Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore,
PRESS RELEASE-FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 10, 2008
Contact: Max Obuszewski  366-1637 or
NATIONAL CAMPAIGN FOR NONVIOLENT RESISTANCE ACTIVISTS DO DIE-IN AT DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
WHO: The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore was formed for individuals willing to engage in nonviolent civil resistance to first prevent and later to protest the war in
. It is affiliated with several national peace groups, including the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance [NCNR] and United For Peace & Justice. Iraq
In September, members of NCNR sent a letter to Attorney General
WHAT: Unfortunately, Attorney General Mukasey never responded to the letter, despite follow-up phone calls by NCNR representatives. So it was decided to go to the Department of Justice to seek a meeting with him. Joy First, of
WHEN: Indictment Day, Monday, November 10, 2008 from 12:15 to 1:15 PM
WHERE: at the
WHY: The National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance has long challenged the Bush administration and members of Congress for supporting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the shredding of the Bill of Rights, torture and the lack of due process for detainees. NCNR members and their supporters are strong believers in the concept of equal justice for all. There is no reason not to consider the indictment of Bush and Cheney, considering the toll caused by the illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq—the death of 4,200 U.S. soldiers and possibly one million Iraqis, the countless number of wounded soldiers and civilians and the utter devastation of a country.
The Metropolitan Police decided not to arrest those sprawled on the sidewalk. Since Barack Obama, the president-elect, was to meet with George W. Bush at the White House, some thirty activists, including people from California, Oregon and the State of Washington, decided to take the message – Indict Bush and Cheney as war criminals – to Pennsylvania Avenue. At
This attempt to meet with the attorney general of the
Throughout the march from the DOJ to
Outside an entrance to the White House, several of the citizen-activists knelt down and called for the arrest of George Bush. While there is hope that President Obama will close the Guantanamo Detention Facility, remove troops from Iraq and show respect to other countries, many of the indictment advocates intend to organize protests should his administration continue on the worn path from the last eight years. There is already some discussion to send a letter to the next attorney general calling for the indictment of Bush and Cheney.
"The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles. The master class has had all to gain and nothing to lose, while the subject class has had nothing to gain and everything to lose--especially their lives." Eugene Victor Debs