Protests Mark Third Year of US War and Occupation of Iraq

March 17th, 2006 - by admin

– 2006-03-17 23:33:45

A poem of hope on this the third anniversary of the illegal war in Iraq. Hope to see you at the protests. ARMS AGAINST WAR will be in London. Let’s hope our voices cannot go unnoticed.

Tina Louise, United Kingdom

I Hope The Iraqis Win…

I hope the Iraqis win
Freedom from oppression
I hope the Iraqis win
Citizen governed elections
I hope the Iraqis win
Their right to live in peace
I hope the Iraqis win
A chance for war to cease
I hope the Iraqis win
A future of their own
I hope the Iraqis win
Security in their homes
I hope the Iraqis win
A life without torture
I hope the Iraqis win
Freedom from ritual slaughter
I hope the Iraqis win
The opportunity to speak their minds
I hope the Iraqis win
Landscapes without mines
I hope the Iraqis win
Expression that is free
I hope the Iraqis win
Justice for detainees
I hope the Iraqis win
A time of calm and ease
I hope the Iraqis win
Truth, honour and dignity

I hope the Iraqis win


Protests Mark Third Year of
US War & Occupation
MoveOn. org

(March 16, 2006) — There are a lot of activities planned this weekend across the country. Some of our friends in the peace movement have put together websites where you can look up local events or post your own. Check out the following organizations online to learn more.
• United for Peace and Justice
• American Friends Service Committee
• Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America

Last week’s election fundraising campaign raised more than $700,000 towards our big plan for the 2006 election. Together we’re on our way towards meeting our big goals for the year. Thanks for all you do.

Today President Bush launched a new public relations effort on Iraq to counter his record-low poll numbers. As part of the PR campaign, he is once again asserting his doctrine of “pre-emptive war.”

With the president on the road for a PR blitz during the three year anniversary of the war, we must remind the country that the Bush pre-emption doctrine has been a disaster in Iraq — making America and the world less safe. Will you write a letter to the editor to help do that?

We’ve set up an online tool that makes submitting a letter easy. Click below to get started.

The Letters to the Editor page is often the most-read page in a newspaper. Press coverage of Iraq will spike around the anniversary and public opinion will further solidify. Together, we need to help shape that coverage. This is especially important as the Bush administration starts saber-rattling with Iran.

Even prominent neo-conservatives are beginning to jump ship on the war and even neo-conservatism. Professor Francis Fukuyama has gone so far as to renounce his affiliations with Cheney, Rumsfeld and the pre-emption doctrine. Fukuyama was one of the 25 original founders of the Project for the New American Century — the intellectual founding document for neo-conservative foreign policy.

Writing in The New York Times last month, Fukuyama said:

“As we approach the third anniversary of the onset of the Iraq war, it seems very unlikely that history will judge either the intervention itself or the ideas animating it kindly. By invading Iraq, the Bush administration created a self-fulfilling prophecy: Iraq has now replaced Afghanistan as a magnet, a training ground and an operational base for jihadist terrorists, with plenty of American targets to shoot at.”

He added, “The so-called Bush Doctrine that set the framework for the administration’s first term is now in shambles.” And, “Neoconservatism, as both a political symbol and a body of thought, has evolved into something I can no longer support.”
It is clear that the Bush pre-emption polices are a disaster — and now they’re being rejected by people from Left to Right. All that remains is to change course in Iraq and move forward.

Let’s make sure the public hears the truth while Bush is pushing spin. It will help us get out of Iraq — and maybe prevent another war. Please write a letter to the editor.

Thanks for all you do.
– Tom, Joan, Wes, Tanya and the Political Action Team

No More Money for War

The House of Representatives could be be voting on the $72 billion dollar budget supplemental appropriations bill to fund Bush´s wars in Iraq and Afghanistanas as soon as Wednesday. Please take the time to call your Representative Wednesday morning at 800-614-2803 or 202-224-3121 to tell them:

“I’m a member of Please vote against the supplemental money for war in Iraq and please support amendments from Representatives Allen (D-MA) and Lee (D-CA) that call for a prohibition on permanent U.S. military bases in Iraq.”

On March 13, the Charlottesville (Virginia) Center for Peace and Justice co-sponsored a Town Forum on the War in Iraq to mark the third anniversary of the invasion of Iraq with Eman Khamas, Gael Murphy, Karen Kwiatkowski, Ray McGovern, Tia Steele, and David Swanson. Listen here:

Town Hall Meeting on the War in Iraq

Your Receipt for the Cost of the War
UFPJ has produced a new resource for use during local activities around the third anniversary of the war.

This educational piece looks like a receipt you get when you go food shopping. But instead of grocery items, the breakdown covers the monthly costs of the US war in Iraq since it began three years ago.

On the flip side is text and more figures, all explaining the costs of the war and how our tax dollars could have been put to better use. There is a space at the bottom for you to add your group’s name and contact information. Please download it and make copies for widespread distribution:

• Protest the Pro-War Media
March 15 Everywhere

• UFPJ Anti-War Events Everywhere
MARCH 15-22
Three Years Too Many: A Week of Local Actions on the Third Anniversary of the War
Visit our website for events calendar, resources, and more

• Evening of Conversation with Harry Belafonte/big>
March 18
Democracy Now! and WBAI invite you to join us for an evening ofconversation with Harry Belafonte, Amy Goodman, Juan Gonzalez and WBAI’s Bernard White as we mark the 3rd anniversary of the invasion of Iraq and the 10th anniversary of Democracy Now!
The Great Hall at Cooper Union, East 7th Street at Third Avenue, New York City
Pre-event reception: 6-7 p.m.
Ticket price (includes admission to main event): $100. Main Event: 7 p.m. Ticket price: $25

• Peace Rally in Indianapolis
March 18, 1 p.m.
Monument Circle, Downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. Progressive Indiana, Indianapolis Peace and Justice Center, Bloomington Peace Action Coalition, Veterans for Peace

• March to Lieberman’s Office to Oppose War
March 19th, 2 p.m.
Connecticut Opposes the WAR!

• National Campaign of Nonviolent Actions Planned at Congressional Offices
Now through March 20, marking three years of war.

• Keep Space for Peace Trial
March 16, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Rally at 1415 State St., Santa Barbara, Calif. Following the rally, the trial of MacGregor Eddy will continue. MacGregor was arrested October 8, 2005, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, headquarters for the Air Force space task force whose mission is to “control and exploit space for global and theater operations.”

This rally is organized by Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space and is a component of Winter of Our Discontent.

• Demonstration in London
Troops Home from Iraq
Don’t Attack Iran

March 18
Assemble 12 noon Parliament Square, London, UK

March 18 to 19
Fayetteville, North Carolina

• March to the Pentagon
March 20
Join the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance to STOP the WAR NOW!
9:00 am Gather at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Speakers and music. 10:00 am Begin march to Pentagon. 11:00 am Arrive at Pentagon. Program of speakers
11:15 am Ceremony honoring the dead
11:30 am Die-in and other nonviolent actions by those willing to risk arrest. Participants should RSVP to Max Obuszewski at 410-323-7200, ext. 31.

• To participate in other actions of nonviolent civil resistance earlier in the morning at the Pentagon on March 20, contact Pete Perry at

• Sign up for these events, find others, and create your own at

• See Also UFPJ

• And PDA