Score another victory for RootsAction.org and our allies. 49,763 of us signed the petition at StarsEarnStripes.org protesting NBC's war-is-fun "reality" show co-hosted by former general Wesley Clark.
Activists in New York have held a weekly protest and delivered the petitions. The bad press has been voluminous, while the viewership has plummeted. It's safe to say there's no immediate future for this show. It ends tonight.
TV viewers may be spared Wesley Clark for a while as he's been dropped by both NBC and DNC. Turned down in his offer to speak at the Democratic National Convention, Clark will speak at another event in Charlotte tonight.
But even with the former NATO commander out of sight, the warfare state drags on.
Take this moment to ask the DNC to drop its support for war and war preparation.
This year people are celebrating Woody Guthrie's 100th birthday. One of his less-known songs is "I've Got to Know."
Why do your war boats ride on my waters?
Why do your death bombs fall from my skies?
Why do you burn my farm and my town down?
I've got to know, friend, I've got to know!
Of course this song was written many decades -- and countless wars -- ago. But Woody Guthrie's voice endures, raising crucial questions. Like:
What makes your boats haul death to my people? ...
Why doesn't your ship bring food and some clothing?
If you could use a jolt of inspiration, click to hear Woody Guthrie singing "I've Got to Know," as well as to send your message to the Democratic National Convention.
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-- The RootsAction.org team
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If you're in New York, join the last and victorious demonstration against Stars Earn Stripes at 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 3, on the north side of W. 49th St. between 5th and 6th Avenues.
If you're in Charlotte, join RootsAction Campaign Coordinator David Swanson on Tuesday morning, Sept. 4, at Progressive Central.