Axis of Friendship Festival including: families of military, veterans, Iranians Americans, Christians, Jews, Muslims, and others: Sept. 12, 3:30-6:30 PM, Civic Center Plazas, San Francisco, CA.
Press Conference: speakers supporting peaceful resolution of talks between U.S. and Iran and the delivery of children's art, poems and letters to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Harry Reid.
Letters for delivery can be sent, before Sept 11, by email to email@example.com or snail mail to: Axis of Friendship, c/o Stiles Hall, 2400 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704.
Festival: Iranian and American music, food, and poetry, concluding with a candle-lighting ritual to remember Sept. 12 and the spontaneous emergence of a global Axis of Friendship when Iranians lit candles in solidarity with the U.S. after 9/11.
Adjourn to nearby mosques to celebrate breaking that day's Ramadan fast.
Sign the Axis of Friendship petition. http://www.petitiononline.com/sept1201/petition.html
We invite Americans and Iranians around the world to light candles in their windows at sundown on September 12.
Create a candle-lighting event in your local community and celebrate international friendship.
WHY THIS AXIS OF FRIENDSHIP?
On September 12th, 2001, hours after the tragic attacks of September 11th, the world shared in America's grief. Americans discovered friends in unlikely places, none more unlikely than Tehran, Iran. Thousands of Iranians spontaneously lit candles in solidarity with the families of 9/11 and the American people.
Instead of seizing on the opportunities for global peace and friendship, the U.S. administration used the attacks of 9/11 as a pretext for sowing the seeds of war. September 11th became the weapon for the "war against terror" in Iraq and Afghanistan. The enormous good will of September 12th was squandered.
On this September 12th, we will reignite the remaining embers of that good will-we will create an Axis of Friendship. We invite you to join us in celebrating and honoring the faiths, families, and friendships that bind us-Americans and Iranians -as one. Let us re-open the doors of September 12. Help us spread the light of peace and kindle the love that connects us to each other. To all who choose to refuse another war that will bring endless suffering to countless families, American and Iranian: join us as we celebrate and affirm the Axis of Friendship that unites our faiths and families as one.
Opening up a third front right now would be
extremely stressful on us."
-Adm. Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
"Bombing Iran could push gas prices here in
America to $10 a gallon."
-Robert Reich, Former Secretary of Labor
"How many huge mistakes can one
administration make? Don't bomb Iran."
-Firoozeh Dumas, author of Funny in Farsi & Laughing without an Accent