Place 1/2 c. uncooked rice in
a small plastic bag (a snack-sized bag or sandwich bag work fine).
Squeeze out excess air and seal the bag. Wrap it in a piece of
paper on which you have written:"
If your enemies
are hungry, feed them. -Romans 12:20.
Please send this rice to the people of Iraq; do not attack
Place the note and bag of rice
in an envelope (either a letter-sized or small padded mailing
envelope--both are the same cost to mail) and address them to:
1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW,
Washington, DC 20500.
Attach $1.06 in postage. (Three
37 cent stamps equal $1.11.) Drop this in the mail TODAY.
It is important to act NOW so that President Bush gets the letters
as soon as possible. In order for this protest to be effective,
there must be hundreds of thousands of such rice deliveries to
the White House. We can do this if we all forward this message
to our friends and family. Quakers, Mennonites and Churches of
the Brethren are involved in the campaign and it is spreading
There is a positive history
of this protest:
"In the mid 1950s, the pacifist Fellowship of Reconciliation,
learning of a famine in the Chinese mainland, launched a 'Feed
Thine Enemy' campaign. Members and friends mailed thousands of
little bags of rice to the White House with a tag quoting the
Bible, 'If thine enemy hunger, feed him.' As far as anyone
knew for more than ten years, the campaign was an abject failure.
The President did not acknowledge receipt of the bags publicly;
certainly no rice was ever sent to China.
“What the activists learned
a decade later was that the campaign played a significant, perhaps
even determining role in preventing nuclear war. Twice while the
campaign was on, President Eisenhower met with the Joint Chiefs
of Staff to consider US options in the conflict with China over
two islands, Quemoy and Matsu. The generals twice recommended
the use of nuclear weapons. President Eisenhower each time turned
to his aide and asked how many little bags of rice had come in.
When told they numbered in the tens of thousands, Eisenhower told
the generals that as long as so many Americans were expressing
active interest in having the US feed the Chinese, he certainly
wasn’t going to consider using nuclear weapons against them.”
[from People Power:
Applying Nonviolence Theory by David H. Albert, p.43]
--received via Storymakers, a group of sister-writers of the