A Message from Congressmember Ron Wexler – 2007-12-19 23:03:55
Impeach Dick Cheney:
A Message from Congressmember Ron Wexler
We have already reached 100,000 supporters. Thank You. Now We Need Each of You To Send an Email to Ten More People to Get 250,000 Signed Up at WexlerWantsHearings.com by the End of the Year.
I can guarantee that your 100,000 voices calling for impeachment hearings will now be heard in Congress. Together, through our new Quarter Million Person Challenge, let’s now set a new goal of 250,000 Americans signing up to demand action.
It has been just 5 days since I called for impeachment hearings for Vice-President Dick Cheney and already over 100,000 people – including you – have answered that call by adding your name as an impeachment supporter at www.WexlerWantsHearings.com. This is a truly remarkable response that demonstrates the power that average, everyday Americans can have when we come together to pursue justice and accountability.
Never mind that the national media ignored my call and rejected an op-ed that I wrote along with my Judiciary Colleagues Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI). The Netroots and citizen activists like yourself are spreading our message and demanding action.
Quarter Million Person Challenge
Our movement continues to grow by the hour and the day. But, with the media blackout, I need your help to grow our effort. With 100,000 supporters already signed-up, if each of you e-mail ten of your friends (a “Chain-ey letter”) about www.WexlerWantsHearings.com and the need for Cheney impeachment hearings we will reach over a million Americans and perhaps we can reach a new goal of 250,000 signers by the end of the year!!
Join Me Thursday Night on
Blog Radio to Discuss
Our Next Steps
On this Thursday at 9:00 p.m. (EST) and 6:00 (PST), please join me as I appear on live on the Internet to discuss my efforts to convince Congress to hold impeachment hearing.
Congressman Wexler Live on Blog Radio:
WHEN: Thursday, December 18, 9:00 pm (EST)/6:00 pm (PST)
WHERE: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/fpc (a link will be posted at www.wexlerwantshearings.com and www.wexlerforcongress.com )
WHO: Rep. Wexler will appear live on Florida Progressive Radio with host Kenneth Quinnell of the Florida Netroots Caucus, Bob Fertick of Democrats.com, as well as Dave Lindorf, author of The Case for Impeachment, and David Swanson with AfterDowningStreet.org.
More on the Media Blackout
The New York Times, Washington Post, LA Times, USA Today, and Boston Globe have all rejected our op ed (though the Miami Herald just put an edited version in its “Letters to the Editor” section).
We have heard from the editors of some of these publications and they are telling us that they are getting overwhelmed with phone calls and letters of complaint. (Well done everybody!)
In short — we need to keep the pressure on if this news will spread far beyond the Netroots community.
With warm regards,
Congressman Robert Wexler
Wexler Petition Hits 100,000 But 13 Judiciary Dems Remain Silent
On 12/14, Democrats.com was excited to announce Rep. Robert Wexler’s campaign to demand impeachment hearings for Dick Cheney. Wexler’s goal was 50,000 signatures but with your support, Wexler’s petition passed 100,000!
Wexler is thrilled with your response, and he will hold a virtual town hall meeting on Thursday at 9 pm ET (6 pm PT) on Florida Progressive Radio with Kenneth Quinnell, co-hosted by Democrats.com.
Wexler has the support of two Judiciary Committee Democrats, Luis Gutierrez (IL-04) and Tammy Baldwin (WI-02). Five others are co-sponsors of H.Res. 333/H.Res. 799, Rep. Kucinich’s Articles of Impeachment for Vice President Cheney:
Steve Cohen (TN-09), Keith Ellison (MN-05), Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18), Hank Johnson (GA-04), and Maxine Waters (CA-35).
But that leaves 13 Judiciary Committee Democrats who have NOT called for impeachment hearings. These 6 voted to send Kucinich’s bill to Judiciary on 11/6, so they should publicly support Wexler’s efforts:
John Conyers (MI-14), Bobby Scott (VA-03), Brad Sherman (CA-27), Betty Sutton (OH-13), Mel Watt (NC-12), and Anthony Weiner (NY-09).
These 7 voted to kill Kucinich’s bill on 11/6, so they need to CHANGE their positions and fulfill their oath of office to defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign AND domestic:
Howard Berman (CA-28), Artur Davis (AL-07), William Delahunt (MA-10), Zoe Lofgren (CA-16), Jerrold Nadler (NY-08), Linda Sanchez (CA-39), and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20).
• Please email all House Judiciary Democrats through this petition:
• If you are represented by any of the 13 Democrats listed above, please join your local Congressional District Impeachment Committee (CDIC) and plan local actions like letters to the editor, district office visits, birddogging, honkathons, and collecting petitions and personal letters on the streets:
• If you don’t see a CDIC, please create one:
With Your Help, Chris Dodd Wins Temporary Victory on Warrantless Wiretapping
Immediately after stealing the White House in 2001, Bush and Cheney told the telecom giants to wiretap ALL phone calls and emails of ALL Americans – even though it was completely illegal under FISA, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
Only one company, Qwest, chose to follow the law. In true mafia fashion, Bush and Cheney punished Qwest by denying it contracts and prosecuting its CEO, Joseph Nacchio, for alleged securities fraud. The other companies willingly broke the law, and now face 40 civil lawsuits from outraged customers. So Bush is desperate to get Congress to grant the telecoms full immunity for the crimes he coerced them into committing.
In October, Senator Chris Dodd promised to filibuster the immunity bill. Harry Reid betrayed Dodd and all of us by pushing a vote on telecom immunity. On Monday, Dodd fulfilled his promise, and Democrats.com and other blogs generated over 500,000 emails to Congress in support of Dodd’s filibuster.
Key Democrats supported Dodd’s filibuster, and Reid was forced to reschedule a vote in January. Watch Dodd’s thank-you message:
Of course nothing will stop Bush and Cheney from creating a fascist dictatorship, and they will put immense pressure on Harry Reid to pass the immunity bill when Congress returns. So let’s keep a steady flow of emails to Congress opposing telecom immunity:
Democrats Give Bush Another $70 Billion Blank Check – Join the Democratic Donor Strike
On Tuesday, the Senate voted 70-25 to give Bush another $70 billion blank check for Iraq.
Our soldiers were betrayed by every Senate Republican except Gordon Smith (OR) and 21 Democrats:
Akaka (D-HI), Baucus (D-MT), Bayh (D-IN), Carper (D-DE), Casey (D-PA), Conrad (D-ND), Dorgan (D-ND), Inouye (D-HI), Johnson (D-SD), Landrieu (D-LA), Levin (D-MI), Lincoln (D-AR), McCaskill (D-MO), Mikulski (D-MD), Nelson (D-FL), Nelson (D-NE), Pryor (D-AR), Rockefeller (D-WV), Salazar (D-CO), Tester (D-MT), Webb (D-VA).
On Wednesday, the House voted 272-142 to give Bush another $70 billion blank check for Iraq.
Our soldiers were betrayed by every House Republican except John Duncan (TN-02) and 78 Democrats:
Altmire (PA-04), Baird (WA-03), Barrow (GA-12), Bean (IL-08), Berkley (NV-01), Berman (CA-28), Berry (AR-01), Bishop (GA-02), Boren (OK-02), Boucher (VA-09), Boyd (FL-02), Boyda (KS-02), Brown (FL-03), Carney (PA-10), Chandler (KY-06), Clyburn (SC-06), Cooper (TN-05), Costa (CA-20), Cramer (AL-05), Cuellar (TX-28), Davis (TN-04), Davis (AL-07), Davis (CA-53), Dicks (WA-06), Dingell (MI-15), Donnelly (IN-02), Edwards (TX-17), Ellsworth (IN-08), Emanuel (IL-05), Etheridge (NC-02), Giffords (AZ-08), Gillibrand (NY-20), Gonzalez (TX-20), Gordon (TN-06), Green (TX-29), Herseth Sandlin (SD-00), Hill (IN-09), Hinojosa (TX-15), Holden (PA-17), Hoyer (MD-05), Kanjorski (PA-11), Kildee (MI-05), Kind (WI-03), Lampson (TX-22), Larsen (WA-02), Levin (MI-12), Lynch (MA-09), Mahoney (FL-16), Marshall (GA-08), Matheson (UT-02), McIntyre (NC-07), Melancon (LA-03), Mitchell (AZ-05), Mollohan (WV-01), Moore (KS-03), Murtha (PA-12), Peterson (MN-07), Pomeroy (ND-00), Reyes (TX-16), Rodriguez (TX-23), Ross (AR-04), Ruppersberger (MD-02), Rush (IL-01), Salazar (CO-03), Schwartz (PA-13), Scott (GA-13), Sestak (PA-07), Shuler (NC-11), Skelton (MO-04), Snyder (AR-02), Space (OH-18), Spratt (SC-05), Tanner (TN-08), Taylor (MS-04), Udall (CO-02), Visclosky (IN-01), Walz (MN-01), Westmoreland (GA-03), Wilson (OH-06).
If you contributed to any of these Democratic candidates, call them and demand a refund.
It is time for Pelosi and Reid to resign as Democratic leaders and let real Democrats take over – Democrats who will fight and win, not surrender to Bush and Cheney.
• You can send Pelosi and Reid a message by joining our Democratic Donor Strike against the two fundraising committees they run – the DCCC and the DSCC.
Friday is Iraq Moratorium Day
As we celebrate the Holidays, let us keep in our hearts those with less reason to celebrate:
* The 150,000 troops trapped in a grinding, senseless war, half a world away.
* The mothers and fathers, husbands and wives, children, grandparents, sisters and brothers of the nearly 900 troops dead in Iraq this year, who face a holiday they know they will never again share with those loved ones.
* The people of Iraq, with more than a million of their own loved ones dead, millions more living as desperate refugees in foreign countries, and all trying to survive the devastation of nearly five years of occupation.
• Please remember them all this Friday, Dec. 21, by breaking with your daily routine and taking some action, by yourself or with others, to end the war.