Calls for Impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Cheney Spreading


For Immediate Release

What: Impeachment Rallies
When: Friday July 27
Where: Across America
Contact: Debra Sweet, World Can’t Wait – Drive Out the Bush Regime

Calls for Impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Cheney Spreading

Declare It Now: Wear Orange! Drive Out the Bush Regime Campaign Launches

Asking, “Do you want to see the Bush regime impeached and driven from office? Do you want the war in Iraq ended?” a new campaign challenges people to “Declare It Now! Wear Orange.” Proponents of removing Bush and Cheney from office are wearing bright orange shirts, bandanas, ribbons and buttons, wrapping trees and cars in orange tape, and holding bright orange signs.

Launch events Friday July 27 will inaugurate “Orange Fridays” on which people are especially urged to wear orange and gather in public places. According to Dr. Dennis Loo, of California State University Pomona, the Declare It Now campaign is “a way of publicly declaring ourselves, seizing the moral high ground and showing our collective determination to bring the crimes of the Bush administration to a halt NOW. People will stand out loud in the crowd, making their sentiments visible as more people associate orange with ‘Bush & Cheney must go,’ and find people who think as they do.”

Wednesday the Washington Post reported a poll showing that President Bush has a disapproval rating of 65%, nearly equal to Richard Nixon’s 66% rating, four days before he resigned the presidency, and reporting that this is the longest sustained disapproval rating in modern history.

Articles of impeachment against Vice President Cheney (House Res 333) now have 15 co-sponsors in Congress. The Bush administration is openly defying subpoenas in the Gonzales federal attorney firing case to testify before Congress, asserting that the Justice Department will not enforce them. Recently, commentator Keith Olbermann, columnist Jimmy Breslin, and film maker Michael Moore called for President Bush to be impeached or resign. The demand reached Capitol Hill on Monday, where 46 people were arrested at the office of John Conyers, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, protesting the committee’s refusal to move on impeachment.

Proponents of impeachment say that holding President Bush and Vice President Cheney accountable for their most unpopular acts of occupying Iraq, authorizing the use of torture in interrogation, and vastly increasing the powers of the presidency is both morally right and the only way to stop further destruction of the rule of law and end the Iraq war.

Debra Sweet, Director of The World Can’t Wait — Drive Out the Bush regime said in Washington this week, “If George Bush is not driven from office, if his program is not repudiated, before the end of his term then everything he has done — from the legalization of torture, the ripping up of the rule of law, the spying and lying and assaults on women and gays and science and critical thought, his betrayal of Black people in New Orleans — all this will remain no matter who becomes the next president. It’s on us to change this.”

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