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Need Proposals for Nonviolence at Pentagon
The next National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance conference call to organize for the March on the Pentagon will take place on Wednesday, February 8 at 9 PM EST. Dial 1-641-297-5500 to join the call, and then add the access code 18676, followed by the pound sign. An agenda for the February 8 call and the minutes from the previous call are below.
Before the call, we are soliciting proposals as to what should be our action plan at the Pentagon. Please be as specific as possible. Provide a starting time for the march to leave the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Should there be a program with speakers at the Memorial? Should there be a program at the Pentagon? Besides an action following the permitted march which would include those not risking arrest, should there be other affinity group actions? Please send the proposals to me for dissemination as soon as possible. Note that we are trying to link the Pentagon action with others around the country and that one portion of the theme will be to condemn the torture that inevitably occurs when war is the answer.
I have set up an Excel file with the names of Pentagon participants, and encourage people to send me names of people who intend to be with us on March 19 & 20. Stephanie Allen was gracious enough to provide minutes from the February 1 conference call.
II. Agenda review/facilitator/scribe/timekeeper
III. Site of event on March 19 in WDC.
IV. Proposals for the Pentagon action & decision on letter to Rumsfeld
V. Legal matters
VI. Publicity & outreach
VII. Other business
VIII. Next call
February 1 Minutes
Participants: Stephanie Allen, Jean Athey, Catarina Correia, June Eisley, Clark Field, Joy First, Michelle Grise, Jeff Leys, Don Muller, Max Obuszewski, Pete Perry, Bob Smith and Anna White.
1) Report on January 21 Face-to-Face in DC -in favor of March 20 march on Pentagon
2) Site of Event on March 19 DC -- Anna White agreed to contact St. Stephens and Foundry United Methodist churches. This gathering would be an opportunity to meet each other, to discuss the details of March 20 events, provide logistical and legal information and engage in nonviolent resistance training. Gather at 3 or 4 PM, depending on the availability of the church.
3) Action Plan & Legal Matters--March from Vietnam Memorial to the Pentagon. The start time will be based upon the day's program.
Program proposals should be forwarded to Max no later than Monday February 6.
- Pete Perry walked the march route in 45 minutes. He indicated Arun Gandhi, the grandson of Mohandas, was interested in joining the event. Possibility of smaller groups/affinity groups arriving via foot, Metro, Metro buses, water to participate in demonstration -Possibility of carrying something to the Pentagon (similar to chain of names on 9/26 or coffin filled with names at another demonstration) focused on a torture theme (Abu Ghraib) -Wear names of our communities with names of victims of the war -Contact National Lawyer's Guild, Virginia regarding a legal advisor. Jeff Leys will contact Sebastian Graver.
4) Publicity & Outreach -Will promote all nonviolent activities throughout the weekend; Bob Smith will contact UFPJ to seek their endorsement and to set up a link for civil resistance activities.
5) Next Call -- -Next conference call February 8 at 9 PM EST
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