CARES ABOUT U.S. FOREIGN POLICY IN IRAQ?
On February 15, 2003, Sacramento joined 300 cities in over 60 countries
around the world in protesting U.S. President Bush's plans for war
with Iraq. We on the West Coast completed this day of world-wide
protest that started in New Zealand and spread with the sun to Asia,
Africa, Europe, and finally North and South America. The largest
demonstrations were in London and Rome (1 million persons) and the
smallest was five people at the US Amundsen-Scott Station at the
South Pole in Antartica. "...Antartica is the only continent
in the world where no war has ever happened and where all countries
recognize that the only way to survive is collaboration." --Paolo
G. Calisse, Amundsen-Scott Station, S.Pole, Antartica.
The National Council of Churches (which includes Presbyterian Church
USA, the Episcopal Church, the United Methodist Church, the National
Baptist Convention, and more than 30 other Protestant, Orthodox
and Anglican communions) is co-sponsoring ads against war with Iraq,
saying it violates God's law. "...War is not only-- or even
primarily-- a military matter," the Nat. Council of Church's
letter to Pres. Bush states. "It is a moral and ethical matter
of the highest order, one that we have made a priority for many
months as the possibility of war has loomed on our national horizon."
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops isn't convinced that war
with Iraq would meet the "just war" test, endorsing a
statement that they "find it difficult to justify the resort
to war against Iraq, lacking clear and adequate evidence of an imminent
attack of a grave nature."
Pope John Paul II has urged a peaceful solution, telling ambassadors
to the Vatican that war is "always a defeat for humanity."
The Pope met recently with Iraq's Saddam Hussain in an effort to
For Social Responsibility marching toward the State Capitol from a
gathering site at Southside Park. The goal of PSR is "..working
to create a world free of nuclear weapons, global environmental pollution,
and gun violence." PSR urges members to join them in a letter
to Pres. Bush re: the need to let U.N. weapons inspectors return to
Iraq and disarm Saddam's weapons of mass destruction program. Information
distributed at the PSR information table warned of a grave humanitarian
disaster in Iraq should a U.S. attack occur. "Casualties among
children will be in the thousands, probably ten thousands, and possibly
in the hundreds of thousands" (due to starvation, disease, and
being "collateral damage").
8,000 war protesters gathered at the Capitol from several area gathering
sites. People from Davis and West Sac met at the Great Golden Pyramid
(formerly the Money Store) on the West Sac side of the river and marched
across the Great Golden Tower Bridge and up Capitol Avenue to the
State Capitol. Other groups gathered at Southside Park or the Senior
Citizen Center on I Street and marched on the Capitol from those locations.