Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Remember their sacrifice...Prepare to make one of your own -

2000 dead young Americans. They had many reasons for going to war and many different life and family experiences. Maybe they died in different ways--some may have went down fighting, some when they least expected it, and others perhaps by friendly fire. But they all died in a war that was unnecessary and illegitimate.

Their sacrifice is not diminished by the illegitimacy of this war. They paid the ultimate price, and their sacrifice should be honored. Please join us tomorrow at 5:00 pm, at the Kluczynski Federal Building Plaza, Dearborn Street between Jackson and Adams, downtown Chicago as we gather to honor their sacrifice.

But it is not enough to simply remember their sacrifice. We must ask ourselves what our sacrifice will be. How far are we willing to go to end this illegitimate war--to end the lies and distortions? Are we willing to mobilize in protest so that our discontent can be heard in Washington D.C. and throughout our country? To be heard by our so-called leaders who refuse to lead us in the direction we have been asking them to. To be heard by weary citizens who no longer feel that they have a voice in our government.

The call to rise in protest pales in comparison to the sacrifice that these young men and women have made. But in order to fully honor their sacrifice, we cannot just sit around and wait. We must find our voice and let it be heard. Join us in mobilizing on November 2nd. The World Can't Wait - Drive out the Bush Regime.

Monday, October 24, 2005

Now is the Time to be "Peacefully Radical" !

Our country is on the verge of losing our 2000th young life in a murderous and illegitimate war. We are outraged that our government brought us into this war based on lies, playing on the fears of good intentioned people who were shocked and afraid after 9/11.

What is more outrageous is how people of good conscience who have opposed this war from the beginning, and those that have come to recognize its illegitimacy have been targeted as unpatriotic. These people should be celebrated for their patriotism, strength and courage for speaking to the truth!

Among these is Cindy Sheehan. I am inspired by her courage as are many others. In a call to protest when the day comes, Cindy Sheehan wrote: "On the day of the 2000th, I will be in DC. I will go to the White House. Our house. I will sit on the sidewalk again and demand that the war criminals who live and work in there bring our troops home. I suggest, instead of candlelight vigils and singing 'Give Peace a Chance,' every person who cares about ending the immorality of the occupation of Iraq take signs and their presence to their Congressional offices near them and demand that each and every Congress person do everything in his/her power to bring our precious lifeblood home from the nightmare. It is time to get peacefully radical.What number are you comfortable with? One was too much for me."

Here is what we can do in our own area:

Day of the 2000th Death

CHICAGO, First day after 2,000 deaths announced: 5:00 pm, Kluczynski Federal Building Plaza, Dearborn between Jackson and Adams, downtown Chicago: There will be a display of the 2,000 names, ages and home states of U.S. military personnel killed in Iraq each with a photo of a pair of combat boots. Sponsored by American Friends Service Committee For Info, contact Mary Zerkel at 312-427-2533 or praxisafsc@igc.org

MOBILIZE! November 2nd (Wed.) - World Can't Wait->Drive out the Bush Regime

On the first anniversary of Bush's "re-election,” participate in a massive day of resistance. Walk out of school, take off work, join with a diverse crowd of fed-up folks, and call on many more to join us in the beginning of the end of the Bush regime.

Chicago Rally, 12 noon, Federal Plaza, Dearborn & Adams
Oak Park Rally, 5 pm, Scoville Park, Lake St. & Oak Park Ave.

For more information, contact chicago@worldcantwait.org or call 773-412-8318

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Call to Action from South Loop Can't Wait:

Are you are deeply disturbed and outraged by the actions of the Bush Regime? We are!
  • We are outraged that our government is waging a murderous and utterly illegitimate war in Iraq.
  • We are outraged that our government is openly torturing people and justifying it.
  • We are shocked that our government is putting people in jail on the merest suspicion, refusing them lawyers and holding them indefinitely or deporting them
  • We are fearful that our government is moving each day closer to a theocracy, where a narrow and hateful brand of Christian fundamentalism will rule and constitutional law will be replaced with biblical law.
  • We feel it is morally wrong when our government suppresses science that doesn't fit it religious, political and economic agenda, forcing present and future generations to pay a terrible price.
  • We feel invaded when our government denies us reproductive rights, through their repeated attacks on a woman's right to birth control and abortion here and all over the world.
  • We are ashamed that our government enforces a culture greed, bigotry, intolerance and ignorance
  • We feel that we must act now to implement real change; the future is in the balance

We are not alone. Millions and Millions are also deeply disturbed and outraged and are seeking a vehicle to express this outrage. Millions poured their heart and sole into the last election hoping to elect a Democrat, only to be disappointed by Democratic leadership who fail to take a strong stand on any of the issues that concern them.

We cannot just sit and wait until 2008! We cannot wait for a leader to step forward. The people must lead the leaders. We must let our agenda be known. We must mobilize and resist the actions of this administration. If we do not, then we will have to learn, or worse, be forced, to accept it. We must take responsibility to stop it.

We are residents of the South Loop who want to organize to drive out the Bush Regime. To join us, sent your contact information to SouthLoopCantWait@yahoo.com.