Event Report: 12 Dec 09 Cynthia McKinney, Ralph Nader et al

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Cynthia McKinney, Ralph Nader, and a number of others gathered today across the White House, seeking to protest the decision to “surge” in Afghanistan.

As best we couild tell, this did not make the news in any serious way.

Protesters at White House Oppose Afghanistan War

Many say they are disappointed with the president and didn’t expect him to escalate the war when they voted for him last year. They gathered Saturday in Lafayette Park.   Rally organizers say about 100 peace activists organized the protest. Speakers were to include former U.S. congresswoman Cynthia McKinney and former Sen. Mike Gravel.

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PRESS RELEASE (GREEN PARTY):  Rally to tell Obama ‘No You Can’t!’ send more troops to Afghanistan: Dec. 12 in DC near White House

Washington, DC – Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) will join former Rep. Cynthia McKinney, former Sen. Mike Gravel, Nobel Peace Prize nominee Kathy Kelly, and a host of antiwar leaders for an emergency rally in Lafayette Park this Saturday.

We will demand that President Obama announce an immediate ceasefire in Iraq and Afghanistan to end the wars and order our troops home. The President must stop Predator drone attacks and covert operations in Pakistan, and begin immediate reconstruction and recovery in war torn regions. Too many people have suffered and died.

Phi Beta Iota: We respect the participants very much but consider them naive.  First of all, Barack Obama is not calling the shots, the military-industrial complex and their bankers are calling the shots.  Second of all, there is one thing and one thing only that will get the USA back on track, and that is an Electoral Reform Act in time to break the back of the two-party tyranny that has turned the US Treasury over to Goldman Sachs, Citi-Bank, and Morgan Stanely.  All it would take to get that Act is for Ron Paul, Ralph Nader, Jackie Salit, Cynthia McKinney, and Dennis Kucinish to agree to stand together on this–sadly, their egos are bigger than their strategic sense.