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Announcement :: War and Militarism
Register for Nonviolent Civil Resistance at U.S. Capitol
by Paul Frazier
14 Aug 2006
Declaration of Peace Campaign Calls on Congress to End the Occupation of Iraq.
The Declaration of Peace
Thousands of people across the U.S. are signing The Declaration of Peace pledge, a commitment to take action if Congress does not pass legislation for a comprehensive plan for peace in Iraq by September 21, The International Day of Peace.
From September 21-28, just days before Congress adjourns for the fall elections, Declaration signers will take part in nonviolent action to declare peace at the U.S. Capitol and in cities and towns across the U.S.
For more information about nonviolent direct action on September 26, go to www.iraqpledge.org or contact: Steve Cleghorn, jsc1949 (at) msn.com
National Call for Congressional Visits:
Declaration signers across the US are scheduling meetings with their Congressional representatives to ask them to sign the Congressional Declaration of Peace Pledge. The Declaration of Peace is partnering with American Friends Service Committee to provide an online directory of point persons who plan to coordinate delegations to visit their legislators. See our National call for Congressional visits.
The tide is turning among US policy makers, as witnessed in the Connecticut Democratic Senate primary race, where Ned Lamont won on an antiwar platform. Now is the time to turn up the heat and urge your Congressional representatives to sign the Congressional Declaration of Peace Pledge! Join or organize a delegation this month!
Planning for Peaceful Action: September 21-28
People across the US are planning public events during the Declaration of Peace week. On the evening of September 21, the International Day of Peace, people will join together in candlelight vigils across the US. Throughout the week of 21-28, groups are organizing marches, rallies, candlelight vigils, and interfaith services. Some will be led by conscience to engage in nonviolent civil disobedience/civil resistance in local Congressional offices and at the US Capitol in Washington, DC.
In addition to local activities, we encourage each group to organize a delegation of people to take part in the activities in Washington. We would love to see a delegation from as many Congressional districts across the US as possible.
The majority of Americans believe the war in Iraq was a mistake, and want it ended. Yet Congress is not heeding the voice or the will of the American people. Now is the time to act, creatively and nonviolently, to end the occupation.
Despite the deaths of tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians and more than 2600 U.S. soldiers, despite untold numbers of wounded and widespread destruction, despite more than $300 billion spent and no end in sight, Congress continues to ignore the American – and Iraqi – people by refusing to chart an end to the occupation of Iraq. As a result the violence in Iraq grows daily, and war is spreading through the Middle East.
The National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance (www.iraqpledge.org), with the Declaration of Peace (www.declarationofpeace.org), calls on peace-loving people to come to Washington, DC, and make your voices heard on September 26th.
Those willing to engage in nonviolent acts of civil resistance against the war and occupation are encouraged to join us. We also enthusiastically call upon those who cannot risk arrest, but who are willing to support those who do. The voice for peace will be heard in Congress through our nonviolent actions. Join us!
Specific plans are under development, and will be shaped by participant input; nonviolence training is required, and will be provided to those needing it before the action.
REGISTER TODAY at www.iraqpledge.org
if you would like to participate in this nonviolent action to end the occupation of the Iraq war; the sooner we know you’re coming, the better we can plan! Or contact: Steve Cleghorn, jsc1949 (at) msn.com
Let us know your September action plans so that we can share this news with the growing Declaration of Peace network. Send to: info (at) declarationofpeace.org
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