Spiritual Progressives: Anti-War Leaders Strategize- read conversation they

Anti-War Leaders Strategize Together–read the conversation they had
The Network of Spiritual Progressives
A Project of the Tikkun Community
An important message!
Dear James M,
If you’re like us here in the Tikkun/NSP (Network of Spiritual Progressives)
office, you are very concerned about the possibility of a new war on Iran as
well as about the upcoming funding vote for the continued occupation of
Iraq. We’re pleased to offer you this exclusive transcript of a strategy
conference call we convened last week among leaders of the antiwar movement.
Click HERE to read the transcript or go read it on the home page of
www.spiritualprogressives.org. We had some of the most interesting thinkers
in the anti-war movement involved?and you can get a good sense of where
their thinking is at.
Participants in that call include:
Mark Johnson, President, Fellowship of Reconciliation
Dan Nejfelt, Faith in Public Life
Nichola Torbett, Network of Spiritual Progressives
Dot Maver, Dept of Peace
Medea Benjamin, Code Pink
Leslie Cagan, UFPJ
Rick Ufford-Chase, Christian Peace Witness for Iraq
Michael Lerner, NSP/Tikkun
Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey (D-CA)
Congressman Jim Moran (D-VA)
Tim Carpenter, Progressive Democrats of America
Jean Stokan, Pax Christi
There are a couple of things you can do immediately to help us challenge the
war:
Make the Moratorium Visible
Many peace groups are asking people to take off from their normal activities
the 3rd Friday of each month. TIKKUN and the Network of Spiritual
Progressives urges you to add an element to that: At noon, wherever you are,
stand up in quiet attention for five minutes to protest the war in a public
and visible way. If you are driving, stop your car and stand next to it. If
you are in your office, or at a store, or at a restaurant, or eating lunch,
or exercising, or teaching, or attending classes, or walking through a park
or a university campus or a nursing facility or a hospital or courtroom or
on a subway or just by yourself, stand in quiet, mourn the deaths and the
casualties of war, mourn the government of the U.S. that is so deeply
committed to the war, mourn the failure of Congress to stop the war, and
grieve for our planet whose resources are being wasted and destroyed through
this war, mourn the hurtfulness of Iraqi factions who kill each other in
horrible ways. And stand in solidarity with those who wish to replace the
spirit of domination that shapes our foreign and domestic policies with a
strategy of generosity. Five minutes, noon, the third Friday of every month
till the war ends. Silent attention (but you can hold a sign saying what you
are standing in silence for). Spread the word about this tactic–the
anti-war movement as a whole doesn’t yet know of it, but we at the NSP are
spreading the idea.
Take the Peace Pledge
Click here (http://pdamerica.org/petition/pledge-for-peace.php) to sign a
petition asking Congress to use the power of the purse to limit any addition
funds appropriations to the protection and safe redeployment of all our
troops out of Iraq. Seventy Congresspeople have already signed an open
letter to this effect: http://pdamerica.org/articles/misc/-misc.php.
Go to: (http://capwiz.com/pdamerica/issues/alert/?alertid=&type=ML) to email
Nancy Pelosi and your Congresspeople with the same message.
Call Congress
Join the nationwide effort to flood the offices of your members of Congress
with calls demanding an end to the U.S. war in Iraq and no new war with
Iran. Let’s make it clear: Congress must stand up to the Bush war machine!
Call your representative and both of your senators at , and ask to be
connected to their offices. Tell them: I want you to act now to end the war
and occupation of Iraq and to prevent a war with Iran. The Congress has the
constitutional right and a moral responsibility to use the power of the
purse to withdraw all U.S. soldiers and contractors from Iraq on a rapid and
binding schedule.Congress must act to prevent a catastrophic war with Iran.
On Aug. 28, President Bush announced that he has authorized U.S. forces in
Iraq to confront Iran militarily — please speak out against and oppose this
policy! Find out who represents you in Congress:
http://capwiz.com/fconl/dbq/officials .
Change the Security Paradigm
We came away from the strategy conference call more convinced than ever that
we need a deeper strategy, that it will be impossible to both end this war
and prevent future wars from within the current paradigm of domination and
control. To help advance the Strategy of Generosity in Homeland Security,
take one of these steps:
http://www.spiritualprogressives.org/article.php?story=.
Many blessings,
Rabbi Michael Lerner
National Chair, NSP
Nichola Torbett
Director of National Programs
An important message!
 
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