When your child asks, in 10 years, “What did you do end the war in Iraq, Daddy? (Mommy?), what are you going to say?
“Well, we worked really hard at it for years. We marched, and wrote letters, and held vigils, and called up Congress, and did a lot of other stuff — oh, and a lot of meetings, too.
“So did you keep it up until you made them end the war?”
“Well, not exactly. See, we worked to elect this guy who was running for president and said he would end the war if he got elected. And he won.
“So he ended the war and then you could quit protesting?”
“Something like that. More like we quit protesting and hoped he would end the war.”
“Did it end?”
“Yes, but not right away. It took a few years. Quite a few, actually.”
“Do you think maybe you quit too soon?”
“It’s getting pretty late. How about a bedtime story?”
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Friday, Feb. 20, is Iraq Moratorium #18.
It is not the time to opt out of the effort to end the war and occupation of Iraq. It is a time to turn up the heat, or, at a minimum, to keep things simmering. Do something, large or small, to show you want US troops home.
And, whatever you’re planning, please list it here.
Members of Congress are going to be home next week for a recess. It’s a great chance to tell them face-to-face that we want our troops home. And talk to them about spending priorities, using the billions we are wasting in Iraq to do something constructive.
From United for Peace and Justice, the nation’s biggest antiwar coalition:
The time is now to mount a campaign to cut the military budget by ending the war and occupation of Iraq and redirect the spending of our national budget.This is also an opportunity for the antiwar movement to work with economic and social justice groups in organizing joint delegations.
Don’t go to their offices alone! Join with labor and community groups to make the first recess of the new Congress the beginning of a surge to compel them to end the war, cut the military budget and fund human needs.
If your Congressional representatives refuse to meet, or opposes the need for urgent emergency government action to respond to the economic crisis or bringing all the troops home: picket or vigil outside their office and call the press!
The opening of the debates on priorities for the next Federal Budget will follow this Congressional recess. We need to make our priorities clear! Ending the wars and occupations in Iraq and Afghanistan are the first steps to making larger cuts in the military budget and change the priorities of Federal spending.
That’s just one idea. There are hundreds of things you can do to observe the Iraq Moratorium. Need ideas? Visit the website: IraqMoratorium.com.
What are you and me gonna do to end the war, Daddy and Mommy?