|| Women’s Call for Peace: An Urgent Appeal|
Sign on today! Please join women and men from all over the world who have launched an Urgent Call for Peace in Iraq. CODEPINK: Women for Peace, is gathering over 100,000 signatures on this Call, and we need your signature, and your help, to do it! On International Women's Day, March 8, we will deliver these signatures to U.S. embassies, consulates, and federal offices all over the world.
Women’s Call for Peace: An Urgent Appeal
We, the women of the United States, Iraq and women worldwide, have had enough of the senseless war in Iraq and the cruel attacks on civilians around the world. We’ve buried too many of our loved ones. We’ve seen too many lives crippled forever by physical and mental wounds. We’ve watched in horror as our precious resources are poured into war while our families’ basic needs of food, shelter, education and heathcare go unmet. We’ve had enough of living in constant fear of violence and seeing the growing cancer of hatred and intolerance seep into our homes and communities.
This is not the world we want for ourselves or our children. With fire in our bellies and love in our hearts, we women are rising up—across borders—to unite and demand an end to the bloodshed and the destruction...
We have seen how the foreign occupation of Iraq has fueled an armed movement against it, perpetuating an endless cycle of violence. We are convinced that it is time to shift from a military model to a conflict-resolution model that includes the following elements:
The withdrawal of all foreign troops and foreign fighters from Iraq;
Negotiations to reincorporate disenfranchised Iraqis into all aspects of Iraqi society;
The full representation of women in the peacemaking process and a commitment to women’s full equality in the post-war Iraq;
A commitment to discard plans for any foreign bases in Iraq;
Iraqi control of its oil and other resources;
The nullification of privatization and deregulation laws imposed under occupation, allowing Iraqis to shape the trajectory of the post-war economy;
A massive reconstruction effort that prioritizes Iraqi contractors, and draws upon financial resources of the countries responsible for the invasion and occupation of Iraq;
Consideration of a temporary international peacekeeping force that is truly multilateral and is not composed of any troops from countries that participated in the occupation.
To move this peace process forward, we are creating a massive movement of women—crossing generations, races, ethnicities, religions, borders and political persuasions. Together, we will pressure our governments, the United Nations, the Arab League, Nobel Peace Prize winners, religious leaders and others in the international community to step forward to help negotiate a political settlement. And in this era of divisive fundamentalisms, we call upon world leaders to join us in spreading the fundamental values of love for the human family and for our precious planet.
CODEPINK has been struggling since before the war in Iraq began to build a movement for peace across borders. We marched with you on February 15, 2003 and have been fighting with you to end the war ever since! As the human toll of war increases, and the peace movement gains momentum, we are standing up in increasing numbers with our international sisters and brothers to say ENOUGH to war and violence. Please join us in demanding peace now!
You can help by signing the Call today at http://www.womensaynotowar.org/
and spreading the word through your email lists. We also hope you’ll consider joining us on March 8 in Washington DC, or joining an action in your town.
Visit http://www.womensaynotowar.org/ for details.
In Solidarity Towards Peace,
Medea Benjamin, Gael Murphy, and Jodie Evans
Co-founders of CODEPINK Women for Peace
P.S. There are many more ways to get involved! You can add a beautiful pink link to the petition on your organization’s website by downloading the banner at: http://www.womensaynotowar.org/article.php?id=698. If you would like more information about this campaign, please email:
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