Protesters Planning Demonstration at George W. Bush Presidential Center Opening

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The People's Response
Some, if not all, of these individual will attend the April 25 rally against the Bush Center.
The George W. Bush Presidential Center, construction of which has clogged up the eastern part of the SMU campus for years now, will be christened at a private ceremony on April 25. The former president will be there, as will wife Laura and an unspecified numbers of alumni from the Bush-Cheney administration.

"With world leaders invited to join President and Mrs. Bush for this historic day," the center's website boasts, "the event is expected to enjoy internationally-televised coverage."

In other words, it's the perfect stage for a protest. That's what a coalition of local human rights-oriented groups are planning to do. They're organizing what they're calling "The People's Response" to speak out against Bush administration policies.

But Bush left office more than four years ago, you might point out. Why not move on, let bygones be bygones? The Bush Center is, after all, a pretty unobjectionable place, what with a presidential library, museum, rose garden and think tank.

For the same reason that the groups planning the April 25 demonstration, including CODEPINK, Veterans for Peace, the Dallas Peace Center and others, have been fighting the Bush Center's placement at SMU since the beginning: because it would "cast a veneer of legitimacy on the Bush administration and its policies," according to The People's Response website.

As Leslie Harris of CODEPINK Greater Dallas, who is helping organize the event, puts it, "The illegal invasion of a sovereign nation was declared a 'supreme crime' at the Nuremberg trials. That Bush and his advisers walk free today is unconscionable; there must be accountability so history won't repeat itself."

The Reverend Bill McElvaney, a professor emeritus at SMU's Perkins School of Theology argues merely that the invasion of Iraq and the practice of torture violates Methodism's principles and therefore places SMU "in contradiction to its own heritage as an institution of the United Methodist Church."

Organizers aren't limiting themselves to a single protest, however, but are organizing a full week of workshops, teach-ins, art, music, creative direct action, internationally known speakers, and -- of course -- a dance party for peace!


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suzanholten
suzanholten

Press has been very quiet about W's Library and "policy"? center. I would hate to work for the PR of this project. As for the library, what will they put in it?   Comedy is the only thing I can think of.

wadehampton
wadehampton

When nations and investigations are demanding accountability, We the peacemakers with the real medias for truth, remind the world of the criminal torture, killing bloodshed, and maimed minds, livelihoods, and economys that there now will be voices and actions present, in fact the first session of court for trials disguised by the perpetrators as a dedication, but in truth the beginning of justice to hold the self-righteous accountable for their crimes against humanity, their war crimes of violence and death of innocent sovereign people, children, and cultures. The Peoples Response is right on time to bring justice for the convictions of the vultures of evil. Peace and justice cannot bring lives back but shall by hearts and actions mandate justice though delayed now to be assured. Thanks to these peoples for truth, for love and peace who never give up and who awaken the world by free speech of truth. No more lies, no more war, no war criminals roaming streets for peace. It is now time for justice in the war-mongers Lie-bury crimes.

medea3
medea3

I am so happy that CODEPINK Dallas and other groups will not let this "ceremony" go by without protesting. Given the devastation that George Bush wrought in Iraq, he should be tried for war crimes. As for books, he should have them sent to his prison cell!!!

medea3
medea3

I am so happy that CODEPINK Dallas and other groups will not let this "ceremony" go by without protesting. Given the devastation that George Bush wrought in Iraq, he should be tried for war crimes. As for books, he should have them sent to his prison cell!!!

medea3
medea3

I am so happy that CODEPINK Dallas and other groups will not let this "ceremony" go by without protesting. Given the devastation that George Bush wrought in Iraq, he should be tried for war crimes. As for books, he should have them sent to his prison cell!!!

medea3
medea3

I am so happy that CODEPINK Dallas and other groups will not let this "ceremony" go by without protesting. Given the devastation that George Bush wrought in Iraq, he should be tried for war crimes. As for books, he should have them sent to his prison cell!!!

medea3
medea3

I am so happy that CODEPINK Dallas and other groups will not let this "ceremony" go by without protesting. Given the devastation that George Bush wrought in Iraq, he should be tried for war crimes. As for books, he should have them sent to his prison cell!!!

medea3
medea3

I am so happy that CODEPINK Dallas and other groups will not let this "ceremony" go by without protesting. Given the devastation that George Bush wrought in Iraq, he should be tried for war crimes. As for books, he should have them sent to his prison cell!!!

lsavage3
lsavage3

Proud to see my Pink sisters and their allies standing up for what's right, not what's popular. The comments criticizing them for wanting to hold junior Bush and his administration accountable for their war crimes but claiming they ignore Obama's drone strikes? Wow, how uninformed can you get. I guess that is the result of getting all your news from mainstream media. Check out YouTube, Huffington Post or maybe even the Daily Show: Codepink has led the pack in protesting early and often about drones, and objecting to John Brennan's appointment to head the CIA. You could also read Medea Benjamin's well-researched book Drone Warfare: Killing By Remote Control.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

Is that the Skipper from Gilligan's Island on the far right?

peaceseeker
peaceseeker

How sad, when people that can not present an argument, can only resort to personal attacks or other vulgarities!  

The facts are, a sovereign nation was invaded based on lies, a covert CIA agent was outed (an act of treason) when lies were not supported by more lies , a million Iraqis, have lost their lives, almost 5000 American sons & daughters have been killed, the whole Middle East has been destabilized, and the U.S. has become the most hated country in the world, AND Bush, and his cronies, HAVE been convicted as a war criminals.  The only thing sadder is that we, as a nation, barely noticed!   

Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and their legal advisers Alberto Gonzales, David Addington, William Haynes, Jay Bybee and John Yoo were tried in absentia in Malaysia and found guilty.  The saddest thing of all is that as a nation we didn't have the intestinal fortitude to put them on trial ourselfs.   So you sheeple, continue to snooze, stay on that couch, good luck with that FEMM thing!  I for one will not miss an opportunity to remind this nation of the crimes of the Bush mis-administration and the complacency of an entire nation.    

verytrue
verytrue

The problem with "moving on" is that old lies are thought to be true even years later.  If lies are forgotten and no one is held accountable, we will just continue to accept lies as a basis for our national policy.  The basis for invading Iraq was a lie.  When we go to war on the basis of lies, I consider that a war crime.  It's never too late to prosecute war crimes.  When a library is built to enshrine the legacy of a war criminal, everyone should be outraged.  I certainly am.  The dedication of that lie-bury is the perfect opportunity to inform the public.  We continue to go to war.  We talk about new "opportunities" to go to war.  We need look carefully at our past decisions to make sure our future decisions aren't based on lies.

carolnhero
carolnhero

Good work, CodePink. With America's abysmally short historic memory, it's crucial that people are reminded about the lies that sent this country to war, absolutely unnecessarily, against Iraq, with an indefensible cost in lives, American and Iraqi. Then there was the war this White House gang started against Afghanistan, and then ignored, as the killing went on and on. Americans used to have a Bill of Rights. It hasn't been restored, and Bush isn't entirely to blame for that. I have endless admiration for the perseverance, creativity, courage and humor Code Pink uses to keep America's eyes on truths being hidden.

carolnhero
carolnhero

Good work, CodePink. With America's abysmally short historic memory, it's crucial that people are reminded about the lies that sent this country to war, absolutely unnecessarily, against Iraq, with an indefensible cost in lives, American and Iraqi. Then there was the war this White House gang started against Afghanistan, and then ignored, as the killing went on and on. Americans used to have a Bill of Rights. It hasn't been restored, and Bush isn't entirely to blame for that. I have endless admiration for the perseverance, creativity, courage and humor Code Pink uses to keep America's eyes on truths being hidden.

FemmeLe
FemmeLe

Hey, I have no problem with this. These idiots need something to do to make their lives meaningful. Think of it this way: Bush is their therapy. Besides, "B-U-S-H" is a lot easier to spell than "O-B-A-M-A" when you're on drugs. It's also a lot easier to rationalize the CODEPINK sexism when you have a snoot full of goo. When I go to the Fair, I always love walking past the freak show on the midway. These morons are grossly entertaining so just enjoy them!

roadsidecouch
roadsidecouch

So will we be treated to a bunch of ugly women wearing bad approximations of a vagina making fools out of themselves?   Can't you at least get Cindy Sheehan to show up and cry?  Then it could be just like the good ole days when the evil Republicans raped the nation instead of Democrats.  Maybe you could switch to wearing approximations of giant assholes.  That way Obama might pay attention to you and it would better identify your true identity.  Bush derangement syndrome, there is no cure.

whocareswhatithink
whocareswhatithink

So a drone just killed an American Citizen....Bush had nothing to do with that...where is that protest going on??

Hypothetically, drones can kill Americans on US Soil - Protest?

Couple of folks killed in Turkey and Benghazi US Embassy bombings? Questions? Anyone want to know why or how it happened?

The Budget Control Act of 2011 leading to sequestion has been sitting on everyone’s desk since 2011, yet they like to wait to the last minute to give out some scare tactics...anyone ask, what the heck have you done with this thing since it’s been sitting on your desk for a year a half, rather than wait for the last week and half to talk about - in between Golf games with Tiger??

But you are right -protesting a man 5 years into his retirement is really going to change things. Good Job. Good Organization skills....

Protestors should really worry about what’s going on tomorrow, not what happened 5 plus years ago...what’s being implemented today and tomorrow is what I’m concerned about, I can’t change the past....but that just me and who cares what I think anyway

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

I wonder how much the oversized caricature masks cost?  I am pretty sure that they are not $1.98 on the clearance table at Party City ...

quinnopolis
quinnopolis

As the daughter of one of the organizers of this march, I have this to add:

To those who are saying, "and they have no problem with the current WH occupant's drone policy?" and "They can't [let it go]. If they did, they would have nothing but their own pitiful existence to contemplate.

Or perhaps, they would be left with the unappealing option of protesting president Obama for continuing to operate Guantanamo prison and assassinating US citizens, terrorists and a few innocent foreign nationals with drone strikes across international boundaries."

Code Pink and these other organizations are practically the only liberal groups who ARE protesting Obama. We hold protests against Obama often, and have an annual protest against Gitmo every year on the anniversary of its opening in January. We are holding actions against drones and criticizing Obama often. If you didn't notice, Code Pink is one of the few groups that protested at the Republican National Convention AND the Democratic National Convention.


Where are you guys during these times? Because we sure have problems with a low turn-out.
If you read the article, you see that Leslie Harris says that we need to hold Bush responsible so that history won't repeat itself. What you see in the Obama administration is just that: history repeating itself, because we didn't hold Bush accountable.

FredDorfman76
FredDorfman76

I hate Dubya with a passion but I'd rather just move on.  He's a chickenhawk piece of shit who should rot in jail but it aint going to happen.  It's embarrassing to see the Hitler youth type receptions he gets at sporting events.

ruddski
ruddski

Those aren't very good giant heads.

kwhuie
kwhuie

What a bunch of idiots.  Thanks for wasting everyone's time.  Guess what?  Go ahead and protest.  No one will care and nothing will change.  There will still be a world class presidential library at SMU and since none of you morons have jobs anyway, no one will care that you are protesting. 

jonechisum
jonechisum

@FemmeLe  "I cannot form a good argument against them, so I'm just going to attack their character with false assumptions! I can't help it, I just can't brain good!"

peaceseeker
peaceseeker

@FemmeLe   I guess you speak to what you know! Talk about freak show - thanks - but no thanks!

truthbtold
truthbtold

@whocareswhatithink  The same activists who were there calling for the impeachment of Bush while he was still in office SO THAT FUTURE ADMINISTRATIONS WOULDN'T COMMIT THE SAME CRIMES are still calling for his (and his cohorts') arrest for the same reason.  Study up.  Bush started the drone program, and BECAUSE BUSH WAS NOT HELD ACCOUNTABLE, Obama has continued and expanded it..  Where's the protest, you say?  Here it is:  non-partisan "Code Pink Associates" anti-drone protest during the senate hearing on Obama's nomination of "drone-czar" Brennan.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5BS5R_Xjio   Prosecute the Bush cabal, and Obama and future administrations won't be so quick to break the law.  Let's not let the present and future administrations - Republican, Democrat, or third party - make extra-judicial assassinations and drone-bombing civilians the "new normal!" 

cynthiapea
cynthiapea

@whocareswhatithink If you did a little research you would know that they also protest Obama, quite often I might add.

Holding the Bush administration accountable actually increases the chances of Obama or any future leaders doing the right thing. Pretty sure Obama wouldn't be committing war crimes if Bush had been held accountable. I mean you do get that he is a war criminal, right? That doesn't go away just because you are now "retired"....


whocareswhatithink
whocareswhatithink

@quinnopolis Why dont you hold the current people accountable for their actions??? Its like saying lets bring back the dead old men and hold them accountable for slavery, yet ignore racisim that happens today...because it was the fault of the past.

There is a difference to bringing awareness to current issues from past mistakes, to holding the past accountable.

Time and energy wasted

cantkeepthetruthdown
cantkeepthetruthdown

@quinnopolis Code Pink and it's disgusting sexism is one of the major reasons I dropped out of the left. Maybe you can think of that when you complain about low turnout at your protests. 


Oh and the fact that most of the people involved are utterly repulsive for a variety of reasons. 

truthbtold
truthbtold

@kwhuie People who have substantive things to say don't need to name-call and would be more credible if they used correct grammar.  Also, the "get a job" cliche is lame and overused.  Assuming people don't have jobs is, well, you know the old adage:  "A-S-S-U-M-E makes an ass out of u and me."  What is your proof that the people to whom you're referring don't have jobs?

cynthiapea
cynthiapea

@kwhuie  "none of you morons have jobs anyway" you are so original.... 

quinnopolis
quinnopolis

@whocareswhatithink @quinnopolis What are you talking about? My whole post WAS about how we are holding the current people accountable, and how we are the only liberals that DO protest against Obama.

truthbtold
truthbtold

@Sotiredofitall @quinnopolis They are going to send groups of impressionable school children through the library.  Surely, there will be no propaganda.  Oh, wait...

And just a heads-up:  the "Bush Institute" ("think-tank") will be a large part of the center.  They will be  (and are already) crafting policy.  Kind of like when PNAC wrote the script for the Iraq invasion. 

truthbtold
truthbtold

@Sotiredofitall @quinnopolis They are going to send groups of impressionable school children through the library.  Surely, there will be no propaganda.  Oh, wait...

And just a heads-up:  the "Bush Institute" ("think-tank") will be a large part of the center.  They will be  (and are already) crafting policy.  Kind of like when PNAC wrote the script for the Iraq invasion. 

quinnopolis
quinnopolis

@cantkeepthetruthdown Just wondering, how is Code Pink sexist? In general, their activism centers about peace and justice. They certainly talk some about gender issues, but I don't see how you got to "misandrist idiots" from that. They mostly work on calling for ending to unjustified violence, which isn't related to gender.

kwhuie
kwhuie

Truth stings a bit eh?  Yeah protesting in the middle of the day on a random Wednesday screams that you have a great work situation.  Here's an idea.  Instead of protesting, walk down to Chic Fil A or Jimmy John's and fill out an application.  Better yet, find something PRODUCTIVE to do with your time.  The rest of us will actually contribute to our society while the "LOOK AT ME! LOOK AT ME!" protestors do nothing but prove that not showering or shaving really isn't a good practice.

quinnopolis
quinnopolis

@Sotiredofitall You clearly didn't get the point. We are not protesting the existence of a presidential library. We are drawing attention to the fact that George W. Bush and his administration have never been held accountable for their war crimes.
Thus, no one has learned consequences for their actions, Obama is now doing the same kind of thing, and so will the next presidents.

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

@TheCredibleHulk  You are correct, sir.  I stand corrected

peaceseeker
peaceseeker

@kwhuie   Those that can DO - those that can not - yell get a job!  How original.....NOT!  You just might be surprized.... but that would takes awareness on some level. 

kwhuie
kwhuie

"FLAWLESS VICTORY"

As a graduate of Southern Methodist University (double major in political science and history) I can assure you that your "movement" will accomplish absolutely nothing.  The sad reality of these kind of protests is that even the protestors themselves know they are doing ZERO to change anything.  Enjoy the protest, try to mix in a shower or two, and remember to wear sunscreen :)  Other than that, you will have about three or four hours of your life that you will never get back that didn't amount to more than a wet fart from a dead rat.

cynthiapea
cynthiapea

@kwhuie Well maybe you need to go back to "whatever institution of higher learning you gave money to attend and demand a refund" because obviously they did not teach you any history.

When you have a little more knowledge on how movements have started (lets not even say through out history, lets keep it in the last 100 years, just in the US, I don't want to overwhelm you with information), then we can continue with this conversation, until then, I would rather spend my time talking to people more knowledgeable than you are....


kwhuie
kwhuie

LOL!!!!!!!!!!  You say you want accountability?  So tell me this.  Deep down in your little protesting heart, do you think 200 people protesting a presidential library is going to hold anyone or anything accountable?  If you do, I suggest you go back to whatever institution of higher learning you gave money to attend and demand a refund.  Nothing will be accomplished.  No great shift in sentiment.  No accountability.  Just a bunch of folks who should probably try P90X getting a sun tan and holding signs.  These stupid acts of selfish propaganda accomplish NOTHING.  And deep down...and here is the really depressing part...you all know it :)

cynthiapea
cynthiapea

@kwhuie OK, so just like they have jobs, so do we. Don't confuse one thing with another.

As far as what we are protesting, you seem not to get it. We are not protesting the opening of The George W. Bush Presidential Center. If you would pay attention for 5 min while you read you will see that Leslie Harris says that we need to hold Bush responsible so that history won't repeat itself. What you see in the Obama administration is just that: history repeating itself, because we didn't hold Bush accountable. In your mind you have us figured out ("narcissistic group of whiners, who want their two seconds of fame"), but you couldn't be more incorrect, we don't want to be famous, we want accountability....

kwhuie
kwhuie

LOL.  The people that are actually attending the library opening have worked or are currently working for the United States government or local/state governments as well as the private sector.  People who protest are far more concerned with "BEING SEEN" than actually doing anything to promote change or speak with any sort of intelligence on what it is they oppose.  Protesting the opening of a presidential library will accomplish what exactly?  Who will benefit from this protest?  Will anyone change their minds on the Bush presidency or whether or not having the library on the SMU campus is a good or bad idea?  Will it do anything other than clog up traffic and generally annoy people?  ABSOLUTELY NOT. 

 Its a joke.  Its a narcissistic group of whiners who want their two seconds of fame.  Enjoy it.  The rest of us will be moving forward with our lives.  Regardless of how one feels about Bush as POTUS, the Bush Library and Institute will be a tremendous feather in the cap for the city of Dallas and SMU.  The city is expecting over 500,000 visitors annually for the next ten years for conferences, institute-led initiatives, women's programs, and scholarly fellowships.  Feel free to protest all of that, however.  I swear we are a nation of fools.

cynthiapea
cynthiapea

@kwhuie how cute are you? I am not going to tell you where I work, but I am a Procurement Manager.... and on my spare time I actually organize.... what a concept! A person with a full time job that cares about the future of this Country..... 

Now the interesting part here is that we get "accused" of not having jobs, but 20,000 or so of Bush's friends are coming to this IN THE MIDDLE OF A WEEKDAY. Do they not have jobs either???



Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

@scottindallas  OK - I amend my statement "We will be paying for W's and Obama's budget mistakes for generations"

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