How pissed off are you, anyway?

We know you’re plenty pissed off about the war.

Pissed off enough to write about it and comment on it, and to resort to some pretty rough language to describe how you feel.

Five years.  Thousands of Americans and perhaps a million Iraqis dead.  Four million refugees.  Trillions of dollars wasted. Government spying.  Torture.  Lies.  Coverups.

It’s enough to piss anyone off.

But are you pissed off enough to do something?

Even something small?

Are you too pissed off to act?

Above it all?

So cynical and disillusioned you think it’s futile?

Friday is Iraq Moratorium #8.

If you’re really pissed off, isn’t it time to show it?

There are an endless number of ways to do it.

You can attend an Iraq Moratorium vigil or action.  They’re scattered across the country, and listed on the website.

Can’t make it?  Nothing doing in your town?  

Take some individual action.  Put up a sign.  Wear a black armband or a button.  Call or email your Congressperson.  Write a letter to the editor.  Donate to a peace group.

Just do something.

That’s the whole idea behind the Moratorium: Do something on the Third Friday of every month to end the war and occupation.

Since it began in September, the Moratorium has sparked more than 800 events across the country, and countless thousands of individual actions.

It hasn’t stopped the war.  But it has reached out to the silent majority of Americans who say they want the war to end, and offered a way for militant activists and non-activists alike to join forces once a month to say they want the war to end.

Try it.  Do something on Friday.  

Will it make you less pissed off?

I hope not.

But at least it will make you feel that you’ve done something, however small, besides piss and moan.

Give it a chance.  And, whatever you decide to do, visit the website and tell others about it.

Being pissed off is a good thing; it shows you’re alive and not numbed to what’s happening.  Let’s try to harness it.

Pissed Off for Peace.

That has a nice ring to it.

Is that the beginning of a movement?



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  1. Feel free to piss and moan in your comments.

  2. So cynical and disillusioned you think it’s futile?

    The good guys know that it isn’t. Be one of the good guys. See you at the vigil on April 18!

    Iraq Moratorium

    Women in Black

    • kj on April 15, 2008 at 7:57 pm

    to decide to support IM.  paycheck should be in today’s mail and i’m going to send $10 a month (via personal check) until… until.

    paypal doesn’t like me, and besides, i think the act of physically writing out a check and writing out an envelope is a better way for me to go.

    not much.  but something.

    • pfiore8 on April 15, 2008 at 8:27 pm

    let me count the ways…

    …to the depth and breadth and height

    My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight

    For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.

    I am pissed to the level of every day’s

    Most quiet need, by sun and candlelight.

    I am pissed freely, as men strive for Right;

    I am pissed as purely, as they turn from Praise.

    I am pissed with a passion put to use

    In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.

    I am pissed with an anger I seemed to find

    With talk of lost saints, I am pissed with the breath,

    Smiles, tears, of all my life! and, if God choose,

    I shall overcome this anger and when this war is over and our troops, home at last, get the support they need to heal

    that’s how pissed i am

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