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march 18th - Imperialist speaker?!

Earl "Supported NAFTA" Blumenhaur is supposed to be speaking at March 18th. Did nobody look into this? Did nobody notice his pro-israel anti-lebanon voting policy.
This isn't a peace activist, this is just a Democrat. Look how he responds to the potentiality of a cease-fire  http://blumenauer.house.gov/issues/FloorSpeechSummary.aspx?NewsID=1442&IssueID=0

It doesn't take more than a google search to find this out, people. Look what I pulled up in five minutes.

 http://votesmart.org/issue_keyvote_detail.php?vote_id=3064&can_id=BC032707 (Voted to give Bush power for the war)

 http://votesmart.org/issue_keyvote_detail.php?vote_id=3393&can_id=BC032707 (Does not condemn abuses like that of Abu Ghraib)

 http://votesmart.org/issue_keyvote_detail.php?vote_id=1444&can_id=BC032707 (He supports parental notification for family planning)

 http://votesmart.org/issue_keyvote_detail.php?vote_id=2782&can_id=BC032707 (He supports the WTO)

 http://votesmart.org/issue_keyvote_detail.php?vote_id=2145&can_id=BC032707 (Votes against impeachment)
 http://votesmart.org/issue_keyvote_detail.php?vote_id=2147&can_id=BC032707 (Again)
 http://votesmart.org/issue_keyvote_detail.php?vote_id=2149&can_id=BC032707 (and again)
 http://votesmart.org/issue_keyvote_detail.php?vote_id=2151&can_id=BC032707 (and again)

Isn't it time we formulate ourselves as a peace movement, not just a front group for the Democratic Party?
Isn't it time we break free from politicians? They let us down every time, it's time we dump the fuckers.

thanks for calling Earl out. 08.Mar.2007 16:40

shanthi

let's not let that bowtie charm us -- Blumenauer is an imperialist and capitalist, through and through. I think it's important to not derail the march/rally as a whole, but let's make it clear that we don't support Blumenauer! Boo him down, bring signs, take hold of the mic...

No way! 08.Mar.2007 16:47

troublemaker

Is this true?

If so, I propose a little game: let's all suggest a good chant to do while he speaks, best one wins, then we all chant it.

So throw out your best chant--it needs to make a good point or two or three, and it should have a catchy rythym, a good rhyme, or both.

Ready, set, go!

I'll start it off with something boring:

Hey hey, ho ho
imperialism has got to go!

Don't Let Him Get Away With It . . . 08.Mar.2007 17:06

footman

Drown out his opportunistic, self-serving exploitation of the assembly by constant chants about his voting record while he shucks and jives . . .

Everyone turn their backs when he's delivering his pitch . . .

And don't parse some liberal PC about fairness, free speech and "let him speak" . . . a charlatan is a charlatan!

See if someone can get on the speaker's roster *before* him, and give the crowd a prep on the issues that he will be evading.

I'll be there!! 08.Mar.2007 17:34

not Russ

Ya I'll be there burning a flag right in that fuckers face. Turn your backs on Blumenauer and stand for real peace!

Boo Bleumenhour off the stage! 08.Mar.2007 18:04

Russ

I've worked hard for impeachment for a year. Bleumenhour is a sleaze! He should be booed off the stage by everyone! We can agree on this!

Ummmm, Impeach Clinton????? 08.Mar.2007 18:35

thisisme

You have 4 links of the same bill for the impeachment of Bill Clinton.....Why? I don't think you read it correctly.

Voted against impeachment of Clinton was wrong? 08.Mar.2007 19:02

discredited

Bleumenhour is gutless about impeachment of BUSH and CHENEY! He should not have voted for impeachment of Clinton on those frivolous charges! He did something right then!

Are you aware that Operation Firestorm was launched against Iraq within 24 hours of the Lewinsky scandal being published? Clinton should have been impeached for the infanticide in Iraq during his administration.

Who Made the Decision to Support Blumenauer Politics? 09.Mar.2007 12:34

disgusted former Dem

Who made the decision to invite Blumenauer operatives to the "Peace Camp" on March 18 as well as to allow this criminal to speak at the rally? Blumenauer is opposed to stopping the funding and to impeachment, the two efforts most likely to end our continuing nightmare.

I am neither a Democrat nor a Republican, and I object to making this event a partisan matter. Both corporate, hegemonist parties are responsible for the loss of our democracy, for the slaughter and torture in Iraq, and for the on-going threats to Iran.

Here is the response I sent today to the March 18 organizers:

"Staff from Representative Earl Blumenauer's office will be on hand to give tips on lobbying."

WHAT? Don't you know that Blumenauer has refused to commit to defunding? That he is poised to give Bush/Cheney another 100 billion? That he is a cheerleader for Israeli crimes in Lebanon and Palestine?

This is unacceptable. I do not want my activism to be in any way associated with Blumenauer. Why not have Condi Rice or Dick Cheney mentor us about how to lobby?

Please join me in refusing to allow this event to be turned over to the people who are responsible for making it necessary.

discussion

Looks like it's true 08.Mar.2007 16:59

troublemaker

from pdxpeace.org:

Speakers will include:

Raed Jarrar, an Iraqi-Palestinian writer and activist who coordinated the first survey of Iraqi civilian casualties.
A member of Military Families Speak Out-Oregon with family serving in Iraq
A member of Iraq Veterans Against the War
Jackie Spurlock, American Iranian Friendship Council who recently traveled to Iran
Congressman Earl Blumenauer, author of the New Direction for Iraq Act

I think you need 09.Mar.2007 02:21

to give Earl a break

Have you seen the bill he's proposing for out of Iraq? It's an activist's wish list! It even addresses war profiteering.

he'll get his break 09.Mar.2007 02:31

some kid

when the children who want abortions get their break. when abu ghraib's prisoners get a break. I'm down with the burn the flag, turn your back, shout him down plan. politicians can stump on their own damn dime. no sense giving them free airtime when they already have all the media and have the press at their immediate disposal.

Flag Burning vs. Substantive Critique 09.Mar.2007 10:16

troublemaker

I'll defend your right to do it, but I think flag burning is kind of silly, and I think it would be counter-productive in this case. It's so cliche, and it will allow Blumenauer, the media, and the liberals to dismiss dissenters as unpatriotic. I would prefer to actually be able to offer a critique of the guy's policies with a unified chant or two. Let's challenge the guy's votes on the war, on free trade, on Lebanon. Burning a flag might get your picture in the paper, but it won't do much to shame Blumenauer in front of his liberal supporters.

some kid 10.Mar.2007 10:04

idiot

um, earl's pro choice - that amendment was a substitute to strip a worse anti-choice amendment.

earl condemned abu ghraib - that vote was against the resolution (look at who else voted against it - progressives) because it didn't go far enough to investigate the role of the top levels of the defense department in it.

critisize him for impeachment and criticize his for lebanon, but don't make up crap impeaching clinton or this bs. and don't pretend he hasnt been 100% against the war, unless you can show me a vote for the war or for funding it.

worshipping power 10.Mar.2007 12:16

the emperor has no clothes

Authorization for Use of Military Force, H.J. Res. 64

Representative Earl Blumenauer voted YES.

On Friday, September 14, 2001, the United States House of Representatives passed H.J. Res. 64, "Authorization for Use of Military Force" by a vote of 420 - 1. The lone dissenting vote was cast by Representative Barbara Lee, from California's 9th Congressional district. Barbara Lee was the only person who voted to uphold and defend the Constitution's separation of powers principle, the principle that no one person should be empowered to conduct war on behalf of the United States. Barbara Lee was the only person who voted to deny George W. Bush the authority to single-handedly conduct war against unspecified nations, organizations, or persons for an unspecified duration. On September 14, Barbara Lee was the only peacemaker in the United States Congress when every other voice cried out for war, including Earl Blumenauer.
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Furthermore, Blumenauer refused to support the McGovern Amendment, part of the Declaration of Peace, which would have cut off Iraq funding last year. (He issued the equivalent of a Bush "signing statement", claiming to be for peace, but only if no effective way of enforcing it were enacted.)

Furthermore, Blumenauer has consistently refused to pledge to vote against the present "emergency supplemental" of $100 billion.
____________________________________________________

I understand that Earl's supporters don't care about the Palestinian or Lebanese people, even if the evidence is overwhelming that failure to change our policy of unqualified support for US-Israel crimes endangers all of us. I also understand that you don't care about bringing American war criminals to justice. And I also understand that you don't care about the millions of Third World people harmed by the WTO. But you at least claim that you care about "peace", at least in Iraq.

SO: Will Earl's supporters agree to renounce him and his war-mongering colleagues when they vote for the supplemental? Will they agree to renounce him when he fails to pledge to support only an anti-war Democrat for president?

If not, shame on you.

Earl supported Nafta? Kick him off! By any means neccisary! 10.Mar.2007 13:39

PDX UNDERGROUND-------------->attack

Bring your compost! Infamous Pie Brigade, start your ovens! CHUCKERS UNITE!
Let's send this sweatshop loving, water privatizing, child labor fiend'n bastard back to the heap with the rest of the rot. If he loves sweatshops so much why don't he get off the stage, and go work in one?

This ain't a fucking OPB event. It's a commemoration of the day we shut down the city in protest of the war.

What's next? We going to have the host of "marketplace" get up there and tell us that some bastard corporations that stole their personhood from slaves, are going to call us "isolationists?"

"OOOhh NOO!"

As if it's an "insult" to want no part in fascism, and the imperialist ambitions of this nation. As if fair trade is so completely foreign to their way of thinking that anyone that opposes "free" trade is an "illegal" or possibly from another planet.

"OOOhh NOO! What will we ever do?"

In the words of RIOT COP,

!!!GATHER AND ATTACK!!!



------->attack

earl was elected in 1996 10.Mar.2007 15:09

how could he support nafta?

anyone? he voted against cafta.

Earl on WTO 10.Mar.2007 15:23

read it and weep

WTO Withdrawal resolution

Bill Number: H J Res 90
Issue: Trade Issues
Date: 06/21/2000
Sponsor:Rep Paul, Ron [TX-14]

Roll Call Number: 0310
Resolution Failed (House)
How members voted

Representative Earl Blumenauer voted NO.

Official Title of Legislation:

H J Res 90: Withdrawing the approval of the United States from the Agreement establishing the World Trade Organization.

This is not a perfect world 10.Mar.2007 19:16

She

Blumenauer has voted four times to refuse money for the War in Iraq. Blumenauer is invited because he has consistently voted against the war in Iraq. This is not a pure and perfect world, my friend. Blumeauer has put forth legislation to end the war in one year, all the troops out of Iraq in one year, money for reconstruction in Iraq and an international peace conference involving all parties.

This demo is about the Iraq War. This demo is to grow a bigger and bigger movement. It's going to take ALL of us to stop this war,. You and I may not agree with everyone at the rally or on the stage about many issues, but we all do agree on one thing, we want to end the war. And it won't happen unless we all get together on it.
A circular firing squad will lead us nowhere.

dual citizen 10.Mar.2007 23:59

Iris

" She" needs to keep in mind that as of 2 weeks ago in a public forum type setting Earl would not commit to or even discuss defunding the war. In fact he got quite perturbed at being questioned about it.
It's very annoying to see the peace community go " ga-ga" over this guy. The " signing statement" type stunt he pulled a few months ago should have taught folks something, been reason for outrage, instead it was completely ignored and we were even asked to call and thank him!
I know these are desperate times, folks, we all feel like grasping at straws, and delude ourselves occasionally. Our hope needs to come from each other. Worshipping the ruling class will get us nowhere.

Earl will see US in Person 11.Mar.2007 07:11

She

Yep. I got it. Earl has been our best, not a perfect voter in congress. Another way to look at the event is that I think Earl will learn something himself from being there and looking out at the vast crowds. It is one thing to read about a demo in your district and quite another to be there in person. He will learn in a different way when he sees the people assembled.



It may look like an opportunity for HIM to be up there, but it is also an opportunity for US to invfuence him. It works both ways. I am pleased that many public officials will be there too. They have followed the leadership of the people. When the people lead, the leaders will follow.

Earl will see US in Person 11.Mar.2007 07:27

She and He

Yep. I got it. Earl has been one of our best but not a perfect voter in congress. Another way to look at the event is that I think Earl will learn something himself from being there and looking out at the vast crowds. It is one thing to read about a demo in your district and quite another to be there in person. He will learn in a different way when he sees the people assembled.

Blumenauer may well vote against the 100 billion supplement for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that will come to Congress in the next two weeks. He voted against the original war resolution and has voted against all four of the previous supplements for the war in Iraq. He has introduced a bill that calls for the witihdrawal to begin immediately and to be completed in one year, that includes money for reconstruction, and the necessary peace conference involving all parties.

The overwhelming belief of everyone speaking at the rally is that Congress should give no more money for the war except for the safe return of all the troops. I suspect that is also the belief of most people attending the rally. Blumenauer will be there hearing all that. He will be on a stage in front of sign saying Stop the War. Bring the troops home now.



As for Blumenauer coopting the event: it may look like an opportunity for him to be up there, but it is also an opportunity for US to invfuence him. It works both ways. I am pleased that many public officials will be there too. They have followed the leadership of the people. When the people lead, the leaders will follow. We need to keep moving them in the direction we want which is withdrawal to begin immediately and to be COMPLETED within a very limited time.

To She and She/He 11.Mar.2007 12:19

the emperor has no clothes

"He voted against the original war resolution"

I admire your determination to maintain your religious beliefs, but you should at least acquaint yourselves with reality. Please read the previous posts, such as:

 http://votesmart.org/issue_keyvote_detail.php?vote_id=3064&can_id=BC032707

"Authorization for Use of Military Force, H.J. Res. 64

Representative Earl Blumenauer voted YES.

On Friday, September 14, 2001, the United States House of Representatives passed H.J. Res. 64, "Authorization for Use of Military Force" by a vote of 420 - 1. The lone dissenting vote was cast by Representative Barbara Lee, from California's 9th Congressional district. Barbara Lee was the only person who voted to uphold and defend the Constitution's separation of powers principle, the principle that no one person should be empowered to conduct war on behalf of the United States. Barbara Lee was the only person who voted to deny George W. Bush the authority to single-handedly conduct war against unspecified nations, organizations, or persons for an unspecified duration. On September 14, Barbara Lee was the only peacemaker in the United States Congress when every other voice cried out for war, including Earl Blumenauer."

No, this is not a perfect world, and none of us is perfect. But we are not criticizing Earl for failing to fund enough bike paths in Portland. We are criticizing him for complicity in crimes against humanity in Lebanon, Palestine, and Iraq, and for failing to take seriously his oath to uphold the Constitution. If you wish to support him in spite of that, you are not part of any coalition that I want to be a part of.

cooptation 11.Mar.2007 12:46

oldanarchist

It's one thing to welcome someone to attend a peace event and quite another to arrange for him to have a platform from which he can proselytize.

That Earl is "one of our best" is a pretty good argument against supporting Democrats.

Hmm. 11.Mar.2007 17:03

---------attack>>>

If I bite into an apple and most of it's sweet, but half way through I find a fucking maggot wreathing around in my mouth am I going to keep eating that apple?

Oh! He's only a little "bad." DAMMIT!

By the goddess! We're not talking about a little tussle he got into in some distant pass. Or an aggravating personal habit. We're talking economic WAR on the impoverished people of this world.

Hmm... So the Chambers of commerce are busy drafting the next round of this crap-----------> The Pan Arab, and Pan African free trade agreements while "our" troops try and create the friendly business, climate needed to pull them off. I'm getting Veitnam flashbacks and I wasn't even born yet.

"FOR THE TEA AND THE TUNGSTON, TEA AND THE TUNGSTON." aaaaaaaaaHHHH!!!

You haven't even heard of these agreements worming their ways through the houses of burgess, cause this fucker ain't "sharing."

I want to vomit on your Democrat!

BRING EM ON!!!