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Oct 6 DC Stop the War Machine & Create A New World

by repost Friday, Jul. 08, 2011 at 5:36 AM

October 2011 is the 10th anniversary of the invasion of Afghanistan and the beginning of the 2012 federal austerity budget. It is time to light the spark that sets off a true democratic, nonviolent transition to a world in which people are freed to create just and sustainable solutions. As Mother Jones said, "Someday the workers will take possession of your city hall, and when we do, no child will be sacrificed on the altar of profit!."

From: http://october2011.org/

We call on people of conscience and courage—all who seek peace, economic justice, human rights and a healthy environment—to join together in Washington, D.C., beginning on Oct. 6, 2011, in nonviolent resistance similar to the Arab Spring and the Midwest awakening.

A concert, rally and protest will kick off a powerful and sustained nonviolent resistance to the corporate criminals that dominate our government.

Forty-seven years ago, Mario Savio, an activist student at Berkeley, said, "There's a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious—makes you so sick at heart—that you can't take part. You can't even passively take part. And you've got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you've got to make it stop. And you've got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you're free, the machine will be prevented from working at all."

Those words have an even greater urgency today. We face ongoing wars and massive socio-economic and environmental destruction perpetrated by a corporate empire which is oppressing, occupying and exploiting the world. We are on a fast track to making the planet unlivable while the middle class and poor people of our country are undergoing the most wrenching and profound economic crisis in 80 years.

"Stop the Machine! • Create a New World!" is a clarion call for all who are deeply concerned with injustice, militarism and environmental destruction to join in ending concentrated corporate power and taking direct control of a real participatory democracy. We will encourage a culture of resistance—using music, art, theater and direct nonviolent action—to take control of our country and our lives. It is about courageously resisting and stopping the corporate state from destroying not only our inherent rights and freedoms, but also our children’s chance to live, breathe clean air, drink pure water, grow edible natural food and live in peace.

As Mother Jones said, "Someday the workers will take possession of your city hall, and when we do, no child will be sacrificed on the altar of profit!"

We are the ones who can create a new and just world. Our issues are connected. We are connected. Join us in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 6, 2011, to Stop the Machine.

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Take the pledge and sign up to attend here. Let America know you are coming to make history and a new world!

http://october2011.org/pledge

Pledge

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"I pledge that if any U.S. troops, contractors, or mercenaries remain in Afghanistan on Thursday, October 6, 2011, as that occupation goes into its 11th year, I will commit to being in Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C., with others on that day with the intention of making it our Tahrir Square, Cairo, our Madison, Wisconsin, where we will NONVIOLENTLY resist the corporate machine until our resources are invested in human needs and environmental protection instead of war and exploitation. We can do this together. We will be the beginning."

If you're not ready to commit, you can take this pledge instead:



"I pledge that if any U.S. troops, contractors, or mercenaries remain in Afghanistan on Thursday, October 6, 2011, as that occupation goes into its 11th year, and if at least 50,000 others make this commitment with me, I will commit to being in Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C., with others on that day with the intention of making it our Tahrir Square, Cairo, our Madison, Wisconsin, where we will NONVIOLENTLY resist the corporate machine until our resources are invested in human needs and environmental protection instead of war and exploitation. We can do this together. We will be the beginning ..."

Who We Are

We are endorsed by organizations that work for peace, justice, civil rights, jobs, green energy, a clean environment, a secure retirement, healthcare, infrastructure, education, joy, and other human needs. The organizers of this event are acting as individuals. This is an action by people, not by organizations.

http://october2011.org/organizations

Organizations That Will Be There

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Organizations that promote taking the pledge on this site to their full lists of 10,000 or more and commit to being part of stopping the machine in October in DC will be listed here and an option offered to join their lists for anyone taking the pledge.

All-African People's Revolutionary Party (GC)

ANSWER

Backbone Campaign

Baltimore Phil Berrigan Memorial Chapter, #105, of Veterans For Peace

Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists' Social Justice Committee

Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace

Black Agenda Report

Board of Social Action - Plymouth Congregational UCC, Washington, D.C.

Bohemian Grove Action Network

Brandywine Peace Community

Campaign for Peace and Democracy

Cities for Peace

Citizens for Legitimate Government

Class War Films

Code Pink

Delaware Pacem in Terris

firedoglake

Food Not Bombs

GlobalExchange

Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space

Granny Peace Brigade

Gray Panthers

Green Party of New Jersey

Green Party U.S.

Independent Green Party of Virginia

International Action Center

It isOurEconomy

Kwame Ture Work-Study Institute

Liberty Tree

Liberty Underground of Virginia

Los Angeles Catholic Worker

March Forward

March 10th Immigration Movement - Chicago

Montgomery County Human Rights Coalition

Movement for a Democratic Society

Move To Amend

National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance

Network of Spiritual Progressives

Northwest New Jersey Peace Fellowship

Peace of the Action

Peaceworkers

New Progressive Alliance

No More Victims

Office of the Americas

Pax Christi Metro DC - Baltimore

Peace Fresno

People for a New Society

Phil Berrigan Institute for Nonviolence

Progressive Democrats of America

Progressive Democratic Workers of America

Single Payer Action

Society for the Preservation of Continued Homeownership

StandFast

Syracuse Peace Council

Tikkun

United National Antiwar Committee

Velvet Revoution

Veterans for Peace

Voices for Creative Nonviolence

Voters Evolt

War Criminals Watch

War Is A Crime

World Can't Wait

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