We plan to put an ad on MBTA subway cars and buses this spring calling for no war with Iran. 210,000 people ride the Red line every day, and 154,400 ride the Orange line. The draft design is shown below.
The ad will ask people to sign the online petition.
Please donate to support this effort! $4,000 will put the ad on 100 subway cars and 100 buses for a month. If we can raise the money in the next week, the ads will be up by the middle of March.
Make checks payable to “Massachusetts Peace Action Education Fund”, write “Iran ad” on the memo line, and mail to 11 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138. Or click “Donate” below to pay securely online. Remember, your donations are 100% tax-deductible!
Tell President Obama: Prevent War with Iran!
In just three short weeks, we've already collected over 11,000 signatures on our petition to President Obama to prevent war with Iran. Peace Action affiliates across the country are gathering signatures in their communities.
And not a moment too soon.
According to published reports, Israel issued a blunt and warning that 'time is running out' for Iran to end its nuclear program, leaving the Obama administration worried such an attack may happen this year. At the time, the administration is moving ahead with its own plans.
Last week, it was reported that US spy agencies believe Iran is prepared to launch a terrorist attack inside the US. The report, which made the front page of the Washington Post, pointed out US intelligence officials had seen no intelligence to indicate the active plotting of such attacks, but it often seems it's the headlines that stick, stirring up rationales for war that are not discredited until it's too late.
Also in the news, the US plans to deploy a floating base in the Persian Gulf that will provide a forward staging area for everything from minesweepers to commandos, designed to prevent Iran from following through in its threat to close the Strait of Hormuz. The Pentagon also announced it is developing a new bunker buster bomb after it became clear that the U.S.'s largest bomb, the Massive Ordnance Penetrator, is not capable of destroying Iran's most heavily fortified underground facilities.
These provocative actions in preparation for war are "shrinking the space for engagement", in the words of a Congressional aide we met with last week. A team of senior United Nations nuclear inspectors were in Tehran last week, and after successful meetings were reported by both sides, the UN plans to return in three weeks for another series of visits.
Another war is not what we need. As the election year unfolds, Peace Action will continue to push for rational alternatives to unnecessary conflict. Over the next several weeks, we will keep you updated on our efforts to prevent war with Iran and other actions you can take to help prevent it.
Humbly for Peace,