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  • birdof@paradisenow.net
    Message 1 of 2 , Apr 1, 2003
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      >
      >This is for Americans only but is also being sent to non-Americans all
      >over the world with the request that they urgently pass it on to all
      >their friends and pen pals, especially U.S. citizens.
      >
      >In Peace,
      >
      >Christina
      >
      >P.S.: please note this is to be printed and mailed to the Fellowship of
      >Reconciliation for transmittal to the International Criminal Court.
      >
      >
      >
      >-------- Original Message --------
      >Subject: Campaign to Indict Bush Begins
      >Date: Tue, 01 Apr 2003 02:04:17 -0500
      >From: John Wilmerding <Wilmerding@...>
      >
      >http://www.forusa.org/
      >
      >Indict Bush
      >
      >Friends who believe with us, and care with us,
      >
      >Many of us are asking, with varying combinations of sorrow, fury,
      >perplexity, and renewed commitment,
      >
      >Where do we stand now?
      >
      >Just what do we say, and how?
      >
      >What response is adequate, and appropriate?
      >
      >For despite United Nations' reluctance, defying the judgment expressed
      >by virtually every mainstream spiritual leader in his country, and with
      >100 skilled inspectors unable to justify UN action, our President is now
      >leading the charge, hurling death, maiming, and destruction upon
      >innocent people who deserve this no more than you or I do.
      >
      >Now bombs, shells, and more destruction of the facilities that make life
      >possible. When we've already imposed hunger and disease to equal that
      >of the Siege of Leningrad in World War II -- for which our nation
      >prosecuted a German General at Nuremburg.
      >
      >Is the answer to this complex situation a headlong retreat from reason
      >and progress, and embracing a new and unthinking arrogance of power that
      >panders to the worst in our national psyche?
      >
      >Is it a moral answer to the dangers of nuclear proliferation to spread
      >mass destruction around first, wherever there are unsubstantiated
      >rumors, or vague rumblings of that ultimate oxymoronic absurdity,
      >"military intelligence?"
      >
      >At a time of hatchet-level cuts in vital services for our own citizens,
      >can the U.S afford a war estimated to cost between two hundred billion
      >and a trillion dollars?
      >
      >In the midst of all this, stands the Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR).
      >We are requesting that the International Criminal Court indict and
      >prosecute our own President as a war criminal, for he leads our
      >government in the rush to a particularly brutal war. We do not take
      >such a stance lightly, but the Administration's action is a moral
      >outrage, not a matter of opinion or misjudgment.
      >
      >Will you stand with us?
      >
      >If so, sign the card below addressed to the International Criminal Court
      >and return it to FOR. We will batch and send them on.
      >
      >Will you stand with us?
      >
      >If so, request additional cards to distribute. And use them!
      >
      >We stand for bringing the message of reconciliation and justice all
      >across the land, and expressing it as imaginatively as we can. No one
      >will need to feel alone in her or his discomfort with current trends.
      >
      >With renewed and renewing commitment,
      >
      >Pat Clark
      >
      >National Coordinator
      >
      >To the International Criminal Court:
      >
      >With heavy hearts, with faith-based convictions, and with shock at
      >recent events, we, citizens of the United States of America,
      >respectfully request that consideration be given to indicting our own
      >President, George W. Bush, as a war criminal, for unleashing a basically
      >unprovoked war upon a populace that has already suffered immeasurably
      >from over a decade of economic sanctions. We do not make this request
      >lightly, or unmindful of possible consequences, but out of deep, though
      >varied, spiritual faiths, we believe it is time for people and
      >organizational entities of conscience to take the strongest possible
      >stand against easy resort to imposing the horrors of modern warfare upon
      >innocent people.
      >
      >Signed ________________________________________________
      >
      >Print Name_____________________________________________
      >
      >Address _______________________________________________
      >
      >______________________________________________________
      >
      >Please print this out, sign it, and return it to:
      >
      >Fellowship of Reconciliation
      >Box 271
      >Nyack, NY 10960,
      >for transmittal to the International Criminal Court.
      >
      >To request more cards, please contact FOR.
      >
      >Voices from the Middle East - Varied News Reports at:
      >
      >http://www.forusa.info/news/
      >
      >Middle East News: What the American Media won't tell you
      >A new free service from the FOR!
      >
      >Do you wonder what people in the Middle East are hearing about the war
      >in Iraq? The Fellowship of Reconciliation is compiling daily news
      >reports from various Middle Eastern online newspapers and websites and
      >translating them from Arabic, Persian and Hebrew into English.
      >
      >http://www.forusa.info/news/
      >
      >FOR Mission Statement
      >
      >The Fellowship of Reconciliation seeks to replace violence, war, racism,
      >and economic injustice with nonviolence, peace, and justice. We are an
      >interfaith organization committed to active nonviolence as a
      >transforming way of life and as a means of radical change. We educate,
      >train, build coalitions, and engage in nonviolent and compassionate
      >actions locally, nationally, and globally.
      >
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      >CERJ@... wilmerding@...
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      >John Wilmerding, Convener and List Manager
      >Coalition for Equity-Restorative Justice (CERJ)
      >1 Chestnut Hill, Brattleboro, VT, ZIP: 05301-6073
      >Phone: 1-802-254-2826 | 1-802-380-0664 (cellular)
      >CERJ was founded in New York in May, 1997.
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      >"Work together to reinvent justice using methods
      >that are fair; that conserve, restore, and even
      >create harmony, equity and good will in society."
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