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Posted by Jeff from ( on Saturday, January 11, 2003 at 9:59AM :

Dear MoveOn member,

Over the next two weeks, hundreds of events will be taking place
across the country to voice opposition to the push for war. The
events are catalogued at a great website:

We suggest you check it out.

Here's the context: yesterday, Hans Blix, the chief UN weapons
inspector, told the security council that his team hadn't found any
"smoking guns." On January 27th, Blix will make a full report to the
council; he's widely expected to repeat that to date, no evidence of
Iraqi weapons of mass destruction have been found. And according to
newspaper reports, Tony Blair's "assessment of the situation is
increasingly in line with that of Mr. Blix."

Meanwhile, at the White House, Presidential spokesman Ari Fleischer
continued to make the case for invading Iraq. It's widely believed
that President Bush will use the January 27th report by Hans Blix to
the Security Council, and his State of the Union address the day
after, to launch his final push for war.

We face the prospect of an imminent war against Iraq, fought alone.
Luckily, as the British newspaper The Guardian put it, the tides are
turning. The world community wants to see the inspections process
work, and some of our closest allies are questioning the push for war.

Throughout this month, leading up to the 27th, hundreds of groups
across the country will be holding marches, workshops, vigils, and
other events indicating the public opposition to war. There will be
major marches in Washington, DC and San Francisco. And from
Fayetteville, Arkansas, to Las Vegas, Nevada, people are gathering
to voice their concern. The events are listed at:

You can also list local events on the site if they're not already
there. We can't make any promises about the organization or tone of
the events listed at the sites. But we do feel it's important that
people speak up at this critical time. Take a look -- maybe there's
an event in your area that will appeal to you.

Of course, MoveOn will also be doing quite a bit over the next two
weeks. Next Thursday, we'll be launching a controvertial and hard-
hitting "Let the Inspections Work" TV ad, supported by local press
conferences in 12 major media markets. And then on the following
Tuesday, we'll be holding meetings with members of Congress and their
staff. After less than two days, over 6,900 people are signed up.

We've got less than a month to convince President Bush to let the
inspections work. Please consider joining an event in your community.

--Eli Pariser
International Campaigns Director
Friday, January 10th, 2002

P.S. Our work is supported by the contributions of our members. If
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P.P.S. Here are two interesting news articles on the inspections
process and the current prospects for war:

The Guardian: "The tide, after all, appears to have turned. What
limited enthusiasm there was for invading Iraq ebbs slowly away in
today's papers."

The Associated Press: U.N. Iraq Report May Complicate U.S. Plan
"U.N. inspectors have yet to turn up any sign of prohibited weapons in
Iraq, complicating the Bush administration's task of justifying an
armed invasion. Allies already are expressing misgivings, and the
inspectors' first comprehensive report, due Jan. 27, could further
cramp the timing of any attack."

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