"When you put your body on the line and you say you won't let this happen anymore and you'll do whatever it takes to make that happen, it's something spiritual."
- Veteran for Peace, Washington DC, December 16, 2010
Ellsberg, McGovern, Hedges arrested outside White House...
131 'Veterans for Peace' activists arrested during the nonviolent demonstration...
Sometimes a small demonstration is bigger than the biggest marches. This demonstration may go down as a turning point in the history of these Long Wars (Iraq and Afghanistan). It comes at a moment when any hope that Obama could make the changes needed, that the electoral process could work - has been dashed on rocks that are a House and Senate that cannot change, will not change.
A civil disobedience action in Washington on Thursday December 16th 2010 delivered the message that as, one after the other the avenues for progressive change are closed to the people, and the powers that be become more and more unable to bend - the only way forward is to use the tactics of Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi: to stand in the way of the evil being perpetrated in our names.
TruthDig - December 17, 2010:
"Hedges delivered a rousing speech about the nature of hope (in contrast to what certain campaign slogans might have suggested in recent years), pointing out that “hope has a cost, hope is not comfortable,” before joining other supporters of Veterans for Peace who chained themselves to the White House fence."Truthdig reports on ‘Hope Is Action’ civil disobedience at White House fence:
To me, this feels like that then unknown demonstration back on October 27, 1967, when the "Baltimore Four" (Berrigan, artist Tom Lewis; and poet, teacher and writer David Eberhardt and United Church of Christ missionary and pastor The Reverend James L. Mengel) poured blood on Selective Service records in the Baltimore Customs House. With this symbolic act of civil disobedience began the peace movement's victory in stopping the Vietnam war.
Veterans for Peace White House Civil Disobedience to End War
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Direct From Washington, DC
Other speakers at the same event:
Flowers, McGovern, Benjamin and Becker: "End These Wars, Now!"
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William Hughes Presents,