Jul 10

Seeing Fahrenheit 9/11? There are a few things you should know

Saturday, July, 10, 2004

TRUTH IS STRANGER than fiction, and what you see in Fahrenheit 9/11 is the truth.

For months, the American media has been lying and covering up for the Bush regime about the war in Iraq and the reasons for being there.

But Moore’s film has cut through all the lies and propaganda and has shown the American people what they need to know.

He has shown us why 138,000 soldiers were sent to Iraq. He has shown us how the people in the highest positions in the government (and their financial backers) wanted them to take control of the country.

He has shown that not only the people of this country and the people of Iraq, but also the soldiers themselves, oppose this war. He has shown us what any reader of Stars and Stripes or the Army Times already knows: the soldiers are against this war and want to come home.

He has shown “why they hate us.” He has shown why many people in Iraq, including many who cheered the day that Saddam Hussein’s bloody Ba’athist regime fell, believe that the U.S. occupation is worse and that the American soldiers are themselves “terrorists.”

More importantly, he has shown us that the “war on terror” is a lie, a sham. He has shown us that this war is about oil profits and control of the world’s natural resources. He has shown us that, once again, this country is fighting a war for profit, not “freedom” or “democracy.”

He has reminded us that, while the bosses declare the wars, it is always working people who fight and die in them. He has reminded us that these working people in uniform are forced to kill innocent people so that major corporations like Halliburton and the Carlyle Group can reap billions in war profits.

He has shown us that wars overseas have a domestic partner: a war on the democratic rights of all citizens here at home.

But, most of all, he has shown us that the drive to this war was the work of both of the main political parties, the Republicans and Democrats. Whether it was installing Bush, approving the USA-PATRIOT Act or voting for the Iraq War Resolution, both political parties made this happen.

So, what can we do? First and foremost, we all must demand an end to this. We must come together to call for the immediate, unconditional withdrawal of all occupation forces in Iraq. You can do this by getting involved in local peace and justice coalitions or by organizing your own.

We must unite to remove those who made this mess from power. As this movie shows, Republicans and Democrats came together to initiate this illegal war. Thus, in practice, there is no significant difference between them at all, and working people gain nothing from supporting either party.

We must unite to defend the basic democratic rights enshrined in the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Organizations like the Bill of Rights Defense Committee and Free the Detainees are working across the country for this purpose.

Finally, we must work together to build a world where wars based on lies and profit cannot and will not happen. Moore was right to say that the soldiers fighting and dying in Iraq are unwittingly propping up a system that benefits the billionaires and corporations at our expense.

Now, we have a responsibility to take that lesson and apply it. You can do that by joining an organization committed to building such a world: the Socialist Party.

The SP will be running candidates this November to challenge what the two main parties have created. Contact us or check out our website for more information.

Who made this mess?The Republicans (the masterminds) — The Bush regime and their cronies in Congress in were hoping for something like the 9/11 attacks to come along so they could implement their program of endless war, restriction of democratic rights and repressive rule. When the horrific events of 9/11 took place, they silently celebrated and then condemned thousands of innocent people to death.

The Democrats (the accomplices) — At every step, the Democrats in Congress have helped the Bush regime to carry out this assault on the American people (to say nothing of the fact that they helped put Bush in power in the first place!). They have alibied, propped up and justified every brutal act of the Bush regime and must be held equally accountable.

The Media (the propagandists) — War equals ratings; ratings equal profits. At every step, the “free” media has been little more than a mouthpiece for the Bush regime and their agenda of war and repression. Whenever the regime needed someone to sell their lies to the American people, the media was there, falling over itself to “spin” their lies into gold.

The capitalists (the paymasters) — War is good for business, as the saying goes. Endless war against a relatively undefined enemy seemingly spread all over the world is really good for business, especially if the regime is willing to hand out fat contracts worth billions in taxpayer dollars to those willing to give millions in campaign donations.

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Jul 10

Working woman to challenge Conyers

On Saturday, July 10, the Wayne County Caucus of the Green Party of Michigan unanimously selected Lisa Weltman to be their candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in the 14th Congressional District.

Weltman, 40, is a longtime resident of Detroit and a well-known activist among working people in the area. She is currently an adjunct instructor at Mott Community College in Genesee County, Mich.

Weltman was chosen to be the Green candidate after she made a passionate statement about why she feels it is necessary to present a clear, progressive challenge to the incumbent, 20-term Representative John Conyers Jr.

“In the past, Conyers has put forward many progressive ideas,” said Weltman, “but in the last period he has sought to accommodate the Bush agenda of wars for profit and attacks on democratic rights.”

Weltman points to Conyers’ votes in support of laws that restrict the democratic rights of American citizens under the guise of the “war on terror,” his support for Bush’s “No Child Left Behind” legislation, and his co-authorship of a bill, with Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY), to reinstate the military draft as examples of this shift.

“I want to present a real alternative for working people to the politics of war and repression. The people of this district deserve a Representative who will be consistent in opposing the policies and practices of the Bush regime.”

Weltman says she intends to run a grassroots campaign, designed to “empower working people to stand up for themselves.”

However, according to the Weltman campaign, the goal is not simply to siphon off votes from the Democratic Party. According to a spokesperson for the campaign, voter education and outreach — especially to those who have never voted before or have not voted in a long time — is a central part of the effort.

“About half the eligible voters in this country don’t bother to come to the polls,” said Martin Schreader, spokesperson for the Weltman campaign. “The main reason for many of these people is because they do not think any of the candidates represent their interests. We want to change that.”

Schreader added that if traditionally Democratic voters decided to switch to the Greens, he would welcome it. “If a Democrat thinks they have more in common with the vision and principles of the Green Party, then they should by all means vote Green.”

“But we want [Weltman’s] campaign to be the one to reach out to and mobilize those people who have felt disenfranchised by the two-party system.”

Currently, the Weltman campaign is planning out its schedule for the next three months, including campaign appearances, interviews and other events. The schedule, when it is completed, will be listed on her website: [link].

Those interested in scheduling interviews or seeking comment from Weltman can call (313) 535-4234, or send an e-mail to LAN_EMAIL_SUBS.

Jul 04

No more war and an Appeal to Reason

Over a hundred people rallied at Grand Circus Park in Detroit, MI, following a march along Woodward Ave. demanding an end to war, violence and injustice.

On July 3, the day before countrywide celebrations of the American Revolution, young members of the Michigan Emergency Committee Against War and Injustice (MECAWI) spoke out against mass amounts of money going to war and imperialism instead of education and health care, and the drive to bring back the draft to send more working class youth to die for capitalist interests.

The Detroit Socialist Party, along with members of the Socialist Party of Michigan, mobilized to this rally and joined the demands for an end to the occupation of Afghanistaion and Iraq, the liberation of Palestine and money for education and health care.

As the struggle against imperialism continued, members of the Debs Tendency, a tendency in the Socialist Party USA, distributed the first issue of the new Appeal to Reason, a publication originally published between 1879 and 1922 read by hundreds of thousands of working people.

The Socialist Party of Michigan will continue its opposition to American imperialism until all US troops have come home!