[mgj-discuss] TODAY: Sound the Alarm @ Union Station
fithianl at igc.org
Tue Mar 18 04:21:37 PST 2008
please spread the word!
Sound the Alarm at Union Station
Five Minutes of Stillness Remembering Five Years of War!
March 18th, 5:00 PM - Meet at 400 N. Capitol
Building on a recent action in New York City, this copy-cat action is an opportunity for all of us to come together in one place to put out a dramatic call for people to join us the next day to commemorate the anniversary of the start of the war and occupation of Iraq.
This action will only take a short amount of time and is perfectly legal so all can participate. It also fits into the day's schedule, happening after Codepink's day of action and before their evening event and planning meetings happening for the next day.
What Will Happen
This action will occur during rush hour at Union Station. All who participate (we need upwards of 200 people to make it successful, and the more the better) will meet at Union Station 15 minutes beforehand.
At a given time we will enter at different points individually or in groups of no more than 2 or 3. At a set moment as we proceed through the crowds we will all freeze in place holding our positions in frozen motion for 5 minutes for 5 years of war.
When we move again, we will step forward using our collective voice in a call to the people to "RISE UP – END THE WAR!"
For those that have a few more minutes to spare we will follow-up with intensive leafleting throughout the station.
You can see the incredible video on of what this could be like on Youtube— Frozen Grand Central.
The overall message will be Five Minutes of Stillness Remembering Five Years of War. This action will kick-off a period of actions culminating 24 hours later with a march on the DNC Headquarters.
There will be a press release sent out to this effect and also independent videographers that will document this for a YouTube video to be uploaded that night. This can be a convergence action involving everyone who is in DC that night for March 19th that also previews what is to come the next day.
Please dress as you are or wear a button, t-shirts, etc. that can subtly communicate our message in a way that is not blatant like at a protest. Please if you can wear a watch or have a cell phone these are some of the ways we will synchronize our actions.
We hope you will join in this creative and dramatic action. Our creativity and imagination are our most powerful tools for capturing attention, waking people up and building peace.
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