Now that the elections are over, with President Obama re-elected and some new exciting senators in office, including a record number of women, we have the opportunity to really impact the future of this country. However in order to do that we need to build a much stronger grassroots movement and come up with new creative ideas for getting our concerns heard.
Since the bombing of the World Trade Center, the peace movement has been struggling with ways to have an impact and change the direction of peoples’ thinking on war and militarization. There is no doubt that rallies, vigils, and marches and programs like the American Friends Service Committee’s Eyes Wide Open have brought some change in attitudes about the wars. However these approaches have lost their impact, and they seldom attract new people or have any media appeal. The most we get is a picture with a caption or some short article. It is also true that we are not reaching out to a broader audience to engage them in conversation about their concerns and needs. For instance according to Medea Benjamin 82% of the country believes that the use of drones is acceptable. How do we reach people and talk about their concerns of safety and our concerns for the killing of innocent people by unmanned drones?
We need to find new strategies, reach out to other like-minded people, and exert more pressure to have more influence on what is happening in our name.
On Saturday, Feb. 2 from 2:30–5 p.m., we will hold a planning session bringing together organizations and individuals concerned about peace and the economy. This will be an opportunity for us to strategize with people around the area on new creative ways to not only address our concerns but work collaboratively together.
Everybody is urged to come. Wrack your brains on who should be there and persuade them that we need them.
Scilla Wahrhaftig and Edith Bell
Scilla Wahrhaftig 412 315 7423 cell 412 523 9364