May 252011
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May 25, 2011

Contact: Kurt Aanesen _949-675-0104_ (tel:949-675-0104)
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Protest to support the  Irvine 11 at OC Superior Court on May 26

WHAT: Members and  supporters of the Orange County Peace Coalition will be
wearing gags tomorrow  at 8:00 a.m. in front of the Orange County Superior
Court to show their  support for the Irvine 11 who are appearing before a
judge at 9:00 a.m.  Justice wears a blindfold and holds a scale to symbolize
that race, religious  creed and political affiliation shall not influence or
color the judicial  process. UCI Administrators have failed to grant
student's their  Constitutional rights to free speech.  Freedom of speech, protest
and  assembly are a fiction when the cost of exercising these fundamental
rights is  expulsion and the derailing of an education leading to a career as a
 productive member of society.

The Orange County Peace Coalition  invites readers to join them tomorrow
morning in defense of the rights of free  speech and protest and the ideal
that all universities must remain a bastion  of the free exchange of ideas.

WHO: Orange County Peace  Coalition

WHEN: Thursday, May 26, 2011, 8:00 AM - 10 AM  

WHERE: Orange County Superior Court, 700 W. Civic Center Dr.,  Santa Ana, CA
 Posted by at 3:58 pm
May 242011
I'm passing this along from the meeting that Pat, Jeff and Ed had with
Rebecca Griffin. There is a national day of action beloe that I think
OCPC ought to endorse and pass along.

Rebecca Griffin
Political Director
Peace Action West
510.830.3600 x113

Nearly 20 national organizations and coalitions have agreed to
participate next week for the Afghanistan Week of Action May 23rd and
call-in/media day Tue. May 24th.  If you have yet to let me know that
you'll be participating in some way, please do.

Please read THE ACTIONS below for the agreed upon actions.

Stephen Miles of Win Without War and Judith Le Blanc of Peace Action
agreed to distill participant's ideas for a common message to be used
before the legislative ask and for Twitter.  Here's what they came up

"It is time we brought our troops home from Afghanistan and stopped
wasting billions we need at home on war. The last thing Congress
should be doing is authorizing endless war, but that's exactly what
the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act does. "

Tweet: @Congress: Now is the time to #ExitAfghanistan & stop wasting
billions we need at home on war. Now is not the time for endless war.

Feel free to comment if you have strong feelings about changes to the
above.  Be aware that time is short for much language parsing.


1.  The number one preferred action would be to generate phone calls
to Congress starting at 9:00 AM EDT next Tue. the May 24th using this
toll free number so we can track impact 1-888-231-9276 (Big thanks to
Matt at FCNL).  Almost all groups have agreed to send  agreed to send
an alert Tue. morning.  When people have drafts of their alerts,
please send them to the Afghanistan Policy Working Group list.

The ask:
Have callers use the top line message above and ask for as many of the
below as possible:

HOUSE (many groups will focus on the House though some will ask folks
to call House and Senate.  Note that we might not know until late Mon.
early Tue what amendments to NDAA will be allowed.  Votes could happen
as early as Tue. eve)

Rep. Barbara Lee's H.R. 780 "Responsible End to the War in Afghanistan
Act" (62 cosponsors) and amendment equivalent
McGovern/Jones H.R. 1730 "Afghanistan Exit and Accountability Act" (50
cosponsors, most bipartisan support) and amendment equivalent
Amendment to strike or replace McKeon/McCain reauthorization language


Sign on to Sen. Merkley's letter to the President asking for “sizeable
and sustained” reduction in forces from Afghanistan.

2.  The second preferred action would be to generate constituent
contacts sometime next week.

3.  For those organizations without constituents or those who want to
do additional actions, take some sort of media action on next Tue.
like a blog, tweet, facebook, LTE, etc.

4.  Besides the above, local actions as appropriate.

FYI, here's the social media we, Vets for Peace and others are doing.
Feel free to edit and use as your own.

President Obama: It's time to exit Afghanistan now. Time is money ($10
billion/month) and it's time to stop wasting it. It's time to bring
the troops home.

1.  Post the above message and these instructions as your Facebook status

2.  Change your profile picture to this:

3.  Like Peace Action:

use the hashtag #ExitAfghanistan and tweet:
@Congress: Now is the time to #ExitAfghanistan & stop wasting billions
we need at home on war. Now is not the time for endless war.

More info to come as we get it...

Thank you,

Paul Kawika Martin
Organizing, Political and PAC Director
Peace Action & Peace Action Education Fund
(formerly SANE/Freeze)
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Silver Spring, MD 20910
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I'm passing this along from the meeting Pat, Ed and Jeff had with
 Posted by at 3:39 pm
May 202011

We just got word that we were able to book Ethan McCord of the famous Wikileaks tape in which he described what he witnessed as a veteran during a helicopter attack that killed civilians. He is part of the “We are Not Your Soldiers” tour, but he can only come in the afternoon on Thursday June 9th and all day on Friday. What an opportunity for students to hear this story! If you know of a high school that would like to have him speak ( an assembly is best, but he will speak to a few classes if that is the best we can get). Because we only have a few weeks, we will book the first schools with the largest audience. Please spread the word and let me know right away if you can connect me with a school who wants to have him. My number is below. For more information about the tour, here is the link: Thank you! paz

Pat Alviso & Jeff Merrick

Military Families Speak Out

Orange County & South Bay Chapter


Support Our Troops

Bring Them Home Now!

Take Care of Them After They Get Home

 Posted by at 2:52 am