniel Ellsberg, author of The Pentagon Papers
    Eve Ensler
    Martin Espada, poet
    Michelle Esrick, actress, filmmaker
    Donelle Estey, Artists Against the War
    Christian Ettinger, ex. producer of The Weather Underground
    Jodie Evans, Code Pink
    Samina Faheem Fundas, American Muslim Voice*
    Nina Felshin, curator, writer
    Lawrence Ferlinghetti
    Ralph Fertig, president of Humanitarian Law Project
    Rev. John Fife
    Jane Fonda
    Barbara Forrest, prof. Southeastern Louisiana Univ. (testified in Dover against intelligent design)
    Francis Fox Piven
    Michael Franti, musician
    Aaron Freeman, comedian
    reg e. Gaines, poet & playwright
    Martin Garbus, attorney
    Deborah Glick, NY State Assemblywoman
    Global Justice and Peace Ministries, Riverside Church
    Frances Goldin, literary agent
    Bill Goodman, Center for Constitutional Rights
    Sam Greenlee, filmmaker & poet
    André Gregory, theater director
    Andy Griggs, Exec. Board of United Teachers of LA
    Jose Guerrero, artist & muralist, Chicago
    Lawrence Guyot, former SNCC member and former Chairman of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party
    Nina Hagen, singer, "mother of punk"
    Paul Haggis, film director, "Crash"
    Haitian Coalition for Justice
    Sam Hamill, Poets Against War*
    Suheir Hammad, poet
    Kathleen Hanna, Le Tigre
    David Harris, writer, founder of The Resistance*
    Stephen Hays, Board of Woodstock Film Festival
    John Heard, actor
    Jon Hendricks, artist
    Jon Hendrix, jazz singer/lyricist
    Hermandad Mexicana
    Warren Hern, MD, MPH, PhD, Dir. Boulder Abortion Clinic
    Eric Hilton, musician, Thievery Corporation
    Hip Hop Caucus
    Merle Hoffman
    Rev. Robert M. Hollum, pastor, Lutheran Place
    Dorothy Hoobler, author
    Marie Howe, poet & writer
    Impeach Bush Coalition
    Mesha Monge Irizarry, Idriss Stelley Foundation
    Abdeen Jabara, past pres., American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Com.*
    Rev. Jesse L. Jackson
    Ron Jacobs, writer
    Bianca Jagger, actress & activist
    Dahr Jamail, independent journalist
    Pramila Jayapal, Exec. Dir., Hate Free Zone Washington
    Alan Jones, Dean of Faculty, Pitzer College*
    Bill T. Jones, choreographer
    Rickie Lee Jones
    Sarah Jones, poet & actor
    Esther Kaplan, author of With God On Their Side
    Brig. Gen. (ret) Janis Karpinski
    Casey Kasem
    Jeff Key, Iraq war veteran and writer, "The Eyes of Babylon"
    Ali Khan, America Muslim Council
    Margot Kidder, actress
    C. Clark Kissinger
    Frances Kissling, president, Catholics for a Free Choice*
    Yuri Kochiyama
    Rev. Earl Kooperkamp, St. Mary's Episcopal Church
    Ron Kovic, author & Vietnam Veteran
    Joyce Kozloff, artist
    Jonathan Kozol
    Reona Kumagai, Pres. of Princeton Students for Sensible Drug Policy
    Jim Lafferty, Exec. Director of the NLG of LA
    Ray Laforest, organizer DC 1707 AFSCME, member Pacifica National Board
    Beth Lamont
    Jessica Lange, actress
    Lewis Lapham, former editor of Harpers
    Mark Leno, CA State Assemblyman
    Rabbi Michael Lerner, editor, Tikkun magazine
    James Levin, co-director, Cleveland Festival of Arts & Technology (Ingenuity)
    Philip Levine, poet, Pulitzer Prize winner
    Simon Levy, dir., What I Heard About Iraq
    Toby Devan Lewis
    Bruce Lincoln, prof., History of Religion, Univ. of Chicago
    Margarita Lopez, NY City Council Member
    Alberto Lovera, Bolivian Circle New York
    George Lois
    Haki R. Madhubuti, publisher, Third World Press

    Devorah Major, poet & novelist
    Make the Road by Walking
    Mike Malloy, syndicated radio talk show host
    Lucinda Marshall, founder, Feminist Peace Network*
    Bill Martin, philosopher
    Bill Martinez, attorney, producer (Audioslave concert in Cuba)
    Luis Matos, union organizer, 1199
    Father Matthius, Pastor, St. Pius V, Chicago
    Malachy McCourt, actor & author
    US Rep. Cynthia McKinney
    Peter McLaren, UCLA Prof.
    Ellen McLaughlin, actress & playwright
    Camilo Majia, conscientious objector
    Rosie Mendez, New York City Council
    Dave Meserve, Arcata, CA City Council member
    Allen Michaan, owner, Grand Lake Theater, Oakland, CA
    Carol Migden, CA State Senator
    Carly Miller, Clothing of the American Mind
    Mark Crispin Miller
    Millions More Movement, Pittsburg/Antioch CA org.
    Ross Markarimi
    Bill Mitchell, co-founder of Gold Star Families for Peace*
    Leon Mobley, musician
    Alderman Joe Moore, Chicago's City Council
    Tom Morello, Audioslave
    Tracie Morris, poet
    Viggo Mortensen
    Andrew Mu-ana, Images Sal-n, East LA
    Roger Mumford, Forefront Homes LLC
    Andrew Munana, Images Salon
    Steve Murphy, editor of Tales of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
    Cecil Murray, retired Minister First AME Church, LA
    Craig Murray, former UK Ambassador to Uzbekistan
    National Lawyers Guild, National Office
    Amando Navarro, Chair of Ethnic Studies, UC Riverside
    Network in Solidarity with the People of the Philippines
    Bill Nevins
    Northwestern College Feminists
    Not In Our Name
    Mike and Julie Nussbaum
    Susan Nussbaum
    Efia Nwangaza, national co-chair, Jericho Movement
    Brian O'Leary, PhD, author, former astronaut
    Bertell Ollman, prof., Dept. of Politics, NYU
    R. Tomas Olmos, Pres., Mexican-American BA Found., LA County
    Barbara Olshansky, Center for Constitutional Rights
    E. Rendel Osburn, Southern Christian Leadership Foundation
    Chris Owens, Congressional candidate
    US Rep. Major Owens
    Jose Padilla, exec. Dir., CA Rural Legal Assistance*
    Christina Page, author of How The Pro-Choice Movement Saved America
    Grace Paley, writer
    Patrick Henry Democratic Club
    Harvey Pekar, American Splendor cartoonist
    Sean Penn
    Bill Perkins, New York City Council
    Rosalind Petchesky, author, Abortion and a Woman's Choice
    Peter Phillips, Project Censored, Soc. Dept. Sonoma State Univ.
    Jeremy Pikser, screenwriter, Bulworth
    Harold Pinter
    Sterling Plumpp, poet
    Port Townsend Peace Movement
    Kevin Powell, writer
    Progressive Democrats of America
    Francine Prose, novelist
    Puerto Rican Nationalist Party – New York Branch
    Queers for Economic Justice
    Jerry Quickley, poet & playwright
    Malik Rahim, New Orleans Community Organizer
    Victor Toro Ramirez, activista en el Sur del Bronx
    Michael Ratner, Center for Constitutional Rights*
    Reach Hip Hop Coalition
    Raghava Reddy, stem cell biologist, filmmaker
    Maggie Renzi, filmmaker, producer
    Eric Resnick, Gay Peopl's Chronicle* reporter
    Allan Rich, screenwriter & actor
    Walter Riley, lawyer
    Boots Riley, The Coup
    Scott Ritter, former UN weapons inspector
    Dennis Rivera
    Rhadames Rivera, 1199 SEIU Vice President
    Stephen F. Rhode, Attorney
    Joshua Rosenblum, Composer, Dir. of Bush is Bad
    Mark Ruffalo, actor
    US Rep. Bobby Rush
    Douglas Rushkoff, author
    Stafan Sagmeister, graphic designer
    Kalamu Salaam, Listen to the People
    Angelica Salas, exec. dir. CHIRLA
    JD Samson, Le Tigre
    San Francisco Bay View Newspaper
    Sonia Sanchez, poet
    Rev. Henry Sanders, Fountain of Life Missionary Baptist Church
    Sapphire, poet & writer
    Susan Sarandon
    John Sayles, filmmaker
    James Schamus
    Sheley Secrest, attorney, Pres. of NAACP Seattle-King County
    Rinku Sen, Colorlines*
    Rafael Sencion, Sec. Gen., Congreso Nacional Dominicano
    Richard Serra, sculptor
    Stephen Shapiro, professor
    Rev. Al Sharpton
    Lou Shaw, writer, creator of Quincy MD
    Cindy Sheehan, Gold Star Families for Peace
    Martin Sheen
    Stanley Sheinbaum, economist
    Michael Steven Smith, writer, lawyer, & radio host
    Gary Soto, children's book author
    Nancy Spero, artist
    Dona Spring, Berkeley City Council member
    Gloria Steinem
    Lynne Stewart, attorney
    Jed Stone, attorney
    Fernando Suarez del Solar, Guerrera Azteca Project, father of US marine killed in Iraq war
    Malcolm Suber, People's Hurricane Relief Fund
    David Swanson, After Downing Street
    Serj Tankian
    Jonathan Tasini
    Mark Lewis Taylor, Princeton Theological Seminary
    Sunsara Taylor, Revolution newspaper
    Studs Terkel
    Juan Torres
    Marrianne Torres, Peace & Justice Action League, Spokane*
    Dwight Trible, jazz vocalist
    Mark Trumeo
    George Tuttle & Ben Cushman, grapegrowers
    Gore Vidal
    Kurt Vonnegut
    Mike Vorndran, pres. of Stonewall Young Democrats
    Alice Walker
    Naomi Wallace
    Lt. Ehren Watada
    US Rep. Maxine Waters
    Wavy Gravy
    Leonard Weinglass, attorney
    Rev. Dave Weissbard, Unitarian Universalist Church, Rockford, IL
    Timberlake Werternbaker, playwright
    Cornel West
    Rev. Phil Wheaton, Co-pastor, Community of Christ, Wash. DC
    Susan Wicklund, abortion provider
    Joan Wile, Dir. of Grandmothers Against War
    Saul Williams, poet
    Standish E. Willis, Nat. Conf. of Black Lawyers
    S. Brian Wilson, Veterans for Peace
    Krzysztof Wodiczko, artist
    Ann Wright, former US diplomat
    Daphne Wysham, Institute for Policy Studies
    Peter Yarrow
    Leeland Y. Yee, Speaker pro Tem, CA State Assembly
    Juanita Young, October 22nd Coalition*
    David Zeiger, filmmaker, Sir, No Sir!
    Zephyr, graffiti artist & writer
    Robert Zevin, Robert Brooke Zevin Associates, Inc.
    Howard Zinn
    Dave Zirin, What's My Name, Fool? Sports & Resistance in the US

    Look at the names on this list, and then read below, about what they think of the Democrats.....
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  2. Stephanie

    Stephanie Diamond Member

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    Q: But isn't getting the Democrats elected and getting a majority in Congress the only real way to stop Bush?

    A: Stop him from doing what?

    From invading Iran? The Democrats support Bush on Iran.

    From outlawing abortion? The Democrats are running anti-choice candidates for the Senate.

    From carrying out repression? The Democrats voted overwhelmingly to support the Patriot Act and have done nothing to stop the illegal spying on millions of people.

    From conducting the war in Iraq? Even Ned Lamont only promises withdrawal "a year from now" and he's already hedged on that - and the rest of the Democrats are doing far worse.

    Our Call tells it like it is: "There is not going to be some savior from the Democratic Party. This whole idea of putting our hopes and energies into 'leaders' who tell us to seek common ground with fascists and religious fanatics is proving every day to be a disaster, and actually serves to demobilize people."

    The situation is way too urgent to allow yourself to be lulled. The reality is this: without the whole political situation being radically altered by people in this country taking responsibility to act, the current fascistic direction will accelerate. Without decisively breaking out of the confines of official politics… without refusing to take orders from the likes of Charles Schumer and the other top Democrats… without refusing to set an entirely different and radically new dynamic from below, we are headed from this dark time to an even darker one. But if we do set that dynamic from below, then everyone in society -- including those on the top who today make horrific decisions unchallenged -- will be forced to respond to that.

    Look, go ahead and vote if you think you must. But the question is where are you going to put your resources and energies? Into something that has disappointed you time and again? Something that doesn't even represent your demands and interests? Or into something that you not only agree with, but that carries the only chance now before us to carve out a different road and a different future? Think of what it will mean for the people of Lebanon, for the survivors of Katrina, for the immigrants under attack, and for the rest of the planet to know that there is a massive and determined movement of people in the United States taking to the streets in cities and towns across the country to demand this be brought to a halt. Imagine the start of a new dynamic-- actions producing headlines reading: "Anti-Bush Protests Continue to Bring Cities to a Standstill across the Country." What if THIS were injected into the regular string of shocking atrocities and monstrous crimes being carried out by the Bush regime?

    Face it. The political will of the people is not going to find expression through the elections. Look at the state of official politics and how unacceptable the whole process and logic is. There is no other way this fall for people to make manifestly clear that they want the war ended, that they want the right of abortion protected, that they think torture is completely immoral and unacceptable, that they regard a government that abandons and then uproots the Black population of New Orleans as unconscionable. There is no other way to affirm that evolution and global warming are truths that must be acted upon, no way to voice that living under a government that engages in detaining people without trial, spies on its citizens, summarily terminates basic constitutional protections such as due process, and silences dissent is well on its way to becoming a police state -- and that all this must be stopped. And there is no other way to make powerfully clear that we refuse to be dragged into yet another hellish war and nightmarish political situation, this time with Iran!
    Q: But aren't there communists in World Can't Wait?

    A: Yeah, there are. Supporters of the Revolutionary Communist Party helped initiate it. They're in it because they think it's absolutely urgent to get rid of this regime, that it would both lift a huge burden from the world and would also give people a sense of their own potential power, and they think all that would open up avenues to get to the kind of society they want. Same as a whole lot of other people in World Can't Wait which, by the way, includes Greens, Christians, Republicans, anarchists, Muslims, Jews, feminists, Democrats, pacifists, and people who claim no affiliation also think it's urgent to drive out the Bush Regime and also think it can help lead to bigger changes that they want in society, coming from their own viewpoints. But to turn the question around, if you refuse to pitch in to October 5th, when you know that this is what has to be done just because there are communists in it, then you need to think about how well that worked back in the days of McCarthy or in Nazi Germany (when the many forces opposed to Hitler could not find the ways to unite). And how exactly would you explain your particular brand of "abstinence-only" policy to a prisoner at Abu Ghraib or a teenager in Tennessee who desperately needs an abortion or someone under the bombing rubble of Falluja or Lebanon? And then after you think about that, you need to actually start working on October 5. To stand aside at this point is really unconscionable.

    :dunno: The enemy within?
  3. musicman

    musicman Senior Member

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    Oh, well - I'll go along with THIS much of it, anyway:

    "Millions and millions are deeply disturbed...".

    The desperation level is increasing; these assholes are beginning to get a sense of their growing irrelevance, and are calling for open revolt. "The will of the people", indeed! That's just it - the people are seeing them for the hysterical wack-jobs they are. They're done - they know it - and they don't like it.

    Some of the signatories provided points of interest, though: Mumia. Jane Fonda. Ed Begley, Jr.. Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and Martin Sheen, predictably enough.

    But... Casey Kasom??!! In the name of God, no - not Casey Kasom!!!
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  4. Stephanie

    Stephanie Diamond Member

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    musicman Senior Member

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    You must spread some Reputation around before giving it to Stephanie again.

    Great find, Stephanie - I owe ya one!
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    Keep your feet on the ground, and keep your head up your ass. I'm Casey Kasem.
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    Bonnie Senior Member

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    All the usual lunatics are on that list.. It's so obvious the real agenda is they hate Bush not the War in Iraq...Catholics for Free Choice, and the editor for Gay magazine...please:rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao:
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    The beautiful Yadkin Valley

    He authored a "text book" called "The Peoples History of the US" and is trouted by elitist liberal educators (my son's HS history teacher included) as one of the greatest historians ever.
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    So what. exactly, are they going to do? Say "BOO"?

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