“Como un ciudadano norteamericano con una ascendencia en este continente que antecede la Guerra Revolucionario, yo quiero registrar mi plena oposición a cualquier tipo de ataque preventivo contra Irak o cualquier otra nación soberana.” Este fue el mensaje que Bob Vance de Petoskey, Michigan, dio al llamar sus senadores en la Marcha Virtual a Washington el 26 de febrero.
NEW YORK – This year’s Rock the Vote Awards couldn’t have been more timely. With a stated goal of “protecting freedom of expression and empowering young people to change their world,” the group used this star-studded evening Feb. 22 to speak out against censorship and war.
National religious leaders are bringing a strong message against war on Iraq to their congregations across the country. “We are taking our message to ‘middle church’ – middle America at church,” the Rev. Robert Edgar, National Council of Churches (NCC) general secretary, told the World.
Continuing the coverage from last week, here are more reports from Feb. 15 and other peace actions throughout the U.S.
NEW YORK – Under the slogan “Books not bombs,” thousands of students at hundreds of campuses across the country are planning a one-day strike on March 5 to demand better funding for public education and an end to the Bush administration’s drive for war in Iraq. The strike is shaping up to be the biggest student action since the Vietnam War.
EDGEWOOD, Md. – A delegation, which included several members of European parliaments, were turned away here Feb. 23 when they attempted to inspect one of the Pentagon’s most notorious chemical and biological weapons (CBW) plants. The facility violates a U.S.-Soviet treaty banning the development or stockpiling of CBW, otherwise known as weapons of mass destruction (WMD).
“As an American citizen with ancestry on this continent that precedes the Revolutionary War I want to register my complete opposition to any kind of preemptive attack on Iraq or any other sovereign nation.” This is the message Bob Vance of Petoskey, Mich., phoned in to his senators in the Feb. 26 Virtual March on Washington.
LOS ANGELES – Joining millions around the world on Feb. 15 over 100,000 marched and rallied here against President Bush’s war against Iraq.
Last year, President Bush’s chief economic adviser at the time, Lawrence B. Lindsey, estimated that it would cost $100 billion to $200 billion to wage war against Iraq. Lindsey was subsequently sacked by President Bush because Bush’s official line is that this will be a cheap war costing “only” $60 billion. Lindsey’s estimates were more realistic, much higher, and therefore totally unacceptable.
Despite meager resources and an administration-inspired campaign to challenge their patriotism, despite snow in the east, rain in the south and west and cold that rattled the fillings in one’s teeth, Americans in at least 150 cities in all 50 states summoned their creativity and democratic common sense to demonstrate their demand for no war with Iraq.