It's been over 2 months since I sent out a Truffula Tuft action alert. Not because there haven't been important issues to take action on. It's just been a busy summer for me. But I'm back with a few tidbits for you.
It Doesn't Take a War to Power My Bicycle
I've been organizing a lot of cycling events in our area and helped start a cool new group called NELA bikes! Read about it at www.NELAbikes.com. And read about my slow but earnest efforts to drive less/bike more: http://www.cicle.org/wordpress/
Cindy as a Role Model
I find Cindy Sheehan and her Crawford Texas Camp Casey very inspiring. She has re-ignited the peace movement with her couragous, peaceful approach to protest. To use Thich Nhat Hahn's phrase, Cindy is "Being Peace". She has no agenda beyond her personal witness that this war is wrong and no more mothers should have to grieve as she has, over their war-slain children. Code Pink has links to several blogs from Camp Casey here: http://www.codepink4peace.org/article.php?id=451
They also have a new campaign: One Million Reasons to End the Occupation of Iraq. Join it by posting your reason on their website: http://www.onemillionreasons.org/article.php?list=type&type=69 The list of reasons will be delivered to the White House on September 26th (more on that below)
Top Ten Reasons to end the occupation of Iraq:
Military occupation is making things worse in Iraq, not better
The death toll is mounting daily
Most Iraqis want the occupation to end
Six out of ten U.S. citizens want the troops to withdraw
The war is draining resources from critical social programs in the U.S. and abroad
As occupier, U.S. standing in the world is diminished
The invasion was unjustified and illegal and so is the occupation
The U.S. military is perpetrating war crimes against the Iraqi people
The ongoing war is destabilizing the region
U.S. military and political strategies are provoking civil war in Iraq
The U.S. military presence is fostering terrorism and strengthening Al Qaeda
Without foreign troops and contractors, Iraqis can begin rebuilding
A planned exit is far better than a forced exit
It is time for Iraqis to control their own sovereignty
Mobilize Again to End the War
Saturday, September 24 - Mass March and Rally to End the War in Iraq
The tide is turning and now more than ever we have to force those behind the gates of the White House to see the writing on the wall. Find an action in your area: http://www.unitedforpeace.org/article.php?list=type&type=27
In Los Angeles it happens at noon, starting at Olympic and Broadway.
Robertson the Terrorist
And one more thing - you probably heard about Pat Robertson's advocating the assassination of Hugo Chavez, the democratically elected President of Venezuela. Chavez has made the mistake of wanting to share the wealth of his nation with the poor and standing up to US aggression. Robertson is apparently wondering, to borrow a phrase from a peace march sign "What's our oil doing under their land?" I guess he thinks it's our god-given right to run our SUVs on the resources of other countries. Hmm.
Using the so-called moral majority's favorite technique of pressuring the media to conform to their right-wing message, I invite you to send the ABC Family Channel a message:
Sample letter :
Pat Robertson's The 700 Club airs often on your station. On August 22nd, he advocated that the United States assassinate the President of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, so as to guarantee the flow of oil from that country. Promoting the murder of democratically elected government officials is not appropriate subject matter for a family oriented station. His statement was no different than a terrorist's might make. An apology from ABC Family is not enough, until you remove The 700 Club from the air, I will not watch your channel or buy your sponsor's products.
The ABC Family Channel feedback address is
http://abcfamily.go.com/feedback/ It's a simple online form, does not require personal info beyond first name and city, and takes about a minute to do.