In response to the following letter:
Subject: Thurs 4/19: Impeachment in OlympiaDate: Sun, 15 Apr 2007 15:04:29 -0400From: Democrats.com <email@example.com>Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.orgHELP 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.
Linda Boyd Washington For Impeachmentx
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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.