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(en) US, Confront the War Machine: A Call to Action

Date Sun, 23 Oct 2005 23:35:54 +0200

DAWN and others in the anti-authoritarian antiwar network are preparing to
mobilize for March, 06 demonstrations around the country to protest the
occupation of Iraq and have asked others to participate and help spread the
word. If you have questions about the mobilization; how to organize for
it, who's participating, etc... you can fire off an email to
stopthewarnow06@gmail.com -- Para la revolución, -- Kyle Taylor
A Call to Action for the Third Anniversary of the Iraq War (please forward)
Now is the time to bring the anti-war movement home by directly
confronting the war machine in your hometown. And, in our hometown,
Washington, DC, we invite you all to come and confront The Pentagon directly.

The DC Anti-War Network, DAWN, a locally-based grassroots anti-war group
in the metropolitan Washington area calls upon individuals and other local
grassroots groups to observe the third anniversary of the war (a.k.a.
occupation) in Iraq by organizing locally and holding nonviolent protests
and actions of dissent in our communities.

Additionally, DAWN calls upon individuals and groups who don't have prior
plans in their own communities to come to Washington, DC, not to march,
lobby, or protest a government that ignores voices for peace and justice
but rather to directly confront the war machine, The Pentagon, with acts
of nonviolent civil resistance.

In our home communities, now is the time to confront our government and
those who profit from the war that has been waged based on lies and
deception. DAWN calls for people to mobilize and organize locally in our
communities to build and strengthen the anti-war movement. Instead of
coming to Washington, New York, or other cities for just one day of
protest, DAWN calls for anti-war actions over the entire month of March
2006 to mark the third anniversary of the war in Iraq. We urge people to
organize against militarism in our schools and communities by confronting
military recruiters who prey upon the young and the poor, to protest the
use of torture that is so much a part of this war, to protest the use of
depleted uranium on the Iraqi people, to make the connections between the
war in Iraq with other wars and occupations, and to make the connections
between the costs we are paying for war and what we are not paying for,
vitally important social needs.

Join us in March 2006 by organizing, building, and strengthening the
anti-war movement in our communities and also by coming for a direct
confrontation with The Pentagon.

(1) DAWN calls for people to organize and choose an armed forces
recruiting station in their neighborhood for protest. DAWN also encourages
other kinds of counter-recruiting actions protesting military recruiters
in our schools and communities. Stop the recruiters and end the war!

(2) DAWN calls for people to demonstrate, including acts of nonviolent
civil resistance, against torture, especially its use in this so-called
"War on Terror." Torture is illegal and immoral and should never be
carried out in our names. Whether in wartime or peace, torture is wrong.
Torture must stop!
(3) Over 1.1 billion people, one fifth of the world's population, barely
survive on less than $1 per day, and half of the world's population lives
on less than $2 a day. Over 852 million people are hungry, and 16,000
children die from hunger every day. Every year 11 million children die
because of hunger. Over 20 million low-birth weight babies are born every
year in the global south, millions of them dying in infancy; those who
survive risk lives with physical and cognitive health problems. Poverty
destroys and devastates families, communities, and countries. Every dollar
of the hundreds of billions of dollars spent for war and occupation takes
away from what could help alleviate poverty and hunger. DAWN calls for
protests against those who profit from the war and occupation. DAWN calls
for actions, including nonviolent civil resistance, at local war
contractors, as well as the politicians who receive money from them,
profiting from the war and occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan. Starve the
war machine; feed the poor!

(4) In addition to organizing and acting locally DAWN calls on people not
otherwise engaged in their communities to come to protest the war machine,
The Pentagon, with direct actions of nonviolent civil resistance. We must
stop business as usual at The Pentagon where war plans are born and
implemented, including the use of depleted uranium against the Iraqi
people. Now is the time for mass actions of nonviolent civil resistance to
be directed at The Pentagon rather than simply the President and other
politicians who see the anti-war movement as a focus group. End the war;
protest The Pentagon!

(5) We call for coordination of organizing between communities, through
open clearinghouses and regional meetings. For the Pentagon actions and
any other actions in the DC area, we call for spokescouncils to plan
actions so that ownership of the action does not belong to any one group
but to the movement as a whole. While DAWN will plan a specific action or
set of actions, we call on groups to use their creativity to plan their
own actions, and we call on groups to work with DAWN and other groups on a
unified scenario so that we can most effectively combat the war machine.
Whether you are organizing locally or in Washington, we must work
together, and communication and mutual respect is essential to making this
month of action work. Let's work together!

To endorse, support, or participate contact Malachy Kilbride of the DC
Anti-War Network at: stopthewarnow06@gmail.com .

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