[saymaListserv] Fwd: Action on Iraq
Michael Austin Shell
bright_crow at mindspring.com
Thu Sep 26 07:55:33 JEST 2002
This is forwarded from Mary Ellen McNish, the Executive Directory of
AFSC. Please read it and consider acting upon it.
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Mary Ellen McNish
> > Sent: Thursday, September 19, 2002 7:22 PM
> > To:xxx
> > Subject: Update on Iraq
> > Dear Friends,
> > We have news today that Congress has scheduled a vote on authorizing
> > military action against Iraq for next Friday, September 27, 2002. We are
> > concentrating action on the Senate since the House of Representatives will
> > be harder to effect results. We need to be prepared for a possibility
> > that the vote in the Senate will be 100 for and 0 against.
> > This letter will give you short term activities, medium term activities
> > and long term activates that have emerged over the past 3 days. We ask
> > that you spread as widely as possible the action steps we are
> > recommending.
> > Short Term---This is what we are asking you to do.
> > Over the next week
> > * Organize a personal visit to the district office of your state's two
> > senators. Try to bring along other people like religious leaders or
> > business leaders or just neighbors and friends. If you can't get a
> > meeting at least call their office to register your position. You can get
> > their district address and phone number from the fcnl.org website.
> > * Call Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle's office in Washington D. C.
> > to register your position as well. His Washington Office number is
> > 202-224-2321.
> > Your message should be:
> > You oppose the use of military force against Iraq. You support the
> > diplomatic work in the United Nations to resolve the crisis and congress
> > should too. You think weapons inspectors should be given a fair chance.
> > Military force is not the solution---it will only make things worse in the
> > United States, Iraq and the whole region that encompasses the Middle East.
> > Other things happening next week.
> > * Paul's letter to President Bush is written and will be sent
> > tomorrow. I had a glitch in my computer so I can't seem to attach it. I
> > will ask Francine Cheeks to send it to you tomorrow.
> > * Paul's letters to Saddam Hussein, Kofi Annan and Tony Blair are in
> > draft form and are being worked on.
> > * We will have an AFSC Statement, talking points and sample letters
> > completed by Monday...Tuesday at the very latest. You can access them on
> > the afsc.org website. We will send the statement to the English language
> > press in the Middle East and Europe.
> > * I am meeting at 4 P. M. Monday with some of the heads of Quaker
> > organizations to try to draft a joint statement. FWCC will only sign on
> > if FUM does. We are working on it.
> > * Jim Matlack is trying to get a place for me to testify at the
> > hearings next week. Even if we can't get on the docket, I will go and try
> > to meet with Arlen Specter and Rick Santorum, PA's two senators.
> > * US Regional Directors have committed to getting personal visits to
> > Senators in their district offices in at least 27 states. They have also
> > committed to trying to place over 50 op-ed's based on the talking points
> > and statements that will be available Monday. Commitments for more are
> > still coming in.
> > * This is an organizational mobilization so International Directors
> > and other Department Directors are also trying to mobilize their
> > constituencies as well as friends and family.
> > * We will be dropping an emergency appeal on Tuesday to 77,000 donors,
> > segmented by Senate District, asking each person to call their Senator
> > with a similar message to the one above. The correct Washington phone
> > number for their senator will be in the letter. Of course, we will also
> > be asking them to give generously to this emergency appeal.
> > Medium Term
> > * Meetings are being held tomorrow to finalize the college newspaper
> > ads. They will be place in three college newspapers in 5 regions.
> > Regional Directors have committed to having staff/volunteers in place to
> > host tables at these colleges to capture the students interested in
> > getting involved.
> > * We now have 15,000 signers of the peace pledge. The signers seem to
> > be doubling each week. We have made an organizational commitment to get
> > 100,000 signers by year end.
> > Long Term
> > * We had the first meeting of the Emergency Response Team planning the
> > logistics for humanitarian assistance should we need to gear up quickly.
> > The focus will be on providing hygiene kits which will be able to engage
> > schools easily and can be used in other parts of the world if need be.
> > This will possibly be in cooperation with Mennonite Central Committee.
> > * We are preparing grant proposals for some foundations and possibly
> > for Board funds as the specifics of these activities roll out over the
> > next several months.
> > Finally, over the next 10 days we will do everything we can. We have to
> > be ready to face the fact that we will probably lose. We know this is
> > only the first stage. Then we have to be prepared to move into the next
> > stage---mobilization to oppose the war and preparation to bring
> > humanitarian assistance to Iraq. Thank you for the wisdom and support you
> > offered at the Board Meeting this week-end. It is knowing that we reach
> > into the spritual depths of the Quaker values of peace and justice that
> > gives us the courage to do this work yet again.
> > Sincerely, Mary Ellen
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