Peace & Justice Coalition of Prince George’s County

People to people working for change : LET’S SAY NO TO WAR ON IRAQ

Our coalition aims to bring together citizens and groups in our county to learn more about progressive causes and together take a stand for them. To support the growing protest against U.S. war on the people of Iraq, we have compiled these action alerts from several national and local peace groups.

First, contact your Congressional representatives. Ask them to support measures proposed even now to slow or halt the rush to war on Iraq: Call Maryland Senators Paul Sarbanes (202-224-4524) and Barbara Mikulski (202-224-4654) or e-mail them from www.senate.gov. Call the Congressman for the 5th district, Steny Hoyer (202-225-4131), for the 4th district, Albert Wynn (202-225-8699), or for the 8th district, Chris Van Hollen (202-225-5341); or e-mail your representative from www.house.gov.

From Vote No War: "No one will stop this war but the people. The U.S. Congress failed to listen to the overwhelming number of people who expressed their opposition to a war on Iraq in a massive outpouring of calls, e-mails and faxes to their elected officials. We believe that it is unconscionable to send young people in the U.S. armed forces into combat in an illegal war that serves only the interests of Big Oil. Instead of spending $200 billion of taxpayers' money on another war in the Middle East, the funds should be used to create jobs and finance education, housing, health care and other vital human needs. We join with the millions who want to take action to prevent a senseless war that is likely to lead to the deaths of tens of thousands of innocent people in Iraq. This path of the Bush Administration can only lead to an escalation of violence that endangers people everywhere. The Congress votes for war. We Vote No War. You can do so too by signing the People’s Anti-War Referendum on our website www.votenowar.org."

 

 

HOW YOU CAN VOTE WITH YOUR FEET

The next worldwide series of mass anti-war rallies – promising to be even bigger than those of January 18 - are slated for Saturday, February 15. Come to the STOP THE WAR protest in New York City, starting at noon that day, if you possibly can. For emerging details, check the website of the

United for Peace and Justice coalition, www.unitedforpeace.org. Two local groups offer to get you there from here:

5 am on the 15th from their office at 1247 E St. SE and return that night. Cost is $20 to 30, depending on one’s means. To sign up call (202) 544-3389 weekdays 9 am to 7 pm.

A contingency plan for local action, from the Washington Peace Center: In case all the protests fail to stop Bush’s war, "we are gathering commitments from those who seek a peaceful, just global community" either to engage in non-violent civil disobedience, or to support others who do. On the day after any U.S. first strike on Iraq, please come for an emergency rally at 5 pm in Lafayette Park, across from the White House. Contact the Peace Center at 202-234-2000 or wpc@igc.org for updates on this plan, as well as for news of pro-active, keep-the-peace downtown events in the meantime.

For more about the ongoing nationwide resistance to war on Iraq, see www.peacepledge.org.

We also invite you to get in touch with our county Peace & Justice Coalition for updates on anti-war activity in Prince George’s County: 301-474-1353 or 301-577-2350 or justpeacepg@earthlink.net.