They had me at Daniel Ellsberg. Ten minutes ago, a call to action landed in my email inbox. It took me less than a minute to decide to sign up. Roots Action defines itself as an initiative aimed at “galvanizing millions of Americans who are committed to economic fairness, equal rights, civil liberties, environmental protection — and defunding endless wars.”
Its opening salvo is simple: “We oppose the war in Afghanistan.” And it challenges supporters to reject “the false claims used to justify US troop casualties, vast military spending, countless foreign deaths and illegal acts…Choose jobs, education and healthcare over endless warfare.”
Roots Action’s list of high-profile supporters is a who’s who of the progressive movement: Jim Hightower, Naomi Klein, Cornel West, Daniel Ellsberg, Barbara Ehrenreich, Glenn Greenwald, Coleen Rowley, Norman Solomon and many others. It’s also a partnership with Common Dreams, a widely read on-line purveyor of breaking news and opinion for the progressive community. Roots Action offers a direct link to articles published via Common Dreams.
It’s refreshing to see the “professional left” mobilizing around a cause that has been neglected for too long. In all the talk about the US deficit and “unbridled spending,” the misguided, pointless expense of our military invasion of Afghanistan is rarely mentioned. I’m hoping that the people on that irresistible Who’s Who will really be the movers and shakers they appear to be, and that they’ll be effective in mobilizing the anti-war troops to help us to end the war in Afghanistan and restore reason and responsibility to our national economic dialogue.
Gloria Shur Bilchik is a freelance writer and community volunteer in St. Louis, Missouri. She is the editor of Occasional Planet. She views the preservation of progressive values as vital to making the US a humane, livable place for her children and grandchildren.