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Support Cindy Sheehan for Congress
6 years ago

Please consider the following method to get the message to Congress that Americans are serious about change in this country's foreign policy and stopping the abuses of power and lies which led to the war in Iraq:
 
  I urge lovers of democracy to support Cindy Sheehan' s run for Congress in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's district in San Francisco. Cindy Sheehan became famous for camping outside of President Bush's ranch in Texas, so the president could explain the "Noble Cause," for which her soldier son died for in Iraq. Sheehan is now conducting a petition drive to get on the ballot as an independent candidate for Congress.

If you don't live in San Francisco, you can help by contributing to her web site at: http://www.cindyforcongress.org.
Sheehan is for the impeachment of President Bush among other issues important to progressive change in this country. Even if her candidacy means Pelosi's Republican challenger winning the election, it would still mean the removal of Pelosi for her political cowardace. It would be well worth it for the Democrats to lose a seat in the House, so they can get the message that it is time to start acting more like couragous Democrats. Support for Sheehan is support for a Democratic Party acting more like the Democratic Party instead of the slightly-left-of-center DemoRepublicans.

Please send this message to the Democratic Leadership by showing them in a very real since voters from around the country are fed up with Pelosi's reign as Speaker of the House!

I am contributing to Sheehan's campaign and letting my congressperson and Obama's camp know what I am doing and why.

6 years ago

This summer CODEPINK will be bringing our messages of peace, justice and sustainability to both the Democratic and the Republican National Conventions, and we invite you to join us.

We will call for real change in the way our government conducts its business: change that saves lives, money, and safeguards the future of our children. We will stand for a just foreign policy and urge diplomacy with Iran. We will call for peace -- immediate, tangible, and lively. We will work to make the world we hope for a reality.

It is critical to remind the Democratic and the Republican parties that in a true democracy the voices of the people are heard and their interests represented. The people have made it clear that they want to see an end to the US military occupation of Iraq and that they do not want to be dragged into another unnecessary war, in Iran or anywhere else, ever again.

Please join us in our actions at the DNC and RNC.

If you can't travel to meet us, sign up with the PeaceRoom2008 team and support our efforts where you are.

Together we will work towards our vision for a more equitable and greener world.

With peace and hope,
Alicia, Anne, Dana, Deidra, Desiree, Farida, Gael, Gayle, Jean, Jodie, Liz, Lori, Medea, Nancy, Rae and Tighe

P.S.

Check out recent media hits! Last week's PINK Peace Flotilla caught on FOX's Hannity & Colmes (VIDEO) and this week's Salon.com article.

Check out events near you for the National Days of Action to prevent an attack on Iran, July 19 - 21 and find out if your Representative is a cosponsor -- urge them to withdraw support today!

6 years ago

The war on Iran is getting closer.  And unfortunately, Congress is pushing forward with House Resolution 362.  This resolution calls for, among other things, "imposing stringent inspection requirements on all persons, vehicles, ships, planes, trains, and cargo entering or departing Iran."

While they do not call it a blockade, which is an act of war, that is exactly what they are pushing!

Unfortunately, this resolution has over 230 co-sponsors [See if your Representative is listed as a co-sponsor].  While most in Congress is pushing towards a devastating war against Iran, Representatives Lee, Woolsey, and Waters are proposing Resolution 5056 that brings a special envoy to Iran for the "purpose of easing tensions and normalizing relations between the United States and Iran."

In order to protect our military, as well as the people of Iran, it is important to TAKE ACTION NOW!

1.  Call your representative [learn who your Representative is] - If your Representative is listed as a co-sponsor, request that he or she remove their name.  One Missouri Representative has already been persuaded to removed his name!  Tell them that voting for this resolution will equate to military escalation against Iran - something that the people of American will not tolerate.  Vote NO ON RESOLUTION 362.

2.  Ask your representative to INSTEAD support House Resolution 5056 that calls for a U.S. envoy to Iran.  Diplomatic measures must precede any form of military maneuvering!

3.  United for Peace and Justice is calling for a day of action to prevent a war on Iran.  Join United For Peace and Justice action day on July 21 with a visit to your local Congressional office. Contact your local office, make an appointment, and go with a clear set of talking points (we will have this for you later).
6 years ago

This nation was born out of a longing for freedom from domination by the British empire. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison all warned that the invasion and occupation of other lands would turn America into precisely the sort of occupying force they had rebelled against. "If there be one principle more deeply written than any other in the mind of every American," said Thomas Jefferson in 1791, "it is that we should have nothing to do with conquest."

Our founding fathers who fought against empire and foreign entanglements would be horrified that right before leaving for the July 4 break, Congress passed the largest funding bill ever--$165 billion--for the continued occupation of Iraq. They would also be horrified that instead of applying the diplomatic lessons of North Korea to the case of Iran, Congress and the Administration seem hell-bent on dragging us into another war.

Take a moment to read the appalling language of House Resolution 362, sponsored by "liberal" New York Congressman Gary Ackerman with over 200 cosponsors. It calls for imposing stringent inspection requirements "on all persons, vehicles, ships, planes, trains, and cargo entering or departing Iran." Do we really want to blockade Iran's borders? Wouldn't Iran be justified to view this as an act of war?

As the Seattle Post-Intelligencer asked in a June 24 editorial, "Are supporters of Res. 362 asleep at the wheel, or are they just anxious to drag us into another illegal war?"

One of the most patriotic things you can do this July 4th is join the effort to stop the next war now:

Happy 4th!!! May the peace patriots reign!

Alicia, Anne, Dana, Deidra, Desiree, Farida, Gael, Gayle, Jean, Jodie, Liz, Lori, Medea, Nancy, Rae, Sarah and Tighe

6 years ago

When will Congress find their spine? They voted for more money for war, they passed the FISA bill, dangerously eroding our privacy, and now they're coming out with more legislation to increase the likelihood of war with Iran!

Thankfully, the people have a spine, and we will continue to stand up, tall and strong and graceful, against war and injustice. Thanks to you, we raised tens of thousands of dollars for refugees. Thanks to you, we now have 32 mayors signed on to our Diplomacy with Iran Resolution. We're going for 100 by September, so please

Now we need to stand up against HR 362, introduced by Congressman Gary Ackerman. The bill asks President Bush to "initiate an international effort" to impose a land, sea, and air blockade on Iran to prevent it from importing gasoline, and to inspect all cargo entering or leaving Iran-actions tantamount to declaring war with Iran.
  • Call your Congressperson today (202.224.3121) and urge her or him to vote NO on HR 362.
  • Call Congressman Ackerman (202.225.2601) and urge him to withdraw the resolution and promote diplomacy, not war.

You might also consider becoming a citizen diplomat by joining our sister organization, Global Exchange, on a people-to-people trip to Iran from October 10-24.

Peace takes courage. Thank you for showing Washington what a spine looks like!

Alicia, Dana, Desiree, Farida, Gael, Gayle, Jodie, Liz, Medea, Nancy, Rae, and Tighe

P.S. While you would not have heard it from the corporate media, CODEPINK has been protesting the war vote for the past few weeks with creative actions. One of our young activists, Jason Ortiz, dropped $165 dollar bills (for the $165 billion) bloodied with red paint onto the floor of the House during the vote, shouting "Here, Congress, is your blood money." He was arrested and faces charges of disrupting Congress, but is proud to have disrupted such a despicable vote. We're so proud of Jason!

= Fwd: ACTIONS for PEACE: NO MORE Torture, Wiretapping, War !! =
7 years ago

Help STOP ANOTHER WAR in the Middle East

     It is clear that we cannot rely on politicians to stop a new war against Iran.  The only force that will stop an attack is a massive international grassroots movement of opposition.
     NOW is the time for activists from across the globe to sign on to a call from Stop War on Iran  (
http://stopwaroniran.org/statement.shtml) saying, "We urge an immediate end to Washington's campaign of sanctions, hostility, and falsehood against the people of Iran. We oppose any new U.S. aggression against Iran. We need funds for human needs, not endless war for empire."
     Every message signed will go automatically to members of every top congressional committee, the Bush Administration, the UN Security Council and to the major corporate media. Together let's make out voices heard - NOW!
     Stop War on Iran Campaign's activists and organizers have held teach-ins and forums across the U.S.  We have marched in antiwar demonstrations with Stop War on Iran placards and banners. We have distributed thousands of Stop War on Iran broadsheets and collected tens of thousands of petition signatures.
     But we must do more and we need your help to do it.  Here's how you can help:
* Sign the petition now, located at
http://stopwaroniran.org/petition.shtml.
* Download the petition from
http://stopwaroniran.org/petition.pdf.  Take copies to your school, workplace, union hall, church or mosque, community center, etc.
* Help get the word out.  Pass the word along to your email lists.
* Donate - Help us with the enormous expenses of organizing meetings and rallies, printing leaflets, placards, and banners, and producing educational material.  You can donate online at
http://stopwaroniran.org/donate.shtml.

Thanks for helping to make a better world!!  Ron G.
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*Tell your Representatives to join the 90 Members who will ONLY provide FUNDS for Iraq to BRING our TROOPS safely HOME !!
http://www.democrats.com/peoplesemailnetwork/115

*Tell your Representatives: DON'T ATTACK IRAN !!
http://www.democrats.com/peoplesemailnetwork/91

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     The Declaration of Peace calls upon Americans to take action, to learn the facts, and reject the propaganda about the need for an attack on Iran. We urge people to immediately begin organizing locally to counter the disinformation about the alleged Iranian threat -- which is exactly like the false allegations the Bush Administration used to attack Iraq. Remember there were no Iraqi weapons of mass destruction found after the invasion!
*ARTICLE:  Demonizing the Iranian president and making his visit to New York seem controversial are all part of the neoconservative push for yet another war:
http://www.salon.com/opinion/feature/2007/09/24/ahmadinejad/
     We call upon Americans to demand congressional hearings about the supposed Iranian threat. Demand that Congress repeal the authority it gave President Bush to wage an open-ended war on terrorism which has led to catastrophe in Iraq, and threatens to violate Iran.
    The Declaration of Peace also calls upon people to contact local news organizations to comprehensively cover this issue so that a healthy and open debate can occur about the Bush Administration's assertions about Iran.
     The Declaration of Peace believes the violent pronouncements and warmongering by the Bush Administration run counter to the Comprehensive Peace Plan for Iraq:
http://declarationofpeace.org/campaign-updates/comprehensive-peace-plan-for-iraq-september-4-2
      Furthermore, a military attack on Iran will lead to further regional destabilization and ever-expanding war.
     Therefore, it is imperative that We, The People must act together to prevent an attack on Iran.

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7 years ago

*Elect to End Torture:
I want a U.S. President who will not allow torture to happen again in America’s name. All U.S. personnel must uphold the absolute ban on torture and cruel treatment with no exceptions. I do not tolerate "outsourcing" torture or holding prisoners in secret.  
http://www.humanrightsfirst.org/us_law/etn/elect08/index-ga.aspx

*Beyond GUANTANAMO: Rescue the CONSTITUTION
The Center for Constitutional Rights brought the first Guantánamo case to court more than five years ago. This fall, CCR will again represent Guantánamo detainees before the Supreme Court to demand their right to know why they are being held.  Now, it’s up to us to take action: to ensure our rights—and our Constitution—are rescued.
http://ccrjustice.org/beyond-guantanamo
You can also watch a video featuring Venssa Readgrave reading from a letter she recieved from a former detainee at this link.

MORE INFO:
http://ccrjustice.org/illegal-detentions-and-guantanamo

*Demand That Rumsfeld Be Charged with TORTURE
Fax or Call the French Prosecutor Jean Claude Marin and demand that he open a investigation into Rumsfeld's involvement in torture.
http://ccrjustice.org/get-involved/action/demand-rumsfeld-be-charged-torture
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*SAY "NO" to NUCLEAR HYPOCRISY
Urge your representative to cosponsor a bipartisan resolution to place restrictions on the US-India nuclear deal.
http://www.capwiz.com/peaceactionwest/issues/alert/?alertid=10475186
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*Tell Your Senators: No Telecom Immunity for ILLEGAL DOMESTIC SPYING !!
http://www.pfaw.org/go/NoTelecomImmunity

*STOP Bush's Warrantless WIRETAPPING
http://www.democrats.com/peoplesemailnetwork/114?ad=e1
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Ask Congress to fully fund U.N. Peacekeeping !!
http://globalsolutions.org/action/fully_fund_UNpeacekeeping
Read Interim Director Raj Purohit's Letter to the Editor (The Washington Times)
http://globalsolutions.org/LTE/Washington_Times/Raj/100307
and Op-Ed (The Examiner).
http://globalsolutions.org/Examiner/Raj/100107

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INVESTIGATE GIULIANNI
  We have been deep in research, interviews and editing (23 versions!) about Rudy's failure to fix the radios the firemen used to communicate on 9/11. It is as deeply troubling a story as we have seen. Rudy is running for office on how he handled 9/11 and here we have proof positive that firemen were killed because his administration did not fix the long-standing (since 1993!) problems with the radios.
  A must watch video!! Please watch!!
http://TheRealRudy.org/radios?utm_source=rgemail
  Got any ideas for what Rudy's excuse SHOULD have been? Have some fun, and post a comment:
http://therealrudy.org/blog/14411-rudy-skips-minority-debate-to-fundraise-with-bo-derek?play=1&utm_source=rgemail
  The "REAL" Rudy.....
http://TheRealRudy.org/?utm_source=rgemail

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7 years ago
KEEP BLACKWATER USA  OUT of Southern CALIFORNIA
  Terrifying.  That is perhaps the most appropriate word to use in describing the menace that is Blackwater USA -- the private "security" firm that just murdered 17 innocent Iraqis, sending another 24 to the hospital, in a rampage on the streets of Baghdad.
  Blackwater, the same private firm of paid thugs whose incompetence cost the lives of American troops in Fallujah in 2004, now wants to build a base on California's border to train mercenaries.
  The consequences are ominous: Imagine Blackwater "defending" our border with Mexico in a vigilante action. Or providing emergency "security" to urban areas in California after a natural disaster.
  No way. No Blackwater. Not in California. Not in America. The security of California and our citizens is at stake. That's the message that needs to be heard -- loud and clear -- by Senator Dianne Feinstein and Senator Barbara Boxer.
Help keep "Blackwater" out of southern California!!
http://www.couragecampaign.org/Potrero

Thanks my friends!! Ron G.

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Tell UBS Bank to STAND UP to PetroChina
  [DarfurDailyAction for Monday, October 29 -
An Action Alert from Jody Williams and the Sudan Divestment Task Force]
  If you have already signed the following petition, please forward this to your friends today! Just copy and paste this link into an email:
http://www.ourpledge.org/dailyaction

*The DarfurDailyAction*

  A few minutes every day—that's all it takes to speak out strongly and effectively against the genocide in Darfur. Certainly, many of you meet and surpass this commitment level: the letters you've sent to Congress, the rallies and speaking events you've organized, the time you've spent inspiring others to join this urgent cause...we know that a few minutes is not too much to ask of you.
http://www.ourpledge.org/dailyaction

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

7 years ago

Thanks to the dedication of activists like you, new nuclear weapons programs are facing increasing opposition this year. The House Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee cut all the funding for the Reliable Replacement Warhead, an unnecessary and dangerous nuclear weapons program that could open the door to new nuclear testing. The Senate reduced the funding, but did not zero it out, which is why we still need your help.

Write to your senators and ask them to cosponsor S. 1914 to stop funding for the Reliable Replacement Warhead.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) has written a bill that would prohibit any funding for the Reliable Replacement Warhead until at least 2010. In the meantime, the administration would need to submit reports reevaluating the role of nuclear weapons in US security strategy.

When Congress comes back in session in September, the House and Senate will need to reconcile the two versions of the budget, and we want to make sure they get as close to zero funding as possible. Increasing the number of cosponsors on S. 1914 will send a strong message to the conference committee that there is support for cutting the funding for the RRW.

Click here to write to your senators and ask them to cosponsor S. 1914.

Due to your dedication and activism, we have stopped new nuclear weapons in their tracks three years in a row. Thank you for your commitment to continued action.

Sincerely,

Peter Deccy,
Peace Action National Headquarters

7 years ago

Last week you took action against the U.S. arms deals to the Middle East .  Of the $65 billion dollars in weaponry we are fronting $43 billion, of our taxes, in military aid to Israel and Egypt .  This is how Bush wants to invest your money.

Over the past week our national list has collected over 6723 signatures.   This is just the beginning.  Our affiliates all over the country are hitting the streets and their email lists to add to this petition.  This is a truly grassroots effort, but we need your help to sustain it.

Making sure the petition has impact is no small task.  Thousands of virtual and real signature sheets will be collected and combined, amounting to hundreds of hours of staff and volunteer time.  A media event will be planned and organized to insure the effort creates a buzz on Capitol Hill and we must reach out to and involve our friends and allies in Congress to take part in this effort to show Congressional support.

Making an impact with a petition is the investment I ask you to make today.

The White House is telling the Am eric an people this deal will protect mid-east allies against Iran , but Iran is not the regional bully Bush?s fear mongering would have us believe.  In 2005, Saudi Arabia and Israel recorded military spending over 30 billion dollars while Iran spent less than 5 billion on its military.

We are uniting to counter Bush?s rush to war and demand instead that Bush stop cutting health care, renewable energy, education, and veterans programs and start investing our taxes in our future. 

Am eric a has a choice.  The choice is ours.  We can allow Bush to line the pockets of arms manufactures with our money at the expense of countless lives around the world or take action to invest in peace. 

In Peace,
Peter Deccy
Peace Action National Headquarters

P.S.  At 4 p.m. (EST) Wednesday, August 22th Barbra Bearden will be interviewed on Internet Voices Radio.  My talk today, on this internationally syndicated station, will focus on militarism, national service and progressive values.

7 years ago
Sign the End the Occupation of Iraq Pledge
I signed Peace Action West's Iraq pledge stating:

In the 2008 election, I will not vote for, contribute to, or volunteer for any member of Congress who:

* Votes against a concrete timeline for withdrawal of US troops from Iraq

* Votes to fund the war in Iraq without requiring that the funding be used for withdrawal of US troops, reconstruction, and regional diplomacy

* Supports permanent US military bases in Iraq and a long-term occupation

There is no military solution to the problem in Iraq, and like most Americans I want our troops and tax dollars coming home.

As Congress continues to vote on Iraq policy this year, I urge you to vote in favor of a concrete timeline to end the war in Iraq, and funding for reconstruction and regional diplomacy. Please write to let me know what action you will take on this critical issue.
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/598526301
7 years ago

The news has been full of "bad girls"lately?Paris in jail, Lindsay back in rehab, Britney melting down. With all this celebrity gossip filling the media, we don't hear enough about the important work women are doing in the world. Today, we want to take a moment to honor the Gals in the House?our heroines in both the House of Congress & the CODEPINK DC House!

On July 20th, Congressional divas Lynn Woolsey, Barbara Lee, and Maxine Waters sent a letter to the President, signed by 70 Representatives,

"We are writing to inform you that we will only support appropriating additional funds for U.S. military operations in Iraq during Fiscal Year 2008 and beyond for the protection and safe redeployment of all our troops out of Iraq before you leave office." Read text of the letter here!

These champions of peace understand the only thing that will stop the war in Iraq is if Congress votes to stop funding all military operations, except the safe removal of all U.S. soldiers and contractors from Iraq on a rapid and binding timeline. In September, Congress will vote on another $142 billion to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan for FY 2008. During August ask your Representative to sign on to this letter pledging they will no longer buy Bush's war. + Barbara Lee's bill, H.R. 2929, preventing permanent military bases in Iraq and barring US control over Iraqi oil resources, passed in the house last week. The Gals are leaving no troops behind!

Because of our persistence the tides are shifting, and the women of the CODEPINK DC House have been at the forefront, attending hearings as the Pink Police, passing out Pink Peace Prescriptions, being visible and vocal throughout Capitol Hill, never letting Congress forget their mandate to end the war. Since the DC House opened in March, over 150 dedicated, creative people have been in residence. Every week of June and July, we hosted 25 activists--some seasoned, some brand new--from around the country to take part in trainings & direct actions in Congress. Amazing things have happened as a result of these DC action camps.

September 15-20 will be a particularly charged time, including a mass mobilization and a People's March through Congress.You can apply to stay at the DC House for an entire week, but space is limited so apply today! Click here to join us in DC this Fall!

Keep up the pressure at home in August and join us in DC in September!With peace, hope and excitement,
Dana, Desiree, Farida, Gael, Gayle, January, Jodie, Karin, Leslie, Laurie, Liz, Medea, Midge, Nancy, Pamela, Patricia, Rae, Rocio, Samantha, Vanessa & all the DC House alums
7 years ago
The proposed $20 billion arms deal to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates announced this week is only the tip of the warhead. This arms deal happens in conjunction with two military aid deals. Under the agreement Israel will receive $30 billion and Egypt will receive an additional $13 billion. In total, the U.S. will inject air-to-air missiles, Joint Direct Attack Munitions, and other sophisticated weaponry worth $65 BILLION to the Middle East

Will you help Peace Action expose these deals and stop them?

On Tuesday, I was a panelist on a roundtable hosted by the Middle Eastern satellite news station Al Ahram. Also represented were a scholar from Iran, a U.S. weapons expert, and political officials from Beirut. All agreed, for various reasons this was a deal that can only bring more violence.  It is vital you help Peace Action continue the world-wide conversation on this issue.

Like a maniacal gas station attendant, his nozzle fixed to the flames, George Bush is once again fueling the fire of war in the Middle East . 

The Bush administration is brokering this deal: DESPITE administration concessions that Saudi Arabia has played a role funding insurgents in Iraq ; DESPITE the tension it has created between the volatile states of Israel and Iran ; and, DESPITE the obvious danger increasing weaponry in the region will bring to our troops in Iraq .

Peace Action opposes this transfer of US weapons to the Middle East and when this deal comes before Congress, we will be there to oppose it. Between now and then we will track this deal, make people aware of what Bush is planning, and build opposition among our allies in Congress.

Help stop the war profiteers from increasing their profits at the expense of our common security. Your support will help Peace Action make the case that selling weapons in the volatile Middle East increases the prospects of war and make us all less secure.

Barbra Bearden
Peace Action

7 years ago
The Declaration of Peace

Days of Decision:
"We The People Declare Peace!"

A Week of Nationwide Coordinated Actions
September 14 - 21, 2007

At Every Congressional Office Across the Country:

Nonviolent Actions to
End the Funding for the War on Iraq and
Establish A Comprehensive Peace Plan for Iraq



Days of Decision:
The U.S. War on Iraq Will Be At A Crossroads in September

  - In September, General Petraeus will deliver his report on the war.
 
  - In September, Congress will face a decision on funding another year of war. Republicans and Democrats will consider the future of U.S. operations in Iraq.

  - We, the people, must set the agenda for a change in U.S. policy in Iraq.

  - Therefore, The Declaration of Peace is calling upon people across the United States to take nonviolent action in September to end the U.S. occupation of Iraq.  Join us! 

7 years ago
I've said it before and I'll say it again: the Republicans are feeling the pressure for change on Iraq. But I'm not a patient person. Especially when the lives of our troops are at stake. I refuse to wait around for the Republicans to move without giving them a little more pushing.

Quite simply, we want to take an unusual step - and we want to do it early. I think we need to run radio ads in the states of the Roadblock Republicans, making it crystal clear that they don't deserve to be reelected because of their continued support for the Bush Doctrine of escalation without end.  We need to turn up the heat even higher.

It's the pressure of activists and the voice of the people that have gotten us this far in the Iraq debate, not the cookie-cutter ads and thirty second soundbites of Madison Avenue media firms.

So we decided, why don't we let you speak in this radio campaign?  If user generated content can change presidential debates, I know it can help change the next election on the most pivotal of issues.

That's why we're running a contest. We want you to send in a script for a 30 second radio spot (that's about 65 words long), we'll whittle it down some to the top 20, and then we'll open up the voting to everyone. The winner that's chosen by the people will be what we air in the states. And we'll fundraise for the airing of that spot, with each of you able to choose with your contribution where you think we should run the ad. No political professionals making the spot, or choosing where to run it. It's all done by you.

You can make the spot sad, or satirical, or hard-hitting. Whatever you want to do. You can make it a personal story from your life (maybe you know someone in Iraq or have a family member there or maybe you are one of the many veterans in this community), or you can make a factual case on why voters should consider someone else because of this issue, or anything else you'd like. You get it -- it's up to you. And what you do can be the ad that goes on the air targeting the Roadblock Republicans.

So click here to submit your script.

You have until midnight ET on Saturday August 11th to get your script in, so get thinking and start writing. And forward this email to everyone you think might be interested in submitting a radio spot to this contest. If you know someone who has a way with words and wants to make a difference, send this along. We'd love to get their scripts.

Thank you, and let's make sure we get a change in course in Iraq very soon.

Good luck,

John Kerry

 

7 years ago

America desperately needs change. More than 230 years ago, Thomas Paine inspired our Nation’s founders, especially Thomas Jefferson, to change the tyranny of King George III. Paine wrote his reasonable and enlightened pronouncement that "Law is King."

Paine warned us about people who start unilateral and pre-emptive wars: "He who is the author of a war lets loose the whole contagion of hell and opens a vein that bleeds a nation to death." We need to demand enforcement of our laws and a return to basic human dignity.

Just in time for our July 4th holiday week, 50 heroic U.S. high students diplomatically confronted President George W. Bush to end his policy of torturing citizens and prisoners of war. Please watch their interview on CNN.

These insightful, patriotic, and assertive students demanded an end to Bush's illegal, unconstitutional and barbaric practice that endangers our freedom and the safety of our troops captured on the battlefield.

We need change because today set a sad record of back-to-back-to-back triple-digit U.S. deaths in Iraq - 330 killed during April, May and June. VCS salutes these young champions supporting the rule of law over law of the jungle.

Yes, change is good. VCS wants more people emulating the 50 Presidential Scholars VCS wants to change the tragic escalating casualties in the lost Iraq War.

Let’s take our cue from our Nation's top high school students who told the emperor he had no clothes. Let's take their courage to the next level. Please tell your friends, neighbors, and friends that torture is illegal, and that Bush is wrong for promoting any form of cruel punishment banned by our Constitution.

Register, vote, and publicly demand that Bush's brutal torture, promoted by Vice President Richard Cheney, stop now.

Here's our bold request: call your U.S. Senators and U.S. Representatives today and demand that Cheney be asked to resign because Cheney believes he is no longer covered by our Constitution. And we must hold Bush accountable for his blind support of Cheney. Bush must not receive a "get out of jail free" card for supporting Cheney while terminating habeas corpus for 300 million Americans.

This 4th of July, where we celebrate our Nation's 231st birthday, let's change and do something different. Please go to our special link to read a copy of our Declaration of Independence and our U.S. Constitution. These documents represent the crowning glory of our U.S. Revolutionary War that brought free citizens majority rule, minority rights, and an end to brutal and depotic rule by kings, churches, and large companies.

Yes, change is good. Please send VCS your loose change today. Do you have $5, $10, or $25 to spare for "Change is Good Day?"

Have a nice holiday week, and please spread the good word about VCS to your friends and ask them to become members.

Sincerley,

Paul Sullivan
Executive Director
Veterans for Common Sense

7 years ago
Newest Care2 petition to stop the war 8:02 PM

Stop the War by Reversing the Bill that Started It

Congress has the power to stand up to Bush and stop the war with a decision that cannot be vetoed – and bring our troops home once and for all.

Congress authorized the War Powers Act, which allowed the invasion of Iraq. Now they can end the war by de-authorizing the Act.

This powerful, yet little-known congressional tool is a way for our leaders - and the American people - to stand up against a president who has turned stubbornness into foreign policy.

The de-authorization of the war was just introduced on the Senate floor. Governor Bill Richardson believes this is the best approach to ending the violence, and wants to take it one step further with a swift withdrawal timeline to get troops out of Iraq by the end of the year.

“I know this region well and understand how people there see the world,” Richardson said. “I even met with Saddam Hussein and secured the release of hostages. Diplomacy can work in this region – I’ve done it before – there is no military solution in Iraq.”

Urge Congress to immediately de-authorize the war in Iraq and bring the troops home!

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/407903689

7 years ago
Congress has reached a fork in the road on the war in Iraq, and they urgently need to choose the right path. Will Congress revert to more endless extensions, or will they use real funding power to send back a binding plan to end the war?

Congress took the right first step by passing their last funding bill setting a timetable for withdrawing our troops from Iraq. But following Bush's veto the resolve in Washington has started to fade. If Congress is going to find the courage to end the war, they're going to need to get it from you.

We've reached our initial goal of 100,000 Americans calling on Congress to stand up to Bush and end the war. But we need to keep climbing. Only massive, direct public pressure will get Congress to choose the right path. At crucial moments like this, it's our duty to stand up and speak out.

Tell your Member of Congress to stand up to President Bush and not write another blank check for an endless war in Iraq!
7 years ago

Tell Congress: Honor our Commitments to UN Peacekeeping!

Global spending on war is staggering, but UN peacekeeping is helping to maintain peace, foster reconciliation, promote democracy, and build the foundation for long-term stability in 18 missions around the world.

UN peacekeeping shares the burden of maintaining international peace and security for a fraction of what it would cost the U.S. to do so, while keeping American troops out of harm's way.

But the United States is failing to pay its fair share of UN peacekeeping even though we vote for every mission! The President's budget request this year shortchanges UN peacekeeping by $500 million.

Considering the U.S. has already accumulated $500 million in prior unpaid bills to UN peacekeeping alone, the United States could owe more than $1 billion to the United Nations by the end of 2007 – a small fraction of the $168 BILLION that will be spent in Iraq on wars in and Afghanistan this year!

Sign the petition below telling Congress to honor its commitments to UN peacekeeping. Peace. It's cheaper than war.

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/537562779

7 years ago

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Group History IRAQ IS DYING: URGENT APPEAL FROM AVAAZ FOR MAY 3rd 8:29 PM

The nightmare in Iraq worsens daily. It's make-or-break time -- but next Thursday in Egypt, we could start to turn the tide. Because on May 3rd – for the first time ever - top US and Iraqi leaders will meet with Iran and Syria plus international powers. They can agree on negotiations to end the war -- or escalate their bloody conflict.

Iraq: It Ends on May 3rd Avaaz is launching a major advertising and text-message campaign inside Iraq this week to bring Iraqi voices to this decisive meeting. As citizens around the world, let's join our voices with theirs to end this war -- sign the petition calling for negotiations and a withdrawal of US troops here:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/iraq_new_plan/

To make sure we're heard, we'll hand-deliver our petition to the leaders' conference in Sharm El-Sheikh on May 3rd, and project Iraqi text-messages on to a huge wall near the US Capitol building in Washington.

Thousands of Iraqi Avaaz members have supported our N.E.W. plan -- for all-party "Negotiations", "Empowering" international mediators and the responsible "Withdrawal" of US troops. Please read the personal email below from Khalid, an Iraqi Avaaz member. Khalid and our other Iraqi members need a show of global support from the rest of us. The campaign is already supported by over 75,000 people as well as key international experts -- let's gather a massive, united voice of Iraqis and citizens round the world to tell our leaders to do the right thing in Iraq:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/iraq_new_plan/

With hundreds of thousands dead and 4 million made refugees, just criticising the US government for this catastrophe is not enough. It's now the responsibility of all of us to help save Iraq, and the only solution is a political solution.
7 years ago
Apr. 16 - Tax day protests and refusing to pay for war

by Ruth Benn
April 16, 2007

Brooklyn, NY - Post offices, federal buildings, and IRS offices will be the site of leafleting and vigils during the last days to file 2006 taxes on April 16 and 17. Demonstrators will declare “YES” to funding for human needs and “NO” to continued funding for war. Anger among taxpayers is rising as Congress approves billions more dollars for the wars and occupation in Iraq and Afghanistan, even as polls show 70% of Americans disapprove of the war in Iraq.

In more than a dozen towns and cities across Maine taxpayers will be handed flyers declaring, “Schools or tanks? Health Care or Bombs? Which Will You Pay For?” In Fort Collins, Colorado, postal patrons will be greeted with “Take Back the Pie” signs and handed a piece of pie and a pie chart flyer showing how half of income taxes pay for past, present, and future wars. The “YES!” demonstration at the Federal Building in Philadelphia will demand a shift from war funding to other programs including universal health care; housing; ending hunger; programs for youth, immigrants, and seniors; stopping global warming and restoring the environment.

The National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee (NWTRCC) has collected a list of tax day actions to share with activists and the media. It is attached below and posted on the internet at www.nwtrcc.org/taxday2007.htm.

In addition to protesting government priorities, some people refuse to pay their income taxes to the IRS, because they cannot in good conscience pay for war. These war tax resisters often redirect those funds to groups that work for peace and human needs.

“I will not contribute to the government while it’s waging an illegal war,” said Bryan Nelson of New Brunswick, New Jersey, as he announced publicly on April 7 that he would not send his $3,000 taxes due to the IRS, but would instead donate it to nonprofit organizations. On April 16 in Berkeley, California, more than $10,000 pooled from a group of resisters will be redirected to groups that are working for peace, justice, and human needs in the community. Such redirection events also take place in Eugene, Oregon; Greenfield, Massachusetts; and Los Angeles, California.

War tax resisters face penalties and collection efforts by the IRS. In Santa Cruz, California, war tax resister and Vietnam era conscientious objector Scott Kennedy was informed that his wages were being garnished by the IRS for taxes due. Kennedy said, “The House of Representatives has just recommended another $100 billion for our brutal, immoral, and unwinnable war in Iraq. I won’t in good conscience voluntarily pay for such madness, because of its cost in U.S. lives and squandered resources and because of the devastation and loss of life it is causing in Iraq.”

The National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee (NWTRCC), founded in 1982, is a coalition of local, regional and national groups to provide information and support to people who are conscientious objectors to paying taxes for war.

Protests on (or near) Tax Day, Tuesday, April 17, 2007 Updated at www.nwtrcc.org/taxday2007.htm

7 years ago

TELL BUSH AND CONGRESS: STOP THE WAR ON IRAN BEFORE IT STARTS!

Please join the online campaign to STOP THE WAR ON IRAN BEFORE IT STARTS!
YOUR EMERGENCY ACTION IS NEEDED NOW!
Send emails to President Bush, Vice President Cheney, Secretary of State Rice, U.N. Secretary-General Ki-moon, Congressional leaders and the media demanding NO WAR ON IRAN!

Sample Text (you will be able to edit it in step 2):

President Bush, Vice President Cheney, Secretary Rice, Secretary Gates, Secretary General Ki-moon, Senators and Representatives,

It is with grave concern that I observe the growing threat of a new U.S. war--this time against the people of Iran.

The media is filled with reports of an alleged nuclear threat posed by Iran and the assumed need for the U.S. to take military action. These reports recall the "Weapons of Mass Destruction" stories issued in the months leading up to the war on Iraq.

In the lead up to the illegal invasion of Iraq, the Bush Administration asserted that Iraq possessed massive stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction and that it was capable of launching an attack - nuclear, chemical and biological - on the U.S. within 45 minutes.

President Bush said that the U.S. had to attack immediately, and could not "wait for the final proof -- the smoking gun -- that could come in the form of a mushroom cloud." We all know now that this propaganda campaign was a complete fabrication created to justify a war of aggression.

Now we see reports that are all too similar being made to justify military action against the people of Iran. Taking Iran to the UN Security Council is a prelude for unilateral action. Just as in the case of Iraq, none of the claims made by the U.S. government stand up to unbiased scrutiny. Iran has submitted to the most intrusive and humiliating inspections, above and beyond what is required by Nuclear Weapons Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). None of the inspections have found any evidence that Iran is developing a nuclear weapons program.

There is only one government that has used nuclear weapons against civilian populations, and that same nation has the largest stockpile of weapons of mass destruction on the planet. Most dangerous and incredible it is at this very moment developing a new generation of tactical nuclear weapons that it intends to use, not merely to threaten. That country is, of course, the United States. Shouldn't any real discussion of the dangers of nuclear weapons include the weapons stockpiled by the Pentagon and the history of U.S. aggression and interventions?

Iran has suffered greatly at the hands of the U.S. We recall the U.S. overthrew the democratically elected government of Dr. M. Mossadegh and returned the Shah to the Peacock Throne – ‘the proudest achievement of the CIA’. For 25 years the Shah ruled Iran with an iron fist for the benefit of U.S. oil corporations before the people of Iran, in the millions, overthrew his tyranny at a terrible cost in lives. For the past 27 years U.S. sanctions have impeded Iran’s right to development and brought great suffering to the people.

It is essential that all voices opposed to the devastation of a new war in the Middle East speak out now. I urge an immediate end to Washington's campaign of sanctions, hostility, and falsehood against the people of Iran. I oppose any new U.S. aggression against Iran. We need funds for human needs, not endless war for empire.

Sincerely,
(Your signature will be appended here based on the contact information you enter to the right)

http://stopwaroniran.org/petition.shtml

7 years ago
StopIranWar.com

Please join the Iraq and Afghanistan War veterans at VoteVets.org and me -- sign the petition to President Bush today.  Urge him to work with our allies and use every diplomatic, political, and economic option at our disposal to deal with Iran.  War is not the answer.

http://ga4.org/campaign/stopiranwar

7 years ago
Unite for Peace & Justice 

We Must Seize the Moment

March 30th, 2007

Congratulations! Because of the persistence and hard work of the antiwar movement, the Iraq debate in Congress has shifted from "if" to "when" we pull out of Iraq. As the new Congressional majority and the President move into a clearer confrontation around the war in Iraq, the antiwar movement must seize this moment to press our demand: "End the War and Bring All the Troops Home Now!"

Keeping the Pressure on Congress
The next step for Congress will be to pass a compromise funding bill that reconciles the House and Senate versions. That compromise bill could be voted on as early as April 16 (Tax Day, this year). If it passes with a withdrawal timeline intact, Bush has said he will veto the funding bill. This is where our pressure is critical -- we must insist that what comes out of the conference committee sets a firm end date for our military presence in Iraq. As weak as these bills are, the compromise version must not be weakened behind closed doors. We will not tolerate political machinations when U.S. and Iraqi lives are at stake.

Once again, Congress needs to hear from us. Congress begins its recess today, giving us an opportunity to take our message directly to them in their homes offices: Start bringing the troops home from Iraq now, bring all the troops home in 2007, and no war in Iran! The House of Representatives will be on recess March 31-April 15, and the Senate from March 31-April 9. Now is the time to make our voices heard.

Ways to take action:



This post was modified from its original form on 03 Apr, 19
7 years ago
Add Your Name to the Thousands Who Have Signed NOW's Petition for Peace in Iraq

Listen to the people, bring our troops home and support programs to help the people of Iraq to rebuild their lives, their homes, and their communities. The Bush Administration needs to tell the people that the US will not maintain permanent military bases in Iraq.

Sign this petition today by filling out the form below.

Sign the Petition Now!

We propose the following principles as essential to ending the war in Iraq:

First, as a confidence-building measure, the U.S. government must declare that it has no interest in permanent military bases or the control of Iraqi oil or other resources.

Second, as a further confidence-building measure, the U.S. government must set goals for ending the occupation and bringing all our troops home - in months, not years, beginning with an initial withdrawal of troops by the end of this year.

Third, the U.S. government must request that the United Nations monitor the process of military disengagement and de-escalation, and organize a peaceful reconstruction effort. The U.S. must accept its obligation to fairly compensate Iraqis for damages, assist Iraqi reconstruction, cease the imposition of privatization schemes, and end the dominance of U.S. contractors in the bidding process.

Fourth, the U.S. government should appoint a peace envoy independent of the occupation authorities to underscore its commitment to an entirely different mission, that of a peace process ending the occupation and returning our soldiers home.

Fifth, the peace envoy should encourage and cooperate in talks with Iraqi groups opposed to the occupation, including insurgents, to explore a political settlement. The settlement must include representation of opposition forces and parties, and power-sharing and the protection of women's rights as core principles of governance and economic and energy development. We believe such an initiative will reduce, though not eliminate, violence by lessening any rationale for Jihadist or sectarian conflict.

We send this message to all Americans in civil society, to our elected officials, and to the global peace movement. We demand that Congressional hearings begin to define an exit strategy now. We demand that members of Congress, reflecting the will of the people, adopt policy and budget initiatives that call for an exit strategy based on the above principles. We demand a peace envoy, peace talks with the opposition, reconstruction, the closure of U.S. bases, and the safe return home of all U.S. troops.

7 years ago

No War on Iran! No Nukes!


The Time to Stop a War With Iran Is NOW!

As incredible as it might seem, the Bush Administration appears to be actively planning a military strike against Iran –- the beginning of a war which could dwarf even the Iraq war in its grim potential for devastating global conflict.

Here's how you can help:

Click here for more information.

Anonymous
7 years ago

Bush ignores latest Iranian overture for direct talks, and gives orders to kill Iranian "operatives" in Iraq
Sign the Petition Against War in Iran

Military Maneuvers
Independent journalist, Reese Erlich has recently reported that the CIA is covertly working with the Party for Free Life of Kurdistan, the Iranian branch of the Kurdistan Workers Party, which is listed on the United States State Department List of Terrorist Organizations.  This is not only a bad idea because it undermines nonviolent reformers within Iran, but it also creates discord with Turkey, one of the U.S. strongest allies in the region.

Sanctions
On March 24th, the United Nations Security Council voted to impose a new round of sanctions on Iran as punishment for continuing its uranium enrichment program.  Both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate are also currently considering intensifying sanctions against Iran unilaterally.  While it would certainly be inappropriate for Americans or anyone else to support Iran’s nuclear program these sanctions do more harm than good.  The most likely effect of all of these sanctions isn’t changing Iranian nuclear policy, rather it is hardening into positions and squeezing opportunities for diplomacy.  To really change policy we need to draw Iran into the international community, not further isolate it.

Please sign the "No War in Iran!" petition, and pass it on to your friends and colleagues. We the people demanded peace in the last election, and we intend to make sure we get it. Sign the petition today. (Click here for a downloadable PDF version of the petition)

Click here for more information about Peace Action's work on Iran

7 years ago

Defund the War and Declare Peace!

The Declaration of Peace: Taking Action for a New Course in Iraq

A Campaign to Establish A Comprehensive Plan for Peace, including: A Rapid End to the U.S. Occupation of Iraq - Support for an Iraqi-Led Peace Process - Money for Human Needs, Not WarThe Goal of The Declaration of Peace:

The Declaration of Peace seeks a comprehensive plan for an end to the U.S. occupation of Iraq, including:
  • Cutting off all funding of U.S. military operations in Iraq.
  • Safe and rapid withdrawal of all U.S. troops and coalition forces from Iraq, with no future redeployments.
  • No permanent U.S. military bases or installations in Iraq.
  • Support for an Iraqi-led peace process, including a peace conference to shape a post-occupation transition.
  • Return control of Iraqi oil to the people of Iraq, as well as complete sovereignty in their economic and political affairs.
  • Support for reparations and reconstruction to address the destruction caused by the U.S. invasion, military occupation, and 13 years of economic sanctions.
  • Establish a U.S. peace dividend for job creation, health care, education, housing, and other vital social needs at home.
  • Increased support for U.S. veterans of the Iraq war.
  • No "preventive" or "preemptive" war against Iran or any other nation.
Download The Declaration of Peace Pledge for print (MS-Word Doc)

The Declaration of Peace Pledge:

Yes! I pledge to declare peace by supporting a comprehensive plan to end the U.S. occupation of Iraq and to support an Iraqi-led peace process.

I understand that my contact information will be shared with Declaration of Peace Local Organizers, to help build and implement this national campaign to end the U.S. occupation of Iraq.

I pledge to (please check what you will commit to):

Call on the Bush administration and Congress (lobbying, letter writing, phone calling) to establish this plan.

Engage in peaceful witness and action (vigils, marches, demonstrations, etc.) to establish this plan.

Actively cooperate and organize with others in my area and across the country to establish this plan.

Participate, as conscience leads me, in nonviolent civil disobedience or other forms of peaceful civil resistance to establish this plan.

https://secure.democracyinaction.org/dia/organizationsORG/declaration/sign-the-declaration.jsp

Unite for Peace
7 years ago

Tell Congress: Use Your Power to Bring the Troops Home NowWe call on you, as our elected representatives in the U.S. Congress, to use your power and take action to end the war in Iraq and bring all the troops home. We call on you to:

  • Vote for the immediate withdrawal of all U.S. forces from Iraq;
  • Vote for full funding of veterans benefits;
  • Vote against any funds for military action of any kind in Iraq, except for the safe withdrawal of all our armed forces;
  • Vote for aid to reconstruct Iraq under Iraqi control;
  • Vote to redirect our tax dollars for social programs at home.
http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/organizationsORG/ufpj/petition.jsp?petition_KEY=447



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Peace Action
7 years ago

No War with Iran!

President Bush is now regularly accusing Iran of supporting attacks on U.S. troops, without any evidence, - remember the WMD's in Iraq, anyone? - adding that "we will seek out and destroy" these networks. Bush has authorized U.S. forces to kill Iranian "operatives" in Iraq, and he is sending nuclear aircraft carriers and missile defense batteries to the Persian Gulf. The unthinkable - a wider war in the Middle East - is unfolding.

John D. Rockefeller IV, D-W.Va., chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said that any U.S. military move into Iran would be "catastrophically stupid" and "unleash a conflagration like we've never heard of before." We could not possibly agree more.

Resistance to a Bush planned military strike on Iran is growing in Congress, but it needs your help! Sign the petition to Congress below - No War with Iran! House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said recently that she would introduce legislation to stop such a strike, so our demand is beginning to get through. But the pressure needs to be much, much stronger to stop a President who has apparently gone mad with war and his own power.

Please know that your email address is for internal purposes only; we will not send it to the petition recipients nor share it with any other organization for any purpose. Thanks also for forwarding this to your friends, colleagues and listserves. We need everyone who wants to bring peace to the Middle East and prevent a war with Iran to join the effort now!

http://democracyinaction.org/dia/organizationsORG/Peaceact/petition.jsp?petition_KEY=358

Write to right wrongs
7 years ago

Using this URL: http://www.democrats.org/page/speakout/letterstoeditors

you can write letters to media in your Zip Code, and to major news media in the nation... Like I did.

To : [ My local news papers ]

Subject : Defending Humanity

Message : Dear Brother,

If you were being invaded by an army, then to defend your home, your country, and your children, you would be shooting not only the invading army, but also at the traitors who side with the invading enemy.

The actual events in Iraq should surprise no one. But our ''news'', like our ''history'', is written by the ''invaders''.

Al'Qaeda has many more allies today than they did in 1991, before we lied, invaded and murdered a half million innocent people in Iraq over the lies issued by Herbert and George.

Before we invaded the middle east, it was the British Empire, before them was the French Foreign Legion, before them was the Roman Empire.

The middle east did not destroy itself. Instead it was destroyed by the greedy.

The middle east has not been our enemy. We have been their enemy.

May sharing wisdom replace our bullets, saving our victims and ourselves.

Sincerely,

Thomas Panto - Veteran


8 years ago

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Become One of 1,000 Peacemakers! Friday, 9:56 PM
Sign Up To Be A Peace Maker!
Take a Stand by Signing the Voters Pledge!

What if millions decided to vote their conscience and said 'No More War Candidates'?

We could change the world! Become a local organizer in your community for Give Peace A Vote.

Sign up here as a Peacemaker and commit to getting at least 100 of your friends and neighbors to sign the pledge to vote for peace. http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/organizationsORG/codepink/signUp.jsp?key=1556&t=GPV.dwt


September 11, 2006 not only marked the fifth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks; it also marked the 100th anniversary of Gandhi's original call for peaceful civil disobedience. It is time for us to listen to Gandhi anew. While our administration wants to use this anniversary to instill a fresh sense of vengeance in our hearts, Gandhi reminds us that an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.

Our administration squandered the opportunities presented by 9/11 -- the opportunities to bring those who attacked us to justice, while at the same time pursuing true international dialogue, cross-cultural understanding and diplomacy. Now, with the November elections on the horizon, we have an opportunity to create a new post-9/11 America, an America where security doesn't mean intervention or force or an erosion of our rights. An America we can be proud of once again.

Last week, CODEPINK launched our Give Peace a Vote campaign. We hope you have had a chance to sign our Peace Pledge to let our candidates know the Peace Vote is a mighty force to be reckoned with.

Now you can step up your involvement. You can join Susan Sarandon, Jackson Browne, Willie & Annie Nelson, Michael Franti, Alice Walker, Anne Lamott, Steve Earle, Cornel West, Dolores Huerta, Vanessa Williams, and many others by becoming a Peacemaker. A Peacemaker commits to getting at least 100 people to sign the Peace Pledge. As a Peacemaker, you will carry on the noble tradition of Satyagraha, which Gandhi described as the "Force which is born of Truth and Love or non-violence." Our goal at CODEPINK is to gather 1,000 Peacemakers and 100,000 peace voters in time for the November elections.

There are many creative ways to inspire others to sign the Peace Pledge -- talk to your friends and family; host a Give Peace a Vote house party; bring sign up sheets to movie openings and concerts and vigils; the possibilities are endless. All the materials you need are available on our website.

From this day forward, we need to keep our focus on the November elections. Let us, like Gandhi, commit ourselves to promoting peace, and encouraging those around us to only support candidates who will further our call for peace.

P.S.

Please join us in Washington, D.C. anytime between September 20th to September 26th for a week of creative actions-including an Arms are for Hugging "Hug-In" at Congress -- as part of the Declaration of Peace!
Our store has our new Give Peace a VOTE tshirts.
Don't forget to RE-POST & FORWARD this email to your friends!
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8 years ago
of any demonstrations been held in New Zealand
Anonymous
8 years ago
Call Congress Now
to Declare Peace! Join in the Declaration of Peace
National Call-In Days to Congress!

Monday, September 11 Tuesday, September 19 Tuesday, September 26

and as often as possible any other day!


Congressional Switchboard:
202-224-3121 (9-5 Eastern)

Find your Senators and Representative's
Local Phone Numbers Here

There are just days left until September 21 and the Declaration of Peace deadline. Join people across the United States in calling on all Senators and Representatives to legislate a comprehensive plan to end the US war and occupation in Iraq, including co-signing key legislation.

Call Today!

In your calls, ask your Congressional Representative and Senators to: Sign the Declaration of Peace Congressional Pledge [PDF], committing them to work for a comprehensive, principled and rapid plan for peace. We are organizing these Call-In Days in coordination with lobby efforts of the Friends Committee for National Legislation (FCNL) and Camp Democracy:

  • CALL-IN DAY 1: September 11: FCNL's Call for Freedom from Fear in support of ending the conflict in Iraq, preventing the next war, and stopping erosion of constitutional rights and freedoms.
  • CALL-IN DAY 2: September 19: Camp Democracy's Lobby Day in support of Rep McGovern's bill to stop military spending on the war in Iraq.
  • CALL-IN DAY 3: September 26: Declaration of Peace actions at the Capital, calling for an end to the occupation and beginning of a concrete plan for peace in Iraq.

We need to flood every single Congressional office with phone calls and messages urging an immediate call for peace! To make this day as successful as possible, we're asking you and your community to do the following:

  • Send an email to your members TODAY letting them know about the planned call-in days. Feel free to forward this message.
  • Hand out fliers promoting the call-in day, and distribute it widely.
  • Forward our email alert about the call-in day to your email lists. TALKING POINTS:
    1. The majority of the people of the US and Iraq has declared it is time for peace:
      • 72% of US troops serving in Iraq say troops should start coming home by the end of 2006 (Le Moyne College/Zogby International, 2/06)
      • 61% of the people in the US support the withdrawal of all or some troops by year's end (CNN, 8/06)
      • 70% of Iraqis favor setting a timetable for withdrawal and 67% say their security will increase when the US withdraws (WPO, 1/06)
    2. Congress must initiate a comprehensive, principled and rapid plan for peace in Iraq no later than September 21, 2006, ending nearly four years of war and occupation in Iraq. People around the country are mobilizing to take peaceful but powerful action if Congress does not act by this deadline.
    3. The Declaration of Peace calls on Congress to commit to a comprehensive, concrete and rapid plan for peace in Iraq, including:
      • Rapid withdrawal of US and coalition forces from Iraq.
      • No permanent US military bases and installations.
      • Support for an Iraqi-led peace process, including a peace conference to shape a post-occupation transition and an international peacekeeping presence if mandated
Anti-War Actions
8 years ago
Thanks for your reply, Ross,

It looks like it is just geared toward the US, but I will keep coming back to check for anything that might be Universal!  I wish all involved the strength and courage to continue this very important task!

All my best,
Angela B.
8 years ago

Angela, I think DOP is mainly for Americans, You can try signing anyway and see what happens. The pledge for peace should be all inclusive no matter where you are from but the activities they are proposing are geared for the U.S. only.

8 years ago
I gave *PEACE* a vote. 
Ross
8 years ago
I just wanted to say a big "AMEN" to all that was written here.  Can I sign the Declaration if I live in Canada?  I wanted to find out before I went to the web site.  I will look forward to hearing from you.

Thanks,
Angela B.

8 years ago

With a majority of Americans opposing the war in Iraq, George Bush is going around the country desperately trying the sell his disastrous military adventure as part of the war on terror. And while he might fool some of the people, most people are not buying it. A CNN poll released on Wednesday found that the majority of Americans, 53 percent, didn't think the war in Iraq was part of the war on terror. Even more interesting was another survey conducted by Pew Research Center showing, by 45 percent to 32 percent, that Americans were more likely to think the best way to reduce the terror threat is to cut, not add, U.S. military presence overseas.

With elections coming up in just two months, it's time for us to turn this anti-war sentiment into a powerful voter bloc. Let's take the message that Connecticut voters sent to Joe Lieberman and send it all over the country: We will not vote for candidates who support George Bush's lies and George Bush's war!

So today, we are launching an exciting new campaign:
Give Peace a Vote, which is part of a broad coalition called Voters for Peace. We want to keep Iraq on the front burner during this election season, and put pro-war candidates on the hot seat. Give Peace a Vote is a way to let candidates across this land know that we will not give them our vote unless they commit to a swift end to this unjust war-and pledge to oppose future unprovoked, illegal wars.

Please join us, along with Susan Sarandon, Alice Walker, Anne Lamott, Annie & Willie Nelson, Jackson Browne, and other peacemakers, to make the Peace Vote a real force to be reckoned with.

We've created a new website to make it easy and to track our progress. Click here to pledge your Vote for Peace. And pass it on to your friends, relatives, coworkers for them to sign. Let's put Peace at the top of the ballot in 2006!

Ultimately, we hope to reach millions of voters with this campaign. We would love to hear your thoughts about how to get the word out. Please send your creative ideas to peacevoter@codepinkalert.org.

Give Peace a Vote. That's all we are saying.


With peace and solidarity,

Anedra, Dana, Erin, Farida, Gael, Jodie, Katie, Laura, Medea, Meredith, Nancy, Rae, Samantha and Tiffany

8 years ago

To find actions near you, click the following link;

http://www.warresisters.org/demos.htm

8 years ago
Dear Fellow Human Being,

One of the primary lessons we are taught in childhood is to share. As we become adults, we learn that sharing is not just about toys, it is about food and water, it is about culture and respect, it is about our mother earth. No matter how many would choose to divide us for their personal gain, we are one species, we are one family. It is time that as a species, we act as responsible adults not like misbehaving children. We must see that it is in the interest of each and every one of us to make this world a place where all are safe and secure, a place which is worthy of our children, and grandchildren and all of the generations to follow.

            We waste so much money on war and destruction. If we took all that money and effort and put it into food, housing, health care and education, we could transform our world from one of fear and sorrow into one of joy and thanksgiving. We have been told, in so many settings, it is us against them. This is a lie. When we destroy rather than build, it is us against ourselves. Peace and cooperation is the road to the future, if there is to be a future. It is time for the people to stand up and say “we will no longer tolerate this abomination”. It is time for all parties to lay down their arms. It is time for the people of the every country and every creed to come together and tell the war mongers to step aside and let a new era open for mankind. Let us give power to those who advance the cause of peace and prosperity not doom and destruction.

            We must do this. We can do this. We will do this. Please do three things to help make this possible:


1)     sign this petition http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/495764839
2)     forward this email to everyone you can
3)     wear red on October 9th

The petition will be presented to Kofi Annan, the Secretary General of the United Nations, and forwarded to leaders of all the countries of the world. We are using the worldwide web to make this a truly international event and it will only happen if you help. Please include your contacts in other countries. October 9th was chosen because it is the birthday of John Lennon who wrote the song “Imagine”. It also happens to be an especially opportune time in the political calendar of the United States.

            While gatherings and marches are encouraged in an effort to gain local media coverage, the wearing of red has deep significance. Red is the color which indicates “stop” and is the color of blood. Therefore, the statement being made is to “stop the bloodshed”. There are many situations where people may have to work and may not be able to carry written expressions of their feelings. In this way, everybody can participate and it will give us the opportunity to really see how very many of us there are who feel this way. Together we can change the world.


Sincerely,


Edwin S. Purcell, Ph.D.
8 years ago
WP&EH is excited to announce The Declaration of Peace, a new campaign uniting organizations and individuals across the nation to take action to end the US war in Iraq.

Click Below to Read and Sign the Declaration of Peace

The Declaration of Peace is a pledge to take peaceful steps for the immediate end to the US War in Iraq and to engage in nonviolent protest if a plan to end the war is not established and begun by September 21, 2006 -- International Peace Day -- days before Congress adjourns.

Between now and September we will:

- Call on the Bush administration and Congress to end the war;

- Ask candidates in the fall elections to support legislation that brings troops home and cuts off funding for the war;

- Participate in activities leading up to September 21, including marches, vigils, and national phone-ins and email campaigns;

- Prepare for September with public Declaration signings, events, and nonviolence trainings to be scheduled across the United States.

If the September 21 deadline is not met, Declaration signers will engage in peaceful action in Washington, DC, at Congressional offices and sites throughout the nation from September 21-28. In the spirit of Mohandas Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, some signers will be led by conscience to engage in nonviolent civil disobedience and risk arrest as a way to signify their principled opposition to the U.S. war in Iraq.

Why the Declaration of Peace? Click below to read more:

Nonviolent activities will continue until the United States withdraws from Iraq.

Join us. Sign the Declaration. Take action to end the war.

To learn more and sign online, visit the website at: http://declarationofpeace.org

Sincerely,

Ross
Anti-War Actions
8 years ago
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Support an Immediate Cease-Fire in Lebanon

A small but growing number of representatives are supporting House
Concurrent Resolution 450, calling for an immediate end to the
violence in Lebanon and negotiation of a settlement to be enforced by
international peacekeepers. This resolution is the best hope for an
end to the rapidly rising civilian toll in this deeply troubled
region, and should be approved in Congress.

Click here to ask your representative to support H.C.R. 450:
http://act.actforchange.com/cgi-bin7/DM/y/eo1w0NjzuZ0UGk0BKqh0E3

The United States bears a special moral responsibility in this crisis
as the only nation that can bring an end to the violence and relieve
the humanitarian catastrophe. The current policy of delay only leads
to more unnecessary civilian deaths in both Lebanon and Israel.

Ongoing conflict in Lebanon is also likely to have great consequences
for the region, the world and the safety of our nation and its allies.
Congress needs to step forward and call for an immediate cessation of
hostilities by passing H.C.R. 450.

Click here to send a message in support of an immediate cease-fire in
Lebanon:
http://act.actforchange.com/cgi-bin7/DM/y/eo1w0NjzuZ0UGk0BKqh0E3

*** Please forward this email to everyone you know -- friends, family,
and colleagues -- who is interested in seeing an end to the bloodshed
in Lebanon. ***

Thank you for working to build a better world.

Will Easton
Manager, ActForChange.com
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