The People's Response to the George W. Bush Library & Policy Institute

George W. Bush
A peaceful, nonviolent march and rally will coincide with and protest the George W. Bush Presidential Center groundbreaking in Dallas on November 16, 2010.   Join us for a series of events that will move us toward accountability for the past and democracy for the future!

Accountability is the hallmark of a mature democracy:  no one is above the law!  Remind past, present and future administrations that the truth cannot  be buried or changed, and warn the public that the same ideologues who crafted the Bush policies of the last decade will be writing a script for our future.  Will this think-tank develop the same kinds of policies that brought us pre-emptive war, economic crisis, environmental disaster, unprecedented presidential power, and diminished civil and human rights? Act now!  History is already repeating itself!

 

Events are planned in Dallas for November 14 -17, 2010, with the march and rally on the 16th. Join us!

Full schedule below.

Speakers will include:

Dr. Robert Jensen - author and professor at University of Texas School of Journalism
 
Col. Ann Wright - US Army, (29 years); Foreign Service Officer, Department of State (16 years)
 
Diane Wilson - activist, author, and shrimp-boat captain
 
Hadi Jawad - activist, organizer, and former Dallas Peace Center Peacemaker of the Year
 
Ray McGovern - US Army Intelligence Officer, Directorate of Intelligence, CIA (30 years)
 
Lon Burnam - Texas State Representative and immediate past director of the Dallas Peace Center
 
Medea Benjamin - author, activist, and co-founder of Global Exchange and Code Pink Women for Peace
 
Rev. Dr. Bill McElvaney - author and Professor Emeritus, Southern Methodist University School of Theology
 
Debra Sweet - activist, writer, and director of The World Can't Wait
 
Elliott Adams - Past President, Veterans For Peace
 
Marjorie Cohn - author, professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, and immediate past president of the National Lawyers Guild
 
Kathy Kelly - activist, writer, and director of Voices for Creative Nonviolence
 
David Swanson - author, co-founder of AfterDowningStreet.org/WarIsACrime.org

Coleen Rowley - former FBI Special Agent and Legal Counsel, TIME Person of the Year

State & local sponsors and endorsers include:  Texans for Peace, The Dallas Peace Center, North Texas Progressive, North Texas Veterans for Peace, Peace Action Denton, Code Pink Greater Dallas, Waco Friends of Peace, Code Pink Houston, Austin Veterans for Peace, Rational Broadcasting, Code Pink Ft. Worth, The Austin Center for Peace and Justice, Code Pink Austin, Iraq Veterans Against the War - Austin, University of North Texas Campus Anti-war Network, Under the Hood Cafe
 
National & regional endorsers include:  United for Peace and Justice, Veterans For Peace, Progressive Democrats of America, After Downing Street/War Is A Crime, The World Can't Wait,  the Robert Jackson Steering Committee, Operation Awareness, The National Lawyers Guild - TexOma Region.

Disastrous Programs Already Launched Pre-Groundbreaking

  • A plan to put retired military personnel and others with no teacher training or experience in  charge of running U.S. public schools.
  • Promotion on the Bush Center website of the supposed need for a federal law preempting state restrictions on oil and gas drilling.
  • Bush is giving speeches saying his greatest failure was not privatizing Social Security, even though that would have meant destitution for millions of elderly Americans.


Items Unlikely to Be Found in the Bush LIE-bury

Dick Cheney's papers

The 35 Articles of Impeachment

Video of Congressman Dennis Kucinich reading all 35 articles

Statements in support of Bush's impeachment

The 35 Articles of Impeachment and the Case for Prosecuting George W. Bush

The 269 War Crimes

U.S. v. Bush

Historians' ranking of Bush as worst president ever

The Downing Street Minutes

The White House Memo

 

Quotes That May Not Be Carved into the Bush Center's Walls

“I’d take ’em out, take out the weapons of mass destruction . . . I’m surprised he’s still there." -- Bush in December 1999.

"Military action was now seen as inevitable. Bush wanted to remove Saddam, through military action, justified by the conjunction of terrorism and WMD. But the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy." -- Minutes recording British spy chief's understanding of White House policy. July 23, 2002.

"The US was thinking of flying U2 reconnaissance aircraft with fighter cover over Iraq, painted in UN colours. If Saddam fired on them, he would be in breach." -- Minutes recording Bush's suggestion to Prime Minister Tony Blair of a way to start a war. January 31, 2003.

“What’s the difference? The possibility that [Saddam] could acquire weapons, if he were to acquire weapons, he would be the danger.” -- Bush to ABC News. December 16, 2003.

"I'd do it again to save lives." -- Bush on torturing a man nearly 200 times with waterboarding. June 2, 2010.

“History? We don’t know. We’ll all be dead.”  -- Bush on how history will judge the War on Iraq. 

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Accountability for the past. Democracy for the future.

To remind the public that the truth cannot be buried or changed and that no one is above the law, a demonstration will begin at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, November 9, outside the Bush book-signing event at Borders Book Store, 10720 Preston Rd., Dallas, TX 75230.
 

Sunday, November 14
 
3:00-4:00 p.m. -- Interfaith Service of Lamentation and Hope - McCord Auditorium, SMU

6:00 p.m. -- “The People’s Response” Reception - McCord Auditorium, SMU

6:30-8:00 p.m. -- “Accountability for the Past; Democracy for the Future” -
    McCord Auditorium, SMU

Speakers:
Kathy Kelly - Keynote Address
Dr. Robert Jensen - “Projecting Power or Promoting Peace: A Call for Justice, Kindness, Humility”

Monday, November 15
 
10:30 a.m. -- “The People’s Response” Press Conference & opening of “Eyes Wide Open”
boot display - NW corner of Mockingbird & Airline Rd in front of Ford Stadium, SMU

2:00 p.m. -- Peacemaker Workshop - Venue TBA
    Peacekeeper training; sign-making; pre-rally briefing; etc.

6:00 p.m. -- “Symposium on Truth and Democracy” - Speakers and Truth-brary Book-signing
- McCord Auditorium, SMU

Speakers:
    Lon Burnam - moderator, David Swanson, Ray McGovern, Ann Wright, Diane Wilson,
    Medea Benjamin

“The People’s Response” Truth-brary Books and Book-signing:
    Dissent: Voices of Conscience by Ann Wright
    An Unreasonable Woman by Diane Wilson
    Stop the Next War Now by Medea Benjamin
    Becoming a Justice Seeking Congregation by Bill McElvaney
     Cowboy Republic: Six Ways the Bush Gang has Defied the Law by Marjorie Cohn
     Daybreak by David Swanson

Tuesday, November 16

9:00 a.m. -- “The People’s Response” March & Rally - Meet at DART Mockingbird Station
(NE of Mockingbird and I-75) and march to NW corner of Mockingbird & Airline Rd.

Speakers:
Rich Hancock-moderator, Hadi Jawad, Lon Burnam, Ann Wright, Ray McGovern, Charles Grand, Diane Wilson, Elliott Adams, Medea Benjamin, Debra Sweet

3:00-5:00 p.m. -- “Forum on Torture, Human Rights, and the Law” – Interfaith Peace Chapel
    
Speakers: Marjorie Cohn, Debra Sweet, Ann Wright

    Closing Remarks

Wednesday, November 17

5:00 p.m. – “Truth & Accountability Teach-In” – University of North Texas, Denton
    Ann Wright, Ray McGovern

Other events in DFW area:

Friday, November 13 --3:00-5:00 p.m.
“Jobs Today, Jobs Tomorrow: Moving from a Military to Peacetime Economy,” presented by the North Texas One Nation Working Together Coalition. Speakers are Dr. Lloyd Jeff Dumas, professor of economics at UT-Dallas and an internationally renowned expert on economic conversion and military economies; and Nancy Hall, legislative secretary of the Communication Workers of America (CWA), Local 6215. At Interfaith Peace Chapel, 5910 Cedar Springs Rd., Dallas.

Wednesday, November 17 -- 7:00 p.m.
UNT student led protest “Don’t Pay Bush.” In the midst of budget cuts, the $100,000 George W. Bush is being paid to speak this evening will be taken out of student-paid activities fees. At University of North Texas, Denton.

Thursday, November 18 -- 7:00 p.m.
The Embrey Human Rights Program with the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility presents “Dead Man Walking -- The Journey Continues” with Sr. Helen Prejean. At Prothro Great Hall, Perkins School of Theology, Dallas.

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