Do you remember the Vietnam Moratorium March in ’69? Even if you don’t, you probably read about it in your history class.
I was young, but I remember the mass demonstrations demanding that we get our nation out of that morass. Now we find ourselves in another equally failed war. And a group of activists are trying to bring about another such nationwide outcry, the Iraq Moratorium project. To that end, they propose several things, to happen on Friday September 21 and every third Friday thereafter, as long as the U.S. remains mired in this disastrous war.
- Wear and distribute black ribbons and armbands
- Buy no gas on Moratorium days
- Pressure politicians and the media
- Hold vigils, pickets, rallies, and teach-ins
- Hold special religious services
- Coordinate events in music, art, and culture
- Host film showings, talks, and educational events
- Organize student actions: Teach-ins, school closings, etc.
Will these actions make a difference? Will anyone notice? Well, most certainly not if no one participates. I’ve signed their pledge. I’m willing to give this a try.
Quoted from the Iraq Moratorium site:
Over 60% of Americans want this war over—yesterday – that was clear last November. Yet here we are, seven months later and the political process is moving glacially, at best. It’s got to stop! We’ve got to stop it!
I am happy to announce that a few days ago the Iraq Moratorium project stepped onto the public stage and already the idea seems to be catching on like wildfire.
The concept is simple. On September 21 and on every subsequent Third Friday, millions of Americans will break with their daily routine to take some concrete step to demand an end to the war and the return home of the troops. This will be an escalating series of actions serving to maximize, multiply and reenergize existing activists and even more importantly give voice to the silent majority of people who want an end to our engagement in Iraq
The hallmark will be the wearing of black ribbons and armbands, in mourning for all of those who have died in this senseless adventure–Iraqis, Americans, coalition troops, and others. Beyond that, each of us can decide what steps we will take, individually or with others, on September 21. Together, acting where we live, work and study, we will create a mighty shout so loud that the media won’t be able to white it out and the politicians won’t be able to ignore it.
The Iraq Moratorium is not an organization. It was initiated by a small group of anti-war activists from very diverse backgrounds. We see it as a project that will strengthen the work of existing anti-war groups. There are no specific list of demands – each local group can shape and specify its’ own demands, we want the moratorium to serve as an umbrella for ANYone who is against the war – left, right, center or off the map!
It is a 21st century project: the reach of the Internet and the Web will help reach tens of millions with this message.
Please sign the pledge and please forward this message widely!
To learn more, to pledge to take part in the Iraq Moratorium, and to get involved, please go to the IraqMoratorium.org website.
Pass it on!
So I guess this is the start of my participation, by making you aware of the project. You’ll likely note my mood. I am a bit of a cynic. After all, it was over 3 years after the Vietnam Moratorium before the U.S. finally withdrew from that quagmire.