Want to Do More Than March for the Climate? Here’s How.

This is from National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance:

Dear Friends,

As part of Campaign Nonviolence  (which has over 150 actions scheduled across the country the week of September 21-27) NCNR is organizing an action of nonviolent civil resistance at the White House on Tuesday September 23.  

On September 23 we will gather on Pennsylvania Ave. mid-morning (exact time to be announced) for a short program before crossing to the White House to deliver the letter below and demand changes in policy that will bring about profound transformations in the areas of war, poverty, and the climate crisis.

Please email joyfirst5@gmail.com by Sept. 8 to sign onto the below letter.  The letter will be mailed to the White House so that Obama knows we are coming and what we are demanding.

If you are willing to risk arrest at the action on Sept. 23 or if you have questions, please email malachykilbride@yahoo.comor joyfirst5@gmail.com .

Please sign onto the letter by September 8 and join us at the White House on September 23.  And please share this letter with all your networks.

For more information on Campaign Nonviolence, go to campaignnonviolence.org

In hope for a better world,




9635 Overland Rd.  Mount Horeb, WI 53572


President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20500

August 21, 2014

Dear Mr. President,

We write to you as people committed to nonviolent social change with a deep concern for a variety of issues that are all interrelated. As representatives of organizations that normally do not have a voice and have little influence in the places of power in Washington, DC, we are organizing under Campaign Nonviolence, a campaign that is pulling people together across the country to nonviolently bring about change in the areas of poverty, war, and climate crisis.  These issues are too urgent to delay and not attend to immediately and so we would like to meet with you or a senior representative at the White House and discuss our concerns on September 23.  During the week of September 21, we will be joined in solidarity with hundreds of actions around the country focusing on war, poverty, and the climate crisis organized under Campaign Nonviolence..

Poverty is adversely affecting the quality of life for too many Americans.  The people are suffering from lack of food, health care, education, a living wage, adequate housing, and the list goes on.  For example, tens of millions of Americans represent just part of the 842 million hungry people in the world according to the United Nations World Food Programme. According to recent statistics from the US Department of Agriculture almost 15 percent of US households are food insecure.  It is unconscionable that we have children in the United States going to bed hungry.  These numbers do not reflect the recent cuts in food stamps that is now wreaking havoc across the country.  Just a portion of the bloated Pentagon budget redirected towards human need could alleviate this suffering.

Unending war and imperialism is destroying both our country and the world.  Within the last 13 years we have experienced how the United States has responded to international crisis with violence.  Our government has waged wars in violation of international law with a failed Middle East policy that leaves a whole region mired in violence and instability, launched an illegal drone war, tortured and illegally detained individuals, and refused to get rid of nuclear weapons capable of annihilation of all life on the planet.

Our disregard for the causes of climate chaos is leading to the destruction of the planet.  Being controlled, in part, by the fossil fuel industry our government has not been willing to sign onto international treaties to end climate chaos or to stand up against the Keystone Pipeline.  In the article Greenwashing the Pentagon, Joseph Nevins states, “The U.S. military is the world’s single biggest consumer of fossil fuels, and the single entity most responsible for destabilizing the Earth’s climate.”

We believe that another way is possible and that there are alternatives to the life threatening policies that our government has promoted and that have been so destructive to the people of the world.

When you were elected president, people had such hope for a change.  Yet what we got was a government that continued the policies of the Bush administration.  You are NOT the people’s president, and the voices of the people are not being heard.

We demand that you change course with the present policies and listen to the people and not the corporations.  Here are three policy changes that we want to see implemented before you leave office.  These changes would make the world a better place for all of our children and grandchildren, including yours.  These changes would only be a beginning, but would provide a good start.

1.      End all drone warfare.  It is illegal and immoral.
2.      Establish a living wage for all workers.
3.      Initiate and work for an international treaty for swift verifiable action to reverse climate change.  Listen to the scientific community and not the fossil fuel industry.

We have not had access to the decision-making process like the oil lobby, the financial and corporate sector, and the arms industry have over the years.  If people and groups such as ours had this same kind of access we very well may not have rushed to war and occupation on false pretense, “tortured folks”, continued to operate the criminally complicit Western Hemispheric Institute for Security Cooperation at Fort Benning, had the devastating and destructive oil spills in addition to still considering the Keystone Pipeline, or had civil unrest caused by American society’s structural violence, unresolved racism, and failed economic policies.

A new approach to leadership is required to address the problems and crises we all face.  We have the audacity to hope that you or a senior representative will meet with us on Tuesday September 23, 2014.  This is the day we will come to the White House from all around the country to meet with you.  Thank you President Obama.


Ken Butigan, Pace e Bene Executive Director
John Dear, Pace e Bene Outreach Director
Joy First, National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance
Malachy Kilbride, National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance
Max Obuszewski, National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance



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  • Millard

    I feel the time for marches and protests affecting any change has long since passed. I commend you for your efforts and intent but have reached the stark reality that Revolution is necessary. I’d rather fight them and die vs. live in the world they have planned for us.

    • Gerard Vaughan

      “Fighting” is less pointless than dying, I feel. Fighting Physicly, however, I feel is as pointless as dying. It is necessary to inform the informable-ones – (if you can find one) – of their Robots, that they are being “Used”. Sadly, they are paid so much that to them the world is, maybe, rosy – until they meet a “Vet” from any of the multitudinous wars. Some throw their medals away – others enjoy duck-shoots, and if no ducks ? – Iraqis, Afghanis will suffice.

  • Allen

    Let’s give what little remains of our freedom to the “climate crisis” tax parasites so Swanson can say he did something for the earth. The “crisis” is created by lazy psychopathic control freaks who need revenue to support their extravagant lifestyles on the backs of those who actually work for a living. Swanson doesn’t have to implore anyone in government to enslave humanity in the name of “climate crisis.” He has to convince the masses whose lives will be destroyed by the “climate crisis” nitwits who want it all for free from the slaves. So have at it you sniveling pencil-necked twit. By the way, I agree with the other stuff you said.

  • MODERN DISCOVERIES IN PHYSICS CONFIRM TESLA AND OTHERS WERE HINDERED IN THEIR RELEASE OF CLEAN, FREE ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES. – Furthermore, many reputable people who have worked in black budget operations are aware of seeing working free energy devices. And lastly, there is a great deal of evidence showing that humans are not causing climate change, apart from aerial spraying and HAARP.

  • jandr0

    1. End all drone warfare. It is illegal and immoral.

    I support you in the campaign against war.

    2. Establish a living wage for all workers.

    NO! Definitely no! Do not come and advocate your big-government authoritarian agenda here and expect me to support that.

    3. Initiate and work for an international treaty for swift verifiable action to reverse climate change. Listen to the scientific community and not the fossil fuel industry.

    Well, that is if we can trust the “scientific community.” There are too many scandals (in supposedly trusted peer-review journals) and too many perverse incentives to produce “findings” that concur with whatever the prevailing orthodoxy is for me to trust the alleged “view” of the scientific community.

    Since I can only give you one out of three at best, I cannot support your march at all.

    • Gerard Vaughan

      Sadly have to agree. “living wage” ? same chance as a livin doll. Livin ?dole ?
      Forget it it’s a free market. Like it or lump it.
      All that is required for all things – first and foremost the Natural Environment – to have a great time (eating each-other etc.) is for the Megga Criminals sponging off of the entire Country/Planet Earth, currently set up camp in USA + Israhell, to be “neutralized”.
      Is that ok with you Mr. Obama ? Not asking too much is it ? We can start first thing tomorrow.
      Please – leave the “fighting” to the proffesionals – just make sure you don’t get in their way – Mike.