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  •  I totally agree! There are a lot of different (2+ / 0-)
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    ways to mobilize people on these issues, and ideally groups with different approaches can work together so however the message is sent, it's being heard in a strategic, coordinated way. Thanks for all you're doing for peace!

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      for this diary.  I hope we will see more diaries about this issue from you.

      "I don't want to run the empire, I want to bring it down!" ~ Dr. Cornel West "It was a really naked declaration of imperialism." ~ Jeremy Scahill on Obama's speech to the UN

      by gulfgal98 on Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 04:59:19 PM PDT

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    •  This is the key. There ARE different ways... (0+ / 0-) approach the matter. But, as a veteran for several score antiwar protests in the '60s, and 13 months in prison for refusing the draft, let me say that not all we did in those days was focused on marches and demonstrations. We targeted public officials, getting city councils and county governments to pass resolutions against the war, counseled men facing the draft, worked for candidates who opposed the war, conducted "teach-ins" to inform people about the realities of the war and the lies of our government in prosecuting it and worked with returning veterans (many of whom came back opposed to the war).

      We should use all the tools we have to promote peace. No reason not to merge the old with the new, using each at their appropriate moment and venue.

      Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

      by Meteor Blades on Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 06:53:15 PM PDT

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      •  Absolutely. None of the discussion on my part (0+ / 0-)

        is meant to dismiss the effectiveness of previous work (as I say, it's always been very inspiring to me). It seems clear to me that people aren't getting out in the streets in the same way, and there could be a lot of interesting discussions about why that is. I wanted to push back against the mainstream narrative that that's all people were doing and thus nothing is happening now. Thanks for everything you do!

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