And we theirs. This fearless Coalition is comprised of dozens of “organizations that work for peace, justice, civil rights, jobs, green energy, a clean environment, a secure retirement, healthcare, infrastructure, education, joy, and other human needs.”
They are asking people to take a pledge: “I will commit to being in Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C., with others on that day with the intention of making it our Tahrir Square, Cairo, our Madison, Wisconsin, where we will NONVIOLENTLY resist the corporate machine until our resources are invested in human needs and environmental protection instead of war and exploitation. We can do this together. We will be the beginning.” Take the pledge.
–The following was sent to Peaceful Uprising on June 22, 2011—
“In solidarity with all nonviolent struggles for peace, environmental sanity, and justice, the October 2011 Coalition strongly supports and endorses Peaceful Uprising’s Call to Action. Let us use Tim’s example to step up the love, step up the courage, step up the resistance. Please visit their website to find or create a solidarity action near you.”
October 2011 Coalition Supports and Endorses the Peaceful Uprising Call to Action
As climate chaos and environmental disaster become daily more evident, as wars for profit and power rage around the world, as the U.S. corporate-controlled war economy drives cuts to everything the U.S. people value and need, people are increasingly taking to acts of civil resistance to demand real change.
Peaceful Uprising is encouraging people of conscience and commitment to follow Tim DeChristopher’s courageous example of nonviolent civil resistance to stop the destruction of our planet and to insure that our children inherit a world that is not only healthy but just.
Tim DeChristopher was convicted on March 3 of this year by a jury that had been intimidated by a judge who told them that they could not vote their conscience, could not decide the case on what they believed was right, that they must follow a different legal standard. But Tim DeChristopher followed the voice of conscience, courage, and love when he set an example of resistance to big oil and coal interests as he derailed their quest to steal and rape thousands of acres of pristine public land for profit and exploitation.
On July 26, when Tim is sentenced, the government will attempt to make an example of him to discourage resistance. It is up to all of us to make sure their attempt backfires.
“Everyday citizens around the nation are rediscovering the cherished American tradition of peaceful civil disobedience as a tool for social and political change. The climate justice movement must respond as one of our most powerful advocates faces a severe prison sentence for nonviolently and effectively taking a stand on our behalf. On July 26th, we invite you to organize a solidarity event at a federal courthouse near you. Stand in solidarity with Tim, and send your message loud and clear: “We will not be intimidated. We will not sit idly by as our government uses Tim DeChristopher as an example to deter other activists.”
In solidarity with all nonviolent struggles for peace, environmental sanity, and justice, the October 2011 Coalition strongly supports and endorses Peaceful Uprising’s Call to Action. Let us use Tim’s example to step up the love, step up the courage, step up the resistance. Please visit their website to find or create a solidarity action near you.
Peaceful Uprising says in its call, “We will win this crucial battle only through an empowered, unified movement committed to principled, positive, and sustained resistance.”
The October 2011 coalition believes that we need to continue to act with unity and purpose to bring about critically needed change to a system that puts corporate and political profit before people and the planet.
We encourage all people deeply concerned with sustainability and survival to come to Washington, D.C., on October 6 and join in sustained resistance efforts there at the heart of the empire. Go to www.October2011.org and take the pledge. Join us on October 6, 2011, to Stop the Machine! Create a New World!, a world that is peaceful, just, and sustainable.
Written by the October 2011 Movement, a coalition of individuals and organizations seeking to end corporatism and militarism in the United States.