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 Pen

A personal letter is ten times more powerful than an email. The more effort you invest, the more effect it will have. That’s the way the world works.

11. Write to your political leaders in Washington. We elect our leaders, and it is up to us to tell them what we think. For addresses at the US Congress, see www.congressmerge.com. Here’s a sample letter: www.globalexchange.org/campaigns/iraq/IraqActionAlert.html

Write your Senator - To find your Senator's address, see www.senate.state.mi.us/SenatorInfo/find-your-senator.htm For your Member of the House of Representatives, see www.house.gov/writerep

12. Write to the Rt. Hon, Jean Chretien, Prime Minister of Canada, Langevin Block, 80 Wellington St., Ottawa ON K1A 0A2, urging him to work for peace, and uphold Canada’s tradition of being an independent, peace-making country. No stamp needed inside Canada. For MP addresses, see www.parl.gc.ca/information/about/people/house/PostalCode.asp?Source=SM

13. Write to the People of Iraq, c/o Iraqi Mission to the UN, 14 East 79th Street, New York, N.Y. 10021 Telephone: (212) 737-4433, Fax: (212) 772-1794. Share your thoughts, and your love.

14. Write to George and Laura Bush, The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20500, USA. (Tel: 202 456 1414; Fax: 202 456 2461) . There’s another White House number ­ 202-456-1111, where you can leave a message between 9-5 EST. Some suggest sending a handful of rice, with the message ­ "If your enemies are hungry, feed them (Romans, 12, 20)." See www.whyagain.com   and www.cta-usa.org/iraq.html. There’s another campaign to send stinky socks, with the message "War Stinks!" ­ see www.wendypolyploidy.com/socks.

15. Write to the Rt. Hon Tony Blair, Prime Minister, 10, Downing St, London SW1A 2AA, UK, urging him to come to his senses. Or quicker ­ send him a FAX:
Inside the UK: 020-7925-0918
From outside the UK, 01144-20-7925-0918

16. Write to Colin Powell, Secretary of State, U.S. Department of State, 2201 C Street NW Washington, DC 20520, urging him to stop this awful thing. Send him a prayer.

17. Write a letter to the Editor of your local paper. There’s a first time for each of us. You’ll feel good when you see it in print. The Washington Post’s email for Letters to the Editor is abramowitz@washpost.com. The New York Times is executive-editor@nytimes.com

18. Write an “Op-Ed” (Opinion-Editorial) piece for your local paper. Make it around 800 words, and ask a friend to critique it before you send it off. There’s nothing wrong with writing three, five or even ten drafts. We all do it.

19. Write to your Mayor and Council, City Hall (address in the Blue Pages in the phone book), urging them to pass a motion against going to war on Iraq. For details, and a sample motion, see www.citiesforpeace.org. Hundreds of city and towns councils are doing it, including Toronto, Vancouver, Chicago, Washington DC,  Santa Fe, and Austin Texas. For a list of US cities that have signed, see www.ips-dc.org/citiesforpeace/resolutions.htm. Many Canadian cities have signed too.

20. Write a cheque. All this campaigning costs money, and people are dipping deep into their own pockets to fund their costs. Write a cheque to a peace organization that needs it. They’ll really appreciate it, and it’ll help them to work more effectively.

MoveOn needs $$ for their huge organizing effort: www.moveon.org/support.html
United for Peace needs urgent financial help: www.unitedforpeace.org