[Marxism] From Answer coalition

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sat Mar 20 18:16:41 MST 2004


PRESS RELEASE
FROM THE ORGANIZERS OF THE MARCH 20 ANTI-WAR PROTEST

Statement from the A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition
March 20, 2004

The March 20 demonstration in New York City far exceeded the expectations 
of the march organizers. Chanting "Occupation is a crime from Iraq to 
Palestine" and "Bring the troops home now," more than 100,000 people 
marched. Starting at 23rd and Madison, the march filled 45 blocks through 
midtown Manhattan, north on 6th Avenue to 40th Street and back to the 
original rally site. The demonstrators were so numerous that the front of 
the march almost hit the back of the march and had to come to a fifteen 
minute stop when it was returning to the rally site in order to allow the 
end of the march to proceed forward.

The demonstration was initiated by the A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition (Act Now to 
Stop War & End Racism) and United for Peace and Justice, the two major 
anti-war coalitions in the U.S. A large number of Arab and Muslim 
organizations co-organized the event.

"This sea of protest in the heart of Manhattan sends a powerful message to 
the war-makers and their corporate backers," stated Mara Verheyden-Hilliard 
of the Partnership for Civil Justice and member of the A.N.S.W.E.R. 
Coalition steering committee. "The streets of New York City were filled 
with people united in their opposition to the Bush program of war, conquest 
and empire. Members of the Arab and Muslim community marched shoulder to 
shoulder with military families and veterans demanding an end to the 
occupation of Iraq."

On this global day of action, there were coordinated demonstrations in more 
than 45 countries. According to Reuters, "More than a million anti-war 
protesters poured into the streets of cities around the globe on Saturday's 
anniversary of the invasion of Iraq to demand the withdrawal of U.S.-led 
troops."

"The turnout at the demonstration today exceeded our expectations," stated 
Peta Lindsay, a national coordinator of the A.N.S.W.E.R. Student and Youth 
National Coalition and a student at Howard University. "People around the 
United States recognize that they have been lied to by the Bush 
Administration. When we were demonstrating in the millions a year ago, we 
asserted that the Bush administration was rushing to war not because Iraq 
posed a supposed grave and imminent danger to the United States but rather 
because the U.S. had imperial ambitions in this strategic and oil-rich 
region. We were telling the truth and Bush was lying and more and more 
people can see that for themselves today."

"The demonstration linked the occupations of Iraq and Palestine," said 
Waleed Bader of the National Council of Arab Americans. Bader, who 
co-chaired the opening rally, said, "The people of the Middle East are 
fighting against occupation and they demand their right to self-determination."

There were demonstrations in more than 250 cities and towns across the 
United States, including major regional demonstrations of 50,000 in San 
Francisco, 20,000 in Los Angeles and 10,000 Chicago.

PHOTOGRAPHS of the demonstrations in New York City, San Francisco, 
Philadelphia, Chicago and Spain are available at
http://www.internationalanswer.org/news/update/032004m20report.html


More photographs and reports from around the U.S. and the world will be 
available soon at www.InternationalANSWER.org


We need your help to keep this important work going and to build on the 
momentum of today's demonstration. Please make a tax-deductible donation 
online through our secure server at 
http://www.internationalanswer.org/donate.html where you can also find 
information for writing a check.


Click on the below link to read the statement issued by the A.N.S.W.E.R. 
Coalition in advance of the March 20 demonstration:
http://www.internationalanswer.org/news/update/032004m20.html


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