In a sign of the fundamental shift being made by the new Congress, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee last week passed a bipartisan resolution introduced by Joe Biden (D-Del.) and Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) opposing President Bush’s military escalation plan for Iraq. The measure could come before the full Senate next week.
WASHINGTON — United in their opposition to the Iraq war, thousands of union members took aim at Bush administration policy last weekend, marching and rallying in the nation’s capital and beating corporate fat cats at their own game by lobbying in the halls of Congress.
In smaller cities and towns across the nation, tens of thousands of people demonstrated in solidarity with those who marched in Washington on Jan. 27 to bring the troops home.
SAN FRANCISCO — It was a night of tumultuous applause and repeated standing ovations, from the introduction of war resister First Lieutenant Ehren Watada’s mother, Carolyn Ho, by San Francisco Labor Council head Tim Paulson, to the evening’s main presentation by Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio), now running for his party’s presidential nomination.
WASHINGTON — More than 1,000 antiwar lobbyists from 48 states visited hundreds of lawmakers’ offices on Monday, Jan. 29, to urge them to pass a Senate resolution opposing the Iraq war and to use the “power of the purse strings” to terminate the deadly four-year conflict.