12/22/2004

WHAT WE CAN DO

More directed at Vets, but good ideas for all -- law

WHAT WE CAN DO

We have to look for solutions that can come about without military action. I don't think the American people will stand for a series of wars like this.--Gen. Anthony Zinni , Ret. USMC


As veterans, reservists, active duty and military family members, we have a record of public service, sacrifice and experience that fellow citizens and public officials respect. We’ve paid our dues to exercise our constitutional right to express dissenting opinions even amid the heat of war. One voice may be ignored. But a concert of concerned voices is a powerful movement for change.


1) WRITE

Letters to editors at newspapers, news magazines, television and radio news and talk programs

Media Guide, LWV http://www.capwiz.com/lwv/dbq/media/

Op-ed (opinion) essays for newspapers, Internet web sites

Letters to members of Congress, President Bush, the United Nations

Congress.org http://www.congress.org/congressorg/home/
U.S. Senate http://www.senate.gov/
U.S. House of Representatives http://www.house.gov/
President Bush, White House http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/
United Nations, Permanent Missions http://www.un.org/Overview/missions.htm


2) JOIN

Veterans’ organizations that work for peaceful resolutions

Bring Them Home Now http://www.bringthemhomenow.org/
Citizen Soldier http://www.citzen-soldier.org/
Iraq Veterans Against the War http://www.ivaw.net/
Veterans For Common Sense http://www.veteransforcommonsense.org/
Veterans For Peace http://www.veteransforpeace.org/
Vets For Justice http://www.vetsforjustice.com/
Vietnam Veterans Against The War http://www.vvaw.org/
Vietnam Veterans Of America http://www.vva.org/
Vietnam Veterans Of America Foundation http://www.vva.org/

Peace organizations and coalitions

Military Families Speak Out http://www.mfso.org/
Peace Action http://www.peace-action.org/
United for Peace & Justice http://www.unitedforpeace.org/
War Resisters League http://www.warresisters.org/
Win Without War http://www.winwithoutwarus.org/

Religious groups for peaceful resolutions

American Friends Service Committee http://www.afsc.org/
Fellowship of Reconciliation http://www.forusa.org/
Jewish Voice for Peace http://www.jewishvoiceforpeace.org/
Pax Christi http://www.paxchristiusa.org/


3) LOBBY

Elected officials

Guide to Elected Officials, LWV http://www.capwiz.com/lwv/dbq/officials/

Peace resolutions by municipal, county and state governments

Cities for Peace http://www.ips-dc.org/citiesforpeace/


4) PARTICIPATE

Citizen diplomacy and peace missions

Eisenhower's Legacy http://www.amarillosistercities.org/
Global Exchange http://www.globalexchange.org/
People to People International http://www.ptpi.org/
United Nations Association-USA http://www.unausa.org/

Elections and political campaigns

Moveon http://www.moveon.org/front/
Register for Peace http://www.tompaine.com/register/

Peace demonstrations

United for Peace & Justice http://www.unitedforpeace.org/

Petitions

Public debates

Teach-ins and forums


RESOURCES

Antiwar.com http://www.antiwar.com/
Center for Defense Information http://www.cdi.org/
Cpeace.com http://www.cpeace.com/
Foreign Policy in Focus http://www.fpif.org/
InTheseTimes.com http://www.inthesetimes.com/
Information Clearing House http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/
opensecrets.org http://www.opensecrets.org/
Thomas Paine Project http://www.wintersoldier.org/
Trap Rock Peace Center http://www.traprockpeace.org/
Truthout http://www.truthout.org/
US Institute of Peace http://www.usip.org/


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