At this moment, when the mainstream media has largely abandoned coverage of the Iraq War and the majority antiwar opinion, the presidential campaign is underwhelming in offering any vision of peace, and the antiwar movement clearly needs to redouble its efforts, an exciting mobilization is reenergizing the peace movement–the Million Doors for Peace campaign.
On Saturday, September 20, 25,000 volunteers across the country will contact one million people in their neighborhoods and ask them to sign a petitionurging the next Congress to bring US troops home from Iraq within one year. (The timetable is based on a new report from the Center of American Progress–coauthored by Dr. Lawrence Korb, former Assistant Secretary of Defense in the Reagan Administration – that suggests “an orderly and safe withdrawal is best achieved over an 8 to 10 month period.”) This campaign is different from previous antiwar efforts because volunteers will be talking to their own communities instead of gathering in one place–such as the National Mall–for a traditional protest.
Spearheaded by USAction and TrueMajority, the Million Doors campaign hasevolved into the broadest antiwar coalition to date. Karen Dolan,Director of Cities for Peace–one of the original cosponsoringorganizations–said, “I’ve been at the center of the new peace movementsince 2002 and I haven’t seen anything like this before. Its exciting tome [because] Cities for Peace is involved with so many of these groupsand I have often witnessed something like the divide between the moreradical activists and more centrist groups – and I mean the terms’radical’ and ‘centrist’ in the most affectionate way, as two strategicsides of the same progressive coin! The unification of all of us bodeswell for new energy and more creative, and hopefully effective, antiwarwork nationally.”
Other organizations participating in the campaign include: CatholicsUnited, CodePink, MoveOn, Pax Christi USA, Peace Action, ProgressiveAccountability, Progressive Democrats of America, United for Peace andJustice, Voters for Peace, United Methodist Church-General Board of Church and Society, Organic Consumers Union, Democracy for America and Win Without War. Combined, the coalitionboasts a membership in the millions and hundreds of state and localaffiliates.