April 20 D.C. demonstrations will be united

jacdon at earthlink.net jacdon at earthlink.net
Thu Feb 28 09:36:35 MST 2002


APRIL MARCH ON WASHINGTON UNITY STATEMENT
FROM THE A.N.S.W.E.R. COALITION
Issued February 27, 2002

In response to calls for unity in the anti-war movement the
International A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition (Act Now to Stop War & End Racism)
is announcing that it is moving its National March on Washington Against
War and Racism from April 27 to April 20, 2002.

[For a Calendar of Activities for April 19-22, scroll to bottom.]

Clearly everyone understands the need for many activists from many
movements to be in Washington   D.C. to protest the dangerous racist war
drive that threatens the people of the planet and to fight Bush and
Ashcroft's attempts to dismantle the Bill of Rights, criminalize
dissent, and investigate and imprison people based on racial and
religious profiling.

A.N.S.W.E.R. calls on people to rally at the White House at 11 a.m. on
April 20, 2002, before marching to the Justice Department and on to a
unified rally with the other coalition. This march will be the first
that breaks the ban on demonstrations in front of the White House that
was unconstitutionally imposed prior to anti-war demonstrations in
September during the head-long rush to war.

A.N.S.W.E.R. has been organizing for an anti-war March on Washington
since November 2001 and widely disseminated a call for April 27 in
December. The Coalition settled on the April 27 date out of deference to
the National Colombia Mobilization taking place April 19-22. In recent
weeks other groups and individuals have come together to call an
anti-war march on April 20. It became evident that having two anti-war
demonstrations on succeeding weekends on seemingly similar themes,
without very compelling reasons, would be a disservice to the movement.
Upon learning about the April 20 mobilization, A.N.S.W.E.R.  took the
initiative to try to open lines of communication in an effort to rectify
this unfortunate situation.

People around the country are saying that what the movement needs on
April 20 is a united front. This means those with political differences
marching with independence while showing that we can come together to
fight the war makers.  All movements have different currents. The only
way we are going to stop George Bush's declared "endless war" is to have
a movement that comes together against this common foe.

A.N.S.W.E.R. believes that the anti-war movement must be broad, that it
must embrace the workers movement, unions, communities of faith,
immigrants, students and youth, and particularly communities of color.
We also believe that the movement must strongly express its solidarity
with the struggling people of the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Latin
America and the Caribbean, who are fighting to determine their own
destinies free from U.S. imperialist and colonial domination and that of
the transnational corporations.

Our experience since forming the A.N.S.W.E.R.  Coalition on September 14
has proven that you do not have to choose between being broad and
embracing the oppressed peoples of the world and making the connections
between their fight and the fight of the people in the U.S.  The
A.N.S.W.E.R. coalition includes more than 500 organizations and
prominent individuals who have campaigned against U.S.  intervention in
Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East and Asia, and
organizations that have campaigned for social and economic justice for
poor people and civil rights inside the United States.  The steering
committee includes Nicaragua Network, Mexico Solidarity Network,
IFCO/Pastors for Peace, International Action Center, Partnership for
Civil Justice LDEF, Kensington Welfare Rights Union, Middle East
Children's Alliance, Committee for Justice to Defend Palestinian Rights,
Bayan USA (Filipino community) and the Korea Truth Commission.

The A.N.S.W.E.R. coalition rejects the opportunistic use by the Bush
administration of the tragedy of September 11, to pursue, through
military means, pre-existing imperialist objectives while simultaneously
ramming through domestic policies that strengthen corporate rule, attack
civil rights and attempt to crush dissent, all at the expense of working
people.  As the war and occupation in Afghanistan is continuing, the
Bush administration has sent almost 700 troops to the Philippines, has
increased their support for the Colombian government's intensified war
against the Colombian people and the Israeli repression of the
Palestinian people.

A.N.S.W.E.R. will take a stand against any new war carried out by the
Bush administration, whether it's in Iraq, Sudan, Somalia, Iran, North
Korea, Yemen, Indonesia or elsewhere. We must not only oppose war and
racism at home. We must stand firmly with the people's struggles of the
world.

A.N.S.W.E.R. demands that the Bush Administration's war budget of more
than a billion dollars a day be converted into funds for human needs,
jobs, education, health care, and assistance for the poor.

We call on all those who believe the people of the world are not our
enemies and are our brothers and sisters to join together in the
National March on Washington D.C. If you support self-determination, not
U.S. military and corporate domination, meet at the White House at 11
a.m. on April 20.

A.N.S.W.E.R. calls on activists and organizations everywhere to work
doubly hard to fill the streets of Washington with protesters April 19
-22. We encourage people to support the National Colombia Mobilization
and the protests against the IMF and World Bank.

We have also learned that Ariel Sharon will be the featured speaker
along with President Bush at a right-wing pro-war conference organized
by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) over the same
weekend as these protests. Sharon and Bush are scheduled to speak at
7:30 p.m. on Monday, April 22nd. A.N.S.W.E.R. and other organizations
are calling a demonstration at that time and appeal to those who are
coming to Washington for the weekend to stay over if at all possible to
participate in that very important demonstration.

As we build our grassroots movement against the war towards our spring
National March on Washington, we encourage activists to focus on
important upcoming dates such as April 4, the anniversary of Martin
Luther King's assassination and his Beyond Vietnam speech, as well as
tax day April 15, to organize local events.

STOP THE RACIST WAR MACHINE - ALL OUT FOR APRIL 20!

FOR MORE INFORMATION see
http://www.internationalanswer.org, or Email
ANSWER at afgj.org, or call New York 212-633-6646, Washington 202-543-2777,
Chicago 773-583-7728, San Francisco 415-821-6545

TO ENDORSE, GO TO
http://www.internationalanswer.org/campaigns/april/a20-endorse.html

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

APRIL 19-22
National Colombia Mobilization
http://www.colombiamobilization.org

APRIL 20
NATIONAL MARCH ON WASHINGTON DC
Assemble 11 am at the White House
The people of the world are not our enemy - solidarity
against U.S. world domination!
http://www.internationalanswer.org

APRIL 20
Stop the War at Home and Abroad
http://www.a20stopthewar.org

APRIL 20-21
Protest the IMF and World Bank
http://www.globalizethis.org

APRIL 22
Protest Ariel Sharon and George Bush - 7 p.m. at the annual conference
of American Israeli Public Affairs Committee.

FOR MORE INFORMATION see
http://www.internationalanswer.org, or Email
ANSWER at afgj.org, or call New York 212-633-6646,
Washington 202-543-2777, Chicago 773-583-7728, San
Francisco 415-821-6545

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