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Maximize Black Participation In The Peace Movement (english)
29 Jan 2003
Modified: 31 Jan 2003
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It's Time to Maximize Black Participation In The Peace Movement
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Time To Get Involved (english)
30 Jan 2003
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People of African ancestry have a unique role in the growing movement to stop President Bush's war on Iraq. If war comes, it will be Black soldiers who will bear the brunt of the fighting and dying. The Black community will bear more than its share of deprivation as a result of massive funds invested in war, money that is robbed from healthcare, education, nutrition, and jobs programs. War is the epitome of everything that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. fought against his entire short life. And stopping the war on Iraq is a matter of life and death for everyone, especially people of color. In the coming days and weeks, let us work to insure maximum participation from the Black community in the peace movement and in all the important protests, especially the International Day of Protest for Peace, February 15th.

We thank all the organizations and influential people in the Black community who have taken a strong public position against the war. We encourage those who have not to add their voices to the opposition.

February is Black History Month. We encourage everyone who is planning a Black History Month program in February, whether at school, or a religious institution, or the community center, the union hall, or in the streets, to devote their program protesting the war. Black history is nothing if not a history of struggle against what Dr. King called the three evils: racism, poverty, and militarism. All the things that we recall and commemorate during Black History Month can be connected to the need to stop this war. Let us turn Black History Month into "Black Protest for Peace Month."

Many of us have family members in the military. Young African Americans often join the military to find the jobs and educational opportunities not available to them in civilian society. Our protest is not against Black soldiers, it is against an unjust war. Indeed, we protest in the hope that we can save the lives of U.S. and Iraqi soldiers and civilians. Let us also open our arms with moral support and practical assistance to those soldiers, women and men, who decide they cannot in good conscience participate in this unjust war.

On Friday, February 21st, anti-war students across the country will commemorate the 38th anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X (Al Hajj Malik El-Shabazz) by leaving classes to protest the war. We encourage students, faculty, and the community at large to participate in this important day of protest and help to make it truly massive and powerful.

(Initial signers as of 1/29/03) *for identification purposes only

Rev. Herbert Daughtry, National Minister
The House of The Lord Churches; president, MLK, JR. Peace Now Movement

Cynthia McKinney, former Congresswoman, Georgia

Rev. Grayland Hagler, Pastor
Plymouth Congregational Church, Wash. DC

Brenda Stokely, President
AFSCME Council 1707 New York *

Mumia Abu-Jamal, Death Row Political Prisoner, Journalist

Mahdi Bray, Executive Director
Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation

Council Member Charles Barron, Brooklyn, NY

Dennis Serrette, Educational Director
Communication Workers of America

Consuela Lee, Artistic Director, Snow Hill Institute of Cultural Arts and Heritage, Snow Hill, Alabama *

Rev. Curtis Gatewood, Current President, Durham, North Carolina Branch, NAACP *

Viola Plummer,
December 12 Movement

Bill Fletcher, Jr., Executive Director, TransAfrica Forum

Abayomi Azikiwe, Editor
Pan African News Wire

Elizabeth Davis,
Washington DC Teacher Federation *

Larry Holmes, ANSWER
Act Now to Stop War & End Racism

Chuck Turner, City Councilperson,
Boston, Massachusetts

Imani Henry, playwright and performer

Attorney Michael W. Warren, Brooklyn, NY

Candice Boyce, Director Emeritis African Ancestral Lesbians United for Societal Change *

Enoch H. Page, Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Tim Eubanks, NYC Cities for Peace
Dr. Nadia Marsh, Doctors and Nurses Against War, NYC *
Genise R. White, actor, activist, writer, Baltimore, Maryland
Rev. Angel Kyodo Williams, Founder, urbanPEACE

M.Thandabantu Iverson, Division of Labor Studies, Indiana University Northwest *
Professor John C. Brittain, Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Texas Southern University

Iman Drammeh, Special Projects, The Drammeh Institute, Inc.

Monica Moorehead, Millions for Mumia

Adrienne Brown, Director, Conscious Movements Collective
Ewuare Osayande, Activist, Author, 9/11: Riots in the Sky
Tanya Barfield, NYC

James Watson
Norman (Otis) Richmond, Black Music Association/Toronto Chapter
Carol Taylor, President/Founder:The Institute For "Interracial" Harmony, Inc.
Qwo-Li Driskill, Founder, Knitbone Productions,Co-Founder, RESYST Seattle
Brother Mawusi (Robert Hazard), Joseph Littles~Nguzo Saba Charter School (Co-Founder)
If you, as a member of the Black community, would like to publicly sign this open letter to the Black community, please forward your name along with organizational affiliation and/or identification to mgm1952 (at) and mlkjr.peacenow (at)

The lead post is misleading. (english)
30 Jan 2003
Information recently released showed that Latinos and Whites were overrepresented in the troops being sent to Iraq. Yes, we need as many people of all backgrounds in the peace movement, but let's not make this a racial issue. War Against Iraq is not justified under any conditions. Race has nothing to do with this.
Deal with it (english)
31 Jan 2003
It's the racist capitalist system which is making the war a "racial issue", not us. People of color and less priveledged workers in general do bear the brunt of military service and related social cutbacks. Not dealing with issues of race and class has gotten us to the point we're at now, an overwhelmingly white anti-war movement. Don't be part of the problem Joe.