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3/20/04 Flyer

Richard Perle Protest - 01/14/04

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May17/19 - Festival of Peace and Restistance

Fact Sheet: Reasons to Oppose the War


Feb. 15 Protest: (MS Word) English, Spanish.
Urdu and Arabic versions to be posted soon.

Anti-War Resources: Downloadable PDF Flyers Jan. 18 -- March on DC!!

Jan. 11 -- Emergency Regional Mobilization

Friday 12/13 COMMUNITY MARCH for Rabih Haddad

Start of War: Emergency Response Plan

Jan. 11: Emergency Regional Mobilization
Oct. 25: Send-Off Rally National March in DC to Stop the War before It Starts
10/26: Chicago Demo, No War on Iraq!
Oct. 15: PDF Flyer Protest U.S./U.K. Rush to War: Picket Brit Foreign Secretary Jack Straw!
Oct. 6: Not in Our Name Protest - Take the Pledge of Resistance!
Oct. 7: No War in Iraq Demonstration-Iraq Peace Pledge

PAST EVENTS: Page Two

Emergency Demonstration in Response to Escalation of U.S. War in Iraq
Friday, April 9, 2004
4:30 - 6:00 PM
Federal Plaza, Adams & Dearborn

* 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 Occupation.

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 Iraq Now.

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 country.

Five to Ten Thousand March Against War and Occupation in Chicago

Obstruction by the Mayor's office and police intimidation fail to prevent mass participation for peace as thousands march through downtown.

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 chicago.indymedia.org

March 20 Website: http://march20.info/

The Midwest
STILL Says No to War!
12 noon
* Saturday * March 20th
Next Planning Meeting: Sunday March 7, at 1 p.m. at 614 W. Roosevelt, Access Living: Info: http://march20.info/

March step-off from Michigan & Pearson, Chicago, IL
One block north of Chicago Ave.

1:30 PM Rally
Federal Plaza, Dearborn & Adams, Chicago

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).  Download The Flyer Here!
 
THANK YOU!
 
Convened by The March 20 Anti-War Organizing Coalition
 
For more information, email CCAWR@aol.com or call 888.471.0874.
Organizer's Info:
NEXT GENERAL MEETING:
Sunday, February 22
1 - 3 pm
DePaul University
25 E. Jackson (Jackson and Wabash)
11th Floor

WORKING GROUP MEETINGS:
Outreach/Media/Propaganda
Thursday, February 12
7 pm
UIC Behavioral Sciences Building
1007 W. Harrison

Haitian Activists Call for Chicago Protest of U.S.- Backed Coup

When: Saturday, March 6, 11: 00 AM
Where: Federal Plaza, 230 S. Dearborn


For more information GOTO: Chicago.IndyMedia.org

Call for Organizers!
Midwest Regional Anti-War Demonstration in Chicago for March 20, 2004
Organizers meeting: Saturday, January 10, 1-4 pm
1st Methodist Temple
77 W. Washington (at Clark)
lower level

The violence continues:
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.

Politicians refuse to stop the violence:
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.

The peace and justice movement must act:
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.
We must demand an immediate END to the occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan
March 20th marks the anniversary of the first full day of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. It also is the one-year anniversary of one of Chicago's most memorable protests ever--the night over 10,000 people marched on Lake Shore Drive in protest against George Bush's illegal and immoral war.
See: Reader: Taken By Surprise, The 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.
RICHARD PERLE, WAR CRIMINAL
PROTEST Perle's visit to Chicago
5 pm, Wednesday, January 14
Knickerbocker Hotel
Michigan Ave. & Walton (930 N. Michigan)
Perle will be addressing the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations
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, 3/28/03)

* 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