Iraq Moratorium Friday: It’s got to stop! We’ve got to stop it!

(10 am – promoted by ek hornbeck)

Friday marks the 12th month, the end of a year, for the Iraq Moratorium.

Since last September, it has united people holding more than 1,200 events and actions in 41 states and 240 communities, from one end of the country to the other.

But it hasn’t stopped the war.  Should we give up now?

The Iraq Moratorium folks don’t think so.  In fact, they’ve renewed their commitment to ending the war and occupation, and have made some improvements in the operation. You’ll find a new website, with a new address,, and even a new logo to go with the new look.

It’s a simple concept.  It asks people to interrupt their daily routines on the Third Friday of every month and take some action, individually or with a group, to end the war and occupation.  It encourages  locally organized, grassroots actions to move more of the silent majority who say they oppose the war to do something to end it.

The national Moratorium doesn’t try to tell people what action to take.  It offers a wide variety of options, from wearing a button or armband to taking part in a demonstration, and many things in between.  The important thing is that people do something.

The national website acts as a clearinghouse for information, collecting and posting events planned by local organizers and reports, photos and videos afterward.  It also offers some tips and tools for organizers to use.

It’s almost an exaggeration to call it a shoestring operation.  It operates on virtually no money with a volunteer crew. (Disclosure: I’m part of the volunteer core group that tries to keep it growing.)

Given its almost non-existent resources and media blackout of antiwar actions, it’s first year record is somewhat remarkable.  There have been more than 1,200 actions in 41 states and 240 communities since the Moratorium began in September 2007.  No one really knows how many individuals also observe the Moratorium in some way on the Third Friday of the month,  but it’s a significant number.

As Iraq Moratorium #12 approaches, think about one thing, big or small, that you can do to help.  If nothing else, a donation would be gratefully accepted — and you don’t have to wait until August 15.

Whatever it is, please do something.


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  1. Please check out the new site, and bookmark it.  Then come back after Friday’s actions to see reports, photos and videos from around the country.

  2. …One of the seniors who comes to our vigils at Acton and University in Berkeley brings a walking stick on the top of which she attaches the message in the subject line.  

         …   IT’S UP TO US   …

    So, as xof says, “Do something!”

    • Viet71 on August 14, 2008 at 01:15

    There were over 100,000 marchers, and MSM ignored it.

    Passionate marchers.

    Each representing at least 10,000 of their fellow country-persons.

    I’m with Teresa Heinz from last night.  Let’s put our bodies on the line, close the bridges to D.C., shut down the city.

    It can be done with a couple of million marchers.

    • Viet71 on August 14, 2008 at 17:23

    for your anti-war efforts.

    Just chipped in $100 of beer money for the Moratorium.

    Too bad all the millions of anti-war types from the 1960s and early 1970s don’t chip in too.

    • kj on August 15, 2008 at 04:59

    listening/watching to youtube, Springsteen and Neil Young  mostly, following links to links, and just ran across this.  now, it’s typical high-energy Bruce singing “Born in the USA.”  nothing out of the unusual, right? the kicker is in the description:

    Springsteen and the E Street Band, live in Barcelona 2003. In the intro he’s speaking Catalan and he says “I wrote this song about the Vietnam war, tonight we sing it as a prayer for peace“.

    sweat and energy and pounding drums, sung as a prayer, in 2003.

    remember the energy, to try and stop this latest war before it began? it was a world-wide wave and many of us here were part of it. and then running across this tonight reminded me what colossal energy was expended then, and how can i ask any less of myself today?  

    rock and roll as prayer.  i mean, yes. at the very least.  thanks, xofferson.

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