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Food First ''Compassion Alert''

Food First/The Institute for Food and Development Policy
September 14th, 2001

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Food First/The Institute for Food and Development Policy stands with the international community as we mourn a tragedy of unprecedented depth. We are devastated and horrified at the insanity and carnage.

This was a Crime against Humanity, not an Act of War. A further crisis awaits us if we do not respond with sanity. While we deeply mourn the death and injuries of loved ones, the Bush administration is signalling that it will use this tragedy to strengthen and further intensify the Pentagon's war drive. Justice should be meted out to those responsible for this barbarism, but if America should attack anything, it should be the conditions of poverty, deprivation and racism that breed terrorists. It is the only true solution.

September 11, 2001 should be remembered as the start of peace for future generations and not the beginning of war. Allow history to teach us that. The 1986 bombing raids on two Libyan cities, the bombing of a Baghdad neighborhood in 1993 in response to rumors of a planned assassination attempt on former President George H. Bush, and the air strike on a Sudanese Al Shifa pharmaceutical plant that provided most of Sudan's medicines, mistakenly believed to be a chemical weapons factory associated with Osama bin Laden, are three cases that should remind us of the mistake of hatred and vengeful retaliatory strikes. The politics of vengeance only fuel more terrorism.

The tragedy of Septemeber 11, 2001 should not deviate America from its moral principles. There are several ways we can respond to these catastrophic events. First is to extend sympathy and compassion to the families and friends of those who perished or were injured at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Second, we must foster a global movement to challenge war, poverty and exploitation. Finally and always, we must build a world based on the foundation of human rights. This is an opportunity to forge a broader international coalition -- bringing disparate nations together in a common determination to fight against all crimes against humanity, all violations of the rights of other human beings.

Please join us in contacting our Congressional Representatives and Senators and let them know that as Americans we want peace. We want a world free of hatred and we want a world with freedom and justice for all. While the media polls are inciting drum beats of war, please let your Congress members know that we do not want retaliation which will lead to more blood shed and loss of innocent lives. We want a response that is just and humane.

The first website will give contact info for specific senators and representatives. Just plug in a zip code. Thank you for taking action and please forward a copy of this to your friends and colleagues.

www.congress.org

The following two numbers will connect the caller with their representative or senator.

United States Senate switchboard:
(202) 224-3121,
www.senate.gov

United States House of Representatives switchboard:
(202) 224-3121,
www.house.gov


Proposed Messsage to Your Representative/Senator

Dear Representative/Senator,

I am calling to voice my opinion that the U.S. refrain from violent acts of retaliation. The unfortunate tragedy on Sept. 11 was a crime against humanity and not an act of war. I do not support any action by the U.S. military that would result in further loss of life or suffering of innocent civilians. I want a world free of hatred and I want a world with freedom and justice for all.

There are several ways we can respond to these catastrophic events. First is to extend sympathy and compassion to the families and friends of those who perished or were injured at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Second, we must foster a global movement to challenge war, poverty and racism.

Finally and always, we must build a world based on the foundation of human rights. This is an opportunity to forge a broader international coalition--bringing disparate nations together in a common determination to fight against all crimes against humanity, all violations of the rights of other human beings.

Sincerely,

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