[R-G] UFP Call for National Week of Peace and Justice
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CALL FOR NATIONAL WEEK OF PEACE AND JUSTICE
January 13-20, 2003
"I speak as an American to the leaders of my own nation. The great
initiative in this war is ours. The initiative to stop it must be ours."
-Martin Luther King Jr.
In January this country will again celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr. on the anniversary of his birthday. United For Peace encourages
anti-war organizers to develop working relations with churches, community
groups and others already planning MLK commemorative activities. We have an
opportunity to bring the full legacy of Dr. King's work and life to bear on
this critical time... the legacy of linking the struggle for racial, social
and economic justice to the call for peace.
Several activities are being planned for Washington, DC and locally around
the country during this period. United For Peace has assembled an initial
calendar of activities - see below - and we hope your group will be a part
of this important week of anti-war and social justice activism.
Included in the week's plans is a national training workshop and conference
in Washington DC being organized by Black Voices for Peace on Monday,
January 20th, the national MLK holiday. On this same day, Black Voices for
Peace and United for Peace are calling for local actions all around the
country. (See details below.)
The national workshop and rally and the local actions will be important
steps in strengthening the leadership of African Americans and other people
of color in this new anti-war movement. (For more information, contact Black
Voices for Peace at 202-232-5690 or United for Peace at 202-862-9740
In addition to these events, International ANSWER has issued a call for a
mass mobilization on Saturday, Jan. 18th. Many organizations within United
For Peace will be actively participating in this demonstration. We know each
such mobilization contributes to the growth of this movement and as such we
support the broad diversity of nonviolent activities opposing this war.
While many people will go to Washington, DC, this period will be an
opportunity for strengthening our work locally. Our power is found in the
combination of national mobilizations and ongoing local activities.
United For Peace urges local groups and coalitions, as well as national
organizations, to organize and promote a full week of activity in January.
We encourage you to post your activities on our web site at
INITIAL CALENDAR, subject to change:
(Jan. 11 - Local events on West Coast)
Jan. 13 - Local educational and outreach activities.
Jan. 14 - Possible day for high school student and other youth actions.
Jan. 15 - MLK Birthday
(1) National fast for peace not war. Initiated by the Shalom Center,
National Council of Churches, Business Leaders for Social responsibility,
and Congressman John Conyers. People encouraged to donate the money they
would have spent on food for that day either to organizations that give
medical aid to Iraq (thereby violating U.S policy in an act of CD) or to
donate that money to organizations here in the U.S. that feed the hungry.
(2) Black Voices for Peace (BVFP) will host a protest at the Senate office
buildings from 11:30 am until 2:00 pm. (exact location to be announced),
against the policies of "Trentlottism" in the Congress and other branches of
the government--policies which promote racism, war, the assault on civil
liberties, and cutbacks in human needs funding. This event will have
participation from Iraq Pledge of resistance.
Jan. 16 - Noon time gatherings at local federal buildings, recruitment
centers, etc. for vigils, leafletting and other activities.
Jan. 17 Women Rising for Peace and Justice: A National Day of Women¹s
Anti-War Activism; also Jewish Holiday of Tu B'Shvat, the midwinter festival
day for celebration of the rebirthing of trees, ceremonial meal.
Jan. 18 - (1) International ANSWER march and rally in Washington, DC.
(2) United for Peace is planning a candlelight vigil at Lincoln Memorial
that evening (silent or listing names of people killed in war).
Jan. 19 - (1) Black Voices for Peace and United For Peace call for Peace
With Justice Sunday at churches and other religious and faith-based
institutions, focusing on MLK Jr's three pillars - racism, poverty,
(2) National civil disobedience action organized by United For Peace in
Washington, DC (details still being worked out).
Jan. 20 - (1) Black Voices for Peace with support from United for Peace
calls for local protest actions, educational events and other mobilization
activities around the country focusing on Dr. King's legacy of opposing
militarism, racism and poverty and linking these three pillars of evil in
the struggle for peace and justice.
(2)Black Voices for Peace will sponsor, "Living the Legacy of Action Against
Militarism, Racism, and Economic Injustice: A National Workshop and Rally
for Peace with Justice in Washington, D.C. Action workshops from 10:30 am
until 1:30 pm. National Rally from 3 until 6 pm. at Plymouth Congregational
Church, 5301 North Capitol (Riggs Rd/Missouri Ave. at No. Capitol).
Jan. 15 - 20: The Iraq Pledge of Resistance call for local civil
disobedience events over the course of the Martin Luther King days.
United For Peace, a national campaign bringing together more than 100
organizations committed to stopping a new war against Iraq, understands that
public protest is a central part of the work we must all be doing. United
For Peace provides a structure for a wide range of groups to work together
on both nationally coordinated local activities and major national
mobilizations. We also support the many efforts that are underway around the
country, organized by different coalitions and networks.
To send a message to the United For Peace list-serve, please email:
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