On March 19, 2008, the United States will have been waging war against Iraq for five long deadly years.
Where will you be on March 19?
Senator McCain has pledged to continue the war for 100 years "if necessary."
While running as anti-war candidates, neither Senators Clinton nor Obama has presented a plan that will actually END the war any time soon but rather will more likely see the war drag on for many more years to come (I'm writing a more detailed piece on their war plans and will circulate it soon).
The 5 Year Anniversary and the election season provide a critical opportunity to announce with both strength and numbers that we will not stand for another year of war. That being "anti-war" means ending the war and ending it NOW.
Fortunately, organizers all across the country have been hard at work pulling together events and actions. There are many ways to get involved and make your voice heard. I've listed just a handful here. You can use these descriptions to not only see where to plug in, but to be inspired with creative ideas for yourself and your own community.
Please come out. Please take action. Please show your opposition to war and support for peace to the nation and to the entire world.
The whole world will be watching.
Now is the time.
- Antonia Juhasz
Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) – Winter Soldier: Iraq & Afghanistan
March 13 – 16, Washington, DC and In Your Community
I have the honor of providing testimony in this historic and critically important event as one of the civilian panelists.
In 1776, Thomas Paine wrote: "These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman."
In 1971, a courageous group of veterans exposed the criminal nature of the Vietnam War in an event called Winter Soldier. Today, Iraq Veterans Against the War "is fighting for the soul of our country. We will demonstrate our patriotism by speaking out with honor and integrity instead of blindly following failed policy" by hosting their own Winter Soldier: Iraq & Afghanistan.
The four-day event will bring together veterans from across the country to testify about their experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan - and present video and photographic evidence. In addition, there will be panels of scholars, veterans, journalists, and other specialists to give context to the testimony.
The testimony in DC will be closed to the general public. But, to bring the testimonies to the general public and GIs all over the world, IVAW has made it possible to watch the live broadcasts online and on television, and to listen online and on the radio.
Support Winter Soldier by Organizing Your Own Local Viewing Event!
You can also participate in and organize your own local viewing event. Any location with a broadband internet connection and a projector can be set up for public viewing of the broadcasts, and for higher quality video, the event will be broadcast by satellite on March 14th and 15th.
To find out more visit the Winter Soldier website: http://ivaw.org/wintersoldier
Direct Action to Stop the War
March 15 & 19th
Richmond and San Francisco, California
DIRECT ACTION & RALLY: CHEVRON RICHMOND REFINERY
cosponsored by Green Action, West County Toxics Coalition, Amazon Watch, Richmond Progressive Alliance, Richmond Greens, Community Health Initiative, Communities for a Better Environment, Global Exchange, and Rainforest Action Network.
11am– Rally at Judge G. Carroll Park
W. Cutting Blvd & S. Garrard Blvd, Richmond (map)
1pm– Nonviolent Direct Action at Chevron Refinery
841 Chevron Way, Richmond
(Free shuttle buses will leave from Richmond BART and Point Richmond - 3rd St. and Chesley Ave - at 9:30am, 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM and 12:30 PM.)
"The purpose of this action is shut the Chevron refinery down for the day, and to support community efforts to stop Chevron from expanding its refinery, which will increase pollution and cause asthma, cancer and rising death rates in surrounding communities. Chevron is driving the war and occupation in Iraq, refining over a million barrels of stolen Iraqi oil in Richmond a month, and actively lobbying! for the privatization of Iraq¹s oil fields so companies like Chevron can seize control of them. Join us, and help send a clear message to Chevron: Stop stealing Iraqi oil, and stop polluting our communities! See our Chevron fact sheet. We will shut down the Richmond Chevron refinery by land, by bike, and by sea. We're asking that you form an affinity group, and help us shut down Chevron."
DIRECT ACTIONS ON THE FIFTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE IRAQ WAR: DOWNTOWN SAN FRANCISCO
7:30 am Multiple actions at multiple locations.
Market and Sansome
War machine tours of shame leaving from Market and Sansome throughout the day.
March & Rally to End the War Now!
5 pm, Gather at Civic Center, Polk and Grove Sts., SF
Initiated by the A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition - San Francisco
Join the March 19 DASW Text Mob to stay updated through the day:
Send a text to 40404 with the words "follow dasw" (case sensitive, no quotation marks). Standard rates apply.
"On March 19, 2008 - the fifth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq - Direct Action to Stop the War will be organizing a day of decentralized, multiple-target direct action against government offices and war profiteers in downtown San Francisco. We have created a list (which is below) of San Francisco offices of federal agencies, corporations with military contracts or contracts in Iraq, politicians who have failed to stop the war, and foreign embassies of countries linked to the war in Iraq. We are focusing primarily on corporations with military or Iraqi contracts, because we want to focus attention on the prominent role played by war-profiteering corporations in the U.S. occupation of Iraq. We will take direct action on March 19th against as many of these locations as possible, in order to send a clear message to the economic and political elites that control this country: No business as usual until all U.S. troops are withdrawn from Iraq!"
Code Pink Women for Peace
March 18, Washington, DC
CODEPINK Day of Action - Restore the Constitution
Tuesday, March 18th 2008 9am-1pm Washington, DC
9 am Meet Up: CODEPINK House 712 5th Street NE, 20002 - between G and H (Union Station Metro)
"George W. Bush's administration has pushed us to the brink of a constitutional crisis. The checks and balances that underwrite our democracy are no longer. Wake up America, it's our time to defend and preserve the Constitution, our founding document, before we're no longer allowed. The day's activity will remind us that everything that has been taken away or atrophied can be returned and renewed. This is our moment to lament, protest, wail, mourn and rage. Let our tears, laughter and songs drown the failures of our government. Let's renew our faith that real democracy and social justice are possible. Congress has not represented us. The Department of Justice and its Security branches have not protected us, the Executive Branch has lied to us, taxes have under-served us, the State Department has failed us, the Pentagon has cheated us, and the courts are not separate...The "heroic medicine" to heal and protect our nation can only come when true patriots act. Get inspired, walk, swirl, yell, dance and sing what you expect from your government."
United For Peace & Justice & Five Years Too Many.org
March 19, Washington, DC and almost 400 Locations Around the Nation
http://www.5yearstoomany.org/article.php?list=type&type=5 (for local actions)
A day of DIRECT ACTION against WAR
ALL-DAY INFO POINT: McPherson Square, 15th and K Street, NW
Get all the info you need here: schedule for the day, action g! uidebook, maps, music. There will also be some of the Winter Soldier testimony, poetry readings, food, legal and medical support and much more!
7:30 am: Opening Gathering
11 am and 2 pm: Action updates on what's happened so far and what's ahead!
Actions Begin at 8 am
Some groups will blockade the IRS, while others shut down war profiteers in the K St. Corridor. No War No Warming will be calling for a separation of oil and state at the American Petroleum Institute, while the Grannies will knit at the Veterans Administration. At the same time, the March of the Dead will begin in Arlington Cemetery and process through downtown. At 9am the Veterans March for Peace will begin, culminating with actions near the White House and Veterans Administration. At noon, students will dance in the streets saying Funk the War and exposing war profiteers, recruiters and media along the way. There will also be demonstrations of waterboarding around the city and outside the White House in mid-afternoon.
We'll have street corner poets, puppets, marching bands and more to dramatically commemorate the costs of this war while creatively disrupting the war-makers and celebrating our commitment to life, art, community and peace. Imagine thousands of us moving throughout the streets in downtown DC, in big groups and small, all working together to expose, disrupt and transform those that are promoting and profiting from war.
Closing Action at 5:00pm - Reflecting Pool
March on the DNC Headquarters
We'll gather on the west side of the Capitol and march with pots and pans in a cacophony of resistance to the Democratic National Committee Headquarters, 430 S Capitol St SE. Earlier in the day we will have delivered our message to the Republican Party offices on K St. We want them all to know: We hold the leadership of the Democratic and Republican parties accountable for the death, destruction and lies. We will let them know what kind of change we want and that we will continue to take action until our call for peace is honored and all of our troops come home.
No War No Warming!
March 19, Washington, DC
On the 5th anniversary of the Iraq war TAKE ACTION at the American Petroleum Institute
Washington D.C. 13th and L Sts. NW
- END the War in Iraq -
- SHIFT Funding from War and Big Oil to Clean Energy and Human Needs -
- SEPARATE Oil and State -
"U.S democracy is compromised by the influence of Big Oil, which pours millions into political campaigns and lobbying. Big Oil millions not only greased the Congressional votes that got us into the Iraq War and continues to support the illegal occupation, it also is obstructing the shift to a clean energy economy.
Our setting up a new "Green Zone" – an area dedicated to clean energy – will be on the doorstep of the American Petroleum Institute (API), which represents all the major oil companies. API gives immense amounts of money to our congress, influencing how they vote on war, energy, climate and oil subsidies. We demand a Separation of Oil & State -- it's time to ensure that our Congress represents us, not Big Oil!
Our Green Zone will highlight our opposition but also our commitment to building a future built upon wind, solar and other urgently needed clean energy sources. Nonviolent civil disobedience, street theatre, creative props and canvassing will all be employed. We need people willing to risk arrest and people taking part in supportive actions. Let us hear from you!"
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March 19, Across the Country
"This year, we're marking the anniversary by gathering at hundreds of "New Priorities" Vigils. We'll honor the fallen, and call for an end to the war. But we'll also send a new message to the politicians in Washington: to heal our ailing economy, we need to end the occupation in Iraq. It's a powerful message - if we can make it heard throughout the country, we'll force our leaders to start bringing our troops home and start investing resources here instead.
Click here to sign up to host your March 19 New Priorities Vigil on the 5th anniversary of the war:
Hosting a vigil is easy. All you need to do is find a good place for people to gather, invite your friends, and tell the local media what you're planning. We'll help you recruit attendees and give you the materials and training you need to hold a great event. The 5th anniversary of the Iraq invasion is an important moment—politicians, the media, and the world will be watching. Let's show them that America is ready for new priorities and an end to the war."
Click the link to register your event and get started: