Archive for December, 2007

Clusterbombs are so people-friendly, they’re the new ipod

Israel rules cluster bomb use legal

U.S. Officials See Waste in Billions Sent to Pakistan

Why yes, these are our ‘friends,’ some of the few that remain. Glad to see we’ve all got the same moral slate.

A little late for the holidays, Shopdropping may not be Abbie Hoffman approved, but it can be an effective [albeit sometimes overly-subtle] way to challenge mainstream society and consumerism. Reclaim public space, reclaim stores, reclaim society…but using it for shameless self-promotion is counter-productive if you’re end goal is to one day be bought in such locations.

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December 25, 2007 at 5:37 pm Leave a comment

Another year over, a new one just begun

US warns against early Iraq pullout Only in the U.S. could it be believed that +19,000 civilian deaths [counting only those documented by the media, see www.icasualties.org] and the deaths of 900 of its own troops is somehow a sign of stability or progress. Tens of thousands of refugees are flooding back into Iraq because their visas in neighboring countries have expired, not by choice but because of lack of options or funds (note that the number of Iraqi refugees the U.S. lets in is negligible, even after a serious boost to the number earlier this year), and the U.N. says there isn’t even enough security for them to visit the refugees and see how they are; again, this is what progress and democracy look like?

Warnings on the consequences of using private and legally unaccountable security firms [militias] were totally ignored. There still is not a concrete way for the U.S. government to know how many people were being used by these firms in Iraq at any point.

And in the continued race to see how many countries can possibly bomb/destroy/occupy Iraq at one time, Turkey continues bombing Northern Iraq. No one can really explain the point of bombing evacuated villages, beyond doing it out of spite and giving people nothing to return to.

Not us. We’re not going.’ Troops in Iraq say no.

There is hope, in each of us, standing up for what we believe in, stopping what we can and creating what we want.

War is over, if you want it.

December 25, 2007 at 5:24 pm Leave a comment

Don’t stop thinking of tomorrow, don’t stop thinking of today

How do we move forward from here? Mobilize the majority of Americans against the war in Iraq to end it, now, not after the next election or the one after that?

The possibility is there, but the action and the belief are not. Why is that?

How can we better support GI Resisters, Iraq Veterans Against the War and Vets for Peace so that we can not only stop this war, but all war?

Can the Non-profit Industrial Complex overcome the Military Industrial Complex? Or have we forked over our responsibilities as citizens and a peace movement over to another institution? How do we reclaim movements and our government and change the world for the better?

Where can we exchange our apathy for action? When do we start trusting ourselves more than institutions? When do we take responsibility for that trust and act on it for ourselves and our communities?

There is no one answer, different actions work differently in every community, try something new and see what happens and who it brings to the table. Build networks and dreams, keep expanding and you keep making an impact. Give everyone a voice; trust your own.

Keep talking to the same 4 people every week? That’s not a movement, that’s a tea party. Go somewhere new, re-think your networks, connections and perspectives. Educate and activate.  Your community has unique concerns, how do economic injustice or environmental degradation relate to militarism there? Movements need a diversity of tactics, strategies and dreams to succeed; everyone has a part to play and a responsibility to act. As we build communities locally we build a much larger movement that has a greater capacity for change.

Believe. Believe that we can end this war now, not eventually, and that we won’t attack Iran or anyone else, then backtrack to how you can help make that possible. Belief is required in a movement, demilitarize yourself before you can demilitarize your world. You are your government, you are your country, realize that immense power and use it.

We can no longer believe in ‘soon,’ instead we must demand now.

December 22, 2007 at 8:07 am 1 comment


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