Upcoming Actions, New Endorsements|
2002-12-07, 7:22 p.m.
A.N.S.W.E.R.: Upcoming Actions, New Endorsements
More than 2,000 organizations and individuals have endorsed and are organizing for the upcoming mass marches in Washington DC and San Francisco on January 18. We are happy to announce that in the last 24 hours many new endorsements have come in, including Black Voices for Peace and Women's Strike for Peace. The list of cities bringing buses, vans and car caravans is rapidly expanding, and is now over 100.
In addition to supporting the January 18 demonstration, A.N.S.W.E.R. also wants to endorse all other anti-war activities and we are circulating the following calendar.
EMERGENCY RESPONSE ACTIONS
It is clear from the Bush administration's posture that they are committed to carrying out a war against Iraq. Nothing Iraq can do appears to stop the drive towards war. While there will be massive actions on January 18 in Washington DC and San Francisco, we must be prepared to take immediate action at the moment that Bush initiates this war of aggression. The A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition calls on all of its affiliate organizations and supporters to prepare for mass demonstrations the day of or the day after the initiation of a U.S. war, as well as for local or regional actions the following Saturday.
In the event of a new U.S. war on Iraq, we encourage activists in every city and town in the United States to hold coordinated emergency anti-war actions at 5 pm on the day the bombing begins, or at 5 pm the next day if the bombing begins at night. Also, consider holding a local or regional protest the next Saturday at 12 noon.
Many cities and communities have a tradition of holding these emergency actions in response to U.S. military aggression. If your community does not have a traditional plan, pick a busy location/intersection, a Federal Building, Town Hall, etc. Following are details for protests in some major cities:
*Washington DC: Meet at the White House at 5 pm the day the bombing begins or at 5 pm the day after if the bombing begins at night.
*New York City: Calls has been issued from a number of groups, including A.N.S.W.E.R. and No Blood for Oil to meet at Times Square for a mass demonstration at 5 pm the day the bombing begins or at 5 pm the day after if the bombing begins at night. All groups and individuals who oppose a war should meet to demonstrate in Times Square.
*In your city or town!
Riverside Church (490 Riverside Avenue, between 122 & 125 Streets) in the Main Sanctuary, 5:30- 8:00 PM. Speakers include Rev. Herbert Daughtry, Iman Mahdi Bray, Rev Al Sharpton, Martin Luther King III, Rev William Fauntroy.
More info: 718-596-1991
United for Peace has called for nationally coordinated local anti-war actions on Dec. 10, International Human Rights Day. United for Peace has confirmed 25 actions in 15 states on Dec. 10 -- from rallies to peace vigils to teach-ins.
More info: www.unitedforpeace.org
Gather: 12 noon at 157th and Broadway
More info: Karim at 347-203-6157 or [email protected]
Anti-War Organizing Meeting at House of the Lord Church (415 Atlantic Avenue, Downtown Brooklyn, between Nevins & Bond Street) in Brooklyn from 4 to 7 pm. Sponsored by A.N.S.W.E.R. & Rev. Herbert Daughtry.
More info: 718-596-1991 or 212-633-6646
Meet at 4 pm at House of the Lord Church (415 Atlantic Avenue, Downtown Brooklyn, between Nevins & Bond Street).
More info: 718-596-1991
JANUARY 18 & 19
On the Martin Luther King anniversary weekend and the 12th anniversary of the beginning of the Gulf War, thousands will converge in Washington DC to say NO to war on Iraq. There are now buses traveling from over 100 cities in almost 40 states to be in Washington DC and San Francisco on January 18. Groups are traveling from all over the East Coast, Midwest, South and West Coast.
Dr. King believed that it was impossible to successfully wage a war on poverty at home while waging a war of aggression in Vietnam. The same can be said today about George W. Bush's global war drive. Social programs and services are being looted as Bush and Congress provide record-breaking sums for weapons of mass destruction and war.
The thousands of people who are coming to Washington, D.C., honor Dr. King and his legacy by opposing another criminal war--this time in the Middle East--and by demanding instead that these hundreds of billions of dollars be spent on jobs, education, housing, healthcare and to meet human needs.
For buses to DC and SF, to endorse, for downloadable PDFs and more, go to www.InternationalANSWER.org or call 202-544-3389 / 212-633-6646 / 415-821-6545
Black Voices for Peace presents the second annual Martin Luther King Jr. National Workshop and Rally for Justice and Peace: Living the Legacy of Action Against Militarism, Racism and Economic Injustice. We must oppose the U.S. policy of war and support for war in the Middle East, and stop Bush's war plans and actions throughout the world. We must demand full funding for human needs and economic justice for all. We must demand racial equality and justice, religious tolerance, civil rights and civil liberties for all.
Opening Session: 10:30am-11am
Event includes noted speakers, cultural performances, spiritual expressions, rare MLK video showing, information packets and free training.
For more information: 202-232-5690
This calendar of events is being circulated by the A.N.S.W.E.R. (Act Now to Stop War & End Racism) Coalition.
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