George Stephanopoulis
Sun Jul 8, 2007 12:58


TODAY: Ron Paul guest on ABC's This Week with George

Today he was a guest on ABC's This Week with George
Stephanopoulis, 10:00 AM.

lojpre (30 minutes ago)
wow george, you certainly are a dick!

Ron Paul | End the War on Freedom



Poll: Impeachment talk gains steam after Libby move
Boston Herald - 13 hours ago
By Herald wire services A bad week for President Bush may foreshadow a dismal political season, as the president’s poll numbers plummet, Republicans abandon his Iraq policy and he faces a nascent censure and impeachment movement


An Open Letter to America:
"Now is the time for us to stand up and stand together"
By Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr.

July 1, 2007

My Fellow Americans:

The power of our voices against the U.S. occupation of Iraq is reaching
the top echelons of the military and the administration. Our government
is persecuting Americans who speak out against the U.S. military
presence in Iraq. The U.S. military has launched politicized attacks on
its own military members and moral leaders who oppose the war to
discredit their voices of dissent.

We have seen them target Cpl. Adam Kokesh to stop him from exercising
his freedom of speech, after risking his life in Fallujah, Iraq. We
have seen them threaten Sgt. Liam Madden for publicly stating the legal
fact that the U.S. invasion is a war crime according to the Nuremberg
principles. They have targeted Cpl. Cloy Richards, a soldier put in the
media spotlight when his mother Tina Richards worked to get him the
health care he needs after returning from Iraq eighty percent disabled.
These are not happenstance targets. These young men are leaders of the
Iraq Veterans Against the War and they are speaking out in a strong and
coordinated way.

And now I have been targeted.

Who am I? Many of you know me as a reverend, an activist, an architect
of Hip Hop politics and a freedom fighter, but I am also an Officer in
the United States Air Force Reserve. I have long been in the struggle
for peace and freedom and I serve proudly as a leader of faith. I
joined the military as part of the "poor peoples draft" - to help pay
for my education. In May 2000 I was commissioned as an Officer in the
U.S. Air Force Reserve and was accepted into the Chaplain Candidates
program. In 2002 I graduated from Howard University School of Divinity,
Magna Cum Laude. I was ordained a Reverend and Elder in the Church of
God in Christ shortly after my graduation and today I remain in good
standing in the Church. In May 2003 I completed the Chaplain Candidates
program, but I decided not to pursue a career as a Chaplain in the Air
Force. I have been in the Air Force Reserve Individual Reserve program
ever since.

On March 26th of this year I received notification from the Air Force
that they are taking action to honorably discharge me on the basis of
"behavior clearly inconsistent with the interest of national security."
Ironically, this letter arrived six days after I announced the launching
of a national "Make Hip Hop Not War" Tour at a press conference on
Capitol Hill.

On July 12, 2007, when I leave Robbins Air Force Base after my discharge
hearing, whether I remain an Officer or not, I will be a leader always,
and a patriot evermore committed to ending this immoral war.

In February 2003 I felt the sense of urgency many felt in the lead up to
the invasion of Iraq to speak out. Even though I was only a Chaplain
Candidate and a 2nd Lieutenant, when I had the opportunity to preach at
Andrews Air Force Base, the home of Air Force One, the message that I
preached was "Who Would Jesus Bomb?" Since then hundreds of thousands
of Iraqis and thousands of Americans have lost their lives and we now
face a state of permanent warfare in our world.

This moment in history is our generation's lunch-counter moment - Iraq
is our Vietnam and New Orleans is our Birmingham. Our generation could
be the generation to defeat racism, poverty and war, but only if we come
together as people of conscience. In the movements of the 60's,
solidarity among the civil rights movement and the anti-war movement was
never truly achieved. As the "Hip Hop generation" - a generation where
the sons and daughters of former slaves work side by side with the sons
and daughters of former slave owners - we have the ability to bridge the
gap and link movements for peace, justice, civil rights and the
environment in true solidarity.

We will not make the world safer - or achieve true national security -
by starting wars that put our humanity at risk and we are certainly not
making our country safer by intimidating veterans who courageously speak
out. Policies that address the issues of poverty, racism, climate
change, the economy and jobs are at the core of national security. I
will continue to speak out against the war, seek justice for Katrina
survivors, fight against racism, struggle for equality and advocate for
a healthy planet. I hardly think that this sort of behavior is
"inconsistent with the interest of national security."

My brothers and sisters, opposition to this illegal war and occupation
is not a cause - it constitutes a response to a state of emergency. It
is our urgent responsibility to stop this war. According to the Book of
Psalms, "Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning."
I know it looks bad now and our hope seems to wane and sometimes we want
to give up. But, if we can all come together - black and white, brown
and yellow, rich and poor, male and female, straight and gay, republican
and democrat - whether you still love this country or are withdrawn in
anger, not only can we defeat this war and restore justice and
democracy, there will once again be joy in the morning.

My mother in the movement, Cindy Sheehan, will be with me on July 12th
at Robins Air Force Base in Georgia and I urge you to join me on the
12th as well. I also urge you to continue to increase your activism.
This is our lunch-counter moment.

For Future Generations,

Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr.

Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr. is President of the Hip Hop Caucus. Much
needed donations to his legal defense fund can be made at:

Online donations:

Hip Hop Caucus
1112 16th St. NW, Suite 600,
Washington, DC 20036.
You can contact the Hip Hop Caucus at 202.787.5256 or at

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