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Anti-War Demonstration Planned at Pentagon Today

by ARLnow.com April 8, 2011 at 11:13 am 3,116 35 Comments

A group called the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance is organizing an anti-war rally at the Pentagon at noon today.

Dubbed “Operation DISARMageddon,” participants are planning to demonstrate against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as the military’s use of fossil fuels. Organizers aren’t saying exactly where and how they’re planning to protest, except that it will be “nonviolent civil resistance” and it will happen “around noon.”

“The U.S. military is the entity most responsible for destabilizing our environment,” a call to action on the group’s web site says. “There are innumerable reasons for this, including these examples: the exorbitant use of fossil fuels, depleted uranium weapons, worldwide transport of weapons and personnel, unlimited air travel, engagement in war and the possession, upkeep and transport of nuclear weapons.”

The call to action continues: “U.S. drone bombs continue to kill innocent people in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and other places around the world. Our military spending is out of control while we have no money to meet basic human needs here in the U.S. Torture and illegal indefinite detentions continue in Guantanamo, Bagram, and other places around the world… In the spirit and discipline of Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Dorothy Day, and others, and for the sake of humanity, for the sake of peace and justice, and for the sake of Mother Earth we must act now.”

Other groups said to be participating in the protest include Code Pink, Veterans for Peace, Witness Against Torture and WarIsACrime.org.

  • God bless the USA. In one of these other places in the world you’d be rounded up, beaten, tortured, or worse for demonstrating against the state.

    • mehoo

      Um, yeah.

      • Ostrich

        No, really…that’s actually happening.

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNYsorjqa_E

        I’d like to wish these ostriches good luck with their protest today, it will solve nothing, just as blanket non-violence or pacifist policy does.

    • BoredHouseWife

      In England people do not need a permit to protest.

      • TGEoA

        Feel free to move there.

        • neomatt

          Wow. That’s so witty. You must have been the smartest kid on the short bus. Rather than debate the finer points of time, place, and manner restrictions or perhaps highlight other areas in which the UK supresses free speech, you chose the “love it or leave it” attack. Brilliant.

    • PCB

      Rabble Rabble Rabble!

    • R.Griffon

      You know what I always find interesting? That the people who seek to extol the virtues of this great nation typically do so by comparing us to the absolute worst places on Earth. Is that our new rallying cry? “USA! … NOT the worst place in the world!” It might look great on a license plate. Or a passport.

      • Westover

        I would say we are pretty much better, for the every person, than anywhere in the EU or South America. Sure if you are a multi-millionaire it could be nice to live in Geneva, Monaco, or Paris; but, for the average person, America is still where it is at. AND our continually growing immigration numbers prove it.

        • R.Griffon

          That’s up for debate, and the immigration numbers certainly don’t prove it as I believe they’re due to a combination of 3 major factors: proximity, ease of legal immigration, and the sheer size of the economy/GDP.

          Proximity – Nearly half of US immigrants are from North or South America. If you’re a poor immigrant in these countries, you aren’t buying a plane ticket to somewhere overseas.

          Ease of Immigration – And even if you could buy a ticket, it does you no good if you aren’t allowed to stay once you get there. The US has a deeply ingrained openness to immigration due to our roots as a country of immigrants, and is thus much easier to immigrate to (legally) than most other industrial nations. The vast majority of those immigrants couldn’t get in if they tried.

          Economy – We’ve got the single largest economy in the world, bar none. At least for now. So that means a lot more jobs (and sometimes high paying ones) and opportunities, which attracts people from all over, including China, India, the EU, and elsewhere. While I’d agree that jobs are a major driver of anyone’s subjective list of “best countries,” nor would I define it as the end-all and the be-all.

          I think it’s a great country too, but I’ve yet to see any objective quality of life index that shows the US at the top of the list, or even higher than the top 10 or 20. I’ve traveled to maybe a dozen countries in my life, and would gladly live in all but maybe 2 or 3 of them. America is a great country, agreed. But there are a lot of great countries.

  • Westover

    Basic Human needs are pretty well covered for anyone that tries in this nation. Protesting the Military is so 40 years ago. Protest the State Department, The White House and the Congress. From the Generals down to the Privates, The Pentagon is just folks doing what the other leaders want or cleaning up when the others fail to act.

  • Hickory Shampoo time

    • brif

      so you think people should be beaten for exercising their constitutional rights?

      • borf

        It’s sarcasm. I think.

      • Westover

        When they are trespassing and interfering with our national security, sometimes it is appropriate.

        • brif

          standing across the street from the pentagon is neither trespassing nor interfering with national security.

          • Westover

            When that is all they do, no one gets the Hickory Shampoo.

        • Ostrich

          Their punishment comes in the form of wasting their time. Maybe they will bond and get laid out of it or something. Just like the hippies and their main agenda.

    • Westover

      😀

  • brian

    did anyone even show up?

    what time was this thing planned for?

    did they drive there cars there or ride their bikes or take metro?

    I see some where coming from WI. I bet they flew or drove.

    • CrystalMikey

      Exactly, I don’t think their buses parked in CC are very environmentally friendly.

      • mehoo

        Sure they are. Better than each driving in their own cars.

    • mehoo

      Use and waste are two different things.

  • Steve

    Watch Jim Moran verbally abuse an army veteran.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DfhY3ZEbv5I&feature=player_embedded

    • Post has been edited. Please refrain from name-calling.

    • Moron must have said something about the possible shutdown taking longer because Congress is on vacation. Really pissed that guy off.

    • R.Griffon

      Being told to be civil or leave qualifies as verbal abuse now? Wow, some people really need to be treated with kid gloves. The guy was interrupting. And as much as I might support his question/concern/comments (and I do, 100%), Moran had every right to put him in his place. You don’t ask someone a question and then interrupt as soon as they start to answer. This isn’t Fox News.

      • Duke of Soarl

        +Infinity

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