Skip to comments.A.N.S.W.E.R.: Momentum Builds for Sept. 24 Mass March in Washington DC
Posted on 05/21/2005 7:42:43 AM PDT by upchuck
The importance of the mass antiwar protests being organized on September 24 is driven home by two major new stories appearing today (M ay 19). A front-page article in the New York Times, headlined "Generals Offer a Sober Outlook on Iraqi War", is further confirmation of what has become crystal clear over the past month: The U.S. war strategy is in deep crisis and there is no more a "light" at the end of the tunnel in Iraq than there was in Vietnam. Pulling back from their rosy assessments of just a m onth ago, one unnamed top officer stated that the war could last "many year s."
"The rising econo mic cost of the Iraq war" is the headline in the Christ ian Science Monitor. By 2010, according to the Congressional Budget Of fice, "war expenses might total $600 billion." The Congressional Research o ffice predicts another $458 billion, on top of the $320 billion already app ropriated a total of $758 billion (more than three-quarters of a trillion d ollars) by 2014.
The cost in human lives and critically needed resources has already been enormous. More than 100,000 Iraqis have been killed and untold numbers wou nded. Living conditions have declined drastically in most of the country, w hile the indices of malnutrition, sickness and illiteracy have all risen sh arply, astounding statistics given the fact that the baseline for measureme nt was a society that had lived for 13 years under genocidal sanctions. Mor e than 1,600 U.S. soldiers have been killed, and over 28,000 have suffered from serious wounds (many causing permanent disability), injuries and illne ss.
We must emphasize that as George Galloway, an antiwar member of the British Parliament, pointed out this week, the "case for war w as a pack of lies." Galloway's testimony to a Senate sub-com mittee headed by Sen. Norm Coleman was a devastating blow, not only to the right-wing, war mongering senator, but even more so to the administration's now-discredited justification of the invasion of Iraq. As Galloways o eloquently explained in a presentation unprecedented in the mainstream me dia here, all the killing, dying and suffering in Iraq has been sold to the people on false pretenses.
At the same time, we know that the Bush administration and its supporters, Democrat as well as Republican (the Senate vote for next year's wa r appropriation was 99-0), plan to continue the war and occupation in Iraq, Palestine, Afghanistan, Haiti and elsewhere, the threats against other cou ntries from Korea to Venezuela, Cuba, Iran, Syria, etc., and the attacks on living standards here, until they forced to stop.
It is this reality that underlines the importance of holding a u nited mass action on September 24 in Washington DC. On that day, thous ands will assemble at the White House at 12 noon and march through the stre ets of DC. Parallel mass protests are planned for the West Coast in San Fra ncisco and Los Angeles.
As the Call to Action states, "There is nothing more urgent than to construct unity in the face of Empire. Real unity cannot be bu ilt by sacrificing the rights of some but rather it will be forged by embra cing everyone's rights and just struggles for liberation. United we a re the majority. United we can fight and win."
Since the call for United Mass Action on September 24 in Washington DC - with coordinated actions in San Francisco and Los Angeles - was issued jus t one week ago, mobilizing has begun in cities and towns across the country . It is clear that activists are united on the importance of holding a mass ive mobilization in Washington DC on September 24 - and using every day ava ilable to mobilize.
In the first 5 days, over 600 endorsements were received - and in the la st 3 days that number has more than tripled. There are now over 2,0 00 endorsers who have signed on to the September 24 Call! Fill out the Endorsement Form to add your name to this important Call to Action (endors ements from individuals and organizations are welcome - public listing is o ptional).
Many of the endorsers are from local peace and social justice organizati ons who are also planning to mobilize their members and constituencies to b e in DC on September 24. Already, plans are being solidified for bu ses, vans and car caravans to travel from across the United States to be in Washington DC for the Mass March on September 24, as well as in S an Francisco and Los Angeles for the coordinated actions.
In southern New Jersey, buses are picking up from in front of malls and courthouses in several locations before heading to DC. In northern New Jers ey, picks ups are from two train stations and a university. People have off ered to drive their cars from locations as diverse as Dallas, Texas (21 hou rs from DC) and Farmville, Virginia (3 hours from DC) to come Washington DC with as many people as they can fit. There is a van planning to drive over 14 hours from Montfort, Wisconsin. Coordinated transportation is coming fr om Charlotte, North Carolina. And that's just to mention a few.
Begin to make your plans today! Use the next four months to fill as many buses as you can to be in DC on September 24. Fill out the
Here's how you can get involved:
The numerous and blatant lies in this email present a target-rich environment. Fire for effect!
Counter protest anyone?
Just like the last massive demonstrations that were held the weekend of March 19th and 20th, that turned out to be a total failure.
Although 1850 organizations were listed as participants, only 5,000 whackjobs showed up at major protests in New York, San Francisco and Seattle.
But it will give Ramsey Clark and Medea Benjamin something to do for the summer.
Look forward to such relevant chants as "FOX NEWS SUCKS" and "FREE MARTHA STEWART".
Note to ANSWER: the war is over. Sadam lost. Iraq has a new government. It's over.
But of course. It's on the calendar, and the radar. Are you up for a road trip, upchuck? I'll host a cookout at the compound afterwards.
DC Chapter Early Warning, mark your calendar ping.
During the Oct 2001 Answer circus, there was a live thread here on FR. One poster commented it would be just a matter of time before someone shouted "Free Mumia!". Sure enough, a few minutes later, Pam Africa (These ANSWER rallies bring in all the nuts) got up and started screaming about Mumia. I wasnt sure what he had to do with the Afghan War, but she was up there leading the Washington Mall crowd in chants of Free Mumia nd Down with the USA..
if you look at the oil fer food donations and some of the funding for intl answer there are some things that make you go hmmmmmmmmmm.
in anycase maybe theyll be all upset at saddam in his undeys...cause he treated his pows according to the geneva conventions.
if someone with the time/resources wants to follow up on the above lead....it is reporting gold....:)
These ANSWER rallies have all the markings of the Mariel Boatlift; all the nuts in the country are unleashed on unsuspecting members of a civilized society. The ANSWER thugs are everything but..
"Note to ANSWER: the war is over. Sadam lost. Iraq has a new government. It's over."
If they admitted that, they couldn't sell their anti-American protests as such.
I love watching the circus.
March for the following:
1) Stop the War in Iraq
2) End Colonial Occupation from Iraq to Palestine to Haiti
3) Support the Palestinian Peoples Right of Return
4) Stop the Threats Against Venezuela, Cuba, Iran & North Korea
5) U.S. out of the Philippines
6) Bring all the troops home now
7) Stop the Racist, anti-Immigrant and anti-Labor Offensive at Home, Defend Civil Rights
MARA VERHEYDEN-HILLIARD: There! Did we forget anthing, comrade Becker?
BRIAN BECKER: Nyet, comrade Mara. We have included all of our tired, old causes.
(CHORUS) Power to the People!
Perhaps the title shoud be:
We are desperately trying to build Momentum
Builds for Sept. 24 Mass March in Washington DC
They probably won't get 20% of the numbers as the annual March For Life in January, but will no doubt get 15,000% more coverage!
ANSWER LA participated in a protest in Baldwin Park, CA in which a 66 year old woman was hit in the forehead with a full water bottle:
If you want to do something about this, send summaries of that last protest to all the news organizations that might cover (and cover for) this upcoming protest. Suggest they tell the truth about ANSWER and its leaders:
I'm always up for a road trip :)
It's on my calendar.
I was wavering* and going wobbly* but the cookout offer clinched the deal!
*I'm taking lessons from Lindsey Graham!
Since ANSWER and MOVEON.ORG move in the same circles, I wonder if ole Howard Dean will be a featured speaker?
NOW, THAT would be a sight to see!!! Howard and Medea on the same stage---two loony birds sqwaking their stupid thoughts to brain challenged geeks!
To quote Dr. McCoy. ANSWER is a CANCER on Peace.
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