Friday, June 29, 2007

by Mikael Rudolph with Jodin Morey

An aide called from the offices of Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) this morning saying that Rep. Ellison has cosigned House Resolution 333 as authored by Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) calling for impeachment hearings to commence against Vice President Richard B. Cheney.

Members of ImpeachforPeace had met with Rep. Ellison in April at which time he had said that "Impeachment Should Be on the Table", but that he needed to hear clearly from his consituents as to their will in this matter before cosigning the impeachment bill authored by the Representative Kucinich who he described as "a good friend".

Rep. Ellison's signature, along with that of Rep. James McDermott (D-WA), who also added his name to the resolution this week, brought the number of cosigners of H. Res. 333 to ten. Ellison is notably the second member of the House Judiciary Committee to cosign, along with Maxine Waters (D-CA). The HJC is where the bill sits for now, waiting for enough citizen support and pressure to be brought to a vote. A vote resulting in a simple majority of the 38 members of the HJC would initiate impeachment hearings in the House of Representatives against Vice President Cheney for lying to lead us into the invasion and occupation of Iraq, among other charges.

Resolutions in support of H. Res. 333 and calling for Rep. Ellison to cosign were resoundingly passed at the Minnesota 5th District Democratic Farmer-Labor Party Central meeting last week after a presentation by ImpeachforPeace.

Tens of thousands of Minneapolis citizens - constituents of Rep. Ellison - had roared their approval as black-hooded, orange clad 'detainees' in chains preceded the banner in both the May Day and the Pride Festival Parades.

A stack of single page Do-It Yourself Impeachment Memorials over a foot and a half tall was collected at the ImpeachforPeace table during the Pride Festival in Loring Park last weekend alone. DIY Impeachment Memorial forms are available to be downloaded, filled out and mailed to IFP and IFP members will be hand delivering thousands of completed forms to the HJC in July.

It is the view of ImpeachforPeace that the Bush Administration has many times over proven themselves to be domestic enemies to the U. S. Constitution and that Rep. Ellison has simply honored his oath to 'support and defend the Constitution of the United States against enemies both foreign AND DOMESTIC' by adding his name to this resolution.

It is also the view of ImpeachforPeace that those civil servants at every level of our government from City Council and Mayor up through State Congress and the U.S. Congress who have yet to make a public stand against the Bush Administration from their citizen-appointed seat of power are in violation of their oaths of office until they do.

To view a partial list of impeachable offenses committed by and still being committed by Vice President Dick Cheney and others in the Bush Administration, visit the IFP Evidence Page.

Contact your Representative today to express your view on impeachment by calling the Capital Switchboard at: (202) 224-3121

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Minneapolis Citizens: Help us Impeach Bush, City Council


Dear Minneapolis citizens,
Please take 2 minutes to contact your city councilperson and ask him/her to support and pass a resolution for the impeachment of Bush and Cheney. During the June 13th forum with speakers from, Cam Gordon, Green Party City Councilman explained the strategic process for making it more feasible to get the Impeachment Resolution on the City Council agenda. If we inundate the city council with phone calls and emails every day, they will realize there is a strong grassroots movement of constituents behind this issue. Until then, they will simply believe that there are more important things to deal with (like the victimization of the poor).

Resolutions have already passed in 75 cities, 23 statewide and national political committees, the state legislature in Vermont and has been introduced in 9 state legislatures and 17 state legislatures are considering introducing impeachment resolutions.
Some local elected officials may claim that this is a federal issue, but the policies made by the current administration are reducing our LGA (Local Government Aid) which we see affecting our local services.
Including unfunded promises made for Medicare, Social Security, and Federal retirement programs, US taxpayers now have a total debt of $59 TRILLION. That's $516,000 for every US household. (USA Today)

Here is the contact info for city council people:
Minneapolis City Council contact information

WARD 1, Paul Ostrow, 612-673-2201,
WARD 2, Cam Gordon, 612-6730-2202,
WARD 3, Diane Hofstede, 612-673-2203,
WARD 4, Barbara Johnson, 612-673-2204,
WARD 5, Don Samuels, 612-673-2205,
WARD 6, Robert Lilligren, 612-673-2206,
WARD 7, Lisa Goodman, 612-673-2207,
WARD 8, Elizabeth Glidden, 612-673-2208,
WARD 9, Gary Shiff, 612-673-2209,
WARD 10, Ralph Remington, 612-673-2210,
WARD 11, Scott Benson, 612-673-2211,
WARD 12, Sandy Colvin Ray, 612-673-2212,
WARD 13, Betsy Hodges, 612-673-2213,

We also need organizations and businesses to sign a letter of support for the Impeachment resolution. They can be mailed to:
City Hall
ATTN: Minneapolis City Council
350 S. 5th St.
Rm #307
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Here are the 10 reasons for impeachment:
Ten Reasons to Impeach George Bush and Dick Cheney
I ask Congress to impeach President Bush and Vice President Cheney for the following reasons:

1. Violating the United Nations Charter by launching an illegal "War of Aggression" against Iraq without cause, using fraud to sell the war to Congress and the public, misusing government funds to begin bombing without Congressional authorization, and subjecting our military personnel to unnecessary harm, debilitating injuries, and deaths.

2. Violating U.S. and international law by authorizing the torture of thousands of captives, resulting in dozens of deaths, and keeping prisoners hidden from the International Committee of the Red Cross.

3. Violating the Constitution by arbitrarily detaining Americans, legal residents, and non-Americans, without due process, without charge, and without access to counsel.

4. Violating the Geneva Conventions by targeting civilians, journalists, hospitals, and ambulances, and using illegal weapons, including white phosphorous, depleted uranium, and a new type of napalm.

5. Violating U.S. law and the Constitution through widespread wiretapping of the phone calls and emails of Americans without a warrant.

6. Violating the Constitution by using "signing statements" to defy hundreds of laws passed by Congress.

7. Violating U.S. and state law by obstructing honest elections in 2000, 2002, 2004, and 2006.

8. Violating U.S. law by using paid propaganda and disinformation, selectively and misleadingly leaking classified information, and exposing the identity of a covert CIA operative working on sensitive WMD proliferation for political retribution.

9. Subverting the Constitution and abusing Presidential power by asserting a "Unitary Executive Theory" giving unlimited powers to the President, by obstructing efforts by Congress and the Courts to review and restrict Presidential actions, and by promoting and signing legislation negating the Bill of Rights and the Writ of Habeas Corpus.

10. Gross negligence in failing to assist New Orleans residents after Hurricane Katrina, in ignoring urgent warnings of an Al Qaeda attack prior to Sept. 11, 2001, and in increasing air pollution causing global warming.

Here is a copy of the resolution we want placed on the agenda and considered for a vote:

Resolution to Impeach President George W. Bush and Vice President Richard B. Cheney

WHEREAS, George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney conspired with others to
defraud the United States of America by intentionally misleading Congress
and the public regarding the threat from Iraq in order to justify a war in violation of Title 18 United States Code, Section 371; and

WHEREAS, George W. Bush has admitted to ordering the National Security
Agency to conduct electronic surveillance of American civilians without
seeking warrants from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review, duly constituted by Congress in 1978, in violation of Title 50 United States
Code, Section 1805; and

WHEREAS, George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney conspired to commit the
torture of prisoners in violation of the "Federal Torture Act" Title 18 United States Code, Section 113C, the UN Torture Convention and the Geneva Convention, which under Article VI of the Constitution are part of the "supreme Law of the Land"; and

WHEREAS, George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney acted to strip American citizens of their constitutional rights by ordering indefinite detention without access to legal counsel, without charge and without the opportunity to appear before a civil judicial officer to challenge the detention, based solely on the discretionary designation by the President of a U.S. citizen as an "enemy combatant", all in subversion of law; and

WHEREAS, In all of this George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney have acted in a manner contrary to their trust as President and Vice President, subversive of constitutional government to the great prejudice of the cause of law and justice, and to the manifest injury of the people of ________(insert your City/Town/State)___________ and of the United States of America; and

WHEREAS, Petitions from the country at large may be presented by the Speaker of the House according to Clause 3 of House Rule XII;

Be it resolved that George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney, by such conduct, warrant

impeachment and trial, and removal from office and disqualification to hold and enjoy any office of honor, trust or profit under the United States;

Be it resolved further by the City of _________ , That our senators and representatives in the United States Congress be, and they are hereby, requested to cause to be instituted in the Congress of the United States proper proceedings for the investigation of the activities of the
George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney, to the end that they may be impeached and removed from such office.

Be it resolved further, That the Clerk of the City of _________ be, and is hereby, instructed to certify to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, under the seal of the City of _____________, a copy of this resolution and its adoption by the City of _________, as a petition, and request that this petition be delivered to the Office of the Clerk and entered in the United States Congressional Journal. The copies shall be marked with the word "Petition" at the top of the document and contain the original authorizing signature of the ____(insert "Town Clerk" or whomever signs for the City)_____.

For grassroots democracy,
Danene Provencher
Green Party of MN Politics Co-Chair
As a follow-up to our wildly successful impeachment Town Hall meeting with Minneapolis City Council Members Cam Gordon and Elizabeth Glidden, we're attending the Minneapolis City Council Meeting Friday, June 29th. is asking you to show up at the Minneapolis City Council (350 S 5th St, Rm 317) at 8:30am. We suggest you wear impeachment shirts, buttons, etc. Signs are also aloud. Some people might wish to demonstrate outside the building, while others will likely want to attend the meeting itself. Cam Gordon mentioned that any disruption of the meeting might lead to those disruptors being removed from the meeting. Even so, organizers did overhear some people speak of civil disobedience by standing up during the proceedings and loudly expressing their desire for the council to pass an impeachment resolution.

For details, contact Jodin Morey of Impeach for Peace:
use our contact page: