YOUR GOVERNMENT, on the basis of outrageous lies, is waging a murderous and utterly illegitimate war in Iraq, with other countries in their sights.
YOUR GOVERNMENT is openly torturing people, and justifying it.
YOUR GOVERNMENT puts people in jail on the merest suspicion, refusing them lawyers, and either holding them indefinitely or deporting them in the dead of night.
YOUR GOVERNMENT is moving each day closer to a theocracy, where a narrow and hateful brand of Christian fundamentalism will rule.
YOUR GOVERNMENT suppresses the science that doesn't fit its religious, political and economic agenda, forcing present and future generations to pay a terrible price.
YOUR GOVERNMENT is moving to deny women here, and all over the world, the right to birth control and abortion.
YOUR GOVERNMENT enforces a culture of greed, bigotry, intolerance and ignorance.
People look at all this and think of Hitler - and they are right to do so. The Bush regime is setting out to radically remake society very quickly, in a fascist way, and for generations to come. We must act now; the future is in the balance.
Millions and millions are deeply disturbed and outraged by this. They recognize the need for a vehicle to express this outrage, yet they cannot find it; politics as usual cannot meet the enormity of the challenge, and people sense this.
There is not going to be some magical "pendulum swing." People who steal elections and believe they're on a "mission from God" will not go without a fight.
There is not going to be some savior from the Democratic Party. This whole idea of putting our hopes and energies into "leaders" who tell us to seek common ground with fascists and religious fanatics is proving every day to be a disaster, and actually serves to demobilize people.
But silence and paralysis are NOT acceptable. That which you will not resist and mobilize to stop, you will learn - or be forced - to accept. There is no escaping it: the whole disastrous course of this Bush regime must be STOPPED. And we must take the responsibility to do it.
And there is a way. We are talking about something on a scale that can really make a huge change in this country and in the world. We need more than fighting Bush's outrages one at a time, constantly losing ground to the whole onslaught. We must, and can, aim to create a political situation where the Bush regime's program is repudiated, where Bush himself is driven from office, and where the whole direction he has been taking society is reversed. We, in our millions, must and can take responsibility to change the course of history.
Acting in this way, we join with and give support and heart to people all over the globe who so urgently need and want this regime to be stopped.
This will not be easy. If we speak the truth, they will try to silence us. If we act, they will try to stop us. But we speak for the majority, here and around the world, and as we get this going we are going to reach out to the people who have been so badly fooled by Bush and we are NOT going to stop.
The point is this: history is full of examples where people who had right on their side fought against tremendous odds and were victorious. And it is also full of examples of people passively hoping to wait it out, only to get swallowed up by a horror beyond what they ever imagined. The future is unwritten. WHICH ONE WE GET IS UP TO US.
Endorsers of the Call to Drive Out the Bush Regime Include:
James Abourezk, Aris Anagnos, Rocky Anderson, Anti-Flag, Edward Asner, Russell Banks, Ed Begley Jr., Harry Belafonte, St. Clair Bourne, Gabriel Byrne, Margaret Cho, Ward Churchill, Paulette Cole, US Rep John Conyers Jr., John Densmore, Jesse Diaz Jr., Michael Eric Dyson, Steve Earle, Niles Eldredge, Daniel Ellsberg, Eve Ensler, Laura Flanders, Jane Fonda, Martin Garbus, Senator Mike Gravel, Andre Gregory, Sam Hamill, Suheir Hammad, Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Jr., Mumia Abu-Jamal, Rickie Lee Jones, Sarah Jones, Brig. Gen. (Ret) Janis Karpinski, Jonathan Kozol, Rabbi Michael Lerner, US Rep. Cynthia McKinney, Robin Meyers, Mark Crispin Miller, Tom Morello, Viggo Mortensen, John Nichols, US Rep. Major Owens, Grace Paley, Harvey Pekar, Sean Penn, Michelle Phillips, Harold Pinter, Michael Ratner, Mark Ruffalo, US Rep. Bobby Rush, Susan Sarandon, Richard Serra, Jeff Sharlet, Rev. Al Sharpton, Cindy Sheehan, Martin Sheen, Nancy Spero, Gloria Steinem, Lynne Stewart, Serj Tankian, Sunsara Taylor, Studs Terkel, Gore Vidal, Kurt Vonnegut, Alice Walker, Naomi Wallace, US Rep. Maxine Waters, Cornel West, Ann Wright, Howard Zinn, and thousands more who have already joined us.
Imam Talib Abdur-Rashid, Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood
Axis of Justice
Rosa Ayala, Justice for Janitors*
Father Luis Barrios, Iglesia San Romero de Las Americas, NYC
Rev. Willie Barrow, Women Connecting*
Ed Begley Jr.
Dave Berenson, Cleveland US Green Party
Michael Berg, anti-war activist
Jessica Blank, writer & actor
Joan Bokaer, founder, Theocracy Watch
Blase Bokaer, author
Bob Bossie, SCJ, 8th Day Center for Justice*
Father Roy Bourgeois
St. Clair Bourne, filmmaker
Elombe Brath, Patrice Lumumba Coalition, NYC
Catharina Breinhold, musician with Nina Hagen
Carol Brightman, author of Total Insecurity
Dennis Brutus, Center for the Study of Human Rights
Campus Anti-War Network (CAN)
Rosemary Candelario, pro-choice activist
Tim Carpenter, dir., Progressive Democrats of America
Citizens For Legitimate Government
David Cobb, 2004 Green Party Pres. Candidate
Code Pink: Women for Peace
Gerry Cohen, Hollywood Director
US Rep. John Conyers Jr.
Harry T. Cook II, Recor, St. Andrews Episcopal Church
Irwin Corey, comedian
Carlos Cornier, percussionist, Funadesi, Old Town School of Folk
Barry Crimmins, Air America contributor & correspondent
Chris Crutcher, children's book author
Charles W. Dahm, Pastor, St. Pius V, Chicago
Chris Daly, SF Board of Supervisors
DC Anti-War Network
Rev. Greg Dell, Broadway United Methodist Church
Jesse Díaz Jr.
Diane DiPrima, beat poet
Carl Dix, Revolutionary Communist Party
Leonard Dominguez, Candidate for Cook County Commissioner, IL
Dominican Women's Development Center
Ariel Dorfman, writer
Tom Duane, NY State Senator
Michael Eric Dyson
Niles Eldredge, curator of Natural History Museum
Edwin Ellis, President of Veterans for Peace, LA*
Daniel Ellsberg, author of The Pentagon Papers
Martin Espada, poet
Michelle Esrick, actress, filmmaker
Donelle Estey, Artists Against the War
Christian Ettinger, ex. producer of The Weather Underground
Jodie Evans, Code Pink
Samina Faheem Fundas, American Muslim Voice*
Nina Felshin, curator, writer
Ralph Fertig, president of Humanitarian Law Project
Rev. John Fife
Barbara Forrest, prof. Southeastern Louisiana Univ. (testified in Dover against intelligent design)
Francis Fox Piven
Michael Franti, musician
Aaron Freeman, comedian
reg e. gaines, poet & playwright
Martin Garbus, attorney
Deborah Glick, NY State Assemblywoman
Global Justice and Peace Ministries, Riverside Church
Frances Goldin, literary agent
Bill Goodman, Center for Constitutional Rights
Sam Greenlee, filmmaker & poet
André Gregory, theater director
Andy Griggs, Exec. Board of United Teachers of LA
Jose Guerrero, artist & muralist, Chicago
Lawrence Guyot, former SNCC member and former Chairman of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party
Nina Hagen, singer, "mother of punk"
Paul Haggis, film director, "Crash"
Haitian Coalition for Justice
Sam Hamill, Poets Against War*
Suheir Hammad, poet
Kathleen Hanna, Le Tigre
David Harris, writer, founder of The Resistance*
Stephen Hays, Board of Woodstock Film Festival
John Heard, actor
Jon Hendricks, artist
Jon Hendrix, jazz singer/lyricist
Warren Hern, MD, MPH, PhD, dir. Boulder Abortion Clinic
Eric Hilton, musician, Theivery Corporation
Hip Hop Caucus
Rev. Robert M. Hollum, pastor, Lutheran Place
Dorothy Hoobler, author
Marie Howe, poet & writer
Impeach Bush Coalition
Mesha Monge Irizarry, Idriss Stelley Foundation
Abdeen Jabara, past pres., American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Com.*
Rev. Jesse L. Jackson
Ron Jacobs, writer
Bianca Jagger, actress & activist
Dahr Jamail, independent journalist
Pramila Jayapal, Exec. Dir., Hate Free Zone Washington
Alan Jones, Dean of Faculty, Pitzer College*
Bill T. Jones, choreographer
Rickie Lee Jones
Sarah Jones, poet & actor
Esther Kaplan, author of With God On Their Side
Brig. Gen. (ret) Janis Karpinski
Jeff Key, Iraq war veteran and writer, "The Eyes of Babylon"
Ali Khan, America Muslim Council
Margot Kidder, actress
C. Clark Kissinger
Frances Kissling, president, Catholics for a Free Choice*
Rev. Earl Kooperkamp, St. Mary's Episcopal Church
Ron Kovic, author & Vietnam Veteran
Joyce Kozloff, artist
Reona Kumagai, Pres. of Princeton Students for Sensible Drug Policy
Jim Lafferty, Exec. Director of the NLG of LA
Ray Laforest, organizer DC 1707 AFSCME, member Pacifica National Board
Jessica Lange, actress
Mark Leno, CA State Assemblyman
Rabbi Michael Lerner, editor, Tikkun magazine
James Levin, co-director, Cleveland Festival of Arts & Technology (Ingenuity)
Philip Levine, poet, Pulitzer Prize winner
Simon Levy, dir., What I Heard About Iraq
Toby Devan Lewis
Bruce Lincoln, prof., History of Religion, Univ. of Chicago
Dennis Loo, co-editor of "Impeach the President"
Margarita Lopez, NY City Council Member
Alberto Lovera, Bolivian Circle New York
Haki R. Madhubuti, publisher, Third World Press
Devorah Major, poet & novelist
Bill Perkins, New York City Council
Rosalind Petchesky, author, Abortion and a Woman's Choice
Peter Phillips, Project Censored, Soc. Dept. Sonoma State Univ.
Jeremy Pikser, screenwriter, Bulworth
Sterling Plumpp, poet
Port Townsend Peace Movement
Kevin Powell, writer
Progressive Democrats of America
Francine Prose, novelist
Puerto Rican Nationalist Party - New York Branch
Queers for Economic Justice
Jerry Quickley, poet & playwright
Malik Rahim, New Orleans Community Organizer
Victor Toro Ramirez, activista en el Sur del Bronx
Michael Ratner, Center for Constitutional Rights*
Reach Hip Hop Coalition
Raghava Reddy, stem cell biologist, filmmaker
Maggie Renzi, filmmaker, producer
Eric Resnick, Gay Peopl's Chronicle* reporter
Allan Rich, screenwriter & actor
Walter Riley, lawyer
Boots Riley, The Coup
Scott Ritter, former UN weapons inspector
Rhadames Rivera, 1199 SEIU Vice President
Stephen F. Rhode, Attorney
Joshua Rosenblum, Composer, Dir. of Bush is Bad
Mark Ruffalo, actor
US Rep. Bobby Rush
Douglas Rushkoff, author
Stafan Sagmeister, graphic designer
Kalamu Salaam, Listen to the People
Angelica Salas, exec. dir. CHIRLA
JD Samson, Le Tigre
San Francisco Bay View Newspaper
Sonia Sanchez, poet
Rev. Henry Sanders, Fountain of Life Missionary Baptist Church
Sapphire, poet & writer
John Sayles, filmmaker
Sheley Secrest, attorney, Pres. of NAACP Seattle-King County
Rinku Sen, Colorlines*
Rafael Sencion, Sec. Gen., Congreso Nacional Dominicano
Richard Serra, sculptor
Stephen Shapiro, professor
Rev. Al Sharpton
Lou Shaw, writer, creator of Quincy MD
Cindy Sheehan, Gold Star Families for Peace
Stanley Sheinbaum, economist
Michael Steven Smith, writer, lawyer, & radio host
Gary Soto, children's book author
Nancy Spero, artist
Dona Spring, Berkeley City Council member
Lynne Stewart, attorney
Jed Stone, attorney
Fernando Suarez del Solar, Guerrera Azteca Project, father of US marine killed in Iraq war
Malcolm Suber, People's Hurricane Relief Fund
David Swanson, After Downing Street
Mark Lewis Taylor, Princeton Theological Seminary
Sunsara Taylor, Revolution newspaper
Marrianne Torres, Peace & Justice Action League, Spokane*
Dwight Trible, jazz vocalist
George Tuttle & Ben Cushman, grapegrowers
Mike Vorndran, pres. of Stonewall Young Democrats
US Rep. Maxine Waters
Leonard Weinglass, attorney
Rev. Dave Weissbard, Unitarian Universalist Church, Rockford, IL
Timberlake Werternbaker, playwright
Rev. Phil Wheaton, Co-pastor, Community of Christ, Wash. DC
Susan Wicklund, abortion provider
Joan Wile, Dir. of Grandmothers Against War
Saul Williams, poet
Standish E. Willis, Nat. Conf. of Black Lawyers
S. Brian Wilson, Veterans for Peace
Krzysztof Wodiczko, artist
Ann Wright, former US diplomat
Daphne Wysham, Institute for Policy Studies
Leeland Y. Yee, Speaker pro Tem, CA State Assembly
Juanita Young, October 22nd Coalition*
David Zeiger, filmmaker, Sir, No Sir!
Zephyr, graffiti artist & writer
Robert Zevin, Robert Brooke Zevin Associates, Inc.
Dave Zirin, What's My Name, Fool? Sports & Resistance in the US
*Affiliation for identification purposes only.