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Kucinich

OK, so he's a Great White Hope and still just another politician ... but he's got more guts than 99% of the american populace and has some really interesting ideas.
Kucinich for President

"Our children deserve a world without end,
not a war without end."

- Dennis Kucinich

THE PEACE REPORT

A Periodic eNewsletter from Dennis Kucinich,
A member of Your Congress

"You never change things by fighting the existing reality.
To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete."

- Buckminister Fuller

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Peace Links:

Western States Legal Foundation

Lawyers' Committee on Nuclear Policy

Abolition 2000

GRACE

MoveOn

Global Action to Prevent War

Institute for Defense & Disarmament Studies


Fourth Freedom Forum

Hague Appeal for Peace

International Peace Bureau

Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)

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Kucinich meets with Emerson Middle School students, February 22, 2002

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Congressman Kucinich delivers an Alternative State of the Union address,
January 29, 2002

My fellow advocate for peace,

For more than six months, millions of people throughout the world have joined together against war. Millions have instead stood for peace. And, while we support our sons and daughters, our brothers and sisters, our friends and relatives who are enlisted in the service of our great nation, we are united and unwavering in our belief that the conflicts of the world cannot be resolved through perpetual warfare.

As you may know, I am running for President of the United States. I am running because I believe in the cause of perpetual peace, not perpetual war. I believe we must reach out to our adversaries, not with fists clenched to cause mutual pain, but with open hearts to establish mutual understanding.

While I am running for the highest public office in our great democracy, my sights are set even higher than victory in a single election. With your help, I am also trying to build a movement for progressive social, economic, and political change.

I am certain that an historic movement of great and lasting achievement is within our grasp. I am certain because I have marched for peace through our great cities with all of our brothers and sisters. I am certain because I have spoken with so many of you, and each person has shown me their resolute and indefatigable core. And I am certain because each person committed to our movement is connected to the greater whole in common cause as never before.

Technology, and in particular email and the Internet, has played a highly significant role in establishing and reinforcing our strong bond. Over the last several weeks, many of you have written and spoken to me about the lack of meaningful information concerning our movement's response to the invasion of Iraq. I believe this problem is serious and endemic, and extends to the inadequate reporting of peace-related activities that occurs daily in Washington, D.C.

Today, in response to this problem, I will begin to publish an eNewsletter called the Peace Report. The first report follows below. In this periodic report from our nation's capitol, I will describe a new kind of campaign that wages peace, not war. It is a campaign being waged every day, at the highest levels of your Federal government, for the cause of peace.

As a Congressman from Ohio and as co-chair (with Rep. Barbara Lee) of the Democratic Progressive Caucus, I act daily with other elected officials to resist endless war. With the Peace Report, I hope to provide you with timely information about our efforts in order to help you take action to promote peace.

The Peace Report will tell you about those elected Federal officials, in many cases your elected officials, who are working to bring an end to this war and to lead this nation to non-violent conflict resolution.

I hope my Peace Report will serve all interested in the cause of peace, regardless who they may choose to support. If you do not wish to receive the Peace Report, for any reason, please follow the instructions at the end of this email.

The Peace Report will initially follow a standard weblog format with journal entries. It will also provide information about upcoming peace- related activities and initiatives in Congress and the Federal government. What follows is our first report. Thank you for reading.

Peace, always, to you and your families and friends,

Dennis

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PEACE REPORT - EARLY APRIL 2003

(4/1/03 - 4/8/03)

April 8, 2003

Today, we redoubled our efforts to promote peace at the national level. Forty-seven of my fellow Members of Congress and I introduced H.R. 2459, a bill to establish the Department of Peace at the Cabinet level. The Members of Congress who joined with me were: Mr. CONYERS, Mr. LEWIS of Georgia, Mr. HINCHEY, Mr. RAHALL, Ms. LEE, Mr. CLAY, Ms. WOOLSEY, Mrs. MALONEY of New York, Mr. UDALL of Colorado, Mr. BROWN of Ohio, Ms. SOLIS, Mr. FARR of California, Mrs. JONES of Ohio, Mr. STARK, Ms. MCKINNEY, Mr. JACKSON of Illinois, Mr. PAYNE, Mr. SANDERS, Ms. JACKSON-LEE of Texas, Ms. WATSON, Mr. FILNER, Mr. DAVIS of Illinois, Ms. VELAZQUEZ, Mr. DEFAZIO, Mr. GUTIERREZ, Mr. HONDA, Mr. OWENS, Mr. EVANS, Ms. SCHAKOWSKY, Mr. TOWNS, Ms. CARSON of Indiana, Mr. SERRANO, Mr. BAIRD, Mr. HOLT, Mr. MCGOVERN, Ms. WATERS, and Mr. SCOTT.

Please read more about our bill here: www.dopcampaign.org/read_bill.htm .


The co-sponsors and I encourage you to get involved in this campaign. The Department of Peace website offers you ways to do this. We have found that just talking about the Department of Peace with your friends and family is an excellent and effective way to introduce a discussion on the issue of peace.

April 7, 2003

This evening, I talked with Marianne Williamson who had organized a conference in Northern Virginia to support our efforts for a Department of Peace. If you donk4;t know Marianne, please visit her website here to learn more about her work: www.renaissancealliance.org. After our conversation, I addressed all those who attended the conference and support our efforts for peace.

April 6, 2003

This morning, a conference on the Department of Peace legislation was held in Northern Virginia by the Global Renaissance Alliance. The conference was held after my colleagues and I in the House of Representatives had attempted to stop the invasion of Iraq and bring the United Nations into that war-torn country.

April 4, 2003

Today, my colleagues and I declared as "STOP THE WAR, START FUNDING AMERICAN NEEDS DAY". To make this a meaningful declaration, we offered an amendment to a supplemental request by the Bush Administration to finance this war. We sought to cut the financing off for this war immediately, and direct it to priorities here at home, including education, healthcare and homeland defense. You read more about this amendment here: www.house.gov/apps/list/press/oh10_kucinich/030403warsup.html

April 1, 2003

After unsuccessfully waging peace in March, a month which we saw our country choose war, not peace, and as a direct result, we saw the deaths of dozens of Americans and hundreds of Iraqi civilians, I implored this Administration to "STOP THE WAR." You can read more about my efforts here: www.house.gov/apps/list/press/oh10_kucinich/030401floorwar.html

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its not guts, its called being in a safe dist 11.Apr.2003 11:31

ghh

Its not guts, its called being in a safe district.

If he was a congressman in the south, or out west, he would be playing a different tune..

Ohio isn't exactly a safe place 11.Apr.2003 11:39

h

to be a vegan or politician for peace. i know. i'm from there. the south may be tougher, but there are few really safe places to speak loudly against the war these days, which is what Kucinich has done consistently.

it's called knowing what you're talking about before talking.

Kucinich for President 2004 11.Apr.2003 13:14

Bsmith

I volunteered for his Presidential Campaign in 2004 the first day he announced. I encourage everybody to get the word out. www.kucinich.net

knowing what you're talking about ???? 11.Apr.2003 13:55

df

so why is he still in office?

just like a black congressman. there are there for life no matter what they do..

its a safe district!

I don't think he could even take the state in a national election. (much like Gore)

"Tune"? 11.Apr.2003 16:35

Den Mark

So what "tune" SHOULD Kucinich be "playing"? Whether he's in a "safe district" or unsafe, what should Kucinich be championing other than what he IS championing? He's got a national office. What should he be doing with that office, if not advocating for what he believes in, which seems to be progressive stuff. Without him & McDermott & DeFazio & Lee & Conyers & a few others, who else IS there with principles. Maybe he's in a "safe" district because his people agree with him. Is that a possibilty? I'm not from Cleveland & don't read the Plain Dealer. All i know is that Dennis Kucinich does not seem to be a democrat at all, not by current standards. I wish that certain rebels within the parties would LEAVE their parties & become independents. I'd like Kucinich to leave the democrats & Chaffee to leave the republicans. It would be cool to have NEITHER party controlling Congress. Imagine a couple dozen independents paralyzing the festering putrid republicrats & calling their bluff that they're two parties, which they obviously aren't. Imagine the public hearing real debate & hearing truth for a change & sending more independents to Congress, till republicrats die & turn to dust & blow away like last year's weeds. In the meantime, let's welcome the likes of Kucinich.

safe district? No, that's not it 11.Apr.2003 17:27

ziggy

The guy deserves credit where credit is due. The majority of the voters in his district are conservative and Republican. He's built-up the trust and respect of his constituents because they understand that the guy isn't like most lying politicians, and that he's been able to get people to understand the connection between a rampant military industrial complex and lousy domestic social programs at home.

There's no such thing as a perfect politician. But he's a heck of a good one, arguably the best America has of prominence on the left.

Dean was backpedaling on criticism on Bush when the War started -- we now know how strong his spine is. ;-)

... 12.Apr.2003 01:37

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being from ohio myself im pretty damn sure ohio is fairly republican across the board. i wish he was in a "safe disrtict" because then maybe he would get more attention then he ever will get.

Just look at the record 12.Apr.2003 13:43

Jack Straw

Just look at the record. Kucinich did *not* vote against the House resolution which expressed not only support for the troops, but also congratulated Bush for a job well-done and asserted that the war on Iraq was part of the "war on terrorism".
Speaking of which, Kucinich has expressed support for that phoney "war on terrorism", in fact crticizing Bush for not focusing on *that* war and getting distracted by Iraq. He voted *for* giving Bush authority to do whatever re 9/11, a more blanket authority than the Gulf of Tonkin resolution.
His idea of a cease-fire amounted to letting US troops occupy Iraq and having the UN pave the way for them into Baghdad. This is so disgustingly familiar: a "liberal" Democrat jumps in and diverts a movement which looks like it has a chance of becoming an independent force. Some people can't do without leaders, i guess. They will gedt nowhere. And onto the next "progressive" hope.

adap2k 13.Apr.2003 00:49

adap2k

Let us not forget he also voted for the patriot act.Treason in my opinion.