With developments unfolding rapidly, it is still uncertain how things will play out in Syria.
A few weeks ago our nation was on the brink of yet another deadly military mistake. At the last moment, a threat of a U.S. missile attack against Syria was averted as the justifiable concern about chemical weapons moved away from a military incursion into a diplomatic process. The raging civil war has not yet stopped, but the massive outpouring of anti-war sentiment from people in every corner of the country and around the world prevented this new attack, and is helping to slow the flow of arms into Syria. Our victory was clear, but our work is far from over.
- Will there be a negotiated resolution to the armed conflict inside Syria, or will the fighting escalate into an even broader regional war?
- How did the peace movement in the U.S. and world-wide stop Washington from proceeding with military action in Syria, and how can we build on our success to change U.S. policy in the region?
- What’s happening now, on the ground in Syria and on the diplomatic front? What is the U.S. interest in Syria and how does this connect to U.S. policy in the Middle East more generally?
These are some of the important issues that a dynamic panel of people will address in the National Teach-In on Syria. You are invited to watch the teach-in on line as we dig deeper into the issues and learn the lessons. Live Streaming at http://www.busboysandpoets.com/videos/live-streaming.
We are happy to join with other national groups to sponsor this live streamed panel:
Phyllis Bennis – Director, New Internationalism project at the Institute for Policy Studies
Stephen Miles – Coordinator, Win Without War
Nick Berning – Communications Director, MoveOn.org
Rep. Barbara Lee (invited) – 13th Cong. District, CA
Moderated by Judith LeBlanc – Field Director, Peace Action
Watch this important discussion with others! This is a moment to bring people together, to take our organizing to a new level.
- Invite people to your home to watch the teach-in together,
- If you are at a school or college get a room and organize a screening,
- Ask your local library or religious institution to set up a public viewing,
- Ask you local community cable station to run the program live or taped.
- Use this teach-in as an opportunity to talk with others about how to strengthen the work of the anti-war movement.
We realize the time of this event might make it hard for some folks on the West Coast to see the broadcast, but we’ll be sending out information about how you can access this event after October 8th.
This teach-in is organized and sponsored by the following groups that have been working together on Syria: Peace Action, Win Without War, Institute for Policy Studies, CodePink, Just Foreign Policy, Progressive Democrats of America, American Friends Service Committee, Peace and Justice Resource Center, U.S. Labor Against the War, United for Peace and Justice, Friends Committee on National Legislation, Women’s Action for New Directions.