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Announcement :: Globalization : Human Rights : International : Media : Organizing : Social Welfare
State-wide campaign to end the US war in Iraq
03 Jan 2006
A state-wide campaign to end the US war in Iraq
Organizing Meeting -- January 14, 2005
Please join us at this organizing meeting to evaluate, strategize, plan and layout next steps for a state-wide campaign to bring the troops home from Iraq and end the war!
The state-wide Bring Our National Guard Home campaign collected the signatures of more than 30,000 Massachusetts registered voters in an attempt to put a law requiring the return of the Mass. National Guard from Iraq on the ballot. Approximately 12,000 of the signatures came from WMA!!! Special thanks to Rudy Perkins and Swing the Vote, Progressive Democrats of America, Gordon Tripp, SAGE, the Northampton Committee, Darcy Sweeney, Barbara Tiner, Kjerstin Rossi, Emily Steelhammer, Emily Mason, the local Military Families Speakout members including Kevin and Joyce Lucey and Laura Strandlund, and the remarkable numbers of you who carried petitions for days and days. It was a very inspiring WMA community effort.

We didn't collect enough signatures to achieve our goal, but we did learn that there is widespread sentiment against the war among voters. Now it's time to plan our next steps.


Bring Our Troops Home Now:
a state-wide campaign to end the US war in Iraq
Organizing Meeting -- January 14, 2005
Please join us at this organizing meeting to evaluate, strategize, plan and layout next steps for a state-wide campaign to bring the troops home from Iraq and end the war!


Featuring:
**An evaluation of the petition drive to support the binding ballot initiative to bring the Massachusetts National Guard Home from Iraq (with thanks to all who worked so hard!). Where did we succeed? What were our challenges? What did we learn?
**A panel of Massachusetts military families who have had loved ones fighting in Iraq
**Presentations and workshops to assess, evaluate and plan the next projects of our state wide campaign (see below).

The Campaigns:
Note: The goals of all of the proposed campaigns are (1) to engage a broad base of Massachusetts community members (2) to apply the most strategic pressure possible to end the US war in Iraq.
**Town Meeting and City Council Resolutions to bring the troops home and end the war
**A State Legislative hearing focused on the human and economic costs of the war to Massachusetts
**Non-binding ballot initiatives
**Bird dogging Massachusetts Congresspeople to take leadership in bringing the troops home

When: Saturday, January 14, 2006
Time: 11:00am to 4:00pm
Where: Worcester Age Center
799 W. Boylston Street in Worcester

Light Breakfast and Beverages Provided

For Information contact: Paul Shannon: American Friends Service Committee Cambridge, 617.497.5273; Nikki Morse: Military Families Speak Out, 617.983.0710 or mfso (at) mfso.org; or Jo Comerford: American Friends Service Committee Western Mass., 413.584.8975 or afsc (at) crocker.com

Members of the Bring Our Troops Home Now state-wide campaign include American Friends Service Committee, Military Families Speak Out, HomeFromIraqNow.Org, United for Justice and Peace and Traprock Peace Center

Carpooling is possible!
Jo Comerford
American Friends Service Committee, Western Massachusetts
140 Pine Street, Room 10
Florence, Massachusetts 01062
413.584.8975 (W)
413.584.8987 (F)
413.695.6059 (C)
afsc (at) crocker.com
www.WesternMassAFSC.org

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Hey, I won't stop you
03 Jan 2006
But social-patriotism is treason to the working class. These clerical fanatics at the AFSC can't and won't end the war in Iraq: only the working class can, by turning it into a civil war and a class war.

Let's shoot our officers!
Re: State-wide campaign to end the US war in Iraq
04 Jan 2006
You would be hard pressed to find more than a handful that would support that silly last sentence.
Re: State-wide campaign to end the US war in Iraq
04 Jan 2006
also, for those that don't know yet, there's another regional meeting to discuss the direction of the anti-war movement, and to plan a direct action campaign this spring.

there will be a regional consulta on january 21st in hartford, ct to organize this. their website is:

Southern New England Regional Consulta for Civil Resistance to End the War in Iraq
http://www.stopthewar.gq.nu/

folks in boston will be holding our own consulta beforehand to come up with a boston strategy and to bring something to this meeting in hartford. expect a call to action soon.

and personally, my hat goes off to AFSC for their willingness to play the political game. i don't think it'll work and i think they're misdirecting a lot of their time and energy, but we need people like them to stir up furvor among the liberals and, if they work their asses off and are very lucky, maybe massachussets national guard people will come home sooner than they thought.
Re: State-wide campaign to end the US war in Iraq
05 Jan 2006
Anarchism is just another kind of reformism, so don't pretend you're any different.
Re: State-wide campaign to end the US war in Iraq
06 Jan 2006
MA National Guard members will be home when on eof two things happen.
1. Their rotation ends

2. Mission complete
Re: State-wide campaign to end the US war in Iraq
06 Jan 2006
Most Massachusetts National Guard troops have already completed their mission and have returned home. So go ahead, knock yourself out.
Re: State-wide campaign to end the US war in Iraq
07 Jan 2006
In what way is anarchism a "another for of reformis"? Thats a stupid ass statemwent if i ever heard one