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Tuesday, March 11, 2003

Take Action

Take heart, and take action! There are still things you can do to make your voice heard. Please consider going to an anti-war march this weekend. Near my home, there is a rally scheduled in Lansing, and I hope to go. There's a link to that info below. It's not just in the big cities that rallies and marches are taking place--they're everywhere, and right in the heartland, too. The anti-war demonstrations need support as the pro-war forces are beginning to turn up at rallies. So far, their numbers are small, but we need to keep the psychological advantage of large numbers of antis.

Speaking of the heartland, I've been encouraged by the anti-war and anti-Bush letters to the editor that have appeared in my local paper. Here in GOP-land, I wasn't expecting to see my sentiments mirrored in the Letters and Sound-Off departments. Shame on me for underestimating my neighbors! I can only think that polls don't tell the whole truth--not when I'm reading week after week the letters from people dismayed by what this administration is doing.

Now, for what we can all do in this last little bit of time:

From Greenpeace via Voice4Change: "The US needs the UK politically, and Mr. Blair cannot go to war without the UN. So, tremendous pressures are building on the ‘middle 6’ to back the new US resolution. So far, they seem to be resisting, but the economic and political pressure to buckle under to the US is growing day by day." E-mail the six undecided countries on the UN Security Council and urge them to resist the enormous pressure.

Thousands will participate in an Emergency March on the White House on March 15, this Saturday. People will gather at noon at the Washington Monument. There will also be events in San Francisco and Los Angeles that day. For more info, including transportation details, go here.

You can rally in Lansing on March 15th!

E-mail your members of Congress and urge them to back S Res 32, sponsored by Sen. Kennedy, and
H. Con. Res. 2, sponsored by Sheila Jackson-Lee, which require Bush to go back to Congress to get permission to attack Iraq. If you live outside of Michigan, visit Congress.org to e-mail your legislators.

See the billboard erected by the Ann Arbor Area Committee for Peace. They'll tell you how to support their billboard project.

Many organizations are planning rallies and vigils in case of war, scheduling events as soon as possible after the invasion begins, should we fail to stop this war. I'll post more on that soon. But it's more important to do whatever you can now, while there is still the slimmest of chances (even if only a snowball's in hell!), to try and avert the war that most of the world most emphatically does not want.

Recent Actions

Groups and individuals are doing what they can to try to prevent war. Here I round up some of the interesting actions that have occurred recently.

Code Pink, the organization of women that's been keeping a vigil at the White House for months, sponsored marches in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Washington and elsewhere on Saturday, International Women's Day. Alice Walker and Maxine Hong Kingston were among the 24 arrested in Washington after refusing to leave the Mall in D.C. Read about the L.A. Code Pink rally.

Anti-war rallies and demonstrations took place all over the globe on Saturday. In Indonesia, 800,000 gathered to pray for peace; thousands turned out in Japan, India, England, the United States, Australia, Chile, Germany and Italy. In Italy demonstrators marched from Pisa to Camp Darby, one of Europe's largest munitions bases for U.S. and NATO forces.

Condi Rice was the focus of demonstrators at ABC studios and CBS offices; five were arrested (scroll down a bit).

Poets Against the War presented more than 13,000 anti-war poems to Congress.

A second diplomat has resigned over the administration's determination to go to war. His letter of resignation said, in part, "Throughout the globe the United States is becoming associated with the unjustified use of force. The president's disregard for views in other nations, borne out by his neglect of public diplomacy, is giving birth to an anti-American century."

Delegations from the National Council of Churches have met with Chancellor Gerhard Schröder of Germany in Berlin, Prime Minister Tony Blair of Britain in London, French foreign ministry officials in Paris, Vatican officials in Rome and Russian officials in Moscow to express their concerns about the proposed war against Iraq. But their own president, despite his much-vaunted faith, has refused to meet with them. The group was finally driven to place an ad in Roll Call, the Capitol Hill newspaper, asking, "Would President Bush meet them if they brought along Jesus and Moses?"

The AFL-CIO adopted a resolution asking pResident Bush not to invade Iraq without UN backing. This must be the first time the union has opposed a U.S. President when it comes to warmongering!

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