George V. Reilly

Washington State Impeachment Resolution

Washington State Impeachment Resolution

In response to the following letter:

Subject: Thurs 4/19: Im­peach­ment in Olympia
Date: Sun, 15 Apr 2007 15:04:29 -0400
From: Democrats.com <activist@democrats.com>
HELP WASHINGTON STATE IMPEACH BUSH AND CHENEY

PLEASE JOIN US FOR AN HISTORIC DEBATE ABOUT IM­PEACH­MENT AND THE IRAQ WAR, ON THE FLOOR OF THE WASHINGTON STATE SENATE ON THURSDAY, APRIL 19TH, 11:00AM. RALLY 10:00 AM.

We have one more week to move SJM 8016 to a vote in the Washington State Senate. WE CANNOT LET DEMOCRACY QUIETLY SLIP AWAY. Democratic leadership can still move SJM 8016, Senator Oemig’s bill to in­ves­ti­gate President Bush and Vice President Cheney, to the floor for a vote, if they choose. Our intention in this campaign is to send our memorial to the US Congress, not to let our bill rot in committee. We need to send out a flood of calls and emails to members of the Washington State Senate, asking them to move SJM 8016 to a vote. It is not enough for our Senators to say that they will vote "if SJM 8016 makes it to the floor." We must urge them to actively advocate for a vote, and to lobby their colleagues in favor of SJM 8016 as well. We need your help this week, to convince leadership to move SJM 8016 to a vote. Here is how you can help:

1. Email or call State Senate leadership today. Urge them to provide leadership by moving SJM 8016 to the floor for a vote. Please tell them that we can’t wait until the next leg­isla­tive session to call the Bush Ad­min­is­tra­tion into account. With our current con­sti­tu­tion­al crisis, we must insist that our Senators exercise their power and influence to support and protect the US Con­sti­tu­tion. Remind then that their sworn oath to defend the Con­sti­tu­tion is their only oath of office, and their highest calling as a public official. The eyes of the country are upon them now. SJM 8016 may be the most important leg­is­la­tion they vote on in their entire career. The fate of our country deserves their dedicated efforts now. We want our Senators to go on record now with their votes. We need to send this message daily to all of leadership. Here are emails for leadership:

2. Contact Governor Christine Gregoire. Ask her to support SJM 8016 by letting Democratic leadership know that she wants them to move SJM 8016 to a vote. Ask her kindly to honor her own oath of office and to use her influence now to restore rule of law in this country. We ask her to protect us from the abuses of the Bush Ad­min­is­tra­tion. Governor Gregoire has not received enough com­mu­ni­ca­tion on this issue. Let Governor Gregoire know that opposition to SJM 8016 would show she does not vigorously support the US Con­sti­tu­tion. We want a vote on SJM 8016 so we know where our Leg­is­la­tors stand. Help us flood her office with calls and emails all week long: (360) 902-4111 http://www.governor.wa.gov/contact

3. PLEASE COME TO THE STATE CAPITOL IN OLYMPIA TO ATTEND THE DEBATE ON APRIL 19TH AT 11:00.

We will gather to rally at 10:00 am (details TBA). Our March 1st rally in Olympia had 500 people. Let’s make this one 1,000 and let the world know that democracy lives in Washington state. As the second state to call for im­peach­ment through our state leg­is­la­ture, we are providing hope and leadership for the rest of the country. We must keep pushing ahead, and keep im­peach­ment "on the table". Every day that we make our voices heard, we win another step toward restoring democracy.

Please arrange for trans­porta­tion with people from your community. We are asking that people sitting in the Senate gallery wear something "Guantanamo orange." (Since signs are not allowed in the Senate gallery, we will alert our Senators to our presence by wearing orange.)

Thank you for your timely response to this call to action. Your commitment to the practice of Democracy has inspired me personally, and given me hope that the good people of this country will prevail.

Thank you,

Linda Boyd Washington For Im­peach­men­tx

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FORWARD THIS EMAIL

I just sent the following letter:

Senator Oemig’s bill to in­ves­ti­gate the Bush Ad­min­is­tra­tion is of vital importance, and I urge you to bring it to the floor of the Senate for a vote.

It seems clear that the Ad­min­is­tra­tion lied us into an un­nec­es­sary war of aggression against Iraq – a war that has killed thousands of Americans and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis; a war that has hurt our national security; a war that has led us into torture and violating the Geneva Con­ven­tion­s; a war that has alienated us from our friends and allies; in short, a war that we cannot afford fi­nan­cial­ly, morally, or militarily.

Surely this is enough to bring im­peach­ment pro­ceed­ings against the President and the Vice President. We must have a full in­ves­ti­ga­tion. The Oemig bill is one of the few avenues that can start this in­ves­ti­ga­tion, since our rep­re­sen­ta­tives in the other Washington are not minded to do so.

I believe that this is not a dis­trac­tion, but the highest service that the Washington leg­is­la­ture can perform for the nation. The 2006 mid-term elections were a referendum on Iraq and on the President. He has repeatedly shown his contempt for the will of the people since then. In the remaining 21 months of his term, he may pre­cip­i­tate us into yet more wars, with Iran and Syria.

I urge you to bring Senator Oemig’s bill to the floor, and to lobby your colleagues to make this happen.

Thank you.

George V. Reilly,
Seattle, WA 98108
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