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Boston Launch of the `Pledge of Resistance'
08 Jun 2002
Modified: 03:46:47 PM
Boston took part in the nationwide antiwar organizing
event, the `Pledge of Resistance' in Copley Square,
June 4. About 100 gathered to demonstrate and listen
to speakers describe the damage being done to their
countries and ours by US policies and tax dollars.
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Boston took part in the nationwide antiwar organizing event, the `Pledge of Resistance' in Copley Square, June 4. About 100 gathered to demonstrate and listen to speakers describe the damage being done to their countries and ours by US policies and tax dollars.
On Tuesday, June 4, about 100 people gathered in Copley Square
to take part in the Boston launch of the Pledge of Resistance
http://www.notinourname.net/pledge.html,
a nationwide antiwar organizing event,
which included demonstrations in San Francisco, LA,
Seattle, New York City, Cleveland, Atlanta and a number of
other cities on June 6. The demonstration was sponsored by the
United for Justice with Peace group, and was organized by Brookline
PeaceWorks, peace (at) texnology.com.

The gathered assembly demonstrated in Copley Square for about
an hour, and then went into the Community Church to hear Susan
McLucas sing `If You Want Peace, Work for Justice,' followed by
our reciting the Pledge of Resistance and
a series of speakers addressing the damage that US foreign policy
is doing to people in many countries around the world.

Joseph Gerson, full time peace activist with international stature
and regional program coordinator for the American Friends Service Committee
in Cambridge, spoke on `Common Security Alternatives to Bush's War.'
For the last 25 years, Joseph has been studying, organizing against and
writing about U.S. military intervention and nuclear weapons. One of
his recent books is `With Hiroshima Eyes: Atomic War,
Nuclear Extortion and Moral Indignition.' (For some of his work online
see http://www.afsc.org/pes.htm)

The main point in this talk is that the US insists on dominating the world
and that is likely to only cause us more trouble over the years; that
we need to stop pushing the `might makes right' morality and instead
work to develop international institutions, since we may not always
have the `might' and that it would better to be one nation amongst
many and a good neighbor to all, the best guarantee
of our security.

After Joseph spoke we all stood and recited the Pledge of Resistance, in
a moment of personal consecration and resolve.

`The Pledge of Resistance'

We believe that as people living
in the United States it is our
responsibility to resist the injustices
done by our government, in our names

Not in our name
will you wage endless war
there can be no more deaths
no more transfusions of blood for oil

Not in our name
will you invade countries
bomb civilians, kill more children
letting history take its course
over the graves of the nameless

Not in our name
will you erode the very freedoms
you have claimed to fight for

Not by our hands
will we supply weapons and funding
for the annihilation of families
on foreign soil

Not by our mouths
will we let fear silence us

Not by our hearts
will we allow whole peoples
or countries to be deemed
evil

Not by our will
and Not in our name

We pledge resistance
We pledge alliance with those
who have come under attack
for voicing opposition to the war
or for their religion or ethnicity

We pledge to make common cause
with the people of the world
to bring about justice freedom and peace

Another world is possible
and we pledge to make it real

http://www.notinourname.net/pledge.html

Following the Pledge we had four speakers addressing the
harm the US is doing to people in countries around the world.

Amer Jubran, a Palestinian-American, unfairly jailed for demonstrating
in Brookline, and later exonerated, spoke on
`U.S. Policies and Tax Dollars and Their Direct
Impact on the Lives of Palestinians.'

Amer listed the places that the US military has troops
all over the world, and mentioned the many billions of dollars in
US tax money being given to Israel every year. He said it was a ploy on the
part of the US, used by other colonial powers, to give money and
arms to the smaller group and then watch them try to dominate
the larger group, and if it hadn't been for US dollars the Israelis
would have come to an accomodation with their neighbors long
before now.

Then John McCloud, who had been to Iraq recently, and is
an anti-sanctions activist, gave a short talk on the damage the US has done to Iraq.
It is inconceivable, but UN statistics indicate that as many as
500,000 children have died there of preventable causes because
of the sanctions, from the lack of clean water (because of our bombing and
not letting Iraq import chlorine) and a shortage of medical
supplies, not to mention the near starvation conditions. He compared it
to the seige of Leningrad, which didn't last the 11 years that
the sanctions against Iraq have continued. Another health issue he
mentioned is the
depleted uranium used in gulf war weapons which has made
good chunks of Iraq into the equivalent of a superfund site
with no one cleaning it up. Consequently, many more cases of
cancer are reported there, especially amongst children.

Then two people from Colombia spoke in personal terms, on the damage
done there with our tax money, and our corporations. They said that companies
like Coca Cola murder labor leaders routinely, with no legal repercussions,
and that the paramilitaries have killed many others, including many members one of the women's family. They said that Plan Colombia, the multibillion US aid package to
the Colombian government and military, will only increase violence there.

The final speaker was Shelagh Foreman, from the group Peace Action, who
gave a short talk on how the India/Pakistan nuclear threat shows how there
needs to be nuclear weapons abolition. However, contrary to our best
interests, the right wing in the US is doing all they can to restart
weapons testing, breaking treaties, and endangering us all.
The moderator recommended
Helen Caldicott's new book, `The New Nuclear Danger: George W. Bush's
Military-Industrial Complex,' and the demonstration ended with conversation
amongst the participants.




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