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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!."
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.
Take the pledge and sign up to attend here. Let America know you are coming to make history and a new world!
"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.
Organizations That Will Be There
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)
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
Delaware Pacem in Terris
Food Not Bombs
Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space
Granny Peace Brigade
Green Party of New Jersey
Green Party U.S.
Independent Green Party of Virginia
International Action Center
Kwame Ture Work-Study Institute
Liberty Underground of Virginia
Los Angeles Catholic Worker
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
New Progressive Alliance
No More Victims
Office of the Americas
Pax Christi Metro DC - Baltimore
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
Syracuse Peace Council
United National Antiwar Committee
Veterans for Peace
Voices for Creative Nonviolence
War Criminals Watch
War Is A Crime
World Can't Wait
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