Posted by Lilly from ? (220.127.116.11) on Wednesday, June 12, 2002 at 4:20PM :
COMPANIONS CHALLENGING ECONOMIC SANCTIONS AGAINST IRAQ
On May 17th, 2002, the US Treasury office in charge of sanctions sent a
letter to Bert Sacks, a retired engineer from Seattle WA, imposing a
$10,000 fine on him for his admission that he brought medicines to Iraq
in 1997 without a US license. Working with Washington Physicians for
Social Responsibility, Western Washington Fellowship of Reconciliation,
and several local faith based and community organizations, Bert has
organized, led or assisted with successive delegations to Iraq, and
helped Voices in the Wilderness campaign actions seeking to end economic
sanctions against Iraq.
On June 17th, Bert Sacks, accompanied by representatives of Voices in
the Wilderness, the American Friends Service Committee, and other
individuals and groups campaigning to end economic sanctions against
Iraq, will hold a Press Conference in Washington, DC. Bert will explain
why he cannot ask for a government license -- why he will not pay the
fine -- and why, instead, he and the Voices in the Wilderness campaign
will immediately begin raising a sum of $10,000 to purchase and deliver
desperately needed medicines to pediatric wards and clinics in Iraq.
We are seeking 1000 people committed to ending economic sanctions
against Iraq and preventing a new war to each contribute $10.00 or more
to help raise $10,000 dollars that will be directed toward humanitarian
and peacemaking efforts in Iraq as an alternative to paying penalties to
the Office of Foreign Assets Control.
Checks can be made payable to Voices in the Wilderness,
1460 W. Carmen Ave,
Chicago, IL 60640.
Any amount you send is significant! Please designate your check for
this purpose by writing "Declaration 2002" in the memo section or by
sending an accompanying note.
Your donation -- unless you ask for it to be anonymous -- will add your
name to the growing list of those who have brought or sent medicines to
Iraq without requesting government approval to do so.
The spirit of nonviolence is the spirit of satyagraha, Gandhi's truth
force. It is our work to make the truth of US sanctions policy on Iraq
clear to Americans. Thank you for sharing in this work. For
information about additional actions you can take, please consult the
Voices in the Wilderness website at:
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