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The SF Bay Area Iraq Moratorium Campaign was initiated by activists from the San Francisco Declaration
of Peace (DOP). Our group consisted of 8-12 people at the initial meetings to discuss this campaign. We
began to meet in the Spring of 2007 to discuss a future project that could mobilize the 70% of the public
which polls say are opposed to the war in Iraq. In San Francisco and the Bay Area, those numbers could
well be higher.

While our DOP group is active in a variety of issues and have a broader view and commitment to
nonviolent social change, we are aware of the problems of living in an economic and military empire that
is our country today. Because of this war, there is growing public disillusion and lack of trust in political
institutions, now causing now a majority of the U.S. public to want to end the war. Some feel powerless
however. We reached a conclusion that a focused campaign to end the war in Iraq would provide the
peace movement with an opportunity we haven't had since the Vietnam war – a project that would reach
out to the mainstream public who are against the war, but not involved in public actions, with a hopeful,
focused message which would appeal to a broad spectrum of citizens. One member of our group knew
that the idea of an Iraq Moratorium was incubating on the east coast at the same time. We decided to
move forward with this overall concept of decentralized actions with the goal of persuading and mobilizing
the public to take action and increase pressure on the Congress and Administration in Washington to act
to end the war.

This document is meant to give an overview of some of the thinking that went into developing the Iraq
Moratorium Campaign. It doesn't have all the answers. We have strived with open spirit to provide a
context for why we have moved forward with a strategy, plan, and timeline that we believe is both unique
and can contribute to ending this tragic war. The time is right to work together and promote hope and
empowerment through cooperative and collective action to a public disillusioned with this war and the
actions of the political establishment in Washington.


While there are a multitude of groups and coalitions working to end the Iraq war through large rallies,
small events, civil disobedience, and creative gatherings here in the Bay Area, many of these efforts do
not reach the mainstream media.

How do we reach out to the larger public? One way is to reach people where they are at; in their
communities, neighborhoods, work places, congregations, schools/colleges, and to military and veterans'
families that bear the direct brunt of this war. Outreach has been a part of our work, but generally, these
efforts have been diffuse or mainly geared towards reaching and mobilizing the converted.

The Bay Area is a laboratory of creativity on many fronts. Campaigns and movements from reform to
transformation and social change began here. Ideas abound and the diversity of the area provides a
platform for projects that engage and empower people.

Last, but certainly not least, we live in a liberal metropolitan area where many of the federal elected
officials have taken mild to somewhat stronger stands to end this war. Almost all are Democrats.
However, there is mostly refusal and some equivocation by Bay Area lawmakers to a stronger position of
opposition to this war that encompasses the funding issue. Almost all Bay Area Democrats continue to
vote to fund this war. This is due to political considerations and the Democrats strategy to increase their
majority in the Congress and win the White House. As well, Democrats suffer a "national security"
complex and remember the past when they were called weak on defense and felt politically punished by
the voters in other (and often more conservative) parts of the country. Steadfast resistance public

discussing the war funding issue and correlating “support the troops” to equal funding the mission has
repeatedly allowed this tragic war to continue unabated. There is little to no national public discussion on
the issue. An essential part of the moratorium campaign will be to pressure elected officials through our
actions, consistently calling and writing letters, to force them to end the war by cutting off the funding.


There is a large peace movement here in the Bay Area that can unite to an extent in hopeful and
cohesive efforts, but is quite often fractured and competitive in nature.

When our DOP group debated the Moratorium idea as a focused and disciplined strategy, we were aware
that many of our friends and political allies might well want to push a specific issue agenda or a broader
social change strategy. This inclination is understood as all of us have worked for peace and social
justice. Yet, we believed the need and the opportunity to both end this war and build a broader peace
movement is an opportunity we don't often get.

We request all individuals and groups who participate in the SF Bay Area Iraq Moratorium to unite on
this one issue – to end this tragic war – that both individually and collectively, we will strive to set aside
political differences by refraining from potentially alienating rhetoric in order to appeal to a larger, new and
even apolitical audience, rather than just to the converted. Yes, there are a variety of serious economic,
social and environmental problems facing this country and a multitude of agendas in the peace
movement -- but we believe by uniting together now with a focused strategy, this campaign can appeal to
the broader public..

Most importantly, we welcome all people, regardless of their affiliations and overall political beliefs.
Reaching out to the larger public at this critical time will be crucial to the success of the Iraq Moratorium
campaign. As one member of our group stated, we all need to put "our personal and political agendas on
hold" to build a focused and disciplined campaign to end the war in Iraq.

The SF Bay Area Iraq Moratorium goal is: To end US military involvement in the war in Iraq and bring
our troops home.

The method for accomplishing this is: To persuade new participants to become active and mobilize
those already active.

The message is simple and focused: "Out of Iraq Now – Stop Funding this War – Fund Human

The five specific constituencies to reach out to:

1. Youth/Students – they are the future and have great energy;

2. Labor/Working People – they disproportionately pay for this war and experience an economic and
quality of life decline and less opportunity;
3. Faith Groups – the power of clergy to move their congregations and the commitment of people of
many faiths to work for peace and a just world;
4. Community/Neighborhoods – working and organizing in close proximity to where people live
and/or work, this venue will give a chance to strengthen and build community.

Focused outreach to the above constituencies through corresponding work groups are the center of
where this campaign's works takes place.


The Iraq Moratorium Campaign will endeavor to coordinate a growing monthly expression of collective
activities, initially commencing on the third Fridays of the month beginning on Friday, September 21,
followed by October, 19, and November 16. We choose to begin in September because of the report to
Congress on "the surge" mid-month and Congress will begin consider a new appropriations (funding bill)
later in the month.

We will encourage people to take five minutes, their lunchtime, an afternoon, or all day to take a public
stand to end this war now and promoting peace through their specific actions.

Join with us in one or all of the following activities:

• Wear and distribute ribbons to stand against this war and for peace;
• Phone and write a letter to your US Representative and Senators. Please include the Iraq
Moratorium message to elected officials. Mailing or faxing your letter multiplies our
effectiveness to pressure elected officials to end this war now; and
• On the third Friday, organize a public event/vigil/leaflet in your neighborhood, community,
workplace, school, faith community, etc., to end the war in Iraq now and stand together for

Kickoff events, prior to and focusing on September 21 will take place in communities, schools/colleges
workplace, street corners, BART stations, or wherever people gather to stand together to speak out.
Contacts in many venues are needed to organize a gathering. Currently, many people active in the Iraq
Moratorium are from San Francisco, the East Bay, South Bay and North Bay. Participation is needed from
all over the Bay Area to make it build this campaign and make it a success. Please join us as an
organizer/contact in your area or constituency group.


The actions of the Iraq Moratorium are decentralized and both unique and creative to those organizing
and taking part in these events. Our common themes to build momentum to end this war are:

Messaging/Media: A common message at all events is important to build and express our unity in the
simplest terms. We ask everyone to stay on message to strengthen our common efforts, to engage more
of the public, and at every opportunity, let elected officials know they must end U.S. involvement in Iraq.
While providing talking points, we encourage you to develop particular aspects of funding human needs
that are unique for your constituency, community, neighborhood, and/or workplace. We are planning a
creative media event to kickoff the Iraq Moratorium. Ideas for increasing the campaign’s visibility are

As stated previously, the SF Bay Area Iraq Moratorium focused message to the public and elected
officials is:
"Out of Iraq Now - Stop Funding this War – Fund Human Needs"

Nonviolence: The events of the Iraq Moratorium will have a tone and spirit of nonviolence. Our attitude
will be one of nonviolence, openness and respect toward all we encounter. We will use no violence,
verbal or physical, toward any person.

Organizing Tips: Wherever or whatever you organize, please make sure you have a media
spokesperson to relate to any media in attendance. This will help to insure our message as stated above
is communicated. As well, have one or more persons with a clipboard to get names and at least email
addresses/phone numbers of all in attendance. This helps build for future events and strengthens
community participation to build momentum. As we build towards September 21st , there will be many
more ideas that we will share that can be incorporated into events and are unique and creative as well.


SF Bay Area Iraq Moratorium website:

Email address for inquiries:

Phone/messages: 415-861-1438

Cost of the Iraq War for your community:

Declaration of Peace:

Legislative perspective from Washington DC:

US, Iraq and other Military Casualties (to read US names):

Count and list of Iraqi Casualties (to read Iraqi names):


The Iraq Moratorium Campaign is not an organization. It is a campaign to specifically end this war,
through engaging and empowering a larger share of the public, especially those who have minimally or
have not at all been involved in political efforts previously, but want to join together to end this war. We
are all in this together and must find ways to influence and involve new people and help one another lead
the country out of this disaster. We owe it to all those who have died, Iraqi, American, and others. We
owe it to the families of those who have died and to the Iraq and American people who have experienced
the senseless loss of loved ones.

The SF Bay Area Iraq Moratorium Campaign is a formation process. Originating from efforts of the
Declaration of Peace, we have held community wide meetings in San Francisco beginning in late June,

Steering Committee: Monitors the overview on the progress of the Iraq Moratorium. It consists of
conveners of the working groupsand four at large members.

Bi-Weekly Meetings: Presently we are holding meetings every other Wednesday night. While these
meetings bring new people and enthusiasm, we reiterate that the main work of the Iraq Moratorium is
done in the working groups listed above. If you interested in joining us in the ongoing work, contact a
committee or email inquiries shown in “Contacts” above.

As a grassroots campaign, we are striving to meld the decentralized and creative nature of Iraq
Moratorium events, speaking in a clear and united voice to elected officials with focused coordination on
messaging and media. We aim to develop common resources that help to educate the public on the
issues of this war and peace. After each third Friday, we will review and evaluate the Moratorium's
activities with the goal of improving our efforts and broadening participation by the public. While we are
initially planning for three Fridays during the Fall, we intend through focused evaluation and strategizing,
to decide on future endeavors; as we are aware that building support from the public and increasing
political pressure on those who are both prosecuting and enabling this war means long haul efforts.

In addition, the campaign is moving forward on the energy and good will of people involved with minimal
financial resources. Please contact us if you can donate to our efforts or can suggest ways of obtaining
other financial help.

Written by Steve Leeds and Dolores Perez Priem with help from Bill Simpich and Kathy Lipscomb, July
2007- revised August 2007.