Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Fwd: Obama acted on Day One

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From: Anthony D. Romero, ACLU <>
Date: Wed, Jan 21, 2009 at 7:04 PM
Subject: Obama acted on Day One

Because Freedom Can't Protect Itself


Sign the ACLU's "Thank You" message, and urge President Obama to keep leading us towards an America we can proud of.

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Dear ACLU Supporter,

Within hours of taking office, President Obama took the important first step to close Guantánamo: halting the unconstitutional military commissions by ordering the prosecution to seek a 120-day suspension.

It's the first step in what we hope will be a series of bold measures to free America from the civil liberties outrages and human rights abuses of the Bush era.

The pundits and political experts told the ACLU we should "hold our horses" -- that it wouldn't be right to expect swift action from Obama. You and half a million ACLU supporters didn't listen to them -- and neither did our new President!

Let's match President Obama's first step forward with a powerful show of support and encouragement.

Sign the ACLU's "Thanks for acting on Day One" message to President Obama.

Tell President Obama how proud you are that he's already beginning to dismantle the Bush system of injustice -- and promise him your support as he keeps taking the actions you and the ACLU have been urging him to take to renew American freedom.

Within the next 120 days, we trust that the President's team will be studying and finalizing plans and a timeline for permanently closing Guantánamo, shuttering the military commissions and ensuring justice is served in the best of American traditions.

Sign the ACLU's "Thank You" message, and urge President Obama to keep leading us towards an America we can proud of.

Barack Obama understood that it would be unconscionably wrong to let the shameful military commissions go on for a single day.

And the ACLU isn't just waiting for additional concrete steps. We've provided the White House, Attorney General designate Eric Holder, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates -- among others -- with clear plans and proposals for renewing American freedom.

Right from the start, President Obama has made it clear that he means business. Make sure he knows that ACLU members across the country appreciate this first major step and stand ready to help him accomplish more in the days ahead.


Anthony D. Romero
Anthony D. Romero
Executive Director

P.S. If rumors circulating in the media are true, an upcoming Barack Obama executive order closing Guantánamo Bay could soon result in another victory on a key ACLU priority. Thank you for all the work you have done and continue to do to set the stage for this remarkable beginning to the Obama presidency.

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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Fwd: Let Gaza Live! DC Action Needs YOU!

If you want to go, please reply to Ardeshir Ommani If you want to get another bus or van, please let Ardeshir and me know so that we can inform other people of the existence of another vehicle. 
Richard Duffee 203-588-0161 

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From: Ardeshir Ommani <>
Date: Tue, Jan 6, 2009 at 10:44 PM
Subject: Let Gaza Live! DC Action Needs YOU!
To: Ardeshir Ommani <>

Dear Friends!  Please consider joining us in our trip to Washington, DC, to march with the Arab-Muslim Community to oppose the assault by Israel on the Palestinian people in Gaza and Palestine.  We have a 15 passenger van that will leave from the Westchester-White Plains, NY area and go to Washington.  If you wish to be included, please RSVP IMMEDIATELY, as seats are filling fast.  The van will make one stop in New Jersey, in the Fort Lee area, so if you want to be picked up there, let us know!  The round-trip cost is $30.00, leaving NY at 6:00 AM Saturday, January 10th and returning Saturday evening, January 10th, around 8-9 PM. 

Regards, AIFC

National March on Washington
Saturday, January 10

Assemble at the White House (north side) at 1:00 PM

New Sponsors   ~   Endorse   ~   Organize Transportation


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A man carries his wounded child
into a hospital in Gaza City.

A doctor in Gaza's main hospital reported that children make up 30 percent of the casualties, among the dead and wounded, in the second day of the ground invasion. The time to act is now! Local marches have taken place all over the country. Now is the time to bring the outrage of the people right to the steps of the White House.

We are sending a message to both Bush and the incoming Obama administration: This war of aggression must end immediately! People all over the world will be marching in their country's capital cities on Saturday, January 10. The people of this country will come together in Washington, D.C., to say NO to the government that speaks in their name and uses their tax dollars to fund Israel to the tune of over $15 million per day.

Please see below for important updates on the Saturday, January 10 LET GAZA LIVE National March on Washington.

Gaza Chicago 1.2.09

Tens of thousands have marched across the country.
Above: Chicago, January 2

New Sponsors

The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), American Muslim Task Force (AMT), American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), American Muslim Alliance (AMA), Muslimah Writers Alliance (MWA), Voters for Peace (VFP) and many others have become sponsoring organizations of the January 10 Let Gaza Live National March on Washington, along with the ANSWER Coalition, Muslim American Society Freedom (MASF), Free Palestine Alliance (FPA), National Council of Arab Americans (NCA), Al-Awda - International Palestine Right to Return Coalition, and hundreds of others.

Become an Endorser

Click here
to add your individual or organizational endorsement.

Organize Transportation to DC

Buses are being organized to bring people to Washington, D.C., from across the East Coast, Midwest and South. Now is the time to stand together in DC in solidarity with the people of Gaza!

If you are organizing transportation, fill click here to fill out the Transportation Form. This will allow others to find out about transportation options, and it will ensure that you receive important logistical information regarding the plans for Saturday.

Plan for Saturday, January 10

The Saturday, January 10 LET GAZA LIVE National March in Washington, D.C., will gather at the White House (north side, Lafayette Park) at 1:00 PM. The protest will be located between the Bush White House and the Hay Adams Hotel, where President-Elect Obama is now residing, which is located on the north side of Lafayette Park.

There will be coinciding West Coast demonstrations in San Francisco (11 am at Civic Center) , Los Angeles (12 noon at Westwood Federal Building), San Diego (details TBA) and elsewhere.

Help Spread the Word

Click here to view a flyer for the demonstration. It is a 8.5x11 inch PDF that you can view, print and reproduce. If you are in the Washington, D.C., area, you can pick up flyers from the ANSWER Coalition office at 1247 E St. SE.

Please spread the word online through Facebook, Myspace, email, listserves, blogs and bulletin boards; and talk to your family, friends, co-workers, classmates and people you meet on the street!

Calendar of Emergency Demonstrations Taking Place This Week

Statements from the Free Palestine Alliance

The Free Palestine Alliance, a member group of the ANSWER Coalition National Steering Committee, has been writing daily statements about the Gaza Strip Massacre. These are important statements of political orientation from the Palestinian-American community. Click here to read the statements issued by the Free Palestine Alliance.

Send a letter to the State Department and Congress

Join with people around the country and around the world who are demanding an end to U.S. aid to Israel. This is an urgent situation and we must all act now. You can send a letter with our easy click and send system demanding an end to U.S. aid to Israel. Without U.S. aid, the Israeli military attacks, siege and blockade of Gaza could not be continued. Click this link now to send a letter to the State Department and elected officials in Congress.