Oct. 5: National Anti-War Protest & Civil Resistance at The Whitehouse

National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance, Sept. 4, 2009

There is an article on Common Dreams that says the White House is worried about pressure from left-wing liberals to end the war in Afghanistan. The administration knows they are in trouble. They know that with record numbers of deaths in Afghanistan there will be a call to bring the troops home.

We have a great opportunity on October 5 to show the Obama administration that they better be scared because the people are not behind them in the illegal war of aggression in Afghanistan, and the people are demanding an end to this immoral war and occupation. The week of October 5 begins the 9th year of the US waging terror on an innocent civilian population. It is time to stop.

This week we learned that peace mom Cindy Sheehan has signed up to be with us at the White House. Won't you join us, as well?

NCNR and many other peace groups are joining together to raise our voices against the imperialistic policies of our government in actions of nonviolent civil resistance at the White House on October 5. We are expecting a few hundred people there willing to risk arrest, but we need to raise that expectation to 300-400. Now is the time for those of us who have been thinking about doing more to take that next step in resistance against government policies that have caused such suffering and death for so many innocent people.

There will be a planning meeting on Oct. 4 at the Festival Center at 1640 Columbia Rd. NW where we will discuss final plans. At this meeting, we will share what the different affinity groups will be doing and people will have a chance to join in with the various affinity groups or to organize their own group.

On Oct. 5 we will gather in McPherson Square at 10:00 am where Liz McAlister will speak to the crowd. We will form a solemn and mournful procession to the White House as we reflect on the suffering and death of so many innocent people. Once at the White House we will engage in an action of nonviolent civil resistance in the spirit and discipline of Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Dorothy Day and others.

We, the people, have the power to bring change, and we will not give up, we will not be deterred. Please join us on Oct. 5. Please and register for the action by clicking on the link to the online form. Please share this information widely.

In peace and resistance,
Joy First
Co-Convener, National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance

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