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>>From: "Judith Hoffberg" <umbrella@ix.netcom.com>
>>Subject:  Best idea for proteting Iraq war we've yet heard
>>There is a grassroots campaign underway to protest war in Iraq in a simple,
>>but potentially powerful way.
>>Place 1/2 cup uncooked rice in a small plastic bag (a snack-size bag or
>>sandwich bag work fine).
>>Squeeze out excess air and seal the bag.
>>Wrap it in a piece of paper on which you have written, "If your enemies are
>>hungry, feed them.  Romans 12:20.
>>Please send this rice to the people of Iraq; do not attack them."
>>Place the paper and bag of rice in an envelope (either a letter-sized or
>>padded mailing envelope--both are the same cost to mail) and address them
>>President George Bush White House,
>>100 Pennsylvania Ave.  NW Washington, DC 20500 Attach $1.06 in postage.
>>(Three 37-cent stamps equal $1.11.)
>>Drop this in the mail TODAY.  It is important to act NOW so that President
>>Bush gets the letters ASAP, preferably before the report from the inspectors
>>comes out on the 27th.
>>In order for this protest to be effective, there must be hundreds of
>>thousands of such rice deliveries to the White House.
>>We can do this if you each forward this message to your friends and family.
>>There is a positive history of this protest!
>>"In the mid-1950s, the pacifist Fellowship of Reconciliation, learning of
>>famine in the Chinese mainland, launched a 'Feed Thine Enemy' campaign.
>>Members and friends mailed thousands of little bags of rice to the White
>>House with a tag quoting the Bible, "If thine enemy hunger, feed him."
>>As far as anyone knew for more than ten years, the campaign was an abject
>>failure.  The President did not acknowledge receipt of the bags publicly;
>>certainly, no rice was ever sent to China.
>>"What nonviolent activists only learned a decade later was that the campaign
>>played a significant, perhaps even determining role in preventing nuclear
>>war.  Twice while the campaign was on, President Eisenhower met with the
>>Joint Chiefs of Staff to consider U.S.  options in the conflict with China
>>over two islands, Quemoy and Matsu.  The generals twice recommended the use
>>of nuclear weapons.  President Eisenhower each time turned to his aide and
>>asked how many little bags of rice had come in.
>>When told they numbered in the tens of thousands, Eisenhower told the
>>generals that as long as so many Americans were expressing active interest
>>in having the U.S.  feed the Chinese, he certainly wasn't going to consider
>>using nuclear weapons against them."
>>From: People Power:
>>Applying Nonviolence Theory by David H.  Albert, p.43, New Society, 19.
>>Thank you for being people of hope, people of faith.

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