Join these Veterans and Families, Especially if a Veteran, in Rallying behind this Much Needed Bill, in Any Way You Can, write-call-march!!

Other’s, Fight for Implementation of Similar in Your State Legislatures, Extremely Important!!

And Pass This On!

2.2.06 From George McAnanama, Veterans For Peace

Please post widely especially with media and especially with Independent media.  We must fight to protect our troops and the Iraqi people because Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld-Condi WON’T.

We will have a van full of Staten Islanders, heading to Albany for the Press Conference. That group will be led by Debra Anderson of Military Families Speak Out and George McAnanama of Veterans For Peace.  We intend to meet with legislators from both legislative branches and both Political Parties. This is a statewide campaign: please read the press release below and share this information with your colleagues.

This isn’t a partisan issue: it is a matter of life & death and health of our returning New York State National Guard and their families.  Depleted Uranium is poisoning our troops and the country of Iraq.

January 30, 2006

NO DU Coalition of the Hudson Valley

Joan Walker-845-679-6938

430 Ohayo Mountain Road

Woodstock, NY. 12498

Veterans from many wars and many parts of NY State will march in Albany on February 7th from the Legislative Office Building to the nearby Vietnam Memorial where they will speak in support of a bill which will benefit N Y National Guard soldiers returning today from Iraq and Afghanistan.  

The NY STATE DU TESTING AND HAZARDOUS CHEMICALS TASK FORCE BILL will take responsibility for addressing the mysterious symptoms suffered by our NY National Guard soldiers returning from war.  These are often diagnosed as “undisclosed illnesses.”  

It will assist the New York soldier in getting the most advanced test for detecting exposure to radioactive “depleted” uranium (U-238), a product of uranium enrichment used in U.S. weapons and tank armor.   The bill also mandates a Task Force to set up a health registry of NY National Guard soldiers, to investigate the health effects from exposure to radioactive and hazardous chemicals and the precautions recommended for combat zones.   No NY taxpayer funds are to be used.

Assemblymen Jeffrey Dinowitz (D-Bronx), Kevin Cahill (D-Ulster County), and other Co-sponsors will introduce this bill at a Press Conference at the Legislative Office Building at 11:00 on February 7.  

The Veterans March, to set off immediately after, will be led by Iraq Vets Sgt Gerard Matthew and SSG Raymond Ramos, who are both ill and have tested positive along with other members of their Units, for radioactive U238.

Sgt Matthew’s baby girl, Victoria, was born with the same birth anomaly, missing fingers, seen in Iraq babies since 1991 when the U.S. began fifteen years of bathing Iraq with radioactive “depleted” uranium.  

“My husband went to Iraq to fight for his country,” Janice Matthew said, “I feel the Army should take responsibility for what’s happened.”

For info about Albany event & this bill, contact Joan Walker 845 679-6938 or Angela Morano 246-8952.



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Take Our Demand to the White House
Saturday, February 4, 11 a.m.
17th & Constitution, Washington, DC
Speakers include: Kathleen Chalfant, Doris “Granny D” Haddock, Michael Ratner (Center for Constitutional Rights, Boots Riley (the Coup), Representative from 1199 SEIU United Health Care Workers East, Rebecca Schaefer (Georgetown Law School Student), Rev. Al Sharpton, David Swanson (After Downing Street), Sunsara Taylor, Ann Wright (Veterans for Peace).
World Can’t Wait

Public Forum
Featuring: Ray McGovern, Paul Martin, Paul Schroeder, Rosemary Palmer.
February 8
Maplewood, NJ
South Mountain Peace Action

Making Change/Creating Peace!
Featuring: Medea Benjamin, David Swanson
February 15, 7:30 p.m.
Veterans Hall, Santa Cruz, Calif.

Presidents Day
February 20 is Presidents Day. Don’t you wish we had a president? Cindy Sheehan plans to travel to Houston to ask to speak with Bush’s mother. Why not plan your own President’s day event?

Cindy Sheehan and Martin Sheen in Pasadena
SAT, FEB. 25th 7:00 PM
All Saints Episcopal Church, 132 N. Euclid Ave, Pasadena
Emcee, MIMI KENNEDY… Activist & Actor; REV. ED BACON… Rector, All Saints Episcopal Church, Pasadena; FERNANDO SUAREZ, JANE BRIGHT, BILL MITCHELL…, Gold Star Families for Peace; PABLO PEREDES… War Resister; TIM GOODRICH… Iraq Veterans Against the War; STEVE SHERRILL, ED ELLIS… Veterans For Peace; ARLENE INOUYE… CAMS, Teachers & Students; SONALI KOLHATKAR, DON WHITE… KPFK; SALLY MARR & PETER DUDAR… “Arlington West” Filmmakers.
Arlington West Films

Panel Discussion
Ray McGovern, former CIA analyst, author of “Sham Dunk: Cooking Intelligence for the President” Chapter 18 of Neo-CONNED! Again
Stephen J. Sneigoski, PhD, author of “Neoconservatives, Israel, and 9/11: The Origins of the U.S. War on Iraq” Chapter 6 of Neo-CONNED! Again
J. Forrest Sharpe, editor of Neo-CONNED! and Neo-CONNED! Again
March 2, 2006, 6-8 p.m.
Barnes and Noble, 555 – 12th St. NW, Washington, DC 20001 (Metro Center)

A Day of Events in San Diego
Friday, March 3
Lunch at Catfish Club, featuring: David Swanson, Ann Wright;
UCSD Anti-War Rally, ;
6:30 p.m. panel discussion, featuring: Cindy Sheehan, Ann Wright, David Swanson.

4th Annual Party for Progressives!
Activist San Diego presents:
We say NO to War! We Support Peace & Justice for All!
Special Guest: CINDY SHEEHAN
Sat March 4, 8 -11pm
Balboa Park Club Ballroom, San Diego, CA
Dancing to award winning dance band LIQUID BLUE
To purchase tickets: 619-528-8383 or Activist SanDiego

Women Say No to War
March 8, International Women’s Day
At White House and around the world

Students Say No to War in Iraq
March 13-17 on campuses everywhere, marking three years of war.
Campus Anti War

UFPJ Anti-War Events Everywhere
March 15 to 22, marking three years of war.

National Campaign of Nonviolent Actions Planned at Congressional Offices
Now through March 20, marking three years of war.

March to the Pentagon
March 20
Iraq Pledge of Resistance

Progressive Plan for Ohio
March 26

Peace March in New York
April 29
United For Peace

Virginia 11th Congressional District Democratic Party Candidates Forum on the War in Iraq
May 15, 2006, 7-9 p.m.
Mason District Government Center on 6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003.
Virginia Chapter of Progressive Democrats of America (PDA-VA).



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