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FREEZE ACTION: No War on Iran!

Wednesday, August 06, 2008
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Powell and Market St. in San Francisco

August 6, 2008 is Hiroshima Day . . .
Powell & Market in SF, Wed. Aug. 6 @ 5 PM Sharp!

On August 6, 1945, the US dropped a nuclear bomb on Hiroshima, Japan and three days later, dropped a second bomb on the city of Nagasaki. Somewhere over 220,000 people – overwhelmingly civilians – were killed by these two atomic weapons, and many thousands more died over the ensuing years suffering from the radiation poisoning they caused.

Most of the world (yet only 70-80% of US college students we've surveyed) knows that the US is the only country that has ever used nukes.

George Bush, still commander-in-chief, is recklessly threatening a war with Iran that could break out even before the next president is sworn in. He is marshaling the same lies used to justify the invasion and occupation of Iraq. Both the Republicans and Democrats are insisting that all options, including the use of nuclear weapons, are on their tables.

None of this will be halted and reversed if the people do not stand up.

At the first FREEZE action about 150 participants “froze” inside New York City’s Grand Central Station (see YouTube below). “Freeze" actions are quick, fresh, and a creative way to involve many new people who don't march or attend meetings. Watch the Grand Central FREEZE action from July 10, 2008 here:

* WHAT YOU CAN DO: Get the word out to come to Powell and Market in SF on Hiroshima Day at 5:00 PM. Bring friends and relatives. Invite your entire organization, addressbook, and all your MySpace and Facebook friends. Stand up in class, or church, or at work and invite everyone there. Bring out your union local, your neighborhood, your sports team.

* HOW IT WORKS: Participants gather in a public place (transportation hub, park, downtown crossroads) where there are a lot of pedestrians. The interesting element is surprise, drama, and creating a surreal scene so people walking by wonder what you are doing. They can join in. At a pre-determined time, with a designated signal , we all "freeze" in place for 5 minutes. No talking, no interaction, just statues frozen in place. A whistle is blown to end the action and we break into chants such as "No Attack on Iran!"

* DIRECTIONS: Please arrive at 5:00 PM sharp (we will be going indoors at 5:15 for the actual “freeze”). Meet up in San Francisco: at the corner of Powell & Market, on the street level near the cable car turnaround. (This is at the Powell St. BART station). Many MUNI bus lines also converge at this corner.

* WHAT TO BRING: We need dozens (even hundreds?) of people to come make this happen. WCW will bring small signs or stickers that people can wear during the "freeze" or you can wear an anti-war T-shirt. This is not a protest march, so no banners or placards. WCW will bring "don't attack Iran" flyers to hand out afterwards. This makes a great photo/TV event because it is striking and visual. Let's make it happen in hundreds of places to mark Hiroshima Day.
Added to the calendar on Wed, Jul 30, 2008 11:31PM
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