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NationalCall for Direct Action: Stop the War Resolution
From: "National Network" <nnewai at usa.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Sep 2002 01:19:17 -0500
Subject: NATIONAL CALL for DIRECT ACTION: STOP the WAR RESOLUTION
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From: "Anon Gulf War Veteran" <birminghamjail at hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Sep 2002 04:44:45 +0000
Subject: NATIONAL CALL for DIRECT ACTION: STOP the WAR RESOLUTION
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NATIONAL CALL for DIRECT ACTION: STOP the WAR RESOLUTION
"I am in Birmingham because injustice is here. Moreover, I am cognizant of
the interrelatedness of all communities and states. I cannot sit idly by in
Atlanta and not be concerned about what happens in Birmingham. Injustice
anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable
network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects
one directly, affects all indirectly...I wish you had commended
the.sit-inners and demonstrators of Birmingham for their sublime courage,
their willingness to suffer and their amazing discipline in the midst of
great provocation." - Letter from a Birmingham jail, Martin Luther King,
Sisters and brothers, I implore you to act according to your conscience and
recognize that we are facing a national emergency: an impending war vote in
Congress. If you oppose a U.S. 'pre-emptive' war in Iraq, then you must
prepare to act this week. Otherwise, acting on your behalf, your elected
representatives in Washington will consent to an atrocity that will do
irreparable harm to the people of Iraq, international security, and to us as
a nation. There comes a time when events overtake us, events of colossal
importance. Now is the time to act. Not when it is too late.
NATIONWIDE CALL TO ACTION
As you read this, a White House "discussion draft" of the war resolution is
circulating in Congress. All this week, Democrats and Republicans will
battle over the language of this resolution.
At present, most Members of Congress oppose the war resolution in its
However, unless you act now, that will soon change.
Already, Members of Congress are moving to compromise with or be
accommodating to the Bush Administration and congressional leaders. If we do
not check this immediately, then an amended version of the war resolution
will gain the support of a majority in both houses of Congress and pass into
public law, providing authorization for the President to launch a
'pre-emptive' war against Iraq.
Our only chance to defeat this war resolution is to demand that our elected
officials accept no compromise and publicly commit themselves to voting
against the war resolution no matter how it changes.
A RECIPE FOR DEFEATING BUSH'S WAR RESOLUTION
Contact concerned citizens in your community immediately and organize small
delegations of two to five constituents to visit the district offices of
your Senators and Representatives. Be sure to target Members of Congress who
have either not taken a position on the war resolution or have already
expressed their support. (So far, at least 17 Members of Congress have
publicly announced their opposition to the war resolution in its current
If no one in your group has had previous experience with civil disobedience,
contact a local nonviolence trainer or peace organization (see below for
links to RESOURCES for NONVIOLENCE TRAINING). It is essential to ensure that
everyone planning to participate in this important action is properly
trained and prepared to risk arrest.
It is not necessary to schedule a meeting. Each delegation should simply
walk into the office and ask to speak to the staffer who handles foreign
policy or defense. Whether or not they meet with you, tell someone in the
office that, as constituents, you would like a public statement from the
Member of Congress declaring that they will vote against the war resolution
in any form. Keep the request short and simple. Let them know that you and
your delegation will wait until a statement is made. If the office refuses
to provide a statement or tells you that they plan to support the President,
politely inform them that you will not leave until the office complies with
Make sure that the media is aware of your action.
You are essentially asking the Member of Congress to represent their
constituents who oppose a war in Iraq. Furthermore, to authorize the
President to take U.S. military action against Iraq at this time would
represent a repudiation of the U.S. Constitution and the United Nations
Charter, abandoning legal restrictions that have guided America for two
generations. You are carrying out your civic duties in holding your elected
In a letter from a Birmingham Jail, Martin Luther King, Jr. instructed us:
"In any nonviolent campaign there are four basic steps: collection of the
facts to determine whether injustices exist; negotiation; self-purification;
and direct action."
For over 12 years, concerned citizens and organizations in the United States
as well as throughout the world have documented the tremendous hardship,
suffering and death that the people of Iraq have had to endure. Despite
this, the grave injustice and indignity of U.S.-led military actions and
international sanctions continue.
When the Bush administration began to put our nation on the path to war in
Iraq, these same concerned organizations and individuals petitioned Congress
and the administration to reverse the course and allow the UN to settle the
conflict through peaceful means. Our case has been made stronger by the
collection of the facts. In short, the administration has been unable to
provide any evidence that shows Iraq to be a clear and immediate threat to
the United States. But despite all of this, our efforts to prevail upon our
elected officials through negotiation have failed. Even Iraq's surrender to
President Bush's demand to allow in UN weapons inspections "without
conditions" seems to have had no effect in averting the collision course the
Bush administration has set for us. And now Congress appears prepared to
vote to authorize the President to use force against Iraq.
We are left with no choice. It is time for each of us to prepare to take
nonviolent direct action. Otherwise, we could lose our last chance to
prevent our nation from making a devastating mistake.
RESOURCES for Nonviolence Training
CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE INDEX:
(the following is an extensive list of support organizations)
The following are additional links that can assist you in locating a
nonviolence trainer and/or recruiting others to participate in your action.
DIRECTORIES of NONVIOLENCE TRAINER:
[Nationwide Directory] http://www.warresisters.org/wrl_locals.htm
[New England States] http://www.donnellycolt.com/nonviolencetraining/
LIST of CERTIFIED NONVIOLENCE TRAINERS in the U.S.:
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS
For peace with justice,
An Anonymous Gulf War Veteran
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