for Peace -- Please forward to Rome
Friends & Neighbors:
As the Administration rushes to war in Iraq, I am so grateful that
at least our City Council, in Resolution 2165, adopted Councilman
Garceti's Resolution against the war. Now, however, it appears that
even that won't be enough.
Over the weekend, the news reported that the Pope was considering
a speech before the UN this week, in opposition to a war.
He does not believe the Administration's proposed war meets the
criteria of a just war as set down by the Catholic Church, and in
addition that it would create a dangerous rift between Islam and
Christiantity. (I am not entirely familiar with the Catholic criteria
for a just war, but I do know there are several tests--the war must
be defensive against an imminent threat by a power of equal or greater
strength, there must be no other option, etc).
Because the Pope is the secular leader of Vatican City, he has this
right to speak before the UN, and while almost nothing can stop
Bush, perhaps he can. When I sent my initial email, the LA Archdiocese
got back to me and recommended that they were most interested in
our emails, and we could send them to the US Embassy for the Holy
We can also send them info at:
Archbishop Gabriel Montalvo
202 / 333-7121
202 / 337-4036 fax
Vatican Embassy to the United States
3339 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008
You will find my message below. Feel free to use some or all of
it if you want.
By the way, this is entirely my idea -- I am originating it -- so
email this to everyone you know.
the e-mail address stated above ( firstname.lastname@example.org
) ... when I sent my own message, I received an automatic response
stating that the reader would not return until 3/17.
I took it upon myself to call the number we were given, and the
person I spoke with in Washington explained that the Vatican itself
does not receive e-mails (incredible!), but we can reach them directly
by FAX at 011-3906-6988-5378.
The Washington number (for Archbishop Gabriel Montalvo) would also
probably be receptive to phone calls, 202 / 333-7121.
The woman who gave me the info seemed very impressed with my opinion,
and said she would pass it along. I imagine if she got a lot
of phone calls it would definitely impress them.
So, I recommend any and all of the following:
phone call to Washington
/ 333-7121 -- phone
FAX to Washington
/ 337-4036 -- fax
FAX to the Vatican
e-mail the US Embassy to the Holy See
an e-mail to the LA Archdiocese
if you want someone to receive your message sooner, you should use
all the phone numbers or faxes as listed ... but send the emails
anyway (even if the email to the Vatican isn't received until Monday).
Here's my original message. Feel free to copy it, in all or part,
or to write your own:
Original Message -----
From: Judith Dancoff
Sent: Monday, March 10, 2003 11:47 AM
Subject: MESSAGE FOR PEACE--PLEASE FORWARD TO ROME
Your Holiness, Pope John Paul:
As a resident of Los Angeles, California, and I am writing
today to say that I am so pleased you are considering a speech
before the United Nations, to voice your opposition to an
American-led war against Iraq.
Of all people living on earth at this moment in history, I
believe that you alone have the power to stop President Bush
in his ill-conceived rush to war. Like you, I do not believe
President Bush's Iraq War meets the criteria of a Just War,
and in addition it will create a dangerous rift between Islam
and Christianity. There is already enough danger and violence
in this world; we do not need more.
By speaking before the United Nations, you will also prove
the power of Christ's philosophy of nonviolence, which has
influenced such great leaders as Ghandi and Martin Luther
King. Though I am Jewish, I have long admired these ideas,
and I believe that your speech can and will make the American
president realize that WAR IS NOT THE ANSWER.
THEREFORE, I AM URGING YOU TO SPEAK BEFORE THE UNITED NATIONS,
FOR ALL PEACE LOVING PEOPLE IN THE WORLD. MAKE OUR VOICES
Los Angeles, CA
City Council Anti-War Resolution
LOS ANGELES ADOPTS GARCETTI RESOLUTION AGAINST WAR IN IRAQ;
CITY BECOMES 104TH AND LARGEST CITY IN THE NATION
TO PASS RESOLUTION FOR PEACE
By a vote of 9-4
the Los Angeles City Council passed Councilmember Eric Garcetti's
resolution calling on the Bush administration to pursue every
diplomatic means available and opposing a unilateral war on
Iraq. Los Angeles Mayor Jim Hahn concurred in the Council's
action, signing the resolution the same day, February 21.
Councilmember Garcetti stated: "The City of Los Angeles has
a long history of taking brave stands on international issues
of conscience. We stood up against apartheid early on in that
struggle; we passed resolutions in support of the Baltic Republics
during the fall of the Soviet Union. War, moreover, is not
only a matter of foreign policy. It will have direct effects
on the Los Angeles -- from the hotel workers who will be thrown
out of work when a war starts and our tourism industry halts
to the federal anti-poverty and housing programs which will
disappear as our government pours 9 to 20 billion dollars
a month into a war effort."
Councilmember Garcetti continued: "This resolution makes Los
Angeles the largest city in the country to pass a resolution
opposing unilateral war. Whether in marches and rallies or
in City Council meetings, the people's voices have been heard."
On two separate days, City Council chambers was filled to
capacity with supporters of the resolution, and thousands
of petition signatures were collected by grass-roots activist
group Neighbors for Peace and Justice.
The full text of the final resolution, with critical leadership
from Councilmembers Ruth Galanter and Tom LaBonge, is below.
The middle resolved paragraph (regarding Homeland Security
and HR 764) was voted on as a separate matter and passed unanimously
by all 13 members present. The last resolved paragraph (regarding
funding for services for the homeless) was introduced as an
amendment by Councilmember Jan Perry.
For further information, contact Josh Kamensky at 213 / 473-7013.
R E S O L U
T I O N
REGARDING POSSIBLE U.S. MILITARY ACTION AGAINST IRAQ
any official position of the City of Los Angeles with respect
to legislation, rules, regulations or policies proposed to
or pending before a local, state or federal governmental body
or agency must have first been adopted in the form of a Resolution
by the City Council with the concurrence of the Mayor; and
the Congressional Budget Office estimates a military action
against Iraq will cost the taxpayers of the nation between
$9 billion and $13 billion a month, likely resulting in further
cuts in federally funded projects and programs that benefit
our city and its residents at a time when state and local
governments are in crisis; and
that cost would be borne by the people of the City of Los
Angeles, who rely on federal funds for anti-poverty programs,
for workforce assistance, for housing, for education programs,
for infrastructure, and for the increased demands of homeland
we recognize that Saddam Hussein has perpetuated great human
rights abuses with aims contrary to peace, and that the United
Nations Security Council accordingly approved a program of
weapons inspections; and
the strength of NATO and of the United Nations rests on consensus
and the rule of law; and
the United States should make every effort to work within
the United Nations framework and leave war as an option of
last resort; and
war in Iraq would take the lives of untold Iraqis, the vast
majority of whom would be noncombatants; and
California is home to more veterans than any other state in
the nation, and Los Angeles has 597 employees, including 271
Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officers, on military
reserve who stand to be called to active duty, and as veterans
and patriots these brave men and women know well the consequences
of war and the human costs involved; and
we support and appreciate the U. S. military personnel and
law enforcement officials serving at home and abroad against
global and local terrorism; and
this unquestionable pride in and support for these brave men
and women, who know well the human costs of war, prevent us
from sending them off to war easily or lightly before exhausting
all diplomatic means to avoid combat, and
the Council should work towards improving the quality of life
for all and enhancing public safety in Los Angeles and improving
the City's ability to prevent and respond to terrorist attacks,
BE IT RESOLVED, with the concurrence of the Mayor,
that by the adoption of this Resolution, the City of Los Angeles
URGES the President of the United States to exhaust all diplomatic
options available in dealing with the growing crisis in Iraq
and exercise great caution before resorting to using military
force; and OPPOSES a unilateral war against Iraq.
FURTHER RESOLVED, with the concurrence of the Mayor,
that by the adoption of this Resolution, the City of Los Angeles
hereby includes in its 2003-2004 Federal Legislative Program
support for federal funding for the initiatives outlined in
correspondence attached to the file and support for H.R. 764,
the First Responders Expedited Assistance Act, and any other
similar legislation that would provide additional funding
to first responders in the City.
in the City's 2003-2004 Federal Legislative Program SUPPORT
for federal legislation that acknowledges that veterans make-up
20% of the homeless on Skid Row; these veterans served our
country bravely in past wars, sacrificing their mental and
physical health only to be forgotten upon their return and
left to fend for themselves; we must remember them and work
to help them regain what they have lost. We must dedicate
our attention to the needs of the homeless in our city, promote
a renewed respect for these brave individuals AND make GREATER
EFFORTS TO OBTAIN FUNDING FOR THEM FROM OUR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT
and on a local level through the development of permanent,
affordable housing utilizing both Prop 46 and Housing Trust