Events Planned for March 10-19, 2008, to Resist the U.S. Occupation of Iraq, Oppose New Wars, Demand Impeachment

We are asking congress members and senators to simply do this.

MARCH 6, 2008 in Washington, D.C.
Subcommittee hearing on flushing another $100 billion down the Iraq occupation.

MARCH 7-9, 2008 in Washington, D.C.: NCOR
National Conference on Organized Resistance

MARCH 10 to 12, 2008 (Monday to Wednesday) in Washington, D.C.: Stop-Loss Congress
This March, while tens of thousands of Americans in Washington, D.C., and all over the United States will be participating in acts of nonviolent civil resistance to protest the ongoing occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan, and involuntarily deployed U.S. soldiers and innocent civilian victims will begin another year of occupation, torture, and murder, U.S. congress members will be on vacation (from the 15th to 30th, technically a "district work period"), ignoring the killing and suffering they have enabled, supported, and financed.

To intensify the irony, Congress has condoned a widespread stop-loss policy in the military which requires soldiers to involuntarily extend their tours and prolong the killing. It is time to Stop-Loss Congress!

On Monday March 10, and Tuesday March 11, we will deliver "official" stop-loss notices to all members of Congress in their Capitol Hill offices. These will notify them that all of their LEAVES, VACATIONS and HOME VISITS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED until further notice. Just as they require that active-duty personnel endure involuntary extensions of their tours of duty, we, the people for whom they work, are notifying them that they, too, will have their tours of duty INVOLUNTARILY EXTENDED until every foreign soldier and mercenary is out of Iraq, and home. When all the troops and contractors get home, then Congress can go home, and no sooner.

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Monday evening March 10, 10 PM: Party at St. Stephen's Church with political HIP HOP performers SON of NUN and HEAD ROC, Admission is by donation.

Tuesday evening March 11, 6PM-8PM: Premiere of the documentary film "DAD ON FIRE BLUES" by filmmaker Scott Haman at BUSBOYS & POETS in Washington, D.C. Carlos Arredondo will speak. Rick Burnley will recite poetry. LIVE Music by EMMA'S REVOLUTION.

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On Wednesday March 12, We will take nonviolent action on Capitol Hill, to ensure that, while thousands of Iraqis, Afghanis, and foreign invaders die and are injured for life, the members of Congress and their staffs do not go home but remain to DO THEIR DUTY, and immediately end the funding of the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan. No members of Congress goes home until THE TROOPS COME HOME.

Also on Wednesday March 12: Ghosts of War.

Also on Wednesday March 12 for those not in DC: A congressional call-in day organized around the theme of "No to War, No to Africom." Let's oppose the militarization of Africa.

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HERE ARE VIDEOS OF STOP-LOSS CONGRESS ACTION.

MARCH 13-16, 2008 (Thursday-Sunday) in Silver Spring, Maryland: Winter Soldier
Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW)'s Winter Soldier Testimony

Details. Preview. Bush has been invited.

Winter Soldier will be held at the National Labor College, 10000 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20903

Audio and video of panels will be available live online on satelite TV and on Pacifica radio: HOW TO WATCH.

MARCH 16 to 18, 2008 (Sunday, Monday and Tuesday) in Washington, D.C.: Training, Lobbying, Restoring the Constitution
Training in Nonviolence in preparation for March 19, Training in lobbying, Lobbying and on the 18th: Take Back the Constitution Day.

PREPARATION FOR MARCH 19:
March 16th
6-8pm Spokescouncil Meeting at the Warehouse Theatre

March 17th
All day trainings & workshop at the Warehouse Theatre
6-8 p.m. ET at Busboys and Poets in DC, PDA and John Conyers and Jim Hightower launch Health Care Not Warfare campaign: GET A TICKET.
8-9 p.m. ET listen to General William Odom discuss the need to withdraw from Iraq

March 18th
All day trainings & workshops at the Warehouse Theatre
6-8pm - Final Spokescouncil Meeting

March 18th, Tuesday: CODEPINK Action Day to Take Back the Constitution

WHEN/WHERE: 11am press conference, National Archives -700 Pennsylvania NW
WHO: Medea Benjamin, CODEPINK and Colonel Ann Wright, a retired United States Army colonel and official of the U.S. State Department, will discuss the importance of Restoring and reinvigorating the Constitution after 5 years of war.

WHEN/WHERE: 12-2pm "Restore the Constitution" parade on Constitution Ave.
6th and Constitution Ave NW (across from the New Newseum)
WHAT: CODEPINK women will hold various government agencies accountable for their involvement in the war. With a visually vibrant parade down Constitution Avenue, CODEPINK will visit the Justice Dept, the IRS and end at the Capitol reflecting pool.

Freeze at Union Station: 5 p.m. on 18th.


March 18 at 6 p.m.: The Hip Hop Caucus announces the WE CARE CONCERT
We will highlight the plight of Internally Displaced Persons in the U.S. because of Hurricane Katrina and displaced Iraqis because of the war in Iraq. Featuring: Saigon, Mia X, Mambo Sauce, Wise Intelligent, Uncalled 4 Experience, GRIME, Rebel Diaz, Sess 4-5, Akir, Emoni Fela, Head-Roc and more.
Pre-Concert Party in front of the 9:30 Club starting at 6:00 pm
Doors at 7:30 pm
Where: The 9:30 Club
815 V St. NW, Washington DC
Tickets: $15
Tickets can be purchased online at (highly recommended) or at the box office

The TrueMajority.org "IranMobile", a Dr. Strangelovian thermonuclear missle/bomb that rises for launch 20 feet in the air with George W. Bush astride, is coming to Washington, DC. It will be at Busboys and Poets on March 16th, 7:00 pm with CodePink; again at Busboys and Poets on March 17th at 6:00 pm with PDA and Jim Hightower for their launch of the Health Care Not Warfare campaign; at the CodePink House for breakfast on March 18th at 9:00 am; Union Station on March 18th at 5:00 pm and at McPherson Square on March 19th at 7:00 am, staging ground for the UFPJ actions taking place all day.

MARCH 19, 2008 (Wednesday) Everywhere and in Washington, D.C.: Nonviolent Resistance
Nonviolent Civil Resistance and/or Disobedience in All 435 Congressional Districts and in the Nation's Capital on the Fifth Anniversary of the Occupation of Iraq
Locations in each congressional district, to be determined locally, can include congressional offices (Congress Members and Senators will be in their districts on this day), federal buildings, military recruiters, weapons makers, war profiteers, or corporate media outlets. In Washington, with Congress out of town, the focus will be on war profiteers in the military industrial disaster-capitalism complex. Where possible, events will include a place for people not willing to risk arrest. Evening town hall forums can also include a larger audience.

DETAILS ON DC EVENTS:

*7:30am* - Opening Circle & Press Briefing at McPherson Square, 15th & K St NW

*8am* - Separate Oil from State action at the American Petroleum Institute, 13th & L St NW

8am - Blockade the IRS with War Resisters League and friends – Help expose the real cost of war by shutting down the IRS first thing in the morning and making a clear statement to stop FUNDING war! Click here for more details.
1111 Constitution Ave NW (between 10th & 12th Streets)

*9am* - Veterans March for Peace begins on the Mall at 7th St

*9:30am* - March of the Dead begins at the Women's Memorial at Arlington Cemetery: Activist Response Team (A.R.T.) and others who join us will imagine what would happen if the dead, civilian and military, return to enter Washington to seek justice for the crimes committed in Iraq and Afghanistan because of U.S. foreign policy. In death masks, all in black, some wearing the name of someone killed, others with statistics measuring the scale of the tragedy, we will proceed through the city in small groups riding the metro, walking the streets and haunting the periphery of the other actions. We will then converge at a given time all-together to make the long march for justice with stops at the State Department, Justice Department, and Supreme Court culminating with acts of civil resistance.

*10:15am* - Veterans ceremony with Buffy Saint-Marie in front of the American Indian Museum

*11am* - Public Gathering & Press Briefing at McPherson Square

*12 noon* - Funk the War: Student Power Dance Party Against Empire, meet at Franklin Park, 14th & K NW with Students for a Democratic Society

12:30pm - Die In at CAT, 1445 K St, with the Coalition for Justice and Accountability

*1:30pm* - Anti-Torture demonstration with World Can't Wait at Lafayette Park

*2pm* - Public Gathering & Press Briefing at McPherson Square

3pm - CODEPINK action at the NSA - 725 17th Street NW between Pennsylvania and New York

*5pm* - meet at the Reflecting Pool on the west side of the Capitol, march to the Democratic National Committee Headquarters - bring pots & pans, drums, noisemakers, signs, banners

Time Unknown: Shut Down the Military Recruiters Office on 14th & L with the Grannies, bring your rocker and knitting needles and prepare to stay for the day!

Calling All Poets!

World Can't Wait Events in DC on 19th:

Join in acts of creative non-violent civil resistance!

1:30 p.m. in Lafayette Square Park join World Can't Wait and a sea of orange jumpsuits in solidarity with and representing those being tortured in Guantanamo Bay Prison, Abu Ghraib, Bagram in Afghanistan, and CIA “black sites” around the globe. A demonstration showing that waterboarding IS TORTURE, is planned directly in front of the residence of our biggest war criminal other than Dick Cheney. The Park will become a rallying center for all those who are determined to put an end to this illegitimate and immoral occupation and demand justice by driving the war criminals from office now, not waiting for 2009! We are done with secret renditions, warrantless spying, lying to the public, using signing statements to disobey laws, rounding up immigrants and detaining them.

3:30 p.m. in Lafayette Square Park join Veterans for Peace and Iraq Veterans Against the War.

Sundown in Lafayette Square Park: view the film exposing the ultimate crimes committed by this regime: The Bush Crimes Commission.

No War, No Warming Events in DC on 19th:


On the 5th anniversary of the Iraq war, TAKE ACTION at the American Petroleum Institute in Washington D.C. at 13th and L Sts. NW, On the morning of Wednesday, March 19

- END the War in Iraq -
- SHIFT Funding from War and Big Oil to Clean Energy and Human Needs -
- SEPARATE Oil and State -

Veterans for Peace Events in DC on 19th:

Arresting Bush and Cheney.

Something else that anyone anywhere can do on the 19th:

Something you can do while you're home:

IRAQ FAX-IN
March 19 marks the 5th Anniversary of Bush's disastrous invasion and occupation of Iraq - yet there is no end in sight. The costs so far are staggering: 4,000 young Americans killed, tens of thousands maimed... 1 million Iraqis killed, millions maimed... $562 billion in tax dollars stolen from our children... $3 trillion cost to our economy through veterans care, weapons replacement, higher oil prices, and the collapsing dollar. All that in just 5 years! We elected a Democratic Congress in 2006 to bring our troops home, but they keep giving Bush blank checks. Incredibly, Congress will soon vote on another $102 billion blank check. On this 5th Anniversary, it is time for everyone who hates this occupation to do something about it. And we're making it as simple and effective as we can. We're calling it a Fax-In. It's like a sit-in, only you can do it from home. Fax an image to Congress that visually expresses how you feel about the endless occupation of Iraq.

International Actions on 19th:
Helsinki, Finland

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March 22: Teach-In on Iraq: A Dialogue on the War

Join American University Patriots for Peace for a teach-in on the war in Iraq on Saturday, March 22nd from 10:30 am - 4:30 pm. Learn about the consequences of failed policies and the case and the means for withdrawal. Take action by participating in an Iraq Veterans Against the War Truth In Recruiting workshop and a brainstorming workshop about how to continue resistance against the war. Please see the attachment for details.

Saturday, March 22nd
10:30 am – 4:30 pm
The Tavern, Mary Graydon Center, American University, Washington, D.C.

10:30 am Registration and Introduction

11:00 am Panel: The Consequences of Failed Policies
Max Friedman, AU History Professor
Raed Jarrar, Iraq Consultant to the American Friends Service Committee
Samuel Provance, Former Military Intelligence Sergeant & Whistleblower on Abu Ghraib Prison

12:15 pm Panel: The Logic of Withdrawal
Tom Andrews, Win Without War Coalition
Ray McGovern, Former CIA Analyst
Lawrence Korb, Center for American Progress
Travis Sharp, Center for Arms Control and Nonproliferation

1:30 pm Free Lunch

2:00 pm Building an Activist Movement
David Swanson, Co-founder of AfterDowningStreet.org

2:30 pm Iraq Veterans Against the War - Truth In Recruiting Workshop
Learn how to get involved with counter-recruitment efforts

3:30 pm Individual and Collective Action Brainstorming Workshop: Developing a Plan to End the War

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