Iraq

Take Action

womennowar.jpgHere are some ways you can take action to prevent further US military intervention in Iraq! Keep your voice and energy engaged! We have to inspire and motive people to take action if we are going to squelch the drumbeat to more war.

Social Media

  • Facebook: Commit to posting "No new war on Iraq" every day for a week to your facebook wall/other social media. Post it on the Facebook page of your Senators and Representatives and also on the Facebook walls of major media outlets. Share anti-war memes with your friends. Share this graphic on your Facebook: it’s a collection of who shouldn’t be giving advice about the situation on in Iraq!
  • Twitter: Use your smart phone, laptop, or an Internet café to share updates on your Iraq action! Use hashtags #NoMoreWar #DontBombIraq #Iraq and any others that seem relevant. Share articles, facts, and tweet pictures from actions you go to with your anti-war message.
  • Flickr: Share your photos by uploading your best pictures to the No New War on Iraq Flickr group. To submit, upload the photos to your personal account and chose the group. If you have trouble uploading or submitting your photos, send an email to info@codepink.org and we’ll upload your photos for you.

Events

Things to do with friends

  • shoes.jpgOrganize a dinner and movie night: Eating and talking is one of the easiest ways to bring people together. Host a dinner with food from the Middle East. Ask your friends to bring something along, so you don’t need to cook all week. Set aside time to watch short videos from CODEPINK.
  • Read: Stop the Next War Now excerpts can be read with members of your group in a private or public location and hold a discussion afterward.
  • Hold a house party: Show a relevant video from our CODEPINK recommended list or a short video from Brave New Films or from the Guardian, based on docs leaked by Manning.
  • Watch and discuss feelings about Iraq war: discuss what people would like to do to avert a resumption of US air strikes.
  • Invite a speaker: Ask folks from CODEPINK, IVAW or your local peace and justice center to speak about Iraq and all the unresolved issues and problems from US war/occupation of 2003 - 2011 to a gathering at your home (email info@codepink.org to schedule a CODEPINK staffer!).

Things you can do in public

  • march.jpgWrite a letter to your local newspaper: Tell peoople why you oppose a new bombing campaign/war in Iraq.
  • March and/or rally: Organize a solidarity march and carry a banner with one of our suggested slogans like “Don’t Bomb Iraq” or “No New War On Iraq”. Consider marching across a bridge in your city – makes a powerful visual. Or rally outside a Federal Building, or another symbolic place. Don’t forget a banner and a camera!
  • Candlelight vigil: Candles make a subtle and beautiful display. Find a public location (City Plaza, Federal Building, Main Library — you know your community) and read the names of the Iraq war dead. Don’t forget your “Don’t Bomb Iraq” banner.
  • Do a phone-a-thon: a great action for a public spot in your home town.
  • Visit your member of Congress: Take a few other like-minded people to his/her district office, strive for ethnic, age and gender balance.
  • Hit your local bookstores: Put info bookmarks in Cheney's, Rice's, books in bookstores, and/or move the book to a more "accurate” section, such as "Crime.
  • Start a weekly peace rally in your town: Buy an all-weather CODEPINK banner!
  • Things that require you to pack a travel bag: Go to DC and do a week’s lobbying, networking with other activists, and observing votes, debates and/or hearings in Congress.