Friday, April 08, 2005

Push MoveOn to Favour Withdrawal

Partly, this tiny action on my part is because a discussion I had with a fellow peace vigiler last week about the ongoing problem of getting people mobilized and active got me thinking. Partly, it is in response to the new ZNet feature which allows users to select and then engage an action of the week. In any event, for tonight's edition of the vigil, I have created and printed out a few fliers encouraging my fellow street corner peaceniks to take an easy action to encourage online liberal powerhouse MoveOn.Org to take a more proactive stance in calling for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq -- opposition to the war was the issue which got the group started, and they seem to be moving away from active opposition.

Anyway, I figured I'd post the text of the flyer here. It's nothing huge, but it can't hurt.

Flyer text (slightly modified):


Take Home Action: Push MoveOn to Favour Immediate Withdrawal

Noted media analyst Norman Solomon has written, “Friends don’t let friends drive drunk, and peace advocates do a lot more than shrug when a previously great antiwar organization starts to get lost...Two years after the invasion of Iraq, the online powerhouse – which built most of its member base with a strong antiwar message – is not pushing for withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq.”
(Full article here.)

To encourage MoveOn to continue active opposition to the recolonization of Iraq, you can take the following steps:

  1. Go here.

  2. Click on “Sign In” on the light grey bar.

  3. If you are already a member, sign in as you usually would. If not, then complete the fields under the “Register” heading, and reply to the email that you are automatically sent.

  4. Follow the instructions on the next screen.

  5. Click on the “next 5” link until you find an item labelled “I still oppose the war.” (It was #21 when I did this, but might change.)

  6. Click the radio buttons beside “agree” and five stars for importance.

  7. Click the orange “Submit My Ratings” button at the bottom of the page.

  8. If you wish, click on the orange “Submit Your Own Comment” button near the top of the page, and express how you feel in your own words.


It will only take a few minutes, and it might be useful, so please do it if you are so inclined. In the words of Michael Albert, "MoveOn is not highly radical, it is true, but it is hard to see why it would take a position to the right of a large core of members of the Democratic Party. MoveOn pushing hard for withdrawal of course won't guarantee it will happen. But MoveOn not pushing for withdrawal is certainly not helping."

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