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!
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
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.
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
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
Lon Burnam - moderator, David Swanson, Ray McGovern, Ann Wright, Diane Wilson,
“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.
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
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.