Date: Wed, 26 Sep 2001
IN OUR NAME!
Worldwide Sisterhood Against Terrorism and War
We women who are Muslims, Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs, Jains and women of many beliefs from the countries that lost lives in the terror of September 11th, unite on these principles:
We will not support the bombing or U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, for it would only punish suffering people, and increase the hatred on which terrorists feed. No military action has ever ended terrorism.
We stand with our sisters in Afghanistan who are! suffering and dying under the gender apartheid and sexual terrorism of the Taliban. The world has endangered itself by failing to heed their pleas. We must help them build a democracy that includes women.
We believe the mass murders of September 11 were crimes against humanity that must be prosecuted. All terrorists must be brought to justice.
We pledge to judge people by their acts, not the group into which they were born.
We will boycott financial institutions that refuse to disclose the flow of funds to terrorists. We will target and expose political leaders who refuse to require disclosure.
To stop the spiral of terror and vengeance, we believe there must be an act as positive as the terrorist act was negative.
WE CALL ON THE UNITED STATES, THE UNITED NATIONS AND THE WORLD
COMMUNITY, EACH ACCORDING TO ITS ECONOMIC MEANS, TO BEGIN A MASSIVE AND IMMEDIATE AI! RLIFT OF FOOD AND MEDICINE FOR THE PEOPLE OF AFGHANISTAN.
Because the U.S. has mobilized and may be about to attack Afghanistan, one
of the most tragic and war-ravaged countries in the world, we send this urgently and with only the instruction that, should you agree, you do with this statement whatever you do best.
Send it to your U.S. Congressmember or other Parliamentarian
Talk about it to the media
Plaster copies over your local military base, send it to every person you know on the planet, paint it on yourself and sit in silence in a public place.
Sing it, shout it, make buttons, circulate it as a petition, organize a rally around it, do a teach in about it, translate it into your language, speak it from street corners, use it to picket The White House
Send it to George W. Bush's inner circle, send it to the mothers of his inner circle, put it inside newspapers, leaflet military recruiting stations, make it into an I-won't-pay-war-taxes pledge. And most important, use your own head and heart to prevent a war that can only lead to more terrorism.
Diane de Vegh
Anne Firth Murray
Dr. Margaret Abraham
Dr. Jaskiran Mathur
Charlotte ! Sheedy
Blanche Wiesen Cook
Dr. Bhaswati Bhattacharya
Madeline Lee Gilford