| Please take a few minutes to
watch the powerful new music video for the title track of bluesman
Robert Cray's Grammy-nominated album, Twenty. The video, now up our Wage
Peace Campaign website, features AFSC's Eyes Wide
>Open exhibit and takes a strong stand against the Iraq War. It tells
the story of a young soldier who struggles with his memories of a
senseless war. After you watch it, send it to ten friends to help expand
the growing majority who want to end the war. Follow the below link to
watch the video.
From the video, you and your friends will be encouraged to sign the
"Not One More Death, Not One More Dollar" letter to Congress.
So far, more than 40,000 people have signed our letter, calling on
Congress to stop funding the war in Iraq.
Follow the below link to sign the letter.
The letter is one tool we will use to make a big statement next month
when Congress is expected to debate a new war supplemental funding bill.
In January, officials reported that the Bush Administration does not
intend to seek new funds for Iraq reconstruction. Our campaign will
encourage members of Congress to speak out for reconstructing Iraq, not
continued war and destruction. This video will help reach out to music
lovers to join us in
calling to fund reconstruction, not war, in Iraq. We have good reason to
think this. In the past year, almost half a million
people have watched the online Wage Peace movie and tens of thousands
have used the movie's link to take action.
Please forward this email to your friends, family, co-workers, and
neighbors. Feel free to link to our video page from your web sites,
newsletters, and blogs. The web address is:
Follow the below link to watch the video.
Here's some more information about the video:
"The song is about an innocent young guy, who, after the events of
9/11, wants to do his part for his country," Cray explains.
"He doesn't know he's going to end up in Iraq, watching the horror
that's going on there...and he ends up losing his life."
The "Twenty" video, directed by Robert Cray's wife, Susan
Turner-Cray, stars Aidan Delgado, a 23-year-old Iraq-war veteran and
conscientious objector. Turner-Cray shot many of the video's scenes at
AFSC's traveling anti-war exhibit, Eyes Wide Open. If you haven't had
the opportunity to see the exhibit, you can find more information about Eyes
Wide Open on our web site.
The Crays had heard about the Eyes Wide Open exhibit, but had not seen
it when they began developing ideas for the music video. They contacted
the Chicago AFSC office and began arrangements to feature the exhibit in
I'm sure you will find the video moving and provocative. Thanks for your
continued support and for helping get the word out about the video and
letter to Congress.
AFSC's Iraq staff