3 Anti-War Demos!
Posted by raleighfist on January 9, 2007
The Decisive Battle this Spring – The Challenge for the Antiwar Movement
March on Washington
On Jan. 27 and March 17 (the 4th Anniversary of the War)
and March Against War and Racism in Chapel Hill, Jan 15th, MLK Jr. Day
WE MUST FORCE CONGRESS TO
CUT OFF WAR FUNDING
And we can if we move from symbolic protest to mass resistanc
An Appeal for Unity in the Antiwar Movement
Our chance of winning are greater if the antiwar coalitions unite!
A crucial factor in our ability as a movement to rise to this challenge is the willingness for all antiwar forces nationwide–especially the national coalitions–to renew a commitment to work for unity with each other. We appeal to all antiwar forces to take the high road and work together this Spring. The time has come for us to coordinate our efforts, and avoid competing dates and plans.
If we work and plan together–our chances of success will be greater.
IN MARCH – WE MUST BE READY TO STAY IN WASHINGTON
We will be in Washington on January 27 and we will come back on March 17. And when we come back in March, this time we must be prepared to stay there in the thousands to force Congress to vote NO on more war funding. If Congress tries to rush a vote on war funding before March 17, this time we must be prepared to come to Washington in mass to make sure that the war funding is voted down.
PAY THE PEOPLES’ BILLS – NOT FOR WAR & OCCUPATION; BRING YOUR BILLS WITH YOU TO WASHINGTON
We are asking people to bring their medical, rent, heating and utility bills; student loan bills; credit card bills, and food bills that they can’t afford to pay as well as shut-off notices, mortgage foreclosures, eviction notices to the march on Washington. It must be made clear to Congress that feeding more money to the war while more and more people cannot pay for their basic living expenses is a crime. The cost of the war is not the only reason why we oppose the war. We oppose the war because it is an imperialist war for colonial conquest and plunder. Yet the cost of the war is important because it’s paid for by money stolen from providing social needs. The money that has paid for death and destruction in Iraq could have gone towards reconstruction in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina.
In his famous speech declaring his opposition to the Vietnam war almost 40 years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “It is disgraceful that a Congress that can vote upwards of $35 billion a year for a senseless immoral war in Vietnam cannot vote a weak $2 billion dollars to carry on our all too feeble efforts to bind up the wound of our nation’s 35 million poor. This is nothing short of a Congress engaging in political guerilla warfare against the defenseless poor of our nation…”
MARCH AGAINST THE WAR AT HOME
STOP RACIST POLICE TERROR – STOP THE RAIDS AGAINST IMMIGRANT WORKERS
As we march to end the war abroad, we must also demand an end to the war at home. We must demand an end to the raids on immigrant workers like the recent massive military raid carried out by thousands of Homeland Security/Immigration and Custom Enforcement police on mostly Latin@ workers at six Swift and Co. meat processing plants. We must demand an end to the racist police brutality and terror that recently killed 23 year-old unarmed Sean Bell in New York City and 93 year-old Kathryn Johnston in Atlanta, both of them African American.
- Immediate, Unconditional, & Complete Withdrawal from Iraq–Out Now!
- End Colonial Occupation & Imperialist Aggression from Africa to Asia, from Iraq to Palestine, to Afghanistan, to Haiti, to the Philippines, to Puerto Rico
- No New Wars Against Iran, Syria, North Korea
- Hands Off Cuba, Venezuela, Bolivia, & Lebanon
- Solidarity with Immigrant Workers and Katrina Survivors
- Stop the War at Home — Stop Racist Police Terror — Stop ICE raids
- Military Recruiters Out of Our Schools and Communities — No Draft — Education, Not War