[act-ma] Mar 18-21, Spring Rising in DC: SHUT IT DOWN!

pf soto pfsoto at mynas.com
Fri Mar 6 15:44:42 PST 2015

  [I can't be there, unfortunately;
i donated - i've been hoping for just such an initiative - striking at 
the root!
fwiw: I don't think Cindy is the type who will turn the microphone over 
to everyone-and-anyone who has their own special-interest gripe-group; 
this must be a unified call for ONE purpose: STOP the empire.]

  Spring Rising: An Antiwar Intervention in DC

“Spring Rising” is four days of creative resistance; theater, teach-ins; 
rallies and marches marking the anniversary of the United States’ "shock 
and awe" attack on Iraq and its invasion and occupation in a completely 
illegitimate, immoral war.  Together we will use this time to oppose the 
plans and calls for growing military intervention.

As we send this invitation to you the Congress is calling for more war. 
The President has just told us a new global “war on terror” may be 
unlimited in space and time.

  * Are you, like us, stunned and enraged by more war on the world?
  * Did you or your organization join in the protests against police
    violence and murder, because Black Lives Matter?
  * Are you with the Dreamers working for rights for all people to live
    without fear?
  * Are you one of the many who have dropped everything to protest the
    global destruction of the environment because of our dependence on
    fossil fuels which is also a reason for our wars?
  * Are you agonized over the ongoing U.S. military support for Israel,
    the recent killing of 2,000 Arab men, women, and children last
    summer in Gaza?
  * Are you furious about the killing and terrorizing of Muslims in the U.S?

Then, join us! Your participation in Spring Rising is urgently needed 
now to organize protests, participate in teach-ins and to put your art 
and performance on mass display. Together we can create the vibrant 
resistance needed to show that terrorizing the world is not in our 
interest and “not in our name.”

These days together will be vitally important for building the movement 
we need to oppose war and the violence and oppression of empire at home 
and abroad.

      Schedule of Events

  <http://www.gofundme.com/springrising>SHUT IT DOWN!

from Cindy Sheehan, using GoFundMe:

"We're close to our goal...but we still have expenses and a revolution 
to fund. Spring Rising is going to be amazing. Be there or be 
square...:)...or hook us up with a donation 


*The U.S.A. has always been a colonial/Imperial power, but, especially 
since WWII (the big one) has staked its claim to be the “World Police.”

Now, to the Empire, does being the cops of the world mean that it moves 
gently around making sure everyone is safe, prosperous, and happy? No, 
just like the local police forces in the “Homeland,” the World Police 
Force is there to protect the interests and power of the global 1%. The 
rest of us, and I mean ALL of the rest of us are collateral damage, or 
potential collateral damage to the Empire.

I have been encouraged and inspired here in the “Homeland” by the unrest 
opposing the apparent impunity with which white cops get to murder 
unarmed black men. I support these protests and tactics 100%, *but my 
question is, with the US War OF Terror raging against Arab/Muslims all 
over the Middle East and Africa, what will it take for the same kind of 
protests opposing the crimes of Empire to arise?* (A Republican 
president, I am afraid).

Are we only to be distressed about police state crimes when they occur 
here in the Homeland?

When do we descend upon the symbolic seat of Empire (Washington DC) and 
shut that town down?

When do we go in force to the home of the Empire’s Top Cop Barack Obama 
and use the same kind of principled and militant actions to demand an 
end to the wars abroad?

The previous administration has still not been held accountable for the 
millions of deaths it caused and the torture it authorized and 
committed: This dearth of accountability for the murderers and torturers 
in the US government and military trickles down to our communities.

*As people are being killed by the Empire every day, billions of dollars 
that could be used for education, housing, healthcare, and sustainable 
and clean forms of energy are being poured into these Imperial wars for 
the profit of a few and the heartache of many. * And does anyone else 
find the fact that the president appointed a “commission” to investigate 
the militarization of police a little when the federal government is 
actually the entity that has been delivering heavy military equipment to 
police forces for decades?

I have been ready to shut down the seat of Empire for years. It seems 
more imperative than ever with Congress recently almost unanimously 
giving Obama the right to wage war against Russia (Dr. Strangelove?) and 
with the killing ramping up again in the Middle East.

Forget about Democrats; forget about false nationalism; quit listening 
to the agitprop of Empire and join us for four days of radical action in 
Washington, DC…or plan actions in your own community.

Join Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox, the Soapbox People’s Network and others 
who will be converging on Washington DC from March 18th to the 21st in 
2015 to (hopefully) raise some meaningful resistance to this Empire.

    Shut it down!"

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