gozda (jah_live) wrote in youth_advocates,

A Call to Action

Nation-Wide Student Protest - March 19th 2004

Hello everyone,

Just wanted to let you know about the nation-wide student protest planned for March 19th, 2004, in commemoration of the one year anniversary of the war in Iraq. Please read the call to action, and if you are interested, forward it along to anyone and everyone who might be willing to participate in a demonstration as well. The SDP's website is http://sdp.webhop.net


EDIT: Sorry I didn't make this clear earlier.

The protest on the 19th is a *student* protest, not meant to detract from the events of the 20th. It is a show of student solidarity against the War in Iraq and in expression of our discontent with the state of the union. We are encouraging all students who are participate in the events of the 19th to attend protests on the 20th as well.

The idea is to get demonstrations on college campuses where they have thus far been lacking in strength and numbers.

If you are reading this message, it is because your friends and peers have called on you to stand up and help them take back this country's democracy. Keep reading. A few minutes of your time is all they're asking; a few minutes to help change the world.

A generation ago, this country went through a time of great crisis. The turbulent years of the 60's and 70's were a period of unparalleled social change, of progression towards equality and justice, but that change did not come easily. The nation was divided by ethnic and political strife; it was wracked by the burden of a war overseas and paralyzed with fear at home. The very foundations of our democracy were threatened. During these times it was the students who came forward and took the lead in the battle for peace, freedom, and social justice. And they were victorious.

Once again our nation has entered a period of great peril. The enemy, as you have probably heard, is terror; at any rate, that is what all of our problems are being blamed on. And in a way, the government war hawks and media yes-men are exactly right - our deadliest enemy is terror. But terror is not an old man with a turban sitting in some cave plotting our doom; terror is not some second-rate dictator living in a hole - terror is when the government has the power to blacklist and monitor citizens guilty of peacefully exercising their civil liberties; terror is when law enforcement officials can enter your house any time they want, without warrant or reason; terror is when the government can drop bombs half-way around the world under false and fabricated pretexts and remain unquestioned; terror is ten thousand dead civilians in Iraq and counting. Terror is when the people are made silent.

We, the present generation of students in this country, have gone silent long enough. It is time to speak out for what we believe in and to make our demands heard! Do any of us really want to live in the world George W. Bush is giving us? We think it is time to let him know our answer. An organized and active student population is a force to be reckoned with - an organized and active student population that is perpetually connected to the Internet is the fascist's worst nightmare. This message is to let you know that you are not powerless, that change is still possible, and that it is not too late to make yourself heard! It is time to bring democracy back to the quad - and that is why the Students for Democracy and Peace are issuing a call to action: on Friday the 19th of March we are organizing a nation-wide student strike of classes and a day of non-violent demonstration to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the War in Iraq. It is time to let the political establishment know that we will no longer be ignored.

Visit us online (http://sdp.webhop.net) for more information about what you can do to help. Tell your friends, tell your professors, tell your fellow students, but most importantly, forward this message to everyone you know; and ask them, in turn, to do the same. The will to act, the desire for change, lies within every concerned student - but the success of this movement depends on organized and effective communication. The means for change are at our disposal. You are already connected to the Internet if you are reading this - now use it.

The time to act is now!

War is not Peace! Freedom is not Slavery! Ignorance is not Strength!
But Apathy is Atrocity!

Spread the word.

Students for Democracy and Peace

(x-posted to antiwar, coldreason, asheville, cultureclub, democrats, iwishforpeace, progressives, protest, radaware, socialists, war_is_over, warprotest, youth_advocates)
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