"We have allowed nonviolent resistance to atrophy into feel-good political theater, which at its most successful is a photo opportunity for the media, and at its least successful is simply ignored. We need to look up and discuss strategies of resistance, wage real battles and inflict real damage. We must remember that Ghandi's salt march was not just fine political theater. It was a strike at the economic underpinnings of the British Empire."
Arundhati Roy, 2005
March 20th begins the first one-day-a-month boycott of "all things oil". George Bush is right, we're addicted. Everything we buy is coated in oil. We are literally fueling the war and all of the other U.S. atrocities with our contributions to the economy.
A boycott on oil necessarily means a boycott on consumption, a boycott of the American Way of Life. But for the first month, we will start with driving as a focus. It's a given that you will not drive, be in a car or buy gas on the 20th. What else can you do to participate? Here are some of our ideas or thoughts, but of course feel free to act on your own ideas.
Picket gas stations
Help provide alternative transport
Help roads be less drivable
Get your entire "group" to participate
This method of resistance will be most effective (not to mention more difficult for authorities to combat) if implemented by many small autonomous groups. We would also like to encourage all the larger anti-war, environmental groups like NION and the Green Party to get involved, as it supports their goals quite nicely.
We can no longer hope that our government will act in responsible ways. We must do something tangible in order to stop our war on the world. If you are seen in a car or buying gas on the 20th, we will know that you support the war in Iraq are unconcerned about environmental damage such as global warming.