April 20: Protests Planned Worldwide|
2002-03-27, 8:56 p.m.
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PROTEST AGAINST WAR & RACISM
On March 4 and 5, activists from the U.S. took International A.N.S.W.E.R.’s call for April 20 to be an International Day of Protest Against War & Racism to the Second International Encounter in Solidarity and for Peace in Colombia and Latin America in Mexico City. This call was met with an overwhelmingly positive response, and as a result, demonstrations for April 20 are now planned in:
Tabasco, Oaxaca, and Mexico City, Mexico
Demonstrations in other cities in Latin America are currently in the planning stages.
Also, anti-war activists in Japan are planning an Arpil 20 demonstration at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo. Last November, these activists pledged to take action in conjunction with all Internatioanl A.N.S.W.E.R. calls to action.
In the United States, organizing centers in nearly 100 cities around the country are mobilizing for the National March Against War & Racism at the White House in Washington DC and for the West Coast march in San Fracisco.
FOLLOWING IS A.N.S.W.E.R.’S CALL FOR THE APRIL 20 INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PROTEST AGAINST WAR & RACISM
Saturday, April 20, 2002, will be an International Day of Protest Against War and Racism. Demonstrations are planned on that day in a growing list of cities and countries around the world. The need for international solidarity against the extremely menacing and expanding U.S. war drive has never been greater.
The International A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition calls on organizations in as many countries as possible to hold demonstrations on April 20. We stand at a critical moment.
U.S and British military forces are continuing the war in Afghanistan -- a war that is far from over. In recent weeks the U.S. has dispatched troops to the Philippines, Yemen and the Republic of Georgia, and announced plans to step up military intervention in Colombia and Peru.
The U.S./Israeli war against the Palestinian people, who are courageously and determinedly resisting overwhelming force.
A new U.S. assault on Iraq -- a country devastated by more than 11 years of bombing and blockade -- is no longer a matter of if but when according to the Bush administration war planners.
New plans for nuclear war against seven countries, five of them non-nuclear powers, has been sent to Congress by the Pentagon. These plans defy international law, international treaties and the most elemental of human rights.
To fund their maniacal military plans, the Bush administration is calling for the Pentagon budget to be increased to a half-trillion ($500,000,000,000) by 2007, more than the combined military spending of all other countries on the planet!
The Bush program threatens all of humanity. It must be stopped, and the only force that change this dangerous course is the global people's movement.
The International A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition urges all anti-war, labor, women, student and other progressive organizations to hold anti-war and anti-racism protests on April 20. Please contact by email at [email protected] or visit the website at http://www.internationalanswer.org to let us know about your plans and for more information.
"Let us rise up tonight with a greater readiness. Let us stand with a greater determination. And let us move on in these powerful days, these days of challenge to make America what it ought to be. We have an opportunity to make America a better nation." - Martin Luther King, Jr.