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Downing Street House Parties on June 23


July 21, 2005
Hon. John Conyers, Jr. / House of Representatives

Across the US, Americans will be marking the July 23 anniversary of the Downing Street Memos. Rep. John Conyers will be hosting a special conference call for house party featuring Ambassador Joe Wilson and Randi Rhodes as his special guests.

http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/863

We have at least 1700 dead Americans and probably 4 times more than that, if we counted those who died later of wounds received during the war. 10 -20 times that amount injured, maimed, or mentally shattered.

Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi men, women and children dead. Billions looted by Bush's crony war-profiteers during the war and occupation.

How many millions have been stolen from your city or town? See the figures on the National Priorities Project.
• http://www.nationalpriorities.org/Issues/Military/Iraq/highcost/index.html
• http://costofwar.com/

Today 68% of our national spending is going for the military and military-related funding and interest payments, if you pull out the self-funded Social Security and Medicare spending, which is not paid for out of taxes.
• http://www.tompaine.com/articles/20050610/twothirds_on_defense.php
Jack Kaplan



July 23rd House Parties with Ambassador Joe Wilson, Randi Rhodes
Hon. John Conyers, Jr, US House of Representatives

Dear Friend,
July 23rd is the 3-year anniversary of the drafting of the Downing Street Minutes. I am organizing a series of house parties on this date throughout the country in order to broaden public understanding of how Karl Rove and the Bush Administration have manipulated intelligence, deceived the American people, and misled our nation into war.

Given that we learned in the past few days that Karl Rove served as a source for Robert Novak in his column outing Ms. Plame, it is becoming increasingly clear that we need to learn not only what and why Rove told the press, but what the president knew and when he knew it.

If Rove is willing to spin this issue with the press, as today's New York Times story appears to show, he ought to be willing to come clean with the American people.

Today, 91 of my Democratic colleagues joined me in a letter to the President , demanding that Rove either explain his role in the outing of Valerie Plame or that he resign. I was also joined by 12 Democratic Members of the Judiciary Committee asking Chairman Sensenbrenner for hearings on the growing scandal. I believe these hearings will help illustrate how Rovegate is a part of the puzzle of the ongoing Iraq War deception.

Our country is slowing beginning to confront the truth about the about the Bush Administration's deceitful rush to war in Iraq. This has only happened because of people like you are determined to make a difference by getting personally involved.

Over 560,000 people to date have signed our Downing Street Minutes letter to the president . Through this effort, and because of the June 16 th hearing I held in the basement of the Capitol, the mainstream media has been forced to recognize that the American public does care about how we ended up in Iraq.

The house parties I have organized for next weekend provide a platform for people to come together and express their strong opposition to the Bush Administration's conduct of war. Please join us at a house party near you. If you can, host a party. We will provide media kits and other materials to assist with the event. .

I will be conducting a special conference call for house party hosts featuring Ambassador Joe Wilson and Randi Rhodes as my special guests.

Additionally, I would to keep in touch with you through news updates and additional action items. If you would like for me to keep you updated on events here in Washington, sign up for my email updates .

Thank you again for your help and support.


Sign up to attend an event:
a href="http://heh.pl/&tm

Get resources (including sample press advisories) and sign up to host a house party:
http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/526

Read about the largest of the planned events hosted by members of Congress:
http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/863

ASK C-SPAN TO COVER
Email, fax, and phone C-span to request coverage of the major events above:
http://capwiz.com/pdamerica/issues/alert/?alertid=7852366&type=CU

NEW DVD: ROVE's WAR
Do you want to see video evidence of what they said two years ago, side by side with what they said last week? Do you want to see the Rove Scandal painted clearly with no punches pulled? This is a brilliant DVD. It's been mailed, for free, to everyone who signed up to host an event on July 23rd (courtesy of TakeBacktheMedia, which is providing the DVDs, and AfterDowningStreet.org volunteer Ben Slade who is paying for the postage).

You can get a copy by making a donation to TakeBackTheMedia. You can do that and watch a preview here:

http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/869

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