[Marxism] Why isn't UFPJ supporting the March on the Pentagon?
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Sun Feb 18 09:15:17 MST 2007
From: "Larry Holmes"
Please sign on to this letter, and circulate it widely. Below or only
initial signers: Thanks.
Dear sisters and brothers in the leadership of United for Peace and Justice,
It is with deep concern, sincerity and hope that we the undersigned
appeal to you to cancel the protest that you have only recently
announced for March 18 in New York City, well after plans had been
announced for a D.C. mobilization, thus setting up misconceptions and
We urge you to support and work for a united mobilization in
Washington and use the power of your outreach to endorse and support
the march on the Pentagon on March 17 to mark the fourth anniversary
of the war.
Surely you must know that the activists in the antiwar movement view
your late announcement of a March 18 event as little more than a
deliberate attempt to undermine the long scheduled mobilization to
Washington and the Pentagon on Saturday, March 17; the talk already
going around is: "Why isn't UFPJ supporting the March on the Pentagon?
People do not see it as uniting.
The hard working rank and file activists of the antiwar movement, as
well as the millions of people who have come out to antiwar
demonstrations don't care which coalition calls the march, or what the
political differences are between the various coalitions, or about the
history of problems that the coalitions have had working together;what
they want is for us to march together, especially now.
Indeed, hardworking anti-war activists have attended all rallies
called by UFPJ as well as the other coalitions; therefore,
demonstrating a consistent expression of unity.We should then expect
nothing less from those who have taken leadership responsibility
within the US anti-war movement.
The broad array of forces that comprise the resistance to the Iraq
war, and new looming wars ie Iran expect the people in decision making
positions to take the high road, focus the peoples' energy on common,
united actions and pave the road together to strengthen our unity for
peace with justice.
Would it not be an enormous step forward, indeed a step towards
revitalizing the antiwar movement, if all
concerned abandoned the cynical infighting and
divisiveness that only serves to make the movement more fragmented,
and weak? UFPJ can make that possible, by calling on its supporters to
JOIN ONE LARGE AND STRONG ACTION IN WASHINGTON ON MARCH 17. Anything
short of that spreads more negativity than positive unity. Dear
friends, please take this appeal to heart and help unite us all on
March 17, 2007.
Abayomi Azikiwe, Editor, Pan-African News Wire, Michigan Emergency
Committee Against War & Injustice
Brenda Stokely, Co-Convener New York Labor Against The War, Operation
Power, TONC, MWMM, MAY 1 Coalition
Comrade Shahid, Pakistan USA Freedom Forum
Charles Barron , New York City Councilmember
Chris Silvera, Secretary Treasurer, IBT Local 808, Million Worker
March Movement (MWMM), National Black Teamsters Caucus
Ellie Ommani, member, WESPAC, AIFC, NoWarWestchester, PNN
Eric Anders, Jersey City Peace Movement
Heather Cottin, LI Coalition for Immigrant Rights"
Jesse Lokahi Heiwa, Queer People Of Color Action
Larry Adams, Co-Convener New York Labor Against The War (NYCLAW)
Michael Letwin, Co-Convener, New York City Labor Against the War &
Former Member, UFPJ National and NYC steering committees
Saladin Muhammad, Member Black Workers For Justice
Teresa Gutierrez, New York Committee to Free the Cuban
Troops Out Now Coalition
Vicente Alba –Panama, Activist
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