For Immediate Release
US War Veterans, Civilian War Opponents to Demand ‘Peace on Earth’ at White House
Vets Urge American Public to Join in ‘Civil Resistance’ Dec. 16
the Vietnam War, Martin Luther King called our government "the greatest
purveyor of violence in the world today." True then-and even more so
few years before that, in 1964 Mario Savio made his great speech at
Berkeley; at the end he says, "There is a time when the operation of the
machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can't
take part; you can't even passively take part, and you've got to put
your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon
all the apparatus, and you've got to make it stop. And you've got to
indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless
you're free, the machine will be prevented from working at all!"
are children being orphaned, maimed or killed every day, in our name,
with our tax dollars; there are soldiers and civilians dying or being
maimed for life, in order to generate profits for the most odious
imperialistic corporate war machine ever, again in our name. How long are we going to let this go on? Until it is too late, until this destructive machine destroys all of us and the planet to boot?
has revealed the documented horror of U.S. war-making, beyond what any
of us imagined. It's time veterans and others express our resistance
directly and powerfully by putting ourselves on the line, once
again-honestly, courageously and without one drop of apology for doing
so. It is not we who are the murderers, torturers or pillagers of the
Profit and power-hungry warmongers are destroying everything we hold dear and sacred.
the early thirties, WW1 vets descended on Washington, D.C., to demand
their promised bonuses, it being the depths of the Depression. General
Douglas MacArthur and his sidekick Dwight Eisenhower disregarded
President Herbert Hoover's order and burned their encampment down and
drove the vets out of town at bayonet point.
We are today's bonus marchers, and we've coming to claim our bonus-PEACE.
activist veterans marching in solidarity to the White House, refusing
to move, demanding the end of U.S. wars, which includes U.S.
support-financial and tactical-for the Israeli war machine as well.
we can gather enough courageous souls, nonviolently refusing to leave
the White House, willing to be dragged away and arrested if necessary,
we will send a message that will be seen worldwide. "End these wars -
now!" We will carry forward a flame of resistance to the war machine
that will not diminish as we effectively begin to place ourselves, as
Mario Savio said, "upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers,
upon all the apparatus." and we will make it stop.
believe that the power of courageous, committed people is greater than
that of corporate warmongers. But we will only see our power when we use
it collectively, when we stand together.
courage, persistence, boldness and numbers, we can eventually make this
monstrous war machine grind to a halt, so that our children and all
children everywhere can grow up in a peaceful world.
Join us at the White House on December 16th!
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Stop These Wars is Nic Abramson, Veterans For Peace; Elliott Adams, Past President, Veterans For Peace; Laurie Arbeiter, Activist Response Team; Ken Ashe, Veterans For Peace; Ellen Barfield, Veterans For Peace; Brian Becker, National Coordinator, ANSWER Coalition; Medea Benjamin, Co-Founder, CODEPINK for Peace; Frida Berrigan, War Resisters League; Bruce Berry, Veterans For Peace; Leah Bolger, Veterans For Peace; Elaine Brower, Anti-war Military Mom and World Can’t Wait; Scott Camil, Veterans For Peace; Ross Caputi, Justice For Fallujah Project; Kim Carlyle, Veterans For Peace; Armen Chakerian, Coalition to Stop the $30 Billion to Israel; Matthis Chiroux, Iraq War Resister Veteran; Gerry Condon, Veterans For Peace; Will Covert, Veterans For Peace; Dave Culver, Veterans For Peace; Matt Daloisio, Witness Against Torture; Ellen Davidson, War Resisters League; Mike Ferner, President, Veterans For Peace; Nate Goldshlag, Veterans For Peace; Clare Hanrahan, War Crimes Times; Mike Hearington, Veterans For Peace; Mark Johnson, Executive Director. Fellowship of Reconciliation; Tarak Kauff, Veterans For Peace; Kathy Kelly, Voices For Creative Nonviolence; Sandy Kelson, Veterans For Peace; Joel Kovel, Veterans For Peace; Erik Lobo, Veterans For Peace; Joe Lombardo, United National Antiwar Committee; Ken Mayers, Veterans For Peace; Nancy Munger, Co-President, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom; Fred Nagel, Veterans For Peace; Pat O’Brien, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom; Bill Perry, Vietnam Veterans Against the War; Vito Piccininno, Veterans For Peace; Mike Prysner, Co-Founder, March Forward; Ward Reilly, Veterans For Peace; Laura Roskos, Co-President, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom; Cindy Sheehan, Founder, Peace of the Action; David Swanson, author; Debra Sweet, National Director, World Can’t Wait; Mike Tork, Veterans For Peace; Hart Viges, Iraq Veterans Against the War; Father Louie Vitale, SOA Watch; Jay Wenk, Veterans For Peace; Linda Wiener, Veterans For Peace; Diane Wilson, Veterans For Peace; Col. Ann Wright, Veterans For Peace; Doug Zachary, Veterans For Peace