“While some dance at the inauguration ball, people continue to die in Iraq.”

Here in Carrboro, NC there will be a candlelight peace vigil on Inauguration Day at 7:00 pm at Carrboro Town Commons, 301 W. Main Street. The event is sponsored by the NC Council of Churches. More info...  Don't forget to buy your candle the day before.

On Wednesday, January 12, 2005, the White House officially announced that after an extensive investigation, there were never any weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

Inauguration Day, Thursday, January 20th, 2005 is "Not One Damn Dime Day" in America. On "Not One Damn Dime Day" those who oppose what is happening in our name in Iraq can speak up with a 24-hour national boycott of all forms of consumer spending. During "Not One Damn Dime Day" please don't spend money. Not one damn dime for gasoline. Not one damn dime for necessities or for impulse purchases. Not one damn dime for anything for 24 hours.

On "Not One Damn Dime Day," please boycott Walmart, KMart and Target. Please don't go to the mall or the local convenience store. Please don't buy any fast food (or any groceries at all for that matter). For 24 hours, please do what you can to shut the retail economy down. The object is simple. Remind the people in power that the war in Iraq is immoral and illegal; that they are responsible for starting it and that it is their responsibility to stop it.

"Not One Damn Dime Day" is to remind them, too, that they work for the people of the United States of America, not for the international corporations and K Street lobbyists who represent the corporations and funnel cash into American politics.

Not One Damn Dime Day" is about supporting the troops. The politicians put the troops in harm's way. Now 1,200+ brave young Americans and (some estimated) 100,000 Iraqis have died. The politicians owe our troops a plan -- a way to come home.

There's no rally to attend. No marching to do. No left or right wing agenda to rant about. On "Not One Damn Dime Day" you take action by doing nothing. You open your mouth by keeping your wallet closed. For 24 hours, nothing gets spent, not one damn dime, to remind our religious leaders and our politicians of their moral responsibility to end the war in Iraq and give America back to the people.

Sent by an anonymous contributor, this has been attributed to Bill Moyers

Editor's note - There has been a phenominal repsonse to the posting of this suggestion. The idea has really touched a nerve with a lot of folks. I have been asked, "Why would you support such an initiative, shutting down the economy for a day?"

I guess ultimately the answer is because we live in America so we can express displeasure with the current administration's stance on the war.

The truth is, there are many individuals in this great country who feel that their voices were not heard on election day. Those of us who are feeling this way think we had no business entering into a war for all the wrong reasons; a war that got no support from the majority of the rest of the world. We have no intention of shutting down the economy. We are merely limiting our spending to any time before or after January 20.

This is one story mainstream media will more than likely not pick up on, one of those "Internet things" that is dismissed as inconsequential. We shall see. If the reaction to this idea is any indication, the response could be substantial.

This is a movement by people who love this country, but hate this war. We do still posess power, huge power, and we can prove it on January 20.

Plan ahead! MARK YOUR CALENDAR! Buy before January 20. Buy after January 20. Just don't buy ON January 20. This is America. Make your voice be heard where it seems to count the most, in the pocketbook! Let our goverment know that we think enough blood has been shed in a war that never should have happened.

Below are just a few of the responses to "Not One Damn Dime Day." They are posted just as they were sent.


Economic boycotts DO make a difference. Doesn't anyone remember Martin Luther King Jr.? He used peaceful boycotts that affected economics to achieve HUGE political change. I will be at the Vigil and not buy a thing on the 20th. 40 million dollars are being spent for the inauguration. Think of all the much needed military equipment for the troops or tsunami aid that could be purchased with that money. It makes me sick! --JC

"A time will come when a politician who has willfully made war and promoted international dissension will be as sure of the dock and much surer of the noose than a private homicide. It is not reasonable that those who gamble with men's lives should not stake their own." -- H. G. Wells

Our family of five is proud to stand with the rest of those Americans who are fighting for the integrity and justice that this nation supposedly stands for. We march in protest of this administration on 1-20th, sickened by the greed and corporate largess that is pouring 40 million plus into a celebration of twisted purposes and deliberate lies, when that money could alleviate the sufferings of thousands. We march in memory of all those civilians of Iraq and Afghanistan, and the U. S. military personnel killed in the folly that is the U. S. "War on Terror." We march in memory of hard fought, and hard one, battles to protect our environment, the results of which have been trampled on an administration dedicated to lining the pockets of those corporations, and the rich, who already have more than enough. We march in protest of this administration that has lied its way from one issue to the next. Not ONE damn dime. --Theresa Trebon, Howard Fox, Sarah, Izaak, and Emma Fox

I think the "Not One Dime Day" is a brilliant idea, and my entire family will be whole heartily observing it. For those who say it is a bad idea and will hurt "the girl behind the counter of the local 7/11", you are incorrect. The only way to get to Bush and the right wing republicans who run the country is through their pocket books. People can protest forever, but until something affects companies bottom lines, they will not take notice. So, one day of doing this will not hurt the poor girl, as she will still get her paycheck, however the CEO's might wonder why their sales were so low that day, and what they can do so that it does not happen again.

As to the people who think this war is justified, I feel sorry for them. All the signs point to the Saudi's as the people who were the terrorists on 9/11, not the Iraqi's, but since they are the ones feeding Bush's pocket book, they were not touched. People who do not believe that have their head in the sand.

Those misguided people who voted for that man should be ashamed of themselves as they voted for a person who cares more about making money than for the principles of which this country was founded on.

So you people who support the man who stole the White House do want you want, and even buy a "big ol' expensive car" that day as one of you wrote, but let it be known that when you lose your job, you cannot get social security, or, and I would pray this would not happen -- lose a loved on in this wrong war, remember that is it you who caused it to happen. -- A.T. in Ohio

--Also, I would hope that people continue this throughout the year by boycotting the lovers of the radical right--such as Walmart. I do it everyday and am still able to find what I want at stores that do not advocate child labor, harsh working conditions, or stomping on the rights of the average American.

Thanks for the notice I plan to spend like crazy for my Presidents re-election.!!!!!!!!!! Nothing like a bunch or sore ill informed lambs of the liberal left to do the dirty work . This from a party from reality they are in a free fall. And they still have followers who can't see for all the hype what loser they are following Have a nice day -- RL

Dime day is not meant to bring home troops, or get God on anyones side, or call names. It is a show of unity and power to the people. The amazing thing I see happening is the people who have no concept of being united in any goals. If you protest and buy a car...or if you spend money to be against the grain...it shows your anger being misdirected, and a silly way to be foolish. It reeks of second grade foot stomping, and tantrums.

I watch America becoming the land of dissent, and stampedes in many directions at once. Egos demanding to be heard in negative ways.

The concept of America was and has been to be united for the common good of all. United we conquer... divided we fall.

I love to read the names signed to the ones of you who will not help, and seem to derive a great deal of pleasue in voicing those violent remarks and putting down ideas. I will see those names again as you cry and whine when you are hurt by the very ones you are supporting today. You will be the ones begging for help. Blame yourself on that day.

I didnt start this movement, but I am proud to support it 100% -- DR

I received information about your idea for "Not one damn dime day"--terrific! On New Years Day I was talking to a friend who suggested that all of us who refuse to spend money on Inauguration day instead DONATE a dollar (or more) to the tsunami victims on that day--to shame the Bush administration which spends exorbitant amounts of money on war and offer only a mere drop of aid to the poor people of the world.I offer the suggestion in hopes that you might be able to facilitate the idea if you think it is worthy. Thanks for all your work. -- NM

That's a great idea, but I would say donate any day but the 20th! There are a lot of organizations out there trying to cash in on this tragedy, but The Red Cross seems like a safe bet. They've already started disaster relief in southern Asia and eastern Africa.

I was driving home after working 14-1/2 hours last night. KDKA radio in Pittsburgh, PA had one of your representatives from the "mid-Massachusetts techno center" explain your online organization's purpose. She professed to be a mother of multiple children who was limited in her ability to protest government policies and felt this was the best way for the average American to make a difference.

My son's national guard unit will arrive in Kuwait next month, enroute to Iraq. His 2 year's of computer science studies will be put on hold, notwithstanding his 4.0 GPA. His young family with a 1-1/2 year old daughter (my 1st grandchild) will live in agonizing pain, counting the days until he returns home to Maui. He could have refused to go, because of prior active duty in the special forces, but chose to accompany the men he helped train. They are a far cry from the highly trained army rangers of his former military service. Many are college kids enticed by the lure of tuition money. Many are middle-aged men who should be home performing middle-aged mens' tasks. Maybe, fixing flat tires on their sons' bikes. Or, helping their daughters prepare for spelling bee's. Unfortunately, playing Rambo in the vicious alleyways of Fallujah or Baghdad is not their forte. And they won't do well hunkered down in the bowels of a semi-armored humvee as RPG's rain terror in their souls.

I come from many generations of military men, poets, teachers, lawyers, doctors and businessmen. First, and foremost, we have never failed to represent our country when required. For our native country, from whence we emmigrated in 1886. Or, our adopted country of America. An uncle fell to a German rocket while liberating the Po River Valley in northern Italy in WWII. Another uncle interrogated prisoners in the South Pacific, as an army soldier. I served with an air force fighter group during the Vietnam era. My son is serving with distinction. He does what he is told. When he no longer works for the government he will choose to serve himself, or others. We're happy he has the freedom of choice. We don't think freedom comes cheap. People on both sides suffer.

I understand why people want to "do something" to be heard. I'd appreciate your taking the time to say a prayer, or make a donation to assist those personnel who are risking their lives to carry out their orders. Instead of using your effort to "punish" the government, use your effort to make another human being happy for a moment in time. If the government is sending someone to Iraq, just be glad it's not you, or your's!

Thank you -- A Soldier's Dad

That war should have never begun! Saddam was not responsible for 911, that was a blaten lie. And, now many die daily in Iraq. This is not right. Most of the fighters that are dying are poor young men/women that is looking for money, a life educated! This is wrong! Then, on top of this, they're forced to do a election that will not only cost non-reliable votes, but many will die. This is plain English; SICK! And, this should be ended now! -- PW

I don't usually like to call people names, but whoever came up with this idea is an idiot. It doesn't make one damn ounce of sense. I suppose that if the girl behind the counter of the local 7-11 actually had something to do with sending troops to Iraq, I might spend more money there to show my appreciation. At any rate, I plan on spending as much money as possible on January 20 in protest of the protest. I understand the Applebee's crew is planning troop movements that day. I may have lunch there. -- JD

What a great idea! I'm sending this to all of my friends. -- SS

Having been raised a Southern Baptist, I feel that I have an understanding of the religious right's draw towards Bush. One of my own frustrations in siding with many liberals is their insistence on using swear words or vulgarity to make a point. The saying: "Profanity is the effort of a weak mind to state itself forcibly." holds some truth in my humble opinion. In order to appeal to a wider audience and possibly sway some misguided religious righters, wouldn't a variation such as: Not one thin dime or Not one red cent, be just as effective?

Thanks for your time. Just hoping to help my conservative friends "see the light", -- Shirley

I would suggest that everyone also wear a black arm band, after all shouldn't we also be morning all the votes that were miscounted or otherwise invalidated? -- FB

January 20th will not accomplish anything. -- Unsigned

Many folks feel that not spending a 'dime' on January 20th will not make a difference because they will spend 'that dime' another day. Not true! How many times do you pick up that extra soda or candy at the gas station, grocery store, or (yes) Walmart. These 'extra dimes' add up, AND they have some of the highest profit margins for those businesses. So, don't spend a dime, it can make a difference. -- HW

I was made aware of this idea by my aunt who lives in your area. I went to your web site (http://www.carrboro.com/dimeday.html ) to see what it is all about.

The first paragraph and a half of the web page talk about shutting down the retail industry for a day.

If one were to sincerely participate in this 'Inauguration Day Protest' not only would they decline to make any retail purchases, but also not to consume any retail goods! Let that sink in for a moment. Do not consume any retail goods either. If you buy enough milk and bread ahead of time to make sure you don't need any groceries you still consumed 31 days of food in January and Food City or WalMart still sold it to you. If you fill up your car with gasoline on the 19th so you won't have to buy any on the 20th but you still went about your day to day travel or even drove to work and back, you have still consumed the same amount. Do you think WalMart, Food City, or Exxon/Mobil care which day you bought the goods? I doubt it.

The web page then goes into a political opinion about how the war in Iraq is illegal and immoral... international corporations... K Street lobbyists... etc... Then the author says "Not One Damn Dime Day" is about supporting the troops.". Now I encourage anyone to express their political beliefs in any legal way they wish but please don't tell me this is about supporting the troops. It is about trying to change policy. There is nothing wrong with that. I just hate it when someone tries to hide their political statements (from either side) behind a 'Support the Troops' banner. If you want to support the troops send a donation to the USO, Adopt-a-Platoon, or one of dozens of other such organizations. Better yet, go down to your local Armory or Reserve Center and ask to be put in contact with the Family Support Coordinator.

The last paragraph is where the author makes the big mistake saying you don't have to do anything. To make anything good happen you have to do something. To make this protest effective it will require action by reducing consumption of retail goods, not just change the day you buy your groceries.

One last thought. How many really good ideas do anonymous authors promote? -- MK

This initiative has been attributed to Bill Moyers

I printed out the protest and put one on every car I see who has a Kerry bumper sticker or a no war. I certainly intend to participate as well as to continue with my leaving my flyers.

Good going, whoever you are. -- B.

I strongly believe that this Inauguration Protest is irresponsible. This is likely to hurt not only those that supported the war, but those of us that completely opposed it. You should consider all the Carborro's merchants that will be seriously hurt from a poorly thought out event. -- EG

I think this is a good idea. Those who doubt the power of the Internet may be in for a big surprise! -- IC

Im sorry, but this is quite possibly one of the worst ideas i've ever heard. You say that this is to give america back to the people, right? What better way to do that than to stick it to the people who own big and small business alike... right? How does this make sense? There is no justification for this silent protest since it in no way accomplishes its objective.

I understand that many people believe that the war in Iraq is unnesessary. That is one's opinion that might be made on certain influences they have in their life, certain facts they believe true, preconceived notions or anything of the like. Some people then take their opinions a step further and put them into actions. For instance, you created the "Not One Damn Dime Day" protest. For you, your cause, supposedly, is to get the troops out of Iraq and give "America back to the people." Novel idea i suppose. But how does your proposed idea help? It hurts. It hurts the economy and surely does not: bring the troops home, support the troops or give "America back to the people." The premise for your protest is that the United States government works for "international corporations and K Street lobbyists who represent the corporations" and not its people. To make that generalization is just ludicrous; its made on hearsay and left-ist propaganda. Hard evidence would be nice to see. However, even if such an idea were true, how is boycotting small business helping? I don't think that small business could make enough contributions to the government for their views to be swayed. Not to mention the fact that, in a given day, the vast majority of people go to small business much more than large corporations.

Thanks for asking us to " For 24 hours, please do what you can to shut the retail economy down." Very patriotic. -- JV

In response to the entire idea of not one damn dime day: I commend the person who started it! Obviously people in favor of Bush would not be rallying behind this idea, but what they fail to realize is that the economy has been plummeting so badly in recent years as a DIRECT result of Bush's decisons in office. This has a much bigger effect than any single protest performed by the American people, and those dull enough not to realize it are wallowing in their own stupidity. I, for one, will do my damndest to stop the American economy on Bush's inauguration day! -- PY

Not only do I plan to make a purchase on Inauguration Day, I think I will buy a big 'ol expensive car. signed: Loves Bush and Proud of It!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

American Mourning Poem
by Maxwell Corydon Wheat, Jr.

American Service Men and Women Dead - 1355

"Coming Home"

   "Intelligence gathered by this and other governments
    leaves no doubt that the Iraq regime continues to possess 
    and conceal some of the most lethal weapons ever devised."
                George W. Bush
                President of the United States
                State of the Union Address
                January 28, 2003
In catacombs of military transports
destined for Dover Air Force Base,
loves, beliefs, ideals, plans:
Hancock Community College,
University of Miami,
New York Police Academy,
weddings, children,
barbeques, baseball, bass fishing-
All lidded down inside caskets
carefully, caringly covered with The American Flag

25-year-old Marine Corps Corporal
St. George, Maine.
Sailor, rock climber, stargazer.
On dance floor, ". . . like a magnet."
Loves lobsters, mussels-
All lidded down inside casket
carefully, caringly covered with The American Flag

30-year-old Army Private First Class
Tuba City, Arizona.
". . . young, a single mother and capable."
Her boy, 4 - her girl, 3.
Woman proud of her Hopi heritage-
All lidded down inside casket
carefully, caringly covered with The American Flag

20-year-old Marine Corps Corporal
La Harpe, Illinois.
High school football, basketball player,
lifeguard at health club pool,
lifts weights,
going to be a physical trainer.
Joins Marine Corps Reserve
to pay for studies at Southern Illinois University-
All lidded down inside casket
carefully, caringly covered with The American Flag

21-year-old Marine Corps Corporal
Gallatin, Tennessee.
Nurses dying mother with his humor,
dresses in clown costume for nieces' birthdays
. History buff, reads fat books about generals,
presidents, the Revolutionary War-
All lidded down inside casket
carefully, caringly covered with The American Flag

24-year-old Coast Guard Petty Officer
Northport, New York.
Wife, three months pregnant.
Wants to be a policeman like his father.
". . . the kind of person that you fall in love with
the minute that you meet him," a friend says-
All lidded down inside casket
carefully, caringly covered with The American Flag

A father, a mother grieve for their only son, an Army Specialist.
"He wanted to be an engineer," the father remembers.
"He wanted to set up his own business when he got out.
And I says, 'Amigo, I'm waiting for you to get out
so we can put up our own business.'
And all that, well, you know, is history."

The Major General carefully, caringly folds The American Flag,
places the nation's ensign into the mother's hands

Maxwell Corydon Wheat, Jr. ©
This poem appears as "Coming Home" in the paperback, "Iraq and Other Killing Fields: Poetry for Peace," (Cow Meadow Promotions, 2004), by Maxwell Corydon Wheat, Jr., of Freeport, New York. Maxwell623@aol.com

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