TS Carpool for Armitage
hugh at stearnsconstruction.biz
Thu Aug 12 08:12:46 CDT 2004
First of all I would like to thank Danny Yeager for almost single handedly
coordinating this event. As if he didn't already do more than imaginable.
I hope that everyone will feel comfortable standing up to say that the
violent, deceptive, self-serving, corporate sponsored, perspective espoused
and practiced by Richard Armitage should not be given prominence, and paid
for, by the University. Your quiet presence will speak volumes.
There is parking available at the UU Fellowship at 305 Wellborn Rd. There
will be a van available, leaving the Fellowship at 1:00 and returning around
2:00, for those who do not want to walk. Please email me to let me know if
you plan to ride so that we can anticipate how many trips to make. - Hugh
From: The Touchstone [mailto:touchst at cy-net.net]
Sent: Wednesday, August 11, 2004 12:22 PM
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Cc: hugh at stearnsconstruction.biz
Subject: [betterdays] Correction -- the date of the Armitage demonstration
is Friday, August 13
Sorry -- I forgot to list the date. It's now in the message below. It's
this Friday, August 13.
A peaceful demonstration is being planned for prior to the 2 p.m.
Texas A&M commencement at Reed Arena where Richard Armitage will speak on
Friday, August 13. This peaceful demonstration is to express disgust at
Armitage, his invitation by Texas A&M, and especially the war in Iraq that
Armitage -- one of the notorious neocons surrounding President Bush -- was
instrumental in planning. Please join us if you at all can.
Armitage is a poor choice as commencement speaker because of his
involvement in the planning and execution of the Iraq war. A prominent
"neoconservative," Armitage has been involved in the Project for the New
American Century, a group whose call for the invasion of Iraq preceded the
attacks of September 11, 2001. Armitage was also implicated in the
Iran-Contra scandal and, because of this activity, was denied an appointment
as Assistant Secretary of State in 1989. Information that came out during
the trial of the Oliver North specifically named Armitage as one of the
Department of Defense officials responsible for illegal transfers of weapons
to Iran and the Contras. In 1984, Armitage was investigated by President
Ronald Reagan's Commission on Organized Crime. In addition, Armitage served
on the board of CACI, a company that supplied interrogators to Abu Ghraib
prison, one of whom was singled out in the report on abuses by U.S. Army
Major General Antonio Taguba.
We plan on meeting outside the entrance to Reed Arena that faces
Olsen Field and the Rec Center around 1 p.m. According to Karan Watson,
Dean of Faculties at Texas A&M, the entire campus is now considered a "free
speech" zone, so we anticipate no problems associated with the former
declaration of specific "free speech" areas on campus. People are encouraged
to make and bring their own signs if they would like. Just showing up and
being there without a sign is certainly fine too. I've talked with a local
artist and former sign painter who has volunteered to also make up some more
professional looking signs for us if someone wishes to hold one of them.
The demonstration will end slightly after 2 p.m.
Parking on campus near Reed Arena should be plentiful and easily
available since it's commencement. However, if you would rather not drive
on campus, parking is available at the Unitarian Fellowship (305 Wellborn).
>From there it's an easy walk to Reed Arena. Also, Hugh Steans has
volunteered to shuttle people over to Reed Arena from the Unitarian
Fellowship parking lot and back after the demonstration. For more
information contact Hugh at hugh at stearnsconstruction.biz.
Come join the demonstration if you at all can -- for the entire
demonstration or just for a few minutes. The weather is supposed to cool
off so it shouldn't be too hot. It's important to state our opposition to
the invitation of Armitage, his neo-conservative policies, and the
unnecessary war in Iraq.
Please also share this information with others you know who may be
interested and post on other lists you belong to. Thanks!
Phone and FAX at home: (979) 696-8695
Cell: (979) 777-8758
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