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The next Living Graveyard
will take place Monday, May 21st
“A country is not permitted to use military force for purposes of retaliation, vengeance, and punishment.”
(From the United Nations Charter Regarding the Use of Military Force.)
“We who believe in freedom shall not rest. We who believe in justice shall not rest until it’s won”:
Links to connect with other
prophetic voices: 350.org
Peacemaker Teams ^ East Bay Sanctuary Covenant
Click on the image above to download the PDF flier
Click on the photo above to read more about it!
Graveyard and Reading of the Names,
Oakland Federal Building
Covered with sheets to represent the dead of the war of occupation on Iraq, people lie down on the city sidewalk in front of the Federal Building, This is legal, non-violent witness. People stop, look and think.
Participants lie at least three feet apart and do not block entry to the building.The names of some of the Californians who have died in Iraq and the names of some of the Iraqi dead will be read. People will hand out flyers, as we do each week at the Monday noon vigil.
Please bring a white sheet to cover yourself with. A pad to lie on is recommended.
Background re the EPI-sponsored Vigil:
The only legal justification for one country to attack another is to prevent an attack so immediate that the United Nations Security Council cannot be called upon to act.
Some Historical Background:
Iraq was ruled by a British-selected monarchy until
1958. In 1968, the Ba’ath party came to power with
CIA assistance. Saddam Hussein was supported by both
the U.S. and Britain until 1990, throughout the
As the U.S.
moved into Iraq in 1991, Shi’ites and Kurds were
encouraged to rise against the Hussein government.
When they did, the U.S. military stood aside and
allowed the revolt to be suppressed by the Iraqi
government. United Nations sanctions, imposed in
1990 to bring about Iraq’s withdrawal from Kuwait,
were continued to bring about Iraq’s disarmament
with respect to weapons of mass destruction. On May
20, 1991, Secretary of State James Baker stated, "We
are not interested in seeing a relaxation of
sanctions as long as Saddam Hussein is in power."
This remained the position of the U.S. through two
In December 1998 the UN inspectors were withdrawn by Richard Butler in anticipation of the U.S. bombing of Iraq. They were not "thrown out". Hussein did not allow the UNSCOM inspectors to return without a plan to complete inspections and end sanctions. The International Atomic Energy Agency was allowed to continue inspections regarding nuclear weapons.
The road to Gulf War II
End the Occupation Stop the War
Members shall refrain in their international
relations from the threat or use of force against
the territorial integrity or political
independence of any state ...
Wednesdays, noon in front of Boalt Hall on Bancroft Ave. on UC Berkeley campus. Teach-in against Torture.
Wednesdays, 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Castro Valley Peace & Justice Vigils, Castro Valley Blvd. & Redwood Rd.
Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m., El Cerrito vigil for peace, 1st, 3rd, 5th Weds, Del Norte BART, 2nd & 4th Weds in front of Target sign on San Pablo Ave.
Thursdays, noon - one, San Francisco Federal Building, 450 Golden Gate, peace in Iraq, San Francisco Friends
Thursdays, 4:30 - 5:30, Five Flags Park, Foothill, Jackson & Mission, Hayward, justice for Palestinians. South Alameda County Peace and Justice (SAPJC) & Tri-City Peace and Justice (TCP)
Fridays, noon - one, Berkeley, Telegraph & Bancroft, Berkeley Women in Black
3pm -5pm, at Camino Alto and E. Blithdale, Mill
Fridays, from 3:30 to 4:30, corner of Tiburon Blvd. and San Rafael Avenue, Tiburon. Rain cancels.
Fridays - 4 to 5 pm, Corner of Miller Avenue and Camino Alto in Mill Valley.
Fridays, 5:30 - 7 p.m., corner of Mowry & Fremont, Fremont.
Sundays, 3:00 p.m., walk around Lake Merritt for peace. Meet at the columns at the east end of the Lake, between Grand & Lakeshore Avenues. sponsored by Lake Merritt Neighbors Organized for Peace, LMNOP
Moratorium organizes a public witness for peace on
the Third Friday of each month. To find one near
you, visit http://www.iraqmoratorium.com/