Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Bring The Guard Home; It Is The Law. It Is The Time To Act. It Is The Time To Take And Make A Stand!

Bring The Guard Home; It Is The Law.  It Is The Time To Act. It Is The Time To Take And Make A Stand!

"The action I am taking is no more than a radical measure to hasten the explosion of truth and justice. I have but one passion: to enlighten those who have been kept in the dark, in the name of humanity which has suffered so much and is entitled to happiness. My fiery protest is simply the cry of my very soul. Let them dare, then, to bring me before a court of law and let the enquiry take place in broad daylight!"

- Emile Zola, J'accuse! (1898) -


I don’t care if you call yourself Liberal, Progressive or Radical; it is time to get over the labels it is: time to get past posturing; time to stop talking; time to ACT together under one banner.  It is a new year, a new President and a time for a new beginning.  Old agendas will not be forgotten, old goals will not go by the wayside, but it time to get past our own divides, regroup, reorganize with the serious of purpose and commitment.  One victory leads to the next, one step at a time.  Wars fought on many fronts always fail.  It is time to coalesce and win.  Every great social ferment in this nation that has changed the historical landscape of this nation has come when divergent movements and forces have become focused and unified, and when they have done so the torrent of reform and change has followed in tsunami fashion.  Now is that time!






"It is clear that the mission that Congress authorized no longer exists. The President has no current or permanent legal authority to keep Guard members in Iraq."  ~ Rep. Michael Fisher, Vermont State House


"Bring the Guard Home! It's the law." is a national movement of state campaigns to end the unlawful overseas deployment of our National Guard. (Please note that this is a new website and that there are a few bugs we are still working to correct - thank you).

State campaigns are active in Alaska, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Vermont, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Wisconsin, and new states are joining all the time. For state legislation ending Guard deployments to Iraq and/or Afghanistan, click here.


National sponsors include AfterDowningStreet.org, Cities for Peace, CODEPINK, Courage to Resist, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Liberty Tree, Military Families Speak Out, Peace Action, Progressive Democrats of America, United for Peace and Justice, Veterans for Peace, U.S. Labor Against the War, Women Legislator's Lobby, and Women's Action for New Directions.


Launch Events: Bring the Guard Home!




Date: January 21, 2008



(Washington D.C.) - Launch Party at Busboys and Poets,

Press Conference at the National Press Club.


Full Description:

A New Day.  A New Government.   A New Defense Policy.

We are very pleased to invite you to the national launch of "Bring the Guard Home! It's the law." On Wednesday, January 21st, immediately following Inauguration Day, we will gather in Washington D.C. to begin a new era in American defense policy. After years of presidential misappropriation of power, state legislators across the country are preparing to end the abuse of our National Guard and restore the rule of law.

The "Bring the Guard Home! It's the Law." campaign has been building momentum over the course of 2008, as state after state have joined the effort. Vermonters initiated the campaign in January with the introduction of legislation ending future deployments of the Vermont Guard to Iraq. Legislators in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island followed with similar legislation in those states. Even in the midst of an election year, state legislators and peace activists began to build support for bringing the Guard home in state after state, state legislature after state legislature.

Now, with Bring the Guard Home! campaigns underway in a third of the states, we are ready for our . . .


6:00pm, Wednesday, January 21st
Busboys and Poets Restaurant 
14th & V Streets, NW, Washington D.C.
Donations welcomes, no one turned away for lack of funds.




Earlier that day, January 21, we will hold a press conference at the National Press Club featuring state legislative sponsors, veterans, military families, legal counsel, and key campaign coalition partners. Members of the news media are invited to RSVP. Click here.



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