Thursday, July 14, 2005

Poets Against War on the "The Downing Street Memo"

Poets Against War has a new, expanded web site. We hope you will find the Newsletter useful and will contribute to an expanding Poetry Matters section.

In the days immediately ahead, we urge you to inform yourselves and join with us in helping the American Civil Liberties Union bring an end to the pernicious Patriot Act. Bush wants to enlarge upon the Patriotic Act and make it permanent, in clear violation of our Constitutional rights. The vote comes next month.

Also, please take time to read and respond to Barbara Bowen's message below.


Sam Hamill

from: Barbara Bowen, Poetry Matters Editor

Dear Friends:

On May 1, The Times of London printed the text of "The Downing Street Memo, " a document containing meeting minutes transcribed during a meeting
between British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Pres. Bush on July 23, 2002—eight months PRIOR to the invasion of Iraq on March 20, 2003.

These minutes indicate that Bush and Blair were determined to invade Iraq for the purpose of regime change, that they knew regime change was illegal, making manipulation of events and communications necessary. There
was an uproar in the UK in response to the release of the memo, but the media in the U.S. has been almost silent, and the Administration has refused
to respond to requests from Congress and citizens to account for the contents of the memo.

Rep. John Conyers, (D-MI), who stood up against the voting fraud in Ohio (and who supported us when we delivered 13,000 poems against this war to Congress two 1/2 years ago), is organizing a response to press the Administration on The Downing Street Memo. Conyers has called for at least 500,000 people to sign a petition that he will present to the White House this Thursday, June 16. *498,000
people have signed so far. Please add your name to help reach the goal of 500,000.*

• Please follow this link and add your name to the Conyers' petition:

• Please contact your Congressional representatives and urge them to add their name to the 89 Congressional representatives who have already signed a petition demanding accountability from the White House.


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