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News ::
07 Feb 2003
Modified: 19 Feb 2003
Call for collective nonviolent action to prevent war, national citizen strike for peace on February 28th
National Peacemaking Citizen Strike
February 28, 2003

All US patriots who oppose a war against Iraq are called to walk in the footsteps of Gandhi and Martin Luther King by joining a national citizen strike on Friday, February 28th.

In the tradition of nonviolent direct action, those who support peace will on that day refuse to collaborate with our government's plan to launch a war for oil against a country that is already devastated by twelve years of US-led bombing and sanctions, a country in which at least a million innocent civilians have died at our hands, and a country that has no way to defend itself.

On February 28th we will instead bring business-as-usual to a halt and engage in peacemaking work in every town and city all over this nation.

By taking this action we demonstrate to our government leaders that they do not have our consent to inflict yet more suffering and death on the people of Iraq.

By taking this action, we demonstrate to our government leaders that we are not willing to exchange young Americans lives for the oil reserves that lie beneath Iraqi soil.

By taking this action we demonstrate to our government leaders that we see through their fear-mongering, disinformation, and news control.

By taking this action we demonstrate to our government leaders that they can expect widespread active resistance to any war they choose to launch with such callous disregard for the human cost.

By taking this action we put the powers in Washington DC on notice that the people of the United States still do have power too and are not about to relinquish it to those who neither represent our interests nor speak in our name.

Time is short. Send this call for collective nonviolent action to all your networks today.

Meanwhile, wear a green ribbon for peace and decorate your yard, car, and other public spaces with green ribbons signifying our collective commitment to a just, peaceful, and humane world.

Be of good heart. We can do this.
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War and Democracy (english)
19 Feb 2003
The vast majority of the people of the United Kingdom concur with the sentiments expressed in the "Call for collective action to prevent war" (article#10474). It is essential that the will of the people prevail to stop this senseless drive to solve the Iraq problem with war. War is a resort of the uncivilized when alternatives exist. Unfortunately that is the route along which Bush and Blair are trying to force the nations of the world without reference to their peoples. That route can only end in disaster, exacerbate the existing dangers and cause the loss of great numbers of innocent lives. It is obvious that the threat posed by Iraq can be contained without war and, if we can stop it happening, we may also be able to restore the democracy that our leaders have stolen from us.
James G. Gilson UK
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