ARRESTED FOR PEACE! |
IRAQ WAR RESISTANCE
AT HOME AND ABROAD
from Jack and Felice Cohen-Joppa, editors of the Nuclear Resister
More than 7,500 arrests were reported in the U.S. alone during anti-war protests between November, 2002 and mid-April, 2003. The latest edition of the Nuclear Resister newsletter chronicles this slice of recent anti-war activism that included more than 300 actions in at least 115 cities and towns in 35 states.
Hundreds of people were jailed from overnight to six months, and updated names and addresses of current prisoners for peace are available at www.nonviolence.org/nukeresister.
This is our history! Celebrate it, share it, use it to build the movement against the new American Empire.
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The chronicle of resistance published in the latest issue of the Nuclear Resister reveals the extent to which, early on, protest included active resistance to an invasion of Iraq. Well before U.S. and U.K. troops arrived in Iraq, millions of people were participating in an unprecedented multitude of marches, rallies and protests across the globe. Also widespread were acts of nonviolent civil disobedience in opposition to war. A deeply held conviction against military action in Iraq was shared by many people who had never protested before, and found themselves moved to engage in "extra-legal" activities for which they were arrested and hauled off to jail.
Many blockades, graffiti, sit-ins, unpermitted marches and other actions expected to result in arrests did not in fact end that way. In contrast, police in city after city were quick to arrest people who strayed from the sidewalks or "protest pens," and on several occasions, simply surrounded large groups of peaceful, legal marchers and arrested everyone.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
If you or someone you know is jailed for anti-war actions, please let us know as soon as possible so that the news can be included in the next issue. Write to us at POB 43383, Tucson, AZ 85733 or e-mail email@example.com [phone/fax (520)323-8697]
We know that despite our best efforts, we have undoubtedly missed many arrests that should be included in this listing. We will correct, amend, and continue the chronology in the next issue of the Nuclear Resister, and online.
THE INFORMATION WE NEED:
Any information about the arrest or jailing of anti-war and anti-nuclear demonstrators, either in the United States or other countries.
We would like basic information such as date, place, brief description of action, number arrested and current legal status, as well as copies of action or courtroom statements, press releases, news clippings, poetry and other writings from jail, graphics, photos, other related documents (citizen warrants, war crime indictments, etc.) and any personal comments that may be of interest. Such statements and documents are appreciated even if we have already reported on the actions.
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