A vigilant press is necessary to a vibrant democracy; at the moment, we have neither. When the "Voice of the Northwest" (The Oregonian) fails us, it is time to speak for ourselves. Martha Odom of the Surge Protection Brigade says, "On the fourth anniversary of the Bush costume propaganda piece proclaiming 'Mission Accomplished,' we cannot ignore the media's complicity in the Iraq quagmire. The lives of countless thousands, both military and civilian, have been sacrificed. Their blood is on the hands of all who do not oppose this war, and especially on the hands of those who help promote it."
The Surge Protection Brigade organizes regular nonviolent protest actions in the area. Some include opportunities for civil disobedience; all are peaceful and designed to promote dialogue about war and violence. The Brigade is committed to escalating nonviolent civil resistance if our elected officials are not responsive to the majority of American voters who want the Iraq occupation to end.