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Be Part Of The Historic Bush Trial Beginning Fri.

Published: Fri 21 Oct 2005 10:36 AM
Be Part Of The Historic Bush Trial Beginning Friday
Beginning Friday at 6:00 pm, President Bush, Vice President Cheney, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, and a number of other administration officials will be put on trial for war crimes and crimes against humanity. The first Session will be October 21 and 22 (for details see www.bushcommission.org www.bushcommission.org).
This extraordinary event, harkening back to the famous Bertrand Russell War Crimes Tribunal of 1967, is one that you will not want to miss. By being present you will be a part of making history. Every person attending makes the statement that in these times none of us can stand aside from moral responsibility for what is being done in our name. (To register to go www.bushcommission.org/dateplace.htm.)
For the first time, the 2005 International Commission of Inquiry is pulling together the full scope of what the Bush administration is doing to the people of the world. The issues to be investigated include:
1) Wars of Aggression, particularly Iraq and Afghanistan.
2) Torture and Indefinite Detention;
3) Destruction of the Global Environment, in particular systematic policies contributing to the catastrophic effects of global warming.
4) Attacks on Global Public Health and Reproductive Rights, in particular the genocidal effects of forcing international agencies to promote "abstinence only" in the midst of a global AIDS epidemic.
In addition, there will be a special Saturday afternoon session on Bush's response to hurricane Katrina, featuring both experts and survivors telling their own vivid stories.
Even the most avid readers of the news will come away from these sessions "shocked and awed" at what they have learned. Never before has the whole story been pulled together in one place by the experts and eye-witnesses who can tell the story. For example, in the Friday evening opening session you will hear the shocking details of how the military is currently force-feeding detainees on hunger strike in the U.S. concentration camp at Guantanamo Bay.
Seats are still available. Register on-line at www.bushcommission.org/dateplace.htm, by calling 212-941-8086, or register at the door. If you are forced to miss this historic event, you can still help to give it the greatest possible impact by contributing on line at www.nion.us/NSOC/sign.htm. You may also contribute by check. Make payable to Not In Our Name and mail to NION, 305 West Broadway, #199, New York, NY 10013. Also write to C-SPAN at events@c-span.org and ask that they broadcast this event nationally.
Opening speakers include Marcus Raskin from the Institute for Policy Studies, Michael Ratner from the Center for Constitutional Rights, and a special message from historian Howard Zinn. The first evidentiary session on torture and detention will feature Barbara Olshansky who is coordinating the defense attorneys representing the detainees at Guantanamo.
The Commission is sponsored by the Not In Our Name statement of conscience (see www.nion.us) and is endorsed by the country's most prominent voices of conscience, including Sen. James Abourezk, Edward Asner, Russell Banks, Michael Eric Dyson, Richard Falk, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Rabbi Michael Lerner, the National Lawyers Guild, Michael Ratner, Gore Vidal, Cornel West, and Howard Zinn
FRIDAY OCTOBER 21, 6PM, AND SATURDAY OCTOBER 22, 10AM GRAND BALLROOM OF THE MANHATTAN CENTER, 311 W. 34TH STREET, NEW YORK CITY (on 34th Street just west of 8th Ave, two blocks from Penn Station)
Be there! Suggested admission, $30 for two-day session. Sliding scale for low income.

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