Feb 5: Will the Real Peace Candidate Please Stand Up?

2 02 2008

UPDATE: View photos and summaries of DASW’s February 5 actions on Indybay. San Francisco | Oakland

5 PM
Meet at Frank Ogawa Plaza in Oakland and UN Plaza in San Francisco

What we’re doing:

We are planning creative protests on Tuesday, February 5, the day of the California primary, to demand the Democratic presidential candidates take stronger anti-war positions.

As a lead-up action to a city-wide day of direct action on March 19, we will be going to the campaign offices of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama on Tuesday, and will use humor and strong visuals to call into question the supposed anti-war credentials of these two candidates.

We are planning protests on both sides of the Bay on primary day, gathering at U.N. Plaza in San Francisco and Frank Ogawa Plaza in Oakland. With the theme “Will the Real Peace Candidate Please Stand Up?” we will send a strong message to the candidates that they should not take for granted support from the antiwar camp.

The women’s peace group Code Pink, which plans actions throughout the day in San Francisco, expects to meet up with us at U.N. Plaza for a brief march.

What you can do:

Come and invite your friends! We also invite you to bring your own visual props, as well as noisemakers, pots & pans, sidewalk chalk, etc. We’d also like to invite you to wear either business drag, or red white & blue attire. And finally, we’d like you to bring whatever you’d like to bring to make this a more festive, fun, and powerful action.

Why we’re taking action against these candidates:

Hillary Clinton still refuses to acknowledge that her vote to authorize war with Iraq in 2002 was wrong. She has said that the troop surge is working, and gave it a standing ovation during the State of the Union Address. She voted for a resolution threatening military action against Iran.

Barack Obama wants to end the war in Iraq only to escalate it in Afghanistan and attack Pakistan. He also recently wrote a letter justifying Israel’s refusal to allow fuel, food and medicine into Gaza, where people are literally starving and freezing to death.

We hope to see you there!



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