All out for Oct. 27 Local and Regional Protests!
End the war now!
On Oct. 27, this growing antiwar sentiment will again be reflected in local demonstrations nationwide. In order for any national mobilization -- such as that which took place on Sept. 15 -- to truly be effective, it must inspire local activism as well. From the stage and in the crowd, we encouraged all in attendance to keep the momentum by organizing local events, protests, film showings, teach-ins, anything to bring the spirit of the march in Washington to every town and city across the country.
ANSWER has initiated several of the Oct. 27 regional demonstrations, and where we are not the initiating organization, we are encouraging all our activists and volunteers to build for the protests closest to them. The ANSWER Coalition and UFPJ both issued calls for these protests last June. In some cities UFPJ has taken the leadership and in other cities the ANSWER Coalition has initiated the regional or local coalition. Hundreds of groups and organizations are organizing full throttle for these important actions.
Below is a brief round-up of some of the Oct. 27 protests taking place, as well as a brief description of how ANSWER in particular is mobilizing for each event. Come out Oct. 27 - become part of the resurgent and reawakened antiwar movement! End the war now!
Round-up of regional and local demonstrations
In Los Angeles, the ANSWER Coalition initiated the Oct. 27 "Stop the War" Coalition. The coalition has urged everyone in Southern California, New Mexico, Arizona and Western Nevada to mobilize buses, vans, carpools and "peace trains" to join the march and rally in Los Angeles. The Oct. 27 Los Angeles protest already has the following transportation centers: Anaheim, Azuza, Cypress, Irvine, Fountain Valley, Hawaiian Gardens, Long Beach, Orange County, Palm Springs/Palm Desert, Pomona/Claremont, Redondo Beach, Riverside Carpool Caravan, and Ventura County. The demonstration has neighbhorhood organizing centers listed in Anaheim, Bakersfield, Boyle Heights, Burbank, Cerritos, Claremont, Covina, East Los Angeles, East San Gabriel Valley/La Puente/Baldwin Park, Echo Park, Huntington Beach, Lakewood, La Puente, La Verne, Little Tokyo/Downtown, Long Beach, Los Feliz, Koreatown area, Mid-Wilshire/Koreatown, Moorpark, North East Los Angeles/Eagle Rock, Palm Springs/Palm Desert, Pasadena, Redondo Beach, Santa Monica/Venice, Sherman Oaks, South Los Angeles, Topanga, West Covina, Woodland Hills, Wright Tri-Community, Wilmington/San Pedro. In addition, 20 high schools and colleges are now listed on the ANSWER-LA website as organizers for the Oct. 27 march. Go to www.answerla.org for more information.
As a fundraiser for the upcoming Oct. 27 march, Michael Butler, original Broadway producer of HAIR -- the ground-breaking musical that first brought 60's radical thought to Broadway -- on Oct. 12 presented the production on its 40th anniversary. All tickets were sold through ANSWER.
In San Francisco, ANSWER initiated the coalition for the Oct. 27 march, which has become a rallying point for the region's antiwar forces. There are now nine regional organizing centers: Ashland, OR, Chico, CA, Merced, CA, Sacramento, CA, San Jose, CA, Santa Cruz, CA, Santa Rosa, CA, Reno, NV, and Ukiah, CA.
The ANSWER Coalition has been holding weekly organizing meetings for the 27th, as well as regular Youth & Student ANSWER activist meetings to mobilize the campuses. Outreach and postering teams have been hitting the streets from ANSWER's three Bay Area locations: San Francisco, Oakland, and the South Bay. Go to www.Oct27sf.org or call 415-821-6545 for more information.
In Seattle, ANSWER initiated the coalition for the Oct. 27 march, which is drawing those who oppose the war from throughout the Northwest -- with listed transportation centers in Portland, OR, Bellingham, WA, Bainbridge Island, WA, Olympia, WA, and Redmond, WA. Dozens of antiwar and progressive organizations are building for the march, which begins at 12 Noon at Judkins Park. ANSWER has also held weekly organizing meetings that have focused on the concrete ways to spread the word about Oct. 27 far and wide. Go to www.answerseattle.org for more information.
In Chicago, ANSWER has built for the Oct. 27 march by organizing outreach teams, volunteers' meetings and on Oct. 12, a community street meeting and speakout to build awareness about the upcoming demonstration. Go to www.chicagoanswer.org for more information.
In New York, ANSWER is organizing outreach teams and volunteers to spread the word about the Oct. 27 march, which is assembling at 12 noon at Union Square on October 27. Call 212-694-8720 for more information.
In Fort Lauderdale, ANSWER initiated the coalition for the Oct. 27 march, which will meet at 204 SE 24 St at 11:00am, and then march to Welcome Park for a rally. The rally will include speakers from Iraq Veterans Against the War, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, South Florida Impeachment Coalition, the Take Back the Land Movement, Muslim Student Association, and other leaders of local movements. Organizers from around the state of Florida are mobilizing for the march and rally. The crowd that will descend on Welcome Park will represent the communities that are hit hardest by the Iraq War: from veterans to those demanding that the $3 billion a week spent on the illegal occupation be spent on housing, education, and jobs. Go to www.answerfl.org for more information.
In Orlando, the Oct. 27 march is gaining momentum and is set to begin at 12:30 at Lake Eola Park. ANSWER is calling on all its supporters in the region to come out and support this important action. Call 954.536.7461 for information.
In Boston, ANSWER is supporting the Oct. 27 march, scheduled to begin at the Boston Commons bandstand at 12 noon, followed by a march to Copley Square from 2pm to 3pm. ANSWER organizers in Boston and local university campuses are spreading the word about Oct. 27, in order to make the event as big as possible. Go to newenglandunited.org for more information. Call 857-334-5084 to volunteer with ANSWER.
In New Orleans, the Oct. 27 Rally and March, organized by a broad coalition of progressive forces in the area, is set to begin at 2pm at Washington Square. ANSWER is calling on all its supporters in the region to come out and support this important action. Go to oct27.org/new_orleans for more information
In Chatanooga, Tennessee, ANSWER is organizing a large antiwar street meeting on Oct. 27 at 12noon at Coolidge Park. Call 432-320-9711 for information.
In Salt Lake City, the Oct. 27 march is scheduled to begin at 11am at the Utah State Capitol building. ANSWER is calling on all its supporters in the region to come out and support this important action. Go to oct27.org/salt_lake_city for more information.
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