I received the following email from a 1962 Aquarian recently:
A Very Aquarian Campaign
I have a request and ask your help. I have been writing for a US political publication at www.counterpunch.com and learned much from the serious journalists there and at Eric Francis' Political Waves site - about the state of the world. This learning though has left me angered, frustrated and led me to actively seek some solution to the situation in Iraq. One person can't do much though - but after all mail, calls and protests have been ignored by my government - I had to find some outlet and voice. So I established (just 2 weeks ago) www.armsagainstwar.info
This little campaign enables a symbol of unity to be shown all the time by anybody regardless of affiliation, religion, race, location, politics etc. I ask only that participants wear a strip of any white fabric around their arms until the war ends....no purchase necessary, no requirement for the wearer to travel, sign, risk arrest, spend money, take time off etc. The wearer is simply saying one thing "I WANT AN END TO THE WAR IN IRAQ". There are too many issues, too much wrong and too many lies for any of us to handle effectively - we have been spun into confusion and disarray. Anti-war/peace groups are not united as one effective voice and have agendas that not all can agree to. But, the vast majority (I firmly believe)can agree "I WANT AN END TO THE WAR IN IRAQ".....whatever their reasons for thinking so.
I would love your help in promoting this - please. The website www.armsagainstwar.info has received over 1800 unique visitors (over 8500) hits since the launch on 19th January 2006. There is an accompanying pledge at www.pledgebank.com/armsagainstwar that people can choose to sign too - if they wish, though not required.
I realise this simplistic idea sounds ineffective and too simple to work....but maybe, just maybe that is what we need to involve more people and unite as one force that lets the governments know we don't choose what they are doing. This is a way for people to take a step in the right direction (which for many who say they cannot make a difference, is the first step from standing still.
Added extra value - with the gradual erosion of our civil liberties meaning that there are things we can't say and places we can't say them - the white fabric armband is a solution. It offers the wearer the chance to make their opinion visible all the time, anywhere and without risk of arrest. It is peaceful and could, one day, be a highly visible bond between us - all who want "AN END TO THE WAR IN IRAQ".
Please help me.