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  • Kristen E Cheney
    Feb 1, 2003
      >Date: Tue, 28 Jan 2003 17:16:32 -0800
      >From: Kathryn Nance <wingsofwellbeing@...>
      >To: Kristen Cheney <kcheney@...>
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      >There is a Boulder Colorado Mennonite Church that is organizing a mail
      >protest to President Bush. It is important that as many people participate
      >possible and that they do this immediately. If you have a moment and can
      >participate, here are the simple directions.
      >Put half a cup of rice in a small plastic bag. Squeeze out the air as you
      >sealing it. Put it in a standard business envelope or small padded envelope
      >(both cost the same to mail) with a note attached that says,
      >"'If your enemies are hungry, feed them.' (Romans 12:20)
      >Please send this rice to the people of Iraq. Do not attack them."
      >Mail it to:
      >President George Bush
      >White House
      >1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
      >Washington DC 20500
      >You'll need $1.06 in postage (three thirty-seven cent stamps will do) to
      >In order for this protest to be effective, there must be hundreds of
      >thousands of such rice deliveries to the White House. We can do this if we
      >all forward this message to our friends and family. If every household sent
      >one of these, and the tens of thousands of of our family and friends who
      >think war is a mistake also sent them...we are hundreds of thousands of
      >There is a positive history of this protest! Read on!
      >"In the mid 1950s, the pacifist Fellowship of Reconciliation, learning of
      >famine in the Chinese mainland, launched a "Feed Thine Enemy" campaign.
      >Members and friends mailed thousands of little bags of rice to the White
      >House with a tag quoting the Bible, "If thine enemy hunger, feed him." As
      >as anyone knew for more than ten years, the campaign was an abject failure.
      >The President did not acknowledge receipt of the bags publicly; certainly
      >rice was ever sent to China.
      >"What nonviolent activists only learned a decade later was that the campaign
      >played a significant, perhaps even determining role in preventing nuclear
      >war. Twice while the campaign was on, President Eisenhower met with the
      >Chiefs of Staff to consider US options in the conflict with China over two
      >islands, Quemoy and Matsu. The generals twice recommended the use of
      >weapons. President Eisenhower each time turned to his aide and asked how
      >many little bags of rice had come in. When told they numbered in the tens
      >thousands, Eisenhower told the generals that as long as so many Americans
      >were expressing active interest in having the US feed the Chinese, he
      >certainly wasn't going to consider using nuclear weapons against them."
      >From: People Power: Applying Nonviolence Theory ,by David H. Albert, p. 43,
      >New Society, 1985.
      Kristen Cheney
      Doctoral Candidate in Anthropology
      University of California at Santa Cruz
      Social Sciences I Faculty Services
      1156 High Street
      Santa Cruz, CA 95064
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