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Take Direct Action to Cut the Military Budget by 25% - At Least!

Thursday, March 19, 2009
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Event Type:
Dolores Priem
Location Details:
Market/Montgomery BART

Thursday, March 19, 2009, is the Sixth Anniversary of the war and occupation of Iraq, and the beginning of the Seventh Year of a war based on lies. Bay Area activists will mark that anniversary with demonstrations and protests against the continuation of the wars and occupations in Iraq and Afghanistan at 28 BART stations throughout the day.

We are in a severe economic crisis with expenditures on military activities driving up our national deficit, seriously endangering our security, and damaging our economy. The Iraq Moratorium – SF Bay Area will kick-off its newest effort to gather public support for a bill to immediately cut the US military budget by 25%. The current US budget assigns over 50 cents of every dollar for military-related spending. The campaign’s focus:

Cut the Military Budget by 25% - at least!

End the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan now!

Fund jobs, education and health care – not war!

Daniel Ellsberg has endorsed this effort and the Iraq Moratorium will be working to build this campaign throughout the Bay Area with the goal of gaining traction on the national level. He will speak the importance of making the American public aware of the urgency of this effort, and will join the Iraq Moratorium in an act of nonviolent civil disobedience.

Mr. Ellsberg is well known for his release of the Pentagon Papers to the New York Times in 1971. The ensuing trial resulted in dismissal of all charges.
Added to the calendar on Tue, Mar 17, 2009 11:48PM

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by deanosor (deanosor [at]
...but to call this lobbying event "direct action" takes language and turns it over. Dierct Action would be a soldier refusing to fight, a longshore worker refusing to load cargo bound for Iraq or Afghanistan, peopel not allowing a ship to load cargo bound to Iraq, destroying a munitions company, shutting down Congress when it meets to work on the military budget, etc. etc. Not every protest or demonstration, even militant ones with civil disobedience are direct action. Direct action requires that wrong wanted to be removed, or the positive thing wanted to happen be directly acted upon by the participant in the event. In direct action, if the action is effective, the actual thing we want will happen, as compared to making demands on others to do things for us. Propaganda actions and petitioning are okay sometimes, but don't call them direct action.
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