November 9, 2006Permanent disclaimer: I'm severely behind my messages lately and I will probably always be! Yet I do love this part of dA more than anything. So if I don't always comment, I will often fave or full view whenever possible! My comments aren't always long, creative, original or thoughtful. I hope you'll take them as they are meant - heartfelt - nonetheless!!! Thanks for your patience! LZ
[Here's the letter I got from Code Pink today!!!
November 9, 2006
What a time for celebration! We have a new House of Representatives! Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, hailing from one of the most anti-war districts in the country, is the new Speaker of the House. Most likely the Senate has also changed hands. AND, best of all, Donald Rumsfeld is out. The liars, manipulators, and warmongers are starting to lose their grip on this country. And much of this tidal wave of change is due to you and to all of us in the peace movement, so let's take a moment to thank each other.
In our CODEPINK family, we want to thank the dozens of local groups who gathered hundreds of shoes representing Iraqis who have died, and brought them to key races throughout the country to say "Walk in their Shoes: Vote for a Change of Course."
We want to thank the over 1,000 peacemakers who stood outside churches, movie theaters, shopping malls, farmers markets and concerts collecting pledges for Give Peace a Vote.
Kudos to those who held house parties showing the films Iraq for Sale and Ground Truth as a way to educate and motivate their friends to take action.
Of course, many of you have been working to educate and motivate Americans to oppose this war for the past four years! We want to thank those of you who came out again and again to the peace rallies and vigils, who lobbied their congressional offices, who did sit-ins and risked arrest to show the depth of your convictions. Think of all those times we stood out in the cold, in the rain, in the broiling heat, often in small numbers, feeling insignificant and marginalized. Your persistence--our persistence--is starting to pay off.
We also want to thank the soldiers turned war resisters, the military families speaking out against the war, and the whistleblowers inside the government. They inspire us with their courage and deep sense of patriotism. We want to thank the Iraqi women who took the risk of coming to the United States on our Listen to Iraqi Women speaking tour, traveling from city to city to tell their heart-wrenching stories of life in Iraq today and why they want our troops to leave. All these efforts have moved the American public from passively accepting this war to vigorously demanding a new policy.
Sure, we've got LOTS more to do. The Democrats will be reluctant to call for the troops to come home and to cut off funds for further war making. The new Secretary of Defense will pretend there is truly a strategy for "victory" in Iraq, rather than a strategy for ending the occupation and promoting an Iraqi reconciliation plan. But the tide is turning, and we must pause to celebrate what we have accomplished.
So in this month of Thanksgiving, why not take a moment this week to thank someone in your community who has worked for peace? Perhaps it's a person new to activism who needs some encouragement, or an old-timer who serves as a role model to you. Perhaps it's a local member of the press who has truly helped educate the public, or maybe a family member who has supported you in YOUR activism. Just look around and you'll see someone deserving of a nice call or note, some flowers or chocolate-whatever way you want to say thanks.
And please accept our thanks and gratitude for your love and support,
Andrea, Anedra, Dana, Farida, Gael, Gayle, Jodie, Laura, Liz, Medea, Nancy, Patricia, Rae, Samantha, and Sonia
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