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* Protest the Savage U.S. Attacks on the Iraqi people.
* U.S. Out of Iraq Now! Bring the Troops Home Now.
* Money for Jobs, Healthcare, Housing and Education, Not for Wars and
A call to all peace and antiwar activists, organizations and friends:
the recent escalation of the war in Iraq, the U.S. bombing on Wednesday of
a mosque in Falluja and the many civilian deaths and injuries that followed,
and the rising death toll across Iraq underline the urgent need to renew
our demand to end the occupation.
In light of the events taking place in Iraq and in concert with the antiwar
movement across the country, the Chicago Coalition Against War and Racism
is calling for an Emergency Demonstration to Demand U.S. Troops Out of
The action is open to all groups and individuals who want the U.S. out
of Iraq now and support the right of the Iraqi people to run their own
CCAWR extends its thanks to the many people and
organizations who -- with little or no funding -- contributed countless
hours to bring forward the demand for peace and an end to the brutal occupation
of Iraq, Afghanistan, Haiti, and Palestine.
Mayor Daley's office had refused to grant a permit for marchers to proceed
down Michigan Ave. and police were deployed in full riot gear in numbers
perhaps as high as 2,500. Despite these anti-democratic actions by the
Mayor’s office and the Chicago Police, thousands from across the
Midwest converged at the intersection of Michigan and Pearson and marched
peacefully to Federal plaza.
City and Police officials refused to allow the march to proceed down Michigan
Ave. claiming “safety” would be compromised if traffic flow
was hampered. Nonetheless, after routing the protest down Clark Street,
officials temporarily closed parts of Michigan to traffic anyway, using
the space to hold police vehicles and buses for possible mass arrests.
This march commemorated both the invasion of Iraq and the mass Chicago
protest against that crime on March 20, 2003. On that date Chicago Police
conducted the mass arrest of over five hundred peaceful protestors and
bystanders. All charges were either dropped or thrown out of court and
a lawsuit has been filed against the City.
Resistance will continue.
For follow up information, photos and video of the march please visit
March 20 Website: http://march20.info/
Next Planning Meeting: Sunday March 7, at 1 p.m. at 614 W. Roosevelt, Access Living:
March step-off from Michigan & Pearson, Chicago, IL
One block north of Chicago Ave.
* End the Occupations of Iraq,
Afghanistan, Palestine, & Haiti
* Troops Out Now!
* Money for Jobs, Housing, Healthcare & Education, Not for Wars & Occupation
* Stop Racial Profiling - Defend Civil Liberties and Immigrant Rights!
We invite you and your organization to actively participate by cosponsoring this important event. Here's what we're looking for co-sponsors to do:
a) Help publicize the march/rally through e-mailings, "snail" mailings, postings on your website, phone calling, announcements in your newsletter and at your meetings.
b) Publicize the march/rally by agreeing to put up flyers/posters in a SPECIFIC area of the city and/or suburbs. Please e-mail us back with the location(s) that your group will agree to put up posters, and then please do so as soon as possible.
c) Please make a suggested donation of $25 (more if you can!) to the effort. Make the check payable to "8th Day Center for Justice," write "3/20/04" in the "memo" section, and mail it to: CABN, 4404 N. Magnolia, #420, Chicago, IL 60640
d) Finally, please attend our next general organizing meeting, Sunday, February 22, 1 - 3 pm, DePaul University, 25 E. Jackson (Jackson and Wabash), 11th Floor, and invite other organizations to do so as well, whether or not they're ready to formally co-sponsor.
If your group would like to co-sponsor, please mail a check to the address above and/or email the following information to CCAWR@aol.com
1) Your organization's name, address, telephone number, fax number, and e-mail address
2) YOUR name, telephone number(s), and e-mail address.
3) What SPECIFIC area of Chicago, suburbs, or other city your
group will take responsibility for putting up posters in shops, bulletin
boards, etc (please put them up in legal locations only).
The Flyer Here!
Convened by The March 20 Anti-War Organizing Coalition
For more information, email CCAWR@aol.com
or call 888.471.0874.
NEXT GENERAL MEETING:
Sunday, February 22
1 - 3 pm
25 E. Jackson (Jackson and Wabash)
WORKING GROUP MEETINGS:
Thursday, February 12
UIC Behavioral Sciences Building
1007 W. Harrison
When: Saturday, March 6, 11: 00 AM
Where: Federal Plaza, 230 S. Dearborn
For more information GOTO: Chicago.IndyMedia.org
Practically every day brings fresh evidence of the disaster that is the United States occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan. From Palestine to Korea, Columbia to the Philippines, the United States increasingly acts as the greatest threat to world peace and justice.
While the lies used to justify the U.S. invasion of Iraq have been denounced by some politicians--mostly after the invasion itself was a done deal-- leading politicians continue to support the occupation, some as a positive "good," others as an unfortunate "necessity" to preserve American imperial "credibility." Since politicians refuse to acknowledge the obvious suffering we are exporting, it is our responsibility to restrain the terrorism of our own government.
We must speak with a clear voice, a voice which demands respect for the absolute right of the Iraqi people, and all other peoples of the world, to decide their own destinies -- without occupying armies, without commercial schemes to rip off their national wealth, without puppets imposed on them from Washington. We need to give voice to the growing sentiment within Iraq, and within the U.S. armed forces, and here at home.
Taken By Surprise
Boys of Cellblock E
In concert with the national initiatives of the ANSWER and the United For Peace & Justice Coalitions, the Chicago Coalition Against War & Racism (CCAWR) has chosen to commit its resources to help organize a midwest regional anti-war demonstration here in Chicago on March 20, 2004.
Aside from the date of the protest, nothing else has been decided. This is intentional. We have left the precise time and location of the protest and specifying its major theme(s) undetermined so that participating individuals and organizations can collectively create the most dynamic and influential event possible. To make these decisions, we call on peace, justice, and civil rights forces from around the region to send representatives to an organizing meeting in Chicago on the evening of Thursday, January 8th to begin making the decisions necessary to organize a midwest regional demonstration demanding the end of the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan. The meeting will take place at 6:30 pm in the lower level of the First Methodist Temple, 77 W. Washington Street, Chicago.
For more information, email CCAWR@aol.com or call 888.471.0874.
Perle lied to drag us into the Iraq war, promoting lies about weapons of mass destruction and promising that Iraqis would welcome the American invaders with open arms.
Perle promoted the invasion, even though he later conceded that "international law...would have required us to leave Saddam Hussein alone." (Guardian, Nov. 20, 2003)
Perle personally profited from war spending, making several hundred thousand from the death and destruction he helped organize.
* "One of the most influential people in the civilian defense policy establish-ment," according to the Financial Times, Perle "spent a decade lobbying" for the Iraq war, said Salon.com.
* A leader of infamous far-right "neo-con's," he was the chair of the influencial Defense Policy Board until a scandal about his many dubious business dealings with military contractors. Perle is currently pushing a book promoting war against Syria and Iran, and a "Cuban style" blockade of North Korea.
* Perle is also a top executive with Hollinger Digital Inc, which controls the rabidly pro-war and anti-Palestinian Chicago Sun-Times and Jerusalem Post newspapers.
* A former Likud Party policy advisor who co-authored a military expansionist paper entitled "A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm," Perle was an assistant secretary of defense in the Reagan administration. He is a resident fellow at the far-right American Enterprise Institute.
* According to the Washington Post, "Perle has been an intellectual force behind the war on Iraq. His recent pro-blems emerged from reports describing his ties to companies that have business before the Defense Department."
* "Most notably, he agreed to represent Global Crossing, a telecommunications
company that had sought his help in getting the Pentagon's support for
its proposed sale to a foreign firm controlled by investors from China
and Singapore. Under the arrangement, Perle was to be paid a $125,000
retainer and would earn another $600,000 if the deal is approved by
a government review panel that includes Rumsfeld..." (Washington Post,
* Recently Perle lobbied to have the Air Force lease tanker planes
from Boeing at an exorbinant price, but according to the Financial Times,
"Mr. Perle did not disclose that Boeing had committed to invest $20m
in his venture capital fund, Trireme Partners, in mid-2002. The investment
marked one of the largest early stakes taken in the fund by a corporate
partner." (Financial Times, December 5, 2003)
Protest sponsored by the Chicago Coalition Against War & Racism
Download a flyer for the protest