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Jim Carrico on Wed, 19 Feb 2003 20:16:56 +0100 (CET)

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National Moratorium
to Stop the War on Iraq

March 5 - National Moratorium to Stop the War on Iraq

The Next Phase of Conscience and Resistance

To Stop the War before it Starts

No School, No Work, No Business as Usual"

One day in March the Air Force and Navy will launch between 300 and 400 
cruise missiles at targets in Iraq...more than the number that were 
launched during the entire 40 days of the first Gulf War...'so that you 
have this simultaneous effect, rather like the nuclear weapons at 
Hiroshima, not taking days or weeks but in minutes.'" (CBS News, Jan. 
27, 2003)

If you had known about Hiroshima in advance, what would you have done to 
stop it? Today's war-makers are telling us what they plan to do. This 
war will visit unspeakable terror and suffering on the people of Iraq, 
in the name of "liberating" them. It will put people all over the planet 
at risk, in the name of protecting them. It will, no doubt, be 
accompanied by even more severe repression within the U.S. against 
immigrants and against resisters. And it will mark another terrible 
step - the most horrific one yet - into a future of endless war and 
severe repression. It is up to the people to stop it.

We must act on our conscience and resist as if the future depends on 
it - because it does. We must inspire and organize political resistance 
throughout society - where we live and where we work, where we go to 
school and where we raise our children, where we play and where we pray.

On Wednesday, March 5, we are calling on all groups and all people to 
come together to manifest their opposition to this shameful and unjust 
war and their determination to stop it. And if it looks like the 
war-makers are going to launch their massacre missiles before March 5, 
the Moratorium date will be moved up.

Whoever you are.

Wherever you are.

What's that line you haven't crossed yet to show your determination to 
stop this war?
Prepare to cross it, in large and small acts of courage.

On March 5...

     * You could call in sick.
     * You could close your business.
     * Professors could cancel classes.
     * Students could plan citywide high school walkouts and other campus 
actions (and they are!).
     * City councils and county boards that have passed resolutions 
against the war could mark the day in appropriate ways.
     * Unions that have passed anti-war resolutions could call job 
     * You could stand for peace at the nearest post office or government 
     * You could begin a campaign of boldly-worded letters to 
legislators, the president and his secretaries.
     * You could establish "no war zones" with signs and banners at 
strategic intersections (as they are doing in Atlanta).
     * You could hang banners from major overpasses (as they are doing in 
     * You could bring your protest to a military facility, with acts of 
civil disobedience "supporting" the soldiers by attempting to stop the 
U.S. military machine from sending them off to war.
     * Houses of worship could call for special services that day, could 
call their congregations to protest at military recruiting offices or 
elsewhere, could open their doors to conscientious objectors.

Afternoon or evening convergences could bring together everyone who's 
acted earlier in the day.

The possibilities are endless, collective and individual.

Lay something important in your life on the line,

Along with hundreds of thousands of others

On the same day, on March 5


Download a PDF version (65k)

A Moratorium planning committee is in formation. For more information 
and to add your name as a Moratorium sponsor, contact:

Rev. Dr. George Regas, Interfaith Communities United for Justice and 
icujp {AT} pacbell.net, phone 626-683-9004;
Barbara Lubin, Middle East Children's Alliance
Rev. Peter Laarman, religiousforum {AT} hotmail.com, ph 212-477-0351;
Not in Our Name Project, info {AT} notinourname.net, ph 212-969-8058
(www.notinourname.net for information and updates);
Southern Christian Leadership Foundation, SCLfoundation {AT} earthlink.net, ph
International A.N.S.W.E.R., ph 212-633-6646, www.internationalANSWER.org

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