Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Part 2 "The Crimes" from Robert Greenwald BraveNewFilms

Dear activists, colleagues and friends,
We knew people were furious about Gonzales, but the numbers signing the petition (almost 60,000) and watching the video (over 200,000) exceeded all our expectations. It even hit #1 on YouTube. Jim Gilliam, who is ALWAYS accurate on these things, had thought we might have 10,000 people sign after the first couple of days!

1. Watch the video
2. Forward to your friends
3. Call your Congressperson
So we fast-tracked part 2. The fight is on!
Watch the new video:

Thank you for signing. You've inspired us to go for 100,000 signers, so our friends at Democracy for America will have a nice round, BIG number to take with them when their grassroots leaders present the petitions in the home districts of every member of Congress.

I am sure each one of you has five or ten people you can send the videos to with a personal note. (please no spamming) People are angry, and they want a way to take action. Send them the videos and petition here:

Nicole at Crooks and Liars: "A strong movement for impeachment can only help get Gonzales out of office. The no confidence votes this week are a step in the right direction but if he doesn't resign before or after the votes (and he seems to be holding on), impeachment will be the only option."

Impeachment proceedings must begin in the House Judiciary Committee, so we put all their phone numbers on the website. Speak to a staffer, explain your concerns, and tell them to watch the video at Read up on the specifics of impeachment on the website, so you can articulate specifically and firmly. The more calls the better. Then when DFA presents the petitions, they will know of your concerns.

Robert Greenwald
and everyone at Brave New Films

P.S. Democracy for America is taking out newspaper ads in large cities and key districts this week. Check out the print ad. (pdf)

P.P.S. If you call Rep. Maxine Waters or Rep. Robert Wexler, be sure to tell them they are in the video, and thank them for the tough questions.

Brave New Films is located at 10510 Culver Blvd., Culver City CA 90232 and If you do not wish to receive future videos from us, click here.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

It's time to Stop the Clash of Civilizations

Stop the clash of civilizations
Talk is rising of a ‘clash of civilizations’. But the problem isn’t culture, it’s politics – from 9/11 to Guantanamo, Iraq to Iran. This clash is not inevitable, and we don't want it.

So where to start? The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the key symbol of the rift between Islam & the West. It's time to step up and take the initiative.

Add your voice to the petition and we'll put billboards demanding REAL PEACE TALKS NOW in the streets of Jerusalem.

Monday, May 21, 2007

3 Quick Action Points- Please IMPEACH Gonzales & Cheney! + Keep "Organic" Organic

1. If you don't already know why Gonzales should be impeached--check out this new video from Robert Greenwald to impeach Alberto Gonzales... and sign the petition!



Thursday, May 17, 2007

Malloy Endorses

Mike Malloy Show snippet 5/16/07 on NovaM Radio

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

DN! “Ordinary People Are Capable of Doing Extraordinary Things, and That’s What It’s All About. They Must Count!” Studs Terkel at 95!

May 16th, 2007
Studs Terkel At 95: “Ordinary People Are Capable of Doing Extraordinary Things, and That’s What It’s All About. They Must Count!”

Celebrations and tributes are taking place across the country to mark the 95th birthday of Studs Terkel, the legendary radio broadcaster, oral historian and author. The Chicago History Museum is hosting a party today in honor of Studs and a skywriter will fly over the city to spell out happy birthday wishes. WFMT - the local station Studs long called his radio home and where he is known as the "resident free spirit" - will devote the entire day's programming to him. Studs Terkel joins us from a studio in Chicago for a wide-ranging conversation about his life, his work and his thoughts on the past century.

Over the decades, Studs Terkel has penned more than a dozen books and - at the age of 95 - he is still going. His long-awaited memoir, titled "Touch and Go," is due to be published in November.

He has also won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Foundation Medal for distinguished contribution to American letters, the George Polk Career Award and the presidential National Humanities Medal. He hosted a daily radio show on WFMT in Chicago from 1952 through 1997.

Today we spend the hour with Studs Terkel. He joins us from a studio in Chicago for a wide-ranging conversation about his life, his work and his thoughts on the past century. I began by asking him what it feels like to turn 95.

Listen to Segment || Download Show mp3 Watch 128k stream Watch 256k stream Read Transcript Help Printer-friendly version Email to a friend Purchase Video/CD
  • Studs Terkel
Related Links:

Monday, May 14, 2007

The Mother of a March! ***Video of Arrests 5/14/07

MOTHER OF A MARCH --Cindy Sheehan

"The time for being polite to our war-mongering politicians and organizations which support them is over.

We mothers have to stand up and put our bodies on the line for peace and humanity. We must look into the best parts of ourselves that make us mothers willing to care for and protect all children of the world, not just our own. We need to access our hearts and souls to lead from a place of compassion and love not from war/fear mongering, hatred and disgraceful threats and use of bullying force.

I am calling on Mothers of the world to join us in Washington DC for a “10,000 Mother of a March” on the day after Mother’s Day, Monday, May 14th, 2007. Marches on the weekends are not effective, we need to shut the city of DC down! We will surround Congress and demand an end to this evil occupation and refuse to leave until the Congressional Leadership agrees with us, or throws us in jail!

Meet at Layfayette Park at noon. We will rally then march to Congress

I am calling on Mothers of the world to descend on US embassies all over the world that day. Imagine 10,000 Iraqi women marching on the Green Zone: marching in solidarity with us to end the slaughter of their children. I believe millions of mothers around the world are tired of their children being used as cannon fodder and political tools in the games of war and killer sanctions. Together we will stop the war machine.

Mothers united will never be defeated!"

Friday, May 11, 2007

Honoring Mothers "No More Victims"

from MothersDayforPeace

Celebrate the true meaning of Mother's Day.

In 1870, after the devastation of the American Civil War, social activist and poet Julia Ward Howe wrote the original Mother's Day Proclamation calling upon the women of the world to unite for peace.

This Mother's Day, celebrate the true meaning of the holiday by giving your mother an e-card with a donation to No More Victims. No More Victims is a non-profit organization which brings war-injured Iraqi children to the United States for medical treatment. Your contribution will help bring Salee, a ten-year-old girl who lost both of her legs in the war, to Greenville, South Carolina where she will receive surgical treatment and prosthetics. Learn more.

Mother's Profiles

Julia Ward Howe

Julia Ward Howe was a poet, writer and activist who fought vigilantly for peace, the abolition of slavery, and women's rights.

In the years leading up to the Civil War, she co-published The Commonwealth, an abolitionist newspaper, with her husband Samuel Gridley Howe. In 1860, she penned the Battle Hymn of The Republic to inspire Union soldiers fighting in the war. The song became a rallying cry for the Union throughout the war, and remains her most famous work.

The horrors of the war moved her to campaign tirelessly for peace. She served as president of the American branch of the Women's International Peace Association, and in 1870 she wrote her Mother's Day Proclamation. Julia Ward Howe was also instrumental in the women's suffrage movement. She was a co-founder of the American Woman Suffrage Association and served as
editor of Woman's Journal. Her influence on the movement ranks her alongside Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cody Stanton as one of the most important voices of the period.

In recognition of her tremendous effect on American culture and history, Julia Ward Howe was the first woman elected to the American Association of Arts and Letters in 1908. A true American pioneer, Julia Ward Howe remains one of the most influential figures in the history of both the civil and women's rights movements.


Arise, then, women of this day!
Arise, all women who have breasts,
Whether our baptism be of water or of tears!

Say firmly:
"We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies, Our husbands will not come to us, reeking with carnage, for caresses and applause. Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn All that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience. We, the women of one country, will be too tender of those of another country To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs."

From the bosom of the devastated Earth a voice goes up with our own.
It says: "Disarm! Disarm! The sword of murder is not the balance of justice."
Blood does not wipe out dishonor, nor violence indicate possession.

As men have often forsaken the plough and the anvil at the summons of war,
Let women now leave all that may be left of home for a great and earnest day of counsel.

Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead.

Let them solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means
Whereby the great human family can live in peace,
Each bearing after his own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar,
But of God.

In the name of womanhood and humanity, I earnestly ask
That a general congress of women without limit of nationality
May be appointed and held at someplace deemed most convenient
And at the earliest period consistent with its objects,
To promote the alliance of the different nationalities,
The amicable settlement of international questions,

The great and general interests of peace.