Compiled and written by Guy Dauncey, Victoria, BC, Canada
Ten Ways to Stop the War with Your Email
The shorter, the sweeter. Speak from the heart, in one paragraph. Speak with kindness, not anger. We want peace, not more belligerence. Individual addressing is better than CCing. BCC is better than CC.
NEW! A clear and compelling third alternative has emerged. Following an hour-long meeting of US church leaders with British Prime Minister Tony Blair, the Sojourners have outlined a 6-point plan that details a more effective way to remove Saddam Hussein from power without killing innocent people. Read the plan, and e-mail it to President Bush, Prime Minister Blair, and U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan: www.sojo.net/action
1. * Sign the Move-On Citizens Declaration to continue to seek peace through international cooperation. See www.moveon.org/declaration
* Send an email to Spain's president, President Jose Maria Aznar Lopez, urging him to stop lining up behind George Bush: email@example.com.
* Send an email to the French Ambassador at the UN, thanking them for upholding their commitment to veto the US proposal to go to war on Iraq: firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Send an email to Jean Chretien, Canada’s Prime Minister, thanking him for supporting the call for the UN to solve the Iraq problem, and not the US alone: email@example.com
* Send an email to President Jacques Chirac of France, thanking the French for their global leadership for a peaceful solution: www.elysee.fr/ecrire/index.htm
* Send an email to Gerhard Schroeder, Chancellor of Germany: firstname.lastname@example.org thanking him for not lining up behind George Bush.
2. Send 400 emails all at once to UN members, the US government and the Canadian government: email@example.com. This service has been set up by the good folks at McMaster University Science for Peace. For Germany at the UN, fill in the form at: www.germany-info.org/UN/contact.html
3. Send an email to Britain at the UN, urging Tony Blair to stop the war, and to work instead with France and Germany to make Saddam destroy his weapons of mass destruction: firstname.lastname@example.org
4. Send an email to George and Laura Bush at The White House: email@example.com Urge them to come to their senses. Send the same email to Colin Powell, Secretary of State, at http://contact-us.state.gov/ask_form_cat/ask_form_secretary.html
5. Call the Iraq desk in Ottawa 1-866-880-4378 to thank Jean Chrétien for his refusal to join Bush's war. Tell them you are proud to be Canadian as a result of the PM's firm stand. They will faithfully take your comments and convey them to Chrétien's office.
6. Send an email to every member of Canada’s Parliament, urging them to help the UN find a peaceful way to disarm Saddam Hussein, and not to support the US war.If you want to email just a few, send your email to Jean Chretien: firstname.lastname@example.org, with a cc to John Manley Manley.J@parl.gc.ca, John McCallum McCallum.J@parl.gc.ca, and Bill Graham Graham.B@parl.gc.ca. To email every Canadian MP at the same time, see www.earthfuture.com/CanadianMPs
7. Vote to impeach George Bush. This is a proposal from former Attorney General Ramsey Clark. The votes submitted will be delivered to the House Judiciary Committee and the leadership from both parties on the committee. See www.votetoimpeach.org
8. Sign an online petition against the war. There are many good online petitions and pledges that are properly designed. Try these sites for a valid petition:
The Iraq Peace Pledge: www.peacepledge.org
Campaign for Peace and Democracy statement of opposition to war against Iraq, outlining an alternative, democratic U.S. foreign policy: www.cpdweb.org
To President Bush and Congress: www.moveon.org/nowar
Time to Move beyond War Petition: www.PetitionOnline.com/iraq123
To President Bush and Congress: www.PetitionOnline.com/iraq/petition.html
To Jean Chretien, Canada’s Prime Minister: www.ploughshares.ca
To Tony Blair (for British residents): www.PetitionOnline.com/cndstwc/petition.html
To Tony Blair: www.oxfam.org.uk/iraqactnow
To the US Congress: www.votenowar.org
Women United for Peace Petition, to George Bush and Congress: www.petitiononline.com/waw2002/petition.html
One Voice for Peace Petition (Australia): www.onevoiceforpeace.org
Amnesty International Petition: www.amnesty.org/go/iraq
Ignore any petition that asks you to add your name and send it off when it reaches 50, or 500. This kind of petition is useless – dump it as soon as it arrives.
9. Send an email to the Pope, urging him to go in person to Iraq to be a presence for peace: email@example.com. I believe the correct way to address him is "Your Holiness". The amazing Dr Helen Caldicott has written a very moving letter asking him to go, which you can see at www.rense.com/general35/topope.htm. Nelson Mandela said he would go to Iraq if invited. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org
10. Send an email to all your friends, telling them about 101 Ways to Stop the War on Iraq. www.earthfuture.com/stopthewar
Not a Solution, but who can resist? Amuse your friends by offering them these artistic contributions to peace: