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“FIRST” strike on IRAQ- DAY OF ACTION!! (english)
by Frederick Douglass
26 Feb 2003
SHUT EM DOWN!
“FIRST” strike on IRAQ- DAY OF ACTION!!
When the U.S. government announces the commencement of the war against Iraq,
go on strike. Take your car and park in the nearest major intersection.
Block our freeways, bridges and subway entrances. Close down our cities. If
you have no car, find a group of like-minded people and lie down in an
intersection. No more business as usual. Close down our cities and stop the
Nonviolent civil disobedience is an American tradition 150 years old. First
coined by Henry David Thoreau, adopted by Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther
King, it has been credited for the success of Gandhi's independence
movement, the U.S. civil rights movement, and the South African campaign
There is nothing to be afraid of. Towing your car might cost between $85 and
$110, but with the streets totally jammed they can't tow us. This war will
cost you much more than $110. And what's more valuable, your car or human
lives? Put your body on the street. Call out to all those who are against
this war to join you. Let those who support this war see our power.
Your excuses? You can't find your keys (give them to a friend, or hide them
in your socks). You're "looking for a mechanic." You felt dizzy, were about
to black out, or were afraid you were having a heart attack. You need your
"medication" and demand to be taken to the hospital. Pretend to faint.
Tell the police you saw a wounded child or someone being beaten. Tell them
you had to stop because the cars in front of you were stopped. Tell them you
You won't need excuses anyway. There will be thousands of us, all over our
cities. 200,000 or a million, we'll outmatch the jailcells and police 100 to
1. Where will they tow 15,000 cars? They won't even be able to reach us
because the cities will be gridlocked. We may live in a digital world, but
everyone still drives on the ground. Shut down the cities! Vote with your
When the war starts, we must act immediately. Modern wars last weeks, not
years. One day's bombing kills untold numbers of people. Ending the war in
Vietnam took years of protest, but it also took years to unfold its mass
destruction. From everything the news media tells us, this war will be
different. The Germans invented the concept of Blitzkrieg, "lightning war,"
and today's American technology has perfected it. The U.S. government is
counting on your apathy. They are counting on the "Desert Storm" effect:
before the Gulf war in 1991, the majority of people in this country were
opposed to military ntervention, but once the war began Americans rallied
around their president.
We need to do the opposite. Respond immediately and loudly. Hit the streets.
Show the world what "freedom," "democracy," and "justice" really mean.
The corporations, big oil and the religious right have hijacked this country
and they have hijacked our language. Take them back. Take back "the moral
high ground," "compassion" and "truth." Take back "America," and "God."
If the war doesn't stop, start blockades every day at rush hour, 8 a.m. and
5 p.m. Make the business world listen. Call in sick. Slow down at work.
Stop shopping for anything but bare necessities. Tear off the top left
corner of every dollar bill. Wear black armbands. Tie up the phone lines,
keep your computer modems on all day. Paralyze the internet.
"A time has come when silence is betrayal. That time is now." Martin Luther
This call was posted on a listserv called Professors for Peace.
Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.
- Frederick Douglass