Monday, January 08, 2007

Over 1,000 protesters spell out 'IMPEACH!' on beach in Pelosi's district

On Saturday, over one thousand protesters occupied the sands of San Francisco's Ocean Beach – part of new Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's district – in order to spell out the message "IMPEACH!"

"America is a great country," Brad Newsham, a local cab driver and author who organized the event, stated in a press release. "But President Bush has betrayed our faith.

"He mislead us into a disastrous war, and is trampling on our Constitution.," Newsham continued. "He has to go. Now. I hope Nancy Pelosi is listening today."

San Francisco's ABC affiliate KGO TV covered the protest, and a video can be seen at its web site.

"Do you think the country has the stomach for another impeachment?" asked ABC7's Noel Cisneros.

"I think we don't have the stomach for another two years of Bush," protester Dan Brook responded.

While the station's legal analayst noted that "you can't impeach a president for incompetence," he does think "the strongest legal case against Mr. Bush would likely be for the National Security Agency's warrantless wiretaps of millions of American telephone calls."

"Section 1809 of the FISA Act provides that any public official who engages in a wiretap, without authorization, is guilty of a felony – I think it's beyond a reasonable dispute that President Bush violated that statute," said former prosecutor Dean Johnson.

A 2006 Zogby poll taken one year ago, commissioned by, a grassroots coalition that supports a Congressional investigation of Bush's decision to invade Iraq in 2003, found that 52 percent of Americans agreed with the statement: "If President Bush wiretapped American citizens without the approval of a judge, do you agree or disagree that Congress should consider holding him accountable through impeachment?"

In that same poll – which had a margin of error of 2.9 percent – 43 percent disagreed, and 6 percent responded that "they didn't know or declined to answer."

The beach event had originally been scheduled on December 10th's "Human Rights and Impeachment Day," as reported earlier by RAW STORY, but "dangerous surf conditions" led to its "forced postponement" until Saturday.

More photos, including the aerial shot featured above taken by John Montgomery, can be seen here, while other photographers' work can be seen here, and here.



Jodin said...

Well, our chance to convince Nancy Pelosi to Impeach Bush/Cheney is this Monday Jan. 15th..

Pelosi most likely said impeachment was "off the table" to remove any appearance of conflict-of-interest that would arise if she were thrust into the presidency as a result of the coming impeachment.

What we need to do is to pressure Pelosi not to interfere with impeachment maneuverings within her party. Sending her Do-It-Yourself impeachments legitimizes her when she is forced to join the impeachment movement in the future.

Sacks and sacks of mail are about to arrive in Nancy Pelosi's office initiating impeachment via the House of Representative's own rules this Monday January 15th. This legal document is as binding as if a State or if the House itself passed the impeachment resolution (H.R. 635).

There's a little known and rarely used clause of the "Jefferson Manual" in the rules for the House of Representatives which sets forth the various ways in which a president can be impeached. Only the House Judiciary Committee puts together the Articles of Impeachment, but before that happens, someone has to initiate the process.That's where we come in. In addition to a House Resolution (635), or the State-by-State method, one of the ways to get impeachment going is for individual citizens like you and me to submit a memorial. has created a new memorial based on one which was successful in impeaching a federal official in the past. You can find it on their website as a PDF.

You can initiate the impeachment process and simultaneously help to convince Pelosi to follow through with the process. Do-It-Yourself by downloading the memorial, filling in the relevant information (your name, state, etc.), and sending it in. Be a part of history.

Suzie-Q (S-Q) said...


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Thanks again! :)