“Spring Rising” is four days of creative resistance; theater, teach-ins; rallies and marches marking the anniversary of the United States’ “shock and awe” attack on Iraq and its invasion and occupation in a completely illegitimate, immoral war. Together we will use this time to oppose the plans and calls for growing military intervention. Courage to Resist is proud to be one of many dedicated organizations participating and endorsing this critical intervention. Visit springrising.org, or
Wednesday March 18
Meet & Greet 5-8 pm
Plymouth United Church of Christ 5301 N. Capital Street NE
Thursday March 19
“Challenging Congress” – a morning of lobbying 9am – 1pm Meet in the Rayburn Senate Office cafeteria. Organized by Code Pink.
“People’s Uprising Tour: From Empire and War to Justice with Peace” – a bus tour organized by the Peoples’ Soapbox Network & Cindy Sheehan to visit offices of those who plan, profit from and are complicit in war crimes of empire. Meet 1pm at U.S. Capitol.
Teach-In Part One: “U.S. Military Aggression – A Key Part of Global Ecological Destruction”; with presentations by members of the Veterans for Peace Advisory Board including Marjorie Cohn, Ray McGovern and Matthew Ho. Location TBA
Friday March 20
Friday morning will be devoted to the creation/assembly of signs, banners, puppets or other visual displays for the rally and march the next day. Please bring your own materials; a limited number of blank, white poster boards and markers will be available.
Teach-In Part Two
3 – 10pm
University of the District of Columbia Law School
4200 Connecticut Avenue Northwest
- “What are the connections and challenges for those working to stop targeted killing by the U.S. and those working to stop killing with impunity by U.S. police?”
- A discussion by Veterans for Peace and Military Families Speak Out.
- World Beyond War: An Alternative Global Security System. Speakers: David Swanson, Leah Bolger, Matthew Hoh
- “U.S. Wars of Aggression and Islamic Jihad: What is the Bigger Danger, and How Should the Anti-war Movement Respond?
Saturday March 21
The morning will be devoted to last minute work on signs and creative displays.
Noon Rally at Lafayette Park in front of the White House
1pm March from the White House, through Chinatown to the Capitol
Spring Rising will comprise a number of events including a large rally and march, a teach-in, and lobbying. Its goal is to increase opposition to wars and militarism, and in particular to U.S. military operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria, as well as all U.S. drone attacks and surveillance worldwide. Spring Rising advocates the closure of U.S. military bases overseas, and the dismantling of the U.S. nuclear arsenal. We urge the demilitarization of police forces and a halt to their targeting of minority communities. We seek to increase understanding of and resistance to U.S. military operations’ acceleration of climate chaos.