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About Yesterday’s Huge Impeachment Events

This is how yesterday’s worldwide impeachment events have been breathlessly hyped for weeks at sites like AfterDowningStreet:

April 28, 2007: Impeachment Summer Begins This Spring!

George Bush and Dick Cheney have lied the nation into a war of aggression, are spying in open violation of the law, and have sanctioned the use of torture. These are high crimes and misdemeanors that demand accountability. Since Congress doesn’t seem to get it, on April 28 Americans from Miami, Florida to North Pole, Alaska are going to spell it out for them: IMPEACH!

Use the new ImpeachMap to find out what’s going on in your area, post a new action, or find people to team up with.

RED markers indicate A28 actions being planned. BLUE markers show people who are looking for others to team up with. GREEN markers represent actions that need some financial help. And the AIRPLANE markers show where we will have A28 ImpeachPlanes towing IMPEACH banners over different cities. You can now add a red marker to post your action or add a blue marker to signal that you’re looking for people to join up with. Please be sure to include your e-mail address in your marker description so we, and others, can contact you!

The theme of the day is spell it out, and we’re going to put the word IMPEACH! everywhere on April 28. If you’re in Miami you can join the Unwelcoming Party for George Bush, who will speaking at Miami Dade College that day. If you’re in San Diego you can tell Nancy Pelosi to put impeachment back on the table. And there are more than 100 hundred other actions planned around the country! It’s time to say NO to impunity for lying, spying, and torture–and YES to H. Res 333, the bold Articles of Impeachment Congressman Dennis Kucinich has filed against Dick Cheney.

Anybody can start an A28 action. It can be as small as writing IMPEACH on the sidewalk in chalk or as large as organizing 2,000 people on a beach to make a human mural. Be creative! Some of the ways that people are talking about spelling it out include: signs, gigantic lasers, toy soldiers, stencils, LED throwies, freewayblogging, banner drops, light projections, t-shirts, rocks, skydivers, skywriters, peaches, christmas lights, flags and balloons. Join the discussion about creative ways to spell it out on A28’s new ImpeachSpace network.

But alas their reach exceeded their grasp — as usual, as even their colleagues at the Washington Post were forced to admit:

Sending a Message, With Unimpeachable Clarity

By Paul Schwartzman
Sunday, April 29, 2007; A04

The protesters assembled on the Mall yesterday with a plan to voice their less-than-generous views about a certain president and his vice president. They would form a human chain to spell out I-M-P-E-A-C-H, even including an exclamation point.

But only 150 or so showed up, far fewer than the 1,000 organizers had hoped for. As their photo opportunity approached, they knew they’d be lucky to spell I-M-P.

“We’re going to have to scrap the big plan,” George Ripley, the protest’s leader, announced. He advised his allies to rearrange everyone. They would still form I-M-P-E-A-C-H-!, he insisted, only on a tad smaller scale.

“A nightmare,” a pony-tailed confederate said, shaking his head…

While everyone waited for the photographers to reach the top of the monument, a guy in a tie-dyed T-shirt led them in a chant:

” Give me an I! . . . Give me an M! . . . Give me a P! . . . ” …

A book was being passed around. Ripley implored the protesters to share their ideas, poems and artwork. Then a cellphone rang. The photographers had reached the top of the monument and were snapping away.

“Thanks so much,” Ripley told the crowd, before another idea came to mind. Would everyone form a big circle around a giant “W,” with a pink slash running through it?

How about it?

There were a few murmurs and mumbles as the protesters started drifting away.

“I can’t do it,” Ripley said with a sigh. “Party’s over.”

Oddly enough the Washington Post didn’t even publish a photo of the turnout. In fact, none of the wire services seemed to have any photographs of this worldwide event.

Apart from these two of the same woman, which the folks at AfterDowingStreet jumped on like a duck on a June bug:

Impeachment photos from AP in Rome, Italy

[AP caption:] Tourists walk past Stephanie Westbrook, of Huston, Texas, a U.S. citizen living in Rome since 1991, holding a placard as she and a handful of country fellows gather near Rome’s Colosseum, Saturday, April 28, 2007, demanding the impeachment of President George Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, saying they lied to the world about going to war in Iraq.’

Not much to show for all their “efforts.”

And just imagine if these groups didn’t have our watchdog media on their side.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Sunday, April 29th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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