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ALERT: CODE PINK - to all Women of Peace

We, Women of Peace announce a Code Pink alert: signifying extreme danger to all the values of nurturing, caring, and compassion that women and loving men have held. We call on all outraged women to join us in taking a stand, now. And we call upon our brothers to join with us and support us. Withdraw consent from the warmongers. Engage in outrageous acts of dissent.
ALERT: CODE PINK - to all Women of Peace
ALERT: CODE PINK - to all Women of Peace

From the strong women of the Lane County Green Party, Medea Benjamin, Stawhawk, and other women activists.

PLEASE SEND THIS FAR AND WIDE. Code Pink: Women's Pre-Emptive Strike for Peace

We call on women around the world to rise up and oppose the war in Iraq. We call on mothers, grandmothers, sisters and daughters, on workers, students, teachers, healers, artists, writers, singers, poets, and every ordinary outraged woman willing to be outrageous for peace.

Women have been the guardians of life-not because we are better or purer or more innately nurturing than men, but because the men have busied themselves making war. Because of our responsibility to the next generation, because of our own love for our families and communities and this country that we are a part of, we understand the love of a mother in Iraq for her children, and the driving desire of that child for life.

Our leaders tell us we that we can easily afford hundreds of billions of dollars for this war. But in the United States of America, many of our elders who have worked hard all their lives now must choose whether to buy their prescription drugs, or food. Our children's education is eroded. The air they breathe and the water they drink are polluted. Vast numbers of women and children live in poverty.

If we cannot afford health care, quality education and quality of life,how can we afford to squander our resources in attacking a country that is no proven immediate threat to us? We face real threats every day: the illness or ordinary accident that could plunge us into poverty, the violence on our own streets, the corporate corruption that can result in the loss of our jobs, our pensions, and our security.

In Iraq today, a child with cancer cannot get pain relief or medication because of sanctions. Childhood diarrhea has again become a major killer. 500,000 children have already died from inadequate health care, water and food supplies due to sanctions. How many more will die if bombs fall on Baghdad, or a ground war begins?

We cannot morally consent to war while paths of peace and negotiation have not been pursued to their fullest. We who cherish children will not consent to their murder. Nor do we consent to the murder of their mothers, grandmothers, fathers, grandfathers, or to the deaths of our own sons and daughters in a war for oil.

We love our country, but we will never wrap ourselves in red, white and blue. Instead, we announce a Code Pink alert: signifying extreme danger to all the values of nurturing, caring, and compassion that women and loving men have held. We choose pink, the color of roses, the beauty that like bread is food for life, the color of the dawn of a new era when cooperation and negotiation prevail over force.

We call on all outraged women to join us in taking a stand, now. And we call upon our brothers to join with us and support us. These actions will be initiated by women, but not limited to women. Stand in the streets and marketplaces of your towns with banners and signs of dissent, and talk to your neighbors. Stand before your elected representatives: and if they will not listen, sit in their offices, refusing to leave until they do.

Withdraw consent from the warmongers. Engage in outrageous acts of dissent. We encourage all actions, from public education and free speech to nonviolent civil disobedience that can disrupt the progress toward war.

http://www.unitedforpeace.org/

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let me repeat - 'Stand in the Streets' 11.Oct.2002 14:06

peace rebel girl

>>Stand in the streets and marketplaces of your towns with banners and signs of dissent, and talk to your neighbors. Stand before your elected representatives: and if they will not listen, sit in their offices, refusing to leave until they do.

>>Withdraw consent from the warmongers. Engage in outrageous acts of dissent. We encourage all actions, from public education and free speech to nonviolent civil disobedience that can disrupt the progress toward war.

We are strong and we will stand together 11.Oct.2002 15:52

resistordie

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We are strong and we will stand together
We are strong and we will stand together

We will work and fight for peace 11.Oct.2002 16:09

resistordie

Our fight will not be with guns or biological warfare..we will resist by our shear numbers. We will not buy oil products. We will not use corporate media. we will consume the most basic things, food produced in a human non-slavery way without petrochemicals. We will share Housing. We will barter clothes and other things. Nothing new will be purchased. We will turn down or off all electricty. We STAND in the Streets! We will stand in the streets! We will march in the streets. We will lay in the streets. We will fight, by our love of the earth and the people you will know us.
We will work and fight for peace
We will work and fight for peace

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war is never morally jusitfiable 13.Oct.2002 16:17

ember

while i appreciate and agree with the intent of this call to action, i find it distressing that the women chose to say that they could not morray support a war when negotiations and non militarist tactics had not been tried.

but what if they are? what if it is to no avail? what if iraq's government will not agree to be the puppet of the united states? then is state sponsored violence morraly justifiable?

i think not. if we make our support for the war conditional: "if iraq won't let the waepons inspectors in . . . " we are not clear in our disavowal for the empire mentality of our current government.

there is no morally justifiable war, regardless of the imorallity of the players involved. war doesn't hurt them, it hurts us.