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WASHINGTON (Variety) - Wielding his presidential-like appeal, actor Martin Sheen (news) headlines a TV ad debuting in Los Angeles and the nation's capital on Thursday urging Americans to join a Feb. 26 "virtual march" on Washington to oppose a war with Iraq<br><br><br><br>
Sheen -- who plays fictional U.S. President Jed Bartlet on NBC's "The West Wing (news - web sites)" -- was one of several celebrities joining a long list of church leaders and other activists in announcing the campaign at a Wednesday press conference in Los Angeles.<br><br><br><br>
The umbrella coalition Artists United to Win Without War wants citizens to deluge the nation's capital with e-mails, faxes and phone calls.<br><br><br><br>
Groups emerging in recent weeks to advocate a peaceful solution to the Iraqi crisis have had a difficult time buying national air time for anti-war spots. CNN and other networks say they are reluctant to air any advocacy ads, regardless of the issue.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
To get around the skittish networks, groups are buying up time from local cable companies. Sheen's ad will appear on both CNN and Fox News Channel in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. The spot will continue running throughout the next week.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Win Without War, headed up by former Capitol Hill lawmaker Tom Andrews, is hoping to buy time in other local markets.<br><br><br><br>
"This virtual march on Washington will allow every American opposed to the war to stand up and be counted, by calling, faxing and e-mailing the U.S. Senate and the White House," Sheen says in the ad.<br><br><br><br>
For years, there were strict federal regulations governing advocacy ads, with networks required to give equal time to the other side. Although those rules have been all but erased from the books, networks are still wary about airing such spots nationally.<br><br><br><br>
Other celebrities flanking Sheen at Wednesday's press briefing included Janeane Garofalo (news) and Mike Farrell (news). Organizations on hand included the National Council of Churches, Business Leaders for Sensible Priorities, Greenpeace, NAACP and Physicians for Social Responsibility
 

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"The umbrella coalition Artists United to Win Without War wants citizens to deluge the nation's capital with e-mails, faxes and phone calls. "<br><br><br><br>
So where do I mail to?
 

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Excellent! I can give the protesters a virtual "mooning" and flip them a virtual "bird"! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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see:<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.moveon.org/winwithoutwar/" target="_blank">http://www.moveon.org/winwithoutwar/</a><br><br><br><br>
I thought it was an email action, but its a call action.
 

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*Update from CNN*<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Activists hold 'virtual march' on Washington<br><br>
Thursday, February 27, 2003 Posted: 0544 GMT<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
'Virtual' protesters tied up telephone lines at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
CNN's Maria Hinojosa reports on the telephone and Internet campaign against the U.S. waging war against Iraq (February 26)<br><br><br><br>
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Anti-war protesters made their voices heard in Washington on Wednesday, swamping Senate and White House telephone switchboards, fax machines and e-mail boxes with hundreds of thousands of messages opposing military action against Iraq.<br><br>
The "virtual march" was organized by Win Without War, a coalition of 32 organizations including the National Council of Churches and MoveOn.org, which claimed that more than 40,000 people registered to participate in the call-in campaign.<br><br>
By day's end, Win Without War national director Tom Andrews said <b>the number of calls and faxes exceeded 1 million.</b> So many calls were received for the virtual anti-war protest that the Capitol's phone system jammed at one point, impeding calls to Democrat and Republican senate offices. No official estimates of calls could be obtained, but several senators reported increased call volumes.<br><br>
"The message is don't invade Iraq, don't occupy Iraq when it's unnecessary. We don't have to kill innocent people," Andrews said. "We don't have to put Americans at risk. We don't have to give Osama bin Laden a tremendous boost in terms of the capacity to recruit terrorists, suicidal terrorists, and destabilize that region."<br><br>
Using virtual communication<br><br>
Anti-war activists say the virtual world has made their work easier. Using e-mail and the Web, it took weeks to pull together millions of activists around the world for large-scale street demonstrations on January 18.<br><br>
The group that organized the January protests, Act Now to Stop War and End Racism (ANSWER), said rallies were held in 25 countries. ANSWER said it had organized transportation from more than 200 U.S. cities in 45 states for the rallies in Washington and San Francisco -- much of it using e-mail, the Web and phone calls.<br><br>
California Senator Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat who has supported military action in Iraq, said her office got so many calls Wednesday she assigned six staff members to answer phones. The hundreds of calls received Wednesday added to about 40,000 she's already gotten in the last 30 days.<br><br>
"I've learned when they get up over 30,000 to 40,000 from California, then I know there is really a movement," Feinstein said. "These 40,000 phone calls we've received is probably the highest number of phone calls we've gotten for anything."<br><br><br><br><br><br><a href="http://edition.cnn.com/2003/TECH/ptech/02/26/virtual.protest/index.html" target="_blank">http://edition.cnn.com/2003/TECH/pte...est/index.html</a>
 

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