Politics

If you become involved in the political process, you can help to determine the shape of the world you live in, both locally and globally.

If you don’t, someone else will do it – and you may not like the result.

 

101 Ways to Stop the War on Iraq
Compiled and written by Guy Dauncey, Victoria, BC, Canada
www.earthfuture.com

Ten Ways to Stop the War with Your Organization

81. Start a local Not In Our Name Network. See www.notinourname.net. Talk to your family and friends who share your concerns. Organize a discussion of the issues raised by the Pledge of Resistance. Set up a forum or meeting, and invite other organizations to participate. Or set up a new Peace Action chapter – it’s one of the largest US peace groups, with 100 chapters and student groups. See www.peace-action.org/gen/natlnet.html

82. Work for peace at your church or place of worship.

Pax Christi: www.paxchristiusa.org

Every Church a Peace Church: www.ecapc.org/mainframe.asp

Friends Service Committee (Quakers): www.afsc.org

83. Work for peace with your friends at school. Put up posters, and organize a meeting. Create a caring environment where you can give people a space to share what they are feeling, without interruption. Then decide if you want to do a vigil, or a fast, or something lse that is meaningful, and start making plans. By doing something, you will feel less powerless in the face of this horror.

84. Work for peace with your fellow students at college, to protest the war on Iraq and develop a peace initiative. See Campus Anti-War Movement: www.antiwarnetwork.org

85. Work for peace with your colleagues at work. Take copies of the downloadable petitions (see Solution #10) with you to work, and ask your colleagues if they would help you collect signatures. Organize a sandwich lunch meeting, and discuss what more you can do.

86. Call a press conference where local community leaders, religious leaders, veterans, politicians, and others can speak out against the war. Once you have people willing to speak out against the war, choose a place and time for the press conference, send out a press release, and follow up with a phone call to tell editors and reporters what you're doing. See Global Exchange: www.globalexchange.org/campaigns/iraq/tenthings.html

87. Use the Peace Pledge as an organizing tool. See www.peacepledge.org

88. Develop ties with other organizations in your community, and plan joint protest activities. Reach out to peace and justice groups; civil liberties and immigrants' rights organizations; high schools, colleges and universities; women's organizations; civic and community groups; religious congregations; professional organizations and unions; local ethnic and national community organizations.

89. Sign the Iraq Pledge of Resistance, and prepare to practice civil disobedience. Choose a facility that is associated with the government or the military, and plan a sit-in, lock-in or a non-violent occupation. Because this involves the likelihood of arrest, it is critical to prepare carefully, and to understand the importance of non-violence.- see www.peacepledge.org

Philadelphia activists prepare to oppose the war: www.geocities.com/brandywinepeace

Idaho activists prepare for civil disobedience: http://idaho.indymedia.org/news/2002/12/552.php

Pax Christi urges civil disobedience: www.natcath.com/NCR_Online/archives/081602/081602k.htm

Thousands prepare for non-violent action: www.peacepledge.org/resist/actiondays.htm

Brandywine (New Jersey) calls for civil disobedience: www.nowarnj.org/brandywine_community_pledgeofresistance.htm

90. Create a database of as many other organizations that you can think of in your community, and reach out to them in a systematic way, asking if they would share the Peace Pledge with their members, and work with you to work for peace.