(From the Press Packet)|
This civilian resistance is part of an international, popular effort against a war in Iraq. People have been blocking trains transporting US military equipment in Italy and the Netherlands, disabling US military planes in Ireland on their way to the Middle East, and blockading the doors of military recruting stations in San Francisco. "If the US government will not listen as the world boldly declares 'NO WAR IN IRAQ', we as citizens must engage in civil resistance to prevent this illegal, unjust and unnecessary war," said participant Tamara Wallace.
"Why are we spending billions of dollars on a war in Iraq when people at home in Oregon are suffering from under-funded schools and social services?" said another of the blockaders, Josh Raisler Cohn.
In the press packet was information from two groups: Center for Economic and Social Rights, phone number 718-237-9145 and National Priorities Project, phone numbwer 413-584-9556, concerning the costs and consequences of war in Iraq.
Two other groups mentioned in the Press Packet were Voices in the Wilderness who listed 10 solid reasons for No War With Iraq; and Iraq Peace Pledge who, among other materials, gave a brief background of the conflict in Iraq.
Three web sites for more information:
Education For Peace in Iraq Center
Iraq Peace Team
Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq
One remarkable occured when an officer was attempting to move the crowd back to the side walk from the building. Being told that this building belonged to the people, that the government belonged to the people, he replied, "no, they don't." So much for Democracy!!
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