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It is the dawn of Day Three of Camp Democracy. As the sun dries out the soggy grass from Day One, more and more folks arrive to help save this country.

Where are you?

This is a true a call to arms as you may ever hear.  But by arms, I do not mean weapons.  I mean your own arms, the arms that lift and carry, that are raised in solidarity, that reach across to hug a returning veteran in need of comfort, that grab a falling comrade.

The arms you need to bring to Washington are for writing and recording, for researching and expounding, for expressing outrage and for demanding change.

Today is Immigrants Rights Day. Tomorrow is Labor Wants Peace Day.  Saturday and Sunday we have workshops with Mike Stark on Giving It To The Right Wing, Carlos Arredondo on Dads On Fire, Stephen Zunes, Rob Kall, Swami Beyondadanda, a three-hour workshop on writing political songs, Ray McGovern and Karen Kwiatowski on Whistleblowing 101, Glen Ford, Larry Beinhart, the film "Why We Fight", Joel Bleifuss and Harvey Wasserman on the election, the Billionaires for Bush, and much more.

Monday, September 11 2006, is the 100th anniversary of Gandhi's nonviolence movement as well as the obvious.  We have decided that it is a day of honoring peace and the urges within us all to find solutions other than violence.

We open with a workshop on video activism, followed by a blogging workshop with Liza from Culture Kitchen. Sheldon Rampton, author of The Best War Ever and Larry C. Johnson will speak, followed by the environmentalist and prophet Lester Brown. Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma, will speak. A concert of songs in memoriam will be followed by a workshop with Ellen Ratner on getting the media to listen.

But the day will end with a full experience of personal engagement with making peace. A movement choir in front of the Capitol (led by Marylee Hardenbergh, who just led a movement choir along the Mississippi  River--the ENTIRE Mississippi River!) will be followed by Guerilla Poets and drumming, and then the new documentary on Gandhi, 100 Years of Nonviolence. Watch the trailer here:

And that is just the beginning.  YOU are needed.

Come. Bring your arms.

Originally posted to karendc on Thu Sep 07, 2006 at 05:08 AM PDT.

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  •  Sounds great - Wish I could be there. (2+ / 0-)
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    karendc, BB10

    The PTB have arranged it so that most of us do not have nearly enough discretionary time for worthy causes and self-education.

    This weekend I'll be working in my own neighborhood to change those PTB. Still, I wish I could be in DC, especially for the Gandhi celebration.

    "What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty and democracy?"

  •  I can't be there, but I can help with some $$$ (1+ / 0-)
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    MH in PA

    I support the efforts to try and tell America what is going on and to try and put pressure on our elected officials to pay attention to what the people behind Camp Democracy are saying.

    Maybe I can't be there, but I can help support the effort with a few bucks.

    KarenDC, where is the best place to send some $$$.

  •  It is going to take more than this. (0+ / 0-)

    You and everybody else who is participating in the Camp Democracy are wonderful for dedicating yourselves to such an important cause. But we are all up against a murderous, torturing, fascist government that will stop at nothing to achieve its goals. Outdoor lectures will only go so far. This country needs widespread acts of civil disobedience. We need to rally and peacefully protest just as others did to protest against the Viet Nam war and for Civil Rights. People are getting tired of hearing talk. It is time for action.

    One of the nations largest broadcasters has decided to ignore history and produce a fictional account of the 9/11 Commission findings. What do Americans do? They write letters and complain to the broadcasters and sponsors about it. That is not enough. I have participated in various events around the country and locally as well, but it has done no good. It is time for people to stop listening to others give speeches and get off their butts and take a stand.

    •  oncall (0+ / 0-)

      We began this because people said they wanted to come to DC and not leave until; things change.  Camp Democracy is ground and air training for that effort. But until folks really DO come here and relly DO refuse to leave--a LOT of folks--the beatings will continue until morale improves...

      •  A LOT OF FOKS (0+ / 0-)

        Absolutely, that is what is needed. Still there has been very little media attention to this effort. Why is that? The media's role is not to promote social change obviously. Its role is to reflect what is happening in society. Until more people are willing to actively protest and perform acts of civil disobedience, efforts like Camp Democracy, as well intentioned as they are, are not likely to result in significant social changes.  I wonder if the protesters during the Civil Rights movement and the Viet Nam war needed to take "classes" to learn how to protest? Certainly there are strategies that make such efforts more successful and that probably is the value of Camp Democracy; however, it is only when people feel their inner fires burning for change that they can be most effective and motivated to act. For those fires to be ignited, Americans need to see the spark of active civil disobedience. We are not seeing those acts at this time.

  •  Near Blacksburg, Va (0+ / 0-)

    Democracy School at Hollins University (just off I-81 exit 146) Sept. 29 - October 1.

    Registration deadline is September 10.

  •  This is so important (2+ / 0-)
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    karendc, MH in PA

    The ONLY thing that can change America, to make our world a better place, is the voice and action of the PEOPLE united for the cause of justice and liberty.  

    I truly wish I could join you!

  •  Congratulations Camp Democracy! (1+ / 0-)
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    MH in PA

    I wish I could be there.
    What an incredible experience this must be. I hope the fever for peace and activism catches.

    This just goes to show that no matter how black things look, the human spirit is indeed a candle in the darkness.

    "Values are not just words, values are what we live by. They're about the causes we champion and the people we fight for." - Senator John Kerry

    by dynamicdems on Thu Sep 07, 2006 at 06:03:16 PM PDT

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