At Juneau People for Peace and Justice we have begun discussions to try to begin to clarify how we should move forward most effectively in challenging the Iraq war and occupation, and to build a community of nonviolence. Several us believe we could have a much bigger impact if our efforts were combined and in sync with folks around Alaska - more likely to influence our congressional delegation, and to draw more of our fellow Alaskans into the effort, more and better media coverage of our efforts too.
We imagine you may be debating such matters as well. Can we join the discussion somehow? There are folks in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Homer, Haines, Sitka, Ketchikan, Gustavus that I know of, and undoubtedly more in other communities who have been very active doing a variety of things to raise the consciences of our communities and our congressional delegation. Some are confronting the delegation directly through office occupations, others are working to educate the neighbors - bringing speakers, showing films, putting on plays and art shows, vigils, counter-recruiting work and more.
We propose that as many of us as possible join in a conversation to explore how to focus our work. Please share your thoughts by adding your comments to this blog. You might want to share what you have been doing so far, where you live, and your general level of interest and time for this work.
Some questions and ideas put forward include:
- focus on Congress (on our delegation)
- focus on our communities through education
- direct action
- more vigils
- letters to the editor
- ballot initiatives
- city resolutions