Endorse Sept. 24
Build for United Mass
More than 600 endorsers have signed on to the September 24 mobilization in Washington DC, with coordinated actions to take place in San Francisco and Los Angeles.
This is a call for a united demonstration. All antiwar activists work daily at the grassroots level to fight against this criminal war. There are times when it is critical for all of us to unite and come together in mass actions. The Bush administration is trying to remove Iraq from the headlines and the television screens. The people of Iraq do not have the luxury of deciding that they do not want to think about this war or that they can put it off to a more convenient time.
In the last three weeks, nearly 1,000 Iraqis have died and it has become evident that the U.S. cannot militarily defeat the expanding insurgency. U.S. casualties have risen sharply in the same period. The carnage and bloodshed in Iraq - the direct and inevitable outgrowth of the war of aggression and the attempt to impose a colonial-style confessional system in the country - will not end until the Bush administration is forced to withdraw.
Secretary of State Rice's "surprise" visit to Iraq is a clear sign of the new stage of crisis in Iraq and the alarm that it has generated in Washington. At the same time that Rice is pressuring the just-installed puppet government to make changes, she is also issuing new threats against neighboring Syria.
Rice and other U.S. officials assert that the root of the problem in Iraq is "foreign fighters." That is true but not in the way Washington means it. The intensifying resistance in Iraq is entirely attributable to the presence of U.S. and other foreign occupation troops.
Another false claim by Washington is that the occupiers are facing only a "Sunni resistance" in Iraq. This is part of the divide-in-order-to-conquer strategy of the U.S. but today, May 16, a leading Shiite cleric, Moqtada al-Sadr, demanded the immediate withdrawal of all U.S. occupiers from Iraq.
This is an emergency situation. It requires immediate action. That's why September 24 Organizing Committees are being formed in cities all over the country. The overwhelming response to the appeal for a united mass demonstration on September 24 is a clear indication that activists from all over the country want to take action.
Thousands will march on Saturday, September 24 in Washington DC. The A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition urges the antiwar movement to come together for a united demonstration. We will march and rally starting at the White House.
Become a Transportation Organizing Center
to help bring people from your city or town
Organizations and activists from around the country can help spread the word, mobilize and bring people to the September 24 demonstration. If you are interested in organizing a bus, van or car caravan to Washington DC, San Francisco or Los Angeles on September 24, fill out the Transportation Listing Form. We will help to spread the word about your travel plans by including them on the A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition website and in future emails. If you have questions about organizing transportation from your city, contact the National Office of the A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition in Washington DC at [email protected] or 202-544-3389.
The demands of the demonstration
While we organize around the demand for the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of the U.S. from Iraq, it is essential that the movement show the connection between the war in Iraq and all the other fronts of the U.S. government's war for Empire, including the struggle of working and poor people in the United States. The demands for the demonstration include:
Stop the War in Iraq
End Colonial Occupation
from Iraq to Palestine to Haiti
Support the Palestinian People’s Right of Return
Stop the Threats Against
Venezuela, Cuba, Iran & North Korea
U.S. out of the Philippines
Bring all the troops home now
Stop the Racist, anti-Immigrant and anti-Labor
Offensive at Home, Defend Civil Rights
Mark Your Calendar
for these upcoming important events
In addition to mobilizing for the September 24 mobilization, the A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition is also involved with and supporting other important demonstrations.
August 6 in Los Alamos, New Mexico
On Saturday, August 6, 2005, the Los Alamos Study Group and endorsing organizations will commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings with an all-day conference and teach-in at Ashley Pond Park in Los Alamos. The day’s events will begin at 10:00 am and continue all day at Ashley Pond Park and in adjacent public buildings.
October 14, 15 and 16 in Washington DC
On the 10th Anniversary of the Million Man March, the Millions More Movement will come to Washington DC for events October 14-16. On Friday, October 14, a Day of Absence will be observed. A mass assembly at the National Mall will be held on Saturday, October 15, officially opening the Movement at 10 a.m., with pre-event activities as early as 6 a.m. On Sunday, October 16, services of worship throughout the city will be observed, including a mass Unity Interfaith, Interdenominational Service.
Email us at [email protected] with information about other important activities in the Summer and Fall.
Funds are urgently needed
Funds are urgently needed to help build the September 24 mass action. We can’t do it without your help. You can make a contribution through a secure server by clicking here, where you can also find information on how to contribute by check.
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