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March of the Dead January 6: JOIN US!


JANUARY 6th, 2009
OPENING OF THE 111th CONGRESS
WASHINGTON, D.C.

THE MARCH OF THE DEAD WILL BE THERE

WE CARRY THE NAMES OF THOSE KILLED
DURING THE ILLEGAL U.S. INVASION AND OCCUPATION
OF IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN
AND WE WILL CARRY THE NAMES FROM THE
MOUNTING DEATH TOLL IN PALESTINE

TO DEMAND THAT THIS CONGRESS
END THE
TERROR OF WAR
GET OUT OF IRAQ
GET OUT OF AFGHANISTAN
STAY OUT OF IRAN, PAKISTAN, SYRIA...
AND CONDEMN THE BRUTAL DESTRUCTION
OF PALESTINE

WE NEED YOU TO TAKE PART IN
THE MARCH OF THE DEAD
MAKE IT A PRESENCE ON CAPITOL HILL THAT CAN'T BE IGNORED

contact: A.R.T.(activist response team) at arrestbush@gmail.com for more details.

THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT MOMENT
SET THE STAGE
DEMAND THE CHANGE WE WANT

To all those who will be participating in the march of the dead the following are the logistics for the day:

1. We are asking people to wear all black/or dark colors including hats or shawls. Please no buttons, signs or other affiliations since we want a stark and clear emphasis only on the names we will be carrying. We will provide the death masks and handwritten signs which will be worn around your neck.

2. We will be meeting at 11:00 a.m. on the House of Representatives side of the Capitol at Cosi at 301 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, in the upstairs dining room. The closest Metro stop is Capitol South.

3. We will begin the procession from there at around 11:45 a.m. and walk single file in silence, following all traffic regulations as we proceed toward the Capitol. We will walk past the Supreme Court toward the Senate side of the Capitol. We will continue down Constitution Ave NW passing the Senate office buildings. We will then cross back to the House side of the Capitol and proceed up Independence Ave, passing the House office buildings to complete our loop of the Capitol. Click here for map.

4. We will be conducting the march of the dead during the time that the 111th Congress will be sworn in. We will take a break at around 1:00 p.m. until 2:15 p.m. after which we will ask people to join us again in a nearby indoor location to be determined for a reading of the names. Please plan to stay on for this part of the day because we will be sending a very important message to Congress by our presence at this time. We need everyone to participate.

Thank you to all who will participate. Each of you contribute to the collective power of the March of the Dead. We will dedicate it to the memory of all those who senselessly lose their lives because of the shameful and calculated acts of those who abuse power. They must be held accountable so that justice will be served and the killing will stop.

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A worldwide "Gandhian" non-violence movement seems possible now, which would understand that the enemy to be 'elimated' or 'vanquished' is not the Other, but Violence itself, the idea of virtuous 'slaying' itself, approved by practically all ideologies, religions and governments. A simple proposal from Japanese and Korean school students in Paris working on their English with the film "Gandhi" is catching imaginations beyond borders, search "Ahimsa Finds Teen Voice".

Do search "Non-Violence Manifesto" too, and the earlier "Call for International Non-Violence Day on January 30th", That's the date of Mahatma Gandhi's 'salutory elimination' (by an ideologue and editor Nathuram Godse who wanted Hindus to become real men!)

It was the Iranian Peace Nobel, Shirin Ebadi, who immediately tried to 're-launch' this Call at a tiny ramshackle girls school in Bombay during the World Social Forum in 2004. Indeed this Call got support from Noam Chomsky, Romila Thapar, Asma Jahangir, Immanuel Wallerstein and several others.

Finally, leaders of India's Congress party 'picked up' the idea and turned it into the usual 'Sonia-Gandhi-speech' event, by actually getting it thru the UN general assembly on June 15, 2007 with a changed date - not the day of assassination but Gandhi's birthday, 2nd October! Check out "UN International Day of Non-Violence"!

But if energetic and imaginative movements in the US were now to pick up the Jan 30th idea on Jan 6 next, and call for a world-wide non-violence movement and a day of united action (the daily 'killing of Gandhi' is emblematic and could become a powerful metaphor inspiring imaginations and rally energies of young and old across the world).

What do you think? Three candles in the dark, on our window sills on Jan 30th night, to respond to the assassins three shots or three gongs (or church bells)at 15H15 India time across the world.

By the way, the same 'Hindu nationalist' militants, whose greatest 'martyr' is Gandhi's slayer Godse (who was hanged), are also burning churches and killing Christians in India right now to show that Hindus can be real men. They just might see the light from the 3-candles and hear the bells..

Akshay Bakaya
Paris, France

So here we go again. From anarchistic gutter slime like the former Sue Benjamin of Massapequa, Long Island, New York known now as Medea Benjamin, to the Unctious One, Noam Chomsky, wizened sage of the progressive leftist intellectual brigands. Scattered 'twixt and 'tween are an amalgam of the Peace At Any Price crowd who see appeasement of tyrants and dictators as the solution to mankind's problems. It's a sad reality that must be accepted that the swift and certain application of overwhelming force is the way to dispatch tyrants. YOU people would do better to interdict these tyrants all over the globe directly as soon as they make themselves known. Show the rest of us how you would convert them into benevolent pacifists. Demonstrate on their doorsteps and see how long you last. How many generations will continue to go by bearing witness to the reality that you cannot offer aid and comfort to the resident evil in this world before YOU people will understand. The dedication of the Gandhis of this world may be personally admirable, but when held up to reflected history (not the rewritten and redacted version of same) it becomes an obvious exercise in irresponsible naivete that continues to put the lives of innocents at risk.

GROW UP!

We no longer want the "made in America" brand-name on death and destruction.

They will have to ration their weaponry then, & seriously seek diplomatic measures.

ARREST BUSHCO & RICO PNAC/FARA AIPAC...PNAC is Bush/Cheney's "Helter Skelter" !

UNITE IN SOLIDARITY !!!

Israel has been getting the highest foreign aid from U.S.
Is there any justification of that?
Do taxpayers even know this fact?

How can one call this democracy?
This is perhaps the worst form of brainwashing and mafia rule-- just proves how dumb the great Americans have become!

I just don't understand what doctorhugo is trying to convey?
Justifying the tyranny of Bush and Cheney?

Ok, here we go again. Some people will show up with their Scream costumes and might even get some press. But what will be the result? Will this really stop the war?

the one that needs to grow up is the one that needs to understand that peace is the goal and that must never be forgotten. this war was for profit, never for ridding the world of evil. we ourselves have become more evil by letting it go on this long, and poorly run at that.

The great initiative in this war is ours. The initiative to stop it must be ours.

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Speaking Events

January 10 and 11:
Events in Washington DC to present a petition telling president elect to end wars:
https://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=12501

January 20-21 Occupy the Inauguration
 
January 29 David Swanson speaking in Arlington, Va.
 
February David Swanson debating a war supporter in Boston, Mass.
 
April 21-23 UNAC's annual conference in Richmond, Va.

April 29 possible multi-issue protest in DC.

Find Events Here.

 

 

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