Your Opinions Requested: Should The Iraq Moratorium Change Its Name?

(10 am. – promoted by ek hornbeck)

Many of you are familiar with the Iraq Moratorium. Some of the discussion that led to its formation took place here and at Daily Kos in early 2007 and its launch on September 15, 2007 was well recorded here. Diaries since have covered it, and blogosphere luminaries like Meteor Blades and One Pissed Off Liberal have repeatedly given it play.

The idea is simple, and captured in our pledge:

I hereby commit that, on the Third Friday and/or Third Weekend of every month, I will take some action by myself or with others to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Early last year, the tiny all-volunteer committee that helps coordinate this effort made two changes reflected in the wording above. We added the Third Weekend at the request of some of the many longstanding anti-war vigils that take place on Saturdays and Sundays, and we added the war in Afghanistan.

At that time we decided to keep the name Iraq Moratorium because of its name recognition and because we feared that Iraq was falling off the media’s radar and out of public consciousness entirely.

Looking back, we feel that this was a mistake. Iraq has in fact faded in this country’s awareness, despite the 120,000 troops still stationed there, not to mention the similar number of “private contractors” our tax dollars are paying for. Meanwhile, the administration is in the early stages of its second escalation in Afghanistan in less than a year, and the death toll there is rising inexorably–troops, insurgents and Afghani civilians alike–which has placed the occupation there center stage.

The Moratorium committee’s feeling is that the name should be changed to the War Moratorium, but we ask your input because, as mentioned above, the shoestring operation that keeps the Moratorium going consists of a handful of us. Your views will be a welcome contribution to our decision-making.

This is not the place for a summation of the 2,500 plus events that have taken place in observance of the Moratorium so far, nor for a plea for volunteers to help us build it, especially on the Internet and in older forms of media. Both of those will be forthcoming in the not-too-distant future. In the meantime, please check out the website and remember the Moratorium slogan:

It’s Got To Stop! We’ve Got To Stop It!

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    • dennis on January 11, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    surprise, minimal. –sighs–

    A bit better on Facebook…

  1. Full Spectrum Dominance Moratorium.  I had this conversation with someone the other day.  What good does getting out of Iraq and/or Afghanistan do when we’ll just shift to Yemen, Somalia, Columbia, and Uzbechistan.  

    • Edger on January 11, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    Self-destruction Moratorium?

    Terrorism Moratorium?

    Or would those three maybe not be such good PR moves?

  2. None of the ones we have so far are working for me.  I think I need to think about this today, and I would welcome others doing that thinking as well.  I think there needs to be a name that catches our eye but also properly characterizes what we’re talking about.  

    • rossl on January 12, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    “Iraq Moratorium” is kind of confusing – it kind of sounds like a boycott of Iraqi goods or something like that.  “War Moratorium” is more straightforward and allows the movement to be broader.

  3. Since most (if not all) of the Wisconsin events are streetcorner vigils, “Stand Against Empire” might be a good choice. I’m not sure how important it is to keep the word “moratorium” in the name. I don’t think most people know what it means (had to google it myself), but if the original idea was to promote a general work stoppage, that’s clearly not happening.  

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