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Peace-in organizer heads to D.C. to lobby Rep. Matsui

Sacramento peace activist Maggie Coulter left for Washington, D.C. on Wednesday to lobby Representative Doris Matsui to cut funds for the Iraq War.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Contact: Cres Vellucci, Coalition to End War, 916-996-9170

Sacramento anti-war advocate who helped plan 52-day peace-in at Rep. Matsui's office heads to D.C. to lobby lawmaker about Iraq War

SACRAMENTO – One of the organizers who orchestrated an 11-week "peace-in" – the longest sit-in yet over the Iraq War – at the office of Rep. Doris Matsui, D-Sacramento to protest Matsui's vote for more funding for the war, left for Washington D.C. Wednesday to lobby the lawmaker in person with the anti-war group CodePink.

"The majority of people in this country, and certainly Rep. Matsui's district, want the war ended now, not in 18 months. Yet Congress keeps the war going by handing over more money," said Sacramento Coalition to End the War organizer Maggie Coulter.

CSUS Peace Rally Features Iraq, Vietnam War Veterans

Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Contact: CSUS Rally - Molly, Progressive Alliance, 916/616-6878
Tax Day Protest - Maggie, Peace Action, 916/448-7157
ATTN: Assignment Desk

CSUS Peace Rally Features Iraq, Vietnam

Worse Than Apartheid? by Robert Novack

NOTE: Bethlehem's mayor, Victor Batarseh (a U.S. citizen who practiced thoracic surgery in Sacramento), is now pinned down in Bethlehem.

Worse Than Apartheid?
By Robert D. Novak : The Washington Post : Monday, April 9, 2007; 12:00 AM

BETHLEHEM, West Bank -- Hani Hayek, an accountant who is the Christian mayor of the tiny majority-Christian Palestinian village of Beit Sahour, was angry last week as he drove me along the Israeli security wall. "They are taking our communal lands," he said, pointing to the massive Israeli settlement of Har Homa. "They don't want us to live here. They want us to leave."

Har Homa, dwarfing nearby dwellings of Beit Sahour, seemed larger than when I saw it at Holy Week a year ago. It is. The Israeli government has steadily enlarged settlements on the occupied West Bank, and I could see both the construction at Har Homa and road building for a dual transportation system for Israelis and Palestinians.

Jimmy Carter raised hackles by titling his book about the Palestinian question "Peace Not Apartheid." But Palestinians allege this is worse than the former South African racial separation.

If America were Iraq, What would it be Like?

If America were Iraq, What would it be Like?

by Juan Cole

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

[Roughly, two and a half years ago]

    President Bush said Tuesday that the Iraqis are refuting the pessimists and implied that things are improving in that country.

    What would America look like if it were in Iraq's current situation? The population of the US is over 11 times that of Iraq, so a lot of statistics would have to be multiplied by that number.

    Thus, violence killed 300 Iraqis last week, the equivalent proportionately of 3,300 Americans. What if 3,300 Americans had died in car bombings, grenade and rocket attacks, machine gun spray, and aerial bombardment in the last week? That is a number greater than the deaths on September 11, and if America were Iraq, it would be an ongoing, weekly or monthly toll.

Spanish Judge calls for architects of Iraq invasion to be tried for war crimes

World Socialist Web Site
WSWS : News & Analysis : Europe : Spain

Spanish Judge calls for architects of Iraq invasion to be tried for war crimes
By Vicky Short: 27 March 2007

Baltasar Garzón, the Spanish judge who sought to prosecute Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet, has called for US President George W. Bush and his allies to be tried for war crimes over Iraq.


I've read in at least a few places where it was said that the Democrats and Republicans have been playing a board game and in this board game the Democrats have thought they were playing Checkers but in reality the game is Chess; I think the Democrats got played again.

They (The Democrats) have put us into check..

Last week at the time of the House vote George Bush was dancing a jig and giving his aides high-fives.

Why? You ask.

Because Bush got more than he ever wanted from this congress, or any Congress, or any government in the history of the world.

URGENT ADVISORY: Rep. Doris Matsui vote to fund war Friday âââ

Friday, March 23, 2007
Contact: Cres Vellucci, Coalition to End War, 916-996-9170


Rep. Doris Matsui vote to fund war Friday ‘dooms'
US troops, charge vets arrested at her office
as they read the names of Iraq war dead

SACRAMENTO – Five veterans – among seven people arrested at the office of
Rep. Doris Matsui (D-Sacramento) Thursday as they read the names of those
killed in Iraq – said today they will fight those charges, and intend to
subpoena the democrat as a witness in their trial.

Peace-In at Rep. Matsui's Office Ends in 7 Arrests

‘Peace-In’ At Representative Matsui’s Office Ends With 7 Arrests

by Dan Bacher

Sacramento area peace advocates ended their historic 52-day “peace-in” at the office of Representative Doris Matsui (D-Sacramento) on March 22 with seven people – including four veterans - getting arrested by federal officers as they attempted to read the names of people killed during the Iraq war and occupation.

ADVISORY: Peace group announces 'final' attempt to convince lawmaker to vote for peace

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Contact: Cres Vellucci, Coalition to End the War, 916-996-9170 (Thursday
only 916-599-6635)


Peace advocates will read the names of all
those killed in Iraq in a ‘final' attempt to
convince Rep. Matsui to kill war funding

SACRAMENTO – A broad-based coalition of religious, veterans and social
justice groups – which marks its 52nd straight day occupying the offices
of Rep. Doris Matsui – will begin to read the names of all those killed in
the war in Iraq Thursday at Matsui's District Office in a final attempt to
convince the lawmaker to vote for peace.

Mothers, parents of U.S. troops, veterans and other members of the
Sacramento Coalition to End the War will begin reading names of U.S. troops
and Iraqi civilian dead THURSDAY, 9:15 a.m. inside Matsui's office
and outside the Federal Courthouse (5th & I Streets).

Senator Mike Thompson Refuses To Committ to No Vote on War Funding

I encourage everybody to read this excellent article from peace activists Patricia Daugherty and Cindy Litman about the recent meeting that they and other peace activists had with Congressman Mike Thompson. The article is followed by a letter to Thompson from Iraq War Veteran Jeremy McLaughlin.

Contacts: Cindy Litman,, and Patricia Daugherty,
Jeremy McLaughlin,

Peace Activists Meet With Congressman Mike Thompson

Five local residents were among a group of peace activists from Congressman Mike Thompson's congressional district who met with Thompson in his Napa office on Friday, March 16. The meeting came one day after the House Appropriations Committee approved a $124 billion war-funding bill to continue the war and occupation of Iraq. The House is scheduled to debate and vote on the bill this coming week.

The supplemental bill was presented to members of the House of Representatives three days before the fourth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. The conflict has cost the United States nearly 3,200 lives and close to half a trillion dollars and has provoked what many military analysts now call a civil war.

National Priorities Project Breaks Down War Spending Bill

Contact: Pamela Schwartz, Communications Director
413-584-9556 (o); 413-219-5658 (cell)


As Congress prepares to vote on a $100 billion supplemental bill for more war spending, the National Priorities Project (NPP) released today a new state-level publication that breaks down what that amount and the new total would cost each state and congressional district. Also available are the number of soldiers killed and wounded from each state and examples of what the money spent on the Iraq War could buy each congressional district in local services.

Remember Rachel Corrie

Remember Rachel Corrie

Friday, March 16, 2007
Federal Building
501 I St, Sacramento

Rachel Corrie, 23, was crushed to death by an Israeli military bulldozer on 3/16/03 when she was trying to prevent the Israeli army from destroying the home of a physician and his family in the Gaza Strip, Palestine. The U.S. Congress has refused to investigate her death

Television spot targets Rep. Doris Matsui for funding Iraq War

The Sacramento Coalition to end the War will preview at 9:30 am on Thursday, March 8 a hardhitting TV ad targeting Rep. Doris Matsui for refusing to stop funding for the Iraq War.

Democratic Party congressperson targeted
for funding Iraq War in hardhitting television
campaign; Spot will be previewed on Thursday

SACRAMENTO – A major anti-war coalition here Thursday will preview what is
believed to be the first high-profile, paid television campaign this year
to confront a sitting Democratic Party congressperson for refusing to stop
the funding for the Iraq War.

A news briefing to show the ad will be held THURSDAY, at 9:30 a.m. at
production studio where the :15 spot will be finalized – 1629 S Street,

From El Mozote To Iraq: The Victims of War Speak Out

By Dan Bacher

While Representative Doris Matsui and the majority of Democrats in Congress refuse to commit to ending the Iraq war and occupation by voting against additional funding for the war, the killing of Iraqis continues every day.

Matsui has claimed repeatedly that she is against the war, but remains committed to vote for more death and destruction when a supplemental aid bill is brought to the House Floor for a vote this March. She continues to maintain this position in spite of a historic peace-in, now in its ninth week, launched by her constituents to convince her to take the moral high ground and vote to defund George W. Bush’s war.

Those who don't learn from history ...

... are doomed to repeat it


The first picture is an approximation of the battle-lines before The Battle of Salamis, the second picture is of the Persian Gulf and to the bottom right is the Straight of Hormuz. They look very similar don't they?

The Battle of Salamis

In about 486 BCE, Emperor Darius of Persia died before he was able to get revenge on the Greeks for the defeat at Marathon. Darius son Xerxes became the new emperor. Xerxes was determined to get revenge.