Sometimes we think we should just call it the War Moratorium.
We all want to end the war and occupation of Iraq -- but not to free up more troops for Afghanistan.
Violence continues to rage on a daily basis in both of those war-torn countries.
And now Gaza has been added to the mix, with innocents dying on both sides.
A new president takes office in less than two weeks -- someone whose candidacy was launched and sustained in its early stages by his opposition to the Iraq war.
He, and other policy makers, need to hear from us, loudly and clearly, that we elected them to follow a path to peace -- in Iraq, in Afghanistan, in Gaza, and around the globe.
What better time than Friday, Jan. 16, Iraq Moratorium #17, four days before the inauguration?
The Moratorium offers a chance for people across the country to speak out for peace with a united voice, in their own communities, all across the country. Since it began in September 2007, it has sparked more than 1,500 local events in 43 states and 260 communities.
Please join us this month. It's easy. You simply have to disrupt your regular routine and do something on January 16 to call for peace in Iraq. The Moratorium is a big umbrella. You decide what to do -- as an individual or with a group. Aside from unity on Iraq, there is plenty of room for other messages -- to convert military spending to health care or other urgent needs, for example, or to stop the bloodshed in Afghanistan and Gaza.
The main thing is that we all do something -- and that we share that information with others, so that it can inspire them and let them know that they are not alone, but truly part of a national grassroots movement that is mobilizing in local communities.
Please check our website to see if there's an event listed in your community. Here's the list.
If not, please send us the information on any group or individual action you're planning for January 16. Just use this form.
Afterward, we hope you'll share your experience by sending us a short report, with photos or video if possible.
This is not a time to relax our efforts. It is a time to renew and redouble them, knowing that we're no longer trying to speak to a President and Congress with deaf ears on this issue. There is a lot of talk about hope these days, and we should be hopeful, too -- but take nothing for granted.
Thanks for all of your efforts to date, and for whatever you can do this month in the cause of peace.