Reporting the truth about war.
Wed, 26 Mar 2003 19:04:18 -0800 (PST)
From: Eli Pariser, MoveOn.org" <email@example.com>
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Reporting the truth about war
Dear MoveOn member,
country is at war, and many of us continue to feel grief
and anger that this terrible conflict is being fought
on our behalf. It's
a hard time.
also a critical time for us to stay involved.
As we report below, together we've had some amazing
successes over the last month, both domestically and in
opposition to this war. We need to keep this momentum building.
As a next step, please consider joining MoveOn's
Media Corps -- a group of committed online activists who
will keep the media accountable. Help make
sure that our news media report the war the way it happens,
not the way the Bush Administration wishes it would happen.
can sign up now at:
media outlets have chosen to stifle or simply not show
the most terrible and saddening aspects of this war. They
are reluctant to air the voices of critics who are raising
important questions about its effectiveness and purpose. And they appear to have acceded to the
Bush Administration's desire
to black out pictures or footage of civilian casualties.
more than ever, it's important that the media report the full story, unvarnished and unspun. But all we see on TV are retired military officers and Administration
a clean and precise war that bears little resemblance to the chaos, bloodshed, and tragedy on the ground.
need to demand the full picture.
Please consider joining the MoveOn Media Corps
right now. The action ideas we send you won't generally take longer than
15 minutes, but to be
part of the Corps we ask that you commit to taking
up to one action per day. The actions could include calling media
outlets when they air especially bad coverage, pushing
Clear Channel radio to stop censoring anti-war songs,
or writing letters to the editor.
up right now at:
MoveOn Media Corps is just a part of our ongoing work.
Over the last month, we've launched a variety of impressive
initiatives, thanks to you. This war is tragic, but there really is
hope: more of us are active than ever before,
winning domestic policy battles, and we're changing the
we stick together, in the end, we'll win.
exciting internal development is the growth of MoveOn.org
itself. In July 2002, we had a little over 480,000
folks on our domestic list, with another 390,000 MoveOn
members in other countries around the world.
Today, less than eight months later, there are
over 1,300,000 of us in the United States
alone. (Think of it this way -- one out of every 216 Americans
is a MoveOn member.) With our 750,000 international members,
we're over two million strong.
not just that there are a lot of us, of course.
We're also getting things done.
In reverse chronological order, here are some of
our events and campaigns since the beginning of March:
(*) TUESDAY, MARCH 25TH: Big win on tax
10,000 phone calls from MoveOn members helped Democrats
win with a razor-thin majority in the Senate, cutting
the Bush tax cut by half. The AFL-CIO helped make these calls possible by providing a
toll-free phone line to Capitol Hill.
(*) SATURDAY, MARCH 22ND: Hundreds of thousands
march in NYC
members and many others peacefully marched in one of the
largest domestic anti-war events in the last thirty years.
Organizers put the crowd at over a quarter of a million
folks -- and this wasn't even a nationally promoted march.
(*) FRIDAY, MARCH 21ST: Raised over $500,000
for Oxfam Over 6,000 MoveOn members chipped in over half
a million dollars in a matter of days to help support
desperately needed humanitarian aid work in Iraq.
If you haven't yet given, your contribution would
still be put to very good use. Go to:
(*) WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19TH: Launch of Citizens'
Citizens' Declaration urged folks to pledge a continued
commitment to opposing the Bush war policy and to resolving
conflict through international institutions. The response was tremendous -- by now,
over 550,000 signers from virtually every country in the
world have signed.
still encourage folks to sign up -- you can do so now
Citizens' Declaration was also highlighted as the centerpiece
of a Washington Post editorial. "The sentiments in
that statement could be endorsed by much of the American
foreign policy establishment," wrote Robert Kuttner,
the author. You
can read the whole editorial at:
(*) WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19TH: We win Senate
vote on ANWR
what Peter Schurman, MoveOn's executive director, wrote
to the members from key states who participated in this
Senate voted 52-48 today to protect the Arctic National
Wildlife Refuge from oil drilling, by removing from
the budget bill a provision that would have permitted
drilling there. More than 2,000 MoveOn members helped
make this possible
by calling key Senators since yesterday.
It may have made all the difference: two of the
swing votes on whom we focused most attention, Senators
Norm Coleman (R-MN) and Mark Pryor (D-AR), both voted
to protect the Refuge.
They made up the margin of victory today."
(*) MONDAY, MARCH 17TH: Thousands of lights
on our global candlelight vigil, we asked folks to put
a light in their window every night:
could be a Christmas string or candle, a light bulb, or
a lantern. It's an easy way to keep the light of reason
and hope burning, to let others know that they are not
alone, and to show the way home to the young men and women
who are on their way to Iraq."
now, over 96,000 of us in over 200 countries have registered
that we're keeping the light burning.
(*) Sunday, March 16th: Over 6,700 vigils
in 141 countries.
our follow-up message on the global candlelight vigils:
came together in thousands of towns and villages around
the world -- a truly global vigil for peace. The vigils
came in all shapes and sizes. There were vigils with ten people and
vigils with thousands.
There were vigils in homes, in churches, and in
open fields. People joined together to share
their commitment to making a better world."
some amazing pictures of vigils around the world, go to:
(*) MONDAY, MARCH 10TH: U.N. emergency petition
less than a week, MoveOn members in the United States
and around the world gathered over a million petition
signatures to deliver to the members of the U.N. Security
message was simple: "The U.N. Security Council should
back tough inspections, not war."
Along with actors Jessica Lange, Steve Buscemi,
and Ethan Hawke, we delivered the petition in a
conference at the U.N.
And it appears that we had an impact -- the United
States and Britain abandoned their push for a second resolution
because they could not get the necessary votes.
final count on our emergency petition was 1,030,775.
(*) THURSDAY, MARCH 6TH: Dems filibuster Estrada
the support of more than 40,000 phone calls from MoveOn members, the Democrats are now taking a stand against
a far-right judiciary.
A filibuster against Miguel Estrada, a stealth
right-wing nominee, has held for six weeks now, and
survived three attempts to end it.
Senate Democrats are learning the power of unity,
proving to themselves that they can prevent the right
wing from taking even greater control over our lives. This filibuster has stiffened Democrats'
resolve across the board, enabling other victories as
a tactical report on our domestic work from Peter Schurman,
keep on working -- there's a lot to do, both domestically
and internationally. For now, take a moment to thank yourself for being a part of this
tsunami of action. We really are changing the country
and the world.
With great appreciation from all of us,
Carrie, Eli, Joan, Peter, Wes, and Zack
March 26th, 2003