A renewed wave of struggle is gaining momentum abroad and at home. From Tunisia and Egypt to Wisconsin and Ohio, people are coming together and courageously fighting against oppression. These inspiring examples have shown to the world that real change is not only possible but inevitable when confronted with a militant mass movement that will not back down in the face of injustice.
It’s time to step up our struggle. On March 19, we will take to the streets in an international day of action against war and occupation.
Today, Iraq remains occupied by tens of thousands of U.S. soldiers and foreign mercenaries. The war in Afghanistan is raging. The U.S. is invading and bombing Pakistan, financing endless atrocities against the people of Palestine, relentlessly threatening Iran, stepping up hostility against progressive governments in Latin America, and bringing Korea to the brink of a new war.
The wars abroad are directly connected to the war on working people at home. While the United States will spend $1 trillion for war, occupation and weapons in 2011, 30 million people in the U.S. remain unemployed or severely underemployed, and cuts in education, housing and health care are imposing a huge toll on the people. The attacks against public-sector workers in Wisconsin and Ohio are only the latest volley of attacks on working people from the corporate elites and their political representatives.
It doesn’t have to be this way. Now more than ever it is clear that our movement must stay in the streets. Join us on March 19 across the country to say: U.S. Out of Afghanistan and Iraq Now! End Occupation! Fund Jobs, Health Care and Education—Not Militarism! Stop the Budget Cuts and Attacks on Unions and Working Families!
In Washington, D.C., on March 19 there will be an massive veterans-led civil resistance at the White House initiated by Veterans for Peace. People from all over the country are joining together for a Noon Rally at Lafayette Park, followed by a march on the White House where the veterans-led civil resistance will take place.
Many people coming to Washington, D.C., will be also participating in the Sunday, March 20 demonstration at the Quantico Marine Base in Virginia to support PFC Bradley Manning. Quantico is one hour from D.C. Manning is suspected of leaking Iraq and Afghan war logs to Wikileaks. For the last eight months, he has been held in solitary confinement, pre-trial punishment, rather than pre-trial detention.
On March 19 in San Francisco, people will gather at 12 noon at UN Plaza (7th & Market Sts.) for a rally and march.
In Los Angeles, the March 19 rally and march will gather at 12 noon at Hollywood and Vine.
In Chicago, people will converge on March 19 at Michigan and Congress at 12 noon for a march and rally.