October2011 is organizing a non-violent occupation of Freedom Plaza. This is really important because if enough people show up the politicians will be forced to take notice. The bill to withdraw quickly from Afghanistan got bi-partisan support and nearly passed.

Even if you initially supported the invasion, it has simply gone on too long. Intelligence sources estimate that there are around 100 active al Qaeda members remaining in the entire country. Osama bin Ladin is dead. Sheesh, mission accomplished already! Bring the troops home. Our occupying presence serves only to fuel the enmity people have towards the U.S.The continuation of the “war on terror” has had so many negative anticipated and unintended consequences. To name a few:

  • Our men and women in the military have sacrificed enough. We don’t need one more damaged or dead soldier.
  • We don’t need more of what is euphemistically called collateral damage. They are dead human beings.
  • We don’t need to fuel the fire of hatred by our continued occupation.
  • What do ya think, could we find better ways to spend the billions?

The organizers are of course hoping for a big turn out. I wonder if we are strong enough, compassionate enough, brave enough and can get over our selfish self-centered ways to take a stand. I hope so. Go to Washington in October. I promise it will make you feel better about yourself. You will be a better person for it.

Here’s the pledge the October2011.org website is asking you to commit to:

“I pledge that if any U.S. troops, contractors, or mercenaries remain in Afghanistan on Thursday, October 6, 2011, as that occupation goes into its 11th year, I will commit to being in Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C., with others on that day or the days immediately following, for as long as I can, with the intention of making it our Tahrir Square, Cairo, our Madison, Wisconsin, where we will NONVIOLENTLY resist the corporate machine by occupying Freedom Plaza to demand that America’s resources be invested in human needs and environmental protection instead of war and exploitation. We can do this together. We will be the beginning.”


David operates a web site called Our World Report. I split my time between the U.S. and the Philippines. I am committed to contributing in a positive way to the progressive movement & invite other progressives to post at my site. You can follow me on twitter at #ourworldreport and I will respond in kind. Thanks.