|A couple of actions
||[Dec. 3rd, 2005|12:05 pm]
Release these peacemakers|
Four members of Christian Peacemaker Teams were taken on November 26 in Baghdad, Iraq (Hostage video accuses snatched peace activists of spying on Iraq, November 30). They are not spies, nor do they work in the service of any government. They are people who have dedicated their lives to fighting against war and have clearly and publicly opposed the invasion and occupation of Iraq. They are people of faith, but they are not missionaries. They have deep respect for the Islamic faith and for the right of Iraqis to self-determination.
CPT first came to Iraq in October 2002 to oppose the US invasion, and it has remained in the country throughout the occupation in solidarity with the Iraqi people. The group has been invaluable in alerting the world to many of the horrors facing Iraqis detained in US-run prisons and detention centres. CPT was among the first to document the torture occurring at the Abu Ghraib prison, long before the story broke in the mainstream press. Its members have spent countless hours interviewing Iraqis about abuse and torture suffered at the hands of US forces and have disseminated this information internationally.
Each of the four CPT members being held in Iraq has dedicated his life to resisting the darkness and misery of war and occupation. Convinced that it is not enough to oppose the war from the safety of their homes, they made the difficult decision to go to Iraq, knowing that the climate of mistrust created by foreign occupation meant that they could be mistaken for spies or missionaries. They went there with a simple purpose: to bear witness to injustice and to embody a different kind of relationship between cultures and faiths.
Members of CPT willingly undertook the risks of living among Iraqis, in a common neighbourhood outside of the infamous Green Zone. They sought no protection from weapons or armed guards, trusting in, and benefiting from the goodwill of the Iraqi people. Acts of kindness and hospitality from Iraqis were innumerable and ensured the CPT members safety and well-being.
We believe that spirit will prevail in the current situation. We appeal to those holding these activists to release them unharmed so that they may continue their vital work as witnesses and peacemakers.
Author, The God of Small Things
Author, Bush in Babylon
Former U.N. Assistant Secretary General and Head of the U.N. Humanitarian Program in Iraq (1997-1998)
Mother of Casey Sheehan
Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Iraqi economist and anti-occupation activist. Lecturer, University of Exeter
Herbert Lehman Professor of Government Columbia University
Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies Middle East Institute, Columbia University
Cindy and Craig Corrie
Parents of Rachel Corrie, killed by Israeli military
Hasan Abu Nimah
Permanent Representative of Jordan at the United Nations (1995-2000)
Former independent presidential candidate
Former US Senator
Professor (Emeritus) University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Voices for Creative Nonviolence/Nobel Peace Prize Nominee
President, Center for Constitutional Rights
Rev. Daniel Berrigan
Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou
National Coordinator, Clergy and Laity Concerned about Iraq
Author, Sharing the Land Of Canaan, board member US Campaign to End the Occupation
Author, War Plan Iraq: Ten Reasons Against War on Iraq
Co-founder, Electronic Iraq
National Coordinator, United for Peace and Justice
Director, Stop Torture Permanently Campaign
Président de la Coalition Sénégalaise des Défenseurs des Droits humains
Author, Iraq: The Logic of Withdrawal
G. Simon Harak
War Resisters League
Former Chair, War Resisters International
Bishop Gabino Zavala
President, Pax Christi USA
Sign the petition
Via Today In Iraq
PEACE ACTION: Win Without War, United for Peace and Justice, Code Pink, Progressive Democrats of America, Peace Action and others are calling for a national call in day on the Iraq War. They are asking everyone to call their Representative and Senators and ask for an immediate withdrawal form Iraq. They feel that this is the time to continue the pressure on our elected officials. Phone numbers are 888-818-6641 or 888-355-3588. The White House comment line is 202-456-1111. PLEASE CALL.