[Marxism] From Answer coalition
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Sat Mar 20 18:16:41 MST 2004
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
"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
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:
Email circulated by:
Act Now to Stop War & End Racism
info at internationalanswer.org
New York 212-633-6646
Los Angeles 213-487-2368
San Francisco 415-821-6545
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