Anti-war leaders speak out: "Why I'm marching on March 20"

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Community leaders and organizers speak out:
“Why I’m marching on March 20”

The Saturday, March 20 demonstration to demand "U.S. Out of Afghanistan and Iraq Now" has been endorsed by over 1,500 organizations and individuals.

Here is what some of the organizations that are mobilizing have to say:

Mahdi Bray

Whether Bush or Obama, when it comes to war and occupation, there’s no difference. It’s the same soup, just a different bowl. The U.S. government is still engaged in a war of empire and occupation. It wages a war against Muslims abroad and at home.

The government spends billions of dollars dropping smart bombs on dumb missions, while the American people go without jobs, homes, health care, and decent, accessible education.

Muslims must unite with those who resist oppression and love freedom and justice. Our strength is in our unity and our resistance. Therefore, we march.

– Mahdi Bray
Executive Director, Muslim American Society Freedom

Mounzer Sleiman, National Council of Arab Americans

The NCA, a fundamental constituent of the anti-war movement, in alignment with other coalition partners, are drawing attention to the massive shift of resources from development and fighting poverty to fund useless wars and destruction. Irrespective of who’s in the White House, the policies have proven to be identical in maintaining a hegemonistic empire. Our community, in particular, is subjected to harsh profiling and alienation policies; but remains determined to fight the source of injustice. …

We call on our Arab-American community, and their friends, to mobilize on March 20th denouncing wars and shifting dire resources, and to tear down the wall of fear and intimidation.

Click here to read the full statement.

– Mounzer Sleiman
Vice Chair, National Council of Arab Americans

Debra Sweet, World Can't Wait

Visible protest—marching to stop the crimes of our government—makes a difference because we show what we won’t accept, and we learn what we’re up against. These wars are not legitimate. People around the world must see that we don’t support them, and know that to us, American lives are not more important than their own.

Join World Can’t Wait Saturday March 20 in protest!

Click here to read the full statement.

– Debra Sweet
National Coordinator, World Can't Wait

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