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Thursday, June 12, 2008
Tricounty DFA Update: LARAC Instead of Vigil, Kucinich Leads, more
Hello Everyone;

In This Update:

1. Vigil Postponed Because of LARAC Festival
2. Kucinich Introduces 35 Articles of Impeachment
3. Obama Economic Choice Raises Eyebrows
4. Friday Night Progressive Film Festival

1. Vigil Postponed Because of LARAC Festival

Because of the annual LARAC arts festival, which sprawls around City Park, and also because quite a few people have told me they are going to be away for Father's Day weekend, we are going to have to postpone our weekly vigil for peace and to bring our troops home until the following weekend, June 21st.

2. Kucinich Introduces 35 Articles of Impeachment

If you caught C-SPAN on Monday night, you saw one of the greatest and most extraordinary performances in the very long and distinguished history of the United States House of Representatives. Rep. Dennis Kucinich spent most of Monday night, almost five hours, soberly, quietly and eloquently reading and introducing 35 Articles of Impeachment against George W. Bush. Each article ended with the following magisterial paragraph:

"In all of these actions and decisions, President George W. Bush has acted in a manner contrary to his
trust as President and Commander in Chief, and subversive of constitutional government, to the
prejudice of the cause of law and justice and to the manifest injury of the people of the United States.
Wherefore, President George W. Bush, by such conduct, is guilty of an impeachable offense warranting
removal from office."

The full transcript can be read here:

The Articles of Impeachment have been referred to committee, but a growing number of members of Congress are pushing for real hearings, and Kucinich vows to introduce them again in 30 days.

Whatever happens, this is a great, and redeeming, moral victory. It is not always possible to win. But I am reminded of Camus' The Plague, in which the real achievement of those fighting the plague was not in defeating it, but in asserting human dignity and endurance.

In this one is reminded of the eerie similarities between the conference, recently reported on, in which torture techniques were casually bandied about and discussed by high administration officials, and the transcript of the Wansee Conference, wherein the Holocaust was calmly discussed and planned.

It is high patriotism and an assertion of moral dignity to say, not in my name, which is what Kucinich said Monday for all of us. is calling for action, and we can join in, too, at the very least, as an assertion of our shared dignity as Americans:

"Kucinich's heroic efforts will be in vain unless we inundate Congress with emails and calls (202-224-3121) showing our full support for Rep. Kucinich's 35 Articles of Impeachment:

3. Obama Economic Choice Raises Eyebrows

I think it is safe to say we are all Obama backers, now. But some recent choices of his are raising concerns, and we've got to find a way to let that campaign know that change means real change in the structure of economic power, not rearranging the deck chairs for corporate America. David Sirota sent this out today:

"Obama Economic Adviser Draws Fire

"ABC News, 6/12/08

"Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., underscored his affinity with Democratic centrists this week when he tapped Jason Furman, who worked closely with former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin, to be his director of economic policy.

"But the selection is now drawing criticism from some on the left who are wondering if the presumptive Democratic nominee will challenge corporate power and make good on his promise to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

""When people see someone like Barack Obama promise change and then see that same person make their first move the hiring of a Wall Street economic team, that’s what sows disengagement and cynicism in the public,” said David Sirota"

There is more and it is worth reading:

4. Friday Night Progressive Film Festival

The Rockhill Bakehouse Cafe's Friday Night Progressive Film Festival continues with:

Fri Jun 13 7:30 pm Progressive Film Forum
JONESTOWN: The Life and Death of The People's temple (2006) Stanley Nelson 90 min. RT Rating = 94 %
With previously unseen footage and interviews with former members of the Peoples Church, this documentary explores the events leading up to the Jonestown Massacre in 1978. A cult which developed a large following in the 1970s, the Peoples Church was led by Jim Jones, who brought his congregation to an idyllic community in Guyana before inciting them to mass suicide.

Thanks, everyone! See you all soon,


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