Dallas protests organized against naming Southern Methodist University library after war criminal George W. Bush
April 24, 2013
Former President George W. Bush will step back into the spotlight on Thursday to dedicate his presidential library, along with President Barack Obama and former U.S. presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush.
The dedication will be the first meeting of the five living presidents since January 2009. First Lady Michelle Obama, former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former First Lady Barbara Bush, wife of George H.W. Bush and mother of George W. Bush, are expected to attend.
The 43rd president of the United States, Republican Bush left office during the Great Recession and has mostly kept out of the public eye since Democrat Obama’s inauguration in January 2009.
The George W. Bush Presidential Center at Southern Methodist University has been designed to examine the issues of George W. Bush’s presidency, including the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States and the subsequent invasion of Iraq.
A new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll showed that 44 percent of Americans surveyed view Bush negatively compared to 35 percent who think favorably of him. But an expert on presidential history thinks the library and museum could help alter any negative perception.
So here are the events organized for today from Occupy Dallas:
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Peacekeeper Training & Pre-rally Briefing Angelika Theater, 5321 E. Mockingbird Ln, Dallas, Tx, 75206.
2:00 p.m. – Creative Action, Zero Tolerance for Torture: Meet at entrance to Mockingbird DART Station, 5465 E. Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, 75206.
7:45 p.m. – “Body of War” film screening; introduction by co-director and executive producer Phil Donahue and comments by veteran Tomas Young by via Skype. Angelika Theater, 5321 E. Mockingbird Ln, Dallas, Tx, 75206. Free and open to the public. Seating is limited.
10:30 p.m. – Play and Dance at Dallas’ Oldest Drum Jam!10pm ’til ?? Across the Street Bar, 5625 SMU Blvd, Dallas, TX 75026 (just 2 blocks north on access road from the Angelika). Hosted by Michael Kinney.
There will also be a demonstration against the Keystone XL pipeline since Obama will be in attendance. Click here for the Facebook event page.
The photo ad above is a CODEPINK ad that was rejected by the Dallas Morning News because it claims Bush never lied about the Iraq War.