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Activists Call on Obama to Make Drastic Policy Changes

Activists Go to White House And Call on Obama to Make Drastic Policy Changes to End War, Poverty, And Climate Crisis as Part of Campaign Nonviolence

Washington, DC - On September 23, 2014, hundreds of people will gather at 10:00 am in front of the White House on Pennsylvania Ave. for a rally to protest war, poverty and environmental destruction. This demonstration is being organized by the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance (NCNR) and is part of Campaign Nonviolence (campaignnonviolence.org) with over 220 demonstrations occurring in every state in the country during the week of September 21-27.

After a program featuring Medea Benjamin, John Dear, and David Swanson as speakers, the group will approach the White House and attempt to deliver a letter to President Obama, calling on him to make drastic policy changes towards ending war, poverty, and the climate crisis. NCNR mailed a letter to President Obama (http://warisacrime.org/content/want-do-more-march-climate-heres-how) laying out their concerns and asking to meet with a high level representative to discuss them. They have received no response and so will go to the gates of the White House with letter in hand. Some of the activists will be willing to risk arrest in an action of nonviolent civil resistance in their attempt to get their message to the president.

Under the banner of Campaign Nonviolence, thousands of Americans across the country will take a public stand against all violence and launch a new movement for a culture of peace and nonviolence free from war, poverty and the climate crisis.

During Campaign Nonviolence Week, people from all walks of life will take to the streets from Hawaii to Maine to protest ongoing U.S. warfare, extreme poverty, the devastation of the environment, and many other forms of violence, from the unjust detention of immigrants to police brutality to the continuing threat of nuclear weapons.

Through Campaign Nonviolence, historically separate movements are joining forces to tackle these many forms of violence and to build a more just, peaceful and sustainable world.

JoAnne Lingle, Indianapolis, IN, talks about why she will be at the White House on September 23, saying, “We are here to say NO to Endless War and YES to a living wage - NO to War Profiteers who take our tax dollars and leave us overworked and underpaid. We are tired of our voices not being heard!”

Campaign Nonviolence is a grassroots movement to mainstream active nonviolence using the vision of Martin Luther King, Jr. that calls us to become people of nonviolence and to resolve personal and global conflicts nonviolently.

ENDS

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