America Says NO !  
Please participate in and help organize an emergency response to the President's Wednesday night (9pm EST) speech in which he will announce escalation of the war by putting 20-30,000 more troops on the ground in Iraq.

Win Without War and True Majority have pulled together a coalition of organizations to organize emergency protests the following day.  They have setup a website at at which people can both locate and register events in their community.  All events will take place on Thursday evening (or 24 hours after the president's speech, if for some reason it is rescheduled).  U.S. Labor Against the War encourages your participation.

Here is what you need to do -

1.       Choose a high-visibility site (busy intersection, transit station, etc.).  Go to the website to register the location if it has not already been registered by someone else.  If you prefer to organize an event in your own neighborhood, register it on the website.  People looking for events can punch in their zipcode and will be provided a list of events near them.  So, do register the event if it has not already been registered.

2.      At the site, access the "event kit," which includes a PDF of the NO! More Troops signs that can be downloaded and printed out.  [Or design your own.]  Bring copies with you to the vigil.  There you will also find a PDF of an event flyer to give out in advance and "how to" instructions for both individuals and organizations with instructions on how to set up an event.

3.      The website also has a link to a list of names of those U.S. troops killed from each state that can be read during the protest.  Print out the list for your state and bring it to the event.

4.      There is a downloadable copy of the Mandate for Peace Petition available to circulate at the events, but we'd prefer that you to use the USLAW petition, which can be downloaded from In either case, turn in these petitions prior to the January 27th demonstrations so that they can be delivered to members of Congress.  Remind people they can also sign electronically the USLAW petition at the USLAW website.

5.      If you have one, bring a digital camera (or ask others to do so).  Take group photos of all the people at the vigil holding their signs.  Upload the photos to the website right after the event.  They will be displayed there so that the media can see these protests occurring all across the country.  If you have difficulty doing this, send the photo to me and I will upload it.

6.      Circulate notice of these actions to all your lists and contacts, asking them to do the same.  We know the power of the "viral effect" that can be created on the Internet.  We have just a couple of days to tell people about this action to encourage their turnout. 

Silence in the face of this escalation is consent.  Consent is complicity.

Let's counter the Bush administration's "urge to surge" with the people's "urge to purge" all troops from Iraq (and the criminals from the White House).

Demonstrate your outrage and urge others to do likewise.


U.S. Labor Against the War

JANUARY 11, 5th Anniversary of Indefinite Detention at

Guantanamo, - International Day to Shut Down Guantanamo


( international campaign to Shut Down

the Guantanamo Bay Prison.

Noon - Phila. Federal Courthouse

4:30PM - Chester Co. Courthouse

7PM - Program with Guantanamo Prisoners' Attorney


Join the Vigil in Front of the Phila. Federal Courthouse, 601 Market

Street, Phila., PA

"Break the Chains" of Guantanamo!

The vigil will include a dramatic tableau of people chained together

in orange jumpsuits and black hoods, and a reading of names of

those imprisoned without trial at Guantanamo.

Following the vigil/tableau, the names of the Guantanamo prisoners

will be delivered to the Phila. office within the Federal Building of

Senator Arlen Specter, ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary

Committee, calling for the closure of Guantanamo and the repeal of

the Military Commissions Act.

Brandywine Peace Community

P.O. Box 81, Swarthmore, PA 19081 610-544-1818




Chester County Peace Movement's Anti-Detention/Torture Protest

Chester County Courthouse, High & Market Sts., West Chester

Thursday, Jan. 11, 4:30-5:30 p.m.


Wearing jumpsuits, black hoods in protest of indefinite detention &

torture of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Abu Ghraib, and the

American Gulag in Europe, as well as "extraordinary rendtion"

practice of sending prisoners to other countries to be tortured by

other governments. Part of a national protest on Jan. 11,

commemorating the 5th anniversary of first prisoners arriving at

Guantanamo Naval Base.



Upper Bucks for Democracy and the Coalition for Peace Action

invite you to hear Cristi Charpentier of the Federal Defender's

Office, Eastern District of PA, recently returned from Guantánamo,

where she has been working with detainee clients speak about the

denial of habeas corpus, the Military Commissions Act (MCA) of

2006, the use of torture, and the dangers all pose for U.S.

Constitutional law and basic human rights.

January 11, 7 p.m., Plumstead Township Building

5186 Stump Road (0.4 mi east of 611 on right)

Plumsteadville, PA 18949, a few miles North of Doylestown.

Information: 610.749.2063

January 11th, 2007 marks five years of unjust imprisonment,

isolation, beatings, interrogation and abuse for these men. We must

say: no more. We must say: no longer. For our nation of laws, for

our democracy, for our humanity and theirs, we demand small but

essential steps to help return our nation to the best of our own


We call on the United States government to:

· Repeal the Military Commissions Act and restore Habeas Corpus.

· Charge and try in Federal Court or release all detainees.

· Withhold funds for the proposed $125 million construction of new

military courts at Guantánamo.

· Clearly and unequivocally forbid torture and all other forms of cruel,

inhuman, and degrading treatment, by the military, the CIA, prison

guards, civilian contractors, or anyone else.

· Pay reparations to current and former detainees and their families

for violations of their human rights.

· Shut down Guantánamo, Abu Ghraib, Bagram and all other U.S.

prisons overseas, including secret CIA detention facilities.

We mark January 11, 2007 as a day of national shame. But we can

also mark it as a day of citizen action. How? By acting on behalf of

our fellow human beings in Guantánamo, their bereaved families

and all victims of the "war on terrorism."

We declare January 11, 2007 an International Day of Action to Shut

Down Guantánamo. In Washington, DC and around the country,

groups are planning vigils and actions at courthouses, federal

building and public squares. In other countries, the focus will be on

U.S. Embassies and military facilities.

For a full list of both National and International actions, visit