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Posted 2003-01-30 4:27 PM (#1006)
Subject: simple direct action menonite style



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this is a plan i really resonate with....... please join me in this movement.

Susan Mark Landis, Peace Advocate
Mennonite Church USA
Executive Board Directors Office
PO Box 173
Orrville OH 44667-0173
phone/fax 330-683-6844

SusanML@MennoniteUSA.org

www.MennoniteUSA.org

Visit our huge and dynamic Peace and Justice Support Network web site:

http://peace.MennoLink.org

Dear friends:

There is a grassroots campaign begun by a local peace center with a secular focus.  I am hoping that people of faith will want to participate.  I am suggesting that those who are people of faith write a faith based message instead of a secular message on their note to the President.

Place 1/2 c. uncooked rice in a small plastic bag

(a snack-sized bag or sandwich bag works 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 small padded mailing envelope - both are the same cost to mail) and address them to:

President George Bush

White House - 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW

Washington, DC 20500

 

In Canada attach $2.99 Postage.

 In USA 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. 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 we all forward this message to our friends and family.  If every Mennonite and every Church of the Brethren household sent one of  these,  and the tens of  thousands of persons from outside these churches who think war is a mistake also send them...we are the hundreds of thousands of people!

There is a positive history of this protest! Read on!

"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 US 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 US 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,

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