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Commentary :: Organizing
A Perfect Mother's Day Gift:Create a Peace Movement That Ends the Iraq Occupation
14 May 2006
Modified: 08:34:10 PM
Join Cindy Sheehan and Ray McGovern 1pm at the White House then march to Rumsfeld's house May 18.
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Julia Ward Howe, the author of the Battle Hymn of the Republic, became so horrified with the carnage of the Civil War that she began advocating for a Mother's Day of Peace She published the Mother's Day Peace Proclamation in 1870. By 1873, 18 cities celebrated Mother's Day of Peace celebrations - some of these celebrations continued for 30 years. Still today, we have the enduring legacy of Mother's Day.

Now we are faced with the modern carnage of the occupation of Iraq, and still there are threats of another war of aggression in Iran. The Iraq policy is fatally flawed, especially for the nearly 2500 US deaths and for every one of these there has been 100 dead Iraqi civilians. We have to do something to build a peace movement that can stop blood-bathed foreign policy. We've demonstrated, written letters, sung songs, engaged in civil disobedience and traveled far and wide engaging our fellow Americans to demand that the troops come home.

Hundreds of thousands of us marched in the streets of New York City for Peace, Justice and Democracy on April 29th.

What's next? What can we do now? What tools do we have left in this democracy of ours?

Now is the time for the peace movement to get electoral. Americans opposed to preemptive war need to vote for what they believe in, and not vote for candidates that support war. Let's turn the majority of Americans into an electoral majority that can redirect the United States

The November elections are rapidly approaching, and the primary races come even sooner. Many are close elections where every vote is important. Candidates are jockeying for your support. We must tell them - 'you don't get my vote unless you oppose the occupation of Iraq and will work to prevent future wars of aggression.'

Peace voters are now a solid majority and we must send a clear message to all candidates that no longer will we tolerate avoiding the issue of war - when it is spilling the blood of tens of thousands for oil, bankrupting our nation, and cravenly blocking real solutions to our energy crisis.

We must vote peace in the primaries. And, we must vote peace in the general elections. If there are no peace candidates for federal office in your area, send your contribution, or donate your volunteer time in some other area that does have a peace candidate in the race.

All we need is for a FEW peace candidates to win for the hawkish powers-that-be will stand up and take notice.

There is another important way to register your support for peace candidates.

This May 14th on Mother's Day, I am going to sign a Voters Pledge committing myself to against voting for any candidate who does not publicly vow to bring a rapid end to the Iraq occupation and to preventing future wars, like Iran.

Cindy Sheehan is a co-founder of Gold Star Families for Peace and the mother of Casey Sheehan who was killed in Iraq.
See also:
http://www.commondreams.org/views06/0512-27.htm
http://benfrank.net/blog/f/dc-march.pdf

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Re: A Perfect Mother's Day Gift:Create a Peace Movement That Ends the Iraq Occupation
15 May 2006
If you click the common dreams link it explaing this campaign further:
"VotersForPeace is a joint project of Gold Star Families for Peace, Democracy Rising, Peace Action, Code Pink, UFPJ, and more, working to bring the peace movement together to think and act as voters this election year."

That's rather laughable after UFPJ supported John Kerry for president.
Re: A Perfect Mother's Day Gift:Create a Peace Movement That Ends the Iraq Occupation
15 May 2006
"'you don't get my vote unless you oppose the occupation of Palestine and will work to prevent future wars of zionist aggression.'

Peace voters are now a solid majority and we must send a clear message to all candidates that no longer will we tolerate avoiding the issue of Palestine - when it is spilling the blood of tens of thousands for racist aparthied, bankrupting our nation, and cravenly blocking real solutions to our energy crisis."
What About the Iraqi Moms?
15 May 2006
Does Cindy Sheehan care about Iraqi moms who have lost sons adn daughters, babies and husband to Al Qeida and Baatist terror bombs and shootings over the past three years? Usually these folks are murdered waiting in line at a gas station, enjoying a meal with friends or families, waiting to pray in a mosque, or just going to work. Anyone who thinks these goons will peacefully go home after the US and UK withdraw is nuts. We must arm the militias of the Shia and the armies of the Kurds with enough firepower to convince the Sunni-based killers that they will wish the Americans,who do in general play by the rules, were back!

Cindy, if a terrorist run Iraq gangs up on Sauid and the Gulf States and gas goes to $9 per gallon, you can pay the fuel bills for the American and world working class who are paying for your nonsense.
Re: A Perfect Mother's Day Gift:Create a Peace Movement That Ends the Iraq Occupation
17 May 2006
Cindy has lost a lot of support from many groups due to her mouth and her antics. Her sorrow is valid, even a bad mother hasthe ability to love a child, yet to continue her quest of misguided self-importance on a cause that many believe in reminds me of some one banging their head against a wall.