8.12.2006

declare peace

I've been getting lots of email from the peace movement lately. As increasing numbers of Americans wake up to reality and turn against the war in Iraq, the movement has been reaching out, and heating up.

United for Peace and Justice lists a full calendar of events, under the banner "We Declare Peace". See what's happening in your area. US readers, if you haven't signed the Voter Peace Pledge, it's not too late.

As always, I urge you to support Lt. Ehren Watada, the first US officer to refuse deployment to Iraq. Watada's pre-trial hearing is August 17; August 16 is a National Day of Education, asking the question "Is the US war and occupation of Iraq illegal?"

Watada is not alone: see Courage To Resist for more courageous peace stories.

The movie "Sir! No Sir!" - the largely untold story of the GI movement to end the Vietnam War - is now available on DVD. If you purchase it through UPJ, the distributors will make a small donation to the peace movement. (But - maddeningly and typically - I can't find a link through which to do that! The UPJ email link goes directly to the Sir! No Sir! website. If I find something, I'll update this.) Iraq Veterans Against the War will buy a DVD for anyone who has served in the military since September 11, 2001.

On the political front, the defeat of hard-core hawk Joe Lieberman in the Connecticut Democratic Primary is encouraging. As my email buddy Kevin Baker recently wrote me:
Ralph Reed, down in flames; Tom DeLay, gone; Bob Ney, gone; and now Joe Lieberman, upset in Connecticut. I know, I know...it’s all still a long way from bringing back a politics of worth, but the earth is beginning to quake beneath those bastards at last! November could be very interesting.
As Baker notes, I find it hard to celebrate - Hooray! It's Not As Bad As It Could Be! - but these are clearly good signs.

5 comments:

James said...

My mother rents out a room in her house to UWO music students (singers, generally) so she'll have someone to take care of the dog when she's travelling.

Her current student is an AWOL US National Guardsman. Several months back he was told his group was being shipped to Iraq and they had 24 hours leave. He packed all the stuff he had with him into a backpack and got on the next bus north, not stopping until he reached Canada, leaving his wife behind. She refuses to join him.

Now, he's trying to start over in Canada.

Laura, you might be interested in talking to him. If you are, let me know.

L-girl said...

I'd love to write about him, although he might not want the publicity.

James, you could give him my email address, then if he wanted to contact me, he could, leaving it up to him.

James said...

I'll relay your address to my mother, who can talk to him.

By the way, my mother is a huge baseball fan. Her father used make the pastor cut his sermons short so they could get down to Toronto in time to see the Maple Leafs play on Sundays. When I told her about you guys, she demanded to know why we hadn't bought her a copy of Allan's book yet. ;)

L-girl said...

Her father used make the pastor cut his sermons short so they could get down to Toronto in time to see the Maple Leafs play on Sundays.

A good woman. :)

Was her mother your grandmother who was a huge Blue Jays fan, or do you come from baseball fan stock on both sides?

When I told her about you guys, she demanded to know why we hadn't bought her a copy of Allan's book yet. ;)

Ahem. And what did you tell her? :)

James said...

Was her mother your grandmother who was a huge Blue Jays fan, or do you come from baseball fan stock on both sides?

It was that grandmother. No baseball fans on the Mennonite side that far back.

Ahem. And what did you tell her? :)

That we weren't that organized.