Join the coalitionof workers, students, clergy,
immigrants, military families, veterans, artists, musicians,
teachers, actors, cooks, waitstaff, bartenders, longshoremen,
truckers, lawyers, contractors, bus drivers, homemakers,
cashiers, maids, janitors, grocery, office, sanitation, farm,
factory and train workers, the unemployed and the homeless
walk the road to freedom and peace and walkout on Tuesday,
May 1, 2007. The larger the economic impact, the more
effective the walkouts will be.
More than 650,000 civilians have been killed and more than
3,200 Americans have died, including more than 40 in Iowa,
since the illegal war on Iraq began on March 20, 2003. More
than 45,000 U.S. soldiers have returned to America
permanently disabled. Everyday we learn of gruesome acts of
torture and crimes against humanity. Everyday we learn of a
new scandal of poor treatment of the troops, inhumane medical
facilities, and bipartisan cowardice and dirty tricks.
People all over the world are planning actions to stop the war
and Bush's war agenda and Congressional compliance with
that agenda. On May 1, 2007, hundreds of thousands of
workers and students will take the day off. Millions will refuse to
buy any non-life-essential consumer products that day. The
walkout will cost war profiteering corporations billions of dollars
and shut down schools sending Bush a powerful message.
Some people may occupy congressional offices and military
facilities. There will be teach-ins, concerts, marches, rallies,
blockades, banner hangings and all kinds of actions designed
to show that the world wants an end to the war crimes in Iraq
and that we reject the Bush agenda. The protests before the
war were the largest actions for peace in world history. This will
be even larger.
We need a VISION of PEACE, that is powerful enough to open
the future to hope. More than ever, we need to be a people of
hope and claim our nation.