My mother tells me that, even though it is daytime, we are driving with the lights on: it's The Moratorium. She explains that everyone who is against the war in Vietnam is driving with their lights on today.
As we do our errands, my mother and I look for other lights-on cars. I feel proud and happy that my mother has her lights on, and that my father is in Washington. And although I couldn't have articulated it at the time, I feel a proud solidarity with all the other lights-on people.
That was part of the famous Vietnam Moratorium.
The Iraq Moratorium begins tomorrow.
On the third Friday of every month, Americans (and Canadians, too!) will engage in local, decentralized, personal actions against the war and occupation of Iraq.
Tomorrow, September 21st, is the first day of this growing movement.
Moratoriums are built around the most basic principles of activism. You, as an individual, can make a difference. You can use your brain, your body, your creativity, and most of all, your belief in justice, to make a statement. You can unite with others who share your beliefs, and you can all make a statement together. The statements get louder, and more frequent, and more urgent, and that is how we work for peace.
Every one of us, wherever we are, can do something to publicly say: "I am against this war. I want it to end now!"
Here are some ways you can join the Iraq Moratorium.
Do you have other Moratorium ideas? Post them here.
While you're thinking about peace, mark your calendar: October 27, massive international mobilization against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Canadians, see the Canadian Peace Alliance for details.
Iraq Moratorium, third Friday of every month. Get on board!