C O N F E R E N C E
STOPPING THE MERCHANTS OF DEATH
Conference for Grassroots Activists
Sept. 29 - Oct.
University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN
to all attendees, the SMoD National Conference was a success! To download a MS
Publisher version of the official program, please click on the image (right)
here to download a MS Word version of report
of the conference
Go to our constantly updated blog
from the conference to find reports and follow-up actions!
FORM. Did you miss the Sunday Nite Stop the Merchants of Death Concert
and Rally? Were you there but want to hear the artists again? Then download an
Acrobat PDF of this form by clicking on the image to the right, mail it to the
WRL and get a CD of the Prince Myshkins, Utah Phillips, Kimya Dawson, and many
Photos of some of our friends, friendly activity, and nonviolent action
at the SMoD National Conference.
Profits of Extermination
Published to acclaim--and
death threats against its author and bombings of his union's offices in Colombia,
Profits of Extermination uncovers the role of multinational
mining and energy companies in Colombia's violence. Through legal maneuvers, corruption,
and direct use of paramilitary violence, foreign companies have taken over Colombia's
resources, displacing and murdering those who have challenged them.
Corporations that sell war, then profit from the bloodshed
It's pretty clear that the invasion and occupation of Iraq was not about
the weapons of mass destruction (where ARE they?). Or about restoring sovereignty
to Iraq (what about the 14 permanent U.S. military bases newly built there?).
Or about ending the vast illegal imprisonment and torture of Iraqis (no comment
But as they say in detective novels, "Follow the money."
Wouldn't it be important to learn about the billions and billions of dollars that
certain companies are making from U.S. invasions and occupations? And would it
surprise you that these very same companies have been contributing massive amounts
to candidates, have "friends in high places" in the government, and have been
"advising" the Department of Defense for years?
Invite a speaker/organizer
from the War Resisters League's "Stop the Merchants of Death" Program to your
campus, peace and justice group, or faith community. You'll learn who these companies
are, how much they give, how much more they make, and how they literally "call
the shots" when it comes to selling war. And you can join in our nationwide planning
for a constructive nonviolent program that exposes, confronts and stops the Merchants
By Any Other Name
Profit-Driven War, by Brian J. Foley, September 15, 2005