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Iranians and Americans Say No to War — Join Us!

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The Enough Fear campaign aims to gather ordinary Iranian and American citizens who oppose war and long for peace together to meet, talk with one another, get to know each other, post banners and information to their blogs and websites, and to post their own photos to the Enough Fear website as a public statement of solidarity in resistance and opposition to war in Iran.

All of the information is here.  Thanks to Maggie’s Metawatershed for posting the banner on her blog where I first saw it.

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Discussion

5 thoughts on “Iranians and Americans Say No to War — Join Us!

  1. SomethingAwful is being sued for pornographic images they put up, depicting a female video game producer. Those poor innocent boys! They recognize that racist jokes are harmful, but somehow they’re too stupid to grasp the similiarities to sexism?

    http://kotaku.com/gaming/assassin.s-creed/ubisoft-threatens-something-awful-over-jade-comic-323946.php

    Thought you’d want to know, and my email to you bounced.
    Loveya,

    Posted by m Andrea | November 20, 2007, 12:37 am
  2. They were involved in the attacks on Women’s Space; that’s where everything started. 4 Chan has been down as well, for quite some time. There are reasons for this.

    Thanks for letting me know, m Andrea, and love you too! Did you use cheryllindseyseelhoff@gmail.com? That should not bounce. Can you try again? It’s a long address, maybe you left out an “l” or an “f”?

    Heart

    Posted by womensspace | November 20, 2007, 12:44 am
  3. I will. I actually tried emailing you yesterday, because I found the best freaking post ever written. The internet can stop posting now.

    Posted by m Andrea | November 20, 2007, 1:21 am
  4. Dear Heart,

    Thanks for the posts about international women’s issues. I often don’t comment on them, because I don’t feel very informed. But I like learning about the international stuff, especially Iran, since quite a few friends fled from there after the Revolution’s takeover by the clerics. I suspect there may be many of us who don’t comment but who do read the international stories too.

    And as to the furor that seems to have erupted on the daughters as property thread — good for you for both allowing it and then closing the thread when you (and many readers) had enough.

    I agree entirely that the purpose of the comments section is to stimulate discussion and the thrashing out of issues. I hope that over the years all of us will learn not to jump to conclusions about others we do not know and whose posts we only think we understand.

    My girlfriend has a PhD in theoretical computer science and applied mathematics. She’s told me many times that studies have shown that 50% of all e-mail corespondence of any depth is misinterpreted by the receiver. I have found myself explaining myself to friends and being quite hurt by their jumping to false conclusions. As a result, I try to use e-mail for the basics and to be very careful about any potential ambiguity or verbal flourishes in more personal letters. Harry Truman had a fiery temper and wrote a lot of sharp-tongued and seemingly brilliantly scornful letters. But he put them all in a drawer for a day or three before deciding whether to send them. He posted very few.

    The blogoshere is an area of tremendous abuse of relationships between readers and writers. I’m hoping, and so is my girlfriend, that the norms of communication in this semi-anonymous realm will emerge as all of us learn the pitfalls of flaming. That hasn’t happened yet, but here’s to hoping that it’s a process in motion.

    So thanks again for providing this forum, for responding to your guest commenters, for engaging everybody. It is the back and forth (most of the time!) that makes this blog worth its salt.

    Posted by twitch | November 21, 2007, 6:44 pm
  5. Thanks, twitch! That encouragement is much appreciated, as are your thoughtful posts just in general. I really value the back and forth with all of the women here. If I felt I had to go no-comments, blogging wouldn’t be worth it to me, I don’t think — I’d feel the time would be better used writing for paper publication. Interacting with women is satisfying to me on so many levels. I not only love to write, it’s how I learn best, by writing out my thoughts, for one thing. And I love hearing other women’s thoughts, histories, I love hearing about their lives. So far, the good outweighs the bad.

    Heart

    Posted by womensspace | November 21, 2007, 8:49 pm

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