Impeachment rallies held coast to coast

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Ron Brynaert
Published: Sunday December 10, 2006

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This Sunday's Human Rights Day has been renamed "Human Rights and Impeachment Day," as groups hold rallies across the United States calling for President Bush and Vice President Cheney to be impeached. This Sunday marks the 58th anniversary of the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

"The purpose of the events is to organize people to lobby their Congress Members for investigations and impeachment and to lobby their local and state governments for resolutions in support of impeachment," co-founder Bob Fertik writes.

The rallies were "kicked off" yesterday at a New York City forum which featured former Rep. Elizabeth Holtzman, who served on the Judiciary Committee during Nixon's impeachment hearings, and anti-war "peace mom" Cindy Sheehan, whose son, Casey, was killed while serving in Iraq over two-and-a-half years ago.

Fertik told RAW STORY that the two speakers were a "genuine inspiration to the enthusiastic crowd of progressive activists who believe we have more than enough evidence to begin the impeachment process."

A participant in the NYC event named Aaron offered the following rave review: "Excellent organizing, speakers great, good time had by all, the bush is quaking in his cowboy boots!"

"Sheehan reminded us that each day's statistics are real families' tragedies," Fertik added. "Holtzman reminded us that impeachment works -- and strengthens our great nation -- when it's done the right way, as it was in Watergate."

As her final legislative act on Friday, outgoing Georgia Rep. Cynthia McKinney introduced an impeachment bill, although it was just a "symbolic parting shot" by the controversial Democrat and has no chance of passing. Incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had promised before the midterm elections that impeachment would be "off the table," and after the Democrats regained control of Congress, Rep. John Conyers, the soon-to-be chairman for the Judiciary Committee agreed.

According to After Downing Street, one of the activist groups helping to organize this weekend's events, there "will now also be rallies to honor and thank Cynthia McKinney."

Events scheduled for today include rallies and parades held in such cities as Seattle, Madison, Chicago, Detroit and Tallahassee.

At a beach in San Francisco, plans were made to use a mass of human bodies to spell out the word "Impeach!" However, a blogger from the Beach Impeach Project announced late Saturday night that "dangerous surf conditions have forced postponement" until the first weekend in January.

Also in San Francisco, "under the spot where the UN signed its charter 60 years ago," activists will sing "carols" while clad in orange jump suits, similiar to the ones that detainees at Guantanamo Bay are forced to wear.