Call to Join a New Anti-War Coalition

Greg Butterfield gregb at
Wed Sep 19 09:47:02 MDT 2001

A Call to Join a New Anti-War Coalition:
               International A.N.S.W.E.R.
           (Act Now to Stop War & End Racism)

Please join us in signing this call:

Our most heartfelt sympathies and condolences are with all
those whose loved ones were lost or injured on September 11,
2001. At this moment, we would all like to take time to
reflect, to grieve, to extend sympathy and condolences to
all. But we believe that we must do more. We must act now.
We are assembling International A.N.S.W.E.R. to call for
worldwide rallies against war and racism. On September 29,
there will be a national march and rally at the White House
in Washington DC, as well as marches on the West Coast of
the U.S. and around the world. We call on all people of
conscience and progressive organizations to take up this
call and organize rallies around the world.

We join with people all over the world who condemn the
horrific killings of thousands of innocent civilians on
Sept. 11th . But unless we stop President Bush and NATO from
carrying out a new, wider war in the Middle East, the number
of innocent victims will grow from the thousands to the tens
of thousands and possibly more. A new, wider U.S. and NATO
war in the Middle East can only lead to an escalating cycle
of violence. War is not the answer.
We must also act against racism. Arab American and Muslim
people in the United States, in Europe and elsewhere, as
well as other communities of color, are facing racist
attacks and harassment in their communities, on their jobs
and at mosques. Anti-Arab and anti-Muslim racism is a poison
that should be repudiated. 

The U.S. government is attempting to curb civil liberties
and to create a climate in which it is impossible for
progressive people to speak their mind. The Bush
administration is attempting to take advantage of this
crisis to militarize U.S. society with a vast expansion of
police powers that is intended to severely restrict basic
democratic rights.

On September 29, tens of thousands of people had planned to
demonstrate against the Bush administration's reactionary
foreign and domestic policy and the IMF and World Bank. In
light of the current crisis, with its tragic consequences
for so many thousands of people, we have refocused the call
for our demonstration to address the immediate danger posed
by increased racism and the grave threat of a new war. We
call on people to demonstrate around the world on that day.
Now is the time for all people of conscience, all people who
oppose racism and war to come together. If you believe in
civil liberties and oppose racism and war, demonstrate on
September 29 in front of the White House and around the
world. October 12-13 will be International Days of Action
Against War and Racism. We urge all organizations
internationally to join together at this critical time and
take action.

 Initial Signers:

Ramsey Clark, former U.S. Attorney General
Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, Auxiliary Bishop, Catholic
Archdiocese of Detroit
Samia Halaby, Al-Awda Palestine Right of Return Coalition
Barbara Lubin, Exec. Director, Middle East Children’s
Rev. Lucius Walker, Pastors for Peace
Ben DuPuy, former deputy ambassador at large, Haiti
Teresa Gutierrez, Co-Director, International Action Center
Nania Kaur Dhingra, Sikh Student Organization, George
Washington University
Michele Naar-Obed, Plowshares activist, Jonah House,
Pam Africa, International Family & Friends of Mumia
Wolfgang Richter, President, European Peace Forum
Nino Pasti Foundation, Rome, Italy
African Immigrant and Refugee Coalition of N. America
Dominican Workers Party, NY
Chuck Kaufman, National Co-Coordinator, Nicaragua Network
Ray LeForest, Labor Organizer, 1707 AFSCME
Heidi Boghosian, Executive Director, National Lawyers Guild
Tom Hanson, Mexico Solidarity Network
Kriss Worthington, Berkeley City Council
Leonora Foerstal, Women for Mutual Security
Asha A. Samad, Human Rights Center
April 25 Movement of the Dominican Republic, NY
Njeri Shakur, Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement
Michel Shehadeh, Los Angeles 8 Case Respondent
Muslim Student & Faculty Association
Leslie Feinberg, Transgendered author, Co-Founder, Rainbow
Flags for Mumia
Kadouri Al Kaysi, Committee in Support of Iraqi People, NY
Minnie Bruce Pratt, writer and ant-racist activist
Vieques Support Campaign
Mahtowin Munro & Moonanum James, United American Indians of
New England
SAFRAD Somali Association
Arab Cause Solidarity Committee, Madrid, Spain
Korea Truth Commission
Congress for Korean Reunification
Michel Collon, Belgium Anti-War Journalist
Elmar Schmaehling, Retired Admiral, German Navy
Struggle Against War Coalition, Italy
International A.N.S.W.E.R. 
(Act Now to Stop War & End Racism)
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