Not In Our Name
Not In Our Name was a national organization that began in 2002 and ended in 2008. It was founded to protest the course of action taken by the United States government after September 11, 2001, including the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
From Not In Our Name's Final Statement on the website http://www.notinourname.net/ :
"We believe that as people living in the United States, it is our responsibility to resist the injustices done by our government, in our names
"With these words from the Pledge of Resistance, the Not in Our Name project was started in March of 2002. In the aftermath of the events of September 11, 2001, our government had already launched the brutal invasion of Afghanistan, enacted the Patriot Act, and indiscriminately rounded up and detained thousands of U.S. residents based solely on their religion or country of origin. In response, the diverse activists who embraced the Not in Our Name project came together under three points of unity:
* No War on the World
* No Detentions and Roundups
* No Police State Restrictions
"Not in Our Name began with the idea that a culture of resistance needed to be created to oppose all of this; that sitting idly by and "letting history take its course over the graves of the nameless" was not an option. We organized and mobilized tens of thousands for the October 6, 2002 rallies in New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle and dozens of other cities and towns that sparked the rise of an anti-war movement that would see hundreds of thousands in the streets a few months later.
"While others argued against the impending invasion of Iraq on grounds that it would surely result in American casualties, we used the symbol of the Earth, showing solidarity with the people of Iraq, Afghanistan, and the world."