We Were Half a Million Strong

February 3, 2007 at 10:08 pm 1 comment

Except it wasn’t Woodstock* this time,  it was DC and we were at the Capitol building. There were at least 500,000 on the Mall, people as far as the eye could see converging to demand an end to war, it was beautiful! Another awesome part of the day was that at least half the people there were youth; point this out next time anyone tells you young people are apathetic.
The crowds were so huge that the only SPANners we found all day were Colin and a couple other fantastic folks from SUNY Buffalo. We were also unable to get any quality pictures from Saturday, so if you’ve got good photos send them along. If you’ve got video from Saturday (in DC or of any of the other hundreds of events around the country), upload it to the new SPAN YouTube group!

On Monday there was the largest Peace lobbying day yet! Over 1500 people met with their representatives and senators, many of them for the first time, to push their members of Congress to stop the war now.

But we can’t stop there!

We have to keep up the pressure, both on Congress and the Bush Administration to end the war. When Bush said 21,500 more troops to Iraq, he conveniently only meant combat troops, which will require more support troops, the number is really 35-40,000 more soldiers in Iraq. In the next few days we’ll be sending out a list of legislation to end the war and tips for contacting and lobbying your members of Congress.

While we have a lot of work and action to take between now and then, for the 4th Anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, we’re calling for people to show their opposition to the war in their communities. Check out the details.

Creative Action

The 3rd Annual Citizens for Global Solutions Flash Movie Contest Citizens for Global Solutions is holding a contest for students, budding artists, young graphic designers, and human rights activists who are interested in creating the best, most unique flash movie along the theme of “Think Globally, Act Locally”. The top contenders will be published on their website. Deadline is April 1, 2007
Participate in the YouTube Get Out of Iraq Campaign

Scholarship for Student Activists and Organizers

The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund has applications available for student
activists who are building the progressive movement and will be enrolled
in school during the 2007-08 academic year. The maximum grant is $8,000 and may be considerably smaller depending on the applicant’s circumstances and the funding available; there are 25-30 grants awarded each year. Deadline for all materials is April 1, 2007
Thanks for all you’re doing! Let’s keep it up and end war!

Peace,

Randy

*By the time we got to woodstock
We were half a million strong
And everywhere there was song and celebration
And I dreamed I saw the bombers
Riding shotgun in the sky
And they were turning into butterflies
Above our nation
We are stardust
Billion year old carbon
We are golden
Caught in the devils bargain
And weve got to get ourselves
Back to the garden

– Joni Mitchell, Woodstock

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