Press Release 3/12/07
Nonviolent Action - Tue. Mar. 13, 12:45 p.m. End the Iraq War!
Meet at Federal Bld. (101, 12th Ave. Fbks. AK)
Next week Congress votes on President Bush's $93,000,000,000.00 Iraq War and Occupation Supplemental Spending Bill.
Join with us. Tell Don Young:
Support our troops! Bring them home now!
Provide them full benefits, adequate healthcare, and other support!
Spend not one penny more for War!
During his allotted five minutes of comment concerning the recent House Resolution declaring President Bush's plan to "surge" the number of troops in Iraq as not in the United States best interest, Congressman Young misquoted President Lincoln as having said "'Congressmen who willfully take actions during wartime that damage morale and undermine the military are saboteurs and should be arrested, exiled or hanged.'" When he was shown that this was not a quote attributable to President Lincoln he said that he would not use it anymore but that he stands behind the point that he was making.
Abraham Lincoln was a pacific man; he denounced war and military glory. When he was a Congressman Lincoln said of Polk, his president, our armed forces' commander-in-chief: "Trusting to escape scrutiny by fixing the public gaze upon the exceeding brightness of military glory, that attractive rainbow that rises in showers of blood — that serpent's eye, that charms to destroy, he plunged into war." Would Don have had Honest Abe "exiled or hanged"?
Another Abe Lincoln quote that Congressman Young should take to heart is: "America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter, and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves."
In the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King and Gandhi, some may be moved to acts of Peaceful Nonviolent Civil Disobedience. Civil Disobedience is not a requirement to participate.
Action initiated by: Voices for Creative Nonviolence Endorsed by: the Declaration of Peace, Alaska Peace Center, North Star Veterans for Peace, National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance, CODE PINK, After Downing Street, Voters for Peace, and others.
Local Contact: Rob Mulford, 907-457-5578, firstname.lastname@example.org