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National Days of Action Against US Militarism

February 28, 2010

A new group called Peace of the Action is calling for national days of action against US militarism starting on March 13th in Washington, DC.

Peace of the Action will be setting up a tent city on the grounds of the Washington Monument and will use that as a base in order to engage in a series of Direct Action beginning on March 22.

“We are not calling for this commitment for a day, a week, or a month. We are not even interested in making symbolic gestures. We are calling for this commitment until our demands of: All troops and para-military mercenaries, are ordered out of Iraq and Afghanistan, the drone bombings in the tribal regions of Af-Pak are discontinued and we get about the business of healing, reconciliation and REPARATIONS.”

One of the organizers, Cindy Sheehan states: The anti-war, peace movement must step our efforts up and take it to the next level of severe militant resistance. Not only is this country borrowing or printing billions of dollars each month for the military; almost one out of four of us do not have a job, or are grossly underemployed; millions of us have or will lose our homes due to foreclosure or eviction; and 1/6 of us don’t have health insurance. The police state is getting out of control and if we don’t intensely exercise our rights immediately, we will lose them.

To that end, we are organizing the most ambitious anti-war, peace event ever. We are planning what we are calling, Camp OUT NOW, which will be the largest, most aggressive and sustained action ever done in DC. We are calling for 5000 people to commit to come to this Nation’s Capitol to participate in daily civil resistance to stop “business as usual,” because “business as usual” in this town is so corrupt and disordered.

Sheehan, once the darling of the Anti-War movement while she was camped out near the home of George W. Bush, has not had the same kind of support from national organizations since she and others have been applying the same pressure to President Obama, as has been documented by anti-war organizer John Walsh.

We certainly support these kinds of efforts, just like the anti-war action planed in Grand Rapids for March 13. Perhaps the local and national actions will inspire a much larger movement to resist the imperialist wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Check out this creative video that Peace of the Action has put together that challenges us to WAKE UP!

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