[act-ma] Endorse the letter from Veterans for Peace, call for Dec NVDA at the White House

Maggie Zhou mzhou_us at yahoo.com
Thu Nov 4 13:42:58 PDT 2010

Veterans for Peace is seeking endorsement of their letter below, which will 
appear in Common Dreams soon.  I think you can send in your endorsements to:
Tarak Kauff <takauff at gmail.com>

----- Forwarded Message ----
From: "jlombard at nycap.rr.com" <jlombard at nycap.rr.com>
To: unac-cc at googlegroups.com
Sent: Thu, November 4, 2010 9:53:46 AM
Subject: [UNAC-CC] VFP action

Dear UNAC CC members,

Below is a letter that will be printed in Common Dreams soon about an action 
being organized by Veterans for Peace, which is one of our member groups.  It 
will be in December at the White House and will likely include some non-violent 
civil disobedience.  UNAC has been asked to endorse the action and the letter 
that will be in Common Dreams.  Please take a look at the letter and let me know 
if there is any opposition to us endorsing the action.  If there is no 
opposition by the end of today, I will tell them that UNAC endorses the action.  
I am a signer of the letter as an individual and some other members of our CC 
have also signed the letter.

Joe Lombardo

---- Tarak Kauff <takauff at gmail.com> wrote: 
> Hi Joe,
> Here's the letter that will go into Common Dreams. Below that are  
> flyers we'll use when all the endorsements are finalized. I'm hoping  
> UNAC will endorse but will wait for your OK. I would like to print the  
> flyers and bring them Saturday. Also I would invite you to help plan  
> and coordinate this action as part of a coalition of vets and non-vets  
> working together.
> Tarak
> Take A Stand For Peace
> During the Vietnam War, Martin Luther King called our government "the  
> greatest purveyor of violence in the world today." That was true then— 
> and is even more so today.
> A few years before that, in 1964 Mario Savio made his great speech at  
> Berkeley; at the end he says, "There is a time when the operation of  
> the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you  
> can't take part; you can't even passively take part, and you've got to  
> put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers,  
> upon all the apparatus, and you've got to make it stop. And you've got  
> to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that  
> unless you're free, the machine will be prevented from working at all!"
> There are children being orphaned, maimed or killed every day, in our  
> name, with our tax dollars; there are soldiers and civilians dying or  
> being maimed for life in order to generate profits for the most odious  
> imperialistic corporate war machine ever, again in our name. How long  
> are we going to let this go on? Until it is too late, until this  
> destructive machine destroys all of us and the planet to boot?
> WikiLeaks has revealed the documented horror of U.S. war-making,  
> beyond what any of us imagined. It's time veterans and others express  
> our resistance directly and powerfully by putting ourselves on the  
> line, once again—honestly, courageously and without one drop of  
> apology for doing so. It is not we who are the murderers, torturers or  
> pillagers of the earth.
> Profit and power-hungry warmongers are destroying everything we hold  
> dear and sacred.
> In the early thirties, WWI vets descended on Washington, D.C., to  
> demand their promised bonuses, it being the depths of the Depression.  
> General Douglas MacArthur and his sidekick Dwight Eisenhower  
> disregarded President Herbert Hoover's order and burned their  
> encampment down and drove the vets out of town at bayonet point.
> We are today's bonus marchers, and we've come to claim our bonus--PEACE.
> Join activist veterans marching in solidarity to the White House,  
> refusing to move, demanding the end of U.S. wars, which includes U.S.  
> support—financial and tactical—for the  Israeli war machine as well.
> If we can gather enough courageous souls, nonviolently refusing to  
> leave the White House, willing to be dragged away and arrested, we  
> will send a message that will be seen worldwide. We will carry forward  
> a flame of resistance to the war machine that will not diminish as we  
> effectively begin to place ourselves, as Mario Savio said, "upon the  
> gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus."  
> and we will make it stop.
> We believe that the power of courageous, committed people is greater  
> than that of the corporate warmongers. But we will only see our power  
> when we use it collectively, when we stand together.
> With courage, persistence, boldness and numbers, we can eventually  
> make this monstrous war machine grind to a halt, so that our children  
> and all children everywhere can grow up in a peaceful world.
> The action will take place in December, exact date to be determined.  
> If you want to join what will be the largest veteran-led civil  
> resistance to the wars in recent history, please e-mail  
>StopTheseWars at gmail.com 
>   and we'll keep you posted.
> For a world in peace,
> Nic Abramson - Veterans For Peace, Elliott Adams - Past  
> President,Veterans For Peace, Laurie Arbeiter - U.S. Boat to Gaza, Ken  
> Ashe -Veterans For Peace, Ellen Barfield-Veterans For Peace, Frida  
> Berrigan,War Resisters League, - Bruce Berry-Veterans For Peace, Leah  
> Bolger -Veterans For Peace, Elaine Brower - Anti-war Military Mom and  
> World Can't Wait, Scott Camil -Veterans For Peace, Ross Caputi -  
> Justice For Fallujah Project, Kim Carlyle -Veterans For Peace, Matthis  
> Chiroux - Iraq War Resister Veteran, Gerry Condon - Veterans For  
> Peace, Will Covert -Veterans For Peace, Dave Culver -Veterans For  
> Peace, Matt Daloisio - War Resisters League, Ellen Davidson - War  
> Resisters League, Mike Ferner - President, Veterans For Peace, Nate  
> Goldshlag -Veterans For Peace, Clare Hanrahan - War Crimes Times, Mike  
> Hearington -Veterans For Peace, Tarak Kauff -Veterans For Peace, Kathy  
> Kelley - Voices For Creative Nonviolence, Sandy Kelson -Veterans For  
> Peace, Joel Kovel -Veterans For Peace, Erik Lobo -Veterans For Peace,  
> Joe Lombardo - United National Antiwar Committee,Ken Mayers -Veterans  
> For Peace, Fred Nagel -Veterans For Peace, Bill Perry - Vietnam  
> Veterans Against The War, Vito Piccininno - Veternas For Peace, Mike  
> Prysner - co-founder, March Forward, Ward Reilly -Veterans For Peace,  
> David Swanson - author, Debra Sweet - National Director, World Can't  
> Wait, Mike Tork -Veterans For Peace, Hart Viges - Iraq Veterans  
> Against the War, Jay Wenk -Veterans For Peace, Linda Wiener - Veterans  
> For Peace, Diane Wilson -Veterans For Peace, Col. Ann Wright -  
> Veterans For Peace, Doug Zachary - Veterans For Peace

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