ACTION ALERT: President Obama Wins Nobel Prize. Send a Message
October 10, 2009
President Barack Omama & Avaaz & World Can’t Wait
President Obama has called the Nobel Prize "to give momentum to a set of causes." The president deserves to hear our congratulations — but also our message to be bolder. Let's do our part to define the challenge this Prize poses to our president — let’s flood Obama with a million messages of encouragement pressing him to turn hope into action on nuclear disarmament, climate, and peace in the Middle East and Afghanistan.
A Call to Action
President Barack Omama
THE WHITE HOUSE (October 9, 2009) — This morning, Michelle and I awoke to some surprising and humbling news. At 6 a.m., we received word that I'd been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009.
To be honest, I do not feel that I deserve to be in the company of so many of the transformative figures who've been honored by this prize — men and women who've inspired me and inspired the entire world through their courageous pursuit of peace.
But I also know that throughout history the Nobel Peace Prize has not just been used to honor specific achievement; it's also been used as a means to give momentum to a set of causes.
That is why I've said that I will accept this award as a call to action, a call for all nations and all peoples to confront the common challenges of the 21st century. These challenges won't all be met during my presidency, or even my lifetime. But I know these challenges can be met so long as it's recognized that they will not be met by one person or one nation alone.
This award — and the call to action that comes with it — does not belong simply to me or my administration; it belongs to all people around the world who have fought for justice and for peace. And most of all, it belongs to you, the men and women of America, who have dared to hope and have worked so hard to make our world a little better.
So today we humbly recommit to the important work that we've begun together. I'm grateful that you've stood with me thus far, and I'm honored to continue our vital work in the years to come.
President Barack Obama
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Encourage Obama to become a Peace President
(October 9, 1009) — The winner of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize has just been announced — and it's US President Barack Obama.
Obama himself says he's "surprised, humbled" and doesn't yet deserve it — but he's accepted the Prize as a call to action, "to confront the common challenges of the 21st century" together. On too many pressing issues, the US President seems boxed-in by stubborn interests and has not yet taken courageous action. He deserves to hear our congratulations — and our message to be bolder.
Let's do our part to define the challenge this Prize poses to Obama and us all — let’s flood Obama with a million messages of encouragement and urgency, pressing him to turn hope into action in the coming months on nuclear disarmament, climate, and desperately-needed peace in the Middle East and Afghanistan. Sign the Obama Peace Petition now and we’ll deliver it directly to the White House — then forward this email to all your friends: http://www.avaaz.org/en/obama_nobel_prize
In his Cairo speech this June, Obama spoke of “the world we seek” — one where “extremists no longer threaten our people, and American troops have come home; a world where Israelis and Palestinians are each secure in a state of their own” and nuclear energy does not trigger conflict — a world where governments serve their citizens, and the rights of all are respected.
Obama’s words have offered a vision of profound change: all this can perhaps not be achieved overnight. But his push for Middle East peace has not yet been strong enough to overcome the resistance of hardliners in the region. Meanwhile, hawks and conservatives in the US are pressing him to commit 40,000 more troops to Afghanistan, instead of changing course to focus more on peace, development and diplomacy.
There is a real risk today that the hope of change will be lost. Leaders are judged finally by their actions, not their words. Only by following through with courageous, transformative action for peace can Obama fulfil his promise — and only then will history judge that this Nobel Peace Prize is truly deserved.
We know Obama cares about global public opinion — indeed, we may be his best conscience. So let’s send him a flood of congratulations and urge him to fulfil his promise through real action — take action now at this link, then spread the word, and we’ll deliver a global flood of signatures direct to the White House:
With hope and determination,
Paul, Raj, Brett, Graziela, Pascal, Paula, Iain, Alice, Ricken, Benjamin and the whole Avaaz team
To US President Barack Obama:
Congratulations on winning the Nobel Peace Prize! During the coming months and years, we urge you to fulfil your promise of change: to deliver nuclear disarmament and a climate deal, support peace and development in Afghanistan, and broker a fair and lasting peace in the Middle East. We can only achieve the world we seek by acting now, decisively and together.
Nobel Peace Prize for War Makers
World Can’t Wait
WASHINGTON (October 9, 2009) — Barack Obama just joined the esteemed company of other US winners of the Nobel Peace Prize, notorious peace-niks Henry Kissinger and Theodore Roosevelt. What do you think about the Peace Prize going to Obama?
Note that Barack Obama is about to sign the biggest war-funding bill in world history; almost certainly will go with the generals and send 40,000 more troops to Afghanistan; is destroying the Kyoto climate negotiations; is refusing to release detainees already cleared and holding them indefinitely; and is directing the rush production of a huge "bunker busting" bomb to attack Iran?
Glen Greenwald, this morning: "Already this year, [Obama] not only escalated the American war in Afghanistan, but has ordered air raids that have produced things like this:
That was from a May airstrike in which over 100 Afghan civilians were killed by American jets — one of many similar incidents this year, including one only a week ago that killed 9 Afghan civilians. How can someone responsible for that, and who has only escalated that war, possibly be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in the very same year that he did that? Does that picture above look like the work of a Nobel Peace laureate?"
I'm seeing comments today that indicate some people against the war are hoping — against hope — that this prize will force Obama to be more peace-like. But the Nobel Committee once again kept the world status-quo in place, and gave the prize to Barack Obama only to re-enforce his use of "multi-lateral" negotiations, (i.e. superpower bullying) instead of the Bush doctrine style of unilateral invastion.
And, from Cindy Sheehan, "What does peace mean? I guess to the Nobel Peace Prize Committee it means presiding over the further destruction of the population of three countries that didn't hardm anyone. I guess it means voting for every war-funding bill while one is a Senator. I guess it means continuing the use of the obscene and immoral drones...."
October 7 Protests of 8 Years of Occupation of Afghanistan:
The World Can’t Wait
(October 8, 2009) — Rush hour commuters mixed with more than 100 people protesting 8 years of US occupation of Afghanistan at Grand Central Terminal Wednesday evening. World Can't Wait staged two wedding party "die-ins" to draw attention to US/NATO bombings of weddings and civilians in Afghanistan.
Police quickly yanked the "dead" from the floor, and confiscated props, telling us we could not distribute flyers. While World Can't Wait held 3 similar protests in the last year without much police interference, we noted that 4 police commanders in whites were directing the major police operation against this protest. Two men with War Resisters League were arrested for dropping banners which read; "Afghanistan" and "ENOUGH."
Wall Street Journal featured the protest, as did local TV, and newspapers around the country picked up photos. More on Flickr. The War Resisters League, Veterans for Peace, Granny Peace Brigade, Activist Response Team and Brooklyn for Peace united in the action.
Protests were held in Denver, San Francisco, Chicago and other cities. Students for a Democratic Society held anti-war protests around the country on Wednesday. In Rochester NY, about 40 rallied to demand an end to US occupations of Iraq & Afghanistan, and an end to the militarization of Rochester public schools. Their peaceful, musical, youthful march was surrounded by 27 police cars. The first of 12 to be arrested was one of the few African American marchers. 2 marchers required medical attention, as the police pulled out clubs and beat people away from standing on a sidewalk.
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