"Won't happen as long as the Republicans run the Congress" I can hear some say, and I agree. A Democratic controlled congress is a fundamental requirement for a successful Impeachment and prosecution. But even that will not be enough. There must be a rising tide of indignant Americans who are sick and tired of the neo-cons using the Constitution as a doormat.
If you are one of those brave souls who understands the demands of democracy, you might find a trip to Charlotte, NC in order. On Saturday, September 30th, starting at 1 PM, the Charlotte Area Green Party, the North Carolina Green Party and the York County (SC) Greens are holding an Impeachment Rally at Freedom Park. The idea is to apply pressure so that all of the elected officials, regardless of party, will understand that we are unwilling to continue as a lawless nation led by those with criminal intent.
Offering speakers from across the Carolinas and the nation, the rally will call for the impeachment of the President and Vice President based in part on the lies told the Congress and the American people by them in the lead up to the war on Iraq.
Musical acts cover the gamut from individual performers, like Michael Sharpe and Peter Moore to groups like Bellyfull and Hardcore Lounge. Sponsors of the event include the NC, Charlotte and York County (SC) chapters of the Green Party, local branches of Code Pink and NOW, and local activist groups like the Action Center for Justice and the Charlotte Coalition for Peace and Justice.
Speakers will raise the crowd to it's feet time and again as some of the area's most effective speakers will attend. Ed Tant, a rabble rousing editorialist for the Banner-Herald of Athens GA will speak. Tom Turnipseed, a former member of the South Carolina legislature and candidate for Attorney General of SC, will also address the assembly. Gregg Jocoy, Green Party activist from York County SC will address the gathering in Spanish, welcoming some of our most recent Americans to stand up for the values of the US Constitution.
But these are just the appetizers. The main course is expected to make a real impact both on the impeachment effort and in galvanizing a core of support for similar actions in the future.
Nadia McCaffery, mother of Patrick MaCaffery who was killed by the troops he was training, will bring her searing observations to the group. David Swanson, founder of After Downing Street. org, will spell out the case for impeachment, and Ann Wright, a diplomat and Army veteran, will explain her decision to leave her nation's service in protest of the Bush administrations excesses. Speakers from Veterans for Peace and an address by Bill Glass, the Green endorsed Democratic nominee for Congress will wind up the event.
Greens and others who support impeachment are encouraged to attend the event, expected to be one of the largest demonstrations in recent Carolina's history.