February 3, 2003

Dear Friend of the Peace Center,

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It's clear from President Bush's State of the Union address that he and his right-wing advisors are hell-bent to start an all-out war against Iraq -- despite urgings for peace at home and around the world.  As a supporter of the Washington Peace Center, we expect that you are opposed to this US intervention -- and that you want to do what you can to stop it.

Perhaps you marched at a demonstration in October with thousands of others in DC  to bring the worldwide protest against this war to Vice President Dick Cheney's house, an event the Peace Center helped to initiate and build.  You might have come out in the bitter cold on January 18th for the national demonstration to protest the drums of war, standing with tens of thousands of others at the foot of the Capitol where we had an information table.  Maybe you participated on January 19th in the Iraq Pledge of Resistance action near the White House as hundreds risked arrest through nonviolent civil disobedience, an event we worked to coordinate.  Or maybe you attended one of the many events on January 20th celebrating the contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to the social and political landscape of our country, such as the teach-in organized by Black Voices for Peace where one of our board members spoke at a workshop on militarism.

As the large attendance at these events showed, there is a vibrant antiwar movement in the DC metro area.  During the nearly 40 years that the Washington Peace Center has been responding to US military actions, we have helped to build such antiwar movements and have encouraged our supporters to let us know how they want to participate in our activities.

At the end of this email, you will find a sign-up sheet that lists the antiwar campaigns that the Peace Center is developing, the committees that keep this work going, and the tasks for which we count on volunteers. Your interests and your talents are needed now, if we are to develop a comprehensive movement against this war in Iraq.

Please let us know which activities you would like to volunteer for by checking off the appropriate boxes and sending it back to us.  We will then be in touch when a meeting, event or activity is being arranged. We will soon have a full-time coordinator and new offices with regular hours so you can easily join in the work ahead.

In order to help you decide what you might want to volunteer for, here is a brief explanation of the campaigns that the Peace Center is focusing on in the coming months. 

(The committee work and periodic task lists follow below.)

Militarism and Youth -- The Peace Center wants to reach out to young people to involve them in movements in support of peace and social justice. The Peace Center is conducting workshops at DC-area high schools to teach students that there are alternatives to joining the military.  We want to educate local youth on the ways the US military is used abroad, and to encourage peaceful means of resolving conflict.

Permanent War Economy Series -- The new face of permanent war will be explored in this series of Peace Center educational events, including:  the expanded military budget, the assault on civil rights and social services, militarism, and organizing methods from progressive movements.   We are looking for help in identifying knowledgeable speakers, as well as setting up the events themselves.

Activist Responses to War - The Peace Center coordinates emergency anti-war demonstrations in Lafayette Park and other community sites at the onset of war, bombings or other military interventions. We also initiate community coalitions for local actions in support of peace that build city-wide nonviolent, legal protests against war. The Peace Center participates in national coalitions like United for Peace and Justice, and works to support and host national actions for peace and social justice in the DC area.

Iraq Pledge of Resistance -- The Pledge is a national campaign that plans coordinated, nonviolent civil disobedience actions to oppose President Bush's plans for war on Iraq.  The Peace Center is one of the founding organizations of the local Pledge of Resistance, which most recently brought hundreds to the White House on January 19th to risk arrest for peace.  Future actions will broaden the base so that even greater numbers will put their bodies on the line in the tradition of Gandhi and King, or support those who do.

Activist Support - Our weekly Activist Alert is a listing of local and national progressive events, protests and campaigns on a variety of issues helps to educate activists and build demonstrations for change.  It is sent by email and posted on our website. We need volunteers to help us get the word out, as well as update and produce our annual Activist Media Guide, and the Peace and Justice Action Guide, a listing of all progressive groups in the DC metro region.

Partners for Peace -- In the Partners for Peace campaign, the Peace Center will reach out to religious, labor and community groups who oppose the war in order to expand the political influence of our antiwar message and to work directly with the diverse communities that make up the peace and social justice community in DC.

Please take a moment now to fill out the form and return it to us today by email.

We look forward to working with you to stop this war!

Coordinating Board of the Washington Peace Center
Polly Stamatopolous
John Judge
Mark Goldstone
Sherry Brown
Kit Bonson

------------- Print out Volunteer form or use the one below ------------

YES!  I want to help the Washington Peace Center develop the antiwar movement!

These are the
Peace Center campaigns I would like to work on:

___ Militarism and Youth Outreach

___ Iraq Pledge of Resistance

___ Permanent War Economy series

___ Partners for Peace community organizing

___ Activist Responses to War

___ Activist Support (alerts, activist guide)


These are the committees I would like to work with (they meet as necessary):

___ Peace Letter (publication)

 ___ Outreach to community groups

___ Events planning

___ Media work, publicity

___ Fundraising, grant writing

___ Volunteer recruitment

___ Peacekeeping, nonviolence training

___ Art and/or music

___ Draft and GI counseling

___ Military counter-recruitment


These are the periodic activities I want to be called to help with:

___ General daytime office tasks

___ Lobbying elected officials

___ Phone calls to Peace Center supporters

___ Writing letters to editor, calling talk shows

___ Tabling and leafleting at festivals

___ Legal support

___ Computer upkeep and repair

___ Webpage development, maintenance

Contact Information:                         ___ this contains updated information





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Days and/or Times
Available to Volunteer:


Washington Peace Center                             www.washingtonpeacecenter.org
1801 Columbia Rd NW, Suite 104                Email to:  wpc@igc.org
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 234-2000    (202) 234-7064 fax