- Feb 1, 2003
>Date: Tue, 28 Jan 2003 17:16:32 -0800Kristen Cheney
>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
>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.
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