12 June 2007

Thirteenth Tuesday Topic

In combatant countries in the Iraq War, myopia seems to keep misgivings about the War at bay amongst much of the population.

The media and politicians are able to collaborate in getting citizens to ignore the travesties of a War that has enacted a civilian death-toll equivalent to at least twenty-one September 11th's.

What types of daily activities or behaviors (as opposed to large one-time protests) do you think can help alert these populations to the fact that this is unacceptable?

What do you think of the idea of refusing to rise for anthems or pledges in combatant countries until the War is ended?



At 12 June, 2007 09:38 , Barb said...

One of the most powerful tools we have as peace mongers is information. I get updated information sent to me almost daily from various organizations about peace and human rights issues. Peace Action is particularly good at connecting issues and providing easy ways to take action in our government. Recently, I received an email asking me to tell my representatives not to fund the “Reliable Replacement Warhead” -- Bush’s idea for a safer H-bomb. All I had to do was click on a link and a letter was sent to each of my representatives demanding they stand against building more nuclear weapons in the U.S. Then, I forwarded the message out to my network. In all it took 3 minutes. If we all took three minutes to learn, act, and inform others about issues of peace then we can change the dialogue surrounding issues of war.

At 19 June, 2007 05:50 , Lauritz said...

How do these dound?

* Wear and distribute black ribbons and armbands
* Attach a black streamer to your car antenna
* Refrain from buying gas
* Pressure politicians and the media
* Hold vigils, pickets, rallies, and teach-ins
* Hold special religious services
* Coordinate events in music, art, and culture
* Host film showings, talks, and educational events
* Organize student actions: Teach-ins, school closings, etc.

They are all part of the plan for Iraq Moratorium Day, Friday Septbmber 21, and then every third Friday of the month until the complete withdrawal of US troops from Iraq.

For more information: http://www.iraqmoratorium.org/

Help spread the word about this completely grassroots effort.

At 19 June, 2007 10:52 , (®©™) said...

(What do you think of the idea of refusing to rise for anthems or pledges in combatant countries until the War is ended?)

What?! The so-called patriotic, the hyper-patriotic, the overly and blindly patriotic would turn a gun on you in a heartbeat. Don’t think u can just sit there and expect the ones that would flip out the most to ever begin to understand or care; they wont even want your reasons. They’ve already proved they are blind beyond logic and simple understanding. Would you die for what only you alone knows to be the truth? Would it matter to you if no one ever knows?


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