Monday, March 17, 2003


Press Statement
March 16, 2003

Six things to do when US war erupts
By Sr. Mary Grenough MM
Convenor, Justice Not War Coalition

Today, the eve of the United States unilateral deadline of March 17, thousands of priests, nuns, churchworkers and people will gather in churches in more than 126 countries to light candles for peace, against the US war.

We urge everyone to join in this powerful expression of worldwide unity by going to St. Peter's Church along Commonwealth Avenue and other churches in Metro Manila. See you at 6:00 pm tonight.

Also today, we urge the Filipino people to prepare for what seems to be the very likely start of the war, this week or later this month. We urge everyone to pray and prepare for bolder actions in the few days. We will not rest until we stop this US war that remains without basis, without support and without justification.

On the day or, if the attack occurs at night, a day after the start of a US war, we urge all Filipinos to do the following:

1. Gather and protest

Join the prayer assemblies and protests from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at Ayala Avenue, US Embassy, Plaza Miranda, Monumento, Baclaran Church, Sta. Ana Church and St. Peter's Church.

2. Hang or wear blue ribbons

3. Stage and join a noise barrage at 9:00 pm

4. Pause, stop everything at 11:55 am to 12:00 noon to pray for the victims of war and urge a stop to this madness

5. Call, fax, text and email government officials

6. Gear for a big rally at the Luneta on the first Saturday following the beginning of the US war

Similar actions are also slated in Parliament Square in London, the US Capitol and major city centers worldwide.

If the US is fully prepared for its unjust, dirty and immoral war, the Filipino people and all the world's peoples are prepared for all- out resistance.

Office: 23 Maamo St., Sikatuna Village
Quezon City 1101 Philippines
Tel.: +63 2 4359151
Fax: +63 2 9225211

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