Tuesday, March 17, 2009

AIG Anger Grows. Protest Blackout Continues In The Media. Push For Bush Administration Prosecutions Grows.

AIG Anger Grows. Protest Blackout Continues In The Media. Push For Bush Administration Prosecutions Grows.


Defending AIG From Stephen Colbert's Angry, Pitchfork-Wielding Mob (Or Not)


As for me, I'm still sharpening my pitch-fork and preparing to join Stephen Colbert's angry anti-AIG mob.



Grassley on AIG execs: Quit or suicide


Sen. Charles Grassley is so angry over AIG bonuses that he says the executives should resign or kill themselves. 

In a comment aired this afternoon on WMT, an Iowa radio station, Grassley (R-Iowa) said: “The first thing that would make me feel a little bit better towards them if they’d follow the Japanese model and come before the American people and take that deep bow and say I’m sorry, and then either do one of two things — resign, or go commit suicide.” 

The radio clip was also aired on WTOP, a news radio station in Washington….







The Blackout of the March 21 Mobilizations


D.C. Community Forum:
We Need Jobs & Schools - Not War
Thursday, March 19 at 7:00 pm

Also: Join the Protest at AIG
Friday, March 20 at 12:30 pm

Become a Volunteer
for the Saturday, March 21st Pentagon March

Community Forum
Thursday, March 19 at 7:00 pm
Covenant Baptist Church
3845 S. Capitol St. SW

From Afghanistan to Anacostia ...
We Need Jobs and Education - Not War and Occupation!

While working people are up against evictions, foreclosures, unemployment, service cuts, and lack of affordable housing and healthcare, the U.S. government is continuing with the criminal war and occupation in Iraq, and deepening the war in Afghanistan. Over the next two years this will cost $200 billion - $274,000,000 a day. With 50,000 U.S. troops staying in Iraq to help prop up the puppet government, and thousands more headed to Afghanistan, the people of the Middle East and the United States can’t wait for the war and occupation to end. The movement for change must stay in the streets. The Vietnam War went on for seven years after a president won the election based on the promise that he would end the war. Everyday, innocent people will die and millions of our tax dollars - money that is desperately needed in communities here in America - will be spent. Join community activists, veterans and military families to discuss what President Obama’s plans mean for the wars and occupations, and for the struggle here at home.

Sponsored by the ANSWER Coalition and the Covenant Baptist Church Social Action Board


Emergency Protest Against AIG Bonuses
Friday, March 20 at 12:30 pm
AIG Offices: 2020 K St. NW

Say "NO" to Million-Dollar AIG Exec Bonuses!
Stop Government/Big Business Theft from Workers! 
Bail Out the People, NOT Insurance Giants & Banks! 

Executives from bailed-out insurance giant AIG cashed $165 million in new bonuses this week. The company received $170 billion in federal bailout money since November. Just last month the Obama administration gave another infusion of tens of billions of tax dollars to AIG when the same executive team announced that the company suffered $61 billion in losses in the last three months of 2008. 

In a mind-boggling decision, Obama’s Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner determined that the government does not have the legal authority to block the new bonuses. Truly amazing! And a good lesson for all workers about the true relationship between government and business. Keep in mind that the only reason AIG avoided bankruptcy was that the U.S. government provided billions more of our money to the same thieves. 

Join an emergency protest and picket to denounce this outrage. Cities and states are slashing jobs and cutting social services, and people are being kicked out of their homes--where's the money for working people? Let's show Washington and Wall Street that they can't get away with stealing from workers time and time again. We have got to take to the streets to defend our jobs, our communities and our children’s future.

Sponsored by the Party for Socialism and Liberation, a member organization of the ANSWER Coalition


Volunteer Opportunties
for the Saturday, March 21
March on the Pentagon

Wednesday, March 18
Volunteer Activist Meeting
7:00 pm @ 1247 E St. SE
(corner of 13th & E Sts. Southeast)
Metro: blue/orange line to Foggy Bottom

Attend the March 21st Volunteer Activist Meetings to find out how you can volunteer at the demonstration. The meeting will take place at the ANSWER Office at 1247 E St. SE. This is at the corner of 13th St. and E Sts. in Southeast DC, just a few blocks from the Potomac Ave. stop on the blue/orange line.
Click here for walking directions from the metro to the office. Street parking is available.

Friday, March 20
Sign-Making Worksession
7:00 pm @ 421 Seward Square SE

(near 5th St. & Pennsylvania Ave. Southeast)
Metro: blue/orange line to Eastern Market

Join fellow activists to make signs in preparation for Saturday's march (no artistic skills are required). This will also be an opportunity to sign up to volunteer on Saturday and to find out more information about the plans for the demonstration. 
Click here to view a map of this location.

Saturday, March 21
Volunteer at the March on the Pentagon!
Meet at 23rd St. & Constitution Ave. NW

Volunteers are needed to help out with a myriad of tasks throughout the day beginning at 5:00 am! Please come as early as you can to help out. By 7:00 am, there will be a clearly marked Volunteer Table where you can check in throughout the day to find out how you can help.

Volunteers should come to 23rd St. and Constitution Ave. NW. 
Click here to view a map of this location.

The metro (closest stop of Foggy Bottom on the blue/orange line) will be opening early at 5:00 am on the 21st, so if you are coming by public transportation, you will be able to arrive very early. Early morning volunteers will find ample street parking.

Click here to let us know if you
would like to volunteer and
what events you plan to attend

If you have any questions or need more information before signing up, please call 
202-544-3389 or email dc@answercoalition.org.

If can hand out flyers and put up posters on your own, posters that you can print and copy, or stop by the office to pick up as many color copies as you can use.

A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition
National Office in Washington DC: 202-544-3389


Nationwide Protests Against AIG, Citi, BofA: Send In Your Reports
By The Huffington Post News Editors 
Watching AIG executives receive million dollar bonuses as millions of Americans face unemployment and foreclosure has inspired unions like the Service Employees International Union and political advocacy groups like MoveOn.org to call ...
Latest News - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/thenewswire/


In an ABCNews.com post describing his March 17 interview with Sen. John McCain on Twitter -- a "twitterview" -- This Week host George Stephanopoulos uncritically reprinted McCain's claim during the interview that he "would have never bailed out AIG." Stephanopoulos did not note that while McCain originally stated in September 2008 that he opposed a federal bailout of AIG, McCain later stated that he supported it, as Media Matters for America has documented. Indeed, appearing on the September 16, 2008, edition of NBC's Today -- hours before the federal government announced up to $85 billion in loans for AIG -- McCain said that the situation could "harm the average American worker," but that "I do not believe that the American taxpayer should be on the hook for AIG" and that "we cannot have the taxpayers bail out AIG or anybody else." But then, after the government intervention had been announced, McCain appeared on ABC'sGood Morning America and while saying "on the bailout itself, I didn't want to do that," he then suggested it had been necessary, saying, "but there were literally millions of people whose retirement, whose investments, whose insurance were at risk here, and they were gonna have their lives destroyed because of the greed and excess and corruption." Further, a September 17, 2008, article on the Good Morning America interview, ABCNews.com reported: "Doug Holtz-Eakin, a senior economic adviser to McCain, sought to clarify McCain's position on the bailot [sic]. 'The senator supports the particulars of the action but regrets that circumstances forced us to actually have to do it.' "

During the Twitter interview, Stephanopoulos and McCain had the following exchange about AIG:


Senator Mark Warner joins group demanding AIG bonus repayment

 Warner's office news release roanoke,va - US Senator Mark R. Warner today joined his colleagues in demanding that AIG Chairman and CEO Edward Liddy ...See all stories on this topic 

Housing starts rise 22% in February
Atlanta Journal Constitution - GA, USA
“There is talk that maybe the economy won’t get better until 2010, but that is when the new projects will start to come onto the market,” said Alan Wexler...


Camus Cafe Political Coffee House: If AIG Has The Best And ...
By Ed. Dickau 
2010: Midterm
 elections. The Greens, Socialists and other leftist parties ... The Kucinich campaign that I saw here in Minnesota in 2004 had the right idea, ... Congress Takes Aim at AIG. Democrats are exploring proposing a tax that ...
Camus Cafe Political Coffee House - http://cafecamuspoliticalcoffeehouse.blogspot.com/


Camus Cafe Political Coffee House: AIG In The News: Kucinich Calls ...
By Ed. Dickau 
Frum: Attacks On Steele Make Me "Sick" · TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads ·
 Cheney: Obama Has Raised The Risk Of...
. Comments. 2376. Pending Comments .... It is too late to impeach Bush. But now we can insist the government say "give ...
Camus Cafe Political Coffee House - http://cafecamuspoliticalcoffeehouse.blogspot.com/


we move to canada: movement to indict u.s. war criminals
By L-girl 
Impeachment: While Bush and Cheney can and should still be impeached, a more likely success would be the impeachment of Jay Bybee. Please ask your Congress member to pursue it: 202-224-3121. Production of Information: ...
we move to canada - http://wmtc.blogspot.com/


OpEdNews » Leaked! International Red Cross Report on CIA Torture
Impeach Colorado Coalition http://ImpeachCO.com. An Investigation for One of those that ordered Torture? Cheney again! This time, did he order Assassinations? A US Congressman is calling for an investigation of the Seymour Hersch ...
OpEdNews - OpEdNews.Com Progressive,... - http://www.opednews.com/


Kucinich: Investigate Cheney’s Alleged ‘Executive Assassination ...
By Suzie-Q 
He also presented articles of
 impeachment against President George W. Bush in June 2008, but that effort again went nowhere. Hersh, the New Yorker journalist who made the claim, also revealed US preparations for a possible Iran strike ...
Suzie-Q - http://suzieqq.wordpress.com/


Conservative Revolutionary American Party III: Watching Stewart-v ...
By T. Scott Brineman 
Most Popular of the Week
· The Brave, Living and Dead · A Real Criminal Investigation ofBush/Cheney; No T... Is the Economic Mess Going to Kill 100000 Non-Pro... Don't they know they lost? ..... reform organization Free Press, Nichols is is co-author with Robert W. McChesney of Tragedy & Farce: How the American Media Sell Wars, Spin Elections, and Destroy Democracy - from The New Press. Nichols' latest book is The Genius of Impeachment: The Founders' Cure for Royalism. ...
Conservative Revolutionary American... - http://crap713three.blogspot.com/


Who's Calling the Shots Now: The Death of American Empire ...
By dlindorff 
Now the once-might US (remember Dick
 Cheney’s “world’s lone superpower” and George H.W. Bush’s “New World Order”?) is reduced to pleading with China to leave its warships alone, and to shamelessly begging, as Hillary Clinton did in one of her first public statements as secretary of state, ... the 1990s and is author, most recently, of “The Case for Impeachment” (St. Martin’s Press, 2006 and now available in paperback). His work is available at www.thiscantbehappening.net ...Democrats.com blogs - http://www.democrats.com/blog



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