[Powderworks] Fwd: How to protest on Iraq
Kate Parker Adams
Sat, 01 Feb 2003 20:54:46 -0500
>Date: Sat, 01 Feb 2003 19:19:33 -0500
>From: Paul Pintus <email@example.com>
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>Subject: How to protest on Iraq
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>I am sending this along because of the large interest I believe we share
>regarding the current state of affairs.
> Place 1/2 c. uncooked rice in a small plastic bag (a snack-sized bag
> sandwich bag work fine).
> Squeeze out excess air and seal the bag.
> Wrap it in a piece of paper on which you have written "If your enemies
> are hungry, feed them (Romans 12:20). Please send this rice to the
> of Iraq; do not attack them."
> Place the paper and bag of rice in an envelope (either a letter-sized
> or small padded mailing envelope - both are the same cost to mail) and
> address them to
> President George Bush
> White House
> 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
> Washington, DC 20500
> Attach $1.06 in postage. (Three 37 cent stamps equal $1.11)
> Drop this in the mail TODAY. It is important to act NOW so that
> President Bush gets the letters ASAP. 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
> friends and family. If we get the message out, there will be packets
> from hundreds of thousands of people!
> 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 far 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 no rice was ever sent to
> "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 Joint 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 nuclear 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 of 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
> From: People Power: Applying Nonviolence Theory by David
> H. Albert, p. 43, New Society, 19.
Kate Parker Adams
You can't spell QUAGMIRE