Groups Organize 'Virtual March on Washington'

Tuesday, 25 February 2003 05:24 by: Anonymous
The Associated Press

Monday 24 February 2003

Political leaders could feel the weight of opposition to a U.S.-led war in Iraq this week as anti-war activists locally and across the county try to overwhelm switchboards by telephone, computer and fax machine.

A coalition of groups opposed to war has organized a "virtual war," asking supporters to call, fax and e-mail the White House and Congress on Wednesday in an effort to show the power of the anti-war effort.

Some local peace supporters said they plan on participating in the virtual march.

Dave Kast, a pacifist from Wausau who helped organize the anti-war rally Feb. 15 on the 400 Block of Third Street, said he has heard about the movement and plans on participating.

Kast said he also is hoping to get the word out about the virtual march to many of the people who attended the peace rally.

"Any kind of statement people make to stop the move toward war is a must," Kast said. "We have to continue to speak out against it in any way possible."

Participants can register for the call-in campaign through the group Win Without War, a coalition of more than 30 organizations opposed to war with Iraq, including the National Council of Churches, National Organization for Women, NAACP and the Sierra Club.

The group's Web site, http:winwithoutwarus.org, is set up to direct participants to make their phone calls at specific times. The goal is to record one call a minute in every Senate office and at the White House, said Tom Andrews, national director of Win Without War.

"We are hoping there will be thousands and thousands of phone calls," he said.

Mike Miles of Luck, another organizer of the peace rally in downtown Wausau, said he has been passing the Web site on to as many people as possible.

"It's something new and it could be effective," Miles said. "If people can literally prevent congressional offices from doing business for at least a day, I think that's going to say a lot."

The coalition also unveiled a television ad featuring actor Martin Sheen, who plays President Josiah Bartlet on NBC's "The West Wing." In the ad, which began airing Thursday, Sheen urges Americans to take part in the call-in effort.

"Our message to Washington will be clear," Sheen says in the ad. "Don't invade Iraq. We can contain Saddam Hussein without killing innocent people, diverting us from the war on terrorism and putting us all at risk." Gannett Wisconsin Newspapers and The Associated Press

Political leaders could feel the weight of opposition to a U.S.-led war in Iraq this week as anti-war activists locally and across the county try to overwhelm switchboards by telephone, computer and fax machine.

A coalition of groups opposed to war has organized a "virtual war," asking supporters to call, fax and e-mail the White House and Congress on Wednesday in an effort to show the power of the anti-war effort.

Some local peace supporters said they plan on participating in the virtual march.

Dave Kast, a pacifist from Wausau who helped organize the anti-war rally Feb. 15 on the 400 Block of Third Street, said he has heard about the movement and plans on participating.

Kast said he also is hoping to get the word out about the virtual march to many of the people who attended the peace rally.

"Any kind of statement people make to stop the move toward war is a must," Kast said. "We have to continue to speak out against it in any way possible."

Participants can register for the call-in campaign through the group Win Without War, a coalition of more than 30 organizations opposed to war with Iraq, including the National Council of Churches, National Organization for Women, NAACP and the Sierra Club.

The group's Web site, http:winwithoutwarus.org, is set up to direct participants to make their phone calls at specific times. The goal is to record one call a minute in every Senate office and at the White House, said Tom Andrews, national director of Win Without War.

"We are hoping there will be thousands and thousands of phone calls," he said.

Mike Miles of Luck, another organizer of the peace rally in downtown Wausau, said he has been passing the Web site on to as many people as possible.

"It's something new and it could be effective," Miles said. "If people can literally prevent congressional offices from doing business for at least a day, I think that's going to say a lot."

The coalition also unveiled a television ad featuring actor Martin Sheen, who plays President Josiah Bartlet on NBC's "The West Wing." In the ad, which began airing Thursday, Sheen urges Americans to take part in the call-in effort.

"Our message to Washington will be clear," Sheen says in the ad. "Don't invade Iraq. We can contain Saddam Hussein without killing innocent people, diverting us from the war on terrorism and putting us all at risk."

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