As we close the year 2005, with war still raging in Iraq and lies still emanating from the White House, let's send out some positive vibes for the new year. In the spirit of planting our own "field of dreams"…
Imagine if, in 2006:
Every citizen against the war decides to attend a peace vigil.
Every mother shows up at a recruiter's office and says, "NOT MY CHILD!"
Every father is brave enough to tell his son "Killing is NOT manly."
Every teacher teaches conflict resolution to her students.
Every Christian demands that our government practice the Commandment: THOU SHALL NOT KILL.
Every anti-war voter refuses to give money, support or votes to pro-war candidates.
Every student who considers joining the military to pay rising college costs instead joins with other students to demand affordable education.
Every soldier who has doubts about the mission in Iraq refuses to fight.
Every congressperson walks, cycles or takes public transportation to work.
Every American buying a new car chooses a hybrid or biodiesel.
Every family member of a fallen soldier joins Cindy Sheehan in saying "Honor our sacrifices; stop the killing."
Every living veteran, those who best know the agony of war, converges on Washington to demand a Department of Peace.
Every woman who wants to see a more peaceful world connects with like-minded women of all ages, races, religions and nationalities to demand an end to war. *
Every citizen who feels lied to about the reasons for invading Iraq demands that George Bush be impeached.
Maybe, together, we could end the occupation of Iraq in the new year and make it harder for future leaders to drag us into unjust wars. When we sow seeds of peace, a whole field of dreams can blossom.

In January, CODEPINK, with 200 prominent women from around the world, will launch a new and exciting "Women Say No to War" campaign. For a preview and to sign the Urgent Call for Peace, see www.womensaynotowar.org.

Spread the word!


Lily said...

Code Pink ladies are awesome. Have you ever heard Medea Benjamin speak?

Bitch said...

No RM BUT on my list of things VIP!


Jade said...

Who are we really? Americans grow up being told a lot of crap about who we are as a nation and as a people. I have loved our country more than I can say, but now I just feel shame. In 1991 I went to Europe for the first time. What a revelation! I learned that we are not as great as we think we are. We have lousy systems of healthcare, education,and social services. Our citizens are, by in large, ignorant, uninformed and unwilling to learn. Many, if not most of us, are greedy, stingy, lazy and bellicose.

If America is not at war, it is working to get into one. We worship the Flag and pledge allegiance to it. What is a Flag? Nothing much more than a battle banner. The only oath we should take is the one our soldiers take, that is to protect our Constitution. Not the flag, not the government, just the Constitution.

Our anthem is a battle hymn, to the flag, not the nation. Would not "America the Beautiful" be more appropriate.

In Europe, we could argue about politcs without anger. The same with religion. Or anything else, for that matter. Students are taught critical thinking.

It is so sad to feel this way about the country I was born, and live in. I love the promise it once had, but not its present reality.

All of us who have an ounce of sense need to do all we peacefully can to bring down this current administration and most of congress.

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