[pjw] MEETING: Iraq Affinity Group meets Monday, December 12, 7 PM

Peace and Justice Works pjw at pjw.info
Wed Dec 7 18:39:34 EST 2016

Hi again Iraq Affinity Group Supporters

The next meeting of the Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group will be 
held this coming Monday, November 14 at 7 PM at our office at 2807 SE Stark.

Here are a few headlines we'll probably discuss, among others (excerpts 

  ICC prosecutors: US forces may have committed war crimes in Afghanistan
  (AP 11/15)

  Ash Carter: US, Partners Need to Stay in Iraq After ISIS Defeat (AP 12/3)

  Glenn Greenwald: Trump will have vast powers. He can thank Democrats for
  them. (Washington Post 11/11)

Here's the proposed agenda for Monday's meeting:

   The Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group is committed to educating
   the public about the effects of U.S. policy on the people of Iraq, and
   other areas including SW Asia, North Africa, and the "Middle East."

7:00 PM Political update: brief headlines including what's new in
       Iraq/Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Iran, Gaza, and
       US cabinet appointees...

7:25 PM Proposed and ongoing actions:
    ---Meeting with peace and justice community members
       --in light of likelihood of more wars after election--updates/action
    ---Guantanamo 15 years later event, January 11 2017-- updates
    ---Guantanamo resolution--updates
    ---March 2016, Iraq 14 Years later--discussion
    ---Troops home campaign / letter to Governor candidates-- updates
    ---BDS resolution regarding City investments-- update
    ---Upcoming ideas /opportunities for educational forums/demonstrations
    --Other recent ideas

8:20 PM Other upcoming events/action items (incoming requests)

8:30 PM Other business--finances/fundraising and office space / phone
     Outreach/membership recruitment

8:40 PM Set next meeting

8:45 PM end

Please write back if there is anything missing from the proposed agenda or if 
you want to attend but won't be able to make it.

As always, we need your support to help us keep doing our work!
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Article excerpts:

ICC prosecutors: US forces may have committed war crimes
    MIKE CORDER Associated Press November 15, 2016

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) ? U.S. armed forces and the CIA may have
    committed war crimes by torturing detainees in Afghanistan, the
    International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor said in a report
    Monday, raising the possibility that American citizens could be
    indicted even though Washington has not joined the global court.

    Dec 3 2016, 11:00 pm ET
Carter: US, Partners Need to Stay in Iraq After ISIS Defeat
    by The Associated Press

    SIMI VALLEY, Calif. -- The American military, along with its
    international partners, will need to remain in Iraq even after the
    expected defeat of the ISIS group, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said

Glenn Greenwald: Trump will have vast powers. He can thank Democrats for

    Sen. Barack Obama certainly saw it that way when he first ran for
    president in 2008. Limiting executive-power abuses and protecting civil
    liberties were central themes of his campaign. The former law professor
    repeatedly railed against the Bush-Cheney template of vesting the
    president with unchecked authorities in the name of fighting terrorism
    or achieving other policy objectives.  ...

    Yet, beginning in his first month in office and continuing through
    today, Obama not only [173]continued many of the most extreme
    executive-power policies he once condemned, but in many cases
    [174]strengthened and extended them. His administration detained
    terrorism suspects without due process, proposed new frameworks to keep
    them locked up without trial, targeted thousands of individuals
    (including a U.S. citizen) for execution by drone, invoked secrecy
    doctrines to shield torture and eavesdropping programs from judicial
    review, and covertly expanded the nation?s mass electronic

--dan handelman
Peace and Justice Works
    Iraq Affinity Group
    PO Box 42456
    Portland, OR   97242
    (503) 236-3065  (Office)
    iraq at pjw.info

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