California Impeachment Slate Candidates Running for Congress Press Conference in San Francisco

MC Brad Newsham (Challenging Barbara Lee)
(Photos by Tian Harter. More at

(This photo from flip side of key sign.)

The California Impeachment Slate ( a non-partisan group of Democrats, Republicans, Independents, Greens, has identified pro-impeachment candidates in more than 20 of the state’s 53 congressional districts, from Eureka to San Diego. Candidates are running for Congress against incumbents neglecting their duty and their oaths to uphold the Constitution by not impeaching (holding hearings for) Dick Cheney. Bay Area candidates who spoke included Shirley Golub (Challenging Nancy Pelosi, June Primary); Brad Newsham (Challenging Barbara Lee, June); Cynthia Papermaster (Challenging Pete Stark, Nov.); Carol Brouillet (Challenging Anna Eshoo, Nov.); Carol Wolman (Challenging Mike Honda, Nov.); Bill Callison (Challenging George Miller, Nov.); Gene Ruyle (Challenging Tauscher, Nov.)

John Conyers, Chair of the House Judiciary Committee, wrote a book in 2006 calling for impeachment, but is now dragging his feet about starting hearings, even though six members of the Committee demand immediate hearings and 30 members of Congress want hearings to start. The Impeachment Slate is asking Monica Conyers, his wife, to join over 100 impeachment candidates nationwide and to run against her husband for Congress.

“One year ago in Detroit,” said Congressional candidate Brad Newsham, “Detroit City Council member Monica Conyers performed an outrage-ous act of political courage. Even though her husband, John Conyers -- chair of the House Judiciary Committee and one of America’s most powerful politicians – is staunchly anti-impeachment, Ms. Conyers introduced a pro-impeachment resolution that the Detroit council unanimously approved. Now we’re asking her to step up again. We want her to run for her husband’s seat in Congress.”

Brad read the letter he had composed for Monica which recognized:

"the personal difficulties this might cause you and your family. But the crimes of the Bush administration have jeopardized families across the country: some of our marriages have been put under tremendous strain; some of us have lost offspring in the illegal war; and the whole world has seen our looted economy bouncing against the ropes...

"Politicians are not meant to hold office forever. When a politician comes upon a job too challenging to face, he or she should step aside in favor of someone who is not afraid to act."

Each candidate spoke briefly, complementing one another's committment and view that Impeachment is the Constitutional remedy most urgently needed at this moment in time.

Shirley Golub produced the play "I", The Impeachment Trial of George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney which premiered May 17th and will run through this weekend (May 30th & 31st). The play is excellent, but sadly shows that Congress has aided and abetted the Bush/Cheney regime all this time, can hardly convict them without convicting themselves, unless there was a reverberating, enormous general outcry, and pressure placed on Congress, and the media.

The media was conspicuously absent from the Press Conference, with the exception of the activist media, who also took photos, filmed, applauded, held signs, passed out literature. The "eye candy" included a large "Impeach the Terrorists!" banner, two giant heads of the current President and Vice President, giant photos of the early Beach Impeach's that Brad Newsham organized where a thousand people spelled it out very clearly for Pelosi what was demanded of her by her constituency and the country.

I remembered when we rallied and demanded "Preemptive Impeachment of Bush" back in January 2003, before he could launch a war on Iraq. I didn't have time to write a speech, but mentioned that that morning I received an email from a woman whose husband had been on my radio show the night before. He was a structural engineer and part of Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth. Although she understood the science and problems with the official story of the buildings collapse, she felt the major problem was "denial." In the wake of the traumatic events of September 11th, even some of the engineers experienced cognitive dissonance, unable to process the visual evidence they witnessed with explanations that defied their basic understanding of physical reality.

I tried to gently remind people that the war on terror was a fraud, that the 9/11 Report was a lie, based on tortured evidence. I had brought with me, my favorite sign, shaped like a key, with Impeach and a Justice symbol on one side, and 9/11 Truth and the Peace symbol on the other side.

"We cannot allow the Democrats to do the "War on Terror" better than the Republicans. We need a real investigation."

Carol Wolman was particularly eloquent about the need for impeachment and mentioned the New Broom Coalition and the Longhouse Coalition, both national coalitions, dedicated towards impeachment, and gaining new members.

"The need for impeachment is my original motivation in running for Congress. As a parent and a senior, I worry about the future. I am watching the economy, the environment, the public sector, the quality of life deteriorate rapidly since Bush took office. Meanwhile, the US government, Bush and Cheney with the collusion of Congress, spends billions of our tax dollars daily on illegal, immoral attacks on other countries. Mike Thompson, by refusing to vote for impeachment and by consistently voting for military spending bills, is part of the problem.

"As a psychiatrist, I am watching the country being hypnotized by madmen who believe that they, and some of us, can survive a nuclear war. By threatening to nuke Iran, they have turned Iran's military allies, Russia and China, against us. Bush and Cheney have openly threatened us with World War III. This is insane and suicidal.

"As a patriotic American, I am watching in horror as our precious freedoms and civil liberties are trampled. Mike Thompson has done nothing to repeal or amend the Patriot Act, the Homeland Security Act, the Military Commissions Act, which render any opponents of Bush and Cheney vulnerable to being labeled "enemy combatants" and to being "disappeared", without even the protection of habeas corpus. The legislation for fascism is all in place, and Mike Thompson has allowed it to happen.

"We need a clean sweep of Congress."

Grassroots candidates for Congress

We need couragous citizens to step up to the plate and replace corrupt, corporate/military serving politicians. I encourage everyone to support write-in or authentic Impeachment, 9/11 Truth, Peace candidates in your Congressional District or to consider running for office, if no one else is championing Truth, Peace, Impeachment. One, two, even a dozen honest, courageous souls in Congress isn't enough, we need a tidal shift.

I hope that all 9/11 Truth/Impeachment Congressional candidates will join our coalitions and raise our issues in every Congressional candidate forum.

[PS- Psychiatrist Carol Wolman and I spoke after the rally and she agreed to do a radio show on "Denial" with me. We both have a lot of personal experience with "denial." While our husbands love us and generally support us and our activities, both of our husbands do not want to watch 9/11 Truth documentaries or to think about 9/11 truth. Of course it is not just 9/11 Truth, there are many challenges, problems facing humanity at this time, and people often don't want to face their fears. The Press Conference was filmed and I'll add a link to it when it is up.]