September 12, 2009
Next week will mark the 8th year since we invaded Afghanistan and the voices of resistance are growing--and you are about to be one of them!
LAST WEEK we saw the largest number of US soldiers killed in a month, horrific bombing causality reports, the mainstream media printing a photo of a dead US soldier against great pressure, and George Will and Chuck Hagel wrote thoughtful pieces in the Washington Post about why we need to get out of Afghanistan. THIS WEEK we heard Senator Carl Levin and Speaker Nancy Pelosi openly doubt and defy suggestions from the top that more troops would be necessary.
HERE IS WHERE YOU COME IN! Thank you for signing up to be part of our activist team for our National Week of Media Action against the War in Afghanistan. Below is our calendar of actions and links to tools so you can be engaged from your phone, computer, freeway over pass, the blogosphere, radio talk shows, letters to editors, etc. Use them, share them!
MONDAY, Sept. 14 - Kickoff Day!
Invite your friends to sign our online petition demanding President Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
TUESDAY, Sept. 15 - Radio and Letter Day
Call in to talk radio shows - put your voice on the air! We will be sending out a list of national radio shows and call-in times. Take pointers from our interview tips. Get your cell phone ready! Plus, send a letter to the editor of your local newspaper using our super easy online tool.
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 16 - Visual Day (aka Freeway Blogging!)
Freeway bannering (aka freeway blogging)-- Paint a banner that says "US Out of Afghanistan" or "Peace with Afghanistan" or other creative, related slogans. Get a few gals together to hold the banner on a freeway overpass then take a photo and upload to the Local Spotlight . You can share the event with your local media by using our template press release. See our media toolkit for more tips!
THURSDAY, Sept. 17 - Congressional Day
CODEPINKers and other peace groups will be in the halls of Congress delivering the thousands of signatures to our petition calling for an exit strategy that includes NATO/American troop withdrawal, all party talks, regional diplomacy, and continued aid for reconstruction, medical care, education and development from Obama, Reid and Pelosi! Make sure you sign the petition and spread the word!
FRIDAY, Sept. 18 - Call Congress Day & Spread the Word!
Call your congressperson and say you want our troops home from Afghanistan and no more money for the war in Afghanistan! Or coordinate a Phone-a-Thon and attract passersby on a busy street corner to call in to Congress. Use Facebook and Twitter to get out the word about what you did to expose the realities of the occupation of Afghanistan.
This is meant as a guide--use your creativity to pull from here the ideas that grab you.
Dana, Farida, Gael, Gayle, Janet, Jodie, Medea, Nancy, Paris, Rae and Whitney