Peace and justice groups, anti-war websites and thousands of individuals are banding together on my space for a 4th of July “CyberRally for Peace.” FreeThinkers for Peace and Civil Liberties will have the peace candle prominently displayed on their new myspace website for several days before returning to the current image of candles at downtown Clarksville’s Eternal Flame.
The equivalent of major peace march, the rally is a cyberspace version of traditional social action and participation is simple. Organizers from a dozen myspace sites are asking individuals and organizations with my space or other sites that have “default” photos to switch out those photos for peace signs and peace candles for July 4th.
Anyone browsing or actively accessing myspace, facebook or other sites will see thousands of peace signs, each representing one user’s desire for peace and an end to Iraq War. Word of the peace initiative is being spread through bulletins and e-mails across the web. Myspace users with a handful of “friends” and users with thousands of “friends” are spreading the word.
For one day, we can gather online and make our voices heard through powerful imagery. Although organizers are still collecting votes for the specific symbol representative of the rally, they note that any symbol of peace can be used. For those who want to use the frequently seen image in brown and gold tones of a Peace candle against the Peace sign, photobucket has a wide selection of peace candle graphics to choose from.