Santa Cruz would have been the first city government to pass a resolution in favor of impeaching Bush earlier this year, if Santa Cruz hadn't also done so, already, three years ago.
People send me reports and photos to post at afterdowningstreet.org from marches and rallies and lobbying efforts, and I get more encouraging news from Sherry Conable and others in Santa Cruz than from anywhere else.
And, this being Santa Cruz, I'd like to extend a welcome to all the representatives of the law enforcement community. Ours is a movement to restore the rule of law, laws like the US Constitution, the War Powers Act, and the Geneva Conventions.
And I did say progressive Democrats, which may be an endangered species, but one that can be grown in captivity and one that is starting to flourish in California.
Three years ago today we tried to prevent a war with the largest public demonstrations in cities around the world that had ever been held. We had built a remarkable anti-war movement before the war was even launched. And the movement had begun building international alliances. CODE PINK was at that time taking flowers to the embassies of nations that refused to support the war.
On February 15, 2003, in the morning, before the big march in New York, with marches in hundreds of cities already underway, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Harry Belafonte, his wife Julie, and Phyllis Bennis went to the UN to meet with Secretary General Kofi Annan.
Bennis recalls the meeting in her book "Challenging Empire," and writes that Tutu began by saying, "We are here on behalf of the people marching today in 665 cities around the world. And we're here to tell you that those people marching in those cities all around the world, we claim the United Nations as our own, we claim it as part of our global mobilization for peace."
Two hours later, Annan gave a media interview in which he said that if force were to be used, a second UN resolution would be required.
The US and the UK tried for but never got that authorization. This war was a war of aggression and one explicitly rejected by the United Nations. That's as illegal as you can get, and that's before exposing any of the lies that never actually made a case for the war.
Instead, they both denied that they had settled on war by July 2002, pointing out that in November 2002 they had gone to the UN, supposedly in an attempt to avoid war.
And, of course, Bush and Blair had publicly claimed to be working for peace right up until the launch of the war in March 2003.