Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Bush & Putin in Kport JULY

Bush to host Russia's Putin in Maine in July 1st & 2nd!

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush will host Russia's President Vladimir Putin in July amid tensions over U.S. plans to build a missile shield in Europe and criticism that Moscow is retreating on democracy.

Putin will visit Bush at his parents' home in the resort town of Kennebunkport, Maine, July 1-2, White House spokesman Tony Snow said on Wednesday.

"The president looks forward to the visit as part of the intensive bilateral dialogue with President Putin," Snow said. "Cooperation between the United States and Russia is important in solving regional conflicts, stopping the spread of weapons of mass destruction, and combating terrorism and extremism."

The two presidents will discuss Iran, civil nuclear cooperation and missile defense, Snow said. They will also see each other next week during the Group of Eight summit in Germany.

Putin is opposed to U.S. plans for a missile shield in Europe that Bush says is to counter potential threats from other states.

U.S. officials emphasize that the United States will keep trying to convince Moscow that U.S. plans to put 10 missile interceptors in Poland and a radar in the Czech Republic are not designed to threaten Russia but rather to protect Europe.

Russia successfully test-fired a new intercontinental ballistic missile this week that had multiple warheads, and Putin said deployment of a missile shield in Europe would turn the continent into "a powder keg."

Another strain in relations is U.S. concern that human rights and democracy are backsliding in Russia.

But despite their differences, Bush still views Putin as a straight-talker and a leader with whom he can have candid discussions.

"The fact is, look, there are some areas where we disagree, where we've had open disagreements," Snow said.

"And one of the interesting things about the president and President Putin is that they are not afraid to ventilate them and they're brutally honest with one another," he said. "The president has always made the point that when he is talking with President Putin, President Putin's never lied to him."

The visit will be "partly social," and inviting Putin to the home of Bush's parents, rather than the White House or the president's Texas ranch was "a reflection of the fact that these guys do get along," Snow said.

Julianne Smith, director of the Europe Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said discussing contentious issues like human rights and missile defense in the relaxed setting of Kennebunkport might be more conducive to frank talks.

"My sense is the president has got a really tough message to deliver to Putin," she said.

(Additional reporting by Caren Bohan)

Bush & Putin Kennebunkport, Maine July 1st & 2nd!

The Kennebunkport PEACE Department has wasted no time and is getting a march permit for Sunday July 1st when President Bush comes to meet Putin in Kennebunkport.

I am calling for a mobilization of people of conscience from Maine, New Hampshire and Connecticut and Massachusetts.

I will be organizing a pre-march rally and will let everyone know the details as soon as possible.

However, please get the word out that the Kennebunkport PEACE Department is still having their big event on August 25th, however I believe that we should hold him accountable where ever he goes.

Pass the word to your organizations, churches, temples, mosques.
for more info:

Contact Jamilla at

Bush & Putin Kennebunkport, Maine July 1st & 2nd!

The Kennebunks PEACE Department has wasted no time and is getting a march permit for Sunday July 1st when President Bush comes to meet Putin in Kennebunkport.
I am calling for a mobilization of people of conscience from Maine , New Hampshire and Conneticutt and Mass achusetts.
I will be organizing a pre-march rally and will let everyone know the details as soon as possible. However, please get the word out that the
Kennebunks PEACE Department is still having their big event on August 25th, however I believe that we should hold him accountable where ever he goes.
Pass the word to your organizations, churches, temples, mosques.
for more info:
contact Jamilla at

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Cindy Sheehan Steps Down :( Daily Kos

by CindySheehan

Mon May 28, 2007 at 09:57:01 AM PDT

I have endured a lot of smear and hatred since Casey was killed and especially since I became the so-called "Face" of the American anti-war movement. Especially since I renounced any tie I have remaining with the Democratic Party, I have been further trashed on such "liberal blogs" as the Democratic Underground. Being called an "attention whore" and being told "good riddance" are some of the more milder rebukes.

I have come to some heartbreaking conclusions this Memorial Day Morning. These are not spur of the moment reflections, but things I have been meditating on for about a year now. The conclusions that I have slowly and very reluctantly come to are very heartbreaking to me.

The first conclusion is that I was the darling of the so-called left as long as I limited my protests to George Bush and the Republican Party. Of course, I was slandered and libeled by the right as a "tool" of the Democratic Party. This label was to marginalize me and my message. How could a woman have an original thought, or be working outside of our "two-party" system?

However, when I started to hold the Democratic Party to the same standards that I held the Republican Party, support for my cause started to erode and the "left" started labeling me with the same slurs that the right used. I guess no one paid attention to me when I said that the issue of peace and people dying for no reason is not a matter of "right or left", but "right and wrong."

I am deemed a radical because I believe that partisan politics should be left to the wayside when hundreds of thousands of people are dying for a war based on lies that is supported by Democrats and Republican alike. It amazes me that people who are sharp on the issues and can zero in like a laser beam on lies, misrepresentations, and political expediency when it comes to one party refuse to recognize it in their own party. Blind party loyalty is dangerous whatever side it occurs on. People of the world look on us Americans as jokes because we allow our political leaders so much murderous latitude and if we don’t find alternatives to this corrupt "two" party system our Representative Republic will die and be replaced with what we are rapidly descending into with nary a check or balance: a fascist corporate wasteland. I am demonized because I don’t see party affiliation or nationality when I look at a person, I see that person’s heart. If someone looks, dresses, acts, talks and votes like a Republican, then why do they deserve support just because he/she calls him/herself a Democrat?

I have also reached the conclusion that if I am doing what I am doing because I am an "attention whore" then I really need to be committed. I have invested everything I have into trying to bring peace with justice to a country that wants neither. If an individual wants both, then normally he/she is not willing to do more than walk in a protest march or sit behind his/her computer criticizing others. I have spent every available cent I got from the money a "grateful" country gave me when they killed my son and every penny that I have received in speaking or book fees since then. I have sacrificed a 29 year marriage and have traveled for extended periods of time away from Casey’s brother and sisters and my health has suffered and my hospital bills from last summer (when I almost died) are in collection because I have used all my energy trying to stop this country from slaughtering innocent human beings. I have been called every despicable name that small minds can think of and have had my life threatened many times.

The most devastating conclusion that I reached this morning, however, was that Casey did indeed die for nothing. His precious lifeblood drained out in a country far away from his family who loves him, killed by his own country which is beholden to and run by a war machine that even controls what we think. I have tried every since he died to make his sacrifice meaningful. Casey died for a country which cares more about who will be the next American Idol than how many people will be killed in the next few months while Democrats and Republicans play politics with human lives. It is so painful to me to know that I bought into this system for so many years and Casey paid the price for that allegiance. I failed my boy and that hurts the most.

I have also tried to work within a peace movement that often puts personal egos above peace and human life. This group won’t work with that group; he won’t attend an event if she is going to be there; and why does Cindy Sheehan get all the attention anyway? It is hard to work for peace when the very movement that is named after it has so many divisions.

Our brave young men and women in Iraq have been abandoned there indefinitely by their cowardly leaders who move them around like pawns on a chessboard of destruction and the people of Iraq have been doomed to death and fates worse than death by people worried more about elections than people. However, in five, ten, or fifteen years, our troops will come limping home in another abject defeat and ten or twenty years from then, our children’s children will be seeing their loved ones die for no reason, because their grandparents also bought into this corrupt system. George Bush will never be impeached because if the Democrats dig too deeply, they may unearth a few skeletons in their own graves and the system will perpetuate itself in perpetuity.

I am going to take whatever I have left and go home. I am going to go home and be a mother to my surviving children and try to regain some of what I have lost. I will try to maintain and nurture some very positive relationships that I have found in the journey that I was forced into when Casey died and try to repair some of the ones that have fallen apart since I began this single-minded crusade to try and change a paradigm that is now, I am afraid, carved in immovable, unbendable and rigidly mendacious marble.

Camp Casey has served its purpose. It’s for sale. Anyone want to buy five beautiful acres in Crawford , Texas ? I will consider any reasonable offer. I hear George Bush will be moving out soon, too...which makes the property even more valuable.

This is my resignation letter as the "face" of the American anti-war movement. This is not my "Checkers" moment, because I will never give up trying to help people in the world who are harmed by the empire of the good old US of A, but I am finished working in, or outside of this system. This system forcefully resists being helped and eats up the people who try to help it. I am getting out before it totally consumes me or anymore people that I love and the rest of my resources.

Good-bye America are not the country that I love and I finally realized no matter how much I sacrifice, I can’t make you be that country unless you want it.

It’s up to you now.

Monday, May 28, 2007

Just in from Ted Goodnight

Not only have two Marine, Iraq war veterans, in the Inactive Ready Reserves been threatened w/reversal of their Honorable Discharges to Other Than Honorable for their recent, post-discharge protest of the war, now it seems that a Gulf War vet has been arrested for speaking out against recruiting. It seems standing up for truth and humanity is becoming unlawful!! At the least it appears as though the government feels our military is only good enough to fight and die for our liberties, not to enjoy the exercise thereof!


Vet Prosecuted for Opposing Recruitment in Library

Vet Prosecuted for Opposing Recruitment in Library
By Matthew Rothschild
Tim Coil served in the first Gulf War and now suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
On March 12, he and his wife, Yvette, went to the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library in Ohio. At 37, she is a student at Kent State and needed to study for a biology test. Tim, 40, was reading some books.
Then they noticed two military recruiters trying to enlist someone in a nearby room, with a large glass window.
She decided to take action.
She took out some 3x5 cards and wrote messages to the man being recruited and then put them up on the window sill.
For the rest of story
This is just absolutely unacceptable. A war vet being charged for a crime that doesn’t exist. This is appalling.
Go here to support Tim and write a few letters Please. He did nothing wrong and should never have been charged. He should be commended for his courage.
Trial date is June 5, 2007
What are the police thinking?
I support her husband’s decision. He is to be congratulated for his efforts to keep his freedom of speech. It's people like Yvette and Tim that make a difference. He has been charged with a crime that really doesn't exist. All he did was use his freedom of speech in a correct manner. He did nothing wrong.
This should not happen to anyone.
I suppose if the KKK put up posters at the Library they would be left there no problem. Seems they have more rights then people like Yvette and Tim. That is a shame.
Libraries have become a target of the Bush Gov. Seems all the good people in American are now his targets. Imagine Recruiters having a Vet thrown in jail. Now that is just pathetic on their part.
I think letting your member of Congress about this would not be out of line either.
Use your Imagination.
POST and PASS it on to any where you want. You don't even have to change it just copy and past it. These people need some help. Add Ideas along the way. I want the charges dropped and an apology given to these people.
This could happen to anyone in America. Helping them is helping yourself.
Imagine a truck load of letters hitting the Court house.


Let me add that you can go to this site, they have contact info for media, radio talk shows, government, etc.


IVAW Supporter,

I am writing to let you know about an urgent issue that is affecting
several of our IVAW members. Adam Kokesh and Liam Madden are both very
active members and former Marines. Because of their outspoken
opposition to the war, the Marine Corps is threatening to revoke their honorable
discharges and change them to other than honorable. We cannot allow
this suppression of free speech to occur! Adam and Liam need our help to
pay for legal defense and travel to their hearings. Adam just found
out his hearing is in Kansas City on June 4th, less than two weeks away!
Attached below is a letter from Adam, describing his situation and
for your help. Besides financial contributions, we also need people
who are in the Kansas City area to gather support for Adam before his
June 4th hearing. Please contact me at if you are in the
area and would like to find out how you can help. I will keep you
updated on both Adam and Liam's cases as they unfold.
Thank you so much for your time and support, it really means everything
to our veterans who dare to speak the truth.

In Peace,
Kelly Dougherty
Former Sergeant Army National Guard
Executive Director
Iraq Veterans Against the War

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Remember All in War ! MEMORIAL DAY for PEACE

Meet the People, Not the Press! Media: FULL STORY

Can You Hear Us NOW?
Anti-war march gets more coverage—but the message is still muted

by Frances Cerra Whittelsey, FAIR Extra!

The stage had been set up in front of the reflecting pool below Capitol Hill, facing the length of the Mall and the Washington Monument. Just behind the stage, in a space set aside for media interviews, huddles of reporters moved scrum-like from the Rev. Jesse Jackson to actress Susan Sarandon to Rep. John Conyers before each took their turn addressing the January 27 antiwar rally and march in Washington D.C.

Out in front of the stage, two multi-step risers held a phalanx of TV cameras and their operators. Still photographers and reporters edged in for a few inches of space, trying to see the extent of the crowd that poured in from all sides. On this sunny and blessedly mild mid-winter day, with police watching benignly from the sidelines, the full apparatus of the media seemed poised to show the U.S. public a full-throated example of democracy in action, of people who had sacrificed sleep and comfort to collectively affirm their role in the political process.

Tired images

To its credit, this literal mass of media did provide more and better coverage of the January 27 Iraq War protest than of ones preceding it. However, with some excellent exceptions, the coverage was narrowly focused—and, among conservative media, radically biased. Story after story, whether print or broadcast, focused on the small picture: soundbites or short quotes from celebrities, other speakers, individual protesters.

Despite the many previous protests against this war, most stories conjured tired images of tie-dyed, Vietnam-era protesters, and used actress Jane Fonda’s appearance to support that story line. Conservative media inflamed their audience by playing up the appearance of “Hanoi Jane” and a single exchange of spittle between a marcher and a counter-demonstrator. (See sidebar.) Many stories noted the absence of Democratic presidential hopefuls like Hillary Clinton, and pegged the number of demonstrators at just “tens of thousands,” diminishing the importance of the protest.

Many of the stories failed to put the demonstration in political context, even though Conyers, now the powerful head of the House Judiciary Committee, couldn’t have made it easier. Conyers, one of more than 40 speakers, described the protest as a continuation of the antiwar vote in the mid-term elections, and said, “Not only is it in our power to stop Bush, it is our obligation.” He—along with other Democratic House members, including Maxine Waters and Lynn Woolsey, both from California—promised to block continued funding of the war.

The protest also reflected the steady, determined antiwar effort at the grassroots that continued after global protests in February 2003 failed to stop the U.S. invasion, despite their prescient warnings of the consequences of war. Rather than despairing at that failure, the antiwar movement stayed alive in churches and community organizations across the country. Members of these groups repeatedly responded to calls for mobilization by United for Peace & Justice, and others. But the actions and organizing of these antiwar groups, with the major exception of Cindy Sheehan’s vigil outside the Bush ranch, went largely unreported by media that shunned coverage of dissent as unpatriotic.

Blink and you missed it

As a reporter with 30 years of experience, now freelancing and teaching journalism at Hofstra University, I hung my press pass around my neck for this demonstration so I could compare my observations with the versions of events reported by my colleagues. In recent years, I have been a participant in several antiwar demonstrations rather than reporting on them, marching with the crowds as another concerned citizen. Afterward, I have been disappointed with the news coverage because it either made the protests appear inconsequential or failed to report sufficiently on the violations of protesters’ civil rights.

For example, I participated in the September 2005 protest in Washington, D.C. As FAIR reported a few days later (Media Advisory, 9/27/05), if you relied on television for news, you’d hardly have known about it. The NBC Nightly News (9/24/05) devoted 87 words to the story. CNN anchor Aaron Brown (9/24/05) used coverage of Hurricane Katrina as the excuse for his network’s near-total silence about the protest.

I walked with another enormous crowd in New York City on that bitterly cold day of global protests in February 2003. Denied a permit to march, we were making our way to a rally just north of the United Nations. Suddenly, we found our progress blocked. Police barricades held us locked in a side street where we shivered, shoulder-to-shoulder, for two hours. We were never able to reach the rally. At one point, without warning, stony-faced police rode horses at a trot through the tight crowd just a few yards from where we stood.

The next day (2/16/03), the Times’ page-one story, an overview of the global protests, explained that New York police had prevented thousands of people from reaching the rally. Why? Because the pens set up for protesters near the U.N. were full. It went on to report the arrests of protesters who had “tried to breach the police lines.” There was no mention of the hardships endured by the demonstrators, the hostility of the police or the total absence of communication with the crowd.

A separate Times story that day devoted one short paragraph to the police handling of the event. Three days later (2/19/03), a follow-up story reported on a videotape showing police using pepper spray and night sticks on protesters. But since no Times reporter had apparently witnessed these incidents in the paper’s front yard, the story described “complaints” of being corralled, and worse, as mere “allegations.”

Political context

This time around, the New York Times’ editors used a front-page teaser on the protest to lure readers to a story on page 21 (1/28/07), judging other stories, including one about Barack Obama’s college days, as more deserving of the front page. The protest story, once again, consisted primarily of quotes from a wide range of protesters and speakers, but did place the protest in the context of antiwar sentiment in Congress.

The Washington Post (1/28/07) distinguished itself by assigning six staff writers and a researcher to the protest. Its page-one story conveyed the upbeat mood of the crowd and its diversity. It gave prominence to protesters with relatives in Iraq, let us hear a mother explaining the protest to her son as an exercise in free speech, and reported the crowd chanting for impeachment of George W. Bush.

But the paper went beyond human interest, explaining the protesters’ political goal of prodding Congress into action. By naming 10 of the organizations that have come together under the umbrella of United for Peace & Justice, which coordinated the event, it showed the political blending of the agendas of feminists, religious organizations, farmers, active and retired military members and others.

The Post’s coverage also included two sidebars, one about college student protesters and the other a collection of pictures and quotes from a variety of protesters.

The lead of the Associated Press story (1/28/07) told of the presence of a “half-dozen lawmakers,” and was one of the few to quote Conyers, albeit selectively. In AP’s version, his remarks about Bush ended with, “He can’t fire us.” It left out the continuation: “But we can fire him, we can fire him.” At that, the crowd roared, “Impeach! Impeach!” This political message was apparently deemed not to be taken seriously—or else too serious to be reported.

NBC’s Nightly News (1/27/07) offered viewers a brief view of protesters chanting for peace, inconsequential soundbites from Conyers and Fonda, and then brought in a political analyst to talk about Bush’s effort to distract Democrats from taking action against the troop build-up.

ABC’s World News (1/27/07) offered a similar group of soundbites from Fonda and actor Sean Penn. The story did note that “antiwar demonstrators” had raised $1.5 million to support a lobbying effort that would follow the demonstration, but there was no mention of any organization involved in that accomplishment.

The CBS Evening News (1/27/07) similarly settled for soundbites and avoided speaking to any of the leaders of the multitude of organizations involved. It did, however, emphasize that amorphous “activists” were “determined to raise the profile of military families opposed to the war.” It went on with an interview of Larry Syverson, whose three sons have collectively served in Iraq five times, and ended with a line right out of the Bush playbook: “Military families like Syverson’s can provide important political cover here on Capitol Hill, especially for Democrats who are concerned about looking unpatriotic if they stand up to the president,” said reporter Joie Chen.

Same old protest

When I was still in journalism school, a veteran City Hall reporter told me something I’ve never forgotten: When stories all start to seem the same, it’s time to find other work. The reporters, pundits and editors who saw little new about the protest on January 27 should consider his advice.

A major storyline for coverage of the protest was that it was a repeat of the Vietnam-era protests by the very same long-haired hippies—only now their ponytails are gray. Fonda’s appearance at the rally made this slant easy. Ironically, as she explained herself in her brief remarks, she had stayed away from antiwar marches for 34 years knowing she made such an easy target for conservatives. Selectively emphasizing the “same old protest” theme meant avoiding mention of the political goals of the demonstrators, including the demand that Congress bring the troops home by de-funding the war. That focus, of course, is why the march this time did not pass the White House. (Protesters instead circled Capitol Hill.)

Despite this clear message, CNN began its morning coverage the day after the protest (1/28/07) with reporter Gary Nurenberg intoning, “The comparison to peace rallies to end another war 40 years ago was a constant theme among demonstrators who want to end the war in Iraq.” Segue to Fonda, the two dozen pro-Bush supporters who staged a tiny counter-protest, and a pro-Bush pundit who drew a bloody contrast with the Vietnam era: “There is something they [the protesters] don’t understand,” said former RNC spokesperson Clifford May (identified as representing the Foundation for Defense of Democracies). “Ho Chi Minh at his worst never thought he was going to send suicide bombers to America to kill American children. The people we’re fighting in Iraq, they intend to do that.” Nurenberg asked for no evidence for such a horrific prediction; none, at least, was provided.

Later in the day, CNN showed an interview with an active member of the Navy who had taken part in the protest. But unlike May, who was not challenged, Petty Officer Jonathan Hutto was asked if he wasn’t supposed to simply follow the orders of his commander-in-chief.

The headline on the New York Daily News’ protest story (1/28/07) said, “Fonda Leads Army of Celebs at Antiwar Rally.” Accurate if five people make an army.

Salon’s Alex Koppelman (1/28/07) wrote that the demographics of the war protests had changed, with “more yuppies, more families with small children, more older people and even a fair number of stylishly dressed young girls.” Still, he felt compelled to take a swipe at “professional protesters . . . the kind for whom protests are a lifestyle choice.”

The numbers game

Accused in the past of biased counting, neither the National Park Service nor the D.C. police will give any count of the number of protesters at any demonstration in Washington. The government, of course, could provide an excellent count by analyzing photos taken from the helicopters that always fly over demonstrations. Looking at the crowd from the ground does not help. When I stood on the top step of the camera risers and peered the 1.5 miles to the Washington Monument, there were protesters as far as I could see. But I could not tell how close together they were.

Noting the absence of any official count, the Washington Post (1/28/07) described the crowd size as “thousands.” The Associated Press (1/28/07) settled on “tens of thousands,” and quoted an anonymous police officer saying “privately” that attendance was less than 100,000. The “tens of thousands” estimate was also used by the New York Times (1/28/07), Reuters, NBC, ABC and CBS (all 1/27/07). Only the Los Angeles Times (1/28/07) dared to estimate 100,000. Newspapers that in the past would probably have had their own reporters covering the story used the AP story and therefore its count. That included papers like Newsday (1/28/07) that have suffered major staff cuts.

Perhaps the most telling story about turnout was reported on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered broadcast at 7 p.m. on the day of the protest (1/27/07). Jacki Lyden introduced the story this way: “Today’s antiwar protest may be one of the largest in years, but while polls say that most Americans are against the war, most people have not been taking their politics to the streets.” The news staff at NPR seems to have decided on this theme the day before the protest, when reporter Melissa Block, conducting an interview with Judith LeBlanc, co-chair of United for Peace & Justice, said to her:

When you look at what the antiwar movement has done over the last four years of the war, it seemed like there was a big presence at the beginning. And then for a lot of people, maybe it drifted away. It was hard to see where you were. What do you think the problem has been there, in terms of your presence and people’s recognition of what you’re doing? Why haven’t you been able to push the debate forward more?

It does not seem to have occurred to NPR’s news staff that they, like most of the rest of the media, had ignored protest after protest, and now, suddenly awakening, are wondering at the blank in their memory. They might be surprised to learn that the January 27 protest was the eighth since 2003 that “had at least 100,000 people,” according to Leslie Cagan, LeBlanc’s co-chair at United for Peace & Justice.

LeBlanc responded to Block by pointing out that if one travels the country as she has,

what you see is that there is a grassroots movement that hasn’t always gotten the attention of the national media. So . . . in between these big demonstrations, there are people doing some very heavy lifting, showing films and having discussions, and doing door-to-door work in their neighborhoods. . . . We do have the attention of the national media now, and what is going on in our country is a reflection of all of that work that goes on under the radar.

LeBlanc’s response was a diplomatic way of saying that the news media suffer from a chronic lack of interest in covering grassroots organizations, preferring public opinion polls with their bloodless and controlled questions to actually reporting on community activists. Grassroots activism has not only pushed the war debate forward but also contributed to the election of many antiwar members of Congress., for example, reported that in 2006, volunteers made 7 million phone calls, organized 7,500 house parties, and launched 6,000 in-district events.

Antiwar activists, of course, would love the opportunity to “push the debate forward” by participating in media discussions of the war. But as study after study has shown (Extra!, 5–6/03; Extra! Update, 6/99; Extra!, 5/91), they rarely get the chance.

How big?

So how big was the crowd? Cagan estimated the number of protesters at a minimum of 350,000, based on “collective experience over many years of doing large demonstrations.” She pegged this march as “a little bigger” than the September 2005 demonstration in Washington, which she gauged at 300,000, but smaller than the demonstrations in New York City in February 2003 and in August 2004, during the Republican National Convention. She estimated participation at both of those at more than 500,000 people.

It’s impossible to know if Cagan is correct, since the media outlets with the financial resources to do an independent count made no effort to do so. It wasn’t the only squandered opportunity, as the reporters and camerapeople massed around the stage on January 27 neglected to interview organization leaders who could have enlightened the public about their ideas for bringing the war to a close.

They could also have asked individual protesters about the groups to which they belong and for whom they volunteer, finding out whether there really has been an absence of protest as this war has mercilessly gone on. They could have wondered at their own failure to listen and observe the vigils, local government antiwar resolutions, the barrage of e-mails and letters to members of Congress and the White House.

They could have speculated about the health of democracy in America when the executive branch can so easily ignore the voice of the people. And, instead of disdaining protesters of any age or hairstyle, they could have shown respect for people who got up off their couches on a mid-winter day to affirm the right of the people to be part of the political process.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Film on You Tube Bush Protest in New London, CT

Welcome back home George W !
Click HERE to see Film You can't hide from YOU TUBE! We will see you later in KPORT!

Connecticut Protest of President George W. Bush at US Coast Guard Academy!


Monday, May 21, 2007

The Gathering of Real Peace Patriots!

Just In Here is the Best Pictures of

Thursday, May 24th New London — So anguished was Carlos Arredondo when three U.S. Marines delivered the news that his son had been killed fighting in Najaf, Iraq, that he took gasoline and a propane torch from his garage and lit himself on fire inside the Marines' government van.

Since that day, Aug. 24, 2004, Arredondo has recovered from his severe burns, become a U.S. citizen and created a mobile memorial to his son, Lance Cpl. Alexander S. Arredondo.

He brought that memorial — and a personal plea for an end to the war in Iraq — to New London Wednesday as more than 1,000 demonstrators converged on the city for President Bush's visit to deliver the commencement address at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

“The war in Iraq has been mishandled, and we all pay the price for this. My son paid with his life,” said Arredondo, now of Boston. “It is my duty as an American citizen to share my feelings with or against the government and be there for the ones who cannot speak anymore.”

After speaking to a crowd of at least 250 at a rally at the Soldiers & Sailors Monument organized by the Southeastern Connecticut Peace & Justice Network and Connecticut Opposes the War, Arredondo drove a truck trailing a flag-draped coffin containing some of his son's personal belongings.

The crowd marched behind the truck to the entrance of the academy at Williams Street and Mohegan Avenue, where they joined hundreds more demonstrators — most protesting war or the president himself, some with pro-Bush and pro-troop messages — who stood for hours bearing signs, banners and flags and speaking in a cacophony of competing megaphones and microphones.

New London police officers estimated the crowd at more than 1,000.

The anti-Bush and anti-war demonstrators, affiliated with more than a dozen organizations, including the ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) Coalition, Connecticut Coalition for Peace, Move On, Connecticut Families for Peace, People of Faith CT and the Raging Grannies of Greater Westerly, gathered on one side of Mohegan Avenue. They faced a clearly outnumbered but equally energized crowd of Bush supporters from the groups Gathering of Eagles, Patriot Guard Riders and American Legion Riders across the street.

Those protesting the Bush visit included veterans and civilians, children and seasoned protesters, Connecticut residents, and people from Maine, Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island.

“There is a difference between patriotism and nationalism, and there is a difference between supporting the troops and supporting a war. It is patriotic to speak out against our country and its wars,” said Ted Goodnight of North Providence. “To promote peace is to benefit all. It is also the greatest honor to all the heroes that have given their lives to our country.”

Goodnight, a member of Veterans For Peace, is a former Army sergeant who chose not to re-enlist after serving for nine months in Afghanistan and two weeks in Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina. While in Afghanistan, he said he questioned why military resources were being diverted to Iraq, a country that did not attack the United States.

Russ Ostlund of Stonington, who served for 14 years as a chief petty officer in the Navy, protested the Bush administration silently by holding an American flag over his right shoulder, a flag with a peace sign over his left shoulder, and lifting a copy of the U.S. Constitution as he looked toward the Bush supporters across the street and, behind them, the path of the presidential motorcade.

Frances Crowe, 88, of Northampton, Mass., protested the Bush administration with the group Code Pink Women For Peace. She wore a pink shirt and a sign — almost as large as she was — around her neck that read, “Arrest and convict the serial killer in Washington.”

Trish Gallagher of Boston, a member of the same group, said she believes the money spent on the war and the military ought to be directed instead to “life-affirming programs.”

A sea of anti-Bush and anti-war signs ranged from hand-scrawled messages like “Support our troops, not our president” and “No blood for more oil” to mass-produced slogans calling for withdrawal from Iraq and impeachment of the president. Some protesters carried American flags turned upside-down or with peace signs instead of stars.

Douglas Wray of Yantic displayed a print of Pablo Picasso's “Guernica,” depicting the suffering and violence of war, around his neck. He said the print hung above his desk at the Naval Submarine Base for 31 years before he retired from his job as an engineer. He said he attended the protest alone, unaffiliated with a group, adding, “I'm just against war.”

Mark Lipman, Tom Page, Susan Bueti and Walter Ducharm, of the group Bostonians for the Overthrow of King George, donned oversized papier-mâché heads of Bush, Donald Rumsfeld, Condoleezza Rice and Vice President Dick Cheney, respectively, and wore jail stripes and chains.

While most protesters Wednesday were showing their dissent over the Iraq war, a small but vocal group of scientists were protesting what they believe would be a greater, disastrous legacy of the Bush administration: its disregard for the environment.

“Every one of us think the Iraq war is wrong,” said Marc Zimmer, a professor at Connecticut College who teaches environmental chemistry. “Our focus is on the science. In 20 or 30 years, when people look back, the biggest mistake of this administration will be that it did not pay enough attention to the environment.”

Zimmer helped organize the march of professors, students and dissenters who met at 9:30 a.m. in front of the F.W. Olin Science Center at Connecticut College. About 75 protesters donned academic robes or wore black, and some carried signs with messages such as “Bush + Exxon = Pseudo Science.”

As the group walked down Williams Street, it was met with jeers from pro-Bush counter-protesters. One man shouted, “Don't forget we fought for you so that you can do this.” Another man screamed, “Hippies!”

Bridget Baird, a professor of math and computer sciences at Connecticut College, said the Bush administration put unqualified people in positions of power. These people, Baird said, twist facts, especially scientific facts.

“The long-term impact is that this affects our credibility in the scientific world,” Baird said. “They ignore the science when it doesn't suit their positions. They discount global warming, stem-cell research and evolution. They ignore the recommendations of scientists.”

Harry Frank, a chemistry professor at the University of Connecticut, said he felt compelled to join the march.

“I'm here because this administration has failed the American public in all of its science policies,” Frank said. “When it comes to global warming, the administration has taken a worry-about-it-tomorrow attitude. We are losing our competitive edge. We are not training the next generation of scientists.”

Ann Burke, a professor of biology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, said she is dismayed at how the Bush administration continues to ignore the recommendations and findings of highly respected scientists.

“This administration has ignored the environment and health of our planet,” she said.

Demonstrations proceeded largely without incident. State police from Troop E responded in the afternoon to a minor scuffle on Williams Street but charged no one, and New London police, a visible presence all day along Williams Street and Mohegan Avenue, reported no protest-related arrests.

New London
— Dozens of groups from around New England, joining an event planned by two national peace organizations, are setting up a big day of demonstration to coincide with Wednesday's Coast Guard Academy graduation visit by President Bush.

The groups won't venture any crowd-size estimates, but they are making bus, van and carpool arrangements all around the Northeast.

It will start with a march from downtown to a loud rally at the academy gates that is expected to include sign waving, amplified peace music and speeches by parents who have lost children in the war.

They will be joined not only by demonstrators from but by marching scientists from an assortment of colleges in Connecticut, who plan to don their academic robes and carry signs protesting the Bush Administration's science policies.

The peace groups, organized by sponsors Veterans for Peace and Act Now to Stop War & End Racism (A.N.S.W.E.R.), will themselves be protested by demonstrators from a new national pro-war group, Gathering of Eagles, which has put out a call on its Web site for people to turn out Wednesday “to counter the left-wing Communist A.N.S.W.E.R. event being held the same day.”

Protesters from the two sides clashed a bit during a peace rally in Washington in March that attracted tens of thousands of people, although both groups say they don't want any trouble in New London.

“At previous events these so-called peace organizations have historically been violent,” said James Bancroft of Bristol, a Marine veteran and the Connecticut coordinator for Gathering of Eagles. “If there is going to be any confrontation, we expect them to start it.”

Bancroft said the group, which has dozens of inquiries on its Web site about travel arrangements to New London, expects as many as a thousand people on each side to come Wednesday.

“They have a right to be there, but we are not going to engage them,” said John Bangert, a spokesman for Veterans for Peace. “What would Martin Luther King do? He would listen.”

New London Police Capt. William Dittman said protests sometimes never materialize in the numbers that organizations predict, but he said the department will be prepared. He said New London is working with Connecticut State Police on security for the presidential visit and the demonstrations.

“I would venture to say, yeah, there will be a lot of people here,” he said. “We don't expect any problems, and if there are any we'll be ready.”

Tahnee Stair of New Haven, an A.N.S.W.E.R. spokeswoman, said planning for the New London demonstration began months ago. In addition to the demonstration Wednesday there will a series of related events in the city, starting with a forum, slide show and discussion tonight at the Hygienic Art Galleries, which begins at 7 p.m.

On Sunday, the national group Iraq Veterans Against the War will host a public forum, starting at 1 p.m. at The Oasis on Bank Street. It will feature a panel discussion with U.S. Marine and Navy veterans and the co-founders of Appeal for Redress, which is collecting signatures of active-duty military who support a troop withdrawal from Iraq.

Veterans for Peace will have a regional peace planning meeting for its members Tuesday in New London, and the region's national president, Elliott Adams, a descendant of the two presidents, will be in town conducting nonviolence training.

Starting Tuesday evening, the group will conduct an all-night peace vigil at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument downtown. It will be held in honor of Cal Robertson, who has conducted his own vigil there for more than 20 years. Robertson hurt his knee in a fall recently but is expected to attend, Bangert said.

“Cal has been a constant Gandhian presence in the New London community, and we want to honor his tradition,” he said. “We also want to take the opportunity to stand up against George W. Bush.”

Also attending the group's demonstration will be Carlos Arredondo, who lost his son in the war and who has become known around the country for the memorial he sets up at peace rallies, with a flag-draped coffin in the back of his pickup truck.

The Raging Grannies, grandmothers against the war, and Code Pink, women war protesters known for their pink feather boas, will also be here, Bangert said. Bangert said he has been involved in the peace movement since 1971, when he protested with John Kerry, who served in Vietnam with Bangert's twin brother Joe.

Wednesday's protest by scientists was organized by Marc Zimmer, professor of chemistry at Connecticut College. He said the group will include about 100 scientists, many faculty from schools all over the state, who will march from the college's science building to a lawn at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum, across Route 32 from the academy.

“I got more and more concerned about the way the sciences are being misrepresented,” Zimmer said in describing his idea for the protest, mentioning the debates over stem-cell research, global warming and evolution. “Science used to be science, and you were fairly sure what it meant.”

Stair of A.N.S.W.E.R. said the demonstration Wednesday is part of a stepped-up campaign, Turn Up the Heat, meant to put pressure on the Bush Administration. They plan to protest at the West Point commencement where Vice President Cheney will be speaking.

“This is part of a nationwide effort to have demonstrations wherever government officials go, to demand that the U.S. get out of Iraq now,” she said. “It is similar to what happened to the Nixon Administration, when people knew wherever they went there would be an anti-war demonstration.”

Bancroft of the Gathering of Eagles said his group will be at West Point, too.

“These are two of the finest military academies on the planet. We want to be there to welcome the families and encourage the graduates,” he said. “It doesn't matter what you think about the president. Their coming is an act of disrespect toward the people they claim to support.

“They never marched against Osama or the Taliban. The only people they march against are in the United States or Israel. It makes you wonder what their agenda is.”

Friday, May 18, 2007


Gathering of Peace Patriots at the base of the Soldiers & Sailors Monument in New London, CT Broad & State Streets.

Elliott Adams, National President of Veterans for Peace, descendant of 2 US Presidents, and g.g.g.grand cousin to Samuel Adams!

Carlos & Melida Arredondo, Gold Star Families. Parents of Cpl. Alex Arredondo USMC, Killed in Najaf, Iraq. Carlos & Melida Arredondo are members of Gold Star Families, and members of Military Families Speak Out and will be here for the overnight vigil honor guard at Camp Alex Arredondo's memorial casket and medals, photographs, & boots.
Come to what has been hidden from the press by executive orders. Pay you person respects to all of the fallen.

Ted Goodnight,
VFP and IVAW, Veteran of US Army in Afghanistan and North Carolina Army National Guard deployed to Mississippi during Hurricane Katrina.

John Bangert, UU, VFP, MFSO, Cape Codders for Peace and Justice, Cape Cod Peace Community. Twin brother to Joe Bangert for Winter Soldier Films, Sir, No Sir acclaim. Presently has a nephew in serving in Afghanistan, an another nephew who served in the Gulf War of 1991.

UU, Friends, VFP and
Code Pink members have been invited to stay overnight in Unity Hall and may set up their sleeping bags there once the choir leaves @ 9:00pm. No need preaching to the choir:) !

Early Breakfast will we served before the rally and protest at USGC Academy.
If you would be kind enough to e-mail and RSVP so we know roughly how many folks will be here on Tuesday night.

Hosting Community of Faith we thank you for your mercy and sense of justice for all!

All Souls Church Unitarian Universalist
19 Jay Street, Unity Hall
(after 9pm for sleepovers)

New London, CT 06320
Phone: (860) 443-0316

Veterans for Peace Actions

Elliott Adams (518) 441-2697
Veterans for Peace, President

John Bangert (508) 432-0545
VFP, MFSO Event Organizer

All Souls Church, UU in New London, CT has offered Peace Pilgrims, Friends Veterans & UU activist to come stay in their church community for an overnight on May 22nd & Breakfast on May 23rd, their have offered us a place to sleep, eat and have showers for the United States Coast Guard Academy

New England Regional Anti-War Protest!

All Soul's Minister is the Rev. Carolyn Patierno, UU, and her phone numbers are: (860)-443-0316 - Church Office
(860)-443-0092 - Minister's Study


We also want to acknowledge the constant works of St. Francis House, in New London, CT and we salute Cal Robertson VFP member for his 20 + years commitment to his PEACE VIGIL at the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial in New London, CT. VFP President Elliott Adams will be meeting at St. Francis House Community this weekend as well.

(Elliott Adams, Veterans for Peace President, is a descendant of US President John Adams, and grand cousin to Samuel Adams, Elliott's g.g.g. grandfather was Thomas Adams, brother to our 2nd President John Adams.) from editor jjb

Carlos Arredondo will be setting up "Camp Alex" at the base or near the Soldiers and Sailors Monument. We selected this site out of respect for the New London Peace Vigils held here by folks from St. Francis House.

Special mention to New London's , Veteran for Peace member Cal Robertson, for his presence of conscience for over 20 years. Also VFP members will be assembling at the Memorial to VIGIL for PEACE.

We invite folks to stop by and bring and light candles or meditate, stand, sit for and pray for peace
ALL NIGHT at this site.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

1st Lt. Andrew J. Bacevich, 27, of Walpole, Mass KIA

May 16, 2007

Former Soldier, Now a Professor, Loses His Only Son to a War He Actively Opposed

BOSTON, May 15 — The father, a longtime military man, from West Point to Vietnam to the first Persian Gulf war, became an early public critic of the war in Iraq, writing frequently and potently about its causes and effects.

But when his only son joined the Army and was sent to fight in that war, the father, Andrew J. Bacevich, a professor of history and international relations at Boston University, expressed only support, said a family member and colleagues.

“My father, he was first and foremost a father to his son,” said Jennifer Bacevich, one of Professor Bacevich’s three daughters. “They loved each other very much.”

On Sunday, two soldiers came to Professor Bacevich’s home in Walpole, Mass., with the kind of news that a military man knows is always possible: First Lt. Andrew J. Bacevich, 27, the son, had been killed by a bomb while on patrol in Balad, Iraq.

“My father,” Ms. Bacevich said in an interview on Tuesday, “is heartbroken.”

Michael T. Corgan, an associate professor in Boston University’s department of international relations, who also has a military background, said Professor Bacevich knew the risks his son was taking.

“Having been in combat himself, he knows the amount of chance involved,” Professor Corgan said, “that no matter how careful you are, no matter how well prepared you are, bad things happen.”

“But what can you say to somebody who’s lost his only son in Iraq?” Professor Corgan said. “What makes it hard is we all know how Andy feels about this war.”

Professor Bacevich declined to be interviewed on Tuesday, but his views on Iraq are well known, and they appeared to be given a certain weight in public discourse, in part because of his background as a retired Army lieutenant colonel, an observant Roman Catholic and a self-described political conservative.

Last month in The Los Angeles Times, he wrote: “The truth is that next to nothing can be done to salvage Iraq. It no longer lies within the capacity of the United States to determine the outcome of events there. Iraqis will decide their own fate. We are spectators, witnesses, bystanders caught in a conflagration that we ourselves, in an act of monumental folly, touched off.”

And in the May issue of The Atlantic Monthly, he called the conflict a “disastrous war,” and noted that “the thousands of Americans killed in Iraq include no members of Congress and not a single general.”

Colleagues said such opinions came from deliberative research.

“He was not a sort of ideological, hard-line critic,” said William R. Keylor, a professor of international relations and history.

“I got the impression that his stance on the war was the result of very careful study and analysis of the information that he had,” Professor Keylor added. “When he finally came to that conclusion, he spoke out vociferously.”

Professor Bacevich did not, however, speak out vociferously to his son, Jennifer Bacevich said.

“My father, although he makes no secret of what his opinions are, believes that when his children become adults they can make decisions for themselves,” she said.

The younger Andrew Bacevich, like his siblings, was steeped in military life. He was born at West Point, his sister said, and spent his first 13 years moving with the family to military postings in Kansas, Virginia, Texas and Germany.

“The army, it takes over everything: where you’re going to live, go to school, who your friends are,” said Ms. Bacevich, who is 34.

As a student at Boston University majoring in communications, her brother joined the Reserve Officers Training Corps but was taken out because he had asthma, Ms. Bacevich said.

After college, the gregarious young man, who ran marathons, worked in politics, as an aide to State Senator Jo Ann Sprague and later to Gov. Mitt Romney, but when he learned that asthmatics were being allowed to enlist, he signed up, his sister said.

Professor Corgan said, “I think young Bacevich joined because of what he saw in his father.

“I think he felt as his father did, that regardless of what you think of the particular politics of the administration, that service to the country is a pretty high value.”

In October, the younger Mr. Bacevich was deployed to Iraq with the Third Brigade Combat Team, and was scheduled to return home next January.

When her brother visited in February, “he was very tired,” Ms. Bacevich said. “He described his life as being one day of actually being out doing patrols, one day of rest, one day of getting ready for the next patrol. It was very grueling.”

The politics of the war never came up, she said, adding, “My brother was very aware of military duty being a duty, so it was not something that he would feel” was appropriate for him to focus on.

His father, with whom he frequently exchanged e-mail, kept his views separate from his feelings about his son. Professor Bacevich insisted that journalists quoting him about the war not mention that his son was serving in it. And when colleagues asked how his son was doing, “he always indicated fine, no problem,” Professor Keylor said.

Professor Corgan said: “He didn’t go around wailing or gnashing teeth — it’s just not his way. Stoic, I think is the word. He was proud that his son chose to serve his country and so forth. What I saw was a parent sort of holding his breath.”

Andrew J. Bacevich is Professor of History and International Relations at Boston University. His most recent book is The New American Militarism: How Americans Are Seduced by War. His son also named Andrew J. Bacevich was killed in Iraq on Mother's Day!

NEWS RELEASES from the United States Department of Defense


May 14, 2007

Media Contact: (703) 697-5131/697-5132

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DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

1st Lt. Andrew J. Bacevich, 27, of Walpole, Mass., died Sunday, May 13 (Mothers' Day) in Balad, Iraq, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his unit during combat patrol operations in Salah Ad Din Province, Iraq.He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

Names of the Dead

The Department of Defense has identified 3,382 American service members who have died since the start of the Iraq war. It confirmed the deaths of following Americans yesterday:

BACEVICH, Andrew J., 27, First Lt., Army; Walpole, Mass.; First Cavalry Division.

FARRAR, William A. Jr., 20, Pfc., Army; Redlands, Calif.; 127th Military Police Company, 709th Military Police Battalion, 18th Military Police Brigade.

FRANK, Michael K., 36, Specialist, Army; Great Falls, Mont.; 82nd Airborne Division.

SAUSTO, Anthony J., 22, Pvt., Army; Lake Havasu City, Ariz.; Second Infantry Division.

ZEMBIEC, Douglas A., 34, Major, Marines; Albuquerque; Headquarters Battalion, Marine Corps National Capital Region.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Meditation Time - Take a few minutes for YOU!

Click and Breath

Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.





Dear Friends and Veterans for Peace,

On May 26, 2007, Dick Cheney is the featured speaker at the West Point
Graduation. In the prior two years, Mr. Rumsfeld and President Bush

As residents of Orange County and the Hudson Valley, we feel morally
obligated to continue to protest the war in Iraq and to show this
administration that people in this region will NOT accept the
perpetuation of this war. Dick Cheney announced at the onset of the war
that it will not end in our lifetime. We are assembling before the future
leaders of the American military to say that in their best interests,
and in ours as a nation, and as a people, we will not allow Cheney's dire
prophecy to be fulfilled. Allowing Vice President Cheney to appear in our
region without protest is tantamount to support of this war and
condonation of current American foreign policy.

As we refuse to be complicit, we will be heard. Help us organize the
largest action the Hudson Valley has seen - unify in concerted opposition
to this war.

We will assemble at 8:30 am at the Veteran's Park in Highland Falls on
Main Street. We will march to, and we expect, through Thayer Gate into West
Point and then re-assemble for a rally.

Please Click here <
e-mail > your endorsement for this peaceful rally and, most
critically, organize your own members, your own community to join us and demonstrate
massive opposition to this President's war.

We appreciate your support and would also welcome your identifying
anyone from your organization who would like to address those assembled.
Please let me know of any speakers as soon as possible.


Michael H. Sussman for the Organizing Committee


This will be a convergence of anti-war, environmental, labor and social justice activists along with concerned citizens. To break the cycle of endless war we need to draw attention to America's need for systemic change. Let us start a "revolution of values." Be an instument for positive change.

Please join Cindy Sheehan, Milida and Carlos Arredondo, Iraq Veterans and people of conscience on our march to President Bush's Summer estate. Cindy Sheehan will be setting up a CAMP CASEY at a farm near the Bush estate.

Veterans for Peace Actions

(Don't get confused between Bush in New London on the 23rd and Cheney in
West Point on the 26th)


There are plans by Gathering of Eagles (or Gathering of Pigeons, as I
fondly refer to them) to gather at West Point for the 26th. They are
coming to protect any memorial and harass the march. I have two

If they form a protective line around some monument a group of us could
join them, interspersing ourselves between them. Now this would be
something only those who think they have the calm to do it should do, we
may be rejected and verbally attacked. It also means leaving the parade,
but I think this would be a more powerful action. I think we have to go
over in 2s and 3s, so as not too look threatening.

The other thought is could we do a Support and Defend event like we did
in DC. All of us retake our oaths to support and defend the constitution
from enemies foreign and domestic and invite them to join us. In this
case I think I would leave out the impeachment part. Or maybe explain
what we are going to do and give them an opportunity to step out. This
might require contacting them ahead of time.

Any one have any reaction to these ideas? Anyone ready to work on

I should note that I talked with some and reacted at a less than
conversation level with quite a few of them in DC. Almost all were
comfortable conversations. One of two were red faced and tight necked,
but even those we left agreeing to disagree. Most I did not talk to
about this war, we connected as vets and agreed on protection of the
Wall. Of those I talked to about the war the 1 or 2 were "fight them
there not here", most seemed ambivalent about the war, and some were out
front against the war. Since the Wall is not in West Point we will get
many less, which gives us a better chance to reach them. But I think we
will have the most dedicated and committed of them.

Elliott D S Adams
President, Veterans For Peace
PO Box 195
Sharon Springs, NY 13459
518-284-2048, 518-441-2697