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NCNR's Next Action

I am writing today in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Who spoke these words in 1967:

"A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death."

I am an organizer with the National Campaign of Nonviolent Resistance (one of the primary organizers of the 9/26 action at the White House), and as mentioned on your recent conference call we are organizing visits, and many sit-ins at local congressional offices following MLK Day. Many affinity groups may choose to remember Dr. King by electing to do a sit-in should their representative be very resistant to changing course on this illegal and immoral war and occupation.

We are asking groups to request that their representatives support Rep. Jim McGovern's (D-MA) bill to stop funding for the war and occupation. And that their sentaros introduce similar legislation. We feel that doing a nonviolent action in the quest for peace is an excellent…

Police State in Philadelphia

Below is a recent post on a Philly-based blog. I find this scene truly sad, but all too common. Meanwhile in the national news the National Security Agency has been exposed on spying on its own citizens and keeping extensive files on more than 100 peace groups. What has happened to liberty in America?

Monday, December 12, 2005
Philly Peace Protest Turns Violent as Police Lose Their Cool (again)
When George Bush's motorcade rolled into Center City Philadelphia today the President was greeted with a loud and sustained chorus of boos and whistles from the crowd of protesters that assembled outside the president's hotel. Bush was in town to deliver a speech about the latest in Iraq. (transcripts of Bush's speech) This was the 3rd in a series of four events staged by the White House to respond to critcs of Bush's Iraq policy. Later across town, Pennslyvania Congressman John Murtha, the hawkish democrat and war veteran whose recent challenge to end the war effectively reframed…