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NOAC's Program, Strategy and Tactics
- We will focus on dispelling the myth of the war on terror that is the basis for creating
endless war, stopping the war in Iraq, stopping the war on terror, preventing war in Iran and
bringing all of the troops home now. Other issues related to our central aim can and should
be addressed by speakers at rallies, information on flyers, publicity of events, encouraging
the formation of independent committees, and approaching other groups with more expertise and
focus (i.e. the ACLU).
- We seek to organize mass demonstrations, rallies, conferences, and teach-ins of peaceful
and nonviolent character through mobilization, education and outreach to key constituencies in
order to end war.
- We will continue to function on the basis of the principle of including the most diverse
people by which is meant that all who support NOAC's program, strategy and tactics, and help
build NOAC actions on that basis, are welcome in the coalition, regardless of whether
independently of NOAC they participate in antiwar actions of a different character. NOAC
will also maintain solidarity with others within the anti-war movement but outside of NOAC's
- NOAC upholds an anti-racist, anti-sexist, anti-homophobic environment in conducting
meetings and events. The group expects all participants to work together on common goals
with mutual respect and tolerance of diverse backgrounds, and to be inclusive at all times
of differences of ethnicity, religion, race, gender, and sexual orientation. Participants
shall not impose on the group or members of the group hurtful, offensive, or disrespectful
personal views, attitudes, or agendas that are intolerant of these differences or that
perpetuate discrimination of historically marginalized groups (e.g., women, racial and ethnic
minorities, gays, lesbians, transgendered individuals).
- Deliberations at NOAC meetings, private conduct of NOAC affairs outside of meetings,
and identification of all participants must be considered confidential. NOAC participants
are not permitted to release outside of NOAC names, addresses, telephone numbers, e-mails,
notes, conversations, recordings, photographs, or other forms of identification, unless the
group or individuals involved voluntarily agree to such disclosure. Photographs taken at
rallies, demonstrations or other public events are exempt from this restriction.
If individuals fail to abide by the guidelines in paragraphs four and five, they will
receive a warning. If their non-compliant behavior continues after the warning, they will
be asked not to participate in NOAC meetings
- NOAC is issue focused and will continue to be nonpartisan and will not engage in
electoral activity in support of any political party or candidate.
NOAC successfully launched an informational website in April, 2003. A second phase
of development was agreed to that seeks to achieve the goal of making the NOAC website
as useful, informational, and educational as it can be by providing unique features that
will attract a large number of visitors.
- Event Calendar Selection Criteria
All events should be submitted to the webmaster or a member of the Coordinating Committee
at least 48 hours before the event occurs. It is in the best interest of everyone for events
to be submitted as early as possible so that more website visitors will be able to view the
event details and make plans to participate. Events posted to the NOAC website will fall
under the categories of anti-war, peace and civil liberties only.
Only events that will occur in the greater Cleveland area, or those that are mass actions
at the State or National level will be posted. Events sponsored by NOAC and member groups
may be posted if they fall into the above subject and geographic categories.
- Information & Analysis section
Writings by local people on topics that coincide with the mission of NOAC
Interviews with foreign policy, labor, and other "experts" in which questions from the local community are submitted and the interviewee is asked to respond.
Links and writings that tie in global/national anti-war, peace, and civil liberties issues to the local community (e.g., stories about local loss due to the war in Iraq)