2008/10/10: Iraqi Organizations Launch Third Annual Week of Nonviolent Action All Across Iraq

October 11 - 16: Iraqi Organizations Launch Third Annual Week of Nonviolent Action All Across Iraq.

UFPJ and member group September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows urge that you, your organization, and other US peace and justice groups stand in solidarity with Iraqi peace and nonviolence activists.

LaOnf's 2008 Week of Nonviolence, October 11-16, will focus on making the upcoming elections in Iraq free, safe, informed, and open to all. The activities, which will take place in each of Iraq's 18 governorates, are part of LaOnf's ongoing work to build a culture of peace in Iraq. International support and solidarity will make a tremendous difference at this critical moment in LaOnf's growth and work.

Take Action Now by signing on to an international letter of support endorsing LaOnf's Third Annual Week of Nonviolence, October 11-16.

Peaceful Tomorrows is inviting people across the US (and the world) to post photo greetings to LaOnf from your organization or community.

Founded in 2006, LaOnf (which means "nonviolence" in Arabic) has grown to a network of over 100 Iraqi organizations that are committed to using nonviolence to end the occupation, sectarian fighting, and corruption that are destroying Iraq. LaOnf members are men and women from Iraq's many ethnic and religious groups -- Sunni, Shiite, Kurdish, Turkmen, and Christian -- in all of Iraq's 18 governorates.

Why is LaOnf important to the US peace and justice movement NOW?

This is an extraordinary opportunity for US peace and justice activists to demonstrate their solidarity with Iraqi civilians and to say to the world that we believe that peace in Iraq depends upon ending the occupation and empowering members of Iraqi civil society to reclaim control of their institutions and resources. Standing in solidarity with the activists of LaOnf shows that we believe Iraqis themselves can end sectarian strife and undertake the reconciliation necessary to rebuild the country.

In Solidarity,

Terry Rockefeller, September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows

& United for Peace and Justice