Many new articles from Fisk, Pilger, Wise, and others are
online...naturally. Please visit ZNet at www.zmag.org/weluser.htm to
access them.

But I am sending this update to relay an article that is co-written by
76 people including among them Chomsky, Roy, Ali, Cagan, myself, and
many others. It is a call to sign a statement. I hope you will read the
article, and then visit the page to sign the statement.

If you wish to see the article online, it is at:

The sign up page is at: http://www.zmag.org/wspj/index.cfm 

And here, then, is the article, with the list of co-signing authors at
the end...


We Work for Peace and Justice

Building a movement powerful enough to stop the war in Iraq or to
successfully curb a next war in Syria, Iran, or Venezuela, involves many
factors. Among these, and perhaps the most fundamental, is sufficient

To successfully challenge those in power, our movement must constantly
grow in numbers as well as consciousness and commitment. We must reach
out to people who are against the war, but who have not yet acted on
their beliefs. We must reach out to people who are troubled by what they
are witnessing, but who have not yet decided to oppose the war and the
policies behind it. We must reach out as well to those who now support
the war, but without full knowledge of the context, history, and

A key task therefore, in addition to demonstrating, is to talk to
people, to hear their misgivings, their confusions, and their insights,
and to provide an alternative viewpoint able to generate critical
solidarity that can last. We need to address the people whose addresses
we don't have. We need to go door to door in neighborhoods and dorms,
and we need to do it over and over. We need to talk to coworkers on the
job, to people who we encounter during the day shopping, to our
neighbors, and to the person next to us in class or in church or
wherever we may be. We need to organize.

On a larger scale, our collective efforts can also reach out to
audiences beyond our current membership. Our marches can go through
neighborhoods instead of only downtown. People on the marches can go and
talk with those who will inevitably be drawn to watch such events.
Thousands of groups can go into shopping areas and set up tables and
then talk to those in the area. Talk. Talk. That is the foundation of
building larger demonstrations, deeper commitment, and raising costs for
elites, and thus winning change.

If  100 or 500 or 5,000 or 50,000 people or more are ready and willing
to block streets or obstruct buildings as a means of pressuring elites
in a context where support is growing, that's wonderful, especially when
the targets are part of the war machine, as in the efforts to block
military trains in Europe. But shouldn't as many people, the next day,
or the day before, or both, be willing to spread out and talk to the
population, facilitating their becoming actively involved as well? 

Our demonstrations create a context that facilitates reaching out to
organize the populace, but as important as they are, marches, rallies,
and obstructions won't by themselves do that organizing. To hear views
and to change minds requires that we listen and then convey evidence,
arguments, and also sympathy and respect for where people are at. It
takes talk.

To win against this war, the next war, and the causes of war and of
injustice more broadly, we need to assemble tens of millions of active,
committed movement members. But even if we continually talk to those who
disagree with us, how can we know what we are accomplishing, and what
can be our point of entry?

A possible technique would be for all of us, worldwide, to go to people
with a statement for them to sign -- something that's timely  but that
won't grow stale, something that is concrete and specific, but that is
also universal enough for international use and thorough enough so that
to get signatures we will have to address all the issues that obstruct
people becoming actively involved in a growing movement for peace and

Maybe something like this:

"I stand for peace and justice. 

I stand for democracy and autonomy. I don't think the U.S. or any other
country should ignore the popular will and violate and weaken
international law, seeking to bully and bribe votes in the Security

I stand for internationalism. I oppose any nation spreading an ever
expanding network of military bases around the world and producing an
arsenal unparalleled in the world. 

I stand for equity. I don't think the U.S. or any other country should
seek empire. I don't think the U.S. ought to control Middle Eastern oil
on behalf of U.S. corporations and as a wedge to gain political control
over other countries.
I stand for freedom. I oppose brutal regimes in Iraq and elsewhere but I
also oppose the new doctrine of "preventive war," which guarantees
permanent and very dangerous conflict, and is the reason why the U.S. is
now regarded as the major threat to peace in much of the world. I stand
for a democratic foreign policy that supports popular opposition to
imperialism, dictatorship, and political fundamentalism in all its

I stand for solidarity. I stand for and with all the poor and the
excluded. Despite massive disinformation millions oppose unjust,
illegal, immoral war, and I want to add my voice to theirs. I stand with
moral leaders all over the world, with world labor, and with the huge
majority of the populations of countries throughout the world. 

I stand for diversity. I stand for an end to racism directed against
immigrants and people of color. I stand for an end to repression at home
and abroad.

I stand for peace. I stand against this war and against the conditions,
mentalities, and institutions that breed and nurture war and injustice. 

I stand for sustainability. I stand against the destruction of forests,
soil, water, environmental resources, and biodiversity on which all life

I stand for justice. I stand against economic, political, and cultural
institutions that promote a rat race mentality, huge economic and power
inequalities, corporate domination even unto sweatshop and slave labor,
racism, and gender and sexual hierarchies. 

I stand for a policy which redirects the money used for war and military
spending to provide healthcare, education, housing, and jobs. 

I stand for a world whose political, economic, and social institutions
foster solidarity, promote equity, maximize participation, celebrate
diversity, and encourage full democracy.

I stand for peace and justice and, more, I pledge to work for peace and

If a million or more new people in many countries around the world come
to understand and to agree with this statement, it will have powerful
short and long run repercussions, enlarging our movement and giving it a
positive tone, as well. We therefore think this is an approach worth
considering. At any rate, we ought to organize, organize, organize --
among those not yet organized.


Ezequiel Adamovsky, Argentina
Vittorio Agnoletto, Italy
Christophe Aguiton, Italy
Michael Albert, USA
Tim Allen, USA
Tariq Ali. England, England
Bridget Anderson, England
David Bacon, USA
David Barsamian, USA
Phyllis Bennis, USA
Elena Blanco, Venezuela
Nadine Bloch, USA
Peter Bohmer USA
Patrick Bond, South Africa
Jeremy Brecher, USA
Paul Buhle, USA
Nicola Bullard Thailand
Leslie Cagan, USA
Alex Callinicos, England
Daniel Chavez, Netherlands
Noam Chomsky, USA
David Cromwell, England
Will Doherty, USA
Brian Dominick, USA
Barbara Epstein, USA
Laura Flanders USA
Bill Fletcher, USA
Eduardo Galeano, Uruguay
Susan George, France
Andrej Grubacic, Sebia
Marta Harnecker, Chile
Tom Hayden, USA
Doug Henwood, USA 
John Hepburn, Australia
Edward Herman, USA
Pervez Hoodbhoy, Pakistan
Sut Jhally, USA 
Robert Jensen, USA 
Boris Kagarlitsky, Russia 
Sonali Kolhatkar, USA 
Saul Landau, USA 
Joanne Landy, USA
Rahul Mahajan. USA 
Dawn Martinez, USA 
Elizabeth, Martinez, USA
Rania Masri, USA
George Monbiot, England
Hector Mondragon, Colombia 
Suren Moodliar, South Africa
Adele Oliveri, Italy
Pablo Ortellado, Brazil
Cynthia Peters, USA
Justin Podur, Canada
Vijay Prashad, USA
Prabir Purkayastha, India
Milan Rai England
Nikos Raptis, Greece
Michael Ratner, USA
Judy Rebick, Canada
Tanya Reinhart, Israel
Carola Reintjes, Spain
Arundhati Roy, India
Marta Russell, USA
Manuel Rozental, Colombia
Stephen Shalom, USA
Norman Solomon, USA 
Lydia Sargent, USA
Roberto Savio, Italy
James Tracy, USA
America Vera-Zavala, Sweden 
Peter Waterman, Holland
Robert Weissman, USA
Tom Wetzel, USA
Tim Wise, USA
Howard Zinn, USA

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