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  Quotes and links to web sites with compelling arguments for each and every one of us around the world to get actively involved in the anti-war movement.
  • Visit the American Voices Abroad Coalition site:  This site also has a great list of links to pertinent web sites and other sites which are members fo the AVA coalition.
  • Americans for Peace and Justice:  APJ, opposing the settlement of conflicts by force, while recognising the right of people to defend themselves against infringement of their human and civil liberties.  APJ is in the region of Montpellier, dedicated to global peace and justice, and a member organization of AVA. 


  • The Paris-based group, Americans Against the War, are a member organization within AVA.  Following is how AAW describe themselves:

    We are a group of Americans residing in France. We are concerned because the current American administration appears to have transformed the events of September 11, 2001 into an excuse to wage or threaten perpetual war. Those countries designated as enemies of US interests risk becoming military targets, while others, who fall under the US protective wing, are allowed to continue violating human rights, UN resolutions notwithstanding. This attitude, far from eradicating international terrorism, seems destined to provoke unprecedented levels of tension throughout the Middle East and well beyond.  We fear that these policies are highly dangerous for the peoples of the world, Americans included, and we fear for the future of democracy in the US itself.

    The U.S. pretends to be a beacon of democracy. And yet, hundreds of prisoners captured by US forces in Afghanistan and Iraq are languishing in cells in Guantanamo Bay, Bargram and Camp Cropper, in conditions amounting to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, often without legal aid or the minimum protection of the Geneva Convention's rules or the US Constitution.

    These developments cast a shadow on the future of democracy in the U.S. itself. We are alarmed by the authoritarian means used to assure "homeland security", with serious long-term effects on the civil liberties of all U.S. citizens and all foreigners living in the U.S. And we are shocked by the brazen manner in which certain large media corporations have contributed to misinforming and manipulating broad sectors of U.S. public opinion.

  • American Views Abroad is a project by Gloria Otto, a private U.S. citizen in Hamburg, and some of her friends in association with American Voices Abroad.  Her foremost goal is to resist any reduction of civil liberties found in the Bill of Rights and the Constitution and to speak out openly, firmly and fairly on critical issues.

  • The Truth Out
    An alternative news web site.  Steve Weissman, a former leader of the 1964 Free Speech Movement at Berkeley in California, is European Editor.

  • de defensa
    An excellent French alternative news web site
  • An open letter from Tom Hayden to Howard Dean calling for the Democrats to disassociate themselves from the Bush Iraq policies.

  • Not In Our Name

  • IRAQ, Support our troops: Bring them

    • "We must withdraw our military from Iraq, the
      sooner the better
      .  An article written by
      Howard Zinn.

  • The Madness of George W. Bush: A Reflection
    of Our Collective Psychosis — Bush’s sickness
    is our own.

    • An insightful article written by Paul Levy that
      will help you to understand why Bush, his
      administration and many Americans believe
      what they believe....

  • Nothing to Fear But Bush Himself

    • An article written by Dr. Paul Craig Roberts
      addressing the colossal failure of the war on Iraq.


Sign ideas for demonstrations
Here are some ideas for signs that you can make for your rally.

Peace Bumperstickers




It is sort of fascinating that you can have 100 percent certainty about weapons of mass destruction and zero certainty of about where they are.
Hans Blix, UN
Chief Weapons Inspector

I love America more than any other country in this world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.
James A. Baldwin, Writer

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.
Edmund Burke, philosopher b. 1729

Each man must for himself alone decide what is right and what is wrong, which course is patriotic and which isn't.  You cannot shirk this and be a man.  To decide against your conviction is to be an unqualified and excusable traitor, both to yourself and to your country.
Mark Twain, writer

Patriotism is a kind of religion; it is the egg from which wars are hatched.
Guy de Maupassant

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.  We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.  Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly."
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
(1929-1968, US civil rights leader.
Letter from the Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963.)

Non-cooperation with evil is as much a responsibility as co-operation with good.
An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind.



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