Anuradha Mittal / The Oakland Institute Reporter – 2006-01-23 23:29:44
I am one of the initial endorsers of this exciting new campaign: Women Say No To War! From now until March 8, International Women’s Day, we will be gathering over 100,000 signatures on the Urgent Call for Peace in Iraq (See statement below).
On March 8, we will deliver the signatures to the UN, US embassies, consulates, and federal offices all over the world. This is your opportunity to unite with international women everywhere, and voice our opposition to the illegal war in Iraq. (Please note: Men in solidarity with ‘Women Say No to War’ are invited to join us! )
Sign the Call Today at:
On this website, you can also spread the word to your friends and learn how to join us in action on March 8. If you have questions, please write our information hotline at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Women’s Call for Peace: An Urgent Appeal
We, the women of the United States, Iraq and women worldwide, have had enough of the senseless war in Iraq and the cruel attacks on civilians around the world.
We’ve buried too many of our loved ones. We’ve seen too many lives crippled forever by physical and mental wounds.
We’ve watched in horror as our precious resources are poured into war while our families’ basic needs of food, shelter, education and healthcare go unmet. We’ve had enough of living in constant fear of violence and seeing the growing cancer of hatred and intolerance seep into our homes and communities.
This is not the world we want for ourselves or our children. With fire in our bellies and love in our hearts, we women are rising up – across borders — to unite and demand an end to the bloodshed and the destruction.
We have seen how the foreign occupation of Iraq has fueled an armed movement against it, perpetuating an endless cycle of violence.
We are convinced that it is time to shift from a military model to a conflict-resolution model that includes the following elements:
• The withdrawal of all foreign troops and foreign fighters from Iraq;
• Negotiations to reincorporate disenfranchised Iraqis into all aspects of Iraqi society;
• The full representation of women in the peacemaking process and a commitment to women’s full equality in the post-war Iraq;
A commitment to discard plans for any foreign bases in Iraq;
• Iraqi control of its oil and other resources;
• The nullification of privatization and deregulation laws imposed under occupation, allowing Iraqis to shape the trajectory of the post-war economy;
• A massive reconstruction effort that prioritizes Iraqi contractors, and draws upon financial resources of the countries responsible for the invasion and occupation of Iraq;
Consideration of a temporary international peacekeeping force that is truly multilateral and is not composed of any troops from countries that participated in the occupation.
To move this peace process forward, we are creating a massive movement of women — crossing generations, races, ethnicities, religions, borders and political persuasions.
Together, we will pressure our governments, the United Nations, the Arab League, Nobel Peace Prize winners, religious leaders and others in the international community to step forward to help negotiate a political settlement.
And in this era of divisive fundamentalisms, we call upon world leaders to join us in spreading the fundamental values of love for the human family and for our precious planet.
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