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“Days of Decision” – September 14 – 21 – A call for Nonviolent Direct Actions

Declaration of Peace grassroots campaign calls for nonviolent direct actions at congressional offices, September 14-21, "Days of Decision" to defund the occupation and establish an Iraqi-led Peace Initiative
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"DAYS OF DECISION" - September 14-21
Days of Decision: The U.S. War on Iraq Will Be At A Crossroads in September
· In September, General Petraeus will deliver his report on the war.
· In September, Congress will face a decision on funding another year of war. Republicans and Democrats will consider the future of U.S. operations in Iraq.
· We, the people, must set the agenda for a change in U.S. policy in Iraq.
· Therefore, The Declaration of Peace is calling upon people across the United States to take nonviolent action in September to end the U.S. occupation of Iraq. Join us!

Building to the Days of Decision — Between Now and September 14th:
· Lobby your members of Congress to end the U.S. occupation of Iraq. Ask them to pledge not to vote for more war funding and to support a real plan for peace: The Declaration of Peace campaign’s nine point Comprehensive Peace Plan for Iraq.
1.) Phone them during National Call-In Days.
2.) Join or organize a delegation visit or town hall meeting with your Senators and Representative during the August recess.
3.) Videotape your interaction with your Congressperson and their staff, and post it on the DoP website.
· Start organizing mid-September nonviolent action in your city.
· Host a Nonviolent Action Training.
· Start planning local media work for your September action.
· Post your September Action announcements on the DoP website.

During the Days of Decision — September 14 - 21:
Declare Peace! by taking nonviolent action — including nonviolent civil disobedience or other forms of creative, peaceful witness — at Congressional offices or other sites anytime from Friday, September 14 through Friday, September 21, the International Day of Peace.
These actions should include two important components:
1.) A Public Declaration of Peace
· Exhibit for the public and the media —
· Present to Congresspersons and/or their staff —
· Publicly sign — The campaign’s nine point framework for a Comprehensive Peace Plan for Iraq.
2.) Nonviolent actions to dramatically highlight the reality of the war.
· Local groups are encouraged to organize a nonviolent Die-In — or other forms of creative, peaceful action — as part of this witness.

The Declaration of Peace is working with many other anti-war initiatives this summer and fall — to consolidate our actions to end the U.S. occupation of Iraq. These initiatives include Occupation Project II (beginning August 6th); National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance (D.C. action - September 20th); The Iraq Moratorium (a monthly day of action beginning September 21st); No War, No Warming (October 21st -23rd); and Regional Mobilizations being planned by United for Peace and Justice and member groups (October 27th).
Make a commitment to work with others to End the War.
Organize Locally ~ Coordinate Nationally


Re: “Days of Decision” – September 14 – 21 – A call for Nonviolent Direct Actions

Im gonna paint the biggest shiniest peace sign you've ever seen, and I'm gonna stand outside for an hour or so and show it to the public (until the police officers tell me to move on of course), and then I'm gonna write all my representatives in office and tell them to STOP WAR!

Re: “Days of Decision” – September 14 – 21 – A call for Nonviolent Direct Actions

......and then I'm never gonna find a job and I'll get married and live off of my wife and hang out with kids half my age and tell them all about the good 'ol days of protesting the Iraq war and they'll all think I'm great and I'll sit around with all my friends listening to half baked folk singers and hope that before I die there will be another war so I can paint the biggest shiniest peace sign and ..........

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