still have a choice today: nonviolent coexistence, or violent
co-annihilation. We must move past indecision to action. If we do not
act, we shall surely be dragged down the long, dark, and shameful
corridors of time reserved for those who possess power without
compassion, might without morality, and strength without sight."
Martin Luther King Jr. delivered 4 April 1967, Riverside Church, New York City
A Call to Action - Oct. 6, 2011 and onward
October 2011 is the 10th anniversary of the invasion of
Afghanistan and the beginning of the 2012 federal austerity budget. It
is time to light the spark that sets off a true democratic, nonviolent
transition to a world in which people are freed to create just and
We call on people of conscience and courage—all who seek peace,
economic justice, human rights and a healthy environment—to join
together in Washington, D.C., beginning on Oct. 6, 2011, in nonviolent
resistance similar to the Arab Spring and the Midwest awakening.
A concert, rally and protest will kick off a powerful and sustained
nonviolent resistance to the corporate criminals that dominate our
Forty-seven years ago, Mario Savio, an activist student at Berkeley,
said, "There's a time when the operation of the machine becomes so
odious—makes you so sick at heart—that you can't take part. You can't
even passively take part. And you've got to put your bodies upon the
gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and
you've got to make it stop. And you've got to indicate to the people who
run it, to the people who own it, that unless you're free, the machine
will be prevented from working at all."
Those words have an even greater urgency today. We face ongoing wars
and massive socio-economic and environmental destruction perpetrated by a
corporate empire which is oppressing, occupying and exploiting the
world. We are on a fast track to making the planet unlivable while the
middle class and poor people of our country are undergoing the most
wrenching and profound economic crisis in 80 years.
"Stop the Machine! • Create a New World!" is a clarion call
for all who are deeply concerned with injustice, militarism and
environmental destruction to join in ending concentrated corporate power
and taking direct control of a real participatory democracy. We will
encourage a culture of resistance—using music, art, theater and direct
nonviolent action—to take control of our country and our lives. It is
about courageously resisting and stopping the corporate state from
destroying not only our inherent rights and freedoms, but also our
children’s chance to live, breathe clean air, drink pure water, grow
edible natural food and live in peace.
As Mother Jones said, "Someday the workers will take possession of
your city hall, and when we do, no child will be sacrificed on the altar
We are the ones who can create a new and just world. Our issues are connected. We are connected. Join us in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 6, 2011, to Stop the Machine.
Take the pledge and sign up to attend here. Let America know you are coming to make history and a new world!
"I pledge that if any U.S.
troops, contractors, or mercenaries remain in Afghanistan on Thursday,
October 6, 2011, as that occupation goes into its 11th year, I will
commit to being in Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C., with others on
that day with the intention of making it our Tahrir Square, Cairo, our
Madison, Wisconsin, where we will NONVIOLENTLY resist the corporate
machine to demand that our resources are invested in human needs and
environmental protection instead of war and exploitation. We can do this
together. We will be the beginning ."