recently asked our friends in Iran to send
messages we could bring to Congress as we work tirelessly
to stop the next war now. Here is one we received:
am from IRAN. My neighbor to the east, AFGHANISTAN, does not
remember one year without war in 50 years, and my neighbor to
the west, IRAQ, is covered with blood.
Now it looks like the time has come for my country--IRAN. What
can I do to save my family? What can I do to save my home, to
save my country?
I can do nothing. What about you?
are haunted by this question, and strive to do whatever we can to
protect our sisters and brothers in Iran as President Bush rattles
his saber in their direction. This
Wednesday, our CODEPINK flotilla staged a “peace blockade”
around the Washington DC houseboat of Congressman Gary Ackerman
press release here!). Ackerman, who just last year told
us he'd love to go to Iran and get on a bicycle to promote
peace, has proposed House
Resolution 362, a naval blockade
of Iran that sets us on the path to war. On Thursday,
in DC and in Cong. Ackerman's home office in New York, we will
stage a sit-in calling on him to withdraw the resolution.
can join our sit-in from the comfort of your own home. Call
Representative Ackerman today, (202-225-2601)
and urge him to withdraw H. Con. Res. 362 and promote diplomacy,
not war. Your calls will strengthen the impact of our direct action,
and will help Ackerman and the rest of Congress understand that
the American people want to avoid another tragic and unnecessary
also sign our petition to Barack Obama, asking the
presumptive Democratic nominee to pursue diplomacy with Iran and
speak out against any acts of war by the Bush administration. Read
and sign our petition here.
our friends in Iran ask us again what we are doing to protect their
country, we can say we added our names, added our voices, to the
collective call for peace.
you for adding your own name, your own voice.
peace and hope,
Anne, Dana, Deidra, Desiree, Farida, Gael, Gayle, Jean, Jodie, Liz,
Lori, Medea, Nancy, Rae, Sarah and Tighe
P.S. If you want to step out
of the comfort of your own home to stop the next war now, please
consider joining one of our sister organization Global
Exchange's reality tours to Iran. This life changing
journey will open your eyes and heart and mind and give you important
tools to counter the arguments for war.