Thursday, July 19, 2007

Iraq Moratorium Day: September 21, 2007

“Anyone who thinks they are too small to make a difference has never been in bed with a mosquito.” Mahatma Gandhi

If you were to ask my children, they would tell you that when I get to the point of stone-cold deliberative, when I stop ranting and get quiet...that is when to get scared.

I am at that point with the occupation of Iraq.

I am saying “When.”

The Vietnam War ended after ordinary people – nurses, secretaries, teachers, bankers, housewives, lawyers, factory workers, men and women, all colors and all creeds, from all walks of life, peacefully and calmly assembled to display their conviction that their government was not acting in the best interest of the American people, and that the war had to be stopped; by assembling on a monthly basis to make their displeasure known.

Recalling that part of history, and toward that end, I have committed to spending the afternoon of September 21, and every third Friday of every month thereafter to protest the ongoing occupation of Iraq and demand a withdrawal of American forces from combat operations in that country.

You can find more information about the Iraq Moratorium at and find out about activities in your area.

If you don’t find a group or an event near you, you can still take part.

  • Use that time to write a letter to the editor of your local paper.
  • Send an email to your representatives in the legislature.
  • Call the White House switchboard.
  • Call the House and Senate switchboards.
  • Take part in an online discussion.
  • Contact your state legislators and demand that they take up the issues that affect your state. (When the Guard is deployed they are not here to fight wildfires and clean up after tornados or sandbag levees during floods.)

Enough. They don’t want to listen, so we have to make ourselves heard.

We raise our voices in unison on September 21.

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