Anti-War and Social Justice
Groups Coalesce for
The mass September 24 demonstration in Washington, D.C. is shaping up to be a powerful showing of true unity as communities, anti-war and social justice groups are coming together to organize a massive mobilization showing principled solidarity and resistance to Bush's war drive and quest for Empire. The breadth of this display of unity that cuts across all backgrounds is an incredible response to the September 24 call issued by the A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition on May 12.
We want to welcome the National Council of Arab Americans, the Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation, the National Lawyers Guild, Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, Michael Berg - father of Nicholas Berg, ProLibertad/Freedom Campaign, Office of the Americas, Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network, DC Healthcare Coalition, Free Palestine Alliance - U.S., Haiti Support Network, Alliance for Just and Lasting Peace in the Philippines, Kabataang Maka Bayan (KmB) Pro-People Youth, A.N.S.W.E.R. Youth and Student National Coalition, Students Against Empire, National Committee to Free the Cuban Five, Ecumenical Program on Central America and the Caribbean (EPICA), Frente Socialista de Puerto Rico - New York committee, Dorothy Day Catholic Worker - Washington DC, Popular Education Project to Free the Cuban Five, Al-Awda Palestine Right of Return Coalition - San Francisco, Filipino Workers Association (FWA), People's Law Resource Center, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, Women Against Military Madness, Hudson Valley Activist Newsletter, Arise for Social Justice, and so many others to a growing coalition of those who are demanding "Stop the war in Iraq - Bring the troops home now" and "End colonial occupation from Iraq to Palestine to Haiti and everywhere". (See below for the A.N.S.W.E.R. Call to Action.)
The A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition sent a letter to United for Peace and Justice on May 12 proposing a principled united front demonstration for September 24 to ensure the largest possible mobilization against the Bush administration's global war drive. Meanwhile, more than 3,500 organizations and individuals have endorsed the call. It is clear that the people of this country are mobilizing again to be in the streets to show massive opposition.
While the Bush administration's approval rating continues to drop and the people of the United States turn increasingly against the war and occupation of Iraq, all the communities that are targeted by the Bush administration's policies, both abroad and here in the United States, are coming together to build a powerful grassroots movement. Last week, coverage of the demonstration was reported in media outlets in more than 100 cities in the U.S. and around the world. AFP (Agence France-Presse) reported that "A US anti-war group vowed to surround the White House in a sea of demonstrators during coordinated protests scheduled to take place in Washington, as well as Los Angeles and San Francisco on September 24." See below for a list of some of the cities where there was press coverage.
Funds urgently needed
We have received a tremendous response to our appeal to raise $50,000 for seed money for organizing the demonstrations in Washington DC, San Francisco and Los Angeles. We can't do it without the sacrifice and generosity of people who want to make this movement grow. We still need to meet our goal and we are appealing for everyone to consider making a much needed contribution. To make a contribution through a secure server, where you can also find information on how to contribute by check, please click here.
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