NO BLOOD FOR OIL!

CIVIC CENTER RALLY for PEACE

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 16, 2003

This war could destroy humanity.    -Reverend Cecil Williams


   Photograph Courtesy San Francisco Chronicle

An estimated two hundred fifty thousand demonstrators stream from BART and busses
to march to Civic Center for the 1:00 P.M. rally against war on Iraq.

 

One of the great liabilities of history is that all too many people
fail to remain awake through great periods of social change. Every
society has its protectors of the status quo and its fraternities of the
indifferent who are notorious for sleeping through revolutions. But
today our very survival depends on our ability to stay awake, to adjust
to new ideas, to remain vigilant and to face to the challenge of change.

The large house in which we live demands that we transform this world-wide
neighborhood into world-wide brotherhood. Together we much learn to live as
brothers or together we will be forced to perish as fools.

We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with
the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history there
is such a thing as being too late. Procrastination is still the thief of time.

Life often leaves us standing bare, naked and dejected with a lost opportunity.
There is an invisible book of life that faithfully records our vigilance or our
neglect.

'The moving finer writes, and having writ moves on...' This may be
mankind's last chance to choose between chaos and community.

-Martin Luther King, Jr.

The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it...

Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate....

Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

 
Photograph from The March on Washington 1963   


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