FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 9, 2010
Ken Ashe, 828- 400-1145 (tville33 at yahoo.com)
Kim Carlyle, 828-626-2572 (kcarlyle at main.nc.us)
Susan Oehler, 828-337-1137 (dancewater2 at gmail.com)
[Asheville, North Carolina] — This will be the largest veteran-led civil resistance to the wars in recent history. On December 16, 2010, Veterans for Peace and other supporters will rally at Lafayette Park, then march in solidarity to the White House. They will refuse to leave the White House, demanding an immediate end to U.S. wars, whether conducted by occupation troops, drones, or proxy, in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Palestine.
Two local veterans of Veterans for Peace Chapter 99 will be joining them in Washington, DC. Ken Ashe and Kim Carlyle intend to participate in this action of nonviolently refusing to leave the White House until arrested or dragged away.
Veterans for Peace and other peace activists will carry forward a flame of resistance to the war machine, and will put themselves as Mario Savio said, "upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus" with the intention of making it stop.
When a government is unjust and no longer serves the people it governs, it is the duty of the governed to resist the entrenched powers and change the course of the society. I can not stand by idly while my government, in my name, continues killing innocents abroad who have done no harm to us. When my government spends unlimited amounts of treasure on our war making machine and the supporting industries but neglects the needs of the governed, it is imperative that the people give voice to their concerns and try by all non-violent means possible to change the course of their government. This is why I will be in front of the White House December 16th demanding an end to the wars in the Middle East and the looting of our economy by the rich and powerful. – Ken Ashe, Veterans For Peace Chapter 99
Besides causing untold suffering and destruction, our futile and unending wars distract us from addressing unprecedented humanitarian and planetary crises. To allow war to even exist dishonors the teachers of peace who came before us. To fail to oppose war is to submit to those who make war. I choose to honor the peace teachers; I choose to oppose and resist the warmakers. —Kim Carlyle, Veterans For Peace and War Crimes Times
Who: Veterans for Peace, Chapter 099
What: Civil Disobedience at the White House
When: December 16, 2010
Where: White House, Washington DC
More information on this action is available at Veterans for Peace website: http://www.veteransforpeace.org/ and http://www.stopthesewars.org/.