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IF THE US INVADES IRAQ: LOCAL RESPONSE PLAN

IF THE UNITED STATES INVADES IRAQ, THE IRAQ ACTION NETWORK RECOMMENDS THE FOLLOWING NONVIOLENT ACTIONS:
* 5 PM, the day war begins, meet at the Santa Cruz Clock Tower (Pacific & Water Streets).
* Bring noisemakers - pots and pans to bang, musical instruments to play and your voice to be heard!
* 7-7:05 PM Moment of Silence and Lights Out for the victims of the U.S. oil war.
* 7:15 PM Peace Rally at the County Building (Ocean at Water St.) for a large Peace Rally.

In the case of US war on Iraq 24 hour up-to-date information about regional actions is available.
A real person person will answers your questions at 831/423-1626. Also use the RCNV Real-Time Web Calendar Page

IF THE UNITED STATES INVADES IRAQ, THE IRAQ ACTION NETWORK RECOMMENDS THE FOLLOWING NONVIOLENT ACTIONS:
* 5 PM, the day war begins, meet at the Santa Cruz Clock Tower (Pacific & Water Streets).
* Bring noisemakers - pots and pans to bang, musical instruments to play and your voice to be heard!
* 7-7:05 PM Moment of Silence and Lights Out for the victims of the U.S. oil war.
* 7:15 PM Peace Rally at the County Building (Ocean at Water St.) for a large Peace Rally.

* Following the rally at the Courthouse, some people will caravan to the Recruiting Offices at 41st Avenue, where nonviolent civil disobedience is planned for the next morning.
A emergency action response is also planned for Vandenberg Air Force Base, the west coast US Air Force operations center for global satellite information processing and missile guidance. For more information go to: mgpnofate.org/ !!BE AWARE THAT THE MILITARY HAS ANNOUNCED THAT ILLEGAL ENTRANCE ON TO THE MILITARY BASE IS SUBJECT TO A "SHOOT TO KILL" RESPONSE.
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* The Iraq Action Network is made up of local peace and justice groups, including the Santa Cruz Peace Coalition, Santa Cruz Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Santa Cruz Peacemakers of the Resource Center for Nonviolence, the Quakers Peace and Social Order Commission, Art and Revolution, and members of several other local groups.
 
 


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thank you

Thank you for establishing the non-violent action network. I appreciate the updates on the whereabouts of peace demonstrations and antiwar protests.
 

How about...

Imagine a huge spontaneous uprising of folks in Santa Cruz meet at the intersection of highway 9 and highway 1 on the Saturday after the war starts. Bring your car and park it in the middle of the intrersection. What if everyone did that??
They might think twice about this war, if everyone stopped in the middle of the road, simultaneously. Hell, why wait. I say if you own a car now's a time to put it to good use, blocking traffic.
 

Get a Life

Do you think the government cares about your petty little protests in the small city of Santa Cruz. This is the second smallest county in the State. Think hard about how loudly your voice will carry. Sig Hiel Bush.
 

Masses

Collectively, one large group is more noticable, more newsworthy, and more likely to gather momentum from those that aren't usually activists. Since the SF action is going to be big, from movement standpoint, it would be better to get as many people there. Carpools to SF would be a good idea. While this does sacrifice a bit of civic pride in our city, remember our power is in our numbers. don't let them marginalize us.
 

effective peace gathering

I think it's wonderful that Santa Cruz is a very progressive, community of 'thinkers' and has a history of being motivated to take action on certain issues that effect us locally, nationally, and internationally. One thing that gets me though is that it's pretty normal and accepted for me to openly display that I'm against the war on Iraq, and that I didn't vote for Bush right here in Santa Cruz. But when I step back into my hometown of Salinas, it's a whole different story. I feel like the majority of people there either don't care because their not informed about their current issues, or that I'm looked at as a traitor to my country. So be it, I say, that's not what bugs me. What bugs me is that I think, and wish, that if we're going to rally and take a stand against this war, we should be doing in places where it's most unpredictable and unexpected. Wouldn't it be great if we could get people to organize in places like Watsonville, Modesto, Salinas, Gonzales, Soledad? I know this would take alot of work, but hey, it's a thought.
 

spreading out

Spreading Out,

You're absolutely right, Santa Cruz protests are largely guilty of preaching to the converted. An anti-war demonstration in an anti-war town accomplishes little.

Problem is too many protesters aren't really interested in fighting the good fight for change. They're in it for the comradery, and the spectacle. They're in it for the fun. Get together in a public place, hang out with colorful people, drum, dance, make a scene.. it's all a big game.

The proof is in their reactions. Tonight all the protesters are celebrating their "victory" of successfully organizing such large protests, and paying no mind to their defeat and failure at stopping the war against Iraq.

It's all a big warm fuzzy feel-good game. They wave flags, bang drums, dance, hang out, maybe walk down the middle of the street in a large crowd (oooh, feels so good to break the law!), then go home feeling proud of themselves. "Empowered".

Meanwhile bombs are raining down on Iraq, as planned.

That's not victory, that's defeat and living in denial of it.

It's a shame, too, because stopping the war machine of the Empire of Washington from invading, pillaging, and plundering sovereign nations without provocation really is a just cause.

-Van
 

Peace begins at home

Better that there in it for the fun of it rather than the fight of it like yourself. Nothing could be more supportive of Bush's policies than Van's attitude.

Spreading out, you're right, we do need to bring the message
the wisdom of peace to people not yet understanding it, but please ignore the viciousness of the Van's in the world who merely look for injustice because of their love of misery, violence, and excuse to fight.
 

yeah, i feel bad too.

I feel good that there are so many out to show support for peace, but Van's right, dude. All we are doing is showing a loud disapproval without any teeth to back it up. Hey, at least we're forcing these law enforcement agencies to use up their budget now! Yeah, but they'll get more.

So short of direct action and even sabotage, to be MORE effective means changing other people's minds--notice that i have to use the word 'other' because they are not us, they are different from us, they are separated from us; by beliefs and ideology. By [thanks] Spreading Out, to say "Watsonville, Modesto, Salinas, Gonzales, Soledad?" or how 'bout Menlo Park, Atherton, Los Altos/Gatos, Saratoga, Hillsborough, Black Hawk?"

"I know this would take alot of work..." and by golly you are so right! by Spreading Out. How do we show these people that we're not stereotypically lazy?
 

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