Aug. 28th Vigil in Front Of Old Capitol

Submitted by Carol on August 21, 2007 - 9:58pm.

National Take A Stand Day -- Come join Florida For Peace, MoveOn.org, Tallahassee Network for Justice and Peace, Code Pink, Veterans For Peace, Vietnam Veterans Against The War, Tallahassee Now, Military Families Speak Out, True Majority, United for Peace and Justice, USAction, Working Assets and Americans Against Escalation in Iraq. Go to http://political.moveon.org/event/septembervigil/40436 to sign up.

Please come join us on August 28th at 7:00 pm in front of the old Capitol Building at the corner of Apalachee Parkway and Monroe Street. We will be holding a candlelight vigil to let our congressmen know "Enough is enough".

When most members of Congress get back to DC this September, what do you think they're going to remember about their August vacation? That day out on the fairway with the oil and gas lobbyists? The fat check they got from that big developer? The 100th baby they kissed?...

Our job is to make sure they remember one thing: their constituents are counting on them to end the war, and if they fail, they're in trouble.

Here's why it's so important: This September, the White House is going to issue its long-awaited report on whether the "surge" is working. Then Congress will vote on war policy for the next year. The escalation hasn't worked and this could be our best chance yet to turn the tide. We need to make sure our representatives head back to Washington with our demands for a speedy withdrawal ringing in their ears.

That's why dozens of organizations have dubbed August 28th National Take A Stand Day. If you want this war to end, please come join us. All groups are welcome.

After the White House issues its report on the escalation in September, Congress will be faced with a serious decision: will they let the president continue his reckless policy in Iraq or will they stand up and force him to bring our troops home? The answer could be up to us.

The White House will try to use the September report to convince Congress that their escalation worked and they'll try to drag out the war. If they don't feel the heat from us now, Congress could side with the White House in September—meaning we could be in Iraq for another 10 years.

Now we have to show up in force to send Congress back to D.C. with a message they cannot ignore: Redeploy our troops out of the quagmire in Iraq NOW.

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peaceful civil demonstrations

Submitted by Dosomething on August 22, 2007 - 1:43pm.

Howard Zinn wrote a terrific book titled "The Power Governments Cannot Suppress" available at amazon.com and other places. One basic premise is that organized demonstrations by large groups of people is the power governments cannot suppress. He says that these demonstrations have more impact and are of more importance than, are you ready for this, it caught me by surprise...more important than who is elected president or even who is appointed to the Supreme Court. He cites movements such as the environmental movement the Civil Rights movement and the anti-war movement during the Vietnam era as examples. This observation should give us hope.

These examples hold true insofar as we had the same Constitution before and after all these movements but the laws were changed and people's behaviors were changed.
I just wanted to encourage people to come out and demonstrate because it really will make a difference. It will be my first demonstration and I am looking forward to it.

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Be there or be square!

Submitted by Anonymous on August 26, 2007 - 1:47am.

Be there or be square!

Time to put the pressure on Congress.

Thanks for all the support!

Submitted by Carol on August 26, 2007 - 5:04pm.

Thanks for all the support on this effort from everyone and all the groups. Spread the word to everyone on your email list and groups you belong to. The media will be notified. I am even going to send this announcement to Rep. Boyd, Senator Nelson and Senator Martinez with a demand for a backbone regarding this issue and a request they attend and answer questions. I hold out very little hope for any response. We will see!!

Carol

"I believe a place and a people are judged
not just by their accomplishments, but also
by their compassion and sense of justice."
~Bruce Springsteen

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