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ACTION ALERT:


April 26, 2008

Unequal distribution of global resources, increasingly controlled by large multinational companies, global debt policy and unfair international trading practices ultimately could not be maintained without military security. The terror attacks of September 11, 2001 are increasingly used to justify systematic surveillance and the dismantling of constitutional rights.

http://www.war-is-illegal.org

ACTION:>i> Please take a look at war-is-illegal.org — an international declaration initiated by shops and international artists in Berlin — and consider adding your name to the petition. See below for more information.

Against a background of escalating ecological crises, and the fact that large parts of the world΄s population are being exposed to extreme poverty, inhuman working conditions and increasing social tensions, the annual global military expenditure has risen to more than 1000 billion dollars.
The military- industrial complex of just a few G8 countries is responsible for the overwhelming part of this spending, causing incalcuable social and ecological consequences.

Unequal distribution of global resources, increasingly controlled by large multinational companies, global debt policy and unfair international trading practices ultimately could not be maintained without military security. In many countries the military is used to repress critical opposition.

The terror attacks of September 11, 2001 are increasingly used to justify systematic surveillance and the dismantling of constitutional rights. Even European countries have helped to establish Guantanomo-like secret prisons, where torture in all probability takes place.

Iraq was attacked based on falsified evidence causing the death of hundreds of thousands of people, widespread destruction, destabilization and contamination with cancer- causing depleted uranium munitions.

Now plans to attack Iran and the possibility of a new World War have been made public, meeting resistance even from moderate elements within the military due to the unforeseeable consequences.

Faced with the choice between a war, that according to some western leaders, will last for many years or a possible peaceful transformation we support the following demands:

1) Impeachment proceedings against US President Bush and US Vice President Cheney before the 2008 election, a demand raised in solidarity with large parts of the US public and some members of US Congress. Furthermore prosecution by the International Court of Justice of G. W. Bush, R. Cheney and other officials from various countries for waging wars of aggression contrary to international law and committing crimes against humanity.

2) International investigation of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks. They are used as the central justification for the "War on Terror", but well documented evidence shows that the official explanation of 9/11 cannot be correct. International personalities in science, politics, and culture, including high- ranking military veterans, have called for a new investigation.

3) Immediate military withdrawal from Afghanistan and Iraq, and no attack against Iran. International prohibition of war as a means of conflict resolution. Military intervention and export of weapons should be criminalized.
In a civilized society torture must be prohibited in any form.

4) Conversion of military industries to civilian purposes and the development of ecological and sustainable energy resources. According to the UN environmental agency, a fraction of the annual global defence expenditure could ensure that all humans have access to clean water and a basic supply of food and healthcare.

This statement is based on a commitment to nonviolence and tolerance of all ethnic groups and religions. Two devastating World Wars and historical catastrophes like the Nazi Holocaust must always remind us of the worst consequences of nationalism, racism and incitement to war.

Signed by 1200 groups, businesses and individuals:
Sign this statement, pass it on, whatever we can do. It is up to us.

To see websites of most signatories go to www.war-is-illegal.org

Initial Signatories
• David Swanson - Co-founder Impeachment Coalition- USA
• Nina Hagen - Musician - Berlin/Germany
• Cynthia McKinney - US Presidential Candidate, Green Party 2008
• CODEPINK Women for Peace - co-founder Gael Murphy- USA
• Green Party of Washington State - Maryrose Asher, Chair - USA
• Dr. Axel Troost - Member of German parliament - Bremen/Germany
• Jonah House - Community/Nonviolence/Resistance - Baltimore/USA
• Ko Un - Poet and Writer - Ansong/South Korea
• Food Not Bombs - co-founder Keith McHenry- NM/USA
• Eckart Spoo - Editor of biweekly magazine "Ossietzky"- Berlin/Germany
• Felicia Langer - Alternative Nobel Prize Laureate - Tόb./Germany
• Nebraskans for Peace- Statewide peace & justice organization- Lincoln, NE/USA
• Grassrootsamerica4us - Founder Tina Richards - USA - grassrootsamerica4us.org
• Dr. Motte - Founder Loveparade, Musician, DJ - Berlin/Germany
• Michael Parenti Ph.D. - political author & scholar - Berkeley, Cal./USA
• Harold Barclay, PhD. - Prof. Anthropology University Alberta - Edmonton/Canada
• The Internationale of Military Draft Resisters- Berlin/Germany.
• Combatants For Peace - Palestinian- Israeli Peace - Palestine
• Renate Bahr - Co-Founder of Green Party Austria
• Dr. Stefan Silber - spokesperson Pax Christi- Sailauf/Germany
• Carsten Labudda - politician, DIE LINKE - Weinheim/Germany
• Green Party of Delaware - David A. McCorquodale, Treasure - USA
• Karin Gaulke - Projectsecretary Women Center Marie e.V. - Berlin/Germany
• Inge Keller - honorary member Deutsches Theater Berlin - Germany
• Heike Haensel - Member of German parliament - Tόb./Germany
• Seasolarstore - Energy Alternatives Inc. - Barrington, NH/USA
• Ekkehard Sieker - TV- Journalist - Bad Hφnningen/Germany
• Peace Not War Japan - Raising awareness about peace - Tokyo/Japan
• Freewayblogger - 3000 antiwar highway signs - California/USA
• Phil Burk - Restoring Democracy - USA
• Richard Sanders - Coalition to Oppose the Arms- Trade - - Ottawa/Canada
• Hedva Shemesh- Artist, Art Curator- Jerusalem/Israel
• Coalition to Reaffirm and Extend the Geneva Conventions- Eugene, OR/USA
• Anas Karzai, Ph.D - Professor of Sociology - Barrie, Ontario/Canada
• Billionaires for Bush- Corporate Lobbyists - USA
• Hans Boλs - Futurologist - Berlin/Germany
• Tom Santoni - Veterans For Peace - musician - Hastings, Florida/USA
• Barbara Waschmann - Documentary Film Festival - Vienna/Austria
• AlternaTees- Sweatshop- Free Tees for Peace - Brooklyn, NY/USA
• Peace Movement Aotearoa - Peace Organisation - Aotearoa/New Zealand
• Antinuclear.net - Christina Macpherson - Melbourne/Australia
• Olaf Brόhl - Film Director - Berlin/Germany
• Querkopf e.V.- Homeless & Unemployed Newspaper Berlin/Germany
• TUC Radio - Independent Radio - San Francisco/USA
• Carlos Latuff - Cartoonist - Rio de Janeiro/Brazil
• Indymedia Perth - Ray Grenfell, editor - Perth/Australia
• Unite - Union of Workers - Auckland/New Zealand
• Peace NO War Network - Lee Siu Hin - Los Angeles, CA/USA
• Consumers for Peace - Peekskill, New York/USA
• The Camp for Climate Action 2007- Leeds/UK
• Ole Lehmann - Comedian, actor - Berlin/Germany
• Charleston Peace - Anna Shockley - Charleston, SC, USA
• Art Voices Against Poverty - Anne Radstaak - Germany
• Wales Network for Peace & Nonviolence - Cardiff/UK
• Peacetaxseven - No taxes for financing war - United Kingdom
• SAWA - Support Association for the Women of Afghanistan - Australia
• Midwest Independent Film Festival - Chicago, IL, USA
• agitart.org Artist/Activist collaborative - Los Angeles/Boston/USA
• Dr. Maximilian C. Forte - Ass. Professor, Anthropology - Montreal/Canada
• Dr. Matthias Beier- Psychoanalyst, Scholar of Religion - NYC/USA
• South Florida Raging Grannies- Promoting Peace, Justice, Equality- Florida/USA
• Murat Karabey - Actor - Berlin/German
• Humanist Party of India - Sudhir Gandotra - Delhi/India
• Brian Willson - USAF VN Vet, Veterans For Peace - Arcata, CA/USA
• Permakultur Austria - Sustainable Living - Austria
• Kolahstudio - Iranian Urban Art Movement - Teheran/Iran
• Mondo Senza Guerre- Disarmo e Nonviolenza - Italy
• Workers Solidarity- Antonio Rus Serrano- Madrid/Spain
• Susan Dorothea White- Artist, Author - Sydney/Australia
• Joe Kincheloe- Professor (McGill University) - Montreal/Canada
• Kurt Daims- Vermont Town Petition to arrest Bush/Cheney - Brattleboro, VT/USA
• Environmentalists Against War-
Gar Smith, co-founder - Berkeley, CA/USA

• Farah Notash- Artist, Left Unity - Vienna/Austria
• Angie Zelter- Peace and environmental campaigner UK
• Ukhampacha Bolivia- Indigenous Journalism - La Paz/Bolivia
• Demokratische Linke - Landesverband Berlin/Germany
• Global Coalition for Peace - Bethesda MD, USA
• Elke Zwinge- Makamizile - documentary maker- Berlin/Germany
• Cafι Zapata - Club, Cafι - Oranienburgerstr. 55 Berlin/Germany
• Mohawk Nation News - Sovereignty for the Kanionke:haka
• Sebastian Reuter- sounddesigner - Berlin/Germany
• Ralf Mischnick - filmproduction - Berlin/Germany
• Dirk Szuszies - film- & theatre director - Berlin/Germany
• Middle East Children\'s Alliance - Barbara Lubin - Berkeley,CA/USA
• Maryland United for Peace & Justice- Annual Peace Conference - USA
• Norwich Stop the War Coalition- P. Offord - Norwich UK-
• Zion Train - Dub/Reggae Band - London/UK
• Dub Is A Weapon - Dave Hahn, musician- New York/USA
• Portland Radio Authority - Alternative Radio - Portland, OR/USA
• AVC Inc. - Trifon Haitas (Green Party) - Toronto/Canada
• Curare e. V. - human rights organisation- Kφln/Germany
• Left Wing German Greens - Ralf Henze - Dannstadt/Germany
• Elizabeth Barger- Artist for Peace- The Farm, Summertown, TN/USA
• Hartford Catholic Worker Community - Christopher J. Doucot - Hartford CT/USA
• Thomas Reinert - steering committee B90/Green Party KV Coesfeld - Dόlmen/Germany
• DAWN - DuPage Against War Now, Glen Ellyn- ClevelandIllinois/USA
• United- For- Peace.org - Network for Peace - Germany
• Malachy Kilbride - President Wwashingtonpeacecenter.net
• Jenny Watson - member of Pais (War Resisters International) Netherlands
• Vegan Society Austria - Felix Hnat - Vienna/Austria
• People for Peace and Justice of Utah - grassroots movement - UT/USA
• Carol Brouillet - Green Party candidate for Congress- Palo Alto, CA/USA
• The July 7th Truth Campaign - London, UK
• Else Tonke - Grandmothers against War - Berlin/Germany
• Australian War Criminal Watch - Sydney, Australia- australianwarcriminals.jitgede.com
• SONAD- Organisation for Nonviolence & Development, Light Aganwa - Khartoum/Sudan
• Elfriede Krutsch - Medical Doctor, member of ATTAC and IPPNW. - Berlin/Germany
• Lynn Meadows - Green Party, Interfaith Council for Peace. - Chelsea, MI, USA
• Nepal Peace Party- Chair Bolaram Pandey - Kathmandu/Nepal
• Robert Lewis - writer/filmmaker - Montreal, Canada
• Campaign to Make War History - London/UK
• Friendship and Peace Society - President Ellen Rosser - USA
• Matthew Buechler - 2008 March On Ottawa- Ottawa/Canada
• Bo Filter - Author, M.A., Psychology- Court., BC, Canada
• Hermesse Julie - antropologist- Brussels, Belgium
• Peter Bader- Verein der Deutsch- Balten Estlands - Tallinn,Estonia
• Ralf Pandorf - Redakteur LabourNet Germany - Bochum/Germany
• K. Bracken - Secretary Victoria Branch Maritime Union of Australia
• Geoffrey Hagopian - Professor of Mathematics - Palm Desert, CA, USA
• Mira Svartnes Thorsen - The Green Party Norway
• Heidi Kloor - secretary ver.di Union - Berlin/Germany
• Paul Craig Roberts - Former assistant editor, Wall St Journal - FL, USA
• European Agency for Safety at Sea - Anders Bjφrkman - Beausoleil, France
• Emmanuel Herchy - Professor for political science- Berlin, Germany
• Fritz Vilmar- Professor for political science - Berlin/Germany
• Women Against Military Madness - Polly Mann - MN, USA
• Jean- Claude Englebert - ECOLO (Belgian Greens) - Brussels/Belgium
• CONTEMPL8- Propaganda T- shirt Maker - MN, USA
• Cristina Gay- Speaker UNE AUTRE GAUCHE - Belgium
• Robert W. Halfhill- Green Party, Gay Activist- MN, USA
• Sabine Schwenk - DIE LINKE Kreisverband Alzey- Worms
• J. Benninger - Partner, White Rose Coffeehouse - Canada
• Gillian Norman- Dir./Prod. Avante Films - Sydney, Australia -
• Will Thomas- Member of Veterans for Peace - Auburn, NH USA
• Stefan Dolge - Koordination Attac Essen - Germany
• Z- Bar - Bar, Art, Culture, Cinema Berlin, Germany
• Florian Gross - Co-Founder, Reopen 911 - Geneva, Switzerland
• Robert Layton - Internat. Arbitrator - Lakeville, CT & NYC, USA
• Dissident Voice- Kim Petersen, editor dissidentvoice.org - Anyang, Korea
• Marie Kullman - Coordinator for Buffalo War Resisters League - USA
• Rev. Robert Mills - Minister Logos Institute of Spiritual Humanism - Oakland Ca USA
• Helene von Kolontay- DIE LINKE KV Daun - Germany
• Rachel Gardam - Photographer ICP - New York/ USA
• Peter Bόrger- Catholic Theologian, Publisher- Duesseldorf, Germany- friedensbilder.de
• Irina Sels - Director - European School Parents Association.- Brussels, Belgium
• Dr. D. Fehrentz - chair Ass. of Victims of persecution by the Nazi Regime VVN- BdA Heidelberg
• Adam Kokesh - Iraq Veteran, US Marines - Santa Fe, NM, USA
• Rick Pickett - Designer - Berkeley, CA, USA
• Peter Simpson- Co-founder, Futenma- Henoko Network- Okinawa, Japan- www.fhan.org
• Bob & Adele DellaValle- Rauth- Missionaries to Haiti, Coord. Pax Christi Virginia - USA
• Nancy O’Byrne- Coordinator, Pax Christi Northeast Florida - St. Augustine, USA
• Rosemarie Pace- Director Pax Christi Metro New York - New York, NY, USA
• Daniel Tillias - Peace Worker - Haiti
• John Downing - Pax Christi Pentagon Area - Arlington, VA, USA
• Klaus Hartmann - Chairman of German Freethinker Association
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• now more than 1200 signatories online:

There are now more than 1200 signatories online:
www.war- is- illegal.org

If you would like to have your name added to the list please reply to this e- mail send name or name of organisation - work or activity - city/country - and a website address if you like

Thank you very much
Heinrich Buecker
Coop Cafe, Berlin, Rochstr.

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