Bird Dog Hillary!
Nob Hill Masonic Center
Saturday January 28, 2006 6:00pm
1111 California Street (between Jones and Taylor Streets)
Immediately opposite Grace Cathedral
San Francisco, CA
for info: [email protected]
PROTEST AGAINST SENATOR HILLARY CLINTON'S SUPPORT FOR THE WAR IN IRAQ
On Saturday January 28th Senator Hillary Clinton of New York will sit down with Jane Pauley at The Bar Association of San Francisco Special Benefit Event at the Masonic Center. While using San Francisco as a backdrop for Clinton's re-election campaign, the event is an opportunity for Bay Area Democrats to dish-out $75.00 - $300.00 to attend at 7:00pm no-host reception followed by an evening of political image makeover chit-chat with Pauley and Clinton.
Join us, as we wear large theatrical ears and pink gear and say HILLARY YOU'RE NOT LISTENING; STOP SUPPORTING THE WAR.
In a recent fundraising letter for her upcoming senatorial re-election campaign Hillary Clinton claims: "Part of my job is being a good listener...." She goes on to describe all the good listening she does in her job as our United States Senator and then states, "Now I'd like to listen to you." Included with the fundraising appeal is a three-page 2005 Critical National Issues Survey that covers a broad range of political issues---but never ONCE mentions the war in Iraq.
If her voting record on Iraq weren't bad enough (*see below for details) a few days after Representative John Murtha (D-PA) bravely called for the redeployment of troops currently in Iraq, Hillary offered this response: an immediate U.S. withdrawal from Iraq would be "a big mistake."
Let's be outside to let Hillary know we're following her. And this is only the beginning.
1) October, 2002: Clinton voted YES on House Joint Resolution 114, "to authorize the use of United States Armed Forces against Iraq." The measure passed the Senate 77-23.
2) April, 2003: Clinton voted YES on Senate measure 762, "to make supplemental appropriations to support Dept. of Defense
operations in Iraq, Dept. of Homeland Security and Related Efforts for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2003."
3) Oct., 2003: Clinton voted YES on Senate measure 1689, "to appropriate $87 billion to fund ongoing military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. $65.6 billion of which is designated for military operations."
4) June, 2004: Clinton voted YES on Senate measure 2400, "to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2005 activities of the Dept. of Defense," including $25 billion in emergency funding for military operations in Iraq.
(All these voting records came from the same source:
In addition to those votes:
a) In Feb., 2005 she made the somewhat dubious statements that much of Iraq was functioning well, that elections there had succeeded and that the insurgency was failing (http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory?id=515943).
b) In Feb., 2005, she said the US should not set a deadline for troop withdrawal because it would "play into the hands of the insurgents."
c) In July 2005, she called for increasing the size of the army by 80,000 soldiers. http://msnbc.msn.com/id/8573139/
d) On Nov. 30, 2005, in advance of Bush's major policy speech on Iraq, Clinton issued her own letter on the war. Go to
http://clinton.senate.gov/news/statements/index.cfm to find the text.
Sponsors & Endorsers: CODEPINK, Veterans for Peace-San Francisco Chapter, Bay Area Labor Committee for Peace & Justice, United for Peace & Justice Bay Area, Not In Our Name Bay Area & International Socialist Organization
DAILY NEWS ARTICLE:
New York Daily News - http://www.nydailynews.com
Angry activists set to hound Hil
Tuesday, December 6th, 2005
WASHINGTON - Anti-war activists furious with Sen. Hillary Clinton are vowing to bird-dog her everywhere she goes, starting with a swanky Manhattan fund-raiser tonight. Clinton's letter last week clarifying her position on Iraq - which included rejecting a timetable for withdrawal -fanned the anger of some war opponents, who decided to launch a campaign against New York's junior senator.
"We're calling it Bird-Dog Hillary," said Medea Benjamin of the peace group Codepink.
"I'm so mad at her," said Nancy Kricorian, Codepink's New York City coordinator. "We will dog her wherever she goes."
Kricorian's group and several others plan to show up tonight at Crobar in Manhattan, where former President Bill Clinton is the top draw at a fund-raiser for his wife.
The idea is to have protesters tail the senator around the state and the country in hopes of persuading her to oppose the war.
Protesters from the group interrupted a Clinton speech Saturday in Chicago and an unrelated group demonstrated at her appearance Friday at a Democratic fund-raiser in Kentucky.
Codepink is also organizing a bigger rally for Dec. 20, when Clinton heads to San Francisco for a bar association benefit and an interview session with Jane Pauley.
Although she criticized President Bush's handling of the war in her letter, her no-timetable stance particularly peeved the activists.
"Stop waffling, and let's work on bringing the troops home," said Bill Dobbs of United for Peace. Dobbs and Benjamin predicted Clinton or any Democrat would lose a White House bid in 2008 if they run on a pro-war platform.
Democratic consultant Hank Sheinkopf said Clinton has little to fear from anti-war activists, as long as she looks deliberative. "The right wing and the left wing both want to move her to the left. She can't let them do that," Sheinkopf said.
Clinton's office stood by her letter yesterday.
"In her letter, Senator Clinton laid out a thoughtful explanation to her constituents of her position on Iraq," said spokesman Philippe Reines.
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