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Press Release: Civil Resistance Planned for Federal Building in San Francisco

From Grandmothers Against the War
Tuesday December 14, 2010 - 04:50:00 PM

On Thursday, December 16, Veterans for Peace and others will stage the largest veteran-led civil resistance to U.S. wars in recent history. After a rally at Lafayette Park in Washington, DC, many will engage in nonviolent civil resistance at the White House. 

Beginning at Noon on Thursday, Dec. 16, local Veterans and anti-war activists will support their allies in Washington DC with a rally and die-in at the new Federal Building, 7th and Mission in San Francisco. 

Everyone is encouraged to participate in the DIE IN on the sidewalk/plaza in front of the Federal Building- symbolic of the hundreds of thousands who have died in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan - American soldiers and citizens of these countries. Those able and willing to commit Civil Resistance and risk arrest to say "STOP THESE WARS" with their bodies will do their DIE IN blocking the doors of the Federal Building with the message, NO MORE BUSINESS AS USUAL as long we we continue these wars. People are encouraged to bring white sheets which can be laid over them - as is done in Iraq after people have died. 

On that day, Grandmothers Against the War plans to support the action at the Federal Building and continue our weekly vigil/leafleting at Union Square. At noon, some "grandmothers" will gather at the Federal Building with banners and signs; others, who will be leafleting at Geary and Powell, will stay in cell phone contact with our friends at the Federal Building. The Geary and Powell contingent will remain until at least 12:30 (if not longer). The plan is to either hop in a cab or walk to the Federal Building in order to either participate in or support the Die-In.