At the moment George Bush is receiving his well-scripted coronation on Thursday evening, September 2, the streets around Madison Square Garden will be filled by people who stand together against the Iraq war, the colonial occupations of Haiti and Palestine, and the U.S. strategy of endless war and intervention.
The A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition received the permit for this demonstration that will begin on Thursday, September 2 at 7 pm at 31st St. and 8th Avenue.
The demonstration is also sponsored by a growing number of progressive and community organizations including the Free Palestine Alliance, Haiti Support Network, Al-Awda: The Palestine Right to Return Coalition, The Palestine Right of Return Congress, NYCLAW (New York City Labor Against the War), Muslim Students Association - National, Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation, Global Women's Strike, James Earl Chaney Foundation, Alliance for a Just and Lasting Peace in the Philippines, Nicaragua Network, Mexico Solidarity Network and others. It is also endorsed by the National Council of Arab Americans (NCA). This list is in formation and is certain to grow in the next 24 hours.
Join in any way you can! Tell your friends and co-workers that it is important for people to be in the streets around Madison Square Garden when Bush is actually present.
This is a critical moment and the people of the United States must use every opportunity to build an antiwar movement based on solidarity with and support for those seeking self-determination as they resist the Empire.
Today, thousands of Palestinian and Arab prisoners are well into the third week of their open-ended hunger strike against the systematic brutality imposed on those incarcerated in Israeli prisons. Israeli officials say let the hunger strikers die. The Palestinian and Arab people are acting throughout the Middle East and everywhere to politically mobilize support for the hunger strikers before a tragic situation gets even worse. The September 2 protest will send a message of solidarity with these enduring unionists, teachers, academics, political activists and community leaders. In their hunger strike, these men, women and children are also joining all those opposing the racist Apartheid Wall.
On September 2, we will also be demonstrating against the war being waged against working people in the United States. In New York City infant mortality increased by a staggering 8% in just the last year. More than 1.5 million New Yorkers rely on donations from food pantries to feed their families - and most of the recipients are from working families. Meanwhile, the U.S. government spends $10 million every hour of every to day to occupy Iraq. As we stand in opposition to the Bush administration, we will insist on our civil liberties and rights that are being chipped away. We will demand Money for Jobs, Education, Healthcare and Housing - Not for War.
Please consider making a much needed financial contribution. You can donate online using the secure server by clicking here. If you wish to make a tax-deductible contribution of $50 or more, mail a check payable to A.N.S.W.E.R./AGJ to: A.N.S.W.E.R., 1247 E St. SE Washington DC 20003. You can also make a tax-deductible credit card donation of $50 or more by calling 202-544-3389.
To get involved in the local activities, contact the A.N.S.W.E.R. office in New York City at 212-533-0417 (please take note of this number for all inquiries).
The A.N.S.W.E.R. coalition is also encouraging people to show their support and participate with the rally sponsored by the Artists & Activists United for Peace. The rally begins at 2:00 pm on Thursday, September 2 at the Harlem State Office Building (163 W. 125th St. & Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd). Below are details:
"All Eyes are on Iraq, but We're Still Under Attack" - Rally at the Harlem State Office Building (163 W. 125th St. & Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd) on Thursday, September 2 at 2:00 pm. Grand Marshal: Councilman and Future Mayor Charles Barron. Speakers include: Chuck D of Public Enemy, Nellie Bailey of the Harlem Tenants Council, Rev. Herbert Daughtry, Attorneys Ron Kuby and Stanley Cohen, NY City Councilmember Margarita Lopez, Romald Casanova, & more. Performers include: Wise Intelligent of the Poor Righteous Teachers, Abiodun Oywole of the Last Poets, Soundproof from Buck Buck Prod., Nana Soul of Black Waxx Records, & more. For more information: www.aaupcoalition.org or [email protected].