ON THE GROUND NEWSLETTER:
[This is going out a few days later than it should have and it is kind of sloppy. I suppose that's partly because I have really, really ambivalent feelings about writing letters to statespeople. just like I have hugely ambivalent feelings about the UN and a lot of things. But now is not the time for that. We should be experimenting with all the powers and tactics at hand that offer even the faintest potential of pre-empting this war. The resolution on which congress will be voting would, if passed, give President Bush the theoretical legal power to attack any country in the Middle East at any time. To view the resolution visit www.epic-usa.org.--Spencer
and by the way, I will say it again, if anyone else would like to make and post newsletters for on the ground just email me at email@example.com or you can send me things you write or find and I will post them.]+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
"Congressional offices reported strong, even overwhelming, opposition to war. Recent calls and e-mails were 25-1 against war at Rep. Rob Simmons' office in eastern Connecticut, and 40-1 against in Rep. Christopher Shays' district. Other offices had similar results: Ten to one against in Rep. James H. Maloney's office, 4-1 from Rep. John Larson's Hartford area office and 14-1 at Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro's New Haven-based district. Rep. Nancy L. Johnson, R-6th District, reported that a slight majority who contacted her opposed going to war immediately. Sen. Christopher J. Dodd, D-Conn., found that calls and e-mails produced a majority against war. There was no evidence the anti-war calls and e-mails were orchestrated by any single group. The only difference was from the office of Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, D-Conn., a longtime advocate of taking action to topple Hussein: His office is finding its calls mixed."
--From the Hartford Courant, Sept. 24.
[I have heard that the story is the same in many other states. I have no information for illinois though--Spencer]
[The following is from a daily newsletter put out by Bill Thompson at the University of Michigan, firstname.lastname@example.org]
I have been talking this past weekend with leaders in the anti-war movement, and the consensus is as follows:
[He's expressed reluctance to escalated military action, but may cave in the face of a vote.]
DC Phone: 202-224-2152
Local Phone: 217-492-4062
Senator Peter G. Fitzgerald
Congressional Switchboard: 202-224-3121;
Find them at:
Sen. Tom Daschle
Sen. Trent Lott
Rep. Richard Gephardt
Rep. Dennis Hastert
The idea will be to express our opinions and to so tie up their phones that it interferes with their work. Apparently the White House comment line was so bombarded Wednesday that it was extraordinarily difficult to get through. Call several times each day if possible. It is time to put our beliefs into action.
THIS IS NOT THE WEEKLY MEETING TIME. We haven't been able to set one yet. This is sort of just a contact point for us so that we can start to untangle all our schedules and get something going. If you can come, come - it won't be a long meeting.
A screening of Columbia College's own Suree Towfighnia's excellent new video
Discussions on four major topics: The "War on Terror", Domestic Repression, Palestine, and Iraq. For more info email email@example.com or visit http://pub38.ezboard.com/bccontheground
Over the summer Brea and I have put together a very loose framework for an
Labor Party members who oppose Tony Blair on the war have released a "counter-dossier," written by Alan Simpson, MP, Chair of Labor Against War and Dr. Glen Rangwala, lecturer in politics at Cambridge University. If you want to understand the specifics about what weapons Iraq has or may have...
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CCC On The Ground September 25, 2002