for Peace and Justice"
- grassroots residents opposed to war in Iraq
Our Saturday Glassell Park protest numbers are down ... please join
The analysis which brought us to a pro-peace, anti-war position---an
analysis which for some of us has been developing over most of our
lives is not so superficial that we would abandon it when war actually
PEACE, NO WAR!
Obviously, with the very big protests this past weekend and the
one before that, the numbers at our Glassell Park protest have been
down considerably. I'm concerned that we will have fewer protesters
now that we are in the midst of war. Some will stopping with the
belief that we dishonor the American soldiers by engaging in protest.
They are incorrect.
A young person, possibly a young person of color, who listened to
the recruiter ["You can learn computer skills in the military."
"You can earn a college degree in the Army!"] now finds herself
or himself in a situation where they may be called on to kill innocent
civilian populations, including children, in a war which (1) violates
the U.N. Charter, (2) defines a new unilateral "first strike, pre-emptive
attack" policy for U.S. foreign policy, (3) has limited international
support and (4) is part of a U.S. strategy to develop hegemony over
oil and politics in areas of the Middle East.
If a war is wrong before it happens, those who oppose it must intensify
opposition and escalate the movement against it after the killing
starts. We do not want to further jeopardize our military while
they are under attack....we want the hostilities to end! If the
world is to finally end war as a resolution to conflict, those who
hold those ideals must work harder to end war after it starts.
Some additional points:
1: The best support for our troops is get them out of harm's way.
2: We seek to shorten this war. We certainly are doing nothing that
would prolong it.
3: We will support restoring the cuts to veteran's benefits that
the Bush administration has made even as they were sending troops
into harms way. Note that that this isn't just the Bush Administration.
The veteran's administration spent ten years denying the gulf war
syndrome, despite approximately 1/3 or the troops deployed being
disabled, a rather high percentage for a war in which the only caualties
were from friendly fire. The administration has abandoned its soldiers
even as the war it send them into battle.
4: We do not blame the soldiers for this war. They did not seek
it. They did not start it. The enlisted soldiers were largely lured
into the military with promises of vocational training and educational
opportunities. They gambled on peace. We would support these troops
by getting them home and getting them in to generous educational
5: The more our military is seen as carrying out Bush's unjust crusade
(his word, not mine), the more likely there will be terrorist attacks
against them, like the Cole (as well as against other US assets,
6: So long as this war continues, we do not ask that US soldiers
be deprived of logistical support. We as that the war be discontinued.
7: So, today, just as with Viet Nam, and with Gulf War I, the peace
movement supports the nation's troops to a far greater degree than
Please join us whenever you can to protest against this unjust war.
Where: Eagle Rock Blvd. at Verdugo/Ave. 40
When: Saturdays, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
P.S. Neighbors for Peace and Justice also has a group working with
the help of the ACLU against the USA Patriot Act and its associated
programs. If you're interested, please contact me.
To contact the Mt. Washington - Eagle Rock - Highland Park - Glassell
Park branch of "Neighbors for Peace and Justice."
There are also
bi-weekly meetings of the first "Neighbors for Peace and Justice"
located in the Los Feliz/Silverlake area of Los Angeles. Meetings
are held on the first and third Thursday of each month, 7pm-9pm
at City Councilman Eric Garcetti's Field Office: Sunset Boulevard
at Maltman Avenue in Silverlake.
Peace and Justice" is a grassroots organization comprised of
residents who are opposed to war in Iraq. We have no political affiliation.
We began protesting on Saturday, November 30th, and will continue
our weekly protests at the same time and place until they are no
longer deemed necessary.