Turn Up the Heat in 2007

A Proposal for Nation-Wide Protests 
"Turn Up the Heat in 2007"

A Year of Protest and Resistance

CT_May 23rd Bush Protest Graphic

Bush will be speaking at the graduation ceremony of the Coast Guard Academy on Wed. May 23rd. Join with students, soldiers and veterans, impeachment and anti-war activists to protest. Transportation is being organized regionally from Boston, Cape Cod, New Haven and New York City. Initiated by the A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition. Click to download the flyer. Go to ANSWERCT.org for more information on the event.

On March 17, tens of thousands of people marched on the Pentagon. Between March 17-20, more than 1,000 protests took place in cities and towns throughout the country. 

The people of the country want the criminal war to end immediately. Instead the death toll grows higher every day. Politicians fiddle and jockey for electoral advantage while tens of thousands of troops get sent once again, and for extended 15 month tours, to kill and be killed. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis are dead as a result of this war, supported and funded by Bush and Congress.

Iraq is Bush's Vietnam War. A war based on lies enters its fifth year with no end in sight. 

Bush and the Generals hang on to the fantasy of military victory. Congress voted to prolong the war for at least another year. If the war is not worth fighting after 2008, then why should one more soldier or marine be sent to kill or die in Iraq in 2007?

The U.S. invasion and occupation has plunged Iraqi society into a terrible nightmare. We, the people, must act now, to stop this criminal enterprise. The people, not the politicians, ended the Vietnam War. We must ignite a firestorm of grassroots antiwar activity.

Starting in 1968, shortly after the historic October 1967 March on the Pentagon, the people of this country became a major factor in the calculations of the warmakers. Protest and resistance grew in every community, in every school, and inside the military as tens of thousands of soldiers, marines and vets became leaders in the anti-war movement.

Starting then it was impossible for any government leader, Pentagon spokesperson or pro-war member of Congress to visit any community or school in the country without the knowledge that they would be confronted by angry anti-war demonstrators. No military recruiter could dare come on any campus without having the knowledge that their pro-war lies would be challenged openly.

We are proposing to tens of thousands of anti-war activists and organizers around the country that we all join together and guarantee that wherever and whenever Bush, Cheney, other government officials and pro-war members of Congress step out in public they will know with certainty that they will be met by anti-war protestors. Many committed anti-war activists have been making it their business to confront the warmakers when they come to their towns. This must become a deepened, dedicated and concerted action of the anti-war movement as a whole.

This is the essence of the new nation-wide campaign called "Turn up the Heat in 2007." The campaign is very simple. ANSWER and other national anti-war coalitions, soldiers and veterans organizations, soldiers' families, Arab-American and Muslim organizations, other faith-based organizations, and student and youth groups work together to promote, publicize and mobilize for every local and regional action that confronts the war makers and their spokespersons whenever they appear in public.

This campaign starts now.

On May 23, 2007 George W. Bush will be speaking at the Coast Guard Graduation Ceremony in New London, CT. Anti-war protestors and supporters of the Impeach Bush movement will be traveling from throughout New England and New York to stage a major protest right at the site on May 23. The national and international media will be there and so will we.

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Newspaper ads publicizing the May 23 demonstration against Bush in New London, CT will be another way that we going to spread the word. Newspaper ads are an effective way of reaching hundreds of thousands of people. If you would like to make a contribution to help pay for an upcoming newspaper ad please click this link.

The ANSWER Coalition is organizing buses and car transportation to take people to the demonstration from throughout the region. Many other organizations throughout New England are co-sponsoring the protest, including Cape Cod and Island Peace Communities;Colombia Action -CT;CT Coalition for Peace/New Haven;Danbury Peace Coalition; Efficacy;Kennebunk PEACE Department;National Lawyers Guild -CT;Veterans for Peace -Ridgefield;People of Faith CT;Queers Without Borders;Unidad Latina en Acción.

Please make a donation now to help us pay for the cost of bus and van rentals, printing tens of thousands of leaflets, placards and banners. To make a tax-deductible donation or learn how to send a check, click this link

Three days later, on May 26, there will be another demonstration at West Point, New York where Dick Cheney will be the keynote speaker at another graduation ceremony. Activists are assembling at Veteran's Park in nearby Highland falls at 8:30 a.m. for a march to the Thayer Gate into West Point. The ANSWER Coalition will be mobilizing regionally for this demonstration as well.

Bush, Cheney and every other pro-war politician -- which means anyone who is for prolonging the Iraq war -- will feel the pressure of the Turn Up the Heat campaign in the weeks and months to come.

The Turn Up the Heat campaign will promote and publicize the work of all those engaged in street protests, rallies, vigils, counter-recruitment events, support for GI resisters, actions supporting veterans, impeachment rallies, petition campaigns, legal actions and political campaigns to defend civil liberties and civil rights, national efforts to oppose racial and religious profiling, and every other action that contributes to changing the political climate in this country. The power to end the war is in the people but we must step up the pressure from every direction. 

If you or your organization would like to be listed as a sponsor of the Turn up the Heat campaign, click to fill out the endorsement form.

Please donate today

Newspaper ads publicizing the May 23 demonstration against Bush in New London, CT will be another way that we going to spread the word. Newspaper ads are an effective way of reaching hundreds of thousands of people. If you would like to make a contribution to help pay for an upcoming newspaper ad please click this link.

Let's unite and support all anti-war actions in 2007. Together we will Turn up the Heat. Together we will end this war.

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