Not One More!
January 1, 2006
Dear Elected Official/Community Member:
There is a terrible national tragedy occurring under our watch- the Iraq War. Clearly, it is time to get off the fence and state which side you are on. This illegal occupation is in violation of U.S. law, international law, as well as a betrayal to basic principles of democracy and justice. It is causing needless deaths and unnecessary suffering to both the American and Iraqi communities. We need anybody considering running for the office of President to hear our message: ‘We will only support those candidates who are committed to ending this unjust war.’
The message to our elected officials is this: if you believe that this war is a travesty, now is the time to stand up and publicly announce that the war is wrong. Join us by February 20, 2006, in publicly stating that you support bringing our soldiers back, and ending this war that is based on lies and deceit. Now is the time, not two years from now.
February 20th was picked because it is President's Day, and hopefully any potential presidential candidate will reflect upon what they want to stand for by this symbolic day. This country needs a leader who will take this country forward, and protect liberty and justice for all by putting ‘we the people’ first.
Honor our soldiers and those that have made the ultimate sacrifice by not putting any more of our community through the pain and suffering. Not One More!
There is sufficient evidence that shows beyond a reasonable doubt that the alleged reasons for this war (weapons of mass destruction, responsible for September 11, 2001, immediate nuclear threat by Saddam) was a product of willful manipulation on the part of the President and has no basis in truth. To put it plainly, the President lied to the American people about why he sent us to war. Our soldiers and their families are paying the ultimate sacrifice.
This war is not wrong because we have over 2,000 U.S. soldier deaths; it is wrong because we are illegally occupying a foreign country based on lies and deceit. We committed and condoned acts of torture and abuse in violation of our democratic principles. We are committing crimes against humanity.
The need for timely support is now! - Stand up and be counted
It is not in the best interests of the peace community to support any presidential candidate in 2008 who cannot make a choice to publicly oppose the war by February 20, 2006. If an elected official or potential presidential candidate does not have enough information at this late date to make a reasoned determination that this war is a mistake, or if they refuse to publicly oppose the war because it might not be politically popular, they are not worthy of the peace community’s support.
Join us. If you are an elected official, or desiring to run for public office, please commit yourself to the peace process and state publicly that you do not support the war based on lies and misrepresentations. If you previously supported the war but can now see through the lies and manipulations, you need to admit your mistake, move forward and make corrections. We welcome you. What we want is a peaceful solution, and we are looking for people to join us in that effort.
If you are a member of the peace movement, commit yourself to voting only for candidates who have publicly declared by February 20, 2006, their opposition to the war. And please, let your elected officials know what you intend to do. We cannot afford to support another Kerry type of candidate, one who is unclear or incapable of stating clearly that this war, based on lies and deceit, is wrong. Each day we wait is another unacceptable delay in peace and justice.
There is no peace without justice, and there is no justice if it is based on lies.
Elected Official's Declaration:
I publicly declare that:
The Iraq war is in violation of U.S. law, International law, and the basic principles of a democratic and just society.
The reasons cited for going to war are based on lies, deceit, and fabrications.
I will support all efforts to immediately end the illegal occupation, turn over control of Iraq to an independent international organization within six months, and commit to rebuilding the infrastructure of Iraq.
In accordance with the rules under the Geneva Convention, I further declare to immediately stop any and all torture and abuse at Guantanamo Bay, Abu Graibs prison, and any other facility that is under the U.S. control or its direction. I will end the current 'enemy combatants' policy, and treat them in accordance and protections provided under international law and the Geneva Convention.
If I did support this war, or vote to give the President authorization to go to war, I will admit it was a mistake, and will take all steps possible to correct my mistake.
I pledge to make non-violence the primary mechanism for conflict resolution.
[Please make this public declaration by February 20, 2006, President's Day]
This is suggested wording. Each person has to evaluate their own beliefs and values, and publicly declare what they believe in and what they are willing to stand for.
|Member of the Peace Community
As a community member of a a caring society that
supports peaceful efforts and justice for all, I declare that I will only
vote for, and support, any candidate in the 2008 presidential election who
is able to publicly declare by February 20, 2006, that:
Note: This pledge can apply to any candidate running for office or reelection.
You can also contact your local state representatives. Their contact information should be in your phonebook.
Make the pledge now. Vote for what you believe in. Not one more unnecessary death based on lies and deceit. Not one more injustice. Not one more torture. Now is the time to take back our country and define our civility and our desires. Get involved in putting our society on the path of truth, compassion, and peaceful ways. Let's practice random acts of kindness and joy. Let's give our children an opportunity to live in a world of peace, understanding, and joy. Let's stop dropping bombs on innocent people. Let's define our future and let humanity and non-violence become the dominant paradigm. Make kindness one of the golden rules. Let's start nurturing all that is good within us, and stand strong against the fear and greed that makes us weak. Everything is connected. Work for peace. To make a change, words need action. Think, act.
We need to start voting our conscience. If we truly desire to stop unjust wars and oppressive acts, we cannot continue to compromise principles of truth and justice. We cannot continue to support elected officials who cannot publicly state their opposition to an immoral and illegal war. We must walk our talk, and expect our elected officials to do the same. The time is now. Write/call your Congressperson, your Senator, your Governor, your newspaper. Talk to your neighbor. Get the word out. Not One More!
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