Tuesday, May 27, 2008

PLEASE get active & Harold Burbank Named Green Party's 5th District Candidate

Hi Impeachment People:
First five paragraphs of alarming news (1) to get you going, then some good news (2).
1) Please consider: if you want impeachment, and you want it because you want a constitutional, law-abiding, and international law-abiding government and do not want an unlimited imperial president waging the endless wars of empire, in Connecticut in November there will only be two ways for you to express these desires: by voting for a congressional candidate, and by voting for a presidential candidate, IF a congressional candidate manages to get on the ballot in your district AND one of two presidential candidates get on. If NEITHER get on the ballot, you will have NO WAY to say yes to the Constitution and no to empire, for NO Republican or Democrat who will be on the Ct. ballot has unequivocally asserted the intention to impeach, to restore constitutional government, and to repudiate imperial power. We can hope that some of them will, but not one of them has. They're all still creatures of the multinationals.   
If you want to say yes to the Constitution and no to empire, in the 1st district you can help Steve Fournier get on the ballot; in the second district you can help get Scott Deshefy on the ballot; in the third district you can help get Ralph Ferrucci on the ballot; in the fourth you can help get Richard Duffee (me) on the ballot, and in the fifth you can help get Harold Burbank on. Each of us needs about 4000 raw signatures to be fairly assured of acceptance, and that normally takes about 400 hours of petitioning time. So if you at least want it known that the whole country is not jumping on the imperial dictator bandwagon, this is the time for you to contact the appropriate candidate and offer some help. All 5 of us have websites, and you can reach the candidates for the 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 5th districts through www.ctgreens.org/2008candidates/shtml. For Ralph Ferrucci in the 3rd, www.campaignmoney.com/political/committees/ferrucci-for-congress.asp?cycle=08 - 52k - will lead you to him. If the candidate in your district doesn't get on the ballot, blame yourself.  
If you want a presidential candidate who has not already thrown his or her lot in with the multinational-funded constitution-scorning imperialists, you have two choices: you can help the Green candidate get on the ballot or you can help Ralph Nader--or both. Either of them needs about 12,000 raw signatures in Connecticut, which is about 1200 hours of volunteer petitioning time each. For Ralph Nader, go to www.votenader.org/; or you can get petititons from Ralph Ferrucci, who is organizing his campaign in Connecticut. For the Green presidential candidate, who will probably turn out to be Cynthia McKinney, go to www.gp.org/. or you can get petitions from any of the 4 Ct. Green Congresssional candidates or other Ct. Green party officers. If neither Nader nor McKinney gets on the ballot, blame yourself. 
Of course you may believe that some Republican or Democratic presidential candidate really does intend to strip him-or-herself of the powers Bush and Cheney have stolen from Congress and the courts or been gifted by them, but try to find a SINGLE statement from ANY of them saying that Bush and Cheney should be impeached or prosecuted for what they have done, and then ask yourself, "If they don't think Bush and Cheney have acted illegally and unconstitutionally, why are they going to give up the powers Bush and Cheney are leaving as their inheritance? Do powerful people normally give up what they think are their proper legal rights?" And then please ask yourself, "When Congress votes 404 to 6 for a transparently unconstitutional thought crimes bill, why should any presidential candidate believe that Congress is going to force the president to give up his or her powers?" So with nobody pushing and nobody pulling, just how is the imperial presidency going to be limited?       
Finally, consider this: as Ralph Nader said two days ago, if the Democrats can't win this election by a landslide no matter what anyone else does, they obviously aren't saying the right things. If they want to say and do anything honest and decent, let them do it. But if they don't, why should everyone roll over and die for them?
Richard Duffee
2) Now here's the good news, which David Bedell forwards to us:


May 25, 2008
Contact: Harold Burbank, (860)693-2687, haroldburbank@ comcast.net
Justine McCabe, (860)354-1822, justinemccabe@ earthlink.net

Burbank promises Bush war crimes investigation

CANTON, CT-Human rights attorney Harold H. Burbank II has been selected as
the Connecticut Green Party's 5th Congressional District candidate to run
against incumbent Democrat Christopher Murphy and Republican David Cappiello
in the November general election.

The northwest Connecticut Green Party held a regional selection meeting on
Friday, May 23, in New Milford. Members unanimously voted Burbank as the

"I want to thank Green Party members in the Fifth District, throughout
Connecticut, and across the country for supporting my candidacy," Burbank
said afterwards. "I have never run for office. It is gratifying and
energizing to see so many people from different backgrounds--Democrats,
Republicans, Independents, young, old, the entire American
demographic--respond so positively to Green Party values and my campaign.
The American people know the major parties have gotten the country into deep
trouble. Voters are looking for real change, real patriotism, and real hope.
I intend to offer them these."

Burbank is supported by human rights activists Ralph Nader and Daniel
Ellsberg with whom he has volunteered for human rights projects. The Burbank
campaign is formally endorsed by former Star Wars Director Dr. Robert Bowman
(USAF Lt. Col, ret.), commander of "The Patriots," a 22,000-member US
veterans peace group, and University of Illinois law professor Dr. Francis
A. Boyle, renowned human rights attorney and legal scholar.

"Harold Burbank is in the vanguard of progressive law and politics today,"
said Dr. Boyle. "I encouraged him to run, and he has. He works tirelessly
and at no cost on human rights cases critical to American and international
peace law. I am pleased to endorse him."

Burbank holds two degrees in international relations and a law degree. He
was hired by then Connecticut Attorney General Joe Lieberman out of law
school and served under him as an Assistant Attorney General for Public
Utilities and Public Works. Subsequently he has served as Penobscot Indian
Nation Director of Human Services (Maine), and Maine Assistant Attorney
General for Child Protection. His professional public service work in
Connecticut alone spans 20 years including working in Connecticut Attorney
General Richard Blumenthal's Bridgeport-based Child Support Office.

Since 2003 he has had a private law practice in Canton, Connecticut
specializing in human rights law. His clients have ranged from Connecticut's
indigent parents who owe child support, to Army Lt. Ehren Watada and other
US servicepeople seeking redress for Iraq war injustices. He successfully
defended Independent Presidential Candidate Ralph Nader in a lawsuit by the
Democratic National Committee aimed at keeping Nader off the ballot in Maine
in 2004. Burbank's main passion is his anti-war work.

"I was motivated to run because in September, 2007, Chris Murphy told me
publicly at his New Britain forum on Iraq that despite the Bush
administration being the most impeachable regime in US history, he would not
support impeachment. He still does not support impeachment. This is

According to Burbank, as lawyers he and Murphy swore oaths to uphold and
defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. "Chris
took this oath again when he became a congressman. He has defiled that oath
by failing to support impeachment. My campaign will hold him accountable."

"The Bush regime is conducting criminal wars of aggression and occupation in
Iraq and Afghanistan and threatening a nuclear war in Iran. Except for a
very few in Congress, Representatives like Chris Murphy have not only done
nothing about these criminal wars but are accessories to them by
consistently voting to fund them," Burbank said. "If we want peace, Congress
must uphold and defend a higher legal and moral standard."

Murphy still has time to help save Congress from a legacy of disaster,
Burbank said.

"Otherwise, Chris will join those in Congress whose legacy will be the
genocide of millions of Middle East civilians, deaths of thousands of
soldiers, permanent irradiation of the Middle East environment, profound US
debt, endless Mideast war, criminalization of our military, and contempt for
our country around the world. I have the legal background and the moral and
political will to change all of that from day one in office, so our children
will not forever suffer the consequences of such unconscionable policies."

Burbank has been married to Winsted kindergarten teacher Marianne Burbank
for 28 years. They live in Canton with their two teenaged children.

Burbank can be contacted for meetings, events, comments, and donations, via
his campaign website at www.newmenu.org/haroldburbank or at 860-693-2687.

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