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John Conyers has a great quote in John Nichols' book "The Genius of Impeachment" (pointed out by attentive reader Gordon Bennett):

"I have a choice. I can either stand by and lead my constituents to believe I do not care that the president apparently no longer believes he is bound by any law or code of decency. Or I can act."

On the 5th Anniversary of the Downing Street Meeting and the same day as a Dem Prez candidates debate in the evening on CNN, Youtube, and Google, July 23, 2007, Cindy Sheehan plans to lead a delegation to Congressman John Conyers' office in DC to demand impeachment. Ray McGovern will be among those marching to Conyers' office from Arlington National Cemetery (meeting there at 10 a.m.). Cindy and Ray were two of the four witnesses in Conyers' basement hearing on the Downing Street Minutes in June 2005.

This time, we've not been invited. We plan to sit and read the Constitution aloud. If necessary, we will face arrest.

This is part of a march that Cindy and others are making from Texas to New York. The march may make stops at the district offices of other House Judiciary Committee Members, such as Rick Boucher, Mel Watt, and Bobby Scott.

You can organize a meeting, protest, honk-a-thon, or sit-in at your Congress Member's office. One way to get organized is with this system. You can find events and create them here. And you can meet people in Facebook.

We need a nonviolent revolution to compel our Congress Members to revive our Constitution. Sitting in their offices and reading the Constitution out loud, if enough of us do it, may save our democracy.

Citizens are planning sit-ins the same day in several Congress Members' district offices, including Congressman Conyers' offices in Michigan.

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Why Conyers?

Because he controls impeachment. We wouldn't want anyone else. He has the knowledge and skill to lead the way, and we hope his better half wins out. And we hope he doesn't arrest us for asking him to fulfill his oath of office.

Clearly at least half of Congressman Conyers wants to move on impeachment and wants public pressure to allow / compel him to do so. He wrote the best report on Bush and Cheney's crimes a year and a half ago. He has encouraged the movement for impeachment. But half of him, for whatever reason, is intent on blocking it.

A Tale of Two Conyers
By Congressman John Conyers

WHY did all manly gifts in Webster fail?
He wrote on Nature's grandest brow, For Sale.

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In brief, we have found that there is substantial evidence the President, the Vice President and other high ranking members of the Bush Administration misled Congress and the American people regarding the decision to go to war with Iraq; misstated and manipulated intelligence information regarding the justification for such war; countenanced torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment and other legal violations in Iraq; and permitted inappropriate retaliation against critics of their Administration.

There is a prima facie case that these actions by the President, Vice-President and other members of the Bush Administration violated a number of federal laws, including (1) Committing a Fraud against the United States; (2) Making False Statements to Congress; (3) The War Powers Resolution; (4) Misuse of Government Funds; (5) federal laws and international treaties prohibiting torture and cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment; (6) federal laws concerning retaliating against witnesses and other individuals; and (7) federal laws and regulations concerning leaking and other misuse of intelligence.

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David Swanson is the author of "When the World Outlawed War," "War Is A Lie" and "Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union." He blogs at http://davidswanson.org and http://warisacrime.org and works for the online (more...)

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Why protest Conyers? Because he caved to Pelosi fo... by Mr M on Thursday, Jul 12, 2007 at 8:42:37 AM
Because Pelosi told him to take impeachment off th... by Rae on Thursday, Jul 12, 2007 at 2:42:46 PM
Gee,Let me think?John Conyers, while he was in the... by TroubledTexan on Thursday, Jul 12, 2007 at 7:19:22 PM