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Thursday, December 6, 2007

Protest to Impeach Bush/Cheney at the Rose Parade

WHITE ROSE COALITION'S "We the People" Citizen's convergence On Tuesday, 01/01/08
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Press Contacts : Tobi Dragert, Marian Eva, Cres Velluci
Telephone: 213.304.5206; 323.829.0314.

Cindy Sheehan and her Campaign Staff to Join Activists at Nationwide Impeachment/Pro-Peace Protest at New Year's Rose Parade (see - Tab #10 for details)
Local and national pro-Impeachment and pro-Peace American citizens will stage non-violent protests and demonstrations throughout the Rose Parade in Pasadena, California, on Tuesday, 01/01/08, New Year's Day, with support from Cindy Sheehan and the Camp Casey Peace Institute. The convergence of activists is called the White Rose Coalition, in honor of the youth and citizen resistance movement in that emerged in Munich Germany in 1942. It includes members of the Los Angeles National Impeachment Center (LANIC), CODEPINK, Troops Out Now Coalition, World Can't Wait, ANSWER, Progressive Democrats of America, the Green Party, Veterans for Peace, United for Peace and Justice, and others.
The groups are calling for impeaching George W. Bush and Dick Cheney for high crimes and misdemeanors, and to end U.S. occupation of Iraq. Rep. Dennis Kucinich [OH] has sponsored two resolutions in Congress to impeach Vice President Dick Cheney: H. Res. 333 and H. Res. 799. He is drafting an extended version relating to President Bush.
The patriots gathered on 01/01/08 will be sending a strong pro-Impeachment and pro-Peace message to this Administration in opposition to the continuing occupation of Iraq and the growing pressure by Cheney and others to bomb Iran.

"This administration has shredded Constitutional protections and is now apparently planning another illegal military strike, this time to bomb Iran," says Cynthia Mather, a spokesperson for LANIC. "The consequences of such an assault on global well-being and security would be catastrophic," she said. "Congress is obligated to act before it is too late. But the Democrats are not making any move to stop it, so impeachment is our only recourse."

Numbers of protestors and demonstrators from the various groups could be in the hundreds or in the thousands, said Peter Thottam, Executive Director of LANIC. "Cindy Sheehan as well as many noted impeachment and antiwar activists from across the USA have confirmed their attendance at the Rose Parade i Pasadena on 01/01/08. We expect this to be an unprecedented national day of impeachment visibility, with folks joining from all parts of the country. It is hard to gauge how many will show up, but according to the latest MSNBC poll, of 584,000 people asked if they thought Bush had committed impeachable offenses, 89 per cent said yes! There is a tremendous level of anger and frustration out there. I doubt if our politicians in Washington D.C. have any idea just how much."
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Our official committed impeachment / antiwar headcount (as of 12/1/08) for 01/01/08 now stands at about 110 people. Our goal is at least 200 people participating in visibility and outreach actions at the intersection that morning. Roberta Eidman has prepared the first White Rose pamphlet on the growing fascism/militarism in the U.S. I will send out a copy when finalized. An anti-war pamphlet is also being prepared. We plan to distribute over 20,000 of these amongst the 1,100,000 (1.1 million people) from all around the country that the Tournament of Roses actually attends the parade.
Our next meeting is Saturday, Dec. 8th on-site

in front of the Norton Simon by Colorado & Orange Grove in Pasadena. 2 pm to 4 pm.

in Pasadena from 2-4 pm
. Tobi, Robin, Kyle, and Eva will coordinate with the other team members and update on costumes. We have the giant constitution/preamble and chain Gang heads. We also have several very large visibility "IMPEACH" banners. We're working on getting more "End the War(s)" and Pro-Peace banners. We have ordered 200 2ftX3ft vinyl banners, 3,000 Impeach Cheney posters, 100 "Impeach Cheney?" hats, a number of 1776 Revolutionary 'costumes'.
After the Dec. 8th meeting we will have our normal December 15th meeting from 2-5 pm at 8124 W. 3rd Street (at the Peace/Impeach Center in West Hollywood by Crescent Heights & 3rd St (5 minutes from the Beverly Center).

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