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Announcement :: Organizing
Anti-War Strategy Session - Sunday, June 4th, 2006
02 Jun 2006
The Stop the Wars Coalition is calling on antiwar activists in the Boston area and beyond to gather for a Strategy Session on June 4, 2006 from Noon to 6:00 P.M. It will be held at encuentro 5, 33 Harrison Avenue, 5th floor, in Boston. This Session has two primary objectives:

To assess the current state of the anti-war movement and develop a plan of action
for the STWC in the summer and fall of 2006

To reconnect and involve as many of the original participants in the STWC as possible including the endorsers of the October 29th, 2005 demonstration and to increase the involvement of, and coordination with, our allies in the antiwar movement along with other groups that are outside of the antiwar movement.
Where do we go from here?

An Anti-War Strategy Session

Sunday, June 4th, 2006

encuentro 5

It is an exciting, crucial time for activists. Massive mobilizations by the immigrant community and anti-war movements have impacted on the consciousness of millions and are influencing the debate unfolding in the mainstream media. The strength of the immigrant rights movement was demonstrated on May 1st in the "A Day Without Immigrants" as over 1.5 million participated nationwide in the strike, business closings, and the shopping boycott. Hundreds of thousands gathered in NYC on April 29th to demand an end to the war on Iraq and to campaign for peace, justice, and democracy. There is energy and hope to be gained from the new coalitions that have been formed, dissatisfaction with the Bush administration, and the growing opposition to the Iraq war. Yet this criminal war against the Iraqi people continues with no end in sight. The military reported that 70 U.S. troops were killed in April 2006, the deadliest month for U.S. troops in Iraq this year. Given the continuing occupation of Iraq and the plans being made by the U.S. government to attack Iran, the Greater Boston Stop the Wars Coalition is calling for an urgent discussion among activists and organizations seeking an End to the Occupation of Iraq and to Bring the Troops Home Now.

The Stop the Wars Coalition is calling on antiwar activists in the Boston area and beyond to gather for a Strategy Session on June 4, 2006 from Noon to 6:00 P.M. It will be held at encuentro 5, 33 Harrison Avenue, 5th floor, in Boston. This Session has two primary objectives:

To assess the current state of the anti-war movement and develop a plan of action
for the STWC in the summer and fall of 2006

To reconnect and involve as many of the original participants in the STWC as possible including the endorsers of the October 29th, 2005 demonstration and to increase the involvement of, and coordination with, our allies in the antiwar movement along with other groups that are outside of the antiwar movement.

The central themes we plan to discuss include:

The war in Iraq, other occupations, and US threats internationally

The current state of the anti-war movement

The war at home

Perspectives for the antiwar movement- An Action Plan for the Summer and Fall

United for Justice with Peace organized an action of 50,000 at the Boston Common in March of 2003. The antiwar movement receded in 2003-2004 with the national election campaign. On December 4, 2004, students from several Boston campuses marched in downtown Boston. This was followed by the Iraq War Veterans Tour and the March 20, 2005 rally that had wide support and a spirit of citywide antiwar unity. The March 20 Coalition called a conference at Roxbury Community College in April 2005 which launched the Committee for a Fall Action that subsequently lead to a call for the October 29, 2005 demonstration. On March 18, 2006 the Rosa Parks Human Rights Day Committee initiated a rally and march from Roxbury to Boston Common.

On April 29th, 2006 Boston groups participated in a huge antiwar rally in New York City initiated by a national coalition including United for Peace and Justice, National Organization for Women, Operation PUSH, Friends of Earth, and U.S. Labor Against the War. Among the many May 1st immigrant rights mobilizations, a rally of thousands was held on Boston Common with activists in the Stop The Wars Coalition at the center of initiating and building this rally. The Greater Boston Stop the Wars Coalition continues to call for an end to this criminal war on the Iraqi people and to Bring All the Troops Home Now. We call for the redirection of resources to further justice, equality, and human needs here at home, not death and misery. You are invited to participate with us in this fight and to join us on June 4th!
See also:
http://www.stopthewars.org
http://www.encuentro5.org/

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Still no position on 9/11.... Why?
02 Jun 2006
Honestly folks (and I know some of you are sincere and legit activists,) with 42% of Americans knowing the government is covering up the truth about 9/11, and 70% of the 48% who believe the official story not knowing about the collapse of building 7 on 9/11, what possible reason could there be for STWC not taking a position on 9/11? What possible use is an antiwar coalition that cannot accept that the official story is not only a lie but the only reason that anyone ever supported the wars in the first place?

The 9/11 truth movement has made far more progress in its cause than the antiwar movement. Why do you think that is? And that's with absolutely no one in the mainstream media supporting us. Where do YOU think the truth lies, given that against relentless propaganda we have awakened 70 million Americans to a very disturbing reality?

CLEARLY the antiwar movement suffers from the presence of either too many brainwashed people, or (and I suspect this is the actual case) saboteurs intent on denying the movement its obvious silver bullet.

There is no doubt whatsoever that certain "leaders" of the antiwar movement are not to be trusted any further than they can be thrown, and until you all do some soul-searching you will fail as a result of their efforts to derail you and send you down blind alleys of misguided dissent.

Enough is enough. I do not plan to attend this planning meeting, but urge anyone who will to address the issue of 9/11 and immediately disassociate from any individuals and groups who insist on continuing to peddle the very blatant lies of the Bush administration--it could not be more clear why the movement against such obvious and brazen villainy has failed until now to bring this debate to a head and effect real change.
Re: Anti-War Strategy Session - Sunday, June 4th, 2006
03 Jun 2006
if you want to have a strategy session or whatever then step #1 would be to hold this event with other groups instead of calling your own thing and then expecting other people to show up.
Re: Anti-War Strategy Session - Sunday, June 4th, 2006
03 Jun 2006
Hey, Encuentro 5, I checked out your website, and i think that instead of asking cash-strapped progressives for $50,000 to get yourselves a building, maybe each of the members of the advisory board could chip in $5000 each, which they can surely afford for such a noble cause (yeah Noam, I'm talkin to you).

What an utter crock of shit... a bunch of rich career "progressives" who don't put their own money where their mouths are. Pathetic. As if covering up 9/11 for Bush/PNAC and Larry Silverstein weren't enough.

OK folks, I call bullshit. Tell me I'm wrong, go ahead!
Forget strategy, here are some tried-and-true tactics
03 Jun 2006
QUIT PAYING YOUR FUCKING TAXES!
You cannot claim to be against the war while fiscally supporting it.
I can't--my taxes are withheld.
03 Jun 2006
Don't you get it? We are NOT FREE. We are being held hostage quite literally at gunpoint to the evil bastards running the show. It's more than a double bind, it's a triple and quadruple bind. Unless we can get every brainwashed person to see the truth we can't stop these MFers, which is why Noam Chomsky should just go screw himself instead of persisting in supporting the lies that make all of this coercion possible.