Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.) introduced legislation March 6 that would amend the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) to direct schools to release student contact information to military recruiters only if a written request is submitted by the student’s parents, effectively turning the current “opt-out” provision into an “opt-in” provision. It’s called the Student Privacy Protection Act of 2007.
UNITED NATIONS — The UN Security Council unanimously added further sanctions on Iran, March 24. But diplomats said sanctions were not the solution and emphasized the need for stepped up diplomacy. Meanwhile, rumors of U.S. war plans have dramatically increased tensions and fears of a U.S. attack on Iran.
WASHINGTON — In a sharp rebuff to President George W. Bush, both the House and Senate have approved versions of a supplemental spending bill calling for withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from Iraq next year.
HOUSTON — Texas, home to both President Bush and his father, now leads the nation in number of troops sent to Iraq. It also leads in the per capita death rate among large states, according to the Houston Chronicle.
Democrats and others are questioning whether the move will make it possible to avoid paying U.S. taxes. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) stated, “At the same time they’ll be avoiding U.S. taxes, I’m sure they won’t stop insisting on taking their profits in cold hard U.S. cash.”
More than 1,000 local peace actions marked the fourth anniversary of the Iraq war. Below is a sampling from our correspondents.
UNITED NATIONS — The Bush administration is taking a proposed new UN Security Council resolution for further sanctions on Iran as a green light for ratcheting up confrontation with Tehran. Many are concerned that the White House will use the new resolution as a justification for a military attack on Iran.
WASHINGTON — Tens of thousands protested the Iraq war in Washington and in cities and towns across the nation the weekend of March 16-19, the fourth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq.
March 19 will mark the 4th anniversary of the war in Iraq. This anniversary comes at a turning point for the peace movement. With the pressure and momentum created by the election results of 2006 and the historic 500,000-person march in D.C. on Jan. 27, Congress is starting to take action.
Northern New England town meetings usually take place on the first Tuesday in March, just before mud season. Roads are on the agenda, also fire station leaky roofs, town taxes, and, in Vermont, George Bush.