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www.justicenotvengeance.org 5 February 2002 PLEDGE OF RESISTANCE 1) The Need for Resistance 2) The Pledge of Resistance 3) You are invited to Sign Now 4) How to Take Part 5) Support the Action on 25 February 6) The Text of the Pledge itself (sign here!) Dear friends, 1) THE NEED FOR RESISTANCE George Bush commits himself to war against the 'Axis of Evil'. Colin Powell says the US will attack Iraq to achieve 'regime change'. The Pentagon says the so-called "war on terrorism" could last for six years. Meanwhile thousands of families in Afghanistan face starvation, warlord terrorism, and refugee camp destitution; thousands of children die every month in Iraq because of US/UK-sponsored sanctions; and Human Rights Watch says that leading members of the "war on terrorism" 'have violated human rights principles at home and overlooked human rights transgressions among their partners'. It's time to resist. We know that mass civil disobedience has helped to limit, terminate, and in some cases prevent direct US military intervention in the past. We need a campaign that can build mass civil disobedience. Those who lost their lives on 11 September deserve justice, not vengeance. 2) THE PLEDGE OF RESISTANCE ARROW (Active Resistance to the Roots of War), in conjunction with the Non-Violent Resistance Network, is launching a 'Pledge of Resistance' to the ongoing US/UK 'war on terrorism'. The Pledge will be publicly launched at the Resist! conference in London on 23 February (more details on conference at <www.justicenotvengeance.org>). We invite people who are prepared to engage in nonviolent civil disobedience to this dangerous and repressive war to sign the Pledge of Resistance as soon as possible. The Pledge has an action option, which commits the signer to engaging in civil disobedience, and a support option. This is the text of the action option: 'I pledge to take part in nonviolent civil disobedience in the event of a major US/UK attack on Iraq or any other country in the course of the "war on terrorism."' The point of signing the Pledge is to create a network of resisters so that we can coordinate our nonviolent civil disobedience to the "war on terrorism", make our resistance as effective as possible, and limit/prevent whatever attacks the US is aiming to launch. By publishing our names, we can show that the resistance extends all over the country, and (if the number of signatories grows large enough) signal to the Government the political cost it faces in terms of terms of nonviolent resistance. 3) CALL FOR LAUNCH GROUP OF SIGNATORIES FOR PLEDGE OF RESISTANCE ARROW invites you to become part of the Launch Group of signatories whose names will be publicised at the launch (we are aiming for over 50 signatories by 20 February). After reading the rest of this letter and the Pledge document itself (text below and posted as a Word Document at <www.justicenotvengeance>), if you are willing to sign the action option of the Pledge, then please register by replying to this email with your name and contact details at the end of this (very long) message. Please also consider doing some local press work about your participation in the launch group/about the launch of the Pledge (see below). 4) HOW TO TAKE PART IN THE PLEDGE We are urging signers to form or join affinity groups to prepare for nonviolent action. Effective and sustainable civil disobedience depends on us building communities of resistance and support, and preparing ourselves thoroughly for the legal, political, outreach, and media work involved. Note: This is a _nonviolent_ project. All actions carried out in connection with the Pledge should be within the spirit of nonviolence: no action should harm or dehumanize any other person. This is fundamental to the Pledge. Suggestions and helpful material will be posted at <www.justicenotvengeance.org/pledge> or will be available from 020 7607 2302. If you have helpful material, please do pass it on for sharing! Affinity groups can either organise their own actions, or participate in national actions. We aim to have national contacts in Scotland, Wales and England, who will help organise actions in the event of a major attack or clear indications of preparation for such an attack. Participation will be open to anyone who has signed up to the action option for the Pledge, whether or not you are in an affinity group. 'A MAJOR ATTACK' The US is still bombing Afghanistan, regularly drops bombs on Iraq, and is already involved in low-intensity warfare in the Philippines as part of the "war on terrorism". These are policies that need resisting, but they are not the focus of the Pledge. The Pledge will be triggered when there is a 'major attack' on another country by the US (almost certainly with some British support and involvement). There is no central definition of a 'major attack', we expect to recognise it when we see it. ACTIONS There will also be other actions organised by signatories to the Pledge. The Pledge itself is reactive, but those of us committed to resistance can and will also be pro-active in resisting US/UK violence. For example, ARROW and others will be marking the launch of the Pledge with an action in London on 25 February - details to be organised at the conference over the preceding two days. 5) SUPPORT THE 25 FEBRUARY ACTION IN LONDON To maximise the impact of the launch of the Pledge, it would be great if the Launch group of signers could do press work locally about their participation in the pledge and its launch at the conference in London. If you are not coming to London for the conference and the action on 25 February (details to be finalised at the conference) one possible photo-opportunity would be to hold a support vigil in your town - perhaps at your local war memorial - for the action carried out on 25 Feb, stressing that the Pledge is designed to help prevent the further loss of life for civilians (and service personnel). Details will be available on the Monday via <www.justicenotvengeance.org>. Yours for active resistance Milan Rai ARROW/Voices in the Wilderness UK David Polden ARROW/Nonviolent Resistance Network 6) TEXT OF THE PLEDGE OF RESISTANCE The Pledge is a network of resistance. By signing, and by resisting, we can help to limit and perhaps prevent military retaliation for 11 September. This pledge is sponsored by ARROW (Active Resistance to the Roots of War) and Voices in the Wilderness UK. More information and copies of a Word formatted document are available at <http://www/justicenotvengeance.org> Please return this email with your name and contact details below the pledge text below and I oppose US/UK military retaliation for September 11th. 1) I pledge to take part in nonviolent civil disobedience in the event of a major US/UK attack on Iraq or any other country in the course of the "war on terrorism." Nonviolent civil disobedience rejects any actions that would harm or dehumanize another person. Civil disobedience means risking arrest, conviction, a fine and/or prison in actions such as sit-ins, blockades, war tax refusal, fence-cutting and so on. This is an incomplete list, part of a spectrum of nonviolent action which individual pledgers can choose from. Name Address Phone Number Email (it helps us if you fill this in) (Note: By signing, you agree to have your name and town published. All other details will be kept confidential. 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