I have had numerous debates with many people of good will on the subject of mass-mobilizations (including marches, protests, and statements of this sort). Some people are able to articulate rationally and almost convincingly their objections to such group activity. Let the following suffice in favor of We Stand... Subcomandante Marcos, the former leader of the Zapatista movement for indigenous rights in Mexico, wrote in support of the statement:
"Signing a document could appear to be little for some, but it is not just the signing that is being proposed, but its discussion and enrichment. The signing of the statement does not involve abandoning the carrying out of other mobilizations. On the contrary, it will allow more people to participate, more people to listen, and more people to be involved in a movement that is worldwide, like the war which has provoked it."The last few lines of the statement itself:
"I stand for justice. I stand against economic, political, and cultural institutions that promote a rat race mentality, huge economic and power inequalities, corporate domination even unto sweatshop and slave labor, racism, and gender and sexual hierarchies.In the next post I'll provide some links to the people and organizations behind the statement.
I stand for a policy that redirects the money used for war and military spending to provide healthcare, education, housing, and jobs.
I stand for a world whose political, economic, and social institutions foster solidarity, promote equity, maximize participation, celebrate diversity, and encourage full democracy.
I stand for peace and justice and, more, I pledge to work for peace and justice."