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500,000 March in DC, 200,000 in SF; Next ANSWER Mtg - 6:30 pm, Fri 1/24 (english)
19 Jan 2003
Modified: 05:39:54 PM
1) ANSWER Boston Volunteers Mtg - 6:30 pm, 1/24
2) 500,000 March in DC Against War with Iraq, 200,000 in San Francisco
3) San Francisco Chronicle Coverage
The next ANSWER Boston volunteers meeting will be 6:30 pm, Friday Jan. 24 at the ANSWER office in JP - http://www.iacboston.org/directions. Help plan for the week of anti-war protests Feb 13 - 21, including the Feb. 15 demonstration in NYC, and a protest at the JFK Federal Building in Boston on Jan. 29, in response to Bush's anticipated declaration-of-war "state of the union" speech scheduled for Jan. 28.
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500,000 Anti-War Protesters Demonstrate in Washington
200,00 March in San Francisco Hundreds of Thousands
More Demonstrate Around the World To Oppose U.S. War
With Iraq

Half a million people marched through the streets of
Washington Saturday and 200,000 demonstrated in San
Francisco in the largest U.S. demonstrations yet against
war with Iraq.

Sponsored by the International A.N.S.W.E.R. (Act Now to
Stop War & End Racism) Coalition, the protests were
endorsed by thousands of organizations. Similar
demonstrations were held in at least 30 other countries.

"Today's demonstrations shattered the myth of consensus
for war," said Mara Verheyden-Hilliard of the Partnership
for Civil Justice, one of the groups in A.N.S.W.E.R.
"Throughout the whole world, demonstrations today showed
the kind of people's power it's going to take to stop the
war in its tracks."

January 18 was a day of global protest based in the U.S.,
with coordinated demonstrations held in more than 30
countries -- including Japan, Ireland, Egypt, Spain,
Argentina, South Africa, Jordan, Belgium, Syria, Hong
Kong, Russia, Germany and Britain.

Announcing a week of anti-war protest for the week of
February 13-21 -- and culminating with a Student and Youth
Day of Action on the anniversary of the assassination of
Malcolm X -- organizers of the January 18 demonstration
joined the call of the European movement to make Februrary
15 the next step in the worldwide anti-war movement.

The morning of the demonstration, train and subway
stations in D.C. were jammed as hundreds of buses --
including 20 from New York's 1199/SEIU Health and Hospital
Workers Union, 20 from Winston-Salem South Carolina, eight
from Rochester and six from the Chicago Teachers Union --
arrived in the city for the massive protest.

The rally featured such speakers as former U.S. Attorney
General Ramsey Clark, civil rights activist Mahdi Bray,
actors Jessica Lange and Tyne Daly, Representative John
Conyers, Reverend Jesse Jackson, former Congresswoman
Cynthia McKinney, author and Vietnam vet Ron Kovic, singer
Patti Smith, Reverend Herbert Daughtry, and Elizabeth
McAllister.

The program -- with musical performances by British pop
group Chumbawumba, singer Patti Smith, and a capella duet
Pam Parker and Lucy Murphy -- was opened by Moonanum James
of United American Indians of New England.

Speakers included A.N.S.W.E.R. leaders Elias Rashmawi,
Free Palestine Alliance; Peta Lindsay, A.N.S.W.E.R. Youth
& Student Coordinator; Larry Holmes and Brian Becker,
International Action Center; Mara Verheyden-Hilliard,
Partnership for Civil Justice; Marie Hilao Enriquez,
BAYAN; Macrina Cardenas, Mexico Solidarity Network; Chuck
Kaufman, Nicaragua Solidarity Network; Yoomi Jeong, Korea
Truth Commission; Cheri Honkala, Kensington Welfare Rights
Union; and Ismail Kamal, Muslim Students Association
National. Reverend Lucius Walker read an anti-war
statement from Rep. Charles Rangel.

Also addressing the rally were representatives of groups
such as New York City Labor Against the War, Maryland and
D.C. AFL-CIO, Colombia Trade Unionists in Exile, Queers
for Peace and Justice, United for Peace and Justice, Not
In Our Name, and representatives of the Committee for the
Rescue and Development of Vieques. Speakers reminded the
crowd that the fight against war and racism included the
struggles to free political prisoners Mumia Abu Jamal,
Leonard Peltier, Jamil Al Amin, and the Cuban Five.

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San Francisco Chronicle:
"Huge protests for peace
Tens of thousands in S.F. demand Bush abandon war plans"

From San Francisco to Washington, D.C., from Paris
to Tokyo, hundreds of thousands of demonstrators
took to the world's streets Saturday to protest
potential military action against Iraq by the Bush
administration and its allies.

In Washington, where temperatures hovered in the mid-20s,
as many as 500, 000 protesters rallied outside the Capitol,
while in San Francisco tens of thousands of peace activists
marched up Market Street from the Ferry Building to City
Hall....
For full article go to
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2003/01/19/MN196663.

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ANSWER Boston
31 Germania St.
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
617 522-6626
email: ANSWERBoston (at) iacboston.org
http://www.iacboston.org/ANSWER
Volunteers Meetings every Friday 6:30 PM
http://www.iacboston.org/directions
International ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War & End Racism)
http://www.internationalANSWER.org
See also:
www.iacboston.org/ANSWER
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Stalin Would Be Proud (english)
19 Jan 2003
We need a real grassroots peace movement, not a Stalinist front group. War is not the answer, but neither is ANSWER!
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19 Jan 2003

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