In 2005, Opposition to the War Became the Majority Sentiment

Bush will spend more than a half trillion dollars of our tax money for war and militarism in 2006. Instead you can use your hard-earned dollars to help fund the most vibrant peace movement in decades. Make a tax-deductible donation to the A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition today - or before December 31 - to use a portion of your tax money to support antiwar activities and projects throughout 2006. Click here to make a tax-deductible donation.

The last year has been amazing. On the very first day of the Bush administration's second term, the ANSWER Coalition brought 10,000 people to the site of Bush's inaugural parade for a demonstration demanding "Bring the Troops Home Now!" Through a combination of political and legal struggle we established the first antiwar bleachers in the history of Presidential inaugurations. Within nine months Bush's so-called mandate had been proven to be just one more lie as more than 300,000 people surrounded the White House in a sea of protest.

The ANSWER Coalition carried out one mobilization after another, building momentum, and none of this work could have taken place without the generous donations and volunteer efforts of people who are committed to struggle for peace, for social justice, and in opposition to colonialism and racism. On March 18-20, 2006 - the third anniversary of the start of the war - antiwar demonstrations will take place in hundreds of cities throughout the United States and around the world. This will be a powerful show of opposition to Bush's criminal war.

The year 2005 has witnessed plummeting support for the Bush administration and its policies on every front. The disastrous war in Iraq, the criminally negligent response to the hurricane disasters in the Gulf region, the failed attempt at Social Security privatization and massive corruption have all contributed to Bush’s decline.

Without the people’s movement challenging the administration at every turn, the Bush regime would not be facing the crisis that it faces today.

Since its formation days after September 11, 2001, the A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition has played an invaluable role in building the new movement. Many of you have contributed time, energy and funds that have made it possible to push this effort forward.

Now, as the end of the year approaches, we are asking once again for your support. In 2006, we need to strengthen and expand our work to confront the critical challenges facing the people of this country and the world. 

Let's make 2006 a turning point.

We have prepared below a brief review of the achievements of 2005. Some of the highlights follow.

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- September 24 saw the largest demonstrations against war and occupation since the U.S. invasion: more than 300,000 people in DC, 50,000 each in Los Angeles and San Francisco. These were sponsored or co-sponsored by A.N.S.W.E.R. under the slogan, "Bring the Troops Home Now! End Colonial Occupation from Iraq, to Palestine, to Haiti, and Everywhere!"

- The second anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, March 19-20, was marked by hundreds of protests across the U.S. and around the world, which were organized or supported by A.N.S.W.E.R.

- A.N.S.W.E.R. activists also traveled to Camp Casey in Crawford, Texas, to express support for Cindy Sheehan in her courageous stand against war.

gulf coast disaster

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- An A.N.S.W.E.R. delegation traveled to New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Houston in the days after Hurricane Katrina hit to document the government’s racist response.

-A delegation of Youth and Student A.N.S.W.E.R traveled to New Orleans earlier this month to join survivors and local activists in a demonstration and conference.

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- A.N.S.W.E.R. organized a campaign to tell Bush and Congress "Hands Off Social Security! Stop the Budget Cuts! Fund People’s Needs - Not War in Iraq!", including a National People’s Speak-Out on May 7 in Washington DC and other events around the country. These events brought together broad, diverse and exciting coalitions of labor, students, religious and antiwar organizations.

Youth and Students

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- Youth and Student A.N.S.W.E.R. Chapters have been organizing in their high schools, on their campuses and in their communities. They have spearheaded counter-recruitment actions at their schools and at recruiting stations.

-At Howard University in Washington DC, Youth and Student A.N.S.W.E.R. co-sponsored a militant protest outside an event featuring Laura Bush that took place on October 27, the day after the 2,000th U.S. soldier was killed in Iraq.

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- Together with unions and community groups, A.N.S.W.E.R. mobilized for the many protests against California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s attacks on public employee unions, education, healthcare and other programs. A.N.S.W.E.R. has also joined the protests against the racist, anti-immigrant “Minutemen,” and the execution of Stanley Tookie Williams.

 

 End the occupation of haiti

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- A.N.S.W.E.R. co-sponsored the September 23 Opening Session of the International Tribunal on Haiti in Washington DC.

-A.N.S.W.E.R. has mobilized for and supported demonstrations and forums against the U.S.-led coup and occupation, including those held in New York’s substantial Haitian community, such as one outside an event honoring Haiti's illegal Prime Minister Gérard Latortue and one on Haiti’s flag day.

 

 Around the world

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 - An A.N.S.W.E.R. delegation joined with 15,000 young people in the World Festival of Youth and Students held in Venezuela in August.  Representatives of the A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition have participated in important international conferences and demonstrations, including those coinciding with Summit of the Americas held in Mar del Plata, Argentina in November; the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation summit meeting held in Pusan, Korea in November; and this month’s WTO Ministerial Conference held in Hong Kong. An A.N.S.W.E.R. representative attended and spoke at a recent Symposium on Palestinian refugees and the right of return held in Syria. 

Defending Civil Righss

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- The Partnership for Civil Justice, a civil rights litigation firm, filed a Freedom of Information Request on behalf of the A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition, and also on behalf of the National Lawyers Guild, after learning that the Department of Defense (DOD) is maintaining a database of identified "threats" that includes information on protests and political activists who oppose the war.

Counter-inaugural

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- On January 20, 2005, the A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition sponsored mass Counter-Inaugural protests on the inaugural route in Washington DC and elsewhere. Tens of thousands joined the demonstrations in Washington, San Francisco, Los Angeles and other cities across the country, while millions watched the Washington DC rally on C-SPAN.

 Letter campaigns

- A.N.S.W.E.R. has provided tens of thousands of people around the country and world with an easy-to-use online mechanism to send letters of protest to Bush, Congress and other elected officials. Hundreds of thousands of letters have been sent through the mechanism on the A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition website with messages such as “No asylum for Luis Posada Carriles, Extradite him to Venezuela“; “Accept Cuba's offer of humanitarian aid for the Gulf region“; “End the blockade of Cuba“; “Vote No on the $82 billion Iraq and Afghanistan supplemental“; “Stop Racial Profiling & Police Brutality, Drop the charges against students arrested at an antiwar protest“; “Stop the Execution of Stanley Tookie Williams“; “Support the striking New York City transit workers“; “Hands off Venezuela“; and more.

On the picket

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- During the recent transit workers’ strike in New York City, A.N.S.W.E.R. produced informational leaflets and fact sheets that we distributed to thousands of people across the five boroughs supporting the striking members of TWU Local 100. We also walked picket lines with the workers. A.N.S.W.E.R. set up an easy-to-use online mechanism so progressive people in New York and around the country could send letters to New York City Mayor Bloomberg, New York State Governor Pataki, and State Attorney General Spitzer to say “Stop the Union-Busting Attacks on the Transit Workers! Return to the Bargaining Table, Workers Deserve a Fair Contract!” Over 7,000 letters were sent in less than 24 hours.

 

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- A.N.S.W.E.R. has worked closely with the National Committee to Free the Five to win the release of the five Cubans jailed for preventing U.S.-based terrorist attacks on Cuba.

 Extradite Luis Posada

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- A.N.S.W.E.R. organized a national campaign to demand the extradition of right-wing terrorist Luis Posada Carriles to Venezuela, where he’s wanted for the 1976 bombing of a Cuban airliner. The campaign included press conferences and internationally-coordinated protests outside his immigration hearings in El Paso, Texas, at the White House in Washington DC, and in many other cities.

Educational

- In cities around the country, A.N.S.W.E.R. sponsors regular Educational Forums, Teach-Ins, video showings and informational tabling on a wide array on topics, including Iraq, Palestine, Cuba, Venezuela, New Orleans, Haiti, Korea, South Africa, the Philippines, the history of the Black struggle in the U.S., environmental racism, civil rights and civil liberties, and more. These forums will continue throughout the next year and beyond on many additional topics.

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A Historic Challenge to Militarism

A key element of the A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition’s strategic perspective is to build unity between the antiwar movement and struggles for social and economic justice. As the Iraq occupation sinks deeper into quagmire, the Bush administration threatens new wars or interventions from Syria and Iran, to Korea and the Philippines, to Venezuela and Cuba.

The cost of unfettered militarism—now over $500,000,000,000 per year, more than all other countries combined—is paid for by demolishing social programs.

While tax cuts for the wealthiest and the favored treatment of the vast Military-Industrial-Oil Complex have made the rich even richer, the most basic educational, healthcare, housing and other vital programs have been slashed. Hard-won civil rights and liberties are under attack. The need for a united resistance movement is clear.

A.N.S.W.E.R. is responsible for many of the largest mass demonstrations and campaigns of the new century. But we have a great deal more to do.

The Bush program represents a grave threat to the people of the world and to the majority of the population inside the United States. And it’s not just Bush. When the war appropriations bill came before the Senate earlier this year, the vote was 99-0 in favor.

Help Build a Grassroots Movement

The A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition believes that real hope for the future depends on building a powerful, independent, grassroots movement. Progress has been made only when the people, organized in their own interests, have intervened in the political process.

Today, the A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition believes it is possible to build a new movement that can fundamentally change the course of history. But we can’t do it without your support.

We are asking you to make a generous contribution to support a strong, vibrant and powerful people’s movement. Nothing is more important at this critical time.


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