Tuesday, February 06, 2007

The Occupation Project: A Campaign of Sustained Nonviolent Civil Disobedience to End the Iraq War

Voices for Creative Nonviolence has just launched the 'Occupation Project: A Campaign of Sustained Nonviolent Civil Disobedience to End the Iraq War' (visit site to sign-up). The campaign began today, February 5, and will run for eight weeks. The campaign challenges Representatives and Senators to publicly declare that they will vote against any further funding for the war in and occupation of Iraq.

Today a total of eight local congressional offices were occupied across the country, including the San Francisco offices of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and U.S. Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA), and the Portland office of Senator Gordon Smith (R-OR). Members of Veterans For Peace, one of the 18 organizations endorsing the campaign, participated in an action at a congressional office in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Dan Pearson, a spokesperson for the Occupation Project, explained the campaign’s goal is to defeat the $93 billion “emergency supplemental” war funding bill that the Bush administration forwarded to Congress yesterday.

Listen to the Democracy Now! interview with Kathy Kelly, Executive Director of Voices for Creative Nonviolence.

Bush's Record Low 28% Approval Rating

According to the latest CBS News poll, the president's overall approval rating has now fallen to a mere 28%—the lowest in his presidency. Not too surprising. However, to help put this approval rating into perspective, Jaimie Etkin (Radar) has put together 2 lists; 1 of people and things with equal popularity, and the other list with people and things with greater popularity.

Boxer Briefs
Kelly Osbourne
Body Hair on Guys
A Wall Along the Mexican Border
Text Message Flirting
Cottage Cheese

Brussels Sprouts (51%)
Coke Zero (41%)
Hillary Duff (52%)
Jennifer Love Hewitt (36%)
Fruit Cake (40%)
Kevin Federline (45%)
Rosie O'Donnell on The View (46%)
Crocheting (72%)
Fishing (49%)
Legalizing Prostitution (58%)
The Dentist (45%)
Hanson (53%)
In-Laws (68%)
Figs (76%)
The Name "Shiloh Nouvel Jolie Pitt" (29%)
Ciara's Goodies (55%)
The Pussy Cat Dolls (56%)
Ryan Seacrest (60%)
Spiceworld (57%)
MTV VJ John Norris (35%)
The Barenaked Ladies (73%)
Russian Pop Duo T.A.T.U. (58%)
The "Dude, You're getting a Dell!" Guy (42%)
The Backstreet Boys (66%)
Nickelback (57%)
Sum 41 (63%)
Hootie & The Blowfish (84%)
Stepping in Dog Shit (35%)
Walking in the Rain Without an Umbrella (60%)
Small Breasts (50%)
Getting Kicked in the Balls (41%)