New location for Sept. 29 protest in D.C.

Greg Butterfield gregb at
Wed Sep 26 10:21:14 MDT 2001

International A.N.S.W.E.R.
202-543-2777 - 202-544-9355



The national march on September 29 in Washington DC in
opposition to war and racism will assemble for a rally at
*Freedom Plaza - 14th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW*. The
rally will be followed by a march to the Justice Department,
the Navy Memorial (both located on Pennsylvania Avenue) and
conclude with a rally in Upper Senate Park across from the
Capitol building.

The change in the assembly site from Lafayette Park in front
of the White House to Freedom Plaza at 14th and Pennsylvania
prevents an eleventh-hour effort by the Bush administration
to disrupt the demonstration. The Bush administration used
the Secret Service to announce a ban on demonstrators using
Lafayette Park for peace and anti-war protests during the
next thirty days. The International A.N.S.W.E.R. coalition
(Act Now to Stop War & End Racism) obtained all of the
necessary permits last Wednesday for a rally at Lafayette
Park and on the sidewalk in front of the White House, which
would be followed by a march down Pennsylvania Ave. and
concluding at the Capitol.

The Secret Service and the National Parks Service notified
I-A.N.S.W.E.R. late today, Tuesday, September 25, that they
were revoking the permits in Lafayette Park and the Ellipse.
The Secret Service is unconstitutionally using the pretext
of security for political purposes, just as Richard Nixon
tried to use the Secret Service to bar demonstrations in
front of the White House during the Vietnam War.

One of our main messages to anti-war activists right now is
this: Our mass anti-war mobilization on the 29th in the DC
has not been stopped. Thousands of people will take Freedom
Plaza on Sept. 29th, and this will allow the mass organizing
for Sept. 29 to go on unimpeded and without uncertainty in
these last critical days before the demonstration.

The Sept. 29 march and rally has gained great support from
across the country. Thousands of people are coming from as
far away as California, New Mexico, Texas, Florida, Maine
and everywhere in between, including thousands from New York

As an endnote, the ban on demonstrations by Secret Service
is for a 30-day period and the language of the banning order
would allow the Secret Service unfettered discretion in
renewing the ban on demonstrations for months and years to
come. The I-A.N.S.W.E.R. coalition will carry out a legal
challenge in the near future to the Secret-Service-imposed
ban on demonstrations at Lafayette Park and the White House
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